Up for Debate: Return of large mergers

Friday, February 15, 2013 at 1:44am

Do you believe the recent announcements of two major corporate mergers, which could signal a trend back to such deals, are a good thing for business or a return to troublesome business practices?

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193 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 2/15/13 at 1:03

That no Asteroid. That is Rasp y's anal wart.

By: slacker on 2/15/13 at 1:07

Snozanalwartry- a rare condition suffered by dreamers who often have their head up their arse.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/15/13 at 1:13

Use preparation R to remove Snozanalwartry.

Raspy has found a new scheme.

By: dargent7 on 2/15/13 at 1:27

I simply cannot believe some of these inane posts, re Romney.
He flat out said he'd, "Let GM fail".
He'd close Planned Parenthood.
He'd arrest and incarcerate Big Bird. Close down NPR.
He'd toss away the "47%ers".
Made $10,000 bets with opponents, eg., Perry. (another dumber idiot).
Really any wonder he lost by a landslide?

By: Loner on 2/15/13 at 1:28

Somehow, I feel inspired by Yogi's post...this one:

You should have been at the meeting I went to this morning. It was a normal "get together" meeting with our State Senator and Representative. There was about 50 people there and everyone of them have concerns about Obama's constitutional eligibility. You should, too, unless you're ready to be taken over by a dictator.

...here goes:

Birthers and politicians...in the same room.
They talkin' gloom. Talkin' imminent doom.
And Soetero's secret plan, for me and for you.
Second Amendment solutions, as heard in the pew.

Birther Convention, a convention of fools.
Misinformed believers and useful tools
Village idiots, rubes and bumpkins,
Makes more sense to argue with pumpkins.

It might be funny, if they weren't so well-armed.
Conspiracy theoreticians...hopped up & alarmed.
Tea-Party politicians....working that hateful crowd.
Like a fallow field...again being plowed.

By: Loner on 2/15/13 at 1:38

Slack...is that ailment Grey Poupon related?

By: brrrrk on 2/15/13 at 1:48

You know, now that we sort of backed into the topic of honesty, I have to wonder what our in-house righties think of what's going on in many of the swing states that have Republican legislatures.... and in particular their attempt to change they way votes are allocated during Presidential elections (by district rather than by popular vote). What say you righties? Are you OK with overriding the popular vote just because your policies aren't..... well.... popular?

By: slacker on 2/15/13 at 1:55

Loner, according to Dr. Ferdie... Snozanalwartry can be accelerated by daily ingestion of Grey Poupon and cheap wine, along with a constant illusion of grander. Of course the snozz must also rest primarily, in a warm enviroment such as the anal entrance.

By: slacker on 2/15/13 at 1:58

brrrk, today's conservatives, didn't create the electoral college.

By: slacker on 2/15/13 at 2:00

Gotta go.. hope everybody has a nice weekend.

By: brrrrk on 2/15/13 at 2:02

slacker said

"brrrk, today's conservatives, didn't create the electoral college."

So it's win at all cost and to hell with the will of the people?

By: Loner on 2/15/13 at 2:03

Thank you, Slack, for the heads up.

By: dargent7 on 2/15/13 at 2:05

Since Monday is "President's Day" we'll probably NOT get a new Opinion until next Tues. to yammer over.
Where's Birch's Bitch today?
The article I meant.

By: gdiafante on 2/15/13 at 2:12

Ok, in honor of President's day, who is your favorite President?

By: BenDover on 2/15/13 at 2:15

I don't know what specifically you are talking about brrrrk but I've often said I'd be for pro-rating the electors by popular vote or by district in all states.

I think it would make us a better representative republic rather than the winner take all scenario we have now in most states.

By: brrrrk on 2/15/13 at 2:32

BenDover said

"I don't know what specifically you are talking about brrrrk but I've often said I'd be for pro-rating the electors by popular vote or by district in all states."

http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/25/politics/electoral-college

Oddly enough, none of the Republican led legislatures in any of the "Red" states are advocating this.... gee, I wonder why...

By district makes no sense and will ultimately produce a situation where the popular vote will be overturned. And whatever your beef is with the current system, there has only been one example (to my knowledge) where the President didn't win both the electoral vote and the popular vote.

By: BenDover on 2/15/13 at 2:50

I think it happened twice brrrrk.

I don't think the winner take all at the state level works well because all of the attention and energy for presidential elections goes into the hand-full of battle-ground states where the two party demographic split is close.

