Jerry Peyton, either you are flat-out lying or someone at your Tea Party meeting is lying and you are passing on the lie without bothering to check out the facts for yourself. If your intent is to make Tennessee look like some sort of den of iniquity regarding abortion, then lies, hyperbole, and misinformation (a common tactic used by most rabid anti-abortionists) are the only way that you can do so. There are numerous websites showing various charts and graphs on state-by-state abortion statistics and not one of them shows Tennessee to be the 3rd largest abortion provider in the country. Not even close. On every one of them Tennessee is shown to be ranked 14th - 16th for total number of abortions provided, 20th in the country for number of abortion facilities available, and 20th - 21st for number of abortions per 1000 women. And if women are traveling across state lines for an abortion it is not because Tennessee is some sort of abortion mecca but simply because we happen to border 8 states! Only Missouri has as many states on its borders. And with the drastic reduction in abortion clinics in various states over the years it is understandable that many women living in a bordering state happen to find a clinic nearer to them across the state line in Tennessee than one where they would have to travel completely across their own state to reach it.
Over the past 3 years there have been over 100 state-sponsored bills enacted, limiting and restricting abortions. We do not need yet another abortion bill, especially one as draconian and punitive as this one on the table. Women have had their Constitutional right to choose systematically chipped away until Roe v. Wade is all but meaningless. Now, these fanatical, self-righteous, hypocritical "pro-lifers" want the government to have the power to tell all pregnant women that they MUST give birth, even in incidents of rape, incest, or medical necessity.. It is unconscionable in what it could mean for those women who are already carrying a heavy emotional burden and don't need someone else deciding what is best for them.
Even as a guy, it's infuriating to me that anyone would have the audacity to propose this needless, idiotic, ass-backward amendment and that it has even succeeded in getting put to a vote. I can't believe that more women are not raising holy hell at how their rights are being relentlessly and insidiously taken away and are not marching by the hundreds of thousands in protest. It is time to fight back against these despicable, hypocritical “pro-lifers.” They have already won too many battles in their war on women and they are inching their way every day towards completely overturning Roe v. Wade. Vote NO on Amendment 1!
IM, what you are describing is investigative journalism. And while that is certainly a good thing, a newspaper that is responsible for printing news on a daily basis cannot, by its very nature, be expected to give such in-depth reporting. From time to time those in-depth articles do appear in the paper but it takes time and much research before they can come to fruition.
You say that something does not ring right about the N. Chattanooga rape case, and that might well be. But how can you rightly expect an in-depth story about it when it just occurred and all the facts aren't even known yet? Sometimes it takes weeks, months, or even years before all the facts of an incident come out. I'm just sayin'.
I am one of those baby boomers who prefers to read the paper as I hold it in my hands. Nothing goes better with a cup of coffee than the TFP. But the huge rise in subscription rates forced me to cancel my subscription. I now pay for only a digital subscription. I'm sure the new paper is nice but I wonder how many people, like me, have been forced to cancel their subscription on account of the higher price and how much of that higher price is due to the cost of the new and very expensive equipment that went into the making of the shiny new paper. I know that subscription rates would have to have gone up anyway, what with inflation and all, but this recent rise in rates was a deal breaker for me, as well as many other people, I imagine.
I truly hope the TFP's venture into creating a new look pays off for you guys, but I can't help but think that the old look at a cheaper price would have retained a larger customer base and that this new look a new hefty price is not really going to entice new customers to want to sign up. But then, what do I know about marketing? I'm just an old geezer with a useless English degree! Anyway... I really do wish the new paper success.
SBrauer, you Christians are still falling back on that trite and worn-out Pascal's Wager, I see. If I had a nickel for every time I've heard it I could buy a yacht. It's unoriginal, it's lame, and to keep pulling it out of your hat as assurance that belief trumps non-belief only makes you Christians look foolish.
Blaise Pascal was a brilliant philosopher/mathematician/physicist but like every other great thinker, not all of his ideas were so brilliant. This one in particular needs to be discarded in the trash bin of history. But you weak-kneed and apologetic Christians keep falling back on it as a way to convince yourselves that your childish blind faith is wiser than reasoned skepticism.
But if the primary reason for your faith is to use it as a safety valve or form of insurance to guarantee that you don't end up in hell, then you are living a life of compromise based on the most superficial of thinking. If your God is so personal and omniscient that he knows your every thought, then he certainly knows whether or not you really love him or whether you are just a fair-weather Christian who is basing your belief on pretense. And if he doesn't really care one way or the other, just as long as you obey him and cower before him, then the sort of God you worship is not one of love but he is simply a sadistic, jealous, small-minded deity, not at all worthy of the title of Loving Heavenly Father. But then, any heavenly father who would create a hell in which to punish his children for all eternity for merely daring to be autonomous and follow their own conscience is sadistic and cruel anyway.
I can't speak for other atheists but I myself, as an atheist, do not claim to know beyond all certainty that there IS NO GOD. Rather, it is your vile, silly, and unlikely conception of a two-dimensional God that I thoroughly reject. There might indeed be some sort of supreme being or ultimate creative force at the core of the universe, but my concept of such a being, assuming that she/he/it really exists, is one who has far greater concerns than to worry itself with what I am doing with a consenting adult in the privacy of my bedroom or whether or not I am worshiping graven images or working on the Sabbath or believing in some fairy tale character named Jesus.
