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John Beale, Ex-EPA Official Who Pretended To Be CIA Agent, Sentenced To 32 Months In Prison

John Beale, Ex-EPA Official Who Pretended To Be CIA Agent, Sentenced To 32 Months In Prison

Commented Dec 20, 2013 at 11:35:41 in Politics

“WHAT ABOUT HIS BOSSES????!!!! You know, the men/women who authorized the money being paid to Mr. Beale? Either they were monumentally incompetant or (dare I say it?) "in on the game". It's one or the other.
And where were Washington's "Crack" (no disrespect to Mayor Ford) journalists when this case broke? It looks like we're all going to have to stay up late to watch
"The Daily Show" in order to get the "Real" stories-and that's supposedly a comedy show!”
Rob Ford Mocks Drinking And Driving Days After Admitting To Drinking And Driving

Rob Ford Mocks Drinking And Driving Days After Admitting To Drinking And Driving

Commented Nov 19, 2013 at 10:24:24 in Canada Politics

“I'm not saying this as a defence of Mayor Ford in any way...

BUT

How many people (including Torontonians) do you think were aware of the fact that Toronto is the 4th largest city in North America before Mayor Ford's "episodes". Do you think that it will be bad for attracting future investors? As the punch line from a naughty old goes "First you have to get their attention", and as the singers in the video put it, "Everybody knows where Toronto is now".”

djelimon17 on Nov 21, 2013 at 06:21:59

“This is driving up borrowing costs, which affects them taxpayers he's always going on about

www.thestar.com/business/2013/11/20/toronto_borrowing_costs_rise_as_rob_ford_scandal_consumes_city.html

ProgressiveCDN on Nov 19, 2013 at 17:47:29

“Sounds like a defence to me... a shallow, hollow and utterly pointless defence.

Having the City Council grind to halt because of a crack-smoking, binge-drinking Mayor can not be good for business.”
Jim Wheeler, Nevada Lawmaker, Says He'd Vote For Slavery If That's What His Constituents Wanted

Jim Wheeler, Nevada Lawmaker, Says He'd Vote For Slavery If That's What His Constituents Wanted

Commented Oct 31, 2013 at 23:58:57 in Politics

“So if you support abortion, this is your man!”

GNOLOGY on Nov 1, 2013 at 10:27:48

“no one supports abortion

some folks just believe such decisions should not be made by the government

bible terrorists believe they have a mandate to tell the rest of us how to live and think”
Senate Deal Reached, As Boehner Concedes Defeat

Senate Deal Reached, As Boehner Concedes Defeat

Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 14:28:28 in Politics

“Were Senators Mitch McConnell (R) and Harry Reid (D) separated at birth?”
Ariel Castro's Alleged Suicide Note Includes Confession About Cleveland Kidnapping

Ariel Castro's Alleged Suicide Note Includes Confession About Cleveland Kidnapping

Commented Sep 17, 2013 at 18:39:03 in Crime

“As I recall, Mr. Castro was sentenced to Life in Prison PLUS ONE THOUSAND YEARS. Why was his body released to the family? It should have been "put on ice" until 3013-then whatever family was still around could deal with it. I'm serious-if you're don't have the right to enforce the sentence then you don't have the right to issue it.”
California Prison Hunger Strike: 30,000 Inmates Refuse Meals

California Prison Hunger Strike: 30,000 Inmates Refuse Meals

Commented Aug 2, 2013 at 11:13:02 in Los Angeles

“I concur with Amnesty International-let them maintain their hunger strike...there are lots of law-abiding citizens who could use the food.”
Walt Wawra To Write Second Letter To The Editor, About Guns

Walt Wawra To Write Second Letter To The Editor, About Guns

Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 01:06:53 in Canada

“I hope that no Girl Guides ever try to sell this fellow a box of cookies.”
Rob Ford Crack Video: Gawker Says Alleged Footage May Be ‘Gone'

Rob Ford Crack Video: Gawker Says Alleged Footage May Be ‘Gone'

Commented Jun 9, 2013 at 01:42:54 in Canada Politics

“Gawker says that they'll make a donation to a charity...someday. Just wondering-did any of you "donors" bother to ask for a receipt? If so, you should be asking for your money back. You did get a receipt, didn't you?”
Rob Ford Crack Video: Gawker Says Alleged Footage May Be ‘Gone'

Rob Ford Crack Video: Gawker Says Alleged Footage May Be ‘Gone'

Commented Jun 6, 2013 at 01:19:12 in Canada Politics

“I did, and suggest that they might want to hang onto the money pending actions from the "Right". Furthermore, if they do go ahead with their "Donation", will they be expecting to get a tax credit? Nice scam if you can get 200,000 people willing to give you a dollar. This says more about the stupidity of people who are otherwise watching PPV porn...and I have proof that they're watching porn-somebody showed me a video...and for a mere $200,000...”
Rob Ford Crack Video: Gawker Says Alleged Footage May Be ‘Gone'

Rob Ford Crack Video: Gawker Says Alleged Footage May Be ‘Gone'

Commented Jun 5, 2013 at 00:17:17 in Canada Politics

“So what happens to the $200K that Gawker raised? Will they be refunding their contributors? Maybe they can offer it to the mayor if he promises not to sue...”

