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Tuesday, August 31, 2004
You say you are a liberal.Here's a surprise, I went 0/23.
Do you believe the following?
1. Standards for admissions to universities, fire departments, etc. should be lowered for people of color.
2. Bilingual education for children of immigrants, rather than immersion in English, is good for them and for America.
3. Murderers should never be put to death.
4. During the Cold War, America should have adopted a nuclear arms freeze.
5. Colleges should not allow ROTC programs.
6. It was wrong to wage war against Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War.
7. Poor parents should not be allowed to have vouchers to send their children to private schools.
8. It is good that trial lawyers and teachers unions are the two biggest contributors
to the Democratic Party.
9. Marriage should be redefined from male-female to any two people.
10. A married couple should not have more of a right to adopt a child than two men or two women.
11. The Boy Scouts should not be allowed to use parks or any other public places and should be prohibited from using churches and synagogues for their meetings.
12. The present high tax rates are good.
13. Speech codes on college campuses are good and American values.
14. The Israelis and Palestinians are morally equivalent.
15. The United Nations is a moral force for good in the world, and therefore America should be subservient to it and such international institutions as a world court.
16. It is good that colleges have dropped hundreds of men's sports teams in order to meet gender-based quotas.
17. No abortions can be labeled immoral.
18. Restaurants should be prohibited by law from allowing customers to choose between a smoking and a non-smoking section.
19. High schools should make condoms available to students and teach them how to use them.
20. Racial profiling for terrorists is wrong -- a white American grandmother should as likely be searched as a Saudi young male.
21. Racism and poverty -- not a lack of fathers and a crisis of values -- are the primary causes of violent crime in the inner city.
22. It is wrong and unconstitutional for students to be told, "God bless you" at their graduation.
23. No culture is morally superior to any other.
Those are all liberal positions.
How many of them do you hold?
If elected U.S. president, Sen. John Kerry would offer Iran a deal allowing it to keep its nuclear power plants if it gave up the right to retain bomb-making nuclear fuel, Kerry's vice presidential running mate said in an interview published on Monday.First off isn't it already confirmed that Iran is building nuclear weapons? Do we really need to deliberate that they have the desire for them. Of course who would supervise Iran to make sure they weren't making bombs...the UN of course and they've been doing such a great job in Iran so far. Then if they don't comply, bring in the European Allies...yeah all the European Allies if that happens I'm the Queen of England.
Sen. John Edwards told The Washington Post that if Iran did not accept this "great bargain," this would confirm the Islamic state was building nuclear weapons under cover of a nuclear power initiative.
If Iran rejected this proposal, Kerry would ensure European allies were prepared to join the United States in imposing strict sanctions against Iran, Edwards said.
"If we are engaging with Iranians in an effort to reach this great bargain and if in fact this is a bluff that they are trying to develop nuclear weapons capability, then we know that our European friends will stand with us," said the North Carolina Democrat.
Of course we've tried this "Okay we'll give you the fuel and pretty please with sugar on top don't make any weapons, okay?" with North Korea (mega dittos to Half-bright and Carter on that winner of a plan) and we know how well that one worked out.
Monday, August 30, 2004
QBs - Drew Bledsoe, Byron Leftwich
WRs - Eric Moulds, Jerry Porter, Justin McCareins, Kevin Johnson
RBs - Julius Jones, Curtis Martin, Charlie Garner
TEs - Kellen Winslow, Bubba Franks
Ks - Mike Vanderjagt, Martin Gramatica
DEFs - Buffalo, Minnesota
D - Allen Rossum
It may just turn out to be a very long season, kind of like how Kerry feels.
Friday, August 27, 2004
Man someone out there really doesn't like Kerry and oh man is it funny.
More Americans Have Health Insurance Than Ever Before, Group Says.
More Americans have health insurance now than at any time in recent history, says a think tank that advocates private solutions to public policy problems."While it is true that the number of uninsured has grown, it is equally true that the number of people with insurance has grown steadily for the last 15 years," said Devon Herrick, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis. "Despite recent economic hard times, there has never been this many
people with health insurance."
