“The difference, of course, is that he should be our SOB. We made him, but Obama let him off the hook. Now he needs to go for the good of the region. However, it may still break apart into to three smaller countries. Even if that happens we need to offer assistance to exterminate the extremists, either air support and/or intelligence/training.”
Richard Bartholomew on Jun 19, 2014 at 09:38:48
“The difference, of course, is that he should be their SOB. They made him, but Maliki let him off the hook. Now he needs to go for the good of the region. However, it may still break apart into to three smaller countries. Even if that happens they need to offer assistance to exterminate the extremists, either air support and/or intelligence/training.
“Univision is a totally outrageous news source. They say things that would get any other network banned or its news staff fired. All because most people in the US don't understand Spanish and the Mexicans, mostly, eat that stuff up.”
Steven Mestre on Jun 5, 2014 at 20:51:04
“I just love how you bring light to a subject (latino-black racism) you seem to want to be outraged about to drive a point... while at the same time using "and the Mexicans mostly eat that stuff up"... i would call you a hick but that would be offensive to your other cousin-marrying lot.”
AdamWest1313 on May 31, 2014 at 22:40:59
Nick Kelsier on May 31, 2014 at 21:00:00
“To quote: They say things that would get any other network banned or its news staff fired.
apparently, doug, you've never watched fox news.
would you like the list of outrageous things they've said and that they've never been banned or its "news staff" fired?”
jtrews on May 31, 2014 at 18:37:53
“lol, that is pretty flippant, considering what Fox says at times. You got some examples...............”
Liberal Christian on May 31, 2014 at 18:37:24
“Compared to the truthfulness of Fox?? If that's true, then where is Rupert to tell the Latino community what they think.?”
“Although he would never accept, my choice would be Mitt Romney. He had the best answer of anyone by a long shot about what was wrong and how to fix it. And he has a proven track record as an executive.”
“Democrats breed less fortunate. The more we get of their policies the more less fortunate there are. In the extreme you have places like Cuba where the whole country is "less fortunate."”
Viper on May 31, 2014 at 17:37:16
“DEM vs. Repubs on the economy record. DEMs 30 times better.
October 14, 2008
Bulls, Bears, Donkeys and Elephants
By TOMMY McCALL
Since 1929, Republicans and Democrats have each controlled the presidency for nearly 40 years. So which party has been better for American pocketbooks and capitalism as a whole? Well, here’s an experiment: imagine that during these years you had to invest exclusively under either Democratic or Republican administrations. How would you have fared?
As of Friday, a $10,000 investment in the S.& P. stock market index* would have grown to $11,733 if invested under Republican presidents only, although that would be $51,211 if we exclude Herbert Hoover’s presidency during the Great Depression. Invested under Democratic presidents only, $10,000 would have grown to $300,671 at a compound rate of 8.9 percent over nearly 40 years. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/10/14/opinion/20081014_OPCHART.html
Obviously with the stock market more than doubling under Obama, this comparison gets even worse.
If you look at Repubs record on GDP growth, wage growth, depressions and recessions, investment returns, deficit spending increases, investment returns ,job creation, over 100 years, you would not let then run a lemonade stand!
Like all things repub, the facts don't support you.”
MetaMD on May 31, 2014 at 17:36:09
“Social Darwinism breeds social discord and eventually revolutions. Read any history lately?”
“I feel in love with Italian pizza while in Italy. I'm always looking for restaurants that make the authentic pizza. This list is pretty reliable. I've been to two places, Orange county and Las Vegas. The pizzas were very good. Just like I remembered.
“Sounds like a good platform, although we're way beyond ever being able to implement it. Our citizens, 50 percent of which are underachievers, depend too much on government services.”
Tallula Duck on Jun 1, 2014 at 09:35:13
“A $$ Hat ..”
MetaMD on May 31, 2014 at 12:46:17
“And you look and sound like a troll. Admit that you are a social Darwinist, who could care less if we help our neighbors or the less fortunate. Yeah, let's go back to the 18th century. Our government is our foundation, which you guys want to destroy rather than improve.”
58 Squarebird on May 31, 2014 at 11:55:04
“You should stop watching Faux Spews. You might learn something.”
