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Five Questions:

1. I watched on the Investigation Channel: Why Is bin Laden Alive?

Do you believe Osama bin Laden is alive? Why? (Optional)

I honestly believe he died years ago!
Why Is bin Laden Alive?

2. California will vote on Proposition 19 which if passed, it will legalize pot use as a means of enjoyment. I am for legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, but to legalize it for recreation; I am totally against it.

If you lived in California, would you vote YAY, or NAY? Why? (Optional)

3. Should resturants have the right to ban screaming children?

I say ABSOLUTELY!! What do you say? Why? (Optional)

4. I absolutely love Lady Gaga! Do you? Why? (Optional)

5. My respects to ALL religions, but out of respect for those who died in the Twin Towers, and for their families, I feel the Muslim mosque should be built much further away.

Are you for or against the mosque being built so close to ground zero? Why? (Optional)

Lady Gaga 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in LA


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Sep. 13th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
Absolutely voting in favor of Prop 19. No one has ever died from using cannabis. EVER. It is, in fact, impossible to overdose because, unlike alcohol or opiates, Cannabis has no receptors on the CNS so it has no way to interfere with your breathing or heartbeat.

Anyone 21+ can this very moment go out and buy enough rum to literally drink until they die. And the weed is illegal? Besides, weed isn't a gateway drug, it's an exit drug.

Why do you think American adults are too stupid and irresponsible to make adult decisions about recreation with a mind-altering substance that has never killed a single person on the planet in the thousands of years that Humans have been ingesting it?

As a resident of Oakland where we just laid off ~1/4 of our police force and the streets are jankety and chewed up and we're millions of dollars in the hole, I TOTALLY support raising taxes by legalizing weed. Hell, here in NorCal it's the person lighting the Marlboro who has to go outside to light up. The person lighting the doobie is welcome.
Sep. 13th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
First of all, I recently paid for a bunch of monkey images, and ever thing I downloaded one, I thought of you! :o)

You are among those I consider to be SUPER intelligent (I’m so darn lucky!), and I just about always agree with you, but not this time. I've mentioned before that I had two cousins who smoked marijuana, and after a while, they graduated to whatever is out there that kills. They were both brought up with just about the best parents possible. There devastation continues to this day.

There ARE some adult Americans who are totally irresponsible when it comes to pot, and alcohol.

I know of the perfect solution in getting those cops back on the streets; seriously tax the filthy rich according to their astronomical income. I'm all for keeping every single one of our police officers, and will go so far as to say that they and firefighters deserve a hefty pay raise.

As for those who smoke cigarettes, don't they realize the irreversible damage they're causing their poor lungs?

If anyone thinks I'm a little miss goody shoes because I don't smoke cigarettes, and have never smoked pot, I'm not. I'm the best Margarita maker on this planet, and on social occasions, I drink a couple with gusto! :o)
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Sep. 13th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
1. Do you believe Osama bin Laden is alive? Why? (Optional)

Probably not. If the diabetic accusations were true, then it's doubtful he could still be alive and if he was, we'd probably have enough info to go in and get him. Still, it's not that hard to hide one guy and keep him secret, but there really hasn't been any convincing video or other evidence lately to show that he is alive.

2. If you lived in California, would you vote YAY, or NAY? Why? (Optional)

I'm for, if for not other reason that I'm generally against prohibition. You can't legislate a utopia, only a police state. People are going to do it anyway (and we are talking everybody from trailer trash to six figure salary computer programers that I personally know) and the act of trying to stop them just seems to be causing more harm than anything else.

3. Should resturants have the right to ban screaming children?

Sure, they have the right to refuse people service for any reason (except the illegal ones). Kids that are actually disabled (and have paperwork to show it) should probably get a pass, but just like my old roommate that got her pug declared a legal helper animal so she could keep it in our "no dogs" apartment complex, there should be a legal paper trail with a doctor's signature someplace at least.

4. I absolutely love Lady Gaga! Do you? Why? (Optional)

No a big fan but do not find her offensive (which is saying a lot with my musical tastes). I do think it says a lot when she is played in just about every club I go to be it mainstream bar or secret goth dance club.

5. Are you for or against the mosque being built so close to ground zero? Why?

Let them build it and if not, it's up to the local city to decide, not some national circus. There's no real reason not to. Muslims died in 9/11 also. We don't protest Christian churches being built near the OKC bomb site after it gets blown up by some Christian survivalist nut jobs, there's no real reason to act differently in this case. We are a nation that has the first amendment and what makes us great is that we maintain it. There are elements that want this to be a Christian nation, but in my opinion, they are nothing more than Christian version of the taliban and if given their way, they'd drive the US into the same state that the taliban drove Afganistan.

