“I'm sorry that you had to resort to that. Here's the equation though....Immigrants become part of the tax base =more money for the gub'memt, so the employer might just be able to get a loan from the Small Business Administration to expand their business, thereby, creating more local jobs.”
“Hint: if you allow them a legal path to citizenship, guess what? They become part of their state, and the national tax base. And don't hand me that b.s. about them 'taking our jobs'. Have you ever had to pick strawberries, or change out someone's linens in a motel? Doubt it.”
zzcat on Jul 21, 2013 at 17:53:32
“Actually, yes I have done maid work in motels, so it was a job Americans did. Even the illegals aren't picking crops anymore. Your arguments are invalid.”
“I am not a Democrat or a Republican. If there were a Pragmatist party, I would be all in. I did vote for Obama, so if that makes me "one of them" so be it. Republicans continue to NOT talk about 2 wars that ex-president Bush sent brave Americans into harm's way - and death - and those wars were not paid for. Rubber-stamped, bah! we'll worry about the $ later. And then there's Medicare part D. Again, unfunded and rubber-stamped. We love our families, too. And we love our country just as much.”
“Reagan was president when I was in high school. I'm 42 now. The Reagan thing that Republicants keep clinging to is getting really tiring. Exactly how did Obama conquer democracy and freedom? Cite your sources.”
“I must disagree. He may have spoken his beliefs, but all he has unveiled is how far the Republican party will go, and then say 'WHOAH NELLY!', and draw a line in the sand when trying to get out the incredibly far-right social conservative (and largely delusional) vote. You cross that line, a la Akin and now Moredick, you're cut off. Pariah kingdom, welcome another one.”
“As a life-long resident of Indiana (born here, still live and vote here), I was appalled watching last night's debate. I was once a 'conservative', but became a pragmatist when I saw where the 'conservative' movement was going. I don't agree on every point that the Democrats make for this Senate race, but I sure as hell disagree more on what the Tea Party mouthpiece (Dick Mourdick) is saying. I watched this debate on PBS (yeah, screw you Big Bird!) last night along with my wife and I have to admit, I went to bed and didn't catch all of it live. But wow, if you can lay a dung-heap 3 feet high and manage to actually step back into it, thigh-deep, you just shot yourself in the cojones. At least as far as the Senate race goes. I do have to applaud Mourdock on his press conference today, saying that he will not apologize. At least he's sticking to his rape guns. Hey Mittens, you've got another problem on your hands. You should have pulled your local spots endorsing this tool. Oh well, your election to lose. Like Meat Loaf said '2 outta 3 ain't bad'. But in your case it's going to be '0 outta 2.....shit, I'm just going to retire in the Caymans'.”
Oct 13, 2012 at 07:46:02
Canada British Columbia
“Tragic this story is. I do have a question to throw out here, though. How much does anyone think that social media in general has contributed, or actually accelerated, bullying? I remember getting a beat-down in gym class around age 10. That was 30 years ago. Bullying has been around much longer than we have and, sadly, will be around longer than we'll be here. I picked my shit up, dusted myself off, and kept on. In my opinion, if you post online about how distraught you are, you're inviting even more bullying. TALK TO SOMEONE. The parent(s) definitely have culpability, and I'm sure that they will never forgive themselves for not being there and/or allowing their daughter to have too much online access at a way-too-early age, but I think it shows a growing and scary disconnect that is occurring because of this constantly-online/constantly-disconnected-from-human-contact environment we're living in. Now excuse me, I'm going to go hug my daughter and my wife and tell them that I love them. Without text or emoticons.”
“Seriously? You've been waiting for 2 months and e-mailed them 6 times? I have no affiliation with HP, but I can tell you that being a board moderator sucks most times; and on a board that gets this much traffic, I couldn't imagine. Move on. There are some rare and truly gem-quality posts on this and many other boards, but yours wasn't deemed to be one of them. Do you know why your 'why didn't my post get posted?!!' was actually posted? Because that's what moderators do when they see crybabies.”
daryllc on Aug 22, 2012 at 05:47:15
“Well, I don't understand why you bothered replying to my comment as it isn't a 'rare or truly gem-quality post'. My original post was stopped because of one word that I used, but this word was used by others in their posts on the same subject, and therefore I requested clarification of their reasoning because that's the kind of person I am. Lighten up.”
