“Thankyou Luckyone77,I agree wholeheartedly.What has happened in USA to cause people not to study situations in a 'logical manner? Constder this, We are told that OSM had sworn to kill as many Americans as he could.We were also told(within 24hrs)that OSM was the culprit. If indeed he was,then he didn't acheive his goal.I think he would have adopted sinilar techniques as Ramsey Yusuf did on WTC in1993,but on a much larger scale,because to kill as many people as possible,he would have wanted both Towers to fall like falling trees and cause the most damage.........that is,if OSM really was the culprit.”
“I Have read all the recent Blogs about HealthCare, and I find it amazing that nobody has mentioned Michael Moore's award-winning documentary,"SICKO!". I am Australian,and my friends are from UK,Germany,Switzerland ,and Italy. We cannot understand how Americans refuse to acknowledge that they are being humiliated by your corporate and political leaders to the extent that you appear to be 'lobotomised 'to their way of doing things. Or...perhaps I've got it wrong.Maybe "SICKO" was banned in USA. Of course,that might explain it.”
“I agree wholeheartedly,but ,at the outset,let me explain,I am not American. I am Australian who was born and raised in the UK. I was there when the National Health Service was born in 1947,and is still running well today. If you,as an American were to visit the UK and fell ill,or had an accident, you would be taken to hospital and attended to your needs.I can guarantee, that the only questions you would be asked are, 'Your name,address,and next-of-kin.!" And,it would not cost you anything ! I want you to answer this. If I visited USA ,and fell ill,would I be treated in similar fashion? Think about this.- 'When the Good Samaritan stopped to help the stranger who had been set upon by robbers,did he first ask him 'what Medical insurance cover have you',before giving him aid. In the UK and Australia,there is one Medical Insurance,which is run by the Govt.as a separate Dept. You ask,"who pays for this?" A small portion of your taxes pay for it. And not the ROBBER BANKS that you will be paying forever.”
RepugsOut08 on May 13, 2009 at 01:25:10
“Thank you! We need to hear comments from folks like you who live in countries with single payer health coverage. Our insurance companies have used misinformation to frighten people. They tell bogus horror stories about how awful health care supposedly is in other countries, and the fear tactics have been very successful in the past.
We're told Canadians hate their insurance, but I know that to be false, because my family frequently travels to Canada. Not once in twenty years of inquiring, has any Canadian made anything but positive statements about their health care. They wouldn't trade with the US if you put a gun to their heads.
However, our system is now so broken, that it's getting harder to make this false information stick. If we don't get single payer soon, our system is going to completely collapse, and then they'll have no choice. But why wait until then?
Unfortunately, my friend, greed has taken over my country, and you already know it's impact on the world economy. The powerful few will not give up their control of our nation's wealth easily. We're going to have to fight them for it.”
“Bless you SKANTEA, I couldn't agree more,"...it's starting to become obvious that 911 wasn't what Bush/Cheney said it was...".If we accept that OBL was the culprit, and his target was to kill as many Americans as possible, he would have made the WTC towers fall the same way a tree falls when cut down, not in a neat pile,making it easy to remove . That is,if you accept...”
stevensnel on Apr 27, 2009 at 10:49:35
“They were designed to fall straight down like that?”
“I beg to differ,JoeDoorman,AMERICA CAN!!!! solve this Israeli problem. I say Israeli problem because it is not Palestinians who are building the settlements or the concrete wall. All that America has to do is, 1.Tell Israel to desist from attacking Gaza and the West Bank. 2. Remove all settlements and walls that exist on Palestinian land. 3. Make positive efforts to ease tensions between Israel and Palestine. Until these three scenarios occur,Israel will be denied all aid and monies IMMEDIATELY!!”
thepoliticalcat on Jan 16, 2009 at 23:37:30
“A better thing to do is cut all trade ties with Israel, divest any monies we have there, and impose sanctions against them. Other countries around the world have already begun the process of Boycott, Divest, and Sanction. We brought down apartheid and Iraq with those tactics. We can force Israel into negotiations.”
“Agreed,PacificGatepost ! But your whole Moral Justice needs a complete overhaul. If Joe Smith fails to meet his house payments, zipppp!, he's out on the street. If you are Madoff,or a CEO of ENRON or other similar financial giants ,cheating people of Billions,you will get a slap on the wrist (relatively). What should happen is, in such circumstances, the higher up in the corporate chain you are, the more severe will be the punishment ! In a similar fashion, the debacle of the 'BAILOUT' scheme is completely illogical. Those Wall St.companies asking for financial help, should be allowed to go under. Sack the top 20% from Chairman down. With American's natural entrepreneurial abilities, I feel confident that persons will emerge to takeover the gaps left ,but with more stringent regulations,which 'Mr Shrub and his cronies' saw fit to remove over the last 8years.”
