published Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

The Hook

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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MasterBlaster said...

The cons loved him before they hated him...

December 3, 2013 at 12:15 a.m.
fairmon said...

Trickle down or trickle up would be better than what we have. You can't keep extracting more from people and expect demand to grow and you can't extract more from businesses and expect prices to come down. Legislated cost and taxes increases the cost of goods or services.

One of the most popular products being bought this holiday season is large flat screen TV's which are 100% imports which results in a few seasonal retail and shipping jobs. Most of the purchases for the holidays, estimated 80%, are imported products which includes clothing, electronics, toys and other typical gifts. What booming economy will we see from all that action?

December 3, 2013 at 1:11 a.m.
fairmon said...

alprova...I am truly sorry about your health event but glad to hear you are recovering. I often disagree with you but enjoy it and your liberal bleeding heart comments. The president needs all the help he can get defending the roll out of his health care insurance initiative.

My question is why did those he depended on to make it work turn down the offers by some of the best web site builders to create the system free? Amazon, Work Force, E-bay and several others could have and would have developed and demonstrated it several months before it was needed. One CEO interviewed said their offer to do it free was rejected by ignoring it then finally responding that it did not fit their procurement process. Strange that not a word by either party in congress has been said about it. Makes me wonder if they owned stock in the providing companies.

December 3, 2013 at 1:24 a.m.
SeaSmokie59er said...

DOW is over 16k, record corporate profits yet wages for 90% of the country has only seen a .4% wage increase in the last 8 years; please explain.

Hint: Obama didn't do it.

December 3, 2013 at 3:58 a.m.
fairmon said...

You could call this trickle around.

CNBC...The United States is the world's most generous nation, according to a global index of giving, as a higher proportion of Americans helped a stranger than any other country in the world. The 2013 World Giving Index – published annually by international nonprofit organization Charities Aid Foundation – looks at three measures: monetary giving, volunteering and helping of strangers in a typical month.

December 3, 2013 at 6:10 a.m.
fairmon said...

smokie 59...apparently you read a bare bones news headline.

Wage rates in most cases have increased similar to GDP growth however the 63% percent of eligible workers employed is at the lowest level in over 30 years therefore net income has not seen similar gains. Companies have bought back shares of their own company stock, often with borrowed money, at a record rate to make profits per share look better and attract investors. QE with more money printed and added to the economy each month has artificially driven the stock market up also.

You are right Obama didn't do it, in fact he and congress have done nothing to improve the jobs situation but plenty to deter the creation of good jobs. Wages and inflation go up when unemployment is low and businesses have to compete to attract & hold employees.

Obama is not a leader. His adversarial attitude, public criticism of anyone disagreeing with him and seeming to never know what has happened until it is in the news is not conducive to reconciling issues. He has consistently defended incompetence within his staff which consist of the lowest percent of business experience than any president in history. Valery Jarrett is actually our president but Obama has the title and gets the blame.

December 3, 2013 at 6:44 a.m.
EaTn said...

I'm not a Catholic, but Pope Francis is a breath of fresh air compared to this country's political and religious blindness to the economic disparity between the have and have not's.

December 3, 2013 at 7:12 a.m.
inquiringmind said...

Flat screen TV's, computers, shoes, shirts, socks, you name it, you want them at the lowest price, and if I'm in the retail business what am I going to do but find the lowest wholesale price I can so I get your money when you purchase retail.

If I am in the manufacturing end, what do I do, raise my prices or move my factory to the place I can make my goods the least expensively for the wholesale market.

Consumer demand for low prices (so you can buy more) drives the loss of jobs in the US since we want higher salary to buy more which a low cost manufacturing company cannot sustain. The only option for a worker is to get the education and concomitant job in a company whose bottom line depends on innovation which fuels efficient manufacturing.

Now, hidden in that cycle are people without much means and education. Low prices actually help them you say, but they are equipped only to take jobs, if they can find them, that are in the services/supply-end, like flipping burgers or cleaning floors that do not even pay a living wage (Try living on $7.25/hr in an moderately large city, or in the rural country where you need transportation). You might as well cook meth or sell coke because an addict will always find $ for that.

