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The Taliban as Mafia
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Saturday Juke Joint
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Corrugated Degree Factories
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Who are you going to believe, the NBA or your lying eyes?
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Flip a COIN
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Angels & Demons
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faux serious introspection
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reductio ad absurdum
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it was never the case that all terrorists were Muslim
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Notre Bama
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a quote for a cloudy afternoon
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The comments...

AvatarZak
+ Could FARC be a similar comparison? Colombia's military campaign against them (along with political measures aimed at allowing commanders for FARC and the AUC [. . .]
AvatarBob
+ "Winwood said later of Traffic that there [sic] final album, John Barleycorn Must Die (talk about haunting lyricism) was what he had always intended for [. . .]
AvatarWill
+ Lebecka - The question isn't whether students pick up useful skills at college - I think we all acknowledge that four years of school will [. . .]
+ Ah, the refs wanted the Lakers to win. That must be why the Nuggets shot 11 more free throws. Other than a mildly questionable reach-in [. . .]
Avatargreginak
+ Good discussion of the topic. COIN is just brutally hard and risky and the neo-con's have never wanted to see or understand that. The only issue [. . .]
Avatarpaul h.

lol, good call on putting this in the "Torture" tag

AvatarJaybird

I don't know. The officiating in Pro Wrestling is pretty bad too.

AvatarEasa Dara
+ While there were a number of preposterous turns and exceedingly well placed helper events, my main issue with DVC was that, as a mystery, there [. . .]
AvatarKeljeck
+ And this is why Vince McMahon should be allowed to host RAW at the Pepsi Center on Monday. At least Pro Wrestling is an honest [. . .]
+ Of course you know why it happened. The NBA dearly wants a Kobe vs. LeBron Finals. They will stop at nothing to get [. . .]
AvatarBadger
+ Gates's intelligence wasn't a detriment, but he isn't a rags to riches story. Lincoln's heritage is also not exactly a fairytale. College is [. . .]
AvatarMichael Drew
+ I hate the Lakers as much as the next guy, but it should be said that earlier in the game there were some questionable calls [. . .]
Avatarlebecka
+ "I wonder if four years of undergraduate study is really necessary to pick up public speaking, writing or critical thinking." No, not really, Will. but it's [. . .]
AvatarMichael Drew
+ That doesn’t describe atheism as I experience it, or as any atheist has ever experienced it. “Certainty” is not a feature of it at all. [. . .]
Avatargreginak
+ There is certainly an aspect to college as a way to get a better job. I spent a lot of today, sitting at my desk, [. . .]
AvatarKatherine
+ Boehner's position is nothing less than laughable. Of course the CIA lies to Congress. The CIA has lied to Congress throughout it's history. [. . .]
AvatarKatherine
+ Beyond this, it strikes me that much of conservatism in general is founded in some sort of skepticism or doubt, including Daniel’s own brand, which [. . .]
AvatarKatherine
+ Good post, Freddie. One interesting think I learned in a Mideast History course was that the record-holder for the largest number of suicide attacks [. . .]
AvatarKatherine
+ 1. That Gallup poll is more than a little suspect. For example, it has the sampled equal percentages of Democrats and Republicans when we know [. . .]
AvatarRoque Nuevo
+ I haven't blamed anyone for anything. I'm just saying that radical Islam has a foothold in Indonesia, which aparently is a frivolous and irresponsible thing [. . .]
AvatarJaybird
+ After losing my faith and realizing that I could no longer join the ministry, I had no idea what to do... so I got a [. . .]
AvatarBadger
+ I was sitting at a Chinese restaurant about a week ago. I started chatting with a gentleman with shoulder length hair and a rough [. . .]
Avatarmatoko_chan

My jesuit teacher in catholic school, taught that Jesus loved Thomas the best of all......because it was so much harder for him.

AvatarRichard
+ Eric Hoffer, "The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god [. . .]
AvatarWill
+ Mike - I agree with you about the importance of certain skills acquired by college graduates, but I wonder if four years of undergraduate study [. . .]
+ I majored in history and anthropology, both liberal arts fields. I felt like I got a pretty good education even though I was at a [. . .]
AvatarJaybird
+ "Your family is clearly not burdened by evangelical Christians. Sadly, mine is." Snort. Dude. There are issues of Focus on the Family magazine that contain names [. . .]
AvatarChet
+ Dude. You wouldn’t believe me if I told you. I guess what I'm asking is this - can you point to a prominent atheist, someone with [. . .]
AvatarE.D. Kain

You’d rather believe than know. I’m the exact opposite.

Yeah, must be the mysterian in me I guess....

AvatarChet
+ The fact of the matter is, I do not care for your *version* of the truth The truth doesn't have versions. Look, either God exists or [. . .]
AvatarJaybird
+ "Can you point to one?" Dude. You wouldn't believe me if I told you. "You’re certainly working pretty hard to convince me of the existence of religious [. . .]
+ Well, good luck with that, Kain. **sigh** I hate adding the /sarcasm tag when I use it but perhaps I was being too vague. FYI my [. . .]
AvatarChet

Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying.

Well, good luck with that, Kain.

AvatarChet
+ Except there are atheists for whom atheism is a religion. That's pretty easy to say; can you point to one? From my perspective, it’s indistinguishable from someone [. . .]
AvatarJaybird
+ "Right and wrong have no meaning to you? Delusion is just as good as truth?" Congratulations! You're no longer a Christian! Here's a list of books [. . .]
AvatarE.D. Kain

Right and wrong have no meaning to you? Delusion is just as good as truth?

Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying.

AvatarJaybird
+ "But it’s kind of a half-truth; atheism is not a religion but atheists are protected under Constitutional guarantees of religious freedom." And, of course, I wouldn't [. . .]
AvatarChet
+ Oh I suppose I could be convinced, but why would anyone want to convince me of that? Right and wrong have no meaning to you? [. . .]
AvatarE.D. Kain
+ Oh I suppose I could be convinced, but why would anyone want to convince me of that? And why should I wish to be [. . .]
AvatarE.D. Kain
+ Someone like Kain, though, will openly tell you that nothing could change his mind; that nothing could convince him that God exists. .... But I do believe [. . .]
AvatarChet

Er, "doesn't exist", I mean. Sorry, typing fast.

AvatarBob
+ For me chemistry, astronomy, history, rationalism scream "no God." But yet I have an infinitesimal doubt. I think E.D. is correct about talking past [. . .]
AvatarChet
+ It’s just that the degree *AND NATURE* of the outspokenness belies a certain lack of doubt. I still don't understand. Dawkins has written one book about [. . .]
+ (a)(theism) vs. (a)(the)(ism). Without theism vs. the ism of being without theos. The former tends to be bundled with doubt. The latter tends to be bundled [. . .]