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Old 07-25-2004, 12:01 AM   #81
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No, it was a dictatorship. Shadowman was correct. Just swallow your pride and admit you were wrong, but you never were good at admitting you're wrong were you?

EDIT- and North Korea and such clearly arent democracys. Are you confusing Turkey with Pakistan? cause the military did take over that.
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Old 07-25-2004, 12:16 AM   #82
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Thank you, yaebginn. I also refer you, boran, to www.turkey.org. There you will be able to find all sorts of information about the history, as well as the government of the Republic of Turkey.


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Old 07-25-2004, 11:18 AM   #83
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Look, what's done is done. Now that we've seen how much you care about innocent people who have never done anything wrong in their life, why don't you edit your picket sign to "Vote Against Kerry"?

nö, Because he wants to allow abortion clinics in the U.S. And that kills more innocent people every year than the War in Iraq has in total.
that would indirectly mean "vote for bush" and that again would mean vote against gay marriage. also i see no problem with abortion in general. see below.

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They don't? I guess fighting terrorism isn't in our interests and isn't in the interests of the human race. Like I said earlier, we went into Iraq for one simple reason: To establish a democracy in the Middle East. Terrorism cannot thrive in a stable democracy. Like I explained earlier democracy will spread once Iraq is a stable one. Iran and Saudi Arabia are already beginning to rebel while the Syrian government becomes less and less popular.
you miss my point. i dont say fighting terrorism isnt our interest or that of the human race. i said you cant fight terrorism with a "localized" war. and that pushing that war isnt necessarily our interest.

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OK, I give in. You're right. Here is how we should have treated Iraq. Bush and Blair should have invited Saddam to a nice tea party with lots of pink flowers. There President Bush should have asked Saddam to give up his WMD's. Remember Mr. President, you have to say please. That very nice gentleman Saddam would have then said "sure, OK. Here they are." Then, Mr. Blaire should have politely asked very nice man Saddam to stop harboring terrorism. Nice man Saddam would have then said "OK". Then, President Bush should have asked Very sane Saddam to make Iraq more democratic. Mr Saddam would have then said "OK". And there you have it, the problem is solved.
now do i hear a sharp tounge here??
seriously.. i dont think that would have worked..

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Hmmm, even when we aren't at war we seem to lose quite a few people. Terrorist attacks during the CLinton administration against innocent Americans resulted in thousands dead. 911 resulted in 3000 deaths. In Iraq over 500,000 people died for no reason under Saddam. All of this to innocent people who have done nothing wrong.
yes, but why do the same like "the terrorists" and saddam? i mean.. what are we talking about getting rid of terrorism and saddam then, if we arent the slightest bit better?

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Understand that only 2% of all abortions are done because of rape or when the woman's life is in danger. Only 2%! That means 98% of the 2 million+ abortions every year are done as a form of birth control. Murder is not birth control!
from a certain point of view, it is.

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1.) She had a choice of whether or not to engage in sexual activity with that man knowing the consequences that may happen because of her actions.

2.) Under federal law the father must pay up some cash. The father is as equally responable as the woman in this.

3.) Like I said, the girl knows the consequences of her actiuons. She knows that having a child will put a strain on your life and may in fact ruin your future. Therefor, she should have waited to engage in this kind of activity until she was truly ready. She must now accept the consequences just like murderors do when they kill someone. ..
1.) some women doesnt have a choice..

2.) being father is not about paying cash. and sure the father is responsible, but is he going to help the girl because of that? and where do 16 year old girls/boy get enough money if they go to school and hav achild?

3.) having a child at 16 doesnt ruins a life. it may, of course, but this is very dependend to the "young parents" and their environment. but usually it isnt the right time to become parents. but it's also the time were human younglings usually start to discover their sexuality. and if they arent "prepared" properly, which should be again their own parents job, then it maybe that young girls/boys really see it "the wrong way" adn believe in "misinformations". and that may result in pregnancy.

but i have to add that it's not uncommon that a woman who has already two childs becomes pregnant again (because of known reasons .. ) and doesnt wishes another child or doesnt mind about another child BUT cannot afford it. or maybe it is for health reasons. if that woman is 40 then a pregnancy could be very risky, for both mother and child.


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Old 07-25-2004, 12:19 PM   #84
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RayJones, from a certain point of view, You must be getting desperate. From a 'certain point of view' anything can be made logical. You could say its like in Spiderman 2. When Doctor Octopuss is saying how its a crime to steal, but it'd be a crime not to finish what he started. In his reasoning, he was in the right.

And shadowman, thanx. I'm very interested in Turkey.
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Old 07-25-2004, 06:07 PM   #85
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VanLingo, this is obviously a debate. Stop the flaming.

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Old 07-26-2004, 12:06 AM   #86
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Boran. For one, Turkey is a democracy. They actually had a say in our troop placement, and we had to comply because they are, in fact a democracy. They want to be in the UN, but France doesnt want them to. And religion has a huge part in this. Bush is a Christian. And it doesnt matter how old you are, if you're not married, dont do it. Thats the best birth control ever. 100% guaranteed no pregnancies. Dont do it. Religion has a big part in abortions, gay marriages, alot of the topics we're on, thwe Bible has something to say on it. Read it sometime.
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Old 07-26-2004, 12:42 PM   #87
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Boran the fact that you said i dont give **** about what the soldiers think is wrong. It shows that you would rather listen to bush then the actual people that are there. And who cares if kerry didn't get as high as an sat score as bush. Not to mention kerry is a war hero unlike bush. Which shows he has alot more patrisim then bush.
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Old 07-26-2004, 02:28 PM   #88
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President Bush has called for Turkey to be allowed into the European Union, so why would he do that if Turkey is under the direct authoritarian control of the military?


