Claycord – Talk About Politics

April 25, 2014 · 398 comments

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This post is “Talk About Politics”.

Please use this post to talk about politics, and keep politics out of the “whatever” thread.

Thank you, and be kind to each other!

1 Reaganomics Vs. Obamanomics: Facts And Figures April 25, 2014 at 9:18 PM

In February 2009 I wrote an article for The Wall Street Journal entitled “Reaganomics v Obamanomics,” which argued that the emerging outlines of President Obama’s economic policies were following in close detail exactly the opposite of President Reagan’s economic policies. As a result, I predicted that Obamanomics would have the opposite results of Reaganomics. That prediction seems to be on track.

When President Reagan entered office in 1981, he faced actually much worse economic problems than President Obama faced in 2009. Three worsening recessions starting in 1969 were about to culminate in the worst of all in 1981-1982, with unemployment soaring into double digits at a peak of 10.8%. At the same time America suffered roaring double-digit inflation, with the CPI registering at 11.3% in 1979 and 13.5% in 1980 (25% in two years). The Washington establishment at the time argued that this inflation was now endemic to the American economy, and could not be stopped, at least not without a calamitous economic collapse.

All of the above was accompanied by double -igit interest rates, with the prime rate peaking at 21.5% in 1980. The poverty rate started increasing in 1978, eventually climbing by an astounding 33%, from 11.4% to 15.2%. A fall in real median family income that began in 1978 snowballed to a decline of almost 10% by 1982. In addition, from 1968 to 1982, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 70% of its real value, reflecting an overall collapse of stocks.

President Reagan campaigned on an explicitly articulated, four-point economic program to reverse this slow motion collapse of the American economy:

1. Cut tax rates to restore incentives for economic growth, which was implemented first with a reduction in the top income tax rate of 70% down to 50%, and then a 25% across-the-board reduction in income tax rates for everyone. The 1986 tax reform then reduced tax rates further, leaving just two rates, 28% and 15%.

2. Spending reductions, including a $31 billion cut in spending in 1981, close to 5% of the federal budget then, or the equivalent of about $175 billion in spending cuts for the year today. In constant dollars, nondefense discretionary spending declined by 14.4% from 1981 to 1982, and by 16.8% from 1981 to 1983. Moreover, in constant dollars, this nondefense discretionary spending never returned to its 1981 level for the rest of Reagan’s two terms! Even with the Reagan defense buildup, which won the Cold War without firing a shot, total federal spending declined from a high of 23.5% of GDP in 1983 to 21.3% in 1988 and 21.2% in 1989. That’s a real reduction in the size of government relative to the economy of 10%.

3. Anti-inflation monetary policy restraining money supply growth compared to demand, to maintain a stronger, more stable dollar value.

4. Deregulation, which saved consumers an estimated $100 billion per year in lower prices. Reagan’s first executive order, in fact, eliminated price controls on oil and natural gas. Production soared, and aided by a strong dollar the price of oil declined by more than 50%.

These economic policies amounted to the most successful economic experiment in world history. The Reagan recovery started in official records in November 1982, and lasted 92 months without a recession until July 1990, when the tax increases of the 1990 budget deal killed it. This set a new record for the longest peacetime expansion ever, the previous high in peacetime being 58 months.

During this seven-year recovery, the economy grew by almost one-third, the equivalent of adding the entire economy of West Germany, the third-largest in the world at the time, to the U.S. economy. In 1984 alone real economic growth boomed by 6.8%, the highest in 50 years. Nearly 20 million new jobs were created during the recovery, increasing U.S. civilian employment by almost 20%. Unemployment fell to 5.3% by 1989.

The shocking rise in inflation during the Nixon and Carter years was reversed. Astoundingly, inflation from 1980 was reduced by more than half by 1982, to 6.2%. It was cut in half again for 1983, to 3.2%, never to be heard from again until recently. The contractionary, tight-money policies needed to kill this inflation inexorably created the steep recession of 1981 to 1982, which is why Reagan did not suffer politically catastrophic blame for that recession.

Real per-capita disposable income increased by 18% from 1982 to 1989, meaning the American standard of living increased by almost 20% in just seven years. The poverty rate declined every year from 1984 to 1989, dropping by one-sixth from its peak. The stock market more than tripled in value from 1980 to 1990, a larger increase than in any previous decade.

In The End of Prosperity, supply side guru Art Laffer and Wall Street Journal chief financial writer Steve Moore point out that this Reagan recovery grew into a 25-year boom, with just slight interruptions by shallow, short recessions in 1990 and 2001. They wrote:

“We call this period, 1982-2007, the twenty-five year boom–the greatest period of wealth creation in the history of the planet. In 1980, the net worth–assets minus liabilities–of all U.S. households and business … was $25 trillion in today’s dollars. By 2007, … net worth was just shy of $57 trillion. Adjusting for inflation, more wealth was created in America in the twenty-five year boom than in the previous two hundred years.

What is so striking about Obamanomics is how it so doggedly pursues the opposite of every one of these planks of Reaganomics. Instead of reducing tax rates, President Obama is committed to raising the top tax rates of virtually every major federal tax. As already enacted into current law, in 2013 the top two income tax rates will rise by nearly 20%, counting as well Obama’s proposed deduction phase-outs.

The capital gains tax rate will soar by nearly 60%, counting the new Obamacare taxes going into effect that year. The total tax rate on corporate dividends would increase by nearly three times. The Medicare payroll tax would increase by 62% for the nation’s job creators and investors. The death tax rate would go back up to 55%. In his 2012 budget and his recent national budget speech, President Obama proposes still more tax increases.

Instead of coming into office with spending cuts, President Obama’s first act was a nearly $1 trillion stimulus bill. In his first two years in office he has already increased federal spending by 28%, and his 2012 budget proposes to increase federal spending by another 57% by 2021.

His monetary policy is just the opposite as well. Instead of restraining the money supply to match money demand for a stable dollar, slaying an historic inflation, we have QE1 and QE2 and a steadily collapsing dollar, arguably creating a historic reflation.

And instead of deregulation we have across-the-board re-regulation, from health care to finance to energy, and elsewhere. While Reagan used to say that his energy policy was to “unleash the private sector,” Obama’s energy policy can be described as precisely to leash the private sector in service to Obama’s central planning “green energy” dictates.

As a result, while the Reagan recovery averaged 7.1% economic growth over the first seven quarters, the Obama recovery has produced less than half that at 2.8%, with the last quarter at a dismal 1.8%. After seven quarters of the Reagan recovery, unemployment had fallen 3.3 percentage points from its peak to 7.5%, with only 18% unemployed long-term for 27 weeks or more. After seven quarters of the Obama recovery, unemployment has fallen only 1.3 percentage points from its peak, with a postwar record 45% long-term unemployed.

Previously the average recession since World War II lasted 10 months, with the longest at 16 months. Yet today, 40 months after the last recession started, unemployment is still 8.8%, with America suffering the longest period of unemployment that high since the Great Depression. Based on the historic precedents America should be enjoying the second year of a roaring economic recovery by now, especially since, historically, the worse the downturn, the stronger the recovery. Yet while in the Reagan recovery the economy soared past the previous GDP peak after six months, in the Obama recovery that didn’t happen for three years. Last year the Census Bureau reported that the total number of Americans in poverty was the highest in the 51 years that Census has been recording the data.

Moreover, the Reagan recovery was achieved while taming a historic inflation, for a period that continued for more than 25 years. By contrast, the less-than-half-hearted Obama recovery seems to be recreating inflation, with the latest Producer Price Index data showing double-digit inflation again, and the latest CPI growing already half as much.

These are the reasons why economist John Lott has rightly said, “For the last couple of years, President Obama keeps claiming that the recession was the worst economy since the Great Depression. But this is not correct. This is the worst “recovery” since the Great Depression.”

However, the Reagan Recovery took off once the tax rate cuts were fully phased in. Similarly, the full results of Obamanomics won’t be in until his historic, comprehensive tax rate increases of 2013 become effective. While the Reagan Recovery kicked off a historic 25-year economic boom, will the opposite policies of Obamanomics, once fully phased in, kick off 25 years of economic stagnation, unless reversed?

2 Anonymous April 25, 2014 at 9:26 PM

No phantom, those people aren’t laughing with you.

3 furian April 25, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Rand Paul Says Jimmy Carter Was Better on the Budget Than Ronald Reagan

“The deficit went through the roof under Reagan. So how long did it take Ron Paul to figure out that the guy he had liked, endorsed, campaigned for, campaigned for him? The very first [Reagan] budget. Ron Paul voted “no” against the very first Reagan budget… Everybody loved this “great” budget. It was a $100 billion in debt. This was three times greater than Jimmy Carter’s worst deficit.”

“You know, we wanted Reagan to veto a budget or to have balanced budgets and he didn’t do it. And it wasn’t anything personal against him. I think his philosophy was good. I just don’t know that he had the energy or the follow-through to get what we needed.”

“People want to like Reagan. He’s very likable. And what he had to say most of the time was a great message. But the deficits exploded under Reagan. The Democrats said, “Well, the deficit’s going up because you reduced the tax rates and supply side economics doesn’t work.” But the interesting thing is, if you look at the numbers, tax rates went down in the early ’80s, tax revenue did rise. The reason the deficits exploded is they ignored spending. Domestic spending went up at a greater clip under Reagan than it did under Carter.”

“Some say, well that’s fine, but there were good old days. We did at one time…When we had Reagan, we were fiscal conservatives. Well, unfortunately, even that wasn’t true. When Reagan was elected in 1980, the first bill they passed was called the Gramm-Latta bill of 1981, and Republicans pegged it as this great step forward. Well, Jimmy Carter’s last budget was about $34 or $36 billion in debt. Well, it turns out, Reagan’s first budget turned out to be $110 billion dollars in debt. And each successive year, the deficit rose throughout Reagan’s two terms.”

“As Republicans, it’s been very easy for us to say we’re fiscally conservative and we’re for balanced budgets. It’s never happened. We were in charge in the Reagan term, the next Bush’s term, this last Bush. The deficits were horrendous under the Republicans…During Reagan’s two terms, domestic spending went up faster than Jimmy Carter.”

“We live in such bad times that if you don’t have somebody who truly believes that we need to take an ax to government, you’re not going to get anything done…Even when we elected Reagan. A lot of us loved the rhetoric of Reagan. My dad supported Reagan in 1976 when only four US congressmen would stand up for him. The deficit still exploded…The deficit exploded because domestic spending rose faster under Reagan, so did military, but domestic spending rose faster under Reagan than under Jimmy Carter…We have to admit our failings because we’re not going to get new people unless we become believable as a party again.”

You wingies can watch all the clips of the above quotes here:

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/04/rand-paul-jimmy-carter-was-better-budget-ronald-reagan

4 Yhe Phantom April 25, 2014 at 9:48 PM

First!

5 shadowblade April 25, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Dennis…

“no, actually he just claimed to be a S.A.W. operator, and INFERRED his Ramboness. You know, like you: lying by insinuation, so that you can claim later that you weren’t really lying.”

So you were making up stuff…again.

As far as inferring Ramboness…this is you with your “they spat on me at the airport.” There has been no documented evidence of this happening. However, it was mentioned in Rambo.

Feel free to verify your credentials in person.

“So instead of dodging the issues by defending PhanDumb, how about you answer my question in #448. I see JWB is doing a hasty retreat also.”

OK…

#448… http://claycord.com/2014/04/18/claycord-talk-about-politics-6/#comment-645776

“The Coast Guard was there too!

Republicans don’t know that! And they don’t care!”

An imaginary question posted by Dennis under the guise of Yhe Phantom. Clever.

6 Carol Putman April 25, 2014 at 9:54 PM

I have send the following email to the Mayor of Clayton regarding the disgraceful treatment of senior citizens by the City of Clayton:

Dear Mr. Stratford,

I have two questions for you.  How do you people possibly justify not providing an exemption for seniors to the special assessment imposed on our property taxes?  You are taking from low and fixed-income seniors to provide services for the better heeled areas in Clayton. Oakhurst and the business in Clayton should be paying for their own streetlights  and other luxury services.  Disgraceful.

And, secondly, how do you people possibly justify the exhorbitant increases to our garbage rates when Allied Waste contributes to the supports of the totally useless and unnecessary Concert series?  If the businesses in Clayton can’t support themselves or generate income, why should I support them with increases to my garbage rates to provide a concert series to attract people to downtown Clayton?   You are taking from the low-income seniors in the community by way of their garbage rates to support business owners who have income to provide a concert series that is of appeal to very few in the community.  If the concert series is not self supporting, why should I give up my precious little income by way of increased garbage rates to support it. 

You people are so greedy you set absolutely NO example for the youth of this community with your “Do The Right Thing Campaign” because you don’t know how to do the right thing yourselves.  You all should be ashamed of yourselves. Carol Putman

7 . April 25, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Aaahhhh…. The quotes from that bastion of facts without any spin – mother jones magazine..

Now THERE’S an unimpeachable “source”.

Gotta hand it furian….,he actually posted something that approached a discussion (at least, besides insulting a whole class do people). Let’s see how long it can last.

8 Obama's ploicies are the exact opposite of Reagan's April 25, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Reagan created an economic Boom that lasted for 25 Years, the greatest period of wealth creation in the history of the planet.

Obama’s policies are a$$ backwards and will cause Economic collapse that will last for decades.

Let’s get our Country back on track.

Vote out All Democrats.

9 anon April 25, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Those good old days everybody got greedy .

10 Obama Plans to ‘Kill’ U.S. Dollar April 25, 2014 at 10:01 PM

The so-called “Gang of Eight” yesterday announced they were very close to coming up with an immigration reform bill.

Leading conservative Republicans, however—not the gaggle of RINOS that make up half of the Gang of Eight—point out that the immigration “reform” bill has a flaw: it will provide a back door for millions of illegal aliens to collect welfare.

The cost? Several trillion dollars.

That’s trillion with a “t.”

That would put our national debt above the “magic number” of twenty trillion, the point that many economists state is the tipping point of our economy. Tipping point meaning the U.S. economy would implode.

Add to this the fact that Obama is actually calling for a second Stimulus—as if a trillion dollars flushed down the toilet wasn’t enough.

Add to this the artificially high level of the stock market due to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s endless printing of money in which many are stating a crash is imminent—losing up to 90% of its value.

If one were a conspiracy theorist, it would seem like Barack Obama was actually trying to collapse the economy, putting us in a place like Cyprus where the EU is “taxing”—that is, confiscating—privately held bank accounts to the tune of 40% of their value.

On April 2, Ben Bernanke was asked if the U.S. would do the same thing in a dire economic crisis.

Bernanke hemmed and hawed for several minutes and finally gave up this answer: “It’s unlikely.”

Gee, that sure instills confidence in our banking system.

I guess we’re just a bunch of knuckle-dragging conspiracy theorists who think Obama is actually trying to collapse the economy—by devaluing (killing) the U.S. dollar.

Except that is exactly what a high level source in the intelligence community has stated, as reported in the Canada Free Press on Monday, in the widely read article, “Intelligence Insider: Obama Administration Agenda to Kill U.S Dollar.”

But that is just the beginning. According to the source, after the collapse of the economy, after the collapse of the dollar—after the U.S. dollar is properly devalued and buried long after the collapse of the euro—there will be a banshee cry by the globalists and banksters for an international currency with global government in order to prevent another world-wide economic crisis.

Yes, the economic crisis that they caused.

Obama’s push to gut the Second Amendment, the DHS’s stockpiling of two billion rounds of hollow point ammunition and tens of thousands of assault weapons, and Obama pushing George W. Bush’s Patriot Act to Orwellian levels by spying on literally every single American—is all part of a plan to institute a totalitarian New World Order.

Welcome to Barack Obama’s fundamental transformation of America.

Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/insider-obama-plans-to-kill-u-s-dollar/#xtHJpGpcS5Vy6DIS.99

11 Yhe Phantom April 25, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Cliven Bundy, more fake American values

Joseph “Joe The Plumber”, Wurzelbacher, fake contractor, day laborer

Ted Cruz, Canadian citizen, fully insured through his wife

Ran Paul, increased minimum wage will cost unemployed their jobs

Sarah Palin, fake outdoor, mountain Mama

Do any of you people ever think about how stupid you look?

“Ranchers like Bundy who graze their animals on federally owned land are moochers, pure and simple. According to the Congressional Research Service, Bureau of Land Management fees for federal lands are drastically lower than fees charged by private landowners – $1.35 per animal month-unit (AUM) versus an $8-$23 fee on private land. What’s more, the federal agencies who administer this grazing land “typically spend far more managing their grazing programs than they collect in grazing fees.” The net result is that federal grazing programs are an enormous giveaway to ranchers that carries both direct and opportunity costs for the rest of us.”

http://www.vox.com/2014/4/25/5651432/cliven-bundy-spanish-people

– Do any of you people ever think about how stupid you look?

12 Dennis April 25, 2014 at 10:18 PM

@ShallowBrain/Phandumb/Peter/JWB et al

Explain in detail how we all have a “new” definition of “arms” that excludes weapons invented since the Constitution was written. Explain how those new weapons are NOT covered by the 2nd Amendment.

Then explain in detail how we all have a “new” definition of “Free Speech” that excludes communications invented since the Constitution was written. Explain how these new forms of communications (radio, TV, phones, internet) are NOT covered by the 1st Amendment.

13 furian April 25, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Good to see you’re following along so closely!

Guess you didn’t like the new winger hero, Rand Paul, disparing Raygun like that.

I’m sure it’s hard for you to deal with.

You will probably need counseling.

HAAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

14 Yhe Phantom April 25, 2014 at 10:20 PM

YOUNG DEMOCRAT TRAINING LESSON: Sec. John Kerry – Treason?

Sec. John Kerry is only guilty of trying to end a war in 1971 that President Richard Nixon would eagerly terminate in 1973. Nixon Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird declined two requests from the Navy to court martial Reserve Lieutenant Kerry over his antiwar activity.

The Republican Hawks have not heard the bright clear screams of battle. Nor have they been made deaf by concussion, nor stunned by the acrid smell of burning powder, the air stiff with the smell of blood and burning flesh of friend and foe. They have not soiled themselves in fear as they returned fight and fire from their positions thick with the bodies of their dead and wounded enemies and comrades.

Even our enemies have a truer sense of the uselessness of war.

Non-combatants must not provoke us into harms way. Cool heads and steel nerves will chart a course to necessary victory without expending vast munitions, war materials, and human lives.

I have always thought Karl Rove was devastated at our early victory in the Iraq War II. Cheney probably had to apologize to someone for the too early conquest. It was successfully executed with sad but apparently acceptable losses. Our troops performed brilliantly and honorably.

We must not be afraid of war, only the unnecessary sacrifice of life.

War is after all, a failure to communicate and resolve disputes. Raging egos, blind ambition and habitually underestimating the enemy are the dogs of war.

Hate and prejudice are the beast’s food.

15 Dennis April 25, 2014 at 10:21 PM

@Shadowblade
“The Coast Guard was there too!”

so what? Are you/PhanDumb now claiming he was in the COast Guard, IN VIETNAM, during that war? As an 11B NCO operating a squad automatic weapon?

Why not let PhanDumb defend himself, in his own alias, rather than having all the other aliases do so, hoping the readers here will think multiple people support him/her?

16 Sami Yam April 25, 2014 at 10:22 PM

@Phantom – Well take a look in the mirror yourself. You need a shave Comrade, & cut off that hippie ponytail too.

17 Obama's plan for America April 25, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Overwhelm the system with debt. Obama promised to cut the deficit in half; instead he gave us five consecutive trillion dollar deficits. He promised to spend responsibly; instead now owns the title of “biggest spender in world history.” He called Bush’s $4 trillion in debt over 8 years reckless, then proceed to pile on $6 trillion in only 4 years. He added 6,118 new rules, regulations and mandates in just the last 90 days. He claimed taxes are low, yet he just raised taxes to the same level as bankrupt EU countries like Greece, Spain, Italy and France. Our federal income taxes are now far higher than former Soviet Republics.
Now I ask you- Does this sound like a man trying to “save” us? Folks, this is Cloward & Piven. This is Karl Marx, who despised the middle class and vowed to wipe it out. This is Saul Alinsky (Obama’s mentor) who dedicated his book…Obama’s favorite book by the way…to Lucifer, the devil.

This is no accident, or the work of an economically inept liberal. This is a purposeful plan to drown the nation in debt and hook a majority to government handouts, happening in front of our eyes. It’s crystal clear what Obama’s plan is for America.

18 Elwood April 25, 2014 at 10:23 PM

@ #3

Why looky there! Duh Phandum has taught the little fellow how to cut and paste!

19 Yhe Phantom April 25, 2014 at 10:28 PM

“Explain in detail how we all have a “new” definition of “arms” that excludes weapons invented since the Constitution was written. Explain how those new weapons are NOT covered by the 2nd Amendment.”

Poison Gas
Napalm
Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG’s)
Recoilless Rifles
Machine Guns
Light Mortars
Land Mines

Google it!

20 ClayDen April 25, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Regarding the first post: Outstanding!

21 Yhe Phantom April 25, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Then explain in detail how we all have a “new” definition of “Free Speech” that excludes communications invented since the Constitution was written.

Hate speech
National secrets
Terrorist threats
Threats of violence
Slander
Libel

Google it!

22 Kelly Anne April 25, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Ya, I used to be a liberal.then I moved to California & realized how crazy they are.they’re not your Kennedy democrats anymore. They think if we’re nice to everyone they’ll love us. Wake up.

23 11 B10 April 25, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Poster 2 nailed the phantom.

24 furian April 25, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Dang, Phantom really riled all you wingies up! Look at all the weeping and gnashing of teeth!

Only takes one poster to make you all whine in unison!

Impressive. Most impressive!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Crying wing dings aee always a HOOT!

25 Yhe Phantom April 25, 2014 at 11:41 PM

#1 Reaganomics Vs. Obamanomics: Facts And Figures…from 2009

#8 Obama’s ploicies are the exact opposite of Reagan’s…from 2011

#10 Obama Plans to ‘Kill’ U.S. Dollar…from 2013

#17 Obama’s plan for America…2013

Pretty old content…if you’re going to troll…use fresh bait.

DJIA closed at 16,363 today,
Unemployment at 6.7%,
Largest and strongest Economy in the world
With the highest GDP in the world.

26 Dennis April 26, 2014 at 1:39 AM

@PhanDumb (and getting dumber)

Your list is of weapons created and controlled by Nations.
The Bill of Rights, including the 2nd Amendments, are Rights guaranteed to individuals, not Nations.
The 2nd Amendment says nothing about the Right of Sovereign Nations to have the weapons you listed.

As always, you deflect into irrelevancies.

27 Dennis April 26, 2014 at 1:43 AM

@PhanDumb (and getting dumber)

Your list of ACTIONS, which violate the 1st Amendment, are just that: actions, subject to law.
Note that ACTIONS using firearms are also subject to Law.

So once again, you fail to substantiate your claim that freedom of speech should NOT include phones, radio, TV, internet, et.

You are confusing ACTIONS with technological improvements of items.

Are you really that obtuse, or do you intentionally confuse the two?

28 Dennis April 26, 2014 at 1:45 AM

@PhanDumb (and getting Dumber)
“The Republican Hawks have not heard the bright clear screams of battle. Nor have they been made deaf by concussion, nor stunned by the acrid smell of burning powder, the air stiff with the smell of blood and burning flesh of friend and foe. They have not soiled themselves in fear as they returned fight and fire from their positions thick with the bodies of their dead and wounded enemies and comrades. ”

horse manure. you’ve never seen the elephant. I have. And I’m a Republican.

More of your insane (and demeaning) drivel.

29 Dennis April 26, 2014 at 1:47 AM

@Kelly Anne

I was (and still am, in spirit) a JFK Democrat. Have registered Republican since it became apparent the Socialists seized control of the Democratic Party 40 years ago.

