“To look at the "good or bad" thing from a more positive angle, it seemed that in at least SOME of the cases that they showed on the Daily Show that they were using the "Good or Bad?" question to cut off non-answers and force the interviewee to take a concrete, un-spun position.
The classic politician trick when faced with a question that they don't wan't to answer is to reply with platitudes or to answer the question they wanted to be asked. Another approach is to answer every possible question by parroting one of a short list of memorized talking points.
It can't be wholly a bad thing if it forces a slippery interviewee off their memorized script and forces them to pick a side and make a clear statement that they can later be held accountable for.”
“They have to find someone who looks older than Hillary but can still tie their own shoes to stand next to her at the primary debates and make her look less like an old woman. IMHO, if she wins the D nomination and the GOP manage to nominate a warm body that is 20 years younger than her, she'll be in trouble. The folks that wouln't vote for "the old guy" McCain won't like Hillary for the same reasons.”
“Exposed what? No name was mentioned which is disappointing.”
rrobinnyc1 on Oct 23, 2013 at 13:47:43
“True Feisty, but on some level I understand why Senator Durbin didn't name names. He shone a light on just how acceptable it's become to the part of the GOP that controls their caucus to be so disrespectful and intransigent in their dealings with our president. It's endemic.”
“HAHA, how about "heavily taxing" money that Apple, GE, and other corporations more/hide off shore before you try and grab part of the $50 that the guy who mows your lawn is trying to send to support his mother.”
“I don't think it makes sense to be restricting choices for how the health system should work based on feeling sorry for employees of insurance companies or their shareholders.
Not saying there would be zero administration, far from it. However "Signing up" is not a relevant concept. If you are a citizen or tax paying legitimate visa holder, you are by definition, "signed up". Your membership card is your SS card.”
Oct 22, 2013 at 12:30:00
“In Calgary he is KING Nenshi! I don't see him ever getting involved in a fail-train like the Alberta Liberal party.
In Alberta, the Wildrose is the conservative party and the PC party is the PROGRESSIVE conservative party with emphasis on Progressive. In reality Alberta was a single party government for so long that "change" took place far more from within the PC party than it ever did on provincial election day. Nenshi MIGHT have a fit in the PC party but I really don't see that either.
In Alberta, if the right party fit was there for him he could be the next coming of King Ralph but I'm not sure where it would work out.
If Justin Trudeau manages to achieve minority Government status or at least Official Opposition in a CPC minority government scenario I might see him jumping to the federal liberals to help push them up to the next level. I think he would be commanding a cabinet role of some sort as well.”
speedyexpress48 on Oct 22, 2013 at 17:55:56
“The Alberta PCs are probably closer to the Liberals now than the Reformers, truth to be told.”
“All the bills go to the same place. Single payer would be a single, cradle-to-grave consistent system with no insurance companies or other complexities parasitically leaching "profits" out of the system.”
lndgrabber on Oct 22, 2013 at 11:41:42
“Where do the insurance company, their stockholders and employees go? No paperwork with a single payer system - get serious - its the federal government. This is the system that Cuba has.”
“This whole situation is the fundamental failure of fixed election dates. In a parliamentary democracy (most commonwealth countries) the government either has sufficient control to enact the programs that they were given a mandate to do in the election.
Budgets and ANY new law involving the spending of money are automatically considered "confidence" votes. If a government looses a confidence vote they are considered to have lost the confidence of the electorate to govern and a new election is held.
Governments with less than a full majority have to govern by consensus and must negotiate with the opposition parties to get legistlation passed.
Only in America's crazy democracy can a president be so completely hamstrung by congress and yet continue to be in power for another 3 years. Far better in this situation to say Obama and the GOP opposition cannot agree on a budget so lets have an election. An election forced by the GOP in the current situation would likely lead to a bigger win for the Obama all over again.”
