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Liberaltarian April 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm
Based on the Bloomberg article, DL asserted that certain hedge-fund managers were given the heads upRead More regarding potential sanctions. "If true" - that's a problem. The statement put out by the NSA though could simply mean that the National Security Council is providing information on sanctions already in place. I imagine somebody has to get the information out there so that investment people know what they can and can't do. I'm also a little suspicious about how the NSA weasels its way into everything.
Donald Lee April 21, 2014 at 02:55 pm
I'm afraid that "weasel" is the word. I take this answer as "no".
Keith O. April 23, 2014 at 10:10 am
Nice misleading headline and opening paragraph, Don. I see you're still sticking to yourRead More "principled" approach to blogging. The difference between “inappropriate” as judged by administration opponents and “illegal” as codified by the law is about as wide as a North Dakota oil train is long. The legal definition of insider trading is trading on confidential, nonpublic information AND knowing that the tip had been disclosed in breach of a fiduciary duty in exchange for a personal reward or benefit. So although the first part of the definition may have been met, the second part is not at all clear. If the tipper is the government, what is the government’s fiduciary duty in this matter? And can the government, as an institution, receive a personal reward or benefit from disclosing such information?
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Keith O. April 23, 2014 at 11:39 am
I'm completely open to whatever you have to say, Roy/David. All I said is that the lack of sourceRead More material is the primary reason that there has not been an exhaustive biography of Witherspoon, and Morrison consequently is jumping to conclusions unsupported by fact (just like you do). And why is it incumbent on the justices to discern who is "important" and who is "forgettable" among the founders?
Liberaltarian April 23, 2014 at 11:46 am
The most interesting comment came from Sotomayor's dissenting opinion. She said, "This caseRead More implicates one such limit: the guarantee of equal protection of the laws." There are two things wrong with that. First, the court should only be able to judge the constitutionality or validity of an existing law. A preemptive ruling that prohibits consideration of a law that may no provide equal protection is isn't the proper role of a court. Second, I don't think affirmative action is required to "guarantee equal protection of the laws." I highly doubt that any Michigan college would deny admission to an equally qualified student based on race.
Roy Roscoe April 23, 2014 at 11:53 am
Captain Obvious: I think the Supreme Court acted in a manner consistent with the constitution. TheyRead More are absolutely correct laws can not discriminate. That's about the end of that conversation. Another subject is why the shift in demographics based on that ruling. That is another subject that needs prompt address before injustice transpires as a result of the change. The fact is that using criteria, no matter how "proven" it is to be fair and just, to create an unfair and unjust end result, is wrong as is proven by the result. I hope that made sense. In other words, if the University of Michigan, or any other institution, sees a disproportion in enrollment of tall vs short people the question must be asked why? If the mission of the institution is to benefit society and individuals and if both short and tall people can contribute to that mission by using the resources of The U of M then any form of admissions that sorts anything but a statistically random mix is a failed sort mechanism and must be corrected. More specifically, if short kids get higher XYZ test scores and UM uses that to sort admissions and there is a disproportionate number of short to tall people admitted because of it then the XYZ test must be modified or eliminated. The research shows that both tall and short people admitted only have to be "good enough" on the XYZ test to finish and have successful careers. Hence, once the "good enough" threshold has been reached, selecting at points above becomes counter productive and wrong. Selecting on points above becomes a form of discrimination that are beyond what tests should be used for. EG a kitchen thermometer is most accurate within a certain range. Exceeding that range can become a form of discrimination. All forms of discrimination must be dealt with. But, to answer your original question affirmative action is not a desirable thing and it certainly doesn't align with equality or help to eradicate racism. Do far as the SCOTUS is concerned, they made the only legally correct choice.
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Donald Lee April 18, 2014 at 08:50 pm
You do the most to reduce "overlap" by making government do less. Rather than try toRead More reduce government to doing things only once, let's try to get it out of businesses where it does not belong, and make sure it does each absolutely necessary thing at most once.
Donald Lee April 18, 2014 at 08:51 pm
Our founders warned us. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Look at the sacrifices that theyRead More made. Ours pale by comparison.
Keith O. April 18, 2014 at 09:38 pm
Donald, if you're referring to the sacrifices detailed in the oft-circulated essay, variously calledRead More "The Price They Paid" or "Our Nation's First True Patriots," (including being captured by the British, tortured and killed) it's basically a bunch of BS. Historians including Joseph J. Ellis have noted the "distinction between history as experienced and history as remembered." John Adams himself spoke to the propaganda promoted soon after the Revolutionary War that distorted events and created heroes to fit a dramatic formula. The boring, real-life biographies of the founders have been repeatedly embellished over the years with exaggeration and pure fiction to make for a better story, when what most of them went through was what everyone went through on the American side during the war.
