“The NRA can try to distance itself from these folks, but who's going to buy it? With its historic advocacy of open-carry laws and constant bleating about "good guys with guns" being the sure remedy for "bad guys with guns," the NRA cannot credibly claim it has not influenced these gun-toting diners.
And besides, these people are likely to be members of the NRA, too, and the organization hasn't exactly demonstrated the finesse that will be required to simultaneously chide them and keep them revved up.”
PhloxJeana on Jun 3, 2014 at 17:23:59
“Oh, I think everybody sees through the NRA at this point. But the only way change is ever going to occur is if enough people feel their own well-being is at stake. The best chance we stood for ending this insanity was Sandy Hook. But our elected representatives voted for their lobbiest's interests, directly opposite of what their constituents wanted. So in order to effect change, there has to be a lobby and voting bloc that's more important lobby than the NRA.”
“I hope open-carry "activists" continue their shrewd strategy of descending en masse upon restaurants.
If they do, I think it's inevitable that the vast majority of customers will find such displays repulsive, and decide not to patronize businesses that allow them. To avoid alienating their customers, these businesses will prohibit guns inside their establishments.
The NRA might then feel compelled to launch a P.R. campaign to convince restaurants that having large groups of people carrying guns into their businesses is a good thing. Look forward to that.”
PhloxJeana on Jun 3, 2014 at 14:47:15
“And that's why they're now distancing themselves from the people who were just taking advantage of the policies that the NRA pushed through. Like you, I want to see more people demonstrating how crazy the open carry laws are. When individuals start to feel as though their lives or their children's lives may be at risk doing something as ordinary as dining out, then these laws will shift towards sanity.”
May 29, 2014 at 18:17:17
HuffPost Live 321
“Snowden's actions defy simple, black-and-white judgments. Although plenty of people do it, he cannot be summarily categorized as either a hero or a scoundrel.
Although he clearly violated the law, that does not represent the totality of the story. The crucial question Snowden has raised is when one discovers evidence that the U.S. government itself is breaking the law, and indeed committing acts that are unconstitutional, what is the ethical thing to do?
Is it ethical to ignore these acts, and thereby become complicit in them? Or is it ethical to expose the wrongdoing?
There are no easy answers, much as some would like to contend there are.”
“Gee, I'm so grateful that some bona fide scholars have definitively established that "radiating a sense of autonomy" explains PBR's appeal.
Without their solid research, the less discerning among us might have attributed PBR's "improbable cool" to other factors, like groupthink, conformity, mindless devotion to trends or a desperate need to meet transient standards of hipness.”
Jessica Lutseck on May 29, 2014 at 15:10:56
“Or you know, because it was the best cheap beer available, and used to be union made.”
Nowhere in her column did Ms. Sullivan say it was "wrong" for Mr. Kinsley to say what "he felt" about Mr. Greenwald's book.
Obviously, a reviewer's purpose is to express how he or she feels about a book. Ms. Sullivan did not dispute that essential intent. Rather, she criticized the merits of Mr. Kinsley's opinions and the premises upon which he based them.
“As part of the faithful Fox flock, you would be expected to express your slavish devotion to and affection for your network.
But by any measuring stick, this is not a "major" story. It's not even positioned that way on this site. That you have to offer this straw man shows the strain of your trying to gin up righteous indignation over a nonexistent slight.”
May 28, 2014 at 11:33:49
“I see you and the shooter have something in common: a misplaced and overly inflated self-regard.
No one disputes that pop culture has influence. But that self-evident fact is so broad and general that it offers nothing to help determine what caused this guy to go on his shooting spree, or to prevent anyone else from doing the same.
Plenty of people "speculate" about the impact of pop culture, like sociologists. However, even they disagree -- and they at least try to give their "findings" a veneer of authority by conducting surveys and asserting "statistical significance."
Ms. Hornaday is entitled to her speculation, as are you to agree with it. Similarly, I am entitled to assess and dismiss it as half-baked conjecture extracted from her nether regions.”
May 27, 2014 at 17:43:24
Matt Lindner on May 27, 2014 at 18:05:28
“Nobody gets a joke anymore...
I primarily disagree with the first two paragraphs and the second sentence of the third. If it's obvious that we're influenced by pop culture, why not speculate as to the extent of its impact? What's wrong with being more aware?”
May 27, 2014 at 17:05:49
“Of course, we're all influenced by our environment and society, including pop culture. But that is a meaningless statement of the obvious, devoid of insight, practicality or usefulness.
Your imagined profundity and wisdom in cautioning those less aware than you to "step back" and appreciate pop culture's "powerful force" is just that -- imagined.
Rodger was a deeply disturbed individual whose mental state left him unable to differentiate between right and wrong. Even if he had watched only "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" and "The Muppets," he still would have committed his horrible deeds.
No one will ever know precisely what led Rodgers to his rampage. That Ms. Hornaday believes her unfounded speculation is worthy of merit -- not to mention smug confidence -- doesn't change that.”
“When someone behaves as if he or she deserves a medal for his or her food preferences, I don't have to assume that they are obnoxious and full of themselves in this one, narrow regard. It speaks for itself.
They may otherwise be exemplary human beings who are model parents, kind to animals and snappy dressers. But I didn't say anything about that, did I?”
“I like all of the stuff on this list, too. But my comment was not a criticism of the food, or even people who like them.
It was aimed at people who think they are special or distinctive for liking them, and feel compelled to let others know that they are.
Maybe you've been fortunate enough not to encounter these pretentious types. Or maybe they don't annoy you. I was merely expressing my contempt for them, but would not presume to tell you or anyone else how to feel about them.”
ABQtopes on May 23, 2014 at 13:58:49
“A pretentious person is a person, not a type. I would never make an assumption about someone based on their ethnicity, and I surely wouldn't assume anything based on someone's food preferences, other than that's what they wanted to eat.”
“It's inevitable that some posters will respond with hostility and indignation to Ms. Spiegel's piece, but I'm fairly certain it's because it struck close to home.
On the other hand, I commend Ms. Spiegel for delivering a much-deserved slap down to these smug, officious bores. They drone on about their dietary choices as if they are a badge of honor, when they actually are displaying a superiority complex.
While they may believe their incessant self-hosannas elevate them above the masses, I find them tedious and obnoxious.”
ABQtopes on May 23, 2014 at 13:25:43
“Who's a smug officious bore? Those who believe folks' food choices inspire a "much-deserved slap down"? I like kale. I like pickles. I live in NM, and tacos are more a staple for us here than PB/J. I prefer local "craft beer" simply because it tastes better than "domestics". Plus, I like to support local businesses, as we all should.
Be careful in your zealous anti-hipsterism. It's appearing more "hipster" every day.”
EGreener on May 23, 2014 at 12:18:14
“But what about the other people who boast about their "superior" dietary choices?
The Everyman meatatarians who take pride in eating 3 steaks and the closest thing they get to vegatables is fries and ketchup. The vegans who believe that food shouldn't involve the suffering of animals. Health nuts who scrutinize at every nutrition label before putting anything in their cart. Beige Foodies who can't stand any food with a modicon of color or flavor and make dinner outtings impossible. Why does one dietary lifestyle deserve a slap and not others when they're all guilty of viewing their way as the best way?”