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Since: Jul 12

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#82356 Mar 15, 2013
Jess in NJ wrote:
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I forgot to address your second point - I believe we should all be open to learning new things about ourselves and others. This topic happened to hit close to home for the Senator, but hopefully his response helps him to realize that none of us is infallible and that he applies this knowledge and empathy to other issues he is face with.
I agree with you on these things for normal people -- but for people who are representing the people I think they owe it to society to review their feelings and own what they promote. I expect better and more thoughtfulness.

It is great, though, that he did give it further thought. I hope he takes this as a lesson to review many of his thoughts on our countries issues because that is his responsibility that he took on in my view.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

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#82357 Mar 15, 2013
Jess in NJ wrote:
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Most people don't bother to really reexamine their opinions until something external strikes a chord with them personally..
Just playing devil's advocate, but is that the type of person that we want making policy decisions? Someone who does not look at things from another perspective until it affects them personally? One could argue that a person like that is putting him and his family's interests above that of the general public.

Since: Mar 09

Miami, FL

#82358 Mar 15, 2013
I'm with Jess. No one's opinions form in a vacuum.

Since: Aug 08

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#82359 Mar 15, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>Just playing devil's advocate, but is that the type of person that we want making policy decisions? Someone who does not look at things from another perspective until it affects them personally?
I didn't hear fair and balanced, Sam (who is NOT a democrat, but seemingly only b1tches about republicans) b1tching about how Obama voted against raising the debt ceiling when he was a Senator, but had a change of heart once he became President. Let me ask you (I'm just playing devils advocate, btw), is that the type of person we want making policy decisions? Who'd you vote for, btw?

Why is okay for Obama to change his tune, and Sam is quiet about it, but a Republican does so and he gets called out by her, you, and Angela?

Since: Jan 10

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#82360 Mar 15, 2013
Jess in NJ wrote:
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Most people don't bother to really reexamine their opinions until something external strikes a chord with them personally. That is why you find people often change their thinking after having children, caring for an aging parent or experiencing a major illness.
I am impressed because of how well and how publicly he expressed his change of opinion. It is now a more educated position than previously.
I understand where you're coming from.

In a way, I agree with you, but mostly, I'm sick of this denial of equal civil rights to an entire segment -- a tax-paying segment -- of society.

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#82361 Mar 15, 2013
http://news.yahoo.com/gay-family-members-easy...

I think this paragraph from the article sums up what Sam is trying to say.

"Critics describe Portman's announcement as morally flawed, since he seemed unable to feel empathy for gays until the issue hit home. "Portman ought to be able to recognize that, even if he changed his mind on gay marriage owing to personal experience, the logic stands irrespective of it," writes Jonathan Chait at New York. "Support for gay marriage would be right even if he didn't have a gay son. There's little sign that any such reasoning has crossed his mind.""

Since: Jan 10

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#82362 Mar 15, 2013
Sublime1 wrote:
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I didn't hear fair and balanced, Sam (who is NOT a democrat, but seemingly only b1tches about republicans) b1tching about how Obama voted against raising the debt ceiling when he was a Senator, but had a change of heart once he became President. Let me ask you (I'm just playing devils advocate, btw), is that the type of person we want making policy decisions? Who'd you vote for, btw?
Why is okay for Obama to change his tune, and Sam is quiet about it, but a Republican does so and he gets called out by her, you, and Angela?
I didn't call anybody out.

I also don't compare debt ceiling/fiscal policy changes to *civil rights* issues.

Since: Aug 08

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#82363 Mar 15, 2013
I really enjoyed Sam going on about how each issue stands on it's own merits ... like she is the epitome of impartiality when it comes to politics.

Sorry, you can't claim you are independent and impartial when you constantly focus on the faults of members of one party, but turn a blind eye to the faults of the other (and probably vote for that other party every chance you get). It doesn't even pass the straight face test.

“bELieve”

Since: Jun 09

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#82364 Mar 15, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>Just playing devil's advocate, but is that the type of person that we want making policy decisions? Someone who does not look at things from another perspective until it affects them personally? One could argue that a person like that is putting him and his family's interests above that of the general public.
I would rather have someone who changes his position because of personal interactions than a politician whose primary deciding factors are lobbyists and money.

