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2851  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The Blumenthal brothers - like Emanuals - brothers politburo supremo on: April 13, 2013, 09:33:52 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/richard_Blumenthal

I only recently realized that David is this guy's brother.  Another politician health care politburo brother duo like the Emanuels.
2852  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US Economics, the stock market , and other investment/savings strategies on: March 28, 2013, 12:03:39 PM
Well I have no idea what Mort Zuckerman is talking about that foreigners coming here for education are not staying her.

Here in NJ the entire health field, technology IT, university system is plumb with people from Asia, and Africa.  So what is he talking about.

These people are hungrier than those of us who are born here.  Except for the children of these foreigners who are often taught the value of extraordinary hard work compared to us who are taught to expect handouts. 

Unfornutately many of these same people who work like demons are also Democrats.  It seems the Asians are thus since after the civil rights acts of the 60's.  While many believe in work ethic they also believe they have been wronged by the Whites, I guess.

And many do come from countries where votes are bought like the Crats do here.

Combine that with a Republican party that apparently protects labor coming here because this helps keep wages down and we have a perfect storm.


2853  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Fascism, liberal fascism, progressivism, socialism: on: March 26, 2013, 05:53:06 PM
One correction "sin"-- this has had bad consequences for public health (Aids ...)

Whoa!  I didn't know sexual "deregulation" [gays] transmitted AIDS - I thought Ronald Reagan did.
2854  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Emanuel on: March 26, 2013, 05:46:23 PM
BTW:

He just happens to have a book about three "remarkable" brothers:

www.economist.com/news/books-and-at/21573953-raising-three-remarkable-children-brother-sarms
2855  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Politics of Health Care on: March 26, 2013, 05:41:59 PM
Follow up to previous post.  Went to meeting of the New Jersey american college of physicians few weeks ago and listened to Ezekiel's talk.

Basically he starts with a bunch of charts and graphs describing what we all know - health care costs are going up and are unsustainable.

His prescription is basically for provider groups to form and control costs by monitoring what they do "outcomes" and basically what managed care has been doing for decades now.   I guess the difference is really now the politburo types are requiring we do it on industrial scale with industrial level quality control with reems of data, measurements, more data of the data more measurements and every penny counted.  He gave one example from a gourp of several hundred physcians Caremont though I don't remember where they are located and I haven't looked into it - yet.

Supposedly they cut costs while increasing the bottom line.  Thus this is a model for all.

He also explains the cost rising is down form over 2% to around 0.8%.  Of course he is suggesting he and the rest of the politburo are responsible for cost savings - not that the economy is so bad for most people they can't aford their co pays their deductables their premiums and neither can as many employers.

I only had a chance for one question so I asked him about Clay Christiansens theory that Nurse Practitioners will supplant primary care doctors and it is inevitable and no stopping it.  He said PCP's are not replaceabale by nurses and that he doesn't think that would happen - though we are clearly seeing that trend.

He doesn't believe that there is a doctor shortage.  Indeed I agree with him on that.  There probably is a shortage of a few specialties and doctors in some low income urban areas or in the boondocks but certainly not in the north east and probably the West coast.

Indded if any group feels threateneed by the low wages of illegals /legal immigrants no where is this felt more than in health care.

All we see here are doctors born everywhrere else.  The schools of course also like to play the shortage gimmack so they can get more money to churn more graduates out and the nursing programs the same.

Getting back to Emanuel his personality is the same as his brother Rahm.    He ran out after one question after mine.  I guess he had his next speaking engagement.l
2856  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: March 04, 2013, 09:09:47 PM
I agree Bigdog contributes a lot to the forum.  Hope you stay and continue doing the same.

I apologize if I sounded personal.

This is the media thread so I guess I took my frustration with the MSM here.
2857  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: March 02, 2013, 09:16:16 PM
The purported full context of the email does place the two sentences that sound like threats open to interpretation.
However, I think that the even larger context of Woodward's career, coupled with Davis' assertion he had the exact same concerns that this is not normal behavior coming from WH operatives.   These Washington insiders both perceived this as some sort of threat.   

There are myriad ways to make someone's life miserable without "breaking kneecaps".

