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  1. @bounce@@bounce@@bounce@ Not to sound sexist but I would LOVE to KNOCK THE BOTTOM OUTTA' THAT THING!!! LOL!!!
  2. See yeah, it needs some work.. Paint it up nice with some Tamiya Flat Black, some decent headlights, fix the wheels, get rid of that stupid lifting feature... Put on an acceptable weapons turret, like that on the Marder 1 IFV, with a 30mm auto-cannon, grenade launcher, smoke dispensers, and anti-tank missile tube.. It'll take some doing but I'm excited about it! Probably get about three!
  3. As LA...sure I won't deny it...now...I find it highly doubtful. If you are attempting to link me now to what I said in the past than it is bias YOU are holding. With the exception of Viper (who I now avoid) I haven't said anything disrespectful to you or any other previous "sparring partners." I'll say it again we can be cool (which I would greatly appreciate) or not speak. I'm not looking for another 10 page spat like the days of old. I'll apoligize for whatever I did and be content to disagree if we do but on a friendly level with no personal attacks. Whether you choose to accept me offering the olive branch or keep bringing up old stuff is on you. Honestlt LA and BR are two differnt facets of the same person. LA served a purpose, but I don't subscribe to the purpose anymore... I respect your beliefs....my contention has been that EACH side has good/bad people/ideas/platforms. I can't/won't condemn one side as being evil while elevating the other. I feel that if people let go of their me against the other mentality and WORKED together this country would be much better. I never have...that was you. Than if I say I respect you will that at least get us on the same page?? Now be fair, you've cried foul before but it's no biggie... And I'm fine - olive branch accepted, no problem being cool with you here on the boards. Never was.
  4. We even spy on our allies: the UK, France, Germany, and Israel plus many more - and they spy on us... Of course enemy nations and countries not friendly to us will spy on us. We still spy on Russia also... This will never change.
  5. Hoo Hoo "everyone copies me" Howie said this? hahaha
  6. Most Conservatives (and many Liberals) feel, as do I, that environmentalists forced legislation through that made oil companies drill far off shore in waters where it was not safe. (I mean the environmentalists in CA won't allow any drilling off their shore whatsoever even though most economists state it would solve all their financial problems..) According to the Dept. of Energy, the US has more hydrocarbon resources than the WHOLE OF THE MIDDLE EAST - environmentalists will not allow exploration of our resources b/c it would put more "evil" CO2 in the air! <groan> If oil companies were allowed to drill closer to shore the oil spill would have been more easily contained. (Not to mention if they were allowed to drill inland! haha) But the oil companies don't care about deep water oil drilling b/c it increases the price of gasoline for consumers - no sweat off their backs. And President Barry doesn't really care about deep water drilling being bad for the environment as he put millions of our tax dollars behind a Brazilian oil company who brags about drilling in deeper waters than BP does! It's as Superpowers said, both parties of our gov't are bought off plain and simply! But I mean, again according to the DOE, there is so much oil rich shale we could get inland in CO, WY, and UT that we could be foreign oil independent for decades and possibly longer! (Long enough for new technologies to become viable) But will our nation do this? No. Again, both sides are bought off. We should demand it though! As we've done it before! From American Energy Independence: What stopped it was President Reagan stupidly abandoned energy independence policies as gasoline was plentiful, oil reserves were high, and the price of it was dropping... http://americanenergyindependence.com/ What our nation needs to do, again according to the scientists and researchers at the DOE, is restore past energy independence policies: start US oil shale field exploration, begin drilling closer to shore, and begin utilizing more coal and natural gas. Also, they state we need to create many more new generation nuclear power plants power our energy network grid! (Contrary to environmentalist propaganda - there is virtually zero waste as it is recycled for other uses, terrorists cannot breach the core by crashing a plane into it, there would be no accidents like Three Mile Island and Chernobyl as newer safeguards are in place and besides those accidents were caused by human user error. Even the founder of Greenpeace left his own organization b/c he disagreed with its supporters. He states nuclear power is the only "clean" non-polluting source of energy now!) Just look at France! We could easily follow their example - hell, we could follow our own from the 1980s! hahaha But do we need to research new energy sources of course! We need to put so much behind zero waste, cheap, plentiful Fusion! But not solar or wind b/c the technology simply doesn't exist - only when we can get a room-temperature super-conductor would those two be at all in any shape somewhat proficient at creating large amounts of energy. As it is now, oil is the only thing that has the "bang for the buck" to produce cheap high amounts of energy for vehicles... If we stop using it not only would our quality of life decrease in the West but billions of people around the world would die. Not enough food, medicine, aid, or anything would be able get to everyone as easily as it does now - especially in the third world...
