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1  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: DC Sniper Executed = another death penalty thread on: November 12, 2009, 03:43:41 PM

Quote from: Geezer on November 12, 2009, 03:07:59 PM

Quote from: VynlSol on November 11, 2009, 03:05:04 PM

Will somebody please engage Moliere in a debate about his "revenge killings" before he has an anuerism?

Nothing to debate, as he's completely correct.

I'm afraid not. But you're more than welcome to think he is. I'm not sure that Moliere himself even thinks he is. What I do know is he cross-posted this exact thread, used intentionally divisive language and basically acted like a five-year-old clamoring for attention because he wants to get into it with someone about the death penalty. He's made it no secret that he enjoys "honing" his internet-messageboard debating skills, and as I recall from the thread where he discussed such things, he even revels in how much he "wtfPwns" n0obs on some other messageboard using said skills. Informed by those things, I see this thread as borderline trolling...albeit all gussied up, but not posted in the spirit of the free exchange of ideas to foster understanding, or at least nailing down positions. Posted so that he can see how hard he can pwn someone. Not so he can express ideas in a helpful, community-minded manner, or to entertain the same from others, but just to argue. An excuse to spew out malicious, hatefulness and snark.

That's why I'm not going to engage in any debate about this, with him, on this forum. It's not that there's nothing to debate, it's that to me, it's pointless and only results in bullshit.
2  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: DC Sniper Executed = another death penalty thread on: November 11, 2009, 03:05:04 PM
Will somebody please engage Moliere in a debate about his "revenge killings" before he has an anuerism?
3  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So My Medical Insurance Premiums are going up 9.5% this year...but get this on: November 10, 2009, 01:58:55 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 10, 2009, 01:50:30 AM

The gay/lesbian/transgender lobby has totally overwhelmed any form of reason...

4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Career Help - Is IT doomed? on: November 09, 2009, 04:01:52 AM
My advice is to find out what you're passionate about and figure out how to make a living doing it. Sounds nice and peachy and unhelpful, but if you spend the time and effort to get a degree (and possibly post-grad degrees) in something just because you think you can get a decent paying job out of it, you're going to end up being one of the people out there who bitch about the job market sucking, regardless of the industry. Or get lucky and become entrenched deadwood at some corporation.

Tying that into your question about IT...the IT industry is fucking HUGE. It touches just about anything and everything these days. My personal experience is that there are a lot of folks who can't find work "in IT" either because they are mediocre or very picky. It's cool if you can afford to be picky, it blows if you're just mediocre. And by that I'm talking about the people who get a degree and certs thinking that they don't have to do anything else. They learn enough in classes to pass the class, and feel that is enough to get them where they want to go..a nice paycheck. That's mediocre, and I know people who CANNOT UNDERSTAND why the $20K/$60K/$120K they spent on some coursework doesn't get them the job of their dreams (or even their foot in the door) even though their work product sucks skunk ass.

Those type of folks fuel the "jobs are hard to get in IT" mantra. But like I said, IT as an industry touches everything in one way or another, and if it's something you're passionate about, you will eventually be able to write your own ticket and the money will follow.

If you view work as a necessary evil, something you should only put in the minimum amount of effort to get by (and I'm not saying you are, at all) you should get into a biz degree. Bill Gates didn't get rich by being a computer nerd, he got rich by being one sharp biz dude.

Oh yeah, IT + Healthcare = job-o-rama.

5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: November 03, 2009, 01:40:32 AM

Quote from: kathode on November 03, 2009, 01:30:41 AM

Awesome! I like this part:

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6  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The Danger of Celebrating Halloween on: October 30, 2009, 09:40:14 PM
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: AC/DC Backtracks on: October 24, 2009, 12:22:33 AM
They actually shipped the first set of orders for the deluxe edition early; I received mine a couple of days ago. If you're a fan, there isn't anything surprising music-wise, but the cuts are high quality and the live stuff sounds damn good. As a vinyl collector I was stoked about the LP smile

The rest of the swag is ok if you're looking to hang shit on your wall or something. The book is very nice.

I plugged my SG into the amp and it sounds like you would expect a 1W amp to sound like, pretty cool for a gimmick.

