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Posted by wryter2000 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Feb 06th 2009, 06:05 PM
I agree. Public education has a lot to do with it. Check out another thread of mine, "Multiculturalism Run Amuck in the Public Schools". I don't know how to provide a link, but you could look for it on search.


Running amuck. Is that like running around in mud?
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Posted by wryter2000 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Jan 06th 2009, 04:18 PM
2 small or one large can of chopped clams
2 slices of bacon
1 Tbs butter
1/2 medium onion
1 small baking potato
clam or fish broth, lobster broth, or bottled clam juice or even water
milk, half-and-half, or cream
more butter
salt (if necessary) and pepper

Drain claims, reserving liquid. In heavy pot, cook bacon until crisp. Remove and drain, keeping about 1 Tbs of bacon fat in pan. Peel onion and slice thinly. In the bacon fat and a Tbs of butter, cook onion until translucent. Peel and cube potato. Add to pot and cover with reserved clam juice from cans and enough broth to cover the vegetables. Cook until potato is tender but still holds the shape of cubes. Add clams and crumbled up bacon. Add milk until it's the right color and flavor. If desired, add a bit more butter. Taste for salt and pepper.

Heat gently until hot but not boiling. Serve.

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Posted by wryter2000 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Apr 30th 2008, 01:28 PM
20 April 2008
Hope the link works.

http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent... /

Taken from Darwin’s “Descent of Man”

"We civilised men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of elimination; we build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed, and the sick; we institute poor-laws; and our medical men exert their utmost skill to save the life of every one to the last moment. There is reason to believe that vaccination has preserved thousands, who from a weak constitution would formerly have succumbed to small-pox. Thus the weak members of civilised societies propagate their kind. No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man. It is surprising how soon a want of care, or care wrongly directed, leads to the degeneration of a domestic race; but excepting in the case of man itself, hardly any one is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed.

"The aid which we feel impelled to give to the helpless is mainly an incidental result of the instinct of sympathy, which was originally acquired as part of the social instincts, but subsequently rendered, in the manner previously indicated, more tender and more widely diffused. Nor could we check our sympathy, even at the urging of hard reason, without deterioration in the noblest part of our nature. The surgeon may harden himself whilst performing an operation, for he knows that he is acting for the good of his patient; but if we were intentionally to neglect the weak and helpless, it could only be for a contingent benefit, with an overwhelming present evil."

Of course, the social Darwnists always leave out the second paragraph.
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Posted by wryter2000 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Wed Oct 25th 2006, 01:26 PM
If Nancy Pelosi said she was considering impeaching Bush, that would mean one of two things.

1) Cheney becomes President. Do we want that? or

2) She impeaches Bush and Cheney and she becomes President. Doesn't that make her look like an opportunist, corrupt creep? Do you really want her on the teevee saying she's going to manipulate things to make herself President?

After thorough investigations, it may turn out that impeachment is the best options. Discussing it now is counterproductive or worse.
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Posted by wryter2000 in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Sun Oct 15th 2006, 05:03 PM
has been evident from the beginning. What drives 43, this draft-dodging, "dry drunk" failed businessman, is some sort of deep-seated psychological (pathological?) hangups with his successful father and brother and obviously domineering mother

I've been saying this ever since it became clear that this bastard was going to invade Iraq. The ultimate triumph over his powerful father and horrid mother was to get a second term. He knew Daddy was at his most popular after beating Saddam, so he was going to conquer him and do what daddy didn't -- take Baghdad.

Hundreds of thousands of people are dead because, in large part, he wanted to one-up his father. Sick, sick, sick.
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Posted by wryter2000 in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Wed Sep 20th 2006, 10:09 AM
First, let me say I get my news from links I follow from DU. However, sitting with my dh and playing with my snakeys while watching the news was a family tradition that I've continued after my husband's death. I like to see what is going out over the airwaves as "mainstream" news.

With LaCouric at CBS, I decided to switch to ABC, as I can't watch GE's version of the news. (The dh and I did one night, and yoiks, it was awful!)

Anyway, I've been very pleasantly surprised. With the exception of Stephanopolous, the coverage hasn't been bad at all. I watched very carefully to see what they'd do about PT9/11, and on the whole, the coverage was negative. BenVeniste got the most face time, and they cut right to him where he was holding the 9/11 Commission report very prominently in front of his chest. The message was clear -- PT9/11 was not true to that report.

