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13 Things To Know About The 3rd Straight Mac Attack Ad

13 Things To Know About The 3rd Straight Mac Attack Ad

Commented Jul 29, 2008 at 23:47:35 in Politics

“Interesting premise in the first paragraph about McCain attacking some Obama proposals as unconstitutional. I can't recall a presidential candidate ever putting forth a serious claim that an opponents proposal was unconstitutional. I would be interested to hear which proposals you consider unconstitutional and why you consider them such. I can't think of any reason why his proposals would be unconstitutional, but I am not schooled in law.”

creationwaits on Jul 30, 2008 at 00:42:26

“And I suppose I should add that these are the duties of Congress. If you local state wanted to provide you with health insurance, and that was permitted under your state constitution, I think that would be fine.”

creationwaits on Jul 30, 2008 at 00:35:39

“"I can't recall a presidential candidate ever putting forth a serious claim that an opponents proposal was unconstitutional."

Indeed. I think that's because both political parties like to pass programs not permitted by the Constitution, and so they each look away when the other does the same.

I also think part of the problem is that we basically ignore the Constitution except for the Bill of Rights. Article I, Section 8 lists the specific powers Congress has, and then the Bill of Rights basically adds some prohibitions. But we only worry about whether a proposal is prohibitied by the Bill of Rights, and don't consider whether it is even permitted by Article I.

Take Obama's health care proposal, for example. Certainly the Constitution nowhere gives the government the explicit power to provide health insurance. The only clause it could possibly be permitted under is Congress' right "To regulate Commerce ...among the several States," since healthcare is often an interstate affair. But I am quite sure that if the authors of the Constitution knew that the government was going to get involved with your visit to a doctor two blocks down the road on the grounds that that visit was somehow connected to interstate commerce, they would be horrified. That is not what they had in mind.

Article I, Section 8:
13 Things To Know About The 3rd Straight Mac Attack Ad

13 Things To Know About The 3rd Straight Mac Attack Ad

Commented Jul 29, 2008 at 23:38:26 in Politics

“30 seconds of ad air time is about 25 seconds of dead air space after McCain finishes his 5 second spiel about his prior military service.”

indypete on Jul 30, 2008 at 03:57:30

“And it's 30 seconds we'll never get back.”

instagladiator on Jul 29, 2008 at 23:53:11

“Least we not forget his opening line "My Friends!" (2.1 seconds of the 5 seconds used up).”
Ted Stevens Indictment

Ted Stevens Indictment

Commented Jul 29, 2008 at 17:49:26 in Politics

“Bush's hand-picked DOJ indicted Steven? Teddy must not have donated to GW Presidential Library fund with its one volume, My Pet Goat.”

xrepublican on Jul 29, 2008 at 22:12:44

“You can use The Department of Justice to take out political 'enemies', you can feed billion dollar no-bid contracts (that don't need to get completed) to your cronies, you can rig voting machines and throw hundreds of thousands off voting rolls, you can torture innocent people and hold them indefinitely ....... but when you're taking money DIRECTLY and having someone RENOVATE YOUR HOUSE AT NO COST..... you're THEN at a level of blatant corruption that's pretty damn hard to ignore........

the problem is that these crooks have NO sense of ethics - they literaly think they CAN get away with anything”
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Al Qaida's "Mad Scientist" Killed In US Missile Strike: Report

Commented Jul 29, 2008 at 17:20:14 in Home

“Yep. It won't be long until Homeland Security raises its terror level threat to orange...maybe red if McCain is behind in the polls less than a week before the election.”
Chris Matthews Eviscerates Right-Wing Host Kevin James Over Obama

Chris Matthews Eviscerates Right-Wing Host Kevin James Over Obama "Appeasement" Claims

Commented May 15, 2008 at 20:38:40 in Politics

“Is Kevin James the last sign of the Apocalypse? I mean, how dumb of a bigot can you be? And Kevin is representative of the right-wing zealots who have run the country the past 7 years?

Lord, take me now, I am ready.

Harinama on May 15, 2008 at 20:53:46


lord take me now”
Bush: I Gave Up Golf For The Troops

Bush: I Gave Up Golf For The Troops

Commented May 13, 2008 at 23:37:14 in Politics

“Just when you think his heartless indifference can't get any worse...”

