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Everard
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I didn't think Card had it in him. Props.

Now if only he can REMEMBER what he just wrote next time he wants to write about "the liberal elite who want to destroy america"...

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TomDavidson
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Oh, yay. I'm glad this went up.
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A good'n. Not a whiff of sour.
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munga
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I do believe I've got to eat my words.

There should be an icon for that.

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Just when I'm ready to write him off.
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Haggis
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To paraphrase his sentiment, based on his las few columns:

"I'm so proud that the U.S. has lived up to its promise that all men are created equal by electing a black President. Too bad he's an arrogant, elitist, uncompromising, power-hungry, deceptive, white flag-waving, socialist, who lets terrorists write his books under his name."

Sorry. You can't polish a turd.

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This election dealt a severe blow to the international perception of the United States as a racist nation. Critics can say truthfully the United States has racists, but not that it is racist.

And some surprising people are saying nice things:
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Regardless of politics, could anyone remain unmoved by the sight of Jesse Jackson crying alone amidst the crowd in Chicago? This dimension of Election Day transcends politics and touches the heart of the American people.

Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

OSC remains a gifted writer with fundamentally sound moral principles. In the heat of partisanship he said some foolish things. So have we all, I think, although I am not keeping score.

Thus the lion may lie down with the lamb, at least for a day or two. After that the lion will get hungry. Real differences remain, and people will fight over them. But we share things too, and most Americans seem to think divisiveness went too far in this election.

[ November 06, 2008, 08:03 AM: Message edited by: hobsen ]

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On a lighter note, I think we all know OSC will never move to Canada because he doesn't like the direction America is going. He should've written "Israel" ...
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Funean
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You can't polish a turd.
Depends on how old the turd is, I expect.

[Wink]

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Jesse Jackson was crying because it wasn't him on the stage.
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Well in case no one else noticed Barack Obama's rhetoric is inspiring to those who agree with him and inflammatory to those who do not.

Is it surprising then to have a brilliant writer, who feels under represented by our president elect and congress, add his rhetoric to the mix and ask the important questions without holding back?

We have an inspiring leader in place that has made a promise to America to help operate government the right way. We need now to work together as citizens to determine what that is and make sure our leaders and representatives are held to that standard. For those that support Barack Obama, keep up the advocacy and don't assume that now that he is in power all is right with the world. For those that believe his policies are misguided, openly discuss your position when possible and resist rhetorical battles.

This board would be really boring and more like the rest if Card tailored his column for an audience instead of writing for himself. Too many writers market to the audience they want instead of just making work, the way art shines most.

I don't agree with most of Card's positions and do not expect him to convince me. That will never keep me from reading his work nor appreciating it for its brilliance.

I say bravo.

Bring it on.

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Haggis
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This board would be really boring and more like the rest if Card tailored his column for an audience instead of writing for himself.
Card does tailor his colums to an audience. Ornery is not his audience. His columns are printed in the Rhino Times first and then posted here. Read some of the comments that the Rhino readers post and you will see exactly the audience he writes for.
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That is an excellent suggestion, Haggis.
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This column came the closest to anything I've read on Nov 4-5 to expressing what I've experienced about this election.

I know there are folks out there who voted one way or the other because of Barack Obama's color. I know there are people who voted one way or the other because a woman was on the GOP ticket. But I know personally a LOT of people who paid attention, groused about the lack of substance in the debates, read in depth about the candidates' positions, and made the choice they felt would be best for this nation.

I am thrilled with the fact that we can do that in this country, and that doing so actually matters.

I thought all through the run up to the election that both candidates are honorable men and that either would strive to serve to the best of his ability.

And, yes, I'm thrilled that we could elect an ethnic minority President.

I get to check one thing off the "life list" of things I hoped I would live to see.

I trust that I'll get to see a woman win the Presidency some day too. And if I think she's the right person for the job, I'll even vote for her.

Well done, America.

Well done, John McCain.

Well done, Barack Obama.


(oh, and well said, Mr. Card.)

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Nice text.

Speaking of which, since I ain't got around to it, the Current Occupant spoke very nicely - and utterly without his customary smirk - about the election results. That was nice, Mr. President.

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He is right on about coal and energy. I live in a state where mining is important, and it would be devastating to the local - and national - economy if those mines were shut down.

The liberal illuminati don't have any idea sometimes what the consequences of their terrible ideas would be.

Common sense is worth a whole lot sometimes.

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what if the coal workers were employed in green energy?
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No one is closing down coal mines (except if its in regards to the safety violations that seem to be popping up more recently)

On the other hand, coal burning companies that don't invest in haling bring clean coal technology online quickly will likely find themselves actually having to pay for the damage they're doing, which is not insignificant regardless of the validity of global warming.

Coal is no longer ideologically bad (that's what was meant by "take it of the 'ideological table'") but it does need to be used more responsibly. (And profitably as well- oil companies will pay to buy captured carbon dioxide because they can use it to increase the yield of low oil fields, which also serves to sequester it back in the ground)

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I live in a state where mining is important, and it would be devastating to the local - and national - economy if those mines were shut down.
You realize those mines are going to shut down within our lifetimes, right? That there's a finite amount of coal in currently-mined regions, and extraction experts estimate only about forty to sixty more years of it?
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forty to sixty? not according to the GAO- more like 12.
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I was going with the best-case scenario. But, yeah, worst-case gives us another decade or two.
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