“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#78392 Jan 10, 2013
dahgts wrote:
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da Heights. Our southside pronunciation of the notorious, infamous, second only to Cicero, my hometown, Chicago Heights. Gone to hell now but growing up in the 50's and 60's with the "boys" here was very safe and interesting. Never mind that the feds called them the most inept outfit in the state. Most politicians went to jail.
Good memories and taught me street smarts.
Ah, a fellow south sider. But I grew up in Flossmoor; not quite so tough.

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#78393 Jan 10, 2013
http://www.nbcnews.com/business/economywatch/...

All the countries ahead of us on this list are booming, economically. WE are falling backwards, in contrast.

For those who advocate that we become more like European nations with bloated governments and massive entitlements, outside of Switzerland and Denmark, all other European countries are even behind us on the list.

Ask yourself which direction Obama will be taking us in the next 4 years. Then ask yourself if policies that ensure economic stagnation/very small growth is good for our country.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Chicago, IL

#78394 Jan 10, 2013
Sublime1 wrote:
Ask yourself which direction Obama will be taking us in the next 4 years. Then ask yourself if policies that ensure economic stagnation/very small growth is good for our country.
We will find out. But I bet people STILL won't wise up.
Timmy

United States

#78395 Jan 10, 2013
She has also written a column about her short stint as a nude model.
Sublime1 wrote:
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She did go to the nudest resort. She can't be too prude and has to be be a little bit freaky to be open to that.

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#78396 Jan 10, 2013
Timmy wrote:
She has also written a column about her short stint as a nude model.
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She seems pretty open minded. I bet I would have her doing all sorts of things in the sack.

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#78397 Jan 10, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
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We will find out. But I bet people STILL won't wise up.
The republicans are also partially to blame because they have had weak candidates.

They also do themselves a disservice with much of their social agenda and a whole lotta stupid talk by some of the party members.

They pi$s off a lot of women with stupid comments about rape and abortion. That plays right into the democrats hands.

Instead of forcing them to focus on the most paramount issues that threaten all of us,(not issues that just affect women) i.e. debt, jobs, and economic opportunity for all, they play right into the democrats hands with all this controversy over birth control pills, who is or isn't a s l u t, legitimate rape stupid talk, whether rape is an act of god stupid talk ... I could go on and on. Stupid talk on these issues allows the democrats to direct attention to these other issues (which while not important ... are not paramount) in a manner that does not bode well for republicans or any of us.

We need a strong fiscal conservative republican who is more moderate on social issues, if not slightly liberal. That is who we need to lead us.

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#78398 Jan 10, 2013
I meant to say (which while not UNimportant ... are not paramount)

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me!

#78399 Jan 10, 2013

Since: Jan 10

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#78400 Jan 10, 2013
RACE wrote:
That would be heaven to me.
dahgts

Chicago, IL

#78401 Jan 10, 2013
squishymama wrote:
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Ah, a fellow south sider. But I grew up in Flossmoor; not quite so tough.
maybe, but the Flossmoor girls had better clothes. HF didn't open until my senior year, so they had to go to Bloom.

South siders are the best.
dahgts

Chicago, IL

#78402 Jan 10, 2013
Sublime1 wrote:
http://www.nbcnews.com/busines s/economywatch/us-comes-10th-i ndex-worlds-freest-economies-1 B7915782
All the countries ahead of us on this list are booming, economically. WE are falling backwards, in contrast.
For those who advocate that we become more like European nations with bloated governments and massive entitlements, outside of Switzerland and Denmark, all other European countries are even behind us on the list.
Ask yourself which direction Obama will be taking us in the next 4 years. Then ask yourself if policies that ensure economic stagnation/very small growth is good for our country.
Ok, but Australia and New Zealand have health care. Australia, I think has a 1.5% tax for health benefits. Not so bad considering what people pay here. They also have strict gun laws and are tough on immigration. So it seems to me that it is a more balanced political scene. Unlike here, and it's not just one side that you can blame either.
dahgts

Chicago, IL

#78403 Jan 10, 2013
Sublime1 wrote:
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The republicans are also partially to blame because they have had weak candidates.
They also do themselves a disservice with much of their social agenda and a whole lotta stupid talk by some of the party members.
They pi$s off a lot of women with stupid comments about rape and abortion. That plays right into the democrats hands.
Instead of forcing them to focus on the most paramount issues that threaten all of us,(not issues that just affect women) i.e. debt, jobs, and economic opportunity for all, they play right into the democrats hands with all this controversy over birth control pills, who is or isn't a s l u t, legitimate rape stupid talk, whether rape is an act of god stupid talk ... I could go on and on. Stupid talk on these issues allows the democrats to direct attention to these other issues (which while not important ... are not paramount) in a manner that does not bode well for republicans or any of us.
We need a strong fiscal conservative republican who is more moderate on social issues, if not slightly liberal. That is who we need to lead us.
I meant to partially agree with you. Altho, a very moderate, conservative liberal would also do. It doesn't really matter who if people/politicians keep screaming about the so-called social issues, like gay marriage and abortion, and start screaming about the money spent on subsidies to oil companies, some farm subsidies and other money-wasting pork barrel stuff. And how about not giving the military around 60M so they can advertise at NASCAR events. It's been reported awhile back that the Repub Congress would vote for even more money then the military asked for. That's just crap.