30 Don't Censor Me Bro April 26, 2014 at 5:32 AM

@#21

Still pretending you have a negligible grasp the law when you don’t I see…

BTW two words for ya…common law…

par your your course

31 Anon Redux April 26, 2014 at 6:48 AM

@Carol Putnam #6.

Most of the posts in this Politics section are about National Politics. I rarely see anything regarding local politics. However, Clayton is a small town (11,093 residents). You are able to clearly see where your tax dollars are being spent. It’s refreshing to see someone concerned about questionable charges for garbage and lights. I wish you the best.

If only there were effective watchdogs that could question and stop the out of control spending at the state and federal level.

32 Anon Redux April 26, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Oregon Abandoning Failed $300 Million Obamacare Website
http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2014/04/25/new-cancellation-notices-n1828851

Of all the Obamacare exchange horror stories — and there have been plenty — Oregon takes the cake.

After months of abject failure, serious evidence of criminal fraud, and hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars flushed away, the state will announce that it is abandoning its exchange in favor of the federal Healthcare.gov platform.

Oregon’s website was supposed to be ready for the open enrollment period, starting on October 1, 2013. It never launched.

Oregon is a small state with a population of 3,899,000. The money lost on ObamaCare could have been used constructively: to improve schools, bad roads, etc. Instead, over $300 Million Dollars was flushed down the drain.

33 Anonymous April 26, 2014 at 7:21 AM

Phantom=furion= pretend vet.

34 Anonymous April 26, 2014 at 7:34 AM

We see Mark Desaulnier has decided that companies that pay their executives far more then the workers will have their state taxes raised.

This is not a shock. There is nothing that invigorates DeSaulnier more then raising taxes.

35 Connie Dobbs April 26, 2014 at 7:40 AM

#32 They’ve also stopped using Canadian babies as fuel for their green power plant.

36 mtzman April 26, 2014 at 8:22 AM

@Dennis #15, oh, for crying out loud, Dennis, you have lied for years about you being spit upon at Travis when returning from Vietnam. Give it a rest. Or is this something else you can blame Jimmy Carter for?

37 Frank F April 26, 2014 at 8:46 AM

I rarely comment here. Fun to read some of this stuff. But I need to say something about the Phantom (how does he get that funny thing on his keyboard name?)

Its OK to use Republican as a perjorative adjective. If he wants to ascribe everything evil to Republicans, that his right.

If he wants to post long quotes, thats OK ,too. Just click by them.

However I have read his posts on his service in the military, and they are flat out made up. He wasn’t there. Thats just wrong. No shame in not having served, but pretending to , when you didn’t, is not honest.

Thank you for reading.

38 . April 26, 2014 at 9:11 AM

@#13…

Well, furian’s semi-intelligent posts lasted around 25 minutes. Must have been an aberration.

39 Anonymous April 26, 2014 at 9:17 AM

DeSaulnier will just drive more business to Texas. But that’s OK , he gets the union vote , which is all he cares about. If you don’t believe that, check out his spineless stand on the BART strike.

40 Obama: Put More People on Welfare! April 26, 2014 at 9:19 AM

The Obama Administration has a one-size-fits-all solution for our nation’s problems: put more people on welfare!

We’ve just seen moves like running radio soap operas to encourage people to sign up for food stamps and claiming the right to waive welfare’s work requirements.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

The federal government actually runs 126 separate anti-poverty programs. They’re managed by 13 different agencies.

We use the word “welfare” to describe money that goes to needy people. But the government’s war on poverty is a whole lot bigger. And it’s rife with waste and redundancy.

The federal government runs 33 different housing programs: 21 programs to provide food, eight healthcare programs, 27 cash or general assistance programs. It’s hard to find a government department that doesn’t run an anti-poverty program. All this adds up — and this is just the federal government.

If you also include state and local spending, the government will spend nearly a trillion dollars this year fighting poverty. That’s almost the size of the national deficit this year.

Now let me be clear, I don’t object to poor people getting help. My problem is a government throwing money at programs that clearly aren’t working. Consider this: All this welfare spending adds up to $20,610 for every poor man, woman and child in the country.

For a poor family of three, that’s nearly $62,000 dollars. The poverty line for that family is just $18,500. With this kind of spending, poverty should be wiped out – instead it’s growing.

Today, one in seven Americans is living in poverty. The most in almost two decades. All the while spending is soaring.

And, welfare spending for the last four decades — adjusted for inflation? Up, up, up. How can we spend all this money, and see so little progress?

Instead of pushing this line higher and higher, and expanding the welfare state, we should be stopping the taxes and bloated regulations that hold back economic growth and job creation. People need work, not handouts.

Unfortunately the only solution the president sees is throwing more money at the problem. More government, instead of less. More dependency instead of empowerment.

Instead of going forward, we’re going in circles.

41 More People Have Gotten Food Stamps Than Jobs Under Obama April 26, 2014 at 9:29 AM

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the Obama administration has created 7.2 million jobs over the years, but other reports are pointing out that twice that many people have started getting food stamps since President Barack Obama took office.

More than 32 million Americans were receiving assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program in January 2009, reports The Washington Times. However, the number has grown to almost 48 million people, or 16 million Americans — more than twice as many as got jobs.

42 Anonymous April 26, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Looks like the cat got the phantoms pen. Big fella isn’t doing to well today. No doubt he will pull out his undercover identity as furion to ramble on

43 GHB April 26, 2014 at 11:20 AM

@43 Look whose rambling on. Have a cup of coffee and wake up from your dream.

44 DP vs RP April 26, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Should political parties be outlawed? I meet a lot of good people that have good values and ideas, and overlap across party lines. They have their likes and dislikes. Is it necessary to have political parties that have a polarizing effect ?

45 Moochelle Obama is not ready to divorce yet April 26, 2014 at 12:31 PM

She is going to milk the tax payers some more on her lavish multi million dollar vacations.

46 Ex Wife April 26, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Today all of you should be out celebrating the earth.

47 anon April 26, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Read the Good Earth

48 It's 'Meme' is that you Ma? April 26, 2014 at 2:26 PM

“OBAMA FOREIGN POLICY SKETCHY AT BEST”…

“Hey you can keep that policy if you like it!’

Maybe the President should see if “The “Dude” Rom-ster’s” (etch a sketch) is available…

No really?

Memo to Pres.Bro': – The “19th Hole” napkin sketches aren’t working…

Love, “MEME”.

49 Yhe Phantom April 26, 2014 at 2:38 PM

The report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that while for the most part the reward program for IRS workers complied with federal regulations, employees who had themselves failed to pay their federal taxes and had discipline problems were also rewarded.

“While not prohibited, providing awards to employees who have been disciplined for failing to pay federal taxes appears to create a conflict with the IRS’s charge of ensuring the integrity of the system of tax administration,” Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George said.

The watchdog found that in the period from October 1, 2010 to December 31, 2012 over 2,800 employees who had been disciplined for conduct problems, including issues with federal tax compliance, had received over $2.8 million in monetary awards and over 27,000 hours in time-off awards.
The IRS had about 100,000 workers during the period under review.

In the 2011 budget year, more than 70,000 IRS workers got cash bonuses totaling $92 million, the report said. In the 2012 budget year, nearly 68,000 workers got cash bonuses totaling $86 million.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/23/irs-employees-with-tax-and-conduct-issues-still-got-awards-watchdog-report/

– Russell George did not find such discipline problems; he found under-withholding that required payment plans…and credit card management write-ups, tardy write-ups and abuse of sick days…why should this cancel a performance bonus? They have been disciplined already.

Even then it’s only a 4% at $2.8M error while:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has identified small business and sole proprietorship employees as the largest contributors to the tax gap between what Americans owe in federal taxes and what the federal government receives. Rather than W-2 wage earners and corporations, small business and sole proprietorship employees contribute to the tax gap because there are few ways for the government to know about skimming or non-reporting of income without mounting more significant investigations.

In the United States, the IRS estimate of the 2001 tax gap was $345 billion.[7]

For 2006, the tax gap is estimated to be $450 billion.[8]

A more recent study estimates the 2008 tax gap in the range of $450 to $500 billion, and unreported income to be approximately $2 trillion.[9] Thus, 18 to 19 percent of total reportable income is not properly reported to the IRS.[10]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_evasion_in_the_United_States#Measurement

– Attacking the IRS and protecting the small business community against government abuse while they rip us all off!

– Republican cunning!

50 Yhe Phantom April 26, 2014 at 2:39 PM

For our Armed Forces readers…Stay Alive.

1. The enemy never watches until you make a mistake.
2. One enemy soldier is never enough, but two is entirely too many.
3. A clean (and dry) set of ACU’s is a magnet for mud and rain.
4. Whenever you have plenty of ammo, you never miss. Whenever you are low on ammo, you can’t hit the inside of the bunker.
5. The more a weapon costs, the farther you will have to send it away to be repaired.
6. Field experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
7. Interchangeable parts aren’t.
8. No matter which way you have to march, it’s always uphill.
9. If enough data is collected, a board of inquiry can prove ANYTHING.
10. For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism. (In boot camp)

51 Yhe Phantom April 26, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Frank F, tiny dot, 11B10, Calm Down, (Headliner?) Dennis, and other fakes;
“However I have read his posts on his service in the military, and they are flat out made up. He wasn’t there.”

Anything specific? Or just strong summary conclusions with no supporting facts like Rush and O’Reilly?

You all make the same vague claims…based on what?

And why didn’t you answer the questions, you Delta Force wannabes?
Other questions for the “Republican Paramilitary Militia Guard”

1. Do you know why an old pavement jackhammer sounds just like an M60?
2. What does a M60 fire team have in common with an infantry officer?
3. Why do you change barrels? [Dennis answered this one].
4. And who does this in the middle of a firefight?
5. Why does a M2 gunner always have small change?
6. What is the assistant gunners most important tool?

No answer, no combat service, like 11B10, Calm Down, and any others.

Simply framing the questions is proof enough of my service…real veterans know this, and you guys do not!

The issue is much larger than my service record; it’s about the systematic betrayal of all regular service veterans, numbered at 21,200,000. This Congress has continued to fail the country in every way, health care, jobs production, veteran’s benefits, and tax reform.

These people want to ignore the fact that Republicans do not support the military personnel, they only support military spending on equipment purchases from Pentagon suppliers.

People are only useful to them for operating the expendable capital equipment.

Drones will make this even more obvious, and I say thank God.

52 teri April 26, 2014 at 3:05 PM

The Obama administration created a White House Council on Women and Girls. But they have ignored efforts to establish a White House Council on boys and men, even though research shows that it is urgently needed. Please sign this petition supporting the creation of a White House Council on Boys and Men. http://whitehouseboysmen.org/blog/

53 shadowblade April 26, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Dennis #15

You are really slow.

Link… http://claycord.com/2014/04/18/claycord-talk-about-politics-6/#comment-645776

Last week, #467, you asked :”So instead of dodging the issues by defending PhanDumb, how about you answer my question in #448.”

So I scrolled back to #448, and what did I see? Yhe Phantom’s post I quoted. You’re not very bright, which is why you act like a bully and call people names.

BTW…sawed-off shotguns are illegal. Also see firearm vs antique firearm.

54 Triple Canopy April 26, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Just checking in……Is Phandumb dead yet?

55 Dennis April 26, 2014 at 5:55 PM

@shallowbrain

Just say it. If the 2nd Amendment does not protect individual’s right to carry modern firearms, then the 1st Amendment does not protect your use of modern communications.

56 Dennis April 26, 2014 at 5:57 PM

@mtzman calling me a liar? How quaint. Aren’t you one of the spitters?

57 shadowblade April 26, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Dennis…

http://www.atf.gov/files/publications/download/p/atf-p-5320-8/atf-p-5320-8-chapter-2.pdf

Shoulder-mounted rocket launchers…

Firearm? Legal?

58 cHum April 26, 2014 at 6:21 PM

“Subprime Scandal: Newly released memos from the Clinton presidential library reveal evidence the government had a big hand in the housing crisis. The worst actors were in the White House, not on Wall Street.”

“During the 1990s, former Clinton aides bragged that more aggressive enforcement of the Community Reinvestment Act pressured banks to issue riskier mortgages, lending more proof the anti-redlining law fueled the crisis.”
http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/042514-698502-clinton-library-doc-dump-reveals-role-in-subprime-bubble.htm?p=full

This bears repeating “…former Clinton aides bragged that more aggressive enforcement of the Community Reinvestment Act pressured banks to issue riskier mortgages…”

Here’s a sample of CRA bragging, in 1998, by the then Attorney General.
http://www.justice.gov/archive/ag/speeches/1998/0320_agcom.htm

Did I just hear a hairball explode?

59 Dennis April 26, 2014 at 6:56 PM

@Shallowbrain

if you ever acquire one, and use it, I’m sure the courts will rule on it.
Until then, or the stampede of your herd of unicorns, it isn’t worth discussing.

Say it, ShallowBrain: your “interpretation” of the 2nd Amendment is wrong.

60 Anonymous April 26, 2014 at 7:07 PM

No phantom, the issue is your service record, of which there is none.

61 Yhe Phantom April 26, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Simply framing the questions is proof enough of my service…real veterans know this, and you guys do not!

62 Elwood April 26, 2014 at 7:44 PM

@ Triple Canopy #55

No such luck. In fact he seems to be morphing into more personalities.

63 Yhe Phantom April 26, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Crafted Headlines from Anonymous; just posts leaders for the home page…then vanishes.

64 Yhe Phantom April 26, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Rand Paul is among the top, potential GOP presidential candidates, along with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and more recently former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/26/paul-make-key-stop-in-maine-with-state-gop-split-between-libertarians-and/

We could beat these guys running RuPaul and Lady Gaga.

1. They have a known set of moral values
2. More intelligent grasp of the needs of the country
3. Stronger knowledge of economics and finance
4. Greater loyalty to the United States and it’s people
5. Concern for the citizens of the country
6. Moe willing to cooperate with others with different opinions and experience

65 Yhe Phantom April 26, 2014 at 7:52 PM

YOUNG DEMOCRAT TRAINING LESSON: THE U.S. SUBPRIME MORTGAGE CRISIS WAS A LIBERTARIAN ECONOMIC ADVENTURE

In Congressional testimony on October 23, 2008, Greenspan acknowledged that he was “partially” wrong in opposing regulation and stated “Those of us who have looked to the self-interest of lending institutions to protect shareholder’s equity – myself especially – are in a state of shocked disbelief.”[56] Referring to his free-market ideology, Greenspan said: “I have found a flaw. I don’t know how significant or permanent it is. But I have been very distressed by that fact.”

Representative HENRY WAXMAN (D-CA) then pressed him to clarify his words. “In other words, you found that your view of the world, your ideology, was not right, it was not working,” Waxman said. “Absolutely, precisely,” Greenspan replied. “You know, that’s precisely the reason I was shocked, because I have been going for 40 years or more with very considerable evidence that it was working exceptionally well.”[84] Greenspan admitted fault [85] in opposing regulation of derivatives and acknowledged that financial institutions didn’t protect shareholders and investments as well as he expected.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Greenspan

66 et-al April 26, 2014 at 8:09 PM

If the phantom keep telling those obvious lies he’ll soon be qualified to run for obama’s job. One slimy liar is as good as the next.

67 Dennis April 26, 2014 at 8:33 PM

@phandumb

“Simply framing the questions is proof enough of my service…real veterans know this, and you guys do not!”

wrong. or false. you choose.

68 @Chum April 26, 2014 at 8:38 PM

And GW Bush didn’t stop it, why?

69 @@Chum April 26, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Probably because he is a grown boy.

70 Dennis April 26, 2014 at 9:50 PM

@#69
why don’t you stop hiding behind questions, innuendoes, and rhetorical questions, and Tell us your opinion.
and be prepared to defend your opinion. instead of just asking questions.

71 shadowblade April 26, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Dennis

The Court has already ruled on sawed-off shotguns, and rocket launchers are currently illegal. Bottom line…your interpretation of the 2nd Amendment is wrong.

And you’re still playing the bully with the name calling. Sorry, but your childish antics don’t work in the adult world.

72 furian April 26, 2014 at 10:18 PM

How come you wingies think you’re entitled to answers?

You’re not entitled to squat.

Look at all your hate filled posts here, you should all be ashamed.

I wonder how many of you hypocrites will be in church tomorrow?

Probably none of you since all you know how to do is cower behind your ‘religion’ while you spew hate.

Sad.

73 mtzman April 26, 2014 at 11:49 PM

@Dennis #57, when you returned from Vietnam I was around 15 and lived several hundred miles away from Travis, so, no, I was not one of your imaginary spitters. But maybe you could blame it on Jimmy Carter. It’s all in your mind anyway …

74 One Percent April 26, 2014 at 11:50 PM

“The Laborers International Union of North America, with about 570,000 members, wants the Obama administration to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The union has a lot of clout in Democratic circles; according to the Center for Responsive Politics, it has contributed $38,089,860 to political candidates since 1989, with just seven percent of it going to Republicans.”

“Tom Steyer, the hedge-fund billionaire, wants the Obama administration to block construction of the pipeline. Although a relative newcomer to the political game, he has pledged to give Democrats $50 million, and raise $50 million more, to get his way.”
http://lite.washingtonexaminer.com/?p=211131

Unions mean nothing to democrat one percent.

75 Election Stealing April 26, 2014 at 11:55 PM

No wonder democrats are afraid of voter ID.
‘Election fraud: 44,000 are registered to vote in BOTH Virginia & Maryland’
http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2014/04/26/election-fraud-44000-are-registered-to-vote-in-both-virginia-maryland/

76 Anon Redux April 27, 2014 at 7:24 AM

Who runs the world? The liberal elite.
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/376597/oligarchy-21st-century-matthew-continetti

Seven of the ten richest counties in the country voted for Barack Obama in 2012, many of them by huge margins.

Six of the ten counties are in the Washington, DC metro area, which has benefited from government employment, regulations, contracting, consulting, lobbying, and lawyering for clients petitioning the government.

Commenter

The enlightened elite must control society in the interests of all. Bringing order, sweetness, and rationality to bear over the strident opposition of the great unwashed.

It is the Democrats who are the party of crony capitalism and the obscenely rich, and welfare and dependency. If people are unable to fend for themselves, they need the wise, providing hand of their betters who will dole out other people’s money to buy votes.

Political correctness has created an uneven playing field that favors the powerful while decimating the middle class.

77 Anonymous April 27, 2014 at 7:36 AM

Let’s get this straight . The proof of the phantoms service is the questions other people ask? Wow, why didn’t I figure that out before?

78 Rick April 27, 2014 at 8:24 AM

@#1
Biggest lie I’ve ever read. The conservative wacko machine will go to great lengths to rewrite history. #1 is a great example.

79 Connie Dobbs April 27, 2014 at 8:53 AM

#75 I remember when the UAW endorsed Al Gore. Too bad the most the Laborers will do is tell their rank and file not to vote for President. Also too bad the Carpenters won’t join them, not unless they negotiate the right to poach work from the Piledrivers and Millwrights. If the LIUNA could get the Ironworkers to come out in favor, too, that would help.

The three unions with the most influence in heavy construction are the Laborers, Carpenters and Ironworkers, in that order. You can build forms all day long and tie all the rod you want inside of them, but the Laborers place the concrete and without them you have no building. This would be an excellent opportunity for construction unions to rehabilitate their image with the public. The pipeline workers need all the things people need: housing, clothing, auto repair, entertainment, etc. Non-union workers all along the route will see the benefit of importing a well-paid workforce not drawing from the local job pool. Thus ends my Will Durst moment.

80 Connie Dobbs April 27, 2014 at 8:55 AM

#79 You mean it’s the longest lie you’ve ever read.

81 Anon April 27, 2014 at 10:19 AM

This phantom baiting is driving phantom/ furion (same poster if you haven’t figured it out) nuts.

He now says that question posed to him prove he is a vet.

I am a vet, have read some of his stuff and can assure folks he never served a day.

82 PermanentVacationWithNsps April 27, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Obama makes Jimmy Carter look
like a genius.

83 furian April 27, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Hey anon @82,

Phantom and I are not the same person, listen to Conners, she’ll show you the light.

So you’re wrong there.

Guess what else you’re most likely wrong about?

HAHAHAHA

Like a typical wingie, you have no facts, just your idiotic opinion and you know what opinions are like.

BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

84 Yhe Phantom April 27, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Anon…no vet, no cred…simple absence of any specific facts, and no answers to the six questions “I” posed, and any infantry soldier/Marine knows the answers to…veterans know, the common knowledge of the “band of brothers”.

Like “how do you adjust a hand grenade?”, or why you never carry blue grenades into battle.

85 Yhe Phantom April 27, 2014 at 11:29 AM

(CNN) — The racism controversy embroiling Don Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, has reached half way around the world to Malaysia, where President Obama is on a diplomatic mission to Asia Pacific nations.

At a press conference with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Sunday, Obama was asked about racist comments Sterling allegedly made about African-Americans.

“When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk. That’s what happened here,” the President said.

Obama also said Sterling’s alleged comments are an example of how “the United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation.”

“That’s still there, the vestiges of discrimination. We’ve made enormous strides, but you’re going to continue to see this percolate up every so often,” Obama said in Malaysia.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/27/us/nba-team-owner-alleged-racist-remarks/

86 Yhe Phantom April 27, 2014 at 11:30 AM

In the same memo, Cantor outlined a busy month on the floor that will also include House action to combat human trafficking, overhaul federal charter school programs, support veterans and approve the annual National Defense Authorization Act. The House will begin work on 2015 appropriations bills, Cantor said.

But supporters of immigration reform and a Republican replacement for ObamaCare will have to wait at least until the summer for House action; Cantor did not mention immigration in his memo, and he provided no timetable for healthcare legislation.

The effort to stop human trafficking will likely be a major theme for Republicans, as Cantor mentioned six separate bills that could come to the floor, including proposals to boost access to services for victims and give prosecutors more tools to go after exploiters.

“Human trafficking is modern day slavery and it is happening all too frequently across this country,” Cantor wrote. “The federal government has an important role to play in putting an end to this practice which is why the House will take action in May to combat this horrific crime.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/204396-house-to-hold-contempt-vote-on-lerner#ixzz3044V7m8S

– Interesting new subject for Republicans…I think there exist laws that cannot be enforced for reduced budgets in state and federal law enforcement programs.

– Probably planning to fund these efforts with reductions to WIC.

– These guys remind me of the students that partied all semester and then scrambled to do their term papers and cram for tests in the last week of the term…Tea Party Tardy!

– Repealed the ACA 54 times, and accomplished nothing.

87 Latest Obama Outrage: More People on Food Stamps Than Are Working Full Time April 27, 2014 at 12:59 PM

This Obama economy has soup lines as far as the eye can see. It also appears that many could easily be standing in two, three or even four lines simultaneously!

There are 103.4 million people currently enrolled in any one of 15 subsidized federal food assistance programs. The most people in our nation’s history.

Due to the governments sloppy management of resources it’s anybody’s guess how many people are standing in how many lines, at the same time.

One thing we do know for sure is one third of our nation is now receiving Subsidized Food Assistance.

Good Job Obama !

88 Anonymous April 27, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Thats the spirit furion-phantom. Stick with your story about being a veteran. Someone may believe you, but not me

89 RunDogRun April 27, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Claycord Politics thread …
Closet thing to “Waiting For
Godot” I’ve ever seen.

90 Obama is destroying the U.S. Dollar April 27, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Within the past couple of weeks, I have been seeing many articles and news shows talking about how our government is destroying our dollar. With Obama’s massive spending and the speed at which we are printing money is going to force the country into a full nationwide economic collapse. I remember learning about Germany before WWII, the country was starting to break down and the German government decided to just print all the money they would ever need. It got so bad that at one point that their money had inflated so much that it cost something like $10 million to buy a loaf of bread. Germany finally got to a point where the paper their money was printed on was worth more than the bill itself was worth. The same thing happened in a country in Africa not too long ago. Why do our politicians refuse to learn from history? Why do they believe that they can do the same thing that these countries have done and not without destroying the country in the process?

