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John Galt

Temecula, CA

#873864 Mar 14, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>Changed their names or the case of my family the spelling to make them more user friendly. Lately however, not so much and some of the East Asian names are challenging
to say the least.
Bill Cosby, Chris Rock and other notable blacks have spoken out about tagging kids with ghetto names and to no avail, yet the trend continues.
Asians almost always have an American name that they use for business and social purposes outside their families.

Interesting that even a liberal like Realtime recognizes that this practice constitutes "tagging kids with ghetto names."

Perhaps there is some deep-seated psychology where parents want their children to fail just as they have.

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#873865 Mar 14, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
They're smoking it anyway, have been and always will. Marijuana should be legalized completely. End the war on drugs and stop putting people in jail for pot.
I always loved this line from the King of New York; Christopher Walkin: "People spend 250 billion a year to get high; I'm not your worst problem, I'm just a businessman"
key word...increase. Love Christopher Walkin.
Jimmy

Newington, CT

#873866 Mar 14, 2013
http://www.topix.com/forum/news/topix/TF3D2UN...

Circa, Selecia Jones, calling people names, mild exposition of her nastiness this time...

Guess they think the is incendiary over there too...
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#873867 Mar 14, 2013
Jimmy wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, that particular post wasn't hateful per se, dingbat, but don't lie lily. Selecia Jones is a hater for sure. I have read more than one vile post from her that spewed more hatred than the old KKK member would post on a wall decades ago. You are also a hater so I can see why you don't get it. You are part of the problem of division & hate in this country.
I enjoy being here to expose the haters like you two.
As far as my pension, I plan on taking it with me to a deep red state where plastic people like you do not exist.
If Selecia hates white supremacy and bigotry; that is admirable. I am totally with her. What is divisive about not tolerating racism?

Why are you carrying water for the KKK?

Gunners moving to Arizona!

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#873868 Mar 14, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
They're smoking it anyway, have been and always will. Marijuana should be legalized completely. End the war on drugs and stop putting people in jail for pot.
I always loved this line from the King of New York; Christopher Walkin: "People spend 250 billion a year to get high; I'm not your worst problem, I'm just a businessman"
BTW, there's just too much money in the war on drugs for it to ever stop.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#873869 Mar 14, 2013
lily waxman raton fl wrote:
<quoted text> lily hates American things
Like you, now gfy
HOPE-WOW-COC-TRU TH-HEMLOC

Bronx, NY

#873870 Mar 14, 2013
POLITICIANS ARE BOUGHT AND PAID FOR NO MATTER THEIR RACE, CREED, COLOR, RELIGON The bailouts of the big banks amount to trillions of dollars, are never-ending … and continue to this day.(Indeed, the government is arguably paying trillions of dollars more in unnecessary interest payments just to have the banks “create” money, instead of creating it itself … as the Founding Fathers may have envisioned.)

Whalen notes that the big banks are not really profitable:

[These are] structural subsidies blessed by Congress and the Fed that make large banks look more profitable than they truly are. In fact, the TBTF banks are not really profitable at all.

***

The reality, sad to say, is that banks in 21st Century America are government sponsored enterprises ….

Indeed, they are government sponsored enterprises where all of the profits are privatized, and all of the losses socialized.

And the big banks are not helping – but are rather destroying – the economy. Indeed, failing to break up the big banks – and the malignant, symbiotic relationship between D.C. politicians and the banking giants – is destroying our country.

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#873871 Mar 14, 2013
Homer 2016 wrote:
<quoted text>Marijuanna makes you dumb? I thought alcohol killed a lot more brain cells, yet that is legal.
Hey didn't they also do a study that showed Marijuana/alcohol use actually killed the weaker brain cells so in essence it made you smarter?
Just throwing it out there to see what sticks.
Yes, marijuana has been shown to lower ones IQ. it's been talked about here before. Homer been hitting the bong this morning?
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#873872 Mar 14, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
I tend to agree; although people should be able to have freedom of expression without being discriminated against.
My kids went to school with Wayne Dyers kids; whose names were Sky and Summer!
Didn't Frank Zappa name his child Moonbeam?
Impossible to help those who discriminate against themselves.

White folks are guilty of some of the same abuses, particularly naming children in a gender-neutral manner.
HOPE-WOW-COC-TRU TH-HEMLOC

Bronx, NY

#873873 Mar 14, 2013
The Unemployment Crisis in America: Staring “Economic Armageddon” In The Face While Hiding It With Official Lies
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US economy created 236,000 new jobs in February. If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I’ll let you have at a good price.

Where are these alleged jobs?

The BLS says 48,000 were created in construction. That is possible, considering that revenue-starved real estate developers are misreading the housing situation. http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/03/08/us-hou...

Then there are 23,700 new jobs in retail trade, which is hard to believe considering the absence of consumer income growth and the empty parking lots at shopping malls.

The real puzzle is 20,800 jobs in motion picture and sound recording industries. This is the first time in the years that I have been following the jobs reports that there has been enough employment for me to even notice this category.

