“I'm sorry about her attack. I don't know what really went on, so, I can't really talk badly about her. I know many of you hate the girl, but I don't. I can't because she was an opportunist and he was a willing participant. This aged billionaire took advantage of his status and procured for himself a mistress. I know so many people are buying the story that he has early-on stages of alzheimer's, I don't. I think it's part of the media blitz designed by an Olivia Pope-like fixer. After this I'm not sure which is worse: The Sterling-Stiviano Debacle or the men who actually feel that her being attacked is some sort of vindication for not keeping her lover's secrets.”
“Boehner, where have YOU been? For as long as I could remember there were complaints about Vet medical care. I had relatives that actually tried to get help and when they were frustrated and went out of their way to get help from private physicians found they were punished because suddenly their benefits would either be pulled or lessened. You know I can't wait to see what happens when these patients start seeing REAL doctors. How many of them are going to find out that if they had gotten early treatment/better meds their medical problems would have been easily cured or managed? What excuse will some of these doctors give? I'm very curious to see to hear the excuses that will be used to explain professional ineptitude. Oh, change is coming to Veteran Medical care all right. And a lot of heads are going to roll right along with it.”
May 25, 2014 at 19:40:52
“That's hilarious! But I'll bet Patient Zero honestly did not know they were carrying an infectious disease. I have to believe that because that is such a cruel and irresponsible thing to do that I can't wrap my imagination around that possibility. Kids could be sick, expectant mothers, just ANYONE. Nope, don't want to think about that .How can you make that up to people? The guilt would just crush me.”
May 24, 2014 at 15:40:30
“Person probably couldn't afford to take the time off from work or afford medical care right away. Hey, Missouri, still think healthcare is a "personal problem"? You're about to find out just how "personal" it can get.”
Ed Kummel on May 27, 2014 at 10:29:25
“If companies in the USA gave their employees a decent amount of leave...vacation and sick, without repercussions for when an employee takes a day off, then this would not have happened. This employee was probably afraid to get checked for fear of losing their job! The USA is the *ONLY* G7 country that doesn't mandate that employees get a minimum amount of time off (with pay) and something needs to change or stuff like this will happen more often!”
joebro1060 on May 25, 2014 at 11:02:08
“As long as we are purely speculating, I would like to state some other possibilities. It is possible that Patient Zero (P0) was contracted by an intergalactic terrorist organization who believes the spaghetti monster is the true universal overseer. P0 then self administered Hep A to thousands of egg-topped burgers and bottomless baskets of fries (that are fairly good) in order to set ablaze the lives of the unbelievers. Hey, it is based on just as many facts as your claim.”
Contrecoup on May 24, 2014 at 17:45:08
“That is a possibility, but so many people just feel that they have to go to work anyway, sick or not, based on management. I have worked for several managers who took a dim view of people calling in sick.
Still others put this on themselves to finish a project, or because there is so much work to be done. I know I have gone to work on many occasions while sick because I dreaded the amount of work to catch up when I got better. I had my own office, so that is somewhat protective, but I'm sure many do not.”
“I totally understand why someone would need the time, but this could definitely backfire because if you are a healthy female, then this is something that's going to happen every month for the next 30+ years! My best advice, having had this problem AND fibroids, use birth control to help with the symptoms if you can. Don't give business higher-ups an excuse to hold you back because of poor attendance.”
“Tiger just should not have married, he was too young. You take a man in his 20's, give him millions of dollars, and countless hours away from home and you have the perfect recipe for infidelity. It's not easy to be in those relationships and most fail until the spouse either slows down or retires. I think the real reasons women managed to stay married to powerful men in previous generations was because they looked the other way and flat out ignored the cheating and sought "comfort" themselves. Rather than put a spouse through that trauma, I'd suggest a person go on out, enjoy their success, date all they want, but don't get married until you really feel you are emotionally ready to commit.”
