Feb 21, 2012 at 07:28:56
“The underwriters still control banking loan decisions, even for SBA and economic development packages. The banks are even canceling pre-existing lines of credit for business which have been in place for years. Venture capitalist may be the last source for money. Oh no..... a free market solution!!!!!
Many small businesses are formed around the technical expertise, unknowing of the business expertise to manage the business elements. It greatly increases your burn rate to bring end more management overhead until revenue can self sustain that many people. The endless regulations and requires make it more difficult by the day.I spend so much time trying to figure out what " I am supposed to do" I don't have time to develop the technology and take care of my customers the way I want.”
ddeanfountain on Feb 25, 2012 at 11:52:52
“"Many small businesses are formed around the technical expertise, unknowing of the business expertise to manage the business elements."
This I will disagree with. Many small businesses formed today are not technical in nature, i.e landscape services, retail, restaurants, cell phone sales centers.... While this nation's increase in the service sector continues, the number of technically advanced or newly innovated products or services make up only a very small percentage.”
“I guess it is always easier then instead of you helping your community and neighbors, have the Federal Government forcible take resources away from some one else to "help" them. Do you think "everybody gets a trophy" really has helped. What possibly could "tax cuts to the rich" have to do with it?????? This is about personal responsibility, does that thought offend you???? Since we gave Tax money to the big corporations, how about everybody in America gets a personal bailout. What we can't bleed from the 48% that are still paying taxes, we can just borrow from......... oh, our counties credit has been downgraded, that may be a problem...... forget it, let's just print more money.”
“Hey, personal responsibility of individual citizens. Taking care of our selves and our own communities. This must be a shocking concept to many. Can you imagine having to face the consequences of our own actions, and lend a hand to our immediate family and neighbors. How can I continue to be a victim and blame others for what I don't have if I have to be accountable for my own decisions?”
Curt F on Feb 20, 2012 at 22:28:02
“Are you really that callous and selfish? No one is saying that we shouldn't do what you said. However, when your whole neighborhood/community doesn't have the means to help one another during tough times, then what? Oh that's right, give more tax cuts to the rich! That solves everything!”
bookreader451 on Feb 20, 2012 at 22:26:30
“We are all radical city folk we don't know a thing about living in a community, paying our mortgages or working.
We know we fail as humans and we are lucky enough to have the self righteous there to remind us
“The Federal government is never efficient. I have been involved with it my entire life. It is wasteful, slow, and efficient. If there is something you really care about, get the government out of it. The very best way to kill or corrupt something beautiful is to turn it over to Bureaucrats.”
“It is a leap, I can pull extreme examples from the other perspective as well. It would only show that I have nothing relevant to offer in dialog to the current issues. Feel free to go enjoy a completely secular government in Europe. Maybe you'd be happier.”
“Don't you think it is a bit of a leap from having a moral compass guided by Christian principles to a Theocracy????? Sort of an extreme leap. If you want to have governance with no moral compass, go to Europe.”
McSpooty on Feb 20, 2012 at 13:47:33
“I do NOT think that it's a leap to consider that. Given the current amount of hatred and self-righteous bile spewing from from the Christian Right--note that Santorum thinks that even Protestants are no longer Christian, regardless of The 400 year old Reformation. Moral Compass? Let's see, like the rounding up of non-believers and killing them? (No one expects the Spanish Inquisition) Moral compass...like thousands of instances of Catholic priests sexually molesting generations of children. A Moral Compass like the Catholic Church that continues to deny women equal rights yet continues to stand against the spread of disease by thwarting condom use world-wide?
Yes, I'll take ANY secular government over leadership by a misguided Bronze Age myth.”
“That's not what he said. And the is no separation of the Government and theology, the separation is with Government and the organization of the Church. :)”
McSpooty on Feb 20, 2012 at 12:14:20
“Obama's policies are, and should be based on public policy theory. Policies of the USA should NEVER be derived by myth--from Christian, Islam or any other religion. Religious persecution--and freedom from it are the reason our ancestors came here. If you want to live in a theocracy, head over to Tehran.”
“Perhaps the issue should be handled by each individual state, where the local populations can self regulate as appropriate. Instead of being "reregulated" perhaps it should be "deregulated".
