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Here we go, folks, comments from the president of what is acknowledged to be one of the most conservative colleges in the country, Hillsdale. Aren’t right wingers just wonderful?
“While testifying against the Common Core, which have been adopted in more than 40 states in an effort to standardize education, Arnn said he took issue with the idea of government interfering with educational institutions and went on to describe a letter he had received from the Department of Education shortly after becoming president at Hillsdale. The letter, he told the committee, said his college “violated the standards for diversity because we didn’t have enough dark ones, I guess, is what they meant.”
“….Arnn went on to say: “The State of Michigan sent a group of people down to my campus, with clipboards … to look at the colors of people’s faces and write down what they saw. We don’t keep records of that information. What were they looking for besides dark ones?”
Hey gdad, are you really serious? Do you not understand context? Is everything only in black and white to you? Seriously?
Now, if you’d like to see what justice is all about concerning liberal-sponsored race-baiting, just take a gander at what ol’ tawana brawley is up to these days. Yep, sh’e finally paying her fair share for her race-baiting lies from 25 years ago. The wheels of justice sure turn slowy, don’t they?
And, she lives and works in Richmond, Va. Who new? Maybe you libs on Dan’s blog ought to pass the hat to help her pay, ya know? Sheesh.
“And, [Tawana Brawley] lives and works in Richmond, Va. Who new?”
Who old? Frank? Know way!
Will we hear any condemnation from left regarding the recent racist remarks from Representative Charles Rangel?
What does “who old” mean?
gdad, how about charlie rangel calling teaparty members “crackers”. guess he was talking about the light ones!
#2 Gosh, Frankie, I criticized Tawana and Sharpton 25 years ago, and I continue today to have little use for Sharpton. Not good enough for you?
Dan, I’m curious what your stance is on bullying?
What does “who old” mean?”
Frank, it’s the opposite of “Who new?” I no you must understand THAT.
Pretty interesting how the ol’ bigot Frank is always kvetching about black folks causing trouble but when his own son invites me downtown to lay a beating on me, Frank loses his voice… and his conscience.
Maybe if parents like Frank did a better job being effective role models for their own children instead of worrying so much about everybody else’s kid’s, society would have less Tawana’s and DMatt’s causing trouble.
Hey you libs, here’s another!
For those of you who are cool with obama’s “jobs” progress, please check-out the link below about part-time jobs. Sad. Real sad.
Gee, Stelia and stephen a, why do “we” need to condemn Rangel when we have foaming-at-the-mouth wingnuts to do it for us?
I love it when libs forget to wipe the drool before they post…
@2, 3, 5, & 9,
I saw the recent headline in the Roanoke Daily Worker noting that there has been a decrease in gun violence along with an increase in gun ownership.
Are Frank and Henry going to trash this left-wing propaganda and insist that this is a lie? Maybe dismiss this as liberal disinformation, and counter that the truth is that more gun ownership causes MORE gun violence? Maybe do like Reagan did as governor of California and advocate strict gun-control laws?
Maybe the Koch Brothers bought the paper while no one was looking.
Stelio Kontos, what is your stance on bullying?
Wow. I guess this is what the participants of this blog mean when they say they think society needs to a rational discussion about race issues in America.
And we love it when we expose your faux outrage du jour for the white sheet wearing latent racism that it really is, Frank
If another (white) blogger got threatened by another (black) blogger, Frank would be running around in circles like his hair was on fire screaming about the black menace. But when his own boy DMatt threatens someone Frank doesn’t like, DMatt gets a new Xbox and a Happy Meal. Frank doesn’t give a rat’s rear end that someone threatens or commits violence unless they’re black. DD threatened GDad; Frank remained silent. Jony/Tack threatens GDad and Steve C; Frank’s internet’s wasn’t working that day. awood threatens violent armed jihad against liberals; Frank had the flu and slept in. Frank’s boy DMatt offers to meet me downtown to lay a beating on me; Frank…well, that day Frank was volunteering at Big Brothers being a good role model to underprivileged kids and couldn’t log on so he missed that little nugget from the spawn of his loins. But By God, when that rascally “race baiting” Tawana Brawley starts trouble 25 years ago, ol’ Frank will here to remind of us of this epic transgression. Hey, it was only 25 years ago, still fresh in his mind!…And…she’s…living…as a free woman…in Richmond!…The Capital of the Confederacy! I can’t make this stuff up, folks!
