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  • The Truth About The Ted Cruz Sex Scandal (Stefan Molyneux Video - Comprehensive and Good)

    03/27/2016 3:05:29 PM PDT · 73 of 175
    Rutabega to Rutabega; Duchess47

    Sorry, didn’t get your tag right in the previous post!

  • The Truth About The Ted Cruz Sex Scandal (Stefan Molyneux Video - Comprehensive and Good)

    03/27/2016 3:04:07 PM PDT · 71 of 175
    Rutabega to Duchess47; altura

    Too funny, Duchess, I was about to ask, “Project much, Amanda?”

    Unhinged and likely to do harm to herself soon.

    Anyone who thinks Ted really could win nationally after Hillary/any other Dem plays the video clips of Ted embracing the horrible pastor who says gays should be killed is beyond (beyond beyond beyond) DELUSIONAL. I would guess even the majority of people who are anti homosexuality aren’t calling for them to be put to death.

  • AZ TRUMP PROTESTER: I Was Paid $3500 to Protest Trump by Hillary Camp (update: FAKE STORY)

    03/25/2016 2:55:49 PM PDT · 26 of 87
    Rutabega to KarlInOhio

    No one has an AOL address except people who would vote for Hillary Clinton—

    Line of the day! LOVE IT! Hahaha!

  • Orban's Historical Speech Puts Hungary on a War Footing (speaks truth about Muslim immigration)

    03/20/2016 3:53:04 AM PDT · 7 of 21
    Rutabega to Vaquero

    Wow. I hope he’s right. Excellent speech.

  • Sweden's dream turns to nightmare as migrant crime soars

    01/30/2016 6:37:55 AM PST · 19 of 39
    Rutabega to SeekAndFind

    I lived in Molndal for two years, and went to the school for immigrants there for a third. My beautiful fifteen year old daughter is supposed to go and see her father there this summer...not.

  • Trump's claim that Dems would challenge Cruz's eligibility on firm ground

    01/15/2016 2:14:30 AM PST · 19 of 100
    Rutabega to John Valentine

    I am sincerely confused with your post: HE was (Trump?) born as a British citizen? How?

    My grandmother was English and naturalized as a US citizen before my mom was born, and so my mother had NO claim to British citizenship, as her mother had lost hers when she became a naturalized US citizen. The UK doesn’t grant dual citizenship in perpetuity, merely because you have British ancestors. When my grandmother and Trump’s mother became US citizens, they gave up their rights to British citizenship. Their children also lost that claim.

    I like Trump over Cruz (but certainly don’t hate Cruz, and would happily vote for him), and I don’t necessarily think that the ability to claim dual citizenship makes someone ineligible to run fro president.

    That said: The BC I’d be interested in seeing is Ted Cruz’s US birth certificate. When was that issued? Showing us his Canadian BC and his mom’s US BC is all fine and good, but the real question would be when did Cruz become a US citizen officially? The ability to get it when he was born (living in Canada or not) would have happened when he was born, I suspect, but when did his parents apply for it?

    For the record, I have a son who is eligible for a dual citizenship, but we never applied for it. He has no legal claim to the second country unless I went through the process of getting the second country to acknowledge that he could get it if he made some effort. So, he isn’t a dual citizen.

    Countries don’t waste their time chasing after babies who might have a claim to their citizenship, and send the papers in the mail to fill out, like credit card applications. If you want to get your citizenship from a country besides that which you were born in, you must make the effort to do it.

  • Scalia: Natural Born Requires Jus Soli ("of the soil")

    01/07/2016 2:16:31 AM PST · 87 of 88
    Rutabega to House Atreides

    I was young and wanted to live in Europe. ;) Just exploring my options!

  • Donald Trump Keeps Pushing Ted Cruz Citizenship Issue

    01/06/2016 7:11:29 PM PST · 62 of 111
    Rutabega to Forty-Niner

    His father wasn’t an American or an American citizen when Cruz was born. I don’t believe the wording means two parents, but that an American citizen mom is enough. Just saying...

