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Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#1013495 Oct 28, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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Denmark is a beautiful country that offers almost no opportunity for advancement....
And it really sucks when the government takes away what it once gave so freely when it can't take anymore of the Danes' money.

Creates a sense of being deprived.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#1013496 Oct 28, 2013
LCNlin wrote:
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tea party trolls post to each other
LOL
They must enjoy their mutual admiration society!

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#1013497 Oct 28, 2013
LCNlin wrote:
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Back to repeat posts?
Do you think this president and this administration is looking out for us?

Do you deny your party's culpability in contributing to the economic crisis and a lack of leadership since the economic crisis?

It would help to know exactly where you stand and your perspective.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#1013498 Oct 28, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
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Do you think this president and this administration is looking out for us?
Do you deny your party's culpability in contributing to the economic crisis and a lack of leadership since the economic crisis?
It would help to know exactly where you stand and your perspective.
Economic crisis? The CRA debacle caused by greedy, unscrupulous capitalism?
then no.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#1013499 Oct 28, 2013
You know? Ted Cruz reminds me of Bill Murray!
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#1013500 Oct 28, 2013
Why does Texass hate women?
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#1013501 Oct 29, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
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Republicans aren't perfect and politics can be messy.
But denying the incompetency by this president and his administration doesn't make it any less incompetent or Republicans any less imperfect.
It's just a matter of who is looking out for us. Some Republicans looked the other way when warned about the impending housing market crisis just as much as most Democrats.
Republicans also had to learn the hard way they have to balance government regulations and oversight into the private sector to avoid greed taking advantage of consumers. As Reagan once said, "Capitalism is not the enemy. Capitalism unchecked is."
It was, in fact, Clinton's Republican Congress who made significant changes during his administration, and Clinton was smart enough to go along with them.
The total lack of accountability we're witnessing and the lack of transparency by this administration as well as a clear agenda to put party first comes down to perspective.
Denying your party's culpability in contributing to the economic crisis and their lack of leadership since the economic crisis by pointing fingers at Republicans - when Republicans have had virtually no power since 2008 - is the deepest and saddest form of denial.
you deny the incompetency of the Bush admin at every turn.

so you are not the person to be judging the current admin.
PDUPONT

Belchertown, MA

#1013502 Oct 29, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
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As the world renowned neurosurgeon, Dr. Benjamin Carson, said last night: The patient and doctor relationship is now at the mercy of big government's and insurance companies' beck and call.
Sure Carol, and big insurance have never overruled a doctors decision and denied needed treatment have they? let's take a look at the case of Nataline Sarkisyan. She was diagnosed with leukemia at age 14. After two years of treatment, the cancer went into remission. But in summer 2007 it came back and doctors said Nataline needed a bone-marrow transplant. Her only sibling, 21-year-old Peter, was a match, and he donated his bone marrow the day before Thanksgiving.
But Natalie developed a complication and, because her liver was failing, doctors recommended a transplant, saying she had a 65 percent chance of surviving.
CIGNA denied the transplant, telling doctors in a memo the procedure was "experimental, investigational and unproven services."
CIGNA eventually reversed its decision after public outcry but it was too late as her condition had worsened to the point that she died hours after the surgery. If that young woman had received her surgery in a timely manner then she might very well be alive today.
Let's take the case of Crystal Lee Sutton who was the inspiration for the film Norma Rae. Several years ago, Sutton was diagnosed with meningioma, a type of cancer of the nervous system. While such cancers are typically slow-growing, Sutton's was not -- and she went two months without potentially life-saving medication because her insurance wouldn't cover it initially. Though Sutton eventually received the medication, the cancer had already taken hold. She passed away in a Burlington, N.C. hospice.
Contrary to Dr. Carson's lies the ACA makes these kind of abuses less likely to occur.
Grampy

South Windsor, CT

#1013503 Oct 29, 2013
Temperamental Germans? It's not like they weren't forewarned!

