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Posted by iandhr in General Discussion
Wed Oct 05th 2011, 12:22 PM
PHILADELPHIA—As the fifth plate of his 10-course, $150 prix fixe tasting menu dinner was carefully placed on the manicured table in front of him, Kohl-Strauss Media Group CEO Tom Byatt reportedly told a colleague Tuesday that in order for the company to stay afloat in this adverse economic climate, staff layoffs would likely be necessary.

"The fact of the matter is, our financial outlook is just not what it used to be, and if we want to keep the lights on, we're going to have to start making some tough choices," said Byatt, cutting into a piece of seared foie gras subsumed in a rich pheasant consommé. "Personally, I wish we could keep everybody. But unfortunately, I'm in the position of having to decide what the best direction for our company is, and I don't see any other option than reducing our overall cost structure and finding some way to trim payroll."

"It's far from an ideal situation, but we have to cut corners somewhere," Byatt added as a second waiter arrived with a $110 bottle of Château Figeac from the wine cellar. "That's just a reality of our business model."

Following a 20-minute period in which the executive and his colleague sampled a lobster broth hors d'oeuvre arriving compliments of the chef and listened to the maître d' explain how the lobster had been flown in from Maine that morning, Byatt reasoned that, although it pained him to say so, his company could definitely stand to lose about a dozen people in sales, and roughly another 15 or 20 in the marketing and production divisions.

The Onion /

Love it. Satire can be a powerful tool.
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Posted by iandhr in General Discussion
Wed Dec 22nd 2010, 04:52 PM
Like always the Simpsons are spot on about many things. In a episode called Simpson Tide Homer joins the Navy reserves ends up on a nuclear submarine to disastrous consequences mainly steering it into Russian Waters.

This is what happens when he talks to the recruiter.

Navy Recruiter: Just fill out this form, and you're on your way to the reserve.
Homer Simpson: There's a question that's crossed out.
Navy Recruiter: Well... due to a recent presidential order, we're not allowed to ask that particular question.
Homer Simpson: I think I can make it out.

Homer Simpson: "Are you a homosex..."
Navy Recruiter: For God's sake, don't answer that, I could go to jail!
Homer Simpson: But I'm not a homose...
Navy Recruiter: La, la, la, la, la, la, la, I am not lis-ten-ing! La, la, la, la, la...

Homer Simpson: Nice fella. I wonder if he's gay?

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Posted by iandhr in General Discussion
Sun Dec 19th 2010, 11:45 AM
I will keep this short and sweet.

I owe the Democrats in congress and the President an apology. I did not think that they would get DADT done. I thought that they would surrender. I was wrong. I am sorry. Nice job Mr. President. And credit where credit is do good job Senator Lieberman.
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Posted by iandhr in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Dec 23rd 2009, 12:44 PM

Those Israeli and Arab leaders who have achieved peace or made a substantial efforts to achieve peace have been assassinated. These facts do not encourage risk taking on the part of leaders to bridge the gaps necessary to make peace.

In addition to assassination, leaders have been punished by other nations for the actions they took for peace because not all nations benefit from having a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Nothing proves this more then the case of the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

On November 20, 1977 a worldwide television audience watched many in disbelief as the president of a major military power flew to Jerusalem and proclaimed to the Israeli Parliament Egypt’s acceptance of peace with Israel.” After thirteen consecutive days of negotiations at Camp David later that year, with strong backing from President Jimmy Carter, the parties produced a Camp David accord which was a framework for an Egyptian-Israeli peace. In 1979 the two sides signed an Israel- Egypt peace treaty

Because of Sadat’s courageous step forward, Egypt was punished greatly for making peace with Israel. “Egypt paid a high price in inter-Arab relations for its treaty with Israel. Egypt was expelled from the Arab league, league headquarters were transferred from Cairo to Tunis, and all of the Arab states with the exception of Oman and the Sudan broke diplomatic relations with Cairo.

On October 6 1981, Egypt was celebrating the eighth anniversary of the crossing of the Suez Canal during the 1973 Yom Kippur war with Israel. “When one the vehicles in the long line of US-made carriers paused in front of the reviewing stand, the hero of the crossing stood to salute the occupants. They returned his gesture with a hail of gunfire.” (William and Cleaved Page 382) The assassins were affiliated with an Islamic militia group called Al-Jihad.

Sadat made a great effort for peace and led Egypt to be the first Arab nation to recognize and be at peace with the State of Israel. Sadat paid for the cost of peace with his life.

Yitzhak Rabin also courageously tried to make peace and he to paid with is life. His efforts for peace were met with a visceral reaction from the Israeli right wing.

They questioned his authority. They accused him of treason. They created pictures depicting him as a Nazi SS officer, and they shouted death threats at rallies.

Rabin was assassinated by a Israeli named Yigal Amir, a young Israeli student at an institute of Jewish religious studies. Investigations showed that Amir had received a devoutly Jewish religious education and that he acted out of the conviction that Jewish law required the death of the Jew who turned Jewish land over to the enemy.

