“Oh grow up Rachel. They were not monitoring the phone lines. They looked at the records. It's not a scandal. As far as we know, the Justice Department followed the law. Call me when you find out a law has been broken.”
misterbrightside on May 16, 2013 at 11:01:38
“Are you kidding me? Looking at the records is the crime. Why are they doing that? In order to find out who is talking to whom, so they can track them down and destroy them. Get your head out of the sand.”
BuckCarson on May 16, 2013 at 10:52:47
“Who are the laws intended to protect? You or them?
They've programmed your thinking patterns to emulate a soviet bureaucrat.”
“This data isn't really significant if it doesn't show the number of mosques that were built without opposition to compare it to or the number of other places of worship that were built with or without opposition. The 53 number is meaningless without some context.”
“You can't not buy an iPhone because a new one is coming out in a few months. Apple releases an iPhone every year there's always one coming out in a few months. Personally, I'm an every other generation guy. I bought my 4S near it's release because my 3GS was getting long in the tooth. I agree with the article, if you have an iPhone 4, now is not the time to go to a 4S. But, if you have a 3GS or older, the upgrade is worth it, then wait for the 5S or whatever follows the iPhone 5.”
“This is another bone-headed move. I LOVED Netflix. The DVD service is awesome. I can get DVDs when I want, at a reasonable price, with Blu-Ray service. The streaming service was a nice bonus. But, I would never have gotten Netflix just for the streaming service. Netflix built their brand loyalty on their excellent, innovative DVD delivery.
The streaming, on the other hand, is pitiful. Movies come and go from my queue as Netflix has the rights one day and doesn't have them the next. They just lost the contract with Starz. Every time I think "I'd like to see this old movie on streaming", I look to find they don't have it available. The service is unreliable and when they have an outage I'm forced to go to their Facebook page and read the comments to find out what is going on and I might get a weak apology and a $0.30 refund.
Up until the most recent price hike I didn't even look at another company for my movie services. The DVD service was awesome and the streaming was a nice little bonus. Now I'll be looking for alternatives for both. So far, Netflix is still my service of choice. But, they've opened the door to competition.”
“It's not a flattering shot. But, unless they Photoshopped her eyes, it's completely fair. It's what she looks like. If you're a public figure you can't complain that a magazine use a photo of you that you find unflattering.”
“Preach it, Brother Schaeffer. I completely agree. I'm sick of the whining liberals (I'm a liberal, BTW) complaining that Obama hasn't fixed all of their problems in the last 200 days. Instead of being thrilled that real health care reform is being discussed and is a real possibility. I've got friends saying they won't support it because it falls short of what their wish lists had on them.
For the first time in a long time, we have the chance to make some real inroads and we've got people abandoning ship because the President isn't the starry-eyed dreamer they thought he'd be. He's doing a fine job and I'm still behind him 100%. Anyone who really studied Obama or read his book, The Audacity of Hope, should have known that he's not a liberal left wing idealist. He's a progressive pragmatist.”
klezmando on Aug 17, 2009 at 14:12:44
“I'm sick of sell out centrists, With out the left pushing for real change, nothing would happen.”
Anyone can put thoughts to a piece of paper and call it a "memo". Where is the WH seal, where is the name(s) of whom this memo was to be addressed, and cc's to be distributed. Where is the proof that would actually make this document "authentic". From what I see, its a piece of paper with words on it that show nothing but the problems we Americans face dealing with a bunch of opportunistic A-holes who will stop at nothing to bring an end to the fight towards affordable healthcare that is essential to ALL. The healthcare industry and their minions will continue to suck the American people dry and we will continue to let them.
“Thank you! This story is a loser. By continuing to go after Palin (especially with "stuff" like this), we play directly into McCain's hands. Independents will see this as Dems playing dirty politics and the chances this story is true are just about zero.”
