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Posted on February 28 at 11:23 a.m.
>Why is there something instead of nothing?
What makes you think nothing is more likely than something? Or equally likely? Or even possible? I have never experienced nothing. I don't even know what nothing means. Is it possible to describe nothing?
A more appropriate question to ask: Why is there this something instead of some other something?
Apart from that, I love spending time in the San Raf. and reading about other people's adventures. Thanks for the article.
On Manzana Free Camp
Posted on December 20 at 9:03 a.m.
Absurd that they ban fishing when the decline in fish is directly due to dams and other river obstructions.
On Fishing Banned on Sisquoc River
Posted on December 29 at 12:32 p.m.
Why does the Indy incessantly peddle pseudoscientific medical practices?
On Boost Your Brainwaves
Posted on June 4 at 4:04 p.m.
The things I've mentioned, that you suggest "I" find offensive, are objectively offensive by any rational measure you might choose.
Moral relativism will be the undoing of liberal democracy.
On What Next, Puritans?
Posted on June 4 at 12:55 p.m.
Tu quoque? Surely you can't be serious.
It's also somewhat insincere of you to suggest that the man that murdered Dr. Tiller is anyway representative of the Christian community as a whole, or even a substantial portion thereof. Tiller's killer represents the extreme fringe of the Christianity, and he is acknowledged as such in nearly every form of law, media and culture in this country. That's the difference you fail to see. There is no such acknowledgement from the Islamic community, except from the liberal fringe and those that condemn the subjugation of women and the restriction of speech and expression are absolutely and without question the fringe of Islam.
So, if you can make any reasonable argument that the men who murdered Theo van Gogh, for instance, somehow represent the fringe of Islam, I'm willing to listen. The deck is clearly stacked against you though, because last I checked, the Pope isn't issuing fatwas on abortion doctors.
Now I won't dare suggest that which ever religion is less violent is therefore "better." That's not the argument I'm trying to make here at all so please don't be confused. If it were up to me, we would dismiss all these fairytales immediately. In my opinion it's safe to acknowledge that Islam presents a far greater threat to freedom and democracy than any other religion, you know, the low hanging fruit. We can take on the creationists next week.
Posted on June 4 at 9:43 a.m.
One that doesn't threaten to murder cartoonists.
Posted on May 30 at 11:16 a.m.
The Arizona law is just more big-government intrusion into people's lives. Don't tread on me!
On Arizona Law Protestors Hit the Streets
Posted on May 27 at 10:49 a.m.
Zombie Falwell, oh dear. That's frightening.
On A Mosque Grows in Goleta
Posted on May 26 at 3:28 p.m.
Given the current choice of authors for our childrens' textbooks, third-rate politicians (the Texas BoE) or college professors (aka historians), I can't honestly see why this is up for debate. Unless of course you're convinced that college professors are communists trying to spread propoganda ... this all making sense suddenly. The college professors have spent the better part of their lives studying history, meanwhile going into tremendous debt, putting off having children and starting a family in most cases, so that they can then turn around and sell textbooks to make a fortune and raise a future army of communist soliders that will destroy religion, take all the guns and vote for black guys with funny names. Oh, and make Republicans look bad.
On Should we join Texas in amending textbooks to stress American exceptionalism, challenge purely secular government, and show Republican history in a more positive light?
Posted on May 25 at 11:28 a.m.
Islam is not being "hijacked" by radicals. The liberal Muslims are the exception, not the rule.
Very interesting piece on MTV, of all places, last night. "True Life: Resist the Power! Saudi Arabia." Some highlights: being a progressive muslim woman means instead covering your entire body in black, you add a colorful scarf and if you want to be truly radical you wear a sheet color other than black; women cannot ride bicycles without disguising themselves as boys; or attend government meetings in any capacity; or post a picture of their face on social networking websites. Compassionate and merciful are not this first things that come to mind, regardless of what each chapter of their literature begins with.
We should not "coexist" with this kind of overt discrimination and inequality, much less allow it to persist within our own borders.