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  • Nov 15, 2010 02:26 PM
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    I finished reading Cindy's book this afternoon, and would highly recommend it.

    I did not always agree with John McCain, and I wrote a few letters to his office from time to time.

    However, he was always a man of integrity (as is Joe Biden) - and he is the polar opposite of Trump, who is a despicable human being.

  • Nov 15, 2010 02:26 PM
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    I had to look this one up because I had never heard of NOH8.

    (This thread turned up when I typed "Cindy McCain" into the search bar.

    The NOH8 Campaign (NOH8 meaning "No Hate") is a charitable organization whose mission is to promote LGBT marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest.

    Since John and his wife adopted a girl from Bangladesh, and their son Jack is married to a dark skinned woman (Renee Swift, who outranks him) their family is likely more liberal than you might think


    I picked up Cindy McCain's book, "Stronger" at the library recently, and am currently working my way through it. Although it's a very interesting book, what struck me is that she reminds us (several times) what a despicable human being Trump is. His treatment of the members of the military, in particular, is especially revolting.

  • May 29, 2016 11:45 AM
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Dutch -- You must be joking. Here's some excerpts from the Libertarian Party Platform. They don't sound very "Berniesque" to me.

    2.4 Government Finance and Spending

    All persons are entitled to keep the fruits of their labor. We call for the repeal of the income tax, the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution. We oppose any legal requirements forcing employers to serve as tax collectors. Government should not incur debt, which burdens future generations without their consent. We support the passage of a "Balanced Budget Amendment" to the U.S. Constitution, provided that the budget is balanced exclusively by cutting expenditures, and not by raising taxes.

    2.5 Money and Financial Markets

    We favor free-market banking, with unrestricted competition among banks and depository institutions of all types. Markets are not actually free unless fraud is vigorously combated and neither profits nor losses are socialized. Individuals engaged in voluntary exchange should be free to use as money any mutually agreeable commodity or item. We support a halt to inflationary monetary policies and unconstitutional legal tender laws.

    2.6 Marketplace Freedom

    Libertarians support free markets. We defend the right of individuals to form corporations, cooperatives and other types of entities based on voluntary association. We oppose all forms of government subsidies and bailouts to business, labor, or any other special interest. Government should not compete with private enterprise.

    2.7 Labor Markets

    Employment and compensation agreements between private employers and employees are outside the scope of government, and these contracts should not be encumbered by government-mandated benefits or social engineering. We support the right of private employers and employees to choose whether or not to bargain with each other through a labor union. Bargaining should be free of government interference, such as compulsory arbitration or imposing an obligation to bargain.

    2.8 Education

    Education is best provided by the free market, achieving greater quality, accountability and efficiency with more diversity of choice. Recognizing that the education of children is a parental responsibility, we would restore authority to parents to determine the education of their children, without interference from government. Parents should have control of and responsibility for all funds expended for their children's education.

    2.9 Health Care

    We favor a free market health care system. We recognize the freedom of individuals to determine the level of health insurance they want (if any), the level of health care they want, the care providers they want, the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects of their medical care, including end-of-life decisions. People should be free to purchase health insurance across state lines.

    2.10 Retirement and Income Security

    Retirement planning is the responsibility of the individual, not the government. Libertarians would phase out the current government-sponsored Social Security system and transition to a private voluntary system. The proper and most effective source of help for the poor is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals. We believe members of society will become more charitable and civil society will be strengthened as government reduces its activity in this realm.

    Schmidt did a great summary of the Libertarian Party back in 2016.

    Since the party was founded in Colorado Springs (where he lives) in 1971, he likely has a better understanding of the party than most of us do.

    You may remember that David Koch was the vice presidential ticket for the party in 1980.

    In many (perhaps most) marriages, the spouses usually share political views, but that is not always the case.

    One of our neighbors is a die hard Libertarian (he does not believe that there should be public schools, for example) and his wife, the atheist, is just liberal is my wife and I are.


    I still get regular letters from Bob Livingston, who definitely is a Libertarian.

    Here's a few snippets from his most recent letter:

    "American Democracy" implies individual and personal freedom. But with the word "democracy" as cover, our American system was gradually transformed from its republican form, where it rose like the phoenix with the same face but with all 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto implemented with the full force of the law and the power of the state.

    Democracy equals socialism equals communism equals fascism. They are all totalitarian forms of collectivism demanding self-sacrifice and total allegiance to the state and are all anathema to life and liberty and property.

    Individualism and human liberty are opposite to democracy and any other form of collectivism. The collectivist mentality or the mass collective mind is the spirit of the New World Order. The collectivist man cannot oppose tyranny because he is himself tyranny. He is the reality of the supreme welfare state in its conspiracy of the ages to manipulate humanity against itself.

    Why are we on the 'Animal Farm'?

    The animal farm is that world arena wherein man collectively surrenders himself, his personal being, his ego to the collective and obedient faith in government authority. It's all very simple. A crowd can be manipulated into an altered state of consciousness, finally evolving into a growing attitude of docility, whereas an individualistic person cannot be manipulated so easily.

