Terry Taylor wants to enforce his (or her) views on everyone else . . . forgetting that freedom means -- at the very least -- that people get to choose whom they love and marry, and what kind of religion to embrace, including none at all. Dictating those choices to others is decidedly un-American. Perhaps Taylor should be the one on a ship, going to a country where such narrow views are enforced.
Mr. Nave is misguided. A Christian friend wisely pointed out that "spare the rod and spoil the child" has been vastly misinterpreted as an excuse for child abuse. She said what the phrase really means is that children should be guided, NOT beaten. She observed that shepherds used their rods to steer the lambs out of danger, not to inflict physical pain. People who routinely whip children are just showing their own inadequacies at parenting. I suspect that children who are beaten are more likely to bully others, because that's the "communication skill" they've been taught by adults.
To an American freedom means other people have an equal right to make choices for their own lives. Freedom does not mean that the self-appointed scolds get to regulate and restrict every behavior they don't like.
Thank you, Matthew Hopkins. The only reason to hide the use of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in our food is that the industry fears people won't eat food that contains them. Some people don't care. But those of us who do care aren't allowed to know. By hiding GMO information from consumers, the big food manufacturers are showing they don't trust us to make an informed choice. One cannot trust food companies that insist on hiding facts that the consumer wants to know.
soakya, no thanks. I'm smarter than that. (in response to your 7:42 post).
conservative, who wants trans fats? They are mostly artificial. They are manufactured for the convenience of the food industry, not for the health of the consumer.
degage, you're wrong about that (7:41 post).
Clay, I'll bet it's possible to make donuts without trans fats. There are other, natural, healthier kinds of fat, ya' know.
fairmon, do you really think that vulgar comment (5:41) is clever or funny?
Annie, don't forget war profiteers . . . like the friends of Cheney at Halliburton, Blackwater, et al., who were given no-bid contracts for billions of tax money, much of which was wasted, lost, or spent on faulty construction (like showers that electrocuted our soldiers). Profiteering scum make tons of money from the military-industrial complex, and will gin up myriad "reasons" for spending endless amounts of tax money on making war.