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Tuesday, July 12. 2011
Norm on circumcision
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Lynching a runaway slave
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Remind me, we are there why?
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Obama Regime Imposing the Same Race-Based Loans That Brought On 2008 Collapse
Why the Dems are now stymied, at Am Thinker:
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regarding Liar's Poker, Mr. Lewis has another more recent book out called "The Big Short" about the 2008 mortgage collapse. He's also written Blindside and Moneyball.
the boys in a charming performance of ''MTA''
kinda funny to watch them trying to stay ''on the marks'' --creating a visual side story of an upstaging contest between Bob Shane and his visage vs Nick Reynolds and his guitar headstock --
A home may not be a great "Investment", but.....
I can paint it any color I like inside & out, ditto landscaping and other remodeling, I won't be made to move because the landlord needs it for his aged mother, I won't be evicted for having loud or big parties, I can have my Sister move in with me for awhile and my house payment won't increase, I can have cats(!), I don't have to periodically look for a new place to live and then have to do the move- the house will still be mine (barring eminent domain...) when I am 90 and I can have a wheelchair ramp built, and so on...
Agree that while it might not be such as great investment, it sure affords a nice life style for those where it makes sense to own. I'm very happy we didn't get suckered into an overpriced, poorly constructed McMansion that would be way under water at this point. It does, however, reduce mobility, particularly in this market, if that is important.
Dear Bird Dog:
My bowsprit's never going to look the same.
Thanks for ruining everything,
--that would make her about the size of that 8-inch pianist that rides around on the shoulder of that grumpy magic-lamp finder with the speech impediment
Speaking of an 8-inch pianist...
I think circumcision makes them look less scary, if such a thing is possible.
you want to see one scary, ask him to play ''flight of the bumblebee''
Why should we care what he thinks about circumcision?Under his logic of "consent," kids shouldn't have tonsillectomies or operations to alter the inner ear for ear aches if they are to young to "understand and consent."
Please, keep right on circumcising parents.
What's the point of circumcision, paricularly for gentiles, other than fashion (I don't want my boy to look different then the others in the shower)?
The drawbacks include, less percieved sensitivity in that area, and more friction during the, ahem, action.
So what are the benefits that outway those drawbacks?
"keep right on circumcising parents"
Missing an important comma there, are you? I assume you are advising parents to circumcise their male babies, not that parents should get themselves circumcised.
"A panda walks into a café. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and proceeds to fire it at the other patrons.
"'Why?' asks the confused, surviving waiter amidst the carnage, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.
"'Well, I'm a panda,' he says, at the door. 'Look it up.'
"The waiter turns to the relevant entry in the manual and, sure enough, finds an explanation. 'Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.'"
did you hear about the hunting accident? The lady got shot over a week ago and the bullet's in her yet.
Tut-Tut, Phil ... Don't be so self-centered, my friend. The 'benefits' of circumcision for gentiles center around the control of bacterial infections which occur more frequently when there is a barrier and they can increase more rapidly. Little boys don't wash very efficiently, because they get distracted. And adult men can also be careless I read the statistics some time ago about Africa and the frequency of infections and the statistics seem to bear this out.
Besides, I think men are more attractive circumcised.
When I was a little boy, I would often get distracted when washing my gentiles.
You both are either incredibly perceptive, or you've seen a few too many penises in your day!
(Imagining walking down the street being accosted by women, exclaiming "Oh! You are so handsome! You must be circumcised!)
Big____Al ... Sounds like you were planning to go walking down the street in what my mother used to call *a state of nature*...
And I am incredibly perceptive, thankyouverymuch..
I used to be able to do that in the good old days, Marianne. Sigh...