OpinionCapitalism is good at growth, and communism is good for stability - but both are flawed. The best society is dynamic and is not based on a single ideal.
      – Lee J Haywood, 2009-09-24 at 09:23:14   (32 comments)

On 2009-09-24 at 14:16:20, DigitalBoss wrote...
Very good. I agree. I believe that is one of the strengths of the USA, is that we have some libertarian aspects of of country, we have some republicans aspects, democrat aspects, capitalists, communists, policies of the left, and policies of the right, ... The problem is, that at this time, the needle has moved WAY TOO FAR to the left. We need to jack it back up to the middle some. At its heart, America is a center-right country, our current government is extremely leftist.
On 2009-09-24 at 18:46:59, Lee J Haywood wrote...
No matter who is in power in a given year there will always be the other half of the voters that didn't vote for them. You're always going to have a lot of disagreement with the current government.
On 2009-09-24 at 19:35:22, DigitalBoss wrote...
Our Congress is loaded-up with Democrats right now. I hope many of them will not be re-elected in 2010. And then there is the leftist president. Many people do not know how radically left he is because the main-stream media did not ask him any hard-ball questions when he was running for office. The last Democrat president we had was Bill Clinton, he was more of a centrist, I was more ok with him. Not completely ok, but more ok. Obama is WAY OUT in left field.
On 2009-09-25 at 03:09:49, BorgClown wrote...
Hey, maybe he's preparing to catch a long hit...
On 2009-09-25 at 15:09:36, DigitalBoss wrote...
That would be the worst thing that could EVER happen.
On 2009-09-25 at 20:14:46, Lee J Haywood wrote...
http://trueslant.com/ryansager/2009/09/21/partying-in-the-south/
On 2009-09-25 at 20:24:45, DigitalBoss wrote...
I don't believe every poll I see. Besides, what is you point?
On 2009-09-25 at 20:52:17, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@DigitalBoss: I was just wondering how it reflects your own perceptions of the distribution of voters.
On 2009-09-28 at 15:14:13, DigitalBoss wrote...
I think that there are areas of the US that are more conservative than others, yes, just as there are areas of the country that are more liberal than others. I live in the State of Georgia, which is in the south, and yes, we are more conservative here than other parts of the country. We think you should get your money the old fashioned way, you should earn it. Obama did not win the State of Georgia, we voted for John McCain. We did not have a real choice that year. I voted for Governor Mike Huckabee in the Primary Election, and I believe he will be the Republican candidate in 2012. I believe that Obama won the 2008 election because of two groups of voters: swing voters that were not properly informed because of the media's obvious love of Obama, and who probably have voter's remorse now, and conservative voters that did not come out for the somewhat moderate John McCain.
On 2009-09-28 at 20:04:12, BorgClown wrote...
But McCain chose Sarah Palin as VP candidate, and all the folklore she had. That seriously questions his good judgment.
On 2009-09-29 at 11:59:21, DigitalBoss wrote...
I never liked McCain anyway. I voted for him just because not voting for him would have given Obama one more vote. Most of the time, I am voting for the lesser of the two evils, I rarely get to vote for the one I really want.
On 2009-09-29 at 12:00:01, DigitalBoss wrote...
The good thing is that McCain will be out in 2012... too old.
On 2009-09-30 at 02:45:56, BorgClown wrote...
Do you have a candidate you'd like for president in 2012? I know it's too soon, but a politician that can fill your eye should be prominent already.
On 2009-09-30 at 11:32:55, DigitalBoss wrote...
I would like to see former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee win it. He is a small government, low taxes, personal responsibilty conservative, and he is for the FairTax.
On 2009-10-01 at 03:31:58, BorgClown wrote...
Mmmh... Checked (http://www.mikehuckabee.com) and came surprisingly empty handed. His political views on the WP page are very revealing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Huckabee#Political_positions). I don't like him being against abortion, homosexuality and civil marriages, I also don't like him being a supporter of war, death penalty and creationism. I understand but don't approve of his posture on immigration and women soldiers. I like his support of concealed arms and NASA. FFS, it's only another McCain with the Fairtax under his arm.
On 2009-10-01 at 17:56:27, DigitalBoss wrote...
Well, at least you checked and read. If you don't like him, don't vote for him. The three issues that you mentioned: abortion, homosexuality, and civil marriages, don't mean that much to me; those issues don't affect my day-to-day life directly. Taxes affect me and my pay check directly, and you can be damned sure I will vote accordingly. As a matter of fact, the others that you mention, save war, do not affect me so much either. Huckabee is a sight to the right of McCain.
On 2009-10-01 at 20:29:22, BorgClown wrote...
So if it doesn't affect you, even if it affects millions of strangers, you don't care. That's why you don't mind global warming. If it escalates to tragedy, you'll probably be gone by then. It'll be a problem for the next generations.
