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The Poorhouse: Aunt Winnie, Glenn Beck, And The Politics Of The New Deal

The Poorhouse: Aunt Winnie, Glenn Beck, And The Politics Of The New Deal

Commented Dec 29, 2010 at 23:25:26 in Politics

“Hello my friends. I am absolutely beat down to parade rest about this. I am going to take a few days off. I will see you in the new year.

Goodnight.”

LisaDi on Dec 29, 2010 at 23:34:52

“Peace to you”

MoreDimensions on Dec 29, 2010 at 23:27:56

“Peace to you.”

OpposingViewpoint on Dec 29, 2010 at 23:27:38

“Goodnight OG. Happy New Year to youand yours as well. That is all.”
The Poorhouse: Aunt Winnie, Glenn Beck, And The Politics Of The New Deal

The Poorhouse: Aunt Winnie, Glenn Beck, And The Politics Of The New Deal

Commented Dec 29, 2010 at 23:20:59 in Politics

“I'm sorry, I just cannot make it through that. Especially after reading about Winnie. Thanks for the post anyway.”

MoreDimensions on Dec 29, 2010 at 23:21:56

“It gets me sentimental too.”
Christine O'Donnell Investigation: Criminal Probe Into Campaign Finances Reportedly Underway

Christine O'Donnell Investigation: Criminal Probe Into Campaign Finances Reportedly Underway

Commented Dec 29, 2010 at 14:35:39 in Politics

“When I was a child and people appeared in our community who seemd to be not quite rational they were ignored. Then they went away. The press did not try to revive their irrationality because it seemed not a good idea.

While I am ever thankful for the progress we have made in being able to understand and react to our world by our better means of communication (the death of the Soviet Union came about when satellite technology overtook efforts to broadcast information over the horizon, but I digress), I sometimes long for the time when certain personages of unnamed countenance stayed gone when they left.

I would like to wake up one day and find that these people who have had limited usefullness in the pursuit of our better angels (for the great unwashed, see Lincoln's first inaugural) have gone on in their colorful lives unnoticed by those who wish for better angels.”

Tom Joad on Dec 29, 2010 at 15:25:10

“eloquently stated”

UserNameJane on Dec 29, 2010 at 15:10:05

“F and F”
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What Is in Fast Food? A Newly Discovered Reason to Avoid Fast Food

Commented Dec 29, 2010 at 14:24:16 in Home

“Reminds me of that certain enhancement product that warns if vision problems occur you should see your doctor. A long time ago there were warnings that if you do certain things of the unmentionable activity, you might suffer vision problems. Not aware that those dire warnings mitigate such activity.

Funny post, though.”
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What Is in Fast Food? A Newly Discovered Reason to Avoid Fast Food

Commented Dec 29, 2010 at 14:20:40 in Home

“Absolutely right. Choose moderation in all things. In fact, the Buddha discovered the path to enlightenment was via moderation, not extremes.

We can't possibly avoid all the results of our society. We can make good choices most of the time to help mitigate the consequences of exposure. And when a thing is found to be harmful we can change. I know people who stop every morning for their Sausage and Egg biscuit and diet coke and then eat a big mac for lunch with a razberry smoothie and then a dose of the kernel for dinner. Daily. That is, every day.

I also know people who have a piece of fruit and some hot cereal or something for breakfast, something similarly healthy for lunch and then eat like a hay hand and drink like they own a still for dinner.

Extreme behavior of any kind usually has negative consequences.”
Apple To Release 3 Versions Of iPad 2: Digitimes

Apple To Release 3 Versions Of iPad 2: Digitimes

Commented Dec 29, 2010 at 13:43:16 in Technology

“Apple Saps, I like that. I shall be heretofore known as Old Gabe, Apple Sap. Thankewvermuch.

Now, "Techie Freak" exactly what is it you are writing about. Exactly which computing machine is an American product. Near me there is a small assembly unit putting together Lenovo machines. All the parts come from Asia and Mexico. Dell is closing their North Carolina facility and moving off shore where they have actually been for years.

Open your box and look at the origin points for every single part inside there. Any of them made in America"

I thought not.

Now, go to an appliance store and check out the origin nations of the washers and dryers. And vacuums. And look in the waistbands of your LLBean chinos. Made in America? In your dreams.

