You missed Rick's entire point, which is:
What business is it of yours what they want to call themselves?Comment Posted By Russell Miller On 18.04.2009 @ 11:17
Retire05: I find it rather amusing how you prove Rick's point by essentially calling him an RINO - like there is some kind of litmus test that he has to fit into in order to call himself a conservative. Essentially, you're doing exactly what he is lamenting - tossing him out of the movement (at least in your own heart) because he disagrees with you.
Also, anyone who pulls the "I'm older than you so I know better" generally doesn't have anything better to back up his thoughts.
I'm not agreeing or disagreeing with the meat of your comment, just making the point that the way you're coming across is making Rick look right and you not so much.Comment Posted By Russell Miller On 9.04.2009 @ 13:14
rssg: Not a whole lot different from the Christians, really, except here they have a few hundred year head start. :)Comment Posted By Russell Miller On 7.04.2009 @ 09:08
"There’s plenty to criticize in both camps although I remain a little more partisan when it comes to conservatives simply because the far left fails to debate honestly, having invented their own language and yardsticks to measure conservatives and using those tools to set up parameters for discussion that proceed from false premises."
Oddly enough, Rick, that's the exact same reason I remain a little more partisan when it comes to liberals.
Heh - the prism is reflective towards one's own biases it appears.
ed.Comment Posted By Russell Miller On 5.04.2009 @ 11:21
I Don't completely agree with your conclusions but I do respect your understanding that the right-wing blowhards out there (some of whom are rightly called wingnuts) are not making things any better. I am an independent and those such as Malkin, Bachmann, etc., do very little but ensure that I never, ever associate myself with any political party they're associated with.
(Hamsher, Nicole Belle, etc., do the same for the Democrats, so I am an equal opportunity criticizer here)
There's plenty to criticize in both camps although I remain a little more partisan when it comes to conservatives simply because the far left fails to debate honestly, having invented their own language and yardsticks to measure conservatives and using those tools to set up parameters for discussion that proceed from false premises.
ed.Comment Posted By Russell Miller On 5.04.2009 @ 09:45
This is why I actually continue to read your site although I actually disagree with it in large swaths. You are at least willing to acknowledge that your "enemies" really do have the best interests of the country at heart, even if you completely disagree with how they want to accomplish it. A little respect goes a long way. Too bad your freeper and hot air and what-not buddies can't also figure this out.
And no, the liberals aren't entirely excused either - there've been a few things over on their blogs that I've thought "that ain't right" about as well. But they're, by and large, not near as vicious about it.
I'm glad you're not too. Gives me a little hope.Comment Posted By Russell Miller On 8.03.2009 @ 17:01
baqueronman: You son will probably make it just fine. I don't think the industry (I should state that while I live in the LA area I'm about as far away from the industry as I can possibly be because I have some sense of personal integrity) cares one whit what your son believes, as long as he can extract as much money from the talent, the studios, or even better, both. I have found hard-core conservatives to be particularly skilled at extracting blood from a turnip. Witness their ability to raise tremendous amounts of money for things like ID "research" and creationist museums.
Nah, he'll be just fine, and he'll likely fit right in.Comment Posted By Russell Miller On 1.01.2009 @ 23:34
Oh. And I should mentioned - I accompanied "Another Hundred People" in a production of "Side by Side by Sondeim" once (I'm a pianist). That particular song, you get the right person singing it and it'll send chills up your spine. Sondheim was a master at word painting.Comment Posted By Russell Miller On 1.01.2009 @ 23:30
I generally don't agree with you on a lot of things. In fact, on a lot of things I consider you to be full of bovine excrement.
However, I found myself listening to KTLK yesterday while I was on the way to the store, and some guy in for Rachel Maddow was going on about the whole "Barack the Magic Negro" song. And I found myself disagreeing with him as well. So what if it's offensive? So what, even, if a blowhard such as Limbaugh liked it (that, to me, is usually an indication that I sould stay far away). I am sometimes offensive to make a point as well, and I started thinking... I'm not entirely sure that just shutting the debate down with calls of "racism" is the right thing to do in this case.
Maybe I'm turning a little more to the right than I used to be. Or maybe I'm just starting to see the same thing I see in the conservatives in the liberals.
I keep reading here. Because unlike Malkin or hotair.com or their ilk... you at least are trying to keep an open mind, and you're at least trying to see people like me, who disagree with you, sometimes *strongly*, as human beings. I suppose that's all I can ask for.
Keep writing. At the very least, you're giving me some incentive to start blogging again, if only to say "Oh, that Rick Moran is being stupid again, and here's why". And isn't that all blogging really is, anyway?
Have a nice year.Comment Posted By Russell Miller On 1.01.2009 @ 23:27
Fine, then, B. Paster. Have the debate. But not in school. That's not the place for it. School is a place for scientifically tested facts and theories, which, like it or not, evolution is one. ID/Creationism is not, and likely never will be.Comment Posted By Russell Miller On 29.12.2008 @ 10:31