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Posts by muawiyah

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  • For secretive surveillance court, rare scrutiny in wake of NSA leaks

    06/23/2013 3:09:13 PM PDT · 11 of 13
    muawiyah to Jack Hydrazine
    There was no post katrina disarmament. this country has been on the biggest gun bying binge in its history over the last 20 years ~ what you saw in katrina was a fictitous news media story about cannibalism, rape gangs, dead bodies bobbing about, etc.

    The Coast Guard, Navy Reserve and National Guard were doing a tremendous job rescuing people ~

    ~ our news media do not like America or Americans. They'll take a disaster and make it worse.

  • Reaganís answer to Snowdenís flight: force the plane down

    06/23/2013 3:04:55 PM PDT · 21 of 54
    muawiyah to Responsibility2nd

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/22/inside-the-ring-nsa-under-reagan/?page=all ~ notice, not the POST, this is the TIMES. Without comment this is based on a declassified history of what Ronaldus Magnus did regarding NSA during his period of service.

  • Reaganís answer to Snowdenís flight: force the plane down

    06/23/2013 3:00:52 PM PDT · 19 of 54
    muawiyah to plain talk

    Unreasonable to waste a perfectly useful plane.

  • For secretive surveillance court, rare scrutiny in wake of NSA leaks

    06/23/2013 2:56:30 PM PDT · 9 of 13
    muawiyah to Jack Hydrazine

    BTW, it was Janet Napolitano who decided we are all terrorists and started spouting nonsense. We’ve already decided she’s an overweight woman with an abusive personality who should not be allowed near children or small animals. That’s now her public reputation.

  • Could a Christian Baker Who Refused to Make Wedding Cake for a Gay Couple Really Go to Jail?

    06/23/2013 2:54:11 PM PDT · 55 of 79
    muawiyah to xrmusn

    you can ask anyone you want for a large deposit ~ it’s a common practice in the cake racket

  • For secretive surveillance court, rare scrutiny in wake of NSA leaks

    06/23/2013 2:52:56 PM PDT · 8 of 13
    muawiyah to Jack Hydrazine
    like after Katrina there were some local cops got in a lot of trouble around New Orleans. One guy even stole a bunch of cadillacs.

    But there was no general disarmament effort made ~ that would have been madness!

  • NSA director: Edward Snowden has caused irreversible damage to US

    06/23/2013 2:44:05 PM PDT · 75 of 108
    muawiyah to unixfox
    Not to defend this guy but he can make a lot more money elsewhere ~ he doesn't need the job.

    However, somebody just tied Clapper together with Snowden in a koinkydink ~ they both worked for the same company!

    Regarding any of their public statements these guys are not authorized to declassify anything, and just about everything about NSA is classified. That means if they say anything of substance they are either in violation of the classification rules or they are lying.

    Since we have no independent way of knowing we have to assume they lie!

  • For secretive surveillance court, rare scrutiny in wake of NSA leaks

    06/23/2013 2:37:14 PM PDT · 6 of 13
    muawiyah to Jack Hydrazine
    HIstorically that sort of thing has happened AFTER the population were disarmed. Our current president has been great for sales ~ something like 68 million more firearms in the hands of private individuals since he came to office ~ that's on top of well over 100 million firearms before he showed up.

    BTW, Obama is too stupid to plan any of this, but there are doctrinaire commies in his entourage who have plans in mind to repeat history as they see it.

    HISTORY STOPS HERE due to the Second Amendment.

  • Could a Christian Baker Who Refused to Make Wedding Cake for a Gay Couple Really Go to Jail?

    06/23/2013 2:34:32 PM PDT · 48 of 79
    muawiyah to HereInTheHeartland; redreno
    That's a recurring theme ~ the gay blades already don't like someone so they concoct a phony cookie or cake conflict then sue.

    The correct approach is to simply do a bad job of it. Good example of 'bad job' is to bake it 2 days ahead of schedule and apply 2 layers of icing (or maybe a week ahead ~ there are experts in this who know what it takes).

    That harms no one ~ but the cake will achieve a consistency similar to cardboard near the surface. Demand a significant advance deposit, in cash.

