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  • Fair Enough (John Podhoretz on Free Republic)

    07/30/2006 7:17:23 PM PDT · 54 of 55
    NMC EXP to Mo1

    Not everyone who is critical of the likes of o'rielly is a leftist.

  • One Dead, (several) Injured... at Jewish Federation in Seattle (Muslim "Angry" at Israel)

    07/28/2006 7:28:08 PM PDT · 61 of 141
    NMC EXP to Pyro7480
    Muslim "Angry" at Israel

    Who woulda thunk it?

  • An Open Letter to Statists Everywhere

    07/28/2006 7:20:33 PM PDT · 5 of 6
    NMC EXP to coconutt2000

    What is (should be) the primary goal of conservatism?

  • An Open Letter to Statists Everywhere

    07/28/2006 6:58:03 PM PDT · 3 of 6
    NMC EXP to coconutt2000
    A lot of the arguments on FR between conservatives is over methodology...

    Define the opposing methodologies.

  • Fair Enough (John Podhoretz on Free Republic)

    07/28/2006 6:55:38 PM PDT · 50 of 55
    NMC EXP to Mo1
    Sounds like something from the DU

    I dunno...the following excerpt is from Will Grigg of the John Birch Society. JBS is hardly what you would call liberal. Grigg is talking about the reactions on FR to comments bill orielly made about his interview with Jeremy Glick:

    [begin excerpt]

    “Hey mister, who gave you that shiner?” “Nobody gave it to me, son – I fought for it.”

    Like nearly all the heroes brought to life by the pen of the incomparable Louis L'Amour, Conagher was an unpretentious man who fought when he had to, but only to defend the innocent and vindicate the claims of honor – never to gratify his ego or in search of illicit gain. He had better things to do with his time than fighting, particularly when killing was involved.

    Immortalized in the documentary Outfoxed, the Jeremy Glick segment clearly shows a bully getting the worst of a scrap he did everything to provoke. That's not how O'Reilly sees the episode when he replays it in the theater of his mind, of course.

    “I am glad I gave him what-for,” he boasted to his Fox cohorts on The Lineup. “I did give him what-for, you might remember that. I'm glad I did.”

    Imagine a High School senior boasting about fighting his eight-year-old sister to a draw, emerging from the tussle with a shiner while leaving the little girl's face unmarked, and you'd have a fair approximation of the repulsive spectacle O'Reilly offers.

    Of course, from O'Reilly's perspective (which, to be fair, in his derangement is probably the version he really recalls), it was Glick who was “out of control,” a rampaging bully intimidating everybody on the set, and O'Reilly was ready – really! -- to unload on him: “If I could have whacked him, I would have.”

    At the time of the interview, O'Reilly's fan-boys at at – sort of an on-line opium den for people hopelessly addicted to vicarious machismo – were eager to play the part of schoolyard sycophants to the class bully.

    “I'd like to punch out the little POS!” exclaimed one heroic Freeper. “That Glick punk should be slapped silly,” agreed a second. “That kids needs a good punch!” chimed a third. “The best part was when they were going to commercial and the O'Reilly music came on -- Bill O'Reilly motioned to one of his guys off camera to throw the kid out!” swooned yet another.

    Yes, few things scream “tough guy” louder than gesturing to hired goons to deal with a small, well-mannered pacifist.

    Few things better capture the Freeper syndrome better than this comment from the thread about the O'Reilly-Glick fracas: “I was watching it. I could never do live TV. I would have been in a fistfight, and I would have won. I would have whupped his a--.”

    Conn Conagher – a fictional character drawn faithfully on the model of thousands of real-life Americans – wasn't inclined to boast about battle scars honorably won in single combat. Heroism as defined by O'Reilly and Freeper-style conservatives is a little less demanding.

    [end excerpt]

    Anyone recognize themselves?

  • An Open Letter to Statists Everywhere

    07/28/2006 6:25:47 PM PDT · 1 of 6
    Conservatives once thought like this.

    Ain't nostalgia fun?

