Nov 2, 2013 at 07:23:27
“To the people making comments about what the burka or veil represents: it depends on where the woman lives. First of all the burka is Afghan, so the fact this woman who is American and half Persian (Iranian) so it is actually not from her tradition at all, but a choice, possibly signifying her Muslim faith.
In Afghanistan, women are forced to wear the burka and it is a symbol of forced oppression, but in Persia (Iran) and Turkey, the practice of veiling has a different history. Veils were outlawed in Iran during the Shah's reign and only recently was the veil allowed in Turkey. So for some Moslem women, wearing the veil is not an act of repression, but a forceful expression of freedom.
(However, since the Islamic Revolution of 79 in Iran, women have been required to the veil on the street, so the association with violent and forced repression is, to dome degree accurate.)
At any rate, the question, that neither the campaign nor video answer, is why does she choose to wear a burka? Is it an expression of her identity or merely for attention?”
“It's all theatre. Why aren't people listening to the actual point being made? Ron Paul does not share the alleged views of the group he's speaking to, neither does he share the political bias of MSNBC. So what?”
“The second part of the poll is the wrong question. I would say yes, the US and everywhere else has the responsibility of stopping chemical weapons use, but there is no practical way to do it that would not cause worse problems. At least that we can think of now. People are making the analogy w/ WWII and the concentration camps, but that was something that COULD be stopped and I do not think airstrikes will do anything but temporarily make some people 'feel' like they are doing something.”
“Granted, this part of the bill is controversial. It deserves greater discussion and better articulation and should come up for a vote on its own after it is separated from the main issue which was closing all the abortion clinics, period: a radical act that essentially throws out Roe v. Wade in practice and returns women to the dark ages in terms of owning our own bodies.”
“Oh Really? After outsourcing our jobs to China--which was done by the US plutocrats, not China--now the same US companies' CEO's are crying because the Chinese are striking for better wages. I do not see how diplomatic relations are invoked anywhere within this scenario, except with the greatest hypocrisy: it is all simply a matter of greed.”
“Nice try blaming the current mess between US and China on Snowden. Shame on Obama for trying to trade on the general anger at China because of the economic situation. Most people are not worried about US China relations, only whether they have a job or a secure bank account. How pathetic!”
kingwoman on Jun 24, 2013 at 16:16:38
“How pathetic that you don't realize US-China relations have a direct impact on the US economy as well as jobs.”
“I imagine 100 years ago, there would have been no need for such a term, or special group, as it is only today's world with such an obsessive focus on sexuality that 'makes' people think there is something wrong with them if they don't experience continuous sexual feelings.
I think the distortion is in the modern experience of sexuality, that, through advertising, media, and hype, has made hypersexuality the 'norm'.”
“On point #2: mandatory union dues and are used for more than collective bargaining.
The origin of unions came from the noble and just fight by the Wobblies and others. Unions remain critical for maintaining wage and workplace standards for everyone.
The way unions have come to function today, and their hierarchical power structure w/ its own institutionalized bureaucracy is extremely problematic. The way this RTW bill was shoved through is so undemocratic that it willl polarize the issue so thoroughly any discussion and action about needed union reform will die.
Instead, the remaining viable unions may become even more reified as archaic power structures supporting a specialized groups of people and a partisan political agenda and will not represent the rights of workers in general as they were designed to do initially.
I was always simply and unquestioningly pro-union growing up, until I worked in a job where I paid dues and was in one. What I experienced in this job was a real eye-opener. I saw union officials acting more like administration than the administrators: it was a kind of 'dead weight' power structure that could function in a way that was corrosive to the mission of the school. These legitimate critiques of unions make them vulnerable. Workers' rights are critical and so is the proper functioning of their workplace. In fact, the two are so inextricably intertwined that the proper functioning of any business or public institution depends on these two factors working together.”
Romney was such a cartoon--like Susan Estrich deep-sixing Dukakis' campaign, the RomPhenom and Paul's ouster of votes at the RNC speak to the heart of sticky and stinky Washington: and for that matter so does Obama and minions' blockbuster win. It's all one big happy political class up there on the Hill and in the 'House with nothing quite real going on: we the people are pretty much left out in the oncoming cold.
I agree w/ 1differentdrummer: something about this is odd.”
Tom58 on Dec 9, 2012 at 17:29:10
“My point is the Tpublicans and all those who support them are racists. I think the string was very clear. Maybe when you graduate 5th grade it will be easier for you to understand little one.”
“There is absolutely no other place he could have gone--which makes his action moral: period.
Everyone who is up in arms about his revelation of 'state secrets' should ask what shape we would be in if the rest of the world knew about collateral damage and we didn't. Word gets around, especially in the areas where misdeeds have gone unpunished.
Authorities responsible for these wars will try to shift blame onto Manning saying he is endangering the American GI. Nothing could be further from the truth: the authorities profitting from the wars are the ones to endanger young Americans, and they know it: that's why they are twisting the screws to the brass to make Manning pay.
As for your insight about media: we don't have one anymore. The Post and the NYT were, in the seventies, independently run...now they are corporate or government mouthpieces struggling for their economic survival.
So the Internet it is: I just hope and pray we continue to have access to independent news aggregators and voices in the field who report because they give a care, and are still journalists, first.”
This is the problem. How, therefore, can Obama sign a Whistleblower act into law?
