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General Off-Topic Board / Re: LASIK, anyone?
« on: June 09, 2004, 12:15:02 PM »
Before you get it - I would definately consider the age and need aspects.  If you are 90, you might not want to wait for the next generation to come out.  Also, if you are legally blind, you might not have much to lose however if you are only sorta blind, you could.  Another thing I have heard is that your eyes need to have stopped changing - or at least really slowed down.  If your prescription is changing every six months, I don't think most doctor's will do it.  One other thing I have heard - don't go to the LASIK surgery centers that do it really cheap.  If you do it, go to the best even if it is the most expensive.  I think it can only be done once or twice and then you are stuck with the results.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: LASIK, anyone?
« on: June 09, 2004, 12:07:04 PM »
My dad got it - went from being almost legally blind without glasses to being able to drive without glasses.  He loved it!  Also, one of my co-workers had it and really liked it.  Only complaint I've heard (from a third person that had it) is that you can smell burning when they do it and that it almost made her sick.

What I am wondering is why is there no party that is liberally social and finacially conservative!  I hate voting for democrats cause I know that I will be supporting fat people in scooters and people that can't figure out how birth control works but at the same time if I vote for republicans, I can kiss my right to have an abortion (thus no one else's money would be spend on me) and my right to be any religion I want away. 

Law School Admissions / Re: women in law
« on: June 09, 2004, 11:51:32 AM »
"that said, I don't understand women... I hear you all can be quite irrational at times."

We can be irrational?  Try this one - I have a Master's and am now going for my JD.  By the time I am out of school, I hope to be making pretty good money.  My SO on the other hand - no UG degree, no Master's and definately no JD - however we get into fights about when we have kids who should stay home with them.  I'm think my salary will be at least double what his is and if nothing else, I can try to find a job that allows me some time home so he can work part-time just for kicks.  Of course, he is slowly coming around to the idea that it would be much, much, much more financial beneficial for me to work but his rational is "I'm the man, I should work"  even if it mean living on a salary that is maybe half, probably more like a fourth, of what I could make.  And you call women irrational?

I know that Colorado Springs has one of the highest precentages of conservative religious groups... and the highest precentage of conservative book publishers.  Not that this always equates with bigotry - however, it typically equates with very anti-abortion, anti-homeosexual and anti-anything that isn't like us thinking.

I'll have to pick moderate too then - mostly because I am just opposite of Marista :-)

I am liberal on social issues (abortion, gay marriage, legalizing drugs) but conservative on financial stuff (welfare, taxes, death tax).  I'm also pretty conservative on state's rights and 2nd amendment rights.  But I am liberal as far as the Bush War, attack of the right wing bandits, in that I don't think it should have happened and very much for the seperation of church and state...

They used to give small pox infected blankets to indians to "help" this country.  It doesn't mean it is right.  You shouldn't have to give up your freedom to protect this country!

Biggest problem with the tap being illegal and citing it as so - guess what, you will probably never know they did it.

Law School Admissions / Re: women in law
« on: June 09, 2004, 10:13:18 AM »
The most disturbing thing about this thread - why the hell do you have to give everything up to raise the children while your husband becomes a doctor?  Maybe you should see about working out your schedules so that both of you can have jobs and take care of the kids.  Maybe he should think about giving up his career so that you can do what you want to do.  Why do you have to give up your want to become a lawyer just for him???

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: Fahrenheit 911...Opinions?
« on: June 09, 2004, 10:10:19 AM »
I plan to see it - however if it is anything like "Bowling for Columbine" I think I am going to be upset.  I did not like BFC at all - Moore came across as arrogant and didn't seem to discuss both sides of the story at all.  Maybe it is because I watched it on tv, had step-family members there and my brother was locked out of his school returning from a field trip since all the Denver Metro schools were on lock-down for the most part, but it seemed really one sided...

Don't get me wrong, I have no love for Bush or his cronneys, but both sides should be presented to be a good documentary...  And less of Moore's big ass.

This could be a big problem - let's say you run for office and someone has gotten your school records.  When you were in school, you talked to a counselor about being molested.  Someone finds this out because it is in your FBI record and now it is leaked.  Why was it in your FBI record?  Well because you contributed to something seen as "terrorist" such as an environmental group that was latter found not to be.

You can say that you have nothing to hide - but that is the wrong way to think since we are suppose to be based on an innocent until proven guilty philosphy.  By that means, it should be why should anyone know anything unless they need to.  Maybe I don't have anything to hide but maybe I would rather someone not know that I was molested, had psychiatric problems, was seen for eating disorders, had a medical problem, made a D in French, etc, etc, etc.  Especially when it comes to the first examples, there are some things that people would really rather keep secret - they may not be ashamed of it, but not want to relive it.

As far as it being a slippery slope - it has already gone down that path.  I believe in Las Vegas elements of the Patriot Act were used againt people (I think it was Mafia, but I can't remember, either way - it was domestic crime not related to terrorism in the slightest).  The Patriot Act was passed to be used for TERRORISM not domestic criminals.  However, now that agencies have the ability to use it, they are using it for every thing out there that they can.

Luckily, people are fighting back.  Something like 4 states and over 300 cities, towns, counties have passed resolutions that they won't help support it.  It was passed quietly when everyone was still afraid based on 9/11 and Bush/Cheney/the others in their administration can say all they want about it but it doesn't make it right or mean that it should be passed again when it expires.

The thing about essentially circumventing FERPA and the sneak-and-peak searches... honestly though, do you see it as a problem? if you have nothing to hide, why would you worry about any of this?

you may say it's going down a slippery slope, but it hasn't gone there yet. big brother is watching me? so what? they'll get bored after about the tenth time they find Debbie Does Dallas on my computer.

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