Dec 8, 2013 at 19:37:38
“I live in a neighborhood with lots of low-income families and counted no less than 4 supermarkets within a 1-mile radius. That is walking distance, biking distance, or bus-riding distance. Poor people get free bus passes by the way.”
novapsyche on Dec 9, 2013 at 03:39:40
“I want to know where you live, too.”
missirish9 on Dec 8, 2013 at 20:58:50
“I don't know what city you lived in but I lived the 5th largest city in the US by population (Philadelphia), and the poor do not get free buss passes. Seniors over 65 get a free pass and that's it. Those with disabilities, kids, and college students qualify for a reduced fare.
Even while I lived in a safe, working class and semi touristy area, my access to grocery stores were very limited and expensive because they knew they were remote. Luckily a few mom and pop stores in the area made up for it.”
“There will be a time when she'll be forced to have some plastic surgery since her entire career has depended on her looks. Even if she just sticks to TV shows there will be enormous pressure to look young since she'll be surrounded by young models. She may be scared of it, but she can't escape it.”
Ed Forney on Dec 8, 2013 at 21:19:27
“She won't need her looks as she gets older. I'm pretty sure she's pretty well set to retire any time she wants.”
“How is he idly standing by the NSA spying? Germany, as well as other EU countries, have already condemned the spying that was done.”
quill37 on Dec 8, 2013 at 15:44:02
“President Gauck, like too many politicians, have paid lip service to condemning the actions of the US government sanctioned NSA programme of spying. He, like many, has not taking any concrete action to strongly support what they are saying. He is willing to take action against Russia and the Olympics, yet nothing against the US.”
“Why does Germany STILL have to atone for past sins? It's been nearly 70 years since the end of WW2, and most of the people who were adults then are dead now. The people alive now have nothing to atone for.”
“If they ban India for corruption they need to do so with every South American banana republic and Middle Eastern countries. If human rights like racism have been such an issue, why aren't countries like Saudi Arabia and others that treat women as second-class citizens banned? Why not ban Russia over their treatment of gays AND corruption?
The IOC is a joke.”
“I know it's too much to ask them to stop believing in an invisible being, but maybe not to reflect on the biology of humans and come to the same conclusions that other religions have, namely that people will always want to have sex. Other religions allow their clergy to get married and have children, so why is it SO hard for the Catholic Church to do the same, especially since celibacy wasn't even an issue initially?”
umish on Dec 8, 2013 at 11:37:42
“The RC church is the ultimate control freak. Better to beat yourself into enjoyment alone than have a normal relationship”
sweetlilthing on Dec 8, 2013 at 06:47:40
“If you were married and had children you would naturally want to provide for your family after you died and that wouldn't work for the RCC.”
cafebeege on Dec 6, 2013 at 22:58:03
“Some of us define that three letter word "God" as a Power not a being.
And yes, I agree churches should all let their ministers and priests choose whether or not to marry.
BTW, I was brought up Catholic. Have expanded my beliefs as many have whether still in the Church or not.”
“Why SHOULDN'T I start with "they know how babies are made"? That's exactly what it boils down to, and just because guys want recreational sex and no babies doesn't mean that's what they'll automatically get.
And yes, some guys DO run around fathering children. I know two such guys, each with about a dozen children by numerous women, and they're even proud of their "accomplishment".
And since when do women abandon their children? The majority of children born to unwed mothers is still cared for by their mothers, not fathers. Yes, some women do skip out on their children, but they usually have problems with drugs etc. and are in the minority.
There is one thing that I agree with you, and that's the issue of pregnancies not having to result in a live birth. I hope you support pro choice, because some politicians want to hear nothing of abortion and make it harder and harder for women who DO want one to get one.”
