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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
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Chuck Norris blasts Obama over 'pro-gay Boy Scouts' stance

By Rene Lynch

June 27, 2012, 10:55 a.m.

Real-life action figure Chuck Norris is blasting President Obama for allegedly working behind the scenes to create a "pro-gay Boy Scouts of America."

snips:

Norris suggests that Americans take a closer look at the recent headlines made when James Turley, a Boy Scouts of America national board member, announced that he will work from within the scouting organization to change its long-standing position barring gay Scouts and gay Scout leaders. Turley is also chairman and chief executive of Ernst & Young.

"Is it a coincidence that Obama will stand up repeatedly for the children of illegal immigrants (and grant them amnesty and taxpayer money) but that he will not once stand up for children in the BSA and the organization's rights and freedoms to hold their own core values and beliefs?"
"Is it a coincidence that as the honorary BSA president and a 'constitutional lawyer,' Obama hasn’t had one minute in his schedule over the past years to defend or say anything about the series of lawsuits that have been levied against the BSA because of its First Amendment rights to stand against atheists, agnostics and homosexuals
?"

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-chuck-norris-blasts-obama-gay-boy-scouts-20120627,0,1591721.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fmostviewed+%28L.A.+Times+-+Most+Viewed+Stories%29


Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Jun 27, 2012, 03:46 PM (8 replies)

Some disturbing stuff I have been following-the bus monitor and the threats to the little tormentors

I’m certainly glad this video went viral and hope that it draw attention to a real problem

I’m sure most of you have heard by now about the video, “Making the bus monitor cry.” A truly disturbing video made by a group of 13-year old seventh graders from the suburbs of Rochester, New York showing off how they cruelly tormented a 68 year old grandmother who was working as a bus monitor – someone who tries to keep an eye on the children while they ride to and from school. Below you can find a link to this video if you have not seen it already. Be prepared for a shock. It is like watching true evil incarnated into a group of little children.

here is the original video



this is a short one a half minute clip that was not included in the 10 minute video that went viral



Well this video which one of the little tormenters did make and did post on the Internet ended up going viral all around the world. By now millions – probably tens of millions of people all over the world have seen it. This seems to have a triggered an absolute avalanche of sympathy for the poor lady who was so cruelly victimized that can be only matched by an even greater outpouring of outrage against these four little boys.

I must admit that when I first saw the video and heard that these children and their families were receiving volumes of hate messages and even death threats - I thought to myself, “good – those little bastards bloody well deserve it.” But then I started to read some of those threats and hate messages on the Internet and I couldn’t help but think that little seventh graders really are not equipped to be the recipient of an international bloodlust and hate campaign at least equal in intensity to anything ever directed against Osama bin Laden or Saddam Hussein. This just isn’t right.

Frankly, I was tormented and bullied terribly when I was in the seventh grade. But from what I can gather most of those bullies grew out of it as they got older and most of them have turned out to be decent and responsible people. I don’t think that one can look at even this horrific behavior when its coming from a child that age and simply pronounce them as an unredeemable sociopaths. Cannot people remember how cruel children in that age group can be? I sure the hell can. Here is a link to a 10 second youtube with an attempt at an apology from one of those children. Take a look at the responses he gets. This is at least and perhaps more chilling than watching those children torment poor Karen Klein.

That being said, I certainly hope these children are punished severely and that they learn a lesson.

http://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=mzbDdLM4a6Y

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Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Jun 25, 2012, 08:56 AM (45 replies)

Some disturbing stuff I have been following-the bus monitor and the threats to the little tormentors

I’m sure most of you have heard by now about the video, “Making the bus monitor cry.” A truly disturbing video made by a group of 13-year old seventh graders from the suburbs of Rochester, New York showing off how they cruelly tormented a 68 year old grandmother who was working as a bus monitor – someone who tries to keep an eye on the children while they ride to and from school. Belowyou can find a link to this video if you have not seen it already. Be prepared for a shock. It is like watching true evil incarnated into a group of little children.

here is the original video


this is a short one a half minute clip that was not included in the 10 minute video that went viral


Well this video which one of the little tormenters did make and did post on the Internet ended up going viral all around the world. By now millions – probably tens of millions of people all over the world have seen it. This seems to have a triggered an absolute avalanche of sympathy for the poor lady who was so cruelly victimized that can be only matched by an even greater outpouring of outrage against these four little boys.

I must admit that when I first saw the video and heard that these children and their families were receiving volumes of hate messages and even death threats - I thought to myself, “good – those little bastards bloody well deserve it.” But then I started to read some of those threats and hate messages on the Internet and I couldn’t help but think that little seventh graders really are not equipped to be the recipient of an international bloodlust and hate campaign at least equal in intensity to anything ever directed against Osama bin Laden or Saddam Hussein. This just isn’t right.

Frankly, I was tormented and bullied terribly when I was in the seventh grade. But from what I can gather most of those bullies grew out of it as they got older and most of them have turned out to be decent and responsible people. I don’t think that one can look at even this horrific behavior when its coming from a child that age and simply pronounce them as an unredeemable sociopaths. Cannot people remember how cruel children in that age group can be? I sure the hell can.

