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    Glenn, looking straight at your title, I can nail what the difference is... A successful government doesn't need to run advertisements on the radio assuring citizens that the Civil Service isn't the enemy. This is, after all, the same Federal Government that recently decided that food, fuel, and housing are too volatile to be counted in "cost of living" calculations, but that i-pods, Internet connections, and other optional crap is just fine. The same federal government that not only can't balance its books year to year, but is borrowing money to increase the amount it can borrow ("Debt Ceiling") to pay for all those wonderful programmes you've listed in your article, because the actual ECONOMY can't pay for 'em any other way. It's the same Government that has had to devalue the currency to the point they're devaluing what it's MADE OUT OF. when a zinc-sandwich penny costs 3c to make, there's a problem with the value of your money, Glenn. As for your poverty stat, did you factor in currency devaluation, or did you just go with handy quantitative amounts? PURCHASING POWER determines poverty, Glenn-you're just as poor with a thousand dollars that are worth what used to be a hundered, as you were when you had a hundered dollars that were actually worht a hundered dollars. So, no, I don't buy your product of bottomless government, Glenn, Statists don't ever have a limit on how far, or how much, or what kind of future burdens they'll impose on others, to get the highlife lifestyle they feel they are entitled to-even if it means hiding real poverty behind a numbers game and pretending things are better than they really are.


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  • 03/29/12--23:16: Presented By:

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    Yea, Chile was run by libertarians. My title should have been Igor and Keynesians are Clueless.


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  • 03/30/12--00:06: Presented By:

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    Cannonshop - A successful government doesn't need to run advertisements on the radio assuring citizens that the Civil Service isn't the enemy. But it's okay for a political party and a major media outlet to run ads saying that the Civil Service IS the enemy? One of the biggest misconceptions of the Republican party, Cannonshop, is that government should be run like a business - and nothing could be further from the truth. Government is not run to make a profit - government is run to govern the people, to protect their lives and property and livelihoods. Do you remember that at the end of the Clinton administration, we were on track to pay off our ENTIRE national debt by this year? But thanks to Dubya, between two wars (one of which was strictly illegal), a huge giveaway to Big Pharma, and a HUGE tax cut (mostly for the wealthy), our surplus that was supposed to pay off our debt...went *poof*. Cannonshop, we CAN pay off the national debt - but in order to do so, we have to have (1) a tax policy sensible enough to get rid of the deficit, and (2) an administration that doesn't throw money at wars and industry and the rich who do NOT need it, but instead use the money to build up the middle class and to bring people out of poverty...which is EXACTLY what the Great Society was all about - remember, the poverty rate was cut in half in the years after the Great Society was implemented. Call it government giveaways if you like - but the rich do NOT need the money, but the middle- and lower-classes DO need the jobs, even if they're taxpayer-funded government jobs...VERY FEW of which are the waste of time that the Republican party would tell you they are.


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    Kenn - No Glenn, it is what happens when government is too big and can be bought by the highest bidder - usually corporations. "See? Government can be bought by the highest bidder - elect us and we'll PROVE it by making doggone sure that there are NO regulations in place to prevent it, and we'll put Supreme Court judges in there who'll make damned sure that the corporate dollar bill is every bit as much free speech as anything a protester ever said!" "Corporations are people, my friend"


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    I wish I shared your optimism. Sadly, it's considered a long shot for renewal.


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    On the Fukushima Daiichi Plant: "The plant is still in a precarious state," said Kazuhiko Kudo, a professor of nuclear engineering at Kyushu University in southwestern Japan. "Unfortunately, all we can do is to keep pumping water inside the reactors," he said, "and hope we don't have another big earthquake." Add to this ongoing concerns with Iran, North Korea and Syria. Somewhere further down on the list is Russia.


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  • 03/30/12--02:33: Presented By:

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    Some items to remember are these: (1) A legal counsel review of the security agreement (2) Know where the data is kept and how it is backed up (3) Be familiar with the disaster recovery implications particularly in earthquake and flood zones (4) What are the final costs and total costs? (5) What are the risks as articulated by your internal data processing people, audit and legal counsel


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  • 03/30/12--03:02: Presented By:

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    Life expectancy was much lower two thousand years ago. People ate essentially the Mediterranean Diet of fish, fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and water. Our life expectancy improved over the centuries due to better sanitation, medical advances, refrigeration, mass media, penicillium, better education etc.


