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seeker
Almost makes you want to see if your professor could have some lady monitor the bathroom during tests.
 
Cynic
I doubt there's much he would do except shake his head disapprovingly.
 
seeker
How do you know until you ask?
 
Cynic
To ask I'd have to make an accusation, which would require proof, which would obviate the need for a sentry. I'm just not going there. ;-)
 
Doubting Thomas
OK here's another 'un. Of course this one was forwarded to me in one of the hugest fonts someone could find. Why the hell do idiots who have nothing better to do than forward stupid email all day think that they get their point across by sending their email in HTML and choosing the largest font available in the most annoying color possible?


Payback is fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WRITE IT ON THE BACK OF YOUR ENVELOPES or front

WE THINK THIS IS A GREAT IDEA. WE'LL START WRITING IT ON THE FRONT OF OUR ENVELOPES, TOO! ----------Including Bills

You may have heard in the news that a couple of Post Offices in Texas have been forced to take down small posters that say

'IN GOD WE TRUST ,'
The law,they say, is being violated.

Anyway, we heard proposed on a radio station show, that we should all write

' IN GOD WE TRUST'
on the back of all our mail.

After all, that's our National Motto, and -----
all the money we use to buy stamps.
We think it's a wonderful idea.

We must take back our nation from all the people who think that anything that offends them should be removed.

If you like this idea, please pass it on and DO IT. The idea of writing or stamping.........
'IN GOD WE TRUST '
on our envelopes sounds good to us ..
SOME PEOPLE ARE HAVING A STAMP MADE TOO........
lets use it as our signature on emails, too!

It's been reported that 86% of Americans believe in God. Therefore, we have a very hard time understanding why there's such a mess about having '
In God We Trust!'
on our money and having God in the pledge of Allegiance.

Could it be that WE just need to take action and tell the 14% to 'sit down and shut up'?

If you agree, pass this on, if not, delete!!!

BUT REMEMBER IF YOU DELETE THIS,
thats one reason why this world is in the mess we're in now.

WE SIT BACK & LET IT HAPPEN!!

IN GOD WE TRUST


I for one think it's great that a couple of post offices were made to remove signs that say "In God We Trust." I wish the local post office would remove a sign saying "God Bless America" mounted on the outside of the building ever since just after 9/11.

Remember, if you delete this, that's one reason why the world is in the mess we're in now! LOL, like having the antichrist elected president, I guess.
You're just jealous because the voices are talking to me and not you.
 
comfortable
On cheaters,

They are a necessary part of the gene pools of both beasts and humans. Inevitable, in fact. Just as maggots and soil bacteria are. Cheating is an ESS (Evolutionarily Stable Strategy) in a population of mostly non-cheaters.

If that simple fact "bothers" anyone, they should read more Dawkins or John Maynard Smith. Accepting their existence as part of evolution lowers the blood pressure. Contemplating their eventual comeuppance lowers it further still.
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The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.
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Men are sheep in credulity, but wolves for conformity.
 
comfortable
Letters....I get letters from friends, no less, who's intellects are apparently in a coma. What passes for serious discussion is stuff like this

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I thought these people (my friends of 9 years standing) were intelligent and actually gentle souls (forgive the expression) - but it turns out....eh.....not so much.
Edited by comfortable on 11/11/2008 10:44
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The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.
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Men are sheep in credulity, but wolves for conformity.
 
seeker
comfortable wrote:
On cheaters,

They are a necessary part of the gene pools of both beasts and humans. Inevitable, in fact. Just as maggots and soil bacteria are. Cheating is an ESS (Evolutionarily Stable Strategy) in a population of mostly non-cheaters.

If that simple fact "bothers" anyone, they should read more Dawkins or John Maynard Smith. Accepting their existence as part of evolution lowers the blood pressure. Contemplating their eventual comeuppance lowers it further still.


Inevitably true but let's not tell them that.Wink
 
comfortable
I take great comfort (pardonez moi) from the "mostly non-cheaters" part of the equation.
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The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.
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Men are sheep in credulity, but wolves for conformity.
 
Doubting Thomas
I've been getting a particularly racist email entitled "Plot to kidnap Obama" containing a picture of a box propped up with a stick and a watermelon underneath it.

http://www.funnya...p-plot.jpg
Edited by Doubting Thomas on 11/11/2008 12:43
You're just jealous because the voices are talking to me and not you.
 
seeker
Unfortunately the racist underbelly of the US is definately stirred up. I have a friend who is a former New Jersey cop that is obsessed with the notion that Obama will be assasinated. He called me last night (first I'd heard from him since before the election) to to basically say, 'oh well, I'll support him because he's the president but he's just going to be killed in office'.
 
