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  1. Re: 70% of Americans want state referendums on abortion.

    Actually, in lots of states there is definitely a way. More in the west, less in the east and south. More than you ever wanted to know here.
  2. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    A curious definition of the word, since every government on earth that we normally call 'democratic' does not operate that way, and recognizes some limits on its power.

    But a thought experiment: ...
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    Re: Mar a Largo

    Doesn't take much, does it? What'll they do if he gets indicted? And if he were to get caught robbing a bank, they'd support him to the death? 'I could shoot somebody on 5th Avenue . . ." ...
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    Re: Mar a Largo

    Jonathan Chait yesterday (source)
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    One would think this would be obvious. Laws are based on ideas of right and wrong, which for better or worse are 'belief systems'. Even the basic principle that you shouldn't harm others . . . ...
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    Re: Happy birthday to Ian McColgin…

    Happy Birthday!
  7. Re: Which EVs Will Qualify for the New Electric Vehicle Tax Credit? It’s Complicated.

    Alas, when roads are funded by a tax on gasoline, that actually makes sense.
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    Re: Mar a Largo

    If he's barred form elected office, I think there's a fair chance that in 20 years the Republicans will say that was what saved their party.
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    Re: Mar a Largo

    A lighter note.

    'I like 'Presidential Cosplay' - although it also has elements of the traditional madman dressing up as Napoleon. Cosplayers don't really think they're anime characters.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    Likely right. Some of that probably, and retaining old-time social norms about gender roles.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    This is mostly mistaken, (and that very partial quote doesn't even come close to demonstrating the point.) Again, while I disagree entirely with those who want to make abortion illegal, 'controlling...
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    Re: Dick Cheney

    We're all wrong about some things, right about others. This time, he got it right. If making that video helps, good for him.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    Fortunately, they haven't tried to enact that one into law.
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    Re: Happy birthday to Katherine…

    Happy birthday!
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    The real hard-core anti-abortion folks consider it abortion, and want to ban it. Really. One step away from 'every sperm is sacred'.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    Decourcy's not being silly, he's just defining two ends of a continuum. While some folks might think that a fertilized egg is the moral equivalent of a child and deserves the same legal protection,...
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    Re: Touching the 3rd Rail?

    Means testing Social Security isn't worth the trouble. The number of bazillionaires is small, the amount they receive a miniscule proportion of the whole. Raising the max income for SS tax and...
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    Re: Karen, Your Entitlement Is Showing

    The one in #38 is halfway plausible, in Berkley, anyway. I'd bet the original is a parody.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    Which is precisely Tom's point; those who oppose abortion are convinced that the fetus is a human being worthy of legal protection.
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    Re: Karen, Your Entitlement Is Showing

    Jesus T. Christ. :rolleyes:

    It almost seems like a parody.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    OK, maybe it's 50 years out, not ten or 20. Never said it was easy; the point is the same.
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    Re: Bad Ju-Ju Much?

    Geez guys, they kept the part with all the information. The rest of it is just rocks.

    But no, I wouldn't want to buy the house either; too weird.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    'Viable outside mom' depends on the level of technology. It's not that far from where we are now, to being able to grow a fertilized egg into a baby in a completely artificial environment. Even...
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    Re: Trump is Toast

    We have about four, actually, although our system compresses them into two. We have the left (center-left most other places, but I'm using the US scale) Bernie Sanders and the like, and centrists...
  25. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    Definitely vestigial. Vestigial is not at all a bad thing.
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    Re: Joe Manchin III

    Sorry, just a typo. Fixed it.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    While I'm 100% in agreement with Tom that this is indeed a real moral question, I don't think 'alive' and 'not alive' is the important distinction. Pretty much everything we eat was once alive. ...
  28. Re: How ancient sailors sailed west in The Med

    That takes skill.
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    Re: Joe Manchin III

    I'm developing a serious dislike of Mr Sinema. Seriously, making her support contingent on preserving the goddamn carried interest loophole? OTOH, they replaced it with a tax on stock buybacks, a...
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    Re: Alex Jones' bad day

    Yet.

    I'd bet that in Mr Jones's case, it's genuine mental illness, some variety of sociopathy / personality disorder, where he genuinely doesn't know the difference between truth and lies, at...
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    Re: Trump is Toast

    Too cynical by a factor of about 5, again. There certainly appear to be some in the federal government who are determined to defend Mr Trump, and hide evidence of his wrongdoing as best they can. ...
  32. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    Guys, I was being sarcastic! 76 posts later, you appear to have taken it as an instruction! :rolleyes:
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    While I agree with the voters of Kansas and applaud their decision, 'the states get to decide' applies only to things that are optional, not basic human rights. The states get to decide on zoning...
  34. Re: Conservatives vs. KKK: Spot the Difference | The Daily Show

    Who's this 'we'? But indeed,, some of us have. It isn;t just Trump, although he pushed it farther by normalizing unapologetic assholery. He's just one more step in something that's been going on...
  35. Re: Conservatives vs. KKK: Spot the Difference | The Daily Show

    There have been several iterations of the KKK. The one in the early 20th century was quite mainstream, and had several million members in the midwest as well as the south. They were very strongly...
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    Sincerity and $2.50 won't even get you a tall latte at Starbucks anymore.
  37. Re: Jews and non-christians are not part of the conservative movement

    One might think that the cult of Mary was a medieval thing, but it's alive and well in many parts of the world. I used to live in Cartago (Costa Rica), site of the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los...
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    Re: What is reality?

    Orwell's model was Stalin's Russia. North Korea seems worse, if smaller.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    This is getting silly. The fundamental disagreement is about the moral status of the fetus or embryo. The 'leave people alone' argument works only if one considers it not fully human (and I would...
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    Re: What is reality?

    Heather Cox Richardson this morning:
  41. Re: Jews and non-christians are not part of the conservative movement

    Oy, here we go about word definitions again.

    The way I use 'Christian' (and, obviously, the way I think it should be used) is a designation for the various branches of one major religion, and...
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    The problem is that the extremists, and certainly the religious right, are a very large fraction of Republican voters. Republicans can't win elections in any place that's halfway closely divided if...
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    Re: Alex Jones' bad day

    May he have many more worse ones.

    Or, perhaps (if I'm being very kind), may he come to really understand how badly he f*cked up, and spend the rest of his life trying to make amends. (It could...
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    There are those who claim to believe that aborting a six-week fetus, much less a more developed one, is genuinely the moral equivalent of going at a 4-month-old baby with a machete.

    I submit that...
  45. Re: Jews and non-christians are not part of the conservative movement

    What we know about the man's teaching is through second or third-hand accounts written quite a few years after his death. And we don't generally apply that test to other religions. Do 'real'...
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    Although it's a special case, the Kansas legislature has large Republican majorities (29-11 Senate, 86-39 House), and they proposed a referendum to remove protections for legal abortion. ...
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    Re: January 6th Committee

    If that was 'serious planning', I'd hate to see what he'd do if he weren't serious. As a coup attempt, it was pretty pathetic. Mr Trump's best quality has always been his blithering incompetence.
  48. Re: Jews and non-christians are not part of the conservative movement

    Nah. As I see it, 'Christian' doesn't necessarily mean 'a good person'. 'Christians' are about as diverse as human beings in general, and over the centuries various Christian groups have both...
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    Here's more of it. She's very good. Source.
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    Re: The time has come to hang together

    None of us are very good at predicting the future. The problem, of course, with relying on what one sees directly is that what any of us see is a very small part of the whole - but sometimes it...
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