Nov 15, 2013 at 17:29:42
“These kinds of shootings....inexplicable, nonsensical, strange....are becoming more and more prevalent....and this is understandable, given the HUGE increase in gun ownership, which has taken place in the past few years. When all manner of people have armed you are going to get all manner of shootings, given that at least 10% of all people have mental problems. An even larger number of people are under the influence of both prescribed and illegally obtained drugs or other mind altering substances.”
“Even if a "reasonable" Republican gets elected to the House he will have to tow the Tea Party line....because if he doesn't, he will have to face a well-funded Tea Party Republican in the next primary....a guy with Koch brothers money coming out his ears...enough money to pay for a high-tech office with multiple phone lines, staffed by "volunteers" with expert telecommunications and telemarketing skills.
Suddenly, a blizzard of beautifully printed campaign signs will sprout up in people's lawns all across his district....and Mr. Reasonable Republican will get lost in the shuffle.
The only solution to this problem is to refrain from voting Republican in congressional elections...until they bring order and leadership to their party.”
“Boehner and the GOP decided on a script several years ago. They were going to harp on Obama's "lack of leadership skills"....and we heard them read from this script over and over again. In typical fashion, they see the mote in another guy's eye, but not the sty in their own.
Boehner is the guy with no leadership skills. He can't control his own House. We've all seen House members from his own party running wild for the past few weeks.....ignoring Boehner's backroom pleas.....with Boehner spinning more and more out of control....more and more ineffectual....looking more and more like the name-calling wimp he is.”
teachesart on Oct 21, 2013 at 13:33:39
“And you think Obama and his ilk have been good for America ? Wow!”
“And that's probably a good thing....for some.....but not for all. Not for those who wise up. Those who eat well and exercise daily don't need to worry about old age, not for several more decades.
A friend of mine just turned 35, and after two tours with the Army in Iraq and a few years of marriage, he was developing the stereotypical look of a man entering into decline and middle age....the fatty jowls, bit of a paunch, sallow skin and general weight gain.
We don't see each other more than twice a year, because we live far apart....so, when he paid me a visit after a six month lapse his appearance shocked me. He looked the way he did before shipping out for Iraq!
I asked him how he did it and he told me he had eliminated all pesticide sprayed foods, all grains, all beef/pork/chicken and all dairy. He now ate...or I should say, "drank" nothing but raw juices of vegetables and fruits....smoothies.
He was always an exercise nut and I challenged him by accusing him of going back on the training routine he used before trying out for the Rangers...but he swears he's not doing anything different in that regard....just his regular daily hour workout of running, calisthenics and light weight training.”
reddog9 on Oct 21, 2013 at 14:41:05
“He misses all the great eateries where you can have all the salt, fats, sugars. and penicillin loaded meat. that taste great.”
anniee214 on Oct 21, 2013 at 09:05:22
“Eating well and exercise are always smart. But, genetics play a very big role in what we can expect in old age. (Well, I'm no longer expecting it--it's arriving!). My father had a heart defect that only my brother got. My brother hikes and rock climbs three times a week, is building a room onto his house (by himself with the help of some friends and of course a truck to set the trusses), is 62 and needed a stent. He had a heart attack as they were putting in the stent. Six months and a 4way bypass later and he is fine. If not for his healthy lifestyle, I doubt he would have healed so well, so fast.”
Oct 19, 2013 at 18:35:17
“Native Americans, native Hawaiians, African Americans and non-European Mexicans share a propensity to get unusually fat and then go onto diabetes and coronary disease from ingesting sugars and carbohydrates. Go to any public beach in Hawaii and look around. You'll see what I mean.
This reality poses a public health threat for these peoples. It is also an unbearable strain on national health insurance programs.
There are genetic reasons for this carb/sugar intolerance: for eons, these peoples existed on very simple diets, consisting of only a few naturally occurring fats and sugars as well as only a few very complex carbohydrates. (Yams, beans, corn, avocado, poi, etc.)
When they adopt a stereotypical Western diet, heavy in simple carbs, refined sugars and deep fried foods their systems become easily overwhelmed....and this is because they are not biologically capable of consuming these foods. If they do, they grossly increase their risk of obesity, early disease and death.
