edust1958

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    Isn’t this entire “sausage making effort” by the Republicans indicative of how unfortunately diverse the political spectrum is within the Republican party. The moderate Republicans are almost diametrically opposite to the far right Republicans. If the middle of the Republican Party broke rank and joined up with the similar minded Democrats, would there be enough votes in the Senate to entertain legislation that would address some of the broken pieces of the Affordable Care Act?

    Maybe a less “whipped” Congress would result in better public policy..

    in reply to: Christmas Radio #25814
    edust1958
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    iHeart has several Christmas Music stations. Do these stations run Christmas Music all year round? I am wondering because the broadcast stations that play Christmas music usually revert to their “normal” play list shortly after Christmas is over (sometimes within hours of Midnight). Since some of the iHeart stations are not broadcast, only streamed, is there any reason why they couldn’t just continuing streaming the Christmas music year-round?

    in reply to: Timeout to say Merry Christmas to all #25813
    edust1958
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    Merry Christmas to all of you!

    I have not been that active here lately but I value some of the relationships I have developed on this board.

    Best wishes for 2017 from the sunny state of Hawaii!

    in reply to: Trump demands apology from actors #25089
    edust1958
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    After hearing Brandon Victor Dixon (the actor selected to deliver the message from the producers, the director and the other actors) on CBS This Morning, he clearly had direction from his supervisor and employer to make the statement. This could have been an issue of “free speech” if that was not the case but with this direction from his employer, he was delivering the lines that were provided to him — of course, they were made more convincing by his belief in the message.

    Was this the appropriate forum? Since he was given that direction to deliver that message, it appears to have been appropriate.

    If the actor was breaking the “fourth-wall” to address a member of the audience without support of the producer and director then it would not be appropriate.

    When I was on staff at Clark County, I once had a pharmacist at Albertsons “call me out” over an issue with a development review (he was part of the developer team) while I was in the store shopping. I took it all in stride even though it was highly inappropriate — I didn’t complain about it — he was entitled to his opinion and to complain about it would make it a bigger issue than what it was worth. He only diminished himself by doing it.

    Pence’s response on Face the Nation was the best — I wasn’t bothered — it put the whole issue in perspective (versus President-elect Trump’s twitter explosion).

    in reply to: How Bad Do Mass Shootings Have To Get? #20720
    edust1958
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    First, my heart goes out to all of those who grieve the loss of life in Orlando.

    I understand the call to increase the checks on those seeking to acquire “military-style” weapons. It makes sense that decreased availability would have an impact on the frequency of horrific events involving the use of theses weapons.

    I also understand those who see any restriction on the “right to bear arms” as the start of a “slippery slope” to restrictions that would eventually effectively eliminate that “right.” I also understand those who enjoy the recreational use of firearms at shooting ranges may want to experience shooting such “military-style” weapons.

    I also understand the desire to “parse” this event to figure out what measure would be the most effective in dealing with future possible attacks will likely lead us down a variety of dead ends. It may be regardless of what we choose to do as a society that we will never be able to predict and prevent future terrible events.

    Determined individuals driven by passionate deeply-held beliefs will accomplish their goals, at least in the short term, regardless of what roadblocks we place in their way. That is the argument that if you restrict the firearms they will find pressure cookers, pipe bombs or some other weapon to inflict mass casualties.

    I suspect that there is an answer and the only way we will find it is if we agree that the solution will not make anybody entirely happy — everyone will have to sacrifice something …gun owners, those who want a welcome mat to refugees…

    I don’t have the answers but I know that there is some series of measures that will improve or lessen the potential of future similar events.

    in reply to: Religious Freedom Matters #8936
    edust1958
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    Jerry posted: “At least the Christian desires good for the sinner.”

    So implying that the very nature of a person is an affront to God and that apparently God made a mistake is desiring good? I hate to see what you’d do if you wished ill… burning at the stake?

    I have had it… I am out of here… I have better things to do with my time than spend it dealing with bigots.

    in reply to: Religious Freedom Matters #8935
    edust1958
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    The more this goes on, those claiming to believe in Christ and the infallibility of a book of words that has had more levels of translation than most will succeed in making the practice of religion irrelevant to most of those they are trying to save. I, for one, have stopped bothering with attending an organized church and am getting wary of even associating with those who hide behind their interpretation of the bible to play God and chose who is worthy of His love and who isn’t.

    I am afraid that most of you claiming to follow Christ will be disappointed when you meet your Maker.

    I hope that Indiana gets what it deserves… a dramatic economic downturn as those who oppose state-sponsored discrimination. So I guess they wouldn’t be bothered if some business owned banned Christians from patronizing their business.

    in reply to: I've Gotta Few Questions #8682
    edust1958
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    I read through the OP and all of the subsequent discussion… what kept running through my mind was the song by Hozier, “Take me to Church”…

    “Take me to church, I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies, I’ll tell you my sins and you’ll sharpen your knife.”

    I understand the author’s pain. Faith can be a great source of joy and a great source of pain. It is a little like any drug — you can’t have effects without side effects. So any one pushing a solution to a problem and saying at the same time, “no side effects” does not have a solution at all.

    in reply to: Stick a fork in Christie, he's done #7282
    edust1958
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    I think the biggest challenge for the Republican Party is to find some candidate that can make it through the primaries dominated by the “bat-crap” right and still be not perceived as too far right by the general electorate. Christie with his direct style of speech may have fit that role…

    in reply to: Oregon Democrat Governor Implodes #6772
    edust1958
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    Missing,
    Kirkland’s Canadian Whiskey is a really nice choice if you like whiskey….

    in reply to: How do children rasied "Godless" stack up? #6274
    edust1958
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    I have struggled with my relationship with God but I came to the conclusion that the struggle was more with the organized practice of religion. Right now, I am very happy with my belief in God; I am not sure that I need to go to a building at a particular time to be with others of similar belief to participate in a ceremony to still believe.

    My two sons live with their mother. I suspect that both of them fall clearly within this concept of being raised “Godless.” I am not disappointed in how they behave or the choices they make.

    in reply to: The failed experiment in Kansas #6272
    edust1958
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    More proof that “trickle down” economics is more like “trickle upon’ reality….

    in reply to: What happened to this forum? #3159
    edust1958
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    I was finally able to get back onto this forum as a member once I reset my password.

    In terms of the change and the “reset” of the history, I tend to agree that it may have been a really good thing.

    in reply to: The Morning Shows Still LIVE From Portland And NOT #2514
    edust1958
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    By the way… For the uneducated… What is BLOCK PROGRAMMING?

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