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Douglas A Hofer Long-time lurker here, but this gets me out of lurking. When the ability to comment was started, it was at a time when I started learning and becoming more engaged in the issues of the day. Now, however, it's a low-level mud-sling there. I like David's suggestion.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2014 on A letter to the editor at EdCone.com
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Don't forget Vince Guraldi.
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2012 on In your own sweet way at EdCone.com
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I'll bite, MoJo. What is 86.1% about?
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2012 on All over, I guess at EdCone.com
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Ha! Billy, that was my approach. Seems to have worked OK.
Toggle Commented Jul 5, 2012 on Dirty words to live by at EdCone.com
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Sweet!! Fellow sports racers, man your computers!
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2012 on Ze's back at EdCone.com
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Good points, but wouldn't conservative, church-going fundamentalist type people see it as a statement of their religious belief? They don't usually seem hesitant to express themselves about that stuff.
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2012 on Momentum against the AA1 at EdCone.com
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I see many yard signs against the amendment, and absolutely zero for it. Interesting, no?
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2012 on Momentum against the AA1 at EdCone.com
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"...but super PAC money seems to be among the less corrupting varieties." Less corrupting to the voters, maybe, but what about to the candidates?
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2012 on Money changes everything at EdCone.com
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@Thomas: Nice link! My respect for Frum is growing as I hear such clarity and rationality from him. He almost makes me want to be a Republican.
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2011 on Coup d'etat at EdCone.com
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Nice to see the Roger Dean artwork, too.
Toggle Commented May 3, 2011 on Proggery at EdCone.com
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"Traditional Europe is being lost due..." That's the thing about traditions: they're focus is the past, and maintaining it unchanged as much as possible going forward. Not that it's altogether bad; it does aid with stability in a culture, but: "...than our very own culture." Would that be the culture that denied women the vote? Or that permitted Jim Crow? Of course, "our culture", for whomever it applies to, has positive attributes, and I don't mean to diminish the importance of culture, just to point out that it's temporal, and changes over time. Change isn't always pleasant, but it is usually necessary from time to time. To me PP means more than abortion. It is assistance in planning when and how people decide to be parents. As I understand, only a small portion of their funding goes to helping the poor get access to abortion, and none of that comes from the government. The remainder goes to contraception and education. How is it that a political party that wants to limit abortions also wants to limit people's access to reproductive education and contraception? Do they WANT poor babies and families to exist? Since there is a parallel push to dismantle our social safety nets, these families will have no access to aid other than from non-governmental sources, and in our curent economy, I doubt that's all that plentiful. To get back to "our culture" for a moment; what about those of us Americans whose culture IS to help those less fortunate? I donate to charities, and for more than the tax advantage, I assure you. AND, I don't mind my tax dollars going to these social safety nets. My rights are being downtrodden by these attempts to erode them! Sorry, I really need to get moving on to the day's activities. Just wanted to add my 2 cents.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2011 on Kind of fiscalish at EdCone.com
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"unified intellectual framework" I like that! What supplied that in the '60s? The music scene was pretty supportive of the causes of the protesters, but that's all I can think of (since I was just a kid then). Now, there were the "beat poets" and others, now that I think about it. Where will that framework come from these days? Bloggers, Tweeters, etc?
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2011 on Not on, Wisconsin at EdCone.com
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A marxist underground movement may not be the most appropriate example, but I think I get your point. It asks the question I'd like answered about the Lybian rebel leadership and who's backing them. I probably should've distinguished between violent and non-violent acts intended to invoke change in a situation where action seems necessary to take. My first sentence above was regarding violence, the second about non-violence.
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2011 on Not on, Wisconsin at EdCone.com
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Studies may confirm or deny this, but I think people resort to violence when they feel there is no other way make a change to a situation they are being distressed by. I have wondered if there will be middle-east-type/'60's-type mass demonstrations in the US regarding any number of issues, but then I realize our demographics are such that there aren't a large number of young people any more like there were in the '60s, or in the middle-east. It seems that a large population of disenchanted young people are usually required to foment mass demonstrations.
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2011 on Not on, Wisconsin at EdCone.com
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They had to have some jack to be staying at the Proximity. Also, the hotel employees might need a little re-education: the elevators do generate a trace amount of power on their downward descent, but they are most emphatically NOT self-powered!
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2011 on Venturing beyond the Beltway at EdCone.com
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The army and the marines are playing in Iraq and Afghanistan. The air force and navy want to play, too. Hence sub-based tomahawks and an air attack. But please get back to that constitution thingy. It's kind of important.
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2011 on What happens then? at EdCone.com
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Regarding the gov. "doing what he promised", I've heard clips of him saying that he'd ask the public employees to chip in more (paraphrase). But did he also say anything about trying to take away union's collective barganing rights? If so, I haven't heard any clips about it.
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2011 on After unions at EdCone.com
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Come Together - The Beatles
Toggle Commented Jan 11, 2011 on Now you don't at EdCone.com
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Without considering the current debt situation, I take it there's no intent on the part of the gov't, EVER, to have a "savings account". It sounds like whenever they've been close, they got out the shovels and started digging. On one hand, I could expect that if there were to be a surplus, there ought to be a reduction in taxes so there is less burden on the citizens, but on the other hand I think it'd be prudent to save your surplus for bad times.
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2010 on Hagan presser at EdCone.com
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This may be more of a rhetorical question: If the government is running a surplus, how can it save it "for a rainy day"? Can the Fed function as the gov't's savings account?
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2010 on Hagan presser at EdCone.com
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I Googled the quote, Ed. It was "Hoosiers".
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2010 on Ursine at EdCone.com
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JC, that was the point of the second part of my question. Unfortunately, I don't have a suggestion to offer.
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2010 on Walking the walk at EdCone.com
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Partisans of both stripes will likely try like heck to get on this "independant" commission. Define "independant", and how do we get there?
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2010 on Walking the walk at EdCone.com
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I understand that we as a country have ongoing relationships with other countries, and in this case it may be a poor example of what I was reacting about, which is a knee-jerk tendency to think in terms of "we have to get involved immediately!" A perfectly acceptable response may be to be still and observe what unfolds. There may be other countries in a better position to negotiate than we are at the moment. Jeffrey, your comments sent me on several threads of thought, that I'll pursue as I'm able. They include: "defense and freedom of South Korea, and Japan by extension" brings to mind the slippery slope arguement. Thought experiment: if SK were to fall, would Japan necessarily be next? Or even a possibility? "American and Chinese economies are so interwoven" made me think of the old "Laugh In" line of War is Good Business. Commercial trade may suffer, but what a boon to the military-industrial complex! "when the current Kim dies off" the new one may want to flex his muscles.
Toggle Commented Nov 24, 2010 on It's a dream that we all share at EdCone.com
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Really, there's been no invasion. Until there is, let's not escalate the rhetoric prematurely. Not to be callous, but even if there is an invasion, why does an immediate response that the US needs to get involved happen? Ya'know we're not in charge of the world.
Toggle Commented Nov 24, 2010 on It's a dream that we all share at EdCone.com
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