“He probably is no longer insurable. Any arrest he makes will be challenged by lawyers on the basis of prejudice. The local government can just claim he is no longer able to perform his job, without discussing his political views.”
“Who the heck is paying the insurance on this character? Arming everyone with an assault weapon, and making it mandatory that it be carried at all times, is going to make the Sheriff's Department of Maricopa County just a wee bit more expensive to get its insurance coverage. But who cares about money?”
“Breast feeding positively correlates with the mother's educational level, and since the parents' economic level has a causal relationship with their offsprings' educational levels, it is about class. You are just wrong in your observation.
Not all babies like to be covered. Not al mothers can stay home. Last century's social stigma argued that only immigrants and the poor breast fed their own babies in public. A great deal of the animus directed at nursing mothers today is because a certain segment of society is upset about the uppity women making their own choices. If you don't like breast feeding, don't look!”
“Many of my relatives live in a small Pennsylvania town, which is why I read this posting. It appears a little man in a little pond is the best way to describe Chief Kessler. Both the Gilberton Police Department and the North Schuykill School Board are probably aware that any competent lawyer will be able to argue that he is prejudiced in his thinking along political issues. I wonder how much he costs to insure?”
Will737 on Jul 30, 2013 at 06:45:08
“That is a completely brilliant observation. Wow. I didn't even think of it, but you have hit the nail on the head. As a really good (retired) CPA, I'm totally embarassed that this didn't occur to me before anything else. [Will blushiing.]
If they have errors and ommissions (or other liability) insurance on this Mark Kessler guy, they would have to pay and pay and pay through the nose for the insurance, assuming that the insurance company and the insurance agent are both minimally sane. But they don't have money in their budget for that. So they don't. Or they have lied on the insurance forms about him. And if they don't have insurance on him, what will they do when he actually kills someone? [He's escalating.] Note: not disclosing relevant facts to an Insurance Company generally nullifies the coverage. Borough bankruptcy. Personal liability is an ugly thing here. [Face facts; he's escalating; they all know it.] And if it is too bad, direct liability for all the Councilmen and the Mayor.”
sidepockets on Jul 30, 2013 at 00:08:19
“I moved to the town right next store to Gilberton about 2 years ago as the county was recommended to me. I don't know what to call this place, "The Twilight Zone?" I don't belong here as I am from a very large city. Now, I am just scared to death. I was right in my original opinion. These people will not take into consideration how much it would cost to insure him but he is a grave liability. They live under the radar of most laws in the state. I gotta get out of this place! I am not even comfortable posting this. Now, I know why I was told I would not ever fit in. Thank God!”
“What the heck are you talking about? Rep. Cummings is a lawyer with a long history of public service in government for the people of Maryland. Please tell us about your Nobel Prizes and contributions to better humanity.”
“To follow Mr. Koch's logic a step further, basing all comparisons on a global perspective, he is in the top 1,000 people of a planet that holds a population of at least 7,000,000,000. As a member of the 0.00000014 percent club, Mr. Koch's wealth argues against "the mobility of capital" that our current banking system actively supports. However, I agree with him about "the culture of dependency" that inherited wealth creates: He feels entitled to maximize his own personal wealth by plundering the world's resources just because he was lucky enough to be born the son of a man who infringed on US patent law to give Stalin's oil fields a quick engineering leap.”
ce777 on Jul 12, 2013 at 10:59:51
“I heard a news story about a year ago about how the Koch brothers have so much money that they can actually manipulate the oil markets. They buy up countless ocean tankers of oil, and then they keep those ships out at sea. It has the impact of artificially shrinking the oil supply which then drives up prices.
In the US we have always believed that if you can be more efficient, or come up with a brilliant idea, then you should darn well profit from that.
These guys aren't doing things better, they are manipulating markets, using their influence to create laws that benefit them at the expense of others, and using wealth they inherited to crush competition unfairly. All the while claiming this is the American way.”
“The term race has no scientific basis. We are all the same species. No one is actually "white" but a combination of red and beige. Northern migration from African lessened the need for darker skin to protect human DNA from solar radiation and increased the need to absorb more Vitamin D. Geneticists are just now trying to understand how much of a contribution to our appearance and immune systems our Neanderthal ancestors gave us. So next time you want to make a statement using the loaded term 'colored', why don't you say something like: Human females from Northern Europe with Neanderthal ancestry want to integrate more sub-Saharan with increased melanin into their genetic mix.
The purpose of sexual selection is to increase the offsprings chance of survival. You might want to look at your own world view to answer why the white women aren't lining up to bear your young.”
“Very appropriate gesture which is much appreciated. I really think its a shame this young man just can't have a normal life.
