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Posted by rpannier in General Discussion
Wed Nov 30th 2011, 01:11 AM
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Posted by rpannier in General Discussion
Thu Oct 27th 2011, 09:32 AM
You know that being an American is more than a matter of where your parents came from. It is a belief that all men are created free and equal and that everyone deserves an even break.
-President Harry S Truman

It is essential that there should be organization of labor. This is an era of organization. Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize.
-President Theodore Roosevelt (Nail this quote to the head of the dimbulb Walker)

As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.
-Benjamin Franklin

In politics the middle way is none at all.
-President John Adams

Don't forget what I discovered that over ninety percent of all national deficits from 1921 to 1939 were caused by payments for past, present, and future wars.
-President Franklin D. Roosevelt

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
-Rev Martin Luther King Jr.

Force always attracts men of low morality.
-Albert Einstein

In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.
-James Madison

Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate.
-Pres/Gen Ulysses S. Grant

In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.
-Alexander Hamilton

Two Humorous Ones I like:

When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer "Present" or "Not guilty."
-Theodore Roosevelt. (I added it for humor. Though it would be funnier if it were House instead of Senate. But it still fits)

Whenever a fellow tells me he's bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me.
-Harry S Truman
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Posted by rpannier in General Discussion: Presidency
Thu Aug 25th 2011, 10:26 PM



link:
http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com /

on edit:
Grampa Simpson/Ron Paul is my favorite
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Posted by rpannier in General Discussion
Sat Aug 13th 2011, 06:46 AM
When examining the different forms of taxation, Smith adheres to four maxims which a good tax should conform to:

1. "The subject of every State ought to contribute towards the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective abilities; that is, in proportion to the revenue which they respectively enjoy under the protection of the State."

2. "The tax each individual is bound to pay ought to be certain, and not arbitrary. The time of payment, the manner of payment, and the quantity to be paid, ought all to be clear and plain to the contributor, and to ever other person."

3. "Every tax ought to be levied at the time, or in the manner in which it is most likely to be convenient for the contributor to pay it."

4. "Every tax ought to be so contrived as both to take out and to keep out of the pockets of the people as little as possible, over and above what it brings into the public treasury of the State."

http://www.progress.org/banneker/adam.html

The subject of the State should support in proportion to their respective abilities...
Sounds almost Socialist -- at least to Tea baggers it probably does.
But it is Adam Smith the Father of Capitalism.

He also believed in two forms of taxation,
1. A tax on ground-rents (the annual value of holding a piece of land)
2. A tax on luxury consumables
Taxes on salt, soap, etc., he harshly criticized as inequitably taking from the poorest elements of society. Taxes on luxuries, which were to include tobacco, he considered excellent in that no one is obliged to contribute to the tax: "Taxes upon luxuries have no tendency to raise the price of any other commodities except that of the commodities taxed ... Taxes upon luxuries are finally paid by the consumers of the commodities taxed, without any retribution."

So...Luxury taxes are a good thing.
But if we adhered to that above logic on luxury taxes I guess that would be similar to Hitler going through Poland, or some other analogy put forth by the wealthy

Whether you like Adam Smith or Not, It's a great way to mess with Tea Baggers
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Posted by rpannier in General Discussion: Presidency
Mon Jun 06th 2011, 10:03 PM
Where was Santorum's flag pin? I looked and didn't see one on his jacket.
Why does he hate America and our troops.

He also had no American flag tie.
In fact, he had no tie at all -- He reminded me of Iranian President Ahmadinejad when I saw he had no tie.
Why is Santorum trying to look like OUR mortal enemy in Iran?!!!!

Where was his American Flag cape?

And those flags behind him were awfully small.
Hell, I could barely see them.
Why wasn't he surrounded by at least ten large American flags?
In fact, those flags appear to have been planted by someone else for a different event.
Does Santorum have so little respect for OUR troops and OUR country that he couldn't put up his own flags in prominent positions.

How are we expected to defeat Communism-Islamo-fascist-liberals if Santorum is dissing OUR troops and OUR country with his disrespect for the flag?

