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  1. [img]http://www.hamdenfireretirees.org/images/326_Local_2687_Logo.jpg[/img]
  2. Rabble, rabble, rabble!

  3. I'm back from a LONG hiatus. Time to catch up!

  4. Want some fun? Check out the Citizenship post in the SD section. It'll definitely fire up discussion.

  5. I have an interesting thought. The 14th amendment was passed in 1868, granting citizenship to people born or naturalized within the United States, as well as protecting the right to vote to male citizens. In 1920, the 19th Amendment was passed, saying that the right to vote shall not be denied based on account of sex (gender). Now, if the 14th Amendment extended citizenship to all people born or naturalized within the United States, and voting is a right extended to citizens of the United States, why the need for the 19th Amendment in the first place? Think of it this way. Women were not considered citizens of the United States when this country was first founded. All rights extended exclusively to males owning property, land etc., and later to just white males. The 14th amendment comes along and demolishes the race barrier for citizenship and voting. Here's my main question: When were women granted citizenship during this process? The 19th Amendment clearly states that the right of voting shall not be denied based on account of sex (gender), but says nothing about extending citizenship to women at all. It can be argued that citizenship was granted to women in the 14th Amendment, but the Supreme Court's decisions on the 14th Amendment and other cases of this matter have nothing to do with women's citizenship. Women's organizations wanted the right to vote, and they were granted this thanks to the 19th Amendment. However, these same organizations didn't lobby for citizenship in the United States. Envision the presidential election of 2012. Let's say a woman does win the nomination for their party, and goes on to the primary. Is she legally allowed to run for president?
  6. Third parties are great for bringing up issues that people want included on the ballot. The most likely scenario that will happen is this: A third party will gain a lot of support based on their platform, one of the two or both major parties will change their platform to consume the main issue the third party is running for, and that third party will essentially disappear. Historically, this is what happens to third parties. I hope something does change because I agree that the system is broken. However, we as American citizens have the right of voting for our officials so the only people we can blame are ourselves. The problem lies at the feet of the American voter. Until more people become upset at the current situation and stop voting the same people in year after year, nothing will change.
  7. Just avoid them. Took me a little over a month as well to receive my products last summer. If I had known that they were focusing on their other business enterprise I wouldn't have ordered in the first place.
  8. The only thing I haven't watched from Initial D is the live-action movie they put out a couple of years ago. Don't worry, you're not alone! I've seen a couple of episodes of Top Gear and love that show, I just haven't watched much lately. As for those disappointed in where Initial D stopped, I'm right there with you. If they only created another Special Stage (long episode/movie format) to wrap everything up, I would be happy.
  9. I thought the movie was pretty good despite it being re-introduced for the younger audiences. At the climax of the film, a child laughed at what happened with a very sick, and very twisted inflection. I didn't know heads rolling was funny.
  10. See it, it's a great movie! I saw it with my dad Friday night, and we both enjoyed it a lot. I'm not going to say much about it besides it's definitely not a zombie movie, but it goes along those same lines (sorta).
  11. I'd suggest a Narbish v3 for a new hose if you haven't already bought one. Washable and smokes great. I personally like the design and quality of build better than a Nammor, even though Nammors are great hoses as well.
  12. I definitely recommend building one yourself over newegg as well. I'm done with pre-built systems that won't meet my needs and are horribly overpriced. I wouldn't be too scared with building a system yourself. To make sure I had a thorough understanding of what I was doing and what parts actually do, I did buy a couple of build your own pc type books. I know, it sounds ridiculous, but it really helped calm my nerves and get over that initial hump with starting the first build. If you just want to buy something instead of building one yourself, any brand will do. They all suck equally, lol.
  13. [quote name='dozyproductions' date='09 February 2010 - 03:42 PM' timestamp='1265751777' post='450631'] Sorry, wrong wording. [url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol3mEe8TH7w"]http://www.youtube.c...h?v=ol3mEe8TH7w[/url] It was made by the government but it doesn't answer to anybody for the most part. The federal reserve act in 1913 was concocted by big bankers of the time while most of congress was away for holiday session. [/quote] The Federal Reserve Act had to pass through Congress to even get started. It didn't come in to being when those Congressmen were away. It might have been drafted while Congress wasn't in session, but it sure didn't just pop up all of the sudden without Congress knowing about it. I would research it some more before jumping to a conclusion.
  14. I'm 6'1" and weigh roughly 215 pounds. Before I came to college I weighed 165 pounds, but that's because I was training to try out for the University soccer team. I got to college, didn't make the team and got lazy, that's how I gained the weight. I don't recommend eating greasy, high calorie foods before sleep, but we've all done that before, myself included. The only real way to lose weight and keep it off is to pair a diet with an exercise plan, that way you burn more calories than you intake on a daily basis. I wouldn't worry about counting calories though, you should know what foods to stay away from if you're dedicated to a diet anyway. I'm still guilty of eating late. Don't worry too much about it, as long as you don't do it on a regular basis you should be fine.
  15. f22a4bandit

