• Coach Bill commented on the blog post Still Having a Merry Christmas (Plus, Some Tunes)

    2014-12-25 07:21:02View | Delete

    Merry Christmas Kevin

    Thanks for all you do at FDL.

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post Illumination

    2014-12-24 16:44:19View | Delete

    “I chose to live this way, regardless of the consequences, because it is the right way to live.”

    I tell my children, “We do the right thing because it is the right thing to do.

    It need not be more complicated than that.

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post Illumination

    2014-12-24 16:32:22View | Delete

    Let peace begin with me
    Let this be the moment now.
    With every step I take
    Let this be my solemn vow.
    To take each moment
    And live each moment
    With peace eternally.
    Let there be peace on earth,
    And let it begin with me
    .

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post Public Strongly Supports Opening Relations with Cuba

    2014-12-23 13:59:11View | Delete

    “… at the expense of hurting the ability to win the general election.”

    And the downside is?

  • I certainly had no intention of endorsing vigilantism

  • I hesitate to offer this comment anywhere but FDL.

    How do we know the dead police officers were innocent? I am certain that the vast majority of police officers are neither corrupt or excessively violent BUT, and it is a big but that goes to the very heart of the matter. How many otherwise honest cops have looked the other way or failed to come forward to report improper or illegal behavior on the part of their fellow officers. I suspect that this silence is widespread in the NYPD.

    The wall of silence, must come down if we are ever to regain trust in our justice system. Police simply cannot be above the law if we are to trust them. And that applies equally to the witnesses as well as the perpetrators.

  • Coach Bill commented on the diary post Why is Near Term Human Extinction Inevitable? by Robert J. Burrowes.

    2014-12-22 10:51:48View | Delete

    Every time I read one of these “climate will kill us” articles, I am struck by the same omission; What, exactly, do you propose that we do about it? There are limits to the amount of conservation measures that our leaders, even if they were true believers, could impose on their respective populations. Does anyone [...]

  • Coach Bill commented on the diary post Mr. Turner: Movies Butchering History by Barry Lando.

    2014-12-21 10:35:29View | Delete

    The fictionalization of history is lamentable but it is not a new phenomenon nor is it limited to the entertainment industry. Admittedly, those efforts aimed at mass consumption are probably the most egregious.

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post You Can Play the Home Torture Game

    2014-12-20 10:31:04View | Delete

    Americans love torture.

    We seem to have little restraint in using violence to get what we want and see violence as a solution to nearly every problem we face.

    When Dirty Harry stomps on a wounded suspects leg, we cheer.

    Every few days, my FB feed coughs up picture advocating corporal punishment. It generally follows the form of “I was beaten as a child and I turned out OK, therefore you should beat your child too” if you want him/her to grow up properly respectful (fearful) of the powerful.

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post You Can Play the Home Torture Game

    2014-12-20 10:22:16View | Delete

    “Only if can can torture all the house and senate republicans,…”

    Only republicans? Seems to me there are plenty of democrats equally deserving. How about the 14 senators that voted for KXL? All the dems that voted for the current budget bill or the NDAA giving away native american land to polluters? How about president O-drone-er?

    Shouldn’t we be equal opportunity torturers here at FDL?

  • Coach Bill commented on the diary post The Case Against Re-Banning Torture Yet Again by David Swanson.

    2014-12-18 07:43:33View | Delete

    The known acts of torture will never be prosecuted for one simple reason; the chain of command ends in the White House. In the decades old American legal shuffle, the accused will offer to dime out their superiors until there is no one left. If prosecutors don’t take offered deal, the accused will invoke the [...]

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post On the BBC Defending Not Torturing People

    2014-12-17 11:23:51View | Delete

    “…they can’t even come out clearly against something as evil and wrong …”

    Very difficult to do when you are complicit. Our misdeeds certainly did not stop the day Obama was inaugurated.

    And then of course are the drones……..

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post On the BBC Defending Not Torturing People

    2014-12-17 11:21:18View | Delete

    Americans are in love with the notion that violence at some level offers a solution to nearly every problem we face and that love extends to the pain and suffering that violence inflicts.

    From the Washington Post:

    A majority of nearly every group — non-whites, women, young adults, the elderly, Midwesterners, suburbanites, Catholics, moderates, the wealthy — said that torture of suspected terrorists can be often or sometimes justified.

    The graphic accompanying the WP article would have been a perfect highlight for this article

  • ” it appears he has the power to fix it this time.”

    Haven’t you reported here frequently that Obama has always had this power and could have used it at any time?

    The president could also fire the current head of the DEA who I believe has acted in the past contrary to his stated intentions and likely will continue to do so.

    All of this suggests that Obama is quite happy with the status quo and will do nothing.

  • “If we can convince Jeb …” LOL

    Any prosecution or investigation beyond what we already know will ultimately lead to the White House. Anyone indicted will immediately offer to rat out their superior and the perps will fall like dominoes, it is the American Way. NO administration will ever tip the first domino.

    And then come the book deals.

  • “From our fundamental “POLICY” of violence as “solution”.”

    Not a week goes by that I don’t get something across my FB feed suggesting that it is not only permissible but necessary to inflict corporal punishment on your children from time to time if you expect to raise respectful, moral, good citizens.

    Our culture of violence starts early.

    When your only tool is a hammer, every problem is a nail.

  • “… we have lost the moral high ground with our own citizens …”

    Are you sure we ever had it? Read the comments under any article about a bungled execution. Far too many rejoice in the suffering inflicted and given the chance, would make it the norm.

    Far to many think Treyvon Martin had it coming.

    Who hasn’t heard some one cheer when Dirty Harry stomps on the guy’s wounded leg?

  • Jon,

    Have you noticed a pattern here?

  • “…a Real Test of Obama’s Principles.”

    Assuming facts not in evidence. When has Obama ever acted on principle? He can’t even bring himself to tell the truth.

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post There is No Preparing for Health Care Calvinball

    2014-12-11 13:44:08View | Delete

    ““The ACA case is crap”

    Simplify, simplify, simplify.

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