“The Silly Sketch Police have been called on Tom Hanks for trying to reinvent himself by helping rewrite history for CNN. And hopefully some librarians will call "Steamboater" and direct him to sources other than Wiki-Fox-Pedia....... A half century after the assassination, the American press including CNN (the offspring of the infamous photo hoaxers at Time and Life Magazines) is still in denial of its cowardice. Hence they lie to us and themselves. The good news is the progress envisioned by the JFK Generation is finally beginning to jell. Subsequent generations have grown increasingly savvy. They are learning the lessons of fake CIA photos of Oswald in Mexico and the fishy claims of people like Billy James Hargis' buddy Edwin Walker. They are also learning that CNN too often lies like Fox News, except CNN has had more practice.”
Dec 19, 2010 at 09:38:03
“BoyinBOYCOTT -- I was intending to reply to your comments the other night but was unexpectedly waylaid by sad memories. Sorry, I'm going to try again now.......
I am just a straight old white guy from West Texas, but people like you and your late lover have always gone out of the way to make the world a better place and more tolerant for everyone. Somewhere your lover is enjoying the sight of a generation of kids like my daughter's, whose circles of friends include red and yellow, black and white. It's just as I and my wife always hoped -- seeing groups of kids drop by who had only one reason for being friends. We have you and your late lover to thank for this gift.
“You're wrong. I did not say the Dust Bowl altered the climate. I said the Dust Bowl proved Man could alter the climate. Poor land management by the invasion of farmers from the east worsened the dust blizzards, which in turn worsened the drought until bankrupted farmers quit the land and ample rain fell.
Morever, I personally know many West Texas farmers and ranchers who are quite successful, but you are right about their reliance on irrigation. However, the continuing drop in annual snowfall in the region is also working against them. That's part of the manmade climate change that scientific projections continue to insist will help destroy the Ogallala and turn the Southwest into a wasteland, not a grassland, in this century. Here's just one of the latest studies from actual scientists: http://climateprogress.org/2010/12/14/southwest-drought-global-warmin/
“Now comes the risk of encouraging violent, child "marriage" cults in the U.S., like the one run by Warren Jeffs and the late Vernon Howell (David Koresh). With Texas on the verge of sending Jeffs off to never never-again land, his followers here and in other states are already spinning the case into a doomsday stand off. There are also clear warnings the Branch Davidians are sparking for another fight to bring about the Second Coming of their saviour, Howell, a mass murdering child rapist. And, as we've all seen before, there are plenty of Tim McVeighs looking for an excuse to carry out their own mass murder fantasies under the guise of striking a blow for freedom (in his case, the rights of a fellow mass murderer).
Those Republicans (and Democrats) who stopped this Act must step up to the mike and explain themselves now, and stop fanning the trouble in the wind along the lunatic fringe. If not, then let's just say, "I told you so."”
“The seldom-mentioned drought of 1950-57 is the one which scares politicians. They know the Dust Bowl of the 1930's proves Mankind can drastically alter the climate, and even try to use it as a defense in a twisted sort of way. But the lessons of the '30's had been learned by the 1950's. They know another drought like the '50's, combined with decades of manmade problems, could swing the climate pendulum into uncharted territory. Over-used farmland, crippled aquifers, etc., would not be able to feed us.
The politicians know. The farmers too. The family farmers, regardless of political affiliation, are often afraid to say so out loud because of the heavy-handed tactics of Big Business. Big Ag swooped in and took over during the last great exodus of family farmers driven off the land in the 1950's. Chemical companies and tycoons who probably never grew a spoonful of their own food now control co-ops with jack boots.
Remember, a real farmer can tell you how many people they fed with last season's crop.”
BlairCase on Dec 14, 2010 at 08:56:43
“The Dust Bowl didn't alter the climate. The cattlemen who preceded the farmers onto the Southern Plains warned the farmers that dry years inevitably followed wet years. The region has alternated between draught and relatively rainy years for many thousands of years. The Dust Bowl experience did proved that you can't farm without irrigation on the Southern Plans. The small farms and ranches have been only marginally profitable for years. Many farmers simply stop farming and sell their water rights. Once the Ogallala Aquifer runs dry, the region will gradually return to grassland.”
