Posts by Belteshazzar

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  • The Democrats’ Moral Math

    09/01/2016 12:06:08 PM PDT · 3 of 19
    Belteshazzar to Kaslin

    Every leftist political movement of the last century and a half has made similar assumptions (including the National Socialist German Workers’ Party) about its rightness and moral superiority. Everyone of them has brought tragedy to the nation it has governed (misgoverned), usually on a grand scale.

    When one leaves behind God-given moral principles, the only thing left is man-made moral principles, which change according to circumstance. The left is, by its very nature, opposed to the very idea of God.

  • Japan's 114-year-old battleship Mikasa: A relic of another time

    08/05/2016 7:00:01 AM PDT · 10 of 42
    Belteshazzar to Gamecock

    Yes. That’s right.

    So, make sure that you are outside in a sufficiently large area before you click.

  • Donald Trump makes me sick says Francois Hollande

    08/02/2016 7:09:07 PM PDT · 36 of 91
    Belteshazzar to Hojczyk

    So, two socialists, Obama and Hollande, don’t like Trump.

    I’m trying to find the bad news in this.

  • Why is Sidney Blumenthal at the DNC in Philly?

    07/25/2016 1:02:05 PM PDT · 15 of 24
    Belteshazzar to Sean_Anthony

    Why? He is Debbie’s date.

  • Terrifying moment a Syrian rebel sneaks up to an army tank and throws a grenade down its barrel [tr]

    07/20/2016 10:32:12 AM PDT · 4 of 20
    Belteshazzar to C19fan

    It’s also what happens when its breech is left open ... staged?

  • Chris Matthews: I Don’t Care How The Mother Of Murdered Benghazi Victim Felt,

    07/19/2016 3:47:30 PM PDT · 21 of 59
    Belteshazzar to Kaslin

    Hmmm, interesting. Apparently he doesn’t like to see little people speaking truth to power.

  • Christian Scientists & Liberal Scientists

    07/07/2016 7:11:28 PM PDT · 8 of 8
    Belteshazzar to mjp

    “To think or not to think is man’s primary choice.”

    As I learned long ago in Philosophy 101 (Logic): Beware the false major premise.

    You posit the premise as if simply thinking will deliver us from all our woes. Look at the long line of philosophers and other thinkers. Thinking hasn’t delivered us from our woes even though it has been tried - and diligently! - for centuries, why would it work now?

    While I neither agree with liberal scientists or Christian Scientists, I don’t find your solution any more compelling ... the problem is greater than that which you have framed. There is something else, something magnitudes more fundamental wrong with the human condition.

  • Biden says Sanders will endorse Clinton

    06/30/2016 6:58:54 PM PDT · 4 of 26
    Belteshazzar to BwanaNdege

    If Joseph Stalin were alive, he too would endorse Hillary.

  • Baltic Fleet commanders fired

    06/29/2016 9:44:52 PM PDT · 18 of 22
    Belteshazzar to ameribbean expat

    pour encouragement les autres

  • If Islam is a Religion of Violence, so is Christianity

    06/16/2016 11:31:38 AM PDT · 64 of 93
    Belteshazzar to T. P. Pole

    “I see frequent reference to the New Testament in the replies here, but how do we reconcile the Old Testament, which clearly condones violence against non-believers.”

    Ah, where to begin. First, it would be helpful if you yourself carefully read the Old Testament. There is clear condemnation of violence against (all) others in the Old Testament. “Thou shalt not kill,” is the place to begin. The meaning, simply, is this, no individual has the right to take the life of another - period. The only exception being self-defense or the defense of another beset by those who would kill.

    Next, the violence often attributed to the Old Testament is chiefly to be found in the earlier books beginning with Exodus and running through, say, 1 Samuel. Here, yes, as in all the books of the Old Testament, the dirty laundry of God’s people is hung out for all to see. Such sins as they commit are common to man. But there is another layer that is not appreciated. It is this: The children of Israel, Jacob, went to Egypt as an extended family. They came out as a nation. They were given in Exodus through Deuteronomy the laws by which they were to govern themselves, as 1) individuals, as 2) a nation (i.e. civil laws, both internal and external), and as 3) church. And when it comes to the church, the laws given to Israel through Moses show clearly one thing: That if absolute justice were truly carried out, such that the unholy were eradicated, who would be left? Answer: No one. Thus the need for One to take upon Himself the guilt and penalty of all that both justice would be served (the law) and mercy would be upheld (the gospel). For God is both just and merciful. None of this can be grasped apart from Christ.

