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  • 50 (Dem.) U.S. Senators Urging Redskins Name Change   1 day 12 hours ago

    Tell that to the Indians, jerk. It is no term of respect today no matter what might have been true at some archaic point.

    Conclusively your ass! There are a number of other authentic scholars who disagree with your assertions and conclusions, and it being largely irrelevant to the offense taken by Indians today, only makes you look like more of a twit and racism coddler.

    The Cleveland baseball image is as bad, but it ain't the New Jersey Kikes either. Or would Jewboys show more pride? We could go with Hebes as a really neutral "nickname" for "them."

    See, this is the point you miss. The nickname can be about "us," but not about those who are not "included." White People can be Patriots, Packers, even Cowboys and not be usurping someone else's identity. The 49ers were White, and the Sooners were White folks who jumped the gun to grab Indian land. You can even be a traitorous rebel and be a mascot for patriotic football pride in the South.

    "Braves" and "Warriors" depict fighting courage, but it is still more like dress up in costumes than who "we" are. A rez basketball team can be the Fighting Apaches, but not some SW high school off the rez.

    Animals will have to defend themselves apart from this. Today is raining and the Beavers and the Ducks seem appropriate mascots. Have some fun. When Stanford dropped its Indian brand, it went to a Tree as its mascot because of the symbolic Stanford "Palo Alto" Sequoia. The tree in action is a hoot, and much better than some fierce beast.

    We are not going to have the S. Philly Wops or Dagos, and if you want to go with the Washington Rednecks, I will object on defense of honest rednecks and the fighting racism in that "mascot." The Alabama "Packers" would be about pistols, so just go with Georgia Crackers and keep it simple. Nope, this is not where to go. So why start with the "skins?"

  • Are we seeing the downfall of Fox News?   1 day 12 hours ago

    It has come time for grass roots movement against FOX. Call your cable company that carries the Fox channel Let them know that you find FOX OFFENSIVE. Then contact companies who support the Fox channel with their advertisement that you will no longer use their products. Then place a statements on your facebook and any other social medium " you support the down fall of Fox". Corporate America has stripped us of our political power, but not our buying power BOYCOTT-FOX ! BOYCOTT-FOX ! BOYCOTT-FOX !

  • Rev. Fischer's Rationalizations: Jesus would anally rape another person for the State.   1 day 12 hours ago

    By the way, Rev Fischer sounded like he was repeatedly pleading the 5th Amendment. What a dope! Although, if you believe in the God that thought it was ok to slaughter a whole community of Canaanites to steal their land then maybe Rev Fischer may have some iota of doing what God would have done when it came to justifying torture. Remember, that was also the same God that wanted a father to slaughter his first born son just to see if he would. Talk about mental torture and insane mind games! And then the Hebrew God also destroyed all living things upon the face of the earth except for Noah and family and a bunch of animals. What a psychopath! And remember, everyone's God is the same God! That Noah story, by the way, was plagiarized from the more ancient Epic of Gilgamesh whose people believed in a different god ...or gods. Abraham may have brought that story to the Levant from his home town of Ur in Mesopotamia and did some creative changes in order to be more accepting by his people. Noah is easier to say than Utnapishtum, I guess.

  • Wellness Programs, the Business Roundtable and Corpo-Fascist Activism   1 day 12 hours ago

    The "sins" are about things that really do harm. I would be for taxing heroin if it were "for sale." I want a drug policy that works, not one that makes money for predators who do not help the addicts. The idea that taking the criminal sanction against drugs away means I encourage their consumption is typical of your unimaginative and closed mind. Duh. No.

    What I do think is that the proven ways to treat the medical problem of drug abuse ought to be used rather than the failed Prohibitionism you support with all those drug tests, etc. I pay my taxes on wine and beer, and booze, because I know they can be a problem and do cause loss of life and money. I would like to see alcohol be more integrated into meals and social events rather than the focus of "getting shit-faced." Responsible use is a conservative mantra.

