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  1. Good one Jerry. But I think the guy on the other end hung up right after "I think all taxes should be abolished"; on to the next sucker. Still, I like everything you said.
  2. Ah, Deanna, Even in tennis women are at a great disadvantage to men because of different physical attributes. In fighting the differences are much more pronounced, to the extreme. Size, strength, aggressiveness, even the mass and density of bone in the skull and hands. Men are designed by nature to fight with each other, women not so much. "Hits like a girl" may not be an insult to you but it's very much an insult to a boy. My first marriage was to a women who owned a karate studio by the way. No, I never said "you hit like a girl". She was nearly my size with bigger wrists and grew up
  3. Please. Take any business, the best liars are in sales and marketing. Commission = lie your ass off. Engineering is constantly trying (and failing) to get marketing to tone down from impossible to merely unlikely. Of course there are honest salesmen. The exception proves the rule. Wars of defense are not murder and are one of the few real functions of government. Do you really think you were engaged in murder?
  4. Fair enough. You realize that this argument is linked to "viability" which is a real short slippery slope to the Greek "quickening" position and an even shorter slide to a much earlier time in the pregnancy process. A... There is a slippery slope in both directions. Twenty weeks is probably as close as you'll get to where people are least likely to fight over it. The extremists on both ends won't be satisfied but the majority of the population will no longer believe actual human beings are being killed.
  5. Not having read his book, I cannot comment on that aspect. However, we are choosing, once again, amongst the lesser of the "evils" being offered. Therefore, I can deal with his use of eminent domain, not happy at all about it, however, if is a minor problem in the broader scope of his candidacy. Out of curiosity, how are you handling Fiorina's stance on abortion? A... I have the Kindle version of AotD and I don't know how to copy and paste excerpts. I can capture and save *.jpg's of the text but they cannot, as far as I know, be added to OL posts. The Kindle book is cheap however. I found o
  6. A tool needs to be in the right hands. What are the lying professions? Sales, marketing, politics, & law. Given that Trump is very good rhetorically, his honesty needs to come sharply in focus. In "Art of the Deal" he seemed to admire one of his managers a very great deal, a manager he called "the best he every had" who he acknowledged was a liar and a thief, who he knew stole $50,000/year from him, and stole from and bullied his employees. And how do you explain away his support of eminent domain? Does he really care about anything besides his own power, wealth and prestige? Again,
  7. Persuading the "positive rights" crowd with philosophy...
  8. The motif of "La Paloma" (the dove) can be traced back to an episode that occurred in 492 BC, before Darius' invasion of Greece, a time when the white dove had not yet been seen in Europe.[2] The Persian fleet under Mardonius was caught in a storm off the shore of Mount Athos and wrecked, when the Greeks observed white doves escaping from the sinking Persian ships. This inspired the notion that such birds bring home a final message of love from a sailor who is lost at sea. This theme that a final link of love overcomes death and separation is reflected in "La Paloma". While the lyrics may not
  9. You have no clue what this thread is about. I'm not offended. It was shit. It made him look like a moron. I see what I'm up against. My sincere hope is you give up your illusion of trying to understand philosophy and economics, and work as hard as you possibly can for the other side. They really need you. If you were merely ignorant there might be hope.
  10. The answer is not simple. Why does someone switch from being a liberal to a conservative or vice-versa? It could be any number of reasons, and you have to take into account the person's life experience. Objectivism "The ideal political-economic system is laissez-faire capitalism. It is a system where men deal with one another, not as victims and executioners, nor as masters and slaves, but as traders, by free, voluntary exchange to mutual benefit. It is a system where no man may obtain any values from others by resorting to physical force, and no man may initiate the use of physical force agai
  11. Hardening the soldier for combat How to Ruck Anything by Al Ciampi. In case anyone is interested. Same rules apply to old guys trying to stay useful... Get a heart rate monitor. Check out the warrior diet or intermittent fasting.
  12. This part of what you said is what people would find interesting, I think. The first sentence is about what people are missing out on... great, that evokes emotion. The second sentence tells them what's happening right now that's hurting them... great, that tells them where to place blame (people love blame). Of course you would have to provide examples and make it easier for people to see what you're saying as truth. Calvin, if you want to go the anecdotal route of persuasion, getting to individuals via their emotions which appear to be always raised by 'injustices', nobody is going to stop y
  13. Mikee, I fully understand what you are saying. The public, however, is not going to be moved by this kind of talk. You blame it on them for not understanding how relevant what you say is? Instead of comparing what we have now, or could have soon, to slavery, why not compare what we have now (while using examples to illuminate the depravities of today, literally and without analogy or interpretation) to what could be? Forcing your conclusions on people doesn't work. I detect a hint of smugness and having your cake and eating it too. Thinking is hard, understanding what works and doesn't work is
  14. Calvin, Can you even imagine what slavery is? What it entails? Imagine being a slave holder, what are your requirements as a successful slave owner? Do you beat your slaves all the time and work them to death? Or do you try to keep them happy and healthy and well rested and not complaining? Are they no less slaves because they have intelligent self interested owners who practice good animal husbandry? What do you think of people who are satisfied with the life of a slave, no worries, someone else taking care of thinking about everything and making all of your decisions for them? You say
  15. Working on the plantation means someone else telling you what to do and beating/killing you if you disobey. Working on your own farm means you can work how you want, will not get beaten, can leave and do something else at any time, and hopefully earn some money... So what part of this is supposed to make me think doctors in Canada are slaves? Your doing it again. You're trying to make me "think" in a way that denies all common sense. You're telling me, "Just forget that doctors in Canada and slaves are light years from being the same for a second, and just focus on these abstract qualities the
  16. Capitalism is: 1. Uncoerced free trade between individuals governed by the rule of law. 2. Absolute right to own and to keep what you earn through your trade. This creates the greatest motivating force for thinking, planning, innovation, cooperation and hard work the world has ever seen. It is also a great character builder [responsibility, decency, honesty, productivity, etc]. Widespread wealth and thriving follows. Edited in response to Wolf DeVoon's post following:
  17. Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy. -Benjamin Franklin
  18. You're not thinking Calvin. Think about it. You explain to me what I mean. Define slavery. What does working on a plantation vs working your own farm mean to you? If someone took your farm by force and incorporated it into a plantation controlled by someone else and paid you what they wanted to pay you and not what you asked for, would you "retire"?
  19. "The horror story that Rand tries to use... that of a doctor operating with a gun to his head... nobody can relate to that. Not even the people who agree with Rand. Not even Rand himself can honestly say he thinks that would ever happen. And Bernie capitalized on that silliness." The doctors who are retiring from private practice and medicine completely rather than join a medical group can relate to it. People believe in fairy tales and free stuff. If they can feel like children with a mommy and daddy taking care of them their whole lives...why not? Sounds great to me. Other peoples money
  20. Thank you Adam. I cannot imagine a greater compliment. Likewise my friend. [i briefly thought "I am no John Galt"...then "no one is"] [open for argument]