I'm happy with it!
8  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama doesnt have time for Berlin Wall anniversary on: October 23, 2009, 01:31:54 AM

These threads are starting to seem like a skit from Saturday Night Live. In 1980.

Poster1: blah blah blah insight blah blah

brettmcd: *fart*

Poster2: blah insight blah blah

Poster3: What's that smell?

brettmcd: *fart* *grunt* *fart*

Poster1: Oh Jesus Christ, not again blah blah

brettmcd: *fart*

9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NOLA Judge denies marriage to mixed race couple on: October 16, 2009, 04:22:12 PM

Quote from: kronovan on October 16, 2009, 03:38:42 PM

I'm betting it's a 'Jonny on the Spot' out back.

Nah, he generously provides a shovel so that his "special" guests can more easily dig their own shit-holes out back of the slave he refers to as the "equipment shed"...out in back of his property. By the tree line.

10  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Health Bill Passes Senate Committee on: October 13, 2009, 09:55:31 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on October 13, 2009, 09:29:36 PM

Thats most likely the real objective of all of this anyway, to drive private insurance out of business to we can go to what Obama and the dems really want single payer socialized medicine in this country.

11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Saudi Man gets 1000 lashes for bragging about his sex life on TV on: October 09, 2009, 04:46:19 AM

Quote from: cheeba on October 09, 2009, 04:40:50 AM

Where's Mecca again?

It's right here, baby!

12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Unemployed and happy about it on: October 05, 2009, 06:50:20 PM
Nothing risked, nothing gained....good luck, I hope it all works out for you!
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What if you could have a celebrity give voice to your posts on: September 25, 2009, 06:20:22 PM
Alan Kalter
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Videogame Quote - GO! on: September 21, 2009, 09:25:21 PM
"Goodness reflects the light and evil bears the seed of all darkness. These are mirrors of the soul, reflections of the mind. Choose well..." | ROTH
15  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So tell me again why we had to pass that stimulus bill??? on: September 08, 2009, 10:00:25 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 08, 2009, 12:57:23 PM

This song isn't about you.

Maybe THIS ONE is?  icon_biggrin

16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bob Saget!!!..tourettes guy....nsfw language on: September 06, 2009, 03:43:15 PM
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bioengineering on: August 31, 2009, 04:30:26 AM
Maybe peruse these links if you haven't already:

18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ted Kennedy dead. on: August 27, 2009, 02:44:00 AM

Quote from: Moliere on August 26, 2009, 08:10:48 PM

I'm happy he supported interstate trucking and airline deregulation. Nothing else comes to mind.

I find it interesting that you can throw around smarmy comments about Kopechne yet not know jack shit about the impact Ted Kennedy had/is still having/probably will have in the future, on civil rights in this country. 
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Athlete told to prove she's a woman on: August 19, 2009, 08:40:49 PM

Quote from: naednek on August 19, 2009, 08:06:52 PM

couldn't the dr who does the physical confirm? 

Good point, but I suspect it's against the big fat CoC.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Canadians Know Something.... on: August 19, 2009, 06:56:15 PM
Quote from: from the article
Professor Robert Smith? (the question mark is part of his surname and not a typographical mistake)

Best part of the entire article.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Eagles Sign Vick on: August 15, 2009, 09:27:45 PM
22  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 2 US Journalists are pardoned in North Korea on: August 05, 2009, 03:49:09 AM

Quote from: Moliere on August 05, 2009, 03:40:29 AM

Is this really a good foreign policy message for N.K.?

Maybe, maybe not, but I'm going to guess that the two journalists think it was exceedingly good...
23  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Why the rush on health care 'reform' on: July 23, 2009, 09:10:44 PM

Quote from: Moliere on July 23, 2009, 08:32:05 PM

Do we own our bodies?

It depends on the individual and where they reside on the following illustrative pyramid chart  icon_biggrin :

24  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obesity: The New Child Abuse? on: July 22, 2009, 02:56:59 PM

Quote from: Jaddison on July 22, 2009, 02:02:48 PM

These costs get passed onto all of us.

