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Christopher Schaefer July 23, 2014 at 11:29 AM
The only problem is that Politifact is a front for Democratic Party commentary:Read Morehttp://www.politifac tbias.com/ http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/2013/05/28/study-finds-fact-checkers-biased-against-republicans
Paula July 23, 2014 at 02:45 PM
Facts are facts. Truth is truth. But yes, facts and truth do tend to have a liberal bias.
Paula July 23, 2014 at 02:55 PM
Portraying what we know intuitively even without stats is not a winner for the GOP.Read More http://www.iwpr .org/publications/pubs/the-gender-wage-gap-by-occupation-1/ http://business.time.com/2012/04/17/should-we-be-celebrating-equal-pay-day-today-or-in-january/
Paula July 15, 2014 at 01:27 AM
Some facts: Rosa DeLauro and her fellow Dem leaders are NOT the elected officials who voted against Read Moreincreased funding for the VA in February and who are balking at paying to fix the VA now. That would be the Republicans. The Senate finally hammered out a bipartisan bill to address the problems facing the VA - the increase in vets in the medical system due to a ten year war, for starters - and the Republican-controlled House has already indicated the $35 billion dollar bill to fix the VA for our military vets costs too much. This is the same Republican-controlled House that very quietly passed a $287 BILLION business tax cut measure with no effort to pay for it or offset that amount. When it comes to fixing infrastructure ($11 billion), addressing refugee children at the border ($3.7 billion), our Republicans are 'deficit hawks'. But give a significant, unpaid for giveaway to big business (GOP donors?) and spending millions chasing unsubstantiated conspiracy theories against President Obama and they suddenly don't care how much of our money they spend. http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/11/politics/gop-business-tax-cut/index.html
RMK July 07, 2014 at 01:24 PM
Actually, Dinesh is an "illegal" in a sense: he was just charged with felony and willRead Morelike ly serve a reduced sentence of over a year. I personally love movies that make me proud of the US, but this is a guy who made an anti-President film last year trying to hoodwink Americans into believe the mistakes of the Bush regime are Obama's fault. This is a guy who likes to play pretend with facts and rearrange the truth into a mangled mess of hate against anyone who isn't a card-carrying tea partier. Rewriting history is just part of his resume. Using straw men for political smearing and making illegal contributions to rightwing candidates is his modus operandi. Aside from being a far, far FAR rightwing mouthpiece, D'Souza is doing his best to play into the bizarre nationalist need of the rightwing to pretend that America doesn't have a spotty history regarding its inhumanity towards man. Slavery? Oh, didn't exist - those folks SANG while working in the cotton fields. What more proof do you need that they were happy and cared for and didn't need wages or dignity?? The Native Americans were not oppressed when we landed on their shores and purposely gave them small pox to kill off their people. The fact that they fought back (after initially welcoming us with gifts and hospitality) probably goes down in Dinesh's little movie as savages attacking well-meaning English-speaking saints. To be a true American patriot, we can't sweep our egregious past under a rug and pretend it didn't happen. We can't howl like idiots and smite the messengers with "unAmerican" labels when the inconvenient truth is detailed in history books. Dinesh would do a greater service if, rather than posing as the rightwing's special little token 'legal' immigrant hater of Obama, all things liberal and denier of truth, he actually helped us move forward from our mistakes and actually learn from them.....like grown-ups.
