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@1964231

Sobri - my reply function is not working so I have to make a separate comment. You make many very generalized rants of your own and never explain them. So please be consistent if you wish to say I sound offended. Most of what I read by you sounds like you have major axes to grind and act like conservatives or Christians are from hell! We all have opinions and are entitled to them. If mine don't agree with yours, I am not offended, and I am no less smart or intelligent than yourself. Please be reminded that our country is pretty well divided right down the middle on all the major social issues - so I am not in a small company when it comes to my beliefs, ideas, or thoughts. Your post is completely skewed with bias and anger and is not a fair representation of anything except what you do or don't believe. I can accept your differences, but you clearly can't accept mine. The move to remove God from American society is relatively new and recent. Our country was fine and happy the way it was until special interest groups decided that they were not being represented "fairly." Now we have a complete free for all and division like I have not seen in my life time. If that is the context you wish to thrive in, I am happy for you. But do not poo poo all of us who like traditional values, freedom, liberty, God, Bible, religion, etc. Nobody can rewrite our history and heritage. There are massive efforts to try, but they will always fail. If we lose what we have enjoyed for so many years, at least some of us will believe we know why.

If you value your life, your family, your future, your grandchildren’s futures, being an American and being able to ‘live the American Dream‘…then please take the time to read what I have to say. Have we long forgotten what the Declaration of Independence states? What it stands for and why it was written? "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people. He has refused for a long time, after such dissolution, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within. He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands. He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers. He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance. He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power. He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States: For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury: For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighboring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies: For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments: For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us. He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people. He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation. He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands. He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions...etc." (http:www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html) This Independence Day, July 4th, 2014 remember "..it is their (the People's) right, it is their (The People's) duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their (The People's) future security." The People; meaning You, me, all American Citizens!! Let us come together as American Citizens - men & women, rich & poor, Caucasian & African & every beautiful race in between inhabiting this great nation, not as Democrats or Republicans -- to abolish the current government and institute a new, in touch with society, once again regulated and respected government!! As it is our Right and our Duty to do so!! As Thomas Jefferson once wrote, "...God forbid we should ever be 20. years without such a rebellion. The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had 13. states independent 11. years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it's liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it's natural manure." -Thomas Jefferson Nov. 13, 1787 (http:www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/tree-liberty-quotation) We are long over do my fellow Americans. We need to get out of this mindset that we can't do anything about what is going on in our nation. Need we be reminded that our government is a government of the people, by the people, for the people? I know I do not need to point out the problems with today’s government, one only has to turn on the news or do a brief internet search if they wish to inform themselves. I know I probably shouldn’t remind you that we, as a nation, are but a joke to the rest of the world now. I am not going to discuss the problems with the POTUS, for he is merely a fraction of the issue. I’m sure you’ve all heard the quote by Mark Twain, “Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.” Pretty accurate as they get quite full of shit. Not to mention they have been in their position so long they can no longer even relate to 99% of the rest of the American population. They have no empathy for how we live, how hard we work, how much time we give up, how much of our lives we waste working to be able to feed, shelter, and clothe ourselves just to live for the next day to do it all over again!! I can’t be the only one who feels like this isn’t what we’re supposed to be doing as humans. Things need to change, and they’re not going to change by themselves. We the people need to address this once and for all, we the people need to come together as a people who are tired of the ignorance & abuse shown by the government. We have so many men and women willing to serve and fight in different countries, why can’t we at home find the balls to finally do something for our country?! We are the citizens, we are the courts, we are the judges, we are the employers, let them be remembered. This Independence Day marks our 238th birthday as an Independent nation. Let us celebrate it by joining together in Washington D.C. for a sit in. Bring food, water, tents, reading material, music, anything that will allow you to be comfortable as we sit and peacefully force ourselves to be heard once and for all. If you are worried about your job, remind your boss and everyone you work with that what you are doing IS THE MOST IMPORTANT, MOST AMERICAN, and MOST PATRIOTIC duty of all American people! This HAS to happen! We can no long rely on their “checks and balances.” So, please share this. Do something for your country. Be a part of something bigger than you. Be a part of the change. Thank you all for taking the time to read this. I sincerely hope you understand how important this is. From one pissed off patriotic American

"Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it.........."

