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Only the Father knows the time of the Son's return.
"As if he mattered! " "How many battalions does the Pope have?"--Joseph Stalin Stalin's gone. The Soviet Union is gone. Pope is still here, and so is the Church. Ponder.
The fatal error, on the part of both the anti-gun and the anti-video game lobbies, is the belief that "something must be done". The data indicate otherwise: violent crime has been falling consistently since the mid-1990s, including both garden-variety murder and mass murder, with and without the use of firearms--despite the fact that both guns and violent video games have proliferated in this period. That would indicate a negative correlation between both guns and video games and the inclination to commit violent crimes. Both Mr. Bozell and anti-gun zealots are guilty of reductionism. Violence--particularly youth violence--is a complex phenomenon not driven by a single factor.
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An Evangelical Pope?

Stuart Koehl Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 11:15 PM
Purgatory is a doctrinal development of the Latin Church from the commonly held Apostolic Tradition that the souls of the departed require purification after death, and that prayers for the departed are efficacious in that regard. The Eastern Churches do not have a doctrine of purgatory, and refuse to go much beyond the Tradition of the undivided Church, but all do believe that the souls of the departed are purified and that praying for the dead is helpful. They just don't speculate on how this is accomplished.
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Starring in Drone Dynasty

Stuart Koehl Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 10:16 PM
I reiterate--you have no expectation of privacy in your backyard, nor in any other public place. You have no freedom from aerial surveillance, because you do not have infinite air rights over your property, and under the open skies policy the U.S. has followed since the development of the airplane, anybody flying over your house can take a picture of it.
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Starring in Drone Dynasty

Stuart Koehl Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 10:13 PM
U.S. citizens who go to war zones and take up arms against the United States forfeit their civil liberties and become mere combatants--unlawful combatants in the case of those who join terrorist organizations. Just as we did not extend civil liberties to American citizens serving in the German, Japanese or Italian armed forces (and they numbered in the thousands, thanks to dual citizenship and mandatory conscription), neither do we extend civil liberties to U.S. citizens who choose to become terrorists.
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Starring in Drone Dynasty

Stuart Koehl Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 10:11 PM
I'm very conservative, and both. In fact, as far as I can tell, I'm one of the few people here who actually has a grasp of the technical issues.
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Starring in Drone Dynasty

Stuart Koehl Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 9:45 PM
Of course they aren't. Imaging satellites fly in polar sun-synchronous orbits. They pass over the same spot on earth at roughly the same time each day, and can view that spot for less than fifteen minutes at a time. Do you really think that anybody can afford the constellation of 96 high resolution satellites it would require to provide 24/7 coverage of every spot on the globe? Or that there would be enough bandwidth to process the downlinks?
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Starring in Drone Dynasty

Stuart Koehl Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 9:43 PM
Boy, you are a friggin' moron. Just how do you figure that? Do you know how many high resolution imaging satellites there are, how they work, what they can do? Obviously, you don't, but that's not going to stop you from blowing smoke out your nether fundament. Yes, what NRO platforms can do is classified, but if you study the unclassified material closely, and know some elementary physics, you can piece together the puzzle rather easily.
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Starring in Drone Dynasty

Stuart Koehl Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 1:12 PM
You don't need a warrant to fly over anything and take pictures. We operate under an "open skies" policy, and always have.
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Starring in Drone Dynasty

Stuart Koehl Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 1:11 PM
But the government has a compelling interest in monitoring the state of rangeland, of the water supply, of the forests and croplands, etc., etc., etc. I bet said rancher has no objection to RPVs when he's thrown off his horse, breaks a leg in the middle of nowhere, and needs someone to come find him before the wolves get there.
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