Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Coffee Table

Various and sundry comments welcome here!

42 Comments:

Blogger The Donkey said...

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a major cause of hospital-acquired infections that are becoming increasingly difficult to combat because of emerging resistance to all current antibiotic classes. The evolutionary origins of MRSA are poorly understood, no rational nomenclature exists, and there is no consensus on the number of major MRSA clones or the relatedness of clones described from different countries.

The Donkey wants people who use the Roswell hospital to know this. The Donkey was amazed and horrifed to see how fast this infection turned healthy tissue into to a bloody mass of pus and dead meat.

In the USA, different antibiotics are the only treatment. While the antibiotics save lives, it is only a matter of time before the bacteria develops to resist all current antibiotics.

In Russia and Mexico, a different treatment has much better results. It uses phages to kill the staph. We the US citizens should demand more government research and approval for phage therapy. The Donkey should not have to go to Mexico to get better health care.

12:22 AM, August 24, 2005  
Blogger The Donkey said...

http://www.kiddofspeed.com/chernobyl-land-of-the-wolves/

The Donkey is too tired and lazy to remeber how to HTML link the chernobyl page. It is a very good site. The Donkey is sure some one will have something positive to say about this unbelievable tragedy.

12:45 AM, August 24, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A former chair of the Republican party of Texas who was a Reagan? official of some sort and was an intelligence officer in Vietnam wrote this
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/printstory.mpl/editorial/outlook/3318170

about the Karl Rove/Valerie Plame affair.

Notice, how, with the media attention on Cindy Sheehan, there isn't much mention of "Plamegate" in the news any more? Soneone else hypothisized that the Pat Robertson furor took attention off both.

Protect Cheney/Libby at all costs

7:19 AM, August 24, 2005  
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8:20 AM, August 24, 2005  
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8:41 AM, August 24, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the link to the best version of "The Call of the Uninformed for a Return to the Values of our "Holy" Forefathers."

At the end of it is a list of facts about each founding father.

If I didn't already put up the link to the latest vote fraud article, I will


http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/2005jul_comments.php?id=872_0_39_0_C

10:26 AM, August 24, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is what Texas Republican Rep. -- so right he is almost Libertarian -- had to say about the war:

Is it legitimate to justify an action that some claim yielded good results, if the means used to achieve them are illegitimate? Do the ends justify the means?"
By Rep Ron Paul, MD
LouRockwell.com, April 7, 2005


Whenever the administration is challenged regarding the success of the Iraq war, or regarding the false information used to justify the war, the retort is: “Aren’t the people of Iraq better off?” The insinuation is that anyone who expresses any reservations about supporting the war is an apologist for Saddam Hussein and every ruthless act he ever committed. The short answer to the question of whether the Iraqis are better off is that it’s too early to declare, “Mission Accomplished.” But more importantly, we should be asking if the mission was ever justified or legitimate. Is it legitimate to justify an action that some claim yielded good results, if the means used to achieve them are illegitimate? Do the ends justify the means?

The information Congress was given prior to the war was false. There were no weapons of mass destruction; the Iraqis did not participate in the 9/11 attacks; Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein were enemies and did not conspire against the United States; our security was not threatened; we were not welcomed by cheering Iraqi crowds as we were told; and Iraqi oil has not paid any of the bills. Congress failed to declare war, but instead passed a wishy-washy resolution citing UN resolutions as justification for our invasion. After the fact we’re now told the real reason for the Iraq invasion was to spread democracy, and that the Iraqis are better off. Anyone who questions the war risks being accused of supporting Saddam Hussein, disapproving of democracy, or “supporting terrorists.” It’s implied that lack of enthusiasm for the war means one is not patriotic and doesn’t support the troops. In other words, one must march lock-step with the consensus or be ostracized.

However, conceding that the world is better off without Saddam Hussein is a far cry from endorsing the foreign policy of our own government that led to the regime change. In time it will become clear to everyone that support for the policies of pre-emptive war and interventionist nation-building will have much greater significance than the removal of Saddam Hussein itself. The interventionist policy should be scrutinized more carefully than the purported benefits of Saddam Hussein’s removal from power. The real question ought to be: “Are we better off with a foreign policy that promotes regime change while justifying war with false information?” Shifting the stated goals as events unravel should not satisfy those who believe war must be a last resort used only when our national security is threatened.

