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BS Is Called

Dallas, TX

#11617 May 17, 2013
ChicknButt wrote:
<quoted text>
What is the Republican plan to address the housing market and jobs? When should we expect legislation that addresses those issues?
What is the Democrats plan? What is wrong with the housing market? Homes are so much more affordable and interest rates are very low. What is wrong with the jobs market? The unemployment number keeps getting better.
ChicknButt

Douglasville, GA

#11618 May 17, 2013
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) tried to stir up buzz about the repeal vote on Twitter Thursday by starting the hashtag #ObamaCareInThreeWords:

The White House Twitter account responded:

It's The Law.
Danger zone

Fayetteville, GA

#11619 May 17, 2013
Isn't there a DEMOCRAT in the White House? I think soooo.
Informed Opinion

Sunapee, NH

#11620 May 17, 2013
Bored wrote:
<quoted text>Well looky here, posting from the united states, so easy to change names and appear to be legion.
What a joke.
.... "appear to be legion"

A silly post - no surprise.

But the phrase ..... "appear to be legion" - now that deserves high marks.

Good for you.
ChicknButt

Douglasville, GA

#11621 May 17, 2013
Danger zone wrote:
How many times can the president continue to say he knows not one thing...until it hits the news.... It looks like his advisors would say, "Mr. President, we understand, you've missed dozens of daily intel briefings, but you be sure to sound as though you're WAY, WAY ahead of the public." .... Such incompetence, it's embarassing.
The IRS has over 100,000 employees.

In the US reporters are not required to submit their stories to the White House for approval before printing. Are you suggesting you'd like to change that? Does North Korea's model sound better to you?

Such knee-jerking from Americans is embarrassing. It really shows off the lack of education of so many of our citizens.

What is the Republican congress doing to improve educational standards in the US? Especially in the field of science? It appears many of the Republican Senators and Representatives are particularly deficient in that area.

When can we expect some Republican legislation?
Informed Opinion

Sunapee, NH

#11622 May 17, 2013
ChicknButt wrote:
<quoted text>Some people like you will bring it up forever. You hate Obama, and the press tells you that "you've got something".

Most people are far less worried about it. They'd rather know that somebody cares about their home value. They'd rather know their job is secure. They'd rather know that middle-class issues are being improved upon.

Synergy wrote, "<quoted text>
Speaking of doing nothing. How 'bout that Obama?. The most do nothing president we've had thus far. Laughed at his acting(guess it's paying off to hang with the celebrities) during his press conference. He almost did his usual foot stomp. lol "

Do nothing president? I think what we have is a do-nothing Republican-led congress. What are the Republicans doing for our country? Voting for the THIRTY-SEVENTH time to repeal PPACA - even thought millions of Americans are already benefiting from it?

What else? Where is their legislation that makes life better for Americans?

Synergy wrote, "<quoted text>
He made a VERY courageous move firing the acting director of the IRS. You know the one who was leaving in another month anyway? You know the one who wasn't even the director when the disgraceful actions were taking place? You know....THAT GUY. "

AP - Who knows? We don't have enough information, and probably never will. So some Republican Congressional witch-hunters are poking Holder with a pitch-fork. It's all just a public show. If they just invited Holder into their office and said "hey-what's going on?" They would have gotten answers that included the classified security issues. Republicans are trying to make a showing in a politicized attempt to knock a couple percentage points off the Dems for the next election. They're trying to distract from the fact that they aren't doing ANYTHING useful for America.

I know in your heart that you truly believe that Obama should be tarred and feathered - but you need to come to terms with reality. You really should be writing letters to your Republican Congressional leaders begging them to quit with the tom-foolery and get serious about working for the American people again.
Great post.

I'm disappointed in Obama because he either doesn't have the temperament to tell the Right Wing Wackos to eat sand, or he is just a slightly less Right Winger than Bush (Bush with a brain).

And still the more ignorant and uniformed Right Wing Wackos think he's a liberal. Of course to them, Jesus is a Libtard, so what would you expect ?

