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Pro lifers need to get a life
John S July 23, 2014 at 04:09 pm
Walt Zlotow says: "Do it yourself should be reserved for building that new backyard deck, notRead More matters of life and death." How poignant. Abortions themselves are a matter of life and death for the child that the woman is carrying- yet it's treated as garbage and tossed out, just like the unused material of new backyard deck. Walt, have you ever seen the results of an abortion? Or do you choose not to look, so you don't actually have to humanize the fetus? You know, you wouldn't want your "compassion" to get in the way of an agenda.
John S July 17, 2014 at 02:35 pm
What irony! You and Joseph Collins have two major things in common. First, you both use rhetoricalRead More tricks and omissions of truth in order to make your point. Second, like Collins, you don't address the arguments of others. At least Collins responded, unlike someone else I know. Hello, Pot, meet Kettle.
Perry a pox on American body politic
John S July 18, 2014 at 09:05 pm
Another smashing opinion piece by Walt attempting to put words in the mouths of others. Walt can'tRead More simply allow facts to speak for themselves without putting his poisonous bend to them. Walt, because Rand Paul doesn't see the Iraq war as necessary doesn't imply that he thinks that the war is criminal. That's what you think, which is fine, but that doesn't mean that Paul thinks the same. Please stop being deceitful.
Five male Supremes missing the 'empathy' gene
John S July 1, 2014 at 11:20 am
Not heartless Walt. I understand that the Democrat attack on religion continues with no regard forRead More the thoughts, feelings and beliefs of those who are religious. I realize that you've decided that there is no God and that others should think the same. The same Christian religions that have provided the basis for many of our laws, mores, and ethics is something that you would prefer to be eliminated. I get it. Your arrogance and self-righteousness springs to the forefront in this post. Boy, the Supreme Court seemed awfully "compassionate" when conservative Chief Justice Roberts cast the deciding vote for Obamacare to be lawful. But I'm sure Obama has their back, Walt. He'll just make the rest of us pay for it, especially the middle class, as he always does. And pretty soon, the middle-class will be paying for all of our neighbors streaming across the southern border. I'll be paying for their insurance as well. I realize that it won't be coming out of your pocket. Oh, Walt, one more thing. We have this problem with 48,000,000 that aren't insured. And now that number is going to grow. So let me ask you a question that you will not come back and answer, as to this day you are afraid to back up your posts: If 8,000,000 signed up, and only 20% of those paid, leaving 6.4 million on Obamacare, and of that 6.4 million, 57% didn't previously have insurance, leaving us with 3.65 million signing up that didn't have insurance. That means that only 3.65 million out of 48 million uninsured signed up, or 8%. Where are the other 92%, Walt?
Adam Krueger July 1, 2014 at 03:08 pm
Walt here has decided to engage in the ultimate straw man. So has this Administration. The SupremeRead More Court ruling yesterday had NOTHING to do with Women's Rights. The Constitution of the United States, which the Supreme Court is charged with interpreting and upholding, DOES NOT guarantee anyone, man or woman, the "right" to free oral contraceptives. The Supreme Court's ruling yesterday upheld the freedom of private business owners to run their own businesses as they see fit, and correctly put government powers in their place as it relates to that issue. It would be a dangerous and foolish path to go down if we asked our Supreme Court justices to make their decisions based on anything except The Constitution. To reiterate, the SCOTUS's ruling yesterday was not a ruling in favor of Conservatism or against Liberalism...it was a ruling based on 5 justice's interpretation of The U.S. Constitution...namely that a small or private business owner has the right to determine what types of healthcare he or she will offer their own employees. This ruling does not affect what a woman can or cannot do with her own body. All women can still take as many contraceptives as they want...the ruling had to do with the government's power to mandate that an privately-owned employer pay for it. Plain and simple...try to spin it any way you'd like...but to spin it the way Walt here has is flat out ridiculous.
J. Geoff Rove July 2, 2014 at 06:09 pm
HL is opening a store down in Woodridge. Some place for me to avoid and others to pilgramige to.
Ending criminal war harder than starting it
John S June 30, 2014 at 05:02 pm
It's funny that Schieffer would seem to side with this, being the staunch liberal that he is.Read More Anyway, while it may not be equal to Bush starting the war (for which Bush is responsible, as that was his choice) Obama's foolish decision to remove the troops, while saying he was leaving a "...sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative government.” is either a gross and dangerous mistake by our President or nothing more than a lie. We have to be accountable for our own choices and decisions, regardless of the situation that was left to us. That is why Obama ran for office. Certainly, he knew what he was getting into. look at this way. Let's suppose a doctor removes a brain tumor from a patient, does an incompetent job of it, and leaves his patient a mess, with all types of deficits and issues. Later, a new doctor is asked to take a look at this patient, and he operates on him. And in his assessment and operation of the patient, he ignores the advice of his peers about the dangers of what he is doing. This second doctor makes his decision to operate the way that he sees fit, ignoring everyone else- and his patient ends up in worse shape, dying on the table. If that person ended up better off and 100%, the doctor would have been lauded and responsible for his good decision, just as he would be held responsible for his poor decision, independent of what the first doctor had done. Following up on someone else's incompetent decision doesn't mean that it's OK for someone, especially a sitting President, to make an incompetent decision and then blame his choice on the first person. In the case of Obama, where his decision only damaged things further, he is responsible for his choice as well, without changing the magnitude of Bush's decision. See Walt, our presidents need to be responsible for their own decisions, otherwise we can just go back and blame everything on George Washington, or at least in the case of the present administration, just blame everything on Bush. But again, good try, Walt!
