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  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   20 hours 21 min ago
    Quote Aliceinwonderland:

    "Dillhole"? Good for a laugh. - AIW

    Is it good for a normal laugh, or more of an obnoxious slobbering sound?

    I'm going to guess you are one of those people that laugh way too loud, and way too long, at their own comments, which aren't the least bit funny.

  • NO WAR: Take the steam out of Terrorism by turning the GW Bush administration over to the Hague for War Crimes.   20 hours 24 min ago

    Over the weekend public television ran a special on the anniversary of our National Anthem during the singing of which footage of a naval war vessel steaming through the open seas was shown. Monday National Public Radios repeated and repeated the same coverage of Obama passing out Medals of Honor to past War heroes. One of the Hero’s had ties to Wisconsin and that to was repeated and repeated ostensibly for Mary Burke. Howsoever deserving the recipients were they didn't deserve to be politicized.

    Our publicly funded media has been reduced to cynical, crass and vulgar tool of war the likes of which are reminiscent of Communist China, North Korea and Russia. Throw in some televised "home comings" of our young, brave, yet horrifically exploited men and women of the armed services and the effect is enough to make your skin crawl. War is not first and foremost a source of Honor and warm-and-fuzzy feelings. Honor and warm-and-fuzzy feelings is what the non-war participants can be made to remember about war, but it isn’t the main thing the soldier remembers. For them War is a source of death, disfigurement, horror and nightmares. Sadly it would seem that for government the main thing to take away from war is the alliegence of special interests that profit from it.

    The timing of Obama's push to war coincided with the anniversary of 9/11.

    The Dogs of War are loose. Beware as they have no shame and have no scruples, as well as control over all our blood and treasury – the later being the most important. And all the while wealth concentrates and concentrates and concentrates.

    ps. what was really astounding was that, at the same time as NPR's coverage of the White House's alleged policy on those damaged by war they threw in an expose on the history and origin of Ketchup. Tip of the hat to John Kerry?!

  • Wall Street should love Obama   20 hours 27 min ago
    Quote ulTRAX:
    Quote drc2:

    Every bubble is a pension fund being robbed.

    Not if someone gets out soon enough. They do pretty well from the maldistribution of a "market" run amok.

    Perhaps you meant every bubble is a sucker being robbed.

    Correctamundo

    Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

  • Will the midterm elections change anything in Congress?   20 hours 28 min ago

    The problem is that the voters can't kick the "do nothing" members out of office. Elections are staggard, and besides, there would be no one left.

  • Wall Street should love Obama   20 hours 29 min ago
    Quote drc2:

    If you think this, why do you support the policies you do and make the criticisms of Obama et. al. that you post?

    I have a very difficult time finding anything obama has done that I even marginally agree with.

    obama had nothing to do with Wall Streets gain. I have stated dozens of time that business people in general have zero confidence in obamas decisions, i.e. $2-3 trillion in offshore monies stashed.

    Quote drc2:

    bankster businesses could have been brought to trial.

    How many bankers has holder prosecuted in the last six years?

    Quote drc2:

    If the GOPimps were not blowing all that fart gas, we might be able to do something sensible.

    and that is?

    Quote drc2:

    Compromise with toxicity is bad, and I am not short of criticism about Obama for his bankster and war lite policies.

    Compromise with toxicity is apparently the only way anything can get done, it goes back to that narcissicist thing. obama is easily the most arrogant individual to occupy the White House in a long time. Other presidents have figured it out, this one will never. Cue Caucus room BS.

    Quote drc2:

    I wish there were a loyal opposition, so the big question is why you come here to fart on Thom's site instead of engaging the issues being discussed?

    I have engaged and opined on many issues. Your problem is, you only see and read what you want. Your opinion is formed, and that is the drc2 way. You are so busy telling people how it should be, you never really take the time to think they may have an opinion that has plausibility.

    Look at it from this perspective. If I were not here, you would only have mostly fellow lefties to vent your wrath and correct every word they type. Your constant need for attention would wain, and you would melt into obscurity. You owe me.

  • Ray Rice is Just a Symptom   20 hours 33 min ago

    The new policy is if suspension costs you a game, the offender is reinstated. Winning is more important than decency or basic human rights.

    Fans, women fans, wearing Rice jerseys in support saw nothing wrong. "She hit him first" was one female fan. Technically I guess she did hit him with her face, right on his hand, the money hand, so SYG applies.

