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Newt Gingrich Defends Space Exploration, Moon Colony During GOP Debate In Florida (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 01:55:05 in Politics

“I've heard some good arguments in favor of Venus... Closer to the Sun, so it's warmer, capable of absorbing far more people, so you can give out lots of free land (at first), and paradoxically, the costs are much lower...

After you...”
Florida Primary 2012 Likely To Shift GOP Candidates' Focus To Environment

Florida Primary 2012 Likely To Shift GOP Candidates' Focus To Environment

Commented Jan 23, 2012 at 17:40:16 in Green

“Would I be correct in assuming that most Americans would rather take a long walk off a short pier than ever breathe the words 'tidal power'?”

Paperless Tiger on Jan 23, 2012 at 17:59:08

“Apparently they prefer the word petrodollar, although they have no idea what it means.”
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Sarah Palin Would 'Vote For Newt' To Keep Primary Process Going (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 18, 2012 at 04:30:04 in Politics

“Er, that's 'hmm...'...

p.s. Last night, I was busy inscribing in Slate (with a copy imprinted on my Facebook wall),

Sorry, Mitt, but it seems to me that while you were busy sticking it *to* the jobs, Newt was busy sticking *to the job*... the job of becoming (best Kermit imitation)... 'The Next President of the U-Ninety States of America' (wild arm waving)...

Rah!... Ra!... Raw!...

www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2012/01/south_carolina_debate_gingrich_beat_romney_but_it_might_not_be_enough_.single.html
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Mitt Romney's Marie Antoinette Charge 'Laughable' Coming From 'Quarter-Billion-Dollar Man': DNC

Commented Dec 30, 2011 at 00:03:49 in Politics

“Well, the timeline seems similar to that of the French Revolution, but in just about every other respect, I've never felt more like I have a front-row seat to the decline and fall of the Roman Empire - the crazy rulers, the exploited outlands and expensive supply chains, the inability to distinguish between luxurious entitlements and physical necessities, the growing resemblance of patriotism to bigotry, the cake, er, bread and circuses...

And no real thought of attacking any of the problems you face; instead you prefer to attack each other, while waiting for the recovery to kick in, as it always has...”
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Rick Santorum's Two-Step Plan To End Poverty

Commented Dec 28, 2011 at 21:03:09 in Politics

“Joseph Furtenbacher's One-Step Plan To End Poverty

On a thread on The Huffington Post on Wednesday, World Dictator candidate Joseph Furtenbacher laid out his simple one-point plan.

"I plan to put the boots to all the rich and powerful people who plan to sermonize about ending other people's economic poverty, while having no plans at all to describe how they intend to surmount their own ethical poverty, or even to admit to themselves that it exists - you know, folks like Rick Santorum...

"I consider that's one small step for mankind, one huge leap for a man."

Humanity, for reasons best known to itself, declined to comment...”
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GOP Candidates Reveal How They Would Enact Pro-Life 'Personhood' Laws

Commented Dec 28, 2011 at 15:34:34 in Politics

“Adulthood (including, but not limited to, things like the ability to identify (and the desire to reduce, without needing to be paid top dollar for it) widespread moral hazard, or the capacity to distinguish de facto persons from de jure or non ones (sperm, eggs, and corporations have no inherent potential to become even childish persons no matter how well you care for them)) for liberals and feminists!

But in the meantime, you continue to call for an increase in the temporary happiness that can be attained through inconsequential sex, while they continue to stump for the temporary wealth that can be attained through unaccountable money. After all, stats on my demographic say I should be in favor of both, and who knows - maybe someday I'll be as childish as the rest of it, and agree...”

ksuetorres on Dec 31, 2011 at 17:03:52

“I thought I was of (or even, perhaps, a little above) normal intelligence, but I have no earthly idea what point you're trying to make, if any. I even tried diagramming your sentences! LOL”
Occupy Wall Street's Librarians Make Demands At Rally

Occupy Wall Street's Librarians Make Demands At Rally

Commented Nov 24, 2011 at 03:55:45 in New York

“'A legacy that says his administration treats books like garbage'? A legacy well deserved, I'd say. But don't worry - I'm sure the highly cultured residents of the Big Apple will look deep in their hearts, and manage to forgive ol' 'Bibliophobe' Bloomberg... after all, he's still rich, ain't he?”
After Boston: Why It's Important That We Keep Asking 'Why?'

After Boston: Why It's Important That We Keep Asking 'Why?'

Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 23:44:20 in Crime

“And if the 'invading enemy' is the country's own rich citizens, and the payoff is financial assets instead of political puppetry, and the ordinary citizens care more about what the market pays than what it does, and more about getting and keeping jobs than any damage those jobs may do (or allow others to do) to the environment or human health, and you can pry people's spare time (and change) from their cold, dead hands for any cause they don't care about personally, it's no longer quislingism? Seems to me it's pretty much quislings all the way down, betraying their country's future in return for the temporary preservation of their own particular comfort and status zones.

And you know, not a one of them would send me an email to save their life; bad faith will out.”
After Boston: Why It's Important That We Keep Asking 'Why?'

After Boston: Why It's Important That We Keep Asking 'Why?'

Commented Apr 26, 2013 at 14:19:58 in Crime

“Hard not to feel anger when you realize that you can neither beat nor join the richly-rewarded quislings you see all around you.

Torrent up, trickle down
Quislings' work turns noses brown”

RED66 on Apr 28, 2013 at 08:10:44

“Who are these "quislings"?

By the way, a quisling is a person who betrays his or her own country by aiding an invading enemy, often serving later in a puppet government; fifth columnist.”

caphillprof on Apr 28, 2013 at 06:56:47

“As I go through the comments, this one seems the most insightful so far.”
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Auction 2012: 30 Million Jobs and the Election

Commented Jan 29, 2012 at 17:34:15 in Politics

“Unfortunately, most people will accept a stern master, as long as he keeps the wolves at the door, and, perhaps, brings home a hide once in a while (even if by prearrangement with the wolf chieftains). How will you convince them that you're a better Choice, or to Occupy anything but their own warm, safe beds, except by bringing them larger or more numerous hides (a course requiring even more money or muscles than the 'present' jackals-in-chief possess, however obtained), or (my personal favorite) letting them see the rank fear in their current masters' eyes whenever you show up? Do a miniseries?”
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President Obama Stands Up to Big Oil

Commented Jan 20, 2012 at 17:44:25 in Green

“He just couldn't stay away...

I looked up the word "pedant" in the dictionary (just to be sure I had it right).

It said, see Joseph Furtenbach­er...

At last! The fame I've been seeking! Rather obscure, I admit, and perhaps fleeting - but still - Thank you - thank you...

..Really Joe, for a super educated kind of guy, going all ad hom on me can't be your best shot, can it?..

Sorry, but if there's evidence that the charges may be true, and they remain unrebutted, it's not considered ad hom... Care to give your real name? Dispute the fact that you make far more than eight thousand dollars a year? Point out any flaws in the plans of Dr. Paul, like, say, having to tell millions of public and private sector workers - voters all (or close to it) - that their services are no longer required?

..In any case, don't bother to respond. You have nothing to say that I'd be interested in hearing.

No bother; no bother at all... Let me know when you feel ready to tackle First Grade...”
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President Obama Stands Up to Big Oil

Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 17:23:32 in Green

“MacTheCat came back, the very next day...

Well, that's quite the CV. You should be proud..

Yah, I'm just as proud as punch.

..Me? I'm just an ordinary guy, and one who knows it..

An ordinary guy, or an ordinary American guy? (American guys are, apparently, worth the pay of four or five ordinary guys.)

But I also know that I can never support any person who puts their name to a law that seeks to roll back our bill of rights--Fo­r ANY reason.

Ron Paul alert...

..Obama supports and has expanded... he employs... he has unilateral­ly ordered... he now has codified the... Constituti­on he is supposed to be expert in..

Dictator alert...

..We are not at war. There is no threat demanding we give up these rights for a little security..

Apart from the rather large security industry, of course...

This is something else altogether­...

Ka-ching!

And remember one thing about research--­in the long run you're just borrowing the ideas of someone else. Perhaps it's time for some original thinking.

Perhaps it's time for you to look up the word 'synthesis', and then ask yourself who sees furthest - a pygmy, a giant, or a pygmy on the shoulders of a giant - or giants...”

MacTheCat on Jan 20, 2012 at 12:40:30

“I looked up the word "pedant" in the dictionary (just to be sure I had it right).

It said, see Joseph Furtenbacher...

Really Joe, for a super educated kind of guy, going all ad hom on me can't be your best shot, can it?

In any case, don't bother to respond. You have nothing to say that I'd be interested in hearing.”
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President Obama Stands Up to Big Oil

Commented Jan 18, 2012 at 23:52:47 in Green

“MacTheCat - please read some of the upwards of two hundred thousand words I've written (under my real name, I might add), many of them on this very topic, before coming at me with 'issues' I've pondered almost daily, for almost two years, and that on top of twenty years of study in the disciplines of philosophy, psychology, sociology, economics, history, law, politics, pedagogy, theology, architecture, computers, nutrition, and others, to a lesser degree... logic, linguistics, physics, geology, geography, astronomy, cosmology, cosmetology, chemistry, drama, cooking, pontificating, cleaning, psychological warfare, social engineering...

