“Well, at least Poroshenko is making sense now.
He does realize the the only way to win the war is to demonstrate that he is willing to kill ALL the separatists? If he can't show them that that is a valid solution to his problem, the he simply cannot defeat the separatists.
The separatists don't need to do anything different to win the war. They are already perfectly happy to kill every Ukrainian man, woman, and child to achieve their goals. They are on the right track.”
“The Pope is clearly correct on this issue. It is nice to listen to a Christian who has actually read his own holy books. Most Christians don't get Christ at all.
Christianity is what we would call communism in modern terms. You need only read the book of the Acts of the Apostles.
Christianity is not necessarily designed to spread the wealth, but it is designed to spread the misery. It makes sense if you accept the premise that the world is about to end literally any second now.
Maybe this is why Jesus preaches that you do not need to work or worry about clothing or food because God WILL provide all you need just as he does the birds of the air and the lilies of the field.
Of course, Jesus was wrong about the imminent end of the world. But even if you don't believe in the coming of God's kingdom, but you believe your soul will go to heaven (which it doesn't - at least, not until the end of the world), then why bother struggling so hard to collect things you can't bring with you?
If you claim to be a Christian, then you MUST be content with nothing but your daily bread. Those who live on the streets on the kindness of strangers are better Christians than you.”
Jun 30, 2014 at 16:53:32
Uruguay's football league is a wholly owned subsidiary of organized narco-traffickers and they government is 100% corrupt.
If 60 Minutes went to Uruguay to look into Suarez' past behavior, they'd find that all records of bad behavior had been "lost" and anybody who knew firsthand what he'd done was conveniently "missing."
Suarez has always done this sort of thing and only the flow of cash into the hands of Uruguay's criminal class has kept it quiet all these years.”
“I didn't watch the exchange, but I will say this as a disabled veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq:
I, for one, am tired of parents, siblings, and children claiming credit for service that they personally did not render. Having a family member serve DOES NOT give you a pass. If you did not personally serve, then you need put your money where you mouth is or shut up and let the people who KNOW first hand what is going on make all the decisions.
You don't even have to join the military. You can sign on with a contractor - which I have done also - where you will get all the danger and none of the false security of being able to fight back or the hero-accolades.”
DandaPanda on Jun 30, 2014 at 09:45:41
“First I would like to sincerely thank you for your service, and second, that answer sums it up quite neatly.”
Society will beat that free-spirit right out of her. In a couple of years, she'll be a conservative, telling other people how they should dress!
These kids need to learn that, despite what they are taught in school (which is a disservice, really), they don't have real freedom. Their freedom is an illusion.
Freedom is having the power to do whatever you want. Only a very few people have real freedom. The rest of us, 99.999999% of us, live under varying degrees of oppression. We pretend that we have freedom, but we know that acting on that feeling of freedom will only get us into trouble with the man. So we stay in line.
Children should learn that their freedom is not real.
Do you know what we call people who do whatever they want in spite of society's rules? We call them criminals. And we reward their illicit exercise of freedom with the most oppressive punishment we can think of.
That's life, folks!”
“The VA's problems are not just the result of the two most recent wars.
Since I became a veteran in 2003, I've spoken to dozens of Vietnam vets who were not using the VA. From what they said, their claims were rejected back in the 60s and 70s by the VA. I have pointed out to these men that the political climate with regard to veterans is more favorable now and their claims were more likely to meet with success. I know for a fact that many of these guys are now receiving disability benefits as well as healthcare through the VA that they were not receiving prior to 2003.
According to a 2012 report (Veterans Affairs: Historical Budget Authority, FY1940-FY2012) by Christine Scott of the Congressional Research Service:
"In FY2000, of the 83,159 veterans who began receiving disability compensation that year, 19.8% were aged 55 or older. By FY2011, of the 272,509 veterans who began receiving disability compensation that year, 52.9% were aged 55 or older.
So it's not just OEF/OIF veterans that are using the system. We are still - or perhaps, finally - paying the cost of the Vietnam War.”
“I don't know what Army Shinseki was in. In the US Army, where I served as an officer from '89 to '03, lying about what was going on was SOP. I was told to lie to higher-ups all the time.
And there was no mechanism for making changes to failed policies. As we used to say, there's the right way, the wrong way, and the Army way. It all make me violently psychotic. And I have a PhD from Berkeley.
To imply that the military has some sort of monopoly on the truth is just a lie.”
“He's had five years. Five years and he's done nothing. Not even a little bit.
SOMEBODY has to be responsible for this. As it is, NOBODY is going to be held responsible.
