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    Today, 07:47 PM
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Today, 07:44 PM
    I titled the thread "Apparent Paradox ?". I do not believe there is a paradox. only what appears to be a paradox.. and that only becomes a problem if you try to remove half the equation.
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Today, 07:34 PM
    Let him try,, His only argument currently is "Logical Absurdity." and I thought only atheists used that.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 07:31 PM
    Using paradoxes in an attempt to be humorous is one thing. Using paradoxes to engage in "gotcha theology", however, is a whole other level of sad behavior.
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Today, 07:26 PM
    This used to be a joke once,, (not so funny) though I do find that level of intellect to be a sad joke.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 07:15 PM
    Deficits are up, and inflation is also a tax. Look at the big picture and you'll see that, including the inflation tax and the higher state taxes because states are getting less of our federal taxes back, taxes are up. Are you sure? Because offen--er, I mean defense spending is nearly half of federal expenditures, and that's up. A decrease in the rate of increase is not the same as a cut. This applies to the total number of regulations as surely as it applies to taxes and spending.
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    Today, 06:57 PM
    No doubt, and they gave 0 you-know-what's what the guilds and academies thought. They were one of the last production studios doing things like in the old, old days of film from the 20s. Better or worse. I forget their names, the guys at Cannon, they were brothers. Had a lot of bad stuff said about them, some of it true (they would make a vertical slice, or whatever it's called, of their next movie like it was already in production, then launder cash from loans for that non-existent movie for one they had in production. Something like that... They made some legendary movies though. I'd say it was worth it:D And if Death Wish was a book... yet another going in the list.
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    Today, 06:55 PM
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    Today, 06:37 PM
    Well, that's another in the to-read list. The Civil Rights movement was no exception. Malcolm X saw the hypocrisy and hated it plenty: Beautiful stuff.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 06:10 PM
    Let's try a thought experiment, O studied and rational one. Suppose you had a son. Suppose you could make him a member of a club, and you wanted to make him a member of the club because you love him. But suppose you also know he would make the other members of the club miserable because he's a little a$$hole. Would you make him a member of the club because you want to? Or would you refuse to make him a member of the club for the benefit of the club members? Feel free to refuse to answer. When you refuse to answer a reasonable and thoughtful question which is entirely pertinent to the discussion at hand, it says much more about how indefensible your position is than it says about me. Because we all know you engage with people who are obviously mad at you all the time. It's only the ones who poke the biggest holes in your tripe that you ignore. But, of course, you'd just give your kid a lobotomy, right? He wouldn't be the same kid any more, but at least you'd get your will without ruining the club, right? So, you spend hours a day telling strangers that because their relationship with their Father differs from your relationship with the same Father, they're going to hell. But no one should be irritated by that, and clearly you yourself have no issues at all? That's another interesting thought experiment. Seems, well, unlikely, to be honest. Highly unlikely.
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    Today, 05:53 PM
    You can't get your head outside the box, so you're trying to shove Pete's thread back inside the box? You tell me, Sola Fide, if you aren't so afraid of me that you have me on ignore. Can God desire something, yet choose not to bring it to pass? Now we find out who Sola Fide is, by observing how he creates God in his own image. Well, Sola Fide? Can God be capable of doing a thing, but choose not to do it? Can He have a power, yet show enough restraint to not exercise it? Or has He got the self-control of a ferret?
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Today, 05:41 PM
    Exactly. and it happens a lot.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 05:35 PM
    Creating God in one's own image is a natural act. But it sure doesn't give God much credit, does it? Especially when Sola Fide does it. If God is all knowing, how can Sola Fide say what He wills? Which is yet another simple question that will never get answered. If it happens to be God's will that those of us who choose Him are saved, and those of us who do not choose Him are not saved, then when is His will frustrated?
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Today, 05:33 PM
    Rebellion. following Lucifer's lead.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 05:28 PM
    He has obviously made up his mind that it's God's will that he be far too stubborn to get a clear view of what God's will really is. Which is fine. More power to him. The odd part is that he spends so many hours on line advertising that fact to a group of people, even though half of them are merely saddened by the fact, and the rest don't even care.
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Today, 05:23 PM
    You might want to brush up on what "God's Will" is.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 05:16 PM
    Did I once read that you had children? Excuse me while I go pray for the poor unfortunates... Can a video game designer design a video game with enough variables that the very person who designed the game can start it in motion and play it without knowing exactly how it will come out? I'm not saying God doesn't know how we'll turn out, mind you. What you refuse to allow into your skull at all costs is that you argue this crap incessantly, year in and year out, and insult as many people as you can in the process, is probably all meaningless to God. God creates people capable of choosing Him and people who are not--pots not destined for destruction and pots that are--and in your incomparable single-minded narrowness, you blather that the sole determining factor is whether we give God every last ounce of the credit when we choose Him. Well, dude, the Bible does not make the same emphasis. In fact, the Bible puts the emphasis on honoring God not by giving Him the credit when we do something, but on honoring Him by aiding, comforting and loving one another. But, you know, you've been up De Nile for years and you have always refused us when we offered you a paddle. So, whatever. You can relish the thought that some souls are irrevocably lost, and try to figure out who they are, until your own dying day, and have fun doing it. For those who have truly embraced God, however, that is much to sad a thing to dwell on...
