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PostSubject: Re: Benny's blog   Thu Mar 26, 2015 12:19 pm


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PostSubject: Re: Benny's blog   Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:07 pm

Loved this one. Tour life is the best and the worst at the same time.
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's blog   Fri Jul 03, 2015 5:57 pm


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PostSubject: Re: Benny's blog   Sat Jul 04, 2015 2:09 pm

Reading this blog, I imagine Benny would be a HUGE Bernie Sanders supporter... More so than Hilary
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's blog   Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:42 pm

Benny seems like a rather intelligent individual too, so to see him support Hillary is kind of disappointing.  And I'm not trying to be a dick by saying if you like Hillary you're an idiot, but her track record speaks for itself at this point.
XX chromosome and all, she is near the top of corrupt politicians and I will be pretty bummed if she gets the nomination. To each his own I guess... I'm riding that Bernie train.. all aboard.
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's blog   Sun Jul 05, 2015 9:37 pm

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Benny seems like a rather intelligent individual too, so to see him support Hillary is kind of disappointing.  And I'm not trying to be a dick by saying if you like Hillary you're an idiot, but her track record speaks for itself at this point.
XX chromosome and all, she is near the top of corrupt politicians and I will be pretty bummed if she gets the nomination. To each his own I guess...  I'm riding that Bernie train.. all aboard.

I agree with that. I think what we're seeing is a slightly inebriated Benny going with his gut that women tend to be more empathetic than men. Having said that- Hillary doesn't exude empathy to me and she's bought and paid for already...

Bernie can only make it if people like you and I contribute what we can and vote. I'm all in for Bernie.
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's blog   Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:40 am

I don't think Benny was saying "Hilary 2016!" I think he was just making the point that part of him feels like he should just support her because my god men have had enough tries at getting this shit right, maybe it's time to bring more women into the game and see if maybe that changes things. However, then he said "maybe I won't vote for Hilary" because she is spending a shit ton of money for her campaign. She's just his "reference point" because there aren't any other big female contenders in the race right now.

Regarding the rest, I completely understand Benny's frustration and near hopelessness about humans and our lack of empathy. I'm not saying why can't everyone be empathetic all the time, but it is mind boggling how so many people can't or refuse to put themselves in anyone else's shoes just for a second in order to be less of a jerk, let alone in order to make better decisions for the sake of a country or the world. We're human and we're selfish and make mistakes but sometimes it's truly amazing and horrifying how willing we are to hurt each other or screw one another over.  

Side note about the political discussion:
I liked Hilary a lot more a few years ago. I'm backing Bernie at the moment too. I want us to have a female president, and not long ago I would've gladly supported her, but now, I'm not so sure. I wouldn't put her near the top of the corrupt politicians, but she's kinda far from the "not half bad" politicians.

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PostSubject: Re: Benny's blog   Mon Jul 06, 2015 2:56 pm

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I don't think Benny was saying "Hilary 2016!" I think he was just making the point that part of him feels like he should just support her because my god men have had enough tries at getting this shit right, maybe it's time to bring more women into the game and see if maybe that changes things. However, then he said "maybe I won't vote for Hilary" because she is spending a shit ton of money for her campaign. She's just his "reference point" because there aren't any other big female contenders in the race right now.

Regarding the rest, I completely understand Benny's frustration and near hopelessness about humans and our lack of empathy. I'm not saying why can't everyone be empathetic all the time, but it is mind boggling how so many people can't or refuse to put themselves in anyone else's shoes just for a second in order to be less of a jerk, let alone in order to make better decisions for the sake of a country or the world. We're human and we're selfish and make mistakes but sometimes it's truly amazing and horrifying how willing we are to hurt each other or screw one another over.  

Side note about the political discussion:
I liked Hilary a lot more a few years ago. I'm backing Bernie at the moment too. I want us to have a female president, and not long ago I would've gladly supported her, but now, I'm not so sure. I wouldn't put her near the top of the corrupt politicians, but she's kinda far from the "not half bad" politicians.

Granted he said he was drunk on the plane and he normally takes the time to edit his thoughts so maybe if he sobered up and read it the next day he would not have uploaded his work.

And while you're right it wasn't a screaming endorsement of Hillary as much as it was a condemnation of men. And to that I would say this is very similar to how people felt Obama in 2008. The problem then was viewed as the issue is we keep electing old white men so now that we voted a black guy in things will be different. Nobody stopped to scrutinize how he voted previously as a senator, instead everyone bought into his rhetoric because it sounded good. And now we know how that turned out after two terms in office.