“But you don't seem to offer any evidence to the contrary, other than your opposition to women being able to have an abortion, even in the extreme cases of after being raped or a victim of incest. That is your right to oppose (free speech, and such. Calling people Nazi propagandists doesn't solve anything, though. I do have a question for you. Were it your wife or daughter that fell victim to that horrific circumstance, would you stick to that Nazi propagandist line, or would you put what your wife or daughter wanted first?”
K August on Aug 22, 2012 at 04:19:52
“That one would probably blame them and say they brought it upon themselves.”
“Why does everyone keep referring to Romney as Governor? It's just a minor annoyance that I have. He's not a governor anymore than Gingrich is a Speaker (unless you hire him on his next book tour circuit). Ok, so you got elected to office. Does this mean that you must be addressed by this annointed title for time immemorial? I can see addressing a former president as Mr. President (G-dub notwithstanding), but the press needs to pull an even card here. Romney holds no current elected office. Next question ~ "Mr. Romney, you've just bought the Super Bowl! Whatta ya gonna do now?!!!" Answer ~ "Aw shucks, I guess I'll just buy Disneyworld!"”
dewbatty on Aug 22, 2012 at 04:13:26
“It is actually a tradition.”
Welease Wodewick on Aug 22, 2012 at 04:12:22
“That has always puzzled me too.
Why do 'politicians' retain their titles when they are no longer in office?
Anyone know the answer?
VP (Interested foreigner) :-)”
Shrank on Aug 22, 2012 at 04:11:01
“Mitt should always be referred to as Bishop Romney. He was a Mormon Bishop before he ever ran for office, and he is still a Bishop today.”
“Why? Because it might open your mind to concepts other than conservatism and 'when harry met sally'? Gosh, a movie based on real events that might make you THINK? Forbid, just give me the pablum that Hollywood produces and I'll be a happy little clam. Yes, this movie is based on real events. I'm not saying saying that there were no embellishments, but the base story is true.”
Anonymous Conservative on Aug 17, 2012 at 18:03:47
“Ah, let's not be too hasty. In my opinion, there are 3 types of Fox 'News' viewers.
1. The viewer who just happens to have it on in the morning and couldn't give 2 rat's butts about what's being said.
2. The viewer who has their world view and opinions shaped and formed by Fox News, Rush Lymphoma, and Sean Hannity because they are too ignorant to be open to opposing views and, based on the facts that they find, FORM THEIR OWN OPINION. I kinda thunk that that was what America was about.
3. The viewer who just likes to listen to far-right pundits and yell at their TV.
To your point, though....there is a cure.....
1. Reinstate the Glass/Steagall Act, so investment banks cannot use their depositor's money for risky investments (i.e. credit default swaps, BETTING on the sub-prime mortgage market to fail [ARE YOU LISTENING, GOLDMAN SACHS?]) and then, when said 'investments' go bad, plead to the government (read=taxpayers) with cupped hands 'please rescue us, we're too big to fail!' (ARE YOU LISTENING, GEORGE W. BUSH a.k.a. 'TARPMASTER'?)
2. Taint the water coolers at Fox News with malt liquor and have a profitable, African-American-owned catering service deliver (the delivery person must be white, though) fried chicken and watermelon, free of charge, for a week. Maybe then they'll feel how being stereotyped feels.”
“As a father who's packed many a lunch, I must come down firmly on the side of the naysayers. 'Styling' your kids food? Who has the time to do this? I can understand if you are a stay-at-home mom or dad and honestly have the disposable income and lack of hobbies, but the vast majority of parents do not fit into that demographic. Yes, there are stay-at-home parents these days but that's probably because they've lost their job(s); in which case, excessive spending on Louvre-quality edibles just doesn't make much sense.
