“On the lighter side . . . Mitt's Mom was planning on having Mitt aborted. Turns out her OBGYN told her there was a good chance he'd be born without a heart, a spine, and a soul. Poor Mittens; the bad people didn't let him pretend he was the King. Not fair was it? And that fat lady made him shut up, too.”
“It isn't the ONLY way. Be assured the Democrats can get as vile and nasty as any Republican. The knife slices both ways. The Republicans are more cunning and crafty than the Democrats. And it shouldn't come down to style points anyhow. Wrong is wrong. Why is that so hard to convey?”
blackhawaiian on Oct 12, 2012 at 00:20:48
“Wrong is wrong, sounds good, it's even correct, but so what? The only thing that counts in politics, is winning. Winning, by any means necessary. Republicans understand that, Democrats and Obama, don't. If the knife slices both ways, then Democrats had better start slicing?”
“Graduation from high school, college, trade school doesn't matter a tinker's damn if the individual cannot apply the skills acquired if any. Legislation regarding the number of mandatory years misses the point. And that is not just a problem in Texas.”
Veri on Oct 12, 2012 at 15:46:51
“True that. When I attended college, the amount of young people who were so ill-prepared was staggering. You can see it in any college English class.
We do need to revamp the school system. For instance, from the current 30-45 minute classes to something along the lines of classes that last longer. Seriously, who the hell can learn anything in such a short time before being distracted from the next class with a different subject?
People like to blame teachers. They are not the problem. The system is the problem.
We live in a country where both parents work, having little time to actually see how their children are doing. We have bad teachers and a system of envy among teachers who are popular by those who are not. The government, really the Conservative state's themselves, keep wanting to teach the Bible.
Instead, we only hear that teachers are the problem. Now, there are those who want a privatized solution to public education. For-profit education where, to maximize profits, you provide less (saving money) for more cost.
Maximizing private profits in education. Quite frankly, by doing so, we will turn the education system into the health care system - a nightmare unto itself.”
“I am not as upset about the use of God in politics; it was a part of the lives of the early Christian church and will continue to surface because of its metaphysics. Man's warlike nature chooses any weapon to gain the advantage -- sometimes it is physical, sometimes metaphysical. What troubles me more is the diminishing value placed on reason, empathy, concern for those less fortunate than others. Dirty politics reflects the values of the politician and if something is presented that is not true to a politician's values it is imperative she/he calls it out, rights the records. Allowing the indiscriminate trashing of others should not be tolerated by the voting public, that which governs us is a system of laws, products of others who gave serious thought to the merits of those laws. Tarnishing the system without responding is even worse; silence is misunderstood as sanction. Let others know it doesn't have to be this way. If we allow it, shame on us.”
“Somewhere in my liberal arts education I recall that the mark of genius is the ability to hold two contradictory opinions simultaneously; that now sounds like more a Zen koan to this devout Christian but this isn't about me. It is about the value provided by Professor Nagy to illuminate and prod those who cannot seem to do much more than trot or worse yet vegetate, missing the exhilaration, the sheer joy of unbridled running, the freedom to fail safely, to become sophomoric and know why and then why not. College is the perfect laboratory for minds to stretch, for beliefs to get shattered, reformed, truncated, abandoned, or buttressed; it's also a time to master the art forms of the independent thinker rather than succumbing to the trite, serving up a Pavlovian response -- having the prescience of Cassandra knowing korporate Amerika awaits everyone within the walls of learning.
Critical thinking leaves indelible stains-- it will hamstring those aspiring for Jeopardy sweepstakes. Critical thinking will confirm your faith, your integrity, you. Bravo Professor.”
“Hello kindred spirit. You have the makings of a yellow dog democrat. American politics is the most checkered example of what the English called the tyranny of democracy. We have had great statesmen and true leaders who we immortalize to a fault. The voting public seems to be extremely manic when it comes to electing its leaders, at least in the past fifty years. Nonetheless, the folly of joining the plutocrats seems branded to the great unwashed 99ers, the greatest carrot for the beasts of burden to dream of and never attain -- it is this amalgam of hope that is crushed with the regularity of Sisyphus. I support you mi4 and others who strive to eliminate the other national debt: rational thinking.”
“Give it some time. There is no blood involved so it isn't getting the attention some feel it deserves. There are lots of journalists, many are taking their direction from the investigative journalists who seemed to explode on the scene during Watergate, then slowly subsided during Iran/Contra, then disappeared from Desert Storm through Shock and Awe. There is an undercurrent still vibrant BUT overshadowed by the dumbdowners who overshadow today's news.”
“Don't be so naive. Those committed to winning at all costs thrive on those who believe they are smarter than those who have fooled them in the past. I am old enough to remember and actually met Daniel Segretti, the head of Nixon's dirty tricks team; but it didn't start with Nixon nor will it end with the current election. There are some who just can't play nice.”
Eris23Skidoo on Oct 22, 2012 at 04:35:05
“He didn't say anything naive. He just said that the republicans are trying new tricks now because everyone is on to the old tricks. Trying to break into democratic party headquarters, for example. It won't work now because they probably have a security system and the risks of getting caught are too high ever since Nixon demonstrated that it won't fly.”
“It appears that LizM is your principle comment provider. I can see why and applaud her for weighing in; so on to your "column" then. I was caught up in the dumbfound tsunami following the 1st presidential candidate debate. With some time and thought it now assumes a different metaphor: if you have ever been close by when a house is tented for termites, when the fumigation process is in a willful siege, there are streams of crawly things finding new digs, that's what these following days have been like watching the media geniuses parse and parry with no semblance of understanding with a few and notable exceptions. That Romney produced a litany of lies, manipulated facts and was the hyped Rottweiler shouldn't have surprised anyone, including our POTUS. Mittens doesn't want to lose and like Faustus is willing to give up anything to win -- that is all that matters in the business community. Hitler, Napoleon, and Stalin all weighed in on how history is told by the victor. And considering the nation of sheep who can be persuaded to believe most anything, that Mittens surged in the polls is easy to understand. Tell 'em what they want to hear and they will love you. And that works. It sells and succeeds. Bottles of elixirs and other forms of snake-oil underscore this which brings me to what I feel is the most important concern for the remaining debates. What is the most effective strategy for overcoming the lies, exaggerations,”
LizM on Oct 11, 2012 at 08:29:42
“>>>It appears that LizM is your principle comment provider.
Well, yours was a pretty good comment, too! :)
Besides, that mini barrage was actually only half of a comment, broken into smaller pieces.”
“At least Brokaw got the boot from MTP. Russett left a huge vacancy which even Tom's ego couldn't fill. I don't think we could have sustained another Sunday of his smarminess. It might be even encouraging to think the press corps has discovered their genitals and do their jobs once again.”
robertjames on Dec 18, 2008 at 22:07:55
“With Gregory at the helm? Does he even have gonads?”
“It isn't that I am rooting for the Elephant to find new life as much as a new soul. Well written, provocative, insightful, and instructive article. If you haven't read the entire column, make sure you do so.”
“Bachmann's re-election underscores the Elephant is not quite dead in Minnesota. If the Democrats have anything left, the 2010 election should have her in their gun sites. It would take only some looping of her on camera ala Rev. Wright to put down this persistent pachyderm.”