Where was his All-American Choir in the back singing, "God Bless America"?

Al-Qaeda must be very excited that a candidate this weak on terrorism has announced he is running for the presidency.
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Posted by rpannier in General Discussion
Sat Apr 02nd 2011, 06:09 AM
It may be the best thing written on DU ever
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Posted by rpannier in General Discussion
Mon Mar 14th 2011, 02:27 AM
If you look at the image of the major players of the Republican Party and their fortunes 6 months to one year ago to what people think now it has got to be disheartening for even the most Polly Anna within the Republican Party.

When Kasich, Walker and others were elected they claimed they were going to reahape their states. They were going to make their states more business friendly by cutting coporate taxes, property taxes, cut spending and curb the power of public unions.
It appears the reality has gotten in the way of the dream.
In a round table interview shown on Hong Kong-TV, several business men in the group pointed out that when you ask companies what are the criterion for choosing locations for their operations, taxes come in behind Good Schools, Good Property Values, Safety and Quality of Life.
The massive protests that have numbered over 100,000 persons isn't the sort of thing that will woo businesses to your state no matter how low your corporate taxes are. Add to the mix, the unsettled situation regarding schools (sorry IBM and Boeing are not backing the idea of firing 1 in 12 teachers), the possibility of higher unemployment and a disatisfied police force throughout the state and you'd be hard-pressed to give a Fortune 500 company any good reason to leave Illinois or New York for your "Business Friendly" environment.
Yes Virginia, CEO's do pay a little more attention to things other than just money. It's why businesses will move into China and Vietnam, but not Yemen or Afghanistan no matter how cheap the labor force and low the taxes are in the latter two.

One of the members of the panel pointed out that the Republicans in Ohio and Wisconsin may have weakened the Party with their anti-Union stances. One of the groups in the Republican base are white, middle class police officers, fire fighters and some teachers. The attack on public unions is being seen by these people as an attack on them.
It would probably not be surprising if we found out that a large number of police and fire are married to other public employees -- the one's that Walker and Kasich are screwing over.

The Not Yet Ready for Prime Time Players:

If you listened to the media for the last year Palin, Christie, Romney and Gingrich are four of the major players that have Obama and the Dems worried.
Palin is the perfect example of overkill. If she were buying a Number 3 Special at McDonald's drive thru you could be sure that CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox would be there to cover her making the order. We'd be sure to know what choosing a number 3 says about her. Is it a bold choice? Did choosing the Coke instead of a Diet Coke make her even more likeable to the public because she wasn't being PC?
Palin has never been viewed by more than 1/4 of the public as being someone they'd support for President and now it appears she is hovering below 20% and will probably not get above that number again.

Why? Because the former half-term governor-full time grifter has used her celebrity to suck as much blood out of so many groups that even some have been questioning her motives. Last year at a tea party event the organizers complained that she made the event about her and not the movement.
She has tried to copyright her name and her daughters name and we all know nothing says common man or woman more than copywriting your name. And it didn't happen because she didn't sign the paper.

How about Gov. Christie? Big state. A man the media have been pointing to as someone the White House is rightfully concerned about. A man who trails Obama in his homestate by 20 points. I'm sure the Republicans will feel energized by a guy who has to spend millions of dollars and weeks of time in his own state in the hopes of only losing by 5-7%.

Fox loves Gingrich, but most other people not so much. The man is a thrice divorced womanizer whose stint as Speaker of the House included advising Bob Dole on how to get swamped in 1996, then in 98 he devsied the (ahem) brilliant starategy that saw the Republicans lose Senate and House seats.

Jeb Bush? The only positive thing about Jeb running and why I almost hope he does is, I would love to see the election night coverage of Jeb chasing DUMB-YA with a fireman's axe screaming, "You dumb son-of-a-bitch cost me a chance at ever being president!"
Yes, I'd enjoy that.

So far the only Republican that seems capable of carrying the Republicans to victory in 2012, is the former governor of Utah and soon-to-be former US Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman Jr. But sadly for Republicans Huntsman has two obstacles to winning the nomination if he were to try and get it:
1) He's Mormon. (The republikkans are turning on Beck because he's Mormon)
2) He's not certifiably crazy. Hell, he's not crazy at all. He'd last Iowa and New Hampshire and be gone.

