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Largely White Audience Turns Out To Hear Rand Paul Speak At African-American Outreach Event

Largely White Audience Turns Out To Hear Rand Paul Speak At African-American Outreach Event

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 15:30:57 in Politics

“I don't think anyone is surprised.”
Congress Ready To Extend Ban On Plastic Firearms Capable Of Evading Metal Detectors, X-Ray Machines

Congress Ready To Extend Ban On Plastic Firearms Capable Of Evading Metal Detectors, X-Ray Machines

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 13:52:10 in Politics

“25 years to life for possession of a Super Soaker. The Gulag needs more workers.”

steven noyb on Dec 9, 2013 at 14:19:31

“a super soaker that can fire bullets.”

proggirl on Dec 9, 2013 at 13:55:14

“OH, waiter, the extremism in this comment has turned absurd. I'd like a fresh idea.”
Bill Gates-Funded Startup Hampton Creek Foods Aims To Replace Eggs

Bill Gates-Funded Startup Hampton Creek Foods Aims To Replace Eggs

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 09:56:12 in Technology

“Soylent Green is people !”
Bill Gates-Funded Startup Hampton Creek Foods Aims To Replace Eggs

Bill Gates-Funded Startup Hampton Creek Foods Aims To Replace Eggs

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 09:51:48 in Technology

“All natural ingredients ! Small print, except for the color, flavor, texture.”

Carrick on Dec 9, 2013 at 11:00:27

“And extreme processing.”

jlogan2664 on Dec 9, 2013 at 10:13:15

“As seen on a recent episode of Bones, "All natural ingredients...that could mean anything...cat urine is all natural..." LOL”
Third Way Op-Ed Writer Says Elizabeth Warren's Backing Of Social Security Plan Was The 'Final Moment'

Third Way Op-Ed Writer Says Elizabeth Warren's Backing Of Social Security Plan Was The 'Final Moment'

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 00:55:02 in Politics

“We need REAL Democrats,

"Republica­­­ns approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke.

They stand four-squar­­­e for the American home--but not for housing.

They are strong for labor--but they are stronger for restrictin­­­g labor's rights.

They favor minimum wage--the smaller the minimum wage the better.

They endorse educationa­­­l opportunit­­­y for all--but they won't spend money for teachers or for schools.

They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine--for people who can afford them.

They consider electrical power a great blessing--­­­but only when the private power companies get their rake-off.

They think American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people.

And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it."

- Harry S. Truman 1947””

Bethany Quartz on Dec 9, 2013 at 04:25:42

“F&F for that quote. I needed a reminder that none of this is new and most important that there have always been times when the truth leaked out from unexpected place.”
Third Way Op-Ed Writer Says Elizabeth Warren's Backing Of Social Security Plan Was The 'Final Moment'

Third Way Op-Ed Writer Says Elizabeth Warren's Backing Of Social Security Plan Was The 'Final Moment'

damer3 on Dec 9, 2013 at 12:30:10

“Thank you for sending that - I didn't realize that they actually had a choice about this in Chile.  I did read the article a long time ago (when Bush was trying his little games), but had forgotten the numbers.  It was good to refresh my memory, and get some new ammo!”
Third Way Op-Ed Writer Says Elizabeth Warren's Backing Of Social Security Plan Was The 'Final Moment'

Third Way Op-Ed Writer Says Elizabeth Warren's Backing Of Social Security Plan Was The 'Final Moment'

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 00:13:34 in Politics

“Seriously? New York Times Calls Wall Street Front Group "Center-Left"
Like every Pete Peterson front group, Third Way is dedicated to shredding the safety net and self-destructive austerity.
April 2, 2013 |

Third Way, like other Pete Peterson front groups, supports privatizing Social Security. That is Wall Street’s greatest dream, for it would increase their revenues by hundreds of billions of dollars. Eric Laursen documented Wall Street’s effort to in his recent book: “The People’s Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan.” Laursen describes the Third Way’s leader as a Pete Peterson protégé. Peterson is a conservative Republican billionaire made wealthy on Wall Street, who has dedicated a billion dollars of his wealth to his assault on the safety net.

http://www.alternet.org/economy/seriously-new-york-times-calls-wall-street-front-group-center-left?page=0%2C1&paging=off¤t_page=1#bookmark

starmanx on Dec 9, 2013 at 01:03:48

“Obscenely greedy socio_paths like Peterson are rabidjackals!”

damer3 on Dec 9, 2013 at 00:30:47

“I replied to this in a way earlier, but we should NEVER be driven to the right because some of our candidates want to compromise. The GOP will never compromise - they would rather run the USA into the ground. The Dems want to make sure the country functions, but the right just doesn't care. Do the Dems have the courage to match the GOP in its craziness? I think they already have shown in their stance over the debt ceiling and shut-down that they do have it, and the GOP will not try this again for a long time.