So it's kind of annoying to read Benny endorsing a woman who has voted for both Iraq and Afganistan wars, conducted herself in a manner in office as an untouchable who is above the rules, voted for the patriot act, is using her foundation as a political tool, etc. and yet somehow she's better because she's a woman?? It's nonsense and lazy thinking at the very least when there is a male candidate who has a proven track record voting against war and seeking more of a compassionate agenda and yet he is dismissing him because he's a guy.
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's blog   Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:15 pm

rumham wrote:
StitchesOnTheRadio wrote:
I don't think Benny was saying "Hilary 2016!" I think he was just making the point that part of him feels like he should just support her because my god men have had enough tries at getting this shit right, maybe it's time to bring more women into the game and see if maybe that changes things. However, then he said "maybe I won't vote for Hilary" because she is spending a shit ton of money for her campaign. She's just his "reference point" because there aren't any other big female contenders in the race right now.

Regarding the rest, I completely understand Benny's frustration and near hopelessness about humans and our lack of empathy. I'm not saying why can't everyone be empathetic all the time, but it is mind boggling how so many people can't or refuse to put themselves in anyone else's shoes just for a second in order to be less of a jerk, let alone in order to make better decisions for the sake of a country or the world. We're human and we're selfish and make mistakes but sometimes it's truly amazing and horrifying how willing we are to hurt each other or screw one another over.  

Side note about the political discussion:
I liked Hilary a lot more a few years ago. I'm backing Bernie at the moment too. I want us to have a female president, and not long ago I would've gladly supported her, but now, I'm not so sure. I wouldn't put her near the top of the corrupt politicians, but she's kinda far from the "not half bad" politicians.

Granted he said he was drunk  on the plane and he normally takes the time to edit his thoughts so maybe if he sobered up and read it the next day he would not have uploaded his work.  

And while you're right it wasn't a screaming endorsement of Hillary as much as it was a condemnation of men.  And to that I would say this is very similar to how people felt Obama in 2008.  The problem then was viewed as the issue is we keep electing old white men so now that we voted a black guy in things will be different.  Nobody stopped to scrutinize how he voted previously as a senator, instead everyone bought into his rhetoric because it sounded good.  And now we know how that turned out after two terms in office.

So it's kind of annoying to read Benny endorsing a woman who has voted for both Iraq and Afganistan wars, conducted herself in a manner in office as an untouchable who is above the rules, voted for the patriot act, is using her foundation as a political tool, etc. and yet somehow she's better because she's a woman??  It's nonsense and lazy thinking at the very least when there is a male candidate who has a proven track record voting against war and seeking more of a compassionate agenda and yet he is dismissing him because he's a guy.  

And yet, he has not taken the post down...

This is meant respectfully and not with the intent of instigating a fight but, please enlighten me as to "how that turned out"? Because in the grand scheme of presidencies, I personally feel Obama did/is doing pretty well. Especially when you consider what he's up against in congress. Also, I think you over estimate how many voted for him because he's black and not because he was a much better speaker with better ideas and the country was more than ready to get away from the mess made by a certain Republican president.

Again, he did not endorse her, he simply stated why he might feel inclined to vote for her. Then he said or maybe not. I think you're missing the greater point. It's not "vote for Hilary because she's a woman and men suck" it's "maybe having a woman in office would change things since we've never tried that before. I don't know, but we need to do something to change things".

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PostSubject: Re: Benny's blog   Mon Jul 06, 2015 11:07 pm

In short despite his campaign of change, Obama is no different than the old white men who came before him and in some instances even worse.  His administration has pursued whistleblowers under the Espionage act despite promising to protect whistleblowers, he campaigned on transparency yet his administration continues to ignore most FOIA requests, he signed off on the patriot extension and has done nothing to limit the NSA's ability to spy on Americans or commit economic espionage as Snowden leaked with the NSA spying on Brazil's major oil company.  Also as Senator Warren pointed out, Obama is your typical Wall Street candidate as he's protected the banks over the American people through the wall street bailout, weak reform afterwards without holding anyone accountable,
and now fast tracking the TPP.  Further, as someone who tried so hard to appeal to the younger generation to get elected, he pretty much has abandoned the millennials when it comes to education reform and student loans.  He's obviously not the worst President, he improved the economy and the employment rate, yet for a guy who campaigned on such a grandiose platform, he sort of fell quite a bit short to the point where i'd say he's no different than the old white guys who came before him.