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    Today, 05:03 PM
    God wants everyone to be saved.. Why do you want to frustrate God? Not wanting anyone to perish. but some do perish. some refuse repentance,, some refuse to believe.. some believe a lie.
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    Today, 04:54 PM
    They have gotten my hopes up too many times. not gonna believe it the the damn thing shuts down.
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Today, 04:51 PM
    You are a liar again. I said are you deliberately obtuse,,or are you wholly unable to be honest? stop
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Today, 04:40 PM
    Read the Bible,, without cherry picking to prove some absurd point.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 04:39 PM
    The idea that people making choices is against the will of God because Sola Fide says God cannot want that is a much bigger contradiction. Sola Fide is small and megalomaniacal. God is not.
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    Today, 04:04 PM
    Apparent Paradox or Contradictions ? I do not think that the bible contradicts itself. It does not. And I am further convinced that any apparent contradictions are simply a misunderstanding.. The concept of Trinity is one such that folks stumble at,, Father,Son,and Holy Spirit,, all as one God. Simple to those that believe. another is the Predestination/Free Will paradox. It seems to be difficult for some to grasp..but I see no paradox. They both flow together seamlessly,, being the Will of God.
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    Today, 03:49 PM
    Interstate highways and freeways are not interchangeable concepts. A freeway can be, and many of them are, completely intrastate, and an interstate can be, and many of them are, turnpikes. And the post office managed to get the mail circulated for about a hundred and eighty years before the Military Industrial Complex shoved through the unnecessary federal power grab which was the Interstate Highway System. State highways were connected into a federal network for decades before Washington figured out a way to talk the public into accepting a federal motor fuels tax. Fact of the matter is, some odd 90% of the mileage the U.S. mail spends on roads is spent on city streets, and back before the U.S.P.S. abandoned the railroads for airplanes, that number was even higher. Post roads are seriously ancient history, and they certainly don't explain the Interstate Highway Boondoggle in any way.
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    Today, 03:45 PM
    The purpose of government is mostly just to pay themselves with other peoples' wealth and generally get in the way. ;)
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    Today, 03:43 PM
    So, if there's a class system where only one race lives, it's clearly not a sign of racism. But if an identical class system exists where more than one race lives, it's automatically race based? Would Sen. John Conyers' harassment victims agree with that? Would those members of the American public who realize they got screwed while the Obama family thrived at their expense agree with that? If there's more than one race where a class system exists, how can you tell if it's race based? There are privileged "people of color" in the U.S., and poor whites. Does that disprove the theory? Is there a quota which determines it? Or is this woman saying there can only be a class system where there is only one race? Otherwise, the class system is automatically not a class system, it's automatically racism?
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 03:36 PM
    Or better still, they could repeal the federal motor fuel tax altogether. Washington takes that money, skims some off the top to feed the bureaucrats who administer it, skim some more off the top for various federal boondoggles that have nothing to do with infrastructure, and dole what little is left back to states according to whether they jump through federal hoops and according to how much pull their senators and representatives have in Congress. Repeal it and states can raise their own motor fuels taxes by up to eighteen and a half cents a gallon for gas and nearly a quarter a gallon for diesel with no pain on the people or the economy at all (except for the economy of the Washington bureaucracies, perhaps). And the states can then apply that money directly to infrastructure, and the citizens of that state can do something about it if that money isn't spent well--they can fire their whole legislatures if necessary to fix the problem. Can the citizens of one state fire the entire federal legislature if they don't get anything for the federal fuels taxes they pay? The federal fuels tax is the problem, not the solution. Repeal it and roads will improve within months. And if they don't in your state, you and your fellow sufferers can actually do something about it.
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  • Raginfridus's Avatar
    Today, 03:35 PM
    Proving once again conservatives love more government too, as long as they get what they want.
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    Today, 03:33 PM
    Yikes! Must suck living in town.
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    Today, 03:26 PM
    There's no such thing as a rebellion (revolt, movement, etc) against the establishment that wasn't a tool of somebody in the establishment. The American Revolution for example was little more than a lot of gullible idiots following men who desired property that wasn't their own, and within a matter of decades resulted in the surrender of more state and individual sovereignty than was ever imperiled by a King or his governors. Not only so, but all that toil lead to the system we have today. There's only 1 rule for rebellion: its all an establishment scam. None more blatantly so than in countries where succession of power's pulled out from inside a magic hat called the ballot box, full of all the good wishes of believers in this bi-polar monster called popular will. In reality, all that's just a waste of breath, thought, and wealth, because succession's never been determined by "We the People" anyway. That's a myth. Advertising buys the office in countries with ballot boxes for gods. We can spot the winner easy enough, or at least the nominees, by things like their war chest and coverage. Oh sure, monarchies can be dysfunctional, and are many times, but in popular government dysfunction is the system. The only people with their heads in the sand here are those that believe in a so-called "will of the people." One of the first arguments against monarchies that people make is they're repressive, but while these fools shriek under the tyranny of a few thousand elected and millions of unelected oppressors, they're so emotionally invested in the relationship the most they'll accomplish are maybe, once the stars align, 8 years of good governance. "Give us one more election, one anti-establishmentarian. Never mind he IS the establishment, we like his personality. He fights the media, he says the funnies." The beauty of a simple system like monarchy is it doesn't waste itself pretending to be something it isn't: High Priest of the Ballot Box Gods.
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