It takes a lot of guts to go up against the WH.  It is less plausible to think he made these public statements in order to sell more copies of his book.

Indeed, reading Sperling's long winded comments sound more like a desperate attempt to muzzle Woodward.  And while he is trying hard to make nice to him Sperling slips and out of exasperation advertently or inadvertently makes it clear he ain't just begging Woodward to keep quiet.    He will be sorry.   

Bidog if your not a liberal - I apologize.  If you are, I guess I could have called you worse. .... A Nazi....A Republican.


 
2858  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Woodward obviously beleived this was a threat on: March 02, 2013, 01:02:54 PM
Bigdog,

I don't think that email exchange, if accurate exonerates Sperling and his boss.

Remember.  The GOP operatives did NOT START this.  Woodward did.  He, who is hardly a conservative, who has been a big Washington insider for decades makes it very clear he saw this as a veiled threat.  Than we have Lanny Davis come out publically and make the same case.  And the rumor mill has it that others have also had the same experience.

The left wing political media complex is out in full throttle attacking Woodward.  Like Sperling clearly without mistake as to meaning said, "you will regret" this.

So you and other libs can whitewash it.  I think your post endorses Woodward's case.

In his forty years of reporting and journalism I don't think Woodward has made this case except probably going back to the Nixon era.  He didn't back down than and I doubt he will now.  The difference he was darling of the media then.  Now HE is made the villain.   You can't see the difference?

Or you choose not to?
2859  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: February 28, 2013, 10:06:10 AM
"right"  This comes from the ONE himself.  Time to stop circling wagons by saying, oh it is just some staffer and of course if the ONE new he would put a stop to it immediately.  Maybe it comes from Michelle who we once recall said she was ashamed of our country who now can't seem to get enough wealth glory basking with the celebrities and the circuit.

I wish she would cover her arms and chest more.   Her face is attractive though
2860  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Health Thread (nutrition, medical, longevity, etc) on: February 28, 2013, 10:01:38 AM
Interesting but is clearly political.

First in medicine we don't view epidemiological findings as "proof".  A real scientist would know this.   It generally results to a hypothesis that is then later tested in double blind placebo controlled trials that try to avid the bias this author OBVIOUSLY has.

Second.  Who the heck is PLoS?  It is some sort of scientific "advocacy" group.   Sounds like the climate change crowd.   The same crowd that would like to regulate our daily lives.

I am not aware that this is any legitimate journal.

Third, I don't see any mention of genetic differences between countries.  For example it is well know Latinos and Asians have much higher rates of diabetes even at lower weights.  Could it be partly due high rice and maybe sugar intake - yes.   But there is likely a genetic component as well. 

I would say this study which I have not reviewed, if well done, as claimed, is interesting but nothing more.

Of course, I am sure this pseudoscientist who seems to know how to promote his numbers game as some sort of definitive Earth shattering discovery, would be very pleased to get a couple hundred grand from Axelrod and corp to "study" this further.

I like to call a spade - a spade.
2861  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US Economics, the stock market , and other investment/savings strategies on: February 28, 2013, 06:20:35 AM
The article stops short of specifically suggesting the best way to invest assuming his thesis is correct that we are more of a stagflation period and not bull market.

2862  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Politics of Health Care on: February 28, 2013, 05:54:10 AM
Doug I appreciate your thoughts.  I am a smaller government guy.  I will let the board know if anything interesting comes up at  the meeting.

Like Steve Forbes and others have said.  Better to recommend stocks then to follow one's own advice. More money to be made that way.

Ezekiel Emanuel must have thought the same thing.  Better to tell the country's health industry what to do rather than have to follow his own advise.  Less painful and certainly he must be making a much bigger bundle.

He is an Emanuel after all.   Another do-gooder who will save us from ourselves.

In April in Atlantic City I see Newt is going to speak about his thoughts on health care.  

