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17076  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of the Roman Catholic Church in regards to the Freemasons on: March 17, 2009, 11:06:28 pm
I bet our Russian friend can't explain why he hates them either.

Sometimes my mind slips and I think all the idiots are on the far right, then I read threads like this and remember there are idiots of all political stripes.  Thank you BRTD.  Thank you Mr. Stoned.  Thank you to many of our Euro friends.

Your welcome asshole.
I'm not the guy that believes in retarded conspiracy theories...but if it makes you feel better to insult instead of explain your idiocy, feel free to continue.
17077  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Sci-Fi Channel to die soon on: March 17, 2009, 07:27:04 am
     Sci fi jumped the shark after ST:TOS.
I've always had a love/hate relationship with them.  They picked up MST3K many moons ago when Comedy Central dropped it...Awesome!....but then they made them only do "SciFi" movies and forced them to do story lines that the crew didn't want to do (and then failed to release them in order anyway).  Suck!
17078  Forum Community / Forum Community / Sci-Fi Channel to die soon on: March 17, 2009, 06:06:55 am
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In some universe, the name “Syfy” is less geeky than the name “Sci Fi.” Dave Howe, president of the Sci Fi Channel, is betting it’s this one.

To that end, the 16-year-old network—owned by NBC Universal—plans to announce that Syfy is its new name March 16 at its upfront presentation to advertisers in New York.

“What we love about this is we hopefully get the best of both worlds,” Mr. Howe said. “We’ll get the heritage and the track record of success, and we’ll build off of that to build a broader, more open and accessible and relatable and human-friendly brand.”

Sci Fi is coming off the best year in its history. In primetime it ranked 13th in total viewers among ad-supported cable networks in 2008. It’s a top-10 network in both adults 18 to 49 (up 4%) and adults 25 to 54 (up 6%).

During its fourth-quarter earnings call, parent General Electric said Sci Fi racked up a double-digit increase in operating earnings despite the beginnings of the recession.

Nevertheless, there was always a sneaking suspicion that the name was holding the network back.

“The name Sci Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that, as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular,” said TV historian Tim Brooks, who helped launch Sci Fi Channel when he worked at USA Network.

Mr. Brooks said that when people who say they don’t like science fiction enjoy a film like “Star Wars,” they don’t think it’s science fiction; they think it’s a good movie.

“We spent a lot of time in the ’90s trying to distance the network from science fiction, which is largely why it’s called Sci Fi,” Mr. Brooks said. “It’s somewhat cooler and better than the name ‘Science Fiction.’ But even the name Sci Fi is limiting.”

Mr. Howe said going to Syfy will make a difference.

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So, after your best year yet you:
A.insult your entire fanbase
B.add wrestling to your line up (I know they did this last year)
C.continue making Alien Sharkmonster IV:The Return of Ed Asner style movies
17079  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is Xahar a good Muslim? on: March 17, 2009, 04:09:15 am
It would probably depend on how one defines "good Muslim".  Do "good Muslims" do what he did here to get himself suspended/banned?  I would hope not, but I don't know what makes somebody a "good Muslim".  We get a lot of mixed signals from them.
17080  General Politics / International General Discussion / France to rejoin NATO? on: March 17, 2009, 04:03:03 am
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There is a story about a conversation between General de Gaulle, who, as president of the French Republic, telephoned his American counterpart Lyndon B Johnson, to inform him that France had decided to withdraw from the North Atlantic Treaty alliance.

Since its foundation nearly two decades earlier, Nato had had its headquarters in France. Now Nato would have to move.

Furthermore, de Gaulle added, it was his intention that all American service personnel should be removed from French soil.

"Does that include," Johnson is said to have replied, "those buried in it?"

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Paris had been liberated by her own people, he declared, "with the help of the armies of France, with the help and support of the whole of France, that is to say of fighting France, the true France, the eternal France."

France knew, in its heart, even in 1944, that that was not true. It took until the 1980s for a generation of historians properly to re-examine the darkest chapter of France's 20th Century history.

When I was living in Paris, it struck me that Sarkozy - not yet president - had the potential to be France's first post-Gaullist leader.

His enemies called him "Sarkozy the American" in the hope that this would make him unelectable. It did not work.

And now he has taken his country back into the Atlanticist fold.