  7. Look at old racist Sen. Byrd. Look at the Southern Democrats who voted for Jim Crow laws and against civil rights bills.. (More Republicans than Democrats voted for them) Hell, one could and many have called Jimmy Carter anti-Semitic! haha Dude, again, the Nazi party was leftist. They were highly racially nationalistic whereas the Soviets were wanted to make EVERYONE of all nations and races communists.. The Nazis hated most ethnic groups other than, Hindu Indians, Christian, atheistic, agnostic, and pagan Western Europeans and Arab muslims - but built a ABSOLUTELY left-wing government. Here's from an old post and what I did a major research paper on:
  8. De'nada man. And thank you for accepting my apology. I think things get heated here just like they do in other online forums - it's easy to take things the wrong way when people aren't face to face... I've screwed up in that regard many times! haha But like you said, we're all only human..
  9. Dude, please calm yourself. hahaha I've said it before... I only get disrespectful when someone else starts.. You have been disrespectful with everyone who has ever said anything pro-Conservative here. And make no mistake, I'm not trying to be a politeness enforcer here - I have said it before, I prefer to know how someone feels about me or my beliefs so I know who and what I'm dealing with. But you can't scream foul when someone gives you some of your own medicine - that sir, is on you! You got to give respect to earn respect.
  10. But we don't know how they felt... It's all opinion. Hell, we don't know how most people feel today.. The most devout racist may keep their opinions to themselves and the most provocative race joking stand-up comic may on the inside not believe a word he/she is actually saying. There are just some things no one will know and we will just have to "judge people by their fruit." I think the quotes I wrote do prove we WERE a Christian nation. The actions of our Founding Fathers concerning Christianity, what they wrote and said concerning it, what the very first Supreme Court and its Chief Justice both said and ruled, and Congress praying in Jesus' name all prove this.. You bring up the flag - yes there is no cross in it but like I brought up before, there are no slaves on it either. Yet we were a slave owning nation nonetheless. A nation does not have to advertise what it is. When we think of a "certain" type of nation or gov't we look at Nazi and Communists - they proclaimed what they were, showed it right on their flags like you are talking about. But we never have and still don't. We don't advertise that we are democratic or free market... And South Africa didn't advertise that it were racist but they had gov't instituted Apartheid.. (And remember our National Anthem was written until 1812! ) But see, I agree and always have with you on your view that we are not now a Christian nation.. 20th Century gov't and court rulings simply changed what our nation is.. Please understand I do not see us as a Christian nation now. Even though it is still made up of mostly Christians - we are a secular nation now. Maybe you were misunderstanding what I was saying and that is why you weren't seeing my point.
  11. Watched this last night! How dumb was that Washington Post Op-Ed and how hot is Kerry Picket?!
  12. Awesome, first some race baiting, and now some homophobia. You are on a roll, NewGuy. Got anything else to say to make yourself look bad, or are you done for now? Thing is, it's not an insult to call me gay. I have no problem with gays or gayness. That's only an insult if you're a bigot! Which you have proven yourself to be. Twice. I apologize to you for this statement h3llfish.. I was angry at the name-calling of LA at the time and he mentioned you. It's just like when you have been mad at Viper and thrown other Conservatives under the bus... None of us here are perfect. And remember that you just said before saying I'm a race baiter and calling me a bigot:
  13. But see I don't see theists as arrogant. I understand your point of view but I disagree since I am one. haha I see them as "hopeful," as being religious is an act of one's faith! But to each their own... Also, I do not see Jesus' statement as "zealotry" as He was Jewish and claimed to be the Son of the Jewish God. This God said in the Old Testament not to worship any gods other than Him. (Jesus was continuing what God said) So God was the one Who said He is the only One, not Jesus, and see that's a topic you'll have to take up with Him and your conscience. I see God's statement as a warning to stay away from false "man made" religions. And again, this is all about faith - so believe what you think is right!
  14. Maybe they felt what they were doing was wrong! And two founding fathers "being racist" does NOT mean "they were nearly all racists" as you said! haha See my point now?
  15. Um, again no. haha Please go over my posts again. And Christmas is a federal holiday so as such - Christmas related scenes can be displayed on gov't property.
