“americans not from texas semm to put down texans the exact same way the rest of the world puts down the U.S. and in both cases you know that they are also fascinated and admirable of that which the so eagerly criticise. in other words, consider that texas is to the usa what the usa is to the world.
“if you've ever lived in an islamic country then you know what a messed up, closed minded, fascist, faith islam is. The spread of islamic fundamentalism through immigration and baby machines IS a real threat to an open and free Europe.
AND I am always offended when i encounter by women with veils- it's so presumptuous for them to assert that i wanted to leer at them.
but on the other hand, when you return to the u.s.a you wish all the many grotesque fatsos would cover up.”
TommyMcCarthy on Jun 19, 2009 at 17:46:48
“heh....."hiccups" weighs in on the side of enlightenment and tolerance!! I think...
“i grew up going to rodeo- there at least the bull can win and live to see another day. It is man against animal in an equal sort of way.
I've been to a bull fight in Spain and it was pathetic.l the bull is doomed and will be tortured and executed no matter what. Bullfights are a disgrace to all involved. It is is for weak, small insecure cowards.”
carnegie on May 25, 2009 at 18:23:18
“Man against animal in an equal sort of way? In a rodeo? You need to read up on that. Not true!!!”
May 12, 2009 at 01:51:09
“it's OK for men to get physically violent with other men sometimes.
That's life. It's normal and healthy. Men aren't supposed to be restrained wooses all the time.
Push a woman then shove the guy that gets concerned- you can get hurt for it. Sounds good to me.
AND It's a good example for the kids- guys can punch each other instead of going straight to shoot or stab.
Think about it.”
Nivekian on May 12, 2009 at 08:57:11
“Welcome to generation wussy, where violence is decried by people who can't use violence to intimidate other. So they push push push, and when someone pushes back, they are called a psycho, violent drunk, etc.”
thebirdstheword on May 12, 2009 at 08:18:06
“too bad it takes kiefer a twelve pack to be "normal & healthy".”
“This translator fellow should of course be allowed to serve his country.
I have lived in an arab country and have seen how being an openly homosexual man would be an issue in interacting with other men.
It's complicated- In public the "beards" would act offended, BUT in reality many conservative arab men seem to be at least part-time privately homo (intimact and sexual gratification anyway) even though they profess to despise gays- so they mint find it alluring! It could be an asset!
Remember- the CIA and Secret Service uses attractive women more often now for gathering information/interviews because it makes straight men are more attentive!”
“it is disturbing in the first place that these horses are being shipped across the globe and pumped up with drugs. another contemporary example of how we meddle way too much with other creatures for our own pleasure.”
“so for an example- if a partner in a marriage decides the union is broken and beyond reconciliation and decides divorce is best- that causes them to not be upstanding? how is that bad or shameful? really, what's the difference? it's separatist. yea, so what.
and so looking into the future, over the eons to come, it is not possible forthere to be a just reason for the usa to break up? what?”
“Perhaps the civil war should not have been fought.
If the citizens in the conferate staes votes to leave, then why not?
Slavery likely would have ended anyway if you need to latch onto that arguement.
Many people died to keep the union togeather. What is inherently good about everyone being togeather?
And by the way, take a look at the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. They seem to suggest that leaving the union could be justified.
Paul is right.
And I am speaking as a very liberal, normaly "politally correct" citizen. Who loves america. And fought for it.”
BlackJAC on Apr 20, 2009 at 15:41:05
“Slavery was obsolete. The Confederates were hanging onto it because it was their tradition to have slavery. They saw which was society was trending, didn't like it, and chose to take their bat and ball and go home.”
iblog on Apr 20, 2009 at 14:45:23
“That's not liberal thought. That's Separatist thought. Nothing upstanding about it.”
“the usa was formed as a federalist system with a confederacy of states and it is true that the central government has become too strong. As wrong as slavery is/was, the desire of the southern states to break off had logical economic reasons- eventually the world would have been fine without the civil war. this calcified notion of the american states is bad business. and what's up with puerto rico and guam?”
CosmicSpaceTurtle on Apr 17, 2009 at 06:11:09
“The entire reason the US exists, the reason we have a Constitution, is because states on their own after the Revolution DID NOT WORK. The founders realized this. The Articles of Confederation were not enough.
The yokels of the Confederacy started a war to keep their slaves and used states rights as an excuse. Similarly, the extremists today are using "taxes" as an excuse to justify their pre-existing hatred of our popular President. They are bitter that he won an election and is supported by the majority of Americans, they are bitter that America is moving left and that their archaic values and beliefs will never have national influence.
It's silly to compare the Confederacy with the extremists of today though, as the extremists of today are such a small and irrelevant movement that talk of them "seceding" can only be met with laughter. Their numbers are so insignificant that it's a joke to act as if they have any real influence or potential. They're a joke.”