It seems to me another step in a long journey, in which France - in its mature, disputatious, entrenched democracy - is growing reconciled to the history that is now challenging the myths.
This is a good thing....right?
17081  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: Why lawyers and judges suck. Reason number 32,542 on: March 17, 2009, 03:49:37 am
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A state Supreme Court ruling that allows a Bettendorf woman to sue over injuries her daughter suffered when she was struck with an errant bat at a minor-league baseball game threatens the spirit of America's pastime, according to a judge who said his fellow justices have "taken a mighty swing ... and missed by a mile."

Justice Mark Cady's critique of Friday's 5-2 decision said generations of baseball fans have known that the potential for injury from a foul ball or shattered bat is part of the game's fabric.


Cady's lengthy dissent argues that the decision to let Cynthia Sweeney's lawsuit go forward has "changed the game."

"With this decision, America's pastime risks becoming a different, or less frequent, event for children than enjoyed in the past," he wrote. "There is no joy on this day around Iowa's ballparks."

The lawsuit stems from a June 2003 Quad City River Bandits game in Davenport that Tara Sweeney, 8, attended as part of a field trip organized by the Bettendorf parks and recreation department. Sweeney sat in the third or fourth row of bleachers about 30 feet past third base, beyond the area where a net protects spectators, according to court records.

When Sweeney turned her head to talk to a friend, a player lost control of his bat, which traveled about 120 feet and struck the girl in the head. Her mother had signed a liability waiver that absolved the city of responsibility for accidents or injuries on the field trip. But the Sweeneys argued that supervisors of the outing were nonetheless negligent.

A Scott County judge threw out the lawsuit.

But the Supreme Court ruled that the city had "a duty to ... protect the children's safety at the ballpark," adding that a jury could find parks employees put the child in an "unreasonably hazardous location" to watch the game.

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It's generally recognized that spectators can't sue for being hit by a foul ball, but the New Jersey Supreme Court in 2005 ruled in favor of a fan struck by a ball while in line to buy beer. The New Jersey justices said there should be no expectation that the fan could pay attention while in a concession line. That spurred legislators to pass a law that protects stadium owners from lawsuits.
17082  General Politics / International General Discussion / Russian bombers to use Cuban runways. No, this is not 1962. on: March 17, 2009, 03:43:13 am
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Russia expressed interest in using Cuban airfields during patrol missions of its strategic bombers, Russia's Interfax news agency reported

"There are four or five airfields in Cuba with 4,000-meter-long runways, which absolutely suit us," Maj. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev told Interfax.

Zhikharev, who is the chief of staff of the Russian Air Force's long-range aviation, said, "If the two chiefs of state display such a political will, we are ready to fly there."

Zhikharev also told Interfax that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has offered a military airfield on La Orchila island as a temporary base for Russian strategic bombers.

"If a relevant political decision is made, this is possible," he said, according to Interfax. Zhikharev said he visited La Orchila in 2008 and can confirm that with minor reconstruction, the airfield owned by a local naval base can accept fully-loaded Russian strategic bombers.
17083  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: is this statement anti-Catholic? on: March 17, 2009, 02:17:42 am
[There's] nothing wrong with romanticizing home. I do it too. But one trip to the bowling alley with all the overly-procreating Catholic moms and their six kids reminds me well of the Long Island I hate.
No, it just tells the reader/listener that the guy saying it is an ignorant jackass.  Plus everybody knows "you can never go home again".
17084  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of the Roman Catholic Church in regards to the Freemasons on: March 17, 2009, 02:14:41 am
I bet our Russian friend can't explain why he hates them either.

Sometimes my mind slips and I think all the idiots are on the far right, then I read threads like this and remember there are idiots of all political stripes.  Thank you BRTD.  Thank you Mr. Stoned.  Thank you to many of our Euro friends.
17085  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Iraqi footballer shot dead by fan on: March 16, 2009, 01:42:11 am
Damn! They learn fast from Americans!

Roll Eyes

Well, pardon, bad joke.
Yeah, we don't shoot refs.  That's more of a Latin America kind of thing.  I suppose that is what you could have meant by "Americans".


We shoot each other for shoes.
17086  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: the Destiny of Humankind on: March 15, 2009, 05:15:10 am
Random really bad space event in our corner of the Milky Way.  It will happen any 10,000,000 years now.
17087  General Discussion / History / Re: Opinion of the Dresden Bombings on: March 15, 2009, 05:12:59 am
WAY overrated by history.
17088  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What´s the unemployment rate in your county ? on: March 15, 2009, 05:09:33 am
You have no one to thank but yourselves. 

