Ok everybody who even puts weed in the same catagory as cocain crack or any other addictive drug should just shut the F up. And no people can not get addicted to marijuana..and people who say they are..are weak minded people who blame their problems on anything they can besides themselves.
Weed is a beautiful thing that takes away stress and pain. If it was such a terrible thing it wouldnt be givin to cancer, arthritis and aids patients to be able to stand living day to day. People need to stop hatting and start appreciating what God put on the earth for us. :]
Good column, Catherine. As for littlericky's "In this country you are innocent until proven guilty. So your opinion does not really count", that's seriously flawed logic.
Of course, littlericky probably wouldn't mind his young BOYS sleeping with a grown man. A grown man who admits he sleeps with young boys is NOT NORMAL. In fact, everything about MJ's behavior bespeaks not just pedophilia, but predatory pedophilia. And the thing about predators is, THEY DON'T STOP ON THEIR OWN.
She's entitled to her opinion, just as you are to yours, littlericky. Just because he was acquitted in ONE case and PAID OFF millions to avoid going to court in other cases, doesn't make him innocent. Oh, but then I suppose if littlericky were accused of such heinous acts, he would just pay them off and not protest his innocence to the end. Hell, if it were me, I would make SURE that my innocence were proven in a court of law! To think that to pay someone for their silence is a mark of innocence, well, that's extremely naive!!!!
Bryant did the SAME thing in Colorado, except he didn't pay her. He frightened her so much with things that his side leaked to the press that it was impossible to prosecute him. And I've seen some of the documents that never made it into court. It was an extremely brutal attack and in no way consensual. It wasn't the first time he'd done that, either, and since he got away with it, I'm sure not the last.
Very sad all around. But go ahead and make him your hero, littlericky. Says more about you than it does about him.
As I've been saying, MJ was a talented entertainer. TWENTY YEARS AGO. In the past few years, he became a freak and a predatory pedophile. Just because he wasn't caught doesn't mean it ain't so.
It is easy to defame the dead, and those public figures who are so famous that their lawyers would not have the time to sue all those who libel them. We are a country of laws, not of men. Settling out of court is hardly an unusual action, and should never be considered evidence of guilt. No convictions = officially innocent. To so casually dismiss a jury's verdict when one has not been privy to all the evidence is indicative of a lack of respect for what the rule of law really means, and is certainly unbecoming of anyone who claims to be a serious journalist.
Pallas, do you know if Jackson paid Halperin to write this book?
Who published the book?
When the motive isn't clear, look for the money trail.
Do you know who is Ian Halperin? What else has he written? I just don't know who he is and don't know if he is a respected professional writer. Did he look at court records or where they sealed when Jackson paid off? Why would Jackson pay $22 million to quash a child molestation case against him? Innocent people don't do that. Rich, quilty people do that. Court records show Jackson admitted watching porno movies with young boys and teaching them to masturbate. That sounds like a sex pervert to me, a child molester. Jackson was a freak show, that much is obvious.
Just get a life! The more you people talk about it, the more it'll be out there! None of us were there and we just don't know no matter what we think! Why aren't you guys still talking about all those WHITE PRIESTS that was raping and molesting the kids that did get convicted? There are good and bad in all races, so what the devil does that have to do with anything!
Actually, Ian Halperin who recently published "Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson (in press BEFORE M.J.'s death) said, in an interview with Meredith Viera, that he had been so infuriated by Jackson's acquital that he set out to prove the man's guilt -- and as Halperin did more and more research he became more and more convinced of Jackson's innocence! Halperin knows more than we do. Might be worthwhile to consider his evidence? Pallas p.s. I neither played his music nor watched his videos - so I can't say about his talent.
I'm glad to finally see this sentiment expressed amidst all the grief and nostalgia in the media over the passing of an icon of pop culture. He was a great performer but he was not a great person - he was a sociopath who abused children.
Innocent until proven guilty...please. If you have enough money and celebrity status in this country, you can freely rape, abuse and murder (does the name O.J. ring any bells) women and children and not incur the penalty. This was a fair commentary and the analogy to Kobe was accurate.
Isn't it mostly blacks who worship this pedophile who hated being black so much he turned himself white? And bought white children.I agree with you about Jackson and Kobe and think they and others, no matter what their color, who rape and molest belong in prison. Money and fast footwork should not excuse their crimes. Is it only in America that sex criminals are worshiped?
In this country you are innocent until proven guilty. So your opinion does not really count. i am very glad you do not watch the NBA as I would hate to think a prick like you was watching it. In the book of Job Job was told by his friends that he must be sinning for all the bad things to happen to him and he told them he was not and they didn't believe him. God reprimanded his friends. You do not know Michael and you obviously do not trust the courts if they do not match your opinions. Obviously you value your opinion over everyone else's. Maybe you should put down the magnifying glass and pick up a mirror. firstname.lastname@example.org
"It will have a face as white as death, and eyes like a fiend from his worst nightmare."
Nice. Very nice.
