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LMAO. I appreciate the parody. Thanks!
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The Punishment Is the Crime

Richard20 Wrote: Nov 20, 2013 9:47 PM
Ok. You have two felonies - felonies are not small time crimes - and you then go out and commit another. That to me is an perfect example of the word incorrigible. At what point do you say enough?
That just p*sses me off. I used to think that lawyers and insurance men should be the first against the wall. Anymore, I think it should be the educators.
That's simple. To advance to the position is which to be considered for such a task you have already mastered the requisite skills for government work. Unfortunately these skills are not related to competence in a technical field, but rather the political games of CYA, blame deflecting and credit (undue) taking. Masters of manipulation, they are great at all things except for what they are tasked to do, and of course, it's somebody else's fault.
Rebel by living the word of God. Reject the ways of thinking that stand in opposition to it. Refuse to comply with laws that are anathema to it.
No where in the article does it imply that early christians sought to throw off the chains of Rome. It only says that they defied Rome when it came to conflicts between God and state. I think this is a valid point, and one that should be emulated today. Be a christian first, a citizen second.
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Innovation or Stagnation

Richard20 Wrote: Sep 25, 2013 10:07 AM
Excellent article, John. "Technological innovation constantly threatens centralized authorities." Truer words were never spoken.
Was talking to a developer on the gulf that builds rental houses. He admits he is gambling, but the high rents his properties demand only require a usable life of a few years. After that it is all gravy. Considering an Andrew only comes through every 50 to 100 years he is happy with his chances. His view is shared by many, if you take a look at the changes on the beach over the past 30 years. Where there used to be only a handful of shacks it is now eave to eave development. And when the big one does come - as it will - the damage will be exponential as compared to Andrew. But my friend will have gotten his, and only the ill-informed will stand by in horror and judgement. They will wail about the loss and the tragedy, whereas that was calculated into the gamble to begin with.
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Peace is Proclaimed

Richard20 Wrote: Sep 18, 2013 10:21 AM
Paul, it was an error to side with the rebels in this civil war to begin with. Breaking faith with them is a welcome correction. While I agree that it just adds to a long litany of broken commitments the US has made, this one actually makes sense. Assad is no more of a threat to the US than the Maldives, and should govern the affairs of his nation without our interference. Since when did we get the idea that war was forever over, or that it was our job to stomp it out when it erupts? War is part of the human condition, not to be stayed by the good intentions of do-gooders or would be global managers.
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Obama's Bait-and-Switch on Syria

Richard20 Wrote: Sep 18, 2013 9:00 AM
Call me ignorant (and I am about so many things), but what is the point of taking out Assad now that the Islamic Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, and countless other factions are vying for power in the rebellion. They are starting to kill each other already. Is there any hope that a secular entity will rise among this rabble to take the reins and stabilize Syria in a way that conforms to our notional interest? Unless that question can be answered with a high probability to the positive, lets leave that area alone. This is not a case of the enemy of my enemy is my friend. They seem to be all enemies and no side is a better alternative than the other.
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Putin Pulls Obama's Strings

Richard20 Wrote: Sep 10, 2013 3:27 PM
I've said for a long time that I wish he were on our side.
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