“They are not "entitlements". It is more like an insurance policy that we all paid into, and now the "company" is welshing on the deal. It is fraud.”
Its A Good Ride on Apr 12, 2013 at 14:30:00
“The money (tax payer money) is being redistributed, consolidated into few hands, that decide what people "need" and then dole it out accordingly. This is already taking place and if allowed to continue will get much, much worse. SS is not even an entitlement program; it is user funded. At least reps had a plan to repair the SS system and offer an alternative as well. This is stealing tax payer funds to pay down the deficit increased by making gifts to other people.”
“I never said Sarah Palin doesn't stoke coals or intentionally aggrivate her supporters; she does. I'm only saying that there is no evidence that she has in any way whatsoever influenced Jared Laughner into shooting those people in Tuscon. I'm not a fan of Palin as a politician, pundit, or, quite frankly as a person. But I'm not going to say she and her ilk are guilty of provoking a man to murder when it seems more likely that he was a paranoid schizophenic who was aggrivated against "the government" by ultra-libertarian ideology and therefore decided to attack the closest representative of said government: in this case Rep. Gifford.”
SDH283 on Jan 10, 2011 at 18:21:04
“........... and who has been fueling the 'anger against the Govt' by calling Democrats "Socialists' and "Communists' and 'Facists' and talking about Govt Death Panels and Govt Re-education camps and and and it goes on and on.
Where does the 'ideology' come from, if not from WORDS ????”
“There's no evidence that Jared Loughner is a fan of Sarah Palin, or Glenn Beck, or Sean Hannity, or any of the pundits or politicians that are taking the brunt of blame over Mr. Loughner's despicable actions. Did Sarah Palin publish a map which some might construe as advocating violence against certain congresspeople? Yes. Is there any evidence that this map in any way influenced Loughner's decision to attack Congresswoman Gifford? No. None. From everything we've seen about his political leanings, Loughner has more in common with fanatical Ron Paul/Lyndon Larouche supporters than Palin/Beck/mainstream Republicans.
You can't admonish Palin and the Right for creating an atmosphere of hatred and violence and then in the same breath denounce them as being responsible for a mass murder with no evidence to support the claim. It's hypocritical, plain and simple. It reeks of using this tragedy as nothing more than political leverage to attack people who were already targets to begin with (if you'll pardon the metaphor).
Mr. Ennis has written the most intelligent article on this site regarding this issue, and I can't say I'm surprised that it's not even getting the time of day down in the comments. The world doesn't exist in black and white, people. Until Jared Laughner admits the influence of the mainstream right, their culpability cannot, and should not, be assumed. It's not Palin's fault.”
SDH283 on Jan 10, 2011 at 17:34:15
“Sure. Read this.
Marianne WIlliamson to Sarah Palin in April 2010:
"I am not suggesting you would pick up a gun and shoot anyone; I am suggesting that there are other people who would, however, and in your position as a leading political figure you are stoking fires — regardless of your intention — that are simply too dangerous to be safely stoked."
“What a terribe article. This reads like something for a freshman comp class. Also there's a typo in the last paragraph. Also: of course girls smoke pot in college. Is it even a mildly popular stereotype that they don't? ALSO! Having a few drinks at cocktail hour is this generation's having a few drinks at cocktail hour. Pot isn't new.”
“yes if only the comments on the Fox News website were as fair and even-keeled as those on the Huffington Post”
TheRagingModerate on Dec 16, 2010 at 12:41:53
“The issue isn't the political viewpoint of FoxNews' commenters, it's their gross lack of civility (or in a socking number of cases, basic morality and human decency), and/or their profound ignorance about important, virtually indisputable facts on the topics they're commenting on with such conviction.
Sorry, but that stuff rarely happens on HuffPost. You just cannot compare the frequency of severity of hatred and ignorance in HP comments vs what's going on in the FN crowd.