  • For secretive surveillance court, rare scrutiny in wake of NSA leaks

    06/23/2013 2:21:33 PM PDT · 4 of 13
    muawiyah to Jack Hydrazine
    The FISA court idea was put forward by the Church Commission. If you want to read about it don't read Wiki ~ they've already rewritten their pieces referencing that court so that Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton bear no responsibility for it.

    The FISA court has a single purpose ~ to issue warrents upon presentment of probable cause that there's a foreign agent or sabateur mucking up the works INSIDE THE USA. I don't think there was any secret that we tap the world ~ as do the other guys eh! Our courts have no extraterritorial authority.

    The question is whether or not they've actually limited themselves and NSA operations to that condition, or have they gone beyond what we were told was their authority.

    Your typical European Star Chamber actually condemns people and draws and quarters them on the plaza just below their window. We don't do that.

  • IRS sent tens of millions in refunds to illegal aliens in Atlanta

    06/23/2013 2:14:12 PM PDT · 21 of 32
    muawiyah to PapaBear3625
    25,000 X $1000 (typical refund on EITC) is $25,000,000 ~ a large haul for a man; a mere pittance for a ginormous agency of government.

    A problem I have here is they cannot be properly presorting their mail to come up with this result ~ which means IRS is not paying attention nor is Treasury Department.

    The employees who do the work that makes those refunds real work for Treasury Department, not IRS, although IRS was supposed to be doing the quality control work on the system (if I read that report correctly).

    That report suggests the skullduggery happened in 2011, and probably 2012! That means these guys were ready to roll the minute the scam teams were abolished.

    As you imagined there are some other scams being run. BTW, Treasury, despite the fame of the vaunted T-men, just simply doesn't have the talent on board who can tell them how and where internal criminals are running scams. IRS security isn't comprehensive ~ they're into the kind of scams taxpayers run!

    Last time we had a deal involving Treasury it concerned the widespread practice of creating phony employees and how folks could get away with that one even when Treasury had a bond problem closely related to that particular problem.

    Let's get back to Geitner. Here's a notorious tax cheat put in charge of the agency through whom all tax dollars, bond dollars, refund dollars and expenditure dollars flow and Congress let OBama put him in charge.

    There's a general law of nature regarding the direction effluent flows ~ that was violated, or maybe elevated to the top. Tim's gone, but he can be held up as an example of what happens to everything when you put an unscrupulous idiot in charge of managing the nation's cash register.

  • IRS sent tens of millions in refunds to illegal aliens in Atlanta

    06/23/2013 12:49:06 PM PDT · 13 of 32
    muawiyah to Right Wing Assault
    WOW! "IRS management disbanded the Questionable Identification Detection Team but did not put in place similar adequate processes to identify schemes and detect trends that could indicate fraud" ~ but to make this work they needed a confederate on the dock loading mail trays ~ or one further up the line who could drop some code into the system to segregate the refund mailings for dispatch over a period of time.

    At a minimum these guys SORT all their mail in sequence and then make the required breaks ~ electronically before it's printed.

    This is a sophisticated scheme involving a data center person, a management analyst somewhere in Treasury Department, and a guy in the mail room!

  • IRS sent tens of millions in refunds to illegal aliens in Atlanta

    06/23/2013 12:41:30 PM PDT · 11 of 32
    muawiyah to SeekAndFind
    There are so many ways this sort of thing can be avoided ~ and yet they did it!

    This reminds me of the days when IRS seemed unable to presort their mail to qualify for the lower rates they were paying.

    No one had looked at their mailing operations for a good dozen years. And, it's been about that long since I looked at them myself.

    This is a low dollar volume mail sender ~ as they eased out of mailing you 1040 forms with instruction books each year they eased out of having any concern at all for what was going on in the mail.

    By now some post office guy at a regional center has gone out to talk to them.

    So, stop and think of the problem you face in dealing with this problem. You're a government employee at a grade level 2 or 3 below that of the folks you are going to tell how to fix their business. They have access to the guts of IRS and if they think you misspeak they will drop a dime on you.

    You may have heard the stories of the last guy before me to do any kind of audit on IRS mailing practices, and he did or said something wrong ~ think he had a small business ~ and he went on the harrassment list. They hounded that poor man out of his job ~ well, them and his boss who was an AM General retread ~ now conveniently dead so he'll never talk ~ but IRS has their ways!