(I'm not blaming you, I'm blaming the voters of California and their nutless legislators)
17089  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Farm Subsidies on: March 15, 2009, 03:36:01 am
Kill 'em all.  For small farms too.
17090  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Opinion of this forum? on: March 14, 2009, 10:26:15 am
You understandably get a lot more crap for stereotyping 30% of the population than you do 2% though.
touché Smiley
17091  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: U.S. State Dept. reopens dialogue with Syria, suggests future Israel-Syria talks on: March 14, 2009, 02:23:53 am
One fear is that Syria will do what Lebanon or Gaza has done and allow non-state entities to attack Israel from their recently returned Golan and then claim they can do nothing to stop it.  Then cry to Europe and the UN when Israel defends herself.  Followed by the "proportional response" line of BS we are always fed afterwords by the anti-Zionists.
17092  General Discussion / History / Re: Opinion of the Irish government during WWII on: March 14, 2009, 01:32:08 am
I must say he is very good at not getting your point.  Or at least he is doing a hell of a job avoiding it.
17093  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Truth not enough to protect us from libel suits on: March 14, 2009, 12:41:12 am
at least in Mass.  link
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Journalists who believe truth is the ultimate defense against libel suits fear that a federal appeals court has created a dangerous exception that could chill news reporting.

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston ruled recently that a former salesman at Staples can sue the company for libel after a vice president sent an e-mail to about 1,500 employees saying the salesman had been fired for violations of company procedures regarding expenses reimbursements.

Although the decision did not involve a news outlet, it has alarmed journalists, bloggers, and media law specialists, who worry that it could discourage news organizations from pursuing true stories that might cast subjects in a bad light.

On his blog Media Law, Robert J. Ambrogi, a lawyer and executive director of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association, called the ruling by a three-member panel "the most dangerous libel decision in decades."

"It puts a crack in the granite of what's been an assumption for a long time," he said in an interview yesterday.

Staples has asked the full appeals court to reconsider the ruling, and 51 news organizations have filed a friend-of-the-court brief saying that the decision, if allowed to stand, "will create a precedent that hinders the media's ability to rely on truthful publication to avoid defamation liability."
(much more at link)
17094  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Opinion of this forum? on: March 13, 2009, 11:29:39 pm
..and if I tried to give Democrats sh**t for this I'd correctly be labeled an idiot.  Yet broad brushes paint libertarians this color on a weekly basis.  Democrats pride themselves on being open minded and against stereotypes, yet they are as bad as anybody else.
17095  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Was GM's attempt to destroy Ralph Nader an act of heroism? on: March 13, 2009, 11:14:49 pm
How did GM do this?  I have always been under the impression it was Nader trying to destroy GM (or at least the Corvair).
17096  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Examiner Poll: Is SoFA Earl's Position Untenable? on: March 13, 2009, 06:03:19 am
What they said.
17097  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: U.S. State Dept. reopens dialogue with Syria, suggests future Israel-Syria talks on: March 13, 2009, 05:13:55 am
Golan is a lot closer to the major population centers than the Sinai is.


It's all desert down there.
17098  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: U.S. State Dept. reopens dialogue with Syria, suggests future Israel-Syria talks on: March 13, 2009, 04:26:02 am
The internets are conspiring against me posting in this thread tonight.
Well, the Sinai was also surrendered gradually, but one can't really expect Syria to give up the Golan Heights, when the international consensus since 1945 is to forgo annexations as punishment for wars and when Egypt received the Sinai back.
If neither are willing to give up their claim to the Heights to get peace, it's not just Israel that is being pigheaded about it.
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Remmember that when Egypt got back Sinai, there were also doomsayers who said that Israel would be too vulnerable without it.
In any case, territorial buffers in today's age are not as effective as they once were and probably are not worth continued hostility with all its negative consequences.
It's more than just a buffer.  It's a very strategic location, especially for anyone wanting to fire rockets into Israeli population centers.

They (Israel) can give up much of it, as they've offered before, but Syria is going to have give up some things too.  Like remaining buddies with Iran and their continued dicking around in Lebanon.
17099  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What's the last movie you've seen? on: March 13, 2009, 03:53:50 am
k...I wasn't done yet when I posted that.  Somehow it got worse over the last several minutes (I'm actually still not done with it yet).  Is this the worst movie Spielburg has ever been involved with?  If not, what is worse?  Maybe it's a really clever parody of movies like it?
17100  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What's the last movie you've seen? on: March 13, 2009, 03:41:13 am
Eagle Eye- 2 hours of STUPID!  Avoid at all costs.
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