91 Suzie April 27, 2014 at 1:53 PM

I believe you furian.

92 Connie Dobbs April 27, 2014 at 1:53 PM

More like “Waiting for Guffman.”

93 The 46 Senators Voted to Destroy Us? April 27, 2014 at 1:55 PM

We came four votes away from the U.S. Senate giving our Constitutional rights over to the United Nations. In a 53-46 vote, the Senate narrowly passed a measure that will stop the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.

The Statement of Purpose from the Bill reads:

“To uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.” The U.N. Small Arms Treaty, which has been championed by the Obama Administration, Would have effectively placed a global ban on the import and export of small firearms. The ban would have affected all private gun owners in the U.S. And had language that would have implemented an international gun registry on all private guns and ammo. Astonishingly, 46 out of our 100 United States Senators were willing to give away our Constitutional rights to a foreign power.
Here are the 46 senators who voted to give your rights to the U.N.

Baldwin (D-WI)

Baucus (D-MT)

Bennett (D-CO)

Blumenthal (D-CT)

Boxer (D-CA)

Brown (D-OH)

Cantwell (D-WA)

Cardin (D-MD)

Carper (D-DE)

Casey (D-PA)

Coons (D-DE)

Cowan (D-MA)

Durbin (D-IL)

Feinstein (D-CA)

Franken (D-MN)

Gillibrand (D-NY)

Harkin (D-IA)

Hirono (D-HI)

Johnson (D-SD)

Kaine (D-VA)

King (I-ME)

Klobuchar (D-MN)

Landrieu (D-LA)

Leahy (D-VT)

Levin (D-MI)

McCaskill (D-MO)

Menendez (D-NJ)

Merkley (D-OR)

Mikulski (D-MD)

Murphy (D-CT)

Murray (D-WA)

Nelson (D-FL)

Reed (D-RI)

Reid (D-NV)

Rockefeller (D-WV)

Sanders (I-VT)

Schatz (D-HI)

Schumer (D-NY)

Shaheen (D-NH)

Stabenow (D-MI)

Udall (D-CO)

Udall (D-NM)

Warner (D-VA)

Warren (D-MA)

Whitehouse (D-RI)

Wyden (D-OR)

Folks: This needs to go viral. These Senators voted to let the UN take OUR guns. They need to lose their next election. We have been betrayed. 46 Senators Voted to Give your 2nd Amendment Constitutional Rights to the U.N.

http://www.pakalertpress.com/2013/11/18/the-46-senators-voted-to-destroy-us/

94 Yhe Phantom April 27, 2014 at 2:50 PM

#94 The 46 Senators Voted to Destroy Us?

http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/untreaty.asp

That was easy…if you’re gonna troll…use fresh bait.

95 Our future President Destroys Hillary April 27, 2014 at 3:37 PM
96 furian April 27, 2014 at 3:50 PM

That’s the spirit @89, stick with your ignorance and blind hatred. It’s the winger way.

You’re a HOOT!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

97 Dennis April 27, 2014 at 4:13 PM

@shallowbrain #72
“The Court has already ruled on sawed-off shotguns, and rocket launchers are currently illegal. Bottom line…your interpretation of the 2nd Amendment is wrong.”

I don’t interpret the 2nd Amendment.

Again: the 2nd Amendment covers protections/rights for individuals, not for the government. If the courts hold that suitcase nukes and rocket lauchers are properly the realm of a Sovereign State’s military, and not civilians, where’s your problem?

Again: you can’t show us a “new” definition of arms, accepted by all, which is different than the meaning of the original authors of the Constitution.

You can’t show us that the 1st Amendment is any different than the 2nd, except it protects communications rather than weapons ownership.

All in all, you just keep hoping to dilute the issue.

And where is JWB? Wasn’t that who originally made the idiotic statement that weapons now aren’t covered, because they didn’t exist in 1791? Still waiting for an answer on the radio,TV, phones, internet, which didn’t exist then either.

98 Dennis April 27, 2014 at 4:17 PM

@mtzman

“@Dennis #57, when you returned from Vietnam I was around 15 and lived several hundred miles away from Travis, so, no, I was not one of your imaginary spitters.”

It wasn’t confined to Travis, mtzman, it was widespread. And it wasn’t imaginary.

So why do you hate the military so much? Your posts always seethe with disgust and contempt for the military. Did they tell you that you were too nutso to join?

Why do you always defend the anti-war and anti-military freaks?

99 @94 April 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM

That’s so old. Got anything current.

100 Ann Coulter April 27, 2014 at 5:08 PM

“It would be a much better country if women did not vote. It’s that simple.”

101 The Real Truth April 27, 2014 at 5:15 PM

The Koch Attack on Solar Energy

At long last, the Koch brothers and their conservative allies in state government have found a new tax they can support. Naturally it’s a tax on something the country needs: solar energy panels.

For the last few months, the Kochs and other big polluters have been spending heavily to fight incentives for renewable energy, which have been adopted by most states. They particularly dislike state laws that allow homeowners with solar panels to sell power they don’t need back to electric utilities. So they’ve been pushing legislatures to impose a surtax on this increasingly popular practice, hoping to make installing solar panels on houses less attractive.

Oklahoma lawmakers recently approved such a surcharge at the behest of the American Legislative Exchange Council, the conservative group that often dictates bills to Republican statehouses and receives financing from the utility industry and fossil-fuel producers, including the Kochs. As The Los Angeles Times reported recently, the Kochs and ALEC have made similar efforts in other states, though they were beaten back by solar advocates in Kansas and the surtax was reduced to $5 a month in Arizona.

But the Big Carbon advocates aren’t giving up. The same group is trying to repeal or freeze Ohio’s requirement that 12.5 percent of the state’s electric power come from renewable sources like solar and wind by 2025. Twenty-nine states have established similar standards that call for 10 percent or more in renewable power. These states can now anticipate well-financed campaigns to eliminate these targets or scale them back.

The coal producers’ motivation is clear: They see solar and wind energy as a long-term threat to their businesses. That might seem distant at the moment, when nearly 40 percent of the nation’s electricity is still generated by coal, and when less than 1 percent of power customers have solar arrays. (It is slightly higher in California and Hawaii.) But given new regulations on power-plant emissions of mercury and other pollutants, and the urgent need to reduce global warming emissions, the future clearly lies with renewable energy. In 2013, 29 percent of newly installed generation capacity came from solar, compared with 10 percent in 2012.

102 shadowblade April 27, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Here is what Dennis wrote in #12:

“Explain in detail how we all have a “new” definition of “arms” that excludes weapons invented since the Constitution was written. Explain how those new weapons are NOT covered by the 2nd Amendment.”

So we gave him sawed-off shotgun, which the Court ruled Congress had the right to legislate.

What does Dennis do? He changes the story.

“Again: the 2nd Amendment covers protections/rights for individuals, not for the government. If the courts hold that suitcase nukes and rocket lauchers are properly the realm of a Sovereign State’s military, and not civilians, where’s your problem?

Again: you can’t show us a “new” definition of arms, accepted by all, which is different than the meaning of the original authors of the Constitution.”

Actually…we did give different definitions: firearms vs antique firearms. Dennis just ignores this information, because it doesn’t fit with his views.

OK Dennis, your turn.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/15/justice-scalia-constitution-is-not-living-organism/

Scalia: “It’s a legal document, and it says what it says and doesn’t say what it doesn’t say.”

Scalia ruled corporations are entitled to free speech. Point out where the Constitution explicitly grants free speech to corporations.

103 shadowblade April 27, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Dennis #99

“It wasn’t confined to Travis, mtzman, it was widespread. And it wasn’t imaginary.”

If it was widespread, then there would be documented evidence. Feel free to provide this documented evidence.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/press_box/2000/05/drooling_on_the_vietnam_vets.html

“While Lembcke doesn’t prove that nobody ever expectorated on a serviceman–you can’t prove a negative, after all–he reduces the claim to an urban myth. In most urban myths, the details morph slightly from telling to telling, but at least one element survives unchanged. In the tale of the spitting protester, the signature element is the location: The protester almost always ambushes the serviceman at the airport–not in a park, or at a bar, or on Main Street. Also, it’s not uncommon for the insulted serviceman to have flown directly in from Vietnam. In the most dramatic telling of the spitting story, First Blood (1982), the first installment of the series about a vengeful Vietnam vet, the airport is the scene of the outrage. John Rambo, played by Sylvester Stallone, gives a speech about getting spat upon. Rambo says:”

104 mtzman April 27, 2014 at 6:33 PM

@Dennis #99, no, Dennis, it wasn’t widespread and it most certainly did not happen to you on the day you originally described. If you have any evidence, then let’s see it but we’ve been down this road before and you always come up with nada.

I don’t hate the military and my posts do not “always seethe with disgust and contempt for the military.” Show me one. I’d like to see it. My father served in Korea and is buried at Riverside National Cemetery. My father-in-law was career Air Force. My wife’s uncle was stationed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. One cousin served in the Marines in Desert Storm and another was injured in Iraq a few years ago. My nephew just left the Marines after five years service that included two tours of Afghanistan and my son is currently finishing his second deployment in Korea after two tours of Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Don’t tell me I have contempt for the military. I don’t. I just have contempt for people like you who lie about their service. That is what I find disgusting …

105 Yhe Phantom April 27, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Dennis is having some imaginary discussions with somebody…

Democrats make up the majority of military personnel in peace and in war. Officers are Republican, enlisted are Democratic, it’s that simple.

We Democrats have always supported the military personnel and only recoil in anger at the wild military expenditures on faulty programs like the F-22, and failing to issue armored vests to our troops in the early days of the Iraq and Afghanistan war time operations.

The vests were ordered, inventoried, and then issued to our allies, rather than our own troops. There was a limited amount and the NATO allies demanded this equipment or they would not show up. The Pentagon paid the ransom with the lives of our troops and turned our allies into equipment mercenaries.

Republicans pretend the armed forces card when in fact, given a chance to support our veterans. they turned the new Democratic Senate Veteran Affair Bill into a farce by including Iran sanctions and an insistence that $2.1B in annual funding had to come from some other “means-tested” welfare program.

Vietnam? We did not believe in sacrificing 58,000 lives for a Buddhist country ruled by a few Catholic military dictators that didn’t care if they were free or not. The Anti-war movement was as patriotic as any US operation.

JFK jacked up the US forces from 1,500 to 15,000 as soon as he was President and before he was assassinated.

No American was ever supposed to die for the Catholic Church, yet we Democrats showed up by the tens of thousands.

Republicans do not own the armed forces card, and they don’t even hold it anymore.

106 Yhe Phantom April 27, 2014 at 6:40 PM

furian,

Did you notice how Anon, Anonymous, and Dennis mangle and misquote our statements in EXACTLY the same way?

The meaning is flipped exactly at the same pivot point. Who posed the questions? I did, but these people all think they came from somewhere else…as they call the questions irrelevant, and think they were asked by someone else.

Fascinating that three different people make exactly the same kind of dyslectic mistakes, on the same kinds of points…regularly.

Connie and Elwood do something similar, yet their misunderstandings or simple distractions are more original and personal.

I love this place…it makes a slow learner like me, feel like a genius.

107 Yhe Phantom April 27, 2014 at 6:41 PM

And aren’t we glad that we all, 283M people, have better health insurance based on compliance with higher Federal Government standards; including the 14M new insureds, and includes those who got rid of the 4M fake policies?

The remaining 35M include 11M undocumented aliens.

I am so glad the ACA was a great success, for all of us.

108 Dennis April 27, 2014 at 6:55 PM

@shallowbrain

zzzzzzzzz

boring and irrelevant

and try as you will, antiwar protesters spit on returning Vietnam Veterans … and it happened to me personally at Travis AFB.

so lie all you want, quote all you want, but your “if it isn’t documented it didn’t happen” BS is worthless.

Dem corruption is widespread (example is our SF politician doing gun running) … but with a sympathetic press and legislature, it sure as hell resists being “documented”.

oh well, your hive-mind needs something to keep it busy.

Also, I have no idea how your example of Feds banning sawed off shotguns or machine guns … about 80 years ago … has any relevance to the people having changed the definition of the word “arms”.

“arms” are functional weapons, and “bear” means to have on your person.

So when are you going to file a lawsuit demanding that radio, tv, phones, internet are NOT protected by the 1st Amendment?

109 .... April 27, 2014 at 6:55 PM

@furian #97 posted “That’s the spirit @89, stick with your ignorance and blind hatred. It’s the winger way.”

Look at the rest of furian’s posts. He’s insulting everyine that disagrees with him. He can’t even BEGIN to look in the mirror.

Now THAT is the poster child of hypocrisy. Insulting a whole GROUP of people because he disagrees with one person’s posting.

Furian is irrelevant.

110 Connie Dobbs April 27, 2014 at 7:39 PM

#107 If you need someone to feel superior to, may I suggest you aim higher than me.

111 ...... April 27, 2014 at 7:49 PM

@phantom #107 is talking to himself again.

112 furian April 27, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Yes @110, I’m so irrelevant that you read my posts, quote my posts and then respond to my posts.

Hahahahahaha

Phantom’s right, you wing dings really don’t know how stoopid you look?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

A HOOT!

113 shadowblade April 27, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Dennis demands people answer his questions, but refuses to answer others.

Classic bully, complete with name calling.

114 shadowblade April 27, 2014 at 8:21 PM

One more thing…

Firearms from 200+ years ago are called antique firearms today.

http://www.atf.gov/files/publications/download/p/atf-p-5320-8/atf-p-5320-8-chapter-2.pdf

“Section 2.2 Antique firearm. Firearms defined by the NFA as “antique firearms” are not subject to any controls under the NFA.22 The NFA defines antique firearms based on their date of manufacture and the type of ignition system used to fire a projectile. Any firearm manufactured in or before 1898 that is not designed or redesigned for using rimfire or conventional center fire ignition with fixed ammunition is an antique firearm. Additionally, any firearm using a matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap or similar type ignition system, irrespective of the actual date of manufacture of the firearm, is also an antique firearm.”

115 RunDogRun April 27, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Thank you Laura Hoffmeister
for the homogenization of Claycord
so that Clayton looks like Concord
looks like Pittsburg looks like Bay Point
looks like Pleasant Hill.

116 RunDogRun April 27, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Thank you Laura Hoffmeister.
You have polluted the landscape.
You are herewith invited to
leave Califirnia. Your services
are no longer needed. Go foul
somebody elses state. It’s time
for you to go. Buhbye.

117 Elwood April 27, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Kerry is the perfect Secretary of State for Obama.

A jackass for a jackass.

http://news.yahoo.com/kerry-warns-israeli-apartheid-231200692–politics.html

118 Suzanne April 27, 2014 at 8:56 PM

I have to admit, I like my insurance plan.

119 Anonymous April 27, 2014 at 9:14 PM

The phantom is the furion is a false veteran.and poor historian too.

120 Dennis April 27, 2014 at 9:26 PM

@Shallowbrain
“If it was widespread, then there would be documented evidence”

Really? I guess UFOs are real, and widespread, according to you, because they are certainly well documented … by the National Enquirer, if no one else. Apparently they have all travelled thousands of light years to Earth, just to give YOU an anal probe.

And maybe you should discuss the flip side of that – if it isn’t well documented, it is a lie – with RunDogRun.

Are you saying that he/she is a liar, because he/she can’t document his/her Native American ancestry? And how about all those millions of “undocumented” voters? Are they citizens if they cannot document it?

As usual, your adherence to Socialist dogma has gotten you making contradictions.

121 Dennis April 27, 2014 at 9:31 PM

@mtzman maybe I have your name confused with anonmtz. That isn’t you?

and BTW, A$$hoe, age difference or not, the reason cowards like you didn’t spit on Veterans in bars etc is because they didn’t have AP and cyclone fence keeping them safe from the people they were taunting.

so tell us, mtzman, why you insist that the anti-war protestors, a group of drugged-out communist-funded hippies, were all “good guys”, and the Honorable Veterans are just Liars if they point out the wrongdoing of the AW hippies?

And BTW if you ever try calling me a liar in person, it will be the last vet you insult.

122 Dennis April 27, 2014 at 9:37 PM

@shallowbrain
“Firearms from 200+ years ago are called antique firearms today”

see the word “arms” there, doofus?

note the 2nd Amendment does not specify what TYPE or AGE of arms, since the term was chosen specifically to be generic.

and note that bows and arrows, and swords, are also weapon, and “arm”, but are not itemized by the 2nd Amendment either.

Maybe it because the authors didn’t want to make the 2nd Amendment 3000 pages long.

“item 42,347, page 2904, specifies slingshots, regardless of rocks or lead as ammunition, are also covered by the Amendment”

note that in CA we have some doofus Dem politicians trying to classify BB guns, slingshots, and even fake plastic guns, as firearms. And they send kids home for pointing a finger-thumb at each other, as “threatening them with a firearm”.

talk about taking nonsense to an extreme.

123 Dennis April 27, 2014 at 9:42 PM

@PhanDumb
don’t you ever tire of wrapping yourself in the American Flag, sitting on the laurels of honorable servicemen and women?

“JFK jacked up the US forces from 1,500 to 15,000 as soon as he was President and before he was assassinated. No American was ever supposed to die for the Catholic Church, yet we Democrats showed up by the tens of thousands”

you are wrong again. LBJ pushed the presence of US troops in Vietnam over 500,000.

and over 2/3 were volunteers, both Republican, Democrat, and every variety of ethnicity and politics and religion imaginable.

But you try to claim they were all Democrats, just like you?

pffffth

124 Anon April 27, 2014 at 9:47 PM

@Yhe PhfatTurd

$17.5 T, that’s Trillion for those who are drinking the Democratic Cool aid. http://www.usdebtclock.org/

Tell me how this is some how a good thing, George, and then you can tell me about the rabbits.

125 Anon April 27, 2014 at 9:51 PM

@Yhe PhungTired #25

Does 6.7% unemployment include the growing homeless camps or is that just the Democratic PR number used to keep people like you voting for them.

126 Yhe Phantom April 27, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Berkeley protesters did spit at National Guardsmen at People’s Park in May 1969.

My brother was there with fixed bayonets under a hail of bricks being thrown from the roofs.

127 ...... April 27, 2014 at 10:34 PM

@furian #113…..

Gotcha…. You see, you’re telling others about how much they hate….yet you continue insulting them.

Yes, you’re irrelevant. ….among other things.

You’re so damn blind, you can’t even see your own hypocrisy..

You and phantom…..the two biggest liars next to Obama.

128 Yhe Phantom April 27, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Do any of you people ever think about how stupid you look?

129 shadowblade April 27, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Dennis…

“Explain in detail how we all have a “new” definition of “arms” that excludes weapons invented since the Constitution was written. Explain how those new weapons are NOT covered by the 2nd Amendment.”

This is what you asked. This was answered. Sawed-off shotguns CAN be regulated by Congress, as per the US Supreme Court ruling. Furthermore, certain knives/swords/shurikens are also illegal.

Definitions change all the time. Of course, you already know this after the gay marriage debate. Marriage is no longer between one man and several women. And women are no longer considered property.

Now that we have this cleared up, how about you point out where the Constitution explicitly grants free speech to corporations.

130 shadowblade April 27, 2014 at 10:51 PM

BB guns and pellet guns are NOT firearms.

131 Yhe Phantom April 27, 2014 at 10:55 PM

“Republicans pretend the armed forces card when in fact, given a chance to support our veterans. they turned the new Democratic Senate Veteran Affair Bill into a farce by including Iran sanctions and an insistence that $2.1B in annual funding had to come from some other “means-tested” welfare program.

“Republicans do not own the armed forces card, and they don’t even hold it anymore.”

132 Yhe Phantom April 27, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Dennis April 27, 2014 at 9:31 PM
“@mtzman maybe I have your name confused with anonmtz. That isn’t you?”
“And BTW if you ever try calling me a liar in person, it will be the last vet you insult.”

– One of these guys is a Marine…now you’ve gone and done it!

he’s standing behind you and that was a lock in a sock!

133 shadowblade April 28, 2014 at 12:30 AM

Dennis…

“note that in CA we have some doofus Dem politicians trying to classify BB guns, slingshots, and even fake plastic guns, as firearms. And they send kids home for pointing a finger-thumb at each other, as “threatening them with a firearm”.”

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20131122/articles/131129833

“The bill would require BB, pellet and airsoft guns to be brightly colored or translucent so that they are not mistaken for the real thing.”

Democrats aren’t trying to classify BB guns as firearms. This is just you making up stuff.

134 Real Republican April 28, 2014 at 3:40 AM

When I hear complaints about Obamacare paying doctors less, when did they country become a nation of cry babies. Where in the constitution does it say doctors have a right to a living wage? No one has a right to a house, family, or standard of living. I can’t believe this nation has become a bunch of people who feel entitled to things. So what if your a doctor, go live in your car. You have no right to a house, family, or car. Go eat canned beans and rice for a living, and pay off your debts. When will this sense of entitlement end? When doctors act like they have a right to living wage, they take rights away from the rest of us. Every right comes at the expense of others.

135 mtzman April 28, 2014 at 5:22 AM

@Dennis #122, no, I’m not anonmtz. I do agree with you on one thing: you are really confused.

136 RunDogRun April 28, 2014 at 6:16 AM

Gary Napper your services are no longer needed. You’ve done more than anyone in recent memory to bring big city problems to the once placid little community of Clayton. At this point, you’re only interested in maintaining your substantial benefits which amount to nothing less than welfare paid to you by the gracious property owners of Clayton. It’s time for you to go.
Buhbye.

137 ..... April 28, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Since the liberals are attempting to paint one politicial party with a wide brush…..;

L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, whom commentators have tried to tie to the Republican party after his alleged racist statements, is in fact a Democrat, according to campaign-contribution records.

I guess that proves that all liberals are racist.

138 Anon Redux April 28, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Two Links

—-ONE-—
$100 Million Obama Library Corruption Scandal In Chicago

Throwing $100 million in state tax dollars at a project that isn’t even assured, is getting heavy criticism. Illinois has one of the worst budget overruns in the country. The way the decision was made, and the many conflicts of interest in campaigning for the library, is raising eyebrows all across the state.

http://wizbangblog.com/2014/04/27/obama-library-starts-off-with-100-million-in-corruption-in-chicago/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Wizbang+%28Wizbang%29

—-Two-—

Illinois has the highest percentage of residents who say it is the worst possible place to live, according to Gallup. Followed by Rhode Island and Connecticut.”

Oh, look! All three states are governed by Democrats.

http://news.investors.com/politics-andrew-malcolm/042814-698618-gallup-poll-montana-alaska.htm\

139 Connie Dobbs April 28, 2014 at 7:46 AM

#127 Too funny. My mom was the pregnant lady throwing bricks.

140 Connie Dobbs April 28, 2014 at 7:49 AM

#122 They’re pretty much interchangeable. The only way I can keep them apart is Anonmtz is the one who’d love to see me fired, even if he has to shut the business down to do it.

141 Listen people April 28, 2014 at 7:59 AM

The phantom has a problem. Virtually no one agrees with him. So he invented furion. Look at wording and timing. They are one in the same.i don’t think,though ,that furion pretends to be a veteran.

142 RunDogRun April 28, 2014 at 8:10 AM

City government … you’re
local bottomless pit.

143 furian April 28, 2014 at 8:20 AM

@128,

I still see you can’t help but continue to read, quote and reply to my irrelevant self.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

You wingies just have this sickness, no self control, you can’t help yourselves.

It’s like there is something wrong in your head.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

144 RunDogRun April 28, 2014 at 8:25 AM

@122Dennis April 27, 2014 at 9:31 PM
About calling you a liar? … Now there’s a
perfect example of the “Do as I say, not
as I do” directive.

