Thank you, alprova for your reasoned and well researched argument. By the way, Oliver Cromwell was a homicidal and genocidal nut who did not think the Catholic Irish were human beings.
Thank you, acerigger. Are the religious laws and tenets of Christian churches or Orthodox Judaism any different? The vast majority of Muslims in the United States do not concern themselves with Sharia law. And no one on the left supports Muslim extremists.
The old Matthew Shepard defense. "He came on to me and I went into a homicidal rage." In the end the killers of Shepard admitted that they had lied. I hope everyone who sees and hears this coming from this defendant will see it for what it is: manipulation of prejudice. For the police to say that they are interested in whether Rev. Strong was gay or not shows that they too are shallow and easily led. Who cares? What does it matter? The man was stabbed 18 times. These two helpless young men had to brutally kill a man to escape his evil clutches? Sickening. To kill a man and then seek to destroy his reputation is beyond the pale. Let's hope they can find a life sentence without parole that will allow them to come to terms with themselves and their abhorrent behavior. Day after day after day after day for the rest of their lives to consider what they have done would be the most punishing sentence they could receive.
Blackwater, I appreciate your sense of humor. To try to follow you down the rabbit hole of denying free speech to all candidates would be a simple waste of time. Kill the mailman, not the manipulator behind the misleading missive.
Rolando wrote: "BTW, MaxHackett, the SCOTUS decision in favor of free speech was a positive thing for us all... It would be much, much better if all politicians were forced, under threat of being unseated, to disclose all moneys received for foreign sources of any kind with zero tolerance for "I forgot" or "I didn't know that" type excuses. If they "forgot" or "didn't know" they do not deserve to hold our trust or our elected office."
But the decision allows for groups to create 501(c)(4) organizations that can claim that their activities are less than 50% political to hide all of their donations and funding sources. If you are saying that we should know who has paid for a political advertisement then I agree with you. But that is not what is being allowed to happen now.
And by the way, aren't we truly blessed to have a man of such talent as Clay Bennett. It as an amazing thing that he can conjure up five cartoons a week that bring together the community in discussion and debate. There are only 65 newspapers in the country that even employ a full-time editorial cartoonist and we happen to have one who has won a Pulitzer Prize and finished as a finalist on two other occasions. Before Clay we also had the fine work of Bruce Plante. All in all we are well served by our local print media. Not that I think there could not be improvements, but not many communities our size have someone like Harry Austin, Dave Flessner, Andy Sher and Clay Bennett servings us.
And why doesn't Congress represent the views of the people? Because they are beholden to the corporations that sponsor their reelection bids, because the Supreme Court has determined that money is speech. So those with more money have a louder voice and more free speech. This court that Rolando accuses of over-reaching in its interpretation of the legislation passed by Congress is a creation of the GOP. We need to devise a system, no matter how difficult, that will remove the influence of money from the electoral process. Then the people will be heard again.
sir3. What a shallow comment! How would you feel if you were rushed into a foreclosure that not only ruined your credit but may have also destroyed your family and marriage? And the reason would have been that the bank did not follow the law and regulations in handling the foreclosure. It is sad to see people so ideological that they cannot understand what is happening in peoples' lives. It has nothing to do with the complexity if Congressional legislation.