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Desmond Hatchett: Man With 30 Kids Requests Child-Support Break

Desmond Hatchett: Man With 30 Kids Requests Child-Support Break

Commented May 29, 2012 at 11:55:32 in Divorce

“He didn't do this by himself. He had an accomplice with every child. And, even knowing the kind of criticism and condemnation he was opening himself up for, he went to court to get help for his children, not for himself. Half his small paycheck is already going to them. Clearly he's promiscuous, but let him/her who is without sin cast the first stone. He needs education and needs to spend less time reading of old kings who acted similarly with impunity. He clearly needs counseling, but the women should also stand up (and stop lying down!). And those of you who have only vituperation and lewdness (slam it in a door? really?) he's just given you a few moments of entertainment. The man seems to care for his children. Many do not. Give him a break. And a vasectomy.”

janet41652 on Jul 7, 2012 at 10:41:23

“If he cared so much for his children he would stop breeding kids he can't afford. He know he can give them nothing, so if he cared so much for them he would stop.”

timskee on Jun 24, 2012 at 23:48:24

“Woody, read the story again. He went to court to get a reducton in the amount of child support he must pay.”

SP33 on Jun 8, 2012 at 11:40:09

“Please do not make excuses for this bum.”

SP33 on Jun 5, 2012 at 12:33:54

“The man ahem is a reproductive abuser. Look up the term. He need to get into a better job training program, a vasectomy and sex counselling before and if he gets any type child support brake. Some for these women too! Get off that welfare.”

Mark Schmidt on May 31, 2012 at 15:16:30

“...and a better paying job!”
Nine Polar Bears Make Risky, Open-Ocean Swims In One Day

Nine Polar Bears Make Risky, Open-Ocean Swims In One Day

Commented Aug 23, 2008 at 10:44:57 in Green

“Everything we have - everything we need - comes from the earth. We must stop fighting each other and do what we can to save the earth - for our children, our grandchildren, and theirs.”

AmandaBC on Aug 23, 2008 at 11:28:16

“Conservatives only think about themselves and their money...”
Nine Polar Bears Make Risky, Open-Ocean Swims In One Day

Nine Polar Bears Make Risky, Open-Ocean Swims In One Day

Commented Aug 23, 2008 at 10:41:13 in Green

“I want to ask those who don't "believe in" global warming to consider whose belief or lack has the most potential for harm. Jared Diamond's books and essays, particularly his work on the history of Easter Island deal with the question of how humans can be so blinded by mistrust, fear, and greed that they can decimate the environment on which they depend. He wonders what the men who cut down the final giant palm were thinking. The argument of whether climate change exists or not belongs to supporters of the flat earth society, but the question of whether it's natural and cyclical or whether it's brought on or accelerated by humans is rather like the question of what caused the Titanic to sink. First, we need to stop the damage. We can figure out blame (if we must) later. We all have common hopes, dreams, and goals. A knee-jerk negative reaction to each other that prevents communication is what will finally kill us - polar bears, inhabitants of low lying islands, and all.”
All of McCain's Base Belongs to Us: Why It Won't Even Be Close

All of McCain's Base Belongs to Us: Why It Won't Even Be Close

Commented Jul 5, 2008 at 13:57:34 in Politics

“Last night as we were walking to our local fireworks display, my sister and I passed two groups of four or five folks talking - in both instances they were jovially dismissing Obama's chances - On the way back to the car, we were overtaken by a group of teen-age girls singing the National Anthem and then "I'm proud to be an American." Beautiful voices - but chilling, recognizing their ties to the earlier groups. The woman who runs our senior center regularly sounds off about how important it is to keep a republican in office in order not to have our country taken over by people who don't respect God, the troops, or marriage, in that order. I live in a small town in Idaho, but I don't think we should be toasting our winner yet. In fact, I believe the worst thing we could do now is relax while the turtle overtakes us. Very few people in this entire region, if I can believe anything I overhear on the streets, believe that the problems of the nation are brought on by the current administration. If anything, they believe the problems are caused by "tree-huggers" and anti-American forces headed up by democrats and gays. Logic, intelligence, research, evidence, facts are all ignored. We can't rest. We can't relax. And we can't underestimate the gullibility of the American people.”