The only thing your post has done is illustrate that you and those like you simply do not have an understanding of this capital dominated world in which we live. Do I like that? Not even a little bit but I cannot go live in a cave in the Salmon River Breaks. I am not a hermit. I use the technology available to help move us a little toward not being such dolts.”
Apple To Release 3 Versions Of iPad 2: Digitimes

Apple To Release 3 Versions Of iPad 2: Digitimes

Commented Dec 29, 2010 at 13:36:29 in Technology

“I work in an IT scenario where we provide personal laptops for a large segment of our workforce because of work related needs. These laptops cost about $1000 or so each (bulk discount). Almost universally they are used only to access organization e-mail via remote desktop connection using Outlook which means they all have the full Office suite which means having several programs most of them don't have a clue about. Other uses are surfing the Internet and as paper weights.

For $500 almost every one of them could have an iPad. In fact one person turned in her laptop because she is a "Mac person" and doesn't want to use anything Microsoft. She does just fine with her G3 enabled iPad. She sent an email to me last week from Holland and the signature at the bottom said: "sent from my iPad." She is so smug. So I sent one back to her with the signature at the end: "sent from MY iPad, so there!"”

TechieFreak on Dec 29, 2010 at 13:44:19

“and I can do the same with my Galaxy S which has built in push Email with the signature, ''sent from my Samsung Galaxy S''

and you could get them for 300 dollars a piece, and also do office suite apps on it.

DocumentsToGo full office apps Android.”
Apple To Release 3 Versions Of iPad 2: Digitimes

Apple To Release 3 Versions Of iPad 2: Digitimes

Commented Dec 29, 2010 at 13:27:45 in Technology

“I have the Kindle app on my iPad. Nook too. And iBooks for what its worth (I read a lot). For a total of $20 I purchased apps that port to Word and Excel. It has an excellent browser and Google docs are out there waiting for me to get to work.

For the money, nothing is even close. I am at a point where I will be looking for a retirement computer and so far, iPad is at the top of the list. A list of one. Before I got mine I thought a nice laptop would do and even considered something Microsoft. Now? No one is even close.

For you who are dollar conscious, yes they are expensive. Mine is the base model, wifi and 16GB of storage and it costs $500 in that configuration and is far more useful even without 3G than a smart phone. How many of you know how much your Blackberry actually costs? I had to replace one the other week that I damaged (not mine - I still have a dumb phone) - cost? $510. If it weren't for the distortion of the market caused by competition between Verizon and ATT.

This device and others similar are the wave of the future. Laptops are going to become a smaller market and desktops (?) well, there will still need to be niche uses and they will fit.”

martiniandabotoxchaser on Dec 29, 2010 at 18:38:19

“The excel and word apps are not full functioning versions....they are mostly for purposes of displaying works created on computers and some minor document creation....”
Bushwhacking Obama: Conservatives Call for

Bushwhacking Obama: Conservatives Call for "Fixing" Social Security

Commented Dec 28, 2010 at 23:37:57 in Politics

“More worrisome than these calls for SS reform is that the recent "agreement" "compromised upon" reduced the payroll tax in order to give all of we wonderful people who are "just struggling so hard" a little bit of a break. Taxes, that is.

The break will come when the SS fund becomes quickly underfunded due to this "tax break" and then in two years or next week or whenever someone thinks of it this "tax break" will become permanent because no politician wants to increase taxes on such a (cue the weeping and wailing record) vulnerable population.

At that point the political expediency of the baggers and rethugnocants and blue dogs and every other speck of vermin with a say in the pile will be hand wringing and weeping elephant tears because they will have to have a tax increase so those rascally boomers can be comfortable in Vero Beach or whereever.

And to mention some certain segment of the population that ought to pay a tiny bit more of their obscene income in order to preserve a small part of FDR's legacy will be branded as that evil "class warfare."

While they just go on clipping bond coupons.”
Sarah Palin E-Mails From Tenure As Governor To Be Released In May

Sarah Palin E-Mails From Tenure As Governor To Be Released In May

Commented Dec 28, 2010 at 22:32:39 in Politics

“Yawl makin' too dadgummed much sense. Now stop it!”
Sarah Palin E-Mails From Tenure As Governor To Be Released In May

Sarah Palin E-Mails From Tenure As Governor To Be Released In May

Commented Dec 28, 2010 at 22:30:50 in Politics

“It's ok. I will only look with my one good eye.”
Sarah Palin E-Mails From Tenure As Governor To Be Released In May

Sarah Palin E-Mails From Tenure As Governor To Be Released In May

Commented Dec 28, 2010 at 22:29:46 in Politics

“Nothing in the ether world is ever "gone." Just refer to the former speaker of the NC House of Reps. The IT department there at the bidding of the Feds went into vaults and scrounged up some stuff so old they needed to go to the city dump to get tape readers for them. But read them they did and the old boy went to prison for fraud that was uncovered.”
NASA's Ares Rocket Dead, But Congress Lets You Pay $500 Million More For It