    The way to deal with this is go all the way to the top of the food chain ~ the Treasury Secretary ~ no one less. Anyone complaining about this is wasting their time piddling with the flunkies. IRS' operating budget is so hedged in with laws and constraints there's probably no one who can spend a dime to fix it EXCEPT for the Secretary.

    The Treasury guys won't like it but they actually OWN/RENT (With GSA) the oprations centers where this mail is generated and sorted. If they were presorting it they had about 500 letters per tray, which would give them 50 trays. THEY KNEW something was funny. They wouldn't get that much mail for the largest apartment complex in the United States!

    So, yes, it can all be fixed with programs at the point of the printing operation but it can also be fixed by finding the inside guy who told his buds running this scam where there'd be a good address to use to receive this stuff. He was watching mail prep, and probably loading trays on racks!

    MY considered opinion is it was an inside job by a gang.

    That was enabled by mismanagement and serious inattention.

  • According to Scripture (Where is sola scriptura itself taught in the Bible?)

    06/23/2013 11:50:00 AM PDT · 166 of 489
    muawiyah to Gamecock
    The story is the current pope is hot on the trail of that problem. Some time back we had stories about nailing priests and bishops in Argentina and I think Uruguay for having a family life ~ with women.

    Might let it play out a bit.

    I don't think protecting pedophiles was church tradition although in the MIddle Ages all the priests were from the noble classes who were pretty much immune from law ~

  • The Snowden Effect

    06/23/2013 11:32:24 AM PDT · 89 of 92
    muawiyah to Jim Robinson

    Can’t say I disagree ~ but we need to also work backwards through the law and UNDO the Church commission recommendations or we’ll just end up in the same place only the next time they’ll be running a secret command operation under cover of some other agency.

  • The Snowden Effect

    06/23/2013 11:25:39 AM PDT · 84 of 92
    muawiyah to dirtboy
    Sorry dirtboy, but you seem to be totally unaware of the damage done by Senator Church and Jimmy Carter. I have posted numerous times regarding those two and how they set us off on a less than productive and legal course in intelligence gathering.

    How long you been here?

  • The Snowden Effect

    06/23/2013 11:23:39 AM PDT · 83 of 92
    muawiyah to Jim Robinson
    hmm ~ the courts do that all the time ~ doesn't make it right but they do ~ cutting the federal government down to a manageable size and limiting the appellate jurisdiction of federal courts would be very useful in getting that undone.

    more recently the USSC opened up concealed carry! I think everybody would agree that what the states were doing earlier was UNCONSTITUTIONAL, so why did we end up needing to go to the USSC with the issue?

    There are processes set out in the Constitution we can follow far short of armed insurrection ~ not that anybody here has ever advocated that ~ first amendment, written mostly by John Leland ~ pretty well covers the waterfront.

    Regarding NSA in particular, it's just another government agency that consolidated a number of activities back in Jimmy Carter's day. As everyone recalls, Jimmuh was the guy who actually implemented the garbage Senator Church advocated ~ getting rid of all in-country on the ground intelligence operations ~ use lots of spy in the sky satellites ~ tap world communications sources.

    Work Church backwards to undo that ~ but until we get control of the technology we've unleased in communications, whether or not we have an NSA the Chicoms have access ......... so does everybody else who wants to spend a lot of money on it.

  • The Snowden Effect

    06/23/2013 11:14:58 AM PDT · 81 of 92
    muawiyah to dirtboy
    You just don't know how big those companies are and how they interchange data ~ part of the business plan they have.

    Then some of our larger states that REGULATE those common carriers (mostly to collect taxes on cable, wires and telephone poles) CONSOLIDATE the data from all of them.

    Big gub'mnt is even a problem at the state level.

    FIX the problem at the root ~ then you won't need to waste $45 billion a year on an otherwise useless federal agency.

  • The Snowden Effect

    06/23/2013 11:07:11 AM PDT · 77 of 92
    muawiyah to dirtboy

    Dirtboy, when I tell you what it is, I am not debating you.

  • The Snowden Effect

    06/23/2013 11:06:10 AM PDT · 76 of 92
    muawiyah to dirtboy
    It's a given I don't want any of that data collected by anybody! That cuts off the Chicoms, NSA, the Russians, the French and whoever else.

