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Palin Electrifies CPAC Crowd

RHSimard Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 2:11 PM
Palin shatters, among other things, the trolls' smug complacency and now they're scattergunning this report of her success with desperate urgency. She drew blood and they know it. Fire away, Troll Army, if you like; you wouldn't be here if she were as irrelevant as you incessantly claim.
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GOP Must Launch Reality Offensive

RHSimard Wrote: Mar 15, 2013 11:12 AM
Hey, got an idea: Yeah, let's go with the prezzie's promise. Agree to his two-for-one cuts-to-tax... er, revenue plan. Yeh, go for it. But on one condition: Get the accounts current, like, to the Reagan years. Before so much as two cents in total tax hikes, they have to put ON THE BOOKS and IN FORCE all the (inflation-adjusted) spending cuts (real cuts, not baseline tomfoolery) they or their forbears ALREADY promised in return for the tax hikes they really DID get. Just get current on the X-for-Y tax/spending promises already bought and paid for. Then we'll talk. It's only fair.
(Please reverse the order of these two posts.)
I hope the British rank-and-file can see how bad things are there. It took strong leadership to keep them out of the seductive spiral. No surprise that leadership came from a Reaganesque Prime Minister, Maggie Thatcher.
Yes. For a preview, look at the roaring success of the Eurozone experiment. Ain't it great? I have to admit that I get a real kick out of Nigel Farage's explosive rants. He's dead right, and you don't want to be on the wrong side of his viewpoints when he gets up to express them.
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The Tyranny of the Virtuous

RHSimard Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 6:42 AM
Very good article in principle, but there is one place I disagree, and that is the distinction in the case of tobacco. it is impossible to smoke in anywhere near close proximity to others without forcing then to ingest some of the poison. You can drink all the sodas of any size you like or scarf down trans fats by the pound at Burger King without the slightest effect on what the folks around you are eating. The same cannot be said for tobacco smoke.
Suppose it really had happened the way he claimed. You mean to tell me that the President of These United States couldn't compel them reverse their decision? Oh no, children, no, this president never uses the weight of his office to put pressure on anybody...
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A Catholic Pope, Revisited

RHSimard Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 3:43 AM
To clarify: When I say never, ever be condoned, I mean the church's condemnation must not waver. Abortion where allowing the pregnancy to proceed puts the mother at risk of serious harm or death, and no medical alternative exists, then abortion becomes a special case of self-defense, and almost nobody denies that the taking of another human life, which abortion does, is justified in that case.
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A Catholic Pope, Revisited

RHSimard Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 3:31 AM
It's important to maintain the distinction between contraception, in the true sense of the word, and abortion. Even if the Church continues to condemn both practices, it should nonetheless make a very clear and sharp point of the very dramatically different moral concerns between the two. Like it or not, Catholics use artificial contraceptives, as well as natural methods sanctioned, indeed taught, by the Church. If the Church were to relax the ban on contraception within marriage, it would not necessarily be abandoning core principles. Even within my lifetime, some prohibitions have been discarded. Abortion, on the other hand, can never, ever be condoned.
It sounds so hackneyed, sure, but it's so appropriate: insofar as the reaction from the left, and lamestream news in particular, what will it be compared to what it would be if a staunchly conservative Republican had said it?
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