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[13 Sep 2005|10:34pm]

christianalk
Hey, just curious, what's everyone's opinions on rebuilding New Orleans? I'm all for doing all that we can to get people out of there and on to better ground...but as far as rebuilding the city, I'm not so sure....The levees alone, I think would cost America some magor money that it can't afford...Within a twelve month process, it's a very good estimate that the bill could come to a trillion dollars, or there abouts, which could lead to a repeat of the 1920s depression.....and we really don't need that
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[12 Sep 2005|08:34pm]

christianalk
Hey my names Christiana and yes I'm new,
Just wanted to say how happy I am to join, I think this looks a wonderful political community,
So many other debate communities I've joined are so into Republican/Democrat wars that they don't focus on the facts, but this looks like it has some really intelligent points,
-Definately count me in as an active member
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Iraqi Olympic soccer players rage at Bush and occupation [25 Aug 2004|09:14pm]

failingxretina


BBC
August 20, 2004

Iraq's successful Olympic football (soccer) team has launched an outspoken attack on US President George W Bush.

Midfielder Salih Sadir said the team - which won its group stage in Greece - was angry it had been used in Mr Bush's re-election campaign ads.

One accused the US leader of committing "many crimes", and another said he would be fighting US troops if not for Athens.

Their comments were made in a US Sports Illustrated magazine interview.

Salih Sadir said he was angry at Mr. Bush's campaign adverts showing pictures of the Afghan and Iraqi flags with the words: "At this Olympics there will be two more free nations - and two fewer terrorist regimes".

"Iraq as a team does not want Mr Bush to use us for the presidential campaign," said the Iraqi player.

"He can find another way to advertise himself."

He called for US troops to be withdrawn from Iraq. "We don't wish for the presence of the Americans in our country. We want them to go away."

Another star player, 22-year-old Ahmed Manajid, asked: "How will [Mr Bush] meet his god having slaughtered so many men and women? He has committed so many crimes."

Mr Manajid, from Falluja - a hotbed of armed opposition to the US-led occupation in Iraq - said if he was not playing football "for sure" he would be fighting as part of the resistance.

"I want to defend my home. If a stranger invades America and the people resist, does that mean they are terrorists?" he asked.

"Everyone [in Falluja] has been labelled a terrorist. These are all lies. Falluja people are some of the best people in Iraq."

The team said they were glad Iraq's former Olympic committee head Uday Hussein - Saddam Hussein's notorious son killed by US forces after the invasion - was no longer in charge.

But coach Adnan Hamad said he was concerned with what the Bush administration was doing in Iraq.

"My problems are not with the American people. They are with what America has done in Iraq: destroy everything," he said.

"The American army has killed so many people in Iraq. What is freedom when I go to the stadium and there are shootings on the road?"


Mr Bush's spokesman defended the war on Iraq and the campaign adverts.

"The ad simply talks about President Bush's optimism and how democracy has triumphed over terror," he was quoted by the Press Association as saying.

"Twenty-five million people in Iraq are free as a result of the actions of the coalition."

FROM: http://www.notinourname.net/war/soccer-20aug04.htm
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Saddam gardens and writes poetry! [06 Aug 2004|06:34pm]

failingxretina
LONDON (AP) -- Saddam Hussein appears depressed and demoralized in solitary confinement, spending his time writing poetry, tending a garden and reading the Quran, according to a report published Monday in The Guardian newspaper.

One of Saddam's poems is about George Bush, though the report did not specify whether that referred to President Bush or his father, Saddam's foe in the 1991 Gulf War.

The newspaper quoted Bakhtiar Amin, the human rights minister in the new Iraqi government, who said he had visited Saddam's cell on Saturday. Amin said he did not speak to the former Iraqi leader.

Bakhtiar said Saddam appeared "in good health and being kept in good conditions," but he "appeared demoralized and dejected," The Guardian reported.

Saddam's air-conditioned cell in a U.S. military prison is 10 feet wide and 13 feet long, Amin said. Saddam is not allowed to mix with other prisoners.

Amin had little to report on Saddam's poetry. "One of the poems is about George Bush, but I had no time to read it," Amin said.

He reported that Saddam was being treated for high blood pressure and a chronic prostate infection, and was gaining weight after losing 11 pounds during a time when he resisted all fatty foods.

Saddam and other detainees get an MRE (meal ready to eat) breakfast, and hot food twice a day, Amin said. Dessert might include oranges, apples, pears or plums, but Saddam also likes American muffins and cookies, The Guardian quoted Amin as saying.

