Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?
January 26, 2015, 01:24:36 am
HomePredMockPollEVCalcAFEWIKIHelpLogin Register
News: Please delete your old personal messages.

  Show Posts
Pages: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 ... 1061
1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Evil Sauna Cooks Man; Left "Charbroiled and Crispy." on: Today at 12:14:07 am
Had a friend who tried roasting okra recently and instead of crispy, it ended up leathery, but it tasted good.  But then okra doesn't have that much fat in it.
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Wikipedia help... on: Today at 12:08:31 am
Whether it will be deleted probably depends on whether you can find secondary sources to serve as references for what is in the article.  Did a newspaper (even a free weekly) ever do a review of them or something like that?  Did they ever release a record under a label? (Self-produced CDs don't count unless they chart, but it doesn't need to be a major label.)
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Be honest. Have you used "Obama is a black, you see" in conversation before? on: January 25, 2015, 11:58:34 pm
Occasionally when trying to explain why Republicans oppose Republican policies such as the individual healthcare mandate that Obama has supported.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Lief Reservoir of Simple Truths and Smart One-Liners on: January 25, 2015, 11:30:29 pm

Historically, Vermont was the most Republican State in the Union, consistently having either the highest or second highest Republican vote percentage from the founding of the Republican Party thru the election of 1936. It wasn't until 1964 that Vermont ever voted for a Democratic presidential candiadte and it wouldn't do so again until 1992.
5  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of doing communion this way on: January 25, 2015, 10:49:05 pm
A slight improvement, but only if it served to actually build relationships beyond the nametag stage.
6  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Special elections vs. gubenatorial appointments for Congressional vacancies on: January 25, 2015, 10:42:57 pm
For legislatures, I think simply leaving the seats vacant until the next regular election would be reasonable.  It would encourage both the parties and the voters to take the health and ethics of candidates a bit more seriously if they knew it wouldn't be easily filled if there was a problem.  At most, a provision to suspend their participation while part of an executive cabinet if making it easier for legislators to switch to the executive branch by allowing to return to their former function if their term hasn't already expired by the time they leave the cabinet.
7  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Paying out money to terrorists/ISIS in exchange for hostages' lives? on: January 25, 2015, 10:20:50 pm
Paying the money would only guarantee that they take more hostages.  It's a hard lesson that some countries desperately need to learn.
It all depends on the value you put on the lives of your compatriots... Israel sometimes exchanges one Israeli for hundreds of Palestinians.
Which I think is a mistake on their part, albeit a very understandable one.
8  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Was Mary Magdalene Jesus' wife? on: January 25, 2015, 09:40:09 pm
I take it the fact that that isn't what the term 'immaculate conception' refers to is beside the point.

To be fair a lot of Christians make that mistake, so it's hardly fair to bust Andrew over it.  However both the Immaculate Conception and the Virgin Birth strike me as doctrines that deny the humanity of Jesus.  They also to me seem to contradict a major theme of the gospels that this man who came from obscurity was the Christ.  At least the Virgin Birth has support in the canonical texts, tho not the Perpetual Virginity of Mary.  For that bit of nonsense, one has to go to the Protevangelium of James from the apocrypha.
9  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Was Mary Magdalene Jesus' wife? on: January 25, 2015, 07:18:21 pm
No. She may have liked Him that way, and she likely meant a lot to Him, (Why else do you think she was one of the first people to see Him after coming back to life?) but He's too good for a simple human.
That is one of the shortcomings of traditional Christianity in my opinion.  It so emphasizes the divine aspect of Christ that it minimizes and even denigrates the human aspect of Jesus.  Yet without that human aspect, the crucifixion and resurrection becomes a farce rather than an inspiration.  Trying to find the right balance between the human and divine has always been one of the most contentious aspects of Christianity.
10  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Was Mary Magdalene Jesus' wife? on: January 25, 2015, 01:56:27 pm
the only argument that I've seen that makes sense is to use John 19:25, and argue that in 1st Century Judaism such a privilege was reserved for only the closest of kin, and then claim that Magdalene was the mysterious "disciple whom Jesus loved".  
John was the "disciple whom Jesus loved."

