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  1. I know this because he'd told everyone at the bar...

    I know this because he'd told everyone at the bar within about ten minutes of arriving.
  2. Guy concerned about dogma thougtlessly quotes...

    Again, somewhat overstated. Risks a slide into dogma, imo.[/QUOTE]

    Guy concerned about dogma thougtlessly quotes "common wisdom".
  3. They only exist for the disadvantaged. I could...

    Do you oppose the concept of national borders? How would the world look without them? I think you would lose a lot of your privilege then, as comparatively globally speaking, you are extremely...
  4. It hasn't done anything to prevent one-party rule...

    The 2018 mid-terms and the fact the Democrat has won the popular vote in every, but one, Presidential election since 1992, indicates otherwise.
    The GOP isn't the party of tax cuts anymore.[/QUOTE]...
  5. We're not actually out of soap or bread, it's...

    We're not actually out of soap or bread, it's just being hoarded by an extremely wealthy aristocracy, and they'd rather have the breadless fighting each other than them, so they invent "national...
  6. Well, yeah. But that's the real problem. It's...

    We aren't looking at a socialist platform. Health care, minimum wage is kiddie park stuff. Actual socialism involves ownership of production. That isn't being proposed by anyone![/QUOTE]

    Well,...
  7. Why would I have to have some grand project in...

    Why would I have to have some grand project in mind for my statement to be true? That's all irrelevant... I could be Buddhist or Zoroastrian or an atheist, and my remarks on the silliness of your OP...
  8. And I explained exactly why it probably seems...

    And I explained exactly why it probably seems that way. What's the confusion?
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    We're probably cousins.

    I grew up there.[/QUOTE]

    We're probably cousins.
  10. Again, if you define anything that is unfamiliar...

    Or - maybe because your novel idea isn’t a “Christian” idea at all, and that makes it a derail in a thread about Christian ideas?

    Your ideas are novel, and interesting. Just not Christian since...
  11. Unfortunately, middle class white American men...

    Unfortunately, middle class white American men hate nothing more than seeing a powerful man get publically humiliated by a capable female professional...
  12. The problem with focusing on issues rather than...

    The problem with focusing on issues rather than rhetorical games, is that "we" as a party don't agree on the issues that should be emphasized. The main party is hardly going to accept the idea of...
  13. It's funniest to me when I'm accused of making up...

    It's funniest to me when I'm accused of making up an idea personally when I know it to be fairly ancient, pervasive, and widespread. In real life, I was chatting with an atheist friend a few weeks...
  14. Thank you! Yes, exactly. That is a precise...

    Except, most of the time it is objectively a derail. When the discussion is about the general nature of Christian ideology, then the fact that you think differently but call yourself a "Christian" is...
  15. Didn't @ you.

    Just damned, you throw in yet another strawman. Where did I imply that the Hawaiian religious fanatics opposed astronomy?[/QUOTE]Didn't @ you.
  16. Those who portray this as a matter of science vs....

    Those who portray this as a matter of science vs. religion are either ignorant or idiots, as Hawaiian religion in no way opposes or prevents astronomy. Hawaiians were studying the stars when...
  17. And yet, the protests continue and the scientists...

    Damned, you are all over the place. You are apparently conflating religious beliefs of a small minority of Hawaiians with national politics. As with most such controversies, in this case a small but...
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    I kind of want to see Plymouth as I have some...

    Do not drive to P-Town! Regarding the bike trail... if it is windy, it is hell going one direction... much like when boating in the Canal going against the current.[/QUOTE]

    I kind of want to see...
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    Ooh, thank you for all the suggestions! Am I...

    Ooh, thank you for all the suggestions! Am I supposed to attempt the proper pronunciations, or will mangling them just mark me as even more of a tourist?
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    Well, I am a practicing Pagan! Salem is a bit of...

    Well, I am a practicing Pagan! Salem is a bit of a weird Mecca for the American set. I considered a trip up there, but decided that common interest is a tad macabre, and there's no shortage of...
  21. Uh, sometimes they achieve their goals, actually....

    You paint quite a scenario. Reality is that groups with little power have always throughout history protested. depending on the restraint of those they are protesting against for their safety. Groups...
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    Paul Revere was a bourgeois nitwit. I will die on...

    Paul Revere was a bourgeois nitwit. I will die on this hill.
  23. Then be a realist about this, and acknowledge...

    I am not an apologist. I am a realist. I recognize how the world works and even when it works against what I consider "right", I know that the world doesn't really give a shit what I think should be....
  24. So you are an unashamed apologist for...

    If you and your army conquered the U.S. and imposed your own laws then, yes you would be able to do whatever the fuck you want.[/QUOTE]

    So you are an unashamed apologist for imperialism. I...
  25. So if I decide that the pond in the backyard is...

    King Kamehameha was the first to conquer all the other kings and subjugate the Hawaiians on all the islands of the archipelago. All world history is about one group conquering another group. If you...
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