May 26, 2015, 01:55:55 PM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
  Home Help Search Calendar Login Register  
  Show Posts
Pages: 1 ... 3 4 [5] 6 7 ... 41
161  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Risk of non-citizen voters in Florida at center of election year struggle on: July 26, 2013, 03:02:10 PM
So, now that the Voting Rights Act is gone, North Carolina has gone full bore into voter suppression mode:

1) The window for in person early voting, which is critical for working poor people, has been slashed by 40% -- from 17 days to 10.

2) A popular and very effective program that encourages high schools to register students during the enrollment window right before they turn 18 has been eliminated.

3) Same day voter registration has been eliminated.

4) Valid, government-issued photo IDs with the exact same name spelling and address as on the voter rolls will now be required. This is a major hardship on the working poor who do not drive, and those who move often, as well as women.

5) The new law requires any changes to address or name to be updated up to 25 days before the election. This creates a major problem: getting a new photo ID takes between 4 and 6 weeks, or between 28 and 42 days. If you get married or move a month before election day, it may be impossible for you to have a photo ID that matches the information on your voter registration.

The law also raises fundraising limits, eliminates many disclosure requirements, and ends straight party voting.

Surprising no one, all of these changes will disadvantage mostly members of one political party.
162  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Are there... on: July 25, 2013, 02:20:30 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 25, 2013, 02:09:31 PM

Fireball is really an alias used by Zekester to fool all of us.

Actually, it's the reverse!
163  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Are there... on: July 25, 2013, 01:23:49 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 24, 2013, 07:57:25 PM

For the thick headed of you that require a pink, here you go;

Of course it's an editorial, an accurate one though.

Who gives a shit what your ignorant ass, based on bullshit logic response will be.

Definitely not me. Monkeys in a cage....

Why is this f-ing troll tolerated around here?
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: Your favorite opening line of a book on: July 24, 2013, 01:40:28 PM

Quote from: WarPig on July 24, 2013, 03:31:29 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 23, 2013, 08:02:02 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 23, 2013, 08:01:12 PM

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…"

Message, Spock?
None that I am aware of. Except, of course, happy birthday.

Surely, the best of times.
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your favorite opening line of a book on: July 24, 2013, 01:40:08 PM
"No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water."

In fact, the rest of the opening paragraph is excellent, as well:

"With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. It is possible that the infusoria under the microscope do the same. No one gave a thought to the older worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible or improbable. It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days. At most terrestrial men fancied there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a missionary enterprise. Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us."
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Story writing on: July 23, 2013, 06:03:08 PM
I hope to write a quartet of science fiction novels. I've got them pretty well laid out in my head. When it came time to try to write them, however, that didn't work out nearly as well. I got bogged down with the unfamiliar chore of writing prose, and my energy for the project petered out. In order to regroup and retry the first novel, I ended up writing it out in a (massive 270 page) screenplay. I then did the same thing for the second novel. I'm now very confident in the mechanics of my story. I'm still inexperienced at writing prose fiction, however.

So I decided to work my way up to the novels by writing some short stories set in the same universe. I'm working on the second one right now.

I think the first one came together pretty well. You can grab a copy here for free, or buy it for 99¢ for Nook, Kindle or iBooks.

So, I don't know if that's helpful, but that's how I've tackled a similar issue.
167  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Happy Birthday Bob Dole! on: July 23, 2013, 02:19:19 PM
I love Bob Dole. Such a good guy.
168  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Zimmerman / Martin Thread? on: July 22, 2013, 04:59:04 PM
This is the best piece I've read on the case:

From the article:

But I tried to learn, and what I have learned since then, in researching my first book about race, and keeping an eye on the issues after that, is that the perception of black men as inherently criminal is what most black people really mean by “racism” when they talk about its prevalence. Most can discuss more statistical manifestations on reflection, but what really sits in the gut is cases like Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, and now Martin. Or, the related experiences that black men have that Obama mentioned having had himself, such as being trailed in stores or watching white women tensing up as they pass.

