Having lived and worked abroad, I can GUARANTEE you that returning back to the US has always been a source of utter dread and disgust.”
LHirschman on Aug 3, 2013 at 17:27:06
“I totally agree. I lived/worked in Germany for three years and it took about as long when I came back to stop being downright angry. Everything seemed so gluttonous here. Good thing is I'm working on living my life as I did abroad and that's helped calm me down.”
“That is no more the case in French culture than anywhere else, and varies based on type of relationship, setting, age, etc.; the same holds true for Americans and what they like "to be called" as well.”
I don't really care how many "liberals" you know, but hopefully I can clarify a couple of things on the issue of guns.
To my mind at least, there is a vast difference between someone who OWNS a gun and someone who is adamant that they have some sort of RIGHT to take a gun with them everywhere they go.
"[B]lood in the streets" is not what concerns me; it's the irrationality that some gun owners seem to exhibit when they choose to ignore that in 2013, the US is no longer "the wild, wild West" where gunfights are held at the O.K. Corral.
So please know I don't have a problem with someone's owning a gun for hunting or protecting their home and family from intruders; the problem I have is with the notion that all guns can be carried around in public. Say what you want, but to my mind, that is NOT a right protected in ANY Amendment to the US Constitution.”
Grottenolm on May 24, 2013 at 20:01:39
“First of all, thank you for your comment. But I think that you see the gun laws in your country as too much of a "basic right", you've probably been brainwashed since early childhood to think that owning guns is normal. You say that "owning a gun to protect your home from intruders" is okay. That is probably true in the USA (and in Mexico meanwhile, they hurt from the completely senseless US war against drugs, and all the arms that come with - from the Norte, naturalmente). I live in a country with gun control, the only weapon I ever held in my hands was in the US of A. Guns are not part of our everyday live, we have very few shootings, a lot less crime. Instead, we have universal health insurance and the right to a roof over our heads, no matter how much we frack up. That is why I live in a relatively peaceful country. The riots in Sweden notwithstanding. The racial issues in our otherwise peaceful countries are a completely different, difficult subject.”
Twootchy on May 4, 2013 at 23:02:26
“So once you leave your own home, you have no right of self-defense any more?”
To answer your question, NO there was nothing for Bush to respond TO. On the contrary, both the attack on Afghanistan and Iraq were caused by little more than pure greed on Bush and members of his Administration.
Not an envious place when the US among 43 of the world's great dictatorships and autocracies (Iran, Zimbabwe, China, North Korea, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Egypt, Ethiopia, Cuba, Belarus), it's most failed and failing states (Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Congo, Chad, Yemen, Guinea, Bangladesh).”
My hope is that your comment was solely with regard to health or sanitation "issues" because I (along with countless friends) have no problem seeing a naked man (not to mention one with such a striking physique) "...who might prepare my food."”
PAsteelers on Jan 8, 2012 at 18:03:56
“Definitely talkin about sanitation issue. Plus he don't swing this way anyhow, so I couldn't fully appreciate the view. Not my cup of tea....now Drake is another story....”
“But don't forget: they're seemingly also scared of Sesame Street and pretty much every educational program aired on PBS that actually have some educational value. That's the only reason I can think of behind their quest to discontinue funding for the ONLY television network not run by corporations (other than that for PUBLIC broadcasting,”
With all due respect concerning your assertion that, "... America becomes more of a 'service industry' country, from a personal perspective I lost count of the number of times that I've not gotten so much as a smile.
And given that I have worked in the "service industry," I am far from feeling resentful over my interactions with those working in the hospitality industry; my contention is with the complete and utter dirth of anyone at least going through the motions of helping a customer.”
2. Despite the President of the United States' officially (and Constitutionally) holding the title of Commander-in-Chief, any attempts to exercise his rightful authority of removing the troops from their "engagements" overseas would undoubtedly be met by those on the other side of the aisle, likely with another trumped-up assertion or two of the catastrophic scenes that would result from any withdrawal at all.”
“So is this another BS example of the role of "small government" and a half-baked attempt at keeping out of the private lives of a nation's citizens?