How much better off are the Iraqi people? Hundreds of thousands of former inhabitants of Fallajah are not better off with their city flattened and their homes destroyed. Hundreds of thousands are not better off living with foreign soldiers patrolling their street, curfews, and the loss of basic utilities. One hundred thousand dead Iraqis, as estimated by the Lancet Medical Journal, certainly are not better off. Better to be alive under Saddam Hussein than lying in some cold grave.

Praise for the recent election in Iraq has silenced many critics of the war. Yet the election was held under martial law implemented by a foreign power, mirroring conditions we rightfully condemned as a farce when carried out in the old Soviet system and more recently in Lebanon. Why is it that what is good for the goose isn’t always good for the gander?

Our government fails to recognize that legitimate elections are the consequence of freedom, and that an artificial election does not create freedom. In our own history we note that freedom was achieved first and elections followed – not the other way around.

One news report claimed that the Shiites actually received 56% of the vote, but such an outcome couldn’t be allowed for it would preclude a coalition of the Kurds and Shiites from controlling the Sunnis and preventing a theocracy from forming. This reminds us of the statement made months ago by Secretary Rumsfeld when asked about a Shiite theocracy emerging from a majority democratic vote, and he assured us that would not happen. Democracy, we know, is messy and needs tidying up a bit when we don’t like the results.

Some have described Baghdad and especially the green zone, as being surrounded by unmanageable territory. The highways in and out of Baghdad are not yet secured. Many anticipate a civil war will break out sometime soon in Iraq; some claim it’s already underway.

We have seen none of the promised oil production that was supposed to provide grateful Iraqis with the means to repay us for the hundreds of billions that American taxpayers have spent on the war. Some have justified our continuous presence in the Persian Gulf since 1990 because of a need to protect “our” oil. Yet now that Saddam Hussein is gone, and the occupation supposedly is a great success, gasoline at the pumps is reaching record highs approaching $3 per gallon.

Though the Iraqi election has come and gone, there still is no government in place and the next election – supposedly the real one – is not likely to take place on time. Do the American people have any idea who really won the dubious election at all?

The oil-for-food scandal under Saddam Hussein has been replaced by corruption in the distribution of U.S. funds to rebuild Iraq. Already there is an admitted $9 billion discrepancy in the accounting of these funds. The over-billing by Halliburton is no secret, but the process has not changed.

The whole process is corrupt. It just doesn’t make sense to most Americans to see their tax dollars used to fight an unnecessary and unjustified war. First they see American bombs destroying a country, and then American taxpayers are required to rebuild it. Today it’s easier to get funding to rebuild infrastructure in Iraq than to build a bridge in the United States. Indeed, we cut the Army Corps of Engineers’ budget and operate on the cheap with our veterans as the expenditures in Iraq skyrocket.

One question the war promoters don’t want to hear asked, because they don’t want to face up to the answer, is this: “Are Christian Iraqis better off today since we decided to build a new Iraq through force of arms?” The answer is plainly no.

Sure, there are only 800,000 Christians living in Iraq, but under Saddam Hussein they were free to practice their religion. Tariq Aziz, a Christian, served in Saddam Hussein’s cabinet as Foreign Minister – something that would never happen in Saudi Arabia, Israel, or any other Middle Eastern country. Today, the Christian churches in Iraq are under attack and Christians are no longer safe. Many Christians have been forced to flee Iraq and migrate to Syria. It’s strange that the human rights advocates in the U.S. Congress have expressed no concern for the persecution now going on against Christians in Iraq. Both the Sunni and the Shiite Muslims support the attacks on Christians. In fact, persecuting Christians is one of the few areas in which they agree – the other being the removal of all foreign forces from Iraqi soil.

Considering the death, destruction, and continual chaos in Iraq, it’s difficult to accept the blanket statement that the Iraqis all feel much better off with the U.S. in control rather than Saddam Hussein. Security in the streets and criminal violence are not anywhere near being under control.

But there’s another question that is equally important: “Are the American people better off because of the Iraq war?”

One thing for sure, the 1,500 plus dead American soldiers aren’t better off. The nearly 20,000 severely injured or sickened American troops are not better off. The families, the wives, the husbands, children, parents, and friends of those who lost so much are not better off.

The families and the 40,000 troops who were forced to re-enlist against their will – a de facto draft – are not feeling better off. They believe they have been deceived by their enlistment agreements.

The American taxpayers are not better off having spent over 200 billion dollars to pursue this war, with billions yet to be spent. The victims of the inflation that always accompanies a guns-and-butter policy are already getting a dose of what will become much worse.

