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  • I’m a senior GOP spokesman, and I’m gay. Let me get married.

    09/17/2014 4:12:02 AM PDT · 80 of 81
    darrellmaurina to Mr Rogers; madprof98; wagglebee
    I read the full article, not just the excerpt here.

    Two things jumped out at me.

    The first thing is that the writer noted, correctly, that “After all, the tide is not as unidirectional as people say.” It is not yet certain homosexual marriage will be forced on all states. The author links to this article, which is worth reading by all of us, about the one federal judge so far who has ruled at the trial level that a state has the right to ban homosexual marriage:

    The other one of those two things was already noted by Mr. Rogers:

    55 posted on 9/5/2014 11:09:25 AM by Mr Rogers
    “’And this Sunday, as those before it, we’ll be in the pews of the same evangelical church we’ve quietly attended for years.’ Guess they need to find a real evangelical church - one where the word ‘repent’ is sometimes heard!”

    This isn't just a political problem; this is a church problem. We don't know what church this homosexual couple attend. I noted the word “attend,” not “belong to” or “of which we are members,” so it's remotely possible they attend a church where the pastor preaches the Bible and is trying to work patiently with two people in serious public sin who are not allowed to join the church or take communion but are encouraged to sit under the preaching of the Word.

    But it's not likely.

    What's much more likely is they attend a church, or even have joined a church, which claims to be evangelical but doesn't preach the need for repentance and doesn't discipline.

    This couple is open and public about their homosexual sin. The pastor can't claim not to know, at least not now. The pastor must act, and no longer has a choice.

  • 7 reasons why the current marriage debate is nothing like the debate on interracial marriage

    09/01/2014 5:51:59 AM PDT · 20 of 22
    darrellmaurina to longtermmemmory; wagglebee
    6 posted on 8/28/2014 9:16:46 AM by longtermmemmory wrote: "If you respond with ANY religious based argument you lose. it is a logic trap. The correct answer is that society has all incentive to encourage production of children. Even a childless man and woman support society. Homosexual behavior is ONLY abour recreational sex. Homosexaul behavior contributes ZERO to society. Citing religion concedes the ENTIRE court argument to the left."

    I don't necessarily disagree with your point, and I certainly do want to find the strongest way to convince the necessary one or two "swing" votes on the Supreme Court not to overturn state laws requiring that marriage be between one man and one woman.

    We don't need arguments that will convince Justice Scalia and others who will already agree with us, even though in the long run those are the only arguments which aren't based on shifting sand. In the current political and judicial crisis, we need arguments that will convince people who have already compromised on key principles of traditional values, but may not want to compromise on this issue.

    So I may be in agreement.

    But here's the problem. In a culture in which lots of people claim the world is overpopulated and in which lots of people advocate reducing population growth, not increasing it, how do we claim that "society has all incentive to encourage production of children" without basing that claim on religious principles?

    And if we do that, we're back to the same problem of dealing with justices who reject religion and claim that the objections to same-sex "marriage" have no rational basis in secular (i.e., non-Judeo-Christian) principles.

    I'm not sure how we get around this with legal logic. I'm afraid nothing will work apart from raw political power. And I am increasingly concerned that public opinion is moving the wrong way.

  • I left Planned Parenthood after seeing ‘perfectly formed’ quadruplets aborted: Fmr abortion worker

    08/19/2014 1:52:56 PM PDT · 23 of 23
    darrellmaurina to wagglebee

    Thank you for posting these. The facts of abortion are horrible. The facts need to get out, in their raw reality. Even unbelievers who value baby kittens and baby whales can sometimes be persuaded that what is being done to baby humans in abortion should not be happening.

    As the other story you posted earlier shows, those in abortion clinics either have consciences seared with a hot iron so they can put dead babies in bags and truly no longer believe they are dealing with humans, or they break down and get out of the business.

