Rolando - "Tea Party Tourette's" was a label applied to SOME of Francis' posts (the ones I was complaining about) - not your post. I wasn't attacking you (or even Francis) - I just had a problem with you comparing the worst of Francis' posts to the best of our founding fathers' words.
I like the Tea Party's mission of fiscal responsibility. Some of the other stuff they purport scares me, though. Maybe that's the fringe of their movement popping up and making the news, maybe not.
"Tourette's was once considered a rare and bizarre syndrome, most often associated with the exclamation of obscene words or socially inappropriate and derogatory remarks."
Rolando and Musicman -
Francis often has valid points and his voice has a place here, for sure. He shouldn't be "chased away" - it is just tiresome when his mantra has nothing to do with the discussion at hand.
Why does a person with a conservative viewpoint publicly post under a liberal cartoon? The only answer I can come up with is to express a disagreement with the point of the cartoon.
An off-topic "Obama is a big fat stupid socialist" comment is a knee jerk rant, mainly because it is off topic. It's not interesting to read and it doesn't contribute to the discussion. Which is sad, because Francis has shown he can be a "passionate conservative" in a persuasive way.
Rolando: comparing the posts from Francis I have a problem with to famous founding father quotes? Really? Tea Party Tourette's Syndrome is not the same thing as inspirational revolutionary war wisdom.
Your posts are called cogent and coherent when they are cogent and coherent.
Knee jerk foaming at the mouth ranting that has no persuasive content may be passionate, but it is still knee jerk foaming at the mouth ranting, my friend. And I'm not necessarily a "lib", by the way. . .
Francis, that was a reasonable and cogent post! Thank you.
Indian - what are some specifics your republican candidates would do to "take our country back and get it back on track before it is to(sic) late!" ??
BigRidgePatriot writes, "...I find myself somewhat numbed by the constant liberal theme. This constant drum-beat is about what you would expect from some extremist liberal web site, not the opinion page of a centrist local newspaper."
The Times Free Press has two separate editorial pages every single day and there are cartoons on each page representing both conservative and liberal viewpoints. I suspect the left page cartoon makes the website because the cartoonist is in-house and the paper therefore has rights to distribute that content online.
I'd like to see more cartoons from Clay that ridicule our inept politicians/political system in general, but apparently his job is to rah rah the troops on the far left and only the far left.
ChrisSteves - go look up the definition of the word DEIST
youthcampguy - So I'm to understand you to say that tax payer supported prayer is only acceptable if it is Christian. So you're okay with any school led religious prayer as long as it is based on "Biblical Principles"? You'd have no problem with a visiting team from Hollywood, Alabama leading everyone in a prayer that involved the handling of snakes, as long as they read the passages from the bible that seem to support it? If you have a problem with that scenario, then you're advocating one form of Christianity over another and hopefully you're starting to see the problem of the state being involved in sponsoring religion of any sort. . .
Ironic use of the word "illiterate" in a post riddled with spelling errors, by the way. . .
whatsnottaken - "That way, those on the middle of the road won't be dropping subscriptions like they are because your folks lean so heavily one way"
??? The Times Free Press has two op-ed pages, one liberal and one conservative. I don't think there's another newspaper in the country that I've heard of that has that. You can't be more middle of the road than that. There are conservative political cartoons on the right page if you don't like the one on the left. . .
Hey - I posted the hard data that blackwater48 requested and my post disappeared!