    One must carefully distinguish between the three types of law given. Whereas it is not permissible for an individual to take another’s life, it may be permissible for a nation/state to do so. Israel, as a nation, had to do this, even as we today as a nation may have to do this. Or do you categorically deny the right of self-defense against “all enemies domestic and foreign”? So, please, do not accuse in general terms when you say “clearly condones violence,” until you have cited specifically what incident or incidents you are talking about. Otherwise you lack credibility.

    “Do we say Christians have evolved and only abide by the New Testament?”

    No, we do not say “we have evolved.” But we do abide by the New Testament, and do interpret the Old Testament in the light of the New. If Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior of the world, and the promised successor to David’s throne, then He alone has the authority to declare the meaning of the Old Testament. This was at the heart of His differences with both the Pharisees and the Sadducees, who of course interpreted the OT differently. Also, Christians are not of only one nation, as were the people of Jesus’ day (even though they rightly honored the king and kingdom under whose authority they lived from the Babylonian Captivity onward, beginning with the kings of Babylon, then Persia, then of the various Hellenistic empires/kingdoms, then of Rome). Christian leave civil governance to the civil government, even though they may or may not be part of it. The New Testament concerns the primary content of the Old Testament, that is: “God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

    “Is there a level of hypocrisy going on here?”

    No. Just levels of understanding or misunderstanding.

    Read. Consider.

  • If Islam is a Religion of Violence, so is Christianity

    06/16/2016 9:55:33 AM PDT · 29 of 93
    Belteshazzar to Maceman

    Maceman wrote: “Sorry, liberals. There’s only 1 interpretation of Islam - Muhammad’s.”

    Absolutely correct, because it is the core confession of Islam. I quote: “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet.” There aren’t any other prophets. This is really not hard to grasp, unless you refuse to do so.

    Finally, the corresponding truth is that there is only one interpretation of Christianity - Christ’s. This too is something the majority, even of self-identifying Christians, do not seem to get.

    What do the two points above tell us about the nature of man?

  • If Islam is a Religion of Violence, so is Christianity

    06/16/2016 9:33:42 AM PDT · 3 of 93
    Belteshazzar to Biggirl

    The author is. Read the article.

  • If Islam is a Religion of Violence, so is Christianity

    06/16/2016 9:32:42 AM PDT · 1 of 93
    Belteshazzar
    It is truly a monumental task to educate, dare I even say, re-educate, a person who has, no doubt, gone to all the right schools, got all the right credentials, enjoys a position of influence, and yet is so utterly wrong in her understanding. She claims in the title that she is going to compare Christianity to Islam, and then proceeds only to talk about the actions of people either she identifies or who self-identify as Christian and the actions of those who she identifies or who self-identify as Islamic. What she fails to do is examine what exactly the New Testament teaches about the nature of Christianity and what exactly the Koran teaches about the nature of Islam. So, about all she has managed to do is assemble the usual examples - read: BAD - of those who have claimed to carry out the precepts of Christianity as they understood them.
  • Trump and the La Raza Judge

    06/08/2016 12:00:24 PM PDT · 18 of 29
    Belteshazzar to mac_truck

    mac truck wrote:
    “Trump should formally hand over all his business responsibilities to his children and focus 100% on winning the Presidency.”

    Couldn’t agree more.

    If he does not do so, HE IS NOT QUALIFIED TO BE PRESIDENT. We already have a hobbyist president. We do not need another one. I for one am already sick of Trump’s amateurism. Not only does he have to concentrate on saying the right thing, he has to concentrate on saying the right thing clearly, plainly, and unmistakably.

  • Why Republicans Will Vote For Trump

    05/27/2016 6:02:40 PM PDT · 13 of 21
    Belteshazzar to BobL

    If this thread is any indication of Trump supporters’ ability to think or defeat Hillary we are all in trouble.

