Heard some rather disturbing, but common to where I live, info. from a delivery driver today at my place of work. After I signed for a delivery, this asshole thought it would be appropriate to espouse his views to me on gun control (I'm guessing he heard the speech on the radio). "My AR-15 is on order; in two months I'll have it and there's nothing that "N"er can do about it." With a smirk on his face, he then asked me for directions to a small town that was on his notepad. I asked him if he had GPS or at least a map and he said he did not. He also let me know his phone was dead and he forgot to carry a charger cord. With that bit of information, I decided to take the time to give him directions to the farthest black hole away from his destination in central Wisconsin that I could think of; he then thanked me for my "help" and off he went.
I certainly hope he enjoyed my point of view. (smirk returned :)
Gave a good speech on gun control today. The legislation now being considered doesn't go far enough but we have to march and make phone calls? As Obama said "Shame on us if we have forgotten our duty as parents." He was surrounded by mothers of dead children of gun violence. It was a surreal scene.
Their walls, their walls
(Are made of cannon balls)
Is waiting for the rapture and/or believes "the end" is near? And acts like it?
"North Korea said on Tuesday its strategic rocket and long-range artillery units have been ordered to enter combat posture targeting U.S. military bases on Guam, Hawaii and mainland America after U.S. bombers flew more sorties threatening the North.
The North previously threatened nuclear attack on the United States and South Korea, although it is not believed to have the technology to hit continental United States with an atomic weapon."
In 2002 the US envoy to NK told then President Bush that NK had 5 nuclear warheads.
~ May you live in interesting times ~
(An old Chinese curse)
Yeah, I would agree the Muslims are persecuted to a larger or smaller degree in this country. I missed that.
There was a time before JFK when people questioned the allegiance of Catholics to the pope too. I guess that rises to the level persecution.
To a larger or smaller degree there is some kind of social onus on all religions, except for WASPs, but very little of it is actual persecution because of religion.
Have you traveled abroad to countries where religion is officially persecuted? There are freedoms we take for granted in this country. There is even a Church of John Coltrane in SF, or similar name.
Is throwing the Hare Krishnas out of the airports persecution?
The US government did seem to officially persecute the Moonies for a while in the 70s.
Actually, this is a pretty interesting subject, Parkas
The level of religious persecution in this country now is nowhere near the degree that caused this land to get settled in the first place, but there is indeed persecution going on. It's much more subtle, though, and under-the-radar; the media is largely to blame and has been since 9/11. We talk of the war on terror, but we ignore the many non-Muslim, non-Arabic terrorist groups that remain active and unbothered by America's so-called "War on Terror." Why? Because, according to post-9/11 standards, if you're of Arabic descent and a Muslim, chances are you're a terrorist.
It's akin to the treatment of the many Japanese-American citizens that were living in this country around the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. They were persecuted simply because they looked like the enemy, regardless of whether or not they were even remotely affiliated with the Japanese Emperor. And where did we throw them? Concentration camps, similar to where the Nazis kept the Jews around the same time. Not religious persecution but persecution nonetheless.
And what about the fringe churches that have been picketing the funerals of gay soldiers who died overseas? They're using their religion to persecute those who don't believe what they believe. Or the persecution of the gay community as a whole by the Christian Right? Trying to keep them from having the Constitutional right to be a legally-recognized married couple sure sounds like persecution to me.
I guess you could say the persecution is on a more social level than what we typically identify as persecution, but, in my opinion, it's still persecution. When I used to go to church, no one was told to hate gay people or that gay people were going to Hell because their lifestyle went against what's in the Bible. I remember hearing sermons and stories about how God loves us all no matter what, and that it's our job to love our neighbors in the same way. I just hope it doesn't get any worse.
Of course, it all depends on how you define "persecution," too....
With South Korea.
Every new leader has his mettle tested and the new Kim (cult dictator of NK) is not different. The movie Olympus Has Fallen had it's world-wide release last Monday and it totally vilifies NK. Of course, Kim is threatening to nuke us. No one can tell if the intelligence estimate about his ICBMs is accurate or not. The movie is likely a deliberate provocation as America installs it's own version of the "Iron Dome" anti-ballistic missile defense on the West Coast. The attitude from America seems to be to taunt him and let him take his best shot.
NK is, of course, a Chinese proxy. NK is never going to be invaded, the deal seems to be "We don't screw with NK, they don't screw with Taiwan." This could be an attempt to defang him at the earliest opportunity or at least to test him as a leader.
This movie opens shortly after Rodman visits NK? Give me a break! This whole thing has been planned carefully, from sanctions onward, and this is Kim's first reaction, to cut the hotline. South Korea is taking a hardline stand also. Another provocation by the North, like sinking it's warship three years ago, will lead to war, with 30,000 American soldiers within 10 miles of DMZ.
Likes to spend time on his private curtilage, thank god.
the area of land occupied by a dwelling and its yard and outbuildings, actually enclosed or considered as enclosed.
1250–1300; Middle English courtelage < Anglo-French; Old French cortillage, equivalent to cortil yard ( cort court + -il diminutive suffix) + -age -age
"curtilage." Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 26 Mar. 2013. < Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/curtilage >.
**how pathetic that the legality of herb is still an issue. Sale of personal property remains a great source of confiscation income for cash strapped police departments, though, and since pot is so ubiquitous in our society, that's a major cash cow to be passing up by blanket legalization.