“Hilarious that you try to compare the two! We could play that game with everything - alcohol, prescription drugs, buses, trains, planes...whatever. I would say pretty much everything comes with risks and responsibility. The difference is the primary (and pretty much only) use of guns is to hurt/kill a person or animal. To say being a driver and a gun owner comes with the same amount of risk and responsibility is insane.
And if you read my comment before, I don't believe in the ban of all guns - just large assault ones. But regulation and background checks are key. If you are responsible, law-abiding, competent citizen, you should have your right to bear arms and protect yourself and your family, but the regulation of it should come with common sense.”
“Well believe it or not, Bill's suggestion is a step in the right direction. But at the end of the day, why people need heavy assault rifles or an incredibly large amount of rounds is beyond me - their sole point is to hurt several people. As a liberal, I've been so mixed on guns - but what I do know is only handguns and hunting rifles should be sold to the general public, one should earn a gun licence just as they would earn a driving licence (classes, learning permits, etc) and even then, no one should be able to walk into a gun shop and walk out with a gun the same day. And I had NO idea that you could buy this stuff over the internet until this incident. How is that okay? Absolutely no sales over the internet, that is so stupid.”
acavdragoon on Jul 25, 2012 at 10:29:36
“Denver Post page 23A "Nation & World" July 21 2012.... First 3 months of 2012, National Highway Traffic Admin. posted 7,630 traffic deaths. If this trend continues by the end of the year over 30,000 men, women, and children well be killed. I'm guessing some of these people may have had a drivers license, some my have gone to driving classes. Where is the outrage? Why are folks allowed to own motor vehicles? Why are the roads built to allow all of this death? Even Federal tax dollars are used to promote the highways in the USA to kill more people. Why are we not banding the sale of motor vehicles?”
ausmth on Jul 25, 2012 at 10:26:32
“The only difference between the 742 Remington "hunting rifle" and the AR15 is cosmetics. Both will take hicap mags and fire one bullet with each trigger pull.”
“I'm with you. For awhile I thought moving in with my boyfriend was the natural next step, especially since I spent a majority of my time at his apartment during our first year together when I was still living with my parents after college for. But now that I have my own place and after hearing a horror story of a friend who broke up with her boyfriend not even a year after he bought them a house, I've changed my mind. Their problem was her not telling him she didn't want to get married anytime soon, so I now feel it makes more sense to wait until the ring to move in together. Even with two years together, it's nice to have my own space and I can wait until we take the next step.”
“He also was an alcoholic and, I believe, got a couple DUIs. Obama's drug use can hardly be used as an attack when most of America, and many of our former presidents, has tried drugs or had a not so perfect past.
You mean a young man in college was considered a pot head? Shocking. He's ruined for life!”
“Hated these commercials right when they aired. Not only were the shoes terribly ugly, but it was obvious they didn't work. I can't believe people actually fell for toning angle, but then again people sued Nutella after they thought it was healthy. Really think about it before you buy, people!”
“Elisabeth has been a lot more tolerable lately and I'm glad she supports gay marriage. But saying Obama and Romney have the same view on the issue is incredibly ignorant. Not only does Obama now personally support marriage equality (even if it's at a state level), but he reversed DADT and opposed DOMA. Romney believes differently on all these policies. So it's clear Obama is way more of a friend to the LGBTQ community and will fight for them. Right now he won't say whether or not he will fight at a federal level, but it's a step in the right direction. As much as I wish he would do so, it's going to take time to do this.”
May 7, 2012 at 15:58:28
“I'm such a big believer in drinking more water; 90% of the time it's what I'm drinking and have felt a big difference in my weight, skin and overall health. The big thing that sparked me to drink more was finding out I had silent reflux and along with clearing up my diet, I ditched soda. I wasn't a huge soda drinker to begin with (maybe a 2-3 a week), but since replacing it with water and seltzer, I don't miss it at all! Always having a refillable water bottle at my desk or in my purse helps for sure!”
“His words are so unfair - we all know if it were a white boy wearing a hoodie, nothing would have happened. Racism and racial profiling are to blame here. Also, does he think sex assault can be blamed on a women who dressed provocatively? It's basically the same argument.
Can't stand these ignorant Fox news hosts trying to spin this story in Zimmerman's favor.”
“Ugh, to me at least, separation of church and state does not mean people of faith cannot be in office. Hell it can even influence your belief system. But politicians need be able to separate their religious beliefs from law making. I do want to hear anything about what a higher power wants when it comes to creating policy - religion, even within Christianity, is too subjective to have any place there. Rick needs to calm down, read a history book and realize other people besides strict Catholics live in this country.”
“Exactly! Nothing has really changed in terms of the number of people having premarital sex. I feel many of these candidates and other conservatives try to say it's a new phenomenon, and it's completely untrue. They must be living in a fantasy if they think abstinence only education works on the large scale or that it can reverse this "trend."”