Saddam is not allowed newspapers, TV or radio, but has access to 145 books -- mostly travel books and novels -- donated by the Red Cross.

Amin said Saddam tends a garden during his daily three-hour exercise period.

"He is looking after a few bushes and shrubs and has even placed a circle of white stones around a small palm tree," said Amin. "His apparent care for his surroundings is ironic when you think he was responsible for one of the biggest ecocides when he drained the southern marshes."

Amin, a Kurd from Kirkuk, was reportedly the first member of the new Iraqi government to visit Saddam.

During his visit, Amin said he met Ali Hassan al-Majid, also known as Chemical Ali, who allegedly ordered the use of chemical weapons against Kurds in the late 1980s; Saddam's half-brother, Barzan al-Tikriti, a former intelligence chief who was Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva until 1998; and Saddam's personal secretary, Abid Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti.

Amin said he was approached by al-Tikriti, who was standing next to Ali Hassan al-Majid.

"Minister, what am I doing here?" Amin quoted al-Tikriti as saying. "I am not like the others, I am not like Ali Hassan al-Majid." Al-Tikriti asked that the message be passed on to Kurdish leaders and to new Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi.

"I tried to control my emotions, but to be honest I wanted to vomit," The Guardian quoted Amin as saying.

"There before me were the men responsible for the industrial pain of Iraq -- mass murderers who were responsible for turning Iraq into a land of mass graves."



From: http://www.kron4.com/global/story.asp?s=2089887&ClientType=Printable
and
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=540&e=5&u=/ap/20040726/ap_on_re_mi_ea/britain_saddam
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Bill O'Reilly, FOX news talk show host VS. Michael Moore, filmaker // at the democratic convention [06 Aug 2004|01:41am]

failingxretina
Hey people.
I just got an email from the owner of I'm afraid of Americans about their new message board ["I'm afraid of Americans" is a David Bowie song]. Check it out. It is more of a liberal board, but of course anyone can join. It would be interesting too to have other opinions. So you can check it out here if you wish.

Also: Bill O'Reilly vs. Michael MooreCollapse )

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Response to Randy's post and Reflection on 9/11, war, etc. [30 Jul 2004|04:37am]

failingxretina
It was in between first and second period when they made us go back to the dorms. None of us knew what was going on except that we've been told there had been an attack on the US. We were in Rome, Italy, and about 2 and a half hours from the military base, so we didn't get American news. I didn't hear the whole story until I recieved a phone call from my parents that night. In addition to the World Trade Center in New York, many seem to forget that the Pentagon was also attacked. Another plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. That plane was destined for the Capitol. Without the bravery of the passengers on that flight, more lives could have been lost. Unfortunately, my family lost a couple family friends from the whole tragedy. America's homeland security had been violated. You could imagine the fear in my soul when I boarded the plane to take us back home the following year. My dad had been stationed back in Great Lakes, Illinois. Security was tighter than ever. A twelve hour flight can be very nerve-racking after something like this happens, if you ask me. But ever since then, I've dedicated myself to being more aware of what goes on in the world.

Who was responsible for this tragedy?
15 Saudis, 0 Iraqis.
[but 19 terrorists total]

Some people say Mr. Bush handled 9/11 well. However, in addition to the fact that Presidents are trained how to act in times of crisis and tragedy, he presided over and had ultimate responsibility for the deaths of thousands of civilians in Afghanistan as a result of US aerial bombings that failed to locate Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the whole ordeal.

About two years later, our President randomly shifts the focus on the hunt for bin Laden & Co. to Saddam & Iraq. Out of no where [well, he gave them 48 hours to give up their non-existant WMD], on March 19, 2003, Bush declares war on Iraq. During those 48 hours beforehand, I prayed and hoped that he wouldn't actually follow through with this ridiculous plan of his. I could see right through his motives, I could sense bad things to come out of it, even worse than they were then. Protesters, once again throughout his presidency, filled the streets all across the country speaking up for what they believed in. Not only did they fill the streets in America, but across the planet. No country was willing to back us up, even the United Nations was not with us at the time. We entered by ourselves, without help, and with fewer troops than we have now.