Awetitu on Jun 5, 2013 at 01:06:49

“The funds will be donated to an area non-profit that deals with individuals with substance abuse issues.

"Gawker has pledged that if it cannot purchase the alleged video, it will donate the funds raised to a Canadian charity devoted to substance abuse issues."”

Opus Fideo on Jun 5, 2013 at 00:28:58

“if the guy with the video doesn't claim it, they are giving it to a charity. read the gawker article.”

yer on Jun 5, 2013 at 00:25:23

“try reading the article, particularly the last sentence”
'Any Race Except Caucasian' Posting For CBC Job Raises Eyebrows

'Any Race Except Caucasian' Posting For CBC Job Raises Eyebrows

Commented May 5, 2013 at 21:11:46 in Canada Politics

“My mistake-I meant "non-female"...”
'Any Race Except Caucasian' Posting For CBC Job Raises Eyebrows

'Any Race Except Caucasian' Posting For CBC Job Raises Eyebrows

Commented May 1, 2013 at 14:18:11 in Canada Politics

“Not only did it specify "non-white" but also "non-male". Sounds like we have a couple of issues here...”

Serendipity Zen on May 1, 2013 at 21:47:41

“No it didn't. It did just the opposite. They requested a male.”
Gordie Howe, Mr. Hockey, Played By Stargate's Michael Shanks In New Film

Gordie Howe, Mr. Hockey, Played By Stargate's Michael Shanks In New Film

Commented Apr 29, 2013 at 13:51:30 in Canada TV

“As a big fan of Gordie Howe dating back to his Detroit days and as a person who attended the first WHA game in Ottawa I was interested to see how deep this story would go. First of all, the casting of Mark, Marty, Mike Walton and Bobby Hull was spot on-Shanks' voice was a little too deep and they could have cut his hair to more resemble "The Man". I was also impressed by the accuracy of the WHA uniforms-of course, with former Whaler owner Howard Baldwin producing the movie, that was to be expected. I would have liked to have seen perhaps a little less dressing room patter in exchange for more than just the single year in Houston-remember, he finished his career as a Whaler (not counting the "Viper" stunt). It would have been fitting to show Howe and Hull together on the 1979-80 Whalers-a true Hall of Fame roster.”
North Korean Satellite 'Tumbling Out Of Control' In Orbit: Report

North Korean Satellite 'Tumbling Out Of Control' In Orbit: Report

Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 23:19:38 in World

“Sorry about that-I was referring to the drone that went up.”
Trans-Pacific Partnership: Chief Canadian Negotiator Refuses To Say If Canada Will Uphold Copyright Laws

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Chief Canadian Negotiator Refuses To Say If Canada Will Uphold Copyright Laws

Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 23:12:23 in Canada Business

“Actually, in the case of books and CD's it's the BIG BAD PUBLISHERS and the BIG BAD RECORD COMPANIES that give them the money-and are therefore the ones who are adversely affected. The major source of revenue for musicians these days is, in fact their concert tours when it used to be from record/CD sales & publishing. Your original post implies that anything that's available on the net (like a music download) has no value since it's not a material object. The royalties from downloads are considerably less than most would believe-that's a different issue for another time. Suffice to say, the advent of digital technology has driven many artists to revert to their own distribution at a much smaller scale.”

Add In Canadia on Dec 13, 2012 at 23:22:27

“Again here's the thing:  If I like something, I'll give the money to them *directly* if they have that option.  I feel better about it as well cause I know they are getting nearly the full value of my money instead of something stupid like 5%.  With how "digital technology is" there very little reason to go through middleman.

Movies for example, I would pay 5-10 dollars to obtain/view a movie online on the day of or within a few days of a theater release.  Is that option available?  No.  Am I going to torrent a movie?  No.  Will others?  Yes.  I'm an example of a person who would actually sink money towards something if that option was there. 

Do I think a person who torrented a movie should be fined $5000 dollars?  No.  They should be fined ZERO dollars, because they are not selling a digital version at all.  Now if there was a way to legitimately download from an official source for $10, then I say the fine for torrenting should be $100.  Something that actually matches the intended value in some kind of logical manner. ”
Pauline Marois' House Sale Hits A Snag (PHOTOS)

Pauline Marois' House Sale Hits A Snag (PHOTOS)

Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 22:27:22 in Canada Politics

“Savoir, you tell it like it is! It's all the fault of "Les Maudits Anglais", n'est-ce pas?”

