Happy birthday Platinum, here, let me buy you a picture of beer.
Happy birthday Zonk! Thanks for keeping Amirite interesting.
I was on SH from 2006 until it died. I used a variety of aliases, some that I remember were "You" "Me" ":D:" and "Davis." I wonder what happened to Sister Jean and DiscoPickle?
Whether you choose to believe it or not, the West is in a war with radical Islam. For that reason it is only prudent to be extremely careful about which Muslims you let into the country.
Some Muslim majority countries practice moderate forms of Islam and have reliable records about their citizens, some don't. Banning travel from nations which are hotbeds of Islamic terrorism and which don't keep reliable records is a totally reasonable response to a genuine threat.
I would very much like the situation to be different, I think the people of the middle east have a legitimate beef with the West and I'd like to see that resolved, but until or unless it is, extreme caution is necessary and appropriate.
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, "Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us." And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
When I consider the reasons I'm not rich, they have more to do with my own flaws than any external factor. Sure, I wasn't born into money, but I live in an age where it's easier than ever to get rich, it's only my failure to seriously pursue my fortune that has stood between me and it. If I was more driven, more focused, less prone to idle pursuits, I'd be rich right now, no doubt or question in my mind. So I tip my hat to those who have put in the work to get it done. Are they smarter than me? Some probably are, but the difference is focus and drive, not raw intelligence.
Think of how convenient it would be to be able to teleport. No commute, no need for a car, no need to even go outside unless you want to. And think of the vacation possibilities, you know, get off work one cold February day, teleport to some tropical paradise for a few hours, teleport home. It would be pretty awesome.
I don't know, I've had my share of abuse on both sites. People love you when they agree with you, and hate you when they don't. That's life, and since the only person I can change is me, I don't worry about it.
I briefly entertained the idea when I got the message, but about halfway through the list of requirements I decided I wasn't interested.
I used to be like you. Most of what I knew about the world came from the news, and I had drank deeply of the mainstream liberal coolaid. Then I started hanging out on Sodahead, which caused me to start having to defend my positions on issues. "No problem," I thought, "stupid conservatives can't out debate me."
What I found though is that speaking to actual conservatives was nothing like the caricature of conservatives I had been fed by the media. They were smart, and moreover, time and again they produced verifiable facts that proved I WAS WRONG.
Oh the pain.
"Fine," I thought "I'll just find out for myself what the facts are before I shoot my stupid mouth off and look like an idiot." So I did. I decided to base my comments purely on the facts.
You know what happened?
I started getting attacked by liberals and called a conservative. True story.
One time a buddy of mine was so drunk that he tried to step out of my car for a pee while we were driving down the highway. I had to physically restrain him as I stopped the car.
Happy birthday DW2! Still waiting for that fax... lol