“We do not know in what context the prez was talking. A good guess is that he was being sardonic, ironic, and not literally happy about the need to use drones. As for using drones in the first place? What is the alternative when Pakistan could become a failed state with nukes? How do we get rid of Islamist vermin without drones? Boots on the ground? Civilian casualties are tragic. Could be my lack of enough real facts, but at the moment I do not see an alterantive...to dones.”
chatnuptime1 on Nov 3, 2013 at 20:44:19
“Well there are more potent measures buuuuut.. We need to have oil we can get from other places already producing at the hungry rate we use it.. Then we can starve the Saudi's of our cash and they will be forced to stop supplying terrorist for these civil war makers in the region and become vulnerable themselves to the mess they make. Because they won't have our backing any more..”
psileste on Nov 3, 2013 at 16:16:43
“"How do we get rid of Islamist vermin without drones?"
I know you may find this hard to believe but you are talking about human beings who have not been charged with a crime or tried for anything.
Does it bother you at all for the world to know you are naive enough to allow a corrupt government to tell you who to hate, and so enthusiastically hateful that you will publicly and casually advocate wiping out that group, calling them vermin, much like the most notorious regime of the 20th century?
I will give you the benefit of the doubt and agree with you that you don't have enough facts, but it it is your responsibility to get some. In the information age, ignorance is a choice.”
“The only pattern I see here is blindness, on your part. To you, this president, elected, by the way, twice, by the people of the US, is a Muslim, Communist, Nigerian, who is plotting (along with his "minions") to destroy the US by doing his best to help fund health care that is affordable for tens of millions of citizens who cannot afford it. Even if you disagree with him, why so much hate and hysteria? I mean, how Christian is it, really, to see the poor suffer and die for being poor, while across town their luckier brethren are fat and happy? Really!”
May 30, 2013 at 17:19:21
“I am a proud, albeit non observant Jew. There are only about 12-14 million Jews in the world. Such a small number packs such a huge punch because Jews are, pound per pound, the most productive group on the planet. THIS DOES NOT MAKE JEWS EITHER BETTER OR WORSE THAN ANYBODY ELSE, it's just a fact as I see it.
Having said that, here is my problem with Zionists: Of all the places in the world that Jews could have chosen as their homeland, why choose a place where you will be surrounded by folks who hate you? Why make a hornets nest your homeland? Not only that, but why then be surprised and outraged when you get stung? I don't get it. If we Jews are so smart, and we generally are, why this self saatoge, this lapse in judgment, as I see it? Could it be that we Jews, so traumatized by our history, unconsciously define ourselves, in part, by antisemitism?”
Want2knowY on Jun 3, 2013 at 10:55:24
“"Of all the places in the world that Jews could have chosen as their homeland, why choose a place where you will be surrounded by folks who hate you?"
Well, religious and historical ties might have played a small role.
Of course we could also ask what "choices" the Jews had? The world was not exactly clamoring to take in large numbers of Jews from Europe before 1948 and even well after. In fact, you might want to read up on US Immigration law operative at the time. Whether they stayed in Europe or went to the Middle East, Jews were going to be surrounded by folks that hated them. The difference? Most of those that stayed in Europe didn't survive. The vast majority of those who chose to go to Palestine both survived and thrived.”
Haroldpom on May 31, 2013 at 07:33:09
“Where would you put the Jewish homeland? Why not blame the Arabs/Muslims/Palestinians who cannot share the land with anyone especially Jews? They already control over 99% of the land but must have it all. Yet it is the Jews who are blamed for not compromising their position. So like many Jews you like to blame the Jews.”
FredIsHereNow on May 31, 2013 at 05:49:39
SiameseTrainer on May 31, 2013 at 00:58:50
“I would not have said most "productive" I think most "obnoxious" better covers it. And that comes down to the FACT that you DO define yourselves by "antisemitism? Dog forbid, Palestinians are Semites too.”
Deadroses on May 30, 2013 at 19:33:12
“Arrogance my friend. Arrogance is the human folly that always blinds us to the humanity of others.
Zionism is not a legitimate movement because it must destroy Palestine and then build a jewish homeland on its grave - this makes it an amoral endeavour. The Palestinians have suffered and continue to suffer so very much.
Jews were not hated until Israel was created & all the massacres that had to happen for it to remain.”
“Yeh, and the Earth was created 10,000 years or so ago, and men ran with dinosaurs!!! How is this country going to compete in the new world, when almost half its citizens believe in dark ages philosophies? Sad, sad, so sad.”
knotmick on May 24, 2013 at 16:34:33
“This goes back to bronze age thought.”
ww745 on May 24, 2013 at 16:33:37
“Actually scientists have found human foot prints next to dino foot prints in the fossilized record.”
