“I'm a former solider, and more than capable of holding my own in a street fight.
I would step in....because I'm capable.
Just like I think that nations have the same obligation on an international level.
By your original post though....you wouldn't even call an ambulance when the dust settled..”
MrAnon on Aug 21, 2014 at 17:44:54
“OK, you see someone being assaulted and you go to their aid. You punch the assailant and say you end up breaking their nose. The victim of the assault is immensely grateful to you for saving him/her. You go your merry ways and forget about the incident. A couple of months later, you get a letter in the post: the thug whose nose you broke is now suing you for thousands of pounds in compensation. Or, you get a knock on the door. It's the police - the thug reported you for assault and they have come to arrest you. Still think getting involved in a street fight is a good idea?
When I was a kid, my school had a very simple policy: they don't care who started it, or who was right and who was wrong - if 2 pupils get in a fight with each other, both will be punished. I was the biggest, tallest and strongest pupil at the time but I often found myself being bullied by weaker pupils because I had far too much respect for the rule of law to fight back.”
Look at my tag line. I'm a bleeding heart, left wing Liberal....but even I know that sometimes you've got to take a stand in the name of humanity.
Those that have the strength have an obligation to defend those that don't. Even if it means taking a punch or two ourselves.
If we don't the world will consist of the strong, with heads in the sand, and the bullies.....and no one else.”
skbull44 on Aug 19, 2014 at 11:26:53
“Actually, a better answer would have been to mind our own business in the first place. Let's recall that ISIS has been armed/trained by the CIA when they were associated with Al Qaeda (yes, Al Qaeda) in fighting Syria's Assad.
Let's look at the chain of events: the CIA arms/trains Al Qaeda to fight the Russians in Afghanistan; Al Qaeda helps to rout the Russians and then uses its training/arms on the West and becomes the terrorist organisation de jour. The CIA once again arms/trains Al Qaeda/ISIS to fight Syria's Assad; ISIS turns its arms/training on the West.
Do you see a pattern here???
Interventionist policies always backfire, especially when the West backs authoritarian regimes when it is convenient (think Saudi Arabia, Hussein, Ghadaffi, and on and on it goes...).”
MrAnon on Aug 19, 2014 at 11:12:13
“Actually, the answer IS to bury our heads in the sand. Why? Because we are no different to any other country out there, our jurisdiction is limited to our own country and we have no right to tell another independent country what they can and can't do. Why is it down to us to "take a stand in the name of humanity"? Do you see any other country apart from the USA and the UK gettting involved in someone else's fight? No, you don't, we just have an ego that's too big for our own good.”
Naturally Skeptical on Aug 19, 2014 at 09:13:06
“This right-wing conservative agrees with what you said.”
rabidrightwatch on Aug 19, 2014 at 09:12:03
“I wholehearted agree - as a fellow left wing liberal...
although, the situation you describe in your final paragraph already exists..”
Aug 14, 2014 at 14:53:50
“How many honest Conservatives have been caught doing anything illegal?
I'm sure there are many honest Conservatives out there....however, if they support their current leader and his cronies, and intend on voting to return them to power next year, they need to take a serious moral inventory.”
Molarii on Aug 14, 2014 at 15:53:07
“Great post, David.
" they need to take a serious moral inventory."
Canadians are all so looking forward to 2015 elections to do that.
Hopefully we can take back our democracy and country.”
“Apparently Brookfield doesn't want cyclists patronizing their tenant businesses”
Douglas d on Aug 15, 2014 at 10:09:01
“David, good point... the appropriate, considered (and business minded) response to multiple instances of bikes locked to a post on the side walk in front of your commercial building containing a shopping mall, in a shopping district with thousands of daily users who arrive by any number of means would be to provide additional facilities for the group that seems to have not been though of (cyclists). Instead they are saying with their actions that this group is not welcome....”
Punned It on Aug 15, 2014 at 00:14:13
“Or anyone who supports cycling. Might be a very lean fall for them...
I`ll be taking my business elsewhere. There`s nothing there I can`t find somewhere else in Toronto.”
Aug 12, 2014 at 20:00:24
“I once over heard an officer berating a man over his disheveled appearance. I don't know what lead up to the comment, but I did hear the man's companion explain that he was suffering from severe depression and to please tone it down.
The cop sneered, "Depression is just an excuse for being weak!".
This is unfortunately not a rare opinion amongst law enforcement.
The troubling thing about this entire exchange is that I do not get the impression that the officer realizes what it was that he said that was so offensive.
If you're having problems with that I'll help you out...
It was the word "CHOSE"”
Rebel1966 on Aug 13, 2014 at 06:23:44
“It is not a rare opinion amongst the public either. Ask people why homeless people are there on the street. The answer is more often or not, too lazy to get a job,
To be honest, as a 48 year old woman living with rapid cycling bipolar disorder type I, Robin Williams' suicide shook me hard. In fact here is the comment I made upon reading the news.
[“I sit here absolutely gutted, tears streaming down my face. The choice Robin Williams made to end his pain of living in the deep well of despair, had to have meant that he was in mental agony. He was an amazing talent and long believed to be suffering bipolar disorder. His manic energy in live interviews was hard to miss,
I too struggle with bipolar disorder, and as the founder and head of a small psychiatric support group centre that is long gone due to lack of government funding, I have lost so many friends to mental illness and also my Aunt, via suicide. I am starting to fear, is there hope for any of us, if someone as grand as Robin Williams, with all the resources he could have accessed, to not finally succumb to the darkness of this damn disease?"]
So, it does impact those of us suffering, it is always an option to us and it is just finally making the CHOICE to act. Would have thought by 63, it would be better.”
Aug 11, 2014 at 13:26:00
“Some of the #IfIWereAGirl posts are just stupid....some though, are spot on.
Especially the "I'd treat males as people who may occasionally be right"
Some of the #IFIWereABoy signs are pretty lame too......tying in petty squabbles with individual men with the Feminist movement.
#IfIWereAGirl I wouldn't care what men, or anyone else thinks, does or says unless it affects me directly.
If it did, I would deal with that person as an individual, not as a gender, or race.”
alsm9 on Aug 12, 2014 at 17:24:23
“None of them are right. Lots of women (including myself) respect the men in our lives and their opinions. That's a sweaping and unfair generalization. And as for your "I wouldn't care what men think..." I doubt that regardless of your gender.”
Naturally Skeptical on Aug 11, 2014 at 16:41:17
“"If it did, I would deal with that person as an individual, not as a gender, or race."
Exactly. We don't often agree but on this one, we're definitely on the same page.”
“"If you would admit the clear and obvious biasedness,:
I'm sorry, are you being sarcastic?”
SuperMadGaryCronin on Jul 31, 2014 at 15:17:17
“David, Because I'm sure you would admit that you are clearly not the brightest spark, I will spell it out for you - every news source / paper / site has an agenda which they follow. Surely even you can understand this basic fact ?”