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Today, President Obama told the press that he will take Executive action in order to end discrimination against the LGBT community on the work floor. 16 million Americans working in one way or another for the Federal government will no longer have to go to work each morning fearing that they may be fired simply because of who they love. The decision came after Republicans in the House continued to block the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), bill introduced by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) in April 2011.

As a June 2011 poll from the Center for American Progress has shown, 73% of likely voters support the bill, support that, moreover, cuts across political party affiliation, as 66% of Republican voters agree with workplace nondiscrimination laws for gay and transgender people (http://americanprogress.org/issues/lgbt/news/2011/06/02/9716/polls-show-huge-public-support-for-gay-and-transgender-workplace-protections/ ).

Once again, Republicans are doing EXACTLY the opposite of what a majority of their own base wants them to do. And once again, they hope that ignorance will allow them to nevertheless keep their job, as 9 out of 10 Americans don’t even realize that in the 21st century you can be an American citizen and nevertheless be fired because of your sexual orientation. The vast majority of Americans believe that the Constitution itself makes such a blatant inequality before the law totally impossible. They are wrong, the GOTP knows it, and they prefer to cultivate this kind of inequality rather than to do their job and represent the people who elected them. Which is just one more reason why, come November, we should ALL stop voting along party lines and start looking at the record of our Reps and Senators, and replace every single Congressman and woman who consistently refuses to allow the majority a vote in Congress.

That being said, it’s NOT just Republicans who are to be blamed. It is well-known that part of the progressives in this country tend to stay home during congressional elections, allowing a minority of ultra right-wing citizens to dictate the balance of power in Congress, and, as a consequence, the nation’s legislative agenda. And WHY are certain progressives doing so? Because they tend to spontaneously believe the big headlines on ‘progressive’ newsblogs such as the Huffington Post, which have a reputation for cultivating cynicism.

The headline announcing Obama’s most recent Executive Order is only the latest illustration of that phenomenon. This afternoon, the HP wrote:

“At last: Obama taking action on LGBT discrimination” (www.huffingtonpost.com).

A headline like that suggests that during his more than five years in office, he didn’t do anything about LGBT discrimination yet, idea that is completely false. Here’s a comprehensive list of all the LGBT achievements of the Obama administration:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/lgbt_record.pdf

Of course, repealing DADT was only ONE of those achievements, even if it may have been the most ‘spectacular’ one until now.

The idea that Obama did NOT do anything on LGBT equality is something that the HP has been suggesting almost from the very beginning of his first term. The same goes for his record on job creation. At the very moment that the historic decisions taken by President Obama (the biggest stimulus package in history, for instance) were producing its first effects, the HP was eagerly joining the GOTP choir that was all of a sudden crying ‘Where are the jobs?’. The only big issue that the HP immediately got right was Obamacare. So WHY did they fail to see the truth when it comes to jobs and LGBT rights?

To me, the main reason why the HP often reacts in a very cynical way to things happening at the White House or on Capitol Hill, is because they lack a CLEAR conception of HOW progress can be made in a radical, non violent, democratic way. Many Republicans don’t have any idea of this kind of ‘strategy’ neither, nor do part of America’s progressives. As a consequence, each time ‘Washington’ is taking a SMALL step forward, they cannot but become even more desperate, fearing that if it’s a matter of small steps, we’ll never get to the finish. But that’s forgetting that people like Saul Alinsky, the intellectual father of community organizers, belonging to the great philosophical school of Chicago ‘Pragmatists’ (together with William James, John Dewey and others) have shown that the ONLY way to get to the finish is to have the courage and the guts to go standing in the mud and fight hard in order to achieve one small step after the other, all while keeping your eyes on the finish and not letting yourself be discouraged by those who stand at the sideline and start yelling as soon as you’re trying to move forward.

It’s because people don’t see HOW step by step change can result in a radical AND perfectly democratic revolution, that they react in a cynical way each time such progress is made.

The Huffington Post is led by a former Republican turned into a ‘progressive’. Maybe Arianna Huffington should study the books of community organizers a little bit more, if she really wants to THRIVE as a progressive, and use a newsblog to allow Americans to create a more vibrant and thriving democracy.