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Roys A. Liar April 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm
Then you haven't been paying attention, Dinald.
David Hansen April 15, 2014 at 12:53 pm
Yeah, just search Google images for "Thanks Obama" and you'll see all the things he'sRead More responsible for.
Joyce April 15, 2014 at 01:27 pm
Donald Lee wrote: 'As far as I can tell, in their eyes, he can do no wrong.' ---------------- Well,Read More Donnie, you cannot see what you do not look at; check out some of the left wing media some day.
David Hansen April 19, 2014 at 03:40 pm
Speaking of alcoholics, Roy/David, you're certainly posting like you're three sheets to the wind.Read More "It first meat they don't happen." " . . . hypocrite the dictionary explains the definition but know this an alcoholic who drinks every day is not a hypocrite if he tells another person not to drink because it might destroy a life." "Kerp in mind the Ovama Justice department doesn't go after lefties with the same volition. Justice is no different that the IRS." Hiccup, Roy/David?
David Hansen April 19, 2014 at 03:42 pm
And I'm sure that we don't know about the atrocities committed by the left because Fox News isRead More asleep at the switch.
Roys A. Liar April 19, 2014 at 04:30 pm
Once again Roy changes the meaning of my statement in an attempt to insult me. Yawn. I don't seekRead More knowledge from YOU, Roy. That doesn't mean I do not seek more knowledge, I simply reject your knowledge as being truthful or accurate because you have been caught in so many lies. ----- Your writing today does seems a bit more...interesting than normal. Have you decided to stop acting like someone with a couple academic degrees and a Ph.D.? Or is David Hansen correct in that you have been enjoying afternoon cocktails? Or is it that you're trying to walk the trails and type on your phone again? Be careful, that can be dangerous. ----- Now, back to the topics at hand. First you need to get a new dictionary--or can we chalk that up to the bad typing? Second, as soon as I see just one conservative here defend a liberal from personal attacks, I might consider defending conservatives from personal attacks--I assume that can be said for the media as well. Sorry, Roy, you just can't order me or anyone else to do it anymore. And once again, because you are apparently still intent on trying to deflect--no one HERE has attacked Palin's or Bachmann's children. This started because of another of YOUR rants, yet you continue to backtrack and try and change the narrative. It really is just more of the same from you, Roy. You rant, lie and make accusations that have nothing to do with the conversation here or with anything anyone here has said and then try to walk back what you have claimed. It's actually kind of cute that you think you are fooling anyone.
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Roy Roscoe April 3, 2014 at 11:32 pm
Amy, "But your diatribes always involve the wicked sordid left. sig" ---Amy that isRead More because the left is wicked and you have demonstrated the limits of sordidness that the left is capable of achieving. I'm not for free healthcare by any means but I would support free witch doctors for all the left. I think exorcisms should be made available upon request without any charges or other artificial barriers to access. Free blood lettings too. Getting rid of the demons the left conjures is in the interests of national security! There is a bone crushing evil that has infiltrated the left today and so far there is no vaccine that can cure it. I think it is related to the AIDS rpedemic.
Liberaltarian April 4, 2014 at 09:46 am
Roy, Your ego would create a bone crushing evil for you to crusade against in every location, inRead More every era, in every audience. If you were indeed a minister, I'm sure you must have twisted the minds of many in your flock. I respect true conservatives, but you are not one of them. You see the devil all around you without realizing the devil has altered your vision. George Bailey would have called you a warped, frustrated old man.
Roy Roscoe April 8, 2014 at 11:57 pm
Liberaltarian, Some leftie started and perpetuated the lie that I was ever a man of the cloth. SomeRead More of them do those things because truth doesn't favor their purposes. I never had the ambition for such a pursuit as patience and virtues were never my strong suits. ---Back to the topic at hand you claimed "If someone is being harassed by the government purely because of their political beliefs, it's certainly wrong and should be condemned." ---- I would add that anytime someone is harassed by their government for any reason it is wrong and should be condemned. I know a man who got on the wrong side of Washington and spent 8 years in a federal prison for a misdemeanor. His crime was a misdemeanor in his country but under a little known law called The Lacey Act a law violated, even a misdemeanor, anywhere in the world regarding fish and game becomes a US felony when the fish or game enters the United States. It being a felony meant the money paid became money laundering. --- At any rate our Founding Fathers understood the excesses of bureaucratic justice. "The criminal code of every country partakes so much of necessary severity," Alexander Hamilton wrote, "that without an easy access to exceptions in favor of unfortunate guilt, justice would wear a countenance too sanguinary and cruel." That is the reason presidential pardons are part of law. Our Founders had hoped ultimately a man with a conscience would always lead the country. They counted on the voters. That same premise means that bureaucracy must be watched with vigilance to be sure it's not corrupt. If you are interested read Henson McNabb vs The United States of equal interest is the petition for clemency filed by his lawyer Estrada (the same first Latino candidate for Supreme Court Justice that Bush couldn't get past the libs). This is all politics to us but McNabb spent 8 years in prison for a crime that was a small fine in the country it happened in, an old law not even enforced. Packing lobster tails in clear plastic instead of cardboard. Not even illegal here. The man came here of his own free accord, once accused, from a country without extradition because he wanted to be standup. Our justice system let him go home 8 yrs. later. You can't make this stuff up!