  • Rev. Fischer's Rationalizations: Jesus would anally rape another person for the State.   1 day 12 hours ago

    So, is the Christian God the new and improved God of the Jewish God? Or the Muslim god the new and improved god of the Jewish God? Was the Jewish God the new and improved God of the Mesopotamian, or Zoroastrian, or Egyptian, or Pagan gods? Some believers try to say that everyone's god is the same god. Only problem is that if you compare those gods they all differ considerably. And every one of those believers would not follow any of the other believer's gods. They each believe their image of god is superior to the others. Since gods are all merely inventions of people's superstitious beliefs and only exist in the minds of those who want to believe in them, it's no wonder that no one's god is really not the same as all the others. How can you believe that all gods are the same god when the Jewish God commanded Moses to send his armies down into the land of Canaan and slaughter all those people just to steal the land of Canaan and then say that it is the same as the Christian God that is a God of peace and love? I'd say that God has a very big mental problem and is very confused if it weren't for the fact that God does not really exist except in the minds of many different superstitious people from whom the concept of god originates. Most people know that Santa Claus and the tooth fairy are just-pretend ideas that children are subjected to by adults who think it's cute but then the children eventually learn the truth about those ideas. Too bad that even adults can't get over the just-pretend ideas, eg: God. There's just no such thing! God is not any more real than Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny or Thor or Zeus.

    Remember, even Bush, after having a Freudian slip about the "Crusades" we were conducting in the Middle East tried to back out and say that he believed that the Muslim God was the same God as the Christian God. What nonsense!

  • If Oil Stays Cheap and Plentiful.....   1 day 13 hours ago
    Quote chilidog:
    Quote Mauiman2:
    Quote chilidog:
    Quote Mauiman2:

    Do you have any idea how much tax there is on a gallon of gasoline.

    Obviously not enough. We consumer more than we produce, and the traders supplying the shortage want to kill us.

    Not true, we are exporting gasoline like crazy right now. Diesel is another story.

    All that shale oil is very light oil, lots of gasoline in a barrallel of shale oil. Refiners doing everything they can to maximize diesel.

    I was referring to oil.

    We aren't importing much oil now, and we are awfully close to being self sufficient in oil. That may change if the Saudis force some of the US frackers to stop drilling by forcing the price of oil down.

  • Wellness Programs, the Business Roundtable and Corpo-Fascist Activism   1 day 13 hours ago
    Quote drc2:

    "Sin taxes" reflect the cost to public health and the taxpayer in certain products people choose despite their dangers. Your fiscal conservativism might find the pay for what you cost others "sin tax" to be honest accounting and not "liberal" indulgence for personal irresponsibility.

    Seatbelts save lives, and a lot of medical bills and tragedies that harm our neighborhoods and even ourselves. I want that nifty back up camera in every car as well, because a lot of people, including myself, can be hurt "by accident." Just to mention the two instances you raised.

    But yet you whine and complain at the mere suggestion of ANY taxes placed on pot, or any drugs for that matter, as you have stated you think ALL drugs should be legalized for everybody's consumption.

  • U.S. Congress is NOT following the U.S. Constitution On Global Trade   1 day 13 hours ago
    Quote Mark the Shark:After World War II we had more sense and did not throw debt on Germany and Japan and since then they have been two of the most peaceful nations on our planet.
    The problem is Japan and Germany are two of the most egregious violators, in my view, of trade policies. Japan especially. We gave away a lot of our industries to Japan just to help them with building a "Democracy" after WWII. The development of Japan is no miracle - we flat out gave it to them. Both game the system with VAT taxes and other games. But both have a lot of leverage, being locations of large U.S. Military bases. Not to mention, that allows them the luxury of not having to worry about national defense or the noble responsibility for being the world's protector of "freedom!" <rolling eyes> that U.S. citizens and business have to pay for. So we let them get away with a whole lot, tradewise. And U.S. citizens and companies pay up to protect our industrial competitors. Some subsidy!

