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1961  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ben Stein thinks Obama is Hitler! on: July 26, 2008, 03:01:39 PM


On a related note, I saw somewhere (can't find the story now) where an Israeli paper published Obama's prayer that he placed at the Western Wall.

I think this is terrible and wrong.    I mean this has to be fake.   Obama, being of the Islamic faith, would never place a prayer in the wall.     Do they think we are stupid?
1962  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ben Stein thinks Obama is Hitler! on: July 26, 2008, 02:57:09 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 26, 2008, 02:45:57 PM

Quote from: Brendan on July 26, 2008, 02:15:21 PM

In order to respond to that claim appropriately, I would need a much larger eye-rolling smiley.  72pt would probably do it.

this work

?

It's not animated.
1963  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fall on: July 26, 2008, 02:29:46 PM
SEC Media days just concluded, marking the beginning of what I consider the downslide to my favorite time of the year.

August 30th marks the kickoff of College football.   Saturdays spent tailgating with friends outside Bryant Denny Stadium.   Discussing games ongoing all over the country.   The What Ifs, and Why Nots. 

Late September marks the time to break out the Halloween decorations and shop for new ones.    The kids love the house being decorated inside and out.

Mid October marks a trip to the real pumpkin patch, complete with a harvest festival and civil war reenactments.    A local tribe of native americans always comes and puts on a show too.   

Halloween.    Love it.    The entire neighborhood celebrates and people cook out hotdogs for visitors.

The leaf changes of October and the dramatic fall in November.

Thanksgiving and the beginning of time spent with family and vacation time for everyone.

Finding the perfect gifts for everyone.

Christmas!

and finally... the January/February post-Christmas vacation to Disney World for a week.     


SEC Media days is always the kickoff.    The boring time of the year has finally come to an end.
1964  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ben Stein thinks Obama is Hitler! on: July 26, 2008, 12:29:01 PM
Ben Stein is crazy and wrong.    Obama is ideologically much closer to Stalin than he ever was Hitler.
1965  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My last reason to keep the Wii: destroyed and pooped on on: July 22, 2008, 01:51:26 AM

Wonder how much I could get for my used but mint Wii, Wii Fit, Mario Kart + Wheels.   
1966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My last reason to keep the Wii: destroyed and pooped on on: July 19, 2008, 12:07:02 PM

Quote from: Canuck on July 19, 2008, 01:48:11 AM

Quote from: msduncan on July 19, 2008, 01:29:29 AM



Canuck continues his self-amusing humor under the delusion that other people are impressed with him.



You seem to think that I have some sort of personal vendetta against you or that I have some ulterior motives but believe me I don't-I'm not deriving any more satisfaction from this thread than any of the other goodness that is available on GT.  I just can't get over why you're so upset that they're doing little to change a sandbox game, when things rarely change in a sandbox game.  I'm sure this game will sell like gangbusters and the fans will gobble it up.  Why not? It's more of the goodness that they've been serving out for years now.  If you want to play a different game then I suggest you go and buy a different game.

Ok ok... fair enough and I apologize.

My point was that they at the very least should have added new activities and lots of new items and stuff.    The hands on folks were acting like there was nearly nothing added at all.
1967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My last reason to keep the Wii: destroyed and pooped on on: July 19, 2008, 01:29:29 AM

Quote from: semiconscious on July 18, 2008, 06:08:27 PM

Quote from: Canuck on July 18, 2008, 04:31:47 PM

What do you want, a different way to harvest apples?

smile

classic...

Canuck continues his self-amusing humor under the delusion that other people are impressed with him.

But since he asked the question and you responded.... why the hell not???  Why NOT a different way to harvest apples once you get to a certain amount of money?  Why not collecting other stuff?   Why not being able to discover a mine at some point where you can go collect gemstones and have a chance at the ultra rare and $$$ diamond?    How about being able to find an ultra rare scuba suit that lets you go underwater in an area to check for a special type of shells?    Why not being able to find items with unique properties ala Diablo and then trade them online?

WHY NOT?

