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Debbie Wasserman Schultz On Bill Maher's Obamacare Lie Claim: 'Let Me Knock That Down Right Away'

Debbie Wasserman Schultz On Bill Maher's Obamacare Lie Claim: 'Let Me Knock That Down Right Away'

Commented Feb 12, 2014 at 13:15:57 in Politics

“Did you not read what I said. My point of it being insane had NOTHING to do with the website. It was in regards to the fact that I was effectively forced out of self-paying for insurance(net good for everyones costs) and pushed into accepting "free" government health care. THAT is insane.”
People Who Watch More Porn Have More Sex, Survey Finds

People Who Watch More Porn Have More Sex, Survey Finds

Commented Feb 12, 2014 at 10:51:00 in Women

“Also, who, after admitting to watching porn, would then say, "you know, I am having a lot of problems with intimacy in personal relationships and it just might be related to my watching of porn......" ?”
People Who Watch More Porn Have More Sex, Survey Finds

People Who Watch More Porn Have More Sex, Survey Finds

Commented Feb 12, 2014 at 10:47:13 in Women

“So, a survey conducted by a porn site using the answers of admitted users of their site is completely trustworthy??? I would find this information informative and reliable if this was done independently using truly random people, not those who were recent or current users of the survey taking companies website.

The problem with this article and headline is that it contradicts actual research that does indicate some problematic issues regarding porn consumption. Not that it is always a problem for all people, but it is irresponsible to present this unreliable information as some sort of "fact". For the many people who pornography IS a problem and negatively effects personal interactions and intimacy this article gives them an excuse to continue the damaging habit.

This is like McDonalds doing a survey of customers while they are ordering that claims that they found that people feel that they are generally healthy and then claiming that all the information about their food being unhealthy was a bunch of bunk. Clearly, all of us would laugh at their conclusions and point out the absurdity of their process of "research".”

jdl51 on Feb 12, 2014 at 13:46:27

“The survey wasn't conducted by a porn website. Might want to read the article again.”

ejay579 on Feb 12, 2014 at 12:11:33

“According to what I have read in these threads, the study was commissioned by what appears to be a porn site. The site did not conduct the study. And, the group commissioned to conduct the study appears to have employed practices used in the field. If these are true, does your opinion(s) change?”

Pumadam on Feb 12, 2014 at 10:51:00

“Also, who, after admitting to watching porn, would then say, "you know, I am having a lot of problems with intimacy in personal relationships and it just might be related to my watching of porn......" ?”
Debbie Wasserman Schultz On Bill Maher's Obamacare Lie Claim: 'Let Me Knock That Down Right Away'

Debbie Wasserman Schultz On Bill Maher's Obamacare Lie Claim: 'Let Me Knock That Down Right Away'

Commented Nov 2, 2013 at 18:13:54 in Politics

“My personal experience with the healthcare.gov website:

Good: Once on, the website is actually really well done and easy to use.

Bad: I was on the website because I shop for my families independent health insurance every year. Our current plan, which we liked, is going to more than double to maintain the coverage we had. Just got that notice last week. My insurance company directed me to check out the marketplace to see what else I could have.

According to my families financial position we are qualified for a medicare program. Based on the information provided me by healthcare.gov, if I am qualified for a government "free" program(my phrasing) and opt out, I will become ineligible for a subsidy to offset the doubling cost of my premiums(which I cannot afford). So while for 8 years I was a willing paying participant in the insurance pool, though I have always known I was qualified for other govt programs, I have now been priced out of the market and basically forced(if I want insurance coverage that is) to accept being placed on the government dole.

This is insanity. Even the subsidy malarkey is crazy in my opinion, but at least a portion of those dollars collected are people actively paying into the system as an offset to what is being taken "out".”

Tikibar911 on Nov 2, 2013 at 18:18:10

“Before you declare it INSANE, why don't you wait until the website is fixed? Complaining now seems premature.”
What's Next For 'Glee' Following Cory Monteith's Death

What's Next For 'Glee' Following Cory Monteith's Death

Commented Jul 15, 2013 at 17:32:44 in TV

“One of the things about death in real life is that it is generally unexpected and "off stage". Especially when you are young, you hear through the grapevine, in a total shocking revelation, that someone you cared about died in some tragically "boring" way. When tv shows purposely write a characters death it is a big lead up and overly dramatic, which is unrealistic. They should treat the event/announcement of his death like death in real life......you are somewhere you were expecting to see a friend, they aren't there, you call around, and then you find out”

