Police said Mr Cole, who was wearing a bow tie and rather too much tweed for his age, would not reveal his country of origin. “Countries do not exist where I am from. The discovery of the Higgs boson led to limitless power, the elimination of poverty and Kit-Kats for everyone. It is a communist chocolate hellhole and I’m here to stop it ever happening.”
You're saying we shouldn't cut foreign aid because other nations might not like us? We spend a lot of money on other nations now and they don't like us. If we had extra money lying around, I'd say that's not much of an issue, charity is noble, etc., but we don't have extra money. *That's* what the protests are about. I'm not suggesting that we shouldn't make other changes as well, not to mention stop bailing out private entities with public funds, but PR is the least of our problems right now.
I’m saying that Foreign Aid is the least of the concerns and harping on about it is not actually driving the discussion towards a solution: It’s just noise making and posturing for little gain.
And good PR is probably better for dealing with terrorism than occupying a place while fundamentalism and animosity for that occupation festers in the background.
“I think aid is all worthless. It doesn’t do any good to most of the people. You end up taking money from poor people in this country and it goes to rich people in other countries, gets used for weapons of war… the biggest threat to our country is our financial situation, and this is aggravating it.”—
Ron Paul, answering a question initially posed to Herman Cain: whether he felt we could afford to continue foreign aid to Africa for things like AIDS, malaria, and the like. Worth noting: foreign aid presently makes up about 1% of the U.S. federal budget.
I see foreign aid repeatedly dismissed as if 1% of the budget is such a negligible trifle that it’s not worth talking bout it. If we’re trying to cut our annual budget by 10%—which is not enough, but it’s far more than we’ll ever actually cut—then ending all foreign aid gets us 10% of the way there. That’s huge.
Any meaningful effort to cut the deficit is going to require us to look at things that take up 1% or less of the budget.
Saying, “It’s only one percent, it doesn’t matter,” is precisely how a nation - or a household or an individual, for that matter - winds up in financial crisis.
When I was growing up, my mother forbade me to toss out pennies. I couldn’t see why we’d need them, but she said, “Because, Tricia, 100 pennies make a dollar.” My aunt and uncle are likely the wealthiest members of my family - certainly one percenters - and my aunt washes and reuses Ziploc bags and aluminum foil. I asked her once why she does that when they have plenty of money and she said, “How do you think we got plenty of money?”
All our savings matter. All our savings count. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
That’s like saving your pennies but hemorrhaging money at the casino every night. You don’t save 10% by cutting your 1% spend on lattes and parking fees. You do it by not being wasteful with your big expenses in the first place. A 1% cut to each of your top 10 expenses will bring you more than 10% savings, just on math alone.
But an across the board cut will be irresponsible, so you need to look at how the money is being spent and where it is going, and how effective that spending is. (This is what all the various demonstrations are about).
Foreign Aid is not something to target lightly, especially since this is part PR exercise, and it’s through those bags of food/drugs that have “USA” stamped on them that many at-risk people start forming their opinions about the US…
“The Parting Glass" is an Irish traditional song, often sung at the end of a gathering of friends.
Of all the money e’er I had, I spent it in good company. And all the harm I’ve ever done, Alas! it was to none but me. And all I’ve done for want of wit To mem’ry now I can’t recall So fill to me the parting glass Good night and joy be with you all.
Oh, all the comrades e’er I had, They’re sorry for my going away, And all the sweethearts e’er I had, They’d wish me one more day to stay, But since it falls unto my lot, That I should rise and you should not, I gently rise and softly call, Good night and joy be with you all.
A man may drink and not be drunk; a man may fight and not be slain; a man may court a pretty girl and perhaps be welcomed back again. But since it has so ordered been by a time to rise and a time to fall Come fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all.
I really enjoy, when taking off boxer briefs, leaving them on one foot, then kicking them in the air and catching them (the trick is to kick them up, I’ve found.)
Sure, if I lived with roommates, I could still do this, provided the bathroom was big enough, or if I was in my own room and about to go to bed or something. But it’s much more fun to do in the middle of the living room while Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” is playing.
“When I say “I love you,” its not because I want you or because I can’t have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, and how you try. I’ve seen your kindness and your strength. I’ve seen the best and the worst of you. And I understand with perfect clarity exactly what and who you are.”—Joss Whedon (via quote-book)
“I think the point people are trying to make is the media is responsible for JoePa going down.” — Penn State freshman on why it was totally okay to overturn a news broadcast truck. DOUCHENOZZLE POINTS (from 1-10): 9.
“We got rowdy, and we got maced. But make no mistake, the board started this riot by firing our coach. They tarnished a legend.” 19-year-old Penn Stater, who apparently fails to realize that covering up criminal sexual activity is actually what tarnishes a legend. DOUCHENOZZLE POINTS: 10.
“It’s not fair. The board is an embarrassment to our school and a disservice to the student population.” — 20-year-old Penn Stater, who is apparently not embarrassed that an assistant coach on his school’s football team raped young boys. DOUCHENOZZLE POINTS: 11.
“This definitely looks bad for our school. I’m sure JoePa wouldn’t want this, but this is just an uproar now, we’re finding a way to express our anger.” — Freshman Penn Stater, who is good at stating the obvious and being contradictory all at once. DOUCHENOZZLE POINTS: 12.
“Of course we’re going to riot. What do they expect when they tell us at 10 o’clock that they fired our football coach?” — 24-year-old Penn Stater, who probably didn’t riot when he found out Joe Paterno’s lieutenant raped little boys. DOUCHENOZZLE POINTS: 15.
“My friends were like, ‘I don’t want to get maced.’ I was like, ‘I don’t want to miss seeing this, so I guess that means I do kind of want to get maced.’” — Freshman Penn Stater, who I hope was maced. DOUCHENOZZLE POINTS: 8.
These people make me sick. This whole Penn State thing is sickening to the core - from the moral failure of at least FIVE educated and powerful adults who knew that Sandusky was (allegedly) raping little boys for at least 15 years, to these IDIOT students who deserve to be publicly flogged for thinking about football with the gravity of what’s happening at their university.
Higher education my ass.
Your football record is inconsequential come next season, you assholes. These kids have to live with this shit for the rest of their lives.
“My heart aches for Sandusky’s victims but also for every Penn State student who has survived abuse and who has to step onto that campus tomorrow, look around, and wonder just who is callous enough to have been rioting last night in support of a man who could have stopped the abuse but didn’t.”—