  • Bomber Bernie Can’t Take the Heat   20 hours 41 min ago

    When all you have is fear, there is no responsibility that cannot be rationaized to be left for others to do. But this is not a hallmark of leadership.

    Quote drc2:

    ... What would Warren have gained from saying what you and I agree with?

    ... Neither Warren nor Sanders is going to change US policy at this point. Why should they become political martyrs?

    What if a few "martyrs" showed up and discovered they were 3 of 80 out of 100?

    I remember seeing a lone peasant man on foot choosing to block the way of a column of Chinese tanks. Because their society had taught the value of life - the lead tank could not run him over and the event was at least stalled for the time being.

    Later, another person choosing to block a large machine's destructive advance (Rachel) was easily run over and killed because that society does not teach that every life is equally precious.

  • NO WAR: Take the steam out of Terrorism by turning the GW Bush administration over to the Hague for War Crimes.   20 hours 46 min ago
    Quote Legend:

    I do not waste my time with things that are not going to happen.

    We don't know the future.

  • Would Obama be So Unpopular Today if He Had Governed as a TRUE Liberal and Not a GOP-lite NeoLib?   21 hours 7 min ago
    Quote loganonenation:As far as the public is concerned today, Obama stands for nothing but trying (and, for the most part, failing) to work together with the GOP on crappy half-GOP ideas. Obama's poll numbers wouldn't be so low today if he had strongly pushed for real liberal & popular solutions and accepted compromises from there. Instead, Obama has managaged to piss off everyone but a small neoliberal beltway class. I'm sorry but I can't believe he had no choice in the matter.
    I don't know if you're watching the Roosevelt's on PBS. They just covered Teddy Roosevelt's years in office. It was clear that when he wanted something, he went out to the public to win them over to build support as the Bush Junta spent months on a systematic campaign to build support for an invasion of Iraq. Roosevelt referred to it as the bully pulpit... that the office itself gave him the perfect opportunity to advocate for an agenda. Yet some here seem to believe presidents are mere followers of public opinion... and Obama can't be blamed if we didn't lead him.

    Whoa! I didn't realize the public never expects presidents to be leaders when necessary. I must have slept through those PoliSci classes!

  • WHY DO CHRISTIANS VOTE REPUBLICAN?   21 hours 15 min ago

    My reaction to the Title is that those are not Christians (any more than many who similarly self-identiy as such and vote D are), they just call themsleves that because they like the sound of it.

    My limited reading of the old texts reveals no instances of Jesus raping children or advocating for it or encouraging covering it up. If anything He is generally quoted as being in favor of not harming children either physically or mentally by false-teachings.

    Organized groups that include some form of "Christ" in their name, but disregard His teachings - are easy to spot as fraudulent. They can call themselves whatever they want, but their actions (or lack of same) betray the truth.

    Post #11 covers the broader points very well.

  • Is Being A Fanatical Gun Nut A Psychiatric Disorder?   21 hours 26 min ago
    Quote Lodyzhenshy:Seems to be the thing. Funny how it only applies to Americans and not those in other countries.

    Not that the Second extends past what it says it applies to... a well regulated militia, but what other nation should our Constitution apply to?

  • Is Being A Fanatical Gun Nut A Psychiatric Disorder?   21 hours 29 min ago

    Here are some other convict-reported stats on where they got their handguns

    Licensed gun dealer: 11 percent

    Friends or family: 39.5 percent

    “The street:” 37.5 percent

    Stolen gun: 9.9 percent

    Gun show/Flea market: 1.7 percent

    from a book called Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis.

    The problem with this metric is we don't know how many of the guns that a convict got from "friends or family" or "the street" came from gunshows. If a criminal thinks they'll have to undergo a background check, they may just use a family member or a gun runner who can buy guns from private dealers at these gun shows without any check being done.

    If we're just looking at what a convict claims, then it's less important where they got their gun, but where their gun entered the illegal market or whether it could have been stopped by background checks or stronger laws banning straw purchases etc.

  • Ray Rice is Just a Symptom   21 hours 37 min ago

    Yes, that's what I meant by "lack of remorse does not bode well.."

    But we do not get to assume that all abusers will fail to have remorse and make sincere efforts to learn how to choose differently.

    Whatever the percentage is (for successful transition to choosing non-violence) - a society actually interested in improving that number could be studying the "successful" results and be putting resources to replicate that result - rather than claiming that the "free (for monetary profit) market" is the best method to determine which programs should be emphasised and which violence-reinforcing / rewarding activities should be de-empahsized.