Why not a sequel that isn't just a redone original with nothing new????   Why not?
Why not nintendo taking their eye off the stupid controller long enough to use their imaginations??  Why NOT?
1968  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My last reason to keep the Wii: destroyed and pooped on on: July 18, 2008, 11:22:43 AM

Quote from: Canuck on July 18, 2008, 08:33:37 AM

It's actually the exact same game?  I watched one of the movies and I thought it was pretty cool.  I'm not sure what the problem is here-it's the same series so why should it be much different?  If they completely changed it then it wouldn't be Animal Crossing anymore, it would be a different game altogether-Prince of Persia perhaps?  The Sims has been coming out with basically the exact same theme since at least 1999 and people still gobble it up so I don't see why Nintendo should be held to some higher standard.  Now then, if it is quite literally the exact same game as on the DS (ie Animal Crossing:Wide World) then I guess you don't have a reason to keep your Wii after all!

I think you and I both know what a proper sequel should do, so I'm not going to stroke your ego by typing out a lengthy response to this.
1969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My last reason to keep the Wii: destroyed and pooped on on: July 18, 2008, 04:48:35 AM
And they completely fumbled the AC ball.   This was the title many of the hard core Nintendo fans like myself was most looking forward to.    Now it's just an empty shell of a repeat.    Pathetic.
1970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My last reason to keep the Wii: destroyed and pooped on on: July 18, 2008, 01:58:00 AM

Unfortunately, I'm getting tired of Nintendo's deal.    What's their deal?    Repackage the same say...10 games over and over again.    It sucks.
1971  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NCAA 09 Impressions? on: July 18, 2008, 01:11:26 AM

When are they going to patch this thing???????   I hate playing with numbers only.
1972  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: See you all in 6-7 months!!! on: July 18, 2008, 01:01:36 AM
All you guys are making us proud Kato.
1973  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My last reason to keep the Wii: destroyed and pooped on on: July 18, 2008, 12:56:55 AM
Reheated and refried Animal Crossing.

I was hanging on to the Wii mainly for one reason:   The promise of another Animal Crossing experience.   The true sequel to the game.    One chocked full of more stuff to do, cool tweaks and new inventions in gameplay.

Instead these guys got a hands on view of the game, and it's nearly EXACTLY like the previous versions.     Nothing is different.   Nintendo merely stuck the old game in the oven to warm it up and slapped it on a plate.    What a freakin joke.

I'm going to lobby the wife to sell the Wii now.    Screw you Nintendo and your gimmicks.   I'm out.
1974  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Tony Snow, dead at 53 on: July 16, 2008, 02:50:10 AM
The great thing about Tony, is that even those that completely disagreed with his politics have come pouring out of the woodworks saying he was the kindest and most gracious man they'd ever met.    A poster over on OO actually met and talked with him for a while...and reports that he was the real deal when it came to his kindness.

I like being around people like that.   It makes me want to emulate them.
1975  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Planet size comparison on: July 15, 2008, 10:35:06 AM
                             Table 3

                Solar System Scaled to 3-inch Earth

Parameter           Real Distance/Size     Scaled Distance/Size
-----------------   -------------------    ---------------------

Earth (diameter)         12,756 km              3 inches
Moon (diameter)           3,476 km            0.8 inches (ping pong ball)
Moon (distance)         384,400 km            7.5 feet
Sun (diameter)          1,392,000 km         27.3 feet
Sun (distance)    150 million km = 1 AU      0.55 miles (=0.9 km)
Jupiter (distance)         5.20 AU            2.9 miles (from sun)
Jupiter (diameter)      142,984 km            2.8 feet
Saturn (distance)          9.54 AU            5.2 miles (from sun)
Saturn (diameter)       120,536 km            2.4 feet
Pluto (distance)          39.54 AU           21.7 miles (from sun)
Pluto (diameter)          2,300 km            0.5 inch (small rubber ball
                                                or crumple up some tin foil)

Next nearest star   4.3 light years          156,000 miles (or more than 6/10ths
                                                  of the way to the moon on the
                                                  "real" scale of things!)
1976  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: See you all in 6-7 months!!! on: July 13, 2008, 06:49:23 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on July 13, 2008, 06:32:26 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on July 12, 2008, 08:12:12 PM

Best of luck to you while you're over there.

I *almost* ordered an Acog for my AR-15 here a while back. I see you have one on your duty gun. You like it as much as everyone else seems to?

Quote from: DamageInc
I picked up the Springfield .45 XD with 2 13 round magazines and a bunch of extras for under $500

Fixed Tongue

That said, nice XD. I recently went Glock instead. Next purchase is either the HK P30 or the HK45, pretty much exactly like the one Kato bought. It really depends. If I have my concealed carry permit it'll be the P30, because it's just so much smaller. If I still haven't gotten around to getting the permit I'll go for the HK45.

We're assholishly derailing Kato's thread.

