the Dragon,Comment Posted By funny man On 4.12.2009 @ 18:48
look you like her, and that's fine. I like some of her too but don't think she's fit to be President. However, I don't say you are not a conservative and neither should you say that about me (at least not based on my opinion of Palin). I didn't say you did though. So on this point we can agree to disagree.
Bald Ninja,Comment Posted By funny man On 4.12.2009 @ 18:09
I don't hate her. Why should I? I just think she doesn't understand enough foreign policy to be President. Her press conference after resigning as governor? That's whining. Her interview with Couric? Pathetic. Self criticism doesn't seem a strong trait with her (ok, to be fair that's not widespread in either party).
I think Palin knows fully well what she is doing and that the birth certificate is a non-issue. However, she knows it will stir up her base who follow her blindly. The upright All-American Mom who defends us all against the degenerate 'elites'. Does that narrative have anything to do with 'conservative values'? Of course, not but her ratings in the GB/Rush crowd soar, her book sells well and if you point out some let's say less convincing things about her you get 'called out' by her followers. Anyway, it wouldn't be a big deal but contrary to Palinbots she is not presidential material. We'll see if she makes a run (she will probably try).Comment Posted By funny man On 4.12.2009 @ 16:18
The motives of many commenters on the right and left is to show they've 'got it going on'. Maybe me included. So I don't mind being called out (rightly or wrongly) once in a while. Ghosh, why do people take themselves so seriously?Comment Posted By funny man On 3.12.2009 @ 12:40
However, let's take unemployment. That is a serious problem whether you are on the right or the left. So it is not surprising that we want to do something about it. Now of course, depending on your political leanings, the 'medicine' will be different. However, to think this is a 'plot' or whatever is just crazy (like Rush) as you pointed out. So even if it gets people riled up, even if it were to help win elections, even if it helps 'fire up the base', it's still crazy.
One last thing, I don't believe in name calling in any discussion as angry as I might be. In addition, it's counterproductive if your goal is to win votes. Like, ohh he called me a marxist traitor, I better change my outlook, it must be true.
Thomas,Comment Posted By funny man On 5.12.2009 @ 16:28
when it came to foreign policy Bush #41 was a lot better than #43 especially if you are a conservative. I don't see anything wrong with weighing all options, discussing them and then making a decision.
I didn't watch the speech either (dayjob). Anyway, the problem with sending even more troops frankly is that Pakistan is the real problem (nuclear arms, tribal region etc). So the Taliban can just wait us out over the border. So IMHO we can only hope to stabilize Afghanistan and at the same time hope the Pakistani military is strong enough to contain the Taliban. It's not great but it does effect our security so I also support the policy.Comment Posted By funny man On 2.12.2009 @ 11:05
Anarcho-conservatism really is so true although in a way it is an oxymoron. What Johnson must know but conveniently forgets are that these wackos are at most 5-10% of the people on the right. They are vocal and delude themselves into believing thy are the stalwarts of the 'real' America. However, after this phase plays itself out cool, rational minds will prevail. Nice piece RickComment Posted By funny man On 1.12.2009 @ 12:17
There was a recent documentary on PBS that illustrates the fault lines pretty well.
Here is the link for anyone to watch:
Note also the county commissioner, Gary Hall, a conservative Republican is called a communist and other names. The point is, he and others want to work through the problem constructively with other members of the community. The radio talk show host doesn't really have anything to offer but baseless accusations and anger but he fuels the resentments.Comment Posted By funny man On 29.11.2009 @ 18:04
Even if I agree that forests should be thinned etc this sort of hatred should be avoided. However, you will immediately see the parallels to the Graham/DeMint story.
The problem is, it is indeed difficult to have a rational discussion about this problem. Everyone here seems to know what good and junk science is but the problem is you don't. Hume once said many people wouldn't have a problem to accept the most unlikely thing from happening e.g. the virgin Mary appearing (aliens or what not) but if you told them you went hiking in a forest and a bear joined you and kept walking with you until the end of the forest, they would immediately dismiss that even though that is by far more likely.Comment Posted By funny man On 28.11.2009 @ 17:25
So now it has to be crazy liberals conspiring to kill American industry versus anti-science religious zealots on the right protecting big industry. Or something like that. Talk is cheap but at the end of the day we, the people, have to get together to solve many environmental problems. That fact doesn't need any big theories to be true. Just one example, water in the Southwest. Or another, getting away from foreign dependency on oil.
There are a lot of things that you might question about FDRs policies and their effectiveness. However, maybe I'm a bit romantic regarding the CCC program but I like the idea of Americans of all stripes getting out there and making our country better. and BTW I'm not going to wait until all the crazies on both sides are convinced.
reforestation in Ethiopia and Haiti is a good idea anyway if only to ensure water supply. I just want to remind people what happened when there were no environmental policies in place. Dust bowl, anyone. The CCC also did a lot to preserve our natural environment. So I don't think this is all unreasonable and all government involvement is bad. Curbing emissions, building more energy efficient cars and houses etc. Why should any of this be bad?
The previous two comments answer your question. Anti-science is now a legitimate conservative position for some. Resistance to logic and reason is part of it but beyond that, it is suspicion and paranoia about those who choose to think beyond talking points. They simply don't trust people who aren't as ignorant as they are.
ed.Comment Posted By funny man On 28.11.2009 @ 14:24