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  1. I was pretty well done with the series after AC2... but AC3 taking place in colonial Murrica is too much to resist. I'll buy it at some point, I'm sure.
  2. LoArmistead

    Mass Effect 3

    I don't get excited about new games... but I am really looking forward to this one. Can't wait.
  3. Journey's tour last year was phenomenal. Neal Schon can jam, and that little Arnel Pineda sounds just like Steve Perry when he belts it out. Here's "Seperate Ways" from their Live In Manila concert. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhgLXoL6SLI&feature=related
  4. .in' magnets. How do they work? Magic everywhere in this classy lady.
  5. I'm not so sure that the purchase of new goods would decline all that much, anyway. But even if it did, the money wouldn't be taken out of the business sector so much as it would be invested in a different area of the business sector. Businesses specializing in refurbishing/remanufacuturing and retailing second-hand goods would flourish.
  6. And if someone didn't want any of their money to go to the government, they could buy everything in the second-hand market. Only new goods are taxed in the FairTax. Used goods and private sales are tax-free. I'd be buying a lot of used goods. Used cars, used appliances, used toilet paper, used underwear... the possibilities are endless.
  7. There have been a lot of studies that have shown just the opposite. Income taxes have been show to reduce aggregate demand, while excise taxes have had less of an effect on aggregate demand. I'm in favor of a national sales tax out of principle because: everyone who buys a new good will pay it, and everyone will know exactly how much they pay because it will be a line item on their receipt.
  8. Of course Congress will never relinquish the income tax because then they won't be able to control us. They won't be able to tell us what we can and can not do, and they won't be able to engineer society to their liking. We will be free to live our lives as we see fit, and they will be powerless to stop us. Politicians hate free people doing what they want. A couple of false assumptions being made early on: 1) A progressive income tax lessens the distribution of wealth to the upper class 2) A higher income tax rate decreases upper class corruption As the income tax becomes more arbitrary and restrictive, income accumulates in the upper classes. Increasing tax rates will only lead to further accumulation of wealth into the hands of the few. A higher income tax rate increases the incentive for the upper class to hide its money. If you owe $10 million in taxes and it will cost you $5 million to store it offshore, it's cheaper to evade the tax. If taxes are $4 million and it costs $5 million to store it offshore, it's cheaper to pay the tax. The only way to do away with corruption is to remove the economic incentives that create it. The more money going to Washington from the highest wage earners, i.e. the most powerful people, the more they embed themselves with Washington to win political favors, which in turn creates more corruption.
  9. I am in favor of a national sales tax to replace the income tax. According to Boortz the sales tax rate would need to be something like 23% for the tax to be revenue neutral to the income tax. "Realistically," I think the federal government should be of a constitutional size and scope, and that it FAR exceeds that today. The government could be reduced by 3/4 and still be able to fulfill its obligations as outlined in Article I Section 8 of the Constitution. Therefore, I voted for a 7.5% national sales tax. That should be more than enough for the government to do its job. The money left in the pockets of the folks who earned it can be spent however they see fit - retirement, savings, capital investment, wasted on hookers and blow, I don't care. It's their money.
  10. The good ol' days. I remember I had just upgraded my Athlon XP 2600+ system with a new Shuttle K5N motherboard. Screamin'.
  11. I paid $3.67 today for premium - piedmont area, NC.
  12. I'm sure there are more annoying fanboys out there, but there are few that I want to punch in the face more than Apple fanboys. It's OK to like something a lot, but when you shove what you like in everyone's face, it gets old quick.
  13. It's our generation of 18 - 30 year-olds who put the people into power who are trying to do this. It's a bipartisan effort, but the core of the tyrannical movement lies within the US Democratic party. They claim to be the party of liberty and choice, but a century of actions that prove otherwise speak a lot louder than a 10-second sound byte and a nice haircut.
  14. Washington is doing everything it can to get its grubby rat claws on the internet. Politicians are trying to simultaneously attack our liberties from the above-mentioned approach, from the net neutrality approach (internet Fairness Doctrine), and from the approach of outrightly blacklisting certain sites deemed inappropriate by government. Find out who the politicians are who support these bills, and do not vote for them. Better yet, write them and tell them to keep their collectivist booger hooks out of our private lives altogether. Remind them just who exactly they work for.
  15. I'd conjecture that our ability to outspend the civilized world in military power is an indirect result of the freedom that we had for generations, allowing us to develop the infrastructure and amass the wealth to give us the benefit of a large national defense. Anyone who begrudges us for that is a jealous coward who is angry that their collectivist government keeps them poor, defenseless, and reliant on the US for any meaningful international use of force, be it right or wrong.
  16. More Guns, Less Crime by John Lott Gun Facts - Your Guide to Debunking Gun Control Myths
  17. I just enjoy being free. I never took well to someone with a lower IQ than me, who knows nothing about me, telling me what I can and can not do. But it's all good, at least the law-abiding Australian citizens who fall victim to that gun crime that doesn't exist can exit this world with the full satisfaction of knowing that their motherly government had their best interests at heart when it made them defenseless pawns via legislative fiat. I will choose what is best for me, and others will choose what is best for them. But when government makes it its duty to choose for me what is best for me, I get a little bit pissed... but then again my family has been in the Americas since the Revolution, so I think it's those rebellious genes kicking in. But hey, it's that rebellious, self-reliant nature that made America the most powerful country in the world.
  18. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3EOibiVzq4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWuNf4gxwuM
  19. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ELFxB-tGhE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkH2zETKqws http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OJsAcHzbIc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p54QrCqDnJM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg0Tmydj29M
  20. Lipomas are just benign fatty tumors. I've had one before. They typically aren't "hard." Go see a doctor.
  21. LoArmistead

    Mafia II

    I enjoyed it a lot, particularly the 50s chapters. Good cars, good music. I'm not sure I was totally satisfied with the ending, but meh.
  22. Damn, son! How did you manage to pull that off? Welcome back, and have fun getting things back in order!
  23. The first minute of the song reminds me of two things: 1) Climax scenes in Ridley Scott movies 2) IMAX outer space/deep sea videos.
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