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Reza Aslan Tells Piers Morgan: It Was 'Embarrassing' Defending Myself To Fox News (VIDEO)

Reza Aslan Tells Piers Morgan: It Was 'Embarrassing' Defending Myself To Fox News (VIDEO)

Commented Jul 30, 2013 at 09:01:56 in Media

“Coulter wrote a book called "Godless", in which she makes the argument that liberalism is a form of "primitive religion". So, who's the M or on?”
Reza Aslan To Fox News: Yes I 'Happen To Be A Muslim,' But Wrote 'Zealot' Because I Am An Expert

Reza Aslan To Fox News: Yes I 'Happen To Be A Muslim,' But Wrote 'Zealot' Because I Am An Expert

Commented Jul 28, 2013 at 09:27:11 in Media

“He has written a similar book on Islam -- "No God But God". What does it matter what he could have done in Iran? His family fled the revolution in 1979, when he was 6 years old. He's an American citizen.”
Paul Begala: Hillary Clinton Doesn't Need A 'Facelift,' She's 'A Real Woman,' Not A 'Republican Society Lady'

Paul Begala: Hillary Clinton Doesn't Need A 'Facelift,' She's 'A Real Woman,' Not A 'Republican Society Lady'

Commented Mar 15, 2013 at 09:28:01 in Politics

“Her record as a senator and secretary of state.”

Pazmer on Mar 15, 2013 at 13:01:48

“PLLLEEEAAASSSEEE. Only diplomat to be killed since Iran was under her watch. Big time coverup continues.”
Melissa Harris-Perry Erupts At Guest: 'I'm Sick Of The Idea That Being Wealthy Is Risky' (VIDEO)

Melissa Harris-Perry Erupts At Guest: 'I'm Sick Of The Idea That Being Wealthy Is Risky' (VIDEO)

Commented Sep 3, 2012 at 10:22:12 in Media

“The "growing portion of the population" that you talk about doesn't exist. It is a figment of the Republican party and fox news. Show an iota of evidence to support that this population exists, much less is growing.”

YtownSports on Sep 4, 2012 at 09:43:27

“How about counting the number of people...or the percentage of the adult population...on long-term public assistance compared to even 25 years ago? How about looking at the government's own "people living in poverty" numbers? How about looking objectively at the problem rather than the politics? The truth will set you free.”
Obama Immigration Speech: Reporter Neil Munro Interrupts, Heckles President During Remarks (VIDEO)

Obama Immigration Speech: Reporter Neil Munro Interrupts, Heckles President During Remarks (VIDEO)

Commented Jun 16, 2012 at 04:14:53 in Media

“Hopefully the immigrants know how to spell english better than you.”

drldonna on Jun 16, 2012 at 04:20:07

“English is spelled with a capital E.”
Depressed? 12 Mental Tricks To Turn It Around

Depressed? 12 Mental Tricks To Turn It Around

Commented Jun 9, 2012 at 21:32:10 in Healthy Living

“To continue ---- recovery from depression is a lot like recovery from alcoholism.  Recovery doesn't necessarily mean cure.  And of course, not "everyone" recovers and goes on to satisfying lives and relationships.  Depression can be a deviling illness, and I certainly have had many patients who have really tried to do all they can and still suffer greatly.  As far as whether or not I can be condescending and judgmental --- well, I'm a human being, so of course I can.  Just as you can be, I'm sure.  That's a disease I think we all struggle with.  Finally, as far as there being no magic where depression is concerned, that was my initial point, so there you and I are in complete agreement.”
Depressed? 12 Mental Tricks To Turn It Around

Depressed? 12 Mental Tricks To Turn It Around

Commented Jun 9, 2012 at 21:27:45 in Healthy Living

“Actually, I have experienced depression throughout much of my life.  I had my first episode probably when I was in high school, and had a good half dozen moderate to severe episodes in my 20s and 30s.   Yes, I have felt my life turned inside out --- I've been suicidal, incapable of working, completely bed bound at times due to my depression.  I do know what that feels like.   I became a social worker in my mid 30's, and I think the combination of having to practice daily what I preach-- yes, mindfulness and cbt - plus a low dose anti-depressant, a relatively healthy lifestyle and a good support network have all helped me to be in recovery from my depression for many years.   I realize, however, that I can continue to do "all the right things", and I still may have a relapse of my illness.”