I can't (nor would I try) to speak for anyone else, but the choices a woman made with regard to HER body should not be made by anyone or anything than herself.
What strikes me as even more absurd is that while those individuals who are determined to force a woman to give birth to a child are never there at the patient's bedside ready to adopt the child, nor do they have any qualms with murder imposed by the state (the euphemism for which is known as the "death penalty."”
BIllyDelyon on Aug 25, 2011 at 21:48:02
“F & Fed..
Gerald Serlin on Aug 25, 2011 at 21:45:31
“Well said Clintonex. No person should have the right to determine what another is allowed to do with their own body. Notice that this same reasoning applies to ingestion of foods, suicide, whether to join a labor union, etc. Only libertarians, a/k/a Tea Party people support full freedoms for everybody. Think about it.”
Group 8807 on Aug 25, 2011 at 21:18:35
“The unborn has unique human DNA.
A woman should have the freedom to have her appendix removed, or any other medical treatment that doesn't end a life. A primary role of government is to protect life from aggression.”
Please say that your comment was meant to be tongue-in-cheek and or that its purpose was anything but serious.”
thinkingwomanmillstone on Jul 2, 2011 at 08:48:33
“Just read her microbio...she and beck are perfect together.”
Dem101 on Jul 2, 2011 at 08:17:09
“Oh, no...she's quite serious. Never ceases to amaze me the kind of people we have in this country. I'm all for free speech but when you speak like Beck does you would hope that no one would pay attention. Sadly, that is not the case.”
“Instead of imposing their notion of "morals" on others, might I strongly urge these same individuals to better inform themselves about two distinct issues that continue to be either misunderstood or simply twisted.
As has been clarified ad nauseum, not one single cent of federal funds can be used in performing an abortion thus all the claims to the contrary are patently false.
Despite the myriad attempts to demonize Planned Parenthood by claiming (erroneously by the way), sadly underscores the vast economic divide in this country. For a large number of American women provides many with the only health services they receive.”
rascal barquecat on Jul 2, 2011 at 01:46:13
“They don't think the Hyde amendment was enough, so they ignore that it exists. It doesn't fit in with their talking points.
Would you be so kind as to enlighten everyone as to how in the hell you've managed to come up with the bullshit that has lead you to make the utterly false that Democrats "...believe that 'bail outs' [sic] are good? "
If it weren't for Democrats and other more "progressive" citizens, the environment would remain just another free-for-all for those who stand to lose financially, and the resulting pollution, carcinogens, and other drastically harmful effects that result from putting the multi-trillion dollar profits before the safety and well-being of Americans for the Neanderthals who, for whatever reason, have started claiming that preservation of our country's natural resources is nothing more than some sort of "Left Wing" propaganda scheme.”
whitemale08 on Apr 18, 2011 at 20:13:35
“First of all, everytime I complain about the bail outs I keep receiving replies from 'Democrats': " the bail outs were necessary to save the economy from another depression", when the very austerity cuts to the wishes of the environmentalists proves that the bail outs saved NOTHING.
Second, the enviriontment is not to be worshiped, it's to be used by mankind to further our development and to one day make it possible to explore other planets.
That doesn't mean we don't clean up after ourselves and I would be the first to say GE should've been SHUT DOWN for all of the environmental hazards it failed to clean up or the fact that British Petroleum should've been SHUT DOWN and taken over by the government after its disaster.
However that also means that once GE or BP is re-organized in bankruptcy, it should be placed under new management because we need to keep drilling for oil until we can fully rely on nuclear power.
This is what common sense tells us to do, not knee jerk reactions because of an occasional incident, especially when billions of people rely on certain modern day functions in our economy.
The problem with envirornmentalists is their approach to problem solving, it's unreasonable and their solutions would require the extinction of whole populations of peoples or the reduction in their standard of living uneccessarily.
We cannot go back to the stone ages to save the earth. PERIOD.”
“"Cutting and pasting" has absolutely nothing to do with it. From my standpoint at least, it's a matter of letting it be known that from the moment he took office as Governor, he has made a laughing stock not only of himself but, more disturbingly, a good number of his fellow Texans.
