“I would cordially invite HuffPost's readers to visit my new spiritual blog, www.EnrichOurWorld.net. It is about experiencing the human and spiritual connection between ALL peoples and to see these common threads through their cultures, their religions, their ethnicities, their genders and their humannesses. So in this context, we can value and esteem who people are and what their affiliations are, without making their identities a divisive factor but actually a factor that upholds their dignity, their aspirations and their need for love, communion and connection. And in all this, communication is the unlocking key.”
“Obama has the advantage when it comes to preserving social programs like Social Security and Medicare. He has yet to show how he can reduce the deficit substantively without cutting into these programs and one upcoming program - Obamacare. How will he do it? He's done some good things, e.g., saving the auto industry and the banks. Romney, on the other hand, has the advantage when it comes to standing on his successful business background. His solutions have to do in part with deep cuts in spending, especially social programs. Will he destroy compassionate government as we've known it - programs that protect our seniors and provide security for the poor? It's easier for a candidate to criticize the incumbent than vice-versa, and the former has a track record, and the latter doesn't. It's going to be interesting, especially in the upcoming debates between the two, to see how each man navigates the crucial issues of our time, and how each's positionality will either convince, or unconvince, the American people to vote for them.”
Andrea Blackwell on Apr 23, 2012 at 19:28:37
“Romney is a vulture capitalist and that's NOT what this country is about.
Oh, you missed a bit http://obamaachievements.org/
with Romney, we go back to the old way.
The rich get more money,
The middle get more work.
The poor get more company.
How about some REAL taxes? If they're fortunate enough to cash in on the American dream, they can surely invest back into it. We've been carrying them LONG enough.
I couldn't trust a man who'd pay hundreds of dollars for a haircut, I'm sure not going to trust a guy who'd pay 12 Million for 3000 square feet of "mansion". Before I was NAFTA'd out of my livelihood, I had 3000 square feet and paid 138K in a good school district.
Romney's not even clue adjacent.
President Obama's plan to build the internet backbone is a brilliant way to innovate education make home-schooling available, bring telecommuting up from a perk to a career choice. That would reduce emissions while restoring the family unit. Not only that, he respects women! If more young men took his example, they would learn how to keep a quality woman in their lives!
What's Romney's solution, one wife at home and one supporting the tax base? Kill off the poor by sending them off to war? Drone our kids into servitude and like it?
Just take look at your paycheck, if you're lucky enough to have one. Chances are you're missing something...like the REST of your paycheck.”
InfiniteFreedom on Apr 23, 2012 at 18:25:02
“Mike, I like your rational way of putting things! Fanned and faved.”
cmarker on Apr 23, 2012 at 18:23:31
“"........the former has a track record, ....."
And that, my friend, should answer any question about whom should be our next president.
All one has to do is look at that track record and realize that Obama will destroy America as we know it if he has another four years.”
JWal196665 on Apr 23, 2012 at 18:19:20
“I say let's start with the House of Representatives and the Senate, need to cut out all their benefits, home state offices, free travel and free parking, cut their staffing and make them earn that $174,000.00.”
“Genuinely sorry about your family member. So that you can have your full self-expression about your point-of-view, why don't you write and submit your own article to Huffington Post? As to my article and point-of-view, I stand by it. I never said Trayvon was angelic. But he didn't carry the gun. George did. He didn't follow George at close heel. George followed him. He didn't disobey police advisory not to follow someone; George disobeyed. He didn't kill George Zimmerman. George killed him. And if he struck George, he was entitled to stand up for himself and defend himself. The kid was heading home, with a bag of skittles in his pocket, for Pete's sake. Enough said.”
“Very sorry about the loss of your family member. Re. your take on George, why don't you write a piece of your own on Huffington Post? They might well consider. As for my piece, I do stand by my article. Wishing you the best, and again so sorry about your loss.”
“LInda - perhaps if the prosecution hadn't pushed so hard for an "all or nothing" win, there would have been a fairer verdict rendered.”
Linda Iverson Moser on Jul 17, 2013 at 18:43:38
“There are many things that would have had a direct impact on the verdict. The judge struck down the jury instruction regarding 'first aggressor', which to me would have more clearly defined whether or not Zimmerman was justified in using deadly force. The jurors were obviously confused about manslaughter and when they asked for a clarification, the judge responded by saying she wasn't going to take the time to have a discussion about it but that they need to submit a specific question in writing. What??!!!! She didn't want to bother to explain the law to a jury that needed an explanation in order to make the right decision? It was supremely disappointing to me to hear her respond that way, and I don't remember if the jury ever got a clarification or if they just dropped the subject out of frustration. In the end the jury was being asked to make an impossible decision and the paramaters they had gave them little reasonable choice but to vote for acquittal. ”
“Your points understood. Thanks for commenting. Part of my article was based on logic and probability, but not absolute fact. Though I must say, your last sentence is speculation too. Best, Mike”
Baxterlove on Jul 17, 2013 at 19:44:14
“Forgive me for saying... As a parent and an supervisor and customer service type person, there are three sides to every story. You can dismiss my last comment as speculation but reality is one own's perception.
