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15 Lies of Liberalism

ajhil Wrote: Jan 26, 2013 7:17 AM
These essays actually reflect the conservative proclivity for projection: attributing their own undesirable characteristics to others. The best example of this is probably Item 9. No one engages in more vicious and gratuitous slander than conservatives. Sandra Fluke never even mentioned Rush Limbaugh until he took it upon himself to deride and insult her on his radio show (while demonstrating at the same time how little he knew about human reproduction!) Conservatives routinely respond to even moderate criticism with torrents of hysterical invective and accusations of hate speech, presumably as a way of deflecting further criticism.
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15 Lies of Liberalism

ajhil Wrote: Jan 26, 2013 7:15 AM
Rush Limbaugh specializes in this kind of self-flattering distortion of reality. For example, (Item 6) conservatives regard charity as a financially attractive alternative to paying taxes. It has everything to do with greed and little to do with humanity. They like charity better, because it enables them to deny assistance to those whom they consider unworthy. They feel that tax revenues all too often go to groups or individuals whom they despise, like racial minorities, unwed mothers, people from the LGBT communities. Rather than an admirable activity, charitable giving by conservatives is actually mean-spirited and stingy rather than admirable.
This is made-up right wing propaganda. Don't be a sucker; look up the history for yourself. Moreover, it's stupid propaganda. If those dictatorial regimes found it so easy to disarm and murder all those millions of gun owners, what good did their weapons do them?
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Infographic of the Day: America's Guns

ajhil Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 1:56 PM
Ridiculous comment by the author. Anyone who thinks that a modern army intent on invading the U.S. would be intimidated, much less repelled, by a bunch of beer drinking yahoos with deer rifles hiding in the weeds, is living in a world of delusion. The same applies to those who believe that private armaments would deter a government gone wrong. If our military went along with a coup, there'd be nothing anyone could do about it. That's one of the best arguments for having an all-volunteer military.
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Infographic of the Day: America's Guns

ajhil Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 1:46 PM
Speaking of revising history, if you're so concerned about the debt, perhaps you ought to be honest about what caused it. According to Congressional Budget Office data, the major drivers of public debt between now and 2019 are and will be the Bush tax cuts and the hugely expensive wars on Iraq and Afghanistan. That is, the causes predate the Obama presidency and cannot be blamed on Obama's policies.
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Reconciling Roe v. Wade

ajhil Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 12:41 AM
Are we in some kind of population crisis, so that we must lament those additional people that Mssr. Beauprez wishes were here? I'd say we have too many instead: we can't provide enough jobs or a decent standard of living for all of those folks who are living today. Why would we want to make the sitution worse?
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On Roe v. Wade

ajhil Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 3:16 AM
Not a rutabaga, but not a human being either, not by a long shot!
I picked a story at random - the one from Edinburgh, PA.- I wasn't surprised to find Ms. Barkoukis in error. A 14 year old boy with a 25 calibre pistol shot a teacher dead, wounded two students & fled the scene unopposed. The restaurant owner obtained a shotgun, pursued the shooter & persuaded him to surrender. He did not intervene or save any lives & there's no reason to believe he could have, had the perpetrator continued shooting. This kind of sloppy, biased reporting is characteristic of the gun culture. How do we stop mass shootings? Get rid of the guns. All of them (including yours!) Anything less than that is futile lunacy.
How do you know this? Have we ever tried to eliminate firearms? For decades arms manufacturers & merchants have pumped deadly weapons into our society, while organizations like the NRA & their confederates on the right have poured out pro-gun propaganda. No one knows what would happen to our culture, if we devoted comparable time, effort, and expense to eradicating firearms totally. Explain why it would be better to continue present madness.
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Quit Blaming Bush

ajhil Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 5:14 AM
These previously illegal instruments made it possible for banks to profit from subprime mortgages that they would never before have considered making. Meanwhile Gramm used budget reductions to cripple the regulatory ability of the SEC, making it unable to protect consumers or the banking industry from the disastrous gambling that he had made possible. Eventually the accumulated liability of the CDS market, reaching nearly $100 trillion, paralyzed the banking industry. You can read a more complete account by David Corn in Mother Jones Magazine (summer, 2008) and in many other places; but whatever you do, don't believe this dishonest piece of tripe by J.G.
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Quit Blaming Bush

ajhil Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 5:08 AM
Sorry, Mr. G., your "explanation" of the financial meltdown is an absurd attempt by the right wing to exculpate Bush and Congressional Republicans, who really did bring the nation's economy to the brink of disaster. The explanation for how this happened is not at all controversial. The federal government did not encourage subprime lending to homebuyers. 1977's Community Reinvestment Act forbade the practice of redlining", by which banks had denied loans to otherwise qualified borrowers, merely because of where they lived. The Act actually required banks to adhere to good banking practices in making the loans. All of this took place nearly thirty years before the economy collapsed. Why the delay? Bottom line: the feds encouraging home loans
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