“the notion of tacitly accepting assaultive behavior is repugnant. Dealing with it calls for an approach which puts the perp on notice that he/she is being held to account for wrongdoing, not in the present case but as a preventative measure against future incidents.
"Deal with it" means the a-whole gets to wear a smug smile of juvenile satisfaction whereas the victim is left to deal with emotions that are painful. The workplace should be free of grabassin' idiots.”
“McConnell sure looks like a constipated koala - getting called out for his bombastic lies seems to upset him a tad. Mebbe he shouldn't keep on using talking points that have already been leaked to the world.”
“How does healthcare differ from K-12 education? The latter is a "right" instituted in this country's earliest days.
Why is it reasonable for employers offer healthcare insurance but not property or car or flood or earthquake insurance?
Why am I reminded of the missionaries who went to Hawaii in the 19th century to do good and ended up doing very well indeed, while Hawaiian natives lost control of so much of their agricultural lands to the do-gooders who founded such corporations as Castle and Cook, Matson Shipping Lines and other oligarchies?
Lastly, would John Mackey's masquerading as a blogger under a fake name who dissed the competitor he was trying to buy have gotten the same "pass" under Obama as he got under Bush's FTC? And shouldn't his scandalous behavior then not have disqualified him from being the CEO of WFM? His butt deserved a bit of global warming for that stupid venture, IMHO.”
Nov 12, 2009 at 16:18:44
“I think she muffed it (pun intended). Frankly, in the pix shown on TMZ she's a lot cuter and nore wholesome-looking, even the flirtatious ones. Better those than the veneers and other enhancements that show in her stage struttin'.”
Nov 12, 2009 at 16:07:32
“here's a way to settle your argument about my last sentence - show the tape to Justice Antonin Scalia and ask him for his judgment on that score. Do NOT, however, show it to his bud, Justice Clarence Thomas, because you'll only get drool out of his mouth, as was alluded to in his Senate confirmation hearing.
If she was truly 17 when she made the tape(s) the mere making of it and possession of it by herself, much less anyone else, was a crime; if she was older as now stated by her ex-boyfriend, she was guilty of felonious stupidity because digital media is so easy to copy and disseminate, as the internet proves constantly. It will live longer than her augmentation.”
harlequin115 on Nov 20, 2009 at 04:50:25
“Ahhh, I see your point now--I argued about sexual lives of consenting ADULTS, but your point is based on the idea that she might not have been an adult at the time. Fair enough, certainly a good point. My bad for missing that argument, and thanks for clarifying for me.”
Nov 12, 2009 at 13:33:54
“Carrie, Carrie, Carrie, this is an INTERVIEW SHOW. You agree to go on it means you are asked QUESTIONS! Expect questions about what you did, right? Either explain or don't explain, the choice is yours.
If you don't like the question you can demur (means say you'd rather not answer). You have the right to refuse to answer. If the question changes you have been asked a new question. A question about why you decided to settle the lawsuit isn't about the internals of the settlement which you obligated yourself not to discuss in the confidentiality agreement, it's about your decision to settle. The question was not inappropriate but your chastising answer to Larry King was.
You'd have violated nothing in the agreement if you'd answered "I felt it was in my best interests to arrive at a mutually agreeable settlement and that's what we did." Period. End of story.
But you chose to be snarky about it, you and your offstage Edgar Bergen. You chose to try to emulate your hero, the Quitter from Alaska. You and she have a lot in common, particularly the ability to create diversion from the question at hand by non-sequitur answers (you can look that up if need be).
Plastic boobs, plastic answers. You, who self-produced pornography to titillate your boyfriend, are a piece of work.”
harlequin115 on Nov 12, 2009 at 13:57:21
“Your last line seems a little harsh--the sexual lives of consenting adults should be their own, and I don't hold it against her for ever making the tape, but the rest of your comment is spot on. You don't chastise Larry King because you don't understand the question he's asking. How she didn't realize he was asking her why she decided settling would be appropriate, as opposed to what she settled for, is beyond me. He was very explicit in what he was asking.
She's just another empty head, but at least she's finally showed me exactly what sort of person honestly believes Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann are legitimate leaders in this country.”
“if you admire this guy's courage then SUPPORT HIM - go to his website congressmanwithguts dot com and make a monetary pledge. He's raised over $500K thus far and can really get his message out more widespread while encouraging other representatives to emulate him, with your financial support.
“I 2nd all the nice things said about Richard Wolffe! He was missed and now he's back, to my great relief and pleasure. He's one smart cookie (except for whatever caused the brief hiatus) who's both insightful and witty.
Keith has the sarcasm down pat and now he's (re)accompanied by smart humor.”
“it seems he's just another Texas Governor who plays fast and loose with people's lives, just like his predecessor. He's all hat and no spine who can't face up to what he did. The truth will out at some point. Maybe he will have seceded from the US by then.
His predecessor laughed at the deathrow plea for clemency by a woman about to be sent to her death. And he ordered countless thousands of Americans servicemen and women into harms way because of nukes that never existed in Iraq while neglecting the pursuit of Osama bin Laden and allowing the Taliban to regroup via inattention to that war.”
“these are acts of sedition, IMHO. if the military (or a portion of it) becomes involved thanks to these incitements then the members are subject to the United States Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 94.
The Smith Act is still in forced although there hasn't been a case of enforcement of it for some decades now. I would not advocate it but maybe there could be some consideration of reviving the HUAC (House Unamerican Activities Committee) of the 1950s which branded many and created the Hollywood Blacklist of ill-fame.
