Jan 24, 2013 at 19:00:56
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“The fact that Obama and Reagan, and to a lesser extent JFK could be considered as "great" shows how long America has been without a great president. None of them even come close to the last great president, FDR.”
optimist7 on Jan 24, 2013 at 20:04:01
“Really? Why stop there? Why not go back to Teddy Roosevelt who saved the country from the robber barons and was far ahead of his time with conservation? I think more people would think JFK should be held in higher regard than Reagan, and eventually most of the kudos given to Reagan now will fade away as objective historians assess what he really did to the country. He was a great deceiver, not a great president. Time will tell if Obama has achieved being a great president, but he certainly has the intelligence and capability of being one if he can overcome the Republicans' efforts to thwart everything he tries to accomplish.”
Selgin on Jan 24, 2013 at 19:10:20
“I would say that Lyndon Johnson was a great president. However you may feel about his foreign policy, he had a gift for pushing his legislative agenda that few of the nation's leaders in history can boast. Consider that LBJ willingly signed away the Democratic hold on the confederacy to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, while Obama had to be shamed into publicly endorsing equal rights for gays and lesbians.”
“You do realize that the "defense" spending along with the regressive tax policies in modern America are some of the biggest holes in the budget? Bush's wars along with his tax cuts are largely responsible for the entire crisis. This is a Republican manufactured crisis, let's be honest about this. You don't go and run up bills and then try to blame it on your neighbor.”
LibertyDeathWatch on Jan 24, 2013 at 02:52:20
“Bush's wars, along with more wars from Obama, it all adds up and I've been against all of it. What's your point?”
Jan 24, 2013 at 02:45:19
“Oh the drama just drips from your impassioned rant, oh informèd one.”
Befree16195 on Jan 25, 2013 at 09:41:57
Ha, but you read the so called "rant" right? Not a rant, actually a clarification. it was enough to move you to comment.
I must have made you feel "impassioned" enough to respond, correct?
No, need to thank me. I like bringing passion to people with dreary lives. It's my calling like Mother Theresa.
After you took time to read I don't care how you feel about it. You read it.
Thank you for helping me accomplished my goal.
Now have a seat. SMH.”
Jan 24, 2013 at 02:39:53
“What's so interesting about it? If one possesses the ability to read between the lines, it's obvious that this is a dig at her. Go back and re-read the article, especially the part where Franklin is sure to point out that she did not pre-record her 2009 inaugural performance. It's all about analysis. Unlike you I've actually put thought into this, as I do with everything. I may not be right about everything, I in fact am not, but I do believe I am right on this one. Silly loyalties shouldn't get in the way of the truth.”
AlaskanWannaB on Jan 24, 2013 at 19:25:58
“You're kinda stuck on Beyonce, aren't you? I agree. I think she was digging at Beyonce, too. But, I...for one...think Bey was being selfish. She shouldn't have taken the gig. She should have allowed another artist to sing the National Anthem.”
Autora on Jan 24, 2013 at 13:49:39
“I'm not stupid, and I certainly realized that her 'laughing and laughing' and finding it funny was a dig at not having sung live. But although she said that 'next time she'd probably do the same thing' (pre-record), which emphasized that she had not, that also is a fairly even handed thing to say, when taken in conjunction with her comment that it wasn't good live singing weather.
By the way, I wouldn't jump to conclusions about people-- whether Aretha or me. How do you know I didn't put any thought into it? It was foolish of Beyonce to have insulted her by calling Turner the 'Queen of Soul,' which she may have done completely by accident (a little research would have told her the title was taken, so to speak). If this is the extent of Franklin's retaliation, it's very mild and hardly worth all the pother.”
Jan 23, 2013 at 19:41:11
“Franklin just doesn't like Beyoncé, what's surprising about her ripping her yet again?”
Autora on Jan 23, 2013 at 20:17:23
“That's an interesting interpretation of Aretha saying Beyonce did a beautiful job of the pre-record, and that it wasn't good live singing weather.”
Befree16195 on Jan 23, 2013 at 19:53:20
“First the 2008 "tiff" was NOT over calling Tina Queen.eyoncé shaded Aretha and other iconic singers when she did a tribute to Tina Turner. For those who don’t remember… she named a bunched of black legendary female singers (Aretha, Gladys, Sarah Vaughan, Ella, Billie, Anita Baker) and named a single attribute they possessed and then said “"There is ONE legend who has the essence of ALLl of those things: the glamour, the soul, the passion, the strength, the talent”.
