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Comment: Re:Here's a better idea (Score 1) 678

by smithmc (#49512797) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

One of the great ironies.. the east coast has a good watershead and extremely fertile land, but we moved so large chunks of our agriculture to regions with crappy land.

"Crappy" is defined by more than fertility. What California's land has lots of, that the East Coast doesn't have as much of, is sunshine, which is even more difficult to ship around from place to place than water.

Comment: Re: Saudi Arabia, etc. (Score 1) 653

by smithmc (#49416635) Attached to: Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a 'Hypocrite' On Gay Rights

Well, from the Chik-fil-a and other boycotts, I get the impression that the gay rights advocates strongly support the idea of boycotting a business based on what they believe. Yet, the intention here is that the business not have the same rights-- to refuse service because of their customer's beliefs. Is bizarre system truly what is wanted, or is it a double standard because THEIR beliefs are "correct"?

I believe that the important distinction is that Chik-Fil-A is a corporation. It is a legal fiction the enjoys the empowerments and protections granted it by the state. IMO, as such, it is at least partially an agent of the state, and thus should not be permitted to discriminate. If you're a little mom-and-pop store that isn't incorporated, then go ahead and discriminate, if you ask me, as repugnant and unethical as I might personally find that to be.

Comment: Re: Saudi Arabia, etc. (Score 1) 653

by smithmc (#49416607) Attached to: Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a 'Hypocrite' On Gay Rights
And what about in the meantime? Until that libertarian fairlytale day when the "government gets out of the marriage business", why should gay people be discriminated against until then? As long as government is in the marriage business, must it not do so fairly and in a non-discriminatory manner?

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