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dickiefry 154 posts  |  Last Activity: Feb 5, 2016 3:32 PM Member since: Oct 7, 2011
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    It's clear as a bell

    by dickiefry Feb 5, 2016 2:20 PM
    dickiefry dickiefry Feb 5, 2016 3:32 PM Flag

    Snyder alone is responsible for ignoring 10 deaths from Legionnaires disease, EPA had nothing to do with that:
    "Last year state officials brushed off warnings of higher rates of lead poisoning and Legionnaires' disease, telling Flint residents their water was safe even though it looked and tasted bad."

  • Reply to

    It's clear as a bell

    by dickiefry Feb 5, 2016 2:20 PM
    dickiefry dickiefry Feb 5, 2016 3:15 PM Flag

    MI GOP is trying to absolve itself by claiming it's reacting well to the crisis by discounting the poisoned water bills by 30% and trying to shift some of the blame to the Feds. But along with that, they're blaming Congressional inaction on Obama which is lame as the GOP controls Congress and appropriations. Here's the real truth:

    "The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has repeatedly admitted -- most recently on Wednesday -- that it should have made sure Flint's water was treated to prevent it from leaching lead from the city's pipes. Lead is a deadly neurotoxin that can cause permanent brain damage in children. The agency's director resigned in December.

    Last year state officials brushed off warnings of higher rates of lead poisoning and Legionnaires' disease, telling Flint residents their water was safe even though it looked and tasted bad. Flint residents had been complaining ever since an emergency manager appointed by Snyder oversaw the city's switch to the Flint River as its water source in 2014. In February of last year Flint residents protested in the streets; this week they brought bottles of brown water to the U.S. Capitol. "

  • Reply to

    It's clear as a bell

    by dickiefry Feb 5, 2016 2:20 PM
    dickiefry dickiefry Feb 5, 2016 2:57 PM Flag

    Just pointing how you keep telling us how great Teapotties will govern if given a chance yet
    Snyder and Brownback, avowed teapotties, proving they can't come close to governing well.
    Your boys have tried and FAILED.

  • "Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder takes responsibility for Flint’s water crisis: “I let you down"

  • Yeah, that should get Jeb back in the hunt!!

  • FBI joins Flint, Michigan water investigation

    Source: Reuters

    The FBI is joining a U.S. investigation into Flint, Michigan's water contamination crisis, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit said on Tuesday.

    Gina Balaya, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit, said in an email that federal prosecutors in Michigan are "working with a multi-agency investigation team on the Flint water contamination matter, including the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the EPA's Office of Inspector General ... and the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division."

    The city was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager when it switched its source of tap water from Detroit's system to the Flint River in April 2014.

    The more corrosive water from the river leached more lead from the city pipes than Detroit water did.

    Last week, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette named a special prosecutor and investigator to look into possible crimes stemming from the matter.

  • Source: Associated Press

    State ethics regulators denied Texas' attorney general their blessing Monday to let political donors pay his criminal defense, a surprise decision that could intensify pressure on the state's top prosecutor.

    Republican Ken Paxton could still use wealthy supporters to cover his legal bills connected to felony charges of defrauding investors, but he risks doing so without a key seal-of-approval from the Texas Ethics Commission, which declined to interpret such donations as legal.

    Paxton, who says he won't resign despite charges of securities fraud and separate investigation into a profitable land deal, has not said how he is paying for his high-powered defense team. He is prohibited from using taxpayer dollars and is also barred from tapping his campaign account.

    Entirely appointed by state Republican leaders, the ethics board had drafted a lengthy opinion that would have sanctioned Paxton using out-of-state doors but came up a vote shy of approval.

  • Finally got fed up I guess. Cruz was telling the usual lies about Obamacare and Wallace just started challenging him, for a change. Trump should be next if Fox is allowed to interview his "lordship'! LMAO!!!

  • Reply to

    Trump clueless, strings together empty promises

    by dickiefry Jan 31, 2016 7:13 PM
    dickiefry dickiefry Jan 31, 2016 8:01 PM Flag

    " Dems were marveling at how liberal Trump's plan is"

    What plan??? That's the issue, he flip flops according to the prevailing winds.
    Don't think Trump is loyal to any ideology, he's loyal only to himself. Once elected (unlikely) he'd commit to whatever strokes his massive ego.