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Old 07-26-2004, 08:46 PM   #89
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Boran the fact that you said i dont give **** about what the soldiers think is wrong. It shows that you would rather listen to bush then the actual people that are there. And who cares if kerry didn't get as high as an sat score as bush. Not to mention kerry is a war hero unlike bush. Which shows he has alot more patrisim then bush.
No, not more patriotic. I'm a Republican. But I hate it when other Republicans try to take away Kerry's glory. He was a war hero. I admit, the left dresses what he did alot, but he saved someones life, making him a hero. He only stayed in like three months, and tried for a purple heart every time he got a scratch, yes, but he was a hero. The thing about who cares is that everyone says Bush is stupid and all, but hes actually smarter than Kerry. And I know a few people who didnt serve in the armed forces, but they are as patriotic as the next guy. It's good to serve in the military, but it doesnt make you better than anyone else. Here's why I dont like Kerry.

1. He marries for money, not love.
2. He switches sides alot.
3. He blows his wartime experoence out of preportion.
4. He's a democrat, and while alot are ok, my nature is to dislike them as a whole. My best friend is a democrat and I like him, but them as a whole, I dont like, which he is representing. He being Kerry, not my friend
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Old 07-26-2004, 10:23 PM   #90
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Boran. For one, Turkey is a democracy. They actually had a say in our troop placement, and we had to comply because they are, in fact a democracy.
Huh? Even authorization countries like Syria, Saudi Arabia and Iran had a say in where we put our troops. That proves nothing.

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They want to be in the UN, but France doesnt want them to.
North Korea, China, Vietnam and many other countries are in the UN and they are also authorization countries. That also proves nothing.

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President Bush has called for Turkey to be allowed into the European Union, so why would he do that if Turkey is under the direct authoritarian control of the military?
1. Turkey has the appearence of being a democracy. There is a parlaments and so forth. However, like I have said, Turkey is run by the military. If the military doesn't like something then it gets its way. The Turkish parlament in 2003 voted on whether to allow US troops in Turkey for Iraq. The Turkish military wanted none of that so it basically forced the parlament members to vote a majority "nay". That's just one example out of many.

2. There are many non-democratic countries in the EU. Slovakia,
Slovenia, Hungary to name a few.

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Boran the fact that you said i dont give **** about what the soldiers think is wrong. It shows that you would rather listen to bush then the actual people that are there.
Take a wild guess at the percentage of Union soldiers in 1863 who felt that the war they were fighting was a rightful cause. Take a wild guess.
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Less than 25%.

Take a wild guess at the percentage of US soldiers who felt that fighting in Somalia was a rightful cause.
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80%.

Let's see here, in a justified and rightful war, the Civil War, less than 25% of the Union army felt that what they were fighting for was just. In a wasteful war like in Somalia 80% of American forces on the ground felt that was a just war.

The point is that you can't always go by what the soldiers on the ground think is OK. I will trust people who have experience, knowledge and expertise like Rumsfeld, Ashcroft, Cheny and Bush over the standard US marine.

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And who cares if kerry didn't get as high as an sat score as bush. Not to mention kerry is a war hero unlike bush. Which shows he has alot more patrisim then bush.
Hold on hold on! Orthon, you said Bush was dumb. We never got into patriotism. If you want to get into that I would say that they both are equally patriotic. Kerry's service in the military was heroic. What he did afterwards, I'm not so sure.

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2. He switches sides alot.
Got that right!

I threw nothing...I threw someone else's medals...I threw ONLY my ribbons...ya.

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VanLingo, this is obviously a debate. Stop the flaming.

Everyone else settle down.
Unless I'm missing something Lingo hasn't flamed at all.


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Old 07-26-2004, 11:35 PM   #91
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Bush wants Turkey in the UN, so are you saying that you're smarter than Bush and can see through Turkey's appearance of being a democracy? Seriously, you are sounding stupid. I showed you evidence that it is a democracy. Is this like when you said Texas had a crappy history? No matter how much evidence I show you, you're still gonna say its incorrect?
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Old 07-27-2004, 12:33 PM   #92
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Could you be a little clearer plz. I have no idea what you are saying lol.
man. woman. 10 years marriage. 3 kids. papa + mama making lurve. mama pregnant. not enough money for another kid.


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I honestly don't feel the least bit sorry for you Ray. If you don't want a baby then keep your zipper zipped up and have fun with your girl in other ways. I can guarantee you that this wouldn't have happened if you hadn't had sex with her.
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we both are old enough to have sex. and it's not that we dont wanted a baby, we just were'nt at a point were we wished for one. and as it happend we took responsibility. and we wanted it. and there was never a single moment were we felt sorry for this decision. and you know what? i find it great that life has put me into this situation this way. it's one of the greates experiences ever. and seriously i didnt posted this because anyone should feel sorry. maybe you missed that. completely.

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Are people ignorant about their mistakes or what? After you get burned for "doing it" the first time you "do it" again and get burned again. You did have some bad luck though, I mean condoms are usually very reliable (Not learned from personal experience).
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i DO learn from my mistake. and it was NO mistake to have sex with her. and it was no 'mistake' that she got pregnant. and yes condoms are usually reliable.. like the pill is should be. learned from personal experience.


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So, you understood the risks of having sexual intercourse before you guys were ready to have kids, right? So, you do it anyways and get burned for it. Instead of giving this human a chance at life you killed him/her and yuou know what, that is wrong. If you absolutely couldn't take care of the baby you could have put him/her up for adoption. Anything is better than killing him/her.
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no. just no. and i didnt get burned. man. NO!
and again, you missed my point.

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Society forced nothing upon you Ray. You and your girl made the decision to have intercourse knowing the possible consequences. THere are no laws out there that say you have to have intercourse by x age, there is no "sex police" making sure everyone does it. You had the choice, you made the choice and you experienced the consequences. Society had nothing to do with this.
yes it did. we both would have taken another baby (because we wish more kids), but just cant afford it AND THAT is because of SOCIETY. :///
again, point missed.

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Like I said, put the baby up for adoption, do something. At least give the baby a chance at living! Over 2 million lives are sucked up every year through the sick and inhumane process known as abortion. What if one of those 2 million plus people had grown up to find the cure for cancer? How about if one of those 2 million plus humans became an important leader? Think about it.
now, i just wont comment that. would have could have.. if the dog wouldnt had put a pile, he could have got the rabbit .. that is not the point.

and you clearly mistunderstood my point, or just didnt wanted to see it.



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Old 07-28-2004, 05:32 AM   #93
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Whatsamatta, ET? You don't know Federal law? That woman would be guilty of Manslaughter in the 3rd degree -- accidental killing. Not murder -- Manslaughter.

And Jed, I think you need to read the entire thread before you start throwing out accusations.

^ This was the first flame of this thread. It was on the second page. You'd notice if you didn't have a personal bias in this discussion.
It's no secret that you don't like me, Jed. But if you let statements like that slide around, I'm not going to sit still. The above quote is much more directed and blatant than mine, so DO YOUR JOB and monkey on someone else's back.

Boran -- If you are truly posting these topics, then kudos to you for your excellent grammar and thought process. Now, if you would only use that grammar and intelligence in every other thread...

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Vanlingo, there is a place within JK Forums called "The Senate Chambers" where real debate savy mods will tell you how this goes down.

It is not a good idea to say things like "Jed, I think you need to read the entire thread before you start throwing out accusations." Please understand that Jed is only doing his job.

I think you will find that the Senate does a FANTASTIC job and handling serious political debates such as this. Kudos to mods such as C'Jais and Skinwalker for keeping it under control.

I'm moving this thread to THAT location.

To Jais, and Skin: Sorry for "dumping this in your court" but you guys always seem to know how to keep these type of threads under control. If not for you guys, the "Senate" would not even exist. Thanks in advance. If you dissagree with the move, PM me, and i'll handle it from there.

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Old 07-28-2004, 10:45 AM   #94
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To Jais, and Skin: Sorry for "dumping this in your court" but you guys always seem to know how to keep these type of threads under control.
No problem. I just wish we could stick to either the War in Iraq, Abortion or Suicide now


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If I get the time after work today, I'll split out the abortion posts to a new thread. However, from this point, the topic is "The War in Iraq."

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wow... i wondered where this thread popped up from... i thought for a minute i had been totally blind and not noticed it in here for the last 2 weeks... so glad it turned out to have just been moved.
However don't we already have enough threads here on abortion and the war? Why not just leave this where it was and lock it, directing people over here if they want to continue talking about it...



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No problem. I just wish we could stick to either the War in Iraq, Abortion or Suicide now
LOL!

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(groovy, groovy. i like your "new" style. err.. and welcome to the chambers, thread.)


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Posted by boranchistanger on 07-14-2004 04:27 PM:
The simple reason we went into Iraq, along with 30+ countries, was to establish a democracy in the middle of the Middle East.


And yet the Bush admin gave the reason of WMD, the threat of Iraq to American national security, and their terrorist affiliations. None of these have been substantiated through quantifiable evidence.

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Terrorism cannot prosper in a true stable democratic nation.


You are obviously young. I recall being in Germany in the mid-80's when the threat of terrorism prospered very well throughout Europe. What prevents terrorism from prospering is the elimination of capital resources. To suggest that it is democracy is an outright fallacy. Indeed, there is historical record of terrorist acts being committed or sponsored by several democratic nation-states. Incidentally, the fact that nations like Cuba and China are not on the list of terrorist sponsors is evidence that your argument is fallacious.

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So, in order to combat terrorism, which is what this war is about, we needed to establish a democracy in the Middle East.


Then why send thousands of troops to Iraq where the terrorists were not, ignoring Afghanistan where the terrorists were? At the outset of the invasion of Iraq, we had less troops in Afghanistan than there are cops in most major cities. Establishing a democracy in Iraq endeavor doomed for failure as evident by past attempts at "spreading democracy" in the Middle East and other regions of the world. Democracy can only seed from within, not from without.


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And that is why Iraq was chosen for this special country.


Iraq's lure was likely its oil fields, the second largest in the world, and the temptation for OPEC to adopt the Euro (abandoning the Dollar) as its base currency.

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...with foreign Christians marching into a country in which the people hate the US [...] All we have are a few scattered and relatively small militias with isolated terrorists attacks. [...] that there have only been 800 deaths!


That most Islamic people hat the U.S. along with individual Americans is a common fallacy among those that have not traveled to the Middle East and interacted with the people. While there is a distinct disdain for the materialistic and arrogant nature of American culture, there is at the same time a respect and admiration for those who are allowed to live and prosper in a nation where dissent is patriotic. That American are Christian matters only to the most fundamental of Muslims to my experience. If the American forces had marched into Iraq under a Christian flag, then certainly their reception would have been different. The United States is not a Christian nation, but rather a nation with a Christian majority. Our religious diversity is admired and respected throughout the world. Or at least it was.

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There was credible evidence from all over the world which showed that Saddam had WMD's and moved them to Syria where I personally believe they are.


You have sources? I disagree. There is no credible evidence.

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Al Queda [sic] training camp in northern Iraq?


It wasn't Al Qaeda, it was Ansar al-Islam (HRW, 2004). In addition, the camp was in the Kurdish regions and within the coalition-controlled No-Fly Zone. If anyone is connected to this camp, it is the coalition. Perhaps this is why Bush & Co. hasn't drawn attention to it.

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How do you explain the close connection between Bin Ladin and Zarquowi?


The connection between Bin Laden and Zarqawi is obvious and apparent. The connection between Zarqawi and Saddam, however, is tenuous at best. There is very little to suggest that Zarqawi did anything more than enter the country and obtain medical aid. To draw a conspiratorial connection based on so little empirical evidence is an extremely ignorant venture. Zarqawi's current proliferation is a direct result of U.S. action in Iraq, which offers him nearly free reign in a near anarchy.

