“We should be inspired by Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Iceland, and Denmark. They are overwhelmingly atheist, and have lower crime rates, poverty, unemployment, murder rates, STDs, teen pregnancy, have better health care and education, less pollution, less debt, and more social equality than the US. Now look at nations were religion is the law, like Afghanistan, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. Where would you rather live? And why is it that the Bible Belt is the exact opposite of the atheist nations mentioned? Thousands of religious rule should have brought us kind of benefit if religion had any merit. Many Christians cite the USSR, North Korea, and Red China as examples of atheist nations, where people had no choice but to love and worship the Great Leader, and face punishment or extermination if they didn't. All blessings flow from the Great Leader, and you should be thankful for what you have or don't have) because it's all part of the Great Leader's Great Plan. North Korea even punishes generations of people. This is indistinguishable from the Christian God, who says that he punishes the sons for the sins of the father for many generations. The Abrahamic religions especially are inseparable from tyranny: blind obedience to Big Brother is the starting point of those faiths.”
“Except that Bill Gates, while certainly having plenty going on in the profits category, donates billions of dollars a year to charitable services that are meaningful, and help to empower the most disadvantaged people on the planet into making better lives for themselves. Sure, a lot of rich people are selfish jerks, but a few of them care quite a bit about what happens to others.”
“You're right, it is "u" and not an "a". I stand corrected. However I still think that the larger point stands. And even if her secretary had been the one to initially make the mistake, the fact is that the letter (and by extension, the mistake) was endorsed by the attorney's signature.”
“Did anyone else notice that Frappicino actually differs from the word Frappaccino by two letters, not one, as the attorney's letter says? The "a" is changed to an "i" and there is only one c instead of two. It's pretty sad that she probably was paid serious money to draft this letter, and the allegations made in it are not even correct.”
barbaraebj on Jan 1, 2014 at 00:47:01
“I guess that you didn't notice that the "i" actually replaced a "u" and not an "a"... In the letter, the lawyer states that the Starbucks Trademark icon is FRAPPUCCINO, not Frappaccino (the later of which brings up my spell check software underline due to error in spelling. I guess you don't use spell checker.
But, you are correct on her only counting the change of the vowels and not the exclusion of the other "c". Maybe he would have won the lawsuit after all since it was a two-letter change instead of just one... hehehe. People do occasionally make typos... this one was probably made by her secretary and overlooked by her.”
“"If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both." (U.S. Code: 18...2384. Seditious Conspiracy)”
GraniteSkyline returns on Oct 19, 2013 at 10:38:23
“That applies to the TeaTwits -- not the president.”
“I'm reasonably confident that atheists often criticize Islam too. However, we don't fly planes into their buildings. We don't strap bobs to ourselves and blow up a mosque while chanting "Allahu Akbar". We don't shoot people of other faiths who we think are Muslims out of ignorance. Whenever you hear stories of violence and oppression against Muslims, it is usually Muslims doing, or other religious people. Just because I hate the Muslim religion (because it is inherently vile and evil, just like Christianity) doesn't mean that I want to engage in violence against its practitioners, or oppress them, or deny them human rights. I will leave that stuff up to the experts, who happen the be.. the religious.”
“So, we shouldn't be bothered when religious people hijack planes and crash them into buildings killing 2,977 people? We shouldn't be bothered when religious people say that slavery was good, insist on treating women/homosexuals/non-believers as second class citizens? We shouldn't be bothered when children are abused and killed because of religious people? We shouldn't be bothered when religion supports wars and atrocities like what happened in Rwanda, Bosnia and Ireland? We shouldn't be bothered when women's clinics are shot at and blown up? We shouldn't be bothered when fanatic Christians shoot up Sikh temples because they hate Muslims?
As far as your silly statement regarding sexuality and what nature intended, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of non-human animals that engage in homosexual behavior. Clearly, nature does intend this.”
banana republican on Sep 12, 2013 at 20:58:13
“You are joking, right? When is the last time you saw a group of atheists publicly chastising Islam? ”
“If you are talking about the God described in the Bible, there is more than sufficient evidence to demonstrate that such a God does not exist. You can't prove or disprove that there is no tooth fairy, does it take faith to say that there is no tooth fairy?”
Todd Ecker on Sep 12, 2013 at 11:03:53
“The tooth fairy argument is thin. However, science can get us only so far explaining how life developed. We can get all the way to amino acids and the primordial soup, but not life. Back to the singularity of the big bang, but not to where the matter of the singularity came from. Science has yet to disprove the existence of God. That said, we should never turn our back on science.”
“I did that already. That's how I became an atheist. I am open to the possibility that God exists, but I require compelling, verifiable evidence. None has yet been forthcoming. But I am willing to examine any that would be presented. That is open-mindedness. Believing in Big Brother because Big Brother says that you have to is brainwashing. Hence, religion.”
“That is a very contemptible statement. Refusing to accept a belief system for which there is no evidence is the exact opposite of faith. I suppose you also think that not collecting stamps is a hobby?”
Todd Ecker on Sep 12, 2013 at 10:43:53
“I can see where you are coming from, however, since God cannot be proven or disproven it is a "faith" of sorts to be atheist. That said, science it very important and we have a duty to utilize it to understand the world/universe that surrounds us.”
intoxicat75 on Sep 12, 2013 at 10:02:45
“All you have is a lack of evidence, therefore all you have is atheist faith.”
“I'm glad that I was not the only one to notice this. An atheist is obviously not going to God with a sincere and repentant heart. Since they don't believe in God they have no need of his forgiveness. The Pope still seems to think that people must go to God to be saved (from God's wrath, of course). He just says it in a nicer way. Big deal. He's still head of an evil empire that has the blood and innocence of countless millions on its hands.”