Perhaps we should also look beyond this as the "moral/civil rights" issue that most are trying to make. That's not the cause of contention. Follow the money trail. The politically influential insurance companies (like super in-bed with politicians AIG), would stand to loose a large number of prime policy holders. They are happy to have the issue sidelined as a social conflict and keep every one squabbling while they keep drawing premiums. If we were to remove the ability to influence politicians from money brokers, I suspect that many our our "class", "race", "money" "insurance" "education" "jobs" would simply self resolve by the tools of the fee market, if we could successfully remove big moneys influence from the political process (from all political spectrum).”
“insulting otters - ha ha that was cute (good catch).
Teabagging is derogatory. If you are unaware, it is a sexual act performed on other to force humiliation and degradation. It is pretty vile.
Concerning the conservatives, I met plenty of them. They are just regular people, just like you. Most are well educated, and concerned. Think of them as constitutional or conservative activist. They have their own perspective, like anyone else, but I never met a soul there who just hated or dislike a person because they believed some thing different, but they are now finding their voices.
I greatly disagree with a lot of what I see on the news, especially MSNBC, but I do not feel compelled to insult, degree or discredit them or their perspective. The Fox people have a right to say what ever they like, if you don't want to hear it, then change the station. Pretty simple.”
“Perhaps you are more of a libertarian than a liberal. I believe that most laws and regulations are invasive and only serve the purpose the restrict one group for the sake of allowing advantage to others. Most visibly economic advantage. I don't look at this as discrimination, though perhaps legalized theft. I see the current overregulation as a prime example.”
Thanks4Watching on Feb 18, 2012 at 22:04:31
“I'm socially liberal and fiscally moderate. Political alignment isn't a sliding scale, it's an X;Y axis, with liberal and conservative being left and right, but with authoritarian and libertarian being and up and down. Think of it like a coordinate plane.
And in that we are in agreement. Some regulations are necessary and justifiable - food safety standards, for example. This, however, has zero justification. It's based on who somebody has a romantic or sexual interest in. As I said - there is no public benefit, it doesn't pass the 'smell test', if you will.”
“Your points are well spoke and will be considered. Change will come through due process, As of now, I am part of the majority, which set the norms. I guess we will see what history brings us.
In the meanwhile it's great to know were to come if I need a term paper edited. If you are having trouble with conversational vs. grammatical speech, you might want to stay away from blogs and forums. You want see much proper English on any of them.”
“Nope, not a fan of Admin. I have been taking their beating regularly. I made a reference to the Nazis on another threat about your point, and you should have sent the fall out. The above thread is me defending myself from Admin, who was exactly calling me a racist for disagreeing the their point. (trace it up).
I was Army, and we couldn't chose green, because it might have offended a Leprechaun. We all we androgens colorless faceless drones in a big fat social experiment.”
“Sounds like you chose to associate with the wrong kind of guy. I didn't make those rules, and I am not in charge, and neither are you. We can only be responsible for the choices we can personally make. If you want to make your own rules, so be it, but be prepared to accept the consequences of your actions. I'll be prepared to accept the consequences of mine. What ever your decision, you can not expect some else to accommodate you if it goes against their core beliefs, like forcing the church to tolerate birth control, which was the source of Mr Foster Friess ill fated joke. I chose to have a vasectomy after my children (just so happens I'm not Catholic), but didn't ask any one else to pay for it. Problem solved. By the way, still happily married, and never lived a promiscuous lifestyle. My personal choice, visible by society and therefore so judged.
Whatever you choose, you will be held accountable for. Personal responsibility. Try it....”
“In the meanwhile, women can still get their birth control through other sources. Women working for the church are already getting their birth control through other sources now, so worst case scenario, they can keep doing what they are doing. If the issue is that important to them, they can seek employment some some one that offers birth control pills as part of the compensation package. They choice.”
“Firstly, My CAPS are all fine. since you have no logic or facts to base your opinion, you would instead seek to discredit the source.... Pretty weak approach.
Changing the legal definition of marriage within an organization or body dictates that is is then a social norm. This then forces everything from education about it in the school system, to changes in programs and standards across the entire span of the organization. It will be more obtrusive than you realize for some one outside that lifestyle. You may be as ignorant on the impact it will have on us as we are of you. Consider this as a source of general resistance so we can refine the integration.