I always disliked that "Mission Accomplished" banner that hung so arrogantly and a bit too boldly high up on that aircraft carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, that one day in May. Beneath the banner, Bush declared the end of major combat in Iraq. He said, “In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.” But one year later, it seems too soon to talk of victory in Iraq. Since May first of 2003 up until the 30th of April, 423 American troops have been killed in action. In the war zone, an insurgency threatens America’s exit strategy. In a year's time, support for the war has fallen dramatically. However, there was a point in that time frame where things seemed to finally be in favor of the President's decision to go to war. That point was the capture of Saddam Hussein on December 13, 2003. It looked like finally things were starting to look up, and a sense of hopefullness had finally filled the air.

But once 2004 rolled around, attacks and bombings, etc. became more frequent and violent. The prison scandal at Abu Ghraib stirred up more reason for violence and hatred to prevail, and everything the nobel troops had worked for to build a safe country so far had shattered into nothing. Americans, as well as Foreigners around the world, watched as the humiliating story unfolded, a story that painted an ugly face of America, one that represents the complete opposite of everything the true Old Glory stands for. American and foreigners alike have been captured and held hostage. Some have already been executed, most in a brutal, cold manner. A trend for terrorists who execute their hostages has been to dress them in detainee garments similar to those in Abu Ghraib, and then behead them. In addition, all this is captured on videotape and spread across the internet for the whole world to view their merciless revenge. People around the world doubted peace after the transfer of sovereignty June 28th, two days before the deadline. A possible civil war still lurks in Iraq's future.

We are still at war today, no matter what that banner on the USS Abraham Lincoln says. With things getting increasingly worse overseas, Bush's credibility is going down and people are starting to doubt. What really was the purpose for the war? Was it...Nuclear Proliferation? Saddam? Liberation? Terrorism? No one really seems to know, since the administration does some flip-flopping of its own. And with that said, we the people can all clearly come to the conclusion that the Iraq war is very similar to the Vietnam war. Both wars have successfully proven to us that we should only go to war when we have to go to war, not when we want to. So far, all successful war Presidents have been of the Democratic party.

Mr. Tillman was indeed a noble man. But so were the rest of the 908+ men and women who've died so far. His country is very proud of him and people like him. Since the comparing of Vietnam and Iraq is taking place, I'd like to compare Tillman to Kerry. Likewise to Tillman, John Kerry volunteered for the draft to Vietnam when he didn't have to. Likewise to Tillman, John Kerry showed great bravery and courage in [and out of] combat. Likewise to Tillman, he showed loyalty to his band of brothers and to his country. However, there are also differences. Unlike Tillman, Kerry survived his gunshot wounds. Unlike Tillman AND Kerry, President Bush skipped over 500 people on a waiting list [that's what money can buy] to get into the National Guard so he didn't have to get drafted to go fight for his country. The irony of it all is that he is running his own Vietnam, yet he doesn't even know what war is like in reality. So, if one says they respect people who fight for our country, does he or she really mean it? Does he or she respect John Kerry for all he's done for us?

And finally, now in July the 9/11 commission has released its report, and also actions that Congress and the current administration can take in order to prevent another attack. However, Congress has taken a significantly long vacation after the report was released. This was the same mistake our government made last time - going on vacation. I hate to say it, but I can feel another evil, yet clever attack in the near future. Simply because our President took a month vacation in August 2001 just before the September 11 attack, we don't have that chance to take again now.

You might want to take a look at this also.Collapse )

Now I'd like to challenge these series of statements:

People take our freedom for granted. We have the right to everything almost. A right to choose our own career, our own lifestyle, a freedom of speech, religion, and many more. Not many countries have this. They live under one single ruler, ran by him. They are killed or imprisioned for thier own opinions. They arnet free. yet we complain. Its disguesting.

This is what I see almost everyday. Clearly these days nationalism is camouflaged as patriotism. Patriotism requires serious, rational thought. Nationalism requires conformity and ignorance, and demands that people not contemplate any serious thought to issues of the government and world, but instead wrap themselves in the flag and let someone else do the contemplating. Patriotism isn't threatened by the different viewpoints of the people, it understands that freedom and liberty aren't simple-minded. Nationalism fears conflict and dissent, which is why it produces outrageous slogans such as "America - Love it or Leave it". Patriotism seeks answers that benefit our nation's interest and those of the rest of the world. Nationalism believes it can win only if others lose. Patriotism seeks to win the hearts and minds of the people. Nationalism seeks to win only the hearts. This "patriotic" mindset [ie. nationalism] demands that we support the decisions of our leaders without question regardless. But politics is too important to be left up to politicians. I will speak up, I will vote, I want change, I want dissent, and I do not support our current President. If I don't agree with something, I'll speak up. Because in America, it's possible. It does not mean I hate my country, it means I exercise my rights as an American under the constitution. That is true patriotism. In this country you have the freedom to love your country and not your president or your government. It is NOT called complaining, it is called standing up for what one believes in. So why do people identify America and themselves with the military and government? Why does being anti-Bush and anti-occupation have to mean that a person is anti-American? For example, people may say they hate the war...but that doesnt mean that they hate America. Are tanks, troops, and violence the only face of America? No, they aren't the only face of America.


