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Senate Republicans Block More Obama Nominees

Senate Republicans Block More Obama Nominees

Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 02:15:23 in Politics

“I remember when GW Bush appointed close to 200 new judges to the appellate courts. The Democrats pushed back a little then Harry Reid conceded. So typical.
Dems always willing to make nice so that the Republicans when in the same position can stomp all over them.”

Derek Beauchemin on Apr 27, 2014 at 15:10:43

“Off topic, and for that I apologize. However, I've read through some of your comments after your 'Fanning' me - standard protocol - and couldn't help but notice that you've not posted comments since HP's D-Day (D for Dumb move) which is rather unfortunate as your comments were concise and well thought out. So I'm 'Fanning' you back in the hopes that someday you reconsider posting and HP restores those "Social News" features such as 'Comments by Friends' which made HP the best site for the exchange of information and ideas.”

westphalen on Dec 10, 2013 at 02:25:37

“only 2.6% out of over 1,400 nominees were blocked by the GOP. Wish the Dems had been that generous with President Bush.”
Ben Affleck On Republican Actors: 'I Probably Wouldn't Like' Them

Ben Affleck On Republican Actors: 'I Probably Wouldn't Like' Them

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 21:15:36 in Entertainment

“God bless'em. I love hip Bostonians.”
Pennsylvania's New Environmental Chief Doesn't Think Climate Change Is A Big Deal

Pennsylvania's New Environmental Chief Doesn't Think Climate Change Is A Big Deal

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 18:48:08 in Politics

“I worked at the phone banks for Democrat candidate Joe Sestak (a really good man) in 2010. The voter turnout was deplorable. Half the people didn't even know there was an election the other half wanted to watch TV or didn't think it would make a difference. Really maddening. The minorities especially in the inner city were especially hard to motivate. As you know, we are now ALL paying a price for their complacency with the Tea Party taking over country and attempting rig the vote by changing the laws in ways that suits them so they can maintain permanent rule. If Corbett goes in for a final term he will put the final nail in the coffin by passing a bill that will totally change the electorate system in Pennsylvania. We CANNOT let this guy back in or the swing state of PA that Democrats desperately depend on need in order to compete in a fair election, will no longer be in play, should this horrific law get passed. And it might due to the far rights dominance of the PA state legislature and Corbett's being a total puppet. See article, let's spread the word and have a great holiday.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/04/pennsylvania-electoral-college_n_2616223.html
Pennsylvania's New Environmental Chief Doesn't Think Climate Change Is A Big Deal

Pennsylvania's New Environmental Chief Doesn't Think Climate Change Is A Big Deal

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 06:31:13 in Politics

“This jerk is OWNED by the shale and coal companies. He's made Pennsylvania
number 49 out of 50 states as the next to the lowest in jobs creation since he took office. His answer to why employment was so bad was, "the unemployed people can't pass the drug tests." No wonder Tom Corbett's approval rating is at 19 percent!! Meanwhile here in Philly more and more, we see temperatures way above normal for most of the winter-- a few cold weeks and it's back to sixty degrees in December. Future generations will scorn the likes of Governor Corbett, dishonest politicians who put short term profit for their fossil fuel billionaire cronies ahead of truth and responsibility, as more and more environmental nightmares transpire in the years to come. We MUST vote him out in 2014.”

jnratliff on Dec 6, 2013 at 07:39:19

“F & F”

TParrish on Dec 6, 2013 at 06:51:20

“I am in SE PA, and I am with you. Every Democrat MUST get out and vote.”
Climate Change's Biggest Threats Are Those We Aren't Ready For: Report

Climate Change's Biggest Threats Are Those We Aren't Ready For: Report

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 03:22:17 in Green

“Really??? It's going up to 65 degrees this wednesday here in Philly (been in the 50s all week-way below norm) and NYC area. We got a measly 8 inches of snow last year TOTAL, We might see some storms that are heavy but winter is DEFINITELY nothing like what it was in the 1980s or even the mid 1990s. These wee weee winters are the new norm. Bear in mind GW is not a simplistic design. It will create bizarre weather patterns and more intense precipitation based on the increased levels of moisture collecting in the earths atmosphere due to the warming temperatures of the ocean. There will always be cold snaps here and there however GW temperatures are based on OVERALL averages taken around the world. But don't take it from me, I'm just basing this on 97 percent of the international scientific community -- the disputing 3 perecent being the scientists hired by those totally uncorrupted oil companies -- they never put profit ahead of the truth. Ever. : /”
Climate Change's Biggest Threats Are Those We Aren't Ready For: Report