  • Christianity Must Exorcise Itself of Homophobia

    05/25/2016 12:29:26 PM PDT · 24 of 106
    Belteshazzar to NetAddicted

    “Vines took a two year hiatus from his studies at Harvard to explore the issue and concluded that neither God nor the Bible condemns homosexuality.”

    Wow, 2 years. So, when the Christian Church and its thousands and thousands of theologians have studied this issue for 2,000 years, and concluded the opposite, we are to conclude that Vines got it right? The arrogance of the article is suffocating.

    And by the way, this is an entirely different issue from slavery and racism, the former which the Christian Church by the authority of the Holy Scriptures only tolerated under certain circumstances, but was instrumental in overturning when it could so persuade the society of its time and the latter which the Church by the same authority called morally wrong from the beginning. Now, to be sure, there were and are those who called themselves Christians who don’t know these basic facts and would argue with what I just wrote. But that just puts them in the ranks of those who do not follow what the Scriptures plainly say.

    The Bible calls adultery, that is, sin, anything of a sexual nature which is not kept within the bounds of marriage, which is itself defined as the bonding of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:18-25). Vines must have missed that in the course of those arduous two years.

  • Why Cruz Campaign Proves we are No Longer a “Nation of Laws but Men (Women)”

    05/03/2016 9:36:25 PM PDT · 11 of 39
    Belteshazzar to Robert DeLong

    Well, it’s nice to see that at least one person smells the coffee. I don’t have much confidence in the rest, the Trump Kool-aid is strong.

  • Rafael Cruz: “I Implore Every Member of the Body of Christ to Vote According to the Word of God”

    05/02/2016 10:15:24 AM PDT · 35 of 97
    Belteshazzar to C19fan

    It would be good if everyone remained calm and thought about the whole situation carefully. Here are some points for such consideration:

    1) Rafael Cruz is not running for president.
    2) Rafael Cruz is about as theologically discerning as Glenn Beck, and should be accorded the same amount of credibility ... none.
    3) Rafael Cruz has no standing whatever with large swaths, if not a majority, of Christians in this country; and what he is saying is plainly nonsensical and, yes, unscriptural and irresponsible.
    4) Rafael Cruz is not Ted Cruz.
    5) Rafael Cruz is Ted’s father whether Ted likes it or not.
    6) Rafael Cruz is to theology what Bernie Sanders is to economics, both would be more respected than they are now if they simply stopped talking.

  • Kasich Campaign has some terrible news for Ted

    04/20/2016 6:58:30 AM PDT · 166 of 176
    Belteshazzar to sargon

    “The same could be said for Ted Cruz as well, because he certainly abandoned that commandment.”

    This much of what you said I can agree with. The rest is mostly ad hominem. The point to be made about both Trump and Cruz is that leaders lead. Leaders look like leaders, sound like leaders, and talk like leaders. Neither has been impressive. Cruz has, perhaps, come along a presidential cycle too soon, and so doesn’t have the seasoning that he should have. Trump has never attempted anything like this, and it shows ... badly. I don’t think Trump fully understands that President of the United States is not an entry-level position. He is acting like - sorry Trumpsters - an apprentice wannabe.

  • Kasich Campaign has some terrible news for Ted

    04/19/2016 10:13:23 PM PDT · 125 of 176
    Belteshazzar to Federal46

    You make a good point. He has operated in a certain sense as a conservative. However, his politics of the last couple of decades have not reflected that. In my mind that is the problem. I see two Donald Trumps, the present and the past. I am willing to be convinced that the present is real, albeit newly appeared, but I am not yet. I also don’t buy into the whole “Lyin’ Ted” shtick of his. I don’t believe him. It may have helped him stay ahead in the primary process, but it has also poisoned the well with many conservatives. In other words, it is penny wise but pound foolish. Far better it would have been for him to go with Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment.

    Donald is the proverbial bull in the china shop. He may well clear the china shop of everyone and be the proprietor. But what will be left?

  • Kasich Campaign has some terrible news for Ted

    04/19/2016 10:04:44 PM PDT · 123 of 176
    Belteshazzar to 867V309

    You miss my point ... whether unintentionally or not.