“As an Australian observer, I agree with Jim Heaphy's comments. This is an anxious period, but also a period of perfect 'timing', When PE Barrack Obama takes office, the USA will have a person, highly skilled in Constitutional Law,who,during his first term, should be able to apply his knowledge in overcoming this obvious anomaly,so that the American people plus the millions around the world,myself and the two stray dogs down our street,have all got our fingers and toes crossed,hoping nothing remotely 'Bush-like' happens before "JAN.20!!!!!!!!!!"”
“I agree with most of what you say, RockySoldier,but remember who brought you to these ideas of yours. Mr.Shrub and his buddy,Cheney. All of the US treasure and blood that has been spent in IRAQ can be placed at their feet,and theirs alone. I know you feel that your country's security is at stake here, but think about this,........When the US forces entered Baghdad in 2003,indeed Iraqis saluted you and thanked you,they said""thankyou,thankyou for getting rid of Saddam Hussein ,now We ask you Please leave,Please! But shrub and Cheney had another agenda. They didn't go to war in Iraq to get rid of Saddem, They went to Iraq for the OIL that was there.”
ReasoNseeKer on Nov 24, 2008 at 01:47:13
“I've served two tours in Iraq and can say with certainty that we are not fighting for oil.
If we'd have left in 2003, Iraq would have lost another 500,000 people. It would have been total chaos.
War in Pakistan, as Obama seems to be set on, will make Iraq look like a joke.”
“I couldn't agree more with "hlwse", but there are so many countries in Europe and indeed,around the world, that practice some form of Universal Health Care. Why is it ,Americans only learn the truth about their country when they visit other countries? It seems to me that Michael Moore is one real patriotic American,who is not afraid to tell his countrymen the truth. He doesn't have to tell the rest of the world-we already know! How many of YOU have seen "SICKO" or "Fahrenheit 911"? I'm sure that the largest sales of his books and films are concentrated overseas. In my country we have a wingless bird called the EMU ,which has an inbuilt "curiousity" about everything it sees, whereas in South Africa ,they have a bird called the "OSTRICH",which buries its head in the sand,believing that if it can't see it,it doesn't exist. Americans! ,--why don't you stop being ostriches and become like the emus?”
“Because some group calls themselves "Lions of Islam",does not mean they are Muslim. As with many so-called "Islamic" nations in Afria and the Middle East,their adherance to the teachings and laws in the Quran and Hadith;which are the holy books of Islam,are extremely tardy,at best. This is because the communities of these countries,are basically TRIBAL,in structure. If a subject was being discussed,and the conclusion arrived at ,differed from the Quran and Hadith,then preference would be given to the TRIBAL customs. The Prophet Mohamed(PBUH),in his early days, was hounded and they tried to kill him many times by the tribe of Kuraish,of which he was a member.This conflict started because he said women should be respected and cared for,unlike the Arab tradition, which allowed female infants to be killed at birth. When we look at today's"Islamic"nations,they are practicing all,or most of the no-no's of Islam. A Muslim MUST NOT kill or injure innocent people anywhere. Under Shariah law,if someone is convicted of adultery,then BOTH the man and the woman are stoned to death.”
killmenow on Nov 21, 2008 at 02:52:26
“I'm certainly no expert, but I think that Muhammad's intent was to end all of that tribal infighting and lead people to a peaceful course of humanity. Like Jesus, his efforts have failed to a great extent because those purporting to support his teachings only use his name and the book of his prophecies to do exactly what he preached against and to maintain the evil customs that had led to the prophet's efforts to change society in the first place.”
“Recalcitrant is a term that applies to most Americans.As was noted earlier by someone,the USA is in the process of teaching "democracy" to the Middle East, but at home,you encounter so many problems at electiontime. I would humbly suggest that USA take a look at other "federal "systems and see why they dont suffer the same problems. I am an Australian and my country adopted the federal system in 2001 after studying the existing federal systems at the time,including yours,and even some "unitarian" systems for 15 years. From this study,we drafted the Constitution,and since formation,it has been altered 8 times from 40 referendums;the last time was in 1977. ELECTIONS. All voters must vote ,by law,and the system used for voting,is the "Prefential" system. If we consider the case of Minnesota where you have 3 candidates, it would mean the voter would have voting paper with the 3 candidates and a blank square next to each of them. The voter then decides his first choice by marking the box next to him.Then he decides,if his first choice happens to lose,who the second choice candidate will be,and so on. So,in Minnesota,the third losing candidate's votes would be shared between the top two,according to their 2nd preferences. This means EVERY vote is counted, unlike the present situstion,where all the votes of Bartlett are wasted. I hope this has been of some help for you to ,at least consider.”
squander123 on Nov 20, 2008 at 05:15:30
“Totally agree, Preferential voting (and even more specifically, the Single Transferable Vote system: not sure if that's the version Australia uses?) is the most democratic system by far. All political scientists agree on that.
Also, get rid of voting machines! Pencil and paper is all that's needed. It's cheap, it's quick, it leaves a paper trail and it's actually very difficult to monkey about with. If you want to avoid fraud and vote-tampering, the best system to use is clearly the simplest and the one with the least 'steps'. That way it's harder to alter. God knows I'm no Luddite, but voting is not an activity improved by technology.”