“I am irritated that so many are praising Michael Hastings when what I saw was a man who disrespected the three black panelists, especially the woman, and acted as if he was on a speed high or something. He monopolized the hour and didn't let anyone else express contrary views. If I'd been the woman from Carnegie Mellon I'd have walked out. He cut her off so badly and when she finally got in a sentence near the end of the segment, his body language while she talked was atrocious. How he presented himself and his disregard for others spoke louder to me about his personal views than any words he uttered. Steve Kornacki seemed dazed, unable to lead the discussion so that all panelists could be heard. He needs to watch some Chris Hayes tapes.”
rhombus on May 27, 2013 at 13:12:21
“Steve Kornacki isn't used to having a guest who is as forthright as Mr. Hastings. What Mr. Hastings said needed to be said, and not diluted with PC language that qualifies everything into corn meal mush. Mr. Kornacki tries too hard to be middling, and in this instance he seemed disconnected with the fact that his guest called out the President on a lie. I'm okay with both what Mr. Hastings said and how he said it.
Chris Hayes is also too ready to smooth over comments from guests that need to stand on their merits. I don't allow myself to get hung up too much on how guest comments are packaged. I'm more interested in what is being said, as to its thoughtfulness and and breadth of perspective. If Mr. Kosrnacki can't handle responsible dissent that challenges PC from the President, perhaps he ought to be host of "Puppies and Kittens, with Steve Kornacki."”
“I was so angry after watching that segment that I vowed to write MSNBC to complain about host Steve Kornacki's lousy moderating. He allowed Mchael Hastings to run over the three black panelists, cutting them off, interrupting, monopolizing all talk. The black woman, from Carnegie Mellon, was so angry at Hastings' continual cutting off her attempts to speak--and Kornacki's allowing it--that I thought she might storm off the set. I would have. Kornacki only kept responding to Hastings, backtracking like a meek rabbit himself, from what had started out to seem like guarded praise for Obama's attempt to shift from a forever-war national posture, until it sounded as if Kornacki were agreeing with Hastings' rantings. I wonder if Hastings saw the same speech I did? Chris Hayes as former moderator of the show respected all his panelists and knew how to allow each one to present viewpoints fully, while allowing disagreements that didn't obliterate other views. Kornacki doesn't.”
“If it's a good thing for states to decide on one social issue, why not let the seven states that have legalized gay marriage so far allow them to continue to be in charge of their own decision making? States rights!
Forget the idea of a constitutional amendment to overrule the seven states and dissolve thousands of marriages, including mine.
And then the other states will come around one by one as the old bigots and no-nothings die off, without a constitutional amendment to overturn a la prohibition.
After 33 years with my partner and 8 years legally married, how dare Repugs decide my marriage is no longer valid nationwide? It still is in around six countries, last I checked.
The GOP picks and chooses social issues to support just like the evangelicals pick and choose (mostly Old) Testament verses they agree with.
If they truly believed in state supremacy they'd forget the idea of a constitutional amendment to outlaw Roe v. Wade as well. Let the backward south and the "heartland" succeed from reality as well as the country.”
“Both sexes should be taught that women have a clitoris which is the center of female orgasms, and some 70% of women do not have orgasms with traditional intercourse and require clitoral stimulation. Oral, fingers, vibrators, whatever is preferred. Most women and a few men fake orgasms, for individual reasons, often to just get the act over with because their partner is not going to do anything that pleasures them. A woman cheats herself if she fakes it to make her partner feel good about himself or herself.”
solid on Oct 23, 2013 at 08:16:21
“Haha, my wife and I found her clitoris about 35 years ago. It still gets stimulated regularly!”
“Bravo to Ginsburg for showing a woman's right to choose, even under great pressure. Every Supreme Court Justice in recent history has been replaced by one even further to the right, making the SC more and more conservative as the years go on.
Ginsburg is the most liberal judge on the court right now; why should she bow out for someone more conservative, even if somewhat of a liberal? There are a lot of important decisions coming up in the next three years and I want her voice to be the loudest in the decision-making.
Republicans sure aren't going to let someone as liberal as her be her replacement! Chances are very good that Hillary Clinton will be elected President in 2016, not a Republican, and then perhaps, perhaps, we'd have a chance for another real liberal to be named to the court.
I'm going all out for Hillary to win and for Ginsburg to keep speaking out on every court issue until the day she no longer physically can!
Let's hear it for the wisdom and experience of older women being represented on the Court, too! She knows more about the issues than all the other justices put together!”
tepeko on Jul 4, 2013 at 23:47:17
“Are you saying that the last two women Obama has appointed to the Supreme Court are "to the right" of those they replaced? I don't think you are right. But, go ahead and prove your point. Don;t forget, one of the justices replaced had been appointed by a Republican president.”
