“Did you know that numerous large defense contractors had top secret engineering details of every major weapons system the US has on computers accessible on the public internet, and that details of these all these systems are now in the hands of the Chinese? Talk about real damage. What does this have to do with Snowden? Perspective, friend. San Francisco blown up by AQ because of Snowden?! You do know, don't you, that the rumors about the scope of govt spying have been around for years - read Bruce Schneier et al. If you are a terrorist with any sophistication, you assume this level of spying to be the case. NSA mass spying is a game of statistical probability; most likely it catches the dummies, not those who have a realistic shot at "blowing up" San Francisco. Snowden's concern is the entire US "blown up" by a creeping disregard for the principles the US was founded on, and which are the basis of our system of government. Unchecked secret power is absolute poison to our republic; that is Snowden's concern and it should be yours.”
Oct 11, 2013 at 01:25:28
“gee, how clever. lets guess... you learned all you "know" from faux news. The GOP is so very reasonable... if only this awful kenyan socialist would not stand in the way of letting them help us gawd fearing americans”
“way to go sherlock, you really caught the main point of the article. Hats off to you. Not many people are smart enough to know what the really noteworthy part of the article was. Climate change ain't no thang, right? all those liberal scientists lying to keep their jobs is what it is. it's just one big conspiracy, right?”
“if you think in such narrow terms, of course you are correct. What you are being asked to consider, and what may be beyond your capacity, is to reflect on the larger context.
We are now a torture nation conducting war without end. The 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th amendments are in shreds.Everyone is constantly under surveillance.
People in the know to some degree - Manning in this instance - are sometimes so impacted by the crimes the US is committing, that they must come forward and try to expose the crimes, which are kept secret of course, to a population that is supposed to participate democratically in the policy making process.
At least grant Manning that, even if you believe he was mistaken in his actions
From your post, it's clear that whatever country it is you want to live in, it's not the America I learned about in school.”
jfire976 on Aug 21, 2013 at 11:10:19
“I agree with a lot of what you said......but the guy is guilty.....Bush had nothing to do with it and not even close to the same thing”
“Sadly, yes you do have an idea of whether or not someone is healthy based on appearance. Obesity is ~always~ unhealthy. Always. It's really unfortunate that a lot of cruelty is directed at obese folks, but don't kid yourself: that doesn't alter the fact that obesity is terribly unhealthy.”
mulligan90210cmurphy7157 on Aug 2, 2013 at 11:15:25
“It is sad that obese people are faced with cruelty. I am not that person, I just have no respect for lazy people who try to hide behind genetics, financial situations, etc. as an excuse for their being obese. If I see an obese person trying to change their lives I have 110% respect for them and their efforts to try to make themselves a healthier person.”
CyninOregon on Aug 2, 2013 at 00:28:32
“Size 10 is not obese! Don't start throwing words into the discussion to change it to make yourself correct. The truth is many thin people are horribly unhealthy and many heavier people do exercise like crazy or engage in sports. Eat balanced fresh meals, no sweets, little fats... No one is saying that it's healthy to be huge. But this store was hiding size 10 and 12! That's not obese or risking diabetes in itself. I know several skinny diabetics, and size 2's that live on candy and cigarettes. Really healthy.”
“true dat - a bagger and a criminal who is lying to make a little political hay.
What the IRS should have said all along: if bagger groups are disproportionately trying to subvert 503 c4, then bagger groups should be targeted.”
“The christian position on so many issues - including homosexuality - is immoral and vulgar, and Grace's behavior in the matter is unsurprising. Was she too afraid or dissociated when she agreed to attend Grace to know what the outcome would be?”