Somehow I suspect both will say similar things . The difference will only be who enforces the transformation (rams it down our throats).   The private or public payers?   So far it is both.
2863  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness on: February 28, 2013, 05:47:31 AM
"“I think if Obama himself saw the way they’re dealing with some of this, he would say, ‘Whoa, we don’t tell any reporter ‘you’re going to regret challenging us.’ ”

Yet even after all this Woodward still buckles and gives cover to the ONE.  The same ONE who said "we reward our friends and punish our enemies".   It all sounds like Obama strategy and unwritten policy to me.
Obama's only lament would be the aide made this threat in a verifiable email rather then a "he said she said" verbal conversation.  
2864  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / INteresting take on Calvin Coolidge on: February 28, 2013, 04:25:05 AM
Very politically incorrect.   Liberals would be pissed.   This guy was more Reagan than Reagan:

http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21572176-americas-30th-president-has-been-much-misunderstood-when-less-led-more
2865  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Politics of Health Care on: February 20, 2013, 11:33:06 PM
Ezekiel Emanuel - one of the politburo's hand chosen IVY members will be a speaker at a meeting I am going to on March 8.

Anyone want me to ask him anything or have comments?

He is the ex oncologist who became a policy politburo member because he thought he could help more patients that way - so I am told.   Another Saint.  I wonder how much he gets to give the speech.  I am sure it is all for charity.
2866  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed on: February 20, 2013, 11:29:34 PM
The Republicans on the cable shows keep going after Obama.  I think this is off the mark. 
The target is too narrow.  They should not go after him.  They must go after all leaders of the Democrat Party.

I mean Hillary is on deck while she begins a speaking tour just like Bill did for her in 2008 ; a quarter million a pop.

If we focus only on Brock we will miss the rest of the enemy assault.



2867  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / My use of the noun Politburo on: February 20, 2013, 11:23:06 PM
for big government that is controlled by party members in the dem party, and our liberal universities and have unilaterally decided religion, guns, soda, endless taxation, bigger government oversight and intrusion into our lives is a good thing all  the while progressing towards the end goal of total single government domination of all of humanity has been hijacked by
Bob Woodward and misapplied to Karl Rove group.

The only think keeping the liberal politburo in power is the continuously refined calculations on how to bribe just enough coalitions of voters to stay in power.
2868  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The death of the rule of law on: February 04, 2013, 09:15:38 PM
Enough is enough.  Our money is our money.

Stop stealing it from us.

Folks we need a crash.  That is the only thing that will wake up enough people.

The f* mass propaganda media will have to address the corruptness of it all. angry
2869  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Immigration issues on: February 04, 2013, 09:09:28 PM
The factions on the left or more mobilized than ever.  Surely the illegals are a potential big boon for the Democrat party.

It is interesting how the union leadership has caved for the good of their the other half of their party machine - the democrat party.

Basically cave on immigration throwing all you union members into the garbage can making them have to compete with hungrier more motivated people just to pray you turn these new immigrants into new members thus keeping the union mobsters in charge keeping their power while the rank and file members now get pay cuts just trying to compete.

The Blacks are so in love with the Democrat party machine and so despised of the Republicans that they spite themselves the same way by giving it all away to newer kids on the block.

I guess they are too drunk with new power at the highest levels of a national party they can't see the forest for the trees.

Republicans ought to hit these two themes above very hard.

I say  we teach, we preach, we spell it out front and center.   So what do the republicans have to offer?  A free country where anyone has a chance.  Not one controlled by a politburo of cronies, corrupted politicians, smart aleck academics telling all of us what is good for us.      Who the hell are they to keep shoving it down our throats.

Humanity is not as a whole a god damn machine.    We are people.   I don't want to be told what to do by progressives from birth to death.
2870  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / John Bolton does it on: February 01, 2013, 10:06:20 PM
To my knowledge Mr. Bolton is the first prominent person to say the ONLY way to stop Iran from going nuclear is to use military force.
Sanctions will NOT work.
I think he was on Greta's show around two days ago.
Thank God - someone finally said it!  What we have been saying it on this board for years.
Contrast this to the Hill[billy] - the military option has always (a lie) been "on the table".
2871  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Rest in Peace on: February 01, 2013, 09:54:18 PM
I too was saddened to learn of his death.

He was one of the few Democrats who I truly admired.

2872  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Immigration issues on: January 31, 2013, 09:23:00 AM
Don't think the immigrants will vote for Rubio.

Maybe some Vietnamese became Republican when they came over on boats but the majority of the rest are all Dems.

The majority of later immigrants and certainly illegals will vote Dem no matter what.

