“I didn't call you a horrible person - I said it was a horrible reply. I stand by it. Lighten the hell up. It's a sweet article and nobody needs you dumping your negativity all over everything. Call me all the names you want - I'll take gullible over jaded and cynical any day.”
“I've been asked it many times during job interviews over the years. When you are a single man of a certain age, they wonder. I could tell on a few that it made the difference - in that I didn't get a job, and once it made the difference that I did. The last one - they wanted to be hip - hey, we hired a gay guy, aren't we diverse? The others were in the South and as soon as they figured out I was gay, you could tell they couldn't get me out of the door quick enough. But sexual orientation, unlike religion, isn't protected from anti-discrimination.”
ELI SKATES on Feb 27, 2013 at 10:01:12
“That's ridiculous. I forgot that being gay is considered trendy by a lot of people (and corporations)”
“Larashia - What a horrible reply. I hope this is just a quick-tempored response and that you are not, in fact, a truly horrible person. The Strunks put together a video and it was shared through social media before Huffington Post picked it up. The DS community is happy to have the exposure and to promote the idea that everyone has friends of all types. Many kids are hesitant to reach out to those with DS and this is a great example to share. Shame of you for being such a negative, cynical person about a heartwarming article and story. I imagine the family just thought it was fun - participating in something that brings such joy to their son. Stop and smell the roses a little - Jeesh.”
larashia on Feb 28, 2013 at 00:59:53
Shame on me (on me, not of me)??? No, shame on you for being so easily deluded into believing that the purpose of this story is to promote the DS community. Shame on you for being so gullibly pulled into a publicity ploy.”
larashia on Feb 28, 2013 at 00:59:37
“Don’t assume you are the only one in the DS community, or that you speak for everyone in it. And don’t dare call me a horrible person until you examine yourself.
This video was made by major news media. Yes, HP picked it up and put a headline on it about her being friends with someone with Down’s Syndrome. I think it’s great that they are friends. However, why does it make her a wonderful person because she is friends with someone with Down’s Syndrome? If they showed a whole group of her friends from high school, he happened to be one of them, and then they discussed her various friendships focusing on him, then it would be in the right context. But they did an exclusive on the friend with the disability because the perception is that this makes her “genuine,” “compassionate,” and “sincere.” Just read all the comments here.
Furthermore, the part that irks me is the way that she lets him call her his girlfriend. Are they in a relationship? And I don’t mean just taking him to the opening of her movie. I could see in that boy’s face that he honestly probably has romantic feelings for her. He appeared jealous of her male costars from movies she’s been in. People with disabilities feel the same emotions that those without them feel. I would have a whole lot more respect for her, if she were actually dating him.”
“It depends on if you favor inserting something in a woman's vagina without her consent. There's a word for that TJ. Every woman deserves the right to rule who own body.”
TJ90 on Feb 7, 2013 at 15:22:01
“It's interesting that you consider such a procedure sexual. Should all gynecologists be arrested for prostitution? As far as the right to rule one's own body- that is true, but that right must be balanced with the rights of others. Every law passed ultimately limits what one may do with his or her body, otherwise it wouldn't be a law at all. And as cliched as this is, you must consider the woman inside the womb as well.”
“And they often make about $72,000 off a class of 30 students that they pay an adjunct $2,200 to teach. They are just as greedy sometimes as any corporation. They spend money on unneeded administrators who often hobnob with the "education" consultants they hire to come figure out how to cut costs. The system can be just as corrupt as a private business when those at the top don't care about those at the bottom.”
“Poppycock - all of that. For many, many people who simply want the same legal protections as another citizen, equality is really all that it is about. You should learn the difference between "the norm" and "normal." Being left-handed is NORMAL, even though it is not THE NORM. There has always been and will always be a certain percentage of the population that is gay. They are trying to be included in the marriage status quo, not break it down. Get over it. At this point, I just have to think that anyone who is against "marriage equality" or whatever you want to call it is either religiously delusional, fighting against their own sexuality - or, there's always just the random a**hat.”
Jun 10, 2012 at 10:04:36
“It was a decently entertaining movie, but also quite annoying in parts. I felt ZERO connection to any of the characters. They were all superficial, flat and poorly drawn. Some of the male characters were so similar that I couldn't tell them apart. Thus, not really caring when they died. They would turn one into a jerk just so they could punish him. The whole thing was just fairly interesting but simply made we want to see Alien again. I'd never watch this one again. I have to wonder at how low movie standards are that so many on here loved it. It's shiny and loud and flashy but there isn't much there. 2 out of 5 stars.”
instarx on Jun 10, 2012 at 17:21:25
“I liked the movie, but yeah, characterization was poor. Noomi Rapace's husband was particularly bad, partly for his dialogue (I love you, Baby), and partly for his poor acting (artificial little hoots needed to indicate he was "excited"). I'm tempted to learn that actor's name just to make sure I'll never go see another movie with him in it.”
“In this case if your choice is him or the guy who says your rights should be stripped, I don't know if I'd call that mesmerized or just working in your own self-interest. Let me guess, the LA stands for Louisiana, not Los Angeles. If you weren't so mesmerized by the Republican shell game of keeping lower middle class white people such as yourself in the bondage of unfulfilling, low paying jobs with few benefits and high insecurity, so that you can fearfully blame those others who may take it from you, then you might could learn to act out of self-interest also.”
