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I miss Atlanta dim sum.  It was so good. :-\

Speaking of Atlanta, here's another question for you maggs.  Why do Asians love Emory so much?  Not just the law school, but the business school and undergrad as well.  It seems like the Asian population of Emory exceeds that of the rest of the southeastern United States... what is it about Emory that brought this about?

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I just noticed this thread, and am far too lazy to read through all the replies (I suspect less than 5% are on-subject anyway).  However, this is basically a rhetorical question being asked here.  Anyone with the tiniest bit of mysticism about them realizes that everyone's relationship with their God/Dhmarma/morality/etc is personal and unique. 

At the same time though, NOBODY has a structured and verbalized theology that hasn't already been labeled by SOMEBODY before.  That's the most boring thing about theology and politics, everything already has a label.

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i try to tell myself that the first thing i notice about a girl is her smile.

but to be honest it's her hair color.

That's a weird thing to be attracted to... most American women dye it differently every so often anyway.

Like you, I've always maintained that front when seeing someone new, "The first thing I noticed about you was your smile/eyes/whatever(yawn)".  However, once a relationship builds up and I can let my guard down, I'm pretty open about saying, "Honestly? I noticed you because you have a great ass!".  I mean come on, females, if your guy won't admit to something along those lines, you're dating an untrustworthy liar.

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Top notch boobs are a must. That's what a classy man looks for in a gal.

clearly i'm not a classy man. 

I'm with Stanley.  A nice ass is FAR more important than boobs.

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My question:

Why do Asian girls so fiercely resist the fact that they WILL, in fact, become their mothers in the end?

Heh, my question is why are you qualifying this and limiting it to JUST Asian girls?  :D

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after spending many hours studying p0rn, i have noticed that asian girls that grow up in the west are usually more, umm, endowed than girls that grow up in asia.

whats up with that?

It's called McDonalds.

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Okay, here's a couple questions off the top of my head:

1) How do you define "Asian"?  I don't even know what the hell this term means.  Technically, a Moscow native just over the border from Europe is "Asian", although no one would consider that to be the case.  At the same time, most people consider those from India to be Asian... when anthropologically-speaking they are more closely related to whites (look up "United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind, 261 U.S. 204" for giggles sometime).  What about Pacific Islanders?  I'm so confused!   
???

2) I have worked with Chinese colleagues who HATE the term "Asian", and prefer "Oriental" (something to do with being lumped in with Mongols and Indians).  I have also worked with Chinese who prefer "Asian" and are deathly insulted by "Oriental".  What's up with THAT?!? 

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Ask a Muslim anything.
« on: May 18, 2006, 08:48:42 AM »
This thread is a gross disappointment.

Not only is it disappointing due to Trollick perverting the opportunity and turning it into a flame-war, but it's even MORE disappointing due to juvenille level of response.  I'm particularly disappointed in you, red.  I not familiar with most of these posters throwing out jr.-high-school obscenities, but in the time I've been around you've always seemed pretty solid and sharp.  Even half-asleep and cranky after a long day, I would still expect better that this.  ALL you guys disgust me though, and illustrate why liberalism will always be a minority position in America... even when you do agree with staunch liberals, you wish you didn't.

A quick comment about the level of Muslim extremism portrayed on Al-jazeera and Western media.  I don't care which culture you're in, the mainstream media is going to be worthless whores whose only concern is ratings.  Conflict and contraversy == ratings.  This is why U.S. news broadcasts have devolved to the point where EVERY story is accompanied by two wacko guests, neither of which really represent anyone, just yelling at each other for five minutes.  This is why the impression of Christianity one would develop from watching Western media would be shaped by Jerry Falwell calling homosexuals "Satanists", and Pat Robertson referring to feminists as "lesbian practicioners of witchcraft" and openly calling for the assasination of Venezuela's president.

Religious extremism is pervasive in the media because it's contraversial and drives ratings.  That doesn't mean that reality is proportional to the portrayal.  The face of "Christianity" in the media will always belong to the Falwell's and Robertson's... you'll never read about Quakers, who trend liberal, or mainline Protestants, who eschew extremism, or any Roman Catholic who is talking about an issue unrelated to sex.  The vast majority of Christians, and I suspect the vast majority of Muslims as well, are moderates holding reasonable views. 

At the same time, I strongly doubt that the Falwell and Robertson supporters, or extremist Muslims, are an insignificant minority in the 1-2% range.  They may be tiny minorities in the respective intellectual circles that drives each religion's high scholarship, but their popular support among the ignorant and poor are no doubt higher.  I would guess as much as 1-in-5 within Christianity today, and I'd be surprised if it were less than that in the Muslim world due to the economic disparities of that region.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Ask a Muslim anything.
« on: May 18, 2006, 08:18:43 AM »
The first citation of "bloody mary" in the Oxford English Dictionary is from Punch (August 15, 1956): "Those two … are eating raw steaks and drinking Bloody Marys." But bartender Fernand Petiot of Harry's New York Bar in Paris claims to have invented the drink some time during the 1920s. Says Petiot, "One of the boys suggested we call the drink ‘Bloody Mary’ because it reminded him of the Bucket of Blood Club in Chicago, and a girl there named Mary."

I doubt it.  The name "Bloody Mary" has been used for almost 500 years now to describe Queen Mary Tudor of England, who ruled during the transition from Roman Catholicism to today's (Protestant) Church of England.  Mary's predesessor had converted the Church to Protestantism, but Mary was Catholic and represented a last-ditch effort to turn the tide back around.  She burned a few hundred Protestant leaders alive at the stake, killing people at a greater rate than the Spanish Inquisition, and is chiefly responsible for English colonists a century later seeing enormous need for a separation between church and state.

I don't know if the "Bloody Mary" cocktail was directly named after Mary Tudor or not, but she is definately the origin of that phrase being popularized.  If you called a drink "Godfather of Soul"... no matter how it came to pass, it would ultimately be in honor of James Brown.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Flirting
« on: May 17, 2006, 11:45:18 AM »
the 5th element chick had bigger boobs and shorter hair

Huh?!?  I find Milla Jovovich to be one of the most beautiful women alive, but it's not due to voluptuousness.  There are 10-year boys with bigger boobs.

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