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  1. Let me preface this by saying this is about American politics' date=' so if you aren't interested, don't care, or are too stupid to know the difference, please push on.

     

    Anyway... SInce the election of Barack Obama, the loudest screams fromthe far right, the conservatives, and the tea baggers... I mean tea partiers, was that the Obama Healthcare reform package was the doom of this country and going to drive us all into bankruptcy. The sad part is the number of people who believed this without ever botherring to find out the truth for themselves and this was shown by the Republican party winning a wide majority in congress this past election.

     

    So during the first week of Republican power, the first thing that was accomplished by the new Republican speaker of the House was to enact a new legislative guideline called "Cut and Go. What this means, as a way to keep the deficit from increasing, is that in order for any member to propose any new regulations or programs, the funding must come from cutting an existing program.

     

    Of course as in all things political they worked in some loopholes basically exempting certain programs from this rule.

     

    [b']Among the things exempt are (of course) the Bush tax cuts for the ultra wealthy, which every economist asked says is responsible for around 1/4 of the current deficit, and military spending which is responsible for another 1/4 of the deficit. I guess these Republican pet programs should have been expected to be safe.

     

    But included among the exempt bills and programs is Obamacare. Now today, after announcing this "ground breaking" legislation, some know it all liberal reporter asked the Republicans why their bill included protection of the program which is mostly responsible for their election to begin with.[/b]

     

    With a straight face and sincerity in his face, he came out with the fact that after further study, it was determined that removing the healthcare bill would actually increase the deficit by around 140 BILLION dollars in 10 years. In the very next sentence he conceded that the tax cuts and military spending together will increase the deficit by 250-300 BILLION dollars, yet they have no idea where this money will come from.

     

    So tell me suckers... I mean conservatives, how does it feel to finally find out that all the screaming and yelling about health care reform was based on scare tactics and flatout lies, and all of the Republican promises for deficit control and budget reduction were smoke and mirrors tricks simply to use hysteria to garner votes and now that they have the power, very few of the promises made will ever realistically be fulfilled?

     

    Un freaking believable the naivete and gullibility of so many people in this country.

     

     

    Is there a link you can provide so I can read it?


  2. I believe that an orange dolphin named Herbert created the universe about 12' date='000 years ago. He speaks to me. I'm going to write a 10,000 page book about his moral teachings.

     

    I'm going to call my new found faith Herbertism.

     

    Who's in?[/quote']

     

     

    I take back my "count me out"...perhaps I should first find out as much as possible before I make my final decision on this. I might have a few questions...here's my first one:

     

    Why has Herbert waited all this time to talk?


  3. I dunno to be honest........maybe a modified version. That one in the pic looks like it would have to be mounted on a train car or something...........lol

     

    Edit - nm' date=' apparently Nick confirmed it is on them. That's badass.[/quote']

     

    must see video of the a-10 warthog gun being tested:

     


  4. I think I may have seen this already' date=' but it is truly incredible. This brings up another question, if there is a god, why would he create an such an immense universe with billions and billions of planets, yet only give one inhabitants?[/quote']

     

    Short Answer: We don't know? But I don't see this as a strike against His existence.

     

    Some other thoughts: One rationale is that time and space travel between stars is absolutely impossible, and what you see ( in the far distances) are all the places God has created, and there are (or at least might be) inhabitants on these other planets (yet discovered) but we will never truely know b/c inter-stellar space travel is impossible.

     

    Or maybe this is just how He shows/tells us how Great/Powerful He is.


  5. I'd like to think that if there is a creator' date=' man in his infinite ignorance, got about 98% of it wrong..............[/quote']

     

     

    lol I hear ya bro....I think in a lot of cases this has happened. I look around at some of things people say about God, and I say......no wonder people say even if God exists, I would never want to love a God like that....they make God out to be this angry being who throws you into hell, and who is enraged about every little "sin" you make...this is a serious issue within "western theology" in particular. A lot of this comes from the atonement theories that are "Penal Substitution" (Protestants) and "Debt Satisfaction" (Roman Catholics).


  6. Here's my AR-15...I bought a DTI 16" M4 Rifle (http://www.del-ton.com/) collapsible stock...flat-top upper receiver...added the carry handle for now until I can buy a scope...chrome lined the barrel.

     

    Nothing too fancy. I have a laser and flash light attachment...just haven't installed it yet.