    If you don't cut off the creation of the data and its implicit information, you are just going to tempt all the bad guys and they'll get it anyway.

    It could be you are not getting the point ~ that if we have a set of laws that require phone companies, et al, to establish data files, and subsequently data bases, that have this information in them, then the gub'mnt is, in fact, the cause of the problem. Eliminate the data file requirements ~ prohibit data of that type from even being generated ~ and you don't need to worry about NSA or anyone else.

    There are other ways to generate billings!

  • LENR Aircraft gets NASA research grant

    06/23/2013 11:00:20 AM PDT · 25 of 28
    muawiyah to Toddsterpatriot

    Big universe; anything is possible ~ you can’t rule that out. Remember, there’s a slim probability that an atom will spontaneously fly apart ~ and create some light and heat ~ so we need to account for that. You get much beyond our own sun, we just can’t reach out and touch the coronasphere.

  • The Snowden Effect

    06/23/2013 10:57:41 AM PDT · 74 of 92
    muawiyah to Jim Robinson
    Jim, I understand the whole thing, but I know it's a fact that I can't turn off my eyes. Since time beyond time WHAT YOU SEE is OK to look at. That is not considered eavesdropping. That is a REASONABLE search. An UNREASONABLE search takes place when you otherwise wouldn't be seeing it or hearing it as a matter of course, and you have NO OTHER REASON to be seeing it or hearing it.

    That's when a warrant is required!

    That applies even if you are not at home locked up in your castle keep. You can be out walking down the road with a backpack and the cops simply can't stop you and look into that pack without a reason. That is an unreasonable search.

    In my lifetime we've seen days when you were walking down the street and cops could stop you and do more than frisk you ~ and the courts did nothing.

    The courts ~ THE FEDERAL COURTS ~ BIG GUB'MNT COURTS ~ changed that ~ I think roughly when I was entering highschool.

    All of the cases involving just hanging around (Loitering) involved the decision of REASONABLE vs. UNREASONABLE ~ Warrent issues followed in due course.

    Sorry I can't change my own life's history so that I can forget when the cops didn't have to get a warrent to search your backpack.

    Now if you want to discuss this on strictly theoretical grounds and ignore the period from roughly 1860 to 1960, fine ~ but that's not where we are coming from.

  • The Snowden Effect

    06/23/2013 10:37:13 AM PDT · 73 of 92
    muawiyah to dirtboy
    NSA does a lot of stuff ~ the material you're most concerned with is initially gathered by the phone companies themselves. I have condemned the whole darned country for requiring them to maintain billing systems that allow them to collect and consolidate such information.

    You must have forgotten that 'STARVE THE BEAST' has as much to do with refusing to demand big corporation/big gub'mnt intrusiveness as it does FIXING the tax system so the money just isn't there for them to waste.

    I like to go all the way back to initial causes, and it does me no good to cut off NSA if I leave the Chicoms in place to acquire exactly the same information from all the Telco in the country, surreptitiously or otherwise.

    So, why don't you demand we fix the tax system and utility operations? Do you want the Chicoms to continue to be able to access that information? Or don't you want to eliminate the source?,P>I don't think you are conservative enough.

  • LENR Aircraft gets NASA research grant

    06/23/2013 10:32:27 AM PDT · 23 of 28
    muawiyah to Toddsterpatriot

    you might be sure, but light can be emitted from all sorts of sources ~ for all we know might be an enormous lump of coal.

  • The Snowden Effect

    06/23/2013 7:34:04 AM PDT · 69 of 92
    muawiyah to dirtboy
    hey, dirt, your boy's in Russia. next stop Cuba, or Venezuela.

    Assange seems to be taking credit for paying his way.

    My money is on NIxon (take that as a metaphor) ~ which is probably why NOBODY at the top is taking up Snowden's flag ~ they know people who were burned standing up for Alger Hiss!

    May not have made that clear earlier ~ but no sense in not bringing this thread up to date. Amazing what a difference a week or so makes in this kind of 'chase that SUV' event.

    In case you missed it, Congresscritter Jerry Nadler was all for Snoweden, then was against him. He's one of those lefties with a 100% ADA rating. Which means............ he dunno? proly

  • N.S.A. Leaker Leaves Hong Kong on Flight to Moscow(surname Harrison?)

