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Romney & Me

Commented Dec 14, 2007 at 03:08:49 in Politics

“You can say whatever you want, and cite so many obvious Mormon accomplishments, but let's get down to faith; how can people believe bizarre things? And why?
I suspect it's psychological- people feel a need for a change in their lives, and the mem in white shirts (Mormon missionaries) come for them.”

olivia on Dec 14, 2007 at 08:48:39

“How can people believe such bizarre things? They're needy. They fear death. Think of what Mormonism offers: You get your body back, only a perfected version of it. You get to live in the Celestial Kingdom and have non-Mormons wait on you hand and foot for all eternity. If you were a really good Mormon, you get your own planet, where you get to be the polygamous god or one of his spirit wives and rule over and populate said planet (though I never thought the wives had it so good with the "eternally pregnant" thing).

The other religions that promise an afterlife are kinda vague on the details. The prospect of an eternal eat, drink and be merry, complete with servants, is seductive for many.”
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Romney & Me

Commented Dec 14, 2007 at 02:59:13 in Politics

“And Romney is just the tip of the iceberg! The neocons have locked up the Repub candidates but for Ron Paul. McCain was the neocon choice until he hung himself on global corporatist free immigration, then came Freddie, who fell asleep.
Now the neocons back Giuliani, who has said to them that he will be the first "Jewish president".
The prospect of Baptist Huckleberry Hound is confounding the neocons. But after years of courting the ignorant fundamentalists, the Repbs are getting exzactly what they asked for.”

iswearington on Dec 14, 2007 at 03:31:52

“if kucinich or obama don't find a way to win...we will be in for more of the same crap that has been tearing this country down for the last 8 years.but given the fact that the american electorate is the most retarded and simple-minded in the entire world...i guess we are screwed again.”

tyruler on Dec 14, 2007 at 03:30:14

“>>then came Freddie, who fell asleep.

LoL, the best jib of the night...along with Julie Annie.”
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David Brooks and Lou Dobbs Are Both Losing

Commented Dec 1, 2007 at 01:18:15 in Politics

“Brooks has been all over the ideological spectrum, like Horowitz, so I don't pay much attention to him.
But I can't let your cheap shot at Dobbs go unanswered. The people whom the corporate elitists fear most are wealthy people who nonetheless openly criticize "The System". People like John Edwards, Lou Dobbs, Arianna Huffington, Angelina Jolie, and others. These are people who could take their money, shut up, and hit the best resort beaches for the rest of their lives, but they choose to speak out. Being wealthy does not in itself make a person either virtuous or a greedy pig.”
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David Brooks and Lou Dobbs Are Both Losing

Commented Dec 1, 2007 at 01:09:21 in Politics

“It's easy to pick on one Dobbs rant and nullify the whole picture. Being in an airport, maybe you were in a bad mood. Maybe Dobbs was in a bad mood. But Dobbs' work, taken in whole, indicates that Dobbs does not believe the illegal immigrants themselves to be the driving force behind the damages that illegal immigration causes to the American working and middle classes.”

DemandTruth on Dec 1, 2007 at 08:50:08

“You could have fooled me. Frankly, every time I try to stomach Dobbs, I find him ranting on about the illegal ALIENS and how they're destroying our country and stealing our jobs (really, when was the last time you STOLE anyone's job? Aren't we really GIVEN jobs by our employers who CHOOSE who they will and will not hire?)

Seldom if never do I hear him ranting on about the ILLEGAL hiring practices of corporations who keep the illegal ALIEN flow into our country running like a well-oiled profitable machine. Maybe I'm just tuning in on the wrong days, huh?”
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David Brooks and Lou Dobbs Are Both Losing

Commented Dec 1, 2007 at 01:04:41 in Politics

“Yes, Dobbs has indeed presented immigration issues in their complexity. Attempts to discredit him are done by people who fear him. Unfortunately, both corporatists and pretend anti-corporate progressives have teamed up to try to make all immigration a one-trick pony: all borders bad, any immigration good. These are the true simpletons, one motivated by greed, the other by a grand sense of saviourism.”
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David Brooks and Lou Dobbs Are Both Losing

Commented Dec 1, 2007 at 00:50:57 in Politics

“Marx said that in late capitalism, as similar technology would be available to all corporations, the only way for one corporation to trump another would be through lower labor costs.
So, you progressives who have fallen in love with "free borders", are actually perpetuating the most exploitative elements of capitalism. Congratulations!”
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David Brooks and Lou Dobbs Are Both Losing

