“He doesn't claim to be so smart and comparing as you do is like comparing apples and oranges and goes to display your lack of logical thinking. Religion in this country is a definite drag on rational thinking and that is why a separation of church and state is an imperative. Keep religion in churches and homes, without its interference in fact.”
mikey09 on Dec 8, 2013 at 13:10:30
“I agree that Science is vital but disagree that religion is incompatible with science. So your talking abt a VERY small segment of "religious" people. I had teachers who were just as dogmatic with their ideas of a scientific theory as some religious person. Years later ONE particular teacher had to eat all his own words when the theory he professed was "Complete" came tumbling down. We need OPEN minds...period.”
“All churches should be taxed, and later, turned into museums, libraries, and homeless housing.”
dancingstu on Dec 10, 2010 at 14:00:58
“Unfortunately, it's the churches that teach Christ's message of love and redemption that are dying away and becoming museums, libraries, homeless housing, etc. The mega-chruches preaching a message of fire, damnation and hate are standing room only.”
Alfern Webb on Dec 10, 2010 at 13:37:43
“Speak for your own church. Ours is a productive part of the community.
People want to throw the churches out, but I remember back in the day, the only people that you could get clothes, food, sometimes housing and free counseling was at the church. Now we've all arrived and there is no need for the organized church anymore.
There is still a need for the church, you may not need them, but there is a need for many people.”
“It is inconceivable that $75 million be set as a cap. It appears our fine leaders talk about clean-up, but a clean-up is only part of the remediation. The damage to life in the Gulf will be enormous. There is no way of resolving that, except perhaps through time. The real problem is lack of regulation. They talk about competition in drilling. Why?? So more inept companies can cause another massive spill in the future? If any drilling is conducted in waters, it should be a government operation and not private companies, and only after there are extremely strong safeguards to prevent another such disaster.”
Deborah Beck on May 16, 2010 at 11:50:53
“But, but BP says they'll cover 'all legitimate claims." But refused to be pinned down as to exactly what that means. As I recall the first time I read the "all legitimate claims" rhetoric it was followed up by comments along the line of we'll cover all legitimate claims, but this is America and you know Americans. I remember this because it made me very angry!”
“Articles such as this are unnecessary and useless. There is no rational reason why health care reform, Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid cannot be properly funded and continued indefinately in this country. All the propaganda concerning the dissolution of these programs is ridiculous and immoral.
It is a disgrace that this country places more emphasis on foreign wars and the funding of foreign countries rather than taking care of necessary business at home. Don't believe the propaganda machine. Money is and can be arranged to properly fund these necessary programs for the benefit of the citizens of THE UNITED STATES. The major problem with this country is that it is immensely wasteful. A program of continued frugality and proper management, and revising thresholds for modest additional taxes would pay for these "entitlement" programs.”
“The American people were never sold on anything. They were led like sheep. The same was true of Vietnam. In that case, it was the Domino Theory. In this case, it was WMD.
We left Vietnam with our tail between our legs, and I would be very surprised if Iraq stabilizes. Afghanistan is a worse scenario. We have wasted lives & money pursuing Neocon nightmares.
Russia learned its lesson in Afghanistan. We will too.”
springsm on Mar 19, 2010 at 16:45:19
“I don't know if they were "lead like sheep", but they certainly followed like sheep. And fear mongering works so well with some who are always uninformed or refuse to listen to sensible arguments. Sad commentary of the people in this country.”
MyVesta on Mar 19, 2010 at 16:41:54
“No, we won't learn our "lesson in Afghanistan".
Nearly a decade of getting our ar$ses kicked by a bunch of guys who live in caves. STill, the money and troops pours in.
Too bad Obama's too afraid to do the right thing and shut this fiasco down.”
“Why should a consumer, the average American citizen save? When you buy a certificate of deposit for example, you are lucky if you get paid 2 % for your money that you are lending. But when you want to borrow money, be ready to pay a high double-digit rate of interest for what you borrow.
So, when they borrow from you, they pay you 2% for the use of your money.
When you borrow from them, they get a return of 19% for the use of their money from you.
“Although I am usually a fan of Obama, he should not have intervened here. It is not something he should have addressed. If the police are going to be criticized every time they respond to a call then we should save our dollars and abolish police departments. Or, should we only allow black officers respond to activities by blacks, white officers respond to activities by whites, and Hispanics for Hispanics, Asians for Asians??
I don't believe the learned "scholar" did not mouth-off to the officer. He and the cab driver were breaking into the house and a neighbor called the police. The professor should have fully cooperated with the officer, kept his "learned" mouth shut, and provided what the officer was required to ask him for, such as identification. Forget the "racial profiling" here. This is not that, althouhg it may be in other cases.”
cered on Jul 23, 2009 at 09:36:39
“I respectfully disagree. While I do appreciate your point, police are there to protect and serve. Serve, in my mind, is the key word here. While Dr. Gates may have been a bit rude, it is in the best interest of the officer involved to be the better person and maintain professionalism. It is an excellent opportunity to open a dialogue between the public and those paid by the public to protect the public. That dialogue should specifically address the issue of power abuse by police and ask them to hold themselves to a higher standard. Do the officers respect their job and power? If so, should they not attempt to hold themselves to the highest standard? I believe the President was specifically addressing the two issues of professionalism and higher standards. He, in my opinion only, spoke correctly by calling the police actions "stupid."
