I Think It's Time To Change Our Political Conversation

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    Surely Humor Can Help. . .

    This is pretty funny. I'll edit and embed the video as soon as it is available in a from that ep will accept from. In the meantime, sorry conservatives, I'm posting the Huffpo linkhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/16/snl-mocks-fox-news-civility_n_809644.html
    EvesHarvest EvesHarvest
    56-60, F
    7 Responses Jan 16, 2011

    Keith Gets Ko'd?

    Keith is now gone from msnbc. Why? Ratings? Differences? Don't really care why, just thankful that it's here. Bill in Va.
    williemcd williemcd
    51-55, M
    5 Responses Jan 22, 2011

    If Violence In Rap Lyrics Is Deemed Important, Then Why Aren't Gun Metaphors And Crosshairs In Political Discourse?

    This article by Marty Kaplan cuts through the bullshit dismissing gun metaphors in political discourse as irrelevant:The "Lock and Load" Rhetoric of American Politics Isn't Just a Metaphor I'm not saying that putting a bullseye on Arizona Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords...
    EvesHarvest EvesHarvest
    56-60, F
    25 Responses Jan 10, 2011

    A blending of fear-mongering and a metaphorical "Call To Arms" is dangerous

    Already there is ***-for-tat going on. Let me just say that I don't think Sarah Palin was literally doing a call to arms with her crosshairs map. But the mentally unstable and the lunatic fringe aren't always capable of understanding metaphors. Gabrielle Giffords' opponent, Jesse...
    EvesHarvest EvesHarvest
    56-60, F
    46 Responses Jan 9, 2011

    Keith Olbermann And Sheriff Clarence Dupnik: Voices Of Reason

      Next, Clarence Dupnik, Sheriff of Prima County, Arizona. 'When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government,' Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik told a news conference. 'The anger, the...
    mizzen123 mizzen123
    46-50, M
    30 Responses Jan 10, 2011

    Times Are A-changin'.....

    The Christian Science Monitor - CSMonitor.comCongress readies new gun-control bills after Gabrielle Giffords shooting One gun-control measure would limit the number of rounds in a clip to 10. The suspect in the Gabrielle Giffords shooting allegedly had a 30-round clip, allowing...
    OnlyOneChiquita OnlyOneChiquita
    41-45, F
    11 Responses Jan 13, 2011

    Sheriff Clarence Dupnik: Shiny Example For Prejudice + Bigotry'

     Looks like there is a recall effort coming for sherwiff dupnik. He deserves every bit of what he gets from here forward.If he were not elected... he would have been fired for what he has done. Plain and simple.Did you know that the policy... up to now anyway... was to NEVER, in...
    fnformetoo fnformetoo
    51-55, M
    1 Response Jan 21, 2011

    Let's Look At Language!

    Please no person who is at all sane and observant could deny that rhetoric tinged with violence and violent metaphors has increased in this country in the last few years.   In fact, we've heard sometimes shocking -- to me at least -- rhetoric about how citizens may have no...
    SaratogaGirl SaratogaGirl
    26-30, F
    36 Responses Jan 10, 2011

    Blood Libel On Congressional Floor. Toning It Down?

    Congressman (D) Steve Cohen Tennessee, uses Blood Libel on the Congressional floor.. not attacking Palin for her usage but to take a page from her and use it against the Republican's stance on the Healthcare Repeal bill. Oh he also threw in the comparison of the Republicans to...
    williemcd williemcd
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Jan 20, 2011

    Joe Klein Speaks Out In Support Of Santorum!

    Kudos to uber-liberal Joe Klein of the Times. Santorum is being attacked from the extreme left for a 7 second snippet taken out of a 2 hour interview. The 7 seconds quoted are: ""The question is, and this is what Barack Obama didn't want to answer -- is that human life a person...
    williemcd williemcd
    51-55, M
    1 Response Jan 21, 2011

    I am not highly educated in political science,

    nor do I claim to be, and I'm well aware that this is a terribly naïve and Pollyanna-ish notion but... What if people were less interested in defending their die-hard political beliefs and more interested in reaching compromises? Wouldn't it be better if each side could...
    CrazyTheatreGal CrazyTheatreGal
    26-30, F
    8 Responses Jul 21, 2015

    Civility In Politics

    I couldn’t care less about so-called civility in politics. It’s like being concerned about civility between the Gambinos and the Bonnanos, only those families are of far more social use than politicians. What I want is civility by the politicians toward the people. Start...
    kayaker712 kayaker712
    61-65, M
    Jan 22, 2011

    Actually I Think It Is Time We Learned How To Have One...

