Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Last Hurrah


Why McCain provokes paranoia on the right
Not only does the Arizona senator mock conservative orthodoxy, but, even worse, his pro-immigration think tank took money from George Soros and other frightening liberals.

By Joe Conason

Feb. 07, 2008 | John McCain's gleeful proclamation on Tuesday evening that he is the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination could only have intensified the despairing rage of his party's far right. For months the zealots have watched helplessly as the Arizona senator, who built his maverick reputation by taunting and tweaking them, clambered back into contention by humbling their would-be champions. Suddenly, the conservative cause found its last hopes reposing in the likes of Mitt Romney, a dubious convert, and Mike Huckabee, a suspect populist.

That desperate situation, which displayed the political disarray of their movement, only got worse for conservatives as McCain moved inexorably closer to victory on Tuesday night. And now they will have to listen to his claim that he is a legitimate heir to Ronald Reagan and decide whether to line up dutifully behind a man they have despised for a decade.

Certainly there will be many elected officials, bureaucrats, officeholders and assorted pork-choppers who will fall into the McCain ranks without much protest, out of personal interest or partisan loyalty. If conservatives could persuade themselves to accept Romney's professions of the true faith despite his record of support for abortion rights and gay rights, then why not believe McCain when he promises supply-side tax cuts?

As Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, James Dobson and their lesser imitators furiously explain, they have strong reasons to distrust "straight talker" McCain, who straddles and shifts incessantly to advance his contrarian political strategy. He has so casually disrespected them and their opinions over the years, showing up routinely on the wrong side of so many of their issues, from climate change to gun control to campaign finance reform to the marriage amendment to the Bush tax cuts to judicial nominations, that endorsing him now would look like a wholesale abandonment of principle.

@ Salon

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McCains last hurrah. Chances of winning? Somewhere around a snowballs chance in hell.

HucKKKabee just does not know when to quit, people of a religious nature tend to wear out their welcome being God's servant till the end. Maybe he thinks an old dude like McCain could croak at any minute and as such is biding his time. Or it is McCains last chance at the big chair. The repugs know they have NO chance of winning unless they declare martial law beforehand and appoint deadeye dick to the big chair.

Whether McCain is this or that is water over a broken dam. He has more skeletons in his closet than the Addams Family. Starting with kicking the Native Americans in AZ off their prized land because underneath it is a rich coal deposit and going down from there. Once more for the Gipper.

Hold yer nose!

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40 comments:

DEN said...

The subject of ole Hill suing for the delegates the DNC rejected from MI and FL was brought up yesterday.

If she does that she will forever bury her political chances of ever gaining a meaningful office, she agreed as did all the candidates to the ruling by the DNC, signed, sealed and delivered and as such has no legal legs to stand on.

Espresso in the corner for the caffeine BUZZ we all need and pancakes on the side.

Sorry no syrup, just butter.

Saladin said...

A 9/11 Every Day For Ten and a Half Years

Most of Us Will Eat Shit Until the Day We Die

By Arthur Silber
12/02/08 "Once Upon A Time" - -- -Let us begin with the proposition of greatest importance. From my essay, "The Missing Moral Center: Murdering the Innocent":

There is one final point to be made about all this -- and that has to do with the supreme value of a single human life. In our desensitized, dehumanized age, most people have almost no appreciation for what I'm talking about, and our political establishment and media only make this grievous failing worse. Each of us is unique; not one of us can be replaced. Each of us has a family, loved ones, friends and a life that is a web of caring, interdependence, and joy. When even one of us is killed or horribly injured for no justifiable reason, the damage affects countless people in addition to the primary victim. Sometimes, the survivors are irreparably damaged as well. Even the survivors' wounds can last a lifetime.

This is of the greatest significance. There is nothing more important or meaningful in the world. No moral principle legitimizes our invasion and occupation of Iraq, just as it will not justify an attack on Iran. Therefore, when the first person was killed in Iraq as the result of our actions, the immorality was complete. The crime had been committed, and no amends could ever suffice or would even be possible. That many additional tens or hundreds of thousands of people have subsequently been killed or injured does not add to the original immorality with regard to first principles. It increases its scope, which is an additional and terrible horror -- but the principle is not altered in the smallest degree.

