Those other countries that require photo ID also have national ID cards and are easily come by. Nobody has to travel long distances to get one. And even if they did, public transportation is easily accessible in most European cities, whereas here in the States, public transportation sucks. A national ID card is something that most conservatives are dead-set against, as they think it to be too socialistic. The problem with requiring picture ID is that it is very difficult for the ones who usually need it most - the elderly, infirm, minorities, and students - to obtain it.
The game plan of Republicans is so obvious it's almost funny. They know damn well that they are targeting mostly Democratic voters. The Repubs in Texas tried to pass a voter ID law that would allow an NRA ID to be used for voting but not a student ID. How obvious is that?! Fortunately a U.S. District court had the good sense to block the law, claiming that it conflicted with the Voting Rights Act and was discriminatory against minorities, students, and the poor.
And the sad, crazy thing about all of these SWAT raids is that almost all of them are drug related. These militaristic thugs are risking the lives of innocent people (many of them children or infants) just so they can nab some drug dealer or user, who is usually not even posing an immediate threat to anyone at the time of the raid.
"Ms. Sohn sure does get to her Liberal nonsense in a hurry." - conservative
There is nothing "liberal" about this article and this is not even a liberal/conservative issue. The militarization of the police forces throughout the U.S. should put fear and revulsion into all of us. Suddenly cops have all of this war-time weaponry at their disposal but they have no training - or have minimal training at best - on how to use it or how to handle angry, rioting mobs. If protests turn violent we have the National Guard to turn to.
I honestly don't see how any right-minded person can say that the sight of cops dressed to the hilt in combat gear and looking like they belong in some sci-fi apocalyptic movie can be a good thing. I would much rather have my cops looking like Andy and Barnie than Robo-cop. Of course, that's a bit of an exaggeration, as few cities in America resemble Mayberry any more. But we should be able to trust and respect our cops, not fear them or look upon them with disgust.
Fairmon, your ignorance of the importance of the Post Office and how many businesses as well as average citizens depend upon it is unbelievable. The Post office performs vital functions that no private business would or could undertake. Even FedEx and UPS have claimed that they benefit from certain of the Post Office's services. Privatizing the PO would be a huge mistake. Even cutting back to only 3 days of delivery would have horrible repercussions for businesses as well as individuals, negatively impacting the economy in the long-run.
The only thing that needs to change about the PO is for Congress to rescind that absurd law that forces them to pay in advance for their retiree benefits. No other business is forced to comply with such an asinine policy. Take away that stranglehold on the PO and it would be in the black within two years, probably even less.
John 3:16 is supposedly the cornerstone of Christianity, but it is actually a meaningless verse. If God is omniscient, as all Christians believe he is, then he knew the outcome of his "divine" plan of salvation all along. And if you know you are going to get something back, then where is the sacrifice? What sort and degree of love is involved if you are not really sacrificing anything but only going through some charade? Jesus is supposedly up in heaven right now, reunited with his Old Man, after spending a mere 33 years on this earth and 3 days of supposed death. God knew Jesus was going to be resurrected. So, again, where was this precious sacrifice of love that you Christians like to keep going on about?
Primitive peoples believed that the gods were appeased by the blood of animal and human sacrifice, so what better and more ultimate way to appease God than through the sacrifice of his own son! The whole concept of salvation through blood sacrifice might sound good, but it rings hollow and is actually quite silly, if you really think about it.
You Christians need to get a grip on reality. It isn't hard to do. It doesn't take a lot of smarts to see the absurdity and nonsense of the Bible, just some good ol' common sense.
SultanH, your “Holy” Quran is filled with as many contradictions and absurdities as the Christian Bible. And just as the Christians do, you Muslims cherry-pick those parts of it that you CHOOSE to ascribe to. You say that “The actions committed by those people (fundamentalist Muslims who believe in a literal jihad against infidels) is not the actions that the Holy Quran or the Holy Prophet encourage;” but in fact there is a vastly large portion of the Quran that encourages and sanctions hatred, misogyny, bigotry, primitive and torturous punishment of the slightest offenses, and even the killing of non-believers. You have either not read your “Holy” Quran objectively and in full, or you are simply turning a blind eye to those parts that are the antithesis of holy.
Neither the Bible nor the Quran is holy. They are fictitious books filled with nonsensical ancient myths and a smattering of proverbs and aphorisms of questionable wisdom. It is good that you do not focus on the BS within your “holy” book, but don't pretend that there is nothing within it that doesn't encourage hatred among a large portion of the adherents of Islam, in much the same way that so much of the Bible encourages the Christian fundamentalists to be arrogant, small minded, and hateful, all in the name of their religion and their "holy" Bible.
That was indeed a kind gesture on the part of the Coca-Cola Company, Mr. Still - to hand out bottles of water to the public at no cost. But it is one thing to drink their ridiculously over-priced water, and yet another to drink their toxic soda, heavily laden as it is with sugar, or worse yet, high fructose corn syrup.
I drank my fair share of it as a kid, but the public back then did not know how bad for our health were those products with such a high concentration of sugar. We were as ignorant of its health hazards as were smokers of the health hazards of tobacco. But today we know better. Drink their overly sweetened, teeth-rotting, obesity causing, diabetes inducing beverage of zero nutritional value if you don't care about your own health, but there's no need to broadcast to the public at large how ignorant you seem to be of its health hazards (and the sugar-free sodas are practically as bad for you, as artificial sweeteners have health hazards of their own).
And as for their ridiculously expensive water, drink it, too, if you don't mind frittering away your money when most tap water has been scientifically proven to be every bit as safe, with scarcely any difference in taste.
Sadly, Rachel Decosimo's letter is indicative of the thinking of too many of our politicians and of too many Americans in general, how they are letting their foreign policy regarding Israel and Gaza be influenced Biblically. They think that Israel is somehow blessed by God and that the Israelis are the descendants of God's "chosen people," and that America is Biblically bound to support Israel no matter what, for the sake of our own "prosperity" and blessings from God. What rubbish! We absolutely MUST rid this Biblical influence from our politics if we are ever to have a sane, balanced, and fair-minded view of the conflict there.
If what you espouse is morality, Mrs. Decosimo, I want none of it. Your notion of a God so petty that he would select a "chosen people" is perverse. Did you ever wonder why God would feel compelled to have a "chosen" people in the first place? It's so absurd it's laughable. Yet you grown adults (who should have the common sense to know better) take such Biblical mythology literally. That is truly pathetic.
Ken Orr, enough with the Latin already. Do you think it makes you sound reverential or intelligent or something? It doesn't. It only makes you look like the clown you are. That language is as dead as the petty, jealous, vindictive, sadistic, evil God you worship.
Can't wait to read all those letters to the editor from angry uptight Christians calling for David Cook's head for daring to say that God is gay. I bet the TFP will be flooded with them the next couple of weeks. I can see them now: "Blasphemy!..."Off with his head!"..."He'll burn in hell for all eternity!"..."He has crossed the line!"..."He should be fired immediately!" Good one, David. I love to see the fundies with their undies in a wad.
BTW...Jesus was probably gay, too. Think about it - he was always in the company of men, he spurned women, and he liked having his feet bathed in expensive oil (how gay is that!?).