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The Show / Re: Front Slight
« on: October 25, 2009, 02:00:00 AM »
They can worship lizards and pasta all they want, if the offer is legitimate.

General / Re: iWATCH Stasi-Like Citizen Program
« on: October 22, 2009, 09:53:55 PM »
Because the people that get to define terrorism FOR us are the ones that use it against us, naturally.

General / Re: iWATCH Stasi-Like Citizen Program
« on: October 22, 2009, 05:26:11 AM »
According to the broad definition of terrorism, and with iWatch's recommendation to report anything I see, hear, or smell that may be suspicious, I should make a report every time I smell bacon.

Oh, wait, the police don't count as domestic terrorism. Nevermind.

General / Re: A Question to Agnostics
« on: October 21, 2009, 08:14:39 AM »
Firstly, I didn't read through everything, just thought I'd drop in my position.

As a theist-agnostic, through my life's experiences I've felt a sort of contact with the divine, whatever it may ultimately be. In particular, I had a very intense moment in which I can only describe myself as having "Momentarily achieved Nirvana." As soon as I noticed, it was gone.

Anyhow, I couldn't justify taking part in a particular religious practice "just in case." Seeing what I've seen, feeling what I've felt, all my life experiences lead me to believe that if there is something otherworldly out there, it's beyond my scope of definition. Being unable to satisfactorily identify "what lies beyond," all I have are my life experiences, which include a limited -- though far more thorough than most truly religious individuals -- self-education of various practices and beliefs. All I can say is none of it feels right. All that feels right is living my life as positively as possible.

One thing I've told a Christian friend is, I don't pray, I just work for what I want or need... Which is exactly what you do, but I take credit for achieving goals instead of giving it away. Some may call it Hubris, I suppose, but I need a deity as much as a deity needs me.

I hope this is clear, I've low on sleep and full of Mountain Dew. I'll cut it there before I end up writing an essay.

Edit: I forgot to mention yesterday that I was NOT, in fact, taking any drugs in the aforementioned experience. I don't do anything mind-altering/expanding/muddling/what-have-you, so in case you were wondering, there ya go.

General / Re: Were you hit in the head as a kid?
« on: October 21, 2009, 08:00:14 AM »
I had a couple of head-centric bicycle accidents as a kid, but nothing terribly traumatic.
Later on in high school, when I tried to get back into sports after an extensive hiatus, well... Let's just say I was hit by more baseballs than I, in fact, actually hit.

General / Re: Perl is dead. PHP sucks. Long live Python!
« on: September 06, 2009, 04:58:25 AM »

General / Re: Favorite quotes:: from FTL
« on: July 08, 2009, 02:34:47 AM »
"Reinvest... in the mainstream... murder... Government" --A strangely accurate string of moments while fast-forwarding through 07/06/09's episode.

General / Re: Do you love Mark? Want to prove it?
« on: June 21, 2009, 12:19:18 AM »
I'm absolutely less than 3*Mark. I'm in.

A little update on my conversion status, heh.
So far I've convinced four people to either vote for or consider voting for Ron Paul, much thanks to the info you've given me. I have yet to speak to the aforementioned Hillary-voter friend, but at least I have hope, eh?

And I'd vote for a black midget woman lizard, as long as they supported individuals' freedom.

I used most of those points with my boss earlier, and that convinced him right out. Thanks!
The friend in question above though really doesn't trust politicians at all, so I'd like to see something in his history. Obviously I pointed out that Hillary has a history of... well... nothing. That chipped away some apprehension, but didn't quite get her there.

So I've got half a dozen friends who either don't care about the elections, or have the classically ignorant "vote for the person with the best chance of winning" mentality. Needless to say, half of them feel the best chance lies with Hillary. I could use a bit of help in persuading these friends to at the very least consider Ron Paul for their vote, but there's one person in particular I feel the need to convince.

She's essentially got a Libertarian-esque mindset and lifestyle, being a self-proclaimed pagan and an active homosexual rights advocate. I think her biggest issue, if you can call it that, is getting a woman (if you can call her that, har har) into the presidency. Other than that, when I asked why she felt she would vote that way, it was a pause and "I dunno."

I've already referred her to Ron Paul's campaign website, but I doubt she'll spend much time reading it. I don't even read it, other than skimming over some info now and then, to be honest. Any advice you folks could send my way, and maybe some specific examples of his voting history to show her he's not the typical politician, would be massively appreciated.

Thank you kindly.

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