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Secret Service facing barrage of criticism after presiden...

Go ahead, Riley, you witless turd, tell me how much money I make. Tell me what I do for a living. Tell me where I live. And tell me what these assumptions are based upon. And then tell me how your utterly wrong, wholly unfounded assumptions differ from those made by the experts of the Bush administration, with their fact-resistant, data-ignoring, faith-based policy making. Ah, this is almost too easy. Clearly everything you know, you learned from Rush Limbaugh. Give me an example of the "socialist " government "forcing " a lender to give mortgages to "unqualified borrowers."  (Dec 18, 2008 | post #57)

Baltimore Sun

Secret Service facing barrage of criticism after presiden...

Riley: ROFLMAO. Thank you for making my point. Only another clueless fukwit can still support the one in the White House. Like the current POTUS, you make utterly incorrect assumptions based on zero evidence, firmly convinced of your own righteousness.  (Dec 17, 2008 | post #55)

Baltimore Sun

Secret Service facing barrage of criticism after presiden...

psb: the entire country has been beaten and sodomized by Bush for the past eight years; perhaps he was too tired to administer the same to the journalist who threw the shoe. Mr. Clean: touché. I stand in awe of your erudite refutation of my post.  (Dec 17, 2008 | post #52)

Baltimore Sun

Secret Service facing barrage of criticism after presiden...

Jo Jo: I will assume you are simply misinformed instead of just stupid. (1) The United States was NOT a superpower when World War II broke out; it became one only after the war, as did the Soviet Union. (2)The rise of the superpowers brought peace to Europe, North America, and the Soviets,because the Europeans were depleted from the two World Wars and the Soviets and Americans were forced to fight a cold war due to Mutual Assured Destruction. (3) This period of US/Soviet bristling did NOT bring peace to the world, even of the "relative " variety; large portions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America were embroiled in nearly constant conflict for decades. Some of those conflicts were in fact engineered or intensified at the behest of the superpowers. By contrast, name one war that was halted by the superpowers. (4) Saddam Hussein was not Hitler. Calling everyone you dislike "Hitler" is just plain stupid. It lessens the evil of Nazism and brings everyone else to the same banal level. Unlike Nazi Germany, Iraq -- after the Gulf War -- had no ability to project its power outside its boundaries. Was he a brutal despot? Did he mistreat his citizens? Yes. But Iraq was not, frankly, as bad as North Korea, Saudi Arabia, or Burma, to name but a few. It is not the role of the U.S. to "take[] out" anyone the President doesn't like. And in so doing, we have killed as many "women and children" as Saddam did. (5) Smashing the despotic leadership of Iraq did not make the US or the world any safer; it greatly increased the "anarchy, " in your words, of the Middle East, bred thousands of new terrorists, and threw away whatever sympathy and good will we might have gained after 9/11. (6) The United States is no longer a "melting pot of the best of western European civilization, " due to Bush Administration paranoia and xenophobia. The number of foreign graduate students in the US has plummeted, as we have made it increasingly difficult and/or undesirable for anyone with skills and intelligence to come to the United States. Moreover, the Bible-beating, chest-thumping, violent rampages of the psychotic chimpanzee in the White House has so damaged the standing of the United States abroad that we are no longer seen as a good place to live for people with options. (7) The utter stupidity of the policies pursued in the name of the Iraq War have vastly bolstered the power and fortunes of China and Russia, not weakened them. If China, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Russia, Iran, and Venezuela had written a script -- together with Islamic extremists from around the world -- they could not have devised a scenario better for their own prospects than the one provided for them by the Bush administration. Rather than ending dependence on foreign oil, we increased it. Rather than winning the hearts and minds of would-be enemies, we drove them to violence against us. Rather than putting our economic house in order, we exported debt to China. Rather than building a 21st century military, we poured blood and gold into the sands of Iraq. Go to school, Jo Jo. Learn something.  (Dec 16, 2008 | post #45)

Baltimore Sun

Secret Service facing barrage of criticism after presiden...

Wow -- that Austin Powers bit was also my first thought upon seeing the video. Imagine that a foreign power invaded the United States, destroyed its government and most of its infrastructure, left us defenseless against the most violent and crazy segments of our society, installed a puppet regime, and continued to occupy us despite overwhelming hatred and distrust from the local population. And then imagine that the leader of that foreign power, who engineered the invasion despite strong resistance in his own country and almost universal condemnation abroad, was standing in front of you, and all you had to throw at him was your shoe.  (Dec 16, 2008 | post #30)

Baltimore Sun

Obama says his office made no deals on seat

I love how there is absolutely nothing to link Obama to any of this -- in fact the released conversations indicated Blagojevich's ire that Obama wouldn't have anything to do with him -- but the mere fact that Obama has to issue denials gives the Right an excuse to associate him with this.  (Dec 12, 2008 | post #7)

Baltimore, MD

Dixon, Smith to back east-west light rail option

Fell's Point, Canton, and Brewer's Hill are mostly white, and the east-west line will give them an alternative to driving to work downtown. It will reduce congestion and lead to fewer cars on the road. If you don't like the amount of time you spend sitting on the Beltway, MOVE CLOSER TO WHERE YOU WORK.  (Dec 11, 2008 | post #11)

