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Homer 2016

Bethlehem, PA

#874385 Mar 15, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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So, Peppy, are you here to be the kind of Republican that Homer likes?
You know, the kind who is really a Democrat, but allows Homer to vote Republican so he can claim to be an independent.
You seem fixated on me today.

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HOPE-WOW-COC-TRU TH-HEMLOC

Bronx, NY

#874386 Mar 15, 2013
Fourteen Signs of Fascism
What does all this mean? Yes, the United States has made some bad financial decisions and some bad foreign policy decisions since the late 1950s and early 1960s. Still feels like the same government, doesn’t it? We have a Congress, a Senate, a President, and a Supreme Court. You know, the same system of checks and balances that those guys like Washington, Franklin, Adams, and Jefferson had a part in putting together. We are still a democracy aren’t we? We still have a free market that drives capitalism, don’t we? If so, then what changed? What was Jack Ruby talking about? Look closer. Look at the characteristics of our government and its policies from 1960 to the present day. Look at those characteristics beside Dr. Lawrence Britt’s Fourteen Defining Characteristics of Fascism (after he studied Hitler’s Germany, Mussolini’s Italy, and Franco’s Spain) and re-answer that question. They are as follows:
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
HOPE-WOW-COC-TRU TH-HEMLOC

Bronx, NY

#874387 Mar 15, 2013
14 signs of fascism; cont.8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.
9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
Homer 2016

Bethlehem, PA

#874388 Mar 15, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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Homer is a soccer kind of guy, fan of the sport designed for kids not skilled enough to play anything else.
Soccer? Sorta like Nascar.
Jimmy

Newington, CT

#874389 Mar 15, 2013
Homer 2016 wrote:
<quoted text>You seem fixated on me today.
Trying to flatter yourself again, I see.
Homer 2016

Bethlehem, PA

#874390 Mar 15, 2013
The preacher man says it’s the end of time
And the Mississippi River she’s a goin’ dry
The interest is up and the Stock Markets down
And you only get mugged
If you go down town

I live back in the woods, you see
A woman and the kids, and the dogs and me
I got a shotgun rifle and a 4-wheel drive
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

I can plow a field all day long
I can catch catfish from dusk till dawn
We make our own whiskey and our own smoke too
Ain’t too many things these ole boys can’t do
We grow good ole tomatoes and homemade wine
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

Because you can’t starve us out
And you cant makes us run
Cuz we're them old boys raised on shotgun
And we say grace and we say Ma’am
And if you ain’t into that we don’t give a damn

We came from the West Virginia coalmines
And the Rocky Mountains and the and the western skies
And we can skin a buck; we can run a trout line
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

I had a good friend in New York City
He never called me by my name, just hillbilly
My grandpa taught me how to live off the land
And his taught him to be a businessman
He used to send me pictures of the Broadway nights
And I’d send him some homemade wine

But he was killed by a man with a switchblade knife
For 43 dollars my friend lost his life
Id love to spit some beechnut in that dudes eyes
And shoot him with my old 45
Cause a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

Cause you can’t starve us out and you can’t make us run
Cuz we're them old boys raised on shotgun
And we say grace and we say Ma’am
And if you ain’t into that we don’t give a damn

We’re from North California and south Alabam
And little towns all around this land
And we can skin a buck; we can run a trot-line
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

Hank Williams, JR
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#874391 Mar 15, 2013
Homer 2016 wrote:
<quoted text>You seem fixated on me today.
Galt has noticed that the formerly witty Homer has become very bitter and depressed. Galt worries that Homer may become suicidal if Obama is unable to push through tax increases.
HOPE-WOW-COC-TRU TH-HEMLOC

Bronx, NY

#874392 Mar 15, 2013
During the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement (Negro Revolution), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. proclaimed:“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) recently took a stand on the Senate Floor and delivered an historic 13-hour long filibuster challenging the Obama Administration for its policy to use military drone strikes against American citizens on U.S. soil without due process, which would be in conflict with the U.S. Constitution.

The Obama Administration caused this upheaval when, in a letter from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to Sen. Paul, Mr. Holder declared the Administration technically could use military force to kill an American citizen on U.S. soil in an “extraordinary circumstance,” but,“it has “no intention of doing so.”

