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alhana Auditor | joined 01 June 2006 | 91 posts


Right thing to do? posted 27 October 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionRight thing to do? by alhana, Auditor

This is a dilemna for certain. I agree with WP, at a glance, you don't have enough information to make a decision. I probably would have simply said, "No I am sorry, I don't have any cash on hand."

But here is a question for you Will. Do you usually give money to people pan-handling? Would you have bought him a sandwich or a cup of coffee or a soda if he had asked for that instead?

As a rule I do not give cash to strangers ever. I might buy them something to eat or drink, but my own moral code does not allow me to give them money. I would never, under any circumstances buy cigarettes. Though it might easy discomfort, that person will not die from not smoking, but he will die from not having a drink or food. view post


psychological affects of ranks in forums posted 27 October 2006 in Philosophy Discussionpsychological affects of ranks in forums by alhana, Auditor

*out of character* I am not sure that the ranks of the boards had anything to do with the &quot;Geekfest&quot; that just occurred. The topic seems to brought out the roleplayers to do what they do best <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


Will anything change? posted 15 November 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionWill anything change? by alhana, Auditor

I voted no for all the reasons listed already, but mostly that all career politicians are the same. There is no &quot;extremist&quot; party in the US and so the parties all end up with the same bloated, self-serving existance.

The idea of a &quot;socialist&quot; party raises a good point though. Unfortunately I think that most US voters are typically conservative and therefore tend to view &quot;socialist&quot; views as being too extreme for the political arena. Also, many people are ignorant and so the word &quot;socialism&quot; equals &quot;communist&quot; for many of the older voters. Though Canada to our north has many elements of a democratic socialist government, too many people in the US perceive that all the problems of Canada's government are from socialism. Additionally, Big Business has gotten Organized Labor in their political bed, so there will be no splitting up that Odd Couple.

I do agree that a good political revolution is long over-due in the US and if the economy takes a dive or the energy crisis continues to spin out of control, then a new Social Group might be able to evolve to challenge the Elephant and the Donkey. On the other hand, as long as US Citizens perceive that they have the Good Life, they won't rock the Political Boat to make any changes. view post


Who will be President in 2008 posted 15 November 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionWho will be President in 2008 by alhana, Auditor

This past Vetern's Day, I saw a special on the History Channel about John McCain's time as a POW in Viet Nam. Wow, amazing story!! I have a new level of respect for him.

Does that mean that he would be a good President? I am not sure really. If he still has the same tenacity now that he did back then, then he might be able to stay the course with his own convictions and agenda. I fear though that he would just a puppet for his Party.

I am still undecided, I wish there was a good grass-roots Third Party movement to back. view post


Who will be President in 2008 posted 16 November 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionWho will be President in 2008 by alhana, Auditor

Was that a shameless attempt to further boost your forum postings WP? view post


psychological affects of ranks in forums posted 28 November 2006 in Philosophy Discussionpsychological affects of ranks in forums by alhana, Auditor

So yes..I am resurrecting this old and ridiculous post. But I must say when I posted tonight and got my promotion to Auditor....it did make me smile! So, there must be some kind of emotional gratification in the rankings of the board, but then I suppose from a &quot;state of mind/point of view&quot;, I only felt a bit of satisifaction because I cared about what my rank was to begin with.

Of course, if we had not started this post, I might not have even noticed when my rank on the forum changed. Would I have missed out on the temporary emotional reaction to my change in rank and the ensuring minor elation at my promotion?

It is the simple things in life, my friends, that is what makes the world go around. view post


psychological affects of ranks in forums posted 28 November 2006 in Philosophy Discussionpsychological affects of ranks in forums by alhana, Auditor

*claps her hands* A paperweight!!! Shiny!!!

I'll fetch the coffee only if I can do so on my knees....with a spreader arm-bar from wrist to wrist.

I have no money to loan you for not to never pay back, soooooo......

Mow the lawn???!!!! Let me go see if I can find an underling to assign that task to. view post


Now listening to... posted 30 November 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by alhana, Auditor

Christmas music, in all kinds of varieties!!! I am singing in a choir production at my church, so some of my music is just my practice CD. The rest of the time, it is the Lite Music station........I swear though, if they play Feliz Navidad one more time.......