It is a vicious circle where the rich get richer and the poor poorer until the system breaks because only a few can afford the goods. It has happened numerous times since the beginning of the Industrial Age on larger and larger scales.

Neither am I Catholic, EaTn, but Pope Francis is a breath of fresh air not heard since the 1930's.

December 3, 2013 at 8:24 a.m.
caddy said...

I like the idea of Giving as God has blessed you. If any of the socialists in this thread really and truly think that the government can do a better Job of being charitable then I consider them fools.

Trickle out of my pocket ( and yours ) by force doesn't work either, and we all know why:

From J. Budziszewski

"Many Christians seem to miss the point, thinking that expropriation is wrong just because the wrong groups are in power, choosing the wrong causes for subsidy. This is where the horror stories are offered, and horrible they are: of subsidies to promote abortion, subsidies to photograph crucifixes in jars of urine, subsidies for all sorts of wickedness and blasphemy. But expropriation would be wrong even if each of its causes were good. Consider the following progression.

  1. On a dark street, a man draws a knife and demands my money for drugs.

  2. Instead of demanding my money for drugs, he demands it for the Church.

  3. Instead of being alone, he is with a bishop of the Church who acts as bagman.

  4. Instead of drawing a knife, he produces a policeman who says I must do as he says.

  5. Instead of meeting me on the street, he mails me his demand as an official agent of the government.

If the first is theft, it is difficult to see why the other four are not also theft. Expropriation is wrong not because its causes are wrong, but because it is a violation of the Eighth Commandment: Thou shalt not steal.

http://www.firstthings.com/article/2007/10/001-the-problem-with-liberalism-26

December 3, 2013 at 9:12 a.m.
Maximus said...

I'm not sure which burning social justice question Clay is crying about today but as far as trickle down, it sure works at my house. Here are just a few people that I pay every month and I'm not even including my over 50 employees and suppliers. To keep the house running I trickle my hard earned money down to these very nice an dependable folks:

  1. My yard guy.
  2. My sprinkler system guy.
  3. My pool cleaner guy.
  4. My yard spray and fertilizer guy.
  5. My dog groomer 6 My bi-weekly house cleaner.
  6. My dry cleaner.
  7. My exterior Christmas light guy.
  8. Monthly Internet fees.
  9. Monthly cable fees.
  10. Monthly power bill.
  11. Monthly heating bill.
  12. Property taxes.
  13. Sales taxes.
  14. Fuel for vehicles.

This trickle down list that most of us have could be longer but I just wanted to once again prove that Clay The Victimized Military Brat is a Marxist child at best and like our President has never met a payroll in his life. If Clay had to live one week without his Mom or his wife (could be life partner) he would be crying like a baby not knowing what to do to take care of himself. I'd like to trickle down on you Clay.....You Are An Idiot.

December 3, 2013 at 10:34 a.m.
nurseforjustice said...

Alprova, I have not been on this site for several weeks so I am just now finding out what happened. I am very sorry to hear that. I am praying for your quick recovery. I wish I would have known you were at Erlanger, I would have visited you while you were here. Would have been fun to meet face to face. This may sound odd but please let me know if I can do anything for you.

NFJ

December 3, 2013 at 12:29 p.m.
yddem said...

Terrific, Maxi, you verbally abuse Clay for his opinions. Unlike you, Clay does not hide when he gives his opinions. He is out there, and everyone knows who he is. He probably does not read the drivel on this site.

You, on the other hand, are nothing, according to your profile. You hide like a coward and issue your insults. And you called John Kerry a coward! Can you match the medals he was awarded? Where were you when he was serving in Vietnam?

The thought of Hillary Clinton as president makes you want to vomit? I hope you puke your guts for 8 years.

"50 employees and suppliers." LOL

December 3, 2013 at 12:37 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

yddem, your profile is not real forthcoming, yet your throw rocks at others as "hiders". Typical leftist hypocrisy. BTW, yddem, I'm guessing that not only does Clay read this board, but posts as well.

December 3, 2013 at 12:50 p.m.
yddem said...

