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I Stand with Rand

Uploaded: Jun 19, 2015

That's the best political slogan since "I like Ike," in 1952.

Rand Paul isn't the typical conservative Republican. In fact when his dad, Ron Paul, ran for President in 2008, Rush Limbaugh didn't know what to make of Ron's Libertarian isolationism. Ron Paul wasn't a viable candidate in 2008 or 2012, but Rand Paul might surprise the pundits.

Liberals believe Government is the answer to all of our problems. I know that's a sweeping generalization and I'm not going to back it up with research studies, but Liberals and Democrats tend to look at big Government as Deus ex Machina, God from the Machine. Republicans actually do the same thing only a little less obviously. Libertarians don't.

When Rand Paul says he's fighting for freedom, he means freedom from big government. I haven't been, or felt like I've been, oppressed by the Federal Government. In fact I'm taking Government handouts right now. I'm on Social Security and Medicare, and I don't want them taken away, but I can see where our Government is out of control.

I donated $20.16 to Rand Paul's campaign. So now I'm officially on his email list. Here's an email I received yesterday. He's coming out swinging.



"Rosalind,

Defeating the Washington Machine begins with tearing up the tax code and starting over.

This doesn't make me the most popular guy with the army of lawyers and lobbyists who game the system.

But I'm not running for their approval.

I'm in this race to take our government back.

That's why I'm proposing a $2 trillion dollar tax cut ? the largest in American history.

My plan is simple, it's fair, and it cuts taxes for ALL Americans.

And it ends the workers tax: I will end the FICA payroll tax, the largest tax for many working Americans.

It goes to zero."

He's talking about cutting or eliminating FICA (Federal Insurance Contributions Act). FICA is the tax for Social Security and Medicare. I'm on Social Security and Medicare. We already don't have enough in the trust fund to cover all of the new people who will be turning 62 (for early SS) or 67 (for full SS), so where will it come from?

So, yes, I'm worried about my own Government handouts, but Social Security and Medicare are NOT handouts. I paid into SS for years, and a payment for Medicare is deducted from my monthly SS checks.

I even did something that is no longer allowed, but I thought was a good idea at the time. I took early SS at 62, after being laid off during the Dot-Com bubble at 60. My goal was to use Social Security to supplement my consulting and part time work.

I was teaching classes online for University of Phoenix. I was making about $12K a year when UoPX added a new AA program to my schedule and I started getting a lot more classes to teach, but 50% of what I earned was subtracted from my Social Security payments.

In January 2009 I decided I would pay back all of my early Social Security and reapply for full SS at 66. This was probably a bad time to do it because the market had just crashed and my mutual funds had dropped in half. Being the overly-reactive person I am, I sold my mutual funds and took $48K out and paid all of the previous 4 years of Social Security back.

Almost nobody knew about this option, but I read the government booklets on Social Security and was actually planning to do it when I applied for early SS. I naively or stupidly thought relying on the government would be safer than keeping my money in the Stock Market. Of course the market came roaring back and my mutual funds would probably have more than doubled by now, but I couldn't predict the future and did what I thought was safe.

In 2010 the payback option was dropped. My Social Security has gone up 66% since I paid it back, but it still isn't enough by itself to live on in the style to which I am accustomed. So I continue to teach online and write my blogs to supplement my SS. While I am not in as much risk as other seniors barely living at the bottom of SS, I would still be pinched if my payments were reduced or my Medicare deduction was increased.

So while I like Rand Paul, and agree that most of the time big government is the problem and not the solution, I'm also self-centered enough to say "Keep your Government hands off my Social Security and Medicare!"
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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Jun 19, 2015 at 5:30 pm

well well well...seems to me that somebody over there has a crush on Mr. Rand Paul...hmmmmmmmmmmmmm?


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Jun 19, 2015 at 5:34 pm

"Gaming the System" Well...it depends by what he means by "the"...i rest my case...


