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Posted - Feb 26 2012 : 7:35PM
Maureen Dowd hits another one out-of-the-park.

Op-Ed Columnist
By MAUREEN DOWD
February 25, 2012
It's finally sinking in.
Republicans are getting queasy at the gruesome sight of their party eating itself alive, savaging the brand in ways that will long resonate.
"Republicans being against sex is not good," the G.O.P. strategist Alex Castellanos told me mournfully. "Sex is popular."
He said his party is "coming to grips with a weaker field than we'd all want" and going through the five stages of grief. "We're at No. 4," he said. (Depression.) "We've still got one to go." (Acceptance.)
The contenders in the Hester Prynne primaries are tripping over one another trying to be the most radical, unreasonable and insane candidate they can be. They pounce on any traces of sanity in the other candidates -- be it humanity toward women, compassion toward immigrants or the willingness to make the rich pay a nickel more in taxes -- and try to destroy them with it.
President Obama has deranged conservatives just as W. deranged liberals. The right's image of Obama, though, is more a figment of its imagination than the left's image of W. was.
Newt Gingrich, a war wimp in Vietnam who supported W.'s trumped-up invasion of Iraq, had the gall to tell a crowd at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., that defeating Obama -- "the most dangerous president in modern American history" -- was "a duty of national security" because "he is incapable of defending the United States" and because he "wants to unilaterally weaken the United States." Who killed Osama again?
How can the warm, nurturing Catholic Church of my youth now be represented in the public arena by uncharitable nasties like Gingrich and Rick Santorum?
"It makes the party look like it isn't a modern party," Rudy Giuliani told CNN's Erin Burnett, fretting about the candidates' Cotton Mather attitude about women and gays. "It doesn't understand the modern world that we live in."
After a speech in Dallas on Thursday, Jeb Bush also recoiled: "I used to be a conservative, and I watch these debates and I'm wondering, I don't think I've changed, but it's a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people's fears and emotion rather than trying to get them to look over the horizon for a broader perspective."
Alan Simpson, the former Republican senator from Wyoming, recently called Santorum "rigid and homophobic." Arlen Specter, who quit the Republicans to become a Democrat three years ago before Pennsylvania voters sent him home from the Senate, told MSNBC: "Where you have Senator Santorum's views, so far to the right, with his attitude on women in the workplace and gays and the bestiality comments and birth control, I do not think it is realistic for Rick Santorum to represent America." That from the man who accused Anita Hill of perjury.
Republicans have a growing panic at the thought of going down the drain with a loser, missing their chance at capturing the Senate and giving back all those House seats won in 2010. More and more, they openly yearn for a fresh candidate, including Jeb Bush, who does, after all, have experience at shoplifting presidential victories at the last minute.
Their jitters increased exponentially as they watched Mitt belly-flop in his hometown on Friday, giving a dreadful rehash of his economic ideas in a virtually empty Ford Field in Detroit, babbling again about the "right height" of Michigan trees and blurting out that Ann "drives a couple of Cadillacs."
Romney's Richie Rich slips underscore what Ed Rollins, a Republican strategist, told the Ripon smartbuydisc.ru: "If we are only the party of Wall Street and country clubbers, we will quickly become irrelevant."
Santorum, whose name aptly comes from the same Latin root as sanctimonious, went on Glenn Beck's Web-based show with his family and offered this lunacy: "I understand why Barack Obama wants to send every kid to college," because colleges are "indoctrination mills" that "harm" the country. He evidently wants home university schooling, which will cut down on keggers.
His wife, Karen, suggested that her husband's success is "God's will" and that he wants "to make the culture a better culture, more pleasing to God."
The barking-mad Republicans of Virginia are helping to make the party look foolish and creepy. A video went viral on Friday in which Delegate Dave Albo comically regaled his fellow lawmakers on the floor of the Statehouse with his own Old Dominion version of "Lysistrata": he suggested that he was denied sex with his wife because of a Republican-sponsored bill that would have made ultrasounds, often with a vaginal probe, mandatory for women seeking abortions.
With music, red wine and a big-screen TV, he made a move on his wife, Rita, while she was watching a news report about the bill. "And she looks at me and goes, 'I've got to go to bed,' " Albo said as his colleagues guffawed.
The Republicans, with their crazed Reagan fixation, are a last-gasp party, living posthumously, fighting battles on sex, race, immigration and public education long ago won by the other side.
They're trying to roll back the clock, but time is passing them by.