“So if Santorum is so concerned with babies born out of wedlock, he should be fully supporting contraception! It's a no brainer! I think conservatives need to get over the fact that the vast majority of people in this country have premarital sex, always have, always will. And if they are so concerned with abortion and unmarried mothers, they've got to rethink their beliefs on sex education and contraception. It is incredibly hypocritical and ignorant that they (probably) hope we all just stop having sex and it's a society thing, instead of not providing proper sex education and low cost birth control!
Drives me insane! The answer to reducing the number unplanned pregnancies and abortions is right there!”
BigLeftbowski on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:49:11
“You don't understand: everything has to be done THEIR way, even if it means going back to the 13th Century.”
teva on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:32:29
“The inner city boys and girls do not usually use birth control. The girls won't go through the hassle to get it and the boys wouldn't use it if it was sitting in a bowl right by the bed/sofa/floor.”
Bren55 on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:28:36
“f,f. There is no logic in their thinking. Great post.”
Truthiness4Me on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:25:20
“My grandma was 6 months pregnant with my dad when she married granddad in 1929. It's not something new.”
Diana Black Bandelow on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:23:35
“You're expecting a lot from an idiot, hun.”
yellowdoggie on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:23:26
“You know that and I know that, but Santorum just doesn't want people to have any sex at all unless they are married to each other and it is for the sole purpose of procreation.”
“I hate Rick Santorum more and more each day. How can he continue to alienate everyone who isn't, by his definition, a "true Christian?" He is so ignorant, then again, so is everyone else that doesn't believe that religion is incredibly subjective and should NEVER be involved in politics, ever! It's too complicated and everyone is different, even within his own faith.”
“Santorm just makes me hate him a little more every time he opens his mouth. These comments plus the casualness of the whole "make the best out of a bad situation" rape/abortion statement leads me to believe he has little to no concern about women's rights or true gender equality.”
“I am so sick of this apparent war against women and these state laws that are trying to push the lines of Roe v. Wade. It is so unfair to create laws in a country where abortion is LEGAL that clearly have an anti-choice agenda. I don't understand why pro-life lawmakers will work to make these kind of laws happen, and yet won't even look at tackling the bigger issue here: unplanned pregnancies...Why not focus on providing affordable birth control and real sex education to prevent them from happening in the first place and cut back on the number of women being put in that position. "Oh but that will make young people want to have sex!" Well at least they'll freaking use a condom!”
Grannyover70 on Feb 9, 2012 at 16:03:49
“How about we spend time teaching our boys that putting notches on your belt to show you are a man and a player would do as much good as hounding the girls. Maybe if we said
that any guy who as more than two illegitimate babies has to have a vastectomy it would
make as much sense.”
Shutter7 on Feb 9, 2012 at 13:53:37
“LOL are you serious? How much more affordable can you make birth control? Hellooo , it's F R EE and can be picked up at clinics and elsewhere!!! and "real sex education" lol hahahah How much more REAL do you want it? Should someone come demonstrate?
War against women? lol omg,,really? No, it's not a war against women. It's a "war" against "murder of babies" is what those people are against Nothing wrong with making sure those who choose them are doing so fully informed with proper information. ( This might help prevent all those who have such guilt later in life ) !
No matter how much you educate, you are not going to have 100% participation in people making good choices, especially teens stopping in the heat of the moment to use a condom.
PS it's not societies obligation to pay for everyone's birth control anway Take responsibility ! Sheesh,besides, how expensive is it anyway? I do not believe it's about not having access to birth control, it's about not taking the bother to USE IT!”
Luci Hubbard on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:14:49
“Fanned and fav'ed. My thoughts about the entire situation exactly. I said pretty much the same thing you typed above to 2 of my 3 children on the way to school this morning. It's funny, they attend a Catholic school (don't ask....) but I am not Catholic, Liberal, and Pro-Choice. I am also Pro-life though. I explained to them (my daughter is 13 and my youngest son is 12) that abortion should not be used as a means of birth control AND that the focus should be on preventing the pregnancies from happening in the first place. We were listening to the radio and they were actually discussing Sherri Shepherd's comments and debating whether a woman should have to look at the ultrasound/sonogram before she has an abortion. I got so heated about it I actually started beating the steering wheel...”
“Generally speaking, you could argue that, but Obama has never equated homosexuality or gay marriage to sin, polygamy or bestiality. He has said he supports civil unions, other gay rights (like DADT) and leaving the definition of marriage to the states. Santorum on the other hand has been a bigot on the whole issue and strongly against all gay rights. I think to say Obama and Santorum have identical views or "agree" on gay marriage is incredibly unfair.