  • <strike>Total</strike> "Terrorism" Information Awareness (TIA)

    05/15/2006 3:58:40 PM PDT · 6 of 6
    NMC EXP to Ernest_at_the_Beach
    You are an alarmist....

    Nope. I am merely objective. You really should try critical analysis. Its a real eye opener.

  • <strike>Total</strike> "Terrorism" Information Awareness (TIA)

    05/14/2006 6:49:21 AM PDT · 3 of 6
    NMC EXP to kinoxi

    You should be wary.

    Consider how little data goes into the "no fly list".

    Then consider the dismal job the feds do of managing that program.

    Multiply that amount of data by several million times and you have a sense of how badly things will go with TIA.

    And when the govt screws up TIA it will result in consequences much worse than missing a flight.

  • <strike>Total</strike> "Terrorism" Information Awareness (TIA)

    05/14/2006 5:51:01 AM PDT · 1 of 6

    They told us Total Information Awareness was dead.

    Now we have a national ID card.

    Now we have the revelation that the fedgov is paying private companies to provide surveillance data on citizens.

    You don't reckon the fedgov simply changed the name and funding source of TIA and proceeded on its way do you?

    And the apparent incestous relationships between Poindexter and Clark and their respective private employers and the fedgov, it don't mean nothing.


    05/14/2006 5:13:55 AM PDT · 31 of 37
    NMC EXP to Dumb_Ox
    Why we're letting a traumatized refugee from Communist Russia tell us what America is all about, I don't know.

    Then tell us what the US of A is about. Is it about the law of the jungle or is it about privileges granted to citizens by the state?

  • The Datamining Scare

    05/13/2006 8:53:40 PM PDT · 10 of 13
    NMC EXP to yoe
    President Bush is well with-in his rights to protect the nation


    The government has no rights.

    The federal government has "few and enumerated" powers which were granted to it by the citizens.

    But unfortunately, as Joe Sobran pointed out "The Constitution poses no serious threat to our form of government."


    05/13/2006 8:47:52 PM PDT · 26 of 37
    NMC EXP to -YYZ-
    But isn't that just another way of saying that "natural rights" are really just a social construct?

    You're getting into the would "man in a state of nature" have or need rights argument. Good question but I'm too tired to head that way., as often as not, is not a rational being.

    That coupled with man's apparently natural lust for power and posessions is the root of our problem. Can't forget laziness. As A.J. Nock pointed out there are two ways to make a living: (1) the economic means (working for what you have) and (2) the political means (taking from others what they have earned). The state is a parasite.


    05/13/2006 8:33:03 PM PDT · 22 of 37
    NMC EXP to -YYZ-
    What is the source of these "inalienable rights"? Why is it "wrong" for one man to enslave another? Or kill him? Or take his belongings?

    Man is a social animal. Recognizing natural rights and not initiating force is the only rational way for men to coexist.

    History would suggest suggest that such a concept of individualism is not the natural order, most of it having consisted of assorted monarchies, serfdoms, dictatorships...

    True. But only because the law of the jungle has prevailed over reason. As to the question of whether a state based on individual liberty has ever existed, some claim Iceland was once as close as a state ever came. I have not studied the claim.

    I share your pessimism. I have come to believe the state and true individual liberty cannot coexist. And I am not an anarcho-capitalist.


    05/13/2006 7:19:22 PM PDT · 17 of 37
    NMC EXP to MamaTexan

    Good one...thanks.


    05/13/2006 7:18:39 PM PDT · 16 of 37
    NMC EXP to KarlInOhio

    I beleve you are correct.


    05/13/2006 7:12:30 PM PDT · 13 of 37
    NMC EXP to rodguy911
    It's what America should be all about.

    Should....sadly true.


    05/13/2006 7:11:14 PM PDT · 12 of 37
    NMC EXP to The Mayor
    This sounds just like the political parties

    Yup...tribalism at its worst.

    I will be an individual



    05/13/2006 7:09:20 PM PDT · 11 of 37
    NMC EXP to frankiep
    These can be changed or discarded with relative ease.