  • Scientists sequence first ancient Irish human genomes [Book of Invasions]

    01/06/2016 6:47:15 PM PST · 29 of 29
    Rutabega to SunkenCiv

    Perhaps, but I did the genealogy DNA thing through National Geographic and my Irish ancestry traced the Mediterranean from somewhere Lebanon-ish around the sea, around the Iberian peninsula and across to Ireland, taking about 10,000 years. Goes along with the wave of neolithic farmers coming from the Middle East. Brian Sykes early book “The Seven Daughters of Eve” explains it in a more fictional, but still interesting way. The Irish sequence is J, and he refers to the carrier as Jasmine.

  • Scalia: Natural Born Requires Jus Soli ("of the soil")

    01/06/2016 6:01:09 PM PST · 69 of 88
    Rutabega to House Atreides

    My grandmother was a British citizen who married an American and had to apply for and get approved to become a US citizen in 1947. In order to do this, she had to surrender her British passport and sign documents that said she was no longer a British citizen, and could no longer get any benefits from being a British citizen. Those documents were sent through the British embassy and if she went to the UK and pretended she was still a British citizen, there would be a record of her renouncing he citizenship.

    That was how it worked.

    In 1998, a Swedish friend of mine did something similar; after eight years in the US, he was allowed to get his US citizenship, and had to surrender his Swedish passport and sign that he was no longer a Swedish citizen. These documents went to the Swedish embassy and it was recorded that he no longer was a Swedish citizen.

    FYI: I even called the British consulate some years ago to see if I could get UK birthright citizenship since my grandma was born there and the answer was 100% no, since she renounced her citizenship.

    I am sure you can find plenty of Freepers who became naturalized US citizens who can back up what I am saying.

  • Trump fires back, hitting Bill Clinton’s ‘penchant for sexism’

    12/27/2015 6:02:38 PM PST · 11 of 39
    Rutabega to Baynative

    Wait a sec—according to Trump, Hillary tweeted that Trump has a “penchant for sexism” and he asked who did she mean, implying Bill Clinton. Why did this article miss that, since it’s the most important part?

  • Ted Cruz Praises Jeb: Calls To Drop Out “Very Unfair”

    11/06/2015 5:09:46 PM PST · 10 of 57
    Rutabega to Norm Lenhart

    Want to press ‘Like!’

  • This Ted Cruz Booster Is 13, Black, And Just Shredded Obama On Clock Kid

    09/18/2015 6:42:03 PM PDT · 13 of 14
    Rutabega to Rutabega

    And one more thing, the ones with names like the boy in this article are often embarrassed about how “ghetto’ their names are. I teach a lot who go by a middle name, or nickname because they hate the travesty their mothers saddled them with.

  • This Ted Cruz Booster Is 13, Black, And Just Shredded Obama On Clock Kid

    09/18/2015 6:40:09 PM PDT · 12 of 14
    Rutabega to Steelfish

    My US History class (11th graders, VERY ethnically diverse group) talked about this yesterday, and the female black students thought it would have been foolish NOT to look into the terrorism angle. We were discussing the Bill of Rights (for Constitution Day), and I told them that students (while in a school building) were not as protected by the 4th Amendment as an adult outside of a school would be. They all agreed that the kid seemed suspicious, regardless of his ethnicity. Most of the white kids seemed offended that a Muslim was profiled, but not the minority kids, who were glad the school was on its toes to prevent violence.

    Then, one of the white boys—who is infamous for being a dope smoker—broke in and said if it had been him, he would have been arrested, and he wouldn’t have been invited to the White House. They all laughed and agreed Obama went overboard.