So think of the five-year-old Iraqi girl who is no more, or think of any one of the countless other victims of this criminal war and occupation. Think of their families and friends. Think of the lives that have been altered forever, and of the wounds that will never heal. Think about all of that.

Contemplate the devastation and the horror. Make it real to yourself. And ask yourself if forgiveness is possible.

We now know -- at least, those of us who are minimally honest know -- that the United States government has murdered in excess of one million Iraqis. In yet another attempt to break through the massive wall of resistance erected by our government, the U.S. media, and the American public, I once put this in terms that I hoped would hit home more directly:

For ease of computation, we'll use approximate figures. Assume the U.S.'s war crimes have resulted in one million deaths. That is roughly 1/26 of the total Iraqi population. An equivalent number of American deaths would be 11.5 million people. 3,000 Americans were murdered on 9/11. In terms of casualties, 11.5 million deaths represent 3,800 9/11s -- or a 9/11 every day for ten and a half years.

Let me repeat that: a 9/11 every day for ten and a half years.

Perhaps you think these casualty figures are highly inflated. Fine. Cut them in half. That's a 9/11 every day for a little over five years.

Every day.

Do you begin to understand now?

Our government, our media and most Americans remain absolutely determined not to understand.

Let us proceed to a second proposition of great significance. The ruling elites in the United States have been committed to a foreign policy of American hegemony for over a century; this has been especially true in the decades following the end of World War II. This foreign policy of global hegemony, to be actualized by overthrow, assassination, war, murder, torture and occupation as required, has been and remains a fully bipartisan affair. Both Republicans and Democrats, insofar as the parties bearing those names are central institutions of power in the United States, embrace this policy; very often, Democrats have been notably more aggressive and ruthless in pursuit of this end than Republicans (always excepting the current war criminals in charge of the executive branch). I have detailed this bipartisan policy of murder and conquest in numerous essays; see all of my "Dominion Over the World" series (all the essays in that series are linked at the end of that article), and the other articles linked in those pieces. Scan the archives for still more.

The Democrats were never going to end the occupation of Iraq, as I noted in a post just prior to the 2006 election: "An Election Conceived in Nausea." The other predictions in that post have also been borne out by events. Predicting how loathsome the loathsome Democrats will be is not a difficult task -- not if you are minimally honest.

In a new article, Matt Taibbi details the nauseating depths of the Democrats' abominable record over the last year. Taibbi notes the Democratic leaders' lofty calls to inspirational principles -- from Harry Reid ("We have the presidential election," Reid said recently. "Our time is really squeezed."), and from Nancy Pelosi ("We'll have a new president," said Pelosi. "And I do think at that time we'll take a fresh look at it.") Reid and Pelosi offer such resounding calls to first principles as more and more people are slaughtered every day. Couldn't you just die? Lots of people are dying, but not anyone you know (or Reid or Pelosi knows) -- so you don't give a shit.

Taibbi writes:

Working behind the scenes, the Democrats have systematically taken over the anti-war movement, packing the nation's leading group with party consultants more interested in attacking the GOP than ending the war. "Our focus is on the Republicans," one Democratic apparatchik in charge of the anti-war coalition declared. "How can we juice up attacks on them?"

The story of how the Democrats finally betrayed the voters who handed them both houses of Congress a year ago is a depressing preview of what's to come if they win the White House. And if we don't pay attention to this sorry tale now, while there's still time to change our minds about whom to nominate, we might be stuck with this same bunch of spineless creeps for four more years. With no one but ourselves to blame.

Taibbi makes two errors here, one that is obvious and one that is implied. The obvious error is to speak of the Democrats' "betrayal." It is only betrayal if the Democrats had, in fact, been committed to ending the occupation. That in turn would require that they question the basic assumptions of United States foreign policy. But they weren't and they don't, as many of my essays demonstrate. It was betrayal only to those stupid enough to have believed what the Democrats said, as opposed to what their actions -- and the underlying dynamics at work -- showed. I suppose I should add that one need not necessarily have been stupid (and here, I cast my eye around the "progressive" blogosphere): a person might be so consumed with achieving power for the Democrats above all else that he or she is willing to lie endlessly -- so as to curry favor with those in power (or who might be), to wield "influence," and/or to make a sufficient number of mindless readers happy (or keep them suitably intellectually sedated).

