Aug 17, 2013 at 09:33:14
“Appropriation, approbation, and adoption of past productions is the very nature of art (whether written, painted, sculpted, or composed) dating back to the Bronze Age. For example, the lion's share of the Old Testament was appropriated and reworked from older Sumerian/Mesopotamian/Egyptian/Persian myths, as any ancient near-east scholar can tell you. Instead of calling the authors of Noah's Flood unabashed plagiarists, we can better appreciate the earlier epics of Ziusudra, Gilgamesh, and Atrahasis.
When it comes to the arts, any of the arts, the notion of originality is a myth. Every artist is influenced directly or indirectly by the art and artists that came before him-or-her, and that is the very nature of the game.
Whether Robin Thicke wants to admit it or not, he was influenced by Marvin Gaye. What's shameful is that there is a need to blur the lines of artist invention and influence through lawsuits and litigation. Because of Robin Thicke's song a new generation is being introduced to the talents of Marvin Gaye. Robin Thicke should be celebrating Marvin Gaye, and the Marvin Gaye estate should be celebrating Robin Thicke. This symbiotic relationships is how it has been for centuries, until the lawyers entered the picture.”
cobobs on Aug 17, 2013 at 10:02:08
“So he preemptively sues. I give him an A for legal creativity. Music? Humm, I leave that to you.”
“Leave it to the wingers to now be all up in arms because Obama wants to see to it that the military dead and their grieving families can hold funeral services without being confronted by the sick and tasteless harassment of mentally-disturbed religious extremists.”
“Citizens United is the most ridiculous decision the Supreme Court has made in recent years, and proves how partisan the Court is today but also how out of touch it is currently with the realities of the workaday world. The solution to ''repairing'' the Court as advanced by John Grisham's The Pelican Brief almost seems like a wishful fix. The Right-Wing-Nuts on the bench have been selling this country out to the highest bidder and it is shameful and opprobrious, and worthy of our execration and blame. I'm actually of the mind that this country is inching towards a very real and a very bloody revolution. Partisan politics as usual, with both sides refusing to budge, to the detriment of the American people, is no longer going to cut it. Maybe it's time that heads actually began to roll.”
questiontheblogs on Jun 8, 2012 at 12:52:51
“"shameful and opprobrious" ... "execration and blame" ... Isn't that redundant and repetitive!?”
“It sounds like the district officials are now the bullies. What is it with these buffoonish school officials in places like Kansas, Oklahoma, and most of the southern states, who promote the teaching of magic-as-science based on anonymously-composed Iron/Bronze/Roman Age manuscripts, then make a point of punishing intellectual autonomy, responsibility, ethical principles, and critical thinking as if they were cardinal sins. I am sooo glad my family was born and raised in Washington state.”
B Kleitz on May 29, 2012 at 12:28:11
“I used to live in Washington state...and while it is better than the Dirty South, there are a lot of "ignorant" people up there, as well. Y'all have lots of White Supremists up there.
Trust me...be glad you don't have to live in the South.
It is a horrible horrible place...at least the part of it that is southeast Alabama.
I recommend that if you have any intelligence at all you will STAY AWAY from the south.”
“Man, this school's officials are so tight-assed you could stick a piece of coal up there and they'd plop out a diamond. Who are these people? This was a bit of harmless fun and these jackaroos are showing their true colors in not seeing it for what it was and blowing it completely out of proportion. I wonder where they learned it?”
“Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face! But critical thinking isn't their strong suit, because they are supernaturalists after all, taking their moral guidance from a 2,000 year old Bronze/Iron/Roman Age compilation of theo-political tracts written at a time when people didn't know where the sun went at night.”
“Mr. Hash's sentence is an indictment of a particular American mindset, where "winning" is deemed more seminal and important than facing reality, honoring the facts, or searching for truth even if it leads to disappointment, letdown, or the dashing of false hopes.”
“Americans are such prudes, adhering--at least in public--to a so-called sexual "standard" that thinks sex for the sake of sake is 'sinful' and an affront to the quivering sensibilities of an All-Knowing and All-Powerful God. Folks, isn't it time we pulled our collective numb-skulls out of the magical-thinking Bronze Age and joined the critical-thinking 21st century!?”
“That's one of the problems with a democracy. The smartest most capable candidate in the room won't be elected, and for what? Perceived values? Come on! We have the opportunity to begin replacing all the knuckleheads in Congress with truly bright folks who want to do what is best for the American people, and you won't do it why? Seriously, why? What is the logic at work here?”
