“And our government is sending weapons to al-Qaida linked militants in Syria. As if there's any chance that's not going to backfire. Too bad there wasn't a motion to defund overt & covert weapons deals. Our leaders are idiots. Hoping peace will break out in that region, but knowing that's not realistic.”
bonhamjb on Sep 22, 2013 at 22:12:04
“Maybe the real idiots are al-shabab.”
FMJORJHP on Sep 22, 2013 at 22:07:20
“Our Democrat leaders are idiots. Hoping peace will break out in that region, but knowing that's not realistic........Fixed”
“"Catholic Woman"? Are you suggesting that Catholic women aren't intelligent enough to figure out who you actually are and will just jump on your foolish band wagon? You and the rest of the propaganda pushing 'tea party' are insulting.”
“Sorry to burst your buzz, but I haven't stated anything untrue. Glad you have a good GPA. However, that doesn't always translate to true intelligence. Intelligent people recognize that their experiences/perceptions are their own and not necessarily congruant with those of
others. I never stated all pot smokers are violent. I adamantly maintain that some are, and that's a truth that is often ignored. That sort of ignorance and apathy lead to people looking the other way when another is danger. I'm trying to combat that sort of denial with my posts.
"Some people do react violently to pot. Not all. Some. Like most abused children, I learned to be hypervigilant to the people and circumstances that related to my abuse, which included drugs (pot, alcohol, other drugs). That's not something that ever leaves you."
If you know anyone who's been abused as a child, repeatedly, they will understand about that hypervigilance. That's all I can offer you as evidence of my veracity.
“How often do you run into cartoon mushrooms, turtles, sword fighters, and Octoroks? Part of the problem is how realistic some violent video games are. The subconscience mind doesn't differentiate between real and unreal. The scientific explanation is more complicated than I can explain in the space allowed here. The amount of time a person plays the games also is a factor. Fantasy suicides/mass murders have complicated causes, and preventing these crimes will take complicated solutions. Banning assault rifles isn't THE solution, especially since Newtown murderer used handguns, not assault rifle. I know not everyone who plays video games is at risk at developing the psych problems these killers developed, but it's a factor worth looking into. Good mental health requires good input into the psyche, just as good physical health requires good nutrition and exercise. Mario Brothers games aren't going to lead to fantasy suicides, but other realistic violent games do have an effect on some people. It'd be wise for us as a society to figure out how and why, and then decide what we should do about it. ”
“"That some mass-murderers occasionally participated in that culture seems to be incidental at best -- a tiny bit of statistical effluvia that should be written off as insignificant at the outset."
I thoroughly disagree, and here's why. I understand the science behind the psychology. Our brains work by making neuropathways. When we expose ourselves to the same stimulus repeatedly, our brains get "wired" to react more quickly to that stimulus. The more times we are exposed to a stimulus, the stronger & faster we'll react when experiencing the stimulus. It's proven science. This science is used in anger management and treating anxiety. In those two cases, exposing yourself purposefully to a calm, peaceful stimulus (picture of a beach, scent of a flower, etc) helps you reach a calmer state faster when you choose to focus on the calm image when you're in an aggravated state. If the stimulus produces negative affects, in a aggravated state you will get to that negative state faster and more potently. Read "Buddha's Brain" by Dr. Rick Hanson if you are interested in the science behind how repeated exposure to a specific stimulus literally changes the brain. Also, men's brains don't mature as quickly as women's, which is why adolescent males are more at risk than females. Playing murderous video games isn't an "incidental" factor. If our society wants real changes that prevent mass killing/fantasy suicides, we need to look at ALL the factors.”
Mandalor te Siit on Jan 30, 2013 at 19:59:14
“Video games do not cause a need to act them out. When I play Mario, I don't later try to jump on mushrooms and turtles. When I play Legend of Zelda, I don't later feel like attacking someone with a sword. Stronger neural pathways help to deal with enemies within the game, not compel us to act them out. I can tell you how to fight an Octorok, but I feel no need to attack any octopus I may happen to see.”
Zinnson on Jan 30, 2013 at 19:55:19
“Sounds like good ol' Pavlovian stimulus/response conditioning. But I think that da Senator was alluding to something deeper. Perhaps he believes he's detected a deeper jouissance derivable from vicarious aggression thru video games.”
“1. The hecklers are classless. The father deserves his turn to speak without interruptions at this meeting (or any other organized meeting).
2. The article states "to ban assault weapons like the one [the murderer] used" in Newtown killings. Wasn't it released just last week that [the murderer] didn't use the assault rifle? That he used handguns?
3. As much as I'd like to believe the gun control efforts might actually make a difference, I honestly don't think they will. Newtown guns were his mother's, legally purchased, and she made sure her son was well-trained. Might as well make laws that saw parents shouldn't make bad (idiotic) decisions that affect the rest of society. Or a law that says fathers have to stay involved in their children's lives. I don't think the push for assault weapons ban is going to change anything that leads to these shootings. Killers will just choose different weapons.
For the record, I refuse to use killers' actual names. My own little protest against their gaining posthumous fame. I wish the media would do so as well.”
DrPhillopian on Jan 29, 2013 at 23:46:32
“I agree with you, especially with 2 & 3. But, the father wasn't interrupted. He asked a question of the audience, twice. They answered. Their answer might be viewed by some as disrespectful, but doesn't fit the definition of heckling. Most media outlets have admitted that the original video they put out, the one on this site....was edited, which is totally unacceptable. I like your protest...”
““It confirmed our sense that the people who were doing the occupations were doing it out of self-interest as much as out of a kind of general political awareness,”
Extremely "general." So "general" as to have no meaning at all. Protesting that "some people are rich and I'm not" is about what I got from the intial news reports about OWS. The only two people I personally know who were active in this process were well-employed single (one gay, one straight) white men in their 40s with no children to take care of and no other charity or non-profit involvement. Of all the things in this world that need our attention and energy, OWS strikes me still as a ridiculous waste of resources. Imagine if all that attention had been focused on elevating any number of worthwhile causes. This report only confirmed my initial impressions: OWS protesters = a bunch of whiners.”
hsenpfeffer on Jan 30, 2013 at 00:03:02
“No, they were protesting because we were forced to bail out super rich guys from their screw ups. And that there was no accountability or responsibility for the disaster the wall street gang created. And the system is still broken and could be collapsed again easily.”
Jan 22, 2013 at 12:44:34
“Lip synch or not, I don't care. I think she is classy and the performance was as well.”
ladybug68 on Jan 22, 2013 at 12:54:33
“Classy? I don't know about that one. While I think her singing abilities are not bad and she is easy on the eyes, she is not classy. Have you watched any of her videos? They are not classy. I used to think, years ago, that Beyonce had finally made it big, that she would no longer have to shake a tail feather on each and every last of of her videos or concerts. She is not classy and what bothers me most about her, and this is coming from a black woman, is that young girls are looking up to her. Frankly, I see her as a glorified video model. Her videos have better dance routines and directors, but ultimately the content is the same.
Sorry that's just my opinion. I think she has more to offer than constant booty shaking. It's not good for a young girl's self esteem.”
“Well written response! My hope is there is a cultural change happening in India, one that shifts towards respect of women and children and human life in general. The War Against Women, not a political phrase drummed up in the last election but in it's original meaning--crimes against women & children, is a reality that gets little coverage and therefore little outrage. Thank God for the journalists who keep the focus on this horrific crime.”
“I don't even own a gun, nor do I want to. I just find her assertion about rights (which I'm guessing don't have anything to do with rights listed in the Bill of Rights) odd. I am sincerely asking this question. How does she apply this thinking to gun rights? If gun rights can be limited, than so can all others. If that's not what she believes, explain.”
“It all sounds very nice, but in reality would any of President's actions have prevented Sandy Hook, Columbine, Aurora theatre, etc? I think these are "feel good" measures and as such won't do much to prevent the next fantasy suicide killer from commiting his crime. I pray our leaders listen to the variety of experts on what can be done and take wise action instead of doing politically-correct "make the public feel good" actions that do nothing to solve the problems leading to these horrible tragedies. I"m not against gun-control measures necessarily, but what's the point if they aren't effective? I'm not convinced our leaders can work together well enough to find real solutions.”
