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Re: “The Media Bern: Sanders Keeps Vermont Press at Arm's Length

"Meanwhile, Sanders spends a full hour every week on the nationally syndicated "Thom Hartmann Program."'
Bernie stopped being on the Hartmann show regularly about two years ago.
Totally understandable, as he is operating on a national/international stage. And we should be glad that he is.

Posted by Jimshifty on 03/27/2017 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Joke of the Week: Pet Names

I mean, yea, Gabriel Iglesias used the word fluffy in a few jokes and as the title of one of his specials. But he used it as an adjective meaning "fat", though, while Eric is using it as a proper noun evoking "cuteness" (ironically, in reference to a person who you obviously "wouldn't want to fuck with"). It's definitely a unique word that conjures Gabriel Iglesias, but he didn't invent it, and I think using the word "fluffy" as a pet name instead of a description of a person's weight is totally different enough for there not to be any issue of originality here (if that's what you were suggesting, The Oracle).

Also, the "about the joke" blurb here is damn awesome.

Posted by skeletor69 on 03/27/2017 at 1:59 PM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

I've enjoyed watching Shen Yun for years, almost from its very inception.

I think this performance does a great deal to heal the world. I am sure our world needs more of this beauty, purity, and inspiration presented by Shen Yun.

Every time upon leaving the theater after the performance, I was amazed by the theatergoers' reactions: their faces glowing with excitement, many had tears in their eyes -- all audience around me was overjoyed.

I want to give just one example of a sincere reaction to the performance given by The Honorable David Kilgour, a retired Member of the Parliament of Canada, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, renowned author and human rights advocate, who was happy to see Shen Yun Performing Arts again, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in CA on March 12, 2017.

"It's the best show I've ever seen, said Mr. Kilgour. "The costumes, the dancing, the singing, the technical things were simply the best I've seen."

Mr. Kilgour said he has seen most of Shen Yuns performances over the past seven or eight years, and that the show keeps exceeding his expectations.

I am really shocked that a reporter with a pile of rewords from a very respected newspaper could write a very negative article without even ONCE seeing a performance!

No wonder many people do not trust our media anymore!

I want to ask those who have never seen Shen Yun performance before to not rely on the article above.

If you want to see Shen Yun, please attend the performance and make a conclusion yourself, not based on a biased article with a very obvious agenda behind it.

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Posted by Nataly on 03/27/2017 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Joke of the Week: Pet Names

By the way... Gabriel Iglesias.

Posted by The Oracle on 03/27/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Joke of the Week: Pet Names

"Don't quit your day job" (rimshot)

Posted by The Oracle on 03/27/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Walters: Leahy, Sanders & Welch Take Hardwick By Storm

Is it so remarkable that the Democratic delegation said "no" to a possibly helpful solution to a problem they helped create?

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Posted by timothy price on 03/27/2017 at 10:34 AM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

I have seen Shen Yun 5-6 times and Shen Yun is entirely different from what the article seems to suggest. Its mission is to revive 5000 years of Chinese culture, and they do it with absolute elegance. The show exhibits different ethnic dance that are absolutely graceful and different Chinese stories from 5000 years of history. Many of my friends have seen Shen Yun and they absolutely love it. Dancing and music is a form of expression. Shen Yun is just using art as a form to express the real Chinese Culture, the traditional values, which includes contemporary stories. The show is beautiful and it always brings me to tears after watching it. I bought tickets for my grandma to watch this year. She really liked the show. It is so sad to hear that some people can't appreciate the art form that is unique to Shen Yun.

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Posted by Patrick Tai on 03/27/2017 at 9:25 AM

Re: “A Wife Vows to Fight Her Husband's Deportation

There are thousands of these sad stories. This one is poorly crafted and far too heavy handed on the sympathy ploy but all the same, Carrillo evidently had opportunity to become a citizen which he ignored. Deportation is a natural consequence of staying in a country too long. The same thing would happen to me if I overstayed a visa in France, for example.

Carrillo seems like a good person and hopefully he can get the citizenship thing worked out so he can rejoin his family in the United States. Because he didn't already take care of the citizenship thing, he put himself in this position, though.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 03/27/2017 at 7:30 AM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

I regularly see opera and theater in my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. When I saw Shen Yun for the first time, I was blown away by the marvelous quality of the performers, the music, the costumes, and the 5000 years of ancient, divinely inspired culture that was magically brought to life in front of me. It was incredibly touching. It is obvious to me that the author has not seen Shen Yun, because his article entirely misses point of the performance, which is to revive and celebrate the higher, universal principles of truthfulness and compassion that exist throughout history, at the core of all societies, and in every human heart.

