@FloggingtheGOP: If a Muslim parent visiting my nephews’ (Christian) school wanted to pray there, I’d advise The Nephews to stand quietly with their heads bowed and pray silently for peace. I still think that if more of us were on that kind of terms with them, Muslims would be less dangerous to the world. And if you think this Christian has mental problems, why provoke her? Who needs to be cruel to mental patients?
September 10, 2013 at 2:08pm
Blood, pain, and death are nothing new, but what about courage? The Bible says “Acquit yourselves like men: be strong,” in the context of advice to be kind, generous, and hospitable. Are blood, pain, and death going to take over your corner of the world? Maybe. But not mine.
September 10, 2013 at 2:04pm
Sorry to hear this.
September 10, 2013 at 2:03pm
Being kind or hospitable wasn’t “safe” in the 1970s either. Nor in the 1920s, nor in the 1870s. That doesn’t mean they’re out of date, or out of touch; it means they call for courage. I think 95% of people are nice, 4% are too feeble-minded to respond to kindness, and 1% are vicious. This has not changed.
September 10, 2013 at 1:59pm
@Woodyee: If I left a knitting pattern magazine in the waiting rooms, would you have thrown it away?
September 6, 2013 at 3:25pm
Finally somebody’s addressed the most problematic issue I see in this story. How likely is it that being uprooted and placed among strangers will be less traumatic for any child than living with the child’s natural parents, however imperfect they may be.
September 6, 2013 at 3:23pm
Tengo/Mick/et al: We used to have a commonsense definition of child abuse, where if it did serious or permanent damage it was classified as abuse, and if it made a child unhappy for a few minutes it was within the limits of reasonable punishment. Of course some parents weren’t reasonable, nor are their adult offspring…and that’s the only reason why people have trouble with this definition!
September 6, 2013 at 3:20pm
Tengo: I think, in historical context, that it wasn’t “kill rebellious kids” but “trial of adult offspring who refuse to support their own aged parents as a capital crime against the whole society.” Read the wording again…English or Hebrew…that’s not the wording that would describe a four-year-old who keeps asking “Are we there yet?” Or even punching his sister.
September 6, 2013 at 3:13pm
More dittos on the spanking issue. Spanking children to get their attention or embarrass them may be ineffective but it’s not abusive.
August 30, 2013 at 2:46pm
Short of institutionalizing animal abusers (which is probably a good idea), how can you prevent them from owning animals in the future? Are we talking about more bureaucratic regulations to dictate who may or may not keep a pet? Bad idea.
August 30, 2013 at 11:47am
Re animal mothers: Yes, there’s a wide range of behavior. If a puppy or kitten is badly malnourished its own mother may eat it, or may abandon it. If it died of an infectious disease that other animals can smell, they’re likely to bury it to keep the atmosphere healthy. Kittens are vulnerable to a bacterial infection they’re most likely to survive if they’re not fed; mothers will stop feeding these kittens, but may keep an eye on them and resume feeding the kittens if they seem healthier. And when mother animals don’t know what else to do with a sick, dead, or dying baby they may bring it to their humans to see if the humans have any ideas.
I’ve seen cats who appeared to be pregnant go out and have sex again, after which the pregnancy seemed to terminate itself; I don’t know whether spontaneous abortion triggered sexual activity or vice versa, but I’ve seen unspayed cats do this consistently enough to indulge in sex year-round.
August 30, 2013 at 11:39am
Caniacsteve called it…but, for those who want to make color jokes: WHITE dog!
 August 22, 2013 at 6:20pm
Arianna Huffington can afford the security she needs as the price of making her real identity public. I can’t…partly because my identity has already been stolen by a hostile illegal alien, and could easily have been stolen by one with a grudge against the whole country rather than one with a grudge against me. I don’t recommend that any person who’s not a celebrity EVER publish ANYTHING, in this century even a book, under his or her legal name.
August 2, 2013 at 2:51pm
Rangel’s right about the infighting hurting the (however slightly) more levelheaded party–I suspect part of that may reflect the fact that some Tea Partiers are Democrats! But he’s seriously confused if he thinks very many of the same people who fought to keep segregation are still walking around.
August 2, 2013 at 11:01am
Trying to “verify” dissatisfied customers is also problematic…when people have already been treated unfairly by a business, they’re not going to tell everybody in cyberspace how to find and harass them at home TOO. Best recourse? If someone out there does like your business, encourage that person to post nice things about it.
August 2, 2013 at 10:58am
It doesn’t, though. A store I reviewed harshly on Yelp, for good and sufficient reasons is the Food Lion in Gate City, Virginia. My first review disappeared; Yelp claimed they didn’t believe I was a real person. Then someone else got onto Yelp and “friended” me, so now my original comment shows up along with my second comment and her comment…but they’re “filtered,” they “do not affect the overall rating of the store,” and the site resists even displaying them’cos they’re so afraid of cutting down this international monster chain’s profits. So now we ignore Yelp. It’s not real!
August 2, 2013 at 10:53am
Well…years ago, Associated Content paid me to write decent reviews of local businesses. Then they ran short of money and said my part of the country was too sparsely populated to make local pieces profitable for them. After that Yahoo bought and destroyed the whole site. So here I am, still writing. My local reviews are no longer available online. I’d like to update and republish them, but who’s paying for the things I’d review? Sorry, business owners, it has to be you.
July 28, 2013 at 3:52pm
Well…the virus that most often causes this is airborne. If people realize they have “the bug that’s going around” only when they unexpectedly create a puddle, they MIGHT think the compassionate thing to do was to go home without breathing on any other people.
July 28, 2013 at 3:46pm
I’m not familiar with the effects of medications, but I have had Norwalk Flu a few times. Wasn’t it going around two years ago? (Didn’t Hillary have it?) Yes, it’s possible for someone trying NOT to foul the walls and floor to get “smears” two or three feet up the walls. Recommended recourse? Call this guy back to the courthouse and make him clean the bathroom.