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The problem, of course, is that terrorist organizations in the past have shown no qualms using innocent-seeming people, like children, the elderly, or the mentally disabled, to willingly or unknowingly be bomb carriers.

Child suicide bomber kills four in Afghanistan

Elderly suicide bomber kills Afghan policeman

Mentally handicapped bombers kill dozens in Iraq

So, even though a sweet old granny or little Timmy might seem like unlikely suspects, they're as capable as anyone when it comes to being a weapons carrier, whether they realize it or not. Selectively choosing not to screen them only makes them more tempting tools for terrorist organization.

We're dealing with people who have no respect for the value of human life here, so don't expect them to have the same standards we do.

Not that I disagree with you about the TSA's screening policies. I'd rather live in a country where we maintain most of our privacy and rights, even if our overall air travel safety level goes down slightly, than live in one where we're constantly being monitored, questioned, probed, prodded, and grabbed.

At the end of the day, we as a country are going to have to choose between safety and freedom; it's impossible to have maximum levels of both. I take Patrick Henry's philosophy on the matter, but other people aren't so brave.

The other solution, of course, is to stop traveling by plane.

posted @ Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 11:32

This is fun Smile

posted @ Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 11:11

Big City Bread!!!

posted @ Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 11:30

I work at J's and have seen the video; it's really pretty comical to watch this guy running off with the whole register, even though it's ours. The new one "dings" every time you open it; very annoying.

And for those who were asking; there was some cash in the register, but very, very little. I don't care to say how much exactly, but yes; the guy would have been better off nabbing a couple bottles of scotch, and it wouldn't even have to be the super good stuff. Steps have been taken to ensure a repeat occurance doesn't happen.

I also don't know about any reward, but I guarantee anyone who turns this guy in will at least get a 6-pack from me Wink (as long as they're 21!)

posted @ Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 00:55

[quote][b]davidxto[/b] - @ satyam
We already had this dumb topic sucked dry earlier but I see that Jo-el has given his new interns unlimited power to start up controversial topics trying to engage us.
So that is half of the way the game is played. You, Aubrie, Kelly, and a hidden few others on one side - then, the commentators.
The commenting posters come in 3 basic varieties.
Type 1) Hopelessly stupid and uneducated. You need to go after them but they don't post very often. They have too many reading, writing and thinking problems.
Type 2) These are the educated very bright but hopelessly brainwashed liberals. Definitely hype them to post by saying factual things that they must refute. Or throw them their favorite topics like the environment, conspiracy theories, and Wall Street.
Type 3) These are the very intelligent moderate common sense reality based conservatives. They are divided between secular and very religious but usually they agree on issues. You can always tell the type 3's because they have a sense of humor and love breasts.

You forgot Type 4) Aliens

posted @ Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 00:47

Hacking into a big, juicy watermelon and then going to town on it is incredibly satisfying and stress-relieving.

posted @ Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 12:50

@theold33: Beck was always a little to advanced for me. I could keep up with him until he whipped the chalkboard out. Hannity keeps things nice and simple so I don't get confused. What a guy!

posted @ Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 12:18

@dinodungdan: I'm in a similar boat, Dan. Super conservative (even more so than Fox, I think), super Christian, yet I don't deny the age of the universe. I'm pretty sure most Republicans feel that way; I was just poking fun.

posted @ Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 12:05

@theold33: I don't need to think--I have Sean Hannity to tell me everything I need to know Smile

posted @ Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 11:53

I remember reading somewhere that the greenhouse gasses produced by America's livestock is at least a couple times greater than what's produced by its vehicles. Not sure if it's true, but I wouldn't be surprised.

Also, interesting to see Fox acknowledging the existence of dinosaurs. I thought their position was that the earth was created 9 thousand years ago?

posted @ Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 11:22

Hah, this is ridiculous. As if I need a reason to hit kids.

posted @ Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 12:50

[quote][b]avenger[/b] - If firearms were not available, both the sword and chainsaw would take a backseat to a bow and arrows.
After our BB guns were taken away, we would make bows, arrows and spears to fight our war games. And before anyone asks, there were no serious injuries or deaths. We wore winter coats stuffed with padding, helmets and trash can lids as shields. We even jousted on bikes with tree limbs. [/quote]

I remember accumulating massive stockpiles of pinecones, sweetgum balls, sword-sized sticks, and rubber bands in the event of battle with my neighbors, and watching them do the same. Mutual destruction was assured at all times.

posted @ Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 12:09

What an exciting game! I don't make a point of watching lots of baseball, but I happened across this one in the third inning and stuck with it, even though at that point I kind of felt the game was already over. So glad I stuck with it!
McCann's Grand Slam was electrifying, but not as much at Chipper's walk-off. He should hit homers all the time--then he won't have to run on that bad knee Wink
The most exciting thing about this game to me was the resiliency the team showed. I think the Braves of the past couple years would have just given up after being 6 down to the Phillies, especially after losing 7 straight last year to the same team to blow their playoff chances.

posted @ Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 11:45

As a side-note, there's almost 2 million Google search results for the term "sword vs chainsaw". including this awesome story board.

posted @ Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 11:45


posted @ Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 09:53

Sounds like another wonderful tool of natural selection. Drink up, kids!

posted @ Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 09:22

No Hulk?

posted @ Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 11:48

Even beyond the economics of it, marijuana should be legalized on principal. It's just another case of the government unnecessarily telling us what to do. I don't smoke, and wouldn't even if it were legalized, but let's go ahead and cut the prison population in half, defund violent latin drug cartels, and increase people's personal freedom.

posted @ Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 11:14

My 3-F rule for pizza.

No Fish
No Fungus
No Fruit

posted @ Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 11:09

@Digdug: but isn't that illegal? Why would people celebrate that? I'm so confused! Sad

posted @ Friday, April 20, 2012 - 16:29

@Digdug: Huh? I've never heard of that,

posted @ Friday, April 20, 2012 - 15:55

@Blake Ansley: I've read the first two and have thoroughly enjoyed them. Looking forward to the third. You're right, the series is primary a fun, easy, turn-your-brain-off-and-enjoy YA story.

I also agree that the series isn't "about" the love triangle, which is why I can still enjoy it. However, I maintain that a lot of the hype and fandom is because of it.

I hope that books like these lead teens to read other classics with similar settings that are more heavy on meaning, symbolism, and warning, like 1984 and Lord of the Flies.

posted @ Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 12:55

Thanks for the smiles, I genuinely enjoyed that.

P.S. the whole Obama-ate-dog-Romney-vacationed-with-his-dog-on-the-car-roof-oh-my-god-they-must-hate-dogs-what-bastards things is completely, utterly inane.

posted @ Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 12:47

The hype over the Hunger Games is fueled by teenage girls and their obsession over Twilight-style "Which boyfriend should I choose"-driven plots.

The difference is that the Hunger Games doesn't suffer from a lot of the literary and social weaknesses that Twilight suffered; a weak, insipid female protagonist, one-dimensional characters, and a sense of significance beyond the main character's personal problems.

Also, the movie is better than the book, which I don't say often.

posted @ Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 12:04

Though I've always enjoyed most Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet never interested me. It always struck me as an appropriate tale of natural selection rather than a great tragedy.

posted @ Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 11:39

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