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  • Obama Lectures On Refugees: "We Must Uphold Our Ideals Now"

    11/24/2015 12:18:57 PM PST · by Biggirl · 31 replies ^ | November 24, 2015 | Pam Key
    Tuesday at a press conference with French President Francois Hollande, President Barack Obama declared it “our humanitarian duty” to help out with refugees fleeing the Middle East. Obama said, “Americans will not be terrorized. I say all this because another part of being vigilant, another part of defeating terrorists like ISIL is upholding the rights and freedoms that define our two great republics. That includes freedom of religion.
  • Barack Obama says ISIS will be defeated by ideas, not guns (WTF!????)

    U.S. president meets with Pentagon officials following weekend airstrikes in eastern Syria The complex threat of the ISIS extremist group will not be ultimately defeated by guns but through ideology, Barack Obama says. The U.S. president made the remarks Monday on the military campaign against the Islamic State group after being briefed by Pentagon officials earlier in the day. He called for co-operation among countries in a fight he said spills over borders. Obama will look to partner with Muslim communities that he said are often the target of ISIS attacks. "The battle for hearts and minds is going to...
  • The 5 Dumbest Ideas That Have Taken Root In America

    04/07/2015 5:18:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies ^ | April 7, 2015 | John Hawkins
    Humans are extremely adaptable creatures; so we tend to quickly acclimate ourselves to our circumstances until they become the "new normal." However, sometimes when you have a hole in the bottom of your boat, it's a better idea to try to address it than to just keep bailing water all day long. For example, here in America we seem to believe that... 1) The only religion it's okay to mock is the most popular one, Christianity: Roughly 80% of Americans are Christian; yet which religion is openly mocked by Hollywood and the mainstream media? Is it Judaism? No, that would...
  • The 12 worst ideas religion has unleashed on the world

    01/24/2015 10:14:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Salon ^ | 01/24/2015 | VALERIE TARICO,
    Some of humanitys technological innovations are things we would have been better off without: the medieval rack, the atomic bomb and powdered lead potions come to mind. Religions tend to invent ideas or concepts rather than technologies, but like every other creative human enterprise, they produce some really bad ones along with the good. Ive previously highlighted some of humanitys best moral and spiritual concepts, our shared moral core. Here, by way of contrast, are some of the worst. These twelve dubious concepts promote conflict, cruelty, suffering and death rather than love and peace. To paraphrase Christopher Hitchens, they belong...
  • Want To Become A Billionaire? Just Solve One Of These 10 Problems

    04/22/2014 8:58:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/22/2014 | Rob Wile
    We recently gave you a list of 25 trends that would be making people billions. Most of the phenomena will end up benefiting everyone.But if you fancied yourself as someone who could be turned into a billionaire, you were arguably cheating — these were things everyone has already figured out.The real challenge, and the greater value and more lucrative pursuit, would be to come up with the solutions to problems that have befuddled engineers for decades or more.We thought of 10 of them:1. Wireless Power Digital devices have become so small that it can be cumbersome to plug them into a...
  • Chinese professor builds Li-Fi system with retail parts

    11/05/2013 9:44:44 AM PST · by Utilizer · 38 replies
    NETWORK WORLD ^ | November 05, 2013 07:07 AM ET | Michael Kan, IDG News Service
    Chinese professor Chi Nan has built her own Li-Fi wireless system that can use LED lights to send and receive Internet data. "I bought the lights from Taobao," she said, referring to the Chinese e-commerce site. The professor from Fudan University showed off the technology on Tuesday at the China International Industry Fair in Shanghai. Unlike traditional Wi-Fi routers that use radio signals, Chi's system relies on light to send and receive data wirelessly. Others scientists, especially in the U.K., have also been researching the technology, and dubbed it "Li-Fi". But rather than develop specialized hardware, Chi bought off-the-shelf retail...
  • In Boston speech, Obama seeks to reset ideas about his health law (channeling Mitt's 'success'?)