BryantG on Jul 7, 2008 at 15:52:30

“I believe your insights and concerns are all valid. There is a big difference between the democratic primary electorate and the general electorate. At this point I am hopeful, but I am also very doubtful.”

lanrameau on Jul 6, 2008 at 02:24:17

“Luckily Idaho doesn't matter very much. I know--I'm a couple hours SE of you.”
Obama Speaks To Campaign Staff After Winning Nomination (VIDEO)

Obama Speaks To Campaign Staff After Winning Nomination (VIDEO)

Commented Jun 10, 2008 at 14:22:06 in Politics

“Fired up in Heyburn, Idaho!”
My Reaction to the California Marriage Ruling -- As the Plaintiff

My Reaction to the California Marriage Ruling -- As the Plaintiff

Commented May 27, 2008 at 17:39:02 in Healthy Living

“Well, then, why should ANYONE "marry"? The logic that a civil union is "just as good," and the only reason for marriage is "legal protection," falls apart as soon as it's stated.

Your argument reminds me of two things I heard growing up: One, "Why do those colored folk want to be where they're not wanted?" and the "separate but equal" b.s. that refused people of color the right to be educated with whites, insisting that it was the same. However, my adult education students taking college courses in the airforce told me that until the late 1960's or 70's, in several southern states the only requirement for being able to teach at a high school level was to have served in the military so children of color were often "taught" by teachers who were functionally illiterate. But why should they care? After all, they were "taught," weren't they? Wasn't it the "same"?”
My Reaction to the California Marriage Ruling -- As the Plaintiff

My Reaction to the California Marriage Ruling -- As the Plaintiff

Commented May 27, 2008 at 17:20:32 in Healthy Living

“I know you'd like just to declare a victory and withdraw, but you've confused me. Are you saying that only people who can have children together should be able to marry? So if I'm infertile, it should be illegal for me to marry someone I love? Or if I choose not to have children?”
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If Obama is JFK, Who Does That Make Hillary?

Commented Jan 30, 2008 at 09:00:17 in Home

“Last night I finished Doris Kearns Godwin's "Team of Rivals: Lincoln's "political genius." It's not just that Lincoln chose all those who competed with him for the presidency to be in his amazingly mixed cabinet, but he continued to placate them when they were fussy - to bring them around to see each other's views - to examine their opinions for truth, and it was not just in his cabinet; it was everyone he had contact with. When he had a rare temper flare-up, he almost immediately apologized. When someone criticized him, he would invite them to tell him personally what was behind the criticism and he would welcome opposing views. I've also read much that Obama has written, and while it's true that he is not Lincoln (and who could be?), he appears to be humane and his story suggests that he seeks and is open to guidance from mentors who share his view of the world, which is based on principles that support the value of the individual, regardless of race, age, income, or sexual identity. Oh, and one last thing - Lincoln's and Douglas's debates, and later, Lincoln's speeches were printed and distributed widely and - according to Godwin - did have a huge effect on the nomination.”

Marrob on Jan 30, 2008 at 12:39:19

“hes going to lose this election.”

bauersox on Jan 30, 2008 at 12:27:43

“Unlike Lincoln, Obama doesn't write his own speeches, according to the New York Times. See: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/20/fashion/20speechwriter.html?scp=1&sq=favreau&st=nyt

Obama is a good reader of *other* people's speeches. It may be that the reason he doesn't do well in the debates is either that he lacks extemporaneous speaking skills, or else is not as familiar with the material as he ought to be.