If there’s anyone on this blog that acts like Tawana Brawley, it’s Frank.
No, I’m not planning to trash the warren buffett owned RTs regarding the link I mentioned. Should I?
By the way, rayornot, should we ban spoons because so many little kiddies are fat? Just sayin’.
now the drool is pooling, and slowly running in long slender streams extending over the edge of the table, all the way to the filthy floor.
It would stop. If you’ d shut your mouth
These are the brainiacs that people like Leon, Frank, pamalalala, et.al., believe in. It’s no wonder they have to clean up all the drool from the floor.
Okay, so here’s the deal; I’m pretty sure I’m gonna’ have to re-name Frank ‘n’ Leon, the Benghazi twins, as Frank ‘n’ Beans. Think about it, the similarities are striking; both groups are cheap, simple and they only produce noxious gasses, so what’s the dif?
“HOHMAN, Ind. – Scut Farkus, the so-called “yellow-eyed bully” accused of murdering Ralphie Parker, was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter Thursday afternoon.”
“At the time of those initial reports, the incident was widely thought to be a clear cut murder case — a fight provoked by a bully which ended in the tragic, inexplicable shooting death of his victim, Ralphie Parker, a boy who was just trying to walk home.
“As the prosecution put it: “Farkus had been following Ralphie all over town, making him feel unwelcome and uneasy in his own neighborhood; all Ralphie wanted to do was get to get to his house unmolested.”
“The defense team, it should be noted, never minimized the loss to the family, stating that the entire event was an “enormous tragedy.” Still, the verdict came as the second big win in as many weeks for the Defense team of Don West and Mark O’Mara, who flew to Indiana to represent Farkus at the conclusion of the trial of George Zimmerman.”
A few days ago I sent Dan an email describing the trip my wife & I were able to complete earlier this summer. It was a great adventure. The impact of the trip continues to hit me. While on the trip I shared some information with you and some of you asked me to share more. Below are some of my reflections on the trip. Dan also got a picture taken of my wife and I while we were in Florence. He has my permission to use his magic and insert that photo if he wants to do so.
A few weeks ago my wife & I returned from the trip of a lifetime. Our trip took us to Rome, Florence, Zurich and then to Germany. Let me back up just a moment to tell you what prompted our trip. The college I lead is a member of the Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities in the United States. For the last several years that group has put together a delegation of leaders from member colleges to visit the Vatican and have dialogue with leaders there. This year I was a part of that delegation and that’s what prompted our trip.
Planning for our trip began in early February when I learned I would be part of the delegation. The order of women religious that sponsors my college is headquartered in Dernbach, Germany. Thus, after my responsibilities in Rome were finished it was decided that I would visit the international headquarters there. That part of the plan blended well with my plan to visit the small German village my ancestors left in the 1740s to come to America. Stops in Florence and Zurich were planned as “fillers” between our visits to Rome and Germany. Quite a set of “fillers” don’t you think??
Let’s get back to Rome. My wife and I came away from our time in Rome with very different impressions. Let me make clear that we both enjoyed Rome. My purpose there was business and hers was more pleasure. I spent four days visiting with and discussing Catholic higher education issues with leaders in the Catholic Church hierarchy while she was able to tour Rome and the surrounding area with the spouses of other members of the delegation. We both came home with changed views about what old is. Among the more touristy things I did was visit the Italian village where St. Benedict began the Benedictine Order in the 4th century. We celebrated Mass in a small chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica adjacent to the burial place of St. Peter, the founder of the Church in Rome. It is impossible to separate oneself from the history of Christianity for those who call themselves Christian. It is also impossible not to feel the excitement that Pope Francis has brought to the Catholic Church in the short time since he became the Bishop of Rome.
The four days of discussions with Vatican educational leadership helped me gain a more global understanding of how my small college in rural northern Indiana contributes to the overall mission of Catholic higher education. Catholic colleges, universities and schools are literally in every part of the world. The discussions also helped me gain a greater commitment to serving underserved populations. The Catholic Church certainly has challenges to solve within itself. Those of us who work daily in its colleges and schools have to be a part of the solution to those challenges.
