I agree with him on the TAA, as long as Republicans don't try to hijack it or pay for it by stealing money from other needed programs. But I also believe the TAA should be funded via tariffs on imports, which I doubt David would agree with.
After watching the documentary (how many of you right-wingers watched it?) last night, I have to agree wholeheartedly with Bob's assessment. The parallels between today's Tea Party and yesterday's Klan are blatantly obvious, and every time they try to strong-arm a politician into passing laws that hurt minorities and women the parallel lines move closer.
Deny it all you want, the stench of racism and white supremacy won't go away.
Holy crap! Did you write that application, Lisa? Brilliant, and five extra points for the Euell Gibbons reference, but I'm going to have to take away three of those points to pay for the spit coffee cleanup of my keyboard.
Rataplan, the fact that "jihadists" is on your list of people to worry about when sliding into the booth at Applebee's isn't a very convincing argument for rationality.
And Wayne, I agree that some folks who have been victims of crime or are victims of stalking are justified in their desire to protect themselves. Which is one (big) reason why doing away with sheriff's permitting is irresponsible. They know what's going on in their counties, and they know who has restraining orders and domestic violence tendencies. But gun rights proponents would do away with all of that if given half a chance.
But that's common sense, and it has trouble surviving in an area where people (like a few commenters here) believe the biggest threat to them is their own government. The voice of reason is shouted down.
Wayne, a person who feels they can't go out in public without strapping on a firearm is, by their very nature, irrational. They may not be dangerously irrational, but there is something going on there that the vast majority of the public doesn't share.
Something to consider: there's a certain element of fear on both sides of this issue. CCW holders would not be carrying if they didn't think there was a possibility, however remote, that they would be put in a situation where their weapon would save their lives as well as the lives of others. At its core, that belief is based in fear. Fear of vulnerability, not being prepared, whatever. It's fear. Just like the fear that others feel about going into public places with an unknown quantity of armed individuals gathered around them.
To posit that one fear is justified while the other isn't is one of the main disconnects with the gun rights crowd. And it is also irrational.
Michael, if James really didn't care about our state and the average people who inhabit it, which seems to be the prevalent opinion amongst the vast majority of candidates/elected officials, he would not get as angry about some of the things that have happened.
We need somebody with a little emotion, who can feel a sense of outrage when it should be felt. But behind that emotion is one of the smartest people I have ever met, who also happens to be one of the most objective, as well. He isn't above reevaluating his beliefs, to see if he's missed something along the way. He's hungry for new information, as opposed to running away from inconvenient truths, and that is the only way to continually make progress.
Is he a rock star? No. Have we had enough rock star politicians already? Oh, hell yes.
Great list, Lisa. Everybody should do this.
Just a note: As to the disposal of CFLs, I read somewhere that Home Depot had a (free) recycling program through all their stores, so I just called my local store to verify, and it's true. As long as the bulb is not broken, you can drop them off there and they collect them and ship them to be recharged (or whatever).
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