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The Poison of Postmodern Lying

Stuart95 Wrote: Jan 31, 2014 12:12 PM
Someone pointed out the sheer inanity of a Harvard-trained lawyer saying "I have to tighten up my language". Maybe she was one of Elizabeth Warren's students.
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The Poison of Postmodern Lying

Stuart95 Wrote: Jan 31, 2014 12:12 PM
Someone pointed out the sheer inanity of a Harvard-trained lawyer saying "I have to tighten up my language". Maybe she was one of Elizabeth Warren's students.
The WSJ yesterday reported that the Milwaukee school system has 15 unused school buildings, costing $1.4m a year to keep up. Charter schools have offered to buy almost all of the empty schools, but the Milwaukee school system has a rule against selling school buildings to "choice" schools. And should a non-school entity buy a property, there will be a provision in the sales contract forbidding the new owner from selling to a "choice" school. You can't make this sort of stuff up.
I don't think prominent leftists are strictly in their game for money. Many of them believe in their heart of hearts in their socialist, egalitarian principles. But I do believe that in their imagining a perfect world in the future, they are just a little more perfect than the riff-raff.
You may be right about Iran. We'll know in a year or so if the Iranians will adhere to the bargain, or treat it like they have every other international bargain. And it's not so much that we dislike Obama; he might be a fun neighbor despite his condescension toward ordinary people. It's his unrelenting, anti-individual, pro-Big Government policies that lead us to believe he can do little right.
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Obama's Power Grab Not Without Precedent

Stuart95 Wrote: Jan 30, 2014 10:29 AM
Obama is so far-left socially and so economically inept that it's empirically probable that if Obama wants it, it's going to be an expansion of Big Government. That means that those of us who see good reason to oppose Big Government will object to virtually every policy change proposed by the Obama administration. Throw in Obama's growing pile of scandals, and many non-Democrats feel pretty safe in blanket statements against Obama. At minimum, you must admit that the overlap between Obama and anyone right of center is vanishingly small.
Cruz needs to be careful that he does not label himself a one-trick-pony in obsessively seeking an apology from Holder. Many independent voters, including me, want to see a balanced alternative to the many, many transgressions of the current administration - not foaming-at-the-mouth idiots. Drudge is prominently reporting that Rand Paul called Bill Clinton a "serial philanderer". Not only did we already know that, but now I'm wondering if Paul has anything serious floating in his head. Couldn't he have issued a pithy quote regarding, for instance, tax reform? Without Cruz and Paul, our non-Democrat choices are narrowed considerably. Guys, please don't blow this historic election with small talk.
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Re-state of the Union

Stuart95 Wrote: Jan 30, 2014 10:02 AM
Hopin' don't pay the rent.
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Re-state of the Union

Stuart95 Wrote: Jan 29, 2014 4:47 PM
Society figured out, by real-world experiment, that alcohol prohibition was even worse than legal alcohol. Some day we will have legal drugs, and we will look back at drugs prohibition as we now do on alcohol prohibition.
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Politics of Hate and Envy

Stuart95 Wrote: Jan 29, 2014 12:29 PM
... thus perpetuating the cycle in which the country becomes less and less vibrant.
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Politics of Hate and Envy

Stuart95 Wrote: Jan 29, 2014 11:55 AM
Just a pedantic point: The STEM people are not underpaid if they receive market salaries. But in terms of contributing to the advancement of our prosperity and well-being, I'll take an engineer over a lawyer any day. Another pedantic point: The lawyers I know are really, really smart. It's just that when lawyers write the laws, they daily create new and better ways to route wealth from the sectors of the market that create wealth to those that restrict the creation of wealth, i.e. other lawyers. Today's example: Barack Obama.
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