“I hope in this country we have more conversations about depression and suicide. Aaron's name can of course live on in so many positive ways...he's another example of an excellent and loving person who was controlled by his depression. So much work needs to be done so that people with severe depression can have a sense that depression need not control them, and that the control over suicidal thoughts and actions can rest with them and their clinical support systems. Aaron just one more example of an excellent person who should be here with us on this difficult planet.”
“It's astonishing that as our country becomes more violent, and the next generation of disadvantaged becomes more desensitized to street violence, that our Congress insists on a steady, unrestricted flow of gun sales. Do we really believe, in such a violent, heartless society, that more guns will make us safer? Eventually, every family in America will be touched by gun violence in some way, while Japan and Australia's citizens will live in relative safety due to their strict gun laws. More guns, more violence, more unmentored violent teens, more pathology = more tragic stories like this one.”
LibInTheOldWay on Jun 24, 2013 at 13:52:42
“Lets get real here. The country, as a whole, is getting LESS violent, FBI crime stats confirm this. Only a small section, a minority if you will, of our society exhibts this level of violence, and this minority will never be fixxed until we throw away the shackles of political correctness and point the finger at the people who need pointing at.”
grkow on Jun 23, 2013 at 14:22:32
“Natural born criminals will always prove capable of killing, so please can the BeeS about gun sales.”
“Violence begets more only violence. The comments here about Pres. Obama, about Muslims, are just as violent and cruel as the motivations that inspired these sociopaths to kill. So long as people are being killed across the world, and so long as people believe that if their families are killed, that they then need to kill, innocents like this British soldier will die. We cannot respond with cruelty and hatred,unless wish wish to see more cruelty and hatred in the world. These killers deserve to be imprisoned for the rest of their lives....but I see some on this post commenting with hate who will be forever imprisoned by their own hate and ignorant intolerance.”
ranger197172 on May 22, 2013 at 19:10:19
“If we are to survive we need to respond with equal violence. There should be no rules in war. Only the civilized countries impose them.”
“I'm glad for this statement. But do we really need anyone to tell us that by doing good, by expressing goodwill toward all, and that by having an open and forgiving heart, that we are not all united by this? I'm not Catholic, but I have always felt that whether one be Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, Agnostic, Atheist, Zoroastrian, Wiccan...any act of genuine kindness and compassion toward others is a divine act.”
“This is the kind of cruel retribution that will just fuel more hatred toward this country. Maybe we can learn from this episode what creates these terror episodes, and how a well liked boy became involved in such a heinous act. I feel that it is better that we look upon this child with some compassion, and learn what causes young people to commit such terrible acts.
Drop him from a plane without a parachute? Hatred only begets more hatred, and will all suffer as a community of humans for it.”
missroz on Apr 21, 2013 at 16:59:27
“Well, geez, the kid just tried to kill a mass amount of people w/bombs....HE was seen placing the bag down on video camera. I would suggest giving Janet68 a little lee way here, considering OUR feelings are still raw!
Stay on your High Horse and show ALL the compassion you want, but right now, a lot of us are still in the ANGRY zone, seeing an 8 year old boy and two young women lose their life without any thought of COMPASSION from the two thugs watching from the sidelines. Seeing people bleeding, limbs blown off, others in shock, people running and screaming frantically looking for loved ones....where was the COMPASSION from these two? There was NONE! The youngest went back to campus, gym, met w/friends the following day!!!! So dropping him over his native country w/out a parachute is mild compared to what most are thinking!”
Patricia013 on Apr 21, 2013 at 16:21:54
“Doesn't matter if we do or we don't....we're hated all the same! Getting sick and tired of the one way hate. I say question him then drop him without a chute!”
“People that know Cutler,that really study his work habits and on the field conduct, see a real competitor and a tough guy. He has been surrounded with mediocrity in Chicago,save B Marshall and a few others, and seems to have to hold his nose playing with lumps that won't block or finish plays. That angers Cutler, and he shows it on the sidelines. When he is on, and throwing 100 MPH passes for TDs to win games, Chicago loves him. Coach Trestman won't tolerate laziness and mediocrity from an O-line, and I feel you'll see a new and better Cutler in 2013.”
“Congressional districts are already erratic and illogical political bodies and territories. To attach electoral college significance to these gerrymandered regions would be ridiculous. Assuming the GOP plan was in effect, imagine the periodic fighting that would occur over redistricting.
This would be like deciding the winner of a football game by the number of yards gained by the offense. Rather than the total points scored, the number of offensive yards would determine the winner. This sounds logical, except it would be unfair, and would not fairly determine the winner of the game.
The GOP should focus on being less nasty, stupid, and polemic, and learn how to win elections the fair way.”
“Not to be a downer on such an auspicious day, but my thought is: 'keep this President safe'
We have a history in this country of some of our best and brightest being brought down by the gun. Today, we have a minority of people who see this President almost as an antichrist. Maybe the same way that the Kennedys, Ghandi, King and others were seen.