As soon as Dr. Gates was identified as the resident, the officer should have immediately left. If Dr. Gates was verbally abusive, then there are channels and chains of command to deal with those issues. Dr Gates being arrested for "tumultuous" behavior in his own home is NOT the correct way to deal with such an issue.”
wanttruth on Jul 23, 2009 at 09:34:57
“I disagree. I appreciate President Obama's candor. President Obama admitted upfront that he wasn't an eye witness to the incident. He also admitted Professor Gates was a friend. However, he put forth an opinion based on information already widely reported.”
tqcobb on Jul 23, 2009 at 09:33:41
“You're forgetting he was asked this question at a press conference; Prez didn't bring this up”
monicaangela on Jul 23, 2009 at 09:33:16
“Having lived in that community and having knowledge of what police abuse of authority looks like, he had every right to call it to the attention of the publc, who better. This is what you get when you have someone who has not lived as a priviledged citizen all his life, and actually knows how those who aren't priviledged suffer at the hands of some police officers who abuse their authority.”
Dupree on Jul 23, 2009 at 09:31:21
Who the heck are you to tell African Americans who have been subjected to racial profiling all of their lives...to forget it and it is not racial profiling. What qualifications do YOU personally possess that makes you an authority on what constitutes "racial profiling." This really makes me perturbed. First, there are those that pretend the "race card" is always being played as a way to dismiss legitimate racist experience that African American experienced. I think that those who are the recipient of racism and bigotry is far more qualified than YOU to determine whether or not it exist. And NO ...the professor did not have to keep his mouth shut...if he felt his rights were being violated. If we did that in the past...we would still be in slavery. He will not be a good ole boy and take it. He rose up and emerged as the MAN he was and demanded to be treated as such. This is a man that experienced Jim Crow first hand up close and personal...and I am sure the way this officer treated him reminded him of those "good ole days." Once this officer saw the ID that should have ended the situation. Gates needed to talk and talk loud and I am glad he is bringing attention to this kind of behavior that is prevalent in every single state in this country. TRUTH even if you seek to deny it existence.”
PartyofLogic on Jul 23, 2009 at 09:30:10
“He had a key and the door was stuck. He was trying to open the door. He was not breaking in. People see what they want to see...including sanity2008”
JMBrodie on Jul 23, 2009 at 09:30:06
“Officers should do their jobs. That's all. Draconian measure are not in order.
Gates did show ID, was confirmed as the owner, and the officer admitted that he knew this even before being presented with the ID.
Gates is an old man. You consider him a threat? And there is law law against being angry. And he was in his own home.
Police are not bad guys, but these guys did a bad thing.
BTW, the president was asked a question and he answered it. Nice change, don't you think?
And he got all of us talking about the issue. I am glad he addressed it. High time.”
hortonhearsdawho on Jul 23, 2009 at 09:27:34
“a bedsheet of any color is still a bedsheet...try wrinkle free in the wash next time.”
Pippilangstrumpf on Jul 23, 2009 at 09:27:25
“Totally agree, sanity2008.
They all behaved badly. But this whole debacle could have been avoided if the one with the most education had just kept his cool.
There is nothing wrong with a neighbor calling the police when they see suspicious behavior. A person seemingly breaking into a house, not being able to get in and then going around to the back is certainly suspicious behavior.
If I saw this, no matter WHAT color the person's skin was, I'd call the police. I know this because I've done the very same.”
We-Are-The-Ones on Jul 23, 2009 at 09:26:36
“Did he intervene? Into what? The charges were dropped.
The President MUST discuss race. Ignoring it is a travesty.
The cop was presented with 2 IDs and only arrested Gates because Gates asked for his ID, which by state law the cop should have provided.
Americans can "mouth off" . . . the whole 1st Amendment thing, you know.”
AbyssinianLion on Jul 23, 2009 at 09:26:33
“No, any race SHOULD be able to police another race. It is simple to do if you are not a r@cist cop.”
ab73 on Jul 23, 2009 at 09:26:32
“kept his "learned" mouth shut?don't you mean uppity here.”
The Ghost on Jul 23, 2009 at 09:25:39
“The President defended his friend. That's what friends do.”
Now all the government has to do is fix the economy and the disparity between a few rich and millions of extremely poor in their country, and maybe the violence and crime may lessen so they will have less of a reason to execute by the droves.”
“They represent the social conservative mainstream.
They think they are victims and then go about victimizing others.
They are for the most part people who have empty heads.
They have low self-esteem.
They think hatred is something to be proud of.”
This country has more than enough money to fund healthcare for all, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. You, my friend, have been brainwashed!
It does not take a genius in economics to figure out how to reschuffle money and gain new revenue in innocous ways that do little harm to growth. All the propaganda against social programs for our citizens is pure unadulterated BS..”
“Look at this man. Are modern nations supposed to revert back to Abrahams time and look and think like this man? Not to say he isn't intelligent, he is, except for the actions they take against people which are totally unjustifiable.”
farru83 on Jul 16, 2009 at 09:27:58
“yea, how can the Muslims in Pakistan and Afagnistan possibly support him and his group, when they have repeatedly bombed and massacered their own Muslim brothers and sisters!! although the same can be said about the Paksitani army killing thousands of Muslims in Swat, and Afganistan.