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    The other Keith Barnes asks: "You in Europe?" Nah, sorry, I'm the Great Southern Land ... the big island continent, God's Own Country, on the other side of the Pacific. The clue might be in one of the animal names used in the above comments. You have a good namesake Keith. And Doc, yes, I believe he is still alive. Geez he could run that bloke, and he used to break the line by shimmying in towards the player trying to tackle him and then he'd be off. Draw and run. A master of the old in-and-away. Love it ... He kicked old football style ... positioning the ball on a mound of sand, walking directly back and after the run up hitting the point of the ball with the toe of his boot (aka, a "toe-poker"). Not many blokes can do that and get the kind of strike rate he had between the big sticks. Almost everyone does the around the corner kick now stolen from soccer ... even the good American football kickers (who I believe don't actually play the game but just come on every now and then and take a kick, the poor dears)


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    You young blokes should be ashamed of yourselves. Of course I'm still bloody alive. If I catch that STM and that Doc bloke, they'll be in for a bloody good thrashing.


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  • 03/30/12--03:33: Presented By:

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    This documentary has over 50 copyright issues starting with the cover showing the apple copyrighted covers and actually having Beatles music in it (Penny Lane & Hey Jude)....Amazon has pulled it sale, luckily I do have one and think it is quite insightful.


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    Good morning, American (if you're still loitering). Here's my response to your bin Laden remarks. Quickly being noticed that it had been altered, I think it was two days later that he killed Osama I would have thought that over the course of the previous 3-4 years of conspiracy theories about the Certificate of Live Birth, he would have been well aware that producing the actual long form certificate would not silence some of them. And if the rumours (and frivolous lawsuits) regarding his birth were that unsettling and he needed a diversion, why wasn't bin Laden's death "conveniently" announced some time in those past 3 years? No proof of the death of the man who hid from the CIA for 10years on dialasis as the worlds most wanted man. There's DNA evidence, photos and other stuff. There's also a 100% certainty that if they were released, some people would immediately declare them to be fake. So what would be the point? The outspoken enemy of America who had nothing to say in the last six years Numerous audio and video recordings of bin Laden appeared between 2006 and 2011. The authenticity of some of them is unverified, but the volume of them seems actually to have been greater in that period than between 2001 and 2005. As far as the "suspicious" burial at sea is concerned, it was an odd decision but the White House has given a rationale for it that makes sense. As a Muslim his body needed to be buried within 24 hours, no Islamic country could be found that would accept him for burial, and if it were known where he was buried it would be likely to become a pilgrimage site. In Islamic tradition, burial on land is very strongly preferred but burial at sea - contrary to the pronouncements of some imams - is not prohibited if there is no other reasonable alternative. This source is from an Islamic law website. In particular, I draw attention to rules 623 and 624. Frankly, he's lucky we gave his corpse that much consideration.


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  • 03/30/12--05:46: Presented By:

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    It is now time to retitle the Blog Critics politics section "Fox News Annex" and be done with it. This is clearly an editorial/opinion piece instead of factual reporting, and needs to be CLEARLY marked as such SOMEWHERE on this page so that the unitiated and unwarned aren't taken in. The "thud" you heard Warren, was your credibility as a political anal-ist hitting the floor.


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    My good doctor, DNA can be faked, and anyone who considers Science a mere theory wouldn't accept your explanation. Warren didn't see the body with his own eyes and even if he did, he would claim it was an optical illusion created by Hussein's henchmen to back up his lie. There is no reasoning with Warren, so why try?


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  • 03/30/12--06:08: Presented By:

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    Almost everyone does the around the corner kick now stolen from soccer ... even the good American football kickers Yes: the soccer-style kick, as I understand it, gives you better accuracy but you sacrifice range. Although some top-class goalkeepers, using the top-of-the-boot style, can kick almost the entire length of a 120-yard field in windy conditions (not that this helps their teammates much, but that's beside the point). Barnes must have been one of that rare breed who could combine accuracy with distance using a small kicking surface. The legendary New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey was born with half his right foot missing, so he had no option but to use the straight-on style, and he was damn good at it. He had a special shoe that basically turned his foot into a club. The game-winning 63-yard field goal he kicked against Detroit in 1970 is still an NFL record. (It's been equalled twice, but on both occasions in Denver, which is at an elevation of about a mile. Dempsey remains the only player to manage it at sea level.)


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    Blogcritics articles all used to be labelled as "Opinion", "News", "Review" etc, Kyle. I don't know why that feature was removed. As far as the budget is concerned, everybody who pays any attention to US politics, Warren included, knows exactly why it was unanimously voted down, so I'm mystified as to who he thinks he's kidding.


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    Kyle, it's very unlikely that Warren and "American" are the same person. They're not posting from the same IP address, for one thing. (I'm one of the comments editors, so I know about this stuff.)


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  • 03/30/12--06:38: Presented By:

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    It was just a theory Doctor based on the fact that Warren appears nowhere defending his own hideous article, but "American" seems to be using the same identical rhetoric.


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  • 03/30/12--06:44: Presented By:

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    My wife just asked me if this is my "maiden name" lol


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    Kyle, what's there to defend? The writer is a political hack who cares nothing about the facts because he's to busy slinging mud. The editor doesn't care because he knows such drivel increases traffic as people argue