Time for some MAJOR altering. I'd settle for abolition at this point!

My uncle is a people person... Which sounds much better than saying he has schizophrenia, amirite?

Maybe you could just say he is multi-dimensional........

Babies smell like love. Amirite?

Love can not possibly have a smell since it is an intangible emotion. They may smell fresh and pure (other than when they smell like pee or poop), but then so do many adults.
And surely not all babies smell the same, so based on the post, some babies smell like love and the rest just miss out. They will grow up to be haters!

I don't know who I am. I don't know where I belong. I don't know what life is and how we exist. I don't even know what I am. I'm supposed to enjoy my life and do crazy things because life's short and what I'm doing is studying and studying and be nervous about stupid little things that tomorrow I won't even remember. I just want a happy enjoyable life with only ups and never downs. I just want to feel free and express myself whenever I want to. I want to fly away in places I've never been and help people who need someone to make them happy. I don't want to be that rich little girl who has everything she wants to and keep them only for herself. There are a lot of people out there who need a friend, a hug, a support, food. I hate being in this place because I feel guilty about their situation and I feel like I'm a bad person. We are made to be equals, to help each other, to share things and be together. We are made to live a little. Or else, what's the point of living and exist? I mean every single human out there has a soul, a heart, a brain to think and feel what I am worrying about too, right? Do they? Do they really care about all these? Or I am the only one who does? What we're doing is wrong. This is not humanity. This is something worse than war. Just think for a moment about all these please. Can you feel me now? It's not too late. There is a hope to escape and be better people. There is a hope for a better life.

Oh to be young again! Been in your shoes and felt every single sensation you expressed. To this day, I have not found my "niche" or belonging in life. Many swear they are "living the dream" and are exactly where they are supposed to be. I can't relate but have always wanted to. Some people seem to be able to take life by the horns and run with it. Others seem caught up in the horns of life and it takes them by storm. I have observed in my 54 yrs. on this planet that those who are successful want everyone to believe it is possible for all people equally. The "American Dream" is an equal opportunity just waiting for anyone and everyone to embrace and enjoy to the fullest. Again, this has not been my experience. I know about, read about, and observe many things in the world around me - but unless it becomes personal experience and something I can do or be, it is hard to believe or accept.
For the first 40 yrs. of my life I thought I knew most things and believed I had an answer for pretty much everything. But now I realize there are far more questions than answers. And I have watched many people spend their entire lives clawing and scraping to get to that ultimate place in life they wanted to be, only to be discouraged or let down upon arrival. I can't recall how many people I have known of who worked to get everything just right and up until retirement age so they could "enjoy" life and start living. And as soon as they retired, they passed away!
It seems if you are going to enjoy life and make the best of it, you have to do it NOW and along the way. None of us are guaranteed a tomorrow. We can plan, set goals, climb the ladder - but if you sacrifice smelling the flowers AS you go, you will surely miss a big part of what it truly is all about. And when you reach my age and look back on it all, there are very few things that seem matter or are of great importance in life. Family seems to be an important connector, love, and the few true friends you can gather up along the way. But the little or small things seem to stand out the most (at least for me) as I reflect back on things. The smell of a rose or carnation, an ice cold favorite beverage, the smile or laugh of a child, a hug when desperately needed, the sound of ocean waves, the sound of the wind blowing through pine trees, a bird in flight, a kiss from your significant other. Simple things that don't cost a dime and have not been exploited by the greed or manipulation of humanity.
If you find an undiscovered island that we can escape to, let me know. Between our government and corporate America, there has been far too many victims and casualties.

Just Curious, which cartoon do you think is the best. Please comment if you think their is an absolutely fantastic cartoon that is not up their.

Anyone remember Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines? Muttley's laugh and grumbling were worth it all. Here is a short clip.
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I also enjoyed Road Runner, The Jetsons, and Heckle & Jeckle, Mighty Mouse, and Johnny Quest. Of course, these date me, but they were all good.

You are either white, black, asian, latino, or native american

You are either American, or you are not. The qualifiers in front of American are what political correctness has given us - and it has failed miserably. The only way to STOP seeing skin color and ethnicity is to quit using all the labels for groups and giving special treatment to such.

