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Posted on May 16 at 12:42 a.m.
spacey, you have the general idea right but a little mixed up with the details. But we could go over those details but there really is no point because the main problem is not really that complicated---it's the long-running ties to cronyism that have crippled this nation's politics and it will take true patriots to cause a paradigm shift by promoting candidates that have no record of being tied to the likes of Goldman-Sachs or even Koch Bros (which aren't nearly as cronyistic as some of the Democratic darlings). It's really no wonder that budget negotiations are at a stalemate because no one dares step on anyone's feet via cuts. It could be someone's sports stadium that is in the process of being built or some bureaucrat job that was a return for a political favor. It makes me sick. I'm glad ppl are realizing that they have the power to shape the future just by speaking out in forums or writing to influential ppl. Special interests are not going to have as much pwr as it becomes clear that promises to them can't be afforded. It's the INDIVIDUAL that smart politicians are listening to now.
On It's Complicated
Posted on May 14 at 12:52 p.m.
geeber, it's a fact of life that many newspapers are biased---including The Independent.
One of the most disgusting examples of the Indy's bias was found in the normally non-opinionated section of straight news where they reported Sarah Palin's visit with a few snarky remarks inserted in.
I don't read SBNP as I just don't want to pay for something I can get for free via Edhat. I do wish SBNP wld just be the conservative version of Indy. I have a strong feeling that Santa Barbara is leaning more right every day as we figure out that liberal politics just do not work.
On Greek to Me
Posted on May 14 at 12:36 p.m.
it's the frontline essential public wkrs, i.e.teachers,cops, that the democratic legislators use as a sacrificial lambs because the 100K + pencil pushing/clipboard-carrying bureaucrats won't be missed enough to used as a political platform for raising taxes.
Also, I suspect that a lot of bureaucratic positions are created as payback for political favors.
We need to fix the electorial system to where unions have little muscle in the process. One way to do it is to make this a right-to-work state.
It's unfortunate that the politicians are winning thanks to the taxTAKERS votes and not the taxPAYERS. And don't tell me recent immigrants are taxpayers because many take very low-paid work that qualifies them for EARNED INCOME CREDIT along with other goodies. These aren't the olden days of Ellis Island where FAMILIES and FRIENDS supported the newbies, not taxpayers. So don't compare illegals w/those coming in on the boat in the turn-of-the-century.
Posted on May 5 at 11:07 p.m.
Draxor, Soylent Green of nowadays is nullifying anti-depressents that a huge population is being fed everyday.
I'm reading "This Perfect Day" and seeing it played out gradually via Prozac et al. Nothing against ppl that take them, just that it's not natural that's disturbing to me.
On You're Gonna Have to Serve Somebody
Posted on May 5 at 11 p.m.
music's effect on the human spirit is very mystical. Just think about how much more intriguing a movie or video is when there's music in the background. I see movie previews and I almost always say, wow, that looks like a great movie---which often turns out to not be true.
Too often, once the music stops, the gaiety wanes and the spirit falls into it's old habits of disconnect from our fellow man. But one thing that keeps love real and alive for sure is seeking God to make you a vessel of His own love---which is the only real love. Michael McDonald, are you listening?
also, connecting enough to show you care doesn't mean a big outward approach, just a friendly glance at those you pass means a lot. There's a lot of very sad ppl that could really use even that millisecond demonstration of your love.
Posted on April 25 at 2:46 p.m.
EZK, don't you see, I am totally being bi-partisan in my opinion because I recognize that we all make the same mistakes when we promote candidates. I almost fell for Donald Trump till I started to really question his background--red flags galore that I choose not to ignore. Ppl need to take this election process more seriously than choosing a spouse.
erthcrclr, you have painted a big spender, pro-big government person which amounts to incredible corruption--don't be naive. It's pretty revealing that the Dems don't want to let go of tax loopholes but want to raise taxes on fill-in-the-blank earners.
On Why I Can’t Vote For You Again, Mr. President
Posted on April 25 at 9:45 a.m.
EZK, that was a ambiguous response and your saying ppl who dare to question and/or verify are guilty of paranoia & hysteria just seems like a childish attempt to make someone look stupid.
Believe me, questioning authority, albeit respectfully--whether deserved or not, is never a bad thing--history could have used more of this. Millions of people died due to the lack of this in Mao, Hitler, Stalin and other regimes.
Posted on April 24 at 11:18 p.m.
it's sad that a young girl was so taken advantage of by that weirdo. I hope she knows the lesson here is that adults are stupid losers and she should ask Harry Potter to magically make her stay a sweet, honest kid forever and ever.
On We’re a Haven for Crooks
Posted on April 24 at 11 p.m.
how a man became our President with more question marks in his past than a Spanish-language SAT test is beyond me.
He is another example of the bi-partisan establishment that we need to somehow shake-off as best as we can, but like sand on a beach towel, it's really hard to get rid of.
Both sides will try to deflect their shortcomings on each other, but by far the Democrats are very guilty of this, i.e. the 2008 crash and housing crisis.
We need to focus on creating or strengthening real grass-roots mvmnts, be it the Tea Party or anything like that on the democrat side. Anything backed by Soros, unions, big corporations is to be shunned and if the same tries to hijack an existing one w/their power and $$ say NO THANKS!! Tea party ppl like myself do not need Koch or even lobbies--just a passion and voice that finds it's OWN way to Washington.
Posted on April 12 at 9:33 p.m.
this makes me really want to go see Arthur.... the original
this new one, meh
even the previews looked pathetic