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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
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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)

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)

The Republicans will compromise by not releasing giant killer robots - by Tom Tomorrow


Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Oct 7, 2013, 10:04 PM (20 replies)

Watch the John Boehner Gov. Shutdown “Temper Tantrum” Ad That Will Air on Sunday Football

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Oct 5, 2013, 07:10 PM (3 replies)

Daily Show’s Samantha Bee Grills GOP ‘Traitor’ Who Voted Against Shutdown

“Are you just experimenting with reason to see if you like it?”

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Fri Oct 4, 2013, 06:13 PM (1 replies)

Elizabeth Warren on the government shut down

I was surprised when I posted this on my Facebook timeline that some of the likes of Facebook friends came from people I knew were somewhat on the moderately conservative end of the spectrum who probably did not vote for Obama - but are getting fed up with the crazies who control the Republican Party.
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Oct 3, 2013, 09:39 PM (1 replies)
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