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Oct 22nd 2011 10:38PM I'm 55. I've worked hard since I was 16. I have no qualms about not doing military service; old white men have been sending our youth to die for no good purpose in Gawdforsaken places my whole life. I called in sick when I had to have my gall bladder removed and when I had an abdominal hernia. With the exception of a short period of unemployment (I collected about 16 weeks of unemployment benefits), no one has given me anything. Sometimes I am tired; most of the time, I still have a lot of energy. I own my home and everything in it, I own my car(s), I have money in the bank, 401ks, a defined benefit retirement plan and I have in not 40 quarters, but soon, 140 quarters.
I've had such good fortune, I am happy to help wherever and whenever I can. A famous man once said, "Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren, so you do unto me." I feed the homeless and downtrodden, including drunks and druggies. If you think they like that lifestyle, maybe you should get out of your tudor and check'em out for once.
Martin Luther King challenged us to measure folks by their character. We should treat peacable Muslims like any of our other neighbors. If anyone kills or maims Americans in the name of anything, we must kill them first. We can have overwhelming security without sending the American military all over the world. When you occupy countries, the people there hate you forever.
Anyone with an ounce of sense understands that global warming is directly related to obsessive, continual burning of fossil fuels. I would say however that the long term effects of global warming are yet to be determined.
Drug addicts dont have a disease. They have an addiction. I have no such addiction, but I help people often who have such addictions. It is a pathetic thing to see people who are eaten alive by such addictions. Most addicts are not violent and most of the thievery they commit is petty thievery. Let's tell the truth about this. Yes, they are drags on society; they are to be pitied and helped, not demonized and belittled. That guy I spoke of above also told us clearly that we are our brother's keeper.
You dont think the Robber Barons rip you off? Seriously? I mean, we're still responsible for our own well being, but you cant be naive enough to think that Big Business doesnt beat you like a drum. It is obvious that there are those amongst us who take far more than their share.
I can say that those who get all tattooed and have their faces all pierced do belong in the freak show.
Im still young enough that I hope I see my grandchildren's worlds. Something tells me that those children will get the same message I got and my children got at a certain age: a handshake, a hug, a congratulations and the following: " I love ya kid, make sure you come and visit often." I dont know about your children, but mine, who are 30 and 28 respectively, have their own homes, cars, money etc.
God bless us all.
Jul 22nd 2011 2:32PM My daughter moved to Charleston 4 years ago or so. She is on Folly very frequently .Her bf is an avid surfer and she surfs there now too. They love the place. I've been there three times myself, including the Fourth of July this year! It really is a nice beach. Every time I've been there, the people have been friendly and outgoing. I saw some good entertainment in the little commercial area too. And the food was good. And there's lots of room on the beach. So, I mean, I think it is easy.... if you go, just be "cool" and courteous and you'll have a great time.
Mar 20th 2011 12:50AM Puh-leeze! Im an adult male. I pay all my own bills. My children grew up in a single parent home... mine! I've paid my own way and my kids way when they were minors. My kids went to college... I paid. Now they too are self sufficient adults. Personally, I dont want to hear any more about the decline of men. If I decline, it will be because I get old. The men I know pay their own way and take no grief. The author's writing a bunch of baloney.
Feb 24th 2011 8:47PM Not to worry, four of the top execs got $32,000,000,000 in bonuses. They'll be OK..... ROBBER BARONS!
Feb 24th 2011 12:42AM If I recall correctly, Derek Jeter has been the captain of the Yankees for a long time. 5 rings. BA over .300. A few hundred HRs, probably in excess of 1000 RBI's. Oh yeah... and Gold Gloves at SS. Guy's had a great career. Money aside, do you really think criticism is warranted? I hate the NY Yankees, but I admire Jeter. The guy is a star.... and he dates Minka Kelly. Derek's gonna be OK.
Feb 20th 2011 8:14PM Ru kidding? This kid is a gentleman. Males v. females in a sport wherein the male's hands could easily and legally be on the female's breasts and crotch? There's no bigotry or sexism here, this is about honor and dignity. Had this been about baseball or tennis, I am sure Joel would have competed and vigorously. Mr. Steele is not "enlightened", he is a rabble rouser for a stupid cause. You're a gentleman Joel, dont let anyone tell you otherwise!
Dec 31st 2010 6:16PM Pretty buildings, absurb prices. One hundred plus rooms... what, ru kidding?
Nov 27th 2010 11:50AM The problem isn't black men being irresponsible, women being wh#$es, Jews being Jews or whatever. The real problem is that lie called "marriage". There is no upside to getting married, only downside. When you are married, your partner becomes ENTITLED. Who needs all that? Living together is far more practical; if it ends, you keep what you earned, I keep what I earned. That is simple, especially if you have the good sense to keep your finances divided. I understand that if the relationship ends and there are kids involved, the court needs to intervene. But why do we need the courts to resolve who made what and who owns what?
Nov 20th 2010 6:35PM In the mid to late 1960's, baseball and basketball were my life. At some point during that time, I borrowed The Stan Musial Story from the public library. It never went back. To this day, I still know from memory that his rookie year was 1941 and that he retired after the 1963 season, only to miss the Cardinals championship season the very next year. I know from memory that Stan Musial hit 475 HR's, that he had a career BA of 331, I think, that he played on the Cardinals' championship teams of the 40's and that his peer was Teddy Ballgame. I always thought that Musial considered Williams to be the best player of his era, and it is probably true, but in my judgment, Musial was the best player in the NL for many, many years. Beyond that, it occurs to me that Mr. Musial was always a gentleman. I'm not really a "heroes" kind of guy, but if I were, Stan Musial would qualify. Congratulations on a life very well lived and may you have many more happy years Mr. Musial.
May 22nd 2010 10:38PM It is time for all who want to argue politics to be quiet. Do it elsewhere maybe. We need this forum and every other available forum open to engineers, scientists and others who might have specific ideas on how to stop the leak and clean up the spill.
The pictures clearly speak for themselves. The spill in the Gulf of Mexico is rapidly becoming the greatest disaster in the history of mankind. My guess is that approximately 100,000,000 gallons of oil have spilled into the Gulf. The seafood and fish industries in the Gulf have been destroyed for decades to come. Wild areas and wild life along and in the Gulf are being destroyed for decades at the very least. Tourism along the coast is destroyed for decades to come. When the oil gets into the Gulfstream, we may see incredible damage in the fishing areas in the Atlantic. I'm not an alarmist; I'm telling you what is coming if we don't act fast.
At this point we do not need commissions arguing about why this started. President Obama needs to appoint the engineer/ scientist with the greatest knowledge of how to stop deep water oil spills to head a non partisan panel of similarly skilled engineers and scientists to work around the clock until this spill is plugged. The man power to do the work should be hired and trained immediately, cost be damned. We must plug this leak and we must do it right now. At the same time, the President needs to hire a similarly skilled leader to build a team of experts who will focus on cleaning up the mess to the greatest extent possible, again, regardless of cost.
We must keep these skilled workers on the clock 24/7 until the situation is controlled.
That is what we need to do and we need to do it now.
I am very tempted to wade into a discussion of politics here, but I will not because the issues we face as a result of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico far outweighs any such partisanship. Enough blame, at least for now. Let's address the life threatening disaster at hand.