Taibbi's implied error is his talk about "whom to nominate." He names Hillary Clinton as one of those who peddles endless "bullshit" about wanting "to do the right thing" -- and he notably fails to mention Obama. Memo to Taibbi: if you're thinking that Obama represents a genuinely different point of view on these questions, you're wrong -- he doesn't. (I'll have more about the particular dangers represented by Mr. Obama, and they are considerable, in the next few days.)

Later in his article, Taibbi offer these sickening details concerning the mechanics of the Democrats' actions:

Rather than use the vast power they had to end the war, Democrats devoted their energy to making sure that "anti-war activism" became synonymous with "electing Democrats." Capitalizing on America's desire to end the war, they hijacked the anti-war movement itself, filling the ranks of peace groups with loyal party hacks. Anti-war organizations essentially became a political tool for the Democrats — one operated from inside the Beltway and devoted primarily to targeting Republicans.

This supposedly grass-roots "anti-war coalition" met regularly on K Street, the very capital of top-down Beltway politics. At the forefront of the groups are Thomas Matzzie and Brad Woodhouse of Americans Against the Escalation in Iraq, the leader of the anti-war lobby. Along with other K Street crusaders, the two have received iconic treatment from The Washington Post and The New York Times, both of which depicted the anti-war warriors as young idealist-progressives in shirtsleeves, riding a mirthful spirit into political combat — changing the world is fun!

But what exactly are these young idealists campaigning for? At its most recent meeting, the group eerily echoed the Reid-Pelosi "squeezed for time" mantra: Retreat from any attempt to end the war and focus on electing Democrats. "There was a lot of agreement that we can draw distinctions between anti-war Democrats and pro-war Republicans," a spokeswoman for Americans Against the Escalation in Iraq announced.

What the Post and the Times failed to note is that much of the anti-war group's leadership hails from a consulting firm called Hildebrand Tewes — whose partners, Steve Hildebrand and Paul Tewes, served as staffers for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). In addition, these anti-war leaders continue to consult for many of the same U.S. senators whom they need to pressure in order to end the war. This is the kind of conflict of interest that would normally be an embarrassment in the activist community.

Worst of all is the case of Woodhouse, who came to Hildebrand Tewes after years of working as the chief mouthpiece for the DSCC, where he campaigned actively to re-elect Democratic senators who supported the Iraq War in the first place. ...

With guys like this in charge of the anti-war movement, much of what has passed for peace activism in the past year was little more than a thinly veiled scheme to use popular discontent over the war to unseat vulnerable Republicans up for re-election in 2008.

Taibbi goes on:

Even beyond the war, the Democrats have repeatedly gone limp-dick every time the Bush administration so much as raises its voice. Most recently, twelve Democrats crossed the aisle to grant immunity to phone companies who participated in Bush's notorious wiretapping program. Before that, Democrats caved in and confirmed Mike Mukasey as attorney general after he kept his middle finger extended and refused to condemn waterboarding as torture. Democrats fattened by Wall Street also got cold feet about upsetting the country's gazillionaires, refusing to close a tax loophole that rewarded hedge-fund managers with a tax rate less than half that paid by ordinary citizens.

After all this, the liberal-progressive blogosphere continues to propagandize endlessly and raise huge amounts of money for "more and better Democrats" -- on the model of Jim Webb, I suppose, one of those "better" Democrats who offered one of the most pathetically stupid defenses in the history of the universe in support of his vote for last summer's atrocious FISA legislation.

Here's a rule you can take to the bank:

Any individual who rises to the national political level is, of necessity and by definition, committed to the authoritarian-corporatist state. The current system will not allow anyone to be elected from either of the two major parties who is determined to dismantle even one part of that system.

Yes, yes: there are a handful of exceptions. That's so some of you can continue to prattle about the virtues of "participatory democracy." That's so you don't notice that the ruling elites don't give a damn what you think, except for brief periods surrounding elections -- when they'll tell you what you want to hear, even though history, including yesterday's history, proves they don't mean a single damned word of it. And please note that the two or three exceptions are not those individuals championed by these same liberals and progressives: note how the leading progressive bloggers themselves led the marginalization of Dennis Kucinich.

