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Really, Mud? Are they sending them to gas chambers?
I don't see a big problem here. Don't these groups ELECT their leaders? And if so, why not open up the leadership to any member? Does this columnist really think an atheist or Muslim is going to be elected to lead a group that is predominantly Christian? If they want the recognition of the university badly enough, and all the perks that go with it, that's an easy concession to make. Newcombe writes "...someone who considers homosexuality a sin could theoretically be a member or even leader of such as group." I think the key word here is "theoretically," which is hardly a reason for any group to put restrictions on who can lead.
Hawkins writes: "We're the greatest, most powerful, most prosperous and most virtuous nation that has ever existed and despite all of that, we obsess over our nation's faults instead of our achievements." It seems to me that if we don't continuously examine our faults, at some point we will cease to be the most powerful, prosperous and virtuous nation. We don't have to obsess about our faults, but we ought to admit that we have some and do something about them. We can, and do, celebrate our achievements at the same time.
Sean245, where in my post did you see the word "every"? Is "every" teacher today teaching all of the exaggerated nonsense you attribute to them? Of course not. Neither was every corporate head a robber baron or every husband a wife-beater. Far from being a "self loathing, endless grievance," my post was simply meant to point out that there was no utopia in our country 125 years ago, and when someone like Andy wants to return to a time when he thinks we were a much more moral country, he should be careful what he asks for.
I applaud Mike for getting the DA involved before the college authorities. And if the college deans MUST have the name of the victim, they should request it from the DA instead of badgering the professor for it. When I counsel students about bullying, I tell them that if they witness physical bullying in school, they should pull out the cell phone and call 911 first, THEN report it to the principal. We would expect no less of them if they witnessed an assault on the street, and school buildings or grounds should not be different. The school administrators don't like the cops coming to the campus, but I don't believe they should be given the opportunity to cover up an actual crime or give the assailant a "boys will be boys" slap on the wrist. The assistant coach who witnessed Jerry Sandusky molesting a boy in the shower should have called 911 immediately instead of simply reporting it to the coach.
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When Corporations Flee

David3036 Wrote: Sep 16, 2014 3:38 AM
I heard Ralph Nader in an interview say that we need to "punish" American corporations for moving to other countries. Isn't he "punishment" they already endure the reason they're moving? If they are overtaxed here, do we "punish" them with even higher taxes, or tariffs on goods they make elsewhere? In a perfect capitalistic world we would not tax corporations at all. It's really PEOPLE that pay those corporate taxes, not corporations. The corporate tax is just another cost of doing business, and it either gets passed along to the consumer or it makes the company less competitive with foreign companies. Then the company moves to BECOME a foreign company in order to compete, and we're boosted someone else's economy instead of our own. It's liberal craziness at its worst.
Are you kidding? 125 years ago, the nation was still slaughtering Native Americans and subjugating black people. Politicians were in the pockets of political machines, and women couldn't vote. Robber barons were making their money by exploiting immigrant labor and fouling the environment. Pregnant girls were sent away to "visit relatives" and forced to give up their babies. Men thought they had a right to beat their wives and have plenty of sex elsewhere, even exploiting their own daughters.. Women could say nothing about it. Yes, there was good in our society even then, but so is there good in our society today. I doubt that DeTocqueville or anyone else knew the full measure of man's inhumanity to man, even in his own country, let alone ours. Trying to paint a rosy picture of how things were in a previous century does nothing to solve today's problems.
Why is it that every time some wacko like Luke Montgomery does something outrageous, conservative columnists have to characterize it as "gay activism," as if that person represents the entire gay community? Would they also claim that Ray Rice represents all straight people, or all African-Americans? This columnist writes, "Much of gay activism reveals its shallowness and allegiance to dishonesty..." while he himself is showing just how shallow and dishonest he can be by tarring all gay leaders with the same brush. He calls gay activism "a victim-based industry that is always trying to ride on the bloodstained coattails of the Civil Rights movement..." as if gays have never suffered discrimination or had a "blood-stained" past of their own. The struggle for gay rights is the new civil-rights battle, every bit as important as racial equality or women's rights. It is time for columnists like this guy to put aside their animosity toward anything with the word "gay" in it.
They sang a Maori love song called "Pokarekare Ana."
Many countries, including New Zealand, are far more civilized on the issue of same-sex marriage than the U.S. When New Zealand's Parliament passed its same-sex marriage law in 2013, the members actually broke into song after the vote.
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