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8201  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm rich! on: November 26, 2008, 04:29:10 PM
They're getting craftier.  The lady that got snowed received letters from "President Bush", et al.  I would love to see these docs and see if they pass a cursory examination.  The heart of a good lie is a little bit of truth.

Of course, the linked story is over three years old...
8202  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: November 26, 2008, 04:10:36 PM
I will be on furlough until Sunday at the earliest.  Headed back to the world to spend the holidays in a rear area without worring about artillery strikes, snipers, or those effing dogs...
8203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thanksgiving weekend, games, and you on: November 26, 2008, 04:05:43 PM
None.  Thanksgiving at the 'rents place 200 miles away.  Christmas is there, as well, and the XBox with Rock Band may be making the trip, as my sister and BIL will be down and they are both fans.
8204  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help My Cat Sanctuary Win $100K -- (Cross posted at OO) on: November 26, 2008, 04:02:48 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 26, 2008, 01:30:37 AM


8205  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help My Cat Sanctuary Win $100K -- (Cross posted at OO) on: November 26, 2008, 01:30:37 AM
8206  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar Movies: Favorite to Least Favorite on: November 25, 2008, 09:16:21 PM
I liked Cars...
8207  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Holy Land Foundation defendants guilty on all counts on: November 25, 2008, 08:34:31 PM
Canada, the EU, Israel (obviously) and Japan share our opinion of Hamas.  And they were elected in 2006, 11 years after the US put the label on them.
8208  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jury duty fail on: November 25, 2008, 08:27:36 PM
I would have thought your tactic would have been more that, as a federal employee, you think anyone who isn't is out to contaminate the essence of your natural fluids.
8209  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How do we make this permanent? on: November 25, 2008, 08:22:36 PM
We're going to equip you in style, sir.  No mere hammer will do.  It's titanium crowbars for you!

8210  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Holy Land Foundation defendants guilty on all counts on: November 25, 2008, 08:20:54 PM
stuff

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A jury on Monday determined that the Holy Land Foundation and five men who worked with the Muslim charity were guilty of three dozen counts related to the illegal funneling of at least $12 million to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

The unanimous verdicts are a complete victory for the government, which streamlined its case and worked hard to carefully educate jurors on the complex, massive evidence presented in the trial. Guilty verdicts were read on 108 separate charges.
...
“It’s a sad day,” said Mohammed Wafa Yaish, Holy Land’s former accountant and himself a witness of the trial. “It looks like helping the needy Palestinians is a crime these days.”
...
Opening statements at the Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse in downtown Dallas began Sept. 22. Over the past two months, prosecutors attempted to prove that five former charity organizers used Holy Land, once the largest Muslim charity in the U.S., to funnel an estimated $60 million to the militant group — most of it before 1995.

Hamas was designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. in 1995, and the trial centered on the $12 million the government said Holy Land and supporters funneled to the group after that date.

Defense attorneys argued that the foundation was a legitimate, non-political charity that helped distressed Palestinians under Israeli occupation. They accused the government of bending to Israeli pressure to prosecute the charity, and of relying on old evidence predating the 1995 designation.
8211  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help My Cat Sanctuary Win $100K -- (Cross posted at OO) on: November 25, 2008, 08:07:39 PM
Sea kitten
8212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead Impressions on: November 25, 2008, 07:33:45 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 25, 2008, 07:21:55 PM

Honestly, you've dismissed it, and I'm betting there is no convincing you, but I wasn't sold on it from the demo, either, and I've spent way more MP time playing L4D than either CoD or GoW this year.

A necessity on my limited budget with Christmas on the horizon.  I have co-op zombie killing in CoD when I want it.  It's not really an either/or situation.  If I had seen enough to interest me, I might still have put it on my list for after the new year.  But I didn't get nearly enough enjoyment out of it, not even enough to finish the demo. 

