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  • #1
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    Sounds a like a law suit and a very expensive voice mail. Yup, its called discrimination and its a crime even when liberal peaceniks do it.
  • #15
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    Conservatives discriminate more than anybody, to illegals and gays to name a few. Get your facts in order before you post on topix.
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    Renee, do you even read what I write or are you just trolling? I am referring to this woman's direct comment denying the vet s room because her anti war views. I can promise you if the tables were turned we would see an outcry. Get my facts straight? Your statement is an opinion! You presented no facts or data or even anecdotes to back up your argument. For the record, not agreeing with a position doesn't mean you discriminate against a group. But why bother actually reading or trying to understand someone's posts, that would require some of that open mindedness I keep hearing about.
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    I'm a bit confused. Headline says, "Denied Apartment," but the article states that he was denied "a room."
    There are anti-discrimination laws in most states re: renting apartments, houses, etc...... However if in fact it was just a room in the house where she resides, then I can understand her reluctance. I would not want a roommate with whom I was uncomfortable, or with whom I did not get along.
    I am a vet, I strongly disagreed with the Iraq invasion. But to deny an apartment to a person simply because he is a combat veteran I can not fathom. The military swears an oath to obey orders. No where does it state, "only orders with which I agree."
    Pacifist or not, this woman could not enjoy her freedoms without our military to protect them.
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    While I actually think that anyone should be able to not rent or serve anyone for any reason that is not what the Law, Mainly enacted due to folks like the Lady in Question pushing for Social Justice Laws, requires... In this case the Lady not only can be sued in civil court she can also be charged under Mass. State Laws Criminally...
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    Wouldn't this be hilarious if this is an example of agitation activism from a conservative a la James O'Keefe?
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    The article in the Boston Herald says he was denied a "room". This suggests a common kitchen/bathroom etc. and probably in a converted house. Savin Hill is an artsy community so this landlady probably had this idyllic vision of the atmosphere and community of the artists who could afford to pay the rent...
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    And this jerk warmonger threw a wrench in it. What would make it agitation activism is if this veteran knew about this landlady's animus towards vets and set out to crack her little cocoon.
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    The left does it all the time from the Boy Scouts to campus religious groups. It's fun when leftists find themselves targeted for their own hypocrisy otherwise known as political correctness.
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    I bet a vet will end up as the new owner and Ms Pacifist will end up with nothing. Imagine if a fundimentalist christian refused to rent to someone who was gay or someone was refused based on their race.
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    This ticks me off. I hope he sues this Landlady for every penny she has. How dare she. I understand you have the right to refuse service as a private establishment. But the man fought for HER right to be an idiot. And last I checked, anti-discrimination laws also covered this category.
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    LN, regardless of your opinion of the war, veteran's deserve your respect for their sacrifice. Hussein was a brutal dictator, funny how we seem to be okay with deposing them now as long as we can put the Muslim Brotherhood in their place.
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    yeah, husein was a dictator... but that still doesn't give the u.s. the right to start a war in a sovereign nation only in order to kill him and to lay claim to that country's natural resources.
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    This is ridiculous. The landlady has every right to be a pacifist, but no right to deny this gentlman an apartment. She should be thanking him for serving our country.
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    Isn't she reserved the right to refuse service to anyone. I don't agree with her reasoning but I believe that's ridiculous to enter into a law suit because you were denied something because of what you believe or your occupation. She owns the property, it should be her ultimate decision as to who she rents to.
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    Its her property, she should have the right to refuse to rent based on whatever she wants. The fact that he's a vet and she's anti war should've never been brought up, she should've just said no.
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    He seems to believe that because he is a veteran he should be given the keys to the kingdom. How did she know he was a veteran? He had to have told her, probably expecting a heroes welcome or acceptance. She is entitled to her beliefs as a pacifist without being hammered for it. If she discriminated against him illegally the law will take care of her. Still, he should understand that thanks should be enough without expectation of a free pass regarding anything and everything he wants. He has joined the ranks of civilians and will have to endure the same issues we all endure without blaming it on his status as a veteran.

    "A spit in his face"?? Get over yourself!
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    You are assuming facts not in evidence. Your post shows complete disregard for the sacrifice made by service members. She wouldn't be getting hammered for being a pacifist if she hadn't made her political views an issue in discriminating against the veteran. You're right the courts will probably sort it out but your view of our veterans only shows an ignorance of the realities of honor, loyalty, courage, and sacrifice. In the eyes of many, You have only made yourself appear smaller in the process. It's called respect.
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    Bigotry and stupidity can and does run through the veins of people of any political view. Vietnam war vets were greeted with jeers, and in some cases spit, by people that hated war; but instead of taking their grievances to our leaders, they took it out on the warriors (who had been forced into service). I hate war for all of the pain and destruction that in most cases only benefits the warlords. But I also feel thankful and grateful to the men and women who serve valiantly. This landlady was totally out of line, and obviously needs psych care.
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    i'm still quite certain that we're not getting the whole story. we have been TOLD that it's because of his military service, but as i said before, even if it were, i served with a whole lot of people that i wouldn't want to live in my house.
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    when my first wife and i were in university we were refused renting an apartment due to the fact that we had a baby. should we have sued?

    as i said in another thread, everyone takes themselves too seriously these days. lighten up.
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    No,but conservatives do it all the time with illegals and gays specially, their agenda is getting old and boring, that's why revenge is on the way in november to put all conservatives,christians and the evil in the downlow,powerless like they deserve to be.
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    You are truly amusing. Christians and the evil in the downlow? That's an interesting observation. Show me one case where Conservatives are getting away with discrimination? Sharpton and Jackson would be making money off of it as we speak. By the way, you are stereotyping, be careful lest you become what you despise.
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    What a disgrace! You can be anti-war and pro-military.
    The men and women in uniform should not be to blame for a war; no matter how unjust it may or may not be. They are men and women, just like you, doing their job and defending their nation.
    The men and women who should be held accountable are our Senators, our Congressmen, and our Commander-in-Chief. Any war outside of our own borders - just or otherwise - is bad policy. It simply creates animosity that perpetuates the so called Terror which further exasperates our defense concerns. I say bring the soldiers home, fix immigration, and patrol our own borders.
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    in her voice mail, it says that she states 'other reasons' for his denial of hospitality in her building. i'd be really interested in hearing her arguments -- for the other shoe to drop, so to speak-- before casting judgement.

    as far as not renting to him because of him being a 'vet'? well that's a non-argument. i spent over 3 years in vietnam during the war, and during that time i met a good many people that i'd never allow to live in my house.
  • #6
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    I'm all for property rights, and people should have a right to serve whoever they choose. Just as people have a right to boycott discrimination d'bags and make them lose business.
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    >>>>>I'm all for property rights, and people should have a right to serve whoever they choose. Just as people have a right to boycott discrimination d'bags and make them lose business.<<<<<

    so according to you it would be OK to NOT have to rent to minority people?
  • #9
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    Like I said, if it's their property, they should be allowed to refuse anyone they want to. In this day and age, you don't even need laws, because if someone actually refused a minority, it would spark so much backlash that they'd be out of business in no time.
  • #35
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    I also believe in property rights and the right to refuse services. I don't personally agree with her passive views, but Im not going to force anyone to conform to my opinions either.
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    I have a feeling Ms. Roberts would be very quick to shriek if someone tried to discriminate against her because of her career choice or beliefs.
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