IntractableAtheist
I agree seeker, I've seen a lot of racism coming to the surface as a result of Obama's campaign and election. I think there's little doubt that America (and the rest of the world for that matter) has a long way to go to make this a colorblind society.

On blogs and news sites I frequent I've seen a big jump in racist rhetoric. Perhaps more telling I've heard a lot of particularly nasty racism on a couple MMOGs (online games) that I occasionally play. This sort of overt racism, while cloaked in the anonymity of an online game character, has surprised me with its vitriol. For example a group of small-minded individuals was suggesting that Osama and Obama are about equivalent... one said that if he had both in the sights of his sniper rifle and could only kill one that he would shoot Obama. Even rhetorically that's a pretty nasty thing to say but considering the history of this country involving the assassination, lynching and murdering of black people I'd have to say hate has resurfaced with a vengeance. I don't think we've made as much progress as many whites would like to believe. Racism has simply become more cloaked and is effected secretly behind the mask of political correctness. In some ways one could argue that this change in American racism is worse than the overt variety.

Perhaps this isn't completely surprising since McCain basically took the approach of labelling (and paying millions of dollars to convince people) Obama as "un-American" and as a terrorist. Obviously to many people those terms were simply euphemisms for racism against his color. In many ways McCain/Palin have reopened racial chasms in this country and maybe that's not all a bad thing. Having a black president will certainly give the country ample opportunity to discuss racism at length over the next four years. Let's hope we can make some more progress in race relations before the Religious Right puts a fatwa out on our president.
 
Cynic
Absoutely, IA. I've already seen it having an affect in that way, forcing people to confornt their own thoughts. It's amusing watching people squirm through the process of it all though, like when people bring up the idea of Obama "only being half-black", and try to work out the sigificance and permutations of it until they finally (if they're lucky) figure out that it doesn't mean anything. Education and self-discovery comes through active thought, not passive. Now that we have a black man in a position that cannot be ignored by anyone in this country, I suspect we're going to see progress.
 
seeker
The division of the electorate into factions was the Republican path to victory ever since Reagan. The cost has been this buildup of racial and religious division to nearly what it was in the 60's.

I've always thought that there was a large segment of the population for whom integration was imposed but never actually accepted in the same way that there is a large segment of the population that never accepted social security, medicare etc. The whole Reagan revolution was, IMO just this desperate grab at control in an attempt to eventually get rid of everything that happened after WWII.

Now I think this is a crossroad. Bush Jr has either set the stage for the collapse of the New Deal or the public sides with Obama and saves it. The racism and nastiness is being used as a tool by people who know that they could never openly annouce their agenda and get people to accept it.
 
comfortable
All astute observations IMHO.

I hope that the Secret Service has their act together.

I'd like to see some universally-praised leadership by Obama in the coming months...which would force a huge unpalatable brick down the throats of the racists - forcing them to admit, at least privately, that they are full of shit.
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The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.
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Men are sheep in credulity, but wolves for conformity.
 
JDHURF
Living as I unfortunately do in Tulsa Oklahoma, I've been experiencing a lot of this racism first hand in the streets.

For example, I currently work at Sinclair and I had a coworker - before the election - tell me that he would never vote for a socialist ni**er and that if Obama won he would commit suicide.
I had a customer say as he was leaving "later G...that's Presidential speak right there," and another made some joke about schlitz that I actually didn't even get, he told me after my confused look that it was a "racial joke."
I've also heard countless times that Obama's going to be assassinated and sometimes this is expressed with a clear desire for it to happen.

The election of Barack Obama as President has furthered race relations and perspective leaps and bounds, but this country - founded upon the genocide of the indigenous population and the enslavement and oppression of black people - has a very, very long way to go with regards to race relations.
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seeker
comfortable wrote:


I'd like to see some universally-praised leadership by Obama in the coming months..


I doubt that will happen. Republicans are already gearing up their machine.
 
catman
Obama being compared to Hitler and Marx by a Republican Representative from Georgia? Par for the course. That would be funny if it weren't so sad.
"If I owned both Hell and Texas, I'd live in Hell and rent out Texas." - General Sheridan
 
comfortable
I thought last night's 60 Minutes interview went very well.

Et tu?
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The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.
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Men are sheep in credulity, but wolves for conformity.
 
seeker
I missed it, what was the subject Comfortable?
 
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