(apologies to the Louvre and it's management).”
ashmarie909 on Sep 9, 2012 at 11:06:20
“They're actually quite simple and would cost the same, maybe less, as any other lunch you would make. In some cases, bento lunches are just left overs from dinner. Unless you're making the elaborate ones, it won't take up that much time. The most basic bento lunches are just a handful of fruit (grapes), a handful of veggies (carrots), and a sandwich (cut in 1/2). If you want to have more fun with it (and have a few extra minutes to spare) you can use cookie/play doh cutters to make the food look more fun. In the end, it doesn't take up any more of your time and money that a regular lunch would.”
But to the point. Trixi Lian's point about the perp being a sociopath is right on the mark. Being a parent, I cannot empathize with the parents because I haven't suffered such an unbelievable loss. I can only sympathize. However, if the perp is in fact a sociopath, he (or she, but most likely a he) is only feeding off of the parents blog and public remonstration and increasing the likelihood of him doing it again. Continuing this course = creating a serial killer.
Don't get me wrong. I sincerely feel for these parents, but they should look at the possibility of toning down the public presence (they've been doing this for 1 + year and haven't gained any ground) and hire some professionals to get this done quietly.”
“So, you're implying that every white American has health insurance. Better do some fact-checking.
Fact is, people vote for candidates based on what's most important to them. Race, position on abortion, position on foreign policy, position on gay rights, position on the economy. We can complain about everything under the sun, but this is a fundamental right that we have in this country - you can vote for whomever you want to.
By the way, I did not vote for Obama and I am as white as the driven snow.”
“Really? The jobs are still climbing out of the toilet that George Bush, Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac/Goldman Sachs/and Wall Street collectively threw them into. Admittedly, job growth is slower than everyone would like, but for the most part - jobs are coming back.
Apologizing to the world? Cite source, please. Additionally, I'll bet Bush spent much more time at his ranch, entertaining big oil no doubt, than Obama has spent shooting 18 holes.”
“The reason that you're seeing the word 'Marine' so much is that that word is a honorable title which most people treat with respect.”
sieiantn on Jul 9, 2012 at 09:57:34
“I also have the utmost respect for the title "doctor", reverend, and pastor. However, I would still see these individuals as people, and I would honor their humanity FIRST! That means no disrespect to the title of "Marine", "doctor", reverend, or "Pastor"..Or any other title! I just just put humanity first!”
“Funny how 'conservatives' are all about protecting the rights of the un-born, but then cutting/eliminating the safety nets designed to protect them after they're born.
Republican mantra: 'we'll make sure you get out the womb, but you're on your own after that'.”
megwright on Jun 14, 2012 at 10:08:58
“Republicans - shortening the trip from the womb to the tomb every day.”
camelias and sweet tea on Jun 14, 2012 at 10:00:09
“He couldn't catch a baseball and he 'deserves' his punishment? Some of you that say 'well, back in my day that's just the way it was done' would probably do the same thing to your son if HE COULDN'T CATCH A BASEBALL. It's not like the guy caught the kid stealing or smoking pot - he just couldn't catch the ball. As far as nosy neighbors go, this guy provided the proof that the state requires to meet the criteria of felony child abuse. Good for him. If that neighbor hadn't been watching and intervened, that child could have been seriously harmed. Protecting children, not just your own, is everyone's responsibility.”
“This is why old white guys should not dabble on the intertron.”
bluecatb on Jun 4, 2012 at 09:59:28
“They do dabble on past history.
"Women Vote?! What would they want to worry their "pretty little heads" with something as boring as voting. Run along dear, and go play canasta."
"Women in pants! Boulderdash!"
"I remember when a "woman" HAD to wear her skirts below the knee."
" I remember courting was a good thing."
Try telling that to the Goth, freedom movement, women's movement,
Hee, hee...old codgers should be retired.”
Richard G Morrison on Jun 4, 2012 at 09:03:11
“Stop with the "old white guys" stuff already. I'm 83, white as snow. I don't share this guys politics, or his malice. Your generalization is kind of racist. Leave me out of it please.”