Breaking it out by district or pro-rating based on popular vote would break the 2 party lock and would also make sure the executive candidates and branch paid attention to all the states.

I think it could be accomplished by a state legislature doing it in cooperation with another state.

For example California and Texas could decide together to pro-rate it based on population then they would both suddenly command more attention from the feds without either of the state's majority parties giving up any significant overall impact to the national election process. It would just mean that the individual voters in those states would suddenly have a say in who won the US presidential election rather than it being decided just by a few districts in Ohio or Florida. And suddenly a candidate for president could take neither state for granted any more.

By: dargent7 on 2/15/13 at 2:52

My favorite martian? Ray Walston.
Favorite president? JFK.
Hands down the coolest.
Obama is a distant second.
Worst?
G W. Bush...complete lying idiot. Like his father.

By: BenDover on 2/15/13 at 3:02

suddenly... that makes it an even 4.

By: bfra on 2/15/13 at 3:02

The liar, old coot yogi is trying to spread his BS under the NRA speaker (sic) topic. It is going over just like it DOESN't here. It is hard to believe, anybody can be that stupid. But he presents the evidence of absolutely no brains everyday, 24/7.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/15/13 at 3:42

Yeah, bfra - he's not exactly winning any popularity contests over there either.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/15/13 at 3:46

In my lifetime, my favorite would be Bill Clinton. Worst obviously goes to G.W. Bush. That award used to go to Reagan but Bush has him beat by a longshot.

The earliest recollection I have of politics is Ford taking office. I remember the election of Jimmy Carter. Carter was too nice and honest to be in politics.

By: bfra on 2/15/13 at 3:52

Blanket - You pretty well covered my opinion of the Presidents, also.

The troll's lies just don't go over, no matter what topic he tries to post them under. Have a nice week end!

By: yogiman on 2/15/13 at 3:58

I'm not in a popularity contest, kids. I'm interested in having a legal president in the Oval Office; and to be blunt, I don't give a damn what you think of me.

Call it what you like; I'm still waiting for one of you to give me proof your man is in that office legally. Why haven't you? Don't you have any?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/15/13 at 4:34

It is a good thing you are not in a popularity contest yogi, because you lost before you got statred.

By: BenDover on 2/15/13 at 4:41

Have a nice weekend guys. I hope brrrrrk will comment on my prorating the electoral votes. I think loner and some of the other left-leaner liked it and found common ground on it in the past.

By: dargent7 on 2/15/13 at 4:47

Presidential reminiscensings (sp?):
Carter had his brother 'Billy" to contend with...anyone old enough to drink, "Billy Beer"?
Clinton was very cool, intelligent as hell, but lied about smoking weed and there was that MonicaGate thingy.
JFK had Marilyn, which if you think about it real hard, wasn't that bad.
I think Judith Exner did him in.
A note to self: never date a mobster's ex-girlfriend, ex-wife, or current sister.
A almost forgot Nixon....the meanest spirited SOB ever.
I think Obama might very well have the best legacy.
ps...I think the G W Bush Library has 3 books on it's shelve now.

By: yogiman on 2/15/13 at 4:49

You should know by now, BenDover, it's hard to change a. idiot's mind.

By: budlight on 2/15/13 at 5:44

y: Loner on 2/15/13 at 9:50
So, Ben, you agree with me that compliance with government regulations can add value to goods and services, am I correct on that?

Loner, what about compliance with government regulations called Immigration Laws? Do those count. Will it add value to anything if we start enforcing the existing immigration laws on the books now?

Also, how about the president follow a few more of the laws?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/15/13 at 7:37

Ben confrims that you are an idiot, yogi.

By: yogiman on 2/15/13 at 8:01

Careful, dumba$$, you're exposing your intelligence. Or should I say; lack of it?

By: bfra on 2/16/13 at 6:59

By: yogiman on 2/15/13 at 4:49
You should know by now, BenDover, it's hard to change a. idiot's mind.
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Great for a Sat. morning laugh: The above to be posted by the biggest IDIOT ever, to one of his cohorts. LMAO big time!

By: Loner on 2/16/13 at 7:06

Bud threw a couple of questions at me.....Loner, what about compliance with government regulations called Immigration Laws? Do those count. Will it add value to anything if we start enforcing the existing immigration laws on the books now?

Also, how about the president follow a few more of the laws?

Bud, we need comprehensive immigration reform. The present system is broken.

If being a US citizen has value, then those immigrants who follow the law and become citizens have increased their personal worth and value.

