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Coulter's tone might have offended some, but she had an important point.: 1. Dr. Brantley chose to put himself in harm's way -- a very specific kind of harm. 2. He contracted a disease that's highly contagious, usually fatal, and very seldom relents. 3. Persons concerned for his life -- HIS life, mind you -- brought him and that highly contagious, usually fatal disease back to the U.S., where others would be exposed to it. In other words, the risk Dr. Brantley took became a risk he shared with the entire population of North America -- and the rest of us didn't volunteer. Had Dr. Brantley done medical charity work in the United States, none of the above would have happened. His intentions were all the best, I have no doubt. But now, because of him, the Ebola virus has been imported to North America. It will be a while before we know the full consequences.
Obama's legendary vindictiveness is a part of this, but there's also this: To lampoon Obama, if you once supported him, is to imply that your past support for him was an error...and there's nothing liberals hate more than admitting to an error. It abrades their veneer of intellectual and moral superiority.
Of all the "intermediating institutions" that provide alternative sources of authority and moral guidance, power-mongers and leftist ideologues hate Christianity the worst -- partly because Christ explicitly separated faith from the State. ("Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's" and "Whoever among you is without sin, let him cast the first stone.") But there's another reason as well: Politics, as Ann Coulter has noted, is a religion substitute for the Left. They can't stand the competition, because they know their "dispensation" to be inferior.
Public relations people feel they must always have the initiative -- their targets are not permitted to take the high ground or change the focus of conversation. To turn the tables on them in such a fashion is the most shocking experience to which they can be exposed. Well played, Mike!
Yet another excellent column, but I must quibble on a single point: MacGyver did NOT defuse bombs with saltwater taffy! It was well-chewed DoubleMint in all cases.
You can only make a case for banning something on the grounds that it can harm the voluntary, informed user if you're willing to see that argument applied to EVERYTHING that can or might harm such a user. Any other attitude betrays a deep hypocrisy behind which hides a Grundyism this nation cannot abide. The pursuit of intoxication is deplorable, even contemptible; let there be no doubt about that. But let's cease pretending that we can make people more self-respecting by force of law. It has never worked before, and it has little chance of working in the future.
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Evil Bullies

Francis W. Porretto Wrote: Aug 18, 2014 9:15 AM
"But, where Christianity’s hero turned water into wine for a party, Islam’s hero would have punished people for drinking it." "He [God] has filled His world with pleasures." -- C. S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters" "There is no room for play in Islam...Islam is deadly serious -- about everything." -- Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini You pays your money and takes your choice.
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Conservatives' Culture Bubble

Francis W. Porretto Wrote: Aug 18, 2014 9:10 AM
"Conservatives have tried to make movies with an underlying or even overt conservative or libertarian message. More often than not, it just doesn't work." Indeed -- and anyone familiar with the history of cinema should have known better. "Message" fiction, whether visual, auditory, or printed, cannot succeed unless it is first and foremost vastly entertaining and true-to-human-life. There are hardly enough hours in the day to get through all the unpleasantnesses we must endure; few of us will submit to being preached at in place of entertainment, regardless of the purity of the maker's motives.
This should become a national cause celebre, on the order of Zola's "J'Accuse" in defense of Dreyfus.
Parkinson's Law: "Work expands to fill the time available for its completion." So when there's no work to be done -- or when there's no completion date -- what then?
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