I guess they could run Herman Cain. I mean, he's fucking nuts. He makes Bachman look lucid.
But he's black and the fundies might not vote for him because he killed Abel (at least they might think he killed Abel)
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Posted by rpannier in General Discussion
Mon Feb 14th 2011, 08:02 PM
Background.
I live in Korea.
In January 2010 I had surgery for a hernia which the doctor told me was severe.
It took the better part of five months to recover to where I could do strenuous activities. By the end of August I had ballooned to 219 pounds and it was then I started a running 4-6 days a week.

The process:
I have a job that pays me about 60k a year. (Buying power equivalent to making 60k a year in the US during the 60's/70's).
Korea has National Health Care (not the best in the world, but it's still good). For the surgery, a semi-private room, the medicine and hospital room I paid 1,000 dollars. (My monthly premiums are 54.00)
The medicine I got when I left the hospital (2 weeks worth) cost me about $53.00.
My follow up visits to the surgeon (2 visits) cost me 30.00 the first time and 20.00 the second time.
MY follow ups with my doctor cost 4 dollars a visit and the medicine he prescribed me cost me about 8 dollars (2 separate occassions for pain)
In September, I joined a gym (120.00 every 3 months). I went to see my doctor on a few occassions at the beginning to monitor my progress 4 dollars a visit.
When I strained muscles in my shoulder they injected dye in my shoulder to x-ray 60.00.

What's the lesson:
When you have a job that doesn't require you to get a 2nd job and you have affordable access to quality medical coverage that encourages you to use it to be healthy good things, like good health are much easier to attain.
But, when you're forced to work two or three crappy part time jobs that pay very little and force you to eat on the fly (as you run from one job to another). At the same time you can't afford to see a doctor when you're sick or injured because it could destroy you financially or result in you losing that coverage then you get a society that is disfunctional at best.
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Posted by rpannier in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Sep 06th 2010, 06:58 PM
The following 12 Senate Committees and their likely Chairpersons

1. Judiciary - Jeff Sessions (Republican Ranking Member)
2. Armed Services - Lindsay Graham (Ranking Member)
3. Intelligence - Hatch, Snowe or Chambliss (Bond is the ranking member)
4. Finance - Charles Grassley (Ranking Member)
5. Foreign Relations - Richard Lugar (Ranking Member)
6. Appropriations - Thad Cochran (Ranking Member)
7. Environment and Public Works - James Inhofe (Ranking Member)
8. Energy and Natural Resources - Burr or Barasso (Ranking Member is Murkowski)
9. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs - Richard Shelby (Ranking Member)
10. Commerce, Science and Transportation - Kay Bailey Hutchinson (Ranking Member) Possibly Jim DeMint
11. Homeland Security - Susan Collins (Ranking Member)
12. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions - Mike Enzi (Ranking Member)

These are the people who will most likely be the Chairpersons in the Senate if we lose control.

Except for possibly Lugar, I can't think of any less qualified people to be in positions of real power than the above mentioned.*

It would be nice to have the luxury of being able to show how displeased we are by getting rid of each and everyone of the Democrats in the Senate we don't like.
If the Republican Party was the Party that brought us Hiram Johnson, Robert M. La Follette Sr and Earl Warren I would agree.

* - People who have the ability to get real power in 2010 (Palin, Jeb Bushie and Newt aren't running for office)
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Posted by rpannier in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Apr 16th 2010, 12:41 AM
What weíve been hearing from other drunken, former Meth addicts in the news that it has been confirmed, President Barack Obama has chosen the ghost of former President Ronald Reagan to replace Justice Stevens on the United States Supreme Court.

LFN news was there covering the Republican Response to this shocking announcement:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and John McCain held a press conference within minutes of the announcementĒ

Sen. Mc Connell: Quite frankly, I am disappointed. The President never called me once to discuss putting Reaganís Ghost on the Court. This is another example of the Presidentís arrogance in not dealing in a bi-partisan manner.

