“This would be an even more affecting story if the writer hadn't repeatedly committed an error that makes me grind my teeth every time I encounter it ... "everyday" means "ordinary." (As in, "I am wearing my everyday clothes.") Every day .... TWO SEPARATE WORDS .... means "daily." As in, "I see people misusing 'everyday' every day."
I know, I know. You think I should get a life.”
jimd8575 on Jan 6, 2013 at 01:31:03
“Don't worry, if any of us had a life we wouldn't be reading Huff/Post every day...or was that everyday?”
jfl0 on Jan 6, 2013 at 01:30:11
“I do the same thing! Perfectionists are like that. My chldren (now all grown), finally have near perfect grammer. Their husbands on the other hand are a nightmare! I cringe every time they speak! When I correct them, THEY grind their teeth but I still have to correct them or else I would go insane.”
“Don't you feel like a complete sucker for taking all those pills? Or your unfortunate husband, having to wear a condom! When all along, we could have prevented ourselves from getting pregnant just by "shutting that thing down." Who knew?”
“The truly impressive & striking comments begin at 16:33. I think what he says in the next minute is absolutely true, and very important. The primary function of a government is to protect its citizens. To whatever extent this law is viewed as protecting citizens, or at least moves the ball in that direction, it will be very popular. And woe to those who oppose it.”
ladyrosedeky on Jul 2, 2012 at 03:29:55
“Like the governors who are saying they aren't going to set up the exchanges which increases competition and reduces cost of health care insurance in their states and aren't going to do the Medicaid expansion even though it is 100% paid for the first three years and all but paid for thereafter at the rate of 90%.
The former U.S. represenative from Alabama who said states are struggling with trying to keep from cutting their state univerisites now. Well no kidding. State hospitals that are usually at state colleges are the ones who are usually responsible for caring for the poor who have no insurance when they get ill and can't pay.
That's a huge drain on the budget and these governors don't want to take the money that will alleviate that problem and help reduce health care cost, are they mental?”
“She makes it crystal clear that her protest is not against Jews or Jewishness, but against the policies of the Israeli government. Whatever you may think of her politics, it's ridiculous to call her a racist -- or to call her ignorant, when she has, in fact, spent time there and studied the situation. She may have reached a different conclusion than others here would, but the name-calling on this board is ridiculous. And loathesome.”
An arabic professor that Israeli's are raging against. He says he's Israeli and loves his country and still they say he is goyim and should not be allowed the post because he is arabic.
azlady369 on Jun 20, 2012 at 05:51:11
“Very well said - thank you”
seriouslyfalling on Jun 20, 2012 at 05:41:50
“She has spent time talking to people who stand on ONE side of the issue. Apparently she has not even bothered to talk to those in Israel who have been forced to defend themselves against the Palestinians who have constantly broken treaties, who insist upon fighting when Israel just wants to live in peace. She is a bigot and a racist. If all Palestinian's would lay down their arms, they and Israel would live in peace. If all Israeli's were to lay down their arms, they would be annihilated within 24 hours!”
“As the daughter of a Methodist minister, I can tell you that I lived a rather nomadic life, almost like an "army brat," due to the church assigning its pastors to new churches on a fairly regular basis. But the purpose of doing so is to keep the emphasis on the church as a family, a community of believers, rather than a cult of personality. When you are assigned a new pastor every few years, it becomes clear that your church home is your neighbors - not the charismatic preacher everyone comes to hear.”
Jan 7, 2012 at 13:10:37
“Everyone still goes up Telegraph Hill to Coit Tower but you can't see that spectacular view anymore because they have let vegetation grow up all around the parking lot to block it. Such a shame. I wish the city would keep it cut back.
Amazing, really, how little the City has changed - except that all those buildings were new back then, and now they are dingy and falling apart. Also the choking traffic, trying to get around on the roads that were built for 1950's traffic! But that's true all over America. This film reminds us how far we have fallen from the days when we used to be a beacon of prosperity and peace. Sad. I hope we can recover our mojo.”
cjk002 on Jan 7, 2012 at 16:05:49
“I can only thing of 1 or 2 of those old buildings that are falling apart. The majority of them have been restored and look great.
San Francisco has a reputation as a beautiful city - both architecturally and naturally - for a reason. That is why 15 million people visit our city every year.”
tulsey on Jan 7, 2012 at 15:43:57
“SOMA has been totally transformed since the 70's.”
“I'm so glad you haven't joined the Adverb Police. I've never seen a bit of sense in eschewing adverbs. They are part of the English language for a reason. They're useful. I don't care how fashionable it is to avoid adverbs, your rule makes much more sense than the advice one hears constantly to cut them, cut them ALL.
Maybe it's my theatrical training, but I can, indeed, "laugh" a remark. And to my mind, there's a subtle, but distinct, difference in meaning between "'Stop that!' she laughed, punching his arm" and "'Stop that!' She laughed and punched his arm." In the second example, she snaps at him, then laughs. In the first, she's laughing the whole time. Different.”
“I didn't mean to imply that female characters were not included - but they were not the lead. Fred was the lead in "The Flintstones." Snagglepuss, Huckleberry Hound, Top Cat, Yogi & Boo Boo, Tennessee Tuxedo, Augie Doggie & Doggie Daddy, and on and on ... even Pixie, Trixie and Dixie were all male, despite their names. "Josie & the Pussycats" is an interesting example, though - I wonder how she sneaked in? Must have been those wild & wacky 1970s ...!”
