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Residents In More Than A Dozen States Petition White House To Secede From United States

Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 12:34:10 in Politics

“These overwrought folks are mad because they have listened to and believed mad-as-hell media types like Rush (Limpbah), Glen Beck, and the severely biased FOX News crowd. There has been a recent call for a public panning of these media outlets, since they so heavily influenced and dimmed the lights (read intelligence) of their party for the past four years.”

how did that happen on Nov 13, 2012 at 12:42:46

“Censor the media? Certainly, why not. Curtail the freedom of speech? What the heck, it is just another freedom that won't be missed after a decade or so. the sheeple are not mourning the loss of their 4th Amendment rights as they move slowly through the search lines at the airports, not has anyone really noticed that if someone is proclaimed a terrorist they can be detained indefinitely without access to courts or lawyers.

Silence those dogs so they cannot change the course of history and allow the peaceful takeover of what was once the greatest nation on the earth. The mainstream media is already complicit, so they won't be a bother will they?”

GuyCybershy on Nov 13, 2012 at 12:40:41

“The influence of the people you mention is on the wane, but expect that those who will replace them to be even MORE hostile to the present status quo.”

rudylbj on Nov 13, 2012 at 12:39:58

“I only listen to the unbiased liberal talk radio, well that is before they went bankrupt because they did not get enough of an audience. I really think government should have made people listen and subsidized those nice unbiased folks. I use to love listening and now I listen to the very nice unbiased NPR folks, they talk so nice to me, I love to listen to them.”

Average Bear on Nov 13, 2012 at 12:36:29

“What do you think would happen to media liers in some countries? Bye, bye!”
Pat Smith, Mother Of Diplomat Slain In Libya: 'My Son Is Not Very Optimal -- He Is Also Very Dead' [UPDATE]

Pat Smith, Mother Of Diplomat Slain In Libya: 'My Son Is Not Very Optimal -- He Is Also Very Dead' [UPDATE]

Commented Oct 19, 2012 at 21:27:58 in Politics

“This mother is understandably horrified, upset, shocked and grieving. I've seen people flare up i anger and dismiss people who'd been their friends for decades and good friends with the deceased. And yes, the media attention on this and the challenges to the administration (and to Hillary actually, though she's being protected) are completely unnecessary. It's people being pious, as if their righteousness gives them temporary power.”

Mighty Servant on Oct 19, 2012 at 22:41:39

“No Linda, you're mistaken. Their "righteousness", people "being pious" ? You're talking about your fellow citizens, you know the folks that elect our officials and pay all of the country's bills. If they are demanding the truth from our top exec after he's lied in our face about this incident, it's because they have every right to an honest explanation. Unfortunately, it appears he lacks the spine to publicly acknowledge his dishonesty to his employers, and that will likely prove to be a major component of his undoing.”

noaxe397 on Oct 19, 2012 at 22:04:54

“These conservatives were not so pious when Cindy Sheehan asked the question, referring to a Bush Administration claim, "what noble cause"?

Today you would be hard pressed to find any con who would admit Bush follies in two wars had a noble cause, but when Sheehan asked regarding her dead son she was vilified by the right.”
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Rick Santorum Mailer Slamming Mitt Romney Arrives A Week After Senator Drops Out

Commented Apr 17, 2012 at 21:08:40 in Politics

“"Sanctorum" - just as extreme after the fall as during the climb. Scary in both places.”
Obama's Revenge: Seven And A Half Things

Obama's Revenge: Seven And A Half Things

Commented Feb 27, 2012 at 11:12:25 in Business

“While this was at times clever and zingy, Mr. Zongloff, you stepped off the tracks at the opening, saying in 2525 we will still need to know only 7 1/2 things "and here they are." (In 2012?) I didn't need to know any of them even today. Nein, nein, nein to your assessment of the Oscars. I was thinking last night "best ever" about the Oscars. Perhaps from writing this mostly negative article, you put yourself in a negative mood. Or perhaps you were already feeling "old and sleepy" and even the tasteful, funny, upbeat, often brilliant 2012 Oscars didn't wake you up.”
Camera Used On 1971 Apollo Moon Landing Auctioned Off For Big Price

Camera Used On 1971 Apollo Moon Landing Auctioned Off For Big Price

Commented May 17, 2014 at 22:26:22 in Science

“This article is too brief. I and perhaps others would like to know who the seller was and how that person came to own it. Was it an astronaut? NASA? Who? Apollo 14 lunar module commander Edgar Mitchell (6th man on the moon) sold a joy stick or some sort of guidance item from the module within the past two years. Though he'd been in possession of it for at least 40 years, NASA decided he had to retract the sale and give it to them, which he did.”
Malaysia Missing Plane Hunt Continues As Search Resumes West Of Perth

Malaysia Missing Plane Hunt Continues As Search Resumes West Of Perth

Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 11:14:10 in World

“Super interesting. Heaven forbid I ever meet one. They sound paranoid.”

