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  lenar   ignore (0)   2012 Aug 10, 3:57am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Ah, PolitiFacts. It seems that they lost all credibility in post-Pulitzer life. Using different combs on different people.

Example:

They analyze and classify as false "this country is bankrupt" statement by Ron Paul.

And fail as much as mention "every month that we do not have an economic recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs" Nancy Pelosi.

Lame.

  lenar   ignore (0)   2012 Aug 10, 8:33am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        


I've decided to take their advice and write a short (100 page) self-published book

You should, imho.
You may consider going for a bigger picture and cover mechanics of bubble formation using housing as an example. "The Club of Greater Fools"?

  lenar   ignore (0)   2012 Aug 11, 12:07pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

tatupu70 says

No--he proves that Republicans lie more than Democrats by showing how many lies Reps spread about Obama vs. how many Dem spread about Bush.

Inventing apples, inventing oranges, and then comparing the two.
I won't be wasting my time on you, tatupu70

  lenar   ignore (0)   2012 Aug 13, 5:36am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Bap33 says

If not license, then how-a-bout drug testing to ensure sober voting? WOuld you agree to drug testing for illegal drugs and drunks before they can vote?

Heh.. legality of a substance is a subject to change (ex.: alcohol in prohibition days) Voters should have a say on this, including substance users - imho.

Weeding out non-contributors, indeed, is an entirely different story.

  lenar   ignore (0)   2012 Aug 13, 6:00am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

eastbay19 says

hoping to find a mid-range fixer in a half-decent Oakland neighborhood for 375 - 425. Right now that doesn't look like that's gonna pan out.

It's like that in most brackets. All anecdotal evidence suggests growing prices, high activity, and reduced bang per buck.

At least it was that way until recently. Perhaps things are changing, we'll see.

  lenar   ignore (0)   2012 Aug 16, 2:50am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote        

I'm looking at this thread in disbelief.
Obama administration spends more than any other president. MORE than ANY.
But because he doesn't spend that-much-more - Forbes now calls him "the smallest government spender since Eisenhower"???

You want to build the case that spendings are not his fault because of deadlocks? Do that. You may succeed, at least for some audiences. But that's not what forbes does. Instead, they feed the readers a blatant lie, all under "would you believe" sause. It's disgusting.

Who do they think the readers are? Ok, it's been determined that porn stars overwhelmingly support Obama, being f$#ed in the head is their job hazard. What about the others, those with college degrees? Can't they see through this?

  lenar   ignore (0)   2012 Aug 16, 3:10am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Interesting. I didn't think that building new wood stoves is legal in CA - something about carbon black. At least, that's the story my builder gave me when I requested a wood fireplace. Perhaps it's only a permit issue for new houses, perhaps it's a local regulation, or possibly he was wrong.

  lenar   ignore (0)   2012 Aug 16, 3:22am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Loyalty to the professional clan over the profession? This is a very dangerous trend. In case of police, it's also a characteristic of third world countries.

Very disturbing, indeed.

  lenar   ignore (0)   2012 Aug 16, 3:49am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Unions and "No Child Left Behind". Two things that killed public education in US.

There is exactly ZERO motivation for a teacher to make his students best they can be. All motivation is misdirected into "not leaving behind".

Those two things make teaching profession very predictable, guided and guarded - in other words, a magnet for mediocracy. Teachers who excel have a choice - they can go to private sector and forfeit taxpayer-sponsored backing, or they can fight the current. They have it hard.

Edit: this probably belongs in the other thread, "what's wrong with public education" thread. Oh well.

  lenar   ignore (0)   2012 Aug 16, 4:56am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Here is an obvious prediction of what would happen to a board that operates like this - combines three strikes rule with an easy path to becoming a decision make (i.e. a moderator)

A multi-partisan core will be unstable and will gravitate towards stability - a highly partisan core. All alternative points of view will be suppressed, their carriers - banned. Very quickly, such a board will turn into a circle jerk.

"But I'm not like that. I would not ban people for their views" Don't worry, someone else will.

Today, forum on patrick.net is just left-leaning. With those rules, it will very quickly become a full scale liberal circle jerk.

Having said that. Dan8267, what posts specifically disturb you enough to raise this as an issue?

  lenar   ignore (0)   2012 Aug 16, 5:31am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Homeboy says

ALL the presidents on that chart spent more than any other president before him, genius. MORE than ANY

Therefore it's acceptable to lie, misrepresent facts, and redefine concepts. Is that what you are saying? WTF are you saying?

  lenar   ignore (0)   2012 Aug 16, 6:19am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Homeboy says

ALL the presidents on the chart increased spending. Obama did that LESS than the other presidents.

