“I firmly believe that dogs ARE angels in disguise, so much so that I named my late, cherished dog-daughter Angel. She was, indeed, an emissary of Go's love. My living dog-daughters are Theodora (meaning "God's Gift") and Miracle.”
“If this guy is so scientifically ignorant that he stil thinks that being gay is some sort of choice of lifestyle, like being a Dallas Cowboys fan or a member of the Masons, that alone disqualifies him from public office. To discriminate based on biological sexual orientation is pure bigotry. God hates bigotry while loving the bigot, but that doesn't mean bigots should be entrusted with leadership!”
Roger Corman on Dec 19, 2011 at 12:08:50
“Being a newly minted American, I am starting to have my doubts as to whether this countries people are actually steeped in science based on the choices they have to consider as POTUS, sounds more like voodoo to me”
“@Geegs Stories like this are brush strokes on the portrait of a President. They're the sort of trivia that fascinates history buffs, making a historical figure come alive in the imagination. There's no harm in that. Newspapers are about the business of recording history, even these little personal glimpses. If you don't happen to prefer this sort of thing, the Huffington Post offers dozens and dozens of other stories that might interest you.”
“I can't speak out because my brother and sister won't let me. My sister's adult daughter adored her grandfather, and she barred me from seeing her kids, the lights of my life, since I tried to tell the truth. She's threatened my siblings with the same thing if they dare to back me up. I'm no longer welcome on holidays. My siblings demand that the past stay in the past, despite my PTSD, and despite what was done to them. I give up. Back to the psych ward for me, most likely before Christmas. It's so common for me that it doesn't even bother my family anymore.”
Wonderfull on Nov 1, 2012 at 06:49:22
“I have some experience with what you're going through, so I know the price, but the only thing to do if you want to retain and restore your sanity and HEAL is to choose to embrace the TRUTH, as painful as it is. To do anything else is literally soul/mind/physically destructive to you and will mean that you have voluntarily given up the power that you still possess to empower not only yourself, but others and possibly protect your beloved niece's children through your example of standing up for yourself, your innate worth, for justice, for the truth and for the still vulnerable children in your family and everywhere. DON'T be shamed, Imka. This is the silver lining you can embrace and use to bless yourself and the others around you. Write the ending of this story with yourself as the hero and protector of the children in your family. Sound the alarm, tell the truth. Just reading your comment has helped me decide how I am going to handle one of the issues I have been personally struggling with having to do with a family member who sexually molested me and my two sisters (and, it turns out, lots of other young girls throughout his lifetime.) I, too, run the risk of alienating family members. But if I had "come out" about him sooner, I may have saved some children. Thanks for inspiring me to do the difficult, but right thing.”
“i didn't say that government is the ONLY way. Government is, however, a safety net for those with no other resources, and it's meant to be the first responder to natural disasters and national security emergencies. Nobody can prepare for every eventuality.
Some people really are unable to care for themselves. However, there are people like my late husband, who was badly injured by a drunk driver, and took government help long enough to get a degree so he could work a desk job, and stopped taking disability when he was once again self-sufficient. Not everyone, though, is that lucky.
Needing public assistance of any kind is humiliating and degrading enough, but there are some folks who double these feelings by bullying the needy, accusing them of being frauds or criminals. Since they can't walk a mile in their neighbor's shoes, these bullies should mind their own business.”
southrnlyfe on Oct 1, 2012 at 19:36:32
“Sorry for the challenges that you and your late husband dealt with. Life has a way of being very beautiful yet full of hardships.
I wish everyone shared your sentiments concerning the humiliation that comes with being on public assistance. However, that is not the case.
The reason you equate public assistance with humiliation has to do with the principles you hold as a person and possibly the way you were raised. This is how things should be, but if you watch the woman from Ohio talking about her Obama phone, humiliation is not in the equation. This is not an isolated example, there are plenty of people receiving assistance that do not really need it.
That's what this debate is about. It's not about your husband, my sister who used WIC, or my cousin who is disabled because of intense cancer treatment. This is about a culture of dependency, people who choose, for various reasons, a lifestyle of govenment dependency.
Our country was founded for people like yourself and your husband. People who strive to be better, who sacrifice and work hard but sometimes need a little help. It was not founded for people to be generational dependents who rely on the govenment to secure their basic life necessities from cradle to the grave.