    I asked not just “who are” but “have been.”

  • Kasich Campaign has some terrible news for Ted

    04/19/2016 9:53:42 PM PDT · 117 of 176
    Belteshazzar to 867V309

    Yeah, well, who are and have been Trump’s friends? I’m sorry, I just don’t but it. If I turn out to be wrong, I can live with it. But I fear I am not.

  • Kasich Campaign has some terrible news for Ted

    04/19/2016 9:51:44 PM PDT · 116 of 176
    Belteshazzar to Federal46

    Yes, well, Sessions is not running for president. But he is a conservative, I will agree. He is also a pretty smart guy. He figures Trump is going to be the winner, and he is probably right. So, he angles for a position of influence with Trump by giving him (relatively) early support. Well, I hope he can influence him, because Trump will need to be influenced by conservatives and educated by them, since he is NOT a conservative. Or, if he is, he has only recently become one, because he does not know how to talk the talk, which is, of course, what makes me doubt that he will walk the walk.

    Call me a skeptic.

  • Kasich Campaign has some terrible news for Ted

    04/19/2016 9:37:37 PM PDT · 108 of 176
    Belteshazzar to 867V309

    “Informed people have realized ...”

    So, you are one of the illuminati and I am not.

  • Kasich Campaign has some terrible news for Ted

    04/19/2016 9:30:23 PM PDT · 104 of 176
    Belteshazzar to Jane Long

    Fast, and clever.

    And what would it prove if I were a big FR donator? Really, what would it prove?

    You said “cRuz” couldn’t get elected again in Texas. Really? I have friends and family in Texas who would disagree with you on that. I tend to think that they are right and you are wrong, intentionally. So, what does that mean?

    If you bothered to check any of my previous posts, you would see that I am not terribly happy with the choice of candidates left for the GOP primary, as I have said many times (this is checkable). But I do know a couple of things: 1) Cruz is the most politically conservative candidate left. 2) Kasich is truly GOPe. 3) Trump, whatever he is, is not a conservative; and likes to destroy others rather than build a positive case for his own candidacy. That said, I would vote for any of them before voting for Hillary or even not voting.

    Those who say never Trump or never Cruz might just as well say, “Hillary forever,” because that will be the reality.

  • Kasich Campaign has some terrible news for Ted

    04/19/2016 9:19:03 PM PDT · 97 of 176
    Belteshazzar to Wilhelm Tell

    So it is. But then so many Trumpsters self-righteously insist that Cruz is not a conservative, even as they call him “Lyin’ Ted.” Well, if Ted is not a conservative, then there are almost no conservatives left in America. Either that or, maybe, Mr. Trump and many of his supporters are lyin’.

    Or maybe many of the so-called Trumpsters aren’t really Trumpsters, but Hillary operatives. Hillary’s brand of corruption can buy a lot of “influence.”

    Dezinformatsia seems to be the name of the game on FR these days. Sad.

  • Kasich Campaign has some terrible news for Ted

    04/19/2016 9:05:45 PM PDT · 87 of 176
    Belteshazzar to Jane Long

    “Oooh...that’s interesting.

    Maybe YOU are guilty of what YOU are projecting.

    Who are YOU playing? Who is paying YOU?

    That’s the real question.”

    Oooh, you’re good ... and fast. So, I would say, paid.

  • Kasich Campaign has some terrible news for Ted

    04/19/2016 8:58:50 PM PDT · 80 of 176
    Belteshazzar to Jane Long

    “cRuz isn’t a conservative and cRuz will be lucky to remain our Senator, here in TX. He’s a fraud. If you think cRuz is a conservative....you’ve been played.”

    I see.

    Well, you certainly haven’t been played. No, you are a player of others. The only question is whether you’ve been paid to do so ... and by whom.

  • New York Primary: Donald Trump Eager to End Ted Cruz's Winning Streak

    04/19/2016 5:07:14 PM PDT · 27 of 39
    Belteshazzar to Spirit of Liberty

    First of all, when it comes to conservative ideals, I doubt that I differ greatly from you. However, when you write, “The fact it may be in the rules doesn’t make it morally right. That’s the same logic as saying gay marriage is legal so it’s ok. Situational ethics,” there is so much in there I cannot agree with that I decided to reply.