“"ha ha" as in "i'm so glad so many americans are getting paid as little as possible and that the corporations have succeeded in driving down the middle class" ?
or "ha ha" as in "God, I love everything about the corporate state"?
or "ha ha" as in"Good, the nerve of some people asking for a decent livelihood in exchange for a hard day's work!"?”
socioeconomist on May 31, 2013 at 19:21:20
“ha ha.... as in a bunch of stupid uneducated people with no special talents or skills thought they could strong arm their employer and after 10 years they are begging for their jobs back instead of just moving on to find another job.... striking for ten years is not laughable, asking for the jobs back after those ten years is..”
99er2049er on May 30, 2013 at 10:33:53
“You know that guy is a republican. You can tell because Republicans always vote against the American worker and take the corporations side, even when the corporations are underpaying the workers and we the American taxpayers must subsidize the difference. Republicans love when the wealthy and corporations pay no taxes so we the American taxpayers get stuck with the bills. We the American taxpayers can't afford this, so we have to keep cutting back on our lifestyle and benefits but the corporations can afford it and don't pay it because they bribe our government, so they keep making record profits and growing their wealth exponentially while we the middle class keep shrinking and the poor keep going into poverty.”
“ok, but suppose you have to take the whole Limbaugh package for 35 mil - the years of being a drug addled dope fiend, multiple broken marriages, lonely, unhappy, spewing lies and anger, hour after hour, day after day. No end in sight - you don't get to improve your life; it's just wallowing in swill until the end. Would you take being a miserable wreck of a human being for the rest of your life in exchange for 35 mil?”
“yep, conflation is whats happening. Any group, including baggers, that test the tax laws should get targeted, without regard to political affiliation. However, if hypothetically it's 90% bagger groups pushing tax law, then by all means profile and target them.
Hard to say why the IRS is back on their heels over this one.”
“nah, they ought to continue going right after any group, tea baggers included, that are testing campaign finance laws. If it's mostly bagger groups, then mostly baggers get targeted. If mostly progressive groups, then target them.
The main thing is that treatment be even regardless of political affiliation.
As for you, why dontcha just once break ranks with the ones who tell you how to think - ya know, glush limbeck and all the rest.”
“You know more than 97% of climate scientists, do you? what are your credentials? You feel it in your gut? God told you?
Do let us know why your opinion about climate outweighs the vast majority of experts on the subject.”
“Yours is such a well developed and thoughtful line of reasoning that it is self evidently true. You are obviously so well informed, and have thought so deeply about the subtleties of important issues, that nobody can refute what you say. Particularly the ALL CAPS - that really is convincing.”
rbrossrocks on May 26, 2013 at 11:19:50
“Don't try that well developed and thoughtful line of reasoning stuff. Even though he used caps you still don't get it! Instead you mock. Really thoughtful! The fact is Liberals don't have that thoughtful and reasoning part in the brain. They just think they do.”
“yes, so true. How I miss certain aspects of the 60's! The blindly ideological capitalism freaks would not agree, however. Deregulation and private ownership of absolutely everything - including air we breath and water that rains from the sky - is the holy grail to that bunch.”
So come out and say it - you like that the government has come out thrown huge amounts of taxpayer money at banks with little or no strings attached, but investing in the future by loaning to kids to get an education is offensive to you.
sticks n stones on May 24, 2013 at 09:50:45
“Ah, you are using the George W. Bush method of logic. "If you're not with us, you're against us! Heh heh heh."”
“i love these bagger/con postings - upset that kids should get the same interest rates as banks for going to college to try and make something of themselves. Where is the outrage that banks take the nearly free tax payer money, then turn around and use it to enrich themselves in the markets? Nowhere.
Republicons would do well to consider that their congressional representatives are whipped dogs - they vote on party lines down to the last person. Warren, on the other hand, is going after Obama's AG Holder for the AP mess. Good for her - we never see that kind of courage in conservative republican senators”
sticks n stones on May 24, 2013 at 09:07:44
“First of all, that bank rate is for emergency overnight loans only, to ensure there are enough reserves.
Second, the default rate on student loans is 13%. The rate she is proposing is guaranteed to lose money for taxpayers.”