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  1. Whether or not the mosque should be offensive or not, the worshipers are going to go through hell, with all of the lawsuits and community opposition. Just because something is justified doesn't mean it's a good idea...
  2. The Islamic terrorists crashed a plane into a building in a single account, killing 3,000 people. Iraqi civilian deaths in the war are estimated at about one hundred fucking thousand. (http://www.iraqbodycount.org/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_Iraq_War) Terrorists may have blown up buses and trains, but the U.S. military has bombed ENTIRE CITIES that never housed a single opponent of the U.S., simply because they could. Many people see the war as retaliation against attacks, but it's more like a one-sided military blitzkrieg. The number of documented cases of terrorism in the U.S. name much more white Christians than anyone else. But, more specifically, I'd like to point out fundamentalist organizations. The Ku Klux Klan (which did indeed use fear to control people, hence "terrorists") held at some point 6 million members in the early 1900's, whereas the Taliban peaked at a mere 45,000 in 2001. The term "terrorist" is open to interpretation, but historical records on the middle east show that organized persecution has pervaded western history much more than theirs.
  3. The problem is that people see "Islam" as a single entity, with virtually no divisions or distinctions. Gingrich implies that treating moderate, peaceful Muslims with respect is the same as blowing Osama bin Laden, and many people are quick to agree. Not a single person I talk to even seems to acknowledge the fact that Islam has spawned less terrorists than Christianity, or the fact that the middle east has been sciencing circles around western civilization since the 7th century. The only Muslim-related facts that reach our ears are the ones about the war, and that's skewed a lot of people's perspectives.
  4. I wasn't really paying attention to this story, because I didn't know it was such a huge deal. BUT it made the front page of msn, which is the closest I get to reading the newspaper. "NEW YORK — A city commission on Tuesday denied landmark status to a building near the World Trade Center site, freeing a group to convert the property into an Islamic community center and mosque that has drawn national opposition. The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted 9-0, saying the 152-year-old building blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks wasn't special or distinctive enough to meet criteria to qualify as a landmark. Commissioners also said that other buildings from the era were better examples of the building's style. National and New York politicians and the Anti-Defamation League have come out in recent weeks against plans for the mosque, saying it disrespects the memory of those killed in the 2001 attacks carried out by adherents of radical Islam. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who also chairs the foundation building the Sept. 11 memorial, has defended plans for the mosque. High-profile opposition Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin are among the opposition. "Many Americans, myself included, feel it would be an intolerable and tragic mistake to allow such a project ... to go forward on such hallowed ground," Palin wrote in a Facebook message originally posted July 20. "No mosque," Gingrich stated on his website late last month. "The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over," he wrote, adding that the decision over whether to build the facility was "a test of the timidity, passivity and historic ignorance of American elites." " Additionally, there was a poll underneath the story where a whopping 86 percent of respondents thought that the mosque would be offensive. I was just wondering what some of the educated opinions were for this?
  5. hmmm... a charity earmark... I like it.
  6. The main issue is that PCs are much more open to private businesses than Macs. This means that there are countless models of windows-running computers and laptops, whilst Apple manufactures its own brand and nothing else. With Mac, what you see is what you get, and as a result many PCs fall below the "standard" Mac quality. However, there are just as many PCs that are better (and still cheaper) than most of what apple sells. I myself purchased a new laptop with windows 7 just a few months ago, and it is easily better than any apple computer that I've ever used. (Granted, I haven't used EVERY apple computer there is.) BUT, this also means that your PC will come with bullshit add-ons that the manufacturers put on the computer in exchange for payments from other companies. I've managed to uninstall most of them, but Norton Security STILL won't stop spamming me.
  7. At MBA, we hit a chromium DA, which basically said that an increase in the economy leads to an increase in chromium use, and chromium can cause AIDS, or something.... ANYWAY, we were hopelessly outflowed, so when I got to the DA, all I said was "that's bullshit," and went right onto their cp. The other team ended going for the chromium DA and a healthcare cp (we lost on the latter), but at the end of the round the judge said that he was impressed with how we handled the disad, and that "the other team should have known not to go for it." (he said he was a flow judge)
  8. You should try cocaine. It's like jenkem, but illegal and awesome!
  9. My partner and I ran an AFF that didn't claim any mass death impacts, so the only overpop card we linked into was the generic social services one. We won almost every time by saying that we weren't a social service in the 1AR.