As for Mary Magdalene, it's certainly possible that she was Jesus' wife, but it doesn't matter.  Anybody ever considered the possibility that Jesus was widowed?

Those who argue for M.M. being the disciple whom Jesus loved argue that the Gospel was edited to obscure who it was so that it could become part of the canon.  That strikes me as silly,  That said, some of the other theories of who else the disciple could be are plausible.  Keep in mind that the Gospel of John uses the term disciple in contexts that refer to any follower of Christ (or others) and not just the Twelve Apostles, so any theory that depends upon eliminating the other eleven doesn't suffice.  Given the contexts in which it is used, I'm sympathetic to the idea that disciple whom Jesus loved was intended as a literary device by which the reader (or hearer) of the Gospel could insert emself into the story.  Joseph of Aramathea also strikes me as a plausible intended disciple, but since John himself also works, I'm not particularly worried about this.
11  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Let's talk about Polls_PuffPass on: January 25, 2015, 01:47:19 pm
     I have seen a few of his posts around, but I don't really get why we are talking about banning him. What happened?

Oh yeah, I really don't understand any actual things he's done that even amount to banning.

For the record... I don't WANT him banned.  I just have a strong suspicion of WHY he will be.

That's more than I have.  There's been zero talk about him in the mod cave.  Plenty of others we've discussed of late, but no talk of him.  That isn't to say we couldn't start talking, but no talk yet.
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Saudi King Abdullah has died on: January 24, 2015, 12:40:13 pm
Regarding Simfan's posts on this page: As I said recently in another thread, at least we can trust the people in charge of Iran not to bulldoze Persepolis to build a parking garage or something.

Well, that may certainly be true nowadays, but it's not for lack of trying by some. However it certainly does not compare to the apparently serious consideration currently being given to the idea of demolishing the tomb of Muhammad and re-interring him in an unmarked grave (as king Abdullah has been), an idea endorsed by the Saudi Grand Mufti and the late khatib of the Masjid al-Haram, and something Wahabists have been trying to do since the early 19th century.

The Wahabis already destroyed most of the artifacts of the Prophet's time: Muhammad's birthplace, his house in Medina, the tombs of his mother (which they doused in gasoline and burnt), father, wives, and daughter, to name a few. From a historiographical perspective it is a tremendous loss, an act of mass vandalism; from a religious perspective the toll must be incalculable. I'm surprised that you don't hear more about it, even from Islamic sources. It's the same thing al-Qaeda did in Bamiyan, Ansar Dine in Timbuktu, and what Da'esh is now doing in Iraq and Syria, and for the same reason.

While not the real reason, the Saudis have cloaked a lot of the damage they have done to Mecca under the guise of being able to handle the swarms of pilgrims that come each year.  Given the deaths that regularly occur as pilgrims rush to complete their tasks in the limited time allotted, that's not entirely unfounded.  Indeed, something had to be done.  The only alternative to some program of massive construction would have been to even more limit the numbers allowed than is currently the case.  The advent of air travel has profoundly affected the hajj by making it possible for many more people to make the pilgrimage than had previously been the case
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / MOVED: Post your VoteMatch Philosophy on: January 24, 2015, 11:21:19 am
This topic has been moved to Individual Politics.

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=206283.0
14  Questions and Answers / Presidential Election Process / Re: Should general elections be held earlier for weather-related reasons? on: January 24, 2015, 12:24:15 am
For the US, the risk of hurricanes is greatest in August and September, so if election day were moved earlier, October is the only realistic option if trying to avoid bad weather is the reason.  Not that early November has awful weather.
15  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: TV stations of the 70's on: January 23, 2015, 11:21:13 pm
This specifically is early 70s.  Augusta, GA had a third TV station starting in 1968, but it was dark from 1970 to 1974.  Incidentally, Augusta did have access to NBC programming during that time as the two VHF stations would cherry pick the NBC shows they wanted to show.  (For instance, WJBF had the Today show while WRDW had the Tonight show.)

