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I ran MY business into the ground with greed and criminal mismanagement.Where's MY bailout?Hopefully, nest time Americans will vote for ISSUES and ABILITY, not novelty and empty words. Thu 04 Nov 2010 23:10:15 GMT+1 Goodman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=99#comment729 I don't know why people are getting so hot and bothered over Sarah Palin, its not like the republicans are going to nominate her as their candidate for president or vice-president in the 2012 elections.The problem is that the American media is controlled by corporate billionaires, the right-wing media by Rupert Murdoch, and the left-wing media by George Soros and people who are not brainwashed by Rupert Murdoch are brainwashed by George Soros.The 2012 presidential elections in America will therefore really be an ideological battle of the billionaires, Murdoch and Soros who will use their respective media empires to trash and cast aspersions on their opponents in order to influence the way people vote. Thu 04 Nov 2010 22:56:47 GMT+1 jackinusa http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=99#comment728 they are all nothing but corrupt criminals, democrat or republican. they are all bought and paid for by special interest groups (legalized bribery) so no matter who you vote for you get the same. just quit voteing because it doesn't matter who is in office. Thu 04 Nov 2010 22:56:02 GMT+1 Billythefirst http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=99#comment727 #722:It's nothing personal against Sarah or the one that used to be a witch or the fox news presenter Glenn Beck - they're just far too simple to be allowed into the arena of politics.(Like Bush and Rumsfeld) Thu 04 Nov 2010 21:54:56 GMT+1 discomustachio http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=99#comment726 You've just witnessed the start of the true demise of the United States. Sorry we'll probably take you guys all with us, lashing out militarily at anyone who doesn't "love freedom" on our way down (in 2013 of course, once the Reps buy it all back, if not sooner), but we are done. Why? Not for all of the obvious reasons: GOP controls the purse strings, the economy is in free fall, endless sham investigations, etc. Nope that's not really why. The reason the end started yesterday is because after seeing what the GOP did from 2008-2010, in addition to the co-opting of the Tea Party by Corporate Libertarians (Koch Bros) and the Christian Nationalist Taliban, I am no longer willing to co-operate, hint at bi-partisanship, or work with anyone on the Right in any way, shape, or form. Neither is anybody I know-and this includes most people I know who, like me, aren't Democrats, but simply refuse to be Republicans. It has been proven to me that their goal is unrestrained power-no matter what the cost-no matter what "Machivellian Christian" principles they want to follow, they think they are right, and you can get on board or go away. They did everything they could to make the pain worse for America and got rewarded for it. And to be clear, unlike what they always say that "The Democrats want to destroy America" which is about the most childish thing I've ever heard an adult say (and now both sides say it all the time), I simply think you well intended ideas.....will destroy America. Welcome to the new America. I am not even willing to listen to you people speak anymore. It's pointless. Thu 04 Nov 2010 21:38:40 GMT+1 Billythefirst http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=99#comment725 720. At 8:04pm on 04 Nov 2010, MellorSJ wrote:Much as I loathe Kevin Orr's politics, you gotta give him points for this description of Sarah Palin: "It's like giving a monkey a gun in a room full of people."----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Bit disloyal that Mellorbore. Thu 04 Nov 2010 21:31:13 GMT+1 Cynical4040 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=99#comment724 What amazes me is that the vast majority thinks the the "next guy" will make a difference. DUH? Have they not learned anything yet. Prove too me that there is a politician anywhere in this world that has sold his soul or is part of a government that is so corrupt and self centered that he is unable to make a difference.Cynical Thu 04 Nov 2010 21:20:42 GMT+1 dh-chicago http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=98#comment723 4. At 7:07pm on 02 Nov 2010, ian cheese wrote:Obama does not strike a chord with gut American values, only the liberal, educated establishment, which is why he is on his way out.Sorry dude, so wrong. Obama panders his votes from the unions. Largely an uneducated lot led by the nose of entitlements. Yes, the left wing libs love him becuase of their hatred of the establishment and the business world (Taxpayers!)But the educated are those who actually work for a living and suffer at the hands of the Dems and Mr. Obama. With less than half of the US actually paying income tax, those that live by entitlements are easily bought and sold by the Dems. Smarten up dude! Sweet little sound bite but hardly reality. Thu 04 Nov 2010 21:01:09 GMT+1 Geronimo http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=98#comment722 Sir Further to my previous comments l never took very much interest in politics on this side of the atlantic or the other but have watched the charade taking place over there it makes me laugh.They elect a president for four years them half way through his presidency they say to joe public do you like what he"s doing if you do"nt then we give you the oppotunity to vote his elected representative out of office and then to all intence and purposes he will sit in the oval office twiddling his thumbs for the next two years. Whilst the opposition kibosh any policies he may want to push through.this is the bamy politics though up by the 1773 mob.How come it took them this long to get in the hole they are now in.Ha yes george w. Thu 04 Nov 2010 20:39:49 GMT+1 Wilkinsons Sword http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=98#comment721 At 6:57pm on 04 Nov 2010, effinuts wrote:710. At 6:22pm on 04 Nov 2010, Brimley wrote: Anyway I was basically remarking on people making vitriolic comments on this thread about politicians such as Sarah Palin as if they know her personally, rather than based on dubious second or third-hand hearsay on the internet, television or the newspapers.---------------I think it's mostly from watching her interviews. I actually wanted to support her at one point. If she ever gets distracteded from her talking points, she just resorts to jibberish. Actually, it's funny to watch but scary to think about.----------------------------------------------------------------------I was referring to another commentator who's vitriol against her was so extreme you would swear they were personal enemies.In any case I do not think it matters since the Republican party are very unlikely to put her up a presidential canditate in 2012, that is if they want to win the presidency back.I have heard names like Newt Gingrich or Mike Huckabee being touted as possible Republican canditates for the presidency.If I want some cheap laughs I won't watch her interviews, old re-runs of the 3 stooges will do better. Thu 04 Nov 2010 20:21:55 GMT+1 Geronimo http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=98#comment720 Sir A little while ago somebody on a hoarding in america put up a poster of george w. and the punch line DO YOU MISS ME YET.It would appear for the mid term they obviously do. What short memories they have george w pushed the richest most powerfull country in the world down the toilet now they want him back or his clone to use the handle and flush whats left . Completely away.Does any joker out there honestly believe that after 8 years of mismanagment and leaving the country in the worst state since the thirties they will get there act together and put things right.The tea party they have learned aboslutely nothing since there name sakes in 1773. Thu 04 Nov 2010 20:17:00 GMT+1 MellorSJ http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=98#comment719 Much as I loathe Kevin Orr's politics, you gotta give him points for this description of Sarah Palin: "It's like giving a monkey a gun in a room full of people." Thu 04 Nov 2010 20:04:02 GMT+1 Billythefirst http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=98#comment718 706. At 5:29pm on 04 Nov 2010, Billy Bones wrote:The U.S. doesn't need socialised medicine as we don't like mediocre or worse treatment when we visit a doctor's surgery. If you make the doctors and nurses into government employees they get the "civil servant" mentality which means that at 17.00 they close the surgery and leave. Currently we have very good rapport with our medical professionals. To make them into civil servants just ruins this relationship. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------How much poor"socialised" treatment have you been subjected to Bones?Right, this is going to be a bit of a strain as you're going to have to consider (that means thinking mind.....) the possibility that some of our UK health professionals have actually selected their careers because they wanted to help people and are incredibly dedicated.I know it's tough for you materialistic misfits to understand that concept but our nurses don't actually walk out of theatre mid way through an operation because it's 17:00, many regularly work unpaid overtime - my wife being one of them.Many of her colleagues chose not to work in the "cushier" private sector on principle (you may have to look that last one up). Thu 04 Nov 2010 19:47:29 GMT+1 Peter Dewsnap http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=98#comment717 679. At 2:53pm on 04 Nov 2010, Kuradi Vitukari wrote:"673. At 2:36pm on 04 Nov 2010, mel01c wrote:Obama has made some great improvements in the economy and health care, but hasn't communicated these achievements effectively. He assumes the people are as smart as he is "Apparently they're a lot smarted than him. Most definitely they are not. They are not well educated and brainwashed by incessant and frequently lying, advertising.Peter D South Carolina Thu 04 Nov 2010 19:42:50 GMT+1 kevooo http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=97#comment716 710. At 6:22pm on 04 Nov 2010, Brimley wrote: Anyway I was basically remarking on people making vitriolic comments on this thread about politicians such as Sarah Palin as if they know her personally, rather than based on dubious second or third-hand hearsay on the internet, television or the newspapers.