There was a study in St. Louis where women who were most likely to get pregnant just from screwing around were given free birth control. The rate of births dropped within this group. Why can't the govt. support any org that could provide that service. Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper then continually paying for welfare and such. Personally, I don't care if people screw their brains out if they would use some sort of birth control and since many if not most men won't then dose out the pills.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Chicago, IL

#78404 Jan 10, 2013
Sublime1 wrote:
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The republicans are also partially to blame because they have had weak candidates.
They also do themselves a disservice with much of their social agenda and a whole lotta stupid talk by some of the party members.
They pi$s off a lot of women with stupid comments about rape and abortion. That plays right into the democrats hands.
Instead of forcing them to focus on the most paramount issues that threaten all of us,(not issues that just affect women) i.e. debt, jobs, and economic opportunity for all, they play right into the democrats hands with all this controversy over birth control pills, who is or isn't a s l u t, legitimate rape stupid talk, whether rape is an act of god stupid talk ... I could go on and on. Stupid talk on these issues allows the democrats to direct attention to these other issues (which while not important ... are not paramount) in a manner that does not bode well for republicans or any of us.
We need a strong fiscal conservative republican who is more moderate on social issues, if not slightly liberal. That is who we need to lead us.
Both parties are flawed. Congress has an 18% approval rating right now. There was a joke in the Trib about who were the 18% that actually think Congress is doing a good job?!

The Republicans need to get their act together if they want to take back the Senate and keep the House in two years. There's too much in-fighting. Bohner and Reid aren't even on speaking terms.

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#78405 Jan 10, 2013
dahgts wrote:
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Ok, but Australia and New Zealand have health care. Australia, I think has a 1.5% tax for health benefits. Not so bad considering what people pay here. They also have strict gun laws and are tough on immigration. So it seems to me that it is a more balanced political scene. Unlike here, and it's not just one side that you can blame either.
I don't think the fact that certain people don't have heath care is a huge drag on the economy. Some folks just think it is inhumane that the rest of us who work for our own healthcare don't take more money that we could use for our own families and provide free healthcare for grown adults who can't afford it. Me, sorry, I'd rather save for my kids college fund than pay to provide some working age adult with insurance. I have no moral issues with it. Another grown working age adult is not my child who I have to provide medical care for.

My suggestion to the grown adult without insurance would be to get a second job and work more, rather than to ask me to work more for him or her.

I know lots of folks who work more than 40 hour weeks. Lots of people in my profession do. I know lots of guys in the trade who do or did too (including my father in law ... he didn't take any vacation time for years and years on end (he was a foreman and he knew if he took off all his guys would have to too and he didn't want to do that to them ... he was a hard worker, too ... when times were slow and all the other guys got laid off, they kept him working, even if it was in the shop doing maintenance on the machines ... why did they do this, because he was a very hard worker who was valuable and they knew if they laid him off they could lose him to another outfit ... to me that is what America is about ... you work harder than the next guy and you'll get yours ... not do the bare minimum to get by and reward you by having others pick up the slack).

What is a huge drag on the economy is the cost we pay for healthcare. The problem with Obamacare, is that it does almost nothing to reduce costs. The supposed cost savings are not concrete ... they are willy nilly, stuff like we will save a bunch of money by being more efficient and reducing fraud and by the ability of folks previously without insurance to get regular treatment rather than only go to the ER after things have gotten real bad (that won't reduce over all costs, that will just make giving them free insurance a little bit less costly than it otherwise would be, but it doesn't pay for giving 30 million folks free or subsidized insurance ... if it did, they wouldn't have had to raise taxes and steal 600 billion from Medicare to pay for it).

There is no lowering of prescription drug costs in line with what other western nations pay, for example, which would have been the easiest way to decrease costs for everyone, without sacrificing quality what so ever. Most countries do this. We don't, even with Obamacare. Why? If the left were serious about reducing costs they had a golden opportunity to do so.

We could also instead have a single payer system. That WOULD LOWER COSTS. It would be much cheaper. The problem is the rest of us who currently have insurance would receive a lower quality of care and have longer wait times, while those without it would receive much better care. Do you want less care? I don't want to receive a lower quality of care just so that others can have better care. I also don't care about how much it costs me for my current quality of care. I want the best and so do most folks who can afford it.

That's part of the problem with heath care ... it doesn't work like traditional markets ... folks don't shop around for the cheapest doctor ... no they want the best doctor. I'm no different. I want the best care for me and my family and I'm not willing to take less care for myself and my family so some other guy and his family can have better care.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Chicago, IL

#78406 Jan 10, 2013
dahgts wrote:
There was a study in St. Louis where women who were most likely to get pregnant just from screwing around were given free birth control. The rate of births dropped within this group. Why can't the govt. support any org that could provide that service. Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper then continually paying for welfare and such.
It might be an okay idea in theory, but there are too many people who would no more want their tax dollars providing others with birth control as they would providing abortions.