“I have a child with ADD--lack of impulse control & ability to focus & organize. She suffered impatient teachers (and parents) until someone suggested she might have ADD. After being tested and diagnosed 8 years ago, she was relieved to know the reason for her problems didn't involve her being stupid or lazy. She started on lowest possible dose of Concerta, adjusted slightly higher the following year. This put her ability to stay focused on an even playing field with her peers. Children with ADD are often behind their peers in developing organizational skills, time management, etc.. Drugs don't fix those problems--therapy was necessary for her to develop those skills. She is grateful for the diagnosis and treatment. She's less likely to suffer the consequences of untreated ADD, including higher accident rates, problems at school despite being very intelligent, job-related problems (time management), relationship problems (lack of impulse control). Concerta keeps her focused so she can reach her goals. I don't understand why there is so much backlash on these medications. No one would say the same for drugs that treat asthma, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. Prescription drugs are wonderful tools for those who need them. My daughter's other chronic conditions are treated without drugs but instead with physical therapy, including massage. I'm grateful I had a doctor who fully understands her various medical conditions and is knowledgeable about treatment options--with or without drugs. The more tools we have to combat chronic conditions, the better.”
quipped on Jan 17, 2013 at 11:42:20
“I think the problem isn't so much that the drugs can work IF the child actually HAS add or adhd. I think the problem is that it is over diagnosed by doctors who get incentives for prescribing those drugs.
Also, many children present with symptoms of adhd, but don't actually have adhd... its important to try other methods of discipline and diets modifications first, before resulting to amphetamines.”
ncyim on Jan 15, 2013 at 06:34:04
“ADD, asthma, diabetes & many other conditions are resolved on the Paleo diet, or at least the gluten & diary free diet. The inflammation caused by these "foods" is also suspect in long term degenerative conditions like arthritis & neurological decline.”
David4FreePress on Jan 14, 2013 at 16:07:15
“I was surprised to find attention problems alleviated by avoiding gluten. Other extraintestinal symptoms include muscle, joint and bone pain. Maybe children with ADD should be taken off of gluten for a few weeks to observe their response.”
“There is more than one common denominator, and it is wise to look at all of them. Reactionary responses won't help decrease crime, but well thought out responses will. Our leaders/experts must look at all the factors to find effective solutions.”
“Wow. Did you actually read what I wrote? Our schools are places where crimes occur, and much of this is not reported to the general public because of laws protecting minors who commit crimes. Deterring gun violence is only one reason to have police on hand. Teachers shouldn't have to deal with all of that. They aren't trained to do so, but police are. Police are already present in many schools. They don't have constant shootouts (bit reactionary there, aren't you?). In fact, disciplinary problems are greatly reduced when those wanting to cause problems know there are immediate criminal consequences. Definitely helped in my mid-America small city schools.
“Personally, I like the idea of armed police at school. Our high schools and middle schools have them. Someone mentioned having police substations at school. Also not a bad idea. Shootings are somewhat rare (although it doesn't seem so these days), but other crimes aren't. Because of the police, teachers are no longer responsible for breaking up fights. Those who dare fight face criminal charges, and the police are right there to witness and detain. A rape occured in our high school two years ago (not the only rape in the school's history--we learned through this experience how silently the other rapes were handled). Far more crimes occur in schools than we the public ever hear of, because of the laws protecting minors who commit crimes. Under-18 sex offenders are allowed in our schools, and no one can be told of their crimes if they occurred off-campus. If you think this issue is limited to middle school or high school, you are wrong. There is a case in a nearby community involving 2nd graders forcing another 2nd grader to perform sex acts in the bathroom. Shootings are just one reason to have trained police (not just security) on hand. Let the teachers teach, and let those charged with enforcing laws and maintaining peace do just that.”
lassefaire on Jan 11, 2013 at 01:42:22
“Personally, I like the idea of armed police at school. Our high schools and middle schools
Sure you'll like that The shooter has guns the guard has guns and the school will become a battleground. Wow What a concept (snark) So what happens next an all out shooting war in school hah. HOW THE WORLD WILL THAT KEEP CHILDREN AND OTHER PEOPLE'L LIFE SAFE BECAUSE YOU KNOW THERE WILL BE PEOPLE WHO WILL BE CAUGHT AND BE SHOT DURING CROSSFIRE, AND NOT TO MENTION SOME OF THEM WILL BE TRAPPED WITH NOWHERE TO GO. YOU SEE THIS IN MOVIES, VIDEO GAMES AND TV SHOWS.
GUNS OR ANY ASSAULT WEAPONS HAVE ONLY ONE PURPOSE IT IS TO DESTROY LIVES AND NOTHING ELSE THEY ARE NOT A WEAPONS FOR YOUR PEACE OF MINE IT NEVER WAS. NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU JUSTIFY YOUR OWNERSHIP.”