I think Benny just sounds like an idiot to be honest.  "She’s just my reference that women have more value for life."... As Hillary Clinton voted for the Iraq and Afghanistan war.   "My assumption that if women were in power the world would be a less murder happy place."  I guess we can also ignore that she has defended the use of drone strikes as well which indirectly kills innocent people in the area.  "Because men can’t have compassion for humanity in a way a woman can understand."... I guess we can ignore the male candidate who doesn't understand compassion whose campaign is based on compassion including universal healthcare, increasing the federal minimum wage, and access to free in state education just to pick a few positions.  But that's ok I guess, because Benny's analysis is spot on if you're a drunk person with a very uniformed political view.


"maybe having a woman in office would change things since we've never tried that before. I don't know, but we need to do something to change things".  Voting based on gender is as silly as voting based on party.  Ignore the promises made on the campaign trail, see how the person conducted themselves in office and you can get a good idea of what type of president you will get.  Hillary is a power hungry, dishonest, corrupt politician that deserves every bit of criticism thrown her way.  So maybe having a woman in office will change things, but pick one that has a track of record of doing the right thing like Senator Warren.
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's blog   Tue Jul 07, 2015 1:48 pm

Well to be fair, what president has EVER lived up to very many of his campaign promises? It’s a shame but they often don’t, or sometimes can’t due to congress.

I don’t dispute most of your examples of mistakes he’s made. Although I believe he did fight to keep the student loan rate from going up and that was an uphill battle. Bernie Sanders can promise all he wants, if we don’t change up this congress in a big way, he isn’t going to accomplish shit in that department. There’s a LOT of things Obama has done right, one of the biggest ones being healthcare. Universal healthcare would still be better but again, that isn’t happening any time soon with a congress like this.

I think what he means by “she’s just my reference that women have more value for life” means “she’s just my reference as a woman.” I think his wording is poor there but that that was his meaning because he then continues the idea of women being this way not “here’s several examples of how Clinton values life”. And yes, she’s a poor reference but I think you’re focusing too hard on his poorly chosen example and not the point itself.

Regarding the point itself, he’s definitely over generalizing making statements that imply that men simply aren’t capable of a certain level of empathy and women are. He makes a good point but I believe he’s wrong. Men are no less capable of the empathy necessary to value human life, we just live in a world where men are taught to stomp out or ignore “feelings” and “sensitivity” while women are encouraged to be in touch with those things. It doesn’t mean though that either will follow the behavioral mold. It depends on the individual, what they’re surrounded with, and what they’ve learned over the years.

I agree, one should not vote simply based on gender, race, orientation, religious affiliation, etc. BUT you can’t deny that they are factors that should be considered. Obviously if you have an old, white, male, candidate with a solid record and good ideas vs a younger, black, gay, woman with a terrible track record and terrible ideas or any less extreme variation of the above, it’d be idiotic to vote for the minority person simply for that reason. However, if both candidates were relatively even in terms of their record and ideas and you like both, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to vote for someone not white and male simply because they’re going to have a perspective that a white male very likely won’t have and maybe that could mean change in something no previous president has thought to address. Does that make sense?

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PostSubject: Re: Benny's blog   Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:52 am


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PostSubject: Re: Benny's blog   Thu Jun 02, 2016 6:06 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Benny's blog   Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:00 am

Benny posted a few weeks ago. http://ohlookhoworiginal.blogspot.com/2016/09/being-jew.html I kind of remember someone going at him on Twitter for a minute. Sad to find out that the trolling was a bit more than I realized. People suck.
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's blog   Wed Oct 12, 2016 1:12 pm

Wow I just left a comment there. I grew up not that far from where Brian once lived (Hackettstown) and there were sporadic reports of KKK activity in the area around Oxford. I drove through there not long ago and let's just say the political signs on people's lawns tell me not much has changed.
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's blog   Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:50 pm

It was a really good read I thought...it's always powerful to hear very personal stories like that.

People suck though, don't they?
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's blog   Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:53 pm

cowgirlwiththeblues wrote:
It was a really good read I thought...it's always powerful to hear very personal stories like that.

People suck though, don't they?

Yes, I have heard lots of stories like that.

i really feel like fear is at the heart of it...



...and unfortunately the people pulling the strings have figured out how to use this to their advantage.

I love the line/quote in your signature!
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's blog   Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:03 pm

Yeah, Yoda definitely knows best!
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's blog   Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:46 pm

I like reading his posts
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