I would pick up EndWar, NHL 09, or Mirror's Edge before this one.  And honestly, I won't be picking up any of those before a price drop, most likely.  If I was simply looking for a good MP experience, I would have jumped on GoW2, but my time with the original led me to believe that, as popular as the first was, there wasn't going to be enough changes to warrant me enjoying it as much as CoD.
8213  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jury duty fail on: November 25, 2008, 07:16:19 PM
Then she filed for habeus corpus.
8214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 25, 2008, 07:02:42 PM
This is just the latest step in making the home-built PC a thing of the past.  You gave up IRQ settings and batch files, you gave up having to make any effort to patch your games, now they have you installing the game to a hard drive.  DRM is pushing people away from PC gaming.  A decade from now, there will be no PCs, only consoles.  MUHAHAHAHA!!!!
8215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead Impressions on: November 25, 2008, 06:24:02 PM
Camp I can handle.  Camp implies humor.  I saw none of that to be had. 

I got CoD:W@W.  I'm covered on MP fun.
8216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead Impressions on: November 25, 2008, 05:12:49 PM
Played the demo.  Zoombies, ripping off HL tongue grabbers, smokers (  saywhat ) FTL.  I'm out.
8217  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jury Duty Fail Fail................ on: November 25, 2008, 05:10:29 PM
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Venancio Gaona, chairman of the non-profit El Concilio de Fresno, said Sunday evening the groups believe the station portrays Hispanics in a bad light and doesn't report their accomplishments. He did not cite any examples.

"[Hall] represented the corporation, and we have to assume that this permeated his staff," Gaona said. "They seem to feel that we are still farmworkers and subject to their whims."


Way to make hay out of that one...   Roll Eyes  One bad apple and all that....
8218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 DLC: The Lost and The Damned on: November 24, 2008, 09:39:43 PM
You're about a month late for zombies.

8219  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar Movies: Favorite to Least Favorite on: November 24, 2008, 08:51:38 PM
I need to revisit Incredibles now that I don't have a pissed gf to worry about.  That may have influenced my viewing of it a bit.
8220  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 12 on: November 24, 2008, 08:50:16 PM
That proves it!  I always knew Pete was a fair weather fan.  slywink
8221  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 12 on: November 24, 2008, 04:36:00 PM
Reid and McNabb don't talk about Bench Club

story

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Against the host Ravens Sunday, Donovan McNabb was pulled after the first half after he went 8 for 18 for 59 yards, two interceptions and a fumble lost. He and replacement Kevin Kolb combined for 132 yards, 4 INTs and a 12.5 QB rating.
...
The Philadelphia Eagles franchise quarterback looked uncomfortable during his second-half benching Sunday. His face had a look of disappointment, shock and loneliness. With a hood over his head, it suggested McNabb also experienced a sense of embarrassment.
...
"I'm not going to sit here and tell you that I didn't think it needed to be done at that time," Reid said. "I'll evaluate it and see what needs to be done here, coming up for this game on Thursday.''
...
Yet it was interesting that Reid did not personally tell McNabb he would not return to the game. Instead, Philadelphia quarterbacks coach Pat Shurmur informed McNabb at halftime that he was being benched.
8222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need for Speed: Undercover on: November 24, 2008, 04:13:52 PM
Some of us have been lurking and waiting for the expert's opinion. 
8223  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need help on a home theater system on: November 24, 2008, 05:29:41 AM
CNet has a few words to say on the subject.  Top 2 on the list have wireless rear speakers.
8224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stranglehold on: November 24, 2008, 05:24:08 AM
Just got this on demo from Gamefly, which I loaded up after playing the demo recently.  Saw the PC version over at Half Price Books today for $10.
8225  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seriously cool gift for a Firefly Fan on: November 24, 2008, 02:20:12 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on November 24, 2008, 12:36:33 AM

Tubes cost more to mail.
But there are tubes running into my house!
8226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 24, 2008, 12:29:17 AM
You pretty much have it right.  No waiting on the streams.  Attached are the plans (bottom two aren't streaming allowed).  My current Watch Now queue has 84 movies in it from Pan's Labyrinth to the original Psycho to Akira to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.  Any Sony movies will be PC viewable, but not XBox viewable (freakin' Sony...   disgust). 
8227  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seriously cool gift for a Firefly Fan on: November 24, 2008, 12:19:34 AM
$8 to have it rolled and not folded?  That's highway robbery!
8228  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: No Bailout for GM please. Let em die. on: November 23, 2008, 05:53:12 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on November 23, 2008, 04:22:53 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on November 22, 2008, 08:30:36 PM

Quote from: cheeba on November 22, 2008, 06:55:06 AM

That ignores overtime which is a significant chunk of the UAW worker's paycheck.

