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Mark Begich: New York Fundraiser Cancellation Had Nothing To Do With Bloomberg

Mark Begich: New York Fundraiser Cancellation Had Nothing To Do With Bloomberg

Commented Jun 27, 2013 at 06:28:26 in Politics

“No.  You are right that we can never be sure that the farmer won't get drunk and do that.  We also can never be sure that he won't get drunk and drive and kill somebody.  I am a city kid, so I don't know about fences.  I was just trying to come up with an example.

I do recall reading in the NY Times that the gun laws in Russia are incredibly strict.  No city person can have a gun.  Even the farmer needs to go through all kinds of checks and delays before getting his rifle.  Still, their homicide rate is twice ours.  Why?  They have a huge rate of alcoholism and domestic violence.  The most common weapons are kitchen knives.

I think about cops too.  I have encountered some very bad ones who were nothing but bullies with badges and guns.  They were very abusive toward me.  I have also encountered good, professional and courteous ones.  I wouldn't want to send the second group out on our dangerous streets without their guns. 

It is a very difficult issue.  I wish I had an easy answer for you.  Can you try to be comforted by the fact that NY has such restrictive laws and no other state can change them?”
Mark Begich: New York Fundraiser Cancellation Had Nothing To Do With Bloomberg

Mark Begich: New York Fundraiser Cancellation Had Nothing To Do With Bloomberg

Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 21:09:30 in Politics

“I am so sorry to hear of your tragedy. It makes your position on all of this much more understandable. I formerly worked in mental health (before law school). Do you think maybe some counseling could help you cope better with this? God knows, it is certainly not surprising that your tragedy left you emotionally upset.

I don't know if this will help, but I'll try. Try to put yourself in the shoes of a small farmer in Alaska, thousands of miles from NYC. His herd of sheep are being killed by wolves or coyotes. Should he not be allowed to have a rifle to protect his herd so he can feed his family?

None of this in any way excuses what that slime did to your father. I hope he got put away for a long time. Take care of yourself dear, and good luck.”

NOV42008 on Jun 26, 2013 at 23:37:37

“The farmer is allowed to use it for the reason you have stated, but just like that drunk guy, can we be sure the farmer will not take a drink and do the same thing?  Maybe the guy can learn to get a high fence to protect his sheeps.”
Mark Begich: New York Fundraiser Cancellation Had Nothing To Do With Bloomberg

Mark Begich: New York Fundraiser Cancellation Had Nothing To Do With Bloomberg

Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 20:50:36 in Politics

“I certainly don't blame you.”
Mark Begich: New York Fundraiser Cancellation Had Nothing To Do With Bloomberg

Mark Begich: New York Fundraiser Cancellation Had Nothing To Do With Bloomberg

Commented Jun 24, 2013 at 22:49:17 in Politics

“Well, I don't know. The towns in Alaska are small enough, he probably will be doing some of that. But, Alaska being the largest state, there would be a lot of travel money involved. People are very scattered. Whatever--I'm not about to tell him how to campaign anyway.

I think you and I just see this differently. I am a Democrat who supported the gun bill. But my priority for 2014 is that we keep a Democratic majority in the Senate. Bloomberg is trying to get Democratic Senators unelected. President Obama's job is already hard enough. With a Republican Senate, it would just get a incredibly harder.”

NOV42008 on Jun 24, 2013 at 23:52:34

“BTW, I know people who support guns, and if I visit, I ask them to please lock them away, in a room far far away.”

NOV42008 on Jun 24, 2013 at 23:50:33

“I agree with everything you said, except I am terrified of guns.  My father died by some drunk who decided he needed to use one.  It left my Mom a widow, and my brother and sister without a father.  My fear is so great, when I see a cop, I am more afraid of what he has in his holster, than the ticket.”
Mark Begich: New York Fundraiser Cancellation Had Nothing To Do With Bloomberg

Mark Begich: New York Fundraiser Cancellation Had Nothing To Do With Bloomberg

Commented Jun 23, 2013 at 17:55:41 in Politics

“Here is an honest answer to your question: There are a lot of wealthy Democrats in New York. There are very, very few in Alaska. Bergich needs the New York money to get elected in Alaska.

Very important: He was NOT in New York to get a New York politician elected or unelected. Bloomberg, on the other hand, with his 25 state traveling bus and TV ads IS trying to get politicians in other states unelected.

