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Save the world, vote Obama
I share your feelings of abhorrence of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan; really, there aren't words to fully express just how much I can't stand them.
I'm fortunate to live in a state that's so blue I can vote for Jill Stein, who best represents my interests. But: as disappointing as it is to know that she doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of winning, her losing won't be nearly as upsetting as Romney winning.
I know there are a lot of people here with reservations about Obama - and I'm certainly one of them, and vocally so - but I have to say that if I lived in a swing state, I'd probably be casting a vote for Obama if that was the only way to keep Romney and all the insane people he associates with out of power.
Really sucks that we've come to the point where we're actually willing to vote for a status quo that also sucks, but it is what it is: suckingly sucky.
I just adhor Romney and that made me break ranks with PUMA and vote accordingly.
If the latter I'd say she's very wrong on both counts.
And as much as I am upset with Obama on a lot of levels, I could retire in 4 years if, like Teresa seems to think, it's identical to the last 4. Nearly double the value of my dwelling and 401k and for me, for most of us, that would be a huge economic windfall. The only reason it wasn't, because Bush devalued those assets by one half, so essentially home & 401k owners are at the same point they were 8 years ago, not 4. And since those gains/losses for most are unrealized, people seem to forget what their net worth was 4 years ago.
But back to MT's comment, being beyond being a stupid Bush war policy, "stay the course" is an impossibility in regards to the economy. Unlike the military, the President is not the Supreme Commandeer of a global economy. People who have nothing to do with America, see Spain and Greece, can hold great influence over a global economy. It would be humanly impossible to stay the course over a system that you have little control over.
But once Barack Obama finally secured the nomination, I was all in, and I remain in his corner still. Horses and bayonets aside, there's no question that he's the better candidate.
apparently we've got it all wrong; Clinton is hurting Obama.
Must be so, it's right there, front page and all.
You knew you could always count on The Times to tell us what we need to know.
CDS, alive and well at the "liberal" press.
Worth a shot, worked for me.
I wonder what the bandwagon-hopping ESPN punditocracy, which had said as late as this afternoon that Justin Verlander constituted a virtual lockdown for a Tigers' victory in Game 1, are thinking right now with their boy trailing, 4-0?
Zorba and MO Blue, I thought of the two of you when I saw this video. Buck up, girls, there's always next year. :-)
So, yeah, GO, GIANTS!!
Would have preferred a Yankee/Giants game, but I'm down with putting the Tigers to bed . . . lol!~
I must say, much easier watching night games on this coast!
Small sample size but tonight's start blends right into those previous stats. I suspect he'll be much better back in Detroit though. (but I wouldn't bet on it)
They estimated today's Obama rally crowd at City Park with no free concert at 16,000.
Further, there were supposedly 25,000 tickets distributed by the Romney campaign for last night's concert, which means that there were probably an awful lot of people who were refused entry, and were instead left standing at the doors.
That's very poor event planning on the part of the campaign, and one can only wonder what those who were turned away last night were thinking about Romney afterward.
It was always a great song, but is particularly relevant today.
Thank you Senator, please proceed
"Sometimes when your enemy is self-destructing, you just have to get out of the way and let it happen." - indy in sc
"I think Obama and his immediate team have been very disciplined about letting them hang themselves." - ruffian
The cognitive dissonance involved in your thinking impresses me.
I support Roe V Wade because I support a Right of Privacy. I don't need to pretend that male pols should have to defer to female bodies but not male bodies when it comes to making use of tax payer monies or when it comes to making laws that concern healthcare for populations that include the opposite sex. If the federal or state governments get involved in healthcare at all they are going to have to deal with both women and men.
While women legislators are just as capable of believing they have the right to eliminate women's choices, by and large it has been men who have been spouting off about the decisions women should and should not be able to make - and worse, some of their comments have revealed a level of ignorance that should disqualify them from being able to hold elective office. Yes, there are some equally ignorant voters who will do their best to keep them in office, but that doesn't speak to the rightness of these candidates' positions as much as it does to the ignorance of the electorate.
My suggestion to the Todd Akins and Mourdocks and to the women who don't support the right of all women to make their own decisions is simple: if you believe abortion is wrong, don't have one. If the fetal cells in question are not implanted in your uterus, it's not your call. Express an opinion? Pass judgment? Have at it. But what women decide is best for them is no one else's business.
As for the decisions about what the government is or isn't going to spend money on, I have no idea why we cater to the wishes of those who don't want "their" tax dollars being spent on abortions, but ignore the vastly larger numbers who don't want "their" tax dollars spent on wars and drone-killings and the like.
"Educational decisions need to be made between educators and communities, not in the halls of Congress."
This holds true because for the most part, congresscritters are not professionals in fields other than law and politics, and therefore IMO aren't qualified to make decisions on their own about other fields. This doesn't stop them, of course, but it should.
If people think it's wrong, that is fine, but when they pretend to know the will of some mythological being, well then it's time to tell them to STFU and let their all powerful being sort it out.
And not to point out the obvious, but one would think all powerful and all knowing god would have had the foresight to include abortion in the bible if it was this fricken important.
Because all of this BS boils down to what a bunch of idiots think god wants, which.... surprise, surprise is exactly what they want. It's a GD miracle.
Still, I agree with you that doctors diagnoses and prognosis should be safe from political interference regardless of the sex involved.
He also gets asked about Richard Mourdock and nails the answer.
All in all he's doing a very good job and next he's off to Vegas for a late night rally.
Really getting a chance to be fun and personable.
