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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion: Rhetoric & Reason

Re: “We need discussion

The suspicion of collusion merited a special counsel investigation because Russia's GRU and its "troll farms" INTERFERED in the 2016 election. This raised alarms especially since Trump endorsed the criminal activity of Wikileaks, i.e. the theft of emails. Theft is a crime.

Further, Christopher Arend's so-called hoax produced 37 individual indictments, including guilty pleas and jail time for a number of Trump ASSOCIATES.

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Posted by Gordon Fuglie on 04/11/2019 at 7:09 PM

Re: “We need discussion

The mainstream media (MSM) are the main casualties of the Russia collusion hoax. For more than two years CNN, MSNBC the nightly news on the main TV networks, the NY Times and the Washington Post and their countless "mini-mes" have been promoting the collusion conspiracy a theory. They must have learned their degrees at the Joseph Goebbels School of Journalism based on their sleezy techniques. For example, yesterday evening Maddow play only part of the answer by Barr to the question whether he was suggesting that the Trump Campaign was spied on. She cut off his answer right after he said their was spying, but before he said that the real issue was whether their was a "predicate" for the surveillance. Of course, selective editing and cheap word games are a lot easier and much more suited for propaganda than actually addressing the substance of an issue.

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Posted by Christopher Arend on 04/11/2019 at 11:10 AM

Re: “We need discussion

Al, this one just kinda rambles on. Not sure what the point is. Benghazi? Let it go. Russian collusion? Report is still not out.

Your "groupthink" point is certainly valid, but you haven't offered any alternative way to think, and you seem to fall victim to it yourself, when you criticize climate change, without offering any evidence against it.

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Posted by Ian Tanner on 04/11/2019 at 10:54 AM

Re: “We need discussion

If you think there's even a small 1% chance that the climate change proponents are correct, and that the consequences would be devastating, then it would make sense to take action in response to that chance.

Groupthink on the part of the deniers is similarly troubling as they insist that there's not even a 1% chance that the climate change phenomenon is real.

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Posted by ra237 on 04/11/2019 at 6:07 AM

Re: “Want to fix the affordable housing crisis?

Housing (and commercial rentals) are really expensive because there is more demand than there is supply. That's simple enough. The size of the houses built is more a result of the high priced market, less a cause of the high priced market.

The real question is, are we willing to pay more money to the people who own the property, in trade to regulate the size of the population and keep the "small town" feel?

So far, the answer has been a resounding yes (not a surprise when you think about who makes these decisions and who gets the money).

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Posted by Ian Tanner on 04/05/2019 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Want to fix the affordable housing crisis?

Thank you to you Mr Christie and the Sierra Club for all your work supporting our community. And a special thank you for helping to keep Mr Fonzi in check.

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Posted by Doug Timewell on 04/04/2019 at 8:54 AM

Re: “The ghost of J. Edgar Hoover

Trump is a demonic sack of toxic filth & anyone who supports him at this point is a flaming moron. The orange turd deserves all the vitriol & ridicule directed at him and more!

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Posted by Jay Bonestell on 03/28/2019 at 11:42 PM

Re: “The ghost of J. Edgar Hoover

*Sigh* FYI, Al, The Mueller report still has not been released. The only information we have about it comes from a four page summary written by William Barr, a man who only got the position he's in today because he publicly agreed with Trump on the supposed "witch hunt". AND, keep in mind that, as short as his summary is, Barr specifically stated that Mueller's report does NOT exonerate the president. Look who's spreading fake news. Yep, it's Al Fonzi. Again.

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Posted by Barbie Clark on 03/28/2019 at 3:17 PM

Re: “The ghost of J. Edgar Hoover

I mostly agree with this piece. Well done, Mr. Fonzi. But, one sticking point is the dig on the Democrats at the end. While the dig is mostly true, it misses the real problem, which is that both sides are using confrontational tactics and fantastic proposals to widen the partisan gap. The real solution for Americans is to ignore the noise that the parties and entertainment news industry puts out, and focus on actual policies and actual votes.

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Posted by Ian Tanner on 03/28/2019 at 10:05 AM

Re: “The great connector

I believe Davy Crockett spoke in Congress against federal welfare.
We should heed his advice and leave charity to private, direct to those in need organizations.