This stuff is real. It’s raw. Testament to this daily kind of racist dismissal of black men is considered an urgent task of public discussion of the black condition. No one who understands this could possibly condone, for example, the vastly overreaching policy on stop-and-frisks in New York City. Should the police pay as much attention to the Upper East Side as Bedford-Stuyvesant? Of course not. But should most brown-skinned adolescents in a neighborhood expect to be stopped by usually surly cops for no reason? Say yes and you have no right to wonder why you get generation after generation of young men who feel alienated from their own society–which in fact makes Obama's consideration of Ray Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security decidedly more ungainly at this point.
169  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Zimmerman / Martin Thread? on: July 15, 2013, 06:47:55 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on July 15, 2013, 06:43:47 PM

Thats funny... He was looking out for his community that had been burglarized quite a few times. Maybe Trayvon should have said sure lets wait for the police instead of clocking him.  

What reason would Trayvon have to think that the creepy guy who just got out of his car to confront him after stalking him through the neighborhood had called the police already?
170  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Zimmerman / Martin Thread? on: July 15, 2013, 03:41:34 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on July 15, 2013, 03:03:06 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 15, 2013, 01:32:17 PM

However, a teenager when confronted by an adult demanding to know what he's doing walking around his own neighborhood might result in a whupping being tossed the adult's way by any number of non-criminal teens...especially when that adult then goes for a gun.  

I have some serious doubts that Zimmerman confronted Martin in a non-threatening manner.  I also have some serious doubts that Zimmerman was ever in any more danger than getting his ass kicked.  To me, it sounds like both participants were practicing their Stand Your Ground rights...but only one had a gun...and the will (some would probably say the lack thereof) to use it.   

Except he wasn't in his own neighborhood. 

Zimmerman as a community watch leader saw someone he didn't recognize and reported it. He did his job.

And then he decided to be a vigilante and stalked and confronted a teenager who was no threat to anyone, which if he hadn't done Martin would be alive.

If he had just called in to the police and let the professionals handle the situation, everything would have been fine. He made a conscious decision to escalate this situation by stalking and confronting Martin. I'm not saying that makes him guilty of murder, or even manslaughter, but it does, to me, mean that preponderance of responsibility for what transpired because of the confrontation he chose to create falls on him, not the young man he targeted.
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Comics]How Many Times Has Robin Died? on: July 15, 2013, 03:03:49 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 15, 2013, 02:47:52 PM

Quote from: Scraper on July 15, 2013, 12:37:40 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on July 14, 2013, 06:54:41 AM

Quote from: Scraper on July 12, 2013, 05:28:30 PM

Tim Drake learning to be a bad ass.

One of the worst things about the "New 52" DC Universe is how they changed Tim Drake's character.

If they were going to reboot to just five years into the superhero era, I'd rather they had started us out at a time before Drake was Robin and reintroduced him later, instead of asserting that somehow Batman had four Robins in five years.

As a whole the new 52 concept pisses me off. I get why they would want to do it, but it really just makes a bigger mess out of things. Did something happen or didn't it? Why erase cool things from the timeline when you don't have to?

from what I understand pretty much everything that happened to Batman before the reboot still happened; I seem to remember reading an interview where they said his history was one of the few they did not really retcon at all.

Why is so annoying. The reason that "Crisis on Infinite Earths" didn't clear anything up in terms of DC's shared superhero continuity is because they rebooted some characters, but not all of them, so it became impossible to tell what had or hadn't actually happened. They did the exact same thing with the New 52.

They rebooted Superman and got rid of great things like Lois Lane knowing who he was, them being married, and his human mother being alive. They imply that he fought Doomsday and died, but clearly none of the "Reign of the Superman" stuff happened because there's no Steel, Superboy is completely different and no one has mentioned the Eradicator.

They kept all the Robins, including Jason Todd, who still died and came back. No one can explain how Jason and Dick are now clearly around 30 years old. They totally fucked up the character of Tim Drake, who was by far the best Robin. They kept Damien, even though him being 11 years old means that he was conceived six years *before* Bruce became Batman.

In short, they didn't have the courage of their convictions, and have made a complete mess of things.
172  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Zimmerman / Martin Thread? on: July 15, 2013, 02:56:52 PM

Quote from: Scraper on July 15, 2013, 02:05:47 PM

Anyone who thinks that Martin was "innocent" in this is either fooling themselves or they are only looking at one side of the case.

