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10 Commandments to Revive Progressives After the November Defeat

Commented Nov 3, 2010 at 14:42:04 in Politics

“and as long as we keep telling ourselves fairy tales like these, we'll all be stupid...and maybe then we can have a centrist agenda of the stupid...”
Juan Is the Loneliest Number: A Playlist for Juan Williams and NPR

Juan Is the Loneliest Number: A Playlist for Juan Williams and NPR

Commented Oct 22, 2010 at 18:13:18 in Entertainment

“The sordid reality is that Muslims are a group against whom public, vociferous racism is actively encouraged. I really wish the esteemed journalist from Rolling Stine had expressed similar strong feelings about "political correctness" and the firing of Helen Thomas. But he wouldn't and couldn't and didn't, because Thomas's comments didn't target Muslims.

Williams is an opportunist, a race-baiter, who will now--we are in the Age of Fox--paint himself as victims. Because no matter how much Fox and its acolytes hate the "left" (whatever that may be in the USA), they all love to be victims. I anticipate that Mr. Williams will soon be sharing his story of victimhood with our arch-victim, Glen Beck, and that both with get teary-eyed.”

squarebird on Oct 23, 2010 at 06:57:21

“That is simply not true. The whole world was astonished at the outreach by Americans to their Muslim neighbors following 9/11. Before that, Americans didn't think one way or another about Muslims . it is only after this much time has passed and it is begining to become confusing why a Muslim population of 1.3 billion people cannot shame and shut down such a miniscule sliver of their members. When one rogue hillbilly pastor simply threatened to be publicly RUDE to Islam, the entire Christendom fell upon him.”

JoeHurley on Oct 22, 2010 at 18:21:03

“Ah, yes... the Muslim race. Brilliant!”
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The New Kids on the Internet

Commented May 28, 2010 at 16:40:58 in Technology

“I take it that by the weirdly illiterate "monetize off of this" you mean "make money from"? And this really seems to be the only question. It's a chain letter. Monetize that.”
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An American Obsession with Freedom

Commented Mar 10, 2010 at 17:34:19 in Politics

“What Mr. Blankley misleadingly omits, despite his overlay of erudition, is that the vast capitalist machinery that he understands as somehow coterminous with "freedom," did not exist for either Johnson or Burke. Indeed, rephrasing Dr. Johnson's pithy observation for today, we might well wonder, "Why is that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty from the drivers of--and those who are driven by--the tyrannical corporations (health-care-financial-military-industrial)?"”

LawTalkingGuy on Mar 10, 2010 at 19:34:35

“Mr. Blankley *invited* the comparison. It is clear that he is oblivious to the moral analogy. That said, a very loud and large minority of Americans is apparently willing to take to the ramparts to defend the 'freedom' of insurance companies to rip them off, so perhaps oblivious moral hypocrisy is just the new black.

marco01 on Mar 10, 2010 at 18:01:27

“Nicely done, fanned.”

ContrarianLibertarian on Mar 10, 2010 at 17:42:43

“Right -- but your complaint there is not so much with corporations, but with what they pose when intertwined with a large and powerful federal government -- complete with powers of taxation, stewardship of currency, military and intelligence capabilities, etc.

So, probably without even realizing it, you're making a classical libertarian appeal. I think some people mistakenly look at government and private industry as being at loggerheads. That's probably true in some cases. But, the reality isn't quite so idyllic.

But the only remedy for this, IMO, is a less ubiquitous federal government. We empower government thinking it will keep corporate tendencies in check.....but the actual results seem to me to be the exact opposite.”
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More and More, Obama Seems a Faux Liberal

Commented Dec 16, 2009 at 17:08:56 in Politics

“Bravo! At last, someone who can speak truth to power.”
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Michael Jackson: Another Look at The Man in the Mirror

Commented Jul 8, 2009 at 15:09:07 in Healthy Living

“Wow, you're almost as narcissistic as Jackson, so you two are made for each other! (", I love YOU more!") Many more dialogues "in the mirror" await!”

upbeatdem on Jul 8, 2009 at 21:19:47

“Snark much?????”
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Commented Jul 8, 2009 at 15:04:21 in Entertainment

“Yes, yes, when Michael Jackson "moonwalked," he really WAS walking on the moon. And Billie Jean was NOT his lover. And he WAS "bad."”
In Defense of Elizabeth Edwards and Other Enablers [Updated]

In Defense of Elizabeth Edwards and Other Enablers [Updated]

Commented Aug 15, 2008 at 18:02:43 in Healthy Living

“Please stop this sanctimonoiusness. Please. No more sex-as-"addiction," no more pseudo-biolgocal parallels, no more retro- sexist stuff about women, men and "floozies" (yup, the word "floozy" actually does show up in the article above). Please. I realize the Republicans have set us on a piolitical course that's strictly back to the 1950s, but try not to go so wholeheartedly Scarlet Letter about the whole busines, okay?”
Gay Or Straight...And How To Tell

