Why Can't We Have People Who Tell It Like It Is in the US?
Chavez criticizes Bush on Iraq at U.N. summit
World leaders at the summit had been asked to speak for five minutes, but Chavez ran long, and when the presiding diplomat passed him a note saying his time was up, he threw it on the floor. He said if Bush could speak for 20 minutes, so could he. Read what he had to say What the hell are the Democrats waiting for?
When he finally stopped, he got what observers said was the loudest applause of the summit.
Does Someone Have to Crash the Poker Party?? (LA Times reg req)
In poker, one must have courage: the courage to bet, to back one's convictions, one's intuitions, one's understanding. There can be no victory without courage. The successful player must be willing to wager on likelihoods. Should he wait for absolutely risk-free certainty, he will win nothing, regardless of the cards he is dealt.
posted by Cyndy
For example, take a player who has never acted with initiative — he has never raised, merely called. Now, at the end of the evening, he is dealt a royal flush. The hand, per se, is unbeatable, but the passive player has never acted aggressively; his current bet (on the sure thing) will signal to the other players that his hand is unbeatable, and they will fold.
His patient, passive quest for certainty has won nothing.
The Democrats, similarly, in their quest for a strategy that would alienate no voters, have given away the store, and they have given away the country.
...) The Democrats are anteing away their time at the table. They may be bold and risk defeat, or be passive and ensure it.