Bringing the millions of "illegals" out of the shadows and into the daylight will add value to this nation as a whole.

I agree, the POTUS is not above the law and should be held accountable for their actions, policies and decisions.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/16/13 at 8:40

By: yogiman on 2/15/13 at 8:01
Careful, dumba$$, you're exposing your intelligence. Or should I say; lack of it?

By: yogiman on 1/26/13 at 3:13
dumba$$, you couldn't even pass a spelling test, let alone a test of intelligence.
Want to try one? Check on google or bing and take a test.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/26/13 at 3:33
I took the test yogi and a made a 100.

By: yogiman on 1/26/13 at 7:30
I feel so humiliated, dumba$$, to get beat by an idiot as ignorant as you.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/26/13 at 9:53
That makes you the dumbest dumb ass…yogi.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/16/13 at 8:46

The old boy has to be reminded about his mental limits daily.

By: bfra on 2/16/13 at 12:40

This is the gun Ben thinks he should be able to keep - Segment of an AP report:

"What a joke," said former FBI agent John Hanlon, who survived the 1986 shootout in Miami. He was shot in the head, hand, groin and hip with a Ruger Mini-14 that had a folding stock. Two FBI agents died and five others were wounded.

By: yogiman on 2/16/13 at 1:37

Do you mean I'm bigger than you, bfra? Sorry, I'll start posting more facts so you can become a bigger idiot.

By: yogiman on 2/16/13 at 1:41

I must disagree, Loner. The current immigration laws aren't being broken, they just aren't being followed and carried out.

Just wondering: How many laws are on the books today that are ignored? I'd say too many to count in one session.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/16/13 at 1:59

By: yogiman on 2/16/13 at 1:37
Do you mean I'm bigger than you, bfra? Sorry, I'll start posting more facts so you can become a bigger idiot.

Translation;

If I say I am bigger than bfra, they want notice I am an idiot.

By: yogiman on 1/26/13 at 7:30
I feel so humiliated, dumba$$, to get beat by an idiot as ignorant as you.

By: bfra on 2/16/13 at 5:20

AP article for all you backyard chicken lovers:

Mexico's animal health agency says a bird flu outbreak at seven farms in central Mexico has affected as many as 582,000 chickens.

By: budlight on 2/17/13 at 8:54

Loner said "Bringing the millions of "illegals" out of the shadows and into the daylight will add value to this nation as a whole."

Loner, nothing that is "illegal" adds value to anything. It only diminishes the value of it. If I go to the bank with a note that says "I have a gun, put money in this bag" it is robbing the bank and illegal. Does not add value to me, society, or anything.

The politically correct scheme of things is causing our country to fail miserably in controlling our destiny. A bunch of unskilled workers who just want a better life is not a reason to by-pass laws about immigration. I want a better life also. I'd like to have a ton of money in the bank and much better health care insurance, but I can't afford it and I surely can't get it ILLEGALLY.

Jobs in this country that were lower paying were usually taken up by high school students, college students and others who needed to work. That is, until the illegals started saying they would do the lower paying jobs for less. If a job was paying $10 an hour, the illegals would do it for $7.50 or $8.00 so they could push the basic American labor force into what it is today. Sorry, I don't want illegals here. I only want IMMIGRANTS who are willing to stand in line, and follow the law exactly like the millions of LEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY ENJOYING LEGAL CITIZENSHIP.

The system works if they work it -- just like AA and other self-help programs. And if parents broke the law, that's just too bad. At some point they must face the music and face their children. It is their fault, not mine or the government's that their children are not legal.

By: yogiman on 2/17/13 at 11:30

Sadly, budlight, but the children born in the USA to illegal alien mothers are given American citizenship... by our congress.

Congress started at the "top of the hill" at the founding of our nation. They have been coming down that hill for decades now. Why did they ever come up with the consideration to give citizenship to children born to illegal aliens?

It may be too late, but we need a new congress that works for us, not themselves.

By: Loner on 2/17/13 at 7:12

Christopher Columbus and his crew were illegal aliens in the new world, as were the conquistadors.....same goes for the English colonists; the passengers on the Mayflower, for example, were all "illegals", from the native American's point of view.

If the Jewish claim to the land of Israel is legit, after a 2,000 year hiatus, then the native American's claims to this land, being much more recent and verifiable, are also legit...we white folks are the "illegals"....let's not be so smug as to who belongs n the USA and who does not. Who are we to judge? We are interlopers.