Gay Or Straight...And How To Tell

Commented Aug 8, 2008 at 20:45:33 in Style

“This article is unbelievably regressive--what about bisexuality? No-one mentions it and the article behaves as though one is "either" straight "or" gay. I guess we have all those researchers questing for the "gay gene" to thank for this either-or mentality. I'm surprised The Huffington Post would even repost something this silly.”

wdw101 on Aug 8, 2008 at 21:05:15

“those researchers are looking for a cure......gene therapy ........if not it is just a choice or laziness”
Gay Or Straight...And How To Tell

Gay Or Straight...And How To Tell

Commented Aug 8, 2008 at 20:42:09 in Style

“Yes, getting married and being straight are all aberrant lifestyle choices. I have a hard time accepting heterosexuality, even though I try to be broad-minded.”

wdw101 on Aug 8, 2008 at 21:17:02

“no, you getting married is bazaar.......and should be illegal in all states......and is in i had to change my company policies in reaction to the activist judges”

wdw101 on Aug 8, 2008 at 20:59:59

“well that is just wonderful ........i don't feel the need to support your lifestyle choices in anyway.......”
McAuliffe: Obama Has A Hispanic Problem

McAuliffe: Obama Has A Hispanic Problem

Commented Jun 2, 2008 at 14:55:12 in Politics

“And of course Senator Clinton has been very keen on that razor-wire-topped wall that is has been built to cut the US off from Mexico, so one has to wonder about passionate defenders of how "successful" the Clinton campairgn has been in reaching out to Latinos. The heady combination of brand recognition and racism obviously has people voting aganist their own best interests.”
Clinton Camp Stokes RFK Controversy By Blaming Obama

Clinton Camp Stokes RFK Controversy By Blaming Obama

Commented May 27, 2008 at 13:58:42 in Politics

“And Clinton expects voters to trust her? Is she actually acting out a bad self-parody?”
Clinton: Obama Not Winning Over

Clinton: Obama Not Winning Over "Hard-Working Americans, White Americans"

Commented May 8, 2008 at 19:50:14 in Politics

“OMG, I heard part of the interview with HRC on NPR--I couldn't belive that she said what she said. It's a disgrace. I cannot belive that the Democartic Party is letting this national shame drag on. The difference between HRC and David Duke is negligible at this point--she's a white supermacist.
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Lear on the Heath

Commented Apr 30, 2008 at 21:24:23 in Politics

“All I can say is, GOD DAMN AMERICA. Reverend Wright is right!!! White Amerikkkans are annoying snivellers who will suck up any and every amount of balderdash served up in the name of religion, but God forbid that it very call their white suprematism into question--THEN we have white hysteria (ample evidence in the blog above and the posts with it).

And, sheesh, lay off the AP literature references, Mr. Baitz. Shakepseare and Robert Frost to talk about a TV interview and a press conference? Get real. Oh, I forgot--you live in that maigical (and white, no doubt) "village."”

Grit on Apr 30, 2008 at 22:03:37

“What is all this Wright thing about ? Another distraction from the important things that need addressed that are making this country a worse place to live, no matter who or what you are. The focus on this another none issue will be forgotten 2 months after the election. This is making the right wing neocon republicans very happy. Lets elect the next president based on BS just like we have the last two times. Apparently the Reverend has been sucked into this and has found the spot light very warm. Its a shame how much of a farce the U.S. election process is.”
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The Procession

Commented Apr 28, 2008 at 21:57:08 in Healthy Living

“I just threw up. A small village! A dead soldier! If you cared so much, you would stop 19-year-olds from going off to be killed for idiocy.”
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Patriarchy:1000, Hillary:0

Commented Feb 15, 2008 at 19:02:50 in Politics

“Oh dear--how about thinking that maybe the voters who reject Clinton don't like her policies...the vote to authorize this "war," her vote against limiting cluster bombs and landmines...the vote for the credit card companies...and on and on...Jong's analysis is insultingly trivializing.”

WoodyCPM on Feb 17, 2008 at 01:05:06

“Really. I mean Clinton is supposed to be President because she's a woman?”
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The Unprinted Letter about Changes in U.S. Education

Commented Sep 5, 2007 at 10:55:14 in Politics

“What I imagine makes the whole sorry enterprise supposedly so appealing is the fantasy that this can do away with the bogey of big government and that the schools can or should run themselves--this makes principals like CEO's, the story goes, and parents like corporate shareholders, and education like a business with tests as the "bottom line." Which is great, right? Because heaven forbid that there be anywhere where anyone isn't subject to total capitalism all the time and certainly not in our schools. After all, CEO's are the best role models, right? And if everything is local, the government has no responsibilty towards its people. So, get children to learn the lesson early on that it's their "fault" or their teachers' "fault" if they can't parrot answers.