    10/29/2013 7:15:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/29/13 | Roberta Rampton - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After four rocky weeks while his landmark health insurance law has been disparaged as poorly managed, expensive and disappointing, President Barack Obama will travel to Boston on Wednesday to try to reset expectations about Obamacare. Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech in 271-year-old Faneuil Hall, where some of the seeds of the American revolution took root - and where on April 12, 2006, the start of another historic shift began. Against the backdrop of a huge painting of a famous debate on preserving the union at a time when the nation verged on civil war, then-Republican...
  • Obama: Reporters tell me my ideas are 'great'

    07/25/2013 9:33:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 84 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/25/13 | Daniel Strauss
    President Obama said reporters praise his economic proposals as great and tell him they are all good ideas. Obama made the remarks in a speech Wednesday in Galesburg, Ill., focused on the economy. The address didnt include any new proposals on the economy, and Republicans criticized Obama for giving an address that was more of the same. But Obama said the news media often praises his ideas. "Its interesting, in the run-up to this speech, a lot of reporters say that, well, Mr. President, these are all good ideas, but some of youve said before; some of them sound great,...
  • Voters to GOP: Like Your Ideas, Dont Like Your Party

    03/23/2013 1:31:42 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 47 replies
    NRO ^ | 3-18-13 | john fund
    A new poll for the Hill newspaper finds that more voters trust the Democratic Party than the Republican Party on budgetary issues . . . even though a strong majority actually prefer Republican fiscal policies. The poll of 1,000 likely voters was taken last week by Pulse Opinion Research. It asked respondents to choose between two different budget approaches without their being identified with a particular party. A total of 55 percent picked a plan similar to the one offered by House budget chairman Paul Ryan: Trimming federal spending by $5 trillion, not raising taxes, and reaching a balanced budget...
  • World Changing Ideas 2012 - 10 innovations that are radical enough to alter our lives

    11/18/2012 8:50:35 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 9 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 11/14/12 | By The Editors , Ferris Jabr , Katherine Harmon , Emily Laber-Warren , David Biello , Daisy ...
    Scientists and engineers dream about big advances that could change the world, and then they try to create them. On the following pages, Scientific American reveals 10 innovations that could be game changers: an artificial alternative to DNA, oil that cleans water, pacemakers powered by our blood, and more. These are not pie-in-the-sky notions but practical breakthroughs that have been proved or prototyped and are poised to scale up greatly. Each has the potential to make what may now seem impossible possible. The EditorsNew Life-Forms, No DNA Required Artificial organisms based on man-made molecules could thrive and evolveDNA is pass....
  • Ideas for the Romney Campaign: Post Them Here! (vanity)

    09/08/2012 2:43:48 PM PDT · by Hetty_Fauxvert · 81 replies
    Sept. 8, 2012 | me
    I have seen several mentions on this site in the last few days that the Romney campaign has staffers who actively sift through this and other sites for ideas they can use. So I say, why make it hard for them? Let's post our best ideas here and let 'em have at it. Let the fun begin!
  • Santorum Suspends: So What Now?

    04/10/2012 2:12:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Rush ^ | April 10, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Rick Santorum has just suspended his campaign. I think the reason for suspending the campaign is it allows you to continue to raise money to pay off your debt, but Santorum's campaign has been suspended. God bless him. I don't know why. I don't know if he had internal polling numbers that looked bad in Pennsylvania. I don't know if it's money. I don't know if it's the accumulation of pressure on him from the establishment. It's probably a combination, some people say unprecedented, in a Republican primary. Negative campaign ads have clearly worked. They drove Newt...
  • Newt in Autumn

    04/02/2012 9:21:33 AM PDT · by true believer forever · 26 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 30, 2012 | Robert Costa
    Haley understands why many politicos interpret Gingrichs maneuvers as a retreat. Haleys job, as he sees it, is to keep the campaign in survival mode until then out of debt, in the news, and prepared for a floor debate. We clearly have an opportunity to win, Haley says. Now, its clear from the delegate math that we have an almost impossible hurdle. But we also believe that Romney will have a very difficult time reaching the necessary 1,144 delegates he needs to be the nominee. If the Republican National Committee follows its rules regarding Florida and Arizona, Romney will...
  • Ain't impressed with candidates' grammar

    11/16/2011 1:39:08 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Heidi Stevens
    Some folks, like Newt Gingrich, read Newt Gingrich's surge in this week's polls as a warm, if belated, embrace of his plan to balance the budget and get this country "back on track." Other folks, like a certain Words Work writer, wonder if the word "ain't" reads a tad unpresidential. "It ain't a day for quitting nothing," Texas governor Rick Perry assured us late last week after his infamous debate brain freeze. ....Oh, fine. But seriously, "ain't"? And not just "ain't," but "ain't a day for quitting nothing?" Was that the best line to hitch your star to on the...
  • Cain Proves Power of ideas in Republican Race

    10/08/2011 6:40:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 210 replies ^ | October 8, 2011 | Floyd and Mary Beth Brown
    Americas media is obsessed with every tick of every poll. The reason they cover polls is because they dont want to cover ideas. Republicans should resist being sucked into this reality show mentality and focus instead on the candidates ideas. Herman Cain used this to great effect in the Florida Straw Poll. His powerful speech concluded with a riff in which he talked about how the media had declared, I cant win. He then empowered his audience by telling them, You decide who wins, not the media. Good advice from a candidate that is now watching this particular race from...
  • Why Didn't I Think of That...?

