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Sarah Palin Blames Environmentalists For Gulf Oil Disaster

Commented Jun 4, 2010 at 23:17:27 in Green

“sorry, that was meant for demliarz, below.”

Jim Holbrook on Jun 4, 2010 at 23:51:41

“no.. but he was confusing with his difficult grasp of english. He wasn't joking. He thinks the dems are liars, hence the name....demliarz.... and he really thinks there shouldn't be any regulations. What a trip, eh?”
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Sarah Palin Blames Environmentalists For Gulf Oil Disaster

Commented Jun 4, 2010 at 23:15:57 in Green

“The people replying to your post don't seem to realize you were joking.”

vivela on Jun 4, 2010 at 23:17:27

“sorry, that was meant for demliarz, below.”
Avoiding Jury Duty: How Not To Do It

Avoiding Jury Duty: How Not To Do It

Commented Apr 30, 2009 at 21:36:13 in Home

“I like it, too.”
Barack Obama So Hip He's Inspired New Slang: Politico (VIDEO)

Barack Obama So Hip He's Inspired New Slang: Politico (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 25, 2009 at 17:26:06 in Style

“My family and friends do something similar - nowadays when the talk starts getting negative or petty, someone will say, "Hey, President Obama wouldn't like to hear that kind of talk," or "Come on now, let's act right for President Obama."”
Townhall: Michelle Obama is a Bitch, Get It?

Townhall: Michelle Obama is a Bitch, Get It?

Commented Mar 25, 2009 at 22:12:13 in Media

“Thank you for this comment, alkamm - that was beautifully put.”
Sam Adams, Portland Mayor, Admits Relationship With Teen Following Year Of Denial

Sam Adams, Portland Mayor, Admits Relationship With Teen Following Year Of Denial

Commented Jan 20, 2009 at 17:32:39 in Politics

“Agreed. I was kidding, just trying to capture a bit of the local reaction.”
Sam Adams, Portland Mayor, Admits Relationship With Teen Following Year Of Denial

Sam Adams, Portland Mayor, Admits Relationship With Teen Following Year Of Denial

Commented Jan 20, 2009 at 05:36:27 in Politics

“I guess the salient issues are (1) the possibility that the kid was under 17 when it started (which would make it a statutory crime), (2) the fact that Sam lied about it with so much gusto and indignation, and (3) the whiff of sexual harassment/ abuse of power, since it started as a semi-professional "mentoring" relationship. Here in the land of Bob Packwood and Neil Goldschmidt, it's just kind of embarrassing. Chicago's got the crooks, but Portland's got the pervs. Of course, that's why a lot of us moved here.”

bluestatelib on Jan 20, 2009 at 08:57:51

“Please. Your pervs are crooks.”
CHESLEY B. SULLY SULLENBERGER, US AIRWAYS PILOT, HERO OF PLANE CRASH

CHESLEY B. SULLY SULLENBERGER, US AIRWAYS PILOT, HERO OF PLANE CRASH

Commented Jan 16, 2009 at 07:18:28 in New York

“The plane didn't crash the plane through any fault of Sullenberger's, as far as anyone can tell. A pilot can't usually see birds (and can't avoid them if s/he does see them). For that matter a bus driver can't always see a patch of ice. But you're right that there's always luck involved in these scenarios - both the bad luck to hit the obstacle in the first place and the good luck to have certain factors and resources that help you survive it. Nonetheless, what Sullenberger did was really a remarkable test of skill. I come from a family of pilots and we cried and celebrated all day.”
Obama's Meet The Press Interview: Discusses Economy, Auto Bailout, Iran, Foreign Policy, More (VIDEO)

Obama's Meet The Press Interview: Discusses Economy, Auto Bailout, Iran, Foreign Policy, More (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 7, 2008 at 16:56:18 in Politics

“I feel the same way, Helen. Hey, this is a little bit silly, but have you ever heard the song "Jimmy Carter Says Yes?" It was on one of those 1970s novelty records where people would send in lyrics and the company would set them to music. And, well, here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h874BPSnbWc&feature=related

I'm embarrassed to admit that at one point during the dark hours of the Bush administration, I heard this song and promptly burst into tears.”
Posh-Asana: Do You Have To Be Rich To Do Yoga?

Posh-Asana: Do You Have To Be Rich To Do Yoga?

Commented Jun 16, 2008 at 21:01:08 in Healthy Living

“I keep trying to figure out why this blog touched such a nerve, since I do think the class aspects of yoga practice, particularly in N.Y., are worth considering. I think my sticking point is that I know some wealthy or type-A people who are genuinely trying to dissolve their egos and become more compassionate people through yoga and similar practices, but also some people who seem to transfer the same ego-driven behavior to these practices, so it becomes just a new way to put themselves above other people, this time by feeling more evolved, cool, hard-core, authentic, etc. To me, yoga is least attractive when it's used as a way to authorize or bolster one's relative privilege and dominance in the world, and most attractive when it's a way to question these things and move toward a more kind, open, and egalitarian way of being. I think Ms. Cahn's blog is aiming for the latter, but we're all creatures of ego and in-group/out-group thinking, me included. For me, it's easier to have compassion for hippies than for rich ladies from Westchester, but this article is helping me to look within a little bit more on that one and try to work on my own stereotyping ways - so thank you for that, and namaste.”

RPLinNYC on Jun 17, 2008 at 10:32:40

“Thanks for taking the time to sort this out, vivela.

I too have been unsettled by the negativity here, but I think it is in the post itself.

I agree with your read on how yoga can go either way -- but i believe that the poster is an example of the former (ego-driven) way. I was quite put off by this post and my reaction was only confirmed by the poster's cheerfully obtuse retorts to some of the comments when she might have taken the opportunity there to check herself in the mirror (provided by the comments). I'm dismayed to hear that she is an instructor, tho I also know that certification is no guarantee of an evolved attitude, just a start. With all due respect, this poster seems to fetishize the trappings of yoga and misses out on the spirit.”
Posh-Asana: Do You Have To Be Rich To Do Yoga?

Posh-Asana: Do You Have To Be Rich To Do Yoga?

Commented Jun 15, 2008 at 20:37:49 in Healthy Living

“*That* ego.”
Obama, McCain Fight Over Clinton Supporters And Crossover Voters

Obama, McCain Fight Over Clinton Supporters And Crossover Voters

Commented Jun 14, 2008 at 19:35:21 in Politics

“It really warms the heart when someone takes an interest in learning new vocabulary words, like "disenfranchised." For her next step, I think this superdelegate might benefit from looking up the definition.”
Introducing The 'Freemale'

Introducing The 'Freemale'

Commented Jun 4, 2008 at 23:46:00 in Healthy Living

“I don't think we need to worry too much about this one - there's no guarantee that a fundamentalist eugenics program (or a progressive one) would actually work, and there are plenty of people who don't exactly abide by their parents' social and political platforms, plenty of impressionable children in need of care and guidance, and plenty of other ways to influence the younger generation besides trying to breed our own little soldiers. One could always try to lead by example, advocate for better education, or hand out a leaflet or something. OK, maybe not a leaflet, per se, but you know what I mean - whatever this thing is that we're doing right here, I have heard it said that the young people are available for persuasion through these very channels.”