From Obama's 2008 Berlin speech: "True partnership and true progress requires constant work and sustained sacrifice.... They require allies who will LISTEN to each other..."
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#1013504 Oct 29, 2013
Texas Judge Halts Abortion Law

Sanity finally rules in Texas

John Steinbeck once said,“Texas is a state of mind.” Yes, and sometimes that state of mind is crazy. See, for instance, when the Republican-controlled state government passed laws restricting the use of abortion-inducing pharmaceuticals and requiring that doctors providing abortion services have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic. This latter provision alone would have forced 13 of the state's 32 abortion clinics to close tomorrow, if allowed to stand —because, simply put, there ain’t that many hospitals in rural parts of the great state of Texas.

But sometimes sanity and basic common sense rear their heads even in Texas—as happened today when United States federal District Court Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that both provisions do not bear a “rational relationship to the legitimate role of the state in preserving and promoting fetal life or a woman’s health.” That is perhaps the closest, in legal mumbo-jumbo, a judge can come to calling a law plain and simple B.S.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/witw/articles/20...

then the constitutional non-expert weighs in...

Cruz Defends Texas Anti-Abortion Law: It's Constitutional

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/cruz-te...

because, like, you've been so right about so many other things? so let's see...defund the ACA? how did that work out?

he's the poster child for the entitlement issue crowd.
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#1013505 Oct 29, 2013
Grampy wrote:
Temperamental Germans? It's not like they weren't forewarned!
From Obama's 2008 Berlin speech: "True partnership and true progress requires constant work and sustained sacrifice.... They require allies who will LISTEN to each other..."
you make a good point.

so when will Germany stop spying on us?
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#1013506 Oct 29, 2013
European anger at reports that the U.S. has conducted surveillance of allies’ telephone calls and e-mails glosses over a basic truth, former intelligence officials say: everyone does it.

“All governments collect information on nearly all governments,” said John McLaughlin, a former acting director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, said in a phone interview.“The posture of most governments is,‘We want to collect as much info as we can, so we can be as fluent as we can when we make decisions.’ It’s just what governments do.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-24/euro...
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#1013507 Oct 29, 2013
Another intelligence official, who asked for anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter, said allies spy on each other all the time. Pointing to France’s angry reaction to this week’s reports, he said he wished he knew the French word for chutzpah -- a Yiddish word that means nerve or audacity.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-24/euro...
SUCK IT UP DEM VOTERS

Smithfield, NC

#1013508 Oct 29, 2013
By Lisa Myers and Hannah Rappleye
NBC News

President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

This story has been republished here

Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”
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None of this should come as a shock to the Obama administration. The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be “grandfathered,” meaning consumers can keep those policies even though they don’t meet requirements of the new health care law. But the Department of Health and Human Services then wrote regulations that narrowed that provision, by saying that if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date -- the deductible, co-pay, or benefits, for example -- the policy would not be grandfathered.
SUCK IT UP DEM VOTERS

Smithfield, NC

#1013509 Oct 29, 2013
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'We're Really Screwed Now': NSA's Best Friend Just Shivved The Spies
Posted By Shane Harris, John Hudson Monday, October 28, 2013 - 7:21 PM Share

One of the National Security Agency's biggest defenders in Congress is suddenly at odds with the agency and calling for a top-to-bottom review of U.S. spy programs. And her long-time friends and allies are completely mystified by the switch.

"We're really screwed now," one NSA official told The Cable. "You know things are bad when the few friends you've got disappear without a trace in the dead of night and leave no forwarding address."

In a pointed statement issued today, Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Dianne Feinstein said she was "totally opposed" to gathering intelligence on foreign leaders and said it was "a big problem" if President Obama didn't know the NSA was monitoring the phone calls of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She said the United States should only be spying on foreign leaders with hostile countries, or in an emergency, and even then the president should personally approve the surveillance.

It was not clear what precipitated Feinstein's condemnation of the NSA. It marks a significant reversal for a lawmaker who not only defended agency surveillance programs -- but is about to introduce a bill expected to protect some of its most controversial activities.

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Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1013510 Oct 29, 2013
5 more cannons raised from Blackbeard's ship off N.C.
Posted to: News North Carolina

By Jannette Pippin, The Daily News/MCT Regional News
The Virginian-Pilot
© October 29, 2013
BEAUFORT

A small arsenal of guns covered the deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Smilax this week after a mission that seized a few pieces of history.