We've been brainwashed into believing all authority is legitimate and that "protesting" via throwing rocks is a primitive and uncivilized form of expression. Our "leaders" have slowly morphed our form of government into a fascist state - the foundation of our society is a Power Hungry Homeowner Association Board and the legislators who ignore this fact. These "leaders" need to experience a blow of reality from stone-wielding Americans - we've had enough of the sickness that's taken neighbor out of neighborhood under the claim that "we agreed to this when we bought a house". We must face these Fascists and denounce their wickedness - and they will not change until they come under the immediate threat of being pummeled with stones. They don't have anything to fear as long as we just throw lawsuits at them - the lawyers actually love that because these same lawyers wrote those laws in such a way that homeowners cannot win! WAKE UP ALREADY! Put down the prozac (or that reefer that you thought would be "legal" by now under Obama) and spend an hour a day writing hate mail to your failed leaders. Bring neighbor back into our neighborhoods and stop them from continuing the bully-mentality of a police state. The cradle of liberty is our neighborhoods, but this drug induced apathy is what these tyrants rely on to stay in power. We need to throw more salvos of sincere disdain using our first amendment rights, else the second amendment will become the most used right only after we've deteriorated into a seething pool of uncivilized rebellion...and then we'll discover the right to throw rocks when there's nothing left of our constitution but a desire to be free.
"RIIIIIGHT! SURE...WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY,
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH, ANYTHING ELSE?"
yea---buy a dictionary...
"Unfortunately, there's no foolproof way to identify them."
Umm, actually there is...many of them can be found writing silly newspaper opinion pieces. (Tom, you're exempted)
How many times do we have to say this: liimting population growth is NOT eugenics!!!
People who should not breed are easily identified. They are usually Republicans and rednecks.
Corvi, you missed the point. It is an opinion piece and we all have opinions. By the way, she also mentioned dentists and she is not a dentist. I think she is a phlebotomist. Would you expect her to write only about drawing blood?
I was an award winning finance writer for a couple of years and I didn't know much about economics and neither did the economists I interviewed. Economics is called the dismal science, but it is not a science...it is just dismal. Then I switched to writing feature article. I had more fun, won even more writing awards and it IS about writing, not about being an "expert" and O'Sullivan does it well. She is not giving advice, she is entertaining us.
Lighten up and you will have more fun too. Life is serious enough without missing the fun stuff.
What I don't understand is, why someone who doesn't understand mathematics and doesn't understand economics will write a column on both of them.
I agree with this article, so many times folks hide behind the Bill of Rights, or the Declaration Of Independence, or the numberous Religions that we all represent. Hell, even the bible says that God helps those that help themselves, and of course, leave it to a person of faith to misconstru pro creation as a free pass to have octuplets! Breeding has nothing to do with free will, it has something to do with common sense and responsibility. All of these documents that our country is founded on, I believe in them, the bible I believe in, and I believe in God, but what has that got to do with the "Elephant in the Room"? All of these documents that I believe in, even the bible, one has to ask how long ago all of these documents were created and written. Back then, they didn't have polution problems, for the exception of farting cows and horses, they did not have the population sizes that we have nowadays, they also didn't have cars or plastics, etc. I think that Kristen is missing the boat on this one...people need to be responsible, and yes, our population numbers are rising rapidly with this kind of thinking. What with medical research, and longevity, coupled with the current life expectancy, People are living allot longer, and babies are being had by the millions. I echo what RogerRabbit, and maxw and chris99 are saying, I believe (unfortunately) that breeding IS a problem. As you may or may no know, China put a cap on how many children a household can have, due to mere living space and food, the housing there is going upward, not outward, they are very over-populated to the point that they had to put a "cap" on over breeding! No offense Kristen, I sincerely do not mean to be mean, but just because you are Catholic, doesn't make overbreeding right, to me (just my opinion) is not only selfish, but careless. These four gifts from God are great, and I pray that they are good and healthy, and I am glad for you, but do like I do, adopt if you want more children, if your are as willing to have more children than the FOUR that you already have, then help the world by adopting...I would admire that, All of my children are adopted, I was in Vietnam, and was afraid to have children due to the agent orange I was exposed to, and didn’t want to take any chances of birth defects, so I adopted children instead, it made sense to help out those that don’t have any family. Heck, anyone can have a baby, but one should be responsible for their contributions to the rest of the world as well....Great article, great read.
The overpopulation-scarcity debate is much older than most folks realize, having roots that go back some 2,000 years. Of course, it got a big boost from Thomas Malthus a couple of centuries back. On the face of it,the debate seems like a no-brainer, more people/finite resources = shortages. However, history and science do not necessarily support that perspective. In a famous contest during the 1980's, the biologist and overpopulation expert Paul Erlich challenged economist Julian Simon in a wager that over the decade of the 1980's certain commodities would rise in price because of increasing demand and shortages. In 1990 Erlich ended up paying off his wager to Simon, as prices had actually declined and no worldwide famine had occurred, as Erlich had predicted would come to pass. Even today, nearly 20 years later in the midst of economic crisis, most people are employed, most live immensely more affluent lives than30, 40, 50 years ago, even in third world countries. Are there problems, certainly. Most of those economic problems are caused however by greed and distribution issues, not because there 'is not enough.' Religion seems to be easy target, because believers are having the children. There is an arrogance amongst many 'non-believers' that mankind can solve our problems if God just got out of the way. "Imagine there's no heaven....", is a pathetic, emotional appeal to a godless society that seems to be utopian, but as history demonstrates time after time, does not deliver. The Soviet Union, Red China, Nazi Germany, North Korea, and other godless societies have promised equality and abundance for all, but none come close to providing for their citizens and ameliorating pollution like free, democratic societies. O'Sullivan may rant and rave about the evils of too many people and religion in the world, but God and science prove otherwise. Michael Chandler
The imminent decline in energy supplies is about to take care of the overshoot problem. The solution is terribly inhumane, but at least it won't favor the (financially) rich. Infinite growth on a finite planet doesn't work for economies or populations.
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