    I was thinking about this today as I was reading about domestic violence against men. The reason I was thinking about it, is that I was so turned off by the fact that the site spent so much time attacking women, laws protecting women and often the women who were victims of...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    4 Responses Feb 21, 2011

    Not Very Helpful

    Two different politicians from the two major parties using the term “blood libel” in one week: that must be a record. Sarah Palin seemed unsure about the actual historical context when she used the term, though very clear on the fact that she was the victim. Steve Cohen, a...
    SaratogaGirl SaratogaGirl
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jan 20, 2011

    Toning Down The Rhetoric? Not If You're A Liberal!

    Remember the attacks on Palin after the Arizona shootings.. when within hours it was known that the shooter was a schizophrenia but the attacks continued on her for over a week for inciting the incident. The press was all over it! Well.. lets see how the lame-stream media...
    williemcd williemcd
    51-55, M
    4 Responses Feb 23, 2011

    It Really Doesn't Matter What We All Do Now Anyway. It's Way Too Late

    Pondering America, I reflected on a story, probably apocryphal but which I am going to believe because I like it, about catching monkeys. Tribesmen somewhere craft a heavy pot with a hole in it large enough that a monkey could insert an open hand, but not withdraw a closed fist...
    kayaker712 kayaker712
    61-65, M
    Jan 13, 2011

    When Will They Figure It Out?

    The response of political figures and members of the mainstream media to the killing and wounding of a number of people in Tucson, was not surprising. Had the victims been "ordinary" people alone, the event would have been quickly noted as but another symptom of a conflict-ridden...
    kayaker712 kayaker712
    61-65, M
    1 Response Jan 11, 2011

    A Change Of Pace. . .

    We usually do pretty serious posts in this group. This video is roughly related to the topic. And it's so cute!  
    EvesHarvest EvesHarvest
    56-60, F
    5 Responses Apr 4, 2011

    Establishment Exploits Actions Of Deranged Lunatic To Stifle Freedom Of Speech

    Despite the fact that Jared Lee Loughner was a psychotic loner with “left-wing” beliefs according to those who knew him, the establishment has hastily exploited yesterday’s tragic shooting in Tucson to demonize conservatives, libertarians and gun owners while ordering...
    kayaker712 kayaker712
    61-65, M
    22 Responses Jan 11, 2011

    From The Chairman Of The Dccc.

    bill -- In the wake of last Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, the thoughts and prayers of the DCCC remain with our colleague, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her staff, the other victims of this horrifying attack, their families, and the people of Southern Arizona...
    williemcd williemcd
    51-55, M
    1 Response Jan 12, 2011

    The Banality Of Killing

    The standard explanations for the Arizona killings are now being set forth, such as widespread violence in America and right-wing extremism. I’d like to weigh in with another possible factor, one that I can’t prove but one that I think Americans ought to at least consider...
    kayaker712 kayaker712
    61-65, M
    2 Responses Jan 13, 2011

    Disproving The State: Four Arguments Against Government

    Two objections constantly recur whenever the subject of dissolving the State arises. The first is that a free society is only possible if people are perfectly good or rational. In other words, citizens need a centralized State because there are evil people in the world.The first...
    kayaker712 kayaker712
    61-65, M
    9 Responses Mar 6, 2011

    Time To Change Political Assumptions

    It's a central defining aspect of Republican faith that the wealthy should pay no taxes because allowing the rich to keep more oftheir money benefits the country as a whole. I would agree....if the wealthy actually SPENT their money improving this country. Why won't the...
    niceguyinhell niceguyinhell
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Sep 18, 2011

    Sheriff Clarence Dupnik: Arizona 'mecca For Prejudice + Bigotry'

    I'm simply floored that this gentleman rose to the occasion and wove in his message of disgust with the vitriolic venom of the talk-radio hosts and fringe Politician­s -- and never lost his profession­al tone in the news conference­. We need more public servants with the...
    Parsifal145 Parsifal145
    26-30
    37 Responses Jan 12, 2011

    Sit Down And Listen.... For Once.

    I was a bartender for about five years and part of the job is talking and listening to others. I have seen it all, whether it be fights about a person's education level, politics, and/or religion. The worst debates were always politics. It always started with one person having a...
    beatlechik beatlechik
    31-35, F
    Jan 21, 2011

    Two Threats To Liberty

    There are two clear and present dangers to liberty in America. One is known as the left, and the other is known as the right. They are dangerous because they seek to use government to mold society into a form they seek, rather than the form that liberty achieves if society is...
    kayaker712 kayaker712
    61-65, M
    3 Responses Feb 21, 2011

    Let Me Try Again. . .

    I, like a lot of people, have found my emotions bouncing all over the place since Saturday. I want so much for the dialogue to change in this country that I let myself feel hopeful when Fox CEO Roger Ailes said he told his staff to tone it down (that and Sarah Palin taking down...
    EvesHarvest EvesHarvest
    56-60, F
    44 Responses Jan 11, 2011
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