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The CIA and Its Torturers

Tacitus X Wrote: Dec 11, 2014 7:21 PM
"Torture" is defined as "the act of inflicting excruciating pain, as punishment or revenge, as a means of getting a confession or information, or for sheer cruelty." Waterboarding doesn't inflict pain, it induces panic.
Lepanto - I'm sure you mean well but your quote makes little sense. I've "heard" Moses and the prophets as much as you have, I just don't find much of what they had to say very credible. I'm quite open to persuasion if miracles are actually performed, rather than merely claimed. Feel free to arrange for my long-dead father to rise from the dead. Or if you feel like something grander, how about arranging for a beautiful new planet (populated by church-going beings of course) to suddenly appear in our solar system.
The fulfillment of any prophecy (from your daily horoscopes to those in the Bible) largely depends on how one interprets vague allusions to even more vague events or people. It's like claiming to see images in shifting clouds. Belief in Biblical prophecy is no more credible than belief in the purported prophecies of Nostradamus, Mohammed, or astrology - though millions will swear by those also. Worse yet, most if not all of these "prophecies" were written or revised AFTER the predicted events happened in an effort to better fit later events. Take the least vague one listed here: "they have pierced my hands and my feet." This verse (Psalm 22:17 in the Hebrew verse numbering) reads in the Masoretic Text: "like a lion my hands and my feet." The syntactical form of the Hebrew phrase lacks any verb. This was supplied in the Aramaic targum which reads "they bite like a lion my hands and my feet." Later translations and revisions changed the verb to "delved," "dug," and finally "pierced." The other "prophesies" listed here are vague enough to be easily twisted or adapted to fit almost anyone, e.g., "he will have a forerunner."
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Is Law Optional?

Tacitus X Wrote: Dec 10, 2014 12:20 AM
Johnm - "Reasonable" is the last thing the soviets and fascists are. You are confusing "centralized control" with "reason."
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Is Law Optional?

Tacitus X Wrote: Dec 09, 2014 11:40 PM
Rcopeland - no cigar. "Theocracy" is "a system of government by priests claiming a divine commission." "Cracy" is from the Greek word "kratos" meaning "regime" not "philosophy."
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Is Law Optional?

Tacitus X Wrote: Dec 09, 2014 2:26 PM
It isn't better for the victims (past and future) of the guilty 100.
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Is Law Optional?

Tacitus X Wrote: Dec 09, 2014 2:24 PM
Neal - Theocracies are notoriously tyrannical and brutal: look at the ancient Egyptians, Aztecs, Catholic inquisitions, Protestant witch-burnings, etc. The American Enlightenment rejected church authority and based the rule of law on reason rather than faith. "Thirteen governments [of the original states] thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery, and which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favor of the rights of mankind." – John Adams
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What the UVA Rape Case Reveals

Tacitus X Wrote: Dec 05, 2014 1:08 PM
So the story is that she was gang-raped on glass shards but didn't go to the police out of concern that it might hurt her friends' chances of joining that same fraternity? I believe I've found the flaw in this story: it's completely stupid and unbelievable. Of course, this makes it perfect for the typical reader of "Rolling Stone." It's called "target marketing."
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Hollywood Hypocrites

Tacitus X Wrote: Dec 05, 2014 12:51 PM
Ever notice how divorced from reality the left is? They disproportionately flock to occupations where they are shielded from the consequences of their beliefs and actions: the entertainment industry, academia (thanks to tenure), civil service (impossible to fire, not effected by a declining economy), media (ad revenue based on circulation, not truthfulness or accuracy), "public" television and radio, charitable foundations with large endowments they had nothing to do with creating, etc. Meanwhile, even when conservatives work for the government it tends to be in legitimate areas like the police and military.
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Provocations Galore

Tacitus X Wrote: Dec 03, 2014 11:31 PM
Jcorcoran - Who gave you the right to uproot, mutilate, and kill inoffensive plant life just so you can enjoy biting and chewing the developed ovaries of utterly innocent seed plants?
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Elite Contempt for Ordinary Americans

Tacitus X Wrote: Nov 26, 2014 12:35 PM
Another good article, but why flatter them by referring to them as "elite"? We should highlight their rigid conformity, greed for power, and parasitical existence by referring to them as the "liberal establishment" or "leftist establishment."
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