Anywho, speaking of the HK45, it's over a grand where you got it Kato? I got quoted $902 for one a couple days ago from a local gun shop here. Granted I'll have to pay tax on top of that, but it'll still be at least $50 cheaper. That sucks. You should get a military discount or something  icon_neutral

ACOG is great, unlike in COD4  icon_razz  Kinda crazy here today, had a badguy shoot at my patrol and I with a shotgun.  The shells were regular buckshot, but filled with a lot of glass and high density plastic.  I guess the reason for that kind of shot would be that it doesn't show up in an x-ray?

On another note, I came across an abandoned puppy that literally followed me back to base (after I gave it a little MRE snack)
Don't know what to do about the little guy, but he's way too cute to push out the door.....





What kind of dumbass shoots at a patrol of US Marines with a shotgun?    I mean I know I ran around in COD4 with a shotgun, but seriously....
1977  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 12, 2008, 04:08:22 PM
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that believe the system is there to HELP them move forward in life and aspire to be better in one's community to help it grow. I won't stop believing in my community even though one party only cares about the 1% of 1% that don't give a rats ass who servers them coffee, washes their car, cleans their windows or keeps them safe while they sleep.

Our system is there to preserve freedom, provide a system of laws, and provide military protection from threats.     No where in our founder's writings or the goverment they crafted did they say the government was here to help people succeed.    The government is here to provide an environment where people are free to succeed through hard work and determination.

I think it's incredibly arrogant to assume that those that happen to be extremely rich are inhuman bastards that don't care about other human beings just because they have more money than you.   Stop with the jealousy and class warfare.
1978  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 12, 2008, 03:57:08 PM
Out of curiosity McBa1n -- what circumstances had you living in the Soviet Union for years, and do you consider them (at the time) better than the US?
1979  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 12, 2008, 03:53:56 PM

Quote from: cheeba on July 12, 2008, 03:28:42 PM

Quote from: McBa1n on July 12, 2008, 11:14:45 AM

However, for US Rah Rah duders, good for you - but consider: Any moron that voted for Bush deserves a few things done to them
It really is sad, the culture of insults on this particular forum. When you are able to make a post about American patriotism without a bunch of random insults, I would enjoy reading and perhaps discussing it. Until then, consider that wisdom is the realization of how little you know, when you judge others so harshly.

To be fair to McBa1n...   I know he knows that I voted for Bush twice.    I don't think he *really* wants things done to me.   I *think* he's just making a point, though I could be wrong.

And I do hope he realizes that over half the voters in this country voted for Bush's reelection.
1980  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The team that designed the Wiimote... on: July 12, 2008, 12:49:36 PM

Quote from: Turtle on July 12, 2008, 05:46:25 AM

Those poor dogs.  They'll be neurotic by the end of summer.

Labs are born neurotic.   At least about fetching....
1981  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Tony Snow, dead at 53 on: July 12, 2008, 12:48:20 PM
Rest in Peace Tony.
1982  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: See you all in 6-7 months!!! on: July 12, 2008, 01:15:23 AM
Stay safe over there Kato.   We miss you buddy....

1983  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: All's quiet.... on: July 08, 2008, 11:19:47 AM

Quote from: Brendan on July 08, 2008, 05:50:57 AM

Quote from: msduncan on July 08, 2008, 04:12:21 AM

Some of you are asking us to prove that John McCain has been misrepresented by Obama as being Bush's third term.
I'm telling you that as a conservative, I don't trust John McCain to be anything like what he's representing himself as at the moment.   I believe he will be much like the John McCain he has been since we all knew him in the 90's.

It's fine of you to feel that way - suspicious, alienated, whatever.  However, McCain's stated policy positions, at least today, are exceedingly similar to those of President Bush.  That's what the Obama campaign is comparing - they can't predict whether or not he's being sincere.

I know what his stated policy positions are.   I just don't believe him.

*this doesn't mean I won't vote for him, unfortunately.     Middle is better than far left.
1984  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 in-game XMB updated! on: July 08, 2008, 04:29:01 AM
btw I was lucky enough to get a 60 gig back.   though I have no PS2 games and will not be play any.   

I'd have rather they sent me an 'upgrade' to be honest....
1985  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: All's quiet.... on: July 08, 2008, 04:12:21 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on July 07, 2008, 07:08:29 PM

Quote from: cheeba on July 07, 2008, 03:22:54 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on July 07, 2008, 01:42:17 PM

It seems to me that this little debate could be settled awfully quickly if you guys simply started listing all the major policy positions where John McCain differs from George W. Bush.  I wonder why you haven't.
Because you are completely and totally wrong.

