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Ellen DeGeneres Ad: One Million Moms Angry Over JC Penney Christmas Commercial (VIDEO)

Ellen DeGeneres Ad: One Million Moms Angry Over JC Penney Christmas Commercial (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 6, 2012 at 21:16:43 in Gay Voices

“When a bunch of companies support LBGT issues, and they all become "boycotted", what will these "traditional" American families do? Grow their own food? Make their own clothes? That's "traditional" afterall. Ha! Likely...

Fact is, corporations ARE aware of people "voting with their wallets". And the vote is clear; supporting equality is good business. Money is green no matter who earns it.”
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Bush-wacked Americans

Commented May 30, 2011 at 13:49:08 in Politics

“Take my love.
Tank my land.
Take me where I cannot stand.
I don't care,
I'm still free.
You can't take the sky from me.”

ZeraLee on Jun 1, 2011 at 20:13:31

“Unfortunately, the frontiers have been settled. We can no longer expand into new territories to protect our liberties from the robber barons. Unfortunately, corporations have reached the point where they really can burn the land and boil the sea, and are willing to do so for the sake of profits. The time has come to fight for our sovereignty, or surrender it.

F&F in the name of Serenity, and the Browncoats.”
Hey Kids! Kraft Sneaks Freeze-Dried Cauliflower Into Its Neon Mac & Cheese

Hey Kids! Kraft Sneaks Freeze-Dried Cauliflower Into Its Neon Mac & Cheese

Commented Jul 6, 2011 at 18:23:26 in Home

“Powered vegatables do not a valid substitute make. You miss out on a lot of key things by freeze-drying and powdering a vegetable.
Glad it replaces some of the flour though.”
Michael Jordan Love Letter: Laquetta Robinson, Recipient, Threatens Legal Action

Michael Jordan Love Letter: Laquetta Robinson, Recipient, Threatens Legal Action

Commented Jul 6, 2011 at 12:31:38 in Sports

“Jordan's a pretty smart guy. Have you met him? Heard him speak?”

jumpinjohn011 on Jul 6, 2011 at 22:48:12

“Yes he speaks clear sentences! Star atheletes don't have to pass tests or attend classes to graduate.”

Jason Benjamin M on Jul 6, 2011 at 22:26:22

“Apparently not smart enough to properly spell "accept" or "apology."”
Sen. Martin Sandoval: Scholarship To Michael Giorango, Mobster's Son, Was An 'Error'

Sen. Martin Sandoval: Scholarship To Michael Giorango, Mobster's Son, Was An 'Error'

Commented Jul 5, 2011 at 16:00:32 in Chicago

“It's not about his father. It's about the son receiving a scholarship for all intents and purposes, he never even applied for (or qualified for).
From the article, it seems that someone "un-named" within Sandoval's administration literally rubber-stamped it. Maybe an investigation should ensure there, not at Sandoval (yet).”
House Committee Launches Most Significant Attack on the Clean Water Act in at Least 15 Years

House Committee Launches Most Significant Attack on the Clean Water Act in at Least 15 Years

Commented Jun 22, 2011 at 08:20:15 in Green

“This belongs in the world of Orwell.”
Luxe Densuke Watermelon Nets $3743 At Japanese Auction

Luxe Densuke Watermelon Nets $3743 At Japanese Auction

Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 20:22:32 in Home

“P.T. Barnum.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PT_Barnum

Also, Paul Revere did not warn the British...”
Would You Pay $5 For A Glass Of Water?

Would You Pay $5 For A Glass Of Water?

Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 19:07:45 in Home

“Many people complain about this being crazy - but they don't charge for refills, and a soda probably cost the same ($5 / glass). Also, when you compare the bill to the price of the beverage, $5 would be nominal.

If the water offers something unique that a basic filtered tap water wouldn't, I'd try it. I'm adventurous. But would I routinely pay that if I couldn't afford it? Hell no! Besides, some cavier fetches over $100/ounce easily. You're paying for fish eggs...

If I saw this trend (paying for water) at a casual diner or chain restaurant, I'd be outraged. At a specialized high-end restaurant? Not so much. I don't ride the high horse though.”
Taxing Internet Sales: States Seek To Collect

Taxing Internet Sales: States Seek To Collect

Commented Jun 20, 2011 at 11:15:34 in Los Angeles

“This isn't about "saving teacher jobs". Honestly, if you want to "save teacher jobs", cut military spending. That's it; that's the answer. Spend less on military. The US spends more than nearly EVERY OTHER COUNTRY COMBINED on military. Take even 10% of what the US spends on military, and I'm willing to bet you can hire every laid off teacher back.”
Taxing Internet Sales: States Seek To Collect

Taxing Internet Sales: States Seek To Collect

Commented Jun 20, 2011 at 11:12:12 in Los Angeles

“The problem there is interstate commerce was prevented from leveraging taxes against other states for this VERY reason - to avoid interstate tariffs. Go read history...