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Roy Roscoe March 26, 2014 at 12:18 am
Amy, You are a glutton for being wrong! "Roy: i'll leave you to your infallible crystal ballRead More where you divine all truth." What an imagination you possess. You may not have a PhD but that's only because they aren't offered in .Imagineering! Where did the "crystal ball" comment come from? That denotes that something will happen in the future that is not yet observed. Nothing could be farther from fact. I have already seen and heard his lies.
Roy Roscoe March 28, 2014 at 08:54 am
"on the basics? the things that really matter today to most Americans? " according to AmyRead More it doesn't really matter if the leader of the free world is sneaky. The ends justifies the means. But, don't think that to those of us who do care this detail will go unnoticed.
Roy Roscoe March 28, 2014 at 09:00 am
I find it mildly humorous that the liberals, except for Amy have kept silent on this posting.Read More Instead of condemning what they know is wrong and what they too agree with, they remain silent. They can not bring themselves to voice criticism of the one who so closely reflects themselves. "Hush", let's just keep our faults secret and maybe nobody will notice, they whisper. Maybe fixing the faults would be a better strategy for "hope and change"?
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Joyce April 1, 2014 at 11:31 am
Old Coot wrote: 'For whomever might be interested, I have had a close encounter with a much toutedRead More Asian surgeon (don't recall whether or not he was Thai, it was 15 yrs back). By all indications he botched a heart bypass surgery at a local hospital. And shortly after skedaddled back to Asia. As to Joyce and Lib, I might not want free aromatherapy, but I certainly did not like lying in a three bed ward recovering from a heart attack. The experience was, shall we say, not conducive to rapid recovery. Since then the hospital has been remodeled, probably increasing operational and debt service costs. Is that bad?' -------------- The ethnicity of the surgeon in question is irrelevant; I have worked with American physicians I would not trust to put a bandaid on a paper cut. Back in NYC, there were several physicians who should have lost privileges at the hospital because of incompetence, but instead the management required that residents do their deliveries and their surgeries for them, but they could be present so they could be the ones paid for the work the residents did. ------------------- As for a three-bed ward, the hospitals in my part of NYC were so overcrowded (and these were hospitals in affluent neighborhoods, with a clientele made up mostly of "Yuppies") had 4 bed rooms which were often turned into 5 bed rooms to accommodate the extra patients; in addition, patients were placed on carts in the hallway with only portable screens for privacy because of over crowding. A lot of hospitals are currently switching to all private rooms because of HIPPA requirements and infection control issues, but not all hospitals are doing that.
Joyce April 1, 2014 at 11:34 am
Old Coot wrote: 'As to Thailand, it is a country known as a hot sex tourism spot. N.B. by reputationRead More only, not from personal experience.' -------------- I have heard that; Thailand is also known for excellent health care: ------------- http://technorati.com/lifestyle/travel/article/thailand-healthcare-medical-tourism-in-bangkok/ --------------- My older daughter (not the one going there for surgery) was in Thailand about 10 years ago; she was teaching English in Japan, so she was "in the neighborhood", and a college friend was Thai, so she flew over and spent some time visiting her friend there. She found the experience wonderful.
Old Coot April 1, 2014 at 03:29 pm
Don't need to reassure me. I have no intention of going to Thailand. As to healthcare, guess I willRead More have to take my chances here in the good old USA. So far, quite a few health crises aside, the care has been excellent. BTW hasn't Thailand had some serious political problems. Or am I thinking of what used to be Burma?