John S June 30, 2014 at 11:57 pm
Oh, and Walt, the "false equivalency" that you bring up is just a "straw-man",Read More for you to knock down. I noticed that you conveniently ignore the fact that Obama made a mistake as well, and rather than addressing both the mistakes of Bush and Obama, you chose to turn the focus 100% on Bush while letting Obama walk away from his decision with zero accountability- as you always do. Speak the truth, Walt, and put the narcissism to the side. If you are truly compassionate and enlightened, then speak the truth rather than holding tight to and cultivating your agenda.
All things considered, Seinfeld funnier than the Supremes
John S June 29, 2014 at 02:23 pm
Walt, I don't think you understand how laws and decisions work. You comment that "...theRead More Supremes' insensitivity to the plight of persons they cannot empathize with..." as if legal decisions are made on points of sensitivity or emotion. Those decisions are made on points of law. Second, you have no idea of the justices' life circumstances or their ability to empathize with the abortion situation or not. Likely, there are those who agree with the barrier in principle, but from a legal standpoint, cannot allow it. But you knew that already, didn't you? Additionally, if legal decisions were made on sensitivity or empathy, you probably wouldn't have legalized abortion, especially if the empathy is for the babies that are being terminated. Stop making assumptions about people and making determination about whose empathetic and whose sensitive to issues. Your self-righteousness is absolutely abhorrent as is the arrogant way that you carry yourself as to purport what people are feeling. If you're truly compassionate, Walt, then act like it, rather than judging everyone else. Spend a little time looking within yourself and the internal honesty of what you write.
Light the fuse
John S June 27, 2014 at 02:29 pm
Hi, Walt! Hey, while you're talking about Liz Cheney, who has no power to do anything, you mightRead More want to bring up the fact that Obama has asked Congress for 500,000,000 to arm and train Syrian rebels. That's right, Walt! Your President, Barack Obama wants money to in order to arm rebels to kill and overthrow the Syrian government. So while it's bad for the Cheneys to want to kill Sh'ites and overthrow the Syrian government, you believe that it's Ok for Obama to take action to do the same. I believe Obama asked for that funding, and I'm guessing that he is responsible for his own decisions, you know, being the President and all. Oh, Wait! Is it possible that maybe the Cheneys are "goading" and "browbeating" Obama into doing this? Maybe they are using the "Jedi mind trick" and Obama is not making decisions of his own volition. Anyway, Walt, I'm sure you'll find someone else to blame. You always do. Keep up the partisan work and keep ignoring the realities that go on around you. And if you get a chance out of your extremely busy schedule, you should come on your blog and maybe actually defend some of the things that you write. After all, you were the guy last year who was ripping on Roskam for not standing up and debating Leslie Coolidge, so I find it ironic that you act the same as Roskam. Hello Pot! Meet Kettle!
J. Geoff Rove July 2, 2014 at 06:07 pm
How about Palin's Sugar daddy McCain getting the Saudies to fund ISIS in Syria and now they'reRead More marching to Baghdad.
Time to fess up, Uncle Sam
Adam Krueger June 26, 2014 at 03:10 pm
Put your pipe down for a minute Walt. You sound crazier than the Republicans you love to railRead More against.
John S June 27, 2014 at 01:30 pm
Note what Walt is doing here- He won't hold Obama responsible if Obama Chooses to bomb Iraq-Read More instead, he will blame Graham and McCain because they "browbeat" and "goad" the President. Because, as we know, Obama just does whatever the Republicans say. Scary, isn't it? We have a President that people such as Walt Zlotow won't hold responsible for his actions. Sorry, Walt. It doesn't work like that. People are responsible for their own choices, especially Mr. "the buck stops here" Obama. Stop trying to pander to and use the uneducated to forward your agenda, and make sure to hold Democrats, not just Republicans, responsible for their actions. Try it once- you might find it liberating.
Eternal vigilence is still the price we pay
Jean Kaczmarek June 25, 2014 at 03:15 pm
How dangerous? Freedom Riders signed their last wills and testaments before boarding buses to theRead More Deep South.
The President and his First Lady
John S June 27, 2014 at 06:03 pm
Walt, you clearly have a fine taste for and an understanding of music. It is clearly the best useRead More of your resources, because when you get into politics, you lack understanding, the ability to be objective, and are simply outgunned when it comes to any analytic ability or understanding outside that of promoting an agenda, as well as the severe inability to be truthful.
