“When one candidate -- Summers -- has a history of having to issue formal apologies many times for his verbalization of his prejudices and biases, versus a candidate who has never been compelled to do so, I don't see a contest. Let's add this up: Summers has repeatedly seriously offended women, African Americans, and Hispanics. What percent of our population would that represent against, say, an old rep tie white boy population?”
Ergo Sum on Aug 6, 2013 at 21:16:56
“"has a history of having to issue formal apologies many times for his verbalization of his prejudices and biases, versus a candidate who has never been compelled to do so, I don't see a contest."
Exactly. You know where one of them stands.”
seawillow on Aug 6, 2013 at 15:53:22
“His bias is against incompetence and foolishness. His "mistake" is saying so in PC infested surroundings.”
“I really want some investigative journalist to put a price tag on all these "repeal Obamacare" legislative actions. I want to know exactly what these "deficit hawks" are actually costing us tax paying nearly-poverty-line/in poverty voters. This has gone beyond laughable to the point of tax payer revolution.”
“Thank ALEC for crafting the model bill for State legislatures to gut the Voting Rights Act at the State level. That's what seems to have evolved into this SCOTUS debacle. Civil rights resolved? Racial disparity of rights for voting resolved? Where do the SCOTUS appointees live??”
“Chicago's mayor is more focused on parking meter contracts than on strategic plans to control the violence here. Chi-raq has become a nightmare, and not overnight. Gun control laws have nothing to do with this. This is a social problem spun out of control. Its roots are classically urban social issues; the seemingly endless gun violence is the indicator of the depth and severity of the issues. It's past time to treat the core of the problem instead of treating the symptom: gun violence.”
dizturbdwun on Jun 11, 2013 at 13:54:22
“Thank you. We have a major problem in this country with slapping band-aid on a problem without looking at the whole picture and addressing all sides of the issue. We would sink millions and millions of dollars into a catchy "Just Say No" program instead of addressing the underlying social and mental health issues that lead to drug abuse. This is a problem both Liberals and Conservatives have. Just like we undervalue the natural sciences in America, we also undervalue social sciences. We write social sciences off as a fluff major in college, but people are actually spending a lot of time in research and implementation of evidence-based solutions to see what is the actual problem and how has these problems been solved in similar circumstances, but we ignore this and resort to letting interest groups and political pundits sway public policy at the expense of the citizens.”
“Some of the large retailers have a new spin on salary: sales associates don't get a minimum wage hourly salary, but they get a commission on sales attributed to them. While this might sound okay, there's more. Those same sales associates do NOT get paid anything when restocking, putting away stock, or setting up product displays. They also do NOT get paid when they attend required work meetings. To add to this nastiness, any returned items are debited against their commissions. Of course, all of these retail sales jobs are part-time and carry no benefits.”
“Let's see if I've got this straight: Johnson used a private jet to commute to work, stayed 4 days a week during his tenure at a 5 star hotel, ran up costs to produce and broadcast these internal infomercials while he modeled his new clothes as emperor, ran up enormous costs to rearrange store floor plans, paid out huge amounts for consultants (that's a bit of insider knowledge on my part), etc. And the corporate board sat on their hands for the 17 months this nonsense was going on. What magic 2 x 4 descended from the board room ceiling to thwap those board members upside the head that they needed to deploy Johnson's golden parachute?”
kanga573 on May 29, 2013 at 05:19:31
“But they paid him a ton, so he MUST have been good!”
“Engineers, project managers, laborers, supervisors, truck drivers, accountants, bookkeepers, suppliers, etc. Now multiply the bridges in WA by several thousand, and you have the beginning of the scope of the efforts needed, jobs to be filled, income to be gained.”
“Why is our legislature rehashing and rehashing the Benghazi stuff? Why aren't they spending equal or more time addressing critical issues revolving around our country's financial corporations which are regulated and legislated through our National government? Benghazi should be a "lessons learned" enumeration. We have huge issues with financial services corporations and those have not been listed or investigated or addressed.”
jdrumpf on May 12, 2013 at 21:17:02
“If you can't be equally concerned about your government telling you lies in one regard, how can you believe them on another? Do you not know that EVERYTHING you hear from DC is most likely a complete fabrication. Rita, the best advice you can get is from those that love you and not from those who want to mislead you. You sound like a wonderful and caring person.”
agenda21 on May 12, 2013 at 18:53:28
“Next up the IRS probe and coming trials.”
peanutsintexas on May 12, 2013 at 18:14:34
“The answer is rather simple. The answer is that the financial corporations never broke any laws. It's no different than complaining that Warren Buffet pays less in taxes than his secretary. Buffet pays less in taxes because that is the way the laws are written. It's perfectly legal. Clinton signed into law the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act which allowed the financial institutions to merge multiple facets of the industry under one umbrella and they ran with it. All perfectly legal.
The Benghazi situation is entirely different in that corruption or a cover-up occurred which is still trying to be buried. Chances are, you don't want to know because the president has a D behind his name and not an R.
