“Then it's all the more puzzling about how someone supposedly so smart finds numbers to be irrelevant. In other words, what I believe trumps objective data. That kind of thinking went out vogue when we emerged from the dark ages.”
heterodoxlibertarian on May 9, 2014 at 00:18:05
“I disagree with him on climate science. It seems to me that when there is an overwhelming consensus of experts in a field you go with the consensus unless there's compelling reason to be skeptical of it for theoretical reasons or knowledge gap reasons. However, he is 100 percent right to argue against the notion of "settled science" as anti-scientific.”
“But reality is settled. The earth is getting warmer- dramatically. There is NO scientific dispute of that point. That's not scientific theory, but observable fact.”
heterodoxlibertarian on May 9, 2014 at 00:21:01
“Yes climate changes. But how much of a role are we playing and how much sense does it make for the US to make unilateral reductions when India and China and much of the rest of the world plan to increase emissions? These are valid questions. My preferred solution is a carbon tax: we know carbon is not good (though I don't buy the Al Gore apocalyptic indictment of it as the.end.of.everything.) so why not tax it and encourage alternatives, provided we cut taxes elsewhere. This type of policy makes sense independent of climate change on pure air quality grounds and makes sense even if the rest of the world does not follow suit.”
“My Judeo-Christian values have not been eroded by President Obama, but by the Christian Right whose hatred, intolerance, greed, derision of the poor and less fortunate and idolization of wealth and power is in direct conflict with what I was taught Christianity is all about. If Sara Palin is the face of today's Judeo-Christian values, I want no part of it.”
huffylib on Apr 30, 2014 at 23:32:44
“FANNED AND FAVED!!! WELL SAID, AND YES, I"M SHOUTING!!!”
“Just curious, did Bush I or II, Reagan or Nixon have "minions" or is it just Democrats elected as President who have "minions". I hear Republicans talk about "minions" all the time. Maybe it's because they believe that only Republicans have a right to hold high political office in the United States and anyone voting Democratic is mentally or culturally inferior.
richardajackson on Apr 29, 2014 at 18:26:36
“Obama ,and his minions lies have involved all of us, and our personal lives. 85% had medical, 70% were happy with theirs. Then Democrats decided that they knew best, and the results have been traumatic at the least. lying IS inferior,and our nation deserves better. many actually trusted him. Now his trust rating is at 37% .........He earned it!”
“Actually, Warren Buffet made a significant statement by abstaining. He' s a good example about using a wide brush to paint everyone. Warren Buffet, one of the country's riches men, has been consistent in his objection to tax cuts and the importance of sharing the wealth.”
marshhen on Apr 27, 2014 at 06:44:38
“But he won't stand in the way of his fellow board members to stand up for that.”
“Gee Mitch, when you make a decision to oppose EVERYTHING THIS democratic President proposes , does, likes, or in any way favors, even things your party originally proposed ( the Affordable Care Act), it should come as a shock to you that ALL Democrats oppose you?
You've made no attempt to meet the President 1/2 way, 1/4 way, 1/8 way, 1/16 way or any way at all.”
“My father-in-law was a life long member of the NRA and an avid hunter. He taught me to hunt. The thought of civilians owning assault style weapons would have struck him as foolish. What game can you shoot with one?
He would be rolling over in his grave to see what the NRA has become. Instilling fear to sell guns is a dangerous proposition.”
“Remember when the GOP was the party of "law around order"?
Now it carries water for the NRA and takes positions directly opposed to organized law enforcement and the right wing heroes are vigilantes who draw down on Federal officers attempting to enforce lawful court orders. If the vigilantes were inner city kids instead of white Nevada ranchers, do you suppose they'd be heroes too?”
“Under the guise of stopping a non-existent effort to "take away people's guns" the NRA has created a gun culture that makes the Wild West calm by comparison. The gun laws in Dodge city in the 1800s are more restrictive than they are today.
Guns in bars, guns in municipal buildings where heated political gatherings are frequently held, what possibly could go wrong? Is the nice little old lady feel like standing up against the guy packing heat while arguing the importance of zoning restrictions?
And by the way, I'm a gun owner.”
spliff1947 on Apr 23, 2014 at 23:09:40
“As a fellow gun owner, I couldn't agree with you more.”
“I'm old (68). I grew up in Kansas. In high school, we studied evolution and there was no controversy... None! In fact, a popular movie at the time about the Scopes Monkey Trial ( Inherit the Wind) was acclaimed because of the acting, but the thought of questioning the teaching of evolution was quaint. In the 1960s, the idea attacking public education would have been insane. Oh, and we started each day with the pledge of allegiance, not a prayer.”
“My complaint is that he never asks the follow-up question. It has become merely a forum for "panelists" to push their current talking points.
For example, yesterday he had a Republican senator and David Brooks tag team on criticizing Obama's handling of the crises in Ukraine, but he never asked specifically what they would do differently. He let David Brooks off by challenging Obama's "manhood".
I liked him in his former role at NBC news, but he's clearly not the right person for this program.”
“You know, the Republican effort to make Obama a one-term President and to obstruct and denigrate the President at EVERY turn on EVERY issue was great fun wasn't it. But then you blame Obama because certain world leaders are not intimidated by his leadership. Gee, do you suppose his international stature would be different if you Republicans hadn't spent every hour of every day since his inauguration denigrating his presidency.”
Jeffrey Sneller on Apr 20, 2014 at 22:29:43
“You are assuming that because I am critical of Barack Obama I am Republican. You are wrong. I was critical of many of President Bush's policies, as well, including his invasion of Iraq. Unfortunately, elections have consequences, and we tend to elect celebrities rather than experienced administrators, governors, for example. Obama was simply not qualified for the job. In fact, by his own admission, he never held one, other than as a part time law professor. If we look back in history, John Kennedy (a Democrat) and Ronald Reagan, (a Republican) were probably our last great Presidents. The reason being, they put Country first and were able to rise above politics.”
“1. Do we really want to engage in a shooting war with Russia?
2. In light of the fact that much of Europe depends on Russia for natural gas, how eager are they to impose substantial sanctions on their fuel supplier?
3. There are substantial numbers of ethnic Russians in Ukrain, is a full scale civil war in anyone's best interest?
4. Do we want to escalate the tension by sending arms, do we know how that will end?
OK, Mr Brooks which would be the "manly" alternative?”
“Considering the fact the the GOP has been absolutely unified in throwing EVERY obstacle to thwart participation, have lied about the law and some states, including mine (Kansas), have done EVERYTHING, to thwart the law, it's amazing. Ironically, our Republican Insurance Commissioner has been the only prominent state-wide office holder to support the law.”