User Profile: mikegray24

mikegray24

Member Since: August 30, 2011

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  • [-3] 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.

  • [2] 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.

  • January 10, 2014 at 12:44pm

    Jesus may not want us to be obnoxious, but does he want obnoxiousness to be criminalized? How about if I claim your comment is obnoxious and offensive (not saying it is)? Should you be arrested?

  • October 29, 2013 at 2:10pm

    I doubt there’s anyone left in the world who didn’t know this already.

  • October 20, 2013 at 10:57am

    I wouldn’t doubt it happened, but if there was evidence of it, it probably would have come out sooner. All these other revelations are mostly things that are kind of assumed or previously rumored. But that there would be criminal. I’m not saying it hasn’t happened. I’m just doubting anyone was stupid enough to put it in a PowerPoint slide.

  • October 17, 2013 at 3:38pm

    Completely right. I imagine in their minds, they’re using the threat of punishment (i.e. the result of “calling an adult”) to deter bad behavior. I think we all know how that turns out. As opposed to encouraging people to do the right thing eventually, even if it didn’t happen at step one in the process.

    Their focus used to be “don’t drive drunk.” OK, check. The right thing (almost) happened in this situation. They should be pleased that the drunk girl and the sober girl made that happen. Let the parents address the underage drinking.

  • October 17, 2013 at 2:47pm

    Not only did she potentially save her friend’s life, but anyone else’s life who could have been killed in an accident with her friend. And I also agree that these “kids” are actually young adults. We need to stop treating them like children.

    What wonderful lessons our educators and others are teaching young people these days. Obviously, it’s not OK for teenagers to be behaving improperly. But is it better if next time this girl gets a call, if she just says, “sorry, I can’t help you,” and just hangs up? How does that make the situation any better?

    And another thing… why is it that schools get to govern the behavior of students outside of school? To me, this sounds like an issue between police and parents. I don’t have children, but if I did, I would expect them to attend school to learn English, mathematics, science, history, etc., not for the school to be molding them into what they believe the model citizen should be. That should be my job.

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  • October 3, 2013 at 1:59pm

    JayCee, no one suggested this it was proper behavior. But how you managed to link this to 9/11 is beyond ridiculous. If you’re scared, I suggest getting a dog.

  • October 3, 2013 at 9:22am

    I love how anything that flies without a person is now called a “drone”, as if this guy was searching the mountains of Afghanistan looking for bin Laden. When I was younger, we called these “RC helicopters” and their winged counterparts were called “RC airplanes.” And I don’t ever recall it being news when some dummy crashed one near people. But I guess these days, it’s all about “OMG the drones!”

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  • September 24, 2013 at 12:27pm

    Interestingly, since you mentioned hammers, iOS 7 also makes the iPhone immune to repeated hammer blows. This works. I’ve tested it. Everyone should give it a try to see this amazing feat of engineering for themselves.

  • September 23, 2013 at 4:57pm

    I came here to address this exact question, but my answer is, zero tolerance of WHAT? This question becomes relevant when a kid accidentally takes a pocket knife to school. That’s zero tolerance gone too far. In this case, no law or rule was even broken. Or at least no rule that they had a right to make. Schools do not govern a child while at home, despite what they would have people believe. It’s like making a rule that every kid has to be in bed by nine and then expelling a kid because his parents let him stay up late to watch the end of a football game or something. It’s no different.

  • September 10, 2013 at 2:39pm

    Yeah, the horror of a bunch of people running around interested in liberty and personal responsibility. That isn’t the America I grew up in. Well, mainly because that stuff was already being destroyed by the time I was born in the 1970′s.

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