Always consider perspective. You're really making your side of the debate look Uneducated and Foolish.”
“I did cut and paste that block. I was tired and apologize for not being clear with that. Thank you for squaring me away point.
What I was going for was that in it's early phases, the National Socialist Party engaged in heavy class warfare and anti-capitolism to solidly a voting block. It steady nationalized industry until government controlled a good deal of he production as a matter of control.
I have some European Immigrant friends who are scared to death by the similarities they are seeing. (They are old enough to personally remember certain scary events).
I do not mean to try to compare our Leader with other's in History, but instead to draw a parallel to the current socialist agenda and a historical presicdent of control and the bad places it can lead. Power needs to be returned to the people, as our founding fathers designed.”
“At present, those are not "benefits" they have earned. "They - the soldiers" are being used as lab rats for a special interest groups social engineering experiments. You are presenting this as though the military member is have compensation with held for some reason. Every individual is being appropriately compensated according to their standard contract package. The "soldiers" are just fine. I was a "soldier" most of my life, and there were rarely issues, until they were generate by people on the outside with their own agendas and forced onto us, which always caused a tremendous amount of "usually unintended and unforeseen" problems. I respect your position and statements, I hope you will extend the same courtesy to mine.”
joemondo on Feb 18, 2012 at 11:59:49
“These benefits are certainly earned. They are only being blocked by an unconstitutional law.
If you want to make that a distraction, you will. But if you want to support the soldiers, you will hush and let the AG be about his business.”
“Many of the doom stories back then were based on blatant ignorance. I would like to think we have advanced a little beyond that now. Trying to create similarities between this situation and that one is a stretch. The core situation and ramifications are completely different.”
Daly on Feb 18, 2012 at 17:50:05
“during civil rights there were claims that blacks joining the military would indeed change things just as radical as the claims now of Gays in the service. The only difference was blacks were not going to attack straight soldiers, then the lies were women would not be safe. Both then and now were blatant ignorance gone wild; history points to fear, same thing happen with interment camps.”
“There is no need for personal attacks. Please present you facts in a logical and "non-insulting" manner. Great points about integrating blacks in to the military, if the cases were similar. The conservatives don't see this as a social justice issue. They don't see it as a matter of equality. Trying to force similarities here will not change their minds. Perhaps another approach. You might try, dropping some of the venom and sarcasm. One can not insult one's way into providing otters a better perspective. Do you want to be "right", or "effective"?”
LadyeCatte on Feb 18, 2012 at 20:22:31
“Personal attack? You mean "Teabagger"??? I thought affiliation with the group was a source of pride for... some.
But perhaps you meant I shouldn't associate YOU with a group that routinely shows how extremely ignorant they are by (1) pretending FOXNews isn't, in fact, a 24/7 AntiObamathon funded by the Kochs, (2) repeating lies told by FOX & Kochs and (3) dancing around facts they can't argue against without showing their extreme ignorance.
If that's what you meant-- my abject apologies.
"Conservatives don't see it as a matter of equality"?? They have a grand enough time claiming "social experimentation" when attempting to portray integration as having "failed". That whole "let the majority vote" on a group's status in the community is intelligence-insulting hogwash.
And I don't insult otters. I think they're kinda cute.”
“Easy guys, let's all be civil. No need for personal attacks. Let's try to use logic and good ave good dialog. I'll go first in trying to act like an adult. I will have my opinions, but respect every one else's. Through active civil dialog, we can all expand our own perspectives and self educate.”
Boomer in Itasca on Feb 18, 2012 at 12:43:49
“I certainly agree with you about personal attacks. They are counterproductive at best and destructive at worst. But when someone posts this: "obama can take a shower with these misfits. monkey's have more sense." there is just no way I can allow it to pass without comment.
“I believe the hope is that these issues won't distract for the support of our soldiers, regardless of their differences. The way the issues are being forced, and the timing, are generating division and hurting the efficiency of the greater purpose. There has to be a better, or less charged way than simple attempts at raw political force. Especially when the political force is being pushed, by those outside of the military who don't have to deal with the disruptions. Let's support them, let them be what they want to be, and step away and let them do their jobs.”
joemondo on Feb 18, 2012 at 11:31:53
“How can giving soldiers the benefits they earned distract from supporting them?