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Maverick says:
(Sat Dec 20 19:57:58 2014 [Edit/Delete]
Comma, valMichael, Christopher Marlowe: Cuba is a Communist Country that is THE greatest and clearest Object Lesson that Communism doesn't work. It's a Teachable Moment. [Over the years the Russians have poured a lot of money into Cuba to keep it afloat but they have largely failed. And, funny thing, Obama plans on rescuing Cuba just as the Russian Ruble is failing (why failing? partially because Russia pours money into places like Cuba without getting anything in return other than a loyal friend {and, at one time, armed surrogates that attempted to overthrow governments in Africa and South America and establish Communism there.})] You DO know there's a run on the Russian Ruble? Do you know what that means? [Russia is also in trouble, currently, because of falling oil prices.] Cuba has extreme, abject poverty and the reason is that the government steals an estimated 80% of all commerce on the Island to keep itself in power. Communists determine what is produced in a country and how much the workers are paid. Capitalist countries, like ours, have private companies that experiment and try to innovate and produce BETTER and more useful products. The money for R & D (research and development) is rolled into the price of the new products. We create wealth when we innovate and the price of a new product is more than the cost of developing and making it. Communists, however, do not have money to innovate; they just steal the ideas for their products from Capitalistic countries. Communist countries are essentially cannibalistic, in that they feed on each other's efforts (once the government has taken its cut) and the law of diminishing returns sets in and there is less and less. That's why every so often we catch a Chinese-American worker selling secrets to the Chinese, etc. Cuba, supposedly, has a wonderful medical system (if you listen to Michael Moore, who made a movie called "Sicko") but they just steal their treatments and medicines from the U.S. and Europe. Cuba HAS spent money trying to showcase its medical system, but just look at Hugo Chavez, for instance, who was treated in Cuba. Now, Obama, who is a Marxist HATES to see Cuba failing (all lefties hate to see this because it points to OUR future if we buy into Communism--it never works) and Obama will spend American dollars (he WILL--I'm telling you--American dollars we don't have, BTW) propping it up. Have you ever seen any American refugees traveling south to Cuba for a better life? No, they all try to come north, here, for the freedom. It's sad, yes, that the Cuban people get caught in the middle of this ideological and economic system tug of war, but if Cuba thrives, because we've subsidized it, like Russia has long done (to questionable results,) then Communism will be touted as a success (and not the infusion of our capitalistic dollars) and the miseries of Communism will just be spread to other countries. Yes, the Cubans have income equality but the common workers live in poverty. The Cuban women, who roll those cigars on their thighs, live in poverty.


Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Christmas Canon"

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Dec 20 17:26:49 2014 [Edit/Delete]

I agree about the extended edition
of lotr, well worth it. The hobbit
may need less, not more though!

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Comma says:
(Sat Dec 20 17:12:17 2014 [Edit/Delete]
Edited: Sat Dec 20 17:19:22 2014
Chrsitophermarlowe and valMichael: I have had the pleasure of smoking a Cuban cigar rolled in the middle fifties. It, along with 19 of it's sisters, had been kept in a humidor for seventeen years when I sent it, as a burnt sacrifice, to the Gods. It was after a military funeral, and the deceased service person's wife gave each one of us, on the funeral detail, a cigar. Because of training in other countries, and being friends with several Canadian military personnel, I have had several boxes, in my hands, over the years. All do not know how many times I have landed in the US with a box of Hav-A-Tampa cigars that were not Hav-A-Tampa's. I will say that the ones in later years never have tasted as sweet as that first one.


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valMichael says:
(Sat Dec 20 16:06:19 2014 [Edit/Delete]
Happy Birthday: Aeris, Baby Cordy, cliodhna, Cricket, decay, Kay, lunec, Roxx, Sanj, and Tasremzo!

I enjoyed the Extended Edition of LOTR much better than the theatrical version. The added content flesh out the story in many places, and it went from a 9 hour trilogy to a little over 11½ hours.

You asked the other day about WOW's new Warlords of Draenor. It's actually excellent! I finally managed to complete the Proving Grounds: Silver which is required to unlock the Heroic version of the WOD dungeons. The Proving Grounds is a test of skill playing your avatar. There are three types of challenges, and three levels of skill needed to complete the challenges. The types are Tanking, DPS (damage doing), and Healing. The three levels are Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each increase in level brings significantly harder challenges. For DPS (which is what my warlock does), you have to face 8 battle challenges, one right after the other. The level of firepower, armor, etc. is fixed so if you have significantly better armor or weapons, it doesn't help. Next for me is Gold. If I can do that, I'll be able to claim I'm an excellent warlock. :)

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TheBirthdayGnomette says:
(Sat Dec 20 15:17:33 2014 [Edit/Delete]
Today is Saturday ,December 20th 2014 C.E.

We have TEN (10) Birthdays!

Baby Cordy

Happy Birthday from the Bronze
Aeris, Baby Cordy, cliodhna, Cricket, decay, Kay, lunec, Roxx, Sanj, Tasremzo!

