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Wil Head Moderator | joined 14 January 2004 | 191 posts


Achamian vs. Kellhus: faith vs. certainty posted 27 October 2004 in The Warrior ProphetAchamian vs. Kellhus: faith vs. certainty by Wil, Head Moderator

I think this makes a lot of sense.

Very interesting. view post


Political Affiliation? posted 30 October 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionPolitical Affiliation? by Wil, Head Moderator

to be fair, the Haliburton issue has been in the news since the invasion of Iraq.

I deffinately think we need more horses view post


Political Affiliation? posted 08 December 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionPolitical Affiliation? by Wil, Head Moderator

Democrat: In favor of a bigger federal government, (federal government running big programs like social security, etc). Also usually Pro-choice, pro civil rights, anti-death penalty, more liberal on the social issues.

Republican: In favor of a small federal government and having more control by the States. In favor of privatizing social security, (I think). Tend to be conservative on social issues, anti-abortion, marriage between man and a woman, etc.


if anyone else has anything to add, please feel free. view post


Political Affiliation? posted 09 December 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionPolitical Affiliation? by Wil, Head Moderator

I feel there is a difference between moral beliefs and religious beliefs. I do not thank that all Republicans are necessarily religious. I do not think that it follows that if you are conservative on social issues it means that you are combining church and state. There are secular arguments for every debate.

Neo cons seem to say and do two different things


To be fair, so do many Democrats. I think it is a politician thing.


social security:A government program that provides economic assistance to persons faced with unemployment, disability, or agedness, financed by assessment of employers and employees. view post


AMERICAN POLITICS... posted 19 January 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by Wil, Head Moderator

Quote: "Cu'jara Cinmoi":2sj9sez7

I am glad that he won, insofar as it will force conservatives to reap what they have sown, both domestically and internationally...


... is giving the conservatives all the rope they want, then let them hang themselves...
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The problem with this way of thinking is that all of the Liberals will get screwed in the end. Yeah, it will be nice if Bush chokes on his own filth, but at what expense? I do not want my right to marry or my friend's right to have an abortion to vanish so America can "learn its lesson". view post


AMERICAN POLITICS... posted 04 February 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by Wil, Head Moderator

The socially conservative Southern dems have been "frightened" by topics such as legalizing abortion and gay marriage - so scared they ran right into the conservatives' waiting arms. However, most California republicans tend to be open-minded on the same issues.

My personal opinion (this is just my opinion, and it is true of the entire country and not just these areas) this issue is this: in the South and Mid-West there are generally more smaller, rural, farming communities. In such communities, there is less diversity, and these communities tend to be more "neo-religious" in that going to church has become a family past time. In addition, in farming/ranching communities, less importance is placed on higher education because it is the children's job to come and run the family farm. It has been show that the more educated a person is, the more open they are to people of different backgrounds (people of different cultural heritage, different sexuality, etc.). In a time when LGBTQ rights are coming to the front as are abortion issues, it is harder to integrate these issues into a standard belief system (Christianity in all of its forms) then things in the past have been integrated. I believe this is why Dems have little sway in the South and Mid-West. It is also why the West Coast Dems have done so well. While the above is true for much of Washington and Oregon (I don't know about California) the lager cities, Seattle, Portland, LA, SF, etc. have large enough populations that they can pretty much dictate the policies for the entire state. In larger cities, you are more likely to have a more diverse population and higher education becomes much more important.

[DISCLAIMER: I am in no way saying that Dems are more educated then Reps, I am merely commenting on an educational trend that has been studied, I happen to know some very, very, very intelligent Republicans and some incredibly stupid Democrats]


And, that would NOT be a bad thing for politics in the U.S. - we need more parties than just the Dems and the Republicans.

I completely agree with this, and always have. The problem is that it would be nearly impossible to split two major political parties into many small ones.

A whole different issue to me is the sticky morass of America's relationship to the world at large (e.g. international relations) where our president has an incredibly broad mandate and Congress is unlikely to seize back some form of control any time soon. The average American spends too little time thinking about our relation with the rest of the world. Why is that when we are the last "super power"? Are we the world's police-man (a role that's primed for abuse)? Are we crusaders bringing the light of democracy to the oppressed masses? How do we balance national safety against the masses of dead (and why the hell is it always the brown people we bomb?????) and amount of damage done in Iraq and Afghanistan? Was it worth it?

I don't think I'm even going to try and get into our international politics shit-hole. view post


Is Education the Magic Bullet? posted 05 February 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionIs Education the Magic Bullet? by Wil, Head Moderator

I feel that as long as ignorance remains, it will be impossible to solve social issues. I do not however, believe that if everybody gets a college degree all hatred and racism. Education is a component of a much larger solution. view post


Is Education the Magic Bullet? posted 06 February 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionIs Education the Magic Bullet? by Wil, Head Moderator

H, the problem I see with your argument is that you are separating culture and education. I believe that education is part of culture. I believe that culture is not stagnant, but fluid.

Yes, in western society, the president is placed above the bag boy. However, what I think many of us fail to see is what will happen if all of a sudden, all the bag boys, the people who make cars, who drive the trucks to stock our grocery stores, disappeared? Anarchy. The President may have more "value" but I believe it is the working class who are the most important to the function of our society.

It seems from your statement, H, that you believe that people will believe what they were taught from childhood, and that the parent's belief system propagates itself down the line. I would ask you this: do you believe exactly what your parents do? I can tell you that I do not. My education has changed the way that I think and what I believe in. I certainly do not believe what a majority of the people that were influential to me growing up believe in. I am pro-gay rights, and pro-choice. My parents are not. The "culture" in which I was brought up does not believe in these things. Education has shown me things that I would never experience if I had not gone to college. view post


Is Education the Magic Bullet? posted 07 February 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionIs Education the Magic Bullet? by Wil, Head Moderator

I have a limited amount of time, so I will respond shortly.