NASA's Ares Rocket Dead, But Congress Lets You Pay $500 Million More For It

Commented Dec 27, 2010 at 23:23:26 in Politics

“Some few yers ago a friend and I devoted the interval between Thanksgiving and New Year's to some heavy duty drinking. One year we devoted the period to the wonders of Gin. We emptied several bars of their supplies. One particularly horrific evening just after Christmas we were paying way too much attention to the Tanqueray and I ended up in the last stall on the left in the Ladie's.

About ten the next morning my friend finally found me with some of that stuff contentedly relaxing behind and under the throne. Such a life, awash with things, couches and all.”
Obama Birth Certificate Requests Increase In Hawaii

Obama Birth Certificate Requests Increase In Hawaii

Commented Dec 27, 2010 at 23:08:10 in Politics

“I think the Spartans might have had a point when they took their newborn male children to the priests. The Spartan sons were examined for defects and if even one was found the child was left to the mercy of the elements. The rest of the society moved on.

Sadly, when you look upon the countenance of one of these derelicts there is not the slightest hint...”
Romney's Team Refines Its Health Care Pitch, Defense

Romney's Team Refines Its Health Care Pitch, Defense

Commented Dec 27, 2010 at 21:10:02 in Politics

“When the end comes for any of us I hope the best thing those left after will say is: "We need to take care of each other and that is NOT a bad thing."

Not sure I have read anything with such power in a long, long time. Thank you very much.

I went through a 12-week period in the '60s where that became the guiding force for what has turned out to be a much longer life than I dared hope for then. Although there were many lessons to be learned during those short weeks, none, absolutely none were more important.

I am pretty sure we all have some libertarian trapped inside our heads. And the notion of voluntary free association which IS libertarianism is actually the thing that originates your last sentence. Karl Marx said something similar once that many take completely wrong but you seem to at least implicitly understand: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”
GOP Rep.-Elect Joe Walsh To Reject Federal Health Insurance

GOP Rep.-Elect Joe Walsh To Reject Federal Health Insurance

Commented Dec 27, 2010 at 18:17:11 in Politics

“What I like in a person elected to a leadership position is for them to make significant uses of nothing. Here is a note that buying over-the-counter drugs won't be allowed using FSAs and NSAs and NCAAs and BYUs and IRAs and NYSEs and ... and ... and ...

Typical of some cretin rethunocant to bemoan not being able to use funds ostensively set aside to help with health care expenses not covered by health insurance to buy anti-flatulence drugs. Wasn't aware they existed but it is surely a shame you now have to use your regular money to help with your, ahem, "condition." And your antihistamine and cough medicine. That's what you use for your meth lab, right? And how about them 'roids? I thought Prep H was for reducing the swelling of veins distended by junk injections.

Certainly being able to self medicate reduces the stress on upwardly spiraling medical expenses but you just don't seem to get that using essentially what amounts to a tax break to take care of myriad medical conditions that used to but in large part no longer need to have a medical professional to care for them is not the point of setting aside funds to cushion against medical catastrophy.

Call it a tax increase if you want. From your list it seems like fraud prevention to me.

And your username, "out of many one, one" One what?”

chris16 on Dec 28, 2010 at 00:22:55

“Thank you for a great laugh and well put together thoughts.. I was listening to fox and that terrible voice of Palin was on. You put a smile on my face where there was a frown..”
Chris Dodd, David Obey Reflect On Decline Of Congress, Close Era Of Congressional Comity

Chris Dodd, David Obey Reflect On Decline Of Congress, Close Era Of Congressional Comity

Commented Dec 27, 2010 at 15:05:27 in Politics

“You know, Sparky, the satisfaction of the need for differing views is really what has made our country endure, imperfect as it is. I have the opportunity to frequently observe the behavior of several baggers, not quite but almost on a daily basis.

They frequently cite the "FOUNDERS" and how wonderful they were at coming up with this great republic. I have asked which of the founders they admire the most. Invariably I am greeted with blank stares. Their answer usually is George Washington but sometimes it is just "all of them." None so far have cited one that supports states rights which is what they are all about as a basis to their political thought. One even mentioned NB Forrest! {8^>} The particular one that comes to mind during these discussions is Thomas Jefferson known for his states rights advocacy. It was not that he didn't see some good from a powerful central government but that such a thing would become untenable. There are many good people who disagree with this, the above mentioned G Washington was one of them. During the founding debates they argued ferociously the notion of State v Federal power but they did compromise as the Federalist Papers show us.