On a side note, a young friend of mine who met him said he is absolutely gorgeous, oozes vibrant male sexuality, and has a wicked sense of humor. Someone out there will be a lucky woman when he is ready to settle down.”
“Ted Cruz is the inevitable creation of the GOP/TeaParty the same way Neo was the inevitable creation of the Matrix. Its fair theater, but the story makes no sense. While I never have to watch any of the Matix franchise movies again, Ted Cruz can continue to muck up our Congress until his idiotic base dies.”
“This tragedy is what the US should have been focused on the past week. While media and politicians almost glorify the Boston bomber, the intentional underfunding of OSHA was not brought up by anyone on the Sunday talk shows. Greedy business owners did not inform the local emergency responders what was in the plant, and the Texan hatred of regulations and zoning laws allowed apartments, nursing homes, and schools to be built too close to this plant. Its always about the money.
Of course the Federal Government will spend money to help the suffering of West, Texas. It would be inhumane not to do so. But this was not a natural disaster, but a man-made disaster. Everyone who espouses "self-responsibility" should understand that point.”
Progressive Gal on Apr 23, 2013 at 10:47:07
“I agree with you on 90% of this. Media wasn't glorifying the bombers. I think they were glorifying how the city and law inforcement handled this. The city of Boston was on lockdown and something like this has never happened before. Plus, Boston happened first.”
“The responsibility of membership on a House Intelligence Committee is made abundantly clear to members before they join. The FBi informs the Representatives of the consequences of leaking, and the jail time to be suffered. This woman has endangered National Security and possibly human assets by her questioning. We all get it, that she desperately wants to remain relevant, and she thinks that asking questions about Benghazi and the "red-line" in Iran will do that for her. But to have the military liaison have to tell your that your, "question is appropriate for closed committee" two times shows that she is far more concerned about scoring political points than her over-sight responsibilities.
She is not stupid, she is craven.”
pearl0002 on Apr 16, 2013 at 09:46:02
“She was saying, "I know more than you do, America." In your face, plebes.”
“Its all about money. When service workers are paid minimum wage, forced to work two jobs (each under 30 hours,) and spend two to four hours a day to reach five hour work shifts, see how many times you can smile.”
“Everyone should notice that this change of heart did not come about because of family came out. The former representative acknowledged that her earlier vote for DOMA had been politically expedient, but had haunted her because it went against her values of fairness.”
“I am going a bit off topic. Out of all the comments on this thread, I really enjoy one idea in particular. What if all Americans who work for the federal government, Congressmen, military, and civilian, had the exact same pension and health care benefits? If a 70 year-old retired Congressmen waiting for knee and hip replacements due to golf injuries were in the same pool as as the 36 year-old Navy Seal who had blown out all of the discs in his back, the VA would be a palace.”
OldLadywonder on Feb 12, 2013 at 12:26:28
“Let me tell you that they do have the same pension plans for the most part. Everyone is well aware of what benefits they receive when working for the government. They are lumped into the same payscale due to grade, rank, within grade promotions, healthcare, TSP investment opportunity. As for the Congressman lets not forget that some of them also were in the military who went to Vietnam, or some of todays wars. So you can lump them into the same category, just depends on their titles, grade and ranks. But he got good benefits when he was in, they have some opportunities that they should be entitled to like housing allowances (in some cases); hazard pay; and health care while on duty for him and his family. Listen, I am not saying that he should not get VA benefits, but it is not the same if you don't do your 20+ yrs. My dad was in for 25 yrs. and had 2 purple hearts, 2 silver stars in the battle of the buldge.”
“Western Maryland is lovely Piedmont Highland; it is camp for adults. Privacy, clean air, pine-scented air, and interesting hiking trails naturally pair with archery and skeet shooting. I wouldn't be surprised if the entire Obama Family had shot skeet at some point. Shooting skeet is also a natural way for Chief Executive to bond with the military advisors.
No should accuse President Obama of not being a good politician. The US needs more capable politicians; its not a dirty word.”
user547106 on Jan 27, 2013 at 21:07:41
“Better read the quotes from history on what happens to socialists by fascists. And to fascists by communists. I will fight for my freedom lady. You can cower praying to your leader.”
talari on Jan 27, 2013 at 21:02:21
“Capable of what?”
newg8tr on Jan 27, 2013 at 20:56:26
“sorry but the current guvmint has made politics a dirty word, esp. when the Lieyers are involved.”
“Conservative women can't say that "contraception is not an issue" if they do not defend reproductive freedom whenever the GOP attacks reproductive freedom. Furthermore, women know that some men support women's rights better than some women. Just parading around women is not enough.