Dec 3rd 2010 1:00PM This stuff is junk! My dad wouldn't want any of this usless crap! Here are some REAL ideas:
-clothes or shoes (believe it or not, some men actually do enjoy receiving things they can wear! try a nice jacket)
-watch (a watch is a good idea, but make it reasonable! it doesn't have to be $8000!)
-seasons tickets for a favorite sports team (if you don't mind spending that kind of money) or tickets for one game where he'll have really good seats
-sports memorabilia (a jersey from his favorite player makes a nice gift for the sports-inclined dad)
-alarm radio (the one i bought last year was about $150, he loved it. make it special by either buying him or burning him a cd with his favorite songs)
-chair (one year I bought a really nice computer chair for my dad's study, one of those cushioned swivel chairs. he uses that EVERY day!)
-books (only if he likes to read of course! i have a cousin who loves to read so books are a great gift for him)
-gift cards to a favorite restauraunt (this makes a good gift to give mom and dad together, or if its just for dad, you can get cards for sports bars and such)
-knife set or nice set of cookware (some dad's like to cook (i have a cousin who does) and these make a really nice gift for the chef)
The bottom line: you can get dad a nice gifts for dad without spending $10,000. Make it something he'll use. I don't know one dad who would want a candle for Christmas. Remember, match the gift to the person (i.e. don't buy books for a dad who doesn't care for reading, or sports memorabilia for a guy who couldn't care less about sports). I hope these suggestions help!
Nov 17th 2010 1:07PM So the school can dress up in purple to support pro gay/lesbian unions, but the rest of the anti-gay-union community has to sit there in silence? Sounds fair. What bugs me is that homosexual people are seen as opressed, but they don't see that Christians are on the receiving end of opression as well. If we don't agree with that lifestyle, we can't speak up about our beliefs because they're "prejudiced" and "hateful." We are confined to silence, simply because of our religious beliefs. How's that for discrimination?
As a Christian I do not believe in such a thing as homosexual marriage because the concept disregards both necessary concepts of marriage (union and reproduction). So my opinion about gay marriage is not because I'm "a prejudiced hater" its because of what I believe a marriage must consist of. That being said I would NEVER bully someone about being gay. Real Christians wouldn't dream of doing such a thing.
The article doesn't mention what the kids' arguments were, but I suspect that whatever they were, the teacher simply couldn't argue them. Frustrated and embarrassed that he couldn't convert his students, he ejected them from his classroom. That's so wrong. Instead of teaching them that (while its ok to have different opinions), BULLYING is wrong, he taught them that if they have different opinions they better shut up or they'll get punished. He didn't handle the situation correctly, and yes he deserved to get reprimanded.
Oct 11th 2010 1:00PM Knowledge does no good without action. Knowing about breast cancer does nothing to improve the situation for sufferers nor to help find a cure or foolproof prevention. If you really want to help, get off facebook and walk the marathons, donate money, or simply send flowers to someone who is suffering. Then post "I helped a breast cancer patient today" or something that at least mentions breast cancer. THAT raises awareness, not this silliness about purses.
That being said, I really feel that these "funny" status updates are an insult to people with breast cancer. How dare you make light of a fatal illness? You do realize that while you're getting a kick out of a funny status, there are women and men alike suffering and dying from breast cancer, don't you? But go ahead have your fun "raising awareness," if you can call it that.
Sep 29th 2010 10:05PM my parents never talked to me about sex, especially my dad. what they thought about sex was always apparent through of their attitude towards and actions in life. I consider myself a "good kid" i honestly don't intend to have sex until i'm married, at least not until i'm finished with college, have a steady job, and am mature enough to deal with consequences (children, etc.) Parents if you really want your kids to learn how they should behave, you have to BE THEIR EXAMPLE. You have to live your own life well, in a way that your kids can admire and immitate. You have to show your kids how much it means to you when they behave well, fill them with pride in good behavior. Its a whole life deal, not something that starts with your kids' puberty. Especially for you dads: if you want your little girl to find a good man, you've got to be a good man. Show her and tell her how much "good" she deserves.
Sep 28th 2010 4:56PM yeah there are going to be some lovely darwin awards this time around... its just too bad it has to happen to such young people. what a shame that people can't tell the difference between good decisons and bad decisons...
Sep 28th 2010 4:30PM Sorry the comment got cut off somehow...
Anyway what I was trying to say is that I did not interpret the story as Stephanie Meyer intended. I and I'm sure other women out there as well would not appreciate some guy breaking my car because I wanted to go see my friends. My life, my decision. End of story. The bottom line is, Edward's behavior, regardless of his intention, is wrong because he assumes he has the right to control Bella's actions.
As far as the other shows go, perhaps they deserve some blame as well. (I don't know, I refuse to watch because I'm quite sick of vampires). All I meant to say is that Twilight is not completely free of blame as Bookworm seems to suggest.
Thank you very much for agreeing edward_is_a_pansy. I love the name btw. :)
Sep 28th 2010 4:14PM Debby- I realize that is what Miss Meyer wanted you to get out of that story: that Edward is trying to protect Bella from the big bad wolves (
Sep 28th 2010 1:52PM True Edward does not suck Bella’s blood, but there are plenty of instances where Edward's behavior toward Bella is entirely abusive. For example, the whole "I don't like Jacob so I'm going to break your car to prevent you from going to see him" situation is pretty abusive, no? The worst part is how his behavior is actually seen as romantic. His actions are justified by his "love" for her. It teaches teenagers that abusive behavior is romantic/sexy/desirable. The same applies here: blood-sucking is seen as romantic/sexy when in reality sinking one’s teeth into someone else's skin and drawing blood is actually quite abusive. Inflicting pain on your partner is by definition, abuse. In other vampire stories, do vampires justify victimizing women with love? I don't think so. Indirectly, this Twilight nonsense does have something to do with the blood-sucking idiocy. So I really don't feel all that bad if Twilight takes the heat…