God Bless The USA

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God Bless The USA
Fri, 08-20-2010 - 3:28pm

Sometimes it is far too easy to forget how incredibly blessed we are:

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Fri, 09-03-2010 - 3:54am
You realize that this implies that everywhere else is a desert, right? That seems like a rather narrow-minded view, especially considering the problems the US is experiencing.

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Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.
– George Orwell
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Fri, 09-03-2010 - 3:41pm

No, I do not. . .the existence of one oasis does not preclude the existence of others - not in reality and not logically.

However, I do believe that many liberals have a "zero sum" view of life.

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Fri, 09-03-2010 - 4:16pm

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Fri, 09-03-2010 - 4:31pm

I used the term "oasis" in response to another's post which used the term.

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Fri, 09-03-2010 - 5:46pm

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Sat, 09-04-2010 - 5:14am

"You realize that this implies that everywhere else is a desert, right? "

America "is

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Sat, 09-04-2010 - 10:28am
God bless America indeed!

Dumbed down America!!

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Mon, 09-06-2010 - 12:49am

>>>>I believe the fact that most of that crowd was white, closer to their deaths than their births, and, judging by what some of them had to say, stunningly gullible and willfully misinformed,

I wonder how "colorful" one would have expected Becks rally to be.




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Sat, 09-11-2010 - 3:51pm

Although our current president seems enchanted with all things not US, European socialism has not been able to keep its cradle to grave promises:

French lawmakers throw out retirement age at 60

Sep 10 06:02 PM US/Eastern

French lawmakers on Friday approved government plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 by 2018, a key item on President Nicolas Sarkozy's agenda to overhaul the costly pension system.

The lower house of parliament later approved a proposal to gradually lift the age when pensions will be paid out in full from 65 to 67 regardless of the number of years retirees have contributed to the pension fund.

The lower house vote on the entire pension bill has been scheduled for Wednesday before a Senate vote in late September.

Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Thursday, two days after over a million people took to the streets in protest, the pension reform was "reasonable" but not "definitive" and open to adjustments.

He also warned that without an extension of the working life pension schemes could not be balanced.

Unions have called on French workers to make September 23 another "major day of strikes and demonstrations" to fight the reform.

French workers have been legally entitled to retire at the age of 60 rather than 65 since 1983, under then president Francois Mitterrand, a socialist.

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Tue, 09-28-2010 - 11:37am

Could it happen here?

Pioneer Iran blogger sentenced to 19 years prison

The Associated Press
Tuesday, September 28, 2010; 10:32 AM

TEHRAN, Iran -- An Iranian court sentenced the founder of one of the first Farsi-language blogs, credited with sparking the boom in Iranian reform bloggers, to more than 19 years in prison for his writings, a news web site reported Tuesday.

Iranian-Canadian Hossein Derakhshan, 35, was a controversial figure among Iran's blogging community. Writing his blog from Canada, he was initially a critic of Iran's clerical leadership, and in 2006 he visited Israel - Iran's archenemy - saying he wanted to act as a bridge between the two countries' peoples.

But he later became a vocal supporter of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, praising him for standing up to the West and criticizing regime opponents. Derakhshan then visited Iran in 2008 and was arrested. Over the next two years, he was often held without communication with family or lawyers, according to rights groups.

Mashreghnews.ir, which is close to Iran's presidential office, reported on Tuesday that Derakhshan was convicted on charges of cooperation with hostile countries - a reference to the Israel visit - spreading propaganda against the ruling establishment, promotion of counterrevolutionary groups and insulting Islamic thought and religious figures.

The court sentenced him to 19 1/2 years in prison, the report said, adding that Derakhshan can appeal. It was unclear if he would benefit from time served.

Derakhshan helped ignite blogging in Iran by posting simple instructions online on how to create sites in Farsi in 2001. The flourishing of blogs by Iranians at home and abroad that resulted gave the country's reform movement an online platform that has helped it survive heavy crackdowns at home - though authorities tried to block many, including Derakhshan's.

His later embrace of Ahmadinejad angered many reform bloggers. Before returning to Iran, Derakhshan on his blog dismissed worries he could be arrested for his previous writings.

The Iranian government has stepped up its crackdown on opponents since Ahmadinejad's 2009 re-election, which opponents say he won by fraud, a claim the president denies.

Authorities shut down two pro-reform newspapers - Andisheh-e No daily and Bahar Zanjan - for publishing articles in which they had insulted officials, another newspaper, Shargh, reported Tuesday. They were the latest in a string of newspapers to be banned since the election.