Martin was being stalked and accosted by a self-appointed vigilante. He got angry (rightly) and defend himself (regrettably) from Zimmerman's completely uncalled for behavior towards him. I don't see any way you can blame Martin for this. He was the one targeted by Zimmerman. Had Zimmerman not been the sort of loser who drives around his neighborhood with a gun looking for "them", Martin would be alive today.
173  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Zimmerman / Martin Thread? on: July 15, 2013, 01:01:59 AM

Quote from: ATB on July 15, 2013, 12:09:29 AM

That's the way to honor Trayvon Martin.
Why are we honoring Trayvon Martin?

Because he was an innocent kid who died under tragic circumstances?
174  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Zimmerman / Martin Thread? on: July 14, 2013, 05:34:23 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 14, 2013, 12:34:22 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 11, 2013, 07:48:33 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 11, 2013, 07:38:55 PM

The reason you didn't find a thread on this issue in Off Topic is because it's borderline R&P now...and will most certainly cross the line sooner rather than later anyway.

With that in mind...

The Stand Your Ground law is inherently flawed and too ambiguous to exist within the legal system.  I have no issue with self defense, but the initial use of that law in the early days of the case drove that point home for me.

I agree completely.

Oh, but you see, that was before *I* said it.
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Comics]How Many Times Has Robin Died? on: July 14, 2013, 06:54:41 AM

Quote from: Scraper on July 12, 2013, 05:28:30 PM

Tim Drake learning to be a bad ass.

One of the worst things about the "New 52" DC Universe is how they changed Tim Drake's character.

If they were going to reboot to just five years into the superhero era, I'd rather they had started us out at a time before Drake was Robin and reintroduced him later, instead of asserting that somehow Batman had four Robins in five years.
176  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Zimmerman / Martin Thread? on: July 14, 2013, 05:44:44 AM
"Stand your ground laws" are repulsive, indefensible and have no place in our society.

George Zimmerman had no business going anywhere near Trayvon Martin that night. If he'd stayed in his car like he should have, or just been at home like a regular person instead of driving around looking for trouble, Martin would still be alive.

But there was little clear physical evidence, and no witnesses other than the accused and the deceased. This would have been a hard case to prove "beyond a reasonable doubt," and the prosecution wasn't particularly deft. I believe that the jury reached this decision fairly and honestly.

I hope that no harm comes to George Zimmerman. He did a terrible thing, but the answer to his horrific vigilante action is not to direct vigilante actions against him. The proper response is to repeal the laws that made him think it was proper to go chasing through the night after an innocent kid while carrying a firearm.

I hope that Trayvon Martin's family takes some solace in knowing that millions of us in this country recognize that Trayvon was an innocent young man, that his death was unjust, and that it is a regrettable thing that the situation of his death was one which made it so hard to reach the standard of proof required by law to convict his killer of a crime.
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Former Canadian Defense Minister Wants US to Stop Hiding All the Aliens on: July 10, 2013, 05:48:43 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 09, 2013, 07:21:30 PM

My, he does range all over the place, doesn't he? Alien overlords, the Trilateral Commission, the international banking's all there.

I presume that he doesn't have a shred of evidence to back up any of his assertions.

Isn't the fact that all the evidence has been destroyed all the evidence he truly needs???
178  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Democrats not interested in smacking Boehner around? on: July 05, 2013, 06:34:01 AM
Boehner's a good guy, if wrong on a bunch of stuff. I feel quite sorry for him, given the position he's in. Through little fault of his own, the dynamics of his caucus has rendered him the least effective, most powerless Speaker in generations.
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Man of Steel 2, or whatever they will call the next Superman movie on: July 05, 2013, 02:19:12 AM
I do wonder what they'll name it. If they go with Superman "titles," then there's "Man of Tomorrow" and "Last Son of Krypton", which might have made more sense for this one. Or could, perhaps, the biggest film of 2016 be called "The Big Blue Boy Scout"?
180  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Budget cuts lead to assault and rape in Oregon on: June 18, 2013, 02:30:30 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 18, 2013, 12:22:37 PM

300 Million for Syria but no money for police.

You do realize that, by law, money allocated by Congress for discretionary spending for military operations or aid overseas cannot be redirected to domestic funding priorities, don't you?
181  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Budget cuts lead to assault and rape in Oregon on: June 05, 2013, 12:06:11 AM

Quote from: ATB on May 22, 2013, 12:38:09 PM

Don't pay reps and senators for a day. Again 10s of millions.