145 Little Boy April 28, 2014 at 8:32 AM

phantom, stay away from me, you scare me. You’re the one my parents warned me about.

146 Antler April 28, 2014 at 9:07 AM

If the topic “Future of Free Speech” interests you, then you might want to locate footage for a debate shown yesterday on C-SPAN. The debate was presented by the National Constitution Center and originally ran on March 25, 2014 (that’s if I could read correctly the small date print shown on the screen). This was the most civilized debate I have ever watched….no one interrupted another, no insults, no taunts, plenty of documentation for points, etc.. Participants (all renowned professors in their field) were Jonathan Rauch, Eric Posner, Stanley Fish, and Greg Lukianoff.

147 Laura Zah April 28, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Actually airguns have been used for a few hundred years as military weapons. See Napoleon Bonaparte. Yes! quite capable of killing people. Not all air guns are of the Daisy Red Rider variety.

148 Cliven Bundy April 28, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Donald Sterling is a rich Democratic fundraiser, donor and supporter scheduled to get a life time achievement award from the NAACP … ha!

Nice timing too for taking the heat offa me!

149 Laura Zah April 28, 2014 at 9:15 AM

*But technically, they are not firearms.

150 RunDogRun April 28, 2014 at 9:20 AM

City government … your
local bottomless pit.

151 Anon Redux April 28, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Two (more) Links

—ONE—

The IRS Scandal Day 354
http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2014/04/the-irs-scandal-25.html

—TWO—

IRS silences Clinton critic
http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/new-irs-bombshell-greeted-with-near-silence/

Gary Aldrich has been a target of the left stretching back to Clinton administration, in which he served.

He spent 26 years in the FBI and was a private investigator in the Clinton White House, vetting the backgrounds of the president’s choices for top-level government positions. Shocked by what he experienced, Aldrich left the White House in 1996.

In 1998, Aldrich wrote the New York Times’ bestseller “Unlimited Access,” a devastating critique and insider’s look at the Clintons. Aldrich repeatedly rejected Clinton nominees as corrupt and/or unqualified, only to have the president ignore his findings and put those people in positions of authority.

Aldrich also considered the behavior of Hillary to be especially corrupt, vulgar and even obscene, describing her decorating the White House Christmas tree with sex toys and drug paraphernalia.

152 Suzanne April 28, 2014 at 9:44 AM

@Cliven Bundy

lol

153 Cuzzzzzzzzzzzzz April 28, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Dennis #122 – I was an anti-wr protester (early 1970’s) and I was neither on drugs or funded by the communist. I am, and to this day still very very much against war. I did not spit on anyone and was not against the troops that were just doing as they were told (aka just following orders) as that was their “job”. Sadly many game home mentally screwed up as a result of a useless/senseless war.
What I was against and am still against is a government that keeps sticking its nose where it did not belong. It did not belong in Korea or Viet Nam, it does not belong in Afgahnistan or Iraq and it sure as hell does not belong in the Ukrain. I’m also against companies like Haliburton and Black Water that see the killing of people is a “for profit” sport. One has to wonder what corporate entity will make a huge profit out of our involvement in the Ukrain???????????
Dennis, I have many friends that served in Viet Nam and I can tell you one thing……..they are not big jackasses like you. And most are extremely anti-war after what they went thru and what they saw. One still has shrapnel in his body and severe flash back. He has a conscious and soul…..do you???????????

154 OHMy April 28, 2014 at 9:50 AM
155 Well Done democrats April 28, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Toyota is moving it’s marketing headquarters from Torrance to Texas.
Just one more business bails on the over regulated over taxed nanny state of CA.

156 . April 28, 2014 at 10:10 AM

From SF Chronicle 21 April 2014. San Francisco spends about $485,000 on homeless people in San Francisco ……………… PER DAY.

157 mtzman April 28, 2014 at 11:11 AM

@….. #138, the problem with your theory, however, is that according to the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters, Sterling is a Republican. Campaign contribution reports are not evidence of party registration …

158 Yhe Phantom April 28, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Yhe Phantom’s US Army Credentials:

“YOU ___ ____ _______ PEOPLE ___ ME OFF. I AM SO ____ ____ SICK AND ___ _____ ________TIRED OF YOUR _______ _______ ______ WHINING AND ________ ____ _______COMPLAINING OVER EVERY _____ ________ _________ _______ THING YOU THINK IS ______ ___ NOT TO YOUR ____ ______ _______ ______ LIKING OR _____ _________ ____ HAPPINESS.

IF YOU ___ ______ _______ ________ CANNOT GET YOUR ____ _______ _____ ATTITUDE AND _____ _______ ____ TOGETHER, WHY DON’T YOU _______ _____ ________PEOPLE JUST SHUT THE _____ ___ AND GO HOME TO YOUR _____ ________ _________ _______ ____ MOTHERS AND _____ ______ _____ _______FATHERS.

“THIS MAN’S ARMY HAS NO ____ _______ _______ _______ TIME TO TEACH YOU ______ ________ _____ ______ PEOPLE HOW TO WASH YOUR _____ ______ ______ FACE OR HOW TO _____ _________ _______ _____ YOUR STUPID ______ _____.

“WHAT ARE YOU ____ _______ _____ PEOPLE? SOME KIND OF _______ ______ _____ USELESS ______ ________REPUBLICANS?”

NOW I WANT YOU _____ _______ ________ PEOPLE TO GET OFF OF MY ____ _______ _________ _____ _________ _________ BUS!

Not one word was used twice! God and Jesus were not used even once.

159 Michelle April 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Yhe Phantom,
That is hilarious! :-)

160 Little Boy April 28, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Michelle – You wouldn’t think he was hilarious if you knew what he did.

161 @Yhe Phantom April 28, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Really should wax that car would look better.

162 furian April 28, 2014 at 12:41 PM

@158,

Facts never stop wingers spewing winger talking points. They never look it up for themselves, they hear garbage through their winger propaganda outlets and then repeat it as gospel truth.

Garbage in, garbage out! Simple.

That’s why Phantom keeps having to ask them if they know how stupid they look.

Winger garbage, a HOOT!

163 furian April 28, 2014 at 12:42 PM

@159,

Mad libs! Awesome!

164 Just Makin Friends April 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Failed debate coach john-john is at it again.
‘ US State Department does not deny Kerry’s Israel ‘apartheid’ warning ‘
http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/US-State-Department-does-not-deny-Kerry-Israel-apartheid-warning-350690
‘ American negligence central to peace talks crisis, Israeli source says ‘
http://www.timesofisrael.com/american-negligence-hampered-talks-israeli-official-says/
‘ Kerry, Shame on You! ‘
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/180031#.U16v4qIUGSo

165 @159 April 28, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Waste of bandwidth

166 .... April 28, 2014 at 1:02 PM

@159….. it’s probably the most coherent thing phantom’s ever said, and he isn’t lying.

Just a bunch of blank spaces – just like between his ears.

167 cHum April 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

No wonder democrats are in panic mode and trying to raise the minimum wage.
During the recession from 2008 to 2010 low wage industrial jobs accounted for 22 percent of jobs loss. But since then low wage industrial jobs have accounted for 44 percent of the employment growth.

Higher wage jobs accounted 41 percent of job losses, but only 30 percent of recent employment growth. As a result there are now 976,000 fewer jobs in higher wage industries than at the start of the recession.

In short Americans stand the real chance of falling out of the middle class under this inept president.

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/cardozas-corner/198861-the-professorial-president

168 Bad News for Republicans April 28, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Or a future presidential candidate.

“I’m a moral man, a man of integrity, and I also know I have more service and leadership to provide this country,” he said.

NY Rep. Michael Grimm Accused of Concealing Sales, Wages From His RestaurantNew York Rep. Michael Grimm surrendered to the FBI Monday morning and was arrested on federal charges, including tax fraud and mail fraud, for allegedly concealing more than $1 million in sales and wages at a Manhattan restaurant he owned before he was elected to Congress.

Grimm was charged Monday in a 20-count indictment that accuses him of under-reporting the payroll and earnings of the Upper East Side restaurant, Healthalicious, which he ran from 2007 to 2010. He pleaded not guilty in federal court and was released on bond.

“Michael Grimm never met a tax he didn’t lie to evade,” U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said.

Grimm, a Republican, said he was being wrongly accused and said he had no plans to step down.

169 @142 April 28, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Acutally he says it so completely and accurately there is no need to comment unless I said good job or right on. This thread was a quagmire of right wingers patting themselves on the backs and working themselve into a frenzy until he put them in their place. The second class citizens they are. Thanks Phantom.

170 Feckless CA legislature April 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM

“Worldwide automotive giant Toyota plans to move a significant portion of its U.S. headquarters from California to West Plano.
The company is negotiating to buy an office site in Legacy business park, where it would locate more than 4,000 workers.”
http://www.dallasnews.com/business/autos-latest-news/20140427-toyota-to-move-u.s.-headquarters-to-plano-sources-say.ece

171 Texas WINS April 28, 2014 at 2:14 PM

‘ California Tops List of 10 States With Highest Taxes ‘
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/california-tops-list-10-states-highest-taxes

172 Sean Where are you Sean Hannity??? April 28, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Sean Hannity may not have gotten the Nevada range war he has been inciting over Cliven Bundy but he started another kind of war much closer to home: a civil war among conservatives over the lionization of this lawbreaking, mooching racist.

Yesterday, in the wake of Bundy’s shocking rant about “the Negro,” Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer could not have been more scathing:
“And why conservatives, or some conservatives end up in bed with people who, you know, he makes an anti-government statement, he takes an anti-government stand, he wears a nice big hat and he rides a horse, and all of a sudden he’s a champion of democracy. This is a man who said that he doesn’t recognize the authority of the United States of America. That makes him a patriot? I love this country, I love the Constitution, and it’s the Constitution that established a government that all of us have to recognize. And for him to reject it was the beginning of all of this. And now what he said today is just the end of this”

Mike Wallace
WALLACE: Well, that’s wise. ‘Cause I must say, some of your colleagues on the conservative side jumped on this bandwagon way too quickly… and, you know, I’ve never quite understood why this guy was a hero. I mean I understand you say, “Well, government overreach, big government.” But as Charles Krauthammer said yesterday, “You know, if I wanted to graze my sheep in Central Park, do I have a right to do that?”

…The guy had had judgments against him. They went to court… we have a system…. If you don’t like what the court does, then you appeal it in the court. He’d been in the courts for ten years and the courts kept ruling against him….

I’m not saying that the government acted perfectly. On the other hand… there are obligations. It would be like saying, “Well, I’m not going to allow myself to be screened at the airport. Because that’s government overreach.”

GALLAGHER: No, you’re right. You’re right.

173 @170 April 28, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Didn’t think it was possible, you are actually funnier than this president’s foreign policy.

174 Anonymous April 28, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Is it just me or is the phantom loosing it? Since he was outed as a play pretend vet he seems more frantic to prove his non existent credentials.

175 . April 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Is being reported that since coming to Congress Harry Reid’s wealth has risen by over eight million dollars.

176 Connie Dobbs April 28, 2014 at 3:59 PM

” I was in the Watts riot, I seen the beginning fire and I seen that last fire. What I seen is civil disturbance. People are not happy, people are thinking they don’t have their freedoms, they didn’t have these things, and they didn’t have them.
We’ve progressed quite a bit from that day until now, and we sure don’t want to go back. We sure don’t want the colored people to go back to that point. We sure don’t want these Mexican people to go back to that point. And we can make a difference right now by taking care of some of these bureaucracies, and do it in a peaceful way.
Now, let me talk about the Spanish people. You know, I understand that they come over here against our Constitution and cross our borders. But they’re here and they’re people — and I’ve worked side by side a lot of them.
Don’t tell me they don’t work, and don’t tell me they don’t pay taxes. And don’t tell me they don’t have better family structures than most of us white people. When you see those Mexican families, they’re together, they picnic together, they’re spending their time together, and I’ll tell you in my way of thinking they’re awful nice people. And we need to have those people join us and be with us not, not come to our party.”
— Cliven Bundy

177 . April 28, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Something about democrat hive minds . . . . .
Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) “If folks don’t like gay marriage, they simply shouldn’t get one.”

178 mtzman April 28, 2014 at 5:21 PM

@Anonymous #175, it’s just you …

179 Yhe Phantom April 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Monday that Secretary of
State John Kerry should resign for allegedly saying
that Israel risked becoming “an apartheid state” if it
didn’t agree to a peace deal.

“Secretary Kerry has proven himself unsuitable for the
position he holds,” Cruz said on the Senate floor.
“John Kerry should offer President Obama his
resignation.”

On Sunday, The Daily Beast reported that Kerry
likened the Jewish state to South Africa’s racist
apartheid regime to a group of influential world
leaders behind closed doors on Friday.

“There is no place for this word in the context of the
state of Israel … because America will be with Israel
regardless of the status of the diplomatic process,”
Cruz said of Kerry’s use of “apartheid.”

Read more:

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-
action/senate/204591-cruz-demands-kerrys-
resignation-for-apartheid-comment#ixzz30Eeifuay

It wasn’t the only controversial comment on the
Middle East that Kerry made during his remarks to the
Trilateral Commission, a recording of which was
obtained by The Daily Beast. Kerry also repeated his
warning that a failure of Middle East peace talks could
lead to a resumption of Palestinian violence against
Israeli citizens. He suggested that a change in either
the Israeli or Palestinian leadership could make
achieving a peace deal more feasible. He lashed out
against Israeli settlement-building. And Kerry said that
both Israeli and Palestinian leaders share the blame
for the current impasse in the talks.

Kerry also said that at some point, he might unveil his
own peace deal and tell both sides to “take it or leave
it.”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/27/exclu
sive-kerry-warns-israel-could-become-an-apartheid-
state.html

– Cruz can’t find Israel on a map, neither can Sarah Palin.

180 Why wouldn't they leave California? April 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

“The taxes are lower in Texas. There are fewer regulations. It’s cheaper for a company there. Why wouldn’t they leave California?”
“Losing Toyota will mean an annual loss of $1.2 million in tax revenue.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/28/us-autos-toyota-motor-torrance-idUSBREA3R1EW20140428

181 Yhe Phantom April 28, 2014 at 5:37 PM

It’s fine with Democrats to immediately declare relief funds for the tornadoes in the Red states.

Even if it increases the deficit and the National Debt.

Even if it would cause taxes to go up.

182 Little Boy April 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

phantom creates yet another persona @ 170. Sad little troll.

183 Yhe Phantom April 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM

George Bush’s Momma didn’t worry about this during Katrina because; “And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them.”

184 Yhe Phantom April 28, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Thank you #170, they hate any idea that there are more than one of us.

Often I have proven that just one of us is enough, sometimes it’s been 18 against one, and when I got a little tired, shadowblade, JWB, anon (The Democrat), anonmtz, and mtzman, jumped in.

Dennis then yells “hive-mind”, completely forgetting we are the majority force in the country.

Thanks for reading all our stuff…even the items from the Forces of Evil from the après bellum Empire.

185 Little Boy April 28, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Another lie by the most horrible liar of all liars. Just make up one fantasy after another. Sad little troll.

You won’t get away with your abuse again phantom, I’m older now and I can fight back.

186 Little Boy April 28, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Yhe Sissy is desperate for attention of any kind.
Self deluded.
Constant posting of the same C&P comments.
Writes like an angry little girl.
All writings have a bratty nanny-nanny-nanny tone.
Believes anybody would be interested in ridiculous made up stories.
Pathetic liar.
Magnificent bi*ch.
A sad little person.

courtesy of et-al, thanks

187 RunDogRun April 28, 2014 at 6:36 PM

When free people want to advertise their freedom, you let them talk.

188 Dennis April 28, 2014 at 6:53 PM

@Cuzzzzzzz #154

you weren’t communist funded, but your organization was, and it was organized and provided materiel 9like banners and pre-printed signs) by them.

You insist on perpetuating the myth that Vietnam Veterans are a ticking time bomb, so traumatized by their combat experiences that they are dysfunctional.

that’s pure dog$$$$h1t

Millions of Americans served in Vietnam, and just like those who served in WW2 and Korea, when their duty ended, they returned to the civilian world and got on with their lives. The war, like High School, is just a memory, a part of the past.

and whether you think this country should be in a war or not, doesn’t exempt you from your duty as a citizen: support your country. You do not have veto power over congress, the president, and the people.

It is selfishness and cowardice, not “patriotism”.

as for war? everyone hates it. Some have to experience it so that others do not. There are things worse than war.

As for Halliburton, who are you kidding? Every contract that Halliburton did NOT get was won by Richard Blum. Blum also got the contract to sell off USPS offices around the country, earning $500M in commissions. Blum also got the contract to choose a route and acquire the land (via eminent domain) for California’s High Speed Rail.

How did Blum get all these juicy contracts? He is the husband of Diane Feinstein. He was also a Regent of the University of California, a political plum given him by the Democrats in California.

And Vietnam? Who do you think got the exclusive contract for foreign business building in Vietnam after we normalized relations?

Collier’s International, based in Boston, was immediately awarded the exclusive contract to rebuild Vietnam’s infrastructure by the Vietnamese government. They made tens of millions of dollars from the contract. The chief executive officer of Collier’s International was a man named C. Stewart Forbes. Interestingly, Senator Kerry’s middle name is Forbes. There is a reason for that. C. Stewart Forbes is John Kerry’s cousin.

So maybe you just don’t get it. Maybe you have been manipulated by your buddies in the far left so long you actually believe their nonsense.

I don’t. I was an eyewitness, and participant.

As I mentioned earlier, there are some things worse than war. Surrendering your cultural and moral beliefs to avoid war is one of them. The Dems were fond of saying that “Peace is worth any price”. They left out the word “honorable. If all you want is peace, all you gotta do is surrender. If you want an honorable and lasting peace, the price can be significantly higher.
———————-
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.

For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.
– attributed to Marcus Tullius Cicero

“War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is
worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a
miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
— John Stuart Mill

189 @181 April 28, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Yea but look at what type of people live in Texas.

190 Dennis April 28, 2014 at 7:09 PM

@shadowblade

“BB guns and pellet guns are NOT firearms.”

the 2nd Amendment does not protect only FIREarms. It protects weapons, ie. arms.

and California bans blowguns, throwing stars, nunchucks, swords-in-a-cane, throwing knives to mention just a few.

But you are avoiding the crux of your argument. Or JWB is.

1) IF the 2nd Amendment does NOT protect weapons that were not invented by 1791,
THEN the 1st Amendment does NOT protect communications that were not invented by 1791 (radio, tv, phones, internet).

2) IF the 1st Amendment includes/protects communications by modern methods,
THEN the 2nd Amendment protects ownership and carry of modern firearms.

Which one of those statements do you choose?

and suspending children because they pointed a finger/thumb at someone? or took a bite out of a pastry, and noticed that it looked sorta kinda like a pistol?

What next, firing teachers who wear a crucifix, if the kiddies happen to see it? Oh wait, that already happened.

191 @171 April 28, 2014 at 7:10 PM

They’re moving out of NY and Kentucky also. Guess they have the same problem in your eyes.

192 Yhe Phantom April 28, 2014 at 7:11 PM

YOUNG DEMOCRAT TRAINING LESSON: Shut down the US government to repeal US laws? Not a good idea.

The US Credit Rating was downgraded internationally by Standard and Poor’s, which affected our 401K’s, 403B’s, Pensions, Social Security, Medicare, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages. All these things are backed by Treasury Notes and Bonds and will be rated AA+. This is instead of AAA+, because of the debt limit impasse last year (2011).

As we remarked at the time:

“As they playfully threaten to shut down the United States government, and threaten to default on interest payments on the US Treasury Notes and Bonds, especially to our international debt holders, and the Social Security Trust. Market investors, like the President and myself, are positioned in cash, (13.0%) and (12.9%) respectively, totally prepared for a financial collapse.”

– Sen. Ted Cruz did not care who it hurt, since he had a $40,000 health care package from Goldman-Saks, through his wife, and made $300,000 – $400,000 a year without his Senate salary (per diem) and travel expenses.

How did it affect you?

“Credit card rates are pegged to the prime rate, which moves with the federal funds rate. If the prime rate goes up, consumers could be hit with credit card rate hikes, says Beverly Blair Harzog of Credit.com.

Even if the rate doesn’t go up, she says, card issuers spooked by a credit downgrade could raise your interest rates anywhere from 1% to 5% — but only if you’ve had your card for more than a year.” says Beverly Blair Harzog of Credit.com.

– What did Ted care? Nothing!

193 furian April 28, 2014 at 7:11 PM

I love it when Phantom riles up the wing dings.

He makes it look so easy, like wingies are unhinged or something.

BWHAHAHAHAHA

194 Anonymous April 28, 2014 at 7:15 PM

The bphantoms rage isn’t directed against Republicans, its what they stand for-An absent father figure.
Sad.

195 JFK April 28, 2014 at 7:17 PM

“I proud to say I’m a Liberal.”

196 shadowblade April 28, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Little Boy #183

How would you know? You’re new here.

Or did you create a new handle to accuse Yhe Phantom of creating a new handle…

Yeah…that must be it.

197 Dennis April 28, 2014 at 7:20 PM

@PhanDumb
“Often I have proven that just one of us is enough, sometimes it’s been 18 against one, and when I got a little tired, shadowblade, JWB, anon (The Democrat), anonmtz, and mtzman, jumped in.

Dennis then yells “hive-mind”, completely forgetting we are the majority force in the country.”

You post under multiple aliases, to make it appear there are dozens of people supporting you. And then you claim that all the others, who disagree with you, are but one person.

sad.

There are differences in personalities and mannerisms and phrasing even between twins. No so with your clones. Same specialized (far left) vocabulary, same belief in far left falsehoods … and the overriding need to defend each others views. What else to call it, but “clones” or “hive-mind”.

One mind speaking with multiple voices.

I guess that explains why if all of you say you are going to be in an Occupy Movement demonstration, only one or two people actually show up.

198 Kids With Guns April 28, 2014 at 7:20 PM

8 Year Old Finds Convicted Felon’s Assault Weapon, Uses It To Shoot At Pedestrians

Police in Rock Hill, South Carolina received an unusual call on Saturday. A man reported what appeared to be an assault weapon being fired at pedestrians. As if that’s not terrifying enough, the man told police that a child was the one firing the weapon.

Rock Hill Police responded to a call around 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon after a man reportedly witnessed a group of children playing with an assault rifle. The children allegedly fired the weapon over the heads of passing pedestrians on Glenn Street in Rock Hill.

199 Ronald Reagan April 28, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Consdered Nelson Mandela a terrorist

Supported Osama Bin Laden.

200 Wake Up Tea Party People April 28, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Washington Post analysis recently found that many of the top national Tea Party groups engaged in this year’s midterm elections have put only a tiny fraction of their money directly into the campaigns of the candidates they’ve endorsed.

The organizations and their contributions include:
■Of the $12.4 million raised by the Senate Conservative Action and Senate Conservative Fund, only 17% went directly to candidates, and 23% went to other expenditures
■Of the $7.7 million raised by the Tea Party Express, only 1% went directly to candidates, 2% to independent expenditures
■Of the $7.4 million raised by the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, none went directly to candidates, and only 2% went to independent expenditures
■Of the $4.5 million raised by the Tea Party Leadership Fund, only 4% went directly to candidates, 8% to independent expenditures
■Of the $3.4 million raised by the Madison Project, only 2% went to candidates, 3% to independent expenditures

Independent expenditures was money spent advocating the election or defeat of a particular candidate. Apparently this is how they use their funds to create jobs (jobs to the 1% who run the show).

According to the Post’s findings, almost half of the money, nearly $18 million, that these Tea Party groups have on hand, have paid for numerous expenditures not associated with candidates, such as: fundraising and direct mail, which is provided by many Washington-area firms and think tanks. Out of the $37.5 million spent so far by the PACs of six major tea party organizations, less than $7 million has been devoted to directly helping candidates. Not surprisingly, the Tea Party leaders, the one’s who advocate for “smart spending” and their family members have been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in consulting fees, while their groups have taken out large sums for their airfare, retirement plans and even interior decorating.