Commented Dec 1, 2007 at 00:41:44 in Politics

“Dobbs is no racist. He is married to a Hispanic woman and shares his home with his Hispanic mother-in-law!
Pro-illegal immigration "progressives" never address the environmental issues- increased population means greater need for enegy, water, schools, health care, and infrastructure.
The US citizen is not responsible for every poor person in the world. Their own governments are doing nothing to address overpopulation and socioeconomic problems.
Progressives are afraid to challenge the sexual/procreative policies of Islam , Catholicism, and conservative Christianity. Until they do, the poor of the world have no chance.
Whether Dobbs created economic populism is irrelevant- he is its greatest spokesperson, right now.
I have said for months the only issue that can defeat the Dems in 2008 is a strong pro-illegal immigrant policy, and I still believe that.”
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In Offense of Hip-Hop

Commented Nov 22, 2007 at 03:18:28 in Media

“I remember this. I was living in a TN town near an Army base, and a club played Sugarland Hill every night, and people formed a chain and danced, and it was the hottest thing in town! Too hot!
Then came the security people, the pat-downs, the metal detectors, etc., and it wasn't fun anymore.
That's our Puritan heritage- the fear that someone, someowhere might be having a good time. And OUR GREAT PRESIDENT W will spend billions of OUR tax dollars to make sure no one has a good time!
Would you want Dick Cheney at YOUR PARTY? What about Scooter-Buddy? BORING!
Did I digress, yes. But to make a point. The hip-hop core was very appealing to whites in the late 80's. But when it evolved into an apology for murder and rape, it lost some people.
What I'm saying is, can hip-hop go beyond describing bad situations, and suggest some solutions? nd I'm saying,”

dhairston on Nov 22, 2007 at 07:51:25

“Lodger,

There are quite a few out there. Part of the issue is that the powers that be (the record companies) really determine what gets out there and what gets played on the radio. This determines who gets heard. Years ago I was writing for an online magazine and interviewed this group Little Brother when they first started. They were a group who met in college and so forth. There music was/is great and contained none of the guns, drugs, etc... but they couldn't get a record deal.

Fast forward 2 or 3 years later, they still have problems getting radio play and was just dropped by Atlantic. So it seems if you are not rapping about guns, sex, etc... you get little exposure.

Pretty sad but true.”
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In Offense of Hip-Hop

Commented Nov 22, 2007 at 03:03:15 in Media

“Alright man, thanks for at least hearing me. I don't know anything about the Clash members' backgrounds. But I do know, just because someone comes from a priveleged background, doesn't mean he can't fight for justice. When a rich man fights for justice for all, it scares the hell out of the status quo rich. That's why the mainstream media hates John Edwards, and talks about his haircut more than his ideas.
We can compare favorite bands all night , man! You gave me some, I'll give you some, YOUTUBE it if you like!
X, IGGY POP, DIVINYLS, BOWIE, PSYCHEDELIC FURS, LORDS OF ACID, MISSING PERSONS, etc.
Riddle me this , man, why are there NO great female rappers?
Also, why don't rappers learn to sing or play instruments, like entertainers have done for thousands of years?
Who decided that shouting and grabbing one's own penis in public is a major cultural art form? I didn't.”

rmc53x on Nov 30, 2007 at 14:51:38

“Lodger
you must have seen my record collection, my background is Punk. but i do my best to keep listening to new music, esp. since i teach at a predominately black high school. there are plenty of hiphop divas, i'll get a full list from my students; but my first love was the Cookie Crew (old school) and more recently Queen Latifah, Lil' Kim, Eve, Missy Elliot-- granted the ladies usually are put in the R&B catagory but they got sumptin' to say.
About instruments: it was an economic thing originally. turntables are cheaper than guitars mikes & amps.
about "penis grabbing": ...it's a black thang.”
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In Offense of Hip-Hop

Commented Nov 22, 2007 at 02:46:44 in Media

“Wanna elaborate on that? You can't. Because hip-hop is all about the beat, a stolen beat, and it's all about style, look-at-me, and dumb, simple children's rhymes.
Sorry, man , but hip-hop has been simple music for simple people, kinda like dumb country; it's possible it could rise above, but it hasn't, not yet.”

jhill3rd on Nov 29, 2007 at 11:06:52

“Where do I begin? Do you know anything about hip-hop outside of songs you hear on local pop stations? Probably not. Hip-hop actually has many different aspects and faces. There are many artist(not just rappers) that have social and political aspects to their works. From Public Enemy to Dave Chappelle. In fact, Chapelle's Show is one of the most brilliant examples of social commentary in enterainment in recent memory.