I have not seen any hope this will turn around.  We are an entitlement country/society now.

Only a crash.  Only when the pain is too much.  Only hope.

O'Reilly is right and Krauthammer wrong.   The country has shifted left of center.

IF one cable announcement today is Obama is at 60% approval there IS no other explanation.
2873  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: European matters on: January 31, 2013, 09:11:08 AM
We don't need a separate "European" thread anymore.  Just include into the government programs thread.
2874  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the left on: January 31, 2013, 09:09:49 AM
I would also add the "right" to retire is guaranteed.

There is no higher service, no greater good, no more honorable thing one could do than to serve in the government.

We are the people of for and by the government. sad
2875  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: January 27, 2013, 09:43:24 PM
"This is a chillingly familiar set of grievances; and its recrudescence was foreseen by the Founders. They realized that King George was not an individual case, but the inevitable outcome of unfettered power; that any person or group with the power to tax, to form laws, and to enforce them by arms will default to dictatorship, absent the constant unflagging scrutiny of the governed, and their severe untempered insistence upon compliance with law."

Yes.  I think the Republicans, or at least the Conservative ones are evolving their message that I hope will resonate with more people than those of us already in the choir.  (I am a convert! grin)

While the left tries to point to the private sector rich and powerful (unless one is a liberal Democrat - they get a "pass"; like Hollywood; like Buffett) we can point to Washington DC.   Rush pointed this out the other day as I posted.  Hannity who I admittedly shied away from for being too "unobjective" if you will, did a great show this weekend on Fox.  The richest county in the US is DC.  Seven of the top richest counties in the entire country are surrounding DC.   Multiple members of the Houses have family members getting rich as lobbyists.   

IF anyone has driven around DC knows there are a lot of slums.  So the fact that it is still the richest county in the US says a lot.  (Actually is DC really a county?)

Maybe the Repubs can have some success at turning the !% argument against the left with the corruption of the ruling government elite
2876  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Politics of Health Care on: January 27, 2013, 09:34:12 PM
Maybe take his brothers back to Israel.   They all live, thrive and are successful capitalists.    That is good.   They are all liberal socialists in political philosophy.  That for me is bad.   Is it all a ruse?  A way to get rich?  Reminds me some of AlGOre...

http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/people/brothers-rahm-emanuel-and-his-family/
2877  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Health Thread (nutrition, medical, longevity, etc) on: January 27, 2013, 09:17:09 PM
Hi Doug,

Yes.  The paradox and twisted logic for political correctness.    Saying that we should live like vegetarians,  walk or bike ride to work, take yoga, avoid sugars, fats, alcohol (except maybe that one red wine at night) sounds wonderful.  Some of us may even add a few years to our lives.  Yet the reality is that there will be more people living longer on SS and the entitlements share of the pie will expand even more.

OTOH if we can keep older people healthy in a way they can move around and continue to perform cognitively as well as physically and keep them working or volunteering longer they would become a vital store of experience wisdom and contribute to society rather then the opposite.  OF course we can't expect this now when it hurts to walk around, memories are not so good and people may have to wear diapers.  

"George Orwell could not foresee the number of cameras and the data mining systems that will double check your compliance."

In recent med journals (I forget which one) there are articles from  politburo members who are PhDs (nothing against PhDs but just the point that MBAs and PhDs are along with some MDs involved) in something like industrial engineering and work flow engineering.  If one is not in health care in the US we probably all have a relative who is who can attest to health care evolving into something more resembling an assembly line.   My mind is boggled every day with all the regulatory requirements and the absolute hair splitting of every single step in every single human interaction, function, task, as well as duplicate and triplicate controls.   Perhaps for younger people more attune to this view of the world and daily life because of electronic gadgets it is not so rough.  For me it is torture.  Like "Secret Agent Man"  they took away your name and gave you a number.

"Have you been told yet you to ask your patients about guns in the home yet?  It's a health care cost now."

The only time I ask anyone that is if I am concerned they are so depressed that they may commit suicide.  If they have a gun in the house I am more worried.

Other than that - no.  And I will not.   None of my damn business.  

I don't ask people if they wear their seatbelts either.  Enough is enough.  I am not their nanny.