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Misterbadexample
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I am one of the progressives being complained about here. I want to make this clear: I did not expect Obama to immediately solve unemployment or turn swords into plowshares or fix immigration. I did expect him to give the single-payer advocates a place at the table when the ACA was being discussed. I did expect him not to cave on the public option. He had a huge accomplishment with passing the ACA. That I understand. What I don’t understand are the things that are completely under his control that were botched. The banksters blew up some $22 trillion in… Read more »

funksands
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See, this is why Bill Clinton is more popular than Barack Obama with liberals and moderates

1. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
2. Repeal of Glass-Steagall – Allowed investment firms and banks to become one again.
3. Commodity Futures Modernization Act – Which led to deregulation of credit-default swaps and toxic mortgages that nearly wrecked the earth’s economy –
4. Defense of Marriage Act
5. Work for Welfare Act
6. NAFTA / WTO

All of this explains why Clinton is still more popular with liberals than Obama is.

*Sigh*

KillgoreTrout
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Huh?

EXFANOFARIANA
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EXFANOFARIANA

X2

funksands
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LOL KT, you want context too? This was in response to a recent publication that shows Bill Clinton with a 55% approval rating and Obama with a 41% approval rating, and a higher approval rating among Democrats. Sorry for the seeming non-sequitur

funksands
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See Murph’s post for a much better take on this.

EXFANOFARIANA
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EXFANOFARIANA

You DO understand a trade agreement – NAFTA – would allow the US to export it’s products without heavy taxing?
FACT: with ALL democratic administrations – especially with Clinton – this country left a surplus.Which cannot be said about ANY republican one.Peace.NAMASTE.

funksands
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Exfan, that sounds great. Do you think it was worth putting nearly 50% of Mexican farmers out of business and costing the US almost 700K jobs?

EXFANOFARIANA
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EXFANOFARIANA

I was not aware of the Mexican unemployment.

funksands
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EX, no worries. The challenge that NAFTA created for Mexican farmers is that they now had to compete on a level playing field with big agribusiness in the US….which still receive huge subsidies to produce crops that are staples in Mexico (especially corn). Very quickly they found that they couldn’t compete and the farms went out of business.

Now these farmers head north to work the fields in the US, creating an immigration problem where before there was less of one.

Its estimated that nearly 2 million farm jobs in Mexico were wiped out.

EXFANOFARIANA
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EXFANOFARIANA

But gang and cartel violence also took a place on their migration to the north.I love Mexico and Mexicans too.They are hard working people who want to strive to make their families have better lives.I am not sure you watched Food.Inc, but most of the illegals coming here were previously “invited” by republicans.With promises and more promises till they become sick or a nuisance so the employers just call ICE and we, tax payers , have to pitch in to deport and their imprisonment and food/heath until they finally leave. I was reading earlier on, there are MORE then 55… Read more »

funksands
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EXFAN: Except for Truman, LBJ, and Carter you’d be right. Nor do I consider a surplus virtuous.

EXFANOFARIANA
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EXFANOFARIANA

Thank you for correcting me. Life is a permanent learning center.

seehowtheyrun
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seehowtheyrun

HP has used inflammatory headlines to promote clicks for a number of years now. I no longer have an interest in visiting that site, let alone analyzing any of their articles. I’m finding that I am very happy with the news aggregate apps that I’ve downloaded and I don’t feel the need to check in at HP at all.

monicaangela
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I understand exactly what you mean seehowtheyrun, I feel exactly the same about HP. 🙂

EXFANOFARIANA
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EXFANOFARIANA

That makes two of us..Clicking on their website is just like clicking on any trash tabloid like the Enquire whatever….

kevinbr38
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kevinbr38

The impatience and unrealistic expectations of some of my progressive friends has been a source of irritation. Many seem to have neglected the amount of obstruction President Obama has faced from a congress tat vowed to make him a one-term president, even while his hand was still on the bible taking the Oath Of Office… And particularly since the 2010 midterms when we ALLOWED the GOP to reclaim The House, and narrow the democratic majority in The Senate. As Beatriz points out in her article, these things don’t ‘self-correct’ overnight. In most cases, it takes several election cycles. We should… Read more »

AllenMcw
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AllenMcw

Kevin, very well stated.

We Democrats and Progressives simply MUST get out and vote EVERY TIME not just in Presidential election years.

