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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: 19,656

Journal Archives

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)

WorldNetDaily Ties Pope Francis To The KGB

Earlier this week, WorldNetDaily argued that Pope Francis’ criticism of capitalism is making Jesus Christ “weep in heaven.” Now, the conservative outlet is trying to use the new pope’s social justice teachings to tie him to the KGB. Of course, social justice has been a core teaching of the Roman Catholic Church — among other Christian denominations — since long before Francis became pope. In a column entitled “Communism and the Pope,” WND’s Ileana Johnson Paugh writes that she “traces Francis’ thinking to KGB-influence in S. America” and argues that social justice is not connected to the teachings of Jesus Christ but actually a “Soviet communist-led idea” that helped the KGB “infiltrate” the Catholic Church. -

The Latin American pope from Buenos Aires spoke for the masses that are still waiting for “social justice.” Yet the United States always pledges and helps when tragedy strikes; Americans give generously of their wealth, time and expertise. “Social justice” is an entirely different manufactured creature. According to Lt. Gen. Ion Pacepa, the Soviet communist-led idea of “social justice” was infiltrated successfully by the KGB into Latin America’s Catholic Church as a religious movement called “liberation theology.” The goal was to “incite Latin America’s poor to rebel against the ‘institutionalized violence of poverty’ generated by the United States.” (Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, “Disinformation,” WND Books, 2013) From the government’s point of view, what kind of “social justice” are the masses waiting for when pining for socialism and communism? They are waiting to vote again and again for the same individuals and socialist or communist governments that brought them to poverty and kept them perennially downtrodden. They are waiting for socialist governments to give them welfare and free minimal health care through Castro clinics while they stay home and procreate more dependents. They are waiting for the redistribution of wealth from productive citizens. They are enslaved to their governments that decide their daily lives, yet they are told their enslavement is the United States’ fault.

See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/worldnetdaily-ties-pope-francis-kgb#sthash.8mUJcMPD.dpuf
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Dec 5, 2013, 08:14 AM (29 replies)

are discuissions about the poltical influence of Pope Francis now banned from the GD forum?

In this particular case the discussion centers entirely around the political rather than religious influence of Pope Francis.

Author: Douglas Carpenter
It really doesn't matter one way or another what people on the left think about Pope Francis
Alerted by Humanist_Activist: Thread belongs in religion forum 2:02 PM

The host who locked this claimed that this was the consensus of the hosts forum - but this is simply not true - There were only three comments made relating to this locking - one of which strongly opposed the locking

Baitball Blogger (13,795 posts)

2. GDHost.

This is exactly the kind of religion thread that meets the exceptions to GD (IMHO). It discusses current issues that are of political interest to progressives. This pope is pushing progressive ideas. This is big news. Earth-shattering since it only happens once or twice in our lifetimes.

Vote to Leave


Given that the post received 68 recommends and reflected an opinion that the overwhelming majority of DU members support - thre is simply no reason to lock this.
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Dec 3, 2013, 10:57 AM (1 replies)

Look At What Fox News Is Calling "Sharia Law"

Fox News incited Islamophobic fears in its reporting on a weekly swim class at a YMCA facility that ensures the privacy of Muslim girls learning to swim, framing it as evidence that "Sharia law is now changing everything."

In October, a St. Paul YMCA in partnership with the local police department decided to offer an hour long swim practice once a week to give Muslim Somali-American girls between the ages of 5 and 17 an opportunity to learn basic swimming skills, making considerations for the girls' modesty and religious beliefs. On the December 2 edition of Fox & Friends, Fox's Heather Nauert framed this story as evidence that "Sharia law is now changing everything":

NAUERT: Well the minority becoming the majority at one community pool. Sharia law is now changing everything. A YMCA in Minneapolis-St. Paul is starting a swim group for Muslim girls but special considerations have to be made to keep with their religious beliefs. Now this means during the one-hour class, the pool is being shut down, the men's locker room is being locked, and female lifeguards are being brought in. Similar classes are now starting at towns across the Midwest. We'll keep watching this story for you.

Fox's use of an hour-long swim lesson for girls to push the myth that Sharia is taking over is disconcerting to say the least. For many Muslim girls, this class represents their first opportunity to learn these basic skills, and the Star Tribune noted that this is an important and much-needed program for the community, and that "pecial considerations have to be made to address modesty concerns":


Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Dec 2, 2013, 06:28 PM (72 replies)

It really doesn't matter one way or another what people on the left think about Pope Francis

Yes on economic issues he is not saying anything that previous pontiffs have not said. Nor has he reversed the church's position on crucial social issues such as abortion, marriage equality or even birth control. But for whatever reason he is causing heads to roll on the right - especially the religious right. No longer can the Paul Ryan's, Bill Bennett's, Rick Santorum's claim Catholic religious authority to advance their right-wing agenda. There has been a shift in priorities. There has been a call to be less judgmental on social issues and more accepting. Above, all there has been a call for economic justice that directly and specifically attacks on spiritual grounds the economic philosophy of the right. This is significant - not because how it effects how people on the more secular end of the spectrum think - But how it effects the ability of conservative leaning Catholics and other conservative leaning religious people of other stripes to claim the umbrella of religion to legitimize their reactionary agenda. This is significant. It is very significant.

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Dec 2, 2013, 11:25 AM (107 replies)
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