    Experience shows us that sin is progressive and few will get out once they’ve gotten in, though they might change from mass murder to alcoholism or promiscuity or some other sort of evil.

    The few who do get out have stories that need to be told.

  • The Sad Fate of Casey Kasem: Death by Dehydration

    06/17/2014 10:07:38 PM PDT · 77 of 80
    darrellmaurina to Vermont Lt; wagglebee; Organic Panic; P-Marlowe; Diamond; AmericanInTokyo; little jeremiah; ...
    25 posted on 6/13/2014 8:51:36 AM by Vermont Lt: “You are ignorant. Who said it was euphoric.

    61 posted on 6/13/2014 12:27:10 PM by Organic Panic: “I remember the death cult liberals claiming how wonderful, peaceful, and euphoric Terri’s death will be when she was starved to death. Disgusting liberals.

    Vermont Lt, you wouldn't be here on Free Republic if you weren't a conservative, so I am going to treat you as a well-meaning and well-intended conservative who honestly and sincerely hasn't experienced what some of us have experienced. Claims are being made that starving and dehydrating elderly people somehow makes them “euphoric.” If you haven't heard that, listen to some of us who have.

    Regarding “euphoria” — I was given that **EXACT** word by hospice personnel when my comatose mother was denied food and water over my strong objections.

    I am not going to post details here. I know much more about the legal issues now than I knew a decade ago, but based on details I will not discuss in public, the situation probably could not have been remedied without a lawsuit which I simply could not have afforded.

    I can't speak for others’ experience with what medical and nursing personnel say in end-of-life situations, but I can say the word “euphoria” was and is being used to convince families to kill their relatives.

    “Euthanasia” means “good death.” In the case of withholding food and water, it is anything **BUT** good.

    The Scriptures quote God saying this in Proverbs 8:36: “all they that hate me love death.”

    That is nowhere more clear than the claim that starving and dehydrating elderly people somehow makes them euphoric.

    Go tell that to a starving and thirsty child in the Third World. It makes as much sense there as it does in a nursing home.

    Evil can and must be called by its proper name. Abortion for the unborn and euthanasia for the elderly are two examples of pretty names we place on the deliberate killing of those who are not able to defend themselves.

    Evil must be fought. He who defines, wins... and calling evil by its proper name is key to fighting the Dark One who is evil to his core.

    Yes, Vermont Lt, I'm using strong words here. If you were a liberal you'd get the full force of my fire, with much stronger words. I think you honestly haven't seen what I've seen in a hospice. I do not know your personal situation, but consider the possibility that maybe, because you are a conservative, the nurses figured out not to use that kind of language with you because they realized it would infuriate you rather than encourage you.

    Please reconsider your views. You're walking with the wrong crowd here, and that crowd will not lead you places any conservative wants to end up.

  • Our World: Ignoring the elephant (kidnapped Israeli boys deserve whatever they get)

    06/17/2014 8:55:45 PM PDT · 4 of 10
    darrellmaurina to SJackson

    Thank you for posting this.

    Living in the Ozarks where most conservatives are very pro-Israel and most liberals don't tolerate anti-Semitism for standard reasons of tolerance, this article describes a world I don't see.

    But given the reality of the “Death of Klinghoffer” event, it seems obvious that American liberalism has taken a hard turn toward anti-Semitism, following European liberalism.

    That is a really sad turn of events.

  • A Cause of anti-Semitism - Why anti-Semitism is also anti-Christian and anti-American

    05/17/2014 10:04:10 AM PDT · 17 of 26
    darrellmaurina to Chuckmorse; Jewbacca; justiceseeker93; Eleutheria5; Hildy; Yaelle; SJackson; Marcella

    Thank you for the post. PINGing some others — comments would be appreciated.

  • How can it be a state if the central government controls 86% of its land and all of its resources?

