“If a deal sounds like its too good to be true-it isn't true. Don't walk away from it; run away from it. You can steal a lot more money with a pen &/or a computer than with a gun & white color criminals often don't do hard time. A number of the 'new' gimicks are too good to be true. While it's not comfortable to sleep on a mattress filled gold, it could be safer than holding paper for a while. We're getting to the point where it's speculating to buy & hold paper that's guarenteed with the full faith & credit of the US government.”
“How about a written transcript? Media mavens who advise politicians will find this discussion among experts useful for the near future (3 yrs). Print holds up better than video & sound recordings.
“Blackspeare, give me the roach of what you were smoking when you wrote your comment. This is 'Murica. Have you ever seen an educational administrator at a meeting when they are trying to justify their existance? Have you ever watched a school board selecting texts to meet the unique needs of their pupils? If you seriously think that a college or university will release any funds they control to a fund controlled by others, send me your roaches for a year. You're an idealist. Idealists are very dangerous. That is why idealists are exterminated. Publishers of books have adapted new technologies & are thriving on their ill gotten gains. Education is a great racket.
“I think that I'll bookmark this blog to read the comments above at a leisurly pace. Re-reads of these comments are merited. Often the shorter comments are paced with nuanced meanings which aren't apparent at the 1st reading. OK, I also have senior moments too. Re-reading blogs & comments is my way of dealing with senior moments. Since I'm retired, I have the time. Please excuse the typos.
“Sundial, you have a point one might say that Judas was more sinned[sp] against than he was a sinner but Saul of Tarsus, aka St Paul, was a louse. His marketing plan to bring Christ to the Gentiles involved broadcasting the seeds of hatred needlessly.
gallstones, Regardless of what you & I think of the Bible or any other scriptures- a number of people practice Biblidolitry[sp], perhaps a majority of Americans, feel that the Bible is nothing save truth, regardless of our view of the Bible. Many Americans will continue to cite the Bible & cherry pick verses as they do with the US Constitution to show that a given pattern of behavior is tolerated by the Bible & the US Constitution. Live with it.
Apr 1, 2008 at 21:05:14
“Only a most devoted fan could stand hearing Harry Caray call a game. When Mr Caray was in St Louis & he did a commercial for a Busch beer-everybody in the bar ordered a Fallstaff[sp?]. St Louis fans know how to hate. Cubs fans, there is no way to explain it. It must be the water. Mr Caray was loved in Chicagoland. It could be the beer too. Maybe Chicago has a good micro-brew pub now but if you sent a tube of Chicago brewed beer to a lab in the 1960's or earlier-the lab report said that your mule had diabetes. But Harry Caray calling a game, if I visited my father-he'd watch a Cards's game with the sound off till Mr Caray left St Louis & was replaced. Only then did he turn the sound on to hear Jack Buck. Only a Cubs fan could stand to listen to a game called by Harry Caray. Chicago hot dogs are as bad as the Cubs too. Drink Canadian Club & Schweppes if you must be in Chicago & stick to Chinese food too; they don't have St Louis steaks in Chicago. Don't order spagetthi with a steak in Chicago or any place except St Louis either.”
“To compare Hillary Rodham Clinton or Barack Hussein Obama to even a fictional boxer is absurd. Neither her Hillaryship nor his Barackship would be allowed to carry the spit bucket for any boxer, amateur or pro. Those who watch matches where the sweet science is displayed can spot an untrained, untalented, novice bum when such a wretched creature gets within 10 feet of a ring. Boxing fans boo the bum till the bum is removed from the arena. BHO & HRC would be booed out of the arena if some other bum let either of them carry a spit bucket. The fans would destroy the arena if some crumb bum let either of them do a more difficult & demanding job. While a monied bum can buy a seat at a boxing match only well schooled & skilled persons are allowed near or in the ring.
The writer of this blog is sadly misinformed about boxing, the sweet science, & boxings traditions.