The music you speak of is only one small, yet over publicized, part of the movement as a whole. If you want to be narrow minded and focus on that one aspect alone, be my guest. Just don't profess that you know all about it because you don't. Again, your comments are sad, misinformed and untrue.”
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In Offense of Hip-Hop

Commented Nov 21, 2007 at 10:45:31 in Media

“Well, this essayist just declared hip-hop to be the greatest American cultural movement ever. What he's saying is, hip-hop is somehow superior to and more influential than Poe, Hemingway, Mailer, Arthur Miller, every Hollyweed movie combined, every TV show combined, NFL football, college football, pro rasslin', Neckcar, the 20's, the 60's, Elvis, the automobile, the Cold War, the internet, etc.
This is typical hip-hop wannabe-ism. Similar to W wannabe-ism. I wannabe the greatest; I think it, therefore I am! And if I say it/scream it often enough, and grab my privates while I say it, maybe I can get some other folx to believe it!”
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In Offense of Hip-Hop

Commented Nov 21, 2007 at 10:33:47 in Media

“I can hardly take the notion that hip-hop is the greatest cultural movement in American history seriously.
To put it bluntly; just because it rhymes, doesn't make it poetry!
Hip-hop stars have had ZERO influence on positive social change. Rather, they have adopted the bling-bling greed standards of the corporate billionaires who have got us into the mess we're in!
What does a typical hip-hop star do? Start his own music distribution company, his own clothing line, etc. All about ME ME ME amd my bling-bling and my ho's!
The Clash did more commentary on society and politics than all the hip-hoppers put together, brother!”

rmc53x on Nov 21, 2007 at 13:58:24

“lodger
why are you upset about Rappers taking control of their own music? is it about "me me me" like you say or maybe they were influenced by Punk's DIY ethic. and if you don't hear politics in Hip-Hop then check out Public Enemy, Paris and the Coup.
BTW Joe Strummer hardly had street cred, he came from privilege.
peace out”

buske on Nov 21, 2007 at 12:05:04

“I would say that hip-hop and rap have done its _intended_ work to dumb down and mess up society. Mission accomplished! However, rock, pop, whatever, have also had a profound negative impact on our culture for 40+ years now. Look, America's culture is a joke -- except it's not funny. A dumb population is exactly what the ruling elite want so that there won't be any powerful and potent opposition.

Not even do we have a president who's a certified idiot but look at all the corrupt ex-hippies in Congress that are so severely damaged they can't even react on simple reality.

Had people known Classical music, Bush wouldn't have been even near the White House today.”

jhill3rd on Nov 21, 2007 at 11:34:34

“Your comments are sad, misinformed and untrue.”
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The Worst Economy of Our Lifetime, pt. III

Commented Nov 9, 2007 at 02:49:35 in Politics

“Rangel is missing the main point. Even targeting "kingpins" gives the private/public US military an excuse to spend billions to control Latin American politics. No wonder they hate us, we have a 100-yr. policy of backing "banana republic" dictators.”
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NY and VA to Lou Dobbs: STFU

Commented Nov 8, 2007 at 01:22:54 in Politics

“Illegal immigration is the ONE ISSUE that could defeat the DEMS in 11/08, but some of the DEM leadership seems to be determined to pick up the fumble and carry it to the wrong end zone!
Spitzer looked like a shining star with his work against corruption. But now he looks like a fool who serves Vicente Fox!
And Billary better dust off their old high school geometry textbooks; their triangulation is totally fuc%$# on illegal immigration.”
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NY and VA to Lou Dobbs: STFU

Commented Nov 8, 2007 at 01:18:13 in Politics

“Hooray!
I am tired of so-called progressives who try to make me feel guilty for advocating what's best for the USA! I'm standing against the corporate expoiters; pro-illegal phony progressives are doing the dirty work for the billionaires. Who's the real progressive?”
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NY and VA to Lou Dobbs: STFU

