Mar 4, 2013 at 19:28:56
“I completely disagree with Jamie. The actors have a say in what they do or don't do. It was not that long ago that movies had very little nudity. These actors strip down for their "art" and the money. I thought it was hysterical, hearing the song and seeing the actor as they were named. Charlize Theron looked like she was going to explode! They are all a bunch of hypocrites!”
“The reason the banks made these faulty mortgages, is because the government pushed them into it so that more people would be able to finance a home. Good intentions, but the fact remains that many people who own currently own homes should never have been able to buy them. They can not afford that home...it is also one of the reasons that home prices have skyrocketed. The only way for home prices to come back to a realistic price is to let the market adjust.”
cheesecat on Mar 4, 2010 at 09:38:27
“Bull. Bank employees are incentivized out the wazoo to sign loans, which is fine that's how business works. But some of them went about making their numbers honestly and some of them played around the margins of honesty. Had next to nothing to do with the government except that the government removed many of the regulations that allowed the playing to happen.”
Patriot86 on Mar 4, 2010 at 09:16:44
“Such nonsense...because what you are talking about is a depression worse then the first one...take an economic course.”
Patriot86 on Mar 4, 2010 at 09:16:10
“So much BS...the reason the banks made these faulty mortgages is because they invented financial products that allowed them to cut up the mortgages and sell them-taking no risk themselves- after having them declared A1 by lying regulators...they made lots and lots of money. Greed more greed and more greed made these bankster and mortgage thugsters do this.”
“actually, the main reason that so many banks wrote these risky mortgages (that were then packaged by wall street) was that the government forced them too...to promote home ownership! The reason might have been noble, but the fact remains that if you don't have the money you should not buy a home.”
Jenny4550 on Feb 27, 2010 at 07:28:00
“This is now the United States of Entitlement. How dare you tell someone they can't have something just because they can't afford it and didn't earn it.”
“Agreed with Michellebrow. Every time Chris Matthews speaks, he creates a more racist tone. Of course, it is always under the guise that he is trying to heal the racial crisis in America. But, the fact is, that most people don't care that Obama is black. They care about the job that he does. ( and that includes republicans.)”
“Are you kidding me? Nancy Pelosi is very manipulative. All of these people knew what was going on and agreed with it until it was not politically correct to do so. They are cowards for not standing by what they agreed to in the past. The only way to have a real discussion about torture is to honestly discuss what happened, why it happened, and if it made a difference. All of the people against torture have to make the choice that innocent Americans may be hurt if we do not get all of the information out of terrorists that we need. It is a tough decision and one that needs to be thoroughly discussed.”
joebloe on Apr 23, 2009 at 17:14:33
“Until we can prove that she approved of torture, I don't see what can be legally done to her.
She can always be voted out of office, but SF likes her for all that she does do.”
writerjohnny on Apr 23, 2009 at 17:12:28
“Your contention that "All of these people knew what was going on" is something you'll need to prove to make your point. Please list who exactly is mean by,' All these people" and then provide documentation of exactly what they knew and when. More to the point, the time for an open discussion was BEFORE people were tortured. Even more to the point, waterboarding is torture as defined by the United States and the United State EXECUTED Japanese soldiers for using this type of torture on American soldiers. As for further discussion I believe there will be plenty in open sessions of congress culminating in who, what, when and how long. As in how long will the perpetrators be in prison.”
“I really wish Chris Dodd and Chuck Schumer would start working on fixing the government and stay out of the credit card business. If you don't like what your credit card company does you can always change companies. If you don't like what the government is charging you...to bad. Especially if you live in NY....Chuck Schumer should try to fix what is wrong in his own state!!!”
frantaylor on Apr 23, 2009 at 16:34:37
“"working on fixing the government and stay out of the credit card business."
As if one could separate the government from the banking business...”
“Remember campaign reform? Obama promised that he would use public money, then reneged on that promise, and ended any discussion of campaign finance reform for years to come. We need to find a way to get the lobbies out of Washington....we also need to get rid of Dodd and Frank. Why doesn't the press go after these crooks? It is all well and good to go after corporations, but we need to make the government accountable too.”
“This is exactly why bills rushed through do not work. Obama is just your typical politician, he is just better at manipulating the system. He knew all that was happening at AIG and is pretending to be angry now. What a disappointment.”
“Obama had the legal authority to stop bonus for AIG, he chose not to. And now he pretends that he is upset! Maybe he should give back all of the money AIG gave his campaign. He should also stop Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac from giving out bonus to their employees.”
Donnat on Mar 19, 2009 at 10:54:13
“Pease point to your source that "Obama chose not to stop AIG bonus payments" Probably Rush.”
ApolloniaCreed on Mar 19, 2009 at 08:42:51
“When was that? He called for caps on ALL executive pay! And it was shot down as some sort of s o c i a l i s t c o ns p iracy. GOOH!”