Climate Change's Biggest Threats Are Those We Aren't Ready For: Report

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 02:24:46 in Green

“I have also read of increasing warmer temperatures encouraging the spread of mosquitoes and disease. There are also concerns of viruses mutating and becoming totally resistant to medical treatment.”

Tom Helios on Dec 4, 2013 at 02:36:19

“Yes, we had yellow fever in the Keys for the first time, which onlyu happens in tropical zones. If you look a the back of seed packets last year, you can see all the zones moved north.”

Franklin Smith on Dec 4, 2013 at 02:29:09

“Ki ller bees and fire ants are marching northward as we speak!”
New 'Nymphomaniac' Clip Places Charlotte Gainsbourg In Compromising Position (Very NSFW)

New 'Nymphomaniac' Clip Places Charlotte Gainsbourg In Compromising Position (Very NSFW)

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 21:50:18 in Entertainment

“In all fairness to your point and so as not to misrepresent myself -- perhaps my diction does needs some clarification. So permit me. Please do not get me wrong, I do NOT support bestiality, asphyxiation, incest or anything like that. Yes, those acts are out of the mainstream, thank god. But the act of WRITING about over the top sex acts is not shocking to me. As a creative work, Fifty Shades is therefore not daring or innovative at all. It can however, be an easy way to make a buck by latching onto highly taboo subject matter and sensationalizing it. When I said, "to each his own" -- people have a right to 'read it' (I am NOT endorsing the content) and enjoy the book, whereas I find it pretentious. Old saying in art school. "If you can't paint good -- paint big." Or one might say, if you can't write well, sensationalize about over the top sex. Peace.”
New 'Nymphomaniac' Clip Places Charlotte Gainsbourg In Compromising Position (Very NSFW)

New 'Nymphomaniac' Clip Places Charlotte Gainsbourg In Compromising Position (Very NSFW)

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 20:32:43 in Entertainment

“"Pedantic? Rethink my perception? Evaluate my diction?" What planet are you from? Planet SCHOOL MARM? And no, I wasn't impressed by 50 Shades -- I didn't find it daring, shocking or innovative at all. To each his own.”
New 'Nymphomaniac' Clip Places Charlotte Gainsbourg In Compromising Position (Very NSFW)

New 'Nymphomaniac' Clip Places Charlotte Gainsbourg In Compromising Position (Very NSFW)

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 19:47:17 in Entertainment

“I've always liked Charlotte Gainsbourg. And while I have not seen the film I do not want to prejudge it or be unfair. Having said that -- based on the title and short video it seems very unimaginative, predictable and cliched. Typical commercial spin off on 50 Shades of Grey --- very bourgeois. Snorrrrrre.”

phazeroftruth on Nov 29, 2013 at 19:55:13

“And 50 Shades wasnt a very pedantic view of 'off the mainstream' sex acts? You might want to rethink your perception or at the very least evaluate your diction.”
Chris Christie Faces Wrath Of Tea Partiers Who Don't Think He's Conservative Enough To Win In 2016

Chris Christie Faces Wrath Of Tea Partiers Who Don't Think He's Conservative Enough To Win In 2016

Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 13:03:57 in Politics

“Which is why we have to find some form of economic compromise. Anything to spare us from Honey Boo Boo. Yikes.”
Chris Christie Faces Wrath Of Tea Partiers Who Don't Think He's Conservative Enough To Win In 2016

Chris Christie Faces Wrath Of Tea Partiers Who Don't Think He's Conservative Enough To Win In 2016

Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 07:12:29 in Politics

“Beautifully put. You nailed it. F and F”
Chris Christie Faces Wrath Of Tea Partiers Who Don't Think He's Conservative Enough To Win In 2016

Chris Christie Faces Wrath Of Tea Partiers Who Don't Think He's Conservative Enough To Win In 2016

Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 07:07:09 in Politics

“You are spot on. Can't compare the power of the far right to the far left. Imagine Dennis Kucinich (a good man) as a threatening force. Laughable.”
Chris Christie Faces Wrath Of Tea Partiers Who Don't Think He's Conservative Enough To Win In 2016

Chris Christie Faces Wrath Of Tea Partiers Who Don't Think He's Conservative Enough To Win In 2016

Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 06:51:39 in Politics

“Austerity is no solution. It would however be a death blow to the economy.”