    Relative ease in theory only. In actual practice what do you reckon to be the ratio of laws & regulations passed to those which are repealed?

    I cannot remember the last time a federal law was repealed or allowed to sunset if it contained such a provision.


    05/13/2006 6:43:06 PM PDT · 7 of 37
    NMC EXP to frankiep
    To use the contitution to tell people that they cannot do something is surefire way to open up a huge can of worms.

    True...but they have been doing it without the fig leaf of a Constitutional amendment anyway.


    05/13/2006 6:13:16 PM PDT · 4 of 37
    NMC EXP to frankiep
    The Constitution does not say what you can do, it says what the government cannot do.

    Yup. If govt schools had not stopped teaching civics fewer people would consider that document to be "just a G-d'ed piece of paper".


    05/13/2006 5:55:47 PM PDT · 1 of 37
    When we say that we hold individual rights to be inalienable, we must mean just that. Inalienable means that which we may not take away, suspend, infringe, restrict or violate-not ever, not at any time, not for any purpose whatsoever.

    Time for honest self appraisal folks...are you an Individualist or are you a Collectivist?

  • 'Preserved' WWI British officer found 90 YEARS ON (In Flanders)

    05/31/2005 3:00:31 AM PDT · 21 of 28
    NMC EXP to TexasTransplant
    When will the War [on terrorism] really begin?

    When they figure out how to wage war on a tactic rather than an enemy.

  • Wages in US show steepest fall in rate since 1991

    05/31/2005 2:50:48 AM PDT · 68 of 70
    NMC EXP to LRoggy
    Tax receipts are booming...That is a far more accurate link to incomes.

    Not hardly.

    Unless you are an economic central planner in the employ of the government or central bank.

    Using tax revenue is meaningless because of the top heavy income and therefore tax burden distribution.

    Same goes for the statistic generally cited by govt economists -- "per capita income" to tout the health of the economy.

    Such numbers would mean something only if income distribution was uniform.

    Fact is that real (inflation adjusted) wages for non supervisory employees have declined steadily since 1971. Non supervisory employees comprise 80% of wage earners. Source = US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Coincidentally 1971 is when trade as a percent of GNP exceeded 14%.

  • Poem by Major Michael Davis O'Donnell, U.S. Army

    05/30/2005 8:23:20 PM PDT · 8 of 8

    Memorial Day reminder....

  • Marxism of the Right (A paleoconservative pot pontificates on libertarian kettles)

    03/09/2005 6:15:47 PM PST · 65 of 148
    NMC EXP to Jibaholic
    Why don't we wait until liberalism has been officially swept into the dustbins of history

    If your definition of liberalism includes those who support and promote:
    -- a large (and continually growing) central government.
    -- more socialistic programs.
    -- little or no respect for the Constitution.

    Better save room in your garbage can for the current crop of republicans in DC.

  • "Robert Heinlein Remembered"

    03/07/2005 7:10:26 PM PST · 168 of 227
    NMC EXP to redrock
    She [Rand] gave Libertarianism a philosophical discipline to serve as its brain and backbone. What Heinlein gave it, no less vital if we're to effect the changes we aspire to, was heart and guts.

    Thanks for posting this.

  • 'Mouthy' traveler gets luggage blown up

    03/07/2005 6:52:11 PM PST · 136 of 137
    NMC EXP to Mulder; MRMEAN
    Our new national motto should be "might makes right", because that is what most Americans now believe.

    Quite true.

    These United States were once known as "the land of the free and the home of the brave."

    Today, the United States is more accurately described as:

    "The land of the servile and timid."

