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Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Today, 06:02 PM
Replies: 626
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Posted By bruto
Who are "they?"

Who are "they?"
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Today, 02:07 PM
Replies: 626
Views: 16,940
Posted By bruto
I hope you gauge the usefulness of the effort by...

I hope you gauge the usefulness of the effort by its benefit to you, so as not to waste it all.
Forum: USA Politics Today, 02:04 PM
Replies: 404
Views: 8,365
Posted By bruto
Nonsense. It may well be that economic...

Nonsense. It may well be that economic considerations are important, but very poor people in very poor places often have lots of kids, and not just because they don't know better, and birth rates go...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 06:43 PM
Replies: 487
Views: 9,387
Posted By bruto
Warp, serious question to which I neither ask nor...

Warp, serious question to which I neither ask nor expect a real answer, but which I think for yourself you should think hard: what percentage of minority would you consider too large to justify as...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 05:42 PM
Replies: 487
Views: 9,387
Posted By bruto
Why would they? One thing is stupid and unlikely...

Why would they? One thing is stupid and unlikely and pretty blatantly unconstitutional, while another, while decidedly stupid and wrong, has a basis in laws that real people are really talking of...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 08:28 AM
Replies: 487
Views: 9,387
Posted By bruto
I think I get your point but while a bill is all...

I think I get your point but while a bill is all or nothing with regard to its content it is not with regard to its passage. If a bill to allow abortion fails it does not become a bill to ban it. ...
Forum: USA Politics 30th June 2022, 06:32 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 2,696
Posted By bruto
Not according to you, I had a longer response...

Not according to you, I had a longer response ready but erased it. Hopeless.
Forum: USA Politics 30th June 2022, 04:25 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 2,696
Posted By bruto
So who here suggested it be unrestrained? There...

So who here suggested it be unrestrained? There is a big difference between slowing something down and killing it, and a difference between the passing will of a political majority and the change of...
Forum: USA Politics 30th June 2022, 02:50 PM
Replies: 404
Views: 8,365
Posted By bruto
In the latter case it is potentially worse, if...

In the latter case it is potentially worse, if officials look to prevention. It is, after all, unknown what a person's reason for travel is, unless it is monitored and controllled. A pregnant person...
Forum: USA Politics 29th June 2022, 07:34 PM
Replies: 404
Views: 8,365
Posted By bruto
True, I suppose, but how sad it is that human...

True, I suppose, but how sad it is that human rights in general are seen as an impermissible "progressive project."
Forum: USA Politics 29th June 2022, 06:44 AM
Replies: 335
Views: 30,875
Posted By bruto
Even if you were right in saying no one should...

Even if you were right in saying no one should touch someone as a general rule of etiquette, that does not make it a crime. It's also considered good manners not to say nasty things to another, even...
Forum: USA Politics 28th June 2022, 03:00 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 2,696
Posted By bruto
I think this is true, and also is why originalism...

I think this is true, and also is why originalism is such junk thought. I think many of the founding fathers were great men of their time and their culture, able to see beyond it better than many,...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 28th June 2022, 11:04 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,196
Posted By bruto
You don't have to favor open borders to realize...

You don't have to favor open borders to realize that Governor Abbot's remark is just plain stupid.
Forum: USA Politics 28th June 2022, 08:46 AM
Replies: 404
Views: 8,365
Posted By bruto
Originalism is the compromise of the generous...

Originalism is the compromise of the generous absolutist: it's only relatively relative.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 28th June 2022, 07:55 AM
Replies: 487
Views: 9,387
Posted By bruto
No, I thought I had added something at the last...

No, I thought I had added something at the last minute but seem to have forgotten to hit the button or something. This forum is about as social a medium as I get to. I am not on facebook or twitter...
Forum: USA Politics 28th June 2022, 07:54 AM
Replies: 335
Views: 30,875
Posted By bruto
But this is Giuliani, so maybe you'd better not...

But this is Giuliani, so maybe you'd better not touch him. You don't know where he's been.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 27th June 2022, 05:57 PM
Replies: 487
Views: 9,387
Posted By bruto
All true and good, but being a Vermonter there's...

All true and good, but being a Vermonter there's not much to be gained by writing my congressman or my senators. I mean, really, what can I possibly say to Bernie, or Pat Leahy or Peter Welch other...
Forum: USA Politics 27th June 2022, 05:40 PM
Replies: 404
Views: 8,365
Posted By bruto
REgarding criticism I was not referring to you....