I'm also against the guy who was going to burn Korans and find it more than replusive, but agree that he has a right to do it. We are a nation that can get around such issues with discussion and tolerance, and without extreme action. We had a very partisan election where the deciding vote was so close as to be indistinguishable from statistical error involved in counting the votes. There was a lot of heated discussion over that and other incidents, but in the end, our system holds out where other nations in the world would dissolve into chaos and war in similar circumstances. Out of simple shear fact that we have to live in this world with other people, means that eventually somebody is going to do something you find offensive and you're going to have to deal with it.
Sep. 14th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
marc, do you realize that there was a Greek Orthodox Church that was destroyed when the towers came down and the City has continued to give the church a run around and still has not allowed them to rebuild, but there was no questions when the mosque was requested to be built. Why the preferential treatment? Is that fair?
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Sep. 13th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
1. Doesn't matter what the facts are, he will always be alive in the eyes of the extremists. To them his image is as iconic as Che's to Cuban revolutionaries. It would have impact if his body could be dragged out for the world but that looks to be a pretty tall order. President Clinton should have pulled the trigger on that guy when he had the chance.

2. Dude, totally for it. Decriminalize, license and tax it. If done at the federal level it would revive the former tobacco producing state and drop usage of pain meds through the floor for a lot of patients. If I could walk into a shop and pay $50 for a pack of high grade weed, my wallet would be open in two seconds. Come to think of it, it's already open but I'm not going to any shops.

3. Not just yes but FUCK YES. I always considered myself a responsible and considerate patron in public. If my kids got out of line I was up and outside with them. I've got no problems with bans, really. In fact a local theater just went "no minors". Despite some objections the place is doing bonkers business as a result, including me.

4. I dunno. I'm not appreciative of contemporary pop these days, so I can't objectively comment on her music (though my kids fracking love her). The woman? I think she's hot, in that same mystic, wild way that Madonna played out in the 80s (plus a dozen more I won't list because I refuse to publicly admit I listen to them.)

5. I'm neutral on this issue. Legally, constitutionally, they have every right to build whatever they want in that spot. For matter of consideration, it's obvious the heat coming from the less tolerant side of the coin. That said, I don't see those same folks making any noise about the t-shirt shops, run-down McDonalds or sleezy strip that are located even closer to the WTC site. You want to make it sacred ground then be even and fair. Picking on Muslims because you don't like them...that's just bullshit.
Sep. 18th, 2010 05:56 am (UTC)
3. I'm not surprised that you and your wife are responsible parents who have taught your children manners!

Thanks for sharing your views on my questions!
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Sep. 14th, 2010 07:29 am (UTC)
1. I've often wondered if those satellites can go so far as to peek inside our own homes.

2. They won't unless there's a law to back up the owner.
Sep. 14th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
This will surprise someone
Five Questions:

1. bin Laden is dead pure and simple. He had a liver disorder as well as being on dialysis. There are not a lot of places in the Afghan or Pakistan desert to go through dialysis. The problem is that we will never know for sure because he has been buried in a cave somewhere and the Taliban can get more mileage out of his name.

2. Pot for medicinal purposes is good, and I believe people should be able to grow their own if they have a medicinal need. BUT Pot does need to be legalized and taxed for general consumption. Many people do not know the truth about why pot was criminalized. It was pushed by a group of cotton farmers that did not want the abundance of hemp on the market because hemp could be used to make rope out of, and at the time cotton was the primary ingredient of ropes. A number of years later synthetics started to be used to make climbing ropes.

I'd vote yea for legalization even though I have never used it.

3. The owner of a business should have the right to do whatever he needs to do to be successful, whether its make it no-smoking or smoking, kids or no kids, english only spoken inside or whatever. They are the one who is paying the license, the taxes and the wages of the workers.

4. I cannot stand lady gaga, she is a flash in the pants thats all and she will not be around for long. When she has sold the number of records and done as many movies and TV as Doris Day, then she might be worth mentioning

5. IF the mosque could be built where they want, it will be a constant site of disorder and problems. That is IF it can be built. NY is a Union town and there is no Union worker or company who will work at a site. Do they have the right to build there? yes, but just because they have the right does not mean its the right thing to do. The mayor of NY has no balls and he could stop it in a heart beat because it will be a public safety issue.
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Sep. 14th, 2010 07:47 am (UTC)
here she is...
4. Here's a youtube video of Lady Gaga with Beyonce. :o)

Sep. 14th, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
1 - At this point in time it doesn't really matter. He is a martyr and a symbol that can be used to rally people to a cause.