Informed Opinion

Sunapee, NH

#11623 May 17, 2013
ChicknButt wrote:
<quoted text>Danger zone wrote, "loyal ghetto supporters"

Danger zone wrote, "loyal ghetto supporters"

Danger zone wrote, "loyal ghetto supporters"

Why not be a little more transparent? Why type all your blustery idiocy?

Why not just say that you want a white president the way America SHOULD have? Why not just type, GET THE BLACK MAN OUTTA THE WHITE HOUSE? Say what you mean, bigot.

Danger zone wrote, "loyal ghetto supporters"
Ol "Danger" really showed his true colors with that post (pun intended).

It's kind of like when your in law suits - it's never about the money - except it's always about the money.

With Right Wing Wackos - it's never about Obama's skin tone - but it's always about Obama's skin tone.

Can you imagine the demand for more proof he was born in Hawaii, if his Daddy has been a white guy from Great Britain ?
Oh my

Blairsville, GA

#11624 May 17, 2013
ChicknButt wrote:
<quoted text>
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/blairsville-g...
What is the Republican plan to address the housing market and jobs? When should we expect legislation that addresses those issues?
Bobby Jindal and volcano monitoring: What was he talking about?
By Jordan Lite | Feb 25, 2009 10:20 AM
http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.c...

When Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivered the official Republican response to President Obama’s speech last night, he blasted elements of the economic stimulus package as “wasteful spending”– among them,“$140 million for something called ‘volcano monitoring.’”

“Instead of monitoring volcanoes, what Congress should be monitoring is the eruption of spending in Washington, D.C.,” Jindal said.

What was that all about? Well, Congress authorized some of that $140 million to be spent on volcano monitoring, but not all of it, ProPublica notes in a blow-by-blow of the economic recovery package. That line, ProPublica says, is directed to “U.S. Geological Survey facilities and equipment, including stream gages, seismic and volcano monitoring systems and national map activities.”

...The USGS is charged with working to “reduce the vulnerability of the people and areas most at risk from natural hazards,” including volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and wildfires which it says cost hundreds of lives and billions of dollars annually in disaster money. Between 50 and 70 volcanoes erupt each year, according to the Smithsonian's global volcanism program. And between 1980 and 1990, they killed at least 26,000 people and caused 450,000 people to flee their homes, the USGS says.
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Budget cuts pare real-time monitoring of volcanoes
May 14, 2013
By RACHEL D'ORO, Associated Press
http://www.usnews.com/science/news/articles/2...

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP)— Scientists monitoring Alaska's volcanoes have been forced to shut down stations that provide real-time tracking of eruptions and forgo repairs of seismic equipment amid ongoing federal budget cuts — moves that could mean delays in getting vital information to airline pilots and emergency planners.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory can no longer seismically monitor five volcanoes with real-time equipment to detect imminent eruptions. Such equipment is especially important in helping pilots receive up-to-the-minute warnings about spewing ash that can cause engine failures and other problems.

Alaska has 52 active volcanoes, with many of them located on the Aleutians Islands along international air routes between Europe, North America and Asia.

Alaska Airlines officials said the observatory, funded by the U.S. Geological Survey, provides a crucial service, including early warnings of seismic changes that may portend an impending eruption. Monitors need to be operating all the time, not just during major eruptions, said Betty Bollert, an Alaska Airlines dispatcher.

...The Alaska volcano monitoring system, first created in 1988, is intended to help pilots avoid such problems. But it has regressed over the past few years because of shrinking finances, and now the across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration are further squeezing operations.

For example, gone is a plan to install seismic monitors at Cleveland Volcano, a remote mountain on an uninhabited island in the Aleutians. The volcano experienced a low-level eruption earlier this month that continues to discharge steam, gas and heat, although no ash clouds have been detected in the past week.

...Decreasing funds, once boosted by $2.5 million in now-defunct congressional earmarks, also have forced staff reductions. These days, the observatory is operating on $4 million annually, roughly half of its heyday budget....
Informed Opinion

Sunapee, NH

#11625 May 17, 2013
Here's the fact that matters.

