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  1. http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/08-205.ZS.html http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/08-205.ZS.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_Unit...tion_Commission
  2. Are Mormons Christians?

    Mormons are Mormons There are no "Christians". There is no "Christian Church". Instead it is: Catholic Church Lutheran Church Methodist Church Evangelical Church etc. etc. Take your pick on which of the one million denominations of "Christianity" you'd like to be a part of...or not. Christian is merely an all encompassing word for common threads that all of these denominations share, I do not believe however that there is an official christian religion, only different forms of this one THING that we use to describe all forms of christianity. Being Mormon is a form of christianity, just as Catholocism is another FORM of christianity (common threads, some more emphasized than others). This is why one can still be christian but also bend the bible to say anything that one desires. It literally says all points of view at once even though they contradict and conflict, so that people will literally read it, pick something they like out of it, and then try to tell others what the book is about, oh and at the same time, its "God"'s words, so its "perfect". So at the end of the day who cares whether Mormons are Christians? I guess....Mormons and other forms of Christians. If you ask me its a waste of time though, this dialogue doesn't do anything other than cause people to disagree. We should be talking about "The Big Issues" in our world and focus on real, tangible, common sense solutions to our problems. Time to throw this 1700 year old book out the window. PS: I don't claim to know "how it is" or "how it works" but I know enough to know that I don't know enough (the world, the afterlife, take your pick). Which is more than I can say for most Christians...
  3. Apple joins Google in fighting Prop. 8

    In terms of the most logical course of action, this makes the most sense: States do not provide marriage licenses, to anyone (heterosexual or homosexual). Marriage is not the state's business. The state however instead would replace a marriage contract with a union contract, whether you would be in a heterosexual/homosexual relationship, all of the legal rights of marriage would be bestowed, but there would be no religious/historical strings attached to it, simply a legal matter. As for the marriage part, that would be handled either by ones own definition (people saying they are married, if that's how they identify), or the religious institutions that these people belong to. This would insure that at the government level, everyone has the same rights. In terms of defining marriage, that would be up to the person/religious institution that they are a part of. Bullet point version: State Level: Everyone would have a civil union (heterosexual and homosexual). The state would not give out marriage contracts, they would give out civil union contracts instead (exact same rights as marriage though) Religious institution/individual preference: Defines marriage. This would ensure that religious institutions that do not believe in {censored} marriage would not be required to marry {censored} couples. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My Own thoughts ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The definition of marriage has changed many times since marriage began. Why do you think that women change their names to the man's name? It was a symbol that the woman involved no longer belonged to her father, she belonged to her husband now (the husband owned her, like a slave). In American history, there were laws on the books that prevented black people from marrying eachother or from black people marrying white people. I think we can all mostly admit that this was wrong. {censored} marriage is the same thing, as we have learned more about our world, our views slowly begin to change, and that's great. We should all be embracing positive change. As we learn more, we MUST change our view of the world. It is no surprise that people who live in major population centers tend to be more open to new/different ideas. Why do you think this is? On a daily basis, these people have to interact with other people who think/act/believe differently than them. This leaves these people more open to different views because they grew up with it, they experienced the debate everyday and they know that new ideas/people aren't a threat. If however you happen to live in a small town in rural America, you most likely interact with people on a daily basis who think/act/believe the same as you do (or similar). When a group is too homogeneous, outside ideas are often met with skepticism and are often considered a threat. My advice is to just get over it. The definition of marriage is going to change whether it happens now, or a decade or two from now. The idea is already out there, and support for it is growing. We will look back on this time like we now look back on the civil rights movement. Be on the right side of history.
  4. 2012: The Year The Internet Ends

    http://www.download.com/8301-2007_4-10073404-12.html Looks like Comcast is increasing their speeds by a lot, charging up the ass, and leaving the download cap in place. hmmm.... (If you reach the cap, your access is cut off for a year) Isn't this the kind of stuff we were talking about on this thread months ago, the kind of stuff that would start to happen? It's kind of scary, really... This Bandwidth restriction is just the same old story of capitalism all over again. Artificial scarcity to artificially increase the value of something (internet), and then charging up the ass for that something to pocket a nice little sum for one's self. THIS BANDWIDTH SHORTAGE IS NOT REAL. Why else would Comcast put a download cap in place, make their service faster within a year, and leave the download cap in place anyway, while at the same time saying that only 1% of customers reach that limit. Its contradictory. If only 1% of customers use that much in a month, then there isn't a bandwidth problem, so why the cap? If Comcast is increasing their speeds by double or more, jacking up the price, and leaving the cap in place anyway, this is by definition an artificial scarcity used only as a tool to drive up the price of the service. This is put in play so that people WILL go over their limit and will have to pay some sort of excessive fee to Comcast. I wish the internet all the best.
  5. The Global Economy

