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Here Comes Incest, Just as Predicted

right-side-up Wrote: Sep 11, 2012 10:40 PM
Where is there left to go? Polygamy will obviously be legalized fairly quickly: historically it's been much more widely accepted than homosexuality, plenty of animals have polygamous relationships so it's "natural", etc. I don't pedophilia is far behind. Today they talk about "consenting adults", but the key arguments for homosexuality have always been "you have no right to impose your morals on me" and "why should we need a law to be allowed to love each other". The first clearly applies to pedophilia as much as to homosexuality. And as to the second, who wants to take bets on how long before they start saying, "You are saying it's wrong to love a child? Do you hate children? What's wrong with you?"
This analysis is seriously flawed. You consider all the costs -- the development costs, tooling, unit production, and marketing. But you only consider a tiny fraction of the income generated: what consumers paid to buy these cars. Producing a green car like the Volt was one of the conditions for GM to get $50 billion in government bailout money. Dividing $50 billion by 22,000 cars sold means GM received about $2.3 million per car! This may well make the Volt the most profitable car any auto company has ever made.
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Random Thoughts

right-side-up Wrote: Jul 25, 2012 6:46 PM
Who should decide what medicine you should take or what surgeries you should have? (a) You. (b) Your doctor. (c) Your insurance company (d) A bureaucrat in Washington who has never met you and knows nothing about your case except a statistical summary The correct answer, of course, is (d).
While the Tea Party has never engaged in actual violence, the media are repeatedly warning us that someday they might get violent, or that their words might incite some insane person to violence, and that such hypothetical possibilities totally discredit the Tea Party. When the Occupiers do engage in actual violence, the media explain how this is just a few people who are not representative of the movement as a whole, and that we mustn't allow these incidents to detract from the Occupiers imporant message.
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You Can (Not) Legislate Morality?

right-side-up Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 6:39 PM
Who says? On what basis do you say that one set of moral principles, e.g. don't harm others, is a proper subject for laws, while another set, e.g. don't be promiscuous, is not? Do you have any basis for making this distinction other than "sounds good to me"? Obviously your intuition is different from that of Mr Brown. Why does your intuition trump his? And by the way, on what basis do you say that Mr Brown does not have a "coherent political philosophy", while you, apparently, do? Even using your terms, why is "government should protect the rights of the individual" a coherent philosphy but "government should impose a general morality" is not? Both statements are equally coherent, regardless of which you agree with, if either.
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You Can (Not) Legislate Morality?

right-side-up Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 6:34 PM
You DO sell Amway on company time if you work for Amway. The schools are paid for by the taxpayers. Therefore, it should be up to the taxpayers to decide what is taught there. Are you prepared to put thie question to a vote of the taxpayers? If you are against using the schools to proselytize, then I take it you are also against using the schools to push evolution, gay rights, socialism, etc. Right? If it's wrong for Christians to use the school to teach things that support Christianity, then it must be equally wrong for non-Christians to use the schools to teach things critical of Christianity.
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You Can (Not) Legislate Morality?

right-side-up Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 6:29 PM
It doesn't take "many people" doing something for it to be a problem. If only 1 in 50 or 1 in 100 people decided to walk around naked in public, or commit incest, or sexually abuse small children, I think that would bee too many. If laws against murder were overturned, I'm sure that not many people would become murderers. Would that make it no problem? No one is saying that ALL people only act morally under threat of punishment. The problem is that there are ENOUGH people who only act morally under threat of punishment to cause a problem.
Dead people are not allowed to vote in Florida? This is anti-zombie bigotry, pure and simple!
Florida should write an open letter to the DOJ asking them to specify exactly which dead people and non-citizens should be allowed to vote. Demand a list of the criteria to be applied. Should only some dead people be allowed to vote and not others?
Now that we've solved the problem of securing the future for young women, how about doing something for young men? Who is going to pay for our video games? If we have to buy our video games ourselves, then we will have no money left for college, and our lives will be ruined.
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