“Greg, you little type one on the enneagram you. we start dinner right after appetizers and should someone arrive late, well the food is never appetizing when it is scraped onto the plate. no need judging them, but I have been known to make a point about them missing the fabulous appetizers and that brilliant conversation. I have also been known to take the plate away sor the elegant dessert. . I am at the age of crazy old lady and can do all sorts of thing I would not have done in the past.”
“Do not connect my beloved Mr. Rogers in any manner with the mean spirited former Senator from Pennsylvania. Fred was a genuine Christian who judged no one, cared for the least among us and worked to make us all better people. He had no enemies while "Rooster" Santorum digs up all sorts of enemies. Santorum is a genuine monster without any conscience that I can detect. While Fred Rogers asks us to look at one another's hearts, Rooster just stares at the pelvis of every one he meets and conjures up imaginary porn in his own head.”
“We have been through this journey and I wish that a few celebrities, bankers and politicians could spend a couple of weeks in one of those pediatric oncology floors. It changes your world forever.”
Judith Mason on Dec 29, 2011 at 23:36:33
“Mr. Jackson spent a lot of time doing just that. He regularly visited hospitals where children were suffering from cancer and other illnesses -- and did so for many years. These visits were often done below the radar and were not covered by the press.”
“My experience is that conservatives do not have the essential tools of humor- a sense of irony and intelligence. Fox tried to mimic "the daily show" and failed because conservatives only laugh at the expense of the powerless. The applaud at things like executions, and dying people without insurance and they think it is funny to boo a soldier because he is gay. Conservative humor is an oxymoron. But perhaps the three stooges will come back and there you have it - conservative humor. Come to think of it what are those debates if not funny.”
Burton Wash on Sep 25, 2011 at 15:29:56
“I admit that some conservative humor can be a bit edgy and adult but most of it (99%) is clean, wholesome and Christian. You don't have leave the kiddies at home and hire a sitter the way you do with Andrew "Dice" Clay.”
Feb 12, 2011 at 13:12:38
“Ok - so the former president didn't pay attention to Ashton and Ashton is pretty sure that he is so important it is actually about him.
The former president doesn't pay attention to anyone. And I wouldn't remember Ashton no matter what he had done. Ashton - you're just not that memorable. And President Bush - well now he doesn't need anything from anyone so I suspect he doesn't go out of his way to be nice to anyone.
Why am I even commenting on this non story. It must be a boring day.”
Jan 2, 2011 at 18:14:56
“Disagree completely with this critique. The Coen's never give us the satisfying ending - it is always about the violence and the character of Maddie had enough life at 14 - can't imagine her settling for romance when she has seen and done the grand violence the Coen's produce. The almost Biblical tone of the film (just imagine Canonites and Israelites), the prophetic language - well - it will haunt me and that is the mark of a great film - we use it for reference forever. Very disappointing review not because the reviewer dissed it, but because the reviewer apparently looks no deeper than happy ending.
There were lots of Coen trademarks - snow and stars and no nostalgia allowed - but it was a great film.The burial of Rooster - just about the honor that violence has always had in our culture. Her life - same thing.”
“It is a war - one that has gone on for over 200 years. Read Mark Noll's book on theology and the civil war. It has an awful lot to do with education and class and the line -"who do they think they are?". Both side determined to make demons of the other and pay back by lying.”
religionannarbor on Apr 26, 2010 at 07:32:35
“Totally agree that there is some major hatred on both sides. Both sides are convinced that the other side is not just wrong but stupid, liars, and corrupt. Both sides believe that if the other side wins, it will lead to the destruction of the country.
I don't think it will ever lead to an actual war though because, unlike in the real Civil war, it is not regional. The two sides are not geographically organized and therefore it would be impossible to gather armies etc. I think instead, there will just be hatred and close elections until one side loses the ideological struggle.
“I recall when the Phelps clan "just" harassed dead gay people in Eastern Ks and western Missouri. I attended three funerals over the years where these people showed up and said such terrible things to families and partners - I was horrified. But, people didn't pay that much attention and so Fred starts saying the same terrible things about young men and women killed in the war. I am just as horrified. Fred is a psychopath, plain and simple and has created his children in his image. We should be horrified if anyone is disrespectful in such a manner. Just think though - what if Fred was still just making these terrible remarks at gay funerals. Would we all be as upset?”
Dec 21, 2009 at 17:17:53
“Every year I start my class by asking for the names of heroes. Mr. Rogers has been mine for many years. In 1999 there was a wonderful article about him in Esquire and I sent copies of the magazine to everyone I knew. It's still available online. He was a man of great faith and perhaps his greatest faith was in the people he met. For some reason he could only see the good in them and people reacted by wanting to be as good as Mr. Rogers thought they were. People told him the stories of their lives, saw him as a trusted father figure and can remember entire episodes from his show. Someone said to me - you can't be a Christian until you've met one. I would say you can't be a human being - until you've experienced the goodness of a Mr. Rogers. Mr. Rogers never acted like a celebrity - he just loved people exactly as they were. Perhaps it is a discipline we might all embrace.”