2 - Yay but the the requirement it not be smoked or inhaled in public. I don't care what you put in your body but I do care what I put in mine. Eat a brownie if you really want your fix while on the go. BTW, smoking tobacco in public spaces SHOULD be banned as well.

3 - Damn straight. If a restraunt is not advertised as a family restraunt it should not be treated as such. Ultimately, the market will determine if the restraunter has made the right decision to not allow loud childten into the restraunt or not. Vote with your dollars, people.

4 - She is pretty much a non-entity in my world. What I have heard from her doesn't offend me and I know a lot of people like her so why not let her have the stage for a while?

5 - The mosque should be built where ever the Muslims want to build it. The constitution is not negotiable. Freedom of religion, speration of church and state are as important as the right to bare arms. American's scream bloody murder when some suggests that they can't own their guns but are more than willing to give in on the important freedoms it seems. At least from an outsider's perspective.
Sep. 14th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
Is Bin Laden dead? I don't think so, because there would be more political capital being made out of it if he were.

Should Pot be legalised? Yes. It is only a matter of historical accident that alcohol and tobbacco are legal and pot isn't. Clean up the supply lines and tax it.

Should restaurants be allowed to ban screaming kids? Yes. There should be family friendly options and family 'unfriendly' options available to give people choice.
(Having said that, I live on the Med coast in Turkey and kids are generally tolerated and catered for much better in restaurants here than in London or most Western cities and there seems very little problem with screamimg kids. I believe the atmosphere makes a big difference.)

Lady Gaga? I am too old to have an opinion. Its music for Da Yout' Dem.

Should the Mosque be built? Yes. Whatever the rights and wrongs of granting it permission in the frst place it is now a matter that moving it would be seen as pandering to intolerant, panic mongering, bigots. And whilst the enemy of my enemy is not always my friend in this case it is they who are being the arseholes.
Sep. 14th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
I believe when someone smokes pot, they also drink liquor. The mixer of the two makes for a deadly combination.

I like the friendly and family unfriendly options you’ve mentioned.

Your too old theory is so wrong, because it is all in your mind. I’ve known young guys who are totally boringly old inside, and older men who are so darn interesting their insides are young. Lady Gaga and her talent for singing and dancing are for all ages. All you have to do is watch and listen to her, and you’ll become hooked! Nothing is impossible.

The problem is that there are so many delicate pieces of tissue paper out there that will not let this controversy ever go. These people love the limelight the news media gives them.

This country has so many grave problems which need to be addressed, but because of these people I’ve mentioned, our problems are only touched upon. I feel that out of respect, the views that matter on whether to have the mosque or not are the families of the 911 victims.
Sep. 14th, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
(1) Don't know, don't care.

(2) As an anarcho capitalist, I'm in favor of no government involvement in anything/ everything. So, of course, I'm in favor of this passing. And, I really hope that it does.

(3) Restaurant owners should be allowed to serve anyone at anytime and ask any guest to leave no matter what.

(4) She is ok. Some catchy toons. She has done a good job marketing herself.

(5) Honestly, if no one every said anything, no one would ever have noticed. It means nothing. There is a mosque 4 blocks away. What does it matter if there is one 2 blocks away?

Sep. 14th, 2010 07:54 am (UTC)
I love Gaga too, both as a musician and an entertainer

I'd vote against pot legalization. Even though pot isn't addictive, it is a gateway drug. I've had a lot of pothead friends over the years and they never stick with pot, even though it's what they start off with
Sep. 14th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
Agree. She's totally amazing! :o)

Agree. My two cousins are good examples. They smoked pot for a couple of years, then graduated to haroine, and eventually died.

I look at it this way, if I a child, I would NEVER want him/her to smoke pot.

Is there a little bunny wabbit under your magical derby hat?!
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Sep. 14th, 2010 08:03 am (UTC)
1. Bin Laden? Alive? Hmmmmm. haven't bothered to think of him for almost a decade. Hard to tell if he's alive or dead.

2. Y'know, I've got nuthin' against pot, but I wonder how it's gonna affect stuff with a free license to smoke it for enjoyment, much like we can drink booze for enjoyment, too. I suppose pot will have its moments of people dozing off at the wheel, or driving will kill someone like booze does, Pick a poison- people are going to use it and learn from it. Granted, so many people are likely smoking it now, it's only the 'underground' factor of doing it out of sight (sometimes) that remains. I have yet to see someone get medical marijuana that didn't really want to use it for recreation with a sly grin. I know it has its medical purposes, but I have no experience with people who want it for that to tell how effective it might be.

