Gayle,Comment Posted By funny man On 14.07.2009 @ 12:50
I oppose Obama's policies but to say he has no intelligence, no class etc is just wishful thinking on your part. I remember you strongly supporting Palin, I guess great historical knowledge and intelligence there.
"The proof of the Book of Mormon is in the reading and personal experiencing of the book, not in seeing the gold plates".Comment Posted By funny man On 13.07.2009 @ 13:19
That is no proof because people of every other faith will tell you the same thing, be they Christian, Muslim, Hindu or Mormon. Are you saying the others a wrong?
I'd rather you all stop talking about other peoples faith or the lack thereof and start reading 'The Idiot' or other works of Dostoevsky. The line between good and bad always goes straight to your heart but how do you overcome your weaknesses? That is the real question behind all faiths.Comment Posted By funny man On 12.07.2009 @ 20:59
People!Comment Posted By funny man On 12.07.2009 @ 16:05
A lot of all this depends on the economy and believe it or not whoever is in charge has only limited influence. So nobody really knows how it is going to look in 2010, 2012. That said, I would go with Derrick on Barbour. Palin has a vocal, dedicated following but IMHO she doesn't have it to be president. Please people, listen to her statement last week (WTF???). So I really think the nomination is Romney's to loose (but that doesn't count for that much in politics).Comment Posted By funny man On 11.07.2009 @ 12:07
What does changing one's mind really mean? Let's stick with the old Greeks for a second 'I know that I don't know'. We know far too little to really understand the world but realizing this 'should' make us a little humble. Case in point perhaps Karl Marx, his analysis in "Das Kapital" was actually in part brilliant. However, he thought he could explain everything by his deterministic dialectic (not the only one at the time) and ultimately his philosophy put into reality failed. So how could it be that quite a number of brilliant minds e.g. part of the Western Left kept defending a failed system? I guess there is just one answer to this, not wanting to be a traitor, romanticism, belief in ones superior intellect come to mind. However, these forces on our minds are by no means restricted to one political philosophy, they are universal.Comment Posted By funny man On 5.07.2009 @ 23:09
I've had many changes of mind for whatever reason. I try not to be so full of poop to believe all those changes were due to unselfish noble and rational reasons. Anyway, before I get to carried away, Congrats Rick for the ability to sometimes see things differently after time. A philosophy, again example Marx, without the ability for self criticism is doomed to fail. And we don't want that now, do we?
I'm really not sure people had better virtues back in the days. Kings usually had many wives, girlfriends, concubines. Armies pillaged, burned, raped. Robber barons tried to impose monopolies on countries. In my opinion, there will always be the struggle between corrupt, selfish people and honest, virtuous folks (now nobody is really a 100%). If the balance tilts a bit more to the latter we are in pretty good shape.Comment Posted By funny man On 2.07.2009 @ 17:17
Sportsmith,Comment Posted By funny man On 30.06.2009 @ 23:48
'sports is still the territory of totem poles and tent markings'. Indeed it is and forgive me my 'unfunny' remark. Perhaps I'm sometimes a bit too thin-skinned when I perceive (perhaps wrongly) the ever popular (especially among conservatives) Euro bashing. If all our worries were about the 'right' sport we should be a happy nation.
sportsmith,Comment Posted By funny man On 29.06.2009 @ 15:16
as a European I will not go down that route (just a little). Just like to point out that we 'gay' Europeans still have white guys boxing and holding titles (I used to box myself; only amateurs). If you know of a white American let me know.
Mike Giles: there was one comment that was anti-american, not more.
Well indeed it is called football not soccer and Congrats to the Americans for a tournament well played. As a boy in Germany I naturally grew up playing soccer, a game anyone, anywhere can play. You can play it with a tennis ball, a coke can etc. If I see the German national team in a World Cup I still get sweaty hands. We'll see how much the game will catch on. It still is a largely suburban sport and if the US wants to be a serious contender, this has to change. However, I'm pretty optimistic because you don't need to be 7 feet or weigh 300 pounds to be successful.Comment Posted By funny man On 28.06.2009 @ 19:13