I love Christmas and I love the music, for the most part, so it puts me in the holiday spirit. view post


psychological affects of ranks in forums posted 30 November 2006 in Philosophy Discussionpsychological affects of ranks in forums by alhana, Auditor

That's right...I am a martial arts student. If my crescent kick doesn't knock you out, I will spill the hot tea I am serving on your groin and then knee you in the face......

Darn, I just gave my secret away ! <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> view post


Christianity: Revelations posted 05 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionChristianity: Revelations by alhana, Auditor

**edit Sorry for my poor spelling....I will try to fix it when I am more alert**

The trouble with most of the prophetic books of the Bible is that they were written in a form of literature that tends to be very alagoric in the orginal language. Jesus Christ himself told his followers that they would not know the time or hour of His Return. Also, to God, a day could be a 1000 years and a generation could be a million. In the 1960s, there was a book series written called the Late Great Planet Earth in which they based all of their writings on current events at the times. With the Cold War and the Cuban Missel Crisis and Viet Nam, Christians back then really thought that Christ was coming back anytime. But here we are 40 years later. Throughout history, any attempts to &quot;foretell&quot; when this event might happen have been met with rather disappointing results.

Some people think the Saints will all be gathered when Christ first returns to Earth...these are the ones in who believe in the Left Behind style of the end of the world. They are called Pre-Millenialists or Pre-Tribs because they believe they will go to heaven and miss all of the crappy stuff that is supposed to happen before the 1000 years of peace.

Then there are those who like suffering....JK!!! and they believe that everyone, Christians and sinners, will live through the trials and tribulation times in Revelation. These folks are called Post-Tribs or Post-Millienialists...because they won't go to heave till after God brings his Kingdom to earth and the 1000 years of Peace comes.

Then there is a very very small camp of people who believe that God's Kingdom has already come to earth. They believe this happened sometime about 40 years after the Nation of Israel was founded. The Christian Music Artist Sandi Patti was associated with some of the folks who thought that God's Kingdom had already come.

It seems that every generation looks around and sees some new catastrophe that can't possibly be resolved or they think that mankind can not possibly get anymore vile. They look at the Bible and find &quot;clues&quot; that must mean that the world is going to end soon and so they stick their head in the sand and ignore the greatest commandment of all....to love others as much as you love yourself. Instead of worrying about when any of this might happen, we should make the world a better place to live. If and when it happens, we won't be able to do anything about it anyway...so Eat, Drink, and Be Merry.....wait....wrong religion!!!! view post


Leaving Iraq by 2008 posted 05 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionLeaving Iraq by 2008 by alhana, Auditor

This war is exactly about religion. In religion and it's trappings, we can name an enemy as heathen, we can cleanse a region for a cause (salvation or Democracy), we can fear the heretics, we can take resources(oil) from the damned, and we can yield the power of proganda. Religion is the easiest way to make it about Us and Them. Think of the Holy War in Prince of Nothing....there are so many similarities to the mechanics behind how that fictional war and how our Real Life War played out. At the heart of both, religion was the motivation for the common people to carry out the political gains of the ruling classes.

Ultimately war is about power; but in this conflict, war is the cart and the religion is the horse of the cart on the road of Power. view post


Names posted 05 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionNames by alhana, Auditor

I found that I the names I picked for my children were based on my impression while carrying the child. Incidentally, all the names fit my sons perfectly. There were names that I had liked before I was with child, but then when I was pregnant, my sense about the names changed and the names I picked out suited each boy better.

My oldest son has a Biblical name, my other two have Celtic names. All three boys have middle names that are family names, for example, Fowler and Morgan were both surnames in our family that became middle name. Using surnames as middle names is a cool way to keep the family history while having a unique name.

I always like my name. I think that names have power when you explain to kids why you named them. view post


Riddles posted 05 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionRiddles by alhana, Auditor

I know the first riddle, they crashed their airplane into the mountain. view post


Riddles posted 05 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionRiddles by alhana, Auditor

I was just about to post &quot;A shadow&quot; but WP beat me to it! I too am going offline.....raging headahce that won't go away and time to think about fodder for the younglings. view post


Riddles posted 05 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionRiddles by alhana, Auditor

The letter &quot;m&quot;. view post


Riddles posted 06 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionRiddles by alhana, Auditor

Words I can crack, numbers elude me..... and make my head hurt worse =P. Though, hot neck wrap+Advil+Life Mate going to get dinner=feeling better. view post


