Hey, I am gonna give my homestate (Arizona) the middle finger and will be moving to Colorado where voters voted to legalise cannabis for everyone over 21 years of age. It is a no-brainer, F%&* Off Arizona!, I am going to Colorado. Arizona, and Joe Arpaio, can eat shit!!
Mr. Gibson, I can understand your "mixed emotions" certainly with regard to the concept that Christians should be forgiving and that punishment shouldn't necessarily be forever.
But before someone can be forgiven, especially for something as horrible as the rape of multiple children, shouldn't they take actions to take responsibility for their actions, beyond just serving time in prison? As the main article on this topic notes, Mr. Holtan apparently did not even inform Church leaders that he served jail time, instead whitewashing his own crimes as "inappropriate relationships" that resulted in probation. The reality of the situation is that he was a person of authority who took advantage of multiple young teens, who is back in another position of authority. I can assure you that he has left his victims with emotional scars that will take far more than 15 years to heal, and while he apparently wants people to move on, he doesn't seem to be interested in taking responsibility. Without that, there certainly can not, and should not, be forgiveness.
The difference between a 22 year old dating an 18 year old, and a 29 year old teacher having sex with multiple 15 year old students couldn't be farther apart.
Mr. Nivek, if you're unable to see or at least acknowledge the gargantuan corporatist streak in the GOP, which has utterly co-opted the Tea Party, your comment only serves to underscore the truth of what I said in my post above. Your partisan myopia is a hindrance, not a help; you would do well to stop viewing things in terms of conservative vs. liberal and focus instead on right vs. wrong.
When anyone reads the tease you expect another slap at the Tea Party hidden in the story. I know the article was about Dr. Who, a British attempt at scifi with some of the worst acting I have ever seen. But I know there is a cult-like following, like the Democrat Party. Bow down and kiss his majesty's ring.
William Hartnell (the first doctor) was the best doctor. I watched the show in the beginning as a 9 year old and returned to the states, and went through Dr. Who withdrawal. Nobody across the pond knew anything about english TV in the sixties. I went back to England in the 70's. Tom Baker was the doctor and I was appalled. The doctor had regenerated into Ronald McDonald (Jelly baby, anyone? They're delicious!). Both the BBC and I completely abandoned Dr. Who until the best writer in television today, Russell T. Davies, resurrected the doctor with a brilliant set of scripts featuring a real actor, Christopher Ecclestone, as the doctor. I love the new series, but my heart belongs to the original white haired floppy hatted cape wearing grumpy doctor.
You seem to have missed the point of the Tea Party. Their purpose is not to win elections; it's to make the increasingly conservative and corporatist Democrats look liberal by comparison. The Tea Party will have won a major victory if Clinton gets the 2016 nomination.
David Tennant might be the most popular, but Tom Baker (Doctor #4) was the best.
Gonzo, I'll bet you don't even get invited to parties unless it's a bunch of socialist losers passing the bong and bashing Bush.
It's a good policy for anyone wanting to stay safe, secure and not worry about a SWAT raid to stay off of CraigsList. Are you a plant for the po-po Mr. Smith? Why are you trying to get our patients in trouble by having them go on Craigslist to make a purchase of cannabis? Please be responsible since you are well read in the community and I don't always agree with you and your love of the dispensaries over the patients having the power but it is what it is. Mr. Humble is not going to be the AZDHS Director for much longer (a little birdie told me this) so hopefully the next Director won't be ignorant, hostile to the patients and educated about the plant.
Way to stay on subject, nam6870vet. I bet you're a blast at parties.
Looking with rational eyes, as you suggest we do in your comment, involves paying attention to research and law rather than anecdotal stories.
Young people who experience abuse by a person in a position of authority most often have to struggle for years to recover. This is why laws are in place to protect minors (ages 0-17). I would suggest talking to people who have had the experience, or reading literature that addresses the issue before assuming that you can understand it based on the story from your high school.
Also, many people with age differentials choose to get married as adults. Adult is the key word.
My how times change. Many, many years ago a teacher at the high school I attended began dating a senior. Just after graduation they married and have been happily married for nearly 35 years (if my math is right). He was 22 and she was 18.
Just for comparison my husband is 10 years my senior although we didn't meet until I was in my 30's and he in his 40's.
Sometimes, our "outrage" pales when looked at with rational eyes.
Infuriate? Me? No way, Cuz. His column is right up there with a good Marx Bros. movie. Signed up yet, Tommy ?
You must have gone to school at TUSD, because you obviously do not know of what you speak.
I wonder why someone with such obvious lack of intellect would believe he angers the Tea Party folks. They try and try to enlighten Tom, but he refuses to understand the issues of excessive taxation, government control, intrusion and expansion into our daily lives. Apparently, Tom has never read the Constitution or he doesn't believe it applies to modern times. I can only wonder how he ever was allowed to write for any paper with such a closed mind.
As a nation, we have consistently failed to live up to the ideals set forth for us in the beginning. Mostly because of people who now call themselves tea partiers, though they've had many different names over the years. We have made progress in spite of them, and will continue to do so. They will fail for the same reason they have always failed. The inability to adapt to change. Unfortunately, they won't go the way of the dinosaurs. They're more like locusts. In a generation or so, a whole new generation of barely literate, heavily armed, seditious idiots will be back to subject our descendants to another round of batshit crazy.
Actually, "Ay Pepito" is a Mexican variant of a far older Scottish ballad called "I Was a Gay Spark in My Time", which tells the same story but through a far different cultural lens. Curious parties can seek out a version by the late, great Hamish Imlach if they'd like a chuckle and the challenge of translating things through a Scottish brogue.
For all the people who keep bleating about a two-party system, I respond that it'd be nice if we had one. The only difference between the Ds and the Rs is that they both pay lip service to their various constituencies while whoring themselves out for corporate campaign funds from the same sources. Imbeciles like Danehy keep stirring the pot with an utterly false left/right dichotomy, content to let their supposedly beloved country be sold down the river as long as the salesman has a letter behind their name that they approve of. And equally stupid readers lap up their confirmation biases, secure in the illusion that they live in a free society. No one is less free than a slave who insists their chains don't exist.
Cruz touched me
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