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Who said "All Politics is Local?"

National vs. local politics apparently is a meme on pcom. I apparently irritated the new owners with expressed concerns over a draft Executive Order that was leaked that promises, in the words of gizmodo - a tech site, not a political site - that the proposal would give the administration in power under these kinds of rules the ability to censor, with a political slant, all posts on the internet. The trick is that it redefines what is meant by the legal immunity offered sites called section

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Can blog entries work???

In another topic I suggested that folks could use the blog-entry area to talk politics (or any other subject for that matter) instead of directing people to a specific forum. The belief is that blogs give individuals greater control over their writing and the commentary associated with it. This post tests a small aspect of this potential use. gpatton

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Trump won ... how do we survive and win?

The plain fact is that trump won using the rules - the rigged rules which are rigged in favor of rural states and voters - and he is our president.   What we need to do is give the guy a chance as he likely is not as bad as his VP.   Indeed, I have to give trump kudoos on his choice of VP because Pence, while he has some Washington experience, is among the most regressive and intolerant of the Republicans. Hell, he was headed for near certain defeat in his quest for re-election in Indiana be

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reading

http://op-talk.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/25/what-big-thing-would-reinvigorate-the-democratic-party/?mabReward=RI%3A7 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/27/upshot/what-studies-show-about-the-effect-of-voter-id-laws.html?mabReward=RI%3A7 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/28/us/politics/court-rejects-incumbents-bid-on-ballot-count.html http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/28/business/economy/liberal-treasury-nominees-deal-making-prowess-could-be-a-liability-.html http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/28/nyregion/l

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reading links

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/23/nyregion/an-exaltation-of-moths-much-maligned-kin-of-the-butterfly.html http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/23/dining/in-praise-of-the-trusty-rice-cooker.html http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/23/dining/fluffy-tasty-tricky.html http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/automobiles/collectibles/this-1918-cadillac-type-57-served-in-world-war-i.html http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/23/upshot/what-the-internet-can-see-from-your-cat-pictures.html http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/21

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From: HEY PUBBY

Yes, I bet you're patting yourself on the back on that one too, Whitey. It inspired me to make a joke.   Here's why doing anything new in Paulding is tough. A new person in the county comes in to buy cola at a fair. Yep, they're willing to give us $5.00 for a .50 cent can of Coca-cola. Its a hot day and they figure that it is worth it. They pull out a $10 bill and pass it to the guy and then hold their hand out for change ... The old guy, we'll call him Whitey for grins, stares at the

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From: HEY PUBBY

What? Twenty bucks? That might buy you and me a couple of latte's at Starbucks but it is hardly enough of an investment to justify divulging potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on proprietary market research into the public domain.   Its use and utility was the driving force and information that put a signature on a contract for a forty-year lease that pays the taxpayer for the use of the facility.   You do remember that they are paying the county/AA funds in this transact

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From: The Airport Bonds - Just Follow the Money

When first presented with the idea, I was just about where you are SG. I was curious and skeptical ... and then I saw the world press take notice. Why would they care?   I did a little more research on the airline industry - not enough to make me an expert on airlines - but enough to note there are some less than obvious opportunities when it comes to enhancing competition. The airline carriers are pulling back, limiting service to smaller cities and eliminating in some others. Air transporta

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From: Community Meeting set for 11-21-13

There is the obvious clarity that we all appreciate about you ... and your humor Stradial   My recollection of the discussions back in 2005-06 regarding the airport was that the feasibility studies were such that a commercial passenger airport was a pipe dream at best and not what was intended for the facility. Still, if it was a possibility, the most major important great thing we could do by building our own general aviation airport is to get prior rights to aviation here because if that t

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From: what do you think about the goverment shutdown?

To set this topic up:     Rockysmom then said:   That would be Romney's living room Low.     I would assume, lowrider, that if you heard say, Newt, say that he was for a law that created vouchers and required individuals to purchase health insurance - i.e. the individual mandate that is at the core of obamacare - you would realize that obamacare is an idea that was lifted from the 1994 Heritage Foundation plan offered as an alternative to Hillarycare back then.     I know y

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reading list

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/22/opinion/sunday/lobbyists-look-for-a-euphemism.html?src=rechp http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/18/with-help-teradata-speeds-up/?src=rechp http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/18/us/politics/reaping-profit-after-assisting-on-health-law.html?src=rechp http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/21/opinion/biometric-technology-takes-off.html?src=rechp http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/business/detroit-is-now-a-charity-case-for-carmakers.html?src=rechp http://www.nytimes.com/

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From: The pending government shutdown ... Why the GOP position is a loser

The GOP is saying, we won't force a shutdown if the Dems in the Senate go along with us and delay/defund/kill Obamacare. In their minds, they are making a totally reasonable request.   Why is this a loosing position.   Because their solution to the conflict - shut down the government - is so "we're going to take our ball and go home" a response.   Bottom line, the budget and spending authorizations are like the whole game. That they lost the legislative effort that the Democrats have

