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Along time ago, there was a great kingdom with vast, rich fields of which to sow and harvest. Everyone loved the bountifulness that this kingdom bestowed onto the people and they were protected from invaders by a great dragon whom they gave livestock to in exchange for the dragons protection. Years went by and the kingdom and land prospered. Then one day, the dragon came upon the people and asked that they give more of their livestock to him because he had grown and was hungrier and that he needed more food so that he could continue to protect the people from invaders. The people agreed but the dragon continued to grow! After a while, the dragon returned and was much bigger in size and the dragon asked again for an increase in food from the people. This time the people were reluctant because they didn't seem to have enough for themselves and told the dragon so. To this, the dragon was angered and said "if you can't feed me I can't protect you"! The people, afraid, gave him more. After 40 years or so, the dragon had become so fat and gluttonous that he required almost all of the people
s food supply. The dragon, again, returned to ask for more. This time the people said no. No more food! You have taken enough! To this the dragon said " if you will not feed me then I can't protect you". The people responded with "well, we don't care"! " No one has invaded us for 40 years but you have starved us and are a greater threat to our existence that any foreign invader could ever be". The dragon was wroth! "If you will not feed me I will burn your fields with my fire", he said to people. Frightened, the people handed over every sheep and cow they had for they didn't want to have their fields burned away nor the castle and village destroyed. The people in the village began to see their situation and so, decided to kill the dragon. But how? Surely they could send an army into the dragons liar, but that's were they dragon is strongest and it would cost many many lives. One villager had an idea! He thought that the best way to slay the dragon was to starve it to death. "Let's hide our livestock so the dragon may starve"! Another person said, "but the dragon will burn our fields and homes". And so there was the conundrum, do we go kill the dragon in its liar or do we starve it to death knowing that will burn our homes and fields before it finally dies? The decision was made to hide the livestock and starve out the dragon. The dragon did come and burn the house and fields and killed many, but not all and before too long, the dragon lay dead from expending all his energy burning down the kingdom. The dragon was dead and the people started rebuilding.

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....And Children....to this day, we can visit the grave of the mean dragon, as he is buried next to his compound in Crawford, Texas......
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Go Blue Forever wrote:
....And Children....to this day, we can visit the grave of the mean dragon, as he is buried next to his compound in Crawford, Texas......
NO........

The dragon lived by the sea, and frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee!

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Bob wrote:
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NO........
The dragon lived by the sea, and frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee!
Or...or...maybe.....maybe he had to have heart surgery....oh, no...that's another evil dragon.....
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Go Blue Forever wrote:
....And Children....to this day, we can visit the grave of the mean dragon, as he is buried next to his compound in Crawford, Texas......
Maybe you need to rest next to the mean dragon
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Do any of you numskulls know "who" the dragon is in this short story? Hint: it's not a president.
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Dr X wrote:
Do any of you numskulls know "who" the dragon is in this short story? Hint: it's not a president.
Of course they don't...didn't you notice according to these oh so "tolerant and understanding" people, it's only Republicans who are evil??? Numskull isn't the word, but it's polite enough.
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Dr X wrote:
Do any of you numskulls know "who" the dragon is in this short story? Hint: it's not a president.
Ah gee, suppose it could be the government...?
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Liberals like petting the dragon. It turns them on.
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Actually the dragon is the right-wing. It wants all that can be given to it and it will trickle down what it decides should be. If the people are good enough to it it will allow them jobs. If the dragon isn't given enough of the peoples profits it will take the jobs away. There is never enough. Rich is never rich enough.

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I think the dragon represent's the Corporate Wealthy and their campaign of greed.....
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Go Blue Forever wrote:
I think the dragon represent's the Corporate Wealthy and their campaign of greed.....
They're like dealing with a penny slot machine. Put in a dollar and it will make all kinds of wonderful noises and flashing lights when it gives you back $.08, or $.10 etc. to make you feel like you've actually won something and want to put in more dollars.
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The dragon is selfishness, greed, and immorality. Those characteristics are found in each and every human being. Those characteristics don't truly care if you are Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or nothing. The dragon is winning because it has all of us fighting with each other over who knows best and who is the most evil.

Taking a stand and knowing why you take that stand goes a long way toward defeating said dragon.