    09/07/2011 6:36:29 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican
    Reaganite Republican ^ | September 7, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    More at Reaganite Republican
  • Emanuel wants 'ideas, not insults' at second town hall meeting

    09/01/2011 10:02:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/1/11 | Kristen Mac
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel tried to set the tone tonight for his second budget town hall meeting at the outset, saying he wanted to hear ideas, not insults.I want people to be constructive, not just complain. I am looking for solutions, Emanuel told the audience during a five-minute opening before he took any questions. I understand people are upset. Change is upsetting."(Snip)The crowd at Malcolm X College was less raucous than the one that greeted the mayor at Kennedy-King College on the South Side on Monday night. More than 700 people gathered tonight
  • Goolsbee: We Need Bipartisan Ideas to Solve Crisis(Hannity Video, Part 2)

    08/27/2011 7:54:16 AM PDT · by Son House · 23 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | Aug 26, 2011 | Sean Hannity
    Fmr. chief economic advisor on Recovery Act, unemployment rate
  • The Root's Young Futurists List of 25 Innovators

    02/01/2011 9:10:24 AM PST · by greatdefender · 5 replies
    List of 25 African American youngsters-all under 25-have ideas. Some are good but too many are liberal-agenda ideas. But that's me! Click on the box to read the person's idea's and you see what I am talking about

    So said Joe Biden today on the second-floor bar at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel at a fundraiser for incumbent Democratic NY-1 Rep. Tim Bishop. Every single great idea that has marked the 21st century, the 20th century and the 19th century has required government vision and government incentive, he said. In the middle of the Civil War you had a guy named Lincoln paying people $16,000 for every 40 miles of track they laid across the continental United States. No private enterprise would have done that for another 35 years. For innovation and business, people don't look towards...
  • Slate Editorial: The United States of Inequality (Did GOP ideas create it?)

    09/10/2010 8:15:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Slate ^ | 09/10/2010 | Timothy Noah
    Liberal politicians and activists have long argued that the federal government caused the Great Divergence. And by "federal government," they generally mean Republicans, who controlled the White House for 20 of the past 30 years, after all. A few outliers even argue that for Republicans, creating income inequality was a conscious and deliberate policy goal. Until recently, the consensus among academicseven most liberal oneswas quite different. Economists argued that the Great Divergence was the result not of Washington policymaking but of larger "exogenous" (external) and "secular" (long-term) forces. In June, the Congressional Budget Office calculated that spending by the federal...
  • Top 10 New Ideas From Team Obama

    08/10/2010 6:32:29 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 8-10-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Ever since Obama started chastising the GOP for not coming up with "new" ideas, I've been wondering what "new" ideas could be originating from his administration... 10. Point out how our trillion dollar deficits meet the goal of avoiding gazillion dollar deficits. 9. Hire the first official White House chiropractor under the code name, "Dr. Obowma." 8. Make it crystal clear that the president TOTALLY opposes gay marriage....except in cases where the participants are straight (or gay)...seriously though...yuck... ;-D 7. Muslim outreach will include NASA putting Mars on hold until the president knows the effects of zero gravity on...
  • Ideas for reverse flotillas gain steam

    06/08/2010 10:42:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies · 27+ views ^ | 6/8/10 | ABE SELIG
    Israeli groups mull sailing toward Turkey to "remind the world of Turkish hypocrisy." Although most of the recent talk regarding flotillas has revolved around ships sailing toward Gaza, at least two plans have emerged for reverse flotillas from Israel toward Turkey to highlight what organizers have labeled the Turks shameless hypocrisy in their criticisms of the Jewish state.
  • The GOP "Listening Tour"