How many liberals questioned W Bush on the day of the attacks on 9/11 as he sat in the childrens' schoolroom reading a book for 7 minutes. Google Bush and 7 minutes. The Benghazi attacks led to the disappearance of President Obama for over 7 hours and no one can still account for his whereabouts during those 7 hours. Even Clinton claims she was unaware of all the events. We have a consulate under attack and our Secretary of State and President are both a no show. Is that really acceptable to you?”
pal3803 on May 12, 2013 at 18:05:18
“Because they want to discredit Hillary...plain and simple...and it's all they have. Nice try, guys...won't wash.”
Steelerfanman on May 12, 2013 at 18:01:44
“Because those corporation paid for and control the GOP.”
RWinTenn on May 12, 2013 at 18:01:27
“Your President just lied to all of America to keep from losing votes and that don't matter to you? Always asking why lol right”
robertdmorris3 on May 12, 2013 at 17:57:23
“You are absolutely right Rita R. It is like always a political distraction designed to discredit and like the last hearing , accusations are being made regardless of circumstances and inspite of the facts. Those who are making the acusations have never let facts get in the way of their agendas and this time is no acception. So why are they doing this? The facts are that the GOPTP have no one who could even come close to H. Clinton in the 2016 They can't touch her.”
Brian Es on May 12, 2013 at 17:52:00
“Lets ignore the blatantly obvious?
If Obama wasn't such a narcissist he would go on national TV apologize to the American people and openly fire various administration people plus appoint a Special Prosecutor.
He still has a lot of time on that but he's not that smart. He'll take this all the way..confidently pining on the idea that Democrat will never vote him out. This is scandal will likely define his second term or at best for him the first half.
Until he does a Reagan Iran Contra he's political jetsam. I don't believe he can ever get past himself enough to do that and is now mortally wounded politically..a true lame duck.”
Red Russet on May 12, 2013 at 17:44:58
“Because the GOPERS see this issue as some kind of huge win for them, a big DEM screw-up, and they will pound it forever, or as long it is working. They think no one remembers the embassy attacks under GWBush.
The UMd. database lists 64 attacks on American diplomatic targets during the George W. Bush administration, including car bombs at the US embassy in Yemen and armed attackers assaulting a US consulate in Saudi Arabia. There were 11 embassy attacks resulting in 52 deaths.
At the time, the DEMS did not make this same kind of political hay out of those security failures. If DEMS had, they could still be hammering on those enormous GOPER screw-ups and go on hammering them for decades.”
jbscv on May 12, 2013 at 17:42:56
“1- Because the republican bosses, wall st, big business and others in real power, want to divert attention to issues while they slowly dismantle our social safety net and our economy to suit their profitmaking. 2- Because republicans see a way to damage their main political rival for 2016 presidential elections in Hillary Clinton. So they'd rather (no need) to waste time and energy on this divgerance.”
bpulliam on May 12, 2013 at 17:41:18
“Because they want to rehash and rehash---that's why.”
Arizona Annie on May 12, 2013 at 17:39:05
“Because they are Republicans.”
werewolf90210 on May 12, 2013 at 17:36:41
“Because House and Senate Republicans don't give a damn about real people. Corporations and religion. That's where it's at.”
sherm496 on May 12, 2013 at 17:35:43
“'Cause they haven't got a clue how, and still want to get paid.”
“Can anyone explain to me why the majority of those pictured and listed above are from south of the Mason-Dixon Line? Okay, I get the Christian conservatism influence, but what else is causing this?”
xerocada1 on May 6, 2013 at 09:46:15
“American historians identify the "Old South" as a subnational authoritarian regime in which a substantial percentage of the population was oppressed in an undemocratic system of government.
In the 30's when blacks started leaving the South for jobs in the North, they faced harassment from local police who would remove them from the public transportation because the southern cities and towns didn't want to lose cheap manpower. Not only were blacks refused the right to vote, they were denied the right to freedom of movement, freedom to escape the South.”
Al Vaught on May 6, 2013 at 09:41:34
“How about them being stupid old racists?”
MrGovtCheese on May 6, 2013 at 09:40:41
“Crazy makes better headlines. That's why they dominate the news.”
Marysdude on May 6, 2013 at 09:38:58
The 'else' is it...the Christian Conservatism. It fights the good fight against education and wins. Uneducated people look up to those like Sanford And Haley and Graham and DeMint and Scott and...and...and...the only 'good' politician from South Carolina in MY 73 year memory was Fritz Hollings.”
“"They're coming to take away your guns" is purely propaganda. The very watered-down background check requirement would not affect anyone who is not a convicted felon or someone with a history of mental illness. That, then becomes the question that needs to be fired (no pun intended...okay, maybe intended) at the NRA: are you an organization of convicted felons and diagnosed mentally ill members? If convicted felons are not permitted to vote in elections, why would any sane society entrust those people with firearms?”
