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What Others Say: Who does Congress work for? (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

@marshalld: If you don't have a pot or pan to bang on, I'll lend you one and we'll make sweet music in the street.

Hell, change has got to start somewhere.

posted @ Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 13:08

What Others Say: Who does Congress work for? (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

"Under the circumstances, it was reasonable for Warren to ask whether Congress works for “the millionaires, the billionaires, the giant companies with their armies of lobbyists and lawyers? Or does it work for all of us?”

The answer is nothing new and has long been clear.

Still, the American people, while supporting regime changes in other corrupt countries, are loathe to do the same in their own country.

One does not have to be violent to be militant, but without some peaceful militancy nothing (Congress/the White House) is going to change.

"In her final column Molly Ivins wrote: "We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders. And every single day, every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action to help stop this war. Raise hell… We need people in the streets, banging pots and pans and demanding, "Stop it, now!"

posted @ Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 10:57

What Others Say: America is better than terrorists (The Augusta Chronicle)

Pleased, also, that you have done well financially.

There was a high school class ready to graduate, and everybody had passed all of their classes except one that everybody called "Old Stupid." No matter how hard the teachers tried, Old Stupid just could not pass math. However, a special test was made especially for Old Stupid and he graduated with the rest of the class.

At the ten year reunion everybody was there except Old Stupid and they all talked about him, joked about him and wondered where he was and if he would show up. No one had heard from him or anything about him.

Eventually, a long white limousine arrived, the driver got out and opened the passenger side sliding door and out came Old Stupid with a beautiful girl on each arm.

The class couldn't believe it and they all rushed up to speak to him. They said to him, "We've been talking about you, wondering where you've been and how and what you've been doing.

Old Stupid said, "Well, I've been everywhere and seen a lot of places and things.

When we graduated I tried to get a job, but could never do the math, so I had to look out for myself and do something.

Somehow, though, I learned to buy things for one dollar and sell them for two.

You just can't beat two percent.

posted @ Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 15:13

Towery: GOP shouldn't laugh at Trump presidential bid

We need an "all women" "staunch conservative" slate;

Michelle Bachmann for President,

Sarah Palin for Vice President,

Ann Coulter for Secretary of State

Liz Cheney for Secretary of Defense

Michelle Malkin, as Press Secretary

posted @ Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 11:37

What Others Say: America is better than terrorists (The Augusta Chronicle)

@swimdawg68; You are a "staunch conservative."

Isn't that a surprise...?

And this; " Common sense is generally obtained in the real world and not in the cloistered world of academia."

A statement often made by conservatives, "the real world", and especially those in the business world who think making money is the mark of success.

The world of academia scares conservatives because it makes them confront "real life", especially self-introspection. And learning that the world is not all about "me, mine and ours"; that other cultures and other religions are equally valid.

Do a little academia, if you dare.

Read (online) Ibsen's "Enemy of the People."

It's a little long, not too long.

I'd like to know what you think of it.
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“If you should rise from Nowhere up to Somewhere,
From being No one up to being Someone,
Be sure to keep repeating to yourself
You owe it to an arbitrary god
Whose mercy to you rather than to others
Won’t bear to critical examination.
Stay unassuming. If for lack of license
To wear the uniform of who you are,
You should be tempted to make up for it
In a subordinating look or tone,
Beware of coming too much to the surface
And using for apparel what was meant
To be the curtain of the inmost soul.”

― Robert Frost
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Oh. Do you count growing up on the streets as the "real world?"

posted @ Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 11:19

What Others Say: America is better than terrorists (The Augusta Chronicle)

If by "liberal" you mean someone open to new ideas and possibilities rather than stale "me/us and our kind" ideas, I'm proud to be a liberal.

Only the academically dense swallow the 'dribble' of Cal Thomas, John Stossel, Michael Reagan, FOX and the editorials of the Augusta Chronicle.

posted @ Friday, December 19, 2014 - 11:10

What Others Say: Cautious new day for U.S.-Cuba relations (Miami Herald)

The majority of critics of resuming relations with Cuba limit their view to the 1962 Cuban Crisis; that Cuba was a communist nation, a puppet of Russia and therefore egger to establish a missile base to use against the U.S.

These critics need to go farther back into Cuban/American historical relations for a deeper understanding.

Prior to Fidel Castro's rise, a Cuban was either rich or poor, thanks to the support of the U.S. for Cuban dictators favorable to U.S. control of Cuba.

