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Dan Avery December 18, 2013 at 06:17 pm
Gee, John, it's a surprise to you that "support our troops" is just another empty slogan?Read More You really need to get out more and talk to vets who were in Vietnam and Afghanistan. Or the spouse with children who suffered the lost of an enlisted personnel who had a joke of a life insurance policy from our government. Want to talk about low interest home loans. Next joke. We don't support our troops, John, and we never have. Wake up, smell the donuts.
Dan Avery December 15, 2013 at 12:41 am
Man it must be sad to be so clueless about what is really going on.
GreenInOC December 16, 2013 at 06:03 pm
Let me get this straight, you believe that the Federal Minimum Wage is something that this currentRead More Administration has devised or have you conveniently forgotten that it has been in force since 1938? You wrote, "The rich don’t use government programs...", ummm Corporate Welfare anyone?!
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Mchael Getto October 26, 2013 at 06:37 am
The above comments could only come from an "Orange County Teabagger (Bircher by any otherRead More name!) The thinking majority of our country and our state do not agree with you, Ted Cruz, and the rest of the far right. I am a former GOP officeholder.
John Webb October 28, 2013 at 12:03 pm
Mchael, good to hear the words former. There is no need to start calling names, this was myRead More opinion. You are welcome to disagree, but using the word Tea Bagger and Bircher tells me your arguments are too weak to stand on their own. Just spent a couple weeks with an online college course on the Constitution and the events leading up to Independence. I enjoyed the debate taking place at that time, as people made their best case for their point of view. It can still work.
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John Webb October 28, 2013 at 04:46 pm
No, that's the problem. Governments tend to grow and as they grow they tend to assume they knowRead More best. This morning a Doctor, who is part of the California Health Exchanges, said people do not understand why Obamacare is better for them. We have elites who feel they know best, and feel people will do better under their guidance. There is a disregard for the individual, at the same time there is a reliance on government. The economy is in trouble. Entitlements are too expensive. Rules and regulations are strangling businesses. The government is spying on its citizens. Young kids have too much debt and two few job opportunities. There are now more people receiving government checks than there are people working. My guess is we are growing weary of the elites and their answers to government. It will be interesting to see what happens in 2014/2016.
Tom Thumb October 28, 2013 at 05:06 pm
...."the elites and their answers to government." I assume you think they are runningRead More things? So, how do you get them out?
John Webb October 29, 2013 at 12:40 pm
The elites are running things right now. You cannot have the economy we've had the last five years,Read More have a flawed health care plan passed, have an EPA at war with business, have millions of people dropping out of the work force and have more people receiving government aid than are working and not conclude the inmates are running the asylum. None of these programs show leadership with an understanding of history and economics. What these results show is failed policies being pushed by elites starting with Woodrow Wilson and continuing until today. The correction starts with bringing those citizens who lead their lives, mind their own business and hate politics into an awareness that we are suffering from a liberal strategy, not a hard luck Presidential Administration. The correction starts when we demand our schools teach American History correctly and not present this as a Nation conceived to take advantage of the poor native population. We will get better results when a strong work ethic and success is modeled. We will get back to being great when the poor are offered a handup and not a handout. Of course you know all of this, but I think we have to write it down often, and have talking points about returning this to a Country where people working hard are recognized as the norm.
Lazlo October 5, 2013 at 04:47 am
My first guiding principle is that there are always more choices of answers to a question than aRead More pre-determined set of either/ors such as you have posited here.
Panglonymous October 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm
"What are we to believe and whom are we to believe?"Read More ___________________________________________________ The ground water (of fact) has been so thoroughly fracked (by multiple PR rigs) that the thought of a pure clean drink makes us wistful. ___________________________________________________ What nature so wisely divided (fact|fiction) man collapsed into a gassy soup. ___________________________________________________ To get back? The principal principle, I suppose: don't effing lie. ___________________________________________________ Two and three? Celebrate verity. Shun deceit. ___________________________________________________ Check back in a generation or two.