    Here are some warnings which have gone unheeded:

    "We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force."
    -- Ayn Rand (“The Nature of Government”)

    “Thus the State turns every contingency into a resource for accumulating power in itself, always at the expense of social power; and with this it develops a habit of acquiescence in the people. New generations appear, each temperamentally adjusted – or as I believe our American glossary now has it, ‘conditioned’ - to new increments of State power, and they tend to take the process of continuous accumulation as quite in order. All the State's institutional voices unite in confirming this tendency; they unite in exhibiting the progressive conversion of social power into State power as something not only quite in order, but even as wholesome and necessary for the public good.”
    -- A.J. Nock, (Our Enemy the State), 1935

    “As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."
    -- Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

    "The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts."
    -- C.S. Lewis

    “Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
    -- C.S. Lewis

    “If once they ["our people"] become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves.“
    -- Thomas Jefferson, letter from Paris, 1787

    "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
    -- William Pitt, 1783

    “Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”
    -- Noah Webster

    “I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
    -- James Madison

    “The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.”
    -- Edmund Burke

    “It [the State] has taken on a vast mass of new duties and responsibilities; it has spread out its powers until they penetrate to every act of the citizen, however secret; it has begun to throw around its operations the high dignity and impeccability of a State religion; its agents become a separate and superior caste, with authority to bind and loose, and their thumbs in every pot. But it still remains, as it was in the beginning, the common enemy of all well-disposed, industrious and decent men.”
    -- Henry L. Mencken, 1926

    "There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws."
    -- Ayn Rand, (“Atlas Shrugged”)

    "There is none more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free!"
    -- Johann W. von Goethe

  • Lincoln: Tyrant, Hypocrite or Consumate Statesman? (Dinesh defends our 2d Greatest Prez)

    02/19/2005 3:58:49 PM PST · 102 of 391
    NMC EXP to mhking

    Thanks for the clarification.

  • Lincoln: Tyrant, Hypocrite or Consumate Statesman? (Dinesh defends our 2d Greatest Prez)

    02/19/2005 2:41:50 PM PST · 91 of 391
    NMC EXP to mhking

    So you still believe the civil war was about slavery?

  • 'Mouthy' traveler gets luggage blown up

    02/19/2005 2:29:46 PM PST · 123 of 137
    NMC EXP to Darksheare
    Funny how you pick and choose who you respond to. Others have told you the same thing I have.

    The opinion of others has absolutely nothing to do with (a) our conversation and (b) the situation we are debating.

    Unless of course you happen to be strongly infused with the herd instinct as in the majority is always right.

    You're being ridiculous and iinsulting now, I suggest you either cool off or clam up.


    I am being objective and honest.

    You are not. And you are still avoiding the question.

    I stand by my comment about you veracity in my previous response.

  • 'Mouthy' traveler gets luggage blown up

    02/19/2005 2:13:16 PM PST · 116 of 137
    NMC EXP to Darksheare

    You have talked repeatedly about this specific situation. You have never commented on the long term implications of the airport security situation.

    Either I completely missed this response of yours, or you are a liar.

    If you can point me to a response in which you addressed the overall situation I will owe you an apology.

    If not.....

  • Socialism's Last Redoubt - Why do Dems oppose Social Security reform?

    02/19/2005 2:06:05 PM PST · 13 of 27
    NMC EXP to Tailgunner Joe
    Socialism's Last Redoubt - Why do Dems oppose Social Security reform?

    A better question is why do republicans support expanding social security (medicare) by giving "free" (socialism) drugs to seniors?

  • 'Mouthy' traveler gets luggage blown up

    02/19/2005 2:01:45 PM PST · 112 of 137
    NMC EXP to Darksheare

    No that you have that off your chest kindly give me a response to my comments regarding the long term implications of govt abuses via airport security.

    You have avoided responding to that like the plague.

    Whatcha scared of?

    C'mon, give it your best shot.

  • 'Mouthy' traveler gets luggage blown up

    02/19/2005 1:53:54 PM PST · 110 of 137
    NMC EXP to Darksheare
    Last I knew, you couldn't go into a crowded theater and yell "Fire"

    Sure you can.

    If nothing happens there is no problem.

    If as a result anyone actually suffers personal injury or property damage there are longstanding legal remedies available.