Are our relationships with the rest of the world better off? I’d say no. Because of the war, our alliances with the Europeans are weaker than ever. The anti-American hatred among a growing number of Muslims around the world is greater than ever. This makes terrorist attacks more likely than they were before the invasion. Al Qaeda recruiting has accelerated. Iraq is being used as a training ground for al Qaeda terrorists, which it never was under Hussein’s rule. So as our military recruitment efforts suffer, Osama bin Laden benefits by attracting more terrorist volunteers.

Oil was approximately $27 a barrel before the war, now it’s more than twice that. I wonder who benefits from this?

Because of the war, fewer dollars are available for real national security and defense of this country. Military spending is up, but the way the money is spent distracts from true national defense and further undermines our credibility around the world.

The ongoing war’s lack of success has played a key role in diminishing morale in our military services. Recruitment is sharply down, and most branches face shortages of troops. Many young Americans rightly fear a coming draft – which will be required if we do not reassess and change the unrealistic goals of our foreign policy.

The appropriations for the war are essentially off-budget and obscured, but contribute nonetheless to the runaway deficit and increase in the national debt. If these trends persist, inflation with economic stagnation will be the inevitable consequences of a misdirected policy.

One of the most significant consequences in times of war that we ought to be concerned about is the inevitable loss of personal liberty. Too often in the patriotic nationalism that accompanies armed conflict, regardless of the cause, there is a willingness to sacrifice personal freedoms in pursuit of victory. The real irony is that we are told we go hither and yon to fight for freedom and our Constitution, while carelessly sacrificing the very freedoms here at home we’re supposed to be fighting for. It makes no sense.

This willingness to give up hard-fought personal liberties has been especially noticeable in the atmosphere of the post-September 11th war on terrorism. Security has replaced liberty as our main political goal, damaging the American spirit. Sadly, the whole process is done in the name of patriotism and in a spirit of growing militant nationalism.

By the poster: I will try to get the link for this. I don't think this is all of it.

10:59 AM, August 24, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Latest article on voter fraud:
http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0813-29.htm

this is part of the article. to read it all, go to the link above

Contributing: Lisa Riley Roche, Scott Winterton

E-mail: bau@desnews.com Published on Saturday, August 13,2005 by CommonDreams.org
Election Fraud Continues in the US
New Data Shows Widespread Vote Manipulations in 2004
By Peter Phillips

In the fall of 2001, after an eight-month review of 175,000 Florida ballots never counted in the 2000 election, an analysis by the National Opinion Research Center confirmed that Al Gore actually won Florida and should have been President. However, coverage of this report was only a small blip in the corporate media as a much bigger story dominated the news after September 11, 2001.

New research compiled by Dr. Dennis Loo with the University of Cal Poly Pomona now shows that extensive manipulation of non-paper-trail voting machines occurred in several states during the 2004 election.

The facts are as follows:

In 2004 Bush far exceeded the 85% of registered Florida Republican votes that he got in 2000, receiving more than 100% of the registered Republican votes in 47 out of 67 Florida counties, 200% of registered Republicans in 15 counties, and over 300% of registered Republicans in 4 counties. Bush managed these remarkable outcomes despite the fact that his share of the crossover votes by registered Democrats in Florida did not increase over 2000, and he lost ground among registered Independents, dropping 15 points. We also know that Bush "won" Ohio by 51-48%, but statewide results were not matched by the court-supervised hand count of the 147,400 absentee and provisional ballots in which Kerry received 54.46% of the vote. In Cuyahoga County, Ohio the number of recorded votes was more than 93,000 greater than the number of registered voters.

More importantly national exit polls showed Kerry winning in 2004. However, It was only in precincts where there were no paper trails on the voting machines that the exit polls ended up being different from the final count. According to Dr. Steve Freeman, a statistician at the University of Pennsylvania, the odds are 250 million to one that the exit polls were wrong by chance. In fact, where the exit polls disagreed with the computerized outcomes the results always favored Bush - another statistical impossibility. .

Dennis Loo writes, "A team at the University of California at Berkeley, headed by sociology professor Michael Hout, found a highly suspicious pattern in which Bush received 260,000 more votes in those Florida precincts that used electronic voting machines than past voting patterns would indicate compared to those precincts that used optical scan read votes where past voting patterns held...."

