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17076  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Homeschoolers' setback sends shockwaves throughout the state on: March 07, 2008, 01:03:16 pm
Is it ironic if the state forces people at gun point* to read 1984?





*that's what "criminally prosecuted for failing to comply" means
Please. Stop. Raping. Irony. Thanks.
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ironic

adjective
1.  humorously sarcastic or mocking; "dry humor"; "an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely"; "an ironic novel"; "an ironical smile"; "with a wry Scottish wit" [syn: dry] 
2.  characterized by often poignant difference or incongruity between what is expected and what actually is; "madness, an ironic fate for such a clear thinker"; "it was ironical that the well-planned scheme failed so completely" 
I'm pretty sure this falls under number 2 there.  You'd assume if the state was going to have you read 1984 they wouldn't do it at gun point.
17077  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Homeschoolers' setback sends shockwaves throughout the state on: March 07, 2008, 12:39:33 pm
Is it ironic if the state forces people at gun point* to read 1984?





*that's what "criminally prosecuted for failing to comply" means
17078  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Pelosi blames McCain on: March 07, 2008, 10:34:50 am
I'm confused.  Is she suggesting we should have overspent on the contract just to give it to an American company?  If Boeing can't compete in a free market then they need to go out of buisness (or change their ways).  That's how the market works.  Giving the contract to EADS/NG saves ALL Americans money at the expense of a very small percentage of Americans (those employed by and the stock owners of Boeing).  This is why it's not always a bad thing when the Nike factory moves from Washington state to Vietnam, sure it sucks for the guys that used to make the Nike's, but everybody else gets cheaper Nike's.
17079  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Christians:can you own two coats? on: March 07, 2008, 10:23:07 am
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Luke 3:11-KJV-He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
NASB-And he would answer and say to them, "The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise"

So, do you got two coats?  How do you couch that with the above verse and all the other parts of the Bible where Jesus tells you to give up all you don't absolutly need.  How do preachers driving Caddy's sleep at night knowing there are kids going to bed hungry in their same town?

(sorry if we've done this before)
17080  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Venezuela, Ecuador send troops to Columbian border on: March 07, 2008, 04:05:11 am
Ahh, not hyperbole, just incorrect use of the language.  I guess we can excuse him because it could just be a bad translation.  Genocide, like the oft misused "gulag", has a very specific meaning.  Being dominated by capitalism (whatever that means) isn't genocidal.  Hong Kong was dominated by capitalism for a century and if that's genocide, Darfur is demanding a new diciontary.
17081  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Venezuela, Ecuador send troops to Columbian border on: March 07, 2008, 03:25:40 am
"Genocidal" though?  I know the far left like hyperbole as much as the right, but sheesh.  That's like PETA comparing a chicken farm to the holocaust.
17082  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Battle of the States: ELITE EIGHT~! ++++ Colorado vs Massachusetts ++++ on: March 07, 2008, 02:34:41 am
Mass. still sucks and nobody has given any good reason in this or any other thread to pick it over any other state.   How's the wind farm coming Ted?  Still threatening to block the scenery of your rich friends?  There are people in the state driving an SUV by themselves to work, bitching about the price of gas, bitching about Bush's oil buddies, bitching that we don't have any good alternative energy sources and yet will gladly vote for Teddy again. 

The ignorance is amazing!
17083  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is leftism pro-Islam? on: March 07, 2008, 02:26:25 am
The left isn't pro Islam.  Many on the far left are anti-Israel (note I didn't say anti-semitic...though some of them are) and thus have a lot of common ground with many extremist Muslim Fundie organizations.  There were a LOT of hijab's at the handfull of peace rally's a few years ago (why'd you guys stop doing peace marches?  There is a lot more to do now than there was in 1969 I guess.  "Hey, peace march today you going?"  "nah, Oprah is on").  A.N.S.W.E.R. is certainly pro Islam, but many on the left distance themselves from them (as they should) in the same way right leaning groups distance themselves from the KKK.