RMK July 07, 2014 at 01:26 PM
Actually, Dinesh is an "illegal" in a sense: he was just charged with felony and willRead Morelike ly serve a reduced sentence of over a year. I personally love movies that make me proud of the US, but this is a guy who made an anti-U.S.President film in 2012 trying to hoodwink Americans into believing the mistakes of the Bush regime are Pres. Obama's fault. This is a guy who likes to play pretend with facts and rearrange the truth into a mangled mess of hate against anyone who isn't a card-carrying tea partier. Rewriting history is just part of his resume. Using straw men for political smearing and making illegal contributions to rightwing candidates is his modus operandi. Aside from being a far, far FAR rightwing mouthpiece, D'Souza is doing his best to play into the bizarre nationalist need of the rightwing to pretend that America doesn't have a spotty history regarding its inhumanity towards man. Slavery? Oh, didn't exist - those folks SANG while working in the cotton fields. What more proof do you need that they were happy and cared for and didn't need wages or dignity?? The Native Americans were not oppressed when we landed on their shores and purposely gave them small pox to kill off their people. The fact that they fought back (after initially welcoming us with gifts and hospitality) probably goes down in Dinesh's little movie as savages attacking well-meaning English-speaking saints. To be a true American patriot, we can't sweep our egregious past under a rug and pretend it didn't happen. We can't howl like idiots and smite the messengers with "unAmerican" labels when the inconvenient truth is detailed in history books. Dinesh would do a greater service if, rather than posing as the rightwing's special little token 'legal' immigrant hater of Obama, all things liberal and denier of truth, he actually helped us move forward from our mistakes and actually learn from them.....like grown-ups.
MAC July 07, 2014 at 03:07 PM
One character in the movie is Alexis de Tocqueville, who brilliantly assessed and describedRead MoreAmerican Exceptionalism. Here are a few of his best quotes:--------------------------------------------------------"America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”-----------------------------------“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.”----------------------------------------------------------------------------------“Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.”
Paula July 07, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Some facts: - The amount of military vets now in the VA's system have gone up markedly sinceRead MorePresid ent Bush waged two wars now in their 10th year. No wonder that the VA has to incorporate "flexibility" in their system to accommodate Bush's infuriating and destructive folly. To blame DeLauro is nothing short of ridiculous. - The VA is underfunded because in February of this year the GOP-controlled Congress voted AGAINST increased funds to address the overflowing ranks of the VA patient list. The reason for their no vote? Because they said the cost of treating our vets properly wasn't 'offset' with revenue. This is ESPECIALLY disingenuous when you consider that the GOP in Congress just passed a bill allowing tax cuts to the wealthiest corporations without a single, minute, crumb of 'offset' to pay for it. - The truth here is that the GOP in Congress vote against spending only when the poor (SNAP food stamp programs), immigration or our military vets (VA and JOBS) needs are being considered. But they have NO PROBLEM WHATSOEVER funding the needs of their corporate donors and the very wealthy. There is no doubt that putting yet another Republican in Congress will only add to the obstruction and the consistent bowing at the feet of the wealthy and wealthiest corporations. I doubt if CT's 3rd district is going to make that mistake, because they know that Rosa DeLauro is not the problem we face in Congress. She's part of the minority party, which means that virtually every good intention she and her fellow Dems have regarding our vets and the country in general mean nothing unless they can get even a handful of Republicans to join them. So far, that's not happened and having the power of the purse and the Congress at their will, the lockstep of the Republican majority is why nothing of meaning or purpose has been passed by this Congress. No JOBS Act for Americans OR our military vets. No immigration reform. No minimum wage. No gun control. All things that the MAJORITY of Americans ALL want to see taking place. This is not a Congress of the People while Republicans control it. This is a Republican Congress serving the wealthy and Corporations.
Mike Reynolds June 22, 2014 at 10:16 PM
Plus Public Works always leaves empty garbage cans in the road where they pose a hazard to traffic.
Sandi Sobocienski June 26, 2014 at 07:59 AM
It would be great if Stratford did switch to the "trash gold standard" as most of theRead Moreothe r towns in CT have gone to. It would make it a lot easier for all of us residents with the bigger trash cans. First off, it would eliminate multiple cans for a lot of homeowners and the men who pick up the garbage, and they would not have to manually dump the trash into the trucks any longer and that would eliminate left over trash on the streets, plus the cans are heavy enough that they would not roll out into the middle of the streets. Also would eliminate the cost of the home owner having to buy new cans. Maybe one day they will switch, and I hope it will be in the near future!
