We have to stop being reluctant to fully engage ISIS. These monsters grow when Islamic people see we will not confront them. We cannot pay ransoms and we cannot kill them fast enough. Our leaders should say that loudly and our actions should show it. Both congress and the president need to get on board. ISIS and groups like them are the moral equivalents of Nazis and we cannot hesitate in the face of such a monstrosity while they are small enough and we have the power to eradicate them. They feel the lack of will to oppose them and so do others. If they are successful anywhere more people will cease to resist and more lost souls will be inspired to join them. War is a horror and innocents get killed. We and our allies try to minimize It, but we cannot let it paralyze us because to stop this now saves lives in the long run. More, we have to drop this notion supported by Bush and Obama that democracy is everything. It is nothing without individual rights and some form of republican gov't not based on ethnicity or religion. Our support, other than when we are attacked (and I include kidnappings and beheadings) or act briefly to prevent genocide, should be based on those groups wanting to adopt our enlightenment values, even if we do it imperfectly too. No more Karzais, Morsis or Maliks. We threw lives and treasure in Iraq and Afghanistan by accepting new gov'ts based on theocracy and tribalism. I think of those people proudly holding up their purple fingers and it is just sad.
So Pew poll says that Millenials are "socially liberal on issues like immigration and marijuana and same-sex marriage, proudly independent of either political party, less likely to be married and religious than earlier generations, less likely to identify as patriotic ..." Douthat seems to think that these developments reflect a narcissism that presages the death of American freedom. I have different explanations, to wit: a) Whole sectors of the economy depend on the labor of illegal immigrants, who should therefore have rights commensurate with their contributions to the economy. b) It is depraved to send joint-smokers to prison to be brutalized by stronger inmates and turned on to harder drugs. c) There is not one single shred of evidence that allowing same-sex marriage does any harm to anyone. d) Women, in their modern economic dependence, don't have to put up with unlimited amounts of garbage from their husbands anymore, and can consequently divorce, thank goodness. e) Both political parties are so beholden to a corporate money that it would be foolish for young people to trust them. f) Sending our young men to die in order to buoy up corporations like Halliburton and Blackwater does not inspire patriotism. g) The constant tattoo of backward misogyny and homophobia that emanates from the Evangelical and Catholic churches does not inspire admiration.
Of course. Yes yes yes. And yet, the belligerence shown in the robbery video potentially gives us all some insight into the character and temperament of Mr. Brown and what may have led up to the events. Again, not saying he should be shot or killed for his actions - not at all - but I am willing to bet if he had simply acted calm and done whatever the officer requested (as most citizen do when stopped) he would be alive today. The problem with cops is that they are cops: Fallible, very average intellect humans who have chosen (for some reason I cannot fathom) to spend their lives on the edge between civilization and barbarity. They themselves are only a step away from committing the acts of violence they claim to want to stop. In reality they seem to be itching for a fight, love weapons, and enjoy dressing up in uniforms. So the last thing in the world you want to do - black, white, or purple - is get lippy with a cop. Just do what they say and move on. In a perfect world cops would have emotional insight into folks, exercise restraint, and exhibit signs of deep abiding intelligence. But all the people with those qualities in abundance are working in Psychology departments, at Google, or teaching our kids. Until we can build better cops, it's best just to do what they say.
"Majority?"....please explain. If this were held to a vote today, it would be game over for the conservatives. Your "silent majority" has been speaking up for years, but it's your message that's the problem. It has no logic. No compassion. It has only ideaology and bigotry as its heart.
Couldn't disagree more. It's obvious that paying ransom will encourage subsequent kidnappings. My heart bleeds for these young men, but paying for their release would put others in harm's way. Rather, I believe the Europeans who paid the ransoms have a lot to answer for.
Hillary seems to be after my "guilt Vote". You know the one where she says "After all you've put me through and after all I've done for you, this is the least you can do to repay me."Or was I eavesdropping on a conversation she had with Bill?Hillary, you poor child, you have been bashed, pilloried and misunderstood, often without justification. Your heart's always been in the right place. But look around at your trappings, you've been paid well for it.
Josh Hill: Are you saying that images can't create desires in people? If so, someone needs to inform the billion-dollar advertising/marketing world. Do you think girls instinctively gravitate to pink and purple while boys instinctively go for blue? How do LEOs know that a pedophile wasn't first turned on by an image he saw? Tastes in various sexual acts and pornography have changed over time. As with depictions of violence, porn has become more extreme to satisfy men who no longer get turned on by what has become commonplace. You don't make a very good argument on behalf of men. If someone told me that Group Y was so aggressive by nature that they loved to watch others be hurt, even killed, and to play games in which they pretended to be the ones inflicting harm -- I'd run from them. I'd prefer to think that the gazillion-dollar sex industry influences desires, as do those who profit from depictions of violence. Otherwise, why in the world would I want to be around aggressive people lacking in empathy?
I'm going to try to piece this together using what has been generally agreed-upon and leave out anything that does not bear directly on what happened in the street.1. There was an event involving Mr. Brown and the officer at the officer's vehicle.2. Mr. Brown started to walk away while the officer exited the car with his weapon drawn.3. Mr. Brown turned around, walked towards the officer and was shot several times.Is that a fair recitation of what is generally agreed upon?Okay, now let's put it together. If a police officer has his gun drawn he is going to tell you to FREEZE, GET DOWN ON THE GROUND AND PUT YOUR HANDS WHERE I CAN SEE THEM. No officer would allow someone to walk towards him if he had drawn his gun. He would order you to stop and get down. By approaching the officer, Mr. Brown took his life into his own hands. If a police officer had his gun drawn on me, I would do exactly what he said because otherwise you put yourself at risk whether you are white, black or purple.I know that doesn't take everything into account, but notice that this scenario has nothing to do with any cigars or being asked/told not to walk in the middle of the street. That is not why Mr. Brown was shot. It only involves failure to comply with the commands of a police officer when he has his weapon drawn. If you don't comply you are risking your life. You might not think that is fair, but it is true across this country regardless of skin color.
We've learned Trent Lott is working for a Russian lobbying firm and yet the republican politicians are screaming for our families to go to war. The corruption in Washington is deep and wide...these politicians are at heart criminals !
No mention of The U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay? Normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations would require the U.S. government to finally have to enter into negotiations over the "dagger in the heart of Cuba." I hope that I live long enough to see that day.