    05/02/2014 11:32:17 PM PDT · 78 of 78
    darrellmaurina to Jim Robinson; Ben Ficklin; xzins
    48 posted on 4/22/2014 3:04:47 PM by Jim Robinson: “And along with the land, they’ve locked up all natural resources. Can you imagine if the federal government had locked up all the natural resources in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee or Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, etc? For one thing, the industrial revolution would never had happened. And another, America would never had been the land of plentiful or the richest most powerful country on earth.”

    49 posted on 4/22/2014 3:05:59 PM by Ben Ficklin: “But out in the western deserts nobody wanted that land. Nevada has the most federal land because it has more desert than any other state. If its free I'll take it, but only if you give me low cost grazing on this other 15,000 acres.”

    Jim, I think you've hit the nail on the head.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Ben Ficklin’s point is that this situation of massive federal retention of land ownership in the West happened because, until relatively recently, nobody wanted the land. Most of it wasn't useful for much of anything, and with open range laws, having private ownership of hundreds of thousands of minimally productive acres of grass for grazing wasn't necessary, wasn't helpful, and due to fencing problems and winter/summer pasture issues, may not even have been possible in many places.

    Letting homesteaders purchase relatively small parcels of land on which they would build their homes and barns and make improvements, while letting them use mostly unwanted land for grazing, made sense when the federal government wasn't interested in hassling ranchers. It was probably a good deal for all involved.

    But by letting the federal government retain so much land, it opened the door to abuse.

    We're now seeing the door open and smack long-time users on their rear ends. That is wrong and something needs to be done about it. Clearly we can no longer trust the federal government to act in the best interests of rural residents who have lived on the land for generations.

    But fixing the problem is easier said than done. Governments do not typically give up power once they have gotten used to exercising it, and while a wholesale transfer of federal land to state authority might work well in many Western states, I hardly think it would produce positive results in places like California. As bad as federal bureaucrats can be, there's a better chance of Congress calling them to account than the California legislature doing so.

  • Sally Kohn Offers Lessons From Her Fox News Stint: Those People Are Kind and Human!

    04/17/2014 4:30:21 AM PDT · 25 of 25
    darrellmaurina to Kaslin
    Thanks, Kaslin...
  • N.Korea 'to Execute 200 Jang Song-taek Loyalists'

    04/16/2014 9:03:15 PM PDT · 46 of 47
    darrellmaurina to CorporateStepsister; AmericanInTokyo; TigerLikesRooster
    CorporateStepsister, you said “He’s almost satanically cunning.”

    Not sure I see the need for the word “almost” in that sentence.

    But I fully agree with you about East Asian culture not being a culture that is based on being obvious.

    I don't think most Westerners have any comprehension of what we're dealing with in North Korea. It is not just the Kim family; it is a whole culture which reflects the outlook not only of North Korea but also of most of Asia until very recent times.

    The “Hermit Kingdom” culture of pre-Christian Korea, however, was even worse than what prevailed in China or most of the rest of Asia. Reading stories from the 1700s and 1800s about persecution of early Christian converts in Korea looks like reading something out of Imperial Rome or modern North Korea. Except for Japan under the shoguns, it is hard to find anyplace in Asia which was more hostile toward foreign influences than pre-1800s Korea.

    The similarities of deification of the ruler are more than accidental. They reflect a fundamentally non-Christian system of ethics developed by a culture which is thousands of years old and in which Satan has had unchallenged rulership until the last few centuries.

    We can't expect Satan to give up easily.

  • Missouri Mayor Says He 'Kind Of Agreed' With Alleged Jewish Center Shooter

    04/16/2014 8:52:35 PM PDT · 30 of 31
    darrellmaurina to ncfool
    Thank you, NCFool... I responded more privately.

    In an American political context, anti-Jewish bigotry is just plain stupid. There's no excuse for it, PERIOD. Rural southwest Missouri has its problems, but anti-Jewish bigotry just isn't something I see around here.