---------------I think it's mostly from watching her interviews. I actually wanted to support her at one point. If she ever gets distracteded from her talking points, she just resorts to jibberish. Actually, it's funny to watch but scary to think about. Thu 04 Nov 2010 18:57:46 GMT+1 Jeff Phua http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=97#comment715 710. At 6:22pm on 04 Nov 2010, Brimley wrote:At 5:14pm on 04 Nov 2010, Brimley wrote:This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules._____________________________________________________________How could my comment have been removed since it never appeared on this thread in the first place?Anyway I was basically remarking on people making vitriolic comments on this thread about politicians such as Sarah Palin as if they know her personally, rather than based on dubious second or third-hand hearsay on the internet, television or the newspapers.In America the mainstream media such as CNN, NBC, MSNBC, etc is left-wing and so cannot be counted upon to give a truthful analysis of someone such as Sarah Palin whom they hate with a passion, so anything said about her on those networks has to be taken with a grain of salt.The one exception is Fox News which is right-wing and anything said on it about a left-wing politician also has to be taken with a grain of salt.Fox News is funded by right-wing billionaire Rupert Murdoch and is expected to espouse his views.However the left wing mainstream media is funded to one degree or another by his left-wing billionaire counterpart George Soros, so they are expected reflect his left-wing ideology.I have learned a long ago never to believe everything you see on the internet, read in the newspapers or see on television, there is no unbiased journalistic investigation anymore, it is just uncorraborated information from 'anonymous sources' whose accuaracy the average person cannot guage.If you truly want unbiased information on a poltitician, investigate them yourself!!!================================================================Many people don't hate Sarah Palin. We just find her entertaining. As they say, this is the new "normal". Thu 04 Nov 2010 18:56:21 GMT+1 Zaheer Uddin http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=97#comment714 Ref: BILLY BONES @ 706.By and large I agree with what is described in that post. JUST WANT TO BE LEFT ALONE......... apply the same phrase to the rest of the world, " just leave the rest of the world alone!" Thu 04 Nov 2010 18:52:42 GMT+1 Jeff Phua http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=97#comment713 708. At 5:54pm on 04 Nov 2010, ONE-SICK-PUPPY wrote:704. At 5:26pm on 04 Nov 2010, Jeff Phua wrote: to One-Sick_PuppyAnd while you investigate Fox News, check also when she called a media company in Alaska "corrupt bas**rds".Yes Jeff your right, it was very wrong of Sarah Palin to refer to the media outlet overheard on a live microphone denegrating her favorite candidate as "A Bunch of Corrupt Bas**rd's"She really should have called them a "Bunch of Corrupt Leftist Bas**rd's" like most of the news media.Thanks for pointing that out...================================================================When you leave the house wearing one black shoe and one brown one, you are either a member of Mensa, or you are crazy. Anybody who falls in between these two extremes and wears identical shoes are ......intelligent. And we should all run for the highest office in the land.Got it. Thu 04 Nov 2010 18:50:01 GMT+1 Jeff Phua http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=97#comment712 706. At 5:29pm on 04 Nov 2010, Billy Bones wrote:As a yank I welcome the opportunity to post at your fine website. The 2010 U.S. elections have definite consequences for the Administration. NO ONE wanted the so called health care law that was rammed through both the House of Representatives and the Senate and signed by President Obama. We have the right to object to bad law. The U.S. doesn't need socialised medicine as we don't like mediocre or worse treatment when we visit a doctor's surgery. If you make the doctors and nurses into government employees they get the "civil servant" mentality which means that at 17.00 they close the surgery and leave. Currently we have very good rapport with our medical professionals. To make them into civil servants just ruins this relationship. Where are the majority of medical breakthroughs done first? Once we get socialised medicine that's all gone as medical research and development shall cease. This is just one law that we Tea Party members object to. The billions and trillions of dollars poured down "rat holes" that benefit the politicians' friends and campaign contributors have to STOP. We are fed up with crony business arrangements between the politicians and their friends. That's what happened when we let our government grow to such a size that you can't do anything in our country anymore without getting a licence from the local, state or federal government. Sometimes all three governments require their respective licences that require large sums of money and years to obtain, if at all. To have government bureaucrats making decisions on things that they have no earthly idea of understanding. Then being asked to pay thousands of dollars for the "privilege" of having a bureaucrat get into a whingeing fit about some piece of paperwork not filled out the way that they wanted, has to stop. This is the reason that Tea Party members rose up and voted the President's cronies out of office. It may be hard for people not familiar with our form of government to comprehend the Tea Party. We are not against any race, sexual orientation or political ideology. We just want to be left alone by an oppressive government. Sorry if those of you whom don't agree with us don't understand. WE JUST WANT to BE LEFT ALONE! We want our government to make sure that the public roads are maintained and open plus that our military protects our shores. Even the post office can be privatised. Not much else is required by us. It's that simple. ====================================================As a concerned foreigner (because what happens in the US affects every country in the world), I appreciate your candidness.Would you have a problem with the health care law if:1. Unemployment is at 2%.2. Price of houses are soaring in the USA.3. US banks did not need a bail-out.4. Banks are lending to small businesses.We know Americans are hurting. So are Europeans and many others. US health care would have gone bankrupt if nothing was done. After seeing what happened to Iceland and Greece, I believe US would have gone the same way if there was no bail-out and it would have been chaos in the world financial markets.Obama was given a big mess to clean up. He was not only fighting the Republicans. He was also fighting the bankers, insurers and the lobby groups,i.e the Establishment- meaning NOT government - and compromises had to be made. I believe American's grievances is not with the health care but with the bad economy, and they are venting their frustration by voting Republicans into the House. Obama's platform when he got elected was to change the the health care, and he was voted in. And he did what he promised, albeit not perfect.And the Republican's agenda is not synonymous with the Tea Party. GOP's top goal is to make Obama a one term president, as announced by Mitch McConnell. Thu 04 Nov 2010 18:37:32 GMT+1 usdeeper http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=97#comment711 "NO ONE wanted the so called health care law that was rammed through both the House of Representatives and the Senate and signed by President Obama. "Have you seen the exit polls? The health care bill was low on the list of concerns. Also, when people are asked if they want socialized medicine they say no because most people associate socialism with evil... even though things like the road system, education and police are all socialistic policies. However, when people are asked specific questions about the bill like, "do you want protection against being removed from your insurance plan because you develop cancer", or "do you want to cover your children under your insurance whilst they attend college", the people answer overwhelmingly yes. "We have the right to object to bad law. The U.S. doesn't need socialized medicine"The bill does not promote socialized medicine. It is a bill which puts in a set of rules for the private sector to work too. Labeling it socialism is just a way to generate hate and fear... and besides, socialized medicine is still better than nothing for 45 million people.. and even in countries that have socialized medicine, you can still purchase private insurance. You see, education and understanding outside of Fox News is a wonderful thing... Thu 04 Nov 2010 18:30:36 GMT+1 Neuman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=97#comment710 As former President Bill Clinton said,"It's the economy, stupid!" I saw an interview where President Obama said that he "worked on jobs last year" and was focusing on health care this year. Growing up in Minnesota, USA, I have never seen a foreclosed house in my life. My middle-class suburban neighbor where I live now has 6 within walking distance from my house. The value of my house has dropped $60,000 in the last 2 years and may fall below the $130,000 1998 purchase price this year. I have not had full-time employment in almost 2 years, have a college degree and specialized training. You get the idea.The President lost focus on everyday, bread and butter needs of people. The country did not elect Republicans, they voted against the President's party. What I fear most is already happening. The newly elected people are NOT focused on fixing a financial system which collapsed. No one will discuss how to pay for the 2 wars we are currently fighting. In other words, we are in for another 2 years of absolutely nothing happening. Thu 04 Nov 2010 18:25:02 GMT+1 Wilkinsons Sword http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=96#comment709 At 5:14pm on 04 Nov 2010, Brimley wrote:This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules. _____________________________________________________________How could my comment have been removed since it never appeared on this thread in the first place?Anyway I was basically remarking on people making vitriolic comments on this thread about politicians such as Sarah Palin as if they know her personally, rather than based on dubious second or third-hand hearsay on the internet, television or the newspapers.In America the mainstream media such as CNN, NBC, MSNBC, etc is left-wing and so cannot be counted upon to give a truthful analysis of someone such as Sarah Palin whom they hate with a passion, so anything said about her on those networks has to be taken with a grain of salt.The one exception is Fox News which is right-wing and anything said on it about a left-wing politician also has to be taken with a grain of salt.Fox News is funded by right-wing