    05/27/2010 4:52:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 236+ views ^ | May 27, 2010 | Cal Thomas
    Hillary Clinton did it and it worked for her when she ran for the Senate in New York, so now Republicans will give it a go. It's the listening tour, except unlike Hillary, who traveled from town to town, Republicans plan to stay in one place and invite you to come to them. House Republicans announced on Tuesday a new Website ( It invites people to submit their ideas in five categories: American prosperity, fiscal accountability, American values, national security and an "open mic" section on which you can recommend anything not covered by the other four. I do not...
  • Obama's health reform isn't modeled after Heritage Foundation ideas

    04/19/2010 10:24:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 284+ views
    WaPo ^ | 4/19/10 | Robert Moffit
    Think tank analysts usually brim with pride when the president of the United States goes around claiming that his policies are based on their work. But when President Obama tries to sell his health-care law as a moderate approach that borrows ideas developed by the Heritage Foundation, we get incensed. The Obama health-care law "builds" on the Heritage health reform model only in the sense that, say, a double-quarter-pounder with cheese "builds" on the idea of a garden salad. Both have lettuce and tomato and may be called food, but the similarities end there. This is why we at the...
  • Obama open to adding (4) GOP ideas to health plan

    03/02/2010 10:36:12 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 51 replies · 1,481+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/2/10 | Erica Werner - ap
    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama said Tuesday he was open to four new Republican proposals on health care legislation, in a gesture of bipartisanship meant to jump-start his stalled overhaul drive. Obama detailed the ideas, all of which were raised at a bipartisan health care summit last week, in a letter to congressional leaders. He also called for eliminating a special deal for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries in Florida and other states that drew criticism at the summit from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. The proposals Obama mentioned are: sending investigators disguised as patients to uncover fraud and waste; expanding medical malpractice...
  • My Work In Progress - Real Healthcare Reform Ideas for Conservatives to Work For

    11/17/2009 12:21:51 AM PST · by Secret Agent Man · 2 replies · 374+ views
    self | 11/17/09 | Secret Agent Man
    Been thinking about what I'd put together as a conservative, if I had to correct things in our current healthcare system. Number of things come to mind, none of which Pelosi or Reid or any of the dems come to grips with. Further making me feel confident I'm on the right track. 1. Health Insurance strongly encouraged to buy, not forced. Strongly encouraged because the alternative is paying for 100% of your catastrophic emergency medical costs, asset forfeiture if necessary. This means coming after any form of wealth you've got to pay your debts. Going after 401k's, going after IRAs,...
  • Tea Party Commercial Ideas!!!!

    08/10/2009 8:41:19 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 12 replies · 930+ views
    August 10, 2009 | Niuhuru
    Okay, let's brainstorm some great ideas for Tea Party commericals and online ads.
  • Cant Be Serious (medias refusal to measure the worth of Republican ideas against Democratic ones)

    04/29/2009 11:57:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 801+ views
    National Review ^ | 4/29/2009 | Mark Hemingway
    That the Republican party has been flailing since the 2006 midterm elections is pretty hard to deny. At this point, sorting out what is wrong with the GOP is the political equivalent of cleaning out the Augean Stables, and theres no shortage of people willing to grab a shovel. But of all the horse, er, puckey thats been flung, perhaps the most baffling is the narrative that the GOP is so bereft of ideas it is not to be taken seriously. The Atlantics Marc Ambinder, whos not known for being a partisan bomb thrower, appeared to be vying for the...
  • Newt Gingrich: To Stop Losing War Of Ideas, Republicans Need To Think Like Entrepreneurs

    03/02/2009 7:53:12 PM PST · by DBCJR · 14 replies · 542+ views
    US News & World ^ | March 02, 2009 10:35 AM ET | Matthew Bandyk
    In the New York Times magazine, Matt Bai has an interesting profile of Newt Gingrich and his attempts to repair the GOP's malfunctioning idea factory. Here's the most interesting selection from my point of view: Gingrich is all about offering, as he puts it, a better value for the American customer constructive solutions Republicans can take on the road during the next midterm election season and beyond. Most Republicans are not entrepreneurial, he lamented to me. Theyre corporatists. They like the security and the comfort of a well-thought-out, highly boring boardroom meeting in which they do a PowerPoint once....
  • Worst Ideas of the Week (Hussein & Gitmo, Barney Frank & OneUnited, Hussein & lobbyists)