I'll be blunt, even rude: You can call it Republican shit. You can call it Democratic shit. You can call it progressive shit. It's still shit. It's still murder, and torture, and criminal war, and a growing surveillance state. If you vote for the Democratic or the Republican candidate for president -- and if you vote for almost any of the candidates for national office -- you're voting for murder. You're voting for torture. You're voting for criminal war. You're voting for the growing surveillance state.

Is that what you choose to do? Is that what you choose to support? Is it?

At the end of his article, Taibbi writes:

How much of this bullshit are we going to take? How long are we supposed to give the Reids and Pelosis and Hillarys of the world credit for wanting, deep down in their moldy hearts, to do the right thing?
Look, fuck your hearts, OK? Just get it done. Because if you don't, sooner or later this con is going to run dry. It may not be in '08, but it'll be soon. Even Americans can't be fooled forever.

Perhaps not forever, but most Americans are perfectly willing to be fooled (hell, they're enthusiastic about it) until the Empire begins to crumble around them -- that is, in ways that directly affect them in their lives. That day may be coming, perhaps sooner than we might prefer to think.

Some of them won't be fooled at that point. But then it will be too late. A lot of you will eat shit until the day you die.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Anyone who thinks hillary or obama will make a speck of difference is in for a very rude awakening.

DEN said...

Better than a CHIMP!

DEN said...

Today is Darwin Day!

Read all about it.

DEN said...

Bring yer bucket for the chimps lies

David B. Benson said...

Yes, Carey, I am trying to tell you something.

Alan said...

Rich folks stick together, don't they? I watched the end of Waxman's hearings on ESPN (Roger Clemens). Democrats were grilling for the truth, while Repugs were tossing softballs and trying to smooth over the evidence. After it was over, some of the repugs came over to Clemens before he left the room.

Alan said...

Distorting Obama

DEN said...

God I dislike Dana Bash! What a shill for the chimp!

Alan said...

Bush Administration Hides More Data, Shuts Down Website Tracking U.S. Economic Indicators

gerald said...

The American Way?

Gerald said...

Why Am I Always Right, Part 2

Gerald said...

Posters, I know that I can piss people off but that is my role as a member of the KMA club. POSTERS, I AM NEVER WRONG!!!!!

DEN said...

Yea sure!

Prove it!

Gerald said...

YES, MARTIAL LAW WILL BE DECLARED AND HITLER BUSH WILL NOT LEAVE THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!

Gerald said...

Posters, it's been proven already with Hitler Bush's signing statements and the laws that were passed by the Nazi Party Congress before the 2006 elections.

Yes, I am never wrong!!!!!

Gerald said...

WE ARE NOW A BANANA REPUBLIC UNDER THE CONTROL OF A PSYCHOTIC, DESPOTIC RULER WHOSE NAME IS HITLER BUSH!!!

FYI! The CIA must have paid their At&T bill because the telephone men were around my telephone wires for three days.

My posts are right on target and totally deadly!!!

gerald said...

The noose is tightening around the necks of patriotic Americans.

DEN said...

Authoritarian idiot

gerald said...

Fits Her to a Tea

E-mails and telephone calls can be great ways to keep in touch. Yet, there’s still something special about getting a card or note in the mail.

Carol Van Sickle of Washington, Pennsylvania, enjoys sending greeting cards to family and friends. And she doesn’t stop there. She includes a teabag or two in each envelope. No wonder people call her “The Tea Lady.”

Writing in Guideposts magazine, Van Sickle says that she loves “the comforting customs associated with tea.” So she sends Earl Grey or Darjeeling or mint or whatever she thinks her recipient would enjoy. She treasures “the thought of a friend taking a little quiet time away from her busy day to relax with a hot cuppa.”

One friend told her that “even when we’re far apart teatime always brings us closer together.”

Look for ways in your life to stay close to your loved ones.

The compassion of human beings is for their neighbors, but the compassion of the Lord is for every living thing. (Sirach 18:13)

My family and friends need my compassion. Jesus, open my eyes to the many chances You give me to touch them.

Although my posts are like teatime with other posters, our posts may comfort all of us as we walk to the gallows under a psychotic ruler whose name is Hitler Bush. We must remember, always remember Jesus's words, "BE NOT AFRAID!"

Carey said...

David,

Yes, Carey, I am trying to tell you something.

