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by JackC
Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Great program from Australia on climate change
Replies: 53
Views: 2874

Re: Great program from Australia on climate change

I don't believe [Freeman Dyson] accepts that "CO2 is accelerating global warming" Maybe, but the point is that there are two classes of "non-acceptors" (let's call them) who have made up their mind not based on the evidence, but because they cannot accept the consequences of following where the hug...
by JackC
Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Great program from Australia on climate change
Replies: 53
Views: 2874

Re: Great program from Australia on climate change

[quote="slofstra"] Please show me the scientist who is saying that the world is coming to an end. Your choice on the number of years. [quote] Oh excuse me. :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :lol: Let's focus on what Al Gore says the scientists all say. If not the "end of the world", it's pretty freakin ba...
by JackC
Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Great program from Australia on climate change
Replies: 53
Views: 2874

Re: Great program from Australia on climate change

Here's an interesting interview with Freeman Dyson, one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century. Gives you a bit of different perspective on climate models and other aspects of this debate! Dyson is an altruistic non-regulator, meaning that he agrees that CO2 is accelerating global warming b...
by JackC
Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Great program from Australia on climate change
Replies: 53
Views: 2874

Re: Great program from Australia on climate change

That's because there are no serious indepedent scientists who contend against the global warming hypothesis, only armchair critics such as those on that program, some of whom were quite intelligent. I haven't seen the Dyson tape yet; thanks for posting and I will view at home. Dollar to doughnuts t...
by JackC
Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Great program from Australia on climate change
Replies: 53
Views: 2874

Re: Great program from Australia on climate change

That's because there are no serious indepedent scientists who contend against the global warming hypothesis, only armchair critics such as those on that program, some of whom were quite intelligent. I haven't seen the Dyson tape yet; thanks for posting and I will view at home. Dollar to doughnuts t...
by JackC
Tue Sep 14, 2010 1:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Great program from Australia on climate change
Replies: 53
Views: 2874

Re: Great program from Australia on climate change

Is this supposed to be impressive? Hardly. I have watched the first 25 minutes. This is a scientist who is deeply familiar with all the issues answering questions from a group interested lay people. They are not scientists and thus, for the most part, are not capable of engaging in a real scientific...
by JackC
Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chavez In Trouble?
Replies: 9
Views: 3601

Re: Chavez In Trouble?

The man is a would-be and almost already-is flat-out old-style dictator. I have to wonder if he will be much bothered by the inconvenience of an election defeat, or even allow the process to proceed unhindered. Yes. It would certainly be a "pleasant" surprise if he allows even a semblence of a genu...
by JackC
Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chavez In Trouble?
Replies: 9
Views: 3601

Chavez In Trouble?

Maybe the sun will soon set on this thug who has been a darling to so much of the anti-US world. It takes a special talent to take one of the most oil-rich countries on the planet and run it into the ground. But at least they are all EQUALLY poor now right? :roll: http://www.commentarymagazine.com/v...
by JackC
Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Who is REALLY screwed up?
Replies: 44
Views: 11709

Re: Who is REALLY screwed up?

I'm not making anything out of this. I'm just saying that the proposition that America occupies the higher moral ground, over, say, Malaysia or Turkey, is not a slam dunk. Well I suppose for you a country would have to be actively practicing slavery for it to be a slam dunk that the US occupies a h...
by JackC
Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Who is REALLY screwed up?
Replies: 44
Views: 11709

Re: Who is REALLY screwed up?

http://www.tobytoons.com/redstate/20100909_koran.jpg But Chad, what I see on the Comments today at the WSJ is the exact reverse of that cartoon. The comments are saying you can't judge all Americans by Terry Jones and you CAN judge Islam by the terrorists. So isn't that wrong also? Not entirely. Th...
by JackC
Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: THE DAY THE WORLD STOOD STILL.
Replies: 5
Views: 904

Re: THE DAY THE WORLD STOOD STILL.