“I like how they blame it on a lack of funding, rather than admitting outright this is a battle they can't possibly win. For all of those who don't "get it," just imagine if the prayer was addressed to Allah, or Krishna, or the Dark Lord, instead of to Heavenly Father. No, there is a reason for the separation of church and state, because the state is not to promote favoritism of any one religion over any other religion, or no religion. The fact that the prayer was there demonstrates a favoritism in one way or another. Students who are not of that particular "favor" shouldn't be made to feel as if they are somehow lesser or out of the norm. I have no problems with folks practicing religion, as long as they don't practice it in a state-funded public facility. There are plenty of other places for that, even the practitioner's own closet and behind closed doors: "But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly." -- Matthew 6:6”
UnderTheHedgeWeGo on Feb 17, 2012 at 10:30:11
“It is such a clear and simple concept. How is it that so many people can't grasp the dirt simple idea that government isn't in the business of propagating one religious view point.”
thomcat327 on Feb 17, 2012 at 10:06:53
“Aren't you promoting religion here in your quote from the bible? No one needs to specify a God - one can believe in anything they choose.”
Gregory Marshall on Feb 17, 2012 at 10:02:01
“Absolutely correct. Truth is all this controversy could have been averted if the school would have just took down the banner when requested. They never had a legal leg to stand on, wasted tax payer money, ostracized a young woman, divided a community, and brought unnecessary media attention to their community.”
“She was obviously thanking the "wrong" god and the "right" god took offense and cut short her life to teach her a lesson. Or else it was simply the result of a natural and biological occurrence that awaits us all.”
“Robertson and the Republican front-runners: all crazier than shitehouse rats. What, oh, what has happened to religion and GOP politics in this country? Perhaps they're letting their true colors be shown for the first time. All of them seem to be living in a kind of Fantasyland, in abject denial of reality.”
Jul 21, 2013 at 14:12:21
“This really works. But remember: if you want to really lose the weight, you can't skip breakfast but give your body at least 20 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up. That alone will get the calorie-burning engine running, even if you don't change anything else. If you step away from the "white" carbs (rice, wheat, potatoes, sugars, and sadly, beer) the pounds will fly off you. There are plenty of other "slow" carbs out there that aren't white, like beans (slow-carbs, higher protein, higher fiber).”
“Given Stossel's logic, maybe only those with legitimate college degrees (B.A.s, M.A.s, Ph.Ds) should be allowed to vote. Since the majority of college-educated people lean towards the Democratic and liberal agendas--funny what a higher education will do--I suspect Stossel might change his tune and start calling for the under-educated (or "dumb" ones) to come back into the voting booth.”
“I honestly thought the citizens of Illinois were smarter than this, voting in a corporate stooge like Walsh. Seriously, what did they think they were gaining? Hopefully, they will have wised up come the next election cycle.”
“Contrary to Scott Brown's raging case of myopia, Elizabeth Warren is a fox. I mean really! She has both brains and beauty. Maybe it's the "brains" part that turns off Brown, as the very thought of her being smarter than him must put a kink in his manhood (provided there's enough rope there to kink in the first place). I sincerely hope she crushes him come election day!”
“I was thirteen waaaay back in the late sixties, and was reading a lot of paperbacks of various genres, but mostly science fiction and mystery: Ray Bradbury, Conan (Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague de Camp, Lin Carter, August Derleth), The Shadow (Maxwell Grant), When Worlds Collide and After Worlds Collide (Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer), and Alfred Hitchcock mystery collections. That was also the year I truly discovered Mark Twain so read ten or twelves of his books practically back-to-back.”
“Claiming that "schools indoctrinate our children" sounds as if Santorum himself has been indoctrinated by the same ridiculous religious right mumbo-jumbo that's affecting almost all of the GOP candidates. Time to stop drinking the Kool-Aid, gang. You've got water on the brain.”
“I for one cannot wait for the time when we can elect politicians who embrace critical thinking, practical reasoning, rational inquiry, and intellectual honesty over magical thinking, supernaturalist reasoning, superstitious inquiry, and intellectual dishonesty, or who are forced to kowtow to the bleating masses that--because of childhood indoctrination and enculturation--consider Bronze Age and Iron Age "sacred" writings to have more value and import than what the best and brightest of the 21st century have to offer. No wonder politics is so bass-ackwards in this country: we will only elect those who espouse a belief in magic and metaphysics while dropping like a hot potato those who embrace rationality, logic, and living in the here-and-now real world. Children who are afraid of the dark are running this country! It's time we put some clear-headed adults into office.”