Cooltoad on Apr 1, 2014 at 12:06:01

“Then the appropriate response to meeting one should be one of warmth, not fear or loathing, don't you think?”
Malaysia Missing Plane Hunt Continues As Search Resumes West Of Perth

Malaysia Missing Plane Hunt Continues As Search Resumes West Of Perth

Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 11:12:02 in World

“So true. Very childish of us. It shows that we are, as Deepak Chopra commented years ago, a nation in its teenage.”
Malaysia Missing Plane Hunt Continues As Search Resumes West Of Perth

Malaysia Missing Plane Hunt Continues As Search Resumes West Of Perth

Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 11:10:40 in World

“You make perfect sense. The highest priority news is not forthcoming. And why is that, anyway? Coddling us? I don't think so. Could it be that bad news is unpopular and ratings could fall? Last night's news on MSNBC said the U.S. House of Reps is today (Tuesday, April 1) voting to stop all investigations of climate change and human involvement from happening!!! This is NOT an April Fool's joke...it's an April 1st indictment of the fools in Congress who want to fool us. But we can't be fooled any longer. Throw out any member who votes for this!”
7 Grammar Mistakes You're Probably Making

7 Grammar Mistakes You're Probably Making

Commented Dec 19, 2013 at 12:01:01 in Books

“SOOO true. If they'd just take the other person out of the sentence, they'd see their error. Using your example, "The teacher gave A's to....I." If the person had used the subject pronoun and grouped Jane and herself, she could have made the mistake of saying "...A's to both of we."”
7 Grammar Mistakes You're Probably Making

7 Grammar Mistakes You're Probably Making

Commented Dec 19, 2013 at 11:56:35 in Books

“I agree with you, Ed. I was looking for my current favorite grammatical mistake when I chose to read this article. It wasn't there. I've heard it from educated news broadcasters, their guests, and I've seen it in the NYTimes. Food products display the error on their boxes when they brag "less calories." Correct would be "fewer calories." "Fewer" is used when we can count the object fewer is describing, as in "fewer people turned out," "the chicken laid fewer eggs today," and "he got fewer votes than she did." When the object can be a group, we're to use "less;" e.g., "I have less candy than you do." But, "I have fewer pieces of candy than you do."”

toscano on Dec 19, 2013 at 12:39:55

“I agree that the title of the article gave the wrong impression on what the subject were to be. I will stick to the impression by writing about a mortiferous usage of the language when a professor uttered : " .....it should have went ....."!. I should add that it was a course I was taking in mathematics at an American university (I was fresh off the boat, so to speak).
Saluti”
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Interview: Irish Comic Dylan Moran Takes America by Typhoon

Commented Oct 21, 2013 at 23:26:54 in Entertainment

“Hurray for you, Cindy. This was a fun read; my first time to even HEAR of Dylan Moran. I'll be sure it won't be my last. Lots of good lines here.”
Cumulus Dropping Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity: Report

Cumulus Dropping Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity: Report

Commented Jul 29, 2013 at 14:24:46 in Media

“My thoughts exactly.”
Tentatively Patriotic: Living in Harper's Canada

Tentatively Patriotic: Living in Harper's Canada

Commented Jul 29, 2013 at 02:55:56 in Canada Politics

“It's always good to see a complaint I agree with, and you've done it with decency. I was a Landed Immigrant working as a freelance producer at CBC Radio in Montreal in the 70s, when Canada had that pride you speak of. I respected the country, listened to great radio programs, heard Trudeau speak eloquently and wisely, enjoyed an interesting life surrounded by interesting people. My reason for moving there was fulfilled: my two young children learned to speak French. After 5 1/2 years, I moved to Vancouver for one year. Things had deteriorated all over Canada. Every public entity was on strike, airlines, buses, post offices. It was a mess. I finally left, but had the U.S. allowed dual citizenship at that time, I would have become a Canadian citizen. Have wished for it ever since. Now both our countries are ignoring their citizens' needs and ideas and are selling out our need for environmental reforms. I sympathize greatly as both of our countries are experiencing some of the worst political decisions we've ever seen, in some cases, the lack of decisions.”
4 Common Mispronunciations That Drive Me Crazy

4 Common Mispronunciations That Drive Me Crazy

Commented May 6, 2013 at 00:30:58 in Fifty

“Yea! I love it when grammarians get their dander up and let us have it for our odd speech. Seriously, I'm one of those grammar nuts, too! I'm surrounded by indelicate speech here in the South. Works fine if you're writing a novel that features these characters and need authentic dialect, but it's a crime to my everyday ears. I don't think there's any hope of changing that "axe" word being passed off for "ask." It seems to be cultural.”

deepintheheartoftejas on May 6, 2013 at 11:59:51

“No one has managed to kill in the seven centuries since Chaucer wrote "I axe why the fyfte man was nought".

