Soakya, you have beaten that horse to death, bubba - about me and other liberals refusing to meet the needs of the poor, blah blah blah. I do not make comments about your personal life and do you know why that is? Because I know that I DON'T KNOW how you conduct the personal affairs of your life, and furthermore I don't care. Nor do you know one iota about my personal life. So if you want to retain a shred of legitimacy shut up already with your asinine accusatory remarks about people you don't even know.
The fact of the matter is that I do indeed give quite generously, and on a regular basis, to three of my favorite charities, and I give personally, as the situation might arise and to what extent I am able, to whatever individual(s) might be in need. But individual charity can only go so far. I am not hurting financially but I am not rich either. I cannot and will not give to such an extent that I myself would become needy. That would be absurd.
It is a sign of how mentally challenged you are to think that individual charity is the way to combat hunger or poverty or lack of education or to help the uninsured get the health care they need. There are so many living with unfilled tangible needs throughout the nation that the amount it would take to take care of them would strain the budgets of even the richest among us. I give in what ways I am able but I can only give so much. In the meantime I am going to continue to speak out for an end to our fascist government that is rigged in favor of the rich and big business while it calls for more and more austerity and demeans and punishes those at the bottom.
Does anybody remember those commercials that aired back in the 80s, the ones that said, "This is your brain on drugs (picture of a raw egg in a skillet)...this is your brain after drugs (picture of an egg in the process of being scrambled)?” Well, Ken Orr is a perfect example of a brain cooked and fried on religion (his drug of choice). Ken Orr, do you honestly have no idea what a babbling lunatic you sound like? Get help, sir.
Mr. Shearer, you are perfectly free to attend your church 7 days a week, 24 hours a day if you so choose. You may read your Bible in public, you many hand out religious tracts telling all non-believers that we are going to hell, you may even pray out loud on street corners if you want to. Nobody is trying to take that away from you. What you cannot do is push your insane religious agenda in our public schools or any branch of our government or carry your religion over into the public sector to such an extent that the rights of people whose beliefs are different from yours are violated.
But unfortunately you and your arrogant self-righteous ilk keep trying to infiltrate our government and influence our legislators to pass draconian laws that adversely affect women and minorities and give undue favoritism to your Neanderthal-ish thinking. Nobody is trying to take away your religious freedom, we are just trying to keep your meddlesome stinking hands out of places they don't belong.
"Of course you Fleabaggers “give a rat’s ass”, Maxie knows that you do, and that’s why he posts about it. It’s a Pavlovian response on your part and he seems to delight in rattling your dinner bowl." - Jtsomethingorother
Nope. My dinner bowl remains unrattled. I really don't give a rat's ass. I stopped being impressed by outward manifestations of wealth a long time ago. I sneer at people who always feel compelled to flaunt their bling (and by the way, that is not a sneer of envy but of disgust). A mature person does not judge someone based on material wealth and a truly successful person knows that there is much more to real success than monetary wealth or expensive possessions. In fact, the more a person talks about his/her "things" the more obvious it is how insecure and immature that person is.
"You might as well believe in big foot, leprechauns, fairies and the zombies. There's just as much evidence of those as there is of life beyond earth." - zableed
Like jesse said, nobody is insisting or saying without a doubt that there is life beyond earth, only that the probabilities are very high. But there is no more evidence of God either so you might just as well believe in Big Foot, leprechauns, fairies, and zombies as believe in your God. It is actually possible that life could exist on other planets in other galaxies and it would not be considered supernatural, it would fall well within the range of possibility based on the laws of nature and physics. But to believe in a God that is somehow above and apart from the laws of nature is to believe in the supernatural or fairy tales, the stuff that fairies and leprechauns are made of.
"We watched the big Academy Award Winning flick GRAVITY last night in the massive MAXIMUS MEDIA ROOM. All of the Republican friends that we had over applauded when Commie George Clooney was killed off about 30 minutes in. The special effects were amazing on my 70 inch 3D flat screen." - Maximus
Maxie, you can't seem to say anything without bragging about your money or the tawdry toys that you buy with it. Here's a little clue for you - we don't give a rat's ass. You can own a Lear jet or 2 yachts or even your very own island...we are not impressed. First off, we know you're lying, and second, we don't care, even if you're not. Every time you mention your expensive imaginary toys it only becomes obvious how stunted your mind. You seem to be stuck in perpetual adolescence, needing something outside yourself to prove how big and important you think you are. You're a joke and nobody is laughing with you but at you.
DAVID CLARK, nicely said! I agree with you completely. TN. legislators, leave it alone. Or better yet, do away with DST all together. We have plenty of sunlight in summer as it is. Better to think of the kids who would be harmed by the added morning darkness than to think of adults who want an extra hour to play golf in the evenings.
As I've gotten older and pay more attention to the quality of the food that I eat I seldom indulge in fast-food burgers or any of the other crap that's supposed to pass for food at those fast-food places. But back when I did frequent Mickey D's or Burger King or whatever I don't recall getting a wrong order all that much. Sure, it happened on occasion but the vast majority of the time I got exactly what I ordered. I can't help but think that Dr. Taylor is exaggerating a wee-bit. Actually, when you consider how little the workers there are paid, it's surprising that they get it right as often as they do!
Maybe $15/hr. is somewhat over the top but to expect anyone to work for a mere $7.25 or $8/hr., at any job whatsoever, is inhumane. Look, you stingy jackasses who try to justify ridiculously low wages, while CEOs and business executives and members of congress have been giving themselves annual raises each and every year without fail, the minimum wage workers' wages have stagnated and fallen way behind the cost of living. I don't care if it's unskilled labor or not, most unskilled labor is tedious, dirty, difficult work and somebody's got to do it as long as people like the Taylors want to keep feeding at the pig trough of fast food joints.
As an atheist I am not bothered in the least when someone mentions God. Some people want or need a higher power or someone outside themselves to look up to and I understand and respect that. Many people can do that without condemning those who don't. It is only those narrow-minded self-righteous ones who attempt to force their beliefs on others that I take exception to. I found McConaughey's choice of words interesting, though, when he said " He has shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.” Sounds a bit like karma to me, and karma is not necessarily God-centered. Just sayin'.
Mr. Editor, you might want go to Youtube and check out his acceptance speech again. If you heard gasps at his mention of the word God I congratulate you on your extremely keen sense of hearing. All I heard was a smattering of applause.
"Rickaroo, it was Bryan College. I think Lee is a bit more sophisticated than to demand that kind of statement of faith." lkeithlu
I stand corrected. My bad.