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It's A Wonderful Life

Ray251 Wrote: Dec 22, 2014 4:12 PM
Although this is one of my favorite movies & I still get a lump in my throat during the final scene when the town comes to save George Bailey, I recently heard an interesting analysis of it, saying we should want to be more like Ebeneezer Scrooge & less like George Bailey. The thrust of a Christmas Carol is what a contemptible person Scrooge is & yet, for having been a successful business man & saved his money, when he finally opened his heart at the end of the film, he was able to become one of the most beloved of people who saved Tiny Tim's life & "kept Christmas as well as any man." It's a Wonderful Life, on the other hand focuses on poor George's sacrifices & how he impacted the community around him, while glossing over the fact that he yells at his kids, abuses their teacher, gets into a bar fight, gets drunk & drives his car into a tree, punches a cop & tries to commit suicide. Which character do you think serves as a better role model?
Go on YouTube & check out Milton Friedman on Illegal Immigration and the Welfare State. Friedman was a Libertarian who believed in open borders if people immigrate to jobs. But the existence of the modern welfare state which guarantees a minimum standard of living to everyone, whether they produce anything or not, makes that impossible. One more point, regardless of what the law SHOULD be, there can be no question that the first act Illegal immigrants did upon entering our country was to break our law, thus they should be punished, not rewarded!
The Libs push the welfare state in the name of compassion, but fail to recognize the most immoral part of their agenda. No matter how great the amount of benefits, it will never be enough & the recipients will always be angry. Happiness and self-esteem comes from earned success, (however the individual measures it), & this is something a permanent dependent class can never know. Other than for the small percentage of society truly unable to take care of themselves, (the elderly, sick, mentally deficient, etc.), public assistance should only be available for a short period of time and be tied to policies that force those on it to help get off it - job training, job search, childcare, etc. This would be the most compassionate thing we could do.
The 3 branches are nothing compared to the largest, unaccountable, unelected, most powerful & most destructive branch of them all - the Bureaucracy
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Conservatives' Culture Bubble

Ray251 Wrote: Aug 18, 2014 4:13 PM
The "planting the seed" tactic should be applied across the board - not just in movies. My incredibly hard working son currently attends M.I.T. where he's totally inundated with Liberalthink. Rather than attack it overtly, I merely promote a healthy distrust in politicians & thereby government to do anything beyond their own personally interest or efficiently - with which he agrees - and let it go at that for now. When he leaves the Ivory tower & enters the real world, I expect this seed to bear fruit. Especially when he see's that the slimy politicians don't think its fair that all the hard work he does leads to income inequality with people not nearly as motivated as he is & will gladly take from him what he has earned to give to others who haven't, to buy votes & further their own power.
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Hey Mork, We Had a Deal!

Ray251 Wrote: Aug 15, 2014 3:28 PM
The world lost a talented but deeply troubled comedic genius when Robin Williams succumbed to his inner demons and hanged himself. Let's hope his death shines a light on the 20 service-members a day who kill themselves under similar circumstances. Check out Bill Whittle's Stung by Suicide (https://www.billwhittle.com/afterburner/stung-suicide) to see how you can help our vets.
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Attacking Achievement

Ray251 Wrote: Aug 12, 2014 1:55 PM
I graduated Brooklyn Tech in '76 & at the time, every ethnicity you could think of was fairly evenly represented in the student population. If that has changed, one has to wonder what societal factors are in play. Could it be the preponderance of single-parent families in today's minority communities? Let's try & address those issues instead of destroying successful schools by lowering standards. What made Tech great was that you had kids who took education seriously - you had to pass a test to get in, maintain grades to stay in, travel from all over the city to get there & you could get kicked out if you were a discipline problem - so nobody was! This allowed for an environment where the teachers could actually teach instead of being babysitters or disciplinarians. And the results were spectacular. We had about 1200 students in my graduating class - about the same size as my neighborhood HS, John Adams. In our day, you could take a grueling 8 hour test to get a Regents Scholarship towards college. At Adams, 2 kids got a scholarship & there were 3 alternates. At Tech, 975 kids got the scholarship & the rest were alternates! What a shame that the PC-Gestapo like Comrade DeBlasio are so beholden to the unions & their ideology that they'll likely destroy the few bright spots in the NYC school system.
The points you make in the article are patently obvious to anyone with a brain which is why most LibTards don't get them. Completely off topic correction, however. As a SciFi geek, I must correct the record. The Robot in Lost In Space had no name & was simply called the Robot. Robby the Robot was from Forbidden Planet.
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Menstrual Activism

Ray251 Wrote: Jul 28, 2014 10:58 AM
And if I shart in white pants I should walk around with brown stains on my butt instead of changing my clothes?
Carlin was the man. check out the video for yourself: http://nofrakkingconsensus.com/2009/08/19/george-carlin-on-saving-the-planet/
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