3. Hell yes. Silence is golden, and duct tape is silver. Throw 'em out overhand.

4. I can appreciate what she's doing. She's in cahoots with M.Manson on the whole point of being a show off, playing a joke on the world, and getting away with it. All the while, a handfull of people are in on the joke, and the rest of the world that doesn't get it rants about her because they don't know what she's doing. I'm not saying she's brilliant - hell, she's recycling it all to a new generation as every artist does after a couple decades. As for her musical credibility, she has the 'talent' for writing and performing pop music, call that talent if you will - or the popular ability to do something that sells, yet is disposable. At least she doesn't have a machine behind the scenes writing her music for her - she's proven capable of writing it and singing it herself. There's an industry difference already!

5. I'm ignorant of what the whole flare-up is here. When I'm done with this, I'll probably google "mosque" to learn what one is, or why it might be offensive. In the mean time, I'm sick of the 9/11 anniversary as some big patriotic thing. Allow the people who suffered to greive or celebrate on their own, and for those of us who weren't affected by it, let us be able to forget that the day has to stick out. Tragic event for sure. But it's been almost a decade now, people... unless you were a direct relative or friend of a body from the buildings, the psych professors say it's time to move on, lest you need some help of your own...

Ground zero could make a nice park. A memorial that allows people to associate with the event, if need be. Or to hang out in some open, grass-colored space in the city. I dunno. I suppose when the planes full of people come to Seattle and blast into the space needle or the the Columbia Center, it'll hit home for me. Until then, I hope to visit New York some day, even if the smut in Times Square is long gone...

Sep. 16th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
TV show...
Agree. I’ve notice that people, who smoke cigarettes, also drink one or two cocktails or beers, and a FEW drinks way too much. So, if pot is legalized, I’m pretty sure there will be a few pot smokers who will also drink. When you mix two drugs together, plus driving, can you imagine what could happen?

You should seriously have your own TV show! You say the funniest things that leaving me seriously laughing!!
Sep. 14th, 2010 11:09 am (UTC)
1. I believe he's dead.

2. I really have no idea...

3. Yes! Rather lose one customer than all of them!

4. No. I really don't see her as anything special...

5. I'm for it. Building it further away out of respect is a tacit agreement that the entire religion is to blame for the actions of a few people. It lumps all Muslims under the label "terrorist." It would be tantamount to saying that no Catholic Church should be built near a school or playground, or that people wearing crucifixes should be stopped and searched before coming within 100 yards of a family planning clinic. It blames the many for the few, and that is not something that should happen in the free world.
Sep. 14th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
1. Agree.
2. You're excused.
3. High Five!
4. Grrr!
5. Thought provoking!
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Sep. 14th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
and the answer from the weirdo gallery...
1-He's probably been dead for at least three years now. people on dialysis tend to not live long, especially while on the run from militaries...but if he was alive, they would not catch him. If they do, the US public will demand an immediate withdrawal thus ruining a perfect cover for our current opium war.

2-Hellz Yeah, I wish this was a national vote. I'm pro-pot!

3-yes, if the parents can't teach their kid to behave in public then maybe said parents should be properly embarassed as a result.

4-I don't hate her, I'm no fan. But I can respect her rise to prominance and at least she's a musician and not a glorified stripper.

5-The mosque should be built wherever they want it, those amendments cut both ways. This is a bullshit issue.
Sep. 14th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
1) Yeah, he probably is.
2) This is irrelevant to me as I don't smoke either tobacco or marijuana. I believe smoking should be regulated to specific areas because I don't want to breath other people's smoke.
3) Restaurants, air lines, movie theaters, and everywhere else a screaming child would be inappropriate.
4) I have no opinion. I don't listen to her music and do not care about the rest of her behavior.
5) I feel that while they have the right to build the mosque in that location, they are showing an incredible amount of insensitivity in building it there. This comes as no surprise to me because it is a religious group.
Sep. 14th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
Hey, 4 out of 5...
1. Dead or alive?

2. I feel exactly as you do.

3. I agree.

4. I don't agree with you.

5. I agree.
Sep. 15th, 2010 09:05 am (UTC)
1.Is bin Laden Alive?

Bin Laden is "alive" because certain parties need a hate figure. When he dies a new "hate" figure will replace him - one of the Iranian leaders perhaps. Or Sarah Palin - grins.

2. Proposition 19

Yay for pot - don't like the stuff myself - but if people enjoy it without causing harm to themselves and it digs a hole in drug baron's profits then great.

3. Should resturants have the right to ban screaming children?

They already have the right to ask parents who can't manage their children to leave - they should exercise it sensibly.

4. Gaga!

Ermm - Why?

5. Muslims and twin towers

No - we need the space for more porn palaces and strip joints in the area to show our true respect for 9/11 - sheesh!

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