    1. It may well be that certain rules or even laws are, in fact, morally wrong. But to ignore, neglect or defy them is not an option for the Christian (sorry, I can only look at this from my own perspective). To work for their lawful change is entirely another thing. If you consider the present rules of the GOP to be immoral, you will have every opportunity to remedy that if Trump wins under the existing set of rules. That is one of the reasons I would like to see a non-GOPe nominee, who will be able to reframe the way the party operates. Or do you favor changing the rules in midstream wise? What if to do so would in the future benefit someone or something you do not now perceive that is far more destructive to us all?

    2. It is not the same logic as gay marriage. What is more, just because gay marriage is legal, does not make it ok, moral, right or just. Abortion has been legal for four decades. It remains, and will always remain, not ok, immoral, wrong, and unjust. I have little respect for, or interest in, any aspirant for political office who does not take that position. Abortion is evil, unless and until it truly - truly! - is therapeutic, that is, to save the life of the mother ... which is very rare. Besides which, such abortion has never been illegal. Gay marriage is unnatural, immoral, and destructive of human society, as we will learn going forward if we continue on our current trajectory. Hopefully, we will as a society recognize this in time to avoid the worst consequences (but I am doubtful).

    3. This is not situational ethics. You need to do some reading on this. To be sure, situational ethics has prepared the way for the present and fashionable rejection of centuries-old mores, but here you are mixing apples with oranges. There is a difference between an individual’s flexible perceptions of right and wrong, that is, situational ethics, and a societies determination of lawful and unlawful, right and wrong.

    Finally, a civil society must have laws and rules. Without laws and rules there is no society, only anarchy, which will have even greater negative fallout. Bottom line: It is not only important for the right party/politics to win, but important also how they win.

  • Hillary Nods Approvingly As Supporter Claims Gunmakers Are Turning Americans Into Terrorists [VIDEO]

    04/11/2016 10:20:12 PM PDT · 2 of 19
    Belteshazzar to Zakeet

    Hillary is the moral equivalent of anthrax, a pathogen unable to distinguish between good and evil, able only to spread infection.

  • Donald Trump lambasts 'rigged' delegate system

    04/11/2016 5:19:24 PM PDT · 30 of 50
    Belteshazzar to markomalley

    Well, it is becoming increasingly obvious that whatever ails the American political system - and there is plenty that ails it! - Donald the Unready is not the cure. I think it is more than evident that: 1) Trump did not take this whole thing seriously at the beginning. 2) When he struck a chord with a large number of the the truly and rightly angry voters, even he was surprised. 3) When he saw that he was actually in a position to win the nomination, he assumed that it was his; and led his followers to believe that it was his by right. 4) When he saw a bit later that the GOPe was not going to go down easily and that some of his rivals for the nomination were not going to just quit in the middle of a race, he tried to win with bluster, bad-mouthing, accusations of bad faith, and little serious attempt to learn and grow himself. 5) He is very, very quick to cry “foul” on others; and he likes to shift blame. 6) He is, by his unpreparedness and willingness to blame those he will need as allies for the general election, going the Demos work for them. All of which makes you wonder ...

    I am sorry, Trumpsters, if this is a demonstration of his level of perception and effort, he would make a poor president. So, get mad all you want and whomever you want. Your hero is the one holding the bag on this one.

    And, yes, if he is the nominee, I will vote for him, even though he is certain either to lose (most likely) or, if he wins, to be a very unprepared and erratic president, which pretty much guarantees his failure. In doing so, he will leave the elite in a more powerful position than that in which he found them.

  • Dennis Hastert Molested at Least Four Boys, Prosecutors Say

    04/09/2016 8:12:17 PM PDT · 130 of 135
    Belteshazzar to SisterK

    It is surely possible that he is the former. There is no doubt that he is the latter.

  • End of Times

    04/09/2016 3:13:04 PM PDT · 12 of 52
    Belteshazzar to KingLudd

    So, let me get this right. Balaam was really talking to Balak about 21st century Americans and the end times and not about the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob - and then also “all the nations of earth,” for whom the seed of Abraham would be a blessing - and the coming of the Messiah?

