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commented on Arlo and Janis
about 1 year ago
Maybe Arlo should grow an Abe Lincoln.
Was she a Yankee? Because Robert E. Lee.
There do seem to be a lot of older men with van dykes (not goatees, which are chin beards with no mustache). I know my wife likes me to wear a van dyke, so it might really be that we all are wearing what attracts the women!
I have OHS scheduled for next week, so I got a head start on my winter full beard. Other seasons, I wear a van dyke, because my wife likes it.
I want to know how Jimmy J knows so much about what’s going on in my marriage.
commented on Candorville
over 1 year ago
Your view makes sense. My own theory is that Hussein THOUGHT he was getting to the point of having nuclear capability, but was being lied to by his minions (for purposes of short term self-preservation) about the progress on that front. Of course, he actually had other WMD – chemicals, for example. Somehow, though, the media managed to convince everyone that the only WMD that counted was the nuclear one. But I think that Hussein’s mistake about his nuclear program was not recognized as such by Western intelligence agencies, so that going in, Bush thought that the probability of Hussein going nuclear in the near term was pretty high.
I remember thinking, back when the leftists were changing about “no blood for oil” that if they were right, why not take the oil? Unfortunately, it turned out that the war was not about “blood for oil.”Too bad. (My fall-back – and now current – position was that we should destroy the oil wells entirely. After all, we really don’t NEED that oil. But it looks like both Bush & Obama are tied in to the Saudis, so that won’t happen…
Unfortunately for Bell, the fact is that when Bush left office, the situation in Iraq was under control. It is only after a series of bad decisions by Obama and Clinton that it turned into the disaster it is today. Bush’s only real mistake was in assuming that the Democrats would not cut & run when they regained the presidency. Basically, the US is incapable of sustaining a coherent foreign policy beyond the term of any particular president. (Assuming, of course, that the particular president has a coherent foreign policy, which does not seem to be the case right now.)
commented on Pearls Before Swine
over 1 year ago
I am confident that an exception will be made in my case. (paraphrasing Saroyan)
My apologies. I will suggest to you, however, that the existence of contradictions in the Hebrew bible are not to be taken in the same way that modern Westerners take them. As I understand it, the Hebrews embraced contradiction – certainly a prescientific approach. If there were two (or more) views about things, the Hebrews recorded them all. I tend to approach the Hebrew bible as a compendium of arguments among the Hebrews about God, and in some cases, an argument between the Hebrews & God about God. (Consider Job.) So in a way, Puggles is right – there are no contradictions in the Hebrew bible, in large part because to take it as some kind of logical presentation of facts & arguments is to miss the point. Or, to put it another way, what the modern mind sees as “contradictions” ARE the point.
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