The NCPA analysis found that households earning $50,000 a year or more account for about 90 percent of the increase in the number of uninsured over the past 10 years. And almost two-thirds of that has occurred among households earning more than $75,000 per year.
According to NCPA estimates, a growing problem is the increasing number of families with incomes above $50,000 who are becoming uninsured. Since 1993, the number of uninsured in households with annual incomes above $75,000
increased by almost 128 percent. By contrast, the number of uninsured with annual incomes below $25,000 fell by an estimated 15 percent."Being uninsured in America is often a matter of choice," said Herrick. "Most uninsured people either can afford health insurance or qualify for government-sponsored health care programs; they just choose not to enroll."
* "Happiness is a choice you make" That line got a smile to my face. Not by choice but because it's complete bullshit. You see your family murdered in front of your eyes. Your mother raped, your dad tortured for hours etc. After that they mutilate you but let you live. But hey, you can be happy. It's only a choice you make. We wouldn't need prozak and stuff. Just tell people they only have to choose.In his (Zell's) biography there's nothing said about the financial position of his mother. Apart from that there are things that make this a completely different case compared to Coabin. Till his 9th year Cobain had 2 parents. He got used to that. After that he had 0. Zell never knew better than only having a mother."Life is as satisfying as one makes it". Crap. I know I'm only 16 years old blabla angst blabla, heard it all, but I know life is notIf you think you have no choice in your own happiness, its a very good chance it will make it very difficult to be happy. Sure outside influences affect you happiness, but your happiness is determined by how you choose to react to it. Its is far easier to be miserable than to be happy. Everyone is depressed at some point in time, but you choose wither or not to stay depressed or to move on and find happiness again. Many people take the easy way and stay depressed and turn to drugs to fill in the void. To understand how Zell Miller grew up you have to read his books, where he does talk about his mother collecting rocks from the creek to build their house. The comparison is to illustrate how your happiness in life is more how you deal with circumstances rather than the circumstances themselves. In a recent article about the Olympics it was found that Bronze Medalists were happier than Silver Medalists but if they had no choice in the matter the Silver Medalists should be happier. Here is a article about why Ronald Reagan was a happy man. In all you 16 year old angst, I strongly suggest you pick up Happiness is a Serious Problem and give it a good read. We are completely satisfied with nothing. There is a correlation between the circumstances of people's lives and how happy they are. When you ask people about their most cherished values in life , "happiness" is always at the top of their list. However, unhappiness does not seem to be the exception today it's practically the rule. Why? Because human nature is insatiable. In order to be happy, we first have to battle ourselves. Happiness is an obligation to yourself and to others. Not only do we have the right to be happy, we have an obligation to be happy. Our happiness has an effect on the lives of everyone around us it provides them with a positive environment in which to thrive and to be happy themselves. My examples of things I enjoy was to show that enjoyment for different people come from different things. In fact I can listen to classical music for essentially free on the radio and rugby involved a walk to the park down the street, it doesn't cost me much money but its enjoyable. The same can be said for sitting in the park and reading a book, its enjoyable and satisfying. But they are all things I choose to do because I gain enjoyment from it. As for being happy, I choose to be happy. Am I always happy? No, but unhappiness is something I choose to move past to work on being happy again.
as satisfying as one makes it. I found the blog of some guy who is sexually attracted to dogs. Only a small minority of people accepts such a thing. Do you think that that is satisfying? Imagine being somebody who does not follow the
majority in clothing, music etc. and who lives in poverty. Do you really believe that life will be satisfying for that person?"Living healthy is a choice to in regards to how one takes care of themselves" I choose to take care of myself but
wait. shit. I have spend my money on being satisyed by buying some cd's and playing with a rugby team. Damn.
