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    He's a very naughty boy!

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  1. Jesus from Siberia

    Wise man.
  2. My friend, Jim, has left this mortal coil. His passage is a loss for me, and for all who had the opportunity to come to know him, but I am not -- and have not been -- sad for him because it was not a loss for HIM. Jim completed one section of the trail and moved on to the next section. I would like to think he reflects with fondness upon his memories of us as we do upon our memories of him but I suspect he is "in the moment." I usually am. A warrior, a philosopher, my friend. Fare thee well, Marblehead. Light, Brian P.S. If anyone feels up to it, fill me in on major changes here in the last two years (via PM...)
  3. He's not the Messiah... he's a very naughty boy!!!

    Miss ya mate!

  4. I followed a link someone e-mailed me to a post in a completely different thread, found several PMs from many months ago which I have now answered, and figured I'd poke around the forum for a bit to see if things had improved here. <sigh> Perhaps I'll check in again in six months (or a year or whatever...)
  5. simplify

    Petticoat Junction
  6. simplify

    Mr. Ed
  7. Gun Control and Shootings

    Welcome back!
  8. Belated New Year Greetings

    How curious -- I was thinking about GrandmasterP earlier today.
  9. I think it is "very odd" to believe that one's belief system is not profoundly informed by one's "philosophical view about the nature of man or truth or nature." Perhaps I am just odd. Or perhaps Rorty was seeking to rationalize holding political beliefs at odds with his own philosophical positions? My question would be, "what force?" My statement would be, "we can shape our beliefs or be shaped by our beliefs but the former depends upon recognizing those beliefs and being willing to dissolve our attachments to them."
  10. simplify

    Running bare.
  11. simplify

    Saw four running bears yesterday.
  12. Gun Control and Shootings

    Sounds good! Which of those three things would have prevented the Vegas mass murders?
  13. The rabbit on the moon

    The rabbit on the moon is a Native American thing, too (which shouldn't be surprising...)
  14. Gun Control and Shootings

    Point out one example of me positing a naive misunderstanding of the Constitution, ralis. You have made it quite clear that you loathe the Constitution AND that you are profoundly and wilfully ignorant about it so a statement like that coming from you is both predictable and hilarious. BTW, I am neither a tea party member nor a "neoliberal."
  15. Gun Control and Shootings

    He didn't say "eliminate the government" but "reduce the government" and the military is one of the very few things the federal government does which it is actually supposed to do. Your narrative is illogical and nonsensical. Shall we discuss the Constitution and enumerated powers again??? This persistent false dichotomy of unlimited central government versus nihilism would be laughable if it weren't so dangerous.