“Texas must contain the most paranoid and narcissistic citizens in the Union. Why do you need a gun to eat at a restaurant, or to go to work, or to just BE. It has always been my understanding that people who want to open carry a weapon in non-threatening situations are trying to provoke a response because they would otherwise be unnoticed.
The NRA needs to understand that guns are not accessories. They do not put the majority of the population at ease, they rile up emotions and cause unnecessary stress especially when encountered in places of leisure such as restaurants, parks.
Perhaps Texas should focus on their mental health system. Sounds like a lot of people need to find more constructive means of self-expression.”
melodisong2 on May 24, 2014 at 09:33:57
“Paranoid and cowardly on such a level that only Florida could compete.”
“Why should I care if my conversation with or about my children remind some younger person in the office of their unhappy relationship with their parents? That's a personal problem. If at all possible, I prefer to discuss anything personal discreetly on my own time and on my own phone during lunch. If you happen to overhear that conversation well congratulations! You ears work! That can be said of anyone discussing how happy they are in their marriage, and the younger person is having difficulty remaining in a stable relationship, or discussing how well a child is doing in school while another person's is failing. That maybe wasn't such a great example.
As for hanging out with the kiddies, are you serious? Sure, company sponsored lunches or holiday parties, okay. But I don't see the wisdom in going out to lunch all the time and wasting money. Once in a while is fine (and make that a long while) but I'm not going to act like I don't know better just because I want to "fit in". Wasting money is not healthy for anyone of any age.”
“JGL twerking in a red velvet suit, and Stephen Merchant doing Beyonce' (Beyonce' -Z to those in England that didn't get the notice). Sickening! I love them both anyway, but that lip-synch just seals the deal.”
“During that time of "house-lust", many realtors were encouraging people to borrow up to their maximum limit. And many people, without a thought for the future because things were so rosy back then, took the dive. That they didn't reflect on the unexpected, things like, "What if I lose my job, can one salary afford this mortgage?" or "What if I need a big money purchase, like a new car, sometime, in the future, could I afford that?",or "Do I have enough money saved for a crisis to cover this?" may be due to their shortsightedness. But that many were seduced into these contracts cannot be overlooked. Very few people can understand contract law, you rely very heavily on the attorney representing you to guide you through this process. Back then, a host of unsavory people had their hands in the pot, from the realtors to the title lawyers. We can blame the people who signed the contracts, but we mustn't forget that those who preyed on them are the guiltiest of all.”
Gene Panzer on Apr 29, 2014 at 21:21:45
“Lust, ..Shortsightedness, seduced, Without thought, reflect, preyed, and unsavory ...all very good words. I never joined a ponzi ( except SSI), I didn't refi..10 times and end up hundreds of thousands under water..I drive a 1998 truck and a 2005 car that both look new. I was called , written, E-mailed, and visited at my front door a thousand times between 2002 and 2008. I am not a genius..but I held greed in check! pretty simple. Greed !”
“Then why is the right so desperate to cut healthcare, food stamps, money for education and against voting to raise of the minimum wage? It really annoys me at how zealous people are to mandate that a woman doesn't abort a fetus, but are literally filled with inertia when it comes time to protect that human being from starving. If you want me to champion the future of a fetus, start championing the millions of impoverished children this nation's already got.”
“Thank you for that Jim. I wasn't sure if Illinois had this provision for children. I think that is what will be at the foundation of the murder one charge, that the state makes it possible for you to safely leave your unwanted child with a state approved and responsible party. I do not (or perhaps don't want to) believe that she did this with a sound mind.”
