“I'm not sure commercial advertising is covered under the first amendment. Cities have all sort of laws concerning what types of businesses can post signage, where they can do it, and what sort of signage they can use.
Personally, I don't think medicine of any kind should be advertised anywhere. It should be something recommended by your doctor.”
“Let me just say this.....were I the first black president, and an ex pot smoker, I would not want to be the guy that pushed for marijuana legalization. It would harm my political career and the image of african americans. However, by allowing the feds to raid innocuous dispensaries, I would be able to galvanize public opinion in support of state measures to legalize or decriminalize marijuana, to start an open and public debate on the issue.
And this is exactly what has happened. Since Obama has been allowing the forced closure of dispensaries, it has been possible for state politicians to openly call for a change in drug policy. He's helped the cause, not harmed it. I don't think for a minute that Obama cares whether people smoke pot. He's just unwilling to end his political career by supporting it openly.”
AmKonDotNet on Aug 10, 2012 at 23:18:37
“He could've just kept his word and let medical marijuana be in peace instead of allowing more raids than Bush. A majority of both parties support medical usage he can't lose by stopping the raids.”
The Walker on Aug 10, 2012 at 19:45:41
“An interesting and highly plausible eventuality! F&F”
“First, from what I've read, there's no evidence yet to suggest the killer targeted them because he thought they were muslims. He seemed to have hated all non-whites equally. Even if he did, I don't see how that makes his actions any more understandable.
Second, why is it the responsibility of Sikhs to tell you who they are? Shouldn't you be responsible for your own education? If people are blundering through life without any idea what's going on around them, it's nobodies fault but their own.”
Barry Clarke on Aug 10, 2012 at 14:47:24
“You are making assumpts to try and prove your point. I never said these except that I only suspected that he targeted Muslims. Any I never said that his actions were understandable and I stated that this was an "unthinkable act" Education would be helpful in all areas. But with the teaching of today and with parents that could care less about their children, your off base with what is on black and white that sounds good on paper and what is reality............”
“I went to 5 different christian schools as a child, each run by a different denomination (we moved alot).
None of them taught science, history, or cultures in an even-handed manner. All of them engaged in what an unbiased observer would consider indoctrination. They certainly didn't teach the same material the public schools did. When I got to public school in high school, I was way behind and couldn't keep up. I didn't catch up until I took remedial classes in college.
I don't deny that some religious schools are good, but most are not.”
“Let me say that I WENT TO SEVERAL OF THESE SCHOOLS as a child. Their treatment of evolution, if it exists at all, is not even-handed. They clearly promote a creationist view, and spend much time attempting to give evidence that evolution is wrong (even if they could do that, it wouldn't prove creationism). As others have said, this is not the way science is taught, nor the way science works. Creationism is not a testable hypothesis, and therefore not science. The courts have ruled on this repeatedly. Your assertion that evolution requires more faith is just silly. Evolution is something observable and with supporting evidence. Creationism is not. To claim otherwise merely shows you don't actually understand how science works.”
jenmactex on Aug 10, 2012 at 10:45:06
“Oh, but I do. So, if I wish for wings, my children wish for wings, their children wish for wings, etc. then in 10 billion years after we've all wished for wings, we'll be able to fly? No. There are instances of "within species" changes (i.e. coloring, beak length, etc.)--but for one species to become something all together different just doesn't happen.”
“Unfortunately, the curriculum in these schools doesn't appear any different on a transcript than it would on a normal transcript. They offer 'life sciences' and other such subject matter. Most colleges could care less anyway (certainly most state schools).
The real problem it causes is for professors, who have to deal with kids that are absolutely certain the world is 6,000 years old. It's difficult to remain even-handed and not look like you're discriminating against someone because of their religion. I see it fairly often.”
bbailey123 on Aug 10, 2012 at 12:54:36
“ssee above. With so many children being home schooled,universities are studying these curricula and know if they are not up to par.”
“Meaning- you've had an experience which you interpret to be 'the other side'. I've met met many people who've made similar claims, but unless you can demonstrate it for us, I'll have to take it as a belief.
I've got no problem with your beliefs, but at least be honest about the fact that they ARE beliefs.”
“I think he's become more well-known in the last decade or so, at least in the West. And there seems to be a more even handed consensus on his work these days. Certainly one of the most brilliant philosophers in the eastern tradition.”
“Oddly, I have no real issue with this, as long as:
A) students are not led in prayer by faculty
B) prayer time is not suggested by faculty
C) all religions are IN FACT allowed to pray as their religion dictates
D) discrimination and hate speech are STRICTLY controlled
Of course, those of us that have lived in the midwest and had dealings with the school system there know that the above conditions WON'T be met, and that lawsuits will be the result.”
“Yes, well...that would appear to most people as a religious belief.
Your assertion that you 'know' there is a god, reveals that. Perhaps a more innocuous belief, but a belief nonetheless.”
dickn2000 on Aug 9, 2012 at 11:47:55
“No my friend, it's not "belief," and it has nothing to do with religion. I know with certainty that God exists because I've been to The Other Side. I've seen where we go when we die and religion doesn't enter into it. My guide on The Other Side has told me on several occassions that God laughs at religions and has no need of them. God also doesn't want our worship. He wants our love. Look it would take too long to explain it all in this brief space. You go ahead and believe what you want, but I have no fear of death. God loves us all and when we die, we all go there.”
“Perhaps more importantly, an omniscient creator is incapable of creating anything capable of free-will.
If god KNEW everything you'd do (or everything Satan would do) BEFORE creating you, then he effectively created you IN ORDER to do those things. You ultimately have no choice in the matter. And with no free-will, salvation and sin are meaningless concepts.
Thus, when God damns us atheists to hell, it's ONLY because he created us as exactly those damnable atheists. He knew the outcome all along, so why would he create us that way in the first place?”
I absolutely believe in the taxpayers supporting education, even at college level. But there are many ways to make that a reality.
Unfortunately, in our current political and economic climate, spending cuts and tax cuts seem to be the rule, and public education will NEVER get fixed in that manner. Where I live, the district keeps closing schools and saying 'see how much money we saved!, let's close some more!' The pathetic teachers from those poorly performing, now-closed schools simply get re-hired at another school in the district so they can ruin those as well. THAT happens because there's a teacher shortage, and THAT happens because we don't pay teachers well enough to deal with 200 kids a day. No sane individual that COULD find a better job is willing to do it. So the teachers, on average, tend to be people really not qualified to do anything in the real world, and therefore possibly not qualified to teach at all. (of course, there ARE good teachers out there, with alot of expertise in their fields- don't get me wrong).”
Ldyforce6 on Aug 9, 2012 at 11:04:40
“Perhaps that is true (although I know MANY teachers who are STRUGGLING to do a good job and who are "graded" on a TEST the children take...but I will give you the point for a sake of argument. There are many GOOD teacher shortages as well, BECAUSE we don't value what they are supposed to do...a real case of "you get what you pay for". Yes, the political "climate" is an issue...that is why I think it takes "we the people" to get involved with the communities "business" including the School Boards and State Legislatures and tell them this MUST change...our furtures depends on it. :-)”