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The Muslim woman is a crank. The restaurant didn't 'fold' because they weren't playing poker. They made a business decision. They don't work for Mark Davis and aren't obligated to be culture warriors. The city employee was a tool which isn't surprising.
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Obama fails History 101

Mag14 Wrote: Aug 28, 2014 6:14 PM
I'm not seeing much inconsistency here, particularly if you read 're-positioning' as a general withdrawal so as to let history do it's thing.
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Modern Feminism: A Teenage Boy’s Dream

Mag14 Wrote: Aug 28, 2014 6:05 PM
I've never seen that quote before, ty.
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Obama fails History 101

Mag14 Wrote: Aug 28, 2014 5:43 PM
History used to be taught as something led by the actions of great men. For awhile now it has been taught as the motion of powerful forces (religion, markets, assorted -isms). The assumption in many cases is that if, for example, our Founding Fathers hadn't united and produced the Declaration of Independence we'd eventually have ended up with an independent state because empires were on their way out. Maybe. But we wouldn't be who we are. Iran used to be a pretty Western place before the Mullahs proved what Obama doesn't believe; history can move backwards. It can. All that is required is a commitment to barbarism, an insistence that old scores be settled, or a sufficient amount of hatred.
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Obama fails History 101

Mag14 Wrote: Aug 28, 2014 5:21 PM
Obama to Iranian reformers: The good news is that In time you'll end up on the right side of history.The bad news is that for now you'll end up on the wrong side of the ground.
mshandy is a bitter soul, And though we wish she’d shut her hole, She posts (when she’s out on parole), On topics such as gun control.
I capitalized Authority because I meant God. Without God or Something Similar you can't have an intrinsic definition of pretty much anything since we agree that humans are fallible and have non-identical perceptions. That said, people who have never heard of Jehovah have no trouble discerning murder as pretty much the worst thing a person can do. Honoring your parents is such a given that it took until c. 1930 to produce an ideology that could convince children to turn mom and dad in to the State (also plenty evil and obviously so). Fashions come and go but some things have always been considered evil and likely always will be. I reserve the right to call something evil if I wish to when it is evil by my lights. As it happens, I hope there is a moral order to the universe. That's not enough for faith though.
To Nathan223, above and abover: Failure to believe in God does not mean I have to subscribe to an algebra of naturalism from which to construct my actions and beliefs. Most people just use their guts. This includes Christians (and Moslems, Buddhists and Hindus) though they often check with authority after the fact. Naturalism is not my God and it’s not an authority. You seem to suggest that one can only determine an actual evil from Authority. Fair enough. But some evil is so evil that it is morally evil, intrinsically evil or ‘actual evil’ enough for me; “I know it when I see it” so to speak. I don't know that one could build a society on atheism and certainly wouldn't recommend trying it.
I'm a known egotist but I really don't warrant my own thread at the expense of discussion of those who wish to comment on Goldberg's column. Accordingly, I will reply on the original thread.
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Obama Spurns the 'Optics' Police

Mag14 Wrote: Aug 27, 2014 5:37 PM
They mostly can't. J-school means you're not taking the difficult classes that would allow you to report knowledgeably and clearly on historical or scientific topics. Not to mention the classes that would allow you to accurately interpret statistics. On the other hand, there is the WSJ.
Maya Dusenbary claims this invention isn't empowering. Nonsense. Someone buys you a drink, hands it to you. You do a finger dip and discover it has rohypnol in it. You are now the proud owner of a piece of glass with rohypnol in it, and his fingerprints on it. Text the police. Take a picture of your would-be rapist. Tell the bartender to tell the bouncer. Pull a gun or tazer or mace out of your purse. That's empowerment. Or you could write a whiny little post on your little blog that doesn't have a comments section. Because wymyn.
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