As we debate minimalist gun control, guns sale ramp up, the paranoid believing that their precious firearms are going to be forcefully pried out of their nosepicking hands.
So, my mantra today is :keep this President safe. May he be well, happy and peaceful and live a long life.”
LA RAM on Jan 20, 2013 at 12:53:50
“No, that's a very good point. Folks like Obama who try to help the common people, these folks often are killed by other ignorant and violent folks. I pay for his safety as well. Thanks for your comment.”
“This is what is so amazing about the GOP. In 2008, they run an aging former moderate with his VP choice a semi-educated, certified loopy loop, and capture 45 plus percent of the vote. Then in 2012, they run an admitted half hearted campaign with a former moderate, who was taking his orders from Karl Rove. What a mess, and to think that the election was a "dead heat" in the last weeks before election day.
The neo-GOP can't run one of its own (DeMint, or Perry, or Santorum) because they're just to far out there; borderline nutty. So, they recruit someone like Romney who agrees that if elected, he will turn the decision making over to Rove, Cheney, Bolton, and the other assorted neo-con crazees that really run the GOP these days.
So, if elected, Romney basically would have been a puppet, a neo-GWB. In these precarious days, all of the US should be glad that we elected a leader, a thinker, and a man who puts 110 percent into the office. The 21st century's Lincoln, in my opinion.”
“DeMint is leaving so that he can mount his attack for the presidency in 2016. His actions speak volumes as to what the GOP's intentions are for 2016...to reposition the party, to restate its message, and to repackage it to grab the Hispanic vote in 2016. What DeMint won't say is that it's all just more Tea Party craziness.
I wish Barack a wonderful and masterful 4 years and wish that the Dems get aligned with Hillary, perhaps, and a Hispanic VP choice, and be ready to blow the GOP out of the water in 2016.”
This quarter's magazine (online and print) is excellent.
Buddhism in the west is more diverse than the article above would suggest. As others have noted, a big part of the practice is to meditate on "no-self" or "non-self," and recognize the absolute connection that we have with all around us, all ethnicities, cultures and orientations. So long as we practice this interconnection, it won't be long before our sanghas look as diverse as the world around us.”
“Sure let's make sure that in the leading industrialized country of the world, we have one of the worst health care systems. Let's make sure kids with preexisting conditions can't get health care. Let's make sure that millions in the US go uninsured.
Your assembly line, marginal pizzas will now cost 11 cents more? Maybe folks should weed out these kinds of things in their diets, and focus on issues that really should matter in this country, like bringing back manufacturing to the US, building a just health care system, and making people like Schatter pay more in taxes.
Yes, Schnatter's going to be hiring fewer workers, but it's because of his mediocre pizzas and the new reputation he now has as a jerk.”
“Christie wants to have a political future. Hitching his wagon to Karl Rove will get him a quick exit from New Jersey. Jersey is reliably a Democrat state on the national level, and having a partnership with Obama is the smartest move he could have made. Despite the tragedy of Sandy, it was an event that, in the immediate days before the election, sent a very strong message about leadership and cooperation. Two messages the electorate was looking for.”
“So many people weighing in on what happened in this case. Best if the US never sends its men and women to countries like Afghanistan, and have them fight wars where one needs to shoot at a car full of men, women and children. We have created so much negative karma for these men and women sent to Iraq and Afghansitan, who were put in positions where they killed and wounded families, all for the sake of unexplainable and wars.”
LaurieAnn on Oct 28, 2012 at 13:17:59
“As well as negative karma for all of us. All life is interrelated. When our government uses force, we all have a part in it. That's not the same thing as being to blame.”
“You know the racism is deeply imbedded when people like Sununu don't just think it, but actually say it out loud on TV. Can you imagine what he says behind closed doors?
And people like Sununu are the ones Romney holds closest to himself. These people would be part of a Romney cabinet.
If elected, the true Romney will show his 'colors' by his neo-con cabinet. A nice war in the Middle East involving Israel and Iran will commence, and we will be knee deep in it...firing missiles at Russian tanks.”
“Much attention needs to be placed on Ohio's GOP Secretary of State and the potentially corrupted voting machines in Ohio...it won't matter that Obama wins Ohio if the machines have been programmed to nullify or change votes.”
lrcdnc on Oct 24, 2012 at 10:47:57
“buddhasoup....I thought the RepubliCan'ts had all the voter fraud taken care of.”
JPJABBER on Oct 24, 2012 at 10:32:58
“Jon Husted is corrupt and arrogant himself. He tried to circumvent residency laws, among other thing, for himself years ago....claimed a residency where his constituency was...... But actually lived in Columbus. This is nothing new for him.”
ElCojonuo on Oct 24, 2012 at 08:30:21
“It doesn't matter if the machines are corrupted if they were to suddenly ' disappear '.
Fight fire with fire, the mark of a TRUE COJONUO.”
