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by Wise One
2008 Feb 16 15:04
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Iraq & Afghanistan
Replies: 229
Views: 38721

Re: Liar !

:rant: And this one . :rant: Old news and hardly matters at this point ... WE as corporate body have committed to the future of Iraq ... I'm scratching my head over this, paxham . If you believe, as I do, that the past is prologue, then the cited sequence of lies is important as an alert to us all ...
by Wise One
2008 Feb 16 14:58
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Iraq & Afghanistan
Replies: 229
Views: 38721

Re: Iraq?

I find myself agreeing with you on virtually everything. And, respecting your last point, I favor abolition of all tax exemptions and deductions. Yes, I said all tax exemptions, for churches, for nonprofits, for tax "incentives", for mortgage interest, for everything and everybody. The res...
by Wise One
2008 Feb 15 22:05
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Iraq & Afghanistan
Replies: 229
Views: 38721

Re: Iraq?

I think we can all agree on that. On the news tonight was a challenge by McCain to Obama to forswear private financing of their campaigns in favor of public financing. Both candidates have spoken in favor of public financing at much lower levels than private financing allows. My cynical prediction? ...
by Wise One
2008 Feb 15 21:41
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Who would you rather?
Replies: 148
Views: 24113

Re: Who would you rather?

HG, I agree with you a hundred percent regarding WO. In fact I feel I'm a little shorter now. I feel so guilty! Out of consideration for dear Beckonwood, I'm scouring the internet for leads on a way to compensate. If her stature has been diminished by my insensitive expressions of opinion, then I m...
by Wise One
2008 Feb 15 17:17
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Who would you rather?
Replies: 148
Views: 24113

Re: Who would you rather?

Yup -- it's a business opportunity!

:wink: And don't forget booze, cigarettes, porn stores and rabbinical paraphernalia. :wink:
by Wise One
2008 Feb 15 14:26
Forum: MAIN FORUM
Topic: BANG !
Replies: 1514
Views: 145923

BANG !

And on it goes . Europeans have the same proportion of disturbed people in the population as we do. Yet the number of gun deaths, and incidents like this one that happen with increasing frequency in the US, is vastly lower. The difference, plain and simple, is the number of guns in broad circulation...
by Wise One
2008 Feb 15 12:20
Forum: MAIN FORUM
Topic: Immigrants, Legal and Illegal
Replies: 137
Views: 22040

Melting ...

We used to be a melting pot but no longer. Now all who come to the US retain their own culture etc and don't try to become Americans. While I understand the need for keeping one's own cultural identities I also believe it's important to at least try and become a part of the American culture. I beli...
by Wise One
2008 Feb 15 11:02
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Who would you rather?
Replies: 148
Views: 24113

Re: Who would you rather?

:clap: Well said! :clap:
by Wise One
2008 Feb 15 09:44
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Who would you rather?
Replies: 148
Views: 24113

Re: Who would you rather?

Hey, HG, I never cut at the knees. Sure, I argue points with passion and, I hope, truth. Which is what I take to be the point of this little forum enterprise. So, please, continue to argue yours as forcefully as you can. Persuade. Cajole. Charm. We wait with bated breath! :dance14: You are dead righ...
by Wise One
2008 Feb 14 21:15
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Wine and Oil via Chuck Smith
Replies: 18
Views: 4388

Weak Dollar

We should be seeing an avalanche of tourists, since the US is incredibly cheap to visit right now. Foreigners can buy a fistful of dollars for only a few Euros, or Yen, or Pounds. But this highly available and valuable shot in the economic arm of the US has been denied by an incompetent Bush adminis...
by Wise One
2008 Feb 13 10:06
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Who would you rather?
Replies: 148
Views: 24113

I had a really tough time making up my mind

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:wink: Transformative Politics :wink:
by Wise One
2008 Feb 11 16:38
Forum: MAIN FORUM
Topic: Immigrants, Legal and Illegal
Replies: 137
Views: 22040

Immigrants

Nothing personal, jjordan ... it does offend me that Republicans seem all to be striving to outdo each other verbally as bashers of immigrants, legal and illegal. As the referenced article points out, this is a recurrent theme in American politics, ebbing and flowing through the decades. It seems to...
by Wise One
2008 Feb 10 18:46
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Iraq & Afghanistan
Replies: 229
Views: 38721

Re: Iraq?

Yours is a good point. The ultrarightist conservative Republican fantasy of a worldwide war waged by monolithic "Islamo-fascists" is pure bunk. A realist would describe our terrorism problem as consisting of a ragtag bunch of homicidal nut jobs who are a very small fringe percentage of the...
by Wise One
2008 Feb 10 14:41
Forum: MAIN FORUM
Topic: Immigrants, Legal and Illegal
Replies: 137
Views: 22040

Not Everybody is Xenophobic

It is so, so refreshing to find that there still exist some people of intelligence will not jump on the immigrant-hating, "different"-people-excoriating, "why-won't-they-be-just-like-me" bigots that have lately risen everywhere, including on this Forum. So many people believe onl...
by Wise One
2008 Feb 08 00:52
Forum: MAIN FORUM
Topic: Immigrants, Legal and Illegal
Replies: 137
Views: 22040

Immigrants

I have no problem with asking, and attempting to persuade using positive arguments, of which there are many. I have big problems with compelling, or attempting to shame, or exclude, or ban people for free choices that they make in our free society. I stand by my opinion that John Howard is a smart g...
by Wise One
2008 Feb 07 19:44
Forum: MAIN FORUM
Topic: Immigrants, Legal and Illegal
Replies: 137
Views: 22040

Immigrants

John Howard, in policy matters, is a clone of George W. Bush. He's not as stupid, but he IS just as evil. Thankfully, the electorate just voted him out, evidence that the Australian public learns faster than the American public. His narrow-minded, bigoted blather will be rejected by people of good w...
by Wise One
2008 Feb 05 20:31
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Smokers Score
Replies: 39
Views: 8036

Not Everybody in Virginia Beach is Insane

This update just appeared, Virginia Beach backing down and dismissing the insane complaint.
http://hamptonroads.com/2008/02/beach-p ... mbie-store
by Wise One
2008 Feb 05 17:51
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Smokers Score
Replies: 39
Views: 8036

Re: Smokers Score

It's a great proposal, not because it has a chance in hell of passing or even that it's a good idea, but because it has perfectly accomplished its real objective -- getting people to think about, and talk about, obesity. It kind of reminds me of the assholes in the Virginia Beach police department w...
by Wise One
2008 Feb 03 14:03
Forum: MAIN FORUM
Topic: Green, Green (Environment)
Replies: 110
Views: 20037

Re: Water supply

Ever-expanding withdrawals of water from the ground are worrisome and can grow to ruin wells. Even more worrisome, for both groundwater systems and surface streams, is deforestation of our country. For every tree removed, a little less water will become groundwater. Why? Because cleared land is less...
by Wise One
2008 Feb 01 16:39
Forum: MAIN FORUM
Topic: The Donald, world's greatest @§§ńöɭȇ
Replies: 355
Views: 46710

Is America becoming a Third World Country?

I don't think we are quite there yet, thankfully, but I'm very disturbed by the trends. As compared to other countries in the First World we seem to be losing altitude, fast. Most indices of US economic success, as compared to western European countries, show we are in rapid decline. The dollar has ...