Apr 15, 2009 at 14:12:15
“lets see- lyndon johnson, walter cronkite, ramsey clark, Robert Rauschenberg, the church of the sub-genius, willie nelson, michael dell, admiral nimitz... are these the sort of ignorant worthless closeminded texans you folks like to keep putting down? does that not fit into the tidy cliche?
ron paul chose to bring babies into this world for a living and then serve us all, HONORABLY, in government- how is that ignorant or silly?”
Apr 15, 2009 at 13:40:16
“I guess im one of the educated "liberal" middle class that is supposed to enjoy looking down my nose at "ignorant" along people with cohen. why doesnt he ever trap his own peers in his games instead of people from a different culture with a different but honorable outlook? hes just trying to reinforce tired cliches that things such as our last presidential election and the marriage laws in ohio show as antiquated.
whether of not you agree with roon paul he is an honorable man so i feel it is doubly shameful for cohen to have tricked him into an interview. pauls response shows what a jerk cohen was to try to make him look bad.
i would rather go see a cohen movie that pulled such tricks on the snotty "liberals" who put down those who dont agree with their left wing rules.
“yes, i do understand that this issue extends beyond this little incident with the rep. from texas and asian names.
Personally, im not interested in some strong central government with everyone all documented and organized and monitored anyway. As far as I'm concerned the more ways we have to thwart efforts by the govt. to control and track folks the better.
I'm just saying that the rep. might not be such a bigot. there are a half dozen ways to translate a chinease name.
and why is translate from chinerease script anyway? and Is there some law that says we must write all official documents using the english alphabet?”
“i first agreed that this represetative was offensive, but after learning the details of this situation that are explained in this article, I'm not so offended.
Evidently people with asian names where listing other more common nanes on i.d.s.
When i was recently in college i had many chinease classmates that chose to go by more common american names for some reason.
One can see how this is confusing and maybe even dangerous if people are basically having i.d.s with aliases.
so context needs to be considered here. she suggests people choose on name, maybe making their "asian" name easier to read rather than aquiring another second more common name in addition. any other ideas? maybe these folks should stop using aliases on their i.d.s?”
juanjo on Apr 12, 2009 at 00:13:29
“I hate to be the one to break this to you but many people in this country use an "alias" aka nickname. It is perfectly legal to do so and there is no requirement to have your name legally changed before doing so. Some people do it as it is easier than having to constantly have people mispronounce their real name. others because there are several people in the family with the same name and others simply because they like the name. As long as there is no intention to commit fraud, there is no harm and no foul.
My name [the one I use everyday] is not my given name and I have used it since I was a small child. My parents are the ones who started doing so as they had named me after my grandfathers who were both alive then and thus somewhat confusing in conversation. I did not even realize all this until I went to the clerk of courts and asked for my birth certificate and found out at age 15 I was really named John. Want to take a guess as to which name is on my school papers, drivers license etc?”
“chances are that they've become pirates because their unprotected waters have been overfished by foreign fishing fleets from far way that come in and wipe out the fish poulations leaving the local somalian fishermen without an income and looking right at an opportunity to make easy money ransoming passing ships.
has anyone been hurt? no.
do i blame them? no.
is this a waste of our navy's time: yes
i have no problem with these guys ransoming every ship that goes by- hauling a bunch of junk around the globe that no one needs pooluting every place they go.
jhb90277 on Apr 10, 2009 at 19:57:52
“Yes, darn that food aid ship. How dare they go through those waters! People do get hurt. These pirates are targeting anything that moves, not just fishing vessels. In fact, there are numerous reports of bulk carriers, tankers and container ships being hijacked. There are cases where the crew is simply robbed at gunpoint of their personal belongings and the ships stores are raided.
Do you know what is transported by ship? Everything you can imagine. It's not just all cheap junk. it's food, clothing, personal belongings, cars, livestock, everything, and yes, cheap junk, too. It's not for you to decide for everyone else what is important or not.
Perhaps this tanker (see below) was guilty of overfishing their waters. maybe that crew really had it coming. GO PIRATES ..end sarcasm..
4. NIGERIA: Tanker boarded 11 Mar 09 at 0252 UTC while anchored in position 06:19N –
003:25E, Lagos anchorage. Men armed with guns, knives, and iron rods boarded the vessel and
assaulted the crew. The captain and another crew member were seriously injured. The captain
received medical treatment onboard while the other injured crew member was sent ashore for
medical treatment. The vessel weighed anchor and proceeded away from port. A full report and
more details are awaited from the owners (IMB).”
imfedup on Apr 10, 2009 at 08:24:42
“If that was your dad being held on a lifeboat with these guys, you might change your tune.”
rbenjamin on Apr 9, 2009 at 13:46:13
“Waste of the Navy's time? No, hunting and exterminating pirates is traditional Navy work. They are good at it, even if they haven't had to practice the art for a long time. Because organized Navies were so good at it. Putting the US Navy to work in Iraq was a waste of its time.
Your comments on overfishing have some merit, but I don't see the pirates going after factory ships to put a stop to it. GO NAVY!”