Indeed. I can envision a time where the cost will be minimal, once we start using modern predictive testing to determine who can become parents. I mean, can you imagine a country of as-close-to-perfectly-healthy-as-possible folks? Why, the cost would be microscopic! If it is determined that the offspring of any particular couple will be predisposed to any type of chronic/debilitating biological issues - or even if it can be shown that their offspring may exhibit less than optimal lifestyle behavior due to intellectual/psychological issues, that couple and eventually the offspring him/herself would be responsible for shouldering the extra cost. The extra cost of not only the medical/therapuetic services they will have to have above and beyond the optimal standard, but also the lessened productivity and societal contribution they will make relative to said standard.

Why should I have to pay more money long-term to support someone's child who has cerebral palsy, when the parents chose to bring that child, in that condition, into this world...anymore than I should have to pay more money because someone doesn't live their life according to someone else's standard?

It's all about the money, right?


25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple tells M$ to stop with the ads? on: July 20, 2009, 02:25:07 AM

Quote from: Exodor on July 19, 2009, 10:32:37 PM

...and with 7.5% market share there are only so many used Macs to go around.   icon_twisted

Hrm...7.5% is about the same percentage of people with I.Q.s over 125.

Just sayin'.

26  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: North Korea is #1 in the world on: July 08, 2009, 09:47:12 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on July 08, 2009, 06:56:21 PM

...whether or not our own dear leader would have the guts to respond to a direct attack like that.

Of course there would be a response of some sort, but I doubt it will be along the lines of killing everyone in North Korea.
27  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin RESIGNS! on: July 04, 2009, 01:42:33 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 04, 2009, 01:30:37 AM

...another shoe is going to drop.

That's my guess. It makes no sense to me that she would bail out of the governor's office prior to her term expiring, as a strategy for the GOP nomination in 2012. Then again, she thinks Afghanistan is our neighboring country, so who the hell knows.

Maybe her husband has been complaining lately about not seeing her enough?

Maybe Letterman sent some, "people," to talk to her?

Eh, time will tell.
28  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Somalia: A Libertarian Utopia? on: June 19, 2009, 03:07:09 AM

Quote from: Moliere on June 19, 2009, 12:43:05 AM

The Koran is pretty clear that if the woman wants to claim she was raped she needs to produce 4 Muslim male eye-witnesses. If she can't produce the witnesses then she is admitting to fornication or adultery punishable by 100 lashes or being stoned to death, respectively.

That is hardcore.

Where at in the Koran does it say that?
29  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Iran is burning on: June 16, 2009, 12:22:45 AM
Those folks in Los Angeles are nuts!
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Guns guns guns! on: May 16, 2009, 12:36:22 AM
I own a first-gen S&W .M&P .40, holds 16 rounds of ammunition with an administrative load and comes with three different grips. Its carried me through many training scenarios and countless range time, I have no doubt that if I do what I am supposed to do that pistol will as well.

Having said that, you can't go wrong with any of the three you mentioned.

Just remember that a pistol/shotgun/etc is merely a tool. Much like living in a, "safe," neighborhood and keeping your doors locked isn't a self defense panacea, neither is owning a firearm. Your greatest weapon is your mind.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: May 03, 2009, 10:27:20 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on May 03, 2009, 09:21:04 PM

It shouldn't be #1 on any chart, unless there's one for weird crap.

I think it's called Billboard.
32  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: House passes 90% tax on Bonuses for TARP recips. on: March 20, 2009, 01:56:00 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on March 20, 2009, 02:21:24 AM

Quote from: VynlSol on March 19, 2009, 11:10:03 PM

isn't the government supposed to carry out the wishes of the populace?

Which people?

The Village People, of course.
33  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: House passes 90% tax on Bonuses for TARP recips. on: March 19, 2009, 11:10:03 PM

Quote from: Geezer on March 19, 2009, 09:29:08 PM

Quote from: VynlSol on March 19, 2009, 09:24:30 PM

I'm pleased to see this piece of legislation moving forward.

Yes, let's not let anything get in the way of good 'ol revenge and punishment.  Jeebus.

It's unfortunate you feel that's what this is about. Earlier in this thread, you queried:

Is it a really really bad precedent to have the government interfere just because a bunch of people are all pissed off?

