“pinetrale, It doesn't matter what you prepared for nowadays, I have friends with engineering degrees having to wait tables thanks to the economic situation. Schlepping boxes and pallets is the new 'Skilled Labor" to teabaggers.”
pinetrale on Dec 20, 2011 at 12:40:41
“When I was in school and tuition was dirt cheap everyone I knew in engineering got some kind of job after graduation and they didnt even bother continuing for a masters till much later while on the job. Now the tuition is up 7 fold and jobs are scarce. Back then it seemed just worth it enough to go to school, but now its not money wise except for a few fields. I was able to make enough working around classes to cover all my bachelors expenses with no debt. In fact, I got pretty good at making money my junior and senior year and have had pretty good luck finding some inane job to work, and then often getting field promotions or more hours, but then I worked in High School too and you got to hustle and deliver. Almost never did I get overtime, but I didn't complain, thus kept the inane job. But I found, once in the door I did probabaly better than some, it all started with my paper route at 12 years old getting up at 6am and delivering a 50 home route come rain or shine, snow, or sleet. Didn't make much money as the customers always had excuses not to pay or delay, but what I learned was priceless.”
“Any time a person is shot in a country that has responsible guns laws, The NRA screams that it's proof that gun laws don't work. For every gun crime in The UK or Australia, there are thousands in America.”
“ok, so the number of gun deaths is equal to the number of automotive and prescription drug deaths. If guns weren't so easy to use, there would be 30,000 less deaths per year. then we can look at fixing pill mills and dangerous driving.”
Powerslave Six Six Six on May 12, 2014 at 11:12:24
“You are so right. Suicide, of course, is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE without a gun.
Just look at Japan. No guns and no suicide...”
Wilely Fox on Apr 15, 2014 at 13:04:30
“Cars are associated with more deaths annually than guns, but not by very much ---35,000 annually for cars and 30,000 for guns.
However, you are still incorrectly assuming that the deaths currently associated with firearms would not be replaced by deaths caused by another means. The issue is substitution... and is certainly not true with respect to the ~20,000 gun related suicides. “[R]emoving an easy and favored method of suicide was not likely to affect substantially the overall suicide rate because other methods would be chosen.”World Health Organization, Changing Patterns in Suicide Behavior
Further, since murder is an intentional act, the person with the evil intent will merely seek another means to accomplish the desired result.
What you would eliminate is the 600 accidental deaths associated with firearms if you were to magically make firearms disappear. Conversely and since almost all of the 35,000 vehicle associated deaths annually are accidental, almost all of them would disappear if cars were to disappear.”
A commenter to the HuffPo site flips Texas “rednecks” the bird and tells us to pay for our own losses and don’t use “my tax dollars.”
Perhaps we should keep our Texas dollars in Texas."”
Soulmentor on Apr 18, 2011 at 05:31:26
“Let that person rant. He or she did not address my main point and by that convenient avoidance, illustrates the hypocrisy of the secessionist crowd. It's an idle threat in any case. Texas needs the United States more that the US needs Texas if it came to that and if it did, they are welcome to their dollars, along with their redneck hypocrisy and ignorant prejudices.”
“I had a TeaParty nut tell me that recalls will never happen, because the voters elected the governor and state reps only a few months ago, and that the tide toward 'Tea Party Candidates' still exists. Yeah, maybe, but Walker and his band of robber barrons never campaigned on union busting, they brought that little surprise out after the elections, and have alienated a great number of Wisconsin voters in the process.
If they think they are on the right side of history, simply reintroduce the legislation and vote on it again, I bet they couldn't find enough representatives to back Walker's union busting bill now”
judew777 on Apr 22, 2011 at 10:32:07
“You are right the working stiff didn't know what he was getting set up for. and I mean a set up!!!”
“I moved to the UK from the US in March and am amazed at the difference between mobile phone service here. First, it's much, much cheaper in the UK than in the US, there are many more options, prepay, month to month or 12/24 month contracts. Many of the 24 month contracts allow new phones after 12 months, data plans are dirt cheap, etc.
That being said, I had AT&T for 7+ years when we lived in the US and never had a problem with service, customer service or billing.”
gemini68 on Apr 5, 2011 at 10:37:13
“I've had AT & T for seven years as well. And while its is an expensive service I haven't had any major problems with it.”
firecracker0311 on Apr 5, 2011 at 08:18:28
“Vodafone!!!! lol. Hala sim cards in the Middle East are so cheap it's ridiculous!!!”
espressobeans on Apr 5, 2011 at 08:10:01
“It sucks in this country. Politicians think Americans exist to be gouged. They look out for the big guy, at the expense of the little guy.”
netzwerg on Apr 5, 2011 at 07:06:44
“I agree. Cell phone service price differences in Europe and USA are significant. US prices are usually 2-3 times higher for the same.”
“The 'Sting operations' (In reality, cleverly, decietfully edited videos, made to say what the right wing organization producing them wanted) proved nothing. PP does not support any trade relying on the 'abuse of children'. Abortion is legal, and short of putting the US under control of the Vatican, there is no candidate that can, or will end the legal abortion practice in America, it would be politcal suicide.”
“I agree, repeal this half-baked attempt at reform, and implement a public option immediately. This entire package was one cave in after another by The President and Dems in Congress to the republican obstruction machine and their health care industry overlords”
andyboy on Jan 16, 2011 at 15:19:01
“But this flys in the face of the American way. If businessmen can't get filthy rich off of the injured and ill what's the point of healthcare? Oh and lawyers too. If healthcare doesn't have to be litigated how will all the lawyers stay fat and sassy? In turn who then would contribute millions to politicians? You sound like a job killer. Our current system is a massive cash cow for millions of ambulance chasers, lobbyists, congressmen & insurance providers whose main concern is how to suck as much loot out of helpless sick and injured "losers" as possible. It's not a healthcare system at all but a sophisticated racket.”
Pogopaws on Jan 16, 2011 at 14:54:00
“While I agree a public option is needed, you are not going to get it with a GOP-led House.Improve on the the HC bill, but don't thow it out. It took us decades just to get this far!”
“Alert to Heritage Foundation, WND, Newsmax, ETC...Time to submit your bulk orders for Princess Palin's Book, Gotta sell millions of copies...(even if they just sit in warehouses or are given away as freebies.)”
“Recently 85% of Canadians said they wanted NO CHANGES to their healthcare system...Sounds as though they DO like it, huh? Maybe someone is lying to Us about how 'terrible' the system in Canada is.”
schmoozey on Aug 28, 2009 at 14:50:24
“And right now we're in discussions as to whether or not In vitro fertilization should be covered by our health care system to allow those who are not able to concieve naturally an alternative. Currently those cost are not covered and are the responsibilty of the individual... that's our big debate right now.
So yes, we do really like our health care system. Honestly, it isn't something we ever really think about because we've always had it. To us, it's just one of our basic rights paid for by our taxes.”
zoe27 on Aug 28, 2009 at 14:42:45
“We Canadians who read HuffPo DO KEEP TRYING to correct the lies that are being spread about our system and our overwhelming satisfaction with it.”