    Lets use a resource based economy.
  6. U.S Presidency

    What does it say about Obama's Character? Is it guilt by association? If so, a lot can be said about Sarah Palin's, and John McCain's Character. Palin: -Witch Doctor thing -Pregnant daughter (while fully supportinng abstinence only, a perfect example of being proven wrong in your own house yet pushing with your own beliefs anyway at the expense of what has been proven to work) -Alaska Independence party "Keep up the good work". -Troopergate (abuse of power) etc. etc. McCain: -Keating five -Mafia Ties -crazy pastor -etc. etc. My point...this is stupid. You can't draw conclusions about somebody based purely on who they are associated with. One might be able to draw some conclusions, but not all conclusions. Ayers said that he "wanted to help to overthrow the capitalist system and replace it with something much more humane" My question is, why is that so bad? If what Obama says to the crowds is true, and Ayers does have an influence on him, then it would be consistent with his views, Obama says he wants to help people get affordable healthcare, higher wages, more retirement flexability, business regulation. These reforms to me, sound more humane than "free market Capitalism". There's nothing to worry about in terms of terrorism when it comes to Obama, what ayers does, does not translate to what obama does. If one looks at Obama's record, there is no real reason to be alarmed about him. He is NOT a one man sleeper cell waiting mess up the country. Drop this bull$hit please.
  7. The Global Economy

    You're right. I did more research, my mistake .
  8. The Global Economy

    I guess my hunch was correct: Link This is the part you want to pay attention to: "Paulson yesterday asked Congress for unfettered authority to buy devalued mortgage-related securities from investment firms in an effort to keep the financial system from coming to a standstill. The proposal would prevent courts from reviewing the Treasury's actions while raising the nation's debt ceiling." On this issue you do! People with millions of different backgrounds and beliefs can still find common ground on a lot of issues. The media, the government, religion, etc have moslty focused on tearing us down (or dividing us) rather than building us up. While I may not agree with a lot of people on this board, I respect them and I enjoy the dialectic. Everybody needs to keep talking
  9. The Global Economy

    I have a hunch that this "global financial crisis" is just another "panic" to me. There's some real {censored} going on of course, but it looks like it is only an excuse to hand over financial institutions and mortgages to the federal reserve and the government (at least thats how it looks in the US). Just because a few banks cant hold onto their cash doesn't mean the economy is going to come crashing down, but in the media, everyday life, its suddenly a crisis now, when it wasn't last week. To be honest it's kind of weirding me out. All of the documentaries I have watched, and the research I have done about the federal reserve, banks, etc. all said it would go down like this, and its happening really quickly...maybe I'm paranoid. Share your thoughts.
  10. "The US does not torture"

    Or maybe the answer is much more simple than that. You get a 5 dogs from the pound, all 5 are the same type of dog yet for some reason all 5 have different habits, problems, personalities, etc. Humans are no different. WE ARE ANIMALS. Some of us are kind, some of us are {censored}. There is an incredible amount of variation within our own species when it comes to the mind. We are born with our base personality, it flows like a river. Life experiences are like throwing rocks into the river, damming it up, redirecting its flow, however, the river still flows in the same general direction. Thats the way we are. We have free will! However, its hard to hold onto, most of us our slaves to our base instincts and personalities. If you have a good personality, its not a problem. If you have a bad one, its bad for everyone hehe. We should all promote peace regardless of whether we expect that peace to take place. If children grow up in a world where peace is valued, they will value it as well, even if at first, the peace is just a mask. Were the same way. If any of you guys are in your 20's, 30's or younger, you grew up in a world of diversity, multiculturalism, and new ideas. Even though it was based purely on the premise of "free" trade and globalization, that desire to help the whole, to understand the other side, is the unintended biproduct of this, and its a wonderful thing that this aspect of our world is changing.
  11. Obama - Biden!

