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Dear Mitch

Tacitus X Wrote: Feb 26, 2015 9:45 AM
Wait - you mean to tell me that a chinless wonder with frightened eyes and a long history of crumbling when met with the slightest resistance is likely to cave? Who would have guessed?
Other than prostitution and slavery, what industry uses women worse than the entertainment industry?
Dflood - addressing your issues seriatim: releasing more dangerous prisoners is a separate issue. That's why those who back mandatory minimums invariably also back Truth in Sentencing laws. If a criminal is found guilty and sentenced to 20 years for murder, he should serve 20 years. Letting such a person out after 4 years (as frequently happens) is an abomination. Second, why would we want judges wielding arbitrary power? The sentencing guidelines are passed by the people's representatives after much debate. A judge's proper function is to act as an impartial referee to ensure that the proper procedures are followed, not to change the rules, take a rooting interest, and set himself up as a little tin god. Third, lobbyists hired by the "private prison industry" are dwarfed by those representing trial attorneys eager to have something to "sell" their criminal clients. To paraphrase your post, crony socialism runs rampant in the legal industry and government.
Borowski neglected to mention that the rise of mandatory sentences and prison populations has also resulted in lower crime rates, especially for serious crimes. The amount we pay to keep a criminal in prison is a small fraction of the destruction that criminal would cause if turned loose on the public. Not only should judges have as little discretion (i.e., arbitrariness) as possible, we should strengthen Truth in Sentencing laws so the amount of jail time given as fair is actually served. No parole or probation. Rather than let criminals out early for "good behavior," we should increase their time for bad behavior. Obviously, if they behave badly when free, but behave well in prison, they belong in prison. At the same time, drug use should be de-criminalized and perhaps even legalized. The "war on drugs" has predictably been an abject failure. Outlawing drugs has resulted in the industry being run by criminal gangs. The resulting high prices force addicts to commit street crime to feed their habits, victimizing innocent people. As Milton Friedman pointed out, drug prohibition increases the damage drugs do to society.
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Liberals, Stop Lying About Everything

Tacitus X Wrote: Feb 23, 2015 12:42 PM
XJNYC1 - There are many problems with claims that the Earth is warming due to human activity. For starters, whether you see a warming trend or a cooling trend depends on what you use as your base - choose a cool base period and voila! - you have a warming trend. Choose a warm base and you have a cooling trend. The next problem is how do you determine the Earth's temperature? There is no convenient place to stick a thermometer. Do you just check land temperatures? If so, where and how many? Is it proper measure in asphalt parking lots or on glaciers? Do you measure sea temperatures? What depths? Atmosphere -- where and at what heights? Do you measure daytime highs, nighttime lows, daytime lows, or nighttime highs? Obviously, one could manipulate any result by choosing what readings go into the average and how they are weighted. Also, how do you apportion how much of any claimed temperature change is caused by pollution rather than other causes such as fluctuating solar cycles, variations in the Earth's orbit, ocean currents, cloud cover, etc. - especially when such phenomena are poorly understood?
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Why Rudy Was Wrong!

Tacitus X Wrote: Feb 22, 2015 12:30 PM
Simply put, B.O. loves the idea of making the U.S. a collectivist dictatorship.
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Why Rudy Was Wrong!

Tacitus X Wrote: Feb 22, 2015 12:24 PM
Carlos7 - Not unless your "definition" of "atheist" is "theists you don't like."
Christine - if you want to catch fish don't cast your net in a roach-infested alley. What kind of people do you think are trolling bars and internet hook-up sites? Some of the post-ers here mean well, but at church you will mainly meet senior ladies, married couples, kids, and perhaps a few pasty-faced mama's boys. To be blunt, you need to be looking where there are hard-working, ambitious single men with normal personalities. Ideally you would also like to be able to spend some time getting to know them, hopefully without too much competition from other attractive females. Certain industries and jobs could offer that. Another strategy - I met a couple on a scuba diving boat in the Caribbean. The wife told me she began scuba diving because her sister told her it was a great place to meet men. Picture being on a small boat for hours in a very informal fun atmosphere in a beautiful location where single athletic men with money they earned at good jobs vastly outnumber the women. The gal indeed met her husband on a scuba trip. I'm sure you could find similar situations.
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Will the GOP Capitulate Again?

Tacitus X Wrote: Feb 20, 2015 10:57 AM
Doc - as Milton Friedman pointed out, exports are what we gain from trade, imports are what we pay. If China is willing to send us televisions, clothing, etc. in exchange for little pieces of green paper, let them. Sure, they have a lot of goods to trade, but we have a lot of trees. If they never use the dollars by buying U.S. goods, and choose to just keep them, it's like someone who takes your IOU in exchange for his car but never redeems it.
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GOP Double-Crossing Traitors

Tacitus X Wrote: Feb 19, 2015 12:59 PM
Taft - The so-called "golden rule" standard you propose ("we should treat others as we'd like to be treated") is not the standard appropriate to free individuals in a lawful society. Who wouldn't want others to shower them with luxuries? Does that mean we're morally obliged to shower our hard-earned money on slackers, druggies, and criminals? A radical jihadist would rather be dead than to offend Allah. Is he now justified in killing those who don't believe as he does since that's how he would want to be treated?
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Reliving the 1930s

Tacitus X Wrote: Feb 18, 2015 8:37 PM
AC - the quote "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" is from the philosopher George Santayana, "Reason in Common Sense" (1905).
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