“With McCain running ads like this, Obama doesn't need to campaign. He can just sit back and watch McCain implode. What is he thinking? After the ad blaming Obama for high gas prices, I thought McCain's ads couldn't get any more pitiful.”
“Well said, Arianna. By moving to the center, Obama is losing his differentiation. He does not want this election decided on the issue of who has more experience in the senate or who is more "patriotic". He needs to maintain the independence that got him to where he is.”
Fez on Jul 1, 2008 at 14:47:46
“Exactly so. Obama will lose many progressives if he panders to the "swing voters" and waters down his message. As the saying goes, "Dance with who brung ya." Well, Senator Obama, the progressives "brung ya to the dance." If you stiff us, we'll be moving on like Diogenes, looking for an honest man (or woman).”
sanfranciscojim1 on Jul 1, 2008 at 14:39:51
“power and money often persuade people to compromise their integrity.....down the slippery slope into........”
SamanthaJaneSalem on Jul 1, 2008 at 14:22:03
“If Obama can claim the center, then he can say McCain is for the 1%. The only problem is whether "the center" actually exists. If telecom companies break the law, then giving them immunity isn't "the center." Yet, politically, it is. Because Americans are either poorly informed or dishonest, so the political hit job is what we believe, not the difficult details which require critical thinking skills.
In fact, many of these comments posted here seem to be more of the political hit job variety than thoughtful criticisms of a man you know you'd vote for if you're pro-choice and anti-Iraq war. "Obama fooled me, I'm so angry!" Wow-- didn't take much to disillusion this crowd.”
emncaity on Jul 1, 2008 at 14:17:24
“Amen, amen, and amen.
Obama is starting to move down that path toward defeat, or at least ineffectiveness--the path marked "Republican lite." This was the fallacy of Hillary's campaign: Even if she had won the nomination by being Republican (not-so-)lite, how was she going to win a general election against a guy who was _more_ like the person she was posing herself to be?
And now Obama's doing it. The flag pin; the caving on FISA; the "disavowing" of Gen. Wes Clark's clearly, undeniably true statement about whether being shot down as a fighter pilot is a particularly relevant qualification for president (for Kerry, heroic action only invited derision and lies); the move toward endorsing Bush's faith-based scam.
I could not be more disgusted. But then, if we'd been interested in real change, we'd have nominated Kucinich. Or Nader. I see little reason to think that we won't get more of the same with a slightly different brand, at this point. But I'd sure like to be wrong, just this once.”
“Well said. We are witnessing a revolution. The first true people's candidate in a very long time. A candidate that is supported by the little people rather than the big machines. A candidate who is successful in spite of main stream media instead of because of it.
The Internet is truly an amazing thing and is largely responsible for the ability of Senator Obama to have a chance to compete on equal footing with big money, high-powered politicians. Maybe this is the way politics was in the day before mass media and the way it was intended to be.”
“Absolutely a brilliant triumph. I was so thrilled during the Democrat debates to see a woman, a black man, a latino and a white guy on stage. I only wish that could have lasted throughout the campaign.
Senator Clinton is the first woman ever to run for President and be taken seriously (very seriously). The vast majority of us could certainly see her as commander-in-chief. I think she ran a very strong campaign (even if a little too macho and Republican-like). She has fought a hard fight and has probably changed the way many men look at women. Personally, as a man, I'd love to see a woman president and did before Senator Clinton ran.
She very, very nearly captured the Democratic nomination and would have, if not overtaken by a candidate that promises even more change than she does. Her timing (or Barack's timing) just happened to be unfortunate.