Paula June 26, 2014 at 04:55 PM
What Chris points out in his comment above is the downside of having GOP control over the purse inRead MoreC ongress. If we have issues with funding government programs in order for them to WORK EFFECTIVELY, look no further than the GOP whose stated mission the day President Obama took office was to undermine his authority and not allow a single good issue to pass Congress. They've tied the hands of forward progress ever since to ensure that promise is kept, and now we see the tantrum of not fully succeeding in their evil scheming come full circle with Boehner's latest travesty: Suing the President....for the fact that he used a process every other contemporary President has used, but in Obama's case he used his executive power to circumvent an obstructionist Congress, not wage a war of lies. Or, what they call "DOING HIS JOB". If suing the President is the goal of the GOP for his executive orders, then Boehner and the GOP are setting a precedent for the American people to demand the same be done for the executive orders of the torture agenda of the Bush administration and their lies that put in us in such a terrible place in Iraq. There are quite a few Republican 'executive orders' that have been made by Bush, Nixon and Reagan that involve election fraud, death and torture that make Obama's attempts to move this country forward on issues like fairness in the workplace and immigration policies seem a great deal less criminal, don't you think? Kind of awful when you think of how outraged the rightwing GOP gets over what they like to call the The Litigious Society.
MAC June 27, 2014 at 01:58 AM
Paula, you are absolutely a mindless drone for Leftist Propaganda! The VA Scandal of Vets beingRead Moreden ied appointments and LYING and putting patients on "Secret Lists" with 6 month and more Waits, plus DEATHS, has nothing to do with lack of funding. Rather, it has everything to do with Fed. UNION employees at VA centers, and some of their supervisors, LYING and Falsifying records, in order to hide their BAD performance, and get performance Bonuses of Millions and Millions of $$$!!-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/05/27/cooking-the-books-how-va-clinics-falsified-appointment-records/
MAC June 27, 2014 at 02:03 AM
..."basic greed drove Department of Veterans Affairs officials to lie about long wait times at Read MoreVA health clinics, since telling these lies meant huge cash bonuses for these officials.------------------------ “Secret waiting lists, hidden agendas, all driven by the greed of those at the highest level at the VA,” [Rep. Ted] Poe said on the House floor Wednesday.-----------------------------------------------"Why greed, why cook the books? Because if wait times are reported low, VA officials receive bonuses.” "The VA has admitted that some of its employees manipulated records to make it appear as if veterans were waiting 30 days at the most for healthcare appointments. But Poe cited a Monday report from the Daily Beast that featured a whistleblower in Texas who said the scandal was directed by higher-up officials."------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ "This whistleblower also said wait time data accounted for half of the bonuses awards for executive VA employees, and said this is a 'powerful motivator' for senior officials to lie."...----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee says cash bonuses for some VA officials reached as high as $63,000."------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2014/05/28/gop-lawmaker-says-bonus-money-drove-va-healthcare-scandal/
MAC June 02, 2014 at 03:16 PM
Delauro and Obama have been nothing but economic DISASTER for our Nation and JOBS!!! Rag caresRead Morenoth ing for facts, but repeatedly does nothing but deflect, distract, deny etc. the terrible FAILURES of her beloved Dems like DeLauro and Obama. She is steeped in hatred for anyone who holds alternate views on the issues, and probably can name NOTHING that either CAREER POL has done that has been GOOD for our Nation and most of its citizens--rather than simply favoritism for the Elites and the TAKERS!!-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------We can only conclude that rag is being PAID to relentlessly copy and promote the Leftist Propaganda that she receives from Obama's and DeLauro's lackeys and acolyte organizations. Rag is either too stupid to realize that DeLauro and PBO are not her friends, just because they give her 'free birth control,' or she is one of the "TAKERS" who benefit from the STATIST anti-Freedom CAREER POL DEMS she worships.
