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dickiefry 11 posts  |  Last Activity: Feb 25, 2015 3:56 PM Member since: Oct 7, 2011
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  • dickiefry by dickiefry Feb 25, 2015 3:56 PM Flag

    To my knowledge,no western country has ever successfully invaded and occupied an Islamic country in the last 100 years.
    Yet that is the policy of today's GOP brain trust.

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    Memories of GOP lunacy

    by agorereallywon Feb 14, 2015 5:22 PM
    dickiefry dickiefry Feb 14, 2015 6:23 PM Flag

    In most communities it is illegal to cry "fire" in a crowded assembly. Should it not be considered serious international misconduct to manufacture a general war scare in an effort to achieve local political aims?
    -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • "Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) has no interest in "re-litigating" the costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which began under his brother's administration.

    "I won't talk about the past," Bush said at a Friday press conference when asked how he would have handled the conflicts differently, according to The Washington Post. "I'll talk about the future. If I'm in the process of considering the possibility of running, it's not about re-litigating anything in the past. It's about trying to create a set of ideas and principles that will help us move forward."

    The governor, who is almost certain to jump into the 2016 race, said that instead he would focus on a positive vision for the country that revolved around the future. He will elaborate on that vision when he delivers what his aides are describing as a major foreign policy address in Chicago next week.

    It's unlikely Bush will be able to avoid the subject for long. Democrats are already pointing to his brother's legacy, which has left U.S. forces in the Middle East more than a decade after their initial deployment. Both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars remain unpopular -- with a 2013 poll finding majorities that said the campaigns were not worth the tremendous sacrifice. Some Republicans, too, are likely to criticize Bush over the matter. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), another would-be presidential candidate with libertarian leanings, has spoken out against false pretenses used to justify the war."

  • "I am announcing today that I am, I am switching to the Mississippi Democratic Party. And I also want to announce that I am running to be the next Lieutenant Governor of the great state of Mississippi.
    Why join the Democratic Party and run for Lieutenant Governor? I’ll tell you. We are all Mississippians first. Elected officials should be in the business of helping all Mississippians. Not picking out who to hurt.

    In the current way of doing business in our State Capitol and especially in the State Senate, has hurt a lot of my fellow Mississippians. We watch these current leaders make excuses for underfunding our schools. We see them refuse to repair and maintain our crumbling roads and bridges. And we stood by while they ignored the twelve thousand dollars pay gap between working women and men. We have also witnessed shocking corruption on their watch.

    But the failure of the Republican leadership in the Senate to help sick people was the final straw. My home town hospital in Kosciusko Mississippi was up here the other day asking for a five million dollar stopgap bond loan to try to stay open due to the drastic hit they are taking because of Republican leadership refusing to take and accept the return of federal tax dollars through Medicaid Expansion.

    Instead of doing the right thing, the Republican leadership would rather see five million dollar tax burden on the backs of the eighteen thousand citizens of Attala County. That’s not right. That’s my hometown. And that’s my home county.

    If Montfort Jones Hospital had been closed three weeks ago, we wouldn’t have had a place to take my mother when she suffered a stroke. Thank goodness they were still open when we rushed here there for help. Because all indicators are that they won’t be open much longer all because of Republican political grandstanding."

  • by Hunter

    I don't like annoying noises either, but we can't get him to shut up.
    What are the odds that the state governor who gained instant fame from his obsequious smarm in a phone call to what he thought was a Koch brother would come out with a demand that we study the terrible health dangers posed by—wait for it, savor it a moment—wind power.

    The two-year, $68 billion budget proposal Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker unveiled Tuesday includes a request for $250,000 to study the health impacts of wind turbines.
    Walker, who apparently considers himself a bit of an expert on the subject because so many people have called him a "blowhard," is seizing on a county declaration that a local wind farm has been making some nearby residents sick because of the low-frequency noise the gigantic fan blades make when they spin.
    Last October, health officials in Brown County declared that eight turbines located at the Shirley Wind Farm posed a health hazard to residents. The chairwoman of the local board of health cited "ear pain, ear pressure, headaches, nausea" and "sleep deprivation" as symptoms among nearby residents. Local reports suggest Brown is the first county in the country to reach such a conclusion.