It is really irritating when I consider just how much further along America would be if Democrats and Progressives actually voted every single election year – we would be LEAPS and BOUNDS beyond where we find ourselves today!

sillylittleme
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Excellent article. What concerns me is the unrealistic expectation of now. Rome wasn’t built in a day and it took the over 50 years to come up with Health Insurance for all. Even as we insisted, post WW2, that all rebuilding nations provide through taxation Health Care (note the difference) for all. Everything takes time and effort. We are changing and there is hope, patience should be an elementary school subject; along with critical thinking and debate. Voting in EVERY election is not only a right, but an obligation. How can we call ourselves a government by the people, if… Read more »

MurphTheSurf3
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Interesting comment- quite comprehensive Let me begin with the function of headlines- to draw in readers. HP headlining has long been splashy, antagonistic, and sensational in its headlining. When I was active there I often commented on its tendency to accentuate the negative because as William Randolph Hearst said in the 19th century (and what remains true today) “if it bleeds, it leads”- a reference to his editorial policy that front page, top of the fold headlines and stories got the most attention if they were nasty, violent, negative. This style, often referred to as “tabloid”, has expanded to include… Read more »

Fergie1
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Fergie1

Brilliant Murph! Absolutely 100% correct about the the mantra that “Obama has not done enough to keep his promises”…. Every time I read this thinking I found it very difficult to comprehend that this was coming from rational people who actually expected that every single issue was going to be solved on the turn of a dime. I said in 2009 when President Obama took Office that no one should have unrealistic expectations of what can be achieved in a short period of time. Then we had the Midterms in 2010 and those very people with their unrealistic expectations stayed… Read more »

MurphTheSurf3
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Thank you. In my experience, we on the left can be every bit as unreasonable and irrational as those on the right

I have several friends who either did not vote in 2010 or voted for a Republican or an alternative third party candidate “to send a message.” I never tire of reminding them that the message they sent is “We are stupid.”

MurphTheSurf3
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What in the heck are you doing up so early (or is it early where you are)? In my world it is 5 AM but I am a farmer so that is my excuse.

Fergie1
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Fergie1

Ha Ha Murph! I’m not up early at all. It’s 2030 Tuesday here in Melbourne, Aust. and just about to have dinner! I’m glad you explained why YOU were up so early though!

Be back later on the rest. Toodle pip!

MurphTheSurf3
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In the land of Oz….ah hah!

Fergie1
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Fergie1

Yes Murph, the land of Oz. Like you, I’ve been around a bit of the planet, studying, working, living and of course vacationing! I should remember what State you are in but I don’t. Virginia? Missouri? Apologies if I’m way off. Like you, I was in boarding school in England for four years, Surrey and Oxford. We had a nice chat about that early on. I flew over from New York each September and back in June. Then on to San Francisco for College, worked in SF for an airline and then was asked to come to Sydney to help… Read more »

MurphTheSurf3
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Hate Oz. Really. Few do.

I have not been there. I have been told that I would find new Zealand, especially ChristChurch much more to my liking.

You have traveled far and long and learned much.

Love SF but SOOOOOOOOO expensive now, more than NYC which is saying someting. I do not like Dublin- perhaps I have not given it a chance. Irish countryside is nice. Ireland is having a rough time of it now that EU boom went bust, yes?

Fergie1
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Fergie1

Murph, there was an article written that Australia was the “Happiest Country”. Well the responses from those LIVING here states quite the contrary, sort of on the order of “you’re joking, right?” They echo what has been my experience on the whole. This thread is now too narrow to list the pages of comments that I have already reduced by 50%! So I will comment in TO/OT and you’ll see my drift. Yes, Ireland is in a spot of bother but all the people we know and love there are doing quite well, are happy and enjoy their travels all… Read more »

MurphTheSurf3
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You wrote: “Murph, there was an article written that Australia was the “Happiest Country”. Well the responses from those LIVING here states quite the contrary, sort of on the order of “you’re joking, right?” They echo what has been my experience on the whole. This thread is now too narrow to list the pages of comments that I have already reduced by 50%! So I will comment in TO/OT and you’ll see my drift. Yes, Ireland is in a spot of bother but all the people we know and love there are doing quite well, are happy and enjoy their… Read more »

Fergie1
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Fergie1

Murph, I guess that you have seen the responses that the “Happiest Country” provoked. I put some of the responses in OT/OT so as not to tie up this thread.

But the Full Article is :

http://www.smh.com.au/business/australia-the-worlds-happiest-nation-oecd-20130528-2n87z.html

I’m sure that you already know that in politics here the Liberal Party are the Concervatives/GOP and The Labor Party are the Democrats.

Nirek
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Murph, I did not know you were a farmer. I was a horse farmer after I retired.

MurphTheSurf3
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Yep. I am a “gentleman famrer” i.e. I sell organically raised produce to small local markets and restaurants- mushrooms, tomatoes, squash, cucumber, peppers, eggplant and berries.

I raise the mushrooms in an enclosed, photo paper dark out large shed. The rest are in a dozen enclosed gardens – 15000 square feet worth.

I have been doing this since 2009.

What about your horse farm?

