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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion: Mail

Re: “Mail and Commentary

"Perhaps the successes of the tea party folks is getting your kind nervous. Racism? Cow manure."

Perhaps the fact that you laughingly think the 'Tea Party folks' have been anything other than a pathetic punchline is the true cow manure.

Maybe you should look somewhere other than FAUX 'News' to get your 'facts'.

-Kevin Karstens

Posted by karcreat2 on 09/20/2009 at 12:56 PM

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"You and Dowd are fools (or worse) to speculate on why someone would want to know the truth about Obama's citizenship. I want to know, too."

Too bad you don't 'want to know' where you can take a helpful IQ test.

The TRUTH has been provided for idiots like you and you refuse to accept it because you carry a weight of hate for Obama no matter WHAT...silly people ('Birthers') like yourself will use any 'arguement' they can to attempt to discredit this man...how absolutely pathetic.

He won the election (and LEGITIMATELY, I might add, unlike his lying hick predecessor) and you just can't stand it.

-Kevin Karstens

Posted by karcreat2 on 09/20/2009 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary

Nick3463....

If you don't like public schools, you don't have to send your kids to them. And as for choice, haven't you had to sign on of those slips for health class indicating which sex ed you'd like you child in. In this Mormon state they don't give children decent information about protecting themselves in the most "liberal" choice.

Do you even have children or are you just parroting what you've heard on talk radio?

As far as accountability goes: What, you don't think Bush's No Child Left Behind program is adequate?

Posted by ralleuc on 09/11/2009 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary

Shawna, if the best example of your political insight comes from a children s story, why would any one listen to you. If you have any proof that “Obama is building a civilian army to protect himself” post the links here so that they can be examined in the daylight of full disclosure.

Posted by ericn1300 on 09/10/2009 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary

To Shawna Shearer:

Hon, you are just too laughable to take seriously, I'm sorry.

You are 'very afraid' of Mr. Obama?

Perhaps this is due to the fact that you so readilly buy into the propaganda from the Right involving 'socialism' (ridiculous) and Czars (instituted by the Right and Nixon in 1973, and GW Bush had over 40 of them...read your history for God's sake), I cannot say...all I know is I am way past the point of bothering with people as silly as you so obviously are.

WE should 'wake up'?
Lady, YOU are the one experiencing laughable nightmares...WE all woke up when we voted this intelligent, hardworking visionary into office...my best advice to you to avoid your comedic nightmares would be to lay off the sour grapes before bedtime.

Don't worry, tho...I plan to continue enjoying my freedom (as it is in no way threatened) AND your delusions, 'citizen'.

-Kevin Karstens, Boise

Posted by karcreat2 on 09/09/2009 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary

RE, "BW readers/letter writers are one-sided on health-Care opinions"...I got as far as Mr. Jensen invoking the tired, hate filled cliche of 'Hitler' YET AGAIN in his tirade and got bored...

-Kevin Karstens

Posted by karcreat2 on 08/29/2009 at 9:51 PM

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Pamela Myhre wrote:

"...we are still left with the vexing question of what to do with the greater than 50 percent who aren't Real Americans. Some have suggested using the electoral process to right this wrong, but the most recent election results surely show the folly of that method."

You are a sad example of the very fascism you claim to abhore...how typically hyporitical of the 'Right'.

You presume to call yourself, and others like you, the 'REAL Americans'...how dare you.

Oh, that's right...the results of the last HONEST election didn't quite turn in your favor, a true 'folly' to be sure, so it's time to start the name calling and finger pointing...all attributes of a 'REAL American', to be sure.

- Kevin Karstens (just AN American)

Posted by karcreat2 on 08/29/2009 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary

Please define the terms "Real American" and "True American", Pamela. In detail.

Posted by Hippocrates Jr on 08/28/2009 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary

Define responsibility. Is it low responsibility to work hard all your life, buy a house, sustain a family, only to be dumped by your health insurance when you get a chronic condition, then lose your house to foreclosure and declare bankruptcy? Not something that would happen in Western Europe my friend, or in Canada.

Both of those, btw, use private doctors, private hospitals, and private care. PRIVATE. As in non-governmental. I suggest you go to google and look up Frontline State of health, and read up on 6 different types of health care systems in the world, before you start spouting nonsense about Hitler and healthcare.

How many skinhead/white supremicist thugs are there in the state these days, BTW? I'd think that is more Hitlerian than any health care program.