No Truth, Maxi is always calling names, particularly those who are expressing opinions. It is one thing to criticize thoughts by expressing your own opinions and pointing out flaws in contrary opinions; it is quite another to belittle someone merely for expressing opinions.

And how does "typical leftist hypocrisy" advance your point? If I responded with "typical reactionary hypocrisy," would that serve any purpose?

December 3, 2013 at 1:19 p.m.
yddem said...

No Truth, how does Maxi calling a decorated Vietnam veteran a coward, a former secretary of state and senator a biotch and the president a welfare pimp further discussion about anything?

December 3, 2013 at 1:27 p.m.
yddem said...

No Truth, you are entitled to guess about Clay. If you have any evidence, you are entitled to present it.

December 3, 2013 at 1:34 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

I guess he's formed his opinions over the years, yddem. I've followed Kerry since his Viet Nam days and have nothing for him. A lifetime gigolo opportunist and professional pol, seems to me.

December 3, 2013 at 1:37 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

Yddem, if your job was to inflame the right, wouldn't you want to watch?

December 3, 2013 at 3 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

please maxi, spare us your prideful boasting. Get rid of your: yard guy. sprinkler system guy and sprinkler system (so you can stop buying fertilizer). pool cleaner guy. (and pool so you don't use so much water). yard spray and fertilizer guy. (see sprinkler system). dog groomer. (That is why dogs have tongues.) My bi-weekly house cleaner. (clean your house yourself). dry cleaner. (stop that completely, there is n't anything you need to wear that can't be washed in a washing machine.) exterior Christmas light guy. (Why burn up all the extra electricity?) Monthly Internet fees. Monthly cable fees.
and all your cars but one. Give all the money you spend on the things above to a good charity, say the United Way.

Well...maybe keep the internet, we enjoy your humor, and if TV is so important you can watch almost any show on the 'net.)

If Clay reads the posts here he has probably gone blind by now. (See Dilbert) . Besides the fact you 6 or 7 folks do not represent an adequate cross section of the population that read the newspaper.

December 3, 2013 at 3:02 p.m.
Jt6gR3hM said...

By Matt Welch:

I don't wish to stand in the way of people enjoying other people's prejudices, but Pope Francis's hyperbolic rants (In the Evangelii Gaudium) about the role and allegedly dictatorial power of free markets are embarrassing in their wrongness. To take one papal passage out of dozens:

“Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.”

More people have escaped poverty the past 25 years than were alive on the planet in 1800. Their "means of escape" was largely the introduction of at least some "laws of competition" in endeavors that had long been the exclusive domain of authoritarian, monopolistic governments.

Here's The Economist:

“In 1990, 43% of the population of developing countries lived in extreme poverty. By 2000 the proportion was down to a third. By 2010 it was 21% . The global poverty rate had been cut in half in 20 years.

The country that cut poverty the most was China. Between 1981 and 2010 it lifted a stunning 680m people out poverty. This cut its poverty rate from 84% in 1980 to about 10% now.

In Africa, inflation-adjusted per capita incomes rose by an astonishing 97 percent between 1999 and 2010. Hunger in India shrank by 90 percent after the country replaced 40 years’ worth of socialist stagnation with capitalist reforms in 1991.

To look upon the miracles of this world and lament the lack of "means of escape" is to advertise your own ignorance. To call it a "tyranny" is to do violence to any meaningful sense of that important word. And to make such absolutist statements as "everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest" is to admit up front that you are not primarily interested in spreading truth, but rather in exciting popular passions.

It's a free world; Pope's gonna Pope & all that. I don't go to the Vatican for global economics, and Catholics probably don't seek out Reason for spiritual guidance.

Liberals who congratulate themselves on mocking creationists while co-signing factually laughable claims about the world they actually live in are not exactly demonstrating a consistent adherence to the Scientific Method.

December 3, 2013 at 3:06 p.m.
caddy said...

Thanks Maximus. Clay's a fool, like most progressives. They claim they know and understand fiscal matters. They don't. All they understand is that inequality exists and it MUST be stamped out. They perceive companies to be greedy, yet cannot fathom the ( our ) government is the greediest entity of all, always taking, always ravenous, Hungary, never really having to answer to anyone but itself.