Nirek
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After 32 years of climbing telephone poles I worked at the high school as the disciplinarian for four years. Then I started our Morgan horse farm. Again four years. My knees gave out and my wife had a fall and hurt her back. That ended our farming. I loved getting up and tending to the horses. My fencing was post and rail which I made from saplings on my land. I loved the routine up early and out every night to put them in the stalls. Now I have two new knees and do landscaping around my place and cut… Read more »

MurphTheSurf3
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Telephone lineman disciplinarian horse wrangler How are these connected? Were you a certified teacher (to be in a high school admin)? What kind of school? What did your job entail. I taught in high school for 13 years. We had one Dean of Students who was a tyrant, ruled by fear, paddle and all. The next was a Socratic Logician, ruled by outwitting the crowd. Both were effective. Both were liked by some students and disliked by others. I suspect this related to the parenting styles in their homes. This was late 60’s and into the 70’s, very conservative town.… Read more »

Nirek
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My last two years with the phone company, I was the safety officer for the state of Vermont. Teaching safety classes of all types. From pole top rescue, first aid, aerial lift certification, overhead lifting with derrick, and so much else. I even went into Mass. , NH, and Maine to help teach. I found that I had a knack for teaching. I am just a high school educated man but have lots of experience. I retired in “02 and went to be a sub at Montpelier HS. They offered me the discipline job and I did 4 years. I… Read more »

MurphTheSurf3
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I could have jumped all the way up to here and gotten back most of the box….

EXFANOFARIANA
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EXFANOFARIANA

Pity that I’ve recently – rather, quite a few months now – learned of this blog.

EXFANOFARIANA
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EXFANOFARIANA

I clearly remember your posts there about the excessive and infantile expectations.Always thumbed you up ….. and I’ve lost the number of times I was called names whenever I disclosed similar arguments……

Fergie1
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Fergie1

Many thanks EXFANOFARIANA for your support and compliment. Yes I sure did post constantly about unrealistic expectations. Very good of you to remember. Great to see you here at POV. We will have to think of a shortcut for your screen name perhaps! 🙂

Apologies for taking a few days to thank you. Been having a couple of MRIs done and they are enervating!

EXFANOFARIANA
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EXFANOFARIANA

KT knows my moniker at HP: classicallady/But you can call me EFA….it’s easier..:) I hope nothing is wrong with your health.7 years ago, I’ve had a mole on one of my labia and went to the best GYN/OB in FLORIDUH.Yes I’ve been living here for almost ten years.Looking forward to go back to Europe, but my husband and I do have a contract.Cut a long one short, he observed me and without further exams, told me it was cancer….and that is had metathesis …WTF? Without a biopsy ??????Just a “look”? He told me “I’ve never seen anything like this”..Then I’ve… Read more »

EXFANOFARIANA
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EXFANOFARIANA

Big OOOPS here, Fergie.I am sorry for the mistake.I sincerely hope you are well and in good health.Unfortunately I’ve commented on MTS one. But it will serve you as weel.XOXOXO Read above.

Fergie1
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Fergie1

Hi there EFA! Now I AM confused 🙂 What are you apologizing for? What mistake? The reply buttons can be a bit of a problem here on threads, so maybe I’ve missed something! I’ll have to go back and find what you’ve written in reply to Murph. You are so kind, thank you for all you good wishes. Yes have had a “few” health issues! The MRIs this week were for hip/knee/leg issues. Nothing resolved as yet. Waiting for results and some cogent explantions! I’ll reply properly to your other post below a little later. What a story. Wow! Very… Read more »

pinkpantheroz
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Beatriz, You’re so right. Good article. If you want yet another example, check todays HP where the no longer relevant Sarah Palin is set to ‘renounce’ her Republican ties! Note that she hasn’t actually done that, but ‘is being driven’ that way because the GOP won’t do anything about the huge influx of children from Central America. All I can say is, ‘Sarah, PLEASE don’t now turn Liberal/Democratic”! We couldn’t have her anywhere near reasonable dialogue. Still, it’s the mark of HP’s desperation that they keep trotting this has-been out for an airing. I suppose they’d feel they would hit… Read more »

Harleigh
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Harleigh

That whole spiel smelled like Sarah and the bottom of Tawds salmon boat. What a creepy fambly.