  16. Also, the three-fifths compromise was brought up.. In actuality it had nothing to do with race and about Southern Power. The three-fifths compromise has nothing to do with how closely related blacks are to human beings: it had to do with how much power the Constitution would invest in those who enslaved them. It decreed taxes and representation would be determined according to each state's "respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including…three fifths of all other Persons." The Founders pointedly avoided using the term "slaves," for fear that it would legitimatize the institution. Some spoke out against the proposition. Pierce Butler and Gen. Charles Pickney, both of South Carolina, stood before the Constitutional Convention to demand the government count each slave on an equal basis with each white man. James Madison recorded in shorthand that Butler believed adamantly, "Representation Sd.. be according to the full number of inhabts. including all the blacks." Was Butler an early egalitarian? Things become clearer when one learns Pierce Butler owned as many as 500 slaves and authored the Fugitive Slave Clause. Indeed, after the Revolution, Butler was so impoverished by British devastation of his plantation that he got a loan in Amsterdam, with which he purchased more slaves. Southerners wanted all of the slaves counted, because that would increase the power slaveholders wielded in Congress. Slaves — who, naturally, could not vote — would nonetheless be given "representatives" chosen by white slavers, who would vote to perpetuate slavery and dilute the power of the industrializing North. Northerners wanted no slaves, or a smaller percentage of slaves, counted, to avoid opening the frontier to slavery. The Abolitionist movement had already taken hold in the North, and many of the Founders longed to abolish "the peculiar institution." Pierce and the Pickering cousins were vigorously opposed by Gouverneur Morris, a Pennsylvania delegate who gave an incendiary speech against the three-fifths comprise in 1787: "The admission of slaves into the Representation when fairly explained comes to this: that the inhabitant of Georgia and S. C. who goes to the Coast of Africa, and in defiance of the most sacred laws of humanity tears away his fellow creatures from their dearest connections & damns them to the most cruel bondages, shall have more votes in a Govt. instituted for protection of the rights of mankind, than the Citizen of Pa. or N. Jersey who views with a laudable horror, so nefarious a practice." In other words, the three-fifths compromise had nothing to do with anthropological merit and everything to do with crafting the best possible deal to dilute the slaveholders' power in the newborn republic. It was as anti-slavery a compromise as the North could implement. Again, apologies to The Thing and sorry to take the discussion off topic.
  17. PPS: Oh, and you are also wrong about the majority of our Founding Fathers being racists. That's a progressive lie plain and simple. Most of them were in actuality abolitionists. Benjamin Franklin wrote a biting satire about slavery. Founder and Presbyterian physician Dr Benjamin Rush ardently preached abolitionism. Alexander Hamilton hoped black soldiers would be recruited for the Revolutionary Army, but an "essential part of the plan is to give them their freedom with their swords." The future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Jay wrote in 1780, "An excellent law might be made out of the Pennsylvania one for the gradual abolition of slavery. Till America comes into this measure her prayers to heaven for liberty will be impious. This is a strong expression but it is just." Hamilton and Jay famously collaborated on The Federalist Papers. They also led the New York Manumission Society. At the Constitutional Convention, several delegates expressed their hope that the Constitution would outlaw the slave trade. George Mason condemned slavery like a fire and brimstone preacher: "Every master of slaves is born a petty tyrant. They bring the judgment of heaven on a Country. As nations can not be rewarded or punished in the next world they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes & effects providence punishes national sins, by national calamities. He lamented that some of our Eastern brethren had from a lust of gain embarked in this nefarious traffic. As to the States being in possession of the Right to import, this was the case with many other rights, now to be properly given up. He held it essential in every point of view that the Genl. Govt. should have power to prevent the increase of slavery." John Dickinson of Delaware counted it "inadmissible on every principle of honor & safety that the importation of slaves should be authorised to the States by the Constitution." John Langdon of New Hampshire could "not with a good conscience leave it with the States who could then go on with the traffic." Maryland's Luther Martin so opposed the trafficking that he tried to tax the importation of slaves Even some from South Carolina, like Henry Lauren the second president of the Continental Congress, came to oppose the peculiar institution. So, too, did slaveholders Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Washington wrote among his "first wishes" was "to see some plan adopted, by the legislature by which slavery in this country may be abolished by slow, sure, and imperceptible degrees." He declared, "I can clearly forsee that nothing but the rooting out of slavery can perpetuate the existence of our union." Even Jefferson wrote, "there is nothing I would not sacrifice to a practicable plan of abolishing every vestige of this moral and political depravity." The common image of the Deist slaver must contend with this quotation: "I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever: that considering numbers, nature and natural means only, a revolution of the wheel of fortune, an exchange of situation, is among possible events."
