“In the years I have lived in my neighborhood, while there have been numerous break-ins, none has occurred when someone was at home. My comment was a reference to my own neighborhood. I review the crime reports for my neighborhood regularly (sent to me by email on a daily basis) and stand by what I wrote.”
“I find the comments about Spanish speaking immigrants needing to speak English both ignorant and offensive. All four of my grandparents immigrated from Europe 100 years ago. Each of them completed a path to citizenship. None of them spoke English clearly even though they tried to learn as best they could. They all experienced discrimination because of it.
It typically takes three generations for a family to fully assimilate into a new culture. That will happen for Spanish speaking immigrants just as it happened for my family. Just as members of my family listened to radio stations with broadcasts in European languages, belonged to ethnic churches and social clubs, and read the Bible in their first languages, it will be the same for new immigrants to the US.”
hugmetight on Dec 27, 2012 at 04:26:25
“I live in Utah and most of the service jobs require that you be fluent in Spanish but not english - I have had McD's people mess up on my orders too many times because they don't understand english. I was denied an interview for a medical job because I didn't speak spanish fluently. Refugees from other countries are being told that not only do they need to speak english but also spanish but at the same time they are the ones getting the jobs - if you're white and over 30 you don't have a chance of getting a job in this state.”
ILoveGreatDanes on Dec 27, 2012 at 03:39:52
“You are so wrong. If you want to assimilate fast, you can. All it takes is the willingness to learn. My father emigrated from India and learned English and the culture within a couple of years. Why? Because he wanted to. But I live in SE Texas, and there are many Hispanic individuals that expect us to learn Spanish to make it easy for them.”
letsgetsmart on Dec 27, 2012 at 03:27:49
“And help from things like social chat rooms, youtube, xfactor. People in the future will probably need more language skills. I get a kick out of watching an audition in german and then the song comes out in english. We seem to go through growing pains in the most unexpected places as time goes by.”
nasknit on Dec 27, 2012 at 03:08:03
“Most likely true. DID your grandparents join organizations that DEMANDED Americans learn their language? OR, give non-English speakers PREFERENTIAL treatment? Look up LA RAZA, and read their CHARTER! BIG difference.”
mmwwil on Dec 27, 2012 at 02:16:26
“Your family entered legally. Isn't that what we are talking about here. my family entered legaaly also.”
“Another flawed concept: having a gun to protect against home invasions. Most home invasions occur when no one is at hone. I know I'm more protected by the security measures I've taken to protect my home than I would be by purchasing a gun for protection. (Yes: neighbors with fewer security precautions in my neighborhood have been burgled. We haven't been. It always occurs when no one is at home.)”
chloepiene on Dec 25, 2012 at 23:46:40
A showdown with the cat burglar in some big dramatic armed confrontation is mostly a fantasy invented by marvel comics.”
Robert Staton Jr on Dec 25, 2012 at 15:39:53
“Actually,a home invasion is the forceable entry into an occupied dweling. You are referring to a burglery of a residence.”
EndRacismNow on Dec 25, 2012 at 12:31:17
“It always occurs?”
pdoh45 on Dec 25, 2012 at 12:29:45
“You apparently don't know the difference between a burglary and a home invasion. And, neither ALWAYS occur when no one is at home. Try to educate yourself a little better before you speak. Making inaccurate statements as if they're fact only serve to show how unaware, uninformed, and unwilling to acknowledge the truth you are.”
Michael Johnson 1 on Dec 25, 2012 at 12:23:26
“You want another flawed concept? Banning "assault weapons" when most of the crimes are done with handguns :)”
johnnie stallings on Dec 25, 2012 at 12:21:39
“lou, there are lots of break-in by family members and friends. they knew whether they had a gun or not. Most people want people to KNOW they have a gun until their children gets in trouble with it.”
Renate Richardson on Dec 25, 2012 at 12:19:39
“A home invasion is when someone IS at home. When no one is there, it's called a burglary..my my”
TexasTreader on Dec 25, 2012 at 12:17:40
“It's good to know burglary is the only crime committed against a private home.”
