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Today is the debut of Kill Bill Vol. 2... I'm really looking forward to that one. More guns and action are on tap in The Punisher, but in spite of my life-long affection for comic books, I'm a little dubious about this one... I think it might have to do with that creepy black wig/dye job Thomas Jane sports in the promos reminding me too much of Dolph Lundgren in that awful original. On the other hand, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos is easier on the eyes than Lou Gossett, so this could be tolerable regardless...

Link of the Day:: Ericisgreat.
Stories of the Day: Taxing times for 16th Amendment rebels.
Police charge designated driver in fatal accident. Thanks Randy.
Adult 'Happy Meals' offer salad, no prize.
Science!: Ray Bradbury advises commission on Mars strategy.
Scientists find new face on Turin shroud.
New support for black hole theory.
Images of the Day: Homemade Rocket Launcher. Thanks Nitzan Wilnai.
HumanDescent Gallery. Thanks Ant.
Follow-up: Stern.Com and Stern's The "Maine Man" For Nassau. Thanks A/S/LayerAODsk.
Thanks Mike Martinez

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42. Re: Wow! Early! Apr 17, 2004, 15:01 nin
 
jesus dude, where do you kive? Mudhole, FLA?

Close enough...

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41. Re: Wow! Early! Apr 17, 2004, 07:12 Hump
 
Please pray to the God of your choice that my neighborhood will be free of the tyranny of 2am motorcycle revving, trash thrown across the yard, and children running around the street in nothing but diapers.

jesus dude, where do you kive? Mudhole, FLA?


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40. Correction Apr 17, 2004, 02:28 Slingblade
 
Thats Rebecca Romijn....sans Stamos!

"Soooo, yer saying theres a CHANCE!!"

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39. Re: Wow! Early! Apr 16, 2004, 23:45 nin
 
Ladies and Gentlemen:

As I type this, a giant U-Haul is pulled up to the house on the corner where all the white trash people and their motorcycles live. The garage is...clean. (IE A lack of shit thrown about.)

Please pray to the God of your choice that my neighborhood will be free of the tyranny of 2am motorcycle revving, trash thrown across the yard, and children running around the street in nothing but diapers.

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Hoping, hoping, hoping...
<preparing glass of booze to celebrate>
nin
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38. Re: Wow! Early! Apr 16, 2004, 23:13 Bronco
 
I'd suggest abit of reading from Adam Smith.


I've done more than my fair share of reading.

You would be hard pressed to find just about any industry that does not have some sort of dependence or interaction with the federal government. My point was that the legislature points to interstate commerce as their right to get involved.

When I was in college, my university was trying VERY hard to refuse any type of direct funding or grants from the feds. They wanted to be as far away as possible from government interference. The feds nailed them on the financial aide the students received in order to attend school. That crack was all they needed to begin pushing the school on its core electives, whatever.

The cat is out of the bag. The bureaucrats will never let the golden goose be slaughtered.

I'm not saying I want a tax free society. I'm merely pointing out the near impossibility of one occurring here in the states.


If you want to live a pipe dream fine with me.

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37. No subject Apr 16, 2004, 20:44 Nonicknameforme
 
Story Tip: I've been sick for a few days now, right? Well today I woke up and felt a bit better, now I don't know if it was the Roach Spray, the chance I overdosed on nasal spray, the fact I waited too long after waking up to eat, or a combination of these all. Well I ended up so sick to my stomach that I was hungry, but every time I tried to eat or drink, even water, I would horek it all back up. This is not a fun situation and should be avoided at all costs. However, you are not sol, go lay down in your fume ridden room and pass out for a few hours, you will feel much better when you wake up.


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36. Re: Homemade Rocket Launcher Apr 16, 2004, 19:12 ExcessDan
 
ya that would be cool as a severely limited weapon kit (ex: Rocket kit in Secret Weapons)

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35. Homemade Rocket Launcher Apr 16, 2004, 18:57 Chipper
 
I promise you, with all my might I will get that launcher in desert combat 0.8 as a easter egg :).  
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34. Re: Wow! Early! Apr 16, 2004, 18:32 Halsy
 
Only works when the Federal government doesn't interfear in any form what so ever. When the government exists beyond protecting the nation from threats, and expanding trades...that's where the problems start. And that...is what we have now. And yes, it can be done without the taxes we run.

Ok, first off, people have always paid taxes. Serfs paid their lords, the lords paid their regent. People will always pay taxes. The only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Deal with it.

Second, what about Smith? He fully accepted government intervention, regulation and taxation.

1. "The subject of every State ought to contribute towards the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective abilities; that is, in proportion to the revenue which they respectively enjoy under the protection of the State."

2. "The tax each individual is bound to pay ought to be certain, and not arbitrary. The time of payment, the manner of payment, and the quantity to be paid, ought all to be clear and plain to the contributor, and to ever other person."


3. "Every tax ought to be levied at the time, or in the manner in which it is most likely to be convenient for the contributor to pay it."


4. "Every tax ought to be so contrived as both to take out and to keep out of the pockets of the people as little as possible, over and above what it brings into the public treasury of the State."

The list of what income tax goes to provide is too long to list, but the education that's allowed you analyze and question the fairness of that tax has also been paid for by that tax. Perhaps you'd rather have spent your days as a child working in some factory for peanuts for 14-16 hours a day instead of getting an education and being protected by the government (also paid for by that tax)? Perhaps you feel that sort of "luxury" only belongs to the elite?

Anyone who argues against income tax is either clueless and/or an idiot. That is not to say how those taxes are applied or how people are taxed is the same thing at all, it's not. There is a whole ton of unfairness in those two things and it's long past due to fix them.

