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Posted by Herdin_Cats in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Mar 08th 2009, 07:12 PM
Call congress and/or fax them your health insurance bill/letter of denial.

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Posted by Herdin_Cats in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Feb 19th 2008, 06:07 PM
told to behave like civilized human beings. Imagine a little boy, the apple of his parents' eye, spoiled rotten, never disciplined. Probably puts lit fire-crackers up frogs butts when his parents aren't looking. Now this little boy goes to day care where he isn't treated like a little prince, is just another kid like any other, and is expected to interact civilly with the other children. Suddenly all the rules change for him as he is being told:

"Play nicely.
Don't hit.
Don't kick.
Don't call names.
Stop harassing little Suzie and Neddie.
Don't break things.
Clean up that mess you made.
Share the toys with everybody. They belong to everybody.
Get your hand out of the cookie jar."


That boy is going to be angry and see such demands as unreasonable. He'll throw violent, nasty tantrums. That's exactly what our spoiled, privileged, angry white males are experiencing. And they're throwing tantrums. By the way, I'm not talking about all white males. That should be obvious. Just the spoiled, nasty, racist, misogynist, homophobic ones like the one who wrote that email.
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Posted by Herdin_Cats in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Mon Feb 18th 2008, 05:09 AM
People read into his words what they want to hear. The people in this country are starved for change. Obama talks of change and hope and they envision the particular change they want to see, the hopes they want fulfilled. Nevermind that he can't fulfill all those hopes.

But at least he gets people excited about the Democratic party again.

And having raised hopes, he will be under considerable pressure to at least attempt to fulfill some of them. Especially if we keep the pressure up. If we want real change, we can't look to the politicians to just give it to us. They don't work that way. We have to demand real change. Real change in this country has always come from the bottom.

I'm an Obama supporter. I see him as being more willing to listen to the people when they demand real change than Hillary. I could be wrong. But Hillary is too invested in the status quo, the corporate establishment, the damn DLC. Whichever one wins, we must hold their feet to the fire.
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Posted by Herdin_Cats in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Feb 13th 2008, 05:22 PM
The crisis was that votes didn't get counted and eligible, registered voters were eliminated from the voter rolls or otherwise discouraged from voting.

I never understood this imperative to get someone sworn in immediately, even if that person didn't win and there is evidence of fraud. And they always pretend that the danger to democracy lies in not immediately accepting the apparent results of election returns even if there is evidence of fraud, when the exact opposite is obviously the case.

"Forget the votes! Forget the will of the people! We must get on with the business of democracy!" That seems to be the rallying cry of congress, the courts and especially of the media. It's Orwellian.

I had a friend who said he admired John Kerry for doing the "honorable" thing by not contesting the obviously fraudulent results from Ohio. John Kerry betrayed those who voted for him and betrayed the principles of democracy by not contesting those results. How the hell is that honorable? Of course, this friend is a kool-aid guzzling fan of Glenn Beck, but I know he wasn't alone in that sentiment.
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Posted by Herdin_Cats in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Feb 07th 2008, 01:31 PM
Hear me out.

The school district from which I graduated valued athletics far more then education.

I can see how someone who graduated from my high school could be that uneducated. Any education we actually received there was purely accidental. Most of our teachers weren't teachers. They were coaches. Most had degrees in Physical Education. I had a classes from the both the main football coach (civics) and the main basketball coach (computer science) and they both played computer games all through class while we students were expected to read the textbook. All they ever actually did as teachers was give quizzes and tests. Everyone cheated. In my civics class, the cheating wasn't even hidden, but Coach didn't care. There were about four of us who everyone copied answers from. I was fortunate to actually get some education in civic because I was one of the four. I had to read the text and study or face the wrath of my peers if I did poorly on the test. That was a pretty good motivator. But those who simply copied my answers got no education in civics at all. So out of a class of around thirty, about four of us actually learned something.

The A.P. biology teacher(volleyball coach and P.E. major) frequently missed about half of the class period and only got us through half of the textbook before the end of the year. I read the text on my own. In spite of my teacher, I scored a 5 on the A.P. test. She sent me a note thanking me for making her look good.

After my high school experience, I have come to the conclusion that if we want decent secondary education, we need to remove the athletics programs from our schools. We can have independent community athletic clubs for kids to join after school like they do elsewhere in the world. It certainly wouldn't solve all the problems with our education system. Far from it. But it would help in places like my hometown. I know it's not the only place in the country that sacrifices education for sports.

There are other, more important reasons for the poor quality of education in this country. Like the fact that a dumbed down population is less likely to question authority and is more suited to the menial jobs that are the fate of the majority of the population. But I'm bringing this up because no one likes to talk about it.

Alright. You can flame me now.
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Posted by Herdin_Cats in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Feb 07th 2008, 12:39 PM
Most Republican voters I know vote based on their emotions. Emotions like fear of terror that the Repukes stoke like fire. Like outrage and self-righteousness over things their politically-motivated preacher told them are abominations like homosexuality or abortion. Like greed for tax cuts. Like racism, misogyny and homophobia. Like a desire to be associated with the party of the rich, even if they themselves are dirt poor. Etc. Etc.

Playing on those emotions is how Repukes get themselves elected.
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Posted by Herdin_Cats in Political Videos
Thu Feb 07th 2008, 03:59 AM
I agree with most of his positions. He has honesty and integrity.

It's unfortunate that the best of our politicians, the most honest, the ones who actually see a possibility for a better future and the means to accomplish it, get so marginalized by both the press and the party.

As much as I like Gravel, I never seriously considered voting for him. I admire you for the courage of your convictions.
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