Rick,Comment Posted By funny man On 2.11.2009 @ 23:07
I really think this process is normal. In 1968 the Democratic party blew up. On one side you had the admittedly disgusting party establishment (Chicago anyone, smile) and then you had the idealistic young leftwing crowd. On one hand the idealistic side was much more sympathetic but in hindsight this extremism (purging) probably lost them the elections all the way to Carter. Interesting also to look at Carters campaign back then, lots of parallels to Sarah Palin. In the end it was 'moderate' Clinton who brought the Dems back to power. Just my two cents.
MooseHComment Posted By funny man On 31.10.2009 @ 17:40
yeah and Reagan appointed you to be a judge on who is conservative and who isn't. Tired of the HA crowd bs too.
Sam,Comment Posted By funny man On 29.10.2009 @ 18:52
sadly the same applies to Democrats too. Or in fact, most Americans. As a German I had to serve. Didn't like it though.
didn't I say we should do both?
I agree that you can put some blame on anti nuclear activists but some blame also has to be on the side of the nuclear industry. For example, you don't trust the government but you expect folks to believe the assurances of an industry? Based on past performance? Would you trust the government more if they were more open? In your case probably not but the same goes for the industry. Even if they were much safer now (which they are) some will still remember Three Mile Island etc. Mistrust of authority is very American attitude and that goes both ways left, right, Buchanan, Nader, Paul etcComment Posted By funny man On 26.10.2009 @ 21:50
I generally agree with you. However, other measures e.g. making our cities more compact, cars and houses more energy efficient, developing solar and wind energy shouldn't be neglected.
You are about my age then (ballpark). Then you remember that part of the problem was also the nuclear industry's PR problem. That was in large part their fault and made people uneasy. That is not surprising when you look at the carefree attitude that prevailed in the 50s and 60s. A lot of the (military) nuclear waste is still giving us problems (superfund sites). You might argue that it is a lot better today (true) but many people still don't trust the industry. That's why I don't believe it should be a partisan agenda.
ok, the majority of Americans favors nuclear energy. Fine, you are from around Austin. What are the odds nuclear waste is going to be deposited in Hill Country? Or anywhere in Texas for that matter? Good luck with that.Comment Posted By funny man On 25.10.2009 @ 18:24
nuclear energy certainly has its positive sites but also drawbacks e.g. waste. Let's say conservatives generally favor nuclear energy, ok? now just convince folks in Wyoming, Alabama, Oklahoma that we need to leave the waste there. Easily done? I don't really believe in this 'one technology solves all problems' approach. However, to invest into renewable energy is a no brainer for me. Doug, why so pessimistic about present and future advances in technology to exploit renewable energy sources. Almost unamerican..(just kidding).Comment Posted By funny man On 24.10.2009 @ 23:51
Chantal,Comment Posted By funny man On 24.10.2009 @ 17:49
blacks and white have a long history together. That is America. So while your points are well taken you make it seem a bit easy. Sure, it would be nice if people just realized their wrongs and fixed it. You know it just doesn't work that way. BTW, I'm pretty sure me and my fellow German immigrants and our kids are on average doing better than white Americans too.
Robert, do you seriously believe anyone in the black community takes Sharpton or Jackson seriously. Is that your black friends? Sure ain't mine.Comment Posted By funny man On 23.10.2009 @ 22:04
Richard,Comment Posted By funny man On 22.10.2009 @ 23:59
I totally agree. Unfortunately, the unions stand in the way to any meaningful reform and for our nation to be competitive we need good public schools. I mean who is going to pay for all the vouchers?
That's why I agree with Michelle Rhee, a democrat by the way, who is doing a lot of things right. Mayor Fenti also belongs to the new type of black leaders who look for results not rhetoric. Had to laugh when Marion Barry wanted to be the advocate for the children of his district. Yeah, right. Interestingly, figures like Sharpton and Barry are quite popular among some conservatives when hardly anyone (I know) in the black community takes them serious anymore. However, in Detroit I learned not to listen to the crazies on both sides if you want to get anything done. Hope you are right about the education reform, we certainly need it.
Richard,Comment Posted By funny man On 22.10.2009 @ 20:21
ok, I'm not talking about any time soon but let's leave the partisan stuff aside for a minute. For example education has been a disaster for many inner city black kids and that is not entirely the fault of one party (I know Detroit, so that's where I've got my opinion from). What is needed there is a bipartisan radical shake-up of the whole system. Someone like Michelle Rhee who believes in her mission and her kids in the DC school system. That's something that all of us can rally behind and make discipline and excellence the goals again. Not people misusing kids for their political gain and yes there was white flight but there was also numerous incompetent people coming in on Coleman Young's soultrain etc. However, for the sake of the kids this has to be over.