The self centered behavior of today is why the libertarian movement will never work. The people begging for a return to my great grandmothers day assume that their neighbor would care if they broke their back falling down the neighbors stairs that were in disrepair - the subject of this article proves they would not (we live libertarian style now buddy, lay off to the side and die, you can't sue me anymore!). Few donations to charity pools would happen. God, these people begrudge the measly $36.82 a YEAR that someone making $50,000 pays in taxes to help fund the food stamp program (and you know that's not what most of you make, so you don't even pay that much in taxes to fund feeding a little kid for the year). Do you want to defund something? How about looking at how much that same taxpayer pays for national defense a year? That would be $247.75. Did you freak out over the missing billions during the Iraq war? No? How about the gluttony of Haliburton during that time? No? It sure does suck that we pay under $40 a year to feed people though, right?
People also need to think of it this way, what if the article just called them dogs but said they killed a boar? That's a type of pig and pigs can be nasty vicious things (who cares if there are different types that look similar?). On a side note, my ex mother-in-law had a pot bellied pig and I have never dealt with a nastier, more vicious creature. It had to be put away when we came over because it would lunge at the backs of your legs and it could (and did) break skin.
Breed attacks haven't been tracked for over 5 years because people have a hard time differentiating between bull breeds and sometimes even toss other dogs on the pit bull pile. ( adbadog. com/p_pdetails.asp?fpid=48 ) and ( americanhumane. org/animals/stop-animal-abuse/fact-sheets/breed-specific-legislation.html ) Take out the spaces to use the links. "According to the American Pet Products Association, out of 73 million pet dogs, 31 million are classified by their owners as “mutts”. While almost all BSL refers to “pit bulls,” many breeds of dogs have the facial and body characteristics of a “pit bull,” but are actually not pit bulls at all, including Labrador retrievers, bulldogs, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, mastiffs and many others."
What it does boil down to is reporting. Think about the stories you see, they usually fall into 2 categories - "PIT BULL MAULS!" or "Dog bite causes concern.". The paper knows you will be picking their product up to be all indignant and rage filled over that first story, but the story about the black lab that has bitten 4 neighborhood kids? Not so much. Randomly using the word statistics without showing your research leads one to believe that the "statistics" you refer to are your memories of the last few stories you may have seen that got you upset.
Too bad he made the clarification that molestation "on vatican grounds" won't be tolerated but he's still hiding molesters and said nothing about their actions when not inside the church. He's cherry picking to try to polish their image. The first thing he should be doing is to toss out every molester they have made guilt payments for and turn the proof over to the authorities for prosecution. Stop breaking the law, then stop treating people horribly.
The sentence "most American's don't want this" is based on a poll that lumped 2 groups together against the group that said yes to it. You people that haven't read the act and think it has death panels and other bs along with the failure to understand how competition creates lower costs (research Ma Bell) and socialist leaning people that don't think it goes far enough into the concept of free care for everyone. When those two categories are separated so we have a 3 bar graph then the positive attitude about the ACA is overwhelmingly higher than the other two though. It's understandable how the tea party types are totally comfortable with being in the same tent as the socialists on this one though, if you pretend you are all wearing the same costume then you can stomp your foot in unison.
A failure to understand the basic humanity required of a leader and how a simple sense of value can change an entire life for the better is a failure for our entire state. It's time to stop with the puffed up rooster behavior and start focusing on the overall health of our community. We are not a state with jobs, new businesses, or concern about the rising homeless issues. We are a state with repeated appearances on Comedy Central and the subject of national incredulous news reports.
Rather than standing in front of a door to bar blacks from entering as Wallace did in a refusal of a logical federal law, we have LePage standing in front of the door refusing health and well being in refusal of a logical federal law.
Just because a minority of people don't like change, doesn't mean that change isn't for the greater good of the community.