You DO sign up (REGISTER) an account at Amazon before you can make a purchase. That profile contains your address and credit card information and allows you to easily track shipping and whatnot.
The "signing up" that people are talking about is the signing up / registering / creating your account/profile on the actual exchange website. This has to be done before you can log in and start shopping/comparing plans.”
Oct 3, 2013 at 09:49:55
Might there be some scenarios where it is a LOT safer for the stick to break? An unbreakable stick might cause more injuries??”
eshot on Oct 3, 2013 at 19:38:47
“All sticks need to have a breaking point. This one will too. The article is slightly off with their assertion that the company is building a "virtually unbreakable" stick... they're designing a stick that is significantly more durable while maintaining performance.”
“The current shutdpown has nothing to do with ACA/Obamacare.
The GOAL of the TP is the shutdown itself. Obamacare is simply the lever they are using to force the Democratic Senate and Obama to allow the shutdown.
This shut down is a TP wet dream. If they could figure out how to make the shutdown last forever and have about 90% of government employees NEVER return to work they would be in their version of heaven.
The moment Obama and the Senate cave in and allow piecemeal reopening of the National Parks and memorials and other TP approved departments the TP has won.”
farkinaround on Oct 2, 2013 at 12:49:07
“Totally on the mark. This is exactly what they promised during their campaigns. Well done, Feisty.”
Jane B Webb on Oct 2, 2013 at 11:06:10
“Finally !!! Somebody that has a clue about what is going on here. Well said and accurate.”
“What would be the point of "solving" the shutdown before the debt ceiling is being fixed concurrently?
I hope Lockheed Martin is forced to stop the F35 production line in this shutdown.
I hope the M1A1 tank assembly line making tanks that the ARMY DOES NOT WANT is shutdown.
I hope all domestic military forces are on standdown with no active training or other active expenditures.
Might as well get some good out of this thing!”
lewtag on Oct 2, 2013 at 11:32:20
“with the US military all disabled this would be a good time for the enemy to attack us again, don't you think???”
“The only way that non-TP Republicans will stand up to the TP folks is if they are MORE afraid of loosing their midterm election as a result of this mess than they are of being primaried by a TP candidate.
I think the only solution at this point is to let the TP make such fools of themselves that the next midterm election is a huge failure for the GOP. Even so, with the many gerrymandered seats that are so safe that Charles Manson could get elected if he was the GOP candidate it is entirely possible that no long term lesson will ever be learned.
I suspect the best we can hope for is that the TP FINISHES the job of taking over the GOP and proceeds to run one unwinnable campaign after another for years to come.”
jpjgamas on Oct 2, 2013 at 11:10:48
“Sorry to bust your bubble but the DNC also gerrymanders seats to protect their policians. They slice and dice Republican counties to create districts that they can overpower.”
“Because it will end up like the Sequester. The TP will approve appropriations for the 5% of government functions that they admit are necessary and try their best to leave the other 95% shutdown forever.
Giving them the 5% they want lets them drown the rest of the government in the bathtub as they have always wanted.”
“The only thing they will economical mine from asteroids are minerals that are both extremely rare and very valuable.
I don't see there being a day when something that could be mined easily on earth is instead mined from asteroids due to environmental reasons. Hence the reference to "unobtainium" (from the Avatar movie...)”
uncletom 1 on Sep 11, 2013 at 16:07:34
“Earth's resources are finite and new sources of everything from iron to gold to diamond to molybdenum will be needed. Our population is growing and humans are now living in just about every place on earth. Plus we are becoming increasingly intolerant of risking harm to our environment through resource extraction. It will be cheaper to harvest from space than to A. wait for regulatory approval (An expensive, unpredictable, and lengthy process), B. deal with the politicians (who either want to shut you down or get their cut, either way still expensive and unpredictable), C. convince the people living there to either move or allow the mining anyway (crazy expensive, way unpredictable, basically the worst case). Not only is the day coming, it will be here sooner than most people think. ”