Im not saying we are the free-est. I can name at least 100 countries who HAVE less freedom then we do. and you know what? if you dont like current security, GET THE HELL OUT! GO to somewhere else. WE GIVE U THE DAMN FREEDOM TO! Other countries you have to smuggle to get out. Im not going into debate with this, since its not even worth the time. Its obvious That most of people who complain about these things, take freedom for granted. Go somewhere where there isnt this freedom, and dont come back here begging to us saying "I should have listened" We have the dman freedom to do sports, the freedom to play golf, the freedom t oeducation, the freedon to start our own fucking buisnesses, the freedom to say against ANYONE, the freedom to rebel, the freedom to protest, the freedom to have our own religion, the freedom to own a car, the freedom to come and go as we please, the freedom to go bankrupt, the freedom to own a computer, the freedom to use the internet, the freedom to watch TVS, the freedom to have our personal News sources, the freedom TO POST SOMETHING LIKE THIS! IF you feel like your not free, LEAVE.

Let me start with saying that we aren't as free as we used to be. The Patriot Act violates our civil liberties and privacy. For more info, go to http://geocities.com/hatetheact. We can't protect freedom by taking it away, and that's precisely what the Patriot Act does. Bush has also tried to pass an unsuccessful ban on gay marriage. Is that freedom to you? I think not. This also kinda ties in with my nationalism statements above^. First off, if everyone who wasn't happy with everything left the country, the economy would go way down and America would suffer greatly. Also, America wouldn't have half the people that represent it. The ones who stand up and go against the establishment. So that isn't a very wise idea. Second, there are loads of other countries who happen to be freer than us. We don't take freedom for granted, "complaining" as you say, is simply voicing ones' opinion, and that is exercising freedom. Taking it for granted would be not doing anything at all, and not cherishing it by using it. So yeah, I'll "complain", loud and proud. And I'm not going anywhere.

You can kill the protester, but you can't kill the protest. - Anti-flag

So what do you think?
Post questions, comments, ideas, insults. I don't care, just post something.

Also, please check out the previous entry before this one. It could make history.
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Barack Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention ... [OH snap!] [29 Jul 2004|03:26pm]

failingxretina

On behalf of the great state of Illinois, crossroads of a nation, land of Lincoln, let me express my deep gratitude for the privilege of addressing this convention.

Tonight is a particular honor for me because, let's face it, my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely. My father was a foreign student, born and raised in a small village in Kenya. He grew up herding goats, went to school in a tin-roof shack. His father, my grandfather, was a cook, a domestic servant.

But my grandfather had larger dreams for his son. Through hard work and perseverance my father got a scholarship to study in a magical place; America which stood as a beacon of freedom and opportunity to so many who had come before. While studying here, my father met my mother. She was born in a town on the other side of the world, in Kansas.

Her father worked on oil rigs and farms through most of the Depression. The day after Pearl Harbor he signed up for duty, joined Patton's army and marched across Europe. Back home, my grandmother raised their baby and went to work on a bomber assembly line. After the war, they studied on the GI Bill, bought a house through FHA, and moved west in search of opportunity.

And they, too, had big dreams for their daughter, a common dream, born of two continents. My parents shared not only an improbable love; they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or "blessed," believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success.

They imagined me going to the best schools in the land, even though they weren't rich, because in a generous America you don't have to be rich to achieve your potential. They are both passed away now. Yet, I know that, on this night, they look down on me with pride.

I stand here today, grateful for the diversity of my heritage, aware that my parents' dreams live on in my precious daughters. I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me, and that, in no other country on earth, is my story even possible.

Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation, not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

That is the true genius of America, a faith in the simple dreams of its people, the insistence on small miracles. That we can tuck in our children at night and know they are fed and clothed and safe from harm. That we can say what we think, write what we think, without hearing a sudden knock on the door. That we can have an idea and start our own business without paying a bribe or hiring somebody's son. That we can participate in the political process without fear of retribution, and that our votes will be counted-or at least, most of the time.

