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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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Duck Dynasty - The Robertson family photos right before they grew the beards and did the TV show

More 'Duck Dynasty' before the beards: Robertson family photos

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Dec 21, 2013, 04:42 PM (15 replies)

small boy: "Fox News Says Santa Claus is supposed to be white"

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Fri Dec 20, 2013, 02:59 AM (4 replies)

Rep. Ryan Floats Tying Keystone XL to Raising Debt Ceiling

Source: Wall Street Journal

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) on Tuesday floated the possibility of pressing the White House to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline as a GOP condition for raising or suspending the debt ceiling.

“We’ve never just done nothing,” Mr. Ryan said in an interview on the Hugh Hewitt radio program. “We want to make sure that we’re taking steps in the direction of fiscal conservatism, of fiscal responsibility. I, for one, think we need to do more in the energy sector. I believe we need to approve Keystone pipeline. We need to produce regulatory certainties to all this private capital that develops this energy boon. We could be an energy independent continent within a decade if we stop the government from stopping it from happening. If we just get the government out of the way, it could be a real renaissance of oil and gas exploration in America, lower our gas prices, stop sending this money to foreign countries.”

The White House has said the debt ceiling will need to be raised or suspended by March – at the latest – so the government can continue borrowing money to pay its bills. The White House has also said it will not negotiate policy changes in exchange for a debt ceiling increase, but Mr. Ryan and other Republicans have said the White House will have to accept some conditions or policy demands.

Mr. Ryan, in the radio interview, suggested that a regulatory or procedural change, such as the Keystone pipeline, was a more likely possibility than a structural change to a program like Medicare. He said, for example, that he has pushed for certain changes to Medicare, but he has run into resistance from Democrats.

Read more: http://stream.wsj.com/story/latest-headlines/SS-2-63399/SS-2-407880/
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Dec 17, 2013, 03:50 PM (9 replies)

Statement from Sen. Bernie Sanders on the recent NSA ruling from Federal Court

Bernie Sanders
Shared publicly - 11:50 AM

Judge Says NSA Spying Likely Unconstitutional:

In a blistering ruling, a federal judge on Monday declared that the wholesale collection of Americans' telephone records by the National Security Agency is likely to violate the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches. Moreover, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon said, the program probably isn't effective in fighting terrorism. Sen. Bernie Sanders applauded ruling.

“In my view, the NSA is out of control and operating in an unconstitutional manner,” Sanders said. “Today’s ruling is an important first step toward reining in this agency but we must go further. I will be working as hard as I can to pass the strongest legislation possible to end the abuses by the NSA and other intelligence agencies.”

In the important ruling, Judge Leon granted a preliminary injunction in favor of two men who challenged the bulk collection of phone records and said the records should be destroyed. With a government appeal almost certain, the judge stayed enforcement of his decision.

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Dec 17, 2013, 01:39 AM (13 replies)

Forbes: Paul Ryan And The Republicans Are Lackeys To Democratic Party Big Spenders

Obviously, I don't agree with this editorial - But I do think it is a good idea to keep track of what the enemies of the human race are thinking.

Now Republicans and Democrats have come together on Capitol Hill for a new budget agreement which increases both outlays and taxes. Bipartisanship in action! That the Democratic Party wants to spend more is hardly surprising. But the GOP has demonstrated yet again that its principal role in Washington is to hold the coats of Democratic spenders when they raid the Treasury.

The legislation adopted by the House drops sequestration, which actually trimmed federal outlays, and hikes spending over the next two years by $62 billion. In return, Congress promises to lower the collective deficit over the next decade by $85 billion—while spending tens of trillions of dollars. The accord raises revenue, including a very real $12.6 billion in airline taxes. There are a few spending reductions—kind of. The bulk of them are entitlement caps a decade hence, which even Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), ranking minority member of the Senate Budget Committee, admits are of “dubious validity.”