I think that's the point Megan McCain was making. There's not supporting gay marriage and there's being ignorant and old world about the issue. She know not all Republicans agree with her, but I think she'd like the party to get to the point where they aren't hanging on these negative beliefs about the gay community.”
“My boyfriend and I are coming up on our two year anniversary and we already decided awhile back to not move in together unless I had a ring on my finger or, at minimum, made it clear we both wanted to get married in the near future. We had a friend move in with her boyfriend of barely a year into a house HE bought for them. He assumed marriage and kids was the next step, but she didn't make it clear she did not want to marry him and didn't ever want kids. Naturally it blew up, it was awkward and worked out financially not in her favor.
At this point we live in our own apartments with roommates about 5 mins away from each other and it works. We both enjoy our separate space and aren't in any rush. I'm not judging any situation, but I think if you don't/can't have a mature conversation about your future while making a big step, you shouldn't be making it to begin with. I've known my boyfriend for more than four years and knew then and now that he's a bit of a commitment-phobe, but I'm still not afraid to talk about our future. It's hard for him sometimes, but he says it's gotten easier the longer we've been together!.”
amber rachel says on Jul 6, 2012 at 16:00:56
“My boyfriend and I have made the same decision. I get flack from a few people who say, 'but if you don't live together first, how will you know if you're compatible or not'.
Which is kinda junk. 50% of marriages that begin with the couple living together end in divorce. 50% of marriages that begin with the couple living separately end in divorce. Either way, the odds are pretty even, and we can choose the path that makes us the most comfortable.
“I'm probably a pescatarian 75% of the time and I've been seriously considering going all the way. Sometimes I'll eat chicken, turkey and rarely other meat, but lately it's been grossing me out. I think the article is right that if done right, having a plant based diet doesn't have to be expensive but that's definitively the hardest part, especially since I grocery shop for just me and sometimes my boyfriend (who loves eating vegetarian, but he could never give up meat full time). The more research I do on the benefits and variety of (healthy, not full of carbs) recipes the more I think I can eventually eliminate all meat, excluding fish, from my diet.”
libwingoflibwing on May 12, 2012 at 21:29:09
“I shop and cook not only for me but also for my 87 year old mother who lives with me. She has very limited foods she can eat now, she can't handle anything that is spicy, vinegary, citric or takes a lot of chewing. Plus she doesn't remember things well and so won't realize she needs to eat and so won't if she doesn't like the food. She hates soups, for instance.
So I have to buy and prepare foods for her that she'll eat: like pizza, nachos, pastries, noodles, fried chicken, ice cream, candy bars, ham sandwiches and of course her glass of beer or wine. Since I'm Vegan and I don't eat grains, none of what she eats and what I eat are compatible. But it hasn't been a problem at all for me to buy for two diets and cook for two diets. I don't feel deprived not eating her types of foods at all, I just simply have no desire for them. Plus it hasn't seemed to increase the cost of buying our groceries.”
Apr 30, 2012 at 12:54:24
“And I don't disagree! People in this country need to realize being healthy and losing weight requires work and sometimes making the harder choice versus what's easy. That's actually probably the biggest problem - the general belief in our society that there's an easy fix for everything.
But I think as a whole, all Americans and our lawmakers need to realize what's going in our food contributes to people feeling sick and overweight. I'm not saying it's the only contributing factor, just an obvious one that I feel gets overlooked.”
Apr 30, 2012 at 12:02:43
“I found this article incredibly interesting. As for money being a motivator to end obesity, I doubt that will happen anytime soon. The same certain group of people who freak out that they are helping pay for birth control pills will probably flip flop when asked about these numbers - as any push to change America's eating or exercise habits is apparently more of an invasion of privacy than having sex.
But as a whole, it all makes me sick as there are so many contributing factors - but I see portion size and the chemicals/preservatives we allow in our food to be the biggest problems. Simply regulating the latter I think would help a great deal. I know I felt healthier and had a lot of more energy during the several months I lived in the UK (where there are more food regulations) and lost a few pounds as a result.”
NadineColbert on Apr 30, 2012 at 12:10:52
“Unfortunately, people in the UK are becoming obese too!
They also suffer from alcohol abuse. The problem with alcohol has expanded among the young because of cheap wine and spirits in the supermarkets. The UK market competes with the low prices consumers pay on trips to Europe.”
uberdoober on Apr 30, 2012 at 12:08:12
“lets start with not subsidizing the horrible food first. stop subsidizing corn, and reform what the government does in regards to public school lunches.
then we can more on if we still need "new" regulations. cause having the government regulate a problem they cause is stupid. literally, they cause 30% of all childhood diabetes due to school lunches.”
MissMeYet on Apr 30, 2012 at 12:08:05
“You mentioned your trip to the UK and how you felt healthier because of the food regulations?
You have a choice. You can eat healthy here in the US. It is a choice.”