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Posted on November 30 at 3:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So, as I write this, 66% think that recount efforts represent only "sour grapes"? I wonder what their opinion would've been if the shoe were on the other foot. I have to assume that most of that 66% were Trump voters. Their candidate continually railed against the electoral system call it "rigged", as I recall; and his supporters cheerleader him along. So, all of a sudden, it wasn't rigged? The totals were close, folks, in those three states. We have a system where a total of around 100,000 "well-placed" votes swung an election via the Electoral College to a candidate who will lose the nationwide vote by 2.5 million. By the system, he won and that's fully legitimate given the rules we live by. However, a 100,000 vote spread split among three states is an exceedingly small margin. We damn well better find out if the numbers are legitimate. What's the matter, 66%? Are you afraid that your candidate might be right about the system being rigged?

From: What do you think of efforts to recount the presidential election ballots in certain states?

Posted on September 20 at 8:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Nice to know that in at least one state in this nation the sane greatly outnumber the crackpots.

From: Poll: Clinton holds large lead over Trump in N.Y.

Posted on September 20 at 8:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The trends of opinion shown in this utterly unscientific poll do demonstrate one fact -- that the media has done a particularly poor job of accurately informing the watching, listening and reading public of the true state of affairs here when it comes to the risks of being affected by or experiencing a terrorist act. By every measurable indice, we are demonstrably safer and more secure against such plots than we were fifteen years ago, ten years ago, five years ago and last year. Yet, fear -- a wholly irrational fear -- dots the landscape here and fills the minds of the public. Is vigilance a good idea? Certainly! But it is a good idea when it comes to a whole host of other risks that hold far more danger and are much more likely to affect us than terrorism. For one thing, poor diet and restricted access to health care are a far greater danger to our lives, yet most of our fellows continue to eat Twinkies and disfavor single payer health care. Go figure. As a people, we are remarkably stupid and gullible.

From: How much safer is the U.S. from terrorism since the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago?

Posted on January 28 at 8:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

We have a president who is condescending and divisive? No. We have a president who is intelligent and contemplative, instead of emotional and rash in his actions. It wasn't this president who vowed to oppose everything he proposed - even when he adopted in substantial part their own ideas and proposals. No. That condescension and divisiveness came from the Republican Party--the same outfit that's doing it now in a desperate effort to capture that presidency.

From: Opinion: Tell us what 'New York values' are, Sen. Cruz

Posted on November 16 at 10:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Excellent letter, Ms.Natale. Unfortunately, for too many Republicans being confronted with the truth of things tends to just make them hold to their fantasies that much harder. Interesting isn't it that in the aftermath of 9/11, not one Democrat pointed the finger at Bush or his administration as responsible for not adequately protecting the country, even though subsequently we learned that numerous warnings from the previous Clinton Administration and intelligence officials within Bush's were soft-pedaled or ignored by Bush and his cabinet. However, all we hear from Republicans today is how inadequate and culpable Obama and the Democrats are for every random act of violence that takes place around the world. Tells you a lot about the character (or rather lack thereof) of the finger pointers and which side is always trying to use a tragedy to advance their own selfish interests.

From: Krauthammer got a lot wrong about IRS scandal

Posted on September 15 at 9:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Milton Friedman? His cockeyed policies are one big reason we are where we are - with the captains of industry (so-called) making thousands of times more than the ordinary worker. The former's compensation has grown well past both inflation and productivity rates whilst that of the latter has lagged no matter how hard or smartly they've labored. The $15 minimum is no panacea, especially since even that increase fails to keep pace with inflation since the minimum wage was created. But it's at least a start. Maybe the position of the opponents would be at least somewhat more credible if they acknowledged that the system is hardly working as it should inasmuch as somebody's thumb is pressing ver hard on that scale.

From: $15 minimum will harm people its trying to help

Posted on May 30 at 2:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

All you have to do is read the first sentence of this column to know that Mona Charen, as always, is full of it.

From: Mona Charen: GOP’s men can criticize female foes without being sexist

Posted on May 12 at 6:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Boustany, the Republican from Louisiana, should read the full story. The IRS head all this time was a fellow Republican appointed by a fellow Republican. And while some apparently specious Tea Party organizations were targeted, they weren't the only apparently specious group that were.

From: UPDATED: IRS knew tea party was targeted in 2011, report says

Posted on April 10 at 1:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Saratoga County has no money to take care of seniors (selling its nursing home to private concerns), but it has money to spend to make sure that a clear and distinct minority of County residents (16,000 out of a population of 223,000) can get their pistol permits a little bit faster. Tell me this isn't just politics at work. Interesting, too, that Wormuth has her hands in this one too. As for Bowen's comment, the only nightmare is for the 200,000 in the county who don't want pistols having to subsidize the convenience of that small number that do.

From: Clerk added in Saratoga County to address backlog on pistol permits

Posted on April 2 at 3:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, yes, yes... We all know that gun enthusiasts are all the flower of humanity and would never intentionally do damage to public property nor leave debris and garbage strewn over the landscape. They are just the most polite and respectful of people because, after all, they expect the rest of us to be polite and respectful of them.

From: Gun rally caused $60K damage to Capitol lawn

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