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About navybankerteacher

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  1. Isn’t it? What would you call the UK if not a “country” - using that term the way it is generally understood to mean? If you feel the notion of being composed of previous separate kingdoms and portions of previously separate lands make it something else, I suppose you would say the United States is not a country either.
  2. You should learn to walk just a little faster — unless you are the sort who gets his eggs before finding a table, in which case we cannot help you.
  3. Have you paid attention to the progressives’ oft repeated election slogan “the Court, the Court, and the Court”? There is a growing mood in the US to view the Supreme Court as a sort of super- senate - and a sense that Court decisions may be the best/fastest way to change national direction —- so composition of the Court is in the backs of voters’ minds. Have you ever heard of the Supreme Court’s evolving positions? Or “landmark decisions”?
  4. Our Constitution is a law - subject to application and interpretation - and, when necessary, amendment. The rights contained in it surely can be changed with change in tithe political climate. My concern is that unthinking objection to reasonable limitations will ultimately result in extreme limitations being forced upon everyone. If enough voters want to amend the Constitution, it will happen. People refusing to contemplate reasonable limitations will ultimately lead to attempts to LEGISLATE (by amendment perhaps) confiscation.
  5. Don’t you mean “...grits is too often runny...”. - or do you also find that the oatmeal are too often runny?
  6. They are money makers for those cruise lines which cater to the gullible - you know: the people who believe that pitch about getting “free drinks”, just because they bought a package which includes either unlimited, or up to a certain number of drinks —- sort of like thinking they got FREE wheels, because they came with the car. Most of what is sold is mass-produced reproductions — and even the pieces sold as “original” works or art are only “original” because - after being run off the press (by the hundreds) they are signed by the artist: a sort of slippery sales pitch rarely seen outside of the “art world”. A number of people seem to leave their brains behind when they travel, the folks at Park West know this and, with the collusion of the lines which partner with them, take advantage of it. I wonder if we will start seeing Three Card Monte dealers setting up on promenade decks.
  7. I would not say that any of your list should be prohibited - but the ownership of many of them should be limited to people who can be required demonstrate the stability, maturity, and intelligence to not misuse them. Fully automatic weapons and large capacity magazines are harder to justify. As it stands now, it is easier in many states to own a deadly weapon than to legally drive a car - or, in some cases, to open a bank account.
  8. Expression of ideas (free speech) is an intangible concept —- which is very different from material (and rationally definable) objects such as arms. I do not believe fruitful conversation can be had without a shared understanding that there are essential differences between the concrete and the intangible. I remain concerned by some people’s apparent belief that they have absolute right to own (and presumably carry) items such as rocket propelled grenades, flame throwers, portable nuclear devices, etc.
  9. The “right” to which you refer is “to bear arms”. When the amendment was drafted, “arms” meant muzzle-loading, single shot firearms - generally ***** or matchlock. The term “arms” today includes flamethrowers, nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. Adhering to ancient wordings, while ignoring current reality, is simply evidence of unthinking simplicity. All I want to see is current law reflecting current reality: I assume that when our law applies reasonable limits, you will be willing to comply.
  10. I have read the Federalist Papers - with a reasonable level of understanding. Based on your reasoning, a society should never adjust to emerging realities: how can you justify governments limiting or restricting, in any way, the rights of people to operate motor vehicles?
  11. Think about Holiday Inn - Kensington Forum - on Cromwell Road just a block from the Gloucester Road underground - direct, cheap transfer from Heathrow on Victoria line - also District and Central lines stop there - giving you great access to all of London. Lots of good, and some very cheap, places to eat nearby.
  12. Wow!!!! Healthy eating tips from The Land of Stodge — chip butties, Scotch eggs, blood sausage.
  13. What — you think I shouldn’t have said “please”?
  14. I believe you are right. All lines have language preserving their right to change itineraries - for many reasons. It is possible that RCCL might give refunds to passengers who press the issue, but I very much doubt that they would invite existing booked passengers to cancel with no penalty and a full refund.
  15. The REALLY correct phrase, of course, is please keep the #@#*&^$@#$ mushy peas off my plate.
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