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  1. #101  
    Originally posted by Toby
    If you've just met them, it may still be an assumption. I think you've gotten my point on the whole, though, or maybe you haven't. ;~~~
    You had a point?
  2. #102  
    Originally posted by ToolkiT

    actually The Sound of Music was located in Austria...
    This would be you are american because you like maple leafs....
    Um, I said the following in my post: "...nationalistic pride when "Eidelweiss" is played (such that you begin making emotional faces as portrayed by Christopher Plummer , although I think the Von Trapps were technically Austrian)..."

    Gee, TookiT, are Germany and Austria different? Stupid Americans like me probably don't know any better. Of course, I believe Germany and Austria have significant historical ties. Whereas Canada (if stupid me gets your maple leaf reference) and the USA don't.

    fyi Edelweiss is a (white) flower that grows in the Alps...
    And the name of a song. From a movie. About the Von Trapp family. From Austria.
  3. #103  
    Originally posted by yardie
    I dont see Iran cheering for the Americans to go into Iraq..in fact they too have reservations about an invasion.

    Right, why would they want a fellow, dictatorial regime in the area to be replaced with a free democracy? It's not that they don't consider Saddam a threat, it's that the fear the alternative even more.
  4. #104  
    Originally posted by ToolkiT
    Bush was also technically democratically elected, I'm still not convinced that election was kosher...
    It wasn't. There were voting irregularities all over the country. There always are. In the other parts of the country which the media mentioned perhaps once in passing, they (coincidentally?) tended to favor Gore. Florida was where the drama was, though, and that sells paper and TV advertising. When everything was said and done, though, and the media paid for their recounts, Bush was upheld as the winner in Florida by any reasonable standard. The 'popular vote' myth still holds sway in some people's 'minds', though, so there will always be people who search for a grand conspiracy.
    As for the list Bush did the same things (except for burning down the Reichstag... of which the details are still not 100% clear)
    Oh please. Bush has not done those things as Hitler. If you're going to criticize the man, at least do it based on reality (criticizing him based on some of the actions of Ashcroft, for example). It cheapens your position when you resort to absurd comparisons.
    All politicians promise the world and blacken their opposition...
    And yet some people continue to believe one side over the other.
    I thought the cartoon was actually quite funny..
    It would have been funnier had it been based on a more fitting analogy. Comparing Bush to Hitler in any way is weaker than comparing Saddam to Hitler.
    ‎"Is that suck and salvage the Kevin Costner method?" - Chris Matthews on Hardball, July 6, 2010. Wonder if he's talking about his oil device or his movie career...
  5. #105  
    yardie said:
    The point that I was trying to make is that I have yet to meet a meet a Jewish person who oppose war with Iraq.
    Yardie meet Jonathan - Jonathan meet Yardie

    Hi! How are you? I'm a Jew who opposes the war against Iraq.
    Jonathan
  6. #106  
    Originally posted by jhappel

    Yardie meet Jonathan - Jonathan meet Yardie

    Hi! How are you? I'm a Jew who opposes the war against Iraq.
    Jonathan, may I introduce you to my friend, KRamsauer?

  7.    #107  
    Originally posted by K. Cannon

    Jonathan, may I introduce you to my friend, KRamsauer?

    Hi Jonathan. You surely agree with me that knowing someone is Jewish tells me something about their opinions regarding the middle east, right? Of course it doesn't tell me everything, but it's a fairly strong predictor.
  8. #108  
    In an attempt to bring this back on topic, how about something related to September 11th.
    http://www.nyobserver.com/pages/frontpage3.asp
    ‎"Is that suck and salvage the Kevin Costner method?" - Chris Matthews on Hardball, July 6, 2010. Wonder if he's talking about his oil device or his movie career...
  9.    #109  
    Originally posted by Toby
    In an attempt to bring this back on topic, how about something related to September 11th.
    http://www.nyobserver.com/pages/frontpage3.asp
    Oh come on! This is the off-topic forum!
  10.    #110  
    Originally posted by Toby
    In an attempt to bring this back on topic, how about something related to September 11th.
    http://www.nyobserver.com/pages/frontpage3.asp
    Okay, I actually read it now. I wish the guy could write without sounding like a left-or-right wing nut with his ramblings. He makes some good points but it seems like he wrote the words before he knew what he was writing. Oh well.
  11. #111  
    Originally posted by Toby
    Oh please. Bush has not done those things as Hitler. If you're going to criticize the man, at least do it based on reality (criticizing him based on some of the actions of Ashcroft, for example). It cheapens your position when you resort to absurd comparisons.
    ok lets break it down:
    -Promised Everything to Everyone during the Depression
    that's what Bush did...and Gore too for that matter, but that discussion has allready been had and we agree that all politicians work that way an we accept it

    -Preached a platform that the Germans were not responsibile for their own suffering
    Bush is doing the same thing about the terrorist attacks, he calls it an unprovoked attack, while the US has been messing in the middle east for decades... (I'm not saying that people in the WTC deserved what happened to them, but the US goverment certainly has some guilt over what happened... again I do NOT condone any terrorist attacks, but the I'm innocent theme that Bush keeps sending out makes me a bit sick, be a real man accept your responesibilies and admit you made mistakes in the middle east, but also say that those mistakes do not warrent any of the 9-11 or more recent Bali attacks)