I do try to help with cigarettes and weight where I can.
2878  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / speaking about trust in government on: January 27, 2013, 07:37:31 AM
No quarterly reports ( of course they would be fudged with ridiculous accounting swindling shell games anyway) since 2011.   Obama violating a law HE SIGNED!  Why we hear of it after the election is also another hint of corruption.   Who has the power to enforce laws? Congress?

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-continues-violate-his-own-stimulus-law-not-releasing-quarterly-reports_697896.html

Yes the liberal *elite* , those *0.1% ers*, the *liberal politburo*,  the self delegated ones who behind closed doors are conspiring what is best for the world including the journolisters have succeeded in keeping this quite.
2879  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / I don't agree but for sake of stimulating point of view on: January 27, 2013, 07:29:44 AM
I don't know if anyone remembers from the DMG board years ago I pointed out my suspicion that the argument we should get people to stop smoking because they utilize more health care dollars while all the rest of us pay for their medical problems is flawed?

The concept that we will reduce costs in the long run by getting them to quit might be flawed.  If these people die at 50 or 60 rather than living to 80 or more the US might save a bundle in social security,  Medicare, and long term care costs.

Scott Gottlieb of FDA and (of Gilder's health stock letter fame and FDA guy) takes what I think is a tongue in cheek stance that we should just let the smokers (and obese) simply die.  Why should society pay for their health ills keeping them alive?

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MED_HEALTH_COSTS_REALITY_CHECK?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-01-26-10-03-12


2880  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Benghazi, The Petraeus/Susan Rice affair; and related matters on: January 27, 2013, 12:37:06 AM
http://www.dickmorris.com/

I agree with Morris here.  The hearing with Hillary should absolutely been straight and direct to the point.  forget about how to prevent this in the future.  Half the country wants to explain covering up a terrorist attack just before an election.

"what difference does it make"

The issue is not how to prevent terrorist attacks.   We already know how to do that.  The issue  is that you, madam sec of state and your appointer PRes. Obama should not cover up and deliberately lie about an attack on the US.

The question is how do we prevent people in our government from breaking the trust with Americans?

Interesting CBS will have a love fest chat with the Prez and the (ex) SoS via their 60 minutes show.   The same network whose director of production wants Obama to "bury" the GOP.

It is time Repubs have their spin correction and truth attack squads out on every network correcting the propaganda  the crap that will emanate from this meeting.

Just like Clinton did to us in the 90's.  Even the tiniest criticism of Bill would result in the Clinton hoards on every single show spinning the truth.  Stephonpolous, CArvalle, Forehead Bagella, Davis, ,DNC chair, and the rest.

We need rapid swat like response team.

2881  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Benghazi, The Petraeus/Susan Rice affair; and related matters on: January 24, 2013, 11:48:13 PM
soloDAD (mouse) now bullies Johnson.   Why can't Repubs stand up to this?  Not even to a mouse?

Mouse:   

Are you saying the tears are fake?  Are you ?  Are you saying their fake?  Are you?  Come on, I dare you say it again. 

Me:

Talk about protecting one of your gals......The CNN gals are all the same.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/24/soledad-obrien-ron-johnson-hillary-clinton-benghazi-testimony_n_2541459.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&

Doug:

"That she got off easy in the hearing and that they did not circle her and destroy her as she leaves office does not mean this is over. "

Half the country agrees.   The other half doesn't care.  Hopefully Bob Grant is right and it won't be the Hill in 16.  Maybe even her own party is tired of looking the other way and defending the Clintons.

Clinton fatigue.   

Good thing no one placed a lamp within arms reach of her during this hearing....  Didn't we just hear about some BS that girls are calmer than men?
2882  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness on: January 24, 2013, 11:26:21 PM
A wild guess.

