“Yeah, I mean who cares about infrastructure? Who cares about keeping folks from dying in the streets from disease and hunger. Let 'em eat cake! That's what I say.
It is much more important to give $700 Billion to the rich.
French revolution ring any bells? Nah, I don't suppose it does. It should but it doubtless does not”
Mako Dragoon on Mar 11, 2011 at 19:01:19
“Never said I didn't care about infrastructure. I said I know that we need it. I don't want to live without it. But just as it is a horrible to underfund infrastructure it is horrible to OVERfund it.
Example... Should I, as a firefighter, recieve wages and compensation ofr $6,000 per year, $60,000 per year, or $600,000 per year? That's an easy choice. Only 3 options. It's much harder to say how much a teacher should make. But I do know a teacher can go work for a private school, college, or university if they don't like their pay. I cannot.”
“Many years ago, I spent a decade (well, 2 years but it seemed like a decade) at a Columbia University graduate dorm with a twitchy fire alarm system that went off an average of 3x per week, --EVERY week-- and always at night. Repeatedly awakened and forced into the Harlem night at 3AM, I think, officially qualifies as the worst dorm in America.”
“Wonder how many white athletes have been dismissed on such grounds? Race wouldn't be a consideration at most schools, but most schools are not affiliated with religions that discriminated based upon race until 1976.
Fair question, IMHO. A bigger question is why ANY black family would send their child to such a school in the first place?”
Nicole Dixson on Mar 10, 2011 at 23:06:51
“Regardless if it is raced based or not, the young man made the decision to go to the school. He agreed to their code of conduct, he didn't live up to it and he was punished. He could have gone somewhere else, no one forced him to go to that school. End of story. I'm black and my son is black and I am not going to have him blaming his color for the decisions HE makes.”
“I think we should have no confidence that an Arizona jury will disagree with him. After all, this IS Arizona, a state where a paramedic refused to respond because the victim was a Democrat. Do you suppose that if this paramedic were on the jury, his feeling would change?
Just like the Deep South in the 50's, justice is not a foregone conclusion in that state.”
James McGill on Apr 13, 2011 at 12:26:08
“The man you are slandering, himself voted for Rep. Giffords. Where do you get the idea that he didn't respond "because the victim was a Democrat?" It's pretty clear that what he objected to was the "political bantering" that *the other people in his crew* insisted on having. They weren't even first responders. They were some of the last people called, long after the last of the victims was already in the hospital. By choosing not to join in, Ekstrum missed a chance to have his name listed among heros, but that's as far as it goes.”
James McGill on Apr 13, 2011 at 12:19:17
wyb on Mar 11, 2011 at 11:00:46
“An interesting story about a sub station in a Tucson fire department, that was missed by the national press.”
“Bottom-line: We need a change of leadership in the Democratic Party because, right now, the Republicans are out-conniving and out-thinking them on all fronts.
You cannot blame the Republicans because this is what they do. Dogs bark, snakes bite, and Republicans do this. Who we SHOULD blame, instead, are the Democrats who allow themselves to be continually run over.”
sixchair on Mar 10, 2011 at 09:15:00
“You are quite correct. However, the progressive machine is now people power. we have learned that relying on tepid politicians is the wrong way. I was in a march in FL last week in solidarity with WI and workers. the energy was awesome.”
foolme1ns on Mar 10, 2011 at 08:56:57
“We need to get rid of the republicans who are the enemy and the lap dog democrats who are the traitors.
“Notice how O ba ma is looking so dashing and presidential in H/p's photos? Nothing wrong with that. Now, however, notice the h r c pic they're using, where she's lookin' like her better days are behind.
Why do you suppose that is? Miso gynistic do you suppose? Or perhaps they want to dim inish her for a run in 2012? Either way, doncha think it's chil dish at best? Ch url ish, even.”
“There's one thing worse than the Right Wing and that's the sycophants on the Left who excuse Obama's Right Wing policies on grounds of the lesser evil.
Sorry, but Obama's Drill Baby policies, his war-mongering, his cuddling of evangelicals, his anti-gay stance before he was for it, his defense of the Patriot Act & domestic spying and his labeling of the Left as "whiners" makes him part of the problem NOT the solution.
With friends like Obama, who needs enemies? We need change in this country and we need a fighter who can bring that change. We do not need Obama.”
“The truly shocking thing is that we seem to have 3 Supremes who don't especially care if they execute an innocent man.