  18. Dude, I didn't say EVERYTHING that the Founding Fathers did was right.. (Everyone totally disagrees with slavery and the decision to allow it for the sake of getting the South to side against the British) I simply said they founded this nation as a Christian ONE. Which I proved. You just gotta' see this. C'mon, you saying Jesus or Christianity isn't "explicitly" written in the Constitution doesn't mean I'm not not correct! haha The words "slave" or "slavery" are not "explicitly" written and do not exist in the Constitution either yet we were a slave holding nation! haha Again the first official act of the Continental Congress was a prayer in Jesus' name. Almost every founding father was a Christian (in actuality there were only a couple Deists) what God do you think they were referencing in the Constitution and Bill of Rights? In 1799 why did the court say "By our form of government the Christian religion is the established religion?" Why did Thomas Jefferson, whom we get the term "separation of church and state" expressly state that the wall of separation was to insure that Government would never interfere with religious activities because religious freedom came from the God of Christianity, not from Government? Why did the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court state "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is their duty-as well as privilege and interest- of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers?" Why did the first Supreme Court of the United States state, "No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation, state or national, because this is a religious people...This is a Christian nation?" So I'm quite happy with our history - YOU ARE THE ONE CHANGING IT!! LOL! @loll@ PS: You also said "But we didn't need to change our constitution in order to protect the faith of non-Christians, did we?" Well Israel is a Jewish Nation like you said - but the rights of Christians, muslims, atheists, and, agnostics are all well protected - they did not need to write anything either protect the faiths of non-Jews!
  19. Hey h3llfish, I dislike Catholicism also.. But it isn't the only reason The Crusades happened - the rest of what you said, meh, pretty much true! LOL! And not trying to offend anyone as there are plenty of good Catholics out there! haha
  20. I understand completely! haha And we and our ancestors sure have waged wrong and unrighteous wars.. Oof.. <groan> We are no better than any other people or any other nation is a very fair statement... But also, Christianity preaches forgiveness (even of nations) Although, as to God's judgment of us, I cannot say.
  21. Um, no... Your history is wrong. haha Recently, many authors have debated whether or not the United States of America was founded as a Christian nation. Here's a few historical quotes from our Founding Era that lend credence to the supposition that we indeed were founded as a Christian nation. Most of the fifty-five Founding Fathers who worked on the Constitution were members of orthodox Christian churches and many were even evangelical Christians. The first official act in the First Continental Congress was to open in Christian prayer, which ended in these words: "...the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Savior. Amen". Sounds Christian to me. John Adams stated so eloquently during this period of time that; "The general principles on which the fathers achieved Independence were ... the general principles of Christianity ... I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that the general principles of Christianity are as extremal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God." Later, John Quincy Adams answered the question as to why, next to Christmas, was the Fourth of July this most joyous and venerated day in the United States. He answered: "...Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer's mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?" Sounds like the founding of a Christian nation to me. John Quincy Adams went on to say that the biggest victory won in the American Revolution was that Christian principles and civil government would be tied together In what he called an "indissoluble" bond. The Founding Fathers understood that religion was inextricably part of our nation and government. The practice of the Christian religion in our government was not only welcomed but encouraged. The intent of the First Amendment was well understood during the founding of our country. The First Amendment was not to keep religion out of government. It was to keep Government from establishing a 'National Denomination" (like the Church of England). As early as 1799 a court declared: "By our form of government the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed on the same equal footing." Even in the letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Baptists of Danbury Connecticut (from which we derive the term "separation of Church and State") he made it quite clear that the wall of separation was to insure that Government would never interfere with religious activities because religious freedom came from the God of Christianity, not from Government. John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and one of the three men most responsible for the writing of the Constitution declared: "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is their duty-as well as privilege and interest- of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers." Still sounds like the Founding Fathers knew this was a Christian nation. This view, that we were a Christian nation, was hold for almost 150 years until the Everson v. Board of Education ruling in 1947. Before that momentous ruling, even the Supreme Court knew that we were a Christian nation. In 1892 the Court stated: "No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation, state or national, because this is a religious people...This is a Christian nation." There it is again! From the Supreme Court of the United States. This court went on to cite 87 precedents (prior actions, words, and rulings) to conclude that this was a "Christian nation." In 1854, the House Judiciary Committee said: "in this age, there is no substitute for Christianity...That was the religion of the founders of the republic, and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants." When we read articles such as "What's God got to do with it?" (Primack, 5/4) and "The wall between state and church must not be breached" (Tager, 5/7) it just reaffirms how little, even intelligent people, understand about the founding of our great Republic. To say that this nation was not founded as a Christian nation or that the Constitution was not founded on Christian principles is totally at odds with the facts of history. So in summation h3llfish, I trust the Founding Fathers completely. Why don't you KNOW THE TRUE HISTORY OF THEM AND THEIR VIEWS AND ACTIONS?! Why don't you know our nation's true history? LOL! PS: By the way PMing this to you so you cannot skip over it!
