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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: 18,455

Journal Archives

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:

https://www.facebook.com/Republicansareidiots1?directed_target_id=0
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

http://www.c-span.org/Schedules/C-SPAN-Radio-Schedule/

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)

Have you EVER heard any hub-bub about apple cider vinegar as a kind of elixir?

Please let me say that I am in no way advocating this or any alternative form of medicine. I am in fact a very conventional healthcare worker who is very skeptical of such things. Until last week I had never in my life heard of apple cider vinegar as some kind of cure-all home remedy. But someone at work mentioned that they use it and mentioned the name of some other healthcare professionals who they know who take a swig or two of apple cider vinegar once or twice a day. I started to ask around and I did a search on the Internet - apparently it is a common home remedy or old wise tale - depending on one's point of view. Figuring that it would not do any harm - I thought I would give it a try for my various stomach ailments. Even the other night while watching the Food Network program, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives there was a mention at one of the establishments they visited that they always keep apple cider vinegar on hand because it cures every ailment from acne to impotence, cancer to strokes - Maybe I have been living in a bubble because this following for this old wise tale or home remedy about apple cider vinegar is apparently pretty common. I am wondering if others have heard about the same marvelous claims I have only recently heard?


Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Oct 10, 2013, 04:50 AM (51 replies)
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