• “…served us well for over 200 years.”

    Not really. It is difficult to claim that it worked during a period of time when it wasn’t challenged. I would say that over all it worked for about 20 years.

    Have we forgotten McCarthy in the ’50′s?

    How about internment during WWII.

    Jim Crow in the south for 100 years.

    The B of R has always been for the conforming middle, not the protesting edges.

    If I were a better historian, I am sure I could point out abuses of the B of R on a decade by decade basis.

  • Coach Bill commented on the diary post Policy should never be determined by fear by Masoninblue.

    2014-10-26 13:55:27View | Delete

    “Policy should never be determined by fear.” When has policy in the US not been determined by fear? Fear of communists and communism served us well for 50 years and served as the foundation for massive government spending in support of the MIC. Fear brought us the war on drugs and buildup of the PIC. Fear [...]

  • Coach Bill commented on the diary post Please, We Need Your Support by BevW.

    2014-10-25 11:35:10View | Delete

    Keep up the good work.

    I am a sustaining member.

  • Coach Bill commented on the diary post Pull Up a Chair — and putting your feet up by Elliott.

    2014-10-25 07:16:38View | Delete

    I left work early yesterday and went out on my kayak. The goal was to catch some fish which have been very elusive this year. I was able to check out a spot that that is difficult to reach when the wind is blowing. The bay was millpond smooth, the setting sun was glorious and [...]

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post Voters Like Democrats But Think They Are Incompetent

    2014-10-24 12:14:20View | Delete

    “… the Dems are shaking their fists in the air again telling us how much they really want to do all these things that could have been done and finished in 90 days if they had really wanted to.”

    Nailed it. Amazing how simple it really is.

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post Please Support Independent Voices, Donate To Firedoglake

    2014-10-24 12:11:26View | Delete

    “… it lies outside of the matrix of establishment tribal power …”

    Love that phrase.

    Been a member since the program started.

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post Voters Like Democrats But Think They Are Incompetent

    2014-10-23 23:20:03View | Delete

    “How about switching registration from Democrat to independent, or unaffiliated. “

    Makes no difference in states with open primaries.

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post Voters Like Democrats But Think They Are Incompetent

    2014-10-23 21:42:21View | Delete

    Democrats expect voters to be rational while republicans go for the emotional gut. The republicans win every time.

    People cannot be rational when they are basically ignorant. When it come to the economy, most people are woefully ignorant of how capitalism works. This shows up in the above graph in the question about the deficit. It is clear that quite a few respondents are unaware of how much the deficit has been reduced under Obama even as the debt has increased.

    More importantly, to the extent that the deficit has been reduced it is the result of austerity policies right out of the republican playbook that were endorsed by democrats most notably the president. Why shouldn’t they prefer republicans on this issue?

    Even as the economy has healed somewhat over the last six years, most peoples individual economic circumstances have not improved and in many cases have deteriorated. They are not well educated enough to fully realize that the republicans want to do more of what has been hurting them faster. They simply realize that their lives are not improving so its time to give the other guys a chance.

    This is the beauty of the two party system. It matters little how badly you screw things up. If the other guys can’t fix things quickly, you will get another shot soon enough. Voters in distress are not smart enough to vote for what might help them but they will always vote against what hasn’t worked lately.

  • “… no one is really paying any attention anyway …”

    People are paying attention but half of them are OK with winning by any means necessary. Cheating is OK as long as they are on the side that benefits.

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post Local Law Enforcement Chipping Away at the Fourth Amendment

    2014-10-23 13:52:38View | Delete

    “I never actually used it,…”

    Anyone who ever had a joint on their person, in their car or their home stood behind the protection of the fourth amendment, even if said joint was actually in the pocket of a friend or relative riding in your car or sitting on your couch watching TV.

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post Local Law Enforcement Chipping Away at the Fourth Amendment

    2014-10-23 13:48:55View | Delete

    The attacks on the fourth amendment were the first salvo in the war on drugs and began in earnest during the Reagan years.

    What started then as nibbles have simply graduated to full shark bites.

  • Coach Bill commented on the diary post Please Help Keep FDL Up and Running by Jane Hamsher.

    2014-10-23 13:13:45View | Delete

    Thank you both for all you do.

    And Kevin and Jon, even though I poke at them a lot. I have great respect for all you do.

  • Coach Bill commented on the diary post Please Help Keep FDL Up and Running by Jane Hamsher.

    2014-10-23 12:04:15View | Delete

    Are you ever going to restore everyone’s posting privileges on My FDL?

    I have been a sustaining member since the membership program started and I think I am also helping to pay someone’s mortgage.

  • If Robert knows that his out of pocket will be $210 before he goes to the doctor, he may decide he would rather keep the wart and his $210.00

  • Early voting numbers are up 12 to 20% over previous years in Harris County.

    Since this election cycle started I have picked up about 6 calls from the republicans, all robocalls. I have gotten a couple dozen from the dems, mostly from BGTX, all from live people.

    The Dems and BGTX are mounting a massive GOTV effort for Wendy Davis. I am not about to predict that she can win but I suspect the final tally will be much closer than the 6% gap current polls are showing.

    I am glad the national press and pundits are so fixated on the Senate races. The governor races are likely to be far more reflective of the over all mood of the electorate. Keep your eye on TX, Fla, PA, Wis and a few others.

  • “That’s gonna be an obscure reference …”

    LOL. We do date ourselves don’t we.

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post For Conservatives it is all About Fox News

    2014-10-21 11:48:15View | Delete

    “…ABC, NBC, CBS and nearly any ‘news’ source is not always perfect, but at least they try to have some reasonable balance in their stories …”

    Watched any of those Sunday morning “news shows” lately? “Reasonable Balance” just does not apply.

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post For Conservatives it is all About Fox News

    2014-10-21 11:31:37View | Delete

    Murdoch and his cronies have executed a brilliant marketing plan based on telling people what they want to hear. When pressed, Rupert makes no representation that he is in the “news” business and claims instead that he is simply providing entertainment. His propaganda outlets also provide a nice tight demographic for his sales department to sell advertising to.

    Like it or not, the republicans are very adept at messaging and the democrats suck at it. The democrat’s message could be packaged and sold just as adroitly as the republican’s if the democrats could only get together on a message to sell.

    Instead, the dems continue to push their tired and misleading LOTE, “we suck less” meme. The dems have become little more than a cult of personality, defending Obama no matter what he does, rather than an actual political party firmly rooted in philosophical ideas and actual policy initiatives that support those ideals.

  • “…she was charged with conspiring to litter.”

    Holy Alice’s Restaurant!

  • Exactly, brutal execution with no legal finding of guilt.

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