The BLS lists 10,900 jobs in accounting and bookkeeping, which, as it is approaching income tax time, is probably correct; 21,000 jobs in temporary help and business support services; 39,000 jobs in health care and social assistance; and 18,800 jobs in the old standby–waitresses and bartenders.

That leaves about 50,000 jobs sprinkled around the various categories, but not in numbers large enough to notice.

The presstitute media attributed the drop in the headline unemployment rate (U3) to 7.7% from 7.9% to the happy jobs report. But Rex Nutting at Market Watch says that

the unemployment rate fell because 130,000 unemployed people who have been unable to find a job and became discouraged were dropped out of the U3 measure of unemployment. The official U6 measure which counts some discouraged workers shows an unemployment rate of 14.3%. Statistician John Williams’ measure, which counts all discourage workers (people who have ceased looking for a job), is 23%.

In other words, the real rate of unemployment is 2 to 3 times the reported rate.
Realtime

Deltona, FL

#873874 Mar 14, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
The GOP’s “McCain Phase”
It’s useful in some ways to think of the Iraq war as the Republicans’ Vietnam. While both wars had bipartisan support at the beginning, Republican leaders wanted to be identified with the Iraq war and took full ownership of it in 2005-06 when even most Democratic hawks were realizing that it had gone horribly wrong. What has been remarkable about Republican reactions to Iraq at the national political and policy level is that the party has never had its “McGovern phase.” Hagel might have conceivably filled the role of an original war supporter leading his party in opposition to it, but he didn’t run and he wouldn’t have won the nomination if he had. If there had been such a phase, the 2008 and 2012 Republican presidential fields would have included more than one or two antiwar candidates, and the antiwar candidates would have won a much larger share of the vote. Indeed, one would expect an Iraq war opponent to have emerged as the winner of at least one of the last two nominating contests. The fact that it is still difficult (but not impossible) to imagine an opponent of the Iraq war winning the Republican nomination in 2016 suggests that the GOP is experiencing something much worse than a “McGovern phase.”
For lack of a better description, we might refer to the GOP’s current predicament as its McCain phase. Like McCain, most Republican politicians and foreign policy professionals still seem to be convinced that the Iraq war was worth fighting, that the “surge” was a brilliant success that redeemed and “won” the war, and that reflexive hawkishness is and should remain a major part of what it means to be Republican. Like McCain, most Republicans apparently still want to position themselves as the more aggressive, more hawkish alternative to whatever Obama does, and they continue to frame foreign policy issues in conventional terms of resolve vs. appeasement, strength vs. decline, and “leadership” vs. retreat. On most issues, McCain isn’t trusted or liked inside his party, but on the issues where he has been most disastrously wrong he still is. One might have thought that McCain’s influence on his party’s foreign policy thinking would have collapsed or at least gone into severe decline after his loss in 2008, but that hasn’t happened. Romney felt compelled to mimic McCain’s belligerence, and except for Rand Paul there are hardly any national Republicans that appear to be interested in rethinking the party’s foreign policy views. It’s possible that a fourth electoral defeat in 2016 would snap Republicans out of this phase, but if that’s the case it is strange the the second and third defeats had so little effect.
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/lariso...
Good piece.

Today, a massive explosion near the green zone in central Baghdad has killed 21 and counting, the fkrs are killing themselves faster than we were killing them__what's up with that?

Who got the oil?

And McCain thinks we should be knee deep in Syria.

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#873876 Mar 14, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
Imagine naming your baby "Newt"?
Who named their baby "newt"? if you want to get down to it, Herman is a worse name than Newton.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#873877 Mar 14, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
They're smoking it anyway, have been and always will. Marijuana should be legalized completely. End the war on drugs and stop putting people in jail for pot.
I always loved this line from the King of New York; Christopher Walkin: "People spend 250 billion a year to get high; I'm not your worst problem, I'm just a businessman"
If you ever had to work with someone who regularly showed up for work stoned, you might feel a little different.
Homer 2016

Bethlehem, PA

#873878 Mar 14, 2013
Eman wrote:
<quoted text>
BTW, there's just too much money in the war on drugs for it to ever stop.
Bingo! Ha! All I needed was the 7!
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#873879 Mar 14, 2013
Homer 2016 wrote:
So now middle-aged, overweight, white guys, hooked on Viagra®, decide which names are appropriate?
No, not at all, but we sure can decide the character of the people that we hire.
lily waxman raton fl

Pompano Beach, FL

#873880 Mar 14, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
If Selecia hates white supremacy and bigotry; that is admirable. I am totally with her. What is divisive about not tolerating racism?
Why are you carrying water for the KKK?
Gunners moving to Arizona!
lily loves the race card
HOPE-WOW-COC-TRU TH-HEMLOC

Bronx, NY

#873881 Mar 14, 2013
NO CHANGE NO TRUTH STILL THE SAME John Williams ( shadowstats.com ) says that distortions in seasonal factor adjustments overstate monthly payroll employment by about 100,000 jobs. The jobs data that is not seasonally adjusted shows about 1.5 million fewer jobs in the economy.