“satire is dead. You just cannot make such stuff up, nobody would believe it. We need Donald Trump here too. Maybe he will ditch his current wife and choose Taitz. They could give birth to little birthers; and wouldn't that be sweet.”
“Substance misues, mild and extreme, is most directly caused by the ill treatment of kids. Kids who are properly nurtured, at home and at school, tend not to become "drunks" "junkies" or "cons." It is simple biology. When we condem the pushers, growers, the "disease" of addiction, the user herself, we implicitly deny the community's resonsibility to help nurture our kids. Parents do not "own" kids! I do not balme parents, I argue more for the community to be and act like a real community, and help out, as PRIORITY, families and kids in trouble.”
A Dub on Jan 27, 2013 at 15:53:39
“The only abuse problem you have with pot is a happy abuser.”
“A world where there is now the real possibility of economic sufficiency for all (not a BMW is every garage and not steak on every griddle, but sufficiency, "enough"), but where multitudes suffer while others "eat cake", is not yet civilized. It really is that simple! Like we were all taught in kindergarden, "sharzies!”
“Really don't get it, do you? Watermelon has been associated with rascist portrayals of African Americans at least since Jim Crow days, when African Americans were no longer slaves, but lynched, beaten to death, or burned alive in a South that still hated them and saw them as far less than humans, less than pets, really. Italians eating pasta is not rascist, but ask a person of southern Italian heritage how she or he feels with the public's association of them with the Mafia. Italian Americans have not suffered nearly as much, not even in the same universe, as African Americans have. Same thing about Native Americans, suffering from the holocaust Western culture has been to them. Of course, try putting up a sign where Jews live, where they (we, I am a Jew), are portrayed in a racsict manner. You'd get your goish balls and uncircumcized penis handed to you”
MISTER COMMON SENSE on Dec 28, 2012 at 18:28:33
“First,I am circumcized (& I love it!), second,I know plenty of italians (& mafia comments don't offend them), and lastly...alot of African Americans (& Americans in general) like watermelon...-no biggie! ”
“"Completely untrue," is it. And, how would you know? Have you done the research on the research that has created a virutal certainty among scientists -- the people who actually make a living being objective.--that climate change is, indeed, for the most part a human created issue? If you do not believe in science, perhaps you should disconnect from the grid and go caveman.”
“Here is a little known fact: When Adelson's first wife was in the hospital dying of cancer, he brought in a rabbi from Isreal to tell her he wanted a divorce. Another fact: Right before Adelson was about to make his first billion by selling the company that ran Comedex in Las Vegas, he bought back the shares he had given to his adopted kids for a fraction of what they would be worth after the sale. In other words, he gyped his own kids. When the kids tried to sue, he went to war with them,. won the legal battle (amazing the "quality" of lawyers money can buy) and wrote his adopted kids out of his life. It is just great that a rabi, a man of God, can be as corupt and greedy as any capitalist pig who now makes his money from vice.”
“No, "Banned" is correct. At a prctical level, how do you teach critical thinking to the almost 50% of Americans who do not believe in evolution; that believe, with "heart and soul," that people ran with the dinos? How do you teach anything value wise to fundamentalists of any stripe? No open mind, no possbility of critical thinking. The US is the most religious nation in the world, except for Muslim countires.”
“I too serve those with severe substance dependencies. I have for over twenty years. Many moons ago I, myself, had a desperate love affair with opiates. I am also an author in my field. Here is my issue with the column; it does not even mention the most important variable , by far, in whether or not one becomes addicted to substances. Overwhelmingly, my clients and those of my colleagues, suffered significant to severe truama in childhood. When we blame the substance, the "disease" the pusher etc., we, as a community, avoid respnsibility for the proper nurturance of kids. Again, the biology is clear: well treated children to not tend to desperately need to self medicate as adults. It really is that simple! PS, well treated kids also do not tend to end up as criminals. PPS, well treated kids are also less likely to end up mentally ill.”
ladydem on Nov 30, 2013 at 07:25:59
“I disagree with a few of your statements to the nth degree. Having had almost the same background as you other than the addiction to a drug or alcohol, most people start to use because of peer pressure. Those who become addicted cannot always say it is because their parents mistreated them. I have worked with families who are marvelous human beings, were excellent parents, who have watched helplessly after trying everything possible to get help for their addict/alcoholic child. I have held the hands of these same parents as they watched their child sentenced to jail for something they cannot control.