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Posted - Feb 26 2012 : 8:26PM
David Albo in his viral video, remarking on the tv news report "It was ... 'trans-v this,' and 'trans-v that.'" The guy can't even man-up and let the word 'vagina' pass his lips. I don't think he needs to be voting for transvaginal probing if he can't even say 'transvaginal'.
He's actually amusing in the video, a little bit charming, but in an old-boy-network way that really should tell you he has no business making decisions for women.

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At risk of derailing this thread:
A)Planned Parenthood uses sonograms as it is. Women can even ask to see the picture when they do it. Planned Parenthood does not want to perform abortions on women that are not actually pregnant. And on the subject of invasive procedures, abortion is a most invasive procedure, far more than "transvaginal probing." Yeah, yeah, I got it, "choice."
B) A "transvaginal" ultrasound is only an option at 4-and-half to six weeks. At six weeks, the regular sonogram procedure is possible. No one has to get a "rod" put in their vagina. They can wait a week. And in fact, Gov. McDonnell, a man I have endorsed for any office he wants forever, didn't walk anything back in trying to strip "transvaginal" from the bill. Now it's just like Texas's law.
C)Don't forget, a woman delegate is responsible for the bill in question.
I don't know how a twit at Salon.com managed to make this into some kind of controversial national issue, but I don't like it. Last year, the Va. legislature chose to register PP clinics as actual healthcare clinics and the left adamantly opposed it. So ultrasound disclosure requirements vs. unregulated abortion clinics - why not have the fight as it actually is, instead of the caricature we have now?
Back on topic: Whatever. Losing the presidency in 2012 won't have an impact on the down-ticket races, with Democrats crying "Citizens United!" to comfort themselves when they lose. And we'll be back to the grind in 2016 after Obama's 2nd term, likely the most inconsequential and ineffective term in history, with a different field. Then we'll do it all again.
 
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My expectation is the Democrats will gain seats, but not enough to break the filibuster, so it will be just 2 more years of the same old shit.
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Posted - Feb 27 2012 : 3:11AM
Cody--I think one of the appalling things about requiring this unnecessary procedure without the woman's consent is that women who WANT a baby but are having a miscarriage, and thus need a D & C, will have to submit to having photos taken and put in their record. This is just more misdirected harassment.

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The GOP was supposedly dying in 2008. It immediately bounced back and took the House 2 years later. In Michigan, Republicans controlled the redistricting to give them more control, so they're so deeply entrenched only another Bush sized disaster could knock them out. If public opinion turns overwhelmingly against the GOP, it's still run by greed. It's full of too many people who know how to follow the money, so it will change enough to protect the corporate donations.
 
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Posted - Feb 28 2012 : 3:50PM
I would have thought that, the take-away on Ms. Dowd's Op-Ed would have been more along the lines of
After a speech in Dallas on Thursday, Jeb Bush also recoiled: "I used to be a conservative, and I watch these debates and I'm wondering, I don't think I've changed, but it's a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people's fears and emotion rather than trying to get them to look over the horizon for a broader perspective."
I mean, read the piece and all the quotes from Republican people -- with names that are household words.
But, I guess it is critically important that we have another contraception thread instead.
Right, Cody?
 
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The Lost Party
The strangest primary season in memory reveals a GOP that’s tearing itself apart.

By John Heilemann
The transfiguration of the GOP isn’t only about ideology, however. It is also about demography and temperament, as the party has grown whiter, less well schooled, more blue-collar, and more hair-curlingly populist. The result has been a party divided along the lines of culture and class: Establishment versus grassroots, secular versus religious, upscale versus downscale, highfalutin versus hoi polloi.
...many Republicans are already looking past 2012. If either Romney or Santorum gains the nomination and then falls before Obama, flubbing an election that just months ago seemed eminently winnable, it will unleash a GOP apocalypse on November 7—followed by an epic struggle between the regulars and red-hots to refashion the party. And make no mistake: A loss is what the GOP’s political class now expects. “Six months before this thing got going, every Republican I know was saying, ‘We’re gonna win, we’re gonna beat Obama,’ ” says former Reagan strategist Ed Rollins. “Now even those who’ve endorsed Romney say, ‘My God, what a fucking mess.’ ”