So no, the "left" isn't pro-Islam.  Though some on the left share a hatred of the state of Israel with many Muslims.
17084  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinon of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on: March 07, 2008, 12:39:42 am
Imadinnerjacket?  Horrible person.
17085  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Oil tops $105. Oil wavers as traders profit from rally. on: March 07, 2008, 12:37:48 am
Good.  This will get us off the evil foreign oil sooner rather than later.  Right?  Isn't that what we all want?
17086  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Venezuela, Ecuador send troops to Columbian border on: March 07, 2008, 12:26:47 am
So in the end while Colombia has a major advantage in the number of men currently in uniform the Venezuelans have a very large edge when it comes to military equipment, especially when it comes to the Air Force.
Air superiority trumps everything else in modern war.
17087  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does Xahar post too much? on: March 07, 2008, 12:09:19 am
It wouldn't be a big deal if his sig wasn't a screen and a half long.  Do you really need three (3!) pictures as your sig?  3?
17088  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: what web browser/operating system are you using on: March 07, 2008, 12:07:21 am
Depends on where I'm at.  My main box is running XP and IE7, but very little of my internet browings are done from there.  All the work machines run Win2k (what I ran everywhere at home until just recently.  2k is the best OS Microsoft has ever made, by far.  Most of the good of XP without most of the bad.) with IE7.  I've got an Ubuntu box running in the basement, but I never use it for surfing.  I've also got an K6-2 550Mhz running 2k in the basement, that's where I do most of my forum whoring.
17089  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Someone tosses home-made bomb into Times Square recruiting station on: March 06, 2008, 08:24:53 am
Why do I have the feeling some of the jackasses around here are going to say this is a good thing?  At least it makes spotting the violent, authoriatarian leftists easier.
17090  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Battle of the States: ELITE EIGHT~! ++++ Oregon vs Montana ++++ on: March 06, 2008, 01:19:52 am
Big Sky Country
17091  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Which is more important for Hispanics in the USA? on: March 05, 2008, 04:12:05 am
It doesn't matter, if they stay, they'll be assimilated just like everybody else has been.
17092  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: If you were making a comedy movie, would you hire opebo as a co-writer? on: March 04, 2008, 07:24:18 am
If I got enough money, hell yeah. I'm sure he'd take the opportunity to be able to stay in Thailand without returning to the US or working for years in exchange for writing up a little bit of witty dialogue.
Witty?  There are a million adjectives you could throw at opebo's posts and you chose witty?  Do you know what witty means?
17093  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is it hypocritical to defend Ralph Nader and occasionally gamble? on: March 04, 2008, 06:58:35 am
Is this like owning pets and giving money to PETA (they hate pets)?  Is Nader anti gambling?  Like the Christian Fundies?  How odd.
17094  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Battle of the States: ELITE EIGHT~! ++++ California vs Washington ++++ on: March 04, 2008, 06:56:15 am
Humboldt County FTW
17095  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Battle of the Countries: Libya to Malaysia on: March 04, 2008, 06:53:44 am
Luxembourg is the most free, just ahead of Lithuania and Liechtenstein.
17096  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Minister warns of ‘inbred’ Muslims on: March 04, 2008, 06:35:51 am
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Woolas, who represents the ethnically mixed seat of Oldham East and Saddleworth
a seat with a long embedded BNP vote, and the less Islamic seat in Oldham...
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has previously warned that Muslim women who wear headscarves could provoke “fear and resentment”.
LOL! What a dumbster bigot... "AARGH! She's wearing a headscarf! HELP! HELP! MOMMY!" That kind of "fear"?
I'm guessing the Muslim woman not wearing a headscarf might get a little nervous if she starts seeing more and more of them around her neighborhood.
17097  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should Minnesota return Virginia's Confederate battle flag? on: March 03, 2008, 03:13:13 am
Just because both groups had racism and war as a major parts of their essence doesn't mean they had a lot of other things in common.  Tik, can you list some non-racist things Nazi Germany and the Confederate States of America had in common?  I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just saying I haven't seen the evidence showing you're right.

I don't know why you're asking me, I'm not advocating anything. But if you want I could make something up Smiley
You're right, my mistake.  Go ahead and make something up though.  Maybe the Nazi's and the Confederates both had extremely large, but hidden, hardcore gay clubs?  Or both were big promoters of sport fishing?  Maybe they both were innovative in submarine warfare?  Or took new strides in undergarment fashion?
17098  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: bush neighbor drawns gun on Danish journalist who wandered onto her property on: March 03, 2008, 03:05:36 am
The old lady was a bitch.   She was in the right, but she's still a bitch.
17099  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Battle of the Countries: Honduras to Ireland on: March 03, 2008, 03:00:46 am
Ugh. Loads and loads of great countries, and 300,000 inbred fishermen in the lead.
Iceland is the Alabama of Europe?  I always thought that it was Romania or Bulgaria or something like that.  I love finding out what Euro's feel about other Euro's, it's so fascinating to me.  Has there ever been a thread about it?
17100  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should the penny be abolished? on: March 03, 2008, 02:56:39 am
I'd like to know whatever happened to 50 cent pieces.  I mean, I used to get them all the time.  Now, almost never.  I thought they were great!
Everybody collected them out of existence or gave them to their grand kids who shoved them in their underwear drawer never to be seen again.  At least that's where I kept the 2 or 3 I had as a child.  They did it right with the quarters, they made so freggin many of each that they will never be collectable.  If only Americans would embrace the dollar coin like all sane peoples everywhere.  Actually, it probably doesn't matter anymore...who carries cash?  I keep a $20 bill in my coat pocket for emergencies (like $20 would help in an emergency:) ) but never ever use it.  It's all debit or credit card anymore.
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