     

    EDIT: My brother is in the army and is supposed to get me a front grip with a button that releases a bi-pod :)

     

     

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  7. Honest question. If you believe that God has every single choice you ever made and will make' date=' then how is it a person's choice to do what they want? I'm going back to what you were saying before about how you said it was a person's choice to do all those bad things in the name of religion, but then again if God has all the choices mapped out, then there's no free will is there? Like I said an honest question and I'm not trying to bash you.[/quote']

     

    I disagree with the people who believe in "predestination". Here's my view:

     

    Omniscience is the capacity to know everything infinitely...God knowing EVERY possible outcome to EVERY possible circumstance/situation equals omniscience. God is so all-knowing that not only does He know the options that actually come to pass in the stream of time, He knows all the options that were not taken and what they would have led to.

     

    But, He restricts his own knowledge of your specific decisions so as to not trample on your free will. Just as He restricts His knowledge of the sins for which we repent of and are forgiven, and never considers them again.

     

    imho, there are 3 commonly known options when viewing God's knowledge:

     

    1: predestination: you have no choice in the matter b/c it was predestined to happen.

    2: foreknowledge: God has foreknowledge of what you will do…this is slightly under predestination, but some make the case that it’s the same as predestination b/c once you get down to the decision making, God still already knows your decision.

    3: My personal Belief: God knows all possible outcomes of free-will and has a plan for any outcome that is possible…but He restricts His knowledge of each specific decision that we will make (this does not discount the fact that He still knows every possible outcome to every possible decision to be made).....Just as He resists the knowledge of our forgiven sins.


  8. the freedom to pick select few choices

     

     

    and I would add to ur statement: Without Constraint....and this would finish the definition of Free Will.

     

    The fact that you have the unconstrained capability to pick the choices available equals "Free Will". The fact that you dislike the choices provided to you or that maybe you wish you had all possible choices to every possible decision doesn't matter. God doesn't promise you the right to every option available for every possible decision....but that does not infringe on your right to make your own decisions without constraint. Again, I think here, as well as with KFM, the definition of Free Will is not accurate.


  9. The fact that you have the unconstrained capability to pick the choices available equals "Free Will". The fact that you dislike the choices provided to you or that maybe you wish you had all possible choices to every possible decision doesn't matter. God doesn't promise you the right to every option available for every possible decision....but that does not infringe on your right to make your own decisions without constraint. Again, I think here, as well as with KFM, the definition of Free Will is not accurate.


  10. I don't agree with most of it. But it had a few points that had a different angle that I had ever thought of. With free will it is kind of a catch 22. I read a definition of free will and it talked about making a choice basically without any outside interfearanc. Seems we don't have that luxury. There is a reprocussion for most choices we make. Weather positive or negative. Like are you choosing heaven or hell? What if I want neither. I wouldn't really have free will I only have the right to choose the choices provided for me.

     

     

    What if you didn't want to live on the earth......do you not have free will?


  11. Of course not.

     

    Here is the deal. When you toss your influence onto someone' date=' you have limited and or guided their so called free will.

     

    God most definitely guided the actions of Moses, Abraham, Noah. They were not forced but guided( and what is guide? Guide is to direct the course of...)

     

    Sorry but I am a rock on this issue of free will unless you have something in the realms of philosophy or psychology that could possibly budge me.

     

    What is free will? Free will is the power to do and choose what ever without outside influences.

     

    Do you really think we have free will? I am a believer we are confined by society and we most certainly do not have free will. It takes a special person to break the bonds and chains of society.[/quote']

     

    "What is free will? Free will is the power to do and choose what ever without outside influences."

     

    I don't accept your definition of free will. Since you "are a rock" on this issue, perhaps reading several different definitions of what free will "actually" means will help shed some light on whether or not God (if He exists) gave man free will.

     

    Free Will: (1) The ability to choose one's actions, or determine what reasons are acceptable motivation for actions. (2) The doctrine that human beings are able to choose their actions without being caused to do so by external forces. (3) the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies. (4) the capacity of rational agents to choose a course of action from among various alternatives. (5) voluntary choice or decision.

     

    And to say that you are rock solid on this issue could come back to haunt you.

     

    Further more you say: "When you toss your influence onto someone, you have limited and or guided their so called free will."

     

    No, you have not limited their "free will" at all. Free will is simply the action of making a choice/decision without being "forced". At most, when you provide counsel to someone, you are merely expanding the persons knowledge of the possible outcomes of their decision....BUT, the decision is ultimately up to the person to make....you have not "forced" or "constrained" them to do anything.

     

    My parents many times tried to "guide" me and "influence" me, but I still did what I wanted to do anyway.......and I paid the consequences for my decisions even in the face of my parents actually telling what the consequences would be in some cases.

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