“This may have changed, but it's not possible to score 1579, as all SAT scores are even tens digits... which is kind of idiotic, when you think about it, especially for a supposed measure of intelligence.”
“I think Vitter is worse. A right-to-lifer who partly built his name going after Clinton frequenting a prostitute just seems so many levels worse than a man who is unhappy with his marriage using whatever means are at his disposal to see a woman that he thinks he actually loves. Not to say it's OK, I'm just saying that the Vitter situation actually makes my skin crawl with its seediness and hypocrisy.”
“Has a Green politician ever been in his position? No? Well then we don't know what they would do, do we?
Every President of every stripe has acted the way he has once they were put in office. This isn't and shouldn't be surprising.
And I am in no way condoning of the actions of the government. Bite your tongue and learn how to read. You, and your inability to understand basic English, are to blame. If we had smarter, better-educated citizens who actually paid attention we wouldn't get ourselves into situations like this.
We should have been protesting the government encroachment of our civil liberties in 2001-2002. Instead, Bush's approval rating skyrocketed from 50 to 90. I wasn't cheering any of the jingoism that was being spread in those days. I still don't cheer the BS singing of God Bless America at baseball games. But I have to suffer the fools who do, and all of the crap that has been foisted on us so we don't pay attention to what matters.
So don't blame me. Own up and blame yourself.”
“There is no such thing as a yeti, so no, it couldn't be.”
RdOrLeone on Jun 29, 2013 at 15:52:39
“Ah, you think you know there is no such thing, when , of course, you don't know.
But then, that is how the sky god worshippers get over. They think they know, and don't. Well, at least you are consistent with the other members of your species.”
“Every politician of every stripe would act as he has in his position. Blame yourself and the rest of us for accepting their actions. This is a democracy, not a dictatorship, you don't get to chalk up the failures of citizens to the leaders in this type of government.”
TakeTheCanolis on Jun 29, 2013 at 16:09:02
“Not true. No Green politician would do this. And the Greens of today are essentially the guardians of the ideals of New Deal Democrats. You'll have to read about American history from 1933-1980 to know what I'm talking about. This nation has been through far worse threats than al Qaeda. We rebelled against a monarch, been through a Civil War, two World Wars and the Cold War, without our government spying on every citizen.
Bush and Obama are cynically using the threat from al Qaeda to turn our nation into a police state. You say we are "not a dictatorship," yet you endorse the practices of a police state. You're damn right I blame citizens like you for passively discarding the fourth amendment protections that better generations fought and died for.”
“Who ever said Obama is a liberal? I've been explaining to people all around that he's a moderate, which is why I voted for him. Do I expect to agree with everything he does? No. Am I surprised by his actions on this front? No. I think any President, of any party, would behave, at minimal, as he has done. The political ramifications of a terrorist attack are too huge.
That's our fault, not his, for being willing to sacrifice so many of our freedoms for the perception of safety.”
TakeTheCanolis on Jun 28, 2013 at 12:26:03
“A leader is supposed to lead, not follow the outcome of every poll. Obama will not lead. He's a "constitutional lawyer." but THE MAN WILL NOT LEAD. You'd think he'd use his office as a bully pulpit to educate the public -- as FDR did with his fireside chats. But instead he does nothing to counter the flood of garbage and fear-mongering from the corporate media.
In 2007 then-Senator Obama made speeches against "NSA spying on Americans who are not suspected of a crime." In July 2008 candidate Obama nevertheless voted to retain wireless wiretapping. And now as a second-term President, he continues to practice deception on innocent Americans.
I blame him and his unprincipled supporters for this dismantling of the fourth amendment.”
Jun 15, 2013 at 23:23:55
“Why not? They have made tons of Dahl books into films. Why not make CC&TCF into a film, when they have been completely willing to do so with many of his other books (Fantastic Mr. Fox, James at the Giant Peach, The Witches, Matilda, etc.)
Jun 15, 2013 at 23:14:54
“First, wow, Gene Wilder is 80?
Second, he's completely wrong. The problem with WW&TCF is that it bears almost no resemblance to the wonderful book by Dahl. And like most of his books, there is a darkness that one doesn't find often in children's literature. WW&TCF was a Disney-fied version of the story, with all of that darkness colorfully washed over.
C&TCF, by contrast, is everything that I imagined that the story to look like when I read it. Burton and Depp were the perfect choice to make the movie.
With all of that said, WW&TCF is a perfectly good movie on its own. I like it. I just don't think it's the same as the book, C&TCF. And I don't think making a movie that better represents the book hurts the original movie, nor was it a money grab, as Wilder suggests.”
“Seems we all agree that it is a ridiculous question. But I have a slightly less ridiculous one. Why would a person who is into women, be into women that don't dress like a woman? If I were into men, I feel like I would want a, well, "manly man," not an effeminate man. Yet nearly all of the gay men I know (that I know are gay) are at least somewhat effeminate, and many of the lesbians I see are so-called "butch."
I accept responses only in the form of dancing fruit videos.”
“Umm... Adele is a little fat. Wouldn't we move way further ahead if we could say that without everyone taking offensive? I'm a lot short, a little gray (moreso each day), and a little out of shape, myself. I wouldn't take offense if anyone pointed these things out.”