I like Carly. I’ve watched her rise to the top of HP so she’s got cojones. Although I am favoring Cruz, I am waiting to see how things shake out. Might she be a good VP? And I am still loving Condoleezza Rice. One thing for sure, I’m praying for a truly formidable duo.
 March 29, 2015 at 8:57am
Good information, Thindime. This is what occurs to me. In the past, our institutions encouraged uniformity because it was believed to lend stability to society. We were all from similar backgrounds, we all got the same education, we all got married, had families. Mothers stayed at home & everybody went to church. Anyone who deviated from this was “different. ” Now, “different” has gone beyond it’s previous narrow confines & has become the norm. As Americans, what are our unifying factors today? Under what banner can we all stand? Even our borders are non- existent under this administration. We cannot even claim a sovereign geographical body.
I am NOT “anti- gay” or homophobic, yet it seems to me that we now live in a culture that ENCOURAGES deviance. Understand my meaning here. In the past, our institutions encouraged normative behavior that unified us. Now our DIFFERENCES are the focus.
As a Christian, I believe God wants me appreciate the humanity of every individual.
As an educated American, I believe we cannot survive as a nation if we are unable to somehow forcefully craft an image of who we are, distinct from every other country in the world.
I hold out hope- and pray- that FREEDOM remains, as our Founding Fathers intended, the bedrock for us all.
 March 29, 2015 at 8:23am
Reminds me of a Russian I know, whose grandparents held positions in the Soviet Regime. They long for the old days, when they were like royalty. However, their grandson has no intention of moving back there.
Similarly, I suspect our politicians are aligning, believing they will be in an elite class, safe from the ravages that are perpetrated on us peons.
They will be burned alive by the lying muslim's. It is their way.
 March 29, 2015 at 8:17am
I’m sure there were some people thinking, “that is so insane it can’t possibly be true! “
March 28, 2015 at 6:35pm
From what I understand, this was a unique issue. It’s not that the bakery wouldn’t sell anything to LGBTETC. They just felt it went against their conscience to participate in a same sex wedding. I don’t see why it’s a problem to say, “oh, I’m so sorry we can’t do that for you. Here are 2 excellent bakeries with similar price points.” Now the couple can decide to make a scene or say, “Thank you very much, ” and leave. Or the bakery can stop doing wedding cakes altogether. Or take the order & pass it on to someone else.Eventually this will all come out in the wash, believe me. Every body play nice & give it some time. I am most concerned that all people treat each other respectfully. The law can never legislate that, whether you’re the gay couple or a Christian who considers homosexuality a sin.
March 28, 2015 at 6:17pm
Guy, I agree completely.
[-3] March 28, 2015 at 6:14pm
ExACTly, Outcast! I applaud your point. The government is not meant to regulate people’s personal belief systems- even if they’re “wrong.” Most of us disagree with, in this case, the bakery owner. Any business owner who is overtly discriminatory will suffer the consequences as potential customers vote with their feet. This is exactly how this law is supposed to work.
 March 26, 2015 at 3:59pm
Honestly, I can’t wait for this whole tempest in a teapot to go away! Why can’t people just be NICE? Please stop trying to be provocative, gay people. And are there really a lot of bakeries that won’t bake cakes for ss marriage? I grow more & more personally conservative, at the same time becoming more & more libertarian politically. Stop trying to make laws about EVERYTHING! Sheesh. Grandma needs her tea. Or whisky.
"Why can't people just be nice," she asked, before placing the onus entirely on gay people.
ohlograndma, They WILL to not go away. That is their nature, and their deliberate choice. To the point that their willfulness becomes a form of insanity after denying truth to the (unknown by man) point where there is no going back.
 March 26, 2015 at 11:18am
Yes, Eutope, but what you are missing is we are all in one sort of cult or another. Personally, I would like to keep people who are NOT in my cult at somewhat of a distance. Crazy Muslims who want to kill people: you guys stay over there. Peace loving faithful people are allowed to be closer. Advocates of Christ, a little closer.
