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Comment Re:Proof of god's non-existence (Score 1) 845

Why, then, do these religious nutcases claim that it is a criminal act to claim the aformentioned?

the NEED TO KNOW, in primitive man (ie, most of us) is stronger than the will to FIND OUT the truth.

its a very rare person that can see a traffic jam up ahead, has been in them enough times AND can choose to not sit for hours in one, when one has a chance.

I've examined all the possible angles of god vs non-god and the non-god answers always seem more rational and less like 'magic'.

speaking of magic, why do religious people believe in sky wizards but usually don't believe in magic? same basic concepts here, why the diff?

Comment Re:declining oil production (Score 1) 710

hardly. learning to fly an airplane is trivial compared to becoming leader of a nation. going through any process as straightforward as that only requires enough brains to learn the material and pass the tests.

leading a nation takes much more than the ability to jump through a few hoops to pass a test.

as another poster pointed out, Kamikaze tactics among pilots was commonplace in WWII. Kamikaze countries, however, are not, have never been, and never will be.

Comment Re:Not really. (Score 1) 568

Good points, depends largely what you mean by liberal though. Catholics are traditionally conservative from what I have noticed in trends, eg gallup polls and whatnot. Conservative in the tendency to vote for traditional aspects of culture. I am LCMS though so we are all about putting those conservative Catholics in their place :)

Comment Re:This will probably be bad (Score 5, Insightful) 134

Because he had a good personal reason to abuse his access and did so thinking he would never have been caught makes him the perfect man for the job? I disagree--he demonstrated a willingness to misuse a public trust for personal gain that I doubt the passage of time has magically cured so much as made him better at covering his tracks.


TSA Nominee's Snooping Raises Privacy Concerns 134

Hugh Pickens writes "The Washington Post reports that Erroll Southers, President Obama's nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration, gave Congress misleading information about incidents in which he inappropriately accessed a federal database, possibly in violation of privacy laws. Southers accepted full responsibility for a 'grave error in judgment' when he accessed confidential criminal records twenty years ago about his then-estranged wife's new boyfriend. Southers's admission that he was involved in a questionable use of law enforcement background data has been a source of concern among civil libertarians, who believe the TSA performs a delicate balancing act in tapping into passenger information to find terrorists while also protecting citizens' privacy."

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