This year, in this election, we are called to reaffirm our values and commitments, to hold them against a hard reality and see how we are measuring up, to the legacy of our forbearers, and the promise of future generations.

And fellow Americans—Democrats, Republicans, Independents—I say to you tonight: we have more work to do. More to do for the workers I met in Galesburg, Illinois, who are losing their union jobs at the Maytag plant that's moving to Mexico, and now are having to compete with their own children for jobs that pay seven bucks an hour. More to do for the father I met who was losing his job and choking back tears, wondering how he would pay $4,500 a month for the drugs his son needs without the health benefits he counted on. More to do for the young woman in East St. Louis, and thousands more like her, who has the grades, has the drive, has the will, but doesn't have the money to go to college.

Don't get me wrong. The people I meet in small towns and big cities, in diners and office parks, they don't expect government to solve all their problems. They know they have to work hard to get ahead and they want to. Go into the collar counties around Chicago, and people will tell you they don't want their tax money wasted by a welfare agency or the Pentagon.

Go into any inner city neighborhood, and folks will tell you that government alone can't teach kids to learn. They know that parents have to parent, that children can't achieve unless we raise their expectations and turn off the television sets and eradicate the slander that says a black youth with a book is acting white. No, people don't expect government to solve all their problems.

But they sense, deep in their bones, that with just a change in priorities, we can make sure that every child in America has a decent shot at life, and that the doors of opportunity remain open to all. They know we can do better. And they want that choice.

In this election, we offer that choice. Our party has chosen a man to lead us who embodies the best this country has to offer. That man is John Kerry. John Kerry understands the ideals of community, faith, and sacrifice, because they've defined his life. From his heroic service in Vietnam to his years as prosecutor and lieutenant governor, through two decades in the United States Senate, he has devoted himself to this country. Again and again, we've seen him make tough choices when easier ones were available. His values and his record affirm what is best in us.

John Kerry believes in an America where hard work is rewarded. So instead of offering tax breaks to companies shipping jobs overseas, he'll offer them to companies creating jobs here at home. John Kerry believes in an America where all Americans can afford the same health coverage our politicians in Washington have for themselves.

John Kerry believes in energy independence, so we aren't held hostage to the profits of oil companies or the sabotage of foreign oil fields. John Kerry believes in the constitutional freedoms that have made our country the envy of the world, and he will never sacrifice our basic liberties nor use faith as a wedge to divide us. And John Kerry believes that in a dangerous world, war must be an option, but it should never be the first option.

A while back, I met a young man named Shamus at the VFW Hall in East Moline, Illinois. He was a good-looking kid, six-two or six-three, clear eyed, with an easy smile. He told me he'd joined the Marines and was heading to Iraq the following week.

As I listened to him explain why he'd enlisted, his absolute faith in our country and its leaders, his devotion to duty and service, I thought this young man was all any of us might hope for in a child. But then I asked myself: Are we serving Shamus as well as he was serving us? I thought of more than 900 service men and women, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, friends and neighbors, who will not be returning to their hometowns.

I thought of families I had met who were struggling to get by without a loved one's full income, or whose loved ones had returned with a limb missing or with nerves shattered, but who still lacked long-term health benefits because they were reservists. When we send our young men and women into harm's way, we have a solemn obligation not to fudge the numbers or shade the truth about why they're going, to care for their families while they're gone, to tend to the soldiers upon their return, and to never ever go to war without enough troops to win the war, secure the peace, and earn the respect of the world.

Now let me be clear. We have real enemies in the world. These enemies must be found. They must be pursued and they must be defeated. John Kerry knows this. And just as Lieutenant Kerry did not hesitate to risk his life to protect the men who served with him in Vietnam, President Kerry will not hesitate one moment to use our military might to keep America safe and secure. John Kerry believes in America. And he knows it's not enough for just some of us to prosper. For alongside our famous individualism, there's another ingredient in the American saga.

A belief that we are connected as one people. If there's a child on the south side of Chicago who can't read, that matters to me, even if it's not my child. If there's a senior citizen somewhere who can't pay for her prescription and has to choose between medicine and the rent, that makes my life poorer, even if it's not my grandmother. If there's an Arab American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney or due process, that threatens my civil liberties. It's that fundamental belief-I am my brother's keeper, I am my sisters' keeper-that makes this country work. It's what allows us to pursue our individual dreams, yet still come together as a single American family. "E pluribus unum." Out of many, one.