    06/23/2013 6:26:59 AM PDT · 38 of 117
    muawiyah to yldstrk
    Espionage against the USA followed by a trip to Red China, now Russia, probably Venezuela or Cuba next ~ and he what?

    Now, let me ask you something ~ what do the names Greenglass, Julius and Ethel mean to you?

  • According to Scripture (Where is sola scriptura itself taught in the Bible?)

    06/23/2013 6:18:43 AM PDT · 140 of 489
    muawiyah to verga

    BTW, the words of Isiah about ‘.... mighty, counselor.....’ popped up today on a Messianic jewish show I encountered riffling the channels ~ and I remembered what was probably my only original thought on a Triune God with His feet planted across the entirity of Space and Time ~ that He heard Handel’s Messiah, loved the music, was mightily impressed, and went back and made sure the prophets were properly inspired, as were KIng Jame’s translators!

  • According to Scripture (Where is sola scriptura itself taught in the Bible?)

    06/23/2013 6:15:27 AM PDT · 139 of 489
    muawiyah to verga

    You may discover (soon) that you need to bracket your paragraph with (/s)

  • According to Scripture (Where is sola scriptura itself taught in the Bible?)

    06/23/2013 6:14:11 AM PDT · 138 of 489
    muawiyah to Biggirl

    I would hope the Pope uses the Bible to guide his counsel to everybody. Makes sense. The Reverend Jim Jones, one of those people I happened to know on my way up ~ (bwahahahaha) ~ misused the Bible.

  • According to Scripture (Where is sola scriptura itself taught in the Bible?)

    06/23/2013 6:12:46 AM PDT · 137 of 489
    muawiyah to metmom
    The other day we found that the expression "our daily bread" in the Our Father is used only once in ancient texts so we don't really know what it means. The RC church itself says they are stumped, but here are some ideas.

    Even the words of Jesus as written down.........

  • According to Scripture (Where is sola scriptura itself taught in the Bible?)

    06/23/2013 6:10:15 AM PDT · 136 of 489
    muawiyah to metmom

    There are plenty of references on the net to RABBINIC JUDAISM, and if you read my post far enough, that’s how the Chinese languages are maintained ~ with an oral tradition supplemented with text in a totally different language (the character language). Over 1 billion people do it that way.

  • According to Scripture (Where is sola scriptura itself taught in the Bible?)

    06/23/2013 3:46:55 AM PDT · 112 of 489
    muawiyah to metmom; Salvation
    Ever since writing was invented by the Sumerians the text has continued to be memorized by trusted persons with perfect eidetic memory. When such people are not available others will use memory palace techniques to accomplish the same task.

    Chinese languages have been until the creation of pin yin transmitted in whole by oral methods. The written language ~ the actual language at the base of the character system ~ is not the same as the spoken languages yet, with training it is intelligible to all.

    The mind is tricky ~ when reading written text it was recently discovered that your eye/brain systems look at the first and last letters in a word to begin the search into your vast warehouse of memorized vocabulary to find a match. That's pretty efficient but it's also a source of error. Reading, then, is dependent in substantial part on the quality of the memorization of the words, and parts of words that we've assembled into our memories.

    We only imagine printed text to be superior.

    The Bureau of Printing and Engraving has on staff highly trained copy editors who are able to overcome the limitations imposed on reading quality. The Congressional Record and the Federal Register are read and corrected by such people. For less skilled text editors you might want to have them read it backwards!

    This is off the track of the main argument which is that there are actually 'materials' of relevance to the practice of religion that are never written down, or never written down in the main text described as 'scripture'. Memory palace techniques are not explained in the Bible ~ but the memnonic devices used to structure them are there. Those who have knowledge will understand.

  • According to Scripture (Where is sola scriptura itself taught in the Bible?)

    06/23/2013 3:30:43 AM PDT · 111 of 489
    muawiyah to metmom
    The story is that Rabbinic Judaism has such a tradition. Another that Vedic texts are considered correct only if you have memorized ALL the subtle intonations and melodies ~ the oral tradition there is considered superior.

    You really need to get out more, meet people, learn how the memory of man is able to pack data.

