Charles Shaughnessy iBlog #2

Charles Shaughnessy iBlog # 2

Ephemeral brain droppings, rants and eureka moments from Charles Shaughnessy 


So here it is, iBlog # 2.  Charlie first talks about his time on Happily Divorced with Fran Drescher on TV Land then shares his personal feelings about the state of the United States as only Charlie can!  Agree? Disagree?  Leave your comments here letting him know what YOU think!








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  1. I would post a comment but I am afraid you wouldn't like it. So will look forward to your online chat.

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  2. Plain and simple, Charlie! We who have the same agenda as those "right wing" conservatives want only ONE thing.....for ALL government (left and RIGHT) to SPEND LESS!!!!!!! You, as an actor, and I, as an RN, make a certain set amount of money each month. We then take that certain said set amount and budget our bills, necessities, etc. into it. THEN we budget the rest of our amount for our wants, entertainment, to pay off more bills, or whatever else we "want". If we reach our credit limit on a credit card, the company will only allow us to raise our limit (debt ceiling) for so long and so high before they cut off our "supply. They know that if they continue to do so, eventually it will come crashing down on their own heads because the customer won't be able to pay off even half of the debt not including the ridiculous interest and in the end, the company will be the one losing. By raising our country's debt ceiling we are only feeding the monster. Cut out the WANTS from BOTH parties and only spend on the NEEDS! It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out. Boehner said one thing right when he said that all businesses in America have to pay their bills and spend within their means but our government is the only business in the country who can spend whatever amount they want and not have one care about having to stay within our country's means (or citizens' means for that matter). No care for the country's people or their well being from BOTH parties.

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  3. Actors should stick to acting. Hollywood has no idea of the REAL America!!!!! I respect your right to voice your opinion. Why not run for office and do something rather than be a mouthpiece for the propaganda machine.

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  4. I completely agree with what you said, sorry to be so boring lol. I know a good debate excites you. I never did understand the tax breaks for the top 1%...it really makes no logical sense. i don't even understand how anyone was about to justify it to the masses (or at least, the educated masses who realize "trickle down" is b-s). And thanks for explaining "short-selling", ur a very smart man. And also, I admire your concern for the disenfranchised. This is why I am also a democrat, I believe in helping those in need. Appreciate your thoughts and look forward to more!

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  5. OK I have had a chance to think over your comments and regarding politics I hate talking about this because no one ever agrees and I have seen too much disagreement in my time. My wish is this, that both sides come up with a agreement that will benefit this country not any parties particular agenda. Now Charles what you said about the Norway terrorist. Don't claim that this person is a Christian because a Christian would have never committed such an atrocity. Hey my ancestors are Norwegian, Christians and conservative but we didn't go out shooting a bunch of innocent people(I'm blond too). Also,Christ would have never condoned such behavior. Christ came in peace and died on a cross for all of us. As then you mentioned the Muslims. There are Muslims who believe in God and then there are extremists. You can not compare apple to oranges. We have to protect our country from any terrorist attacks. It just so happens the terrorists happen to be Muslim extremists. So I hope I didn't upset you as I don't like to cause any one to be upset but I did have to remark on the Norwegians. Take Care and I hope your daughter made it home safely if she went on her trip. She has been in my prayers.

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  6. i really disagree with you if this doesn't pass that mean the one that get check ever month just kiss it good bye my aunt and cuz are both blond they don't go out Shooting people they need to get off there butt and pass this before it too last

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  7. Charlie i agree with you on alot of this stuff some i do not understand but the one thing that makes me the most angry is last week when the speaker walked out of the talk's because he did not like what was being said this is not a game and you just stop playing if you don't get your way i mean what are you 12 grow up there are lives at stake hear and i love the fact that you are and actor and you care just as much as i do i just don't think it is fair that so many feel that Obama should have fixed everything that is wrong he did not make this mess and not only that but this is something that was done in 10yr's and they think he can fix it in just 2 are you kidding me.

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  8. Valerie: you say we " make a certain set amount of money each month" and use that to "budget" with. That's what we call "income" or "revenue." GWBush cut that revenue. For the first time since before Reagan "we" had our income or revenue CUT. At the same time we decided to "buy" two meaningless and expensive wars, add billions onto Paid Prescriptions and encourage the banks to make unsupportable loans to people who could not afford them in order to look like a President who gave every American " The American Dream." THAT is why the financial fabric of the country tore and the economy went off a cliff. There was nothing bi-partisan about ANY of that. Remember, " My way or the highway" GWB was PROUD that it was all his doing. If we cut even half of the spending Obama is suggesting, the whole country will feel the hangover, trust me! But he is prepared to ask the country to make that sacrifice and did so today. BUT, as Boehner pointed out, the country is not willing to sacrifice diddly. Never has and never will. We are a nation of greed, selfishness and ignorance and we are prepared to sit on our butts and watch this once great Nation sink into 3rd. world oblivion rather than ask a billionaire or movie star to give up the tax exemption on his private jet.

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  9. ..and Anonymous ( sad that you are too ashamed to give a name!) I would never suggest that a truck driver, a nurse, a teacher, a coal miner should stick to their jobs and not get involved in politics...in fact, I would urge them to do so. Then we might have more than a pathetic 30% of this country bleating about "freedom" and "Democracy," but too damned lazy or ignorant to exercise those rights that many shed blood for by simply showing up to vote!! Neither would I suggest that Bismark ND, Tampa FL or Baton Rouge LA weren't part of REAL America, but I guess you would...only where Anonymous lives is REAL is that it?

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  10. ..and Diane....First of all this lunatic IS a Christian and proud of it. In fact his manifesto displayed a Christian Cross of the Knights Templar on its cover and he talked openly about his "crusade" against Islam just like the Christian crusades of the 12th. century. Also you say that we have to protect our country against terrorist attacks and that the terrorists were Muslim. No, Diane. Unpleasant though it might be to hear ( as unpleasant as it was for the majority of Muslims on 9/11/2001,) the terrorist in this case was blond, Norwegian and a Christian.

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  11. Just a heads up--this will involve more than one comment, because there is so much to address (mainly because the random "brain droppings" covered so much information).

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  12. A question to rectify any confusion on my part:Is this the only page at present to comment on this blog?
    Thankyou L.