Manning aside, we no longer have a court system based on "innocent until proven guilty" in practice. Very few cases go to trial. We now have sentence and guilt by plea bargain system in which the innocent are considered guilty, whether proven or not, Most of day to day proceedings in courts are about striking a deal, so guilt no longer has to be proven. Very corrosive; scary.”
gudtogo21 on Dec 1, 2012 at 13:25:49
“The facts are most people who are in the court system did break the law, and do have a criminal history, and the plea bargain is a financial trade off for lowering cost of prosecution and saving tax payers money. So for minor crimes, criminals who accept their guilt get a chance to cop to a lessor crime and do less time, and the public doesn't have to go through the expense of a trial. There are abuses - some people are innocent and not very smart and make a plea thinking that's part of the process to prove their innocence.
Until science invents a way to replay people's memory accurately and every street, door way, public and private venue is on CCTV - there will be problems with the court system. I say kill second time offends - there will be fewer criminals and criminals will only be repeat offenders - once.”
“Well said. Has anyone looked at slide 10 in the slideshow that accompanies this story? The American government is openly negotiating with Hamas--an officially designated terrorist group-- and wants to sentence an American whistleblower who acted on a conscience we should be glad some Americans still have.
Manning's only 'wrong' was naivete and expecting people would care when wrongs were revealed, no matter who commits them. To that end, the comments on this post that support his bravery do still make a difference.”
Godweiser on Dec 1, 2012 at 18:17:08
“I mostly feel sorry for the guy. I'm not sure who he could have delivered that information to that wouldn't have covered it up. In the 1970's, when the Pentagon Papers were relieased, the media was feistier than it is today; this media is way more gelded and fearful of the government, and might well be cowed into saying nothing even if they had the information. Heck, it's entirely possible they had the information but were scared to act on it lest they face prosecution. At least in the Nixon era, there was a greater appreciation of the fourth estate, which is why in the post-Nixon era, conservatism has spent a lot of time and effort in trying to neuter media outlets.
So the question is, where could have Manning gone besides online? It's a good question to ask, since it leads to other questions about the character of the society we currently live in.”
vrede on Dec 1, 2012 at 11:39:57
“don't forget arming dictators all over middle east including isreal.”
“How ironic that President Obama who simply said of Manning "He broke the law", just signed a strenthened Whistleblower bill into law. Apparently whistleblowers are only protected when it's convenient for the Security State.”
gudtogo21 on Dec 1, 2012 at 09:56:14
“Of course whistle blowers break the law. They have to. There are laws that say they can't take information outside of the facilities they work in, they sign contracts that say they will not reveal the information they are exposed to.
We need whistle blowers to expose the truth.
What congress, the American people, journalists, and the courts should be doing is scrutinizing the information which Manning exposed and saying - did he expose the U.S. Government doing wrong? If he did not then he broke the law, if he did, then he is a whistle blower.
The first tenant of the U.S. court system is "innocent until proven guilty."
It has not yet been proven that he has broken the law - obviously, there is strong evidence to allege that he has.
For Obama to come out and say that he has is prejudice. The assumption by all officials (except prosecutors) is the defend is innocent.
And this is very much the reason why Manning's lawyers are asking for dismissal of the charges because of the governments prejudice towards their client. Officials have already concluded he is guilty and are punishing him with harsh treatment in his confinement - prior to trial, being found guilty, and an appropriate sentence of punishment given.”
“Yes, I know it does include the working poor. My use of repetition did not come from a criticism of people who need and deserve food stamps, as clearly the working poor do, and are to applauded for at least trying. Rather, it is the magnitude of numbers, the problem, and an index of how far we have fallen, that appall me.
And the idea that people in the military during a time the US govt has been waging war--and the cost of all the weapons that went with it-- are on FOOD STAMPS is just SICK. Absolutely and without reservation.
Make Halliburton issue food stamps once the fiscal cliff has been resolved and people who should not be, are cut. I don't think everyone on food stamps has no other choice. Young able-bodied people are growing up learning how to game the system..they are children from comfortable families. I heard one talk about "how she was going to take the summer off b/c she could make more on unemployment than working" It was not that she could not feed herself--it was that it was more profitable to take assistance from the gov't.”
upset99 on Nov 11, 2012 at 17:42:59
“The table has been shifted to let the wealth accumulate..this is why 1% of the people control over 50% of the wealth.”
“1 in 7 Americans are on food stamps??? Am I the only one astonished by this figure? Sure that we should be wary of cutting the poor and it IS astonishing that anyone could think it's fine to balance a budget that way. But ONE in SEVEN???? Rather than pontificate about what should be cut from whom, One in Seven!
Handed out to keep the maases complacent, or voting for their party. Now to be cut. ONE in SEVEN????”
la maqina on Nov 12, 2012 at 12:25:26
“The amounts vary greatly from one family to the next, some get only $10.”
lw1 on Nov 11, 2012 at 21:00:27
“You may not have noticed times are tough. BTW, military families typically get them.”
hrpuffinfnstuff on Nov 11, 2012 at 19:56:58
“You will love this stat. 42% of single woman are on food stamps and one out of every four child in America is on food stamps.”
jmdziuban1 on Nov 11, 2012 at 12:25:36
“Many employers purposely pay low wages because they know that the government will subsidize their worker's wages through various programs. What is needed is a living wage so that anybody with full-time job can be self-sufficient and provide for themselves and their family.
That 1 in 7 includes many children, many elderly, and many in the military, as well as the WORKING poor.”
Left Hook on Nov 11, 2012 at 12:21:17
“Foreign aid to poor nations? I'm calling bs on that...America first!
Cut the foreign aid budget to feed AMERICANS - Not reduce food stamps to our very own who are in a world of hurt thanks to those tax cut for the rich - government on the cheap (R)s and other so called compassionate conservative "'mericun Christians"...”
“Wait a minute...when I read the headlines I thought this was outrageous too, but the 7 hour waits are for EARLY voting. I didn't even know early voting was a guaranteed thing. It would be different if these were 7 hour waits on election day itself.”