So if something bad does happen and you need someone, anyone, to hold a hand out and say "hey Bob, I feel for you let me help you out" you're going to spit on them and tell them to kiss off. Gotcha. It's all about how awesome and self centered Bob is. Here's a clue Bob, sometimes crap happens. Sometimes people are alone and scared and abused and they need someone to give one single crap for a moment in time. Clearly, that would never be you Bob, because you have an ego the size of the moon and you are so self centered that you cannot fathom another human being being human. What a sad sad pitiful excuse for a human you are when you have no empathy for anyone around you.
Forget my first sentence, I doubt that there would be many people in your sphere that aren't like you, so a hand to steady you would probably not happen. They would probably turn their back and tell you to suck it up or suffer silently.
I cannot say enough how glad I am that I had people that cared and that I am now one of those people that pays it forward and cares too. You see Bob, that wasn't a unicorn story. It was mine. And I did have support, and I went to school, I worked, I supported my children, and I also stop in a store, buy a bottle of water and a snack and give it to the homeless guy that hasn't eaten in I don't know how long. I don't expect anything for it, but I get a lot. I get the satisfaction of knowing he won't have the pain of hunger for a moment, and honestly Bob, I don't care how he got there. It was probably from mistakes he made or chances he missed but I really don't care. He's there, and sometimes that snack gives him a little bit of caring he needs to put one foot in front of the other for another day.
Then again, he may be one of the thousands of homeless vets or someone that was beaten endlessly until they had the strength to run to live on the street because it's better than what was happening at home that uncaring people sneer at while they talk about "NO EXCUSES" and pat themselves on the back and brag about just how AWESOME they are. Keep being awesome Bob, just Keep being awesome.
So, lets try this Bob.
A woman marries a man in college.
He earns a bachelor's degree in accounting.
He gets a job where he can find it, not in his field of study, because there are none available there - so he slings burgers while she waits tables.
Their birth control fails and she gets pregnant.
It' a rough pregnancy that means medically she cannot continue to work.
He gets a second job but the stress is killing him. Unbenounced to her he starts "borrowing" his mother's pain pills.
She has her child and goes back to work, he has mood swings and loses his second job and starts taking more pills.
She's not sure why he is the way he is and she's exhausted from work and worry while caring for their child that she's afraid to leave with him because his moods have become so violent.
She finally catches him popping pills and is heartbroken and leaves with her child.
Court fees pile up, child care takes 1/2 of her pay so she takes a second job which takes more pay and she never gets to see her child. The electric company shuts her off, she has a prepaid phone so daycare (who is raising her child) can call her, and she gets sneered at while she walks into the welfare office to apply for help so she doesn't lose her heat or the roof over her child's head. While she waits on your table she gets to hear about the worthless people that make choices to drain you of your tax dollars and she's earning servers wages - which mean that 10% crappy tip you leave brings her up to minimum wage that won't pay her rent let alone her utilities - but HEY, she's just a pos that made bad choices and you get to lay your head on a fluffy pillow tonight without a care in the world while she walks to her next job and a babysitter kisses her kid goodnight.
That's the reality of most of the welfare recipients, but you stuck up people only see the surface and judge away like you know anything about the real world beyond your own self centered noses. Most people that make statements like you do Bob, could not survive on the snap challenge. Things happen that are out of your control sometimes. Things that drain you and almost destroy you. People like you are just another sledgehammer to the person that is wondering why they even bother to try to survive.
The medical profession is a golden ticket in America, starting with the bloated insurance industry and moving on to the cost of using equipment that has been paid for thousands of times over but still costs each patient thousands per use (look at the cost of a C.A.T scan in the US vs every other country in the world), then onto the CEO pay for every hospital, down to the pay the doctor gets for popping into your room, nodding at a chart a nurse did the work on, then walking away. The medical industry is the same as every other corporation - the workers at the bottom that do the dirty stuff - get crap pay and the CEO walks away with the money - all the while convincing you to pity them.
Where are all the "keep your hands off my medicaid" signs now? Is the joker too white or too tea party?