"But... New Jersey blacksmiths make better iron pots, so New York has to impose taxes on New Jersey goods so New York blacksmiths can compete!"

Do you see where that is problematic???”
Some Brown V. Board College Grants Go To Whites

Some Brown V. Board College Grants Go To Whites

Commented Jun 20, 2011 at 10:18:23 in College

“So... to summarize... scholarship designed to address and compensate racial inequalities outrages people that want to exclude some races that are awarded the funds.

Honestly, it doesn't matter to me what color a person's skin is... if Brown vs Board of Education affected your academic life negatively, you should qualify to apply for this scholarship.”
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'Breastaurant' Growth Shows No Sign Of Stopping

Commented Jun 7, 2011 at 10:56:04 in Home

“They would hire a male server... but then the male would quit due to poor tips/low wages.”

SpreadthePanic on Jun 7, 2011 at 13:24:15

“No, they wouldn't.

Latuga v. Hooters Inc.

In the settlement from this lawsuit, Hooters said they would continue their illegal practice of hiring only females as servers but would expand the hiring of male employees in other areas, such as behind the bar or in the kitchen.”
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Men

Commented Jun 7, 2011 at 10:51:43 in Divorce

“To parot your opening:

"Can anyone tell me why so many famous and powerful WOMEN decide not only to take pictures of their private parts but to text, tweet and email them to people? How many WOMEN have to be caught before WOMEN actually learn from the girls who have gone before? "

It cuts both ways.”

mollymac on Jun 7, 2011 at 11:39:24

“Women, while exhibitionistic as well, are not as inclined as public figures to let it all hang out. Men like to exhibit their little friend to others more than women.”

Bellanova on Jun 7, 2011 at 11:22:08

“Any names of those powerful women who do this?”
USC Stripped Of 2004 BCS National Championship

USC Stripped Of 2004 BCS National Championship

Commented Jun 7, 2011 at 09:12:40 in Sports

“I agree with removal of the championship. Sanctioning players that violated rules. But I don't agree with removing educational scholarships for players that did not violate anything.”
Staffers Spent $150,000 On Trip Without Members

Staffers Spent $150,000 On Trip Without Members

Commented Jun 7, 2011 at 07:04:33 in Politics

“Anytime I read a story like this, I'm going to put it in perspective:
That's 3 qualified teachers that could have been employed for a year. An entire year.”

humpfree on Jun 7, 2011 at 08:23:43

“More like 2 teachers. You'd need to tack on at least another $75k to account for health and pension with 3.”

happypatb on Jun 7, 2011 at 07:05:45

“Well, if you put it that way, maybe the trip was worth it.”
Rick Scott Defends Mandatory Drug Tests For Welfare Recipients

Rick Scott Defends Mandatory Drug Tests For Welfare Recipients

Commented Jun 6, 2011 at 13:31:51 in Politics

“I'm not worried about taxes. Honestly, that's a separate issue.

I support drug testing for welfare recipients not to "save money" for the government, but to increase drug awareness and motivation to locate gainful employment. A "user" that pops positive for illegal substances on welfare will do the same when they actually apply for a job. Then they get rejected, and back on welfare. It's an endless loop for those you deem as less fortunate. Like I said... I support government programs to support those people that want to support themselves. Addiction is a hell of a drug, as they say. Let them go into rehab/outreach programs and seek help.

As for the Constitutionality of it: being on welfare isn't governmentally mandated. You sign up for it... you volunteer for it. Submit to the rules for it. Where I live, you have to apply to 3 jobs a week. Oh, don't like that? Guess what? No benefits. It's not a "no strings attached" program.

What I said was truth: there ARE many people out there that simply don't want to work. But there are also many people who do that require government assistance.”

ExiledMan on Jun 6, 2011 at 15:21:07

“Your inference Tony is that all people, or at least the majority of people on welfare are all addicts strung out on heroin etc by way of the welfare check, which is not true.

Of course there are people manipulating the system on handouts, but why do people like you give a free pass on high brow C.E.O's and top politicians who abuse the system on a daily basis which makes welfare fraud pale into insignificence?

And why no bleating about large institutions like the banks, insurance and mortgage companies who fleece billions of dollars from the Country yet not a word?

