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by Wise One
2008 Feb 15 09:44
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Who would you rather?
Replies: 148
Views: 21650

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: 4129

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: 21650

I had a really tough time making up my mind

Transformative Politics
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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: 134
Views: 19614

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: 35364

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: 134
Views: 19614

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: 134
Views: 19614

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: 134
Views: 19614

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: 7547

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: 7547

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: 18216

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: 341
Views: 38253

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 ...
by Wise One
2008 Jan 28 01:43
Forum: MAIN FORUM
Topic: Bibles! Religion!
Replies: 303
Views: 41268

Re: Bibles! Religion!

I'd say you pretty well hit the nail squarely on its head.

:clap: I'm not usually at a loss for words, but you've said it all. :clap:
by Wise One
2008 Jan 27 22:43
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Wine and Oil via Chuck Smith
Replies: 18
Views: 4129

Re: Wine and Oil via Chuck Smith

. . . and we don't care how we get it, what price we'll pay in the long term, what effect it will have on our world, or what country full of little brown people we'll need to dominate. We want our stuff and we want it NOW. Have now, pay later... and who cares? ... "McMansions" - those gia...
by Wise One
2008 Jan 23 12:55
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Iraq & Afghanistan
Replies: 229
Views: 35364

Liar !

:rant: And this one. :rant:
by Wise One
2008 Jan 23 10:56
Forum: MAIN FORUM
Topic: The Internet & Computers
Replies: 151
Views: 35529

Re: Internet, anyone?

Now that our new Board of Supervisors has been seated, does anyone in the county have anything to say about the lack of decent internet service in the county? I stumbled upon this bit of good news on the Rockbridge County site. The due date is past, so I hope that means planning work is in progress...
by Wise One
2008 Jan 22 21:56
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Lexington, Buena Vista, Fairfield Area
Replies: 33
Views: 6783

Re: Lexington, Buena Vista Area

To reply in a manner less flippant than my prior response, yes, it's a great place to live by nearly any reasonable standard. I could list pros and cons, but of course every individual would have his own list - and some items listed as pros by you might be cons to me, and vice-versa . Suffice it to ...
by Wise One
2008 Jan 22 21:10
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: Smokers Score
Replies: 39
Views: 7547

Re: Smokers Score

Visiting a Navy vessel during a VIP tour hosted by its Captain, I asked "What is your biggest problem aboard your ship?" He answered, "My biggest problem is that I have a crew of mostly 18-20 year-olds who think they are immortal. Every day, somehow, I have to get them to abide by saf...
by Wise One
2008 Jan 22 12:07
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: The Debates of '08
Replies: 13
Views: 2480

Re: The Debates of '08

Thanks for the references, which I've perused, but find most of it to be right wing crap, false, skewed and made up statistics compared dishonestly. It's an ideological diatribe. Yeah, Bill's personal sex life has pretty well disqualified him for sainthood, not admirable, but also largely irrelevant...
by Wise One
2008 Jan 21 15:39
Forum: Archive of Retired Topics
Topic: The Debates of '08
Replies: 13
Views: 2480

Re: The Debates of '08

You must be a fan of Hillary and Bill Not really, well, apart from a general conclusion that every single Democrat presently running for President is better than George W. Bush and every single Republican presently running for President. Now if Bloomberg should declare, I'd have to do some serious ...