“I was very fortunate on a road trip across the USA to spend some time in Chicago which included a nice steak with friends at Gibsons. We sat and chatted, enjoyed the service and the company of a very young couple who were celebrating their 1st anniversary at the table next door. The were lovely, attentive to each other, very polite and I noticed, ordering the smallest items to share from the lowest cost end of the menu. It turned out the young man had saved hard to bring his special girl to town to enjoy a meal in the nicest place he could find. With fuel for the trip to town, accommodation and the cost of the meal they were about tapped out. My traveling companion insisted he was paying our bill so while our new friends were sharing their single serving of desert I slipped away and paid their bill. It freed up the money they needed to see a show in Chicago and I felt I had repaid the community that produced these lovely kids by doing something nice and unexpected. It was a first for me, but it definitely was not the last time, it felt to good not to do again.”
Vectorbabe on Feb 14, 2014 at 11:26:13
“And such is the benefit of anonymous generosity. (It needs to be anonymous.)
The giver gets as much, if not more, happiness as the one receiving the gift.”
phantastic830 on Feb 14, 2014 at 10:48:54
“Stu B., God Bless you for showing kindness to that young couple. I think it's wonderful. I hope you enjoyed my home of Chicago. The next you pass through, try the chicken vesuvio at Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse in downtown Chicago. It's delicious!”
bobnels on Feb 13, 2014 at 21:01:01
“Yes it does feel good to do something nice for someone else. Not because you are expected to, or to curry favor, but just for the sheer pleasure you feel yourself. Its as if you are receiving more from the gift than the recipient.”
Gamma2Boyz on Feb 13, 2014 at 18:27:17
“YOU are a classy gentleman - well done, well done!!!!”
Dennis Lurvey on Feb 12, 2014 at 13:09:12
“it does feel good. and we should be able to talk about it without being accused of being a braggart. re-living those times makes us do it again and again. maybe it will give others permission who are holding back for issues of personal space.”
“Telco's make income selling sim cards to people who use stolen phones. The phones have a tracking code that can be used to switch the phone off so it can never be used again, but they refuse to do it. to my mind, this creates the conditions that feed the criminals who steel the phones.
Can we finally say the telco's encourage and enable this activity, all for profit, regardless of the consequence? Perhaps if we do our governments will step out from behind the telco's and pass laws that will mean a stolen phone can be killed and worthless to the thief (And the telco's).”
“Oh David, did someone send you that para to post? Surely you are not so lost that you are not aware liberal groups were also targeted. It was an across the board audit, all side including the middle copped review.
Two amazing things came out of the process, first, the GOP operatives bleated louder and longer than anyone else and they were supported by the "liberal media" hunting for an Obama scandal and second, while some liberal groups had their status changed, the IRS auditors did not deny any GOP-TP group tax free status because they were scared of retribution from the GOP-TP machine. (Kind of think they knew not to say no to the bullies, doncha think?? wink wink).
A clever person like you must have read all this in the news, so I will give you the benefit of the doubt and suggest you just forgot all the pesky facts that did not fit the narrative that would earn you a nickle.”
David Moore 67 on Jan 10, 2014 at 13:32:30
“The GOP and media hardly have to hunt for a scandal as the administration seems to pump them out every couple months, case in point, the vaunted Benghazi scandal. The state department admitted today that it was organized by militant an terrorist groups, not a spontaneous event they were pushing to save face earlier. This administration is it's own worst enemy and has spent more time shooting itself in the foot this year than Barney Fife.”
“Icecream also affects a whole lot of lives (it makes people happy), so does water and air (they help people live).
Her inference was the effect on lives of the ACA was worse than the consequences of the administrations response to Katrina or the unwarranted war in Iraq.
Parsing words to attempt to prove night is day is a slippery way to debate. You seem to be smart enough to know the problems with her statement because you have been able to negotiate your way around it, but you lack the very basic ethics it takes to be considered a reliable source of information or opinion.
Enjoy the nickle you earned selling your reputation short.”