Prove it.

msduncan accused the Obama campaign of "misrepresenting" John McCain's platform as being nothing but Bush's third term.  Brendan responded by posting a link to a long list of policy positions which McCain has flip-flopped on, each cross-referenced with their source, and each bringing him into lock-step with Bush.  Since then, you and brettmcd have complained, attacked Brendan, and stated again and again that he's obviously wrong...but 24-hours later, you still haven't offered even one bit of dissenting evidence.

This leaves you with three options:

1) Prove it, which I don't think you can,

2) Apologize and admit you're way, way out of line, or

3) Brag some more about how two seconds in Google would, like, totally prove you right, wait for a good opportunity to quietly duck out of the thread, and pretend that making bold and confident assertions is somehow a good substitute for simple facts.

I can't wait to see which one you guys pick.

-Autistic Angel

Ah ok well I think I've found the disconnect.

Some of you are asking us to prove that John McCain has been misrepresented by Obama as being Bush's third term.
I'm telling you that as a conservative, I don't trust John McCain to be anything like what he's representing himself as at the moment.   I believe he will be much like the John McCain he has been since we all knew him in the 90's.

The difference here is that liberals step to the middle in this country during a campaign.    Moderate Republicans step toward the right.     It's generally been this way (see HW Bush).     So you are asking us to prove something that we don't have any real evidence of other than John McCain's traditional disagreements and pissing off of righties like myself.   I'm telling you that I don't really like the guy because I know based on history what he's going to be like when he gets in there.   And I believe that is Obama lite.
1986  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: All's quiet.... on: July 08, 2008, 04:06:22 AM
Holy smokes.   I don't know where to begin to comment -- and it's only been since this morning when I last looked at this thread.

That plus I've had like 3 glasses of wine...so I <3 everyone right now and am in no condition to post....
1987  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are LCDs an endangered species? on: July 08, 2008, 03:09:16 AM
That makes it final....

Time to drag the scientists out into the street to face firing squads.

I can do without my SUV, but you can have my LCD when you pry it from my cold dead eyes.
1988  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 07, 2008, 03:31:47 AM

Quote from: IceBear on July 07, 2008, 03:04:52 AM

Push some more buttons why don't you

It was a good attempt at pushing buttons, but everyone knows that real football is played in Alabama:

1989  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: All's quiet.... on: July 07, 2008, 02:33:01 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on July 07, 2008, 02:02:25 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on July 06, 2008, 07:18:27 PM

Quote from: msduncan on July 06, 2008, 02:07:12 PM

That much is true.    How old is Kennedy?   He seems to be the swing at the moment.

He's 71.

While I prefer a somewhat conservative court, it's not an issue for me this time around.  While McCain would presumably (you never know, though, as justices sometimes turn out different than what you think you are getting) guarantee a very conservative court for years to come, I don't think you should assume that Obama would appoint super liberal justices.  And, as I noted above, even if he does, it's unlikely to shift the balance.



I am still amazed that people think McCain is somehow automatically going to nominate these ultra conservative judges, when he himself is not all that conservative.   Then to question if an ultra liberal person like Obama is going to nominate liberal judges....   boggles the mind.


Agreed.   But remember that though McCain is certainly NOT conservative by any stretch of the imagination -- the Obama campaign has made it a talking point to try to paint McCain as Bush's 3rd term.    It's good campaigning, but it's nonsense.
1990  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 in-game XMB updated! on: July 06, 2008, 11:14:28 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on July 06, 2008, 05:22:15 AM

Quote from: msduncan on July 06, 2008, 03:27:01 AM

Quote from: depward on July 05, 2008, 09:15:45 PM

My PS3 wouldn't power on anymore; I would power it on, it would be green for one second, then go to yellow then a blinky red light.  No picture whatsoever.  That's why I couldn't transfer over any saves or anything.

Suckage.   That blows.

On a related note, I bought a UPS to safeguard my PS3 and TV.    After two HDMI failures on PS3s, and lightbulbs around my house constantly blowing out.... I decided I must have wierd power instability going on and went ahead and forked out some money.
Did you at least have it on a power strip before? You're making me worried about mine....

Yes I did.   However, I did not have the cable run through the strip so that might be the source of the surges. 