Point of information: you can't do that. The Twenty-Seventh Amendment to the Constitution, passed by Congress in 1789 and ratified in 1992, states: "No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened." Ergo, you can't pass a law that sequesters, docks, denies or otherwise reduces the pay of sitting members of Congress to provide incentive for them to do something.

Also, not paying Senators and Representatives for a day would save only $255,000.
182  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS: OK to take DNA from Arrestees on: June 03, 2013, 05:48:33 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 03, 2013, 02:36:04 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 03, 2013, 02:35:22 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 03, 2013, 02:34:34 PM

We fingerprint them, you know.

Are you being glib or do you clearly not see a difference between the two?

No, I'm being serious.  What makes this so shockingly different?  At least enough so that it warrants the claim of fascism?

You can't take my fingerprints and use them to create a clone of me then take a picture of the clone at the scene of the crime as part of your plan to frame me. Obviously.
183  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Health Care reform on: June 03, 2013, 03:06:14 PM
Another point: even for folks (mostly health young people who are among the 3% to 8% of the market that will purchase individual insurance from an exchange) whose premiums may rise under the ACA, the value of insurance plans under the ACA will be dramatically higher than the value of most plans today. Under the ACA, there will no longer be maximum annual or lifetime benefit caps. Under the ACA, preventative care and examinations will be covered, which are not covered under many health care plans today. Under the ACA, the total amount of out of pocket expenditures will have caps, as well -- and far lower than the cheap high deductible, low premium sort of plans that the Forbes article is discussing.
184  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Health Care reform on: June 02, 2013, 04:04:45 AM

Quote from: ATB on May 31, 2013, 02:59:45 PM

As the only person on this board who has actually been in briefings with California state officials about the health care exchanges, I feel compelled to point out that this Forbes article is deeply misleading. The "rate shock" that most people have been discussing is that the projected rates for the key Silver Plans for people in their 30s, 40s and 50s are lower than expected. The vast majority of insured people, both self- and group-insured, are "Silver" Plans. Almost no one above 40 purchases the equivalent of a "Bronze" plan because they don't cover the sort of care people in those age categories need. Most Bronze plan purchasers will be in their 20s and early 30s.

The example this article hinges on, a 25 year old male self-insuring non-smoker, is an extreme outlier. First, of course they pick a male because for all plans the fact that insurers can no longer discriminate based on gender produces rate improvements for women. Second, very few 25 year olds purchase insurance on the individual market. A 25 year old whose parents are insured can stay on their parents' insurance until the age of 27. Many 25 year olds are still university students, and thus eligible for a student group plan. Many others are eligible for employer-based group plans. None of these people will be impacted by pricing on the exchange or see their situation change dramatically. Third, those who are working and not eligible for a group plan are much more likely to fall into a financial tier that receives premium cost support than an older worker.

The fact is that the average self-insured person in California is between the ages of 30 and 55 and purchases individual coverage equivalent to a "Silver Plan" tier under the new California exchange. The average change in monthly premium prices for individuals in that range varies based on age, but for someone in their early 40s it's about $100 less per month. Of all the Silver Plans covering the key age range, only a handful showed any price increase, most of them around 2%.

Even before the exchanges go into effect the ACA is holding down premium increases. The year before rate hike information reporting and medical loss ratio regulations (which require insurers to spend 85% of premiums on medical care or return the excess money to purchasers), around 75% of plans saw an annual premium increase of more than 10%. Last year only 14% of insurance plans saw an increase of 10% or more.

Millions of young adults between the ages of 22 and 27 are now covered under their parents plans.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans unable to purchase insurance at any price before the ACA was enacted are now covered under the Federally-subsidized High Risk Protection Pool, and in January 2014 will be able to purchase regular health insurance at prevailing market rates just like anyone else.

Hundreds of thousands of children previously unable to receive comprehensive medical insurance due to preexisting conditions are now fully insured.

Billions of dollars have been returned to businesses and individuals due to Medical Loss Ratio rebate requirements.

Senior citizens no longer have to deal with the Medicare drug coverage "donut hole" that put many in a position of choosing between food and medicine.

The solvency of Medicare has already been extended by more than two years, without deep benefit cuts to the program, simply through the implementation of the ACA's Medicare reforms.