Not that I find any of this surprising -- FoxNews owes most of its ratings success to its strategy of appealing to its viewers' most base, visceral feelings, rather than to their minds. Comparing FN's ratings to the ratings of any real media outlet (or what passes for a "real" media outlet these days) is like comparing the box office receipts of an action movie to those of a documentary.”
Militant Leftist on Dec 16, 2010 at 10:52:29
“0 fans. It makes perfect sense.”
Fretslayer on Dec 16, 2010 at 10:51:49
“At least the comments posted here by the 'Liberals' are not ignorant.
Can't exactly say that about the 'Conservative' comments.”
“But "Muslims on a plane make me nervous" isn't the same thing at all as, "When I see a Muslim on a plane I assume he is a terrorist, and act accordingly." Fear is irrational, we can't help it. Williams wasn't expressing a belief, or an idea of his. He was expressing an irrational fear, and one that shows no evidence of influencing his journalism. Had a piece he'd done for NPR showed signs of bigotry, they absolutely should have canned him. But the fact of the matter is, he expressed a personal fear during an interview on a third-party network. I love NPR, but they were really just looking for any excuse.”
JayMonaco on Oct 25, 2010 at 15:43:38
“How much difference is there between the two statements? Ar irrational fears to be tolerated?”
julbar on Oct 25, 2010 at 12:57:50
“He should have used his brain befor offering his "opinion". Who of us in his professional position would have done such an irresponsible thing on national TV? Please. Think of the Americn Muslims out there that had to listen to that- they have children who had to listen to this.. No excuses. NONE.”
“According to the United States National Academy of Sciences,
"The formal scientific definition of theory is quite different from the everyday meaning of the word. It refers to a comprehensive explanation of some aspect of nature that is supported by a vast body of evidence. Many scientific theories are so well established that no new evidence is likely to alter them substantially. For example, no new evidence will demonstrate that the Earth does not orbit around the sun (heliocentric theory), or that living things are not made of cells (cell theory), that matter is not composed of atoms, or that the surface of the Earth is not divided into solid plates that have moved over geological timescales (the theory of plate tectonics)."
The theory of evolution is as scientifically sound as the fact that the Earth revolves around the sun.”
Joel Mendez on Oct 22, 2010 at 19:58:56
“sure it is! Next you'll expect me to believe that gravity makes things heavy. And that I can't fly. You evolutionists! Your science! Bah! I know exactly what god thinks, and if you give me a hundred thousand dollars I'll tell you. Otherwise, I've got to keep it a secret, cuz, you know, jesus was a capitalist.”
Courtney Newman on Oct 22, 2010 at 17:23:45
“But wait !!! if the theory of evolution is indeed true then how do you explain Fred Flintsone having a pet dinosaur ?”
hp blogger Edward Murray on Oct 22, 2010 at 17:13:08
“@NotJohnHubinger THANKS FOR THE CITATION! That's awesome!
It's also a summary of logical tenets supporting an argument on how logical tenets support an argument!
... I think my head just exploded in ratiocinative deliciousness...”
“As a New Haven townie who's been following this for a week or so (I graduated from the state school on the other side of town), I'm not at all surprised by the frat's behavior, nor that it took this long to hit the national media. Most Yale undergrads are either entitled brats, socially maladjusted bookworms, or both. Obviously the DKEs fall into the former category, and the university's stranglehold on the local economy has made sure that news didn't leak too quickly.”
WYHKTai-Tai on Oct 25, 2010 at 21:41:10
“I went to Grad School there for 3 years and never even knew there WERE Fraternities! Are they talking about the "Secret Societies", (pretty much the same thing).
I completely agree about the stranglehold and the dominant/abusive relationship the University has on the town. IMHO, That is a big root to a LOT of problems there, that could be easily fixed.”
realitytrumpsbull on Oct 23, 2010 at 14:41:05
“So, close it. If all it's going to be, is a bunch of political crap and rich kids behaving badly, then close the place. The future of education is online, and at home. Skip the bureaucratic overhead, the football, and the rest of it. If you really want, or NEED to learn something, in life, you've got a computer, ready, set, learn.”