    We'll go out on a limb here and suggest that $250,000 is probably more than Scott Walker has ever proposed spending on researching the effects of fracking compounds or even the ingredients of fracking compounds, and is probably more than he has budgeted for researching the effects of processing tar sands, or living near coal plants, or to investigate the side effects of having a train's worth of crude oil explode on your doorstep because an employee accidentally forgot to set the parking brake while he went out for a quick coffee. So no, we're not giving him the benefit of the doubt on this one.

    The study proposed in the budget is "just another example of Gov. Walker's targeting of an industry that is incredibly successful in largely every other state in the Midwest."

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    NRA parenting tips

    by dickiefry Feb 7, 2015 4:48 PM
    dickiefry dickiefry Feb 7, 2015 4:59 PM Flag

    Right, let's beat some sense into those kids and then make sure they have access to firearms.
    What could go wrong?

  • Vatican abuse commission to recommend action against bishops

    Source: Reuters

    A commission advising Pope Francis on how to root out sexual abuse of children by clergy in the Catholic Church is studying sanctions for bishops suspected of cover-ups or of failing to prevent abuse, members said on Saturday.

    "There have to be consequences," Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, the head of the commission, told a news conference.

    Victims groups have been urging the Vatican for years to make bishops more accountable for abuse in their dioceses even if they were not directly responsible for it.

    O'Malley said the commission, holding its first full meeting since it was established last year, was drafting recommendations for the pope on how to make bishops more accountable, including possible sanctions.

  • dickiefry by dickiefry Feb 7, 2015 4:48 PM Flag

    NRA Board Member: Paddling A Child 'May Keep Me From Having To Put A Bullet In Him'
    By BRENDAN JAMES Published FEBRUARY 7, 2015, 1:17 PM EST

    An NRA board member and leader of the Texas State Rifle Association wrote on Wednesday that disciplining a child through corporal punishment may prevent him from "having to put a bullet in him later."

    Complaining of State Rep. Alma Allen's (D) bill to "prohibit the use of corporal punishment in public primary and secondary schools," NRA board member Charles Cotton took to TexasCHL Forum to vent his frustration.

    "I'm sick of this woman and her 'don't touch my kid regardless what he/she did or will do again' attitude," Cotton wrote in a thread titled "HB567: Corporal punishment in schools."

    "Perhaps a good paddling in school may keep me from having to put a bullet in him later," he added. Cotton did not immediately return a message left at his office seeking comment on Saturday. "

  • "Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s aggressive tax cuts have come back to haunt him. In the latest move to make up for a massive state deficit caused by his economic policy, Brownback plans to cut nearly $45 million in funding for public schools and higher education in his state by March.

    Brownback shared his plans for the current budget cycle on Thursday ahead of a Senate vote on a bill aimed at eradicating a $344 million deficit projected for the end of June. More than half of the money would be taken from funding for K-12 schools, and take place as soon as March 7, The Associated Press reported. The cut would also affect Kansas colleges and universities. Top Republicans said lawmakers need to agree on a solution to fix the budget by Feb. 13 to make sure the state pays its bills on time through the summer months.

    Brownback spent his first term slashing taxes for the rich, promising it would lead to boom times for everyone else. Brownback’s “real live experiment” was supposed to lift Kansas out of the recession and into economic prosperity. The tax breaks instead led to debt downgrades, weak growth, and left the state finances in shambles. The Republican-led legislature in his state previously celebrated his massive tax cuts, but his action landed the state’s budget in shambles when it didn’t boost the economy like he’d hoped.

    * * *
    The governor, along with the state legislature, cut budgets for schools so much in the past that the Kansas Supreme Court last year declared school funding levels unconstitutional.

    Welcome to Kansas, the right wing, supply side utopia."

  • dickiefry dickiefry Dec 5, 2014 5:44 PM Flag

    "Well with the murder rate in the Black community....., we really don't need the death penalty do we,"

    We really don't need the death penalty anywhere for the following reasons:

    1.multiple studies show zero deterrant value

    2. with the appeal process, it costs far more to fry someone than to simply remove him from society forever

    3. once you burn them you can't reverse the process if new, exculpatory evidence exonerates them

    4. life w/o parole is subjectively more cruel than a swift execution. Extremely high suicide rates and interviews amongst death row inmates reveals. So if vengeance is your thing, life is the way to go.

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    by boz_inc Dec 4, 2014 11:49 AM
    dickiefry dickiefry Dec 5, 2014 4:12 PM Flag

    Golly boz, what are you gonna do without a forum to bash on??

    Me, I'm going to make sure my handle goes viral as a crusader for liberal principles!!!

    Bye, bye...

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