The rest of this is entertaining, but a distraction.

Since the beginning of "Voodoo Exonomics" ( a George Bush Quote), where we cut taxes on the rich so that maybe some of their wealth will "trickle down" to the unwashed masses, we have now created such disparity, that statistically, the distribution is worse than in Europe under feudal kings.

In America today -
the top 400 people,(not corporations or families), the top 400 people,

possess more wealth than 160 MILLION Americans COMBINED.

Ponder that, 000,000,400 people are richer than 160,000,000 Americans combined.

That means for every $1.00 the working American has - the überrich person has $400,000,000.

Can democracy work under the system of feudal kings ?
Danger zone

Fayetteville, GA

#11626 May 17, 2013
Excuses, Excuses. The governement is just sooo big, he can't possibly know what everyone is doing.... Didn't the man with the plan, campaign on the very promise of, "no more big government", "transparency"? Now, since he's failing miserably, let's FINALLY ask about a republican plan.... They're ain't a runway big enough to turn this disaster around on the republicans, "What is the republican plan"? Are you kidding???? I'm not stupid enough to be to be reeled in to a SENSELESS debate.... Barack HUSSEIN Obama ocuppies the WH, ask these questions of HIM !!!!

Since: Nov 12

Location hidden

#11627 May 17, 2013
Oh my wrote:
<quoted text>
Posture and pose all you like, in the end it still comes down to this.
The IRS And The Tea Party: Probe Finds Big Bungling But Scant Fuel For Scandal
http://www.forbes.com/sites/beltway/2013/05/1...
...Yet, despite dark conspiracy theories, TIGTA found no evidence of political meddling. Despite allegations that the agency singled out tea party groups for special scrutiny, of the nearly 300 cases the IRS labeled potentially political, only one-third were identified as tea party or other conservative organizations. And not one of those 300 cases, including the conservative groups, had its application for tax-exempt status denied, though some are still pending.
President Barack Obama said the agency's misconduct was "inexcusable."

"Americans have a right to be angry about it, and I'm angry about it," Obama said.

"It should not matter what political stripe you're from. The fact of the matter is, the IRS has to operate with absolute integrity," the president said.

And yet here you are continuing to cling to one columnist's opinion as though it's your life preserver. And I addressed the points you repeated and showed them to be inaccurate or misleading. But that's okay, you keep living in your delusional little dream world that sees no danger in what is probably the most powerful government agency going after those who "criticize the government." -that was one of the phrases those "impartial" IRS employees were instructed to look for, after all. Instead of reading a columnist's opinion, why don't you read the IG report? Nah, you'll just look at it and say "nothing here, nothing here."
Money man

Young Harris, GA

#11628 May 17, 2013
BS Is Called wrote:
<quoted text>
What is the Democrats plan? What is wrong with the housing market? Homes are so much more affordable and interest rates are very low. What is wrong with the jobs market? The unemployment number keeps getting better.
Government can't do a blessed thing about the housing market when it comes right down to it, the same as they can't help the job market except to fund worthless projects at taxpayers expense (and the national debt).

The problem with housing is that borrowers are now required to be able to make payments and those who can have gone after the foreclosed homes. So have investors, to take advantage of the tax deductions deprecation offers so they can off-set other income.

With those houses now largely off the market, along with the people with a good credit rating, the cost of building new housing (material costs) is once again out through the roof - with no qualified buyers left.

To put it in simpler terms: a foreclosed house sells for, say,$200,000 but to build the exact same house, because of the cost for materials, it could cost as much as $300,000, maybe more! Adding to the problem, there are more people who can qualify for a $200,000 loan than can for one for $300,000. Another problem; houses no longer appreciate in value yet property taxes and maintenance cost continue to escalate. Want another one? Banks find it safer to invest in the stock market than in providing loans.

Now what in the hell can government do about that?
Oh my

Blairsville, GA

#11629 May 17, 2013
THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013 12:55 PM EDT
Joe Scarborough’s IRS hypocrisy
The MSNBC host is outraged about the Tea Party's treatment, but sought to "yank" NAACP's tax-exempt status in 2003
BY ALEX SEITZ-WALD
http://www.salon.com/2013/05/16/joe_scarborou...

This week, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough joined the chorus of those decrying the IRS for targeting Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny in applying for nonprofit status.“You can’t allow the government to tread on political speech,” Scarborough said.“The Internal Revenue Service — the taxman — to go after their political beliefs.… I can’t imagine much worse than this,” he added.

Targeting nonprofit groups because of their political beliefs is wrong — pretty much everyone agrees on that. So today’s Scarborough must be outraged by his 2003 self, which gave this monologue on his show “Scarborough Country” on July 13, 2003:

The leader of the NAACP bashes President Bush and the Republican Party. Why is this clearly partisan group still being funded by your tax dollars?[...]

[T]he NAACP continues to get a free ride off of taxpayers because of the tax-exempt status that’s conferred to them by our federal government, now, this despite the fact the NAACP produced and ran the most vicious campaign attack ad in the history of televised presidential campaign.[...]

As Americans, NAACP members are free to speak their mind any time, day or night. But they shouldn’t be getting a tax-free ride on the backs of hard-working Americans who don’t get such preferential treatment. President Bush and members of Congress should have the guts to yank the tax-exempt status away from these left-wing activists. And while they’re at it, take away the tax exempt status of any right-wing activist who thumb their noses at the law as brazenly as does the NAACP.

In a broad sense, Scarborough was right. Blatantly political groups should not be protected by a tax-exempt status that lets them conceal their donors (even official political groups, organized under section 527 of the tax code, are tax-exempt, but they are regulated by the FEC and have to disclose lots of information).

But at least the NAACP has a clear social mission outside of politics. It’s impossible to say the same of many of the 510(c)4 groups like the ones the IRS targeted. For instance, what does the Karl Rove-linked Crossroads GPS do aside from run ads attacking Democrats? Not much.

Ironically, Scarborough was trying to argue in his 2003 monologue that the IRS used a double standard in questioning the tax-exempt status of the Christian Coalition but not the NAACP. The IRS and the Christian-right group fought a protracted legal battle over its tax-exempt status, while the tax agency did open an investigation into the NAACP after the 2004 election.

In 2000, a number of lawmakers, including Scarborough, a former Florida Republican congressman, along with Sen. Susan Collins and former Sen. Strom Thurmond forwarded requests from constituents to the IRS asking that the agency look into the NAACP’s tax-exempt status. The lawmakers did not make the request themselves.
Danger zone

Fayetteville, GA

#11630 May 17, 2013
If I were a loyal Obama fan, I'd ask of him...Where are the 5 million shovel ready jobs you promised, where are those Green energy jobs you promised? You promised no more big government, yet the IRS grows & will grow even more as Obamacare is implemented, what happened to stopping government waste. Why are my insurance bhgpremiums rising when you said they wouldnt? Why will there be 30 million uninsured Americans, even with Obamacare?..... There are pages of questions needed to be asked of the current leader & administration, not of republicans. But, now let's ask, what is the republican plan.

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#11631 May 17, 2013
Synergy wrote:
<quoted text>
...
It's curious that you would defend something so strongly that you know nothing about. Actually, it's very careless. Ah, well. To each his own.
+1

That's the "crux" of the "clueless and uneducated" comments. People talking about stuff they don't understand or care to understand. They just listen to (and regurgitate) the liberace talking points, the majority of what the don't understand.

That being said, imagine how vacant this thread would be if people only posted about what they know or was actually true...