Made a habit, such research will, perhaps, help conserve storage space, and therefore, the environment...

p.s. I'm Canadian...”

MacTheCat on Jan 19, 2012 at 12:55:04

“Well, that's quite the CV. You should be proud.

Me? I'm just an ordinary guy, and one who knows it.

But I also know that I can never support any person who puts their name to a law that seeks to roll back our bill of rights--For ANY reason.

Obama supports and has expanded the reach of the worst parts of the Patriot Act, he employs greater unwarranted surveillance than his predecessor, he has unilaterally ordered the elimination of American citizens in countries we are not at war with, and he now has codified the indefinite detention section of the NDAA--a 'law' that Bush assumed under the AUMF that contravenes at least 5 separate rights in our Bill of Rights, as well as flies directly in the face of the Constitution he is supposed to be expert in.

We are not at war. There is no threat demanding we give up these rights for a little security. This is something else altogether, and I will not support any one of the 88 senators who voted for it, the over 2/3 of the house, or the President himself.

And remember one thing about research--in the long run you're just borrowing the ideas of someone else. Perhaps it's time for some original thinking.”
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President Obama Stands Up to Big Oil

Commented Jan 18, 2012 at 18:32:55 in Green

“Thank you, Mr. President. For what it's worth, you've earned my support in your battle to be reelected: I'll do my best to make sure I do you no more 'harm' than I do to your most impressive opponent, Mr. Newt Gingrich (a man of history, and therefore (perhaps) one who is less likely to repeat any mistakes he may have made).

However... If you can handle one further piece of the truth, the same treatment you've delivered here, if meted out to your 'droney 'cronies'' would, IMUO, Grant - er, grant you a resounding victory against your less 'civilized' 'foes' in the 'enemy' 'camp' (hint, hint)...

...Not to mention, you'll be awarded the Right of First Refusal to Occupy the Hotseat - er, Throne (a new design element I've just introduced) in front of any memorial put up to me (well, at least any in the Washington, D.C. area... and possibly in Hawaii, The Phillipines, and, er, Kenya as well. For the rest, you're on your own...).

But by all means, take some time to think it over... I'd suggest a good night's rest, myself...

This heroism at command, this senseless violence, this accursed bombast of patriotism- how intensely I despise them! - Albert Einstein

You can't say civilization isn't advancing: in every war, they kill you in a new way. - Will Rogers”

MacTheCat on Jan 18, 2012 at 18:57:48

“Joseph--read some of the other articles about this that go into the exact reasons for this decision and how temporary they are. If your vote can be had for so little, then I need to ask what does matter? How about indefinite detention or unlimited unwarranted surveillance? Here's a bit from the lead story right here on hp--""But the president also signaled that denial of the permit application does not preclude any subsequent permit application or applications for similar projects. ""

THIS IS A TEMPORARY STAY OF EXECUTION, and not even one based on conviction, but rather political pragmatism.”
What If?  A New Year's Public Health Reverie

What If? A New Year's Public Health Reverie

Commented Jan 1, 2012 at 14:58:11 in Healthy Living

“Thanks for the kick in the teeth.”
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Bethlehem, 'Perfection' and Our Birthmark: Why Perfect Is the Enemy of Good!

Commented Dec 25, 2011 at 16:56:51 in Healthy Living

“That's it, Doc! You've put your finger on it (but then, being a male, heterosexual, married doctor, I guess you're used to that by now, nudge, nudge, wink, wink?). After all, as Billy Joel (hum...) tried to tell them, we love them just the way they are... well, hyperbole, but there you are! 'Better' (by which I mean, 'better ethically and intellectually') seems to me to be the enemy of nothing but intransigent subevolutionism...

p.s. Not to wish, er, carp, but, given the environmentally- and psychologically-unfriendly nature of almost *any* type of clothing production, is there any chance that you could give a shout-out to the 'less is more' school of haute couture?”
Pope Laments Christmas Consumerism, Urges People To Look Beyond 'Superficial Glitter'

Pope Laments Christmas Consumerism, Urges People To Look Beyond 'Superficial Glitter'

Commented Dec 25, 2011 at 14:04:07 in Religion

“Sigh. Actually, I was talking about my comments page, including a post as far back as April of last year, when I asked, among other things, the entirely rhetorical question, 'Why does the Pope pay for protection?' Or Canada Day of the same year, when I quoted John Dewey, 'The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.' The time machine was snark.”
Pope Laments Christmas Consumerism, Urges People To Look Beyond 'Superficial Glitter'

Pope Laments Christmas Consumerism, Urges People To Look Beyond 'Superficial Glitter'

Commented Dec 25, 2011 at 13:49:36 in Religion

“No, actually I mean the one where, if people don't visit it, they're helping to create a close approximation of Hell on Earth...

p.s. Why don't you lend him your time machine so he can go back and make it all better?”

