User Profile: mikegray24


Member Since: August 30, 2011

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  • January 10, 2014 at 1:15pm

    Mr_Middleman, so you think freedom only applies to and is only important to Americans? Yes, I realize they don’t have the protection of something like the First Amendment. Does that mean that people in Scotland shouldn’t have any expectation of freedom? I’m not commenting on what the reality is, I’m commenting on what the reality should be.

  • January 10, 2014 at 1:04pm

    WhiteFang, peace and harmony and wisdom are great but they’re not at issue here. The issue is whether the force of government should be used to punish a lack of wisdom, as you see it.

  • January 10, 2014 at 12:44pm

    Jesus may not want us to be obnoxious, but does he want obnoxiousness to be criminalized? How about if I claim your comment is obnoxious and offensive (not saying it is)? Should you be arrested?

  • October 29, 2013 at 2:10pm

    I doubt there’s anyone left in the world who didn’t know this already.

  • October 20, 2013 at 10:57am

    I wouldn’t doubt it happened, but if there was evidence of it, it probably would have come out sooner. All these other revelations are mostly things that are kind of assumed or previously rumored. But that there would be criminal. I’m not saying it hasn’t happened. I’m just doubting anyone was stupid enough to put it in a PowerPoint slide.

  • October 17, 2013 at 3:38pm

    Completely right. I imagine in their minds, they’re using the threat of punishment (i.e. the result of “calling an adult”) to deter bad behavior. I think we all know how that turns out. As opposed to encouraging people to do the right thing eventually, even if it didn’t happen at step one in the process.

    Their focus used to be “don’t drive drunk.” OK, check. The right thing (almost) happened in this situation. They should be pleased that the drunk girl and the sober girl made that happen. Let the parents address the underage drinking.

  • October 17, 2013 at 2:47pm

    Not only did she potentially save her friend’s life, but anyone else’s life who could have been killed in an accident with her friend. And I also agree that these “kids” are actually young adults. We need to stop treating them like children.

    What wonderful lessons our educators and others are teaching young people these days. Obviously, it’s not OK for teenagers to be behaving improperly. But is it better if next time this girl gets a call, if she just says, “sorry, I can’t help you,” and just hangs up? How does that make the situation any better?

    And another thing… why is it that schools get to govern the behavior of students outside of school? To me, this sounds like an issue between police and parents. I don’t have children, but if I did, I would expect them to attend school to learn English, mathematics, science, history, etc., not for the school to be molding them into what they believe the model citizen should be. That should be my job.

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  • October 3, 2013 at 1:59pm

    JayCee, no one suggested this it was proper behavior. But how you managed to link this to 9/11 is beyond ridiculous. If you’re scared, I suggest getting a dog.

  • October 3, 2013 at 9:22am

    I love how anything that flies without a person is now called a “drone”, as if this guy was searching the mountains of Afghanistan looking for bin Laden. When I was younger, we called these “RC helicopters” and their winged counterparts were called “RC airplanes.” And I don’t ever recall it being news when some dummy crashed one near people. But I guess these days, it’s all about “OMG the drones!”

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  • September 24, 2013 at 12:27pm

    Interestingly, since you mentioned hammers, iOS 7 also makes the iPhone immune to repeated hammer blows. This works. I’ve tested it. Everyone should give it a try to see this amazing feat of engineering for themselves.

  • September 23, 2013 at 4:57pm

    I came here to address this exact question, but my answer is, zero tolerance of WHAT? This question becomes relevant when a kid accidentally takes a pocket knife to school. That’s zero tolerance gone too far. In this case, no law or rule was even broken. Or at least no rule that they had a right to make. Schools do not govern a child while at home, despite what they would have people believe. It’s like making a rule that every kid has to be in bed by nine and then expelling a kid because his parents let him stay up late to watch the end of a football game or something. It’s no different.

