“Maher's wrong. The libertarian movement didn't go nuts. It went to its logical extension. If government doesn't wield the power, the free market's most destructive and corrupt elements will seize it. The last 40 years of U.S. history are evidence of that. For libertarianism to work for the common good, it requires the most powerful, wealthiest elements of the free market to act irrationally -- against their own best interests -- 100 percent of the time, forever. The moment one, even one of those wealthiest elements acts rationally, libertarianism becomes destructive.”
Sterling D Bushnell on May 1, 2013 at 13:28:05
“people vote against their self-interests all the time in American voting booths”
Giovanni Campanella on Apr 10, 2013 at 10:11:42
“Yet it's already been seized and our debt is bigger than our entire GDP. You have a very lacking knowledge of capitalism and you should grow out of condescension. The money supply is owned by the government as are the interest rates. There is no free market and hasn't been for 100 years.
A libertarian government has no regulatory powers and so therefore has no mechanism in place for the ultra rich to take advantage of. It's only big enough to protect you from crime and protect the borders. That's it. No big government to inflate the dollar to near worthlessness and debase the purchasing power of the poor, no corporations getting limited liability, no bailouts, no booms and busts, no granting person-hood to corporations, none of that. Yet with a big government that we have today we have all of that.
That is why corporations spend money on liberals and conservatives - they are the ones that will grow government either for warfare or welfare or both. Government has all the guns and the spaceships and soldiers.
To speak of irrationality on the part of libertarianism is pure nonsense, when every problem we have has been done by democrats and republicans. The president can legally kill you now, you know that, right? Nothing is more nutty than that. And watching liberals defend Obama for doing everything Bush did and watching conservatives defend Bush for doing everything Obama does is nuttier on a scale you can't even imagine.”
“When I went to the White House last May, they weren't serving the president's brew (I'm not a big fan of honey in my beer, and I hear the president likes Blue Moon, another brand I don't really like (it has an oniony aftertaste). They did have Yuengling Light -- I don't usually drink light beer, but Yuengling is my go-to beer, so that's what I drank.
One of my fellow White House guests (a Currahee Vietnam veteran from the 506th Infantry Regiment, FYI for ex-eye-in-the-sky) said he walked out of the White House with a glass of the President's whiskey. Security was, needless to say, much tighter going into the building to be in the same room as the President then it was on the way out.”
“It's actually more expensive to execute someone than to imprison them for life. And, considering how many innocent people have been saved from the death house by college journalism students, it's not like there's a single step in the process that can be called a luxury.
We can probably save a lot more money by abolishing the death penalty and legalizing marijuana.”
“Speaking on behalf of the Campaign to End Incorrect Usage of the Word Scrum, Boehner did not address a "scrum" of reporters. A scrum is an organized formation used to restart a rugby match after a minor infraction. A disorganized pile-up is better described as a "ruck."
Speaking as a former rugby player turned reporter, I'd be sure to pulp Boehner's face with the underside of my boots if we ever wound up in the same ruck.”
“"(Democrats here don't run state rep. races well; so they do not get to play with the crayons when it comes time to color the maps.)"
That's both the cause and result of gerrymandering. While Democrats have had control of the state house and senate - sometimes both - Republicans have held both houses after every census since at least 1980.
The Republicans have drawn the state's congressional, and state house and senate districts for each of the last four censuses. By this time, it's safe to say that Pennsylvania's Democrats don't get the crayons because they don't run state rep races well because they last got the crayons at least 40 years ago.”
hp blogger Joe The Nerd Ferraro on Apr 25, 2014 at 15:57:31
“in the case of the 6th - either of the people who live in the 6th would have been more viable candidates than the imported candidate they want us to vote for from the 7th.”
hp blogger Joe The Nerd Ferraro on Apr 25, 2014 at 15:56:05
“i have seen very cynical behavior on the part of the people in charge of the Democratic Party. Last cycle they got a woman into the race at the last moment with promises of support - then turned on her. It happens over and over.
The party itself is sometimes the Democrats worst enemy.”
“My father and brother both died of cancer. Another brother had a bout with prostate cancer. Beth's on this side of the grass, which makes these photos beautiful. Plus, she's a rugby fan, so that works in her favor too.”
“This isn't strictly about pregnancy, but it does involve children: Don't assume that a 30- or 40-something with a preschooler is a grandmother. Even in the age of "16 and Pregnant," 40-year-old women are still having their own kids. Assume that the child is her kid and not a grandchild. If you're right, you're right. And if you're wrong, she'll thank you for the compliment.”
StarDagger on Aug 11, 2012 at 13:42:49
“If you are 40 and having children you are obviously thinking about yourself and not the health of your child.”
“In my house, Dad (me) reads to the children. Of course, I'm an award-winning newspaper columnist and author of this guy's (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/17/leslie-sabo-medal-honor_n_1431663.html) biography. As such, I always tell kids that the first step toward being a good writer is to read. Yesterday, my 8-year-old son brought home a book about World War II and asked me to read it with him.”
wambam55 on May 4, 2012 at 07:36:28
“"Of course" ?”
tcpcat on May 4, 2012 at 06:49:06
“oh that great. my dad reads to me sometimes when i was younger. i he still does”
“I posted the bit about Mitt's dog riding on top of Air Force One on Facebook weeks ago. Now, if if the president would have gotten the narrative of Sgt. Leslie Sabo's Medal of Honor battlefield valor from me, more than three news outlets would have gotten have the story right.
“Are you sure this is from the Santorum campaign and not a "Daily Show" or Onion gag? If this is genuine, it sure seems like something he's doing to take everyone's mind off the non-proper noun "santorum" references.”
“So Breitbart wants an apology because the media didn't believe him. Well, let's just say his track record ain't great when it comes to credibility. Tell ya what, Andy, you'll get an apology when you apologize to ACORN, Shirley Sherrod and Planned Parenthood for the hatchet jobs you bankrolled. In other words, no apology for you. Not now. Not ever.”
“Kenesaw Mountain Landis should be remembered not just for the Black Sox, but for defending baseball's color line literally to the death. It wasn't until Landis died and was replaced by "Happy" Chandler that Branch Rickey was able to go looking for a black player to revolutionize the sport. Landis was an unrepentant racist and he's on my list to get kicked out of the baseball hall of fame.”
Mr Muckle on Apr 25, 2011 at 17:54:36
“Selective history. It would be kind of hard to remind folk of that little nugget and at the same time entitle the article "In the best interest of baseball". People are likely to wind up confused.”
“I wrote something similar a few months ago - basically, that, any cut to players' salaries must go directly to the fans in the form of lower prices for tickets, Doritos, Cadillacs and Budweiser, and everything else that's advertised on NFL broadcasts. Otherwise, letting the players keep the money is the least objectionable alternative.
BTW, the placekicker on that Philly Stars team (and the USFL's all-time leading scorer) was Dave Trout, who played his high school ball at my alma mater, Southmoreland (Pa.), where future Hall-of-Famer Russ Grimm was the starting quarterback.”
hp blogger Joe The Nerd Ferraro on Mar 22, 2011 at 18:46:10