LanceRoxas
member since 06/18/2004
I'm a guy from East Rutherford , New Jersey/United States
About me: I'm a member of the radical right wing conspiracy who continually work to steal elections from more deserving liberals. But come on... lets be honest here liberals would rather spend their time imposing their brand of tyranny upon us from the most dangerous branch (sorry Alex) of government- albeit in the name of "liberty"-anyhow. Think about it when's the last time the radical liberal conceptualization of freedom has won at the election box? 1964? And now their hero Castro is kicking the bucket- so so sad. Oh yeah about me: I am a college professor who impartially instructs the malleable youth in the school of politics. I work out often. Read quite often. I love sports, my wife and son- but not exactly in that order. (the son comes second in line after sports..LOL just kidding honey) Vamos Mets!
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1481 days ago

The largest fitness company in North America is absolutely in disarray. The facilities are poorly kept. Customer service is absolutely horrible. It has had to withstand numerous lawsuits and media reports of unethical business practices with regards to membership contracts. And has seen it's stock tumble. This company with all it's holdings is literally one of the most poorly managed in the world. The corporate structure is top heavy, marked by bureaucratic torpidity, group think and an all around lack of common sense. While attempting to limit risk and cut expenditures they have stymied growth costing millions in revenue. The company finished up the fiscal year 2003 losing about 600 million dollars. Their stock shares have fallen from an all time high in the $30 range to about $2 per. All of this has correlated into an absolute disaster for the product their members receive. Machines go weeks without being repaired. Facilities are in general disrepair. Unionized maintenance help inhibits cost saving measures and productive upgrades in cleanup crews. Club staffs are generally poor. Subsidiary companies are left without support, are falling apart, and the attempts to limit outlays has caused a massive loss in valuable human capital. The company with over 450 facilities and various brands needs to regroup and cut out levels of overlapping management. They should sell off about 50% of their locations to recoup their losses- restructure and streamline their systems moving the control closer to the club level to improve customer care. As of now Bally's would be the last place I would purchase a membership.

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2268 days ago

I am completely worn out with all this sanctimonious and blatantly self righteous outrage with regards Michael Vick.  These were DOGS people!  Not humans, but DOGS!  Where to start?  I agree that the treatment of these animals is somewhat unpleasant and surely don’t condone such behavior but lets be objective and honest in our analysis.  We live in a country where child molesters routinely serve sentences less than three years.  Some murderers are let out of jail in less than ten.  Many rapists serve less than six years.  This is simply a reality of our judicial system.  The peculiar thing here is how no one is running to Vick’s defense. 

 

Where are all the liberal apologists for Vick’s behavior?  Hasn’t his environment impacted his egregious choices? Hasn’t our oppressive society had a negative impact on poor Michael Vick?  Shouldn’t he be rehabilitated instead of imprisoned in our racially biased penal system?   Or are dogs the only animal on the planet we treat sacrosanct?

 

We rightfully slaughter animals for dinner (the food chain is a part of the natural order of things).  Are all these outraged citizens vegetarians? We rightfully hunt animals for sport.  Do we really believe that every deer, buck, bear or whatever gets a perfect kill shot?  Or do you think it’s possible some get hit with an arrow and then painfully starve to death after escaping?   We fish.  Do you think it’s pleasurable for the fish while they fight for their lives with a hook in their mouth?   We race horses around tracks and bet on them, then put them down if they get injured.  We even bet on two grown men beating the hell out of each other, sometimes until accidental death, and almost always to some form of brain damage.  But oh my, Vick bet on dogs killing each other and treated the losers horribly.  For this, we needed the full weight of the federal government and possible RICO violations that could have gotten him 20 years.  I sure sleep better at night knowing the federal government and Americans have their priorities straight. 

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2363 days ago

If tossing a religious artifact or holy book into the latrine will get a terrorist to give up information I have no problem with that. Should we capriciously mock detainees by doing so for the hell of it- of course not. *****Magellan, your use of the word certainly- to you maybe. Not me. Is Saudi Arabia the largest moral crusader in the world then because they destroy Koran's daily? Rip pages out of them? Destroy bibles? Put people to death for practicing Christianity? Isn't it the United States that allows people to exercise religion freely? The United States that provides religious material to its inmates? Secondly its never been proven that detained terrorists have suffered the indignation of having their religious material destroyed. But guess what? I saw some real neat beheadings on Al Jazeera !!! All while they were chanting allah is great! Yeah, and we're the crusaders. ***** What I was saying is that if it could help our effort to win the War On Terror then by all means we should do it. What you seem to be saying is that it certainly doesn't work and that it only makes us look like crusaders. To which I reply that trashing religious materials surely isn't reserved to crusaders- and if it is we surely don't qualify. You seem to be so worried about how Europe views us, how the the Arab world sees us that you'll sacrifice substance for style. We probably agree on the fact that trashing religious material probably doesn't work and shouldn't be exercised just to humiliate and torment but it's always surprising to me how up in arms you get about little things like panties on a detainees head- yet you have never been so disgraced by the butchery of our enemy. I may be wrong because our posts are only snap shots of who we are, not motion pictures, but it's quite obvious by my posts what outrages me, what I stand for and what I despise. Your efforts are all centered around bashing the Bush administration with the hyperbolic unsubstaniated claims- and subsequently the troops (even if you don't mean it). And I'm pretty sure I make logical sense even if you don't understand.

