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17076  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The army is no more conservative than the rest of the country... on: July 22, 2008, 07:04:20 pm
This isn't surprising.  The military isn't what the general public thinks it is.  Either side.  It certainly isn't an arm of the GOP or anything.  It's also not a bunch of poors and blacks either, but it's also not a perfect cross section of the US population.  It's not even the same across the different branches, the Air Force has all the hot chicks for example.
17077  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Why is homosexuality "bad" to some people? on: July 22, 2008, 06:34:39 pm
It's a religious thing (and to a lesser extent the "ick" factor).
17078  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Fed's to withhold funds to schools if they don't play ball... on: July 22, 2008, 06:31:49 pm
Children need to learn that they are always subservient to the state.  That doesn't happen in most homes in the US, so the state needs to force it on the schools (who will then force it on the kids, whether they want it or not) by threatening to withhold funds.  I'm not surprised Obama fans are trying to reason this away.  I have a feeling they'd have a different take if this was Bush's idea...or not.  Some people are just authoritarian by nature.
17079  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Singapore's Health Care System: A Free Lunch You Can Sink Your Teeth Into on: July 22, 2008, 11:46:12 am
Well you should put a "many" in there like I did.  Broad brushes and all that. Maybe I should have said "a few"?
17080  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How have your parents voted in Presidential election? on: July 22, 2008, 10:58:55 am
It will be easier to go back
04-Bush
00-Bush
96-Dole
92-Bush
88-Bush
84-Reagan
80-Reagan (maybe Carter for my Mom, not sure)
76-Ford=Dad Carter=Mom
72-Nixon=Dad I have no idea for my Mom, probably Nixon.  She don't seem like the McGovern type.
68-Nixon=Dad and no clue for my Mom
64-Goldwater=Dad Johnson=Mom
60-Nixon=Dad and my Mom was a BIG Kennedy fan.  She has a bust.
17081  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Faggots on: July 22, 2008, 10:46:52 am
beat the hell out of them with a hammer, then soaked them in marsala wine and egg yolk and coated them with a mixture cayenne pepper, flour, and cornmeal, and saut馥d them in canola oil with garlic and green onion.  They were still tough and long on the chew.  Rubbery.  They did have a nice flavor though. 
Wouldn't a ball of cotten have a nice flavor if you did all that to it?  Or a chunk of drywall?
17082  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Attacks on EMTS, Firefighters... on: July 22, 2008, 10:13:45 am
What a shame.  Words can't explain how low a person is that would shoot an EMT or a Firefighter.  I don't agree with cop hatred, but it's understandable, but not FFs and EMTs, it doesn't make any sense.
17083  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Fed's to withhold funds to schools if they don't play ball... on: July 22, 2008, 09:08:46 am
You'll note I'm not bashing the "centralization of requirements", I'm bashing the heavy handed methods Obama thinks are acceptable to get his way.  He's not special in this regard, Bush is pretty damned good at it too.  I thought we were tired of that kind of politics.

And you're right, I'm lessening the meaning of the word slavery using it here and that is wrong.  I bash idiots that call GITMO a gulag, I shouldn't fall into the same trap.  But forced volunteering isn't volunteering.  It's not slavery, but it's only a few shades of grey away.
17084  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What courses are you taking this semster? on: July 22, 2008, 08:06:03 am
But I'm so lazy!
17085  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What courses are you taking this semster? on: July 22, 2008, 07:57:11 am
I really need to go back to school.  My GI Bill goes away Nov of '09 if I don't start using it by then.  Somebody come kick my ass.
17086  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What was the earliest election that you can remember? on: July 22, 2008, 07:49:46 am
1980...very faintly through the purple haze I recall seeing anti-Carter signs and my parents arguing over who they were voting for (my Mom was still a Democrat then)
1984..a little better, lady VP candidate was a pretty big deal
17087  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Self-defence in the UK on: July 22, 2008, 07:38:49 am
If a mother mucker breaks into my house with a weapon and I have the element of suprise, that mucker is in trouble.  I might not kill him, but he's certainly going to visit the hospital before he visits the county jail or courthouse.  You as the homeowner didn't instigate this situation, you deserve and usually get (at least in the US) the benefit of doubt.  The homeowner can't possibly know all the motives of the criminal, maybe he's got a gun in his pocket and plans on raping and killing you and your family.  If you don't want to have somebody bash you in the back of the head with an aluminum baseball bat (or shoot you, or beat the sh**t out of you, or stab you with a screw driver) don't break into people's homes (or do a better job of it).
17088  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Fed's to withhold funds to schools if they don't play ball... on: July 22, 2008, 07:23:42 am
Just in case you don't know, this is Obama's idea.  I'm guessing Verily knew that, hence the poor attempt to defend it.  If it's wrong for the Fed to withhold highway funds to force states to obey (and it is wrong to do that), then it's really really wrong to withhold funds from schools to force states to obey.
17089  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The world at your birth on: July 21, 2008, 03:19:50 pm
April 28 - Six Irishmen, including Joe Cahill, are arrested by the Irish Naval Service off County Waterford on board a coaster carrying five tons of weapons destined for the Provisional Irish Republican Army.
         
