...so, getting back on topic, I found this page directly addressing the issue at hand (i.e. marijuana and the Bible), though I'm sure many will argue, rightly, that these passages don't necessarily refer to marijuana. http://www.equalrights4all.org/religious/bible.htm
The point here isn't that God made the poisonous hemlock too; the point is that these plants exist, they have their purpose (even hemlock can be used medically, didn't you know that?) and the idea that we should be flat out FORBIDDEN from using them is absurd, when taken in a biblical context.
Extrapolating from that, I'm thinking using our equally God-given BRAINS to figure out what's acceptable use is more appropriate than this outright ban the US has had for way too long.posted @ Friday, January 17, 2014 - 14:04
First of all, we're all jumping the gun here. Although given her young age I'd say it's unlikely, there's always the possibility that this was accidental. Let's not go assuming while a family grieves.
My condolences to Miss Greene's family and friends. This is just awful, no matter what the circumstances.posted @ Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 16:30
@MrCharlieW: Oh so we're blaming the victim now? Brilliant. That makes total sense. I know a few guys with throat tattoos who are nowhere near this level of crazy, thank you. Talk about being superficial, sheesh!posted @ Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 14:55
@Ravenbear: That's a relative thing. Sure, a bullet's a bullet, but some guns don't require any actual skill, really. Just pull the trigger and aim away from yourself, you know?
Not anymore dangerous than any other gun..
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@Cazziedawg: Funny you should say that. "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's" Nothing you said has any bearing on secular law. Nothing at all. That's the point.
We do NOT live in a theocracy, no matter how much people would apparently want to. Therefore we can and should set laws that protect the living.
We'll leave the afterlife decisions to God. That's His prerogative.
If you think that kind of judgement belongs to mere mortals, perhaps we should also re-institute stoning, whipping, hanging, and any number of other things that are also mentioned in the Good Book. I haven't even mentioned the worst of them.
(My apologies to @Walter Becker, I incorrectly attributed my response to him.)posted @ Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 15:00
@linnyt: Not to mention joggers. Lots and lots of joggers.posted @ Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 11:32
Actually, I'm going to guess some of you know one of the girls at least superficially. For (benign) reasons I will NOT mention in order to protect her privacy and her family's, I will leave it at that, but this particular young lady happens to be highly intelligent, highly involved in the community, and an athlete, among other things. If you run, especially if you participate in organized events, I'm betting you've at least seen her there once.
Personally, I think the intersection is MORE dangerous than the middle of the road; that corner has poor visibility for southbound drivers turning right onto Baxter, and if I remember correctly a narrow sidewalk right on the CCHS side of the street. For a pedestrian, it's easier to watch for traffic coming from two directions in the middle of the road than having to also watch over your shoulder at the crosswalk for people coming up Milledge and turning left onto Baxter. Honestly, it sounds as though the driver was distracted, in a hurry, or both. I wonder if he was trying to make the light? In that case, the only difference for using the crosswalk might have been a simple matter of timing.
In any case, my prayers go out to both families.posted @ Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 11:31
Whoa! Way to go students. You have my support too, for all it's worth. (which isn't much, granted).
I wonder why the Twitter account got suspended, though?posted @ Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 10:09
@pumpkie: Seriously? You realize there are people who actually LIVE there, right? Many of them with elementary school age children? WTH?
We don't know enough to judge the victim in this case, but even if we did, might I point out that he is a VICTIM, presumably minding his business. That's like saying a woman asked to be raped just because of where she was or how she was dressed. I suppose that's ok too.
smh.posted @ Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 09:39
@Greg Benson: Actually, you are absolutely right! Having said that, I do believe there is both a plastic bag portion and a reusable bag one to the competition. Ironically, it's MUCH easier to bag the reusable bags than plastic. (Paper bags are also easier, for similar reasons: the formed bottoms help keep everything steady.)posted @ Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 20:59
@hypocritebuster: That store isn't nearly as busy, nor does it do the volume of business that the Alps Rd store does. I doubt College Station will be expanded any time soon. Now if you want a reconfiguration or an update, perhaps corporate will go for that.posted @ Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 10:16
There's not enough here to make a judgment call. I wish people would A) stop demonizing pit bulls, and B) understand that pits are big jealous babies that need lots of training and constant attention for years.