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Jim Flaherty March 22, 2014 at 12:03 pm
Amy repeatedly claims that big business owns government, and by owning government big business setsRead More up tax laws so they don't have to pay any taxes. But here's the truth. These numbers are from four Minnesota-based companies. Let's start with 3M. Last year 3M grossed $30,871,000,000, after expenses that number goes down to 6,562,000,000 of that amount 3M paid 1,841,000,000 in taxes. That's a little over 28% of their net income. The rest went towards dividend payments to stockholders. Stockholders will have to pay either short-term at 30% or long-term at 10% capital gains equaling approximately $200 million. Total taxes paid for 3M's for the year will be approximately $2,041,000,000. The next Minnesota company will look at is Fastenal, last year Fastenal grossed $3,326,000,000, after expenses that number goes down to $713,500,000 of that amount Fastenal paid $264,800,000 in taxes that's a rate of over 37% the remainder went as dividends to stockholders and stockholders will have to pay between 10% and 30% in capital gains tax for another $70-$80 million in taxes. for a total of approximately $340,000,000.00 Our next Minnesota-based company will be, Piper Jeffrey Companies. In 2013 piper Jeffrey company grossed $525,200,000 after expenses the number goes down to $75,600,000 they paid taxes of $20,400,000 or approximately 27%. Our final Minnesota-based company will be US Bancorp. US Bancorp and a total income in 2013 of $19,378,000,000. After expenses their income was $5,836,000,000, they paid $2,032,000,000 in taxes or a little over 26%, the rest went to dividends for stockholders that will pay capital gains of $200-$300 million for a total of approximately $2,280,000,000.00 Next time somebody tell you big business doesn't pay any taxes do a little research on your own. These are all public numbers for publicly traded companies so if you don't believe what I put down check it out for yourself.
Carol Mason April 1, 2014 at 10:15 am
waaa! Poor rich people. Let 'em go. We need real Americans and real citizens, not theseRead More econo-terrorists.
Donald Lee April 1, 2014 at 03:36 pm
Though Jim Flaherty's point is valid,in that large companies often pay more in taxes than they payRead More their shareholders, and the investment and risk involved generally dwarfs any profit, it is important to emphasize that it is the Big Businesses that tend to get in bed with government and effectively conspire to keep competitors at bay through legislation rather than competition. Like the insurance companies and the PPACA, they make a deal with the devil. The Insurance companies allow themselves to be arms of the State, in exchange for future guarantees of profits (and bailouts). In the bargain, innovation and competition from upstarts is crushed. The result is the appearance that government and Big Business are "tight", but the reality is that government rules, and business does what it has to do to survive, and grabs what it can from its new "friend" along the way. The very policies that are supposed to bring those Big Businesses to heel instead turns them into quasi-monopolies with guaranteed profits. ========================================== The solution is a free, competitive economy! Stop trying to micro manage outcomes. Stop picking winners and losers.
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Roy Roscoe March 18, 2014 at 09:14 pm
Amy I prefer to stay on this website and call out "lier" when you write lies. I'd ratherRead More have an unstable society than one with a Robin Hood mentality where you can vote by discretion which citizens into slavery at an agreed upon level. I'd rather buy defense than pay protection money to extortionists masked as socialist politicos. Who steal with their pens and purchase power with stolen booty. I think the 1% should be exempt from any taxes as a reward for contributing ideas that benefit society instead of becoming socialists that contribute nothing to grow the pie only claiming to be fair measurers of the slices. Raising the minimum wage is a hoax to fool people who aren't very intelligent. If the minimum is 5,10 or 30 it's still the minimum and since nothing more is produced the pie hadn't grown and the poor who will grow in numbers will still get a smaller slice of pie. What surprises me is how difficult it is for you to understand that.
Roy Roscoe March 18, 2014 at 09:18 pm
Any writes "Equally disturbing is your instistence that our form of government requires beliefRead More in Christianity. It goes without saying that most of what you have embraced in fact fits more closely with facism than with democracy." -------Amy those thoughts were more that one of the people eho founded the country you inherited by your great fortune of having citizenship her. I would listen to them as they risked and contributed more to this nation than you will. They will be remembered long after you are forgotten.
Roy Roscoe March 18, 2014 at 09:20 pm
Liberaltarian, even if the poor farm costs more, it would provide experience, education and supportsRead More a fact that their is no such thing as a free lunch. That is worth the price.
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Roy Roscoe March 4, 2014 at 10:37 am
Donald the reality of history is every so often, while people are bickering over resources andRead More redistribution a cataclysmic event transpires that effects generations. During WW2 for example, distribution of resources was not based on the need for a living wage, free medicine or niceties of life. All resources were prioritized to win a war. Rationing went into effect to that end, which was still abused because individuals still rationalized their own interests to be above the cause. It's human nature, inherent in the population. Since greed exists the system must incorporate it do to be an advantage to all members. Capitalism has done that better than any system previously devised. Furthermore, when attempts is social engineering have departed from capitalism the results have severe detrimental impacts on the poorest members.
Jim Flaherty March 5, 2014 at 06:40 am
How about we blame all the faults of Reagan era on Carter? Reagan came into an economy that was aRead More mess with home interest rates at 12% and car loans at 18-20%, a staled economy and horrible foreign policy. Now I sound like Obama.
Roy Roscoe March 5, 2014 at 09:56 am
If just like to add to my last posting that during a war the poorest "able body" membersRead More are a resource. They are handed a rifle and bullets.
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Roy Roscoe February 28, 2014 at 09:37 am
The bottom line is if you want a clean and clear election there should be rules that preventRead More deviations from the instructions. Filling in a ballot with lipstick is unacceptable!