Last night, they had a substantial piece on the Canadian of middle eastern extraction who was totally innocent of any terrorism -- a point they made more than once -- who was taken to (I think) Syria where he was tortured for 10 months. Again the message was clear -- the US government is arranging for torture of innocent people. From Canada, no less.
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Posted by wryter2000 in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Mon Aug 14th 2006, 10:23 AM
I was starting to think that everything I'd been taught about this country was wrong. It seemed as if we WERE a Christian country, after all, and one that didn't accept the theory of evolution. It seemed as if doing anything we wanted to "enemy combatants" was okay. It seemed as if we could search and spy and detain people without due process of law. It seemed as if the flag was more important than the constitution. It seemed as if rich people were more important than the rest of us and that punishing people for being poor would make them stand up and fly straight. It seemed as if it was reasonable to hate people for not being heterosexual or...gasp...not white! It also seemed as if some elected Democrats (with notable exceptions) agreed more with the Republicans on these questions than I did.

When I discovered DU, I learned that there were lots and lots of people who knew that I was right and the country had gone crazy.
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Posted by wryter2000 in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Thu Jun 29th 2006, 10:51 AM
But you're not entitled to impose them on others any more than they're entitled to impose theirs on you. Or at the very least, you could treat them with courtesy.

Now, I'm not saying you have to respect silly claims about God creating the species or Jesus returning from the dead or Rapture or prayer healing or anything that violates the laws of science. Reasonable people of faith (and there are many, many of them) moved beyond that sort of thing ages ago. To paraphrase someone from the Episcopal church, "The tsunami was caused by plate tectonics. The spirit of God can be seen in the reaction of people who want to help."

I don't know if there's a God or not. If there is, He/She/It would "exist" outside the physical realm. But I'm not arrogant enough to claim to know everything about everything, so I treat intelligent people of faith with respect.

Falwell, Osama, and their ilk get the back of my hand (figuratively speaking).
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Posted by wryter2000 in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Mon Jun 12th 2006, 10:35 AM
I hope his passing was gentle and your family is doing well.

My husband was an independent for most of the time I knew him. He even voted for Reagan in 1980. Over the years, he became more and more liberal, to the point I'd let him fill out my sample ballot for me. He had more time to read than I did, and I knew I could trust his judgement on issues and candidates I didn't have time to research. Still, he remained registered as an independent.

Then came the 2004 primaries, and he was so jealous of my Democratic ballot with Howard Dean, John Kerry, et al on it. He finally registered as a Democrat. He died much as your father did in December of 2004 after only six weeks of becoming symptomatic with cancer. But he died a Democrat. I still have his change of registration card on the fridge.

Maybe he and your father are discussing Dionne and Krugman right now.
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Posted by wryter2000 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue Jun 06th 2006, 06:04 PM
Yes, if Busby wins, it'll be enormous. But these guys are setting it up that if she doesn't win, it'll mean the Dems are really hopeless, after all. Wait and see if I'm wrong.

The fact is that's a very Republican district. Her success so far already is the earthquake. But I'll bet you if she loses, tomorrow they'll all be trumpeting, "The Republican party got a big boost yesterday with the election of Bilbray to fill Cunningham's seat."
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Posted by wryter2000 in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Fri May 12th 2006, 01:18 PM
"You were all worked up because illegal immigrants are breaking the law. Why is it okay for the President to break the law? At least the immigrant didn't take an oath to uphold the laws."

I tried it on my officemate yesterday, and it was the only thing to sink in.
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Posted by wryter2000 in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Tue May 09th 2006, 10:32 AM
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discu...

I write romance novels, and I love them. But occasionally, an author will fill a book with bad purple prose. How about this passage from Richard Cohen?

"The e-mails pulse in my queue, emanating raw hatred.....The hatred is back. I know it's only words now appearing on my computer screen, but the words are so angry, so roiled with rage, that they are the functional equivalent of rocks once so furiously hurled during antiwar demonstrations."

My version, "The letter pulsed in Lord Whittleby's hand, emanating raw sensuality...the passion was back. He knew it was only words appearing on the luxurious vellum, but the words were so pregnant with possibility, so roiled with poignancy, that they were the functional equivalent of bricks once so threateningly cast at the Summer Palace during the French revolution."
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