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Now let me get this straight. You think that the decline of the ruble relative to the dollar, due at least in part to the falling price of oil, which the Obama administration has tried to prevent, somehow reflects well on Obama? Or that the increased demand for roof-top solar systems due, in large measure because federal subsidies have distorted the market demonstrates true economic demand. This constitutes proof of your position? New flash, my friend; your "proofs" prove exactly the opposite of what you think they do. It is your inability to think logically that is the reason why you are clueless.
The reality is that 2014 was the "hottest year on record" only because NASA adjusts the raw data. This is not a secret. NASA admits that they do it. The reality is that Obama has reinvigorated our adversaries and, if fact, provided arms to some of them. The reality is that Obama has poured billions of dollars down the solar energy rat hole. Have you forgotten Solyndra? If there was any reason to think that solar energy could ever be economically viable on a large scale it wouldn't need federal money. The fact that you don't happen to agree does not mean others are misinformed. In fact, from the nonsense you parroted, it is abundantly clear that you are the one who is clueless.
So what does Michael Moore want, a fair fight? Are the sniper and his target supposed to face off in the middle of the street in front of the saloon and may the faster man win? Baloney!! As retired Marine 1st Sergeant Jim Reifinger put it, “If you ever find yourself in a fair fight, it is because your tactics suck”.
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Jindal’s Brilliant Take on Radical Islam

Bob502 Wrote: Jan 18, 2015 2:42 AM
Actually, Egypt isn't even close to the most populous Islamic country in the world. That distinction belongs to Indonesia, with nearly three times the population of Egypt.
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Why Evil Disproves Atheism

Bob502 Wrote: Jan 17, 2015 1:54 AM
Roll your eyes all you like, but the fact remains that, apart from God you have no basis by to call anything evil other than your own personal opinion. And there are billions of other people in the world who are equally entitled with you to define evil differently, even radically so. The point is that, even if we grant that evil can exist without God, you are incapable of recognizing it. All you can recognize is you own opinion, which may be right or may be wrong.
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Why Evil Disproves Atheism

Bob502 Wrote: Jan 17, 2015 1:48 AM
It is indeed true, and your assertion that there are plenty of ethical models demonstrates it. You may choose in your subjective ethical model to call something evil, but you have no objective basis by which to defend your model against somebody who disagrees with you. Who can stand as the arbiter to say which, if any, of those models is true? The dirty little secret of all human based ethical models is that, although you can say all kinds of things as to why you may or may not approve of this or that behavior, you can have no standard by which to declare it "evil." You may have the opinion that it was evil for Hitler to order the murder of six million Jews, and I would agree with you, but without an objective standard you have no logical argument against his assertion that the greater good for the world requires their extermination. If a mechanistic universe is all there is, then every thought we have is simply the result of electrons randomly moving here and there in our brains. There can be no moral component worthy of either praise or condemnation. There is no moral difference between Hitler and Mother Theresa because neither had any control over those random electrons.
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Why Evil Disproves Atheism

Bob502 Wrote: Jan 16, 2015 12:22 PM
You have entirely missed the point of the article (and the Saul story, for that matter). Embrace your "reason and logic" exclusively and you are left with no logical reason to call anything evil. You may find it decidedly inconvenient that somebody should decide to cut off your head, but you have no more logical justification for calling it evil than your executioner has for calling it virtue.
I agree with everything Jerry says here except for apologizing for the Crusades. Can we all agree that conquest is generally a bad thing? Can we further agree that it doesn’t matter who is doing the conquering? If you’re still with me, can we then agree that Christians have no need to apologize for their efforts to re-conquer the Holy Land until Moslems apologize for conquering it in the first place? To condemn only the immorality of the Crusades is to ignore half the story. Let us condemn as well the immorality of the initial Moslem conquest. Having condemned the initial conquest, the attempt to undo the wrong that was done loses some of its stench. I know things are not as simple as I have just stated, but those complexities are in peripheral details. Nor do those complex peripherals lean only in one direction. Is it possible to convert somebody at the point of a sword? Of course not! Except…yes it is. The vast majority of conversions from one religion to another throughout history have happened at the point of a sword. They may not have been fully embraced in the first generation, but they certainly became so in the second and third. And even if the conversions are nominal, they can establish a culture in which real conversion can occur. Nobody disputes that the Church in 1500 was in serious need of reformation. To this day people disagree as to whether the Protestant Reformation was the right way to go. Well and good. But the point is, how successful do you suppose Martin Luther’s efforts would have been had he lived in Saudi Arabia?
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2014: The Year The Liberal Lies Died

Bob502 Wrote: Dec 29, 2014 9:27 AM
He better hang on to his unicorn if he thinks that 2014 was a watershed year in exposing liberal lies. Maybe Chet can comfort him when disillusionment hits in 2015. It seems like every year somebody writes a column like this, and certainly enough liberal lies get exposed every year to provide all the anecdotes a columnist needs. But, somehow, the next year, nothing changes. Those of us on the right have always known the left was lying. Our friends on the left know they’re lying too. The problem is that they like the lies. Conservatives emphasize analysis based on facts. Liberals tell stories based on lies. Put a story up against analysis and the story will win every time. Republicans are a hundred years behind the Democrats in learning how to tell stories. Can they ever catch up?
It is not true that increased energy efficiency = reduced utility bills = profit. Untility companies have fixed costs they have to cover. Therefore increased energy efficiency => reduced energy consumption => increased energy rates in order to bring in the same amount of money to meet the fixed costs => bills about the same size => no significant improvement in profit in the long run.
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