Thank you, Mr. Editor, for airing your enlightened stance. We know you to be a conservative but you are taking the high road and setting ideology aside, as we all should on this matter. When people's lives hang in the balance it should not be a political issue. But it's obvious that Gov. Haslam is playing partisan politics based on his and other Republicans' visceral hatred of Obama.
Of all the plans for making health insurance accessible and affordable for more Americans the ACA is actually a much more conservative one than Obama might have brought to the table, and Republicans are being disingenuous to say that he refused to negotiate with them. The plan itself was a huge compromise over what he and the majority of Democrats wanted - the public option.
We are paying the price already for Haslam's obstinacy and it will only get worse if he holds out and refuses to do the right thing. It takes a special kind of mean-spirited stubbornness to keep from doing what would not only save jobs and create a bigger cash flow for the state but, more importantly, save lives and make life healthier and considerably easier for tens of thousands of Tennesseeans.
Aww, isn't that cute - the two stooges high-fiving each other!
I don't respond directly to con-man because he long ago proved himself to be certifiably insane and I don't waste my time with maniacs. Soakya, you're only a few degrees removed from being certifiable yourself so I'm very near to just ignoring you entirely too. You don't make a bit of sense, buckaroo, and I'm not going to waste any more time with your childish idiocy. The only difference between you and the con-man is that you don't quote those god-awful Babble verses like he does ad nauseum. But other than that there's not a hair's breadth of difference between you two goons. No matter what I say you are going to disagree so why waste my time refuting your easily refutable arguments? I have had my say on this topic and I stand by it. Time to move on to other things.
Whatever outward manifestations of evolution have taken place the past 4.6 billion years it's clear that the mind is a much slower thing to evolve. In the likes of Rick Jahn and con-man and the many other troglodytes who still cling to their nonsensical creationist beliefs, they may have the outward form of homo sapiens but obviously the brains of either homo heidelbergensis or neanderthalensis. The poor clods have some catching up to do. Unfortunately it won't be in this lifetime.
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.