  • September 10, 2013 at 2:39pm

    Yeah, the horror of a bunch of people running around interested in liberty and personal responsibility. That isn’t the America I grew up in. Well, mainly because that stuff was already being destroyed by the time I was born in the 1970′s.

  • August 22, 2013 at 5:47pm

    Better start rounding up the grocery-bagging kids at supermarkets where beer and wine are sold. There’s no kid around that touches more alcohol. In fact, for the good of society, we had better tag them as traffickers.

    After all, the best way to crack down on under-aged drinking is to punish the kids who are bring supervised and not actually drinking.

  • August 20, 2013 at 11:04am

    The guy is taking some heat here because he’s a liberal, but I truly believe many of his concerns are valid. I’ve felt for many years that the constantly being “plugged-in” could have an adverse affect on people. At one point, I ran a blog and interacted in all the social media as part of that, in addition to my regular job, and while it was enjoyable, I felt like I could see where expanding so far into the digital world could lead to a hermit-like existence in the real world.

    Everything in moderation and all that, but increasingly, these demands to be plugged-in are not always self-induced. Plenty of working professionals are expected to be plugged-in all the time.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting we shed a tear for this guy or anyone else who chooses to live this kind of lifestyle, but I do believe that there could be a social/cultural price to be paid that maybe we don’t realize fully yet.

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  • August 12, 2013 at 1:09pm

    Maybe someone should have told her about 99Designs or one of the sites like that. She could have gotten it done for a few hundred bucks.

    This is yet another reason why college costs are getting so out of hand. These people live in a little bubble, free from the realities of life.

  • June 25, 2013 at 2:03am

    You guys are killing me with Wawa. Ever since I came to Texas, I miss it, big time.

  • June 25, 2013 at 1:56am

    These “sky is falling” “oh, no, service will suffer” doomsday predictions so prevalent in this thread could not be more unfounded. The fact is, we are all served in some capacity probably tens of times per week without the necessity of a tip, and yet the service is adequate or better. The plumbing guy at Lowe’s has helped me greatly. The USPS and UPS guys have delivered my mail and parcels with care. The lawn service where I work makes the place look nice. I could go on and on.

    The fact is, people put in effort because first, they want repeat business (or to keep their job), and second – this might shock some people – they want to do a good job. Yes, that’s right, some people actually have some self respect and work hard at what they signed up to do. When this doesn’t happen, I go somewhere else. It’s as simple as that, without the incentive of tips.

  • June 24, 2013 at 7:39pm

    And what guarantee do you have that the grocery checkout person isn’t going to bag your bread and canned good together, the UPS man isn’t going to throw your package on the roof, and your mechanic isn’t going to throw sand in your engine?

    Simple. They want your continued business and they will fire people who stand in the way of that.

  • June 24, 2013 at 7:36pm

    Even with the knowledge that the price in the meal would increase to pay the higher wages, I would abolish the tip system in an instant if I could.

    First off, there’s no reason I should have to sit down at the end of a meal to figure out how much money I need to add on, depending on the quality of the service. Second, there’s no reason that someone’s wages should depend on the generosity of others. Theoretically, a waitress could do an exceptional job and go home with nothing. Yes, I know, it’s probably not going to happen, but social norms should not factor into wages. Employment is a contract: labor for money. Both sides of that equation should be predictable. Work X, take home $Y. X could be hours, sales, widgets, or even tables waited in an evening.

    Finally, it doesn’t stop people from leaving extra if they really felt the service was exceptional. They would know that the server is getting full wage and that the tip is actually a bonus, not filling in a hole that some deadbeat left earlier in the evening.

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  • May 20, 2013 at 10:11am

    If we’re going to background check people before allowing them to make use of their rights, let’s start with the First Amendment. After all someone could commit slander or libel or commit fraud or some other violation of the law. We need to make sure that everyone is fit to speak freely. There are some people that just shouldn’t be allowed. We need universal background checks to determine whether someone might abuse the First Amendment.