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  • Jan 19, 2018 10:43 AM
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    I went to see it yesterday and was really impressed. It also helped me put our current predicament into perspective, especially since I wasn't alive during the Nixon era. I have read much about the Nixon regime, but I always enjoy a good political movie that is largely historically accurate.

  • Jan 15, 2018 03:35 AM
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    Dutch Wrote: Jared, just answer: Is there a "United" States? What does this country want on the world stage? Bullying; steal resources, "demand" things which does not fit any country, telling the world what to do, while this country itself does not know what it wants for itself.

    The United States is a collection of fifty individual states that shares a centralized government. The vast majority of laws are passed at the local and state levels while the central government deals more with interstate relations, the general welfare of the entire country (taxes, social programs, etc.), and international affairs.

    It's unfortunate that your go-to argument is to just blame any and everything that has ever gone bad in the world on the United States. Things are so much more complicated than that.

  • Jan 01, 2018 11:14 AM
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote: The DOW should be criminalized immediately. There is absolutely no reason for it to hit 26k other than cause a buying frenzy thAt could precipitate crash. A crash only hurts small investers. If small investors would freeze their holdings they would come out ahead.

    The DOW should be criminalized? What do you even mean by that? How do you criminalize a market index that rates the value of multinational corporations?

  • Dec 31, 2017 08:35 AM
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    Dutch Wrote: Jared, in this day and age; especially here "fact checking" has become difficult; just ask the Russians who posted things on Facebook; most people believed those things, that's why we got Drumpf. Our leader "lies" day and night; how many "lies" did we miss? No one is going to sit behind the computer all day to check the loads of "media" hitting the "waves", except some "media" individuals who make a "sport" out of it to find "fake news" or like FOX news, invent "fake news". Thus I guess it depends on your background if you can or are able to determine what is true or not. However even the brightest person can be fooled nowadays since "lies/fake news" are now part of this corrupt society.

    It's not difficult whatsoever to figure out if something is fake or not. The problem is that many people will read something they already believe is true and then accept it as fact because that's what they already believe.

    Factcheck.org and Snopes.com are two great fact-checking sites, but common sense is always a good place to start. If something was written by a journalist who works for a major newspaper then I tend to believe that it's gone through rigorous review before being published, but if something was written by a blogger for a website I've never heard of before then I tend to dig a little deeper before accepting what they say as fact.

  • Jan 16, 2018 02:03 PM
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    I agree with you, Trump must go, but I also agree with Schmidt that there is little to zero chance of that happening before 12:00 noon EST 1/20/2021. And if he is reelected, which is very possible considering how divided we are as a country, then I don't see him going before 12:00 noon EST 1/20/2025. That is unless he doesn't die of a heart attack before then.

    The Republican Party will not throw Donald out of office and Donald knows it. Like he said - he could shoot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue and not lose any voters. Even if (and this is a big, big if) the Democrats retake the House and begin impeachment proceedings next year and then get enough votes to send his impeachment referral to the Senate then an overwhelming majority of Republicans will have to vote to remove him from office, which I just don't see happening.

    Our best bet is to mobilize for 2020 and line up behind whoever the nominee is. If we fracture like we did in 2016 then Donald will be reelected. If those on the far left eventually accept that getting 90% of something they like is better than getting 0% then Donald will lose.

  • Jan 15, 2018 03:35 AM
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    Dutch Wrote: Jared, you are missing a few things; don't forget that this country is only 300 years old; Europe is more than 2000 years old; China etc. even older. I call the situation here "growing pains". Europe learned from it, here not yet. Also because this is an arrogant "island" in this big world and behaves as such. The refusal to accept things what work in other countries like Norway etc. makes this island unruly and backwards.

    My main issue with comparing the United States to countries like Norway is the fact that there are over 330 million people living here compared to Norway's 5.23 million. There are three million more people living in New York City than there are in all of Norway.

    So what works in Norway may not be what works here because it's much easier to keep 5.2 million people happy than keeping 330 million of them happy. It's also much easier to test things out and see what works and doesn't work when your population is far smaller. It's much more difficult doing so in a country of our size.

