“I majored in several things as well and I didn't see all of the books or become exposed to all the possible knowledge in any one of them. How's your history of the Swahili, or Pre Colombian Native American codex texts? History has been called biased because it is written by the winners.”
“I once majored in Geology because it was interesting. By that time the jobs were mostly going to engineers. Finance paid better, so I did that instead. Hope your education in history has some value for you. Those who forget tend to make the same mistakes. We as a group continue to make them in the voting booth.”
“If Chicago is squeaky clean why are police needed? If Illinois is squeaky clean why do its governors have their own section in the prison system? I try to avoid big cities because I have been in most states of the united states and given a choice prefer towns under a few hundred thousand.”
AndrewK77 on Oct 18, 2013 at 10:45:35
“If Chicago is squeeky clean why does it need police?
Did you really just ask that? Seriously?
Even Mayberry had Andy Griffith.
At one point in my life I lived outside of a rural town that only had 173 residents. They had two police even though they only had about 3 crimes a year. Those incidents were usually drunk kids vandalizing something.”
“Although some address compassion, for many the times in which we live tend to exercise suspicion and anger more than our compassion. A person shared without question what he wanted to share. He was not looking for reward or attention.No matter how favorable or badly biased the comments here were that person will not likely know what those comments were. What people write here reflects more about who they are and what they believe than anything about that person or those his act favored. The good have good thoughts.”
“Does anyone wonder why government services are being outsourced? I'm looking forward to a privately owned nuclear missile firing submarine. It should pay pretty well in the private sector to navigate the thing for 90 or so days at a time. Bringing back toll bridges soon? During WWII some military transport was actually by TWA planes and pilots flying DC-3's called C-47's by the military. Must be the political shape of things now that many of our laws are written by lobbyists who are former congressmen.”
David Spiegler on Oct 18, 2013 at 09:38:40
“When a company receives gov money it instantly becomes corrupt. Its like public school teachers for example. Because now the company is no longer serving customers.”
“Hard to say. I've only calculated US income taxes since before the late 1950's and never had lower rates than now. The 1950's 1960's and 1970's were prosperous for many and taxes approached 90% marginal rates. Taxes are low now and only about 1% of the population are considered prosperous in the US. If you cast a narrow enough net or wide enough net it's possible to be disagreeble when you really work at it. Feel free if it floats yer boat to try to get another's goat.”
“I'm not surprised a stranger was killed in Chicago or St. Louis either as they seem to be in a Midwest race for the honor. I also wouldn't be surprised that the shooter was a policemen, or that the shooting was ordered by a Chicago newspaper for political reasons.”
AndrewK77 on Oct 18, 2013 at 10:43:26
“You do realize that New Orleans, Atlanta, Cinncinati, Detroit, Oakland, Newark and dozens of other cities all have per capita murder rates higher than Chicago, right?
New Orleans per capita murder rate is almost 10 times that of Chicago. Which is the case almost universally. The highest per capita murder rates are in the urban areas of states with lax gun control laws.”
Augie Gallegos on Oct 18, 2013 at 01:43:41
“??? You read too many conspiracy stories”
chocolateandcheese on Oct 18, 2013 at 00:16:32
“You obviously don't live here, and probably watch too much TV. Chicago is dangerous, but not 1920s mobster corrupt. Have you ever even been to a large city?”
“Politicians should be very careful about what they say about each other or each other's ideas. . During the days of LBJ they could have a rough and tumble dragout with each other and then have drink together and maybe the next day help each other to come to a deal. Today there is not much cross party socializing. Sooner or later one or more will have something major on which they may need all the help they can get. To quote Bill someone or another, "Can't we all just get along?"”
EvasDaddy on Oct 17, 2013 at 22:16:09
“Bill? I believe you quoted the late Rodney King.”
glennr123 on Oct 17, 2013 at 22:13:23
“if having a drink with one of these T-party folks I strongly recommend 'Hey look there's Sarah Palin' and switch drinks when they turn away...better than losing a food tester.”
“They got elected and barring recall or South American style election recall by bullets instead of ballots their Gerry Mandering will likely put them right back after the next election as well. We can outwait them, ridicule them, pray they will come to their senses or do many other things, but the best hope might be to try to co opt them. They won't co opt if they feel hated.”
ehorth on Oct 21, 2013 at 14:18:44
“That's true, but at some point, after Democrats have been willing to work with Republicans, and continually trying to be "bipartisan", there must come a point when a swift, but sharp "b0p" on the nose will bring Republicans up short, and focus their attention to what's really important to the country. Arrest is possibly extreme, but something has to put the "fear of G*d" into them.”
“Sedition is a little heavy. Some were dupes, and some only went along because they wanted to keep having their bread buttered by those who pay for the campaign butter bread.
There are a few crazies, but that seems to be an expected part of a large group of population. Reality should be a balanced government. To regain balance individual members of congress need to recognize they have hit a low point and start their 12 steps of whatever plan to regroup at a higher level of sanity.
People have been there before. The Nazis of Germany came to power and eventually lost it, but a lot of people paid a very high price for their having had power.”
ehorth on Oct 17, 2013 at 19:39:10
“Sorry, in this day and age of education, media, Internet, 24/7 news, etc. these lawmakers have NO excuses for being "dupes" or "going along because they want their campaigns funded". These men and women are responsible for the WHOLE USofA, not just their constituencies - so yes, they need to "start their 12 steps of whatever plan", as you say, and get their collective $h!t together! The crazies may be few, but their collective mass is resembling that of a black hole, and they're $ucking in everything around them without regard as to who gets hurt.”
Bruce L Priddy on Oct 17, 2013 at 19:09:02
“Be careful with your analogies...the Nazis were the ones calling for the people they disagreed with politically to be rounded up.”
“F&F. When a room is full of crazies it seems like their symptoms start to get more alike. I remember well after years in educational, governmental, military organizations, and financial institutions not to mention the institution of the family. Too many years in a congressional setting could cause a major long lasting break requiring years of treatment. But then I could be wrong. I have to stop texting for now I'm coming in for a landing over a busy highway. Oh I forgot I just sold that airplane, I'm somewehere else..”
“Both parties have honorable people in them even though we don't often hear from them. John's opinion is nice, but he is only one of many. The crazies seem to get a lot of press. Abraham Lincoln did a lot of advance shovel work before the Chicago convention that got him the nomination. If John has some secret plans and shoveling to take place I hope he can bring a saner tone into DC politics. An old quote, "Politics has been known to produce strange bedfellows." Maybe John can pull a surprise bedbug out of the mattress.”
“In theory it's reasonable to expect those with the greatest incomes to pay the greatest share of taxes since 400 Americans are better off than all of the assets together of about 1/2 of the remaining population; however, political reality is that their money buys legislation. What should be embarrassing to the country as a whole is that the party of the most wealthy acting for the most wealthy expects Sheriff of Nottingham style handouts from the lowest income groups while working to politically give the lowest income groups a hand down instead of a hand up.”
Wyvern Wycliffe on Oct 17, 2013 at 18:21:41
“Their money will buy them longer lives, but not immortality. They will die, just like all animals.”
“A lot of money goes to buy us bias. Bernie is one of the few good ones. We should not paint all of congress with the same dirty paint. You saw what you wanted to see and took offense where I meant Bernie is a good guy who shouldn't be considered as dirty as some others..”