Shanti on May 13, 2008 at 23:47:26

“Gee George, don't you think giving up golf in support of the troops is too much of a sacrifice. I think you deserve a medal for your patriotism!”
Fed Rate Cut Could Revive Inflation

Fed Rate Cut Could Revive Inflation

Commented Mar 19, 2008 at 05:33:49 in Business

“Inflation, devalued currency, increased cost for raw supplies (energy, food) is how the U.S. will pay for its debts and living beyond our means. It seems real simple to this simpleton: if you don't pay as you go, you pay with interest later via inflation. Raise taxes to pay for a war? No way, charge the war on credit. Or just print more money. Who overseas wants another devalued dollar? So imported goods cost more. Who overseas wants to buy American products? Sadly, we produce little that the world wants. Some exceptions are education, science and technology, oh, and yes, weapons. It is my guess that a significant portion of in coming foreign currency is used by outside interests to purchase U.S. assets (i.e. our companies, buildings, land) at cut rate prices; I would appreciate hearing from others who are more knowledgeable.

As noted above, inflation is already here. Rising energy costs are obvious to everyone. Been going to grocery store lately? Cost of food has been rapidly rising the past 3 o 4 years. My fear is that rampant inflation will be around a long, long time. It seems that the American standard of living is certain to fall further.”
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Obama's Hollow "Judgment" and Empty Record

Commented Mar 5, 2008 at 23:05:29 in Politics

“"There is no credible reason to conclude that Obama would have acted any differently in voting for the authorization had he been in the Senate at that time."

Applying similar reasoning, I conclude, "There is no credible reason to conclude that Obama would have acted any differently in voting..." against "...the authorization had he been in the Senate at that time."

Nobody knows what Obama would have done, and there is no way to know unequivocally.

Weak article.”

ReasonIsMyReligion on Mar 7, 2008 at 01:39:04

“I would agree with your logic but for Obama himself suggesting he would have voted "against."

As opposed to "present" perhaps?


Wilson's comment is fair, given Obama's.”
Ohio Democratic Debate On MSNBC: Highlights, Video

Ohio Democratic Debate On MSNBC: Highlights, Video

Commented Feb 26, 2008 at 22:43:57 in Politics

“Chrissy and Keith. An improvement, ever slight, over Clinton and Obama. Yawn.......”
Starbucks Closing Stores Today

Starbucks Closing Stores Today

Commented Feb 26, 2008 at 22:33:21 in Business

“SBUX uses an extremely dark roast for its espresso beans. Their burnt...err...dark roast makes terrible espresso shots. I've been told that they do such a dark roast to give their sugary, syrupy phoo-phoo drinks a hint of coffee flavor.

If you would like to have a true espresso, the way it was meant to be consumed, I hope that you get to sample shots in Italy, where coffee/espresso is considered an art. Every vendor in Italy that I sampled served WONDERFUL espresso in ceramic demis, not paper. Heaven on Earth!”
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What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Commented Aug 25, 2007 at 14:19:10 in Home


As a fellow lifelong left of center hippy, I understand your thoughts. Reagan (not Ron Jr.), Pappa Bush, Clinton (M), Baby Bush, Clinton (F) are all cut from the same sleaze-ball mold. Leadership is set by example. Would somebody please explain to me what good can be found in their collective examples?

Throw all of the rascals (Dems, Reps) out!”
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First Do No Harm

Commented Aug 25, 2007 at 13:44:59 in Healthy Living

“Use it on whom? The dog or owner? It can be argued that it is the owner who refuses to leash their dog is deserving of a pepper facial.

Agree with your thoughts on dogs bred, and I add trained, to be aggressive.”
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The King Of All Elite, Effete Snobs

Commented Aug 16, 2007 at 23:58:48 in Politics

“There is a special place in Hell for Karl and the Bushco.”
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Author Halberstam Dies In San Francisco Car Crash

Commented Apr 25, 2007 at 00:17:18 in Home

“First and foremost, my heart felt sympathies to the Halberstam family and close friends.

Halberstam, the author, will be missed. A brilliant man of exceptional insight and poignant words, whether the subject was a critical world issue or sports. He is especially revered as an icon of truth and conviction by those who live the Vietnam War.

He is a model for all who write, regardless of their subject. Some Halberstam should be mandatory reading for all.”
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The Whole Class Started Laughing and Saying, "Go Back to China"

Commented Apr 21, 2007 at 01:42:05 in Home

“As the recipient of universal taunting in high school, I know first hand the long-term pain that comes from being ostracized and publicly humiliated by students and TEACHER alike. No, I never considered picking up a weapon, and my life has turned out wonderful (professor, loving wife, two wonderful grown sons). But I fought issues of learning to trust another soul until my mid-thirties.

