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Cochran is being dishonest. He isn't being persecuted for his religion, which no doubt many of his coworkers share. He's being persecuted for making inflammatory public statements. Believe whatever you like. Be whatever religion, or no religion, you like. But if you make public comments that a growing propotion of the population find bigoted, you are going to have problems, whether you claim your perceived bigotry is rooted in your religion or not. Jesus is not a get-out-of-responsibility-free card.
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The State of the Bubble Address

Science Avenger Wrote: Jan 22, 2015 3:51 PM
Looks like the "I won both elections" line really got to someone. You'd best run a candidate with more substance to what they have to say than you Mike, or you'll get to whine about having to listen to a Democratic president for another 4 years.
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The Last Taboo

Science Avenger Wrote: Jan 21, 2015 4:28 PM
"Both the normalization of incest and the normalization of homosexuality spring from the destruction of objective standards of morality in favor of validation of subjective feelings." Baloney. Homosexuality was normalized due to the recognition of the reality of homosexuals who wanted to get married, and the lack of any objective argument against allowing it. It is the opponents of gay marriage who demand their subjective feelings about their arbitrary morality rule the day. "Society is bettered by heterosexual marriage because man and woman can exclusively create and best raise children. The same is not true of any other form of relationship." ROTFLMAO This idiotic argument has been shredded and mocked in legal cases, and for good reason: it says nothing about homosexual marriage. If that's the best you got, you got nothing.
The President read from a teleprompter? Really? You mean like every president who preceded him who was able, and surely every one to follow? Wow, how noteworthy. This bubble teleprompter joke just exposes you as another reality-challenged twit. Please proceed Governor...
"...too many among us ... simply don't believe in the power of our ideas anymore." Or recognize that you don't really have any. In your entire article you mention only one: repealing Obamacare. The rest is just blather pretending to be ideas. You can't blame people for recognizing this and acting accordingly.
"President Obama Sings the Same Old Song" You should love that Cal. You've been opining from a mid-19th century perspective for years.
"The reality is that a good man – a husband and father and grandfather - was fired from his job because his boss objected to his religious beliefs. " Oh really? So all the other Christians in that department were fired too? No? Then it wasn't because of his beliefs. It was bercause of actions he took. Beliefs, Actions. They're different.
You'll notice that the author included a chart of income taxes, but not of income. There's a reason for this: the income is more skewed to the top than the income tax is. And the recent gains in income are even more skewed to the top. Now whether that is a good thing or a bad thing is another question, but the author's presentation of the data is flawed at best and intellectually dishonest at worst.
For those who tire of the empty rhetoric of people like Carson, here's some data. An excerpt: "In 1971 a child from the poorest fifth had an 8.4% chance of making it to the top quintile. For a child born in 1986 the odds were 9%. The study confirms previous findings that America’s social mobility is low compared with many European countries. (In Denmark, a poor child has twice as much chance of making it to the top quintile as in America.)" It is simply not true, not by a long shot, that if the children of the poor "worked hard and were innovative and productive, they and their families would be the beneficiaries of that labor" to the same extent that the children of the rich are. We still have a long way to go to reach the laudable goals Carson naively thinks we've already achieved.
For those who tire of the empty rhetoric of people like Carson, http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21595437-america-no-less-socially-mobile-it-was-generation-ago-mobility-measured. An excerpt: "In 1971 a child from the poorest fifth had an 8.4% chance of making it to the top quintile. For a child born in 1986 the odds were 9%. The study confirms previous findings that America’s social mobility is low compared with many European countries. (In Denmark, a poor child has twice as much chance of making it to the top quintile as in America.)" It is simply not true, not by a long shot, that if the children of the poor "worked hard and were innovative and productive, they and their families would be the beneficiaries of that labor" to the same extent that the children of the rich are. We still have a long way to go to reach the laudable goals Carson naively thinks we've already achieved.
"...what has been the most dynamic religion in the world for the last hundred years." Har har, you're hilarious. Except you've got it bass-akwards: climate science is indeed science, even when it rubs against your religious sensibilities. "This year, the pope will use an immense amount papal moral influence to address global warming, or as it is now called, in light of the small amount of warming actually taking place, climate change." Ah, the trope that won't die. The terms "climate change" and "global warming" have been used interchangably for decades, as evidenced by The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was created in 1988. There is not now, nor has there ever been, a dramatic shift from one phrase to the other. Now it is true that some people prefer to use the term "climate change" rather than "global warming" because, as you so eloquently demonstrate, people with no understanding of the science often interpret "global warming" to mean "getting warmer everywhere, and at all times", ignoring its actual meaning of getting warmer on average worldwide. The earth is a large complex place, and the climate is its equal. And the warming continues, despite the misinformation machine that keeps insisting otherwise and inventing evidence-free worldwide conspiracies. The Pope should be lauded for acknowledging this human crisis, instead of being criticized by know-nothings.
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