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Old 03-22-2002, 07:36 PM   #106
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Hahha... It sounds like you sit around a coffee table with a Cafe Americano in your hands discussing the merits of our Dear Bubba.

Nice way to try and strengthen your statement by pulling the ol' Majority by Committee.

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Trust me, Bubba does not enter my consciousness when I sign off. I have seen many comments like, "calm down, Bubba," 'have a cookie, Bubba," and the mentions here about histrionics and aggressiveness. Those, in my opinion, qualify as shared observations.
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Trust me, Bubba does not enter my consciousness when I sign off. I have seen many comments like, "calm down, Bubba," 'have a cookie, Bubba," and the mentions here about histrionics and aggressiveness. Those, in my opinion, qualify as shared observations.
Hahah.. only joking.. It just brought an amusing scene to my mind..

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Hahah.. only joking.. It just brought an amusing scene to my mind..

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i bet you'd argue all night with Bono about Bullet the Blue Sky being wrong because Oliver North in his basement and Fawn Hall with stolen papers in her panties were true heroes, and that was a "just war."
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i bet you'd argue all night with Bono about Bullet the Blue Sky being wrong because Oliver North in his basement and Fawn Hall with stolen papers in her panties were true heroes, and that was a "just war."
What does this have to do with Rush??? You goofball This might be an interesting thread by itself, however...

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Ya know, I completely tend to believe that there's a huuuge difference between being Inflammatory and Ignorant.. Now, I've been called both.. Hahaha.. But I always have some sort of evidence/article to back up my position, as some others here in this forum that tend to irritate others do, cuz if you don't you've got nothing to have your back.. But just dropping shits for a warm dump's sake is completely asinine, and wholly ignorant..

But let's try and see where Chain's vomit is coming from.. He's an English Teacher?.. Hahaha.. Maybe he's just bitter at someone successful in the media/arts business.. You know how pole in the assed those 'Failed Authors' are who didn't make it... I'll just add him to the list of people Diamond's Praying for.

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Lemonite, I've been wondering about something:
That new "chauvenist" bit under your name; did you put that on there, or did someone just decide to put that there for you?
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I find your assertion that the USA is partly responsible for what happened on 9/11 to be absurd. The actions of 9/11 were done by a sick twisted individual who used his enherited wealth to attack the USA for his own stupid reasons. Its not because this country or that country faltered. Bin Laden has lived in many area's across the middle east for the past 10 years, not just Afghanistan. There are terror training camps all across the middle east, not just in Afghanistan. 9/11 could have happened with or with out Afghanistan. There are over 50 countries around the world that have poverty levels equal to or worse than Afghanistan.
To address Afghanistan itself, the country was under attack by the Soviet Union, we offered military aid to the amount of about 1/3 of the total military given to the rebel movement there. The other 2/3 was given by Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The forces we supplied had already been fighting the central government before the invasion by the Soviets. They were far from being cannon fodder for US interest. The few billion dollars that was sent is in reality a drop in the bucket when it comes to military aid. US military operations in the Gulf War cost 2 billion dollars a DAY! After the war in Afghanistan, aid went to the newly forming democracies of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, because supporting that was of greater US interest. In hind site more should of been done for Afghanistan, but there were at least 50 other countries that could make the same claim for that aid.
Certainly the USA does act in its own self interest. But its self interest in an increasingly interdependent world is tied to countries all over the world. Its better to say the USA acts in the interest of its multitude of allies, trading partners as well as itself. No country let alone the USA has the money to act in every country that has a problem in the third world.
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As far as this comment "Have you ever noticed how all newspaper composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?" is concerned. It is racist simply because it assumes that all wanted criminals look like Jesse Jackson,i.e. black. And it assumes that all black people look similar to each other - being interchangable as criminals on a wanted poster sharing nothing more than a skin color.
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You are making a large leap of logic. Rush Limbaugh never said that all blacks look alike; he simply implies that Jessie Jackson looks like a criminal. You are the one who brought up some silly notion that all blacks look alike. Better be careful with what you say, or people will call you a racist.

What statements/arguments of Rush's did your professor use in his great "experiment" (read: indoctrination)? I am not surprised that your professor cut down a conservative personality like Rush Limbaugh. Today's universities have become blatant liberal recruiting grounds and brainwashing centers.

You're wrong about the Afghanistan/Soviet situation. We didn't "use the Afghans to our own ends". We didn't start the rebellion. The war over there had been going on for some time, and the Afghans were losing; America stepped in and drove back the Soviets. How is that "using" the Afghans?

And as far as teh Kuwait situation, yes, a large part of the decision to help them probably was oil. And there are other countries taht have equally bad situations that we have not helped. But, is theer anything wrong with first helping the countries in which we have a national interest? We can't send people to every country that needs help - we don't have enough people. That begs the question, then; how else would you suggest we decide where to send help, rather than places where our own interests are at stake? On hair color?

Mankind is gluttonous, selfish, proud and loud. How you can distinguish America from any other nation on the face of the earth in this aspect is certainly beyond me.