Go and look at Chile, the only country that has really privatized SS, to see what happens. It has been an utter disaster.”

ThugsDeserveHugs on Dec 9, 2013 at 00:17:34

“They called it Center-left??! Why I am surprised at NY Times incompetence after so many failures? Good catch.”
Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal

Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 20:08:02 in Politics

“Trade Agreements cost people without a college diploma $1,800 a year. "

Josh Bivens is its director of research and policy. He concludes in the new study, based on Krugman’s classic model, that trade with developing nations such as China reduced wages by 5.5 percent in 2011 for a typical American worker without a college diploma. That adds up to about $1,800 per year for an individual.

One-third of the effect is entirely attributable to trade with China, Bivens writes.

There’s a growing gap in America between college-educated workers and their less-educated counterparts. Since 1979, Bivens concludes, one-third of the increase in that gap has been attributable to trade.

Wash Post, by Jim Tankerlsey on March 22, 2013

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/03/22/trade-could-cost-people-with-no-college-diploma-1800-a-year

Purposeful Contrarian on Dec 8, 2013 at 20:26:28

“Bivens is unaware of the economic concept of comparative advantage? Figures!”
Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal

Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 19:59:25 in Politics

“US Chamber Of Commerce Magazine December 2007, Peruvian President Alan Garcia briefed U.S. Chamber members on December 14 at the Hay-Adams Hotel, hours before joining President Bush to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries at a White House ceremony. The ceremony capped off two years of work by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help gain congressional approval of the agreement.

Garcia urged business leaders to take advantage of the FTA and invest in Peru. "Come and open your factories in my country so we can sell your own products back to the U.S.," Garcia told business leaders. Chamber Senior Vice President of International Affairs Dan Christman called on Congress to approve other pending agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. "Peru is just the first act in a much, much longer running play.
Notice that it says NOTHING about creating job in the United States .!

http://www.uschambermagazine.com/article/peruvian-president-speaks-to-chamber-before-fta-signing
Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal

Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 19:55:52 in Politics

“Adam Smith rightly saw the dangers of this more than 200 years ago:

"The proposal of any new law or regulation which comes from [businessmen], ought always to be listened to with great precaution, and ought never to be adopted till after having been long and carefully examined, not only with the most scrupulous, but with the most suspicious attention. It comes from an order of men, whose interest is never exactly the same with that of the public, who have generally an interest to deceive and even to oppress the public, and who accordingly have, upon many occasions, both deceived and oppressed it."

–Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Cause of the Wealth of Nations, vol. 1, pt. xi, p.10 (at the conclusion of the chapter)(1776)”

ALS 3 on Dec 8, 2013 at 21:00:33

“So, basically Smith is suggesting that we figure out they're not on the up-and-up before we find out they're doing something illegal.”

Testicular on Dec 8, 2013 at 20:04:11

“You might be on to something there; perhaps, that is the reason that this was a secret deal that was being negotiated out of sight and away from the attention of the American Sovereign.

What do you think that Obama will do as a retired president? Take a key position lobbying for the For-Profit Healthcare Industry. Maybe an executive position as a representing a "think-tank" representing all the Pharmaceutical Industries to "bring better healthcare to peoples around the world".”

Sebastian Keyser on Dec 8, 2013 at 19:59:35

http://deoxy.org/korten_betrayal.htm

"Furthermore, Smith did not advocate a market system based on unrestrained greed. He was talking about small farmers and artisans trying to get the best price for their products to provide for themselves and their families. That is self-interest—but it is not greed. Greed is a high paid corporate executive firing 10,000 employees and then rewarding himself with a multimillion dollar bonus for having saved the company so much money. Greed is what the economic system being constructed by the corporate libertarians encourages and rewards.

The theory of market economics, as contrasted to free market ideology, specifies a number of basic conditions needed for a market to set prices efficiently in the public interest. The greater the violation of these conditions, the less efficient the market system. Most basic is the condition that markets must be competitive. I recall the professor in my elementary economics course using the example of a market comprised of small wheat farmers selling to small grain millers to illustrate the idea of perfect market competition. Today, four companies—Conagra, ADM Milling, Cargill, and Pillsbury—mill nearly 60 percent of all flour produced in the United States, and two of them—Conagra and Cargill—control 50 percent of grain exports. "”
Obama: 'If Congress Refuses To Act' On Unemployment Benefits, 'It Will Actually Harm Our Economy'

Obama: 'If Congress Refuses To Act' On Unemployment Benefits, 'It Will Actually Harm Our Economy'

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 11:27:26 in Politics

“The purpose of tax cuts and tax credits for business has always been to de-fund the Government. In its heart of hearts the tax reduction policy is about cutting revenues at every opportunity in an attempt to reduce the size of government.