In a recent communication, statistician John Williams ( shadowstats.com ) reports that the rigged official annual rate of consumer inflation (CPI) of 1.6% is in fact, as measured by the official US government methodology of 1990, 9.2%. In other words, the rate of inflation is 5.75 times greater than the reported rate. If Williams is correct, the interest rate on bonds is extremely negative.

Over the years the measure of inflation has been altered in two ways. One is the introduction of substitution for what formerly was a constant weighted basket of goods. In the former measure, if a price of an item in the basket (index) rose, the CPI rose by the weight of that item in the basket.

In the substitution-based measure, if a price of an item in the basket goes up, the item is removed from the basket, and a cheaper item is put in its place. For example, if theprice of New York strip steak rises, the new CPI will substitute the price of a cheaper cut.

In this new measure, inflation is held down by measuring not a fixed standard of living but a declining standard of living.

The other adjustment used to restrain the measure of inflation is to re-classify many price rises as “quality improvements.” Price rises declared to be quality improvements

do not translate into a higher measure of inflation. In other words, if a product rises in price, the price increase or some portion of it can be assigned to improved quality, not to a rise in component or energy costs. As the incentive is to hold down the inflation measure in order to save money for the government on Social Security cost-of-living-adjustments, quality improvements are over-estimated.

Consumers have to pay the higher prices, and as incomes, except for the 1 percent, are not growing, higher product prices, regardless of whether they are or are not quality improvements, mean a lower standard of living for the 99 percent.

The understated new measure of inflation allows the government to show real GDP growth and thus the end of the December 2007 recession, and it allows the government to show in the latest report real retail sales again matching the pre-recession level. However, when measured correctly, as by statistician John Williams, the true picture of retail sales shows a steep decline from 2007 through 2009 and bottom bouncing since.

POPULAR POLITICIANS HIDE THE TRUTH BETTER
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#873882 Mar 14, 2013
Homer 2016 wrote:
<quoted text>I guess he doesn't deal with Chinese, Japanese, Indians, other other Asians, etc., they only have lot's of John Smiths and Bill Wentworths and an occasional Sally at his office. Buncha boring old white folks counting gold and waiting to die.
Most Asians take on another name, first name usually. When I speak to ATT help desk in India; their names are always something like Victor or Susan!!! Not that it's any easier to understand them, they could just as well say, hello, this is Padma or Siddhartha,
wouldn't really matter anyway, would it?
lily waxman raton fl

Pompano Beach, FL

#873883 Mar 14, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
Like you, now gfy
lily loves the foul language card
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#873884 Mar 14, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
The GOP’s “McCain Phase”
It’s useful in some ways to think of the Iraq war as the Republicans’ Vietnam. While both wars had bipartisan support at the beginning, Republican leaders wanted to be identified with the Iraq war and took full ownership of it in 2005-06 when even most Democratic hawks were realizing that it had gone horribly wrong. What has been remarkable about Republican reactions to Iraq at the national political and policy level is that the party has never had its “McGovern phase.” Hagel might have conceivably filled the role of an original war supporter leading his party in opposition to it, but he didn’t run and he wouldn’t have won the nomination if he had. If there had been such a phase, the 2008 and 2012 Republican presidential fields would have included more than one or two antiwar candidates, and the antiwar candidates would have won a much larger share of the vote. Indeed, one would expect an Iraq war opponent to have emerged as the winner of at least one of the last two nominating contests. The fact that it is still difficult (but not impossible) to imagine an opponent of the Iraq war winning the Republican nomination in 2016 suggests that the GOP is experiencing something much worse than a “McGovern phase.”
For lack of a better description, we might refer to the GOP’s current predicament as its McCain phase. Like McCain, most Republican politicians and foreign policy professionals still seem to be convinced that the Iraq war was worth fighting, that the “surge” was a brilliant success that redeemed and “won” the war, and that reflexive hawkishness is and should remain a major part of what it means to be Republican. Like McCain, most Republicans apparently still want to position themselves as the more aggressive, more hawkish alternative to whatever Obama does, and they continue to frame foreign policy issues in conventional terms of resolve vs. appeasement, strength vs. decline, and “leadership” vs. retreat. On most issues, McCain isn’t trusted or liked inside his party, but on the issues where he has been most disastrously wrong he still is. One might have thought that McCain’s influence on his party’s foreign policy thinking would have collapsed or at least gone into severe decline after his loss in 2008, but that hasn’t happened. Romney felt compelled to mimic McCain’s belligerence, and except for Rand Paul there are hardly any national Republicans that appear to be interested in rethinking the party’s foreign policy views. It’s possible that a fourth electoral defeat in 2016 would snap Republicans out of this phase, but if that’s the case it is strange the the second and third defeats had so little effect.
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/lariso...
John McCain is ancient history and no longer has any voice in the party. McCain should gracefully finish his current term and move to a well-earned retirement. Galt wishes McCain all the best.

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