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    Administrative assistant, secretary, Girl Friday, personal assistant for hire

    SheSulsa...tell me a bit about what kind of pay, benefits and hours you're looking for....
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    Protect and serve?

    I'd throw this bone into the conversation. Yes modern US police are more professional, more highly trained than ever before. And they're under more scrutiny by internal and external oversight to eliminate the kind of violence and corruption that was more common in past decades. but...
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    Understanding The Weapon Before Defending Against It

    On the one hand, there's an intellectual appeal to understanding the weapon. I've spent my fair share of time training on -- and teaching about -- street weapons. On the other, most of the info from street attacks tells us that you won't even know there's a weapon in the hand until after the...
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    Why do you think kenpo karate is the right martial art

    I came to Kenpo because the school within walking distance of my apartment (when I was ready to commit to training) was a Kenpo school. I stayed because the people there were great. Agree with Milt G. No "right" martial art...though there may be a "right" combination of an art with an...
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    Homosexuality and Christianity, Part 20075

    Correction: "because the majority will of the people has potential to infringe." The law of our country (which seems to be your point) specifically protects me from your opinion if my behavior is harmless. We don't universally uphold that law yet, but the trend has been aggressive since the...
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    Confuse-A-Guard

    Funny. Thanks.
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    Homosexuality and Christianity, Part 20075

    That's simply not true. Employment discrimination laws, for example, are in place precisely because the majority will of the people infringes on personal rights/freedoms without adding to the public good. Most of the improvements in rights to consensual sex have derived from judges finding the...
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    Dancing people vs. LEOs

    Both sides did exactly right. The LEOs needed to enforce the law/their directives. They gave repeated, professional warnings and performed the arrest without getting amped and resorting to unnecessary force. The kids wanted to engage in a protest, push the line and see if they can get the...
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    Pepper spray in a black belt test?

    Seems unreasonable to me, but just the sort of thing that some martial artists would buy into big time -- and I probably would have totally gone for it when I was 23. Different strokes, etc. Though gassing minors strikes me as a bit much.
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    Homosexuality and Christianity, Part 20075

    Just the laws that aren't also supported by the reasonable working of a just society. Murder and theft are wrong because they hurt people. Not keeping kosher isn't illegal here because if you eat bacon, the only person you hurt is yourself...unless you count the pig.
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    Homosexuality and Christianity, Part 20075

    On the other hand, legislation due to religious beliefs alone is routinely struck down when called into legal question. For a law enacted because of those beliefs to be valid, you have to show harm to something other than your own sensibilities.
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    Homosexuality and Christianity, Part 20075

    @ Bill I agree that "The Bible Tells Me So" is sufficient justification for your personal moral beliefs. But since that attitude obviously affects policy in the United States -- policy that negatively affects the quality of life for citizens who aren't hurting anybody -- I think we're...
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    Homosexuality and Christianity, Part 20075

    I thought the rub of the matter (no pun intended) was that pretty much anything two homosexuals want to do together, sexually speaking, by nature includes that sexual act...
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    Oh Em GEE

    I think that's something to be proud of, just like how death by violence is rare and terrible in our society.
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    Abortion debate trivializes rape

    I just looked 'em up. I'm pro-choice, but Big Don is right about this. Medical necessity and rape/incest combined come in at 7 percent of stated reasons for abortion. Most common are "unready for responsibility" and "can't afford baby" -- 21 percent each for a total of 42 percent. Those...
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    Homosexuality and Christianity, Part 20075

    Absolutely true, but tribe is different from "family" as meant when people cite the "family values" that homosexuals erode by wanting to form families. The nuclear, two-adult family is a very new idea in human history....and not including room for homosexuals is even newer.
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    Abortion debate trivializes rape

    Um, I adopted my kid after Roe v Wade....and my aunt adopted my three cousins after RVW....I'm reasonably certain we're not the only ones.
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    Homosexuality and Christianity, Part 20075

    Thanks for that. I'm not as familiar with the history of the Torah and its translations. But the OT -- and thus the most commonly available version of the Penteteuch (sp?) has suffered the same degradation as the rest of the Christian Bible.
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    To disengage or not to disengage?

    Disengaging is always the right move. If you do not disengage, you expose yourself to further risk of injury. If you do not disengage, you may face legal consequences if you badly hurt your enemy. If you do not disengage, you open the door for Murphy to walk right in. However, there...
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    Abortion debate trivializes rape

    That's sort of my point.
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    Homosexuality and Christianity, Part 20075

    I'm not a biblical scholar, Sean, but I recently read that wasn't the case at all. Our idea of family didn't really evolve until well into the 16th century. Most of the bans against homosexuality,contraception and abortion happened as a response to the Anabaptist movement. Historically...
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    Abortion debate trivializes rape

    Or more to the point...they've been told so by people who's only sincere belief is that by painting it as murder, they'll get the political support of those who think it's wrong to escape the consequences of having sex.
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    Abortion debate trivializes rape

    Damn straight.
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    Abortion debate trivializes rape

    Actually, Flea...I've done what you did. In New Mexico, Washington and Oregon. As you saw, I found most of the people to be quiet and reasonable..along with a few yahoos. As you said, we all wished there was no need for us. What I'm "saying here" is, honestly, I find many abortion detractors...
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    Abortion debate trivializes rape

    True enough, and although you can make as strong a case that McD's etc are murdering children (right along with the lunch program at many school districts)...it's not as direct. Honestly, I wonder why abortion demonstrators aren't more violent. I know what I'd do if I knew somebody within my...
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    Abortion debate trivializes rape

    That's a fair point, but none of us are innocent and pure on that front. We all have a cause we're not doing all we can for. Not saying I agree with them, but at least they've drawn their line and stood on it.
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    Abortion debate trivializes rape

    Like many of the wedge issues in the US, I can't fault the protesters too much. If I honestly, in my heart, was certain that abortion was the murder of children it's possible I'd be taking direct action. The folks on the line aren't much different from Flea (and I mean you no offense)....they...
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    Tom Swifties

    This just in: "Okay, okay. I'll not eat meat for another 40 days," Tom relented.
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