Oh, what was my crime? a) Being smart and b) having the same last name of another student (not related) who got caught spanking his monkey in public. hurts beyond words. If you see such behavior, don't stand idly by. Do something to stop it.”
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Hannibal Rising Something Something George Bush

Commented Dec 11, 2006 at 01:55:31 in Entertainment


Poignant words.

The man doesn't feel what you or I feel. Do you remember the clip of Bush, back in the good old days, when he was just El Presidente of the Republic of Texas? I refer to his antics after denying a stay of the execution for Karla Faye Tucker. He was caught on film making strange faces, seemingly mocking her mannerisms, as if it was funny or some sort of game after she was executed. I have never seen anything like it, and I didn't know what to make of it then. It just spooked the sh!t out of me, especially knowing that this guy was could be President of our country. (And the fact that Karla Faye Tucker commitment a heinous murder 20 years prior does not excuse Bush's behavior.) I know now that what I sensed then, long before I rationalized it, was the evil of the man. His disconnect from humanity. His lack of compassion, kindness or forgiveness. A void of the sacredness of every human life.

Sadly, time proved my inner voice correct.

Peace for troubled world.
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The Bush Admin "Lie By Lie" Archive...

Commented Aug 30, 2006 at 23:43:44 in Home

“In the immortal words of Flounder, "This is great!"”
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Less Sex, More Fat: Why You Need to Get Some Sleep

Commented Aug 7, 2006 at 12:01:37 in Home

“Funny article, but a gross over simplification. I get more sleep than ever, but I get less sex (zero) than ever (and weight less than ever too). It's called a menopausal spouse and my subsequent 5-year bout with depression, which evidently trumps any sleep factor. Given my other available options in the bedroom, sleep is best choice.

I guess that should be thankful that I am an anomalous male!”
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NY Times Takes On The Meaning Of A "Slut"...

Commented Jul 15, 2006 at 18:02:54 in Home

“Several comments to readers above.

On the statistics commentary, two important points. 1) If the survey was restricted to 30-44 year olds, it eliminates by design those 44 yrs. There is no reason to assume that the averages should be equal. Not clear all demographic groups represented. And...more to the point, 2) I fear that men tend to boast their numbers and women tend to downplay their numbers, reflecting the mores of society. I have as much faith in truth of such a survey as the Bush Adminstrator.

The more interesting question to reflect upon is why society or "evolution" produced a double standard. My theory is men's desire to control women. Since it is obvious that a woman's capacity (not necessarily interest) for sex far exceeds that of even the most self-appointed stud, how can men/husbands ensure that women/wives don't sleep around and become inpregnated by another man shourt of physical restraint? Well...label any woman to sleeps with multiple partners a slut.

Last comment...who cares if a woman "slept" with one or thousand and one. If she is honest, warm, sincere, kind, libidinous and has a sense of humor, then that's good enough for this man. It's why I married my more experienced wife. So all of you prior men...thanks for outlooking the obvious...the heart and soul of one special woman.”
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Wash. Post: It's Hillary vs. Herself...

Commented Jul 12, 2006 at 23:24:07 in Home

“Obama 2008. Hillary is a certain loser.”
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Our Duty to the People of the Gulf Coast

Commented Jul 12, 2006 at 20:16:28 in Politics

“With FEMA, no progress.
Without FEMA, progress.

With Bushco, no progress.
Without Bushco, progress.”
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Homeland Security Ranks Indiana As State With Most Terror Targets…

Commented Jul 11, 2006 at 23:08:56 in Home

“God, just when you think that it can't possibly get any worse or any more pork barrel, the SOB's set the bar even lower.

Throw the rascals out.”
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Dana Milbank: "It's Time to Cut and Run From 'Cut and Run'"

Commented Jun 22, 2006 at 00:42:08 in Media

“Fight sloganteering with sloganteering. I like...

"Stay and Pay...Forever"”
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Couric's Departure Hasn't Affected "Today Show" Ratings...

Commented Jun 20, 2006 at 21:47:12 in Home

“I am surprised that the ratings for the Today show didn't rise. Compared to Katie, Campbell Brown is smarter (which doesn't take much), more articulate (nor does this) and more attractive (ditto again).”
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