• comment on a post Is MyDD under attack? Act TWO over 4 years ago

    The senate is to pass a bill with a mandate to buy shoes.

  • comment on a post Can your conscience live with killing the bill? over 4 years ago
    Unfortulately some bill killers can no longer be reached by logical arguments. But, fortunately,
    conversation remains possible with others.
  • Worthy of teh engels!

  • on a comment on My thoughts on Obama's decision over 4 years ago

    And then not assuming the consequences. Obama has to assume the consequences of Bush policies.

  • on a comment on My thoughts on Obama's decision over 4 years ago

    The US have a reputation of intervening in foreing countries, wreaking havoc in the name of their good conscience and then when the situation becomes  untenable 'letting the chips fall where they may'.

    It was this kind of irresponsible attitude which lead to the red khmers genocide, among other nice 'chipfalls' of which, of course, the US are perfectly innocent.

    Obama is trying something else, this time.

  • on a comment on Media Coverage of Israel over 4 years ago

    Yeah, I cannot imagine a guy called Hussein with a muslim father holding a position of any significance in a US administration...

    If such a thing occurred, I guess the guy would deserve a Nobel prize...

  • comment on a post [UPDATED]The New Witch Among Us!! over 5 years ago

    What seems crazy to me.

    Here is a person who ran for public office and
    won. She has a mandate from the people, this mandate is for a certain period of time.

    Then all of a sudden before the end of the mandate she declares that she will resign, and her resignation speech is such that days nobody really knows why she resigned. Apparently she no longer felt like going on like this and she doesn't exacly know what she'll be doing from now on.

    When you have a mandate, it's a moral contract with the people you represent. If you resign, the least you owe them is a clear (and preferably truthful...) explanation, if not apologies to your constituents.

    POLL : I used the personal pronoun 'she' in the above.
    That makes my contribution

    (1) sexist
    (2) grammatically correct.

  • What is 'talk like a working class person'?
    Each individual commands several levels of language appropriate to diverse circumstances. In everyday life, a working class person arguably speaks differently from a university professor
    (but beware of generalizations). However, when
    a working class person talks publicly, he/she doesn't talk in the same way as privately (just like anybody).

    Describing Sarah Palin's manner of speaking as a 'working class' mode of expression is an insult to working class people, many of whom are perfectly articulate if not very eloquent when they need to - cf trade union leaders.

    However her manner of speaking publicly is completely artificial, as she deliberately adopts a level of language which is not appropriate which is not suited to the circumstances.

    It's just plain demagoguery.

  • When people are seized by armed people and taken to a place against their will without any legal authority or justification, I call that abduction.
    That the victims were later released in some other place where they didn't mean to go doesn't change anything.

    What's the problem with that? How is it counter productive to call a cat, a cat, as we say in French?

  • comment on a post The Caudillo Mentality in Latin America over 5 years ago

    I think you're going a bit fast when you say you have a hard time calling this a coup. I don't think we have all the information required to decide whether it is a coup or not. Was Zelaya allowed to take his toothbrush along with him?

  • on a comment on No settlement freeze-No U.S. aid over 5 years ago

    That is, assuming Israel (I mean Israeli leaders)
    will accept peace. On the other hand, if Israel aims at getting rid of Palestinians, then
    it makes perfect sense to expand settlements, drive them mad so that they send a few rockets, exterminate some, explain that it's all their fault, and continue expanding settlements.

    How about applying Occam's razor viewpoint?

  • on a comment on #iranelection. over 5 years ago

    On the other hand, someone has to win at the lottery...

  • A good idea. Somehow I sense the Israeli government would not be agreeable.

  • How about the 'natural growth' of the palestinian population?

    Or, for that matter, that of the French population.
    Why on Earth don't we people invade Switzerland?

    Or again, the Mexican population. By reason sheer natural growth, Mexico should control the South of the US.

  • on a comment on #iranelection. over 5 years ago

    Outside the circle, to infinity and beyond!


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