KillgoreTrout
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Hey pink! If nothing else, Sarah is a supreme opportunist and turns whatever way the political winds are blowing. She’s an egomaniacal fanatic in love with the media limelight. She always chides what she childishly refers to as the “lamestream media,” but she would be quite unhappy without their attention. She’s become a multi-millionaire thanks to that terrible media she always berates. Cantor’s surprising loss has just given her another whine to whine about and get a little media attention while doing so. She has no future whatever in actual policy making. She has no chance of ever being elected… Read more »

S-Man
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S-Man

Sideboob of the Tundra Tart? Glad I skipped breakfast…horrifying mental image, must gouge out eyes.

Harleigh
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Harleigh

S-Man, hope you skipped lunch too!

Imagine Newtie and Callister on a moon base, running towards each other in slow motion, naked.

Sharp sticks for sale! $5 ea.

S-Man
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S-Man

He’s still trying to find a parking lot and get her in the moon buggy.

GreenChica
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GreenChica

Huffytoons doesn’t care about progress and Arianna is not a progressive. That website is a business and they want to make money. If sideboobs makes more money, then there will be sideboobs.

AllenMcw
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AllenMcw

Beatriz, very nice post and all very much to the point. All of us Democrats and progressives simply must get off our lazy behinds and vote all the radical GOPters OUT on the street where they belong! It is long past time to QUIT being complacent about voting just because it is a mid-term election year! ALL elections are CRITICALLY important. Look how much the Koch’s are spending this year – to the tune of 290,000,000 just to keep their radical TP members in power. THEY know how important mid-term election years are…it is time we all face that reality… Read more »

Miles Long
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Miles Long

Just completed a survey of the number of comments posted at HP. The aggregate number is down over 84% compared to the same time last year.

Miles “Now That’s What I Call A Winning Business Model” Long

mairs
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mairs

Well now they have Facebook doing all the forum work for them. I just finally deleted my account.

kevinbr38
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kevinbr38

Hey Miles,
Just out of curiosity, I paid HP a little visit this morning to check out the ‘state of affairs’.
Not only is the number of comments down dramatically, the quality of discourse is truly lacking.
One poster even called another a $#-ithead.

EXFANOFARIANA
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EXFANOFARIANA

Made my day! Thanks Miles.

jjgravitas
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jjgravitas

Republicans can no longer depend on ignorance to keep their dirty jobs. Because we won’t allow it. Using the web & networking tools, we are spreading the word on the hatred and darkness being spread by GOtP. And the web is everywhere: on computers, tablets, phones. And as we spread the word, the GOP’s idiot loops keep getting smaller and smaller. Even in GOP-dominated states, there are anti-GOP left wingers communicating with others on Twitter and elsewhere, knowing that they are not alone. For all it’s power, Fox News appears to be nothing more than an island of lies. Rush… Read more »

SearingTruth
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Well spoken gentle friend Beatriz09. Thank you.
ST

“Love is love, and we are not its judge, or its master.”
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KillgoreTrout
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Thanks for a well thought out and well written article, Beatriz. Arianna is all about money and power. She also has a very cult leader like personality. She will write, say, approve of anything that will further her twisted lust for riches and powerful friends. Her close friendship with Newt Gingrich speaks volumes on this fact. President Obama risked great political “capital,” in fighting for the equal rights of the LGBT community, and continues to do so. It’s a shameless individual who would actually promote any uncertainty about this. For the last mid-term elections, many people in the LGBT community… Read more »

EXFANOFARIANA
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EXFANOFARIANA

She is a Levantine Greek. She will always stand for $$$$$$

Harleigh
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Harleigh

But killgoretrout… does that mean I won’t see you at the next Huffington/Brezinski THRIVE confab?? LMAO Where all of us 1%ers can pay to go to NYC and stay for 3 days and learn that we can be happy without money by only paying them $1,000 to learn how!? I read such good things about ‘thrive’ on HP but unfortunately those threads were closed for questions or comments after they ‘posted’ a few hundred or less glowing comments from anonymous people about how great it made them feel, not what they said or did there, just fake excitement like from… Read more »

KillgoreTrout
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Zsa Zsa really is a cult leader. Or at least a wealthy contributor to one.

mairs
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mairs

A few years ago late one night someone wrote the truth on one of their behind the scenes threads about the workings of HP, which I copied and saved. He said that he was paid 15 to 25 cents a word by HP, depending on how many people reolied. Someone asked him how they could get a job like that. He said you have to know someone. They pay people to write controversial posts and get people to reply to them.

pinkpantheroz
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Well, Mairs, I think we have one of ’em here now. But the poor guy doesn’t realise that no money is paid for incendiary posts! He still does it, anyway. Glutton for punishment.

EXFANOFARIANA
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EXFANOFARIANA

Go USA! They beat Ghana today at the World Cup! GOOD JOB GUYS!