That's what happens when you position youself as a non-COO, who delegates everything to other people.”
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We Deserve What We Get

Commented Jan 14, 2008 at 17:55:27 in Politics

“Exactly. I will vote for Kucinich if he's on the ballot. I will write him in if he isn't. Not one of the other candidates has his qualifications. During these debates and primaries as Kucinich has been crapped on by his own party, I've felt much the same as I did when I saw my vote cancelled out in 2004 by the Supremes -”
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Gap Kids: New Frontiers in Child Abuse

Commented Nov 1, 2007 at 11:16:04 in Business

“It's been my belief for some time that the source of all evil is abuse of power, whether it's leaders who lie to their followers, parents who abuse and/or exploit their children, bosses who abuse and/or exploit their workers, or husbands and wives who abuse and/or exploit their spouses. Though it seems to be the nature of the human animal to take advantage where possible, we've seen that the exceptions frequently exist. But it's evident that only clear and visible examples of humane behavior will bring about a growth in the number of those who will work for change. Set that example and point to others who are setting the example. When my friends and I despair of "making a difference," we remind each other of the old story of a man throwing starfish who had been washed onto the sand where they would surely die back into the sea as he walked along the beach. A passer-by said, "Look at the thousands of starfish sure to die here. You can't possible make a difference by throwing these back." As he threw another starfish back into the sea, the man said, "It made a difference to that one. And that one."”
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Hollywood Goes to War

Commented Oct 31, 2007 at 09:19:56 in Entertainment

“Oh, Roopez123, the dumbing down of TV didn't begin with reality TV. It began with TV. It began with with "social promotions" in our public schools which were never designed to educate, but to passify the uppity children of the poor and middle class so they could be prevailed upon to obey their managers in factories. Dumbing down is the natural devolution of the species after industrialization. The surprise isn't that there's so much BAD on TV. The surprise is that there's any GOOD. But just as your garden will have weedier tomato plants when they're crushed and shaded with weeds, there will be less high quality writing as the general trend is "to sell." But once in a while, there will probably be a volunteer over there in a patch of sunshine. I can't vouch for it, though. I haven't had TV for a while. It was like paying for wool and getting polyester. Peace -”
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Hollywood Goes to War

Commented Oct 31, 2007 at 09:05:40 in Entertainment

“Sorry, BadChristian. Yours was just the first comment I read this morning and I think I was looking for something else. I was just swinging my arm and . . . you were there. Now I've read a few more, and they're ALL cranky! I'm going back to bed.”

BadChristian on Oct 31, 2007 at 09:46:48

“No reason to apologize, sunshine :)

You sweet, considerate fellow. I have had my one doughnut, and it sounds like you need more sleep.”
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Hollywood Goes to War

Commented Oct 31, 2007 at 09:02:02 in Entertainment

“Good Morning, BadChristian. I remember people like you from college. You sit in the back dozing until you hear something you can be sarcastic about. Your purpose? To get some attention. To get a laugh from the other dozing sarcastics. By mid-semester only the toughest thick skinned or oblivious have any more to say. Oh, and yours truly. I'll have something to say.

Have two doughnuts. Might sweeten you up, you mean-spirited truculent crank. Have three.”

WoodyW on Oct 31, 2007 at 09:05:40

“Sorry, BadChristian. Yours was just the first comment I read this morning and I think I was looking for something else. I was just swinging my arm and . . . you were there. Now I've read a few more, and they're ALL cranky! I'm going back to bed.”
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Denying the Truth: Petraeus, Iraq, and Our Pontius Pilate Press

Commented Sep 12, 2007 at 00:37:53 in Politics

“If we hope to live peacefully, we need to communicate in a way where each allows the "other" to say, "This I believe and why I believe it," and look for commonalities, rather than calling names and assigning stupidity and dishonesty to those we disagree with. Until we can, how can we get along with anyone? We can ask each other, "Who would Jesus bomb?", but until we agree that we want the same basics for ourselves, our children, and those we love, we won't achieve anything but resentment, fear and violence. We feed the fire burning our nation with our disagreements, and waste energy we COULD be using to improve lives of the young and the old, the weak and the ill, neighbors and strangers who have been set upon by robbers. We could be trying to save our nation and the world from the gluttons who think only of the moment's profit. We could find ways to respect each other, not tear each other down. I am afraid for the future of my 3 children, my 13 grandchildren and my 4 greatgrandchildren because of the inability of even intelligent beings to respect opinions. I'm not suggesting we not argue - just that we stop calling each other names threatening violence. I'm not suggesting we stop questioning sources - just that we cite our own more dispassionately - I'm not suggesting we respect what we know are lies. Just that we need to understand why people need to believe them. If we don't begin from shared values and goals, the WAR - a war of ideas about ownership which should be faced with words, not waged with bombs and bodies of innocent soldiers and civilians - will be fought here, between neighbors and friends. The lines are being drawn by those who profit from our dissonance and we are lining up against each other on sides determined by those profiteers who are served by our distraction from their thievery. STOP IT! Please.”
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Candor in the Age of Spin