Intelligentia on Jul 4, 2013 at 23:46:34
“Year, right! Good propaganda piece! She need to go. Everybody is expendable!”
May 29, 2013 at 12:42:45
“Slavery was an inherent part of US history from the beginning. Whites throughout the world have been taught if subtly that they are superior, entitled. Human beings tend to stratify and separate themselves, often on color, class, religion, sex. It's not just the US!”
phillipgaohio on May 29, 2013 at 13:41:51
“Excellent point. I do enjoy hearing the opinion of informed people about social issues.”
May 27, 2013 at 13:31:28
“I had the freedom of a college campus with a large international student body as backdrop and retreat to whenever it got too hot in the town. We went to college football games together and had dozens of seats free all around us because no one wanted to sit next to us, though their aim with tossed food was still good from a distance. I got racial insults slipped under my door in the grad women's dorm. And I was shot at by the Klan at one point! There have been clandestine interracial relationships throughout history, though hidden. Basically the white woman joins the black community where she is not really accepted by most, either, but she is anathema in her old community. It was done.”
phillipgaohio on May 27, 2013 at 16:00:57
“That's very interesting. What do you think it is about American culture that allows such feelings to flourish?”
May 26, 2013 at 17:59:23
“I don't think the interracial aspect of the romance is a problem at all, it's the fact Fitz was carrying on an affair while in the White House while still married to a woman who appears to be the most dutiful, loyal, charming, maternal First Lady ever. If he could be lying and acting throughout those years, what else could he be lying and acting about? As it turns out, a lot! And I do know the subtle and blatant racism an interracial couple gets, since I dated several black men when I was in my 20s-- which was in the '60s, in the South as well as he North.”
phillipgaohio on May 27, 2013 at 11:42:25
“How could you possibly have gotten away with openly dating black men in the South in the 1960's?”
“A quick kiss hello or good-bye? Have you ever once saw a quick kiss hello or good-bye between a straight couple and gone all judgmental-negative? I'm not talking all all over each other-get a room public displays, which are inappropriate no matter who is doing it. And neither is this couple. Hypocrisy and double standards anyone?”
electricsoul on May 19, 2013 at 11:16:10
“good manners? there is nothing inappropriate about a public deplay of affection. if anything its healthy. im not talking about making out and groping in public either.”
“Hey! Journalists doing political news stories in particular should not be doing political ads or anything else obviously political on their own time. Fox "news" doesn't have real journalists or adhere to any other sort of journalistic ethics, but all other news organizations follow this basic principle. Chelsea isn't being "silenced," NBC is not violating the First Amendment, there is such a thing as journalistic ethics. Believe it or not, there is, and legitimate news organizations try to meet them. Chelsea can do her own thing and say anything she wants any time she wants, just not while she is a news reporter.”
“When Nancy moved the family to Mexico and the cartels started o make their appearances, the show was no longer funny or fascinating. I live in an expat haven in central Mexico and anything that makes the horrors of the drug wars more glamorous is an instant turnoff for me. Some 50,000+ murders is not fun.”
“Women who like Sarah Palin calling them grizzly moms should keep in mind what Sarah Palin actually does to grizzly moms. Remember the front page newspaper photo of her sitting on a dead grizzly's skin on her front room sofa? You can't tell a mama grizzly from a papa grizzly from a heilcopter shoot.”
“For those who didn't understand the Irish fans thanking Mexico for beating France, earlier in these comments, a Wall Street Journal online report a few minutes ago noted:
>In a game that will be celebrated in Ireland and viewed as justice in most of the soccer-viewing world, France fell to Mexico 2-0 Thursday night. The result virtually guarantees that France, a finalist in 2006, will be headed home after group play. Irish eyes are certainly smiling, since France would have never made it to South Africa had Thierry Henry not illegally handled the ball just before the decisive goal in qualifying last year against Ireland.>
Hope that clarifies the reasons for Irish jubilation for this win.
All the teams and fans are looking not only at individual matches but at what each win means in terms of the future matchups, and what team is in effect dropped out because of one victory or another, not necessarily their own.
Posted from San Miguel de Allende, where not just Irish eyes are smiling!”
apoyo on Jun 17, 2010 at 20:06:28
“I am fanning you primarily because you post from a place I so long to see. I envy you. Tell me, what is like to live there. I wait with bated breath.”
“The front page headline for this article made it sound as if Obama was telling his audience to go back to their cars--but why?
