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The American Commune

18 November 2014 - 07:38 AM

For many people on here, what I am about to post is no surprise.  For the rest of you, I ask this: Is the United States a communist country?  The reason that I ask is that over the years, it has become quite clear that the defense of individual rights is not what drives this country.  No, we've been putting the nails in this coffin for quite a while now.


That said, ever heard of the 10 Planks as stated in the Communist Manifesto?  If you haven't, let me lay them out for you:


  1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
  2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
  3. Abolition of all right of inheritance.
  4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
  5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
  6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
  7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
  8. Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
  9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of the population over the country.
  10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labour in its present form and combination of education with industrial production.

Still feeling like a democratic republic?  Let's compare it to the Bill of Rights, shall we?


1) Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

2) A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

3) No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

4) The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

5) No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

6) In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

7) In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

8) Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

9) The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

10) The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.


Of course, we have another 17 amendments that have since been ratified.  Nevertheless, it would seem that one started out with a severe distrust of a strong and central governmental authority while the other embraced it. 


Still feel like you actually have ownership of lawfully gained goods/wares?  Still feel like you are free to live your life as you see fit so long as you do not infringe the rights of others?  Are you still clinging to the hope that you are actually living in a society that harbors a safe-haven for liberty in the world?  If you do, then you haven't lived long enough and/or tried living outside what is deemed acceptable to the majority.  If you are living outside the societal norms and jockeying for revolution to get "your guy" in office to turn the system on its head, you're in for severe disappointment when you finally realize that you've been duped into being a pawn in a larger game that DC has been playing you for.  If you go to your graves thinking that you've been fighting the good fight, then perhaps ignorance is bliss.  If that's the case, then forget what you've read here and carry on in your life.  Perhaps you are the wiser person after all.


16 October 2014 - 05:36 AM

Did the search and didn't find anything, so here we go.


Villains have gone through tremendous numbers of iterations over the millennium.  The traditional villain was someone or something that gave our protagonist to face off against.  In my own lifetime, I have grown to appreciate just how important the villain is in a story to make it that much better.


I'll post my list a bit later, but wanted to kick this off to see if anyone has a favorite in a movie/book/play/etc.


I'll start off with one of the most iconic of my generation.  It isn't a favorite for myself, but it is for many people.  Extremely little back story, bad as hell, abso-fugin-lutely not to be fuged with:




Like the pics thread.... no rules/qualifications.  Give us a proper villain and why they need to be on the list

The Season so far

06 October 2014 - 09:11 AM

So, here is our team, sitting atop the NFCS and putting together an impressive half of football to get yesterday's win.  So why don't I feel so hot?  Perhaps there is reason to believe that we've turned the corner with that second half and the Panthers can finally put together back-to-back winning seasons in their two decades of existence.


At this point, I am still in a holding pattern.  The biggest reason still remains with the fact that our offensive line has yet to perform in a way that I would be confident with our franchise QB to protect.  I don't give a damn who you are.  If your QB is getting hit on the third step of a 3-step drop, the offense isn't moving.  Can we go K-Gun and try to make this beast dance for the rest of the season?  We may be better off, but even then our O-line has to be disciplined enough to hold the trench, much less open passing and rushing lanes.


What I am most hoping for is that our line is working to gel better than it has shown this season.  The defensive front will have to pick up on their end as well.  We are going to have a QB that has spells of interceptions like Cutler every week.  We are not going to be facing brand new head coaches with career backup QBs at the helm every week.  We won't be facing a historically bad franchise with a questionable coach every week.


For those that are thinking we have, get over yourselves.  We haven't arrived.  I firmly believe we have a severely bright long-term future.  However, the fact of the matter is that the win this week was as much Chicago losing as it was Carolina winning to get that victory.  The teams that we want to be are the ones that don't get the wins with the assist, but take them with impunity from whomever regardless the competition.  It the team that can impose its will that almost always rises to the top.  


