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"America, these retired military leaders fear, is so divided right now that it might be difficult to mobilize the country for war, if that were necessary. " - DI
Maybe that's a good thing?
"If that were necessary" I'm not seeing many necessary wars in the past 241 years.
Posted 31 December 2017, 9:56 a.m.
Charge the officer too. Potentially having a weapon.....? That's anyone and everyone! Being a cop is dangerous....evidently being an average citizen is too.
Posted 31 December 2017, 9:51 a.m.
"If he had been required to have extensive training"....Whatever. "Extensive training" ? Ask a black man walking on a street at night how extensive training is deployed. Extensive training isn't the significant tool you think it is. We don't require training for voting.....or freedom of speech....or unreasonable search and seizure. The 2nd is no different. The US makes sacrifices every day in the sake of civil liberties. Gun ownership is no different even IF a SMALL fraction of owners mistakenly discharge a weapon.
Posted 28 December 2017, 11:03 p.m.
From the article. "I call this "Objection 0" because it's not really an objection to my argument--it's just an ad hominem personal attack. This objection, and those like it, are just a tactic that people use when they have no reply or argument. They can't actually engage with the argument itself, so instead they attack the arguer."
Holding on to this tradition is like right wing christians holding on to their antiquated values that are in direct contradiction to the acts of christ. Give it up and get to the meat and potatoes of giving....the actual meaning of christmas without the interference.
Posted 21 December 2017, 9:53 p.m.
Like I said....presents don't have to end. Generosity and the lesson of giving doesn't have to end. Santa is a distraction and 90% of the kids I know.....maybe 98% are mostly interested in what they're getting for Christmas from the great lie in a red suit. I'd rather do away with the BS and get down to the giving. The essence of giving would be better conveyed without a lie.
Giving presents makes me santa? No it makes me a giving individual w/o the whole charade. What's so wrong with challenging convention? I know many kids that are disappointed when they find out he's not real. Some really have a hard time with it. If Santa's so dang important and such an example what message does it send when kids find out the truth?
Posted 21 December 2017, 9:45 p.m.
I'll settle for simply ditching santa. It's a ridiculous concept that distracts our children from the intent of the holiday season secular and non-secular alike. We can still give the little brats presents. The fun will not be lost but lets at least be honest with ourselves and stop the charade. Between santa, the tooth fairy, and the easter bunny we're establishing a relationship with children at an early age that is based completely on lies. Again, we don't have to cut the fun stuff out....just the lies.
Posted 21 December 2017, 2:25 p.m.
With all of the not too distant past renovations and upgrades we were led to believe that it would grow the football program into a winning team. Maybe we should fire whoever is in charge and use Booth money to get the right people in here to get a winning program. All the upgrades aren't materializing into what we want most....wins. Heck I'd even be happy with a .500 record. Is that too much to ask?
Posted 21 December 2017, 2:14 p.m.
Wow....there's a lot to digest there. Personally I don't have a problem with the football players protesting nor anyone on the opposite side of the argument expressing their opinion. I think you've misconstrued my position and have made several incorrect assumptions.
Now to address your thesis on the Anthem.
"The point is that, when a group of Americans gather, there is no point in NOT lauding the nation. The anthem has everything to do with everything we, as Americans, profess to believe and as a reminder to us that we are enjoying the things we are because of the past trials we have overcome, and the future trials we will encounter."
You don't get to decide the above for all Americans. America itself rarely lives up to what it believes. Crack a history book and the examples are a plenty. The founding fathers were explicit in their distaste of Nationalistic concepts for everyone to feel compelled to unite under one blanket ideology like the Anthem.
If as you say "...when a group of Americans gather, there is no point in NOT lauding the nation." is the criteria we'd never get anything done. Too many groups not enough time and there is no consistency. This is where my point is correct in that the Anthem isn't necessary for entertainment. It's a square peg in a round hole. It's an incredible leap to tie the two together especially when it's selective. It's like the American flag printed on a beer can. There's nothing American about it.
For the rest of your post......it gave me a a headache and was irrelevant to the topic.
Posted 28 September 2017, 4:19 p.m.
What does the Anthem have to do with football? Absolutely nothing. There's no logic to it. One has nothing to do with the other and that alone goes to show that the association simply isn't a good or appropriate fit.
Posted 28 September 2017, 1:25 p.m.
Why is the Anthem even sang at a sporting entertainment event anyway? I don't see the purpose.
Posted 28 September 2017, 11:20 a.m.
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