    Arab Cowboy

    I've visited the lounge Arab Cowboy twice so far. It has become my favorite hookah lounge to visit in Austin. The atmosphere is really nice, and the staff is very friendly. They normally light your bowl up with a quick light to start it, but they do have the option to switch to naturals whenever you'd like. The music isn't very loud, which is nice since the main point of a hookah bar should be, in my opinion, socializing. It's quite popular, and space is a bit limited, but normally it isn't so bad that you'd have to wait for a long time to find a spot to smoke. Both times I've gone in during high volume hours (10 pm and 11 pm) and found a spot to park and sit down. A big plus is that they use KMs (they're a chiller of some type) and Nammor hoses which is something I haven't found at any other bar in Austin. Alright, so that's pretty much all the pros, how about the cons? Well, as for that they only serve Al Fakher and Starbuzz, so if you aren't a fan of either flavor you're out of luck. I guess next would be the price. At around $19 and $21 for Al Fakher and Starbuzz respectively this is a bit steep. They also charge you the original amount for a second bowl which is a first for me. I don't know if that's standard practice or not, but just be aware that this is the case at Arab Cowboy. Despite the cons I will definitely frequent Arab Cowboy on my trips back home to Austin. You can sign up for their e-newsletter which informs you about the current deals they have going on at their bar. Score: 9.3 out of a possible 10 Definitely worth the experience, check it out!
  16. Get a Mya hookah and some auto-seal adaptors. The auto-seals take the hassle of plugging your hose when another person draws out of the equation. I added an auto-seal to my Mya and I love it.
  17. I voted light grey, but honestly I feel discriminated against that dark skin isnt an option for my vote! :-P lol
  18. I will never visit my local shop ever again. They used to operate in a very nice fashion, now it's all about the quick dollar. If only I didn't allow myself to fall over and take it....
  19. 1x White Cream Small Tangiers 1x Black Narbish v3 1x Auto-seal adapter for Mya 1x CH natural lighting coals 1x Mizo Cherry 1x Lucid Orange Soda All placed with our good friend John.
  20. Hmmm...this is interesting! Polish, German and English for sure. I think I remember my grandfather (dad's dad) telling me that we've got a very trace amount of Native American blood (sorry, can't remember the exact tribe), but it's so minuscule that I doubt the validity until I see a pedigree or family tree.
  21. Very nice! I haven't tried Jones Soda in forever! Might just give it a try for aesthetic purposes, lol!
  22. How can you say the term "super power" is dead? It hardly died with the end of WWII. In fact, the post-war period was a perfect example of the two super powers at the time competing with each other both in political theory and technological strength. Obviously the U.S.S.R. failed, but that just transformed the U.S. into the "lone" super power for the next 15 years. If you don't consider the U.S., Russia and China to be super powers today, what do you classify as a super power? *Edit* I use the term "post-war" very lightly. There were multiple wars by proxy between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. during the Cold War (Korean War, Vietnam War, Afghanistan (1980s)).
  23. [quote name='thatonethere' date='14 December 2009 - 08:45 PM' timestamp='1260845152' post='439054'] I bet you thought we'd win the "war on terror" too, simply because we are the "world's superopwer". Why are we still fighting that war then? Also, didn't the great depression end after we entered world war 1? [/quote] The great depression didn't end until after World War 2, not 1, just pointing that out. Also, the "War on Terror" is not a war you can win, and anyone who thinks so needs to get their head checked out. How do you win a war on terror when you can't pinpoint every terrorist cell in the world? As for economics and our superiority in other fields, we're slowly seeing our time as the sole hegemonic power diminish. I'd also like to see what "new jobs" we'll be creating soon.
  24. [quote name='fillup' date='10 December 2009 - 02:15 PM' timestamp='1260476120' post='437657'] yea, like everyone else I really am starting to like it. The multi quoting is one of the best parts about it because you can quote from multiple pages. Although I have yet to find the donation area. I was thinking about donating to the forums but cant find the button anywhere. [/quote] Alright, home page, bottom right. Easy donation spot!
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