    Very often, I think people on FR get racially ugly about blacks, which annoys me, because I teach so many black kids who are smart as tacks. I only hope that they can rise above the generational democrat voting and think for themselves. Last year, I had a black boy who was always going on about the need for the 2nd Amendment, like he was a Freeper. He told me his dad was always being called an Uncle Tom, so I reminded him that Uncle Tom was the slave that tried to help the other slaves learn to read. There IS hope for the next generation. I could provide anecdotal examples all night of minority kids who are as true blue America loving as the best of us. Of course, I teach close to a large Army base, and I know that has a lot to do with it. Lots of military kids with their heads screwed on straight!

    **Just trying to spread a little Pollyanna tonight, guys. Don’t mind me! :)

  • Obama Wants Americans To Pay Slavery Reparations, Says Fox Host

    08/20/2015 4:48:33 AM PDT · 25 of 51
    Rutabega to ozdragon; nathanbedford

    I think the point Nathan Bedford was making is your comment on “anyone emigrating after 1863 and their descendants” still clarifies nothing without detailed genealogical records.

    Example: my husband’s family only talked about being second generation Italians, because of his mother. Thus, disqualifying him from having to pay to slaves, right? But then we look at his dad’s family, and there are more late 19th century/early 20th century immigrants, but then we find a solitary link...back to the coastal regions of Va in 1639 (the hotbed of colonial slavery).

    Does it matter if 95% of your ancestors were late-comers to the US if you have one potential slave owner?

    Imagine: just going back to the early 1800’s, regardless of where your family was at the time, you’d have over 100 great-great-great-great-great (give or take a great) grandparents. Would you need proof that each of these individuals (and then back to the early half of the 1600’s when the US first began to import slaves) was slave free?

    Think the IRS employs lots of people? Just imagine the Department of Genealogy!

    Then to go further: if someone fought (and died= extra negative points?) in the Civil War on the Union side, how many potential slave owning ancestors can that wipe out.

    The entire thing is a farce that is merely red meat to wave in front of the BLM crowd.

  • Trump: "Let's Keep the Debate Civil, Fellas"

    08/05/2015 4:27:47 PM PDT · 28 of 34
    Rutabega to stephenjohnbanker

    LOL, I had to check and make sure my name wasn’t at the bottom of your post, but I have to admit, my election night was 2012. Megyn Kelly was so thrilled to be the first to call the election and was so gleeful it was for BO, that I turned her off in disgust and haven’t once turned it back on.

    But I will watch the debate tomorrow night at a friend’s house!

  • Netflix introduces unlimited paid maternity and paternity leave

    08/05/2015 5:08:30 AM PDT · 21 of 41
    Rutabega to Gen.Blather

    It says that all employes have an unlimited leave option, so I assume that will hope to keep down resentment. Millennials care very much about work/life balance and not as much about other employment perks that have been more traditional valued. It is likely that Netflix has cut away some forms of compensation that was unused in order to fund this. I’d like to know if it is only for salaried employees or if hourly employees also get this. If it’s salaried only, how many people adopt or have a baby each year? Do they need to do some work at home, do they have to be a full-time employee for a certain length of time before taking maternity/paternity leave, etc. etc.

    The headline screams that they are conducting some socialist type experiment will cause the sea levels to rise for the rest of us, but it is probably more limited in real life. How many employees fit the criteria each year? How much free advertising and word of mouth, as well as employee loyalty do they get from this move? They get kudos from a lot of people who go, “Wow! Paid maternity leave for a year!” without actually doing much but juggling numbers. I expect to see more of this in the next few years, and less of more traditional compensation packages.

  • Aegean Sea: CO2 opalescent pools found at site of volcanic eruption that wiped out Minoan...

    07/18/2015 3:50:37 PM PDT · 18 of 30
    Rutabega to rlmorel

    Thanks! I’ll send you a message if I ever get it published :)

  • Aegean Sea: CO2 opalescent pools found at site of volcanic eruption that wiped out Minoan...