Is it because it's the bully tactic where it's easier to pick on the weak?”
Rick Perry Urges Other Governors To Join Him At Prayer Event For 'Nation In Crisis'

Rick Perry Urges Other Governors To Join Him At Prayer Event For 'Nation In Crisis'

Commented Jun 6, 2011 at 10:38:18 in Politics

“Isn't the GOP "blaming" Obama for that "hope" that he promised and didn't deliver on? And now we are suddenly to "hope" that some almighty answers prayers? Just like the "rain day" prayers, these will go unanswered.

Whether it be Obama, or whomever, ACTION is needed to reverse the course of America. Not prayer, not promises, but ACTION. Decisive and determined action. Not more wars that don't involve America. Not more "peacekeeping" operations in countries we have tenuous ties to at best.”
Rick Scott Defends Mandatory Drug Tests For Welfare Recipients

Rick Scott Defends Mandatory Drug Tests For Welfare Recipients

Commented Jun 6, 2011 at 09:57:03 in Politics

“It doesn't matter really... if you are weathly enough to afford to not be working, then you can make your own life choices. This article isn't about tax breaks for the wealthy or what they do with their lives. It's about what people on welfare do with theirs, and how they utilize public funds.

I get randomly drug screened at work. If I pop positive, they can fire me. No rebuttal, no reason. GONE! Why should people relying on the government's dole be any different? I support this entirely, along with mandating application submissions to verifiable employers, "make-work" programs, employment outreach programs, and workforce commissions.

But let's face it: the reality is, there are many people out there that simply don't want to work. They won't scrub toilets... they won't be a cashier, they won't take jobs "beneath" them. Utter garbage if you are unemployed, I say. Even worse are people that refuse ANY work because they can live off others. I read a blog about a secretary that was out of work living in her car: she used to make $60,000/yr, and blogged via laptop about how she couldn't find work and was now homeless. The ironic part? She was living in a Walmart parking lot and the Walmart WAS HIRING! Some poor sap of an executive took pity on her and hired her out at $45k/yr.”

gwhizz on Jun 6, 2011 at 16:04:47

“Well obviously she DID want to work after all.”

ExiledMan on Jun 6, 2011 at 10:36:43

“I think you missed the point. Receiving a tax break is funded by OUR money just as welfare is so why the distinction?

In today's world of easy access to all kinds of substance abuse, I would want people randomly drug tested in their chosen vocations.
I think your bias is showing a little against the side of the oppressed. Of course there will always be some among us who want to ride on others coat tails, the rich have been doing it since civilisation began afterall.

I believe if you look at statistics (not Fox News) you will find that the rich take far more out of the tax payers pot than the one's at the other end of table.

I don't condone anyone fiddling the system but in more cases than most, the one's at the bottom of the pile are in such dire straits that they don't know where their next meal is coming from let alone looking to score some drugs at the corner of the street.

I find it amazing that people are so eager to jump on the less fortunate in our society instead of railing big business for off shore tax exemption and many other tricks to avoid paying taxes. My wife paid more in taxes pro rata than Bank Of America last year. Many pay NOTHING in taxes and don't say they are creating jobs, they are outsourcing jobs to Asia instead of paying the average hard working American what their worth.”

theRealAmerica on Jun 6, 2011 at 10:30:33

“It amazes me how people latch on to one or 2 stories and decide that most/many people's situation is the same to fit their own narrow minded view.”
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Supreme Court Misses the Mark on Legal Arizona Workers Act

Commented Jun 5, 2011 at 14:22:42 in Politics

“"As an attorney...It signals that states can continue to experiment with anti-illegal immigration initiatives."

...as an attourney, you should be well aware that states have the RIGHT to do such. According to FEDERAL law, each state has the RIGHT to sanction it's businesses. Guess what? This is exactly what this law does - it sanctions businesses based on hiring practices.

I disagree wholeheartedly with you, Mr. Reyes. The Supreme Court hit the mark exactly by agreeing with the law.”
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Training Teachers Online? MAT@USC Program Gives It A Shot

Commented Jun 5, 2011 at 14:12:06 in College

“This is all great... but can the teachers find/keep their jobs in teaching after completion of this program?”

