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Name: Dave
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Hometown: Gallatin, TN
Home country: USA
Current location: Portland, OR
Member since: Mon Nov 6, 2006, 02:59 PM
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Why Adrian Peterson Should be Allowed to Play (work)

Sure, in some of my earlier posts I climbed on the band wagon of "Punish Peterson" and the general "burn the witch at the stake" kind of philosophy.

After a couple of glasses of Chardonnay and reading some of the very good posts in disagreement with my earlier position I have to say I have changed my mind. That's something we do here on DU all the time. We actually read arguments against our position and are willing to be moved by them.

I think the best thing for Peterson's children would be to allow him to work so he can continue to support them. Yes, we do need to call out the abuse he visited upon one of his kids and make it a topic for discussion and an example of how not to be a parent.

It will not help that particular kid and Peterson's other children if we put Peterson in a jail cell. What WILL help Peterson's kids is to allow Peterson to work and provide support for his children. What will help Peterson's kids is the justice system requiring Peterson have therapy and learning how to be a parent without using physical violence as discipline.

Thanks Pisces for making the good argument that helped me change my mind.

On Edit:

When I wrote my OP I didn't know that he was going to get paid over $10 million even if he doesn't play. I did the wrong thing and assumed that if he didn't start in a game he didn't get a paycheck. I was wrong.

At this point I'd have to say his children and their mothers need to do everything within their legal limits to secure some of his pay/pension to support the kids and their future.

So "what do I think about my OP?" I think I was wrong and I'm not embarrassed to say so.

Adrian Peterson and Parenting

Okay, I grew up in the South and one of the most horrible phrases we ever heard as a kid was "Go pick out your switch." It always followed us doing something we'd been clearly instructed not to do.

Yep, I got spanked with a switch and with a belt.

If I threw a tantrum and refused to obey my parents my dad would have probably taken his belt to my behind. His "whooping" of me and my siblings was more symbolic than physically punitive. Yep, we'd get a few licks across our behinds.

Never, NEVER anything that was even remotely severe enough to leave a mark. Much less leave wounds a doctor would see days later and feel compelled to report to Child Protective Services.

With respect to the Adrian Peterson stories I find this particular text from him to his baby-momma particularly disturbing.

"But I felt so bad, n Iím all tearing that butt up when needed! I start putting them in timeout. N save the whooping for needed memories!Ē

The thought "tearing that butt up when needed" really disturbs me. When, exactly, does a 4-year-old's butt need "tearing up?" For that matter, when does a child of any age need their butt torn up? And if you "felt so bad" then why didn't you stop?

Exactly what kind of "needed memories" is Peterson hoping to instill in his children? Fear that they will be physically abused? That seems so.

Sure, the child in question misbehaved. He apparently pushed another kid off a video game. Wow, not shocking that a 4-year-old would do such a thing. Yes, the child needed to be corrected about his bad behavior.

However, I think a simple swat on the behind and actually talking to the child and saying things like "No" and "No, don't do that" would have been more than sufficient.

"Whooping" a kid with a tree branch is completely over the line.

McDonnell's Room Mate Priest Plead Guilty to Sex Charges Involving Other Men.

If McDonnell was trying to go for looking pious by moving in with a priest he didn't pick a good one to shack up with.

From the Richmond Times Dispatch:

The Rev. Wayne L. Ball, a Norfolk priest who pleaded guilty late last year to a misdemeanor sex offense, has been reassigned to St. Johnís Catholic Church in Highland Springs, according to The Catholic Virginian, a biweekly diocesan newspaper. The move is effective June 2.

Ball, 42, has served as pastor of Norfolkís Holy Trinity Catholic Church since 2000. The current pastor at St. Johnís, the Rev. David V. McGuire, will replace Ball at Holy Trinity.

In December, Ball pleaded guilty in Norfolk General District Court to the misdemeanor charge of frequenting a bawdy place. Norfolk police arrested Ball and a 41-year-old Richmond man on the night before Thanksgiving in a parked car in a Norfolk park. The judge continued Ballís case until July 8 and will dismiss the charge if the priest has no further criminal problems and completes 80 hours of community service by June 3. The man in the car with Ball received a similar deal.


McDonnell would be the same person who said Gays make inferior parents. Apparently, they don't make inferior Priests in McDonnell's opinion supported by his action of moving in with him.

ON EDIT:

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2003_01_06/2003_05_11_RichmondTimes_PriestWho.htm

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/24/1324211/-Meet-the-Gay-Priest-that-Homophobic-Hypocrite-Bob-McDonnell-is-Now-Living-With

http://www.poynter.org/archived/abuse-tracker/11111/priest-who-pleaded-guilty-to-misdemeanor-assigned-to-highland-springs/

McDonnell Could be facing what is, effectively, a Life Sentence.

What I've seen so far in reporting is that federal sentencing guidelines would put his minimum sentence at around 20 years. If the prosecutors convince the judge to pile more on to make an example of him it won't be good for McDonnell. He's 60. Even if he gets around 20 years that doesn't bode well for him leaving prison in something other than a pine box. If the judge piles on just 10 to the 20 that puts him at 90.

He really screwed the pooch on this one.

Rick Perry's Mug Reminds me of someone.

