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Wait...You're talking like there are real, live PEOPLE walking around heaven and watching what we are doing down(?) here. You TALK to dead people and you don't think that's a little strange, not to mention creepy? When you die, you're dead and there ain't no comin' back.
I think I'm gonna start a Church of Common Sense and preach about how this life we have is all we're ever going to have and that the only thing that lives on after we die are the memories people have of us. Gee, maybe I'll get rich too, like some other preachers. Hey, it'll be tax free -- cool.
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Moneyman...I'll start bashing illegal asians when they begin to try to turn America into china or korea or myanmar(?) or vietnam.
Dale..."If I accept grace, try to live a grace filled life, then perhaps I can be saved despite myself."
PERHAPS??? PERHAPS you can be saved after you've jumped through the hoops? What happened to Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved? I thought that was the whole deal of christianity; you believe and accept Christ by faith and you're in. I'm far from a biblical scholor, but where does it say the perhaps thing? Is that why the guy at work spends his time before eight and during lunch reading the bible and books associated with the bible? He's trying to not lose his salvation? Is that why he gives ten percent to the church -- to get around the perhaps gotcha?
Jason...No, you're NOT the only one who thinks it's odd.
Moneyman...I don't know about my father's side of the family -- they've been in America a long time. On my mother's side, though, I do know that the first of them came to America in 1809. I don't know off the top of my bald head how many generations that is, though. When I lay claim to being a native American, it's because I was born here as were my parents.
I must agree with Ishkabbil, about why people come here and want to remake the U.S. into what they left. It makes no sense to me. America has always been the land of opportunity for people who came here from all over the world and those people BECAME Americans who worked hard, assimilated into society, raised their families, and fought FOR the country. Now, the people coming north across the border want to bring Mexico with them. With all the problems Mexico has, WHY in God's name would they want to turn the U.S. into Mexico? Please, someone, answer that for me. I thought they came north looking for a better life. They're not gonna find it if they turn the American border states into something resembling Mexico. Perhaps the answer would be to change our immigration laws to mirror Mexico's laws. WOW! Talk about stiff penalties for sneaking SOUTH across the border.
Vet..."I admire industry and business overall when it conducts itself in an environment of honesty and integrity. Where the line becomes blurred is the massive resources available to mega-corps to influence and guide (control) the average American. The idea of using a financial club as an unfair advantage of a smaller entity (read family) is repugnant to me."
I agree with you about supporting business when it is conducted with honest and integrity. The problem isn't the business or the company doing the business. The problem lies with the people who run the companies, who own the businesses who are without honor and integrity.
I know it's not nice for a person to wish not only death, but slow, painful, horrible death, on another, but I guess I'm not very nice. Every morning I check the paper to see if T. Boone Pickens is still among the living and every morning, I'm disappointed. Pickens is insidious in that he's charming, intelligent and articulate. He's also the epitome of the kind of greed about which books are written. I worked for Gulf Oil when Pickens and Jimmy Lee, the Gulf president and CEO combined to destroy a great company and in the process achieved two things. They made millions of dollars for themselves and put almost twenty-five thousand people out of work. Now Pickens is touting alternative sources of energy. Do NOT buy into anything this man says. He is beelzebub in a thousand dollar suit. I cannot believe he is any less greedy now than he was back in 1985. This is why I don't trust large companies. It's not because of the size of the companies, it's because of the caliber of the people running them. There are probably honest and honorable people running some companies but I don't know who they are and so wouldn't trust any of them.
Writein...Why is it that when a poster expresses an opinion with which you do not agree, that person is, in your words, lying? An opinion is just that. It might be incorrect, but your callling people lyers just because you disagree with them does nothing to enhance your credibility. Did it ever occur to you that you can express YOUR opinion contrary to another without calling that other poster a lyer?
Chupakabra..."how do our candidates get their message to all 50 states."
Only two candidates need get their message out nationwide and they don't need to get it into all 50 states. Thanks to the ridiculous Electoral College, several states don't really count. The Dakotas, Wyoming, Alaska, Maine, Delaware and Hawaii and three or four others have such small populations that they might as well not bother voting. Flapjack is right about candidates using the social networks and, gee, they can visit the states, make speeches, shake hands and kiss babies. The people and companies who contribute hundreds or thousands -- millions even -- are going to want THEIR views and concerns to be important to the candidates they bought. Wouldn't it be fun to see an honorable candidate take all the money that came his way and then get elected and go to Washington and work for the best interests of the country instead of the contributor?. He'd KNOW he would be a one term Critter, but to listen to the ones who thought they'd bought him howl, would be worth it.
The preacher is worried about demons of a spiritual variety. He'd better be worried about the demons of the physical kind that have taken over Egypt. The islamic brotherhood has been declared the winner of the presidential "elections" in Egypt The new president says the capital won't be Cairo, but Jerusalem and is calling for millions of martyrs. We can only wonder how long it will take for the American president to send his congratulations.
THIS is the kind of demons we need to worry about.
Chupakabra..."Campaign contributions need to be unlimited otherwise we squelch freedom of speech."
My neighbors and I are concerned about the waste dumping habits of MegaCorp which is a wholly owned subsiderary of GotRocks Inc. This being a middle-class neighborhood with concerned citizens, we decide to pool our resources and send fifty bucks each to our representative who is running for re-election. We want to try to convince him to put a stop to MegaCorp's dumping. BUT we hadn't figured on the SCOTUS declaring GotRocks to be a person just like my neighbors. GotRocks sends the representative a check for a quarter-million and indicates there is a lot more where that came from if he ignores the dumping. To whom do you think the politician is going to pay attention? Perhaps, to cover all bases, GotRocks gives our faithful incumbens's opponant a couple-hundred grand just in case he wins. Unlimited campaign contributions has turned Congress and the president into a collection of whores who will jump into bed with the highest bidder and the citizens be damned. Somehow, I don't think THIS is what the Founders had in mind when they created a new nation dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights. Citizen rights are alienated when legislators fill their campaign chests with the loot from corporations whose pockets are not only deep but bottomless. They can buy exemptions from laws, they can buy tax loopholes and they can buy special considerations from the government at the expense of citizens. And, unless you are one of those corporate CEO types, even YOU might be harmed someday because MegaCorp dumps something vile into a stream in your neighborhood.
Sorry, Flapjack, but the Supreme Court says that corporations ARE people and that they have the right to spend as much as they wish. Yes, it's insane and it it's indefensable, but the supremes said that any laws limiting corporate donations are not enforceable. This was a 5-4 decision strictly along ideological lines. The five member conservative majority voted for this travesty and the four member liberal minority voted against. With this decision, SCOTUS makes it impossible to limit corporate purchasing of politicians without a Constitutional amendment to prohibit such buying of presidents, congress critters and all the way down to city council and school boards. We've always heard that money talks, now the Supreme Court says it is speech. Makes you want to weep, doesn't it?