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17101  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: BREAKING NEWS: Up to 5 shot in possible sniper attack at Omaha mall, WOWT TV rep on: December 06, 2007, 07:02:42 am
I've heard (no site) that it was an SKS and that he stole it from his step dad.  Just local rumors as far as I know.

edit-verification of SKS...stolen from stepdad still just rumor as far as I know.
17102  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Which of these places would you rather donate your money? on: December 06, 2007, 12:27:31 am
If we really wanted to help the people in Darfur we would be petitioning our govt to send the military there.  The only way life is ever going to get better there is if regime change happens.
17103  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Strategic Vison-IA: 50% of Republican Caucus Goers support withdrawal from Iraq on: December 06, 2007, 12:18:08 am
What does this mean for Ron Paul?
17104  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should members of the Church of Peyote be allowed to consume mescaline? on: December 05, 2007, 12:47:40 am
It should be illegal, BTW.
Why?
17105  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Gays in the Military? on: December 05, 2007, 12:45:27 am
They have free time, but they are still on active duty.  Honest question (I have no knowledge of military down time), where exactly do these people find the privacy to just have sex?  Maybe this is effecting my judgment of the situation.
You don't think people in the military spend 100% of their time outside doing pushups or inside sleeping in a big room with 20 bunk beds do you?  We go to bars, have wives, take vacations, own homes, etc. 

Where do they have sex?  Usually in their bedrooms.

(but yes, people on Active Duty never really have down time.  I was called in on several occasions at zero:dark thirty for exercises and what not.  Even on leave the govt can (and has) call people back on duty.)
17106  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What issues matter to you most going into 2008? on: December 05, 2007, 12:31:57 am
Economic-Stop trading with countries that abuse the civil rights of their citizens.  Save/fix the dollar.  No handouts to jackasses with bad home loans.  Get the Fed out of 90% of the things they have their hands in (education, medical, science).

Social-More liberty for the citizenry.  The Fed shouldn't be involved in any social issue not specifically spelled out in the Constitution.  Social issues should be left up to the various states.  If somebody is going to tell me I can't get high or play with guns, it should be my state, not the Federal govt.
17107  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: ICE nets more than 30,000 immigration fugitives in fiscal year on: December 05, 2007, 12:15:11 am
We need to increase that number by a factor of 10.
17108  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: December Poll: Republicans on: December 05, 2007, 12:02:09 am
68% of the people on this forum are republicans. talk about conservative bias
You're joking right?
17109  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is getting a lapdance from a stripper of another race immoral? on: December 04, 2007, 07:06:55 am
The question of morality of a lap dance is one thing and should depend on whether you are in a committed relationship or not, however, the race does not mean anything.
17110  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: US Could Cut 28% of CO2 Emissions Relatively Cheaply, Study Reveals on: December 04, 2007, 06:57:03 am
Damn, I was hoping this was going to be about farting cows.

So how will the Feds force us to play ball this time?
17111  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: High School Play Censored by PC Police on: December 01, 2007, 04:02:55 pm
Hey, conservatives do this type of PC-ness too. They've protested performances of The Vagina Monologues.
Both sides do the censorship thing.  Both sides often ignore it when others on their side do it yet cry foul when the "bad guys" do it.  We should cry louder when it's a jackass on our own side doing it.  We think Muslims should be more forthcoming with their condemnation of terrorists, but we whinge "but they do it too" whenever somebody we agree with ideologically does something abhorrent like this.
17112  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Which country has more freedom? on: November 30, 2007, 11:02:30 am
But as long as the corporations and the govt stays out of each others business you're not forced into doing anything in Country B.  In country B, you're free to opt out of the badness, in country A, you have no choice.  In country B, if you don't like the way company 1 is dealing with your information, you can take your money to company 2 or company 3 or company 103.  If you don't like the way country A is forcing you to jump through hoops just so you can sell a widget you can't just pick your widget factory up and move to country C.  You might not ever build that widget factory in country A in the first place, not when you can build it in country B or C.

I understand that you guys prefer country A.  That's cool.  You feel the need to have elected officials protect you from the evils of business.  That's a totally reasonable way to think about things.  I don't agree with it, but I understand it.  Just don't tell me I'm wrong because I picked the country that forces you do less against your will.  I call that being more free, but I can certainly understand how one could see otherwise.

edit-Corporations can't force you to do something you don't want to do, countries can.
17113  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Which country has more freedom? on: November 30, 2007, 08:48:43 am
Country B is more free. 

You don't HAVE to purchase things with a credit card.  You don't HAVE to surf the internet leaving cookies everywhere.  You don't HAVE to do buisness with companies that sell your info to the highest bidder.  In Country A, you HAVE to pay higher taxes and buiseness HAVE to deal with strict govt interference.  You are more free, by far, in country B.

It's not the issue of whether one purchases things or not, but whether credit card companies and corporations have access to your private details and liberally exchange them. Whether it's a government wiretapping you, or a company/business having access to your private details, they're both forms of surveillance, and I'm surprised to see many libertarians missing the connection between the two.

