User Profile: mikegray24


Member Since: August 30, 2011


  • [37] January 21, 2015 at 12:58am

    I had the same question. The NFL is worth billions. They can’t FedEx a box of footballs to each game so we don’t have to endure stupid scandals like this?

  • [7] January 14, 2015 at 10:36pm

    If they send him to prison, he will quite literally rot there.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 9:28pm

    I would much rather that willing volunteers foot the bill instead of everyone being forced to pay.

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  • [12] January 10, 2015 at 9:56am

    This chart only tells half the story. To really gauge what’s going on, we need to see how much each state’s corporations and citizens send to the federal government in the form of taxes in the first place.

    To me, if I hand someone two dollars and they hand me back one, that cannot be rightly considered “aid.”

  • January 6, 2015 at 9:39pm

    I don’t know what the answer is but I also don’t really care if people want to get sex changes either. That’s their prerogative. However, it’s like slapping a coat of paint on a rotting house. It may not fix the underlying issues unless the cause is always strictly biological, such as some hormone problem.

    And I was more talking about this specific case. I don’t have statistics about whether sex changes improve mental states, but I’d wager that most people who feel as if they were born the wrong sex wouldn’t throw themselves in front of a truck to get back at their parents in a tizzy either. Had he waited a couple of years, he could have done anything he wanted. That’s not something hormones and surgery is going to fix.

  • [7] January 2, 2015 at 9:17pm

    The kid indicated that parents should respect feelings and so on and I get that. The real tragedy, though, is that society has brainwashed people to think that this state of being is perfectly normal and should be accepted and encouraged.

    Obviously, parents should love their children, no matter what. And I don’t know what causes a person to have this. For all I know, it could be genetic, biological, psychological, upbringing, peer pressure, trauma, or whatever other possibilities there are, but it’s not normal, and we shouldn’t pretend it is.

    It is a burden to bear, just like any other handicap. Maybe the parents could have handled it better (which we don’t have much information about), but I just don’t think a medical procedure would have resolved the underlying issues which were severe enough to cause a kid to jump in front of a truck, rather than to accept the situation and to love himself as he was.

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  • [1] November 1, 2014 at 1:09pm

    That’s kind my argument too. Every time someone makes some case for why changing the clocks is good, my response is normally that it’s more simple if people just change the times they do daylight-sensitive activities. How hard is it for businesses or schools just to shift their hours of operation (these are arguments people make), as opposed to nearly everyone in society being forced to change?

  • [3] October 31, 2014 at 12:04pm

    Greatest achievement or only achievement? Would interstellar travel make a species greater than man, or is there much more to us than our place in the scale of technology?

  • September 18, 2014 at 11:58pm

    Why would the NSA need to set up fake cell towers when they’re already on the inside of all the big telecom and internet companies?

  • [17] September 11, 2014 at 7:01pm

    The fingerprint sensor is 99.99% accurate, but that doesn’t mean much if you throw the gun in a drawer until it is needed and the battery dies in the meantime. Or if the electronics are jostled or bumped and damaged. Or if the sensor becomes dirty or damaged.

    Something like this becomes a single point of failure and that 99.99% accuracy suddenly doesn’t mean much.

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  • [1] August 31, 2014 at 11:02pm

    I’m curious. For those who are strong backers of the pledge, have you ever said it while you were alone? If not, why? Is it something that you feel you need to be seen doing? If so, why? I think if we all answer these questions honestly to ourselves, in some cases, it may reveal some things that may need to be thought through a little.

  • [9] August 31, 2014 at 10:41pm

    Obbop, I’m with you. My love of country is evident through my words and deeds. Standing there and “pledging” it has a distinctly USSR feel. I did it for many years in school and it wasn’t until many years after that I began to ask myself exactly why I did that and who I did it for. The fact that it is so pervasive in school makes me instantly skeptical of its purpose, given the direction that the educational system has taken toward collectivist ends in recent decades.

  • [40] July 2, 2014 at 7:04pm

    Sovereign, does money from a franchise in Alabama go to corporate? If so, then it certainly does matter. They decided to play the culture war game at one franchise in a friendly market and unfortunately, franchisees in other locations may end up suffering. That’s what happens when you hang your hat on a national franchise whose cultural and social beliefs may not align with your own, if not now, then down the road.

  • [20] July 2, 2014 at 6:56pm

    I did not understand the wonder of Whataburger until I came to Texas. It blows the rest away. Just another great thing about being here.

  • [13] July 1, 2014 at 11:16pm

    My thought exactly. How does one become a “former” terrorist? How long between bombings does it take to achieve that title? For all I know, maybe he still has murder in his heart but has decided that fighting the war through propaganda is more effective.

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  • [21] June 20, 2014 at 1:00am

    I see what you did there… Well done!

  • May 16, 2014 at 12:26am

    You’re damn right I’ve never done anything that stupid. And if you’ve ever done something so stupid as to ask someone to fire a gun at your chest or as stupid as to fire a gun at someone else who decided it would be fun to test out a Kevlar vest, then I suggest you dig deep and decide how much you really value human life, be it yours or someone else’s. If you decide to engage in behavior that is so reckless, then you are very deserving of the consequences.

  • May 15, 2014 at 1:37pm

    Maybe I’m losing my humanity, but anymore, I have trouble finding sadness or tragedy in the price paid by people who have done incomprehensibly stupid things. I guess I feel for the families that are affected, but I can’t muster one bit of sympathy for either of the two idiots that were involved.

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  • January 10, 2014 at 1:15pm

    Mr_Middleman, so you think freedom only applies to and is only important to Americans? Yes, I realize they don’t have the protection of something like the First Amendment. Does that mean that people in Scotland shouldn’t have any expectation of freedom? I’m not commenting on what the reality is, I’m commenting on what the reality should be.

  • January 10, 2014 at 1:04pm

    WhiteFang, peace and harmony and wisdom are great but they’re not at issue here. The issue is whether the force of government should be used to punish a lack of wisdom, as you see it.