Second: New York has the most restrictive gun laws on the U.S. They go way beyond the federal gun bill. Begich is NOT trying to change those laws. People on Bloomberg’s bus, on the other hand, go to other states and list names of people shot in other states. They ARE trying to change gun laws in other states.

So Bloomberg IS sticking his nose in other states’ politics and Begich is NOT.

So what if Begich would talk about the gun bill? He decided Alaskans were opposed to it. Believe it or not, I was for it. Now, can you give me an honest answer to my question: If Begich is unelected, you know that he will not be replaced by a more liberal Democrat. In Alaska? Forget about it. He will be replaced by a conservative Republican who would never vote for the gun bill. Is this really what you want?

As far as your question on China: I think you know as well as I do that, unfortunately, rich Republicans and”

NOV42008 on Jun 23, 2013 at 18:26:41

“I bet he would do better if he spent that time meeting with the people in Alaska, going to churches, and inviting them to a town hall.  Do you know how much money he need for that?  My husband once voted for a person because that person made the effort to come to our home to ask for his vote.  Running ads is a lazy way to campaign.”
Mark Begich: New York Fundraiser Cancellation Had Nothing To Do With Bloomberg

Mark Begich: New York Fundraiser Cancellation Had Nothing To Do With Bloomberg

Commented Jun 23, 2013 at 01:00:24 in Politics

“It seems to me that you are really stuck on the fact that
Sen. Begich wanted to do his fundraiser in New York City.  In fact, you talk about Begich “spreading his
germs” in New York.  But all Begich was
trying to do was raise funds for his own reelection in Alaska in 2014.  He was not, in any way whatsoever, trying to
tell New Yorkers what gun laws they should have in New York.  Mayor Bloomberg, on the other hand, is trying
to tell Alaskans what kind of gun control laws they should have in Alaska by trying
to pressure Begich.  That is why 390ish
and I are saying Foul!  And it doesn’t
matter whether you favor more or less gun control, a fair person would have to
admit that Bloomberg, with his billions, is overstepping his bounds. ”

NOV42008 on Jun 23, 2013 at 11:25:59

“Why would Begich need to go to NY to get money?  Who invited him to come, and if he was going to make a speech, what was he planning to talk about, let's hope it isn't about why he voted on the gun bill, and I hope the people who give to these candidates will not be the same people who have thousand of people working in China, who is trying to buy themselves more policies to send more people to China.”
Mark Begich: New York Fundraiser Cancellation Had Nothing To Do With Bloomberg

Mark Begich: New York Fundraiser Cancellation Had Nothing To Do With Bloomberg

Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 23:41:11 in Politics

“I may disagree with them too, but here is the big difference:  They may not be your senator, but they were at least trying to do what senators are supposed to do:  agree on legislation that is best for the Nation.  Bloomberg is a mayor, for God's sake!  He has no part in this process.”

NOV42008 on Jun 22, 2013 at 08:50:27

“This dialog started about his city, he has a great part in this process.  This is no difference than someone advertising in my state, how people should come to their state for a wonderful vacation, and someone saying you should not use guns in that state either.”
Mark Begich: New York Fundraiser Cancellation Had Nothing To Do With Bloomberg

Mark Begich: New York Fundraiser Cancellation Had Nothing To Do With Bloomberg

Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 23:12:32 in Politics

“They are both arrogant extremists. Neither will listen to reason or compromise on anything.”
Mark Begich: New York Fundraiser Cancellation Had Nothing To Do With Bloomberg

Mark Begich: New York Fundraiser Cancellation Had Nothing To Do With Bloomberg

Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 23:07:50 in Politics

“You don't have to "hate free speech" to disagree with what is being said.”
Mark Begich: New York Fundraiser Cancellation Had Nothing To Do With Bloomberg

Mark Begich: New York Fundraiser Cancellation Had Nothing To Do With Bloomberg

Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 23:05:04 in Politics

“Whoa. Bloomberg has gone way, way beyond trying to raise money in his city. The "running ads" link in this very article takes us to ads that Bloomberg ran in Arkansas attacking Mark Pryor. Bloomberg's "No More Names" bus is is in the course of a 100 day, 25 state trip. He has embarrassed himself by including "names" of "victims" such as Boston Marathon suspect Tamerlin Tsarnaev and numerous other violent criminals. His arrogance seems to know no bounds as he lectures people in states like Alaska and Montana about whether, and what kind of, guns they can possess.”