I loathe sheeple fools who like to take from one and give to another in the name of government and call it good. I believe those men are the most evil of all. Why ? They are hypocrites and absolutely ignorant on the issue of the depravity of man. Fools like Clay believe all men are created by no one, here for nothing, going nowhere. They believe in forced redistribution by the government. They call it good. It isn't good. It is evil.

It's evil in that it simply breaks the 8th commandment.

December 3, 2013 at 3:10 p.m.
GaussianInteger said...

"One of the most popular products being bought this holiday season is large flat screen TV's which are 100% imports which results in a few seasonal retail and shipping jobs. Most of the purchases for the holidays, estimated 80%, are imported products which includes clothing, electronics, toys and other typical gifts. What booming economy will we see from all that action?"

We won't see one. The problem is, both parties oppose raising taxes on imports. And as long as we can get a Chinese-made 42 inch flat screen for 399, the majority of Americans tend to ignore the real issue and continue to blame the other party.

December 3, 2013 at 3:44 p.m.
yddem said...

caddy said:

"Thanks Maximus. Clay's a fool, like most progressives. They claim they know and understand fiscal matters. They don't. All they understand is that inequality exists and it MUST be stamped out. They perceive companies to be greedy, yet cannot fathom the ( our ) government is the greediest entity of all, always taking, always ravenous, Hungary, [sic] never really having to answer to anyone but itself."

The hook is de popa, not de bennetto.

December 3, 2013 at 4:05 p.m.
fairmon said...

IM said...

Now, hidden in that cycle are people without much means and education. Low prices actually help them you say, but they are equipped only to take jobs, if they can find them, that are in the services/supply-end, like flipping burgers or cleaning floors that do not even pay a living wage.

You have the root cause identified but no solution. The number that fail to utilize an opportunity to develop a skill or trade that increases their value to an employer is growing rapidly. To a large extent government is a major contributor by allowing those that could and won't to become dependent on government. Equally responsible is the education system which is still operating on the old one room concept but having students change rooms and teachers all day. The U.S. spends more per student and gets poor results compared to many other countries.

Don't attack me for not having feelings for those ill, infirmed, the elderly or children. They should be provided for much better than we do but for those laggards that are just sorry I would not flinch if they starved or expired due to illness. Where are the parents when you see a young person with tat's, pierces, pants below their crack and their hat on crazy? They need a good dose of discipline, hard work and suffer serious consequences if they fail to utilize the opportunity to get an education.

December 3, 2013 at 4:47 p.m.
caddy said...

What is happening in Detroit right now is 50 + years of proof that you cannot live on the backs of others

December 3, 2013 at 4:49 p.m.
fairmon said...

Jt6gR3hM included in a post...

The country that cut poverty the most was China. Between 1981 and 2010 it lifted a stunning 680m people out poverty. This cut its poverty rate from 84% in 1980 to about 10% now.

Success and people escaping poverty comes disguised as hard work. Americans are soft and want to be paid far beyond their ability to contribute to the success of their employer's business. CEOs and management are the most over paid, no human is worth what they are paid. The same applies to athletes. What justifies the $15 and hour being demanded for the ability to say "u want fries and a drink with that"?

December 3, 2013 at 4:52 p.m.
caddy said...

Agreed on CEOs & Athletes. We pay them that kind of. $$ because of our societies values, or lack thereof...

December 3, 2013 at 5:01 p.m.
Jt6gR3hM said...

From Human Events:

The Pope charges autonomous marketplaces with creating a “new tyranny,” but tyranny is an exercise of compulsive power. It is not subtle, or invisible. Private corporations can certainly become willing partners in tyranny. The Twentieth Century is filled with mournful examples of such relationships.

Large private enterprises often grow eager to purchase the anti-competitive power sold by corrupt politicians. But the government has a monopoly on the coercive force necessary to create tyranny, a word that has a very specific meaning.

A private individual might be criticized for indifference to the suffering of the poor, but such indifference is not tyrannical. Monopolistic power can assume the trappings of tyranny in the way that it crushes those who seek opportunity in a controlled marketplace, but the nations of the West already recognize the accumulation of monopoly power as a crime, which governments are charged with preventing. (In practice, they’re more apt to become willing partners in creating monopolistic conditions, as in the sealed labor markets they create for the benefit of powerful unions.)

