The Kingdom of Heaven is within.
George Clinton, 1970
Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow - Funkadelic
Marriages should be left up to the preferences of the persons who want to claim they are married before the eyes of the god they worship or their own personal godless beliefs. States and the Federal governments do not need to regulate or recognize any marriages. Simply amend all the tax laws and other associated laws related to divorce, inheritance, and patient visitation...to remove all preferential treatment to marriage.
No. Jesus carries a blued S&W model 629 with a 3 inch barrel like I own. He also gave Mary Magdalene and each of the Apostles a handy S&W Airweight in .38 S&W Special +P for backup.
Smith & Wesson 3 inch 44 magnum
Editorial cartoons are by their nature partisan opinions and I get that. The same cartoon could be drawn with Vietnam on the shield where more than 50,000 US soldiers died and we’re still paying for that War. The Vietnam Was a war started by a Democrat president, sustained by a second Democrat president, and ended by a Republican president. Does anybody remember the 1968 Democrat national convention?
If President Obama believed so strongly that the liberation of Iraq was wrong, why did he not pull out of there on Day 1 like Spain did when it elected a new president? Clearly, there must have been some worth to being in Iraq or President Obama would have made the decision to leave immediately. And let's not forget, the President only left Iraq after proposing the stationing of several thousand troops, and it was the Iraqi government that declined immunity to those troops. Consequently, the United States would still have troops in Iraq if the President had realized his preferred option and we still have thousands of “contractors” or mercenaries in the country today.
Additionally, Congress funds wars and it was controlled by Democrats in the last 2 years of the Bush presidency. Why did the Democrat Congress refuse to cease funding the liberation if Iraq and force President Bush to bring the armed forces home? Could it be that the Democrats wanted to look strong on defense and allowed US soldiers die so they would not be criticized during the 2008 election?
Like I said before. It only took the Catholic Church 2 days to elect a new Pope be the face of and voice for God to the entire Earth, and the Times Free Press can't get its comment section cleaned up. Come on TFP. Please take the time to make the comment section relevant. If folks can't use decent language and be polite, simply strike their comments. If they keep up the bad behavior, block their access permanently.
Clearly the cartoon is a caricature of Sen. Rob Portman who is a Republican from Ohio and who speaks openly against Shariah Law. https://ssl.congress.org/congressorg/bio/userletter/?id=460&letter_id=7997422946
Senator Portman has recently joined Vice-President Dick Cheney by announcing his support for gay marriage, because his son is a gay man thus he is portrayed with conflicting messages. "The overriding message of love and compassion that I take from the Bible, and certainly the Golden Rule, and the fact that I believe we are all created by our maker, that has all influenced me in terms of my change on this issue," Portman said, adding that he feels that "in a way, this strengthens the institution of marriage." http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2013/03/sen_rob_portman_comes_out_in_f.html
Consequently, Bennett rightfully portrays Portman as a bumbling hypocrite who wears his newly found support for gay marriage while still trying to display his so called Christian boogey man position against Shariah law.
My gosh. It only took the Catholic Church 2 days to elect a new Pope be the face of and voice for God to the entire Earth, and the Times Free Press can't get its comment section cleaned up. Come on TFP. Please take the time to make the comment section relevant. If folks can't use decent language and be polite, simply strike their comments. If they keep up the bad behavior, block their access permanently.
That's fair enough. Raise the fee by $11.00. If you wish to get into the topic of what government should or should not provide, should the government provide parks at all and simply sell the land for development or give it back to the federal government? Should the government provide a hotel, conference center, individual and group cabins at the Park? Are those facilities at the Park competing with the private sector and should they simply be torn down? There are private universities and K through 12 schools in the state. Should all government-operated schools like the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga be bulldozed under the guise that government shouldn't be competing with private education? I seriously doubt that UTC is a moneymaker. The state runs prisons too and there are private prison companies like Corrections Corporation of America. Should all prisons be closed or sold to CCA? Should government cease providing highways and bridges and just let private companies build toll roads. What should government be limited to doing?
The golf course at Fall Creek Falls State Park is a wonderful amenity to the Park and the State of Tennessee that I have played many times. The Free Press Editor lists the population of Pikeville at 1,608 as if residents of Pikeville play the course alone. However, he ignores the tens of thousands of visitors to the Park each year, the dollars those golfers and their families spent at the Park for food and lodging, the sales taxes that are generated by visits to the Park, and the jobs provided by the Park to the tax base in Tennessee. I'd submit that all the state needs to do is simply divide the $275,000 loss by the number of persons paying greens fees and raise the fee to cover the difference. I'd be surprised if the increase would be more than $3.00 per round of golf.
But old hick Bennett makes his living with personal attacks, unrelated to any reasonable view of most issues. Should not Bennett be banned ?
Generally, I find the far left cartoons by Bennett and the far right views written by Free Press Editor, Drew Johnson, to be on the same level for ignorance and lack of sophistication. However, the Free Press Editor and cartoonist are employees of the Chattanooga Times Free Press and their submissions should be approved by the editorial board before publication. I think the equivalent term you're searching for would be fired. Should Bennett and Johnson be fired? If I owned a newspaper with the historical significance of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, they'd both be seeking other employment.