“"With the ruling, we continue to chip away at the long entrenched status quo from the grassroots -- a status quo that has kept challengers, better ideas, and new entrants to the political arena mostly locked out."
Uh...what? If anything this is going to weaken the ability of grassroots movements to emerge, since they'll have to battle the incumbent politicians, who almost always have a major fundraising advantage, and will continue to do so if their big donors have even less limits on how much they can contribute.”
“So Obama's choice is basically this: 1. Approve the pipeline, create some jobs, increase American oil reserves, lose his progressive backers, and conservatives will continue to hate him. 2. Don't approve the pipeline, renew progressives' faith in him, take a stand on the environment, and conservatives will still attack him.
As much as I hate to admit, I think Obama will go with the former. I think he uses his second term to try and build as many jobs as possible to help his legacy, rather than take any meaningful stand on Climate Change.”
“Why does Snowden have to be a hero or a traitor? He can't be in-between. I don't think he's a traitor because I don't believe his actions have compromised national security, only illuminated how the NSA operates. But I don't think he's a hero because I think hero should be used for someone who saves lives or sacrifices himself for others. While exposing government intrusion may be a noble cause, that doesn't make him a hero. He's a man who was uncomfortable with what the NSA was doing and exposed it. I don't think that makes him anything other than a concerned citizen, albeit a concerned citizen with highly classified material”
“I stopped watching during the Santa sketch. I thought it was really bad. Weekend Update was rough. Almost none of the jokes got laughs, and Seth and Cecily were just sitting their awkwardly after every joke. And the Jebediah segment was so sloppy. It's one thing to break character, but to break character because you're jokes aren't working? And I just watched the Bill Brasky sketch while reading this article, and I thought it was mediocre. I thought this was a very weak episode”
KDMac on Dec 9, 2013 at 11:46:21
“The one shown on the above clip wasn't the one on the show. He didn't break from character that I saw.”
“I'm not saying homophobia doesn't exist or is not a problem. But if you research most of the stories about waiters/waitresses posting photos of offensive notes they've received on receipts, you'll find almost all of them are revealed to be fake.
I don't think you can use PTSD as an excuse for her trying to defame this family that did nothing to her. Does donating the money she receives from this hoax justify her actions?”
“I knew it was a hoax from the beginning. Almost every story about a waiter or waitress receiving offensive notes and then posting them online have been fake. Most people aren't upfront about their racism or homophobia. They keep it behind closed doors. People need to stop being so gullible”
cybersleuth58 on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:46:03
“I've experienced outright homophobia - really nasty, career damaging stuff. In law school, from the school administrators, faculty, as well as fellow students.
This was during the 80's and early 90's when it was not only more acceptable, but to object to it only exposed you to more of it. (Fellow LGBT law students kept their mouths shut to protect themselves). I suspect that people who lie about this kind of thing KNOW there are plenty of us around who have been subjected to outright discrimination based on race, gender or affectional orientation and are willing to believe them out of empathy.
That having been said, the evidence against her NOT having donated the money to Wounded Warriors is still not in. I'll try to give her the benefit of the doubt until we know for sure. Is her behavior attributable to PTSD?
Something good can still come from this if attention can be redirected toward the need for better mental health services for veterans.”
“One suggestion I would have is after the candidate's time has elapsed, they can still speak for an extra ten seconds, but then their mic is shut off, and it can't be turned on again until the moderator asks them a question. I remember in the Romney-Obama debates, moderators got railroaded as the two of them just kept responding to each other and throwing cheap shots over the same topic over and over again. You get a question you answer it, you move on.”
“I actually thought this was the weakest of the season. But a lot of people on Twitter liked it, so maybe I'm in the minority. Also, the SpotLightz Acting Camp sketch was a complete ripoff from a sketch they aired when Scarlett Johansson hosted the show a few years ago. I thought that was pretty lazy on the writers' part.”
“This story isn't about CNN. It's about 60 Minutes, which is on CBS. Thanks for ignoring my comment that proved you wrong. Try to defend yourself next time instead of changing the subject”
fitley on Nov 9, 2013 at 13:08:07
“My point is 60 minutes tried to do what Fox does. Take obviously fake quotes from somebody and try to pass it off for real. Why would they do that? Ratings. Now, if they did it for some other reason I can't guess what it would be. It they keep repeating this you can watch their rating go down like CNN, you whiney little b***h.”
fitley on Nov 9, 2013 at 13:04:46
“Go out and buy yourself a "Victory Cone" bigboy.”
“It's a sucky way for a World Series game to end. It's the right call, but that doesn't mean I like it. I would also like to add that Saltalamacchia was in the minors three years ago because he couldn't throw the ball back to the pitcher.”
“Nathan Goulding, chief technology officer for the National Review (a conservative publication), already proved the layers theory is incorrect. He said that if the OCR setting (the default setting) on the scanner in Hawaii was not turned off, then when the scanned image of the birth certificate was converted to a PDF, then the birth certificate would have the layers seen on the birth certificate. Here's a link: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/265767/pdf-layers-obamas-birth-certificate-nathan-goulding
Of course, this won't matter. You only choose to consider evidence that lines up with your beliefs, so you will find some way to dismiss this article.”
“No mention of the Annenberg Public Policy Center's poll that 90% of Native Americans are not offended by the term "redskins." Reilly's point was that the term "redskins" is not as offensive as the people pushing for the name change have made it out to be. Some people have said it's like calling the team the Washington N Words, but that's not really the case in this instance. This article is not presenting Reilly's column and comments in full context.”