Stacy Herman Lang on Jul 15, 2013 at 18:17:20

“If you ever watched 'Suddenly Susan' with Brooke Shields, that's exactly how they handled the real-life death of David Strickland. His character was 'missing', and the cast spent the episode looking for him, to find out about 'Todd's' (Strickland's character) death in an accident. Strickland actually took his own like at age 29.”
Chris Broussard, ESPN Reporter, Calls Being Gay An 'Open Rebellion To God' (VIDEO)

Chris Broussard, ESPN Reporter, Calls Being Gay An 'Open Rebellion To God' (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 30, 2013 at 09:59:39 in Sports

“The attacks here on Broussard are unwarranted. This was not him speaking out of turn to make some point. He was asked a specific question about Christianity in relation to homosexuality and he responded with what he believes. He didn't go seeking out an opportunity to express his views. He didn't just interject with a "you know I want to make a point here guys......"
You can disagree with him and think mean thoughts about him for what he said that you don't like, but he was not the instigator. If you are asked your view point on a religious subject, regardless of the venue, you should have the freedom to speak about it.”

colebrownsmom on Apr 30, 2013 at 10:28:24

“yep, you said it!!! there's no reason for broussard to be bullied into making any sort of concessions or apologies for expressing his beliefs when asked.”
Districts With Widest Gender Wage Gaps Have Congressmen Who Oppose Fair Pay Laws

Districts With Widest Gender Wage Gaps Have Congressmen Who Oppose Fair Pay Laws

Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 10:28:00 in Politics

“This is conflating two issues; Equal pay for equal work and median income of full time working women and men. What is misleading is that the majority of this statistics evaluate ALL working women and ALL working men. There is no differentiation between types of jobs. What would be more interesting and important to know is what is the median pay difference between, for instance, Electrical Engineers with a Masters degree from a comparable college with 10-12 years experience. Not that I am claiming there would be no problem, it is just this is incomplete information to draw statistical importance to make decisions by.

On a related note, I read a research article a few years ago dealing with the pay gap issue, and what they found was the pay gap was very often associated with the reality that men are more likely to demand raises and women are more likely to accept what they are offered. Where a case of implied sexism may be made in that case is that the research showed that men are perceived positively when contending for pay raises and women are perceived negatively. Therefore, men are more confident in negotiating and women are more timid.”
Summer Movie Mistakes: The 16 Biggest Blunders From The Season's Best Films (PHOTOS)

Summer Movie Mistakes: The 16 Biggest Blunders From The Season's Best Films (PHOTOS)

Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 08:20:32 in Moviefone

“I was hoping or an article that was going to talk about mistakes the studios made, ie, "released a potential hit the same weekend as a surprise blockbuster that led to significant losses" etc”
'The Voice': New Bible Translation Focuses On Dialogue

'The Voice': New Bible Translation Focuses On Dialogue

Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 09:25:45 in Religion

“At the risk of receiving more of the "you guys are just arguing about fiction" comments; What do you mean that Trinitarian Theology is unscriptural? Historically Christianity has affirmed and taught God in Three persons. What would your resources be that would teach differently?”
Ann Coulter, Van Jones Clash Over Health Care And Condoleezza Rice On ABC 'This Week' (VIDEO)

Ann Coulter, Van Jones Clash Over Health Care And Condoleezza Rice On ABC 'This Week' (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 1, 2012 at 20:43:25 in Media

“You are correct, there is nothing that limits each individual state government from making specific requirements and rules for their citizens. However, there are very clearly enumerated limitations to the degree in which the federal government can make requirements of the entirety of the citizenry.”
Jesus Must Be SO EMBARRASSED!

Jesus Must Be SO EMBARRASSED!

Commented Nov 9, 2013 at 08:33:26 in Religion

“Not being very aware of the details of this bill and the details of why some are opposed to it I have a question. If I run a business, or church, or faith based charity, am I able to hire according to the religious principles that we adhere to? Or, is this bill written in such a way that a local church cannot fire someone who lives in direct contradiction to their teachings? And this isn't just a LGBT thing, in my church divorce(depending on the situation) would be grounds for dismissal. What protections does this bill provide for faith based organizations in hiring and retaining people who are reflective over their beliefs?”

Tony Sez on Nov 10, 2013 at 08:43:23

“Churches have long been exempt from Civil Rights protections for their employees. So, it will remain okay for them to not hire/fire folks for any 'religious' reason at all. What you won't be able to do anymore is fire some guy who works at say, your car wash, because he is gay. Just like equal marriage legislation--Pastors won't be forced to marry same sex couples....but justices of the peace will. You will be free to continue to punish God's children in your house of worship.”

twfjr on Nov 9, 2013 at 21:48:56

“Ecclesiastical law does not trump Constitutional law. Discrimination against LGBT does not equate to discrimination against faith based beliefs.”