  • dickiefry dickiefry Jan 31, 2016 7:46 PM Flag

    Iran has started its 10 year plan to buy approx. 400 new passenger aircraft by ordering 111 planes from Airbus.
    They are also spending billions to upgrade satellite and phone technologies, they have years of catching up to do to modernize their aviation and tech infrastructure. There's a lot of embargoed cash now going into global commerce, they'd be pretty stupid to spend on terror as that would only once again cut them off from progress.

  • "Republican front-runner Donald Trump is going to "work something out" on health care after he dismantles Obamacare, he said Sunday. He didn't say what exactly that "something" will be -- but the real estate mogul said he's going to have it under control.

    "Nobody knows health care better than Donald Trump," he said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."

    Trump's opponent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has been attacking the business mogul for supporting government-run health insurance, comparing it to Obamacare. Trump said Cruz was a "total liar" and that he strongly opposes Obamacare.

    As for his own health care plan, Trump has offered broad statements but few details -- similar to his promises to deport all undocumented immigrants through "management."

    Stephanopoulos challenged him on how his plan would differ from Obamacare, if both are aimed at making sure everyone is insured and would involve government help. Trump said it was true -- "I want people taken care of," he said, adding that maybe Cruz has "no heart." But Trump said he does not want a single-payer system.

    So, Stephanopoulos asked, how would it work?

    "We're going to work with our hospitals," Trump replied. "We're going to work with our doctors. We've got to do something. ... We'll work something out. That doesn't mean single-payer."

  • Donald Trump Says He Wants Supreme Court To Overturn Same-Sex Marriage

    By Ethan Weston | January 31, 2016

    Donald Trump says he isn't a fan of the way the Supreme Court ruled on same-sex marriage.

    "I would have much preferred that they ruled at a state level and let the states make those rulings themselves," Trump told Fox News.

    Trump told Fox News's Chris Wallace he would consider appointing judges to the Supreme Court that would be willing to overturn the ruling if he was elected president.

    Last year, Trump told The Hollywood Reporter that the fight against same-sex marriage was a "dead issue" after the Supreme Court had its say.

  • Phoenix City Council wants Satanists exorcised from meeting

    Source: Associated Press

    Phoenix City Council wants Satanists exorcised from meeting

    Updated 4:13 pm, Saturday, January 30, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) — Members of the Phoenix City Council are seeking a new rule to stop a satanic group from delivering the opening prayer at an upcoming meeting.

    KPNX-TV reports that City Manager Ed Zuercher said Friday night that a council meeting will weigh a proposal next week on changing how the city schedules groups that give the prayer.

    Four council members want the new rule to be enacted within 24 hours.

    The Satanic Temple of Tucson submitted a request in December to the city clerk's office. The group was scheduled to participate in a Feb. 17 meeting.

  • dickiefry dickiefry Jan 27, 2016 12:18 PM Flag

    "But why the head location and why not shots coming from the other side ."

    Maybe they were aiming for the torso and simply shot high.

  • "Look at the Republican solutions since 2010: legislation against the teaching of evolution, banning the word “gay” from schools, denying women control over their own uteruses, banning contraception, legislation to put children back to work and limit the pay of middle class workers, legislating the Ten Commandments, – none of which address any of the problems faced by Americans today. Even when they do touch on an actual problem – proclaiming days of prayer to combat drought – the solution is laughable.

    The GOP has no intention at all of addressing any real problems; they are, however, very anxious to address non-existent problems, to identify and then legislate against them, like people eating food made from human fetuses. We all know that’s a huge problem in this country, cannibalism. And then there are all those women being coerced into having abortions. There has been no evidence of job creation legislation coming from the Republican-controlled House. Nothing at all.

    The government needs money and the Republican solution to that is to cut taxes on the rich, pay oil companies to charge us exorbitant prices at the gas pump, and raise taxes on the poor and middle class, segments of the population that are already fighting to survive in a still shaky economy. For a decade we’ve been pouring billions into wars overseas and what better time to start a new war, when the economy can barely support the two we’ve been fighting? They don’t want Obama intervening in Libya, an inexpensive affair both in terms of money and American lives, but they are more than happy to urge a war on Iran which is sure to g on for years. We barely got out of Iraq with our skins intact and they want to go into the even less hospitable Iran.

