The problem with secretaries and czars and nearly everyone who works for the government in a capacity to “help” small business is that they have NO IDEA what it is like to be a small business owner. My husband left home at 16 with the clothes on his back and slept in cars and on porches and floors. From nothing, (no liscense, no car, no home, no support, no college classes, no money)he worked 7 days a week, 14, 16 hour days routinely, to build a small business. When that business started to falter after 25 years, he started another in the middle of this recession and now employs 10 people, who weren’t working before. Over the years, when employees had emergencies, he’s made car payments for people, bought clothes, paid rent and child support at times and even bought someone teeth once, (most paid him back as they could). And the governmnent has done nothing but pile on ridiculous regulations, tax us to death,tell us conflicting information and get in our way at every step. They manipulated willing banks, first one way and now in the opposite. The LAST thing we need is another czar or secretary of business. Get the hell out of our way and let us take care of business. Maybe my husband should apply for Obamas secretary of business job….it would be nice to get paid vacation or sick days and we certainly don’t have a pension…oh wait, actually understanding small business would disqualify him.
August 17, 2012 at 1:03pm
Having worked with a patient with locked in syndrome, it is an unimaginable way to live.( Although some people with this do manage to continue to desire to live and learn and teach those around them).. These people do not have the ability to move at all. Blinking their eyes is their only method of communication. Imagine blinking out yes or no or letters every time you want something or are in pain or uncomfortable or just want to express your feelings and needs.. Imagine the frustration and boredom of never being able to communicate freely, move at all, while your mind and intellect is completely normal. We cannot even imagine the prison he is locked inside. I would guess he has been pumped full of antidepressants and had therapy during the past 7 years.. It is your soul that lives eternally, not your body. None of us escape bodily death. The government has no right projecting their collective fear of death on anyone in his situation. It is discriminatory, because any able-bodied person can end their life for any reason they choose (generally much less than this) at any time. This is between him, his family, and God. He needs our prayers, not our judgments.
god certainly isn't helping him if he has come to the decision to kill himself after all this time!!!
Don't just assume the man was treated for depression. Sometimes the most obvious causes/solutions are never addressed. That issue can easily slip through the cracks in medical facilities. For example, many patients are assumed to have Alzheimer's Disease, but symptoms of Dementia can be caused by many different things, some of which are reversible. Although medical facilities are improving in this area, there are still places that completely ignore the psychological status of patients, instead solely focusing on the physical.
I unexpectedly have had a glimpse into what this feels like. When I was healthy it was so easy to see life as full of possibility and opportunity..and god loves me etc etc.. but once I came down with a severe chronic digestive illness that many times had me spending days and weekends laying down alone in a room for hours on end with no one around as time passed by and life passed by, I knew that if I never moved, I would be there forever and no supernatural force would come to do anything. It's only because I still have the rest of my bodily faculties that I can fight against my illness and try to have a life but it is a shell of the life that I once had. People with their health are foolish to think they are blessed by some divine interaction. What about this guy hmmm? he is lesser than than anyone else? "Aww poor guy God bless him.." I doubt that's what he is thinking about god.
@Cessium, not all of us react to severe illness as you have. I've been down a long and very difficult road. I can say now that I am doing better--and I am actively also seeking ways to help my body regain strength and health. I know I am fortunate to be able to finally come out another side to what was once a very dark place.
But in my case it was my faith that brought me through. Even when no one else was around (and I spent many many hours alone in a room, too), He was. You may think me crazy. That's fine. I have a relationship with my God, my Creator, my Lord and my Savior. And He WAS there to help--perhaps not immediately or exactly as I would have liked at the time, but I think I'm a better person for what I've gone thru-more compassionate, more THANKFUL, stronger--and my faith only grew as did my love for God.
I don't know what is up ahead. None of us do. But I'm more determined now to live the rest of my life--to make it count. I take better care of myself now so I can better serve Him and others.
You sound bitter. That's sad. But not all of us choose that road.
@justpeachy.. Well in the same sense.. Atheism is getting me through this... It is my lack of faith in god and my inner desire to get better than keeps me going. I don't expect an after life or reward or punishment, I got one shot at what I have left in my life and the faculties I have left to improve. I'm not waiting for no god to come through on me. He had is chance, I don't care what bibles say, I hold him accountable now. This is my youth we are talking about. Gods time has ticked out! I don't do tests beyond academics. This is why the religious make the essentially atheist phrase "god helps those who help themselves." Really this means no god is there to help and if religious actually believed god helped, that phrase would not exist. Even if he exists he ain't doin nothing. I am fated to the chaos in this universe like everyone else. I don't expect special treatment for having faith. Many people with lots of faith have fallen and many people with no faith have risen.. it means nothing. I don't deal with faith. don't care about it.. I only care about the loneliness one experiences when finding themselves to be a rare entity in this country.. "A conservative atheist" So when I'm stuck inside and have a moment to go on the blaze, I can bark at either religious conservatives or commie liberals who are both wrong on so many levels it is entertaining.
