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Sometimes you have to shred the box in order to think outside of it.

I believe abortion rights would be Constitutional if men had equal rights of "choice".

The values of any society, including the value of life, are in constant flux and inherently unfair. We can abort young adults in the name of freedom for a people who don't seem eager to embrace it if our president approves. We have a 9/11 per month every month of the year in auto deaths, and two 9/11's per month of flu season in flu deaths. We can use state-of -the-art-of-killing machines against sticks and stones and our leftovers. As my comments become rants, I shall post this as one.

DieBaron, you shredded my box and this is what came out. Thank you.

While I’m ranting:

Once again (NOW, in Iraq) we are arming and training the enemy ( as we did in Afghanistan under Reagan/Bush I, who helped make Osama what he is today). We arm and train military/police/security forces who then join our opposition. They serve death for lunch to our sons in thanks for their sacrifices.

Today’s newspaper tells me that in a recent poll, Americans asked to choose the most urgent moral crisis we face today chose “greed and materialism”. So why did we re-elect the greedy materialists as the upholders of our moral values?

Merry Christmas!


"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesman and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do."

- Ralph 'Where's Waldo' Emerson

"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like. And I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
- Bilbo Baggins

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The following comments are for "Eat your young!"
by drsoos

Shhhrred Dat Box!!!
Yah! Cool.

( Posted by: DieBaronHobskewward [Member] On: December 28, 2004 )

Boxing Day Die B

Thanks for noticing.
I have a pair of (IMO} heavy haiku in the pipeline. I hope to produce some WOW! soon.

Until next time:

I'd rather write than read
I'd rather read than work
I'd rather eat than read

I'm tired
I worked
I'm glad I have work (such as it is)

I'm gonna eat
read my paper
and mull over a multitude of topics
as slumber slips in
to restore me...

I'm TOO tired for this

Not poetic
just pooped

Happy New year!


( Posted by: drsoos [Member] On: December 28, 2004 )

Shred mettle
Good rant - very rant-ious - but I'm not sure of the point of one of your comments (if, indeed, it had one):

"We have a 9/11 per month every month of the year in auto deaths, and two 9/11's per month of flu season in flu deaths."

Therefore, let's ban automobiles and the flu! Furthermore, since we've now had multiple "9/11s" as a result of that horrible earthquake and tidal wave, shame on those nasty evil greedy materialistic Americans for not preventing this tragedy by banning plate tectonics!

Or is your point that, since auto accidents and annual flu outbreaks cause roughly equivalent death tolls on a regular basis, 9/11 was no big deal, so we shouldn't have gotten so worked up about it?

Just wondering. Rant on.

( Posted by: LinnieRed [Member] On: December 29, 2004 )

LinnieRed reply
I don't have to have a point- I'm ranting!
(and I see that you recognize that)

Every human life is precious. I value mine and concede the same value to all others (well, me first).
I don't mean to diminish the horror or significance of 9/11. It is significant as a terror attack on Americans in America, rather than by sheer number of deaths, if viewed in perspective.

I guess my point would be how our reaction to premature deaths depends on the cause. For example, how many pregnant women died in car accidents during the Peterson murder trial?

We shouldn't ban automobiles, but perhaps we shouldn't encourage the purchase of behemoth SUVs, safer for the occupants but more dangerous to be struck by.
We can't outlaw the flu but we can improve vaccine policy before the next pandemic.
We can't outlaw tsunamis but we can make a few phone calls the next time the seismograph is rattled off of its' table.

Thanks for reading and commenting

( Posted by: drsoos [Member] On: December 30, 2004 )

box shredding
actually, I think that the box has already been shredded, but you used a different tool -- well done.

( Posted by: brad [Member] On: December 31, 2004 )

well ranted
I've been reading over some of your stuff. Well worded, well ranted, and well thought out. Humor is the best way to discuss these difficult topics.
And people should be reminded, as you have, that everyone mourns his or her loved one as much as the families of very public tragedies do.

Bush making people sacrifice their kids for the sake of his wallet is just as much terrorism against the people of America as 9/11 was. He chooses to attack the lower classes, then makes them implicate themselves in the attack, the way terrorists in some countries make children hold the guns that execute their own parents, so the guilt will immobilize them from rebellion. He makes us send our own children to their deaths and say it's glorious.
See, humor is a better way to talk about these things . . . Thank you.

( Posted by: Icarus [Member] On: February 6, 2005 )

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