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Americans Can't Even Stomach An Apology For Slavery, Much Less Reparations

Americans Can't Even Stomach An Apology For Slavery, Much Less Reparations

Commented Jun 3, 2014 at 13:28:06 in Politics

“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.”
Joe The Plumber: 'Your Dead Kids Don't Trump My Constitutional Rights' To Have Guns

Joe The Plumber: 'Your Dead Kids Don't Trump My Constitutional Rights' To Have Guns

Commented May 28, 2014 at 20:38:00 in Politics

“Michael--that's a heartbreaking and brave story. I'm certainly glad this woman was armed and defended herself. http://crimepreventionresearchcenter.org/2014/01/how-often-are-people-mistaken-as-home-invaders-and-accidentally-shot/

Everyone has an anecdote or four to back up a particular position, but I'd wager that the number of children playing with a gun ready to use against intruders is depressing.

That George Zimmerman had and used a gun and then wanted to torture the idea of 'stand your ground' to cover his butt doesn't trump your example, but it's the other side of the coin.”
Joe The Plumber: 'Your Dead Kids Don't Trump My Constitutional Rights' To Have Guns

Joe The Plumber: 'Your Dead Kids Don't Trump My Constitutional Rights' To Have Guns

Commented May 28, 2014 at 15:28:04 in Politics

“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.”
Veterans Groups Rip Into Sen. Richard Burr For Questioning Their Priorities

Veterans Groups Rip Into Sen. Richard Burr For Questioning Their Priorities

Commented May 26, 2014 at 10:03:43 in Politics

“The faux outrage from Burr & CO is embarrassingly transparent. While I have no first hand knowledge of the poor treatment veterans have faced over the years, I read.

How about that horrific reality at Walter Reed. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/17/AR2007021701172.html

How about the ongoing statistics regarding young soldier suicides? http://www.stripes.com/report-suicide-rate-spikes-among-young-veterans-1.261283 (our latest wars seem to be endless and our troops used and overused)

How about post Viet Nam? http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/vietnam/postwar.htm

And this is hardly new: http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/bonusarmy.htm
Meet The Only Republican Senate Candidate Who Touts His Belief In Global Warming

Meet The Only Republican Senate Candidate Who Touts His Belief In Global Warming

Commented May 23, 2014 at 21:37:01 in Politics

“A glimmer of light from NH GOP? A candidate who is smart enough to look at the science AND run against lightweight Scott Brown. One can hope.”
5 Underrated Beach Towns In America, According To TripAdvisor Users

5 Underrated Beach Towns In America, According To TripAdvisor Users

Commented May 20, 2014 at 15:44:35 in Travel

“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.”
5 Underrated Beach Towns In America, According To TripAdvisor Users

5 Underrated Beach Towns In America, According To TripAdvisor Users

Commented May 20, 2014 at 15:39:39 in Travel

“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.”
Colorado's 'Right To Try' Law Will Give Some Patients Access To Experimental Drugs

Colorado's 'Right To Try' Law Will Give Some Patients Access To Experimental Drugs

Commented May 19, 2014 at 13:17:50 in Politics

“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.”
Newt Gingrich Complains Straight People Are Being Repressed

Newt Gingrich Complains Straight People Are Being Repressed

Commented May 15, 2014 at 16:29:49 in Media

“You make a good point. I guess the issue is more that people in the public eye are being held more responsible for their 'opinions' especially since they decided to tweet them out.”
Judge Strikes Down All Arkansas Laws Banning Gay Marriage

Judge Strikes Down All Arkansas Laws Banning Gay Marriage

Commented May 15, 2014 at 15:50:48 in Politics

“Perfect. Thanks for the smile.”
Judge Strikes Down All Arkansas Laws Banning Gay Marriage

Judge Strikes Down All Arkansas Laws Banning Gay Marriage

Commented May 15, 2014 at 15:49:44 in Politics

“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!”
Judge Strikes Down All Arkansas Laws Banning Gay Marriage

Judge Strikes Down All Arkansas Laws Banning Gay Marriage

Commented May 15, 2014 at 15:47:48 in Politics

“Two long term friends of ours were able to get married in AR last Monday, after many years of sharing a house and business.