"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
- Thomas Jefferson

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33. Rocket launchers for EVERYONE! Apr 16, 2004, 17:43 Fausticle
 
Isn't the the god givin right to carry rocketlaunchers in the US constitution somewhere? If it was I would apply for a Greencard ASAP!

 
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32. No subject Apr 16, 2004, 16:55 RazorWynd
 
i want that rocket launcher...........now

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31. taxation Apr 16, 2004, 16:15 Shai-Tan
 
this weeks philosophy talk just happened to be on topic (taxation):

http://www.philosophytalk.org/pastShows/Taxation.htm

 
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30. Re: Wow! Early! Apr 16, 2004, 16:05 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Ever hear of a little thing called interstate commerce?

Cat out of bag.

Game over.
Only works when the Federal government doesn't interfear in any form what so ever. When the government exists beyond protecting the nation from threats, and expanding trades...that's where the problems start. And that...is what we have now. And yes, it can be done without the taxes we run.

The game...is far from over. I'd suggest abit of reading from Adam Smith.
 
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29. Re: Wow! Early! Apr 16, 2004, 16:04 Zathrus
 
Bet you didn't know that you didn't pay income tax until WWI(maybe WWII) either. The whole point of that was to pay for the war.

The 16th ammendment was ratified in 1913. Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated on June 28, 1914. The US entered The Great War on April 6, 1917. There's a bit of a discrepancy there.

We both operated, and survived fine without government taking money out of our pockets on a regular basis.

Yes, and we had limited interstate commerce, virtually no regulation of commerce (I'd hope that, even as a libertarian, you're not against child labor laws or even basic workplace safety laws), no food or drug safety laws, no environmental regulation (you may wish to dicker over the extent needed, but pure capitalism does not adjust costs for long term negative effects of production), or a number of other actions that do fall to the Federal government under even strict interpretations of the US Constitution.

The federal government should exist to protect the nation...that's it. No more, no less.

To quote the preamble of the US Constitution:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

That's considerably more than just having a standing army. You'd be hard pressed to prove that the interstate highway system has not "promoted general welfare", or that food and drug testing don't do the same.

Let the states handle what they want.

And when it comes to issues larger than any one state? Like environmental concerns?

I'm closer to libertarian than either of the mainstream political parties, but there are reasons they've never managed to get anywhere. It's an idealized political viewpoint that often loses touch with reality.


 
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28. bazooka! Apr 16, 2004, 15:58 Jerry S Ku
 
that homemade rocket launcher rules. 4 rockets!!! You know.... I *am* getting tired of one-shot launchers. Sure, UT2004's launcher can launch 3... but it only has 1 hole to shoot out of, and that's just not cool enough. :-P

Um as for taxes, well I agree mostly. But I dunno man, California is the world's 5th largest economy, and surely that means it has a MASSIVE % of the total US GDP. If Californians no longer pay federal taxes, other states will suffer greatly. Beneficial to Californians (such as me), but hurts others. And since others are not living in California.. and THEY form the majority in this republic... we Californians gotta keep paying taxes :-P As I always say, anytime you have a democracy, you're gonna get some form of socialism, whether or not you call it that or not. Whether it be in the form of national income taxes that spread wealth throughout the country (Social Security was directly lifted from the Socialist Party platform by FDR), regardless of the source's location, or immigration restrictions to make sure American employers are forced to hire natives.... socialism is a natural, and inevitable, outcome of any democratic nation. (Er, so long as you define socialist acts as "government regulation of the market", which is what alot of conservatives do define it as. Personally I would call it "state capitalism", capitalist but only to the point that the benefits are guaranteed to go to a certain group of people first. Afterall, the ideological socialism tends to mean a world without borders, and global taxation and voting systems and such.)

OK i'm done now.. COOL BAZOOKA!

 
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27. Earthbound Apr 16, 2004, 15:29 mag
 
Didn't see anyone mention this yet, so:
Earthbound was an RPG for the SNES that was apparently super-cool. I never played it, myself, because I didn't own an SNES, but there ya have it.

 
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26. Re: Wow! Early! Apr 16, 2004, 15:25 Bronco
 
The federal government should exist to protect the nation...that's it. No more, no less. Let the states handle what they want.

Ever hear of a little thing called interstate commerce?

Cat out of bag.

Game over.



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25. Taxing times for 16th A... Apr 16, 2004, 15:16 Tango
 
and he went on a brief hunger strike in 2001.
There's something funny about that sentence.

 
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24. Re: Wow! Early! Apr 16, 2004, 15:15 Tony!!!
 
Accept it... Thomas Jane is no Dolph Lundgren.

This is a good thing right? hehe.

I'm gonna rewatch KILL BILL V.1, if I can get my DVD player on my pc to actually play a dvd. Hmmmm, Maybe today I'll watch Both Kill Bill V.2 AND Punisher.

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23. Re: Wow! Early! Apr 16, 2004, 15:10 Mashiki Amiketo
 
These tax dodgers must be pretty naive. I hate taxes as much as the next guy, but like em or not they're the foundation of our government's ability to provide services to us. ...
Bound and determined on that are you? Never heard of the pay for services bit or anything else. Bet you didn't know that you didn't pay income tax until WWI(maybe WWII) either. The whole point of that was to pay for the war. We both operated, and survived fine without government taking money out of our pockets on a regular basis. Fire depts. are paid for by local taxes, same for police. This is calling for the removal of Federal Income taxes, not local or state taxes.

I'd almost say that these people are libertarians, but they might not be at that point yet. The federal government should exist to protect the nation...that's it. No more, no less. Let the states handle what they want.

You can take that, or leave that as you wish.
 
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