“Not a real reg”

Since: Jan 13

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#82365 Mar 15, 2013
Aisle Sitter wrote:
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DO NOT, under any reasonable circumstances, use Lot if you cna... My SIL is from poland, and *she* hates it... they are sooo messed up. if you must, as in you already have reservations, call the day ahead or so to make sure you have a seat, be patient and bring a native polish speaker if you can. my bro, SIL and parents took Lot one time, and they all swore never again. SIL wonders even why her mohter likes it (beyond the polish-speaking staff).
As for train travel, what info are you looking for? I took a commuter-type train to antoehr country, and my parents will be going over night to a different country in a few weeks, so i can get their info too...
Taking LOT. my cousin's wife is from Poland and takes it all the time without problems, but she speaks polish. I guess I just have to cross my fingers that all goes well. I will call ahead. Have to make a connecting flight to Barcelona and that's my main concern. I will only be on "homeland" ground for an hour or so if all goes well.

As to the train, the one concern I have is the suitcase. I hate the thought of having to put it and take it down in the overhead several times a day. There are two and three changes during one trip. Do all the trains have a space for suitcases or only the high speed ones and not the regional trains? We'll be on both. But I heard they could be stolen from the floor space. Someone suggested that we take something to tie them together which would make it harder. Other then that maybe any insider tips. We're not taking any overnight trains.

Since: Aug 08

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#82366 Mar 15, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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I didn't call anybody out.
I also don't compare debt ceiling/fiscal policy changes to *civil rights* issues.
You said you agreed with Sam, who was calling him out.

I wouldn't compare them either. Why don't you go ask the people who live in Greece if they'd rather have fiscal stability and prosperity for their entire nation or gay marriage for 6% or whatever of their population. Given this and your comment above, it's hilarious that you are even criticizing others for changing their tune when something hits home that causes them to re-examine their position. I'm sure, like you, many folks in Greece thought all sorts of things, including gay rights, were more important than fiscal policy, until it hit home.

Since: Aug 08

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#82367 Mar 15, 2013
squishymama wrote:
http://news.yahoo.com/gay-fami ly-members-easy-politicians-15 4500736.html
I think this paragraph from the article sums up what Sam is trying to say.
"Critics describe Portman's announcement as morally flawed, since he seemed unable to feel empathy for gays until the issue hit home. "Portman ought to be able to recognize that, even if he changed his mind on gay marriage owing to personal experience, the logic stands irrespective of it," writes Jonathan Chait at New York. "Support for gay marriage would be right even if he didn't have a gay son. There's little sign that any such reasoning has crossed his mind.""
Anybody could have told Obama that raising the debt ceiling when he voted against it as a Senator was the right thing to do, because the consequences of failing to do so would have been too disastrous. This didn't stop him from voting not to do so.

He only changed his tune once he became President and he was the head honcho and if the ship went down on his watch the blame would have fallen squarely on him, which would have been his legacy.

He had no empathy if Bush suffered that fate while he was President. He also had no empathy for the dreadful consequences that all American's would have suffered if the debt ceiling were not raised.

There is little sign that any such reasoning crossed his mind, until he was President.

Who'd you vote for?

Since: Aug 08

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#82368 Mar 15, 2013
Who'd the person who wrote that yahoo article vote for?

Alright all the Pots in here (and on yahoo), I'd like you to meet Kettle.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#82369 Mar 15, 2013
Jess in NJ wrote:
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I would rather have someone who changes his position because of personal interactions than a politician whose primary deciding factors are lobbyists and money.
Or votes. What do you make of Obama's flip-flop on gay marriage?

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#82370 Mar 15, 2013
Sublime1 wrote:
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Anybody could have told Obama that raising the debt ceiling when he voted against it as a Senator was the right thing to do, because the consequences of failing to do so would have been too disastrous. This didn't stop him from voting not to do so.
He only changed his tune once he became President and he was the head honcho and if the ship went down on his watch the blame would have fallen squarely on him, which would have been his legacy.
He had no empathy if Bush suffered that fate while he was President. He also had no empathy for the dreadful consequences that all American's would have suffered if the debt ceiling were not raised.
There is little sign that any such reasoning crossed his mind, until he was President.
Who'd you vote for?
I only posted that because I happened to see it just as this discussion got started.

I will agree with Angela that decisions about fiscal policy are not the same as decisions on civil rights.

And who I voted for is none of your business.

Since: Aug 08

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#82371 Mar 15, 2013
squishymama wrote:
<quoted text>I will agree with Angela that decisions about fiscal policy are not the same as decisions on civil rights.
So, if it's an issue that isn't important to you (even though every economist would disagree with you and even though Obama's own actions show that you are wrong seeing as how he spent far more time and energy to prevent us from defaulting on our debt than he has trying to advance gay marriage (that fact alone should tell you and Angela that you are clueless if you think gay marriage is more important than whether we default on our debt)) it's okay if someone changes their tune once something hits home that causes them to re-examine their position, but if it's an issue that is important to you, it's not okay? Do you know what a hypocrite is?

