“It has been more than two years and people still (claim to) have not seen the BC, even though it has been pictured on the web all that time, looking just like BC's look. Matthews is not a leftie and Schultz is not a birther. Man, get the facts straight.”
“It's the law to file taxes no matter how little you make. I remember one year I barely could survive (probably under 5k that year) and got a whopping bill for taxes owed even though they were deducted from my small paychecks. I pay to have my taxes done now, no matter how little I make.”
holyghostie on Dec 8, 2010 at 08:03:45
“did the professional help your rebate? I hope so.”
“While I celebrate the success of this brilliant rescue, I can only be depressed that nothing like this happens after our own disasters. We turn help away. Those in charge (military on down) have been obviously Unskilled and Unaware of this glaring fact for our diasters. I notice BritishTV is peppered with scenes where energy-generating windmills pepper the background. Here we sit, most of us the working poor, watching the rest of the world show us how it's done...thanks to the right wing corporate lovin oligachists that ignorant, deluded people elect. A self-perpetuating downslide unless we all elect sane, honest lawmakers.”
rstewart3 on Oct 14, 2010 at 08:11:27
“Remember, it was corporate lovin oligarchists that drilled the hole that made the rescue possible. Yes, that's right, good ol' Americans working for a greedy corporation.
Other than that, I do agree that we don't accept help from the outside when we run into a problem of our own.”
IndependentGadfly on Oct 14, 2010 at 08:06:46
“Are you saying the US lacks unskilled workers to handle our own emergencies and that our military is "unskilled"? In what way? Some of our best engineers and disaster recovery experts are in the military. Ever heard of the Navy Seabees, Air Force Red Horse/PRIME BEEF, plus a whole host of assets the Army has.
As for showing us "how it's done", this rescue was brought to you by American ingenuity bub. Those were Americans leading those drilling efforts (link below). And get this, from private industry. Those evil folks who take our money and give nothing back. Right? And only a scant mention to these guys. I'm sure they will be well paid, but they are heroes nevertheless. The fine folk of Chile couldn't have done it without them (Americans).
“My humble observation on bullying: it started as elite/vogue from Atwater and Nixon disciples such as DeLay, Rove, and so on. I am choked up about all these tragic incidents like Tyler Clementi's, but his is particularly criminal. He probably felt that his whole future was ruined by this public assault by a roommate he thought was capable of mutual respect. His roommate disregarded Tyler's character and achievements for cheap self-aggrandizement. I hope he gets maximum punishment. imo”
“Wake up, people. It doesn't matter if we like what Ahmadinejad says. It is the perception that matters. Firstly, we don't know that he's wrong. But whatever way you shake it out, it is better and more tolerable for the middle east to think Bush's gang engineered this quagmire than for them to think this country is one big war machine itching to go with any trumped up excuse. Bush picked Iraq. No connection to 9 11. Peace is enlightened. War never is.”
“I don't think your facts are correct. It wasn't until 2008 that Dems had a 51 majority in the Senate. 51 does not equal 2/3rds. Republicans came up with this 2/3rds requirement. It was a simple majority on all but a few categories of bill until then. Try listening to Thom Hartmann and look things up.”
VikingQuest on Sep 8, 2010 at 20:20:50
“I listen to Thom daily.
The Repubs never had 59 or 60 votes and they moved everything they wanted to in years past so why are you making excuses?”
“I think this is a waste. Beck lies and distorts all the time, so this whole 'he lied!' play just says to his faithful that his critics are petty...”
Jarod Johnson on Sep 3, 2010 at 20:38:49
“Exactly. Stories like this just make it easy for Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin to play the victims of the "Lame Stream Media" and their "Gotcha Journalism." There's plenty to call both of them out on, but stories like this feed the whole "Us vs Them" attitude of Fox News and their followers.”
“not a scientist, but I've opened a few quantum physics books: the actual asteroids would be minute/invisible to the scale of the video. As one book (not with me to cite; and to the effect) explains: If the sun were the size of a basketball, earth would be 50 miles away and the size of a pea in true scale.”
Imzadi on Aug 30, 2010 at 17:07:02
“I agree about the scale - I commented on that point to my spouse as I watched it. Still, I really enjoyed it.”
palindrom on Aug 30, 2010 at 14:17:32
“To complete the thought -- if you look at a basketball from 100 feet away, it looks about the same size as the sun looks in the sky. Put another way, if a friend stood 100 feet from you at sunset, and held up a basketball, it would just cover the sun.”
palindrom on Aug 30, 2010 at 14:16:04
“Not quite. If the sun were the size of a basketball, the earth would be maybe 100 feet away, and about the size of a BB. Here's a way to understand this -- scale models preserve angles. If the sun were like a basketball 50 miles away, it would appear to us as a point, rather than as a disk about 1/2 degree across in the sky, as it does.
