Agreed completely. Just because I believe in something, strongly, does not mean that that belief should be enacted into law.
I believe that same-sex marriages should absolutely be allowed by law and afforded the same benefits as the "traditional nuclear family". It's silly that it hasn't happened yet. We should absolutely be caring for the naked, hungry, and poor. So, flootzavut, props to you my friend and I'm glad that there are more people like you out there.
As I am a Christian, I do believe what the Bible says. Picking and choosing what parts of the Bible I believe defeats the entire point of it. That said, it is all about love for everyone and looking to Christ's example of how He treated every single person with whom he came in contact. The part that upsets me most about many conservatives today is that they want to treat our government like a theocracy...which it is not. Also, John, the reference you provide is correct, but so is the one demanding adulterers to be stoned. However, when an adulterous woman was brought before Christ, what was his response? John 8:2-11 (sorry, haven't looked at the linking part of the FAQ) It is not a matter of picking and choosing what to ignore, but a look at the heart of the law. I don't want this topic to hijack the comments, but if you want to continue this dialogue, feel free to send me a message using a method on my IntenseDebate profile.
And it is also phenomenal. Rothfuss and Brandon Sanderson are my favorite authors working in fantasy today.
"Do you know how badly I want my old Sunday School teachers to read this book??? Well, they won’t, since it’s blasphemous, but still."
So, I'm a Christian and this is still one of my favorite books. It is just so cleverly written and has such profound things to say about life in general, especially here at the end of the book. So, blasphemous...maybe, but it doesn't keep it from being a damn fine book that should be read by everyone.
The whole naming thing just made me think of Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind. That is a fantastic book.
Completely agree with you regarding the Amano version over Russell's. Also, I'm pretty sure that Amazon has Absolute Sandman Vol. V for a decent price. Well, you can get it new through other sellers for a decent price. I'm just waiting for them to reprint Vol. III. I really, really hope that they do, because having an incomplete set would suck.
It is well worth it to check out the Yoshitaka Amano one. I vastly prefer it to Russell's standard comic. I don't know how to put it, besides that it seems that it has more gravitas, and I feel that it lends itself really well to this particular story.
Interesting. I actually preferred this story to The High Cost of Living. Both were excellent though.
Mark, I don't know if you'll get to see this, but I just wanted to chime in on that ending. Firstly, I really, really do wish that they had given Korra more time to come to grips with the fact that she could only bend one element, and having to emotionally cope with that fact. That said, it is completely within the canon of the show for the Avatar state to be a Deus Ex Machina, and I loved it when Aang showed up and gave Korra her bending back. It felt rushed, but it didn't feel unearned. (unlike Mako...ugh) Just to recall moments from the original series: when Aang went to the temple for the Winter Solstice, Roku literally possesses his body to help him escape Zhao; on Avatar Day, once again Aang is fully possessed, but this time by Kyoshi; we see throughout the series that the Avatar State is used as a Deus Ex Machina, but it's used consistently and to gain access to the knowledge of previous lives.
So, all that to say, I loved the finale, and I even liked Aang showing up to give Korra her bending back and felt it was in keeping with the original show. I just wish that she could have had a little longer to deal with the consequences of it all.
You get a +1 just for bringing in absolute zero into the conversation and having the correct units. You, sir, are made of win.