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Abortion Doctor George Tiller Shot To Death At Church

This is sort of how I feel too. It's wrong to murder people whether they are born yet or not. The man who did the murdering today killed a very misguided man. He may have put a dent into the late term abortion machine but he did so in an evil way himself. I can't believe that Tiller was able to stand in a Church week after week and still do the sort of evil he did 5 days a week. One should either follow a religion as completely as possible or ignore it completely. He was riding the fence in a big way. They've now caught the man who shot Dr Tiller. This man deserves to pay for the crime he has committed today. Still, to some extent I feel that crying for Dr Tiller would be crying crocodile tears. The world is better off without him even if it was wrong for the murderer to kill him.  (May 31, 2009 | post #25)

Grand Rapids, MI

Get pitbulls fixed for free

Yes, larger dogs are prone to do more damage because... they are larger. Pitbulls actually aren't that big as dogs go. Their average weight is 60lbs. There are a lot of dog breeds much larger than that. They also do not have significantly abnormal jaw strength for their size. A 100lb lab can feasibly bite harder than a 60lb pitbull. It's just plain common sense. Pitbulls were actually always bred to be human friendly. Even the ones used for fighting. The last thing dog fighters want is a dog that will turn on them.  (Apr 8, 2009 | post #43)

Grand Rapids, MI

CCW permit applicants breaking records

Heh, that may be so. It's unlikely that someone armed with a knife would be able to get to the throat of an attacker or intruder. It's much more likely to end up stabbing someone in the back or arm or something. My point, however, is that I don't care about the life of someone breaking in. Whether it's a gun, a knife, or a baseball bat I would not be afraid to try to defend myself or my property. As I said before, the only good thief is a dead thief. Or at least a thief with a really bad headache after they got whacked with a bat. The only way to actually reduce crime is to stand up and make sure it's not worth a criminal's time. Sure, there will still be crazy people and drug addicts that need money for the next fix. But taking lethal measures to protect yourself stops such people from doing it again. People rely too much on the police to protect them... At least in Michigan. It seems like people from Texas tend to hold views much more similar to mine.  (Mar 14, 2009 | post #170)

Grand Rapids, MI

CCW permit applicants breaking records

Wow, that's quite the creative use of capital letters. In my book it's cowards that make being a thief worth it. If everyone were willing to kill thieves at any good opportunity then theft would drop way off. In your case there wouldn't likely have been a good opportunity but it's not always like that. A real man defends his home and property. I can pretty well assure you that if I shot a thief I'd be shaken for a little bit but I'd be proud as can be the rest of my life. Not everyone is like you. If someone broke into my home and threatened me and/or my family I'd have no problem with slitting their throat with a kitchen knife (if that's all I had) and watching the life fade from their eyes. That's all a piece of trash like that deserves. The only good thief is a dead thief.  (Mar 13, 2009 | post #166)

Grand Rapids, MI

CCW permit applicants breaking records

I'm all for CCW but the laws surrounding it are stupid. I'm totally against the government having a database of every pistol owned. That's just the first step before they try to yank them away. It's none of their business. Also, as someone else has said, anywhere where you might actually need a CCW it's outlawed to carry. It's for these reasons that I don't have a pistol. I'm not willing to let our fascist government have a record of what guns I may or may not own. Not their business. The government is supposed to be afraid of the people, not the other way around like it currently is.  (Mar 12, 2009 | post #158)

Grand Rapids, MI

Christian TV special being stifled

Believe me, I'd like to keep an open mind. I mean, just look at the vastly differing tone between my posts and the posts of the more... fundamental posters on this thread. And, I am doing exactly as you said and I'm reading up on it. One should never feel so insecure in their faith that they feel it wrong to question their beliefs.  (Feb 12, 2009 | post #66)

Grand Rapids, MI

Christian TV special being stifled

Another very valid topic of discussion is this: If people can be born homosexual then how can it be a sin according to the Bible? Of course that is an overly simplistic question. Some people are born with a predisposition to murder or hurt animals, or touch kids. There are a whole range of things you might be born with a predisposition to do. Not all of them are good for you. Some people are born hotheads. They are still responsible when they get angry and do something dumb. Some people are born bipolar or schizophrenic. We still treat them so that they can lead a normal life. You aren't perfect just the way you were born. Everyone makes choices in life. Some of those choices are certainly influenced by your upbringing and genetics but in the end the choice is yours. As such I have to believe that homosexuality is still a sin. But, it's a sin that the person is responsible for NOT ME. As such it's not my problem or business if they decide to follow up on their predisposition toward homosexuality. They've got to answer for their life, I have to answer for mine.  (Feb 12, 2009 | post #58)

Grand Rapids, MI

Christian TV special being stifled

This is an interesting situation. It seemed as if the AFA were willing to pay for their airtime so in that respect they had a right to pay for a broadcast just like anyone else. On the other hand, I wonder what the makers of that video would say if a 50 minute pro-homosexual propaganda piece were played at 7PM on the local news channel. I bet they'd be just as up in arms as the GLT community is now. People can say that pro-homosexual stuff is on TV all of the time. And, it is. But I haven't seen a lot of really flagrant stuff certainly nothing I'd consider as propaganda. So maybe this AFA video was just a bit over the top for prime time TV. It's freely available online. If anyone is interested they can watch it there. No censorship at all. On the more overarching theme: What should Christians think of homosexuality? My opinion is that it's Biblically a sin. So is adultery, stealing, etc. A lot of things are. As such it should be frowned upon as all wrong things are. But one shouldn't single people out. The Bible also says to take the plank out of your eye before you worry about the splinter in your neighbor's eye. It is the Christ like thing to do to hate the sin but NOT the sinner. Homosexuals are people just like everyone else.  (Feb 12, 2009 | post #57)

Grand Rapids, MI

Should GAINEY Employees Vote for Union?