Liberaltarian March 3, 2014 at 05:08 pm
The question here is one of balancing risks. Without the law, there's the risk of votersRead More intentionally adding marks to their ballots so that someone with access to the ballots can count them and make payments to those who "recruited" those votes. For example a candidate could agree to pay someone $10,000 for delivering 500 votes. The proof that the votes were delivered would be the 500 ballots with a little star in the lower left-hand corner. The risk of keeping the law is that I could lose my vote simply because I accidentally made a little mark on the ballot. Or, maybe I underlined the candidates I wanted to vote for before I filled in the little circles. It seems to me that the risk of someone intentionally marking ballots is minimal because all of the other voter fraud laws would still be in place. If an election judge notices that a number of ballots had similar markings, an investigation could be initiated. It seems like the risk of legitimate votes being thrown out due to accidental marks exceeds the slightly increased risk of voter fraud.
Roy Roscoe March 3, 2014 at 08:06 pm
How about this for a novel idea: just follow the directions and don't mark the ballot, if you wantRead More your vote to count. If you do it you avoid all risks. Do you want the people to decide elections or do you want a judge to decide elections as per his interpretation of voter's intent. If your answer is the former than there can be no extra markings on the ballot. It's simple!
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Joyce March 6, 2014 at 11:01 am
"Roy" wrote: 'My understanding does not mean I'm right.' ---------- At least you got thatRead More much right.
Donald Lee March 6, 2014 at 12:24 pm
I have to make a point about the holocaust. The Nazis killed something like 7 million peopleRead More "off the battlefield". The fact that the vast majority of these were Jews does not mean that if there had been no Jews to persecute and use as a general scapegoat, the Nazis would not have found someone else. The Nazis did not limit their persecution to Jews. They also killed quite a number of "undesirables". The fact is that the Nazis murdered millions because they were amoral thugs who had ambition unrestrained by morality. In fact Mao and Stalin killed far more people than Hitler, and are far less prominent in our historical consciousness. Mao and Stalin's brutality is a little harder for us to condemn because it was motivated by politics, and in Mao's case, by envy - by the desire to "reduce disparities". The starkest example is Pol Pot, who explicitly strove to create an "equal" society, and in the process, over an amazingly short time span, killed millions. This happened only 40 years ago. We do well to remember these lessons.
Roy Roscoe March 6, 2014 at 11:02 pm
Joyce, re: " Joyce March 06, 2014 at 12:01 PM "Roy" wrote: 'My understanding does notRead More mean I'm right.' ---------- At least you got that much right."----------------- Does that mean I'm one up on you? I'm not counting.
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amy farland February 24, 2014 at 08:59 am
to call the LEA non-partisan is a joke beyond measure.
Bryan Bentley March 16, 2014 at 06:33 pm
What you are is a hypocrite. You just wrote a scathing comment on a piece of legislation that justRead More got out of the first committee hearing, and is at least a year from possible passage. But then maybe you separate your personal TEA Party life from your LEA TEA Party life. Either way, you commented on legislation that you have not read, nor studied, which seems to go against the principles of your precious little group. On another note, I always find it hard to take any comment seriously from someone that comes from the state that elected Jesse The Body Ventura as their Guv. LOL How does it feel to have someone troll YOUR blog big fella?
Donald Lee March 16, 2014 at 08:26 pm
I appreciate all my readers, even the ones that call me names. Thank you for your comments.
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Thomas Anderson February 20, 2014 at 03:53 pm
Excellent job Keith, CSpuck and Amy of solidly exposing Donnies distortion of the facts and historyRead More of the PPACA. I get very angry with his lies and distortions, with his linking to moonie web sites and the conservative fake outrage machine. You have very calmly shot down 100% of his revisionist blather.
Donald Lee February 27, 2014 at 03:33 pm
I appreciate the attention of my readers and am honored that they spend the time to read. PleaseRead More remember that we are discussing serious subjects. Feel free to question the judgement of others, but not their motives or personal qualities. Leadership is the job of each and every one of us.
Nick February 27, 2014 at 04:22 pm
Thomas, Keith, Cspuck (?), and Amy, exactly what good has this law done? Democrats who are smart areRead More running from it. Obama made many promises that were not kept, and evidence shows he never meant to keep them. He said that we can keep our insurance if we like it. Period. That was a bald-faced lie. He said we could keep our doctors. Another lie. He said that families will save $2500 a year. Another lie. Where would the $2500 ever have come from anyway? One other thing is the absolutely underhanded way this law was passed. It was passed without a single Republican vote, and on Christmas Eve in the Senate! I mean, come on. Never before has a society-changing piece of legislation been passed without bipartisan support, and in such a nefarious fashion. Not only did this bill not have bipartisan support, it actually had bipartisan opposition! Not all Democrats voted for it. And Obama apparently doesn't even like it, because he has made 35 unilateral changes to the law! How, exactly does the President have the constitutional authority to change a passed law? What about the Democrat mantra of "It's the law of the land"? Really? Then enforce it and live with it. Oh yeah, and lose your behind in the next election, too.