@1968136

You sound like you could just use a good hug and some positive affirmation. Though everyone running around in society claims they are FOR or ABOUT everyone being treated the same, there is very little real unconditional love being demonstrated by those around us. People are so focused on themselves and have little time to worry about the person next door or their neighbor. Many relationships have zero depth, and are surface at best. And when the bad times come, nobody is still standing there with you.
For what it is worth from a total stranger, you are a beautiful human being and have value and worth just because. If others fail to see that in you, that is their loss. Hold your head up with dignity and pursue your dreams and interests. Others will take notice in time. But your value and likability comes from within yourself first - not from others.

IF the evolutionary theory is true and still occurring, AND time plus chance really can in fact equal a Universe and life, THEN it is just a matter of time before pigs are flying, unicorns are roaming the Earth, and cows are jumping over the moon! Amirite?
@PhilboydStudge You might be surprised that I had a friend who A) graduated from Cornell, and B) believed in Creationism. The guy...

At least we are talking rationally now and finding some common ground. Your friend example can be multiplied by thousands upon thousands throughout history. And just because there is a surge in trying to eradicate the teachings of Creationism does not mean it is invalid or has lost its merits. It simply means that more may be choosing to go with Evolution over Creation.
It is interesting that you find it "disconcerting" that educated people can still believe in Creationism, and I find just the opposite. When all is said and done it really comes down to 2 simple choices: either matter always existed and was eternal OR God always existed and was eternal.
Something or someone had to be before everything to get the whole thing started. When a person keeps going backwards and asking "where did that come from?" - all of us has to admit that something or someone had no beginning and was just there.
Personally, I have chosen to believe the Biblical account by looking at all the options available and actually believing it makes the most sense. As this post points out, the evolutionary theory relies mostly on the element of unlimited time periods to make it work. Given enough time, chance, randomness, and very smart molecules, ANYTHING is possible and likely.
I find that to require more blind faith than the faith I exercise by believing that an eternal Being - God, created everything from nothing as stated in the Bible. Everything that humans have ever invented or designed had/has an author or creator - someone who had the idea first and then made it happen. That is completely consistent throughout all of our study about humanity. So if that is the pattern and process we observe all of our time while on this planet, logically and sensibly, it would lead a person to think that Someone was responsible for our beginning. The study of science should cause a person to realize that there are too many "perfect" systems and operations throughout the Universe for it all to be some big cosmic accident. Accidents are normally mistakes that lead to trouble or mishap. Design is on purpose and requires planning, detail, and much thought.
The distances of planets from the sun and Earth just happening to be perfectly placed so we are not burned up or frozen. The orbits of the planets, the atmosphere and weather cycle, the human body and its design, the food chain, the oceans and life therein - all and each amazingly designed with specific purposes and functions. There is a harmony and unity in our world and our Universe, and a Big Bang or Primordial Soup just don't add up or compute in my brain. And even if I was to accept either of these options, science still has no answer for where the basic stuff of the bang or soup came from. So again, even though someone like yourself may suggest I believe in magic or invisible men to make it all connect, you do as well. You know for a fact that no human witnessed creation, and that can not be disputed. Therefore, science can not provide a satisfactory answer to our beginnings because science requires observation and experimentation. A valid experiment requires replicability or reproducibility. This is one of the main cardinal methods employed by real and true science, and can not be demonstrated when talking about creation. Splitting atoms in a laboratory with lasers is NOT duplicating creation. And the scientists engaged in such already HAVE the atoms to work with. They are not creating the atoms they work with or split.
This is why I take so many "pot shots" at science and their community.
And just as you are intolerant towards people who claim Creationism is science, I am intolerant towards people who are "100% certain" that science can and has answered the questions of creation and how we got here. There simply is no such thing. I would just like to hear them admit it for a change and keep it real and genuine.
As for other religions and their creation models, that is up to each individual to decide. All of us get one shot at this thing called life. Each person has the same information available to them. I believe our time on this Earth is to be spent finding out why we were put here and what we are supposed to do while here. Most religions believe in an after life, and that seems to be as (if not more) important than our time here. The Mayans and Egyptians so strongly believed in the after life that they made special preparations for it. If the after life is eternal (which would be consistent with an eternal Being), then making preparations for such does seem to be extremely important. Our days on this planet are numbered and few in light of eternity.