Of course, NOBODY should be eating a stereotypical Western diet. It's just that people with this genetic background incur far greater risk if they do.
Unfortunately, many of these people are poor....and these kinds of foods are cheap. American agribusiness has contributed to this situation.
The government should fund programs to turn unused and abandoned property into small agricultural plots, planted, tilled and harvested by those who are out of work, making vegetables and fruits available and affordable to urban dwellers.”
Fran Jaime on Oct 20, 2013 at 14:56:20
“Vegetables are not expensive in Mexico. Fruit depends on the type of fruit and where you buy it. If you buy at a market or a "sobre ruedas" which is a market on wheels, it's much less expensive.Up to the 90s, kids would enjoy carrots, jicama, oranges and mangoes in school or after school from a stand. Unfortunately, the soft drink/junk food industry began a really hard push to win kids over and that stuff is addictive! They offered kickbacks to the Department of Education and moved into the schools. Now, the government is pushing back.I only wish, they were doing it harder. (I live inMexico, btw.)”
guavass on Oct 19, 2013 at 23:02:05
“non-european Mexicans are Native Americans. processed foods are causing all the harm”
“I once had a professor of metaphysics (yes, it was a Catholic college) claim that evil is often found in geographic "clusters". Someday, with advances in our understanding of physics, maybe we'll understand how this works.”
“I agree with your sentiments. And this phenomena is not very strange at all. Lots of people past the age of fifty have "silent strokes" they are not even aware of...but when you look at an MRI of their grey matter the "slices" look like swiss cheese. Those little white spots on a field of grey represent destroyed brain tissue....and lost memory.”
anniee214 on Oct 20, 2013 at 06:59:43
“I guess some are still young enough that they do not yet see old age on their horizon.”
“Who says we have to have only two, or even three parties? Four would make more sense. I'm a Democrat, but ONLY because I know that America thrives when there is cooperation between big business and big government.....plus, I want to see an end to this strange and hugely expensive health care industry. It is as archaic as ancient Rome's private fire department set-up...which, btw, led to the fire that burned Rome to the ground.
Private business has no right to determine anyone's ability to afford health care. That should be a government function.
Yes, I believe in Big Government. We had it during the recovery from the Great Depression (Hoover Dam, WPA), during the War Years (the Manhattan Project), and even during the Republican administration of Dwight Eisenhower (the Interstate Highway Program)......and it did well by us.
That being said, I am disaffected from the rest of my party's agenda. I find it to be in opposition to my religious beliefs on many levels.
I would join a new party that was conservative on social issues but progressive on matters of taxation, health care and economic stimulus. Call it the Progressive Party.
A four party system is where we are heading anyway. Why wait?
In summary, let those of us we are liberal only in economics have a party of our own....and banish the Tea Baggers from the Republican Party: a Four Party System.”
“Amazing. Talk about your Six Degrees Of Separation! And here I thought I was the only one who saw the resemblance. Now I'm wondering if their brains got wired the same.”
centaur927 on Oct 18, 2013 at 16:55:53
“I'm not too familiar with McCarthy but there are similarities in the way they evoke fear and paranoia about the opposition. Cruz and Rand Paul seem to convince their bases that their "lectures" have merit but when you get below the surface there isn't much aside from them positioning themselves for 2016.”
“Ted Cruz has hooded reptilian eyes....reminiscent of those belonging to the late, disgraced Senator from Wisconsin, Joe McCarthy.....another guy who did his best to hobble America.
And, amazingly, the smirk is equally reminiscent....enough to suggest re-incarnation.”
Cynzke on Oct 18, 2013 at 00:30:35
“More like the government conducting secret medical cloning experiments.”
“The Republicans yammer constantly about Obama's lack of "leadership"...while orchestrating a massive campaign to flout his authority by stopping as many of his initiatives as possible...even though this has grievously harmed the economic recovery. Yet, truth be told, it's they who suffer from a lack of leadership. Boehner can't control his own congressmen....as we've all been witness to for the past two disgusting weeks.
