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Posted on December 13 at 2:51 p.m.
Good on ya, DrDan. You're doing what I've been suggesting Ken should do.
On Ticking Time Bond
Posted on December 13 at 1:02 p.m.
I.e. I got it the first time. Ken finds discussions about Ken's contributions to discussions boring.
Posted on December 13 at 12:39 p.m.
I believe you. All of your comments go to 11. One louder. If you had emotions you'd be a wreck.
Posted on December 13 at 10:52 a.m.
Any discussion about @Ken_Volok's comments is prohibited without the expressed written consent of @Ken_Volok...or the purchase of a "ticket".
Posted on December 13 at 9:14 a.m.
@hodgmo...oh, hell @everyone
I have not. Taxes are going to continue to increase until the end of time whether people like it or not. I believe in paying taxes, I believe in education and I believe in paying educators well probably because my mother was a public school teacher for 35 years. I saw how hard she worked. She was a fantastic teacher who often expressed disdain for the union politics that interrupted her ability to educate.
Because I grew up around my mom and her friends, who were also public school teachers, I also believe that reform is needed to ensure that funding is used efficiently, that teachers are held accountable for their performance and so that politics and personal interests aren't allowed to interfere with the quality of public education.
I understand and or agree with much of what Oblati and Ken have said-they each have some good points-but not with how they chosen to engage in "discussion". We have witnessed increasing gridlock at the local, state and federal government levels over the past 15-20 years as a result of what appears to be politically motivated unwillingness to compromise or work together to solve problems.
Ideas are interesting. Demonstrating cognitive flexibility and problem solving skills is much more impressive than digging in or calling your opponent a "lib", "tea-bagger", union "shill" etc. in an effort to diminish their point of view.
Posted on December 13 at 7:56 a.m.
"Dialogue is always useful..." @Ken_Volok
Right there. That's your problem. You thought you were engaged in an "exchange" of ideas, A.K.A. a "dialogue" with Oblati. Read through the above posts again and you'll see that this was never about exchanging ideas but instead was all about digging a trench, building a wall and settling in. Oblati fires a salvo. Ken et al. posts a reaction that we'll call a response...lather, rinse, repeat. It's the recipe for how things go on this site (in this country?) when people disagree. How's it workin' for yous? Any changed minds out there? Did Oblati or Ken (or anyone else) blow anybody away with their rhetoric? Seems like all the usual talking points were addressed. Good on ya. You've both played your roles well and haven't given an inch.
The one thing I can count on in this world (besides death and the mortgage) is that everyone who posts here is always "right", myself included. Thank goodness.
Posted on December 10 at 1:15 p.m.
He clearly wasn't inhaling if he was using marijuana. He had way too many plans.
On Repeat Offender Takes Plea Deal
Posted on December 10 at 8:01 a.m.
Great reference but wrong character. I'm more into the "Jungian duality of man thing". My objective here is to become better at accepting my own inner conflict and subsequent behavioral contradictions. I am a troublemaker, but am often not insincere.
Posted on December 9 at 7:07 p.m.
True, true. I hope you never take my smart-assery seriously or personally.
Posted on December 9 at 6:21 p.m.
Hey DrDan! I've got my left one out!
Ken, I'm on your side buddy. It's just too fun to rile you up and get you to say really silly things.