NotAFundamentalist on Dec 25, 2012 at 12:15:06
“If no one is home, it's a burglary. It's only home invasion when the residents are there.”
Rocketman Wilson on Dec 25, 2012 at 12:14:23
“That's true. Burglars are after goods. A far more effective safety precaution is probably to own a dog a leave a couple lights on when you go out.
Unless, of course, you're just LOOKING to shoot somebody...”
p mersault on Dec 25, 2012 at 12:13:34
“"It always occurs when no one is at home."
Which is why publishing this list is so dumb. It basically tells criminals where to steal guns. This list will probably cause a lot more illegal guns to be dumped into the black market and used in criminal enterprises.”
“If a graduate program in counseling or psychology is based on the professional standards set for practice by the American Counseling Association or the American Psychological Association, then students must demonstrate that they can conform to the ethical codes of those professional organizations. That includes competent treatment of LGBT clients. That would also be required for licensure in most states.”
qatmama on Dec 12, 2012 at 15:53:10
she actually did the ethical thing: she referred he client out because she recognized that her beliefs weren't something that could have been addressed re: boundary issues and personal belief system.
competency is competency, ethics are ethics. in training and internships, especially in a general clinic setting, we don't get to choose whatever referral comes our way, but we do have a responsibility to note and pay attention to our own process. she should have been given the opportunity to confer with her clinical supervisor before something as drastic as the process of expulsion was initiated.”
“Another example of how corporate executives run a good company into the ground, get rich doing it, and then make the workers pay for their greed. It's all legal. (I view it as "legalized corruption.")”
“If conservatives don't accept other scientific findings like evolution, global warming, or the roots of sexual orientation, why would they pay attention to this research? Assumptions, opinions, and bias carry more weight than scientific research among conservatives.”
Mr Limey on Oct 15, 2012 at 14:46:50
“Didn't we used to have institutions for people to reside who had long-standing problems with reality?”
“I find this all very tragic. People in the world are hurting a great deal in many ways: poverty, disease, wars, etc. The response of Roman Catholic bishops is to cling to their illusion of prestige and power. These guys shield child abusers, cover up financial mismanagement, and abuse alcohol (in addition to Cordileone, the former bishop of Phoenix killed someone while driving drunk), yet they claim to have some superior moral authority. They have so lost their moral compass that they have come to think that the wrong they do is right.”
FrancineFishpaw on Oct 6, 2012 at 17:27:10
“Seriously, the Catholic church could care less about the poor, gay people, or anyone who doesn't offer huge cash donations. American Catholics are generlly liberal and have ignored the church hierarchy.
The church deserves the future they've guaranteed for themselves.”
“Since the 16th Century, the Roman Catholic Church has viewed Anglican (and in the US, Episcopal) orders as not following apostolic successfion. Of course, the Angilcan communion disagrees with this view. For all it's movement forward, Vatican II made it more clear that other Christian churches are not actual churches because they have not properly followed apostolic succession and don't have a valid priesthood (again, Roman perspective). Like in many other things, the Roman Church makes it's own rules and expects everyone else to go along with them. The funny thing is that their strategy hasn't worked very well for them. ;)”
Ken Roberts on Oct 7, 2012 at 09:46:19
“When I was in school, it was a tradition for our Protestant church to host a strictly secular dance party in its social hall for all graduating students. The Catholic students were strictly forbidden to attend. They might have been contaminated by stepping foot into a protestant social hall, not even physically connected to the church itself. They all obeyed. I wonder if the students of today would still do so.”
Talossa on Oct 6, 2012 at 16:05:55
“Thanks for the history lesson, it is much appreciated. What a tragedy that Pope Benedict seeks to use homophobia and sexism as wedge issues to divide the Anglican communion (still further).”
“So you're saying that people in a free society shouldn't expect equal accomodation under the law? That the concept of "separate-but-equal" is appropriate? Didn't the US Supreme Court strike that down in the 1950's?