“I think we can have the largest military in the world with one arm tied behind our backs. The military budget is significantly lower than it has ever been when measured against the GDP. Can you say that about entitlement programs? Why don't we just role those back to what they were in the 1990s?”
Stanley Bonk on May 30, 2014 at 23:13:29
“Actually, it's bigger than the military budgets of the next seven armies in the world combined.”
“I would go along with it as long as marijuana continues to be illegal to smoke. Or else it's just an excuse to make it more available to potheads which will lead to the dumbing down of America. I must say I doubt it could replace coal or it would have been done somewhere else by now. Green Germany is burning more coal than ever because alternatives don't meet energy needs.”
nomoresoundbytes on Jun 2, 2014 at 12:23:54
“Most "potheads" I know have pretty superior IQ's.”
StrongDemocrat on May 31, 2014 at 14:43:32
“NOT more than ever. Germany has just decided to pick it up again and they aren't talking. At least to me they aren't.”
Classical Guitarist on May 31, 2014 at 07:19:45
“THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS!!!!!! This is America, jerk.”
Classical Guitarist on May 31, 2014 at 07:17:39
“Cannabis leads to the dumbing down of America?!? You must be speaking from experience?!?
Psst, it wasn't the cannabis that dumbed you down.”
usrnmna on May 31, 2014 at 07:15:08
“Also, I've been enjoying pot since my teenage years and I think my I. Q's (134) has actually gotten higher. Plus, I never go to work high, but even if I went to work blazed out of my mind, I'd still be way smarter and way more productive, with one hand tied behind my back, than ALL of my co-workers and probably YOU.”
outlandish on May 30, 2014 at 11:27:39
“I don't want to be the one to break it to you but it's the high end intellects like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and most of the innovators in Silicon Valley that unwind with weed, alongside the big earners in Hollywood, the great authors, and musicians that also smoke weed, it's even pervasive in high finance, the legal fraternity and if truth be told even by a plurality of law enforcement. It's the chronic alcohol abusers that have dumbed down America and if you see any beer ad you'll realize that the target market is drooling mouth breathers. I doubt you've seen a movie, heard a CD read an article or book for years without somebody who smoked weed being involved.”
“Immigration reform is not easy or it would have been done during the Bush administration. Some democrats want more voters. I doubt they would be for reform if immigrants voted republican. Some republicans want cheap labor.
We should deny both groups what they want. Seal the border. Issue work permits to those already here who want to stay. Clamp down on businesses who hire illegally--issue ID cards. Make them wait at least a decade or more before they can become US citizens. For that right they need to stand behind those trying to get in legally. The only fast track should be for those who volunteer for four years military duty.”
“Consumerism is good. It creates jobs. If Lizzy Warren thinks differently she doesn't deserve to be a Senator.”
Guzziredrider on May 29, 2014 at 22:58:53
“What does consumerism have to do with a very wealthy convicted felon as in Martha Stewart. Lest we forget she thought she was not wealthy enough hence the need to engage in a little insider trading. Warren is all for consumerism; especially for the lower and middle class.”
“FDR's policies extended the great depression for a decade. People don't join unions anymore because they are ineffective. Did not Volkswagen workers turn down an attempt to unionize? Howard Zinn was an anti-American who wrote fiction.”
megwright on May 29, 2014 at 15:17:16
“You must be very young or very gullible. Older Americans know the real history and are too smart to fall for the revised version of history pushed by the likes of the Koch brothers for the past 30 years.
Volkswagon workers voted down the union because they were threatened by elected officials who told them if they went union, those elected officials, from state officials to US Senators, would see that the state didn't get any more auto deals.
Volkswagen itself didn't oppose the union, and is accustomed to having union members on its board of directors and working closely with its unions as allies, not enemies. Too many American workers are used to believing lies told to them by those who aren't their friends, and when you add threats on top of it, it explains why too many workers voted against their own interests.”
ol'motherhen on May 29, 2014 at 13:41:31
“"FDR's policies extended the great depression for a decade."
The people who are telling you this are not your friends, Doug.”
