Forum posts made by transitionalman

Topic Would you go to a nude beach with a friend of the opposite sex if invited?
Posted 26 Mar 2012 16:39

I'd like to diet some first.

Topic Your ideal partner in two words
Posted 24 Mar 2012 09:38

articulate intelligent

Topic How would you seduce a younger woman?
Posted 17 Mar 2012 11:19

The same way I'd seduce an older woman. By paying attention to her and what she says, by treating her with respect and with the occasional flirtacious comment to see her response.

Topic A more democratic government
Posted 17 Mar 2012 11:17

None of the questions Buz asked can really be debated in a 90 seconds, which seems to be TVs idea of attention span. But yes, I do consider the U.S. a democracy because I think it unworkable for 300 million people to hold a plebiscite on everything, particularly when small issues of language can change matters greatly. The devil in politics is often in the details, and if people aren't willing to spend thirty minutes a day, minimum on the news, how are they going to be expected to read a budget before they vote on it?

The issue today is more that our election system is 1) entirely too dependent on money which shifts power toward those who have it, and 2) that our system is designed to create mass, ideologically heterogenous poliitical parties with a local focus, and one of them, the GOP has become a purely ideological party thanks to the right-wing media and the take over of the nomination process by ideological conservatives. GOP moderates have for some years now been terrified of making sense lest they be accused of being RINO's and facing a primary challenge from the right, the sort of which defeated long time Pennsylvania Republican Arlen Spector.

Congress exists to slow down government to ensure that things America does are wanted by the country as a whole but it has long been known that a determined minority can wield power outside their numbers. But compromise is essential if we want issues dealt with. I am far more frightened by a man who has never crossed the lines then a man who has "always stood by his principles". IF we want our government to work well, the real solution is about four elections in a row where the GOP loses big, which will force them to choose between their hard right and power.

America needs an opposition party, but it can't get on when one party is run by fanatics and one is not. Right now our debates rarely center on reality, we need to return to reality of we are to move forward.

Topic this is going beyond far and im calling out bullshit!
Posted 15 Mar 2012 15:45

Canada is a nation we could learn a lot from. It seems every day that some Republican introduces a bill even more bizarre then the rest. I feel like I'm living in the middle of Voltaire's Candide.

Topic Your favorite uncommon sexy body parts?
Posted 13 Mar 2012 17:14

the small of a woman's back where it arches down and in, then curves back out again for the swell of her bottom. Beautiful, and very lickworthy.

Topic How do men feel about red headed women?
Posted 10 Mar 2012 17:10

I have a bit of a thing for hot redheads, due to Nicole Kidman and Marcia Cross, but really hair color is the last thing that matters.

Topic Waking up to a blow job - yay or nay?
Posted 07 Mar 2012 17:01

Yay! Three times yay, from a man who has enjoyed it both ways!

And I don't wake up with strangers.

Topic What are you listening to right now?
Posted 07 Mar 2012 16:40

Suburbs by Arcade Fire.

Topic Threesomes
Posted 23 Feb 2012 15:53

Of course I have the fantasy of myself and two women, but I suspect in real life they're much more problematic. If everyone is straight, then somebody is going to feel like a third wheel. If its me and two girls, is my partner going to feel threatened? And frankly, I suspect that if I meet someone who cares about me enough to make the offer, she won't want to share me. Frankly, vanilla still tastes pretty good so I don't feel left out.

Topic What do you prefer: slim or the fuller figure?
Posted 18 Feb 2012 09:32

If I get my choice, I'll take Nicole Kidman. But in the real world you don't and a body is a wrapping for a brain, and it's the brain that really matters. When you really like someone they get better looking, and what they have becomes what you like. It's that simple.

Topic Club Zafia....
Posted 17 Feb 2012 16:14

Topic U.N. Plans Assad Assassination - Multiple Sources Confirm Ground Invasion of Syria
Posted 17 Feb 2012 16:10

I'll believe it when I see it.