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  13. anonymous: the fact that you write something without giving some identity shows you have something to hide. Usually anon. mails and comments wander into the rubbish bin so I think Charlie was generous to publish this. And further most actors very well know what is going on in this World as these days they have to see where they find a role with the bad economics and cuts in the US.Maybe one day Charlie would run for office in Cal and bring a little of that good old Brit democracy back into the US which I think at present is is in chaos.It seems the people aren´t important but just who will win the next elections. I call this politician "bitching"

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  14. So glad to see you back to blogging and joining in! Valerie and I say we are twins separated at birth(though I was born 20 yrs. premature), and this blog sure proves that. My first comment is: "yeah, what Val said!".
    What I would like to address is your "assumptions" that you know the motives of others. You seem to have convinced yourself that the right is angry because Obama took out Osama Bin Laden, and that "he did what they couldn't". We know full well that the intel used in that raid was collected during the Bush years, and that the logistics were already in place when Obama took office. Yes, he deserves credit for giving it the green light, but so does Bush. Funny how waterboarding isn't so bad when it gets you the glory. The "left" seems to want to grab at any idea that will blame someone else for Obama's failures..it's never his policies, it's always "race" or "Osama Envy", or something else. Maybe we just don't like his ideas, and didn't vote for him because of them.
    Personally, I'm thoroughly disgusted with 99.9% of the politicians. They are ALL corporate prostitutes, and we are like abused wives who keep letting the guy come back home because he brings flowers and says sweet things. They are successfully pitting us against each other, while it is THEY who are the enemy.
    And finally..the Norwegian Nutjob. I understand that he is claiming to be a Christian(though he's more Masonic cult), but let's just get rid of the double standard here. When a group of radical Muslims does horrific things, the media(and the left)rush to remind us that Islam is a religion of peace, and the event was "random". When ONE supposed Christian does something..where is the same response? Instead we get a feeling of glee and sneering that "see, Christians are one synapse away from shooting us all".
    Bottom line, as Val said...spend less. And clean up the corruption in our political system...on BOTH sides.

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  15. Ooops, forgot a point(LOL). Charlie, I know you are furious with "the right" for their greed. Do you not SEE the "limousine liberal hypocrisy"? Do you think we're blind..that we don't see the wealthy liberal mouthpieces in Hollywood and DC, who rant about caring for the poor and do-good programs,yet they have multiple luxury homes,flaunt their conspicuous consumption, have parties that involve patting themselves on the back???!!! I'm not saying that they aren't charitable...but if they MEANT what they said, they'd give themselves a stipend on which to live and give the rest away. Not buying villas on Lake Como, or hiding their assets in Fiji, or taking every tax deduction they can find. Nothing is stopping the liberals from writing an extra check when they send in their 1040 forms. There IS money out there to fund those good things VOLUNTARILY, but apparently the liberal elite don't care to do that. You and Susan have a lot you could teach that crowd.

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  16. No you missed my point open your mind Charles. A Christian which means he believes in Christ. A true christian does not believe in murdering people. You have to understand that people can claim to be this or claim to be that but the actions always speak louder than words. If I claim to be a Christian go around shooting people that is not a Christian that is the devil. As far as terrorists are concerned in this country not Norway etc. The biggest terrorist attack was by Muslim extremists. Ok again they claim to Muslims but they are not. They have there own agenda and it has nothing to do with being a true Muslim. All religion Muslim, Christianity etc believe in peace and love of mankind. Come now Charles I am a Christian and proud of it but you cant always make such generalized statements. As I am not a Democrat but I believe not every Democrat is a bad person. I am sure there are some who are very good, kind and caring people in this country. There is good and bad everywhere but we can't always concentrate on the bad we as a people have to move on and let the past go. I think you said that if you can't change it let it go. Lets try as a country to work together bringing up past mistakes only makes everyone look pathetic. Why are some men you noticed as I said some not all, why to spend their time fighting and fussing instead of getting to work for the best of our country. The past is the past we need to move on to the future.

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  17. Part #1 (of many):

    First, regarding the incident in Norway: Why in the world would anyone with a rational mind think that the United States would invade Norway over this, when the attack was by a Norwegian on the Norwegian people? Let's overlook the fact that the incident was perpetrated by a right-wing Christian (and Zionist). The assailant set off a bomb outside several government buildings, including the Prime Minister’s office. Then he opened fire at a youth camp sponsored by a left-wing political party. Tragic, yes. A reason to invade another country? No. This is NOT the same as 9/11. That was an attack by foreigners on the United States sponsored by a terrorist organization. Going after Osama bin Laden as the mastermind of the attacks (and the concomitant invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq) resulted from an attack on the United States, just like declaring war on Japan after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 resulted from an attack on the United States. What happened in Norway was NOT an attack on the United States, so there is no reason to expect the United States to respond by invading Norway. Now, if instead the assailant had opened fire on Central Park, that would be a different situation entirely—but even then, it would have been an isolated occurrence and not one that had been coordinated by a terrorist organization and had led to four simultaneous incidents, which did happen on 9/11. In fact, if such an incident had occurred on U.S. soil, with the same results—the questions would have been raised about how he had been able to obtain a policeman’s uniform, along with how easy it was for him to acquire the gun used in the shooting and to make the bomb. But there would not have been a clamor to invade Norway, unless it was clear that the assailant was part of a terrorist organization that was supported by the Norwegian government, which was clearly the case with 9/11 (based upon intelligence provided to Bush by the Clinton administration).