Also, please note: the Taliban are not part of the Iranian government. The Supreme Leader is Shi'a. Social issues including marriage, laws on sexuality, education, and research are based on the Shi'a interpretation of Islam. Isn't that was conservative Christians want for the United States? (I.e., no stem cell research, abortion, teaching of evolution, etc.).”
“I really don't care what values the Cathy family has for themselves. Nor do I care what their beliefs may be. That said, I am greatly concerned that they and other fundamentalist Christians, Roman Catholics, and Mormons think it is right and appropriate for others to live by their moral judgments. Marriage is a civil institution in the United States. As a member of the clergy, when I preside at a wedding, I sign the marriage license as an official repetitive of the state. The state empowers me, as a clergy person, to act on its behalf. If clergy of any denomination don't want to act on behalf of the state, they are no bound to do so. They just don't need to officiate at the ceremony and sign the license. Whether it's marriage equality, abortion, contraception, divorce or any other social issue, religious conservatives need to understand that they live in a pluralistic society. If they don't like that, perhaps they should move to a country that is established on tenants of religious fundamentalism. Perhaps Iran? (I know: wrong religion. But Iran’s fanatical leaders sound just like Christian fundamentalist to me.)”
dethburger on Sep 30, 2012 at 16:19:05
kbfra on Sep 30, 2012 at 16:10:16
“Well said, Thank you so much.”
count4eternity on Sep 30, 2012 at 16:06:50
“"Whether it's marriage equality, abortion, contraception, divorce or any other social issue, religious conservatives need to understand that they live in a pluralistic society."
Right back atcha. If I want to run a bed and breakfast or dating website that caters only to homos or hertos, that should be my right. But a middle aged couple is now threatened with losing their home / B&B because they wanted to restrict their clientele, and Eharmony.com settled out of court by establishing and maintaining a seperate website for gays. That's like me demanding the local gay bar owner build and maintain a Christian Coffeehouse, because he won't let me hold Bible studies in his bar.
And you really liken political involvement by Christians to the murderous taliban? You are free to engage in the political process as you see fit, and so am I.”
“From what I've read of the history, China has claimed the islands since teh 15th Century. 1895, Japan annexed them. During the first Sino-Japanese war (fought over which country would control Korea), Japan annexed the islands unilaterally. Japan also took control of Korea.
China's claim is based on historic ownership. Of course, the real issue for both countries is the oil.”
blytzd on Sep 29, 2012 at 20:03:38
“Historic ownership is working well in Israel too.”
Jayare2020 on Sep 29, 2012 at 19:11:22
“China also could claim "historic ownership" of Korea. Should it be honored? We can see what happened when they claimed a "historic ownership" of Tibet.”
“I really hope you don't live in my neighborhood. It's good for kid's development to have play time outside with peers. That's something absent from most children's lives. Further, a parent supervising probably stop a kid from running into something on a scooter. Kids get bumps and scrapes. That's not abuse or bad parenting.”
mircakes on Sep 21, 2012 at 18:00:28
“Yeah, kids get bumps and scrapes, and parents look for a reason to blame anyone but themselves. What if this kid got hurt on someone else's property? Too often parents look for any reason to sue, or press criminal charges against, anyone they can, even if it was their child's stupidity that was to blame for their injury.”
LikeaRollingStone on Sep 21, 2012 at 17:14:24
“It's not the bumps and scrapes. That's unavoidable.
And I don't know what kind of scooter this was, but in most states, you have to be at least 15 to ride a motorized scooter. So I don't think it's a reach to say that a 6-year-old might be a tad too young.”
“It's very difficult to conceive of the possibility of a Jewish man in first century Palestine who wouldn't have been married.