Bottom line: Saddam posed no credible terrorist threat to the United States. Period. Speculation upon speculation and your introduction of support for the PLO/Hamaas does not imply support for Al Qaeda.

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How many Iraqis died every year under Saddam? Over 100,000.


Source? I'm not necessarily disputing it, but I have to wonder what methodology could be applied to accurately measure this. 100k/year seems a bit counterintuitive. That's well over 1 million in the period post-Desert Storm.

But popular rhetoric among warmongers is to use justification: "he was cruel/evil/tyrannical/etc.;" "the world is a better place now;" etc. ad nauseum. No doubt. But when the argument is posed thus: why not use this standard for all tyrannical leaders and regimes?, it doesn't stand up. Indeed the first argument cannot rightfully be applied since this would mean the U.S. would need to preemptively strike Israel and Russia, not to mention Zimbabwe and North Korea.

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For both the wars congress, made of republicans and democrats, overwhelmingly supported the president along with the majority of the population.


Afghanistan was justified and, ironically, blundered by not following through with the commitment to eliminate the Taliban and Al Qaeda there. Support in this endeavor was righteous, but in the question of Iraq, it was coerced by deception. The lawmakers and public were assured by authority that WMDs and terrorism were both real threats from Iraq. As it happened, this was a deception.

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Coalition troops will be needed until at least the beginning of 2005.


Which supports the notion of the incompetence of the Bush administration.

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Africa has no US interests in it.


Only several million impoverished people who aren't white. But that isn't a new reason for us to overlook genocide and human rights violations, is it?

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African countries pose no threat to American security.


Neither did Iraq, at least not in any way that has been empirically demonstrated.

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We are fighting a war on terrorism, not a war against tyranny and human rights violations.


Terrorism is the symptom. With a more honorable position in the world –a compassionate and consistent one- terrorists will find less support. That warmongers cannot see this is testament to the fact that a desire to segregate and divide is taking precedent over unification and convergent destiny.

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Remember, US foreign policy rightfully revolves around two things in the proper order:

1. US interests
2. Promoting democracy and improving the world


It is fallacious to assume that capital resources are fiscal or physical. Social and political capital are equally important and a balance is needed between social, political, monetary, and natural resources / capital. Looking at only the physical/fiscal payoff is shortsighted and ignorant. It serves the present without investing in the future.

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Clinton sent our troops into Bosnia, an operation in which there was absolutely no US interests involved.


Patently false. This gained much political and social capital in the world. Indeed, there are many immigrant Americans who are very grateful. Moreover, stability has been returned to a region where people can continue to live and prosper. Bosnia is a success in every respect. Further atrocities were averted and tourism is getting back underway.

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Iraq is in the interests of the United States because once the operation in Iraq is completed, which may take awhile, the War on Terror will begin to turn to our side.


This is the kind of ignorant rhetoric that worries me about my nation. That people can really buy into this nonsense is evidence of the severe lack of critical thinking that is in emergence. First, Iraq is in the interests of a few in the United States who will benefit financially from the second largest oil fields in the world at some point in the future. Second terrorism will continue for as long as our nation continues to turn it's collective back on the cares of the world all-the-while exploiting resources and labor from the peripheral nations. There is every indication that democracy cannot be seeded by military intervention. History has demonstrated this on numerous occasions. We are doomed to failure in Iraq. The warmongers of the nation should hope Kerry gets elected so the whole mess can be blamed on the Democrats. Then perhaps we can manage to get a true leader in the Whitehouse like John McCain.

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ET Warrior, I dare you to invite a military friend of yours to read what you've posted.
I have several friends in the military [...] [e]ither one of these fellows wouldn't think twice before punching you in the mouth.


I'm a military friend of his (retired). I read it and found it spot on. Don't make the ignorant assumption that just because one is in the military, one is a warmonger. In fact, I'd say that the political diversity of soldiers is representative of the nation's population. If your two friends would indeed "punch" someone in the mouth for exercising their right to Free Speech, or for questioning the notion of what the invasion of Iraq was about, then they don't deserve to wear their uniforms. They are un-American and un-patriotic. They should be ashamed of themselves.

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while I don't believe myself to be in real danger, I do fear for the security of other Americans.


As you should. Which is why we should have followed through in our commitment to engage the enemy in Afghanistan instead of diverting precious funds, troops, and resources to Iraq in order to satisfy the desires and predetermined goals (Abrams, 1/26/98) of the self-described neo-conservatives, who are, in all likelihood, traitors to the American people. We've abandoned the fight against terrorism to appease the pocketbooks of the few in our nation who are keen to assume power and keep it. Tyranny is coming if it isn't stopped in it's tracks now.

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Now, he got a DIRECT invitatyion from Saddam inviting Zarquowi to Iraq in order to recieve medical treatement


Source? There is speculation by those that want it to be true, but the fact remains that Zarqawi was in the country and received medical aid. Empirical evidence to suggest anything else simply does not exist.

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Posted by boranchistanger on 07-17-2004 05:38 AM: Now, the Al Queda training camp,


Your continued insistence that the camp was "Al Qaeda" rather than Ansar al-Islam demonstrates both your ignorance to the real data as well as your belief system. You want it to be true, therefore an a priori notion is assumed. As I stated earlier in this short post, the camp was situated in the Kurdish region and within the coalition-controlled No-Fly Zone. Any Iraqi military elements in this zone, even if on the ground, were subject to attack from coalition forces. The camp was untouched and left alone. Now this is the part where you should engage your critical thinking engine (assuming that it exists). Why was the camp not engaged as an enemy element? I can tell you what my Blackhawk crew chief buddy told me: it was assumed to be anti-Saddam, pro-Kurd and marked as a "friendly" element on the map. I believe him. Don't you wonder why this camp isn't talked up by the Bush admin?

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Posted by boranchistanger on 07-17-2004 05:38 AM: That's quite a few links to terrorism.


But none that are pre-invasion. All are direct result of U.S. invasion and subsequent a occupation, that effects an inefficient measure of security in the country. Too bad our "coalition" doesn't have any actual troops to send to assist. The Iraqi people could use the security that a doubled amount of troops could offer. We're letting them down.

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I have several friends in the military. One -- Gary M. -- is in the Army airborne division and just returned from Iraq. Another -- Robbie C. -- is a Humvee driver who also recently returned from Iraq.
Either one of these fellows wouldn't think twice before punching you in the mouth.

I'm glad they have returned safetly. Could you tell them that Boran thanks them so so much for protecting this great country please?


I've got a few friends in Iraq, too. A dozen or so that I can think of off the top of my head. And they're pissed at being there because they no it doesn't have a thing to do with protecting U.S. soil (well, three are pretty Gung Ho... but they always did get off on deployments). But you know what? They're still there.

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The Un is a bunch of liers anyway, they are worse than saddam and Bush.


Really, I'd love to participate in a thread that discusses "UN lies and the evidence of worse than Bush and Saddam character." At least you have Saddam and Bush aligned, albeit more closely than even I would have. But do youreally want to split hairs and talk about corporate corruption, or can we simply agree that humans are status-seekers by nature and corruption is inevitable? It's how it's dealt with that's important. What was the UN's response to the corruption? Did UN officials take action to correct it? Or did Kofi Annan take the side of the corrupt members and staff of the UN? Was it the entire UN that was corrupt, or a specific minority? What was the nature of the corruption (did you bother to actually read all the news related to the scandal, or merely cue in on the negative sound bites that support your discontent for the UN?)?

I ask these questions to make a point that unless you can answer them, your opinion is uninformed. Perhaps the answers support your contention. Perhaps not.

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anything concerning the UN is a lie,


"Anything?" Not just some things or even most things, but "anything?" That's a little over the top, don' t you think? Empirically speaking, this is not only untrue, but an unfair characterization.


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it has the best healthcare in the world, gthe most new technological innovations every year and is the protector of the free world.


Actually, among core nation-states, the United States has some of the worst healthcare. We are far surpassed by nations like Norway, Germany and (I believe) Denmark. Moreover, there is every indication that we will soon fall to the wayside in technological innovation, due to our own failures in science and technology education. The breakdown here appears to be the public school system. No Child Left Behind is an outright lie.

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I rarely ever hear Bush or any of his administration [on the media].


Perhaps its because the neo-conservative puppet masters are smart enough to keep him out of the limelight and off the airwaves.

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Talk to any soldier in the service right now and he will laugh if you ask him if he's got a paycheck cut [...] if there was a paycheck cut, congress would be the culprit, not the president.


What Bush did cut was the program that pays to educate the children of servicemembers, the DoD school system (Bush, 2/27/01). He also cut veteran's health care by a considerable margin (Washington, 12/22/02).

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Posted by boranchistanger on 07-18-2004 05:45 AM: And how were we able to get over 30 countries in our coalition? I'm pretty curious to hear your response.


Convincing 30 Banana Republics to sign on or lose some sort of foreign aid couldn't have been difficult. One of the coalition members was Honduras. I worked closely with this "army" in 1985 – 86. Their recruiting tactic: send a truck into town and abduct any boy that looked as though he were at least 15. I met more than one 13 year-old Honduran Army soldier assigned to Palmerola Air Base near Comeyagua.

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Posted by boranchistanger on 07-18-2004 02:50 PM:

Your lack of knowledge is extyremely disturbing.


And yours is typical of the warmongering believers that place their undying faith in right-wing extremism simply because it's most vocal members are willing to "talk tough." Strength and wisdom aren't mutually exclusive traits, yet they appear absent in this radical facet of American politics.

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Every citizen in the US has access to healthcare, the best in the world actually.


Obviously you are a member of the white middle-class. "Access" is highly debatable in definition. "Best in the world" is merely arrogant overstatement and doesn't withstand the test of comparison.

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And most companies give there employees healthcare benefits anyway.


I challenge you to source that statement. Very few companies give anything to their employees with regard to healthcare. The cost of healthcare is through the roof. Between my company and my wife's and my veteran's benefits, I still pay a sizeable chunk to ensure that the three of us can get through a hospital visit without taking out a mortgage. If our combined income were any lower, it would be cost prohibitive and I still wouldn't be eligible for state or federal assistance because my income would be too high. For an advanced society, our healthcare system is primitive and barbaric.

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And I find it quite remarkable too that there are more Native Americans today than there were in 1776. Very wierd isn't it?



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Posted by boranchistanger on 07-19-2004 01:01 PM: Now, you mention Uganda. Like I said earlier, why should US forces die for something that will not benefit the country they are fighting for?


The preservation of life and prevention of genocide or mass homicide as well as countless atrocities such as child slavery, rape, and torture wouldn't benefit a country the U.S. troops went to fight for? Didn't you make an argument that this was a reason for invading Iraq?

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Why should Americans die for no reason just like they did in Bosnia, Kosovo, Somalia and others (All under Clinton by the way).


Ahh... you have to love the blame game that warmongers engage in. Why is it that warmongering, right-wing extremists look for ways to divide and segregate? The number of false dichotomies that exist in American (and hence world) politics is troubling. "Either you're with us or against us," etc. Bleh. Unpatriotic to be sure.

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Alright, let's get one thing straight, Bush is not a "dumbet". He [...] graduated Yale with honors and has been extremely successful in everything he does.


Indeed. I was under the impression that he had a "C" average throughout his Yale experience. He comes across as a boob when he speaks in public, which is why he gives few press conferences.

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Now, Michael "Krispy Kreme" Moore is not an intellkegent [sic] human being. He is a Socialist, and he has admitted so. And no socialist person is very smart.


Really? And you have some empirical data that supports the statement that "no socialist is smart?" Can your typical socialist spell intelligent? Why is socialism bad, exactly? Is there some balance that a nation-state can find with socialist attributes while maintaining capitalist virtues? Do these very traits not exist at a very successful level in many European and Scandinavian countries? Is not the Euro fast overcoming the Dollar in strength? It appears to me that you have many a priori notions at work here.

