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Tuesday, December 10. 2013
MSNBC’s Alternative Universe - What passes for journalism on the network is downright silly
U.S. exits GM stake,
Political polarization: Obama Is Tearing America Apart
Jeff Goldstein unloads on Peggy Noonan
Obamacare, where the liberal dream crashes and burns
With QE tapering in sight, how high can long-term interest rates go?
Farm negotiators shift on subsidies
CBO:Top 40% Paid 106.2% of Income Taxes; Bottom 40% Paid -9.1%, Got Average of $18,950 in 'Transfers'
China Meets Its Own Worst Enemy: Itself - Excessive nationalism threatens the country's potential.
Tobin: The Real Benghazi Scandal
Gender wage gap in Obama’s White House: Female staffers earn less than 87 cents on the dollar compared to men
40% Paid 106.2% of Income Taxes; Bottom 40% Paid -9.1%, Got Average of
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RE: crash and burn - but, but, but.... we never devoted the means\resources to it to make it a success! Lets just add some more, punish the greedy In$urance companies, and the ADA will be peachy!
I swear, O's cheerleaders must have surgical implanted rose-coloured lenses and the Utopia gene accelerated...
you forgot to play the trump card of race, name calling is always a sure way of proving moral superiority.
MSNBC is the first draft of history, from their mouths to academic papers onto the popular histories that will be on NYT best seller list. It’s amazing watching the birth of the new culture that will replace the West.
MSNBC is the surest guide to right and wrong, famous and infamous, now and in the future.
MSNBC was an oddity when it was founded, and has been loosing ground ever since.
You know its bad, when MS 'requests' its presence be removed from that endeavor...
I liked MSNBC in its early days, when it tried to triangulate between the liberal CNN and the conservative Fox. But it gave up that position pretty quickly and decided to become the far left source, perhaps farther to the left than Democracy Now! Certainly more intellectually corrupt than Democracy Now!
Quakers are Christians?!? Who knew. From my readings and encounters since the 1970s, I thought they were a Communist front group. Thanks to that article, I realize they are harbinger of America’s own transformation: the replacement of Christianity by Socialism. I expect that transformation to be complete in my lifetime. If they let me live that long, of course.
Richard Nixon as Quaker:
Are Quakers Christian?
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I've got a very confused perception of Quakerism, as I keep stumbling upon historic examples that are pretty solidly "redemption is via faith in Christ" and then running into living examples where the rule is "let your conscience be your guide"
Technically, Quakerism is a cult, it is not Christian. The primary reason it would be considered a cult is that they do not practice baptism or communion, although established as required sacraments by Jesus. Much of the rest of it is a kind of low key spiritualism.
Even though they are a cult, they have gotten a lot of good press over the years for being peaceful, honest, etc., so folks kind of overlook the rest of it. And there were a number of Quaker churches in the 1950s that pretty much tried to look and act like mainstream non-denominational Prostestant churches. There was not anything particularly Quaker about Nixon's home church in Whittier, although they continued to put forth a lot of the principles.
Quakers also tend to be excellent capitalists. My half-sister went to a Friends' School. The Society of Friends is a very wealthy group of people, and I'd hardly call them a cult.
Having attended Quaker 'services' (not sure what you can really call them), it's a great philosophy which is wee bit too extreme for my tastes.
I'm all for peace and co-existence, which they support, but the 'peace' part is really a bit more like naivete than it is peace, unless everybody else is doing the same thing, which clearly they are not.
If you want to coexist, and you want peace, you still have to be prepared to fight for what you believe, or accept that it can be steamrolled into non-existence.
That said, all the Quakers I knew were very good businessmen, and the SAT scores at the Friends' school was ridiculously high - 1450 out of 1600.
Very small class sizes (she graduated with 6 others), highly motivated kids, very involved parents. I guess the high return on investment in education is to be expected.
Let us not forget, the unwinding of the federal government's investment in GM is not over. The government still holds a large (74%) ownership interest in the former GMAC financing arm of GM, which is now known as Ally Financial. As of 2012, the investment amounted to about $12 billion. Early in that same year, the company placed one of its subsidiaries in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. One of the main beneficiaries of the government largesse seems to have been Cerberus Capital Management, a private equity firm, which nonetheless has "managed" to lose most of its investors' equity in GMAC/Ally. Somehow, in all of the machinations involving the "rescue" of GMAC, it comes as no surprise that early on both Goldman Sachs and Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway played some ill-defined roles. It appears, then, that in the case of GM the financial life ring was thrown not just to the unions but also to a few of Wall Street's highest rollers.
Always entertaining to watch cunning plans (Obamacare, GM bailout) hit reality and playing the "the voters are too stoopid to understand" card.
Is China fixing to trip over its saber? They maybe smart enough to pull back if they can get their old style Maoists under control.
Farm subsidies, primary season is coming up, so expect them to get boosted.
Obama tearing us apart, read some American history, street riots and their suppression by deploying gatling guns used to be common occurrence.
GM--Our losses were a foregone conclusion.
Obama-- Moreover, "[a]s last week proved, he doesn't even pretend to try any more." Man's a fool; Barry's never even pretended. Words, all words, teleprompted.
I gave up on Peggy years ago.
Quakers, one more example of creeping leftism.
Climate change--it does, yes fer sher. And the climate party line changes much like the Communist Party line did. For the same reasons.
This was snuck through over Thanksgiving
Fisker Automotive Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday and the Energy Department sold its green-energy loan for $25 million to investor group Hybrid Tech LLC.
Taxpayers will lose $139 million on the $192 million loan to the failed electric vehicle startup, the Energy Department confirmed
Only $139 million. But glaring evidence of the incompetent investor the US government is. Assuming the goal was to be a part of doing something good instead of funneling money to cronies?
re China Meets Its Own Worst Enemy: Itself
I have a friend who has been in international sales and has made frequent trips to Asia.
Many years ago a Vietnamese man asked him, "Why do you nourish the Chinese dragon? Someday it will arise and the world will tremble."