This has been a long and sometimes bitter battle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. But, when the dust settles, we'll all look back on this as a proud moment in American history. And, Hillary Clinton was right there in the mix. I hope that the feminists who are upset that sexism defeated Hillary will one day soon realize that wasn't it. We just had a choice between two very good, historic candidates and Senator Clinton came up a little short.
iluvsam on May 20, 2008 at 08:50:18
“I was watching the movie "Amistad" the other day, and everytime I watch that movie, I bawl my head off through the whole thing. There is a scene where John Quincy Adams makes his argument on behalf of the Africans before the Supreme Court, and he asks the Court to think back to the Founders and the principles laid down by them. He asked them to re-capture the spirit of what the patriots believed this country was to stand for. He made a comment something like, "if civil war comes because of your ruling then so be it. Maybe THAT will be the last great battle fought in the American Revolution." Though crying like a baby, I thought, "No. The historic election of November 2008 will be the last great battle of the American Revolution. Once we win the sexism/racism battle, the war is over, and we will have finally won." As corny as it sounds, it is true.”
“I think of McCain as a man of principles. But, what principles? I admire his sacrifice for our country. BUt, I don' t think you can be a tortured POW for years and come out of it unscathed. The more I hear those around him express concern for his "temper", the more concerned I become about having a man in the White House (again) who thinks war first, diplomacy- maybe later.
To even speak of "winning" a war like the one we are fighting in Iraq shows people have lost touch with the type of wars we are fighting these days. There is no "victory" in Iraq. If victory means accomplishing our original objectives (which were to depose Saddam Hussein and rid Iraq or WMDs), that was done a long time ago.
“Sweetie is a term of endearment. It has nothing to do with being elitist. The fact that people call a biracial man raised by a single mother in a working class home "elitist" shows me just how bizarre the political landscape is these days. As Barack says "We are in silly season."”
“I expected a more intelligent post from Erica Jong. This is really just pretty ho-hum. Hillary is old, like my mother, but that is the only resemblance. She is a shrill, unpleasant woman who has proven she will do or say anything (not matter how utterly absurd-like she is one of the "working class") to get a vote. Hillary has played the Republican role in this election and that is why a lot of people are fed up with her. Yes, Barack is something new. And something new has to be better than what politics as usual has given us.
“Wow. Judging from some of the comments here, I would think that being a feminist means one can only vote for or endorse a woman. Is that really what feminists want?
I applaud NARAL for making a stand now and for endorsing Barack Obama. John McCain is getting a free ride and it's time for it to stop. Obama has made it clear that he supports a woman's right to choose.
BTW, this is not just a "woman's" issue. Men are involved in producing a child as well and there are many men who want to see couples continue to have the right to choose.
I was a huge Hillary supporter before this election began. Let's just say I am not anymore.
obamagal on May 14, 2008 at 16:34:51
“Brian, I agree.
As mentioned previously, I'm a white 56 year old female - I fit right into the "vote for Hillary" category. This "you're a woman so you have to vote for one" is so archaic; it's putting a straight jacket on females. Being a feminist is standing up straight and thinking for oneself, being comfortable in your own skin, being proud to be a woman and refusing to be dictated to. It's much more than just striving for equal pay or rights, in fact, having equal rights means having the right to choose; not be coersced into voting for a woman, simply because of gender. That attitude is a direct contradiction to what being a feminist stands for.
This election is WAY too important to vote strictly because someone is a woman or against someone because their skin isn't the same color. I'd love to vote for a woman, but only when the time is right. It surely isn't now. Not this time - not Hillary.”
Anastasia on May 14, 2008 at 16:34:49
“The longer Hillary drags this on, the more likely McCain will be president in next year. Nothing could be more devastating to women, than losing the power to appoint the next Supreme Court Justice.
It's not NARAL who has betrayed women, but Hillary herself, in her bid to bring Obama down. That's all her campaign can possibly be about, at this point.”
pkohan on May 14, 2008 at 16:25:47
“If you recall the firestorm surrounding controversial comments from the rep from Planned Parenthood of NY (I believe) regarding Obama's "present" votes in the Illinois legislature that very same issue was raised.”
“Thank you for saying what this Black man from Ohio couldn't say (with any credibility anyway). The Clintons have shown they will leave no card unplayed in this contest. I am stunned by Hillary's pandering to the "hard working white people who haven't completed college". Yeah, they're her people all right.”