    Originally posted by Toby
    It would have been funnier had it been based on a more fitting analogy. Comparing Bush to Hitler in any way is weaker than comparing Saddam to Hitler.
    That is the funny part about it Bush and Hitler are miles appart by comparing them and not comparing them at the same time makes it more funny, the joke would not have worked at all if you would replace Bush with Sadam...
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  12. #112  
    Originally posted by KRamsauer
    Oh come on! This is the off-topic forum!
    It was irony, son. In case you didn't read it, it bundled up many of the things in this thread into one big mish-mash.
    ‎"Is that suck and salvage the Kevin Costner method?" - Chris Matthews on Hardball, July 6, 2010. Wonder if he's talking about his oil device or his movie career...
  13. #113  
    Originally posted by ToolkiT
    ok lets break it down:
    -Promised Everything to Everyone during the Depression
    that's what Bush did...and Gore too for that matter, but that discussion has allready been had and we agree that all politicians work that way an we accept it
    No, AAMOF, neither promised everything to everyone, and we are not even close to being in a Depression.
    -Preached a platform that the Germans were not responsibile for their own suffering
    Bush is doing the same thing about the terrorist attacks, he calls it an unprovoked attack, while the US has been messing in the middle east for decades...
    This is exactly the equivalence argument which makes your position cheapened and trite.
    (I'm not saying that people in the WTC deserved what happened to them,
    Yes, AAMOF, by justifying it as what the US government gets for 'messing in the middle east for decades', that's effectively what you are saying. They didn't go after the people that messed there (Jimmy Carter is the one who started things in Iraq, and he gets a Nobel Peace Prize).
    but the US goverment certainly has some guilt over what happened... again I do NOT condone any terrorist attacks, but the I'm innocent theme that Bush keeps sending out makes me a bit sick, be a real man accept your responesibilies and admit you made mistakes in the middle east, but also say that those mistakes do not warrent any of the 9-11 or more recent Bali attacks)
    This attitude makes me a bit sick. Bush only became President in January of 2001. To expect him to take responsibilities and be a 'real man' and joining one who _is_ measurably culpable for it in criticizing him while accepting the Nobel Prize is the height of ridiculosity.

    (yes, I made up that word)
    That is the funny part about it Bush and Hitler are miles appart by comparing them and not comparing them at the same time makes it more funny,
    No, it makes it less funny because it seems pathetic and bitter and unrealistic. It doesn't even have a kernel of truth which often makes the best humor.
    the joke would not have worked at all if you would replace Bush with Sadam...
    I think you missed the point of that reference, but at least their methods of acheiving power were similar.
    ‎"Is that suck and salvage the Kevin Costner method?" - Chris Matthews on Hardball, July 6, 2010. Wonder if he's talking about his oil device or his movie career...
  14. #114  
    Originally posted by KRamsauer
    Okay, I actually read it now. I wish the guy could write without sounding like a left-or-right wing nut with his ramblings. He makes some good points but it seems like he wrote the words before he knew what he was writing. Oh well.
    Oops...skipped this one. That rant is part of the style. If an apparent radical nut thinks one's views are radical and ridiculous (in addition to the other less radicals who already do), then maybe there's something to it.
    ‎"Is that suck and salvage the Kevin Costner method?" - Chris Matthews on Hardball, July 6, 2010. Wonder if he's talking about his oil device or his movie career...
  15. #115  
    Originally posted by Toby
    Oops...skipped this one. That rant is part of the style. If an apparent radical nut thinks one's views are radical and ridiculous (in addition to the other less radicals who already do), then maybe there's something to it.
    I haven't been reading his column, but his book Explaining Hitler has pretty much the same style. I wouldn't so much describe it as "nutty rant" as "almost stream of consciousness." It's very informal, and I'm rather impressed by how well he pulls it off.
  16. #116  
    K. Cannon asked:
    Jonathan, may I introduce you to my friend, KRamsauer?
    Of course you may. Hello.

    And then KRamsauer said:
    Hi Jonathan. You surely agree with me that knowing someone is Jewish tells me something about their opinions regarding the middle east, right? Of course it doesn't tell me everything, but it's a fairly strong predictor.
    No I don't agree. What many people fail to realize is that many very devout, ultra-orthodox Jews including many if not most of the various sects of Hasidism, do not support the existence of the State of Israel. The believe that God will not allow the Jews to return to their homeland, Israel, until the coming of the messiah. In regard to mainstream Jews, I still do not agree with your premise. For example, I fully support Israel, in fact I hold dual American and Israeli citizenship, but I have argued and advocated a complete pullout from Gaza and the West Bank. I know many Jews who agree with that position. There are also a large number of Jews around the world who for whatever reason roundly condemn everything the Israeli government does.

    So I don't agree that knowing a person is Jewish would tell you about their opinions regarding the Middle East any more than knowing someone is Roman Catholic would tell you what their opinions of Italy (the "home" of the modern day Catholic Church)
    Jonathan
  17.    #117  
    Originally posted by jhappel

    So I don't agree that knowing a person is Jewish would tell you about their opinions regarding the Middle East any more than knowing someone is Roman Catholic would tell you what their opinions of Italy (the "home" of the modern day Catholic Church)
    I'm not saying it tells me everything, but it does tell me something. For instance if I said I have two friends, John and Betty. Which one is taller? Of course you don't know, but knowing their names you have a clue. That is all I'm pointing out here. You are interpretting my argument as one of absolutes while I am presenting it as a probabilistic tool, just like all non-theoretical arguments.
    Last edited by KRamsauer; 10/16/2002 at 01:35 PM.
  18. #118  
    I didn't ask that. Jonathan said that.
  19.    #119  
    Originally posted by K. Cannon
    I didn't ask that. Jonathan said that.
    Sorry, the quoting thing on these boards can be tricky. I fixed it though.
  20. #120  
    Originally posted by KRamsauer
    Sorry, the quoting thing on these boards can be tricky. I fixed it though.
    That's what I thought it was, but just making sure.

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