  • N.Korea 'to Execute 200 Jang Song-taek Loyalists'

    04/16/2014 8:17:35 PM PDT · 45 of 47
    darrellmaurina to DesertRhino; TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; justiceseeker93; SJackson; Eleutheria5; Yehuda
    5 posted on 4/2/2014 3:01:18 AM by DesertRhino: “We solemnly repeat “never again”, build holocaust memorials, write books about the NKVD and the Gulags. We hunt down 90 year old Nazis who have only hidden since 1945. We act deeply concerned. And this afternoon, a death camp is functioning in a backwards country. And we actually pay them money. Its utterly insane.”

    You are right.

    Read what FDR and the top leaders of the United States and Britain knew or strongly suspected about the Nazi death camps by 1944 and even by 1943. It is not good.

    I get the point that winning World War II was the most important priority and was the best way to save Jewish lives worldwide. But by the time deportations began of Hungarian Jews late in World War II, we might have been able to do something to affect the outcome.

    History will not look kindly on the West for mouthing platitudes about human rights while ignoring crystal clear evidence of what is happening in North Korea. The general public of the West has more access to information today about North Korea than all but the most senior leaders of the Allies had about Nazi death camps during World War II.

    I am very much aware that North Korea is not an easy problem to fix. If it were easy it would have been done long ago. However, there are more things which could be done than are being done.

  • Sally Kohn Offers Lessons From Her Fox News Stint: Those People Are Kind and Human!

    04/16/2014 8:16:40 PM PDT · 18 of 25
    darrellmaurina to Kaslin
    It's always nice when the other side realizes that as conservatives, we don't eat kittens for breakfast and puppies for lunch.

    Unfortunately, liberals often spend so much time in their own world that they never take time to actually interact with typical conservatives. The same isn't true of conservatives — we can't get away from the liberalism being forced down our throats — but a liberal in an elite university or Democratic think-tank may very well never have serious interaction with a conservative point of view.

    I realize there is a certain category of hard-left liberals who aren't just wrong or confused but are actually and deliberately evil.

    Most liberals, however, think of themselves as decent human beings who are trying to make the world a better place. Of course they're wrong in thinking the government is the best way to do that.

    Attacking people's wrong actions and wrong beliefs is appropriate, but making them into demons doesn't help.

    We need to get to 50 percent to win. In many districts that means conservatives need to get moderate votes. Acting as if liberals are demons in human form doesn't help, and actually drives moderates away from us by making us look ridiculous.

    There is a time for fire-breathing rhetoric, but Reagan was right in regarding that as the last resort, not the first tactic.

    As for those liberals who truly are evil and not just wrong — let the hard-left liberals expose themselves as intolerant haters. It makes them look bad, it exposes them as hypocrites, and helps us win.

  • Missouri Mayor Says He 'Kind Of Agreed' With Alleged Jewish Center Shooter

    04/16/2014 6:59:07 PM PDT · 28 of 31
    darrellmaurina to justiceseeker93
    Yep... in this part of the state, in a lot of races the Democrats don't even bother to put up a candidate, and when they do, they often lose by huge margins unless the person is a long-term incumbent who dates back to the days when the Democrats in the rural South were a very different type of party.

    If I remember correctly, the Democratic congressional candidate had about 30 percent of the vote in Lawrence County, one of the state legislative races was won by the Republican by a 4-to-1 margin, and in most other state races the Democrats did not bother to put up a candidate.

    I'll do some checking on this mayor's political affiliation but I'm not optimistic.

    Here's why.

    I could find out pretty much anything I want to know about an elected official in my own county, if not through official channels than through back channels, and to some extent in nearby areas where I can make use of friends of friends, but “outsiders” asking questions are not likely to be received well.

    On the other hand, I do have contacts in the Springfield and Branson area who may be able to get better information about this man. That may work. But I'm not holding my breath.

