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  1. Excellent job Solo. The experience of taking the Ohio Bar exam ranks as the worst of my life, so I can only applaud anyone else who suffers through it.
  2. Real life appears to disagree. How many of the 6 dead and 13 injured would have been spared if the assassin only had a 7 round magazine? From the Wiki article on the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Giffords. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Tucson_shooting
  3. The hypocrisy and moral cowardice extend far beyond the refusal to take the same violent action that you would take if you knew someone was murdering new born babies. It is the consistent failure of the life begins at conception crowd to carry the actual implications of that belief to their conclusions. If you think that abortion actually is murder then you need to advocate for criminal investigations of every miscarriage. You must think that any person who ever worked at Planned Parenthood is a monster worse then Nazi death camp guards. That anyone who ever helped someone get an abortion should be prosecuted as an accomplice to murder. That every sexually active woman of child bearing age should be monitored to ensure they are not unknowingly pregnant and doing something that might endanger a fetus. That every woman who ever got an abortion is worse then Casey Anthony. But virtually nobody who claims abortion is murder is willing to carry that belief to its logical conclusion. That is why most who advocate that claim are moral cowards.
  4. The implication is that most of the people using the language of baby killing dont really believe abortion is killing babies, or are moral cowards. The people who kill doctors and shoot up and bomb clinics are the ones who actually believe that abortion kills babies.
  5. The fundamental issue here is that some people actually think that abortion is killing babies. The vast majority of people who say that it does clearly dont actually believe it. If you actually think that Planned Parenthood and abortions in general are no different then walking into the maternity ward, grabbing a baby and smashing its head against the wall then you are morally obligated to act, and act NOW. If your moral reaction to a woman walking into Planned Parenthood for an abortion is different then your moral reaction to a mother smothering her newborn then you dont actually think abortion is murder. Plus, that view walks you down a really nasty set of logical consequences. Like that every single miscarriage should be investigated by the police as if a body was found on the sidewalk.
  6. Excellent episode. What I took from the Greatjon scenes is that he is being shown as more calculating then in the books. He takes several long looks around the room during both scenes with Robb to seemingly gauge support. Only after finding that support seemingly lacking does he either capitulate or leave. As far as the counting thing goes, I recall a bit from Clausewitz where he discusses the ability to gauge the amount of enemy troops from a distance. It has something to do with finding the size of a given area, gauging how many men are in that area, and then comparing the given area to the entire enemy force. He also talks about learning how to look at a piece of land and being able to figure out how many men could fit in it. Maces and hammers were not less well balanced then a sword - just balanced differently because they were totally different weapons made for different purposes and wielded totally differently. In real life the sword was the least versatile, usually only effective against enemies not wearing armor. Axes, maces, pole axes and spears were the primary arms of the Middle Ages - swords were basically side arms in combat between knights. The sword was the equivalent of a .45, the pole axe, mace or lance (big spear) were the assault rife.
  7. I dont recall if this theory has been thrown up around here, but the Hound is clearly a homage to CuChullain of Irish legend. Cuchullain, translated, means the Hound of Chullain, and in several places he is referred to solely as the Hound. And, when he enters his Warp Spasm, CuChullains face undergoes a transformation into a hideous and terrifying form.
  8. How about GRRM and Ernst Junger. Junger's first book, Storm of Steel (the name of which is quite similar to Storm of Swords) featured some of the most graphic and close up looks at the fighting in WWI, and the style of his writing seems similar to the ways that some of the battles are depicted. Also, Junger wrote another book, Fire and Blood which just happen to be the Targ words.