Dec 8, 2006
You obviously don't know who John McWhorter is. He, you, and I all agree that Ebonics is "not the language of success in America." And I didn't say that it was--because it isn't. I simply said that it is as legitimate a dialect of English as any other, and I only said that because I take issue with you using it as an insult, especially when the post you replied to left so many open shots. Insults like that are what gets you called a racist and your ideas dismissed. For example: Having the opinion that American black popular culture causes many urban and black social ills is fine, but expressing it as "Those blacks get what's coming to them" sure sounds racist, debasing a legitimate point. The point of argument is to persuade. Insults do very little to achieve that. (Dec 17, 2007 | post #74)
Ebonics is a legitimate dialect of the English language. Acting like it isn't is as arrogant as a Briton talking down about Americans because we don't speak the Queen's English. Ebonics has a definite, predictable, and logical structure (Caribbean in origin) with English words. This position has been well defended by former Berkeley linguistics professor John McWhorter. What this person wrote above is unintelligible and is not anything other than the incapacity to effectively communicate--not to mention a wrongheaded point. Also, I live on the east side and I agree that W. 38th Street is dicey. (Dec 16, 2007 | post #53)
I assume that you either are kin to Don or an employee of his. But get this: I'm not knocking Don or his shop, so chill out. I've shot on his range before and I'll do it again. It’s close by for me and a decent place to shoot. However, I have not ever bought a gun from Don, and I never will. His prices are unreasonably high. I don't see how I merit your telling me to “go sit on it” just for having the good sense to shop around for the best price. I feel the same way about everything else, and I’m sure you do too, when you’re on the buying end instead of the selling end. You won’t catch me at Starbucks paying $3 for a $1 cup of coffee, you won’t catch me at a liquor store paying $5 for a $3 pack of smokes, and you won’t catch me at Don’s paying $750 for a $500 pistol. (Dec 10, 2007 | post #168)
Please let me know where I can get a brand new Glock for $460! I noticed that one of the Star's "sources " on the gun information was Don's Guns. I guess they just took the price he quoted them and divided it in half... (Dec 10, 2007 | post #11)
I'd guess that the "concerned clergy" have parishioners that volunteer to clean their churches. I was a janitor for two years in college. It was terrible and I hated it. I got paid jack squat. I never had enough money. I was paid $207 (2001-2003) a week. I was not paid a "living wage." But I'm glad that I wasn't, because I know that if a bunch of well meaning suckers and preachers had gotten a living wage instituted then, I'd have been out of a job. The place I cleaned would’ve found someone under the table to do it for less, or just made the office employees responsible for cleaning. They would have gone without a janitor (me, unemployed) rather than pay a “living wage.” Wage floors increase unemployment and cost low wage workers jobs. I'm glad that at least I got to take home "jack squat" instead of having no job. "Jack squat" paid my tuition, and I was not stuck in "custodial maintenance" forever. With no job at all I'd have been stuck with no job at all forever. I am sympathetic to these people’s plight because I know how hard it is to live on such little money. I also know it would be worse than living on no money at all. Perhaps these churches (as another poster suggested) should focus their efforts on food pantries and computer classes? Perhaps a congregation member is a compassionate nurse or doctor and would be willing to help with their children? There are plenty of answers that don’t involve putting people out of work in the name of social justice. (Oct 25, 2007 | post #31)
Correct. If someone gave you over a quarter of a million dollars to educate 25 students for one year don't you think that you could have them educated far better than IPS can? It should cost them LESS due to economies of scale. I just checked the NAACP website, and it was just what I suspected. They strongly oppose school voucher programs, despite the fact that such a program would provide all of their demands. They must not want them met very badly. NAACP- Please reconsider and start giving the children you are trying to help a chance at a good education. Help end the bureaucratic government monopoly on education. Expose bad teachers to the terror of the free market, and allow good teachers to reap the fruits of it. You will get what you ask for (all #1-10) and MORE, because with all that money (in vouchers) up for grabs, education specialists will be falling all over themselves to provide for these poor students. I fear you will never wake up and do this, because like most advocacy groups, you are far too beholden to unions. (Oct 18, 2007 | post #19)
I understand your point of view, and I don't really disagree with you. But after reading it I think Dr. White may be on to something by focusing on your education... (Oct 17, 2007 | post #2)
Oh, I forgot the people's favorite: "a risk to national security." (Oct 17, 2007 | post #16)
Thank you for your wonderful comment. Now I'll know who to blame when this becomes regular practice for our government. You are a fool, and Thomas Jefferson would be ashamed of you. People like you who allow (or beg) the government to do scarier, darker, and more hidden things to actual criminals fail to realize that once the political power to do so is established, there is nothing stopping the government from making anyone a "criminal. " This is where you come back with "if yew ain't doin nothan rong, yew ain't got nothan to werry bout." That is true, now. It will not be true forever. Soon enough, if fools like you get your way, speaking out against the government, worshipping what those in power do not worship, and a whole host of other things that you and I value that are deemed "unproductive to society" or "antisocial " or the almighty "unhealthy " will become equated with making bomb threats. Then new people like you will be saying that you should be "disappeared " and taught a lesson. Whoever is doing this should be charged with whatever the normal charge is, not worked over by O'Brian in a dark room. I like the idea of the school having the students make up the days missed. I think it would stop the calls immediately. (Oct 17, 2007 | post #15)
Morton- The logic in your insult is flawed: If you are correct that my comment is illogical, then it is only safe to assume that I did not learn any logic. It is entirely possible that I was a dismal failure of a logic major, but a logic major nevertheless. You also failed to include a premise for YOUR argument. Please explain, if you would be so kind, what the logical problem of my "argument " is. (Oct 10, 2007 | post #147)
Perhaps you are right that it is not my business, but I did not mean to be smug or holier than thou. I was trying to be helpful, actually. I thought that I, a disinterested party, could provide a perspective that would be useful to a family with a lot of other things on their minds. (Oct 10, 2007 | post #35)
When those responsible are discoverd, the Star should publish their names--regardless of age, race, prank or otherwise. Then they may learn a lesson about what it means to be targeted with hatred. (Oct 10, 2007 | post #5)
You write like you talk, which isn't a compliment. However, I understand and agree with your MAIN point, that people here are much quicker to condemn a black victim as deserving it than a white victim. I agree that far. But all you've done with your post is show that you too are a bigot and a soulless person. A victim is a victim, no matter their race. You are right that many here are evil bigots, but you jump in to take their place when the tables are turned. Also, to the victim's family: This is not a memorial forum. It is here so that people may comment on a news story. There are many things that could be validly and fairly said about the departed that would offend you, just as many have said things that should never be said about anyone. Some people are heartless and evil. Some people are compassionate. Both types are here, with plenty in the middle. Spend your time together mourning and comforting one another, not on the internet arguing with fools. No good will come of it. This time for you could either be “when the family got really close” or “when I told those jerks on the internet what was what.” Choose the former. (Oct 9, 2007 | post #25)
It's sad to hear the Slot Machine say "they" and mean the Colts. I didn't boo, and anyone who did should be ashamed of themselves. (Oct 1, 2007 | post #4)
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