  • Missouri Mayor Says He 'Kind Of Agreed' With Alleged Jewish Center Shooter

    04/16/2014 6:17:17 PM PDT · 26 of 31
    darrellmaurina to justiceseeker93; SJackson; Eleutheria5; Yehuda; Oliviaforever; don-o; a fool in paradise; Impy
    Thank you for PINGing me, justiceseeker93.

    First, for my Jewish FReeper conservative online friends, please accept my sincere regrets that this kind of horrible act was committed by a resident of the rural and conservative part of my state. Most of us in rural Missouri are nothing like this man.

    There aren't a lot of Jewish people in rural Missouri, which is actually a benefit because most conservatives around here never run into liberal Jewish people and tend to have a positive opinion of Jewish people and of Israel. This is the Bible Belt, and Branson is nearby, and you're **MUCH** more likely around here to hear patriotic Americans, especially evangelical Christians, making comments supporting Israel than to hear Klansmen spouting anti-Jewish nonsense. I can honestly say I haven't heard even one nasty anti-Jewish comment here in more than a dozen years, the Orthodox Jewish chaplain at Fort Leonard Wood gets thanked for his service when he goes off post, and the most prominent Jewish resident of my area is a hard-right Republican conservative business owner who detests liberals with a passion greater than my own. We did have some Klan recruitment efforts last year in an adjacent county, but none of the bigotry was directed against Jewish people, and as far as I know the Klan recruitment efforts were utterly unsuccessful.

    While it's true that I live in Southwest Missouri and I know this area pretty well, Marionville is more than an hour away from where I live and I know nothing about this mayor. I would have to make some phone calls to get specifics about his town, but what I do know indicates it's a typical small rural town in the Ozarks.

    What I do know is he needs to publicly apologize and then resign as mayor. His anti-Jewish comments, if they have been reported correctly, are **WAY** out of line.

    Oliviaforever's comment that most small-town mayors are Democrats might very well have been true in rural southwest Missouri a generation or two ago — the Ozarks shared the sociopolitical dynamics of the rest of the rural South, dominated by conservative Democrats — but it most emphatically is **NOT** true today. In this man's county, not a single one of more than a dozen elected county officials are Democrats; it's an overwhelmingly Republican county.

    I know nothing about this man's politics; Missouri has no party registration system and Missouri city officials almost always are elected on nonpartisan ballots, so they don't need to formally declare a party affiliation. He could be an active Democrat, though it's not likely considering the political leanings of his county. However, as Impy and other Freepers have pointed out, some Democrats do run for nonpartisan municipal offices because they know they can't get elected if they have to identify as Democrats.

    If this guy is active in Republican politics, I hope the Lawrence County Republican Central Committee publicly attacks him and demands he resign from any position he may hold in local Republican politics. We don't need anti-Jewish bigotry in the Republican Party.

    It's unlikely, but if this guy is active in Democratic politics, let's find it out and force the Democrats to disown him. Give them some of their own medicine for a change.

  • North Korea 2014 meets Rome AD 65

    03/21/2014 9:30:37 AM PDT · 15 of 17
    darrellmaurina to SpinnerWebb; AmericanInTokyo; TigerLikesRooster
    14 posted on 3/17/2014 10:42:57 AM by SpinnerWebb: “Look at the intense focus of the young woman behind Rodman. I bet she is a secret service killing machine, just waiting for a wrong move.”

    Virtually anything written about North Korea is inherently speculative, and I would not want to read too much into a single still photo, but you may be right.

    South Koreans do have female Special Operations personnel, trained very well in the normal military tactics but also in how to appear to be something they aren't — i.e., secretaries, nurses, translators — so they can do what they need to do without arousing suspicion until it's too late to stop them. One of the few things the North Korean military excels at which is not based on brute force is special operations, and following the South Korean model plus the North Korean leadership's penchant for “female companionship,” it would not surprise me if they have some very well-trained female Special Forces personnel guarding top leaders.