    Really?

  • Dennis Hastert Molested at Least Four Boys, Prosecutors Say

    04/09/2016 10:21:00 AM PDT · 113 of 135
    Belteshazzar to dragnet2

    Take a course in remedial English, both reading and writing.

    Bye.

  • Dennis Hastert Molested at Least Four Boys, Prosecutors Say

    04/09/2016 9:22:43 AM PDT · 107 of 135
    Belteshazzar to dragnet2

    What an intemperate fool you are. If you read what I wrote instead of just going off you would see that we are not really in disagreement.

    As far as oaths go, I might know a little more about such things than you think, even though, obviously, you know so very much more than most.

    Or do you think that only certain people should be held responsible for their actions and others not? Only oath takers? Yourself excepted, perhaps?

    Those with small authority can only hurt a few others. Those with great authority, like Hastert, can, as you say, hurt millions. No argument. I said essentially that. Our biggest problem today is not the Denny Hasterts of this country, but the millions and millions of irresponsible people, from ditch diggers to presidents, who don’t care about those whose lives can be hurt because of their misdeeds. We have bred a culture of irresponsibility.

    EVERYONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEM ... EVERYONE!

  • Dennis Hastert Molested at Least Four Boys, Prosecutors Say

    04/09/2016 7:57:39 AM PDT · 102 of 135
    Belteshazzar to SisterK

    Well then, Mr. Hastert is, in a certain sense, lucky. Now all he will have to live with is his conscience. But that might be the hardest punishment of all.

  • Dennis Hastert Molested at Least Four Boys, Prosecutors Say

    04/09/2016 7:55:02 AM PDT · 101 of 135
    Belteshazzar to dragnet2

    Well, dragnet2, that is pretty much the way things work whether you are a ditch digger, a small business entrepreneur, a policeman, a politician, a judge or just a plain old husband or wife, father or mother. All are subject to the consequences of their actions, and all those under their authority can and often do suffer from those consequences. The greater the authority the greater the need to act responsibly, which is a lesson that seemingly needs to be relearned by far too many today, not least of which is all those running for the presidency.

    So, what exactly your beef is I don’t understand.

  • Dennis Hastert Molested at Least Four Boys, Prosecutors Say

    04/08/2016 8:49:59 PM PDT · 47 of 135
    Belteshazzar to Sawdring

    Yeah, well, people are not automatons. Hastert is responsible for his actions. And his actions are just that, his.

  • Levin: ‘I Am Not Voting for Donald Trump,’ ‘Count Me As Never Trump’

    04/08/2016 8:23:46 PM PDT · 220 of 327
    Belteshazzar to Neu Pragmatist

    “... now run along ...”

    How very gracious of you, your majesty. I didn’t realize that this was your realm to do with as you pleased.

  • Dennis Hastert Molested at Least Four Boys, Prosecutors Say

    04/08/2016 8:21:46 PM PDT · 20 of 135
    Belteshazzar to ealgeone

    Sadly, you are right.

    But he isn’t, and it is our shame.

    However, whatever he is, it is no reflection on conservative principles, which he has betrayed. His predilection is what used to be called sin. It also is still - thank God! - illegal. He will have to make his own peace with the society in which he lives and the God before whom he is answerable.

  • Levin: ‘I Am Not Voting for Donald Trump,’ ‘Count Me As Never Trump’

    04/08/2016 8:17:58 PM PDT · 215 of 327
    Belteshazzar to Neu Pragmatist

    Thank you for the advice. I am not stupid.

  • Levin: ‘I Am Not Voting for Donald Trump,’ ‘Count Me As Never Trump’

    04/08/2016 8:16:57 PM PDT · 213 of 327
    Belteshazzar to tennmountainman

    Sorry. No.

  • Dennis Hastert Molested at Least Four Boys, Prosecutors Say

    04/08/2016 8:15:38 PM PDT · 4 of 135
    Belteshazzar to TroutStalker

    Two things to remember:

    First, whatever Hastert did or did not do has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with conservative principles. If he is shown to be a hypocrite, then that is what he is. He is responsible under the law for his own actions, and should be held accountable for them, as should we all.