The only surprise in the sell-out was the role of House Budget Committee Chairman and 2012 Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan. Although no radical, he nevertheless had seemed committed to a more responsible budget path. Yet he traded real current spending increases for fake future spending cuts, a standard congressional tactic running back at least to the infamous Reagan tax hike of 1983.

Of course, the real issue is entitlements, but these programs don’t much interest Congress since the fiscal flood won’t fully hit until after 2023. Explained CBO: “Under current law, the aging of the population, the rising costs of health care, and the scheduled expansion in federal subsidies for health insurance will substantially boost federal spending on Social Security and the government’s major health care programs, relative to GDP, for the next 10 years and for decades thereafter.” Absent serious and meaningful reforms “debt will rise sharply relative to GDP after 2023.”

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Dec 16, 2013, 08:50 AM (5 replies)

Pope: I knew good Marxists; label doesn’t hurt me

By Associated Press, Published: December 15

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is shrugging off the “Marxist” label that some ultra-conservatives might apply to him because he frets that economic growth doesn’t always help the poor.

In an interview with Italian daily La Stampa published on Sunday, Francis is quoted as saying: “Marxist ideology is wrong.” But the Argentina-born pontiff added he has “known many Marxists who were good persons, and that’s why I don’t feel offended” by the label.

He also mentioned that at a recent public audience at the Vatican he told a mother whose baby was crying but who was ashamed to nurse in the pope’s presence: “Please feed him!” He said he wants to tell all humanity to feed the hungry.

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sun Dec 15, 2013, 09:11 AM (14 replies)

Is there nothing we can do about repeat disruptors - even if juries will not act?

I am referring to this disruptor in this thread. An alert brought a crazy 0-6 vote to let stand - which only encouraged this disruptor to double down

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Dec 11, 2013, 11:39 PM (1 replies)

How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa Claus?

I've been asked to play Santa Claus for a work-related Christmas Party coming up soon. A fine gentleman and respected physician I work with offered to loan me his Santa Claus outfit for the upcoming occasion. When I was trying it on at his place the other night he casually mentioned that we need to hide what we are doing from his twelve-year-old son who is lurking around because he still believes in Santa. I thought that was a bit odd that a twelve-year-old would still believe in Santa Claus. But, chatting about the subject with some friends of mine - I have found more than a few who are sure they still believed in Santa Claus at twelve and some of them are sure their children still believed in Santa up to that age.

Maybe it is just me and the time and place I grew up - which was in two different small rural towns in upstate Western New York and Northwestern PA - but I am absolutely certain that I ceased believing in Santa Claus by the time I was six and was in the first grade. I cannot image or remember anyone believing in Santa Clause by the age of ten when I grew up. But maybe this is a change in how children are raised or maybe it was just peculiar to my particular circumstances.

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Dec 9, 2013, 03:42 PM (29 replies)

"Family Guy" fans, your prayers have been answered...Brian is returning

Great news for “Family Guy” fans: After being dead for almost two weeks, Brian Griffin is coming back to life on Dec. 15, still voiced by creator Seth MacFarlane.

The intellectual anthropomorphic dog and martini lover, one of the main characters in the long-running Fox comedy, was run over by a car and buried in a funeral service on Nov. 24′s episode, “Life of Brian.” At the time, executive producer Steve Callaghan was nonchalant about the death, telling E Online that “we thought it could be a fun way to shake things up.”

“As soon as this idea came up, we started talking about what the next couple episodes could be and we got very excited about the way this change will affect the family dynamics and the characters,” he explained.

But fans didn’t find Brian’s sudden death quite as fascinating, and instead thousands took to the Internet to sign a Change.org petition pleading with the show’s creators to bring Brian back to the show. The episode’s details don’t reveal how Brian comes back to life, but it’s implied by the description that it has something to with Stewie’s “master plan to get the one and only thing he wants for Christmas.”

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Dec 7, 2013, 08:34 AM (12 replies)

here is a fun poll to tell you which political party you are in most agreement with


Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Fri Dec 6, 2013, 08:53 AM (47 replies)
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