Let’s fast forward to Germany. After touristy stops in Florence, Italy and Zurich, Switzerland, my wife & I headed on to Dernbach, Germany. That’s a small village about an hour train ride from Frankfurt. In that village, more than 160 years ago the Blessed Mother Mary Catherine Kasper founded the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. From that humble beginning, the Poor Handmaids now have missions in Europe, the United States, Latin America, Africa and India. So my visit there was to help me better understand the nature and location of those worldwide missions and how my small college might be of help in serving those missions. It was an eye opening couple of days. Once again I was able to see firsthand how a small group of nuns, in a small village in Germany could eventually grow to serve countless people on multiple continents in healthcare, education, eldercare, social services and countless other ways. It helped me connect what we are trying to do each day at my small college to strengthen that mission. I was reinforced in my efforts to respect and value each person served by my college; I was challenged to stand with the poor and powerless in the search for justice; and I was reminded to use the talents with which I’ve been blessed to serve others. It was a powerful two days.
Lastly we visited the small German village, Langendiebach, from which my ancestor immigrated to the Americas in the 1740s. Prior to our visit I had corresponded with descendants of my ancestors who had stayed. We arranged for the 17 year old grandson of one of those descendants to serve as our tour guide in the village for the day. He was delightful, very well informed and spoke perfect English. A highlight of the day for me was a visit to the 17th century church my ancestors attended prior to leaving for America. The archives of the church are quite extensive and contain much of my family’s history. The grandson & I made a deal for him to do additional research for me before my next visit there in the not too distant future. I have to make a confession here. I’m not normally a particularly emotional person. However, the day I visited that church and sat in the sanctuary, my emotions nearly overtook me. I sat there and began to imagine what it must have been like, in the 1740s, to decide that you were going to take your wife and children, travel to the northern coast of Germany and then get on a ship and sail several thousand miles to a totally different part of the world and start a new life. What was going on in Germany at that time or in that small village to cause someone to take such a risk? Those are questions for which I am likely never to get answers. Fortunately my wife was with me and she sat beside me and put her arms around me for several minutes. I cannot, to this day, explain what happened for those brief moments. I just know that I have to go back again and try to find the answers.
It is perhaps too cliché to say the journey my wife and I enjoyed was the trip of a lifetime. If it wasn’t, it was likely as close as I’ll ever come to such an experience. The impact of our time in Rome, Florence, Zurich and Germany will ripple out in my life in the course of time. It is my hope that each of you might enjoy similar experiences.
WOW!!!! Back from the beach for a week and eveyone is, is ,is still up to their old CRAP. Steve C being the “wanna b ” bully (wus), Dan making up sayings that no one understands, Ron May, GDAD, Wayne GOODMAN writing garbage that is still so unbelievable that i usually have to wipe my grandsons butt with it (in stead ov tp), and in all being one big dysfunctional blog family. Oh how i miss the Roanoke Times. Really though cant we focus on something a little more serious like the allegations now coming out that the Obumma administration was secretly selling weapons to and aiding the muslim brotherhood in Benghazi. Lets focus on that for a while
I would agree with you on the race comment however to truly have those discussions, the races who are making the most noise would first have to take the chip off their shoulder to have an open mind going into discussions. I mean all races to when i say that. I think that there are way too many “held onto feelings” before any of that can take place. The united states is becoming way to” hip hop “and “need it now” culturaly and politically. If we as parents took time to step back take the smartphones from our kids and keep them “off the internet” (social media) they would have to revert to a time when they had to think for themselves and problem solve and just not run to the web to see how their “friends” handle situations. It happens on both sides of the spectrum. To many people in general put to much faith in the internet and social media. That is what is dividing this world today.
Hey Ron at #22,
Sheesh, Ron, even you know that the drool leaks from Steve c, wherever he goes. It’s not much different from snail slime. You know it, and I know it.
I would agree with you on the race comment however to truly have those discussions, the races who are making the most noise would first have to take the chip off their shoulder to have an open mind going into discussions. I mean all races to when i say that. I think that there are way too many “held onto feelings” before any of that can take place.”
Indeed. It’s hard to understand all those “held-onto feelings.” They NEVER talk about the generations of whites who were subjugated by blacks; nor all the white people who were lynched by other races; nor the separate (and inferior) schools white kids were forced to attend; how whites were forced to sit in the back of the bus; pay poll taxes, rake poll tests, etc. etc. etc.