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  18. Part #2:

    With regards to the impact that the budget/debt crisis has on social services—this literally hits close to home. In fact, it hits my home. My mother, who lives with me, “survives” on Social Security—well, her only income is from Social Security. If she had to live on her own, she couldn’t survive (I know what she “earns,” and, well, she could either choose to have housing or food; she couldn’t afford both). As a result, if the crisis isn’t resolved, she won’t get a “paycheck” next month, and, well, she’s not happy about it (even though at this point I handle all her expenses, because she really couldn’t survive on her Social Security check). She managed to fall into a crack in the system where she doesn’t get ½ of my father’s Social Security income; her check is based upon her own earnings—and, as a stay-at-home mother most of her life, she didn’t earn a lot while working, and thus her Social Security check is not very large (she easily could qualify for food stamps, but we refuse to apply because I can afford the groceries for the two of us). If I recall correctly, the Preamble to the Constitution includes the statement “promote the general welfare,” and certainly funding Social Security falls into this category (as does a nationalized health care program). So if Congress has any delusions of eliminating Social Security, then in effect they are violating the Constitution. The question remains, however, about how to fund the program (along with the other social services programs). One thing that has bugged me about Social Security in particular is why we have a cap on earnings taxed for contributions. In case you aren’t aware, any earnings above $106,800 are not taxed for Social Security (they are taxed for Medicare, but not Social Security). So whatever people earn above this amount (it changes periodically) is not taxed—which means that people who earn more than $106,800 actually pay less in taxes than those who earn less. If the maximum taxable earnings about was raised (or eliminated), this would certainly generate more revenue for the fund, perhaps even enough to sustain it into perpetuity. But, of course, this won’t happen—partly because Social Security contributions are matched by employers (and it would cost the employers more), and partly because many of those who earn more than that amount would complain about having to pay more in taxes (by the way, I wouldn’t be one of them; I certainly would be willing to pay the tax if they eliminated the cap if it meant that my mother and other Social Security recipients would get a raise; her income hasn’t changed in three years).

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  19. Part #3:
    Now onto another issue—how the Republicans are leading the nation off an economic cliff through their actions. Here in Pennsylvania, we had a rather interesting budget discussion (to put it mildly). And I’m one of the people directly affected by the outcome, because one of the results was a 18% reduction in allocations to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, the administrative body for the university where I work. The Republican governor (elected in November 2010) pledged not to raise taxes and to provide the people with a balanced budget. As a result, tough decisions had to be made—and, after negotiation, we didn’t get the 50% cut that the governor had initially proposed (which possibly could have led to the closure of the college where I work), but obviously some belt-tightening has to occur (if I’m lucky, I get a pay freeze this year—if not, a pay cut). One of the outcomes of this budget process was the elimination of WAM—“walking around money”—think pork barrel legislation that state representatives and senators had available at their disposal to spend without question. Now, all spending will have to be approved by the House and Senate—as it should be. On the national level, pork barrel legislation leads to public works projects in local communities—building a new airport, for instance—but it does provide the Congressman/Congresswoman with something to show when he/she campaigns for reelection: “Look what I’ve done for my district” (the late Representative John Murtha was particularly notorious for this). WAM was something different—almost like political favors that could be spent as the state legislator wished. So that was a good thing that the new governor insisted upon. However, some of the other cuts—particularly to education—potentially have long-term implications. Failure to fund education properly affects students’ abilities to learn and succeed—and therefore they may not be adequately prepared to meet the challenges they will face after they graduate high school. I have seen public schools where “technology” consists of an overhead projector—no computers in the classroom, a television in the corner to use when showing DVDs and VHS tapes to enhance instruction, a chalkboard…and their students’ chances of being able to use the technology of the 21st century in the workplace will be severely limited because of the lack of instructional materials (although I must admit I do enjoy seeing student teachers who have been taught to use the latest technology cope in this environment—because it’s the same time of “technology” that was available when I was student teaching in Fall 1980, except we had 16 mm films instead of VHS tapes and DVD). But tough decisions had to be made, and our state requires a balanced budget in which expenditures do not exceed projected income (ironically, when the budget was finally approved—on time, for the first time since 2002 during the last Republican governor—there already was a projected $700 million surplus because of revenue generated from the natural gas industry). Right now, the big discussion is about whether the state should impose an extraction tax on the natural gas industry to generate even more revenue (other states already do this, so it wouldn’t be unprecedented)—and this revenue could be used to subsidize the cost of repairing the roads that are being torn up from the truck traffic (trust me, it’s no fun dodging potholes around here).

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  20. Part #4:

    At the same time, the area where I’m living is experiencing tremendous growth because of “job creation” through the exploitation of the natural resources (in this case, natural gas extraction and, soon, petroleum—it seems we’re sitting on the greatest petroleum reserve outside the Middle East). Housing is scarce, rents for a two bedroom apartment are up to $2,000 a month, hotel rooms are booked because of the need for housing for the workers who are moving here from other parts of the United States—and the boom is occurring because of favorable arrangements made between the state government and the natural gas companies. Of course, this growth does come at a price, as the roads are being torn up by overweight trucks (and it’s cheaper to pay the fine than to have the trucks comply with the weight limits), local bars have been forced to hire bouncers (oooh…job creation!), and, depending on the time of day, traffic can be backed up for a mile at the traffic light in town. At the same time, our region’s ability to handle the massive influx of workers is adversely affected by government regulations, especially those imposed on banks and their lending practices during the last economic crisis—banks are unwilling/unable to loan money to finance new housing construction (particularly for apartment complexes), even though the loans would be paid off within a year from the revenue generated by leases.

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  21. Part #5 (the last one--for now):

    And now (finally), the big history lesson. Congress controls the budget. It has since 1974 (previously, the budget was under the control of the President, but that power was taken away in the aftermath of Watergate). The President signs the budget into law. Congress, according to Constitution, appropriates/spends money (money bills are proposed and passed by the House, then passed by the Senate and signed into law by the President). The President can recommend a budget (just like our governor recommended a budget that called for a 50% cut in appropriations to higher education), but Congress approves/passes it. As a result—any expenditures must be approved by Congress. You cannot solely blame the President for spending money on any type of military conflict; Congress appropriates the funds and could choose not to spend money to support the troops. If Congress did not think it was worth the nation’s financial resources to invest money in chasing Osama bin Laden (and capturing/killing him), it would not have appropriated the funds for this venture. Yes, Congress might have been misled following 9/11, but Bush was acting with intelligence from the Clinton administration—the same administration that did not think it was worth pursuing al-Qaeda following the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. So you can complain all you want about how it being an unnecessary war, but Congress appropriated the money to support it—and it wasn’t just the Republicans in Congress, as Democrats also voted to fund it (and have continued to do so after Obama’s election).

    Anyway, thank you Charlie for allowing me (and others) to express our thoughts. Welcome back to the world of blogging, and I look forward to future interactions with you.

    PS--you won't realize how organized the chat room was during the launch party until you do the online chat on the 17th. I've participated in at least one in the TV Land chat room during "Hot in Cleveland," and chaos doesn't even begin to describe it.

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  22. Ok Charles your definition of a Christian is coming a man made history book. If you really want to know what a Christian is go to the Bible, which is God's word coming from men and you willlll find out the true definition of what a Christian is.