I've written about this before: the GOP base is becoming almost exclusively Southern/Midwestern and Protestant and ever more exclusive and intolerant.
They've taken their ideals too far. Rick Santorum's statements about college being the perfect example: Republicans have always prided themselves on blue-collar professions, and the whole Salt-of-The-Earth thing. Great.
But somewhere in reflecting that pride it developed into a backlash against College and Higher Education. Those things became synonomous with elitism and, well, snobbery, so you get Rick Santorum calling Obama a snob for wanting to inspire kids to aspire to college. (At this point, it must be noted that Santorum has a BA, MBA and JD. Apparently he's not a snob though because he doesn't recommend other people go to college. )
(Note: Santorum's comments pale beside those of Ann Coulter: "The main thing I do is speak on college campuses, which is about the equivalent of speaking at an al-Qaida conference")
There's no boundaries anymore. There's no limits. When someone like a Jeb Bush says "Hey, whoa, let's put on the brakes here." he or she either gets ignored or shouted down by the more vitrolic, strident voices in the party.

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Posted - Feb 29 2012 : 1:41AM
There's so much to what Rick Santorum said though. Some wacky, some right on the mark, IMO.
College=good. Saying higher education shouldn't be an aspiration because college happens to be a place of profound arrogance and indoctrination is just wrong. But saying college is a place of snobby arrogance and indoctrination - I emphatically believe it to be so.
I tell everyone that college is easy to figure out: "listen to the lecturers, and even parrot your professors in class. When class is over, believe the opposite." I believe colleges are indoctrination mills. My political science classes were neutral or bearable but, as I've noted I think the field of history has been so distorted that is now useless. At last call it something else because narrative history is extinct in academia. And my field, economics, is perhaps the most arrogant and ignorant on any campus. The 2011 Nobel Prize in Economics went to a guy that said "Economists know nothing." Pretty much sums up my feelings there.
In my mind, the best thing about Santorum's comments is the hypocrisy - a thoroughly educated man saying college is unnecessary and then openly admitting that colleges indoctrinating adults is terrible but that parents should actively seek to indoctrinate their kids.
But damn it! This is college! There's plenty of culture war fodder here. There's the with huge salaries, even as teaching positions are being cut and tuition is rising. There's the college professors openly . Hell, give me a camera and I'll show you exactly why every class in the departments with "studies" after it should be tossed into the garbage and burned. It's low hanging fruit, and instead we have a candidate attacking the very idea of thirsting for knowledge.
 
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Posted - Feb 29 2012 : 2:20AM
Snobby arrogance and indoctrination? Sounds like your average cable news program.
Whether the label applies to a college would depend on what college you're talking about. If you're making the claim that all colleges suffer from the same problem then more than your personal experience is required to prove it. If you're making the claim that some colleges suffer from the problem then the solution seems simple enough - get your education someplace else. Isn't that the American way?

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^I guess. And in the end, it is all about choice. As even the National Association of Scholars admitted in their crusade to end ethnic studies courses in Arizona classrooms, "these programs, while not our pick as ideal disciplines of higher learning, are at least voluntary and fall under the more expansive protections of academic freedom that apply at the collegiate level. They are certainly not, so far as we know, imposed on unwilling students the way a K-12 curriculum often is."
Beyond that, "taking courses from Jose Angel Gutiérrez at the University of Texas at Arlington may not be a wise use of a student’s tuition dollars or for that matter state support, but we’ll address that matter another time." And as "Republican for reform" I certainly lick my chops at the idea of privatizing such useless courses and degrees. If Santorum had advocated that, I'd be on board.
Lastly, there's some casework at the for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education which fights speech codes in particular. And like I said, I could take a camera into a many a college classroom and catch some very controversial material. There are countless organizations across the world that focus on intellectual diversity in education and they have plenty of evidence that they have a purpose.
 
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Posted - Feb 29 2012 : 7:24AM
Maureen Dowd round two.

