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Posted by LuckyTheDog in General Discussion
Thu Dec 01st 2011, 03:45 PM
Hey, Freepers, get down off your high horse. We all know that Willard “Mitt” Romney will more than likely get the Republican nomination. And when he does, all of you – ALL of you – will dutifully march into the voting booth and pull the lever for Mr. RomneyCare.

There will be no third-party insurrection. You don’t have the guts to do that. So, like the sheeple you are, you will do what the Republican establishment orders you to do – which is what you ALWAYS do.

So, that line at the top of your favorite website – the one that says “ObamaCare = RomneyCare = CommieCare. NO Romney! NO WAY!!” – well, it’s all bunk.

In the end, you will vote for the Mormon, flip-flopping RINO when you are told to do it. Cowards.

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Posted by LuckyTheDog in General Discussion
Wed Nov 16th 2011, 09:39 AM
If some of the latest thinking in physics is correct, there very well could be an alternative universe in which the federal government did not step in to rescue General Motors and Chrysler after the 2008 financial collapse.

Perhaps, in that alternative universe, Alternative Barack Obama lost the 2008 election to Alternative John McCain. Or, maybe, Alternative Obama simply chickened out of forceful intervention to rescue two-thirds of the Alternative Detroit Three.

Whatever the reason for the inaction, we can all be glad we’re not living in Alternative Michigan – where the Renaissance Center in the Alternative Detroit, the GM Tech Center in Alternative Warren, and Chrysler’s headquarters in Alternative Auburn Hills are vacant and a lot of factories have gone idle. Such a place is bound to have unemployment that rivals or exceeds levels seen during the Great Depression. It also is, no doubt, a powder keg for social unrest as mass joblessness and despair take their toll on the social fabric of the entire state.

Yep. Alternative Michigan has to be a pretty awful place to be right now. They’re livin’ in Mad Max times. So it’s perplexing that all the major Republican presidential candidates are on record as saying the auto rescue was a mistake. What they’re really saying is that the dystopian situation of Alternative Michigan is exactly what our Michigan should be facing right now.

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Posted by LuckyTheDog in General Discussion
Tue Nov 08th 2011, 03:38 PM
Now I know why Godfather's Pizza always asks me if I want to hold the sausage.

(Tip of hat to Bill Maher)
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Posted by LuckyTheDog in The DU Lounge
Sun Nov 06th 2011, 08:59 PM
For reasons I don't totally understand, my sports-obsessed son (who will turn 10 later this month) has expressed contempt for the Dallas Cowboys.

My advice to him was: Son, if you are going to expend energy on hating a professional sports team, make it the New York Yankees.

Was I right?
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Posted by LuckyTheDog in General Discussion
Wed Nov 02nd 2011, 11:05 AM
... what the fuck you gonna do?

It's not just a line from a rap song anymore, is it? It's getting to be a serious question.

That smelly blob you see flying toward the fan ... it's about to make contact.
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Posted by LuckyTheDog in General Discussion
Sun Oct 30th 2011, 09:23 PM

Hansen Clarke’s idea to save Detroit could be crazy enough to work

U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke has a crazy plan to save Michigan’s largest city. Or, I should say, he has a plan that seems that way until one realizes every non-crazy idea for saving Detroit has been either tried already, or dismissed as politically impossible.

To some people, Clarke’s plan still might seem to be a little bit “out there,” even considering all that. But, crazy or not, Clarke’s bold proposal is getting some serious traction and picking up support from both sides of the aisle.

The centerpiece of Clarke’s proposal is something he calls a Detroit Jobs Trust Fund. Before you start thinking “federal bailout,” or “massive hand-out,” you should know that, while the fund would consist of real money, none of it would be yours – that is unless you live or operate a business in Detroit. And even if you do, it would not raise your taxes one penny.

Clarke’s bill would “capture the federal tax revenues collected from persons and entities in the City of Detroit to be invested in local redevelopment efforts for a period of five years.” In other words, it would use Detroit’s own money to fix the city by (and this should be music to the ears of liberals and Tea Party patriots alike) denying about $2 billion per year to the U.S. Treasury.

More: ’s-idea-to-save-detroit-could-be-crazy-enough-to-work/

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Posted by LuckyTheDog in General Discussion
Thu Oct 20th 2011, 11:19 PM

In what might be called the Obama Doctrine, but won't be because it isn't one and we were leading from behind anyway, the nation's top community organizer has helped NATO reorganize another bad guy from the world scene.

Thirty-one weeks after Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama promised that the Libyan military operation would last "days not weeks," Muammar Gadhafi is dead, along with hundreds of fighters and civilians on both sides. The dictator lasted through 42 years of international insoucance, ever since Obama was a sixth grader.

But near the beginning of the Arab Spring earlier this year Gadhafi made the threat that he was going to kill every opponent in sight in his country's then new rebellion.


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Posted by LuckyTheDog in General Discussion
Fri Oct 14th 2011, 07:17 PM
... (I)t's clear that OWS (aka the 99 percent movement) is about a lot more than bongos, weed and the latest edition of Worker’s Vanguard. It’s about pain and insecurity. It’s about disappointment. It’s about people who were wiped out because they were laid off in middle age or got sick and lost health insurance. It’s not a joke. Any policymaker or politician who treats it that way does so at his or her own career peril.