Who wouldn't be offended? Franklin was sitting in the audience. Aretha said “I am not sure of whose toes I may have stepped on or whose ego I may have bruised between the Grammy WRITERS and Beyonce".
Mathew and her stans tried to make it sound like Aretha was mad because she called Tina Queen. I didn't buy that because I knew the intro by Beyonce was not right. When folks brought up what she said could be interrupted as saying the other ladies weren’t the full package they blamed it on the writer’s strike. I think they said Beyonce's cousin wrote it.
“Well intentioned? If that person had heart issues he would've killed them on the spot. Actions have consequences, and he is old enough to know that you don't pull a stupid stunt like that. People could've been hurt or worse. As Nora Julian Distefano states above you, he's LUCKY that the school didn't have an armed guard, something that he'd have arguably wanted. He'd be dead! What a stupid guy.”
“Now, I am nowhere near being even middle-aged and I can do all of these things, so you shouldn't make such generalizations. I will say that they need to stop dumbing things down, stop teaching for tests, and stop restricting teachers so much. The school I work at has the same assignments and homework for each class in a grade. They all do the same work, learn exactly the same thing. What the hell use is a teacher then? They just become baby sitters and graders. I'm not a teacher there and I'm glad, because they must be miserable. They really don't seem to have any ability to do something on their own, to be creative. How do we expect our children to have creative minds and become well-rounded individuals if the teachers don't have the opportunity to help them along the way? Maybe that's the point, maybe we want ignorant, unintelligent, uninspired people. They're easier to control and to fool.”
“Speaking of whining, you seem like an expert at it. The truth, as scientifically examined, is that homosexuality is a natural variation of human sexuality, and is found in thousands of species. It is not something abnormal. Relying on a thousands of years old text in modern times to tell you what to do is not only abnormal and ridiculous, but it is lazy and narrow-minded as well. There are few things as horrible as intellectual sloth.”
“Native Americans should have to be represented at the federal level, after all this was their country until they were nearly murdered into extinction. It's horrible that America does not feel the guilt or shame over its genocide that Germany feels for its genocidal acts. Perhaps they are just more mature.”
Ed Baker on Jan 11, 2013 at 10:02:00
“The white men have felt guilt in the past. We actually don't want them to feel guilty again. What came of it was pretty horrific for us. They did so many cruel things to us that were "for our own good." They sterilized us against our will because we were having too many children. They kidnapped our children and put them in boarding schools and beat them for speaking their own language because they were going to save us from our own backward culture. In the 70's they were going to move us "into mainstream America" by taking us from the reservations and putting us in the cities, where our children found heroin and all the white man's evil.
So, please, don't feel guilty, and please continue to ignore us, it would be the best thing for us.”
“Obama doesn't care about gay people, his actions have shown that over and over. He uses gay people in the same way that blacks were used by presidents in the past- to show that they are for progress, but they themselves harbor prejudices against them (SEE LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON)”
“How about just about everyone who is not white. You'd have to be in a cave to be oblivious to the blatant anti-white hatred being spewed all over the nation. Rangel's problem here is not so much that he wants to see more black people in high positions. He just wants to see fewer and fewer white people. Right now "Old White Men" are the most hated demographic in the US. How could you possibly have missed that memo?
“Well if you'd actually know anything about these people, you'd know that they are not the best people for the job, they're actually some of the worst people he could have picked. Also, I find it hard to believe that out of a country of over 300 million that only old white men could be qualified for these jobs.”
“I bet you were one of those people who voted for Obama in 2008, vowing to never vote for her. Well, look at what people like that have gotten us, Obama the capitulator in chief.”
sciencetutor on Jan 11, 2013 at 15:06:38
“You are correct. I will not vote for any more candidates who are center/right. I did make a mistake in 2008 (since Obama is center/right), but I was correct in choosing Obama over Hillary. Only Obama could have gotten healthcare passed. Remember Hillary's fiasco?
Besides, I think Hillary is too old now. We need some younger exciting candidates. Maybe someone who isn't a baby boomer. It is time for a BIG change.”
“Obama never ceases to disappoint me. I told everyone in 2008 that he wasn't this great progressive hope that they were HOPING for, but they loosed their vitriol upon me, thinking me insane. Well, I've been proven to be right, and many of them are quite disappointed with that man in the White House, as they should be. He stands up for none of his principles, because he has none. He is always trying to pander to the conservatives, you'd think by now he'd get the picture that he'll never win them over, history will never look back at him as some great divider. He is a poor, poor strategist, and a political weather-vane. He's embarrassing.”