Is his definition of who is a legitimate “conservative” getting narrower or is it just my imagination?
It's not only his definition that is narrowing. I believe that conservatism is devolving into ideological sects, much like Christianity. If you're not part of "my" sect, then not only are you NOT a legitimate conservative, but you're going to hell (with all the liberal scum) as well.
Hardly anyone (openly) considers themselves Republican anymore. Everyone's a 'conservative' instead. I wonder how that's gonna play out for the next election.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 22.04.2009 @ 13:04
Are they cost effective over the long term and at mass levels? Do they provide the ongoing, immense power needs for this country?
What, is this supposed to be instant?Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 21.04.2009 @ 14:00
You are wrong to lump solar and wind with ethanol. Solar and wind are extremely effective when used properly.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 21.04.2009 @ 10:08
Your family dies unless this guy talks. We cannot get him to say anything. Do we water board him? Well, do we? I know what I would say, and I just cannot reason myself beyond it. Help me out.
Your ticking time bomb scenario is never ever the case. It just doesn't happen hollywood style like that. Instead, this is how it plays out in the real world...
You water board him, extract whatever lies and half-truths he uses to stop the torture. Then take weeks and months while spending millions of dollars chasing false leads and bullshit intel, which gives his cohorts time to plan new and more devastating attacks elsewhere.
That is the reality. Oh, and torture is immoral and evil too.
Torture has been used for 4,000 years for one reason and one reason only; it works - occassionally.
The problem for the professional interrogator is that it is extremely unreliable. Not being mind readers, they can't determine when a subject is lying to have the torture stopped or telling the truth for the same reason.
And yes, it is immoral and evil too.
ed.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 17.04.2009 @ 12:50
Very good piece Rick.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 17.04.2009 @ 08:37
Lefties are all about ‘tribe’, not so much about country.
Sorry, but science and genetics totally disagree with you. Do some actual research, you'll surprise yourself.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 17.04.2009 @ 12:53
My only point here is that I am disagreeing with you that it has never been tried before.
Apologies, I meant that it has never been applied correctly (as dictated by the theory). From what I have learned about the great depression, it was applied far too late, and the stimulus money was only a small fraction of what it should have been.
The money that the current administration was asking for was the on the very low end of the predicted amount necessary to get the job done. Many who subscribe to this branch of economics think the current package is possibly too little, but not too late. Hard to say, I guess. I hope that it works.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 17.04.2009 @ 08:48
but you should be protesting the irresponsibility of the D’s.
I am. I am heavily involved with EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation http://eff.org ), as this is where my areas of expertise can be of most use. This is a user/consumer oriented organization primarily concerned with net neutrality/privacy/free speech/copyright on the net.
For example, They (we) are the ones investigating warrant less surveillance and illegal information gathering by the US Government against US citizens.
So it might not be your bag, as I have yet to meet many conservatives who care much about net neutrality and net privacy. But it is pretty important to me.
At the moment, Obama is public enemy no. 1.
Unless you think Obama’s plan has merit, you should stop justifying your inaction by pointing to my bad behavior.
Obama's plan is based on Keynesian economic theory. Many people think that he's come up with it off the top of his head because he's an idiot liberal. This is definitely not the case.
Though I understand the theory, whether or not it will work, remains to be seen, as it has never been really attempted before. It's a gamble. Mainly because no country has ever had a problem like this, on this scale. I hope that it works. I really do. If it doesn't, well, hopefully Republicans will have had enough time to think of their own plan.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 16.04.2009 @ 16:02
The Tea Party Protests must be looked at as a great success. To get this much participation in so many diverse venues — without a dime of government involvement is remarkable and unprecedented.
It is neither remarkable nor is it unprecedented. It's just that you either don't care, or haven't been paying attention. Furthermore, please cite protests against government policy where government has ever contributed monetarily to said protest.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 16.04.2009 @ 12:07
We will see if anything comes of these protests or whether people lose interest and wander off.
Well, the best we can hope for is for Republicans to finally control all branches of government again.
That's really our only real chance of getting past the national nightmare of Republicans controlling all branches of government.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 16.04.2009 @ 08:48