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Some people seem to like my political insight about political history and international events, some people like to talk conspiracy, some people like talking poker, some people want to know why I have a soul patch. Nothing is off limits! Ask, and I shall tell you what I think. Hopefully, you enjoy.
Message #1: GoCavs33 asks...
Well Big will be happy to have all of your discussions off the ATMD thread. You did a great job answering everything last night, I should have a couple of questions for you some time soon.
This isn't really a question . (I just did this so you guys know how it will work. If you hate this format, let me know and I'll change it)
Message #2: mcgradykid134 asks...
Hey kmvenne, What do you think about the years to come with Obama? What did you like about Ronald Reagen and what was the Iran-Contra?
In the years to come with Obama, I personally have my reservations. As much as I give him a thumbs up on his work with the financial sector, he wields a heavy governmental hand in the auto industry. His statements today about Chrysler lead me to believe he may weild his power into the free market more then my tastes would have him. His national health care ideas are miss and hit. His spending to computerize and update medical records I give 5 stars to, that is a huge problem, he is wise to tackle it, it will improve health care costs more then you'd think! But federal health care worries me, it's a system with limited success in foreign countries. I'd rather have seen a health care tax break. His stimulus spending on infrastructure is mostly wasteful to me, I'd like to have seen much less focus on our existing infrastructure and more on the magnet train he has planned. Magnetic train infrastructure going nationwide would be sweet, a good national system that I could get behind spending money on. I'd love to take a magnet train from my area to like Chicago! And as I said yesterday, he so far has appointed some radical judges, one of them once ruled that the courtroom couldn't open with a prayer about Jesus or God, but Allah was ok (he said as much!)
Reagan I liked because he was the Great Communicator. He was always optimistic and he loved America. He always talked about the future, and how we would get there. The greatness of Reagan was not that he was in America, but that America was inside of him. He talked more about issues than any presidential candidate had in years, building up the defense budget, cutting taxes and balancing the budget. He did a lot of this in action, too. But as importantly, at a crucial time in the Cold War, his unflappable presence helped end it. And most of all to me, he was a great speechmaker, and he listened. More then any other president, he cared how his speeches were received, and if they didn't go over, he'd change his style. He'd strive to speak in simple, straightforward terms, and he did so.
He was a great conservative, but he was more so a good person, caring, honest, and understanding. It showed through.
Iran-Contra is tough to explain. Short story is that a Lebanese Islamic group called Hezbollah (still around doing terror) had American hostages. To cut to the chase, people in the Reagan administration traded weapons for the release of these American hostages. We gave them anti-tank missiles, anti-aircraft missiles, all kinds of stuff. We all know that we don't negotiate with terrorists. We tried to get away with it by using Israel as the middle guy, but it didn't work to hide our actions. We kept going, and sold weapons to them in the end, and we used that money to fund a rebel group in Nicaragua who was fighting a Commie leader the US did not agree with.
Reagan said he didn't know but took full responsibility for what happened that he said he didn't know about (some think he knew more then he admitted). Lt. Col. Oliver North was man that testified that Reagan had no knowledge of what was going on, some view him as the fall guy who covered for Reagan. He's a hero of mine, a great conservative, so I will refrain from comment on this part.
People dislike Reagan for Iran-Contra because we sold those serious weapons to Iran/Lebonan and used them to fund the Contra rebels in Nicaragua. That's why it's called Iran-Contra. Being active in supporting a regime change in a foreign country is unpopular policy, and the story still gets mentioned today because Iran used those weapons for some of their evil actions.
At least we got the hostages back, I guess.
Message #3: Michigan Sports asks...
WHY is WCF taking so long to make his pick? Who do you think he's leaning towards taking or should take (or is that something we should keep confidential?)
Let's be honestly, WCF is a bit of a jerk . He's probably just laughing at us all at his monitor. I don't mean that in a bad way, I like WCF's style (honestly, I do), but he's cocky and I'd guess he's just milking his time. Maybe he's just drunk...hahaha.
My last two picks will be left field, so I don't mind giving my opinion at this point. Bernard King, Mookie Blaylock, and Tom Chambers make up a great bench for WCF. I love Benard King myself, man was he good before his injury. He has a ton of three point shooting and good post O and D as well on his overall team. Mookie is a good stopper for guards, the rest of his guards can score, and his post play is very balanced. Honestly, he doesn't have too much in the way of needs. Maybe one more defensive guard? If I am him I probably take one more defensive stopper. It's an odd pick, but I might actually suggest he take AK-47. AK-47 can guard top players and do enough of the rest. Would he play well in this setting? I don't know. But I'd do it if I was him, because his rotation is pretty set, and AK-47 you can try out, see if he works with your team, and just cut him if he gets no love.
