“You know, everybody keeps talking about how many people will be hurt by a government shutdown, but what about all of the people who are just barely hanging on waiting for the healthcare law to be enacted?
From my perspective it seems like the Republicans are doing everything in their power to prevent low income, self employed and sick people from getting the care they need and deserve - and then they have the audacity to claim that they're somehow acting in the best interest of the citizens of this country. So I have to ask, which citizens, exactly, are they trying to help? Certainly not me!”
“Good point. I know people complain about it being dark in the morning, but the way I see it, mornings are "lost time" anyhow - most people just get up and drag themselves to work or school, so why waste the daylight then when you can't enjoy it? Much nicer to have it in the evenings when more people can be out and about. I fear my night owl bias is showing!”
Zariana on Mar 9, 2013 at 19:47:55
“There's also almost an hour difference in when the sun rises/sets on either end of the time zone (east side or west side).
So while people in Boston may want daylight savings to give them the extra hour at night, the people in Detroit already have that hour and would rather not do DST because they are tired of going to work in the dark the whole year.”
“BINGO! Let's say a white kid was walking through a predominantly black neighborhood, and a black man thought he looked suspicious and decided to take his gun and follow him, despite being instructed by the authorities not to do so. The white kid, fearing for his life turns and assaults the black man, who shoots the white kid dead. Are you kidding me? That black man would be in jail faster than you can say the N word!”
StephenJK on Apr 8, 2012 at 06:55:27
“Why would anyone, UNARMED, attacked an armed person? That's just a death wish. The thing is, Trayvon didn't know Zimmerman was armed until he was shot to death. If you're going to carry a firearm, LEGALLY, it should also be included in the law that you have to let the suspicious person know you are packing heat. The law down there in FL is flawed. A person should be fully informed before attacking anyone. Because I sure as heck wouldn't attack an armed individual if I was not also armed.”
Banghouse on Apr 8, 2012 at 05:30:08
“White's actually believe their nonsense and think everyone else is crazy for not being on board.”
“There's just no way to remove race from this equation. The only thing that Trayvon was doing was walking. Now, unless Zimmerman considers all pedestrians to be suspicious, the only criteria that he could have possibly used to decide that Trayvon was "suspicious" was WHAT HE LOOKED LIKE.
At this point, none of us really knows the details of the altercation, and given the craziness of the Florida laws, I think it's anybody's guess how this will all turn out in a legal sense. But if Trayvon had been a white kid wearing a letter jacket, Z never would have followed him in the first place.”
Davewaybe on Apr 8, 2012 at 08:04:29
“Its the same criteria as your local law enfocement officer uses to make a stop and search on any street in the USA.... nothing at all unusual for them.”
Robert Santangelo on Apr 8, 2012 at 04:07:35
“No, they have already stated that he did not identify trayvon as black until the 911 dispatcher asked him.. geez this is old news where are you. You are correct there is not way to remove race from this now. Now since most juries wind up 70% white... and over 50% of them don't believe he is guity...well you do the math... Zimmerman has about as much chance of being convited as you do of being struck by lightening. Gotta love those race baiters.”
“Eeee gads! The whole concept of this little exercise sort of bothers me. I'm not technically a native since I was born during a brief period when my parents happened to be out of state, but my family goes back multiple generations in Colorado.
It's not that I don't want to be welcoming, but the whole concept that everybody is "from somewhere else" really bothers me... it's sort of like people view our state as a place to make an extended tourist stop... and then they want us to build more highways so they can pollute the air driving back and forth to the mountains every weekend, and pave more of the prairie so they can have cheap ticky tacky houses to live in, and build more shopping malls so they can have all the fancy brand name junk that they were accustomed to in whatever metropolis they came from.
I'm glad that y'all like my state, I just wish you'd stop trying to turn it into the places you were trying to get away from when you came here in the first place!”
“I am so relieved that the dog has been released and no charges are being filed. I saw the segment and I just couldn't believe it. I mean the dog was growling and she just kept sticking her face closer and closer... she was practically kissing this growling dog... it was really one of the stupider things I've ever seen a person do. I'm heartened to see her acknowledge her mistake, and hopefully people can take this as a teachable moment about how not to act around dogs!”
homer winslow on Feb 28, 2012 at 14:47:08
“Actually, unless things have changed, the owner is being charged with violation of leash laws and not controlling his animal. The 9news studios were the ones who allowed the dog on the set without a leash, so if there are any fines, they should be the ones who pay them.”
repugnicansfearme on Feb 28, 2012 at 14:37:52
“She's an idiot who was looking for a good camera angle for her and the pooch.”
“"storm warnings prompted shoppers to stock up on food and liquor" - because, you know, how could anybody make it through a blizzard without a few bottles of scotch! Seriously?
p.s. I can never figure out what qualifies as national news and what doesn't. I've lived here in Denver most of my life and this storm really isn't anything to write home about. On the other hand, about 10 years ago we had about 3 and a half feet that literally shut down the whole city for a week, and it got nary a mention on the national news. Go figure...”