Also, note the description of country A - no wiretapping without a warrant, privacy is taken seriously, etc. I cannot comprehend how someone can regard taxation and relatively high business regulation as intrinsically worse and more intrusive than every individual being constantly monitored by private companies.
Sure, if you want to ignore my point, that makes perfect sense.  Citizens CHOSE who they want to do buisness with.  You don't get to CHOSE whether your country over taxes and over regulates you.  I cannot comprehend how someone can regaurd FORCED taxation and FORCED regulation as less intrusive than the ability to CHOSE where you want to spend your money.
17114  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Which country has more freedom? on: November 30, 2007, 08:44:11 am
Country B is more free. 

You don't HAVE to purchase things with a credit card.  You don't HAVE to surf the internet leaving cookies everywhere.  You don't HAVE to do buisness with companies that sell your info to the highest bidder.  In Country A, you HAVE to pay higher taxes and buiseness HAVE to deal with strict govt interference.  You are more free, by far, in country B.

You don't HAVE to... if you're fine with living in a cave.
Are you saying you couldn't live without a credit card in 2007 America?

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Given how much of my time is already taken up by answering the phone only to find a telemarketer on the other end, I shudder to think of what country B would be like.
I assumed the OP was refering to the US with Country B.
17115  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Which country has more freedom? on: November 30, 2007, 07:38:35 am
Country B is more free. 

You don't HAVE to purchase things with a credit card.  You don't HAVE to surf the internet leaving cookies everywhere.  You don't HAVE to do buisness with companies that sell your info to the highest bidder.  In Country A, you HAVE to pay higher taxes and buiseness HAVE to deal with strict govt interference.  You are more free, by far, in country B.
17116  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should Manhunt 2 be banned? on: November 30, 2007, 07:28:12 am
No video game should be "banned".  Even a game simulating you, as Jesus, raping Ayn Rand.  Stores can chose to sell or not sell specific games.  People can refuse to shop at stores that sell certain games.  If the video game makers want to get together to make it difficult for games of a hardcore nature to get published, that's their business.

But the govt shouldn't be in the business of telling it's citizens what they should and shouldn't be playing on their TV's and their PC's.  Individual liberty trumps everything else, even the opinion of the hollier-than-thou's.
17117  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Do politicians have an anti-urban bias? on: November 30, 2007, 12:44:00 am
What "rural" issues are you guys talking about that are getting all this nationwide, mainstream press?
17118  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which is more socially acceptable? on: November 30, 2007, 12:39:28 am
You can smoke a Cig outside of nearly any buisness establishment and only get a few dirty looks.  You light up a fatty in the same place and somebody will call the cops on you.  That might not be universally true in the US, but it is in 90% of the country.
17119  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Partisan affiliation poll on: November 30, 2007, 12:35:56 am
Lean Republican even if I haven't "leanded that way" since the 2002 Congresional Election.
17120  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Sudanese bear naming incident on: November 30, 2007, 12:33:10 am
They are hoping this will stop more westerners from coming to their sh**t hole to shine a light on it.
17121  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Does the mainstream media have a liberal or conservative bias? on: November 30, 2007, 12:24:08 am
I'd say slightly liberal in the US, but it's close enough to center that everyone gets slammed now and then. Sensationalism to get ratings is the real goal of the media at large anyways.
If we're just talking TV news (and we are), this is correct.  Overall, tends to fall to the left more often than not.  Print media is probably closer to center.  Radio falls hard right.  The internet is all over the place.
17122  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Dems Debate Cancelled Due to Writers Strike on: November 30, 2007, 12:10:29 am
...

When I first saw the thread title, I thought it was a joke.

I'm still not convinced it isn't.
It certainly reads like the start of a joke.  A bad one.
17123  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Go Ron Paul! on: November 28, 2007, 02:13:28 pm
Hey look, more "Ron Paul sucks but I can't explain why" drive by posts!  More "I have nothing to add to the thread and I only came in here to poop on it" posers.  Awesome!  This thread needs more of those.  You guys make the "crazy" Ron Paul supporters look like the good guys.  Thank you.

I love the smell of crack in the morning! The reason why he sucks is because he is really a conservative trying to be "libertarian". He's not libertarian at all...unless you like pot....does Ron Paul even support drug reform... I'm glad he supports corporate welfare reform, but still...
Hey look, more "Ron Paul sucks but I can't explain why" drive by posts!  More "I have nothing to add to the thread and I only came in here to poop on it" posers.  Awesome!  This thread needs more of those.  You guys make the "crazy" Ron Paul supporters look like the good guys.  Thank you.
17124  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Go Ron Paul! on: November 28, 2007, 06:03:34 am
I'm not one to get caught up in symbols and what not, but the way I understand it is he wants to put the "love" in the revolution.  The revolution being one against the status quo.

And I can only assume you're being a hyperbolic asshat (or willfully ignorant) with the "99%" line.  Afterall, if you can't attack the candidate properly, demonize the followers.
17125  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Go Ron Paul! on: November 28, 2007, 04:41:46 am
Hey look, more "Ron Paul sucks but I can't explain why" drive by posts!  More "I have nothing to add to the thread and I only came in here to poop on it" posers.  Awesome!  This thread needs more of those.  You guys make the "crazy" Ron Paul supporters look like the good guys.  Thank you.
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