What a fun and enjoyable post. Thanks so much! Still smiling.

If you value your life, your family, your future, your grandchildren’s futures, being an American and being able to ‘live the American Dream‘…then please take the time to read what I have to say. Have we long forgotten what the Declaration of Independence states? What it stands for and why it was written? "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people. He has refused for a long time, after such dissolution, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within. He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands. He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers. He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance. He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power. He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States: For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury: For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighboring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies: For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments: For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us. He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people. He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation. He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands. He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions...etc." (http:www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html) This Independence Day, July 4th, 2014 remember "..it is their (the People's) right, it is their (The People's) duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their (The People's) future security." The People; meaning You, me, all American Citizens!! Let us come together as American Citizens - men & women, rich & poor, Caucasian & African & every beautiful race in between inhabiting this great nation, not as Democrats or Republicans -- to abolish the current government and institute a new, in touch with society, once again regulated and respected government!! As it is our Right and our Duty to do so!! As Thomas Jefferson once wrote, "...God forbid we should ever be 20. years without such a rebellion. The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had 13. states independent 11. years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it's liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it's natural manure." -Thomas Jefferson Nov. 13, 1787 (http:www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/tree-liberty-quotation) We are long over do my fellow Americans. We need to get out of this mindset that we can't do anything about what is going on in our nation. Need we be reminded that our government is a government of the people, by the people, for the people? I know I do not need to point out the problems with today’s government, one only has to turn on the news or do a brief internet search if they wish to inform themselves. I know I probably shouldn’t remind you that we, as a nation, are but a joke to the rest of the world now. I am not going to discuss the problems with the POTUS, for he is merely a fraction of the issue. I’m sure you’ve all heard the quote by Mark Twain, “Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.” Pretty accurate as they get quite full of shit. Not to mention they have been in their position so long they can no longer even relate to 99% of the rest of the American population. They have no empathy for how we live, how hard we work, how much time we give up, how much of our lives we waste working to be able to feed, shelter, and clothe ourselves just to live for the next day to do it all over again!! I can’t be the only one who feels like this isn’t what we’re supposed to be doing as humans. Things need to change, and they’re not going to change by themselves. We the people need to address this once and for all, we the people need to come together as a people who are tired of the ignorance & abuse shown by the government. We have so many men and women willing to serve and fight in different countries, why can’t we at home find the balls to finally do something for our country?! We are the citizens, we are the courts, we are the judges, we are the employers, let them be remembered. This Independence Day marks our 238th birthday as an Independent nation. Let us celebrate it by joining together in Washington D.C. for a sit in. Bring food, water, tents, reading material, music, anything that will allow you to be comfortable as we sit and peacefully force ourselves to be heard once and for all. If you are worried about your job, remind your boss and everyone you work with that what you are doing IS THE MOST IMPORTANT, MOST AMERICAN, and MOST PATRIOTIC duty of all American people! This HAS to happen! We can no long rely on their “checks and balances.” So, please share this. Do something for your country. Be a part of something bigger than you. Be a part of the change. Thank you all for taking the time to read this. I sincerely hope you understand how important this is. From one pissed off patriotic American
@1976881

Replaced immediately and every single one. Time to clean house and start fresh and new.
Just like a corporation or sports team that has failed miserably - our government needs a top down overhaul. Putting in an occasional "good" person here or there will not "fix" or "change" the entrenched culture in D.C. They all need to be put on notice that WE THE PEOPLE are not going to take it or stand for their B.S. any longer.