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  23. Charlie ..... I can say one thing to live in a foreign country that will change soon if the fund tocherà, a Christian, a human being who loves other human beings ... well said !!!!!
    PS I hope I never have seemed accondiscennte because it was not my goal!

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  24. Charlie ..... I can say one thing to live in a foreign country that will change soon if the fund tocherà, a Christian, a human being who loves other human beings ... well said !!!!!
    PS I hope I never have seemed accondiscennte because it was not my goal!

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  25. If people can say " Moslems attacked America," rather than " a small group of radicalized fundamental crazy moslems," then I can say " a Christian shot 73 kids" rather than a radicalized fundamental crazy Christian." Oh, and you can substitute "Right Wing Conservative" for either moslem or christian in the above.

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  26. The left wing "armchair liberals" of Hollywood are pouring $$$ into the Democratic Party that is trying to pass legislation to raise their taxes!! Pretty altruistic, if you ask me. The right wing " greedy conservatives" are pouring $$$ into the Republican coffers to defeat legislation to bring their taxes in line with the level they paid under George Walker Bush ( before GW gave them a sweetheart deal.) Not so altruistic, if you ask me.

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  27. I see a wonderful nation headed for the pits of hell and destruction if our leaders do not become more concerned for the good of this nation. Both sides are at fault and I take offense at your pointing only to the right. They ALL need to get off of their ego trips and work for the good of this country. Hear the people, we elected you to protect us not destroy us. Our spending is totally out of control with the bailouts starting the latest downward spiral.Considering myself to be middle class swiftly moving to the poverty category. I, as many, now on social security have paid for many years into the fund and it has been raped and ravaged for many years. Yes, I have savings but also depend on the monthly check I so rightly deserve. IT IS MY MONEY!!!! I have NEVER ask my government for help but now I am. Wake up all of you. Protect this wonderful country. Protect her people. Get past YOUR greed, get past your dislike for our president, and turn back to God for direction and leadership. You all seem to have forgotten this nation was created under God and over the years all leaders seem to have forgotten this and shoved him into a closet. You have left him He has not left you. We all live on budgets. It is time to create a budget for this country. STOP sending money to countries that could be wisely used here. If things do not change we should all be learning to speak Chinese. They own us right now. Crud, now I am ranting as my anger grows. So guess I will stop before I say things not becoming a Christian. One last thing Charlie, to me a christian is one who believes Christ came into the world to make it a better place, to save mankind and a true Christian in their right mind would never commit the horrible murders as took place in Norway. This has nothing to do with the state of our finances. I love you Charlie but you have gone just a little too far this time. Isn't free speech a wonderful thing. How long before we lose this privilege??

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  28. Charles, Thank you for your insightful comments that I agree completely with! As a journalist I am appalled at what happened to honest reporting as major media became more and more under the control of corporations more loyal to shareholders than to the truth. Many do not realize that the “downfall” of major newspapers was of course a reflection of the economic crisis but more importantly a scramble to keep those profit margins up beyond the 20 percent mark. The result: less investment in investigative reporting, more lip-service to shareholders and owners many of whom - such as Murdock - use the media strictly to promote their own agendas.

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  29. btw, the unknown is lauren...girl u met at the happily divorced taping the other day(redheadonfire2, on twitter).

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  30. Mr. Shaughnessy-
    I hope you'll be reading comments tomorrow on this as well. Unfortunately, I'm self-employed, and don't have time today to answer you, but am very passionate about the subjects you discussed. Hopefully, tomorrow, we can discuss this further.
    Thanks!!
    Trish

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  31. Charlie....kudos. Whether I agree with everything you have said or not....and most I do...I have more respect for you now than ever before for speaking what you believe and sticking to it, regardless what others may say. If "others" would just sit back and look at the way it is without a label, they would have to see that what you are saying is simply the truth.

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  32. Charlie
    I just wanted to comment on the Norweign Ambush. It doesn't matter what nationality, religion, ethnicity, gender,or country these "Terrorist" come from they are terrorist. Karen T

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  33. Hi, I was just wondering if you are reprising your role as the voice of the main character from Saints Row 2 for Saints Row The Third? It just wouldn't be the same without you. Take care.

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  34. Charlie, the "right wingers" that I know(and that I see on message boards) are not funneling money into the Republican Party coffers, they are supporting 3rd parties who are trying to get back to basics, or they are just giving the $$$ directly to organizations that help the needy without all of that pork and red tape. We're DONE lining the pockets of politicians who talk to the people for votes, then turn around and do the bidding of corporations who have bought and paid for their loyalty. The government programs are bloated, corrupt and wasteful, and a failure. Why are we trying to add to them?
    Perhaps we wouldn't NEED to raise taxes, if charity were privatized? We give the politicians our $$$, and they use it to...well, you know... us. Over and over again. And Obama is no different, he's kept the same old corporate butt-kissing(and the dreaded "Bush failed policies"), and yet you still keep holding out hope that he'll change(or blaming other sources for what he does/doesn't do). A good portion of the "real" conservative people(not these facockte politicians) get it, now the liberals need to get it too. We are being s***wed with our own money, and we say "Thank you" afterward.

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  35. Ok i feel like it is time we just put all are different's a side and just fogus on the problem we are not all going to agree with what they come up with but if it stop's the country from going under we have to what is that old saying opinoins are like ass hole's everyone has one! so let's just swollow that pill and deal with it if it save's are country i mean we all work hard for a piece of that american dream so let's not loose it do we really think taken it out on each other is going to fix the problem NO! it is not so let's stick together remember one nation under God! that's what we are.

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  36. After reading everyone's comments on here I think I liked what Karen had to say the best. However I will add my own opinion as well. We all know Bush made his mistakes ok, for God sake its over and done with. Complaining and pointing fingers is not going to rewind time and make everything peaches and cream again. All I can say on the matter is Bush has not been in office for the past three years.

    One more point, unless you have met every "greedy right wing Republican" can you please not by so insulting to the people who exercised their right to vote for who they thought was the best candidate. For me race had nothing to do with who I voted for in 2008. I live in Georgia and if I had my choice of who I would vote for today for the 2012 election it would be Herman Cain. I am so sick of people always bring race into this discussion. It's plain and simple for some people, we didn't like his politics.

