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by JohnStOnge
Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:14 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: The Race to Populism
Replies: 25
Views: 1434

Re: The Race to Populism

Remember that "earmarks" and "pork" are distractions that account for very little of the Federal budget and are most certainly not the problem. The problem is the entitlement mentality that gave rise to the idea that government is responsible for making sure everybody is taken care of. It has taken ...
by JohnStOnge
Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:06 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Army discharging single mom who refused deployment
Replies: 65
Views: 2440

Re: Army discharging single mom who refused deployment

On IUDs: Like other forms of birth control, they are not 100% effective. They reduce pregnancy rates. They do not eliminate the occurence of pregnancies.
by JohnStOnge
Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:01 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Army discharging single mom who refused deployment
Replies: 65
Views: 2440

Re: Army discharging single mom who refused deployment

The problem is trying to treat men and women as equal when they are not equal. They are different. They play very different roles in the biology of our species. The fact that one sex carries and bears offspring while the other does not is a huge difference. Plus I think our species evolved such that...
by JohnStOnge
Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:02 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: The Race to Populism
Replies: 25
Views: 1434

Re: The Race to Populism

Distribution of voting among voters who did not finish high school in terms of percentages for the House and Presidential elections of 2008:

Combined National House Elections

Democrats 67%, Reoublicans 30%, Other 3%

Presidential Election

Obama/Biden 63%, McCain/Palin 35%, Other 2%
by JohnStOnge
Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:46 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: The Race to Populism
Replies: 25
Views: 1434

Re: The Race to Populism

You know, I always marvel at the way in which people insult people who might vote for somebody like Palin when exit polling consistently shows that the Democratic Party consistently benefits most from votes cast by the least educated among us. Whether they benefit most from voting among the least in...
by JohnStOnge
Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:37 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: The Race to Populism
Replies: 25
Views: 1434

Re: The Race to Populism

That being said, I think Mitt Romney would be much better for the country than her or anyone the Democrats could put forward. I don't trust Romney. Part of it is gut feeling and part of it is my perception that he switches positions on high profile issues when it's politically beneficial to do so. ...
by JohnStOnge
Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:26 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: The Race to Populism
Replies: 25
Views: 1434

Re: The Race to Populism

I drink Bud Light and she doesn't appeal to me. My brother drinks Bud Light, she doesn't appeal to him. My friend drinks Bud Light, she doesn't appeal to him. According to my sample set, your synopsis is incorrect. I rarely drink beer at all and never have liked ANY light version but I would certai...
by JohnStOnge
Sun Feb 14, 2010 3:08 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Minnesota's Moose Another Casualty of Global Warming
Replies: 8
Views: 693

Re: Minnesota's Moose Another Casualty of Global Warming

3,000 wolves and 7,500 moose and they think they can answer that question conclusively? I think you make a good point...though I would say they don't know how many wolves there are nor do they know how many moose there are. But back to your point: I think they assume that the proportion of animals ...
by JohnStOnge
Sun Feb 14, 2010 2:58 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Army discharging single mom who refused deployment
Replies: 65
Views: 2440

Re: Army discharging single mom who refused deployment

Women shouldn't be in the military. I guess when it comes to this particular issue you could say that the problem is only associated with women who are capable of becoming pregnant. But the problem of pregnancy isn't limited to just this isolated case of refusal. It is nuts to be fielding soldiers t...
by JohnStOnge
Sun Feb 14, 2010 2:53 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Minnesota's Moose Another Casualty of Global Warming
Replies: 8
Views: 693

Re: Minnesota's Moose Another Casualty of Global Warming

....and wolves. Apparently. Well, in the article they say the wildlife management guys don't think it's the wolves because they had collars on animals and among those with tracking collars that died not many were killed by wolves. But the thing is that they're going through all these contortions ab...
by JohnStOnge
Sun Feb 14, 2010 2:11 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Minnesota's Moose Another Casualty of Global Warming
Replies: 8
Views: 693

Re: Minnesota's Moose Another Casualty of Global Warming

The author states up front that there's not sufficient evidence in the survey data to say the population size has changed yet they're making a big deal out of the survey results. Plus when they talk about it not being statistically significant they're almost certainly only considering sampling error...
by JohnStOnge
Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:10 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: America Fine With Gays, Lesbians Serving Openly In Military
Replies: 31
Views: 1549

Re: America Fine With Gays, Lesbians Serving Openly In Military

Since the "why" question came up: My belief is that potential for sexual/romantic attraction between members of the military should be minimized. For that reason I believe participation in the miliary should be limited to heterosexual males. Yes, that means that I do not think women should be servin...
by JohnStOnge
Sun Feb 14, 2010 7:19 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: America Fine With Gays, Lesbians Serving Openly In Military
Replies: 31
Views: 1549

Re: America Fine With Gays, Lesbians Serving Openly In Military

Liberal is now Progressive!! My understanding, correct or not, is that Progressives of the early 20th Century moved towards being called "Liberal" because the "Progressive" moniker was becoming unpopular. So the Progressive movement became known as the Liberal movement. Now, as I understand it, thi...
by JohnStOnge
Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: America Fine With Gays, Lesbians Serving Openly In Military
Replies: 31
Views: 1549