    Said the Iraq war would be easy and short - Lie Said Obama passed a bill to teach sex ed to kindergardeners - Lie (The bill was to protect children from sexual predators) Thinks that getting our troops home "isnt that important, as long as they are alive" - {censored} Said that when he went to Iraq he walked around without any body armor or security at all - Lie Said that Americans are better off now than they were 8 years ago - Lie Much Much more! Heres some video evidence: Um...If you want more I have it spring loaded and ready to go. Your turn.
  12. "The US does not torture"

    The soldiers in question probably think that the person that they are torturing IS CERTAINLY a terrorist and therefore gets a rise out of sucking the life out of this human being (revenge). On the drugs front I completely agree, however, we were told in the 80's (and before) to "just say no" to drugs. This has carried over to our military haha. Our military would rather do it the old fashioned way. Hell, lets just get a baseball bat out and start smashin' in some skulls. Maybe some curb stomping would be good too... F-u-c-k the military. (this whole post was sarcasm)
  13. Obama - Biden!

    Why is he lying? Why are his views misunderstood? Look, we have a choice of two people here to be our leader, who is MORE misunderstood? McCain or Obama? It doesn't really matter that a president does everything they say that they are going to do. They have a lot less power than people think. The point is, if a leader can get all of us on the same page, and get all of us convinced that we need universal health care, a decent education, etc. WE WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN ON OUR OWN (but the president will get the credit). This is always the way it has been. The point is not holding politicians accountable for every single tiny thing they say at every tiny little moment (that's CNN, Fox news, and MSNBC), the point is their message and how many people believe it and carry it out in their everyday lives. I have no fears about Obama, all this talk of him lying and misleading the American people on purpose is conspiracy at best. I sincerely hope that if you don't like Obama that you will just not vote at all, rather than running to McCain who is a much bigger liar/Loser than Obama is. Why is he lying? Why are his views misunderstood? Look, we have a choice of two people here to be our leader, who is MORE misunderstood? McCain or Obama? It doesn't really matter that a president does everything they say that they are going to do. They have a lot less power than people think. The point is, if a leader can get all of us on the same page, and get all of us convinced that we need universal health care, a decent education, etc. WE WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN ON OUR OWN (but the president will get the credit). This is always the way it has been. The point is not holding politicians accountable for every single tiny thing they say at every tiny little moment (that's CNN, Fox news, and MSNBC), the point is their message and how many people believe it and carry it out in their everyday lives. I have no fears about Obama, all this talk of him lying and misleading the American people on purpose is conspiracy at best. He is being held to a much higher standard than McCain. Every time he makes the slightest mess up in what he says, the media pounces on him. McCain on the other hand has said some pretty scary things with no media response. I sincerely hope that if you don't like Obama that you will just not vote at all, rather than running to McCain who is a much bigger liar/Loser than Obama is.
  14. 2012: The Year The Internet Ends

