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17101  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Are fundementalist "Christians" real Christians? on: March 28, 2009, 06:49:42 am
Very few "Christians" are real Christians.  I've read the Bible and I don't understand how somebody could claim to follow Christ and drive a $50k car or live in a McMansion.  Do they not read or do they not understand?  I don't understand how a follower of Jesus could hate a gay person or a minority.  Do they not read or do they not understand?
17102  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: most 'enlightened' us state? on: March 28, 2009, 06:43:52 am
enlightened
Adjective
1. rational and having beneficial effects: an enlightened approach to social welfare
2. (of a person) tolerant and unprejudiced


Tolerant and unprejudiced?  And you filled the list with NorthEastern states and the Pacific coast states?  With "tolerant and unprejudiced" in mind it has to be an upper midwestern state.  My first thought was Minn, but our emo friend lives there so that's out.  Maybe Iowa?  Wyoming?  Probably Wyoming, there isn't enough people there to be intolerant and prejudicial.
17103  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / "green" laws lead to smuggling in Spokane on: March 28, 2009, 06:32:10 am
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The quest for squeaky-clean dishes has turned some law-abiding people in Spokane into dishwater-detergent smugglers. They are bringing Cascade or Electrasol in from out of state because the eco-friendly varieties required under Washington state law don't work as well. Spokane County became the launch pad last July for the nation's strictest ban on dishwasher detergent made with phosphates, a measure aimed at reducing water pollution. The ban will be expanded statewide in July 2010, the same time similar laws take effect in several other states.

But it's not easy to get sparkling dishes when you go green.

Many people were shocked to find that products like Seventh Generation, Ecover and Trader Joe's left their dishes encrusted with food, smeared with grease and too gross to use without rewashing them by hand. The culprit was hard water, which is mineral-rich and resistant to soap.

As a result, there has been a quiet rush of Spokane-area shoppers heading east on Interstate 90 into Idaho in search of old-school suds.

Real estate agent Patti Marcotte of Spokane stocks up on detergent at a Costco in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and doesn't care who knows it.

"Yes, I am a smuggler," she said. "I'm taking my chances because dirty dishes I cannot live with."

(In truth, the ban applies to the sale of phosphate detergent - not its use or possession - so Marcotte is not in any legal trouble.)

Marcotte said she tried every green brand in her dishwasher and found none would remove grease and pieces of food. Everybody she knows buys dishwasher detergent in Idaho, she said.

Supporters of the ban acknowledge it is not very popular.

"I'm not hearing a lot of positive feedback," conceded Shannon Brattebo of the Washington Lake Protection Association, a prime mover of the ban. "I think people are driving to Idaho."

Steve Marcy, manager of the Costco in Coeur d'Alene, about 10 miles east of the Washington state line, estimated that sales of dishwasher detergent in his store have increased 10 percent. He knows where the customers are coming from.

"I'll joke with them and ask if they are from Spokane," Marcy said. "They say, `Oh yeah.'"
17104  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Israel? on: March 28, 2009, 06:26:01 am
Yes, yes oh hell yes.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, if they took the route of Gandhi and MLKJr they could be as free as they want to be in a year or two.
17105  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Process / Re: Major campaign underway to nullify Electoral College on: March 28, 2009, 06:04:21 am
This is a ridiculous scheme.  We should stick with the current system.

And why would any state want to throw away its voting power by adopting a proposal like this?  It reall doesn't make any sense to effectively hand your voting power to other people.

So you really think that states have more "voting power" under our current scheme.  People in Utah, Vermont, Idaho, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Massachussets, California, ect. ect. really have a lot of say in our Presidential election these days.  They get a lot of attention from the candidates don't they?  How many times did Obama and McCain visit California, the most populous state in the union during the general election.  Probably a fraction of the number of times that they visited the Nevada, which is a state that is a fraction of the size of California in terms of population.  But I guess that that makes sense to you.  It's OK for all of our voting power in Presidential elections to be concentrated in the hands of only a handful of "swing states."  It's alright by you if the votes of the people of Utah or Massachussets are virtually meaningless while the votes of the people of the state of Florida or Ohio are each of crucial importance.  Why not have a system where every vote in every state counts equally, period.  Candidates couldn't simply focus all of their time on only a handful of swing states.  They would need to visit every state because even if they weren't competitive in a state, it would still be important for that candidate to cut down on the size of their defeat in that state.  Similarly, even if a candidate was sure to win a state, it would still be crucially important for that candidate to visit the state in order to maximize their margin of victory in the state. 
And if we went to a popular vote system the candidates would never get away from the coasts at all.  How would that be better?
17106  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: emo and goth to be outlawed in Russia on: March 28, 2009, 05:57:15 am
It just showed up on Fark yesterday, I should have checked the date.  My mistake.
17107  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Talked to a mortgage lender Thursday afternoon... on: March 28, 2009, 05:45:20 am
Wow friends, way to knock the fellow down for nothin.
This^