Hailey Foster on Jun 7, 2011 at 20:07:05

“Yes. I just graduated from this exact program in May (although I finished all of my course work and requirements at the end of February), began applying for jobs in mid-March (after my credential was approved by California) and had secured employment by mid-April. I started teaching at a high-performing urban charter school at the end of April. I felt very well-prepared by the program and believe that my classmates we're just as, if not more, motivated than the classmates I had as an undergrad at the Claremont colleges (look them up). I feel that the MAT@USC program is just the sort of creative solution we need to improve and grow our teaching force, particularly in rural areas in which there are no teacher oreparatiion programs available.”
Agriculture Industry Fears Disaster If Illegal Immigration Enforcement Program E-Verify Is Implemented

Agriculture Industry Fears Disaster If Illegal Immigration Enforcement Program E-Verify Is Implemented

Commented Jun 5, 2011 at 10:13:42 in Politics

“Eat less food. Eat foods that aren't simply empty calories. You'll lower your grocery bill greatly by eating fresh produce and proteins. When I made the "switch" from processed and frozen foods to fresh produce, my bill skyrocketed. But then I realized that I threw out a lot of the produce, and started buying what I needed to eat. Grocery bills lowered, and after I compared, were much cheaper. Healthier too!”
Some Illinois Public School Teachers Earning Six-Figure Salaries, But Not Many

Some Illinois Public School Teachers Earning Six-Figure Salaries, But Not Many

Commented May 31, 2011 at 13:03:55 in Chicago

“Oh ya, there's this, too:
"Brown said the higher average salary also may be driven by the fact that three-quarters of Dolton 149 teachers have master’s degrees. Several have double-masters, she said. As is typical, the added expertise brings added pay. In District 149, top scale of $103,256 kicks in after 16 years of teaching and 18 credit hours beyond a masters."

So Mr. OP - you graduated ITT or have whatever liberal arts degree from wherever university, and now have a 34k/yr job. Congrats. That's life. Change yours, don't bemoan others' successes. Especially not teachers.”
Some Illinois Public School Teachers Earning Six-Figure Salaries, But Not Many

Some Illinois Public School Teachers Earning Six-Figure Salaries, But Not Many

Commented May 31, 2011 at 12:54:30 in Chicago

“Actually, I find your reply here repulsive. Teachers DO deserve to make 6-figure salaries, especially those with proven track records and a lengthy tenure of service. Okay, your job sucks and pays for peanuts, but don't begrudge teachers their dues.

If you BOTHERED to read the article, you'd learn "Cohen said, in a consistently high-scoring, affluent district with average ACT scores of 25.7 and highly credentialed teachers, “you get what you pay for.”

The reality is, however, much different than what teacher deserve. Administrators often make more than the teachers, yet have few responsibilities. That's the reality. Teachers are vastly underpaid. I don't see the difference between a highly qualified and highly performing manager at a Home Depot making 100k and a highly qualified and highly performing teacher making that. The problem is, school districts and government budgets simply don't allow that freedom. So we're stuck with lower qualified teachers and lower standards of education.

Here's another snipped you probably didn't read:
"As expected, most of the top-paying districts are affluent, serving few low-income kids. But Dolton District 149, with 90 percent low-income students, was the exception.

Hardscrabble Dolton 149 offers the eighth-highest average pay for elementary teachers in the state — at $80,097. Its percent of elementary teachers in the $100,000-plus club is sixth-highest statewide, at 25 percent."

Maybe you're the one that needs to go back to school, eh?”

KDMac on May 31, 2011 at 15:58:17

“You can't equate highly-paid teachers and good test scores in an affluent district that more than likely has a high percentage of parent involvement.

If highly paid teachers had great test scores in a poor district, then you may have a point.”

Tony Rubino on May 31, 2011 at 13:03:55

“Oh ya, there's this, too:
"Brown said the higher average salary also may be driven by the fact that three-quarters of Dolton 149 teachers have master’s degrees. Several have double-masters, she said. As is typical, the added expertise brings added pay. In District 149, top scale of $103,256 kicks in after 16 years of teaching and 18 credit hours beyond a masters."

So Mr. OP - you graduated ITT or have whatever liberal arts degree from wherever university, and now have a 34k/yr job. Congrats. That's life. Change yours, don't bemoan others' successes. Especially not teachers.”
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Naomi Campbell: Cadbury Ad 'Insulting & Hurtful'

Commented May 31, 2011 at 09:28:05 in Style

“Racism aside... is the comparison to DIVA as the ad claims even apt for Campbell?”

Arrant on May 31, 2011 at 10:29:42

“She went to jail for throwing her cell phone at her maid.”

KDMac on May 31, 2011 at 10:22:47

“I don't know, are divas known to assault people when they don't get their own way?”

TheBestPatriot on May 31, 2011 at 10:18:50

“My mom's lighter colored friends used to call me a chocolate chip cookie. True I was a cute little girl with long hair, but it was insensitive.”

intellifran on May 31, 2011 at 10:06:36

“Yes.”
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