The basic problem is everyone wants to be sure the prayer spoken is of their religion and are offended when it is the prayer of another creed.
PROUDATHEIST, many of the influential founders held faith in deism, a distorted form of Christianity. They believed in God and a Jesus whose actions were restricted by rational scientific law. Go read about Thomas Jefferson. To their credit they came to this continent to avoid being forced to adopt a brand of Christianity different from their own. However, in the 1700's it was a natural fact of life that the majority religion ran the government according to their dogma.
As for the poor, disturbed woman at UTC who yells and accuses people of being sinners, she might be one of those false prophets talked about in the Gospels, or being used by such prophets, or like the rest of us, be suffering from the burden of sin herself, who knows. The tragedy is the students she alienates from Christianity.
please maxi, spare us your prideful boasting. Get rid of your:
sprinkler system guy and sprinkler system (so you can stop buying fertilizer).
pool cleaner guy. (and pool so you don't use so much water).
yard spray and fertilizer guy. (see sprinkler system).
dog groomer. (That is why dogs have tongues.)
My bi-weekly house cleaner. (clean your house yourself).
dry cleaner. (stop that completely, there is n't anything you need to wear that can't be washed in a washing machine.)
exterior Christmas light guy. (Why burn up all the extra electricity?)
Monthly Internet fees.
Monthly cable fees.
and all your cars but one. Give all the money you spend on the things above to a good charity, say the United Way.
Well...maybe keep the internet, we enjoy your humor, and if TV is so important you can watch almost any show on the 'net.)
If Clay reads the posts here he has probably gone blind by now. (See Dilbert) . Besides the fact you 6 or 7 folks do not represent an adequate cross section of the population that read the newspaper.
Flat screen TV's, computers, shoes, shirts, socks, you name it, you want them at the lowest price, and if I'm in the retail business what am I going to do but find the lowest wholesale price I can so I get your money when you purchase retail.
If I am in the manufacturing end, what do I do, raise my prices or move my factory to the place I can make my goods the least expensively for the wholesale market.
Consumer demand for low prices (so you can buy more) drives the loss of jobs in the US since we want higher salary to buy more which a low cost manufacturing company cannot sustain. The only option for a worker is to get the education and concomitant job in a company whose bottom line depends on innovation which fuels efficient manufacturing.
Now, hidden in that cycle are people without much means and education. Low prices actually help them you say, but they are equipped only to take jobs, if they can find them, that are in the services/supply-end, like flipping burgers or cleaning floors that do not even pay a living wage (Try living on $7.25/hr in an moderately large city, or in the rural country where you need transportation). You might as well cook meth or sell coke because an addict will always find $ for that.
It is a vicious circle where the rich get richer and the poor poorer until the system breaks because only a few can afford the goods. It has happened numerous times since the beginning of the Industrial Age on larger and larger scales.
Neither am I Catholic, EaTn, but Pope Francis is a breath of fresh air not heard since the 1930's.
Thank you David, well said.
The US is almost exactly on the balance point because use is decreasing and production is increasing. Here is a link to a USA today article from last month:
That does not mean we do not import oil, though, to the tune of about 35% of demand. Lot of reasons for that but not worth going into here.
nucanbuck, the US produces more oil than it uses.
fairmon, you have no idea the chaos it would cause if Israel started a war with Iran, it would rapidly expand into a regional war more likely than not involving nuclear weapons. There is too much at stake in oil for the major powers to stand aside and let them destroy each other.
Furthermore, Israel cannot survive on its own, it requires US aid to survive. Israel will do what it does, but calmer heads in Israel know the potential cost and risk. Why should we defend Israel in a war it starts?
The alternative to war with Israel and this exploration of trust is keep doing the same thing. In that case within a few years Iran will (or could develop) have nuclear capability. IMO that is not an acceptable alternative either.
The Saudi's loathe Iran almost as much as Israel. We cannot count on them. China and Europe would love to have Iranian oil, Russian probably prefers to keep Iranian oil out of the market. The US is a net exporter so it doesn't really matter to us.
The amount of dollars at risk to try a 6 mo "can we trust each other" is about $6B, out of several 100B of frozen assets. The worst that can come of it is $6B changing hands, the best could be a new relationship akin to what existed post-WWII.
As long as people keep painting their opponents as madmen or fanatics or Satan no progress towards reasonable peace is possible.
Israel itself faces the same internal struggle over the two state option. There is no satisfactory alternative short of forcibly removing all Palestinians or making Palestinians citizens of Israel making current Israeli's a minority, neither of the latter two alternatives will never happen.
The bottom line for Israel is it cannot survive long term if it desired to maintain hostile relations with its neighbors (unless we bail them out if possible).
But perhaps you have some crystal ball and the wisdom of minds not readily accessible on this plant to offer your own solution...
All the other alternatives are unacceptable, so trying this angle is definitely worth the effort and the only possible path to a solution.
Poor ole PT, has to try to get something negative about the President in everything.
The real problem is there needs to be some kind of intelligence and psychological testing for gun ownership (paid for by the would-begun owner).
I guess a confused 70+ year old man is frightening in the dark to a guy carrying a loaded gun. But, as Joepulitzer said, you gotta protect yourself, we are attacked by armed bandits everyday. It isn't safe to walk on the streets night or day, especially in North GA...the commies and nazis are lurking at our door. Who knows what kind of crook or animal is going to come up and knock on your door, or sitting the car next to you at the red light? Shoot to kill first, ask questions later, have I got that right Joe?
The tattoo writer's humor is too subtle, it is likely lost on most