billionaire Rupert Murdoch and is expected to espouse his views.However the left wing mainstream media is funded to one degree or another by his left-wing billionaire counterpart George Soros, so they are expected reflect his left-wing ideology.I have learned a long ago never to believe everything you see on the internet, read in the newspapers or see on television, there is no unbiased journalistic investigation anymore, it is just uncorraborated information from 'anonymous sources' whose accuaracy the average person cannot guage.If you truly want unbiased information on a poltitician, investigate them yourself!!! Thu 04 Nov 2010 18:22:04 GMT+1 joe kahn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=96#comment708 This post has been Removed Thu 04 Nov 2010 17:56:00 GMT+1 ONE-SICK-PUPPY http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=96#comment707 704. At 5:26pm on 04 Nov 2010, Jeff Phua wrote: to One-Sick_PuppyAnd while you investigate Fox News, check also when she called a media company in Alaska "corrupt bas**rds".Yes Jeff your right, it was very wrong of Sarah Palin to refer to the media outlet overheard on a live microphone denegrating her favorite candidate as "A Bunch of Corrupt Bas**rd's"She really should have called them a "Bunch of Corrupt Leftist Bas**rd's" like most of the news media.Thanks for pointing that out... Thu 04 Nov 2010 17:54:33 GMT+1 Tanglewood http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=96#comment706 This post has been Removed Thu 04 Nov 2010 17:37:53 GMT+1 Billy Bones http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=96#comment705 As a yank I welcome the opportunity to post at your fine website. The 2010 U.S. elections have definite consequences for the Administration. NO ONE wanted the so called health care law that was rammed through both the House of Representatives and the Senate and signed by President Obama. We have the right to object to bad law. The U.S. doesn't need socialised medicine as we don't like mediocre or worse treatment when we visit a doctor's surgery. If you make the doctors and nurses into government employees they get the "civil servant" mentality which means that at 17.00 they close the surgery and leave. Currently we have very good rapport with our medical professionals. To make them into civil servants just ruins this relationship. Where are the majority of medical breakthroughs done first? Once we get socialised medicine that's all gone as medical research and development shall cease. This is just one law that we Tea Party members object to. The billions and trillions of dollars poured down "rat holes" that benefit the politicians' friends and campaign contributors have to STOP. We are fed up with crony business arrangements between the politicians and their friends. That's what happened when we let our government grow to such a size that you can't do anything in our country anymore without getting a licence from the local, state or federal government. Sometimes all three governments require their respective licences that require large sums of money and years to obtain, if at all. To have government bureaucrats making decisions on things that they have no earthly idea of understanding. Then being asked to pay thousands of dollars for the "privilege" of having a bureaucrat get into a whingeing fit about some piece of paperwork not filled out the way that they wanted, has to stop. This is the reason that Tea Party members rose up and voted the President's cronies out of office. It may be hard for people not familiar with our form of government to comprehend the Tea Party. We are not against any race, sexual orientation or political ideology. We just want to be left alone by an oppressive government. Sorry if those of you whom don't agree with us don't understand. WE JUST WANT to BE LEFT ALONE! We want our government to make sure that the public roads are maintained and open plus that our military protects our shores. Even the post office can be privatised. Not much else is required by us. It's that simple. Thu 04 Nov 2010 17:29:44 GMT+1 MilwaukeeRay http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=96#comment704 488. At 5:41pm on 03 Nov 2010, yousee wrote:"As for SOCIALISM. It would seem all right wing americans dont know what it is. Read up on books NOT written by the amarican right. As for the NAZIs watch:"Nazi's a warning from history" Then u may understand."I don't think anybody knows what "socialism" is, so I don't know which books to read. Remember East Germany's Socialist Unity Party? How about the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics? How about the NSDAP (Nazis)? The "S" stood for Socialist. Or today's Social Democratic Party of Germany? So the word socialist has been used by Communists, Nazis and democrats. Is there a common denominator in all of this? Europeans seem just as confused by the word "socialism" as Americans!As for Nazis, well, Adolf Hitler called Americans a "mongrel race", so I don't think we are acceptable as bona fide Aryans. Thu 04 Nov 2010 17:26:19 GMT+1 Jeff Phua http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=96#comment703 683. At 3:15pm on 04 Nov 2010, ONE-SICK-PUPPY wrote:681. At 2:58pm on 04 Nov 2010, Bro_Winky wrote:670. At 2:23pm on 04 Nov 2010, ONE-SICK-PUPPY wrote: (((She did not understand that Africa was a continent, not a country,)))This is absolute nonsense and Leftist TV stupidity, never did or never would Palin make such an idiotic remark...------------------------Really? It was reported by your beloved Fox News.I shall investigate that...=======================================================================And while you investigate Fox News, check also when she called a media company in Alaska "corrupt bas**rds". Thu 04 Nov 2010 17:26:15 GMT+1 Jeff Phua http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=96#comment702 682. At 3:11pm on 04 Nov 2010, ONE-SICK-PUPPY wrote:669. At 2:21pm on 04 Nov 2010, wok wrote:-----One-sick-puppy are you REALLY suggesting Sarah Palin is more intelligent than Obama?Intelligence as I have previously stated is a very nuanced multi faceted characteristic often hard to define even by people who specialize in such things. I have often said being a member of Mensa does not mean you won't leave the house wearing one black shoe and one brown one, in fact it makes it far more likely.Do not confuse a good vocabulary and an arrogant, pompous, elitist, air with the kind of all encompassing intelligence one needs to make good political decisions for the betterment of mankind, as I am sure both Hitler and Stalin were both very intelligent.My honest assesment is that Ms Palin is quite intelligent.=================================================================So not confuse intelligence with being media savvy. Carl Rove said she will not make president because she does not have the necessary "gravitas". Someone else said she doesn't care because she doesn't believe in "gravitas" anyway.And BTW, do you know what books or magazines she reads to get her world views? Sorry, I somehow missed out on her answer. Thu 04 Nov 2010 17:21:54 GMT+1 U14366475 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=95#comment701 "698. At 4:50pm on 04 Nov 2010, usdeeper wrote:Socialistic programs are in wide use in the US, from public road systems, education, police etc. These are programs that some people pay for via taxes and which everyone benefits from.. and yet socialism is painted as this even empire where the government takes money from those who earn it and give it in the form of cash to lazy people who then run and have expensive vacations and buy big screen TV's. "Same in the UK, we just don't have any Witches who stand for Parliament, pixies yes, like Hazel Blears, but not Witches. Thu 04 Nov 2010 17:18:09 GMT+1 Wilkinsons Sword http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=95#comment700 This post has been Removed Thu 04 Nov 2010 17:14:44 GMT+1 TheKatester http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=95#comment699 695. At 4:27pm on 04 Nov 2010, Robert Penfold wrote:Personally I would argue that he (Obama) has done a good job so far. Considering the mess he inherited a number of key policies seem to at least be moving in the right direction (such as healthcare and international relations)Perhaps people should think what the alternative could have been?I think this is a highly essential point; albeit a frustrating one, as we can never say with ultimate certainty that this would be the case. Personally I think America would be in a very different place had the Republicans been elected to power. Even with the financial crisis and rates of unemployment; who's to say that rates would not have been much higher if Obama hadn't acted in the manner he did? Interesting to think. (ps, as an aside, please disregard my educational self-promotion in my prior post; it was an emotionally-driven decision and I feel silly for posting it! It has no place in this discussion; who cares what formal education I have. My apologies) Thu 04 Nov 2010 17:04:45 GMT+1 MilwaukeeRay http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=95#comment698 466. At 4:46pm on 03 Nov 2010, Alasdair Campbell wrote:"It is the economy, stupid!" (Who said that?)Bill Clinton Thu 04 Nov 2010 16:56:39 GMT+1 usdeeper http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=95#comment697 The ultimate problem in the US is that the voters are incredible lazy and the Republicans are incredible good at dividing people, creating fear and exploiting that laziness. Socialistic programs are in wide use in the US, from public road systems, education, police etc. These are programs that some people pay for via taxes and which everyone benefits from.. and yet socialism is painted as this even empire where the government takes money from those who earn it and give it in the form of cash to lazy people who then run and have expensive vacations and buy big screen TV's. The funny part is that most people complaining about socialism do not pay enough in their own taxes to support the services they use every day. The health care bill is not a government take over. It is regulating the industry so that health care is affordable, available and will not be canceled the moment you get sick. As most other developed nations have found out, if you insure everyone, you reduce costs. Preventative medicine will also reduce costs. If you give people in the US a choice, they will not take out the insurance and will instead go to the emergency room where they will drive up costs as they do now. One argument is that free market and competition will fix everything.. and yet we see time and again that there is little to no competition in most industries. If you take out Blue Cross in the US, you are not left with many viable health systems. Where