“If you give a man who runs around fathering children with every woman he can get 50/50 custody he won't suddenly stop in his tracks and be a good dad. Just because women usually have custody of their children doesn't mean men can't still go over to their kids' house and spend time with them or bring supplies or toys. For a man to actually stop being a deadbeat takes a real interest in the child he fathered to begin with.”
ucpprod3 on Dec 6, 2013 at 17:56:44
“Rubberfish, you are wrong. Men don't run around fathering children. The men have underprotected, recreational sex with willing women. The issue is that the recreational sex that was agreed to, becomes an un-agreed to retained pregnancy. Most of those men were in agreement to combine body parts, not combine futures via the creation of children. Don't start with the "know how babies are made" rhetoric because the female is NOT held to the same standard. Once pregnant, she can abort, retain, surrender or place up for adoption anytime she wants and she is not told those admonitions. When men are in agreement with the creation of a baby, they stick around. Often to the dismay of the female who decides that if the primary relationship between her and the man doesn't work, she'd rather he be gone from both her and the child's life. Oh, but he IS expected to leave the check on the table, while she goes on with her life. Focus on the issue. Not every pregnancy MUST result in a live birth. Especially when there was NEVER an agreement to co-parent in the first place.”
“If a man who supports bombings in order to change the present government is considered a great man then the IRA should not be classified as terrorists either.”
episkyros on Dec 7, 2013 at 06:07:23
“A good example for Ethics courses henceforth of the relativity of political judgments. Who judges, when and why?
In 1964, the South African government decided that the Umkhonto we Sizwe ('Spear of the Nation', the newly formed guerrilla arm of the African National Congress) was a terrorist organization, and by extension the ANC itself. But many in South Africa in the indigenous, European-descendant, and Asian-descendant communities did not think so-- they did not feel terrorized. Clearly, however, 'someone' felt terrorized. Who?
By the mid 1980s, when first P.W. Botha and later F.W. de Klerk's Administrations engaged Mandela in secret negotiations to transform the government, something had happened to the government's original judgment; the 1980s governing generation saw things differently than the 1960s governing generation. The United States and the United Kingdom, the two world powers that 'mattered' culturally and materially to South Africa, still officially supported the status quo.
So, why the change? Was it the unpopularity of South Africa in the rest of the world? Was it the growing unrest among the indigenous South Africans? Good thing Mandela was a survivor; he had always offered the multiracial-harmony option. Had he died in prison, who knows how long Apartheid would have continued, whether the social unrest would have spiraled out of control into open conflict, and whether a new generation of politicians in the US and the UK would have continued their support.
Who feels terrorized and what options exist matter.”
“Well, Florida ranked dead-last in the latest PISA study. Now we know why. Kids don't learn anything based in reality.”
rosalitaxox on Dec 4, 2013 at 20:34:04
“You are right. This is a private religious school. Public school students are educated based on the FCAT, entirely educated based on the FCAT. If they score high, the school gets an A and the school gets money, the entire staff at the school gets a bonus check. Everyone is happy except for the stressed out students who have learned absolutely nothing that will get them through college. This was another one of Jeb Bush's master plans.”
commonsenseonly on Dec 4, 2013 at 18:04:18
“Oh, and you know how gravity came into existence? Let's here it genius. I'm sure every scientist in the world would like to know your theory.”
“Come on, this is ridiculous! No other religion uses a tree in December, and a menorah is usually referred to as a Hanukkah menorah without anyone batting an eye. Call it what it is. Christmas is celebrated by the majority of people in this country, whether in a religious or secular manner, so let's all put on our big boy/girl panties and not throw a tantrum every time someone wants to celebrate something.”
totalliberal on Dec 3, 2013 at 01:07:12
“I believe it has actually been called a Yule tree in celebration of Odin for much longer. Each too their own.”
“Donate here, donate there. I, for one, don't have that kind of money, and I bet plenty of other people's budgets are stretched thin as well. Whe you have to care about how your own family gets by you don't have much time or energy to think about people that live ten thousand miles away.”
“lol, my kids did watch them. They had no idea who they were. When I explained to them that they're a very famous dance group they said their dancing didn't look that way. But they did like their high kicks. I wonder what they would have said about Kinky Boots, given that they already cringe and say "eeww" at the sight of women in bikinis. :-)”