  • Wall St. Journal (Again) Hates Real ID Act

    02/19/2005 1:50:39 PM PST · 88 of 90
    NMC EXP to bayourod

    What happened to your #69 to me?

    I checked out the link you provided before #69 was pulled and read your comments on the other thread.

    All I can say it is a damn shame that dishonest people seek to spread lies and defame the character of say for instance - you regarding the hiring of illegals....

    And like Pat Buchanan. In that thread you attempt to perpetuate the lie that he is a bigot and (gasp) an antisemite.

    Buchanan is politically incorrect and (gasp again) culturally insensitive so he is branded a bigot and antisemite.

    You defend illegal immigration and therefore you must be benefiting from their presence here.

    Have you ever noticed that "what goes around, comes around."?

  • 'Mouthy' traveler gets luggage blown up

    02/19/2005 1:39:10 PM PST · 108 of 137
    NMC EXP to Darksheare
    No you didn't.

    [explain my position]

    Here is a refresher for you:

    To: Darksheare

    The point is that you don't act like an idiot at the airport.

    Wrong again.

    You need to accept reality. The current situation at airports will not only get worse it will spread to other parts of our lives.

    And it is just a matter of time until another Janet Reno is calling the shots rather than an Ashcroft.

    And at that point some flaming liberal will be deciding by fiat what constitutes "stupid" behavior and therefore deserves state sanctions.

    That is the point and you better think long and hard about it.

    70 posted on 02/19/2005 10:04:05 AM CST by NMC EXP (Choose one: [a] party [b] principle.)

    [ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 61 | View Replies | Report Abuse ]

    The problem is that you are single mindedly focused on this particular incident and not overall situation.

    Tell me why she should be allowed to say that.

    Assuming you cannot or will not wrap your mind around the implications I have referred to here is the answer you seek. What she said was: (a) not a threat to blow up a plane, (b) was not threatening to anyone but a coward or a govt employee with an ego problem and a lot of training in zero tolerance.

    In short - no harm, no foul.

    Now you tell me why a person should not be allowed to say anything they damn well please short of a direct threat of violence to a public servant?

  • 'Mouthy' traveler gets luggage blown up

    02/19/2005 1:25:22 PM PST · 107 of 137
    NMC EXP to CitizenM
    Handling this situation required emergency security procedures at two separate airports

    Why was that required?

  • 'Mouthy' traveler gets luggage blown up

    02/19/2005 10:36:33 AM PST · 89 of 137
    NMC EXP to Darksheare
    Why are you so interested in excusing her stupidity?

    Red herring.

    I fully explained my position on the issue.

    You either did not read or did not comprehend my comments.

  • 'Mouthy' traveler gets luggage blown up

    02/19/2005 9:02:17 AM PST · 79 of 137
    NMC EXP to CitizenM

    All I can say is God save the Republic.

    Ben Franklin was right on two counts - his comments about (a) liberty and temporary safety and (b) "a Republic if you can keep it."

    You can solace in the fact that I am in the minority on this. The bad news is the fact that means the grand experiment has failed.

  • US, OAS Members Sign New Environmental Agreements

    02/19/2005 8:56:28 AM PST · 92 of 153
    NMC EXP to hedgetrimmer
    The signing of the final agreement, a 2,400 page document

    1) "Agreement" - not a treaty therby bypassing the Constitution's requirement for a 2/3's senate vote to ratify.

    2) "2,400 page" - which means it ain't about free trade. That would take one paragraph.

  • Wall St. Journal (Again) Hates Real ID Act

    02/19/2005 8:49:39 AM PST · 54 of 90
    NMC EXP to bayourod
    No, how many? Name them.

    I have heard that you employ "un-documented workers". Is that the case?

    If so that would certainly explain both your position on illegal immigration and your perspective on what hispanics tend to think about immigration policy.

  • US, OAS Members Sign New Environmental Agreements

    02/19/2005 8:44:14 AM PST · 87 of 153
    NMC EXP to Kaslin
    Your title is misleading. Where does it say the president signed CAFTA?