there are a number of different companies, they appear to work together than against each other. The republicans bring in food corporations to meetings to address obesity. They bring in energy companies to write energy policy. They bring in oil companies to define drilling practices. We are supposed to believe that these corporations have our best interested at heart. Most of the government oversight departments are staffed by ex management of the companies they are supposed to be watching. Most of the politicians receive massive contributions from these corporations. People in the US want jobs and yet over 10 million jobs have been outsourced by American corporations over the last 15 years. The US manufacturing base is almost non existent. New industries like renewable energy are stalled due to endless obstructions and lawsuits by oil companies. Where are the jobs supposed to be coming from? Almost every item you buy at Walmart is made outside the US.The whole state of affairs in the US saddens me. People expected Obama to fix everything in just 2 years and were ready to hand things back to the Republicans who increase government and spend just as much as anyone else. I expect gridlock for the next 2 years and would then not be surprised to find republicans back in complete control of all branches of the government. For a country that continually announcers and believes it is the greatest country on the planet, it sure has a lot of cold, heartless, ignorant and lazy people. Thu 04 Nov 2010 16:50:51 GMT+1 TheKatester http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=95#comment696 519. At 8:25pm on 03 Nov 2010, ONE-SICK-PUPPY wrote:She is undoubtably a smart lady, attractive, well spoken, Bravo sir for painting the divine Mrs. Palin in an amazingly positive light. You'd almost think she were all those aspects!No, my friend, had you been paying attention, you would see that she is none of the lovely qualities you've ascribed to her. First off, she's hardly intelligent. Who are you Sir to be commenting on someone else’s intelligence, whom you have never met or spoken with? Has it occurred to you a Leftist media and late night comics have done their best to make this woman look bad?You know I'm rather a smart guy myself a member of the Mensa society and while I know intelligence can be a rather multi faceted thing sometimes hard to define or categorize I have an ability to look at people particularly their eyes and the movement of the eyes to stimulus and have become quite good at judging the IQ of others based on this, Now I am not promoting Ms. Palin for President but I believe her to be quite intelligent, as for you I really do not know, though it is my belief your just another robotic Liberal reciting the Leftist talking points you have memorized, like a trained seal, good for you.Mensa society oooo... I'll drop some intellectual bombs myself to up my status! I'm in my Mater's studies at present; why I've also been published in an academic journal. Similarly, I didn't comment on your intelligence, I commented on your ability to pay attention. Which I will reiterate; as you referenced only my foremost statement, and not the concrete, indisputable facts which were subsequently outlined, as to why Sarah Palin is not intelligent. Market savvy, yes; intelligent, no. I cannot believe someone who claims to be intelligent can't see this. It's not brain surgery to look at her history, watch her speak, and come to this conclusion. And in my defense, yes I am a 'Leftist', but I am most certainly not a robot. I just adhere to logic and reason; so nice try with the blanket description, but unfortunately it fails miserably. Thu 04 Nov 2010 16:49:04 GMT+1 Globalist80 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=95#comment695 No surprise,but the impact is to be seen.Neither party has shown fiscal responsibility and I doubt that changing the helm of the House will result in intellegent cooperation as the Republicans will sabotage Obama with an eye on 2012.The Congress is a ship fools putting self interest above the desparate need for intelligent cooperation .The US may only be emerging from the eye of the storm with a serious fiscal crisis ahead unless significant budget cuts are made in bloated defense spending and ending the absurdity of foreign aid to nations where it is stolen ,Iraq, Afghanistan ,Pakistan or Isreal which does not need it as it has a per capita income equal to Spain.Political fragmentation certain and endless posturing by the Pols. Thu 04 Nov 2010 16:36:56 GMT+1 Robert Penfold http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=94#comment694 Personally I would argue that he (Obama) has done a good job so far. Considering the mess he inherited a number of key policies seem to at least be moving in the right direction (such as healthcare and international relations)Perhaps people should think what the alternative could have been?Relief finally from the Bush years only to be replaced by McCain and Palin. Personally, I doubt whether this will hurt Obama long term but I do hope that odious woman Palin hangs around because she is the best friend the current government have. Thu 04 Nov 2010 16:27:35 GMT+1 wok http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=94#comment693 -----------------------All this proves is that the american people are easily manipulated by powerful interest groups, be it religious, economical, political or something else."Oh really Sherlock? In other words you mean they're like everyone else on the planet!-----------------------well, duh...that was exactly my point. It proves exactly nothing. Teabaggers like to think they are some sort of revolutionary new radical political group, while they are just the same gullible sheep herded by the same rich elite as everyone else. Although from my experience, i am convinced many of them are even more gullible and uninformed than most of us Thu 04 Nov 2010 16:24:41 GMT+1 ONE-SICK-PUPPY http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=94#comment692 691. At 3:47pm on 04 Nov 2010, RubbishGirl wrote:687. At 3:22pm on 04 Nov 2010, ONE-SICK-PUPPY wrote:((((That is a lot of Rubish from you; 639. At 10:52am on 04 Nov 2010, RubbishGirl I never attacked you RubbishGirl, I merely asked you to be intellectually honest.----------and I apologize for using the word Hate, which is rather harsh, and perhaps dislike would have been a better choice for me.Good evening... RubbishGirl Thu 04 Nov 2010 16:06:25 GMT+1 Enny2012 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=94#comment691 It is none of our business and I just don't care. Thu 04 Nov 2010 15:49:30 GMT+1 RubbishGirl http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=94#comment690 687. At 3:22pm on 04 Nov 2010, ONE-SICK-PUPPY wrote:677. At 2:48pm on 04 Nov 2010, RubbishGirl wrote:659. At 1:01pm on 04 Nov 2010, ONE-SICK-PUPPY wrote:((((That is a lot of Rubish from you; 639. At 10:52am on 04 Nov 2010, RubbishGirl I never attacked you RubbishGirl, I merely asked you to be intellectually honest and as I learned from your own posting you are an Atheist. The gist of what I wrote was really that your dislike of Palin stems from your dislike or shall I say your belief that anyone who believes in organized religion and deities sent from "heaven" must be stupid. Is this not what you really believe?--------------------------------------------------------I'm only going to reply once as one of the things I DO hate is HYS tennis (unless it's funny, which this isn't).You claim you didn't attack me & enquired as to whether I thought believers were stupid. I will repeat some of your post here.....-------------------------------------So please find the courage to be intellectually honest, if not with us here than with yourself tell us the real reason you hate his woman? Tell us you hate her because she is religious, tell us you hate her because she is a Christian, a position you would not dare utter against someone of Islam would you? So go ahead and tell yourself lies about Ms Palin's intelligence as a way to denigrate her other than expressing your true hatred of religion which you dare not express. You have tried to show us here the lack of intelligence of Sarah Palin but all you have really shown us is your own lack of Intellectual honesty. Touche'---------------------------------------------------It's odd because it appears here that you are saying I hate Sarah Palin because she is Christian & that I hate religion, though apparently not Islam as you are so keen to point out. That is a whole lot different from your question about my considering believers stupid, which I will answer because you asked so nicely.No I do not consider believers stupid. Some are extremely intelligent, some are so dumb they couldn't find their bum with both hands. Their intelligence has no bearing at all on their religious inclinations. Do I consider them misguided? yes. Do I pity them? tough one that but if I gotta give an answer then no, (even though many would openly pity me for my "godlessness") Most seem as happy with their faith as I am happy with my lack of it. I've always been much more of a "can't we all just shut up about it & get along" kind of atheist. I'm not millitant, nor do I consider it my duty to "convert" people (though I do enjoy a good religious debate).So getting right back on topic, that's my issue with Palin & many of the Tea Partiers. They're trying to make politics about religion, which, in a multicultural society, such as the UK or US will NEVER work. I strongly dislike their Holier than thou attitude & the impression that I am somehow a lesser being because I don't believe the same as they do. This is why I find them sinister & a little scary. Extremists of any variety should never be put in charge, they always have an agenda to fulfill.Sorry for not coming across as a rabid God hater but I make it a point to try to be truthful when I post. Thu 04 Nov 2010 15:47:48 GMT+1 U14366475 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=94#comment689 "685. At 3:16pm on 04 Nov 2010, wok wrote:All this proves is that the american people are easily manipulated by powerful interest groups, be it religious, economical, political or something else."Oh really Sherlock? In other words you mean they're like everyone else on the planet! Thu 04 Nov 2010 15:29:06 GMT+1 powermeerkat http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=94#comment688 "For those who believe the Tea Party is a grassroots movement, they show how naive they really are"Indeed. There are even some people who still believe that American Revolution was a grassroot movement. Thu 04 Nov 2010 15:28:08 GMT+1 powermeerkat http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=93#comment687 ' Mr Obama justify's the trip saying he wants to see the Taj Mahal and the "Festival of