Jerry Roland on Nov 9, 2013 at 18:13:52

“There are broad religious exemptions.”

indyvet on Nov 9, 2013 at 17:32:44

“Believe in humanity, God can take care of him or her self.”

renoir on Nov 9, 2013 at 13:27:56

“This is where you go off the tracks: someone who is gay and works for you is not, by definition, living in "direct contradition" to your beliefs. They WORK FOR YOU. If they are not good workers then okay - fire them. But what they do on their own time has no bearing on what they do for you for 8 hours a day. WHO CARES what this bill "provides" for faith-based organizations, when all they do is use those sorts of provisions to oppress others?

This is what you don't get - my gay pediatrician Navy lifer brother in no way demeans his service to our country by his sexual orientation. He's damn good at what he does - he's a caring and loving man who has spent his entire career in service of YOU. And YOU would discriminate against him based on something that has nothing to do with his job? That's ridiculous.

Christians are the dominant culture in our country - and have been for centuries. It's time that this true melting pot of a society grows-up and acknowledges that indeed there are people who practice other faiths and perspectives - AND THAT DOES NOT MAKE THEM A LESSER AMERICAN. We're talking about discrimination laws. These do not force a church to change their philosophy. It just forces them to behave within the law of our constitution.

Supporting a church over an individual is just sad and shallow. The churches are hardly oppressed organizations.”
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Are You Ready to Dump Cable?

Commented Aug 13, 2013 at 11:44:28 in Media

“I cannot wait until I can pay for the channels I want over the internet. I have no interest in a cable package, but I would happily pay ~$5 a month for AMC, ESPN, etc. I would even be more willing for packaged networks that are owned by the same company(ie, ABC/Disney/ESPN).

As far as internet monopolies abusing customers....I totally agree. I have trouble understanding the cost structures to consumers. Whether I am paying for 3mbps or 6mbps, my total usage isn't necessarily doubling. If anything, it would be less "time" I use since I could just download what I want faster.”
The <i>Real</i> Problem: Race Baiters' Inability to Think, Comprehend

The Real Problem: Race Baiters' Inability to Think, Comprehend

Commented Jul 26, 2013 at 19:40:37 in Black Voices

“This is comment is another one of non-facts parading as facts. 1) He was out and about already....so no one told him to not leave his home. 2) He was never told to stay in his car. He was told "We don't need you to do that(referencing following Trayvon)" To which he responded, "OK". Which was followed by his breathing slowing down immediately, and coupled with the fact that the altercation took place over by his car, all known information points to his following the instructions given to him.

Fact: Zimmermans neighborhood had experienced a rash of robberies in the past year, almost exclusively committed by young black males, and even when they were witnessed, they remained uncaught and stolen property unreturned. Which, while you and I might not personally choose to try to follow and identify a perceived stranger in our neighborhood, it paints a compelling argument for the motivation for why Zimmerman acted in the way he did.

Whether or not you believe Zimmerman's testimony that Trayvon appeared to be snooping between houses in a manner consistent with someone "casing" a property is immaterial. There is no evidence to dispute that account. And since there is no evidence it is only your own personal biases that infer that there is no justification for Zimmerman's actions and that he "stalked" a child innocently walking home with his candy.”
The <i>Real</i> Problem: Race Baiters' Inability to Think, Comprehend

The Real Problem: Race Baiters' Inability to Think, Comprehend

Commented Jul 26, 2013 at 17:46:15 in Black Voices

“Don't disagree with a large portion of this article...but it goes off the rails at the end.

While you claim there is no corroborating evidence that Trayvon was the aggressor, there is also no evidence that Zimmerman was an aggressor. You make a claim, as if it is factually true, that Zimmerman approached Trayvon with a hand on his gun, or, even, his gun drawn. Yet the physical evidence indicates that physically Trayvon was the aggressor, and the fight took place near Zimmermans car(ruling out the assumption that he "chased/stalked" Trayvon to initiate the altercation) Also, testimony by Rachel, which she further elaborated in interviews, was that Trayvon was profiling Zimmerman and thought he had cause to teach him a lesson.

Nothing I just wrote proves conclusively either way who really was the initiator, what it does indicate is there is no actual evidence that Zimmerman was the aggressor and Trayvon was desperately fighting for his life. To speculate based on your emotional biases and to claim them as absolute truths is irresponsible and damaging to honest conversation and effective addressing of the issues facing our nation today.