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 03/21/2019 at 11:10 AM

Re: “A terrible deal

Late to comment here. Rather than angrily, repetitively, countering Col. Fonzi's predictable and largely rhetorically apt dismissals to some 60 years of climate science, it is helpful to remember that he is first of all a Tea Party Republican operative. And he is getting better at what he does. Best response is to educate the greater public of science-oriented conservatives, thoughtful centrists, as well as on board liberals and mobilize a political coalition that embraces a broad application of green energy solutions. That should include nuclear. If the French can succeed with this technology, so can we.

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Posted by Gordon Fuglie on 03/18/2019 at 12:36 PM

Re: “A terrible deal

"why is it that environmental groups steadfastly oppose immediate remedies using proven technologies that are currently available to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions? I refer, of course, to nuclear power, large hydroelectric projects, natural gas, and "fracking" technology, which produced a revolution in extracting natural gas from rock formations. "

LMAOROG, Yeah "immediate" *shaking head*

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Posted by Jon K on 03/16/2019 at 7:52 PM

Re: “A terrible deal

Al Fonzi is a devotee of the psychopathic Russian asset & orange turd in the White House, so that tells me everything I need to know about the validity of his claims or arguments.

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Posted by Jay Bonestell on 03/14/2019 at 9:48 PM

Re: “A terrible deal

What Mr. Fonzi failed to do, of course, is explain how any element of GND actually does all of these horrific things he fears. Yes, the corporate right wing, fueled (if you will) by lobbies for oil and gas, is in a blind panic about the GND, because it does propose an enormous reduction in government welfare for the corporations they represent, in lieu of supporting wind, solar and other renewable energy sources. The GND is ambitious--perhaps overly optimistic in its ambitions--but it is a blueprint, really, that would require legislative and budgetary actions to implement each of its elements. It's open for debate, but debate can occur only with an open mind--not one that is informed solely by inflammatory talking points and false narratives about the true science that underlies the urgency for change. Read the actual document, here:…

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Posted by tsankawi on 03/14/2019 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Things that matter

Stop meddling with Venezuela too. They have their own problems. Should be resolved by the venezuelan people. !!

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Posted by Oscar Nunez on 02/28/2019 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Things that matter

While it's true that ignoring south america, while intervening in mid east, is hypocritical. We still shouldn't intervene militarily in Venezuela, because we are terrible at it (we need to get out of the mid east too). Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Korea, all come to mind. It can be argued that these could have gone better if they had better planning and leadership; but getting better planning and leadership from the current administration is not likely.

Military intervention is too difficult and too dangerous to attempt, while Donald Trump is in charge.

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Posted by Ian Tanner on 02/28/2019 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Kindness of strangers

9Deport all ILLEGAL INVADERS and their spawn that use emergency rooms as their health care and birthing centers to help fix the problem for REAL AMERICANS.

It is primarily that ILLEGAL INVADER demographic that forced the closures of countless financially failing hospitals (well, several hundred at last count over a decade plus ago) in this state alone.

The all encompassing infrastructure of America is based on the known number of legal, tax paying residents. Those that take, take, take are stealing, i.e., healthcare, teacher time, limited classroom seats, highway space, etc., from our fellow Americans that need the help.

Don't shoot the messenger, just finally wise up.


#Hispanics4Trump (Yes, I said it)

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Posted by M. G. on 02/26/2019 at 7:00 AM

Re: “Kindness of strangers

The fact that dental and vision are separate from health insurance is really stupid.

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Posted by Ian Tanner on 02/21/2019 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Kindness of strangers

I remember free dental/vision and medical clinics at Los Angeles County General Hospital where I trained to become an RN. Not only that, I remember using the free clinics in the cities where I have lived in California. Every city and county had such services long before the 'feds's tepped in with Medicare and MediCal [Medi/Medi].

Charity existed and was used by those in need until the tracking and billing practices forced on them led to closures and even more rules and regs until we now have only a failing system left.

Help real charities and fight to reopen local public health care facilities. Bring back the county hospitals and clinics.

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Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 02/21/2019 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Green unicorns

"The underlying assumptions of the climate crisis are based not upon real-world observations..."

OMG Al. What world are you living in?

The objective scientific facts, empirically measured and documented in the REAL WORLD: global temperatures rising, polar caps and glaciers melting, sea levels rising, ocean warming, ocean becoming more acid, 20% world's coral reefs dead, etc, etc.

The lack of response to your la la land promotion of more fossil fuels indicates the marginality of your views in the minds of the rational and reasonable. Why do I bother? Let me contemplate that.

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Posted by Charles Varni on 02/16/2019 at 11:20 AM

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