11:08 AM, August 24, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wanted to make some quick comments on Cindy Sheehan and religion.
I don't expect that Dubya will come out and talk to her and if he did, would he tell her the truth or the propaganda? The important thing is that the protest is focusing the attention of the "liberal" media and the American people on the question of WHY we went to war in Iraq. It's, also, making Bush look very bad and those 2 things are why the right wing hatemongers are making such a big thing about it. Helen Thomas says there will probably be a lot more war protests and that Bush has it easy compared to Johnson and Nixon.
Re: comments made on today's show. The Maniac is one of my best friends and much as I hate to admit it, he was a little hard on the other caller. It is true, as he said, that the Bible was written in Greek originally. Jesus and his disciples didn't speak Hebrew, anyway. They spoke Aramic and since most of them were fishermen or common people they weren't literate, either. As Ron said, the Bible has been retranslated AND reinterpreted many times. Didn't the other caller ever stop to think that the Church of England had to approve the King James version, or that the Council of Nicea threw out many things they didn't like? The Dead Sea Scrolls, most or all of what the Gnostics said, the Gospel of St. Thomas, etc. never made it into the Bible. The most important things did, however. The Ten Commandments, the Greatest Commandments (love God/your neighbor), and the teachings of Jesus Christ. The Maniac said Jesus came to teach us love and forgiveness. The other caller said he came to bring us salvation. They are BOTH right because we will be "saved" if we practice love and forgiveness.
I think that Jesus, like other prophets, came to teach us a better way to live. He sacrificed his life, knowing that if a great enough miricle-like resurrecting HIMSELF-were to occur, people would take His teachings more seriously and believe that He must have been sent by God.
One of the main problems with taking the Bible LITERALLY is that you don't have to ponder and think about what it all means. We need to do that and to study other religions because we are on a spiritual journey in this life and others until we reach Nirvana, if you will, and become one with God. So, feel free to ENLIGHTEN yourselves if you think you know all there is to know about God in His/Her Heaven because it's likely that you don't.
Also, the only time I know of that Jesus lost His temper was at the Temple amid the moneychangers who he called thieves in His Father's house and threw out. He rebuked people for hypocrisy, etc. but I never read that He really lost his temper like he did in Jerusalem. (He may be losing his temper up in Heaven as he watches what Bush & Co. are doing to the country/world right now, however.)

4:06 PM, August 24, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bush bad democrats good

5:00 PM, August 24, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

war bad treating terrorism as a law enforcement issue good

8:13 PM, August 24, 2005  
Blogger Ron said...

Anon, the Plame story just doesn't have much new news right now. Mr. Fitzgerald is pretty good about being tight lipped. The investigation is set to end in October. I'd look for indictments then.

I know what the Maniac was trying to say but I wish he could say it in a less angry way.That approach instantly brings one to a defensive position. I agree with most of what he says about every day. I hope he can learn how to make it work for him rather than against him. As I have said before no one really knows for certain when it comes to lots of this but as you say, study of many different religions and a little common sense can give someone a pretty good idea about living the known life. The rest is based on faith.

11:19 PM, August 24, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK. I have egg on my face, but like any good liberal I can admit I made a mistake. Looked up the Bible and Old and New Testements in my encyclopedias and Humanities textbook last night. I was half right (or half wrong)and if I'd thought about it would've realized it. The Old Testement which is basically The Torah was mostly written in Hebrew, although parts of Daniel and Ezra were written in Aramaic. As the latter was the vernacular (common language)of the people, it was later translated into Aramaic. The New Testement was written in Koine which was the common language of the Greeks at the time of the early Christians.--DemoCat

5:18 PM, August 25, 2005  
Blogger The Game said...

I'm sure most of you will laugh at this, but my blog is nominated for blog of the week my Milwaukee magazine...even though most of you disagree with me...it would be nice if you would go and vote for me..which all your email addresses...I'd do it for you Ron..

http://www.mkeonline.com/people/blogcontest.asp

7:57 AM, August 26, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, Game, is this a right wing magazine or what, because I expect your blog is totally right wing. As I hail from WI, and it is a "BLUE" state, I hope there isn't a lot of that type of publication there. RON allows a lot of different viewpoints which is one great thing about HIS blog/show. Can you say the same thing for yours?--DemoCat

4:13 PM, August 28, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone who has not seen the movie, "Pay it Forward" yet should rent it immediately. It's wonderful, but sad. The main thing to be said here is that the idea of the ripple effect is put into effect- people doing things to effect the lives of 3 people in a major and positive way and for those three people to do the same for another three people and so on, and is GREAT. Think of how we could change the world if it worked.
'Course everyone who calls the show, posts comments on this blog, and signs petitions to fight the neo-cons is part of the ripple effect. It must be working because we, the liberal "Bush Bashers", are in the majority now. Yea!!

