Yeah, those “hard” deadlines for one. cough cough
OK, I was saying a “US-style” “hard” deadline, rather than the “UN-style” “you’ve got 15 days…ok 60 days…ok 1 year…ok 12 years” “hard” deadline. Ya got me :roll: …
Re: “survival of the fittest” I meant DasEwokSS’s suggestion that its ok for powerful nations to swallow weaker ones because that’s somehow the natural order of things. May work for Ewoks, not for humans. I assume he was being tongue-in-cheek…
Witches ride brooms because Nature abhors a vacuum!
Caffeine is my shepherd; I shall not doze.
It maketh me to wake in green pastures.
It leadeth me beyond the sleeping masses.
It restoreth my buzz.
It leadeth me in the paths of consciousness for its name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of addiction,
I will fear no Equal -
For thou art with me;
Thy cream and thy sugar they comfort me.
Thou preparest a carafe before me in the presence of The Starbucks.
Thou anointest my day with pep; my mug runneth over.
Surely richness and taste shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the House of Mocha forever.
Our lager who art in barrels, hallowed be thy drink.
Thy beer doth come, I will be drunk, at home as in the tavern.
Give us this day our foamy head, and forgive us our spillages
as we forgive those who spill against us.
And lead us not to incarceration, but deliver us from hangover.
For thine is the beer, the bitter, and the lager, forever and ever.
Feeling Stressed Out?
Picture yourself near a stream.
Birds are softly chirping
in the crisp cool mountain air.
Nothing can bother you here.
No one knows
this secret place.
You are in total seclusion
from that place
called “the world.”
The soothing sound of a
fills the air
with a cascade
The water is clear.
You can easily
make out the face
of the person
whose head you’re
under the water.
All though I loved Ender’s Game I found all the other books in that seires to be extrmely boring and I wasn’t able to finish any of them.
On the other hand I loved Ender Shadow and Ive read all the Shadow books which I also love. I like how after battle school the Shadow books focus on Earth politics and what the future geopoliticals is like. Plus Enders Shadow is longer so it’s a better deal.
Yes and no, Stuka. It would only make vetoing a budget a thing of the past, in other words, it would streamline the budget process. But ONLY if the Congress decides to spend MORE then they get in taxes. Bear in mind, if Congress decides to actually, don’t faint now, spend ONLY what it has without a deficit, then it only needs a simple majority and a signature instead of a super majority AND a signature. Likewise, if the budget has no deficit, then a veto can still be over-ridden by a super majority.
The whole idea is to make it SOO hard to go into debt that most times the country will operate above board.
In fact, I’d like to see legislation that states that 10% of all taxes MUST be invested in local government or domestic corporate bonds. (Relatively secure, helps the country or countrymen.) Eventually, the feds should have enough invested throughout the land that they will never need to tax the people again.
Furthermore, that’s not so outlandish an idea. Many governments domestically and abroad are buying mutual funds to supplement their income so they can ease the tax burden. Why can’t the feds?
Speaking of Korea though, it is true that South Korea is an immensely prosperous nation, while North Korea languishes in poverty. South Korea became “Americanized” and now places that where once rice patties and dusty mountain roads are prosperous metropolises. ( I know this because my sister is serving in Korea with the Army engineers) Without our intervention, South Korea would have been conquered, and would be no better off than North Korea is under the heel of communism. The Korean conflict was one of our more noble military ventures.
Sure, military means money. S. Vietnam had a huge jump in economy when we were there that mostly collapsed after we left. It would happen no matter where we go.
However, the state of Korea today has less to do with them being dirty communists, and more with the disintegration of the USSR and a horrible famine during the 90’s. They simply could not support themselves because their primary trading partner disappeared and was unable to supply what they needed, only to be subjected to a series of disastrous floods and drought. Of course, it’s not helped by their military-oriented economic policy, but we do similar and still sustain ourselves (but we’ve got the goods).
But we took a number of casualties in Korea, was it worth that sacrifice of American lives? As a Marine I believe we are all expendable to accomplish our mission, but the call is yours. How many of us will you sacrifice to accomplish the objective? You should be willing to sacrifice all of us. That kind of resolve no longer exists in America.
Tough to say. As an elite group of fighters, I wouldn’t send Marines in frivolously. When it comes to Korea, we are exactly where we were after WW2 (except no skirmishes and such). So did it do any good? I guess so, primarily economically. Are your lives worth promoting the economy of another country? Are anyone’s? Especially when that country actually competes with our own?
But here’s the thing: we installed an unpopular dictator in S. Korea that resigned. A military coup followed that was just was tyrannical and ruthless. It really goes unnoticed because the economy surged and we “saved” them from communism. But I don’t think we accomplished all that much.
I’m not sure when or where you guys should be deployed. Hopefully never, but that’s a pipe dream.