Message #4: BucFan34 writes:
KM, this may be the easiest question one will ask you. Who is the worst player in the NBA?
Hint 1) He abriviates his name
Hint 2) He thinks hes gods gift to earth
Hint 3) After being abused by Jameer Nelson, he claimed it to be a result of not making the All Star team. Jameer beat him out
Ed Curry? . DOWN WITH Mo Williams!
Message #5: mcgradykid134 asks...
You dont think thats it is kinda wierd how the mayans predicted the world to end in 2012 during a time of our first black president? I truly believe in this and i feel as if it is not dumb to believe. Also can you comment on the Space people not landing on the moon supposedly
I'm not a guy that believes in a lot. I believe way more in religious principals then I do religion itself. On the same token, I don't believe in seeing the future. As to the moon landing, It was one of those things where it was just so hard to believe it really happened at the time, so conspiracy theories were bound to happen. I don't have much to add on those, predictions and most mainstream conspriacies arn't my wheelhouse. But if you want to talk Roswell and aliens, I will post a link to the Hangar 18 video by Megadeth. Stripper aliens, rocking solos, alien torture, METAL!!!!
Message #6: MrRedSoxBaller asks...
Why does BigB have an unnatural hate for Steve Nash? Sure he's overrated and may not have deserved his two MVPs, but the Canadian cowboy is one of the best passers I have seen, and may go down as the best shooting PG to ever play. Any ideas where the hate comes from?Response:
Nash didn't deserve either MVP, but the second was 100% defensible. His shooting season that year was insane, he led the league in TS% and eFG%, categories that centers usually win. Impressive!
I have a couple theories:
1) ESPN shoved Nash down every ones throat. Who doesn't hate when ESPN does this???
2) Nash's career averages look bad. A product of him being a bench guy for so long, but makes it harder to appreciate him.
3) The SSOL system has yet to win anything, hating Nash = hating the run and gun
4) Hating Nash is a great way to promote defense in the NBA. He is the poster child for all O now that AI is slipping.
5) Big B started hating Nash, found out he was really good at arguing against Nash, and it's snowballed into what we see today.
Message #5: mcgradykid134 asks...
Do you like the cathloic region? Meaning do you believe some things they do? Personally im to young to know what religion to choose and i am searching. Right not currently I do not believe in the god christians do. I dont think he is as powerful as they say, nor do i believe he created the earth. Im a young kid so many dumb question appear like, What was here before God? How was he created? If he is a man of all good why do we live in such a cruel world, and yes you can feed me the crap that he gives you a choice but honestly If i were in charge i would never make millions of children die of Aids, Or people starve to death in Africa. Whats your comment on all this?
I don't know if there is a God. Personally, I believe if I live a good life, and God exists, he'd like me a lot more then some ditzy blonde who goes to church 1 hour every Sunday and only cares about herself the rest of the week. I just try to be a good person, if He's around, He probably likes me
That said, Catholicism is the most logical religion IMO. I don't mean logical to follow. You can believe whatever. But if you asked someone from each religion any religious question you can think of, from "how does God affect us today?" to "How is his message sent to us?" to "Explain Satan to me", Catholics will give you the most answers that are spelled out in black and white in their dogma. No "you just gotta believe" or "some of us think...", Catholics literally have an answer and explanation for everything. I have a lot of respect for that. I was baptized Catholic and spent time in Catholic schools, but I have been to Methodist, Mormon, and other churches too, out of curiosity. Catholics have the most answers, even if I think some quarks of Catholicism are just silly.
I would suggest you read this...
It is an e-book written by the creator of Dilbert, Scott Adams. It is a fascinating look on God. It talks about all the ways God could be, like you said, is he that powerful? Their are a lot of religious theories out there about God. This book explores them all, but not in a boring way, in a fun way that is cool to read. I think you'd enjoy it more then anything more I had to say.
EDIT: I just re-read the first 3 chapters of this book as I watch the Bulls/C's. This is probably exactly what you were looking for, mcgrady. I can't recommend it enough.
As for my "religion", I just believe in Utilitarianism. You just based your actions in life as to what will bring good to people. Good could be happiness, pleasure, comfort, whatever. Just do positive things that won't make you yourself upset (You count in these calculations, too! Don't volunteer if you will just be miserable, what's the point in that?), and don't hurt people for a simple buzz of pleasure. Simple, but effective. It goes a little deeper, but not too much.