Sen McCain: The President has chosen another person whose shown poor judgment. I would be deeply concerned over what kind of decisions a man who said, ďDeficits donít matter.Ē would make.
Oh... And I'm not saying this because I'm bitter that I lost.

Senators Shelby and Sessions held a joint conference in Selma, Alabama that was attended by a guy we paid 15 bucks to video the conference:

Sessions: I canít think of a worse choice. The President is either unconcerned with the Constitution or heís getting really bad advise. This choice makes me wonder if he isnít just really arrogant.

Shelby: I have to agree. I wonder if Obama isnít really trying to destroy this country.

(The following exchange was picked up by the camera)

Sessions (whispering): Who did Obama pick?

Shelby: No idea.

House Members were also quick to jump in on the Presidentís choice:

Rep Boehner: My concern over this rests on Reaganís questionable patriotic behavior. He met with Gorbachev how many times? Never once did he lay down the law. He engaged in negotiations, which only served to weaken America and our subordinatesÖI mean allies.

Rep Cantor: Iíd go a step further and ask, ďHow do we know that Reagan wasnít giving the Soviets our nuclear launch codes? Iím not saying he did, but thereís always that high degree of probability.


The previous president, George Bush Jr also had this to say

Former President Bush (II): My concern is that Reagan made decisions that left this country weaker. As Colin Powell noted, Rumsfeld and Reagan had an argument towards the end of Reaganís Presidency about Reaganís decision to not fund Star War. Reagan said it was too expensive and wouldnít be effective. Reagan, like Obama, seemed to view himself as an expert of defense. Where did Reagan and Obama get their expertise?

Former Senate and House members also gave their views on the Presidentís choice:

Newt Gingrich: Appallingly bad choice. Reagan signed the highest tax hike in our nationís history. You can bet heíll be the voice of the tax-and-spend liberals.

Virgil Goode: The whole situation in the Middle East is due to Reaganís inept handling of the fall of the Soviet Union. Instead of carpet bombing the Arab World and Nuking the Soviet Union in 1990, he did nothing.

Former US Senator Rick Santorum was a guest on CNBC:

Rick Santorum: A horrible choice. What was Reaganís occupation for most of his life? He was an actor. An actor who will bring those Hollywood values to the Court. He wonít be a voice for Americaís oppressed majority: God-fearing, white, Christian, patriotic, conservative Americans.

Fox News Sean Hannity hosted Sarah Palin, Oliver North, Michelle Bachman and Jonah Goldberg to talk about the nominee:

Hannity: So, you disapprove of this poorly thought out choice?

Palin: You betcha. Here again Obama is pushing one of his terrorist friends on good middle-Americans.

Hannity: Terrorist?

Palin: Yes. Does anyone remember Khomeni? He was a terrorist.

Bachmann: And an Islamo-fascist.

Palin: Reagan sent him a cake. Iím sure he probably called him and sang Happy Birthday to him, while they talked about hating freedom.

Bachmann: Everyone remembers Iran-Contra.

Hannity: Colonel North. You are a patriotic American who loves this country. Yet, you were involved in Iran-Contra I think.

North: Iím glad you mentioned it Sean. I was in on the Contra part. I had no idea we were doing business with the Islamo-Al-Qaeda-Fascist Freedom-hating Iranian Government.

Hannity: What did you do when you learned about the connection?

North: I went straight to Reaganís office and I told him, ďReagan, I canít be a part of an operation that gives aid to a terrorist organization that destabilizes a legitimate government and murders innocent people, including some prominent religious figures who oppose them because they violate human rights.Ē

Hannity: You mean the Iranian Government.

North: Correct. The Contras were lovers of freedom. They'd never do those things.

Goldberg: My concern Sean, is based on Reaganís voting record. He voted for Franklin Roosevelt at least three times and as Iíve proven in my book, Roosevelt = Stalin = Hitler.