Posted by Hippocrates Jr on 08/28/2009 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary

Whether you pay 50% of your income on taxes or premiums, interest, and past-due medical bills, doesn't it work out the same? Considering all of the other benefits you get from those taxes, it seems like a much better deal.

Yet in Canada, the only personal example I have for Universal health care, taxes are very much in line with American rates and easier to understand. There is none of the 'waiting period' fiasco that we have heard screams about, and the government does finance trained hospice specialists that consult with people on end of life care decisions.

Why am I not there? (The common rebuttal)
I love America, am American, and know that it's one of the few nations that can break out of wage feudalism and monetary ogliarchy and can continually improve itself. Sometimes it will improve itself in spite of itself. Other times the head of the snake will attempt to eat the tail. I cannot tell one from another from my vantage point, but will still try to keep her headed in the right direction.

Posted by GameMasterNick on 08/28/2009 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary

And to GameMasterNick....

Most European countries pay over 50% income tax, and come with all of the problems that socialism is famous for. High debt, low responsibility.

Posted by Nick3464 on 08/28/2009 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary

It may not lead directly to genocide, but it will lead directly to a large government making all your health decisions for you. That's why it appealed to Hitler. Socialized programs have never led to an improvement. It creates a society where those who work hard have their hard work taken, and given to someone who did not work. On top of that, it makes it more difficult for those who would work to find work, thus in a way, enslaving the people, and making them completely dependent. This is how the Hitler regime worked. I never claimed that Obama was attempting genocide. Hitler took Germany from the Germans using socialism, and at this point, Obama is doing the exact same thing.
As far as subjecting children to the things that are taught in sex ed, only a few schools push oral sex, but they are there. The amount of schools that are getting more and more daring with sex ed is increasing. The main problem with public schools, is that as a parent, I have no power whatsoever what my children are taught. In a private school, teachers are held accountable. If I don't like what the teachers do, I can pull them out, and go to a better school, and the school has something to lose. In a public school, there is no accountability. Such is socialism. No accountability.
I also find it disturbing that the previous post seems to believe that without a proper knowledge of oral sex, one is "hopelessly unprepared to enter society".
- Nick Jensen

Posted by Nick3464 on 08/28/2009 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary

That's the first example I've ever seen of Godwin's Law applying to a handwritten letter. O_o Well, since Hitler thought universal healthcare was good, it must be evil. Interesting... I guess he won the war, since most major European countries (and Canada) have state-sponsored healthcare.

Posted by GameMasterNick on 08/28/2009 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary

Mr. Jensen seems confused. While I can't say for certain that a government run program allowing everyone to access to health insurance won't lead directly to genocide...um....actually, i will say that.
As for oral sex education:
My parents insisted I take the XXX section of health in public high school. It was in that semester I learned that, indeed, oral sex does not result in conception. As far as advocation goes, we were given nary a display or tip, leaving us hopelessly unprepared to enter society. Oral sex is hard!

Posted by ma runsvold on 08/26/2009 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary

No More Health Catrina !


Let's set up the Equation !

1. All across the spectrum share the urgent need for the reform as the course today is financially unsustainable. By the way, how do we pay for it ?
Let's make it affordable while improving quality.

2. Of all choices on the table, savings via efficiency is the best, and Removing Wastes alone is Enough to Meet the Goal.

As one instance, please visit http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.p…, you will be stunned !

No one knows just how much medical fraud there is, and estimates range from $600 to $6000 billion over the next decade lost to it.
And, in May 2009, the Obama administration announced a new task force made up of officials from the Department of Justice and the Department of Health
and Human Services to work on health care fraud.

3. Enough Room For Savings !

Many reformers recognized roughly 30 percent of all health-care spending in the U.S. -some $700 billion a year- might be wasted on medical abuse, unnecessary procedures, unnecessary visits to the doctor, overpriced pharmaceuticals, bloated insurance companies, and the most inefficient paper billing systems imaginable, and payment reform could solve this problem.

Provided the American people pay around twice the amount of the efficient systems, the result is still well below them, the ratio of waste might be estimated to far more than 50% in the U.S.

Let's be conservative regarding the ratio. Even If as little as 10% of savings apply to the combined Medicare and Medicaid cost of $923.5bn per year, as of July, the savings of $923.5bn over the next decade are possible.

