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I'll take Mr. Davis at his word that the date of publication was not of his choosing. "Had it been “Doonesbury,” I might believe that is has an underlying motivation, but not “Garfield.” That, however, was a cheap shot, and shows that the letter-writer hasn't bothered to research Gary Treudeau and his relationship with our military.
Toggle Commented Nov 23, 2010 on Lighten up on ‘Garfield’ at Unfettered Letters
"I mean he could at least show some respect for the people fighting for our country." Sorry, no. Those people have only hate for anyone outside their church. But they met their match in McAlester, OK. I'm not condoning the slashing of their tires, but three cheers for the local companies who refused to do business with the Westboro-ians!
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2010 on Phelps disrespectful at Unfettered Letters
I'm really not sure how I feel about this. He's 5. My granddaughter is a little younger, and her favorite cartoon character is Handy Manny. Last year, she wanted his toolbox for Christmas, so of course, that's what we bought. I don't think I'd have a problem with her in a Handy Manny costume. But, she also loves all the Disney princesses, so she didn't dress up as Handy Manny - she chose Ariel. I'm curious, though, suppose instead of Daphne, (who is kind of a tomboy) the little boy chose Ariel or Cinderella (my granddaughter's costume last year). Would the letter-writer be OK with that costume?
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2010 on Much ado about Daphne at Unfettered Letters
"Is there any doubt about who will get them?" Ummmmm . . . the only demographic that can't figure out how to get p0rn online? All VHS format, played on machines blinking 12:00 endlessly. ;)
Toggle Commented Nov 10, 2010 on AARP sex ads at Unfettered Letters
T, Uniforms are purchased by the parents, not the Council. It's been many years since our family's involvement with Scouting, but even back then most girls wouldn't wear uniforms once they bridged out of Brownies. And they were expensive enough that many families couldn't afford them even for their Brownies. As I remember, GS regulations allowed vests or sashes to be worn without the uniform, so that's the only part of the uniform most of the girls in our troop ever owned. The council didn't pay for camping trips, either. They maintained the camps and equipment and there was no charge to the troops to use the campgrounds. The troops paid for the food they brought with them when camping. More than you ever wanted to know about Girl Scouts, I'm sure. :)
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2010 on Girl Scout uniforms at Unfettered Letters
Eh, I’m not outrageously outraged over “horse-faced” comment. I like a good, imaginative insult, even if I’m the target. A creative insult somehow seems more thoughtful, maybe even a little more respectful of the audience, than just hurling a 4-letter curse. Many years ago, I heard of a member of British Parliament calling another a “pig’s bladder on a stick”. Now there’s an insult. Found this video a few days ago. Stephen Douglas called Abraham Lincoln a “hatchet-faced nutmeg dealer”. And John Adams warned that if Jefferson were elected we’d see “children writhing on a pike”. Way, way better than Joy Behar could come up with in her wildest dreams.
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2010 on Hendricks column at Unfettered Letters
JoCo, My son's back from the Indian Ocean, preparing now for his deployment next summer (seems ALL they do is train!) My daughter's married and has a girl of her own. Both of my children are "copter" pilots, though not professionally. Thanks for asking. Best to your son, too. He's a lucky kid!
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2010 on Past time to grow up at Unfettered Letters
As much as I’d like to think I’m a better parent than those silly “helicopter” types, in my own way, I’m just as bad. Our son left for Annapolis two months after high school graduation. He was 17, and the only way to describe his leaving is that it was like someone reached into my chest and pulled out my heart while it was still beating. We lived for his weekly phone calls. There’s an official photographer for the summer and I scoured his website daily for any glimpse of our son (even found a way to get to the hidden pictures – the ones you have to pay for – and found him there!) So, we sent weekly care packages and letters and made regular deposits into his bank account and set up a toll-free line at home so he could call us any time (this was in the days before they were allowed cell phones). Our daughter went to school much closer to home, and while it felt again like my heart was being ripped out, it was easier to visit, and to supply her with whatever she needed to make dorm life more pleasant. And when she graduated we asked her to move back for the year until she got married, so she and her fiancé could save money for their new life. Helicopter landed. Can’t imagine doing it any differently.
