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rgbecker's Journal
March 27, 2012

Very disturbing - Trouble posting a comment on Yahoo!

I just had a very disturbing experience on the internet. I read a short, 2 paragraph story on the Yahoo.com web site about a CBS poll that was headlined “Poll: One in Four Americans Want Supreme Court to Uphold Health Care Law – Report’ National Journal.” I read the poll on the CBS site and decided to comment on the Yahoo site, drawing attention to the fact that actually the Headline was misleading. My comment was as follows:

“ Read the Poll. This is another case of bias in the headline. Actually only 38% want to overturn the law. But of the 47% who disapprove of the law, 76% want to require insurance companies to cover those with pre-existing conditions, 65% want to reduce the “Donut Hole” for prescription drugs and 56% want to allow children under 26 to stay on parents plan. But all of this is mostly nonsense as 48% say they don’t understand how the health care law will affect their family, answering; “No, it’s confusing.”
Meanwhile, if you scroll down you’ll learn that 69% think the US should not be involved in Afghanistan and only 23% think we should.
The supreme court should be ruling on whether we should be required to pay for a war the majority doesn’t want. “

It appeared that the comment was posted, but when I returned to the site to see if there were any replies, I found my post had not actually been posted. So I reposted it. Again, it appeared as posted, but when I refreshed the site, it was gone. I reworded it. Again, not posted. Very odd.

I then posted the following statement to see if it would be posted: “Obama is a fink”!
Well, it made it up, no problem. Then, again I tried a short comment about the misleading headline, and “read the poll”. Again, not posted. So I tried this one “ My grandma died because of Obamacare!” Posted! No problem!

I just wasted an hour trying to get my comment to post, but was only able to get a few scraps of the poll up and a lot of tea bagger hyperbole quotes up, but never was my whole comment allowed to remain posted.

Am I losing it? Could someone please check to see if they can get a post up similar to mine above to stick on this Yahoo page? Does this explain the skewed opinion that shows up on the Yahoo comments for every news article they post? I know newspapers will often not print letters based on the content but somehow I thought the instant online comments were pretty much not censored/edited. Is this what you thought? Am I just an old naive boomer ready for the trashheap?

Here’s the link to the Yahoo webpage and the CBS poll. You’ll see my posts under “Roger”.



Let me know how you make out.

ON EDIT: Just tried again! Must be a different censor...the post went up! YIKES!

March 20, 2012

Will the supreme court televise the Health Care fight arguments?

I believe they have set aside an unprecedented 5 hours for the hearing but how will the public get the information? Has anyone heard?

March 14, 2012

Did Rmoney's SPAC hold back on negative ads against Santorum and Newt?

If you are from Mississippi or Alabama tell us what happened down there. In the other states, Romney's machince spent big and smeared his two opponents. Did they realize Mitt didn't have a chance and not spend or were the negative ads ineffective? I can't believe a guy making $500,000 a week opening the mail couldn't do better at beating back his rivals.

January 26, 2012

Where I come from you don't point your finger at someone...

unless you are asked to by the judge in a court of law!

Time for some training in manners, Jan Brewer.


January 9, 2012

In 2003, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney vetoed a bill funding hate crimes prevention


Could this death have been avoided with a little care from Millionaire Romney?


Look at the record if you want to see how Mitt will govern. Read up, get some skills for the fight ahead.
January 8, 2012

OK folks, it's going to be Romney so start reading up and join the fight.

He says he can work with the Democrats! How'd that go in Massachusetts?

"Romney issued nearly a thousand vetos as governor, the large share of which of which were overturned by one or the other of the state houses.[36][175] Late in Romney's term, his vetos issued began to annoy Republicans in the legislature and he lost support among them too.[36] Nevertheless, Romney defended the practice:

"I know how to veto. I like vetoes. I've vetoed hundreds of spending appropriations as governor."

Read more if you can stand it.


January 1, 2012

Please explain: What does it mean when they say US sells Planes to Saudis?


Who's planes are they?
Who gets the money the Arabs are paying?
Are they already built and being used by the US Military?
New or used?
50,000 jobs?
Is the US government in the airplane sales business? Why?
Do Republicans want to give the Muslims more fire power? Why?
Possible uprising coming?

Is this just more 1% crap?
December 23, 2011

Please tell me what Obama is going to do with the pipeline part of the bill.

I believe he needs to act within 60 days. What does that mean? Has someone heard what he intends to do? Once they were saying he would veto a bill with the pipeline in it.

Just asking.

December 20, 2011

Please stop repeating false Republican talking points!

The payroll tax cut is NOT affecting Social Security Trust fund. This is just one of many posts that have made this very clear, but somehow right here on DU the facts are blurred.


"Shorting the Trust Fund?

Bachmann said she didn’t support last year’s payroll tax cut, because it took money from the Social Security trust fund and “put senior citizens at risk.” But that’s not true. The Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees said that the tax cut would have “no financial impact” on the trust fund."

"The Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees said in its 2011 report: “The loss of payroll tax revenue due to this one-year reduction will be made up by transfers from the General Fund of the Treasury to the OASI and DI Trust Funds and will thus have no financial impact on either program.”

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the tax cut, passed in December 2010, would reduce Social Security revenues by about $115 billion in fiscal 2011 and 2012. Again, that shortfall will be covered by the general fund. The trust fund isn’t being “denied” any money, as Bachmann claimed.

We get enough crap from FOX news without repeating it on the DU.

Thanks for your attention to this matter.

PS. What ever happened to spell check?

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