REgarding criticism I was not referring to you. Others have indeed criticized the Democrats for not following up on Roe V. Wade with legislation. I think many thought (and it should have been true)...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 27th June 2022, 03:28 PM
Replies: 487
Views: 9,387
Posted By bruto
We're pretty much at the whining stage anyway,...

We're pretty much at the whining stage anyway, unless we're in states where there's something that needs doing. I'll be voting for the reproductive rights Amendment in the State Constitution, and...
Forum: USA Politics 27th June 2022, 02:08 PM
Replies: 377
Views: 17,789
Posted By bruto
In a more optimistic (if somewhat long-term) way,...

In a more optimistic (if somewhat long-term) way, I'm reminded of This. (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46565/ozymandias)
Forum: USA Politics 27th June 2022, 02:04 PM
Replies: 1,359
Views: 72,658
Posted By bruto
I am ready with hammer and chisel, and will...

I am ready with hammer and chisel, and will happily do the work for free.
Forum: USA Politics 27th June 2022, 02:03 PM
Replies: 404
Views: 8,365
Posted By bruto
Yes, it's hindsight. Like the people now...

Yes, it's hindsight. Like the people now criticized by some for inaction, I did not think it necessary before. And yes, it should never have become an issue.
Forum: USA Politics 27th June 2022, 10:29 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 2,696
Posted By bruto
Are you suggesting that Congress cannot pass laws?

Are you suggesting that Congress cannot pass laws?
Forum: USA Politics 27th June 2022, 09:36 AM
Replies: 404
Views: 8,365
Posted By bruto
True, it's not always so, and there are no...

True, it's not always so, and there are no guarantees, but I think that the longer a law exists, and is found livable, the harder it is to persuade people to get rid of it, so I would have been...
Forum: USA Politics 27th June 2022, 09:28 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 2,696
Posted By bruto
In the constitutional world "the people" is a...

In the constitutional world "the people" is a thing.

The people makes laws. Nobody is saying the powers of the Federal government are unlimited. The Constitution delineates the ways in which...
Forum: USA Politics 27th June 2022, 07:40 AM
Replies: 404
Views: 8,365
Posted By bruto
True enough, but remember "barely survived" is a...

True enough, but remember "barely survived" is a form of survival. I do believe it's not unreasonable for the D. party to have presumed that Roe V Wade had made a law unnecessary, and for them to...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 27th June 2022, 07:07 AM
Replies: 487
Views: 9,387
Posted By bruto
You said you feel no concern about breaking a...

You said you feel no concern about breaking a drug law, and I said that is likely to be reasonable under the circumstances, but I do not think it entirely off topic to point out that at some level it...
Forum: USA Politics 27th June 2022, 06:47 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 2,696
Posted By bruto
The second part you did not highlight is "or to...

The second part you did not highlight is "or to the people." Just what that means could be debated, but history suggests that if "the people" are the same people who are meant by "we the people" in...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th June 2022, 09:26 PM
Replies: 487
Views: 9,387
Posted By bruto
You may have no concern, and you may be right not...

You may have no concern, and you may be right not to, because Federal law is not enforced, at least not evenly. But it is still a Federal crime, and if you are on their **** list, you'd better watch...
Forum: USA Politics 26th June 2022, 09:22 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 2,696
Posted By bruto
It's not spelled out, but the power of the...

It's not spelled out, but the power of the Supreme Court is stated as applying to all cases in law or equity arising out of the Constitution, and elsewhere as appellate jurisdiction as to both law...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th June 2022, 08:13 PM
Replies: 487
Views: 9,387
Posted By bruto
I think the argument "they're not taking away any...

I think the argument "they're not taking away any rights" is a falsehood even if you agree that it's good and approve of it. Up until Roe V. Wade was overturned that constitutional decision was...
Forum: USA Politics 26th June 2022, 06:55 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 2,696
Posted By bruto
I seem to recall long ago reading something...

I seem to recall long ago reading something called "history," in which the very complicated and politically volatile issues of states versus federal powers were discussed, compromises proposed, and...
Forum: USA Politics 26th June 2022, 10:46 AM
Replies: 751
Views: 35,670
Posted By bruto
Indeed, I do not think "the great replacement" is...