Op-Ed Columnist
By MAUREEN DOWD
February 28, 2012
Rick should scat.
Mitt Romney needs to be left alone to limp across the finish line, so he can devote his full time and attention to losing to President Obama.
With Sanctorum and Robo-Romney in a race to the bottom, the once ruthless Republican Party seems to have pretty much decided to cave on 2012 and start planning for a post-Obama world.
Not even because Obama is so strong; simply because their field is so ridiculously weak and wacky.
John McCain has Aeschylated it to "a Greek tragedy." And he should know from Greek tragedy.
"It's the negative campaigning and the increasingly personal attacks," he told The Boston Herald, adding, "the likes of which we have never seen."
When a man who was accused of having an illegitimate black child in the 2000 South Carolina primary thinks this is the worst ever, the G.O.P. is really in trouble.
The Arizona senator, who's supporting Romney, grimly noted: "I know he's going to be the nominee, but I also worry about how much damage has been done."
As they battled for Michigan, Arizona and beyond, Romney called Rick Santorum an "economic lightweight," and Santorum called Romney "a lightweight on conservative accomplishments," "uniquely unqualified" and "a bully."
In the old days, the Republican ego had control of the party's id. The id, sometimes described as a galloping horse or crying baby, "the dark, inaccessible part of our personality ... chaos, a cauldron full of seething excitations," as Freud called it, was whipped up obliquely by candidates. Nixon had his Southern strategy of using race as a wedge, Bush Senior and Lee Atwater used the Willie Horton attack, and W. and Karl Rove conjured the gay marriage bogyman.
Once elected, those presidents curbed the id with the ego, common sense and reason. But now the G.O.P.'s id is unbridled. The horse has thrown the rider; the dark forces are bubbling. Moderates, women, gays, Hispanics and blacks -- even the president -- are being hunted in this most dangerous game.
Asked in Michigan why he couldn't excite the base, Romney said he is not willing to make "incendiary comments" or "light my hair on fire."
In the latest sign that moderate Republicans feel passe, Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine shockingly announced her retirement, decrying " 'my way or the highway' ideologies" and a vanishing political center.
The apogee of apathy for Romney was on Friday, when the man who says he's an expert manager spoke to a mostly empty football stadium in Detroit. Stephen Colbert defended Romney, saying he connected with the sea of empty chairs because they, too, were "plastic and uncomfortable."
Some Republicans at the annual winter governors' meeting here murmured that it was over for Mittens even before he cited his wife's two Caddies and his Nascar team-owner pals, and awkwardly mocked the plastic ponchos of Daytona racing fans: "I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks."
They said Mitt was damaged as a contender against Obama when he was forced to admit that he had a 15-percent tax rate (given, as The Huffington Post points out, that Romney averaged $6,400 an hour at Bain Capital while creating lots of jobs with paltry wages).
Romney defended himself in an interview to Fox News on Tuesday, sitting in front of a poster of his dad with the slogan: "Romney Great in '68." Romney pere lost his dream of becoming president when he claimed he was brainwashed on Vietnam.
Now Santorum should forfeit his chance after making a far dumber remark: Kids should beware of college because they'll get brainwashed.
Pandering to Tea Partiers, Santorum, who has a B.A., M.B.A. and J.D., and who supported higher education in his 2006 senatorial campaign, absurdly turned the American dream inside-out and into sauerkraut.
He called the president "a snob" for encouraging people to get more educated and asserted that Obama only wants Americans to go to college so they can be remade in his image, while being indoctrinated by liberal college professors.

Does he think that defining ambition down and asking kids to give up hope is a good mantra? Even Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, who was trying to mandate that women seeking abortions be shamed with vaginal ultrasounds that Democrats dubbed "legal rape," thought Santorum went too far.
As Mitt's remarks get curiouser, Rick's get creepier.
In an interview with ABC News's George Stephanopoulos, Santorum offended the Catholics he's courting by saying that the J.F.K. speech ratifying the separation of church and state made him want "to throw up" because Kennedy had thrown "his faith under the bus."
"I don't believe in an America where the separation of church and state are absolute," Sanctorum said.

If he is willing to cross that line, the only two possibilities are that he doesn't understand the nature of the United States or that he wants to do damage to the United States. Neither is acceptable.
 
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Posted - Feb 29 2012 : 10:51AM
On the contrary, Maureen, he understands the nature of the United States all too well. We've been struggling with the role of religion in government since before our independence. The reason, obviously, is that many Americans want their government to enforce their religious ideals, and they see anybody who disagrees with them as just plain wrong, if not evil devil-worshipers.
So, yes, it is stupid and short-sighted, but that's pretty much the definition of zealots. Besides, pandering to their desires in the election cycle doesn't mean you have to follow through after you get elected - you just blame the other side for blocking their agenda. Rend your shirt, tear your hair; you know.
 
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Posted - Feb 29 2012 : 6:22PM
I believe I could do the same at many churches.
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Churches aren't run, in any capacity, by government though.
 