NOV42008 on Jun 21, 2013 at 23:10:43

“There were senators in Washington telling us american the same thing, and they are not my senator.”
Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Commented Jun 15, 2013 at 07:04:26 in Politics

“Absolutely agreed: "There is no shortage of funds, just a lack of leadership." Unfortunately, that's the reality. I went to college in the Midwest and graduate school on the East Coast. I don't know much about the University of Washington, but certainly acknowledge Stanford's excellence. I would be very cautious about terming research outside my field as "obscure and silly." There have been too many serendipitous discoveries in my own field, e.g., anticonvulsants for some reason treat mania and depression. And outside of my field--I don't know what Fleming was doing when he left the petri dish open, but we now have penicillin.

Not to put words in your mouth. But where I think we differ is that you seem happy with the status quo on the amount of R&D being done, and would maybe even cut it back. I grew up in the age of Sputnik and the Cold War. Suddenly, we realized in 1957 that we were #2. It took tremendous effort to get back on top, but we did. We didn't have the luxury of partisan debate like you and I are having. I don't like a lot of things about China, but admit that, in short order, they turned a third world nation into an economic power and have achieved much scientifically. The fact that they are devoting so much more of their GDP to R&D than we are, makes me nervous.”
Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Commented Jun 14, 2013 at 19:23:28 in Politics

“I absolutely agree with you that the absurdly bloated military budget and other items you mention would easily restore NIH's funding with vast sums left over. But the idiotic sequestration doesn't work that way. It's an "across the board" cut. You can't, for example, defund the program for tanks that the military doesn't want and "move" it to NIH. So now we have a situation where applied medical research in midstream is simply going to be irreparably destroyed. I would think this would matter to you unless your "knocked back" comment means that your ideology is so extreme that you feel that anything the government touches is ipso facto ineffective.

Even if you feel that way, consider the primarily "pure" research done at the universities where you say our best scientific research is done. The reality is that in our post-2010 world, funding of
state-supported universities has been drastically slashed due to reductions in federal education spending. So have research grants to scientists in the private schools. And again, in connection with the state-supported schools, in states like Ohio, state support has been drastically cut. In Ohio it was done to allow tax cuts for business and elimination of the estate tax. And this has gone on for many years in many states.

As to endowments: Do you honestly believe that the private schools have drawn on them sufficiently to make up for the drastic slash that has occurred in public schools and government grants.?”

JiminOhio on Jun 15, 2013 at 07:04:26

“Absolutely agreed: "There is no shortage of funds, just a lack of leadership." Unfortunately, that's the reality. I went to college in the Midwest and graduate school on the East Coast. I don't know much about the University of Washington, but certainly acknowledge Stanford's excellence. I would be very cautious about terming research outside my field as "obscure and silly." There have been too many serendipitous discoveries in my own field, e.g., anticonvulsants for some reason treat mania and depression. And outside of my field--I don't know what Fleming was doing when he left the petri dish open, but we now have penicillin.

Not to put words in your mouth. But where I think we differ is that you seem happy with the status quo on the amount of R&D being done, and would maybe even cut it back. I grew up in the age of Sputnik and the Cold War. Suddenly, we realized in 1957 that we were #2. It took tremendous effort to get back on top, but we did. We didn't have the luxury of partisan debate like you and I are having. I don't like a lot of things about China, but admit that, in short order, they turned a third world nation into an economic power and have achieved much scientifically. The fact that they are devoting so much more of their GDP to R&D than we are, makes me nervous.”

olde guy on Jun 14, 2013 at 23:32:40

“two schools, University of Washington, a public institution, and Stanford, a private institution, demonstrate what I am talking about...they are not "hurting"....if this govt. can pay for wars without end, build enormous 100 billion dollar centers in Utah to keep the spying records they are creating, then there is no shortage of funds, just a shortage of leadership. Most research I have seen pouring out of labs is pretty obscure and often silly.”
Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Commented Jun 14, 2013 at 18:03:14 in Politics

