• frmrirprsn commented on the diary post Sunday Talking Heads: October 26, 2014 by Elliott.

    2014-10-26 10:06:41View | Delete

    President Obama isn’t in a pickle. The ingrates who got the 10 million new jobs at Walmart where they get paid so well that they qualify for food stamps are in a pickle. We view the “oil boom” caused by the explosion of fracking differently. I see it as a failure of leadership. I also [...]

  • frmrirprsn commented on the diary post Sunday Talking Heads: October 26, 2014 by Elliott.

    2014-10-26 09:12:32View | Delete

    Fair enough.

  • frmrirprsn commented on the diary post Sunday Talking Heads: October 26, 2014 by Elliott.

    2014-10-26 09:11:27View | Delete

    You really don’t get it. Do you see O spending the kind of energy on the things you think he’d like to do that he’s spending on the TPP? He could propose a fiscal policy that would put people to work and repair our crumbling infrastructure. Certainly it wouldn’t get through congress, but Democrats could [...]

  • frmrirprsn commented on the diary post Sunday Talking Heads: October 26, 2014 by Elliott.

    2014-10-26 09:03:49View | Delete

    If O had a triple digit IQ, he would be able to counter it.

    eCAHN! I’ve come to expect this sort of thing from erik. But you? You know perfectly well Obama wants Republican control of the senate as much as Mitch McConnell. (Giving them the house in ’10 turned out to be not quite enough.) [...]

  • frmrirprsn commented on the diary post Postcapitalist economic imagination by cassiodorus.

    2014-10-05 11:04:14View | Delete

    I thought I was stating that capitalism has been corrupted rather than failed when I pointed out the growth of the middle class in a period of capitalism regulated for the common good. We are now regulated for the corporate good. The danger of concentrated capital able to create rules that benefit the few over [...]

  • frmrirprsn commented on the diary post Postcapitalist economic imagination by cassiodorus.

    2014-10-05 10:46:14View | Delete

    It’s not difficult to distinguish capitalism from corporatism. Admittedly, no society is 100% either. But privatizing profit to the 1% and socializing loss is as corporatist as you can get. Anything that can’t be allowed to fail either because it’s a vital utility or a bank that’s too big is outside the capitalist framework. Competition [...]

  • frmrirprsn commented on the diary post Postcapitalist economic imagination by cassiodorus.

    2014-10-05 09:26:06View | Delete

    Your heart is in the right place, but you are confused. Most fundamentally, the globe has already abandoned capitalism except as a sacred word of power used to silence critics of the status quo. We don’t have a global economy where entities are economic competitors except at the margins. This is corporatism. (Substitute Lenin’s stage [...]

  • frmrirprsn commented on the blog post Another Reminder of How Stupid Lifetime Judicial Terms Are

    2014-09-24 16:08:49View | Delete

    Supreme court justices can determine the president who appoints their successors, but not the appointees. If Ginsburg knew she had to retire in 2017 do you think she would have resigned two years ago to give Obama the appointment?

    One of the more interesting takes on Ginsberg’s comments is that it might reveal something about her view of the quality of O’s appointments so far, as well as the kind of person he could get through now. No O nominee is as far to the left as Ginsberg.

    I’d like to see one long term to keep the process moving and to remove the temptation for presidents to nominate relatively young people who are rarely the best the country has to offer at that stage in their lives, in the hopes that they will last for a long time.

  • frmrirprsn commented on the blog post Ray Maxwell, Whistleblowers, Hillary Clinton and Benghazi

    2014-09-24 15:56:16View | Delete

    I was going to use 9/11 as my example, but I wasn’t sure either.

  • frmrirprsn commented on the blog post Ray Maxwell, Whistleblowers, Hillary Clinton and Benghazi

    2014-09-24 15:20:41View | Delete

    Cover up what? Please take the trouble to answer Phoenix Woman @15.

    The CIA uses the State Department for cover all the time. They aren’t under control of the State Department. Why do we look at Hilary Clinton yet again? Because Daryl Issa says so? I’m not a Clinton supporter. I’m not a John Kerry supporter either, but I don’t think taxpayer dollars should be used to have him explain his actions on a swift boat one more time. I won’t support HC in part because of her disgusting dance with Netanyahu while Palestinian children died. I don’t see the need to hang an operation more closely linked to the CIA around her neck.

    We’re going to spend more money investigating the deaths of this tiny group of people than we did attempting to reveal the lies and distortions that got us into Iraq.If the far right says it often enough and you aren’t a supporter of the person under attack, there must be some truth to it?