Republican­­s are not against the deficit because they think deficits are bad. They *like* the deficit because it is a useful tool with which to defeat policy they do not agree with. This is exactly what is going on here. This isn't hypocrisy, then. It is cynical manipulati­­on that regards voters as fools to be manipulate­­d with propaganda­­.”

mlondeaux on Dec 8, 2013 at 17:16:35

“Which is exactly what I said about Obama (manipulating voters with propaganda.)

Indeed, they are coming at us from both sides but, as a Republican AND an accountant, I tend to have more faith in smaller government and less taxes than what is being proposed by the other side. .”
Obama: 'If Congress Refuses To Act' On Unemployment Benefits, 'It Will Actually Harm Our Economy'

Obama: 'If Congress Refuses To Act' On Unemployment Benefits, 'It Will Actually Harm Our Economy'

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 10:05:19 in Politics

“Adam Smith quote:

"The proposal of any new law or regulation which comes from [businessmen], ought always to be listened to with great precaution, and ought never to be adopted till after having been long and carefully examined, not only with the most scrupulous, but with the most suspicious attention. It comes from an order of men, whose interest is never exactly the same with that of the public, who have generally an interest to deceive and even to oppress the public, and who accordingly have, upon many occasions, both deceived and oppressed it."

–Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Cause of the Wealth of Nations, vol. 1, pt. xi, p.10 (at the conclusion of the chapter)(1776)”
Obama: 'If Congress Refuses To Act' On Unemployment Benefits, 'It Will Actually Harm Our Economy'

Obama: 'If Congress Refuses To Act' On Unemployment Benefits, 'It Will Actually Harm Our Economy'

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 09:32:32 in Politics

“The bigger challenge might be how do we get Democrats to pursue economic policies that is beneficial to the wage earner ? Whereas Republicans are clearly just out for corporations and the wealthy, Democrats offer more lip service to the wage earner than actual support for jobs and education. The advance of Neoliberal Corporatism, financialization, and global production and trade/labor arbitrage was a bipartisan solution for support of the plutocracy. Most people I encounter have figured that out. Political preferences seems to depend upon whether you prefer your class warfare with a mix of safety nets or just a straight drop to the bottom.”

mlondeaux on Dec 8, 2013 at 10:26:30

“jeffrey - I love your "micro-bio", but you are wrong about Republicans. In fact, most of Bush's tax cuts were for the middle class. Among other things, he gave us the Child Tax Credit, and was a huge proponent for Hispanic and African-American communities. You don't hear much about it because, unlike Obama, he didn't give speech after speech about what he was GOING to do, he just did it.

Unfortunately, the Obama administration is really good at propaganda, and when things are repeated over and over again people begin to believe it as true. The rumor about Romney outsourcing jobs was a total fabrication by Obama, as well as many other lies told about him.

www.factcheck.org/2012/06/obamas-outsourcer-overreach/

Liberal blogger, Jeffrey Feldman, inadvertently admitted this was their M.O. in a column he wrote for (left wing website) The Daily Kos during the 2012 election:

"Remember the power of repetition. If you remember one thing from the last four years of blogging about election debate rhetoric and what it takes to win, remember this: WHAT WE REPEAT IS WHAT THE PUBLIC REMEMBERS."”

Ida Tunbridge on Dec 8, 2013 at 10:02:20

“Democrat can't do anything until we take back the HOUSE!! WOW are you blind or what.....”

billdancer33 on Dec 8, 2013 at 09:58:55

“corporations make jobs. The larger the corporation the more jobs available. Keep tarring down corporations and you will tare down American jobs.”
Candice Swanepoel: Models Need To Be Smart (VIDEO)

Candice Swanepoel: Models Need To Be Smart (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 11:32:15 in Style

“Cups runneth over in intelligence.”
FBI's Search For 'Mo,' Suspect In Bomb Threats, Highlights Use Of Malware For Surveillance

FBI's Search For 'Mo,' Suspect In Bomb Threats, Highlights Use Of Malware For Surveillance

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 23:46:55 in Politics

“The FBI wants to track all 314 million suspects. The total Population of the US.”