He voted for the war in Iraq?
2883  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Prostate cancer screening on: January 24, 2013, 10:01:38 AM
IMO a good objective summary of the situation.  The urologists and radiation oncologists have too much financial stakes to be able to give rational explanations.   Don't get me wrong.   Their intentions were honorable in trying to combat this disease, but the fact of the matter is that PSA screening leads to a lot of testing, surgery radiation treatment and much anxiety among people who are found to have it.  I discus  with my male pts. the pros and cons and even give them a website to go to and read if they like and allow them to decide.   Some decide against.   Some appear incapable of understanding the controversies and usually opt for the test,  and a few still want it.   Bottom line I try to inform them the best I can and the choice is theirs.  One caveat about the family history as one reason for men to do the test.   If it is estimated 75% of men over 80 will have prostate cancer (though very few will ever know - unless we do a search and destroy mission) then most men, if they have ancestors who live long enough and get tested they now will have a family history.   When I think of family history being relevant it is more important if they have a family member who either died of the disease or was younger when diagnosed.   The risks are higher for Blacks for unknown reasons (NO it is not discriminatory or racist).

http://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(12)01091-9/fulltext
2884  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Benghazi, The Petraeus/Susan Rice affair; and related matters on: January 24, 2013, 09:34:10 AM
Agreed.   And this pathetic show by Republicans only convinces me more this country is doomed to have to go through some catastrophe in order to get back on the right course towards limited government, individual freedom, free markets and fiscal solvency.

Even this they couldn't even get right.   PATHETIC, huh cry
2885  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed on: January 24, 2013, 09:30:06 AM
With regard to strategy it appears to me that the Republicans do bicker and strategize in public.   This not only serves to highlight the fragmentation of the right giving intoxicated Obama/Biden even more confidence, but give our political enemies time to be prepared with their counter spin with the journalists blanketing all the major media outlets.

I don't know why we can't be more coordinated while having real conservatives quietly and discretely come up with better mass appealing strategies to counter the progressive "journey" as they call it.

Some billionaire - get together a coalition of very strict conservative repubs and very politically savvy pols to combine themes that are both constitutionally consistent within standard American traditions and beliefs and fit today's political demographics.

Someone should say to Blacks - do you all want to work for the post office.   IF this is what you aspire to government to support you, then look at the Post Office's books.  The whole charade will collapse.

Just when you are rising up to truly benefit from America you vote to give up your futures.  Not to protect them.   Why can't Republicans make this argument and make it every day.
2886  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: January 24, 2013, 09:18:10 AM
Nice VDH piece,

"That change represents the unspoken reality that socialist redistribution has reduced Europe to near-irrelevancy. Supposedly, free-market Asian economies are the new nexus of wealth and power. Oil and gas finds in America are providing unexpected energy independence from the Persian Gulf. Or perhaps the new strategic emphasis reflects the demographic realities of the Obama coalition of various minority groups -- and fewer European-American voters.

With regard to the first sentence I agree the US is going the same way.  With regards to the third sentence could be a boom if Obama would get out of the way - he won't.  He will allow it to proceed but lonely under extraordinary more than necessary regulation so HE and his kingdom is in control of it all - not the private sector.  And at the same time he will tax the sector so high it's growth will still be muffled and we will still have to pay up for our energy.

AS for the last statement certainly the strategy is to find and maintain a coalition of groups over 51 % to ram through and subjugate those who "cling on to their guns and religion".

VDH, who I agree with Doug is one of our best thinkers and writers.   Has anyone seen if he has written any pieces on strategy.  On how to turn the ship around *before* it sinks?  Personally I am convinced it is too late.

I have lost all faith in Republican leaders.   They botched the Hillary interview.  It was embarrassing to watch her go on offense against them and they respond not with outrage, indignation, making it damn clear  that she should be responsible and guilty for the deaths they let her turn it around and make them look like fools.    As noted by one cable talk hawlk , she came prepared.   She had her team of lawyers prepare her for all questions, all comers, prepare even a crying charade (why is ok for supposedly tough women in important positions to cry - if it was a man he would be ridiculed) and our guys were all fragmented, unable to stay focused, directed, like a good tough prosecutor who is PREPARED.     Woo is us.    EVen this simple task with which they had months - they can't even get this right.

This convinces me more than ever the Republicans will not be able to rise to the occasion.   And Karl Rove is back in the thick of the strategizing.
2887  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed on: January 23, 2013, 04:25:20 PM
Only Rush can articulate a theme that resonates like he does.

If only we had Republican politicians  with his expressive skills who combine it with more crossover political appeal.

