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8926  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Study: Quality of Life highest in Scandinavian Countries on: September 21, 2007, 04:35:21 am
So's the suicide rate.

Not according to wiki. Though in saying that the Scandinavian suicide rate is still strangely high, I'm surprised to note that both Sweden's and Denmark's than both Ireland and the US.

Still they are both behind free-market paradise Estonia; so politics seems to have little to do with it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_rate
8927  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 on: September 21, 2007, 04:30:45 am
Big game tonight.. So I expect us to show up.

But we'll still lose though.. wouldn't be surprised at another last minute try for the French. Something like 29-26.
8928  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Say something to spook the previous poster on: September 20, 2007, 06:00:27 pm
Cynthia McKinney for Taioseach!

[Pedant]Taoiseach[/pedant].. Not as scary as "Joe Higgins for Taoiseach" but I guess you don't know who he is.


I do, i think. The socialist from Dublin, right?

and for you, space aliens will abduct you tonight and make you watch a video montage of bad Irish stereotypes on a loop to five hours.

Yay! I've educated people on Irish politics. Wink

And yes that is a scary thought.

As for Snowguy; an avatar mixup ends you up in a body switching romantic comedy where become an Emo loving strip-club obsessed Atlas poster from Mantako for a month. You shudder to think what your body will be like after the month is over. Hilarity ensues.
8929  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Tightening the belt: Nassau bans trans fats on: September 20, 2007, 05:53:06 pm
Hardly. It's not like you can't make food without trans fats. This law isn't banning food, it's banning the introduction of unhealthy substances into food.

Well some people like unhealthy substances in their food. I know I do.

I know ice cream and candy bars aren't the healthiest food choices around but that won't stop me from enjoying them when I want.

This arguement can apply to tobacco and Alcohol pretty well but not to food.. I mean what exactly does the average person about half the things he eats in a daily meal.

This should be sorted by a local referendum btw. And I would vote in favour of the ban. At the very least all ingredients list must state clearly whether they contain trans fans (and what %) and E Numbers too. Though by my own admission I don't really enough about Trans Fat to give an accurate assessment except it's baaddd.
8930  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Chavez vows to close or take over private schools on: September 20, 2007, 05:38:06 pm
Nothing to write home about really - socialists of all creeds have being trying to do that for years.

Thats why socialists are a threat to any freedom loving society.

If by "Socialists" you mean "Statists" then yeah.. though if you do mean I'm curious about your worship of Richard Nixon in the other thread.
8931  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Say something to spook the previous poster on: September 20, 2007, 05:18:53 pm
Cynthia McKinney for Taioseach!

[Pedant]Taoiseach[/pedant].. Not as scary as "Joe Higgins for Taoiseach" but I guess you don't know who he is.

As for you:

8932  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Say something to spook the previous poster on: September 20, 2007, 05:12:07 pm
New laws are telling you not to smoke in my face.. OH NOES!!111
8933  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: "Giving Back" by Walter Williams on: September 20, 2007, 05:08:53 pm

Something which in theory should be correct; but rarely actually works that way in the real world.

Plus the Percentage of people who 'earn' their way up from the bottom rung to at least the Middle is extremely small in the States iirc. (It is Ireland too, but let's not bring Ireland into it. Poverty is very complex issue that can't be just solved by giving poor people lots of money - Welfare is meant to be a stopgap (and an instrument of Social stability) though I've never bought into the whole "OMG WELFARE WHORES!!11" - the funny thing is I can't imagine anyone who says that actually trying to live on social welfare for a week. (In Ireland it's only slightly do-able; but only if you already have accomodation, don't drink, don't smoke and don't have a car - which excludes a good portion of people..)
8934  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: NPAT Test: National Security and Terrorism on: September 20, 2007, 12:28:11 pm
If all American troops were brought home, maybe people around the world would not feel much animosity towards the United States. 

They feel animosity toward us because of the fact that we are 'number one', the sole remaining superpower, and there is a not damn thing we can do to change that.  It comes with the territory.  We might as well get used to it.   

The United States seems like number one because of all of this damn intervention around the world.  If the federal government adopted a foreign policy like many European nations, that would change.  None of these terrorist groups try much at all in Europe, especially France and Italy of the large countries.  Why is Russia not a superpower any longer?  They don't interfere with other countries' affairs anywhere near as much.  The Soviet economy was not even close to the best of the eastern bloc nations; but it still had the military might, which made it the superpower.  The best economy of those was East Germany.  The USA could still be an economic power, like Japan, and still not have people coming over here to attack.  How many troops does Japan have in other nations? or France?  The main reason that so many South Koreans hate the United States is the 37,000 American troops stationed there.  Superpower is another word for empire.

To everyone reading this thread: most of the terrorists are not who you think they are.

While there is some truth to the Bold bit, the rest of the post made me LOL.
8935  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does BRTD look up to Opebo as a father figure? on: September 20, 2007, 12:17:25 pm
8936  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: CARLHAYDEN vs. Salma Hayek on: September 20, 2007, 11:13:57 am
Even by your standards this is a pretty pointless poll....

CARLHAYDEN vs. a Mexican. Duh.


So CARLHAYDEN doesn't like Mexicans.. haven't you done this poll, like 10 times already.