MAC June 02, 2014 at 07:16 PM
"Our country is going to pot and Obama is golfing his presidencyRead Moreaway."------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Check it out: "This time, Obama saw no need to stay back in Washington, in part because the situation in Ukraine had cooled by that Friday. He told an aide that he’d be making the same calls to foreign leaders whether he was in the Situation Room or sunny Key Largo. "At a leisurely dinner with friends on that Saturday night, Obama expressed no regrets about the mini-vacation at the lush Ocean Reef Club resort or the publicity surrounding the trip, which reportedly required planes, five helicopters, more than 50 Secret Service agents and airspace restrictions over South Florida. After a difficult few weeks dealing with an international crisis, he relished the break, which included two rounds of golf. “'I needed this,' Obama told guests at his dinner party, including Mourning. 'I needed the golf. I needed to laugh. I needed to spend time with friends.’'’ Weaselzippers.us----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Read the rest of this Patriot Update article here: http://patriotupdate.com/2014/06/obama-needed-golf/#E4r0oQP91ZACULTe.99
MAC June 02, 2014 at 07:24 PM
"Obama spent 46 days on the golf course in 2013, up from about 30 rounds during each of hisRead Morefir st three years in office and 19 in 2012, according to a review of his schedule. There’s rarely a warm weekend when he hasn’t played this year, including blocking out his long Presidents’ Day weekend for the second year in a row to golf with his high school friends."---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Speaking of his "schedule," PBO does NOT know how to WORK!!! He starts his 'workday' at about 10 or 11 a.m., liberally sprinkled with luncheon and PR meetings, photo-ops, honors given to sports teams, etc.--usually finishing up by 4 p.m. or EARLIER. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------He has also missed over half his National Security PDBs, which is part of why he and our Nation are so laughed at now by other world leaders. SHAMEFUL in the extreme!!!
Robert Chambers June 01, 2014 at 08:02 AM
I'd rather SPD concentrate on catching the armed robbers, gang bangers in the South End, etc before Read Moreworrying about fireworks.
Christopher Schaefer June 09, 2014 at 02:31 PM
I should point out that Harry Reid’s defense of Sheldon Aldelson most likely hasRead More‘virtua lly nothing’ to do with that fact that Adelson’s casino empire is in Reid’s home state of Nevada. Just image the kind of kickbacks that could bring to Harry? I mean, that would seem rather tacky, don’t you think? But, of course, not even Harry Reid is “in it for the money”, “not casino owners and oil magnates”, not “a few very wealthy individuals and corporations”. I mean, only Republicans do that, right? In fact, Harry Reid’s primary interest seems to be watching the “common man”—on Comcast cable—which certainly must explain why that Big Nasty Wealthy Corporate Giant forked over $41,000 to Harry Reid: http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?type=P&cid=N00009922&newMem=N&cycle=2014 Gosh, I hope I’m not causing anyone to become disillusioned with these revelations! I mean, I’m sure that if you just keep voting the very same people into office over and over and over again things will change, right? (What’s that old saying about “doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results? Yeah, THIS time we’ll finally get different results...I wonder how many times a day Rosa DeLauro checks in with her stockbroker? $26 Million is a lot of wealth for her to keep track of…)
Paula June 13, 2014 at 05:53 PM
FYI: well over half the country and including NRA members want gun reform laws. We've all hadRead Moreenough , and it sure looks like the 'free market' gun lobby types aren't taking matters into hand, so we have to rely on GOVERNMENT to help us hammer the laws into place. Limit magazines rounds. The shooter in Seattle had to reload after firing only a few rounds, allowing another student to fell him with pepper spray. If the shooter had Lanza's guns and laws not limiting his magazine capacity, more students in Seattle would be DEAD. The NRA and gun sellers want to sell more guns, not ensure fewer dead. THAT is not responsible governing and it's just one reason why this kind of thinking from the tea party is crazy, irresponsible AND nuts.
Paula June 13, 2014 at 06:06 PM
Given that you provide no context for your claims, I have to ask WHO in their right mind seesRead Morelegisl ating for healthy food programs at schools a lose/lose? Students throwing fruit away is the problem? They've been weaned on sugar and snacks so what do you expect! Have we all gone out of our MINDS that we now think that if a kid won't eat his nutritious food at school we must just go back to giving him a plate of mystery meat nuggets and ersatz potatoes---as if they ate that? The Republican outrage over ensuring nutritional values play a part in our school menus is mystifying to me, and the complaint that kids somehow are only now suddenly throwing good food indicates an out-of-touch party when it comes to the realities of school lunch programs over the years.
ragamuffin June 04, 2014 at 09:02 AM
....and Scott Brown. He's bringing his outside dark money (Koch) supporters to help Debicella tryRead Moreto turn around his past failures.