A problem with many today is they really don't get the idea that much of worthwhile human endeavor have to yield to compromise. Not a sign of weakness, truly a sign of strength. This kind of thing is what Dodd and Obey speak to.”

giverny98 on Dec 27, 2010 at 15:36:15

“Can I fan you again? For surely compromise is the only way. Intransigence is not how cannot be how our Founding Fathers thought the country should be run. It's rational discourse which, alas, we're losing in good measure.”
Chris Dodd, David Obey Reflect On Decline Of Congress, Close Era Of Congressional Comity

Chris Dodd, David Obey Reflect On Decline Of Congress, Close Era Of Congressional Comity

Commented Dec 27, 2010 at 14:46:54 in Politics

“And I, you. Anyone who even knows of Giverny has my admiration - I am still awestruck from standing in front of Monet's "Willows..." at the Corcoran.

Much beyond that, I spend time here because I am in the company of many thoughtful people and feel very comfortable enjoying them, but especially the Monet thoughtful people.”

giverny98 on Dec 27, 2010 at 14:52:44

“If ever you have the opportunity to travel to Giverny, you should try to go. It's an absolutely lovely place and filled with such peace. The last time I was there, I took my folks and it was one of the loveliest weekends we ever had together.”
Arizona State Lawmaker Assaulted, Left Tied-Up In His Business On Christmas

Arizona State Lawmaker Assaulted, Left Tied-Up In His Business On Christmas

Commented Dec 27, 2010 at 14:36:25 in Politics

“It is a good thing you actually communicate with some humor something that could be so devastating. Given the year in your name I would guess that is birth year and if so the incident happened a long time ago but still...

I have memories of my 22nd year. I wish I didn't but they are there and we just get better.

I for one, am glad it wasn't far worse for you and such a thing serves to remind us all that enormous changes can be the products of very small inputs.”
Arizona State Lawmaker Assaulted, Left Tied-Up In His Business On Christmas

Arizona State Lawmaker Assaulted, Left Tied-Up In His Business On Christmas

Commented Dec 27, 2010 at 01:15:21 in Politics

“Yes, bonks on the ol' punkin' are not to be taken lightly as we are finding out every day in the news and sports headlines.”

SusanElizabeth1949 on Dec 27, 2010 at 13:04:24

“How well I know, I was kicked in the head with a steel toed boot when I was 22. It was an attempted kidnapping -- the cops thought I was the intended party favor at a gang bang. It took a long time to recover physically and mentally but in my case it could have been FAR worse.”
Arizona State Lawmaker Assaulted, Left Tied-Up In His Business On Christmas

Arizona State Lawmaker Assaulted, Left Tied-Up In His Business On Christmas

Commented Dec 27, 2010 at 01:08:23 in Politics

“I kind of suspect in most states it is part time. Here in my state it certainly is. Our state legislature meets in a long session, actually next month, for about six or seven months four days a week and then the next year they meet for two or three months to adjust the budget if need be. They will be coming in on the 26th, will meet Monday evenings at 7 and Tuesday and Wednesday all day and then usually Thursday till mid afternoon. They go home Thursday evening and tend to their businesses and then come back on Monday.

Late in the session they tend to stay on Fridays and even some Saturdays. They have semi-permanent staffs who take care of communication and things like that during the interim and have meetings frequently as the session draws close. In fact, they were in the capital quite a bit this month and are scheduled for a lot of meetings before session starts in January.

Part time state legislatures are probably quite common, as I wrote above.”
Chris Dodd, David Obey Reflect On Decline Of Congress, Close Era Of Congressional Comity

Chris Dodd, David Obey Reflect On Decline Of Congress, Close Era Of Congressional Comity

Commented Dec 27, 2010 at 00:57:31 in Politics

“In my job I am apolitical as might become apparent given time here. The other month I was visiting with the director of my department and he was mentioning how troubled he is that a tradition he grew up with, one that his father and father's father followed, he was having to abandon. I also spoke to a strongly Conservative acquaintance who had hoped if the Republicans gained their hoped for majority in our state legislature that there would be some useful counterpoint to several decades of Democratic control.

Both of them who come from widely different positions in the Republican world are saddened to see that there really is no place for them or thier families or their ideas in what has become. I commented to them separately (they only vaguely know of each other) that one of the biggest reasons for the defeat of the progressive ideals this fall was the almost suicidal tendency of the Democrats to try to be a big tent political party, embracing the sane right, middle and left.

