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The Continuing Wimpification of America

nomad5 Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 9:19 AM
That's disrespectful to geeks. Most geeks aren't this silly.
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The Foresight of Justice Kennedy

nomad5 Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 9:14 AM
You will undoubtedly drive public prayer from the public square in the not-distant-future, and you will go on imposing on the people of faith and swear to yourself you are not. There is nothing more tragic that someone who is self-deluded. God loves you nevertheless, and desires with all His heart for you to know Him. Why don't you ask God straight-up to show you what He's really like, and then wait and see how He does it?
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The Foresight of Justice Kennedy

nomad5 Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 9:06 AM
Will the secularists be just as willing to remove their impositions from the people of faith? Publicly-funded abortions? Public education weaponized in some places to attack faith, particularly that of young children? Increasing political and financial pressure placed on those people and institutions that do not openly embrace homosexuality as "normal"? The issue here is that the secularists believe that the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment makes non-religious thought and action somehow more Constitutionally preferred. It doesn't. --more--
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A Vulture Capitalist Cashes in on Failure

nomad5 Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 8:18 AM
Roy: No news there. "For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23). The news is that the political left, from Marx forward, has claimed to be in favor of "the little guy", and has demonized all who disagree with them as supporting the evil "1 percent" (the latest phrase). The data cited is another refutation of both claims. Similar claims by the right deserve refutation as well. WRT Ivins, or other commentators (including the ones here): Before accepting their claims, do your own research. See if the sources cited really DO exist, and if they really SAY what they are reputed to say.
--cont'd 2-- I can't speak for anyone else, but I'm fed up with "politics" and am really ready for leadership. It's not clear that either party, though, is ready to lead.
--cont'd-- disasters and military actions (anyone who doesn't budget for both nowadays is very shortsighted at best). Add on to this other areas of spending as required. Now show ANY taxation plan that funds all of this. ANY plan. If you haven't done BOTH of these, then you have absolutely NO idea whether this is "sustainable" or not. This is the difference between politics and leadership. Politics plays for the next election, and wages the perpetual political campaign (we've been doing that now for 22 years or longer). Leadership faces the issues, generates the plans, and then follows through. --more--
Define "sustainable". The GAO had the guts to estimate long-term (75-year) results of SS / Medicare / Medicaid programs, putting us about another $43T in debt. If they can do this, then any set of high-schoolers should be able to put together a similar-length estimate of the total $$$ required in ALL major categories of Fed spending. This should include (a) acknowledged Fed debt, (b) unacknowledged Fed debt (all the "off-budget" nonsense), (c) projected costs for SS/M/M from GAO, (d) costs for tech refresh of infrastructure, (e) costs to deal with implacable advance of automation and elimination of limited-skill jobs, (f) costs to completely tear apart and rebuild education to cope with (e), (g) costs of natural --more--
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Educational Rot

nomad5 Wrote: Mar 13, 2013 9:48 AM
All: I'd be slow to throw all teachers into the "bad apple" basket. As with all groups, they occupy a spectrum. In one corner are those who truly are committed to weaponizing education in order to indoctrinate the next generations of youth. In another corner are those who truly are committed to producing responsible, thinking adults. There are other corners for the lazy and the incompetent. My experience is that many teachers really want to do well, but are not supported by their administrators, and have to drag around an enormous body of nonsense rules from their school boards and unions. Also, education is one place where corruption in local government is usually more rife (along with public works) cuz that's where the $$$ is.
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The Sound of Inevitability

nomad5 Wrote: Mar 12, 2013 1:09 PM
And they will do it, and will congratulate themselves on their wisdom. Until, of course, the King returns and shows them how warped they are. Of course, at that point there will be no saying "I'm SOOOO VERREEEEEE SORREEEEEEE!".
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The Sound of Inevitability

nomad5 Wrote: Mar 12, 2013 1:08 PM
I agree. Jesus' words in John 16:2 are instructive: "They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God." Think it can't happen today? In the last century millions of people were put to death for a wide variety of "reasons", from Stalin's execution of millions in the Ukraine through Hitler and the Japanese during WWII, Pol Pot in the 1970s, and the Hutus and Tutsis in the 90s. We have already set the stage by declaring the humans can decide which products of human conception are human, and which aren't (see abortion). Society will ultimately start deciding that certain persons, and certain views, need to be removed for society's good.
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Just One Small Point ...

nomad5 Wrote: Mar 12, 2013 10:00 AM
and I am not a coward. Dave Maples
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