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7401  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Roman Catholic Church reintroducing indulgences? on: February 12, 2009, 10:42:57 PM
Your arguments sound the same to me as any other historical group of people determined to ferret out heretics.  As Good as the Book is, it was still written by men and reflects the time and society in which it was written.  Men decided which books were included and which were Apocryphal

I am not saying that all interpretations are equal or valid.  I am saying that you are missing the difference between what you consider a Christian to be and what the basic definition is.  Obviously a member of one denomination has issues with the beliefs of another in varying degrees.  And since First World people are (mostly) free today to choose their denomination, the one that has the widest appeal tends to be the one that wins out, rather than any inherent strength in the arguments. 

Your argument of the perversion of the kernel of truth sounds very similar to the argument of militant Islam against the Jews.  They believe that the Jews are still the People of God, but have perverted the Word for their own purposes and shall surely suffer (or be made to suffer) for it.
7402  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: She has stolen my puppy....(GT Legal team?) on: February 12, 2009, 10:29:35 PM
I would say that the other thread would also help in a legal sense, since it's communication that is datestamped from well before you were having these issues with the female.
7403  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Roman Catholic Church reintroducing indulgences? on: February 12, 2009, 09:44:55 PM
In the strictest definition, yes.  Your examples are definitive of outlying denominations, sects, and cults.  Being a Christian revolves around one belief, as I stated earlier.  The rest are denominational differences.  

And to my mind, assuming that any one person's way is the only way is tantamount (to me) a statement that that person knows the mind of God, which it the height of egocentricity.  Everyone can say that they are right because that's what they were taught.
7404  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are you doing with your tax refund? on: February 12, 2009, 06:51:08 PM
Mine went to my 80GB backward compatible PS3. 
7405  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Roman Catholic Church reintroducing indulgences? on: February 12, 2009, 05:49:56 PM
Christianity is a broad category: Belief in Christ as the Messiah.  Your points are more geared to the denomination level, of which there are four major categories:  Catholicism, Protestantism, Orthodoxy, and Nontrinitarian (Jehovah's Witnesses, Latter Day Saint movement, Unitarianism, Christadelphians, Oneness Pentecostalism).
7406  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So If I'm Going to Philly, Where Do I Go to get a REAL Philly Cheesesteak? on: February 12, 2009, 05:13:12 PM
7407  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Roman Catholic Church reintroducing indulgences? on: February 12, 2009, 04:06:35 PM
My understanding is that is where the priests and saints all come in.  You basically ask them to intercede for you and pull God aside and plead your case for you.  This is a key element to the base of the Protestant Reformation and the 95 Theses:

26: The pope does well when he grants remission to souls [in purgatory], not by the power of the keys (which he does not possess), but by way of intercession.
7408  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Satellites were not meant to play bumper cars... on: February 12, 2009, 03:51:15 PM
Quote
The command's Joint Space Operations Center was tracking 500 to 600 new bits of debris, some as small as 10 centimeters (3.9 inches) across, in addition to the 18,000 or so other man-made objects it has catalogued in space, Kodlick said.

The collision occurred at roughly 780 kilometers (485 miles), an altitude used by satellites that monitor weather and carry telephone communications among other things, he said.

"It's a very important orbit for a lot of satellites," he said.

The International Space Station flies at a lower altitude and is the command's No. 1 priority in attempting to prevent collisions, Kodlick said.

and it was a T-bone collision.
7409  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dos a cero! on: February 12, 2009, 04:17:25 AM
The preceding is now captioned for the futbol impaired.
7410  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good luck on your test, Pete! on: February 12, 2009, 01:20:24 AM
I got a decidedly Rimmer vibe from that post, Pete. 

Seriously, good studying and good luck.
7411  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: February 12, 2009, 01:12:24 AM
Zero Punctuation does Thief: The Dark Project?!?
7412  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Satellites were not meant to play bumper cars... on: February 11, 2009, 11:58:20 PM
Reuters

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A privately owned U.S. communications satellite collided with a defunct Russian satellite in the first such collision in space, a U.S. military spokesman said on Wednesday.

