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Re: “Conceal-carry permit holders can now bring guns into restaurants and bars. What could go wrong?

One problem is the difficulty drawing the arbitrary line between restaurants that serve wine and bars that serve chicken wings. Even if you don't see the need for every drinking group to have its own designated driver and protector, I wouldn't want muggers to be able to target people coming out of restaurants.

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Posted by fsilber on 10/23/2013 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Criminal minds: racial profiling in Alamance County

If the percentage of Latinos who are illegal aliens equals the percentage of motorists who have committed other crimes, then one would expect the percentage of Latinos arrested to be double. Being in the country without permission is a crime, you know.

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Posted by fsilber on 08/16/2012 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Does the Religious Right really believe equality will allow us to marry ice cream?

There was a Pee Wee Herman episode like that:
Pee Wee: "I love fruit cocktail."
Miss Evonne: "So why don't you marry it?"
Pee Wee: "OK, I will!"
(Then the crew hosts a ceremony in which Pee Wee takes his fruit salad as his lawfully wedded wife.)

It sounds like a pretty valid objection to me. I mean, the reason for government support of marriage is that married parents with children is the basis for society. Alternate forms of families (e.g. families headed by widowed, divorced, or abandoned spouses) is just making the best of a bad situation. Pairs of gay lovers is not the basis for society -- it's just something that a few people wish to be.

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Posted by fsilber on 04/05/2012 at 9:53 AM

Re: “2010 Citizen Awards

dianel wrote: "Citizenship as defined today in this country is simply a piece of paper."

Yes, the entire article belittled the significance of American citizenship. Be careful what you wish for, though, because you may get it.

Remember that when it comes to changes in social attitudes, you have to take the bad with the good. Don't forget that any American who can afford to set up a residency in Bermuda and who is willing to renounce his American citizenship can escape that vast majority of his personal and corporate income taxes. The chief emotional obstacle to this stratagem is the notion that American citizenship itself is priceless; destroy that notion and you may find that your milk cows have escaped their pens and disappeared over the fence.

The Left and the Right may disagree as to the amount of taxes that are the rich's fair share, but the very notion of a "fair share" depends on the belief that the rich bear more responsibility to their fellow citizens than they do to the rest of the world's arbitrary strangers.

Consider the marriage license -- that other "mere piece of paper." Mothers who agreed to forgo that "mere piece of paper" have found that their baby-daddies have pretty much left them on their own. Don't belittle the significance of citizenship if you care anything about America's poor, or you may find yourself the loser yet again.

Posted by fsilber on 11/25/2010 at 1:14 PM

Re: “2010 Citizen Awards

By your logic, our country should have been open to all the whites of Zimbabwe when Robert Mugabe began acting up. They were no less documented than these people.

Posted by fsilber on 11/25/2010 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Gone missing: The country's conscience, brain and heart

Over the last twenty years the media has conditioned voters to believe that the government gets the credit for good times and the blame for bad times. Times went bad in 2008 so we voted the government out. Times are still bad in 2010, so we're voting out _this_ government, and so it will go until we get a government that will give us prosperity.

Is that childish and immature? You bet! But if you know that, you should have spoken out way back when Clinton said, "It's the economy, stupid!"

Posted by fsilber on 11/18/2010 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Why is the FBI interested in the anti-war movement?

No group that sympathizes with insergeants in a civil war can be described as "anti-war." Civil war is also war.

Posted by fsilber on 11/11/2010 at 12:31 PM

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