Five cannons were raised Monday from the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck site at Beaufort Inlet, the most recovered at one time from the wreck considered to be Blackbeard’s flagship.

“Today is definitely a red-letter day: five guns coming off the site,” said David Moore, who has been a member of the QAR team since recovery efforts began.

The five concretion-covered cast iron cannons averaged about 2,000 pounds each and are among the largest of the guns recovered from the shipwreck site. They fired six-pound cannons and were used in defense of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, which sank after running aground nearly 300 years ago.

The QAR team of researchers has identified nearly 30 cannons at the site and the ship may have had as many as 40 heavy cannons on it when it sank.

With the five raised Monday, 22 cannons have been recovered from the site.

The recovery Monday was the last opportunity for bringing up the artifacts with this week’s close of the 2013 fall dive expedition at the shipwreck site. For the heavy lifting, the crew of the Smilax stepped in to raise each cannon out of the water and onto its deck, where they were readied for transport to the QAR conservation lab in Greenville.

The Fort Macon-based Smilax is the oldest ship in Coast Guard service and holds the title of Queen of the Fleet.

Smilax Commanding Officer Scott McAloon said Monday’s mission was a unique opportunity to see history recovered from the ocean and for the Coast Guard to partner with other agencies to accomplish the project.

“It’s a great day for North Carolina and a great day for the Coast Guard to have this opportunity,” he said.

For Kimberly Kenyon, who began working at the QAR lab as a conservator earlier this year, it was her first trip to see cannons raised from the site.

“It’s exciting to be dealing with something so historic and significant. It’s a big day for North Carolina,” she said.

In addition to the cannons raised, two large concretions were raised Monday that include cask hoops and other artifacts.

Earlier in the fall dive, two smaller cannons were raised. Kenyon said several timbers, including a 7-foot piece of the ship, were also recovered.

As the fall dive came to a close, the QAR team remained optimistic that full recovery will be possible next year.

“We’re going to continue excavating the site and have it completed by 2014,” Project Director Billy Ray Morris said.

An extensive Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit can be seen at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, the official repository for artifacts from the QAR site.
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#1013511 Oct 29, 2013
The John Kerry Republicans

During the 2004 presidential campaign, John Kerry was widely ridiculed when, in discussing Iraq and Afghanistan war funding, he declared,“I actually did vote for [it] before I voted against it.”

Well, now 50 House Republicans can say the same thing about their votes on the National Security Agency’s (NSA) terrorist surveillance program.

Just over two years ago, on May 26, 2011, the House passed the 2011 Patriot Sunset Extension Act, which specifically reauthorized Section 215, the provision that underlies the NSA’s telephone metadata program. The House approved the bill by a comfortable 97-vote margin, with almost the entire GOP caucus — 196 Republicans — voting in favor.

Last week, it was a very different story when the House voted down an amendment by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) that would have killed this vital intelligence program. The program survived by just seven votes. What changed? This time around 94 House Republicans voted against the NSA program — including 50 who had voted to authorize the exact same program two years before.

It is not as if they did not know what they were voting for back in 2011. Every member of Congress was offered a briefing back in 2011 — both in person and on paper — on the classified details of the telephone metadata program. As CNN’s Jake Tapper recently reported,“All House members were invited to be briefed on Section 215 of the Patriot Act, including principal-level briefings for the House Republican and House Democratic Caucus briefings in May 2011.” Members were also given access to classified white papers about the telephone metadata by then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes (D-Tex.). As one NSA official told me,“Members and staff had multiple opportunities to be briefed on the program by intelligence community officials.”

The fact is, they were right the first time. The NSA asked Congress to approve the telephone metadata program in order to close a specific gap in our intelligence capabilities — one that made the 9/11 attacks possible. In the summer of 2001, the NSA had intercepted calls from two of the 9/11 hijackers — Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar — to an al-Qaeda safe house in the Middle East whose communications were being monitored. However, because the NSA did not have access to metadata on U.S. telephone calls, intelligence officials had no way to know that the two hijackers were in the United States and that their calls had originated in San Diego. As former NSA director Mike Hayden recently pointed out,“If the metadata program had been in effect in the summer of 2001, al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar would likely have been rolled up, the plane that hit the Pentagon would not have had these jihadists available for the hijacking, and the entire 9/11 enterprise might have been scrapped by al-Qaeda.”