Lon on Sep 12, 2013 at 10:44:21
“If Catholicism is right then upon death even atheists will go to God for judgement (at least metaphorically, I don't know that it has to be an actual courtroom scene with God as Judge and Jury). And atheists can be both sincere and repentant for the bad things they have done. So I don't see an actual problem here from an atheist perspective. Of course as atheists we should believe that this won't happen because the whole judgment thing is nonsense. But if it turns out we are wrong about this and there is a God, then the fact that we can go before Him sincere and repentant doesn't seem to be a problem.”
“It's about time! It is nauseating that churches and religion have so much influence in politics and government, to the point that many legislators seek to propose, or in some cases enact, laws that are specifically religion oriented. These same folks are often also the ones who complain that their religion is under attack, that they are being discriminated against, and that we are a Christian nation. If religion is going to be this involved in our politics then it ought to be taxed. And I don't agree with those who say that "Oh well some religious group have soup kitchens and homeless shelters and are never involved in politics so they should not have to pay taxes". They never seem to complain, or oppose, that religion has such a place in government as it does today, and often their churches teachings contribute to the societal ills that lead to homelessness and poverty. We shouldn't have to treat people who believe that they have the all powerful ruler of the universe with kid gloves. If God is so great and powerful, then let HIM make a stand, instead of relying on using secular systems to grow religious power.”
plorlk on Aug 26, 2013 at 04:03:48
“"If God is so great and powerful..." let him fix the problems he created and/or provide the necessary charity directly without the need for church involvement. Or, instead of the churches telling people who to vote for, maybe they could pray to the Almighty to care for the needy. Don't you think that would work?!”
Mar 3, 2013 at 14:55:26
“As an atheist, I say let's do this. And since research shows that atheists actually know more about the Bible than religious people, let it be atheists teaching the class.
We could talk about how Christianity justified the deaths of approximately 100 millions Native Americans using the Bible. We could talk about the role of the Bible in justifying the relegation of women to second class status in America, how the Bible was the single greatest justification for American slavery, has always been a justification for child abuse and murder of children, has always encouraged racism, and since it is to be about its influence on western culture in general, we could talk about the cozy relationship between the Catholic Church and the Third Reich, the possibilities of actually educating people about this filthy and abominable work of literature are endless”
“I hate to have to point it out to you, but the 2nd Amendment hasn't been shredded. It still stands. Remember the "well regulated" part of that Amendment? Please go ahead and tell us how you know more about the Constitution than the President, who graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a doctorate in law, and taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago law school for 12 years.
Note that one doesn't need to have a J.D. to recognize that NO WHERE in the 2nd Amendment does it say "Paranoid fear mongering gun fanatics have the right to own any weapon ever developed for the sole purpose of overthrowing the government". It NEVER says that, but listening to the drivel we have witnessed above, one would think that it does.
No one has been made a criminal overnight. No one repealed the Second Amendment. No one is saying that people can't own guns. Has anyone knocked at your door to take away your guns? No? Then you must be WRONG.
Note also that the reason Chicago has such strict gun control laws is BECAUSE of the amount of gun violence that has occurred there, and that since such measures were taken, the crime rate has steadily gone down. In Arizona, Jared Laughner killed 6 people and wounded 13 others with legally purchased weapons and ammunition. No good guys with guns prevented this from happening.”
bmartin1979 on Jan 18, 2013 at 22:34:41
“Is that why chicago has had 500 murders in the last year . Wow that not even it high count set 2 years ago at 511 murders . Sorry bubby I’ll stick to my guns so I don’t get murdered . And how dare you throw all the blame on honest tax paying americans that have no criminal records . What a commy you are . Why should I have to defend myself from a deluded self righteous that think I am a psyco death killer that is a ticking time bomb . Well dummy guess who is the crazy one ? You are . There are 300 million guns out there that never killed anyone yesterday in the homes of roughly 54% of americans that hold jobs pay taxes and love there kids . Stop trying to spread fear and unpatriotic thoughts . You are a thug that copies and pastes . Plain and simple .”
“Remember when Dick Cheney, while possibly under the influence of alcohol, shot a lawyer in the face/neck/chest with a shotgun? What a responsible gun owner. Correct me if I am wrong, but if you are in a group, hunting quail, and one member of your group is not accounted for, shouldn't you wait until that person's location is known before opening fire? Wouldn't that be what a responsible gun owner would do in order to avoid blasting someone with a shotgun? Anyone?”
Sabrina Beach on Jan 18, 2013 at 15:16:43
“You're speaking sensically on the internet. You should be ashamed.”
widdles on Jan 18, 2013 at 12:07:54
“Take away Dickie's guns and gun permit!!”
dtlewis on Jan 18, 2013 at 12:02:15
“That was Cheney settling his difference of opinion with the judge, no accident. That's the mentality we're dealing with.”
hp blogger Christopher Drozd on Jan 18, 2013 at 11:54:54
“I wouldn't choose DIck Cheney as a model of any sort of responsibility— nor Dianne Feinstein, either.”
cue on Jan 18, 2013 at 11:45:05
“And Cheney was a law abiding citizen. (I guess an un-indicted War Criminal can temporarily be considered a law abiding citizen.)”
barry444 on Jan 18, 2013 at 11:37:02
“Know your target, know the backdrop of your target.
“Which is why states and individual schools have been given the go ahead to have armed guards if they want. If they choose to do so, the federal government will pay for it. In other words the decision to have armed guards is a decision made locally, and the President will support those efforts. Did you even read the article? Isn't giving people the ability to make their own choices what you are looking for??”