I am bothered that you paint such an angelic picture of Trayvon. It is what bothers me about this whole case. I feel compelled to speak out on a forum, first time ever, because I just don't think George is being fairly treated and I feel the media has done a lot to destroy his life. I am deeply dismayed by that. The public will believe whatever is shoved at them.... The old saying - if it is on the Internet it must be true. Recently I lost a family member in a tragic accident. It was not only national news, it was international. The things people said and what they speculated were very hurtful and judgmental. When the facts finally emerged there were no apologizes for all the wrong conclusions the public just moved on to next big sensational story to tear someone else's life apart.”
“Bernard - perhaps you and others might be interested in reading my 21 year-old piece entitled, "The Message of the One". Came through in 90 minutes, with the sound of birds singing outside my window.
A shortened version of this also appears in Huffington Post. Again, enjoyed and agreed with your article very much. Here's link to the "Message of the One" piece:
“Bernard - thank you for this fine contribution to an understanding of the spiritual evolution we're witnessing. I deeply resonated with it, and agreed with it. I'd invite you to look at my site, www.Enrichment.com - and if you or others may wish to discuss some collaboration please feel free to get in touch. Kind regards, Mike Schwager (firstname.lastname@example.org).”
“I completely agree. And remember, he DID acknowledge the original source, only neglected to give attribution to the person who did same. We need the brilliance of a Fareed Zakaria - far and away the most insightful and wise tv journalist on the scene today!!”
ThomasAnderson60617 on Aug 11, 2012 at 18:01:29
“I agree totally with what you say; and I have to fan you for your comments”
“Zakaria did not plagiarize. He attributed the original source, Adam Winkler. Consequently, Zakaria's intent was not malevolent. I follow Fareed Zakaria and his reports regularly on CNN - and he is a person of heart, and tremendous range and vision. He is genuinely talented and insightful.
What's makes Fareed especially valuable in his reportage is his ability to integrate, synthesize and provide insight in terms of the larger picture of what's going on. And he does it non-ideologically. He is a very rare journalist - in the tradition of people like Eric Severeid. He shouldn't go. We need his perspective...badly!!!! I sincerely hope we don't lose him. He's a very good and able man. In this age of ideological divisiveness, Fareed lifts consciousness and helps us by seeing and understanding the big picture and trends. Who else can do this in journalism today?
madmanmike on Aug 11, 2012 at 14:08:26
“What have you been smokin!!”
madmanmike on Aug 11, 2012 at 14:04:41
“What are you smokin?”
Tsckey on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:17:59
“Actually, he did. Winkler was the source of the original material, but it was gathered and turned into an article by Jill Lepore. Had Zakaria properly attributed her article as the basis of the passage quoted from his there would have been no problem.
The true shame in this, other than the obvious loss to his reputation, is the manner in which conservatives will twist his professional lapse from one in which he reported truthfully but without proper attribution, to that he lied about everything.”
martyfrancom on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:11:47
“Oh brother ... clearly his employers and other journalists don't agree with your vaulted opinion. It IS plagiarism. Sadly ... he's a fraud.”
“Fine article Andrew. Appreciate the research and creativity that went into it. I do feel that the Post Office, a true national icon and delivery service that transcends politics, should be left intact - but if not, your solution seems to be worth consideration! Continued success on your fine pieces and superb writing!”
“It takes an Elder like you, Duane, to provide perspective. And what among other things does the Elder offer? He/She imparts a sense of Life's utter preciousness, and encourages the capacity for others to love more, to be kinder, and to appreciate the human and non-human life forms that inhabit our dear planet! :)”
“Wonderful to see a story like this with a good outcome. I have a feeling Hillary Clinton was working full-time on it behind the scenes.”
me3jewels on Nov 26, 2011 at 14:40:15
“BUT, were they guilty? Or don't you care?”
cutebrunette755 on Nov 26, 2011 at 14:36:58
“Wonderful out come?? I think they are embarrassment for the US. There are enough terrorist in Egypt right now. They don't need some american terrorist activities. Egyptian government should deport them and they should not be allow to enter Egypt for a long time.
Can you just imagine same think happend in US?? And Egyptian/middle eastern came here and protests US government and trowing firebombs at US security forces.
