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by Texas_Ben
Thu May 20, 2010 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Draw Mohammad Day
Replies: 414
Views: 46966

Re: Draw Mohammad Day

I am particularly tickled by the many pictures of protests against "draw muhammad day" in which the protesters are holding signs with stuff like "death to your freedom of speech" and the like. As they exercise their freedom of speech.
by Texas_Ben
Wed May 19, 2010 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Elder Scrolls: Discussion
Replies: 486
Views: 65796

Re: Elder Scrolls: Discussion

Yeah, that. Especially with the Elder Scrolls games, I'm playing that character like it's my disciple in that world, or something. I just can't make myself choose an evil (to me) dialogue option. Not to say I can't do evil things -- I doubt you could survive in either Morrowind or Oblivion without ...
by Texas_Ben
Wed May 19, 2010 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Women Lie More Than Men
Replies: 141
Views: 15358

Re: Women Lie More Than Men

lowbart wrote:I don't think the phrase "It's nothing. I'm fine." has ever been uttered truthfully.

My thinking face is the same as my moping/brooding face. Which means I get to truthfully make that statement all the time.
by Texas_Ben
Wed May 19, 2010 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Kids on Race
Replies: 77
Views: 9809

Re: Kids on Race

Diadem wrote:Interesting. The article where they talk about reactions kids have to images does not include the images they showed the kids.

They have a term for research like that. It's called 'bad research'.

It's not that hard to find video of the actual test, honestly
by Texas_Ben
Tue May 18, 2010 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Elder Scrolls: Discussion
Replies: 486
Views: 65796

Re: Elder Scrolls: Discussion

SecondTalon wrote:Yeah, I go to the meadow. I admit it.

Well of course. It's far more efficient if you know where to sell all the loot you're sure to pick up in the blighted land.
by Texas_Ben
Tue May 18, 2010 5:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Illegal Immigrant Denied College Loans
Replies: 73
Views: 7588

Re: Illegal Immigrant Denied College Loans

Kayangelus wrote:As an illegal immigrant she isn't allowed to be in the US. Being in the US legally is actually a pretty valid requirement for deserving a US-funded college education.

Pretty much this. Unless I'm missing something this isn't even a story.
by Texas_Ben
Fri May 14, 2010 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Elder Scrolls: Discussion
Replies: 486
Views: 65796

Re: Elder Scrolls: Discussion

If Daedra Lords were walking around all of the dozens of shrines and a player managed to kill one by exploting any of the game's many bugs/exploits, they could have themeslves a 120,000 daedric katana kicking out 60 damage a shot pretty quick. There were enough daedric things just sitting around th...
by Texas_Ben
Thu May 13, 2010 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Need help thinking of a word...
Replies: 28
Views: 2945

Re: Need help thinking of a word...

Does it have to be of christian origin? I typed "religious police" into wikipedia and found quite a few entries for islamic organizations: Mutaween, Basj, Wahhabi, and quite a few "Committee/Ministry for the propagation of virtue and the prevention of vice". I'm not certain (thou...
by Texas_Ben
Sat May 08, 2010 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tees
Replies: 573
Views: 42834

Re: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tee

Good thinking. If someone is made uncomfortable by a political statement that is targeted at them specifically, they can just not be educated, which makes the problem go away. That's personal choice. That's freedom. That's the American Way. On the flip side, the message this sends is that if enough...
by Texas_Ben
Sat May 08, 2010 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tees
Replies: 573
Views: 42834

Re: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tee

These guys weren't wearing flags to be patriotic. They were wearing flags to make a douchetastic statement. If you consider the context in which this happened, that is perfectly clear. It isn't perfectly clear. Plenty of people wear clothing incorporating the American flag regularly. I fail to see ...
by Texas_Ben
Sat May 08, 2010 12:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tees
Replies: 573
Views: 42834

Re: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tee

Your arguement is true only to the extent that we can differentiate between inclusive and oppresive messages. If you can't see a meaningful distinction between "Illegals need to go home" or "Homos need to die" and "Everyone is human and deserves respect" then you shoul...
by Texas_Ben
Fri May 07, 2010 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tees
Replies: 573
Views: 42834

Re: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tee

If one student taunts another student, should the school administrators try and stop the taunting? Or should they tell the student(s) being taunted that they just have to suck it up? Because that's what I interpret these kids as having done. I think that they were trying to taunt other kids and wer...
by Texas_Ben
Fri May 07, 2010 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Civilization 5!!!
Replies: 481
Views: 115954

Re: Civilization 5!!!

