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    Jena 6

    You know what folks ... Mike asked for thoughts. I offered mine. I explained them. I explained them again. And in return, I have been attacked, belittled and insulted. I can read, and discern the difference between the singular and plural versions of the 2nd person pronoun. From those...
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    Withdrawal of the military?

    I agree with almost all of this. I've got a problem with the whole 'hanging' thing. Although some richly deserve such treatment, we can take pride in the recognition that the ICC does not inflict this irrevocable punishment upon any who have committed unforgivable acts.
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    Apologies for the actions of previous generations?

    I don't believe the sins of the father should be paid out against the sons. Nor do I believe that the heirs of injustice necessarily deserve apologies for wrongs committed upon their forebears. What we, in the present, owe to those in the past, and those decended from the past, is a constant...
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    Jena 6

    Show me, don't tell me. I have not seen evidence that this statement is true. It seems apparant that many posting believe it to be true. Why is this discussion being directed at me. I did not ask you to do anything for me. I do not wish for you to do anything for me. And I do not...
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    Mayor kicks Marines out of the city

    I'ld love more information on the specific circumstances. As far back as the Kerry Bush '04 election there were discussions about the 'Stop Loss' being a 'back door draft'. I think I have heard of of Four active / Four Reserve contracts in which those reservists back to active duty during...
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    Mayor kicks Marines out of the city

    Are there any branches of service where the service member does not have the ability to 're-up' their service over a five year period? I think the Navy has one line of duty where the initial committment is six years. I believe this war is illegal and immoral. Also, I believe that every...
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    Jena 6

    Mike, http://www.martialtalk.com/forum/showpost.php?p=855152&postcount=113 This post has a link to some of the discrepencies in witness testimony. Certainly, the victim in the Jena 6 case clearly stated that he did not see who hit him. I'm sure there are other stories that reflect the...
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    Jena 6

    Mike, the accusations around the original six involved in Jena are sketchy, at best. While there is little doubt about six young men were arrested and charged, there was quite a bit of doubt about how those six were originally named. At this point, people's opinions have been formed, and...
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    Mayor kicks Marines out of the city

    We call our system of government 'representative democracy'. When the citizens elected the mayor, they said, in effect, we believe you are the person who's views most closely align with ours; we can't be involved in every decision the community needs to make, so you make them for us. The...
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    Jena 6

    5-0 Kenpo, I sort of doubt that this is a serious question of my opinion; but I am going to treat it as a serious question anyway. This story is true: Last fall, I went out to my drive way, and found that someone had vandalized my car. Along the door, quarter panel, and hardtop of my Jeep...
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    Mayor kicks Marines out of the city

    I suppose that it is a new age version, is good. Because the plain old Vietnam-Era version never happened. Facts be damned ... a good story is hard to suppress, even if it is completely untrue. And if it is even better if it is used to smear a political opponent...
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    Bar Stool Economics

    crushing .... That you can budget, year over year, those long-term fiscal responsibilities that you have, is one very major thing that separates you from the government. As I understand it, the government does not the equivilent of the 30 year mortgage. All expenses begin anew, each year...
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    Mayor kicks Marines out of the city

    Did you notice that this news article did not name the current Chief of Police for Toledo, Ohio. The article neglected to name the single person, or committee responsible for approving the training in the City; instead only naming the 'former' Chief of Police, who authorized earlier visits.
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    Bar Stool Economics

    More imploring, eh?
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    Bar Stool Economics

    Crushing ... I doubt we will convince each other of our points. I'm certain we can each throw graphs up that prove our points. While I can accept an argument that a positive budget may not yield a reduction in debt ~ perhaps due to the interest on that multi-decade debt ~ it is still greater...
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    Bar Stool Economics

    fireman00 .. you are certainly correct. A former customer of mine does boat work. He too reports that luxury items do suffer a bit when the economy is in the dolldrums; whether those dolldrums are created by taxes, or the shrinking dollar, or the loss of jobs to overseas markets. But...
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    Bar Stool Economics

    Big Don, you apparently are unfamiliary with the term 'Payroll tax'. This is the money taken by the government on your paycheck labelled 'FICA' or 'Social Security' and "Medicare Tax'. No one receives this money back when they file a return. The Social Security tax is approximately 7.2 %...
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    Bar Stool Economics

    Strange ... in the article. ... the author seems to intentionally confuse the idea of a budget surplus, and the national debt. He then makes his points on the nationtional debt. It appears to be the same thing that Big Don does when he chooses, in the original post, to not consider payroll...
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    Bar Stool Economics

    And, of course, your example leaves out the 'payroll taxes'. Every person on the list pays those. Except, again, they don't all pay equally. The guy at the top of your list, pays the least amount in those taxes. And, the second guy, he also pays less. The four guys at the bottom of your list...
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    Bar Stool Economics

    I think I recall some other years where the Federal government actually did pay for the things it consumed. FDR was way before my time. But I seem to recall it happened during years that I can actually, well, sort of remember. Mental hic-cup here ... who was it? Budget surplus .... hmmm...
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    Functional Kenpo Volume Two - Alternating Maces

    Much appreciated. I especially liked the graft into Charging Ram, as the attacker slipped under your block. We hear so often that the Ram techniques are unrealistic. You presented a 'not-unreasonable' scenario as to the setup. Mike
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    Jena 6

    I think Mr. Purvis learned, plenty. It may not have been the lessons we thought we were teaching. Unintended consequences, and all that.
  23. M

    Jena 6

    Oh, I think there were many lessons.
  24. M

    Jena 6

    Well, we certainly can guess what lessons he has learned from interacting with the police department and the justice system, can't we?
  25. M

    Jena 6

    So much for the imploring, eh?
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    Jena 6

    Were the tires flat? How many tires were flat? How were they flattened? It would seem to me that reporter should determine the answers, and included them in a news story. Instead, all we get is a heresay report about what the young man 'believed'.
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    Romney out of the race

    Did you see this bit ... Now, when I learned the craft of the English language, a "paragraph" was held together by an idea presented, usually, in the first sentence. Here, the governor is apparently going to talk about the 'relentless' 'attack on faith and religion'. Questions - attack...
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    Withdrawal of the military?

    There already exists a refugee crisis in Iraq. Some two million Iraqis have fled the country (most to Syria), and another two million Iraqis are internally displaced. And this has all taken place while the United States Military was the authority, and force protection, and the governmental...
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    Romney out of the race

    That is just a scary line of reasoning. Unwillingness to compromise has led to some of the horrific acts in mankinds' history. I offer no offense. And, I don't understand why you take offense. It is your perogotive to be offended. Please feel free to place me on your ignore list. Although...
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    Romney out of the race

    Carol, take what little good he did for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Socialized Healthcare, for instance), and flip flop it to the other direction. Again ... I find the irony complete. The Republican Party decried the Democratic Flip Flopper From Massachusetts just four years ago; and...
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