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Racking my brain trying to figure out who he could possibly mean. 30 years ago there were some countries approaching that description, but that's ancient history.
Read this article to find out the names of Islamic countries thought to be civilized. The article obliged with a comprehensive list.
I wish Vlad was on our side. I'd trade Obama and three first round draft choices, along with Obama's entire cheer-leading corp for an option on him. If it weren't for his obvious national loyalty and old school red philosophies...
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The Nightmare of a Defenseless America

Richard20 Wrote: May 05, 2014 8:31 AM
Ouch, Kurt! I would worry that you are giving ideas to the enemy, except for the fact that I am sure that they have developed a much more detailed and effective scenario than you could have assembled. Unpleasant thoughts are understandably avoided by the American public, but, by God, they need to start seeing the world as it really is, instead of the child's garden they wish it to be.
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Random Thoughts

Richard20 Wrote: Feb 11, 2014 9:32 AM
Hear! Hear! The reference to Churchill's introductory book in his WWII series has never been more relevant. It should be required reading for all students.
Why not reward academic performance? Athletic performance is glorified on so many levels. Why not give some reward and recognition to the smart kids? Our school has athletic banquets for each sport, and the high achievers get plaques and trophies. No one even questions that these are good things. But isn't that making the sports-challenged kids feel bad? This whole controversy is hog-wash. We no longer care about excellence, we care about conformity. Especially when it comes to intellect. All kids do not have the same potential, intellectually. Some kids are going to struggle to get Cs, because that is the limit of their potential. Just like I can never run a 5 second 40 yd dash, there are some that will never grasp algebra. That doesn't mean that we can't recognize those who do.
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Alcohol vs. Marijuana (Part 1)

Richard20 Wrote: Jan 28, 2014 1:23 PM
Chuck, I generally enjoy reading you, and agree with you on many things. But I think you are on the wrong side of this - perhaps a victim of the culture that attributed various evils to "potheads" that were fabricated out of whole cloth. Alcohol Prohibition did not work, and became a greater social ill that that which it was designed to combat. So has Marijuana Prohibition. I'm not saying that there is no harm in it's recreational use, just that the societal harm created by trying to prohibit it is excessive.
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Chill Out

Richard20 Wrote: Jan 22, 2014 7:03 AM
Nuclear power will see its rise when the generations scared silly by the bomb have passed from the scene. For those who kneeled under desks during drills just the word "nuclear" is enough to instill a implacable negative response.
"No, arctic sea ice has not recovered to "normal" levels, there has been a rebound since 2012 levels but that year was a record low. The overall trend is still showing a loss of ice." What is the "normal" level? Didn't the Vikings establish colonies on Greenland? What was the level of Arctic Sea ice then? Or was 1900 the idyllic state and any variation from that is dangerous? So you say it's getting warmer. If true, so what? People can't adapt? Aren't there advantages to warming as well as the doom and gloom prophesies? The AGW crowd's horror show is starting to become a little pathetic.
Fantastic article. You nailed it.
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