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    The Last Obesity Thread

    Everyone has some kind of barrier to personal change. Everyone. Sometimes they even spend 30 years, or even a lifetime trying to work around them. I try to bear in mind that those who are the most self-righteous or black-and-white about topics such as this, usually have their own barriers to overcome in other areas. :heartbeat
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    Gabrielle Giffords (D) AZ, Shot (update on condition)

    Congresswoman, others shot in Ariz. - U.S. news - Crime & courts - msnbc.com Looks like she made it through her surgery OK. According to the hospital, a 9-year-old child, and a federal judge are among the fatalities, so far.
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    Another earthquake... We are truly living in the LAST Days!

    A Brief History of the Apocalypse. Doomsday has been around for centuries. Also, an article (warning- it IS from an atheist perspective) discussing mental health repercussions in children regarding the most recent rise of apocalyptic talk. I would like to speak on the topic of terrifying children with doomsday talk for a moment. My father (crazy-smart Southern Baptist preacher) thought he had figured out the rapture date when I was about 8 years old. For over a year, he saved durable goods, canned goods, grain, etc. He even built a bunker in our basement. When the day came, we stayed home from school, and hid in that bunker all day. Absolutely terrified the whole time. We didn't sleep all night, and when morning came, he just shrugged it off as it wasn't God's will. His kids however, didn't shrug it off. We became scared of the whole concept of God, and "his will." Now he has 2 daughters that converted back to Catholicism as soon as they got away from him, and me the atheist/humanist. That's not really why I'm an atheist, but it was what led me to seek other options as far as personal spirituality, etc. went. That being said, I don't believe I'm any better than someone who is religious. Humanism says that because we can't prove or disprove that a higher being exists, we should respect the "other side's" views and faith. Neither side has cornered the market on the Truth, so to speak. I agree with this. And PS- I MISSED YOU GUYS!! Mwah!
  4. I don't know about that one. If it had been an ultra-conservative Christian, I would have started the thread. :smokin:
  5. This guy would've already been in the slammer for his known activities, if the authorities weren't being so sensitive to his religion though, wouldn't he? I have a hard time reconciling that in addition to him being a major, and his saying he was being harassed for his religion. I guess I will continue to be skeptical on that- It just sounds fishy to me. I usually am not one for black-and-white thinking. But, when a criminal's story has so many holes in it, sometimes cold hard analysis can be befitting. I don't care about his religion. I do care that he yelled "Allahu Akbar" while he was slaughtering all of those people in front of their friends and loved ones- knowing that they weren't locked & loaded. But he was the one who didn't feel safe in his environment, because of his religion? He certainly felt safe enough to do whatever he wanted that day. Again, this is not directed at anyone here- this guy just disgusts me to no end, and it pains me to see that he was treated with kid gloves at the get-go.
  6. I just have a couple points to make: This guy never had to see combat, nor was he going to be deployed to engage in combat. He would not have any kind of case for a conscientious objection. What could he say? I am opposed to helping those who are actually engaged in warfare? He could have used this prior to being deployed, if this were the case. This guy was a MAJOR. There is no way in hades he was exposed to people making fun of his ethnicity or religion. This excuse is so fishy, it's ridiculous. I'm sorry, but I have a hard time feeling sorry for this guy on many levels (this isn't directed at anyone here, BTW). How many people were on that base that had real PTSD issues, and had seen actual combat in civilian warfare situations? How many of those had been treated, and had gotten re-deployed? They didn't go off shooting their fellow soldiers, so the PTSD argument fails here big time for me. How many of our soldiers have been deployed over and over again, and have performed their duties with honor? This guy had never even deployed before, if I remember correctly. He's not worth the gum on their shoes, and should have never been charged with treating vulnerable soldiers. He was being monitored, and it was known that he was a traitor. I do hope heads roll for this- most importantly his.
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    Rush Limbaugh

    What I want to know, is why didn't he defend himself so vehemently against these racist claims before now? One has to think there was a payoff for him, in letting people think he was a racist before this, correct? It's just pretty darn suspicious that now there is a negative consequence of his words, he's doing interviews all of a sudden, etc. He's a snake, IMHO.
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    Rush Limbaugh

    Sharpton & Pat Buchanan just really went at each other on Hardball over this situation. Wow- I have never seen either one of them get so heated.
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    Rush Limbaugh

    Regarding this report: it should be noted that the contributions are only shown in totals. Personally, I would be more interested in seeing the breakdown in contributions between owners, coaches, players, and staff. I would be willing to bet that owners (and possibly coaches) are more likely to contribute to Repubs than players and staff. It's a red flag to me that they repeatedly only report the total contributions, and not the breakdowns. Of course, I could be wrong. If the breakdown is noted out there somewhere, I'd love to see it. Has anyone seen it?
  10. Wolfie- that was one of the best posts I've read in this forum in a long time. I completely agree. :bowingpur Have you ever considered running for office?
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    Wingnut birther movement goes mainstream

    LOL Moogie! :chuckle
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    Wingnut birther movement goes mainstream

    I couldn't take this woman seriously if she said the world was round. She reminds me of a hysterical Miss Piggy. Her voice alone is like nails on a chalkboard .
  13. I wonder how many people in these groups are, or will be refusing Medicare.
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    Mercy - NBC show all about nurses

    This looks like it's going to be REALLY good. Thanks for sharing! Any word on when it comes out? ETA: looks like it premieres 9/23.
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    Wingnut birther movement goes mainstream

    Now, back to C Street. :D