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Lieberman gets a wrist slap for backing McCain

"He spoke earnestly of the pain he felt when he was rejected by the Democratic Party ..." Joe looks at the Democrats with puppy eyes and they melt. Please. This is not "bipartisansh ip" on behalf of the Democrats; it's capitulation.  (Nov 19, 2008 | post #4)

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$475,000 in fares missing at MTA, state audit shows

Agreed. Our so-called public transportation system is embarrassing, and recent budget cuts have just made it worse. Many other American cities (not to mention cities around the world), have found a way to make it work; why can't we?  (Nov 19, 2008 | post #2)

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Palin puts faith in God for 2012 presidential run

I guess Palin will pick God as her VP in 2012 and run on the critical issue of wardrobe disparity among Americans.  (Nov 12, 2008 | post #1)

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Change in focus seen for Hopkins

Correct the spelling on the front page headline! It's Johns--with an "s". Did someone fire the copy editors, too?  (Nov 12, 2008 | post #1)

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A woman - but why this woman?

Actually, she's a columnist, not a reporter; she presents opinions, not news; she has no obligation to be "fair." But what a model of reason you are with your informed and considered assessment.  (Sep 1, 2008 | post #54)

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A woman - but why this woman?

Excellent column. The conservatives can do nothing but resort to their usual strategy: name calling.  (Sep 1, 2008 | post #52)

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Make Penn Station shine, windows and all

LOVE the art in front of Penn Station! But the leaks in the stairwells during rainstorms can go.  (Aug 4, 2008 | post #5)

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The liberals made him do it

"Unable to say what they believe or to frame it any compelling way, they have allowed themselves to be defined instead from without, standing ineffectual in a mud storm of invective." Here's the problem: Reason simply isn't compelling to many people. They prefer to feel; they prefer to "believe. " Not everybody can be reached with reason, and not everything can or should be packaged as emotionally compelling to reach those who refuse to think. The hate-filled, self-righteous murderer was surely influenced by the simplistic emotional rhetoric of the Right, but he nevertheless holds personal responsibility for his irrational beliefs. The Left shouldn't fight this by stooping to the propaganda techniques of the Right. Although we can be sure they will.  (Aug 1, 2008 | post #5)

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Road block?

Well, the republicans can be thanked for giving us the largest deficit in the history of the nation, in large part because, touting their short-sighted ideology of 'small government.' they hired private-sector contractors to do work normally done by the US armed forces. That work, by the way, consists largely of destroying foreign infrastructure, rather than maintaining our own. From making war to fighting forest fires, private firms are costing U.S. taxpayers far more than what we paid when these services were provided by government employees. The country is worse than broke, thanks to the Bush Administration. How do you think our neglected roads and rails are going to get repaired? Divine intervention?  (Jul 31, 2008 | post #19)

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Spying uncovered

This shows mind-boggling poor judgement on the part of the state police. What a stupid and unjustified waste of resources that could be spent in a hundred other ways to benefit the residents of this state. These police policies and practices are antithetical to a free society and democracy. Disgusting.  (Jul 18, 2008 | post #3)

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Obama flaunts dreaded 'r' word

To accept or reject a message based on who delivered it is a logical error, an ad hominem; it's a pernicious type of irrational thinking, and Kane is right to mock it. No leader is infallible, and their analyses need to be critically considered, not simply swallowed wholesale because the listener happens to be in the same ideological camp as the speaker. Accepting what we hear without thinking isn't "trust," it's mental laziness.  (Jul 16, 2008 | post #9)

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Former N.C. senator, vocal conservative

No, he represented only the bigoted element of his constituency.  (Jul 5, 2008 | post #4)

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Immigration politics

"This is a national problem that demands a comprehensive federal solution." Immigration--legal and illegal--is actually an *international* issue that demands a comprehensive international solution. But the United States has never been very good at cooperative approaches. Those who believe illegal immigration is primarily a matter of local or even federal law enforcement are living in Fantasy Land. The issue is far more complex than that, and so is the solution. And, friendly reminder: immigrants are people. I'd ask some of you to stop spouting ideology just long enough to consider the circumstances under which *you* would risk your lives or leave everything you know and love behind in order to try to survive in another country. It's not a decision most human beings make lightly.  (Jul 3, 2008 | post #9)

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Suicide left out of landmark ruling on guns

"The CDC used to be a primary funder of research on guns and gun-related injuries. But the agency cut back research on the subject after Congress in 1996 ordered that none of its appropriations be used to promote gun control." We certainly can't have science casting doubt on ideology.  (Jul 1, 2008 | post #1)

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$40,000 painting left at Goodwill

Thank you! That's what struck me, too. What an ignorant, classist paragraph Woestendiek wrote, as if fine art does not belong in certain homes or cannot be appreciated by people living in trailers.  (Jun 25, 2008 | post #6)