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Posted by Pololo Mololo, a resident of Livermore,
on Jun 19, 2015 at 5:35 pm

RAND PAUL: Web Link


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Jun 19, 2015 at 5:41 pm

Also, what to you think of the "rubber nose clown"? any takers?

Web Link


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Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jun 19, 2015 at 5:51 pm

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Cholo,

Yes I do think Rand Paul is cute and I like his curly hair, but I also like what he has to say. The other guy, with the phony hair, has mostly phony things to say.

Roz


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Jun 19, 2015 at 7:38 pm

There is no comparison between Senator Paul and Donald Trump. Trump enjoys harming others emotionally. I have the impression that Mr. Trump is seriously mentally ill. What I like about Senator Paul is that he provides Free Eye Care in Latin America! He has done it for years and years. GRACIAS!

A BIG MITZVAH OR WHAT? YUP! VIVA RAND PAUL! VIVA!


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Jun 19, 2015 at 7:43 pm

Guatemala: Web Link

SENATOR PAUL IN MEDICAL MISSION IN GUATEMALA! HOORAY!


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Posted by BobB, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on Jun 20, 2015 at 8:55 am

It is a handout. Paying taxes in the past doesn't make it not a handout. Handouts aren't all bad.


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Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jun 20, 2015 at 3:03 pm

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BobB,

Well SS has been called an "entitlement." I prefer that to "handout." I am entitled to what I get because I paid into it for over 40 years.

I think the salary cap should be taken off of FICA for individuals, but kept at under $200K for employers. When I owned a radio combo in Morro Bay for 2 years, I paid my share of SS and the business share for myself and my employees.

Roz


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Jun 20, 2015 at 7:51 pm

I believe that Social Security and Medicare benefits are ways of being supportive/caring for fellow Americans. VIVA AMERICA! VIVA!

It's wonderful that many American children and seniors are receiving various state and federal benefits.

I don't care if it's thought of as a handout...tee hee hee all the way home

And to think that so many of the recipients of the above benefits are Americans Veterans, their spouses and children! VIVA Veterans! I can't image why so many Americans who never served their country during a war are frequently so bitter and jealous of those who have served in so many ways....strangeola! tee hee...all the way home


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Posted by Damon, a resident of Foothill Knolls,
on Jun 24, 2015 at 11:22 am

Well, we got a chance to witness some of Rand Paul's leadership skills recently. He shuffled his feet, looked down, and mumbled just like nearly other Republican Presidential candidate over this Confederate flag controversy. It was only after the governor of South Carolina declared that she was pressing for the removal of the Confederate flag from state grounds that Rand Paul joined the flood of other Republican candidates to agree with and endorse the governor's position.

That's what we call "leading from behind".


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Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jun 24, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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Damon,

I'm disappointed but not surprised. I should be surprised because Rand is a Constitutionalist. He's often quoting from the Bill of Rights against big government. The original Constitution states says:

Article I.

Section 10.

"No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility."

The Confederacy of Southern States violated this prohibition. It was unconstitutional, which is why Lincoln declared war on it. There is no more Confederacy so there should not be a flag "honoring" an illegal, unconstitutional, and defeated alliance.

Even if this wasn't offensive to black people, and I can certainly understand why it is since it represented slavery and Jim Crow laws, it should have been outlawed after the South lost the Civil War. If a state's use of the Confederate flag had been challenged in Federal courts, which it should have been, the Supreme Court would have (or at least should have had to) found it unconstitutional because it IS.

Roz


PS I shall email this polemic to Rand Paul too.


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Posted by Peter Kluget, a resident of Danville,
on Jun 24, 2015 at 12:36 pm

"Liberals believe Government is the answer to all of our problems. I know that's a sweeping generalization and I'm not going to back it up with research studies, but Liberals and Democrats tend to look at big Government as Deus ex Machina, God from the Machine."

