The following comment was posted on this site a few weeks ago and it’s eloquence speaks for itself.The only thing I would add to this is we saw a similar scenario played out by the GOP right before Christmas. They were all about 9/11 and it’s heroes, until it came time to come to the aid of sick and dying first responders. – OTOOLEFAN
I am a totally disabled veteran, there are actually very few of us who are totally disabled.
Needless to say. I wish the liberals would take the credit they deserve. Liberals do more to support veterans disabled veterans than the right does. The right actually hates disabled vets.
The real issue is that people equate defense spending and supporting the military with supporting veterans. Veterans do not benefit one dime from defense spending.
We rely on the VA, and the pyramid of federal and state aid programs. IT IS THE LIBERALS WHO SUPPORT ME. And not any of the patriotic charities that raise tons of money under the guise of supporting veterans.
I really don’t get involved in politics. But I live in Delaware and Christine O’Donnell and the 9/12 patriots attacked me, so I did get involved. ( Meet Sen Kerry at a Chris Coons Event ).
So liberals, take your credit, there are alot of disabled vets that understand this so please take your props.
How is it possible that a significant portion of the American population believes or says it believes, that President Obama was not born in America, that Donald Trump would make a great president, that Sarah Palin is fit to lead our country, that Michele Bachman is telling the truth, that health care for all means “Death Panels” etc., etc., ad nauseam?
Put it this way: being ignorant in America is now considered a virtue.
Amongst other reasons blame American-style religion.
“The [magic] question I always ask is: Would you rather have their income and pay their taxes or have the income of someone who doesn’t pay taxes? The discussion is over right there.”
There is a great deal of discussion currently about whether the tax burden in this country is shared fairly.
Are the ‘rich’ and the rich (some deserve air quotes, some don’t) being taxed more than their fair share? Are the middle class, working poor and poor under-taxed? Should we be concerned that some folks make so little income that they are not taxed at all? Continue reading →
Business is humming if you’re in the business of extra-solar planets, exobiology or exoenvironmental studies.
Recently, it was announced that scientists had determined that liquid water and hydrocarbons were present on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. They made this determination using Cassini’s plasma spectrometer, which had found specific ions characteristic of water in motion. (It never ceases to amaze me how scientists can tease information out of data using the most obscure scientific facts.)
That makes at least 4 worlds (Earth, Mars, Enceladus, and Europa) in our solar system where liquid water and other ingredients necessary for life have been found to be present now or in the past, or probably so. Continue reading →
[Update, June 13, 2011: This piece is made even more relevant by the recount discoveries and legal challenges surrounding the Wisconsin Supreme Court elections – Mike]
In 2000, the United States experienced a very close and heavily contested presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush. Bush won a minority of popular votes, but after legal challenges were exhausted, he had a majority of the Electoral College, giving him the election. Enough serious questions were left forever unanswered to shake Americans’ confidence in the honesty of the election outcome. The result was Continue reading →
“…So here we are in Yucatan. A strange sort of name for a place, that is! What do you think it means, Titus?”
“‘I don’t understand you.'”
“Pardon me? I thought I was speaking very clearly, Titus. I said, ‘What do you think it means?’ I was referring to Yucatan.”
Drusus chuckled. “I heard you. And I answered you. You asked a question, and ‘I don’t understand you’ is what I replied. All around the world for centuries now we’ve been going up to the natives of one far-off place or another and asking them in nice grammatical Latin what that place is called. And since they don’t know any Latin, they reply ‘I don’t understand you’ in their own language, and we put that down as the name of the place. … And so, when Haraldus or one of his friends asked the natives the name of their kingdom, they answered “Yucatan’, which I’m almost certain is not the name of the place at all, but merely means …”
“Yes,”, said Marcus Junianus, “I think I grasp the point.”
— From the book “Roma Eterna”, by Robert Silverberg (2003) in Chapter “The Second Wave, A.U.C. 1861”
“The Investigator” is a scathing satire of Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-Wisconsin) and his eponymously named ‘witch hunts’ for commies behind every bush and tree.
In the late 1950s, when I was in my late ‘ones’, my friend from across the street played this record for me. I didn’t understand it at the time, but we listened to it several more times over the years, and little by little its significance became apparent to me.
Because this work is so little known and I think the history surrounding it matters even more than the piece itself, I’m posting the article on my site Continue reading →