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Quick answers to US politics queries for those of us not in the know.

 
 
msolga
 
Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2009 08:11 pm
(If you US folks are willing to oblige, that is!)

Often, on A2K threads, I come across aspects of US politics I know little about. It could be some US politician's name I've never heard of (Who is this person & why are you all arguing about him/her?), or perhaps broad details of a particular government policy, or any number of things that would make it clearer & easier to understand what you US folk are actually debating or talking about ...

So I'm hoping it's OK to start this thread so I (& other too, I hope) can ask a quick question & receive a quick answer. My intention is that this NOT be a debating or a discussion thread ... more a "filling in gaps" with bits of useful information or essential knowledge for folks who are not US citizens, so we can better understand what you're actually talking about. I figure this is better than interrupting an involved discussion by asking these sorts of (to you) basic questions.

I hoping you'll be willing to oblige.

 
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msolga
 
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Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2009 08:18 pm
Q 1: Who is Glenn Beck? (Try can keep opinion out of this, please. Wink )
Rockhead
 
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Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2009 08:22 pm
@msolga,
wiki might be a better bet for non partisan response, but I will try.

here is the first part of what they say

Glenn Lee Beck (born February 10, 1964) is an American radio and television host, conservative political commentator, author, and entrepreneur. He hosts The Glenn Beck Program, a nationally syndicated talk-radio show that airs throughout the United States on Premiere Radio Networks. Beck also hosts a self-titled television show on Fox News Channel.



(even their site has people disputing about him...)
msolga
 
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Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2009 08:25 pm
@Rockhead,
Thank you, Rocky! Excellent.
I wish I could have asked this when he was the subject of a thread a short while ago!

(I think I'll be using this thread often! Smile )
msolga
 
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Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2009 08:27 pm
@msolga,
And as I mentioned earlier, anyone else is welcome to ask questions here, too. (But no trick questions, OK? Wink )
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2009 08:33 pm

U have my blessing, as an American,
tho I deem it inevitable that, contrary to your expressed wishes,
people will dispute the explanatory facts that r offered.

As Rocky pointed out, Wiki or Google may be less controversial.





David
msolga
 
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Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2009 08:44 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
Of course, David, but sometimes, as one works one's way through the new posts it is hard to know whether a particular US politics thread will be of particular interest or not. And there are so many of them! Often too, there's an expectation that anyone reading a particular thread will be "in the know" of the basic background information, so it's not provided (understandably), but this makes it hard to follow for "outsiders" like me. I can't imagine going to Wikipedia constantly to "decode" particular politics threads. Sometimes (like above) I just want to ask a quick question. I figure, if the information provided is incorrect that it will be voted down. And when it's on the ball (without too much detail, necessarily) it will receive thumbs ups (like Rocky's response above.
I am pleased to have your blessing to proceed! Wink
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2009 08:53 pm
@msolga,

Perhaps I can support your efforts, occasionally.

It is not uncommon for me also to observe that my fellow citizens
r discussing someone unknown to me (in which case I have usually
been sufficiently indelicate as to post: "who the hell is Joe Blow ?")





David
msolga
 
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Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2009 08:55 pm
@msolga,
Of course, the questions must be reasonable ones to ask. (For example: it would be inappropriate (on this thread, anyway) to ask if the US should increase its troop numbers in Afghanistan, but it would be perfectly reasonable to ask who many US troops are currently involved there & if there are are any (known) projected increases for the future. Any opinions about these details would be appropriate in a political debate/discussion thread, not here.
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msolga
 
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Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2009 08:56 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
That would be good, David. Thanks.
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Thomas
 
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Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2009 09:09 pm
@msolga,
In addition to what Rockhead said, I think it's a safe bet you would hate him. (Not expressing any opinion I may have on Beck, just an opinion I have on you.)
msolga
 
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Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2009 09:10 pm
@Thomas,
Thank you for that objective assessment of my political leanings, Thomas. Wink
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2009 09:12 pm

In my opinion, it woud be overreaching to indicate who 'd be loved and hated.
msolga
 
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Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2009 09:13 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
You're probably right there, David. (Thomas, you were out of line! Razz )
Thomas
 
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Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2009 09:17 pm
@msolga,
In that case, why don't you take a look at Glenn Beck at YouTube and decide for yourself? Here's a fairly representative example of his rhetoric:



Feeling the love for him already?
msolga
 
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Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2009 09:25 pm
@Thomas,
Quote:
Feeling the love for him already?


I'm yet to watch the video, Thomas. (But thank you! Ahhh, the joys of broadband! Smile ) but I can assure you, whatever my response, you will not hear about it on this thread! I feel confident I will rise above that! Very Happy
msolga
 
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Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2009 09:33 pm
@msolga,
OK, just watched it, Thomas. His political leanings are very clear, indeed & I note he's written a book called Common Sense. That's all I'm saying here, OK?
(That actually was a big help in getting a good understanding of him & also his political position. Thanks, again!)
Thomas
 
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Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2009 09:40 pm
@msolga,
You can never have too much common sense is all I'm sayin'.
msolga
 
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Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2009 09:42 pm
@Thomas,
Can't argue with that! Smile
roger
 
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Reply Sat 29 Aug, 2009 09:51 pm
@msolga,
Neither would Thomas Paine
 

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