Paul scores TKO over Cheney
Max Smart June 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm
walt has done too much acid. Hippie scumbag.
John S June 24, 2014 at 09:54 pm
Today's blog makes sense, Walt, aside from the unnecessary personal attacks on Cheney. I'm gladRead More that you recognize the truth and how terrifying it can be. Hopefully from this you will learn how to be truthful when speaking of the ACA, unemployment rates, Benghazi, and the IRS issues as well as Obama's activities and the spin, lies, and omissions of truth of this administration and those who support and perpetuate those lies for the sole purpose of supporting an agenda.
Seize the opportunity, Congressman!
Richard Fischer June 27, 2014 at 11:28 pm
Sure John, I'd be happy to dispel rightwing myths about ACA for you. According to a recent KaiserRead More Family Foundation survey, almost 60% of new Obamacare enrollees were without any health insurance whatsoever. I'm also curious how you feel about the fact that health care costs of the uninsured before Obamacare was the number one cause of all bankruptcies in this country. Also curious how you feel about people losing their jobs and not being able to afford health care before the implementation of Obamacare.
John S June 30, 2014 at 08:50 pm
I'll get more in depth in a bit, but for starters, Obamacare will not prevent bankruptcies and ofRead More the health related bankruptcies that occurred, 78% happened to insured people. Your 60% (which is actually 57%) number is the highest number of any surveys taken.If we take 20% (a conservative estimate) of signers that didn't make the first payment, and are thus not enrolled, the actual number of enrollees is 6.4 million, well below the 8,000,000 target- and if 60% of those are new enrollees, that makes the number 3.9 million of newly insured, out of an estimated 48 million uninsured.
J. Geoff Rove July 2, 2014 at 06:11 pm
Roskam's antic leave me with no choice but to avoid spending my money in the 6th dist. Plenty ofRead More other choices in areas with more saner voters.
Neocons should beg forgiveness, not airtime
John S June 17, 2014 at 04:37 pm
So what you're saying is that the mainstream media should not report the news and actually suppressRead More it. I believe you said the same thing about people offering opposing views on climate change. What you are asking for, then, is for the liberal media to suppress information that is controversial or disagreeable, or doesn't go along with liberal conventions. You would like to have something similar to the old Soviet TASS, or maybe better even for you, something like the North Korean media system, which always spins the actions of government in a positive light. BTW, Walt, I'm anxiously looking forward to your post on how email always gets lost and how the Republicans are overreacting to lost emails in the IRS issue that you poorly defend, especially since a lot of the missing emails are Lois Lerner's.
Roskam ready to whip up a bitter tea
John S June 15, 2014 at 01:25 pm
Walt, are you really that deluded? Why do you lie? Unemployment is down because of the recordRead More numbers of people that are out of the labor force, the record number of people that are on disability. People are receiving food stamps in record numbers- and now you have the border wide open on top of this. How will people that are already here find jobs? America has not improved with Obama. However, the 1% has actually improved under Obama. Poverty has worsened. Walt, you're a flat-out liar. GDP? Calculate the GDP without the stimulus numbers, Walt. You should stick to your music picks, Walt, or at least have the backbone to come here and show some basis for your opinions that are apparently aimed at those who aren't very well-educated.
John S June 16, 2014 at 01:32 pm
Clearly, there is a lot of deceit here, especially when Walt wants to translate a Republican'sRead More words. I don't understand the need to resort to half-truths and flat out lies. Unemployment is not down. The rate may be, but we have a lot of dejected workers sitting on the sidelines. I believe we have over 92 million outside of the labor force, and a good number are those of job seeking age. Analysts have estimated the real rate of unemployed workers to be closer to 15%- and you know that, Walt. 50 per cent of teens are unemployed. Record numbers are on disability and food stamps. Record numbers of Mexicans are streaming across the border- 6500 children last year, an estimated 90,000 coming through this year. The border is wide open, Obama is letting gang-bangers in as well. This can only mean less jobs and more unemployed in the future. The GDP came up only due to stimulus, in which a job that generated 50K in income cost 200K to create- see a problem there? In the first quarter, Walt, GDP was down -1%. Why would you say it's up when it is going down? you may be interested to know that GDP was in the negative The only people that have benefitted from Obama, in fact, are the 1%.
Colby Jordan June 20, 2014 at 08:52 am
Looks like Roskam will lose his big office.
When does President Bush Iraq war crime trial start?
John S June 14, 2014 at 03:57 pm
Seriously? Please don't tell us that we have such a weak-minded and unfit leader that he wouldRead More actually "placate" someone by choosing to drop bombs on another country. And of course, in doing so, that would be his responsibility and choice, and not anyone elses.
Max Smart June 16, 2014 at 11:07 am
No, John, it would GWB's fault.
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