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I was here on DU for A Long Time, moved to Chicago, moved back home to Florida, got divorced, became A Giant Asshole and shit the bed here, then decided to leave for everyone's benefit. Without completely hitting bottom, I somehow got a job with The Man and did my best to make the world a better place, despite the insane, fascist agenda of the ruling politicos. I got remarried, got my new wife some necessary surgeries and eventually she got us both the fuck out of Florida; her English degree landed her a better paying position in Iowa than I was making as a mid-manager in Florida government. Did You Know: Employees of the State of Florida are paid less than those of every other state in the Union. No Shit.

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If we all vote and all the votes are counted, the President will win this election.

If you disagree with this statement, suggest a solution. Given history, we all have a right to be worried and feel nervous about what will happen, but we are currently looking at success and I think that maybe some of us are just having a hard time accepting it. Relax a little. If we all vote and all the votes are counted, the President will win this election.

Don't just say I'm wrong, suggest a solution.

The nature of this type of discussion forum is that we don't fully control the responses.

DU has standards for joining and posts that break the agreed-to contract may be hidden by jury. Serious offenders get tombstoned. Outside of this, people respond to our posts when and how they like.

I made a snarky remark to your post because I'm still drinking coffee and not particularly interested in having a lengthy discussion at the moment. Further, I disagree with you that "Obama just doesn't know how to compromise," which I thought, at first glance, was a ridiculous claim and a bullshit right-wing talking point. So, my initial reaction was disrespectful and without much regard to peoples' feelings about their self-images. It was also an honest claim; when I saw your subject line, that is precisely what I initially thought.

Anyway, again, I'm sorry if I hurt yours or anyone else's feelings with my apparent fat joke. I should have just "bullshit."

People, please stop accusing Romney of eating babies.

I know, there are all of the stories that suggest that he is a cannibal with a predilection for eating small children, but I assure you that these stories are most likely untrue. It is very difficult to make rational arguments against him, such as his demonstrated ineptitude at foreign policy in a time of global crisis, his lack of any coherent message on how he plans to do anything and his constant lying, when people keep saying things such as "Romney seen eating three babies in an Ohio hotel," or "Dear God! Romney ate my baby in broad daylight and tried to write me a check to stop my screaming!" This is a country of laws and Presidential candidates are very high profile; it is difficult for anything they do to go unnoticed by either law enforcement or someone with a camera. Since it is illegal to eat babies in America, I'm positive that Romney would have been arrested by now, had he committed such a crime. So, please, let's let cooler heads prevail and stop with what are surely baseless attacks.

Now, Paul Ryan I could see eating a fucking baby.

Paul Ryan says his diet and exercise have turned his skeleton to titanium.

Paul Ryan says he got laid at four years old.

Paul Ryan says he can bench press a church.

Paul Ryan says his daddy can beat up your daddy.

A few more...

Is how you spend money really freedom of speech?

I believe the courts have ruled so. However, why do non-citizens, such as corporations, have this right?

If our rights extend to non-citizens, shouldn't freedom of speech also extend to people in other countries? Certainly violence shouldn't, but that's not what I'm suggesting.

If non-citizens are not entitled to our Constitutional rights, what separates corporations from other non-citizens, giving them Constitutional rights other non-citizens do not enjoy?


People should always come before profit.

The problem with this issue is that education really does need to be reformed, just not as a corporate venture. America needs to care about it and show it by paying for it. If we go by what we pay for, it appears that we care more about waging war than anything. This must change.

I'm not personally that bitter about it, but I understand the sentiment.

One thing many people, especially people with children, don't seem to understand is a) not everyone likes kids, b) not everyone wants kids and c) not everyone is able to have kids. For people in these groups, it often seems like other people have the attitude that "everything is about the children." If you are a woman who has had five miscarriages trying to have her own child, this can be offensive. If you are a homosexual couple in a hostile state that doesn't allow you to adopt, this can be offensive. If you simply choose not to have kids, this can be offensive. In fact, the tax breaks and other benefits offered to people who do have children can be seen as discrimination against those who do not, which can be offensive. Just as Christians usually do not realize how pushy and in-your-face their expression of their beliefs can be to someone who is not Christian, people with kids often have no empathy for those who do not.

I don't know if this explains the OP's position or not, but it's something to think about. The world is not all about the children. They play a major role and deserve protection, but don't assume everyone feels the same way you do about them.

St. George Island, Florida, October 2010

What is the best course of action for us, as citizens, to take to end the Drug War?

Mounting evidence suggests that the "War on Drugs" is a giant failure that we cannot afford, that is a part in the insane for-profit prison industrial complex and that is unpopular with the majority of the American populace. What is the real life course of action we can take, as individuals or as a group, to stop this in the best possible way for everyone?
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