5:22 PM, August 28, 2005  
Blogger Ron said...

Yea indeed!

10:55 PM, August 28, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK-listened to SOME of the rest of the show today and am so MAD at you, Ron!!! You know Linda's situation and you were totally out of line with her. So, you can lambaste Sean Hannity for attacking Cindy Sheehan and then attack Linda like that. What hypocrisy! You owe her an apology.
I have a disabled family member, myself, and had to take care of her for over a year without getting paid. It's very difficult for the families of disabled people and if you had a clue what it is like you wouldn't have jumped all over Linda like that.
In NM, family members CAN get paid to take care of seriously disabled children, parents w/Alzheimer's, stroke victims, etc. Spouses can not. In addition, since you live on the Internet when you're not at the station, sleeping, etc. look up how many Vietnam vets were thrown out of hospitals into the streets during the Reagan Administration. They make up a huge segment of the homeless population, and often have serious physical and psycholgical problems, as well as drug and alcohol addictions.
Also, hospitalizing disabled people costs a FORTUNE. It is more cost effective to pay family members who they feel comfortable with to take care of them, or at least to offer them some kind of financial assistance to help them get by without working.
Linda and her husband are friends of mine. I know he's in pain and you have met him, Ron. You KNEW what their situation is before you said that to her. I know Linda is depressed and they are both isolated a lot because they can't get out that much. I don't see you offering to come keep him company for an afternoon so she can go out and catch a movie or something for some downtime. You sometimes claim to being a liberal, but I don't see a whole lot of empathy here, Ron!
Also, the subject was the rise in energy prices and the cutting of heating assistance after this year. Well, duh, instead of saying that to Linda, why didn't you talk about how terrible it is for people to pay $100-$300 or more a month to heat their homes when we could be developing alternative energy to provide non-polluting safe CHEAP sources of energy. But, hey that wouldn't benefit the oil and gas companies who support
Bush who are too greedy and short sighted to get in on energy development that's not fossil fuel related.
I don't know if I will even listen to or call the show anymore if that's how loyal fans will be treated.
FORMER Ron Stevens' fan

2:12 PM, August 29, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron:
You said that you asked Linda NICELY why she isn't working. No, you did not! Your whole tone was nasty and confrontational. We expect that from the likes of Dennis Prager or maybe your boss, but not from you. Did it ever occur to you that you could've emailed or called Linda and asked her if she'd like to talk about her financial situation on the air? Apparently not.
It's not just conservatives who aren't calling in. Did it ever occur to you that if you have listeners who have ever gotten any kind of government assistance (other than Soc Sec/Medicare for senior citizens) they wouldn't want to admit it publicly because of the social stigma. You, yourself, have said that the attitude toward the poor is worse here than anywhere else you've ever lived including the Deep South. I don't disagree with your viewpoint, but you did force Linda to talk about her personal life/finances and invaded her privacy. She has already talked about getting indigent care because she can't afford health care ins. That is very brave in this neck of the woods and for you to "attack" her when you knew her circumstances was appalling whatever your intentions were. She and her husband have been your loyal fans and deserve better than that, although I do give you credit for the emailed apology you sent them.
What's next Ron? Will you play the Devil's Advocate and question us about our history of substance abuse, our sex lives, whether we've ever been arrested, etc.? You've said that you have no sympathy for people who shoplift diapers and baby formula. Well, you've admitted on-air that you did drugs back in your "hippie days". You could've gone to jail, yourself. What hypocrisy! I have a lot more sympathy for people who steal due to sheer economic depravation than people who do drugs. Maybe you ought to think "But for the grace of God, there go I" and have a little empathy.
Re: privacy. Game, Average Joe, etc. may not want a liberal to speak for them, but I think we might all agree that our private lives and what we choose to reveal of them, whether it's our real names, personal histories, etc. on the show or the blog is up to us and not you. Comments anyone?
Totally disgusted and still a...
FORMER Ron Stevens fan and friend of Linda/Maniac--DemoCat