“You can't blame the GOP for the VA debacle. That is pure insanity. And why the democrats will be thrashed in Nov. It's a management problem, not a funding problem. The President knew about it 5 years ago.
As for Hillary. According to her husband she was in rehab for 6 months. We better know what's going on in the pretty little head of hers.”
Broken Spell on May 29, 2014 at 02:21:42
“There is nothing she can ever do or not do that would meet with your approval, so how is it important that you are satisfied?”
CNN is the only one of the three big cable news channels to produce more straight reporting than commentary over all. At the other end of that spectrum lies MSNBC, where opinion fills a full 85% of the channel’s airtime
“MSNBC never claimed or does it have "news" in its title. So they are not hiding a thing or lying to the general population that watch them. If they do get something incorrect the correct it immediately, apologize and or let the person go. That never happens on Faux. They will say 'I'm sorry if it bothered anyone', or that is not what I meant. The general population knows better.
66% of Americans knew what Karl Rove said about Hillary and her TBI was political and didn't like it. Faux viewers included.
Sorry for you, more and more are catching on. This VA scandal will be the GOPT's Waterloo.
In the decades to come, your children and grandchildren will be able to read every comment you ever wrote on here and other sites. That will be a plus for some, for others not so much.”
“But single payer would be government run and it would be very bad for healthcare in this country.”
JShankel on May 28, 2014 at 16:24:44
“Medicare is single payer.”
Brian Mendicino on May 28, 2014 at 15:46:44
“Worse than paying into a provider for decades only to have your policy cancelled because you finally get sick? How about having a kid born with a horrible disease and not being able to find a thief, I mean insurance provider, who will cover them?”
independentnomore on May 28, 2014 at 15:10:40
“You said nothing about single payer, you just tried to get in an uninformed dig at Obamacare. Typical that those critical of it, they either don't have any need of it or have no actual knowledge of it.”
sillylittleme on May 28, 2014 at 15:05:40
“So you're all for having the middleman (insurance cos) profit from your health? Single payer would just be that our taxes would cover the cost of health care. The same docs and hospitals would exist.”
serialcoma on May 28, 2014 at 15:04:00
“Yet every nation on the planet that has single payer has better health care provided to its citizens than the USA.. facts must be really hard for you to reconcile with the lies you believe.”
“Proof the government cannot run healthcare. And you think Obamacare is a good thing. Before you say, "What about medicare"? Medicare is not government run, it's government funded, but run by private agencies.”
vonbek on May 29, 2014 at 01:34:36
“That is the problem, we started to privatize it, and the biggest issue is all the cuts that have been made to the VA so we could give tax breaks to the rich and incorporated. Here is a link to all the cuts including the cuts made right as we started the 2nd Iraq war.
“For your information, Obamacare expands the affordability, quality, and availability of private and public health insurance through consumer protections, regulations, subsidies, taxes, insurance exchanges, and other reforms....it does not replace private insurance. Thanks to that law, I have insurance that I can afford.”
Bizmark on May 28, 2014 at 19:06:41
“VA ran smoothly before the Bush Wars. It's the increase in volume and a lack of funding in care and the appointments dept for a system and the equipment/personnel to handle it. The Sen Mr Burr knows all about that having voted NO when ever the possibility of mediating/funding for the VA arose in congress. The Reds favorite reply to funding: NO!”
Ana471 on May 28, 2014 at 18:42:13
“Really!! Medicare is not like any other private insurance. If it were ALL of medicare patients would have been rejected for real pre-excisting conditions. Who after age 65 is in perfect health? thank god that Medicare is the way it is. VA also provides excellent care. It is just after two wars and many manly casualties they need more funds to provide care for so many people who in previous wars would not have gotten out alive.”
