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When No One is Watching

Carlos71 Wrote: Dec 17, 2013 6:45 AM
Though I am not sure fixing the abuse in prisons is more important than, say, enforcing the borders or bolstering the traditional family, I concur that it should be high on our social agenda. And, like you, I am repelled by jokes about prison rape (or any kind of rape, for that matter); I agree that the fact so many people find it funny says a great deal about how degraded our society has become. (And, apparently, a lot of people just cannot imagine that _they_ might sometime find themselves behind bars . . . a not negligible contingency for even the most docile among us, as government at all levels continues to criminalize more and more activities, or even just failure to fill out the proper paperwork for this or that undertaking.)
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Evil Irish Nun Movies For Christmas

Carlos71 Wrote: Dec 13, 2013 10:26 AM
Yeah, it's a movie . . . like _Triumph of the Will_ and _The Eternal Jew_. They were just movies too.
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Evil Irish Nun Movies For Christmas

Carlos71 Wrote: Dec 13, 2013 10:24 AM
Actually, jbishop, I happen to know many Irishmen old enough to remember the Catholic Church in Ireland in the 1950s. Almost 100% of them are nostalgic for the vibrant Catholicism of their youth, and have fond memories and a great deal of respect for the nuns, brothers, and priests they knew. A lot of that respect appears to be based on their recollection of the charities and social work done by the Church. The disaffection from the the Catholic Church in Ireland seems largely to be rooted among the post-Vatican II generations, who were badly catechized by an institutional Church bent on being seen as "progressive," and which often ceded ground without fighting to anti-clerical bigots like you.
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IWF Presents: The Real Life of Julia

Carlos71 Wrote: Dec 13, 2013 8:43 AM
Very apropos. The way the American body politic is going, we'll all be in Room 101 before too long. (And darn right I want them to do it to Julia!)
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Evil Irish Nun Movies For Christmas

Carlos71 Wrote: Dec 13, 2013 7:45 AM
With all the bigotry oozing out from under your fingernails, it's a wonder you were able to get enough traction on the keys to type your screeds this morning. . . . But, then again, perhaps you can present them to Mr. Weinstein as a compendium of your work; you might just land a job as a scriptwriter for him. Good thinking!
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Liberals Are Culture War Aggressors

Carlos71 Wrote: Dec 05, 2013 2:48 AM
Ignorartio elenchi
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Liberals Are Culture War Aggressors

Carlos71 Wrote: Dec 05, 2013 2:48 AM
Ignoratio elenchi.
The disgraceful incidence of student-on-teacher assaults in the U. S. is covered up because of the elephant in the parlor of nearly _all_ American crime (and other social pathology): race! Violent attacks on teachers are disproportionately done by nonwhite students, and the victims are disproportionately white. Those in charge of the reporting system, like school administrators, are under great pressure to hide, not only the true numbers of student-on-teacher assaults--as Ms. Hughes reported--but, even more, the races of the perpetrators and the victims, a fact that she declined even to touch upon (and this in a supposedly ultraconservative blog). Having once spent a hellish year teaching--if it can, laughably, be called that--in an inner-city high school in Miami, I know whereof I speak.
I was not aware that Mr. Giles is widely read and discussed in secularist circles. Who'd have thunk it!
Asia Minor corresponded roughly to what is now Turkey (east of the Bosporus), and it was very much part of the Roman Empire in the first century. Western Asia Minor, which the Romans simply called Asia, had been taken by them in 190 B. C., from Antiochus III (descendant of one of Alexander the Great's generals). By the first century, all of Asia Minor had been firmly under Roman control for generations; St. Paul, remember, a Roman citizen by birth, was born in Tarsus, a port city on the Mediterranean coast of Asia Minor.
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