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  37. Just a quick question for the masses who are following and commenting.... Everything I've seen about the fellow who perpetrated the attacks in Norway identifies him as someone who is part of the new Knights Templar, the same group who were actively involved with the Crusades (which, contrary to popular opinion, was a movement by western Christians--aka Roman Catholics--to eradicate Islam; it was not a movement endorsed by all of Christendom, as the Eastern Catholics--aka Orthodox--were not part of the Crusades). In a sense, then, the new Knights Templar are out to eradicate Islamic influences in Europe. just like their predecessors during the Middle Ages. It certainly doesn't justify what happened in Norway, but if his goal was to bring attention to the group and its goals, he certainly achieved it with his actions. So blaming all Christians for the actions of someone who obviously has a different interpretation of what it means to be a Christian than mainstream society does is just a bit ludicrous, as was blaming all Muslims for 9/11.

    By the way, I am certainly not condoning what Breivik did. Far from it. The idea of sending a message that "it's not right to kill people" by killing people is just something I cannot comprehend.

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  38. Hi Charlie, I made a long comment, but I think there was an error when I posted it. Did you receive a comment from me?

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  41. Charles I first wanted to address i respect your quote at the top about yes i am the guy from the nanny, but there is more to you as a human being, well said! I also believe that our whole goverment is all about political agenda not the welfare of the people of this nation. But as a citizen of the US and having both friends and family in the poor and middle class i think the majority of us are ignorant and naive. My husband is from palestine & he is muslim and I must say he is very knowledgable about what is going on here & why it was so easy to start a war in the middle east, As people we dont come together the way that we should there are so many things on so many differnt levels that divide us religion, race, poor, middle class & rich. But these are the same things that other goverments used against other countries, why is there a North & south Korea? Why is there so many different small countries in the middle east? Why did President Truman give the ok to use the atomic bomb on hiroshima & nagasaki? Which leads to another lie that has been covered by the goverment for years, what is a main ingredient used in atomic bombs- answer FLOURIDE!!!! Its industrial waste that would cost us billions every year to dispose of so instead lets give it to the people--- yep the same kind of flouride in our drinking waters & in our toothpastes that lie about it being good for you told by your dentist is a joke, they want your money or are just ignorant!! type in a google search the flouride deception watch it on youtube!! But in closing I hope as people we can all wake up before it is too late!!!

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  42. Ok let's stop playing the race war this is not about race this is about are country and how can we exspect a man to fix a problem like we have in 3yr's come on get real this problem took more than 3yr's to make so why do we think he can fix it in just 3 please give me abreak i say if anyone think's they can do better than get up off your ass and do it don't we all want the same thing are am i wrong is it all for one and one for all are is it just i don't care about you just myshelf what happen to neighbor helping neighbor we are all in this togather pepole.

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  43. Charles, I agree completely. The debt ceiling needs to go up. If it doesn't, we will not be able to pay our bills, depriving other countries of their revenue. We cannot do that to other nations because of how it will destroy the world's economy. A knowledge Economics may not be something required to hold political office, but people need to not be totally ignorant of how it works. People like Palin and Bachmann are risking the well being of our land and people. Instead of just cutting programs that benefit our people, try to cut defense spending to pre-GWB era spending. And last I checked, if you just spend less without making money, then you just spend less and waste time. If you, however, cut spending AND increase revenue (TAXES) then you can use all of your revenues to PAY OFF YOUR DANG DEBTS!!! That's a no-freaking-brainer, my right-wing friends. And to all of the people saying that the norwegian guy is not a real christian, he is a christian, and a real one. Who are you to tell him what his religion is and whether or not he is a "Real" Christian? His beliefs are his own, and in his eyes he was doing the work of a God, who I believe said "I kill ... I wound ... I will make my arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh." [Deuteronomy 32:39-42] and has killed many folk (about 2.5 million [1 million of which were Ethiopians] if you add up all of the biblical numbers given, and using science [scary, I know] the estimate is 10x as much at 25 million.) So for that 'lil nugget of info, we can gain the perspective that this blond, christian, extreme right-wing norwegian might have been following in His example. I also want to point out that the difference between Islam and Christianity is that in Islam, Mohammed was the last of God's prophets (Muslims believe in Jesus Christ). This man was a terrorist, because what he did IS TERROR INDUCING! He was killing for what he believed in, just like members of Al-Quaida, The R.A.F. (Rote Armee Faction) or any other terrorist group that ever existed, except he did it alone.

    Sources:
    http://dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.com/2010/04/drunk-with-blood-gods-killings-in-bible.html
    http://www.evilbible.com/
    http://dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.com/2006/08/who-has-killed-more-satan-or-god.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anders_Behring_Breivik
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14292198

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  44. I decided to just resubmit it. If you already got the first one just ignore this next one I post. The first one did say there was an error so I am assuming it didn't go through.

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  45. Charlie, about your comment

    "If people can say " Moslems attacked America," rather than " a small group of radicalized fundamental crazy moslems," then I can say " a Christian shot 73 kids" rather than a radicalized fundamental crazy Christian."

    Charlie, this great country gives us all the freedom to say what we want. That doesn't mean we should always exercise that right, especially when we are making generalizations about people.

    Just because someone claims to be a Christian doesn't make them one, anymore than claiming to be a car makes a person a car. But on the other side of that is the fact that even Christians aren't perfect....they can do horrible things in the name of God, or even in their own name.I raised my voice to someone the other day and although I felt justified, I didn't do it out of love, which is how a Christian should act....out of love for God and for everyone else.

    Charlie, thanks for your blog. It is fascinating to read all the comments, and to see how people see things so differently. The hope and prayer is that people will continue to share their voice, in such a way, that our differences will go from being the Grand Canyon, to being maybe just the distance across a small stream.

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  46. Part 1

    First of all, I am a Christian. I am not a Christian in name only, but one who strives to follow His teachings each and everyday. Certainly I fall short, but it is Him whom I most want to please. I am also a Democrat. I know there are many who think that one cannot be both a good Christian and a Democrat. I find this to be very disheartening. Although I do not subscribe to every tenet of the Democrat party, I do align with many of them. I would hope that Republicans do not align with every tenet in their party. I believe that one who does so is not thinking much for themselves.