* Rephrase: If res 1441 was passed AND ACCEPTED by the USA a war could...I don't care that al sadr and al zarqawi are 'the killers'. If the USA wouldn't have attacked they wouldn't have killed.Yeah, you sure did a great job finding them as well. Face it. Iraq did not have the power to be a direct threat to the USA and therefore that reason to go to war isn't valid.I didn't say the UN could have stopped Saddam without the US. I think the UN could have but more important I didn't exclude the US.The UN would never have accepted if they were really threatened.Yeah, free elections. haha. You are free to elect the people we tell you to pick. No Germany did not become a part of the USA. The USA liberated us and left. That's good. In Iraq the USA is just the new oppressor. Ofcourse. Iraqi puppets will be officially in charge..You're the mostpowerful country in the world. In that position you are not allowed to make mistakes.Check here, Res 1441 was passed on a 15-0 vote in the UN Security Council. As far as al-Sadr, he wouldn't be a insurgent if Saddam was still around, if he did, he'd already be dead. Al-Zarqawi was a terrorist before the war if he wasn't in Iraq, he'd be somewhere else in the world trying to kill people. That's what he did before the war. Yes we have not found the WMDs, but they were the WMDs that many countries believed he had. Also included is the entire country has not been searched and there is the distinct possibility they were smuggled out of the country. Iraq was never said to be a imminent threat, however Saddam was attempting to buy missile technology from North Korea. Saddam was a supporter of terrorism, and more than willing to share chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons with them. Don't know if you are aware we still have troops in Germany, but the German Government is far from being a "puppet" government. If you are interested you can compare the progress in reconstruction of Iraq to the reconstruction of Germany here. In the real world everyone makes mistakes, but what matters is what you do to rectify and correct that mistake.
They are also use on military targets can be used on food and water supplies, all with the intent of eventually killing innocent people. However they can also be used in a lab (chemical/biological) to make or come up with a treatment to counter or prevent the effects of the WMD. Okay yeah European Media, Independent....that's pretty funny. The over whelming majority of news is left-winged biased and you'd be hard pressed to find any article that portrays Israel as anything other than 'evil'. As far as North Korea, well they are a nuclear threat to the world. Iran is also a threat to the world, they will be much more like a North Korea when they have a full nuclear weapons program. They may not do it themselves, but they would be more than happy to give a nuke to Osama and let him do it for them.
* "No, WMDs are to kill innocent people too" Question remains. What is their other use? Destroying flowers? Insecticide? "Being that European Media is extremely anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian" No we're independent."Iran & North Korea threatening to nuke the 'west'" When was the last time North Korea, Iraq or Iran threatened to nuke the west?
Libya had chemical and biological weapons too. Libya no longer has those weapons because Quidaffi decided it was not worth keeping them, may of been the idea of ending up in a rathole. There was a intelligence breakdown because there were 'walls' preventing the CIA, FBI, NSA, and so on from easily communicating with each other. Many of those have now been eliminated. Also the way intelligence had been gather was changed to not have enough human intelligence on the ground. Also the method in which terrorism was handled before proved to be quite lacking in its scope and abilities. If they find out you are making napalm, they best find out what you are doing, more so by picking you up for questioning and background checks. Which was recently done for a man who was video taping joints and supports on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
* I am aware that it is very likely (to say the least) that Libya has nuclear weapons. So?"Intentions can be proven that's what intelligence agencies are for." O yeah. The agencies who were so powerful they could not prevent 9-11 while they knew the method that would be used? I have recently made some napalm. What are my intentions? I live in Iraq and I have recently made some napalm. What are my intentions?
* No that's not strange at all. At least; Kyoto will probably have (not proven, but likely) a positive effect. http://www.pewclimate.org/global-warming-basics/facts_and_figures/Reading and seeing this I think that your objections to the needs for a Kyoto are wrong...I do find it funny that they leave out the largest greenhouse gas (by volume), which happens to be water. You also have to consider model sensitivity. There are so many variables and so many unknowns it makes it impossible to make a accurate position. A butterfly flapping its wings in Iceland could change the climate in Turkey by 5 degrees. It also involves the ability to predict the future, which we can't. Imagine being alive in 1900 would you have predicted all these things? In fact in 1900 the biggest pollution concern in just about every city was horse crap. Then using these models they can only prove that Kyoto will have a negligible effect. The other issues arise from a lack of knowledge which systems effect climate change and how the effect it. Based on the inaccuracy of the models used and the lack of knowledge it makes it a poor method to implement especially when it is weight against the disasterous effects it would have on the world economies.