That the Columbia, SC market has but one VHF station while Charleston, SC has four due to a bit of skullduggery, but involving Spartanburg.  The upstate area had originally been allocated two VHF channels, which were grabbed by stations in Greenville and Asheville.  That left Spartanburg in the cold except that the owner of the major radio station there was buddy-buddy with James F. Byrnes.  (The guy's son was named James Byrnes Brown for Pete's sake!)  So channel 7 was moved from Columbia to Spartanburg which as a side effect made it possible to give Charleston channel 7 as well, tho channel 7 was a public station.  Not surprisingly given the sources you use, your lists omit all mention of public broadcasters.  In that time frame there were five public stations in South Carolina: WNTV 29 Greenville, WITV 7 Charleston, WRLK 35 Columbia, WJPM 33 Florence (also serving Myrtle Beach), and WEBA 14 Allendale (serving the Aiken and Orangeburg areas).
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of #DeflateGate? on: January 22, 2015, 08:19:15 pm
Penalize the Patriots 11 points in their next game, 1 for each ball that was under inflated.
17  General Politics / Economics / Re: …just an observation on: January 22, 2015, 04:06:56 pm
thost's whole schtick is engaging in non-sequiturs.  That said, at least his ducks have been locating into horizontal linearity before speaking.  They could use a tune up to be more melodious, but that's a thin Reid to get exercised about.
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: January 22, 2015, 04:02:51 pm
The Junta? I'd like to see the evidence of military leadership in that new government.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_and_Defense_Council_of_Ukraine
Not to mention the government lowering spending everywhere but the military which it has been increasing.
Being forced into a war because of Russians invading them, albeit Russians that Putin can convince a few fools Russia itself didn't send, would tend to force a government to increase defense spending.  Your complaint would be like complaining that FDR had increased military spending after Pearl Harbor.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Idaho Senate votes down state amphibian bill due to federal govt and "eww icky" on: January 22, 2015, 03:48:46 pm
Applaud the decision, tho not the reasoning.
20  General Discussion / History / Re: Jimmy Carter in the american political spectrum on: January 22, 2015, 09:17:23 am
Modern American conservatism didn't even exist before the Civil Rights issue burst into the public debate. Goldwater's stance against the CRA was one of its key (if not the single most important) defining moments.

No.  Modern American conservatism, with its emphasis upon religion and a distrust of government evolved organically from the anti-communism of the immediate postwar era.  Goldwaterism was a side branch of that, but was ultimately not the true ancestor of modern conservatism.

That form of conservatism remained a fringe movement until it merged with the anti-Civil Rights crowd.
[/quote]

While it did not dominate the Republican party to the extent that modern conservatism does today, that form of conservatism was hardly a fringe movement.  Rather, it was a bipartisan movement back when American political parties were less ideological than they are today.  Being concentrated in a single party has given it more political strength, but not particularly more adherents.
21  General Discussion / History / Re: Jimmy Carter in the american political spectrum on: January 22, 2015, 12:37:40 am
Modern American conservatism didn't even exist before the Civil Rights issue burst into the public debate. Goldwater's stance against the CRA was one of its key (if not the single most important) defining moments.

No.  Modern American conservatism, with its emphasis upon religion and a distrust of government evolved organically from the anti-communism of the immediate postwar era.  Goldwaterism was a side branch of that, but was ultimately not the true ancestor of modern conservatism.
22  General Discussion / History / Re: Forum dems/libs: Would you have supported the American Revolution? on: January 22, 2015, 12:19:10 am
Given that I have some Loyalist ancestors, no.
23  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Paying out money to terrorists/ISIS in exchange for hostages' lives? on: January 21, 2015, 04:55:06 am
Paying the money would only guarantee that they take more hostages.  It's a hard lesson that some countries desperately need to learn.
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The last movie you've seen thread 2014 and 2015 on: January 21, 2015, 04:47:32 am
Paddington.  Definitely aimed towards the kids, but adults should prove entertained by it as well and worth watching even if you don't have a kid to see it with.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 2015 State of the Union Address Discussion Thread. on: January 21, 2015, 04:32:38 am
She sounds so fake IMO. And why is she going into her personal life?
Because that's what she campaigned on. Also if the GOP talks about their policy proposals when people not in the base are listening, they might just make independents more likely to vote Democratic next time.
Pages: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 ... 1061


Login with username, password and session length

Logout

Powered by SMF 1.1.20 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines