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The Squeaky wheel: Other options were available

To the rest of you: Don't bother critiqueing Adrian Vance's analysis. He been there before, done that before, is all seeing and all knowing. Lord knows, I'm just grateful he deems us worthy of his pearls of wisdom, miserable ingrates that we are. We are not worthy, we are not worthy....  (Jun 12, 2009 | post #3)

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Reader isn't as positive as some

Frankly Adrian, My observation of your letter writing is that you always steer every topic to yourself and your victimhood. It's quite tiresome to many of us who would like to read comments that reflect thoughtful responses without a lot of bile. Most of us recognize some of these patterns from years and years ago when many of us experienced bullying in one form or another. One of the most common and effective ways to bully people without being caught is to project one's own foibles onto others. In your case its the idea of the "other guy" wanting to bloody you rather than vice versa. In gradeschool it takes the form of instigating a fight and the objective is to get a reaction from the other person which gives you a feeling of power. The real connosoires of this behavior in gradeschool tried to goad the real victim into a violent response just as the teacher came around the corner. One can then cringe in terror for the teacher's viewing as the "other guy" has finally taken enough. The teacher then sees the other guy hauling off with what ever weapon they have at hand with no context of the provocation that precipitated it. It seems to me you're no more than the school yard bully who has perfected his tactics into adulthood. It seems like kind of a sad life to me.  (May 30, 2009 | post #4)

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Prosecuting our own inquisition

Donna Christopher, I have to say you are pulling way more than your load here. I admire you big time. If all these sock puppets with no names and Rush's pudgy fingers up their rear ends had an original cogent thought it would scare them silly. It's continually baffling to me how much out of touch with reality the wing nuts have become. Maybe we can get them to all go to one state, say Texas, and then pay the gov there to stir up a secession movement. I think most of the real patriots in this country would pay to see that happen, and especially to see the expression on their face when we fail to try to stop them. I haven't had much use for Texas in a long time anyway. (With appologies to the good folks there who haven't succumbed to the "my way or the highway" mentality that the wingnuts have.)  (Apr 27, 2009 | post #31)

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Charge torturers for their crimes

Gypsy, or whatever your real name is: its obvious if we pass each other on the street here in Lakeport you will be able, with a little digging, be able to identify me. And I in turn will not be able to identify you. However at least I'm proud enough of what I believe and my sense of fairness to let people identify me. You may not want to believe my facts but there has been numerous stories over the years about this kind of accusations by Iraqis against other Iraqis. However that is only part of the story. A lot of the individuals caught in our net were simply at the wrong place and the wrong time. And furthermore, none of these people were able to defend themselves in a court of law after being apprehended. These are not my facts, they are simply facts and they have been in the public domain for years. My quoting sources now won't make you any more inclined to pay attention to them now than before. If you have been able to ignore all the stories up till this time you'll certainly be able to ignore my quoted sources into the future. After all, what you are really doing is inventing your own fact that torture equals saving American lives. If you weren't doing that rationalization you wouldn't be so ashamed of putting your name out there.  (Apr 23, 2009 | post #48)

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Charge torturers for their crimes

I would say this subject has degenerated to a level that is a disgrace. And while I often have my differences with Donna and Phil I applaud them in trying to keep the subject on a logical and ethical basis. I also have to say that I admire those on the left for having the cojones to sign their real names in this discussion. I salute you and I think it says worlds about the mentality of the other side where none of them sign their real names. Its interesting how the right wing fringe operates from the primitive fear-based emotional part of their brains. Whenever there is a question of torture they always pull out the worst case canard that its neccessary to save lives. They use the example that there is a bomb planted or a kidnapping that needs to be solved quickly to save a life or lives. They never use the reasoning that any field of science tells you one always bases ones actions on statistical probability in which 99.9999% of the time this example does not apply. So in Iraq we had the situation where HUNDREDS of individuals were turned in to American authorities for crimes because a local Iraqi had a vendetta with them. NONE of these cases fell into the category of an imminent bombing or kidnapping yet we detained these individuals for months and years. We tortured them, isolated them, and scared the bejeesus out of them simply because a neighbor didn't like them. If the right wing fringe had their way in this country they would be doing the exact same thing to those of us who sign our name for a position they don't like. That is the nature of cowards - act on fear and make excuses later. The Bush/Cheney crowd deserve to be prosecuted to the highest extent of the law to set an example to you cowards that people who express their opinions openly will not be intimidated. I have nothing but contempt for the cowards on both sides spewing the most vitreolic hate and fear that do not sign their names.  (Apr 23, 2009 | post #45)

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On the Spectrum: School play promotes discussion of uncom...

Cynthia, Good article. You are speaking the truth. "As a consequence of speaking out publicly as having been bullied in school, I've observed an uncomfortable phenomenon: people frequently do not want to believe that bullying or abuse took place and will respond to the victim with a viciousness that rivals the original abuse." I have personally witnessed this reaction to your talking about about this subject on the Topix page when you first brought up the issue. And to those of you who had that response I think you should be ashamed of yourself. I put anyone who has had that reaction in the same category as someone who has had a rough day at work and takes it out on the family pet because it's the most defenseless. I'm sure all of those people reading this article who had that reaction knows who they are and should do some serious soul searching.  (Apr 7, 2009 | post #1)

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Educating the masses

Religious fundamentalists seem to have a few things in common: they take things written about 2000 or more years in the past in the most literal sense. But they are very selective about what they take literally and then they stretch the things they take literally to their advantage. For instance, you can bet your bottom dollar that Danielle will be lifted up to heaven in the coming apocalypse. I guess she's done some great work here on earth to be so sure about it. It would be nice to know what that great work is/was. I'm sure she'd have no truck with Mother Theresa who was revealed to have been filled with doubts even while she was doing good work. I'm sure that being so enlightened she would never vote for a person who would create a policy of torture. And that she would give everyone the benefit of the doubt until proven guilty, and not lump all arabs into one category after 9/11 unlike the past president. And of course I'm sure there is not a whiff of the arrogance in Danielle that Jesus complained about, when he talked about individuals who looked down on others because they followed the letter of the law, but without any human compassion. I'm happy for you Danielle. It must be good to have all doubt removed. After all, that's really what counts, right. Faith is it. Doing what you think is right in spite of harboring doubts doesn't quite cut it, does it?  (Mar 30, 2009 | post #4)

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On the Spectrum: Name badge obsessions

AV, your pathetic in your lack of understanding or acceptance of the wide range of human diversity. In your lights I guess the only legitimate viewpoint is that of a disgruntled male white old person.  (Mar 24, 2009 | post #2)

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Reader believes President Obama uses the power of hypnosis

Mewabe, I think you forgot the "big one". Obama is planning on feeding the population soylent green if things get bad enough.  (Feb 27, 2009 | post #5)

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Reader believes President Obama uses the power of hypnosis

Yes Danielle, Obama is the anti-Christ. And if my mother had wheels she'd be a trolley. Has it occurred to you that the reason the public is entranced by words of "change" isn't hypnosis. It is because this country has made a steady descent into hell these last 8 years. Let me count the ways: 1.The rich gorging at the trough at the expense of the poor. 2. A doubling of the national deficit under bush - again by corporate loopholes, financial fraud and tax cuts for the rich. 3. Engaging in a policy of torture and a general policy of believing one can duplicate the practices of terrorists without becoming one yourself. I could go on but rather than "scoff" further I'll just say your comments remind me of the story of the frog being put in a kettle of water with the heat being turned up very gradually. At what point does the frog realize he's being boiled alive? At what point are you going to realize that if we had contined the policies of bush we would be just another two-bit dictatorship with the dictator and his boot lickers enriching themselves at the expense of 90 percent of the population. Believe me, the "change" is in STOPPING that descent into hell. And that's why a large majority voted for Obama.  (Feb 26, 2009 | post #1)

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Don't count out all conspiracy theories

I misunderstood you. Yeah, I actually thought most of the conspiracy theorists didn't even think there was planes involved, especially at the pentagon. I stand corrected if that's not what they thought. I still think its a bit far fetched for them to actually plant explosives that would go off coincidentally with the collisions. Them main reason for that thinking is its a human psychological trait to minimize sins of ommision compared to sins of commission. In other words they probably thought it wasn't so bad to just look the other way to the upcoming 9-11 event. (I personally don't believe it is true at all. Its just my observation of human nature. )To most people it would be psychologically difficult to physically aid the attack. I think both cases would actually be equally bad but I know how some warped individuals think and bush was one sick puppy.  (Feb 11, 2009 | post #4)

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Don't count out all conspiracy theories

David, I'm saying exactly the opposite of what you're saying. I think the planes hit just as reported. There was no conspiracy there. Also I doubt very much that there was any direct communication between al qaida and the bush administration. I just think the bushies found out about what they were planning and decided they wanted to take advantage of it. They shut down the communication from the NSA, from which they had heard about it, to the other organizations that needed the info to stop it. Both al qaida and the bushies needed each other after that for different reasons and that's why there was no real focus on catching bin laden after that. And bin laden also needed a bad guy like bush to inflame the arab world so he didn't want to risk the backlash that another attack on US soil would have produced. So if we "do" get attacked now its not because bush protected us, like sharon nicoll's letter said, but because we are now a threat to him. It would be good to get that info out there so that if it does happen now the public response isn't to blame obama.  (Feb 11, 2009 | post #3)

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Publishing conspiracy theories was embarrassing

Geevo, Huh, some world order organization put Barack in place to placate us? I'm afraid you are vastly overestimating the power of groups of humanity to act in an organized manor. What really happens is that individuals with different motives find agreement in coordinating activities. They usually don't confer but just have similar interests in certain things happening. And the silent agreement to not rock the boat doesn't last indefinitely, but only for just a few years or decades at most. Occam's razor rules in human affairs as well as in science. Although I think Sharon is deluded I think you are also, and its a bit embarrassing to have you on my side.  (Jan 22, 2009 | post #9)

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Publishing conspiracy theories was embarrassing

Osama and Al Quaida were plenty capable of carrying out the attack without help. I should amend that. They required the incompetence of the Bush administration to ignore all the intelligence warnings foreshadowing the attack. Sharon discreetly ignores that. She also ignores the fact that Osama is no idiot. Bush has been the best recruiting tool he could have and also the biggest danger to our constitutional government. Why would he have ever risk ending that potential Republican dynasty by creating a giant backlash though another attack on US homesoil. Of course it didn't work and the Bush administration self-destructed anyway. But to say that Bush protected us is willful ignorance and self-deception. Its amazing how well educated individuals can delude themselves about such things.  (Jan 21, 2009 | post #5)

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Shielding eyes gives comfort in a world of stress

Adrian, This will probably sound odd but I don't think she is hysterical at all. Many people have the ability, or some might say disability, to feel pain when others feel pain. While its very uncomfortable for those empathetic souls, I think the world would be a much kinder and gentler place if everyone was like that. Of course to many people it would look like either a political stance, or hysterical because the alternative would be to see themselves as being relatively unconnected to the rest of society because they don't feel it. It would be much more pleasant to think those kinds of people are "hysterical ".  (Jan 19, 2009 | post #2)