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2010 on Past time to grow up at Unfettered Letters
Hehehehehe. Even if we could suspend disbelief long enough to think that Stephanie MOORE and Robin CARNAHAN are not a part of the “old boy network” in Washington, D.C., Missouri, or Kansas," their names are. It's not like either of them would be where they are if their names were Smith or Jones.
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2010 on Pick women for office at Unfettered Letters
There is a logical flaw to Williams’ statement, but our feelings are not always logical. Those feelings, and the logic (or lack thereof) behind them, would have been a good topic for debate . . . had NPR been interested in debating views it found disagreeable, rather than simply shutting them down.
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2010 on Juan Williams and NPR at Unfettered Letters
gg, I guess the problem we, as a society, have then, is how do we move beyond this “bigotry”? If we’re not allowed to speak of it, if we’re not allowed to acknowledge that we have this uneasiness, even IF we then say (as Williams did) that it’s not right . . . how do we move beyond it? Isn’t this part of the dialogue on race (or religion) that Obama promised his administration would usher in? Would you tell an elderly black man traveling through the south that he was wrong to speak of his uneasiness in the presence of a white sheriff? If we can’t even mention it aloud, how do we move past it? And to me, it seems that what’s more important is how a person ACTS on those feelings. When he sees these people, does Williams then refuse to board the plane? Or does he follow his more rational thoughts (which he ALSO expressed) and travel as he planned? In the end, I think our actions speak louder than our words, so if we ALL treat each other with respect, our fears will ease and our thoughts will follow. I don’t think it works quite so well the other way round. And it wouldn’t hurt if al Qaeda would just quit targeting planes.
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2010 on Juan Williams and NPR at Unfettered Letters
“Even if one does know an individual's faith, it is wrong to judge them on that alone.” And that, in a nutshell, is exactly the point Juan Williams made in the rest of the segment. With the exception of the very beginning, when Williams made the statement that so offended NPR, he and MKH took a position mainly opposite of Bill O’Reilly, with both stating that the distinction between extremist Muslims and the rest was an important one to make. “I don't believe any of the 9/11 hijackers wore Muslim dress. Nor did the shoe bomber, nor did the underwear bomber.” And that is the logical flaw with being suspicious of airline passengers wearing Muslim garb. The last thing a jihadi wants to be is obtrusive. That’s why Mohammed Atta and his associates didn’t have long beards and wore western dress. Unless he’s the dumbest terrorist in the world, no self-respecting hijacker’s wearing a dishdasha to the airport precisely BECAUSE so many people there will have the same reaction as Williams and watch him that much more closely. But maybe from now on hijackers should wear dishdashas. Since it’s now bigoted to make any sort of mental association between airplanes and devout Muslims and bad outcomes, flaunting one’s religious devotion might be the surest way to make people look away.
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2010 on Juan Williams and NPR at Unfettered Letters
Since Ms. Leonard admits she can’t even tell the difference between a Hare Krishna and an Orthodox Jew, I suspect the Muslims she claims to know might, in reality, be Amish.
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2010 on Juan Williams and NPR at Unfettered Letters
Just my luck. I've spent the past several days carefully crafting a response to Ms. Weddles' call for prayers for the KC Chiefs, and now that it's so close to completion . . . new topics are presented for consideration and beseeching the Almighty for sporting events is driven from our consciousness. *sigh* The world moves so fast nowadays.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2010 on Brownback for governor at Unfettered Letters
It's curious that Shonda's website only has pictures of the puppies - none of their parents as I've seen on reputable breeders' websites. The description under the picture doesn't even list the parents' names, nor does it list the date of birth, which is really strange.
"Some of the things in Proposition B will actually be harmful to young puppies and will cause unnecessary deaths." Yikes! Something like that should be of great concern to breeders. Or at least enough concern to elaborate a little. Since she didn't, I'm inclined to believe it was written solely for its incendiary value - like her comment about the Humane Society. And about as truthful.
I got all 15 right. When I was a teenager, we spent quite a bit of our Sunday School sessions learning about other religions . . . so we would understand why they are wrong. :)
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2010 on No faith; know faith at Unfettered Letters
What I hold in contempt, Tom, is the person who mistreats animals. How many dogs do you breed and sell, Tom? What conditions are they kept in? Say, why don't you post pictures of your operation so we can all see for ourselves how you treat your property.
