“Anti-intellectualism at its worse. I can list dozens of so-called "ivory tower" intellectuals who were the first to notice and fight against the erosion of the middle class and the loss of democracy in America.
Read anything by Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, or Michael Parenti before you make comments like that.”
themodernleader on Apr 21, 2012 at 09:02:17
“You are not describing reality. The American academic types have consistently provided the research and findings that support the goals and aspirations of the corporations, financial institutions and super rich, even so far as writing text books and disseminating the economic "truths" to generations of leaders who now run and ruin the chances of our nation and people. Our people have finished higher education courses of study and learned little more than that they are no longer common people and are superior to the run-of-the-mill American. That learning is the values of delusion and decay.”
“Christopher Hitchens was easily one of the most dazzling writers and public intellectuals of our era. His mastery of the english language was unparalleled by any other writer, and he used this talent to express the most witty, erudite, and brutally honest opinions. Hitchens was a political commentator, a public speaker, a rhetorician, a journalist, a literary analyst, a columnist, and a "bon vivant", but at the core of all of these roles was his skill as a writer.
Hitchens (along with Richard Feynman and PZ Myers) is one of the primary reasons why I'm a radical atheist and antitheist, and I am so grateful for this enlightenment. I can still spend hours on YouTube watching Hitchens eviscerate his opponents, and I'll never get bored. His wit, humor, and bohemian, irreverant lifestyle was amazing.
Of course, Hitchens made mistakes. I feel compelled to mention his support for Iraq as a horrendous error. But that doesn't stop me from enjoying and respecting him.
Thank you, Hitch. Every era needs a great polemicist to stir things up.
“You seem to be rather confused. It's those "extreme" liberals who want to eliminate the ridiculous top-down dictatorship of the rich in this country, and it's the moderates you listed above who want to keep the status quo by leaving the public out of politics.
Teddy R and Wilson--Believed the wealthy, educated elite should govern. Although they took steps toward helping the poor, they also took steps toward reducing the role of the people in politics.
FDR-He's certainly an "extremist". If he were around today he would have been thrown out of the Democratic party due to his leftism. We haven't had another great populist as Prez since then.
Truman--Famous midwestern moderate, won in '48 by including conservatives in his voting base.
Ike--Although he did well economically (the middle class benefited as much as the rich in the '50s), he refused to address poverty and shied away from most race issues.
LBJ--Another "liberal extremist" who is far too liberal by today's Dem standards. Take a look at his Great Society.
Nixon--More elitism (both foreign and domestic), generally ignorant of issues related to poverty and urban decay.
Carter--Thought and spoke like a Republican. Refused to address welfare reform.
We need less pragmatists like Obama and Clinton and more of the so-called "extremist liberals".”
“It's good to see that some progressive governors are taking the lead on health care, something I wish our centrist President would do.”
rrobinnyc1 on Apr 13, 2012 at 15:33:29
“I agree, but he needs some support. Look at what the Governor had to do to get this through. I understand some of the impatience, but as my Nana would say Rome wasn't built in a day.”
chlai88 on Apr 13, 2012 at 15:16:52
“President Obama's Affordable Care Act requires each state to have a health exchange by 2014. 11 other states have already set up the exchanges.”
LFox6 on Apr 13, 2012 at 15:05:09
“It's the toxic atmosphere in DC that is killing any chance of progress in our federal leadership, and it can be landed squarely at the Congressional door. I am glad to see that BHO is finally saying heck with this, this is what I want to do, and let the crybabies cry - he seems to be more forceful lately in his speeches, and no, I do not believe it is a political ploy. I think he's had enough of trying to please all the people all the time! Good!”
LFox6 on Apr 13, 2012 at 15:01:33
“Being honest, he is not getting the support in his (federal) legislature that Cuomo is - that is one reason Cuomo is able to advance so many great ideas and get moving on them in such a short time. The article is a little disingenuous in that it found just one GOP member of the NY Senate who disagreed - the GOP left healthcare exchanges, etc. out of the annual budget pending the outcome of the S. Ct. case - they also wanted some cost analysis done first, too - but they have already come out and said they will not challenge the EO.