It all goes back to personal accountability. A view Republicans hold, but Democrats don't.

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#78407 Jan 10, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
It all goes back to personal accountability. A view Republicans hold, but Democrats don't.
Your party likes it on paper, but not in reality.

But in your world, Republicans are perfect and Democrats are horrible scum that should be eliminated from the planet. Keep on keepin' on with your insanity.
Sam I Am

Knoxville, TN

#78408 Jan 10, 2013
Yay! Another school shooting today! Gooooooooo guns!

In my informal survey of media coverage, I have noticed that the ratio of "Man uses licensed firearm to fend off would be intruder" to "Innocent person(s) killed for no damn good reason" articles is quite low.

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#78409 Jan 10, 2013
dahgts wrote:
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I meant to partially agree with you. Altho, a very moderate, conservative liberal would also do.
Someone along the lines of Bill Clinton would be good as well.
dahgts wrote:
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It doesn't really matter who if people/politicians keep screaming about the so-called social issues, like gay marriage and abortion, and start screaming about the money spent on subsidies to oil companies, some farm subsidies and other money-wasting pork barrel stuff. And how about not giving the military around 60M so they can advertise at NASCAR events. It's been reported awhile back that the Repub Congress would vote for even more money then the military asked for. That's just crap.
We can cut some military spending. We should cut farm subsidies to the extent they arenít making food more affordable and are just corporate welfare. Subsidies for oil companies are a joke, IMO. Oil is a global commodity. Subsidies are not going to lower prices for us. Itís also not going to increase supply. The free market controls all these things. Even if a barrel of oil is drilled here, if folks are paying more money per barrel abroad, that is where the oil company will sell it. Weíve seen with natural gas that they are slowing production, because prices are too low. Like I said all controlled by the market. That keystone pipeline was really a dumb idea too. It wonít create hardly any jobs, and all that oil will be shipped to China. The only thing we would get out of it was environmental risk and folks having their land confiscated.

There are certain things I agree with the democrats about. But when it comes to big oil and farm cuts, donít be so sure the dems arenít in these big business pockets just as much as the republicans. There is a reason why the democrats didnít go after big pharma with Obamacare and allow the government to negotiate prescription drug prices. Unless your name is Ferrerman, it is possible to support Obama and democrats and realize they sold us all out in this particular instance. Ask yourself why we continue to pay 3 times what Germans pay for the same prescription drugs? Many of these pharmaceutical companies are foreign companies too.
dahgts wrote:
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There was a study in St. Louis where women who were most likely to get pregnant just from screwing around were given free birth control. The rate of births dropped within this group. Why can't the govt. support any org that could provide that service. Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper then continually paying for welfare and such. Personally, I don't care if people screw their brains out if they would use some sort of birth control and since many if not most men won't then dose out the pills.
Iím all for that, and I think that is one thing fiscal conservatives and liberals would agree on. Itís cheaper. Itís healthier. Itís better for these women. Itís better for our nation. The only folks who are adverse to this are the religious right and I donít particularly care for them. Not all folks who generally support the republican party are of this type. There are a lot of fiscal conservatives, such as myself, too.

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#78410 Jan 10, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
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Both parties are flawed. Congress has an 18% approval rating right now. There was a joke in the Trib about who were the 18% that actually think Congress is doing a good job?!
The Republicans need to get their act together if they want to take back the Senate and keep the House in two years. There's too much in-fighting. Bohner and Reid aren't even on speaking terms.
Boehner really disappointed me with the way he handled the fiscal cliff. Reid did too. I think they should have gotten more concessions on spending cuts. We can't get out of our debt problem with out a combination of spending cuts and tax increases.

Also, 60% of our budget is on non-discretionary spending, i.e. entitlements. Unless you want to just about eliminate the other 40%, which includes education, infrastructure, the military, some of the spending cuts will have to come from non-discretionary spending programs too.

As I have said many, many times. The practice consequence of Obamacare from a budget standpoint will be greater cuts to other entitlements. There is no way around it. We can't get out of this just by taxes. We can't get out of it just by taxes and slashing discretionary spending. So all Obamacare will do is take money from other government dependent folks and give it to a new class of government dependent folks.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Chicago, IL

#78411 Jan 10, 2013
Sam I Am wrote:
Yay! Another school shooting today! Gooooooooo guns!
In my informal survey of media coverage, I have noticed that the ratio of "Man uses licensed firearm to fend off would be intruder" to "Innocent person(s) killed for no damn good reason" articles is quite low.
Because that's what you WANT to notice. Did you hear about the woman who protected herself and her children by shooting an intruder breaking into her home? There are many news articles of people using a weapon to protect themselves or foiling a robbery if you would just bother to look.

This is what we call "ignorance" on your part.

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