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  • [2] April 15, 2015 at 1:32pm

    That’s a fairly superficial and trite way of describing prayer. Even atheists admit meditation may be beneficial, and there are positive ( or more neutral) ways to characterize or describe prayer even if you don’t believe in God.

    I will not claim that no Christian thinks of God in that way, but there are many Christians and many viewpoints some more mature than others.

    Going straight to the least ( and not necessarily common ) denominator is unnecessarily insulting. Insulting someone does not promote understanding or open dialogue, and is certainly not persuasive. If you are not trying to promote your views but simply to vent your emotions this may be understandable… but it is not respected.

  • [2] April 14, 2015 at 5:48pm

    I suspect that it is intentional. Use such ‘accidental’ side effects to eliminate the weakest members of the population with chronic/expensive care requirements and you eliminate their drain on the countries resources for years. There are not many people who would admit that it was planned that way, though a few may have talked more directly in private.

    There will always be some high functioning sociopaths. There will always be people in power. Sometimes the two will intersect. Limit the power of government over people or be prepared to get run over by people with power over your life, and their own agenda for how you should live it… or if you deserve to live at all.

  • [-2] April 7, 2015 at 2:09pm

    Charities supporting terrorists and their families?
    Charities implicated in US court case(s)?
    Yes, they do have charities, but perhaps not many I would feel good about contributing to.

    We saw your earlier post about the Ottoman Empire. So, you ague that it is a contribution to US culture? The marching band has a long history and spread to many countries. Not all of them were friends of ours either. Were marching bands a part of the culture of Nazi Germany? Your point has limited merit. Other countries including ours took the idea and made it their own. What we made of their idea and how we use it is ours.

    PS Please stop re posting the same stuff. Use new material/ideas.

  • [2] April 7, 2015 at 1:51pm

    There are lots of Muslim charities. Charity is one of the pillars of Islam… you have to be careful though; some of them are funneling money to families of terrorists or have been caught supporting them more directly. I wish I could quote specific court cases and provide links, but I don’t want to spend that much time on it.

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  • April 7, 2015 at 1:44pm

    “Over the top ” is a perception of his style or terminology that could certainly be argued. It is also fairly subjective. An important question is this: Are his (personal) opinions rooted in facts or emotions? Did he make any statements of fact which were clearly untrue? If there is some fact that is or may be untrue (perhaps a Muslim did shake hands with a Girl Scout at some point) what is the preponderance of evidence?

    I agree that editorial tweaks like asking Obama to explain his “Muslims have a rich heritage in America” statement would have been better. Should someone need an editor to proofread and tweak their Facebook posts to avoid getting fired or forced to resign?

    I also agree strongly with your frustration over the excessive ads. I have an old laptop that struggles with them. The pop ups and ads are a real pain & once in a while I will have a second soundtrack start itself up while I am trying to watch a video… I don’t see where to turn it off and have to hunt for it. There may be more than I know; I sometimes mute the computer or leave the earphones off.

    In order to equal the revenue from the ads, how much would they have to charge for an add free site running in parallel to this one? Not that it makes much difference; many people have started using ad blockers which would be cheaper than paying for content.

  • [2] April 6, 2015 at 1:38pm

    With some work they may have put in a large garden in the back yard. I wouldn’t want the kids knocking into the tomato plants and cardboard crushing the lettuce. You don’t know if they have a large dog out back and want the fort in a place where their kid can invite friends to play with her.

    Where something “belongs” is up to the owner, isn’t it?

  • [1] April 6, 2015 at 1:31pm

    If it was molded plastic I’m guessing no one would have a problem with it. Look at the upside: recyclable, DIY, easy to modify or replace (reduce/reuse/recycle), no non-bidegradable materials for landfill… the price is right too. Have you seen what a wood or plastic version of that fort would cost? A plastic version would not invite redesign and personalization as this does.

    You object to the aesthetics. I would feel uncomfortable if something like that stayed up for 6 months and got rained on and fall apart yucky.

  • April 5, 2015 at 3:04am

    Should have substituted the words
    “white trash – in all applicable colors from ****** to cracker”

  • April 5, 2015 at 2:45am

    Not so fast. Homosexuality is being linked with genetic markers ( not necessarily genes) that may control gene expression. If it is proven that homosexuality is genetic ( or epigenetic ), then whether you call it a birth defect or normal human variation you can no longer call it a “choice”. What then?
    Some thoughts:

    Once upon a time gays in the media were all about screwing anything that had a pulse. It was very rebellious. After time and experience they have decided that the uptight religious prudes had a point. Monogamy and real relationships really ARE better than a string of one night stands and orgies. The prodigal son had to spend some time in the pigsty before he decided he was wrong and he needed to go back to another path …that led home.

