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Thinking About Torture

marcmat Wrote: Dec 12, 2014 8:34 AM
Remarkably well done, Mr. Greenberg. One would think that the self-proclaimed nuanced crowd would understand the idea that context, degree, and purpose are everything in this case. Likewise, whether one can rationalize whether what was being done was morally justified is the very point at hand.
True enough, Jonah. I also seem to recall "enforcement discretion" being touted as justification for many of the current policy decisions emanating from the White House.
Other than being a party to arguably the most dysfunctional, high-profile political marriage in the history of the country, what on earth could this woman have to say that's worth so much as a nickel?
How about "demilitarizing" the culture of a certain element that occupies the nation's cities first? Won't "demilitarization" of the nation's police forces, to the extent such exists, necessarily follow as a matter of course, or are we just talking about a cure in search of a disease? Good grief.
But . . . Bush!
This is sad beyond belief. Even if you were to make the protests peaceful and orderly, the only thing to protest would be a grand jury's decision after hearing months of testimony finding insufficient evidence to prosecute. That is no different than holding demonstrations in favor of lynching a white police officer just because a black man was killed. Awful.
Is it just me, or could you see the embarrassment plastered all over Obama's face as he tried to emphasize the need to respect and obey the "rule of law?"
Just finished watching Obama call the "protests" unfolding in response to the decision "legitimate." Call me crazy, but I'm not sure exactly what there is to "protest" about.
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Big GOP Win a Rebuke of The President

marcmat Wrote: Nov 08, 2014 2:14 PM
It would truly be remarkable -- at least in my view -- for a majority of the Court to sanction judicial rewriting of a federal statute that was and remains so unpopular that not one, but TWO wave elections have occurred in which the moving force behind victory was in large part the potential repeal of an unpopular law.
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Big GOP Win a Rebuke of The President

marcmat Wrote: Nov 08, 2014 2:11 PM
Illegal adoption? What's that about?
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Big GOP Win a Rebuke of The President

marcmat Wrote: Nov 08, 2014 12:43 PM
From a legal perspective, his votes would be consistent. Judicial restraint supports his first ruling -- shocking as it was -- that the individual mandate can be sustained as a tax. Likewise, it also supports the notion that the subsidy provision as written applies only to exchanges created by the states, and that it's Congress' job to fix the statute to the extent that it needs fixing. The fact that the democrats no longer have the support in Congress to get the job done is the very essence of how the system is designed to work.
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