Mar 17, 2014 at 09:52:06
“I'm not denigrating your music, your talent, or your role in musical history, but that's like being proud of never dating the prettiest girl in school, when there never was a chance of it happening. It's pretty easy to say you'd turn down an honor that will never be offered...”
“Richard, a reasonably well intentioned person would know that your statement, by definition, cannot be true. A fact is something known to be true or provable. Facts are often debated, but remain solid despite their effect on opinion. An opinion is a judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty, and thus reveals a "bias." There's nothing wrong with having a bias, it just means we tend to think in a certain way about a certain thing. To say that "your Rachel" is without bias, however, is intellectually fraudulent. You feel it to be true, so you believe it to be true...a regrettably common mistake.”
cobraxus on Mar 6, 2014 at 09:15:16
“she has a definite viewpoint/worldview which she is intellectually able to support by marshaling the facts.bias implies an agenda and a willingness to support it by whatever means necessary,such as obfuscation or outright lying.the major difference between us godless commie liberals and our friends on the right is that we(the former)are struggling to build a place that does not exist while they(the latter)are trying to return to a time that never was.”
“Just what do you hope to accomplish with more feckless laws? The ones on the books now are irrelevant to criminals, as will be new ones. What new regulations are you specifically seeking? Be careful about what you may deem to be "common sense" changes, by the way. Common sense has a wide breadth of interpretations...”
This is only one of many. If you do a google search for gun ownership you will find similar results. Percentage of households owning guns are on the decline but the number of gins in each gun owning household is increasing.”
“I will say this as a non-gun owning person forever: We do not need ANY more gun laws. Simply enforce the ones that are on the books...same with immigration laws, for that matter. The guns are irrelevant, and will always be accessible, it's the disturbed people that create the mess. And in a country with more that 313 million people, no law will ever prevent disturbed people from doing disturbing things. Don't punish the rest of us for the actions of so few...”
pluggy64 on Dec 14, 2013 at 14:35:21
“Simply enforce the ones that are on the books. Jonny, that would make too much sense.”
LarryinDurango on Dec 14, 2013 at 13:44:14
“The human experience in the other countries of the world is directly counter to what you posted. BTW if you are not a gun owner, how are you being punished by gun laws?
The USA is alone - it is anomalous - in its death-by-firearm rate. An average of 30,000 gun deaths every year for the US...NO other advanced country comes close to the gun violence here in the Land of the Free and Too Soon to Die!!
'The guns will always be available', you say? Such crap! Only as long as owning an arsenal is thought to be the equivalent of Freedom...but, guns are not freedom. Guns are phallic symbols that insecure males have a obsession over. How about having a law that would be the companion law to the 'transvaginal ultrasound' laws that the right wing is so fond of? In order to buy a gun, males must first submit to penis-measurement. If the gun purchaser's penis is small (less than eight inches) he would be barred from gun ownership because clearly there is some Freudian compensating going on. Only bad things will follow.
Eight inches or more, go ahead and buy a gun...women should be tested for testosterone imbalance, I guess.
Instead of the equation: Guns = Freedom we should start a new meme that goes like: Guns= Pathetic Lover.”
Joni Geller on Dec 14, 2013 at 13:28:13
“I personally do not feel punished for the actions of the few mentally disturbed murderers.
My rights have not changed one tiny bit, but then again I'm not paranoid about government plots, thinking someone is plotting against me, and feeling a desperate need to protect my rights to buy large amounts of assault weapons and magazines.
Other than that ... I believe we need to find solutions for the people living in the fringe.”
“"Romneycare" was done on a small scale, and was never intended to be national. Likening Romneycare to Obamacare is like comparing what works in Switzerland to America. There are many things that, on a micro scale, can work and work well, but not on a national scale. This is one of them.”
elderwalker on Dec 4, 2013 at 10:13:35
“It going to work in time but problem no one in the GOP read the whole Bill when it was presented for if they did all these problems would have derailed the bill. I give the President credit he presented a long boring bill of 2000 pages and more and the laziness of the GOP it got pass into law saying it is a bad bill without be specific help the President win. 'Just think on this" If it was exposed early that insurance companies could drop you do you think the Affordable health care act would have gotten out of the bill stage of the process.?”
“I have yet to see a poll that favors Obamacare, especially as time has passed. The polls, from all generally respected pollsters, reveals that Obamacare IS NOT popular.”
jimmy baskin on Dec 4, 2013 at 14:37:39
“I said it's NOT WILDLY UNPOPULAR!”
stevegeryk on Dec 4, 2013 at 09:57:05
“Gallop poll-54% of American adults disapprove of the law.
Although the following poll last week has similar but interesting results-
54% of voters are confident the problems with the law will be worked out. And while 58% currently disapprove of the law, 14% of those disapprove because it's not liberal enough. So it's not at all the case that a sizable majority want to go back to the bad old system. Those folks are clearly in the minority.
Seems like the majority think this thing is heading in the right direction.”
nyamazon13 on Dec 4, 2013 at 09:56:39
“Look at the polls that break down the ACA into parts. It shows that every part is popular.”
“I think the real hypocrisy is all of the "tongue waggers" arguing against companies like Hobby Lobby to make decisions based on their organizational philosophies, while complaining that they should be allowed their "reproductive freedoms," and sexual rights. Since when did we become so dependent on the teat of the government that we cannot buy our own contraception? Both the "pill" and condoms are quite inexpensive...why is it only through the collective that we be provided for? Aspqueen, I agree.”
“Morningstar...please check the Arbitron stats. He has actually gained more stations that he lost.”
morningstar8741 on Nov 26, 2013 at 15:38:07
“Please read my quote and tell me where I said otherwise. For every big market he lost, he gained several smaller ones. If anything it is a lateral move but it gets him away from the ears in my highly populated areas.”
“My Lord...when does this stop? I could not imagine another president calling a cadre of TV talking heads into a WH meeting to discuss his frustration over his own narrative. The press corps is supposed to be the check and balance of any administration.
Admittedly, none of these folks is considered true "news" people, but rather pundits, but it still concerns me this president thinks this is suitable SOP.
I hope that when he completes his term in office or is impeached out, whoever replaces him restores a bit of dignity to the office. I don't think history is going to be kind to Mr. Obama. And for good reason.”
“I have offered this one up before: Time in public office shall be limited to two consecutive terms for elected officials with four or six year terms, and four consecutive terms with elected officials with two year terms. Period.”
“Incorrect. The Tea Party has no respect for THIS president. He is black, but if you think the VAST majority of people that don't approve of him is because he is black, you need to go back into your kennel, Freedom Dog. We don't approve of him because of his policies.”
mrpotatohead on Oct 27, 2013 at 01:55:18
“Interesting since so many of his policies are like the former President.
I don't think the Tea Party knows what it wants and it certainly wouldn't know what to do with it if it got it.”
“This may be the single most ridiculous post I have seen on HP. Gift and a curse? More knowledgeable? Well, I can't speak for Progressives as a group, but I contend that that doesn't describe you!”
Baxter Porter VI on Oct 27, 2013 at 10:26:54
“Well, gift and curse might be a BIT too dramatic, but yes: We're WILDLY more knowledgeable than our political opposites regarding actual news (not conspiracy theories) current events, and the constitution. I stand by my original post.”