[quote][b]snarkydude[/b] - @dahreese: Two people shot in Copenhagen this past weekend by an Islamic jihadist. A mall shooting foiled in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the Canadian police are dancing all around, trying not to admit that this was related to jihadists. Also this weekend, your friends lined up a dozen or so people on a beach, and videotaped a mass beheading (in a show of peace and love).
And....the outcry from the general Muslim population is......
Maybe I'M not the one who needs to become better informed.
@snarkydude: That the best reply you've got?
" I do not see Islam as a religion, but as a belief system bent on world domination via the spread of Sharia law."
And you have no intention of becoming better informed.posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 13:05
“I am all for restraint on the issue, and would never hold every Muslim accountable for the acts of a few. But it is not good for us or the Muslim world to pretend that this spreading jihadist violence isn’t coming out of their faith community,” Friedman wrote shortly after the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.
Friedman has a one-eyed view and a lack of understanding upstanding Muslims to to think they do not know that the violence of fundamentalist Muslims are not from the "faith based community."
Where else would they come from?
When are the "Christian" Americans going to hold the George W. Bush administrators, including Bush, himself, accountable for the unwarranted attack on Iraq - which has led to most of the present destruction in the Middle East and continues on today?
Obama is no innocent, either.posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 12:54
[quote][b]marshalld[/b] - “I am all for restraint on the issue, and would never hold every Muslim accountable for the acts of a few. But it is not good for us or the Muslim world to pretend that this spreading jihadist violence isn’t coming out of their faith community,” Friedman wrote shortly after the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.[/quote]
Equally, when "true faith" educated Christian ministers who know better refute and renounce the teachings of fundamentalist right-wing Christians who encourage wars in the Middle East in order to hasten the second coming of Jesus, we might have a balanced see-saw.posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 12:44
Where are snarkydude and swimdawg68 when you need them?posted @ Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 14:15
"There is a place for regulation but "free enterprise" is the reason we can afford powerful computers that can do wonderful things such things as post on a website blog. It is why we enjoy the quality of life that we do."
"Free enterprise" assumes there is such a thing.
"Free enterprise" is better called "free innerprize."
"Free enterprise" doesn't 'expect' government regulations to keep it in business. For example, corporate farms, airlines, railways, telecommunications, etc.
That said, GWB, Obama, and world conflicts aren't the issue is this editorial.
I am not qualified to talk about bandwidth.
However, the American people in multi-thousands of emails, letters, and calls to their congress persons and to the FCC (present writer included), and public demonstrations have made it clear that they want equal access to the internet and have no interest in a two tiered system that favors AT&T, Comcast, Verizon Communications and maybe one or two other similar corporations.
These corporations moan in their beer and whine that regulating the internet as a public utility will stifle innovation and job creation.
it will do no such thing.
As the internet now exists, they have made billions and will continue to make billions if the internet is regulated as a public utility.
AT&T hasn't lost a penny in the telephone business. And continues to raise costs to its customers.
The FCC gives them almost everything they want.
If anything, these corporations would do all within their power to prevent competition from smaller, wanna be, start up companies.
(Do you really have all that many phone companies to choose from? I think not.).
The problem with our economy is too many big corporations and so few smaller ones. For example, compare small town banks to the larger Wall Street controlled banks. Who was it that caused our financial collapse?
If smaller companies can get a foothold, more local jobs will be created including internet access.
Local economies will improve.
Then we would see some real competition for consumers rather than down your throat attitude from bigger corporations.
What you are witnessing from these corporations, AT&T, Comcast and Verizon is greed.posted @ Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 18:48
@snarkydude: " I do not see Islam as a religion, but as a belief system bent on world domination via the spread of Sharia law."
And you have no intention of becoming better informed.posted @ Friday, February 13, 2015 - 09:39
@snarkydude: "Lyndon Johnson got us mired up in Vietnam. 58,000 Americans killed, vs 4,000 in Iraq. Tell me again what party Johnson represented"
"But again....you are one of the more prolific Muslim apologists on this board. I wouldn't expect you to say anything different. You side with them all the time.
"You bring up the three Muslims killed by the guy in NC. Did he state that he killed them because they were Muslim? Did he behead them? Did he put them in a cage and set them on fire? OR are you just trying to make a connection that may or may not be there, because it fits your apologist agenda?"