In deed, the population as a whole of South America and Central America is fed up with U.S. control.

posted @ Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:54

Funt: Democrats' worst 2016 enemy is themselves

[quote][b]TeeWee[/b] - Now that Jeb Bush has his hat in the ring, it is more important  than ever that we draft Liz Warren as President and Bernie Sanders as her running mate for Vice  President. Liz will appeal to our base and the Independent Sanders will appeal the vast number of independent voters.  What a winning pair for 2016.  
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Of course, you gest. However, if such a ticket could win, I think you would find more accountability than from other candidates from either party.

But, Warren is fine where she is; biting the butts of Wall Street and making them howl, plead and whine and documenting that they are a bunch of thieving B..........ds.

Break up the big "too big to fail" banks.

Break up the monopoly of big corporations.

I'm all for it.

And in the process, the media - papers, t.v., radio, big entertainment, and, AT&T.

Put "competition" back into the market where it used to be.

That - will create jobs.

posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 17:06

What Others Say: America is better than terrorists (The Augusta Chronicle)

@swimdawg68: " I wonder when the republicans will conduct hearings on the drone strikes ordered by Obama that have killed innocent people. How humane is that?"

Not humane at all.

Will it shock you to know that liberals would support such a hearing?

"War is a racket."

posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 16:52

What Others Say: America is better than terrorists (The Augusta Chronicle)

Since I have been reading it, the Augusta Chronicle has never published a straight talk editorial.

This one is no different.

Alas, the poorly informed, the unable to comprehend, those who never challenge its viewpoints, those who never check its accuracy, eat it up.

Why, oh why, must the Athens Banner Herald EVER need to use the AC's editorials...!

posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 13:35

Dupuy: Torture is sadistic catharsis

"Obama has decided not to pursue criminal charges against the architects and practitioners of the CIA’s well-documented torture program."

But, don't get caught stealing a six-pack, or a package of luncheon meat (even if you are hungry).

posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 20:13

VIDEO: Obama says US ending outdated approach to Cuba

I would love to visit before the U.S. really gets back in.

posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 20:07

Obama: US ending outdated approach to Cuba

About damned time!

posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 13:01

Crisp: Torture is stain on American honor

This is the last few lines of a reply to you on another topic to you (which was much longer).
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"I'd like to see your list of reasons why people can't be self-sufficient. That would be interesting."

>I'd like to see you try and teach these kids you've been talking about.

>Then, you'd have your answer.

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 20:28

Crisp: Torture is stain on American honor

@snarkydude: "As for @dahreese and others who continually apologize and try to justify the behavior of these ghouls, you can't make a case strong enough to justify what these bloodthirsty people do."

Ah!, another revelation of the depths of your shallow world view.

No one has apologized "for what these ghouls do" - "their ghouls" or "our ghouls."

Reality is some of us have ethics enough to admit our country's wrong doing is just as bad as anyone, anywhere else.

Pathetically, you still want to live in your dream world that, "Yeah, maybe we did make a mistake or two, but the other guy is really, really the enemy.

And why not believe that?

You were raised in your community to believe that.

You were taught in your school to believe that.

Your conservative (main stream) media tell you that.

You never questioned it then and you still can't bring yourself to question it now.

You're scared to question it.

That's " too liberal."

"In anticipation of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s release of the executive summary of its torture report last week, American embassies around the world bolstered their security and vigilance. But a shocked reaction from the outside world never materialized, probably because no one was shocked or even particularly surprised."

Around the world, "...no one was shocked or even particularly surprised."

Do you suppose "Around the world" they know more about the dirty side of your country than you do?

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 20:08

Park: Domestic turmoil reflects arrogance of American foreign policy

@swimdawg68: " Park did talk about Ferguson in a general sense when he stated Ferguson was an example of " a hyper-violent incident of policing".

Yet, your comments center on Ferguson rather than the topic of Dr. Park's column.

Just what, in your opinion, is his article all about?

And if it's not Ferguson, then why not talk about the topic instead of Ferguson?

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 13:36

Crisp: Torture is stain on American honor

Scaarbro, old girl, I don't mind your negs.

From you, I expect it....

But at least do me the courtesy, in this case, of what your neg is all about.

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 13:31

Park: Domestic turmoil reflects arrogance of American foreign policy

@swimdawg68: " Most conservatives read the facts that were presented to the Ferguson Grand Jury and came to the same conclusion they reached."

The topic, the subject, the main theme of Dr. Park's article is NOT about Ferguson....

You are a prime example of someone with a degree, but no education.

Show us the brilliance of your mind and tell us what IS the point of Dr. Park's article.

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:20

Park: Domestic turmoil reflects arrogance of American foreign policy

@snarkydude: "George W. Bush, to his credit, took a stand for America after we were attacked by members of a belief system that isn't worth the powder it would take to blow 'em to hell."