Tahut on Dec 14, 2010 at 06:39:30
“All revolutions are based on shortages be that food, jobs, shelter and so forth. All basic needs to survive.”
Dec 12, 2010 at 05:51:49
“Sounds like a wife and mother who left behind enough memories to last a lifetime and beyond. Reading what you and others here have said also reminded me of the unbearable emptiness of losing my parents during the holidays, and how my wife and daughter refilled that emptiness. Now my wife is about to lose her father, so it's my turn to try and be as strong as she was for me. My father-in-law, like my parents, hails from a place where the stars are so bright one almost has to shade their eyes. I'll think of all of you when I'm looking into those stars.”
bvf on Dec 14, 2010 at 00:11:08
“Thank you, UnJoe, and yes, Kath's memory will be with us always. That's a beautiful thought about your parents and father-in-law.
I wish you great strength and know that you'll make it through.
Dec 12, 2010 at 03:49:49
“Here is a gift idea. Hearing others talk about a loved one's wit and sense of humor, life and times has a way of reintroducing them. I always learn something new and become a better person. It reminds me of just how good it was to know them, and how I too hope to be kept alive.”
“Okay, who went and lost Fort Knox in a poker game? And don't look at Billy Clinton. You are the President and we have all the time in the world to sit here until you can say "possum" ten times without grinning.”
“The warnings began to appear in the major magazines of the 1950's in the form of massive, vulgar "ads" from defense contractors bragging about their work. The names of some of the companies will stun younger generations. The amount of money spent on weaponry worldwide, including bizarre and useless research, can't be comprehended to this day. (It also cuts to the heart of why JFK and Khrushchev were removed from power within a year of each other.)
Some in the press, including Aviation Week (aka Aviation "Leak") worked endlessly to wake the world from its death wish. The fact Mankind survived was dumb luck.”
montemalone on Dec 11, 2010 at 07:19:14
“Bizaare research, possibly, but not useless.
While the expenditures were under the purview of the defense dept, the advances made and knowledge gained led to technological breakthroughs we enjoy today.
For instance, I probably wouldn't be reading this thread or responding to your comment if not for research begun by the military. Of course, this could all just be scavenged from the remains of the craft hidden away at Area 51:)”
“Yep, this all is starting to look like the Bums Rush leading up to the Iraq invasion and bank bailout. Perhaps we should wait until January's revelations from Wikileaks regarding the bank scandals before proceeding. Otherwise, let the taxes go up and let millionaire tax "genius" Lawrence O'Donnell rewrite the tax laws. There will still be a Democratic majority in the Senate, and if nothing else they can use the GOP's tacky little old stall and kill tactics until we get straight answer.”
“Go ahead and raise my taxes. Didn't save that much when Bush "lowered" them. Revisit the issue in a year or so when the debt is paid down and the troops are back home. There are too many creative, money saving ideas -- including many from posters here -- going to waste to throw money at people with more than they need.”
“Real hunters who follow the rules have more to fear from Palin than moose, For one thing, as other posters have accurately observed, she no more made that shot than Lee Harvey Oswald. There are too many thrill killers like Palin spraying around gunfire, hitting actual hunters, kids playing in the yard in rural homes, passing cars and livestock.
False issues like the right to hunt are distractions used by careless people who should be buying their meat at the grocery store. On her next episode, perhaps Sarah will delve into issues like hunting safety and not wasting food.”
Less Taxes is better on Dec 9, 2010 at 08:08:30
“Have we landed on the moon yet? Until you can prove otherwise, Lee Harvey is the shooter and Sarah is the shoter.
Sarah has dealt with issue on hunting and she also has done shows on MSNBC on energy. Try to find those videos. They were done in the spring of 08.”
straightuptalker on Dec 9, 2010 at 06:13:25
“So, you think "false issues like the right to hunt are merely distractions used by careless people who should be buying their meat at the grocery store". For your info, people like myself hunt to put meat on the table, which is far more healthier than offered at your grocer. Deer, wild turkey and other small game, as well as duck and goose aren't pumped with hormones, chemicals or red dye to make them appear to be fresher and more palatable. I'd much prefer to have half of that 155 lb. deer I just shot in the freezer, after donating the other half to the local soup kitchen. The ways things are going, I prefer not to have to depend on my grocer for food or the government to bail me out, like they didn't do after Katrina.”