Commented Nov 8, 2007 at 01:14:44 in Politics

“Follow up: Why do you think that W and the American status quo is pumping billions into the Latin American militaries. W doesn't give a hoot about drug abuse. He uses Drug War and Terrorism War as an excuse to pump up reactionary militaries to snuff out by waterboarding and automatic weapons any Latin citizen who advocates socioeconomic change.
That's why the Bushie-suckers are so terrified of Chavez- they can't control him!”
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NY and VA to Lou Dobbs: STFU

Commented Nov 8, 2007 at 01:10:12 in Politics

“The economic forces that are a problem will not be checked by uninhibited illegal immigration. The greed of unregulated capitalism always needs more human meat fed into the grinder. Illegals are cheap meat. Cheaper than legal workers. That's why American capitalists love them. Don't you get it?
The best thing that can happen to Mexican workers is if they stay home and revolt! Progressives who advocate unchecked illegal immigration into America are merely putting off the day of reckoning for the Mexican billionaires.”

lodger on Nov 8, 2007 at 01:14:44

“Follow up: Why do you think that W and the American status quo is pumping billions into the Latin American militaries. W doesn't give a hoot about drug abuse. He uses Drug War and Terrorism War as an excuse to pump up reactionary militaries to snuff out by waterboarding and automatic weapons any Latin citizen who advocates socioeconomic change.
That's why the Bushie-suckers are so terrified of Chavez- they can't control him!”
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NY and VA to Lou Dobbs: STFU

Commented Nov 8, 2007 at 01:02:43 in Politics

“Great post. And here we go again. Every time an essay advocating free immigration is posted on HuffPost, many progressives protest, for these reasons:
1. It's not 1915; we have 300 million people now.
2. Illegal immigrants put strains on scarce energy, infrastructure ,school, and medical resources. Did I mention we are running out of water in many areas?
3. The elites of Mexico and some other nations are using the US as a dumping ground for their unwanted people. These nations will not stand up to the Pope, and will not advocate birth control. Illegal immigrants have high birth rates.
4. Illegals drive down wages, for obvious reasons. So pro-illegal progressives are in the ironic position of goosestepping with the most greedy capitalists! Hooray for you; you know who you are. Think about it.
5. Progressives who wany some control over illegals are not haters. I spent years teaching in public schools in Houston with high illegal populations. And I saw that an endless stream of illegals benefits no one, in the long run.
6. Lou Dobbs is married to a Mexican woman, and his mom-in-law lives in his home. He's not a hater. I'm beyond progressive, I'm a radical, but I like 80% of Dobbs' thinking. He's a true populist.”

Andreas on Nov 8, 2007 at 10:36:26

“"I'm a radical, but I like 80% of Dobbs' thinking."

I saw him on Bill Maher some while ago, and, except for the "Mexicans import cholera" stance, he sounds like a class warfare populist.

He, and all other populists/progressives, should distance themselves clearly from all racist notions.

They should make it clear that they oppose illegal immigration because it threatens the American society with extremely low wages/unemployment for the American working class (high-school education or less)

I think a strongly enforced minimum wage around $9,50/h would solve at least the problem of downward pressure on American wages caused by illegal immigration. If you have to pay $9,50 anyway, immigrants lose their comparative advantage as cheap labor, while residents gain for their language skills.”
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Getting Real About Iran

Commented Oct 24, 2007 at 03:10:39 in Politics

“If you're gonna make light of Ahmadinejad's call of the 12th Mahdi, will you also make light of the American wingnuts' belief that Flydown Jesus is ready to swoop down and solve all our environmental problems with one hand, and convert the Jews with the other?”
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Getting Real About Iran

Commented Oct 24, 2007 at 03:05:48 in Politics

“Great points, man. I have(had) a Jewish friend from high school, 25 years ago, and now he won't talk to me because I brought up the obvious points you did.
Well, some people just can't handle the truth. Israel has enough nukes, bombers, subs, whatever to defend themselves. There is not one word in the US Constitution that says America is obligated to be the blood and wealth of Zionism.
This matter is going to be an issue, no matter how hard the neocon hit-squads try to repress it.”

dotmafia on Oct 24, 2007 at 03:47:39

“You can be Jewish and still not support Zionism or its racist apartheid policies.

I was born and raised as a Jew, although I no longer consider myself one. I am now purely a devout atheist.