It seems so right, even though it was hard to imagine the wonderful attitude changes in many folks after that restrictive ban in the Constitution in 2004.”
Introducing Louie Gohmert's Head-Turning Theory On Gay Marriage, Nazis And Jews

Introducing Louie Gohmert's Head-Turning Theory On Gay Marriage, Nazis And Jews

Commented May 10, 2014 at 21:17:09 in Politics

“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.”
Dad Arrested After Protesting Book Being Read At Daughter's High School

Dad Arrested After Protesting Book Being Read At Daughter's High School

Commented May 8, 2014 at 15:01:02 in Parents

“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.”
Emma Stone On Body Image: 'We're Always Too Skinny Or Too Fat'

Emma Stone On Body Image: 'We're Always Too Skinny Or Too Fat'

Commented May 4, 2014 at 10:25:30 in Celebrity

“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.'”
Amal Alamuddin: Who Is George Clooney's Fiancee?

Amal Alamuddin: Who Is George Clooney's Fiancee?

Commented May 4, 2014 at 10:18:04 in Celebrity

“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!”
GOP Lawmakers Say Yes To $310 Billion For Business, But $12 Million For At-Risk Kids? Nope

GOP Lawmakers Say Yes To $310 Billion For Business, But $12 Million For At-Risk Kids? Nope

Commented Apr 29, 2014 at 19:24:28 in Politics

“????? 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.”
Conservatives Fume Over Rand Paul's Abortion Comments

Conservatives Fume Over Rand Paul's Abortion Comments

Commented Apr 26, 2014 at 10:35:16 in Politics

“The biggest problem with conservatives is their wedding/welding of social principles with legal principles.

With freedom comes the freedom to disagree and not be held hostage by someone else's religious convictions and metaphysical concerns.”
Wayne LaPierre Warns Fellow Gun Rights Supporters Of 'Knockout Gamers,' 'Haters'

Wayne LaPierre Warns Fellow Gun Rights Supporters Of 'Knockout Gamers,' 'Haters'

Commented Apr 25, 2014 at 18:20:54 in Politics

“It must be exhausting to live in the country he thinks he lives in.”
13 Things Running Through Our Heads Now That Colbert Is Replacing Letterman

13 Things Running Through Our Heads Now That Colbert Is Replacing Letterman

Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 21:09:54 in Comedy

“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.”
Watch Jimmy Fallon, Anne Hathaway Give Rap Songs A Broadway Makeover

Watch Jimmy Fallon, Anne Hathaway Give Rap Songs A Broadway Makeover

Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 12:36:19 in Comedy

“New life on late night. I'm always eager to see what Fallon is going to do with music and performers. He's got some great bits on 'The You Tube'.

As for the music itself, if you are not a rap fan, check out Post Modern Jukebox. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7A4D9C100657150E Best covers I've ever heard....except perhaps Cohen's Hallelujah. But only perhaps.”
Derrick Gordon Comes Out As Gay

Derrick Gordon Comes Out As Gay

Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 12:27:38 in Gay Voices

“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.”
Living Chupacabra Captured By Texas Couple?

Living Chupacabra Captured By Texas Couple?

Commented Apr 5, 2014 at 12:23:46 in Weird News

“How can it not be
1. illegal to privately contain a wild animal
2. necessary to turn over to an agency or university for study?”
Obama Defends Iraq Invasion: At Least America 'Sought' To Get UN Backing

Obama Defends Iraq Invasion: At Least America 'Sought' To Get UN Backing

Commented Mar 27, 2014 at 07:11:34 in Politics

“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.”
Nick Cannon Wears Whiteface, Sparks Internet Debate

Nick Cannon Wears Whiteface, Sparks Internet Debate

Commented Mar 26, 2014 at 14:21:09 in Celebrity

“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?”
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