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Roy Roscoe February 23, 2014 at 11:28 am
That is what intellectual liberals do when their evidence based thought is proven to be nothing moreRead More than faith based belief that they so despise.
Joyce February 23, 2014 at 11:29 am
"Roy" asks: 'So the only real question is can it be applied with validity to the theRead More postulate that if depression causes suicide, and abortion causes depression, does abortion cause suicide? It's a question Joyce denies because there is no evidence.' ------------------- "Roy", there is ample evidence for postpartum depression and suicide; should pregnancy be outlawed because of that?
Roy Roscoe February 23, 2014 at 11:46 am
Joyce, since you are being ridiculous, let's just say Postpartum Depression should be outlawed. WhyRead More flush the baby out with the bath water?
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lbfixer February 13, 2014 at 07:35 pm
thank you
amy farland February 15, 2014 at 10:42 am
yep, if you're a 1% life is great.Read More http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/14/portland-homelessness-illegal_n_4790205.html If not, expect to die before you can collect Social Security. And in the streets.
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Smokin' Joe February 17, 2014 at 11:16 am
You are, of course, free to believe whatever you wish, Joyce. Look at the numbers, look at the adsRead More on television and the internet touting firms that specialize in getting people onto disability. I don't dispute that there are some who simply can't work, but I know of noone who's receiving benefits that couldn't be doing some form of work. Granted, that's only around 20 people, but 1 is too many.
Donald Lee February 17, 2014 at 01:28 pm
If Stephen Hawking can write books and continue to function when only one eyelid still works, we canRead More expect people who can "still talk" can find something productive to do. Telephone jobs exist. Sales is open to people who don't get around very well. Joe is right. Disabilities are obstacles to be overcome, not excuses to give up and live off the largesse of the taxpayer.
Jim Flaherty February 18, 2014 at 04:29 pm
In one very large western state 90% of one profession go on disability because the job is toRead More stressful. Here’s an idea GET A DIFFERENT JOB.
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Donald Lee March 2, 2014 at 10:05 am
Politics is not something that should be transcended. It is the essential process of finding consentRead More between people with conflicting interests. It's seldom pretty, but must be done. It should not be held in such disrepute, unless we want its practice to be limited to the disreputable.
Edward Anderson March 3, 2014 at 12:25 pm
Well, this explains a lot. Donald Lee has mistaken statesmanship for politics. Politics can onlyRead More divide people into "us" and "them." We've seen that demonstrated manifestly on this thread alone. My viewpoint isn't in lockstep synch with that of "Roy," therefore he has me clearly labelled as a Democrat. Which, if I ever made my voting record public, would seem downright risible! ---------------------- That said, I agree with Donald Lee that politics is essential. Having at least two viewpoints, possibly more, provides perspective--parallax, even--and enables the formation of a creative and dynamic tension between the various political positions. That sort of consensus-building is not the purview of the politician, but of the statesman. One might think of a politician as someone who helps drive a stake into the ground and holds onto it with both hands. A statesman may be one of those who drives the stake into the ground, but he only holds onto it with one hand, and with the other stretches out to grasp someone else's stake. The political stakes are essential, as Donald Lee points out; but only by connecting the stakes and holding them in dynamic tension is it possible to build anything of significant value.
Donald Lee March 3, 2014 at 03:07 pm
Whatever it is called, the activity of those who run for public office should not be held in suchRead More low esteem. We must hold them to high standards, or take full responsibility for their poor performance. We hired them through our votes.
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lbfixer February 10, 2014 at 03:33 pm
Great article but now I'm confused. Obama stated on this subject, you could not meet any economist (Read More a credible one ) that would say the ACA is bad for the economy.
Smokin' Joe February 11, 2014 at 06:22 am
Thanks Donald, it's a fantastic read.
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Smokin' Joe February 7, 2014 at 07:20 am
Interesting subject Donald. While raising a couple of kids, we took great pains to stress the properRead More way to act whenever dealing with the police. It's certainly not the way it should be, but I've always thought that wrong and alive was preferrable to right and dead. Realizing that we've lost the war on drugs would go a long way to returning them to being peace officers rather than a symbol of our national confusion as to what laws are actually law. Simple, logical laws and police accountability would benefit both sides, and return a culture of professionalism. I've known many police officers, and none of them ever imagined running radar traps as a fundraiser in Edina when they began their careers.