Religion has done more damage than good.
@1969525

Religion per se, does not and can not do damage. That is where your logic is faulty. People do damage to other people. Religion is nothing more than a set of ideas, beliefs, concepts that people endorse, value, aspire towards, or practice.
It is a fact that people of religion have done an extreme amount of good world wide. If you wish to ignore or not acknowledge such, that is your choice. And religion is not the enemy - bad people with bad behavior is. There are plenty of non religious people doing as much (if not more) damage as religious people. To prove this to yourself, do a little research on Marxism/Leninism, and you will discover plenty of atrocities committed towards fellow human beings - especially those who wanted to believe in a God or read a Bible.
Much of the crap and ills we are seeing committed in present day society is not from religious people. It is by people who claim no belief in a God, Bible, deity, or need for religion. Godlessness does not assumedly equal goodness or moral behavior. If it did, the world would be free of evil and bad.

Technically, everyone was born an atheist.

Technically, you are not "born" anything. We are all persuaded by many influences from the day we arrive on this globe. We become something, someone, or anything when we start making choices and decisions. Many of those are made FOR us in our youth. We don't know who or what we really are until we can make the choices all by ourselves and from our own decision making processes. Atheism is a lack of or inability to choose belief. Nobody is born with that capacity.

I don't know who I am. I don't know where I belong. I don't know what life is and how we exist. I don't even know what I am. I'm supposed to enjoy my life and do crazy things because life's short and what I'm doing is studying and studying and be nervous about stupid little things that tomorrow I won't even remember. I just want a happy enjoyable life with only ups and never downs. I just want to feel free and express myself whenever I want to. I want to fly away in places I've never been and help people who need someone to make them happy. I don't want to be that rich little girl who has everything she wants to and keep them only for herself. There are a lot of people out there who need a friend, a hug, a support, food. I hate being in this place because I feel guilty about their situation and I feel like I'm a bad person. We are made to be equals, to help each other, to share things and be together. We are made to live a little. Or else, what's the point of living and exist? I mean every single human out there has a soul, a heart, a brain to think and feel what I am worrying about too, right? Do they? Do they really care about all these? Or I am the only one who does? What we're doing is wrong. This is not humanity. This is something worse than war. Just think for a moment about all these please. Can you feel me now? It's not too late. There is a hope to escape and be better people. There is a hope for a better life.
@PhilboydStudge It's cliche' , but happiness is a journey, not a destination. When I was younger this statement didn't even make...

Good comment, but may I ask - what is the prize you refer to? Does that not make happiness or life a destination rather than a journey? What is the ultimate outcome of a goal? I used to set myself for failure by making tons of pointless goals. When I did not reach them, I always felt like a piece of crap. So, I finally decided since they were self imposed to begin with, I could stop imposing them. That took away all the pressure to perform and made me accept myself better.

Is it worse to have a lot of friends that secretly dislike you or to have no friends at all?
@Orangies People have always said I'm too nice (which I don't believe most of the time, I mean, I'm extremely honest with...

Just reading the comments on this one simple post should be proof enough to show all of us that world peace or utopia are simply impossible. Here are several decent caring people, longing for and wanting a true friend more than anything. And for whatever assortment of reasons, can't find or have one! That is just extremely pathetic.
I have read enough of your posts to know you are one very sharp young lady. I totally admire and respect you. I would have never known your age had you not shared it. And yes, being under the restraints and constraints of parents and family brings both benefits and consequences (or limitations). You really are not free to pursue all avenues to solve your dilemma.
But there is nothing worse than having a "fake" friend or someone you can not truly open up to. One of the points of having a close friend is to have a confidante or one to find solace in. And just because you can't or haven't found that person, does not mean they don't exist. You just have not crossed paths yet.
Never blame yourself for who or what you are. "Too nice," "too rude," "too honest" - all nothing to be ashamed of or blamed FOR. Those are excellent qualities that many don't possess.
I am sure you are an avid reader, and that is one source of friendship. Books will not only teach you things, but take you in to other worlds. You can identify with many "fake" friends in them, and they will not hurt or take advantage of you. Music is a great friend. At the lowest point in my life, I had my songs. And they too, can not take advantage of you. Music never stops and is ALWAYS there for you. Social media is another "friend" in that you are talking to and with people who will listen and respond (as we are doing). If you want to get really close and personal with someone on these sites, there are the direct message options, email, or texting. Finally, if you don't already keep a journal, I would encourage you to do so. Start writing down all your feelings and ways you see life. Talk to the paper as if it were your closest friend. You will be amazed what that can do to comfort.