I, personally, get good VA care. And my state VA system is supposed to be one of the worst. I had the great fortune to get in at the beginning of the wars, so my experience has been great.
But Shinseki knows better and he is RESPONSIBLE. It doesn't matter that the problem started under his predecessor. As soon as he took the job, it became his problem. If he can't admit that he sucks at his job, then we don't need him anyway.
Obama should demand his resignation.”
Dustee on May 29, 2014 at 12:05:59
“" Then he should resign. I was in the Army when Shinseki was Army Chief of Staff. He seems like a good guy."
Then, he's not such a good guy after all? Your point is taken. :)”
“Shinseki should fire every executive who didn't know about or actively covered up this problem. Then he should resign. I was in the Army when Shinseki was Army Chief of Staff. He seems like a good guy. His soldiers deserve better than this kind of sniveling equivocation.”
Dustee on May 29, 2014 at 11:25:16
“He does seem like a good guy, but why should he resign now? W. Bush hurried up and fired him when he did not go along with their line of questioning about the Iraq war. They tried to make him look like a fool until everything that he claimed was the truth came out to be ...the truth. But that happened after they fired him and another reason Obama hired him.
He just needs a plan to fix this mess that he found the VA in when he got there. After all...it didn't start with him and everybody and anybody after him would need a plan to fix that huge mess.”
“Come on, people. It's a racist name. It was born of racist motives. They started out as the Boston Redskins, which I guess was an allusion to the Boston Tea Party when colonists dressed up as natives to wreck some British tea cargo. I guess the idea was that the hated savages would be blamed for their actions. In any case, the "Redskins" moniker has nothing to do with Washington.
Just change the name. It's not that big a deal. Teams do it all the time. The Washington Wizards used to be the Washington Bullets (who used to be the Baltimore Bullets, who used to be the Chicago Zephyrs and the Chicago Packers). Their name was changed in 1997 due to the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. "Bullets" wasn't racist. It had a "violent" connotation.
Hold a contest to rename the team. It'll be fun. And all the people who have "Redskins" stuff now will have instant collectors' items that they can save for posterity.”
DrinkerOfTheRye on May 27, 2014 at 13:11:43
“Many dictionaries and history books say the term came about in reference to the of what is now Newfoundland, Canada. The Beothuk were said to paint their bodies with red
ochre, leading white settlers to refer to them as "red men."
According to early historical records, "Redskin" was used as a self-identifier by Native Americans to differentiate between the two races. Smithsonian historian Goddard found that the first use of the word "redskin" came in 1769, in negotiations between the Piankashaws and Col. John Wilkins. Throughout the 1800s, the word was as they negotiated with the French and later the Americans. The phrase gained widespread usage among whites when James Fenimore Cooper used it. In the book, Cooper has a dying Indian character lament, "There will soon be no red-skin in the country." The Pioneers and other books by Cooper were largely seen as sympathetic
toward Native Americans and their struggles in the 1800s.”
“This isn't anything new. Americans ALWAYS treat their veterans like crap. Name any war and I can show you how veterans got screwed.
People, especially politicians, always "support" veterans until it comes time to actually pay for all this support. Tell the American people that we can solve this problem by raising taxes 0.25% and see what kind of outrage that causes. The lives of veterans are not worth an extra $10 a year to the average Republican. Their support always stops as soon as you attach a price tag to it.”
“Terrific. Another self-serving parasite living off the freedom that self-sacrificing veterans have provided. I think that if you are not a veteran, then your only comment should be "veterans need more money."
Instead, they whine about taxes and actively cut spending for the VA, then act surprised when their cynicism for those who serve bears fruit. It's offensive.
This is a very easy problem to fix. All it takes is MONEY. Contact your congressman and tell them to increase Ben Carson's taxes. That will fix the problem.”
“The "government" doesn't do things badly. People do things badly. If you are going to blame "government" for screwing things up, you have to start right at the source. I mean your congressmen and senators who control the funding for government services like the VA.
If you are a Republican, and you are mad about underfunding of the VA, then contact your Republican senator and ask him why he killed a $21B funding bill for the VA?
If you voted for one of these veteran-hating senators, then YOU are part of the problem. Try voting for people who actually vote to support the VA with money. Money that has to come out of YOUR pocket.
If you'd just pay in taxes what you spent on your completely worthless yellow ribbon sticker claiming that you "supported" the troops, we'd be doing much better.
Your heartfelt thanks mean NOTHING to us. We want your money. We put our LIVES on the line and all you do is whine about MONEY. MONEY! It's disgraceful.