Move to Canada? Seriously, gotta go where my brother-in-law could get a decent job and, for me, health care.

I've known for a while, since meeting you perhaps, that it will be time to leave San Diego sooner rather than later.

It was always going to be about water here. Here, there, everywhere.

Anonymous said...

I hope someone can give this video to someone who has cajones and put these quack cops behind bars.

He is an example of our current state of affairs in Nazi America.

David B. Benson said...

Carey --- What sort of work does your brothr-in-law do?

Carey said...

David,

Wouldn't you know it? Martin, a disenchanted editor and journalist, now does medical research for the Navy in a civilian job parceled out to a separate company. It's an excellent job.

Also, Dr. B, did you know Rachel Maddow is a doctorate from Oxford? She impresses me and not just because of that.

Alan,

Those hearings were excrutiating. Wasn't that just bizarre, but not, the aggression in that room this a.m.? Wow, that was something. I forgot you might be interested.

Geez, did sleazy, sick, malignant captialism ooze it's way through that hearing or what??

Boy, oh boy, for Roger Clemens. I watched about half of it. Oh my--he's cooked his own goose. It was sooooooo bad. Do you realize he asked to come forward in those hearings? He brought this on himself.

This part, I mean, all the crap that's about to happen to him. The drug taking, that's a whole different set of variables.

The guy will be absolutely hammered. It isn't right, if there's culpability, it's everyone.

DEN said...

Wait until authoritarian idiot cops get ahold of these.

Bring mirrors to your next riot!

Carey said...

Heck, Den, mere weather system changes can make me and my son dizzy.

I didn't watch the whole thing, got a little nervous.

David B. Benson said...

Rachael Maddow?

Carey said...

I should clarify a statement about the Clemens' hearing. I thought the Repugs were siding with the owners, to take away any heat that might be thrown at them.

They have been implicated, Alan. The Repugs were siding with big business, not Roger Clemens. McNamee is a whistleblower.

The owners are way involved in this drug stuff. Of course they are, star power and homeruns. What more could they ask for? Steinbrenner, et al. Stories abound about owner/corporation attempts to guild their excessive mansions.

David,

I'm not sure how she spells it, actually. She's one of the, maybe the best, of the Air America radio hosts. We write of her often here. She also does political consulting for the Dem network, MSNBC.

DEN said...

g-nite

Alan said...

Awesome mixed martial arts card on Versus right now. Two champions have been defeated already. One, I was disappointed for, the other I didn't really care. Up next is another good title fight with the guy who's father is on Bill Richardson's staff... I'm thinking he is chief-of-staff, but I might be mis-remembering. Carlos Condit is the champion fighter's name, I dunno what his father's is.

Carey, I agree about the baseball owners. I guess to defend big business, you have to defend the player, and vice-versa. But yeah, it DID come out that everyone looked the other way while all this shyt was going on. Better drugs meant better players, which meant more money, etc...

Alan said...

Carlos just won with a guillotine choke hold... the challenger had to tap out (I give) before he fell unconcious.

Alan said...

Ok, Bill Richardson is there at the fight card. So is his former chief-of-staff, the fighter's father.

Hajji said...

Den,
Wow...we get the "early bird special" at the local cafeteria and go to sleep before the sun sets?

I knew a few octagenarians on Miami Beach, when I lived there, who kept the same hours.

The told me it was the key to immortality, and the ONLY way to find a good piece of Nova, before all the vultures decended upon the Deli for brunch...

I think they might have had something, there...

Anywhoo, I just wanted to mention the sprig and boll of cotton, sitting on my desk here at home.

The seed is still inside, against all odds hedged by Eli Whitney. I picked this up driving along the "do NOT pull off" section of US 278 near the Savannah River Nuke site.

I dunno why I kept this chunk of cotton plant. There were thousands of acres, on both sides of the road, but having "pulled off" against all regulations, I was called to step into this field along the river.

A flood plain long before the advent of nuclear energy, these cotton plants there were cultivated gold for the southern states of 'Murkka for more than a century.

Anyway I got to thinkin' about what this little piece of plant means to ME. Why it called to me, specifically, like the olive branch someone brought me (illegally)from near the Temple Mount, in Palestine.

