MJ12 – I agree with you totally! I do believe that this is part and parcel with the “me” generation raising another “me” generation. Or perhaps its just the death nell of the concept of personal social interaction that does not involve skype or the internet. Kind of sad really.
 February 19, 2015 at 1:17pm
This happened to my granddaughter on her 8th birthday. We invited all of her class, had a cake and other goodies, prizes for the guests and a rented pavilion at a local park. The day was beautiful and we had a good number of kids that said they would come. No one showed up. I believe that this is very common these days. My kids have told me many stories of how plans are made but if the “guests” decide at the last minute that they’d rather not go, or have something else they decide to do… they just blow off your event. No need to make themselves uncomfortable by calling and saying they can’t make it, no need to ever explain, and no conscience to hurt them over the money and time you spent based on their agreement to attend your event. Nowadays we just take our grandchildren and maybe one special friend to theme parks or movies or something similar. Saves money and ensures there will be no disappointment.
The parents are definitely responsible for this outrage. They should teach their kids that when you say you're going to do something, you *do* it, come hell or high water. Short of an emergency, no excuses.
The only time we ever prevent our children from going after we've rsvp'ed is if they start acting up. If they can't be good at home, they can't go to a party. I always tell them "I will call your friend and tell them you can't make it after all".
So far, we haven't had to do that.
There are plenty of times that we can't go though. We either rsvp that we can't make it or we simply don't call (which is as good as telling them we can't make it imo).
 February 19, 2015 at 12:05pm
Captain_kronos — You are correct that there is no religious requirement for his office. However, he would not have been elected if he had admitted that he is actually a muslim. He LIED to the American people, telling them that he was a Christian. He should be held accountable for this and the many other lies he has told. I am continually shocked that Americans will still support Obama and his regime based solely on his skin color, disregarding the harm is has done and is doing to our country.
 February 12, 2015 at 9:34am
Please don’t dis on cat people… I just had to put down a beloved cat last week. Fought like crazy to keep him alive, but to no avail. He was a sweet natured, lovely little guy who was only five years old, a good friend and companion. I can understand this gentleman’s pain and hope that he finds peace in knowing that he did what he could for his beloved pet. It’s all we can do. Oh… I also have two dogs who are family members and beloved friends. I think that animals like these are proof that God loves us. They teach us about unconditional love.
 February 3, 2015 at 10:14am
Landon410 – Yes, something to think about. But you left out verses 9, 10 and 11 which are also to the point.
November 16, 2014 at 12:27pm
Blinknight- I know that this is the “accepted” argument about ancient people, however I really don’t believe that our ancestors were any dumber than we are today. Also, do you really believe that we understand the world nowadays? Science is a wonderful thing and has made our lives better in many ways… but, science changes as time goes on. I think back to what I was taught in school in the 60′s and how a great deal of it has been modified or simply discarded. Man’s understanding of the world will change constantly. As humans we need to be a bit more humble as we struggle to learn and understand.
You and I live an a wonderful country that does not demand that you “believe” or that I “don’t believe”. Tolerance cuts both ways, my friend. I do enjoy hearing arguments and ideas that don’t spring from hatred or anger. Name calling and attempts at humiliation… not so much. You don’t seem to be in the latter category and I really appreciate it! I have to go for now. Be well.
 November 16, 2014 at 12:08pm
OnlyOracle – That’s actually a fair question. You would most certainly get a better answer from a theologian or minister, but here goes. God is all that is good, all that is love and all that is justice. Our understanding of these things is imperfect, since we all judge life by our extremely limited view. We cannot see the big picture, only our tiny little slice of it. This is why we should be humble when we try to understand lofty subjects as God, Justice, Evil, Goodness and mostly Salvation. Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try… just understand that we are not going to understand everything. When you read God’s book, did you focus on the old contract between the Jews and God? There’s good and bad there. Have you read the New contract between the world and God as personified by Jesus? It’s good reading and you would likely find His words and actions will mesh with your sense of justice and kindness. I know that I haven’t given you the concrete answers you wanted, I hope that you will forgive me for not being able to make it clear. I hope someone else will post here or talk to you in person. Good luck.
 November 16, 2014 at 11:24am
fomentingerror – I think I understand where your questions are coming from. I too wish that God would wave His hand and remove all pain and trouble from life here on Earth. But, if you read His Book, you will find the answers to the questions you have posed here. God didn’t make this mess…. we did. He has however provided a way forward. Start with John 3:16, then look at John 16:33. You seem like a sincere person, who is looking to do his best in an imperfect world. It’s all any of us can do alone. Good luck.
 November 16, 2014 at 11:03am
VastlyEducated – Hmmmm… so you believe that the overwhelming majority of humans who have lived on this Earth and who (according to the sciences of archeology and sociology) were and are “religious” are mentally deficient while the 0.01% who have embraced the fairly recent idea of “atheism” are the only “normal” people? Interesting!
The vast majority of the people who ever lived did not live in a world that they understood. What else other than a god could cause an earthquake? What else other than a god could cause a plague? The idea of gods as purely good benevolent beings is actually a fairly new concept in religious history, or maybe you didn’t noticed that the god of the Old Testament is a vengeful, vindictive, angry jerk.
