" I hate to sound like a communist" ?
Apparently not enough to keep you from doing it. Your comments sound nothing like a Communist. They sound like a progressive democrat that keeps doing the same thing and expects a different outcome.
And "post menopausal women?" That is beneath your dignity.
The democratic process may already be doomed:
Bingo Tom you nailed it. Club the dummies over the head in the hope that eventually they'll get it. Arizona's
Republican party exists not to govern and manage the State's resources but to get re elected to funnel the tax payers money to the wealth oligarchy and the religious crackpots who they pander to to get the funds to continue the process. I hate to sound like a communist but I have to say it, the Republican Party is the enemy of the people. Look at any proposition from the legislature that appears on the ballot and you see them presenting a knife to the voters so that a yes vote becomes an invitation to cut their own throats. Proposition 123 with no guarantees to aid education promises triggers to continue their destruction of Public Education and the promise to use the funds to defend these criminals in the continued court cases to to come to bring them to justice for their contempt of the voters. Prop. 123 another big money bag for the legislature to "balance the budget" now that they've almost gone through the education funds to steal from.. It will be interesting to see what creative ways they come up with.
The nerve of these people to ask for an increase in pay for their mismanagement of the State was monumental. The refusal of the voters to agree with them gives a small glimmer of hope to the democratic process.
The continuing efforts by men and postmenopausal women in the legislature, to pass unconstitutional laws obstructing the rights of all fertile women's access to abortion, is a perfect example of their pandering to special interests and using it as an excuse to avoid their real job that we pay them to do. How about spending some time to come up with a FAIR tax code that gives all a chance to contribute?
Correction # one. He now gets to do it every other week. If the Geekly is smart, soon it will be monthly. Empty scrotums? This from a chicken who blows off someone he's been friendly with for years and won't even tell him why. Talk about a hypocrite!
Correction # two. Obummer is very much aware of what the Constitution is. It's on the floor right in front of the doors to Oval Office.
Can't believe that this Danehy, with his juvenile empty scrotum comments, gets to spew his crap every week. How does he dare accuse REPUBLICANS of treating the constitution as a suggestion? Your liberal democrat president doesn't know what the constitution is.
It's too bad that the public schools created their own demise, but we must move forward. Parents got tired of dealing with crooks.
Some of the vouchers are for $23,000. (See the AZ Republic chart, p.5.) That certainly covers some tuition.
You could cut the cord and quit TV altogether. I did ten years ago and haven't missed it at all. Podcasts are free, Netflix DVDs are reasonable, and there are more books to read than I will ever be able to crack open. Who needs TV?
Rat T, I don't even think he knows !!
What was the point of this? Feeble attempts at ridicule?
Now we know why he's been cut back to every other week.
line forms to the left to hit dislike !!
tv is necessary to keep the ignorant occupied. Have you read "Deer Hunting With Jesus," or "Rainbow Pie" by Joe Bageant? TV clap trap keeps the white underclass inline. And turns out the vote for the ultra-conservative politicians when they sufficiently fire up this underclass with fear and anger.
What did you gain from yelling a swear word at the guy? Don't want to give him money fine. But shouting an explective at him is unnecessary.
HE IS TERRIBLY MISSED
I no longer give money but if someone says they are hungry I'll buy them a meal. This happens a lot more than you might think, but nowhere near 100%.
There's also the school of thought that giving to them creates more of them. Who does that help?
If your change buys the alcohol that causes him/her to wander into the street and hit struck and killed by a car.
If that was my fault I could not live with myself. We are better off if we can get them to conform to some basic guidelines.
"The best way" is not an either/or proposition. I give generously to the food bank, but will also hand out pocket change to street beggars. Most homeless people are not homeless for their entire lives. They are are in a bad place either because of their own bad choices or circumstances beyond their control. Giving them a little help while they deal with their problems is a good thing. There are more stories from homeless people who say, "He helped me out when nobody else would", than there are stories about ungrateful beggars looking to rip you off. One ingrate story involves a guy who said that he was homeless and people gave him money and he just spent it on booze and drugs. Then a woman came along told him to sober up and get a job. He did that and eventually married the woman who chastised him. He said that she was the reason he turned his life around, and not all those liberal bleeding hearts who gave him money he didn't deserve. I say that he would have never lived long enough to meet that woman if it weren't for bleeding heart liberals giving him money which literally kept him alive while he was dealing with his problems. If you are truly homeless and everybody turns their back on you, you are dead. If you are begging for money you don't need (I once had two teenagers ask me for spare change while one of them was talking on a cell phone!) then you are not getting any money from me. If you are wearing nice, clean clothes and new shoes, you are not getting any money from me. If you are clean shaven with a stylish haircut, you are not getting any money from me. If it looks like you are strung out and living day to day, I will give you money, if I have it on me. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. If you look like you could use a couple of bucks, be it for your next fix or drink, so be it. Being kind to beggars has never hurt me in the slightest, and may have actually helped a few people. That's all the justification I need to keep giving when I can.
I rather like a sign I first saw about 20 years ago, and which I still occasionally see, with minor variations. It reads "Why lie? I need a drink." Tom is right, of course; the best way to help poor people eat is to make donations to the Food Bank.
Kennedy was a supporter of absolute separation of church and state, which immediately excludes him from Ted Cruz's ilk. Also, imagine any current Republican candidate for President saying the following:
If by "Liberal" they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer's dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of "Liberal." But if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal."
- JFK, 9/14/60
Giving money to street corner beggars is not about whether the beggar "deserves" it or not. They never deserve it. That's the point. They aren't going to buy clothes or food or invest in street improvements or anything that would qualify a bum as deserving of your spare change. Giving charity to people who don't deserve it is the most christlike thing you can do. Don't judge the beggar, judge yourself. I throw the bums a dime every now and then, I don't ask them what they are going to do with the money (I already know). It's all about being kind to strangers. Who knows? Maybe this time, the beggar will actually do something right with the money. But if you never give them the chance to do something right, they never will. Remember the passage in Les Miserables where Jean Val Jean steals the church silver, gets caught, and the priest tells him that the silver is a gift to him? That moment of complete charity to a non deserving person can have life changing consequences for both giver and taker...or not. You can be cynical and say, "thanks for the silver, sucker" or you can actually do something right with it like Jean Val Jean did.
You sure have taken an interest in me. I don't know if I quite understand what you said, but I think I like it. I'm just trying to lure Tom out so maybe he'll at least have the decency to tell me why all of a sudden he blew me off with no explanation. Maybe I'm wrong, I just think it would just be the right thing to do. Call it curiosity more than anything.
I've read this column every week online for probably five years now and probably darn near every comment you've made in that time. I've even commented a time or two. I've heard you say many times that if people would ignore you, you would go away, and I've heard your explanation for your current dissatisfaction with Tom more than once. I'm up to speed. My interest was just piqued this time when you admitted being prepared to take shots at Mr. Nintzel, who did little more than answer a question you asked. It just seemed odd to me that you would go to all that trouble to explain your "utterly justified" insults to Tom, when you seem so willing to take shots whether they're justified or not.
And the whole "just ignore me and I'll go away." Most people don't put the onus of their behavior on others. Go away or don't. Take shots or don't. Be vile or don't. That's not on Tom. That's not on anyone incapable of ignoring you, "feeding the beast" so to speak by hitting the dislike button. The reasons cheapen your rage. Own it. I think you're selling yourself short.
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