2:26 PM, August 30, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron: Playing the role of devil's advocate is one thing---but interrogation is another. Your attitude is not that of a populist as you claim so many times to be...a populist is one for the people---that includes supporting the society where one is connected by calming the social stresses which are already burdening them---sure, I understand the business behind your need to convert the conservatives onto the phone lines, however at what expense??? Radio shows like yours depend on a cast of local characters and a loyal fan base---at the cost of playing devil's advocate both you and the show could stand to lose...send this email to your boss if you so choose, radio, writing etc. are hardlined business engines which depend on local support, and thank GOD local support is beginning to shift away from the agents of the antichrist's regime which are in power (illegally) at this, one of the most crucial times in history...Linda deserves an apolgy on air, and in furtherance your comments re "what we learned from the show on Monday" disgusted me beyond comprehension!!!I do agree that some learning is necessary,but not through the expense of a person already struggling in this unequal system of ours...your resources are not derived from blogs, databases etc., your most treasured resource is the person/people that tune into your show on a daily basis, your boss should know this already or perhaps he just doesn't give a damn if the show downslides and disintegrates, for that is always an option...so stop taking your bosses orders and keep the show on the air, there are many other avenues to explore in your field, besides using techs like personally disgracing one loyal-kindhearted and struggling fan...thus ostricizing your entire fan base...

sincerely-Diane

5:32 PM, August 30, 2005  
Blogger Ron said...

Diane, sorry you don't like the way I do my show but one thing I learned decades ago is that you can't please everybody. Sorry you are one of them.

5:54 PM, August 30, 2005  
Anonymous diane said...

Ron: I am not just "one" of them...I am part of a constituency/movement in this country during one of the most apalling times in history...my credentials are my own and so is my life experience and if there is one thing I do have---it is compassion for my fellow human beings, you should by example present yourself in that image as well since by the grace of GOD alone you have a media structure with which you can unify or divide...the choice will not be yours forever...friendly advice---don't take constructive advice the wrong way, you never know who "you" can learn from!!!Diane

6:20 PM, August 30, 2005  
Anonymous diane said...

ps---not necessary to respond, however you neglected to acknowledge the democat's submission as well---a world of pick and chose---you lose...diane

6:24 PM, August 30, 2005  
Blogger Ron said...

Diane, I appreciate "constructive" criticisim. I have delt with the issue with the people involved and they seem to understand me and my purpose far better than you and friend..I am sorry if you're offended there is nothing more I can do at this point than that.

7:32 PM, August 30, 2005  
Blogger Ron said...

Miss D. See above comment.

7:34 PM, August 30, 2005  
Blogger Ron said...

beat me beat me, I can take it.

7:35 PM, August 30, 2005  
Anonymous diane said...

Ron: OK!!!

10:49 PM, August 30, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Muerde me, Ron!!
You can't take constructive criticism, yourself. Diane, Maniac, and Linda are my best friends and I will defend them even to you!! It's ironic that I brought up the issue of bullies that day because you did a great job of illustrating bullying by picking on Linda who was crying over what you had done to her when I talked to her on the phone later. I still say you invaded her privacy and our private lives are our own.
Go ahead and roar at me like Leo the Lion if you want to. YOU, not the boss, were in the wrong this time. And if you want some one to beat you, Diane has a friend who could probably arrange it. Just kidding.

12:34 PM, August 31, 2005  
Blogger BeWitchingWizard said...

Are we talking SEX here or what cause if so I want to be in on it as well, so let me know ok ?? Cause Im a Leo as well and can get into the purring or Roaring whichever character you would like ok!!! Do we need a rubber suit or what and who else is coming?
Light and Love
Linda Maniac

12:40 PM, August 31, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A great big "thanks" to Linda Maniac and Democat!!! Ws on the road Wed., but did tune into show, appreciated the fact that Ron displayed some form of an apology to Maniac...Linda and Maniac---you guys are really about light and love---stay well--I've got a role for you in my screenplay which is on its' way!!!Thanks again to you Ms. D, you are the bestest friend anyone could dream to have---and you and I need to discuss your gift for researching and writing---we have places to go---and Ron---well peace to you---the role of devil's advocate does not suit you, however the role of a caring talk show host does...so practice that role instead---take care fan base---love yas---nywriter---and friend---diane
ps let us all send special prayers to our Father in Heaven for the victims of global warming, as the apocolypse draws closer---after all prayers will be all any American---except the present regime can offer as a form of assistance---for it is by faith that change can make a difference---again-peace and have a blessed weekend ...

6:42 PM, August 31, 2005  
Blogger BeWitchingWizard said...