Sadat was regarded as a hero in Egypt because he crossed the Bar Lev line in Israel during the 1973 war. He was viewed by Egyptians as having brought back pride after the humiliation they suffered in the 1967 war with Israel in which they lost significant territory, including the entire Sinai Peninsula. Rabin was the Army Chief of Staff who led Israel to victory in the Six-Day war and was a decorated war hero.

Both Sadat and Rabin were killed by their fellow country men, not an external enemy.

These assassinations maybe act as a deterrent to future leaders on both sides of the conflict because they are unwilling to pay the price that Sadat and Rabin did.
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Posted by iandhr in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Sep 05th 2009, 07:48 PM
I know what I am about to say might get me tarred and feathered but try to keep it civil. Whether or not we get a public option the healthcare bill the bill could still be meaning full and we should not immediately call for the bill to be struck down.

These are some random healthcare thoughts that have been in my head for the past few days.

Just to be clear I am in favor of a public option and I am a PROUD LIBERAL

On the public option debate Conservatives are opposed it because they are afraid that it will WORK. A government program working better then a private company would we a shock to there system they would not be able to handle it.

Liberals won't support a bill with out it because we are afraid (even though no one will admit it) that the bill could work with out it.

On the final bill. There can still be meaningful change with out the public option. If you were told in 2000 that a Democratic President and a Democratic Congress can get a bill that banned excluding people because of pre existing conditions and can't cancel coverage if someone gets sick we all would have JUMPED at that idea.

Millions of Americans can't get healthcare because of pre-existing conditions. Getting rid of this practice from insurance companies will be meaningful change for many people. I do not think that in this debate liberals should minimize this kind of change that it will mean for those who have pre existing conditions. My mother had cancer a few years back and lost her job last fall. The insurance runs out this May and my mother might not be able to get heath insurance after May because they might consider it a pre-excising condition.

We should CONSIDER the trigger the Senator Snowe is purposing. CONSIDER it do not immediate condemn it with out hearing the facts.

In all the honors and praise we gave the late Ted Kennedy the reason he was successful was because he was willing to compromise. Compromise has been a tradition in America since the dawn of are nation. Some have been good others not so much.

So all I am saying is lets in the honor of Ted Kennedy COOL OUR JETS and see what a bill without a public option looks like it STILL CAN WORK.

To be a pure liberal who is unwilling to comprise will not get us anywhere.

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Posted by iandhr in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Sep 05th 2009, 02:28 PM
Most Americans are familiar with cartoon character Homer Simpson from the town of Springfield. What give people laughs is his stupidity and drunkenness and being a total goof off at his job.

However there are those rare times when Homer speaks words of wisdom. When Homer needs hart surgery and he can't afford it and Marge is very. upset Homer tells Marge not to worry because

"America's health care system is second only to Japan, Canada, Sweden, Great Britain, well...all of Europe. But you can thank your lucky stars we don't live in Paraguay!"

After hearing this Marge beings to cry.

We have listened to so many talking heads but sometimes listening to Homer Simpson words of wisdom is the right choice.
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Posted by iandhr in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Sep 05th 2009, 12:39 AM
I just read this post on heath care

"He just wrapped up but reported and I quote "make no mistake President Obama is not walking away from the public option. This will be in the bill." The worst fate that the public option will meet is having a trigger provision but Chuck Todd, MSNBC's chief white house correspondent, just reported that the President is NOT abandoning the public option"

Every day I hear conficting reprots on heathcare. "The public opition is dead" "The oublic opition is not dead." "The president is willing to compromise on the public option ""The President is not walking away from the public option" "The President wants a public option."

Was is really going on can some on enlighten me?
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Posted by iandhr in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Aug 31st 2009, 08:20 PM
At a University of Vermont student back at school I am very impressed by the way the community of Burlington, Vermont responds to hate. Tomorrow for those who do not know Vermont’s marriage equity law takes effect tomorrow.

Because of this members of the Westboro Baptist church will be in Vermont tomorrow. These are people who go to the funerals of soldiers killed in action and celebrate their deaths. The say that the death of our soldiers is god’s punishment for America’s tolerance of homosexuality. They also have a website called godhatesf###. Com. Since April Jewish institutions have also been a target of their hate.

They will first have demonstrations in the capital of Montpelier and then they will come to Burlington and they will have demonstrations in front of Hillel at UVM Chabad and Ohavi Zedek Synagogue.

In response to this hatred descending upon us the people of Burlington sprung in to action. Instead of organizing a counter protest tomorrow (though there will be some) members of this community of all faiths, gays, straights met at the First Congregational Church tonight for a meeting called “Solidarity in the Face of Hate Speech” Speakers included Rev. Robert Lee the minster from FCC, Wanda Heading-Grant the assistant Provost at UVM and Rabbi Joshua Chasan of Ohavi Zedek Synagogue and others. A refugee from the Congo sung “These Green Mountains” which I believe is the state song. Also Rev. Lee read letters from churches in Norwich and Bennington that said that there thought are prayers were which us and that they will be with us in sprit.