  • Getting Out...   21 hours 40 min ago

    Tampico sounds nice to me.

  • Would Obama be So Unpopular Today if He Had Governed as a TRUE Liberal and Not a GOP-lite NeoLib?   21 hours 52 min ago
    Quote Dr. Econ:
    Quote Dr. Econ:

    I really don't understand this.

    Obama barely passed the ACA, like twice now. He barely passed the stimulus plan. He barely passed everything. The debt limit. The government shut down. Unemployment bennefits, CAFE standards, the weakened financial regulations etc... In each case, a coalition of conservative democrats and republicans rose against all his policices. The idea that if there were more active liberals turned on by more liberal policies would have made a difference seems implausible. The Republicans are already run by a minority of the electorate. These voters are not going to be changed by a more liberal Obama. Obama already has the liberals voting for liberal congress. He is trying to make deals with Bohner and Ryan and the 'moderate' Republicans.

    Quote loganonenation:Yep, All true. Still the question remains: Would Obama be So Unpopular Today if He Had Governed as a TRUE Liberal and Not a GOP-lite NeoLib? Or, are you actually claiming that he did rule as a TRUE liberal?

    Well, my proof is in the voting records. Your evidence is circumstantial, and effects only the lefties, which are not the target demographic. With the singular execption of Obamacare - which the public does not like. But on the other hand, Obamacare is better for the country in the longer run, and the public is coming around to it.

    I think your argument must rest with Obama being able to accomplish a liberal aggenda if he were to try it. My argument is that he would not have been able to accomplish anything - except marginal issues that don't mean a whole hell of a lot to most people.

    Without the stimulus, the economy would have been worse off. Without Obamacare there's like 10 million without health insurance. I could go on, but I won't repeat what I and others have said here.

    Quote loganonenation:...The Obama agenda, continually offered up to Congress as an unpopular s%^t sandwich amalgam of right and left policy, was all too easy to oppose.

    Consider his budget "Grand Bargain" that was all too easy to block (because "we the people" hated it):

    Tax Increases (unpopular) combined with cuts to social safety nets (even more unpopular). Why would ANYONE, liberal or conservative want to sign his name to that deal? Only the committed neoliberal thinks that's a good deal.

    I am pretty sure the people had no clue one way or another. Consider that 72% of "the people" are against the Republicans, yet they are slated to increase their count in the House and take the Senate. The Grand Bargain was the same old bargain the Republicans and Democrats have been doing since...well, since the rise Republican power in the 70's.

    I contend that Obama could have likely arrived at the same crappy deals we ended up with while still strongly defending the liberal answers to our country's problems. Instead, he defended the centrist s%^t sandwich amalgam of right and left policies as some kind of magical solutions (since they split the difference between red and blue) and is now associated with those crappy, bi-partisan deals.

    As far as the public is concerned today, Obama stands for nothing but trying (and, for the most part, failing) to work together with the GOP on crappy half-GOP ideas. Obama's poll numbers wouldn't be so low today if he had strongly pushed for real liberal & popular solutions and accepted compromises from there. Instead, Obama has managaged to piss off everyone but a small neoliberal beltway class. I'm sorry but I can't believe he had no choice in the matter.

    I concede that your analysis may be correct, in any case.

  • Is Being A Fanatical Gun Nut A Psychiatric Disorder?   21 hours 54 min ago

    'The point is about the ideological extremism fanned and funded by the NRA into the insane idea that the Constitution establishes the "rights" or the means to armed rebellion against constituted authority. That interpretation of the 2nd deserves a psychiatric diagnosis.'

    Seems to be the thing. Funny how it only applies to Americans and not those in other countries.

  • When Men Murder Women   22 hours 5 min ago

    'Some people believe that the screeching harpies are always waiting to pounce on anyone who will not allow themselves to be completely submissive to them...to every single iota of what they are demanding that men all believe in.'