I was flying to Boston that day. I still remember it as one of the clearest, most beautiful mornings I have ever experiened - a perfect fall morning, crystal blue skies, the kind of day that just makes you gasp and contemplate and appreciate life. When I got off the plane in Boston, the first tower ...
by JackC
Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "The Looming Tower; Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11"
Replies: 101
Views: 23446

Re: "The Looming Tower; Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11"

And you're right - at least there was some element of reality in the threat posed by the Soviet Union (without forgetting that the US is the only country to have actually dropped a nuclear weapon, twice). Which is more than can be said for the muslim threat... PS have you noticed how muslim territo...
by JackC
Fri Sep 10, 2010 1:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Imminent Idiocy in Florida
Replies: 86
Views: 5528

Re: Imminent Idiocy in Florida

in light of the fact that the Supreme Court has held that burning the American flag, an act which is certainly more than a little inlammatory to millions of Americans, is protected speech under the first amendment (and I don't think it was a close decision; it was either 8-1 or 9-0), I have a diffi...
by JackC
Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Imminent Idiocy in Florida
Replies: 86
Views: 5528

Re: Imminent Idiocy in Florida

Not all speech is Constitutionally protected. As Justice Holmes wrote, "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic." Nor a man who incites a crowd to riot, or other such acts that may directly and predictably result...
by JackC
Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:13 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Who is REALLY screwed up?
Replies: 44
Views: 11709

Who is REALLY screwed up?

So the nutcase in Florida and other nutcase preachers who want to get a little publicity burn a few Korans. So what. This has been almost universally condemned in the US and it could not be clearer that this is not US policy in any sense and that these people, who have no widespread support, are iso...
by JackC
Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Imminent Idiocy in Florida
Replies: 86
Views: 5528

Re: Imminent Idiocy in Florida

Maybe the visit that the FBI paid him made him "see the light."

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/art ... wD9I4I32G0

(Or maybe it would take a visit by the IRS to make him really see the light. :lol: )
by JackC
Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Imminent Idiocy in Florida
Replies: 86
Views: 5528

Re: Imminent Idiocy in Florida

The scheduled Koran-burning has been called off. Actually it's not over, though headed in the right direction. He said he won't burn the Korans if the Mosque is not built near ground zero - as if the two acts are even remotely comparable :roll: :roll: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100909/ap_on_re_us...
by JackC
Thu Sep 09, 2010 4:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Imminent Idiocy in Florida
Replies: 86
Views: 5528

Re: Imminent Idiocy in Florida

The scheduled Koran-burning has been called off. Actually it's not over, though headed in the right direction. He said he won't burn the Korans if the Mosque is not built near ground zero - as if the two acts are even remotely comparable :roll: :roll: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100909/ap_on_re_us...
by JackC
Thu Sep 09, 2010 3:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Must-See Christie
Replies: 32
Views: 7862

Re: Must-See Christie

Impressive. We need more like him, a lot more.
by JackC
Thu Sep 09, 2010 12:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "The Looming Tower; Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11"
Replies: 101
Views: 23446

Re: "The Looming Tower; Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11"

There were people on that flight who were talking to loved ones on the phone just before it hit the Pentagon. What happened to that plane and its passengers, who never saw their families again?? It is an insult to their memory and their families to have to listen to the "missile theory" and other 9...
by JackC
Thu Sep 09, 2010 12:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "The Looming Tower; Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11"
Replies: 101
Views: 23446

Re: "The Looming Tower; Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11"

There were people on that flight who were talking to loved ones on the phone just before it hit the Pentagon. What happened to that plane and its passengers, who never saw their families again?? It is an insult to their memory and their families to have to listen to the "missile theory" and other 9/...
by JackC
Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Anger Will Explode In The Muslim World!
Replies: 10
Views: 1059

Re: Anger Will Explode In The Muslim World!

So Christians, Jews and other "infidels" have to suffer every indignity and insult in the name of tolerance, free speech and freedon of religion etc etc, but none of this applies to Muslims - who must never be offended? Oh, Jack: you have but to speak , and the Muse of Reason stops her ears for mod...
by JackC
Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Anger Will Explode In The Muslim World!
Replies: 10
Views: 1059

Re: Anger Will Explode In The Muslim World!

I have been discussing this on another thread. I'm actually beginning to side with the pastor in Florida. ... There is absolutely no basis or reason, other than hate and an intention to be outrageous and offensive, for what the preacher is doing. This is deeply wrong and pointless. I agree, but wha...
by JackC
Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Anger Will Explode In The Muslim World!
Replies: 10
Views: 1059

Re: Anger Will Explode In The Muslim World!

I have been discussing this on another thread. I'm actually beginning to side with the pastor in Florida. ... There is absolutely no basis or reason, other than hate and an intention to be outrageous and offensive, for what the preacher is doing. This is deeply wrong and pointless. I agree, but wha...
by JackC
Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Anger Will Explode In The Muslim World!
Replies: 10
Views: 1059

Re: Anger Will Explode In The Muslim World!

