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Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Jan 24, 2013 - 03:29pm PT
America is no longer all white, low income, rural, and factually ignorant

There will never again be a Repub president in my lifetime

Dumbf*#kistan is shrinking

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moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 24, 2013 - 03:36pm PT
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Jan 24, 2013 - 03:52pm PT
I talk about it [Benghazi] due to the fact its the latest and greatest of debacles in an admin that has lied, ...


OK Ron, since you seem to be hot on the trial of this whole coverup thing, what did the Obama administration gain by lying about the Benghazi attack?

Surely there must be some great thing they gained by obfuscating what they really knew about it all, right? So spill the beans, why are they lying?

And please don't say to cover their asses, because there is no way to do that because an Ambassador got slain (in other words, their asses are already hanging out).


So think of something that will make us think, or give it a rest and move on to something with subsistence.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 24, 2013 - 03:56pm PT
geezuzrice Kman,, remember that thing called the ELECTION that was coming up?? And IF there was nothing wrong, then why have a host of firings been the result? Bout as obvious as it gets really.
monolith

climber
albany,ca
Jan 24, 2013 - 04:15pm PT
Lots of new people in the cabinet, pentagon, cia, state department, for the 2nd term. Standard operation for 2nd terms.

BTW, who was fired over Benghazi, Ron?
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Jan 24, 2013 - 04:16pm PT
k-man,

You should know better than to ask about evidence from someone wearing a tinfoil hat.

The lack of evidence IS the evidence.

How can you knott understand that?!?!?
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Jan 24, 2013 - 04:26pm PT
Damn, I am getting confused who to reply to!

Too many Honey Boo Boos are posting nowadays.
WBraun

climber
Jan 24, 2013 - 04:27pm PT
The lack of evidence IS the evidence.

Stupidest thing anyone can ever say.

Stupid Americans think everything is on the internet, in the media and for all in a public display.

Americans are becoming stupider every day in every way ....
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 24, 2013 - 04:42pm PT
The final assessment on Benghazi proves rong 100% on everything
completely wrong, just in cahoots with the right wing despicable witch hunt directly hoping to score points against Obama and the Dems (and Hillary)

so of course he will lash out
just like rush and hannity, prove them wrong, and they will then double down on rong
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 24, 2013 - 05:58pm PT
Our Dumb Democracy: Why the Untied States of Stupid Still Reins Supreem

by John Atcheson
Published on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Common Dreams
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/01/22


Astoundingly, Mr. Obama – the supreme pragmatist and compromiser – gave an inaugural address that was as strong a defense of progressivism as we have seen in thirty years. Yet it will take more than words to make a difference. As the echoes of his speech fade, we are still faced with ultra-rightwing terrorists threatening to hold the US economy hostage to a set of demands that the majority of Americans disagree with.

These are the same loonies who deny global warming; the same ones who set up a museum showing prehistoric humans walking with dinosaurs; the same ones who think the answer to gun violence is more guns; the same ones who voted against relief for victims of Sandy … the same ones who want to shove ultrasound instruments into women’s vaginas and tell people who they can and cannot marry while simultaneously shouting to the rooftops about freedom and values.

Yeah. Their freedoms, their beliefs and their values, please. All others step to the back of the bus, or consult Leviticus. You know, that font of ancient wisdom that tells us when and how to stone our neighbor’s daughter.

Want to know how our political discourse got so mind-numbingly stupid?

Well, we can start with this little fact: The press is so enamored with “balance” that they’ll treat even the most ignorant, shallow, fatuous movement – a movement composed of the selfish, the self-obsessed, the angry, the bigoted, and the blissfully ignorant – as if it were a serious movement.

Consider the following signs seen at Tea Party protests.

There’s the now infamous: “Keep your government hands off my Medicare.”

Or this gem: “Don’t steal from Medicare to Support Socialized Medicine.”

Or this: “Get a Brain. Morans [sic].”

Or this: “Obama Half Breed Muslin” – or maybe cotton or linen?

Or this: “We came unarmed. This time.”

Or this: “Stop Illeagles.” Yup, gotta hate it when eagles get ill.

There’s absolutely no shortage of these tributes to stupidity – the list could go on and on.

At one time this kind of foolishness would have been laughed off the national stage.

Now it dominates one of our major political parties, thanks to the media’s embrace of balance and false equivalence and the Democrats’ silent complicity.

It might be time for a whole new set of “imponderables”.

Imponderables are questions or statements that by their nature expose something that doesn’t make sense. At their best, they’re mildly amusing and instructive. For example, why does Hawaii have an Interstate Highway system? or Why isn’t “phonetic” spelled the way it sounds? or Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?

Yes, today’s political discourse is so thoroughly littered with “conventional wisdom” without an iota of wisdom, that there should be a new category – political imponderables. Here are a few examples:

National “Defense: If the US was spending more than the next 16 countries combined on defense prior to 911, why did we need to create the Department of Homeland Security to defend ourselves?