The UN (by charter) only really acts through the Security Council, and with Russia and China vetoing even mild sanctions the UN will not get intervened. Methinks this is all wishful thinking.

Topic What was your first vehicle you owned?
Posted 16 Feb 2012 17:28

It was a 1966 Plymouth Fury III, 318 A engine, 2bbl carb and a back seat made for drive in movies. Alas I was too shy to take a girl to the drive in while I owned the car.

A '66 Fury sort of like mine

Topic Are intelligent people less likely to believe in god.....?
Posted 06 Feb 2012 15:16

There have been some studies comparing religiousity with intelligence and the jury is still out. There is a small correlation between atheism and intelligence, but some very, very intelligent people are believers.

Topic Have you ever had a fuck buddy? How did the relationship work out? Or did it?
Posted 31 Jan 2012 16:50

Not really. It takes a certain frame of mind to get there, and the women who seem the most attracted to me aren't into that sort of thing.

Topic Turn Ons
Posted 28 Jan 2012 22:39

She's intelligent, well-read, and has a ready laugh. Brains and sense of humor easily surpasses a D-cup.

Topic How slutty are you?
Posted 21 Jan 2012 15:28

61% slutty, which I think is about right. Of course the test isn't about your hungers.

Topic What's your opinion on 69-ing?(:
Posted 12 Jan 2012 19:50

It's fun, but oral sex is best done one at a time so you can really concentrate on what you're doing-- or what is being done to you.

Topic Ruling Lifts Ban on Prostitution
Posted 11 Jan 2012 16:35

It's very difficult to regulate anything, and set standards when it is illegal.

Legalization would be very bad for pimps, though it probably would not eliminate them entirely, as legal prostitutes command much higher prices then their streetwalking cousins. There will always be some true victims. But it will hurt the pimps, minimize the drugs and spread of disease and will allow many women (and a few men) to make a living they otherwise would not.

The problem is we would have to admit that sex is a normal part of life, and it is also quite normal for it to take place outside of marriage.

Topic Are religions set for extinction?
Posted 11 Jan 2012 16:26

Science does a lot of things really well but "why" is not one of them, unless you're describing system. People need something to believe in, be it a set of principles, an ideology, their family or God. Since the existence of God cannot be disproved, I expect that religions will never disappear. The number of believers as a percentage may drop, but people will continue to believe and perhaps with increasing fervor as they come into conflict with the world around them.

Topic Defending our freedom
Posted 31 Dec 2011 14:07

Defend our freedoms

As far as why we are in another country entirely. We like Democracy, we like to spread it.

Actually, a careful study of history shows that while Americans like to talk about Democracy, we don't care about it at all. Every time we've been forced to choose between Democracy and business interests, we choose money. Coups we backed in Iran, Guatemala, Chile and (most recently) Venezuela shows we put the almighty dollar first.

Topic Thoughts about someone from history...
Posted 31 Dec 2011 14:04

Separating Hitler from his xenophobia isn't really possible, it defined who he was. It was his racism that drove him to begin wars of conquest. But even if he hadn't built the concentration camps, he still would have been evil for mouthing the words of racism, for promoting hatred, and for trying to conquer the world. He was evil, period.

Topic Fave sex/love scene?
Posted 19 Dec 2011 17:45

The ending almost ruins it, but for pure wanton sex no film beats Last Tango in Paris.

Topic Your Favorite Celebrity Crush
Posted 18 Dec 2011 18:37

it seems that almost all female actresses and pop singers are breathtaking women, quite capable of modeling for Playboy if willing. So if you place any of them in a particular setting, Wow can be the only result. That said there are two who jump to mind for me. Actress Mary McDonnel is happily married, but her character on Battlestar Galactica, Laura Roslin really got my attention. I joke about wanting Terry Hatcher's phone number, but the celeb I'd really like to go out with is Catherine Keener, based on some of the interviews I've heard. She intelligent, and has a personal honesty I find very sexy. Plus she's really cute.

