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Excuse me, buddy, but I AM a Pagan, and I resent anybody using my religion as a political insult. --Leslie < )O(
I find it interesting that "young people" who actually have decent educations are, in increasing numbers, saying "a plague on both your houses" and voting Independent or Libertarian. I'd love to see this trend continue!
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The Continuing Wimpification of America

lfish Wrote: Mar 26, 2013 6:06 AM
Hey, here's an idea: tell the kids that if they want to get out of school for a day and have some excitement for a change, just make some toy guns and play "war" -- all of them. Then they can watch their teachers go into screaming hysteria, see the police show up and run around acting like idiots, get to talk to some really stupid reporters and get their pictures on TV, and get a free day away from dull studies and homework. Wheee! Fun! --Leslie < Fish
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Educational Rot

lfish Wrote: Mar 24, 2013 4:57 AM
The problem is bureaucracy! I had half-a-dozen friends back in college who wanted to become schoolteachers -- and who aced their subject courses, at the U. of Michigan no less -- then went into teaching in the public schools, and soon thereafter quit to teach in private schools, volunteer programs, or even karate schools, because they were so disgusted with the public school bureaucracies giving them orders about what and how to teach and how much paperwork to fill out for it. Bureaucracy is the kiss of death. --Leslie < Fish
$60,000?! A half-dozen Trekkies would have done it for $1000 or less. In fact, I've seen Trek-fans do better work than this for free. I'd like to see the results of the GAO's last 3 years' investigation into fed-govt. waste. In fact, I'd like to see Congress act on the GAO's findings. I've worked for govt. in two states, and I've seen for myself that the single biggest expense of govt. is *waste* -- "administrative expenses", bureaucracy and bureaucratic corruption. Eliminate that, and you cut at least 40% of govt. costs, right there. --Leslie < Fish
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Obama: Palestinians Deserve Their Own State

lfish Wrote: Mar 23, 2013 1:30 AM
Beg pardon, but Palestinians already have their own state. It's called Gaza. Look what they've done with it. I'm stunned by Obama's blithe ignorance. --Leslie < Fish
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Women in Combat

lfish Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 9:44 AM
There's also the fact -- noticed by Rudyard Kipling, among others -- that women are fiercer fighters than men, and much more likely to kill the enemy to the last man than let any of them run away. This can be a problem in modern "political" warfare, which is not generally geared toward actually winning wars. Women soldiers would really win the wars and exterminate the enemy, for "The female of the species is more deadly than the male."
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Women in Combat

lfish Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 9:36 AM
No, we should not change the military physical standards for women,. We do women no favors by giving them lighter supplies and training, not when those supplies and training can save their lives. If this means that only 3% of women qualify for the military, then so be it -- but I don't think it will. Any woman serious about joining the military can spend 6 months previous concentrating on body-building until she damn-well can meet the standards. Israeli women have been doing that for the last 50 years, and the archeologists can tell you that the ancient Spartan women managed, and so did the ancient Amazon women. American women in general can benefit from body-building; it just might put an end to our current plague of obesity.
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Reconciling Roe v. Wade

lfish Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 4:23 AM
No man has ever died in childbirth, but countless millions of women have. Damn right, men should have no input into whether the woman continues the pregnancy or not; it's not their bodies that may be ruined or destroyed by it. Abortion can be performed only during the first three months of pregnancy, so what we're talking about is a three-month-or-less embryo -- and at that stage, the embryo is definitely NOT a human being. It does not have a human heart, a human spine, or anything like a human brain. It's certainly not anywhere near as human as the woman capable of getting pregnant -- and it's life isn't worth hers. --Leslie < Fish
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Caught Red-Handed on Climate Change

lfish Wrote: Jan 21, 2013 8:10 PM
Remember your junior high-school Biology class; humans and other animals inhale oxygen and exhale carbon-dioxide, plants inhale carbon-dioxide and exhale oxygen. This exchange has been going on for over a billion years. When the carbon-dioxide in the air increases, the plants naturally grow faster and absorb it. Carbon-dioxide doesn't normally hang around in the air long enough to affect Earth's weather -- unless something has killed off an awful lot of Earth's plants. The solution, obviously, is to plant more plants -- preferably trees, which last a long time and inhale an awful lot of carbon-dioxide. So why haven't the global-warming freaks pushed tree-planting, instead of trying to destroy America's manufacturing capability?
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Caught Red-Handed on Climate Change

lfish Wrote: Jan 21, 2013 8:00 PM
Actually, the fuel-ethanol folk have been around for a long time -- since Henry Ford built his first car, in fact. Farmers used to brew their own ethanol fuel for their own farm machinery, until the govt. began leaning on them for doing it. The govt. has been in bed with the oil companies since day one, and was always happy to lean on their possible rivals -- until the oil crisis and a lot of citizen complaints made it do some fast back-pedaling. Remember, it was Bush who first started giving govt. grants, tax-breaks and other "assistances" to alternate fuel producers, including fuel-ethanol. Obama's just mouthing promises that other politicians made years earlier. --Leslie < Fish
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