  • Mar 12, 2019 09:32 PM
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    Many of the current problems our country is facing can be blamed on Ronald Reagan.

    For starters, he convinced many people that the government was the problem, not the solution.

    In 1958 73 percent of Americans trusted the federal government to do right all or most of the time. Since then it's plunged to the 15-20 percent range.

    According to the most recent Gallup poll, the current popularity rating of Congress is 27%. However, the DISAPPROVAL rating is 69%. When Obama started his second term, the approval rating was 13%, and the disapproval rating was 81%. Shortly after 9/11, congressional approval rating hit its peak at 84%, and the disapproval rating was only 10%.

    Reagan also started the decline in union membership (which peaked at over 30% when my dad was a mail carrier.)

    He created a giant leap in our national debt by introducing "voodoo economics"

    Finally, his administration eliminated the FCC Fairness Doctrine, which got Rush Limbaugh on his career, and greatly increased party polarization in the United States. However, the "equal time" rule still applies.


    Further complicating everything is there is too much money being thrown around. As Schmidt always said, "follow the money".

    We just learned that the major funding partner for OANN is AT&T. THAT is very dangerous.

    Ninety percent of OAN’s revenue came from a contract with AT&T-owned television platforms, including satellite broadcaster DirecTV, according to 2020 sworn testimony by an OAN accountant.


  • Oct 18, 2021 11:46 AM
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    As you are aware, Trump is no stranger to suing, and being sued.

    TODAY, he is being forced to testify in court.

    The first time that somebody calls him Mister Trump instead of Mister President, he is bound to have a hissy fit.

    Former President Donald Trump has been ordered to answer questions under oath in a lawsuit Monday, and his attorneys could set a date for a deposition in another case, as well.

    The lawsuits, involving allegations that his security guards roughed up protesters outside Trump Tower in New York and allegations of defamation by former "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos, respectively, are just two cases in the mass of civil litigation Trump faces post-presidency.

    At least 10 civil cases are pending against Trump, whose ability to delay them has been curtailed since he left office in January. Trump had argued in some of the cases that as a sitting president he was immune from civil lawsuits. His office didn't respond to a request for comment on the cases.


  • Mar 12, 2019 09:32 PM
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    Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg fired back at Fox News personality Tucker Carlson, after the right-wing host attacked him for going on paternity leave to care for his adopted two children.

    “As you might imagine, we’re bottle-feeding and doing it at all hours of the day and night,” Buttigieg said when asked to respond to remarks by Carlson on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

    “And I’m not going to apologize to Tucker Carlson or anyone else for taking care of my premature newborn, infant twins,” Buttigieg said to host Jake Tapper. “The work that we are doing is joyful, fulfilling, wonderful work. It’s important work and it’s work that every American ought to be able to do when they welcome a new child into their family. I campaigned on that.”

    Carlson last week mocked Buttigieg for going on paternity leave after adopting two children with his husband Chasten Buttigieg, quipping that he was “trying to figure out how to breastfeed.”


  • Jun 24, 2018 05:18 PM
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    The United States was just elected back onto the United Nations Human Rights Council.

    Trump was not the first American president to withdraw from the council. George W. did the same thing in 2006.

    Obama rejoined in 2009.

    Trump pulled out in 2018.

    On February 8, 2021, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the Biden administration will re-engage with the council.


  • Aug 08, 2020 01:29 PM
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    Just because you are vaccinated does not mean that you are totally safe.

    I got my first two Pfizer shots in the early spring, and got the booster shot a few weeks ago. In spite of those precautions, I still wear a mask virtually everywhere I go.

    My sister, the nurse, still won't go to the movies, and rode in a separate car when we drove to Sedona last week.

    Former secretary of state Colin Powell has died of complications due to COVID-19, his family said in a statement posted to Facebook on Monday.

    Powell was fully vaccinated, according to the statement, which also thanked the staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center.

    “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” his family said in a statement.


  • Aug 08, 2020 01:29 PM
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    By now, it's obvious (at least to most of us) that the COVID vaccines are safe and highly effective.

    The folks who follow conspiracy theories believe all kinds of crazy ideas, like the "fact" that vaccines cause cancer, or cause autism in children.

    Falling into the second category are some of the schools in Florida.


    In April, a Miami private school (Centner Academy) made national headlines for barring teachers who got a coronavirus vaccine from interacting with students. Last week, the school made another startling declaration, but this time to the parents: If you vaccinate your child, they’ll have to stay home for 30 days after each shot.

    Tensions between parents and school districts have also grown violent at times. In August, a parent at an Austin school ripped a mask off a teacher’s face. A week later, police said the father of a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., high-schooler assaulted another student after she confronted him about trying to bring his daughter onto campus without a mask. He was arrested and charged with child abuse without great bodily harm.

    Centner Academy is in Miami’s ritzy Design District, and tuition ranges from about $15,000 to nearly $30,000 per year. The school has become a haven for anti-vaccine parents because it does not require any immunizations for enrollment, citing a parent’s “freedom of choice” and falsely claiming there are “unknown risks associated with vaccinations” that could harm children.

  • Oct 06, 2021 10:56 PM
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    The filibuster, from down under ....