    People who work extensively on government regulations MUST commit the existing structure and text to memory ~ or to heart as the ancients would say. Only then can they CATCH and CORRECT the errors the mechanical processes create in any text! That means that somewhere there is someone wholiterally knows the federal tax code. Somewhere else there's a person this very day who KNOWS the USPS book of books, the Domestic Mail Manual.

  • Advocacy groups call for halt to deportation

    06/22/2013 8:40:51 PM PDT · 4 of 18
    muawiyah to moonshinner_09
    Imagining just for a moment what NH is going to look like when they select that place for temporary detention of 11 million illegals.

    It's coming ~ the comprehensive nonsense is going to fail in the House and probably the Senate. There's already too much stupidity in the bill to be believed.

  • Obama birthplace mistake: Yahoo! News declines comment

    06/22/2013 8:36:57 PM PDT · 40 of 112
    muawiyah to Hardraade

    They have none ~ they have speech restrictions and they have libel and slander laws which are administered by the courts.

  • Obama birthplace mistake: Yahoo! News declines comment

    06/22/2013 8:36:15 PM PDT · 39 of 112
    muawiyah to thecodont

    Before independence Mombasa shared two geopolitical existences. it was inside a separate colony, and it also served as capital of the Kenya colony. That’s caused an immense amount of difficulty to folks trying to work their way through the kenya morass. Hope that clarifies things for you.

  • According to Scripture (Where is sola scriptura itself taught in the Bible?)

    06/22/2013 8:29:14 PM PDT · 83 of 489
    muawiyah to Greetings_Puny_Humans
    ALL of it ~ of course there were people fully educated in all of the gospels ~ EVERY SINGLE VERSION OF THEM ~ and there were variations. But the Gospels are not, by themselves, the entirity of the NT.

    As far as having physical copies of documents, in that day, as in our own day, there's a tradition of oral transmission just to make sure the written record is an accurate copy.

    Other religions do the same thing and have sects devoted specifically to memorizing the scriptures as they understand them.

    The OT still contains the instructions for setting up a MEMORY PALACE so you can memorize both it and the scriptures comprehensively. Actually, there's several memory palaces right there in Genesis.

  • According to Scripture (Where is sola scriptura itself taught in the Bible?)

    06/22/2013 8:07:17 PM PDT · 78 of 489
    muawiyah to Lonely Bull

    Sure put the sword to that guy eh!

  • According to Scripture (Where is sola scriptura itself taught in the Bible?)

    06/22/2013 8:05:51 PM PDT · 77 of 489
    muawiyah to Greetings_Puny_Humans

    The compendium didn’t exist ~ there were many documents ~ they were brought together into what we call THE NEW TESTAMENT. It’s not like Jesus handed over bound copies to the Apostles.

  • MS:Store owners wait on gun law

    06/22/2013 8:00:14 PM PDT · 18 of 28
    muawiyah to WXRGina

    Concealed Carry makes it a bit of a mystery who’s going to be able to shoot back ~ which I guess diverts potential assailants in a different direction. Open Carry or Constitutional Carry as some are referring to it for guns (rather than cans of suds) leaves little to the imagination.

  • Obama birthplace mistake: Yahoo! News declines comment

    06/22/2013 7:24:38 PM PDT · 18 of 112
    muawiyah to Impala64ssa

    Not in hawaii. The East Asians who run the place don’t particularly care what the white folks and the negroes are into. They tolerate them of course, but seriously, why would they care?

  • Obama birthplace mistake: Yahoo! News declines comment

    06/22/2013 7:14:28 PM PDT · 10 of 112
    muawiyah to Cheerio

    Real quick ~ the US recognizes dual citizenship, and when it comes to minors with a claim to American citizenship, we simply ignore foreign laws ~ so if Indonesia thought Barry was their citizen, we don’t care!

  • New scandal surrounding New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, sources tell DRUDGE.. Developingfrom NY POST

    06/22/2013 7:10:41 PM PDT · 23 of 108
    muawiyah to E. Pluribus Unum

    Well, that’s one thing, now, let’s hear another?

  • New scandal surrounding New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, sources tell DRUDGE.. Developingfrom NY POST

    06/22/2013 7:05:09 PM PDT · 19 of 108
    muawiyah to E. Pluribus Unum

    That’s only in the Souf’. Them yankee boys got more stomach, so it’d have to be something worse than murder ~ which would be what?