I want to state again that not everyone who uses the occasional drug is addicted. They do it because it feels good and enhances the experience they are involved in at that moment.”
Nov 10, 2013 at 20:44:41
“Yes, it was imprudent of him. Does it reflect a naivete that does not bode well in politics, however well meaning and otherwise stellar the personality? Hope he's a quick learner; but alas, maturity is not an overnight thing. Something that his dad might have said, but it was a different time.”
“I have been a social worker for kids and families at risk for about 40 years, as well as, currently, a therapist for those with substance additions. I hate to be black and white and cynical, but what fuels most psychotropic prescriptions is the profit motive. Big pharma is driven by the bottom line need to keep shareholders in their public companies happy. Shrinks go along with this, again for money and power. Shrink schools, as a rule, no longer teach counseling skills!! It's diagnose, and prescribe from a diagnostic manual that is far, very far from scientific. Regular doctors are in toe because shriniks rule when it comes to emotional health. Really, it is all very disgusting when medicine becomes all about profit and social control,”
“I have been a social worker and addiction therapist for decades. It is clear to me that there is a simple way for society to eliminate most crime and addiction: simply ensure that children--all children-- receive appropriate nurturing. That's it! Simple, but not easy, as they say in AA. We have a myth; it's called "kids first". Sadly it is indeed a myth. If kids really came first, for example, teachers would make as much as lawyers (more) and the best of them would be treated like rock stars, like sports heroes. Alas, humanity is not quite out of the "caves", and so we still need to have this conversation about enshrining kid's rights in our constitution, a no brainer really. Maybe we need a film, like Al Gore's re environmental concerns; a documentary to press for a breakthrough re kid's rights. I heard the Gore film cost 4 million, about what they spend on buffets for crew on hollywood movies, I bet.”
mikey09 on Aug 10, 2013 at 12:41:40
“As a social worker then you know the crisis with foster care. How many of these at risk kids did you bring into your home and raise? Its really pretty simple, we do not have enough people willing to raise other people's kids. And most of those who refuse to step up and do the job are posting their outrage today on HP. ”
ConfoundedSoc on Aug 10, 2013 at 11:34:12
“" If kids really came first, for example, teachers would make as much as lawyers (more)"
“In the 60's soldiers were denegrated. Now, today, we laud them. This appears to be part of a new Political Correctness; We Love Our Beloved Warriors. Here is the rub: Really, what kind of personality type wants a job where you kill people? It would not surprise me if there was a correlation between a "killer" personality and a rapist personality. This is more than a work culture problem, it is a problem bred in the bones.”
“First off, comparing fox news to NSMBC is just foolish. The quality of commentary on NSMBC puts Fox to shame. Yes, there are junk yard dogs at NSMBC, but you need such toughies when the enemy knows no shame, in this case a combination of so called "Christian" fundamentalists, and really really rich and powerful people who naturally will do virtually whatever they have to, to keep what they have, not only for themselveves, but for their blood line. Buy the way? Do you even watch show like Radchel Maddow? How in the world can you comapre her to Bill Riley, for example?Sorry, there is an evolutionary war going on, the ouster of the old patriarchal, l dog eat dog system, to something more contemporary,more loving, more accepting, and so on, But how, really how can you go forward, when the right is dominated by greed and fear, and religious fanatics, that are feared by most media for their power and numbers, even though no dead guy ever literally arose from the grave and it is'nt very christ like to tell me I am going to rot in hell cause I don't bleieve what you do, Where do you stand?”
Mortum on May 15, 2013 at 14:49:52
“MSNBC is a Left wing propaganda outlet just as Fox is a Right wing propaganda outlet. Your assessment only shows that you are subscribed to the ideology of the Left.”
“I did not get hate or irrisponsible jouirnalism from the column,and I am no fan of the columnist, quite the contrary. She named the poor girl's friend as a source, and what that source said is powerful evidence. I thought the column was thoughtful. I do not know, one way or the other, about what really happened. But it is unfair to call the column a hateful screed.”
jajenkins on Apr 27, 2013 at 01:35:38
“That source is a disgrace. Blatchford takes advantage of a young friend who - like too many teenagers - has spent too long living in a rape culture to understand what it means to say "my friend was egging them on..."
Translation: blame the un-consenting victim.
It was disgraceful.”
SeasideObserver on Apr 26, 2013 at 23:25:04
“Agreed. There is far more "hate" in Kinsella's piece and the comments that follow it than Blatchford's. Blatch did nothing more than say what many of us have been thinking since this whole thing erupted. I don't defend the actions of these boys, yet I am not willing to crucify them based on the narrative provided by grieving parents either.”
