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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: 20,226

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How liberal/progressive vs. centrist do you think President Obama would be if he could be?

Okay we all agree that no politician can get all their agenda through - Some maintain that President Obama would be a lot more progressive if he had the Congress and other political forces on his side. Others maintain that he really is a centrist, at best a center-left centrist - but perhaps even a somewhat center-right centrist. What do you think?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sun Jan 19, 2014, 06:03 PM (12 replies)

Huffington Post Travel: Saipan: The Most Beautiful Place In America You've Never Heard Of (PHOTOS)

since I have lived here for the past two and a half years - I thought I would do a little promotion

Indeed, Saipan is part of America -- it's the most populated of the Northern Mariana Islands, an insular chain with a complicated history that became administered by the U.S. after World War II, and has been a U.S. commonwealth since 1978. People born there are U.S. citizens. The official currency is the U.S. dollar. As of 2009, the Northern Mariana Islands has had a representative -- non-voting, like all the territories' representatives, but still there -- in the U.S. Congress.

Indeed again, as everyone who's lived there can tell you, most mainland Americans don't know any of that. Regrettably, the ones who do are probably aware of the island -- which is in Micronesia, just north of Guam, south of Japan, east of the Philippines and west of Hawaii -- due to its tainted reputation stemming from a political scandal involving a certain Texan who later appeared on Dancing With The Stars.

Certainly, life on a tropical islandhas problems, as does life anywhere. Sometimes, like with that dancing Texan, it's just that the problems are a little more unusual.

But know this: at least in Saipan, you'll experience those unusual problems in a setting that is quite spectacularly beautiful, with beaches, scuba diving, golf, festivals, hiking, history, wildlife (some of which has been eaten into near-extinction, much of which hasn't), still more beaches, a charmingly weird mascot and year-round temperatures in the 80s

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Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sun Jan 19, 2014, 03:18 AM (17 replies)

Do you agree with the death penalty under ANY circumstances in the United States? Do you agree with

life in prison at hard labor under harsh conditions without ANY CHANCE of parole EVER?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Jan 18, 2014, 08:54 AM (20 replies)

How to torment fast food workers

Most fast food workers and most telemarketers make about the same amount of money - Telemarketers can be annoying - no doubt - And no doubt fast food workers are for the most part peddling unhealthy - cardiac disease causing and carcinogenic poison masquerading as food. Both groups are clearly people who made the wrong life choices to end up at the bottom of the barrel.

Since there have been a number of suggestions of how to torment one group of people at the very bottom of the social economic spectrum - perhaps people have some suggestions about how to go on the offensive against this other group of harmful parasites.

I hope I don't need the icon
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Jan 16, 2014, 03:27 PM (18 replies)

Swift Boat Veterans For Truth Clear John Kerry After Exhaustive 9-Year Investigation

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Jan 14, 2014, 03:49 PM (9 replies)

to be perfectly honest - Christie performed well and will PROBABLY live to fight another day

When President Obama blew it during the first debate - I upset some people by admitting that - even though nothing would have made me happier than if that had not been the case. Given that Governor Christie could be a viable Republican nominee for President in 2016 who would have a fair chance of winning - nothing would make me happier than seeing him going down in flames now. But as of now - after this press conference - he is not looking that bad. And I suspect a lot of the mainstream media will give him the benefit of the doubt. Now this could all come undone if some members of his staff feel betrayed and are not willing to fall on their swords and/or some material evidence does emerge that clearly and concretely proves Gov. Christie was personally involved in this affair,
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Jan 9, 2014, 12:36 PM (37 replies)

Christie has started speaking just now -

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Jan 9, 2014, 12:09 PM (19 replies)

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Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Jan 6, 2014, 02:02 PM (0 replies)

Alcoholics Anonymous talk of turning to a "Higher Power." Is that woo?

Is it anti-scientific? Is it just another form of believing in space fairies?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Jan 6, 2014, 07:42 AM (60 replies)

A Poll on woo

Which statement comes closest to you attitude regarding healthcare treatment that is not fully and formally accepted and supported by officially recognized medical authority

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Jan 6, 2014, 02:36 AM (20 replies)
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