And when these savings add to the already allocated $583 billion, the savings of wastes involving so called "doughnut hole" , the unnecessary subsidies for insurers, medical abuse, exorbitant costs by the tragic ER visits etc, the concern over revenue might be a thing of the past.

As a matter of fact, with the promising redesign in the pipeline, some patient-focused clinics in 10 regions have already achieved 16% of savings in Medicare while their quality scores are well above average.

Please be 'sure' to visit http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/13/opinion/… for credible evidences !

Thankfully, the provisions in the reform include more expansive, systematic policies such as 'a patient's outcome-based payment system' than they have. I for one firmly believe this American innovation, 'a patient's outcome-based payment system' , is capable of turning profit-oriented practices into patient-focused system / value.
Dr. Armadio at Mayo clinic says, "If we got rid of that stuff (waste), we save a third of all that we spend and that is 2.5 trillion dollars on health care. A third of that and that is 700 billion dollars a year. That covers a lot of uninsured people."
Please visit http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.as… for detailed infos

-- Americans' Best Friends Are The Envy Of The Planet ! --
-- Except For The Underinsured, The Uninsured Alone Outnumber The Entire Population In Canada --


4. Some say, if the reform package is affordable and improve quality, then the inflation/bankruptcy-oriented market can not last, thereby competition should begin with our unfair, unsustainable market value, or let's make another insurer-friendly scheme, even though the inflation/bankruptcy-oriented market share the need for change.


5. CONCLUSION = THE WILL OF REFORM, NOT COST.

The runaway premium similar to the peak fuel price last year and left so many folks in despair insists on staying the course with the attitude 'unchanged', clearly this trend could bankrupt individual, business, and government. Now the government subsequently is tasked with these two main assignments, first, to address premium inflation, second, to expand coverage to all in urgent need.

In order to cover all and not to add to the deficit, the public option can not set the same rates of private market, rather, it needs to have BALANCING function to keep it in check in terms of INFLATION, too. Unfortunately, this 'unavoidable' direction is aggressively being accused by the runaway premium, citing government 'take-over' .

Under the circumstances the energy bill to determine human future and the other major issues are presently piled up, who wants to waste time making enemies ?, which also does not benefit the forthcoming election.

with the heartbreaking tears in mind (Nearly 11 Million Cancer Patients Without Health Insurance), private market also needs changes and should join together to complete this reform , as promised, otherwise, the runaway premium only has itself to blame while new firms are filling the void with competitive deals.
And It can be said that fair competition starts with a fair, sustainable market value.

However, the plan in the House is designed to keep people in an employer-based health insurance system, and the public option would be offered to those for whom employer-provided insurance is not available. And job-based coverage (indirect payment) mandate code, and ample capital, reduced ER costs, IT base to streamline the administrative processes and trim the costs might be favorable to the private market. Over time, supposedly, the public plan will concentrate more on basic, primary cares, and the private insurers will provide their clients with differentiated services.

Let me repeat; No More Health Catrina, No More Bankruptcy Of Middle Class !

-- Americans' Best Friends Are The Envy Of The Planet ! --
-- Except For The Underinsured, The Uninsured Alone Outnumber The Entire Population In Canada --

Thank You !

Posted by hsr0601 on 08/20/2009 at 3:20 AM

Re: “Mail June 11 - June 17, 2008

That's right, I said that.

Posted by Dyani on 08/16/2009 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Mail and Commentary

There has been no news of David Irving's book tour for more than a week. Has someone given the order not to mention his tour in the press any more? There have been no reviews of his talks and no news about any interruptions by anti-Nazis. No publicity at all.

There has also been no mention of Germar Rudolf in the American press. On July 4th, Rudolf was released from prison in Germany where he had been incarcerated for almost four years for Holocaust denial. Are the anti-Nazis afraid that people might start doing some research on the Holocaust?

Posted by Geseke on 08/12/2009 at 9:48 AM

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A note to OftenOutraged... perhaps you should research the interviews and writings of Raul Hilberg in the last years of his life. Hilberg is recognized by all historians as the first and one of the foremost authorities on the 'Holocaust'. Hilberg, himself a Jewish historian, acknowledged that it is possible that Hitler did not order or know of the evil actions of the Einzatsgruppen during the early years of the war.

