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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: 18,807

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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)

I think most Republicans of today genuinely see fighting for their right-wing agenda and ideology as

the same thing as patriotism and opposing their right-wing ideology as anti-American borderlining on treasonous. They carry it to a belief that shutting down even a centrist-Democratic led government as shutting down the enemies of America. I suspect they would even believe that crippling a centrist led economy as crippling an enemy economy. I don't think most Republicans of today (not traditional Republicans of the past) are psychologically capable of even imagining the principle of uniting the country for the common good. They would see that as treason against God and America. This is a party that thinks passing Obamacare - a program well to the right of what most Republicans would have once supported - is the moral equivalent of the Nazis invading Eastern Europe and not defunding Obamacare as the moral equivalent of collaborating with Hitler. They are simply living in crazy land.
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sun Sep 29, 2013, 08:07 AM (30 replies)

Does public opposition to military actions inspired by investigative journalism play a significant

role in stopping military actions from happening?
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sun Sep 29, 2013, 06:20 AM (2 replies)

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life:

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. Th other, of course, involves orcs."

-- John Rogers
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sun Sep 29, 2013, 06:09 AM (16 replies)

Are the organizations Rightwing Watch and People for the American Way considered disreputable?

If one is attempting to use their resources to inform DU member of wild accusations being made by extreme right-wing sources - is this considered propagating conspiracy theories when it is obvious to anyone that they are informing the DU community of what those crazies are saying?

Using the resources of Rightwing Watch and People for the American Way - I posted this video:


I was very clear to reference Rightwing Watch as the source of this link. This is not the first time I have seen materials from Rightwing Watch/People for the American Way locked. I was unaware that they were even considered controversial organizations among progressives. Are some forum hosts so sensitive that they do not even want DU members to talk about what progressive organizations are reporting that rightwing organizations are saying?

UPADATE: Fortunately, after appealing to the one who locked the thread - they took a second look and agreed that it should not have been locked in the first place. I think there was one overanxious alerter
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Sep 26, 2013, 04:34 AM (1 replies)

Jerome Corsi And Alex Jones Link Obama To Nairobi Attack -

Birther conspiracy theorist and Tom DeLay co-author Jerome Corsi appeared on InfoWars with Alex Jones to explain his theory that President Obama and Raila Odinga, the former prime minister of Kenya, “made this pact with the radical Islamists in Kenya that was going to allow Al Qaeda to come through the door through Somalia into Kenya,” and are therefore to blame for the Nairobi mall attack by the Al Qaeda-linked group al-Shabab. -

See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jerome-corsi-and-alex-jones-link-obama-nairobi-attack#sthash.5yyp0FE6.dpuf
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Sep 25, 2013, 04:28 PM (9 replies)

Congressman Steven Fincher: Jesus would oppose food stamps. Food stamps are theft

this thanks to Go Left -- Facebook page - a source for a lot of cool stuff



Rep. Steven Fincher Gorges on Farm Subsidies While Telling Poor Families They Can't Eat Because of the Government

By Matthew Yglesias

Surrounded by corn and soybean farms—including one owned by the local Republican congressman, Representative Stephen Fincher—Dyersburg, about 75 miles north of Memphis, provides an eye-opening view into Washington’s food stamp debate. Mr. Fincher, who was elected in 2010 on a Tea Party wave and collected nearly $3.5 million in farm subsidies from the government from 1999 to 2012, recently voted for a farm bill that omitted food stamps.

“The role of citizens, of Christianity, of humanity, is to take care of each other, not for Washington to steal from those in the country and give to others in the country,” Mr. Fincher, whose office did not respond to interview requests, said after his vote in May. In response to a Democrat who invoked the Bible during the food stamp debate in Congress, Mr. Fincher cited his own biblical phrase. “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat,” he said.



And here is a video clip of the Congressman explaining his views on Christian compassion

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Sep 23, 2013, 11:49 PM (67 replies)

Are you old enough to remember when Keynesian economics dominated both parties, unions were powerful

and domestic economic liberalism was a major force even in the Republican Party? I'm talking of course of the days before Ronald Reagan - a time when even most - in fact almost all - self-described conservatives believed government had a duty to try and help the genuinely needy. Are you old enough to remember those days?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sun Sep 22, 2013, 07:56 AM (24 replies)
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