    I am also very disgruntled with our current debt-ceiling crisis. I find it interesting that the debt ceiling has been raised multiple times under various presidents but this one is creating such controversy. Why? I believe because not only do current Republicans want to see Obama fail, they want him to fail miserably. The reasons for this, I do not know. I do believe, however, that it started before Obama’s role in killing Osama bin Laden, although I am sure that added fuel to the fire. Perhaps it is because he’s black. Perhaps it is because of his healthcare reform. I do not know, but I do believe the disdain is out of control and only damaging to this country.

    For those who ‘bothered’ listening to OUR president last night, you might have heard what Charlie and I heard. The Democrats have made cuts, however, Boehner made it clear that the Republicans are unwilling to consider any new revenue. I call it ‘new revenue’ but in reality it is revenue that existed before and should have never been cut in the first place. Why are there so many Americans who are worried about the top 3% income earners in this country? What have they done for the rest of us? Trickle down economics does not work in a society that is obsessed with money. These corporations are not reinvesting their profits into the economy; they are using them to pad their CEO’s bank accounts. I think we would be hard pressed to find a Democrat who does not think we need to curtail spending, but we also need the revenue of these corporations and individuals who are using every loophole created by their lobbying to avoid taxes. Face it! The Democrats have given something. They have made cuts; what have the Republicans given? Charlie is right! There are many Democrats who are very angry with our party right now. My father, who is very good friends with Harry Reid, is very upset right now with the Senator. He and I probably would not be if we felt the Republicans were willing to give anything, but so far they have proven that they are absolutely not.

    To those who believe that actors should not use their influence to promote their political ideas, I used to agree. However, now I realize that they are citizens of this country also and have a right to express their opinion openly. If their influence is too far reaching, perhaps that is the fault of the people who worship them, not theirs. I also believe we can have a voice without running for office. Perhaps that voice is in helping to educate people. (cont).

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  47. Part 2

    As far as the Norwegian tragedy goes, I agree with others who stated that this was just a person who professes Christianity but does not truly practice its tenets. However, I do believe that the Christian right could be creating such an atmosphere in our own country. How many people realize that Glenn Beck compared the youth camp in Norway to a “Hitler Youth Camp”? After all, who has ‘political’ summer youth camps? (a question that Glenn posed). Well, to find out, google Tea Party Summer Camp and see what principles they want to teach their youth in a summer camp. Granted, Glenn did not support such action by the gunman, but the comparison in and of itself creates an undesirable image.

    For some reason, to Christians, ‘tolerance’ seems to be a dirty word. They somehow feel if they are tolerant it means that they are compromising their value system. I disagree. I believe that even wherein principles such as homosexuality are concerned, we can look for the wonderful gifts and talents that each person possesses regardless of their sexual orientation. This does not mean that we have to compromise our feelings toward this issue, but only that there is much more to a person than just their sexual orientation just like there is much more to me than just being a Christian, although I greatly value that part of my character. I just know that as a Christian Democrat other so-called Christians have treated my children and me harshly. My daughter’s father-in-law expressed concern over the influence we would have on our own grandson because of our politics, yet the principle that I value most is treating others kindly. I would not teach my grandson to do anything that is not kind. Does politics excuse us from being kind? I can only imagine how non-Christians feel. I believe we can do better. I believe we must do better. I hope I do not come under much criticism from other Christians on this blog. I do realize that there are many in our country that truly strive to follow Christ, but I have wondered if what it really means to follow Him has been skewed by politics.

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  48. Great job Charlie! Understandable that you feel the need to vent with all that is going on. I admire your political stands and that many celebrities are on the side of those less fortunate makes me happy. Call me a bleeding heart but i have seen to much poverty in my day. This tragedy in Norway is so unimaginable. The government is such a mess, would take way more than a nother blog to uncover all the mess. Seeing as we here all LOVE but need this topic. Sure gets people fired up. Haven't yet read all the comments. Couldn't wait to chime in on this. Thinking you were on the debate team in high school. Bad joke. Nice to see you commenting again. Just wish we could get together with the Republicans and get the best possible changes accomplished. Wish we could get along and everyone thought like you and stop whining over protecting "their" interests and not the interests of the "big" pictures of good for humanity. "The rest of us can go to hell!" Pretty right on analogy there. Way to go!

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  49. Anonymous? WTF? When did hollywood become a non American providence. It is still here in the REAL world! Are you suggesting Charlie and other celebs live in bubble? He works for a living like everyone else. Are you jealous? So if i win the lotto tom morrow i live in an alternate America. Interesting! What about Doctors? Are they not Real Americans? Put the politicians in that category then too? Not sure they are for real! The guys is nice enough and brave to voice his opinion and you take pot shots at him. Sad! Another thing, why is everyone taking others opinions so personally! Is hard to debate if everyone has a chip on shoulder or heart on sleeve. Course us gals have been accused of that a time or two. But we can't voice our opinions that good if we put up our guards. I know prob have alot of room to talk i get mad on here too. Just suggestions. Okay back to matter at hand. Unfortunately like everything else in this life problems boil down to green backs. It hurts me that they want to cut aid to the poor. Can't they look elsewhere? All i'm saying. What about grandmas & grandpas? Should come first not last.

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  50. Charles..believe me it is so refreshing that a person of your celebrity is speaking out and sharing your thoughts and passion with us..I listened several times to your Blog2 on YouTube and wrote a comment there also..but I also want to say that I truly believe in our President Obama and that the Republican party is out to crucify him...You are so right on with Boehner and his cronies..The Republican party will always be for that 1% of the GREEDY American people..the rest of us could go to "hell"..Obama is trying to preserve and perpetuate the middle class whereas in contrast the Republican side is trying to obliterate it..They are truly trying to create the CASTE system all over again..The actions and deeds of the Republican party are so BLATANT and spell out what they really want..destroy the middle class..They are not lending a hand at all to save this country.. they are Hell bent on destroying it..