    Second, if Hastert is guilty, he should pay the price.

  • Levin: ‘I Am Not Voting for Donald Trump,’ ‘Count Me As Never Trump’

    04/08/2016 8:12:22 PM PDT · 209 of 327
    Belteshazzar to Neu Pragmatist

    “... but I don’t recall Trump saying one ill thing of Levin”

    That is not the point. This is not personal, it is business, the business of the United States of America. Coolness of thinking and unity of purpose is all that will help. The Dems must be defeated. That is the bottom line.

    So, save your vituperations for Hillary (or, God help us, Bernie) et al, please. We will need every bit of ammunition for the fall.

  • Levin: ‘I Am Not Voting for Donald Trump,’ ‘Count Me As Never Trump’

    04/08/2016 8:05:01 PM PDT · 203 of 327
    Belteshazzar to Neu Pragmatist

    ALL need to listen. The problem is as great on the one side as the other.

  • Sotomayor: Court needs greater diversity, in several ways

    04/08/2016 8:01:02 PM PDT · 28 of 58
    Belteshazzar to Olog-hai

    I might agree - might - if greater diversity would have one qualification, that is that every new member of court agreed that they are members in order to judge whether any matter that comes before it must be evaluated as to its CONSTITUTIONALITY. By constitutionality I mean the bottom line is the Constitution in its original intent.

    If something needs to be changed in the constitution, then do it according to the constitution, which plainly allows for amendments.

    I am so sick of fad-driven, trend-driven, ideology-driven reinterpretation of the wording of the constitution that clearly does not mean what the people trying to change the meaning say it means. This is sheer delusion. Words mean something. It is not that difficult to ascertain. If the words don’t please you, find an orderly way to address what you see as a problem. Otherwise it will lead to anarchy. (Which I know is the goal of some.)

    Sadly, diversity has come to mean that we as a nation cannot and do not agree on much of anything; and the side that screams and throws frightening enough tantrums wins.

  • Levin: ‘I Am Not Voting for Donald Trump,’ ‘Count Me As Never Trump’

    04/08/2016 7:40:26 PM PDT · 172 of 327
    Belteshazzar to Rockitz

    Having read the first 157 replies on this thread, all I can say is, what a disgrace this is. What a disgrace. There is almost nothing here but out of control emotion. I say, “almost,” because there are a few reasonable people ... but not many. None of emotional pissing-match foolishness will be of help to our nation in her dire need. What a disgrace.

  • Levin: ‘I Am Not Voting for Donald Trump,’ ‘Count Me As Never Trump’

    04/08/2016 7:40:26 PM PDT · 171 of 327
    Belteshazzar to Rockitz

    Having read the first 157 replies on this thread, all I can say is, what a disgrace this is. What a disgrace. There is almost nothing here but out of control emotion. I say, “almost,” because there are a few reasonable people ... but not many. None of emotional pissing-match foolishness will be of help to our nation in her dire need. What a disgrace.

  • Levin: ‘I Am Not Voting for Donald Trump,’ ‘Count Me As Never Trump’

    04/08/2016 7:40:25 PM PDT · 170 of 327
    Belteshazzar to Rockitz

    Having read the first 157 replies on this thread, all I can say is, what a disgrace this is. What a disgrace. There is almost nothing here but out of control emotion. I say, “almost,” because there are a few reasonable people ... but not many. None of emotional pissing-match foolishness will be of help to our nation in her dire need. What a disgrace.

  • Fight Over GOP Delegates in Washington

    04/08/2016 12:02:42 PM PDT · 15 of 29
    Belteshazzar to mak5

    Well, here is the point about Trump, whether Trumpsters want to hear it or not. The presidency of the United States is not an entry level political office. An the quest to get there is a not insignificant part of what prepares one for it. Also, politics is by its very nature a complicated and often unpleasant business.

    To be complaining now about “cheating” is more than naive, especially when none of this involves cheating. It simply shows that one party knew the rules and thought about them in advance and the other didn’t. How many presidential challenges are going to be similar to this? My guess is, many.

    Although I will still vote for Trump in the general if he is the nominee, I am not impressed at all with his preparation, ability or work ethic.