There are also several comments made by people who doubt that Jesus existed as an historical figure. Jewish historian Josephus included Jesus in his account of 1st Century Palestine. Josephus also recounts some historic facts about John the Baptist and James, the brother of Jesus. To question their existence seems to reflect historic ignorance. Of course, statements of the existence of these individuals in history is not proof that the Biblical accounts are accurate. It just demonstrates that these individuals were known to actually exist in history.”
k1979 on Sep 18, 2012 at 15:54:24
“Josephus's accounts are and long have been questioned as additions by Christian editors long after the fact based on stylistic differences in phrasing of the mentions of Jesus. Back when I was a christian I did a bit of studying on this and it's very inconclusive. Essentially there are 3 passages in Josephus's writings that mention Jesus. One is universally accepted as either a forgery or at least was edited, the others are accepted as truthful by most historians. From the perspective of a historian this is enough to conclude that either Jesus did exist in some form or the rumors of him started close to the time of his supposed life. I'm of the opinion that a man named Jesus did exist, but that we'll never know the truth about his real life and teachings.”
VapeGirl on Sep 18, 2012 at 15:35:46
“Josephus wasn't born until 37 CE. That is 37 years after the crucifixion.”
“I think I need to buy some V-necks. I think I have a couple V-neck sweaters in the back of the closet, but living in Atlanta I don't wear them much. If I don't dress properly, no one will know I'm gay. ((rolling eyes))”
bluelyne on Sep 14, 2012 at 17:07:38
“Yep, and you'll be stuck dating women. V neck in pastel colors will help too :)”
“My Christian faith is a foundational part of my life. I am offended when egotists like Dolan parade around center stage and give my faith a bad name. It was people like him that Jesus called, "blind guides."”
4given4ever on Sep 8, 2012 at 01:51:08
“HE SAID NOTHING THAT WAS NOT IN THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE OR BELIEFS. GODS WORDS WILL NOT BE MOCKED NOR MANIPULATED TO FIT ANYONES LIFE STYLE.”
Wm123 on Sep 7, 2012 at 21:55:53
“Thank you for not being a rabid zealot. Zealots are cool, less so the rabid ones...”
freedom4allau on Sep 7, 2012 at 19:56:09
“I have a feeling JC might kick in the backside if he were here today.”
“When we moved my wheelchair bound mother from our family home to live with us several hours away, I had made reservations for a handicapped accessible room at a hotel along the way. When we arrived, I found that the handicapped accessible rooms were on an upper floor and the hotel had no elevator. What good are handicapped accessible rooms in hotels if handicapped people can't get to them?”
WhatdoesitMean on Aug 12, 2012 at 15:14:39
“I have noticed that as well when I travel with a disabled friend. We always ask if it is handicap accessible or wheelchair accessible. Many times I have been told yes. When I ask further, they say there are only one or two steps or it is just one fiight of steps.
I guess until a disability happens them or a family member they just do not get that a wheelchair can not climb the stairs or jump a railing. That is why so many people feel free to parking handicapped parking spaces. They just do not think it might be a struggle for some one walking with a cane or a walker or trying to manuver a wheelchair in a regular size parking space.”
“Hey, someperson: have you read that religion is on the decline around the world by 9% since 2005. That's all religions. Conservative Roman Catholic religious communities are also in decline despite the claims that report that they are not. It's very clear that the work Catholic sisters have done in the US resonates positively with oridinary people. But the Roman Catholic bishops --- well, not so much.”
someperson on Aug 11, 2012 at 13:46:03
“Quick! Someboy believe Lou Kavar's numbers against any claim on the contrary because, because ..., well because he said so.
Besides, did you read the post I replied to? Or did you just wanted to appear bright replying to what I said without any context?
“I suspect that Rep. King isn't very familiar with the history of colonial America. If he were, then he'd be aware that most of the original colonists spoke German. That's simply because there were more immigrants/colonists from Germany than from England. And French was the language of the elite. Whether or not it's logical, the roots of the United States are multilingual.”
laboratory on Aug 2, 2012 at 19:28:51
“What years are you talking about that there was more Germans than English during the Colonies? I think your % stats are a little off.”
Alex Oconnor on Aug 2, 2012 at 19:10:09
“Congressman King is an ass and a nationalist demagogue, but your claim that "most of the original colonists spoke German" is incorrect; particularly if as you state that most spoke German because there were " more immigrants/colonists from Germany than from England." While that statement in isolation is true it was not true in colonial times. Now that is not to say that none of the colonists spoke German I am sure many did. And I agree with you that our roots are poly-lingual. But if are to criticize lets have our facts correct.”
catndryer on Aug 2, 2012 at 19:09:24
“I thought Canada was dominated by German immigrants....but either way.