Indeed, I do not think "the great replacement" is a real thing, but I kind of wish it were. It couldn't happen too soon.
Forum: USA Politics 26th June 2022, 10:41 AM
Replies: 404
Views: 8,365
Posted By bruto
Perhaps so, but the Supreme Court did rule...

Perhaps so, but the Supreme Court did rule against segregation, laws forbidding interracial marriage, and laws forbidding birth control, decisions that many of us would consider consistent with...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 25th June 2022, 06:20 PM
Replies: 1,771
Views: 79,064
Posted By bruto
Nearly all the electricity here in Vermont is...

Nearly all the electricity here in Vermont is from renewable resources - quite a large percentage from Hydro Quebec, which at this point has a fair amount to spare and a willingness to sell it to...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 25th June 2022, 05:01 PM
Replies: 1,362
Views: 94,993
Posted By bruto
She's born. Nothing to see here.

She's born. Nothing to see here.
Forum: USA Politics 25th June 2022, 04:36 PM
Replies: 404
Views: 8,365
Posted By bruto
I've been thinking a bit about this, and I think...

I've been thinking a bit about this, and I think this is an important point. Much of conservative support comes from those who are convinced that "liberal" government is meddlesome, complex, and...
Forum: USA Politics 24th June 2022, 09:16 PM
Replies: 1,359
Views: 72,658
Posted By bruto
We can hope, I guess. I think the R. Party is so...

We can hope, I guess. I think the R. Party is so messed up that if he is more or less conscious and still able to stand up in 2024, he'll run, and his minions who have been working tirelessly to...
Forum: USA Politics 24th June 2022, 09:05 PM
Replies: 751
Views: 35,670
Posted By bruto
Like Humpty Dumpty, they do not need to define...

Like Humpty Dumpty, they do not need to define words correctly, only suitable to their own purpose.
Forum: USA Politics 24th June 2022, 12:34 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 2,949
Posted By bruto
To them, not to you, peasant.

To them, not to you, peasant.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 24th June 2022, 12:31 PM
Replies: 487
Views: 9,387
Posted By bruto
He's unreachable by the long dong of the law.

He's unreachable by the long dong of the law.
Forum: USA Politics 23rd June 2022, 02:23 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 2,949
Posted By bruto
I think it extremely clever of the founding...

I think it extremely clever of the founding fathers to hide the word "concealed" so well in the second amendment that it took over two hundred years to find it.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 23rd June 2022, 11:05 AM
Replies: 425
Views: 5,603
Posted By bruto
Identifying wishful thinking doesn't always stop...

Identifying wishful thinking doesn't always stop you from indulging in it.
Forum: USA Politics 23rd June 2022, 11:01 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 2,949
Posted By bruto
The cops should love it, because it will give...

The cops should love it, because it will give them all the more reason to suspect that their victims are armed.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 22nd June 2022, 05:57 AM
Replies: 425
Views: 5,603
Posted By bruto
But that is the moral relativism that theists...

But that is the moral relativism that theists condemn. The standard for theists does not have to be objective. It's supposed to be God, who is supposed to have known what was right all along. That...
Forum: USA Politics 22nd June 2022, 05:51 AM
Replies: 619
Views: 19,832
Posted By bruto
Yeah, it was a quick lame joke about bicycling,...

Yeah, it was a quick lame joke about bicycling, not a meme.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 21st June 2022, 06:09 PM
Replies: 425
Views: 5,603
Posted By bruto
If in 1850 Blacks were viewed in the south as...

If in 1850 Blacks were viewed in the south as family oriented, it's the opposite of mitigation considering that slavery was overtly instrumentally and often intentionally destructive of even the most...
Forum: USA Politics 21st June 2022, 06:00 PM
Replies: 619
Views: 19,832
Posted By bruto
The difference here is that I was thinking along...

The difference here is that I was thinking along the lines of Biden being too proud an old cyclist to give up toe clips.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 21st June 2022, 11:26 AM
Replies: 425
Views: 5,603
Posted By bruto
On the issue of what constitutes what level of...

On the issue of what constitutes what level of slavery etc., while not proposing any particular hierarchy of nastiness to the various objectionable forms of serfdom, binding, forced labor,...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 20th June 2022, 06:42 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 24,497
Posted By bruto
I don't think I've seen that many jets in one...

I don't think I've seen that many jets in one place outside an airport.

I'm reminded of some of those gee-whiz articles in Popular Science back decades ago, about fluidic computing - the idea...
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