Do you know the difference between decrease in growth and decrease in value?

I blame publiK education.

  lenar   ignore (0)   2012 Aug 16, 7:13am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Patrick, what forum engine do you use? Doesn't look like any of the popular picks (vbulletin, phpBB, etc)

  lenar   ignore (0)   2012 Aug 17, 2:21am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Homeboy
says

Son, you are thick as molasses......Which part of that are you having trouble understanding?

Brief summary:
You defend a false statement that Obama spends less than predecessors. You get caught. Your pants are on fire. You think about how to make that lie credible. You appeal to the chart - the one that shows how every president spends more than predecessor. By that chart, Obama spends more than others. Then you try to pass growth in spendings for absolute value of spendings (and Obama does well compare to others on the chart) You get caught again. The fire on the pants gets bigger. You resort to personal pleasantries. Do you also cry quietly?

Which part I have trouble understanding? I have trouble understanding how someone with your mental capacity can type.

  lenar   ignore (0)   2012 Aug 17, 2:39am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        


It started out as Wordpress, but not much of the original code is left now.

Thx

  lenar   ignore (0)   2012 Aug 17, 5:58am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Homeboy says

That's an excellent work of fiction, son.

That's twice. You are persistent with that "son" line, you little bugger. Are you a priest? Liberal priest - that would explain illiteracy and lack of respect for trivial math.

Consider reading up on it, when you are not busy getting close and personal with altar boys.

  lenar   ignore (0)   2012 Aug 18, 2:48am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Homeboy says

So here's where we are so far:

First imaginary conversations, then imaginary friends come. It's a dangerous path.
When you hear or read "go, Homeboy!" - it really is "go home, boy".
Go away. Adults are talking.

  lenar   ignore (0)   2012 Aug 19, 2:12am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Homeboy says

lenar says

First imaginary conversations, then imaginary friends come. It's a dangerous path.

When you hear or read "go, Homeboy!" - it really is "go home, boy".

Go away. Adults are talking.

Riiiight.... now you're gonna pretend your big trump card wasn't to call me a homosexual child molester. Unfortunately for you, your words are already out there. One only needs to scroll back up the page.

You're all class, Lenar.

We all saw that type on the playground. The ones that poke you and then run screaming "wolf". Couldn't stand them as a kid, don't tolerate them much better as an adult.

Homeboy, you were the one who _started_ communication with me by making a personal derogatory comment, and then continued in the same manner. Anybody can scroll up, going back to the first page, and see for themselves. I was quite patient with you at first.

You are one of those sleazy bully types - the whining type. You may think that if you whine long enough it will all go away. It won't.

Go, Homeboy.

  lenar   ignore (0)   2012 Aug 19, 8:50am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

If you apologize - don't do it in a weasel form.
If you don't - don't make it seem like you do.
I don't care either way, frankly.

Obama is singled out for a simple reason - that the article is about Obama. If the article were about Bush (either one), and it said that Bush (either one) spends less than the predecessor, I'd call bull on that as well.

As soon as you add a single dollar to already bloated budget - you spend more. Bottom line. Let's take a loan on a Kirby vacuum and add it to underwater home mortgage! It's only a vacuum, and the mortgage was taken long ago!

On the other hand, I can't help but notice that those big shots at Wall Street deserved their bailout-paid bonuses. Good for Obama to have sided with them. They meant well.

  lenar   ignore (0)   2012 Aug 19, 9:35am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Homeboy says

O.K., fuck you then.

I wouldn't let anyone like you anywhere near my privates, boy. Not even if you can suck tennis ball through a garden hose.

Here, ladies and gentlemen of the left, is a prime example of who keeps you company.

It's not you, it's me, boy. You are not my type. Don't call.

  lenar   ignore (0)   2012 Aug 21, 5:15am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

leoj707 says

Not really, more like replacing masturbation.

Headaches, mood swings, other built-in features may help to humanize it. Then, it may be programmed to different levels for different levels of players – from sex-starved Samantha of Sex and the City to a frigid beauty queen in Silicon Valley.

We the humans crave for challenge, artificially created or not. Success of Tamagotchi shows that.

  lenar   ignore (0)   2012 Aug 21, 10:00am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Nothing new about fear of the machine. One word: Luddites.




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