June 22, 2012 at 10:59am
It is impossible for me to watch this video and not cry. My heart breaks for this woman. But I don’t think the behavior of the kids is “new” (other than profanity is much more prevelant). One of the kids involved was feeling powerless on that particular day and decided picking on a human “weaker ” than himself would make him feel better, so he attacked and felt powerful and others joined in. The lack of compassion, the lack of recognition of humanity is sickening to watch. But don’t pretend this hasn’t happened for all of time….picking on weaker or different people for no reason other than to feel powerful. The difference is that we live in a media culture where the behavior of a few is now filmed and shown for all of society to see. How many times has this happened and no one ever viewed it? Who has lived and never witnessed a weaker person being berated or taken advantage of by a stronger one? I think parents should view this with their children and use it as a teaching moment, use it as a moment to connect and talk about your personal feelings about obesity, times when you’ve seen someone made fun of and what you might have done in this situation. Teach them compassion. These kids are not dead inside. They are human beings who engaged in the worst kind of behavior. We react so strongly because we all identify with the victim and there is not one amongst us who has not been attacker at some point in some way. The kids are crying out for help.
May 26, 2012 at 3:36pm
Where was the school in all this? Where were the guiidance counselors and the administration? Did no one sit down and talk with this girl and find out her situation? Did no one go to bat for her? Priviledged kids go on vacations during the school year all the time and their vacations are “excused absences”. Were school officials threatened by a kid who is an honor student taking AP classes and college credit classes and didn’t need teacher instruction every day? It doesn’t seem that anyone, her parents, officials at the school, the court system cared about this girl at all. It looks like they only cared about enforcing rules. I hope that by making her story public, somebody steps up and supports this girl. She deserves better.
May 12, 2012 at 3:13pm
Thanks for informing me that I am a pedophile and a liberal and a communist and I must be sick, that I have ensured that my children are scarred forever and will be unable to leave my home. Thanks for letting me know that I have so many psychological issues and I engaged in incest. All because I chose to breastfeed my children longer than you deem appropriate. I’ll have to apologize to my adult children (working, paying taxes, going to college) living responsible, well adjusted, independent lives 3 hours away, that I damaged them because I offered them the breast after they got teeth.
I was under the mistaken assumption that God made breasts to produce milk, but now I have been informed that breasts are made solely for man’s pleasure and his thoughts about their purpose and how long they should serve their purpose are far superior to any loving mother and child relationship or any design by God.. I I didn’t know that when I breast-fed my three year old daughter, it was a sexual act. I thought it was a loving, nurturing experience for her that ended when she chose. I now stand corrected that breasts are for men’s fantasies and for selling men’s fantasies and tolerating breastfeeding for a few months is acceptable, but only if breasts are never revealed, because revealing them to men is really the appropriate thing to do. Low cut, tight tops, enhanced breasts are great, but a baby or toddler suckling his mother’s breast is not natural.
for many, the issue is the photo & that it's on a magazine cover. the child is being exploited in this instance. as I stated elsewhere, I have many friends who breastfeed their 3 yr old children but they'd never have a photo taken & certainly never have it published on the cover of a magazine (or anywhere else). when the boy is older, he will be faced w/ the consequences of his mother's & Time magazine's actions. that he looks significantly older than 3 will only cause more problems. children can be very cruel & @ 9 +, he will face that cruelness as soon as the photo is unearthed (& today, children are so good @ unearthing images on the internet.)
yes, there are some boors here engaging in boorish behaviour (which is another reason parents should not publicize such photos of their children) but that's not what everyone here is saying. I'd like to get rid of boors but it's that wheat & tares problem & perhaps some of them can be shamed into better behaviour.
May 11, 2012 at 8:19pm
As a mother of 4 who breastfed for a total of 10 years, I have a news flash: breasts are for producing milk to feed offspring. Society has sensationalized women’s breasts to sell things and some folks have bought into that. Hate to disapoint you guys, but God didn’t make breasts to put on magazine covers or billboards or movie screens for men. Trust me, there is nothing sexual about breastfeeding a baby or a toddler. You give the best nutrition possible to your child and wonderful comforting and nuturing. I never heard of attatchment parenting, but each of my children weaned themselves when they were ready. (One of my children was almost 4). The oldest two are in college (far from our home) working 2 and 3 jobs to help pay for it. They are independent, bright ,well adjusted, kind, normal young adults. Just as normal as their friends who were never breast fed. And their mom is a regular, independent working mom, still married.
The photograph was meant to sensationalize to sell magazines. It is not a choice I would have made and certainly you can argue that the toddler had no choice in appearing in the photo. However, to judge the mother on the basis of her decision to breastfeed for 3 or more years and call her a pedophile or imply her children will be damaged in some way and won’t grow up to be productive adults is very small minded. To race to judge and condemn and follow with rules and regulations is exactly what I thought folks on the website were against
ELGEE -- That they would call her a slut, a pedophile or that this is child pornography shows us the perversions of the people who make such comments. As pornography is meant to cause arousal in the viewer, we can only assume that those calling this pornography were themselves aroused. Perverts.