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Dan Avery September 21, 2013 at 09:13 am
LOL Well said, nobody. But he objects to Senator Feinstein and I using our free speech to air ourRead More views. He doesn't seem to understand that speech ALWAYS has repercussions. Or that Congress debates a lot of issues, but passes very few bills of substance. The house has only passed 24 so far this year. It's a sad attempt to make people agree with him by using the old "Oh no, the sky is falling" gag. http://bit.ly/16OQ941
Dan Avery September 21, 2013 at 09:21 am
A&W Australia's press appears to be free. When I was in Sydney there were stories about theRead More Bush Administration that never saw the light of day over here. In Scotland the cab drivers write much more thoughtful, literate prose in their letters to the editor than most of the bloggers in the United States. The Press in London seems much more interested in real events and their impact, well, except for the tabloids. Then there is Wikileaks which is a great example of Freedom of the Press and the real target behind Feinstein's bill.
not Carl Peterson lll September 23, 2013 at 09:58 pm
The government spying on journalists almost turned some against Obama fore the first time....butRead More then they finished their morning coffee and continued business as usual. http://rt.com/usa/fox-investigated-us-journalists-562/ . @ TOM THUMB...September 19, 2013 at 03:51 pm 2008 Was a very small preview of what is inevitable. The dollar will collapse. Just hope it happens after Obama.
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nobody September 13, 2013 at 08:20 am
If there is a country in the world where everybody can get a job is USA. If we cut education and weRead More make it only available for wealthy people, in 50 years, we will be so short in good talented professionals that we'll need to start hiring off shore.
Tom Thumb September 13, 2013 at 10:34 am
Has MSNBC been using certain symbols like this: tinyurl.com/mvbf39t
Tom Thumb September 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm
This just in: tinyurl.com/2f2v8el
Tom Thumb August 23, 2013 at 03:52 pm
Nope. I click delete, the screen goes dark, and nothing. I waiteded 1 minute, but nothingRead More happened. The delete on both my home and work computers haven't worked for 2 months or so. And I just bought a new computer for home with the latest stuff and I can't comment on Patch at all from it because a window pops up every time a click into Patch asking if I want to be advised or something, which has to be answered before the screen turns light. And then it won't let me get in to make a comment on the new computer with the latest Windows.
nobody August 23, 2013 at 03:58 pm
So.... you are slave of your words, be careful :D
Tom Thumb August 23, 2013 at 04:11 pm
Peter must think it's interesting because he could take it out.
Tom Thumb August 19, 2013 at 05:36 pm
LB, good point. Sort of similar is how I was able to lose 23 lbs in 2 months 6 months ago. ThenRead More over the next 5 months I put back 8 lbs, and couldn't get myself disciplined enough to stop gaining slowly I stopped trying to hold on to my earlier lowest weight, accepted the current weight and created a new goal - 1 lb loss/week. Problem in the big picture is there is mass propaganda covering up our real predicament, and therefore we're not dealing with what needs to be fixed if we want to have one sovereign nation with any middle class. FDR dealt with a similar situation in his first 100 days when he separated the banks that are needed for the economy from the predatory ones that have created 500 trillion or so in interest rate swap obligations, and who knows how much in mortgage backed derivatives. But if we duplicated what FDR did then today, the 20%, listed above that have the financial wealth are going to get wacked, because most of it is probably, (don't know the exact amounts), tied up into this casino, and haircut is most likely not the right word for the outcome. So it's a major deal to understate the case.
Tom Thumb August 20, 2013 at 01:10 pm
Here's the main divide, and may be too tall of a hurdle. So, the top 20% of the population controlRead More 96% of the financial, (non-home), net worth. That leaves 80% having just 4% - yikes. And these 20% are probably, what, 80% white, and older. Then when you add children who will inherit and people that think they're in this 20%, maybe this brings you to 30-40%. Then you go to the lower 40% and you are diverse. So, by this, one can see what are the road blocks for this 20% to deal with reality now for the better future for all.