    At least in South Korea, women in those roles don't look like soldiers and don't look dangerous ... and that's precisely the point.

  • Living and Breathing: The British Constitution

    02/18/2014 9:32:16 AM PST · 23 of 23
    darrellmaurina to ProgressingAmerica; cripplecreek; AmericanInTokyo; Alex Murphy; P-Marlowe; Lazlo in PA; Diamond; ...

    Thank you, ‘ProgressingAmerica,’ for this essay. I’m pinging it out to others who may be interested.

    The Woodrow Wilson quotes and references to social Darwinism would be horrifying even to many liberals today who certainly do **NOT** want a “survival of the fittest” approach to society.

    This is really helpful in showing the roots of the “living breathing Constitution” concept.

  • The (R) Does Not Stand for Racist

    02/08/2014 8:00:34 PM PST · 15 of 18
    darrellmaurina to Kaslin

    Thank you!

    The Republican Party needs to show racist bigots out the door. Bigots aren’t conservatives; they’re just stupid, or in willful deliberate defiance of our Constitution and its protection of individual freedom and equal rights under the law.

    Maybe bigots can go back to their true home, the Democratic Party which has a very long history of fighting against rights for certain groups of American citizens?

  • FR is pro-God, pro-Life, pro-family, pro-constitution, pro-limited government. Period!!

    02/08/2014 7:16:55 PM PST · 176 of 185
    darrellmaurina to Kevmo
    159 posted on 2/4/2014 12:23:25 AM by Kevmo: “My suggestion is basically to hold the first primary in the state that has the highest percentage of GOP votes in the last election, the 2nd primary in the 2nd highest, and so on.”

    Interesting concept.

    I do think it might have the effect of forcing Republicans to spent a lot of time in Utah trying to make Mormons happy rather than spending a lot of time in Iowa and South Carolina trying to make evangelicals happy.

    I'm not sure that would be a helpful outcome.

    It isn't intended as Mormon-bashing to point out that Utah is one of the most strongly Republican states. A lot of the states which are very red or very blue are also very small, and scheduling early primaries/caucuses in those states might result in major influence by states which are not in any way reflective of the people who typically vote Republican.

  • FR is pro-God, pro-Life, pro-family, pro-constitution, pro-limited government. Period!!

    02/08/2014 6:57:28 PM PST · 174 of 185
    darrellmaurina to Jim Robinson; BJ1; AmericanInTokyo; Lazlo in PA; Antoninus; cripplecreek; napscoordinator; ...
    1 posted on 2/3/2014 1:43:22 PM by Jim Robinson: “Have to post this reminder from time-to-time. Had to ban another long-term FReeper today who suddenly decides we should moderate our position on Life. No thanks.”

    4 posted on 2/3/2014 1:47:35 PM by BJ1: “But articles get posted on FR all the time showing abortion has the lowest support of the population since Roe v. Wade. The argument to moderate on that issue doesn’t seem logical: The country was much less pro-life when Reagan won in 1980 and 1984. Just saying.”

    Thank you, Jim.

    As BJ1 pointed out, caving in on this issue is not just wrong, it's illogical. Abortion is an issue on which, due to developing technology, it has become much more difficult for the average person to maintain the liberal fiction that a “fetus” is not a child. When mothers are routinely getting “baby's first picture” of a very early ultrasound and showing it on Facebook, the fact that a baby is a baby, both before and after birth, is becoming increasingly obvious.

    As it becomes more and more obvious that abortion is killing a living person, one of two things will happen. Either America will become comfortable with the idea that it's okay for people to kill people who have done nothing wrong if they are an inconvenience, or abortion will become less and less acceptable as a choice, perhaps someday leading to greater restrictions and eventual abolition.

    Down that first road lies nightmare scenarios such as killing “defective” babies after they're born, killing seriously injured people after accidents, and killing elderly people, all because they're an “inconvenience.”

