PATRIOT1, actually what Biden says makes sense. It is only you small minded conservatives who can't grasp the fact that this country and our government are not a business and do not function like one. The original stimulus did not work only because it was not nearly large enough. If we had spent money wisely, and more of it, in the first place, on things like job training, temporary government funded job creation, education, and infrastructure, we could have already been out of this economic funk we are still languishing in. You dim-witted regressives keep calling for more and more austerity and slashing the deficit at a time when we really do need more spending. The deficit is a long range problem that would more or less take care of itself if we focused on job growth and easing the burden of the poor and the middle class. The only thing that's going to create more jobs is when the working class and middle class have more money to spend. Austerity only creates more austerity and digs the hole we're in deeper and deeper.
"When and where does it all end? . . . One day it’s America arming rebels in foreign lands. . . Another day it’s America arming teachers in our schools. . . Tomorrow it’ll probably be America arming students so they can protect themselves against teachers. . . The next day it’ll be America arming school crossing guards, playground supervisors, school janitors and cafeteria workers so they can protect themselves against students. . . On and on and on. (sigh)" - mountainlaurel
Well said. It wasn't too long ago that the term "gun-free zone" was not even part of our vernacular. Most of us went about our daily lives, whether to work, school, the mall, the grocery store, the theater, or anywhere else, and we didn't think twice about the need to feel protected from some crazed mass killer. Practically everywhere we went was a "gun-free zone" but we didn't call it that because it was simply the norm. But thanks to the ubiquity of guns and the ease with which they can be obtained, even by disturbed, psychotic individuals who should not have access to them, our society has practically become a war zone. And rather than work to get at the root of the problem and reestablish a level of non-violent normalcy, the NRA, the gun manufacturers, and the gun nuts want to arm everyone to the teeth as the only recourse to the increasing gun violence. They actually seem to like having an excuse to carry their guns in public and exhibit their macho buffoonery for all to see.
Having said that, I am not averse to gun ownership and I don't label any and all gun owners as nuts. I own a gun myself but I keep it at home and have no desire whatsoever to carry a gun in public for protection. If it actually comes to the point of seeing more and more people strutting along the sidewalks or in the malls or theaters and stores with holstered guns, that is the day I will give up all hope for this country as a nation of peace and sanity (we're already teetering on the edge on both counts, I think) and seriously look for somewhere else to call home.
FACTS, if I were a praying man I would pray for you and your Bible group, that your eyes and mind might be opened so that you can see the truth that is right in front of you but the garish light from the "glory" of your God keeps you from seeing. But I don't waste time praying because I know there is no sky daddy hanging on our every word and deciding whether or not to act on our wish list of things we want. It is you who limits yourself to a "version of faith that meets your needs." What a pathetic waste of time and a disgusting display of self righteousness, to sit around praying for the souls of people you don't even know, asking your God to afflict them with the same delusions and mental lethargy that afflict you and your brain-dead believers.
I'm not so much offended by the sight of saggy pants on a young guy as I am puzzled by it. It seems the epitome of stupidity to me to have your pants hanging so low around your thighs that you have to use one hand to hold them up and you're forced to shuffling along in baby steps. But no matter how thuggish or suspect the saggy pants dude might appear, at least you know that he is more intent on making a statement of his "coolness" than he is on doing harm to anyone - he can't very well pull a gun and take your wallet or handbag without letting his pants fall down completely, and anyway he knows that if he mugged somebody he couldn't run far enough or fast enough to get away without getting caught!
Just wondering...if these young guys are so keen on showing off their underwear, why don't they just put on their pants first and wear their undies on the outside? They would still look like the dumb asses they are but at least they could walk normal.
Tifosi, your 2:05 post was an excellent summation of the GOP.
As for this from PlainTruth: "untrue Leaf. Right down the middle. Belong to no party. You seem to be the party hack."
I'm still reeling from laughter from that one. PlainTruth, you are full of plain crap. You might not label yourself a Democrat or a Republican but I have NEVER seen anything out of you remotely favorable to the left side of the spectrum. You ALWAYS defend the right, the far right, and the far-far right side. If you were truly "right down the middle," you would at least once in a while acknowledge that lefties are on the side of truth at least part of the time and that righties are spewing BS at least part of the time. Right down the middle? You?? Now, that's funny.
The Dream Act was a very sensible and fair first step in the right direction of immigration reform. There was no reason for it not to have passed with an easy majority from both parties. But there is one reason and one reason only that we are at such an impasse on immigration reform: the Republicans are doing what they do best, namely, spewing hate instead of being objective and working to actually solve the problem. Whether it's the issue of crime or illegal drugs or abortion or gay marriage or immigration reform, the Republicans first and foremost want to establish and label someone as the demon or transgressor and punish them instead of attacking the root of the problem. They always focus on the symptoms, not the real causes.
No flack from me on this one, Jesse. I agree with you completely. If ever there was anything worthy of being called idiotic it's what you just described. I came across a couple of interesting, funny, accurate synopses of Christianity a while back. I don't know who wrote them so I can't give credit where credit is due, but here they are:
"Christianity is the belief that a narcissistic Jewish guy from long ago who is his own father can make you live forever if you pretend to eat his flesh and drink his blood and telepathically tell him you love him so he can remove an evil spell from your soul that is present in everyone because a woman made from a rib was persuaded by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree."
"A perfect, omnipotent god of love deliberately created flawed beings so that he would have to kill almost all of them and start over so he would have to send himself down among them and sacrifice himself to himself in order to allow himself to forgive those flawed beings for having the flaws he himself created in them."
"Neither did I accept Tweety Bird as my personal canary or Bugs Bunny as my personal wabbit. Just in case though, I keep carrots on the counter in case of the wapture." - dd
Now, that's a good one! Made me laugh out loud.
Mashley, I couldn't care less about Cee Lo's opinion of Chattanooga or what he tells "his people" about it. He's a degenerate, arrogant prick who, like most rap "artists" is 99% ego and 1% talent (and that talent is nothing more than the simple ability to string unending phrases together in rhyme and put it all to a deafening bass beat). If you want to call that artistry, well, that's your prerogative, I suppose. Having said that, I think this whole thing is a fiasco in that the organizers and the fans of Cee Lo should have known what to expect anyway, and for them to act shocked about his vulgarity after the fact is ridiculous.
Daytonsdarwin, you make an excellent point. There is nothing more disgusting and offensive than Faith and Family night, when the good Christian folk turn out to hear their favorite Christian bands rocking out and playing their love songs to Jesus. You can rest assured there won't be any curse words but the notion of blood sacrifice and original sin and the need to be "washed" in the blood of Jesus in order to be "saved" from eternal torment is pretty damned offensive in itself.
"Atheism is a choice that you made. God will not except your lame excuse." - con-man
Bible thumping, narrow-minded, hellfire-and-brimstone, irrational, Neanderthal-ish Christianity is a choice that you made. Atheists know better. We do not except (sic) your lame excuse for a God.