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WHO DUMBS WHO ?

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{Politics.690.240}: Senator Lampoon {yesdeer} Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:44:32 EDT (HTML)

That's a lie.

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{Politics.690.241}: Richard Clark {cardo} Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:44:55 EDT (2 lines)

Jay, your points are very well taken.  But our rightwing friends have
a hard time facing up to such facts.

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{Politics.690.242}: Elizabeth Costello {lizcostello} Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:30:53 EDT (1 line)

You reap what you sow.

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{Politics.690.243}: Jay Hoffman {resist} Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:34:39 EDT (1 line)

Yes, that definitely will happen in your case.

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{Politics.690.244}: Glen Marks {wotan} Sat, 05 Jul 2014 17:24:30 EDT (7 lines)

According to this recent article:

- ...83 percent of Americans don't spend any part of their day just
thinking.

"http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-wp-blm-news-bc-alone03-
20140703,0,5623377.story"

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{Politics.690.245}: Tonu Aun {tonu} Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:26:45 EDT (HTML)

I suppose this means that the GOP will now start messaging baking soda and baking powder in those pie charts.

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{Politics.690.246}: Elizabeth Costello {lizcostello} Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:57:30 EDT (1 line)

Ahhhh, so clueless, and so sexist too!

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{Politics.690.247}: Jay Hoffman {resist} Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:22:35 EDT (1 line)

Yes, I agree … liez is a clueless pig.

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{Politics.690.248}: {doorman} Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:46:00 EDT (3 lines)

Truly is sexist .. but in this case (if you chose to read or are able
too) you would see that it it ditzy republican woman who is saying
these things.

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{Politics.690.249}: Elizabeth Costello {lizcostello} Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:57:36 EDT (6 lines)

This is the sexist part:

"I suppose this means that the GOP will now start messaging baking
soda and baking powder in those pie charts."

Typical misogynist.

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{Politics.690.250}: Tom Austin {taustin} Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:26:11 EDT (2 lines)

Yeah,  but saying that the GOP needs to "bring it down to a woman's level"
why, that's just hunky-dory!

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{Politics.690.251}: Tonu Aun {tonu} Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:36:27 EDT (1 line)

Yup;-) Liz seemingly can't understand satire of the actual sexism.

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{Politics.690.252}: Elizabeth Costello {lizcostello} Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:02:09 EDT (4 lines)

I understand that you Tonu, and Tom are sexist as hell.  In your world
women are perpetual victims who can't even manage their own birth
control without government intervention.  Tell me, if a woman believes
in abstinence should her employer be forced to buy her clothes?

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{Politics.690.253}: Tom Austin {taustin} Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:55:51 EDT (1 line)

objection,  your honor;  witness is unresponsive.

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{Politics.690.254}: Elizabeth Costello {lizcostello} Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:05:27 EDT (HTML)

Redditors call into question Elizabeth Warren’s ‘billionaires or students’ strategy on student loans

Thank goodness some liberals aren't moron.

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{Politics.690.255}: {doorman} Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:23:19 EDT (16 lines)

I don't have any problem with coming up with a new school system.  But
is an endemic problem with society - including parents who don't have
either the time or interest to get their kids reading at 3 or before
and insisting upon doing homework.. etc.

The REAL issue is that after these kids come out of college they are
unable to get jobs because of the "free market is good!" mantra that
allows for nafta and gafta to take away not only the steel mill,
automotive, clothing manufacturing jobs, but all the jobs that would
support those industries.  We have college grads who are smart and
ready to go... and they have NOTHING to go to.

This is not a Republican or Democratic problem.. they both own it.  It
must be taken back.  and Marotta and his idiotic moronic mantra: "I
like cheap things!" has got to be sublimated so we can evolve beyond
the neanderthal.

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{Politics.690.256}: Senator Lampoon {yesdeer} Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:44:37 EDT (HTML)

What kid coming out of college wants to work at a steel mill, or at a sewing machine in a clothing factory?