“Where I came from”

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SeenItBefore wrote:
Actually the dragon is the right-wing. It wants all that can be given to it and it will trickle down what it decides should be. If the people are good enough to it it will allow them jobs. If the dragon isn't given enough of the peoples profits it will take the jobs away. There is never enough. Rich is never rich enough.
Geez SIB I thought you were intelligent enough to know that there is no difference between rich liberals and rich conservatives except this one fact, most rich conservatives worked for it and most rich liberals inherited it and don't know what its like to work for a living. They just spend there time dodging taxes and fees.

Of course the dragon is government it is a beast that is almost out of control. It is we the people who will destroy it once we all realize that we have the same goals dreams and ideals, which are of course freedom to be ourselves and not the sheep that the government is trying to create, liberty to come and go with no one trying to checkup on us hence "black boxes in cars" (on star) or other surveillance devices. get with the program SIB resist the temptation to join the herd be a maverick and set yourself free.
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Shoeless Eluder wrote:
<quoted text> most rich conservatives worked for it and most rich liberals inherited it and don't know what its like to work for a living. They just spend there time dodging taxes and fees.
That has got to be one of the stupidest comments ever uttered on GR Topix.

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Really wrote:
The dragon is selfishness, greed, and immorality. Those characteristics are found in each and every human being. Those characteristics don't truly care if you are Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or nothing. The dragon is winning because it has all of us fighting with each other over who knows best and who is the most evil.
Taking a stand and knowing why you take that stand goes a long way toward defeating said dragon.
Like, The Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse?....also, a great movie, with Glenn Ford and Lee j Cobb....

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They're like dealing with a penny slot machine. Put in a dollar and it will make all kinds of wonderful noises and flashing lights when it gives you back $.08, or $.10 etc. to make you feel like you've actually won something and want to put in more dollars.
Over the years, my friends have called my Mustang a, Sleeping Dragon....it's a 1970 fastback, that i parked in the garage 30 years ago....lol....
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Shoeless Eluder wrote:
<quoted text>Geez SIB I thought you were intelligent enough to know that there is no difference between rich liberals and rich conservatives except this one fact, most rich conservatives worked for it and most rich liberals inherited it and don't know what its like to work for a living. They just spend there time dodging taxes and fees.
Of course the dragon is government it is a beast that is almost out of control. It is we the people who will destroy it once we all realize that we have the same goals dreams and ideals, which are of course freedom to be ourselves and not the sheep that the government is trying to create, liberty to come and go with no one trying to checkup on us hence "black boxes in cars" (on star) or other surveillance devices. get with the program SIB resist the temptation to join the herd be a maverick and set yourself free.
Seriously? George H.W. Bush "earned" his fortune? George W. Bush "earned" his fortune? Even after H.W. dies? Just to mention the two most familiar. And if "the rich" were so proud of riches being earned rather than inherited why are they making such a fuss over inheritance taxes. Why would it matter to them....other than they hate the government so much.
Why have they bought their way out of taxes on their unearned income. More commonly known as capital gains.

And the "black boxes"? Once again the government being the used as the purchased shill for the insurance companies. Watch the GEICO commercials. The upshot is if this "black box" shows any form of "unsafe driving", or even too much driving, they can raise rates. And if the box shows any form of what they consider "unsafe driving" they can refuse to pay a claim.

For EVERYTHING that has a positive aspect corporations will use it as a means to make money and/or save them money.

Now if these black boxes data was under the control of the vehicle owners and/or could be used for no other purposes than to "track" vehicle safety performances, even restricted to determining the cause for accidents, as it's been presented to be, by law, and any data collected could not be used for the purpose of raising rates and/or refusing coverage, only for the purposes of determining the cause of incidence, ONLY when they happen, that's another story.

See? I AM intelligent enough to look behind the curtain. I've tried to teach you but you just won't listen.
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Go Blue Forever wrote:
<quoted text>Over the years, my friends have called my Mustang a, Sleeping Dragon....it's a 1970 fastback, that i parked in the garage 30 years ago....lol....
I SO wish I had kept my 19651/2 fastback GT 2+2. I sold it in 1971 and regret to this day.

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I SO wish I had kept my 19651/2 fastback GT 2+2. I sold it in 1971 and regret to this day.
In highschool, i had friends that had a 69 Hemi Satellite, 67 Shelby GT350 Mustang, and a 68 AMX 390 with the red, white and blue paint job....do you remember that? My friend's mom had a 70 GTO Convertible, and him and i used to do donuts with it on US 30....lol....that poor car....you don't really appreciate them, till later on.....

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