“Not everybody who is wealthy "worked hard". If working hard = wealth, the working class would have a higher percentage of the wealth.”
Robearbeach on Feb 10, 2014 at 16:56:06
“That is absolutely correct. You not only have to work hard, you have to have the courage to start your own business, sacrifice more of your time and all of your extra money by putting it back into your business and you have to adapt as the environment changes so that people or other businesses want whatever you are producing. Manual laborers work hard. No one denies that. There is more to it than working hard.”
“The establishment Republicans think they can control these hard-liners, but the more you ratchet up your rhetoric, even if the (relative) moderates are cynically practicing it, the more you embolden the fundamentalists like Ms. Sears. They cannot control the fundies, unless the GOP capitulates to their more and more extreme demands.”
1980baby on Feb 10, 2014 at 11:55:07
“Moderate republicans are anti-gay also they just like to keep quiet about it. They think if they don't say anything we will vote for them.”
“It is not a distraction and we never left this case. They are very much related. Remember how even you were pointing out Polanski's and Allen's similarities when I was pointing out their differences:
"Yet stars continue to work with him, he continues to win awards, and be accepted into the Hollywood community because he is a 'genius'."
I am not asking you to defend Mia. But if your child was raped, would you associate yourself with a another child rapist? And if so, what about this case is any different in which we are asked to punish and blackball Woody Allen based not on a conviction but an allegation that was never proven?
Child sexual abuse is such an depraved criminal act, that if true Woody Allen deserves the same condemnation and punishment as a Jerry Sandusky. But what if the person was wrongly convicted? What if the allegation were not true? I haven't had any bad experiences with custody battles, I was attempting to paint a picture of the consequences of a wrongful conviction, especially in the media. America can very easily make a person persona non grata.”
“Just because you believe his is a child rapist doesn't mean I have to believe as well. The key part of what you said was "skepticism". For every story of real child abuse, there are cases of false allegations trumped up during hostile child custody disputes in order to demonize the other parent. There are cases in which people, mostly men, who are in prison, for rapes that didn't happen, because the now-custodial parent (usually the mother) wanted to be vindictive at the end of a disintegrating relationship.
It appears to me that Ms. Farrow wants the world to hate Mr. Allen as much she does because of what she alleges. But you have to understand that without any additional evidence, and supposition because of Allen's relationship with Soon-Yi, it is just her story.
I don't understand how you can easily dismiss Mia's relationship with a convicted child rapist while she was accusing Allen of child rape. Dylan is her own person NOW, not when she the alleged incident happened. Her mother, whom Dylan calls a "wall of fortitude" in her open letter, continues to associate herself with a man who did the very thing that we are supposed now vilify Mr. Allen for. A man, just like Allen, who "can elevate careers". This is why I and many others aren't so quick to buy into this story completely.”
newdawnfades on Feb 7, 2014 at 22:21:06
“I don't care to defend Mia. She's not the accuser here. You going on about Mia is simply a distraction from focusing on Woody Allen, the point of this entire discussion. I can't help you figure out whatever bad experiences you've had with custody battles. Let's talk about this case with this man.”
“Is this a cop trying usurp their power? I just don't understand what goes through the mind of a cop, who is supposed to "serve and protect" who is so stubborn for everyone to follow the law to the T that are unaware about the seriousness of a car accident. It just seems bizarre. What purpose does it serve anyone to arrest a firefighter doing his job?”
“First, All communities, whether it be a town, the media, a political party, the church, a school, a police department, or a family, "circle the wagons" when one of their own is threatened by external trouble. This doesn't make it right that actors still work with Polanski, a convicted felon. But nobody is immune to closing ranks and being defiant about it, even if it is indefensible and even if the perpetrator admitted to doing it.
It is sort of like Mia Farrow's occasional defense and continued friendship with Mr. Polanski.
Second, just because Allen was sleeping with the 18-year old daughter of his girlfriend, shouldn't be conflated to mean he raped his own 7 year old daughter. It may make him a morally suspect to be romantically involved with Soon-Yi but it doesn't make him a criminal.
Third, outside the story of Ms. Farrow, where is the evidence? If Allen were the sexual predator that is alleged, I would think in the intermittent 22 years since the allegations there would have some subsequent victims and allegations to come out. Sexual predators usually don't have a tendency to stop at one victim. It isn't just "apologists" who believe Ms. Farrow wasn't raped, the State of Connecticut didn't have enough evidence to believe she was, either. Allen's peculiar personality and a affection for teenage girls does not make him, and shouldn't villify him to be, a child rapist.”
newdawnfades on Feb 7, 2014 at 16:53:08
“He can elevate careers, that's why they work with him. I don't care to defend Mia. Dylan is her own person, not a brainwashed puppet and she has little to gain from falsely accusing her father of child abuse.
You clearly don't see the power and control issue of a father figure engaging in a sexual relationship with an underage daughter of of his partner? We all know they didn't just spontaneously start a sexual relationship when she became legal. At least those of us not incredibly naive.
Third, you would need a background in abuse to understand how breaking the silence works. People do it when they feel safe, which is why most survivors wait till much later in life. Have you been following the Catholic Church scandals? Some waited till their elderly years before speaking up. Some never did. It involves embarrassment, shame, and guilt on the part of victims. It takes time to work through this. Add that to the fact that her abuser denies everything and is a powerful figure, and just so happens to be her father? One of the strongest reasons why victims never come forward: their fear that they won't be believed. Your skepticism is case in point.”
“What is being lost on everyone as the Republicans hyperventilate about the CBO report is that the alternative GOP plan (that they finally came up with) to the ACA has the same provisions that would lead to the same work discouraging incentives. They are grandstanding for political fodder.”
“Pure, 100%, Grade A, USDA Laziness. This sounds like what media people do who are so infatuated with being "the recorder" instead of being the dividers of the tares from the wheat that what is reality doesn't matter. What really affects Americans doesn't matter, except in the context of the poltical horserace the media enthusiastically perpetuates.”
“"And how is this going to help the millions of people who had their hours reduced so their employers didn't have to provide healthcare insurance and now have no healthcare. These people will have to find extra jobs to be able to afford it again.
You would have to be VERY gullible to buy this spin.... And so many here say fox likes to spin the news, WOW"
Employers were doing this before the ACA, especially in retail.”
“Erin has to know that she had the options that she had as a reporter when she left ESPN was because she was popular and popular not only because she was credible at her job, but also because she is gorgeous. Could a male reporter walk into a female locker room full of women in various stages of dress without being scrutinized as a pervert? But Erin could do that with men and no one would raise an ire about it. Does she think she would gotten the exposure she has gotten, especially DWTS, if she wasn't a 10 who happens to be a proven sports reporter?
I get her point, but I saw her appearance and what she wore on Jimmy Kimmel when she were promoting DWTS. I wasn't watching because of her sports takes.”