I have been discussing this on another thread. I'm actually beginning to side with the pastor in Florida. ... I was objecting to the argument that the iman in New York just put forward. Let me be as clear as I can be. There is absolutely no basis or reason, other than hate and an intention to be ou...
by JackC
Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "The Looming Tower; Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11"
Replies: 101
Views: 23446

Re: "The Looming Tower; Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11"

Thank you, adrianallan, for illustrating anew Christian Caryl's apothegm: "The problem with most conspiracy theories is that they are a mixture of faith-based cynicism and exceptional credulity when it comes to the theories themselves. They don't judge the theories by the same standards by which th...
by JackC
Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Anger Will Explode In The Muslim World!
Replies: 10
Views: 1059

Anger Will Explode In The Muslim World!

I am by no means condoning what the nitwit/bigot preacher in Florida wants to do. I do find it absurd, however, that the basic response to EVERYTHING these days now seems to be - you can't do that because if you do -- THE MUSLIM WORLD WILL EXPLODE IN ANGER!! :roll: The iman who wants to build the mo...
by JackC
Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Seeing something I don't like: Maine elections
Replies: 21
Views: 2405

Re: Seeing something I don't like: Maine elections

I guess I just touched on a raw nerve. Remember, the guy in question has not shown any sign of intelligence. I'm waiting.... BTW, it's ideological.............. :mrgreen: That's EXACTLY the same thing that many Dems were saying about Ronald Reagan- even after he won every state but Minnesota in bei...
by JackC
Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Seeing something I don't like: Maine elections
Replies: 21
Views: 2405

Re: Seeing something I don't like: Maine elections

You made that connection, I didn't. Remember Franco? Hitler was not the only fascist, you know! Yeah, you're right. Remember Ronald Reagan too!!! :roll: :roll: Obama and the Dems gave their middle finger to what most people wanted when they went off a "we have the power now" idealogical kick and pa...
by JackC
Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Imam Speaks
Replies: 19
Views: 1848

Re: The Imam Speaks

One can argue this anyway you like at this point. Still, the fact that you have a legal right to do something here doesn't mean that it is appropriate to exercise that right in the face of the hurt and offense that causes to others. The fact that Neo-Nazis were given the legal right to march in Skok...
by JackC
Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Imminent Idiocy in Florida
Replies: 86
Views: 5528

Re: Imminent Idiocy in Florida

John F wrote:
The worst that can happen to them, it seems, is a small fine for holding a bonfire without a fire department permit. It is to laff.
What more do you propose be done to them?? If you can burn a flag in this country, can't you also burn a Bible or a Koran?
by JackC
Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Iran stoning.
Replies: 32
Views: 2780

Re: Iran stoning.

Thanks for providing that Barry. It confirms exactly what I suspected was the case.
by JackC
Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Iran stoning.
Replies: 32
Views: 2780

Re: Iran stoning.

Does a "hate attack" include spray painting someone's car? To me, there's a big difference between that and actual violence against Muslims.

In any event, aren't the number of such attacks dwarfed by the number of similar attacks on Jews in the US?
by JackC
Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Iran stoning.
Replies: 32
Views: 2780

Re: Iran stoning.

Obviously, one hate crime is too many, but I have to say, 532 over the course of nearly a decade in a country as big as the U.S., with millions of muslims, isn't exactly a crisis. I'm fairly sure there have been more hate incidents, including some that were violent, against Jews during that period ...
by JackC
Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tidal Wave Coming
Replies: 4
Views: 472

Re: Tidal Wave Coming

See, the problem is, Jack, that unlike some people I could name, I have a conscience. I know there are many people who are suffering under the present system, and some of them are people I have interviewed and some of them are people I know now. They are not abstractions to me. They are real people...
by JackC
Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Imminent Idiocy in Florida
Replies: 86
Views: 5528

Re: Imminent Idiocy in Florida

KABUL — Gen. David H. Petraeus on Tuesday denounced plans by a Florida church to burn copies of the Koran this weekend, saying the demonstration could "endanger troops" and damage the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan. Just when I thought we could consider ourselves safely superior to the Iranians bec...
by JackC
Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tidal Wave Coming
Replies: 4
Views: 472

Re: Tidal Wave Coming

Yeah, Jack, gotta set things right! Lets get back to making people losing their houses to pay medical bills and having it still not be enough, and then propagate throughout the world the lie that Americans are the most generous people in the world. That's the real America, right, Jack? Being "gener...
by JackC
Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tidal Wave Coming
Replies: 4
Views: 472

Tidal Wave Coming

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/ The polls keep getting worse and worse for Dems. They have effectively given up on holding the House. Apparently, they plan to try to spin election night as a "victory" if they manage to hold onto the Senate, which a few months ago they never dreamed they could lose. :roll:...
by JackC
Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Iran stoning.
Replies: 32
Views: 2780

Re: Iran stoning.