Still the point remains that these asteroids are very small compared to the colored dots used to represent them in the video. Even so, a rock moving 30 km/s packs a lot of punch ...”
garder54 on Aug 30, 2010 at 10:09:29
“Why was your quantum physics book talking about things as large as the sun?”
“Beware of these stories laying groundwork for purported 'close' elections where vote flipping will work. These 'polls' are usually done in the daytime by phone and sometimes early evening. The people interested in answering toll-free/public-research/unidentified calls are not people like me (or I'd be on the phone every minute). Nevertheless, get out and vote.”
“I thought he was outed before he stepped down from the rnc... at least I heard or read about it back then, although nothing was made of it in MSM probably due to timing on some other smear or the Craig-type incident...There was also a video circulating of Mehlman giving instructions on flipping votes in transit and I saw enough to be convinced that's what he was doing. Then it disappeared and was never spoken of again. No, I remember it. Not imagining it. There was more on him (of what's called illegal if a Dem does it but seems to be fine if a Rep does it) as well. This would be like 2003.”
Doug Watt on Aug 26, 2010 at 18:50:12
“He was outed twice, once by Mike Rodgers and secondly by Bill Maher in 2006 on national TV.
He is a criminal who should be telling his coming out lies to his bunk buddy in prison.”
“After a decade plus of RW owning the airways with the exception of 1 or 2 like Combs, now that a few strong Lefties get a toe in the door, it's a problem. We on the Left wanted fair, truthful, fact-based, investigative, and legitimate media coverage for years. Since the FL Supreme Court ruled that news can be lies, I think the solution is obvious. Rational courts must overturn this and the Senate must pass some laws along with campaign finance reform.”
tmaxPA on Aug 20, 2010 at 09:38:15
“The problem is that you (we) on the Left believe there is such a thing as fair, truthful, fact-based, investigative, and legitimate media coverage. There is not. There is sensationalistic, profit-driven, self-interested half-truths, propaganda, and clueless guessing, and that is all there ever has been. If you have a free press, all the different sides can be balanced out and you can figure out what is fair, what is true, what is fact-based, and what is legitimate by paying careful attention to many different sources and considering their particular biases and reporting.
What you've just said about "rational courts" means that the First Amendment to the Constitution needs to be overturned, and I simply can't agree with that. I know it seems easy to tell truth from lies, but it is only because you are focusing solely on the extreme (and therefore what should be to "rational people" obvious as lies) examples. Giving the power to decree anything forbidden by claiming it is a lie will remove far more truth from the process than anything else. The correction for too much free speech is more free speech.
Now, corporate ownership of media is a whole different thing...”
“Nancy is correct. Apparently more than 70% do not know that there are meetings of every local community in America- usually monthly- where new buildings or street changes are discussed and voted on by the residents. The funding of the facility is already known by NYC. The only 'unknown' here is the funding for the drummed-up outrage of people who have no vested interest in lower Manhattan. Who's next to cause a stink over? The concept that kids use on parents all the time: knowing which buttons to push to get their objective and then they try them all.”
“It's like other of life's etiquette rules, like driving. When preference for the 'right thng' (even if it is a subjective view of appropriateness)) is surpassed by 'I'm gonna teach them a lesson', it's too far. Where the ADL is on this spectrum, I really can't tell. Ditto for the other side.”
“I suspect these polls - and I've seen them on caller ID- phone in the daytime when the only people who pick up are retired, unemployed and believes the media, land-liners, (no caller ID), have time on their hands, or are RW network/radio saturated.”
“This surprised me because Target/Daytons used to be progressive leaning- yes, I'm boycotting them. FYI, Emmert also has voiced policy change such as lowering minimum wage, particularly for restaurant servers. He claimed they make $100k in tips per year! A real looney of the same ilk as Michele Bachmann. I just can't imagine he has any sane backers, therefore Target has gone mad.”
JumpDownTurnAround on Jul 28, 2010 at 10:27:33
“It's a shame that MN doesn't have more politicians like Al Franken. Where you people find the likes of Bachmann and Emmer is beyond me. We need to insist that Target make this right....I say they should start by donating 1 Million to Emmer's opponent! That would be a START.....”
Silverfloss on Jul 28, 2010 at 08:34:40
“Emmer claimed a certain restaurant owner told him that servers earn $100K/year. When asked to verify Emmer's claim, the restaurant owner said he did not say that to anyone, let alone to Emmer.”
MNmommy on Jul 28, 2010 at 08:19:53
“It is no longer a family owned business.
I don't think this guy keeps his job, it just might take a bit to oust him though. The Dayton's are extremely progressive, and Mark is running for governor.”
“This is perhaps too long for the viewer to stay engaged with the repetition and all, but otherwise an upbeat and effective ad, particularly for the 'majority' of low-information voters. I'm not sayin' he's a good candidate as I'm not in his state and know little-to-nothing about him. None of these political ads can be called 'high art'. If someone expects more, perhaps Neil Young or someone should be doing ads.”