"It is astounding that someone could read the treatment of the Cuban people and think we act the same way".
Now where did I say that?
My only point is that those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
Your point appears to be it is better to be incarcerated in a "nice" USA prison rather than one in Cuba.
Please tell me more about the live music section errors. We'd certainly like to correct any errors we've made. For your information, many of these listings are ongoing and/or submitted by the bands and clubs themselves, and as you may have guessed, we are unable to contact each venue every week to confirm information.
If you consider China to be a failure your opinion about which countries are "failures" is worthless.
I don't claim there are no human rights abuses in Cuba, although you may have picked the wrong guy to illustrate them-he was arrested for domestic abuse, only afterward discovering his passion for dissent.
In day to day life living in Cuba is FAR FAR better for the average person than living most places in Latin America. Some people coming on here in rafts doesn't disprove that. If you were living in a 3rd world country (even a nice one) and knew that a 1st world country would roll out the welcome mat if you could make it to their beaches what would you do? The reason we don't see lots of raft people from the Dominican/Haiti isn't because those places are nicer to live, but because they're much further away than Cuba and they don't have the same "wet foot, dry foot" arrangement as Cubans.
FCb, you know as well as I do. That there is no comparison to what i posted happening in Cuba to what we have in the USA.
It is astounding that someone could read the treatment of the Cuban people and think we act the same way.
Any late night perusal of MSNBC showing lock-up... will see that the majority of our prisons are way above the level of Cuba and prisoners are afforded redress.
Just the fact that we can post on here and have political discussions without retribution from the federal government shows Cuba has a long way to go before their people can be called free.
Yes, simple enough. I personally consider China a failure. Any regime that sends tanks to quell peaceful demonstrations is lost to its people.
Excellent job Mr. Snook. See a problem, figure out a way to help and get to work. If there were more folks like you who jumped in feet first instead of just waiting and expecting the government to fix the problem the country would be in much better shape right now. Flies in the face of the majority of people who post on this site that believe that Christians are out for themselves and are evil people. I am surprised that there are not snide comments about how this is not the normal way that Christians act or calling you some offensive name.
And as a point of clarification, I would classify myself as an agnostic and I do not attend any church.
Wait... what happened to sideboob? All I can think of Xtina's display a few weeks ago on the voice, although that was more "centerboob." regardless it deleted any slights to the classic greatness of sideboob.
Thank u Chris. Loved the article!
And, BTW, good old South Cackalackey has the eighth highest incarceration rate in the USA.
About 50 % more than Cuba.
Of course, it could be countered that the good old USA imprisons and otherwise persecutes million for violations of their political/religious drug laws.
The USA has a higher percentage of people incarcerated mostly due to these laws than any other country, including Cuba.
The CCP. Ruined by trolls, poor writing, and a grossly inaccurate live music section.
Feel free to add.
This list is quite accurate! I think many of us have additions to the list.
Atrogue: do you consider China a failed regime as well?
Alec Baldwin always makes me shake my head in disappointment. Jack Donaghy was such a wonderful character, and politically, we're in similar places, but MY GOD the stuff he does in real life makes it hard to not hate his ass.
When are we going to DC…great job Wendell.
I think the solution is to use Union Pier for what it was intended for and that is cargo. Now if you believe for one minute that the residents of downtown Charleston would welcome cargo ships at Union Pier and be any happier then I have some swamp land to sell you. The fact is these people won't ever be happy until Union Pier is developed with well appointed condominiums and stately walking parks that will not impede their views of the harbor and provide them a place to walk fido. Who are we kidding. These people are all elitist and have an expectation of what's best for the city as pertains to them!
Hey "cantbeserious"! Thanks for your comment and for sharing your Story. I agree, people can find God in spite of themselves, and it's heart breaking to see the difficult circumstances that sometimes separate people from a God that truly loves them. Victor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor, says "When we find meaning for our suffering our suffering ceases to be." The truth is that great Stories are made from great conflict, and great conflict produces things like love, hope, patience and perseverance. These are the things that truly matter in life. Looking at our life as a Story that really matters gives meaning to the challenges we all face in our lives. Thank you for living a great Story and not giving up.
Does anybody else have a story of how they've refused to give up, and instead overcome conflict in their life to live the Story written for them? I'D LOVE TO HEAR THEM!
I'm sure the Lord will continue to bless you, Derek, for your boots-on-the-ground approach to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I've done many days of unskilled temp labor as a college educated man, and it's humbling. I can't imagine the challenge of working myself out of it had I no other choice. People tend to find God in spite of themselves, one step at a time. Thanks for providing a path that demonstrates the love of Jesus.
Hey Derek, please reach out - saw your article posted by my good friend from Furman and I would like to support what you are doing. I have a person in mind that might be a good worker and would like to help you guys connect. Thanks! firstname.lastname@example.org
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