Simon Peregrine on May 28, 2014 at 18:19:52
“The government does fine running the military health care system. The problem with the VA is that it's doors are open to huge population and their costs are way above what they should be because of many levels of bureaucracy, poor coordination of care, and not having enough independent oversight.”
democratsaint on May 28, 2014 at 18:04:42
“by the way the VA,has higher rate health care than private hospitals the problem is funding as we add thousands of new injured vets with very little funding.”
democratsaint on May 28, 2014 at 18:03:33
“in rural ga hospitals are CLOSING,because of people who cannot pay and can get health care in emergency rooms.that means that you may have to drive hundred of miles to get to a hospital. that IS private health care. we had a law that forced hospital to treat,costing them 40b a YEAR,that is your private health care for you NO service at all in area's of low population.yet bushie gets flown form texas to ill to get a knee transplant at gvt expense.like he cant afford his own health care and no local dr could not do the operation.”
democratsaint on May 28, 2014 at 17:58:25
“lets see add thousands of injured vets,do not increase budget as needed....by the way the house had 70 hearings on va health,and still tried to cut the budget.oh by the way aca IS private healthcare,no gvt hospitals,no gvt dr's ,you buy your policy from a private insurance just as before aca.opp reality sucks.basically aca sets standard for policies and helps the poor get healthcare.other than it same as before.”
VPerry24 on May 28, 2014 at 17:27:34
“Well, the same then. Give us single payer, this screams for it.”
Ministerbruce on May 28, 2014 at 17:21:51
“Actually no, but you believe it.”
T Trump on May 28, 2014 at 17:03:02
“The ACA Web Site (ObamaCare) is run by the Government but that's as far as it goes, after that it's all through the private sector as is Medicare and Medicaid.”
Tremelai on May 28, 2014 at 16:56:26
“Medicare is a government run single payer health insurance program. All health care providers are private and they bill Medicare as a health insurance carrier.”
Tremelai on May 28, 2014 at 16:55:24
“Obamacare is not government run healthcare. Its mostly a set of regulation for the private health insurance industry.”
Drwho Galefrie on May 28, 2014 at 16:46:22
“Army. Nave. Air Force. Marines. try again”
nanooknw on May 28, 2014 at 16:37:38
“This is proof that you don't start two wars and then be shocked that there are casualties.
The VA was weak to begin with and then collapsed under the load of the incoming flow of the wounded. There are fewer deaths on the battlefield these days due to better medicine more people are saved. Unfortunately, nothing was done to update the VA hospitals here. The US was put on an austerity program and wouldn't spend the money on their veterans.”
ME61 on May 28, 2014 at 16:36:06
“First, you have no idea what my response would be. Second, "Obamacare" (Affordable Care Act), is NOT government run. It is run by individual Health Insurance companies, not the United States of America. There are guide lines on what the companies can/cannot do, just as there are guidelines in Medicare. Take your Fox blinders off and see the world for what it really is.”
TheHandyman on May 28, 2014 at 16:27:20
“Let's talk abut proof that the private sector is even worse. Last year 19,459 customers with health insurance died because their health insurance companies refused to pay for treatments that would have saved their lives because they were too costly. In other words, their profits come before health care, even life saving health care. And guess who is providing the health care for ACA.
As a Vietnam Veteran whose sole health care comes from the VA I have few complaints. And guess what? In a poll conducted by the IVIA 83% of Vets were happy with the quality of the health care they got through the VA and 78% supported Shinseki. So guess what else...we don't give a damn about what you believe!”
JShankel on May 28, 2014 at 16:24:04
“So is Obamacare. It's private insurance.”
kdrobin on May 28, 2014 at 15:58:47
“There is no such thing as Obamacare.It is the Affordable Health Care Act.This is not a government run program.The exchange introduces one to private insurance companies from which you purchase health care plans.Companies such as Blue Cross,Atena,United etc.”
Janicot on May 28, 2014 at 15:46:08
“Actually, Obamacare is nothing but a law outlining a set of rules, policies and standards; the actual insurance and health care providers are the same public and private entities we had before. You can't buy a policy called "Obamacare" and there are no "Obamacare" hospitals, clinics, or medical care providers. Medicare *is* a health plan while the VA *is* a health plan as well as a direct care provider. Your analogy is baseless.”
sharkman007 on May 28, 2014 at 15:45:00
“you guys do not believe govt can run anything,,,,, just stay away from my medicare huh? this is a system run by your beloved military btw. rest of the world gets along fine without profit drivem health care and big insuranse posing as middlema and for profit hosptal industry. you want anarchy and log cabin bareteing? go to alaska and live off the grid and dont ask again for any road to be built. this view you parrot is what the top1% want you to fret over. eventually we all get such loust service from underfunded and poorly staffed govt systems we privatize it al completely. good luck with that outcome dan boone. how about funding the va so they can actually care for those soldiers you think are all gop hardliners and heros. fund them adaquately or be quiet about long lnes.”