    01/27/2009 7:07:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies · 368+ views
    DC Examiner ^ | 1/25/09
    Worst Ideas of the WeekBy Examiner Editorial Staff - 1/25/09 From Gitmo with hate1| Former detainee returns to terrorism The details: President Obamas order to close the Guantanamo Bay detainee center within a year looks questionable in light of this: Said Ali al-Shihri, a former Gitmo detainee, is now the deputy leader of Al-qaidas branch in Yemen. Some 60 other former detainees likewise have rejoined terrorist groups. Frankly unethical2| House chairman interferes with bailout The details: Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank, D-MA, snuck a provision into the bank bailout to help a local Boston bank that otherwise would...
  • Voting on Ideas [Update @ #22]

    01/15/2009 8:09:11 AM PST · by thesearethetimes... · 23 replies · 535+ views ^ | 1/15/09 | Self
    This thread, is the result an offhand prompt from Rummy Chick, in a post about 10 days ago. If it has been posted before, I shall happily request it's removal : P I actually signed on over there, to support the freedom to buy and consume whatever kind of food I want to... Sad, aint it, that we have come to this? And I figured the termites in the woodwork angle, wasnt a bad idea either. The old, hold your friends close, and your enemies closer ; ) It is definitely worth a look, although, the site is slower than...
  • Ideas for Obama (More economic advise from Nobel Prize Winner, Paul Krugman)

    01/12/2009 4:53:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 1,056+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 11,2009 | Paul Krugman
    Last week President-elect Barack Obama was asked to respond to critics who say that his stimulus plan wont do enough to help the economy. Mr. Obama answered that he wants to hear ideas about how to spend money efficiently and effectively to jump-start the economy. O.K., Ill bite although as Ill explain shortly, the jump-start metaphor is part of the problem. First, Mr. Obama should scrap his proposal for $150 billion in business tax cuts, which would do little to help the economy. Ideally hed scrap the proposed $150 billion payroll tax cut as well, though Im aware that...
  • The Dimmest Bulb of 2008 (from Maryland Paper)

    12/28/2008 10:14:34 PM PST · by Lilpug15 · 21 replies · 2,048+ views
    Baltimore Examiner ^ | 12/28/2008 | Sunday Opinions
    The Dimmest Bulb of 2008: Vice-President-elect - Joe Biden There are a lot of reasons why congressional reporters long ago nicknamed the Delaware Democrat as "Senator Gaffe." His performance as Barack Obama's vice presidential nominee demonstrated yet again that Biden is a truly gifted goof. Here's Biden's top five goofs, as rated by's Daniel Kurtzma: 5. "Look, Jon's last-minute economic plan does nothing to tackle the No.1 job facing the middle-class, and it happens to be, as Barak says, a three letter word: jobs, J-O-B-S, jobs." 4. "A man I'm proud to call my friend. A man who will...
  • Call for ideas on living in a warming world ("climate-proof the Bay Area")

    12/19/2008 8:43:58 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 610+ views ^ | 12/19/08 | John King
    The impacts of climate change are a hot topic among scientists and environmental activists. Now the Bay Conservation and Development Commission wants to hear from another perspective: the design community. The state agency is preparing to launch a $125,000 competition that will invite architects, planners and engineers to bring innovative proposals "to climate-proof the Bay Area," in the words of the competition outline. The aim isn't to stop climate change from happening, say officials, or to build impregnable levees. The goal is to get designers thinking creatively about how to prepare for a world where the sea level might climb...
  • America Supports You: Care Package Site Provides Ideas

    10/27/2008 4:55:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 301+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Sharon Foster
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2008 Whether you are a young soldier leaving boot camp for a tour in Germany or a seasoned military police officer working in Iraq, receiving a care package from home can be a huge pick-me-up. A Web site launched in September provides many ideas to families and friends wanting to send care packages to love ones stationed abroad. Abby Tymchak of Wayne, N.J., was inspired to create the site, called The Soldiers Family, when she found out her husband, Army Sgt. Scott Kowalski, was being deployed overseas for at least a year. Initially, she said,...
  • McCain Speaks, DOW Rises

    10/06/2008 5:53:28 PM PDT · by hecht · 15 replies · 616+ views
    McCain Speaks, DOW Rises The DOW was down over -800 points until John McCain started his hard-hitting speech today attacking Barack Obama on everything from his Palestinian campaign contributions, the economy, to Fannie and Freddie. The DOW ended down -334.91, which is very bad but certainly not as bad as -800. I thought the financial situation was supposed to be saved by the $850+ billion bailout that just had to pass last week? Now we are hearing that the bailout was just the beginning, that there will be at least two, maybe three, more bailouts. From the New York Times,...
  • Scientists, Battlefield Medics Share Ideas

