Sunday, July 20, 2008

READER COMMENTS

Given the possible winners in the primaries, Obama certainly appears to be the least evil. One had hopes that he might have some core American values, or at least have read the Constitution and be willing to minimally go along with its precepts. He certainly doesn't have the courage, leadership, fortitude or honesty to help repair the mess that Bush has made of our nation. An Obama administration will probably be somewhat less immediately disastrous than would one of McCain. The long term is anybody's guess. Are we better off with the disaster coming to a quick postulant head, or will there be less suffering with a slower course of illness?


Two candidates even less evil than Obama, with core American values, able to read the Constitution, and willing to go along with its precepts: Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney. Percentage of Democrats without the courage, leadership, fortitude or honesty to vote for a 3rd party: almost 100%.

MCCAIN GOONS HAVE LIBRARIAN ARRESTED FOR CARRYING SIGN


That's exactly why the dragged her away. Political candidates hate it when anyone tries to tell the truth about them.


SENATOR MCCAIN CALLS SOCIAL SECURITY A "DISGRACE"


The thing that pisses me off about John McCain and his supporters is that he admits he broke under torture and gave the position of his ship and his bombing route from it. Which means he wanted to live enough to sacrifice his fellow pilots. So my question is why is it a pampered coward ass admiral's son can have a breaking point but poor people who've struggled every fuckin' day of their lives just to survive cannot have a breaking point?


GREAT MOMENT IN PUBLIC RELATIONS


Many women who participate in these pageants do it for the scholarships. If one is pretty and talented and a little cash strapped, a beauty pageant win can pay for a bachelor's degree. Many women would like to get out of college without excessive debt, and pageants offer this chance. That said, I think beauty contests are awful, but I understand why a woman would go through it.


WHO'S WON THE WAR ON DRUGS?


It's time to remove all the politicians that promote prohibition. How many more lives have to be needlessly devastated or lost? Prohibited drugs are way easier for kids to get than regulated drugs! Prohibition never works it just causes crime and violence. The year alcohol prohibition was repealed violent crime fell by 65 percent.


On March 22, 1972, the Richard Nixon-appointed, 13-member National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse recommended the decriminalization of marijuana, concluding, "[Marijuana's] relative potential for harm to the vast majority of individual users and its actual impact on society does not justify a social policy designed to seek out and firmly punish those who use it."


The USA spends $69 billion a year on the drug war, builds 900 new prison beds and hires 150 more correction officers every two weeks, arrests someone on a drug charge every 17 seconds, jails more people than any nation and has killed over 100,000 citizens in the drug war. The World Health Organization documents the failure of U.S. drug policies.


In 1914 when there were no prohibited drugs 1.3% of our population was addicted to drugs, today 1.3% of our population is still addicted to drugs but there's way more crime and violence because of the huge profits prohibition generates. Guns have absolutely nothing to do with using drugs, they have to do with drug prohibition. Al Capone didn't kill people because he was drunk, he killed people because they got between him and his illegal drug money.

There's only been one drug success story in US history, tobacco, by far the most deadly and one of the most addictive drugs. Almost half the users quit because of regulation, accurate information and medical treatment. No one went to jail and no one got killed.


MAKING A MUDDLE OF THE MIDDLE


Actually I think it was just part of the plan. During the primaries Obama had to convince Democrats that he was to the left of Clinton in order to get votes. Now that Clinton is out of the picture, he has to convince the billionaires whose contributions determine who wins the election that he is further right than Clinton. It's anybody's guess which Obama will actually make the decisions once he's in office.


Obama & McCain both have little substance in their platforms. Both just spew political rhetoric. Check your facts. Dr. Ron Paul is still in the race. Compare all the candidates instead of herding the flock of sheep.


CHINA AND ENERGY


"China's economy will overtake that of the United States by 2035 and be twice its size by midcentury, a study released Tuesday by a US research organization concluded."


With what energy source are they going to do this with, a Tesla coil? The facts are clear. Oil has not the legs to prop any economy any further. There is no other combination of inputs that will add up to what we currently release in calories per day through the burning of petroleum products. The economies of mid-century, regardless of location (if there is a human still alive to operate a market), will be powered by slaves, beasts of burden and dung. There is little probability that any economy will be near that of the present, let alone surpass the present.


GREAT MOMENTS WITH THE KOOL AID KROWD


Religion certainly rots people's minds. Contrast Obama's statement that he would filibuster the FISA bill when he was desperate to get the nomination, with his votes in favor of it in the Senate yesterday and you'll see that he's even worse than Bush. Bush at least told us truthfully about the evil things he was going to do before he did them.


