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  1. Maybe none of us are what we think we are. A Libertarian, or "classical Liberal" exchanging words with a social Libertarian, or "socialist Libertarian" If we look at the words "All men are created equal" in the context of the time it was written, the "men" were men of property and wealth and didn't include women, minorities, or those without property or sufficient property. At least we've progressed and expanded that, moved away from a strict and literal interpretation of that time. It just looks like we're moving back to that time, where "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" meant adhering to a particular credo and being part of it to be correct.
  2. Yeah, I watched it. Didn't find it funny. I saw a man who was doing his job as he sees it and doing it eloquently. He shared what it's like to be a Gold Star parent, something he's never done in public before. He also did his job, as chief of staff to defend his president. He told the president not to make the calls. He, apparently, shared with the president how he was told of his son's death. One soldier telling another, both who were there because they wanted to be there, and understood what might await them because they signed up to defend their country. Who knows what was going on in Trump's head, did he do it because he truly cared and wanted to comfort, did he do it to show he was better than his predecessors. Why did he say what he did? Did he think the words that might have comforted Gen. Kelly would comfort a 25 year old widow who's been told that her husband has to have a closed casket funeral. I don't agree with what Kelly said about the sacredness of certain things have disappeared, changed maybe but not gone. I do agree that the congresswoman from Florida should have kept her mouth shut. All she did was bring herself down to Trump's level of saying something just to keep the pot stirred
  3. Maybe none of us are what we think we are. Who out there "values the freedom of individuals — including the freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and markets — as well as limited government."
  4. Face it guys, we're a nation of immigrants. The immigrant population % today is about the same as it was in the 1920's. The arguments against immigration and the fears associated with it haven't changed in the last two hundred years. As each wave of immigrants hit our shores the same arguments were raised, they'll take our jobs, ruin our neighborhoods, sully our culture. We need to stop them from coming into our country. They were thieves, drunks, dumb, lazy and, more often than not, Catholic. When they got jobs, they often sent money to their families in the "old country", lived in neighborhoods with their own kind and tried to preserve their culture. So what we're facing now is nothing new. We adapted and absorbed those immigrants and are better for it. Why is current time any different?
  5. I don't know Brian, I can smell the tar heating and hear the chickens being plucked, maybe they'll carry you on a Yule Log. Kinda agree though. He wants to be the center of attention and if he isn't he'll just save up spit till his next twitter. And it will be great, fantastic, the biggest, most wonderful congress if his base will elect people who know as much about running a government and country as he does. Got room on that log?
  6. The ship's just delivering supplies, part of what the MSC routinely does. It's not part of the PREPO squadron at DGAR which sits there waiting to support the Marines, Army and Air Force as needed. And there is more than one supply ship floating around out there. Looks like a typical fall in WESTPAC. Unless Korea heats up there most likely won't be a second carrier group out there till spring.
  7. "He that troubles his own house shall inherit the wind and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart." A phony, Knight771? I've been called worse, even been called a liberal, never been called the secular left . Whoever or what ever that may be. Why a phony? Because I celebrate a winter holiday with my family and friends and greet them with the appropriate salutation for their beliefs, whether it be Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays( a nice catch all phrase), Happy Chanukkah or Blessed Yule and don't celebrate a human conceived and created mythical birthday, in the sense, no proof or hint in the Gospels that Christ was born in December, turned Holy Day. Because I don't believe in Christmas according to Knight771. "I don't really care what you do or don't do" If you don't care why all the sound and fury? Celebrate as you wish but if you want to compare diseases. "Liberalism is Leprosy" then the conservatism of the base is a cancer.
  8. Knight771. My family and I celebrate the holiday, not the holy day. We give presents, share a meal of seven fishes on Christmas Eve. My brother-in-law says grace, so that each of us can thank whatever higher power we are comfortable with for the gifts of the old year, the memories of family and friends who have passed, and the hopes for the coming year. My friend who celebrates the holiday as Yule, doesn't mind if I wish her a Merry Christmas. I've worked on Christmas Day when I was in the Navy back in the 60's and when my former employer asked for volunteers to man the CIC so that those with families who had small children could spend the day with them during the first Gulf war. Christmas has been secularized for a long time, and its getting worst. Not going to change. I do object to being told I'll have to say "Merry Christmas" in order to be politically correct. Tomkaz what can I say. "Bah Humbug". I like this better. “And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! "
  9. All this is "much ado about nothing" Christmas is a created holiday(Holy Day). There is no evidence that Christ was born in December. The Catholic Church in 440 A.D. decided to designate December 25th as Christ's birthday in order to make the religion more palatable to the "pagans" it was trying to convert who celebrated the Winter Solstice with festivals such as Saturnalia or Yule. The Christmas trees, decorations and presents along with the Yule Log all descend from pagan rites. If ya'll want to say "Merry Christmas" so be it. I wish you all Happy Holidays'
  10. “The American press is a shame and a reproach to a civilized people. When a man is too lazy to work and too cowardly to steal, he becomes an editor and manufactures public opinion.” "I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts." The latest Trump tweet? Nope. A civil war general who had the common sense not to run for an office he wasn't qualified for, which is more than one can say for "The Donald"
  11. Sng12th, the material is Senyo Lazer Dubbing. I've been using it for all my small, 3 inches or less, bait fish patterns. Flash/Sparkle is part of the material and it's self tapering so I don't have to trim it to shape.
  12. Everyone needs a safe haven to take shelter from the storm. It would be interesting to see what topics come up. I won't have to turn in my NRA membership card to post on it will I?
  13. Excellent movie. I doubt they'd cut the Civil War scenes. Most folks would just think it was the director taking liberties with history to add more blood and gore to the movie rather than basing it on the reality that more than a few battles were fought out west in what is now Arizona and New Mexico during the Civil War.
  14. Might as well throw a bit more gas on the fire. What are we going to do about military bases named for Confederate generals, Fort Bragg, for example. Or the class of Navy ships named after battles, one considered Confederate victories. The Chancellorsville, comes to mind.
  15. I ended up tying one as a tube fly a few years ago. Not a pretty fly, and way to bulky to cast with an 8 wgt. The hook's I in the rear. Total length was 11 inches.