Sometimes, the hardest thing one can do is look in the mirror and recognize one's own faults and weaknesses. It's not an easy thing for most people, but truth and moral principle should always be the ultimate ambition.
_”
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Huff TV: Arianna on Countdown Discussing Rush Limbaugh And The GOP

Commented Oct 20, 2007 at 03:34:46 in Politics

“Arianna's right about the psychological problems of wingnuts. She might have also included authoritarianism, the worship and identification with people who seem to have power, whether people talking on radio, or wearing shiny medals on uniforms.
Older people are especially susceptible to this, because they grew up in the "Us vs. Them" Cold War, and they had no media alternatives such as the internet. This explains Bill-O's large but very old audience- they are used to a cocky guy who "knows it all", telling them what to think, like Bill-O and Rush. Or the man who preceded Rush on radio, Paul Harvey.
I swear, I have driven thru Arkansas and east rural TX many times in recent years, and in isolated areas, you can only get one or two AM channels, a hellfire preacher and/or Rush!
Older and poorer people without internet or satellite radio have no other choice than Fat-Thing Rush. And even if they have cable TV, years, sometimes decades of listening to Paul Harvey have conditioned them to the simple-talk of rush and Bill-O.”

godlessclif on Oct 20, 2007 at 08:07:31

“The Republican party has become psychotic. It is because everything they believe in has been proven wrong.

War does not make your enemies into servants. Deregulation does not bring prosperity.
Praying will not solve the crime problem. Lower taxes do not bring in more revenue.

This kind of disconnect with reality often causes a psychotic break. It is seldom seen on this scale.”
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American Parochialism: Armenia, the Dalai Lama and the Jewish Question

Commented Oct 20, 2007 at 03:21:39 in Politics

“Our reliable allies in the Middle East -for which Americans?
Most Americans benefit not at all from alliance with Israel and Saudi Arabia. Our president W. Bush-Gas has presided over oil going from 35 to 90 dollars a barrel, and he has done exactly zero (of substance) to promote research into non-fossil fuel energy.
The Israeli and Saudi ruling classes both realize that oil alone binds them together with the American corporate fascists and neocons.
But the oil won't last forever- what then?”
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American Parochialism: Armenia, the Dalai Lama and the Jewish Question

Commented Oct 20, 2007 at 02:56:45 in Politics

“I appreciate what you're saying, and how you differentiate between Judaism and Israel.
One of my best friends (a Jew) stopped talking to me because we disagreed about the Iraq War. Well, I support Israel, but not to the point of putting America in financial/military/ international relations danger.
Israel is in the middle of a hornet's nest- I tried to tell my Jewish friend- the Muslim world will eat itself in 15 years-be patient- but no, he follows the neocons, he wants foolish ACTION NOW!
The situation is so complex. I wish reasonable Jews would speak out more against neocon extremists.”
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American Parochialism: Armenia, the Dalai Lama and the Jewish Question

Commented Oct 20, 2007 at 02:43:17 in Politics

“Zionists voluntarily interjected themselves into the Middle East in a violent way after WW2.
And it was not all about the Holocaust. Zionism had been a matter of great controversy among Jews for decades before WW2. To this day, many Orthodox Jews, and others, believe Judaism is greater than attachment to certain geographical areas.
This is the problem: most Americans will not allow American lives and money to be spent indefinitely for the sake of right-wing Israelis and American oil baron families and corporations. Change is coming. Iraq is a turning point- the neocons forced the issue, and they have been disgraced. Hillary will be the next president, and she seems to be willing to continue the status quo. But that won't last forever. Israel needs new leaders with a viable 10-yr. plan.”

Forest on Oct 21, 2007 at 02:06:25

“The neoclowns are no friends of Israel.”
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American Parochialism: Armenia, the Dalai Lama and the Jewish Question

Commented Oct 20, 2007 at 02:26:51 in Politics

“The author didn't really develop any ideas. His main thrust seems to be, "Don't criticize AIPAC and the neocons about Mideast policy because other aspects of American policy are also flawed."
Well, I'm not buying into two wrongs , or four, make a right. We're not spending a trillion dollars in a war against China(yet).
We are stuck in a huge mess which was obviously started for the sake of oil and the Isreali right-wing, at the behest of neocons, a very pseudo-intellectual bunch, all of whom happen to be Zionists! Anyone wanna deny that?
Changing the subject to China, Armenia, etc., doesn't change the facts of the Iraq fiasco by one iota!”
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