While both of them are qualified to serve in the US Senate & run to become POTUS-neither of them has any business working in or near a ring. Perhapes John Sidney McCain once had some ring experience but he's been out of the game to be allowed near or in the ring in any capacity. There is a slight chance that any of them could be allowed to step into the ring before a match to be introduced to the crowd-if the got out of the ring quick.”
Titonwan on Apr 1, 2008 at 22:06:46
“I think this mug's frame got tilted one too many times! sheesh”
Zyzzygowski on Apr 1, 2008 at 20:53:14
Sen Clinton made the analogy. The poster is merely extending the analogy to other facts in the fictional movie.”
“Why is Mario Cuomo due any respect when he proposes a really bad idea? The line, "With all due .respect...", doesn't cancel the fact that you think that Mario or Eustace Goobervachi's idea is worse than lousy & he's an idiot for proposing it; in particular, when you state point by point why the idea won't fly & he's an idiot for proposing it; then, you give us a much better idea & carefully explain your idea. We all can see that your idea is much better than Mario's idea & that Mario is an idiot if he thinks that his idea can fly. Mario is an experienced NY politician. Mario Cuomo has been called everything but a human being.
While HP's monitors/editors probably wouldn't use or post your comment if you opened by saying, "Mario, do you have your head up your ass? WTF makes you think that HP or even the DRUDGE REPORT would even think of using your stupid blog if you weren't a famous has been? You could go on by ripping out a stoma for a colostomy for Mario by saying that his idea is errant nonsense, why only a senile idiot would propose it, asking Marion WTH he thinks he is, giving your much better idea, explaining it carefully & showing that Marion is writing like a senile idiot. Using, "With all due respect....", is like spitting in Mario's &wiping the hocker off his face with a silk, snot rag.
“There is one great thing about holy scriptures of every sort & the US Constitution-if you carefully select the passages which you wish to quote & quote them out of context-you can say that X scriptures & the US Constitution authorize, sanction & command you to engage in any form of conduct humans engage in. Read the pre 1865 arguments in favor of slavery published in the USA. Reading the context in which a passage is used often restricts the use of or forbids some forbids some forms of conduct.
Remember that Judas was one of the 12. St Paul replaced Judas. Some say that St Paul is worse than Judas ever was. Paul in bringing Christ to gentiles also brought anti-semitism, homophobia, anti-feminism to Christianity. If some party has a ticket of Jesus & the 12 apostles-don't vote a straight ticket. Neither Judas nor Paul can be trusted. Vote for the oppositions candadate running against Judas or Paul to prevent corruption.
gallstones on Apr 2, 2008 at 02:06:10
“larry278, the US constitution can not be conflated with the bible, as you have done.
The US Constitution is about REAL things, in a REAL world of REAL people. The bible is a collection of stories and myth.”
Sundialsvc4 on Apr 1, 2008 at 22:57:39
“I dunno, Larry... one of the most-interesting books in my personal library is entitled "The Mythmaker," and it would certainly object to the comment "St. Paul replaced Judas." For one thing, Paul was a latecomer ... for another, he grew up many hundreds of miles away.
To stir-the-pot even further, in the Gnostic texts there's a delightful "Gospel of Judas" which paints our favorite traitor as a good-guy, chosen by Jesus to betray him.
So it's really a lot more complicated, a lot less cut-n-dry, than it all first appears. If you're content to latch onto "God said it... etc" and to be referring "of-course" to a particular selection of sixty-six books chosen long ago by a particular resident of Rome ... so be it. But .. if not ... :-)”
“jimpryor99, Have you ever tried reading anything on th Al Jazeera site, of Fox, or Drudge or any site which your paymaster doesn't pay you to monitor? While it might be a novelty & you might be afraid of a different point of view [afraid that your paymater would fire you]- there is something known as comparison shopping, aka know your enemy. During the cold war anti-Communists monitored Commie print & broadcast media. Your paymaster may not know it but conservitave, anti-Communists of the cold war era rarely, if ever, defected to Communism. Why are neo-cons of the post Communist era so afraid of monitoring & knowing their opposition or comparison shopping of the competition? While the competition might have a few gimicks which you don't know of-don't get incontinent. Check out each gimmick, so you can recognize it when others use that gimick. Did you glance at Al Jazeera to see if Mr Baldwin was using an Al Jazeera gimmick?”