“Yeah, I'm sure he was ready to accept the death penalty for treason as long as he go the free surgery.
That's preposterous. If you'd done any research into this case, you'd find that Manning was a confused young man who had a hard life and was clearly not emotionally stable when entering the military, but the Army put him in a place where he had access to classified intelligence. The military should have done a better job vetting him or they should have kept him in a job that was less demanding.”
“In 1986, Michael Morton was convicted of killing his wife in Texas. There was little to no evidence linking him to the murder. The coroner misled the jury about her time of death, the police did not investigate various leads, such as a bloody bandana found at a nearby construction site, a mysterious van that was around the victim's house, etc. The police and prosecutor ignored evidence and zeroed in on Michael Morton to deliver "justice." In 2011, his attorneys finally were able to force the state to test the bloody bandana and pursue leads and found the real killer, and Morton was released from jail, more than 20 years after he was wrongly convicted. The real killer was convicted earlier this year, and the prosecutor in the case was arrested for hiding evidence in the case. Texas' "law and order" reputation makes prosecutors and police overzealous to find murderers and criminals, and can often lead to innocent people being jailed. Luckily, Morton was never sentenced to death. Otherwise, the state of Texas may have executed an innocent man.
Here's a link to a great story by Texas Monthly about the Morton case: http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/innocent-man-part-one”
ashamed of m bachmann on Jun 27, 2013 at 10:35:36
“I'm glad Michael Morton escaped from Texas justice. I think it is apparent that texas is unlike any other state in the union. They are simply anti human. If you are lucky to be part of the wealthy elite, your life is good. Other wise watch out. They care for the fetus and think a formed living breathing life is expendable. I'm not sure what to saw about the people who have created the state of texas as it is today. It appears texas is run by low functioning mutants who have little respect for human life and are hell bent into making this country fascist. I am sick to death of the people in this country who are distorting the constitution for their own use. Who are actively working against our Democracy. We really need to make sure we elect HONEST, INTELLIGENT people to run all of our country. These low functioning politicians are ruining our country and have no sense of fair play.”
rampingrighty on Jun 27, 2013 at 10:06:45
“But thankfully this wasnt the case for her. She did it. She is dead. The state of texas is wasting no more money on her.”
“Here's my problem with PRISM. We have all these officials saying it has helped prevented terrorist attacks, but they don't give us any details. They just want us to go at their word. The CIA knew before 9/11 that Al Qaeda was planning to hijack planes to attack the US. Pre-Patriot Act, the intelligence community was effective at finding intel on terrorist groups. How have they gotten any better with all the privacy invasions? They won't give details on plots they've stopped and they can't prove PRISM is more effective than other strategies. PRISM didn't stop the Boston Bombing. So how do we know all this privacy invasion is truly in our best interests?”
Huffpo user71 on Jun 10, 2013 at 13:11:44
“faved. Because it's not in our best interest, just like the IRS information is supposed to be confidential yet it was used to target people. If you connect the dots with all the scandals:
1)The DOJ prosecuting a reporter and listening in to all AP phone lines: they were after whitsleblowers and anyone who did not report favorably on the administration
2) the IRS leaking information and using it to prevent the tea party and other conservative groups from forming in the run up to an election
3) the #2 guy in charge of Benghazi who testified that he was threatened and demoted prior to testifying on what happened over there. Ever also question the timing of the Patreaus scandal? They had info on him thanks to this NSA info and it came out just as congress started snooping around about Benghazi. Then he "resigned" and it was found out at the hearings he was against the changed talking points.
It should be obvious to you WHY the govt is collecting data on all Americans. It does not like dissent. Whistleblowers wind up prosecuted, persecuted or "missing". Even the NYT said the administration lost all credibility and then redacted that statement. $20 bucks they were threatened like Bob Woodward was for speaking out. This is what happens when Chicago comes to Washington.”
sloopyinca on Jun 10, 2013 at 13:05:19
“PRISM was put in place to keep us in line, not the terrorists. And it's working just as well as Bush, Obama, Cheney, Feinstein, Graham, McCain, Pelosi, Biden and the rest of the corrupt "leaders" want it to work.
They all need to go. Vote Libertarian...or Green...or anybody else that wants these infringements on our civil liberties to come to an end. We can figure out the rest of the puzzle later (economic policy, immigration, etc), but until we're free the rest doesn't matter.”
wizedollars on Jun 10, 2013 at 12:59:54
“East Germany had a similar system just far more low tech. That gives me comfort at night.”
“The Constitution doesn't say you have to be born in the United States. It says you have to be a Natural Born citizen, meaning you have to be a citizen when you're born. If you're born to American parents outside of the US, then you're a citizen. McCain was born in Panama, but because his parents were Americans, he was a citizen.
But I agree the Republicans are being highly hypocritical for attacking Obama on this faux issue”
Nikkinow on Jun 2, 2013 at 08:04:46
“You are correct. One only has to be "natural born citizen" since he had 2 American parents, he qualifies. All the better for me, I'm a dem. I would love to have him run against Hillary and have her take all 50 states in an historic landslide ;-)!”
rockymtngma on Jun 2, 2013 at 00:50:55
“Cruz is a natural born citizen because his mother is American -- and in spite of having a Cuban national for a father and being born in Canada. He's eligible to run for President -- unfortunately.”