The likelihood of your barbaric and vengeful (yet you call him loving?!) God existing is no more than that of Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny existing. You Christians have used the lowest levels of intelligence to define him in strictly human terms and in doing so have created something so absurd, cruel, and yet comical that no sane, thinking person could possibly accept him as supreme being of the universe. Grow up. Throw away that security blanket of stale religious dogma and dare to think for yourself. The truth (not blind faith) will set you free.
Another day and timbo is back at it, excreting his gaseous emissions and trying to pass it off as critical thinking.
Timbo, what you are calling "culture" and the "rules of society" is nothing short of an oligarchy, and you don't so much "adapt" to an oligarchy as you submit to it. Or, if enough people get fed up with it, they get together and revolt and throw the f#cking oligarchs and the disgusting oligarch sycophants like you out on their asses, which is what needs to happen and will, eventually.
Yes, it is still possible to "succeed" today and share in the fruits of the American Dream but the avenues of success are getting narrower all the time, because the rules have been rigged by and for the rich. While the rich are holding on to their precious tax breaks and are taking advantage of their countless loopholes and their shelters, the poor and the middle class are getting more and more austerity shoved down their throats and are having to struggle more every day, not so much to get ahead but just to make ends meet.
Furthermore, it takes a distinct personality type to even want to succeed in today's corporate jungle and most people are not wired that way. Most people just want to make enough to live comfortably financially and are not driven to become millionaires and billionaires. But our present-day "culture" defines success purely in terms of wealth and material possessions while denigrating those who do not constantly strive to achieve more and bigger possessions and more and more monetary wealth. If a person is not driven to climb the corporate ladder and achieve monetary success, he/she is automatically considered a slacker in the eyes of people like you with your social-Darwinian philosophy of life.
You say that IM is over-complicating things but you are over-simplifying things. What's more, you are completely distorting things first... and then over-simplifying your distortions! That's rich.
Enough of you for one day, timbo. I can only take so much of your insufferable arrogance and dimwittedness. I need to get out of this fetid atmosphere of you blithering, whiney conservatives spewing your bilious gases.
I gave you a list of government programs that worked and worked well for many years. The Post Office, Medicare, and Social Security are still working, even despite their huge financial setbacks. They certainly need tweaking but there is nothing inherently wrong with them that calls for their dismantling and privatizing. But you conservatives refuse to even acknowledge that they have worked. You just keep saying that government can't be trusted, that it doesn't know what it's doing. You say that you'd be receptive to spending more money or paying more taxes if govt. could prove that it knows what it's doing, but when the proof is right in front of your eyes, you won't even acknowledge it.
In addition to those things I mentioned, the government has gotten a LOT of things right: the Civil Rights Act, women's right to vote, the interstate highway system, massive funding for research that led to development of the internet, funding for research and development in general, TVA (at least its inception), Hoover Dam, our national parks, environmental laws that cleaned up our air and water, the many labor laws that have protected workers and enhanced their lives. Surely you know better than to think that private enterprise would ever have take it upon itself to right those horrendous wrongs or to finance such progressive and forward thinking initiatives?
In a previous comment you maligned every liberal alive by saying that liberals are at the bottom of the gene pool, and yet you have the audacity (idiocy) to claim that we liberals have a one-size-fits-all view of conservatives. Your comments would be worthy of a hearty laugh if their stupidity didn't outweigh their funniness.
I don't know of one conservative who is open-minded enough about public education that they are willing to do whatever it takes to "fix it." They have already identified the problem, and as far as they are concerned, it is public education itself. Conservatives want to privatize EVERYTHING. Privatizing is their only solution. "Vouchers" is the only word I hear out of the mouths of conservatives and that is their only solution to our dismal education system. But every penny that goes towards vouchers takes away from public education, and meanwhile the kids of poorer families, who even with vouchers cannot afford private schools, languish in a school system that is getting neglected more and more every year, with understaffing problems, crumbling buildings, and constant cuts to vital curriculum and supplies.
Your last sentence is the mantra that all conservatives keep repeating....ad infinitum, ad nauseum: "...we just don't trust the government to make those decisions because they have been wrong so much in the past." Yet Medicare, Social Security, the Post Office, and even public education all worked very well for many long years, which is more than can be said for a lot of private businesses. They are all fraught with their own problems today but those problems and failings are not necessarily due to government ineptitude but to a major recession that we are still in the throes of, and to the fact that conservatives have done everything humanly possible to cut funding and support for any program or policy that they deem to be "tainted" with FDR's New Deal or LBJ's Great society.
So there is a problem with YOUR premise, timbo: it's full of crap.
Clear the streets, y'all! Ki has went and done it - he's got Mad Dog Shultz itchin' fer a shootout.
I don't care how much she makes, she is still a "lowly" librarian in the eyes of conservatives, who think that any public worker is an abomination and is almost always overpaid. In their eyes CEOs deserve to make millions but any public worker who makes a decent wage is "stealing" from the tax payer.
I only know what little I have heard and read about this story. I do not know enough about the specifics to comment further. If she has indeed been using funds illegally, then I certainly do not defend that. But I know that there are plenty of people up in arms over the mere fact that she is jetting about in the first place. However, if what she is doing is beneficial and generating positive results, which seems to be the case, then she is making good use of money allocated for her trips.