Amen and Light and Love Diane Thank You, oh And Yes Prayers for all those who have no insurance for their homes (bet the Rich Do) and hope all the hospital patients get to working facilities soon in the flood area .Now lets get Out of Iraq and Get our troops home and equipentment that we need!! and rebuild the southern USA coast and Iraq as well.

God Bless You All.
Linda Maniac and Maniac

6:54 PM, August 31, 2005  
Blogger Ron said...

Diane, thank you for being willing to forgive and let that love and light into your life. L & B are good people that I am happy to call my friends. We all have our own way of going about it but I think we all have the same goal..a peaceful, loving world that cares for all.

8:03 PM, August 31, 2005  
Blogger BeWitchingWizard said...

Thanks Ron and Linda is calling the show again she just has to get her mind together and somenew things to speak about .
Hey No One answered My Beat Me Comment???????
Light and Love XOXO

10:59 PM, August 31, 2005  
Blogger Dedanna said...

"Beat me, whip me, make me write bad checks, it hurts ssooooooo gooooooood....."

LMAO

7:55 AM, September 01, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vanity, thy name is Ron. I may not be the best by a long shot, but I am good at a few things, I guess. Being loyal is one of them and I was loyal to YOU, too, until you committed your latest faux pas. At any rate, I did say that I gave you credit for apologizing to Linda. She was gracious enough to accept your apology, but that doesn't mean that she isn't still hurt about what you did when you knew what her extenuating circumstances are. I realize that your boss feels that Maniac pushes the envelope and gets too confrontational. LINDA doesn't, though. She tries to call in and give you some info and to be funny and add humor to the show. She is a really nice person (so is Maniac). I guess, you don't understand what "sisterhood" is all about. Maybe that's why you've never been married (and why you can't say you've also been the best husband, too.) I don't like bullies or men who pick on women, esp. since I've often been the victim of both.
Both you and JD have said you object to name calling. Gosh, he doesn't like Bush, but said he voted for him because it was either that or vote for that damn Yankee (as a Yankee, I resent that). You called our Democratic representatives spineless. Isn't that name calling? The votes on a lot of things have been close, but there is a GOP majority. Why not diss the republicans who are too spineless to stand up to PNAC and Tom Delay? I have heard/seen where you have publicly apologized to the conservatives for being mean to them, but Linda doesn't rate a public apology?
I admit that we haven't been very nice to the cons, but they started it. The biggest reason they don't call in is that they know in their hearts that they screwed up and are too stubborn or ashamed to admit it. They can't defend Bush and Cheney to us and we are winning.
Who is your fan base, Ron? I guess, that the conservatives might have emailed, called, written to the station, started petitions, etc. when the show was cancelled. I know that the Democrats, Greens, Independents, and Liberals did. Did Joe Artesia call another station and get you an offer of a job with better pay/treatment, and more creative control? No, that was The Maniac.
The Donkey talked to you about leaders. Well, maybe you got the idea from our loyalty to you that you were our alpha. Granted, the alpha controls the pack just as you have to exercise some control over your callers/show. However, the pack knows they can trust him to look out for THEM and not some other pack (potential ultra-conservative callers). An alpha that attacks the pack is likely to end up a lone wolf and as Diane says, you shouldn't alienate your fans who are mostly liberals, moderates, and democrats.
No, I don't know you, but it seems to me that you have an ego/control problem and that you like to argue which is why you started a fight with us since there are no conservative callers to argue with. (I have an ex-husband who is a master at this, so I guess I can take it, too.) And my blog name is DemoCat not Miss D or Miss Democrat, or whatever. You don't have to answer, but I hope you take what I said to heart. Probably not, as you would consider it a "guilt trip" and no woman has ever managed to lay a guilt trip on you-right? You can pick on me, too, if you want to, but I expect The DemoCat may have a few people out there who agree with her and will defend her.

2:02 PM, September 01, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go democat!!! We'll take back our country yet---the legal way!!!

Just a note of rememberance---Today September 1, 1939 Hitler invaded Poland...his plan was to completely rule the European world. He was beyond egotistical, he was in fact evil...his legacy lives on today and everyday while this great country of ours continues to stay in a land where we are clearly not wanted. In the name of God, we need to pull out of this Bush created disaster...tend to our own needs here and now for they are too great too number at this time---Bush claims to be a "christian"---well if he ever read I Chronicles Chapter 28 verse 3-he would understand that God is no respecter of a man of war and one who has shed blood...God Bless
nywriter...