The Cult of Obama can only end in misery, as all cults do. How long before he asks everyone to poison themselves, and they do so with a big grin on their faces?


No. 1: Obama's being a good politician. Must I have to remind everyone that George W. Bush (and the media that loved him) played himself up in very much the same way, but Obama's better at it. This goes to show that Obama's "hope and change" stuff is nothing more than good political theater designed to get votes. Nothing wrong with that. If people look "cultish" it's only because of the horrible administration of GWB. . . No. 2: There's plenty of valid criticism of Obama that comes from sources other than the Moonie Times. We know the Republicans hate Obama. . . He's most likely going to hand them their worst electoral defeat in decades.


There is something very wrong when a candidate says he's going to make a good choice to get people to vote for him and then does the exact opposite once they have done so. It's called hypocrisy. It's called a con game. It means Obama is just as worthless as all the rest and all this hype about hope is all bullshit.


ACLU HITS OBAMA-BACKED ASSAULT ON CONSTITUTION


Although it's usually reported that the government will be able to eavesdrop on international emails, in fact they will need to look at all emails. The way to tell whether an email is going overseas is to look at it and examine the headers. So if they are going to do a proper job of this, they'll have to look at everything you or I send. Yes, every email. So that's what they'll do, of course. - Larry


Let's clarify the term "look at" as used by Larry: it's a piece of software that is doing the looking, watching for certain sender and receiver names as well as certain key words. I'll admit that it's very possible for an innocent e-mail between friends discussing political or social issues to contain such words, but still there is no way the government has the manpower to actually read every e-mail sent in or from the US.


Computers will of course be doing the "looking." That's much worse than if there were small armies of humans going through the mail. Use the pre-determined "wrong" words and the computer will not only possibly flag your email for a real human, but it could put you on a no-fly list or schedule you for an FBI visit. Or put something in your "permanent record" as teachers used to threaten. The point is that it doesn't take manpower any longer to get someone in trouble. The computer system is designed to overcome that limitation.


FORECLOSURE RATE


A comment on the mortgage hysteria of the last few days: a 50% increase from last year's foreclosure rate of 2% means the rate is now 3%. Does that seem anywhere near as scary to you as the talking heads have been making it sound? - Robbie


If one correlates percentage to actual numbers of home going under, then yes, it is as scary as the talking heads make it sound. According to the VA, there have been 1,200,000


foreclosures. For the month of June alone, there were actually 252,363 foreclosure filings. 50% of the foreclosures over the last two years in Orange County, California, for example, have occurred in the last four months. That's some trend line.


As a result, home prices have declined by as much as 30% in some cities. That's a lot of equity that has disappeared almost overnight. For many, home equity is the sum of their assets. Millions of individuals now find themselves going from a position of positive net worth to one that would have them thousands of dollars in debt should they have to sell their home.


WATCHING OUT FOR THREE YEAR OLD RACISTS


What happens when a three year old says yuck to a food from their own culture? Are they institutionalized to cure their self-loathing? Just from a developmental point of view, children have taste buds that are more sensitive to bitterness than adults do and they often hate foods they will like as adults. It has nothing to do with cultural insensitivity.


And this kind of Maoist indoctrinational BS has nothing to do with common sense, a trait seemingly more exhibited by more children than adults these days


TOP MCCAIN CAMPAIGN ADVISOR CALLS AMERICA "A NATION OF WHINERS"


Gramm has always been an total corrupted proponent of rapacious capitalism. Here's a doofus that said that America is the only nation where the poor are fat. He's one of the fat cats who have been making big bucks from serving the poor an unhealthy diet of lard which leads to ill health.


SMART HOUSE TO GO WITH YOUR SMART CAR


Let's see: L50000 purchase price divided by 5-year product life cycle. . . yielding a mere L10000/year cost of ownership with no resulting equity from a "mobile" home... who's the target market? Complete morons who are immune to claustrophobia?


MATT DRUDGE'S SECRET FANS


You've forgotten the most important thing about the Drudge Report, and that's it's an excellent place to find out what brain-numbingly inane sensationalistic "news" is going to make the top of the show on NBC 'Today" the following morning - Mike Flugennock


PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION GETS 30% OF INCOME FROM DRUG FIRMS


Having pharmaceutical companies have exhibits at conventions and advertising in journals can be problematic in terms of influence, but it is not an unreasonable or indeed likely to be fetterable.