Yes, wages tend to be higher. That works out for a little while. But look how well it's working out for the auto industry now. The problem is that the union virtually has to keep asking for more. If they don't they'll seem irrelevant. So they keep asking for more and more until companies get sick of it. With the auto industry it's easy enough to go overseas or to Mexico. For trucking companies it'll be harder but not that hard. All the owners have to do is fund another startup company with lower wages and no union. Suddenly companies flock to the cheaper truck line, run by the same people, and the union dies on the vine just like it should. Those two shipping companies you mentioned don't do good because of unions but despite them. Trucking is an easy monopoly. If truckers strike the country is screwed. So companies have to tread carefully. That and UPS tends to look suspiciously like a mob front...  (Jan 20, 2009 | post #8)

Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids pastor spends year living like Jesus

er... In that last post, second paragraph, instead of perverted the word should be mistaken. I was revising things as I wrote and half changed that sentence... Sorry...  (Jan 19, 2009 | post #4)

Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids pastor spends year living like Jesus

It tends to be the case that people who feel that they are very learned are easily lead astray by their own intelligence. It would seem that this might also explain why so many supposedly intelligent people in academia are liberals. It seems, on the surface, to be intellectually fulfilling to cling to their hogwash. It's only a realistic look at reality that brings one back to Earth. But reality is fuzzy from up in the Ivory Tower. I think it's the same way with Dobson. He's a very intelligent and biblically learned person. But it's easy for great intelligence to get perverted, even within your own mind, as wisdom. The two are not the same. An intelligent man with no wisdom is worse than a fool. A fool likely at least knows they are fool. An intelligent man with no wisdom convinces themselves they are not.  (Jan 19, 2009 | post #3)

Grand Rapids, MI

Should GAINEY Employees Vote for Union?

A union is nothing more than an extra layer of bureaucracy on top of a company. Far from being a voice of the worker they are just another fat cat looking for a chunk of the pie. But, if there is one thing you can count on it's that people are easily manipulated by weasels.  (Jan 19, 2009 | post #5)

Grand Rapids, MI

GRPS warns teachers: don't strike

I keep seeing this come up. Why do so many people believe that it is necessary to have a contract? It most surely is not! Have they, or have they not been paid during these last two years? My guess is that they have. I'm sure that their insurance was paid, etc, etc. So, why is it, again, that they cannot work without a contract? AFAIK all gov't employees are forbidden to strike. I'd imagine that the reasoning is that a number of government employees are in vital positions. Such positions would be police, firemen, teachers, etc. These people can't strike because they'd put the public at risk. Also, air traffic controllers cannot strike. My uncle got his job that way. Reagan fired every ATC as my uncle was getting ready to be one.  (Sep 24, 2008 | post #41)

Grand Rapids, MI

Still no deal, GR teachers' union considers job action

Yes, I'm thoroughly sorry for having ever said it. It was sort of a joke but now it's out of hand. Jokes get unfunny pretty quick... My view is that the teachers need to be able to accept the reality that maybe they can't get what they want. Conversely, the administration needs to be able to put a sane and fair plan in place. I really don't know enough about the situation to say whether either is happening. It doesn't seem (from the outside looking in) like either is happening though. Obviously I'm no fan of Helder. I suppose it was juvenile to call him what I did even in jest. But I really don't think too highly of him. Dr. Taylor... well, I'll always appreciate someone who busts the balls of a union. However, I just don't see him coming forward with much of anything constructive either. This whole situation is getting really sad... I just hope that some understanding can be reached soon.  (Sep 9, 2008 | post #352)

Grand Rapids, MI

Still no deal, GR teachers' union considers job action

MrMunkey... I agree with you that any teacher who decides to strike should immediately be fired. No questions asked, no second chances, go immediately to the unemployment line. Other than that... Well, I agree with some of your points but you are a bit harsh and inflammatory (well... this is sort of the pot calling the kettle black I suppose...) There are SOME bad teachers and their "Jabba the hut" union rep is a real piece of trash. But, I do think that most teachers genuinely want to see their students do well and care about about them. Unfortunately they are represented by a fat snake wearing a human suit. Also unfortunately the school's leadership seems to not be effective or intelligent. About the only thing I like about Taylor is that he had the balls to stand up to the union. We would all be better off if only every employer did that. Other than that he doesn't seem to really have a plan to accomplish anything productive. And, as a third unfortunately, too many parents don't give a crap about their child's education. As I've said before, education starts at home and continues in the classroom. Want dumb kids who steal, lie, and do drugs? Then don't give a crap about them. You'll get your wish pretty quickly.  (Sep 9, 2008 | post #322)

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Come, heed the wisdom

Hometown:

Grand Rapids, MI

Neighborhood:

Northeast Side

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the 6000 mile high club

When I'm Not on Topix:

I play games on computer and PS3. I play heavy metal on guitar. I work in a sheet metal stamping plant. I watch TV.

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I'm not a liberal therefore I'm correct

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Something heavy

Read This Book:

1984 by Orwell

Favorite Things:

my wife, heavy metal, computers

On My Mind:

How screwed up this country can be sometimes...

I Believe In:

keeping the government's hands off of anything possible, Jesus Christ as my savior, heavy metal.