Rick, what are the chances that the Hezbollah thugs will refuse to relinquish control. Armed politicians with gangster security are rarely compliant with losing elections.Comment Posted By lionheart On 8.06.2009 @ 06:36
Look, I'm open to anything that works. Praising Muslim history, encouraging the the young Muslim audience, making his case without threats... all good. And I hope it works.
I'm just not convinced that it makes any difference. Perhaps it is a minority of Muslims that are extremists, but those are the ones that are running the various countries (sometimes behind the scenes, as in Egypt and Saudi Arabia). As long as we have any association or support for Israel, they will not like us, and they will not be our friends.
Even apart from that, the religion itself seems very clear that there's not any tolerance for non-believers. Christians seem to have the same goals (spread it everywhere), but not at the point of a gun.
I guess what bothers me most about the trip is the snub to the only mid-east country that is an ally. It's one thing to barely mention Israel in the speech (keep a low profile on our relationship with them since it ignites such hatred- I get that), but to visit so many middle-east countries and not grace them with the respect of a visit diminishes our relationship, and encourages the enemies of Israel.Comment Posted By lionheart On 5.06.2009 @ 13:33
Tu quo que is famous for being a fallacious logical argument. Which is why I prefaced the passage you quoted with a disclaimer that I was using it not for argument or justification, but to point out the irony of being accused of something that the accuser is doing himself.
Michael Reynolds,Comment Posted By lionheart On 5.06.2009 @ 12:27
Fair enough. Hands shaken, and virtual drinks consumed (I like single malt scotch too).
I'm sorry to beat a dead horse, but I wanted you to know that I discovered with a little research, that I have actually read one of your books (Gone). However, it cost me only $4.98, for 576 pages. That's a bit less than a penny a page, so I think you are inflating your rate by a few million percent (just joking- your book was excellent, and I would recommend it to anyone).
And I didn't use it for T.P.Comment Posted By lionheart On 5.06.2009 @ 05:04
Joe, tu quo que.
I'm not using the tu quo que argument to justify irrational criticism of Obama, I am just pointing out how richly ironic it is that you accuse Obama critics of the exact same thing you did (and still do) to Bush. For evidence, I note your 4th sentence.Comment Posted By lionheart On 5.06.2009 @ 04:45
Michael, like I said, I don't care. I truly thought I was helping you- borefests are rarely aware of their projection.
As far as your rate for writing goes, it's out of my price range for the toilet paper I would use it for. But I'll consider your attention to my free advice a rare gift of your self-proclaimed talents. I'll be counting your words (so far, 40). Have you got a few more for me? Maybe just two more? Come on, I know you want to say it.Comment Posted By lionheart On 4.06.2009 @ 14:54
Michael, I used to enjoy reading your commentary. But of late (the last few months) you say the same goddamn thing every post. Fox News bad, righties are wingnuts, Obama is great, blah blah blah.
Get some new material. Or not... I really don't care. I just thought you should know how boring you have become.Comment Posted By lionheart On 4.06.2009 @ 13:44
Do you realize how stupid you sound? Grow up.
First of all, this is not a "screwy religious right wing" issue. I'm as big an atheist as Moran and pro-life, so don't group me in with the religious right. This is a moral issue, not religious.
Second, your statement
These folks call abortion murder, but it’s not, it’s legal, not murder
is sophomoric. Just because something is legal doesn't stop it from being murder. You say a fetus isn't a human being, I say it is. If it is, its murder. If its not, its not murder. Your logic would justify slavery prior to 1864- it was legal.
Third, you say "they advocate murder". Who does? Name a single mainstream pro-life organization that has ever advocated vigilantism or murder. This guy was a loon, and you have plenty of those on your side too (probably more). I'm sure one of your loons will attempt a retribution killing soon enough.
You're a fucking idiot, spouting talking points you read on Kos.Comment Posted By lionheart On 2.06.2009 @ 08:44
Wow. That may be the best ass-reaming I've ever read (your response to comment #6). Treacher posts about a sentence a week too, in case Atrios is too long-winded.
The fact is, Tiller would be alive if abortion were not pushed to the forefront of American politics
I've got to disagree with you that politics is the culprit. The politics are a symptom- the issue itself resonates very strongly with people that don't even vote. Whether one agrees that the living contents of a womb is a life or not does not negate the fact that there are millions of people that believe that it is a life, and is therefore a murder of a defenseless person. On the other side, are the people that believe so strongly that a woman has the right to choose what procedures are performed on her own body that they don't really give a shit whether it is a life or not. There is definitely some middle ground between those two positions, but most of the people I know are represented by one of these two poles. No proof could change either one's position, so the issue is a lightning bolt of conflict, whether one votes or not.
But a lot of those people do vote... which, of course, forces politicians to address the issue. They could no more ignore it than they could ignore a tax policy, or foreign policy or . Symptom, not cause.Comment Posted By lionheart On 1.06.2009 @ 12:47
Michael Reynolds- one more point about diesels: they last 3X as long as gasoline engines. Change the oil regularly, and you'll get 500,000 miles out of your diesel Mercedes (like I did- and still driving it). Try getting that with a gasoline engine!Comment Posted By lionheart On 21.04.2009 @ 13:44