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Maybe one day I'll do one with you vs. someone who hates Ralph Nader as much as me (like MASSIVE Freedom Fighter Eric Alterman)

Geee.. Thanks.
8937  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: CARLHAYDEN vs. Salma Hayek on: September 20, 2007, 11:09:25 am
Even by your standards this is a pretty pointless poll....

And why don't I ever get included in these things, it's CARLHAYDEN or You or Opebo or etc.. Sad
8938  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: ATTN Opebo on: September 20, 2007, 11:08:15 am
I'm not sure whether I should be proud or not that Opebo doesn't consider me a 'tolerant'.

Of course you're not a tolerant! You disapprove of alcohol and think the religious right is right about gambling.

OMG YOU'RE A FASCIST FOR DISAPPROVING OF MY VICES LOL!!1111

I don't disapprove of Alcohol btw, I would be hypocrite if I did. I disapprove of binge drinking - difference. That does not mean of course I think that the State should intervene in it.
8939  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: ATTN Opebo on: September 20, 2007, 11:05:07 am
I'm not sure whether I should be proud or not that Opebo doesn't consider me a 'tolerant'.
8940  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Chavez vows to close or take over private schools on: September 20, 2007, 10:28:10 am
I support this. I supported Chavez altogether until he interfered with alcohol sales, now I oppose him because of that.

You support a school system that is openly and specifically geared to train students to be mindlessly supportive of a country's government?

But hey if the Democrats support it...
8941  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the preceding song lyrics on: September 20, 2007, 09:21:16 am
Yawn. Typical Stuff. Though I guess I need to listen to it Musically first.

As for my entry, I took this one from the Republican "Values Voters" debate - this is what they sung instead of the nation anthem.

GOD BLESS AMERICA

Why should God bless America?
She’s forgotten he exists
And has turned her back
On everything that made her what she is.

Why should God stand beside her
Through the night with the light from his hand?
God have mercy on America
Forgive her sin and heal our land

The courts ruled prayer out of our schools
In June of ‘62
Told the children “you are your own God now
So you can make the rules”
O say can you see what that choice
Has cost us to this day
America, one nation under God, has gone astray

Why should god bless America?
She’s forgotten he exists
And has turned her back on everything
That made her what she is

Why should God stand beside her
Through the night with the light from his hand?
God have mercy on America
Forgive her sins and heal our land

In ‘73 the Courts said we
Could take the unborn lives
The choice is yours don’t worry now
It’s not a wrong, it’s your right

But just because they made it law
Does not change God’s command
The most that we can hope for is
God’s mercy on our land

Why should God bless America?
She’s forgotten he exists
And has turned her back on everything
That made her what she is

Why should God stand beside her
Through the night with the light from his hand?
God have mercy on America
Forgive her sins and heal our land

(Reading from 2nd Chronicles 7:14) If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land

God have mercy on America forgive her sins and heal our land.
God have mercy on America forgive her sins and heal our land.

8942  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Say something to spook the previous poster on: September 20, 2007, 09:15:59 am
OMG IT'S JOHN HOWARD!!111
8943  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Annexation of the United Kingdom on: September 20, 2007, 09:13:51 am
Northern Ireland and rest of Ireland admitted as the states of Leinster, Munster, Connacht, and Ulster.

And all of a sudden I could find myself represented by Senators Paisley and McGuinness. Cry

Nah. More likely Governor Paisley and Senator Dodds or Donaldson. How does that sound? Tongue
8944  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How would have the preceding poster have voted in the past 5 Australian election on: September 20, 2007, 09:08:39 am
1993 - Democrats
1996 - Democrats
1998 - Labour
2001 - Green
2004 - Labour

Democrats, then Greens. ALP would have a higher preference than Coalition (even in 1996 methinks).

Yep, Pretty Much...

John Howard is an evil man.

As for Al:
1993 - 2004: All Labour
8945  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Jackson says Obama is "acting like he's white". on: September 20, 2007, 08:33:05 am
Was I the only one who hoped this thread would be referring to Michael Jackson?

Come on, be honest...
8946  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How would have the preceding poster have voted in the past 5 Australian election on: September 20, 2007, 08:30:18 am
1993 - Democrats
1996 - Democrats
1998 - Labour
2001 - Green
2004 - Labour
8947  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Fianna Fail to 'organise in Northern Ireland' - possible merger with SDLP on: September 20, 2007, 08:27:49 am
It's hard to pinpoint who exactly in NI would be Fianna Fail's base - If anything this would lean to the SDLP going to the right and thus benefiting Sinn Fein.

I'd say for now this a non-starter at least as far as Assembly\Westminster elections go; might see them organize locally though.. Especially in Down, Fermanagh and South Armagh.
8948  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you most likely to agree with the preceding poster on... on: September 17, 2007, 06:25:08 am
Foreign policy - err, I think. Err.. Maybe - certainly not the other two though.
8949  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would a referendum on turning your city into a dry city go? on: September 17, 2007, 04:29:24 am
LOL @ the Idea.
8950  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I'm going to have to leave the Forum....Well at least for a while on: September 16, 2007, 08:11:36 pm
So am I as a matter of fact...
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