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  1. Can a true atheist be moral?

    Call it what you will, but I think that intrinsic "goodness" is part of being human. It feels good to help others (even if it means you do so for your own sense of enjoyment). You help a child learn something. You fix your grandparents garage. You do good deeds not only just to help people, you also do it for the sense of satisfaction. Religions feel like they have a monopoly on this by attributing some kind of spiritual currency to it. The fact is, most of us are predisposition to doing something good. Not everyone, but I think a vast majority like the feeling when we do something good. Like have you ever done something simple, and had someone thank you? Like when you help a person make change at the coffee shop because you have extra coins in your pocket. It's a small thing to you, but it makes that person feel great. There's no spiritual accountant behind the action (well for me); I just do it because I can. To the original point, yes. The morality is more cultural rather than religious, because some values like not killing each other or protecting children are human. People took care of each other before they organized language, much less religion. Animals do the same, minus these human constructs.
  2. That's a good point. While I wouldn't have a problem with checking Reid out, is he that good? Just some casual youtube highlights show an average safety who can hit. I think he's more name now than product. But I'm not an expert. Maybe he just needs a change of scenery? I totally get the comp pick strategy considering the number of veterans who will be retiring in the next few years.
  3. I would love to see Poe's athleticism put on display again. He could be a fun player to use in a variety of ways. So long as he's doing his job as NT.
  4. You have to wonder if Washington thinks he can get everything out of Poe. I'm more than a little surprised, especially considering the contract. Hope we can get something out of him for sure. He had some decent years in KC (I think), but was pretty underwhelming in ATL. But he is one of those "planet guys." Only so many people at his size and athleticism.
  5. I don't think the vet QB moves aside from Cousins change anything regarding the need for QBs. Those teams still need franchise QBs. But I do agree that this draft is going to be full of teams trading to get "their" guys. Should be entertaining.
  6. Man, I was certainly in that group that was like "$5 million is a LOT for Torrey Smith." Then you see the insane money guys are getting now... Maybe we should actually give the Hurndog a full off season before we completely over analyze everything he does.... *Nah, this is the Huddle, who am I kidding???
  7. Trump versus Video Games (and others)!

    My point is the issue has been beaten to death in the 90s. The end result is no. I think the fingers need to be pointed at home. Far too often parents let kids do whatever, watch whatever, and offer zero supervision or context. So my son watched me play a lot of Destiny. Is he violent and wanting to cause bodily harm to others? No. He understand it's just a game. We watch movies together, and I've started to let him watch some of the marvel movies, like Captain America The First Avenger. Again, we talk about what he sees, I listen to what he thinks, and we have a great dialogue. I'm in no way a parent of the year, but there's always context when we watch something - even something as silly as the Story Bots on Netflix. So in your GTA example, is that the game's fault that an impressionable kid was allowed to play without any parental involvement? Honestly, Liberals and Conservatives have given parents and home life (for white people) a pass on many things. It's not violent movies, games or music that hurts the kids, it's the lack of support and structure at home. If you are the parent of a kid who shows many signs of anti-social/psychologically deviant behavior yet you think a great gift for him at age 16 is an AR-15 and 200 rounds of ammo for "the shooting range;" well...you should be just as responsible for whatever damage they cause. The thing about games and movies is there are ratings out there for parents to review to determine if the content is appropriate for their kids. Some of my son's classmates talk about deadpool and wear him on their clothing. My son knows I have a deadpool movie, but I sure as heck am not going to show him that "super hero" movie! Parents need to manage the content their children consume instead of turning a blind eye while they pursue whatever they think is more important.
  8. There's a move! Isn't that what the people wanted?
  9. Free Trade. Is it good for the country?

    I know what you mean! I tell kids all the time, they don't have to go and get a bachelor's degree. There are so many ways to make money with training. Like you said for those techs. There was a guy who represented the tech industries in Charlotte who tried to get high school juniors into those jobs. Was actually a pretty good program with good results. Not sure what happened to him.
  10. I mean, I don't get why we haven't signed all the FAs today and traded all of our draft picks for guys? I mean, that's how it works in Madden??? How many championships are won in March anyway? There's a A LONG way to go between now and the super bowl. Look at the guys who are getting moved, all have questions. Making a move just to make a move isn't the beset idea at all. You have to be careful. If a guy is on the block or a FA right now, there's a reason why. Some are legit financial decisions, others are just poor decisions by other GMs.
  11. Free Trade. Is it good for the country?

    I think people have some misguided notion that building TVs and cell phones is a good job. Just ask Foxconn about how good those jobs are? Remember when Motorola (then a Google Company) did some final assembly work for their Moto X phones in a plant in Texas? How long did that last? As an economic super power, we have the ability to let other people do the menial jobs for us. Instead, we should probably concentrate on the high tech, skilled labor required to make precision items, and sell those to other nations. America used the be a country of innovation and forward thinking... Guess some people don't think that anymore.
  12. Trump SK NK

    Here's to hoping for the best... But I'm not expecting acceptable results. Trump goes in for a photo of, NK and SK sign some formal treaty or other agreement, NK continues to do what it does secrectly while restrictions lifted, and everyone knows to negotiate with Trump means a photo of and you can put him/US over a barrel... Maybe he can prove me completely wrong...
  13. Trump versus Video Games (and others)!

    I LOVE this word =) Thank you for using it!
  14. So I've seen this going through the news cycle, that Trump has said that violent games and films are the cause of all the gun violence in our country. https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-blames-video-games-shootings-because-real-issues-are-harder-ncna852871 https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2018/02/22/trump-blames-violent-video-games-for-school-shootings-heres-why-hes-wrong/#3a7ab61167f3 https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/trump-blames-movies-video-games-youth-violence-1087462 http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2018/03/07/trump-video-games-movies-violence-sot.cnnmoney So, this should be an interesting topic in here. Personally, I think he's incorrect. Instead, I would say that families and individual situations are more to blame (aside from some easy access gun laws) for the amount of people who are willing to commit violence using an easily accessible tool. Looking forward to see the mental gymnastics go here =)
  15. I really agree, yet here we are. Sometimes it's fun and cathartic to argue with people online. Let's you vent with very little consequences. If I were to run into any of the posters here at a tail gate, we could totally be cool panther fans (though in the back of our minds, we're calling each other names). There are a lot of people here who are just trolls who enjoy trying to make people mad. Some who are very passionate in their beliefs. I think generally the rest of us like to try to practice our arguing skills. Then the memes... Pointless, but something we all enjoy doing for some strange reason.