Topic What are you listening to right now?
Posted 17 Dec 2011 14:06

A rather obscure English pronk band named Cardiacs. In fact, many consider them the inventors of progressive punk. They many never play out again, after their leader and singer Tim Smith suffered a near fatal heart attack and a couple strokes in very short succession, but they do rock. Very challenging, adep

Topic Defending our freedom
Posted 15 Dec 2011 18:16

As someone more then slightly conversant in national security issues, the primary purpose of the armed forces is to defend us against foreign enemies, which included native Americans, and only in extreme situations. Soldiers do not have police powers unless explicitly granted for a specific purpose, and so far at least those powers have only been emergencies. The only armed force with actual police powers (defending us against ourselves) is the Coast Guard in their role of regulating and maintaining water transportation. Now the US Coast Guard is a lot bigger and more powerful then most navies, but it's military purpose has traditionally been secondary to its commercial and legal roles, except during wartime, and then primarily during really large conflicts like World War II. But the Guard is trained for war, and many of their larger cutters have been designed with some consideration for combat.

The role of the U.S. changed after the Second World War, where the traditional powers France, Britain and Germany were deeply wounded and would take decades recovering. The U.S. ended the war as the world's pre-eminent economic and military power with the Soviet Union a rival only militarily. The war also led many colonial nations to think that if their colonial masters fought for their freedom, why shouldn't they do that as well? As the colonies peeled away, the power of France and Britain declined relative to the US, and Germany gave up any and all quest for international power. We assumed the role of person who maintained the political and economic status quo in the world. In most cases our work was benign, but Americans are people, and people screw up. We spent the fifties and early sixties obsessed with the "Domino Theory" which led us to intervene militarily in Vietnam, and in many other nations. In additions American military and diplomatic power has been used to meddle in the internal affairs of many other nations, including the overthrow of democratically elected Presidents. While the American people have an attachment to democracy the historical record is quite clear in showing that whenever business interests have collided with our commitment to democracy, democracy loses.

This doesn't make us any worse then anyone else, but we are not the angels we make ourselves out to be. Nor are we a particularly generous nation, as we have rested for years on the laurels of the Marshall plan and the generousity shown in the wake of World War II. Right now among the rich nations on this planet, the United States gives the lowest percentage of its GNP of any of the world's prosperous nations, and most of what we give is directly tied to security interests.

We also have a very powerful military. That's a good thing in very many ways, but the political process is very difficult. The reality of electoral politics is that people demand solutions to perceive problems, and we tend to think of a year or two as a long time, when in the true history of time it's the blink of an eye. A powerful military always tempts politicians under public pressure, and so we have intervened in some places where we probably might not. At the end of the day, Tip O'Neill was right, all politics are local. Domestic politics drives international relations here, and in all other nations. Most Americans do not understand that when Iran seized the American Embassy in 1979 which led to the hostage crisis, the reason the crisis happened was Khomeini used it to take power in Iran. Much of the time, other nations relations with us are driven more by domestic political needs then practical considerations. Our bad relations with Iran today fall into that category, as the regime derives much of its identity from its willingness to stand up to a superpower. Superpowers make convenient scapegoats, particularly when they aren't angels.

We have been at war a lot, mostly because starting wars is easier when you have good reason to think you'll win. Short, victorious wars are always popular domestically, no matter what country you were born in. We have also made wars for reasons both altruistic and selfish. We're people, and we do mean well most of the time. We've done a lot of good. But we're far from perfect.

Topic Ever fallen in love with someone you can't have?
Posted 15 Dec 2011 13:25

What would musicians and poets do without unrequited love? Of course I've fallen in love with someone who never loved me back. I think that's fairly common.

Topic Calling all men, Lush needs you...
Posted 12 Dec 2011 14:56

What sort of software for PC or Mac is required to record your own stories?

Topic What was your first vehicle you owned?
Posted 11 Dec 2011 18:19

A 1966 Plymouth Fury III. Four doors, no AC and a 318 A engine with a two-barrell, which was still quicker then a lot of late seventies smog-controlled "muscle" cars.