  • Mary, Queen of Scots

    06/22/2013 7:02:54 PM PDT · 5 of 44
    muawiyah to SunkenCiv
    James was very important in American history, and it's not just because he was involved in the settlement at Jamestown ~ rather, he was important because he accepted the gift of Acadia from King Filippe II/III ~ who'd held out hopes that James would found Catholic colonies there.

    James, instead, took Acadia with him as he became the King of England as well, and that body of rocks became a sizeable chunk of the later United States. We call it NEW YORK and MASSACHUSETTS!

    Plymouth was carved out of Virginia. The boundary line between Acadia and VIrginia extends from the tip of Cape Cod Westward to Chicago. The boundary between Acadia and New France was never clearly marked although it was fought over many times. The first war recorded was about 1613

  • Local man seeks truth in Flight 800 crash

    06/22/2013 6:52:26 PM PDT · 61 of 105
    muawiyah to Tilted Irish Kilt

    no, the Earth is round (See 1492) ~ really and truly, so parallel to the ground in Spain is coming up from the horizon in the Azores!

  • According to Scripture (Where is sola scriptura itself taught in the Bible?)

    06/22/2013 6:37:21 PM PDT · 56 of 489
    muawiyah to freedomfiter2
    Several things about sola scriptura ~ it has it origins in an historic context, and no discussion of it should take place outside of a reference to that context. Secondly, it was developed by experts in the matter of Scriptural interpretation and understanding. They'd all been trained by other experts within the framework of the Roman Catholic church.

    The modern explanation for continued Catholic opposition to or criticism of sola scriptura as a doctrine is that "The task of interpreting the Word of God authentically has been entrusted solely to the Magisterium of the Church, that is, to the Pope and to the bishops in communion with him." (taken by somebody from an catechism).

    So, where does that leave us? Well, it's at that point that somebody might ask why the Catholic church would have put the Scriptures together if not as an exercise of the office or commission of the Magisterium regarding what they mean? And if so, how can those scriptures not be an accurate and inspired reflection of the Word of God, and if the Word of God, why would devout followers seek out meaning in exogenous compendiums of doctrines of all sorts?

    BTW, that's just to show that virtually all claims of circular argument about sola scriptura necessarily lead back to a circular argument about the authority of the Magisterium.

    BTW, in case of dispute on any given doctrine I always check on what the RC authorities have said. They do have experts in such matters and a long history, even peopled with saints, whose opinions or understandings should not be easily discarded by anyone.

  • Local man seeks truth in Flight 800 crash

    06/22/2013 6:14:53 PM PDT · 54 of 105
    muawiyah to Himyar

    Hor Hay Stuf’n Envelopes said a lot of things. I wouldn’t consider him an authority on astronomical phenomenon or airplanes beyond finding the head.

  • Local man seeks truth in Flight 800 crash

    06/22/2013 6:05:47 PM PDT · 52 of 105
    muawiyah to BCW
    Quick compuation revealed the missile had an initial takeoff blast zone in excess of 2 miles ~ the launching sub would have to be of immense size.

    Later on it was shown to be a scheduled airplane coming over the horizon on its way to landing in California. NUMEROUS photos identical to the CBS concoction were located showing the same phenomenon.

    It was an MSM hoax achieved through clever editing of the original video.

  • Local man seeks truth in Flight 800 crash

    06/22/2013 5:59:49 PM PDT · 51 of 105
    muawiyah to Tilted Irish Kilt
    If a hunk of rock or two traveling 25,000 to 160,000 KPH, weighing maybe half a kilo, hit the plane outside it'd been severely damaged.

    There was a meteor shower that evening, and the plane was taking off into the first minutes of our contact with the debris field where you find the biggest chunks.

    BTW, the rocks would have been coming over the horizon and would have looked like missiles.

    Flight 800 occurred on July 17, 1996 ~ the SOUTH DELTA AQUARIDS, with medium speed meteorites, began mid-July and ended mid-August. There are two streams of debris in this field made up of at least 2 disintegrated comets.

    I suspect the examiners were under intense pressure from the aircraft manufacturers to come up with anything but the conclusion that a meteorite had taken out a large airplane.