“"A bad economy. Unemployment. Students who don't know if they'll have a future"
Not factors for Columbine or Aurora or Connecticut. Violent video games, if played for hours upon hours day upon day, can rewire your brain. Also, your subconscious can't tell the difference between real and fake, so overexposure to something fake can leave the same affect on the brain as a real experience. There's a lot of science behind the explanations. Interesting that it's one of the common demoninators in many of these mass shootings.”
bedpotato on Jan 11, 2013 at 01:18:25
“Sure it's a factor. The real factor though is the guns themselves, which do not belong in the public. Video games movies and Prozac have zero to do with it. Nothing at all. The common denominator is assault weapons.”
“The employees aren't prevented from having a choice; they are only being required to pay for it if they so desire. The owners, however, are not being given a choice by our government. You obviously agree with this law, but what happens when the government makes a law forcing you to act against your religious beliefs (whatever they may be). That is what this battle is about. The United States government should not make such laws.”
“Posting this video ought to bring about charges of child pornography as well. I hope the prosecutors go after every single charge possible, against every single participant (including bystanders who willingly watched and did nothing to protect this young woman). I don't have much faith in our justice system when it comes to crimes against women and children, but I know every now and then justice is actually served. I hope social media and public pressure force all those sharing guilt to face prosecution and severe sentencing. With no chance of parole. Moreso, I pray this young woman's physical & psychological wounds heal and that she is surrounded by wise, loving & supportive people for the rest of her life.
I went to college in the town, for a year, and had nothing but fond memories. Now I wonder what else has been happening in this high school/community. This doesn't happen just out of the blue. There's had to have been problems for a while--boundaries ignored, acceptance of "boys will be boys" when actually their behavior is criminal, male athlete's getting preferencial treatment to the detriment of others, etc. Something was wrong for this to have ever happened in the first place. Prayer for this community should be added to my prayer list, but admittedly that is hard to do.”
“I get on Hufffington Post because I hear viewpoints that differ from mine, not that I agree with everything on the right. I'm intelligent enough to know who owns the news determines the content and perspective that is published, posted, etc.
Thanks for the link. I just found it almost incredulous that all American women aren't covered by existing laws. But the little I learned about Native American women is enough to prove the need for this law.”
“Not true. And I don't agree with your premise. Hobby Lobby owners aren't imposing their religious views on anyone. It's the exact opposite. The government made a law that intends to force various citizens (in this case, business owners) to do something against their religious beliefs. Hobby Lobby employees are free to act any way they want. Not providing free morning after pill and contraceptives does not in any way keep the Hobby Lobby employees from behaving in any particular way. It just means for those drugs they will have to pay for them if wanted. My guess is that Hobby Lobby, because of the owners' Christians principles, attacts Christian workers. As I imagine Orthodox Jewish business owners attract Orthodox Jewish business employees, Muslim attracts Muslim, etc., especially when those owners make their religious beliefs part of their business mission statement (as Hobby Lobby does). My employment shouldn't infringe upon an American citizen's right to practice their religious faith. If I didn't agree with a benefit provision, I'd pay for it myself or work elsewhere.”
Scott Moser on Jan 6, 2013 at 15:52:08
“The whole point on employment discrimination laws is that the employers' religious views and beliefs shouldn't impact who they hire, or cause persons with other beliefs to feel unwelcome to work there.
The government came up with minimum standards for healthcare insurance. If Hobby Lobby feels providing those benefits can not be reconsiled with their religious beliefs, then they need to get out of the health insurance business and hire an outside company. Since they are not the "Church of Hobby Lobby", they don't get an exemption.”
“I don't understand how those three groups cited are not covered by existing laws. I need more information that isn't in this article. I welcome comments that shed light.
Violence against women -- worldwide-- has commonly been referred to as "The War Against Women." I feel the media did a great disservice when they used that phrase for political issues about which good people disagree instead of keeping the focus of that phrase on the horrific crimes against women (and children).
Congress can't get anything done. They can't pass a budget, they can't bother to read laws before voting on them, etc.... Wondering when and how Congressional ineptitude will end.”
Txwebman on Jan 3, 2013 at 01:01:45
“"won't give you"...not "doesn't won't".”
Txwebman on Jan 3, 2013 at 01:00:18
“Looking for answers on just Huffington Post doesn't won't give you a full understanding how deep and complex the realities of violence against women. Many additional answers can be found by reading the Act, researching the background and looking at why the act was necessary. You can see some of the benefits (to both men and women) which have already occurred since it's original passing. http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/vawa_factsheet.pdf”
caterpol on Jan 3, 2013 at 00:53:22
“These groups cited would be entitled to the same SERVICES if this bill was signed. As is, these groups don't qualify. Read the bill and decide for yourself.”