Glenn Beck: We ordinary citizens...
We concerned patriotic Americans should be unnerved about this narcissistic, extremist being on the Court. Weíve all heard of the Reagan Revolution. He named it after himself. How arrogant is that?
Why not the ďRepublican Revolution?Ē Or the ďI Love America Revolution?Ē
Because, it was all about him.
And further who are revolutionaries? Letís look to history. V.I. Lenin, Fidel Castro, Mao, Ho Chi Mihn. Those men were revolutionaries.
Am I saying Reagan is Mao, or Lenin, or Minh? No, I never said that. But... He could be just as bad, or even worse. He could be all of those men plus Hitler, Mussolini, Saddam and Gandhi all wrapped into one.

Rush Limbaugh said this on his show:

Limbaugh: This is clearly an affirmative action choice. He obviously chose Reaganís Ghost as a way of appealing to the dead around the country. The man never held a law license. Itís an affirmative action choice or itís a pay back to his Deceased Chicago Constituency.

Catholic League Representative Bill Donohoe had this to say on EWTV

Bill Donohoe: Why didnít he pick a Catholic? We are under-represented and oppressed.


On CNN, David Gergen gave his analysis

Gergen: Well, I think the Republicans bring up a lot of valid points:
The first is the arrogance of this administration in not consulting them about this choice. I mean, would it have been that difficult to ask them for a list of candidates and then choose from the list?
Rep Cantor also brings up a good point. How do we know Reagan didnít give the Soviets the launch codes? We donít know that he did, but we also donít know that he didnít.
I also think Rush is probably on target, this could easily be an affirmative action choice or payback.
I also think his association with Ayatollah Khomeni in the 80ís is a disturbing problem.
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Posted by rpannier in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Apr 03rd 2010, 09:01 AM
To listen to the Vatican apologists the criticism of the Church, the Pope, etc are agenda driven people who are reveling in kicking a good man when he is down. That the critics are just looking for excuses to beat up on the Pope and the Church.

Well...When you make it easy for the critics, who really bears the blame?

The Church apologists here in the US and elsewhere do not help the situation. You have Bill Donohoe going on TV and trying to claim that it wasn't really pedophilia because of the age of the victims. Mel Gibson has blamed the sex scandals on Vatican II, even though this has been going on before Vatican II.

The Defenders will say that you can't blame the Church for what a couple of members say. Okay. I'll give you that.

Well... When the Pope's personal preacher, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, compares the criticism of the Pope to anti-Semtism, when the Pope refers to his critics as people engaging in 'petty gossip' and the Papal letter blames the parents, the families of the victims and Ireland, it does make it easy for the Church's critics.

As to the Vatican's cries of poor us, if you are sure you are being unfairly scrutinized by the evil media... STOP DOING STUPID, IMMORAL, ILLEGAL things. Everyone knows that the media is always looking for the next scandal. If you aren't engaging in one, they'll go look elsewhere. Lord knows the Republican Party and 2/3 of the Italian Parliament are good for them.

The Next Victim:

The Tea Baggers are also in serious whine mode. It seems they are being unfairly broad-brushed in with the few bad apples that attend their rallies.

Well... when your rallies are overflowing with people carrying signs with pictures of Obama as an African Witch Doctor, Hitler, etc and the leaders of your organization say nothing to dissuade these people, it's kind of hard not to think they're with you.

You know, like when the drunk gets out of your car and walks into the restaurant sits down at the table with you and starts making an ass of himself and people for some reason think he's with you -- as opposed to someone who lept into your car drunk and you were just being nice and driving him to the same restaurant as you.

When your organization is filled with people who doubt the President was born in the United States because he has never come to your door with the original birth certificate in hand and the umbilical cord from his birth (stamped with Born in the USA), it's kind of hard not to think that they're with you.

Also, when you try and distance yourself it doesn't help that you say, "Well, we don't agree with everything they're saying, but..."
The 'but' is usually a dead giveaway that you do.
Oh, that you also don't explain what it is you don't agreed with doesn't help matters either.

If they're not with you, SAY SO! LOUDLY! And not with the word 'but' attached.
Tell, the world they're lunatics who need to get a life.
Until you do, it's hard for people not to assume those people are with you. Oh, also stop taking their money.