Lights".'Thousand Pints of Light? ;) Thu 04 Nov 2010 15:24:12 GMT+1 ONE-SICK-PUPPY http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=93#comment686 677. At 2:48pm on 04 Nov 2010, RubbishGirl wrote:659. At 1:01pm on 04 Nov 2010, ONE-SICK-PUPPY wrote:((((That is a lot of Rubish from you; 639. At 10:52am on 04 Nov 2010, RubbishGirl I never attacked you RubbishGirl, I merely asked you to be intellectually honest and as I learned from your own posting you are an Atheist. The gist of what I wrote was really that your dislike of Palin stems from your dislike or shall I say your belief that anyone who believes in organized religion and deities sent from "heaven" must be stupid. Is this not what you really believe? Thu 04 Nov 2010 15:22:15 GMT+1 powermeerkat http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=93#comment685 "This is absolute nonsense and Leftist TV stupidity, never did or never would Palin make such an idiotic remark."Marie Antoinette never said "Let them eat cake" either.Didn't help much, did it? Especially with "L'Humanite" still around. ;) Thu 04 Nov 2010 15:18:44 GMT+1 wok http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=93#comment684 All this proves is that the american people are easily manipulated by powerful interest groups, be it religious, economical, political or something else. For those who believe the Tea Party is a grassroots movement, they show how naive they really are. The Tea Party is basically just a political anti-movement bankrolled by rich right-wing interest groups with the sole purpose to sabotage the political system to their own advantage. Seems like the old 'keep the people dumb and uninformed' has worked once again for the rich in order to enrich themselves even more at the expense of the rest Thu 04 Nov 2010 15:16:27 GMT+1 powermeerkat http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=93#comment683 Goodman wrote:At 2:00pm on 04 Nov 2010, powermeerkat wrote:"com·mu·nis·tic (kmy-nstk)adj. Of, characteristic of, or inclined to communism."However there's still a "Communist Party of India"As some of its followers remind us constantly here with their posts. :)___________________________________________________________Yes there is a Communist Party of India, and there is also a Communist insurgency in India which split away from it in the late 1960's known as the 'Naxals' or 'Naxilites'.PM: Perhaps we should skip an issue of Maoist Communists in adjacent Nepal (backed by PRC) in order not to heat up an atmosphere? ;) Thu 04 Nov 2010 15:16:11 GMT+1 ONE-SICK-PUPPY http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=93#comment682 681. At 2:58pm on 04 Nov 2010, Bro_Winky wrote:670. At 2:23pm on 04 Nov 2010, ONE-SICK-PUPPY wrote: (((She did not understand that Africa was a continent, not a country,)))This is absolute nonsense and Leftist TV stupidity, never did or never would Palin make such an idiotic remark...------------------------Really? It was reported by your beloved Fox News.I shall investigate that... Thu 04 Nov 2010 15:15:32 GMT+1 ONE-SICK-PUPPY http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=93#comment681 669. At 2:21pm on 04 Nov 2010, wok wrote:-----One-sick-puppy are you REALLY suggesting Sarah Palin is more intelligent than Obama?Intelligence as I have previously stated is a very nuanced multi faceted characteristic often hard to define even by people who specialize in such things. I have often said being a member of Mensa does not mean you won't leave the house wearing one black shoe and one brown one, in fact it makes it far more likely.Do not confuse a good vocabulary and an arrogant, pompous, elitist, air with the kind of all encompassing intelligence one needs to make good political decisions for the betterment of mankind, as I am sure both Hitler and Stalin were both very intelligent.My honest assesment is that Ms Palin is quite intelligent. Thu 04 Nov 2010 15:11:29 GMT+1 Bro_Winky http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=93#comment680 670. At 2:23pm on 04 Nov 2010, ONE-SICK-PUPPY wrote: (((She did not understand that Africa was a continent, not a country,)))This is absolute nonsense and Leftist TV stupidity, never did or never would Palin make such an idiotic remark...------------------------Really? It was reported by your beloved Fox News.Swing and a miss.I guess not knowing stuff is "Mavericky"... Thu 04 Nov 2010 14:58:23 GMT+1 Bella Liberty http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=92#comment679 The mid-term results mean he can't lead to this super power nation with a high profile or change to any good direction.Especially the results mean that there is no more Obama in 2012. Which is also showing the Americans are honest but not brainless. We American made big mistake in 2008 but we got many lessons form 2008 election and learned that the superpower US presidential election will have an impact not only on US but also on the whole world where world affairs,including peace is concerned. Result of US presidential election will have a pivotal effect probably involving immediate change in the corridors of world history. World peace will be determined by the election. Destiny of American people depend on it and the economy recovery depends on it. Now American people learned that every vote is very important for the nation and decided not to make any mistake in 2012. Thu 04 Nov 2010 14:57:39 GMT+1 U14366475 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=92#comment678 "673. At 2:36pm on 04 Nov 2010, mel01c wrote:Obama has made some great improvements in the economy and health care, but hasn't communicated these achievements effectively. He assumes the people are as smart as he is "Apparently they're a lot smarted than him. Thu 04 Nov 2010 14:53:47 GMT+1 George http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=92#comment677 I think it proves that people like Obama the man and not the president, as president he seems to be wrongly advised. he needs to ditch the bad advice and be himself, right or wrong people respect an honest approach. Thu 04 Nov 2010 14:51:00 GMT+1 RubbishGirl http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=92#comment676 659. At 1:01pm on 04 Nov 2010, ONE-SICK-PUPPY wrote:((((That is a lot of Rubish from you; 639. At 10:52am on 04 Nov 2010, RubbishGirl wrote:519. At 8:25pm on 03 Nov 2010, ONE-SICK-PUPPY wrote:I really am curious Jeff Phua, why does Sarah Palin scare you so badly?She is undoubtably a smart lady, attractive, well spoken, she is not self absorbed in coniving political shananaghans enjoys real hobby's like fishing, hunting, and the outdoors in Alaska, has a good stable marriage with kids, she threw out many of the old Republican good old boys in Alaska, and struck some very good deals for Alaska with the oil companies. ================================================================Really? I mean REALLY? You mean this Sarah Palin?......Sarah Palin, referring to Kodiak Island in Alaska, even though Hawaii is America's biggest island, July 19, 2010refudiate." --a Tweet by Sarah Palin, which she quickly removed after being ridiculed for inventing the word "refudiate," July 18, 2010 "Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque 'wee-wee'd up.' English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin)))Rubbish Girl it is Obama who brought a Telepromter into a 6th grade classroom and once said "He had been to all 57 States" the tape still exists for that statement.All we-weed up that you attribute to Palin was actually said by Obama.Ms. Palin has given literally hundreds and hundreds of speeches these last few years some with very little rest or time for preparation and while she may write a note or two on her hand, she does not need a traveling teleprompter. For you to try and somehow judge her intelligence based on a few misspoken words or an occasional faux pas tells me much more about you than Ms Palin.So please find the courage to be intellectually honest, if not with us here than with yourself tell us the real reason you hate his woman? Tell us you hate her because she is religious, tell us you hate her because she is a Christian, a position you would not dare utter against someone of Islam would you? So go ahead and tell yourself lies about Ms Palin's intelligence as a way to denigrate her other than expressing your true hatred of religion which you dare not express. You have tried to show us here the lack of intelligence of Sarah Palin but all you have really shown us is your own lack of Intellectual honesty. Touche'----------------------------------------------------------HAHAHAHAHA please tell me where I said I hate the woman. Hate her? no. I dislike her policies & her atiitude & yes I do find her faux pas amusing, but no more though than GWB or Obama (or any other politician) these things amuse me that is all.The fact the you respond to a such light hearted post with SUCH bile indicates that your intense love for this woman & all that she stands for is blinding you.As for your insulting & incorrect aspersions on my attitude towards christians, perhaps you'd like to know that, despite being an atheist I loathe religious intolerance as much as any other intolerance & that doesn't rely on a persons religion, colour or creed. I detest extremism, dogma & brainwashing in all forms. I suggest you check a persons previous posts before you comment on them personally. I find your attitude disgusting & the fact that you attack me personally & make incorrect assumptions about my opinions & character says way more about you than anything you could ever post on this site. I suggest you go & sit in a dark, quiet room & have a word with yourself about handling that jerk you've got in your knee.TOU- bloomin- CHE Thu 04 Nov 2010 14:48:42 GMT+1 comnios http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=92#comment675 It only shows the limit of average american brain...America is a country of fast food, drive through, junk culture...and they showed it alone....totally immature and ignorant..they will pay hard for it... Thu 04 Nov 2010 14:43:27 GMT+1 ONE-SICK-PUPPY http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=92#comment674 Today Mr Obama is leaving for India with 3000 of this closest friends reportedly at a cost of 200 million dollars a day, he is traveling with a fleet of 34 US warships. Mr Obama justify's the trip saying he wants to see the Taj Mahal and the "Festival of Lights".The best thing for my country the (USA) and the World would be for Mr. Obama to come back here well rested and make Hillary Clinton his Vice President after which he should tender his own Resignation and make Hillary the President for the next 2 years. Let us see what she can do, as a Republican I now trust her more than him and feel at least she does not hate me for my White skin color. Thu 04 Nov 2010 14:42:13 