If you are not a veteran, then please do not respond to this post. You haven't EARNED the right to have an opinion on it.
And next time, think about the cost of supporting the troops after the war BEFORE you start another war.”
joecan1 on May 25, 2014 at 13:08:25
“I love your opening and I'd like to steal it on occasion. "Government doesn't do things badly, people do things badly." Love it already a fan.”
“lol! In case you haven't noticed, young people know EVERYTHING! I used to know everything myself!
I'm 52 and my 27 year-old-son, the philosopher, lives with me. And I'm the one who doesn't know what he's doing! No, seriously. I have no idea what I'm doing.
I'm perfectly happy to let young people do everything. My time is over. I stopped trying to make a difference 10 years ago. I didn't want to keep working until I was pathetic. Best to retire at the top of your game.
Now I just observe people and yank on their chains to amuse myself. The only joy I have in life is saying "I told you so!"”
Autora on May 24, 2014 at 22:20:47
“Oh, tell me about it, grin. I'm 56 and because I started earlier (so to speak) my son turns 32 this year. If I tried to yank HIS chain he would probably never speak to me again, and often already won't.
Do you really think we are at the top of our game, though? I have doubts about that. I have a great admiration for my son-- who works enormously hard, and deserves every penny he earns-- but I wouldn't necessarily say he knows more about life (or anything else) than I do. Well, he hasn't been around as long. I think that still counts.
I would love to sometimes tell him "I told you so!" but unfortunately he is so smart he probably already thought of it, whatever it is, grin.
Some things, though? Not so much. Some things simply take time.”
“Seems to me that if the bull bests his opponent he ought to win. I don't think he ought to have to face a fresh opponent. They ought to take him off the field and treat his wounds.
This "sport" is controversial in Spain. On my visits there, I have seen plenty of protest against it and I noticed that the stands were not exactly full. I'm a pretty cold dude, but even I refuse to attend bull fights.”
“Interesting... Seems pretty easy to check into. There have to be plenty of interested parties who would like to either look at the data and run it again, or gather their own data to test the core hypothesis.
We can only know whether or not Piketty's study and conclusions are correct by multiple retesting. I guess we'll learn more as time goes by.”
“It's an improvement. Just because Titian and Raphael had a fat fetish, that doesn't mean that fat is beautiful. Being fat is not healthy and it is not the natural state of human beings.
I'm a man and I've always been thin and I've never done anything special to stay that way. When I was young, I wanted to have biceps and pectoral muscles, so I worked out a lot. All I managed to do was get even wirier.
People are what they are. If you are thin, there's nothing wrong with you and people shouldn't make you feel bad about it. Being thin doesn't make you beautiful. There's a lot more to it than that.
If you are fat and you're happy with that, then there's nothing wrong with you and people shouldn't say you're ugly. But don't think that you need to be called beautiful if you are not, in fact, beautiful. If you are fat and see yourself as ugly, then you are projecting your own self-loathing onto other people. Don't blame them for your shortcomings.
Very few people are beautiful. That's why beauty is so special. Most of us, like me, are merely acceptable. That's normal. If it's important for you to be beautiful in the eyes of others, then that's your problem, not the media's, not the society's, not everybody else's problem.”
Autora on May 24, 2014 at 12:22:00
“You made some good points, and I agree that very few people are 'beautiful' in the eyes of EVERYone. In fact, probably nobody is. I don't consider myself beautiful and don't expect anyone else to, but I'm fine with that. I don't need to be beautiful.
I think that what bothers me more is ageism. Not being beautiful never bothered me at all, but being considered 'too old' when I'm in my 50's gets on my nerves.”
cachola on May 23, 2014 at 11:03:29
“Bless your heart. You are preaching acceptance yet you begin your little speech with the "fat fetish" thingie. And since you are being anecdotal, here is my own: I am fat. And 65. Yet I never get sick (maybe a cold every few years). And all my tests come back with excellent results every year when I do my check up. Oh...I don't exercise either. I just walk everywhere, but not for exercise, just doing errands and such. What's even more interesting to me is that all my skinny friends are taking pills for all sorts of conditions from diabetes, high-cholesterol, etc etc etc. Go figure and do not make blanket statements, especially when you are being hypocritical.”
RickinLA on May 23, 2014 at 09:31:45
“Just one quick note please. The great artists (Titian, Raphael, Ingre, etc.) all painted what they saw. Not because of a "fetish". It was a time in art of realism so they painted true to nature. Art History is a fascinating subject that you would probably enjoy reading about! You should try it!”