The best thing going for Carolina this season is that we seem to be playing in a crap conference.  I am used to be able to speak proudly of the NFCS knowing that the competition we have here is perennially among the best year-in and year-out.  This year?  Not so much.


Until I see improvement where it is sorely needed in the trenches, I'm not putting this team on that pedestal.  Enjoy the win.  Savor the wins.  Those of us that have been fans of this team from the outset know exactly how fleeting these can be.  Simply put, temper the expectations with an eye on what is being set to come.  Having watched like I have for a while now, that time is finally approaching.

When annoying Brits take on American comedians

12 March 2014 - 02:04 PM

My last first date

28 February 2014 - 03:13 AM

I've had one, and it was wonderful.  I've been on a few dates before that, and they were mostly good.  However, I knew that it wasn't meant to be.  I had met some wonderful people along the way, but I can only look back now and know that it simply wasn't a fit.
For a long time, I was a very broken man.  I had resigned myself to knowing that whatever life had for me, a life with my other half was just not in the cards.  If she was out there, I was beyond repairing for that to be possible.  
My life was good though.  I had my my son, my family, and my friends.  I had a job that many on the planet would kill to have (though there was more than enough that considered it to be hell on earth for lack of experience for what a 3rd world life would have to offer).  Given all the blessings in my life, I was beyond fortunate.  If this was to be my life, then I would consider myself lucky.
It was a couple of Augusts ago that fate decided to prod me in a direction I never expected.  It was the night before my birthday.  The woman I had dated a couple times offered to take me to dinner.  It was very gracious, and we had a cordial time at PF Chang's in Raleigh.  All done and after parting ways following the meal, I decided to stop at the Wal-Mart in Zebulon to look for a part for my computer for a self-birthday present.  It was there that I blacked out.
When I woke up, I was on a ventilator in the neurological ICU a couple days later.  When I passed out, I cracked my skull on the floor hard enough to rupture a vein in my noggin.  Apparently when people tried to help me, I fell and hit my head again.  I have no recollection of any of this to this day.  All I know is that my parents got a call from the hospital clergy telling them to come quickly.  It pains me to this day knowing that they had to make that horrible 4 hour drive not knowing what was happening.
The coming weeks and months had me recovering to varying degrees in various facets.  In the emotional department, I had decided to give it one last go on eharmony.com.  I reviewed literally HUNDREDS of profiles and rejected all but three.  One of those was iffy at best, and one stood out.  I was still skeptical about how people portray themselves to be online and then failing to reconcile with who they are in real life.  Of those that posed the possibility of being geniune, only these three seemed possible for having chemistry/connection for me.
In this process, the one lady that stood out CONTACTED ME.  I was immediately guarded as this had become a natural reaction to things that were "too good to be true".  After some deliberation and initial communication outside eharmony, we decided to meet.
As is normal for me, I arrived early to scope out the place that I had suggested.  As it turned out, this particular restaurant was rented out for the evening to a group enjoying their merriment.  I patiently waited outside and struggled to wrestle down the anxiety and anticipation of meeting this woman.  Fear of disappointment.  Fear of disillusionment.  Fear of letting my hopes overrule my head with seeing this lady for who she is rather than who I wanted her to me.  
When Theresa walked up, the attraction was immediate and compelling.  She had a smile that was endearing to melt a heart that had been hardened for the purpose of survival.  In what I have come to appreciate is her usual grace, we ditched the plan of the current venue in favor of a known quanitity.  She knew of an italian restaurant where she was familiar with the owner.  The more she spoke, the more beautiful came to be.  As close as we were, I wanted to be closer still.  I felt like I could finally be not just be parts of myself, but all of myself with this lady.
It was a first date that neither of us wanted to end.  In a way, it never did.  I'm still on my first date with Theresa, and still finding her more beautiful every day that she'll have me.
I love this woman in a way I had never thought possible.  God has been better to me than I deserve.  This Saturday, I will have the honor and privilege of marrying my love to continue my last first date.

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