    07/18/2015 1:46:42 PM PDT · 16 of 30
    Rutabega to rlmorel

    Looks like some others weighed in and explained that Crete was the “big island” and Thera was probably the hub. I am working on a novel set on Thera a few generations before the explosion and have about every book published in English I can find, so I had to jump in there! ;)

  • Aegean Sea: CO2 opalescent pools found at site of volcanic eruption that wiped out Minoan...

    07/18/2015 6:21:55 AM PDT · 10 of 30
    Rutabega to rlmorel

    Maybe I am just being stupid because coffee hasn’t kicked in, but I don’t understand what you mean by ‘low ash’ in this statement. Akrotiri on Santorini (Thera) was covered in some places by 50 meters of ash. However, the residents must have had warning by a series of preceding earthquakes, etc, because as of today, they haven’t uncovered any bodies that got caught in the volcanic deposits.

    Now, whether or not the explosion killed off the Minoan civilization on Crete is more debatable, as most of the evidence of destruction inland (scorched buildings, etc.) seems to date a number of years after the volcano. Maybe that is the confusion? Santorini is about 70 km north of Crete, and was wiped out by the volcano. The Minoans on Crete were definitely affected by the blast, but probably not wiped out, but the Minoan culture on Santorini (Thera) definitely was destroyed.

  • Victory in 2016. The left may well regret this week (vanity)

    06/28/2015 6:26:47 AM PDT · 182 of 188
    Rutabega to justiceseeker93

    Maine and Maryland both had votes on gay marriage and it was passed by the voters.

    Certainly not trying to fight with you, but it isn’t accurate to say voters never voted for gay marriage anywhere. :)

  • Rand Paul to GOP: It's Time to Move Beyond the Second Amendment

    06/19/2015 4:47:47 AM PDT · 99 of 124
    Rutabega to Hugin

    Thank you!

    It took 40 posts for someone to post who actually read the article??? The headline was written to make people scream (and it worked!), but he didn’t say “let’s get rid of the 2nd amendment,” he said, “everyone is FOR it, so let’s talk about other issues.”

    Like the candidate or not, FR is becoming so agenda ridden that people are taking a sound-bite and skipping the rest of the sentence.

  • Oh, shut up about trade deal secrecy: Column

    06/14/2015 10:11:30 AM PDT · 42 of 42
    Rutabega to Lazamataz

    *blushes* who told? :)

  • Oh, shut up about trade deal secrecy: Column

    06/14/2015 9:18:10 AM PDT · 37 of 42
    Rutabega to Lazamataz

    Anyone that tells me to ‘shut up’ can ESAD.

    +1

    FR gets obnoxiously partisan every election cycle, but the comments about how people questioning St. Cruz are: 1. imbecilic, 2. the same as voting for a communist, or 3. so outrageous because everyone else running for president is equally wrong about this issue, are REPELLANT.

    Frankly, I liked Cruz (not to the point of refusing to give a good hard look at this particular situation), and might like him again, but the insistence that I am a bad girl for even questioning his bona fides is offensive and juvenile. So, if I think that “behind closed door negotiations” are untouchable by the masses, and I ought to “keep my mouth shut” like a good serf, they can ESAD! What a freaking turn off!!!!

  • Will the Freddie Gray Story Go the Way of the Gentle Giant Meme?

    05/01/2015 2:36:08 AM PDT · 26 of 29
    Rutabega to chris37

    Hear, hear, Chris37! I also just want to know whether or not this guy died because of his own actions, or because of the police. Thanks for a more articulate way of saying what I am thinking! :)

  • How Thomas Jefferson Responded to Islam in 1801 Puts Barack H. Obama to Shame

    01/13/2015 2:21:43 AM PST · 40 of 42
    Rutabega to Jane Long

    Thanks. I have actually gotten “very far behind” the curriculum outline because I spent a long time on the Founders, the Revolution, the Constitution, Bill of Rights, etc.
    Every little bit helps, right? :)

  • How Thomas Jefferson Responded to Islam in 1801 Puts Barack H. Obama to Shame

    01/12/2015 12:51:43 PM PST · 20 of 42
    Rutabega to 2ndDivisionVet

    Taught his lesson in US History to 11th graders today, actually. I was laughing at the coincidence!