The collision involved a spacecraft of privately owned Iridium Satellite LLC and a "non-operational" Russian communications satellite, said Air Force Lt. Col. Les Kodlick of the U.S. Strategic Command.

I bet that made one heck of a flare...
7413  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 11, 2009, 11:50:50 PM
Superhero Movie
7414  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fed Ex or PDP.com's fault... on: February 11, 2009, 09:22:20 PM
I'm amazed they didn't quarantine a 5-mile radius and detonate the box "just to be sure..."
7415  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Why did obama have a list of reporters & the order in which he would call them? on: February 11, 2009, 07:43:13 PM
She's a Dorian Gray portrait come to life.
7416  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A picture of irony on: February 11, 2009, 05:58:50 PM
Call me when they start selling the military surplus with the snorkel.
7417  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So If I'm Going to Philly, Where Do I Go to get a REAL Philly Cheesesteak? on: February 10, 2009, 09:47:03 PM
Wiki aarticle on Geno's controversy.
7418  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: February 10, 2009, 03:25:39 AM
Unskippable does Two Worlds.
7419  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are you doing with your tax refund? on: February 10, 2009, 03:20:42 AM
$1100 went to last year's dental work (Capital One loan paid in full), $250 went to December's medical bill that the insurance decided to apply my deductible to, I bought Life on DVD as well as last year's Peanuts box set, $50 worth of Pete Rock special edition games, and likely the rest will sit there until I need to pay off this year's dental work.
7420  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amaozon Kindle on: February 09, 2009, 11:12:08 PM
Watch where you spread thoughts like that, rittchard, it might get you into trouble...   icon_wink
7421  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Holy crap. I just realized it's been 10 years since I joined GoneGold. on: February 09, 2009, 10:07:44 PM
On the internet, nothing is truly gone forever.  For those who want to see it:
Spoiler for Hiden:
revisit January 24th, 2002 and the forum

For those who don't, don't.
7422  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amaozon Kindle on: February 09, 2009, 06:36:12 PM

Quote from: kadnod on February 09, 2009, 06:19:42 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 09, 2009, 06:05:50 PM


That "voiced" feature is going to be awesome or hillarious or possibly both.

Two words: Kindle porn.
7423  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: February Dallas GTGs on: February 09, 2009, 06:09:16 PM
Let's do Paesano's.  They're open 11-2 for lunch.
7424  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Support for a terminally ill friend on: February 09, 2009, 04:46:31 PM
See if the company PTB would set up a memorial award/scholarship in her name.  Make it something that she has a passion for to really reflect her personality and work.  Better to do it now when she can help make the input than after she's gone.
7425  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Was watching the Bond series again and ... on: February 09, 2009, 07:00:07 AM
How about the Film Sound Cliches?

(You're right about the red-tailed hawk).

Personally, I loved Big Bang Theory's take on:

Quote
People never answer the door until the doorbell or knocking has sounded at least three times

When Penny answered after the second knock, Sheldon still had to knock a third time.
7426  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2009 on: February 09, 2009, 06:55:43 AM
READ
Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land 4/5
Silent Knights: Blowing the Whistle on Military Accidents and Their Cover-Ups (purchased and read in a day) 5/5
A Sniper's Journey: The Truth About the Man Behind the Rifle 4/5
An Illustrated History of World War II: Crisis and Courage: Humanity on the Brink 4/5
The Complete Peanuts 1967-1968 and 1969-1970 (Box Set) 5/5
The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb - 4/5
The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb - 3.5/5
The Tawny Man Trilogy - 4/5
First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong 4/5
The Mistborn Trilogy
---
READING
A History of the Jews
The Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume 2
7427  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Was watching the Bond series again and ... on: February 09, 2009, 03:27:12 AM
I'd like to sell you a Wilhelm, only slightly used. 
7428  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 08, 2009, 11:20:04 PM
Yeah, but the base URL is for a less kid-friendly pay site.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan, I'm just saying.
7429  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Push on: February 08, 2009, 03:58:29 AM

Quote from: rittchard on February 08, 2009, 02:42:58 AM

There's also a pretty hot chick in there for you straight guys (Camina Belle).  She reminds me of a grown up Winnie from Wonder Years.

