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#118601 Mar 11, 2013
It was ten years ago tonight that the Dixie Chicks, extremely popular then and far from controversial, caused a massive stir when singer Natalie Maines declared on stage in London:“Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas.” It was a little more than a week before their fellow Texan launched a war based on lies.
Of course, hatred was quickly spewed in the Chicks’ direction by media types, political figures and country music yahoos—who never then or now get so excited when right-wing entertainers and media celebs make threats against a Democratic president.
Boycotts were immediately announced. Maines clarified two days later,“I feel the president is ignoring the opinions of many in the US and alienating the rest of the world.” But record sales and advance sales of concert tickets plunged.
Maines then issued an apology, of sorts:“As a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President Bush because my remark was disrespectful. I feel that whoever holds that office should be treated with the utmost respect. We are currently in Europe and witnessing a huge anti-American sentiment as a result of the perceived rush to war. While war may remain a viable option, as a mother, I just want to see every possible alternative exhausted before children and American soldiers’ lives are lost. I love my country. I am a proud American.”
There, that should make you feel better. Now you can appreciate Maines' apology. You'll be hard pressed to find an apology of ANY kind from right wingers. Let's see if you can
#118602 Mar 12, 2013
States with more gun laws have less gun violence!
New study by Boston Children's Hospital finds that tougher laws on guns can have an effect on homicide and suicide rates.
States with more gun laws have fewer gun-related deaths, according to a new study released Wednesday by Boston Children's Hospital.
The leader investigator behind the research hopes the findings will drive legislators to pass gun reform across the country and increase federal funding to research on gun laws and violence. However, at least one critic argues that the study fails to take into account several important factors such as the types of laws, enforcement of laws, and gun ownership rates in states.
"Our research gives clear evidence that laws have a role in preventing firearms deaths," said Eric Fleegler, the study's lead investigator and a pediatric emergency doctor at Boston Children's Hospital. "Legislators should take that into consideration."
Firearm Legislation and Firearm-Related Fatalities in the United States
#118603 Mar 12, 2013
Thanks for the link.
#118605 Mar 12, 2013
One of the biggest unreported factors in reducing gun deaths has nothing to do with gun laws, but with substantial improvements in emergency medical care. Lives that would have been lost years ago are being saved today, thanks to better treatment by paramedics in the field, and doctors in emergency rooms. Much of that experience has been gained by medics, doctors and nurses who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and have received valuable experience in treating gunshot wounds and other trauma.
#118606 Mar 12, 2013
I guess verification and reference links are only required by those of the Progressive persuasion, eh? And how neatly you avoid the primary CAUSE of gun caused injury and death. That would be GUNS for you on the slow spectrum.
You also overlooked the huge number of maimed and brain injured veterans without having to address how unnecessary those deaths and injuries were in the first place. Even though Bush and Cheney lied us into the Iraq war, not to worry, look at all the medical knowledge we gained on our soldiers. Not to mention the cost to continue to provide care, perhaps for the rest of their lives.
And how exactly does that have anything to do with:
States with MORE GUN LAWS have LESS GUN VIOLENCE!
Typical right wing deep and thoughtful analysis.
#118607 Mar 12, 2013
Whoh, kemosabe - not so fast.
Kudos to you for actually linking the study you cited earlier - it will be interesting to see how it survives the comment cycle - but that study ONLY purports to establish a correlation (not any causal link, mind you) between GUN LAWS and FIREARMS FATALITIES (data including voluntary suicides, accidents, etc.). That's it. It provides no evidence of statistical correlation between gun laws and gun VIOLENCE.
On that score, the literature says you're quite wrong - gun laws DO NOT correlate with lower rates of violent crime generally, or gun violence in particular.
There are many other studies showing more gun laws do not reduce violent crime - in fact the preponderance of available evidence says quite the opposite.
You're doing well - don't blow it by letting your ideological biases get the better of your intellectual honesty.
#118608 Mar 12, 2013
Joe - I am simply still waiting for you to enlighten all of us on how Obama lowered the deficit, instead of changing the subject. You can back up your statement can't you Joe ? Or, do we get to see you dance and avoid answering ?
#118610 Mar 27, 2013
He sighned a trade aggrement with south korea, watch where the jobs will be going next, All the job creations are not on american soil it is from american companies creating jobs over seas and reporting here. Our Gov. real agenda is to lower our standard of living.
One Day there will be enough true americans will get tired of this all and say no more.
#118611 Mar 27, 2013
Another right-wing idiot heard from. "Our government" happens to be a House of Representatives made up mostly of the right wing dumb-f*cks you brilliant clowns voted in. What are they proposing for creating jobs? Oh wait, I know - Lower Taxes for the Rich.
#118612 Mar 28, 2013
Another tax/borrow/print-and-spend lib prog nanny-statist Dem partisan class warrior dumb-f*ck troll heard from.