You went on to answer yourself in the positive, but I have to ask, isn't the government supposed to carry out the wishes of the populace? Isn't being, "pissed off," a valid sentiment? I don't see the impetus behind the bill in question being mob mentality, and I certainly don't see it as a form of revenge or punishment.

I don't know if it's legal, but I think it's right. And the closer we can get to the latter the better, as far as I'm concerned.

34  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: House passes 90% tax on Bonuses for TARP recips. on: March 19, 2009, 09:24:30 PM
I'm pleased to see this piece of legislation moving forward.
35  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: California Plan: Make Money by Legalizing Marijuana on: March 02, 2009, 03:38:04 AM

Quote from: Crux on March 02, 2009, 03:21:15 AM

Pisses me off enough already I have to worry about some drunk asshole driving into my lane and killing me, my wife and my child. Adding potheads to the mix isn't going to help any.

I'm not sure people aren't already driving around high on pot and I'm even less sure that legalizing the possession and use of marijuana is going to have any effect on what is already occurring, driver-impairment-wise.

Of course, it could be that there is a veritable army of decent folk out there who are just waiting for the government to tell them it's OK to smoke pot, so they can unleash their inner dope-fiend and go ape shit in public.

36  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Pakistan Imposes Sharia Law on: February 17, 2009, 10:19:19 PM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on February 17, 2009, 10:00:57 PM

How do you guys and NATO get from imposing sharia law on a region where the muslim populations want it to creating a safe haven for terrorists?

That's a good question and I'm curious to see the answer to it.
37  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What were those Executive Orders? on: January 24, 2009, 01:47:52 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on January 24, 2009, 12:36:48 AM

...but so many other things have changed from what he promised...

Like what?

38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Budweiser: King of Beers or Cow Pee in a Bottle? on: January 22, 2009, 10:06:33 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 22, 2009, 06:55:45 PM

Quote from: VynlSol on January 22, 2009, 06:44:46 PM

Chimay, on the other hand, is superb.

If you like Chimay you have got to try some of the Belgian style brews from the Ommegang brewery in Upstate New York.  Just tried the Ommegang Abbey Ale (BeerAdvocate says it's a Dubbel) for the first time a few weeks ago and it was incredible.  I might even go so far as to say I prefer it over any of the main three Chimays, and if I remember right it's a little easier on the wallet

Thanks for the tip, I'll definitely have to check that out.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Budweiser: King of Beers or Cow Pee in a Bottle? on: January 22, 2009, 06:44:46 PM
Cow pee.

Chimay, on the other hand, is superb.
40  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Atheists launch "There is no God" adverts on buses across Britain on: January 14, 2009, 05:04:19 PM

Quote from: Jeff on January 14, 2009, 04:34:32 PM

Yes, I understand your sentiment here. I've seen it over and over. Any time Christianity is called into question - there is a social reprimand from this rather odd community. Odd in that, political axes are filed down to a razor sharp point, but the discussion of religion in a politics and religion forum seems to come under a strange scrutiny. This is a thread about atheism, and I'm mocked for bringing up the point that atheism (or religious apathy) is not an indicator of failed morality.

You and certain others would rather I just shut the fuck up and not bring up any of the tough questions, or raise points that counter their claims, I get that. However, I'm going to go ahead and decline your kind offer, and as long as I'm on-topic (which I defy you to show one example on GT/OO where I've not been) I'll post as I please.

You are free to ignore my posts if you wish. That is unless you have a small pocket-knife of your own to grind against those who disagree or who dare to question the untouchable realm of organized religion.

By the way, ad hominem attacks are IMO a sign a weak mind. Asking me if I was raped by a priest? seriously? that's what you came up with to call into question my forum behavior?

LOL (note to the reading comprehension impaired, I'm laughing at Jeff's post... not indicating that what I'm about to say is in any way humorous).

WTF Jeff? Why so defensive? Why do you think I want you to shut the fuck up? What offer did I make that you're declining? Where on earth did I attack you in hominem? lol

Discourse takes many forms. Apparently some folks are only capable of dealing with one.

Excuse me while I bail out of this freak show.
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