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DEA Chief: Please, Think Of The Dogs Before You Legalize Pot

DEA Chief: Please, Think Of The Dogs Before You Legalize Pot

Commented May 6, 2014 at 13:27:46 in Politics

“They might as well make all medications illegal, because pets (and children!) get poisoned all too frequently by medicines carelessly left within their reach. Pet owners need to be educated about the dangers medications, other household subtances, houseplants and some human foods pose to their animal companions. That includes brownies, "special recipe" or not.”
Billboard Of U.S. Soldier And Muslim Woman Commands Attention

Billboard Of U.S. Soldier And Muslim Woman Commands Attention

Commented Nov 3, 2013 at 23:22:07 in Small Business

“I see an American man an an American woman. And, as Muslim women are not supposed to marry non-Muslim men, I am assuming both are Muslim.”

SKinSK on Nov 4, 2013 at 00:20:22

“"Supposed to" doesn't mean "don't". Look at Huma Abedin. (Though she may be regretting it now.)”
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Nine-Year-Old Josef Miles Stages Counter-Protest Against Westboro Baptist Church Protesters

Commented May 18, 2012 at 17:31:59 in Good News

“What a difference. The Westboro Gang (I hesitate to associate their name with any legitimate Baptist Church) uses their own children to carry their message of hate. This young man has the courage to stand strong with his own message of faith and inclusion.”
Autism In Pop Culture: Characters On Autism Spectrum On TV, But Do They Get It Right?

Autism In Pop Culture: Characters On Autism Spectrum On TV, But Do They Get It Right?

Commented Dec 27, 2012 at 22:04:13 in Canada Living

“No one character, of course, could correctly represent everyone on the spectrum, or even most people at one end of the spectrum. I wish you had identified the characters in the slideshow, as not many people are likely to have seen ALL those shows.”

Fred Latimer on Dec 27, 2012 at 23:57:43

“That is so true.”
The Education I Never Had, and Why No One Is Doing a Thing About It

The Education I Never Had, and Why No One Is Doing a Thing About It

Commented Apr 11, 2012 at 15:54:26 in Religion

“Chaim has clearly worked very hard at his education. Of course, his parents, as well as those tutors he was fortunate enough to have, probably helped a lot. He is more articulate and uses better grammar and spelling than many people I know of who did have a secular education.”
The Education I Never Had, and Why No One Is Doing a Thing About It

The Education I Never Had, and Why No One Is Doing a Thing About It

Commented Apr 11, 2012 at 15:47:03 in Religion

“True, the United Lubavitcher Yeshiva (the official name for the yeshiva that is NOT the other Lubavitcher Yeshiva) does include secular studies. My son transferred from Oholei Torah to ULY after second grade, because I wanted him to have a secular as well as a religious education. And some of the English teachers do their best in a system that works against them. I remember a history teacher in the high school department who was well liked by all the students, and who nurtured an interest for history in my son that he maintains to this day. But the students are only expected to take their education so far. The school issues diplomas, but if the student needs the diploma for a purpose the administration disapproves of, such as to apply for college or (as in my son's case) to enter the military, the school will hold his hard-earned diploma hostage.”
The Education I Never Had, and Why No One Is Doing a Thing About It

The Education I Never Had, and Why No One Is Doing a Thing About It

Commented Apr 11, 2012 at 13:21:19 in Religion

“As for the yeshiva in question being "the Rebbe's institution", it is probably considered heresy to point this out, but here goes. The Rebbe (it pains me not to affix any honorific designation tafter his name, but whatever one adds, there is someone out there who won't like it) was very well sheltered by his community. The Secret Service could take lessons from his entourage. I have no doubt that he was integral in the details of establishing the school. I heard told that when the Machon Chana dorm was built and he was taken through to inspect it, he instructed that mirrors should be placed in the bedrooms, to the surprise of those who thought he would only be concerned with the girls' spiritual education. "Girls need mirrors!", he said. But as far as being kept up to date with all aspects of the school's management, I doubt very much if he would have been bothered with such details. Especially where anything unsavory was involved. If he did intuit certain things with the special insight that has often been attributed to him, and brought his observations to the attention of those involved, nothing of these events has come down to us that I know of. Most certainly any reprimands would have been made in private, and these are not the kinds of Rebbe stories lovingly passed down in families, shared with others, or written down in books.”
The Education I Never Had, and Why No One Is Doing a Thing About It

The Education I Never Had, and Why No One Is Doing a Thing About It

Commented Apr 11, 2012 at 13:20:21 in Religion

“Interesting. Chabad claims to hold itself to a higher standard. Yet when it comes to their children's education - their very future - they say, "Well, many other religious schools are no different." And, "At least it's better than the public schools in the area" - as if they actually knew anything about the public schools, other than rumors and horror stories.
Any mention of the "few people in Crown Heights who have become CEOs or owners of large businesses and are considered wealthy" should take into account that these individuals are few and far between. And that generally they either came to Chabad with the benefit of a secular higher education, or come from those select families within Lubavitch who have managed to build up successful businesses and can set up their children in the family business and/or marry them off to other well-to-do chassidim. (Not to mention providing those private tutors, which the schools admit is key to their students' receiving a minimally decent education.)”