BS!

GWB's thinking had nothing to do with a 'belief system.'

It was an attack on Iraq and Saddam Hussein for oil, nothing else.

NOR is the subject of Dr. Parks article about Brown or Garner.

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:10

Crisp: Torture is stain on American honor

"They believe they will be rewarded for killing innocents."

No, they don't; not for killing "innocents" as you and I understand the word. Those whom they kill, they do not see as "innocents."

"You cannot defeat an enemy who has sworn to kill you and your family with understanding and empathy. Take care of the problem and win the peace."

Do you never wonder how much of the "problem" is caused by the U.S..?

Do you ever realize, never wonder, just how much the U.S. plunders the natural resources of other countries?

Do you really believe that the wealth of this country is built on "free market" enterprise?

Are there terrorist?

Of course there are terrorist.

And "they" do not have a monopoly on it.
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That said, the children killed at the school (as reported today) were innocent, and those who did it need to be held accountable.

That said, who is going to be held accountable for the torture and killing of innocents by the U.S.?

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 09:46

Ambrose: More conservatives needed on college campuses

[quote][b]snarkydude[/b] - @dahreese: "We" have free public education. You know what that is, don't you? Didn't you show up there for a paycheck for a few years?

>All I did was show up. Ask some of my students, some of whom are now retiring themselves. Ask the ones who thanked me for being so hard on them that it kept them out of jail. Or the one who probably paid me the best compliment I ever got; "Oh, yeah! I remember your classes. Didn't take no crap, you were there to learn."

"We" already provide opportunities for people to "pick themselves up by their own bootstraps". It's a helluva lot better than standing in a bucket and trying to pick the bucket up, which is how Churchill, I think, described socialism.

>Churchill did serve in the military, but most of his life, he lived with a silver spoon in his mouth.

>Why is it conservatives rarely blast corporate socialism - which, when it comes to paying taxes, is quick to accept it?

The opportunities are there for people who want to take advantage of them. I'm all for making it possible for people to get the skills that will give them access to good jobs. I've said that plenty of times.

I've also said that I don't feel sorry for people who don't take advantage of those opportunities, and I think we make it very easy not to do so.

>It is extremely difficult to motivate people to get an education, especially when there are not examples of success found in the home. "Generational poverty" is a FACT, not a myth. Are there exceptions" Of course there are exceptions. But an exception is just that, an exception, not the rule.

>Nor is that confined only to the black race as some on here keep harping about.. White rednecks are the same way.

There's a very different kind of poverty now than when my parents were young and poor. There wasn't a social safety net during the Great Depression. People who grew up during those times understood that getting an education was key to a good job and a better life.

>Some did, some didn't. There were both in my family.

New Deal programs required effort from the participant in order to receive the benefit. Today's programs require nothing. Just sign up, and get a check.

>Can't remember if you were one or not, but we've had folks on here swear that Roosevelt's 'public works' program was a failure.

If you expect to change the cycle of destructive, dependent behavior, we are going to have to make major reforms in our entitlement system...."

>Hey, I'm all for it!

>We need jobs, even public work jobs.

>But the taxpayer, the Republican leadership in particular, whine it's not the responsibility of government to create jobs - these same Republicans who champion manufacturing going out of the country....

We are going to have to find some way of making young people finish school, more so than we do now.

>If you can find the way, we'll bottle it, sell it, and be fixed for life.

We are going to have to find some way of changing the culture that encourages young women to have children at a young age, and continue to have mutliple children they can't afford to support.

We're going to have to find a way to make those fathers responsible not only for the support of their children, but for the nurturing of their children......yet any time someone proposes to do just that, the left comes screaming down with cries of "racism".

>Same answer as above.

We have an illegal immigration problem, because jobs are there that our citizens will not do. We make it too easy to sit at home and draw a check. Working for what you have gives people a sense of accomplishment that receiving a handout does not provide. We need to require work from every person who is not aged or physically or mentally disabled in order to receive help from the government. We need to return to "help", not provide a lifestyle.

>I can't disagree changes are needed. However, as soon as someone on welfare gets a job, his/her benefits are cut and that still leaves them in poverty.

There is a huge cultural problem with a segment of our society, and it isn't just confined to one race of people or ethnicity. I don't believe that the left in general, and the Democrats in particular, are interested in making people self-sufficient. We make it very simple for people to slip into poverty and never do any better.

>Interesting, though, how Republicans are scrambling for the minority vote....

America offers the most opportunity for people who are poor to improve their lives, yet so many of our people fail to take advantage of those opportunities.