    Take a breath and try a long view. If you think they are … just WRONG… they may figure that out for themselves in time. Do they deserve the time and space to screw up their lives as much as it takes to come to understand WHY being gay is bad? Free will was God’s idea; he’s pretty smart. There may be consequences involved that we don’t fully appreciate. The Church exists to pick up the pieces not to break people.

    Then apply Christ’s test: Does it produce good fruits of the spirit? Does it lead to human flourishing? Look at the human costs of repression and denial… check out the suicide rate of gays trying desperately to go straight. Does this do more harm than good?

  • [2] April 5, 2015 at 2:21am

    Jack said that amounted to unequal treatment and the denial of goods and services based on his religion

    “They” say they are being discriminated against because they are gay.

    The bakery [in this story] claims that they serve Christians, they just found the language offensive and didn’t want to participate in something they found offensive.

    The bakers in other stories say they serve gays, they just consider gay marriage offensive/wrong and don’t want to participate in something they find offensive.

    Looks as if the two things are pretty much the same and the business owners can turn away any business they don’t want to someone else.

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  • [3] April 4, 2015 at 3:22am

    That they don’t want their heads chopped off, maybe.

  • [1] April 4, 2015 at 3:17am

    Is it a human right to have a conscience?
    Do you have the right to refrain from doing something you think is wrong?

    Do you have the right to hold yourself to a higher or more restrictive standard than others do?

    If a choice may involve your faith & self respect vs. someone else’s good opinion of you, cost you time/ money, opportunity costs… is that a choice for you to make or someone else?

    Also, in case you missed it:

    Then there are the slippery slope arguments: Who is going to arrest a Muslim baker for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple? Who will arrest the gay t-shirt maker for refusing to print the slogans for the Westborough Baptist crowd to wear at their next protest? Who will arrest the Jew for not participating in a Neo-Natzi fundraiser by printing their flyers?

    Is it better to have a strict law that strangles self determination, or a weak one with a tangle of exceptions that amounts to making some people more equal under the law than others?

  • April 3, 2015 at 4:27am

    Does a business owner have human rights
    including the right to a conscience
    and not to be forced to serve someone else ….
    (Remember, some slaves got paid and were able to save up and buy themselves free.)
    Forced service, even if paid, is not something we generally encourage.

    Diversity and tolerance does not mean ‘until someone actually disagrees with you.’

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  • April 3, 2015 at 4:13am

    Once upon a time the government did not issue marriage licences… they started doing so to prevent interracial marriages. Most people will agree that was bad, and the government shouldn’t have the authority to decide who can get married. So… why do they still have that authority?

  • [4] March 31, 2015 at 6:54pm

    Surely Biden could go out on a medical… hopeless drunk that he seems to be.

  • [6] March 31, 2015 at 2:32am

    A lot of the stuff they are upset about is black on black crime. If they want to hold a sit in and lecture people, why pick on the white folks instead of the gangsters and rappers and folks in the ‘hood? Shouldn’t they complain to the people causing their problems, in the communities where their problems happen?

  • [2] March 27, 2015 at 4:02pm

    Any purchase is a trade, an exchange. All such trades should be free of intimidation, threats or coercion in any form. Using the cops as your bully boys doesn’t make it more fair. A business owner has the right to refuse business, and customers have the right to say “NO”.

    … Unless the government gets involved and says you HAVE TO buy Obamacare.

  • [4] March 25, 2015 at 3:25pm

    Try overweight people in the tropics where rice is a staple.

    There are more overweight Hawaiians than you would believe. They like everything sweet; savory or spicy is not as easily found. There are generations of “large” people, some of whom used to be quite muscular until they stopped exercising so much and the muscle went to flab.

    Sorry if you think I’m being critical, part of it is likely genetic. There are what you might think of as survival genes that help make digestion or storage of unused energy more efficient. In times past these genes may have provided a distinct survival advantage. The environment changed; the diet changed. What was once an advantage is now something to work around- a potential problem.

    The types of foods that easily spoil, the cultural preferences for certain flavors and other elements also play a part. They are facts on the ground though.

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  • [4] March 24, 2015 at 6:20pm

    Some of that technology is here, and more is coming.
    Check out Abundance by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler

    It is beyond merely cool.

  • [1] March 24, 2015 at 6:16pm

    That’s much further up the timeline. Remember that people who are only concerned about ending suffering have no real interest in whether the objects of their concern thrive. Think of people who care about animals and want to spare them suffering who have no problem putting them to sleep. …Follow that logic out and apply it to people -and it gets ugly.

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