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April 29, 2009


A few excerpts from reader comments::


First there's an article that ends by pointing out that the creation of 'czars' is an end-run around the Constitution, and a sign of our declining democracy.

Then we get a comment, presumably from a Democrat, that says that since the Republicans are 'the party of no', it seems like a pretty good idea.

This is why our democracy is disappearing. We have two political parties who feel that beating the other is the goal to be obtained at all costs. And that if minor little details like the Constitution and the idea of democracy get in the way, well that's just too bad.

The Constitution set up a series of checks and balances. In this case, what were supposed to be the highest ranking officials in the government, i.e. the cabinet officers, need the 'advise and consent' of the US Senate. That's a democratic check and balance. Its designed to help to keep the Executive Branch from getting too much power.

The Democrats will gladly dispense with all of that just to get what they want. Which is why the Democrats are just as dangerous as the Republicans to the health of our democracy. They complain about Bush's powers while out of office, then say anything is justified when in office. - Samson


It is estimated that Obama's plan could benefit 8 to 9 million homeowners from the new modification procedures. So how do you know you qualify for the Mortgage Modification? Check the website to see if you qualify. I was also in trouble and I am glad I did check it before I talked to my mortgage company and it helped - John Mayer, California


Worker ownership is fine as long as the workers buy the company, just like anyone else. What is ridiculous is giving workers and unearned ownership and decision making stake just because they worked there. Not because they earned it, or paid for it.


I once made a comment in high school that left teachers and administrators questioning my sanity. I suggested that the system of putting the very best teachers into the accelerated classes was wrong. I thought those teachers should be teaching the students who need help the most, while those of us who were naturally intelligent and fast learners were capable of learning from ordinary teachers. Still makes sense to me, but it will probably never be implemented.


Ahmadinejad never actually said that Israel should be "wiped off the map". That was debunked and shown to be an extremely ungenerous translation of a quotation in one of his speeches. And yet it is endlessly repeated as fact.


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lowering the mortgage interest rate
reducing the mortgage principal balance
fixing adjustable interest rates within the mortgage
increasing the loan term throughout the mortgage
forgiveness of payment defaults and fees
or any combination of the above

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April 30, 2009 11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't consider the official Iranian government translation to be a mistranslation. Regardless, there is little difference between saying a country should be eliminated from the history books and saying it should be wiped off the map.

Some other lovely quotes from Iran (aside from the already blase "Death to Israel")

"Soon this stain of disgrace will be cleaned from the garment of the world of Islam and this is attainable." -Ahmadinejad

"Like it or not, the Zionist regime is heading toward annihilation, The Zionist regime is a rotten, dried tree that will be eliminated by one storm." -Ahmadinejad

"the Zionist regime has reached a total dead end. Thanks to God, your wish will soon be realized, and this germ of corruption will be wiped off."- Ahmadinejad

"I would like to declare that the idea of "smaller Israel" is also dead. The very notion of Israel is dead, but they are lagging behind the times. Just like the idea of Greater Israel died 30 years ago, and they did not realize this, and have continued to perpetrate crimes for 30 years... Today, I say to them: The idea of smaller Israel is dead."- Ahmadinejad

"You should know that the criminal and terrorist Zionist regime which has 60 years of plundering, aggression and crimes in its file has reached the end of its work and will soon disappear off the geographical scene." -Ahmadinejad

"Those who think they can revive the stinking corpse of the usurping and fake Israeli regime by throwing a birthday party are seriously mistaken. Today the reason for the Zionist regime's existence is questioned, and this regime is on its way to annihilation."- Ahmadinejad

The president spoke during a military parade displaying various types of Iranian-made missiles, including Shahab-3 and Ghadr. Also taking part in the parade was a military truck carrying a huge banner saying "Israel should be eliminated from the universe" in both English and Farsi. -http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=5849728

I'm not sure if this was the same military parade where Iranian troops marched in the formation of a scimitar slicing in half a Star of David.

May 3, 2009 6:06 PM  

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