“Belle Knox's reasoning seems to be in order to attend Duke without the required funds or scholarship one needs to turn to the porn industry. Assuming there is even a nugget of truth in this, though that would presume that other Duke students experiencing similar financial burdens have behaved similarly, Ms Belle might have weighed the costs/benefit ratio of a porn-supported Duke education to an education from a less famous university though without the porn stigma.
Of course she may feel her back is against the wall (pun intended), in which case a short porn career before Duke might have made even more sense, since it is doubtful she's being pounded for her brains (sorry for that but I liked the alliteration).
Many students without fat cat-parents and porn-desires knock out two stellar years at a state school and parlay that into a 2-year scholarship at one of the big-name universities. A fairly common practice in metro-NYC, especially since the community colleges are held in such high regard.
Of course we are not privy to what Ms Belle is majoring in at Duke (most likely not economics), but considering the prevalence of background checks these days at most legitimate potential employers, she may have damaged her future opportunities for an immediate solution.
“Ok. What exactly is "tough foreign policy leadership"? What exactly is meant by "think they can do whatever they want" when applied to sovereign nations? Would the same criteria apply to us, or does our behavior set the standard that others use as a benchmark for their own behavior? Seems like China has been trying to set its own compass free of foreign intervention since the 1950's, but then why should a nation with 1.6 billion people think it can determine its own fate. As far as the "do what it they want" attitude I would direct you to the recent history of Afghanistan, Iraq and the US.”
“The entire annual military budget for Russia, China< Germany and Great Britain does not equal that of the US so I'm not sure what you are advocating in that regard, but it sounds like the usual MIC rant about unpreparedness, weakness (spending, hardware and support systems) and external threats. And it seems modern Chinese history is not your strong suit or you would understand China's military modernization, or even the fact that in 3,000 years of recorded history there are no instances of China, or whatever provinces the nation was constructed of, having ever invaded another country. You would be well served to explore a bit of the early to mid 20th Century Chinese history to comprehend the current set of circumstances, and perhaps the same should be done for all the regions you've presented as single new events caused by the election of Obama as president and Biden as VP. Ignorance may be bliss, but in this case it just sounds stupid.”
“I know this doesn't dovetail neatly into the Reagan mythology so worshiped by his smitten followers, but if one man were to be given credit for initiating the collapse of the Soviet Union it would be Václav Havel and his velvet revolution, not Ronald Reagan and his band of hapless neo-cons.
What Reagan did give us was the most corrupt administration in the history of the republic (most indictments, most convictions), 400,000+ civilian deaths in South and Central America, and the enemy we've been fighting for the last ten years.”
“No it's not since all these so called word-of-god books were written by men, and here we are 1900 years later and cheery-picking the stuff we like and ignoring the things we don't. It is amusing how many conservatives become instant socialists when it comes to the death penalty but devout Christians when it comes to birth control.”
“I am not taking sides, but do wonder how a culture that claims to be founded on the Christians' 10 Commandments, one of which is thou shall not kill, resolve this obvious conflict of behavior and in belief. Are there sub-clauses to the rules that allow them to be ignored under certain conditions? Do they believe that their god will just understand? Do they really believe in their god and his teachings? Fear (what a horrible thing) and greed (We'll make him pay) are the two basic human motivators for all behavior and pretty much determine what we do and why. Funny how god goes out the window and we resort to our cave-man ways when certain conditions manifest themselves.”
basshawgnc on Feb 26, 2014 at 12:08:15
“There are at least 21 specific crimes for which the death penalty was prescribed in the Old Testament. Acts such as murder (Exodus 21:12), rape (Deuteronomy 22:25), causing a woman to miscarry a baby (Exodus 21:22-25), and kidnapping (Exodus 21:16) were to result in the offender being put to death.”
“Birds are the least Texas' problems. Widespread environmental pollution from unregulated oil and gas drilling and reefing, this includes what little fresh water remains, deeply entrenched political corruption, failing schools, failing health, increasing poverty…I could go on. As the Japanese saying goes, why worry about your beard when you are about to lose your head.”
“I used to think we could just give Texas back to Mexico but these days I'm not sure even Mexico would take it.”
FrAAR on Feb 22, 2014 at 12:20:27
“Harry...Nope, they would not. I am hoping big time that Texas will turn blue.”
johniboz on Feb 21, 2014 at 20:15:36
“I cant wait for Mexico to take back Cali, too!”
samsaid on Feb 21, 2014 at 18:25:35
“you got a point”
AAHewetson on Feb 21, 2014 at 13:22:59
“Depending on which stretch of the border fence you look at, we have given substantial chunks of Texas back to Mexico - in that Mexican citizens have easier access to these portions of the United States than do U.S. citizens.
Speaking as a U.S. birdwatcher who has lost access to hundreds of linear miles of the riparian forest along the Rio Grande in the last decade.”
“If it violates an agreed upon code-of-conduct yes. Are you claiming you cannot see the difference between "mocking" a political target and hate speech? You may need some help in understanding what is and is not protected, and no, it isn't he same issue, and definitely not "constitutionally" you sly constitutional scholar you.”
“Why should the university defend his speech? Whether he likes it or not, by being a member of one of the school's sport teams he represents the school, its values and its character. Obviously his world views are in conflict with those of the school. I'm sure he is still free to take all the courses he wants.”
rocky5643 on Feb 12, 2014 at 18:32:57
“So could another public university decide that say, they - according to their values and character - are anti-progressive and suspend any players that say you should be a democrat or mock republicans? Constitutionally it is the exact same issue.”
“In the 10 years since Australia's tighter laws the homicide rate dropped 59%. In southern states with lax gun regulations violent crime has increased and most cities now enjoy a murder rate much higher than NYC. Once again we see how gun proliferation proponents are incapable of reason, facts or truth.
Lastly, according to FBI statistics, only 5% of reported gun-related events are with a stolen gun. The illegal gun claim is irrelevant since a gun can be legally bought in South Carolina and then illegally used in NYC. This is just another way the less bright demonstrate why they should not be part of any serious dialog. They are just not capable cognitively.”
“Facts are a funny thing, easily manipulated. The homicide rate rate in TX according to the latest FBI statistics is 4.4. California is 5.0. South Carolina is 6.9, Mississippi 7.0, hell, Maryland is 6.3. Comparing Texas cities to similar sized municipalities in CA will bring different results, since some TX cities are substantially more violent than comparable CA cities. Though even then one is ignoring distinguishing factors such as population migrations, economic influences, cultural disparities, etc.
Contrary to you rather sophomoric argument, and one quite lacking in substance, the states with stricter firearm laws are the safest, and those with the most lax laws are proving to be more violent, at least in a city by city comparison.
Now if you went to law school you may want to use that legal education in suing to get your tuition returned.”
BertaRN on Dec 8, 2013 at 13:08:08
“Awesome response ;)”
mugwhump on Dec 8, 2013 at 12:06:30
“The states that enforce their guns laws are the safest.”
“Balding cannot be affected by one's behavior (generally). Allowing oneself to become obese, fat, plus-sized, grossly overweight, etc usually are affected by behavior. My wife was a 6 before her two pregnancies and a 6 after. Now at 59 she's an 8. She doesn't live in a gym, she works a full-time job, has no personal trainer and doesn't belong to a gym. She does make the effort to live a balanced life, and respects her physical being as much as her emotional being and her psyche. Does she always want to rise early to practice an hour of yoga..no, but she does. Does she always want to run when the work day is over, probably not, but she does. Excuses are easier to make than effort, and most take the easy way. We're not talking about what sags with time or physiological changes that will happen. Perhaps you should read a bit as well.”