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Rand Paul's Paleo Problem

DHE Wrote: Jul 17, 2013 2:34 PM
Paul is also the most interesting candidate to me. I have not decided anything yet, and his kowtowing to the cultural right on religious issues will make him less attractive to me. Likely. One problem that states' rights activists have is that there was a link between the states' rights and racism since Thomas Jefferson's day. That link is mostly broken (I think that which remains is generational and will lessen more with each passing year). It may not be fair, and they don't have to do it, but those advocating states' rights should emphasize as often as possible deploring racism. Also unfortunately, the cultural right, which is sometimes linked with states' rights, is also linked with bigotry against gays, which many continue to deny - (it's not that they are bigotted, they argue, it is that gays should have fewer rights or they are not being denied rights). They can hang on to that for dear life if they want, but they will not only continue to lose that battle, but it will hurt any candidates chances for election to does not take a stand against it.
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Sanford Police Prepare for Zimmerman Riots

DHE Wrote: Jul 10, 2013 7:07 AM
You never know what a jury will do, but having watched a good part of the trail, it is hard to see how there can be any justification for a prosecution verdict. The judge should have dismissed the more serious murder charge and left only manslaughter. It seems like even some of the prosecution witnesses are good witnesses for Zimmerman because what he described happening from the start is what probably happened about as certainly as we can know anything (although I hold it out as a possibility he may have exaggerated in his mind or intentionally what was said between the two of them). I have been, however, just mortified by the commentary of some lawyers on television. One commentator recalled how she was once frightened as a teenager of a man driving back and forth near her while she was walking and that if he came nearer her, she would have tried to kill him - yes, to kill him. No one on the panel asked her what if it turned out he knew her or was worried about her - another panelist even agreed with her. She put that forward to defend Martin as the evidence was becoming clear he was the agressor. But, when the host asked her if the same rule would apply to Zimmerman - he could rightfully kill if he were afraid, neither she nor the other panelist would agree. Why? Because they are hopelessly biased seems like the only possible answer. We are all biased to some degree, but some people have gone way over the top with this. Will this teach us not to jump to conclusions about these type of cases? I doubt it.
We are both probably better off for it. Recommend goldilocks who is much pithier and more fun.
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What is Islam?

DHE Wrote: Jul 08, 2013 7:50 AM
I do enjoy having you here, goldilocks, but this sounding like a letter to the cops a serial killer might write.
It's okay ann. Nothing you write will make me dislike you. I actually presume you are a good person. I know you like to write that I am a liberal because you think it helps you in some way. I would rather have no thoughts than be trapped in a liberal or conservative mindset. And you are my friend. If you are a Christian as you profess to be - and I believe you - then you believe in turning the other cheek and that you are at your best when you treat well the least of people, as you clearly see me. And I hope, dear ann, that you love your neighbor as yourself. Unfortunately, your adhering to tactics that include demonization, calling people names and the like, gets in the way. I wish you a a good day anyway and give you the last word, as I have other things to do on this beautiful day. I will look later, so let me have it (by the way, I partially agree with your thoughts on religion - but I do not think you are accustomed to people have agreeing with you and it would make you angrier, anyway).
You can pray in school. You cannot use the apparatus of the school to prosletyze . You can pray all day, if you like. Who stops you. You just can't ask other people to pay for your religion.
How is that a pretext for hating Christians? My daughter, my long time girlfriend, most of the women I've had relationships with and most of my friends are Christians. I celebrate Christmas and read from the Bible frequently. But go ahead and think I hate Christians too. I see what he means.
I once was walking down the street in 90 degree plus heat and a man screamed at me to put my shirt on because it was Sunday. But, that doesn't make me think everyone felt that way. Probably very few people. And very few people would care that someone was wearing a cross. It is the self appointed job of many of the writers published on TH to convince their readers that it is a big problem in this country.
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Egyptian Egg on Obama’s Face

DHE Wrote: Jul 07, 2013 9:45 AM
I am for democracy. It is not evil. What are the alternatives - Tyranny? Monarchy? One party rule? Rule by minority? But, democracy is only one part of the puzzle. I would disagree that our founders rejectedt it, but fashioned one that included individual rights and local governance. You can call it a republic but I don't think modern republics can shun democracy either. I would agree though that there must also be individual rights which cannot be abridged or only with great difficulty and reasonable trade offs (e.g., most people accept time, place and manner restrictions on free speech so long as there are alternatives) to have a free society. This is the problem with these countries whether there is democracy or not.
and are always juuuust right.
Generally agree. I notice some commenters do not distinguish between government action and private action though. I do believe Madison and others were correct that the less government entanglement with religion, the better for both. As an atheist, I might be suspected of being biased in other atheists favor, but, anecdotally, I can tell you that I have never met an atheist personally who did not feel pretty much like you describe yourself. Frankly, that describes most people of faith I know too. However, there are more, in my opinion, religious people who have bought into the culture of victimization than atheists (and though there are few atheists - surveys show us even fewer than describe themselves that way). On TH, because of the nature of the medium, it makes it seem like a lot of people believe that Christians are being regularly victimized and I meet nice people from time to time who by into it. Liked you comment.
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