Next Victim:

The Republican Representatives in Washington who feel marginalized and that the Democrats are picking on them.

The Repubs have been crying foul that they their ideas are not being listened to and their complaints are not being taken seriously.
This of course ladies and gentlemen is the post-partisan republican party. As opposed to the pre-partisan Republicans that regularly wrote legislation and completely locked the Democrats out of any involvement.
The party that reminded us ad naseum that they were the majority and it was their reich... I mean right to do what they wanted.

Yes. They have been completely locked out. If by locked out out, you mean that there were over 50 republican additions to the HCR bill. Max Baucus and two Democratic Senators regularly met with 3 republican senators to (ahem) work on the bill.

Maybe if you didn't act like petulant children and go on TV lead by a leadership that featured one man with spray on tan and another who makes the former President look bright, articulate and charming by comparison, then whine and cry and forget the words to the Pledge people wouldn't be able to pick on you.

Stop playing to the lunatic fringe of society -- and by lunatic fringe, the people that would be viewed as crazy by any society since the time of Darius. Stop attending their rallies, stop promoting their causes and stop obstructing government.
YOU LOST!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YOU LOST BADLY!!!!!!!!!
Oh, and two more things:
1. Stop pretending you're not promoting their causes. Like the Bill to require proof that all future candidates for President was born in the US, was not some "...common sense idea to protect the integrity of the Presidency..." it was an attempt to curry favor with the raging lunatics.
2. Stop saying you're ending cooperation with the Democrats. As Bill Maher pointed out, You can't stop doing something you weren't ever doing in the first place.

Next Victim

The News Media (especially CNN)
The MSM is feeling under the gun because they're constantly being picked upon for their coverage of the President, his policies and for their coverage (or lack thereof) of events around the country and the world.

Well... If you didn't do such a half-assed job and try to pretend what you did is real reporting and journalism maybe you wouldn't get such negative feedback.
Maybe if you actually went out into the field and reported on a story live, instead of reporting on what someone else who is there is reporting on, you might be treated more seriously.

Howard Kurtz is always there to remind us that he is criticized by both the left and the right so he must be doing his job right.
I would suggest Howie do a segment on why we should legalize throwing puppies, kittens and hamsters off the George Washington Bridge into the river and watch the ones that survive drown. Then we'll see how much criticism he gets from the right and left and he can tell us how it's a valid idea because it's criticized from both sides.

Wolf Blitzer who claims he brings on people from both sides of an issue -- he even advertises that when I watch CNN-International
First off Wolf, many issues are very complex and have more than two sides. But then, you saw nothing wrong with asking the Republican nominees to raise their hand on whether they believed in Evolution or not, but had no discussion on why.

This Week on ABC: George stop lying and Cokie stop laughing and pretending like what George says is true.
Stop bring on liars and letting them spin.
The show will be a zillion times better when Christiane Amanpour takes over.

You people are the window to informing us about what goes on around the world and you give it over to liars, lunatics and segments on Tiger Woods' affair.

But, I get it.
You're the victims: Stupid, lying, delusional victims
We're picking on you.
But damn, you make it so easy.
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Posted by rpannier in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Feb 05th 2010, 10:38 PM
I chose 44 pieces of somewhat obscure trivia, but stuff I still found interesting

1. George Washington had to borrow money to go to his own inauguration.

2. Washington loved to help fight fires.

3. When Adams and his family moved to Washington to live in the White House, they got lost in the woods north of the city for several hours.

4. Jefferson kept a mockingbird named Dick in the White House study, and let the bird ride on his shoulder whenever possible. President Jefferson even trained Dick to take bits of food that he held between his lips at meals! When Jefferson went upstairs, his faithful companion would hop up after him, step after step, never far from his side.