Those were the among the first two nuclear weapons produced. Surely the weapons of the 70-80s would be far more destructive. Still not enough to go the whole "smoking crater" route, I imagine. I may be mistaken, but I believe that modern nuclear doctrine has nukes hitting hardened and hig...
by Texas_Ben
Fri May 07, 2010 4:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tees
Replies: 573
Views: 42834

Re: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tee

More likely the (hispanic) principal got his panties in a bunch over it and decided to get vindictive.
by Texas_Ben
Fri May 07, 2010 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Tremulous
Replies: 3
Views: 893

Re: Tremulous

I played this game for awhile, but stopped because I never got to play as humans (seems like everyone wanted to be human), and because it was really freaking hard to advance as a bug. You only got to evolve when you got kills, and except for the last couple tiers of evolution, kills are hard to come...
by Texas_Ben
Fri May 07, 2010 1:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tees
Replies: 573
Views: 42834

Re: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tee

Within school, to some extent, you do. I can't call my classmates shitsnorklers, doucherigs, or even bigots Don't know where you went to school. I can't wear a swastika armband, because nothing would be accomplished in school if staff couldn't control that type of behavior. Difference is that the S...
by Texas_Ben
Thu May 06, 2010 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tees
Replies: 573
Views: 42834

Re: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tee

What they shouldn't be allowed to do is coordinated trolling. This has nothing whatsoever to do with patriotism or pride in their nation. This is one simple thing, five kids thinking "can we offend people" - and when they try they succeed, not because wearing the flag offends those having...
by Texas_Ben
Thu May 06, 2010 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tees
Replies: 573
Views: 42834

Re: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tee

mmmcannibalism wrote:I agree except for the lawsuit, the students should have stayed because it would have made a much stronger statement when they were arrested/suspended.

I was rather hoping for a lawsuit because then you have precedent, which stops ridiculous shit like this from happening in the future.
by Texas_Ben
Thu May 06, 2010 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tees
Replies: 573
Views: 42834

Re: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tee

The school government has a right to maintain order on campus , and they have the right to punish students citizens who, for lack of a better term, disturb the peace. Whether a student disturbs the peace through verbal statements, appearance, or any other medium doesn't matter. The administration g...
by Texas_Ben
Thu May 06, 2010 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Just plain wrong - DC police let down another trans woman
Replies: 38
Views: 4228

Re: Just plain wrong - DC police let down another trans woma

Personally, I don't think there's anything much that can be done to change this behaviour in the long term, other than abolish the police entirely; it sounds like quite a drastic measure, but I reckon there's a good chance that we'd actually be better off. I live in a relatively okay part of town b...
by Texas_Ben
Wed May 05, 2010 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Just plain wrong - DC police let down another trans woman
Replies: 38
Views: 4228

Re: Just plain wrong - DC police let down another trans woma

How can anyone even think this is acceptable? Even my dad, who is the most backwards and generally bigoted person I know (He claims that the reason crime is such a problem is that it's illegal to discriminate racially in housing) responds to transgendered persons with a relatively mild "I don't...
by Texas_Ben
Tue May 04, 2010 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone
Replies: 6609
Views: 926532

Re: *geek-gasm* IT'S OFFICIAL!! (Starcraft 2)

27th... the day before my birthday... eeeexcellent.
by Texas_Ben
Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Christian is not a religion?
Replies: 226
Views: 22017

Re: Christian is not a religion?

Also, for a good example of why allowing no religious displays is preferable to allowing any and all religious displays, Google "Washington state capitol holiday displays". That situation was such a mess. *googles it* Freedom From Religion Foundation? Clearly they're a bunch of assholes, ...
by Texas_Ben
Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dragon Age: Origins
Replies: 277
Views: 61142

Re: Dragon Age: Origins

I guess I didn't see much available for optimization in DA though. You all have the same skills, and it's not like putting x points into strength instead of x+/- 5 made a huge difference. Mostly it was just going back and fixing the mistakes I made in the early game while I was still learning the s...
by Texas_Ben
Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Christian is not a religion?
Replies: 226
Views: 22017

Re: Christian is not a religion?

So you mean to tell me that if the government allowed a group of Satanists to erect a 50 foot tall pentagram with the face of Beelzebub in the middle of a federal park as a monument to social oppression, you wouldn't be just a tad upset with it? Not one bit, assuming no animals were harmed. Also, I...
by Texas_Ben
Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dragon Age: Origins
Replies: 277
Views: 61142

Re: Dragon Age: Origins

You, sir, name? wrote:My first playthrough -is- my optimization guide.

Pretty much my method, but a lot of times there's super-duper-secret combos of death and trembling that I wouldn't have found without the internet.
by Texas_Ben
Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Christian is not a religion?
Replies: 226
Views: 22017

Re: Christian is not a religion?

but any display of religion at all? I may have a slightly different definition of "overt" than I think either of you is using. Thanks for the clarification. People expressing their religion in a masturbatory fashion (WBC, Bibles for porn, protesting abortion clinics, etc) is something ass...
by Texas_Ben
Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Christian is not a religion?
Replies: 226
Views: 22017

Re: Christian is not a religion?