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  51. Lovin u IBlogs;) personally, I am tired of the blame game and really questioning what exactly we are paying these reresentatives to do other than hold thier breath and act like immature children at our expense?
    Shame on congress for dragging these issues out to the point where our seniors and military have to worry unnecessarily if and when they will continue to receive benefits.
    It's also time for Americans to step up and I put the pressure on Washington to straighten up and stop playing Russian roulette with our country! :(

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  52. I am really enjoying your Iblog;)
    I did agree with Pres OBama in his call for Americans to get involved and contact congressman...we are one nation and it's time to hold Washington accountable!
    Shame on them for these childish games of chicken , waiting till the last possible minute and then 'miraculously' coming to some agreement and 'saving' us!
    It's sickening really and shame on us for letting them get away with it!
    This country was built on the backs of the same people that the congress is threatening to withhold pay and cut benefits and the military who is out there preserving the congresses freedom to sit around and see who can hold their breath the longest.
    :(

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  53. I am really enjoying ur IBlog! Perhaps u need to replace Huckabee on Fox news! I would rather watch u;)
    Personally I agree with u and I agree with the Pres call to make Washington accountable and not 'kick the can down the road'
    I also am appalled that congress has been aware this is coming and over the last year how many times have they been allowed to play chicken until the last minute then 'miraculously' cone to some sort of agreement that 'saves' America in the final minutes? This is unacceptable and if this is going to be the new way to agree and make decisions then let's cut their pay except for the one month a year where they actually make progress!
    Let's cut their spending... Let congress carpool in and bring a pot luck lunch from home in lieu of ordering in lunches and taking limos around town.
    Shame on Washington for causing added stress and worry to the very people who worked to make this nation great and our military who protect And defend Washington every day. We have to take a stand and let them know this is not ok! God bless!

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  54. Charles....If u revive multiple rants so sorry! I'm a blogging virgin and didn't see it was accepted lol.

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  55. Charlie--I was wondering how long it would take you to comment on the ridiculous goings on in D.C. I think it's time for the Republicans we elected start working towards the good of all Americans instead of trying to further their political agendas. The tragedy in Norway was just that-a terrible deed done by a demented individual-nothing more-nothing less. Looking forward to more Iblogs.

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  56. Ok again among all these replies we still need to compromise to move this country forward. We have to leave the past in the past, remove blame and work together to get this country back on track. Blame the right, blame the left blame. blame,blame. I want anyone to tell me that blame is going to solve this dilemma. Come on move on. I agree to disagree with you Charles but I cant go on spending my life blaming everyone else for situations that have been brought on by all the politicians. We need to work together. Come on wake up and smell the roses before they turn to thorns.

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  57. well I was going to get on my soap box but thought better of it as it difficult for me to express my views on a blog...I will say that I mostly agree with everyone and that we can all agree to disagree at times. I would like to share my thoughts) I retired from the fed gov last year after 35 yrs of service. (believe me this in no way makes me an expert) All of upper management have their own agenda and everyone else be damned. The gov has many many 'pots' of $$ which go to fund certain projects, it is illegal to 'move' any $$ from one project to another. It happens all the time though because GAO (Government Accountabilty Office) can't keep up with it all. Total chaos and political bullshit is rampant..I just don't see any way to lower the national debt if they keep running it they way they do..Obama wants the large companies to pay more taxes, seriously?? those companies will take the attitude "well, if I have to pay more taxes then I'm going to lay people off". Honestly I just don't see any change thats going to happen no matter who is in office...I don't know what the answer is..I feel for people that are looking for jobs, out of a job or have to work the rest of their lives...

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  58. I'm not affiliated to any parties but I do strongly agree with you that people need to wake up and listen to the words spoken by both sides and think...the problem I see is that many individuals who is affiliated to one side will never budge no matter how stupid their ideas sound and this is for both sides...I tend to not talk politics b/c I never get an answer as to why they feel the person they support is so great or what is the real reason why they hate the other except for the fact that person is part of the other party......Take for example people complain about President Obama and how he has lied and not done anything he promised or how he hasn't saved our country as he said he would...my question to these individuals is of all the Presidents starting just from President Reagan's era who has done right? How can you expect one President who's only been in office for less than 4 years to change over 10 years of wrong?

    I don't think anyone from any side that can fix everything in one shot...and things take time to accomplish but can only be accomplished when the focus is on the country and it's people not on an individual or party...people need to focus on the issue...if the people used as much energy as they did to find out President Obama's origins/color/birth maybe we will be closer to finding a solution to the current problem.

    One thing I don't think you mentioned is that most of the rich companies/people who are getting tax exempts are those who are Republicans so of course they do not want to remove this exemption (This is my opinion I have no hard proof of this but i just feel this is the case :-) )...has any 'research' org done any research and looked into which side these companies/individual who are getting an exemption are they affiliated with?

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  59. WOW! Thank you Charlie for this blog. I started reading all of the comments within a short time after your posting yesterday & have twice tried to send my own comments but somehow keep erasing them. It's great to have a forum like this one to hear differing viewpoints although I was rather upset by the first few comments for they all seemed to be strongly against you & just the opposite of what I believe. Charlie I totally agree with what you said, & admire your passion & regardless of your profession or your income you have every right to express yourself this way. Bravo! I have been so distressed by the whole "debt ceiling" debacle & the negativity against our president that I have not been able to listen to all the rhetoric. I would want to believe that all of the people who are Emailing/writing to their congressional reps & emailing CNN etc. would have an affect & change the course of this stalemate but it's hard for me to be very optimistic. I was quite impressed though with the comments made by Peggy Kelly, the journalist (why she writes so well.) Personally, I believe in God but also strongly believe in the separation of Church & State as set up by our brilliant founding fathers. I find it really appalling to hear people in this country make the assumption that God is only on Our side. It may sound way too simplistic but I feel so much of the political crud that goes on would be so much cleaner if God (& Biblical texts) remained in people's hearts & present in the way we treated each other on a daily basis rather than the focus of every political decision or discussion.

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  60. Last question then I am done. Charles do you believe in God, Christ, or any higher power at all?

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  61. I just would like to, know what does Charlie beliving in god got to do with paying are debt but if you read anything about him he is a catholic and his wife is jewish and they pay taxes just like we do so this is not about his faith.

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  62. I want to thank skdonovan for commenting on Diane's question about Charlie's beliefs. This is what I mean by separating Church & State. Just because Charlie has strong viewpoints that may differ from others, or he may have taked about the horrendous Norwegian catastrophe being done by a Christian, it has nothing to do with his faith or the faith of any of the rest of us who have political viewpoints. And I think asking such a question as Diane does speaks volumes about how those of us who don't openly admit "to believing" doesn't mean we don't, but we are judged for not wearing "our faith" on our sleeve. We have already had a horrendous holocaust where people had to wear a designation of their faith on their sleeve. Let's not go there ever again.

