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Gandorian

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  1. Gandorian

    Trumpalypse Now

    Very good point CM. The U.S. spends 3.5 percent, which is at least 50 percent, but more often more than 100 percent higher than all other EU nations. They simply do not need to spend nearly as much on defense. Taxes aren't even close. A nation like Denmark (which Sanders often cites) has a 25 percent VAT, which raises prices considerably, making it quite regressive. Their gas prices (along with many other nations near them) are paying over $6 a gallon, while we are paying $1.50. Their personal income taxes are much higher too. The top marginal tax rate of 60 percent in Denmark applies to all income over 1.2 times the average income in Denmark. From the American perspective, this means that all income over $60,000 (1.2 times the average income of about $50,000 in the United States) would be taxed at 60 percent. A family with two kids making $50,000 in the U.S would only pay about $2,000 in federal income taxes, which is only 4 percent of income. Considering there is no sales or VAT taxes, that makes the income even more valuable. Some states have some small sales taxes on some things, but in Denmark, municipalities tax between 23 and 28 percent and regional health care tax is 8 percent.
  2. Gandorian

    Trumpalypse Now

    That's the problem though, it seems like nobody has been or is taking the trump candidacy seriously, if that is the case the republican party will wind up with Trump as the nominee in November. As ridiculous and stupid as he is and his ideas are, you gotta take him seriously.I don't take his campaign intellectualy serious because it's pretty clear how moronic his policies are. The fact that he has so many supporters only speaks volume to how much America's education system has been failing. That being said, the threat that his candidacy imposes on America and the world I take very seriously. I'm sure that before the election ends he will spew more rhetoric to divide people and fan the flames of hatred. I still feel that in the end progressives and moderates will unite the vote against him. While agree about many of Trump's supporters, it isn't much different with Sanders supporters who think they can get everything for "free". Sanders is genuine, but he has to be the worst candidate of them all. He has no clue.
  3. Gandorian

    Pretty Interesting Thing About Europe

    I disagree. During the influx we had last century and before,we did not have the social safety nets like we do today. That has created a huge difference on the economic impact of our nation. Also, our nation is assimilating more toward the immigrants today than the reverse, which happened last century.
  4. During that time they were truly entrenched in their own personal beliefs. Today, it's less about what you truly believe and more what you are "supposed" to believe. People don't feel the need to actually think for themselves. They are fed information from the bias source of their choice and they take it as gospel. I see it on both sides all the time. Our government is just as polarized as few work "across the isle" like they did 20 years ago and prior.
  5. The polarization of this nation is part of the problem.
  6. 44% of Democrats support taking in refugees from Agrabah. 66% of 18-34 year old Democrats are in favor. Again, people are stupid.
  7. Gandorian

    Windows 10

    No, when it's not working I cannot left or right click the stat button.
  8. Gandorian

    Windows 10

    A few days ago I started losing my icons in my taskbar and the start button and search box didn't work. I tried all kinds of fixes, but nothing worked. I couldn't even use restore as it gave me an error. Then out of nowhere it simply worked again on my 20th or so restart. It's went back and forth the last couple days as it seems to have a mind of it's own regardless of what I do. I believe it's been less than a month, so I may go back to 7. I've never experienced problems like this with this computer before.
  9. Gandorian

    Pretty Interesting Thing About Europe

    Actually, I believe a woman blew herself up in Paris. Charles Krauthammer suggested only letting in women, children and men over 50. That would be a "middle-ground", helping thousands, while considerably lowering the risk of infiltration by a terrorist. Yeah...profiling.
  10. Gandorian

    Star Wars The Force Awakens

    STAR WARS COUNTDOWN
  11. Gandorian

    Best Historical Event

    Hell yeah.
  12. Thanks for sharing it with us Tony.
  13. Gandorian

    Hey look another one

    If I'm correct Aloysius, Australia does not have a Bill of Right's as we do here in the U.S. It's clearly the foundation of our society. The Second Amendment has been looked at many times by SCOTUS (The Supreme Court) in many court decisions. To amend the U.S. Constitution (let alone one of the first ten amendments) would be extremely difficult and simply would not have enough support. That being said, we do allow for states to make their own laws regarding firearm restrictions, but all law abiding citizens (other than mentally ill) have a constitutional right to own a gun. Personally, I believe in a sensible approach and do agree with some gun restrictions. One item to note is that the UK has more violent crime than does the US, and yet the UK has extremely strict gun laws.
  14. Gandorian

