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Activists want ban on schools' Indian mascots

flown, not blown. =]  (Dec 21, 2007 | post #19)

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Activists want ban on schools' Indian mascots

You must not be from the south, huh?? The Confederate flag being blown or hung in a house is NOT a sign of racism. It is a sign of being proud of your southern heritage. The Civil War was NOT fought over racism or slavery!! it was fought over STATE'S RIGHTS! Their problem was not the Union wanting to end slavery, it was that they wanted to take away the state's rights to govern themselves. Yeah, I have a Confederate flag hanging proudly in my living room. It was given to me by one of my good friends, who happens to be black. Apparently YOU need to read a history book!  (Dec 21, 2007 | post #18)

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Teenage driver faces charges for fatal crash

In tennessee, there are already laws in place for this. It's called the Graduated License Program. At 15, you can test for your permit. At 16 (or, 6 months after receiving your permit, if you got it after you were 15), you can test for your license. If you achieve this, the rules are that you can only have one other person in the car under 21, unless they are a sibling and you are taking them to/from school and have a note from the guardian(s) explaining the situation. You also cannot drive between the hours of 11 pm and 6 am during the week, and between 12 and 6 am on weekends, unless going to/from work with a note. At 17, the restriction of passengers is lifted, but you are not able to drive between 12 and 6 am. At 18, you get the full license with no restrictions on passengers, or curfew. Also, if you are under 18 and using a cell phone in the car, you can be immediately pulled over and given a hefty ticket. And before you judge teenage drivers for being "bad drivers" don't forget when YOU got your license. And that was before the graduation process. A teenager only drives as well as they were taught  (Dec 21, 2007 | post #54)

Cornelia, GA

Ga. May Regulate Pro Wrestling

Wrestling has been entertaining people since the 1800's, and hasn't died out. Wrestling isnt going anywhere for a long, long time. And thank GOD for that. Yes, wrestling is pre-determined. Yes, some wrestlers choose to take steroids. However, wrestling is more than that. not all wrestlers take steroids, and the ones who do are usually under pressure to become big and muscle bound, just like women are pressured to be stick thin with huge boobs so that they look "right" to people. If wrestling were to return to the days of yesteryear, where the wrestlers looked like your uncle Jimbo, and had a reason to be in the ring together. In the days past, there was always a story as to why two men entered the ring, and there was always a build, a climax, an end. It is not brainless entertainment, in good wrestling, atleast. The appeal lies not in seeing who's better than who, it lies in the story, in the idea that these two men have history! They aren't "fighting " to see who's better, they're fighting to tell a story. When you watch wrestling, you want to see the bad guy get in some cheap shots, and to be sneaky, and you want the good guys to come back from it, to catch it and turn it on the bad guys. you want the good guy to defy the odds and beat that big bad man twice his size. And this is where people say "yeah, you want that, but its all fake, so why watch??" Well, it's called suspension of disbelief. It's like a play or a movie. You know it's not real, yet you pay your $8 and buy an overpriced bucket of buttered popcorn, a large drink (also overpriced) and some JuJuBees, and sit in a dark room and look up at a huge screen and watch something that is fake, and choreographed, and you KNOW its fake and choreographed. Why? ENTERTAINMENT! Here... I'll let the guys over at wikipedia explain for me... "Suspension of disbelief is an aesthetic theory intended to characterize people's relationships to art. It was coined by the poet and aesthetic philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1817. It refers to the willingness of a person to accept as true the premises of a work of fiction, even if they are fantastic or impossible. It also refers to the willingness of the audience to overlook the limitations of a medium, so that these do not interfere with the acceptance of those premises. According to the theory, suspension of disbelief is a quid pro quo: the audience tacitly agrees to provisionally suspend their judgment in exchange for the promise of entertainment... Another example where suspended disbelief is said to be necessary is kayfabe professional wrestling. The characters (that is, the professional wrestlers) somehow manage to keep their violent exchanges to the confines of the wrestling arena. They do not follow each other home, assault each other between TV episodes, or bring guns to the ring and shoot each other if they are losing a match, etc." http://en.wikipedi a.org/wiki/Suspens ion_of_disbelief  (Dec 20, 2007 | post #4)

WBIR Knoxville

Oak Ridge Police investigating death of newborn

p.s. i want to make it known that I am very, very aware not everyone on this board, or in this city, are Christians, however, a large number call themselves that, and I was just wanting to point out that they are usually the first ones to pass judgment, yet they are also the first ones to say "Only God can judge me..."  (Dec 20, 2007 | post #8)