Shouldn’t the Defense Department be called the Department of Offense?

Why isn’t every citizen asking why we have tens of thousands of troops scattered around the world to fight the cold war, nearly 25 years after it ended.

If Citizens United is about Free Speech, why does it cost so much? Republicans and plutocrats are set to spend far more than $1 billion on the presidential race.

Why did Obama call the Patriot Act shoddy and dangerous then essentially continue Bush’s assault on the Bill of Rights?

Climate Change: Why did candidate Obama call climate change an epochal man-made threat to the planet, while President Obama virtually ignored it his entire first term.

Why do states which are experiencing the worst climate-related disasters elect Republican governors and congressional representatives who deny its existence?

Deficit Duplicity: Why are Republicans once again threatening to shut down government over extending the debt ceiling, after voting for the Ryan’s first budget, which required multiple and astronomical increases in the debt ceiling until the year 2062?

If Republicans really hate deficits, why did the last three Republican Presidents run up more than 66% of the nation's cumulative deficit – more than all other Presidents combined? And why didn’t rank and file Republicans utter a peep against it when they did?

Deregulation, Trickle Down Redux, or Fool me once, shame on you … If thirty years of policies featuring deregulation, tax cuts for the rich and starve the beast policies resulted in the economic crash in 2008 – the worst since the Great Depression, which was also preceded by laissez-faire policies – how can more of the same be the solution?

Small Government that Isn’t: If Republicans like small government, why does it always grow when they’re in office?

Why does the press mindlessly repeat conservative fear mongers’ debt warnings even as the deficit is disappearing?

There’s no shortage of political imponderables. Given the absurdity of our political process and the media’s malfeasance, our national well of stupidity is deep and wide.

The answer to all these questions is simple – these absurdities exist, because our media has replaced truth, accuracy and reality with balance, false equivalency, and stenography and Democrats have been silent co-conspirators.

Why? Because the press is a wholly owned subsidiary of corporations, and too many Democrats feed at the corporate trough.

And that’s not funny, but it is stupid.
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Jan 24, 2013 - 06:04pm PT
Stupidest thing anyone can ever say.

I win the grand prize as stupidest American!!!!

None of you can out-stupid ME!!!!111

Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 24, 2013 - 06:07pm PT
Credit: Dr. F.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 24, 2013 - 06:11pm PT
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yup--here comes obamacare NOT!
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Jan 24, 2013 - 06:14pm PT
^^^^^
I just lost my place as the stupidest American.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jan 24, 2013 - 06:45pm PT
They still haven't proved that cigarette smoking causes cancer..
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 24, 2013 - 06:54pm PT
whatzamatter Ron? Its a basic pay for service.

Wait....


You would prefer to subsidize their self destructive choices?

Like, isn't that what pissed off Ayn Rand in the bitter end?
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Jan 24, 2013 - 07:08pm PT
"And IF there was nothing wrong, then why have a host of firings been the result? "

Ron, your ignorance is showing. Again.

Cabinet turnover is extremely common at the start of the second term. Don't you remember Shrub's turnover? Probably not.

I do...I had a similar level of the kind of I-told-you-so righteous glee that you are demonstrating, until I studied the facts. It was a short-lived glee.

Study some facts, cowboy.
Curt

climber
Gold Canyon, AZ
Jan 24, 2013 - 07:40pm PT
I talk about it due to the fact its the latest and greatest of debacles in an admin that has lied, covered up and engaged in all manner of constitutional rape of folks from Omaha to LA, Libya to Egypt......

Fortunately, insane people like you are rapidly making themselves irrelevant in the American political equation.

Curt
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Jan 24, 2013 - 09:04pm PT
John said

I agree that her appearance yesterday differed very little from most congressional appearances of administration officials over the last 80 years, at least. The Senators (or Representatives, when the witness/sacrificial victim appears before the House), grandstand, verbally abuse, and don't care about what the "witness" says. The fact remains, though, that the initial misinformation relating to the attack troubles a great many people, and her outburst distracted from her seemingly intentional failure to explain it. That, and the absolute lack of follow up on the issue, disappoints me.

John


This response baffles me. You're a smart guy. Why is it so hard to think that initial reports from a chaotic situation were only partially correct? Why so eager to see the relaying of information at different levels of government is a cover up instead of simply bureaucratic confusion? Why are conservatives, so eager to insist on the ineptitude and ineffectiveness of government, so insistent on the idea that there must be some sort of cover up?

And to reiterate Clinton...so what? Tell me what would have changed had the public or John McCain known from the first moment that this was possibly a preplanned attack? Was McCain going to hop on a plane and go kick some ass but was robbed of his chance because he thought it was a spontaneous riot? The FBI and CIA were investigating the same either way.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Jan 24, 2013 - 09:18pm PT
I just lost my place as the stupidest American

bwahahahahaaaahaaaaa!

perfect. give rong a few minutes and he'll out-do you again.
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