A lab can be just as dangerous, just not usually with their teeth. But they jump around, are overly enthusiastic for much longer than most other breeds. No one ever keeps track of how many kids they might have pushed over, stepped on, and otherwise terrorized in their own enthusiastic ways. Why's that? smh
My point is, I want to hear more about the circumstances and such. We don't know if this was her family's dog, or a visitor, how old the dog was, nothing. There's an opportunity for learning here....posted @ Friday, April 20, 2012 - 09:28
It sounds too vague.posted @ Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 19:58
I've had the new Timeline for months, literally, and I don't know what everyone's so upset about. For one thing, individuals had MONTHS to give it a go and personalize it and clean out what they didn't want. For another, the format is really, really cool. If people weren't so stuck on keeping up with the "status quo", it wouldn't be such a problem.
The same could be said in other areas of life, but that's a subject for many other conversations.posted @ Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 18:21
From the UK newspaper article linked below: "did he attack a bus driver too?"
NONE of which matters. The 911 tapes CLEARLY indicate that Zimmerman followed him, which he is NOT allowed to do. Period end of question. By pursuing Martin, Zimmermann opened himself up to being followed in turn.
End of question.posted @ Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 10:57
LOL - Asinine! People get their panties in a bunch over nothing these days!
I have to agree. I mean seriously, who doesn't read or hear "black and blue" and think bruises? smh. This should have been read more as a "Oh snap!" than as an "OMG funny!". Perhaps it speaks to those who complained that they thought it was meant as a funny for the sake of laughter. Haven't they heard of dark humor? Plenty of that going around in the world lately.
Having said that, perhaps the restaurant should have responded faster, or at least put a disclaimer on the post.posted @ Monday, March 26, 2012 - 14:07
It could also be an attempt to collect private patient information, like names and addresses. I hope these laptops have fingerprint readers.posted @ Monday, March 26, 2012 - 12:20
@barryhollander: I doubt it would do any good to change venues, because darn near every agency in the state was in on the chase. They *all* felt touched. Anyone who was at the funeral could see that. Moreover, he made national news. I don't think anyone will forget. He made sure of that when he pulled a move worthy of some of our favorite suspense movies or cop shows.posted @ Friday, March 9, 2012 - 22:36
He actually thinks he'd be better treated elsewhere? Get real Hood!posted @ Friday, March 9, 2012 - 22:30
First of all, the law is ridiculous. That's like saying we can't accept passports. I don't know if any of you readers have seen that particular piece of ID, but it has holograms and everything, and although I imagine it can be faked, it's about as difficult to fake as our own US ID cards, including our new driver's license.
I understand the need for security, but we also need to be somewhat reasonable and trust our own instincts. Most people are good people, trying to do the right thing, or at least trying to *be* right. What we have here is the beginnings of a police state. Be wary...posted @ Friday, March 9, 2012 - 14:43
Oh no! this is turning sordid, how disappointing. It might be reassuring to the rest of us to know its not some crazed maniac running around out where, but how awful for his friends and family. Double lives... how awful.posted @ Friday, February 24, 2012 - 17:31
Oh for crying out loud, really? This is absurd! I'm about as liberal as they come, but I gotta say sometimes our filters are on way too tight. I had a similar conversation recently about a Walgreens sign, celebrating Black History Month, above a display of cotton balls. It turns out Walgreens is celebrating by highlighting black-owned businesses, not making a statement about slavery or anything like that.
Someone got too clever (and may have been rather ignorant in the basic sense, as in "didn't know it was a big deal"). I don't think the writer needed to be fired (but maybe the editor did, for letting the headline stand in the first place). That's like firing someone for using the perfectly correct word "niggardly", which has nothing at all to do with racial slurs. Hey don't whine at me, look it up instead! (though I recognize it *might* test the comment filters)posted @ Monday, February 20, 2012 - 01:56
One born every minute.posted @ Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 13:57
That's an absolutely brilliant idea! Kudos to Smith.posted @ Friday, December 16, 2011 - 11:57
Also, to the family, condolences don't even begin to express what I feel for you. I'm truly sorry this... horror visited your family. I'm so very sorry. :'( May your daughter rest in peace. May all her questions and yours be answered sooner rather than later. May there be answers... and justice.posted @ Monday, December 5, 2011 - 23:50
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