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Posted by John Perry on 03/26/2017 at 11:16 PM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

I totally disagree with this article. Every Shen Yun show I have seen exudes the need for us to be united in goodness and morals....something much needed today. It's a breath of fresh air for anyone who is into true entertainment. The people that I have talked to about it have said nothing but good things about it also. Mostly the beautiful colors and amazing music. But also that it's so uplifting and brings a sense of hope to the world. Nobody should miss it. The reviews (aside from this one) have been amazing. The people who walk away from this show are absolutely amazed by it, like I am. This article was in such stark contrast to what I saw and what so many people have experienced that it was almost odd. But at the least very shocking that they got such negative things from it....weird.

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Posted by Diana Foley Molovinsky on 03/26/2017 at 11:06 PM

Re: “Scott, Welch Call Trump Executive Order Unconstitutional

Why is it inappropriate for a state law enforcement officer to assist federal agents in the apprehension of illegally present persons? And why shouldn't a governor sanction immigration enforcement which is a paramount responsibility of the federal government, i.e., protecting U.S. citizens? To my mind, it is possible that not all the people in this state belong here, and some of them may be criminals.

The responsibility of all our elected officials is to insure a safe, secure community for citizens. I fear that in their zeal to protect legal immigrants, and in concern for our state's independence, our governor and representatives are precluding effective law enforcement outcomes, and jeopardizing our personal and public safety.

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Posted by Rick Matthews on 03/26/2017 at 9:03 PM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

Hm, I don't agree with this article's stance--I've seen multiple Shen Yun shows, and I feel that the message is always about goodness, and the marketers and performers I've met have always been courteous and kind. I hope people are willing to see the show and make an informed decision for themselves.

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Posted by Carlen Zhang-D'Souza on 03/26/2017 at 8:23 PM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

Chinese communist party banned many things. I was very frustrated I couldn't use gmail while I toured in China. Looks like they banned facebook, youtube as well. I tend to say what Chinese communist party bans most likely to be good things or just normal. I don't understand why they have to ban so many things in China.

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Posted by Angela Vetanen on 03/26/2017 at 8:08 PM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

I saw Shen Yun in Boston. You get to see an amazing Tibetan performance, authentic Mongolian bowl dance and other stories that you cannot see due to Communist censorship of the arts. The local reporter quoted the Chinese government, the same government that is known for harvesting organs of living human beings. Everyone knows China lies to justify human rights abuses against Falun Gong. Shen Yun had no signs of homophobia or cult-like behavior. Further, Shen Yun demonstrated acts of kindness and forgiveness. This article has nothing to do with what Shen Yun is about.

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Posted by Kery on 03/26/2017 at 5:25 PM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

I have seen this show for 7 years because they have a brand new performance every year and I really enjoyed every program. Majority of the pieces tell the stories from ancient China about flying deities in heavens and stories from ancient books. I found the show to be very educational and uplifting. It is quite said that some people nowadays distance themselves from spirituality and thus miss seeing the beauty in traditional and classical show such as Shen Yun. Many times my friends hated a movie at a theater but I actually loved it after seeing the movie. Same thing with Shen Yun, I would highly recommend to see the show in spite of this negative review.

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Posted by Alexei Sterhov on 03/26/2017 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott, Senate Close to Mental Health Pay Fix

The Open Meetings Law strikes again!

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Posted by Dave Silberman on 03/26/2017 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Vermont Inmate No. 144711 Is a 90-Year-Old Veteran

There used to be a safety net, as distasteful as it may seem to some, the Vermont State Hospital that was part of a system discarded by Shumlin after Irene. There were, from time to time, patients who were much too disruptive to be unsupervised when required interactions take place. These patients could be very aggressive leading to many staff injuries but it was felt at the time correctly that prison would be much worse for them. There is no easy answer, a person who is experiencing dementia cannot be expected to exercise appropriate impulse control.

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Posted by Jeff Marshall on 03/26/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Walters: Leahy, Sanders & Welch Take Hardwick By Storm

To amend my comment above - I just watched the tape of the exchange (thanks, Vermont PBS!) and saw that the moderator, Senator Kitchel, did seem to give Leahy and Welch the opportunity to respond to Ms. Nyoni's question about racial justice in Vermont. They just didn't take it. A shame.

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Posted by Tim Patterson on 03/26/2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Walters: The Leahy-Gorsuch Two-Step

No warheit, I didn't miss the point, and I understand very well.

It has nothing to do with what Harry Reid and the Democrats did in 2013. The reality is that McConnell would feel free to implement the "nuclear option" if he felt it was required to get a Republican nominee approved against Democratic opposition.

McConnell threatened and was fully prepared to do that once before (in 2005), and only held off when the "gang of 14" came to a bipartisan agreement on judicial and executive branch appointments. He'd be very willing to do it again, whether Reid had taken the first step or not.

Pretending that the Republicans would only do it now because of what Democrats did in 2013 is a complete misrepresentation of McConnell's history on the issue.

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Posted by terjeanderson on 03/26/2017 at 1:31 PM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

Did a little bit of research... half of this article is based on lies put out by the Chinese Communist Party.

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Posted by Joseph8263 on 03/26/2017 at 1:18 PM

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