In Greek/Roman mythology, gods were venerated to hopefully keep them happy enough not to be jerks to humans just because they could. They explained things like earthquakes as acts of gods that were basically colossal bullies whom you dared not trifle with.
So what is modern religion? The remnants of ignorant people who did not understand the world.
Blinknight- I know that this is the "accepted" argument about ancient people, however I really don't believe that our ancestors were any dumber than we are today. Also, do you really believe that we understand the world nowadays? Science is a wonderful thing and has made our lives better in many ways... but, science changes as time goes on. I think back to what I was taught in school in the 60's and how a great deal of it has been modified or simply discarded. Man's understanding of the world will change constantly. As humans we need to be a bit more humble as we struggle to learn and understand.
You and I live an a wonderful country that does not demand that you "believe" or that I "don't believe". Tolerance cuts both ways, my friend. I do enjoy hearing arguments and ideas that don't spring from hatred or anger. Name calling and attempts at humiliation... not so much. You don't seem to be in the latter category and I really appreciate it! I have to go for now. Be well.
 November 16, 2014 at 10:19am
Itkije – Well, it encouraged the people making a movie about His Book, they have put it on the internet so that others will know the story, it will now go around the world as a sign…. seems to me this was a really good move on Gods part, if you want to say “Hi! I’m still here and watching over you!” I’m really glad it’s God who is omnipotent and not humans like you and me….. we would make too many mistakes and end up ruining everything.
 November 16, 2014 at 9:51am
fomentingerror – Nope, feeding the hungry is YOUR job. He’s provided everything you need to do it. Get busy!
November 12, 2014 at 9:44am
When I lived in Germany in the early 70′s I saw a number of older men who sported Hitler style mustaches and hair cuts. Apparently it was a popular style back in the ’30′s. I don’t think this was meant to be Hitler himself, just a guy with a current “do” and style from that time.
 November 3, 2014 at 12:01pm
@pubiluspencilman – I just can’t let you get away with that…. it was the Christians in the north that began the emancipation movement and sustained it in the face of persecution and danger. Listen to the Christian songs urging men to “die to make men free, just as Christ died to make men holy.” It was also Christians who built hospitals and Christian nuns and doctors who ran them starting in medieval times. It was Christians who sent medical missionaries to he hells of the world not only to spread the word of God, but to minister to the sick. Missionaries are still doing this today.
Secularism in medicine is a VERY new thing. There was no secularism in those who worked and suffered to free the slaves.
 November 3, 2014 at 11:06am
This is such a sad story. It seems to me that there is a great deal of fear on both sides of the arguments here. The thing I fear from this poor young woman’s act, is that it will become acceptable to pressure very old, or very sick people to kill themselves to spare their families or communities the expense or the anguish of living out their lives to the end. When money, or mental pain becomes more valuable than life, well, it is frightening. The “complete lives” issue comes into play here. Leaving all judgements aside, this just might be a very slippery slope. I Pray that this poor woman will rest in peace and that her family finds comfort.
agree, this is the big problem, when 'right to die' becomes 'duty to die', its already happened in the Netherlands and many will not see a doctor there because of it.
I think you have hit the nail on the head. Is this something that will be mandatory in the future? That does seem to be the obamacare narrative.
 September 4, 2014 at 9:27pm
flier2020 – I’m a former RN and I’ve seen it also. One overly tired or simply cavalier worker….
I agree, none of it makes any sense at all.
 September 4, 2014 at 9:19pm
Hi Monk, I live about 80 miles from Atlanta and feel like we here in GA have dodged a very large bullet. But, I also wonder why TPTB seem to be “spreading the risk” around the country with this awful disease. Maybe Emory Hospital wouldn’t take him? The outcry around this area was pretty loud. I don’t think I would have had any elective surgery or wanted any of my family to be a patient there while this was going on. Plus, confidence in the CDC is pretty low hereabouts these days. Too many blunders.
Haven't you seen "The Walking Dead"? You folks in Atlanta have a lot more to worry about then Ebola!
September 4, 2014 at 8:53pm
 September 4, 2014 at 8:51pm
Anybody seen our Islamist apologists in any of these comments? Wonder why they are all so quiet? Sirhan? Could it be that now that the true face of radical islam is out there for the world to see we might be giving a lot more thought to how we should deal with “the worlds fastest growing religion”? Or perhaps now the entire world can see WHY it’s growing “so fast”. “Convert or die” and kidnapping young girls for “wives” can really beef up the numbers, eh?
August 7, 2014 at 9:05am
Plenty – Do you advocate following the lead of the ISIS terrorists and blowing up all artwork, both ancient and modern that are images of “pagan gods”? This kind of rant is what turns people away from “religion”. I would also remind you that our founding fathers were given “classical” educations and were very knowledgeable about ancient religions and ideas. They did not fear classical artwork or mythology and they managed to establish our nation on Judeo-Christian principles which have served us well for all these years. Don’t step over the line into the extreme. We see what the end result of that is every day in news from the Middle East.
 August 3, 2014 at 12:35pm
fatpolice – Oops! See my reply above! Really need that cup of coffee!