NRA Life member on May 5, 2013 at 18:09:15
“I know the NRA is in support of Mental Health being included in Background Checks, the ACLU would fight that legislation to the Supreme Court. That would be considered "Discrimination" . Check on the aftermath of the Virignia Tech shooting in 2007, the shooter was a mental health patient but that information was not given to the FBI who did a background check and allowed him a handgun. Virginia Mental Health Doctors defended that decision as well as the ACLU.”
devildoc68 on May 5, 2013 at 17:47:35
“do you really think the bad guys buy guns legally??? I have no problem with background checks but the bad guys have what is commonly known as the black market...kinda like what the U.S. does with other countries....sell them guns to murder then turn around at home and want to tell the honest person they shouldn't have a gun. Your logic seems flawed at best.”
julieintx on May 5, 2013 at 17:44:31
“NY state this year passed a law that made the use of most handguns a criminal act, by banning the magazines that they can't function without. If you think people aren't trying to ban guns, you're extremely naive.”
Saint Brian the Godless on May 5, 2013 at 17:33:18
“The base loves that propaganda a lot; it plays into their paranoia and stokes it to a high blaze. They simply cannot believe us when we say we're not going to go after their guns. I'm so tired of being called a "gungrabber!" I had no idea that we had so many nuts hiding out under rocks just waiting for a black man to win the white house!
I think it might even be a sexual fetishization of firearms. They seem to love them more than their families even. There is NOTHING we can say to them. And a lot of republicans now, about half I think, are SERIOUSLY saying that this country is heading for a shooting war! They tell me to stock up an arms and choose a side! They tell me that there will be blood! I mean, can't we round them up before they do any damage? They are threatening insurrection!
The other thing that kills me is how they actually believe that their stash of guns will fend off the United States Armed Forces with their drones and bombs and Apache helos and M1A1 Abrams tanks and rocket launchers... Their minds are shot!”
From my cold dead hands on May 5, 2013 at 17:24:22
“Why did you try to get the "assault weapons" ban passed, if all you wanted was expanded background checks?
Also--your logic circuits are shorting out---if the NRA were a bunch of felons, then why would they advocate for the LAWFUL right to keep and bear arms?
If they were criminals they would be advocating for more gun control, so that they would have safer working conditions--you know, like YOU are doing.....”
“When I took my third masters degree, and had to endure -- yet again -- the required research methods course, our professor assigned us to read, analyze and critique research papers published by grad, post grad and professor folks. Each of us in the course had to do this on 10 papers. Perhaps no surprise, we found heavily flawed research and conclusions in over 90% of said papers.”
“...which is a flawed financial study approach but which is typical historical research. That said, any graduate student or post graduate student could have and should have poked cavernous holes in the conclusions Reinhart and Rogoff reached.”
myblueohio on May 2, 2013 at 22:25:09
“Their paper was never peer-reviewed. Now you know why.”
llyd wlsh on May 2, 2013 at 22:22:39
“which is what happened.....a grad student 'outed' them”
“Shall we join hands and assert that those Republican legislators -- who caved to pressures from armaments manufacturers -- are not going to be primaried? Now that it's a verb, perhaps said legislative candidates could be forced to choose: court money from big business or spend work time representing the interests and concerns of the majority of constituents.”
“Just keep the spotlight on David and Charles and keep following the money. Small businesses and business support groups across the country are starved for cash. But media can play a huge difference if they keep focused on the source and ethical price of such cash offerings from the Koch cabal. And that cabal is out to buy influence and "friends." The cash offerings will always be a "Sophie's Choice" that has to be deeply thought through every time. And this has been my own fear since the economic downturn began: privately held fortunes would be used to install ethics and commitments that would never be given in a different economic climate. Keep in mind that the Koch brothers cut their teeth on their father's John Birch Society. Money always buys influence, and cash is in very short supply to the foundations of our economy, small businesses.”
blackranger on Apr 26, 2013 at 17:43:37
“right!! follow the money keeps us in touch with what they are doing.”
“We lead the globe in armaments manufacturing: 52 such manufacturing companies in the USA; next highest number = Great Britian with 12 such. We lead the world in the exports of arms; Russia follows us in that list. Arms manufacturing is an extremely wealthy cabal, the hub of which is here in the USA.”
LadyRaineX on Apr 17, 2013 at 20:54:53
“As if we need more to be embarrassed about in this country.”
“All any government agency has to do is wave that "prevent terrorism" flag and our rights are nullified.”
Poster9999 on Apr 11, 2013 at 08:07:15
“Good point. That's the justification, but in this case we really are suffering from a lack of laws to protect electronic communication. Laws protecting telephone conversations are much stronger than laws protecting your emails.”
“The most blatant violation of rights and very public display of government attacks on privacy are there for everyone to view at every airport in our nation. Watch the TSA "enhanced pat-downs" that go on 24x7, day in and day out.”