    1) The title says "signs on to CAFTA" it does not say "signed".

    2) "signs on to" means tacit or explicit approval not a signature.

    3) If you think bush's trade entourage agreed to the documents in question without bush's sanction and approval you are to put it kindly, mistaken.

    4) Stand on your own hind legs and debate the issue - don't run to the AM.


  • Wall St. Journal (Again) Hates Real ID Act

    02/19/2005 8:27:02 AM PST · 40 of 90
    NMC EXP to agitator

    "Universal indentiers - they are not just for farm animals anymore."

    Good one.

    The state wants to keep track of its property - us.

  • Wall St. Journal (Again) Hates Real ID Act

    02/19/2005 8:25:10 AM PST · 38 of 90
    NMC EXP to Reaganwuzthebest
    Oh give me a break, this has nothing to do with federalist principles as far as the WSJ is concerned.

    No doubt the WSJ has an agenda.

    That does not negate the fact that a national ID tramples state powers and expands those of the fedgov.

  • 'Mouthy' traveler gets luggage blown up

    02/19/2005 8:10:09 AM PST · 73 of 137
    NMC EXP to ED Basher

    I'll never set foot on another commercial aircraft again.

    I'm like Claire Wolfe in this regard - I won't fly not because I am afraid I would kick the snot out of some TSA thug who groped my wife or otherwise insulted me.

    I am afraid I would not kick the snot out of the knuckledragger for fear of going to jail.

    And that is precisely what the state wants.

  • 'Mouthy' traveler gets luggage blown up

    02/19/2005 8:04:05 AM PST · 70 of 137
    NMC EXP to Darksheare
    The point is that you don't act like an idiot at the airport.

    Wrong again.

    You need to accept reality. The current situation at airports will not only get worse it will spread to other parts of our lives.

    And it is just a matter of time until another Janet Reno is calling the shots rather than an Ashcroft.

    And at that point some flaming liberal will be deciding by fiat what constitutes "stupid" behavior and therefore deserves state sanctions.

    That is the point and you better think long and hard about it.

  • 'Mouthy' traveler gets luggage blown up

    02/19/2005 6:59:49 AM PST · 51 of 137
    NMC EXP to Darksheare
    So they searched it. Then they blew it up. Maybe next time she won't say she has a bomb.

    The salient point is the was no bomb and the govt knew it but destroyed private property anyway.

    Because she was "snippy".

    How about if she writes a letter to the editor critical of the govt and TSA and as a result the govt blows up her house?

    Because she was "snippy" again.

  • US, OAS Members Sign New Environmental Agreements

    02/19/2005 6:53:19 AM PST · 76 of 153
    NMC EXP to JohnBDay
    "He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur" - Article 2, Section 2

    Fortunately (for the state) the Constitution "poses not serious threat to our form of government.".

    In a semantic end run around the Constitution NAFTA, GATT, WTO, CAFTA and FTAA are all called "agreements" and not "treaties". Therefore the difficult to attain 2/3's senate vote requirement is neatly avoided.

  • 'Mouthy' traveler gets luggage blown up

    02/19/2005 6:46:39 AM PST · 49 of 137
    NMC EXP to CitizenM
    The doctor got what she deserved. Has she been under a rock? Everyone knows better than to make such stupid statements at the airports.

    Think about what you just said.

    She got "snippy" with the TSA thug.

    TSA inspected the luggage and found no bomb.

    TSA blew up the suitcase anyway.

    Conclusion: The TSA blew up her suitcase because she got "snippy" with a knuckledragging public servant.

    When you support and defend unwarranted acts of agression committed by the govt against citizens who have done nothing more than be critical of the govt or have been "snippy" with a govt employee you had damn well better consider the long term implications of your position for all of us.

    It ain't pretty.

  • “The White Man’s Burden”: Kipling’s Hymn to U.S. Imperialism

    02/05/2005 6:54:17 PM PST · 54 of 182
    NMC EXP to xJones

    If I misunderstood your meaning I beg you pardon.