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I am not surprised that your professor cut down a conservative personality like Rush Limbaugh. Today's universities have become blatant liberal recruiting grounds and brainwashing centers.
one of the few things this forum has taught me (or at least is trying to) is that:
- either 70% of the U.S. + rest of the world is liberal and hates conservatives (even though our own political structures are quite different)
- or 98% of every U2 fan in the U.S. + rest of the world is liberal and still hates all conservatives

if those stats are true then that would at least explain to me why every other post concerning politics in this forum make the conservatives out to be a minority that are treatened by evil liberal powers prowling in every corner of this forum and society in general

anyway, my question is that if this is true then how did Bush (being a conservative) become your president?

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I am not surprised that your professor cut down a conservative personality like Rush Limbaugh. Today's universities have become blatant liberal recruiting grounds and brainwashing centers.
one of the few things this forum has taught me (or at least is trying to) is that:
- either 70% of the U.S. + rest of the world is liberal and hates conservatives (even though our own political structures are quite different)
- or 98% of every U2 fan in the U.S. + rest of the world is liberal and still hates all conservatives

if those stats are true then that would at least explain to me why every other post concerning politics in this forum make the conservatives out to be a minority that are treatened by evil liberal powers prowling in every corner of this forum and society in general
anyway, my question is that if this is true then how did Bush (being a conservative) become your president?
Salome, did I say anything - anything at all-about this forum or the country as a whole at all? Nope, I was talking about today's colleges and universities. That is a specified area of our society, and doesn't necessarily reflect the values of American society in fact at all. In fact, it definitely DOESN'T reflect the values of American society, which is the irony of certain professors' plans to me. Can you seriously aregue with me that my portrayal of a good deal of this nation's universities and colleges are just as I described?


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Can you seriously aregue with me that my portrayal of a good deal of this nation's universities and colleges are just as I described?
no, I know near to nothing about US universities and colleges
still, there are a few other threads around where references are made about how rublicans are a minority over here who are constantly 'harassed' by non republicans

so I was curious

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What statements/arguments of Rush's did your professor use in his great "experiment" (read: indoctrination)? I am not surprised that your professor cut down a conservative personality like Rush Limbaugh. Today's universities have become blatant liberal recruiting grounds and brainwashing centers.

In my logic class we used arguments from many sources. Rush was the one that was relevant here. We also used Martin Luther King, Jr., Pope Paul, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and George Bush. It was all stuff the students brought in to examine. The prof just helped us diagram them. This was approximately 15 years ago at a small Presbyterian college - certainly not a bastion of liberal brainwashing. (Tsk tsk - you assumed I was some young nonthinking college student) However, of all the subjects we examined only Rush is the one I can recall consistently failing the logic exam. (read - all of our subjects failed in some aspects) Rush was just coming into some sort of mainstream then, and he was not at all familar to me outside that class for years. When I heard him on his own I recognized his name from that class, and have therefore consistently taken his opinions with a healthy dose of salt.
[Edit - the student who contributed the Rush info was from MO and a fan - I had to look at my old annual]

You are making a large leap of logic. Rush Limbaugh never said that all blacks look alike; he simply implies that Jessie Jackson looks like a criminal. You are the one who brought up some silly notion that all blacks look alike. Better be careful with what you say, or people will call you a racist.

I regret that you think I said all blacks look alike. I clarify that the presumption that ALL of a class of people resemble each other is one commonly used in race based discussions. That 'all cats are black in the night' type of thinking. I did 'leap' in my logic. Mostly what I leaped off of is that implied comment in that statement that Jesse Jackson looks like a criminal and the use of the word ALL - that implies that a whole group shares a common trait. Since a picture is two dimensional and the word LOOK was used, I discerned that he was comparing physical traits - the most obvious being skin color. Considering the source of the comment, maybe I did read the implied racism on my own. Since it is my opinion, I still feel that it is a racist comment. I simply wish to illuminate how others can read that as a racist comment.

America stepped in and drove back the Soviets.

My problem with that is that we didn't step in and drive the Soviets back. We went out of our way to provide the Afgans with weaponery that would look like they had captured it and not be traced back as American supplies. We did not step in as allies - we provided under the table, back room support. Had we stepped up as allies then maybe the aid may have been more forthcoming - because the American people may have been more aware of the situation and felt some gratitude.

Mankind is gluttonous, selfish, proud and loud. How you can distinguish America from any other nation on the face of the earth in this aspect is certainly beyond me.

I said that, so I have to agree with myself. I wrote that humanity is self serving, Americans are self serving. I included myself. Maybe it wasn't clear that I was expanding that theme beyond the scope of my country.

And in the end I beleive we do have to act what is in the best interests of our nation. Only I ask that we be honest about it. Let's not argue that we defended the Kuwaitees [sp?] for humantarian reasons when we have to know that our concern was for the oil. If we do it, then admit it.