The GOP is not against helping people, we are against the govenment advertising social programs and creating policies that reduce personal incentive and create gererational dependents.”
“Perhaps the writer's mother is like the millions of women who believed that they HAD set everything in place for her children's care and well-being, only to have everything collapse around her due to something she could never have foreseen, like a natural disaster, the death of a spouse, an economic downturn, a company like Bain Capital erasing her job, suddenly becoming financially responsible for an elderly parent, or a catastrophic illness in her family. Perhaps most people's lives don't go as they'd planned. Perhaps the above commenter could think seriously about walking a mile in a young mother's shoes before he turns a knee-jerk reaction into a sweeping generality, and then into a judgmental rule-of-thumb.”
southrnlyfe on Sep 30, 2012 at 14:48:57
“You diminish the resilience of individuals when you suggest the only way to overcome tragic life events is government intervention.
There are plenty of people who handle these situations without any assistance, and there are also many who use assistance as a tool. My sister happens to be one who used it as a tool to help her get on her feet and feed her child.
This is not about those people. This debate is not about those who use programs as a tool to better themselves. However, today democrats have refused to admit there is corruption, and there are individuals who game the system. Today our government continually tells the public how much we need them, as if people are unable to care for themselves.
This is unsustainable and yet everyone seems to ignore this.”
lowetom65 on Sep 30, 2012 at 11:48:18
“I appreciate that people can have life situations happen that put them in a tough spot. That happens in my family too. What happens when it does is we all pitch in and give what we can to help.
The facts are that millions of people are on public assistance and when they have kids they get on public assistance. It becomes a harmful way of life to those who have to pay for it and for those who are dependent on that way of life.
Get the feds out of it, states take over, churches take over, families take over, etc...”
“@Herbert - You concur with what, exactly? The comment about "equal parenting", or the explanation of the correctness of the *Perry* decision?
You must know, old friend, that the news of this decision overjoyed me! Marriage equality is a cause that I believe in down to my bones. I pray that it might soon be interpreted as banning unequal rights everywhere in the US!”
“The original version of this post, removed by the moderator (thank God), was written that way because I failed to control my temper. I'm ashamed of that in myself, and I apologize to you all and to the Huffington Post. A more civil version has been posted.”
“Nobody SANE sees their child as a token! I know from experience that God chooses many methods of bringing souls together whom He means to be part of each others' lives. A boy born my third cousin once removed, a part-Sioux child, grew up as my brother. Now he's my best friend, confidante, and sibling/soul-mate. There is no one on Earth that I love more than I love him. My life would be infinitely worse without having him in it.”
undercovermoms on Sep 18, 2011 at 18:15:25
“Could not have said this better.Lovely.Authentic.God Bless.Lucky you.”
“From this commenter: "Am I the only one that finds it wrong for rich white people to
own token ethnic kids?"
Shame on you for thinking of adoption as ownership! Individuals adopt individual children, rather than rich white people "owning" token ethnic kids. Adoption is as sacred a commitment as is marriage, and that isn't ownership, either, at least for the last century and a half or so.
Nobody SANE sees their child as a token! I know from experience that God chooses many methods of bringing souls together whom He means to be part of each others' lives. A boy born my third cousin once removed, a part-Sioux child, grew up as my brother. Now he's my best friend, confidante, and sibling/soul-mate. There is no one on Earth that I love more than I love him. My life would be infinitely worse without having him in it.
Grow the hell up! Start seeing individuals as unique, instead of putting people in the restrictive cubbyholes of race, culture, religion, or political views. That's an immature method of thinking, and it will lead you to errors 100% of the time! To view people as merely members of a group is to devalue all human beings, including yourself.”
“In the USA, government "by the people" is a group expression of personal responsibility! When the government issues food stamps to, for instance, a poo,r young, new war widow with two babies that she suddenly can't afford to feed, it is actually the compassion of the American people being expressed. In this country, WE are the government, and each individual is part of that. Thus, it is the personal responsibility of every person to chip in their fair share toward doing those large-scale actions which benefit us all. Taxes are the method used to take that responsibility, and trying to duck out on that responsibility is unfair to everyone who does play it fair.”