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Michael Moore uses lies to get his point accross, like this example in Fahrenheit 911.

Moore implies that the African American inner city community is suffering the most in Iraq. In fact, 70% of the casualites in Iraq have been to white-males.


Really? He implied that, or did you simply infer that. It appeared to me that Moore was saying that the economically challenged of our nation are being taken advantage of by the lure of our country's greatest unemployment agency: the US Military. Indeed, the young man whose family Moore profiled and who died in Iraq was white. How did you infer Moore's call to the African American plight from that?

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Moore says that the Bush family has strong connections with the Bin Ladin family along with the Saudi Royal family. In fact that is a completely false claim, shown by Bush's repeated pressure and threats of sending troops into Saudi Arabia. Bush has also authorized a ton of money to be sent to Saudi rebel forces.


I don't know. The evidence seems clear. In fact, Moore isn't the first to raise these questions. The Bin Laden/Saudi ties are there. Whether you choose to bury your head in the sand or not.

Finally, Michael Moore makes that old claim that Bush "cheated" his way into office. He says that if there was a recount Gore would have won. Unfortinately Michael Moore overlooks the fact that numerous studies have been executed by newspapers and news stations and all have found that under any recount Bush would have won Florida.

And yet there were also studies that indicate that a great number of minority voters were, indeed, disenfranchised. Moreover, the popular vote of the nation favored Gore over Bush. Again, Moore has a point. Though I agree it is one that has been beat to death and there is little to be done but fire Bush in November.

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So this man [Moore] is a liar and, well, a Socialist. And I hate guys who are liars.


And yet you support Bush? Does that make you a hypocrite, ignorant or simply a cult-follower? There is, after all, every indication that Bush has a cult of personality surrounding him. My advice: avoid the Kool-Aid.

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Abrams, Elliot, et al (1/26/98) Open Letter to President Clinton. Project for the New American Century

Bush, George W. (2/27/01). Address of the President to the Joint Session of Congress.

HRW (2004). Ansar al-Islam in Iraqi Kurdistan Human Rights Watch http://www.hrw.org/backgrounder/mena/ansarbk020503.htm

Washington, Wayne (12/22/02) Frustrated Veterans Accuse Bush of Breaking Promise. Boston Globe.


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Ahh, good ol' fashioned SkinWalker post

I was actually going to PM you Skin and inform you of this thread and invite you to partake, but then Groovs sent it over here and I figured you'd notice



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Skin, the fact that I was flamed for my point of view has still not been corrected. And the fact that you mods would rather spend all day and night writing one post (which is far beyond the word count limit, Mr. Louisiana Cop) than moderating threads is evident.
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Skin, the fact that I was flamed for my point of view has still not been corrected. And the fact that you mods would rather spend all day and night writing one post (which is far beyond the word count limit, Mr. Louisiana Cop) than moderating threads is evident.
How about an official appology from me. I am sorry that someone flamed you and it was apparently really hurtful.

Now that that's done, you can actually try to address all those points that Skinwalker so deftly tore apart



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You weren't the one that flamed me.

And the only points that Skin addressed to me didn't even argue my original points. All he did was make a judgemental statement and call me a stereotyper, both of which diverted the original points.

My posts were that you -- ET -- did not have enough respect for the sacrifice that our troops are willing to make for our country. That is not something that can be argued -- whether or not you care about the people themselves, it's obvious that you've never bothered to ponder what they believe. And they're the ones who are actually doing something about it.

The first time I hear a soldier say, "The War in Iraq was not worth fighting", I'll vote for John Kerry.
And I'm not talking about some food inspections officer, or reserves, or whatever SkinWalker was. I'm talking about a combat-experienced soldier, the real patriots.
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The first time I hear a soldier say, "The War in Iraq was not worth fighting", I'll vote for John Kerry.
And I'm not talking about some food inspections officer, or reserves, or whatever SkinWalker was. I'm talking about a combat-experienced soldier, the real patriots.
"Real Patriots"? Oh please, most of them just signed up for the army as a way out and to get some money fast. It's a profession, a job, like any other. Furthermore, I can't see how they're "defending" USA with this little sandbox war. Hussein was so obviously not a threat to you.

And I suggest you do some research on desillusioned soldiers. There's very little media coverage in the states on the disappointed side that's angry for having their sons and daughters sent to fight a war they don't believe in. There are hundreds of deserters already, but they're tucked away in a nice, safe place where the media don't give a hoot about them.

I find it fascinating that you worship trained killers like this, and label them "patriots". Tell me, aren't the supply lines, food makers, weapon smiths and artillery guys not just as important to winning this war? Do you have to look the enemy in the eye as you shoot him and get your brain numbed down to the reptile level from psychological damage to be considered a "True Patriot"? And what about the people who take care of your nation's kids, teach them and tell them to avoid drugs and practice abstinence-sex, the ones who deliver your pizzas, the ones who entertain you through violent games that instruct you to celebrate M4's and 105mm, the women who sell themselves on the street and the wage-slaves? Do they not deserve to get called "Patriots" as well?


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Skin, the fact that I was flamed for my point of view has still not been corrected.
Hmm... I'll go back and look for it. In the mean time, could you cite the post number? Just hover your mouse over the "report post" button and there should be a six digit number at the end of the link displayed.

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And the fact that you mods would rather spend all day and night writing one post
I must admit... it took about a half-hour to forty-five minutes... longer than I would have liked, but I write a lot outside of LF, so when I get on a roll...

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(which is far beyond the word count limit, Mr. Louisiana Cop)
"Word count limit?" A new rule I was unaware of? And I'm not sure what the "Louisiana Cop" reference is about. I live in Texas.

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than moderating threads is evident.
I've seen no evidence that threads in the Senate require additional moderation. If you see something I miss, click that "report post" button and I'll check it.

