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  1. Incorrect. Entropy is simply a measure of disorder. It doesn't matter whether the system is inanimate or not. You are probably thinking of the fact that the term "entropy" was originally introduced in thermodynamics. Here is a page that describes entropy as it applies to this topic: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_entropy.
  2. I agree that property rights should be respected here. However, the real problem I have is this. Say I had a non-profit that went around educating people on the evils of Islam. If I bought the lot across the street from the mosque and wanted to build an "educational center teaching the evils of Islam," the zoning board would turn me down instantly. I think the morally superior way to try and stop this mosque would be to put significant pressure on the zoning board to allow exactly that type of response.
  3. I know that Omaha Steaks is doing very well today. My wife keeps bugging me to start buying our meat from them. Apparently it's really top quality stuff.
  4. I know the Democrats have been making that accusation, but that just isn't logical. 1. DeMint is projected to win regardless of who won the Democrat primary. 2. This is a year when Republicans are the favorites. Given those two factors, it isn't at all logical that the Republicans would resort to such measures when the election is basically a lock. He isn't a plant. There is the possibility of voting machine malfunction, which I find hard to believe given the simplicity of the code behind voting machines. Personally I think the issue has more to do with the stupidity of Democrat voters. They didn't like the mainstream guy so they decided to vote for the no-name guy instead, without bothering to do research...
  5. I was doing some work in our SQL database at work and noticed that one of our clients has an address listed on "John Galt Blvd." I thought that was incredibly cool, so I looked up the street and found this article: http://www.inc.com/magazine/19971015/1477.html. It seems that John Galt Blvd. is full of quite a few promising companies. Looks like there is a commercial developer out there in Nebraska who knows a thing or two about business and Objectivism.
  6. :lol: HA! HA! The left plays the race card, yet again. Is anyone here honestly surprised by that?? Fortunately, they have overplayed that hand so much that the word "racist" rightfully gets nothing more than a roll of the eyes and a good laugh. The big R word is nothing but an act of desperation from the left. Rand Paul had such a powerful showing in the primary that they truly fear him.
  7. I don't completely agree with this. Of course there was a time when far fewer people had bachelor's degrees, which made it more impressive on a resume. But can you point to ANY time in history when having a bachelor's in mass communications EVER meant anything? What universities have done to get more of that government money, is to simply create a selection of fake majors. Things like mass communications, african studies, women's studies never would have existed fifty years ago because no one would spend all that cash on something so useless. All the idiots you refer to just go into these degree programs. This may dilute the value of a bachelor's degree in general, but it has had no effect at all on "real" majors. Engineering, medicine, law, and business do not produce idiots with degrees. If a university graduate builds a bridge that falls down, it will reflect poorly on the university. You can get away with handing out degrees in other fake majors, but schools won't do that as much for degrees that require a quantifiable level of competence. At my university, the freshmen class in the engineering college were all complete idiots. You could tell very quickly who would survive and who wouldn't. They had two levels of classes designed to weed out the idiots. The freshman first year track would get rid of the first round. Then they had one operating systems class that would filter out a huge number of them. I believe the dropout rate in the engineering college was something like 60%. These students would either drop out completely or go into information systems (the fake version of computer science).
  8. Instead of "stealing" the bikes, why couldn't they just run a bomb-sniffing dog up and down the streets?
  9. How is it suggesting violence? The mere existence of a militia does not imply that the members intend to get violent. Similarly, just because I own a gun doesn't mean I intend to go kill someone. I own a gun for my own protection. Those citizens want to form a militia for their own protection. I don't see anything wrong with that.
  10. Why do you have a problem with this? The second amendment is very clear on the right to form a "well regulated militia." As for the Texas comments, I don't believe that he was even serious. That was obviously just political theater.
  11. As a homeowner within the city limits, I don't have a right to improve my property unless a city bureaucrat approves of it. I'm trying to build a fence this spring and I have to go through all kinds of crap to get it done. I have to file a permit, an inspector has to approve how deep I dig the post holes, the fence can't be over six feet high, etc. Don't get me started on the idiotic restrictions I have to go through for building a shed. Why does the city care if my shed is more than five feet away from the "primary" structure? Forget what the property title states, I don't "own" my house, I just rent it from the city.
  12. We had it as assigned reading back in high school and I thought it was really good. But that was so long ago I can't for the life of me remember anything from the book. I'll have to re-read it at some point now. (Incidentally, we also had Ayn Rand (Anthem) as assigned reading in high school. You don't hear of too many public schools requiring students to read Rand... )
  13. What's truly sad is when I read Obama's quote it sounds like a good thing. But in Obama's mind I should take the above statement to be the ultimate outrage. Thanks to the Democrats, they could bully any industry of their choosing and those businesses would be effectively muzzled; it was illegal for them to even give a rebuttal to the Democrat talking points. THAT is what is un-American. But thankfully the playing field has finally been leveled. With all the Democrat talk about passing new laws to override SCOTUS, what has John McCain said about all this? Since it was his bill that was overturned, is he as "outraged" as the Democrats?
  14. Just for fun, I decided to switch to MSNBC and see how they would try to spin this. It was HILLARIOUS!!!! Chris Mathews talking about how "dems didn't lose because people don't like healthcare. The Dems lost because they weren't liberal enough." He actually said that the only way they can turn things around is if they just ram healthcare through reconciliation. And that it would convince people to vote Democrat in November. He actually thinks the way to fix this is to get EVEN MORE extreme! How out of touch can these people get?!?!
  15. This made my day! I'm watching Coakley's concession speech right now. Oh the irony...Ted Kenedy's old seat is the deciding vote that stops Obamacare!
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