>There is no accounting for what people will come up with when they are convinced of their own righteousness< The stoning is very bad but this brings to mind todays news where they showed the ugly reactions of some of those who oppose the Mosque at 9/11--a burn the koran rally in Fla, a radio man c...
by JackC
Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is Ladies Night All Right?
Replies: 27
Views: 5842

Re: Is Ladies Night All Right?

Only in today's totally screwed-up, overly legalistic country in which everyone is searching for some way in which they have been wronged or some right of theirs that has been infringed would this warrant discussion or debate, let alone a lawsuit! :roll: :roll:
by JackC
Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Iran stoning.
Replies: 32
Views: 2780

Re: Iran stoning.

Come on now, let's all be good muliti-culturalists -In order to understand WHY it is just and proper that this woman be stoned to death, you need to understand a culture about which you are completely ignorant. I mean, there are no absolute values, no ultimate truth, no absolute anything. So unless ...
by JackC
Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Givers and Takers: lesson?
Replies: 25
Views: 2476

Re: Givers and Takers: lesson?

piston wrote: This lesson applies to any political system and if capitalism is about the former then I'm against capitalism.
Wow that's REALLY deep !! So what are you in favor of -- world peace??? :lol: :lol: :lol:
by JackC
Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Hawking on God.
Replies: 24
Views: 1898

Re: Hawking on God.

If your belief in the existence of God is based on the ability of anyone to ask "and where did THAT come from" in response to any anything that anyone will ever be able to propose about anything, then you don't have to worry science challenging your religious beliefs. Some of us don't consider that...
by JackC
Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Hawking on God.
Replies: 24
Views: 1898

Re: Hawking on God.

If your belief in the existence of God is based on the ability of anyone to ask "and where did THAT come from" in response to any anything that anyone will ever be able to propose about anything, then you don't have to worry science challenging your religious beliefs. Some of us don't consider that ...
by JackC
Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Hawking on God.
Replies: 24
Views: 1898

Re: Hawking on God.

The concept of God is absolutely useless to the scientific enterprise. In the whole history of science has there ever been one problem solved based on making assumptions about the nature of God -- NO! Of course there are many examples where this or that religious belief was disproved by science. Equ...
by JackC
Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: True That!!!! Obama's Speech Critique
Replies: 7
Views: 961

Re: True That!!!! Obama's Speech Critique

johnQpublic wrote:Chris Mathews' take:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKknodesRK0

Geee, no tingling sensation running up his leg anymore?? :roll: :lol:
by JackC
Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: True That!!!! Obama's Speech Critique
Replies: 7
Views: 961

Re: True That!!!! Obama's Speech Critique

On substance, his restatement of a date for the beginning of a withdrawal from Afghanistan, dispute it being stupid to make such an annoucement to your enemies, just confirms my view that all he really cares about is getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan, regardless of what we leave behind. It was als...
by JackC
Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is a Giant Mosque at Ground Zero Justified?
Replies: 254
Views: 39600

Re: Is a Giant Mosque at Ground Zero Justified?

Interesting article, except that he has his facts wrong about Obama. One night, Obama defended the legal right to build the Mosque in the planned location, which is something that virtually no one disputes. The next day, concerned about the fallout from from his remarks, Obama stated that he was onl...
by JackC
Tue Aug 31, 2010 2:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Detroit Symphony Contemplates the Future
Replies: 8
Views: 1215

Re: Detroit Symphony Contemplates the Future

Heck148 wrote:I sense another anti-union rant thread coming... :x
It's not an anti-union rant. In this case it looks as if the union is prepared to accept substantial cuts, which at least signals they aren't ignoring economic reality, which they sometimes do. The test will come later down the road.
by JackC
Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Detroit Symphony Contemplates the Future
Replies: 8
Views: 1215

Re: Detroit Symphony Contemplates the Future

Orchestras are not-for-profit organizations that are run by Boards that are typically comprised of prominent people in the community who generously and freely donate their time and money and have no interest other than seeing the orchestra survive and succeed. In a city suffering as Detroit is, that...