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  1. The Parable of the British Princess I have never heard any British intellectual describe what the "British Dream" is, but I think I may have gotten the closest statement of it, accidentally. In a televised special about Kate Middleton's family, a British historian describes how her family is of 'endearingly humble' origins. "Why, just a few generations ago, her family was toiling in the coal mines owned by the Queen. It's sort of a parable of British society, where a commoner can grow up one day to become a princess." Compare this so-called 'British Dream'--namely, to become a Royal and
  2. "The spread of the Atlas Shrugged movie is just part of a wider Atlas Shrugged phenomenon--and part of the Tea Party phenomenon.The Tea Party movement began, in last 2008 and early 2009, during a huge surge in interest in Ayn Rand's masterwork, when talk of "going Galt"--a reference to one of the novel's heroes--sent Atlas Shrugged back onto the best-seller lists after more than 50 years. The two phenomena are connected." Tracinski: While the spread of Atlas was definitely helped out by the breakout of of the TP movement, you will note that the connection between the two is not the kind
  3. and what if a soldier gets severely wounded in combat? according to your 'agreement', does the 'trade' stop after the war, or does the government need to continue supporting the disabled soldier? war is not as cut 'n dry as your terms and conditions make it out to be. a soldier is making an educated choice to join the military during a time of war, and knows the risks involved. but the state also has a responsibility to see a soldier to recovery after they come home from a combat zone with injuries. when the state sends a soldier to combat, they take responsibility for all reasonable actio
  4. because due process governs our every action every time we go outside the wire. being at war means more regulations that govern our actions (read: tie our hands), not 'free for all'. there is much due process for capture. sometimes it's simple, sometimes it's very complex and based the situation. and where would you keep them? there aren't that many 'prison camps' in afghanistan--we have fobs all over afghanistan with 2-5 room detention centers. are we to bring all prisoners into these fobs, interrogate them, find out that they had something to do with low level activity s
  5. and how would you find out what 'camp' the prisoner belongs to? in afghanistan, an enemy combatant could belong to a local tribe, and fall under their tribal hierarchy, but also report to either the taliban or al quaeda. these are people often without papers or identification--without fully interrogating them in a controlled environment, getting their prints and retinal scan, and logging him into our 'systems', how can this person be identified, kept track of, let alone be identified as belonging to a camp or associated with a group? once identified, what if he switches allegiances? we current
  6. I probably 'know' a lot of people on this forum. If you know me (how many people do you know named Sev, anyway?) then speak up. And if you don't, why not welcome me anyway! Name: Sev Age: 26 (darn, almost 27) Nationality: American (99%)-Armenian (1%) Location: Los Angeles, CA Occupation: eBay auctioneer; US Army Reserves Favorite non-AR book: the Hobbit Favorite AR book: can I say all of them? What I'm reading now: OPAR (been re-reading it for the last three years); The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes What's in the CD player now: MP3s of all my MIDI files of all my video game music; I
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