@proftom: Other than feeling remorse and perhaps "white guilt", I am never sure what we are supposed to do about these past atrocities. The first step in healing is to acknowledge the facts. I do not doubt that the "white man" has contributed his share of troubles to the world. He was not and is not alone in that regard...acknowledged. Now what? I am sorry, sincerely that these events have and are occurring. I saw my children emerge from their mother's womb...no original sin there. Should they be beaten over their heads with this history and made to feel responsible?
Perhaps as Maya Angelou once said:“You did then what you knew how to do, And when you knew better, You did better.”
I liked the book better.....no well-known actors.(written in 1853)posted @ Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 07:19
...and this just in from the co-founder of GreenPeace:
Greenpeace co-founder:" No scientific evidence of man-made global warming"
You're welcome,posted @ Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 07:31
Some of the same supporters of raising the minimum wage have done their best to get me(contractor) to lower my bids on their jobs. If I raise the bid to support their cause, I do not get chosen as they typically opt for the lowest bidder, who does not support the minimum wage. Go figure! It happens....matter of fact!
Also, if it is such a good idea, why not raise it to $20 or higher?
( I have had supporter's sweat and swear that I charge too much.....t&m, time and material, that's all a job is. I cannot control the material.....all I can do is lower the wage in order to compete. Some of the biggest supporters are cheapskates when it comes to their own causes.)
@swimdawg68: "What difference does it make now anyway?"posted @ Friday, February 14, 2014 - 07:53
Looking forward to the faux Southern accents.
@Dr Benway: A good man is hard to find!posted @ Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 07:55
@Chris White: I have greatly enjoyed reading and sharing thoughts in this section for years. I take you at your word about the causes and reasons you state for charging for a subscription. No hard feelings here. The market will decide. I don't intend to subscribe but I wish you well. You do not deserve some of the snide and rude comments.
"How many people do you know who retire and move up North?" ala Brother Dave Gardner?
@Greg Benson: Greg, I have been a supporter of the "environmental movement for decades, literally building energy efficient houses, teaching solar workshops, advocating alternative energy sources, I strongly believe in protecting the environment and have been pragmatic in my approaches. I have voted for Carter, Nader, Gary Johnson and others who have supported not crapping in our own beds environmentally. I have many friends on the left and right. My conservative friends are not at all as you describe them. Al Gore and many in the global warming debate lost me when he said that the said the evidence was in and there was no more room for debate. Then many of my environmentally minded friends and scientists began fudging the numbers and calling the skeptics among us "deniers" and worse. Their bad behavior was so unlike how we had acted on other issues previously. Six years ago, Al Gore laid a heavy trip on my daughter's middle school class with his film, pretty much suggesting their generation just had 5 years to act for the earth would over-heat and worse. My generation had to worry about the bomb, duck and cover. Now this one is told the world is about to end..and its their parents fault, and their responsibility to fix it. What a guilt trip. Well its been 6 years, Pragmatically, observationally, what they see is a cooling. Maybe the climate is warming in the bigger picture, but experientially, its not what they see. It would be only appropriate for them to be skeptical of what they have a been told.
"you can get more flies with honey than vinegar" or smugness and ad hominems.
@RightWingExtremist: I think it is 1/32.
@Dr Benway: Bout' time for a Native American president:
"My Native American heritage is part of who I am, I’m proud of it and I have been open about it."
"Well, who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?" (Chico Marx, Duck Soup)posted @ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 07:02
Gibran had this to say: "Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune.
But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of earth's furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born,
And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life,
And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life's inmost secret.
But if you in your pain call birth an affliction and the support of the flesh a curse written upon your brow, then I answer that naught but the sweat of your brow shall wash away that which is written."
"buy up all the Velveeta you can and store it in your basement with the rest of your survival supplies, like bottled water, batteries, flashlights and a first-aid kit."
@dahreese: Economist Thomas Sowell has written that the actual path of money in a private enterprise economy is quite the opposite of that claimed by people who refer to the trickle-down theory. He noted that money invested in new business ventures is first paid out to employees, suppliers, and contractors. Only some time later, if the business is profitable, does money return to the business owners—but in the absence of a profit motive, which is reduced in the aggregate by a raise in marginal tax rates in the upper tiers, this activity does not occur. Sowell further has made the case that no economist has ever advocated a "trickle-down" theory of economics, which is rather a misnomer attributed to certain economic ideas by political critics who either willfully distort or misunderstand the actual stated goals of their political opponents.
As Hillary would say: "What difference does it make at this point?"
Goose and gander.
Pot calling the kettle black .
Do as I say, not as I do.
The last three Presidents smoked, as well as did dozens of congressmen and senators.
Holder and Obama continue to lock up people for what Obama and his choom gang often did.
Climates have always changed.
@The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald: You might like "The year the lights came on" by Terry Kay.
@Logical: "u fat, white males and females."
Does the word "bigot" strike a familiar note?
he comes off as a naïve, close-minded bigot: chauvinist, partisan, sectarian; racist, sexist, homophobe, dogmatist, jingoist.
"great profit-consumed head".....one more time....Phil and Milton;
Juan Williams says:
"War on Christmas? It's more like 'War on Christians' in many parts of the world"posted @ Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 06:27
There ain't no Sanity Clause:posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 - 06:46
Summary: Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. First, a few thoughts on the winners: read more
Athens-Clarke County police officers responded to Pinewood Estates North on a 911 call concerning a heated domestic dispute. it reportedly was an argument over the lack of heat and food in a family's trailer and a woman was threatening to stab anyone who tried to take away her 7-month-old child. State patrol responded also, from their post nearby on U.S. Highway 29 North. The situation apparently was resolved. An officer reported he was driving the woman and infant to another home in Athens. read more