Let me guess ( waterboarding).”
plewdawg on Nov 26, 2011 at 14:30:38
“OMG! You're still in Never Never land. One thing you can bet is it wasnt free. I wonder how much it cost us?”
thumbsie32 on Nov 26, 2011 at 14:30:17
“If those students were doing what they were accused of they should have not been released. They should have been thrown in The jail and the key thrown away. The charge could be sheer stupidy. This is the kind of people in the wall st mob. No common sense”
“Conrad Murray, in my opinion, does not deserve a prison sentence. At worst, he should be given community service, where he may do some genuine good. This is not a bad person. This is someone who was recruited by a celebrity drug addict, who would have overdosed and killed himself one way or the other. Michael Jackson was a great, brilliant entertainer, but he was terribly drug-addicted, long before he met Dr. Murray. I believe Murray was trying to wean him off the propofol, and at worst he made a bad decision in even being part of its use at Michael's home. But this was also a good man who treated many poor patients for no fee. Michael was exploited and used by MANY people close to him, including agents and attorneys - and his family did NOT do enough to protect him. No one knew how to say "no" to Michael, with the exception perhaps of Dr. Deepak Chopra. Dr. Murray represents a way to exculpate Michael's family and others from the guilt they feel.”
“WHY were those beautiful animals gunned down and killed? WHY weren't they shot with stun guns, and then transported to the zoo? This was a brutal act of inhumaneness by the sheriff's office and was unwarranted - the easy way out - just like killing shelter animals without attempting to find homes for them is the easy way out. An offense against Nature and God's creatures. Shame!”
LastWave on Oct 19, 2011 at 16:48:30
“i cant help but point out. that this is reality. there is no stun gunning a bear or a lion. you will just make it mad. and using sedatives has a good chance to kill it anyway if you dont know its exact weight and specie. i feel bad they had to be killed but they really had no other choice.
those animals may not have ever hurt anyone, but there is just as good of a chance that they would have. better to be safe.”
IndependentBadger on Oct 19, 2011 at 15:56:06
“Humans are more important than other animals. If the men had missed, or simply slowed the creatures down, and they had attacked some child, those same men would be hauled in front of a court for negligence or malpractice. The only cruelty that was committed was the decision to allow this man to keep these animals in the first place. Well, that, and the coward unleashing them on a neighborhood with children in it.”
“Andy - thank you for the work you are doing to expose the counterproductive work of The Tea Party. I do not find them knowledgeable enough or wise enough about how our Government needs to work - through compromise - without hijacking the system to make it all or nothing: "all" for them, and "nothing" for everyone else. This is the kind of rigid positionality that hurts democracy and the governance of our Republic.”
Aug 14, 2011 at 15:30:14
“John - what a mind-blowing AND edifying story. The "dark side" of Monsanto's intentions must be revealed as widely as possible; and thank you for sharing this story. As I look at the awful famine crisis in Somalia - and if Monsanto is so interested in good "PR" - why don't we issue a public appeal to the Monsanto's of the world to aggressively fund aid organizations with food (not genetically altered) and medical relief NOW. Beautiful, vulnerable children are dying.”
“That Bin Laden is gone from the scene commends the work of the Navy Seals, the CIA and counter-intelligence operatives, and the Administration. But with the threat of retribution on the part of terrorists a real one, with Bin Laden now considered a martyr by some, and the threat of make-shift terrorists also possible, vigilance both at home and abroad must be strong, both in the near term and long term, but especially the short-term. New York City, other American cities, suburban and even rural shopping malls, and all kinds of installations abroad, nuclear power plants, American harbors, etc. must be more securely protected than ever before. I also worry about dirty bombs, and viral and bacteriological attacks. We mustn't panic, but anticipate what's possible given the mentality of extremists. And we must simultaneously reach out to the Muslim community around the world, and embrace them as brothers. We must continue to narrow the gap between rich and poor on our planet. Many are relieved to be rid of Bin Laden. We must seek to spread brotherly and sisterly love throughout the world, both in consciousness and in practical ways.”
“Congratualtions on what you and your colleagues have done. It's an unusual story, and that you raised a lot of money all on a volunteer basis is amazing. If you ever have a gameplan you can share beyond what you've written, it would be most gratefully received. Best to you, Mike”
“Thank you Carolyn. What would Eleanor (meaning Eleanor Roosevelt?) do? Gosh, that great woman has done it, hasn't she? She layed the track in the brilliant and unifying Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In one fell swoop, she legitimized the humane treatment of people the world over, irrespective of race, religion, culture or gender. And who was her spiritual predecessor? Probably Woodrow Wilson. And kindred spirits? Gandhi, Schweitzer, King, Mother Theresa.”