“This is a waste of two lives. Hers and her son's. I always find these "Lose the kids to keep the guy" situations just sickening. But this young woman wakes us up to a brutal truth about many women. All women do not have the mothering instinct so the idea that Mara should've automatically be in love with her offspring is, in her case, untrue. I'll bet she can't even explain why she loved this new boyfriend more than she loved the child. One of the easiest answers is that the child was the offspring of a man she no longer has a relationship with; Or she may have been in love with love and a child destroys the fantasy. This is a very sad story. But I think it is really important for young women to think about the prospect of having children and be honest with themselves as to whether they want this responsibility or not.”
keefaik on Apr 30, 2014 at 11:02:48
“I dont think she really knows what love is. I have a friend who had gotten married on her 18th birthday. she confused love with lust. no, seriously.. just a kid.”
esposd on Apr 30, 2014 at 07:31:18
“Mother instincts? what about a moral compass or understanding that murder is wrong....do those factors apply in this case?”
Maezeppa on Apr 29, 2014 at 20:13:30
“I completely agree. She wanted to have her boyfriend's baby, not just 'any' baby. She was thinking like a kid. What's sad is that if circumstances were different, if she had been older and more mature, she might have been a splendid mother.”
CletusVanDamme on Apr 29, 2014 at 15:05:17
“"But I think it is really important for young women to think about the prospect of having children and be honest with themselves as to whether they want this responsibility or not."
You nailed it with this sentence. I would say both women and men need to have this same realization. Men have responsibility here as well.”
“I know I'm gonna catch it for this, but: I feel sorry for her because this is obviously someone who was not very intelligent. This girl did not want this child and I wish she had just dropped the him off at the hospital. This is what comes of the notion that a woman is nothing without a man. She couldn't have been a confident, capable youngster to do this. I know that she's being charged with capital murder, I understand why. But I still am so tired of reading about these killings or children that are allowed to be abused by cruel boyfriends because a girl wants to keep a man's affections. Something has to be done to teach or build confidence in our girls. Very heartbreaking indeed.”
newvoyage on Apr 30, 2014 at 21:35:16
“I cannot believe that anyone could possibly have sympathy for anyone who murders a newborn child. With all due respect, I know you are sincere in your belief, but you are incredibly misguided. That she had a "cruel boyfriend" is a regretable rationalization for this incredibly heinous crime. A lot of people, unintelligent or not, are involved in exploitative relationships; they don't stuff their infant baby into a plastic Walmart bag and throw it into a trash bin. Not "upsetting her boyfriend" was more important to her than the life of her child. This precious newborn deserves your sympathy, not her murderer.”
esposd on Apr 30, 2014 at 07:29:41
“Well, she did murder a baby -- I suspect that if the story were about someone killing new born puppies, you would not defend the owner.”
amyglass on Apr 30, 2014 at 04:46:42
“" But I still am so tired of reading about these killings or children that are allowed to be abused by cruel boyfriends because a girl wants to keep a man's affections"
Cruel boyfriends? How about cruel women and moms who murder their own babies. Mothers are far more likely to kill their children than fathers. Quit blaming men for everything.”
kmx888 on Apr 30, 2014 at 01:50:26
“I agree with you with one exception, there is not evidence that her "boy friend" abused her in any way.”
kenteoth225 on Apr 30, 2014 at 01:17:38
“My mother disciplined us, educated us (my siblings and myself) and yes we got spanked. My mother taught us the value of life and respect and that if we didn't love ourselves how can someone else love us? It starts at home...and people can think what they want....had that child been taught to love herself she would have probably not slept with the father in the first place....or would have had the mindset to keep her baby or let the baby be adopted so someone else could love and raise the child....so sad.....GOD has the baby now and that baby will NEVER suffer again”
David901 on Apr 29, 2014 at 21:04:48
“Do you feel sorry for men who kill their ex wives to avoid financial ruin? Geez. You are getting it because this woman is a murderer.”
Katie Reynolds on Apr 29, 2014 at 21:01:09
“This is not a man's fault. You do realize SHE cheated, SHE got pregnant, SHE committed murder to cover HER cheating, right?”
stmay on Apr 29, 2014 at 19:59:31
“yes, you will catch it. The article said nothing about abuse or cruel boyfriend; that is a male-bashing fantasy meant to absolve her of responsibility. Sure we can find an excuse for the most heinous crime. From a sociological viewpoint, odds are she grew up in a household where she was not taught good values, had no consistent discipline nor structure to her life, and probably no loving father present. It's the same story over and over.”