Although I am not a Democrat, I do back them because folks as liberal as myself have nowhere else to turn in this utterly failed two party system. I feel sorry for those two fellows because they feel compelled to come into this big tent rather than be utterly isolated from where they matured. Now, if only we had some folks who are right of me but far left of most who agreed.”

giverny98 on Dec 27, 2010 at 09:33:36

“I am F&F'ing for your thoughtful post. I look forward to following you.”

jmpurser on Dec 27, 2010 at 08:47:42

“Ummm, the Democrats kicked the Left to the curb the day after the election. The Left hasn't been welcome in DC for at least 30 years now.”

SparkyDash on Dec 27, 2010 at 05:53:00

“This nation needs differing views. Good post.

I believe Dodd and Obey are not speaking of individuals...there will always be questionable elected officials...but rather of the governing body. When this part of our government refuses to dialogue, compromise or negotiate as it was set up to do...because truly, there will always be differing views to every issue...then the Congress has failed.

America does not need a room of 5-year-olds throwing spitwads in the Congress, we wish for adults whose main concern is the good of this country and all who live in it.”
Tom Coburn: 'Apocalyptic Pain' Could Result If Spending Isn't Controlled

Tom Coburn: 'Apocalyptic Pain' Could Result If Spending Isn't Controlled

Commented Dec 26, 2010 at 19:50:07 in Politics

“Dear Senator Coburn,

I understand your concern about spending. What I cannot understand is how you tolerated the off budget appropriations so that your jerkoff little fratboy prez friend could have his little killing fields in the Middle East. Where was your concern when, in the Fall of 2008 before the election that ended the disastrous reign of the previous 8 years, that wonderful bunch of humanitarians voted in the TARP abomination. Where was your concern when .....

Well, I am just worn out with the likes of you deciding that you haven't punished the middle class enough yet for the criminal behavior you and your cohort have been practicing for he last ten years.

People talk about reaching across the aisle. I wouldn't touch that with shrubs dick.”
Banks And WikiLeaks

Banks And WikiLeaks

Commented Dec 26, 2010 at 02:02:14 in Business

“Such a thing sounds good but it seems too wide reaching to be practical. After all, the banks seem to be couching this in terms of business decisons and without specificity a fiat from a court would not stand. I agree with you whole-heartedly that something of the like should be used but I fear it would just be a fight predestined to fail. Something else in my mind is that in many ways the government of the United States is really not the recognized government. When the SCotUS announces or reaffirms the notion of personhood on corporations regarding donations to political campaigns the conclusion to me is that the government for us in all practical ways is the corporations with enough money to pay their "public servants" to do their bidding.

Another good reason for public financing laws which prohibit individual campaign donations and only allow the funding of national political campaigns out of the public treasury. That path migt also lead to more than two parties being viable contestants for elected office.

After reading that I have to admit I am actually insane.

But in a good way.”

foxisms on Dec 26, 2010 at 14:30:35

“Bailing water from a sinking boat with a hole in the hull is less than practical too, but you do it any way if you want to do something, anything to try and stay afloat.
This is pretty much the condition this ystem is in just now and has been for some time.
If representation and leadership don't do something to shore up this craft called America, no matter how impractical it may sometimes seem, we all may as well pull a few boards off the boat to hang on to and sink or swim on our own.”
Banks And WikiLeaks

Banks And WikiLeaks

Commented Dec 26, 2010 at 01:51:01 in Business

“The troubling aspect here has been illuminated and I, not wanting to seem uninterested want to ramble on a while. Banks can, indeed, decide who to do business with. They do so every day. Thirty years ago I was a banker and made those kinds of decisions every miserable day I worked in a bank.

The problem I see here is not refusing to "work with" a customer or depositor for a business-related reason but to use a political reason to try to shut down a possible voice of exposure. Since there are still numerous ways to get funds to Wikileaks the only thing BofA is going to be successful at will be making it inconvenient to help them.

I would like to force a disclosure in some way or another from the targeted banks to find out what it is they are trying to suppress. I am sure it is not trade secrets. I have a strong hunch it is electronic trails that show how cutthroat their business is. Another thing I am sure of is that the revelations would be nothing new. Probably only confirm what most people know already. However, might there be hidden criminal activity that exposure will bring to light?

Pale one made up death panels and look at the legs that idiotic comment got. Imagine the legs some rumor of criminal dealings would get.”
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