Had the Amash amendment succeeded, it would have put the NSA right back where it was on Sept. 10, 2001. Amazingly, 40 percent of House Republicans voted to do just that.

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-07-29...
Buroc Millhouse Obama

Newington, CT

#1013512 Oct 29, 2013
Brain Dead Socialist Propaganda Post # 1 - ROTFLMAO!!!!
sonicfilter wrote:
The John Kerry Republicans
During the 2004 presidential campaign, John Kerry was widely ridiculed when, in discussing Iraq and Afghanistan war funding, he declared,“I actually did vote for [it] before I voted against it.”
Well, now 50 House Republicans can say the same thing about their votes on the National Security Agency’s (NSA) terrorist surveillance program.
Just over two years ago, on May 26, 2011, the House passed the 2011 Patriot Sunset Extension Act, which specifically reauthorized Section 215, the provision that underlies the NSA’s telephone metadata program. The House approved the bill by a comfortable 97-vote margin, with almost the entire GOP caucus — 196 Republicans — voting in favor.
Last week, it was a very different story when the House voted down an amendment by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) that would have killed this vital intelligence program. The program survived by just seven votes. What changed? This time around 94 House Republicans voted against the NSA program — including 50 who had voted to authorize the exact same program two years before.
It is not as if they did not know what they were voting for back in 2011. Every member of Congress was offered a briefing back in 2011 — both in person and on paper — on the classified details of the telephone metadata program. As CNN’s Jake Tapper recently reported,“All House members were invited to be briefed on Section 215 of the Patriot Act, including principal-level briefings for the House Republican and House Democratic Caucus briefings in May 2011.” Members were also given access to classified white papers about the telephone metadata by then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes (D-Tex.). As one NSA official told me,“Members and staff had multiple opportunities to be briefed on the program by intelligence community officials.”
The fact is, they were right the first time. The NSA asked Congress to approve the telephone metadata program in order to close a specific gap in our intelligence capabilities — one that made the 9/11 attacks possible. In the summer of 2001, the NSA had intercepted calls from two of the 9/11 hijackers — Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar — to an al-Qaeda safe house in the Middle East whose communications were being monitored. However, because the NSA did not have access to metadata on U.S. telephone calls, intelligence officials had no way to know that the two hijackers were in the United States and that their calls had originated in San Diego. As former NSA director Mike Hayden recently pointed out,“If the metadata program had been in effect in the summer of 2001, al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar would likely have been rolled up, the plane that hit the Pentagon would not have had these jihadists available for the hijacking, and the entire 9/11 enterprise might have been scrapped by al-Qaeda.”
Had the Amash amendment succeeded, it would have put the NSA right back where it was on Sept. 10, 2001. Amazingly, 40 percent of House Republicans voted to do just that.
http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-07-29...
Buroc Millhouse Obama

Newington, CT

#1013513 Oct 29, 2013
Brain Dead Socialist Propaganda Post # 2 - ROTFLMAO!!!!
sonicfilter wrote:
Another intelligence official, who asked for anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter, said allies spy on each other all the time. Pointing to France’s angry reaction to this week’s reports, he said he wished he knew the French word for chutzpah -- a Yiddish word that means nerve or audacity.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-24/euro...
Buroc Millhouse Obama

Newington, CT

#1013514 Oct 29, 2013
Brain Dead Socialist Propaganda Post # 3 - ROTFLMAO!!!!
sonicfilter wrote:
European anger at reports that the U.S. has conducted surveillance of allies’ telephone calls and e-mails glosses over a basic truth, former intelligence officials say: everyone does it.
“All governments collect information on nearly all governments,” said John McLaughlin, a former acting director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, said in a phone interview.“The posture of most governments is,‘We want to collect as much info as we can, so we can be as fluent as we can when we make decisions.’ It’s just what governments do.”
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-24/euro...

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