* "What's wrong with Coke sponsoring the Olympics" Nothing that I'm aware of. But read it again. THE OLYMPIC DREAM is sponsored by..Not the olympic games but the olympic dream... I am not against sponsoring. But 'sponsoring the olympic dream' is ridiculous. Maths: G gets 100 to divide between the poor. Salaries for G are 20. C get 50. But they have no salaries. Which of those 2 is better for the poor? C ofcourse. Cause G spends a fifth of their money on salaries. Right?I know about the French example. And I feel that the governament screwed up there. The governament screwed up there. The comparison to the South west of your country isn't valid. They are used to the circumstances. In france they're not.What's wrong with sponsoring the Olympic Dream isn't it part of the Olympic Game to fulfill that dream? What's wrong with a athlete being sponsored to fulfill an Olympic Dream? The sponsorship helps pay for the person's equipment, training, living expenses, and travel to competitions. You'll have to clarify your G & C example a little clear, not quite sure on your point there. With the French example, yes the government screwed up. But so did the people by making vacation a bigger priority than taking care of their own family. The comparison is valid because it deals when temperatures are in excess of the normal temperature, it just so happens that the normal temperature happens to be what the heat wave in France was. The desert in ways is worse than France because of the temperature shifts, the difference between highs and lows are quite drastic. Out in the desert you have daytime highs over 100 and night time lows of 40 or 50 its quite a nasty shift.
* Are you saying that people who get paid more work harder? And again. It Is Not A Punishment. It is a necessary evil.Who cares about the differences between rich and poor? I do. Most people do. Do you know about the history of France? The french revolution? Stuff like that?Yeah, in the widget thing you missed something. PROFIT. In capitalism you want maximum profit. You have costs to produce something. That's (usually) the minimum for which a product can be sold. But the price isn't the minimum. The price is the price for which a company expects to get the biggest profit. That works with demand. Higher taxes lead to a lower demand. The comapny will lower the prices to get the maximum profit.."why do the high tax nations have almost 0 population growth, negligible economic growth, and unemployment higher than the US?" Demographics. Baby Boom leads to having a lot of elderly nowadays. A lot of people die and less children are born because of our welfare which does not allow women/parents children because of their carreer. Negligable economic growth but not as far out of our budget as your country. Higher unemployment because our wage demands are too high.How many vacation days do you have each year apart from national/religious holidays? 12? Do you accept that?Not all people who work harder get paid more, but it does hold. You also get paid more depending on your skill level. The more you make (which is a function of skill, hard work, and sometime luck) the more you are taxed and the higher your tax rate. (Did you know that in Germany every dollar you earn working from Jan 1st to July 1st goes to the government?) Hence calling income tax on the punishment on the most productive people in society. The comment amount he poor was in regards to the belief that everyone should get the same amount of money for any work done, that system has been proven not to work. Then noting that it is not the poor who make jobs for the poor it is people with capital or disposable income that create the demand for jobs. Read the widget example again, I indeed did mention profit as one of the factors in the price of the product. Of course you want to maximize profit, but when there is competition in the economy you want to sell your product so your prices must be competitive with the other companies. They set their prices to cover the costs to produce the product and gain the maximum profit while keeping the price of their product competitive. High taxes do decrease demand for products (most 'luxury' items), but the increased cost to the producer will also increase the cost to produce the product If you have the highest price in town, you will be out of business real quick like. For example I can buy my coffee at Target or Ralphs. At Ralphs it cost $12 and at Target it cost $6, where do you think I buy my coffee at? Adam Smith laid out the capital is market quite well in Wealth of Nations. You may also want to read the works of Milton Friedman, specificity Capitalism and Freedom. Don't worry we have the baby boomers here too, but the tax code is much more forgiving to having children than the taxes in Europe, its not a career influenced choice alone. Also the values in America are different than Europe, which is far more narcissistic and lends it self less to support children. The US has superior economic growth because the tax code is far more business friendly than most of Old Europe, but you will have to clarify you statement more. Higher unemployment is partly caused by higher wage demands, but its also caused by low demand for products. Which is a factor in preventing the economy from growing and a growing economy increases the demand for products which in turn increases demand for workers. Vacation days depend on where you work and for how long. Where I am you start with 2 weeks and as you work for the company it works up to 4 weeks and you get sick days and holidays. But a lot of it depends on your field of work and years with the company. Yes I accept that (it may shock you but many Americans enjoy work) because it keeps the economy going, it creates jobs, and improves quality of life. Plus I earn money to spend on things I enjoy doing.