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^
And universities are?

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Right. Churches run the government.
Edited by - charn on 2/29/2012 8:34:28 PM

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Two things:
One, I don't know about you guys but there's always been something about Maureen Dowd that really turns me on. She looks damn good for 60. (60???!!!) She is lights years older than me but damn if I would not want to take her out for dinner and some salsa dancing. I just love intelligent older women who keep themselves looking good.
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Two, I for one, took several courses in both Mexican American Studies and African American Studies and found them to be the most rewarding experiences I have ever had in my life as an undergraduate student. IMO Diversity is what makes this country great and the more I learn about different cultures, the more rewarding and complete I feel as a human being. I love learning foreign languages and I wish I could speak every existing language on this earth. But sadly, that's just an impossibility given the little amount of time we have in our daily lives.
.....Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to get back to reading Steve Biko's book "I write what I like"
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The Tribe says it best from Stir It Up: Steve Biko:
New York City represent, represent
A Tribe Called Quest represent, represent
The Dawg is scientific with the styles I invent
A Tribe Called Quest represent, represent
MCs like to meddle, but here's my proposition
I let my lyrics flow, and jumped your whole position
I'm radical with this like the man this song is after
Yo Tip settle down, whats the reason for the laughter?
I really cant say, I guess I laugh to keep from cryin
So much goin on, people killin, people dyin
But I wont dwell on that, I think I'll elevate my mental
Thanks for these bars on the Biko instrumental.....

 
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Posted - Mar 3 2012 : 5:07AM
Government doesn't run universities, they help fund some of them, but then churches don't pay taxes, which is equivalent to a huge amount of funding. And don't religious groups now receive government funding for their chastity, prison preaching, and other social services since Bush Jr?

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"Jabba The Rush pushes the buttons to make the GOPers do the dance!"
Only Ron Paul had the balls to say that he apologized due to his sponsers bolting like rats from a sinking ship.....
O'reilly and Bernie Goldberg what a joke! are busy defending Jabba like they were Bib Fortuna and Greedo who work for the exhalted one.....constantly uttering "Nee Jabba no Baddaa!"
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She's three for four.

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ok, well she's 60. But she can't help her age.
 
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Well this is nice:
Oh, and there's this too:

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^ Now zarinafan, be careful about criticizing anything the extreme Right says, you know you'll be accused of abridging their right to free speech.
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After what happened to Gabby I can't believe anyone would be stupid enough to say something like that in a political smartbuydisc.ru.

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Well, they are.

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I know, I'm just sayin'.

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I know, right.

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Understatement is so 2011.
 
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I know right? Quoting the words that come out of people's mouths is the absolute height of assholery.


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Obama increased the spending for the Whitehouse Office of Faith, whatever that means. Democrat or Republican, you're getting the same bs. My taxes last year were alarming and they were alarming to my tax preparer who had roughly the same income as I. Neither of us are "wealthy" but we struggle like crazy under taxes. I have a deadbeat relative who gets government assistance and a nice tax refund but she doenst work? WTF? I don't want to be in her shoes, but still, it is wrong. Why should she get credits and a tax refund when she doens't even work?

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You'd think the party of Comrade Stalin would be ghastly outdated but I guess not.
 
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May I ask where you went to school?

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Arrogance, you say? Do you think there might be something arrogant about you issuing sweeping generalizations on multiple fields outside your own? I followed your link, and you say that you reached your conclusions about academic historiography based on some articles you read as an undergrad. I really don't think that undergraduate students are qualified to assess the state of an entire field of scholarly production. Is it arrogant to say so? Sorry.
Right, why would you want to learn anything at college? Just go in assuming that you know more than your professors and you'll be fine. Ignore facts that challenge your beliefs. Denounce entire disciplines if you need to.

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UC Davis, and I stand by everything I said. Nearly everything I "learned" in college, and definitely not just as an undergraduate, has not lined up with reality.
 
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^ You should have taken more science classes, then. Maybe some philosophy would have helped, as well.
At any rate, those crazy politicians - they just [link inactive:404 - Page not found]can't help themselves.
Yes, the list of American exceptionalism is long, but is it long enough to overcome the long list of American failures, betrayals, and oppression? Oh, right, we don't talk about those.
Whatever - whenever I see a politician stand up on his hind legs and tell everybody how wonderful we are I reach for my wallet, because I know a grifter when I see one.