This is my screenname on Nov 25, 2013 at 18:45:47
“See youre embellishing on what she said. She didnt say Obamacare was worse than katrina or the iraq war, only the fact all three affected lives. Fake outrage”
Nov 7, 2013 at 01:06:00
“Surely, if your industry makes money fueling ignorance and paranoia, if you accept these conditions are the norm, you have a responsibility to keep the "Weapons of mass destruction" under lock and key.
The agenda is finding a safe way guns can be kept in society. If you say they can not, or it is too hard, it is time to hand them in.”
“So, as expected, the government subsidises his health care, but in real terms, if they spend $40,000, how much do Goldman claw back?
How much does the government give Goldman to cover Ted and how does this amount compare to the amount the government has budgeted as their contribution to health care insurance for the people on the lowest level of assistance?
Who are the real takers here? Looks like Champagne socialism to me.”
jmb4 on Sep 26, 2013 at 21:53:56
“Presumably Goldman Sachs has a Cadillac plan (Bentley or Rolls Royce would be more like it). But it's a private plan, and the tax payer subsidy consists of the loss of income tax on the portion of Goldman's income that paid for the coverage; but that is a form of tax spending that applies to all businesses across the board. What's really unfair is the fact that individuals (not businesses) cannot deduct their health insurance premiums unless their TOTAL medical expenses exceed 7.5% of AGI and only on the portion above that threshold. That is a perfect example of tax spending policy that benefits corporations disproportionately (to the extent that they actually do pay taxes). It also contributes to the profits of health insurers, who of course are opposed to government intervention to drive down the costs of health. ”
“Any accountants out there? I want to know how much of the cost of health care paid by an employer on behalf of an employee the company can claim back from the tax man. How much is Goldman paying, and how much does it cost the American Government when companies offer these rewards to their executives.
If these perks are permissible as "Essential and budgeted expenses to attract and retain staff" I bet the costs are balanced against profits and the tax man takes a hit. Perhaps the Government contribution to these Champagne plans should be capped at the lowest level the Government budgets in the plan for the currently uninsured Americans.
Just wondering. In fact I have always wondered why tax rebates and offsets on executive travel, flash company cars and other "Stylish" perks are not factored by the government at the lowest rate acceptable to do the job. Choose to fly first class, spend $4,000 instead of $400 to get to your destination knowing the tax man will offset your spend against any tax claim on your company profit? I bet that would change if the entire claimable amount was $400, and imagine the improvement in the companies bottom line. It is easy to ride at the pointy end when you are asking the public to pay part of your airfare.”
“You have overlooked the investment the workers put in to government infrastructure. Pay raises where negotiated away in exchange for retirement funding. Accountants and managers eager to withhold money and reduce expenses "today" made the case that the workers should let them invest the wages the workers did not take now to build an investment fund that would DEFINATELY pay the workers in retirement. In the interest of reducing the immediate demand on the employer and securing the workers (And the countries) future the unions agreed to the deal. The managers of those funds got big bonuses while they were pissing the money up a tree and now the unions and workers are accused of stealing from the country because they expect what was promised to them.
A double play, with double bonuses, once for making the deal so the projections for the next 20 years look sweet, once for investing the workers future in a toilet bowl, and yet the media still insist it is the unions who broke America? All the unions did was agree to the plan offered by management who were keen to use the workers money as an investment vehicle. They thought the long term retirement INVESTMENT was in the countries interest, they traded actual hourly rate for a future benefit keeping the USA as the lowest paid first world country. And the media still have not connected the dots coz they are lazy, too busy printing press releases from "Think Tanks".”
Fit2betied on May 31, 2013 at 00:57:15
“I agree that the Unions and the workers aren't at fault. It was those negotiating with the unions that made very bad deals for the taxpayers.
My post was to point out that state and local governments need to do away with pensions for new hires and contribute to employee 401K plans at rates comparable to the private sector. Allowing employees to retire in their 50s at 90% of their highest salary is a recipe for fiscal disaster. It's time for workers and not taxpayers to fund a majority of worker retirement expenses.”