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I find your assertion that the USA is partly responsible for what happened on 9/11 to be absurd. The actions of 9/11 were done by a sick twisted individual who used his enherited wealth to attack the USA for his own stupid reasons. Its not because this country or that country faltered. Bin Laden has lived in many area's across the middle east for the past 10 years, not just Afghanistan. There are terror training camps all across the middle east, not just in Afghanistan. 9/11 could have happened with or with out Afghanistan. There are over 50 countries around the world that have poverty levels equal to or worse than Afghanistan.

One individual did not carry the 9/11 attacks off by himself. He was able to get, and seems to continue to have, a large amount of people agree with him enough to commit their lives to his cause. If you are willing to commit your life then it becomes your cause also. If it was just one man this would be over. It is never just one man. He is a leader. We have a history of leaders for good and bad. Martin Luther King didn't march by himself. Hitler didn't kill six million by himself. Ghandi didn't starve in obscurity and John Lennon wasn't alone in 'giving peace a chance' during the Vietnam years. Since you so aptly pointed out - there are terrorist training camps all over and I think that he probably recruited from them all. Afghaninstan is just symptomatic of how our foriegn policies are not always well thought out and do have unforeseen repercussions.

I would never say we deserve 9/11. (and if you reread my essay then you will see that I only asked that Americans acknowledge our culpability for the events that predated 9/11 - not the event itself) I just wanted to point out that it didn't happen in a vaccuum. Bin Laden was able to harness the underlying resentment of Americans and turn it against us, in some cases resentment that may not be entirely without cause.

I enjoy a healthy, well thought out debate. If we can keep it there then I would gladly discuss any number of topics. I consider myself open minded enough to admit that some arguments have more than one side and there are many layers to the truth.

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I did not mean to suggest that it was only Bin Ladin himself that did everything, but what a meant to say was that events in Afghanistan over the past 20 years are not as important as Bin Ladin and Al Quada operations in multiple countries in the middle east.
In Afghanistan, it was public knowledge from 1981 on that the USA was sending aid to rebels in Afghanistan. Again 2/3 of the aid sent came from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. I see no attempts for some type of a cover up. Soviet weapons are very simple to use compared to American weapons and easier to train rebels with them. One of my friends workmates use to work for the CIA and trained Afghan rebels how to use certain weapons. Also the US Stinger is not a Soviet made weapon and was supplied to the rebels from 1985 on.
I don't see the problem with aiding Afghan rebels during the 1980s. Contrary to popular opinion, Bin Ladin was a minor player during that war. The only real player was the former leader of the Northern Alliance who was murdered on Sept 10, 2001. He was the top leader in the war against the Soviets and thats where most of the aid went.
Once the Soviets left and the Communist regime defeated, it was only natural to assume that without foreign interference, that the Afghans would return to their long history of warlords and tribes.
You could argue that aid should have continued after 1989, but that would have been difficult to do enlight of the new challenges presented in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.
So I do not see any real foreign policy problem in relation to Afghanistan.
Bin Ladin is able to harness people who come from countries where "freedom of the press" does not exist and are not democracies. Their views of the world are narrow and uneducated. But even in the USA you can have sick "leaders" get people to follow them. Just look at David Koresh from Waco Texas. The people under him would have done anything he told them to do. A sick twisted perversion of religion just like Bin Ladin.
Just as the US government is not culpable for David Koresh and his followers nor is it responsible for Bin Ladin and those that follow him. I'm not sure what other US foreign policy you may find fault with or be critical of, but I find Arab resentment of the US to be unfounded and misplaced largely as a result of the much more closed societies they live in.
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What statements/arguments of Rush's did your professor use in his great "experiment" (read: indoctrination)? I am not surprised that your professor cut down a conservative personality like Rush Limbaugh. Today's universities have become blatant liberal recruiting grounds and brainwashing centers.

In my logic class we used arguments from many sources. Rush was the one that was relevant here. We also used Martin Luther King, Jr., Pope Paul, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and George Bush. It was all stuff the students brought in to examine. The prof just helped us diagram them. This was approximately 15 years ago at a small Presbyterian college - certainly not a bastion of liberal brainwashing. (Tsk tsk - you assumed I was some young nonthinking college student) However, of all the subjects we examined only Rush is the one I can recall consistently failing the logic exam. (read - all of our subjects failed in some aspects) Rush was just coming into some sort of mainstream then, and he was not at all familar to me outside that class for years. When I heard him on his own I recognized his name from that class, and have therefore consistently taken his opinions with a healthy dose of salt.
[Edit - the student who contributed the Rush info was from MO and a fan - I had to look at my old annual]
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Well then, I can certainly admit when I'm wrong and I do so now. Please accept my apology for jumping to the wrong conclusion.
However, I wonder where you got your info that our support of Afghanistan was under the table? I for one knew that we were the power behind driving the Soviets out, and if I, just a child at the time, knew that, it wasn't very hidden. It was all over the news. My entire point, in fact, wasn't whether we actually had soldiers or not. It was that we entered the war in some capacity after it had started, so how could we have been "using" Afghanistan?
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