Shocking, but not surprising since Scalia has made such opinions before. Here's what he said in Georgia vs. Davis
"This Court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is ‘actually’ innocent.”
“You know all those American women of late who've been convicted of raping boys? Think all of the "Atta Girl" comments here would similarly approve of burning THOSE women to death? Nah. Me neither. Why is that, do you suppose?”
jusathot on Mar 7, 2011 at 09:05:08
“All those women? You could count them on your hands.”
signgrrl on Mar 5, 2011 at 22:04:48
“um, no, actually, first i've heard of it.”
Katherine Hompes on Mar 5, 2011 at 20:12:03
“I'd understand any parent losing it and attacking their child's attacker. Regardless of the sex of the attacker. As to your question- perhaps it is because paedophiles have traditionally been seen as men. However, there are still women that abuse children- we can't forget that.”
lowery2008 on Mar 4, 2011 at 17:37:29
“I approve of burning them to death male of female children need protection from the male and female predators.”
“So, folks are upset that Saudi Arabia grants a reprieve from their death penalty? Seems to me that such is fairly progressive when compared to Texas or Florida. If she had been convicted in a death penalty state in America, she'd be all but dead and no amount of Facebook money could save her.
Perhaps the operative point of this story is that the United States justice system is uncomfortably close to Saudi Arabia; perhaps even worse. Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, Red China, America. Not very good company our justice system is in, is it?”
concrete things on Mar 4, 2011 at 17:26:14
“Exactly. A poor woman anywhere in the world who killed a rich man for raping her? She's screwed. This happens in America.”
Cyn de Harven on Mar 4, 2011 at 16:31:12
“No. folks are upset that, in a country where abuse of foreign domestic help is practically a national sport, a woman crying rape is not only disbelieved but that her "punishment" of beheading is so easily sold for "blood" money.”
KenGirl on Mar 4, 2011 at 16:22:36
“I for one don't find anything wrong with that "diyat" blood money thing. Call it extortion if you like. But those who lose their family member to an untimely death because someone else killed them should be able to collect. The dead family member - not in the case of this story - but other cases, contribute with their income towards the family's progress. Once dead, they cannot do that. If they had kids, they leave them to be raised with one income, or leave a spouse handling all the bills, mortgage (expenses they anticipated sharing with their spouse). The killer should pay. But in this Saudi/Indonesia story, I don't have an opinion. I am just saying generally. Whether that should stop someone from getting the death penalty is just the catch, otherwise who would pay if all the killer has to do is rot in jail.”
“Stewart can mock and we can react in (continued) astonishment at Fox but the fact is that hypocrisy and our reaction to it just does not matter.
Why? It is because Jon Stewart is just some dude on the Comedy Channel preaching to the choir. Until the Democrat political leaders find the gumption to make Stewart's point to the country, it does nothing useful.
What we NEED is a political leader to stand up to this onslaught from the Right Wing and freakin' SAY something instead of looking for the nearest rock to climb under. Where is Obama in all of this? Where is Boxer? Where is Reid? All peeping out from under the nearest rock with nary a peep among 'em.
Obama's silence... Reid's silence...Boxer's silence, though, it's not their fault; they are just being politicians and they know the costs of their speaking are greater than the costs of their silence. Why? They know their base will forgive their silence because we have ALWAYS forgiven their silence. Better to crawl under the nearest rock than take a stand and face the monetary ire of the Right Wing. Nope. It is not THEIR fault, it is OUR fault -- progressive voters -- because we've not compelled them to act.
Progressives would much rather just sit back and let Jon Stewart entertain us than force our leaders to lead us. In the words of the great philosopher Pogo "We have met the enemy and he is us".”
ljmck on Mar 4, 2011 at 13:17:34
“If you are sitting back, you are NOT Progressive. By definition.
You failed to take money into account -- politicians owe far more to corporations and wealthy donors than they do the vast majority of Americans (so they believe). Their real constituency is Wall Street.
Join Common Cause, or any other Progressive group. Fight the hold Wall Street has on our politics. Stop knocking people who are actually trying to shift the landscape.”
Adam Story on Mar 4, 2011 at 13:11:24
cordyc on Mar 4, 2011 at 13:11:08
“The MSM will not put them on. They are there but their voices seem to have a hard time getting air time.
It's like MSNBC is not part of basic cable on most systems yet Faux and CNN are. CNN does not even report on WI and Ohio. It's all Mideast and Sheen. Now the Huckster attacking Portman like Qualye did to Murphy Brown.”