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Comment: You don't understand Republicans (Score 2) 739

by DeBattell (#48279931) Attached to: Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

The author of this article obviously doesn't understand how republicans think. Areas that vote republican these do so because they are trying to suppress the (often sizable) minority of poor black people who live in their area. So the republicans in Mississippi, for example, don't WANT the poor black people in Mississippi to have health insurance. Especially if there is any possibility that it will cost them a penny anywhere, ever. The results of this survey make perfect sense if you look at it from that perspective.

Comment: Re:Incredibally stupid argument (Score 2) 322

by DeBattell (#47821861) Attached to: The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

Alternatively you could have really good intel and just capture and jail anyone who trys to make the next great killing machine. I *don't* buy into the mutually assured destruction idea, because it's incredibly unstable. All it takes is one crazy person one time to destroy the whole world. Especially if we keep letting weapons get more and more destructive.

Comment: Re:Kill capitol punishment! Kill it dead! (Score 1) 1038

by DeBattell (#45994543) Attached to: Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

Well that's all fine and good, but not everyone feels as you do. I am NOT willing to accept even a tiny probability of being one of the sacrificial lambs, and more importantly I'm not willing to accept that tiny probably for my children either. Monetary compensation is not a perfect solution, but what you typically see when someone is released after a long stretch of unjust imprisonment is that they are not bitter at all. But the bitterness of the family who has a family member unjustly executed is eternal. The two situations are not comparable at all.

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