    I shudder to think what America will look like if the general public decides abortion is murder and it's still okay regardless of that fact.

  • Conservative website shuttered after libel ruling [Free Dominion]

    02/01/2014 9:20:57 PM PST · 294 of 351
    darrellmaurina to HiTech RedNeck
    Yep... as you probably already know, public figures and public officials have special rules in the post-”New York Times v. Sullivan” legal environment.

    Private figures can win a libel lawsuit much more easily due to relatively minor mistakes without actual malice.

    The bar is very high but not impossible to meet with public officials and public figures — proving “reckless disregard for the truth” is commonly the focus of the libel lawsuit if it's clear that there was a serious error of fact.

    But what appears to have happened with “Free Dominion” could not have happened under current American libel law. The person who brought the lawsuit is unquestionably a public figure, with all the high standards of proof that requires.

    I'm anything but a fan of the ACLU, but on this issue of “hate speech,” the liberals are divided and there's a significant group of American liberals who are quite emphatic on the older ACLU position of allowing such things as the Nazi march in Skokie. I personally think Nazis should be prosecuted as traitors, but that's a whole different issue.

  • Conservative website shuttered after libel ruling [Free Dominion]

    02/01/2014 2:41:15 PM PST · 286 of 351
    darrellmaurina to conniew
    Thank you for alerting us to what is happening north of the border.

    For those of us in the United States: This is why American conservatives need to remember the importance of the First Amendment. Liberals can be very annoying, and their attacks on conservatives in office can be disruptive and even dangerous, but it is absolutely essential that citizens have the right to criticize their government. That means we need to defend the right of anyone, even liberals, to spout nonsense and make idiotic attacks via the public press.

    The John Peter Zenger case in colonial New York, via jury nullification, established the principle that truth is an absolute defense against libel. Subsequent case law worked out the implications of that principle, including that opinion cannot be prosecuted because it can't be proved true or false. Therefore, attacks on people, even when very strongly worded, cannot be prosecuted if they are statements of opinion.

    Liberals are wrong on a lot of things, but defending freedom of speech and of the press is not being “liberal” — it is being faithful to the clear original intent and written words of the Constitution.

    Let's never forget that.

  • N. Korea: Orascom prevented to withdraw the asset from NK (Ceausescu way)

    02/01/2014 1:28:44 PM PST · 11 of 11
    darrellmaurina to cunning_fish; TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo
    10 posted on 1/29/2014 2:20:07 AM by cunning_fish: “He certainly hasn’t learn Ceausescu history to the end.”

    Very interesting parallel.

  • 14 in ’14, cuz it ain’t happening in ‘16 (Vanity)

    01/07/2014 10:37:53 PM PST · 70 of 72
    darrellmaurina to okie01; chimera; so_real; fieldmarshaldj; Diamond; Impy; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; ...
    Thank you for your comments, Okie, fieldmarshaldj, Impy, and so_real. Each of you said some good things.

    I particularly like the suggestion that fieldmarshaldj made of campaign schools for potential “Tea Party” candidates. I understand the hatred many conservatives have for long-term incumbents, but Congress is not an entry-level job. This didn't apply to Akin — he had spent many years in politics after time in the military, then running a family business, then going to seminary, and then deciding to run for office rather than be ordained — but there are a lot of conservatives who simply don't have much “time in the chair” and therefore, as Chimera said, walk into traps set for them by the liberals.

    I want to focus, however, on Impy’s comment that we need to remind ourselves of the Akin case “To avoid the same mistakes happening again. Conservatives need to stop nominating idiots who make idiotic campaign errors or we'll lose.”

    Impy is right. We need to learn from our mistakes.

    But I'm afraid some in the GOP-e are learning the wrong lessons — namely, stay away from “social issues.”

