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  • Commented on Libertarians Morally Bankrupt
    From what I understand, they argue that government attempts to legislate equality does more bad than good. While some libertarians make consequentialist noises, most have struck me as deontological in their approach to ethics and social issues. Moreover, libertarianism seems...
  • Commented on A Link With Your Coffee
    Here's why the analogy does work Erick: What if I'd rather be a renter? What's that got to do with the ACA? Are you asking what would happen if you don't want to join? There's a penalty you pay. You'd...
  • Commented on A Link With Your Coffee
    I think it makes about as much sense as forcing everyone to buy houses to fix homelessness. I hope you're being facetious because that's a terrible analogy. The ACA expands Medicaid for poor adults, albeit for states who choose to...
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee Monday
    Soooo why is this blog dead all of a sudden? Is Norm just over it? Is he working more than one job now? I've been coming since 2005 and compared to back then this place is a tumbleweed's haven....
  • Commented on A Very Gay Supreme Court Day
    To be honest, the rulings were rather uneventful. They're obviously impactful, especially the striking down of section 3 of DOMA which allows federal benefits to be given to gay couples of states who have legally married. But it leaves intact...
  • Commented on Howard Stern - Evolution and Creationism
    It seems evolution is something that people know very little about but have a tendency to discuss it at great lengths....
  • Commented on Dawkins: "Science - It works,..."
    RE: Rebecca Watson/elevatorgate http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyMTI7MoWck ^This is a good analysis, I think....
  • Commented on Dawkins: "Science - It works,..."
    I think what the person posing the question was trying to convey was the problem of regress; that is, any proposition requires justification, but that justification itself requires justification, etc. The problem with the interlocutor's question is that when dealing...
  • Commented on "Bill Maher: Anti-Science Knuckle Dragger?"
    "In last night's episode he compares California voters, who rightly rejected a proposition that would have forced companies to label GM products..." Rightly? Why Rightly? Why shouldn't people have full disclosure to information like this? What if they don't want...
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee Tuesday
    Norm, in CA they're proposing a proposition requiring food companies to disclose in their labels whether they're using GMOs or not. I'd be interested to know your thoughts on that....
  • Commented on On killing people who are likely to commit a violent crime in the future.
    damn typos >:(...
  • Commented on On killing people who are likely to commit a violent crime in the future.
    Oh goodie. Something I can answer in my area of experitse. ^__^ The position on abortion impacting crime has been shown to be false by Franlin Zimring. Despite the 1.5 million annual abortions, the annual number of live births actually...
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee Friday
    Wait, this study was longitudinal, right? I mean, you can't just simply survey people coming out of a bar and simply assume that the causal variable is alcohol rather than, say, conservatives congregating more at bars than liberals. There must've...
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee - Tuesday
    Why do you think Dawkins made such an accusation?...
  • Commented on Our Religious Heritage
    There's also this one: http://youtu.be/TLQrMqog8Fk...
  • Commented on Sorry, didn't get it... Conan does what?
    Here's a relevant video you guys MUST watch; you'll love it. http://youtu.be/OFkeKKszXTw...
  • Posted Tea Party Debate: Audience Cheers, Says Society Should Let Uninsured Patient Die to onegoodmove Forum
    Wolf Blitzer asked a hypothetical question to Ron Paul about how society should respond if a healthy 30-year-old man with a good job who decided against buying health insurance suddenly goes into a coma and requires intensive care for six months. When Blitzer responded by saying, "Are you saying that society should just let him die?" several in the audience yelled "yeah" and started to cheer. Conservative Andrew Sullivan writing for The Daily Beast's The Dish Tuesday noted that the United States obligates society to save someone in an emergency room. "America, moreover, has a law on the books that makes it a crime not to treat and try to save a human being who walks into an emergency room. So we have already made that collective decision and if the GOP wants to revisit it, they can," Sullivan wrote. So what is your take on this? I'm interested to...
  • Commented on Richard Dawkins on our "queer" universe
    Pretty gay....
  • Commented on The Rapture
    It always surprises me when the most religiously crazy Christians don't read their own Bible: "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone." —Matthew 24:36...
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee - Friday
    If bin Laden had been given a trial it would have been pure theatre anyway....
  • Commented on Links With Your Cocktails -The Future Past
    Is that just your impression or is this well documented?...
  • Commented on Links With Your Cocktails -The Future Past
    While Donohue is a scumbag he raises an interesting point nonetheless: why do most of the victims seem to be male children? Wikipedia says most of them indeed are: "In the United States, the abuse was primarily sexual in nature...
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee - Tuesday
    Even if I concede that it's racist, so what? If children are harmed by this why not take the initiative to take biological parent's kids away for politically incorrect beliefs? Saying that this is the way adoption works and that...
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee - Tuesday
    They've professed a position which logically may lead them to harming a child, and/or violating his rights under the local anti-discrimination and equality laws Having a view that something's wrong and discriminating someone on the basis of that view are...
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee - Tuesday
    Would you say that to a close friend who just came out? How do you think they would feel? Well I wouldn't say that to anyone because I am gay, but that's a separate issue. The issue here is what...
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee - Tuesday
    I would use the term homophobe sparringly; it's too often thrown around that's it's becoming like the phrase 'judicial activism'--in other words, meaningless. I guess the issue becomes how do we determine what views parents can express or even instill...
  • Commented on Links With Your Coffee - Tuesday
    What if the parents were ultra liberal? Would they be allowed to tell their kids that conservatism is wrong and offensive to them?...
  • Commented on The Eagle Has Landed
    Cue John Ashcroft singing, 'Let the Eagle Soar': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woLQI8X2R6Y...
  • Commented on Daily Show: Big Brother, Where Art Thou?
    Does the judge's ruling mean we don't have to have required auto insurance? Wouldn't that also be unconstitutional or am I missing some important caveat?...
  • Commented on Daily Show: The Best F#@king News Team Won't Stop Ever
    That TDS ad was fucking awesome....
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