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    Barnesville teen denied Catholic confirmation after Facebook post supporting gay marriage

    It does matter though. The Church, all churches and religions, are human institutions, and share much in common with other institutions like businesses, and they all share some features with biological systems. Like any species or other biological system, a religion or a church or a business...
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    Ann Coulter, no...Peter singer, yes...

    No, it's exactly the same. Some recent book titles? "Slander", "Treason", and my personal favorite, "Demonic". All applied to "the left" as a group without qualification or reason. Ann is a red meat factory, riling up the suckers with **** I don't even think she believes (look at her personal...
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    Barnesville teen denied Catholic confirmation after Facebook post supporting gay marriage

    Actually you can, and nearly all members of nearly all religions do exactly that. 82% of American Catholics say that contraception is "morally acceptable" and 98% of American Catholic women have used contraception at some point. 66% of American Catholics favor the death penalty. 53% of all...
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    The Austerity games begin...coming soon to America...

    What did that change? It's still called austerity. Which Bill now apparently hates and fears after promoting it for years. That was the point, in case you missed it.
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    The Austerity games begin...coming soon to America...

    You argue consistently that the US spends too much, and should drastically reduce spending on entitlements to balance the budget, and without raising taxes. Do you know what that is called? Austerity.
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    CIA Director David Petraeus resigns

    Rampant insecurity is a defining characteristic of our jingos.
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    CIA Director David Petraeus resigns

    Hence the ridiculous fantasizing!
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    CIA Director David Petraeus resigns

    Wouldn't surprise me. Very little would, after the last 60-70 years or so. Beyond our public hypocrisies, our actions in private have been illegal, immoral, and unjust, from Bay of Pigs to Iran Contra to Extraordinary Rendition. It wouldn't surprise me if our torture and rendition programs...
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    President Obama wins a second term

    Wishful thinking. Both Ron Paul and Gary Johnson shared these positions. Paul was crushed in the Republican primary, and Johnson was crushed in a general election. As much as I might wish those ideas would "catch on like wild fire", those ideas have been around a long time, and they remain...
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    Fort Hood...not terrorism...no benefits to dead and wounded...

    Also, PTSD isn't "simply" mental or just bad thoughts, and I don't think everyone realizes that, sometimes not even the vets themselves. PTSD rewires part of the nervous system, in a long term way - how long we aren't even sure. It alters sensory thresholds, for one. It varies from sufferer...
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    Fort Hood...not terrorism...no benefits to dead and wounded...

    Some of that could be due to the very long, repeated tours that servicemembers can now expect. It seems like that is a change from the historical norm.
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    Presidential Debate 10/16/2012

    The substance of the remarks made from the first to the second debate is nearly identical, even to some of the rebuttal points. And yet, each man "won" a different debate. What are we then to conclude? Substance makes almost no difference here, what matters is the presentation. We all...
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    Presidential Debate 10/16/2012

    Coming from you, that means Obama won.
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    We must protect ourselves from the voter fraud problem we do not have!

    One time my wife used our cat's name to get some extra free CDs from Columbia House (how about THAT blast from the past?). For several years afterwards, we would receive spam mail targeting our cat, including "pre-approved" credit card offers based on her "history of excellent credit."
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    "Volt," problems still around...

    Liberals are bad.
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    Mastermind of Ambassadors murder?

    The Republicans are wise to his secret.
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    We Are Borg...er...democrats...we all belong to Government...

    That's all true. We've gotten the government we've chosen. We still chose it though, and we could change that if we wanted.
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    We Are Borg...er...democrats...we all belong to Government...

    There was no gaffe or misstatement. Some people are deliberately misinterpreting a very clear statement to further their own ends. As Elder said - "I (we) all belong to MartialTalk" does not mean that Bob owns us. As to your earlier question - the People belong to every branch and aspect of...
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    We Are Borg...er...democrats...we all belong to Government...

    "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution...
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    global warming data...garbage in...

    AIDS has a prevalence of about 19% in most of Sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly all heterosexuals.
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    global warming data...garbage in...

    Good to see you again Arnisador.
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    Az. Gov And Immigration

    By the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside." The only way that will change is by constitutional amendment. The people we...
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    All In The Mind

    All activities rewire the brain. Intense, non-intense, repetitive or not, even physical or not. Every sensation, thought, or feeling you have or action you perform rewires the brain. The brain is in a constant flux of dynamic re-wiring, albeit mostly at the single synapse level, not rewiring...
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    To drop, or not to drop...Biden from the ticket...

    Seems apropos: Could a being create the fifty billion galaxies, each with two hundred billion stars, then rejoice in the smell of burning goat flesh? Ron Patterson
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    An Amusing Article About a Serious Problem

    Even (especially?) the inventors and users don't understand what they are doing. Unexpected emergent properties are cropping up in these algorithms. Such as "the knife": No one knows why the trading algorithms are behaving like this. And yet, they continue to use them, despite the dangers -...
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    Foreign Campaign Contributions Could Disqualify Romney From

    The payment of a wage to members of the House of Commons was a major step forward for democratic governance. Without it, only those of independent means can afford to be in government. No one else can take 6 months or more off every year. That would be no improvement over what we have now.
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    Romney Picks Paul Ryan...

    So it turns out Obama DID have a plan. That cartoon you posted must have been for the purpose of pointing out foolish propaganda with no regard for the truth...right?
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