Thank God there are still some responsible grown-ups in Congress willing to stand up to your lib prog statist heroes' well-intentioned but insanely reckless push to take America down the path towards Nanny-State Europe.
Look how well that's working out for them ...
#118613 Mar 30, 2013
So, Mr. Right-Wing, how's about naming those "responsible grown-ups in Congress" you're so fond of. While your at it please tell us what they're offering in the the way of ideas to fix the economy, and everything else they believe only they know how to fix.
#118614 Mar 30, 2013
Joe….Your question should be directed at Reid!! The House has passed a Budget every year on Time!!Republicans has passed a Budget to deal with the Financial Crisis your question should be why hasn’t Reid brought it up for an Up or Down vote!!
#118615 Mar 30, 2013
Do you really need me to name them, joe? Of course you don't - they're the same "right wing dumb-f*cks we brilliant clowns voted in" you were whining about on your lib prog tax-and-spend waaaambulance.
That's pretty simple:
1) stopping and rolling back reckless federal government spending back to historicallly sustainable rates of 18% of GDP.
2) Repealing and replacing Public Enemy #1 when it comes to nation-wrecking fiscal irresponsibility - ObamaScare.
3) ACTUALLY PASSING AND LIVING WITHIN A BUDGET for the first time since 2009
Need I go on?
Of course you don't - you're not really about saving the nation from Greece-like fiscal and economic ruin - you're about promoting it.
#118616 Mar 30, 2013
Sorry, teddy boy. You've proven there's nothing between you and the list of ignorant fools you couldn't name but who you admire so much for their lack of intelligence, ignorance of economics and devotion to cutting taxes on the wealthy, preventing social equality, attacking women and preventing reasonable gun control.
Keep posting your Southern crap so everyone can plainly see you and your pals for what you/they are. Thanks and keep it up.
Since: Feb 13
#118618 Mar 31, 2013
The President and the other politicians will continue to fail YOU until stop letting them.
#118619 Mar 31, 2013
And thank you, joe, for your typically information- and content-free lib prog ad homs and tax-and-spend claptrap.
Requires no response at all.
#118620 Apr 1, 2013
David Stockman, Ex-Reagan Budget Director: George W. Bush's Policies Bankrupted The Country.
#118621 Apr 1, 2013
More partisan bullshit from joe the reading-impaired lib prog idealogue.
Stockman's critique rips the bejeezis out of WASHINGTON, joe - Washington - you, know the place you and your lib prog statist heroes want to grow and surrender even more of our money and freedoms to. BOTH parties get an equal lambasting for selling out to Wall Street crooks and con artists - and he's dead right.
You might try actually reading his book before you show yourself an idiot troll by posting partisan claptrap about it. Lemme help you out:
"The Great Deformation is a searing look at Washington’s craven response to the recent myriad of financial crises and fiscal cliffs. It counters conventional wisdom with an eighty-year revisionist history of how the American state—especially the Federal Reserve—has fallen prey to the politics of crony capitalism and the ideologies of fiscal stimulus, monetary central planning, and financial bailouts. These forces have left the public sector teetering on the edge of political dysfunction and fiscal collapse and have caused America’s private enterprise foundation to morph into a speculative casino that swindles the masses and enriches the few."
"Defying right- and left-wing boxes, David Stockman provides a catalogue of corrupters and defenders of sound money, fiscal rectitude, and free markets. The former includes Franklin Roosevelt, who fathered crony capitalism; Richard Nixon, who destroyed national financial discipline and the Bretton Woods gold-backed dollar; Fed chairmen Greenspan and Bernanke, who fostered our present scourge of bubble finance and addiction to debt and speculation; George W. Bush, who repudiated fiscal rectitude and ballooned the warfare state via senseless wars; and Barack Obama, who revived failed Keynesian “borrow and spend” policies that have driven the national debt to perilous heights. By contrast, the book also traces a parade of statesmen who championed balanced budgets and financial market discipline including Carter Glass, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Bill Simon, Paul Volcker, Bill Clinton, and Sheila Bair."
"Stockman’s analysis skewers Keynesian spenders and GOP tax-cutters alike, showing how they converged to bloat the welfare state, perpetuate the military-industrial complex, and deplete the revenue base—even as the Fed’s massive money printing allowed politicians to enjoy “deficits without tears.” But these policies have also fueled new financial bubbles and favored Wall Street with cheap money and rigged stock and bond markets, while crushing Main Street savers and punishing family budgets with soaring food and energy costs. The Great Deformation explains how we got here and why these warped, crony capitalist policies are an epochal threat to free market prosperity and American political democracy."
#118624 Apr 1, 2013
Right, and I guess you like thinking of yourself as the epitome of non-partisan-ism! You're still just a joke.
#118626 Apr 1, 2013
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