    But it's "over-regulation," "high taxes," or "lazy uneducated American workers" who are at fault. Right.

    Bring home troops from Germany and Japan, close the bases, force them to defend themselves, invest that money in the U.S., enforce trade rules, and THEN let's see how competitive Japan and Germany's industries are.

  • Are Corporations Really Looking For Fair Tax Reform?   1 day 13 hours ago
    Quote gumball:Not all corporate taxes are equal, "favored" industries pay less and those without political clout pay more. An inherent byproduct of big government.

    GE has been a corporate poster boy of late for tax avoidance. What the Thom and the rest of leftist media leaves out when discussing GE is how much of their low tax rate is attributed to green energy tax credits.

    GE is a poster boy of tax avoidance, sure. I don’t know, percentage wise, how much of their tax reduction is for green energy credits. I would generally support that part, although being part of corporate America, I am sure they are scamming the spirit of the law somehow to achieve these credits. It would be interesting to see how much of their tax reduction is for “green” initiatives vs. offshore and accounting gimmicks. I’d still bet the green-related tax reduction is less than the offshore and accounting gimmicks. And you also need to mention all the tax breaks and artificial support dirty energy gets.

    Quote gumball:The biggest avoidance is keeping money in other countries. If a german company wanted to spend a billion dollars earned overseas building a manufacturing plant here we would roll out the welcome mat. If Ford wanted to take money earned selling cars overseas and build a plant here we would require them to pay 35% of that money in taxes. Does that make sense?
    The problem is that most American multinationals don’t want to invest in American plants and equipment. Remember in 2004 when they were given a tax holiday….the “Homeland Investment Act?” Should have been called the "Another Mansion for the Corporate and Investor Elite Act." That huge one-time tax break – from 35% to 5.25% to repatriate foreign income was supposed to bring a torrent of investment and jobs back to the U.S., big business groups promised:

    Quote Homeland Investment Coalition:“In lobbying for the new act in 2003, a group of companies and trade associations formed the Homeland Investment Coalition and forecast that passage would help the American economy by “increasing domestic investment in plant, equipment, R.& D. and job creation.”

    What really happened?

    Quote New York Times: About 92 percent of it went to shareholders, mostly in the form of increased share buybacks and the rest through increased dividends.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/05/business/05norris.html?_r=0

    Sounds good theoretically, but bringing that money back from offshore would help very few Americans, except the mansion and caviar crowd. When they assure us of "more jobs," it only means "more profits." Wonder when lawmakers and citizens are finally going to catch on to that Luntzian scam-speak.

    Slap import tariffs on foreign made autos and auto parts, and see how lackadaisical Ford is about putting another plant in the world's largest consumer economy. Oh, that already happened in Brazil, and Ford happily build a plant there. And it happened in China, and GM happily built another Cadillac plant there.

  • And the rich get rich...   1 day 14 hours ago

    Solutions? A wealth tax and 90 percent inheritance tax on everything above a certain amount, maybe everything above 10 times the average annual income. Yes, it will surely be a very merry Christmas for a select few.

  • Wellness Programs, the Business Roundtable and Corpo-Fascist Activism   1 day 14 hours ago

    "Sin taxes" reflect the cost to public health and the taxpayer in certain products people choose despite their dangers. Your fiscal conservativism might find the pay for what you cost others "sin tax" to be honest accounting and not "liberal" indulgence for personal irresponsibility.

    Seatbelts save lives, and a lot of medical bills and tragedies that harm our neighborhoods and even ourselves. I want that nifty back up camera in every car as well, because a lot of people, including myself, can be hurt "by accident." Just to mention the two instances you raised.

    You do not accept the long-standing human social concept of "the Commons," so it is useless to try to convince you that any real social issue beyond individual rights can be the business of government. That we own our government and do not own what we rent from privateers, landlords and warlords is what we desire.