This Frank Buono character sounds like a bit of an asshole. Because he was offended by the presence of a giant cross on government land? Saying that that makes someone an asshole makes you sound like a bit of an asshole. Personally I think people who get butthurt over any overt display of religiosi...
by Texas_Ben
Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dragon Age: Origins
Replies: 277
Views: 61142

Re: Dragon Age: Origins

Late to the party on this one, I'm afraid. I like playing RPGs after they've been out awhile because then there's all sorts of optimization guides, but you also miss out on the initial discussion. :( I'm maybe 1/4 of the way through my first playthrough now (Did the mage circle and all the DLC), and...
by Texas_Ben
Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Christian is not a religion?
Replies: 226
Views: 22017

Re: Christian is not a religion?

This Frank Buono character sounds like a bit of an asshole.
by Texas_Ben
Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lesbian Student purged from school yearbook
Replies: 75
Views: 8110

Re: Lesbian Student purged from school yearbook

i don't know why people are bringing religion into this. the school had a rule and the rule was broken. sounds to me like a classic case of petty authoritarianism on the part of the school. you break a rule at school, you're gonna get in trouble. that's kind of the way it works. Maybe if they just ...
by Texas_Ben
Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lesbian Student purged from school yearbook
Replies: 75
Views: 8110

Re: Lesbian Student purged from school yearbook

Diadem wrote:Of course a few verses further down it bans wearing clothes made of 2 kinds of material.

Goddamn, we need to get the word out. So much sin goin on.
by Texas_Ben
Wed Apr 28, 2010 3:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lesbian Student purged from school yearbook
Replies: 75
Views: 8110

Lesbian Student purged from school yearbook

So awesome Different school than the one with the prom fiasco. When Veronica Rodriguez opened Wesson Attendance Center's Yearbook on Friday, she didn't find a trace of her lesbian daughter Ceara Sturgis after a long battle with school officials to include a photo of her daughter wearing a t...
by Texas_Ben
Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: games for a club?
Replies: 9
Views: 1738

Re: games for a club?

Oh! If you go to BigLots, you can get $3 games and movies. There is usually a reason these things are $3, but if you're willing to put the time in (and ask the employees when they get new stuff so you can have the best selection), you can find some good stuff there. Usually have better luck with mov...
by Texas_Ben
Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: games for a club?
Replies: 9
Views: 1738

Re: games for a club?

Oh! How could I forget Infiniminer? Learned of it on this very forum. If you've got 8 or more people, vs. mode is actually really really fun. And sandbox mode is basically multiplayer legos. You have guys digging for gold, guys prospecting for gold for the miners to dig, guys building infrastructure...
by Texas_Ben
Fri Apr 23, 2010 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: games for a club?
Replies: 9
Views: 1738

Re: games for a club?

There's a ton of really good and pretty easy to run and, most importantly, free PC games out there. I used to have a bunch but my old computer exploded and took the games with it. I might post more as I remember but off the top of my head: Soldat Tremulous Iron Grip: Warlord Warlord, especially, is ...
by Texas_Ben
Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS: Crush videos = legal.
Replies: 193
Views: 19594

Re: SCOTUS: Crush videos = legal.

EDIT: I wonder if this is getting too far off-topic. The concept of intent is rather integral to whether 'Crushing' videos should be legal as compared to hunting videos or other recorded instances of animal suffering, but we've moved away from the topic of a legal decision made because the original...
by Texas_Ben
Thu Apr 22, 2010 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS: Crush videos = legal.
Replies: 193
Views: 19594

Re: SCOTUS: Crush videos = legal.

Next time, read the whole post. I was only responding to the comparison drawn between crushing and homosexuality, which is a bad comparison because being homosexual and acting on it doesn't harm anyone, whereas torturing small animals to death for fun, well, does . No one in this thread is arguing ...
by Texas_Ben
Thu Apr 22, 2010 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS: Crush videos = legal.
Replies: 193
Views: 19594

Re: SCOTUS: Crush videos = legal.

What is so hard to understand here? I am not defending the torture of animals. I am defending thoughts . To give a more extreme example, there are those whose fantasies specifically involve a lack of consent. I consider rape to be absolutely abhorrent, but I would defend them too, because it's none...
by Texas_Ben
Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oregon kidnaps Canadian child
Replies: 21
Views: 3857

Re: Oregon kidnaps Canadian child

Diadem wrote:I wonder if in that case Fox would take the "See, we knew it all along, he's not a US citizen" or the "What! This is outrageous! How dare they doubt that OUR president is American" approach. Either way will be delicious :)

I think they would explode.

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