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So essentially, they want a return to Jim Crow justice. Only this time for the police. Sounds like a kangaroo court to me. Or some sort of show trial justice that occurs in third world dictatorships. And a return to the gulags.
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Return of the 1960s

Timothy156 Wrote: Dec 31, 2014 11:12 AM
For some time I have been noticing that many people are trying to recreate the "glory days" of the late '60's. This falls right in line with probably "millions" of baby-boomers that were at Woodstock. A lot of us wish we had been lucky enough to be a part of the iconic events and movements. But unfortunately, we were either not aware, too square, or too young to participate. Many are trying to recreate the summer of love. Peace, love etc. Pot is good, groovy. So lets legalize it. They all missed out on the free love and the beginning of the sexual revolution.That was ended by AIDS. And old age. Many wished they had been to Selma. Wished they had marched with Martin Luther King. Wish they had been a Freedom Rider. So, they strive mightily to recreate "lightning in a bottle" so they can be a part of an idealized, romanticized history or narrative. But you can't recreate magic. These events, trends and persons were unique in history and can't be recreated. Trying to do so only lessens and demeans them and their significance. Get over it. You weren't there. You weren't a part of it. Create your own history. (By the way, I missed all of them, no matter what I may brag about.)
I have really been trying/struggling to understand how not supporting "gay marriage" is hateful. Its just pointing out an oxymoron. The 2 terms gay and marriage are diametrically opposed. I don't say this out of hate, just reason and morality. We are all broken. Have been since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. In a perfect world, there would be no sin. No lying. No murder. No stealing. No taking God's name in vain. No covetousness. Man would be attracted to woman, woman would be attracted to man. I wouldn't have sinned. Lied, cheated, stolen. Being gay is just another broken person. I don't have to steal, lie, cheat, but I do. I am broken. Just as broken as my gay friends and others I know and don't know. Its a constant struggle to be broken. But saying its OK to do my sins is wrong. Just as it is wrong to say its OK to act on being gay. Calling stealing borrowing is wrong. By excusing an affair as I just couldn't control myself is a lie. Calling a lie just a little fib is wrong. By the same reasoning, calling something "gay marriage" doesn't change its sinful nature. I know people love others of the same sex but that still doesn't make it right. Changing the terminology doesn't make it right. Calling someone hateful for telling the truth doesn't make it right. Shouting louder than the other person doesn't make your position moral. Unfortunately, in your heart, you know its wrong. Just like I tried to justify my actions, I was still wrong in the end. I still struggle with my big and small deamons. Only Christ can make me whole. By putting away the things of the world, I am freed. Shouting louder, suing someone, changing the definition of marriage doesn't change you. It just makes you feel better about your sin, for a little while.
This will be the same line of reasoning used in the ACA (Obamacare) to create the "death panels." The elderly, the sick, the handicapped, etc. will be deemed to be economically in-viable. It will be an economic benefit to "abort" their lives.
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The Campus Crusade for Comfort

Timothy156 Wrote: Oct 01, 2014 11:43 AM
Christianity is should not be a religion of comfort. It is about confronting sin. And to do that, uncomfortable things occur. Confronting your own sin makes you uncomfortable. Calling out someoneelse's sin makes everyone uncomfortable. Jesus wasn't about comfort, cozy, and warm. He was a warrior. Taking on the powers that be. Poking, needling, prodding, and confronting those around him. His sermons, parables, and teachings were about confronting sin. He never backed down. I struggle with this all the time. It is easy to take the wide road. It is much harder and more uncomfortable to take the narrow path and follow Christ. But we are to be holy, that is to be set apart. Not to be a part of the crowd. Not to be comfortable in our sin. The world doesn't want to hear that there is sin in the world. Doesn't want to be told they are doing wrong. They want to do what feels good, not something difficult and uncomfortable. Therefore, religion must be suppressed, eliminated, destroyed, removed from campus, softened, weakened, debased, bastardized. I fail everyday. But I need to get back up, ask forgiveness and do it better the next day. And that is uncomfortable.
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A Moral Universe Torn Apart

Timothy156 Wrote: Sep 24, 2014 10:44 AM
The irony of Josephine's poem is lost on her. And I find Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel's statement offensive. My father lived until he was 87. 12 years past Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel expiration date. (like some piece of spoiled fruit). I wouldn't trade those last 12 years for anything. He had his health problems, but up until the very end, he lived on his own, on his own terms, living his own life. But as he grew more frail, he created something wonderful. He brought me and my brothers and sister and the rest of the family closer together. We cared for him. We sat with him. We slept with him. The last year, one of us slept at his house every night. We would lay on the "sleeping" couch and listen to him breathe. Sometimes, he would wake us in the middle of the night for assistance. Most nights he didn't. But it was nice to sit with him in the evening, take him to dinner, watch TV and just do some simple chores around the house. We each took our turns as best we could. But we had those experiences. We always knew that someone who cared was with him. And we always knew that if we wanted to see one of us, there was always someone there. He brought us closer. He made us better. He loved us. He finally decided that he had struggled enough. He made his own choice. No one forced it on him. He just knew. He was tired. He missed Mom and wanted to be reunited with her. So, he again drew us closer. The 4 of us spent the last week of his life with him 24/7. Each of us telling a silly story from our childhood. Or the latest news about the grandkids. Or showing him the latest sonogram of his coming great grandchild. He would smile, laugh his quiet laugh. Recall some other time in our lives. In the end, all he could do was squeeze your hand, but you knew he was listening. I was privileged to be holding his hand when he died. It was quiet and dignified. All the family, brothers, sisters, in-laws, out-laws, grandkids and friends were there. It was his birthday. He had cake and knew everyone love him. We sang "Happy Birthday". We had a party to celebrate his life. He died just after midnight. He was 87 and the best a man could be. Screw Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel. I'll take those last 12 years anytime. And another 12 besides. All the years are precious. They can all teach us something. And me and my brothers and sister are stronger for it. Tim S.
My new term for global warming/climate change/climate disruption is going to be "Ice Age Prevention". Accepting the initial premise that warming is bad could be an error. It might be that warming is better than cooling. During periods of warming, food production increases and so does wealth. During periods of cooling, food production decreases. famine and disease increase along with deaths. (See the Little Ice Age). So let's hear it for Ice Age Prevention Week!
So, to protest "Ice Age Prevention", they used carbon dioxide emitting buses to bring protesters in from all over the country? Very ironic! I wonder what the carbon footprint for that was?
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