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I am encouraged that there are some on the Supreme court that still display wisdom, judgement and a respect for the Constitution.
Obama spoke the truth. There are few jobs for "Art Majors" (history or otherwise).. Most who graduate with these (or a similar) degrees must acquire other industry valued, skills to make a good living. The old quip regarding starving artists is only too true. While visiting a large university in California some years ago I had a causal conversation with the head of the graduate placement office. I inquired as to the job prospects for liberal arts graduates (such as with a Art History degree). The answer was blunt: "We get no recruiters for these graduates". I then, somewhat impishly, suggested that the students in these majors should be advised of their job prospects. The response was a look of horror. "If I even hinted to these students that there were few, if any, employment prospects the respective department heads would have me fired, immediately." So, I suggest that the true objectives of many of these departments are to insure the continued employment of the instructors and their Deans, not to prepare the students for gainful employment.
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A Traffic Jam?

Fred688 Wrote: Jan 11, 2014 7:43 AM
A perfect example of machine politics; reward your friends, punish your enemies. Did Christie know? Probably. Did he care? Probably not (until it hit the press). An excellent mea culpa, however.
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Free Edward Snowden -- Really?

Fred688 Wrote: Jan 05, 2014 9:47 AM
Anyone who believes that Snowden told our enemies anything they did not know is hopelessly naive. Every technologically advanced government in the world was/is acutely aware of our data collection activities, which are vast and obvious. Indeed, many governments are active participants in the program, providing covert collection sites in their respective territories. The quid-pro-quo was that the NSA would share data of interest to the local intelligence community. The only group "kept-in-the-dark" were the citizens who paid the bills and who were the focus of much of the data collection. Snowden turned the spotlight on these activities. It is now up to the informed populace to decide the extent that they will continue to allow their government(s) to spy on them.
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I Love Karl Rove!

Fred688 Wrote: Feb 08, 2013 6:49 PM
Scottie seems to have pinned the tail on the---whatever........... As Goldwater said, we need to provide a choice, not an echo. The present Republican establishment (well represented by Rove) is so in love with its own power and influence that it is willing to self-destruct rather than acknowledge that conservatives hold the key to the future.
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Why Are You Opposed To Ending Violence?

Fred688 Wrote: Jan 13, 2013 3:16 PM
On the subject of derogatory words and their repression to spare "feelings": The terms "idiot, "imbecile" and "moron" were originally clinical terms for mental incapacity. These roughly corresponded to IQ ranges of 0 to 30, 30 to 50 and 50 to 70. Touchy-feely types decided that these terms were too pejorative to be used by professionals. The non-specific term of "retarded" was substituted. The only problem is that the individuals to whom this new term was applied were not "retarded" (meaning late) but fundamentally defective. Over the years, several more generations of cloying, but meaningless words were then invoked to avoid stigmatizing the "defective" individual. Result: Loss of effective communication.
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Bob Costas Just Another Liberal on NBC

Fred688 Wrote: Dec 08, 2012 9:30 AM
And if knives were banned, Nichole Simpson would be alive today.............
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Dagny Taggart Goes to War

Fred688 Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 10:20 AM
Dagny may have been fictional but we have real "Taggarts" who succeed by dint of hard work, intelligence and character despite the oppression of those in government who try to repress the creative individual . See Sarah Palin............
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Mitt Romney, Big-Government Man

Fred688 Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 1:13 PM
John is right. Romney is a big-government plant. But, what choice do we have? When the MSM touted Romney a year ago as the logical Republican candidate it was a give-away. He will not significantly reduce the size and cost of government. Hopefully he will make it less intrusive (then desired by the Left). He is, however, a loyal American and, globally, will work for the best interests of the USA and our (few) faithful allies.
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The Multitudinous Mitt

Fred688 Wrote: Oct 07, 2012 12:28 PM
Indeed, while I will vote for him, this critique is right-on. Romney seems to lack a "guide-star". What will we get if he is elected? No one really seems to know. The only firm conviction most of us have is that he will be "better" than Obama. Mr. Romney: How about making this statement; "I will submit a balanced budget to congress"?
Pollsters are businessmen who must sell their product to survive. There are fundamentally two types of political polls. One is as valid as possible in order to allow the candidate to a) focus on the most productive issues and b) direct resources to those states where the electoral college "bang for the buck" is greatest. These polls must be as accurate as possible. Rarely are the results of these publicized, partially because the data they has utility to the opposition as well. The second type of poll is for public consumption. It is designed to rally the faithful (or discourage the opposition). These polls are the least credible as they are not in the service of objective truth but are to advance the objectives of the sponsor.
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