  • frmrirprsn commented on the blog post Ukraine And Separatists Sign Ceasefire

    2014-09-05 10:15:04View | Delete

    Just what qualifications does Biden’s son have to work for a Natural gas company

    You answered your own question. He’s Biden’s son.

  • frmrirprsn commented on the blog post Ukraine And Separatists Sign Ceasefire

    2014-09-05 10:13:20View | Delete

    The fact that the Eastern Ukrainians, with minimal Russian support, have been able to defeat the oligarch dominated army of Western Ukraine comes as a real shock to the Americans.

    Great point. The situation would look different if Putin had been faced with a choice of Eastern Ukraine capitulation or Russian “invasion.” Chalk it up as another failure of the US intelligence apparatus.

  • frmrirprsn commented on the blog post Ukraine And Separatists Sign Ceasefire

    2014-09-05 09:59:47View | Delete

    Empirical proof of the power of prayer./S

  • frmrirprsn commented on the blog post Ukraine And Separatists Sign Ceasefire

    2014-09-05 09:51:06View | Delete

    Great question. I don’t think anyone can do more than speculate. I don’t think decisions of this magnitude are determined by a single factor. Underneath it all, I think Russia had to halt the West’s advance regardless of what people in a particular country think about it. Ukraine is a good place to draw that line. It’s much easier imagining the US and Western Europe engaging in serious sanctions over intervention in Poland, to pick an example. Additionally, the Poles would fight Russians, with irregular forces if necessary, whether NATO helped or not.

    Ukraine has a substantial ethnic Russian population. A disproportionate share of industry and resources are in the east. It’s a logistics nightmare for NATO. And it’s hard to imagine much popular support for a war in defense of Ukraine. Major sanctions will have a significant effect on Russia, but they will have a major effect on Europe too, especially Germany. It’s hard to imagine the Germans paying the greatest price for imposing sanctions for long.

    If the Russians wanted to signal the West that the advance goes no further, it’s hard to think of a better place.

  • frmrirprsn commented on the blog post Ukraine And Separatists Sign Ceasefire

    2014-09-05 08:44:47View | Delete

    You truly don’t get it. This mess started with the overthrow of an elected government. The US was complicit in the overthrow. Then, instead of the protesters getting the government they expected, we installed our ambassador’s buddy, Yatz who has since fled.

    This is a flagrant attempt to open Ukraine to the west, possibly including NATO membership. Russia has been surprisingly tolerant as NATO moved eastward in spite of our initial promises. It’s Putin who has drawn a line in the sand. Russia now has Crimea. Ukrainian nationalist forces are withdrawing from the east. The Russians are talking with Cuba about reopening bases that haven’t been an issue since the Cuban missile crisis. Another country has been thrown into instability by US activities. And geographically concentrated ethnic Russians in the Baltic states are beginning to make demands of their own.

    Heck of a job Barry.

  • frmrirprsn commented on the diary post How China Views the Ukraine Conflict by fairleft.

    2014-08-31 15:25:17View | Delete

    I have no idea of the meaning of what you wrote or how it relates to what I wrote. Try small words. Your rapier wit is over my poor head.

  • There is a lot of cooperation. For every driver who cuts off another there is one who stops to let a car trapped in a development out to the main road. Neighbors help neighbors in all sorts of ways. Look at what happens after a flood.

    And there would be a lot more cooperation were it not stifled by both political parties. An overwhelming majority of Americans prefer expanding income covered by social security to any cut in benefits. Americans like medicare. A plurality of Americans supported a public health care option right up to the day Obama crammed the Health Insurers and Pharmaceutical Companies’ Bail Out Bill down our throats.

  • frmrirprsn commented on the diary post How China Views the Ukraine Conflict by fairleft.

    2014-08-31 14:30:28View | Delete

    I imagine you and I would agree about the geopolitical situation far more often than we would disagree. And it’s always useful to warn American readers about the dangers of imperial hubris. I would absolutely negotiate with Iran. I do not believe Iran is one year away from a nuclear weapon any more than I [...]

  • frmrirprsn commented on the diary post Hurricanes, droughts and the basic weakness of Marxist critique by danps.

    2014-08-30 18:31:27View | Delete

    If one had to choose only between a Marxist and Keynesianist, I would the choose the Marxist, for at the very least a Marxist believes in the potential for human beings in building a better world.

    So does Donald Trump.

    What’s the hold up? Aren’t people believing hard enough?

  • The VTANG have a new strategy. A spokesman announced that, contrary to everything the AF has written, the F-35s will actually be quieter than the F-16s. And they’ve set about proving themselves right by making as much noise as possible. They even invited a flock of Navy F-18s to come and play. If the current trend continues much longer it would be an improvement if they started launching Atlas 5s from the Burlington airbaseport.

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