“I used to work for Hanna-Barbera. They would not consider any cartoon character protagonist who was not male - the rationale being that girls will watch movies/TV about male characters, but boys refuse to watch movies/TV about female characters. And of course this cold-blooded marketing choice served to reinforce the stereotype -- that male characters are "universal" but female characters are only "for girls." Sad, sick and destructive. Now we have "Dora the Explorer" so perhaps this is changing ... but I doubt it. Just witness the news footage we see so often, of hundreds or thousands of men clogging the streets in this Islamist nation or that ... they are consistently described not as men, but as "people." (As in, "Hundreds of people took to the streets today ...") Does anyone think for a moment that if those people were women, the newscasters would still refer to them as "people?" No. The voiceover would say, "Hundreds of women took to the streets today ..."
Very puzzling. It always strikes me as strange, and worthy of comment, when a crowd is mostly one gender or the other. But if the crowd is mostly male, the newscasters consistently make no comment.”
Nathan Brittles on Dec 4, 2012 at 02:55:42
“I am less sure. The Flintstones, the virtual ''bedrock'' of the HANNA-BARBERA lineup was so popular amongst Americans that it was assigned the rare honor, [unmatched until The Simpsons], of being placed into a primetime slot. It was as much the interplay between Wilma, and Betty and their husbands that made the show popular as anything Fred and Barney pulled. It established, in much the same way as it's live predecessor ''The Honeymooners'', the ''smart female'' / ''dumb man'' stereotype which was a staple when exploring Hollywoods treatment of blue collar workers. The ''boys'' would get in a fix. The ''girls'' would bail them out, usually with an object lesson.
The 1960s provided greater inroads to gender parity and ''strong or smart'' female roles than has usually been considered, with HANNA-BARBERA being right in there along with others. ''Josie and the Pussycats'', a spinoff of the ''Archies'' [ whose main ''voice'' was pop singer Andy Kim ], to ''Wacky Racers'' that led to ''The Perils of Penelope Pitstop'' where her acumen and skill over dunderheaded males usually won the day. ''The Adventures of Scooby Doo'' ensured that smart females, clue and problem solvers acted as foils to the goofy sidekick roles of a scruffy ''Shaggy'' and his Great Dane.
These days, we are witness to the ''dumb man'' movement in commercials. Males cannot choose colors, operate machinery, act in anything but a boorish behavior, select insurance, shop, or perform any action not seen as clumsy, nefarious, slapstick, or dumb.”
hp blogger Elizabeth Vail on Dec 3, 2012 at 19:35:13
“Exactly. As a Catholic, I get very annoyed whenever we read the Nicene Creed that states Jesus came down "for us men and for our salvation." Not people - "men."
Male is still seen as the default - so any deviation from it needs to be noted. I remember reading David Levithan's excellent "Every Day," which had a genderless protagonist, and it was *so* easy and *so* tempting to simply categorize the protagonist as a male in my head, which really made me think.”
“Gee, great column. Faux outrage is my favorite kind.
Dear HuffPo: Please don't slap a sensational headline on a story with zero content. It chips away at your reputation.”
JonRusesky on Aug 28, 2012 at 03:59:10
“I agree with you, Diane Farr. Cold as it might sound, rape is technically a "method of conception," and this blogger's tinny outrage seems misplaced and not worthy of the headline. There's an actual discussion to be had here, but Paul Slansky isn't interested in it.”
“The Biblical definition of the family is contained where, precisely? In the Old Testament it seems to be "one man, 600 women." As I recall, Jesus spurned the whole idea of defining your family as those who were related to you by blood or marriage. When told that his mother & brothers wanted to speak to him, he specifically pointed to his followers and said, "Here is my mother, here are my brothers." So "the Biblical definition of the family" is just another smokescreen used to justify hate & exclusion. As such, that term should be rejected by all, including Christians.
The boycott of Chik-Fil-A is not based on Mr. C's speech, but on his donation of millions - the proceeds of his restaurant business - to ugly causes. Can't blame folks for wanting to withhold their own money when they are convinced that it would be used to harm them.”
“Right-wing homophobes are picketing J.C. Penney for hiring Ellen Degeneres as a spokesperson. Odd that you have no problem with that, but when people want to boycott a restaurant -- not for merely hiring a spokesperson but for pouring millions into efforts to harm and humiliate our fellow citizens -- suddenly that's "opposing freedom of speech."
Everyone has freedom of speech in this country. Nobody is threatening to jail Mr. Cathy or deprive him of, oh, say, his right to make love to his wife. His freedom of speech is not curtailed or threatened in any way whatsoever. But actions have consequences. Speech has consequences. If you use your freedom of speech to spew venom, those upon whom you spew the venom have freedom of speech, too. And guess what? They might just organize a boycott against your restaurant.”
battlehymn on Aug 4, 2012 at 15:36:23
“Sorry, but Dan Cathy defending the biblical definition of the family doesn't translate into spewing venom. You're imagining conspiracies that aren't there.”
“Here's a thought. The population of Tucson is over half a million people. Were there half a million people in line for that hate sandwich? No. Maybe the other 499,500 Tucsonians stand in solidarity with their gay neighbors, friends and relatives.
“You should probably mention that PAN stands for "Published Author Network."
Used to be a "Big 6" author -- still have a toe in that water. But I'm mostly self-publishing now. Ms. Laurens, virginal or not, was quite correct. Publishers are no longer essential. They still have cachet, which still gives you an edge in this business. I was scolded in one of the workshops for saying so, but I think it's true.