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Reading

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/13/business/media/shepard-smith-to-run-a-breaking-news-division-at-fox.html?ref=television http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/15/arts/television/andy-samberg-talks-about-his-new-sitcom-brooklyn-nine-nine.html?ref=television http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/08/arts/television/fall-tv-preview-old-hits-return-new-worlds-open.html?ref=television http://tv.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/arts/television/derek-stars-ricky-gervais-as-a-nursing-home-volunteer.html?ref=television http

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From: My Post explaining pcom's protection of local businesses

First, I will close this topic. Why?   Because it is a no-win for pcom or for local businesses.   We have developed rules regarding all this and those rules seek to balance the issues presented.   Let me address the points where there is obviously some misunderstanding.     We protect the advertising posts of business members. If a business member come in and offers, say, a lunch special for $4.99, their topic making that offer is protected. In other words, another member will be r

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From: An answer to the Syrian debacle

I appreciate what you're saying here sound guy but I would correct you on a couple of the broad-brush notions put forth.   Folks on the right are always fond of saying, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." The same is true with chemical weapons. What is critical is the notion that Assad's regime needs to know that using chemical weapons is not a good idea. That they have them or may have them is secondary. Instilling in their minds an understanding of why they don't want to use th

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We're in deep s**t

This blog post is comes from a discussion on Micky D's workers striving for $15/hr. I suggested that if they got that wage, the end result would be the creation of robotic fast food processes and the elimination of many of the low wage jobs that industry has.   That notion drew some conversation and I did a data dump on the real scope of issue.     http://paulding.com/forum/index.php?app=blog&module=post&section=post&do=showform&id1=303871&id2=3835010&btapp=forums#

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August reading

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/05/world/asia/iranian-president-is-sworn-in-and-presents-a-new-cabinet-of-familiar-faces.html?hpw http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/04/disruptions-rather-than-time-computers-might-become-panacea-to-hurt/?hpw http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/05/business/workers-of-amazon-divergent.html?hpw http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/05/arts/design/buy-local-gets-creative.html?hpw http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/05/arts/television/surviving-cbss-fight-with-time-warner-cable.

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July 1 reading list

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/30/magazine/jimmy-wales-is-not-an-internet-billionaire.html?hpw http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/30/magazine/how-to-succeed-in-the-legal-pot-business.html?hpw http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/01/technology/detroit-embracing-new-auto-technologies-seeks-app-builders.html?hpw http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/30/automobiles/when-fuel-economy-improves-but-filling-the-tank-costs-more.html?hpw http://douthat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/01/the-media-immigration-and-g-o-p-donor

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June 12 NYTimes reading list

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/12/opinion/surveillance-a-threat-to-democracy.html?hp http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/12/opinion/friedman-blowing-a-whistle.html?hp http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/12/opinion/the-price-of-the-panopticon.html?hp http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/12/opinion/surveillance-snowden-doesnt-rise-to-traitor.html?hp http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/12/us/nsa-disclosures-put-awkward-light-on-official-statements.html?hp http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/12/us/nsa-disclosures-put-aw

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4/23/2013 NYTimes reading list from pubby

Here are some links from perusing today's NYTimes I think are worth reading.   The Senate looks at raising taxes by taxing Internet sales (Is the party over?) http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/23/technology/internet-sales-tax-gains-ground-in-senate.html?hp   Can psychotherapy help old farts? http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/22/how-therapy-can-help-in-the-golden-years/?hp   Can Americans be non-violent? http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/is-american-nonviolence-possible/?h

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From: The Gun Topic: I wonder if this is constitutional?

In the following piece I conjure the idea that the way to fund mental health care might be to impose an excise tax on the purchase of or distribution of graphically violent content such as TV shows, movies and video games based on the degree of violence depicted in the content.   The biggest problem may be the constitutionality of taxing something so intertwined with speech. However, one quick thought is that the tax may solve this, at least in the context of movies, is a tax on the sale of t

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From: NRA,assault weapons,gun laws

You are absolutely right that a gun is just a tool but what you're missing is that a gun can be more than just a tool.   Think about tools for a minute and then think about Andy Rooney, late of 60 Minutes fame and his ancient typewriter that he used to write his witty editorials. He could have had the newest laptop with the fanciest word processing program but he held to his manual Royal typewriter circa 1945. Dare I say he loved it.   Think about the kid who drives up in a new high-output

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Eddie invents Oxymoron

Eddie, you've done it now!   You've invented, in my mind, a new oxymoron.   Congratulations.   We should endeavor to get Red State Socialism, placed on the oxymoron list.   Here is the official list for oxymoron's starting with R from http://www.oxymoronlist.com/   R & D (research and development) radical center Random Logic (also Fuzzy Logic) random order randomly organized Random pattern rap artist rapid transit Rare steak rarely done rational ravings Reagan Dem

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From: Why are Democrats insisting on an increase in rates?

We all know that politics is more than theater ... it is often a magic show in the context of now you see it, now you don't.   The GOP position is that rates are fine where they are; we can deal with the loopholes and while we might claw back some from loopholes for this 'deal' we are experts in manufacturing loopholes ... some that can be very, very specific ... and these loopholes can be hidden as amendments in legislation of all kinds.   We all know that politics is not a game that is pl

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