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"Iron sharpens iron." A place for men to impact each other by debate and exchange of ideas. This is a group where no ideas are off limits. If your motto is, "I never talk about politics or religion," this group is probably not for you. A "gym" for thinkers.

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Now the time for a gas tax to pay off the national debt?

Started by John Muir. Last reply by Michael D. Denny 1 hour ago. 95 Replies

Just a very random, poorly thought out idea here:With prices plummeting, and gasoline at all time lows at the pump, what if we taxed it 50 cents a gallon to pay off the national debt?We gotta suck it…Continue

US Presidential primaries

Started by Sir. Last reply by Sir yesterday. 823 Replies

Can't believe we don't have a thread on this already.  We have one on Trump.  What's your take on what's happening?  Either party.Continue

Donald Trump Is A Greedy, Creepy, Ignorant Jerk

Started by John Muir. Last reply by Sir yesterday. 689 Replies

     Captain comb-over's ignorant statements about illegal immigrants were followed by a surge in his popularity amongst republicans, according to CNN polls.     He tried to defend his…Continue

Sacred life

Started by Steve Dallas. Last reply by Steve Dallas on Thursday. 207 Replies

Quick question, simple for some, not remotely simple for others...What makes human life sacred?Continue

Where Do We Draw Limits of Gender Changing?

Started by Mongoose. Last reply by Sam K on Thursday. 203 Replies

Fact:  some humans identify as opposite sex.Fact:  Some humans have surgery to appear as other sex.Fact:  DNA never changed. The gender the human associates as changes, but not the actual sex of the…Continue

Females in Combat Roles

Started by Tyler M.. Last reply by David F. on Wednesday. 36 Replies

In case anyone isn't aware, SecDef Ashton Carter has just opened all combat jobs to females. Ab article with more info can be found …Continue

The Normalization of Obesity

Started by Pale Horse. Last reply by Regular Joe on Monday. 143 Replies

This is something that has truly disturbed me for some time. People on Facebook saying that God made them that way (my response, "Well, did God make you to have diabetes and an amputated foot too?").…Continue

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"Armed terrorists have taken over a federal building in Oregon."

Started by Regular Joe. Last reply by Roland on Monday. 78 Replies

"Armed terrorists have taken over a federal building in Oregon." That's how Salon.com describes it:…Continue

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Comment by Shane on January 16, 2016 at 11:04pm
I have no knowledge of that region specifically, but al Qaeda franchised out and gave exclusive rights to groups in specific regions. It could be a local al Qaeda affiliated group acting up without global directive.
Comment by Sir on January 16, 2016 at 1:04am

Soft target.  It's like the attack on the Mali hotel.  In Burkina Faso, they went for a hotel frequented by Westerners (so said the article I read), and unlikely to be effectively defended.  That's my guess.

Comment by Liam Strain on January 16, 2016 at 12:33am

They seem to be targeting muslim majority areas which have been otherwise relatively peaceful (from a religious unrest standpoint). Doesn't make sense to me, but that's how I'm reading the Jakarta Al Qaeda attacks too. 

Comment by Steve Dallas on January 16, 2016 at 12:24am

Can anyone tell me why Al Queada would target landlocked poor as hell former French Burkina Faso? Or is it just that they are friendly to us?(I have personal reasons to follow this country)

Comment by Shane on January 13, 2016 at 8:26pm

They always look like that.  Military bearing and all.

Comment by Pale Horse on January 13, 2016 at 1:45pm
Comment by Peter O'Reilly on January 11, 2016 at 5:49pm

Enjoy some libertarian comedy from Doug Stanhope.

Comment by Sir on January 8, 2016 at 11:22pm

Yeah, he says things.

Comment by Pale Horse on January 8, 2016 at 11:12pm

I ask because he said he regrets not running. Not sure if it was just a remark or if it's a weird hint.

Comment by manInTheMaking on January 8, 2016 at 11:07pm

I know.  I like the guy though. :(

 

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