I just can’t understand those “held onto feelings.”
Robbie Doyle said: “The united states is becoming way to” hip hop ” (sic)
Maybe Robbie Doyle’s on to something in his declaration of who’s to blame for racial tension. Maybe the U.S. IS becoming too Country, too Ted Nugent, too…
Oh wait, he said “hip hop”. Nevermind.
Nice selective hyper-awareness of melanin levels ya got there, Robbie Doyle.
Ron May: It is my hope that each of you might enjoy similar experiences.
I’d love to travel outside the US. I wish I’d done a semester abroad in college. I don’t really like flying. Or airports. Or airport scanners. However! Once I have enough free time and a ticket for a boat ride, I will cross the wide Atlantic and figure out what over there is Over There.
Robbie Doyle, aren’t you the one who previously called for civl discourse on on here? Judging from your post at 3:45, I don’t think you really meant it.
BTW Robbie, what sayings of Dan’s do you not understand? I found his comments #3 and #9 quite humorous, and understood them instantly in reference to Frank’s comment #2. Sheesh
Ron, your post regarding your trip made me a little teary eyed, I can understand how powerful being in the church was for you..
An aunt and uncle of mine celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently and took a trip to Germany. They lived there for awhile when they were first married, when my uncle was in the Air Force. They also spent time with their oldest grandson who is there is at the Technical University in Kaiserslautern just for the summer. He is working with a student there who is working on his Doctorate in Electrical Engineering, which is my cousin’s major in college. The summer abroad was part of his scholarship amd he is making the most of it. Just about every weekend he hops the train to different parts of Germany and different countries. He is loving being there.
They must really be afraid that Hillary will run in 2016.
oh, heck, the grey lady effectively says ,about obamacare, in goodness knows how many column inches (how many column inches, Dan?), “the folks are gonna get screwed by increased fees and deductibles, all due to obamacare!”
I’m serious! I can’t make this stuff up!
Re post #25,
Believe it or not, Ron, and despite your gratuitous dig in post #22, I found your “trip of a lifetime” to be exceptional in it’s entire spiritual, humanity, and familial natures. Not many of us will be able to combine all three into such a journey, and I am glad that your were able to undertake such a mission…which is what I think it turned out to be, for you.
Good luck on your next journey.
gdad, I found the fact that the college was “the first American college to prohibit in its charter any discrimination based on race, religion or sex, and became an early force for the abolition of slavery.”
A pretty good accolade.
Dan, thanks for the definition of “who old” that one flew over my head, I usually have to ask my kids when I am unsure of internet lingo…
come on who wants one im taking orders
Sheesh, obama’s jobs program, on which he says he is “focused like a laser”, has resulted in 90% of any jobs created under his watch being part-time jobs….and most recently, it’s been 97%! Heck, his measurable performance in creating American jobs is even getting worse than it was!
And for young black folks, well, his programs hurt, not help.
Nothing amuses me more than watching Frank shucking and jiving after I expose his racism and nail him to the wall like cheap Chinese sheetrock. Now Suddenly Frank’s all concerned about the black kids, at least until he walks past ‘em downtown and one of them makes eye contact with him and scares the holy bejesus out of him.
If President Obama announced Tuesday morning that he supported the Keystone XL pipeline, Frank would be a card carrying Sierra Club member before lunch. I’ve seen weather vanes with more conviction than Frank’s got.
Pirengle @#31, the book “Cold Mountain” was set in the southern Appalachians, but the movie of the book was filmed in Romania. So maybe that sort of substitution could work in reverse, and someone interested in, say for example vampires, could experience foggy Romanian atmosphere in the southern Appalachians.
#38 You know, Perry D, I also saw that. A good first to be able to claim. Of course we’re talking, what, 160 years ago? Things change.
On another subject, Amazon CEO Jeffrey Bezos is buying The Washington Post and affiliated newspapers — $250 million.
It’s hard to imagine that newspaper without the Grahams running it.
how dare you, steve c.
I’ve put up with your pathetic misspellings, and your muddled, disoriented, uncouth, rude, juvenile, potty mouth verbosity for months now, but this time, you’ve gone WAY too far.
