“At first glance, I thought it was Bu$h as well, sandra dee. I'll wager the wingnutter think-tanks are spinning in circles, trying to figure out how to pass Drier off as W's up-to-now-unknown-to-the-media "Ebbil Twin Brother, the one REALLY responsible for all the clusterf*cks served up to the American people by Bu$hCo!" - and the sad thing is, with as wildly unbalanced as the Publican'ts have been recently, this isn't really a stretch of the imagination, is it..? ;) ...”
you have a chance to show the middle ground of this culture. So often we hear news that only gives one dimension of the situation. While I will NEVER defend the radical fringe.. it is usually representative of a minority. One of the other people who left a comment is right. There are decent people in KSA as well as the fringe.. I don't buy into the line that every woman is miserable or put down. America can hardly say they treat women with respect 100% of the time. There wouldn't be booming porn, prostitution, spousal abuse, not to mention all the awful things that are done to children...etc etc..
My point is that every society has a radical fringe..lets not base our understanding of a whole country on that fringe. Congratulations Katie on your continued work in reporting!”
hp blogger Ali A. Rizvi on May 6, 2009 at 13:01:57
“"America can hardly say they treat women with respect 100% of the time. There wouldn't be booming porn, prostitution, spousal abuse, not to mention all the awful things that are done to children...etc etc.."
Things like child marriage and spousal abuse aren't *state-sanctioned* here. Saudi Arabia LEGALLY allows marriage of 50 year olds to children as young as 8 and then rejects their appeals on the basis of Islamic Sharia. Women are not legally allowed to drive there. Not just a fringe group of women - but all women. Polygyny is legal and even encouraged, while polyandry is punishable by death. If you want to know more about what living in Saudi Arabia is like, please read my last post on it.
A lot of liberals in the West take a very relativistic approach to countries like Saudi Arabia, under the umbrella of multiculturalism. Unfortunately, this inadvertently enables the gross human rights violations that occur in societies such as these, against the "decent" people in KSA that you're talking about. It's a dangerous approach to take. From my 11 years living and growing up there, I can tell you that what you see and hear about Saudi Arabia in the West barely scratches the surface, and if anything, is probably a more moderate view of the country than it really is.”
“Rep. Foxx , it is women like you that make a total mockery of our country. Repeat after me Rep Foxx :
Liberty and Justice for all. NOT just straight people! now get it OR get out of public office. It's a waste of time to hear such B.S. Another southern republican pandering to their homophobic constituents.”
I am so happy I could kiss you! Well, just kidding but welcome Senator Specter to the semi sane side of the aisle!
David Frum calls them as he sees them, he is not a sheep to the Republican Party and for that, I respect him. Dems....... please do the right thing with this power!!! People (citizens, huff posters etc..) we have to keep on top of our representatives I don't care what party they are from! If they know we are watching closely, HOPEFULLY they will behave just a little bit better! Maybe the tea-parties was the last straw for Specter, who knows.. but he is one smart politician!!! Pennsylvania is blue anyways...
This is the beginning of the end for the Republican party as we know it.. but hopefully the spin off will be interesting and work to improve our country. Come on over Senator McCain and Megan... Rush gave you his blessing!!!!”
“He is so busted .. what a complete jerk. He should be in prison getting what he deserves.
These guys have ruined the country. It is almost laughable that Rethugs and neo-cons have been saying about Obama's conciliatory visits to Europe and Latin America that they show a sign of weakness. Are you kidding me, these guys are soooooooo clueless, its embarrassing to watch.”
“bega bug... touche! while I understand this is inconvenient to say the least.. doing the right thing is not about convenience. Obama doesn't have to work on this day and night, but he can set the ethical tone and promote doing the right thing. That is why we have department of justice. If we don't look into this and make top level creeps of Bush Admin accountable...then we really are a joke. President Bush, you childish piece of crap, thank you so much for this mess”
Apr 16, 2009 at 17:29:07
“Go Susan! How wonderful that your dream can come true after you have given so many years to your mother!”
