RIP Tomba and Tomba V2.0
Tomba 2.0 was like the epilogue on Dragnet - not sure he really counts.
I'm hoping he'll miss us like kittens and return.
Will he miss us like the missus? Time will tell. If memory serves, he reincarnated once before...
^<nods> He had originally posted under the name of Mikami, if I recall correctly.
Funny thing, that. Once Mikami and I got into a political debate that turned bitterly nasty, and I had him on ignore. Later on, though, after I found about his work with rescued animals, I began to respect him like few others.
If he should decide to come back, I'll roll out the red carpet for him.
Shut the Front Door.
You mean that Tomba was Mikami?
I have to agree that I would cut a world of slack to anyone who works with rescued animals.
^He sure was Mikami.
BTW, the kitty in his avatar was an adoptee. I wanted to kiss the screen every time I saw that kitty picture.
can someone tell me if I made the list or do I needa go through every page?
.... don't you think?
@ #161 It's ironic that poor Johann was an avid Republican. It's kind of ironic that some of the smartest brains here will be changing a lot of their views in ten years time.
I think he thinks I'm much younger than I actually am. Btw Pat... my dad switched from Republican to Democrat in 2008 and hasn't gone back, and he's 63.
Anybody who is a republican at any age doesn't have a heart. It's a ridiculous statement (referring to that Lex made). And there is so much more than just democrat and republican. I'm not registered to either...
People my age (millenials + gen Y) grew up with very pro-civil rights and environmental ideologies. For example, the multiracial team of environmental do-gooders in Captain Planet. The 80s decade was also the peak of school integration in America.
40+ year olds didn't have that in the 70s and earlier. So I'd say the people who are not very passionate about civil rights and the environment are in their 40s and older, and are more likely to see the Republican view of the world. Of course, that's a generalization, but it's a statistical fact that the youngest respondents in polls are the most pro-gay and pro-environment.
LGBTs are more likely to be liberal Democrats, CEP is a good microcosmic example, because we know what it's like to be demonized, and only those who have had their rights denied know what they are truly worth.
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Lex, I rather think it's the other way around. A person with a brain, who watched the events of the 1980s and the 2000s unfold, couldn't help but to notice that those Republican ideas of deregulation simply don't work.
Each and every time they've tried it, disaster has unfolded.
I have begun to think of any deregulator as either 1)ignorant of history or 2)just plain stupid.
Does anybody know the story of the Dust Bowl? No regulations. They overfarmed. Disaster on a macrocosmic scale. The ecosystem completely collapsed. Roosevelt had to retree the whole area.
After experiencing Republicanism first-hand, I say, forever: "No, thank you."
It's a truism and I'm pretty sure it was first said in the 18th century London. Though I don't think people change their allegiance as they age but as they attain assets.
I can't think of any notable disappearances other than people that have showed up in some other identity.
In a nutshell I've held the same views since I was fourteen: 1) Let people live their own loving, caring lives with whomever they choose/believe in whatever they want without bringing harm to others, and 2) Let me spend and save my money in whatever form I like, but not give it all to my government.
I feel my views are very reasonable and do not believe they will change.
^ Callum, do you own a motor-car and a house?
Do you operate a business? Do you have many employees?
Unadulterated deregulation IS bad, but so is stifling regulation and bureaucratization. It's difficult to get the proper balance of sensible regulation while allowing for flexibility and freedom to innovate and build. Both sides are guided by the assumption they know best, conservatives overly confident about the wisdom of the marketplace while progressives favor the hand of government. Even in so called bastions of a socialist economy like in Scandinavia, there are turns to the relative left and right(plus what may work for a few million Swedes and Norwegians may simply not be applicable to over 300 million Americans.In Norway labor intensive industries are increasingly outsourced because of the hefty financial/regulatory cost of doing business even though Norway is more advanced than the US by some measures of way of life.
Amazing things ahead for the Mets ....hosts of the MLB All Star Game in 2013
Ugh, CE&P is leaking again.
Well don't hold back Anders, cmon you know you have an opinion to spill
^Callum, it must be understood that a Conservative in Canada (or is it Tory) is practically a Communist here in the United States.
I personally believe that Canada may have found a good balance in regulation. I see the real trouble in overregulation--really, I do. (Remember, I was a Reagan Republican).
But we Americans never seem to do anything by halves. They deregulated Wall Street, and came perilously close in fueling a complete world economic breakdown.
And please remember the Dust Bowl. Wall Street moved in the Farm Belt, and overfarmed 10X over capacity. Business will not, and cannot solve all of our problems. Just look what fruit it reaped:
This should be living proof that sensible countries need sensible regulation.
I went far off the topic.
So I just noticed that Effortless_Pro self-deleted.
EP said that he might only be back for a little while I think.
Did um... Jehova I am that which I am something self-delete?
^To expand on this viewpoint, I don't think rightism works, anyway.
You want to know an interesting fact? For the 20 years prior to Socialist Hugo Chavez, the Venuzuelan economy stayed flat. Since his election, it has grown 400%.
Back to topic.
Why Pat...you're still here?
CE&P welcomes all viewpoints. Doesn't mean racism, xenophobia, sexism and homophobia (and it's depressing how many outright homophobes we have here) is part of any political discourse.
Prosthetic Conscience -Gay Issues, Ranting and Bad Manners
"Someone who frequently mentions their personal struggle, while idolizing all things conservative, is kinda like watching a woman rape herself and cry about it..."
Pat, look deeper.
We can safely classify acting as a "creative art", and like all others--painters, etc.--they do tend to have leftist sympathies, in the same way that bankers and Wall Street types tend to have rightest sympathies.
I see nothing mysterious about it.