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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Sarah Palin flowchart
« on: September 02, 2008, 06:52:47 am »
well, i dunno about "filthy" (although with 5 kids it's a definite possibility), but i know she was at least passingly (and approvingly) associated with an Alaskan secessionist party.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Indecision 08 Wingnut thread
« on: September 02, 2008, 12:21:54 am »
my money is on 2.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Sarah Palin flowchart
« on: September 02, 2008, 12:04:24 am »
RE: OP

image is so win that i already put it on Digg and posted it to MySpace, of all places.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Indecision 08 Wingnut thread
« on: August 31, 2008, 06:57:55 am »
McCain scares Democrats into wild conjecture: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/8/30/121350/137

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Indecision 08 Wingnut thread
« on: August 30, 2008, 10:40:04 pm »
what other definition of "fair" is there? "fair" is when you don't have to compromise with subhuman scum like liberals.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Indecision 08 Wingnut thread
« on: August 29, 2008, 10:56:53 pm »
From a purely theatrical point of view, the Republicans have actually made a politically brilliant move appointing Palin to run for the VP slot. It's eclipsing the epic speech given last night by Obama, for one thing, and it's got the potential to steal millions of half-retarded Clinton voters for McCain.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Indecision 08 Wingnut thread
« on: August 26, 2008, 06:26:17 pm »
i think america suffers from a chronic and advanced case of addiction to quick fixes.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Indecision 08 Wingnut thread
« on: August 26, 2008, 06:20:58 pm »
it helps to have a coherent idea of what it is exactly that you want to gain, or at least what you don't want to lose. that draws borders in the behavior of corporations. i tend to think that the conservatives are idiots for thinking the government can't help, and liberals are idiots for thinking help will come from the wrong part of the government. the legislative and executive branches are easily corruptible and basically powerless to effect behavior anyway. the judicial branch, which for some reason is the redheaded stepchild of government, is what needs to bear the weight of ensuring ethical behavior (which, as it happens, is what it was designed for).

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Indecision 08 Wingnut thread
« on: August 26, 2008, 06:05:14 pm »
stupid monkeys and the fact that they're trying to legislate things that they largely don't understand. add to that the fact that so many politicians these days are more concerned with looking like they're trying to fix problems than with actually fixing them, and it's surprising that we've managed to build and maintain what we have, to say nothing of "improving" it.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Indecision 08 Wingnut thread
« on: August 26, 2008, 05:57:14 pm »
the complexity of an economy as enormous as in the US or Europe require a certain amount of ambiguity in laws and regulations. guidelines that protect workers in one sector of the economy could very well harm them in another sector. for that reason, it is necessary to have fairly openly interpretable laws so that the courts are free to decide and enforce the proper outcomes of different situations on a case-by-case basis.

the government's job, in my opinion, is not to describe specific processes for business to follow but to foster an open environment where both businesses and individuals can thrive. a massive "simplification" of laws and regulations could easily choke the life out of the economy by restricting business practices too much.

i think the best way to deal with corporate and political corruption is to expand the judicial system, put regulations in place to protect it from corruption, have heavy oversight of the judiciary, and make the services offered by the courts much more widely accessible. companies tend to fear loss of revenue much more than they fear enforcement of existing laws, and having a judicial system willing and able to impose punitive fines and other measures in retaliation for unethical behavior is a much better and more efficient solution than just legislating the crap out of what companies are "allowed to do" in the first place.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Indecision 08 Wingnut thread
« on: August 26, 2008, 04:19:56 am »

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Indecision 08 Wingnut thread
« on: August 25, 2008, 06:55:50 pm »
McKinney!!

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: OFFICIAL POLITICAL CARTOONS/PIC FREAD.
« on: August 16, 2008, 06:16:56 am »
from the Discoflux Labs...

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Or Kill Me / Re: Five Blind Men and an Elephant
« on: August 14, 2008, 09:49:54 pm »
I really don't like syncretists. (fixed)

Why not?

One of Christianity's big points is that salvation can only come through God, specifically the form of Jesus of Nazareth.  To try to save yourself without God is essentially denying God.  Buddhism explicitly makes the statement that humans can discover the truth and thereby save themselves, without teachers or gods - and goes so far as to say that gods can't really help with enlightenment.  Syncretists would have you believe that both religions are simultaneously correct, describing different perspectives of the same truth as the various blind men are describing the same elephant.  Similarly, Mohammed was the last prophet... there just happen to be many other prophets (J. Smith, Baha'u'llah) of God who came later.  It's okay in that it doesn't say that any religion is wrong, it just recognizes that the people who say that that religion is wrong are also correct.

It's doublethink and compartmentalization of beliefs at a massive level under the banner of tolerance.

I'm a few posts late for this, but I'd just like to point out that the idea that Christianity demands you be saved "through Jesus" is only one interpretation. When Jesus says "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light; no man comes to the Father but by me," he could just as easily have been saying "What I am is the way... no man comes to the Father but by being what I am." It's a matter of how you read the language. It sort of works that way in English, and I suspect that interpretation would work even better in whatever language the passage was written in.

As to syncretism - I think all religions are true in that they are similar, and they are similar in that people everywhere are similarly stupid and superstitious.

Also the premise of the OP is completely false: a Discordian would generally not give two shits about charging admission -- we'd leave that to the Subgenii.

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Beyond the wall / The Rev. Loveshade FAN CLUB Thread!
« on: August 14, 2008, 05:45:38 am »

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