Re: America Fine With Gays, Lesbians Serving Openly In Military

Well, I guess I can now see why it's so important to homosexuals to have others avoid using a word that accurately describes their condition. Now I see why they formed a committee to foster having words like "Gay" and "Lesbian" used rather than "Homosexual." Well, I already kind of knew but the numb...
by JohnStOnge
Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:47 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: POS Alert - US Soldier "waterboards" 4-year old daughter
Replies: 56
Views: 2473

Re: POS Alert - US Soldier "waterboards" 4-year old daughter

So what is your alternative? If a child misbehaves is the rack a suitable punishment? A bed of nails? Like it or not, someone has to define torture. I think we started down the slippery slope centuries ago, perhaps when the Greeks and Romans began to codify laws. Sounds like you prefer anarchy. I d...
by JohnStOnge
Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:06 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: POS Alert - US Soldier "waterboards" 4-year old daughter
Replies: 56
Views: 2473

Re: POS Alert - US Soldier "waterboards" 4-year old daughter

You aren't trying to suggest that a parent has the right to torture a child are you? There are limits as to how a parent can discipline a child. Who, other than the government, is going enforce those limits? Who defines "torture?" Why should government be empowered to determine what the limits for ...
by JohnStOnge
Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:44 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Prosecution and defense: Leveling the playing field
Replies: 3
Views: 393

Re: Prosecution and defense: Leveling the playing field

Okay, but if a person is CONVICTED of the crime, then they should have to pay all the costs of the prosecution. Though a good percentage of criminals are unemployed schmucks who will never actually pay those expenses anyway, so that's not fair. If a person is convicted they will pay a price. I thin...
by JohnStOnge
Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:22 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Prosecution and defense: Leveling the playing field
Replies: 3
Views: 393

Prosecution and defense: Leveling the playing field

As we all know, the prosecution in a criminal case almost always has an advantage in terms of resources over the defendant. The State almost always has more resources to devote to prosecution than the defendant has to devote to defense. In most cases, the imbalance is extreme. Many people lack the r...
by JohnStOnge
Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:18 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: POS Alert - US Soldier "waterboards" 4-year old daughter
Replies: 56
Views: 2473

Re: POS Alert - US Soldier "waterboards" 4-year old daughter

Guys, the bottom line is that as soon at you say government has any say at all about how children are socialized...including the aspect of discipline...you are adopting the premise that government supercedes parents with respect to responsibility for and/or authority over children. I think that is a...
by JohnStOnge
Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:08 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: POS Alert - US Soldier "waterboards" 4-year old daughter
Replies: 56
Views: 2473

Re: POS Alert - US Soldier "waterboards" 4-year old daughter

After reading this post, had I not known you better I would think you were Pro-choice I anticipated that response; which is why I edited to include the idea of definite and demonstrable permanent physical harm. However, if there is any hypocrisy on my part, it is certainly exceeded by that practice...
by JohnStOnge
Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:58 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: POS Alert - US Soldier "waterboards" 4-year old daughter
Replies: 56
Views: 2473

Re: POS Alert - US Soldier "waterboards" 4-year old daughter

What I'm about to say has nothing to do with the question of whether he's a soldier or not. I think the society would be better off if it stayed the $%@! out of the relationship between parents and children. Yes, there would be horrible abuses as there are in any case. But we'd all be better off if ...
by JohnStOnge
Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:08 pm
Forum: Other College Sports
Topic: Tracy Porter, Super Bowl Hero, had no Rivals stars
Replies: 2
Views: 641

Tracy Porter, Super Bowl Hero, had no Rivals stars

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/r ... rter-28313

You know, that guy with the pick six in the Super Bowl. I was clued into the fact that he wasn't highly regarded in the recruiting services by listening to a Sports Talk radio interview with his High School coach.
by JohnStOnge
Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:14 pm
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: Super Bowl XLIV
Replies: 92
Views: 4543

Re: Super Bowl XLIV

I wish I'd said it on this board earlier but I told my wife earlier today that, from what I saw in the admittedly little I watched NFL football this year, the Saints were by far the best team when they played their best game. The problem is that they were inconsistent. But the single most impressive...
by JohnStOnge
Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:09 pm
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: Super Bowl XLIV
Replies: 92
Views: 4543

Re: Super Bowl XLIV

Also cool to see a guy from here in the Baton Rouge metro area (Port Allen) make the big essentially game clinching play on that pick six.
by JohnStOnge
Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:05 pm
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: Super Bowl XLIV
Replies: 92
Views: 4543

Re: Super Bowl XLIV

[quote="bandlI] just talked to my sister on her cell phone who was in the Quarter. Circuits are fine down there.[/quote] Where I live, in the Baton Rouge area, I just tried again and I'm still getting a "Network Busy" message when I try to call anybody on my cell. There's fireworks going off and such.