    Dutch Wrote: Also since WWII this has become an military driven culture, which is used the wrong way by bullying the world. Because most immigrants in the past were evicted "religious" fanatics from all over, then you get an weird society and wrong influences to move a country forward. Therefore my answer is there is no "United" States. Furthermore it does not help that it is fake and corrupt with wrong antiquated laws. Indeed a melting "pot" of which the substance does not want to "melt" Yes the truth hurts.

    That's a vast over simplification of an extremely complex subject. I would love nothing more than to slash our military budget, but I also appreciate that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Withdrawing from the world stage will leave a vacuum that some other country will move in to fill. How that is handled can either wind up being positive or make things a million times worse.

  • Jan 01, 2018 11:14 AM
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    TJ Wrote: Maybe if (delete - delete - delete) you and Jared could exchange phone numbers and then this whole site could be unnecessary. Instead of welcomed contribution.....
    Why in the world did you bring me into this conversation? I haven't even participated in it.
  • Dec 31, 2017 08:35 AM
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Chet -- The President of the United States can take unilateral actions such as rescinding executive actions by the prior presidents, but he cannot actions against laws passed by Congress. The phase out schedule of the incandescent bulbs was a part of Congressional legislation signed into law by then President Bush.

    You didn't say where you got the statement in quotes above so I googled it and found it in the Daily Caller and also InfoWars. I will reiterate. Obama could not do anything unilaterally on this law because it was Congress who passed it. The Daily Caller, Infowars and you are all wrong in that respect. Find another source for your information.

    Boy you sure are ready to join with the far right and Trump in blaming Obama for everything.

    It's amazing how gullible people are. Create a shiny, moderately plausible website and you're good to go!

    Whatever happened to the days of fact-checking things before you accepted them as fact? It's terrifying that tens of millions of Americans (and, let's be honest, anyone in this world who has an internet connection) are able to create their own facts now. Left is right and up is down, but damn it!!! Obammer is a Moslem.

    I cry for our education system and I cry for people who accept everything they see on the internet as fact. I also cry for our nation because the people who accept everything they see on the internet as fact are able to vote for the person who will be in charge of our nuclear codes.

  • Jan 15, 2018 03:35 AM
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    Schmidt Wrote: Understanding our government would be a helpful first step. And then voting intelligently.

    That's the most thoughtful description of our current predicament I've ever read.

    I've spent many hours pondering when America truly was great and my conclusion (at least in my humble opinion) is that it never really has been. My other conclusion (again, in my humble opinion) is that no country or empire in the history of human civilization has ever been great.

    Was America great when black people were bought and sold like chattel or when our ancestors stole Native people lands and slaughtered innocent men, women, and children by the hundreds of thousands? Was America great when Jim Crow laws made it so black men, women, and children could be killed with impunity? What about when we passed laws that made it so only white people could take advantage of government stimulus dollars during the Great Depression? I can go on and on.

    America has never been great because America, like every other country and empire before it, is made up of fallible human beings. There have been many great Americans who have helped bend the arc of the moral universe towards justice, but for every two steps we have taken forward, we have taken one step back. The same can be said about every other empire.

    In the same breath, I know there are tens of millions of great Americans living in this country who truly do want to make America "great." I see them at school board meetings and soup kitchens; on the street and behind closed doors. What makes America and every other country great is the people who devote their lives helping make someone else's life better.

  • Dec 07, 2017 12:02 AM
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    Dutch Wrote: Schmidt, do you really think there is money left to develop something which no one can afford? The F35 is already an "monster" money wise. Since we don't have money for decent healthcare let alone helping our vet's and the poor, why be so focused on war tools? Most of the F35's will be parked in the desert anyway after we get finally a non war mongering president (I hope) Drumpf keeps screaming : "America first", while he means; war industry "billionaires" first. Our "genius" designed the F52 himself.

    I'm pretty sure Schmidt's post was tongue-in-cheek.

    The F-52 Donald talked about isn't real; it's a fictional fighter jet the creators of "Call of Duty" made up for their fantasy war game.