West coasters, tune in.
ruffian: "I thought of Tom Daschle the other day for some reason."
Oh, my! What brought that on? Are you running a fever?
"Wonder what he is up to?"
He's a highly paid lobbyist in D.C. for the insurance industry. I know, what a surprise, eh?
"I thought he was an Obama advisor of some kind ..."
No, he isn't. But once upon a time, he really, really wanted to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. Unfortunately, his multiple failures to disclose requisite personal financial information in a timely manner proved that the only position for which he qualified was Under-Secretary of State for Obfuscation and Conflicts of Interest.
"... but I am glad he is nowhere near a microphone."
Amen to that!
It's sad that predominant reaction to this on this blog will be that the "lil child" at the "tender age" of 17 couldn't possibly know that killing/dismembering was wrong and so he shouldn't get any kind of adult sentence whatsoever and should just be released so he can "turn his life around". Ya know, because being against jailing MJ users or 12 year olds means that you have to be against jailing anyone under 18 for any reason.
I wouldn't be surprised if some other dissenter tried to link this to the "war on women" meme.
The tie on would be that this was a boy who murdered a girl because of pick one or all of them:
A. Rape culture
C. Just another example of Boys Being Boys
D. The Incredible Hulk like violence that Dwells Within most males
And yes, I've seen some pretty ridiculous arguments using those memes. Of course YOU wouldn't like my tongue-in-cheek humor, you probably believe some of those things.
Regardless, the predominant reaction on THIS blog, I think will be to excuse the perpetrator due to his "tender" age, and I'm against that. This is a crime that unless there are extenuating circumstances or a mental illness is involved should be punished pretty harshly. Yes, I said that terrible, terrible word: punished. Spare him his life for his monstrosity, but you don't have to spare him free use of his murderous hands or other body parts.
its the absolute immunity to any kind of punishment that some here seem to want to give teens
... always being blamed, ... always made the victims, ...
Being on top of the food chain is some much responsibility that I feel at times, it's just too much good fortune to take.
Please, Slayersrezo, I need to use your fainting couch, my head....
Oh wait, I forgot the fact that all the CEO's of the big fortune 500 companies call me for my opinion at all hours and they invite me into the "good old boys" club, want me to marry their daughters , and give me lots of $ just for breathing.
And Donald? Well, if you ask him, he's white. And he thinks most white people (particularly white guys being the "White Knight" that he is) are stupid. But he works for me, and makes sure that society is set up JUST for me.
And I must have imagined the two times I've been handcuffed, the "no knock" raid on my house about 2 years ago (found nothing, it was because someone saw my brother showing off his new rifle), and all my interactions with cops (both white AND black, fancy that!) that have been less than respectful. Don't I know that "Officer Friendly" is always on my side?
I mean seriously, it really feels funny being basically relegated to non-existence, because I don't fit into the "top ten percent" model that most of you idiots seem to think all white males fall into. I mean, I've already said I'm poor and I live in a mostly minority city and that I've had plenty of time to see what "progressives" think my life is like and have found they are mostly full of shit.
But go back to your religion and forget I ever said anything.
But go back to lashing out and forget I ever said anything.
Please stop letting Bill Gates or (to use a fictional example) Gordon Gekko speak for me. Neither of those men (the real and the fictional) has anything in common with me, and they probably don't or wouldn't even care that men like me exist. I also hate most of the Republican and Democratic platforms (not that the corrupt candidates ever fullfill most of those planks, but I digress), so I'm rather unrepresented politically.
Being told I have no problems or that all my problems are my own fault IS a problem.
And it's a game I'm not willing to play.
Money-saving tip - There's a couple of farm/animal feed stores off Route 70 just west of Charm City. You can buy your straw in bulk.
And "B" is why "A" is often asserted.
Neither of these things are true.
They're just funny.
No one, ... repeat, ... no one ... has claimed that "all white males are successful" or that the rich ones all hang together with the poor ones and give them unfair advantages.
Maybe if you stuck with what people are actually saying, rather than your reinterpretation of what they're saying, it would make things easier ...
... and save some serious $$ on straw.
the predominant reaction on THIS blog, I think will be to excuse the perpetrator due to his "tender" age,
It's time you put on ring on that strawman, you two have been inseparable lately.
God, the two parties disgust me as do their apologists.
Explain away guys/gals. And be sure to throw the words racist in there somewhere too.
Don't you get tired of being an idiot, 24/7.
Just in case you missed it, there was no voter fraud in the link you seem to think proves something.
let's keep counting
As usual, ... you would be wrong.
BTW - No one is arguing that "voter fraud never happened". The argument is that Republicans are using are using evidence-free claims of imagined voter fraud in order to suppress the vote of groups that are likely to vote against them.
See the difference?
But those absolute/straw arguments sure are easier to knock down ...
If there was, then moderate attempts (such as free ID cards mailed to everyone) to fight voter fraud wouldn't be so contentious on this site.
Nope, if you can't PROVE it happened (and often even if you can because that's "the past" and so it doesn't count) you aren't supposed to do anything to make sure it doesn't.
I support efforts to reduce voting fraud, and I support mitigating the effects of any such efforts on the poor and uneducated.
BTW - I'd be happy to take a look at your evidence of "voter fraud" ... if you had any. Otherwise, your support for "mitigating" the effects on the poor and uneducated are just more crocodile tears in support of Republican attempts to suppress voter turnout.
Romney on the other hand goes with last minute scattershot planning and mostly through the Republican Party and PACs
The Washington Post today goes into more detail. $10 million less spent by Obama so far in October and they got 15,000 more spots.