5:16 PM, September 01, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Diane! You, too, are the bestest friend I could hope for, plus Linda and Maniac, of course. I'm all for light and love, and peace, too. I don't really like to fight and am mostly a get along girl (except with my ex who really does like to fight and can't admit he's wrong ever, but I digress.)
Ron, I'm sorry and I've been a BAD DemoCat. (sad face) I posted a longer message on your newest blog item re: getting mad about what's going on in this country. Truce? Peace!

1:27 PM, September 02, 2005  
Blogger Dedanna said...

Sometimes, in order to effect change that is needed, one needs to and should be objective; even about what they currently work for and support.

It's my own assumption that this is what Ron was doing.

And, since I belong to either party, I'll say it myself:

The Dems are and have been spineless. Period.

7:41 PM, September 02, 2005  
Blogger Dedanna said...

Sorry, that's "I belong to neither party.

7:42 PM, September 02, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dedanna,
Yes, much as it pains me to admit it, some of the Democrats seem to be spineless, but maybe they'd locate their backbones if the Republicans would find theirs first. I still think we need to get rid of the evil Delay and the eviler Rove pronto. Also figure out what other reasons Congress is afraid to stand up to the Bush Administration. I think it's the corporate globalists and I still suspect Kerry and/or his family was threatened to make him concede. I think Bush made all kinds of promises during those 2 hours that Kerry talked to him and had to renege on all of them because Cheney won't let him do what's right for the COUNTRY (only for the corporations). That's a long shot, but is just as likely as PNAC planning the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Beyond that, Kerry knew he couldn't prove he won when Diebold, etc. CHEATED and it would be a long drawn out mess like in 2000 and he, Kerry, wouldn't put America through that during a time of war. Kerry is honorable, though, which is more than you can say for Dubya who took the oath of office TWICE after his "thugs" cheated him into office. Kerry, also, says that the Democratic Party does NOT need to become a clone of the GOP. I still like him a lot better than Hillary who seems to have decided that if she can't lick 'em, she'll join them. (How can she stand to even talk to Frist and Gingrich?)--
DemoCat

5:26 PM, September 03, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron,
The DemoCat saw your post on "They've stolen my country". Thanks for being so forgiving, but, yes, she did owe you an apology. She was still mad at your boss for what happened w/Maniac and just too oversensitive, otherwise, and she took it out on you. DemoCat knows she belongs in the doghouse for a while. Besides, the aforementioned ex-husband, who considers her "The DumboCat", has frequently told her that she doesn't have a clue what she is talking about and can't do anything but repeat Liberal propaganda. He says she should stay off the blog and the show until she actually goes out there and does some research. Maybe he is right. The DemoCat knows there are people on the blog and show who are much smarter and well informed and contribute more of value to both. So, DemoCat thinks she should probably spend her time in the doghouse listening, thinking, and researching instead of talking. Will think good thoughts for the show and blog, though.
Peace!

5:38 PM, September 03, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see why "DemoCat" wants to take a break. It seems to me that the many people who have been fighting the current administration would need to do that now and then to recharge their batteries.
This corrupt system run by the "radical" rightwing, lobbyists, corporations, and religious fundamentalists is so entrenched that it may take the political equivalent of a category five hurricane to take it down. Otherwise, it will likely be a long hard struggle and the grassroots resistance needs to stand up and speak out, especially so that those Senators and Representatives who do care more about their constituents than gifts and favors from corporate lobbyists will know the majority of the people want and expect certain things.
I do not understand why more people are not calling into "Roswell Says" and speaking out. One need not be a college graduate or a public speaker to offer one's opinion. I understand why some people are afraid to call
into the show because I have a fear of public speaking myself and have had to overcome it when necessary. However, it is the radio not television, so they can look at it as just being like two friends having a conversation and it will get easier with each call.
In addition, I would like to know if the show is being advertised in any way. I have never seen an ad for it on local television or in the local newspaper. If there is a billboard with Ron's picture and information about the show/station, I have never seen one. I have been in other cities that advertise radio shows. I enjoy the show and think that it is unique and would attract a larger audience in this area than the station management thinks. The signal should be boosted and the host should have an 800 number for listeners who are not local to call. It doesn't seem to me that the station owner appreciates what he has in Ron who is very good at what he does and perhaps could have a nationally syndicated show. It is more the responsibility of the station's owner than the listeners to insure the show's success, after all.
La Souris

4:10 PM, September 04, 2005  

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