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On the Road to Death Panels

Ms. Persiflage Wrote: Oct 16, 2012 12:13 AM
The interesting part will begin when, with "death panels" well-established, certain "exceptions" have to be made for "high-value" or Japanese-style "National Treasure" people. Ms. P wonders what, precisely, the criteria for being granted a "high-value" exception will be, who will write it, and who will have the power to grant such life-saving exemptions.
As a retired Navy Commander with prior enlisted time, I've been watching my Navy deteriorate in many ways, as has our military generally. The actual impact won't be felt until they have to save our butts, then we'll see what these civilian "military experts" have wrought. The Romans went through something similar but sobered up when Hanibal and his elephants threatened Rome, putting the kick-a** Scipio brothers in charge, resulting in the Punic Wars. I just hope we have time enough to recover.
Montie has it right. I would simply add that, to me, the best argument for the "death penalty" (assuming that it is applied in executions within a reasonable time of conviction), is that it actually provides a moral bottom line for a civilized society. By that, I mean that it recognizes that certain crimes are so absolutely horrendous and unacceptable that there is no possibility of some future second chance. Without it, there is always the possibility of some escape - either actual escape, exrernal destruction of a life-prison, future changes to the law (as in this article), a pardon, etc. Only the execution of people as epistemologically-certain-as-humany-possible of guilt in the truly heinous crimes draws a clear and certain line.
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MSM: The Unreality Journalists

Ms. Persiflage Wrote: Jun 26, 2012 2:59 AM
Answer is "yes." The "MSM" actively and nearly universally practices its own unique version of the Muslim doctrines of Kitman and Ta'qqiya. If not familiar with them, you really should look them up.
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MSM: The Unreality Journalists

Ms. Persiflage Wrote: Jun 26, 2012 2:53 AM
I knew we were in for trouble years ago when I watched a TV show which interviewed college kids studying "Journalism" at places like Columbia. Not a one of them said anything about "ensuring accuracy" or "getting the truth out." Instead, every one of them gave a variation on "I want to make the world better," or "I want to change the world." I suspect nearly all of them came from privileged backgrounds, and were ripe for programming by the socialist/marxist teacher class in how sexist, racist, imperialistic, homophobic (sic), and generally evil America is. That's our "MSM" today. Sadly, I think we may only sober up when reality delivers its inevitable REALLY hard knocks - economically, militarily, and socially.
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