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What Drives Anti-Fracking Zealots?

Danny252 Wrote: Sep 21, 2014 7:40 AM
Yeah, why would anyone object to drilling holes in the ground, through who knows how many aquifers, and pumping toxic liquids into the ground under high pressure with the INTENT of breaking up the layers of rock. What could possibly go wrong?
Great idea, but doesn't go far enough. Public floggings would help, but ISIS has the right idea. Public beheaings. That's the way to go. That will show 'em. Absolutely no deviation from the Party Line!
The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli CHAPTER XVII Concerning Cruelty And Clemency, And Whether It Is Better To Be Loved Than Feared Nevertheless a prince ought to inspire fear in such a way that, if he does not win love, he avoids hatred; because he can endure very well being feared whilst he is not hated, which will always be as long as he abstains from the property of his citizens and subjects and from their women. But when it is necessary for him to proceed against the life of someone, he must do it on proper justification and for manifest cause, but above all things he must keep his hands off the property of others, because men more quickly forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony. Besides, pretexts for taking away the property are never wanting; for he who has once begun to live by robbery will always find pretexts for seizing what belongs to others; but reasons for taking life, on the contrary, are more difficult to find and sooner lapse.
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The Lawyer on Trial for Christ

Danny252 Wrote: Sep 19, 2014 11:21 AM
Thank you for telling me what I believe. I will of course give credit to you for your exposition.
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The Lawyer on Trial for Christ

Danny252 Wrote: Sep 19, 2014 11:15 AM
Are you going to give up trying to put people in prison for "crimes against nature"? How about criminalizing bigamy? Opposing same sex marriage? Will you OK people using peyote if it floats their boat? Personally - I'm an agnostic - I don't care what you do in the privacy of your own church, so long as no people or animals are harmed.
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The Lawyer on Trial for Christ

Danny252 Wrote: Sep 19, 2014 10:50 AM
I think in Louisiana we call that freedom of expression. While I would never paint a house lavender or Pepto-Bismol pink, my wife, who is an artist, thinks houses painted such colors are "just darling", and are often found in Uptown New Orleans. Different strokes for different folks.
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The Lawyer on Trial for Christ

Danny252 Wrote: Sep 19, 2014 10:45 AM
You could get into a lot of trouble, doing things in the Biblical way: Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob, went out to visit the women of Shechem, where her people had made camp and where her father Jacob had purchased the land where he had pitched his tent. Shechem the son of Hamor, the prince of the land, "took her and lay with her and humbled her. And his soul was drawn to Dinah ... he loved the maiden and spoke tenderly to her," and Shechem asked his father, Hamor, to obtain Dinah for him, to be his wife. Hamor came to Jacob and asked for Dinah for his son: "Make marriages with us; give your daughters to us, and take our daughters for yourselves. You shall dwell with us; and the land shall be open to you," and Shechem offered Jacob and his sons any bride-price they named. But "the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and his father Hamor deceitfully, because he had defiled their sister Dinah," saying they would accept the offer if the men of the city agreed to be circumcised. So the men of Shechem were deceived, and were circumcised; and "on the third day, when they were sore, two of the sons of Jacob and Leah, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, took their swords and came upon the city unawares, and killed all the males. They slew Hamor and his son Shechem with the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went away." And the sons of Jacob plundered whatever was in the city and in the field, "all their wealth, all their little ones and their wives, all that was in the houses." "Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, 'You have brought trouble on me by making me odious to the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites and the Perizzites; my numbers are few, and if they gather themselves against me and attack me, I shall be destroyed, both I and my household.' But they said (Genesis 34:31), 'Should he treat our sister as a harlot?'"
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The Lawyer on Trial for Christ

Danny252 Wrote: Sep 19, 2014 10:41 AM
It should not be required that Atheists prove that no god exists. Believers in whatever is their preferred god assert that their version of god exists, generally on the evidence of some story or stories carried down from antiquity, at first verbally and later written down. On the basis of these stories - almost always containing elements at odds with what is observable in the current "real" world, our day-to-day existence - believers usually insist that non-believers live according to what believers consider right. If there are enough believers in a particular version of god, they are often able to put into secular law their beliefs, and people who transgress these secular laws can be subjected to some truly horrible penalties. Given these realities, Atheists, Agnostics and believers in minority religions should not have to prove the nonexistence of god. Believers who want to impose their preferred lifestyles on others should have to shoulder the burden of proof.
I just wish Trey Gowdy didn't look like a character in a Addams Family movie.
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In Scotland, 'Aye' Means No to England

Danny252 Wrote: Sep 16, 2014 12:05 PM
Scotland has no reason to love England. The Acts of Union of 1707 was a shotgun marriage at best and an annexation on the order of the Anschluss Ostereich - the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany of March 1938 at worst. Bankruptcy of the Scottish elites in the 1690's and the threat of English invasion caused the Scottish Parliament to acquiesce to the Acts of Union. Scotland's honor demands Scots separate from perfideous Albion for ever.
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