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{Politics.690.257}: {doorman} Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:41:11 EDT (14 lines)

A Steel Mill or Clothing factory brings more with it than working
class jobs for the uneducated... It is all the business that serves
that industry. Accountants, lawyers, equipment engineers and
manufacturers.  Someone has to build and maintain the sewing machines.

Now education dollars are going to urban kids who can barely read who
are getting a college education in design with the hope of being a
purchasing agent at Maceys or designing their own clothing line.  The
colleges don't dissuade them because they are making money off these
kids.  The system is broken and these kids are getting student loans
to go to college for shit that will never get them a job.

I told my kids to look at becoming a plumbing engineer or the like.
Fill niches that are in need.

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{Politics.690.258}: Tonu Aun {tonu} Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:26:03 EDT (1 line)

In need and can't be easily out and off sourced.

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{Politics.690.259}: Chris Hedges {cardo} Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:23:17 EDT (HTML)

Stadia Sports Events, Stooges, and Militarism

"Fenway’s “Hats Off to Heroes” program, which honors military veterans or active-duty members at every game. The crowd stood and applauded. Army National Guard Sgt. Ben Arnold had been honored at the previous game, on Wednesday. Arnold said his favorite Red Sox player was Mike Napoli. Arnold, who fought in Afghanistan, makes about $27,000 a year. Napoli makes $16 million. The owners of the Red Sox clear about $60 million annually. God bless America.

The religious reverie — repeated in sports arenas throughout the United States — is used to justify our bloated war budget and endless wars. Schools and libraries are closing. Unemployment and underemployment are chronic. Our infrastructure is broken and decrepit. And we will have paid a crippling $4 trillion for the useless and futile wars we waged over the last 13 years in the Middle East. But the military remains as unassailable as Jesus, or, among those who have season tickets at Fenway Park, the Red Sox. The military is the repository of our honor and patriotism. No public official dares criticize the armed forces or challenge their divine right to more than half of all the nation’s discretionary spending. And although we may be distrustful of government, the military—in the twisted logic of the American mind—is somehow separate.

The heroes of war and the heroes of sport are indistinguishable in militarized societies. War is sold to a gullible public as a noble game. Few have the athletic prowess to play professional sports, but almost any young man or woman can go to a recruiter and sign up to be a military hero. The fusion of the military with baseball, along with the recruitment ads that appeared intermittently Saturday on the television screens mounted on green iron pillars throughout Fenway Park, caters to this illusion: Sign up. You will be part of a professional team. We will show you in your uniform on the Jumbotron in Fenway Park. You will be a hero like Mike Napoli.

Saturday’s crowd of some 37,000, which paid on average about $70 for a ticket, dutifully sang hosannas—including “God Bless America” in the seventh inning—to the flag and the instruments of death and war. It blessed and applauded a military machine that, ironically, oversees the wholesale surveillance of everyone in the ballpark and has the power under the National Defense Authorization Act to snatch anyone in the stands and hold him or her indefinitely in a military facility. There was no mention of targeted assassinations of U.S. citizens, kill lists or those lost or crippled in the wars. The crowd roared its approval every time the military was mentioned. It cheered its own enslavement.

"http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/how-americas-sporting-events-have-turned-mass-churches-give-blessings-imperial?akid=12035.83305.8eIQOH&rd=1&src=newsletter1012038&t=15"

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{Politics.690.260}: Elizabeth Costello {lizcostello} Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:08:53 EDT (3 lines)

So it's the Red Sox fault now?

Wow!

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{Politics.690.261}: Richard Clark {cardo} Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:10:58 EDT (2 lines)

Prize of the year to now be awarded to you for the most impressive,
purposeful and total misreading of a short article.

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{Politics.690.262}: Clue {cardo} Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:12:13 EDT (2 lines)

What happened at the Red Sox game was an EXAMPLE of what is happening
around the US.

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{Politics.690.263}: Elizabeth Costello {lizcostello} Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:25:23 EDT (3 lines)

Clue:

You have absolutely no idea what is happening around the US.

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{Politics.690.264}: Richard Clark {cardo} Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:40:19 EDT (1 line)

So it is believed within the walls of the asylum.

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