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Lawrence O'Donnell Tears Into 'Duck Dynasty' Star's Racist Comments

Lawrence O'Donnell Tears Into 'Duck Dynasty' Star's Racist Comments

Commented Dec 20, 2013 at 10:27:19 in Media

“Welcome to 1984 folks. The next Newspeak dictionary is coming soon.”

dad4lifesl on Dec 20, 2013 at 17:40:04

“and it will be doubleplusgood.”
Rolling Stone's 'The Bomber' Issue Banned By CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid And Kmart (UPDATE)

Rolling Stone's 'The Bomber' Issue Banned By CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid And Kmart (UPDATE)

Commented Jul 17, 2013 at 21:13:40 in Business

“I see no problem with RS telling the story of this kid and his actions, especially in the lead up to and immediately after the bombing. Tell us what happened and what led to his "radicalization". I do not see any good reason to put this specific picture on the cover. It definitely seems to me that RS is attempting to create a specific narrative led by this picture. First impressions are the most important.”

Eileenla on Jul 17, 2013 at 21:23:42

“One word: bin Laden. If you complained about his face on the cover of Time, okay. If not, ask yourself why. What's the difference?”
Voting Rights Act Section 4 Struck Down By Supreme Court

Voting Rights Act Section 4 Struck Down By Supreme Court

Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 23:38:06 in Politics

“You really should read the entire U.S. Constitution and not simply the parts that might support your biases and beliefs. The separate states were given the right to craft their own laws . It is a concept known as federalism.”
Tea Party Gears Up For 2012 In Contentious School Voucher Fight

Tea Party Gears Up For 2012 In Contentious School Voucher Fight

Commented Jun 12, 2011 at 17:26:09 in Politics

“The first problem I see is that all of these people seem to think their opinions matter. The FreedomWorks leadership couldn't care less about the local members' opinions. Dick Armey and his group are going to continue to push their "too much government, too many taxes" point of view. What these "grassroots" locals don't seem to understand is that they either pay SOME now to provide an education for the youth, or they will pay MUCH MORE later to support adults, and their families who have to live either in the welfare system or in the prison system.”
Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Struck Down By Judge, But Measure Could Still Go Into Effect

Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Struck Down By Judge, But Measure Could Still Go Into Effect

Commented May 26, 2011 at 15:51:14 in Politics

“I'm sorry, I meant that in a sarcastic way. Darn keyboard forgot to include that.”
Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Struck Down By Judge, But Measure Could Still Go Into Effect

Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Struck Down By Judge, But Measure Could Still Go Into Effect

Commented May 26, 2011 at 15:41:50 in Politics

“The saddest part of this fight (and the others like it) is the fact that the ultra-rich corporatist, capitalists have figured out how to get the middle class to eat itself. How many of the "average joe" conservatives are in the same basic economic condition as the average union worker? I would say most if not all of us are in the same boat, and yet here we are fighting one another. Instead of focusing on the real issues facing all of us, we are calling one another names and beating each other over the head. WE are all doing THEIR dirty work. Make no mistake that one day all of us will be serfs working for the corporate masters if we don't come to this simple realization.”
Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Struck Down By Judge, But Measure Could Still Go Into Effect

Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Struck Down By Judge, But Measure Could Still Go Into Effect

Commented May 26, 2011 at 15:28:48 in Politics

“Very free market capitalist in a way, huh?”

JLFL on May 26, 2011 at 15:36:04

“Only about as free market capitalistic as Republicans attempting to dismantle human welfare in an effort to enhance corporate welfare. Get real...”

Helzapoppin on May 26, 2011 at 15:30:36

“The right wing are not capitalists.”

Caru on May 26, 2011 at 15:30:36

“Precisely.”
Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Struck Down By Judge, But Measure Could Still Go Into Effect

Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Struck Down By Judge, But Measure Could Still Go Into Effect

Commented May 26, 2011 at 15:25:17 in Politics

“Wow, what to say. Your first paragraph states that unions are "out of hand" and that "while the majority of the work force is suffering, union salaries are rising."

Then you give statistics that show the opposite.

"From 2007 through 2009, according to the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, the average value of hourly compensati­on (wages plus benefits) rose by 9.8 percent for employees of state and local government­s, compared with 6.9 percent in the private sector (http://bit­.ly/cwWOzf)."
The stats you provide show an increase for both sectors, and the increase for unions is less than 2% more than that of the private sector. Hardly "out of hand" or "suffering".