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[B]And I'm not talking about some food inspections officer, or reserves, or whatever SkinWalker was. I'm talking about a combat-experienced soldier, the real patriots.
Heh... I didn't catch your own MOS. What did you say it was? In fact, I don't recall mentioning that I was a "food inspections officer." Did you make that comment as an insult perhaps?


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My posts were that you -- ET -- did not have enough respect for the sacrifice that our troops are willing to make for our country. That is not something that can be argued --
Bull. I have enormous respect for the troops. I simply have no respect for the man that sent them to fight a war that I dont believe in. I guess that fact that I don't like war and I think killing people is a BAD thing makes me unpatriotic. Well so be it. I really don't care.



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The thread with the flame has been edited. Thank you.

ET -- It's funny to watch you debate. It's like you have the little Handbook of Internet Debates next to your keyboard.

1. Post a forceful rebuttal to the original post. When this fails:
2. Offer a compromise to try and retain your image ("I did send peaches...") When this fails:
3. Flame. When this fails:
4. Get the thread moved. When this fails:
5. Throw in the towel. ("It's only an internet debate anyway. Even though two pages ago I was among the majority of Americans, now I don't care.")
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And I enjoy the way you mock everyone who brings up points against you without ever actually refuting any statements. You cannot argue and so you insult and make stuff up.

1.)Not sure that my rebuttals have ever failed, perhaps you could point out where that happened.

2)There was no compromise, I was merely addressing your incorrect assumptions about my character

3)I don't believe I've ever REALLY flamed anyone on these boards, and you yourself said a couple posts ago that it was not I who flamed you.

4)Darth Groovy moved the thread, I had no hand in that whatsoever

5)I am not throwing in any towel, I'm merely saying that if you want to believe me unpatriotic you are free to do so. You refuse to listen to my arguments that prove otherwise, so what's the point in re-stating what I've already said.


I'd also like to point out that you have not addressed asingle point that was brought up against you, you seem to be skirting around the issues and merely trying to insult me/skinwalker.



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4. Get the thread moved. When this fails:
wow.... I thought we had gotten rid of the people this thick headed. This thread is clearly a debate, therefore it was moved to the designated debate forum. But then again, you're probably ignore this just like all other posts made against you.


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Here's why I dont like Kerry.

1. He marries for money, not love.
Your evidence to support that? Can't it rich women have husbands that love them? Kerry wasn't exactly in the poorhouse when he met her after all.

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2. He switches sides alot.
An anti-Kerry fallacy. Actually, what the Republican's consider as proof of Kerry's "flip-flop" nature usually comes in the form of his wanting real progress or reform in a particular bill. Take the "No Child Left Behind" act: The Bush admin ran an ad (Milbank & Vandehei, 2004), which claimed that Kerry now opposes that which he once supported. The ad uses and editorial comment in the Manchester Union Leader (editorial, 8/11/03) to make the point. But what the ad doesn't say is that 1) the info is based on an editorial opinion rather than fact or, 2) that Kerry says he still supports the goals of Bush's No Child Left Behind Act but wants some changes to improve it, and more money than Bush has provided.

While the anti-Kerry crowd are willing to accept actions like this as proof of "waffeling" or "flip-flopping," it seems clear to me that we have a candidate now in office that is unbending and refuses to revise policy or admit mistakes despite the advent of new information and another candidate that is running for the same office that will listen to what people have to say, weigh evidence and improve policy and decisions based new information.

I'm a huge proponent of the scientific method and Kerry, my friend, more closely adheres to it than Bush. You might call it flip-flopping or "switching sides," but I call it listening to your constituents and making policy based on evidence and revision where necessary rather than merely blowing your political party's horn.

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3. He blows his wartime experoence out of preportion.
Others do. I've not heard Kerry talk it up too much. Again, as I see it there are two distinct differences between the sitting candidate and the challenging one: Kerry was actually in the bush during his military service; Bush was sipping martini's at the officer's club and missing training sessions for his part-time soldier job.

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4. He's a democrat, and while alot are ok, my nature is to dislike them as a whole.
Why? Are you one to accept a belief system imposed upon you by the most influential members of the society around you simply because it's what they believe? Or have you arrived at your political alignment for logical reasons?

Personally, I see Republican/Democratic political parties as something the politicians need worry about. I'll pick and choose among them as I see fit based on their stance on the issues important to their level of office. Many of the candidates I'll be voting for this November will be Republican. Most will be Democrat.

If all goes well, by 2008 John McCain will be the presidential candidate for the Republican Party and my vote will go to this man (assuming he continues to hold the same values and opinions).

We too often side ourselves in important aspects of our lives based on fallacy and belief rather than empiricism and critical thinking. This doesn't just manifest itself in politics, but in religion, science, school issues, social issues, etc.

Critical thinking and seeing past the baloney is key. Both sides of the Presidential Campaign are going to use fallacy to support their claims. We've got to see past that.

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Editorial (8/11/03) "Waffle house: Democrats pander to special interests," The Union Leader Section A10

Kerry, John (2004). "Resources And Reform For Our Schools," http://www.johnkerry.com/issues/educ...resources.html

_________ (2004b). "The Kerry-Edwards Plan For One Million More Americans To Graduate High School," http://www.johnkerry.com/issues/educ...raduation.html

Milbank, Dana & VandeHei, Jim (5/31/04). www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5100453/+bush+campaign+ad+may+doublespeak&hl=en]Bush Campaign Accents the Negative: Scholars say volume of attacks is unprecedented[/url] Washingtonpost.com (paragraph 30)


