I'm a young conservative of Ron Paul-esque politics, and this sort of hurts my feelings. I fight for same-sex marriage in my personal and political life, and have typically voted Republican. Issues are not this black and white. Yes, I would say the extreme right wing conservatives are mostly against gay marriage, but more and more of my generation supports it along with any other basic constitutional right.
I roll my eyes at the way liberals act as if Democrats are the ones who will fix everything, grant everyone equal rights, and fix the issue of poverty in this country. Republicans sure can be stupid and cruel, but Democrats, especially the kind of this Obama era, are completely inept flip-floppers who care more about being popular with the public than actually standing for what's right.
Acceptance of gay marriage will come about through education and judicial legislation. Have thoughtful discussions with your conservative, religious friends instead of making it seem like you're trying to tear away their religion and beliefs and spitting on everything they care about, like God and patriotism. They'll come around - I did. It just takes a little empathy and education, and YES, even Republicans have it.
For those saying she should have just gotten an abortion, you're really looking at it the wrong way. This woman was probably suffering Postpartum Psychosis and severely needed help. More than likely, it's not that she didn't want the babies in the first place. She just became overwhelmed after she had them. Not that it's an excuse - but postpartum psychosis is a serious medical condition and it's something that should have been caught long before two innocent babies ended up dead. Where was her support system? Where was the father? Someone should have caught this.
I live in the Dalton Pike area, where my neighborhood was greatly affected. Homes were devastated and destroyed. I'll never forget waking up and seeing the incredible damage that I saw. I was lucky that my home and family were spared.
However, I will also never forget how the radio kept reporting on the "horrific damage" on Villa Drive. Villa Drive is an affluent neighborhood, and while yes, there was significant damage to the trees and roofs - in our neighborhood, homes are still in rubble and people have left and simply not come back. The Villa Drive homes are already nearly normal. NO ONE reported on our area for quite some time and it wasn't until a day later that help came for my neighbors. I can't help but wonder if the only reason Villa Drive was so heavily reported on in local Cleveland news was because of the wealth of the people there, as opposed to the poverty of some of the people in my area.
But I agree with the article that pride is also a huge issue. People simply will not ask for assistance. We need to get out the word to the poorer areas of our community that help is out there. Otherwise, the real people who are suffering aren't going to get the help they need.
I live near here, and I called 3 times since February trying to get these animals taken care of. There is something seriously wrong with Bradley County animal control if these animals are JUST NOW being seized and hopefully re-nourished and re-homed. I can't tell you how angry it makes me.
I -saw- the horses, they were tied up to a stake in the middle of a muddy field, no water, no grain, not even grass to chew on. It just boggles my mind that Cleveland made 70 freaking visits and didn't get the hint to save these animals from a neglectful home.
L4F once made an extremely offensive comment comparing a woman breastfeeding to peeing and pooping in public - saying we don't have the "right" to do it - so not only is he a moron, but he's not even a good libertarian to not support a woman's right to feed her child. That's okay, I'll just let him scream the whole time in the restaurant instead.
I'm just shocked how uneducated people are about breastfeeding, and how much our culture has sexualized breasts to the point that a woman cannot even feed her own child in public without getting gawked at. "Charge admission?" Really? I hope people really aren't this dumb.
Um... dear Libertarians4Freedom. Breasts were designed and created for breastfeeding babies, not for your sexual pleasure (as if you're seeing any breasts off the internet anyway.) The World Health Organization recommends mothers breastfeed their children up to two years. Nursing mothers shouldn't have to be discreet. Unlike smoking, defecating, and urination: breastfeeding absolutely has no effect on OTHERS whatsoever.
How dare you call yourself a libertarian but vote to take away a mother's basic right to feed her child in the best way possible? Smoking will KILL someone, but breastfeeding is the best nutrition you can offer your child.
This law is a step in the right direction. Tennessee is creating GREAT laws for breastfeeding mothers.
And frankly, if breastfeeding offends you: put a blanket over YOUR head and go eat your dinner in the bathroom. And maybe educate yourself on how much healthier breastfeeding is than formula. Or you know, dying. Would you prefer to sit next to a screaming baby who is hungry or a baby who's happily eating, not bothering anyone?
I think you mean "Lake Forest." Yikes.