MAC June 05, 2014 at 04:45 PM
As SKID mentioned on another Patch town, "DeLauro is a professional public scammer," andRead Mores he has definitely hoodwinked Kim (aka "ragamuffin")!! Watch out, SKID, she'll be "stalking" you next! LOL!!! Kim (rag), your comments most always consist of nothing but LEFTWING Propaganda, denial, distraction, BLAMING those with whom you disagree, and "hypocritical and highly partisan" SPIN and Distortion!------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------As for "stalking," if there is any of that going on here, it is you who started doing that--with me--on a "Saving the Republic" blog, by Bob MacGuffie, about Jim Himes, back in April. I have no interest in "stalking" you, but you might want to remember that you have a Facebook page (which reveals that you live in NH), and your name is 'out there' for anyone who cares to search. They labeled you exactly when you are associated with/mentioned by the "New Hampshire Mad Dog Democrats," all TWO of them, LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!
MAC June 05, 2014 at 07:41 PM
Rag and her "hypocritical and highly partisan" ilk love to target the self-madeRead Moresuccessful , such as the Koch brothers, who have generously donated millions to CHARITY, as well as to candidates and causes.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------..."But it wasn’t too long ago that the Kochs were actually donating to the Democrats. ..."their PAC, privately held by Koch Industries, also gave to Democratic candidates and causes. The money is being spent on trying to influence the list of lawmakers which includes Chuck Schumer, Mary Landrieu and Mark Pryor. "The KochPAC gave almost $200,000 to Democratic candidates and committees, including just most recently in 2010. This included a $30,000 donation to the DSCC. "But isn’t it funny how top Democrats like Harry Reid harp on how the Kochs are ruining politics and complain about their partisan allegiances? Since 2000 KochPAC has given more than $1.4 million to Democratic candidates, leadership PACs and committees."..."What many of the Democrats don’t want you to know is that this is typical behavior for big corporations. They love to demonize the Kochs, but then praise businesses for pursuing what’s best for their companies. The hypocrites love to have a target for their bashing. Too bad this one just fell through."---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- http://townhall.com/tipsheet/heatherginsberg/2014/03/22/the-koch-brothers-give-to-democrats-too-n1812629
Ragamuffin June 02, 2014 at 06:45 PM
Chris, you still haven't given us one iota of proof of DeLauro's alleged 'corruption', except toRead Morecon demn her for being rich. Posting Humanevents.com nonsense is not proof, merely the ravings of an ideologically-driven online rag. If you can't show us rational, legitimately researched proof of your allegations, you're just guilty of slandering a public official for political purposes. Time to start putting up some honest research, Mr. Schaefer....so far only 'MAC' and the anti-semitic "opportunist" seem willing to buy into your baseless accusations.
MAC June 03, 2014 at 12:49 AM
Rag, your tiresome and hate-filled harangues are convincing NO ONE! Give it up, already! We knowRead Morey ou are just obediently repeating the propagandistic tripe that OFA, 'think progress,' messnbc, huffpo and other Leftist PROPAGANDA sources give you as your 'marching orders.' Your OFA OBOT postings show your total inability for intellectual honesty and Independent thought!-----------------------------------------------------------------------------It is common knowledge to anyone using simple LOGIC that Career Politician DeLauro is "corrupt"!! You take the simple fact of her current wealth of "an obscene $26 MILLION!" [http://www.legistorm.com/financial_disclosure.html ]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Couple that with the FACT that her salary is less than $200,000 annually. Then the fact that she has "soirees" in her D.C. townhouse at which she solicits MILLIONS in donations from her Crony SOCIALIST and UNION friends--then funnels much of that to the DNC, which in turn launders it back to her household, by hiring her husband Stanley Greenberg's polling firm!!! Voila--the CORRUPTION you try so lamely to deny!!!!!
OpportunistWatch June 23, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Its Rosa Delauro GREENBERG. She hides her Jewish married last name so voters have a hard timeRead Moretracki ng her Sneaky Israeli husband Stanley's polling business that they funnel campaign donations into their personal account. It is no wonder why Rosa supports the terrorist Israeli occupation foreign policy land grab by voting for billions to fund an APARTHEID that Jimmy Carter, John Kerry and Ehud Olmert have called it!.
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