Presidential hopeful Herman Cain, in particular, does not get that. “I don’t have the facts to back this up,” he told the Wall Street Journal, “but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama Administration.”


Like most Americans, what grinds their gears isn’t wealth – it’s the scheming, fraud and manipulation of the system some people use to get it. In the case of Wall Street executives, the problem is not that they are rich – it’s how they got rich. More than that, it’s about how they managed to stay rich after their recklessness crashed the economy in 2008. So, yes, OWA folks resent some specific rich people. But that does not make them class warriors.

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Posted by LuckyTheDog in General Discussion
Thu Oct 13th 2011, 03:21 PM
The Tea Party will say it proves he's a secret Muslim. The Republicans will suddenly realize that the Iranian mullahs are just like the Founding Fathers.
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Posted by LuckyTheDog in General Discussion
Mon Oct 10th 2011, 12:05 PM
These people should have just picked themselves up by their own bootstraps and started their own businesses!


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Posted by LuckyTheDog in General Discussion
Thu Oct 06th 2011, 10:03 AM
I would like to see somebody do a real, numbers-based evaluation of the percentage of misspelled and racist signs at the Occupy Wall Street protests in comparison to those at Tea Party events.

I don't know what the results would be. But I am ready to live with whatever the data show.
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Posted by LuckyTheDog in The DU Lounge
Mon Oct 03rd 2011, 08:47 AM
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Posted by LuckyTheDog in General Discussion
Mon Sep 19th 2011, 03:28 PM
Today, I suggested to somebody that we should add a 40% marginal income tax rate for taxable income above $1 million, a 50% tax rate for taxable income above $10 million and a 75% rate for taxable income above $100 million.

I was told that such a thing would make the United States like "the former USSR."

The top marginal rate under Eisenhower was 91%. So, I guess Ike was an even bigger communist than me.

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Posted by LuckyTheDog in General Discussion
Sat Sep 17th 2011, 05:12 PM
It was never likely that Eugene Debs -- whose party advocating things as radical as the abolition of the U.S. Senate -- would ever be elected president. But he did a lot of good.

Debs built support for things that later were adopted by the somewhat-more-Mainstream Progressive (Bull Moose) Party and Democrats. Debs moved the political center of U.S. politics to the left in a way Norman Thomas -- and later, Michael Harrington -- could not.

Debs was powerful because he was a man of the people. He was smart, but while he never glorified ignorance the way the right wing of today does, he never a "public intellectual" either. He was a man connected to the working class by having been part of it. And his utter sincerity and good intentions gained him respect.

People complain a lot about Obama. But here is what I think: Obama has legitimately progressive leanings and populist goals, but he is just barely treading water. The current is pushing him to the right and he cannot make as much headway against it as any of us would like.

Obama (and the rest of the Democratic Party) needs a Eugene Debs -- somebody out there organizing the most alienated people (many of whom would never vote for Democrats because they don't vote at all at this point) and speaking up for "crazy, impossible" ideas that the Democrats can't or won't even attempt to advocate for fear of a backlash. That "somebody" also should be practical enough to work with the Democrats when that advances his/her movement's agenda and know when to stand pat when the Democrats want to be timid.

Is anybody interested in or capable of being such a person -- or financing the movement in which such a person might emerge?

I don't know the answer. But that's the kind of person we need.

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Posted by LuckyTheDog in The DU Lounge
Tue Sep 13th 2011, 11:03 AM
So, my kid, who just started fourth grade, ate hot lunch at school all last year. I planned to continue that practice this year, but packed him a lunch for the first few days because that's what he wanted.

After this first few days I said: "OK, let's go back to school lunches now." He resisted -- strongly - but refused to tell me why. I thought that was odd because, when I was a kid, I always liked the hot lunches better than anything my mom would pack. I also know my turkey-and-cheese sandwiches are not all that wonderful. But, I packed lunches for a few days more and tried again to transition back to school lunches. Again, he resisted.

So, I asked again what the deal was. Were the school lunches yucky? Was the lunch lady mean? Was there some kid he was trying to stay away from? He again refused to say.

After another few days, his mom got out of him what the problem was. School lunches, it turns out, are actually pretty yummy. He also has no problem with the lunch lady or the kids in the lunch room.

BUT... to get a school lunch, one has to stand in line. And that takes time.

Kids who pack a lunch, on the other hand, can sit down right away, eat quickly and spend more of the lunch period playing outside on the playground.

The kid was afraid I would not think that was a good reason to pack him a lunch every day, so he didn't want to explain it.

He was wrong. That's a perfectly good reason.

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Bush: Getting crazier
This radio address shows, as much as anything, just how out of touch with reality he has become:

On the eve of the third anniversary of the Iraq invasion, President Bush today promised to "finish the mission" with total victory, urging the American public to remain steadfast but offering no indication when victory might be achieved.

"More fighting and sacrifice will be required," Bush said in his weekly radio address. "For some, the temptation to retreat and abandon our commitments is strong. Yet there is no peace, there's no honor and there's no security in retreat. So America will not abandon Iraq to the terrorists who want to attack us again."

Bush's address comes at a time when confidence in the administration's Iraq strategy appears to have reached all-time lows. A Washington Post-ABC News poll this month found that 65 percent of Americans surveyed thought Bush had no plan for victory, while 35 percent -- the lowest level ever recorded by the poll -- said he did.
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