    It seems conservatives have descended into madness, a sort of group psychosis, a collective desire to leap off the cliff in a form of ritual mass suicide, taking the rest of us with them. "

  • Reply to

    Find "the good guy with a gun"

    by fritzinaminiskirt Jan 24, 2016 10:29 AM
    dickiefry dickiefry Jan 24, 2016 3:21 PM Flag

    N.C. driver stranded in blizzard kills good Samaritan

    Source: NY Daily News

    A North Carolina driver stranded during Friday’s deadly blizzard shot and killed a good Samaritan who tried to help, officials said.

    Marvin Jacob Lee, 27, was charged with murder after he allegedly killed one of three men who tried to help him after he lost control of his car on an icy Catawba Country road.

    The trio of do-gooders spotted Lee’s car off the side of the road just after 5 p.m. Friday, Catawba County officials said. When they approached the stalled vehicle to help, the driver became irate.


    As the men called cops, Lee pulled out a gun and started shooting, officials said. One bullet struck 26-year-old Jefferson Heavner, who fell to the ground after he was injured. Lee stood over the wounded man and fired “numerous times,” Reid said.

  • Reply to

    Symptoms of a racist

    by dickiefry Jan 23, 2016 6:31 PM
    dickiefry dickiefry Jan 23, 2016 7:40 PM Flag

    They think blacks are unreasonably angry, have a chip on their shoulders, complain, whine, etc. After the history blacks have gone through and are still going through, they have every right to be angry!

    They use the tone argument where they say they would listen to you if you said it nicer. This puts white feelings above black feelings. Why?

  • dickiefry by dickiefry Jan 23, 2016 6:31 PM Flag

    They believe that whites are naturally better than blacks – more intelligent, more moral, more trustworthy, more beautiful, more hard-working and so on. Like if they think whites are Basically Good while blacks are not. You know these people are racist because this is pretty much a restatement of the definition.

    They believe stereotypes about blacks. The bad stereotypes, at least, fit the definition of racism.

    They use the n-word, racist slurs or tell racist jokes – meaning they feel the need to disrespect blacks. Why is that? If they do it against Asians or Latinos, then most likely they are racist against blacks too.

    They play down slavery like it is no big deal. Because to them the suffering of black people is no big deal. Because blacks do not count as, like, Real People. Unlike, say, the Jews whose Holocaust we must never forget (and rightly so).

    Key expressions:
    Get over it!
    It was the times!
    Africans sold their own people as slaves!
    Arab traders sold slaves too!
    Slavery is universal!
    My family never owned slaves!

    They think racism is no longer a big deal. Only a racist could look at American society and think there is nothing seriously wrong.

    They think blacks are imagining racism, which is racist in and of itself since it assumes that blacks have extremely poor judgement.

    They think blacks are their own worst enemy. Black pathologies, blaming the victim and all that. Which in practice is just another way of saying racism is no big deal.

    They are against reparations, affirmative action, etc – against any serious, concrete policy to undo the damage done and provide equal opportunity. Why is that?

    They think blacks are unreasonably angry, have a chip on their shoulders, complain, whine, etc. After the history blacks have gone through and are still going through, they have every right to be angry!

    They use the tone argument where they say they would listen to you if you said it nicer. This puts white feelings above black feelings. Why?

  • dickiefry dickiefry Jan 23, 2016 12:57 AM Flag

    Overwhelming ,eh?

    WASHINGTON — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

    Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria.

    In the immediate aftermath of the attack, intelligence about who carried it out and why was contradictory, the report found. That led Susan Rice, then U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to inaccurately assert that the attack had evolved from a protest, when in fact there had been no protest. But it was intelligence analysts, not political appointees, who made the wrong call, the committee found. The report did not conclude that Rice or any other government official acted in bad faith or intentionally misled the American people.

  • dickiefry dickiefry Jan 21, 2016 11:22 PM Flag

    "Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says [President Obama’s] state of emergency isn’t enough. He wants the president to declare it a disaster, which would free up tens of millions of federal dollars.

    It’s funny: as much as these repubs whine about “government overreach” and “ending dependence on the nanny state”, they will be the FIRST ones with their hand out when something goes wrong — just like former TX gov. Rick “Helmethair” Perry was when he begged for relief during the TX wildfires from the same federal government he talked about seceding from . . .

    Fox Blames Flint Water Crisis On Residents And President Obama

    So, to recap: in just the last few hours, per Fox, President Obama has been responsible for

    - the stock market downturn
    - the water crisis in Flint
    - and Track Palin’s arrest

    I have never know a man who’s supposedly as incompetent as President Obama, who was simultaneously in control of so much .