April 30 - Watergate Scandal: President Richard Nixon announces that top White House aids H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and others have resigned.   

May 1 - An estimated 1,600,000 workers in the United Kingdom stopped work in support of a Trade Union Congress "day of national protest and stoppage" against the Government's anti-inflation policy.

May 3 - The Sears Tower in Chicago is finished, becoming the world's tallest building.   

May 8 -Skylab, the United States' first space station, is launched.            
The British House of Commons votes to abolish capital punishment in Northern Ireland.

May 17 - Watergate scandal: Televised hearings begin in the United States Senate.

May 19 - Secretariat wins the Preakness Stakes.
dead0man born
            
June 1 - The Greek military junta abolishes the monarchy and proclaims a republic.
      
June 4 - A patent for the ATM is granted to Donald Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain.

June 9 - Secretariat wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing winner since 1948.

June 16 - U.S. President Richard Nixon begins several talks with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.
17090  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Singapore's Health Care System: A Free Lunch You Can Sink Your Teeth Into on: July 21, 2008, 02:25:59 pm
I suddenly feel the need to point out I'm not supporting the Singapore model or suggesting we should adopt it.  I was just pointing out that in their system the rich get better care than the poor, just like most (all?) systems.  Many of the American left is under the impression everybody deserves (and should be forced to recieve) the exact same level of care and that's just silly.
17091  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Fed's to withhold funds to schools if they don't play ball... on: July 21, 2008, 02:21:23 pm
Ahhh, so that makes it ok.  It's not "for" the state, it's "for" everybody, right?  And many schools have it already, thus it's a good idea to force it on everybody else.  That's how you're going to defend this?  How very authoritarian of you.
17092  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Has anyone else notice? on: July 21, 2008, 02:16:55 pm
I'm not to sure if it is like this everywhere, but has anyone else notice the increase in the Asian and Mideastern population in your area? I mean here in the Greensboro area notice whole area just full of them, which isn't a bad thing. Also I have seen the increase in Isamic churches too. I believe I seen like 4 or 5 of them around the Greensboro area.
There is, supposedly, a training facility 300 miles or so north of you in Red House Virginia.
17093  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Most Neglected State? on: July 21, 2008, 02:07:10 pm
How about Idaho?
Gay dude in the bathroom?
17094  General Politics / Political Debate / Fed's to withhold funds to schools if they don't play ball... on: July 21, 2008, 01:56:30 pm
...and force the kids to do volunteer labor (read, slavery) for the state if this guy gets his way.  Is this a good idea?

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17095  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Singapore's Health Care System: A Free Lunch You Can Sink Your Teeth Into on: July 21, 2008, 01:42:24 pm
Hey no fair, rich people still get better medical care!  Everybody should have the same medical care available, right lefties?
17096  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gas prices have dropped... on: July 21, 2008, 04:33:37 am
A/C is damn near a necessity for much of the US in the summer months.  We got a new unit two summers ago and it cut huge chunks into our electric bill.  I'm sure it's already paid for itself in savings.
17097  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Question for pro-gun people on: July 21, 2008, 03:50:16 am
Right, it doesn't give us anything we didn't have already.  It's just, in theory at least, a right the govt choses to let you enjoy.
17098  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Most Neglected State? on: July 20, 2008, 12:35:37 pm
Delaware
Where the hell is that?
17099  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: who are you voting for? on: July 20, 2008, 01:03:48 am
I'm leaning Barr, but I'm not completely thrilled about it.
...but I'm still officially undecided
17100  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Israel on: July 20, 2008, 01:01:25 am
The old "leave no man behind" creed I'd imagine.  Like with most things, when taken to the extreme it can get kind of silly.
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