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Targeting and thwarting an ongoing investigation is no small matter as it undermines the essential fact finding function of our judicial system. "At the time of Mr. Perry’s veto last year, prosecutors in the unit had been investigating a state agency called the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. The agency — one of Mr. Perry’s signature initiatives — came under scrutiny by state lawmakers after accusations of mismanagement and corruption; a former official there was indicted last year for his handling of an $11 million grant.” This can be deemed as an effort “to thwart the investigation into the cancer-research agency” -- it shows he was "trying to scrap the ethics unit for other than his stated reason."
There’s no weighing of air strikes. The logistics are already in place to do it. And fast and furiously.
The most effective sanction is isolation and Russia earned it all by itself. The market will impose it on its own. Anachronistic fools. Just when it seemed safe we could do business, you scared everybody away again.
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The Evil Empire Strikes Again

gkafantaris Wrote: Mar 19, 2014 12:21 AM
The best sanction against Russia is economic isolation -- and the market will take care of that on its own. Anachronistic fools. Just when it seemed we could do business, they hurried up and scared everybody away again.
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Defunding Obamacare: Worth a Try

gkafantaris Wrote: Aug 04, 2013 7:39 PM
"The strategy that has been laid out [to shut down the government to defund Obamacare] is a good way for Republicans to lose the House," says Sen. Tom Coburn. Well, that’s what you deal with when you make a pact with the devil.
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Racial Litmus Test

gkafantaris Wrote: Jul 12, 2013 12:33 AM
Let’s accept Zimmerman’s version that Martin was a troublemaker, that he was up to no good when he spotted him, that Martin got into fights, that he had marijuana in his system, and that he was a 6.2 aggressive teen -- not a twelve year old helpless boy. This still leaves us with the burden of explaining those heart retching screams -- loud enough to be captured on the neighbor’s 911 call. Zimmerman said elsewhere that the screams are from him because he was being pummeled by the unexpectedly aggressive Martin. The jury certainly has sufficient evidence of Martin’s aggressiveness, even though Zimmerman did not testify or give us an opportunity to probe further. Yet, this being the case that we have, we ought to look further at what is reasonable -- how likely is that things happened the way Zimmerman says they did? Is it likely for a man to cry for help when he is on the ground with someone sitting on him and punching repeatedly? Might he be too busy dealing with this to have an opportunity to cry for help -- in that way that we hear it on the 911 call? Yet, he could have done just that afterwards, or in between bouts. The 911 recording we have, however, only captures the tail end of the fight. What we hear are not the ordinary screams of a man getting punched, pummeled or pounded. Rather, they are the pleas for help by someone who is not only in grave danger, but a danger that he knows and appreciates. Indeed, the cries are of such desperation that they pierce the coldest of hearts. Zimmerman says that it was he who was screaming and we want to believe him. We should give him the benefit of all reasonable doubt because our system of justice prefers that ten guilty men go free rather than one innocent be found guilty. Moreover, Zimmerman’s version is plausible if Martin was prying the gun away from him. Indeed, let’s assume that Martin had grabbed the gun and was about to shoot Zimmerman. Does this fit with what we hear on the recorded 911 call? Does it fit with the lack of any physical evidence of Martin’s DNA on Zimmerman’s gun? There should have been some, even if Martin had just touched it, let alone grabbed it, or struggled for it. Indeed, we might expect that a struggle for control would have left a heavier DNA imprint. Yet, it left none. Still, let’s disregard this lack of Martin’s physical evidence on the gun and again give Zimmerman, the benefit of reasonable doubt -- the kind we give to our most important affairs. Is there anything else tha
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Memorial Day - 2013

gkafantaris Wrote: May 27, 2013 1:04 PM
Freedom ain't free; it's paid for with what can never be replaced. This fact alone should humble us all. "[But] from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom— and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
Rules are rules, be it in sports or in debates. When one side is speaks, you on the other side simply listen -- even though you may vehemently disagree. And there is another rule: When a judge or moderator speaks, you immediately stop speaking -- and you stop before finishing your last thought, before finishing your last sentence, and before finishing your last word. It’s got nothing to do with being nice. It’s effective etiquette. It's what works.
“The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.” As John Stuart Mill saw things, when citizens question their government, their laws and their sacred beliefs, this examination might find room for improvement. But even if it does not, merely questioning things works miracles: It forces us to reflect on them and justify why we have them
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Syria's Explosive Crumbs

gkafantaris Wrote: Aug 08, 2012 12:42 AM
Iran should note that helping a drowning man can get you drowned as well. And Arabs will shed no tears should the Iranian regime go down with Assad. It will be two birds of a feather going down with the same stone.
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