I will never, under any circumstances, become a card-carrying member of the Sierra Club.
According to news reports, the newspaper will be privately owned by Bezos, and will NOT become a part of Amazon’s world. So says he now, I wonder how long that will last.
I wonder if the WP’s real estate was included in the deal with Bezos?.
The NYTs sold the Boston Globe for about $70 million, getting about 5% of what it paid for it back in the 90′s.
Buffett is buying newspapers dirt cheap….or, is he buying cheap newspapers?
It’s not a good time to be selling newspapers.
Good question. Right now, capital is very cheap, and newspaper owners are desperate to sell. Things will change when the Fed lets the cost of capital to increase, and Bezos will likely do what his business sense tells him to do.
Boston Properties businessman Mort Zuckerman has made a go of it as a magazine and newspaper publisher. Maybe Bezos can as well.
Franklin @ 10:10,
Fine than. Let’s just limit the discussion to how bad you suck as a role model.
The articles on the WAPO website don’t mention specifically if the real estate holdings, as in the building itself, are included. I would assume they are, but you know assumptions aren’t worth the ink it takes to print the word sometimes.
Ezra Klein did mention on the Wonkblog that the employees knew the building was up for sale, and that’s what they thought the 4:30 meeting was about. Needless to say, they were floored!
More details will be coming out, I’m sure. But it appears that the Graham family made the first move to put the paper up for sale, but rather reluctantly, they say.
Katherine Graham must be doing somersaults in her grave now. Who would have ever “thunk” it, the Grahams selling the Washington Post that introduced us to Watergate and so many other scandals.
Frank is happy the Grahams are out of the game. The only media he respects is Brietbart, FoxNews, and the Moonie-Looney Washington Times. He has no use for any major print media, because they tell him a truth he doesn’t want to hear.
And for Frank, it’s ALL about what he WANTS to hear.
In see Frank has stepped up to become the blog’s biggest pain in the arse.
Your sister must be proud…
#51, Frank informed Shirley: “Bezos will likely do what his business sense tells him to do”
Amazing insight there, Frank. How’d anyone else not think of that?
From CNN, GOP tells media, cancel the Hillary series or we’ll skip the 2016 debates.
Whoops, from Raw Story with an update from CNN. (That’s what you get when you try to post while watching Sharon Stone on Kimmel.)
I feel obligated to express my sincere thanks to some of the participants in
Dan’s blog for the very entertaining weekend. My TV was on the fritz and I was unable to watch the Comedy Channel for a couple of days but fortunately Dan’s blog came to the rescue. The insanely outrageous posts
from pammala, James Swingle, awood, Leon, etc., with a little imagination,
were almost as good as watching SNL or the Daily Show for the ridicule they
managed to rain down on the heads of the lunatic fringe. They kept me chuckling in amazement throughout the weekend. And almost as funny was
imagining the physical contortions of John Wilburn and Dave Hicks as they bent themselves into pretzel-like shapes so they could pat themselves on the back for managing to fleece the rednecks from the counties surrounding Blacksburg with their unholy gun raffle. And of course they did this while at least tacitly defending Philip Van Cleave, the most paranoid of the many
gun apostles for his insensitive remarks and while rubbing their precious Glock in the faces of the folks at Va. Tech who will long remember what that weapon accomplished on 4/16. I can just imagine Jon Stewart demolishing Van Cleave once again for his unconscious buffoonery. And of course the comedy would not have been complete without Frank (aka Gomer Pyle) who was largely missing throughout the weekend, riding in on his jackass at the last minute with another of his thousand plus Hillary posts . He then added to that another post citing the same link that had already been posted FIVE times by raving gunners and pretended it was something fresh that NOBODY was able to discover except good ole Gom(er Frank). All in all thios rew managed to keep me in stitches throughout most of the weekend
before I got my TV back on Monday morning and could watch a real episode
of the Andy Griffith Show instead of the blog’s cheap imitation.
So thanks again guys. You’re not quite in the class of the good stand up
comedians. But most of the time , you (sadly) are funny as hell.
#59: You are a bigger idiot than Gdad. Keep up the good work, sure ol Cman is soooooooooo proud of you.
Warren: the book “Cold Mountain” was set in the southern Appalachians, but the movie of the book was filmed in Romania. So maybe that sort of substitution could work in reverse, and someone interested in, say for example vampires, could experience foggy Romanian atmosphere in the southern Appalachians.
