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Old 03-27-2012, 09:29 PM   #981
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I go by, "Will it help our country and make it better for the people living here? Yes? No?" Then go from there.
So do I !! Funny how we often come to different answers to the same question then.
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So do I !! Funny how we often come to different answers to the same question then.

And that's beauty of living in a free, democratic society.
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That statistic doesn't mean anything without more context. You know, like whether the actual number of available drilling sites on federal soil is decreasing over time.

Taking a single data point tells you absolutely nothing, but this is a cable news story being written to fit an editorial narrative, so why am I even bothering to type out these two paragraphs?
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:35 PM   #984
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That statistic doesn't mean anything without more context. You know, like whether the actual number of available drilling sites on federal soil is decreasing over time.
If there is less federal soil it can't be due to rising sea levels because the mere election of President Obama ended that. Are we shrinking or something?
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And that's beauty of living in a free, democratic society.
You're Canadian. What the hell would you know about that !!






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Completely off-topic .... Just noticed your new avatar. Nice shirt!
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The House of Representatives rejected the Obama administration’s proposed budget 414-to-0; it failed to get a single Democratic vote. As Ed Morrissey noted, “the President wants to keep proposing massive deficits, increased spending, and higher taxes . . . This is the second year in a row that Obama’s budget couldn’t win a single Democratic vote in Congress. In parliamentary systems, that would be a vote of no confidence and the party would be looking for new leadership.”
The president's leadership on the debt and jobs gets a big
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The president's leadership on the debt and jobs gets a big
Interesting... what is the DNC's reasoning? The budget always seemed like a bit of a useless hackjob to me, but I'm not sure what else I'd expect Obama to do at this point.
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Interesting... what is the DNC's reasoning?
House Unanimously Rejects Obama Budget; 414-0 | Red Dog Report
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The vote came just hours after the White House cast the pending vote as a political “gimmick,” an apparent attempt to downplay what many expected to be an ugly-looking vote for the White House.

White House officials said Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), the sponsor of the alternative, was using Obama’s top-line spending and revenue numbers as a budget proposal, without any specifics. On the House floor, Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) agreed that Mulvaney’s amendment was not, in fact, Obama’s entire budget proposal.
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Since there has been a lot of discussion of student loans in recent days as US student loan debt reached $1 trillion (exceeding credit card debt), I saw this chart today and thought it was interesting:



I think what particularly surprised me is that it's become common wisdom that too many people these days are getting a college degree, which is diluting the degrees and not really leading to better employment options. But this suggests that in the US that is simply not true - you may have more people with degrees in the aggregate due to population growth, but on an individual level there really hasn't been that increase that we've discussed here.

(I posted this in the Obama thread since he has addressed this issue on several occasions, but if mods want to split it, feel free.)
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Does "attained" mean "completed" or "some" there? Less than half of American college students wind up finishing their degrees. For community (2-yr./vocational) college students, which is just under half of all American college students, the completion rate is even worse.
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I believe "attained" means they got to that level of education. There are separate chapters in that OECD publication that deal with graduation levels (also split them by gender, etc) - very interesting.
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President Obama taped a video message praising Planned Parenthood and telling members he will continue fighting Republican efforts to cut their federal funding.

"For you, and for most Americans, protecting women's health is a mission that stands above politics," Obama said in the video titled "A Message to Planned Parenthood Supporters."

"And yet, over the past year, you've had to stand up to politicians who want to deny millions of women the care they rely on," he said.

"Let's be clear here," Obama said. "Women are not an interest group. They're mothers and daughters and sisters and wives -- they're half of this country."

A new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows that support of women voters has shifted to Obama after recent weeks of debate about health care and contraception, giving him the lead in battleground states this November.

Congressional Republicans say they want to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood because of its support for its abortion rights and for Democratic political candidates.

Obama and congressional Democrats beat back an effort to cut funds for Planned Parenthood during the budget battles of last summer.

In the video, Obama told Planned Parenthood members that when they hear "some professional politicians" talk about getting rid of Planned Parenthood, "don't forget what they're really talking about: eliminating the funding for preventive care that millions of women rely on and leaving them to fend for themselves."