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2010 on Puppy mills must go at Unfettered Letters
Similar story here, whispering. We adopted one shelter dog, but over the years all except 2 of our cats were dumped nearby. We (and by that I mean me) took in one after being told that it's owner was tired of it and planned to dump it in the country. This lowlife lived on the Plaza, by the way. I vote for the puppy mill operator as the lower low-life. They see the animals suffering every day for years on end, but as long as they can make a buck, they don't care.
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2010 on Puppy mills must go at Unfettered Letters
From the Gold Standard of legal definitions, Wikipedia: "For most of its history, the Act had very little effect. The legal community did not think the statute served as a check on state officials and few cases were brought under the statute. Circumstances changed in 1961 when the Supreme Court of the United States articulated three purposes that underlay the statute: "1) 'to override certain kinds of state laws'; 2) to provide 'a remedy where state law was inadequate'; and 3) to provide 'a federal remedy where the state remedy, though adequate in theory, was not available in practice.'"[2] Blum & Urbonya, Section 1983 Litigation, p. 2 (Federal Judicial Center, 1998) (quoting Monroe v. Pape). Pape opened the door for renewed interest in Section 1983 among American legal scholars. Now the statute stands as one of the most powerful authorities with which State and federal courts may protect those whose rights are deprived. Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act provides a way individuals can sue to redress violations of federally protected rights, like the First Amendment rights and the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Section 1983 can be used to enforce rights based on the federal constitution and federal statutes, such as the prohibition of public sector employment discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex and religion. Section 1983 rarely applies to private employers." Apparently, Tom's referring to his Federally protected right to lock animals in filthy wire cages for years on end. Yeah, Tom, I think that's definitely the avenue to pursue here.
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2010 on Puppy mills must go at Unfettered Letters
"It's time to kick them back, people." Why do I get the feeling your dogs know all about your kicking habits.
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2010 on Puppy mills must go at Unfettered Letters
Tom K, every time you post, you do your ridiculous claims do your cause more harm than good. So much harm, that I’m tempted to think you’re a plant for the Humane Society. The problem for you is, we’ve all seen pictures of puppy mills. Nothing you say can wipe out those images. But in all your blather, you’ve done nothing to assure us that you’re a responsible breeder who will be harmed by new regulations. Instead, you’ve left us all with the impression that you have a yard full of dogs kept in filthy wire cages and you’re darn proud of it. You’ve reinforced our belief that the law targets the very people we intend it to. One of my neighbors has a dog that was rescued from a puppy mill - a female dachshund used as a breeder. She spent her entire life in a small cage, so for several months after she came to live with my neighbor, she was afraid of grass. The person who “took care” of her was a man, and to this day (three years after being rescued) she is terrified of men. Perhaps she was one of yours. I'm with ggbridge - Vote Yes on Proposition B in Missouri to stop animal abuse. Get out the vote!
Toggle Commented Oct 17, 2010 on Puppy mills must go at Unfettered Letters
No, whispering, the higher administrative costs are due to the high turn-over rate of the employees, as stated in the sentence before the one you highlighted: "Since the employees change so often, the administrative expense of keeping up with enrollments is much higher than with traditional employer-based coverage." In other words, higher administrative costs due to higher than average employee turnover, weighed against lower than average use need for medical care by the largely young healthy insurance pool, results in higher than government-approved ratio of admin costs to revenue.
Toggle Commented Oct 16, 2010 on ‘Death panel’ reversed at Unfettered Letters
And it's been nearly 12 hours since ggbridge was heard from. Someone needs to check her basement for malatov cocktails.
Toggle Commented Oct 16, 2010 on Puppy mills must go at Unfettered Letters
I’m assuming the letter writer is referring to those who show up at Tea Party rallies dressed in colonial style outfits and tri-corner hats, and that she intended her letter to demean these people. I hate to sound like grammar police, but her placement of the word “phony” turns the sentence into an insult to the patriotism of the Founding Fathers. So, the only logical response to this letter is, “Why does Ruth hate the founders of our country?”
Toggle Commented Oct 16, 2010 on Phony patriots at Unfettered Letters