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the American Tea Party movement is scary...
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Armand
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October 27, 2010 - 4:56 pm
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Very, very scary....

 

/forum/mud-wrestling/

 

I hate saying this sort of thing, 'cause it makes me sound like I'm a political radical or something, but the above report and so many more we've been hearing about all make me think of Germany prior to wwii. Dealing with poor economic conditions and loosing our power in the world seems to be leading many in the US to extreme positions based around hate, xenophobia, and violence. And some of the candidates these people are running (don't even want to get into listing them) seem to only be fanning the flames.

I mean, people here consider Sarah Palin a viable political candidate for president in 2012. That's just nuts! Glenn Beck has the most popular show on Fox News, the channel that leads all other TV news programs by huge margins.

It's all just kind of scary. Sorry for getting all "political" and stuff. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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October 27, 2010 - 8:06 pm
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We do politics here, Armand. : )

 

It's funny, "The American Tea Party Movement is Scary" has been in our footer for a few weeks now, so someone at Tap-Repeatedly must agree with you.

 

And you're right. Given my degree in Roman history it makes me retch to quote Gladiator, but "there was a dream that was America once."

 

This ain't it.

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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October 27, 2010 - 10:31 pm
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You have a degree in Roman history? I wrote a paper for a freshman level history class where I used Civ 4 to play out four different potential ways Rome could have avoided the Punic Wars while still expanding. Each game focused on either culture, religion, economics, or politics as a way of expanding the Roman empire without fighting Carthage. It's not a scientific study or anything, but was a fun paper to write while learning Roman history! I'm a nerd! Plus, the professor (who played Civ 4) loved it and gave me an A.

Just thought I'd share.

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October 27, 2010 - 10:31 pm
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The US is a paranoid country and the Tea Party is just the newset wrinkle in pandering to that paranoia.

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October 27, 2010 - 10:49 pm
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Yeah, I speak Latin (sort of) and everything. Mostly, as degrees go, it's useful for boring friends with historical anecdotes they care nothing about. I was useful to my novelist brother on his second book, with an apocryphal tale about Romanized Britons remaining in country to protect their nation from the Saxons despite overwhelming odds.

 

As for the Punic Wars, it's amazing how little is known about Carthage. I'm not sure any civilization has been so utterly destroyed by another. The Romans literally tore the city down brick by brick, scattered the bricks, salted the earth, collected everyone they could find of Carthaginian ancestry and either killed them or enslaved them. Practically the entire history of that nation has been wiped off the earth. Don't fuck with Scipio Africanus.

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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Don't forget being able to rip the cover off any phobia related question in the  trivia wing. That's worth something.

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If the burning of the Library of Alexandria was the greatest smack to humanity, the burning of the Mayan codices has got to be #2. Palin doesn't rank, but she's surely a big ball of Facebook terrible.

I've been petitioning the ghost of Milton for a new rank of hell reserved for callous winkers but so far he's not answered his cell phone.

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October 28, 2010 - 1:01 pm
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The Romans literally tore the city down brick by brick, scattered the
bricks, salted the earth, collected everyone they could find of
Carthaginian ancestry and either killed them or enslaved them.
Practically the entire history of that nation has been wiped off the
earth.

 

By that description, Caesar's Legion seems to really fit the Roman military angle they're going for... evil pricks.

 

Don't forget being able to rip the cover off any phobia related question in the  trivia wing. That's worth something.

 

I'm trying to convince myself that a degree is worth more than just trivia points as I drag my ass through college. It's hard when most of the professors seem to think the same thing though.

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Armand
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Apperantly I logged in under Bluebogle... weird.

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Sarah Palin falls into that half of everybody who is below average. We have only John McCain to blame for her rise to prominence. Stupid, stupid rat creatures.

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Darn, Armand, prior to your admission of your own alter-ago I was about to say "Hey, what a coincidence, that guy who posts over at Rock, Paper, Shotgun with the same picture as Armand has signed up at the FFC Bordello!"

 

But now my suspicions are confirmed! Bluebogle = Armand.

 

I'm convinced I'm the only person in the world with this penguin image (it was one of the selectable avatars on some obscure and extinct 2001 message board) so if you see it around the internet that's me! Unless it's posting on some Tea Party fan site ... that most definitely is not me.

If being wrong's a crime I'm serving forever

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xtal said:

 I'm convinced I'm the only person in the world with this penguin image (it was one of the selectable avatars on some obscure and extinct 2001 message board) so if you see it around the internet that's me! Unless it's posting on some Tea Party fan site ... that most definitely is not me.


Shucks, xtal.  I assumed you were a fan of Linux.

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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Armand
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October 29, 2010 - 4:21 pm
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Lol. I can't imagine what I've complained about at Rock, Paper, Shotgun that you saw. I feel like every time I end up their lately is because of something they posted which upset me, and frankly, I'm not as "restrained" or "diplomatic" on some other sites as I am here.  : )

It's a small gaming world.

Also, I too thought you were a Linux enthusiast.

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xtal
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Nope, I just think penguins are cool (har har). Sorry to disappoint!

 

Not that I'm anti-Linux, actually I really don't know much about it. I gave up on being "computer smart" sometime in high school. I stick to Windows because for the most part it allows me to do what I like doing on computers.

If being wrong's a crime I'm serving forever

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