While these same Tea Partiers are complaining that liberal elitists have taken over organizations to advance monetary power, they have no idea that their little contributions are going towards interior decorators.

More specifically, The Tea Party Leadership Fund has given out more than $250,000 to eight consulting firms in Washington D.C. The Madison Project pocketed $50,000 for retirement plans for its staff, for working a measly 2014 midterm election, and the Senate Conservatives Fund paid a luxury interior design firm more than $52,000 last year to paint and decorate its Capitol Hill townhouse office. So, when will your contributors be staying at these townhouses?

Tea Party Patriots President Jenny Beth Martin, who faced foreclosure and filed for bankruptcy and subsequently turned to cleaning houses for income, was paid handsomely in the 2012 fiscal year, based on tax returns, and made a staggering $272,000, and will be set at making $450,000 at the end of this election cycle. Martin declined to comment to the Washington Post.

The Tea Party Express, a PAC that is ran out of Sacramento by longtime Republican consultant Sal Russo, has handsomely paid Russo’s private consulting firm over $2.75 million since the beginning of 2013, while donating just a measly $45,000 to candidates and ads, and spending less than $162,000 on bus tours supporting their elections.

Last year, it was found that the Tea Party Leadership Fund, in a move to unseat “traitor” Republicans, raised millions, but they had spent only $52,000 on candidates in the last election cycle, and only $154,172 in total for political activity. Yet, almost all of the money they have raised, had been spent.

201 Teabonics April 28, 2014 at 7:29 PM

The stand your ground defense is like bleach. It works great for whites but it will ruin your colors.

202 Connie Dobbs April 28, 2014 at 7:29 PM

#182 Kentucky was a blue state in 2009 when they had a poorly-timed ice storm Mr. Obama ignored in favor of his inauguration party weeks.

203 Connie Dobbs April 28, 2014 at 7:34 PM

#190 5k Californians and their families will make Texas like Colorado in no time.

204 Dennis April 28, 2014 at 7:34 PM

@#173
“…The guy had had judgments against him. They went to court… we have a system…. If you don’t like what the court does, then you appeal it in the court. He’d been in the courts for ten years and the courts kept ruling against him….”

What you apparently fail to grasp is that an individual has little chance of success against a powerful government.

Judge OKs decision to sell widow’s home over $6.30 debt

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/04/28/judge-oks-decision-to-sell-widow-home-over-630-debt/?intcmp=latestnews

Note that California refuses to change the wording of its Eminent Domain laws, so that Big Government can do the same to YOU.

What next, send a SWAT team to collect overdue library book fines? Oh wait … that already happened, under the dominion of Janet Reno and her attack dog Eric Holder. And remember Elian Gonzalez? SWAT team took him by force from his grandparents and shipped him back to Cuba.

For those who continually scream “excessive force” by the police, maybe you should consider the REAL power to abuse held by the government.

In any event, the Feds overreacted, and used inappropriate force, in dealing with Bundy.

If they can give hundreds of millions to failing “green” corporations, the can surely find $6.30 to pay this widow’s tax debt. Or the million or so for Bundy’s.

205 Dennis April 28, 2014 at 7:37 PM

@#199

you be sure and keep us posted every time something gets hit by lightning, OK? I’m sure it happens more often. Maybe you should demand a law prohibiting lightning striking people, OK?

206 Sarah Palin’s Voice Deemed ‘Torture’ By Majority Of Americans April 28, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Former half-term governor of Alaska and failed vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has recently been making statements about her appreciation of waterboarding and torture.

In an ironic twist, a recent survey found that most Americans find Palin’s voice to be among the strongest and most egregious forms of torture in the world.

207 Clive Bundy I'm Not Racist April 28, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy may be in some hot water in regards to his slavery comments, but he wants America to know he’s not racist. “Listen,” said Bundy. “I’ve been a lot of things in my life… well no, just a rancher… but still, one thing I’m not is racist. People need to know this. My comments were about caring about them folks. Besides, I’m not racist, some of my best cows are black

208 shadowblade April 28, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Dennis…

Go back and read post #134. You were once again making up stuff.

209 Little Boy April 28, 2014 at 7:46 PM

@ 190 –
Do tell……………

210 Connie Dobbs April 28, 2014 at 8:27 PM

#202 You let us know if any of Florida’s other laws just grind your gears.

211 Yhe Phantom April 28, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Little Boy was sitting in the park, eating dog pooh. When he started trying to feed it to his sister, I told his Mother about it, and asked her if they were related to Rush Limbaugh or Bill O’Reilly…she said they were related to the O’Reilly’s.

Then she told Little Boy to save the pooh, and try to put it in his pocket for later.

She told me to mind my own business and stop harassing them.

The moral to this story is you should never interfere with Young Republican Training Lessons.

Or: If the pooh fits, wear it.

212 Cuzzzzzzz...... April 28, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Dear Dennis – you old fool……….You know noting about me you senile old coot. I was not “funded” by any organization. I was on my own with my OWN MONEY. Not everyone who disagrees with your pea-brain opinions is a drug using Communist. Why some of us have earned MBA, MPH, MS etc. You sir are a complete ass and are so dam small minded your IQ must be around 50..Please so tell those with flash backs and piece of shrapnel in the bodies they are full of BS. You are the true disgrace to those that served and at this point I am wondering if IS you who is the liar. I guess the laugh is on you as my friend that has flash backs and shrapnel has retired from a great job and owns 5 houses has a family who have also done well and he has a fantastic social life with lots of friends………..He is proud of his service but is “anti-war” as he doesn’t want anyone to live thru what he has.
And what do you have????? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm Phantom and Claycord….BFD Dennis……BFD

213 Yhe Phantom April 28, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Dennis finally got over the concussion from the lock in a sock;

Completely forgot that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was finally recognized as a unique spectrum of mental illness consequential to service during the Vietnam War. It was a disorder previously called “shell shock” in WW I, and “battle fatigue” in WW II and Korea.

Now it is so mainstream that everyone forgets where the term came from originally.

PTSD unmanaged produced alcoholism, drug addiction, marital violence, and suicide.

War is a bad thing, and John Stuart Mill had no service record, and no combat experience. Makes it easy to inspire young men to go to war.

214 Cuzzzzzzz...... April 28, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Geez Dennis @ 205 – can you be anymore over dramatic???? What are you have a severe bought on “man-apause”???????

215 Cuzzzzzzz...... April 28, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Edit to my comment @ 215 –
Geez Dennis @205 – Can you be anymore over dramatic???? What, do you have an severe bout of “man-apause”??????

216 furian April 28, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Sh*t is gettin’ real. Wall Street going to back Hillary.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/wall-street-hillary-dont-rule-133631801.html

Wingies are too crazy, even for Wall Street.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

217 Dennis April 28, 2014 at 9:52 PM

wow, I sure put a stick in that hornet’s nest that is PhanDumb/Cuzzzz brain.

here’s how it is: whether you were gullible enough to spend your own money in the anti-war crusade or nt, the movement was funded by (among others) the American Communist Party.

and you try to hide that, even now.

second, regardless of what your relatives and friends did for our country, YOU didn’t. Don’t wrap yourself in their service and honor, as if it was your own.

Third, do us all a favor and stop being demeaning to those vets who suffered PTSD. They are as good or better people than you, and they paid a higher price. Using them as an excuse for why you didn’t serve, or worse, participated in the anti-war groups, is disgusting.

Cant wait to see the buzzing in the hive mind. Which of the Aliases will be first to call me a jackass or whatever, because I pointed out their dirty little secret.

218 Cuzzzzzzz...... April 28, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Dennis – as I stated before YOU KNOW NOTHING!!!!!!
I know lots who have served and they are far better people than you. You are not a good person……………you are an ASS. What is funny is you condemn Phantom and yet you 2 are EXACTLY alike………………..
FYI Dennis I am female and have more honor, honesty and integrity in my pinky than you have in your entire old coot body. You are an absolute disgrace to the the US military as one of the things the US military fought uphold is the freedom of speech (and thought) which is something you DO NOT honor. Like I sad you and Phantom are exactly alike………….Maybe it you and Phantom that are one in the same. And I really don’t give a flying rats ass what you think or what you say…………..you have no importance to me or anyone on Claycord for that matter. Just like Phantom you are a “non-event” to most people on this blog and in the community in general. Perhaps you need to step away from the computer and perhaps join in at lunch or watercolor class at the senior center.

219 Dennis April 28, 2014 at 10:24 PM

@PhanDumb

“PTSD unmanaged produced alcoholism, drug addiction, marital violence, and suicide.”

rarely, yes. mostly, however, it caused exactly the same depression that is experienced by most people who undergo traumatic stress. You know, NYFD on 9/11, etc. OR policemen. OR anyone in a train or car or airplane wreck. You, of course, want to pretend that war causes PTSD, and that in turn cause alcoholism, drug addiction, marital violence, and suicide, and therefore serving in the military is a bad thing, and turns people into monsters.

typical lefty crap. Most PTSD from Iraq/Afghanistan is depression caused by forced separation from families, failure of their home businesses while they are away, but mostly because they have to do multiple tours, because the Dems have gutted the military combat capability, so that the same people are called upon repeatedly to go inn harm’s way.

again: PTSD is not solely caused by combat, and it is no different than the stress-induced disorders exhibited by many other professions.

“War is a bad thing, and John Stuart Mill had no service record, and no combat experience. Makes it easy to inspire young men to go to war.”

This is laughable. You do realize that you are dissing the philosopher who is revered by Liberals? The one who advocated civil disobedience? etc?

Your mental disfunction is apparent by your interpretation of his quote. He was not “inspiring young men to go to war”. Far from it. He was, however, pointing out the dishonor and cowardice and selfishness of those who refuse to go to war when called by their country.

The other end of the spectrum.

Of course, I didn’t expect you to interpret him correctly. Its that Bertrand Russell thing again.

“A stupid man’s report of what a clever man says is never accurate because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.” – Bertrand Russell

of course you got it wrong.

220 furian April 28, 2014 at 10:34 PM

@218,

Which dirty little secret did you point out? I must have missed it in your ramblings.

Hahahahaha

221 Yhe Phantom April 28, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Excerpted from: YOUNG DEMOCRAT TRAINING LESSON: Trolls

How do you know you are Posting Great Political content?

You will attract Task Trolls, (Website vandals).

4. Rush-O’Reilly Stupid Loop** where they first misquote and deliberately misinterpret a statement, ascribe the new mangled factoid*** to the opponent, and then extrapolate in the confusion to change the subject. They think this is a straw man argument, yet it is just another the Republican Mind Flip Trick [See Zimmerman Defense]. They think upside down!
5. They make personal remarks (ad hominem attacks) to try to provoke a well-justified cyber response that distracts everyone, if you return their hostile attitude. You should disparage the more cowardly items, sparingly. It distracts the reader audience with the angry conflict. Watch Bill O’Reilly to see how this is done. Simple middle school bullying*.
6. Often, they make wild and stupid claims and then expect others to prove them wrong. They believe this makes an intelligent argument, when in fact; all they are doing is making wild and stupid claims. Bizarre hypothetical imaginings are posed as realities.
7. Often, they demand repeating explanations where definitive proof has been presented, pretending the information is not correct. Respond as appropriate or ignore these. Point out the loop argument.

That’s every arrow in Dennis’ quiver!

The Peace Movement saved 55,000,000 American lives and prevented Westmoreland’s first use of tactical nuclear weapons in the field.

We found out about Plan A…years after the war was over…

– And years later we found out that only Mario Savio was being paid $600 a month by the American Communist Party. Nobody else was paid by them.

222 Suzie April 28, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Nevermind my furian, he goes off on an even keel…sometimes.

223 Yhe Phantom April 28, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Cuzzzzzzz…….

I suggest you stop reading my comments anymore!

You have failed your training program…and are therefore excused!

“A clever man’s report of what a stupid man says is never accurate because he consciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.” – фантом

224 Anon April 28, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Hey Yhe PhfungTired!

What ever you say bounces off me and sticks to you.

I thought I’d keep it to his level, so he’d understand.

225 Anon April 28, 2014 at 11:44 PM

@Yhe PhartTired

I just got an Instagram showing Obama bowing to the Saudi’s while his wife was agreeing with them about how American’s are evil.

How’s your blood pressure? LOL

226 Connie Dobbs April 29, 2014 at 6:33 AM
227 . April 29, 2014 at 7:28 AM

“Fracking Laws, Unemployment Push Californians to Leave for Oil Boom States” “At 8.1%, California has one of the worst unemployment rates in the nation, according to March 2014 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.”
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-California/2014/04/28/Fracking-Laws-Unemployment-Thrust-Californians-to-Oil-Boom-States
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-California/2014/04/28/Fracking-Laws-Unemployment-Thrust-Californians-to-Oil-Boom-States

When the “takers”, attracted to the state by democrat giveaways, suck CA dry then what?

228 @227 April 29, 2014 at 7:35 AM

It’s, … speak softly and bow.

229 Anon Redux April 29, 2014 at 7:59 AM

A Doctor’s Declaration of Independence
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304279904579518273176775310?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304279904579518273176775310.html

I don’t know about other physicians but I am tired—tired of the mandates, tired of outside interference, tired of anything that unnecessarily interferes with the way I practice medicine. No other profession would put up with this kind of scrutiny and coercion from outside forces. The legal profession would not. The labor unions would not. We as physicians continue to plod along and take care of our patients while those on the outside continue to intrude and interfere with the practice of medicine.

We could change the paradigm. We could as a group elect not to take any insurance, not to accept Medicare—many doctors are already taking these steps—and not to roll over time and time again. We have let nearly everyone trespass on the practice of medicine. Are we better for it? Has it improved quality? Do we have more of a voice at the table or less? Are we as physicians happier or more disgruntled then two years ago? Five years ago? Ten years ago?

At 58, I’ll likely be retired in 10 years along with most physicians of my generation. Once we’re gone, who will speak up for our profession and the individual physician in the trenches? The politicians? Our medical societies? Our hospital administrators? I think not. Now is the time for physicians to say enough is enough.

230 Cuzzzzzzzzzzzzz April 29, 2014 at 8:05 AM

To “dot” @ 228 – that is only partially true. Most of the people I know that are leaving CA are leaving due to “quality of life” isssues. In CA housing cost are too high, crime is high (unless you can live in $1M+ neighborhoods), quality of education is poor and getting worse (must cater to non-English speakers), to many illegal non-English speakers bleeding the system, too many assorted ethnic gangs bleeding the system, law enforcement unable to thier job because it might be viewed as “profiling”or “racially discriminating”, communicable disease is on the rise (CA #1 in measle outbreak, TB adn Whooping Cough)….and the list goes on.

231 Rose April 29, 2014 at 8:48 AM

yes,

232 OnYourKnees April 29, 2014 at 8:55 AM

at all times-with face forward.

233 @Cuzzzzzzzzzzzzz April 29, 2014 at 9:12 AM

All the while California’s birth rate is dropping, yet state’s population continues to increase. Too bad stats on the yearly increases in public assistance are so hard to find, wonder why that is?

234 Little Boy April 29, 2014 at 9:33 AM

There it is, phantom confirmed making contact with me @ 212.
Like all abusers he lied about what happened and tried to shift blame to me and my family.
He is a very sick person, but you all know that, huh.

235 Anonymous April 29, 2014 at 10:36 AM

The phanton/furion is not a happy person. He is a narrow, one dimensional twit. Clearly has unresolved father issues to deal with.

Got caught pretending to be a veteran and then really came unglued.

236 It's Falling Apart April 29, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Email “…White House deputy strategic communications adviser, that showed he joined with others to devise a public relations campaign to “reinforce” Mr. Obama’s statements that an anti-Islam video spurred the attacks.”

“Goal: … To underscore that these protests are rooted in [an] Internet video and not a broader failure or policy.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/29/email-ensuring-obama-looked-good-was-post-benghazi/

237 It's Falling Apart April 29, 2014 at 11:03 AM

ABC News Exclusive: Benghazi Talking Points Underwent 12 Revisions, Scrubbed of Terror Reference
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/05/exclusive-benghazi-talking-points-underwent-12-revisions-scrubbed-of-terror-references/
Fox: Email Reveals Obama Advisor Urged Rice to Blame Video for Benghazi
http://www.mediaite.com/tv/fox-email-reveals-obama-advisor-urged-rice-to-blame-video-for-benghazi/

238 . April 29, 2014 at 12:10 PM

(UPI) “More than half of U.S. voters prefer a Republican majority in Congress to keep President Obama in line, a poll released Tuesday said.”

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2014/04/29/New-poll-finds-more-than-half-would-prefer-a-Republican-Congress/4641398777432/#ixzz30IqTYLZi

239 A Failure of Policy April 29, 2014 at 3:35 PM

“…to portray the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack as being “rooted in an Internet video, and not a failure of policy.”
http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-benghazi-documents-point-white-house-misleading-talking-points/

2014 Congressional hearings and impeachment votes (multiple) should make interesting viewing.

240 Yhe Phantom April 29, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Republicans are not just dangerous for their evil and greed; they fail at the general problem solving process. They have compromised their problem solving ability by injecting socio-political ambitions into every subject of media attention.

Since there is a conspicuous effort to politicize any subject like weather, guns, and science, the inevitable twisted perception to develop a rhetorical pivot point becomes an inability to focus productively on any issue at hand.

This completely obstructs their ability to solve local, regional, state, national, or international problems in constructive ways. The dangerous outcome to the nation and the world is that by failing peaceful solutions, they favor destructive means like repeal, regression, and war.

241 Yhe Phantom April 29, 2014 at 4:20 PM

20. Conservatives resist new information and creative solutions because new projects require rational thought and action. A long history of deliberately flawed thinking, ignorance, and rhetorical cunning can seem harmless to the actor, however, the result is an inability to participate effectively on any improvement or necessary change of any kind. The inability to think straight is a consequence of twisting reality too often.

242 A Failure of Policy April 29, 2014 at 4:43 PM

2014 – 2015 Congressional hearings and impeachment votes (multiple) should make interesting viewing.

“With the release of new emails it is spectacularly worse — so bad in fact that it has made a full investigation with an impeachment trial necessary for the protection of our republic.”
http://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2014/04/29/new-benghazi-emails-mean-obama-impeachment-trial-must-be-launched/?singlepage=true

243 @241-242 April 29, 2014 at 4:53 PM

yawn zzzzzzzzzz

244 OHMy April 29, 2014 at 5:02 PM

“Ralph Nader on Tuesday said President Obama has committed impeachable offenses dating back to the United States’ effort in 2011 to create a no-fly zone in Libya.”
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/204670-nader-obamas-libya-mission-was-impeachable-offense-flat-out

245 Anonymous April 29, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Lets see, which states are doing the best economically,the ones with Republican Governors or Democrats? Humm, think I know the answer to that one.

246 Who do Republicans Represent April 29, 2014 at 5:43 PM

90% of Americans support universal background checks on gun sales.

96% of Republicans oppose it.

Huh? Who does the gop represent.

247 Dennis April 29, 2014 at 5:44 PM

WHen the Dems become a minority of both House and Senate in 2014, does that mean that PhanDumb and imaginary friends are going to start blaming them for being “obstructionist”, interfering with the Republican attempts to fix Obama’s wrongs?

After all, it was the minority obstructionists that forced Obama to close veterans memorials, etc.

Can’t wait to see PhanDumb et al blaming the Dem minority for all the problems in government

248 GOP Ticket for 2016 April 29, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Pres Daniel. Sterling

VP Clive Bundy

True heroes of the GOP.

249 .... April 29, 2014 at 6:08 PM

‘Postmaster General: the American people are not our customers, junk mailers are.’
http://poorrichardsnews.com/post/84229664428/postmaster-general-the-american-people-are-not-our

250 RunDogRun April 29, 2014 at 6:08 PM

@Yhe Phantom 241 Sounds like
most of our elected leaders. There
is evidence to support a theory that
in order to maintain a cohesive
society there must exist an exterior
threat. The more sophisticated the
society the greater the threat must be.
We have been at war so long, the
perceived threat is no longer effective
as evidenced by the everyday events we
are seeing. The breakdown of laws governing
human behavior, i.e., school shootings
and stabbings, rampant crime, infanticide,
suicide, increasing homelessness,
economic breakdown, etc., are
unprecedented. The so-called leaders
must then up the ante to bring society
back to a cohesive body, i.e., Putin and
Obama facing off over Ukraine. This
makes more sense than some random
faceoff.

Another theory maintains that to
keep skirmishes off of our shore, i.e.,
9/11, the US has to keep them going
elsewhere in the world. There always
has been war and there always will be.
It serves a purpose.

251 .. April 29, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Democrats want to charge drivers tolls to use nations Interstate highway system.

252 @248 April 29, 2014 at 6:36 PM

I can guarentee you that if that happens in 2016 and there is a GOP pres, nothing will get done. Change the names of the party and the same will continue. We will have a dem John Boehner saying we will find common ground bu never getting there. There will be impeachment talk after year one. Bill after Bill will be blocked or mofified until it’s meaningless. Etc Etc……

253 @249 April 29, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Might be an improvement over the present LIAR.

254 Yhe Phantom April 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM

RunDogRun, You are so right; forming a gang of stupid people is no advantage.

Very astute and unfortunate. The other application of the “sharp opposition organizing” theory is in the field of religion.

Ted and Rand apply this stuff at the party level…short sighted when they blow the threat like they did with the ObamaScare.

My thought was that forming a unified group is dangerous when you can’t get beyond the coalition, to doing the work of governance that was promised or implied.

This is what was always wrong with the Communist revolutions in the past. Once they stopped killing all the smart people, the bully dictator was the only one who could run the joint…stupid! Putin is a great example and it’s lucky for us.

Democrats appear to use the same organizing tools to propose and then execute the plans for social improvement, except we do deliver the product, and not delays and broken promises.

255 Yhe Phantom April 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Now that all the phony scandals have fizzled, and ACA (ObamaCare) has 8M new insureds, bringing the total covered to 15.5M, the Republicans are out of stuff, which was always the case.

…sooooo Ted thinks the “apartheid” word will bring down the Administration and Rand is trying to find some weird stuff to “flip” on, to look moderate. Rand just looks confused, and Ted looks illiterate.

John Kerry was clear that a one-country solution would lead to a ruling minority of Jews in a disenfranchised non-citizen Palestinian population.

That is “apartheid” and that’s what the Palestinians have planned for the Jews before they kill them, and that is what the Jews have in store for the Palestinians before they kick them all out of Israel.

Ted and Rand can’t find Jerusalem on a map, when they figure out how to find a map…

Rand now supports the Thirteenth Amendment but is still examining his position on the Fourteenth.

256 @253 April 29, 2014 at 7:41 PM

That’s why regardless of party you vote out anyone that’s been in congress over 10 years and you keep doing that, every election.

257 Anon April 29, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Sorry Yhe PfartTurd is out, eating some worms. Please leave a message.

258 anonmtz April 29, 2014 at 8:43 PM

One of the most irksome bits in the whole ugly Sterling rant was the now oft-quoted “maker” statement: ” I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? Do I know that I have—Who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game?”

As if some morbidly obese, loud-mouthed schnook of an octogenarian is what keeps drawing fans to the Staples Center…

But the offence in Sterling’s loathsome snarls transcends race. Indeed, eighty-year old bigots are, regrettably, a dime a dozen.. (see Claycord). On a deeper level, there is also an almost feudal arrogance behind the idea that, as the “owner”, Sterling “gives” his employees their subsistence. Nothing is their right. Everything is his gift.
Sterling isn’t alone in this paternalistic view of American business. It enjoyed a renaissance with the “ownership society” of the 80s. The philosophy, of course, never was anything more than feudalism rebranded.