I’m surprised at the location change. Maybe there weren’t as many tax credits for filmmakers available in the early 2000s?
And one only needs to drive to Big Stone Gap to experience vampire sightings: http://pamelakkinney.blogspot.com/2011/10/there-be-vampires-in-virginia.html
I have found that international air travel is not as bad as it is in the U.S. Once you get to Europe, rail travel is the most efficient way to go. Hopefully, your boat will come in one day.
Once the enormity of what my ancestors went through to get to the U.S. so long ago hit me, every challenge I’ve faced seem so insignificant.
The Grahams may not be quite out of the game at the WAPO. According to news reports on the website, Bezos plans to stay in Seattle (at least for now), and let the current Graham descendant-publisher, Katharine Weymouth, stay on in her current position. Of course, we’ll see how long that goes. Common sense says if Bezos bought the paper, there will be changes in something, if not right away.
But Frank may still have a few bellyaches yet from what the Post writes about his pet peeves.
I have never read the Washington Review, never knew Breitbart existed — until he died — and never watch the Tea Party Network News, oops, better known as Fox News.
“I have found that international air travel is not as bad as it is in the U.S. Once you get to Europe, rail travel is the most efficient way to go.”
Another nail in the coffin of “American Exceptionalism.”
Hey Dan at #54,
Shame on you for misrepresenting what I might think.
All we’re seeing with the recent fire sales of print media is a changing of the guard, although with such changes come unforeseen opportunities. The main stream media itself will certainly stay liberal, in my opinion. The WP will certainly stay lib, regardless if it’s owned by a Graham, because the Grahams still covet their social life. Sheesh, Dan, as if the Grahams would have given away their treasure to a conservative?
You’re too funny.
Re: post #64
“Another nail in the coffin of “American Exceptionalism.”
Dan just can’t stand American Exceptionalism. He is the epitome of the liberal concept, “everyone! …gets a trophy”.
“You are a bigger idiot than Gdad.”
AB, I seem to be in your thoughts just about all the time these days. You need to see somebody about this problem you’re having.
National media outlets announced today that if Military court finds Nidal Hasan guilty, Frank will expresses outrage at court’s decision. Also, if the Military court finds Nidal Hasan not guilty; Frank will expresses outrage at court’s decision. It is also being reported today that if the jury cannot reach a verdict, Frank will express outrage at court’s decision.
In a related matter, regardless of the court’s verdict, Leon will denounce President Obama as reineligiblenesslyering, or something to that effect, and awood will declare violent jihad on all liberals.
If that’s the case, the real estate alone makes it a good financial deal for Bezos.
People who see the WaPo as strictly liberal haven’t been paying attention. But then what else would we expect from Frank?
“The WP will certainly stay lib, regardless if it’s owned by a Graham, because the Grahams still covet their social life. Sheesh, Dan, as if the Grahams would have given away their treasure to a conservative?”
Here is yet another example of the way Frank allows his antipathy for the so-called “mainstream media” to fog his world view worse than some 10-year-old cataracts.
There was actually a time when the Washington Post’s editorial page was liberal, except for George Will (who Frank, apparently unaware that Will is employed by the Washington Post, frequently cites). That was when Meg Greenfield was its editor. She’s been gone for at least 13 years. The editorial page now leans to the right. Frank totally ignores this, because to recognize it undercuts what he WANTS TO BELIEVE, rather than the reality.
Gdad, when THEY are reacting to you, YOU are winning. (AB, you have our sympathies).
#71 Yep, Dan, liberals have been disappointed with the WaPo for quite a while now. The cheerleading for George Bush was particularly hard to bear.
#61, Thanks, Pirengle, that’s a cool link. Besides Big Stone Gap, it also says there may be vampires in Richmond. That I can definitely believe.
For instance, at the governor’s mansion there’s said to be a creature that hates sunlight named Count Money.
Obviously they have no idea how bad they make right wing America look. Wow.
“The WP will certainly stay lib, regardless if it’s owned by a Graham, because the Grahams still covet their social life. Sheesh, Dan, as if the Grahams would have given away their treasure to a conservative?”
