“Given that there are living victims of the segregated south, victims of housing discrimination, victims of bias directly related to color (hatred or suspicion) I think reparations could be made to three generations of citizens directly affected. Poor black southern farmers have been trying for decades to have the government right some of its many wrongs.
A check is not the answer, however. Health care, tuition grants, well thought out affordable housing, would be a good start. However, given a Supreme Court that ruled we really don't 'have much evidence of racism' regarding voting rights anymore, fools rule. It's galling.”
“Remember when gun sales went sky high after Obama was elected because, well, he's black so that means........? He's a Democrat, so that means.......? He's coming after our guns because he's a left wing community activist liberal non-hunter, so get your guns right here, hot fresh guns. Easy to buy, easy to hold, easy to argue with.
All the folks yammering about our mental health system might remember that it was under Ronald Reagan's watch that decimated access to the needy. But raise taxes to make therapy more affordable? Well, no.
Joe the Plumber has as much right to be thoughtless and insensitive as I do, since we both favor the First Amendment, but I'm so sorry that he thinks the Second Amendment is as important. It's important for hunters, some jobs, and the illusion of self protection; it's not up for elimination by any faction.”
michaelturn on May 28, 2014 at 19:11:50
“"the illusion of self protection"
Google the name Sarah McKinley from Oklahoma early 2013. Single mother, at home with her baby, when two men invaded her home. One of the men was a sexual predator. See what happened next.”
“We've vacationed in Kennebunkport since before Poppy Bush was president. There's never been a summer we haven't gone in the water. In fact, last summer was so hot, the ONLY place to bear it was in the water off Fortune's Rock.”
“I believe Crescent Beach (public) and the long long strand on Siesta Key is consistently on Best Beach Lists. It's truly gorgeous, and the funky downtown is reminiscent of Key West. It's packed in season, and hardly underrated.”
“I'm puzzled. Why do we all not have 'the right to try?' Waive the right to sue, and get the right to try. Given that we already pour poison and zap radiation into cancer patients, allowing access to drugs legal in Europe and Canada is the only legislation needed AND would not impact US pharma studies.
Again, wealthy people can go to Switzerland or the Netherlands or France for compassionate care. Apparently, compassion is not compatible with US protocol.”
murphy girl on May 21, 2014 at 21:09:15
“Three things have to happen for this to work. The pharmaceutical company would have to agree to allow the patient to have the drug. The patient and anyone involved would have to sign their life away that there won't be any lawsuits. And lots and lots of money.”
“The other thing that drove me crazy when I lived in AR was in the same 2004 election an anti-cruelty to animals law couldn't get passed. I think the NRA made it seem as though hunters and farmers would lose their way of life.”
petitepete on May 15, 2014 at 19:23:12
“That's exactly why it kept failing. I am an animal lover and can't stand to see anything killed or abused. It broke my heart every time it failed. But we finally did manage to get one through. It only covers dogs, cats and horses but, it's a start. And much better than it was before. Of course, the penalties are still way too lenient. Personally, I would leave Arkansas in a heartbeat but my sons and their families do not want me to, so I stay. This state is extremely racist and homophobic!”
“Poor Louie. I believe he went to school when 'social promotion' from grade to grade was the order of the day, and he never mastered the concepts of 'poor analogy' 'freedom' 'civil rights (not civil wrongs)' and what it means to be a real victim of intolerance.”
“Any time I taught a book for high schoolers (most of what I taught was on a 'Dirty Thirty' list somewhere at sometime) if a student or parent objected I would absolutely offer an alternative reading and a different test. While I disagreed with the parental stance (no Grapes of Wrath, no Anne Frank, no Of Mice and Men, no Bell Jar, no Things They Carried) it was certainly their right to complain and be offered some accommodation for their sensibilities. That way I could proceed with my syllabus and it could diffuse a situation.