"We know this debate is far from over," Obama said. "We must continue to send a message loud and clear."

Swing States Poll: A shift by women puts Obama in lead – USATODAY.com
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So the polls tell us that women are shifting to Obama?

SHOCKING.
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Great line .

Would love to think women backing away quickly would scare the Republicans and make them wise up but somehow, I doubt it.
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And in Kentucky they are often one and the same.

Women are also conservatives and Republicans. I know they don't count as "authentic" female voices but they really do exist out here in the cornfields and oil patches of America.
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Women are also conservatives and Republicans.
Yes, and many of them would probably prefer a) to keep Planned Parenthood around; and b) that the government kindly stay out of what should be between them and their families and/or doctors.
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Operation Fast and Furious is the deadliest and most sinister scandal in American history. A scandal so big, it’s worse than Iran-Contra and makes Watergate look like a high school prank gone wrong.

In the early days of the Obama Administration, President Obama claimed his goal was to stop the trafficking of guns from the United States into the hands of violent Mexican drug cartels. He claimed gun dealers in the United States were responsible for sending guns to Mexico. Both of his claims were lies.

In order to push his lies and policies built around them, with a goal of implementing harsher gun control laws and reinstating the assault weapons ban, President Obama packed his administration full of anti-Second Amendment zealots. After all, personnel is policy.

In my new book, Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Coverup, I document the conspiracy of senior Obama officials to subvert the Second Amendment, which led directly to the murders of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, I.C.E. Agent Jaime Zapata and countless, faceless lives in Mexico. It debunks the Obama administration’s lies, denials and excuses. This administration was willing to use humans as collateral damage to push a political agenda, and had no shame in doing so. Now, the administration has no shame in covering up their reckless actions.


Since just moments after Brian Terry was killed in the Arizona desert on December 15, 2010 by Mexican cartel thugs, carrying AK-47s provided to them by the Obama Justice Department through Operation Fast and Furious, the FBI, Homeland Security, ATF, Justice Department and the White House have been engaged in a full scale cover-up. These are simply names of government agencies, but who are the people behind the cover-up?

I unravel a tangled web connecting President Obama, Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano and a number of advisors and political appointees behind Fast and Furious. These officials have deep loyalties to each other and their anti-Second Amendment ideology dating as far back as the Clinton Administration. In fact, many key Fast and Furious players have deep ties to Chicago and helped craft the 1994 Clinton assault weapons ban legislation.

If the majority of American people knew Fast and Furious like they know Solyndra or the GSA scandal, they would be outraged. Despite very few exceptions, the media has been complicit in the cover-up of Obama’s bloodiest scandal by ignoring and refusing to report about it. Why? To protect the President. This scandal, one that has left hundreds of bodies in its wake, would be deadly to the administration. This is the scandal that will bring President Obama down in November, so long as the American people know its details.

Over the weekend, GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney officially made Fast and Furious a general election issue. His advisors are now directly pointing to the scandal as an example of how the Obama Administration used in its first term to “provide cover for potential efforts to restrict Second Amendment rights." In the book, I provide the documents and interviews to prove it.

The Obama administration is acting guilty, not innocent, in its actions to continually stonewall and deny the truth. Any American who believes the President, the Attorney General of the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and a long list of other government officials responsible for this reckless program are not above the law, need this book.

Operation Fast and Furious wasn't a "botched" program. It was a calculated and lethal decision to purposely place thousand of guns into the hands of ruthless criminals. The operation was a coordinated and planned effort not to track guns, but to arm thugs south of the border for political gain. Eric Holder should be removed from office for incompetence, dishonesty and charged with perjury. My sources, documented in the book, say Janet Napolitano may also face charges of perjury and potentially obstruction of justice. It is time for President Obama to take responsibility, denounce the operation and fire those involved.
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I'm sorry. Obama hired anti-gun policy makers to put guns in the hands of criminals? Forgive me if this is not quite adding up.
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