“6 sitting GOP reps write to a branch office of the IRS complaining about the tax free status of Tea Party groups who were threatening to unseat them, demanding an investigation and the branch office looks in to it, perhaps because they do not want back lash from the GOP, they like the GOP, they thought it was fair to do based on the complaint, for what ever reason, and suddenly it is the POTUS fault?
The GOP creates the perfect storm, do nothing and it is an outrage, do something and it is an outrage. Why are the media not asking the 6 who bullied and lobbied the IRS to start investigating to wear some of the responsibility?”
“LOL that's about the funniest thing I have ever seen a boy in his moms basement type, LOL LOL You should contact Adam Sandler, he could do with some script development ideas and your barbs are so fresh.”
“Nations other than the USA who agreed did so because,
1. They were bullied by the USA in to supporting the US position
2. The information they relied on was supplied to them by the USA.
The key information the Bush administration used to justify it's decision was compiled by the USA with information from ONE discredited informant, sent to the UK, rubber stamped by Blair and sent back to the USA. That document was then held up by the USA as independent proof to discredit the inspectors who were trying to do their job and to increase threat level to the point where patriots would bully all debate to a halt.
“What is your point, other than trying to insult me. China is in many ways a perfect example of the cowboy economy the GOP loves. Money buys influence and regulations favourable to the rich, all in the name of job creation.
You seem to have trouble shifting your thinking from the 50's in to a new century and you prove you have no understanding of the economic models and production systems the world currently follows.
The kind of regulations that protect the environment also protect the people (But any sentence with "The people" in it must be a communist plot, right? Check American history please.) and funnily enough those same regulations protect the assets of the business next door and the markets businesses sell in to. Consider the disruption to the economy of West, Texas since an unregulated factory exploded tearing up the town. One company made easy profits using GOP cowboy economics, all the other companies in that town and the Federal government are now being asked to pay the bill. Privatize the profit and socialize the losses is the favourite mantra of the GOP, coincidentally it is also a popular the slogan used by Chinese businesses in 2013.
You need to read more and take your Communist = Democratic McCarthy-ist thinking and your voodoo economics devotion somewhere grown ups do not gather please. You have proven yourself to be below the conversation.”
eelo9 on May 16, 2013 at 19:41:05
“China is overwhelmed with with major ecological problems dirty water dirty air probably the worst environmental problems in the entire world,yet your muslim ruler wants to emulate them.They treat their labor force like prisoners something Obama would relish to be able to emulate here in America.what i'm sayng is your bisexual mulsim ruler is so enamoured with communism/socialism that he constantly wishes the he was an American dictator.Obama hates our constitution because it puts roadblocks in his way as he tries to make America a third world country. ”
“With 4 kids, a driver and the cop all in the bus together in NC, I wonder how long the investigation to find the person who pulled the trigger will take and what it will cost. It may require some Federal funding.”
“Mirrorwrlds, "The least intelligent person in Congress since Allen West got ousted sits on the House Intelligence Committee is really a sad commentary on how dysfunctional Congress is."
More correctly, she was CHOSEN by her fellow GOP reps as the most appropriate person to represent them on this committee. She is the combined voice and mind of all GOPPERS and the personification of their interest in this subject. Want a really big laugh, check out the GOP reps on the science and technology committees. LOL”
“Perhaps someone with more time than me can line the "Gun death" states list up with two other studies. States that contribute least tax and states that take most Federal assistance. Hmm I wonder if there is a list of states that complain and block improvements most as well? I bet the same 10 top every list. LOL”
“Hmmm Authorised is such a strong word. Do you think "Dems showing bi-partisan support of a President who claimed to have ALL the facts" is a better description.
The buck stops with the Decider, not the people he convinced. They can be accused of being sheep, scared of the duel wolves of media scorn and patriotic fervour, but they should not be the scapegoats for that folly.”