2888  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / subway sub shops sued. on: January 23, 2013, 04:09:57 PM
Apparently their "footlongs" come up short.   I  wonder why people can't sue government sponsored lotteries.  They advertise you win a million, two million, 100 million.  Then for those who do win most if it is confiscated even before they get the check.  To me this is fraudulent advertising.

http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_22433584/subway-sued-over-footlong-sandwiches-that-came-up
2889  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / california: happy days are here again on: January 23, 2013, 03:49:39 PM
Thanks to Brown, Kali-fornia has turned the corner (says the Economist).  Now what kind of accounting tricks could account for this?

See!  Things are getting better. wink rolleyes

http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21569723-laughing-stock-america-gets-serious-about-its-budget-back-black
2890  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed on: January 23, 2013, 03:44:08 PM
Rush may be on to something.  His show today he was highlighting how Hillary got off easy today and that that is a prime example of the DC elites circling wagons to protect her.   They were not simply protecting her because they care about her personally. But they care about their power.  THEY are the elites.  Not the private 1% ers.  But them.  It is them apart from the rest of America.

This could a theme Republicans can tinker with till they get a solid unifying message that everyone can understand.

It is not just about government.  It is about government AND those "elites" around them.  The, as I call them, the liberal politburo class.   Included are some Republicans.    Some media.  Many academics.   All those who plan what is best for us.

I know I am a bit vague or hazy here.  But I think Rush made a brilliant allusion to a theme that Republicans can rally around. A theme they can banner to turn it around. 

Obama uses a theme of the "99" ers against the 1%.

He of course uses race, minorities to divide and conquer.  Repubs meekly respond with something about government is taking our freedoms.  True but this is simply preaching to the choir IMHO.

I think a better theme is to bash those with major influence and power in DC as diminishing America.
2891  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Egypt on: January 23, 2013, 03:26:31 PM
The sale to Egypt of this military equipment while Egyptians go hungry can only be seen as a signal from Obama to Netanyahu:

"you don't run this show, I am the one who calls the shots and the one who says when where and if."

More pressure against Bibi not to attack unilaterally.

What else can this mean?
2892  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / The liberals "war" on Science on: January 22, 2013, 11:22:07 PM
Interesting twist:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-liberals-war-on-science
2893  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / home made gun on: January 22, 2013, 10:23:17 PM
one can soon download guns and ammo:

http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2012-08/wiki-blueprint-would-let-anyone-3-d-print-gun-home
2894  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Brock should fly to China and meet the new leader of China on: January 20, 2013, 12:40:00 PM
according to Economist's lead article:

http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21569711-if-barack-obama-wants-be-remembered-great-president-he-should-focus-three-long-term

Brock they say has not met China's new guy for two months and he should have been there immediately.   I don't agree that begging and groveling is the way to go but that is their opinion.
2895  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Obama sending jets/tanks to Egypt. on: January 20, 2013, 08:11:38 AM
I am not clear why Egypt needs these weapons. 

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/01/10/calls-to-pull-plug-on-us-gifts-tanks-f-16-jets-to-egypt-grows/
2896  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: January 19, 2013, 03:19:34 PM
Interesting.  There are two people identified in the photo as maybe being JWB.  One is enlarged in my second post of photos and one can make out a figure that has a resemblance to JWB.  You cannot really see it without the photo being enhanced while the other guy a little farther to the right who also may be JWB is much clearer.
 

Is there any record of JWB definitely claiming to have been there?
2897  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / For the record on: January 19, 2013, 03:07:45 PM
And for the record I absolutely would not want him assassinated.

Even more BLVDs, airports, government buildings, schools and the rest will be named after him and he will be elevated to virtual sainthood.
2898  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: January 19, 2013, 03:03:58 PM
After you see the circled guy in the second post above you can go to the first and enlarge and see exactly who they identify as JWB.
2899  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / This guy on: January 19, 2013, 03:02:02 PM
http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=Av178uk.1in179vSQFFoJKSbvZx4?p=john+booth+in+lincoln+photo&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&fr=yfp-t-701
2900  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / here is the photo on: January 19, 2013, 03:00:46 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e6/Abraham_Lincoln_giving_his_second_Inaugural_Address_%284_March_1865%29.jpg
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