“I think there's a whole lesson here about how NOT to handle conflict.
Elan was funny when he was just sharing his experience. The glass of wine was snide, but borderline. The bottles of vodka were going too far. Crude invitations to .. well, you know... put him squarely in the wrong.
We all live with minor conflicts through the day - raised fingers or honked horns in traffic, people bellowing into their cell phones, etc. Learning how NOT to respond in kind is one of Life's biggest lessons.
Ironically, though, if it was big of him not to press charges, I think he should have. This woman sounds like she was only going to escalate as the day went on. At the least, the police would have given her a "time out".”
As if it's not bad enough some people think the crescent shape of the croissant was only invented at a siege of Vienna (which must be what the Islamists are thinking of) - when in fact it is documented well before that - now the Huffington Post says it was first mentioned in.. 1906?
The crescent shape of the croissant has NOTHING to do with Islam. But it sure wasn't invented in 1906.”
special38x2 on Aug 4, 2013 at 08:02:35
“The like to play the victim card as much as possible...”
“The minotaur bellows: "I am not a monster!" As the bones of his victims lie all about him....
So his sister said we would see the "other side" of Arial Castro.
The side that claims he never beat the women - despite medical evidence and the fact that one had to have her face rebuilt?
The side that actually claims women he was holding prisoner had consensual sex with him?
The side that tried to portray his victims as having had "multiple sex partners" (as if that had anything to with the price of fish)?
Not sure what he was going for, but then, neither was he, I'm sure.
“I can't believe she's getting any kind of guff for this. The book was well reviewed and without the weight of her name. Seems like a fair effort to me.
Nor is there anything new about this. Doris Lessing (once known for "The Golden Notebook") tried the same thing, only to have her novel rejected by numerous publishers - including one where the editor was in on it, but not the person who read it for the company. The latter was FURIOUS when she found out, and held it against the editor for not alerting her.
For not, that is, betraying a confidence.
Meanwhile, the Beatles long ago wanted to see if one of their songs would make it without their name attached and did the same thing (it was a hit).
Oh, then there's Alexander Pope, who tried a similar stunt. In the eighteenth century.”
“Wow. Talk about being on the wrong side of history.
Here's how it looks now: no matter WHAT the Court decides, marriage equality is pretty much a fact at this point. So planning to oppose a decision that is rapidly being outrun by events before it even happens is a dizzyingly hopeless exercise in futility.”
“You know what's scary? This is the second ricin incident which seems to have more to do with some private quarrels (was this woman trying to get her husband in trouble as the last guy was trying to get the original suspect in trouble) than any real political agendas.
Seriously. You need to risk other people's lives (not to mention cost the authorities a fortune) just to get back at someone in your private life?”
dwillisno1 on Jun 8, 2013 at 16:06:38
“Think about it. If you wanted to get your spouse in trouble without really hurting someone else, this may be the ideal deal. You will get in trouble for sending ricin, but it is very unlikely anyone actually gets hurt. You might get a medal for turning him in.”
“Has anyone noticed how profoundly dishonest this heckler is?
She's been trying to say that "she felt" as if Obama was inches from her face. But of course the First Lady was unlikely to have been so close (for security reasons alone) and even the heckler isn't making that claim. Instead she is trying so hard to come out as a victim here that she's reframing the whole incident to make it look she had reason to feel threatened, when in fact she was confronted - very different - after.... seeking a confrontation.
I'm deeply sympathetic to the underlying issue here, but this behavior, and the sleazy attempt to recast it after, infuriates me. This is all about ego and does not one whit of good for any cause.”
twindy on Jun 6, 2013 at 12:37:53
“No need to guess, the video is out. See at around the 0:25 mark. It looks pretty close to me:
“How many others are there out there? And how many captors, unlike this man, the kidnapper of Elizabeth Smart and that of Jaycee Dugard, are affluent enough to hide their prisoners even more completely? So far, all the people who have been caught - including a man who held a woman prisoner in a trailer - have been at the low end of the economic scale.
Remember, these women were still held captive when Smart and Dugard were being freed. How many others are out there?
“These guys are just going to keep fighting tooth and nail to dump Obamacare - still without offering an alternative that will keep healthcare costs from being one of the leading causes of bankruptcy in this country.
And they keep thinking they can convince the country that Obama is responsible for their obstructionism. No matter how much they keep failing.”
Bobby4242 on Feb 17, 2013 at 15:00:16
“He has an alternative. If you are not rich just go ahead and die.”
Feb 9, 2013 at 13:04:25
“Rex Reed is like a one-man time machine.
I'd read these comments "vile" if they had any force today at all, or if their writer still mattered. But it would be like criticizing the watery coffee at an out-of-the-way truck stop. (You were expecting full-strength Kona?)
Want to know what was considered "funny" thirty years ago? When mocking people's size and saying that a woman who is moderately overweight is "tractor-sized" was considered witty and urbane? Read this relic.
If the rationale for having guns which aren't useful for hunting or immediate self-defense is that we need to be able to resist the government should it turn tyrannical, then why can't people have rocket launchers? How about tanks?
Someone should ask The Stone (La Pierre) his position on THOSE.”
“"In 2006, Andreu testified that she heard Armstrong admit to his cancer doctors a decade earlier that he had used EPO,"
It was later that he discussed with her how she would handle what she overheard.
As to why this matters, imagine you're a young teen whose parents think she's a virgin and your doctor asks if you've had sex before diagnosing you - while your parents are outside but within earshot. Imagine you're a gay male who hasn't come out to your co-workers who are in the hall - but within earshot - as your doctor asks about your sexual history.
Etc. The fact that this helped bust Armstrong may be a positive in the short-term; but to think such a patient-doctor leak is a good thing is very short-sighted.”
“As much contempt as I have for Armstrong, one aspect of this is very disturbing - why was someone else able to listen in on his private conversations with his doctor? Already I'm surprised that he, as controlling as he was, didn't at least whisper and also make sure no one else was sitting outside. But the doctor too should have been conscious of this concern.”
graciousme on Jan 21, 2013 at 19:35:05
“Lance believed that no one would ever say anything against him. That doctor was paid by his handlers and sponsors and is also under patient-doctor confidentiality. The "someone else" was a woman. Lance bullies women unless they bring him attention as Cheryl Crow did. Lance either dismissed her or thought he could shut her up. As far as Lance being vulnerable? Hardly. Lance was doping before he had cancer. I am sure the doping cocktail catalyzed the breaksown of his system.”
shivabeach on Jan 21, 2013 at 19:25:07
“Guys, the conversation was with his friend, NOT the doctors”
ungrumpy1 on Jan 21, 2013 at 19:01:16
“He did not know he would survive, he may have even thought he was going to die. He was also probably drugged up so maybe he said something on his (possible) death bed. Then, when he recovered, he wanted to cover it up. Hard to tell but as controlling as he was/is, I'd say it was a moment when he was vulnerable.”