In every state to unveil their initial healthcare exchange plans the initial rates for the most commonly purchased plans for ages 30 to 55 have been lower than expected.
185  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Rand Paul defends Apple's tax avoidance on: May 25, 2013, 04:24:56 PM
I'd be in favor of dramatically reducing the tax rate, down to something like 10%, closing all loopholes (except those necessary to provide for financing of *very large* industrial or equipment purchases), and taxing overseas earnings in as un-hostile a way as possible. My notion is to tax foreign earnings at the same rate as domestic earnings *minus* all income taxes paid to foreign entities. This would be a straight on tax reduction, not a reduction in taxable income.

So if company A earned $100 million overseas, their tax bill on that money would be $10 million. However, if they paid $3.5 million in overseas income taxes, their tax to the US government would only be $6.5 million. If their taxes overseas were more than the $10 million tax they owe here, then their tax would be something nominal, like 2%.

I'd eliminate most deductions, but leave in place tax incentives for jobs created in the United States, and establish tax penalties for jobs outsourced from the United States to foreign countries.
186  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What will Obama's Scandals Be? on: May 17, 2013, 03:18:07 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 17, 2013, 12:05:30 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on May 17, 2013, 02:01:30 AM

Even Peggy Noonan and Chris (thrill up my leg) Matthews have started criticizing O.   Lol what a disaster.

Wait, so you're telling me people don't have to be blindly partisan 100% of the time?  Tell me more about this phenomenon...

Also, is it surprising that Peggy Noonan, who was a speechwriter for Reagan, who took a leave from her journalistic position in 2004 to campaign for George W. Bush, who is a self-described and well known conservative, is taking shots at the President?
187  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What will Obama's Scandals Be? on: May 15, 2013, 05:11:18 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on May 15, 2013, 04:45:44 PM

Do you all feel comfortable with the IRS overseeing the travesty know as Obamacare??

The IRS doesn't oversee Obamacare. All the IRS does in relation to Obamacare is include a line on its tax forms for individuals and business to either show that they are purchasing/providing health insurance coverage, instructions on paying the fine if not in compliance, and the same sort of collection services they engage in now.
188  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What will Obama's Scandals Be? on: May 15, 2013, 05:08:49 PM
In the end, all of the confusion around Benghazi was the result of trying not to reveal the CIA operation that was interlinked with the ambassador's work there.

Obama's response to the IRS scandal has been proper so far. There will end up being several careers ended because of this. And there should be. I wonder, though, was Eco as energized by the 2005 IRS targeting of Greenpeace and liberal churches? This sort of thing is bullshit whenever it happens.

As for the AP, it seems unreasonable to me that the same Republican Senators crying "find out how the AP learned these government secrets!" are now crying "how dare you investigate the AP?!"
189  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sequestration on: April 08, 2013, 07:40:49 PM
The sequester is like a lobster in a pot of water -- the lobster doesn't notice the water is getting warmer until it reaches a boil and kills it. Sequester will be the same way... a slow snowballing of small issues that develop into major problems for some of the most vulnerable folks in our society. We're a few weeks away from cycling furloughs of federal law enforcement officers, for example. That's not going to be good for anyone. And if the FAA does close thousands of small air traffic control towers in June, the eventual impact to our already frustrating air travel system will be immense.
190  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Pleased? on: April 07, 2013, 06:02:53 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on April 07, 2013, 04:13:42 AM

IRAs were supposed to be a way for the middle class to save for retirement. A loophole that lets billionaires use them as tax shelters needs closing.

191  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sequestration on: March 13, 2013, 03:59:53 PM

Quote from: raydude on March 13, 2013, 01:16:10 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 13, 2013, 11:32:24 AM

See though, the difference between us is that if things ever got really bad i would take a second job before milking the bloated entitlement system.  Hep on the other hand would be first in line for an Obama phone I'm certain.

Dude, there are folks who are amazingly embarrassed about having to ask for help, and they feel like such losers because they are in a tough spot and cannot get back on their feet on their own. Don't you dare make a mockery of those people just because you are all high and mighty in your ability to find work. I say this because Karma has a way of biting people in the ass.

This times 1,000.