Baltimore Sun

Chapter 11

Sam Zell is an appalling and worthless piece of crap. Nonetheless, he is merely accelerating what a series of corporate owners have done to this formerly great, now pathetic, newspaper. The bankruptcy might be the best thing that could have happened to the Sun -- the creditor will force Zell to sell to a local ownership group, which just might be interested in running an actual readable newspaper instead of a compendium of ads and wire stories. All it takes is owners who are merely interested in making a profit, rather than making an ever-increasing profit every single quarter. Newspaper publishers seem to think that we read their product for the ads, and that the stories are just disposable, interchangeable loss-centers. The Sun needs to return to real journalism -- reopen foreign bureaus, hire real film critics, research and write their own stories instead of reprinting LA Times and AP stories all the time. This is not incompatible with new media -- in fact, it's essential. I can read the LA Times stories online; why go to the Sun for them? Create high-quality, exclusive original content, and readership of both the print and online editions will rebound. Instead, for the past 15 years or so the Sun has churned out ever-worsening crap, and blamed its decline on "the market."  (Dec 10, 2008 | post #39)

Baltimore Sun

A promising idea

How do you "deal with the real issue[]" of "failed parents"? Because I agree, if you can solve that one, you can solve a lot of problems. Do you make people take a test and get a license to reproduce? Do you station a government agent on every block, going in and out of people's houses at will to make sure they are raising their children the way the government thinks they should? Do you terminate someone's parental rights if their kids aren't reading at grade level by the third grade? Tell me how you suggest we (collectively, that is, through the government) "deal with... failed parents." Because I can't think of any way this side of North Korean collectivism to deal with that one.  (Dec 10, 2008 | post #108)

Baltimore Sun

A promising idea

Facts and reason play no role in GodSave's phobias.  (Dec 9, 2008 | post #106)

Baltimore Sun

Lawsuits targeting Obama likely to be denied again

Jesus, there are some demented halfwits with WAY too much time on your hand. Take off the tinfoil hats and get a freakin' life.  (Dec 7, 2008 | post #34)

Baltimore Sun

Slave trade site could illuminate African roots

Here: http://www.slavevo yages.org/tast/ind ex.faces  (Dec 6, 2008 | post #2)

Baltimore Sun

A promising idea

NoFree: private school costs around $20,000 a year in Baltimore. Public school expenditures per pupil are around $10,000. If we give everyone a $10,000 voucher, wealthy and middle-class people will have a 50% discount off of private educations, and poor people will have a bill for $10,000 that they can't afford. Thus, it will only be a subsidy for the (relatively) wealthy, and will not help anyone who can't afford $10,000 a year in tuition. Unless they are willing to subject their children to Catholic indoctrination. In the meantime, of course, such a voucher program would be a boon to the private schools, who could raise their tuitions even more, since parents would get $10,000 of taxpayer aid toward whatever the cost is. If Park raises its tuition $7,000, the parents of its students still come out $3,000 ahead of where they are now. And not a single poor person is helped. We could means-test vouchers, but even that wouldn't help anyone but Catholic schools (because they are about the only ones inexpensive enough that a voucher would cover the tuition), and it would mean that Catholic indoctrination was the only way a poor person could use the voucher. It would essentially be a transfer of State money to a single religious institution, and an abdication of the State's responsibility to provide a decent education for its young people. Why not just ban academic screening and balance billing? If the private schools are so far superior to the public schools, put them on a level playing field and see what the outcome is. Maybe great private schools will spring up all over the place and do what the public schools aren't doing, for the same amount of money. But at present, every voucher proposal I see does nothing to test this theory; they are nothing more than a tax subsidy for private schools and relatively wealthy parents, which would have the net effect of making public schools worse because it would increase the concentration of poor kids in them, while draining revenue away from the schools.  (Dec 5, 2008 | post #83)

Baltimore Sun

Selling American cars

Labor costs, as such, are not what is killing the Big Three. The lack of universal health care definitely puts them at a disadvantage -- wasn't it Ford who said that the Japanese and Germans run a car company that offers health benefits, while he runs a health benefits company that builds cars? -- but the real problem is that the Big Three made bad cars for too many years. They put all their eggs in the SUV basket. They resisted fuel efficiency as if it were the plague. They are slow to adopt innovation or technological advances. If the Big Three file for bankruptcy, it does not mean the end of auto manufacturing in the United States. Not only will the Japanese continue to make (profitable, sellable) cars in the US, but the car companies that emerge from the bankruptcy (maybe only one or two) will be stronger and better adapted to current market conditions. Use the $34 billion to shore up the Federal Pension Guarantee Fund, since it is the retired auto workers who will really get screwed when the Big Three go down and take their pension funds with them. As for the current auto workers? You have my sympathy, but not much else. Dot-com workers had to find new jobs when their industry collapsed. The vast majority of Americans have to change careers during their lifetimes now. The era of cradle-to-grave care from a single company is over. Time to join the modern workforce.  (Dec 5, 2008 | post #21)

Baltimore Sun

A promising idea

NoFree: it would not be true "competition " unless the private schools accepting the vouchers agreed to three things: First, that they will not charge any more per student than the amount of the voucher. Second, that they will accept all applicants on a first-come, first-served basis, instead of screening for academic merit. Third, that they will be forced to meet the same academic standards as public schools, administering the MSA and subject to the same consquences as public schools for poor performance. Otherwise, it's not "competition. " It's cherry-picking, and subsidizing the middle class at the expense of poor kids.  (Dec 5, 2008 | post #74)