PolitiConservative on Jul 6, 2011 at 11:52:42
“"I for one cannot wait for the time when we can elect politicians who embrace critical thinking, practical reasoning, rational inquiry, and intellectual honesty over magical thinking, supernaturalist reasoning, superstitious inquiry, and intellectual dishonesty ...."
That will be the day when campaigns run deeper than "Hope We Can Believe In" and "Yes We Can."”
Johnathan Lemons on Jul 6, 2011 at 11:06:42
“As long as the masses lack critical reasoning, it will never happen!”
Coldhandluke on Jul 6, 2011 at 10:50:57
Coldhandluke on Jul 6, 2011 at 10:50:04
“Don't hold your breath ducket...The politicians take their orders from the suits. You are all wrapped around the axel over something that has nothing to do with the current problems we face and they are happy you don't get it.”
“For every reasonable, rational, critical-thinking person out there, there are nine others who believe in supernatural hocus-pocus only because they 'read' about it in a so-called 'sacred' book and not because of anything they actually experienced anywhere--ANYWHERE--in the real world. That's one of my chief complaints about the human race: most of us give 'words' and 'language' more respect and regard than the incontestable realities of our own lives, our own families, and our own world. If all the words in the world were to suddenly disappear, it wouldn't disturb the natural world one iota, but it would sure make religion impossible. Religion needs words in order to exist, because without the words, without the so-called 'sacred' books, without the ability to quote and quote again, there's nowhere else to point.”
funnysdieup on May 19, 2011 at 18:33:46
“I am a believer. I doesn't all come from words. I get your point I have had serious doubts and lots of questions still to this day God, could be a crutch, a guide, compass, a fantasy, theory, hope, easy answer, need for connectivity or meaning or it could be truth in our core, something that is beyond consciousness, energy. My faith isn't evident or tactile to anyone but me the one who experiences it. It gives me pause and contemplation about how I conduct my life and wonder if there is anything beyond death, wonder and search for other answers about the world around and beyond myself. So the sacred book although confusing and debatable does serve a purpose for good and not just a guide book for the gullible. We have such controversy and faults in faiths, man, science, reason, rational thinking, philosophy and in our quest to comprehend and find revelations about the universe. If anything God or the god's of time through stories have shown man predictable, weaker, infallible, imperfect but redeemable be it through faith, critical thinking, reflectiveness, acceptance, love, living, learning. All books,texts,stories and experiences are interpretive to the receiver and serve some sort of purpose. If any end time comes I hope it is the end of ALL organized religions, but not man's search for answers. It's not all hocus-pocus, there may even be a reason for faith and hope and a place for it in the world even without words.”
starchildjg24 on May 19, 2011 at 17:03:41
“You must have a great deal of anger and fear within you to ridicule those people who do not believe as you do. I have experienced God on a daily basis in my life, but I do not preach to nor criticize nor belittle those of my friends who are agnostics or atheists or whatever. My faith teaches kindness, consideration and compassion. Our country is about freedom and acceptance, and though so many people seem to forget that, I still hold to that truth as best I can. Honestly, I think I am a very reasonable, rational, critical-thinking person who is also a Christian. Let us be kind to one another, and judge actions not beliefs.”
dvglass3 on May 19, 2011 at 16:39:20
“First I pray people like you will find your way some day. Second, any Christian knows that words have nothing to do with love and faith is based on love. Its OK that you have been misguided but putting down something you do not understand makes no sense.”
southernsaint on May 19, 2011 at 16:32:36
“It's built upon an illogical foundation. People are so desperate to believe that they- 1. aren't alone. 2. there is a purpose for misery 3. are part of some greater select group. As you say, it is human nature, a cause and effect of social desires. It is sad that so many more people don't see the honest truth: no one here as ever known any more about death than anyone else. EVER. Especially some bronze-aged tribe.”
dennisdelia on May 19, 2011 at 16:26:02
“true, but you' also lose education, science, philosophy, the arts, robert frost, oscar wylde, plato,not a good trade.”
“How many children have to die before it dawns on these blind-faith religionists that nothing fails like prayer?
It is a disgrace that the offspring of those who embrace supernaturalist mumbo-jumbo aren't shown as much love and respect and earnestness as their parents' afford the Great Big Invisible Ghost hovering ever-unseen in the sky.
I applaud Oregon for having the critical sense to say enough is enough, especially in matters of life or death for those who are too young, indoctrinated, or enculturated to understand the superstitious belief systems of their parents are going to get them killed.”
answersNOW on Apr 1, 2011 at 13:09:19
“How about all the children who didn't die who were prayed for? Are you going to leave them out in order to "support a position of obvious bias"?”