Getting desperate for material to support your views!
The guy in N.C., you ought to read his wife's views about him. Then maybe you'd be a 'little' informed.
Then you wanna go back to Johnson and Vietnam (which I have clearly stated was a fiasco and that Johnson and Nixon are both war criminals, and Kissinger) but skip over the war failures of GWB, which after six years of loosing, were handed over to Obama.
As to siding with Muslims, I don't lump them all into a terrorist pile like you do.
Oh, by the way, it was Eisenhower who got troops involved in Vietnam - you remember, the "Domino Theory."
Helped to keep the U.S. war economy going....posted @ Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 19:14
And hey, folks!
No comments about the three innocent Muslims killed in N.C. by the white "American" guy?
Does it only matter when an American is slaughtered by a radical Muslim?posted @ Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 16:39
@snarkydude: "This president has supported the Muslim Brotherhood every step of the way. He helped them in Libya and in Egypt, and has made excuses for radical Islam since his first day in office. "
Naw. Just some more of your shooting and hoping to hit something..
"He continues to seek any kind of deal with Iran that he can get, regardless of how one-sided it may be."
Wrong here, too. Iran has agreed to allow atomic inspectors to continuously inspect its atomic facilities. Also, you live with China having atomic powers. India, Israel, Japan, Russia ....
Pakistan is testing them, but you hear no word about that.
You are aware that Iran is the country that ISIS most fears from an invasion?
" The Democrats have not been bullish on national security at home or abroad since WWII."
And Republicans have continued to get us into one needless war after another.posted @ Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 16:31
Schools run by the state.
More proof of the idea that too many who have ever attended school know how one should be operated.
Now, it's the politicians turn.
On the other hand, politicians have always used public education as their whipping boy to get or remain elected.posted @ Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 10:30
It's a step forward when either of you two guys agree with me.
Let's go a step further.
Name some Republican presidents who are just as guilty as Obama about covering up.posted @ Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 16:56
"Worse than that, are the politicians, imo, and then the news for repeating or not following up"
This is the low level of the major news corporations today.
The news is managed so that the people can be managed, damn the truth of the matter; especially our foreign policy.
The Congress, including Obama, rave about openness and transparency, but let a whistle blower reveal any wrong doing by government, including our corporations, and we tighten the laws to prevent such whistle blowing.
Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Sibel Edmonds, Mark Klein, Rachel Carson, Daniel Ellsberg, Michael Rupert, Karen Kwiatkowski, Jesselyn Radack, Coleen Rowley, Wendell Potter, and on it goes.
Question is, when will the American people get enough of corruption to put their patriotism where their mouth is?
The answer is, with the help of the managed news media, probably never. They are well managed to believe that such behavior is just a little here, just a little there - nothing major.
Sports and soap operas are what they should be concerned about.posted @ Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 10:36
"This is what ISIS is all about. Slaughtering innocent people."
It's about religious ignorance
Remember, these ISIS folks are killing Muslims who do not want to conform to such a barbaric form of Islam.
No one wants to talk about it, but the same type thing happened to the American Indians by the Europeans in the sixteen hundreds.
And even as late as the nineteenth century;
True, this is the twenty-first century and we would want to think that the world is more modern and knowledegable about such matters, but such is not the case.
Let's not forget, also, we have our own ultra ignorant fundamentalist who are encouraging war in the Middle East so that "Jesus will hurry up and return."
(As long as they are not the ones who have to go and fight it).posted @ Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 15:28
You guys have short memories.
This is the real kicker;
"Authorities said the scheme defrauded lenders out of more than $10 million. However, Canty’s case and those of alleged coconspirators languished for more than five years, until a Clarke County Superior Court judge dismissed all cases in November 2011 on grounds the defendants’ rights to a speedy trial was violated."
Five years, and Clarke County couldn't put a case together...?posted @ Monday, February 9, 2015 - 17:44
"The public should realize that neither public nor charter will replace the far superior private or home schooled children."
Unless you are talking about bringing in a tutor, it is generally supposed that home schools mean that a parent stays at home and will teach their own children. Such home schools will be successful only if you have "far superior" parents.
And most such parents would rather be out working and having their own careers.
I do know of a successful case where one parent was a math major and the other an English major and they swapped kids.
Unfortunately for the history of public education, it is everybody's whipping boy, especially for politicians and those who have never taught in a public school with needy children.