On 2009-10-01 at 23:53:07, DigitalBoss wrote...
I am an individual, a free citizen of a free republic (well, it is supposed to be free). I have individual rights protected by our Constitution. I do not succumb to the group think that our leftist friends promote. I can only vote for what is best for me, and my liberty, for loss of my liberty is a true tragedy. My personal responsibility is to myself and my family. I try my best to work hard, and work smart, to make sound reasonable decisions in my life, and to help others as I can. If you can prove to me that there is truly a "global warming" I can respond in good fashion. I don't believe that human activity, by carbon emission, has caused any kind of "climate change". I believe that any warming that we have experienced recently was due to solar cycles; it has been cooling in the past 10 or so years. The "climate change" initiative is being used by our Democrats in government to increase taxes, and the size and power of government; it is a Marxist/Communist plot.
On 2009-10-02 at 00:04:32, DigitalBoss wrote...
I believe in less government, less taxes, and more personal responsibility; I am conservative. We have WAY to much government in the US. If the government REALLY believed in "global warming" or "climate change", or "pollution reduction", whatever the vacuous platitude of the day, they would say, "OK, we will do away with all the government we don't need, such as the Department of Energy and the Department of Education and the Department for Arts and Technology and the Department of Welfare and the Department of Transportation and the Department of Healthcare, to offset the costs of carbon reduction so no one's taxes will go up." They will NEVER do that. They do not believe it that much themselves. THEY JUST WANT TO INCREASE GOVERNMENT, THAT IS ALL THEY CARE ABOUT.
On 2009-10-02 at 00:08:43, DigitalBoss wrote...
also, I think that abortion is already a problem for the next generation... don't you? LOL! I could not pass that one up.
On 2009-10-02 at 04:08:09, BorgClown wrote...
Group thinking is good, DB, it's what makes society work. Even better when group thinking includes unborn members.
On 2009-10-02 at 11:47:05, DigitalBoss wrote...
Free open markets are what makes societies work.
On 2009-10-02 at 11:57:56, DigitalBoss wrote...
To embellish on an earlier comment: Taxes affect me, my pay check, and my ability to successfully manage support of myself and my family directly. When I make sacrifices, work long hours, make good decisions, and go out of my way to provide for myself, and my family, it is not right for my government to confiscate my wealth and give it to people who do not make good decisions, and who do not sacrifice for their future and their families future. That money taken by the government, by force, could be helping me plan for my future, put my daughter through school, and help my mom and dad. It is just wrong.
On 2009-10-02 at 13:36:48, DigitalBoss wrote...
I have been thinking on this in the past few hours. I am not a big activist for abortion, or against it, but I cannot imagine how someone that is for abortion can be concerned at all about how anything affects future generations.
On 2009-10-03 at 03:46:07, BorgClown wrote...
I wasn't talking about abortions when I said "unborn members", I meant taking actions that don't benefit ourselves but the future generations. Like that Arabian tale about the man who planted a date palm not for himself, but for the next travelers. Those palms take more than a decade to grow and give fruit.
On 2009-10-03 at 09:41:53, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Abortions are always miscategorised as an easily-avoided thing, but there are plenty of valid reasons for having one. Anti-abortionists are more pro-forced birth than pro-life. It's not like women don't struggle with the decision to have one, or don't feel bad about it afterwards - they do. There will still be a next generation even if abortions are common. Terminations are required even in the simple case where contraception has been used properly but has unexpectedly failed - you cannot insist that an unwanted baby should be born when it isn't going to be supported. And having a baby carries some risk too - it may have health problems, it may cause pre-eclampsia, not to mention that you could become emotionally invested only to miscarry...
On 2009-10-03 at 21:24:03, DigitalBoss wrote...
I did not mean to turn this into a discussion on abortion, like I said before, I am not any sort of an activist for, or against abortion. I really don't care if women want to kill their babies, or not. I am just saying, it seems kind of disingenuous to try and seem concerned about future generations if you believe in abortion.
On 2009-10-05 at 10:00:29, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Well obviously we're concerned about the individuals that are born and become the ancestors of future generations. It's not really relevant that some individuals die before reproducing, whatever their age. I'm not even sure how concerned I am about future generations, per se. It just doesn't make sense to screw up beyond all recognition a system that's stable when you don't know what you're doing. If you're going to experiment, don't do it with the only life-support system known to exist in the universe.
On 2009-10-05 at 20:03:46, BorgClown wrote...
My bad, it was buttered pecan ice cream: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/butter_pecan_ice_cream/
On 2009-10-05 at 20:05:12, BorgClown wrote...
Disregard my last post. I suck ice cream.
On 2009-10-06 at 21:17:56, Melchior wrote...
c-c-c-combo breaker!
On 2009-10-07 at 03:29:00, BorgClown wrote...
Ice see what you did there.