As a Jew this community standing against hate moved me and means a lot. I am sure the members of the LGBT community felt the same way but I do not want to speak to them. I am a New Yorker and always will be. Tonight I am a proud Vermonter. GOD BLESS VERMONT
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Posted by iandhr in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Aug 29th 2009, 05:25 PM
I keep this very short and sweet. I thought that we for the rest of the weekend not to talk about politics at all and remember the life and work of Senator Kennedy and return to business on monday
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Posted by iandhr in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Apr 11th 2009, 02:39 PM
I know this was the topic of a pervious post but I thought I should address this again.

Forgive my bluntness and forgive me if I sound rude. Some of the comments on this site come right of out freeperville.

Like Obama being Bush III

250,000 pages of documents released. No Republican does this.

also check out this dariy that was posted a few weeks ago. Its been covered before but its worth covering again
Began the closing of Guantanamo Bay
-Put a final pull out deadline on Iraq
-Reversed Stem-Cell research Bans
-Officially Banned Torture by the US Military
-Started the Process of re-opening Cuba
-Has ordered higher emissions standards to be implemented
-Expanded national children's health care
-Made it easier for Women to sue for fair pay
-All of the stimulus acts and bills (signed for them, actively campaigned for them).
-Ended the Mexico City policy
-Implemented Lobby reform.
-Reversed numerous other Bush-era policies, including banning offshore oil drilling in certain areas.
-Expanded FOIA (Freedom of Information Act), allowing more people access to government information.
-Lifted Bans on recording of the president
-Met with several World Leaders in person, and talked to dozens of others in official capacities.
-Signed a UN declaration that Homosexuality is not a crime.

I thank the person who wrote this.

God forbid we should give him more then three months. Progress and Change happen slowly. People will fight tooth and nail to have things stay the way they are e.g. HMOS. The budget, healthcare, energy this is going to be a fight and Democrats need to stick together. Why do you think Rahm Emanuel is chief of staff. It because he is a war time consigliere Change is going to take years not days. All this talk about people on our side of the aisle who are already waiting to throw the President under the bus is disappointing. There is a episode of the West Wing when Toby is talking to Seth Gillette a Democratic senator who was coming at Bartlet from the left told him. "If you think that this is the best way to protect our liberal base then speaking as liberal go to bed would you please." and later "With friends like these who need enemies." and "Come at us from the left and I will own your ass." People you talk about Obama being Bush III give liberalism a bad name and they are completely moronic. The budget put forth the most progressive agenda since The Great Society. So for the love of god can we lay off

Also who knew that change would be a fight. Who knew that the President would not fix everything in three months.
Thank you
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Posted by iandhr in Latest Breaking News
Wed Apr 08th 2009, 01:54 PM
Source: NY TIMES

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Gay-rights groups say that momentum from back-to-back victories on same-sex marriage in Vermont and Iowa could spill into other states, particularly since at least nine other legislatures are considering measures this year to allow marriage between gay couples.

The Vermont Legislature on Tuesday overrode Gov. Jim Douglas’s veto of a bill allowing gay couples to marry, mustering one more vote than needed to preserve the measure.

The step makes Vermont the first state to allow same-sex marriage through legislative action instead of a court ruling, and comes less than a week after the Iowa Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages in that state.

New York, New Jersey, Maine and New Hampshire are among the states where such proposals have gained legislative support in recent months.

“This is a reminder to those legislatures that they should finish the job,” said Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, a national advocacy group based in New York. “Contrary to the claims made by the opponents of equality, it’s not just judges, it’s not just the coasts, and it’s not just going away.”

Read more:

"The vote in Vermont came on the same day the Council of the District of Columbia gave preliminary approval to a plan recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. Since Congress has the option of overriding that vote, the battle over same sex-marriage could end up on the federal stage this year."

Polls suggest that Americans remain divided on the issue. A CBS News poll last week found that while 6 out of 10 Americans think some form of legal recognition is appropriate for same-sex couples, only a third think those couples should be allowed to marry. Americans are somewhat more supportive of same-sex marriage than in 2004, when just 22 percent supported it.

Unfortunately it is still not politically feasible to support gay marriage in a national race. Also the President supports civil unions not gay marriage, one of the only issues where we disagree. Unfortunately I think that Congress will override the DC city council to take away the GOPs one issue. Remember the fear mongering worked in a progressive state like CA it will certainly work in states like PA, OH, VA, FL states we need to win in 2012. We will eventually win this battle but it won't be by 2012. Remember 18-29 years old voted 60-28 against prop 8. In 20 years or so we will be . Sorry if I seam a little negative. To be clear I am very happy about Vermont and Iowa
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Posted by iandhr in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Apr 04th 2009, 07:01 PM
by Geekesque (THIS IS NOT ME) /-(UPDATED)-Please-be-smarter-than-the-Freepers.

I saw this dairy on daily kos (I did not write it)

thought I should share it with everyone here
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