I now have everything run through the UPS... cable and all.
1991  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 06, 2008, 07:33:00 PM
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Outside of hardcore porn, is there any art form as static as a Fourth of July fireworks display? Once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all, yet year after year, like stoned zombies staring at screensavers, we tilt our heads to the sky and watch amateurs and professionals alike stage the pyrotechnical equivalents of gang bangs.

Anyone that believes this statement needs to see 'Wishes' at Walt Disney World.

Wishes
1992  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 06, 2008, 07:15:44 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 06, 2008, 06:15:41 PM

My apologies if my post was offensive to anyone, was in a bad mood due to some rather unpleasant headaches when I wrote what I wrote...

I concede that US has done some remarkable things, or at least been in the forefront from many things, and yes, the democrazy I referred to was from ancient times...

Anyways - grats on the document, and the belief in the greatness of your country - I just think there's more to it than "we're great, you'r not" which was unfortunately how I read the original post. And that was what got me a bit...offensive.

Anyways, I Have beer, and is mostly naked now..except for my wooden shoes that is... does that excuse me?

Hmm...   well if you don't mind I'm going to picture one of your really hot blonde women naked, with beer, in nothing but wooden shoes.  smile
1993  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 06, 2008, 05:34:57 PM

Quote from: CSL on July 06, 2008, 04:20:49 PM

Quote from: cheeba on July 06, 2008, 03:50:51 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 06, 2008, 12:16:59 PM

I guess that a mostly US based forum is the wrong place to question these things though...to bad, really...
Question anything you want. But if you did so with some actual arguments other than, "nuh uh" it'd be cool. I'd enjoy a good debate here.

And holy crap, CSL, don't you have a spellchecker?

Do you know how drunk I was that night.

That's what she said....  ninja

Edit to add:   and my 1000th post here is a 'that's what she said'.   Tongue
1994  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 06, 2008, 03:40:57 PM

Quote from: Moliere on July 06, 2008, 03:12:03 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 06, 2008, 02:28:07 PM

i personally prefer to see Off Topic remain full of goofy, fun posts and personal stories of car trouble, health issues and sexual dysfunction. 

Can you recommend an HDTV for me?

52 inch Sharp Aquos.     Abes of Maine is where I found the best deal.   Amazing set!
1995  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: All's quiet.... on: July 06, 2008, 02:07:12 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on July 06, 2008, 04:18:26 AM

Quote from: msduncan on July 06, 2008, 03:30:17 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 05, 2008, 08:42:54 PM

Maybe I was on to something in my last post. Or maybe just on something. Anyway...Americans' Unhappy Birthday: Too Much Wrong Right Now doesn't exactly blame George Bush, but same general idea.

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Happy birthday, America? This year, we're not so sure.

The nation's psyche is battered and bruised, the sense of pessimism palpable. Young or old, Republican or Democrat, economically stable or struggling, Americans are questioning where they are and where they are going. And they wonder who or what might ride to their rescue.

These are more than mere gripes, but rather an expression of fears - concerns reflected not only in the many recent polls that show consumer confidence plummeting, personal happiness waning and more folks worrying that the country is headed in the wrong direction, but also in conversations happening all across the land.

Damn Obama for being so far left.    I adore his patriotic and hopeful speeches.   He is Reagan in that respect --

But there is no way I can vote for him based on his ideological foundation and the risk of the type of justices he'd put on the Supreme Court.    You know... like the 4 that very nearly ended our 2nd Amendment protections.


Which conservative justices are you worried he'll be replacing?  The oldest justices and the ones most likely to be replaced in the next four years are Stevens and Ginsburg, with the rest being 72 or younger.  Stevens and Ginsburg are both considered on the liberal side of the court.  Barring something unexpected, the next president won't be shifting the balance of the court.

 

That much is true.    How old is Kennedy?   He seems to be the swing at the moment.
1996  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 06, 2008, 01:51:33 PM
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sure you have that right, as I have the right to call arrogance extreme, when I see it. And I dont believe my country is the "best", I believe in people, not countries - unless you'r a hivemind, there's no such thing as a unified and equal country whose people are all the same and supergreat people.

I believe in our great foundation -- the Constitution.    I believe in the principles upon which it was constructed.      I believe it has allowed our country to propell us and the world into the modern era you see around you.    Before the United States, the world was mired in monarchy.

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I'm from Denmark, and we dont wear wooden shoes.
The shot taken at windmills and wooden shoes was wrong, but I think done in jest.     Denmark is a great country with great people.