Taos on Apr 29, 2014 at 19:52:06
“There are a lot of not very intelligent people out there with little to NO common sense. I think justifying her actions is what society is doing now. No one needs to take responsibility for their actions. It's always someone elses fault.”
valdot on Apr 29, 2014 at 19:39:01
“I do not feel an ounce of pity for her Aliecia, she is 18 years old, not 12, she knew exactly what she was doing intelligence or not.”
MajorMel on Apr 29, 2014 at 19:06:31
“I agree with you, Aliecia. I also suspect that it's a generational thing... in that this girl's mother probably had a slew of boyfriends to (in her mind) "validate" her worth, as did her mother's mother... and so on, and so on, and so on. This is probably what this girl saw as "normal" for a woman. It's all she knew.
Very sad. Young girls today need to be shown that THEY are the ones to validate their worth... not someone else... least of all a man.”
Rai Requena on Apr 29, 2014 at 18:45:58
“Don't feel sorry. If it was a black man the world would be screaming for the death penalty. It seems when a women is involved, she is either found mentally unstable or society is at fault. This women will most likely get 25 years and out by 10 for good behavior. What do you think a man would get?”
Pam Ramos on Apr 29, 2014 at 17:55:03
“I agree...it's a shame that things like this happen. Kids grown up not being nurtured, never being loved and never develop a positive self-esteem. So then any Dick, Rick, and Larry will do...no self-worth”
wendyweb47 on Apr 29, 2014 at 17:53:49
“Excellent assessment - I totally agree. Our culture is making girls feel they must look/act a certain way to be popular and as you said, without a boy/man, they are nothing. Girls need to be empowered by the other women in their lives so they feel valuable on their own - by their own merits. There is a lot of work to do to help ALL people feel valued on their own - whether or not they have a partner.”
bolivare on Apr 29, 2014 at 17:22:47
“Some may not like what you say, but what you say has some truth to it. Yes...she needs to go to jail for what she did..no doubt about it. But, in order to help, we must understand WHY she did this and if it is something we, as a nation and civilized society, can address and improve, then in the long run, we may end up saving many lives. Excellent comment and gives me hope for the future.”
RugbyRocks on Apr 29, 2014 at 17:13:46
“We are also teaching our youth that babies are a throwaway commodity.”
Osiris E on Apr 29, 2014 at 16:07:51
“I cannot disagree with at all. But honestly, would you feel the same if the father had done this?”
DAV2008 on Apr 29, 2014 at 15:34:03
“Friend and Fanned.
Yes this is a symptom to me of our nations degradation.
This is really sad phenomenon, but foretold in the scriptures I've read.
These forms of familial violence has been around and in many homes through the generations here.
It just simply boils over, and over, and over.
But to me this girl has no excuse, and she must not be very intelligent at all.
But I dreadfully believe that this chick could plead insanity, don't be surprised by the cop-out move.”
125cbj on Apr 29, 2014 at 15:25:37
“Not that it's right ... but I would feel bad for this girl if she really felt she couldn't take care of the baby . but she girl suffocated her baby wanting to keep a boyfriend . when she is a pretty girl and could have gotten another boyfriend easily ..................... '' SO OH' WELL FOR HER !”
KDMac on Apr 29, 2014 at 14:53:20
“Not only that, I have to give her props for giving birth by herself. No easy feat, I'm sure!”
ArepoSator on Apr 29, 2014 at 14:44:32
“No, I think you have hit on something that is part of the tragedy. It's an evil act but done by a disturbed and clearly damaged individual (rather than an evil one). She's lost. It's just tragic all the way around.”
“How do you know who's a hero in our eyes? You're making the assumption that African Americans are as limited in our acceptance and perception of others as Sterling. All Republicans aren't hateful racists. Just because I disagree with your politics doesn't mean I feel you have no value and deserve to be shunned.”