Trill on Apr 16, 2009 at 17:37:26
“I absolutely love Susan Boyle. Her voice is indeed like an angel. You know, the only thing her PR person might do is to give her a new hairdo...shorter....more styled, and to fix her eyebrows...too thick. Bushy has never left...mine are bushy, but Susan's could be trimmed.
That's all she might do. Does anyone remember Kate Smith? She had the weight and an ok face, and was a charmer with a beautiful voice for years. She was known for her rendition of "God Bless America" among other songs. God Bless Susan Boyle.”
“It really boggles the mind. $2 Trillion dollar war, and where were the "tea baggers" tax cuts for Cheney and this thieving friends for the last 8 years.. Hardly a blip in the tea bag world!
President Obama will do his best to do the right thing for the majority of citizens.. Cheney and Bush only cared about their bravado and lining the pockets of their filthy rotten thief friends.
The $$$ that went to wall street was awful and you can thank W and Hank Paulson for that "shock doctrine" move before they left. They knew the walls were coming down. Do you think because Bush didn't have the base-balls to come out of the White House and do something about the economy...no we were just fed one of his "cheeky" one liners.. "the economy is sound" I have to laugh at these people. Your taxes when down fools if you are "regular people".
Time to get off your ass*s!! Do something good for your family. Support your country (do you think those 140,000 troops in Iraq are free! NO dammit.. they cost money, Money that W the biggest whimp ever gave away in no bid contracts.)
p.s. $100 Billion being tax sheltered off shore thanks to beloved Corporate America and their lawyers. tea bag anyone!”
Newbie71 on Apr 16, 2009 at 07:32:37
“Correction - $100 Billion is being tax sheltered offshore thanks to Lobbyists and complicit members of Congress in both parties.”
lastcallmd on Apr 16, 2009 at 00:36:55
“If any of your supposed facts were actually correct, I'd be as angry as you. But, they're not, so you're just doing the tasmanian devil thing which is kind of funny to read about.”
“I have to tell you .. it is sort of scary when a persons point of reference is "Wikipedia"
If you do not think that the Bushies took part in corporate socialism then you are on some really good drugs. Approximately 20-30 Cotton Farmers split about $8 Billion in farm subsidies every year. These farmers are not on welfare or without health care, and not eating "top ramen" for dinner. I am truly tired of Republican thieves who raped and pillaged the treasury with the US taxpayer footing the bill who are now pissed because we might actually do something ethical by helping our FELLOW CITIZENS. These are the same people that say nothing about a 2 Trillion Dollar war about tax cuts during this war (NEVER DONE BEFORE!!!) Who were not bothered by their blatantly derelict President W who broke laws, trashed the constitution and used fear to make all his friends (and current foes .. Cheney) very rich. People .. get your heads on straight .. the republicans care about two things.. themselves as a party and the pocketbooks of the corporations they represent. Call it what it is! and stick that in your Wikipedia.”
LITU on Apr 11, 2009 at 20:15:10
“As the Sensi said, Wikipedia is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.
I appreciate your comments, s.dee.”
Decipherer on Apr 11, 2009 at 15:05:36
“Great post! You are spot on about the elites of the Republican party, those who seem to have their way with the ~20% of those poor fools who always seem to vote against their own interests when they vote GOP. Unlike the GOP elites, this group of poor souls care only about Guns, God, and "Right to LIfe."
The GOP elites care about two things and two things only: Money (and as much of it as they can amass regardless of the consequences) and control of government & industry, which ensures that they keep and amass the money.
I'm also guessing Wikipedia is in the vicinity of where the sun don't shine, right?”
3dtrix on Apr 11, 2009 at 14:44:19
“S - couldn't agree with you more. And, gosh, it seems you've toughened up ever so sexily since your Hollywood years...”
Audioman on Apr 11, 2009 at 14:36:36
“Sandra Dee - you took the words right out of my mouth. Nice description of those theiving basta*#'s; their contempt for working people is very open and transparent.
Just gotta wonder why so many working folk take their diversions - gay marriage, veiled hostility toward minorities, abortion, etc. - and get all lathered up and vote against their own interests as well as the interests of the majority of the country.
Fighting expensive wars and cutting taxes, as you point out, is simply foolish.”
