“So, because YOU can't understand why we need to study the impact of introducing a new species of fish to Lake Victoria, we don't need to do it? Something like that? Of the thousands of science grants the NSF puts forth, there will be many many many that will escape your reasoning.”
“We are not talking about the role your church should play in marriage but, rather, the government's. No matter what your bible says, one of the largest roles the government plays is in contract enforcement and disputations. Even if we go as far back as Hammurabi, you'll see that almost half of his 282 pronouncements dealt with contract law. That having been said, "marriage" as we know it today, is a legal contract affording either party some 1100+ rights and benefits.
Your "God" doesn't need to sanctify a contract to make it legal...”
“Your opinion of "Marriage" is of no value in this discussion. We are talking about what should be law; in other words, the government's role in the matter. No matter what you "Believe", one of the largest roles the government plays is in contract enforcement and disputations. Even if we go as far back as Hammurabi, you'll see that almost half of his 282 pronouncements dealt with contract law. That having been said, "marriage" as we know it today, is a legal contract affording either party some 1100+ rights and benefits.
In fact, there's the answer to your inane question. The reason you and your partner would enter into a contract that, ultimately costs you more in taxes (if that is even true) is to access those 1100+ rights and benefits. When you get sick, she is allowed to come see you in the hospital, if you need medical treatment but can't communicate, she doesn't need to try and get you to sign a "Power of Attorney" and, when you die, she can continue to receive any veterans and/or Social Security benefits even after you are gone.
I'll let you do the rest of the research on why you guys got married but, for now, quit standing in the way of others trying to access the rights and benefits that you (obviously) take for granted...”
“Two differences?? As it stands, there is no such thing as a civil union that provides access to the 1100+ rights and privileges that a marriage does and, most of those "Legal documents" you speak of aren't upheld in court because (you guessed it) they aren't married...”
“You have a bit of an issue with football, I get it. I assume boxing and MMA are off the table too. Ok. But, believe it or not we, the fans and we, the public still have lines they can't cross. Whether or not you like the sport in question doesn't matter as this is a healthy discussion for all of us to have. So, maybe you can climb down off your high horse for a second and stop with the nonsense...”
“The old "It's none of your business" defense. When they play these dramas out in the court of public opinion, it becomes all of our business should we so choose to make it so. Get over yourself...”
lvas12 on Feb 14, 2014 at 14:00:19
“right - its your business what grown men say to each other in private. I see no comment from you on the irony that you and the media are all caught up in the so called name calling - but hey the actual practice of grown men beating there brains out for your enjoyment - you are prefectly fine with that i take it? thats all good right? nothing wrong with that picture???”
“It doesn't say you can say what you want without repercussions. It says that the government can't keep you from speaking your mind. This kid did just that: said what he thought. And the coach decided he doesn't want people like that on the team. No first amendment argument to be had here...”
“And you assumed he was a republican...? Oh no, you're calling him uneducated because he can read the writing on the wall... No, that can't be it because YOU can't see where things are headed. What was your point again?”
“Are you trying to say that a classically trained chef makes $10 per hour? Your argument becomes more absurd with every sentence. As I have said, I work for a billion dollar fortune 1000 company who thrives on 2% profit and takes care of their employees. The examples are out there. You insist on believing it can't be done but there are hundreds if not thousands of companies who are just as interested in their human investments as their monetary ones.”
jstanavgguy on Feb 1, 2014 at 11:23:31
“No, I am saying that a job is paid based on the value of the labor performed.
perhaps you missed the QUESTION I was asking, and instead thought I was making a statement.
Now, what company do you work for that 'thrives' on a 2% profit margin?”
“The market doesn't need a conscience, the people running the companies do. There are any number of employers who actually care about their employees and manage to stay in business (even turn a profit). We all see the lists of the 100 Best Companies to Work For that are constantly being published. As I said,k I work in a multi billion dollar industry and, my company (a fortune 1000 publicly traded company at that) are just as much a part of the market and prove every day how much they value human life over pure profits...”
jstanavgguy on Feb 1, 2014 at 07:31:42
“And perhaps you need to actually look at the different business models and profit margins.
Some industries allow for much higher profit margins. This allows them to do things that businesses with lower margins, such as retail, cannot do.