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
For more coverage on this sand issue see the post here.
2. Former Army Ranger walk-on makes receiver at USC. By the way, he's 39. There are a few gems from the article too:
67-year-old coach shows blocking technique he learned in high school (with a great pic).3. Kevin Smith is gun shy about directing ever since Ben Affleck nearly ruined his career.
“He just wants to help the Gamecocks. He loves the game, and he wants to be here, and he’s 39 years of age. The good Lord knows, when I was 39 I didn’t even want to play video football,” said Holtz, who had been a head coach for eight years when he was 39.
“But he’s good for the team. He’s our Rudy,” added Holtz, referring to Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, the Notre Dame walk-on whose underdog story was later turned into a movie.
Like the rest of USC’s walk-ons and freshmen, Frisby will not be required to pass a conditioning test. Holtz’s most telling comment Wednesday was when the 67-year-old coach referred to Frisby as “a wonderful young man.”
Age is relative.
4. New resort offers "soaring," which allows people to zip from tree to tree in an old growth forest, on unimaginably tiny steel cables. With pic of upside down dumbass.
5. Turns out Microsoft has managed to upset entire countries because of "social blunders."
A Spanish-language version of Windows XP, destined for Latin American markets, asked users to select their gender between "not specified," "male" or "bitch," because of an unfortunate error in translation.Have a great day, feel free to comment with any other random stories.
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Asshat woman drops infant child over the side of bridge. What's the obvious next step? You guessed it, sue the bridge owner.
I prefere #3, your thoughts?
Much to the anger of the athletes involved, President Bush is using the Iraqi Olympic team's success in his re-election campaign, essentially saying if it hadn't been for him, the country and its soccer team wouldn't be here.First off, the Iraqi Soccer Team might of been there, but now if they lose they won't be beaten and tortured for it. Its like a great burden lifted off your shoulders, in fact that kind of relief may even help you play better. Then of course a comment about the Swifties, and using the quotation marks to imply they aren't independent. For the idiots that means Bush is making them do it. Of course he botches it by saying his made up Swifites Ad credits Kerry with getting the US Basketball Team into the Olympics. Trying to be funny ends up sounding stupid.
And in a related development, that "independent" group of Vietnam swiftboat veterans has released another attack ad on John Kerry, saying that if it hadn't been for him, the U.S. men's basketball team wouldn't be here, either.
Funny, isn't it, how things turn out? The surprising Iraqi soccer team is the official "Coming Soon To A Multi-Plex Near You" story of these Olympics, the team everyone is cheering. And then there's the U.S. men's basketball team. Far from the days of the first Dream Team in 1992, when even opponents begged for autographs, there might have been more fans rooting against the United States in Saturday's Lithuania game than actually live in Lithuania.
"We don't expect the crowd to be on our side the whole tournament," U.S. guard Allen Iverson said after Sunday's practice. "We expect everything to be against us. And that is how it's been so far. It's been tough on us, but having the USA across our chest, everybody wants us to lose."
Yes Jim it is funny how things turn out, funny about the liberation from a brutal tyrant and its funny how people actually cheer for a nation that has suffered for so long and is now free, but not because of Bush. As far as the US getting booed, is this something new? Especially in a country that has not been historically friendly to the US at all. As for the troubles of the US Basketball Team, there are so many issues there its not worth getting into.