It seems to me that the abusive situations Pope Francis has spoken out against, such as unsafe sweatshop exploitation, are more properly understood as forms of corruption, which is a failure of government. Not to let those who buy corrupt politicians off the hook, but the vendor in such sinful transactions is the one who makes it possible.

The modern Left has invested great effort in making corruption respectable, conditioning citizens to accept it as standard operating procedure. The ideal of small, clean governments equally and impartially defending the rights of all has been replaced by activist super-States with busy agendas, perpetually in search of private-sector “partners” (with thick campaign checkbooks) to carry them out.

It would be better to focus on the immense costs inflicted by such corruption, especially in the huge, politically dominated economy of the United States, where the government routinely wastes enough money to feed every hungry person in the world. Billions of dollars vanish in waste and fraud, under the stewardship of a lavishly compensated bureaucracy that sure isn’t missing any meals.

Genuine poverty and suffering have been conflated with the frustrated ambitions and desires of the lower middle class, for the political profit of leftists, but the resulting redefinition of the welfare state – which, in the absurd regime of ObamaCare, is now paying welfare subsidies to families that make over $60,000 per year – leaves fewer resources to help the people that really need it. It has always been immoral to confuse charity with social engineering. There’s a big difference between feeding the hungry, and subsidizing an indolent lifestyle.

December 3, 2013 at 5:31 p.m.
rick1 said...

fairmon posted "CEOs and management are the most over paid, no human is worth what they are paid."

From an article written by Walter E. Williams in 2005

When Jack Welch became General Electric's CEO in 1981, the stock market judged the company to be worth about $14 billion. Through hiring and firing, buying and selling, Welch turned the company around before he retired in 2001. Today, GE is worth nearly $500 billion, making it one of the most valuable companies in the world. What's a CEO worth for providing the brains and leadership to turn a $14 billion corporation into one worth $500 billion? How about paying just a measly one-half of a percent of the increase in value? If that were the case, Welch's total compensation would have come to nearly $2.5 billion, instead of the few hundred million that he actually received.

The Gillette Co. was in the early stages of corporate death in 2001 when Jim Kilts took over as CEO. The company's stock had lost almost half of its value in two years, and sales volume and market shares of its major brands had plummeted. Between the time Kilts took over at Gillette and this year's Jan. 28 announcement of Procter & Gamble's purchase of Gillette, Gillette's market value increased by $11.3 billion, a 34 percent improvement, and since the announcement, Gillette's value has risen by another $5.7 billion.

Kilts' salary and bonuses over the past four years, totaling about $17.5 million, haven't been especially large by CEO standards. Predictably, however, Kilts' pay and particularly the size of his compensation package from the merger — $153 million — have been the subject of media carping, particularly in Boston, where Gillette is headquartered. This figure is indeed large, but it, added to what Gillette has paid him since 2001, makes Kilts' total compensation a mere 1.5 percent of his contribution to Gillette's value.

Here are a couple of questions to you: If you were the owner of GE, and a CEO could turn your $14 billion corporation into a $500 billion one, how much would you be willing to pay that man in salary and bonuses? Or, in the case of Jim Kilts, turning Gillette from a corporation in steep decline into one Procter & Gamble was willing to buy for $57 billion, how much would you be willing to pay?

Then, you might ask yourself: If a corporate board of directors could buy a $300 computer that could do what a CEO could do, would it pay CEOs millions of dollars? By the same token, if an NFL owner could hire a computer to make the decisions that star quarterbacks make, why would he pay some of these guys yearly compensation packages worth more than $10 million?

There's another important issue. If one company has an effective CEO, it is not the only company that would like to have him on the payroll. In order to keep him, the company must pay him enough so that he can't be lured elsewhere.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/600115590/Most-CEOs-deserve-high-salaries-and-bonuses.html?pg=all

December 3, 2013 at 7:18 p.m.
tifosi said...