Racism exists, there are individual and institutional problems that exacerbate the problem. But when we "Cry Wolf" over events that in no way indicate that is what was going on, it limits our ability to honestly address true problems.”

Cargosquid on Jul 26, 2013 at 19:23:05

“Well said.”

lkm60 on Jul 26, 2013 at 19:05:20

“Punadam, Zimmerman left his house and car to follow Martin. That makes him the aggressor. Had he done as the police dispatcher asked (or advised, if you prefer) and stayed in his house or in his car, this wouldn't have happened.”
Why The Return Of 'Arrested Development' Fell Short Of Expectations

Why The Return Of 'Arrested Development' Fell Short Of Expectations

Commented May 28, 2013 at 11:35:37 in TV

“The complete picture of the episodes all together is quite brilliant. I do miss the sense of a consistent protagonist who stays removed from the craziness(Michael seasons 1-3). But it is better than pretty much anything currently on tv today. And I can't repeat enough times how impressed I have been by the complete cohesion that emerges when you take in the entirety of season 4.”
Netflix Subscribers Watched Over 1 Billion Hours Of Online Video In June

Netflix Subscribers Watched Over 1 Billion Hours Of Online Video In June

Commented Jul 4, 2012 at 19:58:18 in Technology

“I have never had this problem. It could be that your internet service is not fast enough. You could upgrade to a higher connection speed. Also, if you have a slower connection speed and you are using multiple internet devices while streaming netflix it could slow it down.”
How to Shrink Your Church

How to Shrink Your Church

Commented Nov 22, 2011 at 08:11:09 in Religion

“I disagree and agree. I am in agreement that numbers for numbers sake is sinful and totally unbiblical. There are plenty of examples of Churches that base their entire functioning MO on how to get people in the door, and this is often done with entertainment instead of scripture. Or, at a worst case scenario, by stealing people from the churches in the area by putting on a better "show" than other churches can manage.

But, the model of the early church is one of explosive growth. Acts shares the story of literally thousands of people claiming Christ and becoming members of the Christian community daily. Many of the churches I know that are growing and passing into the large Church (750+) size are some of the most challenging and non-compromising faith communities I am aware of. Many of the churches that I would compare to your comments about not being willing to convict due to trying to maintain membership are actually smaller churches. I actually have worked with a number of churches that were smaller when they decided to start getting "tough" on people and to not back down on scriptural conviction, and the results turned out to be explosive growth.”
Steve Ballmer At Web 2.0: Microsoft CEO Disses Android, iPhone

Steve Ballmer At Web 2.0: Microsoft CEO Disses Android, iPhone

Commented Oct 20, 2011 at 09:09:04 in Technology

“I have used droid, Iphone, blackberry, palm and windows phones over the last 6 years. I just got my first droid 2 weeks ago. I like my wife's Iphone, but I love my droid. And none of the other developers are even close to either of those two. I am a windows computer guy, but they just don't get phones. The things I don't like about Apple Computers is what make them great phones, and the reverse is true for windows.”
huffingtonpost entry

Troy Davis Executed: Controversially Convicted Inmate Maintains Innocence Until The End

Commented Sep 22, 2011 at 09:07:03 in Crime

“There were 34 (34!) eyewitnesses, and of the 7 who recanted, they were generally friends of his whose recantation included statements like "i am not sure if it was him anymore..." those who did not recant are people like the three airmen(all black) who were sitting in the parking lot when it happened. At a trial about the recantation he had two of the "recanters" prepared to testify and Davis himself refused to let them testify even after he was informed that his failure to allow them to testify would pretty much destroy any chance he had to try to cast doubt on the original verdict.”
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Churches Prefer Charity to Justice

Commented Aug 12, 2011 at 16:06:16 in Religion

“This article is based on the premise that the issues that charity is trying to respond to are created by the systems we currently operate under. I disagree. Therefore, I am not overly concerned with the current systems we(in the USA) live under. Not to say there are not some institutionalized systems throughout the world that do cause poverty and injustice(many African nations come to mind). The problems we have here are people and our choices themselves, not the socio-economic political system.”
Rick Warren, Megachurch Pastor, Tweets And Deletes Debt Ceiling Jab

Rick Warren, Megachurch Pastor, Tweets And Deletes Debt Ceiling Jab

Commented Aug 6, 2011 at 08:51:05 in Los Angeles

“Last year my wife and I paid Zero dollars in federal income tax AND received a $600 refund....?!?! I was totally shocked. Of course I am not mailing it back because if they are stupid enough to run that way I am going to keep the money!”
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Why Breivik Was a Christian Terrorist

Commented Jul 31, 2011 at 16:34:46 in Religion

“This is absurdly and, I am concerned, purposely, misleading. His own writings clearly indicate that the term "christian" is a cultural position and he uses it often to describe people like him as "christian-atheists" It is completely a cultural indicator for him and has nothing to do with the christianity that is practiced in the world today, either protestant style or catholic. In his manifesto he goes so far as to bash the religious christian community as not being tough enough. He says his goal is a "secular European society"! He reveres darwinism and liberal economic policies. Again, christian to him means culturally white and western.”