ApolloniaCreed on Mar 19, 2009 at 08:42:01
“When was that? He called for caps on ALL executive pay! And it was shot down as some sort of socialist conspiracy. GOOH!”
cyndeewi on Mar 19, 2009 at 08:06:28
“Obama did not know about the bonus money until last Thursday. Obama has a lot on his plate due to your past President's failures. You guys want to blame Obama for everthing. The Feds knew about it for months and just told the Obama administration last week.”
hortonhearsawho2 on Mar 19, 2009 at 07:32:59
“still busted up over the levi and bristol breakup, is that it skippy....”
Mar 17, 2009 at 07:26:14
“I have read three articles now about the passing of Ron Silver and the same question keep popping up. Why is Hollywood so closed minded? It is obvious that once Mr. Silver changed political opinions people no longer hired him. If you are truly liberal and truly a democrat, you want to have an open and honest discussion. Do not be closed off to other ideas...it is a narrow minded way to think.”
Clavis on Mar 17, 2009 at 13:41:29
“Yeah, I remember how jobs dried up for Bruce Willis after he declared he was a Republican. They were going to make a 4th Die Hard film, but the liberals in Hollywood axed the project. Too bad, I think it might have made some money...”
BlackJAC on Mar 17, 2009 at 10:09:03
“The fastest way to become unemployable in Hollywood is to be declared Difficult To Work With. Ron's very public and very vocal conversion to Bush's cause probably resulted in that declaration, as recent converts to anything are the most zealous because they're trying to prove their worth to their new friends. Since Ron was also a character actor typecast as a villain rather than a lead, he didn't have a large enough fanbase like the Dixie Chicks to sustain him professionally during that time period, and so no more job offers. The Hollywood 19 made a similar mistake during the Red Scare by not playing ball, too.
Moral of the story: "free speech" is a misnomer, for every word carries a price.”
“I think that Obama is sending out a very muddled message. Everyday something new..that does not help quell all of the unease about the current financial crisis. And Robert Gibbs is a huge part of the problem. He is smug and irritating. Maybe he does not care if the stock market crashes and burns, but a lot of people do. They are watching their savings, and college funds go up in flames. They are not on anyone's list for a bailout, nor will they be.”
MadeinAmericaProud on Mar 11, 2009 at 10:31:38
“The stock market is a legal gambling casino. The booklet you received if you were in the market as an investor to include the businesses you pick in a 401K plan tell you on every page, don't expect your money back. They explain in english there are at least 17 major risk sending your money to wall street. One of the major risk (someone in a office says, I don't like what I'm hearing in the news right now, press a button to make the market go down.) By the way, that news could be on the other side of the world.
We are not in a retirement (SAVING) plan. We are not saving any money. We spending money about the same as buying a lotto ticket. Again, education is the key. We have been lied to for so long there are people who think they have a chance to come out on the winning end.
There are thousands of baby boomers who were about to retire. They thought they had true value in the market. The people who invested with madoff thought the same thing too.”
“Thank God! How much more money can we spend? What do you think got us into this mess to begin with...too much spending!! Obama thinks that he will be able to cut back later, but that is not the way the Federal government works. Once we have a program in place, it is there for good. Please curtail the spending, at least until (if) the economy gets on its feet again. Pelosi and Reed are running this show and they have no intention of stopping the spending.”
Imabachi on Mar 11, 2009 at 11:47:21
“The economy? More exploitation of ever dwindling natural resources, exploding populations worldwide, global warming/climate change, oceans and seas increasingly acidifying. The economy cannot help the above.”
mendelcrosses on Mar 11, 2009 at 11:17:20
“Too much spending in the wrong places,e.g Iraq.
Mind you America has only prosper when it SPENDS money in AMERICA.
Thats how Rosevelt got the nation out of the great depression.”
mecormany on Mar 11, 2009 at 08:59:54
“Thankfully he was wrong. We aren't getting out of this mess without spending money. Sitting around wringing our hands or waiting for the system to right itself ain't gonna cut it. Now if you know who else has the money to spend to get us out of this hole, I'm sure we'd all be glad to hear from them but unfortunately it's the government or nobody. None of the crooks who stashed billions away offshore has come forward to volunteer. Nobody likes this situation but sitting around not even trying would be criminal. Obama is making the right moves and if people would wait a little longer than 50 days to judge what he's doing it would be a big help to all of us who are tired of hearing how he's spending us to the poor house. The previous bunch did that. Hows the man supposed to restore the economy? Weekly bake sales?”
pammygamherst on Mar 11, 2009 at 08:18:56
“mclyn.....so do you advocate the policy of no-spending expounded by herbert hoover in the 20's and early 30's? what do you think caused the great depression.....he and the other repugs insisted on freezing government spending. the only entity right now that can pull us out of this economic nose-dive is the federal government. that's what roosevelt did (regardless of what the revisionist history repugs say) and unemployment decreased until 1937 when roosevelt capitulated to the repugs who insisted on balancing the budget again. guess what happened? unemployment took another upward spike until gov't spending began again. and we know the advent of wwII ended the great depression...and that consisted of government spending for the armed forces.
wake up...if we have a freeze on government spending such as kyl and mcconnell and the rest of the do-nothing repugs suggest we WILL slide into a depression.”