You know how some American fans mourn the good old Olympic days when we could root against the Soviet Bloc teams and look down on their athletes as chemically enhanced, government-controlled ogres? Well, guess what. With the BALCO scandal, the untold millions of dollars invested in the team and our athletes' lucrative salaries and endorsement packages, that's exactly how we must look now to a lot of smaller, poorer countries. Which is to say, everyone.Ironically there were many who rooted for the Bloc countries, in fact there were many here that wanted the ultimate victory for communism, some still do. Of course now we have become the "evil empire" to Caple where we are the big rich bad man who takes advantage of every other poor country. Way to look down on the progress being made in many countries that have embraced free markets and turned away from the socialist/communist ideal.
It's only natural. Everyone loves an underdog and everyone hates the overwhelming favorite (except for Yankees fans).
While the U.S. basketball team has $678 million in combined contracts (which doesn't count their endorsement deals) and is staying on the Queen Mary, the Iraqis overcame almost unimaginable challenges to reach here. When Uday Hussein was in charge of the country's Olympic program, the players faced routine torture for poor play. The continued fighting in Iraq forced the team to train and play its "home" games in other countries. Even now, one of Uday's former right-hand men heads up the national soccer program. And when the Olympics end, they will return to a war-ravaged country.Once again the free market is bad, competition is bad. No one should make money. Of course the Iraqi players have suffered more, they lived under Saddam it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. Caple points out Iraq isn't perfect yet and we know that. No one expected it to be a walk in the park but things are getting better. But hey Jim whose policies ended Uday's reign of terror over Iraqi Athletes? Who is still there fighting to secure a peaceful and prosperous Iraq?
The Iraqis' success -- they went 3-1 in qualifying games and are one win from a medal -- has been so surprising that a Bush campaign spot shows flags from Iraq and Iran while a voice says, "At this Olympics there will be two more free nations and two fewer terrorist regimes." But the Iraqi players told Sports Illustrated they are angry Bush is using them this way because they don't agree with his policies, conveniently ignoring that such policies are why Uday isn't torturing them anymore.Hey dipshit! Its Iraq and AFGHANISTAN not Iran (but one day Iran could be a free nation too), try keeping up on the events of the past 4 years and maybe look at a map at some point in time. It also appears Jim has something in common with the soccer player, they don't agree with Bush's policies. Inserting some shock he actually points out that Bush's policies are the reason why they aren't being tortured by Uday. Is this the enlightenment of Caple we are seeing?
Midfielder Ahmed Manajid told SI's Grant Wahl that if he weren't playing soccer, he'd be back in his home of Fallujah fighting the coalition. "I want to defend my home. If a stranger invades America and the people resist, does that mean they are terrorists?" he said. "Everyone [in Fallujah] has been labeled a terrorist. These are all lies. Fallujah people are some of the best people in Iraq."Looks like I spoke too soon. Lets see have to work in the America is the terrorist quote, because we all know that it was George Bush flying that first plane. Terrorists victimize innocent people, because they are easy targets and it instills terror. Its what happened on September 11, its what they insurgents are doing Iraq. Killing innocent people to get what they want, because they are nothing more than cold blooded murders, does Caple realize this. The other issue is the ingratitude for all those who have given their lives to make them free from Saddam. It would make a Hollywood script because it has the values the Hollywood Lefties love: Anti-America, Anti-Bush, & Anti-Military (in fact I was watching A Few Good Men last night and just realized how anti-military that movie really is). Caple should take some history, there has always been anti-American feelings in the world, because the world likes victims. America stopped being a victim and uses its power to fight for a greater good in the world, that's what they hate. Grow up Caple, fire your fact-checker, and stick to sports.
Hmmm. That's a quote that probably won't make it into any campaign ads or into any Hollywood scripts.
It's interesting how we choose whether to root for a team or not. A dozen years ago in Barcelona, few people rooted for Iraq and many rooted against it. A dozen years ago almost everyone rooted for the U.S. basketball team and few rooted against it. Now it's just the opposite.As Bush's father said, it's a new world order and the allegiances that last longest are the ones that matter the most. Like whether a team's jersey has Yankees or Red Sox written across its chest.