FrankenPC on Apr 11, 2009 at 14:12:16
As I've said on other blogs...if you aren't rich, you are dirt. Republicans (the ones in power, not the delusional ones who vote for them) do not believe life has any value unless you are rich. End of line.”
President Obama is probably the only one showing any leadership in this whole circus.
He will be right and he will be wrong but he is willing to be accountable and responsible.
Remember G.W. Bush... the only thing he ever said was "I regret that the intelligence on Iraq was flawed" what a childish loser. He was NEVER a leader... It's not how loud and cowboy like a man is.. it's his actions, and W flunked every test imaginable as leader.
Thank goodness we have Obama. He can't solve it all but I trust him and that is more than I can say about anyone else in Washington.”
“President Bush calling himself a leader. Here is a man who had to have a full on media blitz to try to program US citizens into believing that bunch of b.s.
He is not a leader, never was, never will be. He is a spoiled rotten child, who had to be "right" even if the rest of us were screwed because of it. He never took accountability, never took responsibility.... that is NO leader in my book. Ta-ta Bushies...
I love it if V.P. Biden said that to him because it was so true!”
“Political whiner, MIchelle Bachmann has broken the law. She is supposed to post on her website the Earmarks she has requested. She has not done so. Apparently she has time to hang with the brilliant ones at FOX but can't get her paper work done. Michelle, come on, show your cards...you big fake!”
“However they caught Spitzer, the fact remains he broke the law. The law he so piously defended. I could forgive him but in a perfect world, everyone that breaks the law pays a price. So why wasn't he prosecuted. Everyone has a very very short memory. Personally, I believe there would not be prostitutes if there were no "Johns" and that is what Eliot Spitzer was, a John... pure and simple.
Do we need someone writing about Wall Street, sure. But how a man who preached to the high heavens about ethics and responsibility, pays to sleep with a woman not much older than his daughters, well you will have to forgive me. I don't trust him and I don't respect him. Maybe after he pays his debt to society, I shall consider it. If he was half the man he claimed to be, he would have paid the debt, as he has asked countless others. The double standard in America is not about Vitter and Spitzer, it is about the fact that a starving man can steal a meal and get months or more in prison but someone like Spitzer got a sweet spot on Slate. Only in a "man's world" would we put the prostitutes in jail while the John's go free.”
“This woman is something else. She is like a political "Stepford Wife".
When I see her with that strange grin, it is just hard to know what to think.
It would interest me to hear from her constituents. What on earth are they thinking?? (or not!)”
“AIG needs tough love and so does capitalism... thank you president bush for eight years of less than zero oversight . You left President Obama with the biggest mess and you just hid in the white house, holding your breath in the hope that the house of cards would not fall down while you were still in Washington. This is embarrassing and the money should be taken back or the company should be bankrupt and then as they say...let them eat cake.”
“Wall Street has been on an 8 year +++ drunken binge and now its over.. the booze is cut off and Wall Street is naked and it's cold out there. Life is not fair, get over it.
And any banker that sold a crap loan knew they were going to be problems down the road, they played roulette and they were left holding the gun. Bankers know exactly what they were doing.... "joe the plumber" types.. well like joe the plumber, they are not always the sharpest tacks in the box.
Santelli . a hater and a blowhard. It's easy to get pissed off, but where's the solution. He doesn't have one.”
reno1190 on Feb 24, 2009 at 08:16:13
“OH YES HE DOES,KEEP THINGS EXACTLY THE SAME WAY.DONT DO A THING”
“Governor Sanford, you are the biggest hypocrite on earth. Where were these righteous men as the billions in no bid contracts were going to Pentagon contractors. We spend more money on war and I have to wonder, what on earth are we defending. Uneducated, wasteland.. is that what America's future is. The Republican Party has only one "God" in which they trust and that is the mighty Corporation. Pull you head out South Carolina, this man would rather see families on the street than upset a US Corporation or his thug cronies. But this is the righteous republican!!! NO new taxes...just good old fashion deficits.
Go President Obama... your job is not easy but you have the people of the USA behind you, especially when half wits like Sanford speak their rhetoric.”