  • Jonathan Gruber Admitted Obama Was In the Room When Cadillac Tax Lie Was Created.

    11/13/2014 3:53:24 PM PST · 70 of 156
    Rutabega to Third Person

    Hope he kept his blue dress in the closet!

  • Will bombing Isis, like the Iraq war, prove to be the wrong "war" against the wrong enemy?

    09/12/2014 2:23:47 AM PDT · 34 of 59
    Rutabega to nathanbedford

    Thanks of re-posting this; your posts are one of the reasons I keep coming back to Free Republic.

  • Feds Still Studying Why Majority of Lesbians Are Obese

    08/30/2014 8:11:55 PM PDT · 20 of 125
    Rutabega to Diana in Wisconsin

    That made me snort, hahahahahaha!

  • Study says Richmond is America's most contented area - with New York its unhappiest

    07/23/2014 7:34:12 AM PDT · 5 of 5
    Rutabega to E. Pluribus Unum

    Nope, it is about two hours south of DC. If they live in Richmond and commute it is because Northern Virginia is too expensive!

  • 'Italy's Ginger Gene Spread From Sicily'

    07/18/2014 4:37:34 PM PDT · 22 of 34
    Rutabega to nickcarraway

    I always liked red hair myself (though I do not have it) though I assume I would have agreed about the undesirability of red headed men UNTIL I took a trip to Scotland about twenty years ago and I was amazed at how many drop dead good-looking red-headed men there were.

    Anyone who read the Outlander series (soon to be on tv!) will be familiar with reading about a good-looking red-heided hottie!

  • PRUDEN: Hillarys air of inevitability evaporating; Stumbling on road to White House

    07/01/2014 7:09:35 AM PDT · 43 of 57
    Rutabega to South Dakota

    Liberal women under 40 don’t give a rats behind about Hillary,BUT they love Fauxcahontas. I’ll be shocked if she isn’t the eventual nominee. I am not sure which is worse. Blech.

    (Not that I think lib women under 40 are completely in charge of their nominee process, entirely, but Hillary just isn’t engaging at all to Gen X and Y.)

  • Reading: The Con Continues

    06/20/2014 4:03:06 AM PDT · 4 of 12
    Rutabega to afraidfortherepublic

    This is a subject that rouses my anger, for sure! I lived in Scotland the year I would have been in Kindergarten, and was taught phonics by an old pro who had me sing the alphabet phonetically until I knew the sounds backwards and forwards, and she brought me from being able to recognize the letters of the alphabet a la Sesame Street, to reading books with chapters in about six months. From there, I have always been a good speller and love, love, love to read. I thank this Scottish woman for this, wholeheartedly.

    My daughter (in America) could not grasp sight reading, and I finally got some help for her in third grade, because she could read only about 100 words, and those; not well. She was taken in for special classes and they taught her phonics (with a lot of help from home) and she could finally read. The awful part was (and I was a middle school teacher and saw this happen to other kids, so I think it is a huge problem) she was labeled with whatever the p.c. version of “Learning Disabled” was, and has been struggling to get out of resource classrooms for the past five years. Because so many school districts give more funding for children with learning problems, it is obvious to me that “sight learning” is just part of the racket for schools to get more money (and inflate administrator pay, among others). My poor kid has busted her rear end, trying to prove she isn’t “dumb”, and she will get the pay off next year.

    (Before you all pile on, I was divorced and not getting paid child support from my eurotrash husband, so I can’t imagine how I could possibly have home-schooled).

    Sorry to be long-winded, but just my anecdotal evidence on the power of phonics and the idiocy of sight learning.