    08/19/2008 4:52:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 170+ views
    ST. PETES BEACH, Fla., Aug. 19, 2008 Scientists and battlefield medical clinicians shared their knowledge and experiences to advance medicine during the militarys premier trauma care conference here. The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Commands annual Advanced Technology Applications for Combat Casualty Care Conference was held Aug. 11 to 15. What evolved from a disjointed vendor-oriented conference more than 10 years ago with just a couple hundred participants is now an extremely relevant knowledge exchange that has the ability to improve military medicine, said Army Col. Bob Vandre, a former MRMC Combat Casualty Care Program director who organized...
  • Dems solicit ideas for their party platform (What should Democrats stand for - and against?)

    07/18/2008 12:30:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 168+ views ^ | 7/18/08 | Carla Marinucci
    The Democratic National Committee is asking America to weigh in on its party platform, and this week kicks off more than 1,300 meetings to hear from voters across the country on the big question: What should Democrats stand for - and against? If the idea sounds politically challenging, or even risky - think Rush Limbaugh and his dittoheads weighing in - San Francisco attorney Michael Yaki, who heads the party's platform committee, says not to worry. In fact, he's even invited Limbaugh and his dittoheads to come on down and take part in the meetings that will happen around the...
  • From Robespierre to al-Qaeda: categorical extermination

    03/25/2008 3:34:18 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 11 replies · 429+ views
    CERC ^ | Unk. | PAUL JOHNSON
    An intellectual is someone who thinks ideas matter more than people. If people get in the way of ideas they must be swept aside and, if necessary, put in concentration camps or killed. To intellectuals, individuals as such are not interesting and do not matter. Indeed individualism is a hindrance to the pursuit of ideals in an absolute sense. The individual, with his quirks and quiddities, his mixture of good and bad, intelligence and stupidity, longing for justice but anxiety to promote his own selfish interests, does not fit into a utopian community. Hence utopians, if they are in earnest,...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread - Happy First Day of Spring and Happy Easter

    03/20/2008 9:07:46 AM PDT · by Gabz · 71 replies · 737+ views
    My pea-brain and the Internet | 3/20/08 | Gabz
    Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, I know.......many folks are still covered in snow others are facing other horrendous weather issues. They are all in our thoughts and prayers. HOWEVER - at 1:26 Eastern this afternoon Spring officially begins. Trying to find articles about the first day of spring was practically an impossibility. Oh sure, there were some out there but most of them were real downers, so I decided today might be a great share some of our favorite gardening websites. The categories of gardening and seed catalogs on my favorites list are both as long as my arm, but I grabbed...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread ----- Tossing Around Ideas

    01/24/2008 10:53:49 AM PST · by Gabz · 224 replies · 599+ views
    My "pea" brain | 1/24/08 | Gabz and GardenGirl
    Howdy folks!!! I originally planned to wait until tomorrow (Friday) to get this going, but it is such a damp, dreary, plain old yucky day here on Virginia's Eastern Shore I decided to do it now --dreaming of spring, so to speak! One of the major topics that seemed to arise last week dealt with "zones" and how even people living in the same "zone" will have different growing conditions based upon location. Also because we are all so spread out the different zones do matter when it comes to planting times and plants. GardenGirl and Diana in Wisconsin are...
  • Rivals Blast Obama's Praise for Reagan

    01/18/2008 2:48:37 PM PST · by ECM · 25 replies · 65+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | Jan 18 05:12 PM US/Eastern | NEDRA PICKLER
    RENO, Nev. (AP) - John Edwards and Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized Barack Obama's praise of the Republican Party and Ronald Reagan—an anathema for many Democrats, particularly union members considered crucial to winning Nevada's Democratic caucuses Saturday. Obama responded by suggesting Clinton would be a "president whose plans change with the politics of the moment"—one of his most direct critiques of the New York senator yet. The intensity reflects what polls suggest could be a tight contest Saturday as Nevada plays its most prominent role ever in a presidential nominating campaign. Nevada was granted a coveted spot right after Iowa and...
  • America Supports You: Calendar Provides Troop-Support Ideas