Pubdestroyer on Dec 25, 2011 at 13:52:15

“Lend who my time machine that I don't possess?
P.S. I live within eight miles as the crow flies from SuperMax and nine other prisons and I still don't know what the hell you are talking about.”
Pope Laments Christmas Consumerism, Urges People To Look Beyond 'Superficial Glitter'

Pope Laments Christmas Consumerism, Urges People To Look Beyond 'Superficial Glitter'

Commented Dec 25, 2011 at 13:41:17 in Religion

“Er - maybe the man is trying to change? As I recall, even Jesus took a while to hit his stride...

As for the snark - any of you been to a prison lately?”

Pubdestroyer on Dec 25, 2011 at 13:43:16

“You mean the one where all of those Catholic priests are residing? No. 'Can't say that I have.”
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One Billion Holiday Wishes

Commented Dec 23, 2011 at 15:04:38 in Impact

“Looks like you caught them at a bad time, though I admit that assumes there could ever be a good time...”
Why Our Political Culture Looks Insane

Why Our Political Culture Looks Insane

Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 21:59:27 in Politics

“And who have even the slightest degree of name recognition...”
Why Our Political Culture Looks Insane

Why Our Political Culture Looks Insane

Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 15:49:00 in Politics

“Douglas LaBier, whom I fanned some time ago, but who somehow never saw fit to return the compliment, wrote,

Who within the political arena today shows the awareness, connection with and understanding of the realities of transformation today? Who is articulating ways to address their impact, socially, economically, psychologically and through constructive policy?

Readers: If you have any examples of such people, post them in your comments!

Well, if it's not too self-referential, ME!!! Anyone any more intelligent or compassionate that anyone can put a name to, hmm? Offhand? Someone who's maybe getting by on around twelve thousand dollars a year or so, in order to free up time to try to help not only humans, but also the natural systems most of them currently seem hell-bent on destroying as quickly as possible?

The more I see of humanity and its apparent determination to sell itself to the highest bidder, the more I admire my cats and my apartment... Or, as Horace Mann put it, 'We go by the major vote, and if the majority are insane, the sane must go to the hospital.'”

hp blogger Douglas LaBier on Dec 16, 2011 at 20:38:41

“@ Joseph - No offense intended! I've never been able to figure out the HuffPo differences between "fan," "friend," and "follower!" I tried, but then stopped - too confusing! But thanks for your comments. Your last remark remind me of the saying, "Within an insane asylum, the normal people look crazy!"”
America Must Not Back Down on Sustainable Energy

America Must Not Back Down on Sustainable Energy

Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 13:59:36 in Politics

“Very nice... an appeal to Americans' better natures. As long as you're sure they still have any, that is. I must say, I'm not; none of them by any chance ever mention me and my ideas, no reasons given, end of story.

p.s. Any of you folks manage to make it down to the Keystone XL pipeline protests?”
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Where's Our Muff March Against Designer Vaginas?

Commented Dec 11, 2011 at 01:02:40 in Women

“Your own gross generalization (criticism is always hostile) would, perhaps, have seemed somewhat less childlike if you'd ever learned how to spell 'misogyny'...

The more we love our friends, the less we flatter them; it is by excusing nothing that pure love shows itself. - Molière”
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Where's Our Muff March Against Designer Vaginas?

Commented Dec 10, 2011 at 11:03:48 in Women

“You'd venture wrong, as you would have known if you'd ever bothered to read much of anything I've written, or checked out the number of female friends I have... online...

p.s. If I believe that women are behaving like children (as I do), is it hostile and demeaning to say so? If so, you might want to let Ms. Chemaly know... I've never personally known a woman who shaved her arms and head, while leaving her legs and pubes alone; I hardly think it would help in attracting a man who was anxious to maximize both the number of children he could (potentially) produce, and the chance that any children so produced would be his (as most are), by locking up (in the bondage, er, bonds of holy matrimony) the youngest (looking) woman he could find, even if (or, dare I say, especially if) she's penniless?

But I would venture to guess that you've never read any evolutionary psychology, let alone evolutionary sociology (which I'm presently working on), either...”

Eileenla on Dec 10, 2011 at 19:01:34

“Yes - it's hostile to say "women" are behaving like children, because it's a gross generalization that exposes your mysogeny...which mature women can smell a mile away and will do their best to avoid. As for what I've read, you have no idea...but keep on making generalizations!”
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