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2431 days ago

The mother of all Civil War battles. Richard Ewell (I argue) lost the battle when he thought "impracticle" taking the high ground from the left on the first day; something he most probably would have accomlished. General Sickles almost defeated the union triumph on the second advancing into Peach Orchard leaving the Round Tops unprotected. The Alabamian regimen led by Colonal Oates nearly won the day attempting to take Little Round Top but was twarted by General K Warren and his Maine reinforcements lead by Colonel Joshua Chamberlin who held of the confederates in a final charge with no ammunition. The final day was marked by tragic defeat for the confederates. Failing to have taken the Round Tops Lee order Longstreet to have Pickett change the center of Cemetary Ridge with 13000 men to distastrous effects. This battle changed the face of the war and American History.

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2431 days ago

Immodesty and ignorance.  These semigly afflicts more than 85% of those contributing to RIA particularly with regards to political issues. 

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2541 days ago

This movie is the exact type of shock our overly sensitive pc culture needed. I haven't laughed this hard at the movie theatre in, well, at least a decade. High Fives all around ;-)

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2541 days ago

Excellent post VV. The issue simply boils down to a conceptualization of liberty that informs one's understanding of the powers vested in, and protected by, the constitution- not a simplistic notion of smaller v bigger govt. Conservatives will generally support a larger role for federal power when those powers are specifically named in the constitution- particularly the power to command our military under Article II section 2 and secure the freedoms protected by our Original Will from outside threats. Contemporary liberals fear domestic authority and the over encroachment on individual license by the majority more than outside threats (hell many argue they're "made up" or OUR government creates threats to "rob" Americans of freedom) and thus will oppose genuine constitutional authority in favor of rights for enemy combatants.

2551 days ago

Actually this was a brilliant piece of legislation that effectively dealt with new aspects to war we've previously never faced. The tribunal system was and is supported by a majority of Americans- if anything this helped the Republicans.

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2554 days ago

The bulb is dim but the ego is bright. "Attacks on womens rights?" What rights would those be? Abortion rights? From where do they originate- the capricious will of 5 jurists abusing their authority in impeachable offense and violation of their constitutional preogative? And if the underpinnings of our constitution are to be neutered of comprehensive moral views- who gives us our rights and on what grounds? Obviously not a majority because the majority wants to limit certain rights in many circumstances. Who says we have any rights at all? And if they're a matter of human desire- what if my concept differs from yours who are you to tell me my rights are inferior? Stripping(?) gays of legal rights? How can it argued they're being stripped of equal protection under the law when they have every right to the same laws as heterosexuals? Oh! I see you believe it's equal protection TO the law that requires it to be rewritten to suit one's personal desires. Too bad that's not what the Framers had in mind. And when did the essence of liberal government become the views of a minority being imposed on the majority through an unelected branch? That sounds like... well, tyranny, yup that's it. Hubris notwithstanding Canada you need to brush up your history or you'll keep making a fool of yourself. Or maybe you should get a big red nose and some oversized shoes instead.

2554 days ago

Sometimes people say the most ludicrous things on this website. "Once again it is proven that politics and religion don't mix well. Our forefathers made sure that separation of church and state was part of the bedrock of our constitution." This would be laughable if the person wasn't serious. But they are! I mean what freaking planet were your history books written on? Or is it just chic to spout off at the mouth and pound the moronic mantra that this country was some sort of secular creation- NOTHING IS FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. Please tell me, if separation of church and state was SUCH a concern why is the first amendment- AN AMENDMENT? And if it was such a concern- a "bedrock principle" why were states allowed to have STATE RELIGIONS, and limit voter participation based on religion? And beyond that have you read the first amendment? It CLEARLY protects the free expression of religion in public life! Madison the FATHER Of the Constitution believed a liberal structure of government could survive primarily because it relied on the institutions underlying it for the common good. What do you think those institutions where? Religious institutions! What is the common good? Anyone who's read Aristolte knows that Madison wasn't merely interested in promoting individuality and protecting human choice but rather limiting the ability of those seeking personal interest while promoting those virtues necessary for the preservation of the commonwealth. He believed religious factions to be a grave threat but also NECESSARY for liberty to persevere. The concept behind religious liberty as protected by the constitution is the ability to freely exercise one's religion and to have those values compete in devolved system of power. I mean, even friggin committed Rawlsians understand that comprehensive moral beliefs need to be addressed within the public square to some degree. Where the hell do some of you people go to school? Worse off what libraries do you go to? Please pick up the Declaration of Independence and read it! We are endowed by OUR CREATOR with certain unalienable rights! (Man that Jefferson sure hated mixing politics with religion!) And beyond the failure of some to read historical texts the logic behind what they say is completely flawed and hypocritical. If the only conceptulizations of liberty acceptable within the public square are those that remove all comprehensive moral decisions from public discussion the created system becomes a religion in and of itself. One that is nihilistic and unsustainable, with no footing for the preservation of rights in the first place.

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