    Hey look another one

    Exactly what gun law would have prevented the recent mass shootings that would have been constitutional?
  15. Gandorian

    Abortion

    I'm interested to see where many of you stand on the issue.
  16. Gandorian

    Abortion

    You always add such substance to discussions. .
  17. Gandorian

    Abortion

    Being considered alive by law and medical standards is different from law to law as well as medical standards. For instance, in many states a person can be convicted of murder for killing an unborn child. Medically, there is no question an unborn child is a living human being. Seriously, are you saying a baby who's heart began beating 14 days from conception and who may kick in his/her mother's womb isn't real, but just an idea? I've sat with my wife through many ultrasounds watching my kids move around and yes...hear their heartbeats. Obviously they weren't just an idea. That's just absurd. A mother can feel her baby kicking in her womb, but unless she holds him/her in her arms, he/she is an just idea and not real? Often, parents do name their child before birth and call them by name before they are born, but that really doesn't have anything to do with being "real". The biggest hole in your argument is that when you say most people realize that anything can happen. In life generally speaking sure, anything can happen to anyone at any time. However, the child cannot be anything or anyone else. You act as though there's a chance a dog or cat could come out, because it's an idea and anything is possible. But only that specific living human, with a specific genetic blueprint will be born in a specific time frame, unless his/her's life is ended prior to birth. Has anyone ever skipped a stage (zygote, embryonic, fetal etc.) or "became" anything other then who they genetically already are? Of course not. You bring up criteria for being alive. My brother was born at a mere 23 weeks gestation and weighed only 1 pound, 5 ounces. At birth his APGAR score was 0. It was 1 at one minute, and then reached 3 within the first ten minutes. Before he was born he had a heartbeat, was breathing and had reflexes and muscle activity. Functionally, he was more "alive" before birth than after. Of course my mother could never had intentionally killed him right after he was born, but she could have just before, when he was functionally more alive. There lies the hypocrisy of legalized abortion. The result would be the same either way.
  18. Gandorian

    Abortion

    To expand upon my earlier post...My wife is a social worker and she recently told me about an disabled man who was about to leave the hospital, but had nowhere to live. The only family he has is a family member who said he will not help the man. The city rescue mission originally refused to house the man because of he being too difficult to house. Thankfully, my wife was able to find short-term appropriate housing for him. The man isn't loved and is an obvious financial burden. According to your logic above, it would be "useful" to end his life, right?
  19. Gandorian

    Abortion

    Tia, I really don't know where your trying to go with this. What does an idea of something have anything to do with a living human being? You are an "idea" to me, does that mean your life is as valuable as some fictional character in a book? I do not equate human beings with animals. I believe the life of a human always trumps a life of an animal. As you know, Roe never took into consideration when exactly a persona is alive so I'll ask you...When does a living human being become alive and what makes he/she suddenly be alive?
  20. Gandorian

    Abortion

    A child in the zygote/embryonic/fetal stage isn't an "idea". He/she is a living human being who simply hasn't developed into the next stage in the life process. A child's life at any stage should not be intentionally ended regardless of how someone else feels about that life. I have an "idea" that I would love my grandson, but in reality, I do not have a living grandson who actually exists. In many places abortion is legal at any time under certain circumstances and it does not have to be for the life of the mother. Exactly when would it not be acceptable to to end your son/daughter's life?
  21. Gandorian

    Abortion

    1. I believe life should not be valued monetarily. 2. An unborn child is not a separate entity from who he or she will be right after birth. Zygote, embryo, fetus, infant, toddler, adolescent etc- are simply stages of development in the life process. All one, unique living human being that cannot "be" anything, or anyone else. None of us skipped any stage, as we are the same living, human being from the zygote stage to the adulthood stage today, just much more developed. If any of our lives were ended at any stage- before birth, or after, none of us would be here today...no exception, no other possibilities. My son was my son before birth, and after. If my wife ended his life before being born, or after- the result would be the same...my son would not be alive today. The argument isn't about "social injustice". It's about a human life should not be intentionally ended unless it is to save another life.
  22. Gandorian

    Where's Waldo? No wait.... Where's Oddsox?!

    Welcome back oddsox!
  23. Gandorian

    Best Historical Event

    That's a tough one. You should pose the question as the most significant in the last century. It would be a little easier.
  24. Gandorian

    Best Vacation

    I have to admit, I really like taking my family to Disney World in Florida. I'm like a kid there. Universal is great too. I prefer the beach when it's just my wife and I (which is rare). I've been wanting to go to Scotland to see where my clan is from. My grandfather was born there.
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