GMT+1 Dustin83v http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=92#comment673 Barack Obama now has a Republican House of Representatives who will allow avid international trade of technology for corporate revenue. He will solve unemployment, GDP, and national debt issues. This is certainly good fortune for the Obama Admin. Thu 04 Nov 2010 14:41:57 GMT+1 Mel http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=91#comment672 Obama has made some great improvements in the economy and health care, but hasn't communicated these achievements effectively. He assumes the people are as smart as he is - unfortunately the majority of the nation aren't that well educated and can only be reached by soundbites. "Low taxes and less government" sounds great, but the thinking person should want to know how this would be achieved. Eight years of government neglect cannot be fixed in under two years! The majority of the people whining about socialist health care are already receiving it via Medicare, government care or veterans care. The people who want private medicine are the selfish who can afford it. The government should be responsible for three things: Defense of the nation (army,navy, airforce marines), education of the nation (schools) and health of the nation (national health service). The USA is a rich, powerful,modern country, but has yet to meet the requirements of a civilized country. Thu 04 Nov 2010 14:36:21 GMT+1 Peter Dewsnap http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=91#comment671 It's a sad day for America and the voters will rue their actions.Peter D South Carolina Thu 04 Nov 2010 14:35:29 GMT+1 Goodman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=91#comment670 At 2:00pm on 04 Nov 2010, powermeerkat wrote:"com·mu·nis·tic (kmy-nstk)adj. Of, characteristic of, or inclined to communism."However there's still a "Communist Party of India"As some of its followers remind us constantly here with their posts. :)___________________________________________________________Yes there is a Communist Party of India, and there is also a Communist insurgency in India which split away from it in the late 1960's known as the 'Naxals' or 'Naxilites'. Thu 04 Nov 2010 14:30:39 GMT+1 ONE-SICK-PUPPY http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=91#comment669 Bo It is good to hear from you again but I really am disappointed in your last posting. 663. At 1:41pm on 04 Nov 2010, Bro_Winky wrote:So go ahead and tell yourself lies about Ms Palin's intelligence as a way to denigrate her..."(((She did not understand that Africa was a continent, not a country,)))This is absolute nonsense and Leftist TV stupidity, never did or never would Palin make such an idiotic remark. Like how she supposedly said "she could see Russia from her house". Sometimes people tell a joke this lady makes hundreds and hundreds of speechs and sometimes there are "jokes" involved and then there other more dispicable intellectually dishonst people repeat the punch line of the joke someone said as if they had stated it as fact.Bo I thought you knew better than this.Palin may not be my first choice for President for other reasons but this is a bright informed well spoken individual. Thu 04 Nov 2010 14:23:52 GMT+1 wok http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=91#comment668 -------------------------Rubbish Girl it is Obama who brought a Telepromter into a 6th grade classroom and once said "He had been to all 57 States" the tape still exists for that statement.All we-weed up that you attribute to Palin was actually said by Obama.Ms. Palin has given literally hundreds and hundreds of speeches these last few years some with very little rest or time for preparation and while she may write a note or two on her hand, she does not need a traveling teleprompter. For you to try and somehow judge her intelligence based on a few misspoken words or an occasional faux pas tells me much more about you than Ms Palin.---------------------------are you REALLY suggesting Sarah Palin is more intelligent than Obama? Are you REALLY suggesting she does not have speechwriters and doesn't use teleprompters? Perhaps i should listen to one of her speeches then, because from what i have seen before from her, they must be hilariously rubbish Thu 04 Nov 2010 14:21:10 GMT+1 tsigili http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=91#comment667 Basically it means that Obama's priorities have been all wrong, his spending out of control, and that he will be gone in 2 yrs. Thu 04 Nov 2010 14:11:31 GMT+1 Black_And_Proud http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=91#comment666 It means everyone thinks he's rubbish.Well, everyone except the BBC, obviously. They love him to bits! Thu 04 Nov 2010 14:10:21 GMT+1 powermeerkat http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=90#comment665 "com·mu·nis·tic (kmy-nstk)adj. Of, characteristic of, or inclined to communism."However there's still a "Communist Party of India"As some of its followers remind us constantly here with their posts. :) Thu 04 Nov 2010 14:00:25 GMT+1 powermeerkat http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=90#comment664 "look up images on the web 'tea party signs' for a laugh. These people seriously cannot spell."A sign held by a young man during a Washington, D.C. Tea Party rally:'IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT MY SIGN SAYSYOU'LL CALL ME A RACIST ANYWAY" Thu 04 Nov 2010 13:58:15 GMT+1 Kevin Orr http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=90#comment663 648. At 12:02pm on 04 Nov 2010, Kuradi Vitukari wrote:"631. At 09:10am on 04 Nov 2010, Kevin Orr wrote:''It is not enough to be abstinent with other people, you also have to be abstinent alone. The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery. You can't masturbate without lust!''Christine O’Donnell, Tea Party (the voice of America)"-----------------------------------------------------------"She's going to cast a spell on you"-----------------------------------------She probably can't spell "spell" Thu 04 Nov 2010 13:51:44 GMT+1 Bro_Winky http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=90#comment662 659. At 1:01pm on 04 Nov 2010, ONE-SICK-PUPPY wrote:"So go ahead and tell yourself lies about Ms Palin's intelligence as a way to denigrate her..."She did not understand that Africa was a continent, not a country, and did not know what countries were in the North American Free Trade Agreement. To say she is uninformed is an understatement.But she seems to have a way of attracting people like you, for some reason... Thu 04 Nov 2010 13:41:58 GMT+1 MagicKirin http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=90#comment661 This post has been Removed Thu 04 Nov 2010 13:38:26 GMT+1 Rod Donovan http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=90#comment660 Blindwonderingdog wrote: Just a thought for the Tea Party, the great American Dream of unlimited entrepreneurship and unregulated free markets seems to have got everybody in the mess we are in now. Maybe we are not fit to be left to look after ourselves? What you say is accurate, and true. Going all the way to the right after going all the way to the left is just as damaging. We need some controls. But we need controls for government, business, and that den of thieves, wall street. There is a middle ground that can achieve our success. Sadly, most Americans are either too stoopid, too ignorant, or too self centered at the far ends, to get their moral compass straight. Barack has done the best he can with the trash he has in congress. Sadly, it is his own party that failed him. Rather than band together, they did nothing but infight. What a mess. Master Rod Thu 04 Nov 2010 13:25:52 GMT+1 Martijn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=90#comment659 Slightly off-topic, maybe, but Olivia lang in her piece 'Can you trust a leader who cries' about the tears shed by the probably less-than-sincere Republican, John Boehner, quotes French novelist Jean Giradoux as saying: "The secret of success is sincerity"."Once you can fake that, you've got it made."I'm not sure who's plagiarizing who, but the first time I heard that quote it was attributed to Groucho Marx:"The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made."Of course quoting an obscure French novelist looks more impressive than quoting the person who was, arguably, the funniest human being ever... Thu 04 Nov 2010 13:06:25 GMT+1 ONE-SICK-PUPPY http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=90#comment658 ((((That is a lot of Rubish from you; 639. At 10:52am on 04 Nov 2010, RubbishGirl wrote:519. At 8:25pm on 03 Nov 2010, ONE-SICK-PUPPY wrote:I really am curious Jeff Phua, why does Sarah Palin scare you so badly?She is undoubtably a smart lady, attractive, well spoken, she is not self absorbed in coniving political shananaghans enjoys real hobby's like fishing, hunting, and the outdoors in Alaska, has a good stable marriage with kids, she threw out many of the old Republican good old boys in Alaska, and struck some very good deals for Alaska with the oil companies. ================================================================Really? I mean REALLY? You mean this Sarah Palin?......Sarah Palin, referring to Kodiak Island in Alaska, even though Hawaii is America's biggest island, July 19, 2010 refudiate." --a Tweet by Sarah Palin, which she quickly removed after being ridiculed for inventing the word "refudiate," July 18, 2010 "Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque 'wee-wee'd up.' English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin)))Rubbish Girl it is Obama who brought a Telepromter into a 6th grade classroom and once said "He had been to all 57 States" the tape still exists for that statement.All we-weed up that you attribute to Palin was actually said by Obama.Ms. Palin has given literally hundreds and hundreds of speeches these last few years some with very little rest or time for preparation and while she may write a note or two on her hand, she does not need a traveling teleprompter. For you to try and somehow judge her intelligence based on a few misspoken words or an occasional faux pas tells me much more about you than Ms Palin.So please find the courage to be intellectually honest, if not with us here than with yourself tell us the real reason you hate his woman? Tell us you hate her because she is religious, tell us you hate her because she is a Christian, a position you would not dare utter against someone of Islam would you? So go ahead and tell yourself lies about Ms Palin's intelligence as a way to denigrate her other than expressing your true hatred of religion which you dare not express. You have tried to show us here the lack of intelligence of Sarah Palin but all you have really shown us is your own lack of Intellectual honesty. Touche' Thu 04 Nov 2010 13:01:34 GMT+1 Wilkinsons Sword http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=89#comment657 At 09:11am on 04 Nov 2010, JohnH wrote:610. At 05:25am on 04 Nov 2010, Atheist_capitalist_libertarian wrote:The end is near for Obama and his socialist/communistic agenda. Obama is the opposite of the American way and the American dream. Long live capitalism.