Jameelah Patterson on Aug 4, 2011 at 14:25:45

“I agree wholeheartedly.BUT OF COURSE, count on the media to immediately jump on "Oh, and by the way, he was right-wing, anti-Muslim, and a Christian fundamentalist."
Just bolster the minds of the people against Christians, make them the enemy.The enthusiasm of the media in jumping on the christian fundamentalist label, based on this madman's mere assertion is not only unabashedly biased but dangerous. What if he had claimed to be a left wing atheist doing this in the name of secular humanism? We'd be unlikely to hear one mention of it. Those that make these comments don't even have a remote understanding of what christianity is yet they revel in bandying the term about with reckless abandon as soon as it suits their purpose!The world refuses to recognize the differences between self professed religious "Christians" and those born of the spirit, they can't understand the latter and refuse to face it otherwise they would be accountable for what they know.”
Why I'm Not Marrying Any Gay Couples on July 25

Why I'm Not Marrying Any Gay Couples on July 25

Commented Jul 21, 2011 at 13:53:43 in Religion

“I am not sure about other clergy, but I do not charge for pre-marriage counseling(8 sessions with me) and I do not charge for the wedding ceremony itself for members of my church($100 for non-members for everything). The goal is simply to walk the couple through the biblical commitments in marriage and help them to make sure they are opening lines of communication in a myriad of issues, from money issues to family expectations. You would be amazing at how many people haven't even discussed yet if they want to even have kids, or how many, by the time they sit with me!”
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Leaving the Carnival of Climate Change Denial to Join the Next Great Cause of Freedom

Commented Jul 8, 2011 at 09:00:22 in Religion

“So what does that leave me thinking? The people at the highest levels of policy creation are not stupid, they know that we can't possibly effect man made climate change while these other countries are not on board. So why do it? Because they are trying to implement policies that gives them ultimate power! The premise is we are in such a dire situation we need to let the wise scientific altruistic leaders tell us how to live. Who can use energy, when they can use energy, what countries are allowed to "spend" etc. And in the end we haven't changed global warming one lick, but we have fundamentally altered the power structure of the West!”
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Leaving the Carnival of Climate Change Denial to Join the Next Great Cause of Freedom

Commented Jul 8, 2011 at 08:39:58 in Religion

“Here is the rub for me. The main crux of the argument is that "if we don't do something soon, it may be too late" What is totally ignored in that is how the vast majority of the middle eastern, Asian, and Russian countries are making no real attempts to change their co2 producing habits. The explosion of industrial development in China and India are particularly interesting examples. Does anyone remember the Beijing olympics and how they had to shut down all their factories for over a month before hand so that we could actually see the sun!?!

So what are we left with. Let us in the western world punish our own people with higher food costs, unsustainable energy policies, depressed economies, etc, while the positive net-effect of reducing c02 is completely countered by what is happening on the other side of the world. China and the other countries who are running full steam ahead industrial speaking are more than happy to allow the western world to economically commit suicide while they pick up the slack.”

Counterintuitive on Jul 10, 2011 at 23:14:20

“Then impose trade tarrifs on imports from countries that refuse to implement CO2 measures. Once a few countries are on the inside, nobody will want to be on the outside.”

DrSnuggles on Jul 8, 2011 at 09:26:24

“You make a very good point. Maybe if we latch environmentalism onto more selfish (though absolutely reasonable) concerns, such as the effect globalism has on our economy we might be able to come to a solution.

Environmentally based tariffs perhaps. In other words, imports from a 'green' economy will suffer no penalties but those from environmentally dangerous ones will be taxed.”

Pumadam on Jul 8, 2011 at 09:00:22

“So what does that leave me thinking? The people at the highest levels of policy creation are not stupid, they know that we can't possibly effect man made climate change while these other countries are not on board. So why do it? Because they are trying to implement policies that gives them ultimate power! The premise is we are in such a dire situation we need to let the wise scientific altruistic leaders tell us how to live. Who can use energy, when they can use energy, what countries are allowed to "spend" etc. And in the end we haven't changed global warming one lick, but we have fundamentally altered the power structure of the West!”
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