“I have heard this quote from you conservatives so many times that I've memorized it. It is one of your "talking points." But all you said was "The real question, Hillary, is this: At this point, what difference does it make?" You didn't give the partial quote any context. The subject matter of the article was the sequestration cuts. Not Benghazi. I'm not a mind-reader. If one or two words from the quote is some kind of "code" you guys use with each other, don't blame us for not picking it up. If you still don't agree that, "Then there is no hope for you," was at least a bit unfair to mratchson, then you and I have very different ideas of what civility is.”
Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Commented Jun 14, 2013 at 07:12:09 in Politics

“Click, "Benghazi," click.”
Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Commented Jun 14, 2013 at 07:10:47 in Politics

“OMG! I've literally lost count. You must be a robowriter.”
Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Commented Jun 14, 2013 at 07:08:03 in Politics

“I doubt he/she could find it even with GPS. Even if they could, they have nowhere near the intelligence to even vaguely understand what goes on there.”
Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Commented Jun 14, 2013 at 07:02:01 in Politics

“They've repeated it so many times, it reminds of this incredibly annoying parrot I used to know. His vocabulary was equally limited, but he never shut up.”
Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Commented Jun 14, 2013 at 06:58:19 in Politics

“Sigh. If it weren't for the Republicans' intransigence, we wouldn't have to choose. Can't you see that?”
Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Commented Jun 14, 2013 at 06:53:16 in Politics

“That's nice. mratcheson asks you a perfectly civil question, and all you do is get snotty. It's completely unclear whether you mean: at this point what difference do the cuts make, what difference if she runs, or what difference with respect to something else. Got it? Have I made it simple enough for you to understand?”

DingoDango on Jun 14, 2013 at 09:47:16

“Listen, I am not getting snotty with anyone. Since mratchson AND you even have to ask what that means....it tells me a lot.

It was a reference to Hillary's flippant attitude and response to questioning of how 4 Americans died in Benghazi and her failure to do a thing about it or even WANT to know what happened.

Her exact response to questioning of how and why the attack happened, was the following:

“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?”

I am guessing since you didn't know she said this that you are an uninformed MSNBC watcher. MSNBC is notorious for NOT reporting anything "harmful" to this administration.”
Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Commented Jun 14, 2013 at 06:33:49 in Politics

“Didn't you already have your rant on this?”
Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Commented Jun 14, 2013 at 06:26:41 in Politics

“We used to have the best scientific research in the world. And you want to knock it back so we end up way behind China and everybody else that's investing more? Good God, man, what are you thinking?”

olde guy on Jun 14, 2013 at 16:28:59

“Actually, it is you not thinking...our best scientific research is in our universities and they have billion dollar endowments and huge numbers of foreign students and imported talent. If this country can approve with no debate, 700 billion dollar a year defense budgets, 100 billion dollar buildings and operations in Utah to spy on Americans, and refuses to enforce our own laws and favors more HB1 visas to prevent Americans from working in our hight tech industries then they have money for what you claim.....Good god, man....this is not rocket science....you have a brain...use it.”
Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Commented Jun 14, 2013 at 06:22:48 in Politics

“I hate to burst your bubble, but they're still married. She may be angry, and rightfully so, at some Republicans taking unfair cheap shots at her. Could it be that it bothers you that she can be awfully tough when she needs to be and doesn't back down from every male with a big mouth?”

rysagr1 on Jun 14, 2013 at 11:34:22

“people think of THEIR angry ex when they see her”
Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Commented Jun 14, 2013 at 06:00:15 in Politics

“I thought the the churches were already getting 10% of the income of those fool, I mean faithful, enough to pay it. So why isn't god fixing everything anyway? What is this 50 cent "surtax.?" I'm not sure it's as good a deal as you think it is.”
Edward Snowden NSA: Guardian Reveals Identity Of Whistleblower Behind NSA Revelations (VIDEO)

Edward Snowden NSA: Guardian Reveals Identity Of Whistleblower Behind NSA Revelations (VIDEO)

Commented Jun 10, 2013 at 16:12:10 in Media

“Sage: I'm so inexperienced with Huffpost, the only way I could think of communicating with you is to reply this comment. I want to explain that I did the Hi Sage Rosen! only because I thought Huffpost's standard message about a reply was from you, not Huffpost. I'll get this down eventually. Please pardon my confusion.”
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