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Forum: Politics 12-31-2005, 01:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 671
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: Yesterday!!!

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Question:

Government is Fascist?
Government keeps civic order?

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Not enough information...
Forum: Politics 12-31-2005, 12:52 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 178
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: Conditional Suffrage?

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Obviously since we extol winner-take-all in poker (other than those hi/lo heathens), then it can't be bad for elections.

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If it's good for poker, it must be good for...
Forum: Politics 12-30-2005, 11:26 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 178
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: Conditional Suffrage?

Age is different than testing --- though, I agree that 18 is a somewhat arbitrary number. Nonetheless, some number must be chosen.

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"Well, my mommy and daddy are voting for Bush so...
Forum: Politics 12-30-2005, 11:21 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 178
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: Conditional Suffrage?

In that city it is, definitionally, not a crime.
Forum: Politics 12-30-2005, 09:44 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 178
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: Conditional Suffrage?

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Drug dealers commit illegal acts, which is not the same as committing crimes. Do you see the difference?


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No.
Forum: Politics 12-30-2005, 09:35 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 178
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: Conditional Suffrage?

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The fact is that no one here can make a compelling argument in favor of EVERYONE who is currently eligible to vote is competent enough to make an informed decision

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Forum: Politics 12-29-2005, 05:26 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 178
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: Conditional Suffrage?

My father-in-law who went to college but never graduated (relevant for later in the story) came up to me to discuss this at Christmas one year (he's the type of guy who doesn't have a good sense of...
Forum: Politics 12-29-2005, 12:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 24
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: Should EVERYBODY be given a fair process?

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The US Constitution and the rights it details are applicable ONLY TO US CITIZENS.
A non-US citizen has NO constitutional rights.

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Where does the Constitution say that? ...
Forum: Politics 12-28-2005, 03:03 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 48
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: The disgraceful right-wing distortion on the domestic spying issue

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You realize of course that Clinton DID these things right?

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Bill Clinton was a major proponent of and signed the USA PATRIOT act?

Bill Clinton ordered the detainment...
Forum: Politics 12-28-2005, 02:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 74
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: Short-term-results-oriented thinking

How about the fundamental principle set forth in the fourth amendment of the constitution:
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The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against...
Forum: Politics 12-28-2005, 02:26 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 74
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: Short-term-results-oriented thinking

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Something doesn't have to be unconstitutional to be bad policy. Something doesn't have to technically violate the constitution to be violative of the principles behind the constitution....
Forum: Politics 12-27-2005, 04:32 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 74
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: Short-term-results-oriented thinking

Incidentally, I thought this law review article was interesting (quick blurb quoted below).
<u>THE FUSS OVER TWO SMALL WORDS: THE UNCONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE USA PATRIOT ACT AMENDMENTS TO FISA...
Forum: Politics 12-27-2005, 04:00 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 74
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: Short-term-results-oriented thinking

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Time and again I have asked people on here to specify which provisions of the Patriot Act they find to be unconstitutional and why.

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Something doesn't have to be...
Forum: Politics 12-27-2005, 09:19 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 33
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: At what point will conservatives admit Bush has gone too far?

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2) In judging how much governmental intrusion and surveillance is justified, what is important is not the increased probability that any one of us indivudually might be harmed, but that...
Forum: Politics 12-22-2005, 01:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 15
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: How would you grade Bush on homeland security?

A-/B+ for effort
C-/D+ for effectiveness (i.e. putting resources where needed)
D/F for appropriately "selling" the plan to the nation
Forum: Politics 12-20-2005, 05:45 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 40
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: This board makes me laugh (a reality check)

I buy into the War on Terror. I don't buy that we are struggling against a terrorist threat that could any way threaten our nation's survival. That's beyond hyperbole.
Forum: Politics 12-20-2005, 05:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 27
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: Bush got caught in a HUGE lie...re: illegal spying

From the publication Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents:
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Secondly, there are such things as roving wiretaps. Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States Government...
Forum: Other Other Topics 12-20-2005, 05:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: stupid quick question (pronunciation)

Argh (like a pirate would say) - EL (like E.L.O. but without the O).

Should be not problem
Forum: Politics 12-20-2005, 03:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 20
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: A Loyal Citizens Contract with the Bush Government

If you aren't a terrorist, you have nothing to worry about /images/graemlins/wink.gif
Forum: Politics 12-20-2005, 02:43 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 40
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: This board makes me laugh (a reality check)

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Bush is a liar, Bush is the devil, etc. Heís doing a pretty good job, not perfect, but it ainít easy. Over 80% of people like me agree that heís doing a pretty good job based on the...
Forum: Politics 12-20-2005, 01:08 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 48
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: The disgraceful right-wing distortion on the domestic spying issue

If Bill Clinton had done the exact same things as Bush is doing, to those on both the right and the left, would your opinion change as to whether it was appropriate?

Consider: The PATRIOT Act, the...
Forum: Politics 12-20-2005, 01:00 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 34
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: Civil War arguments

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if it weren't for the slavery issue, I'd find it quite easy to defend the South's actions.

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Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play? ...
Forum: Politics 12-17-2005, 10:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 25
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: Born in the US but not American?

I don't know if I'd call the first sentence of the 14th Amendment a loophole...

Even if there are a lot of people upset about it, it takes a lot more than a majority to amend the constitution.
Forum: Politics 12-17-2005, 06:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 25
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: Born in the US but not American?

There is a proposal to amend the constitution for this? Silly.

If you are born in the US, you are a US citizen. If someone is seriously proposing this, it will go nowhere. Not only would it...
Forum: Politics 12-17-2005, 02:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 23
Posted By elwoodblues
Re: Senate rejects Patriot Act

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Civil suits being different than criminal laws, and also being different than government imposed fines.

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Even private rights of action have Constitutional implications...
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