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Posted - May 18 2012 : 12:41AM
Why does she get assistance?
What Taxes? Local, State, or Federal?
I know the answer to the second question but would be interested in reading the response.
 
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^ I would love to know how someone on Fed assistance (not related to being involved in a natural disaster, or tax credit for rent purposes) gets a tax refund.
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RINO - Republican In Name Only - is a label frequently applied to moderate Republicans, as if they are not allowed to be moderate or live in blue districts, but it is also applied to severely conservative candidates, such as John McCain, who lost their races.
 
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Friday, July 20, 2012
My Prayers Go Out To Our Fellow Americans

The horrors of the shootings in the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, remind us that our lives and families are precious to us. My prayers go out to all of those affected by the deranged attacker. Unfortunately, this event is a stark reminder that only we can protect ourselves. There isn’t enough money or manpower on the planet to have an armed policeman on every single street corner… or inside every movie theater. Only law-abiding citizens have the power to repel such an attack. I demand that Secretary of State Clinton not sign the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.
This terrible event is an example of how much worse things can get with the approval of the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty which aims to disarm lawful citizens. Legally armed and responsibly self-trained citizens are far safer from these types of attacks and have the ability to stop them earlier in the event, saving lives.

 
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Former Sen. Pearce is best known for having authored Arizona’s anti-immigrant SB1070. He was exposed just last week for writing hateful, racist emails about Latinos in his state.
Pearce then -- of course -- deleted that FB post. When Pearce was inevitably called out by local media for his insensitivity, he walked back his earlier statements, saying that he meant that gun control laws were entirely to blame, and not the victims themselves, and it's the fault of the Librul Media.
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Yep. How dare they quote the words HE WROTE on his Facebook page. Bastards!
[link inactive:Server error]<brAt least now he has decided to stop digging.
There comes a time when explaining stops making sense and you are better off simply apologizing. So for those who were offended by my post regarding the shootings in Aurora, please accept my apologies.

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Posted - Jul 24 2012 : 12:01PM
I think the outdatedness is much larger than any political party. American life is a Ponzi scheme that will soon change or end.
 
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Posted - Jul 24 2012 : 12:06PM

During an appearance on The Heritage Foundation’s Istook Live, Tea
Party Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX), a former judge, began talking
about “ongoing attacks on Christian-Judeo beliefs” when asked about
Aurora shootings. Later, in the program he seemed to blame atheists
for violence:

"You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of terror like this takes place," Gohmert said.
"Some of us happen to believe that when our founders talked about guarding our virtue and freedom, that that was important," he said. "Whether it's John Adams saying our Constitution was made only for moral and religious people ... Ben Franklin, only a virtuous people are capable of freedom, as nations become corrupt and vicious they have more need of masters ... We have been at war with the very pillars, the very foundation of this country."
Ernest Istook, the host of the show and a former Oklahoma congressman, jumped in to clarify that nobody knows the motivation of the alleged Aurora gunman. Gohmert said that may be true, but suggested the shootings were still "a terrorist act" that could have been avoided if the country placed a higher value on God.
"People say ... where was God in all of this?" Gohmert said. "We've threatened high school graduation participations, if they use God's name, they're going to be jailed ... I mean that kind of stuff. Where was God? What have we done with God? We don't want him around. I kind of like his protective hand being present."

: “Some of my comments in an interview with Ernie Istook on his Heritage Foundation radio show have been grossly taken out of context.

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2759 Posts
11/09
Posted - Jul 24 2012 : 2:03PM
^
It's called selective memory. He needs to read the 1st Amendment. Especially Jefferson's feelings on the subject.
Not that that would matter much.
 
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Posted - Aug 9 2012 : 7:19PM

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So.... America is Uganda now? I thought we were 1950s Russia or 1930s Germany?!??!?
Not only that...
People! Make up your minds!

 
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Posted - Aug 15 2012 : 7:53PM

[link inactive:404 - Page not found]From ThinkProgress:
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Rob Fleming
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Why strive to be king of your own domain when you can be a pawn in the Celestial Kingdom?
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Posted - Aug 15 2012 : 9:25PM
^As long as Americans respond to ads like this one, they will continue to reward bad behavior that distracts from addressing real issues. Regardless of what party you belong to, the best response upon seeing an ad like this one is "This ad makes me less inclined to vote for the party that paid for it." Such a response strikes fear in the heart of a dirty campaigner.
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