“As you all know, I'm an athiest (I'll just put that up front). I actually bothered to read the full article and look at the study (rather than just reading the title). The actual results seem to suggest that atheists are simply more emotionally driven, as when videos not using emotional appeals were presented, the religious actually gave more. It suggests that religious people give because their doctrine tells them to, and secular people give if you play on their emotions.
There are many ways to interpret these results in ways that make either group appear better or worse than the other. This article was written to reinforce the narrative of superiority that many atheists believe of themselves. Think critically, and don't buy into this tribalistic propaganda.”
“Reading through these comments, I wonder if many Democrats here even know WHY he was filibustering. Seems they read the headline, thought, "Oh those obstructionist Republicans!" and went on an uninformed rant. Do you know that this was about fighting against the government's ability to use drones to kill US citizens on US soil without a warrant? Seriously, watch the first 5 minutes of the filibuster. Inform yourself.”
“Yes, but what if I don't just want to switch doctors, I want to go to a different Hospital? What if I don't just want to switch teachers, I want to switch schools?
The argument here isn't that teachers or parents always know what's best or who does or doesn't have the best interest of the child at heart, it's whether parents should have a say in which school their child goes to. For a leader in the education system to try and turn this into a teachers vs parents issue shows how intellectually and morally bankrupt the teachers' union has become in trying to block school choice. Education is about the kids, not a jobs program.”
“I'm an atheist, but I can bet you that a lot of my fellow atheists here would be singing a different tune if somebody just posted a billboard listing the average IQ scores of various racial groups. Everybody is for freedom of speech up until they find it offensive. I've met too many other atheists to think that half of them really mean it when they say they stand by freedom of speech.”
“No specifics until 38 minutes in when he mentions defense, but no details... He's talking about eliminating waste. Didn't he say that was a ploy at the beginning of the speech? He says ObamaCare will save us money. Oh, and create a committee... Crap.”
CaptRuby on Apr 13, 2011 at 14:40:46
“I'll' start with oil companies:
"Oil Companies Reap Billions From Subsidies - NYTimes.com"
“So I can't see a movie I didn't produce? But if I spend money to do so, then I did help to produce it because it was produced on the hope that it would make money / pay for itself through sales. It's great when an Ayn Rand hater can't demonstrate that they don't understand the concept of trade within the introductory paragraph.”
muliolis on Apr 13, 2011 at 17:35:50
“I have heard NO valid criticism of Ayn Rand's ideas at all so far in this article or the comments on it.
Just shows how strong her ideas are that people have to twist them in order to pretend to refute them.”
“I can't speak to your uncle's motivations. I don't know him or what goes through his head and can only talk about my own motivations. I think you should click that link and watch the video (It's only 8 minutes long, but it shows the very thing that's happening right here. I did nothing but state that I am a member of the tea party and post a link (Which none of the responses have actually responded to) and how many horrible things have I been called?
I'm not saying that that proves I'm right or that the Tea Party is right (of course it doesn't prove that), but it does show that a lot of people have absolutely no interest in knowing what Tea Party supporters actually believe, and just want to assume that we are racist or ignorant. Are you so sure that we're the victims of propaganda and that it couldn't be the other way around?”
responsinator on Sep 23, 2010 at 15:29:35
“thank you. i understand the movement and i appreciate the forum. i hope that the topics will override what i feel was an innapropriate time for the movement to begin. good luck and thank you.”
“Te@b@ggers perfected the art of verbal beating during the health care debates. It was your way or the highway. You guys have the b@lls to complain about anything? Go call bush.”
responsinator on Sep 22, 2010 at 16:11:12
“i didnt click your link but would like to speak with someone who is part of the movement. my uncle goes to some rallies but i figure it best not to mix the pot. i'm conservative but i dont understand why you started rallying as soon as Obama took office. It literally took a week or two. why? what could he have done in that time? could you possibly be fueled by corporate moguls that play on our heart strings of what america should be instead of assisting it in the way that real americans do?”
roguescr1be on Sep 22, 2010 at 16:06:22
“The Tea Party movement is predicated on a massively ignorant viewpoint of what the actual Boston Tea Party was about.