    'And that arguing with them just feeds their insatiable thirst for blood....male blood...because they are really on the opposing pole of mysogyny...misandry...they appear to be misandrists..(ie: haters of men). Some people may believe that the SH believe that feminism is a weakness. Perhaps they have what they believe are good reasons...perhaps they have been mistreated by men themselves and have deep seated psychological needs to get back at the whole male population and unless the males they communicate with are totally submissive to the SH dictates and agrees with their every jot and tittle they will continue to shriek even more. Get out of line in your remarks just once, or not say things exactly the way they want to hear them, and their shrieking gets louder and they will start to insinuate that you are some monster yourself. You can't argue with these creatures. It's like trying to reason with monkeys throwing sh!t in a zoo. '

    Oh yes. I have been attacked by a couple on another thread about rape! If all women were like that I would become celibate!

  • How to Combat ISIS Without War   22 hours 17 min ago

    Since calls to prayer go out 5 times a day in that region, maybe a hacker could link

    Mohammed's Radio

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  • A form of racism that society readily supports out of ignorance.   22 hours 40 min ago

    Just to be clear, the form of racism that "society" readily supports out of ignorance is in Egypt? I don't have an hour-and-a-half to watch the movie.

  • "Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral"   22 hours 56 min ago

    Well, ZZ, you did not like it when I jumped on you for being racist, did you? You however, seem to consider you have a right to jump on men and call us all sorts of names at the drop of a hat!

    Try to learn from that experience.

    Not all people are able to control their actions. That is why there are psychiatrists around. One in 20 suffers from some level of ADHD, for instance. Such people untreated can also do dreadful things.

    Right from the start, I stated that men who rape deserve the highest punishments but you have consistently chosen to ignore this.

    Some cultures prefer to remain conservative and that is true. Even during the period of the CCCP, most Russians still practiced their religion quietly, as I did also. There was only trouble when a person would say 'I am Jewish/Orthodox/Muslim first and Soviet second'.

    Russia has more per capita who worship some religion than the USA.

    I judge countries by their actions. The USA, I judge that way too. I have been in two wars and advise against such things rather strongly. I certainly do HATE nazis and note that the West is supporting Nazis in Ukraine. Many countries are moving to the far right as well and this is very worrying.

    Public statements by those 'in power' in Kiev have included:

    Cleanse Ukraine of all Russian ethnics

    Restart a nuclear programme and destroy Russia

    Make illegal the speaking of Russian and make the Orthodox Church illegal.

    It is also a clue when Russians and Russian ethnics in Ukraine are openly (in RADA) called 'sub humans'. We have heard such things before and 27 million of us died.

    Yes, I do consider much of the West morally corrupt and that is a personal view. However, that is your own affair. However, the West chooses to impose and attack other countries that consider this to be the case too. To infect by force, others with that corruption is morally bankrupt.

    The world is hugely more complicated than the banal generalisms and buzz words that you enjoy to use.

    If you do not wish to be judged as a People who are corrupt, just leave other countries alone and do not kill millions of them. Do not spend vast amounts of money to destabilize sovereign states. Have an honest press which does not spout propaganda, do not give companies 'human rights' and impose such things on other countries, do not hold other countries to famine ransome with Monsanto; the list is endless.

    Put your own house in order if you wish to show to us 'backward' countries that the 'American dream' is for real.

    Until then, Laissez-faire

    Oh, and by the way, Hinduism has just one God which manifests itself in many different ways, (deities) just as Christians have God/son/holy ghost and countless saints.

  • A form of racism that society readily supports out of ignorance.   22 hours 59 min ago

    I think it a hard one to counter. Probably, we all have within our genes a mechanism that makes us fearful of a human that is 'different'. Add to that, there is the difference of culture between many ethnic groups that separates far more.

    During my lifetime I have seen segregation of varous kinds and rather doubt it will stop until we are all coffee coloured! Add to that the historical assertion of white people that 'white is best' and that has become lodged in other ethnic cultures too. India is still a major purchaser of skin lighteners and that to me says it all.

    Racism is less than it was but it now is generally far more subtle and invidious.

    For me, I often am told that I have a lovely 'tan'. A 'tan' is OK because it signifies I have been somewhere on holiday and 'born that way' means something different entirely! I really laugh at whites who work so hard to look like us but still consider we are 'backward'. The best bit is that most of the whites who try to be darker turn orange!

    I guess we are all racist. A couple of days I ate at a service station with almost all white people. Saw an Indian family and automatically sat next to them!

  • US of Sexists   23 hours 1 min ago
    Quote stwo:

    All I got was an ad for a sofa

    Did it have a naked girl lounging in it? The fine print says shipping and handling costs, she is your handler.

  • US of Sexists   23 hours 57 min ago

    All I got was an ad for a sofa

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