############################Firstly; communistic is not a word in the English language.-------------------------------------------------------------Actually it is. Here is the dictionary defination of it:com·mu·nis·tic (kmy-nstk)adj.Of, characteristic of, or inclined to communism. Thu 04 Nov 2010 12:50:55 GMT+1 silence_dogood http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=89#comment656 Most long lasting laws in America have been two party compromises: Income taxes, Social Security, Civil Rights Laws, The Disabilities Act; all agreed on by both parties and the majority of Americans. Obamacare is a single party, jam it down your throat while the Democrats still have power law. The majority of Americans are against the government takeover of their hospitals and doctors. The Democrat congressmen passed Obamacare in spite of year-long protests against it in their own districts. Those election districts have voted them out; and rightly so. In a democracy, an elected representative must have the majority of the people firmly backing him up, or said representative will find himself on the street come next election. Thu 04 Nov 2010 12:48:02 GMT+1 realleftist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=89#comment655 644. At 11:43am on 04 Nov 2010, MagicKirin wrote:Too all the European posters who are so enamured by Obama.Would you be secure if a back bencher newly elected was made PM?Because that was Obama resume when the U.S made this terrible mistake.Cameron was only elected for the first time in 2001, and became leader of the Tories within four years. Thu 04 Nov 2010 12:40:33 GMT+1 U14366475 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=89#comment654 "644. At 11:43am on 04 Nov 2010, MagicKirin wrote:Too all the European posters who are so enamured by Obama.Would you be secure if a back bencher newly elected was made PM?Because that was Obama resume when the U.S made this terrible mistake."A bit like electing Tony Blair then. Thu 04 Nov 2010 12:39:39 GMT+1 Kevin Orr http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=89#comment653 594. At 02:58am on 04 Nov 2010, ONE-SICK-PUPPY wrote:"You know I'm rather a smart guy myself a member of the Mensa society and while I know intelligence can be a rather multi faceted thing sometimes hard to define or categorize I have an ability to look at people particularly their eyes and the movement of the eyes to stimulus and have become quite good at judging the IQ of others based on this"-----------------------------------------------------------LOL Puppy dog. Are you actually GW Bush? Thu 04 Nov 2010 12:32:21 GMT+1 toks http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=89#comment652 I think the world will need to go back to the greek approach. In the modern world people have more information but not necessarily greater insight. How many of the voters really understand whether stimulus or deficit cutting will stimulate the economy. What the average intelligent but not contextually educated person uses what he knows to draw his judgement hence the swings in the election especailly midterm. We feel disillussioned somebody ought to fix it and if not let's hit the Government and hopefully in fear of their Jobs they will get it right. That is the emerging face of demacracy Thu 04 Nov 2010 12:31:37 GMT+1 Kevin Orr http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=89#comment651 519. At 8:25pm on 03 Nov 2010, ONE-SICK-PUPPY wrote:"I really am curious Jeff Phua, why does Sarah Palin scare you so badly?Now I'm a conservative Jeff a non religious one and I don't know myself if Sarah Palin would be my first choice for President. But I do find it curious how she scares you Liberals almost like Count Dracula distroting himself in agony over the sight of a crucifix"------------------------------------------------------------------It's because she's a knuckle-dragging thicko that people are scared she becomes president of the most powerful military in the world.It's like giving a monkey a gun in a room full of people really Thu 04 Nov 2010 12:26:59 GMT+1 JohnDoe http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=88#comment650 644 wrote "Because that was Obama resume when the U.S made this terrible mistake."There was no "mistake" given the choices presented to the American electorate in 2008 (i.e. there wasn't much choice). If McCain had been elected he'd be just as unpopular now. He isn't a fiscal conservative either and that's what Americans are screaming for and were arguably screaming for in 2008.TBH, whoever got in after Bush was going to struggle due to a stagnant economy caused by near financial collapse and the cost of rescuing the banking sector. Obama is burdened with the poor economic decisions of his predecessors and simply does not have enough time to turn it around. His task is next to impossible now with a hostile lower house looking to scupper any presidential initiative in the next 2 years.Electorates in democratic countries have short attention spans and Obama will likely be a 1-term president as a result (assuming Republicans aren't dumb enough to nominate Palin to contest the 2012 election). Thu 04 Nov 2010 12:26:21 GMT+1 in_the_uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=88#comment649 645. At 11:54am on 04 Nov 2010, Kuradi Vitukari wrote:"643. At 11:36am on 04 Nov 2010, Sue Denim wrote:looking forward to 20+ years hard labour putting everything right through haqrsh cuts and high taxes."Not if you're a banker!------------------Not if your a leader of the last labour party who left us in this mess Thu 04 Nov 2010 12:24:08 GMT+1 Kevin Orr http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=88#comment648 502. At 7:26pm on 03 Nov 2010, MellorSJ wrote:"Shock horror! A large proportion of Pakistanis are reactionary, anti-intellectual, extreme right-wing, militarist religious fundamentalists. I've only known that, oh, for the whole of my life.OK, moderators. If you want to delete this, go back to #304 and delete realleftist's post who wrote exactly the same, except that he referred to Americans.And while you're at it, you might delete about a quarter of the other posts."----------------------------------------------They're both right. Delete neither Thu 04 Nov 2010 12:23:59 GMT+1 U14366475 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=88#comment647 "631. At 09:10am on 04 Nov 2010, Kevin Orr wrote:''It is not enough to be abstinent with other people, you also have to be abstinent alone. The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery. You can't masturbate without lust!''Christine O’Donnell, Tea Party (the voice of America)"She's going to cast a spell on you. Thu 04 Nov 2010 12:02:52 GMT+1 Garry Harriman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=88#comment646 Simmillar results didn`t hinder the complete legislative agenda of Reagan or Clinton who had to work in a bipartisan fashion following Mid Term elections in their first terms, indeed, both going on to win second terms. However, I think that both parties are radically different today from and completley polarized, refelcting the state of the nation thus creating a dificult political landscape for the Executive Branch. The US president is often stated as `been the most powerful man on Earth`. However, in the system of checks and balances, where every office, state, county and discrit wide, are elected offices, this is more often innacurate as it is miss leading. President Obama had major and compounded complex issues to deal with right from the transitional exchange of power. How could he have addressed and solved every issue in 2 years, if at all? What this shows me, is that it could be the case that the origional constitution and this form of governement is perhpas at odds with the power, size and global magnitiude of the United States today, thus making stable and effective government virtually impossible. Further, when you realize that power and influence are also held by the magnitude of special interest groups, lobbiests and campagin contributors with the American public `won over` by simplistic and superficial campaign propoganda, then are we to be surprised at all of the above?In conclusion, there has only ever been one thing and one thing alon that the American people care about, something that Bill Clinton`s White House staff understood and made a slogan from......`it`s the ecconomy, stupid`! Thu 04 Nov 2010 11:58:53 GMT+1 U14366475 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=88#comment645 "632. At 09:11am on 04 Nov 2010, JohnH wrote:Firstly; communistic is not a word in the English language."It is in Spanish though ;-) Thu 04 Nov 2010 11:56:58 GMT+1 U14366475 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=88#comment644 "643. At 11:36am on 04 Nov 2010, Sue Denim wrote:looking forward to 20+ years hard labour putting everything right through haqrsh cuts and high taxes."Not if you're a banker! Thu 04 Nov 2010 11:54:29 GMT+1 MagicKirin http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=87#comment643 Too all the European posters who are so enamured by Obama.Would you be secure if a back bencher newly elected was made PM?Because that was Obama resume when the U.S made this terrible mistake. Thu 04 Nov 2010 11:43:42 GMT+1 Sue Denim http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=87#comment642 Well, USA. You wanted your own Tony Blair. You got him. I'm not remotely surprised you're unhappy about it. All words, no substance and the numbers don't add up? We can only sympathise. At least you can't go longer than 8 years of Obama. We had 13 years of 'new labour' and looking forward to 20+ years hard labour putting everything right through haqrsh cuts and high taxes. Thu 04 Nov 2010 11:36:03 GMT+1 JohnDoe http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=87#comment641 Obama was elected largely due to dissatisfaction with the "usual crew" of Washington politicians, who the American public blamed for the banking crisis and extremely unpopular bailout of that sector. Of course, Obama supported the bailout, but so did his main rival, John McCain, as did Bush. Furthermore, McCain's age, unpopularity with Republican core support and insane choice of running mate (although this was apparently forced on him) also served to shoot his campaign in the foot.IOW, Obama won largely by default, despite the majority of Americans being against a lot of his policies.With such a poor endorsement