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  1. Looks like Obama did the right thing http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/ukraine-crisis-vladimir-putin-orders-troops-to-return-1.2647181 Not sure if Putin is really reacting to sanctions, but important point is he can pull back and save face. If we had shown some military bluster, he would look like a coward pulling back. The pro-Russian groups would also be more energetic and the Ukrainians would probably be pissed that it was escalated.
  2. Thanks for posting. I'm pretty pessimistic, I don't think we evolved enough to handle an issue like this. Hopefully, I am wrong.
  3. You asked this with a link to an article broadcasting Rubio's position. He hasn't been censored, quite the opposite. His speech will get blasted everywhere and will be taken seriously. I guess the answer would be NO. Facepalm? YES Along with the gravity and evolution ideologues.
  4. Drones and killing treasonous Americans are low on the priority right now. My biggest concern with drones is one of them falling on me or dropping a parcel on me or taking a plane down. That and any noise they make if too many start buzzing about.
  5. Michael Sam is the first openly gay man to enter the National Football League. He was drafted in the last round, so emotions were pretty high. He cried and kissed his partner after hearing the good news. The kiss was appropriate - not overly done or anything. The type of kiss that straight guys and their girlfriends have with no issues expressed. But, some players and others expressed outrage, using children viewers as an excuse. I think it is especially great if children were watching, so they don't grow up ignorant. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/ex-nfl-player-rips-espn-showing-michael-sam-kiss-article-1.1788608 What do you think? As long as the same actions are considered OK for a straight couple in front of children, shouldn't it be OK for gay couples?
  6. Yep, this will replace the "believe in evolution" question for Repub candidates as a litmus test. It will be interesting to see if ANY republican candidate will say they believe in man-made global warming.
  7. That's assuming Putin is a psychopath, hell bent on taking all of Ukraine, no matter the cost. I really don't think that's the current issue. Ukraine is much more important to Russia and Europe. The US isn't responding militarily to much of anything anymore. It ain't worth it. Sanctions is a better option than sending our young people to kill their young people, don't you think? Not really, they still remember how painful it can be to occupy countries that don't want them. If Ukraine implodes and some of it sways his way voluntarily, that is a much easier and popular outcome.
  8. Yeah, should have included last names. Jeb Bush, actual name is John Ellis Bush. Yes, the republican primaries at least have increasingly become a balancing act between appeasing the ideologues who vote and the big money supporters who want a horse they think can win. Bush will have the big money support and will just have to take the right lumps on certain issues, like immigration in order to squeeze through the primary and win the general.
  9. If Jeb wins the primary, he will be difficult to beat. Only Hillary would have a chance and it will be tough. He'll get more of the Latino vote than Romney. She might look old and tired in the debates compared to him and will need to defend Obama's administration, since she was a part of it. I think Jeb has a very good chance of winning the primary, especially with Christie damaged. Rand is more political than his dad, but he has foot in the mouth disease and still speaks to a rabid minority.
  10. Should have posted this link to whomever made this claim
  11. We better turn our full attention toward saving Bees.
  12. Craig's Bond loses to Sherlock hands down. If we consider Connery's Bond, well Sherlock captures him and while revealing his elaborate method to do so, Bond uses a gadget with some incredible luck to escape and then strangles Sherlock unconcious. He then utters an awesome one-liner and walks away with Irene Adler
  13. This is my main concern in regards to mentioning specific sectarian prayers. As an atheist, I take the high road in regards to the general "God" in prayer - I recognize tradition in that sense and I don't get butt-hurt with this fiction. But, I know the people who are most energetic in regards to these prayers will be the first to fight any mention of Allah or other non-Jesus counterpart. Yes, many just see it as part of their heritage. So, rejecting it is like rejecting their country, family and history. It becomes un-American. My brain realizes that ultimately, the best answer would be a non-religious statement, like "We the people..." in place of Gods. But, my heart realizes that the culture isn't there yet. I would hope that they would at least use general prayers and recognize that other religious people get just as butt-hurt as they do in regards to their favorite stories. It is a form of peer-pressure, so I do think its an important issue, but pragmatically, it isn't a battle worth fighting at the moment, IMO
  14. I think we should send our well-armed and un-regulated state militia's over to Ukraine. Ted Nugent could be first in line.
  15. I think they are using fistulated cows. That would greatly increase maintenance if scaled. Looks like grains increase methane, so yet another reason to avoid feeding them grain(increases gas, sickness(more antibiotics) and lowers omega 3)
  16. john5746


    It doesn't establish a religion, but yeah it is unfair to those who have different beliefs. Some places allow those with different religions to swap that day for their day, but it really isn't very practical, since most people take it off. Making up stories for children, well I guess it depends. If the child is really curious and questioning, it can lead to many, many lies. For many it really is just conforming to society. That is an important lesson when really young. Besides, you don't want to be Mr. Transparent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZlZZGi_YZk
  17. Maybe, but it doesn't necessarily follow from losing religion. Hopefully, they will use the extra time to do more than facebook and shoot'em up games
  18. Just read a little about it, I would agree that maybe some fine would be warrented, assuming that's what they do to people who disrupt services like that. As far as people who were not in the service being insulted - that's not a legal issue, not even a moral issue.
  19. There is a wide range of freedoms in choices, so people were trying to express the lack of freedom or great difficulty in certain choices. I can choose not to have sex forever, but I can't choose to be asexual. One is very, very difficult. The other impossible, without surgery or medication. This is much different than choosing vanilla instead of chocolate ice cream. That would be arbitrary for me. It's hard to define the "level" you ask, just as its hard to define when art becomes porn. Still, we can see the extremes pretty clearly.
  20. even that may not be as much choice as you think
  21. Your fault. Don't start a thread on an issue and then ignore all evidence and reason.
  22. Of course if you assume a God, you may think it helps start your car, heal your sickness and create a universe. If that is what it takes for someone to feel better, that's one thing, but if they are arguing with scientists and telling them IT MUST BE REQUIRED, that's different. Just be honest about why they are inserting God. It isn't because of observed evidence or logic.
  23. See if you can read the article I provided and summarize it.
  24. I don't think the argument for embracing homosexuality is that it is hard to change, it is that no harm comes from it and much harm comes from fighting it. The reason it should be stressed that it is difficult/impossible to change is for people to understand that they aren't just trying to be difficult or irritate everyone and that it is damaging to make people hate themselves. I haven't heard anyone compare gay rights to slavery, but sometimes compared to civil rights struggles of the past. Of course there are differences - one being that many homosexuals could hide their true selves from society - this both avoids and causes different problems. Another is that African Americans usually were not hated by their own families for being black. You expect a tail or something? Read this and please understand that when they mention 40%, don't read that as meaning 60% choice. Far, Far from it. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/10637532/Being-homosexual-is-only-partly-due-to-gay-gene-research-finds.html
  25. Seems to me you could at least standardize the cable to be USB, then if a different connection is wanted, an adapter has to be provided at no cost. Of course the company will put the cost into the product, but that seems to be more sensitive to the market.
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