I'm hardly a "true believer"...but I do believe that all mythology, all religious and cultural symbology, especially that which stems from nature, has more than just a casual relationship with how well we humans treat Mother Earth and conversely one another.

Tonight, on PBS, AfricanAmericanLives#2 shows us the dishonesty we put forth when we call ourselves "Scottish Americans" or "Afro-Americans" or "Asian-Americans" or any other hyphenated term.

Don Cheadle, Morgan Freeman, Mya Angelou, Tina Turner and others were all surprised to find so many DNA's other than "African" in their personal "woodshed".

So many of us "European-Americans" falsely claim some sort of genetic connection to "Native Americans".

What is it?

Who ARE you?

You are what you eat.
(at least you are what you DON't Shit...h/t to Wavy Gravy)

You are who your parents are.

You are all those things your grandparents and their grandparents did.

You are ALSO their dreams for their future!

You are the little "white lies" they told their children, to bolster their confidence.

You are the children of slave-owners, of rapists and torturers and murderers...

You are all the sons and daughters of abolitionists, of the best and the worst humanity has to offer.

WE...US...YOU, ME, MINE....

...are all sons and daughters of the adventurous folks who left the Rift Valley eons ago, looking for greener pastures, for a better chance, for nothing more that a CHANGE from the day-to-day horrors of making one's way through the day-to-day, the season-season, the year-to-year...generation-generation drudgery that human life is...

So, it would seem...science tells us that this deck of "race cards"...shuffled and delt...shuffled and delt...for hundreds of thousands of years...

...is still only 52 cards with limitless pairings and suitors...comes down to a single Joker, that is YOU!

YOU are the outsider...YOU are the odd duck!

There's a few BILLION others...just like (and totally un-like) YOU!

Come to think of it...this sprig of cotton represents only a fairly narrow segment of the world's population, but is a considerable of a force, here in the USA, circa 2008.

It doesn't matter if your ancestors got to these shores by DRIVING the boat...or were DRIVEN to the boat, off the boat, and then DRIVEN into the fields...

...we are all indebted to, bolstered by, shamed by, and beholden to...ALL of THEM!

The difference is only a paper-thin membrane that our society has folded between us.

ALMOST transparent, the light from each side shines through, these days as in the past, to enrich each of us...but the membrane still denies real contact.

Far past time to tear the membrane, to join our cousins, our brothers and sisters in promoting the HUMAN RACE in a pro-planet campaign beneficial to us all.

God doesn't live in a palace on a mountaintop. God is the carpet that is woven by the lines of contact between Humans, the planet and the dreams of our fathers.

Roll out the endless carpet...

Grasp the hand and reach out for another.

It'll do a body GOOD!

-T

Hajji said...

Alan,

what happens if a fighter doesn't "Tap Out" BEFORE they lose conciousness?


-T

Alan said...

check out Carlos

The two small pictures are of the weigh-in for tonight's fight. The other two are from his last fight and shows how he won with an arm bar. That's the champion in red, upside down, but he's got the guy's right arm locked and pulling against the elbow using his crotch as the fulcrum. The bigger guy tapped out a split-second after this shot was taken.

Alan said...

what happens if a fighter doesn't "Tap Out" BEFORE they lose conciousness?

That happens. An unconcious opponent is no opponent at all, so the fight is over. On those submission holds, the winner can feel the guy go limp and just gets up. The ref will wave it over when he sees the guy out. But, check out my post above. Some submission holds choke you, some just make you hurt too much to continue.

Alan said...

Stolen from a comment on another site...

Congress should also consider impeaching Scalia for torture comments yesterday. This guy has no place speaking to the foreign press representing America with those views. He added to the embarassment our nation is already suffering.

yeahh, what he said

Alan said...

McCain sold his soul for right-wing support 'yesterday'. He voted against the waterboarding ban. Imagine that. The only candidate, and maybe the only Senator, to actually have been tortured, and he's cool with it all-a sudden.

Alan said...

My bad. That link to Carlos Condit didn't work. Try this one...

Fighter Detail

DEN said...

Not much on one person beating the crap out of another or to 'Tap Out' their opponent, seems rather barbaric to me, just because you can doesn't mean you should.

Hajji, I am up an at em at 4:30AM everyday so early turn in is a must for the 7-8 hours of sleep.