When you start off with a statement as profoundly stupid as this it's not surprising that you gush over Rand "There's never been a complex issue I can't find a simplistic answer for" Paul. I'm a liberal. I don't believe Government is the answer to all our problems. I know lots of liberals. None of them do either. I also don't believe that a completely unregulated free market is the answer to all our problems either. What I do believe is that the world is a complicated place and we need to address each problem on its own merits and figure out the optimal way to deal with it. But ideologues like Rand Paul do believe there's a simple answer to everything.

He's wrong. Just as wrong as you are to declare you know what "liberals believe" when you actually don't have a clue. And it doesn't take a "research study" to know that what you said was embarrassingly dumb - you could simply ask a liberal some time. It would be an interesting exercise for you. You might even learn something.


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Jun 24, 2015 at 12:39 pm

The matter of the confederate flag is not over. When it's taken down, the debate re: whether or not it should be exhibited in a museum will surface. Any reference to it will persist for decades. I doubt that the debate will ever completely go away. Why should it? Hate speech is a part of human experience. Even the Nazi symbol has persisted long after the war.

Hate thrives on ignorance.


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Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jun 24, 2015 at 12:51 pm

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I just posted this on "Bloggers for Rand" on his campaign website.

I write a blog for the Danville/San Ramon Express in California. It is an online branch of the Pleasanton Weekly. Even though I support Rand for President, as a senior (72) on Social Security and Medicare, I am concerned about his proposal to eliminate the FICA tax. You may not agree with my current blog, but I hope Rand at least reads what I have to say.

Someone just posted a reply to my "I Stand with Rand" blog about Rand's awkward reaction to taking down the Confederate flag. That symbol of an unconstitutional confederation should have been outlawed decades ago. Here's Article I. Section 10. from the original Constitution.

"No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility."

Roz Rogoff
San Ramon Observer
Danville/San Ramon Express
& Pleasanton Weekly


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Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jun 24, 2015 at 5:06 pm

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Peter,

I said it was "a sweeping generalization" and "Liberals tend to look at big Government" So "generalization" and "tend" means I'm not saying what anyone thinks. Didn't you learn those are weasel words in your Critical Thinking class?

But they sure pushed your buttons. Thanks for contributing.

Roz


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Posted by Formerly Dan from BC, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Jun 25, 2015 at 8:38 am

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Roz,

It's amazing to me that self-proclaimed "liberals" are so intolerant as to call someone who may have different thoughts and ideas as "stupid" and "dumb", then profess that you might "learn something" from talking with them.

So childish.

Notice that when you have a debate with them the very first thing they do is lash out like children and start calling names (you poppyhead give me back my ballon!); then they they tell you how smart they are; and finally when they still don't get their way they cut off conversation?

Just. Like. Children.

I give you kudos for your thick skin and continuing the debate. There are other bloggers who just can't take the heat like you and, predictably, they're liberals. QED.

I'm not a Rand Paul fan, he seems too much like his kooky father.

Dan


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Posted by Peter Kluget, a resident of Danville,
on Jun 25, 2015 at 10:33 am

Okay, so let's break this down: "Liberals believe Government is the answer to all of our problems." This is false; apparently you know it's false, but you chose to write it as a clear declaratory statement anyway. Why? Oh, because it's a "sweeping generalization" which you won't bother to support with anything resembling facts, so it's just "weasel words" which don't really mean anything. But it's still false, generally or otherwise. No liberal believes what you stated. None - as you acknowledge. The statement is false both specifically and as a generalization. So: why did you choose to make that statement?

Next: "Liberals and Democrats tend to look at big Government as Deus ex Machina, God from the Machine. Republicans actually do the same thing only a little less obviously." Again - this is categorically false. No one, not Liberals, not Democrats, and not even Republicans actually have that view.

So what does this tell us about your thought processes? You are engaging in what is called a "false dichotomy." That means you posit an extreme for the "other side" and contrast it with your position, which leaves your choice as the only "reasonable" position. Critical thinking? Try Logical Fallacies 101. (Incidentally, there is no one who utilizes this twisted form of illegitimate argumentation more consistently or more extremely than Thomas Sowell. But I digress.)