Here is a link to a 10 second youtube with an attempt at an apology from one of those children. Take a look at the responses he gets. This is at least and perhaps more chilling than watching those children torment poor Karen Klein.

http://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=mzbDdLM4a6Y
www.youtube.com.
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sun Jun 24, 2012, 06:53 PM (10 replies)

When Chomsky wept


This is a very interesting article by Fred Branfman - someone who has known and worked with Noam Chomsky over more than a 40 year period.




I first met Noam Chomsky in Laos, where I showed him the devastating effects of U.S. air raids

By Fred Branfman

Forty-two years ago I had an unusual experience. I became friendly with a guy named Noam Chomsky. I came to know him as a human being before becoming fully aware of his fame and the impact of his work. I have often thought of this experience since — both because of the insights it gave me into him and, more important, the deep trouble in which our nation and world find themselves today. His foremost contribution for me has been his constant focus on how U.S. leaders treat so many of the world’s population as “unpeople,” either exploiting them economically or engaging in war-making, which has murdered, maimed or made homeless over 20 million people since the end of World War II (over 5 million in Iraq and 16 million in Indochina according to official U.S. government statistics).

Our friendship was forged over concern for some of these “unpeople” when he visited Laos in February 1970. I had been living in a Lao village outside the capital city of Vientiane for three years at that point and spoke Laotian. But five months earlier I had been shocked to my core when I interviewed the first Lao refugees brought down to Vientiane from the Plain of Jars in northern Laos, which had been controlled by the communist Pathet Lao since 1964. I had discovered to my horror that U.S. executive branch leaders had been clandestinely bombing these peaceful villagers for five-and-a-half years, driving tens of thousands underground and into caves, where they had been forced to live like animals.

.....

I was particularly moved one night as I was sitting opposite him at dinner, struck as usual by the enormous distance between what Noam knows about U.S. leaders’ slaughter of innocents around the world and what the public realizes. I suddenly thought of Winston Smith from Orwell’s “1984,” who sees little hope of changing society and focuses only on trying to remain sane and commit to paper the truth in the hope that future generations will remember it. I told Noam that to me, at that moment, he represented Winston Smith to me.

I will always remember his reaction.

He just looked at me.

And smiled sadly.

Noam can be tough on those who he feels support U.S. war-making, but he is even harder on himself. On one occasion I mentioned that I had asked a lifelong political activist with whom we were both friendly whether, looking back on his life, he had any regrets. Our friend had responded that he wished he had spent more time with his family, and pursuing a variety of his non-political interests. “Do you have any regrets?” I asked Noam. His answer shocked me. Muttering more to himself than to me he said, “I didn’t do nearly enough.”

http://www.salon.com/2012/06/17/when_chomsky_wept/singleton/
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Jun 18, 2012, 03:24 PM (0 replies)

I just found the ultimate code to live by -- on Facebook

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Jun 14, 2012, 01:34 PM (17 replies)

Obama's attacks on Romney's Bain Capital past may be paying off, new poll suggests


Nearly half of likely voters in 12 battleground states believe private equity doesn't translate into jobs


By Jonathan Lemire / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/election-2012/obama-attacks-romney-bain-capital-paying-poll-suggests-article-1.1092641#ixzz1xJmtteLT


President Obama’s attacks on Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital have drawn heat from fellow Democrats — but may be resonating with voters

Nearly half of likely voters in 12 battleground states buy into the Obama team’s claims that private equity does not translate into new jobs, according to a new poll.

Forty-seven percent of those surveyed believe that the work done by firms like Bain hurts workers, as opposed to 38% who say it helps the economy, according to data released by Purple Strategies, a non-partisan research group.

The voters who seem the most skeptical that Romney’s time at Bain could help him restart the sluggish economy hail from some of November’s biggest prizes, including Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/election-2012/obama-attacks-romney-bain-capital-paying-poll-suggests-article-1.1092641#ixzz1xJmOqeK6
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Jun 9, 2012, 03:05 PM (8 replies)

Obama's attacks on Romney's Bain Capital past may be paying off, new poll suggests


Nearly half of likely voters in 12 battleground states believe private equity doesn't translate into jobs


By Jonathan Lemire / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/election-2012/obama-attacks-romney-bain-capital-paying-poll-suggests-article-1.1092641#ixzz1xJmtteLT


President Obama’s attacks on Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital have drawn heat from fellow Democrats — but may be resonating with voters

Nearly half of likely voters in 12 battleground states buy into the Obama team’s claims that private equity does not translate into new jobs, according to a new poll.

Forty-seven percent of those surveyed believe that the work done by firms like Bain hurts workers, as opposed to 38% who say it helps the economy, according to data released by Purple Strategies, a non-partisan research group.

The voters who seem the most skeptical that Romney’s time at Bain could help him restart the sluggish economy hail from some of November’s biggest prizes, including Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/election-2012/obama-attacks-romney-bain-capital-paying-poll-suggests-article-1.1092641#ixzz1xJmOqeK6




Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Jun 9, 2012, 01:28 PM (0 replies)

Limbaugh Family Values

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Jun 2, 2012, 10:37 PM (5 replies)
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