And then you need to understand that many industries require specialized skills and training, which allows those with said skills and training to command a much higher wage.
Retail or fast food does not require a higher level of training.
For example, does someone who is flipping burgers at McDonald's deserve to be paid like a classically trained chef?”
“Wal-Mart? The same company who's last CEO made 500 times his average employee? You want me to feel sorry for the GREEDIEST company we have on our shores (banking and mining industries aside)? How ever will they make ends meet...? Maybe they can go on government assistance LIKE MOST OF THEIR EMPLOYEES!
Ridiculous. Just as your slippery slope "where do we stop" argument. How's about we call a living wage one that gets a family of 3 close to the government established poverty scale and then adjust it up and down according to inflation. This BARELY meets that threshold...”
jstanavgguy on Jan 30, 2014 at 08:19:47
“The jealousy of the left towards those who have achieved is astonishing.
Tell me, do your hero actors make sure that they only make so much more than the people who clean up their maids?
If you think a 3% net profit is a lot, you need to take a few business courses.”
“So, their business plan was to hire people but not pay them a living wage and let the public pick up the missing pieces (healthcare, food assistance, etc)? Why were they even making a 3% profit? Why do we need more businesses like that?”
jstanavgguy on Jan 29, 2014 at 09:10:49
“Well, the business with the 3% profit margin is Walmart.
Now, can you tell me what a 'living wage' is?
Is it $10 an hour?
$15? Why not $20?
How about we make the minimum wage $30, and see the economy take off like a rocket!!!!!”
“make less profits of charge more. Either are ok by me. If the average cost of a Big Mac goes up by $.68 and, I can sleep better at night because the person serving it to me has a living wage, then that's all to the better. What do you really think the cost is now when you figure in the government subsidies we have to provide for workers who can't afford to live on the pittance they are currently being paid...?”
jstanavgguy on Jan 28, 2014 at 19:21:14
“Ok, let me ask a question.
Let's say that there is a business that has wage costs of 30%, and a profit margin of 3%.
If their wage costs jump to 41.7% (due to a 39% increase in the minimum wage) how do they continue operating at a loss?
By the way, those figures belong to an actual business.
You get a gold star if you can explain how they remain in operating with a nearly 9% net loss.
And extra credit if you can tell me what business i am speaking of.”
“All of that nonsense aside, I fail to see how it matters at all. She isn't running for President but, for Governor and, currently, there are 4 of those who have been divorced. As far as the narrative goes, do you REALLY know how much of her education she had to pay for versus how much he did? Do you really have a clue how they worked their finances? You're just filling in gaps with whatever you want to make up. And, you obviously DON'T know much by way of details because, the "child" that wanted to stay with her ex was 23 (and adult) and the other (the one they shared) was 17. A real stunner that they chose to stay with the one who has the biggest house and the largest income.
Facts really aren't your strong suit are they...?”
Jan 27, 2014 at 13:21:11
“Let's see... we watched Macklemore & Lewis' collect their undeserved awards seeing as how the best parts of their music are the parts that DON'T include Macklemore. We also got to see Pharrell and Nile Rogers rock while Daft Punk just stands around silently doing nothing and collecting awards for it. Turns out, Ringo is still riding on Paul's coat tails after all these years. However, all was not lost as I did finally get to see Janelle Monae but, she was relegated to a Target commercial...
“And there is is... Even though he had 3 kids (2 biological and another adopted), it's ok that he was divorced because it wasn't his fault. He was busy beginning his political career. But, somehow, it's not ok with Wendy Davis. Double standard much??”
Broderick Crawford on Jan 27, 2014 at 13:28:59
“Well I suppose if Jane wanted to divorce citing a distraction due to her husband's Screen Actors Guild union duties; and Jeffrey initially citing infidelity, I suppose it is the same. A divorce is a divorce. But when you wait until the day after the final payment for your education to be made and your narrative is that you put yourself through school, however disingenuous, it is pretty smart how Wendy could take advantage over a guy who started Safeco Title Insurance in Ft. Worth. And without knowing all of the details it does seem ironic that the child Jeff and Wendy had together was awarded to Jeff and the other one wanted to stay with Jeff.”