Make no mistake, however. The only difference between Paul Ryan and Donald Sterling is that the former knows how to hold his tongue in public. A new broom sweeps clean, and we’re long overdue for a housecleaning.

Perhaps it is again time for another periodic reprieve from this perverse, exploitative and narcissistic mindset.

259 furian April 29, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Whew, long day in the salt mines.

What did I miss?

Wingies still winging?

260 Yhe Phantom April 29, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Make no mistake.

A Democratic Party controlled national government could produce strange aberrations.

We would have to fight to prevent the ACA from accepting some stuff. Certain liberal fringe elements would have us include some pretty bizarre healers, prescriptions for tinctures of unicorn tears, sage and cedar smudge sticks, and orders for divining rods used as surgical instruments.

We, at least, know there is crazies among us…Republicans do not; they think Tea Party Tardies are normal.

261 Yhe Phantom April 29, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Make no mistake.

Not everyone on this blog is a loyal American.

The consistent and constant tearing down of the United States and its leaders points to Russian, Middle Eastern, Iranian and North Korean enemies presenting here on Claycord.com as Tea Party Republicans. You can’t tell the difference. Many may just be people on ankle monitoring; they post the really short remarks. Again, you can’t tell the difference.

If my defense of the United States is prolific, it is that I am loyal to my country and will defend it against its enemies both domestic and foreign.

262 Yhe Phantom April 29, 2014 at 10:30 PM

@253

The freshman Representatives and Senators have frozen the government these last 4 years. They can point to one single accomplishment…a butchered farm bill.

Your premise is defective.

263 Anonymous April 29, 2014 at 10:49 PM

The phantom says he will defend his country against its enemies.

He will tell them war stories about his non existent time in the Army.

That’ll scare them.

264 @263 April 29, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Those in congress over ten years caused the problems and are not deserving of trust nor reelection.

265 Pegasus April 30, 2014 at 9:56 AM

A DIFFERENT KIND OF PRESIDENT, Truman was an honorable man –
Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He probably made as many, or more important decisions regarding our nation’s history as any of the other 42 Presidents preceding him.
However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.
The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was
in Independence, Missouri .
His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.
When he retired from office in 1952, his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an ‘allowance’ and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year.
After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home
to Missouri by themselves. There was no Secret Service following them.

When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, “You don’t want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it’s not for sale.”

Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, “I don’t consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise.”

As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.
Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the
Presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale. (e.g. Illinois )

Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, “My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician.
And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference!
Haven’t times changed? Look at what we’re burdened with now!

266 Yhe Phantom April 30, 2014 at 10:50 AM

The ObamaCare success has broken the hearts and minds of FOX News management and all it’s newsreaders.

Trivial items, interviewing each other as authorities, broken dreams; their tears make me stronger…strong enough to not want to correct their shabby works for a while.

267 Yhe Phantom April 30, 2014 at 10:51 AM

MILWAUKEE – A federal judge in Milwaukee struck down Wisconsin’s voter identification law Tuesday, declaring that a requirement that voters show a state-issued photo ID at the polls imposes an unfair burden on poor and minority voters.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman sided with opponents of the law, who argued that low-income and minority voters aren’t as likely to have photo IDs or the documents needed to get them. Adelman said the law violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection.

The decision invalidates Wisconsin’s law and means voter ID likely won’t be in place for the fall elections, when Republican Gov. Scott Walker faces re-election. Walker said last month that he would call lawmakers into special session if the courts ruled against the law; Walker’s spokeswoman did not immediately return an email seeking reaction Tuesday. Nor did Republican legislative leaders, who have agreed a special session would be warranted to pass a revised version of the law.

Tuesday’s decision could set a precedent for similar legal challenges in Texas, North Carolina and elsewhere. There are 31 states with laws in effect requiring voters to show some form of identification, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Seven states have strict photo ID requirements similar to the one a state judge struck down in Arkansas last week; that decision has been appealed to the Arkansas Supreme Court. Pennsylvania’s voter ID law has been put on hold because of court challenges.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/29/federal-judge-strikes-down-wisconsin-voter-id-law/?intcmp=latestnews

– That’s the way you do it!

268 Yhe Phantom April 30, 2014 at 10:52 AM

(Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a top White House legislative priority, a bill to increase the federal minimum wage for the first time in five years.

On a largely party-line vote of 54-42, backers fell short of the 60 needed to advance the legislation, which would boost the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour from its current $7.25.

The bill would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour during the next three years, and then index it in the future to inflation. Adjusted for inflation, the current minimum wage is a third of what it was in 1950.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the bill would lift 900,000 Americans out of poverty, but cost another 500,000 Americans their jobs.

POLLS SHOW MOST AMERICANS SUPPORT AN INCREASE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE, AND OBAMA AND HIS DEMOCRATS PLAN TO USE THE ISSUE TO RALLY THEIR LIBERAL BASE IN ADVANCE OF THE NOVEMBER CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/30/us-usa-senate-minimumwage-idUSBREA3T0PT20140430

Ten times more permanent jobs than the XL Pipeline fraud.

– That’s the way you do it!

269 What security April 30, 2014 at 10:59 AM

okay, I think Palin is clown but this was funny
When Sarah Palin commented, at this last week’s national National Rifle Association convention, “…waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists,”

270 Yhe Phantom April 30, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Did you guys forget about Benghazi?

BenghaziCare; the Hot new dance!

1. One step forward, take two steps back
2. Spin around, spin around, fall down flat
3. Grab the FOX girl with the short, short skirt
4. Rub her all over with Duck Dynasty dirt
5. Pick yourself up, shake off the bimbo
6. Turn on the tube and watch Rush Limbaugh

We have fresh Unicorn steaks and Rainbow Suckers and don’t forget to enter the drawing for one of the O’Reilly Killing books.

Just buy your ticket at the table by the Sarah Palin posters.

271 Elwood April 30, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Inevitably, Jesse Jackson showed up to make matters worse.

http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/jesse-jackson-shows-court-clippers-warriors-game

272 CONCORD CITY COUNCIL April 30, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Who’s running for re-election in 2014? Anyone know?

273 Pipelines Are Safer April 30, 2014 at 3:32 PM

An inferno in downtown Lynchburg, Va., mass evacuation as a train carrying CRUDE OIL derails, cars rupture and catch fire. Video included.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/train-derails-lynchburg-va-creating-massive-fire-smoke-article-1.1774353

274 Thanks Mr President April 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM

and my 401K just gets better.

Dow Closes at All-Time High with Boost from the Federal Reserve

By Kate Gibson, CNBC

Stocks edged up on Wednesday, pushing the Dow through its all-time high, as investors welcomed the Federal Reserve’s reduction of monthly bond purchases while looking past data showing the economy slowed more than expected in the first quarter.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which has been slowly climbing for several days, closed unofficially 45 points higher at 16,580.84, eclipsing its record high close of 16,576.66, last Dec. 31. The S&P 500 rose 5 points and the Nasdaq was 11 points higher.

“Who would imagine we would get a first-quarter GDP print so disappointing and yet we’re closing the stock market at a high. That shows investors are absolutely looking past the first quarter, and looking to the Fed to continue with lower rates,” said Chris Gaffney, senior market strategist at Everbank.

275 Socks Changed April 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM

White House’s legislative priority

What is it today ?

Possibly ADHD ?

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/cardozas-corner/198861-the-professorial-president

276 Do You Miss a Republican President April 30, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Do you miss the republican forclosures?

Do you miss the tax breaks for the rich?

Do you miss the republican mega recession?

Do you miss the republican wars?

Do you miss the 150% increase in medical insurance premiums?

Yea me too.

277 . April 30, 2014 at 4:14 PM

“That’s the way you do it!”
Yup, …. democrats LIE.

278 furian April 30, 2014 at 4:28 PM

@277,

Two unpaid for republican wars!

So much for the party of fiscal responsibility.

BWHAHAHAHAHA

279 Phoenix You Have A Problem April 30, 2014 at 4:31 PM

If 300,000 federal employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs can’t make health care work for our veterans, how can any number of federal employees make Obamacare work?
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/30/istook-bureaucracy-doesnt-just-hurt-it-kills/

280 . April 30, 2014 at 4:40 PM

“White House aide Valerie Jarrett attended this week’s meeting in Chicago of the Democracy Alliance of super rich, liberal donors. But when a reporter for Politico approached Jarrett at the conference and asked her if Democrats were being hypocritical by raising money from wealthy liberals while slamming conservative donors as part of their 2014 election strategy, the aide refused to talk.”
http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/30/valerie-jarrett-dodges-questions-after-closed-door-meetings-with-liberal-donors/#ixzz30PhvkG1z

281 Aspirin April 30, 2014 at 5:51 PM

If anyone thinks things are bad now, wait until we have a Republican House and a Republican Senate. Without Obama’s veto power the Repukes will take us back to another recession and another useless war somewhere.

282 @Who is running for Concord... April 30, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Tim/Laura/Ron are up for reelection. Tim wants to be on Brd of Supvr and Ron wants to be on Assembly. All three need to go. We need new blood asap. Tim even switched parties from R to D to get elected and Ron has the done the same thing before so tacky. There is a new guy running Brent Trublood that looks good.

283 Aspirin April 30, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Scalia’s idiotic antics on the Supreme Court make a good case for justices to serve limited terms. All justices should be apolitical and without the burden of religious ignorance.

284 Aspirin April 30, 2014 at 5:58 PM

George Washington: “A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. … of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” Some of our Supreme Court justices should take this to heart as well as the ENTIRE Republican Party.

285 Aspirin April 30, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Someone famous once said “I am glad I was not born a Republican”. That statement suggests that in order to be a Republican one must be burdened with an inbred intellect that goes no further than Fox News.

286 Yhe Phantom April 30, 2014 at 6:45 PM

I KNOW I PROMISED TO LAY OFF THE SCREWBALLS…BUT I CAN’T HELP IT.

National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan played down the Rhodes email, telling Fox News in a statement: “There were protests taking place across the region in reaction to an offensive internet video, so that’s what these points addressed. There were known protests in Cairo, Sanaa, Khartoum, and Tunis as well as early reports of similar protests in Benghazi, which contributed to questions of how the attack began….

These documents only serve to reinforce what we have long been saying: that in the days after September 11, 2012, we were concerned by unrest occurring across the region and that we provided our best assessment of what was happening at the time.”

The statement did not address Fox News’ specific questions asking whether White House personnel, particularly Rhodes, briefed Rice before the Sunday shows, and what intelligence Rhodes relied on when he referred to the video.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/29/benghazi-emails-suggest-white-house-aide-involved-in-prepping-rice-for-video/

Excerpted from: YOUNG DEMOCRAT TRAINING LESSON: Trolls

7. Often, they demand repeating explanations where definitive proof has been presented, pretending the information is not correct. Respond as appropriate or ignore these. Point out the loop argument.

– FOX and ABC keeps asking the same questions and never listen to the answer… “tell me something that proves my phony implications are not made up accusations”

Jay Carney’s just laughing at them…always gets Eddy “The stooge”, into another stupid loop while Henry keeps:

Erasing the 2007 Housing Bubble
Erasing the 2008 Financial Collapse
Erasing the national health crises going back 30 years
Erasing all the crummy attempts with phony scandals, especially the IRS
Erasing the successful recession turnaround recovery 2010
Erasing the 2012 9/11 widespread protests about the video
Erasing the House shutdown 2013
Erasing the success of the ACA (ObamaCare) 2014

287 Dennis April 30, 2014 at 6:58 PM

so says Aspirin, who thinks an Ultrasound is rape, and the KKK was created by the Republican party.

288 cHum April 30, 2014 at 7:14 PM

” Two unpaid for republican wars! ”
How about the stupidity of attacking Libya wiping out command an control and having NO PLAN to secure county’s vast weapons stockpiles after the government fell?

Terrorists backed in truck, after truck, after truck and loaded up.
As a result of the inept community organizer plays war, best armed terrorists in the world are in North Africa, with arms from Libya. They are selling their surplus arms for hard currency.

Is said we were in Benghazi buying looted MANPADS (shoulder fired surface to air missiles) and other weapons when our Ambassador and 3 other Americans were killed.

American Killed in Libya Was on Intel Mission to Track Weapons
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/glen-doherty-navy-seal-killed-libya-intel-mission/story?id=17229037#.UFlR7K5149h

The Price of the Libya Intervention: Surface to Air Missiles for All
http://original.antiwar.com/hallinan/2011/10/14/the-price-of-the-libya-intervention-surface-to-air-missiles-for-all/
Report: Many missiles go missing in Libya
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/report-many-missiles-go-missing-in-libya/
Weapons buy back,
http://articles.philly.com/2011-08-26/news/29930529_1_weapons-sa-7-surface-to-air-missiles

289 “The river was on fire” April 30, 2014 at 7:15 PM

(New York) “Governor Cuomo sent a letter today to the White House, urging swift action on four priority safety matters, including removing inadequate tank cars from service…”
http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/04302014-crude-oil-disasters

For the One Percent
‘ Obama spends $600 million on rail projects that benefit private companies ‘
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/12/02/210101/obama-spends-600-million-on-rail.html

‘ Design Flaw Noted in Common Rail Tank Cars ‘
http://www.jems.com/article/news/design-flaw-noted-common-rail-tank-cars
DOT-111 Rail Cars
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqNQ_3f-WJQ
http://www.knoxnews.com/photos/2012/sep/12/260450/

When it comes to rail SAFETY, …… maybe, your Safety.
July 2013 “The Obama administration has delayed by nearly a year a plan to boost safety standards for the type of rail car involved in a fiery explosion that killed at least 47 people in Canada…”
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/oil-train-safety-rule-delayed-1-072150055.html

‘ Train Explodes in Virginia Town While Regulators Chug Along ‘
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-04-30/the-bad-oil-boom-crude-train-explodes-in-lynchburg-virginia-while-regulators-chug-along
“A CSX freight train derailed Wednesday afternoon in downtown Lynchburg, spilling rail cars and burning crude into the James River and causing major environmental damage, a city official said.”
“The river was on fire,” said deputy city manager Bonnie Svrcek.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dr-gridlock/wp/2014/04/30/train-derails-in-downtown-lynchburg-shutting-down-streets-bridges/

Downtown Lynchburg, Va on fire,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1JtWfqI9mk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7E6u3-P430

290 What's missing in this administration ? April 30, 2014 at 7:22 PM

” Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character.
But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”
Norman Schwarzkopf

291 OHMy April 30, 2014 at 7:37 PM

“Warren Buffett’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC is among U.S. and Canadian railroads that stand to benefit from the Obama administration’s decision to reject TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL oil pipeline permit.
With modest expansion, railroads can handle all new oil produced in western Canada through 2030, according to an analysis of the Keystone proposal by the U.S. State Department.
“Whatever people bring to us, we’re ready to haul,” Krista York-Wooley, a spokeswoman for Burlington Northern, a unit of Buffett’s Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A), said in an interview. If Keystone XL “doesn’t happen, we’re here to haul.” ”
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-23/buffett-s-burlington-northern-among-winners-in-obama-rejection-of-pipeline.html

292 Price ..... Less April 30, 2014 at 8:12 PM

‘ Jay Carney fumbles on bombshell email showing how the White House steered Benghazi terror-attack narrative toward an anti-Islam video ‘

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2616506/White-House-aide-advised-Susan-Rice-blame-deadly-Benghazi-attack-protests-anti-Islamic-web-video.html

Just takin’ after BOB.

293 @285 April 30, 2014 at 8:20 PM
294 Rodeo Clown Media Boycott April 30, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Here’s an idea, cable “news” an major networks that refuse to honestly report all the news ….. start boycotting their advertisers. An maybe let them know why you are not buying their products.

295 Elwood April 30, 2014 at 8:58 PM

But Doofus is afraid to approve the Keystone XL pipeline for political reasons.

So a few towns burn up, that’s OK if it’s what it takes to protect dimmiecrats!

296 Suzie April 30, 2014 at 9:31 PM

You have to put crap like that out there, as the world turns, but anyway, there you are.

297 @Elwood April 30, 2014 at 9:38 PM

One percent democrat campaign contributors are making loads and loads of money transporting that oil by tank car. When pipeline goes online it will cost them many hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.
Tree hugging pipeline opponents are just useful stooges.
Research that CA hedge fund guy, the hedge fund’s current and past holdings, China oil company, rail car an tank car manufacturing and repair.

It’s all about making big money not the environment.
There is so much money involved, democrats are even willing short term (until end of obama presidency) to pi$$ off Unions.

298 @287 April 30, 2014 at 9:50 PM

“How about the stupidity of attacking Libya wiping out command an control and having NO PLAN to secure county’s vast weapons stockpiles after the government fell?”

At least Reagan and Bush SR. had the smarts to realize you scare the crap out of them, but you leave the command and control intact to prevent terrorists from taking over. Unfortunately obama is grossly more inept than bush jr. was.

299 The Republican Way April 30, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Republican controlled House Ways and Means Committee

Blocked a bill to help keep fosters kids out of prostitution because at 1 million a year for 10 years it was to expensive (12 Million)

Approved a bill to spend 31 million a year for 10 years (310 million ) on tax cuts for big corporations, WITHOUT paying for them.

Way to go GOP

300 Dennis April 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

A Michigan branch of the powerful Service Employees International Union saw its membership and revenues plummet after the reversal of a measure that forced caregivers tending to friends or relatives to be members with their dues paid by those they cared for.

More than 44,000 home-based healthcare workers parted ways with SEIU Healthcare Michigan after learning they did not have to join the union or pay dues, according to reports the union filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. Thousands of the employees were allegedly forced into the union under a plan the SEIU successfully lobbied for that classified even unpaid family members caring for their elderly parents as “home health care workers.” Dues were then automatically collected from the care recipients’ Medicare or Medicaid checks.

… the SEIU reaped nearly $35 million from Michigan’s elderly and disabled from 2006 to last year. Of some 59,000 residents classified as home-based caregivers, about 80 percent stopped paying when they learned they did not have to.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/30/seiu-membership-revenues-plummet-after-state-ends-underhanded-scheme/

– nice scam. declare relative cargivers union members, and deduct their dues from the Medicare checks of the patient.

Unions are so corrupt, they have to be Democrats.

301 Dennis April 30, 2014 at 10:27 PM

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/08/world/americas/canada-runaway-train/index.html?iref=allsearch

Death toll in Canadian disaster at 35, , with 15 people missing

The train involved in the Quebec incident was carrying oil from the Bakken oil formation in North Dakota to a refinery in New Brunswick, Canada.

… “much of the recent increases in crude oil output has moved by rail from production areas, such as North Dakota, that are not adequately served by pipelines,” according to the AAR, whose members include the major North American freight railroads.

In 2008, the group said, U.S. railroads were carrying about 9,500 rail carloads of crude oil. By 2011, it was 66,000. Last year, it was more than 200,000 carloads. A railcar carries about 700 barrels of oil, with 42 gallons per barrel.

(5,880,000,000 gallons)

The Quebec disaster came on the heels of a handful of other mishaps involving trains transporting oil in Canada

Among the incidents:

— Four Canadian Pacific rail cars carrying flammable petrochemicals used to dilute oil derailed on a flood-damaged bridge spanning Calgary’s Bow River in June, according to the Calgary Herald.

— In another incident involving Canadian Pacific, five tankers containing oil derailed in rural Saskatchewan in May, spilling 575 barrels of crude, the Toronto Sun reported.

— The company also made headlines a month earlier when 22 rail cars derailed near White River, Ontario. Two of the cars leaked about 400 barrels — almost 17,000 gallons — of oil, The Globe and Mail in Toronto reported.

— Canadian Pacific was also involved in a stateside spill in March. Fourteen cars on a milelong, 94-car train derailed in western Minnesota, about 150 miles northwest of Minneapolis, spilling about 30,000 gallons of crude, Reuters reported.

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let’s see that math again:
200,000 carloads. A railcar carries about 700 barrels of oil, with 42 gallons per barrel. (5,880,000,000 gallons)

note that nearly 6 BILLION gallons of gas is EXPORTED to Canada, and then re-IMPORTED to the USA by rail car.
wouldn’t it be smarter to keep it all here in the first place?

302 Dennis April 30, 2014 at 10:36 PM

A black congressman is sticking by his comment calling Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas an “Uncle Tom,” saying the jurist’s positions on the high court “have been adverse to the minority community.”

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., made his original comment about Thomas, the only African-American judge on the Supreme Court, in a webcast Sunday with the New Nation of Islam.

Asked Wednesday by CNN whether “Uncle Tom” was a racially charged term, Thompson said: “For some it is, but to others it’s the truth.”

http://onpolitics.usatoday.com/2014/04/30/bennie-thompson-clarence-thomas-uncle-tom/

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how do Democrats deal with a Conservative Black? They call him (or her, on Condi’s case) “Uncle Toms”.

Of course, since he made the remarks on the New Nation of Islam webcast, he can’t possibly have a motive to lie, right?

303 Dennis April 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM

“Asked Wednesday by CNN whether “Uncle Tom” was a racially charged term, Thompson said: “For some it is, but to others it’s the truth.””

there is a Nevada rancher and a Basketball team owner that should try using that line.

304 Anon Redux May 1, 2014 at 8:59 AM

More ObamaCare Bad News
http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-perspective/043014-699057-obamacare-enrollment-success-is-really-superficial.htm#ixzz30TPpsqvG

The Congressional Budget Office reports that ObamaCare will spend $17 billion on exchange subsidies this year. Two-thirds of exchange customers previously secured coverage on their own.

Not exactly the wisest stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

One million of the five million people whose policies were cancelled because they did not meet ObamaCare’s new rules remain uninsured.

Because the law forbids insurance companies from charging the old and sick more than three times what they charge the young and healthy, insurers must attract enough young, low-cost people to keep premiums down. That hasn’t happened.

Just 28% are between the ages of 18 and 34 — well below the 40% needed to keep ObamaCare’s exchange pools financially stable.

The exchange population is sicker than average.

Exchange enrollees use 47% more specialty medications than the general insured population.

Demand for HIV meds is four times higher in the ObamaCare pool than in the commercial pool. Anti-seizure medication prescription rates are 27% higher.

Increased volume for higher cost specialty drugs can have a huge impact on costs.

Insurers will adjust by raising premiums.

WellPoint predicts “double-digit-plus” rate increases across the country. In some areas premiums could go up 100%.

Cigna CEO David Cordani says his company has already brought up the coming “rate shock” with the administration.

305 Republicans May 1, 2014 at 9:17 AM

@# 277 – We miss having jobs & a booming economy.

306 Jay Carney May 1, 2014 at 9:24 AM

What I’m trying to say is the e-mails exposing the Benghazi coverup are not saying what they say. They are in fact saying just the opposite, but they were written as a broad overview of the situation as assessed by individuals who were interested in projecting an in depth view of matters not contrary to the untrue stories we actually presented while under the impression that we were presenting actual facts as we wished them to be. These are authentic, misleading, substantiated e-mails that should be disregarded as factually inconvenient.

Who are you going to believe, me or your own damn lying eyes?

307 Yhe Phantom May 1, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Repeat Dennis’ foundation:

A Michigan branch of the powerful Service Employees International Union saw its membership and revenues plummet after the reversal of a measure that forced caregivers tending to friends or relatives to be members with their dues paid by those they cared for.

More than 44,000 home-based healthcare workers parted ways with SEIU Healthcare Michigan after learning they did not have to join the union or pay dues, according to reports the union filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. Thousands of the employees were allegedly forced into the union under a plan the SEIU successfully lobbied for that classified even unpaid family members caring for their elderly parents as “home health care workers.” Dues were then automatically collected from the care recipients’ Medicare or Medicaid checks.

…Wright’s organization estimates that the SEIU reaped nearly $35 million from Michigan’s elderly and disabled from 2006 to last year. Of some 59,000 residents classified as home-based caregivers, about 80 percent stopped paying when they learned they did not have to.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/30/seiu-membership-revenues-plummet-after-state-ends-underhanded-scheme/?cmpid=edpick&google_editors_picks=true

– It never occurred to these folks that the hourly rate paid by Medicaid and Medicare may have been set by SEIU Union contracts at large.