schminkey on Jun 9, 2012 at 21:32:10

“To continue ---- recovery from depression is a lot like recovery from alcoholism.  Recovery doesn't necessarily mean cure.  And of course, not "everyone" recovers and goes on to satisfying lives and relationships.  Depression can be a deviling illness, and I certainly have had many patients who have really tried to do all they can and still suffer greatly.  As far as whether or not I can be condescending and judgmental --- well, I'm a human being, so of course I can.  Just as you can be, I'm sure.  That's a disease I think we all struggle with.  Finally, as far as there being no magic where depression is concerned, that was my initial point, so there you and I are in complete agreement.”
Depressed? 12 Mental Tricks To Turn It Around

Depressed? 12 Mental Tricks To Turn It Around

Commented Jun 6, 2012 at 09:25:03 in Healthy Living

“As a clinical social worker who treats people with moderate to severely depressed patients every day, as well as a human being who has experienced and recovered from severe depression myself, I'd like to share my perspective. Depression isn't caused by any one thing, and it isn't a normal reaction to the world, no matter how messed up the world is. The people I work with usually have a number of severe stressors in their lives, but sometimes they honestly say "I don't know why I'm feeling this way --- I have a great life". Depression is a brain disorder, one that can be triggered by overwhelming stress, or may be genetic and truly only biochemical. Distorted patterns of thinking can reinforce depression. There are many different components to recovering from depression, and different people need different combinations. Medication may be one component. Exercise, good diet, daily structure, and healthy support are others. Belonging to a community seems to be very helpful, which is why support groups may be a good method of therapy. Mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy are the primary therapeutic models I use, but studies have shown that the most important aspect of therapy for recovery is the therapeutic relationship, not the particular model. The good news is that with treatment (in whatever form that may take), people can get better, feel better, have more satisfying lives and relationships.”

adsum03 on Jun 7, 2012 at 00:08:42

“Be honest .There are also those that experience diagnosed depression throughout their lives. All of the ' mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy' , therapeutic relationships and meds are just stop gap measures. A few years of a 'normal' life and then the depression rears it's 'ugly head' again. Not everyone 'recovers' and goes onto 'satisfying lives and relationships'.
People like you get to go home and be thankful your life hasn't been turned inside out through no fault of your own. In my own personal experience social workers were often condescending and judgemental , of which you have never been guilty I am sure..
There is no magic where diagnosed depression is concerned.”

Silverwolf72 on Jun 6, 2012 at 20:02:54

“Fanned, I think a lot of people don't understand the difference between sad/stressed and actual depression. I suffer with depression from time to time and it really hard for people to understand it.”

Happyexpat on Jun 6, 2012 at 10:53:53

“Happy to become your first fan., F&F”
Yoga: Bye Bye Anxiety! (VIDEO)

Yoga: Bye Bye Anxiety! (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 25, 2009 at 11:11:29 in Healthy Living

“People who are interpreting Tara's message as "Try yoga to fix everything" aren't getting it. I am an LCSW that works with people with chronic mental illness, including depression and severe anxiety. I encourage them to try yoga, and I teach some simple poses. My patients often have very complex circumstances -- histories of trauma, current life stressors that are quite overwhelming, biological predispositions to mental illnesses. But everyone has to start someplace, and when my patients don't know where to start to address their problems, I encourage them to start with the basics. Make sure you have good enough nutrition --- breakfast --- and good enough oxygen feeding your brain. Yoga helps them learn to breathe better, which helps their brains work better, which helps them better approach the problems they are facing. It also helps them be more in tune to what they are feeling and thinking, which then helps guide them to make decisions that are helpful rather than harmful. Yes, some still need medications, but often they find they need LESS medications when they start taking care of the basics.”
Dozens of Dazed, Huge Squid Wash Up On San Diego Beach After Earthquake (VIDEO)

Dozens of Dazed, Huge Squid Wash Up On San Diego Beach After Earthquake (VIDEO)

Commented Jul 15, 2009 at 10:23:33 in Green

“The next morning I was swimming in the La Jolla Cove, like I have for 15 years. About halfway between the beach and the 1/4 mile marker there were 2 dolphins playing with a bunch of sea lions. There was a group of maybe 20 sea lions swimming together, heads bobbing up above the water. They were about 10 feet from me. I've never seen anything like this in that part of the cove. Wonder if there was any connection.”

inthelandoftheblind on Jul 15, 2009 at 18:23:10

“"The next morning"...you were swimming/ saw sea lions & dolphins, etc... after which event - the earth quake, aftershocks, or the supposed lifting of ban on sonar testing, Nov'08? Just curious.”
Billy Bob Thornton Gives Bizarre Interview On Canadian Radio (VIDEO)

Billy Bob Thornton Gives Bizarre Interview On Canadian Radio (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 9, 2009 at 10:55:10 in Entertainment

“He didn't "have to" get up and get interviewed. He chose to, as a way to promote his band. I felt really bad for his less famous bandmates, who were pretty obviously embarrassed by his massive lack of professionalism. They got up at 6am, too, and somehow could still give coherent answers to reasonable questions.”