The point I was making is that this had NOTHING to do with budgetary concerns and everything to do with union-busting. I'll ask you to read this article from the Weekly Standard. The entire article is interesting, but the last paragraph in particular is the most interesting. I think it proves a point regarding tax cuts in regards to the budgetary shortfall facing Wisconsin.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/wi-fiscal-bureau-chief-walker-tax-cuts-did-not-cause-years-budget-shortfall_550399.html

Phil-EA on May 26, 2011 at 16:18:14

“I'm not really seeing anything in that article that supports the claim that what's being done has nothing to do with budgetary concerns.

The point I'm trying to make is that to say the bill has "NOTHING" to do with budgetary concerns is disingenuous. The bill is a massive document. Not every single part of it has a direct monetary impact, but certain aspects like curbing collective bargaining rights is meant to preserve the important parts of the bill.

It’s important to remember, that the decreases in unions powers in the bill isn’t as drastic as they are in other states (http://bit.ly/f1qPas). I understand, at the end of the day, it’s a question of what you fundamentally agree is the best way to deal with state budget deficits. However, as previously stated, to say that this had nothing to do with money seems insincere”
Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Struck Down By Judge, But Measure Could Still Go Into Effect

Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Struck Down By Judge, But Measure Could Still Go Into Effect

Commented May 26, 2011 at 15:02:33 in Politics

“For ALL of those aforementioned reasons. I am now a fan just because of that statement.”

Colonel Muttonfield on May 26, 2011 at 17:34:24

“Remember. I warned you.”
Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Struck Down By Judge, But Measure Could Still Go Into Effect

Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Struck Down By Judge, But Measure Could Still Go Into Effect

Commented May 26, 2011 at 14:59:34 in Politics

“Corporations and the rich have allied themselves with the Republicans to achieve special favors. Reduced tax rates and favorable legislation also at the expense of the taxpayer. Never forget that those public union employees ARE taxpayers.”
Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Struck Down By Judge, But Measure Could Still Go Into Effect

Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Struck Down By Judge, But Measure Could Still Go Into Effect

Commented May 26, 2011 at 14:48:35 in Politics

“Yes, but you will never hear the conservatives admit to that.”
Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Struck Down By Judge, But Measure Could Still Go Into Effect

Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Struck Down By Judge, But Measure Could Still Go Into Effect

Commented May 26, 2011 at 14:41:13 in Politics

“A question for all of the people that agree with what Walker and the Fitzgerald brothers did here. If this was simply a question of budgetary concerns, as Walker claimed it was, then why the need to end collective bargaining? The unions had already agreed to concessions regarding health benefits and pensions. Plus, one follow up question. Again, if this was simply about budgetary concerns, why did the Republicans split this bill seperating the collective bargaining provision from the rest to get a vote that didn't require a quorum? This was simply a move to bust the unions.”

Phil-EA on May 26, 2011 at 15:03:59

“Had the collective bargaining provision not been included in the bill, the unions would have still had a very powerful position to negotiate wages and increase salary and benefits. Part of the reason that unions have gotten out of hand is that in the middle of crushing recession, while the majority of the work force is suffering, union salaries are rising.

From 2007 through 2009, according to the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, the average value of hourly compensation (wages plus benefits) rose by 9.8 percent for employees of state and local governments, compared with 6.9 percent in the private sector (http://bit.ly/cwWOzf).

David Neumark, a researcher at the University of California at Berkeley’s Institute of Business and Economics Research and one of the world’s foremost authorities on wage laws, has found that while living-wage laws do boost the income of a some low-wage workers, they also have “strong negative employment effects” – that is, they vaporize jobs. In one study, Neumark noted that 50 percent boost in the living wage produced a decline in employment for the lowest-skilled workers of between 6 and 8 percent (http://bit.ly/jcYav1).”

irishred on May 26, 2011 at 14:44:45

“Scotty Boy has already admitted the union stripping bill had nothing to do with the budget to the US congress awhile back.”

cavegal on May 26, 2011 at 14:44:37

“I agree that the move was definitely designed to bust the union. Fanned and Faved.”
Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Struck Down By Judge, But Measure Could Still Go Into Effect

Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Struck Down By Judge, But Measure Could Still Go Into Effect

Commented May 26, 2011 at 14:29:16 in Politics

“Don't tell that to Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus.”
Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Struck Down By Judge, But Measure Could Still Go Into Effect

Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Struck Down By Judge, But Measure Could Still Go Into Effect

Commented May 26, 2011 at 14:23:46 in Politics

“That is why the SC election was so important. Missing ballots anyone?”
Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Struck Down By Judge, But Measure Could Still Go Into Effect

Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Struck Down By Judge, But Measure Could Still Go Into Effect

Commented May 26, 2011 at 14:21:20 in Politics

“Still a long way to go in Fitzwalkerstan. I love the way Walker says that Wisconsin is in a terrible fiscal mess, but only after he gives million in tax breaks that affect the wealthier in the state. Then the Republicans pass a new voter law that is said to cost upwards of $8 million to implement.”

zunklives on May 26, 2011 at 14:23:55

“They have realized that they cannot win fairly, and must insure most dem voters be "banned" by some bs loophole”

Drash on May 26, 2011 at 14:22:50

“"Then the Republican­s pass a new voter law that is said to cost upwards of $8 million to implement"...... for a problem that doesn't exist.”

blueshield on May 26, 2011 at 14:22:38

“Can you say 'right wing social engineering'?”
Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Law Penalizing Businesses For Hiring Illegal Immigrants

Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Law Penalizing Businesses For Hiring Illegal Immigrants

Commented May 26, 2011 at 14:09:21 in Politics

“Besides, how do you know I didn't mean "opionion" anyway? ;)”
Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Law Penalizing Businesses For Hiring Illegal Immigrants

Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Law Penalizing Businesses For Hiring Illegal Immigrants

Commented May 26, 2011 at 14:03:34 in Politics

“I agree with you. The states control the licensing processes for businesses within that state.”
Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Law Penalizing Businesses For Hiring Illegal Immigrants

Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Law Penalizing Businesses For Hiring Illegal Immigrants

Commented May 26, 2011 at 13:57:47 in Politics

“Sorry for the spelling mistake teacher. I'll write opinion ten times so as to not make that mistake again. I wasn't being critical, just thinking aloud.”
Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Law Penalizing Businesses For Hiring Illegal Immigrants

Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Law Penalizing Businesses For Hiring Illegal Immigrants

Commented May 26, 2011 at 13:46:28 in Politics

“I do find it curious that the democratic appointees wrote the dissenting opionion on this. I'm wondering what their angle is.”

bejayech on May 26, 2011 at 13:57:10

“Here's their angle:

"The federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (Act or IRCA) pre-empts “any state or local law imposing civil or criminal sanctions (other than through licensing and similar laws) upon those who employ, or recruit,..."

They contend that the Arizona law violates this statute. In my mind, it's an attempt to say that only the federal goverment (who won't do anything about illegal immigration) can do anything about illegal immigration, regardless of the burden carried by the state. Glad this one went down the way it did...seems like the right decision.”

Oforotis on May 26, 2011 at 13:54:57

“Well you could read the opinion and find out.”

pflickner on May 26, 2011 at 13:52:51

“Did you read the dissenting opinions? (and a spell-checker is a wonderful thing).”
Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Law Penalizing Businesses For Hiring Illegal Immigrants

Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Law Penalizing Businesses For Hiring Illegal Immigrants

Commented May 26, 2011 at 13:43:58 in Politics

“Yes, but so many conservatives still worship at the altar don't they?”
Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Law Penalizing Businesses For Hiring Illegal Immigrants

Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Law Penalizing Businesses For Hiring Illegal Immigrants

Commented May 26, 2011 at 13:39:04 in Politics

“Is that the flag Reagan was waving when he offered the amnesty bill in the '80s?”

ted1545 on May 26, 2011 at 13:46:44

“We can learn by our mistakes no?”

BobSacomano on May 26, 2011 at 13:45:27

“I think they re-wrote that part of history already - it never happened.”

RUKidding0 on May 26, 2011 at 13:41:23

“Reagan was wrong as the intervening time has demonstrated.”
Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Law Penalizing Businesses For Hiring Illegal Immigrants

Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Law Penalizing Businesses For Hiring Illegal Immigrants

Commented May 26, 2011 at 13:37:40 in Politics

“This is a good decision. It affects the employers, like your neighbor, that hire the illegals. I suspect a "true" tea party member would agree with this decision, because it supports enforcement of the laws.”
Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Law Penalizing Businesses For Hiring Illegal Immigrants

Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Law Penalizing Businesses For Hiring Illegal Immigrants

Commented May 26, 2011 at 13:32:04 in Politics

“Did it bother you when Reagan offered amnesty?”
Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Law Penalizing Businesses For Hiring Illegal Immigrants

Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Law Penalizing Businesses For Hiring Illegal Immigrants

Commented May 26, 2011 at 13:28:23 in Politics

“Probably not....but it should.”
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