In fact Rand Paul is the one adopting an extreme position, the position that government, regulation and taxes must always be reduced - as you, in fact, acknowledge is a bad idea when it comes to the government programs which you see as directly affecting you.

If, instead of positing what you now apparently acknowledge to be a ridiculous distortion of the viewpoint you disagree with, you took the effort to recognize that it is liberals who are not doctrinaire and don't believe that ***anything*** is always the solution to every problem you might have avoided of parroting the right wing party line about what liberals "believe" and ending up looking stupid.

And Formerly Dan, did you consider looking at what you wrote from on objective point of view to see if you were embodying precisely the attitude you were criticizing? Just curious. ;-)


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Posted by Quincy, a resident of another community,
on Jun 25, 2015 at 10:52 am

He has stated that he intends to move the "FICA" tax burden from employees to employers. He is not talking about ending or de-funding Social Security. HTH


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Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jun 25, 2015 at 1:11 pm

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Quincy,

Yes, so far Rand Paul has said he would eliminate the FICA tax but not Social Security itself. However, FICA was intended to fund SS, which it hasn't really or not very well. But it was intended to be used as a rainy day savings account for citizens, not for the Federal Government to waste.

His other proposal, for a 14.5% flat tax (cutting Romney's by .5%) will put a lot of accountants and tax preparers out of work. Goodbye H&R Block! I'm not too impressed with these proposals.

In the last Presidential election I voted for Roseanne Barr. I figured of all the clowns running at least she's the funny one.

Roz


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Posted by Eric Reitz, a resident of another community,
on Jun 25, 2015 at 5:14 pm

Instead of employees paying payroll tax, employers will pay the flat 14.5%, and multinationals will be incentivized to reincorporate in the US. No more conglomerates paying $0/year in taxes while taking subsidies from taxpayers. I think it's a little low, but I'm not an economist. If you ask me, don't gimmick the numbers. Go with a simple 10, 15, or 20% flat rate with 2 tiers. It's been suggested that those who earn less than $400k/year should have fewer claimable itemized deductions, and I think that's fair.

All I'm trying to say is that his plan is viable and that it doesn't cut anything for people who've worked and paid into SS/Medicare. The cuts in the Departments of Commerce, Education, and Interior which he's proposed will give states more freedom to determine what works for them at a state or local level. I am not a fan of one-size-fits-all national policies, and neither were the framers of our Constitution.


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Posted by Damon, a resident of Foothill Knolls,
on Jun 25, 2015 at 5:48 pm

Uhhh, Roz. You do know that Rand Paul is ....... how should I put this delicately? Insane?


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Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jun 25, 2015 at 6:07 pm

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Eric,

Thanks for providing more details. I should read his complete platform before making assumptions. Now I'm starting to sound like Kluget. I liked him better when he posted as "Huh?"

Damon,

Why do you say that? What leads you to that, er, diagnosis?

Roz


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Posted by Formerly Dan from BC, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Jun 25, 2015 at 6:26 pm

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Peter,

Hmmm...let's see: "profoundly stupid", "don't have a clue", and "what you said was embarrassingly dumb..."

Why yes Peter, I believe I did read your screed from an objective point of view!

Maybe Roz had the experience with many liberals which led her to make those statements? Maybe she read screeds from certain liberals in mags like The Nation or blogs like Salon and ascertained that liberals like big G?

Point is, just because YOU don't associate with what YOU call big G liberals does not mean that they don't exist. And it doesn't justify you using those descriptors in response to Roz. She could very well be right.

And by the way, I'm not defending Roz. I agree with her.

I stand by my earlier comment. Now throw your tantrum.


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Posted by regular reader, a resident of Bonde Ranch,
on Jun 26, 2015 at 10:45 am

Former Dan? If I recall correctly, you were noT bumped from that other blog for successful argumentation, but because you insisted on acting like a poopyhead. Misbehavior earned you a suspension. Own it.


