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Staying Out of Other People's Wars

deaconAR Wrote: Feb 07, 2014 3:07 PM
I would postulate that they were in our interest at the time they were ratified. If they are not now, then we should "man-up" and renegotiate them - that would be an interesting gambit.
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Staying Out of Other People's Wars

deaconAR Wrote: Feb 07, 2014 2:42 PM
"How many of these treaties, which could require us to go to war with nuclear-armed powers like Russia and China over tiny islets and minuscule nations half a world away, are truly in America's national interest?" Unless we want other countries to view treaties made with the US as worth nothing more than the paper its written on, we better view honoring these treaties as in our national interest.
"While some hippies and agrarian poets may disagree, most people wouldn't say we'd be better off if 7 out of 10 people still did back-breaking labor on farms." I fear (and human history of the past 100+ years shows) that these same "most people" would be happy sleeping in the energy pods from the movie The Matrix. "You know, I know that this steak doesn't exist. I know when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, do you what I've realized? Ignorance is bliss." - Cypher from the movie The Matrix. In the name of "progress" we are going to make our lives so easy, that soon there will be no need to get out of bed. But I hope that before then, our own arrogance will lead to us hitting a brick wall, knocking us on our rears, and giving us a chance to stop and take a look around.
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The Pope and Rush Limbaugh

deaconAR Wrote: Dec 03, 2013 10:02 PM
That the Earth orbits the Sun is not a theory, it is a fact. Man's earlier understanding of this fact was in error, as was the Roman church's fear of the fact. An economic theory is just that - a theory. Evolution between species is also just a theory. They are theories because the model can't be proved without umpteen exceptions being needed to make the "data" fit. And this doesn't make much difference to the central point of doing for the other, rather than for self.
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A Challenge to Our Beliefs

deaconAR Wrote: Dec 03, 2013 2:44 PM
"Century of the Self", a 2002 4-part documentary from the BBC is a vital bit of information that sheds much light on the mind control mechanics of modern societies. But a warning, once you watch and understand it, you will never be able to put your head in the sand again.
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The Pope and Rush Limbaugh

deaconAR Wrote: Dec 03, 2013 2:12 PM
All of man’s creations and theories are flawed from their moment of conception; whether it is economic or atomic theory. The farther the implementation of this “thing” is from service/sacrifice for the other (i.e. Christ-like), and the closer it is to selfish desires (i.e. Pharisee-like), the more detrimental it is to our humanity. This is what Pope Francis is saying. This is not a matter that can be quickly elucidated in a single sermon – it has to be gained from a life of, and living in, the Church. But as an example, yes, Facebook can be a useful tool to help people communicate with each other, just as it can be self-imposed prison sentence for those who wrap their entire existence around everyone needing to know what they had for breakfast.
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The ENDA Freedom in America

deaconAR Wrote: Nov 12, 2013 2:47 PM
A private company is NOT in business to "serve the public" but to sell a product/service for a profit. And if the business doesn't want to serve a particular person, then it should have to right to do so - without the moniker of the State's approval, nor the threat of the State's condemnation. If the business' plan is proper, it will succeed; if it is faulty it will fail.
"If the Republican Party cannot get some grip of the actual world we live in, and from it generalize and actively promote a program that means something to masses of people -- why, somebody else will." And what do masses of people want? Government acting as Santa Clause! This is what has gotten us to the point we are at. Only a great national cathartic period will open the eyes of those "who have eyes but do not see" to the wisdom of "one of those dark little shops which apparently never sell anything. If, for any reason, you go in, you find, at the back, an old man, fingering for his own pleasure some oddments of cloth."
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An Embarrassing Visit

deaconAR Wrote: Nov 01, 2013 3:27 PM
No, nothing embarrasses our narcissist-in-chief...and stop calling me Shirly!
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The 'We Can't Win' Wimps Caucus

deaconAR Wrote: Oct 18, 2013 2:58 PM
Surgeons from four cities were at a conference. One from New York said “I love operating on accountants. Everything inside is numbered.” One from Chicago said “I love operating on librarians. Everything inside is in alphabetical order.” One from LA said “I love operating on construction workers. Everything inside is labeled.” One from DC said “I’ve got you all beat. I love operating on politicians. They have no guts, heart, balls or spine – and the head and @$$ are interchangeable.”
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