Commented Aug 11, 2007 at 01:49:50 in Politics

“I love this explanation! It's all so clear now! Thanks!”
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Candor in the Age of Spin

Commented Aug 11, 2007 at 00:58:39 in Politics

“I wonder who the Dems will nominate. A myspace poll the other day showed Gore getting 61% of the vote if he ran. If he didn't run, it was divided 29 and 32 between Obama and Clinton. I'm thinking of throwing my tiny but vocal support behind Kucinich, if Gore doesn't enter the race at the last minute. Obama frightens me. He seems to have turned too much of himself over to his handlers. I agree with those who feel there is only one party - the power / money party, and it has two wings. I like what Kucinich says about an offensive war never being an option - Call me naive, I've never understood the logic of killing each other's people until someone caves. Diplomacy has to have every chance. And if war happens, we need it not to make people rich. When people are enriched by war, they gain power to further the war which makes them richer and gives them more power to make more war ad infinitum. When we approve of war (which we seem willing to do, as long as it's not on OUR ground) it's like approving of spousal beating - surely one of the arguers is RIGHT and one WRONG! Kill the wrong one. Applaud the right one. Oops! Turns out they just had different viewpoints, different values, and different beliefs. Too bad they're dead now. But here come their children to avenge their deaths. I'm too tired to do this. Good night, all - Peace!”

Marlyn on Aug 12, 2007 at 19:04:01

“Wes Clark for President, 2008.”
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Six Miners Trapped After Quake

Commented Aug 7, 2007 at 12:21:54 in Home

“In the meantime, the families of the missing men are hurting while all possible support for them - their neighbors and communities - you and I - are arguing about whose fault it is. In order to change what's wrong, it seems to me, it is the people, not the government (which used to BE "the people," but seems not to be today), who need to make changes. When the baby is crying because it's hungry or needs a diaper changed, some parents might argue about whose turn it is or whose job it is to feed or change the baby. A parent whose concern is the baby and not him or herself will just do it. Today America's citizens need to do what needs done and stop arguing about whose fault this mess is. No - I don't know how, but with all the time all of you seem to have to do all this research about who did what to whom and when and why, maybe you can use some of that time to find connecting points - things we DO agree on - and see if we can work together to find solutions before the baby starves to death or gets a horrible infection from those shitty diapers! We must, as Auden said in his September poem, "love one another or die." Fighting about whose fault it all is doesn't solve anything. Let's find a way to work together. love, Woody”
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May Peace Be with You, Kurt Vonnegut

Commented Apr 17, 2007 at 12:59:44 in Politics

“So now you have me weeping - For the families of the students shot down yesterday, for our country and our planet, for Molly Ivins - again - and for Kurt Vonnegut - a true hero, a true human being, and an inspiration his whole life to people who want to make a difference and want to know how.”
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The Democratic Divide

Commented Mar 9, 2007 at 13:04:04 in Politics

“For what it's worth - It seems to me that we could win by running Al Gore for Prez and Barack Obama as VP - It's not that I don't think that America is ready for a woman or an African American for Prez - though the stakes are pretty big to risk on a change of heart in the heartland that has little evidence to support it - But Gore has his "Inconvenient Truth" and Obama has the charisma of the century. Now, why haven't we seen this move? It seems to me that anything else is backbiting in-fighting power grabbing opportunism, and haven't we really had enough of that?”