JKBlog on Nov 12, 2013 at 07:08:24

“But then Jesus will come back and pay everyone's bills and we can all watch "Honey BoBo"”
Climate Change May Magnify Toxic Chemical Dangers

Climate Change May Magnify Toxic Chemical Dangers

Commented Nov 9, 2013 at 16:43:15 in Green

“Tellya what. We'll skip the name calling (both of us). I've thought about your words and will give a little ground providing you'll submit to me examples that prove that the Koch brothers have helped the environment by 'solving problems' that have previously done harm. In which case I will rethink at least part of my position. And IF you ARE Mr. Koch, I respect your giving money to the arts. That's a nice thing.”
Climate Change May Magnify Toxic Chemical Dangers

Climate Change May Magnify Toxic Chemical Dangers

Commented Nov 9, 2013 at 16:29:20 in Green

“"These people"??? Ouch. How very elitist of you. And yes their policies could cause permanent damage to the environment that could result in the deaths of millions. I know you still think the world is flat -- right??”

chogannn on Nov 10, 2013 at 08:52:13

“hahaha your kidding right?”
Climate Change May Magnify Toxic Chemical Dangers

Climate Change May Magnify Toxic Chemical Dangers

Commented Nov 9, 2013 at 05:06:02 in Green

“And the Koch brothers live on.”

kesac on Nov 9, 2013 at 06:08:14

“The Koch Brothers have made a career of buying up marginal companies that have caused environmental problems and making those companies viable again by finiding a solution to the problems that others walked away from. I know you silly twits have tried to make them into some sort of boogeyman, but the facts do not justify all of your petty slanders.”
Texas' Restrictive Voter ID Law Stops A Former U.S. House Speaker From Getting A Voter ID Card

Texas' Restrictive Voter ID Law Stops A Former U.S. House Speaker From Getting A Voter ID Card

Commented Nov 8, 2013 at 06:42:05 in Politics

“Facts are -- it could have gone EITHER way.
http://www.factcheck.org/2008/01/the-florida-recount-of-2000/
As to voter fraud. Concerns over voting machines in Ohio for example, centered around the Diebald scandal (Google it) where every “error” on Diebold voting machines, amazingly wound up favoring Republican candidates. Even Fox covered it.
http://candorville.com/2006/09/17/fox-news-finally-notices-the-diebold-voting-machine-scandal/
The point is, dishonest handling of the actual votes themselves is more about “tampering.” Voter “fraud” implies to the act of the same person sneaking around to vote a repeated number of times which these days only happens in Fantasy Land.”
NY Mayoral Election 2013: New Yorkers To Choose Between Two Visions

NY Mayoral Election 2013: New Yorkers To Choose Between Two Visions

Commented Nov 5, 2013 at 17:44:51 in New York

“God bless New York -- the hip and high IQ capital of the USA.”
Texas' Restrictive Voter ID Law Stops A Former U.S. House Speaker From Getting A Voter ID Card

Texas' Restrictive Voter ID Law Stops A Former U.S. House Speaker From Getting A Voter ID Card

Commented Nov 4, 2013 at 02:25:37 in Politics

“Oh, cut it out. The inner city minorities have historically voted Democratic by a wide margin. Many do not have driver licenses and while some will go through the three hour waits in registration centers miles away, a great many will not bother. Mission accomplished, as the law will deter potentially thousands of voters in these areas, enough to tip the scale in a close election. The people who designed this plan at a time when there was no need for it -- since there is no voter fraud, If so -- Prove it by showing that it is wide spread and significant. The Tea Partiers who put this law into effect knew EXACTLY what they were doing.”
Texas' Restrictive Voter ID Law Stops A Former U.S. House Speaker From Getting A Voter ID Card