Camilla Belle:



Grown-up Winnie:

7430  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 07, 2009, 09:07:47 PM
7431  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 06, 2009, 07:43:18 PM
Correct.
7432  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 06, 2009, 07:22:20 PM
Incorrect.
7433  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 06, 2009, 06:50:35 PM


No properties, please.
7434  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: February 06, 2009, 06:44:48 PM
Man on Fire
7435  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pete Rock, your pool table is ready on: February 06, 2009, 04:31:07 PM
Odds are that it would be an Ikea flatpack.  Some Assembly Required, wot wot?
7436  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Israel Strikes Gaza on: February 06, 2009, 04:14:48 PM
With friends like these...

The UN has stopped all aid shipments into Gaza because Hamas has stolen supplies twice this week.

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The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) announced Friday that it was suspending all import of aid into the Gaza Strip because Hamas had seized the supplies for the second time this week.  According to the agency's press release the recent looting involved hundreds of tons of food. "During the night of February fifth 10 truckloads of flour and rice were taken from the Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom Crossing into Gaza," the statement from spokesman Christopher Gunness said.  He said the food "had been imported from Egypt for collection by UNRWA today," but was "taken away by trucks contracted by the Ministry of Social Affairs." The ministry is run by Hamas.

Fatah isn't too happy about it either.

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Fatah on Friday condemned allegations against Hamas that the Islamic movement had seized a United Nations aid shipment bound for Gaza, according to a statement.  According to Barakat Al-Farra, a Fatah official, forces affiliated with Hamas attacked a convoy of humanitarian aid from the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on Thursday.
...
Farra condemned the alleged actions by Hamas, while praising UNRWA’s “decades-long” commitment to Palestinian refugees in Gaza and the West Bank. He applauded UNRWA’s actions in Gaza during Israel’s three-week assault there, as well, particularly the “bold statements” they made against Israel’s “crimes” during the war.  “We previously warned [Hamas] and called on them to stop any attack against UNRWA,” Farra said.  “We had previously tried to stop this problem, but it seems nothing has changed—in fact, the problem has worsened,” he added. “How does Hamas ask for a larger role in the reconstruction of Gaza? How can they who steal food and support donated for our people be considered reliable?” Farra asked.
7437  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pete Rock, your pool table is ready on: February 06, 2009, 04:04:22 AM
The bar I used to frequent in Lubbock had 6 coin-op bar tables.  We noticed one night that the balls were all screwed up.  So we put in coins to all the tables to get the balls out so we could straighten out the setup.  Somehow we would up with eight 2's, 7 of a couple others, and short on some other balls.  Who the hell smuggles extra balls into a bar and steals others?
7438  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Land of the Lost on: February 06, 2009, 02:21:56 AM

Quote from: Scuzz on February 05, 2009, 10:45:55 PM

Who is the chick in the Egyptian themed outfit?

JoAnna Cameron from Shazam and The Secrets of Isis.
7439  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Land of the Lost on: February 05, 2009, 10:45:04 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 05, 2009, 09:50:46 PM

Remembering this show has opened a floodgate of traumatic memories I'd hoped to suppress through drugs and alcohol over the years...



thanks....just....thanks

That's from 2001 (quotes).  You're looking for this one:

7440  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Does anybody really think these bailouts will work?... on: February 05, 2009, 04:40:03 PM
So California has taken the Statue of Liberty to heart? 

Quote
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
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