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Posted on October 4 at 12:32 p.m.

I saw this Ecko guy on The Today Show recently. He's really funny.

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Posted on October 4 at 12:13 p.m.

What, the Tooth Fairy's not real?!

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Posted on September 9 at 6:09 p.m.

Sure, I'd be happy to. The answer to your question is, no, there was no bias in their reporting.

And you don't have to take my word for it. Just go back and read all the news entries, testimonies, blogs, etc. on this topic, and you will see that the News-Press has been completely unwilling and unable to show exactly where any bias occurred. They SAY bias a lot but don't ever PROVE bias.

The only time I know of where Wendy actually gave an example of bias was Anna Davison's story about the construction on lower state street. According to Wendy, that was biased because she quoted the mayor too many times, and according to Wendy, "We don't quote the mayor." See, Wendy doesn't like the mayor, so quoting her is biased.

Now, if you want me to give examples of how Wendy and Travis are biased, I'd be happy to do that as well.

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Posted on September 6 at 3:11 p.m.

The sad thing is that -- if these were adults -- they'd probably start a war and kill each other by the end of the 40 days.

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Posted on June 8 at 10:50 a.m.

Steepleton is not some innocent "professional" caught in the middle of a no-win situation. He chose to side with the Wendy-Travis-Nipper axis of evil, and he's played his part. Trust me, I know. If he becomes the scapegoat, I say good riddance.

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Posted on June 1 at 10:54 a.m.

If he does get invited to the White House, George Bush IV will probably be president. So, belching will be fine, I'm sure.

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Posted on May 11 at 11:18 a.m.

I not only worked at Disneyland, but I was also a "skipper" on the Jungle Cruise (soon to be a major motion picture). At the expense of raining slightly on your parade, even in the last human interactive attraction at the park, we had to follow a script; veer too far from it at your own risk.

Personally, I think the many deceptions you pointed out are the very reason Disnelyland is so great. Walt Disney's vision for the park was this idea that once you entered, you would be in an entirely new world. And you would be so taken over by the experience that you would forget the ugliness that is life was outside those walls. Disneyland is a rare achievement in this way, and it is made possible by "tricking" you with fake smells and hidden tracks.

As workers there, it was drilled into our brains that all of Disneyland is a show. Thus, we were "cast members" instead of employees. And we were "on stage" when working or "back stage" when eating lunch. Our directive was never to break the illusion for the audience. So, something fake on main street is no different than a storefront in a Broadway show (for example).

Having said that, Disneyland pays minimum wage, and there were few such illusions for us ... I answered number one on your survey.

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Posted on May 4 at 4:51 p.m.

Nobody cares about the troops more than Al Franken. He has been to Iraq five times on USO tours to entertain and, yes, support the military. I look forward to you telling me how many times you've been there.

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Posted on May 4 at 10:42 a.m.

We could obviously go back and forth forever, so I'm going to leave global warming and health care alone. Since Iraq was the inspiration for this conversation, however, I will respond to that ...

Yes, Iraq is a battlefield. But that is because we attacked a country FOR NO REASON. Is that what America is about? The "evil dictator" thing doesn't hold water. If we really cared about that, then we would have removed him in the 80's when he actually "gassed his own people." Plus, we would be removing all the other evil dictators around the world. And I think you need to look at some more recent polls. Those "millions of Iraqis" are very unhappy with us right now.

Regarding Saudi Arabia, no, I am not suggesting we attack them. What I am suggesting, however, is that that would have made more sense, because unlike Iraq, they actually DID harbor terrorists. If you read Richard Clarke's book, he states correctly that attacking Iraq would have been the equivalent of attacking Mexico in response to Pearl Harbor. And in response to your question, the CIA stated that Iraq presented no terrorist threat to the US prior to 2003.

I think it's a very simplistic view of the world to say "we fight them there so we don't have to fight them here." That's nothing but a George Bush talking point. The fact is that the Iraq war is creating more terrorists than ever, and it is creating them GLOBALLY. Did the Iraq war prevent terrorists attacks in Spain and England? No, but it might have inspired them. You don't think al Qaeda can multitask? They are already establishing a foothold again in Afghanistan. I am much more afraid of a terrorist attack in the US due to Iraq that I would be if we hadn't invaded that country. Fighting terrorists is more than a military strategy, and we can't do the right things to combat them because all of our resources are in Iraq.

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Posted on May 3 at 8:32 p.m.

mcconfrontation - Man, you are conservative to the extreme. It's probably a waste of my time to continue this debate, but I'm never one to back down from a challenge. So, anyway, here goes ...

Global Warming - You say "come on!" as if I'm in the minority on this issue. YOU are in the minority. The majority of Americans and pretty much all scientists agree that global warming is real. The proof is overwhelming. Even Republicans are getting it. Just because you don't want to believe it, doesn't make it a myth. And you should care, because mother nature won't discriminate between the believers and nonbelievers. Now, regarding Al Gore, that comment about his mansion is so tired. If you watched the Senate hearings on climate change, you would know that he pays a lot extra for energy costs to offset the greenhouse gases he produces, and local government regulations prevent him from getting solar panels. Funny how you guys never mention that.

Universal Health Care - I think you pretty much made the argument for me. Aren't dignitaries, people of influence, and otherwise important people all wealthy by definition? Sure they come here, because they can AFFORD to. You have an HMO because they are much more affordable than PPO's. Well, I hope you don't get really sick some day, because HMO's are evil, and you might find out exactly how unfair the medical system is in this country. I have a JOB, and I have a PPO, so I can get the best health care. I'm lucky. But my premiums go up every year as they do for everyone else. So, every year more and more people can't pay for this great health care you're so proud of. I'm not saying health care should be free necessarily, but making health care affordable for all Americans is the right thing to do.

Iraq - So, according to you, we are fighting a coalition of fanatical medievalist muslims. Maybe in part. But you dodged my question ... What does that have to do with Iraq? Are you one of the 70% of Americans who thought that Iraq was responsible for 9/11? If so, you're wrong. If not, then why did we attack that country? There was simply no terrorist threat from Iraq, period. That was made a made-up reason, and we know that now. If 15 of 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, why didn't we attack them? None of these "coalition of fanatical medievalist muslims" were in Iraq. But they are now.

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