– Now that they are on their own, they can negotiate their hourly rate on a case per case basis, or as a group of what?

– Then they whine they are no longer getting a livable wage and cannot live as middle class income earners.

Everybody wants a Union benefits rich contract without paying the dues, ($30.00 a month, $0.17 per hour).

Otherwise try “market clearing” Libertarian supply and demand…and have a nice time! Oh well!

308 Yhe Phantom May 1, 2014 at 10:29 AM

What does it take to be a Republican? Just a few historical changes.

1. Completely forgetting the 2007 Housing Bubble
2. Completely forgetting the 2008 Financial Collapse
3. Completely forgetting the national health crises going back 30 years
4. Completely forgetting all the failed attempts at phony scandals.
5. Completely forgetting the successful recession recovery 2010
6. Completely forgetting the 2012 9/11 protests about the video
7. Completely forgetting the House shutdown in 2013
8. Completely forgetting the success of the ACA (ObamaCare) 2014

309 DEmocrats Destroy Economy, and Phantom blames Republicans May 1, 2014 at 11:05 AM

The actual facts of why the US — and now the world — economy are in severe jeopardy have little to nothing to do with the current US administration or Republicans. However, with the Democrats’ and their media continuing to call and report the Republicans responsible, the public might never know the difference. Despite all proof to the contrary, the media — AKA the usual suspects — refuse to report on the actual programs that led to the current debacle. This is called “faked and manufactured news.”

Note: This contrived “news” is also what will most likely end up being our only source in an Obama administration. Get ready folks. The days of opposition to any and all leftist policies and regimes in the USA are coming to an end.

But, until then, let’s take another realistic look at why we are in the current financial mess. Beginning with the Democrats and President Clinton’s push to force banks and mortgage companies to lend to low-income home buyers — coupled with the Democrats running Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — the process that has placed us in the position of heading toward the current financial debacle was put into place. Then, with Clinton’s signing of the American Home Ownership and Economic Opportunity Act of 2000, the dye was cast. Institutions that did not want to lend monies to those who could not afford to buy homes were advised that they would be investigated by the government. Thus, the ARM (adjustable rate mortgage) came into being in full force. Huge balloon payments were the norm for the ARM and when they came due — equally huge foreclosure numbers for those who couldn’t pay them were the result.

As foreclosures increased, a domino effect began that took down mortgage companies and publicly exposed the corruptions inherent within the Democrats’ personal slush funds — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Then, the commercial banks — the ones who had initially been forced to carry the bad-paper mortgages “or else” began to fail. After that, other banks and lending institutions started to experience problems and then — as the world’s banks are now connected — European and Asian financial institutions have begun to crash. What was put in place by US Democrats as at its best “good intentions” for poor folk and at its worst another way to scam the system has now caused world-wide panic in financial institutions. Note: Elected Congressional Republicans — including Sen. John McCain — have tried for years to pass legislation that would provide oversight on both Fannie and Freddie. Democrats blocked each and every attempt.

But, who are the scammers who for years benefited from this con? Bear in mind, if we refuse to recognize the culprits, we refuse to correct the problem. Democrat Franklin Raines ran Fannie Mae into the ground and, after making over $100M for his efforts. Due to his cooking the books, former Fannie Mae CEO and Barack Obama advisor Raines was ordered to pay $24.7M in fines. Considering the crime, this was a slap on the wrist. Another Obama advisor and the one who chose Biden as Obama’s VP running mate, is James A. Johnson — another Democrat former CEO of Fannie Mae. Johnson was also involved in the “book cooking” scandal and walked away from the company with tens of millions of dollars. Former Clinton Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick (the infamous woman who would not allow the CIA and FBI to share information on terrorists) was Vice Chair of Fannie Mae from 1997-2003. During that time Gorelick is officially reported to have “earned: $26M but, is said to have actually acquired over $100M for her efforts.

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) was one of the loudest opponents of enacting oversight for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Knowing full well that both organizations were in dire straits, in 2002 Frank said: “I do not regard Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as problems. I do not think we are facing any kind of a crisis.” Because of these statements, thousands more invested in Fannie Mae — and thousands more lost their proverbial shirts. Frank claims no responsibility and, instead, arrogantly continues to blame Republicans. Senator Christopher Dodd (D- Conn.) is reported to have received the most monies in funding from Fannie Mae. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is said to have received the second greatest amount of funding from Fannie Mae. There are many more examples — too many to be included in one column.

These are the facts. If you doubt them, check my references — below. Had any Republican been involved in the corruptions that caused the ongoing financial catastrophe, he or she would have already been frog-marched to jail by Democrat guards. After Obama is elected, we will no longer be able to express opposition to either him or his policies. So, inform and steel yourselves with the truth now. With an Obama presidency, we are in for some very dark times indeed.

310 Hillary...You can run but you can not hide from the Benghazi scandal May 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Hillary is toast.

She ruined her career by being a part of that lying POS’s administration.

311 Worth Repeating May 1, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Yhe phantom Sissy is desperate for attention of any kind.
Self deluded liar.
Constant posting of the same C&P comments.
Writes like an angry little girl.
All writings have a bratty nanny-nanny-nanny tone.
Believes anybody would be interested in ridiculous made up stories.
Pathetic liar.
Magnificent bi*ch.
A sad little person.

312 The Obama Administration is Based on Lies May 1, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Duping America since 2007!

Obamacare / Affordable Care Act.
Keep your doctor, keep your plan – No matter what. PERIOD. .. that was and is a flat out lie to the American people.

IRS Targeting of Citizens.
Citizens who are protected by the First Amendment are targeted by a government agency that is supposed to be apolitical… Lerner pleads the Fifth. “Not a smidget of corruption”, Obama states. Then why is this government official pleading the Fifth? There is no worse situation when a branch of government is used as a weapon to censure its citizens. Ask the German citizenry of the 30s and 40s.

Keystone Pipeline.
This morning on CNBC Valerie Jarrett states that “the President’s focus is on job creation and infrastructure investment”. If he was at all concerned then the Keystone Pipeline should have been approved years ago. Meanwhile, Obama punts the so-called decision until after the mid-term elections as a political move. Does the Obama administration have the country’s best interest in mind? Or the best interest of the Democratic party?

9/11 Benghazi Consulate Attack.
Jay Carney states that the ‘smoking gun memo’ had nothing to do with Benghazi but was penned rather in response to demonstrations in the region. Then why was it only released after a watchdog group sued to under the Freedom of Information Act for documents related to Benghazi? Why was it never released to the investigating Senate committee? The Obama administration reeks of a cover up.

Obama and his minions are driving our beloved country into the ground based on lies and deceptions.

313 IRONIC May 1, 2014 at 1:23 PM

For some in obvious desperate need of friendship and attention phantom only succeeds in creating more hate, separation and disrespect.
Ironic isn’t it.

314 Dithered to Death May 1, 2014 at 2:54 PM

‘ General: We Didn’t Even Try To Save American Lives In Benghazi ‘
“A high ranking officer in the U.S. Africa Command on the night of the Benghazi attacks is now saying that the U.S. military did not try and was never even ordered to save the Americans under attack at the U.S. diplomatic outpost on the September 11, 2012 attack.”
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/01/general-we-didn-t-even-try-to-save-american-lives-in-benghazi.html

Remember the Prime Directive must be followed at all costs, It’s Never HIS FAULT.

315 Elwood May 1, 2014 at 2:56 PM

@ Thanks Mr President #245

Obama causes the stock market to rise like farts cause planes to rise.

316 TC May 1, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Phantom regularly alienates himself with his hateful speech.

317 Phantom = Shadowblade = Fake Veteran May 1, 2014 at 3:27 PM

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318 Obama the pathological liar May 1, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Everything about him is a lie.

Obama has millions of fake Twitter followers

President Obama’s Twitter account has 18.8 million followers — but more than 70% of them really don’t exist, according to reports.

A new Web tool has determined that 70% of Obama’s crowd includes “fake followers,” The New York Times reports in a story about how Twitter followers can be purchased.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2012/08/obama-has-millions-of-fake-twitter-followers/1

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His fake audience that claps for 10 minutes after everything he says.

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I can’t stand that worthless POS, everything that comes out of his mouth is a Lie.

I bet all the last minute ObamaCare sign ups are phony too.

I would not put it passed him.

319 Obamacare numbers are phony May 1, 2014 at 3:44 PM

The 7.1 million sign-ups is a phony number and the point to note is that an administration that could not deliver accurate numbers as Kathleen Sebelius, HHS Secretary stated many times can now deliver an accurate top line number but cannot give the basis for that number by identifying the types of sign-ups for Obamacare.
Let’s apply common sense … To get to the 7.1 million you have to count how many people signed up and therefore you would know based on the information they’ve provided what the breakdown demographically – age, gender, number of people in each plan, number of people who have paid versus just enrolled. This data is generated by the same principle that any well-built website can export data by category. This function would normally be programmed into the websites at the federal and state level. This data has to exist or you cannot provide a pricing structure to the Obamacare enrollee.

Another number that matters is the total value of subsidies given to those who signed up. The individual who signed up may have gotten a savings but is getting that at the expense of the taxpayer. For those Americans who want Obamacare are you the ones getting it? Of the stated 48 million uninsured how many of you have signed up as part of the 7.1 million that Obama claims?

Another question is how many of the 7.1 million sign-ups are Americans that have lost their insurance plans. Add the elephant in the room of who signs up for Obamacare. It needs to be the young invincibles who will pay for the expenses of the older and sickly. Why won’t the administration release this number?

What Democrats are banking on is short-term memory of Americans the further this issue gets down the road and other issues will come up during this 2014 election cycle. Obamacare is a net net loss for the American economy when you approach it from the point of pure economics … subsidies have to be paid for, costs have gone up for more than savings thus far, effects on hiring and advancement within various sized companies, decisions by companies to not increase employees which affects overall productivity in the nation.

I say enforce Obamacare fully and let the American people feel real pain, revolt at the ballot box in November and rip this legislative monstrosity out via the Democrats in Congress.

To my GOP friends, get the government out of healthcare except where absolutely necessary with for instance laws on portability, health savings accounts and few legislative items that support a better free market structure. No comprehensive approach. Solve parts of the problem to achieve a bigger overall solution.

http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2014/04/02/Obamacare-numbers-are-phony

320 Good news for democrats May 1, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Obama has postponed the massive insurance rate hikes until after the November elections.

321 me May 1, 2014 at 3:55 PM

I find it funny, in a sad way, that the Obama Administration thinks it is a huge success that there are now millions more people getting taxpayer paid health care in the same way they think it’s a great success that so many more people are now getting taxpayer paid subsidence payments (unemployment, welfare, etc.).

Only some seriously screwed up people think fewer people working and fewer people paying for their own health care is something to brag about.

322 @319 May 1, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Yet more proof, his look good is more important than the TRUTH.

323 @319 May 1, 2014 at 4:11 PM
324 @319 May 1, 2014 at 4:18 PM

“The CBS Evening News on Wednesday ignored one of the day’s top news stories: the revelation that White House aide Ben Rhodes — brother of CBS president David Rhodes — instructed Susan Rice to emphasize a false talking point about the 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya.”
http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/01/cbs-evening-news-ignores-white-house-benghazi-email-sent-by-cbs-presidents-brother/

325 Surprised ? ? ? May 1, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Internal memos reveal EPA worked behind the scenes to kill Alaska mine ‘project’
“The Environmental Protection Agency came under fire Thursday after new emails surfaced that allegedly show government officials worked in secret with tribal leaders and other environmental groups to preemptively oppose the controversial Pebble Mine project in Alaska before a review was even conducted.”
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/05/01/internal-emails-reveal-epa-worked-in-secret-to-get-pebble-mine-project-killed/

326 Dennis May 1, 2014 at 4:55 PM

@Phantom

what part of SEICU adding UNPAID (family) health care providers to the unions, and then – with no salary to pay union dues – SEICU then deducted $30 per patient from the PATIENT’s Medicare/Medicaid payments for the dues, did you miss?

In other words, SEICU provided nothing to either the unpaid caregiver or the patients, but deducted $30/mo from the patients anyhow.

Wow. a new low for unions. This explains why they fought so hard to hold onto the Governorship and State politicians at the last election … and why they lost.

327 . May 1, 2014 at 5:06 PM
328 @Dennis May 1, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Kind of speaks volumes about what people in Illinois think of a state run by democrats.
‘ Poll: Half of Illinois residents would move from the state if they could ‘
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-poll-half-of-illinois-residents-would-move-from-the-state-if-they-could-20140501,0,663132.story

329 . May 1, 2014 at 5:44 PM

@phantom #309…

Better stick to something you know about……..like lying about your military service.

330 . May 1, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Dennis,

Notice how e dems have never addressed the racial comments by Bennie Thpmpson (a democrat, no less) against a sitting (black) Supreme Court justice?

Hypocrites….all of ‘them..

331 @319 May 1, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Really twitter? Who cares.

332 Ronald Reagan May 1, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Raised taxes 17 times in 8 years.

333 Yhe Phantom May 1, 2014 at 6:17 PM

#303/#304 A black congressman is sticking by his comment calling Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas an “Uncle Tom,” saying the jurist’s positions on the high court “have been adverse to the minority community.”
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., made his original comment about Thomas, the only African-American judge on the Supreme Court, in a webcast Sunday with the New Nation of Islam.
Asked Wednesday by CNN whether “Uncle Tom” was a racially charged term, Thompson said: “For some it is, but to others it’s the truth.”
http://onpolitics.usatoday.com/2014/04/30/bennie-thompson-clarence-thomas-uncle-tom/
– Using normally Republican tactics, the MSNBC liberal media today PIVOTED this story to the Justice Scalia judicial error, totally ignoring Thompson’s “hate” speech.

Alex Wagner displayed the same cunning I accuse O’Reilly of in a disgusting imitation of the FOX technique.

The truth is the truth. Thompson is sounding like a stupid racist, bigot, even if he is a black person like his target. Call Scalia and Thomas misguided jurists as I do, yet no one should be called an “Uncle Tom” anymore than they should be called a “House N______”. Especially a black man from Savannah, Georgia.

The Congressional Black Caucus absolutely should sanction the Representative for his attack on a Supreme Court Justice, and demand an apology at least.

We wait for an answer!

334 Yhe Phantom May 1, 2014 at 6:18 PM

#305 ABOUT 20.8 MILLION PEOPLE ARE NOW ENROLLED.

“About 20.8 million people are now enrolled in insurance because of the law, said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. That includes those 8 million who enrolled in private insurance, 4.8 million now covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, 5 million who bought coverage outside the state and federal exchanges and 3 million adults younger than 26 now covered through their parents’ insurance.

“Eighty-five percent of those who enrolled in private health insurance through the state and federal exchanges between Oct. 1 and April 15 received federal subsidies to help pay for it, the HHS report showed. That is similar to figures released earlier by HHS.

“The statistics also show that 28% of the 8,019,763 people who selected private health insurance are between the ages of 18 and 34, the age group that insurance analysts believe will help balance out the market’s finances.

“The new data showed that 54% of those enrolling in insurance were women, while 63% of all enrollees were white. Of the remaining enrollees, the HHS report showed, 17% were African American, 11% Hispanic, 8% Asian, 1% multiracial, 0.3% American Indian/Alaska native and 0.1% native Hawaiian/Pacific islander.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/05/01/almost-13-million-insured-under-aca-admin-says/7735239/

More divisionism expressed as information from the real world. Oh well!

335 Yhe Phantom May 1, 2014 at 6:19 PM

#307 #313 What 9/11 Benghazi Consulate Attack?

Jay Carney states that the ‘smoking gun memo’ had nothing to do with Benghazi but was penned rather in response to demonstrations in the region. Then why was it only released after a watchdog group sued to under the Freedom of Information Act for documents related to Benghazi? Why was it never released to the investigating Senate committee?

– “Then why was it only released after a watchdog group sued to under the Freedom of Information Act for documents related to Benghazi?”

Because Jay Carney states that the ‘smoking gun memo’ had nothing to do with Benghazi.

The answer is in the question.

336 Yhe Phantom May 1, 2014 at 6:20 PM

#310 Toronto, Canadian blogger foretells collapse of American economy in October 2008,

http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/5416

– Didn’t happen that way! The writer has backdated her article to 2008 while she refers to stuff that didn’t happen for another several months.

Is that what the Canadian Free Press does?

“Obama and his minions are driving our beloved country into the ground”?

Anything specific?

Simply not resigning their jobs because you want them to do so, is not driving “our beloved country into the ground”.

Just because we are not doing things the “Libertarian” way, does not mean the country is being driven into the ground.

“Obama and his minions are driving our beloved country into the ground”?

DJIA 16,559 record high

“Obama and his minions are driving our beloved country into the ground”?

Unemployment 6.7%

“Obama and his minions are driving our beloved country into the ground”?

LFPR 63.2%

What’s everyone doing?

Only serious arguments about how people express themselves…Rice, Cliven, Thompson, Imus, Paula Deen, Nugent, and Donald Sterling

On the other hand, real problems facing the nation include:

· The winter arctic Polar Vortex results,
· The new tornado season, (climate change),
· Mid Western and Western drought,
· Neglected veteran treatment,
· Continuing unemployment,
· Reduce deficit spending with revenue increases.

This was supposed to be the business of the House, but noooooooo!

337 Yhe Phantom May 1, 2014 at 6:20 PM

#312 Yo, Worth Repeating

Flag wavin’, Bible thumpin’, gun runnin’, Army Veteran Democrat from Hell!

338 Yhe Phantom May 1, 2014 at 6:22 PM

#315 WHILE THE EXACT NATURE OF THE ATTACK WAS NOT CLEAR FROM THE START…

“While the exact nature of the attack was not clear from the start, “what we did know early on was that this was a hostile [not a friendly*] action,” Retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Lovell [a retired general who served at U.S. Africa Command's headquarters in Germany during the attack*] said in his prepared statement Thursday morning to members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. “This was no demonstration gone terribly awry.”

“Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the committee, cited the testimony of then-commander of AFRICOM Gen. Carter Ham and others who testified that the military moved a special forces unit from Europe to Sicily while the attack was ongoing, and sent a special anti-terrorism team of Marines to Tripoli within a day of the attack.

“Why are you testifying that the U.S. military did not try to save lives,” Cummings asked.

“Lovell said he was not disputing that information.

“I did not say we did not try,” Lovell said. “What I’m speaking to is that we as a nation need to try to do more, in preparations, so that in the future … we can support the people and have their backs.”

“Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., asked Lovell if he disagreed with Rep. Howard “Buck”s McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, who told reporters last month that the military responded reasonably in Benghazi.

“I think I’ve pretty well been satisfied that given where the troops were, how quickly the thing all happened and how quickly it dissipated, we probably couldn’t have done more than we did,” McKeon said.

“Lovell did not deny what McKeon said. “We should have continued to move forward with whatever forces we had to move forward with,” Lovell said.”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/05/01/benghazi-testimony-africom-general/8554559/

– Lovell didn’t get to foul things up…obviously left out of the solution.
– It was all over by 6:00 am September 12th.
– This guy shouldn’t be in charge of anything
– Forgets two commanders, had to be relieved of command immediately
– What did those guys do?
– Susan Rice was only stating her opinion
– Ed Henry, Chief White House Press Corp is burying the real story he is afraid to cover…what caused the removal of Ham and Gaouette from command!
– Who really paid for the arson raid gone wrong?

That’s the real story!

339 Yhe Phantom May 1, 2014 at 6:22 PM

That’s the way you do it!

340 Yhe Phantom May 1, 2014 at 6:55 PM

#327 Dennis.

The Father and the Mother, [both unavailable to the main stream media for comment*] are not BOTH paid and one is a union member, so when the other is tending to the children they are unpaid and un-dues-ed. You pay the dues if you get home care provider income…don’t make stuff up. If your thesis were true we would all already know it…it would have been widely known.

This story is only being carried on the KOCH News Network of Reich wing bloggers and foggers.

Medicare and Medicaid pay home healthcare workers…Union scale.

Also part of the Work for Welfare program, and be careful when you use FOX as a source, they leave stuff out deliberately to soil the story politically.

This was just an artifact of an old anti-Union fight back in 2011.

The story is nuts! And few people actually left the union.

341 Anon May 1, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Yhe PhfungTired

This site now owned by him, who suckers up to the Democratic members, and their leaders. Post no more entries, it is a waste of time.

342 Once Again May 1, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Yhe phantom Sissy is desperate for attention of any kind.
Self deluded liar.
Constant posting of the same C&P comments.
Writes like an angry little girl.
All writings have a bratty nanny-nanny-nanny tone.
Believes anybody would be interested in ridiculous made up stories.
Pathetic liar.
Magnificent bi*ch.
A sad little person.

343 furian May 1, 2014 at 7:42 PM

@342, anymore slurs at females you’d like to add?

I’m sure Conners will be along shortly to call you out.

Hahahaha

Not really, I don’t believe that. Winger women love their gender to be used as a weak attempt at a slur.

BAWHAHAHAHAHAHANA

A HOOT!

344 @339 May 1, 2014 at 7:43 PM

They even managed to launch a second UNARMED drone to Benghazi because the first drone, diverted from a mission over Darnah, Libya that night, was low on fuel. An just where did those drones launch from and where are all those HOURS of video?

OH Gosh did the obama rodeo clown media forget to cover this?
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2203757/Benghazi-outpost-targeted-deadly-attack-US-rushes-spies-drones-Libya.html
http://www.wired.com/2012/09/libya-drone-war/?utm_source=Contextly&utm_medium=RelatedLinks&utm_campaign=Previous

At NAS Sigonella, Italy AC-130 gunships and F18s.
Distance from NAS Sigonella to Benghazi 469.088 Miles
AC-130 max speed 300 mph
F-18 High altitude speed: Mach 1.8 or 1,190 mph at 40,000 ft
Low altitude speed: Mach 1.2 or 915 mph

So help could have been there how fast that night?

345 furian May 1, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Sorry, that was @343.

342 was just retarded ramblings

Hahahahahahaha

346 Ted K., SuperMax May 1, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Clearly the Phantom is an idiot to the Nth degree.

Gullible and blinded to his pathetic ideology.

347 RunDogRun May 1, 2014 at 7:45 PM

If people knew the shear numbers
of Sufis Reoriented that hold public
office and/or consult on government
issues, they would be shocked. The
group claims not to be allied with the
Islamic Sufi sect, but this is hard to
believe given they didn’t bother to
change their name.

348 .. May 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM

White House Press secretary Carney when asked about obamacare enrollment number differences between insurers and the administration,
‘We Don’t Have Hard Numbers, But We Dispute Their Numbers’

Translation, we are too embarrassed to admit the truth.

349 @339 May 1, 2014 at 8:04 PM
350 @Ted K., SuperMax May 1, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Think Buzz Lightyear sums him up best “You are a sad, strange little man, and you have my pity.”

351 Seatle WA has May 1, 2014 at 8:42 PM

raised their mim wage to $15/hr

At 2,080 hours per year for an annual earning of $31,200

Can you live on that?

352 Dennis May 1, 2014 at 8:50 PM

@PhanDumb #341

Get a clue. This is about 40000 UNPAID workers, which STICK forced to be members. Since the MEMBERS had no income to pay dues, STICK took them from the patient’s Medicare.

Fortunately the election broke the back of STICK and the law was changed.

353 Once Again May 1, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Yhe phantom Sissy’s alter ego furian is also desperate for attention of any kind.
Self deluded liar.
Constant posting of the same C&P comments.
Writes like an angry little girl.
All writings have a bratty nanny-nanny-nanny tone.
Believes anybody would be interested in ridiculous made up stories. Pathetic liar.
A special kind of stupid.
Magnificent bi*ch.
A sad little clone.