JPLeger on Dec 14, 2012 at 07:40:15

“You see what you want to see, he has a point thought. Everything revolving around premier Marois seems to make the headline even when it's such non-news like this. Anyway, I guess in the end she's the winner off all that coverage she gets from all those media.”
Trans-Pacific Partnership: Chief Canadian Negotiator Refuses To Say If Canada Will Uphold Copyright Laws

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Chief Canadian Negotiator Refuses To Say If Canada Will Uphold Copyright Laws

Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 21:15:06 in Canada Business

“Which is why writers should never write and musicians should never record anything.”

chronoss chiron on Dec 14, 2012 at 08:39:06

“and up till the 19th century no one ever did those things ROFL”

Add In Canadia on Dec 13, 2012 at 21:21:39

“Here's a fun reality:  People who have writers they like, or musicians they like:  They give them money.  Sure in a lot of cases they don't have to, but this magically doesn't prevent people from attending book signings or concerts. 

Your logic falls flat.”
North Korean Satellite 'Tumbling Out Of Control' In Orbit: Report

North Korean Satellite 'Tumbling Out Of Control' In Orbit: Report

Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 12:49:03 in World

“I'm sure that this option is/has been considered already today. The safety of "in-space" objects (like the space station) and "on-Earth objects" (like, will it burn up when it re-enters the atmosphere?) are being balanced against the political consequences (as in, will the US be accused of starting the first "Star War"?) One can only wonder why the US sent up that unmanned shuttle...
We know how North Korea will react-the reaction of China is what really matters.”

jacobjg1 on Dec 13, 2012 at 13:36:40

“Well said; however, where did you get it from that that military shuttle is unmanned? Every article I've seen about it refers to it as being manned. Please provide information that supports that assertion if you can access it.”
Supreme Court On Gay Marriage: Prop 8, DOMA To Receive Hearings

Supreme Court On Gay Marriage: Prop 8, DOMA To Receive Hearings

Commented Dec 7, 2012 at 16:19:35 in Politics

“Balmora, this is exactly the issue that I'm talking about. The reservation of residual powers to the states is what the 10th Amendment is all about. If "John" and "Jim" are married in Maine and ""Jim" is arrested for smuggling a truckload of Jack Daniels from Mexico to Texas, would "John" have to testify that he knew anything?”
Supreme Court On Gay Marriage: Prop 8, DOMA To Receive Hearings

Supreme Court On Gay Marriage: Prop 8, DOMA To Receive Hearings

Commented Dec 7, 2012 at 15:47:46 in Politics

“There's one very serious issue that, in my opinion, must take this from a state issue to a federal issue and it has nothing to do with property. In a criminal case, one "spouse" cannot be compelled to testify against the other. If someone is charged with a "federal" offense, what happens to the prosecution's case?”

balmora on Dec 7, 2012 at 15:51:58

“"must take this from a state issue to a federal issue"

You ought to reread the 10th Amendment in the Bill of Rights.”
huffingtonpost entry

Is the 2013 Iron Bowl (Alabama vs. Auburn) the Most Dramatic Finish to a Football Game of All-Time?

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 11:04:45 in Sports

“I agree with garutan-it's a bad idea to deal in absolutes unless you've seen every single football game that's ever been decided on the last play.”
Conrad Black's Request To Speak To Order Of Canada Advisory Panel Denied

Conrad Black's Request To Speak To Order Of Canada Advisory Panel Denied

Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 15:29:03 in Canada Business

“Orders have been revoked before. In this case, not only does he have a criminal record, but HE'S NOT A CANADIAN CITIZEN! If you recall, he's now "Lord Black of Cross Harbour" (although his patronage is currently suspended) and a citizen of Great Britain. He's only in this country under special dispensation-I'm guessing that it's to wrap up his affairs & sell the house, right? :)”
huffingtonpost entry

Senate moving to suspend Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy

Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 15:39:58 in Canada

“Senator Duffy applies for medical leave? As the old story goes, we're all sick of him!”
Raed Jaser Deportation: Jason Kenney Wants To Know Why It Didn't Happen

Raed Jaser Deportation: Jason Kenney Wants To Know Why It Didn't Happen

Commented May 3, 2013 at 12:22:00 in Canada

“An alternative viewpoint-perhaps Mr. Jaser is in reality the informant...”
'Exhausted' Parents Leave Autistic Son At Government Office

'Exhausted' Parents Leave Autistic Son At Government Office

Commented May 1, 2013 at 14:13:14 in Canada Living

“Question:

How old are the parents? The boy is 19 (legal age). What are their future prospects for continuing to provice for him? They could have "adopted him out" when he was born or taken steps to ensure that he wasn't born, right?

Just trying to look at both sides here...”

LourdesO on May 1, 2013 at 21:04:24

“Usually it is a surprise when a child is diagnosed with autism and at the moment when the child is too young it's not easy to determine how severe it can be, another thing is that it is not the same to take care of a little boy with autism than taking care of a strong young 19 years old man with autism, especially when it is severe. It can become really hard. I have a friend whose only son born with this condition and I admire her a lot. She is a wonderful mother, now her son turned 15 and he is severe, but she is there at his side all the time. She resigned to her career as a lawyer for taking care of her son.”

brio228 on May 1, 2013 at 15:55:23

“You're not serious?”

Gordon Waldner on May 1, 2013 at 14:59:44

“You don't know anything about autism. So don't comment.”
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