In this case, the parent's behavior at the school committee meeting was intrusive, arrogant, and very bad modeling of proper public behavior. He reminded me of many a student who enjoyed disrupting a class, refusing to yield the floor, then--when the veep or school security officer had to be called--the student invariably stalled to see what would happen next. The officer tried to get the man to walk out on his own, but that wasn't satisfying enough, apparently.
BTW, I'm always amused at parents touting Shakespeare etc, considering the violence and manipulative behavior, including suicidal, that fills its pages. Picoult is no Shakespeare, but the topics are rich for discussion.”
ivsciman on May 9, 2014 at 11:08:38
“Shakespeare is full of sexual innuendo as well, although many students won't notice it if it isn't pointed out.”
“Talk about body shaming........I remember watching Fox one night (don't ask) and Bill O'Reilly was talking to a guest about how we should 'face it. She's never going to work again' after her appearance at the Oscars. 'Who's going to need a character who looks like that?' That's the kind of casual pronouncement that makes women crazy, under the guise of 'just saying.'”
“Marrying someone with similar convictions and intelligence is always a better move than following the physical buzz of 'next new thing.' Ultimately, you'll wind up with someone to talk with--about ideas, not fashion and spin.
Her striking looks are not typical eye candy but as usual, the press is posting bikini shots. Please. Could we not have 'side boob' stories emerging instead of listening to what these people have to say about various causes they care about.
Syriana or Goodnight and Good Luck as well as his humanitarian efforts put him in a different level than fodder for E!”
“????? let companies like General Electric and Apple shield billions in profits overseas.???
Why is this not considered an unAmerican exhibition of values and an undermining of what we allegedly stand for as a nation?
The GOP seems to be consistent in its denial of any position that does not ultimately benefit the wealthiest of the wealthy, while looking you right in the eye asserting we are The Best.......(fill in the blank)”
mpasmith on Apr 29, 2014 at 19:50:21
“Companies that want to do business in America who outsource or take profits overseas should be made exempt from all corporate tax breaks and unable to bid for any sort of US Government contract, make it cost more to take those profits overseas than to pay taxes on them.
In order to bid for a Us Govt contract, an office in the usa should be a requirement.
If the Government hurt corporate bottom lines, corporations will be forced to rethink where they make cuts.”
“Is there a female comedian we could call JImmy, just for the heck of it? Like the guy on Seinfeld who always talked about himself in the third person? "Jimmy thinks you're hot?"
A female sidekick is a good idea. Someone new, someone who should get the chance to be seen more, not the obvious wonderful women we already know.”
“Amherst MA and most of the Pioneer Valley 5 college area is an incredibly supportive place in the country for gays and lesbians. Since Gordon transferred from a college in Kentucky, I wonder if he realized ahead of time that he was headed in a welcoming direction.
No matter what, good for him, good for the team, and if it makes them rethink the casual teasing, good for everybody. Trash talk in general is unsportsmanlike and I await next season to see how it goes for him.”
Jeff1958 on Apr 9, 2014 at 12:56:06
“I completely agree. I've often said that my time at UMASS was the best 4 years of my life. A very nurturing and supportive community.”
“More evidence that one cannot defend one set of hypocrisies with another. I'm embarrassed for him, since he's not acting embarrassed enough about our ongoing bad behavior. Entering Iraq remains indefensible in all ways. Not leaving Afghanistan as soon as Bin Laden was assassinated (since our 'intelligence' indicated little or no threat from Al Quaida by that time) is another mistake.
To deny our oil/gas interests in those regions is the height of hypocrisy and we must accept that we have tumbled greatly from the moral high ground that got him elected. I voted for him twice. I can't say I was wrong to do that, but I am surely disappointed.”
“Everything offends someone and some group all the time. That's just life no matter what side anyone is on. I'm merely trying to give this particular issue some context and history. Looks as though Cannon has adopted a 'skater' persona....a subculture that is often mocked on all sides. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure? Wayne's World?”