Maxipus says: "I'm not sure which burning social justice question Clay is crying about today but as far as trickle down, it sure works at my house.

My yard guy.

My sprinkler system guy.

My pool cleaner guy.

My yard spray and fertilizer guy.

My dog groomer 6 My bi-weekly house cleaner.

My dry cleaner.

My exterior Christmas light guy."

Don't forget the lawn jockey in your front yard.

December 3, 2013 at 7:28 p.m.
GaussianInteger said...

Maximus, don't forget your rubber boot guy. No one likes to be covered in all of the crap you spew on a daily basis.

December 3, 2013 at 7:34 p.m.
Maximus said...

Seriously folks, I feed a lot of people via trickle down and I bet you do too and for people like Inqueerminds, Yddm, and Tifosi.....my wife informed me that our silver needs polishing for our numerous Christmas events at the house. Any takers? The thing about many Democrats I know, especially men with Velcro shoes, they are SOOOOO cheap they would never ever consider giving to charity because the believe guvment should take care of the poor and not them. One Democrat I know thinks he is saving the environment by showering once a week, using his hand as toilet paper and wearing the same clothes every day. In reality, the guy is so lazy and such a failure that liberalism is his last great excuse.....errrr.. I mean cause.

Liberalism, truly a mental illness fueled by low expectations and a strong desire to control and trap people into lives of mediocrity. They have an excuse for every failure and embrace cowardly idiot academics like John Kerry and Hillary Clinton who have never worked a day in their lives. Sad really.

December 3, 2013 at 8:05 p.m.
Maximus said...

Oh and the Catholic Church.....I knew that the new Pope was a socialist when the press went crazy about him taking "public transportation". I would suggest to the Pope, who with his vast real estate holdings, jewels, silk robes, rings and big ole hats, makes Jim and Tammy Fea look like Mother Teresa, take care of your child molester priests first instead of trashing the economic system, especially freedom that put your corrupt church in its place long ago. I respect the Catholic position on abortion but after that, most Catholics I know voted for Obsma at least the first time because of his big lie.....social justice created by guvment. There is no such thing.

December 3, 2013 at 8:15 p.m.
rick1 said...

What the Pope was saying but the media will not report is that politicians should not pander to or prey on the poor, countries with high debt are doing a disservice to the poor, and welfare programs are not the answer to the problem of poverty

December 3, 2013 at 8:28 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

Maximus: Cheap shot on The Church.

December 3, 2013 at 8:37 p.m.
Maximus said...

If you think the Pope, who is just a man, has special intercession with God, then I have some beach front property on Lookout Mountain to sell you. Holy Father? What a joke. Like I said earlier, all the guys in big hats and robes carrying emerald encrusted Holy scepters......no different than Jim and Tammy.

December 3, 2013 at 8:41 p.m.
Maximus said...

The Church? Is there only one?

December 3, 2013 at 8:42 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

A cheap shot is a cheap shot

December 3, 2013 at 8:48 p.m.
Maximus said...

No cheap shot just my opinion regarding a particular denomination. I happen to be a protestant and do not believe that the Pope is anything special other than a church leader. It's a free country and if you are a Catholic, great, I'm just not a fan but these days if you believe in God that's a good thing. Im not real big on Muhammed being anything special either but I respect those that follow Islam. It's a matter of freedom of religion.

December 3, 2013 at 8:56 p.m.
rick1 said...

PT, thought you might like this cartoon

http://www.americanthinker.com/cartoons/

December 3, 2013 at 8:57 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

Much truth there, Rick.

December 3, 2013 at 9:05 p.m.
Maximus said...

Ok honey I'll polish the silver while I'm having a nice single malt. Cheers, hears to the Pope! Life is grand!

December 3, 2013 at 9:24 p.m.
librul said...

"I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great intrinsic depravity, the one great instinct for revenge for which no expedient is sufficiently poisonous, secret, subterranean, petty — I call it the one mortal blemish of mankind." --Friedrich Nietzsche

--------------- RIGHT ON, FRIEDRICH !