Rather than blaming video games or waxing nostalgic about how we learned, we should be very concerned about a world in which we as adults socialize children into alienation.
Thank you for posting this extremely important letter!”
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In the Age of Terror, Isn't Busting Toe-Tappers an Insane Use of Our Law Enforcement Resources?

Commented Sep 4, 2007 at 12:58:17 in Politics

“Oh dear, from the comments posted here and the endless handwringing about the Sacred Innocent Children and the Rape Fantasies, it's pretty clear that Amerikkka is still so freaked out about sex (private, public, gay straight, whatever), that despite Arianna's carefully argued piece, sex is still a National Panic, right up there with 9/11 and way above Katrina or Healthcare. Thank God, we have allocated fine upstanding coppers to keep out Children and our Womenfolk safe when they use public restrooms (which, since they don't actually have Dirty Parts, they don't even need to do--Hallelujah!). The terrorists only need to launch a sex-in-public places campaign to bring us to our knees, evidently.”
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Obama, an Opportunistic Hawk?

Commented Aug 9, 2007 at 12:47:31 in Politics

“I'm sorry, but Obama has chosen to disqualify himself entirely from any legtimiate consideration as a viable politician. If Cheney had said what Obama said, everyone on this site would be freaking out--pathetically, we are trying to parse what he "meant." What he meant is that he would say and do anything to get elected, even if that means threatening nuclear war and invading pre-emptively other countries. We deserve an apology from him before he shuffles off into ignimony!”
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In Defense of Nader-Bashing

Commented Jul 24, 2007 at 14:41:14 in Politics

“puh-LEEZE! So Nader made this naton vote for a "sadistic psychopath"? And he should be confronted by women who now don't have access to abortion and by Katrina victims? I know it's pretty hardcore there in Camp Democrat Indoctrination Land--I mean, come on, to even think Clinton 2 is viable or Joe Biden acceptable, you must be glugging back the spiked KoolAid pretty intensely, but spare us the we-would-not-have-had-Bush-if-only-for-Nader rubbish. It's almost 8 years later and this is the best you can do? The craven Democrats are the ones who need to be confronted and who need to take responsbility--for starters, for their odious voting record!!”

SolarPowerGuy on Jul 24, 2007 at 22:44:56

“"puh-LEEZE! So Nader made this naton vote for a 'sadistic psychopath'?"

Twice, even!

And I bet that Nader also hoodwinked Americans into voting for DLC congress-critters who, to this day, keep voting for Bush's war games.

Yeah, Nader is the most evilest genius ever to participate in American politics.”
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Winning Hearts and Minds: Why Rational Appeals Are Irrational If Your Goal is Winning Elections

Commented Jun 21, 2007 at 12:14:34 in Politics

“Yes, I guess we all know what happens when voters vote irrationally: fascism! Yip-yip-yipee!!! Thanks for another dribble in the tidal wave of idiocy that is Election 2008!”
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Aid to Africa Done as Only Oprah Can

Commented Jun 15, 2007 at 12:52:51 in Healthy Living

“It's a mixed blessing--"as only Oprah can give." First of all, reducing the issue of political and economic redress for formerly colonized territories to charity work by obscenely rich first-world thrillionaires is a problem. Secondly, the US-pleasing meritocracy at work here belies struggles for universal democratic for all, not a wonderful beautiful building for the lucky few, hand-selected for tax breaks and photo ops...what about young women who aren't as gratifyingly "promising"?”
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Joe Lieberman Is At It Again

Commented Jun 13, 2007 at 16:19:24 in Politics

“Thank you, General Clark! Please, run as an independent for President in 2008! A solider, a scholar, and statesman!”
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Democratic Dinosaurs Turn D.C. into the Land That Time Forgot

Commented Jun 12, 2007 at 13:12:48 in Politics

“Arianna is absolutely astute in her skewering of Democrat cowardice and self-congratulation. Sheesh, on the Attorney General business (surely, the corrupt justice system is a "values issue") Obama and Clinton and Biden couldn't even be bothered to vote (too busy courting imaginary swing voters with compromise politics, I guess). I do wonder, however, whether it's a matter of some political "brain" that bypasses reason and leads us all to love politicians whose politics are clear if nothing else..."y'know, Stalin at least stood for something," or whether this is simply a matter of voters who are burned out on endless stupid pusilanimous compromises (which is how we got into this mess, anyway).”
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How to Foil a Terrorist Plot in Seven Simple Steps

Commented Jun 4, 2007 at 15:30:36 in Politics

“Thank you for level-headed wit and clarity! I grew up in South Africa in the last days of the apartheid regime and oh, the "terrorist" plots that were supposedly foiled and the endless entrapment! It's not even as this is an analogy: the Bush regime isn't only like the old apartheid monsters--they are the same folks----hey, Dick Cheney would still have had Mandela in prison as a terrorist! And how most white South Africans would grovel and shiver every time such plots were foiled...file under "eerily familar."”