Friday, 26 October 2012

Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 05:06:13 in World

“Some well-trained and able people traded on their name and relationship with a politician to make a bunch of money. Seems to me that this happens in pretty much every country. The less transparent the government, the more money can be made, but it is par for the course in even the most open of systems.”
John Sununu, Top Romney Surrogate, Suggests Colin Powell Obama Endorsement Motivated By Race [UPDATE] John Sununu, Romney Surrogate Suggests Colin Powell Obama Endorsement Motivated By Race 

Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 04:45:33 in Politics

“Possibly true, but John and Rush are only supporting Mitt because he is white, so it evens out.”
Anglo American CEO Cynthia Carroll To Step Down FTSE 100 Loses Another Female CEO

Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 04:40:01 in UK

“"The chief executive came under pressure from shareholders in Anglo American who demanded an immediate change of management after losing confidence in her strategy and leadership."
     Shouldn't the fact that she is a female outweigh these minor concerns?”
Teacher Training Tests Overhauled To Raise Standards (And They're Not Allowed A Calculator) Teacher Training Tests Overhauled To Raise Standards (And They're Not Allowed A Calculator)

Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 04:24:27 in UK Universities & Education

“Im' not shure this is a gud idea.
You coud be despensing with sum of you're best edicationalists,”
Brighton And Hove Council Suggests Axing 'Mr And Mrs' Labels As It 'Offends Transgender' People Brighton And Hove Council Suggests Axing 'Mr And Mrs' Labels As It 'Offends Transgender' People

Commented Oct 25, 2012 at 20:56:26 in UK

Absolutely right. We should also scrap he and she and call everyone "it."     Transgender people are such a large portion of our community, we should be very careful not to offend them, lest they rise up and take over the country.”
Environmentalists Attack Appointment Of Peter Lilley To Climate Change Committee Environmentalists Attack Appointment Of Peter Lilley To Climate Change Committee

Commented Oct 25, 2012 at 07:47:28 in UK Politics

“In this article, apparently, anti-science means "doesn't agree with me."”
Paul Ryan Poverty Speech Proposes Reforming Programs For The Poor Paul Ryan Poverty Speech Proposes Reforming Programs For The Poor

Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 17:17:40 in Politics

I doubt his ideas will reduce poverty, but it is a sure thing that the anti-poverty programs haven't.

Paul Krugman: Romney Victory Could Mean 'Double-Dip Recession' Paul Krugman: Romney Victory Could Mean 'Double-Dip Recession'

Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 12:28:22 in Business

True, Paul, but so will an Obama victory.

Tom Watson Links Unnamed Former Prime Minister To Paedophile Ring  Tom Watson Links Unnamed Former Prime Minister To Paedophile Ring

Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 12:12:09 in UK Politics

No, he did not. He linked an unnamed aide to an unnamed former prime minister. I wonder how many names of card-carrying communists he has on a list.
Nadine Dorries: George Osborne Is A 'Pernicious Influence' On David Cameron Nadine Dorries: George Osborne Is A 'Pernicious Influence' On David Cameron

Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 09:31:06 in UK Politics

"Nobody wrongs me and doesn’t pay for it," she says, referring to Cameron's 2011 jibe in the Commons that the backbencher was "extremely frustrated". "There is a saying: ‘Revenge is a dish best served cold." 
      Nice to know that she has her priorities right: the good of the country and her constituents must take a back seat to her getting even for a perceived slight. Pretty typical of the "I'm for me first" zeitgeist.
Obama Administration Counterterrorism Blueprint Signals Growth Of Kill List Obama Administration Counterterrorism Blueprint Signals Growth Of Kill List

Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 06:29:28 in Politics

Any nation adapts its war to the tactics of the enemy. Attacked by armies with divisions of infantry and armour, they respond with divisions of infantry and armour. Attacked by small-scale murderers, they respond with small-scale murder. It may not be pleasant or morally comfortable, but it is inevitable - and a far sight better than the deliberate bombing of civilians in Dresden, Coventry or Hiroshima.
Richard Mourdock On Abortion: Pregnancy From Rape Is 'Something God Intended' [UPDATE] Richard Mourdock On Abortion: Pregnancy From Rape Is 'Something God Intended' [UPDATE]

Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 06:16:13 in Politics

“Difficult, but totally understandable position. To some, God is both omniscient and omnipotent, thus any act or event that occurs does so with God's fore knowledge and - as God is able to prevent it - with His intent to allow it to happen. Under this logic, all the various natural disasters and human-led holocausts are things that God intended to happen.
          Mourdock's God is not a very nice God, but He is neither inconsistent nor incomprehensible. Question is, do we want representatives who worship nasty Gods?
Why Would A Sex Offender Do A Lot of Charity Work? Why Would A Sex Offender Do A Lot of Charity Work?

Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 06:03:12 in UK

Ascribing evil motives to ALL actions of a sexual predator is far more comfortable than the idea that people are complex and may have both good and evil motives. Easier does not mean better or more accurate.
Want a Real Prison Revolution? Then Set the Fairer Sex Free Want a Real Prison Revolution? Then Set the Fairer Sex Free

Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 05:58:25 in UK Politics

Why do we need a sexist reason to set a sensible policy? Why is this idea couched in terms of gender, rather than in terms of the type of offense or offender?      How do you square "...64.3% of women released from British prisons in 2004 were reconvicted within two years of release," with " the vast majority of the female prison population would be of no danger to the public."”
UK Feminista Suffragettes To Rush Parliament UK Feminista Suffragettes To Rush Parliament

Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 05:48:26 in UK

“I prefer humanism to feminism or any other kind of sexism.”
Prisoner Voting Rights Prompt Tory Row (POLL)Prisoner Voting Rights Prompt Tory Row (POLL)

Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 05:44:36 in UK Politics

When someone commits an imprisonable offense, they are saying that they do not consider themselves a part of society to be bound by its rules.
     Offering individuals who do not consider themselves part of society control over that society seems the height of folly. It is like the UK offering the vote to the citizens of the Republic of Ireland or saying that, if Scotland becomes an independent country, their citizens will still be allowed to vote in the UK.

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