At the end of the day you cowards were silent will G. Bush literally destroyed every function of government with his gross mis-managment and blatantly criminal actions. Now you want to eat your young because their epic fail help propel the first Black President in to office (who is the most gifted puplic servant to come along in decades).
The only thing worse than a crowd of ignorant racists is a crowd of coward, tuck tail clown racists with no convictions.
Step 1: Straw man argument against here views.
Step 2: Bad plot synopsis of Atlus Shrugged showing that I haven't actually read the book.
Step 3: Just sit back and wait for the praise from like-minded liberal readers.”
Aug 13, 2010 at 10:21:16
“Yep. Though I would still prefer gay marriage to be established by legislation rather than the courts, I guess we should take whatever we can get sooner.”
Jaidit on Aug 20, 2010 at 00:16:56
“I, too, wish the people would rise as one against all injustice. For reality, there are the courts.”
timx2 on Aug 16, 2010 at 09:40:23
“interracial marriage was a court order and not legislation. No one whos job depends on the "will of the people" are going to be brave enough to stand up and say whats right is right. Our only protection comes from the supreme court.”
Aug 11, 2010 at 21:21:56
“I'm in the odd situation of being for gay marriage but now supporting proposition 8, but only after it was thrown out by the judge. I know it doesn't seem to make sense, but it has to do with constitutional law. Don't know if we're allowed to link back to other sites in the comments, but this explains it well:
“oh scratch that....did you look at the update to that opinion? He or she has changed their mind and realized they were wrong and now states that they made a mistake...”
timx2 on Aug 13, 2010 at 09:39:24
“btw your link doesn't explain anything well, it is an opinion by someone and makes no rational sense. And I hope that persons gay friends kick them to the curb, because there is nothing bigger than personal freedom.”
timx2 on Aug 13, 2010 at 09:37:36
“what if we voted on interracial marriage? What if we voted on say red material? No one can wear red because 7 million people said they don't like it, they don't know why but they don't. They cant articulate an actual harm caused to them by you wearing red, but they know for certain it will cause them harm, even though all across the world people are wearing red and those who don't like it haven't had the corneas of their eyes burnt.
Now red is your favorite color. You look hot in red. You want to wear red. But the people voted. NO red.
It should have never been up to a vote, huh. Someone telling you that you can't wear red, just because they voted on it. Doesn't make any sense does it?
Same thing...if you look at or read judge walkers decision, the biggest part to take from that is that civil rights must never be up to a vote. Just because it was voted on doesn't make it right. He is not saying voting on say taxes or 'should we build a new stadium with tax payer money" is unconstitutional, he said their is no state interest in banning gay marriage. Mob does not rule.”
“That all depends on her relationship to the people who did it to her at the time. half the pranks that my friends and I pulled on each other during college could have gotten us into trouble if we hadn't all known it was in good fun.
If this happened and she knew who did it, then why were no charges filed? Oh yeah, probably because it was no big deal back then, but now that he's a politician there's money to be made on selling stories. Think.”
“I urinated on a snowman in public during college. I can only imagine how the story would be told if I ran for office, "Drunken politician exposes self publicly!" Seriously, if the stuff that goes on during pledging a frat is the best they have on Paul then they've got nothing.”
JackAbug on Aug 10, 2010 at 11:45:32
“Where did it say that the FEMALE student the two MEN kidnapped was pledging (for those unfamiliar with the "Greek" system at many American universities: trying to join, and thus expecting some sort of "hazing" from prospective "brothers" or "sisters") their fraternity?”
“Hold on, are seriously under the impression that social security taxes haven't been used for things other than social security? And you're using a Federal Reserve of San Fransisco study to justify your position? That's like taking the tobacco companies' word that smoking is safe.”
FoonTheElder on Jun 6, 2010 at 01:46:18
“They've social security taxes have been 'borrowed' for 25 years to make up the deficit caused by tax cuts without corresponding spending cuts. But any social security benefits paid out are solely from contributions by employees and employers to social security, not other taxes.”