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  63. I asked about his beliefs because I am curious. I am not meaning any harm. I didn't say anything about the debt. I would like to be able to make some my decisions for myself regarding this situation. I do have a right to choose who I listen to.

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  64. Everyone is worried about these budget cuts it's hurtful, it's painful and it's upsetting.

    I'm in totally agreement with Charlie that people should get more involved in politics.

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  65. To Lila W: If you choose to not wear your belief on your sleeve that is your issue. You do not have a right to choose for me. If I choose to wear my beliefs on my sleeve, I definitely don't need anyone's permission to do that. If you don't like that that is your problem not mine. If I choose to make my decision about the debt ceiling not based on hate of a particular party that is my decision again. I choose who I would like to discuss these issues with. If you don't like that then I guess that's too bad for you. I also meant no harm by asking Charles his believes. I am not discriminating against any particular religion, I am just wondering. Wow talk about being attacked. I think I am going to stick with some others who don't want to get involved in these latest blogs. I hope you have a great night and lets pray (oops such a bad word praying wouldn't want to talk about God or Jesus lets keep that to ourselves).lol. Lets pray that our country can survive another politic drama. Obama drama.

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  66. It was only after I posted a comment on youtube AND sent a message to your facebook that I saw the link for this blog on your feed. :( So sorry for being such a ignoramus.

    I am 23, married, and have developed more of an interest in what is happening in my state and country since I got married (I wanna know where the hell my money is going!... I am a republican who is happy to pay a higher tax to help my country)

    I know this is a long message, sorry. Below is my response to your latest blogs on youtube from the 25th, if you care to read. If not, I totally understand, you are a busy person. They are positive responses; I am not a troll or a hater

    Unfortunately when people say that Obama raised our debts they thought that it wouldn't be inevitable...
    Obama campaigned for change. Republicans think that meant no more debt. What it really meant was "I am willing to do what is necessary to get us out of these two wars, including taxing to do it."
    And when republicans hear that they call him a liar and point their fingers.
    I keep up with your videos, Charles and I must say that I usually don't agree with you, (mostly because I am a conservative republican from
    Utah) but I must applaud you for comments because they are FACT, and most ppl don't post facts anymore and I agree with you.

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  67. It was only after I sent a message to Charles facebook and youtube feed that I discovered this blog existed. It is quite late in the game :(, but I still feel the need to post my opinion. Sorry for being such an ignoramus. I will keep up next time.
    I am 23, married, and have developed more of an interest in what is happening in my state and country since I got married (I wanna know where the hell my money is going!... I am a republican who is happy to pay a higher tax to help my country)

    I know this is a long message, sorry. Below is my response to your latest blogs on youtube from the 25th, if you care to read. If not, I totally understand, you are a busy person. They are positive responses; I am not a troll or a hater

    Unfortunately when people say that Obama raised our debts they thought that it wouldn't be inevitable...
    Obama campaigned for change. Republicans think that meant no more debt. What it really meant was "I am willing to do what is necessary to get us out of these two wars, including taxing to do it."... and there goes the "revenue".
    And when republicans hear that they call him a liar and point their fingers.
    I keep up with your videos, Charles and I must say that I usually don't agree with you politically, (mostly because I am a conservative republican from Utah) but I must applaud you for comments because they are FACT, and most ppl don't post facts anymore and I agree with you.

    Also, I don't believe that printing up an Army of Christ manifesto is proof or testimony of a Christian, especially in light of his actions. Plain and simple: a Christian follows in the ways of Christ. Killing people isn't Christ like. Period.

    Unfortunately the last form of acceptable form of discrimination is against Christianity and most other religions. So when criminals' religions are brought into the issues they create it becomes a time for more than only justice, but also for hate.

    Americans say whatever they want... and they are usually wrong.

    Utah) but I must applaud you for comments because they are FACT, and most ppl don't post facts anymore and I agree with you.

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  68. Let’s take another crack at this…of course, this won’t be as eloquent as the version that’s apparently lost in cyberspace.

    Regarding the chap from Norway and his faith: he has characterized himself as a Darwinist, not a Christian, and he apparently has doubts about God’s existence. It seems the media jumped the gun in calling him a right-wing fundamentalist Christian; he might be a Christian, but I seriously doubt that a devout Christian like he was portrayed would have doubts about God’s existence. But even if he were a right-wing fundamentalist Christian, you cannot legitimately say all Christians are evil because of what he did. That would be akin to stating that all Muslims were responsible for 9/11 or all Mormons are polygamists because Brigham Young had 55 wives. In the case of Breivik’s attacks—the bomb near the government buildings and the shootings at the Labour Party youth summer camp—they were perpetrated by someone who is a supporter/leader of a radical group intent on driving the Muslims out of Europe—the new Knights Templar.

    For those readers unfamiliar with medieval history, the Knights Templar (also known as the Order of the Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon) were especially active in the Crusades, that lovely adventure among Western Christians (aka Roman Catholics) to drive Muslims out of western Europe and the Holy Land. At the time of the Crusades, almost all of the Iberian peninsula was under the control of the Moors (simplistically, Muslims from North Africa), and they would not be driven off the continent until early 1492. The Knights Templar were considered the most skilled fighting units among the western Christians, and, although they were officially endorsed by the Catholic Church, they pretty much were not supported by the Pope and were disbanded in the early 14th century after several members were tortured or burnt at the stake. In modern times, the Knights Templar are most often associated with Freemasonry, but, in Breivik’s case, the Knights Templar is “not a religious organization but rather a Christian ‘culturalist’ military order” according to his 1,500+ page manifesto. Their goal, to put it simply, is quite similar to that of the Knights Templar during the Middle Ages—to eradicate Islam from western Europe.

    Anyway, just like not all of Christendom was involved with the Crusades (again, it was only the West; Eastern Christians—aka Orthodox—did not participate; in fact, Greek Orthodox were also among the targets of the Crusades--in other words, Christians were attacking Christians), not all Christians support Breivik’s attacks. Instead, what we see with Breivik’s attacks is a way to draw attention to his group and its goals. He wanted to send a message, and people have heard it loud and clear—as they now know about his manifesto and what the new Knights Templar advocate, essentially having the same goal as the original Knights Templar during the Middle Ages.

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