Riddles posted 06 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionRiddles by alhana, Auditor

I am going to guess..I think it is time? view post


psychological affects of ranks in forums posted 06 December 2006 in Philosophy Discussionpsychological affects of ranks in forums by alhana, Auditor

Wow Harrol and WP are mods now??? /flees in terror as the forum world falls into civil war.... view post


psychological affects of ranks in forums posted 06 December 2006 in Philosophy Discussionpsychological affects of ranks in forums by alhana, Auditor

For some reason, I find that my psyche is not as scared of WP, maybe I perceive Warrior-Poet to be a benevolent dictator. Harrol on the other hand seems more....in love with his power, and therefore, more scary.

JK!!!! Grats guys on your new found.....moderator position... power...responsibility...whatever it is. view post


Riddles posted 07 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionRiddles by alhana, Auditor

Love view post


wards posted 07 December 2006 in The Thousandfold Thoughtwards by alhana, Auditor

I read that to mean that since Kellhus had cracked the code on the Gnostic magic, the power of his attack was stronger than the magic of the sorcerers who cast the ward. It seems that in the magical world, any caster who has more power can overwhelm a weaker enemy. Like a regular bullet can not penetrate body armor, but a stronger bullet made for piercing armor can. view post


Riddles posted 11 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionRiddles by alhana, Auditor

One more thing that has eyes but can't see...a potato. view post


Life and Death posted 11 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionLife and Death by alhana, Auditor

Some people don't have the will to live, they are the ones who end their live or just give up when they are fighting a serious illness.

I guess the larger question is why we question our existence? I do not think that dogs or cats or birds think about their will to live, they just live. Maybe the will to live is part of being self-aware? view post


Riddles posted 11 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionRiddles by alhana, Auditor

Decay. view post


This just in; posted 11 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionThis just in; by alhana, Auditor

Ahhhhhhhh *cues the sighing audience soundtrack*

If you look like a bulldog then you are cute Harrol...I like bulldogs..and pugs. Sooooo adorable.

I am not cute. I am a mom. Moms are round and soft..aka fat! No I have been told by those who love me that I am attractive, of course I don't believe them. I find that most people are attractive and beautiful.....except for meth addicts..they go from cute to zombie in like 6 months. Beauty is such a fleetingly thing and so fickle. I guess I would be beautiful in like....Africa where fattness is a sign of wealth and prosperity. view post


Riddles posted 11 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionRiddles by alhana, Auditor

Dreams.

I am good at answering these but I don't really know any. view post


Ages posted 11 December 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by alhana, Auditor

I am older than Harrol..it seems I fall into the 19% category of 30 to 39....35. view post


Anne Rice- over discriptive thinly veiled gay porn? posted 04 January 2007 in Literature DiscussionAnne Rice- over discriptive thinly veiled gay porn? by alhana, Auditor

The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy was openly sexual and did include some &quot;gay&quot; images. The Vampire Chronicles....well there is always some overt sexuality associated with vampires, even when it is bloody and gory. I read a historical fiction that she wrote, Feast of All Saints, or something like that. It was descriptive and sexual only in that it dealt with the human emotions of the characters and since most humans express sexual thoughts and emotions, then yes it talked about sex and some of those scenes had implications of gay sex in them.

I think her husband influenced her writing and perhaps some of her &quot;gayness&quot; was from his fantasies. Of course, I have no proof, that is just my own interpretation of her work.

*edit* I also remembered that I had read about a year ago Anne Rice has become a &quot;born again christian and will no longer be writing such filth&quot;. Her husband died of cancer about 4ish years ago and her writing really took a dive after that. view post


Now Reading... posted 04 January 2007 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by alhana, Auditor

I am reading Eldest, the second book of the Eragon series (my oldest son and I were going to go see the movie over the holiday break, but we heard the movie was terrible and so we didn't make it a priority to go).

I am also reading Velvet Elvis, Rethinking Christian Faith. I love a book that draws parallels to outdated beliefs and a black velvet picture of Elvis. view post


Happy New Years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! posted 06 January 2007 in Off-Topic DiscussionHappy New Years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! by alhana, Auditor

I don't make resolutions, but sometimes I turn over a new habit that happens to coincide with the beginning of our calendar year. Not a fan of January or February....to cold and dreary and rather boring...all the lights and pretty stuff from Christmas goes away. view post


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