@GreySeal9 said:@mattbbpl said:@comp_atkins said:
funny that anyone would get excited over the pope saying something that should be patently obvious to any practicing christian....
The weird mixing of social and economic issues in the US have kind of gotten a large segment of the Christian population in that region to associate free market capitalism with Christianity. That tie seems to be coming undone a bit in the younger generations, though.
Yep. I like Christianity on its own merits, but it can get pretty ugly and contradictory when mixed with rightwing politics.
Or leftwing politics for that matter.
You know...the Catholics don't want to provide birth control in their health-care plans. It's going to the Supreme Court and people around here are launching lawsuits.
I was just thinking...if the Catholics get a pass on birth control, do Jehovas Witnesses get a pass on covering blood transfusions? What if your employer is one of those against childhood vaccinations? Where does it end?
Actually in the cases that the Supreme Court agreed to hear the companies are not Catholic. The owners of Hobby Lobby are Protestant (I think Evangelical) and the owners of the Conestoga Wood Specialties are Mennonites. Also the Hobby Lobby owners are not opposed to all forms of birth control, the reason they are suing is because the mandate would require them to cover some abortion-inducing drugs, not because of contraceptives per se.
On an aside, if a person needs a blood transfusion and their insurance doesn't cover that (which is probably quite a rare situation), or if they don't have insurance (maybe they lost it due to Obamacare), obviously the hospital would still do the transfusion.
Cnn and MSNBC have been unfairly reporting that it's mainly black hoodlums going after white people. "polar bearing".
do you think this is unfair profiling?
If it mainly is blacks going after whites, then I don't think it's unfair to point that out. Al Sharpton has condemned these "knockout game" attacks and called on other black leaders to do so, saying they would condemn it if whites did this to blacks.
There seems to be an enormous split about this guy. In one camp (generally the younger camp), I hear a lot of people say that they find his focus refreshing. In the other camp, I hear a lot of people claim they hate him because, "he's going against the teaching's of Jesus by not focusing on homosexuality and abortion."
Regardless, I'm surprised at his specificity. Rather than lay out vague platitudes and dictates, he's discussing specific policies and issues (at least from his perspective). I mean, everyone will nod in agreement at a comment like, "We need to care about the least among us," but I imagine he'll get some grief from large numbers of people over this.
He's got some guts, I have to give him that.
He has made pro-life statements while Pope. As far as not focusing on abortion and homosexuality, those are topics that are probably more obsessed over by Americans and other Westerners, and in general popes don't talk about those things that much. It's just what our media over here tend to pick up.
it's funny how the catholic church keeps saying that what he says doesn't reflect their views. isn't the guy supposed to be in direct communication with God?
Not really. The Pope is guided by the Holy Spirit and can infallibly define dogmas on faith and morals, but he only does so rarely.
Do Wal-Mart employees get stock in the company, I thought I heard that somewhere. Do they get employee discounts? Since the donations would go to Wal-Mart's employees, it would look better for the company if they donated the food to their associates rather than asking the customers to do so.
That being said, from what I've heard and read, Wal-Mart does give a lot of money to charities.
Actually it's not known for sure why Shepard was killed. Also not having "hate crimes" laws does not make a group persecuted per se, even today many groups are not covered by "hate crimes" laws, but it would still be illegal to kill them.
As far as the Russian law I do not know to much about it, but I don't think they arrest anyone for "being" homosexual. Anti-Sodomy laws ban sodomy, they do not ban "homosexuality", they punish an act not an identity (indeed I think the concept of "homosexuality" as an orientation is a relatively recent one, with the term "homosexual" originated only a couple centuries ago).
In the Lord of the Rings the use the "other f word" to refer to the sticks or log. I think it's in the chapter about the Prancing Pony, where someone says something about throwing a you-know-what into the fire.
But then again Barliman Butterbur also says something about not letting any black man in his inn (though I think "black men" referred to the wraiths having black robes, not to their skin which is invisible).
Gary Busey and Wilford Brimley were the most common ones. :P
I think I'm more like Michael Emerson. :P
You should go to a Wilford Brimley convention and say "do you suffer from diabetus" and maybe you'll win a free lifetime supply of Quaker oats.
@guynamedbilly said:@OrkHammer007 said:@guynamedbilly said:
Anyone would be right to call him out on it. The only reason he's doing so now though, is to distance the Clinton name from Obama so that Hillary won't have to justify Obamacare when she runs. Campaign season's starting early this time. One day this week MSNBC had an hour long special on how we were "ready for Hillary."
She'll have a harder time distancing herself from Benghazi. That, and her "I dodged sniper bullets in Bosnia" BS, should be enough to shitcan her presidential hopes.
I feel the same way. The "what does it matter" quote is going to be hard to overcome.
Plus when ever Clinton tries to criticize her opponent for something they could always just say "what difference does it make".
If she does run, the Republicans will likely use Benghazi against her. The interesting question is whether any of her Democratic opponents may try to use that against her in the primary. If Biden is her main primary opponent maybe he'd try to blame Benghazi and the whole "it was over a video" thing on Clinton and the State Dept. and maybe she'll say no it wasn't State it was the White House that's to blame.
Can you smell that? That's the smell of fear.
Is the Rock cooking?
@CommandoAgent said:@dave123321 said:
New found respect for Clinton
After he did the bombing on Christians in Bosnia and Kosovo?
As such Christians are being persecuted in Bosnia.
Are Christians still being persecuted in Bosnia? I know they have been targeted in Syria for the past few years. There was recently a massacre of 85 Christians a couple weeks ago in Syria, and even more recently a Christian church and a Christian school were hit by rebel mortar fire in a Syrian village.
I think the big obstacles Christie may face would be the primary, and if he does get the nomination he may have to worry about low Republican turnout.
I don't see why people are making such a big deal of him or especially Clinton. The election is still quite a while off.
@WhiteKnight77: well obviously mental health-care is an important thing to consider. Also since the "mental health parity" thing passed Congress in 2008, it had to be signed into law by President Bush (unless he neither signed nor vetoed, in which case the bill would become law 10 days after passage) not by Obama since Obama was inaugurated more than 10 days into January 2009.
Politicians should keep promises, but in order to really do so they have to make fewer promises and when they do make promises they should use more nuance.
Obviously sometimes circumstances change and it would not be possible or prudent to keep the promise, in which case the president should explain himself to the people and say why he can't or shouldn't keep the promise.