of what few policies he mentioned in his campaign, Obama was always destined for failure once people got bored of his smooth oratories and the novelty of a mixed race president wore off. As for the "Tea Party" thing. There was already a strong appetite for fiscal conservatism in 2008, but the Republican party missed the boat and failed to grasp the public mood. It's no surprise that people took matters into their own hands in an attempt to force conservative politicians to take fiscal policy more seriously (something that fell by the wayside in the Bush years as his evangelican Christian support forced non-issues like creationism, abortion and right-to-life issues to the forefront, not to mention dreadful foreign policy).This presents the Republican party with something of a quandary. Will they be able to stomach an experienced fiscal conservative presidential candidate in 2012 who maybe doesn't tick all the evangelical Christian boxes that the Republicans of the last decade have been so obsessed with? Thu 04 Nov 2010 11:22:28 GMT+1 Lucy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=87#comment640 It seems with many of the mid term elections in the past have gone against the party in power. Take the last mid term elections when the Republicans were in power - the Democrats came out on top. Now the Democrats are in power, the Republicans have come out on top. If the Republicans win the next presidential election what are the chances the Democrats will come up trumps in the next mid term elections? Thu 04 Nov 2010 11:08:42 GMT+1 MellorSJ http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=87#comment639 realleftist wrote: "I agree with you. Both Pakistan and the US are beset with the disease of religious fundamentalism."Indeed. We can agree.I am so astonished I might start believing in sky pixies myself! Thu 04 Nov 2010 10:58:39 GMT+1 RubbishGirl http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=87#comment638 519. At 8:25pm on 03 Nov 2010, ONE-SICK-PUPPY wrote:I really am curious Jeff Phua, why does Sarah Palin scare you so badly?Now I'm a conservative Jeff a non religious one and I don't know myself if Sarah Palin would be my first choice for President. But I do find it curious how she scares you Liberals almost like Count Dracula distroting himself in agony over the sight of a crucifix.She is undoubtably a smart lady, attractive, well spoken, she is not self absorbed in coniving political shananaghans enjoys real hobby's like fishing, hunting, and the outdoors in Alaska, has a good stable marriage with kids, she threw out many of the old Republican good old boys in Alaska, and struck some very good deals for Alaska with the oil companies. ================================================================Really? I mean REALLY?You mean this Sarah Palin?......"As we work and sightsee on America's largest island, we'll get to view more majestic bears, so now is a good time to draw attention to the political equivalent of the species." --Sarah Palin, referring to Kodiak Island in Alaska, even though Hawaii is America's biggest island, July 19, 2010"Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn't it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate." --a Tweet by Sarah Palin, which she quickly removed after being ridiculed for inventing the word "refudiate," July 18, 2010 "Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan if you believe catastrophic pain caused @ Twin Towers site is too raw, too real." --a second Tweet by Sarah Palin, which she also removed after misusing the word "refute," July 18, 2010 "'Refudiate,' 'misunderestimate,' 'wee-wee'd up.' English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!'" --a follow-up Tweet by Sarah Palin, proudly mistaking her illiteracy for literary genius, July 18, 2010 Yeah man smart, sassy & good for Alaska, even though she mistakenly thinks it's the largest island in the US, can't see why you wouldn't want her in charge!(google "palinisms" for more ;) ) Thu 04 Nov 2010 10:52:53 GMT+1 realleftist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=87#comment637 502. At 7:26pm on 03 Nov 2010, MellorSJ wrote:Shock horror! A large proportion of Pakistanis are reactionary, anti-intellectual, extreme right-wing, militarist religious fundamentalists. I've only known that, oh, for the whole of my life.OK, moderators. If you want to delete this, go back to #304 and delete realleftist's post who wrote exactly the same, except that he referred to Americans.And while you're at it, you might delete about a quarter of the other posts.Also notice how your post was actually published and has not been removed, so you can stick your 'PC conspiracy' theories. Also the fact that use specifically use Pakistanis as a rebuttal to my comment seems a little suspicious. Race doesn't matter to me, I abhor all religious extremists. Thu 04 Nov 2010 10:52:29 GMT+1 realleftist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=87#comment636 502. At 7:26pm on 03 Nov 2010, MellorSJ wrote:Shock horror! A large proportion of Pakistanis are reactionary, anti-intellectual, extreme right-wing, militarist religious fundamentalists. I've only known that, oh, for the whole of my life.OK, moderators. If you want to delete this, go back to #304 and delete realleftist's post who wrote exactly the same, except that he referred to Americans.And while you're at it, you might delete about a quarter of the other posts.I agree with you. Both Pakistan and the US are beset with the disease of religious fundamentalism. Thu 04 Nov 2010 10:48:38 GMT+1 in_the_uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=86#comment635 630. At 09:10am on 04 Nov 2010, Rich wrote:I agree. Obama does not do so well with the right-wing, uneducated electorate. They have already forgotten that it was the Republicans who caused the economic crisis (short attention span, perhaps) and, let's be honest, people will rarely support the party in power when they are hurting financially.----------------------------------But we cant call americans uneducated. It was labour that put us in this mess and yet (due to hard financial times) the tories and libs are taking all the flak. The people in this country are just as emotive and influenced.Yet I doubt that is the whole reason with the US beginning to oppose obama. With majority control he has moved slowly and at the same time has tried to change the allies and priorities of the US. With die hard patriots who want the best for their country, obama is upsetting people who know who their friends are.We all take the mick about bush but at least he knew who he could rely on and who to work with. To alienate the UK and look to the east isnt going to sit well with the population who relied on our support in 2 recent wars.I love the US and hope we remain close allies because in this huge world I dont trust anyone else to come to our aid. Thu 04 Nov 2010 10:45:54 GMT+1 tyrannvs ad abyssvs http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=86#comment634 578. At 00:56am on 04 Nov 2010, Julian Fowler wrote:Sorry, but I don't think that US voters are much concerned with such abstract notions. A more realistic statement might be "Unlike Europeans, most Americans (proven by the election results) are not willing to cede their taxes for promises of (healthcare, welfare, or any-fare) security."Here is another aspect of American freedom Europeans don’t understand, namely that Americans are fiercely aware that the money from taxation is ours and not the governments. We earned that money, not the government, and in a free society your earnings, like all private property, belong to the individual and not the collective state. The sanctity of private property is as important to freedom as free speech and the right to bear arms and self-defense (oops, sorry, Europeans don’t have that right either…)Obama adheres to the European socialist school of thought that the government is entitled to steal the earnings of people, and to spend it at will. Wrong answer in the USA… ask King George III… Thu 04 Nov 2010 10:41:16 GMT+1 in_the_uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=86#comment633 542. At 9:50pm on 03 Nov 2010, Joe wrote:523. At 8:41pm on 03 Nov 2010, PC_Hitman wrote:It means that he should have not played the race card in the initial election_________________________________________________________________I don't recall him playing any "race card", unless you consider being part black as a card!!-------------------------------Actually he did. The poster switching the race of him and his competetor was a deliberate (and very clever) ploy which looked like the removal of the race card but was in fact playing on race. Thu 04 Nov 2010 10:38:10 GMT+1 Edwin Schrodinger http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=86#comment632 130. At 01:45am on 03 Nov 2010, Tony Dixon wrote:'Obama got elected because at least half of Americans aren't racist I should imagine. I wonder how many black supporters The Tea Party has? The Right Wing have been at Obama like a Rottweiler since day one. It doesn't take a genius to know what many of them are thinking.'Perhaps people like you might realise now that there is more to running a country than just the colour of the president's skin. He's black and he's rubbish. Being incompetent (or racist) for that matter is not the sole preserve of white people you see. Isn't it time you stopped obsessing about race? Thu 04 Nov 2010 09:17:58 GMT+1 JohnH http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/haveyoursay/2010/11/are_you_voting_in_the_us_mid-t.html?page=86#comment631 610. At 05:25am on 04 Nov 2010, Atheist_capitalist_libertarian wrote:The end is near for Obama and his socialist/communistic agenda. Obama is the opposite of the American way and the American dream. Long live capitalism.############################Firstly; communistic is not a word in the English language.Secondly, look up images on the web 'tea party signs' for a laugh. These people seriously cannot spell.This is what I think, yes all the tea-party freaks are obsessed middle-class failures who do not want to pay tax, but what drives them is their failure at spelling. I think they all suffered trauma at school in failing spelling tests (I think they call them Spelling Bees).If that fruit-cake Palin is ever elected to high office her first federal law will be to ban spelling tests.To get back on message, who from the republicans will take on Obama in 2012? It takes more than two years to set up a campaign, so who then?If it is, as I and the rest of the rational world hopes, it is the idiot savant palin (please do it, I seriously need a good laugh) the republicans (that is the sane one's - there must be some) will see their party go down to the biggest defeat in US history, and they know it. Thu 04 Nov 2010 09:11:46 GMT+1