attl on May 28, 2014 at 15:38:30
“If you look to nations with universal healthcare, governments don't run the healthcare industry but set the policies and guidelines let competitions determine how it is going to work, and that is the majority of the case. Our system is in the minority of the developing nations including our freeworld allies. Tell me how much would you pay if you needed to have a heart transplant, like Cheney. And what should happen if you can't pay or not famous enough to get one for free! Yes, government can run healthcare just like industries with regulations to keep a free competition and fair pricing.”
happyjoker on May 28, 2014 at 15:38:01
“Umm. ObamaCare is not Government run. Did you really not know that YET?”
Brian Mendicino on May 28, 2014 at 15:11:24
“That's like saying because NYC experiences a blackout once every decade, the power grid is a waste and should be dismantled.”
independentnomore on May 28, 2014 at 14:56:34
“Obamacare is not government run OR government funded. Implying otherwise just shows your ignorance.”
serialcoma on May 28, 2014 at 14:54:58
“Actually it's not but you keep believing that.... VA healthcare is overall the best in the nation. Spreading fear about the government is all your kind seems capable of... and how conveniently you forget to mention Rick Scott and HealthSouth's plundering of tax dollars... that;s the private sector for you.”
BVictor1 on May 28, 2014 at 14:53:32
“Actually, it's not proof that government can't run healthcare. It just shows that not everything runs smoothly all the time.
“It doesn't take a brain surgeon to understand that a stalker would be much better than a Democrat.”
lippp on May 21, 2014 at 09:32:43
“It takes a Republican to vote for an emotionally unstable person. And a Republican would be better in office than a Democrat? Really? Why don't you tell us about the Bush Administration? Reflect on the unemployment rate, the state of the economy when he left and how many wars were started. Now, contrast that to Obama especially commenting on the Dow Jones between the two. Case closed. You lose big time!!!!”
DC Liberal on May 21, 2014 at 09:00:47
“ha ha ... good one! Right in line with Republican views on birth control, rape, abortion, and even Boko Haram. Keep up the good work!”
marecek on May 21, 2014 at 08:18:46
“Yeah, I'm sure you clowns could get Ben Carson to say nonsense like that - a brain surgeon who bamboozles those with limited brain functioning.”
sherrybb on May 21, 2014 at 02:54:05
“Funny, and if a Dem had done the stalking you'd just joke about it and let it go?”
“There is a lot of ceremony and events, some which are tragic, a President must lead. Many of these have religious connotations that require a President to provide comfort. We are approaching the 70th anniversary of D-Day. I doubt that a President would feel it was appropriate to offer a prayer like FDR did on that day which began...And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer: Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor...”
“That is so completely patronizing and elitist. So the all mighty government should tell us which policies are inadequate? They need to go. It's unfortunate we have to wait until 2016.”
Hooponopono on May 18, 2014 at 20:55:20
“Do you mean the same almighty government that penalizes GM for selling defective cars; or maybe the same almight government that forces the recall of contaminated meat; or maybe the same almight government that prevents defective drugs from killing more of us.......that almighty government??”
TeraWatt60 on May 18, 2014 at 18:21:23
“The reasoning behind standardized policies is simple...getting rid of cut rate useless (on a practical level) policies was only a side effect...the real reason is to remove the ability of companies to compete on anything other than price and thus allow apples to apples comparison of plans by consumers...it is the same reason why some cheapo car insurance comes with gimmicks to make it "cheap" but end up costing people more in the long run and we have had enough games from these useless companies already and they made a mess of the system before the ACA...personally, I think we should had ditched them all together and gone to single payer... The high deductible policies still exist but they now cover routine things outside of the deductible b.s. and thus are actually useful”
“I disagree. While I don't like the undue influence the rich have been given by the Supreme Court, we do need a counter weight to sociopaths like the Kochs who would consign future generations to hell for their own short-term financial gain.”