People seriously pay for Palin's ignorance?

This has got to be one of the most ignorant rants I've ever seen.

To think, this ignorant person was to be a heart beat away from being President.

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/08/palin-and-purgatory.html

I find it difficult to believe this is not Tina Fey on a SNL spot.

Watching that was like hearing finger nails on a chalk board.

An Education on Tipping. Tip in cash when you can.

I do my best to tip in cash. I'll write zero in the tip line on the check and leave cash on the table or in the hands of the server.

By my tipping in cash this allows the server to get the full amount of my tip right away.

If I put a tip on a card then the server must wait at least a day for that to clear. If not the end of a pay period for reconciliation.

In many cases, the swipe fee (that small percentage for processing the card) is deducted from their tip. They get screwed left and right. I'd bet most people have no idea this happens.

Yes, many restaurants will deduct the swipe fee from a server's tips and you never know it or even think about it. I know I didn't until I got educated.

Tip in cash when you can. I can assure you the wonderful servers you see on a regular basis appreciate it and will provide you with great service for the courtesy.

We can all live next to one another. It's simple if we try.



You know, many, many, many years ago when I was back in TN my first grade class was the first class in my county to be totally integrated.

For those of you who don't know what that means it means my class was the first one where African American kids were in my class from the very beginning of my schooling. From Day One in first grade. Until that time whites and African Americans attended different, segregated schools in my home town.

I was a kid of about 7. I had no idea what was going on and the tumult it was causing in my little Southern town. Integration. My mother was aghast and afraid of what my happen to my older sisters. The abuse and the possible rape at the hands of those "other" people.

For my part, I really didn't think there was anything different about the kids who had a darker skin color than me when I entered first grade. They were just other kids along for the ride with me.

Thank goodness my parents didn't raise me to think differently of other people just because they have a different skin color.

Also, at that time in my life I hadn't the foggiest idea what an Asian, Jewish, Arabic, Native American, etc. person was given my little white, white, white town in TN. Thank the Spaghetti Monster I've had a bit more life experience now.

All of this diatribe comes around to me posting this great picture of a Palestinian kid and and Israeli kid. They seem to have no problem at all being friends.

Hatred and divisiveness is not something that one is born with. It is something one is taught.

I realize that Isaiah 2:4 Isn't part of the Torah nor the Q'uran. But I believe all of those who have descended from the Abrahamic religions can take a lesson from it.

Isaiah 2:4 (KJV version)

"And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."

Isn't it time we beat those mighty swords into mighty plowshares?

As long as extremists on both sides have an "ALL-OR-NOTHING" attitude we will see no peace.

From the very limited view I see on social media, the news, and web I want to desperately believe that the vast majority of both Israelis and Palestinians do not wish to be continually at war.

I believe that if anyone objectively looks into it the vast majority of the Palestinian people are not shooting rockets at Israel and don't want to. It is some political extremists in Hamas firing rockets. I believe that the vast majority of Palestinians would love to just have a stable country where they can own businesses, import and export, travel freely, have clean water and electricity. Unfortunately, the extremists who used to do the frequent terrorism by crossing out of Gaza and the West Bank and committing terrorism like suicide bombings, bus bombings, car bombings, etc. ruined it for all the Palestinians. I'm not saying those people had no valid grievances. I'm pretty sure they did/do. I take umbrage with the manner in which they dealt with these grievances.

Just like I'd be willing to be the vast majority of Israeli's would be more than happy for all this to be over as well. There are certainly extremists in Israel, the Likud, who I think, will not rest until they push the Palestinians into the seas or into other Arab nations. Of course, during the establishment of Israel there was no shortage of terrorists acts by the Israelis in defense of their cause. Menachem Begin was, infamously, one who committed what could be called terrorist acts in the name of Zionism and establishment of the Jewish state.

On Edit:

As with most conflicts there is no clear right vs. wrong/good vs. evil here. (The Nazis are an exception to that for certain when it comes to conflicts). There are varying opinions and political ideologies at play. Until BOTH sides agree to compromise on points they hold as inviolable then we'll get no where.

Note: I really tried to walk the fine line here and be fair. If I have offended anyone please educate me in a manner that will make me less ignorant in the future. Please don't just pillory me for being wrong or naive or too simplistic. Educate me. Please.

Rockets and Revenge

I've been watching a series of reports on Vice called "Rockets and Revenge" by reporter Danny Gold. In the series he spends time in Gaza and in Israel and does his best to present both sides in an unvarnished manner.

What I have learned from watching the series is that religion is evil, evil, evil.

On the one side of the conflict we have a religious group that lays claim to all the land because their God told them it was all theirs and that is recorded in their religious texts written thousands of years ago. On the other side of the conflict we have a religious group that lived on that land for generations before being exiled to set up a country defined by the UN.

The one constant you will hear from BOTH sides is that "God is with us." This actually does happen to be the exact same God of Abraham that both parties are claiming BTW. Not two different gods. Both sides claim it is God's will that they do what they do. It is sickening to hear so many atrocities being committed and people absolving themselves of those atrocities because it is "God's will."

Here is a link to the latest installment. I suggest watching the whole series.

https://news.vice.com/video/rockets-and-revenge-dispatch-7
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