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Posted by guyton in Latest Breaking News
Tue Jan 18th 2011, 12:20 AM
Is there any corner of this inter-tube where I can read the actual news and not get daily quotes from this delusional half-term half-wit?

Pssst ... wanna know why the Birthers are so obsessive on Obama? It's a deflection from their own secret. Seems
that one ex-Alaska governor was really born in the USSR ... in a region now called Ubetjastan (U-bet-ja-stan).

(See what driving long hours and listening to 24x7 Palin "news" can do to your sanity?)
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Posted by guyton in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon May 04th 2009, 12:38 AM
I'm not sure why this bothers me so much. Perhaps it's realizing that the blood on our hands isn't going away anytime soon and that my kids will be burdened with this horrible legacy. Or maybe it's just the last bastion of innocence being breached by the evil of W.

Flickr user Legofesto (who prefers to remain anonymous) was fed up with news outlets refusing to publish images depicting torture due to their graphic nature. So he recreated the images and first-hand accounts using Legos to protest what he saw as irresponsible censorship.

The use of children's toys is at once sanitizing and horrifying and many of the images have received thousands of views


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Posted by guyton in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Jan 29th 2009, 01:34 PM
Could someone explain to me exactly why "protectionism" is so bad?

Do you believe in a national minimum wage? If yes, then how do you reconcile that belief with "free trade" and a policy of allowing massive numbers of jobs to flow to whatever country happens to have the lowest labor costs?

Do you believe in protecting the environment? If yes, then how do you reconcile that with allowing imports of products made in countries where environmental protections any less than ours?

Do you believe in labor unions? If yes, then how do you reconcile that with purchasing non-union produced goods?

Do you believe in having safe products on store shelves? If yes, then how do you reconcile that with purchasing products that are oh so so so cheap ... in sometimes dangerous ways.

I am not an economist, nor a politician, but I totally fail to see how:

- massively increasing the national debt is going to fix our economy
- increasing consumer confidence (aka increasing consumer debt) is a good thing
- allowing our ridiculous trade imbalance is anything but a recipe for disaster
- we can possibly reverse global warming with our current trade policies

Buy me a drink or three and I'll feel great for a while. Maybe even long enough to go buy that new car I think I need. But I won't feel better when I sober up and figure out that I can't make the payments. And when I realize I also have to pay the bar tab I'll feel even worse.

My suggestion? The word that must not be said: protectionism.

- we need to protect the concept of a minimum living wage
- we need to protect our unions
- we need to protect the environment
- we need to protect our health
- we need to protect our economy

I'm not really against "free trade" ... as long as our trade partners share our minimum wage levels, our environment protections, our product safety requirements, and our child-labor laws. We can complete just fine when the playing field is actually even.

But without some protectionism, aren't we all just short-sighted hypocrites looking for another round of "free" drinks?
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Posted by guyton in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue Nov 21st 2006, 12:05 AM
So I was feeling a bit fortunate and reflective today and went and read the text of the Iraq war resolution. It's really quite sad how many factual errors are contained in this bill. It's not very long, I encourage everyone to go read it H. J. RES 114.

But what I'm really having trouble with is ...

In addition to impeaching both Bush and Cheney, must we not also pursue war-crimes charges against each and every senator and representative who voted for this illegal war?

We all would like to be able to say no way -- there are a lot of decent people on that list! And it's not their fault, they were frightened by those nasty Republicans!

But then remember that we have thousands upon thousands of US deaths, and uncounted tens of thousands -- if not hundreds of thousands -- of Iraqi deaths that are a direct result of this vote.

A vote for an illegal "preemptive" war based on lies.

Gullibility is not a defense for murder -- but even if every lie in this bill were true, it would still be an illegal war.

There must be accountability or we are all guilty -- every one of us.

As we feast on turkey and rejoice in our families, pause for a moment and think of the families that we have destroyed and the accountability that we must yet bring to bear.

refs:
2,867 US dead. 46,137 injured
655,000 Iraqi dead because of the war
H J RES 114
House vote on Iraq War
Senate vote on Iraq War
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