Not only should Obama's own priorities show you how wrong and Angela are about what is more important, but the people of Greece and every other nation in the history of mankind who have experienced severe economic criticizes because of poor fiscal policy would disagree with you.

If you and your husband lost your jobs, lost your retirement account, and everything you owned, because of fiscal mismanagement, like folks in Greece have, I'm pretty sure you'd say gee, I wish we had elected politicians who focused more on sound fiscal policy, even if that meant less focus on gay marriage. You wouldn't realize this, tho, until it hit home. But it would be okay for you, because you are you (duh) but it's not okay for others to not realize things until they hit home. Do you know what a hypocrite is?(You don't need to answer, like my asking you who you voted for, it's rhetorical).

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#82373 Mar 15, 2013
Sublime1 wrote:
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So, if it's an issue that isn't important to you (even though every economist would disagree with you and even though Obama's own actions show that you are wrong seeing as how he spent far more time and energy to prevent us from defaulting on our debt than he has trying to advance gay marriage (that fact alone should tell you and Angela that you are clueless if you think gay marriage is more important than whether we default on our debt)) it's okay if someone changes their tune once something hits home that causes them to re-examine their position, but if it's an issue that is important to you, it's not okay? Do you know what a hypocrite is?
Not only should Obama's own priorities show you how wrong and Angela are about what is more important, but the people of Greece and every other nation in the history of mankind who have experienced severe economic criticizes because of poor fiscal policy would disagree with you.
If you and your husband lost your jobs, lost your retirement account, and everything you owned, because of fiscal mismanagement, like folks in Greece have, I'm pretty sure you'd say gee, I wish we had elected politicians who focused more on sound fiscal policy, even if that meant less focus on gay marriage. You wouldn't realize this, tho, until it hit home. But it would be okay for you, because you are you (duh) but it's not okay for others to not realize things until they hit home. Do you know what a hypocrite is?(You don't need to answer, like my asking you who you voted for, it's rhetorical).
Not the same does not equal not as important. But that's OK Sub, don't let what I really said prevent you from ranting.

“It made sense at the time....”

Since: May 09

Schaumburg, IL

#82374 Mar 15, 2013
dahgts wrote:
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Taking LOT. my cousin's wife is from Poland and takes it all the time without problems, but she speaks polish. I guess I just have to cross my fingers that all goes well. I will call ahead. Have to make a connecting flight to Barcelona and that's my main concern. I will only be on "homeland" ground for an hour or so if all goes well.
As to the train, the one concern I have is the suitcase. I hate the thought of having to put it and take it down in the overhead several times a day. There are two and three changes during one trip. Do all the trains have a space for suitcases or only the high speed ones and not the regional trains? We'll be on both. But I heard they could be stolen from the floor space. Someone suggested that we take something to tie them together which would make it harder. Other then that maybe any insider tips. We're not taking any overnight trains.
good luck with the transfers! the trains i've been on had enough space nearby that one could keep suitcases right by you. the first ones we were on were more like metra express runs, in that they were commuter trains, but the trip was like 2 hours (munich to nurnburg). i think they had enough space in the quad-seats to keep at least one suitcase by you, or you could keep moer and block the seats. the older trains aer worse for that, though. there are a lot of people traveling wiht suitcases on the train, so it's kinda no big deal, at least to the germans that i've seen.

but, each country can run their trains a little differently. i've only been in 2nd class cars - regular seats, not teh little cabins.

from my experiences, as long as you pay the usual attention to your stuff, and have "street smarts" yuo should be ok. i watch out more for the full-grown adults over the college kids. my parents have instilled a fear of hte gypsies, although i've never witnessed what they talk about fearing. teh college kids in munich (and i bet elsewhere too) are friendly, speak wonderful english, and are helpful if we looked really lost. MOst of the transit employees speak decent english too.

let me knwo if you have any other specific questions. my most recent european visits ahve been to munich, prior to that, it's been like 15 years, so i ahve a mixed bag of relevant info! ;-) PM me if you want....

Since: Aug 08

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#82375 Mar 15, 2013
squishymama wrote:
<quoted text>Not the same does not equal not as important. But that's OK Sub, don't let what I really said prevent you from ranting.
So you would rather we default on our debt if it meant gay people could marry? To say its less important than gay marriage is about the dumbest thing I've read anyone on topix say.

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#82376 Mar 15, 2013
Sublime1 wrote:
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So you would rather we default on our debt if it meant gay people could marry? To say its less important than gay marriage is about the dumbest thing I've read anyone on topix say.
I'm done responding to things I've never said.

Have a good weekend.

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