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Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jun 26, 2015 at 12:25 pm

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Nah Dan,

I used to be a Liberal, so that's how I know. As far as Mr. Get a Clue goes, I'm not paid enough to spend time researching and citing my opinions in these blogs. I still do that for my University of Phoenix classes, but those require academic support.

My blogs are my opinions and I make sure to throw in weasel words so my unsupported claims are vague enough to weasel out of (oops I ended the sentence with a preposition again).

Hey if this stirred up Mr. Kluget, I have done my job right!

Roz


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Posted by American, a resident of Danville,
on Jun 26, 2015 at 12:37 pm

"Peter Kluget": I absolutely agree with Dan that I find your post to be unnecessarily rude...I do not care if you are a liberal, moderate, or conservative, rudeness is a sign of bad manners, and often an attempt to make up for underlying low self esteem...Your torch the earth approach is not winning you any points with those who you may seek to agree with your position...Roz likes Rand Paul, you do not, but people tune you out quickly when you get mean and rude...FYI, I am no fan of Rand Paul either, but I like rudeness less than his policies.


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Posted by Formerly Dan from BC, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Jun 27, 2015 at 8:17 am

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To Regular Reader,

I STILL stand by what I said in that post: "Liberal COWARDS"!.

And note that there was never a retort, just a flash to the instantaneous and breathless non-defense and banishment. Hit. The. Mark.

So be it.

I still enjoy reading what Tom has to say (from what I've seen he could use the hits) and will continue to come to this website, like it or not.

Have a nice day pal.


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Posted by Peter Kluget, a resident of Danville,
on Jun 29, 2015 at 10:19 am

Peter wrote: "Formerly Dan, did you consider looking at what YOU wrote from on objective point of view..."

FD wrote: "Why yes Peter, I believe I did read YOUR screed from an objective point of view!"

Reading comprehension difficulties Dan?

Let me spell it out for you, Dan: You complained that I described stupid comments as being "stupid." (Note: I didn't say Roz was stupid, just some of her comments. Everyone says stupid things from time to time; I think it's not a bad idea to point it out to them when they do that.)

You responded by attacking me (and all "liberals") personally, calling us "childish" and now "cowards."

So here's the thing: if you criticize someone for calling an idea stupid by saying "they" are childish you are doing what you are accusing the other person of having done - except you actually are making it a personal attack, not an attack on a foolish statement made by an otherwise worthy person. You have made it clear that you consider everyone who disagrees with your viewpoint to be sub-human - childish cowards. I just think Roz should think twice before making sweeping statements about people who disagree with her which include "generalizations" which she knows aren't true, because by doing so she poisons the discourse - kind of like you do.

Is that clear enough for you Dan?

If it's rude to call a stupid statement "stupid" then I'm guilty of being rude. But I've noted over the years - starting roughly about the time of Newt Gingrich's infamous memo to Repblican politicians - that the right wing has successfully managed to demonize liberals with exactly the kind of sweeping exaggerations Roz made in part because no one called them on their dishonesty. Even Roz, after admitting that "no one" thinks what she stated was actually true, clearly thinks she's a victim for having been called out on her exaggerations - after all, she qualified them with "weasel words."

Was Roz being "rude" when she said "liberals believe" something which would be stupid - if liberals actually believed it? Is claiming that people believe stupid things more or less rude than calling that statement stupid? Maybe there should be a seminar on "rudeness" in public discourse, American. Because in public discussions it sometimes looks to me like folks insist that liberals bring a knife to the right wing's gunfight.


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Posted by regular reader, a resident of Bonde Ranch,
on Jun 29, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Former dan? I think you were booted off that blog for misbehavior, of the chronic variety. I am not sure how I would go back to prove it, if I cared to, but I also belive that you were warned. You can fall on your sword idif you choose, but ya cant call it murder.


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Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jun 29, 2015 at 1:50 pm

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Regular Reader,

It is ironic that Former Dan and I are agreeing here. I had my run in with him a few years ago, but my positions are shifting to the right, so we are more in tune than we used to be.