Donald Lee February 7, 2014 at 10:02 am
It's a subtle, but vital point, but petty laws are a big chunk of the problem. Peace officers areRead More your friends. They are on your side. That can only happen if the law is about things we all agree are bad - murder, robbery, theft. When laws are about smoking, seat belts, recycling and bullying, police are no longer your friends, because almost everyone is guilty of something. Stalin said it best: "Show me the man and I'll find you the crime." This needs to be fixed, but can only be fixed by repealing the nanny state. Police must stop trying to enforce "liberal" preferences and cultural norms defined by political correctness. Only then will they be able to return to their proper role.
Jim Flaherty February 12, 2014 at 07:52 pm
The police no longer prevent crime they investigate it. It’s not their fault just the way itRead More is.
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Alex Mundy February 10, 2014 at 08:45 am
How is it choice and not force when an employee is fired from their job, Donald? Your simplisticRead More view of a complicated relationship between an employer and an employee doesn't hold water. Like Friedman, your whole argument that there is no element of force is based on an unrealistic assumption. Your countering with self-employment says one thing while your "we can't all be company presidents" statement says the opposite. You're flailing about, shifting gears, deflecting and misdirecting, all the while attempting to maintain your usual air of intellectual superiority. Keep digging. You're bound to hit something eventually.
Donald Lee February 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm
How is it "power", when an employee on any day can choose to not show up? Both theRead More employer and employee - buyer and seller - are exchanging one thing for another. The employer money for work, the employee work for money. Neither one makes the trade unless he sees an advantage in it. This is as it should be. It is the essence of freedom. It is voluntary on both sides. There is no "force" unless one can compel the other. My paying you to do something is not "forcing" you.
Alex Mundy February 10, 2014 at 03:07 pm
Simple, Donald. It's power when the employee shows up to work one day to find he has no job becauseRead More he has been fired. Even though he may desire to continue working there, he cannot because he has been deprived of that choice and compelled to make another choice against his wishes, i.e., forced. Is it that tough of a concept to understand?
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Donald Lee January 28, 2014 at 01:52 pm
The caucus business is to start at 7 PM. For our district's GOP caucus, doors open at 6:30 PM, andRead More we strongly encourage people to arrive then - to look up your precinct, register, and look at the campaign material from the many candidates for office. See: http://sd52gop.org
ward tatro January 29, 2014 at 09:47 pm
Is Trey Gowdey or someone with his backbone going to be there, or can we expect the usual potentialRead More candidates from the Republican party?
Donald Lee January 29, 2014 at 10:55 pm
I have to admit I don't know who Trey Gowdy is, and I don't expect any major candidates to show upRead More at our caucus, but you never know.....
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Colin Lee February 26, 2014 at 12:38 am
It's no coincidence that Comcast owns Hulu, Netflix's top competitor. Just because Netflix agreed toRead More pay a monopoly tax to reach its existing customers does not mean that those customers will continue to have a better experience. Monopoly taxes rarely work that way.
Donald Lee February 26, 2014 at 12:16 pm
There is no monopoly. To the extent there is a monopoly, let's remove the government restrictionsRead More that create it. Competition is fierce on the net. The biggest obstacle to that competition is local monopoly mandates and agencies like the FCC. The solution is to get them out, not give them more power.
JD February 27, 2014 at 12:40 pm
Outside of the reality distortion field, while it's arguable if Comcast is currently a monopoly,Read More they most certainly will be if TWC is allowed to happen.
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David January 24, 2014 at 01:07 pm
That's Socialism/Fascism for you. What is not mandatory is prohibited. "THEY" know whatRead More is best and "WE" must obey.
Carol Mason January 27, 2014 at 10:37 am
Paranoia.
Roy Roscoe February 6, 2014 at 12:04 pm
HF 826 is scary! It has the potential to essentially turn Independent School Districts into anRead More autocracy controlled by a governor appointee. It deals in identifying, teaching and controlling "acceptable behavior" without requiring parental notification.That includes things in the realm of familial and gender behavior. It starts with kids at a very young age. Can anybody define "objectively offensive"? Somebody will. And if you don't like or agree with their definition you are permitted to plead with them to change it. But, in the end they decide.
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Roy Roscoe January 26, 2014 at 11:56 pm
Amy, One should feel sympathy for people who are crippled by feeling sorry for themselves and whoRead More waste their time thinking about how life isn't fair for them. It is sad to see people cripple themselves when they could soar if they just counted their blessings and remembered the ones who are worse off then they are. By truly feeling gratitude, they are much more motivated to use the talents and gifts their Creator gave them to better their circumstances for themselves and those around them.