You learn to speak from your immediate family and from the community you grow up with. A few people may reject it for their culture's prestige dialect, for assorted reasons ("you need it to get a job", "anything different sounds ignorant", "I got an education so I could overcome my past", etc). Most people will not. I can write fine standard English all day long, but I'm happy and content speaking the east Texas drawl I grew up with.”
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Tribeca Film Festival Portrait Gallery 2013

Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 17:35:08 in New York

“These fab photos and your personal remarks have me making a list of the films I want to see when they make it to theaters (which is all of them). This is the first portrait gallery I've seen on HuffPost. Congratulations on a job VERY well done, Leslie.”
'Instant Gratification' -- My, How You've Grown!

'Instant Gratification' -- My, How You've Grown!

Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 17:42:26 in Green

“Thanx for these reminders about the myriad ways to save the manufacturing of all new items. I can relate to the purchasing of clothes at thrift stores and the excitement of finding something both good and inexpensive. Just yesterday, a cold day, I wore my wonderful thick $5 jacket to a class. My thrift store is six blocks away. These stores sustained me, a single mother of two, when I moved to Canada in 1970. My kids slept in pj's from thrift stores, and thus I avoided the flame-retardants that were coming out in new pj's at the time. Because of chemicals, I wouldn't buy a new rug or piece of upholstered furniture now. I'd look for something old or foreign where there are no laws requiring flame retardants.”
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The Book of Mormon Takes San Francisco by Storm

Commented Dec 4, 2012 at 21:33:16 in Arts

“What a thorough and tantalizing review. Love having the links. Thanx!”
Brilliant Documentary <i>Bitter Seeds</i> Illuminates Plight of the Indian Farmer

Brilliant Documentary Bitter Seeds Illuminates Plight of the Indian Farmer

Commented Nov 30, 2012 at 12:32:34 in New York

“Great article about things I didn't know~! Thank you for writing it. It needs wide readership. I hope others will share it as more people need to know about this travesty. I'm shocked that this could happen, that those seeds weren't tested for that part of the world and that salesmen obviously didn't give farmers the whole truth. I want to find out more in related articles.”

Photofarm on Dec 1, 2012 at 15:36:33

“Horrible article, as it is not factually accurate.”
Director Leslye Headland Tells <i>Bachelorette</i>'s Most Shocking Moment: 'I Did Not Direct That!'

Director Leslye Headland Tells Bachelorette's Most Shocking Moment: 'I Did Not Direct That!'

Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 17:53:37 in Entertainment

“Well, this is already so shocking that I don't know if I can handle SEEING it, Cynthia. Yet, I must say I again enjoyed your writing style. A lot. And Leslie's photos. Thanks for keeping us informed - and entertained - about what's going on in the film world.”
Top 5 Secrets U.S. Government Doesn't Want You to Know

Top 5 Secrets U.S. Government Doesn't Want You to Know

Commented Aug 22, 2012 at 18:40:12 in Comedy

“Very clever, Mark. I can see where you got the robot president idea. Surely from the Tea Party Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. They vote mechanically, like robots. Great analogy there.”

hp blogger Mark C. Miller on Aug 23, 2012 at 18:25:52

“You're on to me, Linda. I just hope this doesn't give the Tea Party the idea to start marketing Robot Tea. Wouldn't want to think I've helped contribute to their cause.”
Mind the Gap: Bridging the Chasm Between Rhetoric and Reality

Mind the Gap: Bridging the Chasm Between Rhetoric and Reality

Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 15:19:10 in Politics

“Thank you, James, for this effort to "start a realistic conversation" based on mutual respect. Sounds like IONS' Worldwide Literacy Project. Extreme & untrue words are now common in replies to Facebook, NYTimes, WashingtonPost and other online papers. People use words like hate, idiot, fascist, Hitler, moron, etc., to describe the politicians they blame for their frustrations. Yet it shows they haven't done much homework. Aaron Sorkin's new HBO series, "The Newsroom," is following your advice. It ends its first season of 10 shows this coming Sunday night, Aug. 26. The show's premise is that the executive producer of a network TV evening news program re-boots by ignoring ratings & going back to the old days where news people sought and offered the truth. The characters on this program adopt the mandate to educate the electorate. To simply seek balance is not their game. Intelligent people everywhere will relish this program. Past episodes can be watched if one's cable company offers HBO on Demand.”
Fonda's Summer Hit Opens: Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

Fonda's Summer Hit Opens: Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

Commented Jun 17, 2012 at 12:03:34 in Entertainment

“Thanx for your comment about the farmer vs. Monsanto case. I own Food, Inc., but hadn't watched it. We fixed the Rhinebeck spelling, thanx to you.”
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Sunday Roundup

Commented Jun 17, 2012 at 11:53:19 in Politics

“Ah, Elizabeth Warren. Just the thought of having her as the senator questioning Jamie Dimon and all the other bloated Wall Street bankers thrills me. I would get up at 3:00am just to hear that exchange. So glad you put her in your article, Arianna.”
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