“I live in a Republican county in Florida; my hope is dwindling...
I am a child of the UAW..the uneducated right-to-work state fanatics (making $7.25 /hr) blow my mind. There are too many ignorant down here that vote based on attack ads and what they think Republicanism represent. (Of course there are also the religious, pro-life, anti-gay, and white supremacist confederates that would never ever vote democrat.) How do we fix that?
The government needs to be cleaned up, outsourcing needs to be stopped, wall st needs to be held accountable, truth needs to get out, etc. I am afraid the elitist Republicans will continue to take too many elections, though.”
“True and thus incredibly exasperating to turn it around down here....I was hoping education would help, but why would my Republican dominated state want to provide adequate funding for their demise. *sigh*”
“21st Century U.S. can do better than this. It is time to break from the disgusting greed that controls our nation's progress. The wealthy hold the power and f everyone else...including CHILDREN. Nobody needs millions of dollars, but people do need food, clothing, shelter, medicine, and protection. Thinks about the brilliant ideas that could come from the younger generations if they were properly educated and nurtured! Or be selfish and think about the mansions, expensive cars, etc. that you can gain at the expense of the working class, foreign labor, and the environment.
I have yet to see a rebuttal to such Republicanism that doesn't boil down to superfluous, self-centered intentions.”
madisonhack on Oct 18, 2010 at 23:18:13
“There isn't enough human resources to both run a service sector economy and supply a middle class tax base with revenue to continue a 1950s - 60s lifestyle. If we don't do something NOW you can kiss this country goodbye.”
Oct 12, 2010 at 00:36:29
“Because he isn't. I've used that word and have a ton of gay friends that I love dearly...they use it, too. It's banter, if you will. He even said that it was more of a common insult at the time. I never said we should ignore anything, as a matter of fact I believe quite the contrary.
I am not familiar with the history of rap, but what I am saying still holds true- White families (including some of my friends' parents at the time) discriminated against blacks, and thus held a higher standard for Eminem. They blamed him entirely for influencing their kids when they expected it from the black community. That is my interpretation of his statement, not "woe is me," but rather "here's how it is."
Eminem's intentions are to reach out to people in similar situations, be it poor neighborhoods, broken families, drug addiction, abusive relationships, bullies etc. His intentions are to make music. I wont argue the quality of his music with you, because that is more of an opinion sort of thing and I honestly prefer the likes of Pink Floyd, The Beatles,...,but I do find his lyrics to hold powerful meaning and relevance.
Don't hate on his relapses; it's not easy to break from that. I've seen friends die from it and unless you've been there, and seeing as you are not very humble about it I can only assume you haven't, please get off your high horse.”
Alva Mahaffey-Johnson on Oct 12, 2010 at 01:38:32
“The only person on a high horse is Eminem...no pun intended. Your argument that he is not homophobic is similar to the argument of people who make racially insensitive comments but "have friends who are black, latino, etc...". The two can not co-exist. Making a statement tongue in cheek among your "gay friends" is completely different than using a derogatory term for gay people in a negative light, in a song for the world to sing. Or calling a woman a derogatory term yet saying you respect women. I don't care if the rapper, rocker, singer, actor, is black, white, asian or whatever- if they commonly refer to women as bitch3s and whor3s they are misogynistic.
Eminem is NOT the first and only rapper to be reprimanded because of his lyrics. I guess Dr. Dre, NWA, and Tupac were being held to lower standards when C. Delores Tucker wanted to have a congressional hearing about the state of rap music and the violent and misogynist lyrics during the 90's. Or Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew being called before Congress for sexually explicit lyrics. Eminem is making a non-race issue about race. Eminem has a wider audience, hence he will be under a closer microscope...but thats not because he is white- it is because he is mainstream.
Eminem's intentions are also a matter of opinion as well. You can say its to make music- I can say its to make money.”
Oct 11, 2010 at 23:35:36
“If you watched the video you will see he is not a homophobe. There really were double standards when it came to his lyrics and other rap artists. Please don't lose sight of Eminem's intentions, because the author is subliminally telling you what to think.”
Alva Mahaffey-Johnson on Oct 12, 2010 at 00:09:28
“What are the double standards? Why do you say he is not a homophobe? Because he says so? He has used the word f@ggots repeatedly so should we ignore the hundreds of times he has said f@ggot and simply go on the notion that he is not a homophobe because he said so? Do you know anything about the history of rap and the black rappers who were investigated by Congress in the 90's for violent and misogynist lyrics back when Eminem was just another poor white kid in the trailer park? Eminem's intention is to reform his reputation after failing at attempts and relapsing on drugs over and over. Those are his intentions but it takes blind faith fans to keep this mediocre artist the most successful rap artist around- even though he is below average.”
“In loving memory of LGBT that could not escape the cruel torment and unimaginable pain that burdened them. Please remember those who were pushed into the darkness; that spent their last moments alone, looking death in the eyes. Imagine the fear and despair right before pulling the trigger or jumping. I hope all of my fellow humans out there choose to love and protect those in need, and stand up to bullies that inflict irreparable harm.
This man is a bully and he wants to brainwash children to be the same. Homosexuality is just a natural as anything else produced by the nature; societal notions can't control the awesome power of the universe. No human should be forced into such misery that they choose to end everything. I am ashamed of the adults in this country that choose hate over love, and then justify it with some deity or current societal notion.”
“Why do I want the government in my life? To uphold peace and security, to promote prosperity nationwide (and we are the super power, so I believe we can spread such prosperity -or at least basic amenities- to other nations as well), to maintain the social contracts that keep society functioning, to protect the environment. This would include all branches of military service, fire and police departments, prisons/justice system, education, and health. It would also include restrictions on environmental damage and regulation that protects the less fortunate from being abused by wealthy power. I believe that 21st century America is totally capable of providing all of these things, and what kind of person would not want that?
Instead we watch our jobs being outsourced, our teachers getting paid next to nothing, our middle class losing their homes and jobs, our police departments constantly battling for funding, our fellow citizens going hungry, etc. If these things can be prevented -if that house and the pets inside could have been saved- then in my humane mind, there is no justification to stand by and watch.
Yet look at the millionaires working against such legislation. Look at Wall Street. Look at what corporations do in third world countries. Look at our mindless consumerism. Look at all of the energy put in to denying rights to LGBT and not into more import endeavors. Really? Wake up!
Focus on what is important here, please. (*cough* humanity)”
“Florida has been in steady decline. $7.25 per hour is not adequate for life expenses and there is not much hope for more seeing as it is a right to work (for less) state. The upcoming elections don't hold much relief for us either, with millionaire politicians running the show. What will they do for the middle class? *crickets*”
“It's not about the $75, it's a battle of wills. "We are so tough that we will stand by and watch your entire life turn into ash and your pets burn alive before we give in to your stupid checkbook and cries for help! That will teach you to pay your $75, now won't it!"”
doneflyin on Oct 6, 2010 at 20:50:01
“That's it exactly. We'll show you what happens when you don't play by our rules. So there!
“This is infinitely disturbing. You would think society would be more evolved....”
Jack Canuckski on Oct 6, 2010 at 21:03:17
“America is devolving for a half a century...I think the process began with the Kennedy assassination, but it might have started sooner. It picked up speed with Reagan, and the process has been accelerating ever since.”
“Ayn Rand had a lovely way of twisting things. Beck is trying, but there really is no justification for letting a family's entire world burn to the ground when it could be stopped. The fact that pets were inside just makes it that much worse.”
“I hope when they go to bed at night they think about how they failed at their number one responsibility out of ignorant and undignified submission. My guess based on the results, however, is that they do not think for themselves...failure.”