“There is a small problem with free text books. A few authors & publishers [about 100%] write & publish texts to earn money. Who will pay them? How do we get new & better text books sans profits for editors & publishers? How would free texts be edited to conform to the prejudices of states & individual school boards without violating copyright laws plus provide a profit for writers & publishers? Please use simple language al USA TODAY to explain your answers.
hp blogger Esther Wojcicki on Apr 2, 2008 at 10:25:47
“I agree that there is a significant problem with free textbooks. Who is going to write and publish them for free? Perhaps that is why Larry Sanger is suggesting that philanthropists chip in to pay for it. The textbooks could only be for math, science, English language skills and perhaps economics. They could not be history or social sciences since these books might have biases and prejudices that would not conform to local viewpoints. Right now there are some open textbooks out there, but they are not excellent and have few users.”
darthmaul on Apr 1, 2008 at 22:41:11
“When I was going to school, I always wondered why I had to pay $75 bucks for a physics book, and then the next semester it would be "revised" so as to force new students to buy the "new" edition. The laws of physics hadn't changed in these few months, nor had the law of trying to wring a few more dollars out of the students. This seems to me to be a racket, and a waste for many subjects.
I'm all for everybody making a living and this includes writers and publishers, but I'm also all for students being able to afford school. In the K-12 grades, I've heard that it's not uncommon for the teachers to take money out of pocket to buy school supplies. Perhaps if there was less money spent on text books, based on this proposed model, there would be more money in the budget for stuff like pencils, paper and other materials.”
Blackspeare on Apr 1, 2008 at 20:40:07
Part of the money now spent by schools, colleges, universities, for text books, which must be in the hundreds if millions, could be put into funding for on-line book authors----it would cost much less than hard copy books! As for publishers----they are an endangered specie and their share of the print market is rapidly shrinking.”
“Whom ever is the Gov of Pa has made an ass of himself & is a laughing stock. Try reading the DRUDGE REPORT's coverage of Pa's Gov & Jr Sen. These reports use more colorful names. Oh, yes, Fred Irdell is a hoot,”
“Who has the better credentials to create a post Friedman[sp?] regulation of financial enterprises-Barack Hussein Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton or Al Gore? Are there any other suggestions?”
bogananda666 on Mar 31, 2008 at 19:16:08
“The influence of the corporations and the fact they receive the loan proceeds of the governments debt, the deficit, and that money creation was privatized in 1913 with the creation of the Federal Reserve, by the Democrats, needs to be considered.. The loan proceeds are doled out to the CORPORATE WELFARE KINGS with the principal and interest being paid for by the individual taxpayers. Sweet deal whenever you get the proceeds from loans which are paid by others. The rights of the corporations is preeminent now because they have more rights than people without the responsibility. Then their's privatization which creates substantially more corruption with public funds. The most notable examples of failed privatization and the fact that it's purpose is for more corruption are the State of Florida under Jeb Bush and the US under Bush2. Substantial privatization resulted in higher government spending and a decrease in services except to those corporations who derive the benefit of receiving public funds. Most corruption in this country is private corruption because their is no accountability and corruption is easier to conceal from scrutiny. The higher government cost for reduced services is how the cost of corruption is determined.”
FreedomCorpse on Mar 31, 2008 at 16:00:59
“Gold and silver would do the job nicely.”
joebhed on Mar 31, 2008 at 15:48:16
“None of the Above.
Henry Gonzalez, former Banking Comittee Chair.
And, I don't mean Jr.
The Joint Congressional Committee on Currency and Monetary Policy
Honorable Bernard Sanders, (I-VT) Chair
We need Congressional Oversight
Free from Lobbying $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$”