5. Jefferson wrote his own epitaph without mentioning that he served as president of the United States.

6. Thomas Jefferson was once given a 1,235 pound hunk of cheese, giving us the term "the big cheese."

7. Madison was our smallest President, weighing 100 pounds, and standing 5 feet and 4 inches tall.

8. Madison was diagnosed as epileptic.

9. John Quincy Adams owned a pet alligator which he kept in the East Room of the White House.

10. Jackson believed that the earth was flat.

11. At his (Jackson) funeral in 1845, his pet parrot had to be removed because it was swearing

12. The first President born a U.S. citizen was Martin Van Buren (1837-41).

13. The only president of Dutch ancestry, Van Buren and his wife spoke Dutch at home.

14. When he was Vice President (Van Buren), he presided over the Senate with loaded pistols.

15. He (Van Buren)spent only 37 days away from his desk during his four years as president

16. When Taylor was inaugurated in March 1849, he would not take the Oath of Office on a Sunday. The offices of President and Vice President were vacant at the time, so David Rice Atchison, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, was sworn in as president.

17. Taylor, the 12th president of the U.S. didn't vote until he was 62 years old and didn't even vote in his own election (Moved often during military service)

18. Taylor refused all postage due correspondences. Because of this, he didn't receive notification of his nomination for president until several days later.

19. Fillmore refused an honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law from Oxford. He said, "No man should accept a degree that he can not read."

20. Pierce was arrested while in office for running over an old woman with his horse

21. Lincoln's brother, half-brothers, and brothers-in-law fought in the Confederate Army

22. Lincoln and his wife held seances in the White House.
They had great interest in psychic phenomena.

23. His real name was Hiram Ulysses Grant. He changed it because he didn't want to enter West Point with the initials H.U.G.

24. Garfield was the first president to campaign in more than one language.

25. Arthur's citizenship was questioned when political opponents alleged that he was born across the Vermont border in Canada.

26. Cleveland answered the White House phone, personally.

27. When North and South Dakota were admitted to the Union, Harrison covered the tops of the bills and shuffled them so that he could only see the bottom. He signed them and we will never know which state was the 39th or the 40th!

28. Mc Kinley, after being shot, he saw the shooter being beaten to the ground, he then cried, "Don't let them hurt him!"

29. In 1912, Roosevelt took a drink of coffee and exclaimed, "That coffee tastes good, even to the last drop!" Maxwell House got their motto from this.

30. Roosevelt wanted the motto "In God We Trust" removed from the new $20 gold coin designed in 1907. Roosevelt felt it was blasphemous to use the Lord's name on coins that were so often used to buy "worldly" goods and services.

31. When governor of Massachusetts, Coolidge was once punched in the eye by the mayor of Boston.

32. During Prohibition Hoover would visit the Belgian Embassy in Washington D.C. for drinks. It was considered foreign soil, so drinking was legal there.

33. Franklin Roosevelt was the first president whose mother was eligible to vote for him.

34. "Tell him to go to hell!" - Truman's first response to the messenger who told him that Franklin D. Roosevelt wanted him to be his running mate.

35. Truman watched from a window as guards had a gunfight with two men trying to break in and kill him. One of the men was killed, the other was convicted of several crimes and sentenced to death, Truman changed the sentence to life in prison.

36. Truman popularized the saying, "If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen."

37. Eisenhower was the first president of all 50 states.

38. Kennedy was the first president born in the 20th century.

39. Johnson and his wife, "Lady Byrd", were married with a $2.50 wedding ring bought at Sears.

40. Ford was once a male model.

41. Ford was born Leslie Lynch King, Jr. after his biological father. He was renamed after his adoptive father.

42. Carter was the first president sworn in using his nickname, Jimmy.

43. Reagan often took reporters' questions with his helicopter roaring in the background to avoid the press.

44. George Bush gave the "V-for-Victory" sign as he drove in his armored limousine past demonstrators in Canberra, Australia's capital in January 1992. In Australia, holding up two fingers to form a "V" has the same vulgar meaning as the middle-finger gesture in the United States.

link:
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Posted by rpannier in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Sep 07th 2009, 09:25 PM
I found this at http://www.electoral-vote.com /
They have listed the members of the caucus, the make up of their district, their margin of victory, how the Obama-mccain race turned out and when they were first elected.

Examples:
MS-04 Gene Taylor (D) R+20; 50%; -36%; 1988 (So Taylor is in a solidly republikkan dist +20, that he won by 50% and Obama lost by 36%.

