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commented on Jeff Danziger
1 day ago
Rush Limbaugh is simply a big bag of gas. To insult the pope because he exhibits the kind of compassion that a pope should is also to insult Christ. So, what happened to all of the so called evangelistic Christians all of the sudden?
That is really pretty funny, as neither president Obama nor the US have any claim in these islands at all. So naturally to ultra conservatives like yourself, we should go to war to defend some Islands on the other side of the Pacific Ocean that we have absolutely no strategic interests in at all!!
commented on Jim Morin
1 day ago
Besides which, I like this pope and his ideas, which are not Communistic at all, just compassionate. Sorry, but I can not even begin to stand such a blow hard as Rush Limbaugh. And I think that many more conservatives here and elsewhere also feel the same, they just do not want to admit it!!
I personally love the ultra conservative idea that unions are an evil that is breaking business. If that were the case then the large (some say too large) aerospace companies should have gone broke long ago as they are mostly unionized. This unionization has led to American aerospace having the best paid workers in the world, with the best benefits. However, due to this they are also the best such workers there are at the same time (and I was indeed one of them before retiring in the year 2000), and the aerospace corporations are well aware of this.
The results? American aerospace is the only industry left to the US that does not run in the red as far as foreign business goes. Take a look at Boeing for instance, its value to Wall Street has gone up by some 75% this year alone, and there is no other element in the DJIA even close to that increase! What the Unions do is to level the playing field so that not only do the investors in the US Aerospace do very well, but so do the middle class workers (over a million totally) that create that business investment also do well at the same time. They have done this with very few strikes in general, as the leadership of our excellent aerospace industries is intelligent enough (along with the leadership of the unions themselves) to realize that nobody benefits if either side gets too greedy (greed in itself IS an evil). So, they have learned to negotiate and compromise, something that our Congressional Leadership seems incapable of learning. And yes, that goes for both sides of the political spectrum, with the tea party types being the worst of an already bad bunch!
commented on Tom Toles
3 days ago
Sorry, I was rounding off, the nearest star is Proxima Centauri at 4.243 light years. However, the point is still valid, any nearby star that went super nova would still destroy all life on the Earth!
Simply put, a super nova as close as 4 light years would kill every living thing on the planet Earth. The Earth itself would continue to exist, but as a burned out cinder. What a wonderful future that would be!!
So, according to all of the Rapid Global Climate Change deniers on this site, hooray for pollution!! It is a good thing for profits!! We should have more of it!! And while we are at it let us use up all of the hydrocarbons that we can use for such civilization making items as chemical plastics. I am certain that future generations will be very reverential towards this generation for such greed as we exhibit now, so that they can not breath the air, drink the water, or even live on the heavily polluted land. Hooray for our side, let our greed end human existence, with the kinds of comments being made by the deniers here, humanity is the biggest pollution of all. So let us see that it ends!!!
commented on Tom Toles
5 days ago
You are probably quite correct, but these discussions are not as if we actually have any real influence upon those that have the MONEY or the POWER anyway. However, the discussions are not only fun in themselves, but we can come up with interesting ideas at the same time. And then the discussions disappear somewhere into the great blank of cyberspace about midnight, freeing us up for more tomorrow!!
commented on Tom Toles
6 days ago
By the way, just for those that might question my patriotism in even questioning our military expenses. I worked on the rocket engines that helped to maintain the US lead in the technology race with the USSR for so many years. I am one of the 400,000 or so that helped to place Americans on the moon. I also worked on the rocket engines that gave America the ability to destroy that USSR by ICBM’s, so that all mankind could survive through the general policy of MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) during the entire length of the Cold War. I also worked on numerous technological military projects that gave this country the edge in such matters, such as: the original B1-A bomber, the guidance system for the Minuteman Missile, and the fourth stage of the Peacekeeper Missile. And so helped the US to win that very non shooting war with the USSR and Communism otherwise known as the Cold War. So, I do have some actual knowledge of not only general military matters, but also a knowledge of just how far ahead of the rest of the world this country is in such areas. If that is a laughing matter, then I am certain that the military planners of such countries as China are not laughing along with you!!
Laugh away, I certainly can not expect you to even begin to understand anything military. Especially as I have not only studied such things military for the last 60 years or so, but I also served some 9 years (reaching a rank of E6, and an honorable discharge) in the California National Guard, and so have a relatively intimate understanding of things military. So, while I do not like the expense that the US government puts into its military, I obviously have far more respect and confidence in that military than you ever will. And, I would guess that to be a relatively conservative viewpoint, So, should I then call you some kind of a flaming liberal?
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