Pundits wonder who is really in control of the Republican Party, going so far as to posit it may be Rush Limbaugh, for all they can tell. All of this makes it increasingly obvious that Republicans have a marked tendency to accuse others of their worst faults.....an insidious kind of knee-jerk "spin doctoring".
This is what happens to people when they are on the wrong side of nearly everything.”
“He won't loose, and you just discovered the reason why. He delivers the bacon....and the people of Kentucky rely on that.
It stands to reason: second highest Disability fraud in the nation, after neighboring West Virginia.”
“To understand the man, you have to look at who he represents. His district used to be represented by a guy named Bliley....whose family is Irish Catholic...the owners of Richmond's premier Catholic funeral home, around which formed a very racist political movement.
The Blileys have affected an "Old Confederacy" lineage as pure as Scarlet O'Hara's, but the truth is that they arrived, carpetbag in hand, well after the Civil War period.
They figured prominently in the affairs of Benedictine High School, a Catholic military academy in Richmond's quaint, but crumbling, "Fan District". There, I stood as an honor guard when Virginia politicians addressed Richmond's busines elite to explain how they were going to circumvent federal integration policy.
I was raised on one of Virginia's oldest and largest farms, and had more in common with the "Old South" than most of my fellow cadets, whose Irish and Italian ancestors got off the boat in New York or Boston....and probably fought for the North!
So much for Scarlet O'Hara.
On guard duty I was a "fly-on-the-wall" and became privy to Neo-Confederate thinking. Believe me, It's hugely racist!!!
Cantor affects the same racism and phoniness, in a district that was tortuously Gerrymandered to exclude blacks.
I am old enough to have seen, first-hand how impoverished blacks were in Virginia and I know that the oldest and best families in Virginia are NOT racist...or Conservative.”
mybandy on Oct 16, 2013 at 13:09:13
“Exactly my point. If Cantor is catering to THAT constituencey, he is even MORE of a disgrace to America than I first thought.”
“She got out of government just as her adversaries were poised to come at her with charges of graft and corruption. That big house on the lake...built almost free of charge by the guy she awarded the Sports Arena contract to. The affair with her snow-machine business partner...while her husband was away in the Bering Sea, working on a fishing trawler.”
“So I guess what you're saying is, it's OK to shut down the government, as long as they keep the World War Two Memorial open.”
anwrose on Oct 14, 2013 at 14:29:42
“The govt being shutdown only proves more and more that this country is too reliant on the teat of the government. There are too many on the govt roles that shouldn't be and now with the govt shut down, they're crying in their empty wallets. We should never allow a country to become the people's employer, doctor, teacher, nutritionist etc. The govt is not there to "raise and bury" all Americans.”
“We can start by ending the two centuries of charade which allows our elected representatives to take money from anyone who will give it to them. This is a very real case of "The Emperor Not Wearing Any Clothes". Two centuries to keeping our eyes closed. Two centuries of lying to ourselves. Two centuries of institutionalized "Lobbying".......that disgusting euphemism for institutionalized bribery.
Does anyone really believe that packing up our factories and moving them to China could have happened were it not for big corporate money? Get real. Where was the outrage in Congress? Why the silence? Why the legislative indifference? Who paid for the giant Snow Job that touted all the benefits of Free Trade?
Does anybody remember the little guy with the funny Texas accent who ran for president in the 1980s? Ross Perot. The funny little guy who was smart enough to make himself several billion dollars in the energy business. The funny little guy who predicted the "Giant Sucking Sound" (of American factories leaving this country) if all those Free Trade agreements were enacted into law.
Nobody listened. The bribed Congressmen did their master's bidding....and the rich got richer and the poor got poorer....and now we've come to this...fighting over the scraps.”
“Obama didn't start that ridiculous and strategically catastrophic war....nor did he hand over the control of that country to the Shiites....who are, and always have been, joined at the hip with their religious cousins in Iran.
Remember them...the Iranians?....the people who very shortly will have both ICBMs and the nuclear warheads that go on them.
Your friend Bushie did all of that. Remember him?...the guy that doesn't like to read. The guy who said "I don't take my dad's advice...I take the advice of my Father in heaven".”