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Busybody Politics

Stuart Koehl Wrote: Aug 06, 2013 12:42 PM
Every problem began as a solution.
A man who supports the designated hitter rule has no business calling himself conservative. Also, what else should highly paid professional athletes not do? I remember a famous Jim Lonborg quote from the winter of 1967: "I don't ski fast enough to get hurt".
I concur with this assessment. See my follow-on post later in the string.
All I can say (because of what I know) is Chapman is blowing gas out of his nether fundament. It might interest people to know, however, that most of the criticism he directs against missile defense can ALSO be directed against nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile systems, for in all the years since we first deployed such weapons, there has been only one end-to-end test (involving a Polaris A1 submarine-launched ballistic missile) involving a live warhead in an operational reentry vehicle (it worked!). That test was just as sterile and artificial as the missile defense tests that Chapman condemns, but it was good enough to base sixty years of deterrence on it.
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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