David January 27, 2014 at 05:26 pm
As with all liberal arguments, Amy's white guilt link is full of assertions and no hard facts.Read More "I was hired for numerous jobs growing up that I have little confidence my Black friends would have gotten." The author has NO CLUE whether or not a black person would have gotten that job. He makes an assertion based on his own bias and calls it a fact. Just like Amy. The truth is that Progressive Liberals have to continually push some variant of 2 major themes: (1) You are a victim, someone else has it out for you/the deck is stacked against you and (2) Evil others have what is rightfully yours and it's not 'fair' that you don't have as much as they do. Both of these themes are required for someone to believe the drivel of Progressivism. The fallacy of 'White Guilt' is meant to indoctrinate us into believing that what we have gotten in life isn't ours because we worked hard and earned it, but because someone else created a system that gave it to us unfairly. This is the basis of Obama's famous, "You didn't build that." statement. Thus, we have no right to keep any of it and the government has the right to take as much as it sees fit to give to others. So they absolve loser liberals from responsibility for their own lives while trying to make successful conservatives be ashamed of their earned wealth. Once we accept the false premise of their argument, the snake oil sellers like Amy can foist all manner of ridiculous ideas on us. She is a Kool-aid drinker. Her FB page is a testament to pinheaded liberal ideology. She's not a credible person with whom we should bother debating. Let her live in her world of shame and imagined offenses. We simply expect her to walk her own talk and to give up all her wealth to the nearest black person she meets.
Donald Lee February 12, 2014 at 03:25 pm
Discussions require facts. Facts appear to be scarce.Read More http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/obamacare-enrollment-numbers-fact/2014/01/17/id/547757
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Smokin' Joe January 18, 2014 at 02:36 pm
Unfortunately Amy, I do care what happens, even to people who don't agree with me. Just because IRead More find you to be obnoxious and uninformed doesn't mean that I wish for bad things to come your way. I guess its part of that "civilization" bit that the left is always blathering about but never seem to live.
amy farland January 18, 2014 at 02:49 pm
Joe: please just take care of Joe. That's enough on your plate.
Roy Roscoe February 2, 2014 at 08:07 pm
Donald, Shat could be more clear about changing values than MN HF826. It couldn't be more blatantRead More and it's a total power grab by Dayton to make Minnesota Independent School Districts subservient to his whims.
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Donald Lee January 23, 2014 at 11:02 pm
It never stops. DC resident prosecuted for having empty shotgun shell:Read More http://www.bizpacreview.com/2014/01/23/gun-owners-beware-dc-man-faces-jail-for-having-empty-shotgun-shell-96062
Roy Roscoe January 23, 2014 at 11:42 pm
Unbelievable! I mean I believe it. I just never imagined something so ridiculous would have evolvedRead More in this country. Our grandparents wouldn't know this was the country they died in!
Donald Lee February 16, 2014 at 12:10 pm
Next time someone demands "more background checks", point out this article. They areRead More almost useless: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/13/despite-calls-for-more-gun-restrictions-current-ba
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Roy Roscoe January 15, 2014 at 10:23 pm
If it wasn't for Wall Street millions of Americans would not have easy access to liquidity or theRead More ability to share in ownership of beneficial companies. Still More would not have the jobs those businesses offer. What's your problem Amy? Do you want to flush the baby with the bath water?
Donald Lee February 10, 2014 at 04:22 pm
It's probably time to put out another update. This pointer to WaPo helps clarify what the WH isRead More talking about when it speaks of "enrollments". http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/11/11/who-counts-as-an-obamacare-enrollee-the-obama-administration-settles-on-a-definition/
Roy Roscoe February 10, 2014 at 06:08 pm
This administration is so "snakey"! Deceptive! Never trust a politician who promised moreRead More transparency if the promise was unsolicited is the lesson here. Could you imagine the chaos on Wall Street I'd SEC allowed the creative reporting that the regime takes for liberties? Company "A" "sales" included Inventory in shopping carts, commitments for orders, inquiries into specifications, what? Anything to paint a rosier picture. I swear Obama could steal your socks without taking your shoes off!
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Tank Murdoch January 16, 2014 at 09:23 pm
Beyond the problem that there is mercury in swirly compact florescent light bulbs they are made inRead More China. While the incandescent bulbs were made in the good old USA.
Joyce January 17, 2014 at 11:34 am
"Roy" wrote: 'Joyce is trying to argue that abortions for convenience do not exist.'Read More ------------ Bull, "Roy;" what I argued was that what you might consider an abortion of "convenience" the woman in question might consider a vital necessity. You simply do not know what is going on in that woman's life right now, you are not aware of all the exigencies, and so you have no right to judge her. ----------------
Joyce January 17, 2014 at 11:36 am
"Tank" wrote: 'Beyond the problem that there is mercury in swirly compact florescent lightRead More bulbs they are made in China. While the incandescent bulbs were made in the good old USA.' ------------- Aside from the fact that there are manufacturers of compact fluorescent bulbs here in the "good old USA," why can't American companies start manufacturing these bulbs? Seriously. Do we not have the technology?