I don't mind disagreements with my blogs, or even saying my comments are offensive or unsupported, but I don't like them called "stupid." Stupid is in the eye of the beholder. It seems like Mr. Kluget "doth protest too much." If Dan is defending me now, I appreciate it.

Roz


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Posted by Peter Kluget, a resident of Danville,
on Jun 30, 2015 at 8:04 am

"Liberals believe Government is the answer to all of our problems. I know that's a sweeping generalization and I'm not going to back it up with research studies, but Liberals and Democrats tend to look at big Government as Deus ex Machina, God from the Machine."

So, Roz - you feel it's okay for you to make a statement which paints people you disagree with as being stupid, but you "don't like" having that statement referred to as stupid? "Offensive and unsupported" is okay, but a plain statement like stupid isn't?

Sounds like one of those "I can dish it out but I can't take it" whines the bullies are fond of.


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Posted by Formerly Dan from BC, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Jun 30, 2015 at 9:01 am

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Peter,

"If it's rude to call a stupid statement "stupid" then I'm guilty of being rude."

So you are the arbiter of "stupid" statements now?

You churlish liberals are so power hungry that you'll stop at nothing to monitor speech.

Look dude, I already explained to you enough times Roz' feelings are her own. There is evidence that liberals loves' them some BIG GOVERNMENT but you, ole' Petey, cannot fathom that being true. And, get this, you don't believe its true because you don't personally know any Big G loving' liberals!

Breathtakingly disingenuous.

So basically Roz said something true and you attacked her.

What a "man".

And now that you've been called on it, you come back and, instead of addressing the original topic you now are having to defend yourself with 500 word screeds.


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Posted by Formerly Dan from BC, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Jun 30, 2015 at 9:08 am

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Regular Reader,

Misbehavior? LOL!

If misbehaving means speaking my mind, then I guess I was misbehaving. But don't be obtuse RR, you can easily search the blog and re-read the post.

Your writing style reminds me of a Sockpuppet named Dogfather...

Is that you, Dogfather?




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Posted by Formerly Dan from BC, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Jun 30, 2015 at 9:12 am

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Roz,

I don't recall the "run in" but I suspect it might have been a global warming post. And I don't recall calling you "stupid", "embarrassingly dumb", and not having a "clue". Just saying' :)

Peace.


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Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on Jun 30, 2015 at 5:25 pm

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Dan,

Yes it was over global warming, but I don't recall you labeling me or what I wrote as "stupid." "Stupid" is a stupid word, which is why I don't use it to label people with different views or politics.

I might call them "Liberal," or "misguided". I might disagree with their political positions on the role of Government or the value of big government, but I do not call these ideas "stupid."

If Mr. Kluget is so sensitive to the work "stupid," why does he use it to describe my words, but then say "So, Roz - you feel it's okay for you to make a statement which paints people you disagree with as being stupid, but you "don't like" having that statement referred to as stupid? "Offensive and unsupported" is okay, but a plain statement like stupid isn't?"

Now I'm the one to say "Huh?" I did not call anyone "stupid," except myself "I naively or stupidly thought relying on the government would be safer than keeping my money in the Stock Market." So I paid back my Social Security instead of keeping it in the Stock Market. That proved to be a mistake. It also has absolutely nothing to do with Mr. Kluget or Liberal or Conservative politics.

"Deus ex Machina," is an old theatrical term dating back to Greco/Roman times when poorly written plays used to rely on a God coming down from the heavens in a "machine" (usually operated by slaves under the stage using pulleys.) My use of the term was that Big Government has become the mechanical God rescuing the hero or heroine at the end, and that isn't a reliable solution to personal problems.

By the way, Dog Father is Tom Cushing. I would be "Cat Mother," if I were using a nom-de-blog other than San Ramon Observer or Roz.

Roz


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Nominations due by Sept. 16

Pleasanton Weekly and DanvilleSanRamon.com are once again putting out a call for nominations and sponsorships for the annual Tri-Valley Heroes awards - our salute to the community members dedicated to bettering the Tri-Valley and the lives of its residents.

Nomination form