LGC1953 on Apr 26, 2013 at 22:20:40
“She named someone that claimed to be a friend, someone that betrayed Rehtaeh.”
tallulah33 on Apr 26, 2013 at 21:42:06
“That 'source' was a girl who "... was furious — she had a crush on one of the two boys and had asked Rehtaeh to stay away from him."
This 'friend' also reported that Rehtaeh "...was being flirtatious, even egging the boys on."
Gee, I wonder why that 'friend' had that particular point of view? It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that the one source that Blatchford relied on was someone who was inherently unreliable. Read the Dad's rebuttal if you want real facts.”
eli Bedford on Apr 26, 2013 at 21:36:49
“You mean the friend who had a crush on one of the boys..that friend?”
Shar Scotland on Apr 26, 2013 at 21:00:37
“i do digress! the "source" was another teenage girl who apparently fancied one of the guys who fancied rehtaeh. her account, probably the account of a jealous girl, is hearsay. in other words, there is no evidence! teenagers do lie! teenagers often do not realise the consequences of their actions. one thing is obvious though, those lads are predators! i suspect they spiked rehtaeh's drink, either way, they took advantage of a vulnerable, naive, incapacitated (thus unable to conset) 15 year old girl which is also statutory rape!”
“Wow! Don't like the idea of vigilantes, but these Anonymous folks sound A okay with me. As for the police and the school admin...folks should loose their jobs over their incompitence, their lack of doing anything useful when it came to being of service to that poor gilr and her family. How do they sleep at night?”
bubbys on Apr 13, 2013 at 15:02:10
“They sleep quite comfortably as they know THEIR kids are safe.”
“Thanks. Been wondering the same thing ever since the bubble burst in 2008? Even O admitted big mistake was to act like technocrat. He was pilloried by Dowd of Times for this apparent "cool detachment" from people's suffering.”
“The Big O IS brilliant; and passionately idealist, not corrupt, never just in it for the dough. He graduated Harvard law and was edtor of the famous Harvard Law Review. This makes him, what? Supid! I don't think so, Then both he and his wife pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps. Is this not the Anmerican dream? They could have gone to any law firm in the US and become a partner, meaning they'd make millions a year. Instead, he went to help the citizsens of Chicago. Then, he dared to be great, to be prez. And, he won, twice! kc200n, man, what have you done with your life? What are your passions, besides being a "hater."”
kc2oon on Mar 21, 2013 at 16:39:53
“Not corrupt? Closes the white house to citizens but a lobbyist with $500, 000 to give to his OFA can still get in.”
“I don't know about an economic "recovery." What does it even mean? Does it mean that the US continues to take 25% of the world's resources with 5% of the world's population? Does it mean that we continue to value bigger as better? Do we all need granite countertops and stainless steel kitchens to be happy?
With environmental fears, the emergence of world economies, with people wanting the life style we are used to expecting (used to feeling entitled to), and the advancment of hi tech and robotics in the work place, I hate to sound negative, but we aint going back to what appears now to be an unsustainable life style. That life style of unessasary entitlement made us decadent as a people, not unlike other great colonial empires that once ruled, then fell. Our expectations are ultra materialistic; where, to a large, shallow, foolish extent, we are the cars we drive, the label on our jeans, and so on. . Is this the "recovery" being talked about, hoping for? Cave man stuff. We deserve better. We need a true spiritual parth, not driven by Big Religion, but by universal love and a holistic, fact based, i.e., scientific, approach to living.,”
Allene Stucki on Feb 2, 2013 at 17:14:41
“That "continue to take 25% of the worlds resources with 5% of the world's population" nonsense makes it sound like we're stealing those resources. How about, We PRODUCE (or trade for) 25% of the worlds resources . . ."”
“At the beginning of the burst bubble, it became apparent to me that the "American Dream" was over. The reasons?
1: Environmental concerns encroach on economic expansion.
2. The American Dream in the first place was based on the US, with 5% of the world's population taking 25% of the world's resources. That wasn't nice, and more to the point, was unsustainable.
3. Americans no longer rank in the trop ten for education, and about 40%-50% of Americans do not even believe in science; for example, they believe that people ran with the dinosaurs. Americans, especially "red state" people have been severely dumbed down in recnet decades.
What to do? Obama calucualted at the strat of his first term the play cheerleader for the economy. In my opion, he should ahve been preparing citizens for the obvious, now occurring. He lacked the wisdom and guts, I suppose. Still like the man, nobody is perfect and Lord forbid the GOP in power.”