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And no, you people didnt establish the foundations of modern democracy - sorry to bust your bubble there.

Uh... yes we did.    Before the United States stood up our Democratic Republic, it has been antiquity since someone had tried Democracy.    Unless you consider antiquity as being the modern....

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And I'm not really being sensitive, I call things as I see them - isnt that what this forum is all about? Congrats on the document though, its a nice document, would be equally nice of people lived up to it, right?

"what makes America great has never been its perfection but the belief that it can be made better. I came to understand that our revolution was waged for the sake of that belief - that we could be governed by laws, not men; that we could be equal in the eyes of those laws; that we could be free to say what we want and assemble with whomever we want and worship as we please; that we could have the right to pursue our individual dreams but the obligation to help our fellow citizens pursue theirs."

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I can actually make a grand document as well, doesnt make me a better person though..

actions, not words, are what counts in my world.

Let's see...   The automobile.  The assembly line.   The phone.   The harnessing of electricity.   The airplane.   The air conditioner.   Atomic energy.  Manned exploration of the moon.   Scientific exploration of the outer solar system.   The television.   Movies.  And the internet you are enjoying right now.     America propelled the world into two different ages in 200 years...first the Industrial, and now the Information.

All made possible by the freedom to innovate, own, invent, communicate, and invest in ideas.   All made possible by that 'grand document'.

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edit: and hey, the mere fact that you think my country's only contribution to the world, especially compared to the greatness of the US are "windmills and woodens shoes" kinda proves my point.

I guess that a mostly US based forum is the wrong place to question these things though...to bad, really...

You point can't be proven by merely a grumpy ATB responding to a slight against America on her birthday.

Perhaps your 'indoctrination', as you call it, neglects to teach what the world was like when this document was written?
1997  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: All's quiet.... on: July 06, 2008, 03:30:17 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 05, 2008, 08:42:54 PM

Maybe I was on to something in my last post. Or maybe just on something. Anyway...Americans' Unhappy Birthday: Too Much Wrong Right Now doesn't exactly blame George Bush, but same general idea.

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Happy birthday, America? This year, we're not so sure.

The nation's psyche is battered and bruised, the sense of pessimism palpable. Young or old, Republican or Democrat, economically stable or struggling, Americans are questioning where they are and where they are going. And they wonder who or what might ride to their rescue.

These are more than mere gripes, but rather an expression of fears - concerns reflected not only in the many recent polls that show consumer confidence plummeting, personal happiness waning and more folks worrying that the country is headed in the wrong direction, but also in conversations happening all across the land.

Damn Obama for being so far left.    I adore his patriotic and hopeful speeches.   He is Reagan in that respect --

But there is no way I can vote for him based on his ideological foundation and the risk of the type of justices he'd put on the Supreme Court.    You know... like the 4 that very nearly ended our 2nd Amendment protections.
1998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 in-game XMB updated! on: July 06, 2008, 03:27:01 AM

Quote from: depward on July 05, 2008, 09:15:45 PM

My PS3 wouldn't power on anymore; I would power it on, it would be green for one second, then go to yellow then a blinky red light.  No picture whatsoever.  That's why I couldn't transfer over any saves or anything.

Suckage.   That blows.

On a related note, I bought a UPS to safeguard my PS3 and TV.    After two HDMI failures on PS3s, and lightbulbs around my house constantly blowing out.... I decided I must have wierd power instability going on and went ahead and forked out some money.
1999  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 06, 2008, 02:43:03 AM

Quote from: Brendan on July 06, 2008, 02:36:24 AM

So, it's not you?

I'm anti-jingoism.  There's a lot of things we've done right, and there's a lot of things we've done wrong.  It is equally important to acknowledge the wrong things so that we can strive to fix them and live up to the promise (and premise) of our constitution.

I'll requote:
I believe those who attack America's flaws without acknowledging the singular greatness of our ideals, and their proven capacity to inspire a better world, do not truly understand America.
2000  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 06, 2008, 02:31:48 AM

Quote from: Brendan on July 06, 2008, 02:21:35 AM

Quote from: msduncan on July 06, 2008, 12:04:45 AM

Quote from: Laner on July 05, 2008, 04:01:35 PM

Quiet Drazzil - we'll have none of this pro-America talk here.

+1

Gaming boards are as anti-patriotic as they get.

Uh huh.  Is it video games that make us so anti-patriotic?

Is this you?

I didn't say unpatriotic.   I said anti-patriotic.   Big difference.
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