“No, it doesn't make you an anti-Semite. It does show, however, that you may not understand fully what is oftened experienced by Jews in America. I am a middle-aged American of the Jewish faith - brought up in the San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles County). I could take you on a tour of the scars on my face and body inflicted by Christian kids from my school days. Cigarette burns as I was held down and rocks thrown at my face all left a permanent mark. Wasn't even sure how they knew I was Jewish, but they hated me for it - and they told me that repeatedly. Oddly enough, they didn't seem to know much about Judaism ... just that they hated me for being a Jew. Guess they forgot the part where their savior was Jewish also. Go figure.”
Jan 4, 2012 at 18:05:20
“The amazing skill and talent of Alan Rickman was needed to convey menace, protectiveness, sex appeal and mystery all at once. He contributed significantly to creating the seriousness and gravitas needed in a mythical world. He was the right and only choice for this role.
When you consider the number of minutes Snape is on screen relative to his impact .... relative to how memorable the performances were ... one can only be impressed with what Rickman could accomplish. It's not unlike the brief but memorable performance of Dame Judy Dench when she played Elizabeth I in Shakespeare In Love. She wasn't on screen for that long, but the performance was so memorable. Rickman, like Dench, distinguished himself among a cast of outstanding actors.
He deserves the Oscar - truly deserves it for the layered performance as Snape and for his body of work. (Don't miss his outstanding performance in Snow Cake, for those who haven't seen it).”
Aldyth on Jan 5, 2012 at 11:15:54
“It took an actor of Rickman's caliber to bring out those fine essences in Snape. Who, by the way, didn't actually die. The Potions Master put a stopper in death and headed off to a well-deserved vacation in the tropics.”
The Talmud doesn't say we shouldn't eat animals, but that we should not torture, torment or make them suffer. It also dictates how to kill an animal for food - humanely. We will all die. We just hope that the death is as painless and stress-free as possible. So it should be for the animals.”
lovetrust on Aug 18, 2011 at 08:57:03
“If you want to make an animals life as painless and stress-free as possible, don't eat them.”
“Krugman's evaluation of Bush (43) and the influence of big business on policy was born out quite accurately. He predicted the income distribution problem along with warnings about the real estate collapse - things that are obvious now, but was not obvious to most when he wrote about them.
I am from California, and his predictions about our energy deregulation were spot on.
His claims about the economic rise of Asia as a growth of Capitalism were accurate - long before it was acknowledged or incentives were created (for Capitalism).
I, frankly, am not too familiar with the work he did that resulted in the Nobel Prize. I do know that his level of accomplishment in the field of economics commands international regard.
You may want a balanced budget - like Norquist - but it has not proven to stimulate the economy. It doesn't stimulate anything. Certainly our debt is enormous and will need to be addressed. however, with our AAA rating, we enjoy some pretty damn cheap rates.
Now, please tell me, what has Norquist been right about?”
oliviaah on Aug 3, 2011 at 00:12:55
“KMG4excel has left the building.....
I've been wondering how a pledge to Norquist supercedes the oath/pledge our elected officials swear to when they take office. Conflict of interest?”
“I do not know about government for I have never worked in the public sector, but I can tell you that I needed to infuse my business with cash in order to stimulate growth. Thankfully, it worked. Cutting back would have meant a steady diminishment of our brand. It was risking more capital that made us the top competitor in our field. Then ... the financial crisis hit ... and fewer customers came in the doors. We're still doing fine but others in our industry have closed. We dominated the market through our expansion efforts.
We enjoy the lovely tax breaks - thanks. But we also laid off 40 people. We didn't lay them off because we could not afford to pay them, we laid them off because we had fewer customers to serve. We had no work for them to do. I need money in the hands of the middle class. I'll hire again when more customers come in the door.
By that measure, the national debt issue is useless to me (at this juncture). We need to stimulate the economy - and tax breaks or debt reduction does nothing towards that.
BTW, Krugman has been right on most things. That's why his opinion is sought. Norquist has yet to be proven right on anything. He is politically influencial on the right, but he's no problem solver.”
IBEW1377 on Aug 4, 2011 at 01:11:07
“very well explained and as someone who also runs a truly small business I would say that my experience bears this out as well”
poguemahoney80 on Aug 3, 2011 at 08:24:37
“"I needed to infuse my business with cash in order to stimulate growth." That is exactly the conclusion I have come to in running my business. You have to be smart about it, but more often than not you need to spend money to make money...”
kmd4excel on Aug 2, 2011 at 22:20:45
“City, I'll settle for one thing Krugman has been demonstrably right on. Demonstrably. Norquist was exactly right on what he said. IF Krugman had the evidence to prove him wrong, he would have and it would have been in the story. Krugman's advice is sought for two reasons: 1) He has a Nobel Prize (but then, so does Obama). 2) He's a liberal and a Keynesian economist which feeds the media's template. Oh, and when you go looking for what Krugman has been right on, please don't tell me about "saved" jobs.”
Jul 13, 2011 at 17:33:48
“My Mother struggles with it now, and I agree with your sentiments.”
Ann Starke on Jul 13, 2011 at 18:43:35
“My prayers are with you on this journey.
My mother died ten years ago after many years with this awful disease. She broke her hip and died of a blood clot after the surgery. Thank God. She was 87 but was healthy and might have gone on for years.
I did not feel guilty. My mother was long gone. Her empty shell was left. It is the cruelest of diseases. My love and prayers are with you.”
civilbehavior on Jul 13, 2011 at 17:51:01
“It's a harrowing journey. May angels help you carry the burden.”
“Wearing a bikini isn't just about being sexy. It is cooler than wearing a one-piece - literally, the little bit of extra material across your stomach keeps you warm. The stretchy material used in swim suits is quite warm to wear.
You get the beer-belly men to stop revealing their flabby chests and bellies to the world and I'll then ask the tall-slim models with their pregnant bellies to cover up. What is wrong with you people? She is enjoying the sun and surf wear the least amount possible. Sounds great. She didn't asked to viewed by you - her photo was taken by ( I assume) a celebrity stalker.”
Bellanova on Jul 13, 2011 at 00:29:32
“F/f'd, C, for an excellent comment.”
coco123 on Jul 12, 2011 at 21:25:34
“I was going to make the beer belly comparison. F&F”
“I have been a single female my whole life - and have no regrets. Happiness cannot be dependent upon another; it comes from within. Men are very appealing .... as long as you don't have to live with them.
Bet Clooney didn't appreciate being given an ultimatum - if that was part of what transpired.”
“Sorry, I don't quite understand. You think letting the Republicans win (Romney, Bachmann, whatever) would be a better alternative to address your complaints?
Where are you going with this logic?”
MileHighCityMan on Jun 17, 2011 at 01:32:16
“You must not be a very good reader. Forcing Dems to act on your behalf if they want your support is very different from "letting Republicans win". It's just a summer camp game to you, where you want your party to win, regardless of what they do or stand for in reality. I care about issues, not party. If a politician lies to me about supporting my issues, I will hold them accountable. You still cheer them on. That's the difference.”