    01/03/2008 3:11:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 86+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2008 New Years resolutions frequently include good intentions, such as joining a gym, calling parents or organizing closets. But through its America Supports You program, the Defense Department is helping Americans resolve to support the nations servicemembers throughout 2008. America Supports You is a DoD program that connects citizens and corporations with military personnel and their families serving at home and abroad. Its ringing in 2008 with a 12-month calendar suggesting ways to support the nations military men and women and their families each month. Remembering the troops at a time when people are already setting...
  • Subliminal Flag-Waving Discourages Extreme Ideas

    12/05/2007 3:33:49 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 118+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 12-5-2007
    Subliminal flag-waving discourages extreme ideas 05 December 2007 From New Scientist Print Edition. As if emotional campaign messages weren't enough, politicians now have another way to try to win over the electorate. A study in Israel shows that voters can be manipulated into changing their attitudes by being shown subliminal images of their national flag. A team led by psychologist Ran Hassin at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem divided volunteers into two groups: those who strongly identified with Israeli nationalism and those who identified with it only weakly. They then quizzed them about their attitude to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after...
  • Holiday Shopping: Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is (vanity)

    11/23/2007 3:44:32 PM PST · by Lexinom · 104 replies · 368+ views
    <self> | 11/23/2007 | <self>
    Holiday Shopping: Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah FRiends! This is the time of year that is special because is engenders the spirit of giving and selflessness of its sacred origins. Each of us, in his or her own way, has a special place in our heart for this joyful time. As we put others' needs and desires first, as we look forward to the expression of surprise and delight on our loved ones' faces as they receive our gifts, as we peruse the ailes, let us consider the economic import of our duty. Some...
  • If nothing else, Fred Thompson is unconventional in his campaign

    11/27/2007 12:26:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 211+ views
    The Newport News Daily Press ^ | November 27, 2007 | Peter Brown, Asst. Director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute
    Fred Thompson's presidential campaign has been unorthodox since Day 1, and his decision to grab the "third rail" of American politics with both hands is a clear indication that he really is a different kind of candidate. Since agreeing to run, after a mild draft effort by conservatives looking to fill the void in the race for a candidate who shared their views and values, Thompson has pursued what can only be considered a nontraditional path. He has eschewed the traditional 24/7 campaign run by his competitors and expected by the Washington-based mainstream news media, which has labeled him poorly...
  • GOP Looks Like The Party Of Diverse Ideas (Mark Steyn: GOP Not Short On Ideas Alert)

    11/24/2007 8:44:23 AM PST · by goldstategop · 26 replies · 68+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 11/24/2007 | Mark Steyn
    Rudy Giuliani was a brilliant can-do executive who transformed the fortunes of what was supposedly one of the most ungovernable cities in the nation. But on guns, abortion and almost every other social issue he's anathema to much of the party. Mike Huckabee is an impeccable social conservative but, fiscally speaking, favors big-government solutions with big-government price tags. Ron Paul has a long track record of sustained philosophically coherent support for small government but he's running as a neo-isolationist on war and foreign policy. John McCain believes in assertive American global leadership but he believes just as strongly in constitutional...
  • Looking for Ideas for the Ultimate Bachelor Party

    08/29/2007 4:17:06 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 51 replies · 3,930+ views
    Wednesday, August 29, 2007 | Momaw Nadon
    Bachelor Party Checklist: Timing - Try not to have the party on the eve of the wedding. This is very bad for everyone involved including your friend. It is highly likely that he (or she) will be spending a good part of their life savings the following day, they will want to be sober for it. A week in advance is a good idea. Even a month in advance is acceptable. Friday and Saturday nights are best. Food - You probably won't be expected to truly feed everyone, however you should provide something to eat. It could be pot luck...
  • Romney: Big Brother is Watching (Romney's Plan For Pedophiles)

    07/19/2007 5:21:28 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 100 replies · 1,045+ views ^ | 07/19/07 | David Brody
    Mitt Romney has a lot of ideas. That's one area where you can't criticize him. His latest idea is called the "One-Strike, You're Ours" Law. Catchy title. Basically, what Romney proposed last night during his speech in Colorado Springs was tougher penalties for first time sexual Internet predators who prey on young children. If you are caught and convicted then you'll get "stiff mandatory jail time" plus Romney will sick big brother on you because the penalty will also be a lifetime of tracking by GPS systems. I can already see the ACLU mobilizing the forces. If they thought the...