  • Tea party leader, 2 others, trapped in courthouse (Jackson MS)

    06/05/2014 2:29:46 PM PDT · 24 of 26
    Rutabega to Olog-hai

    Haha, that was a mistake! I was sipping my first coffee of the day when I wrote that! :)

  • Tea party leader, 2 others, trapped in courthouse (Jackson MS)

    06/05/2014 8:09:25 AM PDT · 19 of 26
    Rutabega to Black Agnes

    Were these people who were official ballot counters? If so, why were they caught in an empty building at 2 am? Come on, this sounds bad. We’d be insane over it if it was the ballots in the race between the eventual R nominee and the D, and people from the D camp were caught in a building at 2 am.

  • Tea party leader, 2 others, trapped in courthouse (Jackson MS)

    06/05/2014 5:22:50 AM PDT · 10 of 26
    Rutabega to Shery

    That absolutely sounds fishy, I am not denying that.

    However, if this turns into a story, the only relevant details will be tea partiers breaking in to where ballots are stored. McDaniel has enough pull with people like Beck that he could get all the talk radio people to make a stink about the Cochran relative and ballot counting, but taking matters into their own hands (and what were they going to do, that they could then tell the public about???) is foolish. I can imagine this story can possibly blow up and the MSM will be thrilled to have something to report on besides Bergdahl.

  • Tea party leader, 2 others, trapped in courthouse (Jackson MS)

    06/05/2014 4:50:14 AM PDT · 7 of 26
    Rutabega to Olog-hai

    (Smacks head against forehead) WTH??? Tea Party people went into a building at 2 am, to check on ballots???? What a bunch of imbeciles! Yesterday evening, with the GOPe slowly backing away from Cochran and saying they weren’t going to fund a nasty campaign in the time before the run-off June 24, and the fact that Cochran hadn’t even spoken to his reporters made me think he was likely to bow out and just let McDaniel have the slot. Now these guys jeopardize that to go into a building in the middle of the night and, whether their motives were pure as the driven snow, they sound like they were up to no good. I am just disgusted. I hope I am reading this article incorrectly.

  • 23 Books You Didn't Read In High School But Actually Should

    05/30/2014 12:58:27 PM PDT · 33 of 128
    Rutabega to EveningStar

    I read all but two of these in high school or college. I don’t think this list is trying to be the only books to read; I certainly read a number of Shakespearean plays/poetry, and my high school aged son is reading them, now. Some of these books were enjoyable, but many were not.

  • Public School Teacher To North Carolina Senate: 'I Am Embarrassed To Confess: I Am A Teacher'

    05/14/2014 9:29:51 AM PDT · 51 of 89
    Rutabega to C. Edmund Wright

    I agree with you 100%—most of the teachers (and administrators!) I worked with were utter morons. I used a history degree to get a teaching certificate, and then only because it was a great job for a single mom, time at school versus at home with my own kids. But, it wasn’t a calling for me, and dealing with kids in gangs was not worth the money I got paid. Instead of whining, I left and got a new job.

    See how easy that was?

  • Public School Teacher To North Carolina Senate: 'I Am Embarrassed To Confess: I Am A Teacher'

    05/14/2014 9:21:00 AM PDT · 49 of 89
    Rutabega to blam

    I was a schoolteacher in NC for five years, and they are among the lowest paid in the country (in the bottom five). I was allowed to be paid for ten months or for twelve months, and took the job because I divorced someone who lived in Europe and wanted to be at home with my young-ish children as much as I could. I never made over $30 K a year, (I haven’t taught for over five years, but it looks like I would now be making $33K in the school district I used to work). For the nightmare of dealing with a lot of troubled kids who we were not allowed to discipline, I decided the compensation wasn’t worth it.

    Summers off were great, but I wanted to make money based on how hard I worked, and not just based on how long I worked. Haven’t regretted the decision for a minute.

  • Pr. Georges prostitution sting happened today without arrests or live tweets

    05/07/2014 4:19:06 AM PDT · 5 of 12
    Rutabega to markomalley

    I admit to having only my first sip off coffee, but I have to ask someone—do the police make a habit out of announcing to the public the dates of when they are planning an undercover sting operation? If so, what’s the arrest rate on that type of operation? It seems unbelievably counter-intuitive.