    I find this socially liberal and "fiscally conservative" line to be delusional. Were there any actual fiscal conservatives wise in how to invest for value and avoid waste, they would have to abandon everything else that carries a "conservative" brand. Justice requires a "state" to enforce the interests of the society when economic forces attempt to hijack public policy.

  • U.S. Congress is NOT following the U.S. Constitution On Global Trade   1 day 14 hours ago

    Sounds like some giggle causing sarcasm from al3. Yes, there are plenty of people who pretend they are conservative, yet when it comes to trade are Neoliberals. When I posted some similar information on the Tea Party Nation web site a few months ago I even had one neoliberal who was hoping I would turn into one, quote from what it is to be a neoliberal that he found on the internet and said it sounded good (at least to him). And during this time I was posting information from a pamphlet titled "Free Trade Is Not Conservative", published by The Conservative Caucus Foundation. Most people there agreed with this in part, but there were a couple of neoliberals who were deliberately deceptive on this issue.

    And here is one deception that I hear a lot of. Tariffs cause hostility between nations. These people ignorantly squeel this out yet don't look at all the nations who charge tariffs today, for example China. With China charging tariffs with goods we sell to them, with our nation charging no or limited tariffs, the only thing this has caused is DEBT with our nation having to borrow money from communist China in order to keep the flow of our U.S. economy and help pay some of the U.S. federal bills today, but perhaps not tomorrow.

    Tariffs charged between nations is simply related to the negotiation of trade between nations. Negotiation does not cause hostitily. When you can not work out a deal with one person you just remove yourself from that person and find a new person to negotiate another deal with. In contrast, what actually causes hostility is debt. For example, if one person owes another person a large sum of money and can not pay this debt back are they going to then be friends and business partners? Obviously not.

    And the last World War II that we had was originally caused by debt. It resulted in the war monger Adolf Hitler gaining power and rulership in Germany. It was the debt passed on to Germany by countries France and England from the Treaty of Versailles right after World War I. Germany only about 20 years after this attacked and declared war on these nations. After World War II we had more sense and did not throw debt on Germany and Japan and since then they have been two of the most peaceful nations on our planet.

    And today with the U.S. federal debt growing it is causing hostility between the republicons and demorats every time the federal government budget needs to be recalculated and agreed upon . Notice the way I spelled these two parties.

  • US Hubris: US Totally Missing the Danger Around the Sony “The Interview” Movie.   1 day 14 hours ago
    Quote Antifascist:In case Obama doesn’t know, Pyongyang, North Korea, is only 800 miles from Tokyo, Japan. Also, North Korea has nuclear tipped missiles.

    I have no doubt he knows, however as we have seen over Ukraine and Victoria Nuland (a neocon and Cheney appointee), there are lots of individuals at the Assistant Secretary of State (the real colonels of foreign policy - Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer created the proxy invasion of Somalia by Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda back in the 2000s) who are doing their own thing. This how far the rot has spread, thanks to 8 years of Bush-Cheney.

    And not only is Pyongyang 800 miles from Tokyo, it is 120 miles from Seoul. Artillery could take them out.

    The reason I am responding though, and why there is a Zimbabwean link, is that we have been here before.

    In 2005, Sydney Lumet released the movie The Interpreter, starring Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn. A terrible movie, with terrible acting, however the bad guys were thinly disguised versions of President Mugabe and Zimbabwe.

    (WIKIPEDIA) The Interpreter and Zimbabwe

    How much money was Sydney Lumet paid to make this movie about Zimbabwe, I don't know. However there is a long history of the State Department and Hollywood colluding, all the way back to WWII.

    Then, in 1998, Edward Zwick released The Siege,

    The Siege Trailer (Quote: "On November 6th, Freedom Is History")

    The Siege - Official® Trailer [HD]

    about islamic terrorists setting off explosives around New York, after which a General (Bruce Willis) creates marshal law and seals off a neighborhood, rounds people up and starts torturing them. Kind of prescient. Even the tagline, "On November 6th, Freedom Is History" is intriguing, not in the least because if you turn round 11/6, you get 9/11. There is exactly 1 day in a year of 365 days you can do that with.