re:the OP.  Does that $700 a month count insurance and your escrow as well?  My sister wasn't paying attention when she bought her....at least her second, if not third home (not 3 total, 1 at a time) and her mortgage guy didn't put the escrow/insurance part into her loan paperwork.  Tax time comes and they were up sh**t creek.  You don't have to have it as part of your loan payment, but you need to know if it's not so you can prepare throughout the year.
17108  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: do you like people that think they are less important than they really are? on: March 28, 2009, 05:39:14 am
This is one of things that we all should do in moderation, but nobody should in excess.  As has been mentioned it can lead to some annoying behaviour or worse, suicide.
17109  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Sexless love or loveless sex? on: March 28, 2009, 05:36:37 am
As a married man I've already found sexless love, thus I'm forced to pick loveless sex.
17110  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Freedom Tower no longer to be called Freedom Tower on: March 28, 2009, 05:35:06 am
HEY!  Unions may often be violent and corrupt but that doesn't make them terrorists.  They gave us the 8 hour workday, the 15 minute coffee break, the 2 hour mid day nap and the economy crushing pension plan, how can they be bad?
17111  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: emo and goth to be outlawed in Russia on: March 28, 2009, 05:30:22 am
I really don't care that much if Russia wants to stick with their normal authoritarian ways, it's no skin off my teeth.  This was more of a bash on emos than it was on Russia anyway.  Yes, The Sun sucks as do school uniforms and Nanny Statism in general.

You may now return to defending the Motherland by ignoring their faults and bashing sensational news organizations instead.
17112  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: emo and goth to be outlawed in Russia on: March 28, 2009, 05:12:35 am
And I don't remember The Sun ever restricting websites or banning specific clothing styles, but I don't read everything they print.
17113  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: emo and goth to be outlawed in Russia on: March 28, 2009, 04:47:01 am
Yes, clearly The Sun is worse than the Russian govt.
17114  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 1 out of 3 Americans think stars and athletes should have salery cap on: March 28, 2009, 04:22:55 am
Nah, they aren't that dumb.  Certainly on the same road though.
17115  General Politics / International General Discussion / emo and goth to be outlawed in Russia on: March 28, 2009, 03:15:14 am
Emos ecstatic to finally have a legitimate reason to feel oppressed
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note-it's from The Sun so feel free to ignore if it doesn't fit your agenda.
17116  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Sexless love or loveless sex? on: March 28, 2009, 02:59:03 am
Define sex.
Normally (but not limited to) genital stimulation until climax.

Pretty harsh
Only if you're doing it right.
17117  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Sexless love or loveless sex? on: March 28, 2009, 02:08:09 am
Define sex.
Normally (but not limited to) genital stimulation until climax.
17118  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / 1 out of 3 Americans think stars and athletes should have salery cap on: March 28, 2009, 02:06:10 am
....of just one million dollars.  Rasmussen via the NY Post so take with a large amount of salt.  Still, idiots.
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Call it the A-Rod tax.

One in three Americans believe the government should make it illegal to pay athletes and movie stars more than $1 million per year, according to a new poll.

A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey released Thursday found that 30 percent favor government pay limits for jocks and film stars.

There is more support for capping the pay of corporate executives - with 36 percent saying the federal government should make it illegal to pay any company exec more than $1 million a year.
17119  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Freedom Tower no longer to be called Freedom Tower on: March 28, 2009, 01:56:06 am
One World Trade Center will be the name instead.  link


Good.  Freedom Tower was a silly name.


I see that we are finally starting to see some progress on the damed thing.  It's about time.  Who are we blaming for the delay this year?
17120  Forum Community / Forum Community / Sexless love or loveless sex? on: March 28, 2009, 01:48:22 am
You have to pick one and it lasts for the rest of your life.  go
17121  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Issue, part 37 on: March 28, 2009, 01:23:02 am
Where are people denied access to clean water?
17122  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Issue, part 37 on: March 28, 2009, 12:39:46 am
     No one can be effectively excluded from consuming it, basically. There's a lot more to say about it, though you can read about it here.
rgr

Then yes is my answer.

To clarify, nobody can deny another individual access to water.  On the flip side, nobody (including a govt) should be required to make clean water available for whomever wants it whenever they want it.  Meaning, water is a public good but MY water isn't.  (not that I would deny MY water from an individual that needed it.  But if that individual comes back several times a day over a period of time I should have the right to tell him/her to go suck eggs)
17123  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Issue, part 37 on: March 28, 2009, 12:12:34 am
What do you mean?
17124  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Agree or Disagree: Beavis and Butthead > South Park on: March 27, 2009, 11:56:54 pm
I was two years out of High School when B&B hit and I loved it.  Watching it on DVD now kind of sucks, the show hasn't aged well and they took out the videos.

But like the South Park vs Family Guy discussion, South Park wins because it's so much smarter and is still funny.  I like Family Guy.  I like Beavis and Butt Head.  Neither comes even close to the quality that South Park hits.
17125  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of Mohammed on: March 27, 2009, 11:50:11 pm
This thread is a festival of ignorance.

Well done.
And you are going to help us get rid of that ignorance with this post?  Why don't you fight our ignorance so we don't make these mistakes again?

^^^^

Feel free to enlighten us, Iosif.
I guess we remain ignorant Eraserhead.
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