What would you suggest the automakers do to reduce overtime? 

More and better robots?

Trained octopi.  4x more arms.
8229  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Keith Olbermann is ANGRY (Prop 8) on: November 23, 2008, 05:52:12 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on November 23, 2008, 04:05:22 PM

I dont agree at all with this, but can someone explain to me how a constitutional amendment can be declared unconstitutional?    Ive read thats one of the arguements that people are using to try and get the courts to overturn prop 8.    I dont want this to be law, but it seems to me that the only way to overturn it would be another constitutional amendment.

The court can review it and toss it out on its ear.  See the Line Item Veto Act of 1996.
8230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 23, 2008, 06:08:41 AM
Rat bastards....
8231  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [College football] Rivalry week on: November 23, 2008, 06:05:56 AM
puke
8232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 22, 2008, 08:38:54 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 22, 2008, 06:01:36 PM

Oops!  Hey guys you want the Day 1 Tactical Edge gun for free even if you did not get the CE?

http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/media/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024156081c/?p=1&of=6&sb=1&did=0ccf0001-0000-4000-8000-00004156081c

You can get it for free through the marketplace.

An error has occurred during the transaction. Please try again later.
8233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 22, 2008, 08:38:07 PM
On Cliffside, I usually go with the Garand.  Semi-auto rifle, decent range, good zoom even with iron sights.
8234  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [College football] Rivalry week on: November 22, 2008, 08:32:20 PM
Texas Tech normally doesn't care about Oklahoma.  We're usually too busy nipping at the heels of Texas and/or A&M.  This week will be different.
8235  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Heathens Caused the Market Meltdown! on: November 22, 2008, 07:35:03 AM

Quote from: cheeba on November 22, 2008, 01:40:30 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 21, 2008, 08:50:15 PM

The idea that any one religion has a monopoly on any societal strength (or weakness) is puppies. 
I hope you're not talking about the Protestant Ethic.

It was more about the Opinion piece.

Quote from: Your source
The notion of the Protestant work ethic faced some criticism in the 20th century. The strongest of such criticism was that it revolved mostly around the culture and history of Europe and did not take into account societies that had never been Christian. Examples often cited are East Asian nations like Japan which have a strong work ethic but never had more than a small minority of Protestants. Others feel that the recent economic progress of Catholic nations like Ireland and Brazil makes the term at best of historical use.
8236  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A new poll to illuminate the dark chasms in our lives. on: November 22, 2008, 07:28:04 AM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on November 22, 2008, 12:50:17 AM

Quote from: Gromit on November 21, 2008, 11:12:05 PM

I find it ironic that someone with "Poo" in his username doesn't get this.  slywink  LOL

Heh.  Gotcha.  I was thrown off by the weird yank vernacular.  Bunch?  Such barbaric terminology; over here we'd say scrunch! slywink

Here, it would be scrunchie

8237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 22, 2008, 07:25:52 AM
Added happydog to my friends list. 
8238  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Neb. finally gets the law right. on: November 22, 2008, 12:28:58 AM
Good.  No longer will we see a father dropping off nine children between the ages of 1 and 17 while their 18-yo sister is at work. 
8239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 22, 2008, 12:08:50 AM
MP in open matches, no private games. That being said, you can be placed in a group that moves together.  Just remember to back out of the match lobby if you hear "bingo bango bongo."
8240  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Heathens Caused the Market Meltdown! on: November 22, 2008, 12:03:56 AM
X = chi, the first letter in Christ in Greek. 
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