NKR on Apr 11, 2009 at 12:41:17

“I agree with you, I'm just saying people shouldn't say BBT is mentally ill, drunk, on drugs, or just a total jerk (like many on here are saying) because of one day.”
Rush Limbaugh: Icon of Anti-Morality

Rush Limbaugh: Icon of Anti-Morality

Commented Mar 9, 2009 at 10:59:31 in Politics

“I'm a feminist.”
Why the Smartest People Have the Toughest Time Dating

Why the Smartest People Have the Toughest Time Dating

Commented Mar 6, 2009 at 10:25:42 in Healthy Living

“So how do you separate "core values" from intelligence? Of course having similar core values also plays a role in compatibility. But where do core values come from? Obviously, many sources ---- what we were taught growing up, our own experiences, our education. For me, intelligent people's core values evolve from all of the above, and the evolution includes an ability to think critically, challenge their own beliefs and what they are being taught. One of my core values is the ability and right to question, to challenge. I find people who say, "I'm entitled to my opinion", but then confuse their opinion with fact, or end the discussion with that statement, to be uninteresting and not very attractive. Also, I tend to consider that ability to challenge and question much more of an indication of a person's intelligence than where they went to school, how much money they make, or what they do for a living.”
Why the Smartest People Have the Toughest Time Dating

Why the Smartest People Have the Toughest Time Dating

Commented Mar 4, 2009 at 10:45:33 in Healthy Living

“The problem with this article is that the implication is that if you are smart and single, you are doing something wrong, and you have to change. First of all, almost everyone struggles with finding a compatible mate. Second, I think that intelligent people often enjoy being challenged and challenging themselves. They seek out interesting things and people and activities that challenge them. I don't think there is anything wrong with that, but it does mean that a person may have to choose to be alone at times rather than be with someone who doesn't spark that part of the brain that makes them feel alive. I think I'm reasonably intelligent (though no genius), and when I've dated men that don't have the same kind of thought process I do, I find myself "shutting up" in order to try to make it work. Eventually that just gets frustrating and annoying. When I'm with a man that matches me in the way I think, it feels easier, more natural, more fun.”

nevadagirl on Mar 4, 2009 at 18:54:47

“That could be more about your core values than your intelligence.”

Krankil on Mar 4, 2009 at 12:20:28

“Right on.

The article focuses more on the sexual aspect of the relationship, it seems to me. Although that's a big component in any succesful relationship, it does not guarantee a lasting relationship if the intellectual and interests gap is wide.

I did date girls who I was physically attracted to, ignoring the fact that we might not have the same interests and definitely not the same thought process, but as the realtionship goes on I start feeling that void. And it's hard to fill
A difference of opinon is an asset and it enriches the relationship. The ABSENCE of an opinion (for an intelligent person) is a liability and will ultimately kill the relationship”
Bush Booed At Inauguration (VIDEO)

Bush Booed At Inauguration (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 20, 2009 at 21:03:38 in Politics

“We can't all be as articulate as Obama was in his speech in denouncing Bush and the last 8 years under his administration. I loved it when the camera cut to Bush's face as Obama was announcing that the US can be both safe and true to its ideals. Today, Bush had to come face to face with the reality of his horrendous presidency, either because of the spontaneous and visceral boos of the American public or because of the integrity and wisdom of the man who is succeeding him.”

zxatl on Jan 20, 2009 at 21:31:01

“I think most of us at present were glad to See Mr. Bush go, but today was President Obama's day. I think the boo'ers are the same people who talk in the theatre on cell phones, don't use turn signals, and generally are only concerned with themselves and how they feel....Just because someone else jumps in the mud, the next guy doesn't have too !!!!! Manners and good will have been missing and I want to see them come back to our nation. I know some people will find fault with this but you are the person the type of selfish person I am talking about ! I am just advocating Good Judgement, Kindness, Grace, and Forgiveness....

P.S. What have you done to make the World a better place to live?”