Tom Thumb August 21, 2013 at 09:50 am
tinyurl.com/n4zlskm (paragraph 10): Is this a head fake?
Shripathi Kamath August 5, 2013 at 10:08 am
What Shri said was that he wanted tiny bell peppers for his fajitas, and is miffed that he cannot beRead More on the farm subsidies scam. Then he demanded to know why nobody's query elicited such a disconnected response. Now he is angry at referring to himself in the third person, and is struggling not to make a reference to Dan in the fourth person.
not Carl Peterson lll August 20, 2013 at 01:09 am
The same group of snibbling little idiots running around putting up crap for comments is mindRead More boggling. What the hell is wrong with you people? Dan, what is in you? Small pox and Indians? Do you have a purpose in life? It's the same group of people running around all the Patch sites pooping hateful rhetoric with no basis in fact. One day when (if) you ever wake up and realize how wrong you were, your negative roots will have been planted all over your world. Write your own blog if you think you have something to say. Get off other peoples horses. Get a purpose in life, and you won't have to ride others purposes.
nobody August 20, 2013 at 07:41 am
Aw, Buzlightyear aka marty spreading the love...
Shripathi Kamath July 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm
"If you think I'm calling for someone like Campbell, Miller or Walters you are not paying closeRead More enough attention." ___________________________________________________ Nope, I thought you were listing the candidates ("choosing a candidate"), and had avoided even mentioning Mr. Raths. In what way is Mr. Raths different other than he has not held office before, and is politically inexperienced? He refuses to answer questions here when I ask them, and regurgitates most of the same populist notes commonplace in OC politics. He had *some* differences that he cited, but then he does not address questions on them. ___________________________________________________ There is a new book by Mark Leibovich entitled "This Town." "His is a solid argument for people serving a limited time. " ___________________________________________________ But but by what measure do we evaluate that? Also, does the candidate not matter? How am I to evaluate a Mimi Walters from a John Webb from a John Campbell from a Sukhee Kang, if not from their stated views? Not too long ago, you were high on Marco Rubio (seriously, you can check your archives) as a bold, smart new kind of legislator. Just as soon as he participated in creating the Senate immigration proposal you promptly called him part of the establishment. ___________________________________________________ Is there any assurance that someone signing a pledge will hold true to what they sign? And why should pledges to anything but the Constitution even matter? If circumstances change, I'd prefer a candidate who would change to adapt rather than hang on some silly pledge. That is NOT to say that Mimi is the preferred candidate, but just that her reconsideration on this matter does not spell the death knell on her competence. Lots of other things do, like the people she accepted donations from and associates with.
John Webb July 22, 2013 at 01:26 pm
If more people join you in this conversation we will get a better candidate. Many people wait untilRead More late in the process to get involved and by then the choices are limited. If we have a discussion over the next couple months about possible candidates, then we can expect to get better results. My main concern right now is the career politician who is afraid to rock the boat because it could hurt their career. How nice would it be to have a Congress person whose main concern is the citizens within their district?
Shripathi Kamath July 22, 2013 at 01:36 pm
:-) Well, at least I got you to respond back this time, Mr. Webb. But I hold no illusions. PeopleRead More who join me in the conversation are rarely interested in the same things I am. Candidates they support are way different than my own. Worse, they all assume my objections to a position or a candidate's position to imply my endorsement of his or her opponent. So for me, it is merely a hope that if I ask the question, someone like-minded in his or her thinking will connect with the idea, and not the candidate. There are no perfect candidates; most people I know tend to vote for the lesser of two evils. I vote for the best of the lot, and that means compromises in some cases, and increasingly it means not voting for anyone at all. As politically one-sided as Orange County is, it could be worse. I could be in Orange County, Florida, Harrison Arkansas, or generally in Oklahoma. ___________________________________________________ Otherwise, Gary Johnson would be President today.
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