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Oak Ridge Police investigating death of newborn

Exactly. I was born at home, and have the video to prove it. and my mom tells me every day practically how bad it was. At home, there's no epidural, no room of doctors and all that. Its you, the midwife (if there is one), and whoever else you choose to have there. If theres complications with the birth or the baby, there's little to nothing you can do in time, really. We don't know if the baby was still born, or if the baby died soon after birth, on the way to the doctor (she might have brought the placenta for medical donation.. they do that.) or a number of other things. Before we go and call her cruel or call her horrible, inconsiderate or any other harsh names, we should wait until we know what happened. How would you feel if you called her all these names, and then it came out that she wanted her baby, and it was still born or died soon after. What if SHE's suffering?? How would YOU feel if your baby died? Shut up for a minute and wait it out. Every time something comes up, its jump to the worst and call and demean whoever the story is about to make yourself feel better. And half the time you're wrong. For people who (mainly) call themselves Christians, a lot of you are very harsh and judgmental.  (Dec 20, 2007 | post #7)

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Merck recalls million doses of vaccine for young children

Well, it was nice of him to update, cause I know both of his kids! Jim, I'm glad to hear that they're doing so well! I had to move awhile back, but I've known em since the Glenwood days!  (Dec 14, 2007 | post #9)

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Christmas

Also, Christmas was put together with the Pagan celebration of winter. The "Christmas Tree" is actually a Yule tree. Easter is tied to the Vernal Equinox, the beginning of spring. they tied the Christian and Pagan holidays together in order for the Pagans to co-exist with the Christians, and for them to eventually convert.  (Dec 13, 2007 | post #5)

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Merck recalls million doses of vaccine for young children

I think i went to school with her. Same grade.  (Dec 13, 2007 | post #6)

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Merck recalls million doses of vaccine for young children

Hey Jim, since you mentioned you're kids and I see from your little sidebar info you're in Oak Ridge, so I got to thinking... do you have a daughter? If so, is her name Shelly?  (Dec 13, 2007 | post #3)

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Religion in classroom on trial in Nashville

No, no. I'm aware they're allowed, and I don't care either way if they are in schools or not. But, the school sponsor DOES help initiate, organize and participate in the activities, and usually lead the meetings and prayers. I know because i've been to multiple meetings at different schools with friends. my only thing is that those who say God SHOULD be in the schools, probably wouldn't appreciate if a group of Muslims decided to form a similar club. it'd probably be banned under the patriot act anyhow... as a "terrorist group." Just like how there are African American school groups, Asian Pride school groups, and Native American pride school groups.. if a group of white students decided to have a "White History Club," it'd be racist. I mean, i'm just sayin, if one group can have a club, why can't every one else  (Dec 13, 2007 | post #60)

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Religion in classroom on trial in Nashville

I'm sure if they believe God doesn't exist they aren't celebrating Christmas, or taking their kids to see Santa  (Dec 13, 2007 | post #59)

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Religion in classroom on trial in Nashville

The "god" the forefathers referred to was a creator god, not God. A higher being, not necessarily any specific religion's god  (Dec 13, 2007 | post #45)

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Religion in classroom on trial in Nashville

I have a question to those who say that a "Christian Club" in schools should be allowed (because theyre the ones who organize the See You at the Pole. Usually its called the "bible club" or the "fellowship of christians" or something similar) and that they should be allowed to hosts these events in front of and inside the school, where they are very visible... if I were a Muslim, and I wanted to start a club at school, say.. the Koran Club, and host a religious event.. would YOU be upset? You that say that children should be allowed to pray in school.. if I was your child's schoolmate, and I was a Muslim... and I wanted to pray in school in the traditional fashion, the way my religion taught me... 5 times a day at an exact time, with a prayer mat and facing Mecca, would you be outraged if I did that in class?? Don't give me answers like "Islam isn't an American religion!" or the other b.s. that is usually spewed forth when Islam is mentioned. Don't call every Muslim a terrorist, and don't say it's a false God or some shiz, because contrary to popular belief, Allah is GOD. The SAME God. The Koran and the Torah and the Bible are all the same up until a certain point. Islam breaks off when Abraham kills his son. To Islam, he sacrificed Ishmael, to Judaism and Christianity, Isaac. And, yoy know where Christians and Jews are different.. but yeah. Same God.  (Dec 13, 2007 | post #44)

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Divide and Conquer

Discuss! =]  (Dec 12, 2007 | post #2)