  10. Framework changes the whole round, pretty much. I've beaten all NEG arguments in a round before but still lost because of the 1NC framework on one of the K's. It's basically telling the judge what the most important thing in the round is, and that that certain thing is the primary voting issue. This is a fail safe so that (assuming you win framework), you only have to do well on one aspect of the round in order to win. If the AFF/NEG concedes your racism framework, then you'll probably win if you go for the racism impact.
  11. Bruckner '86 "Your reliance on the western media to determine the truth makes you a nazi" I love this card. It's a staple in my Justice League CP.
  12. I always feel sorry for the pc guy. Plus, he reminds me of my computer maintenance teacher. So... yeah. Those commercials usually work in reverse for me.
  13. I don't really know where all the shit is coming from in the mac/pc battle. I've used both extensively and never really noticed a functional difference. The only real factor is that microsoft owns a much larger share of the computer market, but that has just as many disadvantages as advantages.
  14. There are many incentives for the government to legalize marijuana, and that fact isn't obscure or new. The problem is that the decision to legalize weed would have to go through the legislative branch, and the tobacco and lumber industries would lobby against it. We've already seen the healthcare industry convince politicians to let poor citizens die, so there's no doubt that they could also be convinced to let poor students be sober.
  15. the problem is proving that your opponents were using the internet. It's not like you can hold a mirror behind them so the judge can see what's on their screen.
  16. I don't know what you're trying to say, because my response to Ankur wasn't half as critical as yours. What point are you making, anyway? What did I say to make you have to turn around and insult me personally?
  17. You, my friend, must be a genius, because I saw no such subtext in retired's comment. He didn't claim to know how the HIV drugs work, or that it's a conspiracy, just that it has a certain side effect. And he's right. The newly approved HIV/AIDS drugs cause rapid weight loss. You don't have to be a pharmacist to know these things. TROLLING STATUS: DENIED
  18. NinjaSamurai

    Toy Story 3

    I only cried during a movie once. It was when ash turned to stone during Pokémon: the first movie. I am thoroughly ashamed.
  19. I was exaggerating. But why would you call me out on the claim that it cures AIDS, and not the claim that it brings the dead back to life? If this is something new that I don't know about then all bets are off.
  20. I think the phrase "alcohol/cigarettes are worse for you than marijuana" is a bullshit argument. Yes, nicotine IS arguably worse than THC, and alcohol impairs your judgment to a greater degree. So fucking what? Just because something is "worse" than marijuana doesn't justify it. The fact of the matter is that marijuana is BAD for you. I'm tired of hearing people citing illegit sources and saying that marijuana is healthy/prevents cancer/improves cognition, etc. Everyone knows that's a total load of bullshit. Marijuana is far from the worst thing out there, but you don't have to overcompensate that fact by claiming that it can cure AIDS and raises the dead. I also think that it's pointless to debate evidence over marijuana's side effects. I ran a marijuana AFF, and I can personally guarantee that for every article out there that "proves" that marijuana causes a certain condition, there's another one that "proves" that it doesn't. No one is getting anywhere here.
  21. There's a philosophy that's been around that's called "radical behaviorism." It basically makes the point that individual factors shape us so that we make our decisions based on them. For example: If you were raised in a republican community, you are more likely to end up republican. If you are raised in a democratic community, odds are, you're a democrat. Large factors like these greatly alter the directions of our lives. Logically, then, smaller and smaller factors would affect us in progressively smaller ways, giving us tendencies and indirectly altering our decisions on every level. Ergo, there is no free will.
  22. DAYUMMM You bring up religion once, and it magically turns any internet conversation into an ignorance contest.
  23. If we get rid of all the fun stuff, how are we going to get high school and college students to come back?
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