Yet even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes. Well, I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America-there's the United States of America.

There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America. The pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into Red States and Blue States; Red States for Republicans, Blue States for Democrats. But I've got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and have gay friends in the Red States.

There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and patriots who supported it. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.

In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope? John Kerry calls on us to hope. John Edwards calls on us to hope. I'm not talking about blind optimism here-the almost willful ignorance that thinks unemployment will go away if we just don't talk about it, or the health care crisis will solve itself if we just ignore it. No, I'm talking about something more substantial. It's the hope of slaves sitting around a fire singing freedom songs; the hope of immigrants setting out for distant shores; the hope of a young naval lieutenant bravely patrolling the Mekong Delta; the hope of a millworker's son who dares to defy the odds; the hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too. The audacity of hope!

In the end, that is God's greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation; the belief in things not seen; the belief that there are better days ahead. I believe we can give our middle class relief and provide working families with a road to opportunity. I believe we can provide jobs to the jobless, homes to the homeless, and reclaim young people in cities across America from violence and despair. I believe that as we stand on the crossroads of history, we can make the right choices, and meet the challenges that face us. America!

Tonight, if you feel the same energy I do, the same urgency I do, the same passion I do, the same hopefulness I do-if we do what we must do, then I have no doubt that all across the country, from Florida to Oregon, from Washington to Maine, the people will rise up in November, and John Kerry will be sworn in as president, and John Edwards will be sworn in as vice president, and this country will reclaim its promise, and out of this long political darkness a brighter day will come. Thank you and God bless you.

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Listen to this AMAZING speech here

Comments?

An absolutely outstanding keynote address, truly outstanding. I am amazed at this guy. The first time I've ever had the priviledge to see him speak, and he was absolutely brilliant. As I was watching him at the Democratic National Convention, I saw how genuine and honest he is, I saw it in his eyes and I saw it in the eyes of the thousands of delegates. Mark my words, Obama will be a president of the US of A one day. I say this as a young american and a soon to be voter. He won my heart. He won my future vote [when he runs for prez]. This man will make history one day, and not only as the first ever african american president.

 

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9/11 Rememberance. [20 Jul 2004|07:05pm]

crazymofo12
[ mood | thankful ]

Okay, so ESPN showed showed an hour special on 9/11 (in sports view) I decided to post my feelings twords 9/11, and the people who died and faught for the country, along with other side notes. Reply wiht your comments, and your views as well.


If you dont know what happened September 11th, youve been living under a rock. But anyway. On that date, terroists hijacked 2 american airlinears, and used them to crash into the Twin Towers in NYC. Me, I was at school. In first period class (health). I was sitting 4 seats away from the TV, which was stationed in a corner. The teacher got a phone call, got a ghostly look, and turn the TV to.. i think CNN. I looked, and my eyes watered and i couldnt think. After watching the first tower collapse... my mind came to. I have family living in New York. I come from New York. This couldnt happen... this has to be fake. Then, I was watching the blooddy screms, the view of family members..innocent bystanders, firemen, police, innocent victems inside the buildings..and the teacher turned it off. The class was dead. After what seamed like an enternity, the teacher continued with class. I do not remember the rest of what happened in classes that day.. they didnt cancel anything. Hicks for you. I went home. i sat in my room, tears filled my eyes, yet i sat un-emotional staring at the TV. Scared...sad.. that i couldnt be there. Family could be lost. Freinds could be. Thousands of innocent people. dead. thier families torn. Damn the fucktards.

Now that ive gotten my side out,ill go on about other people, and the country as a whole.

Everyone in the United States was affected. Not many wanted ot go back to work. back to sports. Back to thier everyday life. Who would? Safty was feared. Thousands of people died. However, like President Bush and plenty of others stated, we must move on. We cannot let basterds put us down. So sports played a major role in bringing the moral back up. People who never before watched sports came to it. Because its our freedom, that we earned, to do so. Its our freedom to play these sports, and express Patrism twords our country while doing so. Take for example the baseball team, NY Mets. They were the first Major League sports team to host a game. beforehand, thier stadium, Shea Stadium, was a central of refuge, they used the feild for medical supplies and other supplies depots, and were the host of the first game, which spurred a huge boost of confidence across america.

Players in NY and the surrounding areas shared thier feelings.. and thier moruns for death of thier family members, and friends. Lance Armstrong shared a story. he was friends with a family whos father was a fireman who helped with 9/11. And died. During that day, Lance spent the say with them, and thier little boys cae up to hi mand asked him "Will my our daddy come home?" lance said tha the couldnt say anything but, "Your daddy is a brave man." Other playes shared the same situations..

