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Douglas Carpenter

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Corry (Erie County), Pennsylvania 16407
Home country: USA
Current location: Saipan, U.S. Commonweath of the Northern Mariana Islands
Member since: Wed Jun 1, 2005, 08:56 PM
Number of posts: 18,492

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GOP, Boehner take shutdown hit in new CNN poll

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN) -- Just more than half the public says that it's bad for the country that the GOP controls the House of Representatives, according to a new national poll conducted after the end of the partial government shutdown.

And the CNN/ORC International survey also indicates that more than six in 10 Americans say that Speaker of the House John Boehner should be replaced.

The poll was conducted Friday through Sunday, just after the end of the 16-day partial federal government shutdown that was caused in part by a push by House conservatives to try and dismantle the health care law, which is President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement.

According to the survey, 54% say it's a bad thing that the GOP controls the House, up 11 points from last December, soon after the 2012 elections when the Republicans kept control of the chamber. Only 38% say it's a good thing the GOP controls the House, a 13-point dive from the end of last year.

Read more: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/21/politics/cnn-poll-gop-boehner-shutdown/index.html
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Oct 21, 2013, 06:49 AM (21 replies)

Todd Friel (Unwisely) Interviews Christopher Hitchens about God and tries to trap him.. but

I don't much care for Christopher Hitchens - I think he was a pompous ass and a war monger with an outlandishly dogmatic version of atheism - but to give the devil his dues - this is really good.

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Oct 19, 2013, 04:23 PM (28 replies)

Q&A on Egypt with Noam Chomsky - Oct 2013 - sponsored by the MIT Egyptian Student Association

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Oct 19, 2013, 07:36 AM (0 replies)

As much fun as it might be - neither Ted Cruz or Rand Paul are going to be the GOP nominee in 2016

Whoever the nominee of either major party is - it is going to be someone who at least minimally past muster with the financial powers and with the military and foreign policy establishment. That would be true of any nominee from either party - but even more true with the Republicans. Both Sen. Cruz and Sen. Paul would simply not be acceptable.

The same way that the big boys of the Republican Party knew they had to pull out all stops and go behind the backs of the base and the GOP infotainment industry to stop the kooks from threatening a financial default - they will do the same to make sure that a Ted Cruz or Rand Paul or like minded character does not become the nominee of their party. Of course that still leaves room for someone else pretty crazy. In facts part of the service that a Ted Cruz or Rand Paul does for the right-wing is that they make crazies like a Mike Huckabee or a Rick Santorum look a little less crazy by comparison. This week has been a great blow to the Tea Party and their credibility. However, that wing of the party has been around and influential long before anyone spoke of the "Tea Party" movement. It is certainly not possible for the Republican Party to ditch that wing of the party even if they may distance themselves from the name. It is after all the religious nuts and the Bircher type conspiracy theorist who do make up the bulk of the foot soldiers who actually go out and drag people to the polls. So, we may very well see someone pretty crazy as the GOP nominee in 2016 - but it will not be Ted Cruz or Rand Paul - It may very well be someone who was not centrally involved in this particular fiasco and who is made to look a bit less crazy when put next to a Ted Cruz or a Rand Paul.
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Oct 17, 2013, 05:32 AM (18 replies)

Obama is the ANTCHRIST

well somebody had to come to save the ants

thanks to Americans Against the Republican Party Facebook page for sharing this:

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Oct 16, 2013, 10:27 PM (16 replies)

you can listen to the House debate right on C-SPAN 2 or C-PAN radio


click on listen to C-SPAN Radio in the upper right hand corner
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Oct 16, 2013, 09:29 PM (2 replies)

this is the mentality we are up against - I actually saw this on Facebook

posted by someone from my little town in Western PA who I once a child attended a church youth group with

I might add that whenever I have attempted to engage this person who posted this - they always end it with a "come home to Jesus" sermon and telling me that they are praying for me - - Now how do you connect Jesus and teaching little girls barely above toddler age to shoot to kill?
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Oct 15, 2013, 11:25 PM (34 replies)

Republicans say the darnedest things

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Oct 15, 2013, 01:04 PM (10 replies)

Finlandia sung by Joan Baez - wouldn't this make a wonderful, wonderful national anthem?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Oct 15, 2013, 02:43 AM (8 replies)

Are you a Social Democrat?

By a "Social Democrat" I mean, do you believe that pragmatically speaking the best economy would be a mixture of both capitalism and socialism? I mean by social-democracy perhaps something along the model of some European countries particularly in Scandinavia. There would still be a significant number of privately owned and profit motivated businesses - but with significant reforms to insure that workers had real representation in management as well as protections and job security. It would go without saying that the healthcare system would be mostly socialized guaranteeing adequate healthcare for everyone - but there might be the option for those who can afford it to have their own supplemental insurance for elective procedures. It would go without saying that education would be provided up to the highest levels funded by the democratically elected state - but there probably still would be private, perhaps even private-for-profit schools for those who can afford them and wish them. In other words as a Social Democrat you would support a system that is neither completely capitalist or completely socialist - but one that attempts to balance both individualism and profit motive with altruism and the desire to meet the needs of all for the greater good.
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Oct 14, 2013, 03:41 AM (16 replies)
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