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one day you guys will realize that the "libs" you hate so much are just people with opinions that differ from your own.  maybe then you can analyze both sides of an argument instead of just toeing a party line.  honestly, it's like you guys just look down a Republican Party crip sheet to formulate your answers.  this isn't in response to anything posted recently, just a general observation.

has anybody commented on how stupid the "word" peacenik is yet?  it just sounds so damn...stupid.

please tell me it's a word devised by Ann Coulter.....

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What Are You Reading?
« on: June 06, 2005, 10:19:51 AM »
I also read Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson not too long ago.  An interesting cyber-nerd novel.  It was written almost a decade ago, so some of the technology he makes up is a little bogus, but some of it is right on, which is sorta neat.  I would definitely recommend it for a light summer read if you're a sci-fi nerd in the least.  It seemed like he kind of painted himself into a literary corner at some points during the book and needed to make up some side-plots and inventions to get the characters out of trouble.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What Are You Reading?
« on: June 06, 2005, 10:12:01 AM »
im on a vonnegurt spree so, cats cradle, slaughterhouse-5, etc.

I assume you've read Breakfast of Champions and Timequake?  Those are two of my all-time favorite books.  I like Vonnegut's style a lot.  His books remind me of a grandfather imparting wisdom to a grandson.  His books seem like they're full of so many cool little life-lessons.

people understand supporting their own family a lot more than sacrificing their kids' supper for the folks across town that they don't even know.  that's why there has never been a successful implementation and the only attempts have been perverted interpretations forced on the people.

in true a socialist society there is no need for sacrificing basic necessities for someone else because there are enough for everyone.  quit thinking about Russia as an example; it's not true socialism.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Just bought a Dell 700m
« on: June 05, 2005, 07:05:44 PM »
I've been going back and forth on this one.  I already have a Toshiba Satellite, which is about 1 1/2 years old, and works great.  But, I was thinking about getting a new one.  I don't know whether I should go with a smaller one that is light, or a big laptop/desktop 17 incher that has a big, bright screen.  My Toshiba is a tweener.

don't get a big laptop.  if you want more power, bells and whistles get a new desktop.  you don't want to lug around a 17" laptop.  it'll just end up being an expensive desktop that has more heat and hardware issues than a regular desktop.  I HIGHLY recommend an SFF desktop if you want something small and awesome (and relatively cheap for looking cool and being completely silent).

General Off-Topic Board / What Are You Reading?
« on: June 05, 2005, 07:00:14 PM »
Okay, so let's share what we've been reading as of late.  Hopefully we can talk about something that doesn't turn into political idiocy or mudslinging like so many threads have become as of late.

Jack Kerouac - On the Road

I read Big Sur a few years back and wasn't particularly impressed with Kerouac's literary style.  Hopefully this one's a little better.  I'm only like 20 pages in so far, so I'm unable to tell.

Hunter S. Thompson - The Rum Diary

After he died a couple of months ago I decided to pick up one of his books again (I've read almost all of them).  This is a great book that really captures the insanity of living on the fringe of society in a foreign place.  Thompson's writing is visceral, but somehow eloquent and intellectual at the same time.

Chuck Palahniuk - Invisible Monsters

For those of you who don't know him, Palahniuk wrote Fight Club.  If you've seen or read Fight Club, then you know what kind of a writer he is.  His books are rife with critiques of American society.  I guess I didn't like the book mainly because of this.  He doesn't reveal his opinions very tactfully or subtly.  They're loud and messy like a bull in a china shop.  There were some interesting twists, but all-in-all I wouldn't recommend the book.

so....whatcha readin'?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Anybody Taken Boxing Lessons?
« on: June 05, 2005, 06:47:10 PM »
my roommates and I had "house boxing gloves" a couple of years ago.  we'd get in fights, inevitably as most roommates do, and then we'd simply fight it out on the weekends.  it was pretty fun.  nobody got seriously hurt.  I probably liked it more than everybody else because I still had 40 pounds on the largest roommate other than myself.

so in conclusion, no, I've never taken boxing lessons.

The reason a few of these statements are ridiculous is that they are hyperbole; the opposite of one hyperbole can be an equally ridiculous hyperbole.

Criticism in blue

Cool DL. I made some minor edits. Basically I tried to negate everything so that it reflected the non-Peaceniks point of view. After all, they are opposites. No?: No is correct

Non-Peaceniks say amazing things:

"Jesus is NOT LOVE," some say, as though that is the end of both the conversation and Jesus.  The point was that war is wrong because Jesus is love.  But is war to end suffering wrong.  Could you debate going into Europe in WWII by saying that "Jesus is love" and millions of innocent people need to die because of it.  It is not that saying "Jesus is love" is wrong, it is saying that equates to war is necessarily wrong is ridiculous

"We should ALWAYS go to war, and all will be well." previously mention hyperbole

"I'm FOR sending our boys to war without the best possible equipment." "I'm FOR funding for military equipment."  The reason it is ridiculous is it is a contradiction, of course the opposite contradiction is ridiculous.  I thing the poster would agree that 'warmongers' would say best equipment and funding.

"I would have definitely NOT supported (fill in past succesful war now regarded as obviously the right thing to do), but I'm FOR (fill in current war)."  This is just something dumb that hippies say to try to not sound like they are against war in general, by saying that they favor easily justifiable wars with favorable outcomes.  Any one with some sense knows that it is not always easy to justify what is right.

this thread is turning stupid.

what a predictably boring answer.

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