We got to a single common language as fast as we possibly could.
We cured multilingualization as fast as humanly possible.”
hburns1351 on Aug 2, 2012 at 19:08:59
“Let's not forget Spanish was the original spoken language in Florida, Texas and California. Oh, and Russian in California. French in Louisiana. While I do agree that the common tongue in the U.S. is English, that's almost incidental.”
barrett on Aug 2, 2012 at 18:56:38
“True.. but of course the Germans were reviled by the Anglo-Saxons. Even Benjamin Franklin had nasty things to say about them.”
“Reinstating Glass-Steigel would go far to correct the impact of greed on the economy. It would prevent investors from playing fast and furious with the money of individuals who look to their local bank for low-risk transactions.”
freethinkergirl on Jul 25, 2012 at 12:48:03
“And they abused the trust of those individuals with their lies...Fanned”
“As a Christian, I support marriage equity and stand against discrimination. I've known about Chick-Fil-A for several years. I've never eaten at one and won't.”
dogtac69 on Jul 23, 2012 at 16:38:49
Thank you. We need all the support we can get.
Julie Gieri-Allen on Jul 23, 2012 at 16:32:15
“Thanks for being a Christian who believes in true equality for all! You sir have earned my respect.”
Selene Sweck on Jul 23, 2012 at 16:27:08
“You can say you are a Christain all you want but if you don't agree with the teachings of the Bible, no matter what you say, you are not a Christian. It has absolutely nothing to do with discrimination to believe and support your christian beliefs. This is not about eqality it is supporting a behavior that is absolutely against our faith, pure and simple. You can love the sinner but you can't approve of the sin. It is supporting behavior that is against our faith that is the question, it is discrimination against Christians and their belief and adherance to God's law regulating sexuality. None of us are perfect, we are all sinners at one time or another, but we don't attempt to justify our sinful behavior as normal and acceptable to God.”
rosey1017 on Jul 23, 2012 at 16:26:00
“Good for you. And that is your choice.”
justirw on Jul 23, 2012 at 16:25:42
“a christian with common sense AND decency, a pleasant change, thank you”
Irishtimesguy on Jul 23, 2012 at 16:18:00
“I'll eat enough for all of us. They just became my favorite place to eat.”
ScottieKitty on Jul 23, 2012 at 16:17:03
“Shame on you. You are missing a great restaurant. You also seem pretty bigoted. Discrimination works both ways you know.”
Robrecht Paulson on Jul 23, 2012 at 16:16:53
“I love genuine Christians like you.”
TY TIREY on Jul 23, 2012 at 16:15:12
“You are not a very good Christian.”
spudster on Jul 23, 2012 at 16:13:51
“A Christian is subject to the authority of Scripture. Since you choose not to follow the tenants of Scripture you are not a follower of Christ. Therefore, you are not a Christian. You may be a Unitarian or some other mutated version of Christianity, but Christians follow the authority of Christ, not their own philosophies.”
waterhound on Jul 23, 2012 at 16:12:00
“As a christain I support the bible........ try it”
“Presbyterians are declining in numbers each year. They are a denomination that primarily represents the older generations of white Americans. As such, they reflect the attitudes of those groups which tend to be against gay marriage. In addition, there is very real concern that Presbyterian churches in the South will leave in large numbers if this vote passes. What I think is notable is that at each General Assembly for the last 20 years, the vote is taken, and the margin for defeat grows smaller and smaller. It will eventually pass just as gay marriage will eventually pass in each state.”
Jul 5, 2012 at 10:13:19
“Really? Naming the violent outbursts of teenagers a disorder? Didn't this used to be called a trantrum?
It's normal in adolescent development for youth to have difficulty processing all the neurochemicals and hormones related to brain development. It's for that reason that youth can be intensely happy, angry, as wel as believe they are having insights into life that no one has ever had before.
When 2/3 of youth have the same display, isn't that actually something normative?”