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No Gatekeepers

DG in GA Wrote: Feb 18, 2015 10:58 AM
I grew up in a home where my parents kept two sets of encyclopedias. ( Guess my mom couldn't resist the salesmen.) At least I know the origins of the old "Laugh-in" line "Look THAT up in your Funk & Wagnalls!" As for Wickipedia, I generally read what they gave, but I also go to other sources that my search engine provides.
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The "Jobs for Jihad Delinquents" Program

DG in GA Wrote: Feb 18, 2015 10:46 AM
I wonder which minority group they will have to target in this country before the left recognizes there really is a threat from Islam? Will they have to stage a 9/11 -style attack in San Francisco before Nancy Pelosi is willing to admit that the jihadis are here among us, and the problem isn't jobs?
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Why No Swimsuit Issue of Men?

DG in GA Wrote: Feb 17, 2015 10:02 AM
There used to be a magazine entirely dedicated to displaying the naked bodies of attractive men. It was called "Playgirl." It appealed primarily to homosexual men, and never had very good circulation numbers. Contrary to leftist news reports, gay men are a very small demographic, as are women who enjoy that sort of thing. So why doesn't SI do it? For one thing - and the MAIN thing - it is a magazine for MEN. Straight men don't want to look at semi-naked pictures of men. And I don't care if someone wants to kid themselves that the SI Swimsuit issue is "a celebration of the female form," it is semi-porn and it just gives guys whose wives won't let them buy Playboy one issue a year that they can ogle over. There is no market for a similar "celebration" of men.
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Whac-A-Mole and the Clueless Politician

DG in GA Wrote: Feb 15, 2015 11:02 AM
You know, since most of the politicians in Washington, DC are trained as lawyers, why does it surprise anyone that their response to EVERYTHING is to write a law. From what I read in the media, it appears that the way they evaluate their own effectiveness and amass power is by how much legislation each one introduces. I remember reading interviews with some of the rare businessmen who go to Washington, and they can't stand it there because nothing gets done! Effectiveness is not measured in dollars and cents, it is measured in producing volumes of legislation, that the rest of us then have to pay LAWYERS to read and try to make sense of so we don't inadvertantly violate them. Politicians decry the number of large businesses in the U.S. who move operations offshore, but they are the ones who created the problems that make it far less advantageous to try to do business here.
Gavin deBecker's book, "The Gift of Fear" is truly a must-read, especially for women. He points out that we in America have been socialized to ignore our God-given instincts that spark feelings of fear and apprehension. In interviews with people, primarily women, who have survived violent attacks, the women remark that they initially thought the attacker was "odd," or they felt uneasy, or the hair on the back of their neck stood up - all instinctive reactions when facing danger - but because the attacker was "so nice," or "was black and I didn't want to seem predjudiced," or was "so persistent" they ignored that initial instinct and put themselves in danger, rather than getting away immediately while they still could. In one story by a woman who DID get away, when the police finally apprehended her assailant (after he raped her several times) they discovered he was wanted in a string of rape/murders over the previous year. She snuck out of her apartment when he fell asleep and went to a neighbor and called the cops. She sais she had a weird feeling about the guy when he approached her and offered to carry her groceries, but "he was so nice and so insistent" that she pushed her instincts down and paid a price for it.
Mag, I'm with you. I know women who laughingly "confessed" to having read the first book, and when they described it I was reminded of an old Kim Basinger movie, "9 1/2 Weeks" that I think I watched for 15 minutes and left the theatre because it was so awful. Women raved about that movie, in which a woman is in an abusive, controlling sexual relationshop. On the one hand they insist that the NFL put public service ads on during the Super Bowl condemning domestic violence, but on the other hand, put it in a book or a movie, call it a "romance" and they can't get enough.
What clearly expressed homophobia? Give me a direct quote where the Benhams said that they are afraid of gays.
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Valentine's Day Advice for Wary Women

DG in GA Wrote: Feb 09, 2015 1:06 PM
Ummm, if any of these "letters" to Tom is actually real, I want to tell those women that they are dating GAY men. RUN!!! I also think this a lot when I watch house hunting shows on HGTV. There are a LOT of women married to gay men on those shows. My husband (a former Army Ranger) sometimes walks in the room when I am watching one of these shows, watches for maybe a minute then turns to me and says, "Do you think she knows her husband is gay?"
Considering how old Eddie Routh was when he murdered Chris Kyle, and the fact that he thought he was Dracula, that he attempted suicide, etc., he may have been schizophrenic. I have a family member who is schizophrenic, and it usually manifests in young men between the ages of 18 - 25. Often the symptoms come out when the young man is under stress. It can be managed with meds, but the person who is ill often dumps the meds as soon as they get out of the hospital, because they don't like the way the meds make them feel. It is also possible he had PTSD from other life experiences that had nothing to do with the military. But this guy hasn't taken a Muslim name, and just because he has an ugly, scruffy beard is really insufficient evidence of a religious conversion. I just think it more likely he has a mental illness that led to him killing Kyle. That doesn't excuse it, and it doesn't make him legally insane.
I agree. I remember when I was growing up measles, mumps and German measles (rubella) were all rites of passage, as was chicken pox. Everyone got them, and everyone recovered. Not sure when measles suddenly became a "deadly" disease. Maybe when the pharmaceutical companies developed a vaccine and went to the government to hype it. I also remember everyone had to get the DPT shot (diptheria, whooping cough and tetanus). We got it before entering kindergarden and I still have the scar. I also remember getting the polio vaccine. They gave it to us on a sugar cube, and it was done IN SCHOOL.
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