Frank, you probably ought to email George Will, Mark Thiessn, Charles Krauthammer, Jennifer Rubin, Kathleen Parker, Robert Samuelsson, Michael Gerson and Robert Kagan and inform them they’re working for a libbie rag.
In addition, they also carried Michael Kelly and Bob Novak until they died and have had countless conservative guest columnist including Sarah Paling twice and Jim DeMint. The Wapo’s commitment to balance and objectivity in unrivaled by any other paper in the United States, and I challenge Frank to find another paper with greater political diversity among its columnists.
Of course, Frank also demonstrated his command of current journalism by claiming he thought the WSJ had a liberal bias, clearly demonstrating Frank’s not real big on those wordy, newsie paper thingies.
The problem here is that closed minded clowns like Frank aren’t seeking objectivity or even news; his only need for news sources is to pour him his own favorite flavor of Kool-Aid undiluted with actual fact. Anyone who claims the WaPo is liberal obviously can’t read.
Ron May: I have found that international air travel is not as bad as it is in the U.S. Once you get to Europe, rail travel is the most efficient way to go. Hopefully, your boat will come in one day.
I play an MMO with a mix of players from all over the world. They recently had a meetup in Amsterdam just to meet each other in person and drink beer. I was amazed at how easy it was for them to travel by plane. Yes, the airports had security and metal detectors but it wasn’t as obnoxious as U.S. air travel–and they all complain about American airports.
I’m not a fan of airport scanners, even if they no longer use the “backscatter” technology that displays people naked. If you get pulled out of line for one of these scans and say no, you’re subjected to a patdown. I’m not fond of strangers touching me anywhere, period. (Can you imagine a rape or abuse victim being subjected to this just to travel long distance?)
After I’ve paid $500 for the pleasure of entering the building and I’ve been treated like a criminal in order to enter the terminal area…it’s crowded and noisy and full of rude travelers and generally unbearable.
I prefer traveling by boat or train. Flying is the fastest way to travel, hence airports are full of people impatient to be somewhere else. Boats and trains are for journeys. You have an eventual destination but you’re also enjoying the way there.
1.Uncalled for; lacking good reason; unwarranted.
2.Given or done free of charge
First, I’m glad you found my comments about the trip exceptional. It was indeed an exceptional experience.
Second, my comment @ #22 was not meant to be “gratuitous.” The comments, by the Florida congressman, that I linked to were emblematic of the kinds of things you and others on this blog have used to continually discredit anything our current president does. The congressman and his comments are in line with the ongoing efforts of the GOPTea Party in the House and the Senate to forestall anything from getting done. They reflect the attitude currently holding sway over the GOPTea Party folks which is preventing anything useful from getting done. Your past comments about the legitimacy of this president are in line with the comments of the Florida congressman and those like him in Congress today as well as those who are funding such idiocy. Rep. Yoho, Rep Boehner, Rep. Cantor need to stop the obstruction and get to work. If you agree with their approach, you are no better than they are. As a result, I don’t agree that my comments were a gratuitous dig.
#72 and 73: /snark off, snicker, snicker
#75: Replace the word right with left and you’ll have it corrected. Get your “facts” straight. Wow.
Warren: Besides Big Stone Gap, it also says there may be vampires in Richmond. That I can definitely believe.
The crypt of the supposed Richmond vampire is worth a visit. The guy also has a Wikipedia page, the lucky stiff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richmond_Vampire
Please ask Dan to offer up any comment I may have made concerning this president’s “legitimacy”, as I don’t re-call making any.
I do believe this president is bent on remaking this country in ways even liberals don’t yet fully grasp.
And, it seems to me that the democrats could do a better job working with the republicans. How many bills has the house passed that libs like harry reid proclaim to be “non-starters” in the senate?
Hey Dan at post #71,
I agree with some of what you say about the WP’s recent efforts to offer more political balance to it’s customers. It’s not what I would call moderate, however. Yet, it’s more to the moderate side than is the completely liberal rag, the NYTs.
Yet you have problem quoting the NYT when they run a story that you agree with, Frank.
It’s only a rag when Frank decrees it’s a rag, Debbie.
That should be, you have no problem, in my comment posted at 12:11.
Frank, Congress has done nothing aside from voting against Obamacare every other day, but offer up things that they know don’t have a prayer of passing. They aren’t offered up in good faith, they are offered up to make people think they are really trying to help the country. The majority of the people in this country aren’t buying what they’re selling.