A couple years later. 2004. Its now the War on Terrorism. Pat Tillman, was supposed to play Linebacker for the NFL team, Arizona Cardinals. However, he wanted to go with his brother in the Army Special Operations force to invade Iraq. he turned dow na contact that would have given him over 3 million dollars to go fight for his country. A couple months later, Pats infantry was ambushed in camp. Pat charged up the hill, knowing that if he can take out a good few of them, they would retreat. He did. And he was shot and died shortly doing so. He turned down millions of dollars and materials to die for his country. I have the most respect for him. However, people dont realize. Thousands and thousands and thousands of men and wemon do that everyday. They give up thier life to fight for freedom.

Eventhough there will always be opposition, the United States flag will allways stay aflight


There is much more, but I think i should end this here.
Final discussion.

People take our freedom for granted. We have the right to everything almost. A right to choose our own career, our own lifestyle, a freedom of speech, religion, and many more. Not many countries have this. They live under one single ruler, ran by him. The yare killed or imprisioned for thier own opinions. They arnet free. yet we complain. Its disguesting.




I respect thoes who fight.
I do not take this freedom for granted.
I am willing to fight for it.


post opinions, and other statements please.

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David Letterman’s Top Ten List [15 Jul 2004|03:58am]

failingxretina
“Top Ten George W. Bush Complaints About 'Fahrenheit 9/11'":

10. That actor who played the President was totally unconvincing
09. It oversimplified the way I stole the election
08. Too many of them fancy college-boy words
07. If Michael Moore had waited a few months, he could have included the part where I get him deported
06. Didn't have one of them hilarious monkeys who smoke cigarettes and gives people the finger
05. Of all Michael Moore's accusations, only 97% are true
04. Not sure - - I passed out after a piece of popcorn lodged in my windpipe
03. Where the hell was Spider-man?
02. Couldn't hear most of the movie over Cheney's foul mouth
01. I thought this was supposed to be about dodgeball


HAhahhahahah. Great stuff. Oh, and check this out please.

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Check this out. [16 Jun 2004|04:51am]

failingxretina
Wrote a poem, kinda controversial. I was thinking about posting it in here in addition to shadow_of_astar since it's political and possibly worthy of debate? What do you guys think?

Oh yeah. Also,
__benice
& Join. ^
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Interracial Relationships [12 Jun 2004|09:43pm]

blindnight
It seems that SC has become the Controversy Central. They just posted a new poll about Inter-racial relationships. First gay marriage and now this. The worst part is what some people say about it. I can post some on here in later entries but for now it is easier for you guys that are interested to just go to student center and see for yourselves. "May we see better days in the years to come because the skies now are clouded by the youth of today." -me
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[11 Jun 2004|02:34am]

relatetome
I FINALLY JOINED! YAY! Anyhow.. I have an opinion on the Ronald Reagan death thing. I think it's rather sad how he was the first president to die since Kennedy, (i think) but it has gone way out of proportion, as to how much they're talking about it. I really don't think they should be talking so much about it. `Cause after a while, it really gets annoying.
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Technology [07 Jun 2004|01:21am]

crazymofo12
[ mood | aggravated ]