Thomas Jefferson left behind this responsible advice:“Every generation needs a new revolution.”

Mark Twain noted:“The past does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.” Correspondingly, there’s a paralleling stand with Dr. King’s peaceful Negro Revolution more than a half-century ago.

Our stand is against the prejudice and corruptness of the U.S. government
Homer 2016

Bethlehem, PA

#874393 Mar 15, 2013
Sen. Rob Portman (R) of Ohio, a steadfast conservative, announced his support for gay marriage Friday, reversing his previous opposition to it.

“I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn’t deny them the opportunity to get married,” he wrote in an editorial for The Columbus Dispatch.

The Republican senator’s “change of heart” came about after his son Will told his family in February 2011 that he is gay. He is making the announcement now because the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on two gay marriage cases in the last week of March, he told CNN and four Ohio newspapers in an exclusive meeting Thursday.

http://news.yahoo.com/ohio-gop-senator-cites-...

Good for him. Of course he'll now feel the wrath of the ignorant rightwingers.
HOPE-WOW-COC-TRU TH-HEMLOC

Bronx, NY

#874394 Mar 15, 2013
During the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement (Negro Revolution), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. proclaimed:“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
OBAMA stood on a golf course with tiger woods
Homer 2016

Bethlehem, PA

#874395 Mar 15, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Galt has noticed that the formerly witty Homer has become very bitter and depressed. Galt worries that Homer may become suicidal if Obama is unable to push through tax increases.
You try dealing with these ignorant rightwingers. The fact that there are this many dummies roaming around is bound to make any normal person bitter and depressed. We need spending cuts and tax increases, we're broke remember.
Homer 2016

Bethlehem, PA

#874397 Mar 15, 2013
Sen. Rob Portman (R) of Ohio, a steadfast conservative, announced his support for gay marriage Friday, reversing his previous opposition to it.

That's got to sting a bit eh rightwingers?
TSM

El Paso, TX

#874398 Mar 15, 2013
Overbite/Schultz is MSNBC!! This move is nothing more than to try to camouflage who they are, it’s not going to Work!! Like they say “You can put Lipstick on a Pig, But it’s Still a Pig!
Homer 2016

Bethlehem, PA

#874399 Mar 15, 2013
Gay rights activists say Portman will not be the last Republican senator to endorse gay marriage.

“We are moved by the love and support ... Portman and his wife are showing their son,” Ian James, FreedomOhio co-founder, told the Cincinnati Enquirer.“We appreciate the fact that the Senator wants his son to be able to marry and form a family to find the same happiness and security as his parents. Each day you can feel the momentum building toward ending marriage discrimination in Ohio.”

John Galt moved as well?
Realtime

Deltona, FL

#874400 Mar 15, 2013
Homer 2016 wrote:
<quoted text>You seem fixated on me today.
Yeah, he's got his big bubba groove on today.
Homer 2016

Bethlehem, PA

#874401 Mar 15, 2013
To be fair, I will try to be more witty and less bitter.
Homer 2016

Bethlehem, PA

#874402 Mar 15, 2013
Jimmy wrote:
<quoted text>
Trying to flatter yourself again, I see.
Hey Gunner, good to see you, how you doing today?
Homer 2016

Bethlehem, PA

#874403 Mar 15, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>Yeah, he's got his big bubba groove on today.
I got my haircut yesterday, maybe he thought I bought a wig?
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#874405 Mar 15, 2013
Homer 2016 wrote:
<quoted text>You try dealing with these ignorant rightwingers. The fact that there are this many dummies roaming around is bound to make any normal person bitter and depressed. We need spending cuts and tax increases, we're broke remember.
Homer is half right, as usual.

Please feel free to make a voluntary payment to the US Treasury to show your conviction.
Realtime

Deltona, FL

#874406 Mar 15, 2013
Homer 2016 wrote:
Sen. Rob Portman (R) of Ohio, a steadfast conservative, announced his support for gay marriage Friday, reversing his previous opposition to it.
That's got to sting a bit eh rightwingers?
The Romney campaign learned about Portman's son when vetting Portman for the VP slot. Portman would have made a far better choice than Paul Ryan and was probably passed over because, because, because. At this point Portman has nothing to lose__he'll continue along as a senator and his kid won't hate him.

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