  22. I think what we actually hate is a lot of what Jeph Loeb writes! LOL!
  23. I totally agree. I mean Andre Braugher is almost certainly a better film actor than Michael Ironside imho - but Ironside will ALWAYS BE Darkside to me.. I also think he made it his role in Superman, Justice League/JLU you know? I dunno, I guess I'm jaded... Really liked him as Sam Fisher in Splinter Cell and in the 1980s V also.. And I still have really high hopes for this.. (Turner drew girls real PURDY!! ) But I just hope they cut out all of Loeb's ret*rded "Supergirl may be more powerful than Superman" crap! LOL!
  24. Storetrooper I don't have a problem with atheists or agnostics either.. But I also have a problem with people who speak down to or belittle people believe in God. I agree with what you said starting out! (Only that this nation was established as a Christian nation and not just a "Western God" one.) And I do understand how you feel about God and Jesus. I also don't believe in an "old man in the sky" and "dead people with wings." hahaha The God I believe in is beyond our understanding and reasoning as we are "limited beings." We are limited to the laws of this universe, this existence. The Creator, as well as His Son and His Holy Spirit, the Trinity, are not limited and are outside the laws of all this - and as such are beyond our understanding. (Just like higher mathematics and science - our minds cannot comprehend them b/c our minds can only understand three dimensions and time but the equations prove their truth nonetheless..) See I just don't believe in a "first mover" theory where this creator being started things going but then simply left. I believe that God would allow His word, His message, to be known to us mortals. And I do not believe he would allow His word to be completely changed over the thousands of years of our history b/c of our fallibility either. He would make sure that His basic message would remain unchanged for the most part. Given the many mistranslations and books taken away or added to His word I think we basically have the same access to the truth as someone did in the days of the Old and New Testaments. As to all the different religions in the world the Bible says our conscience, our heart, would tell us which one is true and correct - that b/c of free will it was up to us to believe what we will go with. (The people who have heard and have knowledge of all religions of course) It also says we should preach the "Good News" of Christianity but not force it upon others. If no one wants to hear what you are saying then kick the dust off the heels of your feet and move on! The message only needs to be spoken and heard - nothing else. Now as to slavery, we spoke on this subject in another topic in this forum... The Bible says those slave owning "Christians" colonists and later, our countrymen when the United States was created, were not actually being Christians. They did not follow what the Bible said according to slavery - that slaves were to be treated as what we would now call "indentured servants" and that slaves were not to be a lower class in society. (Something else our nation did to blacks and others...) Now as to the violence of our nation we have done our share that's for sure. But no worse or better than any other country, society, of civilization before us. The Indian peoples here before us were just as violent to each other. See, many see the commandment of "Thall shall not kill" in our modern English translations of the Bible to mean just that - no killing ever. But the actual translation was "Thou shall not comment murder" in ancient Hebrew - big difference. The Bible, as you probably know, had no problem in killing to protect others in fact the Bible has much killing and violence in it. The Old Testament is filled with God commanding His people to kill evil to kill for their family and nation. (He even commanded the Hebrews, when returning to their Promised Land leaving Egypt, to kill EVERY Canaanite and whatever people had settled there - something we cannot fathom today nor could the Hebrews then. Of course it is explained why he commanded so but we being fallible could not understand.) Also the New Testament says Jesus will return in the Last Days, at Armageddon, not as a man of peace but as a righteous conqueror who will wipe all evil from the face of the Earth. So, in all I agree with much of what you said Storetrooper. But I disagree with how you feel about Christianity concerning killing. Plus, I'm sure you don't, but I would encourage you not to base your view of Christianity on how the people who profess to be Christian act. Hell, don't base your opinion on it from anyone here who professes to be one because it says we are all sinners and that will indeed sin again - as said before, humans are fallible so go with your conscience. Real Christianity, in its simplest, states that one believe in Jesus as their personal Savior and that they do their best to be as good as they can. But it also states that you must do so before your death and judgment - b/c this existence that we are living now is where we make our decision on whether we want to go with God or not.
  25. I don't agree with this comment.It was uncalled for.I know we all get mad at each other here and I also know we cannot see eye to eye but this has to stop or I will issue warnings even though it's not my forum I have my ways. @grumpy@ WTF?! Yeah it was from Goodfellas - why it had quotation marks!
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