MyLowell on Jan 20, 2009 at 21:04:49

“bush thinks we're all idiots - i think that what obama said/says has more of an effect on him.”
Christine A. McCallum, Teacher, Accused Of Having Sex With Teen 300 Times

Christine A. McCallum, Teacher, Accused Of Having Sex With Teen 300 Times

Commented Jan 11, 2009 at 19:58:51 in Home

“"But your claim that boys in these encounters "can and do develop severe emotional problems" sounds like one more tired phrase that has absolutely no basis in fact. What do you base that claim on? Research? Statistics? How about even some anecdotal evidence? "

http://www.jimhopper.com/pdfs/Lisak_(1994)_Male_Survivor_Interviews.pdf

Why didn't you do a scintilla of research before saying this has no basis in fact?”

bushflipflops on Jan 11, 2009 at 20:15:59

“Half of the people in the study were male/male scenarios. More than half were incest, and several had the abuse start as early as age 7. This study doesn't apply to this situation.”
Christine A. McCallum, Teacher, Accused Of Having Sex With Teen 300 Times

Christine A. McCallum, Teacher, Accused Of Having Sex With Teen 300 Times

Commented Jan 11, 2009 at 10:14:14 in Home

“There are lots of people asserting as fact that it is different for a boy in this situation than a girl. However, research does not bear this out. As a matter of fact, the belief that a boy in this situation will, and should, feel good (proud, cocky, etc) actually can make the real reaction even worse, as the shame, guilt and anger is hidden and festers. That may result in depression and/or victimization of others down the road.”

karinova on Jan 11, 2009 at 18:07:46

“To repeat:
VICTIMIZATION OF OTHERS DOWN THE ROAD.”

Highwind on Jan 11, 2009 at 12:10:45

“Yes, agreed.”
Christine A. McCallum, Teacher, Accused Of Having Sex With Teen 300 Times

Christine A. McCallum, Teacher, Accused Of Having Sex With Teen 300 Times

Commented Jan 10, 2009 at 23:17:54 in Home

“It is extremely common for students to be attracted to their teachers, parishioners to be attracted to their pastors, patients to be attracted to their therapists. However, it is ALWAYS the responsibility of the professional --- who is often in a position of authority --- to know and enforce the boundaries. It doesn't matter if boys fantasize about their teachers. For their teachers to act on that is absolutely, positively abuse, whether it is a male or female. Boys who have sexual encounters with women in positions of power and authority over them can and do develop severe emotional problems.”

JLRoberson on Jan 11, 2009 at 02:41:10

“What I find incomprehensible is this: I used to be engaged, for about a year, to a woman just on the cusp of becoming a "real" teacher, fully certified and everything--complicated by the fact that she moved from Illinois to Washington, necessitating going through much of the process she'd almost finished all over again. The screening, the testing, the watching--and you could do the best job in the world, be fully qualified, and still not be able to get a job doing it. They put you through a great deal of crap before they let you. At least in IL and WA. Much the hassle of becoming a doctor, but absolutely none of the appreciation, status, or financial reward.

So when I hear about stuff like this it makes me mad because I saw my ex trying her best and still not getting there, and having colleagues and bosses stab her in the back as she did(an easy thing to do to a teacher at any level, & a frequent occurrence in some places). This is why you'd think someone who'd worked as hard as that took would not just throw it the hell away. Besides whether it was molestation or rape, besides whether it was unethical, besides its rank stupidity(I didn't even like teens WHEN I WAS ONE), it's also spitting in the face of lots of honest teachers, & aspiring teachers, whose job is made twice as hard to do by asses like this, male or female.”

LiamR on Jan 11, 2009 at 00:31:40

“I agree with your point about the responsibility of the person in a position of power and trust to practice restraint. But your claim that boys in these encounters "can and do develop severe emotional problems" sounds like one more tired phrase that has absolutely no basis in fact. What do you base that claim on? Research? Statistics? How about even some anecdotal evidence?

While I appreciate authorities bending over backwards to avoid a double standard by prosecuting female perpetrators, there is a difference in how males and females experience these situations. I honestly don't know what the solution is, but it's not going to come from claims about "severe emotional problems" that have absolutely nothing backing them up. Nice try.”

metalpipe on Jan 10, 2009 at 23:32:54

“I completely disagree about the emotional problems, and they might just become better and more compassionate lovers. This might make up for our societies complete lack of sexual training for our young. I find it completely understandable and not surprising.”
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Soldier's Wife Talks To Iraq War Architect Richard Perle: "Why Did You Think We Had To Go Into Iraq?"...

Commented Jan 17, 2007 at 17:01:17 in Home

“"Cindy Sheehan is a great example. She was a big anti-Vietnam protester as a young adult. "

According to Wikipedia, Cindy Sheehan was born in 1957. That would have made her 13 in 1970, right about in the middle of the era of anti-war protest. I don't see how she could have been that big of a protester.

"Then her son, feeling the shame of his parents lack of sacrifice, joined the military and then reenlisted when his tour was up."

Who are you to know what Casey Sheehan was feeling?”