Culture and people are entwined. You cannot have culture without people and you cannot have culture without people. Culture does not make people, and people do not make culture, they are dependent on each other to exist. One cannot exist without the other.

Just because "information is readily available" does not mean that someone is educated on a subject. Yes, there is a lot of information available on the mating habits of weevils, but I have no education on the subject. I feel it is wrong to say that education has little effect on social change because a "look, the literature is there and nothing's changing" argument. It takes people to learn the information and process it to cause social change.

I will add more later when I have time. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 09 February 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Wil, Head Moderator

baby view post


Good Book? posted 16 February 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionGood Book? by Wil, Head Moderator

Just a note first. I moved your thread here, the "Welcomes" thread is just for introducing yourself. No worries.

Back on topic. I would never read the thrid book before the first. If the author wanted us to read the third book first, it would be the first book, not the thrid. Darkness is the first book in the series and I beleive that you should start with it. Just remember, "All good things come to those who wait." Welcome to our forum! view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 16 February 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Wil, Head Moderator

knife view post


Gay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? posted 01 April 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionGay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? by Wil, Head Moderator

Quote: "Echoex":10mn4tax

Marriage laws are in place to protect more than just gender.

Opponents argue that -- once the current definition of marriage is changed -- it leaves room for the entire definition of marriage to erode to nothingness.[/quote:10mn4tax]

I know that you are playing devil's advocate, but the above argument is a "slippery slope" argument and is considered an illegitimate use of the "if-then" operator. I do not think it is fair to say that allowing homosexuals to marry will cause the meaning of marriage to erode into nothingness just like I do not think that letting women vote will erode the definition of voting. To take another's argument and taking it to the complete extreme is not fair and I think its dirty debating. Just my two cents. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 01 April 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Wil, Head Moderator

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Orson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage posted 03 April 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionOrson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage by Wil, Head Moderator

I found this article today. I thought it would be interesting to show you guys and ask what you think.

[url:kw6rh5l2]http://www.ornery.org/essays/warwatch/2004-02-15-1.html[/url:kw6rh5l2] view post


Gay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? posted 05 April 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionGay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? by Wil, Head Moderator

To be fair, in the McDonalds case, the store in question was keeping the coffee at above regulation temperature so they did not have to make more. Not to mention their containers are for shit.

(I do not believe that it was appropriate for her to sue the company, she did put it between her legs after all)


I'm confused, what were you suprised I wasn't gun-shy of? view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 05 April 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Wil, Head Moderator

john view post


Gay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? posted 11 April 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionGay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? by Wil, Head Moderator

I apologize if you thought I was being agressive, I in no way ment to.

This is a sensitive subject for me, as a Gay Male American. I can get a little defensive because I feel like it is my rights that are being denied. I also cannot stand the "slippery-slope" argument because it applies to almost all situations and you can use it in any way you want to get the resutls you want. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 19 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Wil, Head Moderator

cell phone view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 22 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Wil, Head Moderator

WTF? view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 23 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Wil, Head Moderator

bouncy view post


What happens when your soul leaves your body? posted 26 June 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat happens when your soul leaves your body? by Wil, Head Moderator

A woman I knew once said it like this:

The purpose of life is to learn how to be a good person. Everytime you die, you come back and you try a little more. So the people who are mean and do awful things are on their first go-around, but the people who are loving and thoughtful have been around a few times. Once we've made it through the final time, we move on, to where I don't know.

I like this theory, it makes me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. view post


Need help with holes!!! posted 30 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNeed help with holes!!! by Wil, Head Moderator

Hey guys, this may seem weird, but I really can't make up my mind.

I am getting something pierced soon, but I can't decide what it will be. I have it down to a second piercing in my right lobe, an industrial in my right ear, or my tongue. I currently have both lobes pierced and two helixes in my left ear. Thanks folks!


PS, for those who arn't familer with industrials. here is a pic (this is not me):

[img:o87qxu3s]http://uploads.three-seas.com/Wil/xmb_industrial02%20%282%29.JPG[/img:o87qxu3s] view post


Need help with holes!!! posted 01 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNeed help with holes!!! by Wil, Head Moderator

I am equally willing to do any of these piercings, plus I am willing to take suggestions. view post


Need help with holes!!! posted 01 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNeed help with holes!!! by Wil, Head Moderator

I don't???? <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 02 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Wil, Head Moderator

mate view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 04 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Wil, Head Moderator

Lion (king) view post


Now listening to... posted 04 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Wil, Head Moderator

My entire iTunes on shuffle. It's fun. Try it. view post


Need help with holes!!! posted 06 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNeed help with holes!!! by Wil, Head Moderator

Well it's a good thing that I am just one big, FLAMINGLY GAY, sissy then, isn't it?


You're ignorant, grow up. view post


Need help with holes!!! posted 06 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNeed help with holes!!! by Wil, Head Moderator

Well, I do really love piercings. The reason I polled was because I couldn't decide between the three. This form will not be the deciding factor, nor will the opinions of the other people that I have asked. But it doesn't hurt to ask the crowd.

Piercing for me isn't about culture or what's in. It's about figuring out who I am as a person. It's a way to explore myself, my limits. All my piercings have stories and meaning. They help remind me where I'm from, and why I left there. They don't define me, but they are part of the image of myself that I choose to show the people around me. view post


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