354 Dennis May 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM

SICK=SEICU

and please show us where union dues (for a 3rd party) are covered by Medicare/Medicaid?

355 Libby Rahl May 1, 2014 at 11:09 PM

@354 – Don’t forget “giggling idiot”

356 Dennis May 2, 2014 at 12:51 AM

@PhanDumb #222

“The Peace Movement saved 55,000,000 American
lives and prevented Westmoreland’s first use
of tactical nuclear weapons in the field.”

we lost 58,178 soldiers in Vienam over
a perios of 10 years.

you claim the anti-war fraks who interfered
with the war effort SAVED 55 million lives.

you also claim that they prevented Westmoreland from using
tactical nukes in Vietnam, when the anti-war freaks never influenced Westmorland in anything.

(PS it was actually Douglas McArthur who wanted to
build a radioactive wall along the China-Korea
border, to end the Korean War.)

Have you no honor, repeatedly pimpng these old
Russian propaganda lies, knowing they are untrue?
Do you even care?

357 It's Falling Apart May 2, 2014 at 4:54 AM

obama and hillary LIED just to win an election?
‘ Internal Emails: State Dept. Immediately Attributed Benghazi Attacks to Terrorist Group ‘
http://www.sharylattkisson.com/state-dept.-al-sharia-email–may-1–2014.html
http://chaffetz.house.gov/sites/chaffetz.house.gov/files/US%20Department%20of%20State%20-%20Beth%20Jones%20emails_0.pdf

358 Phantom May 2, 2014 at 6:48 AM

Oh Libby, that was the best one yet. Play into the media. ;-)

359 Anon Redux May 2, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Redefine interstate commerce to reel in the federal government

If Democrats (and Republicans) seriously want to take billionaires out of the political game, they should pass an amendment repealing Wickard v Filburn, which had an impact on the interstate commerce clause.

Massive political power from the states shifted to Washington DC by defining practically EVERYTHING as interstate commerce — including non-commerce.

Killing Wickard would shift most regulatory power back to the states, and take the corruption out of Washington DC as the stakes would become too fragmented for billionaire investment.

Don’t expect Senate Democrats to do anything meaningful about crony capitalism, though.

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/04/30/senate-dems-plan-vote-amending-the-first-amendment-to-curtail-criticism/

360 Bad News for Republicans May 2, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Job Market Heats Up in April; Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.3%

By Patrick J. Rizzo

The labor market warmed up along with the weather in April when employers added a higher-than-expected 288,000 workers to their payrolls, government data showed Friday.

The Labor Department also reported that the unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent, a 5-1/2 year low, from 6.7 percent in March

361 @361 May 2, 2014 at 8:44 AM

And just think what could have been accomplished had the GOP been cooperative. Mmmmmmm Remember in November.

362 et-al May 2, 2014 at 9:43 AM

@ 361 and 362 –
Hey that’s great news, all those seasonal jobs will save the country. Fine work Obama.

363 et-al May 2, 2014 at 9:45 AM

phantom is such an intellectual he doesn’t even know when he’s been slammed.
Sad little troll.

364 Remember May 2, 2014 at 9:46 AM

@362
I remember when everything was shot to hell.

365 et-al May 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Bad news for phantom and other far left crazies –

Maryland lawmakers launch drive to overturn transgender ‘bathroom bill’

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/05/01/maryland-lawmakers-trying-to-stop-transgender-bill/

366 RunDogRun May 2, 2014 at 10:32 AM

furian and yhe phantom have moved over
to either Concord or Walnut Creek Patch
(can’t remember which one I saw it on)
using different names, but the message
is the same and easily recognizable.

367 Yhe Phantom May 2, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Westmoreland’s secret plan to use nuclear weapons on Khe Sanh #222 #357

Nine days before the Tet Offensive broke out, the NVA opened the battle of Khe Sanh, attacked the U.S. forces just beneath the DMZ – Demilitarized Zone. In response, General William Westmoreland, commander of the U.S. forces in Vietnam, reached for the nuclear button.
“In late January, General Westmoreland had warned that if the situation near the DMZ and at Khe Sanh worsened drastically, nuclear or chemical weapons might have to be used,” said a separate 106-page declassified, “top secret” report titled, “The Air Force in Southeast Asia: Toward a Bombing Halt, 1968,” written by the Office of Air Force History in 1970.

“This prompted Air Force chief of staff, General John McConnell, to press, although unsuccessfully, for JCS (Joint Chiefs of Staff) authority to request Pacific Command to prepare a plan for using low-yield nuclear weapons to prevent a catastrophic loss of the U.S. Marine base,” it said.[76]

A secret memorandum reported by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, sent to U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson on 19 February 1968, was declassified in 2005. It reveals the nuclear matter being excluded because of terrain peculiarity inside South Vietnam that reduces the effect of tactical nuclear weapons.

“Because of terrain and other conditions peculiar to our operations in South Vietnam, it is inconceivable that the use of nuclear weapons would be recommended there against either Viet Cong or North Vietnamese forces.

Robert McNamara, signed”[77]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Khe_Sanh#Westmoreland.27s_secret_plan_to_use_nuclear_weapons_on_Khe_Sanh

368 Yhe Phantom May 2, 2014 at 12:34 PM

#350 ANOTHER FAILED “PHONY” SCANDAL

“As Issa, a California Republican and the Oversight chairman, pushes for former IRS official Lois Lerner to be held in contempt for invoking her Fifth Amendment rights not to testify before the committee, Cummings’s office is releasing research Wednesday showing the majority of the previous times Congress took such a step were during McCarthy’s investigations.

“We oppose Chairman Issa’s efforts to recreate the Oversight Committee in Joe McCarthy’s image, and we reject his attempts to drag us back to that shameful era in which Congress tried to strip away the constitutional rights of American citizens under the bright lights of hearings that had nothing to do with responsible oversight and everything to do with the most dishonorable kind of partisan politics.”

”The Congressional Research Service data cited shows that none of the cases held up in court, the minority said.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/elijah-cummings-darrell-issa-mccarthyism-105513.html#ixzz30WpvQ3Pk

– Issa suffers the same ignorant McCarthy smell, and is surrounded by friends of the same disposition…like Nixon and Reagan “sound” alikes.
– Another failed “phony” scandal.

369 Yhe Phantom May 2, 2014 at 12:35 PM

If it were May 1945, Republicans would be telling Rommel that we are landing at Normandy, not Calais. Do any treason to cause FDR to be discounted before the elections of 1948.

Attacks on the Presidency:

a) #DOE Solyndra Scandal = no fault: China price manipulation
b) #ATF Fast and Furious = mismanagement: operations errors
c) #DHS Freedom of Information Act requests
d) #SD Benghazi = deliberate twisted political perception.
e) #IRS = False charges, political perversion of inquiry.
f) #NSA = prevented 50 terrorist attacks,
g) #PRISM = prevented 50 terrorist attacks
h) #CIA Snowden/Libertarian Spy/Chinese Hackers
i) #SD Arab Spring Syria = several attempts to drag us into war.
j) #FBI Drone Surveillance = saved innocent lives
k) #DOMA Holder Impeachment Attempt = Unconstitutional law
l) #Unemployment Census data 2012 Election – anonymous source
m) #Lois Lerner 5th Amendment Rights attack – impossible McCarthyism

All this empowers Putin and other enemies…

They will only attack our embassies again when the Republicans are in office…as they did with George W. Bush, thirteen (13) times, killing (69), of which (12) were Americans.

370 Yhe Phantom May 2, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Where was the outrage on the 13 attacks during the Bush Administration?

He had lots of “Benghazi’s”. [Meghan K’s list from May 18, 2013]

January 22, 2002. Calcutta, India. Gunmen associated with Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami attack the U.S. Consulate. Five people are killed.

June 14, 2002. Karachi, Pakistan. Suicide bomber connected with al Qaeda attacks the U.S. Consulate, killing 12 and injuring 51.

October 12, 2002. Denpasar, Indonesia. U.S. diplomatic offices bombed as part of a string of “Bali Bombings.” No fatalities.

February 28, 2003. Islamabad, Pakistan. Several gunmen fire upon the U.S. Embassy. Two people are killed.

May 12, 2003. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Armed al Qaeda terrorists storm the diplomatic compound, killing 36 people including nine Americans. The assailants committed suicide by detonating a truck bomb.

July 30, 2004. Tashkent, Uzbekistan. A suicide bomber from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan attacks the U.S. Embassy, killing two people.

December 6, 2004. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Al Qaeda terrorists storm the U.S. Consulate and occupy the perimeter wall. Nine people are killed.

March 2, 2006. Karachi, Pakistan again. Suicide bomber attacks the U.S. Consulate killing four people, including U.S. diplomat David Foy who was directly targeted by the attackers. (I wonder if Lindsey Graham or Fox News would even recognize the name “David Foy.” This is the third Karachi terrorist attack in four years on what’s considered American soil.)

September 12, 2006. Damascus, Syria. Four armed gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar” storm the U.S. Embassy using grenades, automatic weapons, a car bomb and a truck bomb. Four people are killed, 13 are wounded.

January 12, 2007. Athens, Greece. Members of a Greek terrorist group called the Revolutionary Struggle fire a rocket-propelled grenade at the U.S. Embassy. No fatalities.

March 18, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Members of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic Jihad of Yemen fire a mortar at the U.S. Embassy. The shot misses the embassy, but hits nearby school killing two.

July 9, 2008. Istanbul, Turkey. Four armed terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate. Six people are killed.

September 17, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Terrorists dressed as military officials attack the U.S. Embassy with an arsenal of weapons including RPGs and detonate two car bombs. Sixteen people are killed, including an American student and her husband (they had been married for three weeks when the attack occurred). This is the second attack on this embassy in seven months.”

Lets not forget 9/11. Why didn’t we have more security? Why didn’t Bush stop it? He had e-mails about planes crashing into buildings.

I added up all the people killed during President Bush’s administration that went without notice by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

There were (69) people killed on Meghan K’s list from May 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM. Twelve (12) were Americans.

371 et-al May 2, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Everybody likes a KNOW-IT-ALL. Keep flinging more of your “incorrect” left wing tripe, you silly ass.
Sad little troll.

372 Elwood May 2, 2014 at 2:41 PM

@ Bad News for Republicans #361

New unemployment claims are up and workforce participation is at a record low.

Guess you cherry picked a number you liked.

373 Obamacaust May 2, 2014 at 3:10 PM

April unemployment rate down to 6.3%. Yea!

Reason for the drop …

288,000 got jobs
700,000 are still unemployed, they just gave up looking for a job.

That’s why the Labor Force Participation Rate is scraping the bottom at 62.8%, the lowest in decades.

Not much to cheer about here.

And the Obamacaust rolls on.

374 Obamacaust May 2, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Obamanomics = 0.1% calendar Q1 growth rate.

That’s what this “Recovery Summer” is going to look like?

Don’t worry, we are assured that the virtual lack of economic growth was due to cold weather (unusual during the winter, no?) will be replaced by a blockbuster Q2 … by the same folks who assured us that the relatively anemic Q4 growth was due to the government shutdown and that Q1 would be a blockbuster. 0.1% a “Blockbuster!”? LOL

And the Obamacaust rolls on.

375 Obamacaust May 2, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Please help me understand this.

We were told that Obamacare is an imperative to help the 40 million folks in this country who don’t have medical insurance.

So the ACA MANDATES that everyone buys insurance.

And the ACA punishes you with a penalty, oops! I mean a “tax”, to compel the laggards to buy said insurance.

Yet out of the 40 million uninsured, only 8 million (actually ~1 million) actually buy Obamacare … and the adminstration declares that a victory???

What am I missing here?

And the Obamacaust rolls on.

376 Obamacaust May 2, 2014 at 3:43 PM

In post #222 Phantom tells us that “the Peace Movement saved 55,000,000 American lives and prevented Westmoreland’s first use of tactical nuclear weapons in the field.”

Really?

Because he “proves” it in post #368 with, “… a secret memorandum … revealed the nuclear matter being excluded because of terrain

377 . May 2, 2014 at 3:43 PM

And phantom #371 continues to deflect and blame Bush. Apparently he doesn’t know that Bush has been out of office for ~6 years.

Pathetic idiot liberal…

I know, I’m repeating myself.

378 Obamacaust May 2, 2014 at 3:46 PM

… peculiarities inside South Vietnam that reduces the effect of tactical nuclear weapons.”

So Phantom “proves” that the Peace Movement prevented the use of tactical nukes by telling us that it was actually the terrain that excluded the use of tactical nukes.

That’s pathetic.

379 Obamacaust May 2, 2014 at 3:54 PM

It’s now been 12 weeks that the Democrat controlled Senate have held our Veterans hostage by refusing to allow a vote on a bill to add $22 billion in funding to Vets benefits.

The problem, of course, is that under the Republican plan all $22 billion would go to the Vets, unlike the Democrat bill from 12 weeks ago which passed nearly half to Democrat cronies – the cynically name “Veterans Benefit Bill”. To Democrats our Veterans are nothing but a vehicle for transferring graft payments to their “friends”. They hadn’t counted on the Republicans bravely putting the Veterans before their own self interest, a concept foreign to Democrats.

And the Obamacaust rolls on.

380 . May 2, 2014 at 4:47 PM

@obamacaust #379…..

Phantom doesn’t have a clue about the military – let alone nuclear weapons.

He hasn’t been able to prove $hlt.

381 Yhe Phantom May 2, 2014 at 4:49 PM

The Westmoreland nuke solution was a surprise to you hawks wasn’t it?

The Russian response would have produced 55 million US dead and we would have produced 80 million Russian dead.

Nixon and McNamara must have been terrified of this nut and shortly thereafter promoted him to Chief of Staff, stateside by June of 1968.

382 Yhe Phantom May 2, 2014 at 4:49 PM

WHAT’S THE TRUTH ABOUT THE VETERANS AFFAIRS BILL OF 2014?

What matters is:

Veterans Affairs Bill was frustrated in the Democratic controlled Senate because the REPUBLICANS amended the clean bill, with ADDED SANCTIONS ON IRAN, which would have mangled and fumbled the American foreign policy negotiations in process with Sec. of State John Kerry.

On top of this, REPUBLICANS DEMANDED CUTS TO “MEANS TESTED” POVERTY PROGRAMS to reallocate the $2.1B cost per year, of a $3.8T budget. The ten year benefit was $21M.

YOU PEOPLE STIFFED MY “BROTHERS AT ARMS” WITH YOUR REPUBLICAN CONGRESS AND SENATE SABOTAGE.

383 Yhe Phantom May 2, 2014 at 4:57 PM

ABOUT 20.8 MILLION PEOPLE ARE NOW ENROLLED.

“About 20.8 million people are now enrolled in insurance because of the law, said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. That includes those 8 million who enrolled in private insurance, 4.8 million now covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, 5 million who bought coverage outside the state and federal exchanges and 3 million adults younger than 26 now covered through their parents’ insurance.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/05/01/almost-13-million-insured-under-aca-admin-says/7735239/

384 et-al May 2, 2014 at 4:58 PM

A liar
A silly ass
A fool
A phantom

385 Obamacaust May 2, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Conservatives frequently complain that many politicians, especially Democrats, most recently Obama, are unsuited for government work because they have “never met a payroll.” After all, how can properly legislate when you have no idea of the impact of your actions on the public? Democrats have historically championed endless amounts of crushing regulations, the result on business be darned.

So it’s always nice to see a liberal choke on the fruits of their labor.

From the April 26 Washington Post …

Take David Bonier, a 26 year Congressman from Michigan, “liberal pit bull, academic, antiwar firebrand, and union BFF.”

After over a quarter century of burdening businesses with his ill thought out legislation, Bonier, now an entrepreneur, wears his own regulations as a yoke around his neck, “It took us a rediculous amount of time to get our permits (to open a pair of restaurants), I understand regulatiins and the necessity for it. But we lost 6 months of business because of that.”

Ah, I see – now you are feeling the weight of the burdens you gladly put on the rest of us – and don’t like it any better than we do.

Talk about being out-of-touch, you gotta love this, “Small business people work very hard. If you are a small business guy, you are outt there and not as protected as a government employee. They struggle every day. A snow day, a government worker is off. A restaurant person takes a hit from that snow day.”

Well, you don’t say!

But small businessmen have it easy, right? Maybe not, “The biggest surprise is how you have to hustle. It was an eye opener. I always heard this when I was in Congress.”

Mitt Romney knows all of this, Obama doesn’t.

Thus three unemployed people give up looking for work for every one that finds a job.

Thus 0.1% economic growth.

Thus record poverty and income inequality.

Thus the Obamacaust.

386 Yhe Phantom May 2, 2014 at 5:14 PM

“A secret memorandum reported by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, sent to U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson on 19 February 1968, was declassified in 2005. It reveals the nuclear matter being excluded because of terrain peculiarity inside South Vietnam that reduces the effect of tactical nuclear weapons.”

ERROR in #382, Johnson relieved and promoted the screwball.

Westmoreland was using the Marines and 1st CAV at Khe Sanh as bait to draw out the NVA and Viet Cong guerillas. The wanted a reverse Dien Bien Phu.

“As far as Westmoreland was concerned, however, all he needed to know was that NVA had massed large numbers of troops for a set-piece battle. Making the prospect even more enticing was that the Combat Base was in an unpopulated area where American firepower could be fully brought to bear without having to worry about civilian casualties. The opportunity to engage and destroy a formerly elusive enemy that was moving toward a fixed position promised a victory of unprecedented proportions.[64]

NVA was acutely conscious of his position, as he voiced that opinion publicly over the press.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Khe_Sanh#Decisions

387 Obamacaust May 2, 2014 at 5:25 PM

I was just reminded of another example of a Liberal politician who lived to regret the burdens he placed on the small businesses in this country – George McGovern.

Be sure to read McGovern’s WSJ OpEd from the early ’90’s, A Politician’s Dream is a Businessman’s Nightmare.

After leaving the Senate, McGovern tries to buy and run an inn in Connecticut. Self-awareness ensues, “I also wish that during the years I was in public office, I had this firsthand experience about the difficulties that business people face every day. That knowledge would have made me a better U.S. Senator and a more understandin presidential contender.”

Only now does he understand the wages exacted by liberal politicians like himself, only too late.

McGovern the businessman also suffer at the hands of one of the Democrats favorit special interests – trial lawyers and the frivolus lawsuits they love to spawn, with the help of Democrat legislators.

The whole thing is worth a look, a liberal beholding the damage that he has done.

And the Obamacaust rolls on.

388 Yhe Phantom May 2, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Were it not for the Peace Movement, the Hawks were perfectly willing to launch Hell, except this was not popular.

Were the war “popular”, it might have been otherwise. The Movement saved all our lives.

Goldwater was ready to go.

“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”

389 Dennis May 2, 2014 at 6:10 PM

@RunDogRun #348

“Sufis Reoriented”

I agree with you on this.

390 Dennis May 2, 2014 at 6:12 PM

@PhanDumberandDumber

“Westmoreland’s secret plan to use
nuclear weapons on Khe Sanh ”

“A secret memorandum reported by
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara,
sent to U.S. President Lyndon B.
Johnson on 19 February 1968″

every large military confrontation has the “nuclear response” option discussed at length by the US.
… like how the US was suppused to keep the Russians from the Funda Gap long enough for the US to go full nuclear.

so what? discussed and disapproved. oh I see … your conspiracy theory mind got all tangled up when you saw the words “secret plans”.

… nothing to see here, folks, move along …

“The Peace Movement saved 55,000,000 American
lives and prevented Westmoreland’s first use
of tactical nuclear weapons in the field.”

your Wikipedia reference made no mention of the anti-war freaks having any part in “preventing” the use of tactical nukes. Or of saving 55M US lives.

typical far-left exaggeration and lying, trying to rewrite history with themselves as heroes instead of traitors.

“The Westmoreland nuke solution was a surprise to you hawks wasn’t it?”

actually, no, it wasn’t.

Strategic Intel in Vietnam (by US personnel) had highest-priority status for any indication that RUSSIANs were moving or planning to use tactical nukes in South Vietnam.

It was top of the list prior to and during Tet 1968.
It became clear (to everyone but you, apparently), that Russia was not going to go nuclear over a client-state “revolution”.
US policy was then, and is now, that the US will not be first to use tactical nuclear devices.

again, your claims for the far left freaks are just a self-serving attempt to rewrite history. You are the only one who is convinced by your BS, apparently.

391 Dennis May 2, 2014 at 6:13 PM

@PhanDumbAndDumber #389

nonsense.

392 et-al May 2, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Ah yes, a twisted walk down the cherry picked path of memory lane. Funny how memories change to fit a philosophy. Someone should tell the sorry old idiot that that chapter and that path was closed decades ago.
Running out of current lies to tell, huh.

393 Yhe Phantom May 2, 2014 at 6:43 PM

“Conservatives frequently complain that many politicians, especially Democrats, most recently Obama, are unsuited for government work because they have “never met a payroll.” After all, how can properly legislate when you have no idea of the impact of your actions on the public? Democrats have historically championed endless amounts of crushing regulations, the result on business be darned.”

YOUNG DEMOCRAT TRAINING LESSON: MBA vs. the MPA

Governance of a great civilization, the greatest in history, has depended on the Lincolns, Roosevelts, Eisenhowers, Kennedys, Nixons, Obamas and Clintons to achieve our enduring strength and security. None of these great leaders was a businessman.

Look at the mess the Grabinator (a businessman) left in California. It was the result of a decade of faulty business decisions by the financial markets during the Bush administration (a businessman).

An unregulated banking and investment market, a deeply beloved memory of the Libertarians, led to the Great Depression of 1929 and the banking collapse of 1933.

Look at the shattered economy emerging from faulty, unproven, Austrian economic theory, and unregulated investment banking, consequential to the dissolution of federal oversight.

The repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999, (Banking Act of 1933) shared fault for the business crises of 2007-2012. All the result of trying to drive a nation’s macro economic functions with untested subjective micro economic theory.

We study business to better guard the public good against reckless greed and ambition that puts the politic at risk.

We have now figured out that $300B taxes may be evaded, every year, by “cash” small businesses evading taxes, while they pay minimum wage and complain about the Employer’s mandate.

“Success in business is not necessarily as much about intelligence, as it is about repetitious and rapacious cunning.” ~ Yhe фантом

394 Yhe Phantom May 2, 2014 at 7:09 PM

The unpopular war was made unpopular by the Peace Movement.

You people forgot!

395 Yhe Phantom May 2, 2014 at 7:10 PM

“These are the people who wish they had great thoughts and worked great deeds, yet consider their false reports and complaints to be the same thing.” ~ Yhe фантом

396 Yhe Phantom May 2, 2014 at 7:13 PM

17. Republicans think Democrats oppose them because of their ideology. They think we hate them when in fact we are fond of many of them. Some of us may have actually worked with Republicans. Actually, we oppose their ideas simply because they are stupid ideas.

397 Dennis May 2, 2014 at 7:14 PM

“Look at the mess the Grabinator (a businessman) left in California. It was the result of a decade of faulty business decisions by the financial markets during the Bush administration (a businessman).”

look at the mess the “Grabinator” inherited.
or have you forgotten that we RECALLED Grey Davis because the budget was $19B in the hole, and the only solution the Dems could come up with was to run Bustamente as Davis’ replacement? You know, Bustamente, who championed the “undocumented workers” votes? Who wanted to make CA a sanctuary state, prohibit deportations, give drivers licenses (and the vote) to the 3M illegals in CA?
Of course, the state Legislature and Senate stayed 2/3 Democrat, with gunrunners and corrupt politicians, even though we got rid of Davis.

But hey, feel free to blame the Governator for 40 years of Democrat control of California.

398 Yhe Phantom May 2, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Better,

17. Republicans think Democrats oppose them because of their ideology. They think we hate them, when in fact we are fond of many of them. Some of us may have Republicans in our families. Actually, we oppose their ideas simply because they are stupid ideas

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