"The impotence of god is infinite." ~~ Anatole France

"...most of the religious right's prophecies are of disaster and calamity. They almost never forecast greater peace, increased prosperity or the advance of democracy and human rights. There's a good reason for this. The religious right as a movement thrives on fear, because it depends on the unthinking obedience of its followers, and fearful people are far easier to shepherd and control. A person who fears the worst will follow anyone who promises security and relief from that fear: it's not difficult to persuade them to donate money, follow marching orders, or vote as instructed if it will turn back the imaginary evils that menace them." -- Adam Lee, AlterNet.org

"Christianity persecuted, tortured, and burned. Like a hound it tracked the very scent of heresy. It kindled wars, and nursed furious hatreds and ambitions. It sanctified, quite like Mohammedanism, extermination and tyranny ..." -- George Santayana

"Christians and Jews don't believe in Allah or Brahma. Hindus don't believe in Yahweh or Allah. Muslims don't believe in Brahma or Yahweh. Atheists agree with all of them." -- Mark Thomas

"Civilization will not attain to its perfection until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest." -- Emile Zola

"Science is the record of dead religions" -- Oscar Wilde

December 3, 2013 at 9:48 p.m.
Maximus said...

Librul....quoting Oscar Wilde the ultimate trust fund dandy. What a surprise! Get a damn job work builds character. We have a lot of silver Librul hit me up. Lol. How about Barry The Welfare Pimp re-upping on his website from hell? If you want something screwed up quickly.....call the Feds. And did y'all hear the news...more people are on disability in the U.S. than the entire population of Greece! Ya wanna know why....the government, under the retarded leadership of Barry The Welfare Pimp has no desire to qualify nor investigate those that apply for relief! And.....Barry's Uncle, who has been an illegal and felon for 50 years was just granted citizenship! Merry Christmas! And honey, these serving pieces are huge! Do I have to polish them too? Ok, I'll pour another Balvenie......:)

December 3, 2013 at 10:07 p.m.
Maximus said...

Breaking news....the new Pope was once a bouncer in an Argentina night club. Nice hat!

December 3, 2013 at 10:42 p.m.
Jt6gR3hM said...

By John Hayward:

History has shown us no evidence that government redistribution reduces the level of poverty in any society. On the contrary, poverty walks hand-in-hand with socialism, because the private sector inevitably shrinks as government grows, leaving fewer opportunities to be exploited by free people. Those at the lower end of the income ladder tend to find themselves most deprived of opportunity.

And the invariable result of socialist economic policy is a smaller, richer elite lording over a more impoverished population. ”Income inequality” gets worse under the rule of people who claim they are dedicated to eliminating it, as has occurred in the United States under the administration of President Barack Obama.

The Obama years have been mercilessly tough on the poor and middle class, but rather profitable for rich people with a lot of assets and money to play the stock market. Travel further down the road Obama walks, and you’ll find socialist tyrants who proclaim themselves “men of the people” from the high balconies of palatial estates.

The opposite of tyranny is freedom. Capitalism is the practical and constructive expression of freedom. Free markets, secured by just and limited government, are the best way to reduce poverty, and generate the wealth necessary to afford charitable assistance to those who cannot make a good living. It’s not just practically superior, it is morally superior.

How can proper respect be shown to any man or woman without respecting their rights to own property, sell their labor, engage in voluntary transactions for mutual benefit, and provide for their families? ”Thou shalt not steal” is a commandment that should not be suspended for those who claim they have big plans to improve society with their plunder.

December 3, 2013 at 10:44 p.m.
Maximus said...

Jt6g.....WOW! A keeper! I'm copying your post down for redistribution to my liberal friends. An example of Obama's rich get richer friends.....Warren Buffet! Rock on Jt6g and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Look for Barry The Welfare Pimp to divorce Big Bootie Michelle and start runnin dirty with JayZ and rich elite save the planet I'm rich and guilty as hell white women. Just like Tiger.

December 3, 2013 at 11:08 p.m.

The pope wouldn't have a forum if it weren't for the wealth of the church. Bennett wouldn't have one either if it weren't for some wealth folks owning the paper. How many people do the homeless and poor employ? That would be zero, for you progressives.

You can't elevate the poor by punishing success.

December 4, 2013 at 2:57 a.m.
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