This charter part sounds good, but let's not expect it to be a panacea for all the ills of public education:
"The final option is to become a charter system. Under this option, the Clarke County School District would obtain waivers from a multitude of state regulations, giving it the flexibility to tailor curriculum, instruction and school services to the students, drawing on the unique aspects of each community (attendance zone) to build not just better education, but a stronger community. The elected school board retains its current authority.
"In exchange for waivers — which could cover anything from testing requirements and teacher evaluation to granting credit for specific work experience to curriculum and programs offered in schools — the Clarke County School District will agree to meet certain achievement targets over the course of five years."
Bring it on!posted @ Monday, February 9, 2015 - 09:41
@swimdawg68: Of course, we've spent money to rebuild mosques. But mosques are not all that has been rebuilt, is it?
You didn't do any fact checking until I posted the link above; which reveals that Republicans have been just as involved as Democrats in the rebuilding of mosques.
"The republicans are in favor of the proposals for freeways, bridges and mass transit. They are opposed to the proposal to fund it."
If Republicans are opposed to the funds to rebuild the freeways, bridges and mass transit, how do they propose to pay for it?
Tax the folks here at home including (you) those without jobs because corporations have moved manufacturing out of the country?
Raise taxes on what's left of the middle class and the working poor?
That chlorine can shrink a lot of things....posted @ Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 12:24
As usual, the tiny male Swimdawg68 never bothers to check his facts. Rather he repeats and believes whatever someone half-baked conservative says.
Funding Mosques Overseas - FactCheck.org
The entire bit can be found here - pro and con.
And there is pro and con as far as political parties are concerned.
Why should American soldiers die to protect overseas corporations that refuse to pay the taxes they owe to the American people?
Why the corporations left this country is immaterial to the question.posted @ Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 10:04
"Dean Barbara Schuster of the UGA Health Sciences Campus ..."...an unexplained decision...."posted @ Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 23:24
"Obama proposes a six-year, $478 billion infrastructure program for freeways, bridges and mass transit, to which the GOP could be amenable. However, there’s no way Republicans will agree to the president’s proposal to finance the new spending with a one-time 14 percent tax — due immediately — on overseas earnings of U.S. companies."
It wouldn't be fair to require those overseas U.S.(?) companies to put their financial loyalty where their mouth is.
Yet, these are the same "U.S. companies" expect the U.S. military to defend them from local populations when those populations feel they are being mistreated (and usually are) from injustices of overwork and poor working conditions (the facts of which are available online to anyone with an inquiring, open, mind).
"... a six-year, $478 billion infrastructure program for freeways, bridges and mass transit" would put every American to work who wanted to work and vastly lift this economy in the direction it should be going.
Republicans would rather put themselves ahead of the needs of this country and the American people and go to hell than have the American economy improve on a Democratic watch.posted @ Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 23:06
"The grant,,,will be spread over five years" is not to say much, but at least it's a nod toward a major problem in public education.posted @ Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 13:35
"And “tough” is a pretty good description of Warren. Nobody bashes Wall Street like Warren, and when it comes to the current hot button issue —"
And let's keep it that way for at least another six years.
I don't support Clinton.
But I will not vote for the wrong Republican either, and so far there isn't a Republican worth voting for, either.
Additionally, we can look for Clinton to get in Warren's way over changing anything about Wall Street if Clinton is elected.
Hillary Clinton will go that low if it means getting elected.
Nor is there a Republican who understands the inter-workings of world affairs like she does.posted @ Friday, February 6, 2015 - 10:11
@RoyBoy: Thanks. I don't disagree that the talk shows are a bunch of hooey - intended to sway the American people to a particular viewpoint.
It's unfortunate we can't just have news that is news and the corporate personalities keep their opinions to themselves.
We do not watch t v. There's really little to watch.posted @ Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 11:10
Poor Michael.posted @ Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 22:51
One for the people (who aren't corporations).posted @ Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 22:46
@melquiades"So exactly what is meant by the 'founding principles of our constitutional republic'?"
As I see it, we're supposed to go back to the days of blindly following the fundamentalist teachings of the purity of our government.
I don't know about you, but I was taught "the system" and nothing was EVER said about the dark side of government.
Wouldn't it be great if those who lead our governments would follow "the founding principles?"
But then, they wouldn't remain elected.posted @ Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 16:57
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