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501  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Our Founding Fathers: on: December 05, 2008, 03:01:31 PM
I would like to thank everyone who posts here.  This is one of my favorite threads and I look forward to the new posts.  Thank you for your efforts.
502  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Coming Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness on: December 05, 2008, 11:53:13 AM
There is a posting on the political economics thread that is pertinate to the discusion of free markets in this thread.  It was a real eye opener for me and should be referenced here.  It is number 138 by Sb MIG.  I am not sure how to link to it here but here is an attempt.,

The gist I took away was we do not have free markets and big business does not want free markets.  When liberals say free markets don't work IMHO  they are referring to the markets we have now and not true free markets.  Just stirring the pot have a look at Sb Mig's post.
503  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Communicating with the Muslim World on: December 03, 2008, 09:07:40 AM
“Because, I repeat, this kind of murderous violence only stops when the village — all the good people in Pakistan, including the community elders and spiritual leaders who want a decent future for their country — declares, as a collective, that those who carry out such murders are shameful unbelievers who will not dance with virgins in heaven but burn in hell. And they do it with the same vehemence with which they denounce Danish cartoons. “

I once saw a plaque on a wall which said,”I am my brother’s keeper”.  I thought to my self, I am responsible for my own actions and I will mind my own buisness.  I would not like others poking their noises into my business I will not do that to them.  The plaque haunted me though, I would think about it every now and again.  Why would some one put such a thing up?  Then 9/11 occurred.  I watched as the Muslim community did not denounce the terrorist.  Then it dawned on me.  I am my brother’s keeper.  We have to give up some rights in order to have a civilized society.  There has to be a limit at which we can not cross or allow others to cross without protest.  If we pass this limit we move one step closer to a state of nature and with each step down that path society diminishes until at some point it must be reformed.  This is what the fundamentalist are trying to do.  They wish to reform society to their twisted version.  If the common people of Pakistan do not stand up and protest the attacks in Mumbai the terrorist have moved society one step closer to the changing of society.
504  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Good manners, social graces, and etiquette on: November 20, 2008, 11:48:08 PM
Why were manners developed in the first place......hmmmm?

Simply food for thought. I feel I know why and if more people thought about it they would adopt manners.  Our society has been sheltered for so long they have forgotten what used to lay beyond the firelight.
505  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: DLO 3 on: November 20, 2008, 09:50:37 AM
I am also looking forward to both dvds.  I have both DLO 1 & 2 and the Kali tudo.  They are first class and I look forward to the release of your current projects.

Thanks for all your efforts

506  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Pathological Science on: November 17, 2008, 07:38:48 AM
I just looked over the article mentioned "Illusions of Climate Science”, Quadrant, October.  Thanks that is good info!  If you anybody wants to see it it is located here.  I just googled the title.
507  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Politics on: October 30, 2008, 11:57:19 AM
Just ran across this quote in an Christian Science Monitor story

 Socialist Party of America presidential candidate Norman Thomas: "The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened."
508  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Rings of thought, Lines of thought on: October 23, 2008, 11:27:44 PM
I just read through this once, but my thoughts turned to the struggle between traditional values and modern culture then to our cultural war with Fundamentalist Islam.  This thinking in rings is very important I feel.
509  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Quotes, quips, and sayings on: October 23, 2008, 11:14:35 PM
"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible."
Lawrence, Thomas E
510  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Obama Phenomena on: October 19, 2008, 10:05:49 PM
You apparantly have no idea what people with a lot of money can get away with the rest of us can't.

Neither did I till I saw the power of money first had as a relentless victim of it. If you have something someone with this kind of power has, or you step on the "wrong toes" they will likely be able to walk right over you.

My interpretation of your above quote is:  you are afraid of the power of the wealthy so you want to take away their money.  I feel government has no business redistributing wealth.  The way to have a just society in through law.  Our founding fathers mention the belief all men are created equal.  I feel this means all men are bound by the one is above the law.  In other words we need government to raise us out of a state of nature.  While I sometimes feel I would be happy in such a state I bet it would get old after about a week. evil  If you feel you have been wronged there are lots of ways to go about seeking justice.  How you do that is up to you, but you do not have a right to lash out at a class of society, to redistribute wealth.  It is unconstitutional.  I wish you and your wife all the best of luck. smiley
511  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Obama Phenomena on: October 19, 2008, 12:52:17 PM
Quote:  “ Yet I do also agree with the left that it is a gigantic unsustainable problem that 1% of the population controls 90% of the wealth. Even if that number is exaggerated it is probably something of that order and that is fu2345ck up.”

I have never been able to understand how a group of people can look at someone who has a lot and think to themselves they don’t deserve what they have lets take it away and give it to some one else.  Maybe the argument would be they inherited it and never worked a day in their lives and therefore don’t deserve it.  This is still very thin as an argument goes.  Lets assume 1% controls 90% in this country.  I have never felt that 1% has tried to keep me from achieving my dreams.  How is the 1% holding anyone back in this country?  I have however felt the taxes this government charges has prevented me from moving up the economic ladder.   I don’t have a lot and would place myself in the low middle class or upper poor class.  I work hard but every time I start to get some where the government comes out and takes what I need to move up.  I am not opposed to taxes to help run our government.  Some government is necessary to get us out of the state of nature, but it IS NOT THE BUSINESS OF GOVERNMENT TO REDISTRIBUTE WEALTH!!.  I do strongly favor a fair tax on consumption instead of the present income tax we have now.  I highly recommend the Fair Tax book by Neal Boortz.  Anyway I digress.  There is a saying wealth last 3 generations, the first makes it the second maintains it the third squanders it.  Like so many problems we face the government has no business involved.  If people are in a charitable mood then they can raise money for the people they deem need help but leave government out of it.

512  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Environmental issues on: October 07, 2008, 07:50:10 AM
This is just an observation.  As a kid I would go to the beach at Port Aranass Texas, this is the mid to late 70's, and there would be oil and tar on the beach.  You had to watch where you stepped.  Now when you walk on the beach you don't see any.  I know they are still drilling off the coast I have fished around the platforms.  If you dive around them you will see many of the same colorful species of fish on Carribean reefs.
513  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Obama Phenomena on: September 07, 2008, 10:47:16 PM

I thought I would pass on a link to a satirical Obama song on my space.  I know the composer.  He is trying to get it out to as many people as he can.  He is not wanting anything for it just an audience.  Enjoy.  Feel free to download it and pass it around or give out the link.
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