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    Tuesday, February 02, 2010

    Tuesday Talkback

    Moan, talkback, repeat.

    "Government can't solve our problems, since government is the problem. The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help. These words surely describe the far-left liberal President Barack Obama. Those prophetic words are from Ronald Reagan."
    -- No city

    How cute, someone has a Reagan fetish.  If those are the most terrifying words you've heard in English, you need to get out of the bunker a little more often.  

    But as long as you have crowned Reagan your prophet, and deemed his words to be prophetic, here is Reagan on another subject, in 1988:

    The United States participated actively and effectively in the negotiation of the Convention . It marks a significant step in the development during this century of international measures against torture and other inhuman treatment or punishment. Ratification of the Convention by the United States will clearly express United States opposition to torture, an abhorrent practice unfortunately still prevalent in the world today.

    The core provisions of the Convention establish a regime for international cooperation in the criminal prosecution of torturers relying on so-called "universal jurisdiction." Each State Party is required either to prosecute torturers who are found in its territory or to extradite them to other countries for prosecution.

    As is evident from his signing statement, Reagan was not only against torture, but was against inhumane treatment or punishment -- he didn't want the word "torture" nuanced and twisted to have no meaning.  If you mistreat people in captivity, torture or anything like it, you are to be prosecuted.  So.  When are the Reagan-acolytes going to demand that our so-called far left president prosecute the criminals in the Bush-Cheney administration for their so-called enhanced interrogation programs, or in the alternative, demand their extradition to a country that will prosecute them?      

    "To the person who stole my son's iPod Touch while he was wrestling in a championship finals: Thank you. You just ruined a champion's heart. You must really be a loser."
    -- Brook Park

    Who brings an iPod Touch to a wrestling championship?  Especially if you are a participant?  I don't condone theft, but that's stupid.

    "To all you people who thought Toyota was such high-off-the-hog cars: They have been buffaloing you for years. It's just another foreign car."
    -- Medina

    Just another foreign car... Like Hyundai -- who's kicking ass now.  Whoops!  

    "I guess some cities like Cleveland and Cleveland Heights are grasping at any way they can to rip people off. You can only put the garbage out at a certain time. Now if you put the garbage a little early you will be fined. I usually put mine out around 4 p.m. I suffer with fibromyalgia and to put it out at night or in the early morning, I'm not at my best physically."
    -- Cleveland Heights

    That's nothing new.  I lived in the Cleveland Heights for awhile, and someone dropped an old air conditioner on my tree lawn in the middle of the afternoon before garbage day and I got a warning letter from the city that if I did that again, I'd get a fine.  My point is: this has been goig on for awhile.  And if there weren't such a problem with people acting like pigs, tossing their trash everywhere, they wouldn't need to do this.  So, call your member of council, and then hire the neighbor kid to take out your trash and shovel your snow. 

    "Parking tickets on Sunday at the churches along East 105th Street? Surely the police of Cleveland could find some better work to do than doing that to people who want to worship."
    -- Cleveland

    So, just because you are going to church, you don't have to follow the law?  No wonder so many criminals find Jesus in prison.

    "$100 million to an island and I can't get my income tax check or answers from the IRS?"
    -- Bedford

    I got a call for you.  Your check is waiting for you in Haiti.  All you need to do is swing by Port-au-Prince and pick it up.  

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    Comments on "Tuesday Talkback"


    Blogger Audient said ... (8:52 AM, February 02, 2010) : 

    Bonus read on Ronald Reagan, Lefty:


    Blogger Audient said ... (8:54 AM, February 02, 2010) : 

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    Blogger Kate Anne said ... (5:42 AM, February 16, 2010) : 

    Far-left and liberal are contradictions and Obama is neither. I wish he were a liberal like me then maybe he would abandon the Bush pro-war, pro-torture, corporatist agenda. However much he bends over backward to suck up to the Republicans (I see nothing bi-partisan about it), he gets called a liberal or a socialist. Wish he would claim the words and a liberal compassionate people-oriented agenda instead of giving us more of the military industrial complex we've had for way too long.


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