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Comment Re:Children or not (Score 1) 200

Since there are no longer criminal penalties all of those pesky constitutional guarantees fall to the wayside.

Except for the one that says we're not supposed to deprived of property without due process... that applies whether it's "civil" or not. And of course, if the fine's over $20 you could ask for a jury trial. Gee, maybe the founders were on to something there... oh yeah, they tried to pull crap like this back in the 18th century too.

Comment Re:If you don't like the textbooks, (Score 2) 337

Number one, there is a controversy. I know you think only famous cosmologists, mechanical engineers who used to host science shows for kids, and the fossil fuel companies count. But there are actual CLIMATE SCIENTISTS who have doubts, not to mention a large potion of the public.

Second, unless you're a fan of damnatio memorae, controversies should be mentioned even if they were wrong. You know, like aether theories, eugenics, phrenology, bloodletting...

Comment Re:Who chose the word "worker"? (Score 1) 337

There were slaves imported up to 1808, when it was finally outlawed (the Constitution required that it not be done until 1808). That being said, I really doubt there were even hundreds of thousands between independence (whether traditionally 1776, de facto 1781, or de jure 1783).

Comment Re:Real smart fella (sarcasm) (Score 1) 519

You've personally bombed someone?

Because we're talking about people who have. And no, I'm not going to pretend that there is moral equivalence between people who have might have ironically Nobel Peace prize-winning leaders, yet are peacefully going about their lives, and people who directly attack the innocent and defenseless.

Because there isn't moral equivalence. And while, as a Christian, I'm painfully aware that 100% of us have done evil and deserve death, I'm not going to excuse violent actions in some idiotic attempt to build political cachet.

Comment Re:but its working (Score 1) 118

This is why alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine are legal despite being extremely addictive and bad for one's health.

That's a bit of a blanket statement. Alcohol and caffeine are not addictive, by the scientific definition of the word, and alcohol is not bad for your health in small quantities. Actually, none of those is bad for you in small quantities.

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