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Mccain does rock hard, yes. But one thing, Kerry votes for the war, then doesnt vote to fund it. whats that about? I was originally a republican because of the leaders around me, then I grew up and smarter and saw that the republicans are in the right. He does marry for money. first wife, rich, second rich, it doesnt take rocket science. No, it is blown way out of preportion. Only two of his 'wartime buddies' even support him. TWO. The rest are either dead or dont like him because he is full of himself. He reinacted battles filmed by his own camera he brought specifically so he could use it ro run for congress, then senate, now president. His 'buddies' think he self inflicted a wound to get a purple heart so he could get out of the war. Cause his got an M79 wound when they werent under fire and he was the olny one who fired an M79. And I do like most democrats as people, but not as political competitors. Its the way I was brought up. I am a republican, I dont agree with the democrats views.
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Only two of his 'wartime buddies' even support him. TWO. The rest are either dead or dont like him because he is full of himself. He reinacted battles filmed by his own camera he brought specifically so he could use it ro run for congress, then senate, now president. His 'buddies' think he self inflicted a wound to get a purple heart so he could get out of the war. Cause his got an M79 wound when they werent under fire and he was the olny one who fired an M79.
for once in your life could you finally post some proof to support this? I feel we've been asking this for too long and have yet to get anything supporting such.


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u want proof?
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interesting, but do you have any other places to support this? Because it helps to have something else to confirm that this isn't just one group that just wants a chance at pot-shotting a candidate.


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He does marry for money. first wife, rich, second rich, it doesnt take rocket science.
Have you ever stopped to think maybe, since Kerry is a moderately wealthy fellow to begin with, and being a part of the gonverment means you run around in high circles. That means the people that you MEET are people who are WEALTHY, and therefore the WOMEN he meets would be RICH women.

It doesn't take rocket science to deduce that it's much more likely to end up married ot a rich person when you spend most of your time around rich people


We also should know that it IS in fact possible to love someone, even if they are rich.



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Well, ET, that is my given right to do so. Thank God for the men who fight to keep it that way.
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4)Darth Groovy moved the thread, I had no hand in that whatsoever
Yes, I did this. I feel an explaination is in order. Allow me.

I take you back to 2003. The place now know as Yoda's Swamp, was an off topic forum, nothing more. With the release of Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy, the place became rather popular! Alot of serious debates were started, and for all sakes an purposes, the standard Yoda's Swamp members (now lovingly refered to as "Swampies") were not ready for this sort of thing. Although good points were brought up, alot of the standard members resorted to flaming and bickering, and so many, MANY threads got closed. It was initially C'Jais who suggested the need for a seperate forum where those seeking serious politcal debate, could participate. (not everyone who talks polotics results in insulting one another) For this reason, the "Senate Chambers" were created. First it was just a "test", but it seemed to work. Shortly after, Skinwalker was requested to join as Moderator.

Now you must note that both C'Jais and Skinwalker have the powers to close, and delete threads. However, what they do in the Senate, is try to rationalize and keep respective threads on topic. Very seldom do they close a thread here, and when they do it is far past waranted.

Please note that not ALL mods are geared towards political issues. Most of us just try to keep spam out, and keep threads on topic. On a thread such as this, when it has expunged it's purpose in a given forum, it gets moved to here, where the moderators of politics (Skinwalker and C'Jais) take over. This forum is rare, and for the most part it works.

I moved this thread because it was turning into a flamewar at SWBF. In THIS forum, it can be a healthy debate.

Vanlingo, your only crime is insulting mods. You really should get out of that habbit. We happen to stick together, and defend one another when the needed.

Please note, that the moving of this thread was NOT at all designed as an insult, attack, or dig. I just felt that your topic would prove more valid here, and Skin, and 'Jais have what it takes to keep it clean and healthy.

I have my personal opinions on Bush and the Iraq war. Personally, I saw all of this coming, and despite my vote on the last election, i've had no choice but to sit back and watch everything that I already prediced.

As for politics, I have my opinions, but I normally fold under pressure. This is where Skin and 'Jais come in.

Bottom line; if you treat them with respect, they WILL respect you, regardless of your opinions and/or social standings. This I promise you.
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Well, ET, that is my given right to do so. Thank God for the men who fight to keep it that way.
And you know what, I acknowledge your right to not attempt to argue with Skin or myself or Sith or 'Jais or anyone who brought up good points against you, especially since it seems you have no knack for debate. It just seems rather pointless to visit a debate forum if you don't actually plan on debating



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I was originally a republican because of the leaders around me, then I grew up and smarter and saw that the republicans are in the right. He does marry for money. first wife, rich, second rich, it doesnt take rocket science.... Only two of his 'wartime buddies' even support him. TWO. The rest are either dead or dont like him because he is full of himself. He reinacted battles filmed by his own camera he brought specifically so he could use it ro run for congress, then senate, now president. His 'buddies' think he self inflicted a wound to get a purple heart so he could get out of the war. And I do like most democrats as people, but not as political competitors. Its the way I was brought up. I am a republican, I dont agree with the democrats views.
None of these statements were based on empiricism, but rather a priori notions and assumptions. You hear the opinions and views of others around you, in other words.

I was much like this when I was younger. Now, I look for the evidence and discard that which cannot be empirically supported. Do I like Kerry? Sure. He's okay as politicians go, but I like and trust Bush a whole lot less based on the empirical evidence.

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Cause his got an M79 wound when they werent under fire and he was the olny one who fired an M79.
Here's a good example. Rather than assume that correlation equals causation, think logically about the situation you've presented. The M79 is a grenade launcher. How does one get wounded (on purpose?) by his own grenade launcher designed to lob a 40mm grenade a minimum of 50 meters? This weapon by the way was standard issue to just about anyone who took point.

Moreover, "an M79" wound is basically a shrapnel wound or wound caused by an exploding charge (grenade, landmine, mortar, etc.). I know of no way to assign a specific weapon to this type of wound. Perhaps someone took his M79 and beat over the head with it?


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maybe I got ikt wrong, then. but it was M something and he did self inflict it. click th elink I posted and check it out, it says there, I think under awards. no, I was right, it was M-79. He says his M-16 jammed, so he picked up an M-79 and fired it too close to the boat. a piece of shrapnel got caught in his hand, even though they werent under fire.

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