LSUPhidelt on Dec 7, 2013 at 01:52:23

“Amen. That's exactly what I was thinking. We have become "the enemy."”

langej on Dec 7, 2013 at 01:11:15

“Who in the FBI told you that?”
Newtown Pleads For Privacy As Sandy Hook Anniversary Looms

Newtown Pleads For Privacy As Sandy Hook Anniversary Looms

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 08:03:19 in Politics

“Didn't they just have a fund-raiser and no one showed up anyway.”
Amazon's Drones Haven't Spooked Delivery Workers -- At Least Not Yet

Amazon's Drones Haven't Spooked Delivery Workers -- At Least Not Yet

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 07:58:39 in Business

“They are going to have give the drones a salary to buy products Online or they won't have a job either. LOL”
8th Grader Expelled After Threatening To Kill Classmates And Make Them Into Chili

8th Grader Expelled After Threatening To Kill Classmates And Make Them Into Chili

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 07:50:44 in Crime

“If all he did was quote South Park, a talk with his parents and detention would have been enough. But bringing a knife to school = expulsion. 8th grade is old enough to know better.”
Jamie Peterson Cleared Of 1996 Rape By New DNA Testing

Jamie Peterson Cleared Of 1996 Rape By New DNA Testing

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 07:37:07 in Crime

“The US justice Department has a report that says about 25% of DNA evidence doesn't fit the suspect.
A 1996 Justice Department report," Convicted by Juries, Exonerated by Science: Case Studies in the Use of DNA Evidence to Establish Innocence After Trial."

http://www.nij.gov/pubs-sum/161258.htm

Jake481 on Dec 6, 2013 at 09:36:12

“That's the reason Texas destroys all evidence after every execution. Who knows how many innocent men have been executed.”
Teachers Union Launching Massive Campaign Against Education Reform Movement

Teachers Union Launching Massive Campaign Against Education Reform Movement

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 00:23:37 in Politics

“Why The Conservatives are Anti-Education :

U.S. children who have low cognitive skills in the U.S. are not improved by lower level education. The less they are capable of deductive reasoning and other beneficial thinking skills, the more likely they are to end up as right-wing political voters (Bright Minds, Psychological Science Journal, February 2012, vol. 23 no. 2, 187-195, free PDF download available).

http://blogdredd.blogspot.com/2012/02/why-right-wing-is-anti-education.html

Bright Minds and Dark Attitudes
Lower Cognitive Ability Predicts Greater Prejudice Through Right-Wing Ideology and Low Intergroup Contact.

http://pss.sagepub.com/content/23/2/187

heian120 on Dec 6, 2013 at 16:19:46

“what a crock..., and this is the reason we have bad schools .....Duh”

Dignity24601 on Dec 6, 2013 at 04:35:10

“The worst schools serve the minorities who in turn tend to vote Democrats. So poor education does not lead to voting Republican, quite the opposite.

The irony is that reform is supposed to primarily benefit the poor minorities and is pushed by the Republicans for whom they would never vote.”

KevinOConnor on Dec 6, 2013 at 00:51:12

“Some of the Liberals are too. Chicago is a prime example of the dismantling of the public education system. The Democrats in City Hall have already handed out 1,000 pink slips to important faculty and closed about 50 public schools. This is part of two larger issues: charter schools and mishandling of education funding.

I think it's obvious that foul play and machine chicanery is in motion when a new $50 million dollar sports stadium is being announced by DePaul and will be built (nowhere near the private university) with public money! Yet Chicago Public Schools are broke??? This political machine has been forged by some key players including but not limited to Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and the Pritzker family. It's purpose is to break the teachers union and provide moneyed interests special treatment. Hell, we don't even get an elected school board in Chicago. It's hand-picked by the Mayor.”
Gillian Anderson Poses Topless For A Good Cause

Gillian Anderson Poses Topless For A Good Cause

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 23:59:46 in Celebrity

“21 would have been better.”
U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 11:16:09 in Politics

“Evolution Myth:

Professor Alan Johnsons from the University of Mobile, Alabama says: “Blasphemers and evolutionists deny the fact that humans and dinosaurs coexisted. This is not the true Christian path that God and Jesus wrote about

George W Bush has even been named patron of the creationist movement and was last year honoured at Kentucky Fry University with a Masters in Young Earth Studies.

The University at Kentucky Fry has also discovered dinosaur footprints dated 2000 years ago alongside the footprints of man. This incredible discovery alone is enough to cement the theory.

It is hardcore discoveries like this and a dinosaur claw mark on the Turin Shroud which have proved evolutionists are wrong in every way.

(a little sarcasm)”

Sandman911 on Dec 3, 2013 at 11:43:41

“Educators job is to teach ALL the available theories to kids, then teach them HOW to learn all their lives. Instead, public schools in California must bring in a translator to repeat each lesson in spanish, so 70% of the classroom that speaks little or no english can try to keep up.”
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