It was left to one's imagination, with rightwingers undoubtedly thinking Obama was flipflopping on ecology issues and telling everyone it was okay to start using gas unthinkingly again despite the oil spil.
Or what else could a casual viewer have thought that headline meant? Someone should have rewritten that headline to make it clear it was bad weather that was causing Obama to tell everyone to go back to the safety of their cars.
I would have expected a misleading headline like that from Fox. Limbaugh would have taken it out of context and implied Obama cut short a tribute to vets. Beck would have called him a crybaby and maybe mimicked Malia telling Obama he needed to stay out of the rain. That I expect.
But when our own media mess up, it's really annoying, Please, a little more attention to headlines.”
bigbenny on May 31, 2010 at 15:40:29
“I think HP has hired someone who used to work for the Enquirer to write their headlines.”
LightAngel on May 31, 2010 at 15:38:59
“Come back and you will see that it's vintage HP.”
Jan 2, 2010 at 09:38:50
“"All My Children" has had a major gay character for a decade, and openly gay characters even before that.
Erica Kane's daughter Bianca has been in several relationships and had sex scenes and got married and had a baby, all the regular things all the other characters do, long before this very superficial sex scene on "One Life to Live."
Bianca even had a faux staged sex scene to make a friend's husband mad catching his wife in bed with an out lesbian.
Do gay women not count as gays?
A couple years ago "All My Children" even had a major story on transgendered people with a well-known Broadway actor making the transition.
Cheers to "All My Children" for being the real ground-breaking soap on current issues.”
WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot78 on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:21:54
“I agree. AMC helped pave the way by having Erica Kane's daughter come out of the closet. There have been ups and downs with the Bianca storyline, and even with Bianca's involvement with Zarf/Zoe met with some mixed reviews, both good and bad. Ditto her relationship with Reese this year was bungled, in my opinion, even though they had a landmark wedding ceremony.
But I will never forget Bianca's coming out. For a child of a soap opera legend like Erica Kane, that story, in and of itself, was huge and well done.
There is also Otalia and Nuke on GL and ATWT respectively. And before them, Hank Elliott and Billy Douglas.
Without these foundations, Kyle and Oliver wouldn't be where they are now. The story has had it's ups and downs and hasn't been entirely perfect, but it's clear that OLTL has taken everything that came before Kyle and Oliver and built on it.
I do think that this was the first time for a mainstream soap opera to unequivocally show that physical intimacy between two males must be given equal treatment to their straight couples. Saying that it's all right for two men/women to love each other without reservation or doubts about who they want and what they want. And for that reason, I think this is a groundbreaking moment for representation of gay romance on US television.
It will be one of many, I'm sure.”
525600Minutes on Jan 2, 2010 at 11:41:04
“That transgender story line on AMC was done very well. They didn't get the proper credit they deserved for that. That actor was BRILLIANT too!
Good for you for remembering that and mentioning it.”
“Doesn't anybody see that using "ginger" was a way for South Park to talk about the N word that has the same letters in it?
Or does only Glenn Beck think about how rearranging letters can give new meaning, and links, to two words?
Of course Glenn Beck would have misspelled ginger and/or the N word.
The South Park satire had nothing to do with redheads really--I'm sure the creators were shocked that their satire was taken literally and redheads were attacked.
csmcmillion on Nov 30, 2009 at 21:10:02
“Guess you didn't see the Nagger episode.”
HBHB on Nov 30, 2009 at 20:49:39
“They have a black character named Token for crying out loud. Nice try. Next!”
pakaal on Nov 30, 2009 at 20:11:52
“I've heard English people mock (albeit jokingly) "gingers" and I get the sense that's part of the commentary. But it's clear there's a broader meaning. Too bad the kids in the article didn't quite get it.”
overcat on Nov 30, 2009 at 18:42:34
“I think you're wrong about that. South Park has been skewering virtually everyone and everything for over a decade now. It is not for the easily offended and is definitely not for children. They satirize on a "nothing is sacred" basis - race, religion, social class, gender, political affiliation, age, pop culture and on and on. While it is crass and sarcastic, I've never seen it as hateful. They seem to take special delight in making fun of hypocrisy and double standards, and they do so frequently. The Ginger episode was making fun of Cartman's all too common inability to empathize with and willingness to vilify people who are different in some way from himself, as are a good many other episodes.
It's not for everyone, and kids, who usually can't read between the lines and take things literally when they're not meant literally, really shouldn't be watching it. That's a parenting issue.”
Sep 12, 2009 at 09:11:15
“Some 40 years ago Jackie Kennedy Onassis was widely criticized for wearing something that showed the outline of her nipples while she was out walking in New York City. Have we not gotten over it yet?”