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  • Feb 04, 2017 11:09 AM
    Last: 4hr

    Maindog -- Yes you will find much to like here...many Bernie supporters, but I am one of the few Hillary supporters. It's not that I was against anything Bernie had to say. It's just that as a pragmatist, I saw Hillary's proposals more achievable in this political world where half the people are against and half are for anything. I'm an incrementalist...that is I think it is absolutely necessary to make compromises to make any progress. That means giving up a little on one issue to get something you value more on another issue.

    I do not like or would not vote for any politician who says he/she is going to go to Washington with the claim, "No Compromises". The Tea Party said it often, but many liberals on the left are also saying the same thing. I've used the Dr. Seuss metaphor of his children's poem, The North Going Zax and The South Going Zax, to describe how that mentality carried to the extreme will result in progress passing us by.

    The other thing I hated was my fellow liberals crying "Obama promised" whenever he had to give up something to get something else. Some later called Obama the "lesser of two evils" when he couldn't get everything done that they wanted. They totally ignored the obstructionism of the Party of No in Obama's attempt to create jobs.

    Hillary did not want to fall into that trap...promising something on the campaign trail that she knew in her heart would be nearly impossible to deliver. It probably cost her the election.

    Anyway, we share many of the same ideological views, but I am not an ideologue. I call myself a realist. Hence my views are often challenged on this website and that is good for the dialogue. I have thick skin.

  • Feb 02, 2017 05:36 PM
    Last: 47m

    I saw this yesterday in the Denver Post...good humor by Garrison Keillor.

    Donald Trump’s tremendous Sermon on the Mount

    It's Keillor's take on how Trump would deliver the Sermon on the Mount.

  • Feb 20, 2017 10:43 PM
    Last: 6hr

    Back in the 50s we didn't have seat belts, or air bags, or even signal lights. If we planned to turn we put our arm out of the window to signal. Traveling with my parents, one of us kids got the privilege of sitting in the middle of the front seat. No seat belt. There were no four lane highways. Just 2 lane roads, and we drove slow enough to be able to read the Burma Shave sequence of signs along the side of the road.

    Oh and my Dad drove always carefully and alert...no distractions, no radio, and no bells and whistles to warn him of dangers. Just his own instincts. And I'm here today because of it.

  • Dec 25, 2016 05:27 AM
    Last: 18m

    Conservativecat -- I've shared this link in the past on this website.

    What's Really Warming the World.

    Take a look if you can. But I warn you...it's based on studies by NASA scientists. Maybe you can't get past that kind of "mind porn".

  • Sep 30, 2016 04:57 PM
    Last: 3hr
    Maindawg Wrote:

    What do people need ? They need food. They need shelter . They need medical attention. Three basic needs.

    The book , on Walden Pond is about the basic needs of a man. A house and food. Basic comforts. Some companionship . Time for other interests. Time to learn new things. Time to play. Artisans should be free to create. The artisan is the most important person because the artisan teaches us about ourselves. In a capitalist world people cannot thrive. Artisans cannot create. We can't get peace in our lives. We are constantly working to get money to live and we never take time to just live. We don't know how. We put tremendous pressure on our children to all adhere to the exact same program. The things they learn are perversions. Lies. They are learning to follow the rules. Learning to be sheep. Along the way , they learn to compete bug not how to respect one another. our society is sick. There are so many police that people think it's normal to live in a police state. They expect police to watch them. They expect police to check in them. When a person is bullied or arrested they think it's normal. Normal to be arrested for possessing a plant. Incarcerated for having a bad day. To be the victim of a gun shot is normal in America. That is perverted. It's normal for rich people to get away with anything and poor people to expect to be arrested and charged . It's now normal to be in the system. So when they arrest you they already have a dossier on you. That is not freedom. It's slavery.

    Maindog -- Excellent points. Before I retired it seemed our lives were so consumed with work, home chores, kids activities, etc. that we had so little time to just do leisure reading or thinking about the world...or what our worldviews really are. Now with smart phones, workers seem to be connected to their jobs 24/7 so the situation is even worse than when I was working.