March 25, 2015 at 2:06pm
Of which- how many? 5? 6? Million LOST their insurance, leaving say 4 million. Of which how many signed up for Medicaid? And how many are left who do not have insurance? Apparently, 30M people do not currently have insurance. So Obamacare didn’t it move the needle one iota. And the CBO says it is costing TRIPLE the cost, eventually $9 trillions. When it was originally supposed to be “zero sum. ” This is not to mention the millions whose policies are more expensive, with coverage they don’t want. Not to mention the lawsuits out there, particularly the one from more than half the states who charge the president changed the law numerous times without consulting the congress, thus rendering the law not only impossible to follow, but in fact NULL. While most of us are happy that an infinitesimal number of people have insurance now that did not before, the horrible uproar in the healthcare industry amounted to more harm than good, net net. Let me go look up my sources for you.
 March 25, 2015 at 10:59am
Humph! This is the theme of the day, apparently. I fear for the future because there are so many incapable young people who can’t find their a**es with both hands. Overheard: 3 college kids talking. One thought Alaska was an island. One said 1970 was a good year to serve in the military because there “weren’t any wars then. ” The 3rd thought Milwaukee was a STATE . Plus, young people in general don’t seem to have a clue about basic hard physical labor. Excuse me while I watch “Terminator” again, then take the grandkids to their martial arts classes & the shooting range, after which they will design & build a chicken tractor while reciting the Constitution (in Latin) , & then butcher a hog. Kidding. But I like the idea. Truly I do.
Grandma, you are on the right track! Even if it teaching/showing them the difference between an oak, a maple and a dogwood tree, how flowers are pollinated. Kids today are so far removed from nature that it is frightening! Gads, when I was a kid, – and my mom was no scientist, but she had a firm grasp of the world around her – she taught us things even when we were still in strollers, all manner of things… I see people today pushing a pram in their little spandex clothes, carrying their water bottles, while talking on their phones… as if their poor little babes aren’t even part of the picture!
 March 24, 2015 at 3:33pm
True, With, but he still has a good point. The President absolutely should not have inserted himself (or the federal government) in any of these situations. He has decidedly fanned the flames instead of calming & allowing the system to work.
 March 23, 2015 at 9:36pm
Oh, STOP, Get. You, too, Third. You both know you’re missing Kathy’s point.
March 23, 2015 at 9:31pm
Well, then, Get, Cruz has a row to hoe, doesn’t he?
March 23, 2015 at 9:25pm
Plus, who will be his running mate? We have a long way to go, but Cruz is the man of the hour.
March 23, 2015 at 9:22pm
Who is “the biggest block of voters who DOESN’T go to the polls? ” If, as some claim, it’s evangelical Christians, Cruz might have a chance. It’s also worth considering that BOTH parties have moved left. Many of us are looking for a candidate who will move right. That would not be Bush or Christie.
March 23, 2015 at 9:03pm
One thing for sure, I’ll vote 3rd party before I’ll vote for Jeb Bush or Chris Christie. I am not, nor have I ever declared myself to be Republican.
 March 23, 2015 at 8:29pm
Argh. Zappa picks his “facts, ” the rest of us have ours. There’s no point in even an attempted discussion here. The only value is in recognizing that Zappa is not alone in believing as he does. And they can’t convince me that they are right, either.
March 23, 2015 at 7:15pm
Thanks, Big, for referencing history. Please go there once more to consider that most Americans- as well as significant other parts of the world- have been living in an incredible era of peace & prosperity unseen in the entire history of mankind. When was the last time you had to take up arms to protect your family? Other nations are incredulous when told that our military is voluntary.
So THANK YOU to our military who did indeed fight all those wars to give us the life we enjoy. The United States has been the only nation to take on that responsibility.
 March 23, 2015 at 7:00pm
I’m pretty sure Cruz’s citizenship has been thoroughly vetted by multiple significant sources (heard that on the news this morning) .
What always made me crazy about Obama is that there is SOMETHING odd (or quite a few odd somethings) going on in his background. His “truth” is slippery as an eel. It reminds me of a painful realization shared by a friend about a mutual loved one. “It’s not exactly that he lies all the time. You just get the feeling that he never tells the truth. It’s very disconcerting. You can never pin him down. “