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Dec 20 15:10:17 2014 [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard I think the third movie: the Return of the King, will always be my favorite out of all of them. I liked the first Hobbit movie the best.

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valMichael says:
(Sat Dec 20 15:10:01 2014 [Edit/Delete]
Agent Cooper If you look at the Bronze: Beta Info at the top of the page, and go to Supported HTML tags, the very first line is how to create an internet link.

Comma I agree totally. Besides, Cubans are the best at rolling cigars!

I ask you, what could be better than sitting before a fire in an overstuffed leather chair, drinking an 18-25 year old The MacCallan Scotch whisky smoking a Cuban cigar while listening to your favorite music?

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Icelord says:
(Sat Dec 20 14:24:01 2014 [Edit/Delete]
Nice to have you back home :0)

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Dec 20 05:21:37 2014 [Edit/Delete]
Edited: Sat Dec 20 06:17:33 2014
wolfguard I would not necessarily recommend seeing the Hobbit, unless they cut the entirely trilogy down to a two hour movie.

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Dec 20 04:56:40 2014 [Edit/Delete]
Back from middle earth, thank god

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wolfguard says:
(Sat Dec 20 02:43:20 2014 [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

I only saw the first LoTR movies. A couple nights ago watched Untouched. If it were not for Angel and Cordelia, I would never associate AtS with BtVS.


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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Dec 20 02:22:20 2014 [Edit/Delete]

I have no issue with a/new
relationship with Cuba and I am a

I was also satisfied with the
outcome of the amazing race.

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Comma says:
(Sat Dec 20 01:58:26 2014 [Edit/Delete]
First, all Democrats sit down. I don't want all fainting. I 100% agree with us and Cuba getting friendly again. I have never understood us and Vietnam, and us and China being associated and not us and Cuba.

Spoiler on The Amazing Race: The Geeks won!


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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Dec 20 01:28:39 2014 [Edit/Delete]
Edited: Sat Dec 20 01:35:08 2014
wolfguard I'll be descending into the Middle Earth tonight, via
the movie theater. I'm pretty glad the trilogy is over, I havent' enjoyed it as
much as the original Lord of the Rings.

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Maverick says:
(Sat Dec 20 01:09:38 2014 [Edit/Delete]
Mrs. Beasley: Nice to see you again. I hope I haven't been the one keeping you away.

Christopher Marlowe: My computer had been giving me "lack of proxy" messages and I had to take it in to Staples. They said I had like 46 viruses on it which were removed by my Norton Program but which had also taken bits and pieces of my Firefox browser with it. In time it finally affected my Internet connection. But it's okay, now. Dr. Donna Beegle has an inspirational story, but I'm not sure how relevant it IS to most of the poverty we see. Her family was, like, migrant workers and she had little exposure to schools and TV, etc. What will really hurt people who grow up with HER type of poverty is Obama's Open Southern Border which just entices the whole world here and those people will in time get dumped onto Christian poverty programs and will overwhelm them. The enticees just will further result in reduced wages for everyone trying to make it. I like Star Parker better who came off of entrenched Welfare. Lots of the blacks in poverty rejected an education and refused the Mainstream culture (wanting the thug culture) but still want to be supported by it. I had to laugh as I finally saw "A Christmas Story" for the first time (about the kid Ralphie who wanted a BB gun and whose father and mother were the wonderful Darren McGavin and lovely Melinda Dillon) and in his class in school were a few black kids and that was the way I remember grade school. The only problem was that by high school other blacks had beat them down so miserably for "acting white" or being an "Uncle Tom" that few had the intellectual curiosity to power through.

Agent Cooper: To make an Internet link . . . you have to want to make an Internet link. If I remember correctly, I learned how on Leather Jacket's old website.


Mary, Did You Know?

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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Sat Dec 20 00:53:42 2014 [Edit/Delete]
wolfguard I was watching
Darla the other night, I
thought it was one of the best
character-focused episode of the
show. I almost wished for an Angel
and Darla tv series, there is so much
that could have been done there.

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wolfguard says:
(Sat Dec 20 00:29:04 2014 [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe,

Excitement or fear work.


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ChristopherMarlowe says:
(Fri Dec 19 23:56:37 2014 [Edit/Delete]
OldManFan That's one way to keep yourself awake while looking insane. *g*

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Trivia Girl says:
(Fri Dec 19 21:59:46 2014 [Edit/Delete]
Sunnydales Trivial Pursuit

Category: Anatomy
Question: What is unique about the Hyoid Bone?
Answer: It's not attached to another bone.

Trivia Dem Bones: OldManfan, , MRs.Beasley, valMichael
Trivia Boners: Agent Cooper

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Agent Cooper says:
(Fri Dec 19 21:53:51 2014 [Edit/Delete]
ValMichael: Avalon Hill, that brings me back! I like Wizard's Quest and Red Baron. I own these, and Russian Front, which I've only played a couple of times because it's very involved and requires alot of time.

I also own Squad Leader but I'm not smart enough to play it. :-)

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OldManFan says:
(Fri Dec 19 21:14:23 2014 [Edit/Delete]
Christopher Marlowe - a slap in the face every few minutes should work. *g


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