    The Siege was a major movie, which starred Denzel Washington, Tony Shaloub, Annette Bening and Bruce Willis.

  • Inspection- Is Castro's Cuba Convertible?   1 day 14 hours ago

    Sorry, Ken, but you're a little off here.

    First, we do know that the Castro Bros. government is popular among the people. There are, as noted on the show, plenty of people who travel to Cuba. True that the government has especially in the past kept a very tight lid on travel, who gets to talk to whom, etc., but this thaw has been happening for a while. There are plenty of human rights groups that don't think that there is anything especially egregious about Cuba. Its not like North Korea; the situation is fairly well known.

    In fact, the government want to promote journalism to the extent that it reveals precisely that the reforms of the government are coming from the bottom-up, the people, not from outside influence. This is especially true in agriculture where Cuba is demonstrating its efforts to promote various types of sustainable agriculture. Also these reforms include liberalizing the market to small businesses.

  • Wellness Programs, the Business Roundtable and Corpo-Fascist Activism   1 day 14 hours ago
    Quote RichardofJeffersonCity:

    gumball, are you a libertarian or a objectivist?

    I used to call myself a libertarian, after reading the posts here from some self described libertarians I would now describe myself as a moderate conservative. Meaning leaning left on social issues and right on economic issues. Not sure what an objectivist is.

    I certainly do no like the idea of Boss's telling their employees how to live their personal life. What I do not get is how some of you can be so offended by this and then turn around and actively support the government doing this. From sin taxes to seatbelt laws the government has exercised far more power in how we can chose to live our lives.

  • Are Corporations Really Looking For Fair Tax Reform?   1 day 15 hours ago
    Quote al3:
    Quote gumball:A simplified tax structure with a lower rate is the way to go.
    If it results in corporations and the rich paying more, I agree. Otherwise, who really cares what the tax code is. I get suspicious when I hear conservatives or corporations cry for "simplification" or "reform" in the tax system. It's code for "We want to pay less taxes!" To me, tax “reform” means corporations and the rich paying more. Maybe they don't need that 5th mansion, maybe they can get buy with only 4. If corporations are pushing tax "reform," that means I probably don't support it.

    Not all corporate taxes are equal, "favored" industries pay less and those without political clout pay more. An inherent byproduct of big government.

    GE has been a corporate poster boy of late for tax avoidance. What the Thom and the rest of leftist media leaves out when discussing GE is how much of their low tax rate is attributed to green energy tax credits.

    The biggest avoidance is keeping money in other countries. If a german company wanted to spend a billion dollars earned overseas building a manufacturing plant here we would roll out the welcome mat. If Ford wanted to take money earned selling cars overseas and build a plant here we would require them to pay 35% of that money in taxes. Does that make sense?

  • 1.4 Million Illegal Immmigrant Driver's Licenses in CA   1 day 15 hours ago

    It is easy to get a law passed if nobody knows what is in it. Ask Nancy Pelosi.

  • Rebranding The Koch Bros.   1 day 15 hours ago

    How about 2015, just for starters?

  • Rev. Fischer's Rationalizations: Jesus would anally rape another person for the State.   1 day 15 hours ago

    drc wrote among other things...

    He [Jesus] not only got himself killed, which was the easy part, he got himself remembered and venerated, which was beyond rare to be "unique." He died in a Roman torture practice of crucifixion--pointed at political criminals, so the irony of having this guy cited to approve a torture state practice by the occupying empire is beyond huge.

    drc, that was an astoundingly good sermon--if I may call it that--about the life of Jesus. I mean it is as insightful as anything the theologian Paul Tillich would have written. What shocks me the most is that during this entire discussion the thought never occurred to me while formulating my arguments to mention that Jesus himself was tortured by the State! And by Rev. Fischer’s definition the crucifixion would not have been torture! Rome was at war and Christ was found guilty by a court of Roman law—the most advanced legal system in the world at that time so Pontius Pilate could wash his hands of the execution of Christ. All nice and legal. Immoral acts repeat themselves when the rationalizations are airtight.