    I completely agree!
  15. This is originally from somebody who knows Sarah Palin personally. All of the information that can be verified, checks out. The Truth About Sarah Palin: Dear friends, So many people have asked me about what I know about Sarah Palin in the last 2 days that I decided to write something up . . . Basically, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton have only 2 things in common: their gender and their good looks. You have my permission to forward this to your friends/email contacts with my name and email address attached, but please do not post it on any websites, as there are too many kooks out there . . . Thanks, Anne ABOUT SARAH PALIN I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992. Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her father was my child's favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the residents of the city. She is enormously popular; in every way she's like the most popular girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and won't vote for her can't quit smiling when talking about her because she is a "babe". It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can keep a secret. She kept her most recent pregnancy a secret from her children and parents for seven months. She is "pro-life". She recently gave birth to a Down's syndrome baby. There is no cover-up involved, here; Trig is her baby. She is energetic and hardworking. She regularly worked out at the gym. She is savvy. She doesn't take positions; she just "puts things out there" and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit. Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP and is a champion snowmobile racer. Todd Palin's kind of job is highly sought-after because of the schedule and high pay. He arranges his work schedule so he can fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or so in summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing their major source of income. Nor has her life-style ever been anything like that of native Alaskans. Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters. She's smart. Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000 (at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about 670,000 residents. During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had given rise to a recall campaign. Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a "fiscal conservative". During her 6 years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents. The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration weren't enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didn't even have clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs later--to the delight of the lawyers involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge money pit, not the profit-generator she claimed it would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing. While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office redecorated more than once. These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city. As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state. In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today's surplus, borrow for needs. She's not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas or compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren't generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren't evaluated on their merits, but on the basis of who proposed them. While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin's attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day. Sarah complained about the "old boy's club" when she first ran for Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of "old boys". Palin fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people, creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally grateful and fiercely loyal--loyal to the point of abusing their power to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the case of pressuring the State's top cop (see below). As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla's Police Chief because he "intimidated" her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska's top cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure and she had every legal right to fire him, but it's pretty clear that an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn't fire her sister's ex-husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in-law. She tried to replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew her support. She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn't like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness. Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her. When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid. She had no background in oil & gas issues. Within months of scoring this great job which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the high salary. I was told that she hated that job: the commute, the structured hours, the work. Sarah became aware that a member of this Commission (who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party) engaged in unethical behavior on the job. In a gutsy move which some undoubtedly cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all her problems in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and garnered gobs of media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a gutsy fighter against the "old boys' club" when she dramatically quit, exposing this man's ethics violations (for which he was fined). As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from Senator Ted Stevens. Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel politics and publicly humiliated him. She only opposed the "bridge to nowhere" after it became clear that it would be unwise not to. As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative action restored most of these projects--which had been vetoed simply because she was not aware of their importance--but with the unobservant she had gained a reputation as "anti-pork". She is solidly Republican: no political maverick. The State party leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated them. Other members of the party object to her self-description as a fiscal conservative. Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah. They call her "Sarah Barracuda" because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made point guard on the high school basketball team. When Sarah's mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her. As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package of legislation known as "AGIA" that forced the oil companies to march to the beat of her drum. Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked to global warming. She campaigned "as a private citizen" against a state initiaitive that would have either a) protected salmon streams from pollution from mines, or tied up in the courts all mining in the state (depending on who you listen to). She has pushed the State's lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interior's decision to list polar bears as threatened species. McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a heartbeat away from being President. There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more knowledgeable and experienced than she. However, there's a lot of people who have underestimated her and are regretting it. CLAIM VS FACT *"Hockey mom": true for a few years *"PTA mom": true years ago when her first-born was in elementary school, not since *"NRA supporter": absolutely true *social conservative: mixed. Opposes {censored} marriage, BUT vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships (said she did this because it was unconsitutional). *pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to promote it. *"Pro-life": mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down's syndrome baby BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life legislation *"Experienced": Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska. No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city administrator to run town of about 5,000. *political maverick: not at all *gutsy: absolutely! *open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at explaining actions. *has a developed philosophy of public policy: no *"a Greenie": no. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected parking lots. Is pro-drilling off-shore and in ANWR. *fiscal conservative: not by my definition! *pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built streets to early 20th century standards. *pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on residents *pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city government in Wasilla's history. *pro-labor/pro-union. No. Just because her husband works union doesn't make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim that she is pro-labor/pro-union. WHY AM I WRITING THIS? First, I have long believed in the importance of being an informed voter. I am a voter registrar. For 10 years I put on student voting programs in the schools. If you google my name (Anne, last name redacted Alaska), you will find references to my participation in local government, education, and PTA/parent organizations. Secondly, I've always operated in the belief that "Bad things happen when good people stay silent". Few people know as much as I do because few have gone to as many City Council meetings. Third, I am just a housewife. I don't have a job she can bump me out of. I don't belong to any organization that she can hurt. But, I am no fool; she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will cost me somehow in the future: that's life. Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100 or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah's attempt at censorship. Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to say anything because they were somehow vulnerable. CAVEATS I am not a statistician. I developed the numbers for the increase in spending & taxation 2 years ago (when Palin was running for Governor) from information supplied to me by the Finance Director of the City of Wasilla, and I can't recall exactly what I adjusted for: did I adjust for inflation? for population increases? Right now, it is impossible for a private person to get any info out of City Hall--they are swamped. So I can't verify my numbers. You may have noticed that there are various numbers circulating for the population of Wasilla, ranging from my "about 5,000", up to 9,000. The day Palin's selection was announced a city official told me that the current population is about 7,000. The official 2000 census count was 5,460. I have used about 5,000 because Palin was Mayor from 1996 to 2002, and the city was growing rapidly in the mid-90's.
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