ID-01 Walt Minnick (D) R+18; 2%; -26%; 2008 (Mr Minnick is in a solidly republikkan dist, that he squeaked out a win by 2% and Obama lost by 26%)

AR-01 Marion Berry (D); R+8; 100%; -21%; 1996 (Mr Berry, while in a solidly republikkan district had no opponent at all)

TX-28 Henry Cuellar (D); R+0; 40%; 12%; 2004 (Mr Cuellar is in a even split district that he easily carried, as did Obama)

CA-18 Dennis Cardoza (D); D+4; 100%; 20%; 2002 (Cordoza no opponent, leans Democratic, Obama easily carried)

CA-29 Adam Schiff (D); D+14; 44%; 38%; 2002 (Strong Democratic District, both he and Obama carried easily)

The point of this post is, not all the Blue Dogs have to be members, or be republikkan-light to get elected.
14 members are in districts that have more Democrats than republikkans registered (although some of them are very slightly Democratic +1%)
Some of them ran unopposed - 6
And 7 of them that did have opponents won by 40% or more.

Let's face it. Some of them choose to be obstructionists toward Pres Obama's programs because they choose to be opposed to them -- not because they have to be.

link:
http://www.electoral-vote.com/
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Posted by rpannier in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Jul 02nd 2009, 07:11 AM
Germany became the first nation in the world to adopt an old-age social insurance program in 1889, designed by Germany's Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck. The idea was first put forward, at Bismarck's behest, in 1881 by Germany's Emperor, William the First, in a ground-breaking letter to the German Parliament. William wrote: ". . .those who are disabled from work by age and invalidity have a well-grounded claim to care from the state."

Bismarck was motivated to introduce social insurance in Germany both in order to promote the well-being of workers in order to keep the German economy operating at maximum efficiency, and to stave-off calls for more radical socialist alternatives. Despite his impeccable right-wing credentials, Bismarck would be called a socialist for introducing these programs, as would President Roosevelt 70 years later. In his own speech to the Reichstag during the 1881 debates, Bismarck would reply: "Call it socialism or whatever you like. It is the same to me."

The German system provided contributory retirement benefits and disability benefits as well. Participation was mandatory and contributions were taken from the employee, the employer and the government. Coupled with the workers' compensation program established in 1884 and the "sickness" insurance enacted the year before, this gave the Germans a comprehensive system of income security based on social insurance principles. (They would add unemployment insurance in 1927, making their system complete.)

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Yep, yep,yep...That damned liberal, bleeding heart, Commie, Socialist Otto von Bismarck.
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Posted by rpannier in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Apr 16th 2009, 10:44 PM
You know you're listening to Bill O'Reilly if the person talking

is defending President Obama by comparing his situation to that of former President Bush

is decrying the paparazzi stalking people in one segment and in the next has his producer following someone onto a public bus or to their kids school asking them annoying and idiotic questions

is accusing an organization like Media Matters for taking what he says out of context after they play a five minute segment of something stupid he says

is claiming that American soldiers brutally murdered German POW's at Malmady

tells us how no one has done more for Veteran's Families, 9/11 Families, Missing Children, Victims of Rape, etc than he has -- yet continually refers to himself as 'humble servant'

decries how low public discourse has become and how irritated he is at the name calling, while at the same time referring to Danny Glover as 'that crazy actor' and Nancy Pelosi as 'Stupid and Dangerous'

complains how raising his taxes would result in damaging the economy

compares Media Matters and the Daily Kos to right wing organizations that advocate violence

is claiming the left-wing media is trying to silence people, while telling people he doesn't agree with to 'shut-up'

is telling people that the criticism of the President during wartime is something that needs to be curbed for the sake of the troops, but then either he, or his guest, blasts President Obama

is opposed to boycotts, but then begins a boycott of Pepsi

claims that his boycott of France has been documented as a success by a non-existent French business publication

claims that he and Mr Walsh have done more to fight sexual abuse and help its victims than any other people in America. Then he claims one victim seemed to enjoy it, while the other one was dressed in a way that invited her rape and murder

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