The problem is in our Congress - they need to come to NY and learn how to WORK together!”
“Scotty's getting desperate. WI voters will look at the records of the candidates and see a clear contrast. The Democrats have consistently fought for the workers and the Middle Class, while Scotty has fought for his millionaire campaign donors and the country's corporate elite. Just look at his record.
“This is yet another attempt to squeeze religion into our secular education system. This is an abomination. As an atheist, I am especially incensed by this travesty. Religion is a THREAT. Treat it like one.
Religion, simply put, is destroying our progress as a civilization. To accept God, you must rely on blind faith alone. You must surrender control of your own life to a dictator that can throw you into hell for merely thinking something that conflicts with his dogma. You must abandon rationality and obey whatever his human "prophets" say. You must eternally praise him to get eternal salvation in heaven, which consists of more eternal praise. To paraphrase Christopher Hitchens, this sounds a lot like North Korea and Nazi Germany. Religion is basically an authoritarian dictatorship where you must praise the Dear Leader and give in to his demands.
To move forward, we must abandon authoritarianism and embrace democracy and the empowerment of the people. We must abandon blind faith and embrace reason and science, which are the lights that must guide us from now on.”
“No matter how hard we try to teach an absolute ignoramus like you the difference between a THEORY and a HYPOTHESIS, you never learn!
Germ theory, Cell theory, Theory of Gravitation, Theory of Relativity...”
s3bhark on Apr 10, 2012 at 22:58:00
“Gotta love the amount of intelligence shown in name calling. Couldn't come up with a decent argument, huh.
Gravity and relativity along with all science is just our best current method for understanding our surroundings, neither can be externally proved as fact. I don't discount gravity or relativity, but neither do I give them more credence in understanding the true nature of the world, the universe and everything than I give to my faith in my creator.
Ever notice that every few generations, science changes (look at some history of science.) We think we know something as Fact, then someone finds out, not really, it really works like this. So called scientific facts are disproven and changed all the time.
All we really know for sure from science is that we don't know very much.
Hypothesis is great, but you can have multiple hypothesis for any theory, until proven, none is any better than any other. Any could be true. If a theory is not supported by all the evidence, then it is not valid. So it comes down to how a theory is questioned. If you ask the same questions of multiple theories, whichever can answer all the questions best, has the most validity, but until it can be proven and preferably reproduced it is still no better than any other theory.
Yet, so far nothing in the Bible has ever been scientifically disproven. It does require faith, but no more than any unproven "scientific theory."”
“FAITH. No one word personifies the absolute worst and most wicked properties of religion better than that. Faith is mind-rot. It’s the poison that destroys critical thinking, undermines evidence, and leads people into lives dedicated to absurdity. It’s a parasite regarded as a virtue. I speak as a representative of the scientific faction of atheism: it’s one thing we simply cannot compromise on. Faith is wrong.”
Bob716 on Apr 10, 2012 at 22:46:26
“Believing what you believe takes a lot more faith than what I believe. NO faith is even worse.”
“People claim this bill will increase "intellectual freedom", but all it does is encourage educators to ignore scientific facts and teach religous falsehoods.
What a sad step backwards for America. At a time when we should be enhancing STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education in the US, we get ignorami like Haslam and his legislative cohorts, who try to pollute our schools with this nonsense.
China and India are sure to be overjoyed.
If you want to teach your own kids creationism, be my guest. But keep this anti-science (it is worse than pseudoscience) OUT OF AMERICA'S CLASSROOMS!”
junelee0319 on Apr 10, 2012 at 20:23:22
“speaking of what should be kept out of America's classrooms - I nominate left wingers such as yourself”
Joni Geller on Apr 10, 2012 at 20:11:58
“Well said! F&F Your opinion would lead me to believe you were not educated in Tennessee!”