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#11632 May 17, 2013
Oh my wrote:
<quoted text>
While my statement was off by a bit, not quite 20-years, I'll let the election results speak for themselves.
http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/index.html
Percentage Voting Republican in Presidential Election 1996-2012
Gilmer: 49.1, 67.04, 74.04, 75.17, 80.76
Fannin: 48.7, 65.11, 70.99, 73.35, 78.10
Union: 48.7, 65.66, 74.20, 74.96, 78.97
Towns: 48.6, 64.53, 72.41, 74.46, 78.09
Percentage Voting Republican in Gubinatorial Election 1994-2010
Gilmer: 56.0, 53.4, 65.72, 71.29, 76.35
Fannin: 51.9, 53.3, 63.21, 70.08, 72.63
Union: 44.5, 43.4, 60.40, 71.00, 70.89
Towns: 40.4, 47.3, 56.78, 71.91, 71.55
Yep, 4 counties in GA (our of what, 159?) provides an accurate statistical sample...
Oh my

Blairsville, GA

#11633 May 17, 2013
Aggie23 wrote:
<quoted text>
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/blairsville-g...
From 2010, when the IRS started profiling, the IRS received 7,357 applications.

The IRS And The Tea Party: Probe Finds Big Bungling But Scant Fuel For Scandal
http://www.forbes.com/sites/beltway/2013/05/1...
...Yet, despite dark conspiracy theories, TIGTA found no evidence of political meddling. Despite allegations that the agency singled out tea party groups for special scrutiny, of the nearly 300 cases the IRS labeled potentially political, only one-third were identified as tea party or other conservative organizations. And not one of those 300 cases, including the conservative groups, had its application for tax-exempt status denied, though some are still pending.

http://www.topix.com/forum/city/blairsville-g...
President Barack Obama said the agency's misconduct was "inexcusable."
"Americans have a right to be angry about it, and I'm angry about it," Obama said.
"It should not matter what political stripe you're from. The fact of the matter is, the IRS has to operate with absolute integrity," the president said.

And yet here you are continuing to cling to one columnist's opinion as though it's your life preserver. And I addressed the points you repeated and showed them to be inaccurate or misleading. But that's okay, you keep living in your delusional little dream world that sees no danger in what is probably the most powerful government agency going after those who "criticize the government." -that was one of the phrases those "impartial" IRS employees were instructed to look for, after all. Instead of reading a columnist's opinion, why don't you read the IG report? Nah, you'll just look at it and say "nothing here, nothing here."
The agency's action was "inexcusable", I've never denied this.

The IG report made a number of corrective recommendations and the IRS has agreed to a majority of them.

The IRS has admitted to shooting itself in the foot.

And the fact remains that out of 7.357 applications only 1/3 of 300 were flagged using political terminology, that's 1.359%, and none them them were ultimately denied what they sought.

As the Forbes article states:
The IRS And The Tea Party: Probe Finds Big Bungling But Scant Fuel For Scandal
Money man

Young Harris, GA

#11634 May 17, 2013
Danger zone wrote:
If I were a loyal Obama fan, I'd ask of him...Where are the 5 million shovel ready jobs you promised, where are those Green energy jobs you promised? You promised no more big government, yet the IRS grows & will grow even more as Obamacare is implemented, what happened to stopping government waste. Why are my insurance bhgpremiums rising when you said they wouldnt? Why will there be 30 million uninsured Americans, even with Obamacare?..... There are pages of questions needed to be asked of the current leader & administration, not of republicans. But, now let's ask, what is the republican plan.
Romney had a plan - the super-rich don't pay taxes, which as it turns out he didn't for ten years!

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#11635 May 17, 2013
ChicknButt wrote:
<quoted text>
You're a moron.
I hate it when I accidentally read one of your posts before I realize it's you.
It's fairly early in the day and the irony has started already...
BS Is Called

Dallas, TX

#11636 May 17, 2013
ChicknButt wrote:
<quoted text>

What is the Republican congress doing to improve educational standards in the US? Especially in the field of science? It appears many of the Republican Senators and Representatives are particularly deficient in that area.
When can we expect some Republican legislation?
What is the Democrats plan to improve educational standards and results in America? When can we expect Democrat legislation?

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