>I can't say.

I'd like to see your list of reasons why people can't be self-sufficient. That would be interesting.
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>I'd like to see you try and teach these kids you've been talking about.

Then, you'd have your answer.

posted @ Monday, December 15, 2014 - 18:24

Park: Domestic turmoil reflects arrogance of American foreign policy

We have, here, the usual criticisms of those who have no idea, and are not going to bother to find out, who or what Dr. Park has done for this country.

Easier to be an uninformed critic.

Easier to try to take one comment out of the whole context; "Dr. Park, in typical liberal thinking, calls the shooting of Brown in Ferguson as "a hyper-violent incident of policing" and try to present your thinking and world experience as superior to his.

That Americans have a fear of anything different is reflected from such news media as FOX, but not limited to FOX. Fear of one sort or another is a constant theme from such media.

Nor did the major American media hesitate to beat the drums, blow the bugles for an unnecessary war/attack in Iraq.

An excellent example of fearing something different can be found locally in Cobb County where a Muslim congregation has been denied a location to build a Mosque.

There is no shortage of similar examples.

This is the point of Dr. Park's comments; "The blurring of [the] line between foreign security and domestic security operations, coupled with American security policies characterized by an irrational fear of all things perceived as “different,” has set the stage for this dangerous collapse in relations between the police and the public."

"...an irrational fear of all things perceived as “different,” has set the stage for this dangerous collapse in relations between the police and the public."

Such exaggerate fear has lead police in this country to become a "military force" not a police force.

"What we have witnessed in both the Ferguson, Mo., and New York ...may be seen in a grand context of the transformation of American character, where national arrogance has mandated our foreign policy.

"... this arrogance...has returned to the domestic political dynamics."
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Jumpin' Jesus! will some of you people EVER learn to read?!

(But back in '68 UGA was accepting almost anybody who wanted to come - qualified or not).

posted @ Monday, December 15, 2014 - 14:57

Ambrose: More conservatives needed on college campuses

@snarkydude: " Still....bottom line, hoss.....if those who produce and sell products and services didn't do what we do, you wouldn't get a paycheck."

It is a given that we all need food, clothing and shelter. That's the nature of being alive. But if that's all there is to life, we are no better than the animals below us, who also need food, clothing and shelter.
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"I think we should provide opportunities so that everyone can achieve to the best of their abilities."

Hummm. That's new.

You usually chime that everyone ought to pick himself up by his own bootstraps.

So, just who? is the we? that should provide "opportunities?"

posted @ Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 14:56

Ambrose: More conservatives needed on college campuses

[quote][b]jtsim[/b] - @dahreese: While you are enjoying the "fine arts" try to remember who makes your food, your clothing and your shelter. And your upscale car. I forgot about that one.
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I don't need to "remember."

If you would read what I've said, not what you think I've said, I've acknowledged physical labor.

I can also sew my own buttons, make a garden, cook and do mechanical and home repairs.

And enjoy and understand the "fine arts" in the process.
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My "upscale vehicles" are a 2001 Honda Civic, and a 2003 Toyoto Tacoma.

I can afford better, but both fit my needs.
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The "fine arts" are inherent in human nature, the crème de la crème, and give MEANING to life beyond the need to meet life's daily needs of food, clothing and shelter.

An that's a hard damned lesson for conservatives to learn.

That's why they're conservatives - they miss it.

posted @ Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 12:06

Ambrose: More conservatives needed on college campuses

[quote][b]snarkydude[/b] - @dahreese: I'm glad you know liberals who work hard for their money. Keep in mind, though......without people engaged in commerce and manufacturing, those of you engaged in the "soft arts" wouldn't have any tax money to pay your salaries.
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Your vision of manufacturing and commerce are too narrow (should I say 'conservative')?

The "soft arts" are 'also' about commerce. We just manufacture a different product - one that helps people enjoy life; express themselves.

Those of us who engage in the "soft arts" also pay taxes - in the same percentages that you do. And your car sales (supposing you sell 'upscale' cars) would be a LOT less without us.

By way of explanation; "The swords of Caesars are less than rust; the poet doth remain:'

The "swords' are the kinds of 'manufacturing/worldly goods'' you speak of.

The Caesars are the CEOs, the money grubbers, Wall Street....

The "fine arts" are inherent in human nature, the crème de la crème, and give MEANING to life beyond the need to meet life's daily needs of food, clothing and shelter.

An that's a hard damned lesson for conservatives to learn.

That's why they're conservatives - they miss it.

posted @ Friday, December 12, 2014 - 21:10

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