“BIg Surprise!! My respect for the "mainstreet" media is gone after the show they put on during the presidential election. The bias they showed is still continuing today...enough already! This award should go to real reporting, that is factual and honest.”
GoCards1978 on Mar 11, 2009 at 09:48:31
“I wouldn't characterize any question Katie asked as "gotcha." Palin refused to honestly answer even the obvious ones. She appropriately criticized the Supreme Court decision in the Exxon case in June yet chose not to reaffirm her own statement when given the opportunity. Katie Couric may not be the best news anchor but her one-on-one interviews are consistently spot on. I believe she earned the Cronkite award because she did us all a huge favor by exposing the true Sarah Palin - a single issue governor who was incapable of assuming the office of the President.”
bedfordny on Mar 11, 2009 at 09:25:38
“Funny I never heard one complaint about MSM from the 'rights' while Bush was in office.
What bias do you speak of? Couric asked Palin questions and she fumbled her way through them because she: a) didn't understand them b) didn't have a clue how to answer them c) was angry about the content and simply refused to answer them because she felt disrespected in some fashion
If (a) and (b) are correct you should consider yourself and your country very lucky that we did not elect a woman one heartbeat away from the presidency who exhibited such ignorance and lack of comprehension on so many levels.
If you believe (c) is correct this shows a woman who believes "gotcha" is around every corner and if Couric can throw her for a loop, imagine her in a crisis situation when a clear head and thick skin is a requirement.
No splicing, dicing or editing did her in.
The honest fact is that Palin was not ready for the national stage as clearly indicated by her own incoherent babble.”
Freesia2 on Mar 11, 2009 at 09:17:34
“Oh Katie was factual and honest. She asked honest questions and let Palin spin "facts" she made up airly. Sarah lying. Getting caught out. Lying again. Giving a long stream of "word salad" and smiling triumphantly as though she'd actually said something. As though just saying words is sufficient.
I just watched this again. Got a cup of coffee and thought I'd take the interview for another drive. I had to shut it off midway. It's not just that Sarah Palin talks like a 16 year old cheerleader, which she does, it's that in every question Couric is asking a point blank question and Sarah proceeds to her trip herself. Katie's not doing anything to her. The question about the financial crisis alone say it all.
She bluffed and snarked and didn't blink. She tried one bluff and when that didn't work she just tried another and fell flat again. It was like watching someone slip on a banana peel over and over. That she keeps throwing down on the ground herself.
She's a con artist. She had no idea what she was talking about about - well anything. And John McCain risked us to her. I'll never forgive him and hope Arizona votes him out of office.”
Lurker50 on Mar 11, 2009 at 09:08:30
“where is the dishonesty in this interview?”
AndThenOneDay on Mar 11, 2009 at 08:50:53
“I've never been a fan of Couric. But she did the country a service by exposing a relative unknown as a vapid neophyte. She was the running mate of what would have been our oldest president, so questions of her competence had to be focused on.
Those were not 'gotcha' questions. Palin turned them into a minefield all on her own. I'm sure Couric herself was surprised that the woman couldn't give a simple answer to the question 'what papers do you read'. That's a softball question, and Palin turned into a metaphor for her visible unreadiness.
She lost conservatives after that interview. It was a window into a disturbingly incomplete person. TV seldom achieves such moments, however much they make you personally cringe.”
“I think this article is missing the point. It is not just the fact that Obama wants to raise the income tax rate. He also wants to eliminate the charitable deduction, mortgage deduction, alternative minimum tax rate etc. All of this adds up to a lot of money. Combine that with the fact that if you make a certain income you usually pay a higher rate for your insurance at work, you pay the full amount of college (no grants etc. / we currently have three kids in college!) and you pay more social security. In the end you pay alot more taxes than people think you do. And then some politicians have the nerve to say that we should not care where every tax dollar goes. (Chuck Schumer)”
quinniebear on Mar 7, 2009 at 18:14:47
“Obama does not want to eliminate the charitable deduction, etc. He wants to limit the percentage of deductions which can be used to reduce one's taxable income. So, instead of being able to take $350 off of taxable income for every $1000 itemized, those in the highest bracket would only be able to take $280 for every $1000 itemized. Personally, It seems only fair that we all get the same reduction from our taxable income for the same amount itemized. I didn't even realize this was happening until I heard that President Obama wanted to limit the percentage.”
Tom Joad on Mar 7, 2009 at 09:25:09
“I believe Our President's tax proprosals include exemptions for college - I've heard him say it many times. Those college exemptions will apply to everyone, not just those with incomes below $250k. As for your insurance rates, I'm assuming you mean health insurance. Our President desires to change this in our country to make it more equitable for everyone - not just those below $250k. You aren't listening to what is being proposed. If you pay more social security, you are also getting more back - your social security pay-out is proportional to your contribution, and, historically, that pay-out overy your lifetime has exceeded what you paid in. Social Security has been in trouble for decades because of that simple fact. SocSec needs an overhaul too. What was good in the 1930's and 1940's is not really appropriate for the 21st Century. Changes need to be made, and changes will come.”