“While I think it's great for younger kids to get math and science courses during that time - I'm not a fan of high schoolers taking Arts and Communications classes in college. College students should be free to discuss adult material without having to worry about someone who is 16 or 17 in the class. Doing debates, watching and critiquing films could be troublesome when there is someone who couldn't even get into an R-rated film.”
J R M on Feb 25, 2012 at 21:32:14
“Good point. But the issue is easy to avoid. With luck, she will get her basic English by exam, and then she will go after "The Research Report" and "Technical Writing", which will satisfy her English. She will probably take drawing, as she likes to do that.
While the community colleges have a minimum age of 16, this does not apply to students coming in via Running Start. It is not uncommon to have 12 year olds.”
“I had forgotten how much I dislike Harold Ford, Jr. Can't stand him.”
ibsyboy on Feb 23, 2012 at 20:03:37
“Harold is a smart guy and could have sliced Christie to pieces but Harold loves that pay check so he kissed up, It made me sick when I know he could have rattled Christie's arrogant cage, Christie is weak, he bullies rather than exchange ideas. He would be able to carry Obama's gym bag let alone debate him. He will explode and start yelling. He isn't as smart as he and others think he is.”
Needawinner on Feb 23, 2012 at 19:23:02
“yep--like juan williams, more right then left but always wrong”
“There's nothing about my visceral, angry and hurt response to this decision that is based on Planned Parenthood's political prowess. This article seems to say that PP won this fight because they have all this muscle. I've never given to PP, I've never been inside a PP - and yet I was one of the millions of angry responses to this idiotic move by SGK. Karen Handel MUST resign if I'm ever going to get won back over. And quite frankly, I'm not sure SGK can win me back over. So sad.”
Will737 on Feb 5, 2012 at 22:25:32
“Sorry for your pain. But there are plenty of other Breast Cancer charities out there. Really they are all over the web. Hey, I was suckered by them too. Don't feel alone in your anger, go with it by giving to someone else.”
OHteach on Feb 5, 2012 at 22:20:32
CodyCollie on Feb 5, 2012 at 22:18:05
“Apparently you don't think like a right winger then. Kudos!”
karma5230 on Feb 5, 2012 at 22:17:36
“This was a grassroots groundswell on the internet and social media. They are full of it if they think this was PP who did this. It wasn't. It was the people taking notice and getting their voices heard.”
“alternative lifestyle? olbiker - you seem to later on in your post understand that she was "already gay" as a teen. You should lose the old "alternative lifestyle" line. It's something evangelicals use just to try to say that being gay is a simple "choice." It sounds like you understand that's not the case. I can remember watching "Buddy" as a child - and like you, I could sense that she was "different", just as I was "different" though back then I didn't know exactly what that meant. Some gays do indeed have "alternative lifestyles" - if they are vegans, or evangelicals, or whatever. However, just because someone is gay doesn't mean their lifestyle is alternative. Most gay folks lead boring little lives - going to work, paying the bills, making their way, just like the rest of society. "Alternative Lifestyle" is often used to put gay people down by making it sound like they just up and decided one day that they wanted to be different. That isn't true.”
You may mean well, but you are fairly ignorant. Sexual orientation is about who we are, not what we do. You sound like one of those people that anytime 'gay' is mentioned, you have to immediately think of sex. When I see a picture of a married straight couple, I don't immediately think of the two having sex. I just think, "aww, two people who love each other." The sex part of someone's orientation is just a tiny part of who they are. Gay people are not ADVERTISING their sexuality - they are saying 'we exist' and despite what "nice" people like Martha imply, there's nothing shameful or evil about us. There are gay kids out there. They need to know that they are not alone. Though you go to great lengths to say you have nothing against gays, your words portray a bitterness and ignorance about the issue. You'll get it someday,I hope.”
“It's this kind of logic that fueled the whole predatory lending fiasco that helped get us into a global recession. Just because someone is dumb enough to get ridiculously into debt, we do ourselves no favors in allowing corporations to take advantage of their stupidity. Trust me, we will be footing the bill and "for-profit" execs will have all the money eventually.
It's easy to get a 70% passing rate if it's in your best interest to just pass them - thus making the degree worthless. Education should not be a "for-profit" business.”
Ashok Hegde on Jan 3, 2012 at 15:05:30
“Here's the problem - we are essentially saying that a large % of the citizenry (and illegals) are too dumb to understand a basic contract. "You pay 0% interest for 3 years, and prime + 1 after that, and your purchase price is X" . Not rocket science (yes, there are details).
If someone can't understand that...how can they understand driving rules? Should they have a license? How can they sign a phone bill agreement? Should they get a cell phone?
If your presumption is correct, many of these people have the mental capacity of a child...unable to sign a document. That's not a great sign...
For-Profit is a more realistic model...people should pay their own way. We already socialize a good amount of education - that's enough. We spend more than any other nation right now.
It's up to "you" to do your homework on the worth of a degree. It's up to you to do the work required to get admission to a decent university. And, the market allows businesses to form which crater to an underserved market.
These crappy schools are not unlike the check cashing stores at the corners of bad neighborhoods. Anyone with common sense knows how to stay away....but, it is legal for them to exist, to cater to the others.”