These clowns are all (small D) anti-democracy and tending towards or actually practicing sedition. It's more than a matter of "shame on you," it's close to or over the line into criminality. Free speech has responsibilities and consequences when you go over the line.”
“The way to bring the Chinese on board is to mention the vulnerability of the Iranian oil fields. the way to really hurt Iran in the short run is to take out their limited gasoline refining capacity - they have to import gasoline as it is.
Perhaps a logical foe can arrange an "earthquake" to occur in those sensitive areas.”
hoosier96 on Sep 25, 2009 at 14:13:37
“If the Chinese really get desperate for oil, they can just invade their "friends" to the north.
Don't think the Russians aren't scared out of their minds about this possibility.”
“as inveterate chess players I would doubt that this newly disclosed plant is the only additional plant capable of producing enriched uranium. I would expect that it became a bargaining chip because there is at least one more, even larger plant with those capabilities.
The Iranian game is stall, stall, stall until they have the bomb, perhaps more than 1 or 2, then let the world know it has them and is prepared to use them in any way they deem necessary. Then watch out!”
Emerald1943 on Sep 25, 2009 at 14:03:42
“Yep...that would fall right in with the prediction for 2012...and I'm not talking about the elections!”
“they mixed claims about traditional Medicare benefits being cut with claims about the extra benefits they confer on their policy holders thanks to the extra payments (subsidies) they get for being in the Advantage program. It is the latter which may *possibly* be cut if the extra money they get from CMS is reduced.
Standard Medicare benefits will not be cut for anyone if the Advantage extra payments are reduced and that's where they tried to frighten us Medicare beneficiaries - it's the extras they add on to Medicare coverage, not the Medicare coverage itself. They referred to the extras as "valuable Medicare benefits" or "valuable benefits under their Medicare Advantage plan" which, by the wording chosen, is highly misleading to anyone who doesn't parse the language.
Advantage was intended to reduce Medicare's overall costs per beneficiary by promoting private insurors' claimed efficiencies. Instead, these subsidies costs taxpayers *more* per Medicare Advantage beneficiary for traditional or classic Medicare beneficiaries.
I'm dropping my Humana Advantage plan because the added "benefits" I get under Advantage are not worth the extra taxes paid to Humana for these miniscule benefits (an eyeglass-contacts "extra", discounted gym membership fees, etc.).
And I want to see that insurance reform is enacted so that my neighbors have the opportunity to get healthcare coverage they can't afford. An untreated illness has the chance of infecting many others thus raising costs and misery for entire communities.”
“Let's see - they traveled to 4 different cities to make these expose videos but their total invested cost was only $1,300?
We need them to run the U S Treasury if that's the case.
Where there's one lie there's bound to be others.
What about this: engaging others to help create a blatantly illegal enterprise, isn't that called a criminal conspiracy? did the ACORN staffers suggest to them that they ought to set up a prostitution enterprise using underage kids from Central America and advise how to go about doing that, including all the administrative details, or did these fakes say they were going to do it and wanted help with those details, e g filing tax returns, etc.?
This does not excuse an ACORN staffer's recommendations on claiming the underage hookers as dependents but who in fact set things in motion? Who approached whom?”
AtticusinPa on Sep 24, 2009 at 06:25:20
“These are the only videos they want you to see. How many did they shoot where the employees refused; laughed or called the cops? (At least one, in Philadelphia.) So, they may have spent tens of thousands of dollars travelling to dozens of towns to get these three or four. Cant tell yet.”
“the verbal excrement that comes out of Boehner's and Cantor's mouths are in a class by themselves. These idiots do as much harm to the GOP as do the crazies like Bachmann and Fox and Wilson. Their remarks are not credible and as such they as dismissed by anyone with half a brain.
The problem with being inveterate liars is that when you say something truthful it lacks credibility, it gets shortshrift, and deservedly so.
Patriotism is not defined by rigid doctrinaire positions but by thinking about and doing what's best for the country even if it's not exactly the path you would choose because of your beliefs. Sometimes you have to rise above petty politics even if there is no short term (perceived) gain for your party.”
“a dollar of tax uncollected means a dollar added to the deficit or one which we in the middle class must make up.
Justice = fairness.”
doober on May 4, 2009 at 15:28:12
“The offshore banks should be forced to open their books so that the discredited CEO’s would be forced to pay taxes in the country where they earned it..By letting them hide their money we are giving these people a free ride on taxes..
Also given a free ride on taxes are the churches..Any church that sticks its nose into the political process and thus contravenes the law of the separation of church and state should have their tax exemption removed..By getting into the political process they have neglected their mission of helping the poor and helpless..I wonder how many Preachers are hiding their money in Offshore accounts
I think Bin Laudin is laughing after forcing us into two wars he is bankrupting our country..We are spending 3B a month on a useless wars that cant be won and were proven wrong in their inception..Why not bring that money home and end the useless cost in money and lives that these wars are costing us..
We can no longer afford to lose these taxes to things that don’t deserve them..”
“The only thing Clinton tortured was the definition of the word "is."
It's debatable if he actually screwed ML but what isn't debatable is how much Bush-Cheney-Rice-Rove f**ked up America's reputation throughout the world and destroyed our self-image.
The unburned documents speak far more eloquently than the stains on a blue dress.- talk about immorality!”