    Why was the fact that Jesus was tortured by the state not the first point to note by myself? First, most listeners, like myself, were stunned into comatose silence at the sheer incomprehensive stupidity of the Fischer’s statements. But more importantly, I think it is because being raised in an ideological self-identified Christian nation—or State sanctioned Christendom—we are taught the harmless Disneyland version of Christianity and do not really integrate its principles into our practical thinking. Christ is a market brand name and so the Christian Right-Wingnuts can say absurd things like Christians may torture other people as long as the state sanctions it. It comes from Christianity being reduced to too much church bureaucracy and religious doctrine that ultimately results in no Christianity at all. This is true not only of the Christian religion: Jesus himself identified Phariseeism as his contemporary example. Soren Kierkegaard wrote about this stately version of Christianity of his time…

    And this, this consequence, does not come about in the name of hindering Christianity, it is not with this in view of 1000 officials with family are paid; no, it comes about under the name of preaching Christianity, spreading Christianity, laboring for Christianity. Between too little and too much, which are said to spoil the broth, between this too little, that men do not assume the name of Christian, and this too much, that they might learn to know what Christianity truly is, and might really become Christians, between these two is balanced, with the seriousness of a tight-rope dancer, the official, state-churchly, or national-churchly Christianity of "Christendom," which does to be sure produce, in comparison with the New Testament, astonishing results...Christians by the millions, and all of the same quality.

    Is not this then about the most dangerous thing that could be thought of in order, if possible, to make Christianity impossible?

    Attack Upon 'Christendom,' 1854-1855 in 'The Instant No.1’.

    Soren Kierkegaard

    Beacon Press, 1956, pages 83-84.

  • Those Who Have Hours and Hours Every Week to Type and to Read Different Web Articles Don't Have Time to Make an Actual Contribution to Society   1 day 15 hours ago

    Way to go, Grey! Woo-hoo!

  • 50 (Dem.) U.S. Senators Urging Redskins Name Change   1 day 16 hours ago
    Quote drc2:Unless the Indians themselves sell the rights and continue to collect, nobody else has the right to use them. Period.
    I showed you, conclusively, in another thread, "Professor", that Native Americans themselves coined the term "Redskin" and that it was a term of respect. Period.

  • Rev. Fischer's Rationalizations: Jesus would anally rape another person for the State.   1 day 16 hours ago

    If Christians would grasp what Jesus actually taught, they'd understand that the only way to "sin" is to intentionally harm another physically, emotionally or economically....or to blaspheme God.

    The other side of the coin is, when harm is being done...try to fix it. Feed the hungry, etc.

    Old Testament secular laws attributed to God don't apply to Christians. As Jesus noted, they are "traditions of men",

    Anyone who attends a church that preaches the words of Christ should consider themselves fortunate. They are rare.

    Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"

  • 50 (Dem.) U.S. Senators Urging Redskins Name Change   1 day 16 hours ago

    They have nothing better to do?

  • Rebranding The Koch Bros.   1 day 16 hours ago

    Just preparing people for 2016.

  • More Govt Employee Scams   1 day 16 hours ago

    Here's more. Police unions extorting city councils who threaten to rein in a union and it's excesses.

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-costa-mesa-council-investiga...

    Detectives accused of tracking O.C. councilman, filing fake DUI report

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-private-investigators-costa-...

    Emails: Police asked for dirt on O.C. councilmen

    http://www.latimes.com/local/orangecounty/la-me-1217-private-eyes-201412...

    Costa Mesa police wanted detectives to target councilmen, emails show

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