Sure, nural implants, wireless everything, computer AI in toilets and toothbrushes, MP3 players holding 9000 songs, automatic screwdrivers, robotic slinkies are all cool, but think about it.. how reliable are these things? Not very. Take for example, right now im using a 20 yearold keybord, because my 2 month old one shut down on me. THis old one is simple..works.. has 17 screws on the back.. while the new one has 30+ screws in it, with 3 differnt types of them.Requires installation, configuration, just to type something. It has volume ajuster, web-controlls, a button to mute, shut-down your computer, so to standby, wake up, and many others. Never work. really.. how reliable is your new 500$ automatic screwdriver? By time you get done figureing otu how to use it and fixing it, i can use a normal Craftsman screwdriver and do the job faster then you can and drink a coke before you finish. And dont let me go on about wireless. Oh my god what an annoyance. Sure sure, no tripping or messyness with wires, but my god. Maby im just cursed, but wireless = doomed for me. OK I buy a brand new wireless router. YAY! No more measureing and buying wire! I hook it all up according to instruction. Turn everything on, nothing. OK prolly messed up somewhere. Nope. Ohhh I need a new ethernet card.. ok... So now ive spend 40$ on the wireless router, 2 wireless adapters for 25$ each, and 2 more wireless ethernet cards for 20$ a shot. Install everything. Still not working. Call up the company. We gotta set up every single port number, TCP/IP protocol, match the frequency waves for the wireless eternet card to the router for each computer, slam a few walls, and then your done. Riiight. Did alllll of that. Still nothing. Screw this. Take evvveeerryyything back. Buy a wired router. Pay 15$ for the wire router, 40$ for wire. Plug in the wires, and it works. Honestly.. i can deal with a few wires. Windows XP.. oh boy. OK yeah yeah its nice looking. Ive gotta admit. But it goes through sooo much for sooo little.Take this for example. My game freezes. "End program now" 5 minutes later. nothing.. do it 500 more times. hit the monitior, punch the keybord, finially it closes it, and asks me if i wish to send the error report to microsoft. That is so stupid. honestly.. ive sent it 500 times but it still happens. What is Bill Gates doing? Reading the error reports and laughing at our fusteration? Wouldn't surprise me. Rich basterd. Windows 98.. something freezes.. i click end program, it closes, and im on my way. Ahhh i could go on for houurrrsss but my fingers are currently numb. Comment on this rant please! Thanks for reading!

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Gay Marriage [05 Jun 2004|10:37am]

blindnight
As I said before, I was gonna ask you all for your comments on gay marriage and then I was gonna write my own opinion. If this offends anyone, comment. If this interests anyone, comment. If you couldn't care less, read another entry.

My opinion is that gay marriage should be allowed. I'll give you a couple of reasons. First, if someone married on the other side of the world, country, state, city, county, block from you, would if affect you in any way? If yes, then how would two people, of the same or opposite sex getting married in some place in the world, affect your day-to-day life? If no, then why care if they are the same sex or different? If it does bug you, is it because you think that it's digusting for two people of the same sex to be together or because you think it goes against the Bible? The first choice wouldn't make a difference. Think about it. What do you think is really disgusting or disturbing? Does it happen in some place in the world? Do you have any power to change it? Does is in some way become a detriment to your lifestyle? Just cause somebody eats Mustard ice cream doesn't mean that mustard ice cream should be banned because the great majority doesn't like it. It doesn't affect anyone but the person eating it. So why does gay marriage affect people that are not getting married? Maybe it's cause straights are selfish. Blacks can marry but the bible says people of different races shouldn't be allowed. Divorced people shouldn't get married. Women shoudl not be allowed to get pregnant because they will be unclean for quite a while if they do. They Bible says many things and so far we've lived very well without all these extra teachings. Why change now? What have gays done to anyone to bring upon the "wrath of God?"

Also, is it a reason to prohibit them from getting married because of the fact that they can't produce kids? They can always adopt kids that STRAIGHT people leave behind. Would these kids be altered is some way by having gay parents? Chances are they probably would be just like they would be under any circumstance. If they grow up and don't like their parents' lifestyles then they can always tell the parents that things aren't working out and move out or something back to an orphan home or a boarding school. If not, they might actually ACCEPT gays in society but not necessarily become gay themselves. Just cause someone accepts gays in our community doesn't mean that they are gay. They might have a certain inclination towards being gay but there are numerous straight people that support gay marriage. Most of the information that both sides gives are in 1800+ comments on the Student Center poll. Some comments are ad hominem and others are pointless but some really show how each side thinks. I could go on and on about what those are but if you took the time to read this then you can probably read one, two or more comments on that poll.

For now I'll leave it at this since I only know of one person that has read this. I'll put more if people comment/ask/insult/disagree/agree/compliment or just plain say hi. Till the next time.
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The Issue [27 May 2004|02:08pm]

blindnight
Just want to know what all of you people's opinions are on the issue that I find most controversial even though I don't think it should be - gay marriage. What is your opinion on this issue. Accordingly, I may write up something on my opinion but I just wanted to hear some of yours before i do.

PS: YAY I'm posting on WeTheUncensored
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oof [26 May 2004|11:05pm]

failingxretina
Feel free to share your rants/opinions or whatever whenever..Also, new members should introduce themselves. Thanks. :)

Oh my. look what I found.Collapse )
le sigh. :-/
*despair*
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Welcome :) [25 May 2004|03:58pm]

failingxretina
Welcome to the we-the-uncensored community! This is a brand-spankin' new community. so JOIN! Share the news, share your opinions, share your ideas.
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