Texas' Restrictive Voter ID Law Stops A Former U.S. House Speaker From Getting A Voter ID Card

Commented Nov 4, 2013 at 02:16:31 in Politics

“There is no voter fraud. The ID laws are just deterents that will cut down on the voting participation within the demographics that favor Democrats. Naturally Republicans will deny this and defend it --- yawn. They can't win on their platform so they gotta cheat. The TP has taken the GOP to new lows. It shameful.”
Texas' Restrictive Voter ID Law Stops A Former U.S. House Speaker From Getting A Voter ID Card

Texas' Restrictive Voter ID Law Stops A Former U.S. House Speaker From Getting A Voter ID Card

Commented Nov 4, 2013 at 02:08:59 in Politics

“Bush beat Gore in Florida. Really? Tell us more.”

kflaca on Nov 6, 2013 at 01:18:44

“Yes he did. And then he won a second term. So what does that tell you?”
Rand Paul Responds To Plagiarism Accusations: 'If Dueling Were Legal In Kentucky..'

Rand Paul Responds To Plagiarism Accusations: 'If Dueling Were Legal In Kentucky..'

Commented Nov 3, 2013 at 18:56:33 in Politics

“Rand would challenge somebody to a dual if it were still legal. Sure ya would, Rand. Why of course you would . . .”
Arizona Solar Policy Fight Heats Up As Utility Admits To Funding Nonprofits' Campaign Ads

Arizona Solar Policy Fight Heats Up As Utility Admits To Funding Nonprofits' Campaign Ads

Commented Oct 27, 2013 at 16:21:56 in Politics

“Thanks for sharing. I've had some life experiences similar to yours that totally comply with your sad findings. I only wish more average Americans understood just how dangerous these players are since their influence in government will have a direct effect on everybody's life. What gets me is, do these power mongers actually think they themselves are immune to things that might well be related to their negligence? Things like cancer as a result of weakening environmental regulations, or a string of potentially harmful events resulting from Gobal Warming? There's nowhere to hide for anyone if a strain of virus mutates into a killer as a result of a warming planet.”

Gloria VanBibber on Oct 27, 2013 at 16:34:27

“Usually they are old enough so they don't care. One thing that really really got to me is they just could not stand people who thought they were"entitled" to eat, etc. Meanwhile the wealthy get so much free because people think they will get something back from the wealthy who I think suffers big time from entitlement mania. I would not be surprised at all if these people had underground bunkers. One of the Koch Brothers lives off my state's coastline and he is doing everything in his power to stop the wind power that has been proposed.”
Arizona Solar Policy Fight Heats Up As Utility Admits To Funding Nonprofits' Campaign Ads

Arizona Solar Policy Fight Heats Up As Utility Admits To Funding Nonprofits' Campaign Ads

Commented Oct 27, 2013 at 08:28:53 in Politics

“The Koch brothers (worth 60 billion) in their campaign to take over the world, are singlehandedly doing their best to bring down America. These two megalomaniac big oil pigs are helping to make us a third world country by keeping America behind other nations who are actively developing solar energy. The Kochs are obsessed with ensuring that they continue making more billions on top of their other billions -- money they'll never even live long enough to spend.”

booker52 on Oct 27, 2013 at 19:31:39

“their father taught them everything he learn in Russia”

Gloria VanBibber on Oct 27, 2013 at 11:21:34

“Its not the money, its the game. Believe me.

I worked for very wealthy people for 1.5 years. I was the Executive Committee Secretary meaning I took shorthand at Board meetings.

They call employees "units".

They sit in their expensive chairs with their $20,000 suits on and try to squeeze 10 cents profit out of some of the "units" by outsourcing services of their "units". These people were multi multi millionaires.

It was totally disgusting listening to their "off the record" bigotry, elitism, and scorn for the middle class.

I walked out because even the money they paid me could not stop my nausea after a year and a half.

I am ashamed of myself for staying that long and my only excuse is that my husband was unemployed for that time and I was responsible for the household finances until he started his own business. .”
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