“DMCA is a nice idea, but it really isn't enforceable, especially if you're a small time content producer. I have contacted numerous websites repeatedly asking them to stop redistributing my copyrighted content... Never once have I received a reply, nor has any of the sites ever responded by taking down the content. I'm not saying that these bills are the answer, but I think that if you'd spent hundreds of hours creating content that barely earns you a living, while other people were raking in profits by illegally redistributing your work, you might feel differently about the topic.”
debekniss on Jan 15, 2012 at 01:47:41
I am a webmaster how are you copyrighting your work? See a attorney who deals with it and get a form letter written as I have and I assure you none of my stuff has stayed up on someone elses site for more then 12 hours. Even google honors it when their webbots get stuff they will remove it if not sue then and make money. They will pull it servers have strict rules they have to abide by. If the one who is infringing does not comply go to their server and get them shut down.”
“I must say, it's making me a tad bit crazy to watch folks in the media grilling various newly elected Democrats asking THEM what they are willing to compromise on - as if it's the Democrats who haven't been willing to make any concessions. It seems to me that the democrats have given, and given and given... which isn't actually compromise, it's capitulation. Real compromise requires concessions from both sides. So I say Democrats should not budge one inch unless and until the Republicans are willing to meet them AT LEAST half way if not more.
But unfortunately, the Republicans have a huge advantage in this situation - they care not a whit about what happens to the people of this country. So they are perfectly happy to allow the government to grind to a halt, because that's their ultimate goal anyhow. Honestly, I'm not really sure how you fight that sort of tactic.”
starmanx on Nov 8, 2012 at 01:33:41
“Great post and so very accurate!
Absolutely love your avatar.”
“I totally agree with you, but here's the thing. Even if mankind stopped ALL carbon emissions today (like everybody, including China) which we all know isn't going to happen, the world will still continue to heat from the stuff that's already been spewed into the atmosphere. And it seems like many of the feedback loops have already kicked in (albido, methane etc.)
This means that whatever we do, people aren't going to see any benefit... in fact, failing some as of yet unknown variable, things will continue to deteriorate for at least a generation... and that's if all emissions stopped now - which we all know isn't gonna happen - not even close.
So here's my question... how do you get people on board for something that in all likelihood is too little too late, and at best won't pay any dividends for a generation or two?”
einhverfr on Nov 3, 2012 at 06:41:07
“You can't stop carbon emissions unless we decide to stop making things out of metal.”
Chipher on Nov 3, 2012 at 03:45:47
“...and at best, won't pay any dividends EVER, ...unless you are an UNLIMITED commodities futures speculator, which is those why international financial cartels are underwriting 'AGW'. It's EXACTLY the same marketing plan as Cheney's WMD, "unequivocal evidence', the 'clock is ticking', and 'we can't wait for proof'. Hey, it worked for the Bush Oil Wars!”
“GZ did nothing wrong?!? Are you kidding me?!? He was clearly told by authorities NOT to follow the kid, and he did it anyway. I'm not saying that Z set out to shoot M... I think that ultimately the whole thing is a terrible tragedy caused by snap judgments, fear and misunderstanding on both sides. But the fact remains that once GZ dialed 911 his job as neighborhood watchman was finished. All of his actions beyond that point were at best stupid and very likely criminal. Which is why the evidence and the laws should be presented before a jury.”
Matt andras on Apr 8, 2012 at 08:22:28
“Have you actually listened to the entire tape.. He was told not to follow after he exited the vehicle, and when the dispatcher told him he didn't need to do that. he immediately ceased... What dont you hear in the tape, that the rest of us hear???”
freedom is right on Apr 8, 2012 at 04:08:34
“He was told not to follow most likely for his OWN safety. And is following and trying to keep an eye on someone the same thing? It's his job to watch.. and aid officers. If he watched "too" much.. that's hardly a valid reason for being attacked.. what many here are trying to assert. I do agree that there was most likely bad judgments by both sides. I think Trayvon was angry that GZ was watching him. And if he was doing nothing wrong, who could blame him? The question I need answered is how GZ got his injuries. Before I learned about the injuries I thought he was guilty too.”
“How could Martin possibly have known that Z was a neighborhood watchman... he admitted that he never identified himself as such. Z had no authority to follow M and was instructed by the authorities not to do so. From Martin's perspective, he was absolutely being stalked.”
“But that's exactly what I'm saying... following someone at night is in and of itself a threatening act... it was Zimmerman stalking Martin that was the "first swing". Martin clearly felt threatened, and felt that he needed to defend himself. None of us knows exactly what happened when the two finally met face to face... but the fact remains that the altercation began the moment Zimmerman decided to follow Martin, which clearly makes Zimmerman the instigator.”