Neil wrote: If you listen to classical ("powdered wig music") on the radio, you get NPR. I can't stomach the "Christian rock" music station.
Our local classical and PBS stations are separate, but the latter is right next to (on the radio dial) to a local Christian station (which also plays "Christian rock)...which is how I found the PBS station in the first place.
Neil wrote: I understand that in the Soviet Union, people learned to figure out from what *wasn't* said on state radio, what was really going on.
SIGH! The rate things are going here in the US, you and I will probably aquire this skill, too. Sorry to be so pessimistic. "Hope thou in God", David often said (Psalm 42:5,11, Psalm 37:1,7,8)
Neil wrote: BTW, NPR this morning interviewed some Clinton & Obama supporters, & I could not believe how childish & superficial their rationales were, even the college prof's. One might think a satirist made it all up. That's pretty scary; voters worry me more than the candidates.
Glad to hear you listen to NPR. I do too, from time to time just to take a break from Limbaugh and some of the other conservatives, and to see what "the other side" is up to.
Most of the liberals I know think they're much smarter than they are (and YOU are), but you can tell that they don't think through the issues, choosing instead to go for the fine-sounding talking point or soundbyte from one or more of the mainstream media outlets rather than trying to see the long-term wider aspects of their positions.
Advances in Technology have "spoiled" us to the extent that we haven't had to use military coersion (torture, etc.) as much, resulting in such practices becoming something of a lost art these days, I think.
Similar advances in media technology have greatly decreased the ability to be discrete when using such methods, which are now very much frowned-upon by our current human-rights-obsessed culture.
Even before we had spy satellites, successful code-breaking in WWII and the Cold War greatly reduced the need for dangerous prisoner-snatching missions of ranking enemy officials to get the same info. The extremely irregular nature of the current conflict has forced us back to more primitive methods to supliment the effectiveness of current hi-tech info-gathering, I think.
No. I don't like torture, but I don't like watching our buildings and their occupants get blown-up either.
Wow! I was living in Dayton, Ohio back in the early 70's when a huge tornado plowed through the town of Xenia, just east of us, that killed about 30 people, which was a lot for one tornado. Pin-ball-sized hailstones pelted the houses in our neighborhood but that's about the worst we got from it (thankfully!).
My heart goes out to these victims and expecially to those who lost friends and loved-ones.
Somebody once told me that it was DEMOCRATIC party candidate George Wallace who was first--or one of the first--to use the phrase "born-again Christian" in politics, way back in the 60's to describe himself and others.
I have no idea if he really was a born-again Christian or not, but it seems that this more or less loosely applied definition is still being used in that party to describe many of their members (Jimmy Carter, etc.).
Cliff Leckey wrote: My father just had to give us a look and that ensured silence & if not a few strokes with his belt. Didn`t do me any harm and learned us to respect other people although the halfwits today would say it was "child Abuse" Upon reflection " halfwits" doesn`t do them justice.
My dad was pretty much the same way, only he spoke in a way that had roughly the same effect on us as Cliff Leckey's father's "look". Both of which being backed-up with the threat of certain punishment, of which my dad's had two stages:
1. Standard spanking for minor infractions. 2. Using his belt for more serious misdeeds.
In contrast my brother and sister seldom if ever spank their kids (or if they do, they're VERY discrete about it), preferring instead to use "time-outs" and/or threats of having privilges deprived them.
In today's modern, "tolerant", progressive society it's not only laudible to resist that which is perceived to be bigotry, racism, etc.; but to punish it as well... and there are plenty of poweful groups able and willing to do so (ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, etc.)
This dear lady is being punished by people who think she's being bad when she's actually being good.
It's a no-win situation for her unless the "punishers" back-off, or are in some way convinced to do so.
Neil wrote: A year or so ago, my son & I got to fly in a Collins Foundation B-25 at Tucson Int'l. Major impression: very noisy when revved up. Cost: $325/person!
That Sounds great, and the price sounds similar to that charged by a similar group who brought a B-24 and B-17 to the Bay Area not so long ago. I didn't ride, but had fun watching the old birds fly overhead.
My Dad actually got to fly in a B-25 for free, but that was very early in his Air Force carreer (early 1950's) when he and some other airmen needed an urgent flight from one AFB to another and no other planes were available.
Being a warplane buff myself, I was envious of him but he said that plane was a very noisy, drafty, lumbering thing compared to the much newer Douglas transports of that day.
Dr. Phil wrote: Hey John, In 1985, I went to the Natural History Museum in Denver, Colorado thinking that I was going to see "real" dinosaur bones. But, what I saw mostly was plastic and ceramic replicas of what the "guides told us "would be what the dinosaurs would look like if they had all of the bones", or "the real bones are not placed on public display for security reasons".
I hear you, Dr. Phil. Thanks.
I spent many childhood hours playing with toy Brontosauruses thinking they actually existed only to to be told later in my life that they did not.
Makes me wonder about some of the other "dinosaurs" that have been found and published these days.