“This guy could be so much more dangerous than GWB....he's smarter than Bush (not saying too much here), but there's a contempt he seems to have for the "rest of us." He thinks, no, he knows, he just better than the rest of us, and any suffering we endure is because we deserve it. Worse, if it could be worse, he has all of the neo-cons in his corner, to whom he will owe tribute once he is elected. Rove, Cheney, Bolton, etc all are lurking behind the scenes, hoping and praying this guy gets in. We will be at war in the Middle East by 2014.”
Preaching2thechoir on Oct 12, 2012 at 19:00:30
“Bravo! Perfectly stated. Time for the "little people" to stand up for ourselves and our country on our own. We the people under God not We the people under Romney, Ryan, Rove, Norquist, etc.”
Lefty08 on Oct 12, 2012 at 18:44:59
“Agreed. I'd like to know where people think those 12 million jobs R&R are promising are going to come from....If you're going to invade a few countries in the middle east, you're going to need troops.....lots of them.”
The last sane American on Oct 12, 2012 at 18:44:21
“Gosh, for a moment I thought you were talking about Barack.”
debrislide on Oct 12, 2012 at 18:44:09
“It cannot happen. People have to listen and see for themselves how wrong he is.”
“I'm still of the opinion that it's impossible to debate an opponent who arrives at the debate intending to lie. I'd be unprepared, too, for a debate on global warming if my opponent arrived and argued it was caused by Martians. What could one say in response without calling someone out as a liar? If Romney's strategy was to forcefully horsepucky his way through the debate, the strategy was successful. However, you can only play that game once....we have two more debates, and watch Obama blow him up over the myriad false statements.
“This is, however, a huge improvement over the audio transmission device that Bush wore on his back during his debates. Step by step, the GOP is cheating just a little less...until, of course, the preprogrammed digital voting machines in Ohio award Ohio to Romney 65 percent to 35 percent.”
“If you're thoughtful, professorial, and a gentleman as Obama is, it must have been difficult for him to listen to Romney's outright lies about his policies, the deficit, etc., and feel restrained to call Romney on it. Obama couldn't process the idea that Mitt would outright BS the audience.
If you are looking for someone to take the gloves off and punch back, and call his opponent a liar, Barack's probably not your guy. If you were looking for Barack to mention the "47 percent" comment, I'm guessing he felt that it would be mildly unseemly to do so, insofar as Romney had already been sufficiently beat up about that statement.
I thought Obama did very well, but then again, I have debated and am a trial lawyer by trade, and I have a sense that facts win cases. I trust that judges and juries can assess the evidence, and arrive at a correct decision. However, in a national debate on TV, with pundits circling the fight, one needs to do more than be persuasive, gentlemanly, and right.
Round 1 was Obama's opening statement. The next Obama we see will be how a trial lawyer delivers a closing argument....the facts will be there, the evidence will line up, the lies discredited, but he's gonna bring this jury home with some emotion, some forcefulness, and some energy that will send the voters to the (jury room) polls clear as to what the correct decision must be.”
“If winning the debate means smiling more, using more emotion, using more hand motion, then Romney won the debate.
If winning a debate means being prepared with facts, and using specifics to detail one's plans or policies, then Obama clearly won.
Romney represented as true claims that aren't true, such as continuation of pre-exisiting conditions in health coverage. He talked about becoming bipartisan, and sitting down with Democrats (does anyone really think that Karl Rove will allow him to do that?).
The President won the debate, as last time I looked, being prepared and answering the questions with facts and detail usually wins debates. If being more forceful or more chippy wins debates, then let's elect the ShamWow guy President.”
flymonkey on Oct 4, 2012 at 08:28:42
“the facts are not important to the faux new crowd”
BeachBubbaTex on Oct 4, 2012 at 08:28:27
“It think there was more at stake for Romney. To use the dreaded sports metaphor, he was facing an elimination game and survived. That's what he "won."
I'm disappointed that the president didn't attack on the many many opportunities presented by Romney, but he didn't.
Ask Kerry how much a dominant first debate matters in the general election.”
“What is most wrong about what occurred is not the fact that the Chaplain was proselytizing, it's that the Chaplain was supposed to be using this precious time with these recruits to counsel them on suicide resilience. For a Chaplain to believe that messages of faith or god would be necessarily useful to someone in a mental health crisis suggests that the Chaplain should be replaced by a mental health professional to teach these seminars.
I'm not suggesting that there is not a role for spirituality in mental health matters, but every month a Xtian in the military kills him/herself.... these matters has far less to do with prayer and far more to do with cognitive training and resilience training, and coaching people that when they are in crisis, the military truly has resources for them to seek support. To throw faith and Xtian prayer at them is a message that the military says it supports suicide prevention, but actually has no idea how to prevent it.”
DixieMay on Oct 3, 2012 at 09:42:59
“I think you should be in charge of this training! Very helpful and sensible thoughts. F&F'd...”