Every now and then the NYTs runs something that is not rife with left-wingism. On those rare occasions, yes, I will quote from the good ol’ grey lady.
Why doesn’t harry reid take in the bills passed by the house, and put them up for votes in his senate? The answer is not as simple as it may seem.
What are your thoughts?
David Brooks is a NYT-employed columnist. All of his columns are “not rife with left-wingism.” He’s published a little more often than “every now and then.”
David Brooks? Is he the guy that slobbered over the crease in obama’s pants”. THAT David Brooks? Are you serious?
Ok, lets go with what you’re brought to the table…please add up Brook’s column inches per month, then compare that to the rest of the liberal blather in the NYTs, and maybe you’ll see my point
And, in my opinion, Brooks comes close to expressing a conservative view only “now and then”…during leap year, I think.
“And, in my opinion, Brooks comes close to expressing a conservative view only “now and then”…during leap year, I think.”
The big, fat IMO qualification is the problem here, Frank. Torquemada wouldn’t meet your standards for conservatism. In other words, the problem is with you, not Brooks.
So, you’re admitting that the sum-total of a conservative view somehow making it to print in the NYTs rests with a David Brooks column!
I had a conversation yesterday with someone regarding “major media/main stream media”. Personally I like to switch between outlets to see the lead stories or any spin one way or the other.
The point I was trying to make in the conversation was that Fox is the highest rated news station, they also have Hannity, O’Riely, etc.. (but I don’t consider that news); yet they consistently (and successfully) play the underdog by disparaging “major/main stream media”. Conversely, the “major/main stream media” have less viewers, but disparage FOX by suggesting they are a “fringe” organization.
It seems to me that they both have turned things bassackwards; which I actually find quite amusing.
On the radio side I think the same scenario probably exists, but on the “net” side it seems the huffpost has gotten the jump on everyone.
Being in “the business” I wondered what you thought.
On a humorous (no pun intended) note; one of my daughters friends said she got her “news” from “the comedy channel”. That was a bit scary…lol
Just out of curiosity, what do you think the editorial section balance is of the Wapo, WSJ and the Washington Times? Which one do you think is the most “Fair and Balanced”?
Frank maybe we ought to buy Dan a one way to Europe. I’ll start with the first $100.00
Once again, a day late and a dollar short (finally sold the house, and, am staying busy trying to get out of here… I know, there are many of you who would like to help … appreciated the offer).
Anyway, Frank @19 By the way, rayornot, should we ban spoons because so many little kiddies are fat? Just sayin’.
Ya got me Frank!!! Touche! Yes we should! After all, when spoons are outlawed, only outlaws will have spoon.
I meant “spoons”. OK – the post above was contradictory and seemed to actually support spoon ownership by law abiding citizens. Makes about as much sense as the analogy, I reckon.
Robbie Doyle @ 8:22,
“Frank maybe we ought to buy Dan a one way to Europe. I’ll start with the first $100.00”
Why would Dan want to move to the old country? He’s got a great job here in the valley, a beautiful family and a nice house in a great neighborhood. Considering the contraction in the industry, he’s not only survived, he’s thrived. People love the guy’s columns. Dude’s living the dream. I fail to see the logic in your suggestion that he leave the country. Perhaps you’d be better served by saving that $100 and buying yourself a clue instead, or at least put it towards a night class at VWCC in 101 English composition so you wouldn’t write like an uneducated hick.
Actually, Steve C, if Robbie and company want to buy me a one-way ticket to Europe, I’d be glad to take it, especially if they also get one for my wife. We’ll buy our own tickets back.
I’d like to buy Robbie D a one way ticket to remedial ESL class. God knows at this rate he’d be there until the rapture occurs or a giant comet takes out the planet or something.
Frank begged: “please add up Brook’s column inches per month”
Who but Frank to introduce an obsession with “column inches”?
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Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:06:31 +0000
Metro Columnist Dan Casey knows a little bit about a lot of things but not a heck of a lot about most things. That doesn't keep him from writing about them, however. So keep him honest!
He welcomes your rants, raves and considered opinions, so long as the language is civil (i.e. no four-letter words). He'll read all your posts and may or may not respond.