    We live in our own bubbles and can be oblivious to what is happening in the rest of the world around us. In a sense our minds are enslaved to the new norms in society. Life in suburbia learning to be sheep as you put it...the dumbing down of America.

    However, I am encouraged that Trump's presidency has awakened many people who before were content to live in their bubbles. It's good to see them marching and protesting and organizing at the grass roots level for the next election. I just hope it can be sustained and is not too little too late.

  • Feb 03, 2017 04:13 PM
    Last: 8hr

    TJ -- Thanks for sharing the link. It's right on. I'll make a few comments on each:

    1. Legitimate ignorance and stupidity -- We've talked about that a lot in this website. The less educated are attracted to Trump because he talks like them...uneducated.

    2. They’re bigots and racists -- No argument as it applies to his base of Obama haters. The immigration ban and the "mass deportation" of Mexicans is read meat for those who fear the "browning of America".

    3. They believe in things that aren’t true, while rejecting things that are -- I think the last line speaks for me. "It’s absolute insanity."

    4. They’re brainwashed -- Trump has a cult like following who are mesmerized by his authoritarian persona.

    5. They’re blatant hypocrites -- Yeah, especially the Christian evangelical faithful who overwhelmingly saw in Trump some kind of messiah.

    6. They don’t mind being ruled by a dictator -- Yeah much like the Russians who adore Putin, they like a strong man to tell them what to do because they have weak minds.

    7. He panders to their delusional beliefs that aren’t true — but they think they are -- Yeah like Obama is a secret Muslim born in Kenya.

    8. They live inside of an information bubble where very little truth is told -- When Trump quotes Fox News as his source of the Sweden terrorist attack, we all said, "oh that explains it."

    9. They’re too proud to admit they were wrong -- There a psychological term for these...cognitive dissonance.

    10. They simply don’t care: -- Absolutely true as they follow the lead of Trump who seems oblivious to much of the criticism. Emotions trump critical thinking.

    The topic of the thread is that they want to get rid of everything Obama. All of these factor into that obsession. Trump and Republicans in Congress just cannot leave any of Obama's legacy in place...it's driven by hate.

  • Jun 07, 2014 09:57 AM
    Last: 8hr

    Maindog -- Well this thread has been around for a while so it's nice to have another fresh perspective. I always appreciate the views of educators who have actually taught students. A good perspective.

    Learning (as opposed to teaching) is an attitude that starts in the home with one's parents. Teachers can be expected to only do so much, and if the parents are not doing their part, it can make the teacher's job more difficult. Being a good student starts in the home.

    Since the thread is about the Dumbing Down of America, I'll share another article:

    Psychology Today, July 14, 2014: Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America

    There is a growing and disturbing trend of anti-intellectual elitism in American culture. It’s the dismissal of science, the arts, and humanities and their replacement by entertainment, self-righteousness, ignorance, and deliberate gullibility.

    It was written almost three years ago. I suppose you could say that the anti-intellectuals have won and now are in charge running the nation with 140 character tweets. Sad!

  • Feb 20, 2017 11:26 AM
    Last: 8hr

    Selling arms is big business for the United States, even without NATO sales.

    CNN Money short video

  • Sep 03, 2016 08:56 AM
    Last: 23hr
    Maindawg -- Are you happy that Donald Trump was elected instead of Hillary Clinton? I have no problem in people voting for a 3rd party candidate if they live in a state where that vote won't make any difference. However, Jill Stein actively campaigned in battle ground states to defeat Hillary. She should be pleased I suppose that she helped stop Hillary. As she said in her campaign, she saw no difference between Clinton and Trump. Her campaign was based on hate for Hillary. Oh she was quite polished in the way she presented herself...no boisterous Trump like campaigning. Rather dignified I might add. But the wrong message for battlegrounds states.
  • Dec 25, 2016 05:27 AM
    Last: 18m

    I enjoy spending time in the NASA website to educate myself. For anyone questioning the science I would suggest starting here:

    NASA Global Warming Facts

    You can start with evidence and then scroll to the other pages.