The practices of giving dinners, dinner chits, items of value, vacations, tickets, personal green dollars, indirect bribery, research and publishing support, as well as the continual inundation of endless advertising on pens, pads, novelties and other chotchkies are all much more serious concerns.


Advertising, where it is isolated and readily identified as such, is relatively easily dealt with. When it becomes an invasive part of the environment it works all too well. Narcissistic types might not believe it, but the empirical evidence is there. If MDs, JDs, et al, believe they are above such influences, they should hear what their stock brokers, car dealers and detail persons (pharmaceutical reps) say about them.


IRAN


What Iran needs more than anything right now is something to lose. We've backed it into a corner and given it few options. We should give Iran an honorable path of retreat. Iran needs to be plugged into the global economy. Once its people are engaged economically, and it will have plenty of internal motivation to play better with others.


TEN WAYS AMERICANS ARE HURTING, NOT WHINING


Most other industrialized nations, such as in Europe and Australia, have been paying around $8 a gallon of gas for years now. Complaining about $4 a gallon gas really is whining.


MORNING LINE: IS MCCAIN TOAST?


I have thought this as well. McCain is not a spry, healthy senior citizen. He hobbles around like he's 85, can barely read the teleprompter, and just comes off as an old dweeb dufus. Note how the networks tend to capture him after he's already at the podium instead of on the way to it. In a debate, I'm sure Obama will smoke him.


Nonsense. McCain is simply using his senility to attract votes from Ronald Reagan fans. Old Ray-Gun himself served 8 bumbling years with undiagnosed Alzheimer's disease. Handing the nuke launching codes from President Chimpy to McInsane will keep the world at DEFCON 1 for four more years.


OPEC WARNS AGAINST MILITARY CONFLICT WITH IRAN


This is why the US and Israel have not invaded before now. I can remember reading about Japan trying to reduce their reliance on Iranian oil last year when the last lot of saber rattling was going on. The US is stretched and exhausted on Iran and can't afford to start another war. Israel can try but they did not do too well against the Hezbollah. - Flavian

5 Comments:

At July 20, 2008 3:47 PM, Anonymous robbie said...

from OBAMA

By turning right the Obama Campaign is alienating its activist base.

Actually, I wonder about that. How many of those inspired by Obama's candidacy are really affected by any esoteric decision Obama makes between now and the election? Sure, left-leaners who know what's what will be affected by his right-trending rhetoric. I don't know how many more of his supporters will be affected. (I'm not including yellow dogs because it's not necessary...we know what they'll do.)

 
At July 20, 2008 11:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tank you for continuing to expose the hypocrite Obama, while Democrats in denial bury their heads in the sand.

A vote for Obama is a vote for Bush in blackface.

 
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At July 21, 2008 12:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TEN WAYS AMERICANS ARE HURTING, NOT WHINING

While Europeans have been paying much more for petrol for many years, they have long organized their societies so people can get around with out a car. Europe didn't have their major transportation systems bought up by auto makers in the 1930s for the purpose of dismantaling them, and Europe rebuilt proper transit systems after WW2. Thanks to US auto makers of the 1930s the US currently has little infrastructure to support carless culture.

For example I live in a major city, my husband's work is 12-15 minutes away from home traveling by car, but by bus it is 75+ minutes away on a good day. Why? Because the bridge that goes directly from our dense residential region of town to the industrial/office district he works at has no bus sevice, so he has to ride miles out of his way, changing buses three times, to get across the river to work. A proper tranist system would have a bus route across a major bridge linking a large residential district and a major industrial/office districe, but since my city had it's street cars removed by automakers in the 30's, we have had a stop gap transit system ever since. When the city does road work, sometimes I see old streetcar track lines in places where we desparately need buses today.

Of course since we live in a city, at least we can get around slowly, with a lot of walking, and our inadequate transit system, but there are many mid sized US cities that have no bus service or a bus service so minimal that it has little practical use. A car then becomes the only real way to cover the 30 or more miles distance that many in the US live from their jobs.

 
At July 21, 2008 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TOP MCCAIN CAMPAIGN ADVISOR CALLS AMERICA "A NATION OF WHINERS"

I agree with the reader about Gramm being a corrupt doofus and all sorts of other unflattering truths about him, But...

It's not a diet of lard, for that would be something real and digestable. No, it's a diet of GM high fructose corn syrup, refined high temperature extruded GM grain products, and GM hydrogenated trans fats, sustances far more dangerous, toxic, and undigestable then simple lard.

 

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