Also, those who fall down on their luck, realize they can't get out of their situation on their own, swallow their pride and ask for help that eventually gets them back on their feet and being productive again *are* being responsible. Sometimes the most responsible thing you can say is "I can't do this on my own."
192  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sequestration on: March 08, 2013, 10:22:44 PM
What else could he have done? Continued to try to meet them in the "middle" and drift ever further right?
193  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sequestration on: March 06, 2013, 11:32:23 PM
My office's budget just got cut 8.5%. Probably won't have to lay anyone off (which would be bad for the economy, of course), but it will impact constituent services. There's just no way around that.
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So How's Your Week Going to Be? 2/18 Edition on: February 18, 2013, 03:55:43 PM
Very busy. Flew with the entire DC staff back out to California this week. We have a series of meetings and press conferences, followed by an all day retreat at the end of the week, then an airplane ride back east.
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [USA] Who's off today? on: February 18, 2013, 03:47:11 PM
All Federal offices are closed, so I'm off.
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: February 04, 2013, 05:39:59 AM
WarPig, I'm feeling the same drift.
197  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage 2013! on: February 04, 2013, 05:35:44 AM

Quote from: Arclight on February 03, 2013, 03:37:01 PM

You do realize some of you sound so hypocritical I'm amazed you can't see it yourselves. You can get all bent out of shape because of my beliefs. But If I so much as show any emotion negatively to your beliefs I'm put in a box with all other "christian crazies". I could care less if you think I'm following antiquated beliefs or not. I have as much right to say its not my belief that same sex should marry, as you do. Why then is my belief any less valid than yours?

You spit in the face of the gay people who post on this board by denigrating us as unworthy of marriage. It isn't about your beliefs. It's about the fact that you want me to live under your oppressive, gay-hating beliefs. I should not have to live by your morals. I am not less deserving of equal rights than you are.

To some of you, its time to let go of your hate of all things Christian.

I don't go to church every Sunday, but I am an Episcopalian, which last I checked made me a Christian. Detesting the fact that you want me to live under the precepts of your particular distorted view of Christianity is not "hating all things Christian."
198  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage 2013! on: February 03, 2013, 04:32:17 AM

Quote from: Arclight on February 01, 2013, 11:12:13 PM

I know in these times its not politically correct, but I don't indulge in politics. I say no to same sex marriages. What men and women do in the privacy of their homes, not hurting anyone, is their business entirely. But I just believe that the sanctity of Marriage is a Male-Female covenant. You may not like my answer, but you would like me less if I lied about my beliefs.

Absolutely nothing intended to offend Ritt. But you did ask.

Obama is saying what he thinks most people want him to say.

You have no more claim on the term "marriage" than I do. Why should I be forced to live under your beliefs? Me marrying someone of the same gender (hey Ritt, want to have dinner?) in no way changes your life.
199  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Rev. Graham: Obama won because Christians didn't vote on: January 18, 2013, 03:36:04 AM

Quote from: Alefroth on January 17, 2013, 05:28:15 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on January 17, 2013, 06:04:32 AM

Quote from: TiLT on January 14, 2013, 05:31:56 AM

Quote from: hepcat on January 14, 2013, 02:27:25 AM

Arclight isn't trying to insult anyone.  He's being open and honest about his beliefs.  I may not agree with them, but I see no reason to belittle him for his faith.  I disagree more with intolerance, truth be told.

I realize that, and I'm not trying to insult him either, though I am being harsh on purpose. I don't see why he can attack the foundations of my world view (such as the Big Bang) if I can't attack his right back. Sometimes I get the impression that attacking science is okay, but attacking religion is unacceptable.

It's not just "the foundation of your worldview," either. Science is right -- not always in its conclusions, but in its process and approach. The framework of science is the only system we have in place for truly determining what is factual or not in this world.

If your religion is based upon ignoring or denying large bodies of rigorously-tested scientific data, then your religion is undeserving of respect.

Are the followers of that religion undeserving of respect?


Everyone as a person is worthy of respect. But not everyone's opinions on every issue is worthy of respect. Those who reject science also abdicate any right to having their opinions on matters scientific respected.
200  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Rev. Graham: Obama won because Christians didn't vote on: January 18, 2013, 03:29:12 AM

Quote from: hepcat on January 17, 2013, 12:49:54 PM

The point is that we shouldn't make a sweeping statement that all religious people are backwards idiots.

Of course not all religious people are backwards or idiots. The vast majority of religious folks are neither. However, to reject evolution for creationism is a backwards and idiotic thing to do.
Pages: 1 ... 3 4 [5] 6 7 ... 41
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.19 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
Page created in 0.189 seconds with 21 queries. (Pretty URLs adds 0.06s, 1q)