The statement above does not infer that Hilberg implied that Hitler was 'innocent', and does not make him a 'Hitler apologist'. Nor does it state or imply that I am one. Truthful history is not totally composed of people who can be described as 'all good' or 'all bad'.

It is unfortunate that so many on these issues simply shout 'Nazi', 'denier', and 'anti-semite', and say that they will not 'argue with racists or 'deniers' '. They should get the facts and engage the debate. When they establish the facts and win the debates, those with silly, foolish, or racist views will appear to all to be ... well... silly, foolish, and racist.

Comments by others earlier in this thread state that the Judge in the Lipstadt trial concluded that Irving was a 'Holocaust denier' and an anti-semite. But all should research the full comments of the judge who at great length made very many positive comments regarding his research and writings. That trial was not a David and Goliath event, it was David pleading his case to a single judge, and arrayed against a vast network acting in unison to not only find the 'truth' in the libel claim, but to totally destroy David Irving. The amounts paid to some 'historian witness' as fees were incredulous, and in many cases were followed with book deals by imprints associated with the 'defendants'. Like the OJ trial, truly surreal.

The judge found that several comments about Irving were blatently not true, but concluded that no libel liability resulted since Irving could not substantiate any loss of income resulting from a decrease in publishing revenue associated with those untrue comments. An easy conclusion since by that time there were no publishers or imprints who would dare to publish his works. I would encourage all to read the entire court testimony which is available on the web.

Although broadly published for many years, Irving's future was doomed when he went to testify in the Zundel case in Canada. After that word went out to no longer publish him, works in-progress were cancelled, and existing books in warehouses and book stores were ordered destroyed and burned (!). So he created his own imprint, paid printers to produce books, and started distributing them himself out of the back of his car. Many bookstores were picketed, harassed, told they would be cut off of other distributors, and very many who continued to sell his books had organized groups throw rocks through their windows to drive up their insurance rates. (Kristalnacht?).

I think that David Irving is in fact now an anti-semite. His home was burglarized, he's purportedly recieved phone calls with the caller stating that 'We know where your children go to school', and purportedly chased by a gang of thugs while walking his dog. His truly distasteful comment regarding the Auschwitz gas chamber #1, that 'More people died in the backseat in a car in Chappaquidick than died in THAT gas chamber' is often misquoted to imply that he said nobody died in gas chambers. For that comment, he was fined 30,000 euros or so. Later, he was sentenced to years of solitary confinement in Germany. After he was released, the current authorities of the Auschwitz camp confirmed to a French newspaper that the building known as #1 was in fact built after the war. The legal shenanigans in Canada and his inability to travel to many countries also make for an Orwellian adventure not easily believed.

So now Irving has been reduced to a world with no publishers, giving away his work for free, and generating a modest income by traveling, making speeches, and signing books. His small gatherings of twenty or so people are composed almost entirely of middle class people with a curiosity for history and an interest to hear what he has to say. And each year he does his tour, the locations of his gatherings are published broadly so supposedly 'anti-nazi' groups can get organized to disrupt them and harass those in attendence.

Why are the words of this man so dangerous? Is he saying that the earth is round? That the earth orbits the sun?


Posted by CivilityPlease on 08/09/2009 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Mail/Letters/Commentary

RE, "Young Libs Deserve Better"...THANK YOU, Spencer M.
I too am sick to DEATH of pathetic Ted and his idiotic ramblings involving how 'Obama is like HITLER and the THIRD REICH!'...I tried to post a similar comment to yours (tho you stated the case far better than I had!) on Ted's 'blog', but apparentley all comments are 'submitted for approval' first, and wouldn't ya know it...my remarks never saw the light of day. Sad hate mongerers such as Rall have NO place in a fine publication such as 'The Boise Weekly', I haven't a CLUE as to why they run his drivel every week...couldn't we have a 'How To Survive The Recession' column or something USEFUL and POSITIVE printed where his rants usually are found?

Posted by karcreat2 on 06/24/2009 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Mail/Letters/Commentary

"Park Towing Unfair"....So let me get this straight, David Hurley, Boise...you state 'Wouldn't it be a little easier if they gave you a $25 ticket, or gave you 24 hours to move your vehicle? Am I supposed to drive drunk?' after lamenting about how you now 'have no money for groceries'... So you have money for booze, to 'get drunk' and get yourself INTO this sad situation involving a tow...but you can't afford food? do I really need to say it?

Posted by karcreat2 on 06/24/2009 at 10:27 PM


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