He is the most crooked, disgusting clown. And not that he would ever consider himself to be in need of advice, my little nugget to him would be to stop worrying so much about a hair or two on top of his pea-brain head being out of place, and start answering for all the crimes he has committed since taking over the reigns.
To wit, just a selection of some of him doing what he does best: being a crook.
Nov 13, 2009 at 04:04:52
When I first glanced at your posting, the tone used was so inflammatory that I actually mistook it as sarcasm. The content of PBS’s programming, made possible through viewers’ annual donations, and was primarily educational. All of this changed, however, when Ronald Reagan stepped in, replacing most of this with less esoteric subjects. Funding to the stations then began to be provided at the discretion of large commercial organizations.
Those individuals, for whom Public Television had long been a source of cultural and educational enrichment, were left with programming of significantly less value. Prior to this substantial change, Public Television was in no way the purview of “…[c]ommunist homosexual ivory tower intellectual elitist snob.””
Throughout the McCain campaign, it seemed as if the only time I saw Miss Graham was when she was eerily shadowing the candidate. But after the Americans decided Mr. Obama was better suited for the challenge, I had almost been able to put away the feelings of creepiness I got from the thankfully times he proved he could actually speak like a big boy.
I can't help wonder what the "source" is to emphatically declare that "most of the public is 'very afraid?'" And it's good to hear that those "85% of Americans with private health insurance like what they've got," but on the whole, the number of insured in this country continues to decline.
Perhaps the next time Mr. McCain and Lady Graham get together, they can discuss the polls indicating that 77% of Americans actually support a choice of public option.”
If you care to know what the TRUE state of healthcare is in those countries, may I suggest you either visit them yourself or, better still, stop listening to the drivel presented as fact by a network who declares itself "Fair & Unbalanced."”
I guess your statement is correct if you, along with all the Conservatives in this country, continue to insist that keeping the citizenry of a country healthy should take a back seat to spending untold amounts of money and killing innumerable number of innocent civilians, both inevitable results of starting unprovoked wars.
The only "bondage" Americans suffer is from of private insurance companies who would rather fill their coffins from denying them even the most basic healthcare.”
“The problem with the situation you've just described is that more-often-than-not, too many Americans are not able to afford basic healthcare and avoid seeking it out until they just can't bare whatever they've been having to suffer with.
By that point, a trip to the ER is the only choice, and care in the ER is typically sky-high:
"Emergency room visits, which are partly responsible for the increased costs, on average cost nearly five times more than a visit to a doctor's office.
According to Wellmark BlueCross BlueShield, the average emergency room charge is $1,049, while the average physician's office charge amounts to $153."
Until healthcare is made affordable to everyone, and the ER remains many Americans only interaction with doctors, costs will continue to be inflated.”
hhayden on Jul 20, 2009 at 17:00:31
“My daughter goes to a clinic who's payment for a basic visit is $20. They have served her well so far. Various tests are similarly priced. Ever prescription they have given her costs $4 at WalMart. She had to go to an emergancy room out of town reciently and there was no charge due to her financial situation as a student.”
“Well, I guess the answers to many questions lay in Reagan's belief in deregulation. Here's an excerpt from an article that explains it clearly:
President Reagan had an idea about how the world should run. He deregulated Big Business. That is, he removed the restrictions put in place that kept companies from cheating. He removed, primarily economic oversight. He said that it was unAmerican that in this capitalist society that such oversight, such restrictions should exist. To him, these concepts flew in the face of that illusive, figmentary idea we like to call freedom. He wanted Big Business to have the freedom to do what it will and believed that in doing so, said companies would check themselves. They would check themselves because it was in their best economic interest to do so.
Taken from the Democratic Underground of September 16, 2008.”
“And if memory serves me correctly, while speaking with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, John McCain took the liberty of saying, "that I know I speak for every American when I say to him today, we are all Georgians.''
Though I guess compared to declaring two unprovoked wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the boldness of his announcement paled.”
NedroidPrime on Jul 6, 2009 at 11:26:52
“Well, the Afghanistan invasion was actually justified. You know, little thing called 9:11...”