  • "True Detective" Finale: Your Thoughts

    03/09/2014 7:36:38 PM PDT · 3 of 44
    Rutabega to PJ-Comix

    Well, I am slightly disappointed that they showed so many little pointers to the elder daughter being involved, but I think the episode was good, and I was really glad that they both walked away! I am not a Woody Harrellson fan, but he didn’t annoy me in this show.

  • Putin for Nobel Prize?

    03/04/2014 5:25:08 PM PST · 18 of 27
    Rutabega to mrsmith

    Hahahahaha, thanks, I needed the laugh!

  • Obama's caution on Ukraine may loom over midterm election [also, live breaking news from Ukraine]

    03/04/2014 4:18:42 AM PST · 79 of 132
    Rutabega to Pan_Yan

    bookmark

  • Judge: Docs can prescribe meds for aid in dying (Rules self-euthanizing a fundamental right)

    01/13/2014 3:18:59 PM PST · 37 of 101
    Rutabega to Maceman

    Without the knowledge that you have gone through, I already agreed with your opinion. Thanks for sharing the heartbreaking story. My heart aches for you.

  • ADHD does not exist [article says symptoms are real, but are caused by other things]

    01/05/2014 6:14:01 AM PST · 51 of 97
    Rutabega to cva66snipe

    Wow, thanks for the information! I have an almost five year old who I joke is either going to be a super genius or criminal because she is so clever. She has had sinus issues her entire life, but allergy medicine tends to make her even more wired. She has the ability to completely focus on things, so I never really considered that she was a candidate for ADHD, though her concentration abilities are more limited than my other three kids. I will definitely be researching this issue, and thank you for your input!

  • Springsteen Guitarist: ObamaCare 'Almost Worthless'

    12/14/2013 1:42:50 PM PST · 46 of 56
    Rutabega to Sub-Driver

    After thoroughly enjoying Van Zandt in his Netflix-released series Lillyhammer (sic), I would be shocked if he is an Obama supporter, at all. I read the last bit of the article to mean that he has criticized Obama before, irregardless of his bandmate’s unwavering enthusiasm. The un-PC comments that he makes in the show (regularly) are very funny, and I am excited to watch the second season which came out yesterday, in its entirety. (Would a big supporter call Obama a eunuch????)

    As an aside; I lived in Norway’s first cousin Sweden for four years and am very familiar with socialized healthcare. It seems that the Scandinavians were fairly successful for a few generations with their socialized everything because it was such a homogenous country and there was an engrained work ethic that you worked hard and didn’t take a handout unless you were in dire straits. There, as in the US, once that taboo became passé, it was utterly unsustainable.

    It is also staggering to see the difference in health of the average Scandinavian versus Americans. He is 100% spot on. A lot of that can be attributed to the lack of yummy things to consume over there (I sometimes woke myself up in the middle of the night getting ready to bite into a bacon cheeseburger or a Twinkie; dreams never repeated once I moved back to the US).

  • Catching Fire: my review

    12/01/2013 6:59:39 AM PST · 74 of 86
    Rutabega to LS

    My two young teens read this series when the third came out a year or two ago, and I began reading the first because I was bored and it was sitting on the couch. Needless to say to those who read the books, I was pretty obsessed until I finished the trilogy and was blown away by the comparisons with the Regime and CD in the book—not because these people are sacrificing kids for fun, but because I was able to see the tyranny and control a government not run by and for the people is able to assert control. My kids definitely read the message the way Freepers read the message, and all of their friends read the book, too. I actually had hopes that this series could be an eye opener for their generation, and still have that hope!

  • 15 Reasons Why Barack Obama Is the Greatest President In American History!

    11/23/2013 5:21:13 AM PST · 5 of 35
    Rutabega to Kaslin

    #15 gave me the biggest laugh. So true!