Hey Darwin...Just curious about something. Plain Truth asked you:
"Hey DD! You spout your stuff in public? Anyone ever take a swing at you?" You don't HAVE to answer me but lets say that actually happens and the person you shoot your mouth off to just HAPPENS to be a ni-dan black belt in Tae Kwan Do and he clocks you so hard that it breaks your nose AND your jaw. OK so there you are sitting on your smart ass coughing blood, blinded by the blood that splashed in your eyes when your butt hit the ground, and the dude just walks to his car and drives away. Now this is the part you don't have to answer but I'm curious so let me ask you. What ARE you going to do?
Anniebelle said:"I'm not talking about the penchant you southern men have for farm animals, I'm talking about marrying another human being." I had always considered you reasonably civilized and
above making a statement like this, until I saw this today. Now I can see you're just as nasty and barbaric as many who post in here. You just hide it a little bit better than others.
I do not agree with your statement that concealed-carry creates a culture of ANY sort. I have carried a handgun on and off my entire adult life and I don't have some sort of vigilante mentality. If anything carrying a gun is about responsibility, not vigilantism.
Carrying a gun does make me feel safer but not like I am, to paraphrase Travis Tritt "Ten Feet Tall And Bulletproof." If you DO harbor deep feelings of paranoia then the last thing you should have is a gun. But if you are a reasonable, stable, civilized individual, there is NO reason why you should not be able to exercise your divine right to self-defense utilizing the same amount of force the criminal element in this society has access to. And if you ARE stable and civilized, the source of any conflict in which you find yourself will not come from under your own roof. You are flat wrong and my having carried a gun for 30 years without shooting anyone proves it. The only people who should not have guns are people who see criminals behind every tree or signpost, and they are the ones who have given Tennessee the dubious distinction it now has. I am now and will continue to be MUCH more afraid and wary of the police than of the criminals.
To Mr. Papa54:
I re-quote your excerpt from James:"to the ignorant persns above who made their statements, one of whom was not even a tennessean (whom should hve no voice in this issue at all) and especially Mr. RShultzwho posted his quote from the Bible should also know that >>> Jas 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:<<<" Your quote is completely irrelevant. The practice these people follow has NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with God tempting man as you seem to think. It has EVERYTHING to do with Man tempting God, which is inappropriate as I stated. It is not that I do not believe that God can save the life of a person bitten by one of these creatures. I certainly believe He can. I simply believe that He will not. Simply because these people choose a way to demonstrate their faith that they believe will force God to act is an AFFRONT to God. Jesus knew this when he told Satan "Thou shalt NOT tempt the Lord thy God" Jesus knew as well that God WOULD protect Him, but would be displeased at the way he chose to answer Satan. And, incidentally, I do NOT believe that you who choose this way of Worship are "the poor uneducated people that everyone thinks" you are, although the spelling mistakes in your post do not help your cause in that respect. I think you are intelligent enough to try the ad hominem attack you just made to try to make ME look as though I believe you are ignorant farmers that I am picking on or something, and I am here to tell you it WON'T WORK!
Scripturally and logically both, I am on firmer ground because your understanding of my argument is exactly backward.
Rickaroo, I know you and I have our share of disagreements, but I have to say congratulations on your description of what Obozo is doing in the Middle East right now. Your last paragraph bears repeating MULTIPLE times for it's adroitness and accuracy. "Wack-A-Mole" describes the whole thing so Beautifully!
"Obama is guilty, too, of perpetuating the war on terror, and increasing drone strikes far beyond what Bush even carried out. To date, he has killed at least as many innocent people from his sanctioned drone strikes as he has killed known enemy combatants. And all he is doing in his wack-a-mole folly is stirring up more animosity in the Middle East and creating more future terrorists in the process." EVERYONE should read that. And RE-read it.
Lightkeeper's comment seemed to have you pegged pretty well. Perhaps he is writing a book and you are one of his research subjects.
The writer of this article does not know a great deal about anarchists in general. He should have done a bit of study of the more well known ones before attempting to write a piece like this one. It would not have hurt if he had read some of the work of people like Thoreau, Rouseau, Rocker, Bakunin, and one or two others I could think of.
Sorry Mr. Cook, but I can give you some very simple reasons why the handling of dangerous reptiles should remain illegal in Tennessee and the very least of them is the ordinance you quoted from Tennessee Code Annotated. Cottonmouths, Rattlesnakes, Copperheads, and Coral Snakes are all deadly. The action of their venom cannot be reversed by God. It will destroy nerves, muscle tissue of almost every type, blood cells, and, without treatment, a bite victim suffers one of two disastrous results, death or serious, usually permanent, injury. And there is a law against it that comes from a source which is much more powerful than any nation on Earth. The Gospel of ST. Luke the 4th chapter, the 12th
verse: And Jesus answering said unto him(Satan), It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Despite your description of Jesus words to his disciples at the end of Mark it is practically a certainty that Jesus was indeed speaking in metaphors to his disciples at the end of Mark in His appearance to them. He meant his message to them to be powerful and metaphor and hyperbole was the surest way of impressing the
power of what he was saying upon them. He did not speak to Satin in St. Luke in metaphor but in direct challenge, reminding him of the direct Word of God. I do not take lightly the notion of restrictions upon the way of Worship of any sect of the Church, but
these people are mistakenly demonstrating their Faith by handling a creature that God Himself declared "Shall bruise the heel" of man. Anyone who has studied Genesis should know this practice is not only dangerous, but inappropriate.
I'm going suggest a couple of things we might all try to do. I'm sure I'll get flamed, I'm just not sure by whom. It will either be the first person who reads them or the fastest typer. How about this? Let's all try to remember we are all Americans and we're supposed to be civil to each other. Let's all try to write clear, concise, grammatically correct sentences and leave out the four letter words if we can. Let's all, temporarily at least, join the Libertarian Party and vote in some Libertarian candidates to show the Democrats and the Republicans that we are tired of people who don't seem to know the meaning of the word "compromise" or, for that matter, the word "optional", running our lives. I realize this probably won't do much to help the current situation, but you know our Congress Representatives and our Senators all have e-mail addresses. Instead of throwing invective at each other, we might try changing the direction we're throwing it in. If our so-called representatives start catching the crap instead of getting to laugh at us throwing it at each other, it might just scare them a little bit. You never know what will work, and what won't until you actually try it. I think we should all try the things I've suggested. From where I sit, we don't seem to have a whole lot left to lose at this point.
I've got to agree completely with Mr. Clark on this one. I'm not crazy about the idea of having to get a prescription from my physician for an antihistamine but if it will stop people from either ruining their lives or dying a premature and sad death then we need to just do it. On April 4th of this year I lost my little sister to drugs. She was actually in her 50's but she was still my little sister to me. I miss her terribly, and if the really dangerous drugs such as meth and cocaine were eliminated then maybe
other people would not have to go through something like this. She died of an overdose of cocaine and hydrocodone which are two of worst aside from meth, and I have a niece around her 40's who looks like she's 60 because of what meth has done to her. I sometimes wonder if the people who try to make this stuff understand how dangerous it is to them as well as others? Most of the articles I see on the internet that purport to show you how to make meth don't mention that mixtures of ether vapor with air of anywhere between about 3% and 80% are explosive in a confined space. And most "meth cooks" who are beginners to start with and know nothing about chemistry end up blowing their house out of the ground and killing people. Meth might be the only drug that can kill people before it's even completely manufactured. It has to stop.