    Well, there probably are some states where that is good advice. A Republican running in Massachusetts or suburban New York probably has to focus on the “small government, pro-business” part of the Republican agenda. That's okay. In districts and states like that, let's take the best person we can get elected rather than a liberal Democrat.

    But there was no need for that kind of strategy in a state like Missouri, and even less so in deep-red states like Texas or elsewhere.

    What I'm afraid will happen with Akin is something much like what happened with Bork, where the lesson learned was terrible. We now have a situation where a successful Supreme Court nominee, at least one nominated to replace a swing seat justice, needs to be as close to a blank slate as possible with few if any articles in legal journals whose views can be dissected and presented as “extreme.”

    That, over the long term, has caused tremendous damage to the Supreme Court as an institution because top-level legal scholars know they have little or no hope of serving on the Supreme Court if they have a track record of publication.

    If we end up with something similar in which Republican nominees need to be viewed as middle-of-the-road moderates to be backed by the Republican establishment, it will wreck the Republican Party.

    Democrats know that. Groups like EMILY’s List use abortion as a litmus test. There is no good reason why conservative Republican activist groups shouldn't be using our own litmus tests to make sure our nominees are conservatives, just as the activist liberal groups want their party's nominees to be liberals.

  • The American Mafia Was a Melting Pot

    01/07/2014 10:05:43 PM PST · 30 of 31
    darrellmaurina to a fool in paradise; nickcarraway; Revolting cat!
    22 posted on 1/7/2014 2:46:29 PM by a fool in paradise: “The presstitutes are only saying this because the mob ran the Stonewall gay speakeasy.”

    Interesting article, nickcarraway. Thank you for posting it.

    Responding to the comment quoted above made by “fool in paradise,” what is often forgotten today is that Greenwich Village was once a neighborhood with a significant Italian population. Think Dago Hill in St. Louis (i.e., “The Hill,” in modern politically correct terminology), or any number of similar neighborhoods in other major cities. It wasn't Cicero, which was openly taken over by the Mob, but Greenwich Village certainly had a strong element of organized crime which was tolerated or even supported by a broader Italian community which believed, very often with good reason, that the police could not be trusted to protect Italians.

    Part of the Italian stereotype that has more than a bit of truth in it is patronage of the arts, and a culture of folk music and folk art. Add in the lack of interest in following laws made by outsiders which are regarded as stupid, then add in Prohibition, and a whole culture of speakeasies, complete with on-the-edge music, grew up. It continued after Prohibition and gave rise to what is now Greenwich Village.

    When homosexuality was illegal and gay bars could be raided by police, things like Stonewall were made-to-order for organized crime as a way to make money from people who needed protection from police. The main difference between the Stonewall gay bar and the speakeasies of the Prohibition era was the predominant sexual orientation of the patrons.

  • GOP Establishment's War on Tea Party Comes to Texas

    01/07/2014 9:42:34 PM PST · 83 of 94
    darrellmaurina to servantboy777; WilliamRobert
    80 posted on 1/7/2014 9:25:29 PM by servantboy777: “You are sooo far off the mark. Folks grieve over the loss of liberty. No one...I mean no one I know wants revolution. It would be horrific”

    With all respect, I wish I could agree with you.

    There **IS** a segment of the conservative movement which is actively talking that way.

    A segment of that segment is afraid of total collapse and preparing for survival in a SHTF situation (not necessarily a bad idea, though not for the reasons they state — it doesn't take a revolution to recognize that we're now greatly dependent upon an infrastructure that is subject to all kinds of problems, ranging from major natural disasters like earthquakes to terrorist attack).

    An even smaller segment of a segment of a segment has, I'm afraid, crossed the line from preparing for a worst-case nightmare to preparing for actual armed revolt.

    We live in a constitutional republic. We have votes. We need to be using those votes now — and that goes ten times over for the people who are afraid that voting won't solve our problems. For those who really do feel that way — and there are a fair number on any major conservative website — do what you can now via voting to prevent ever needing to face a worst-case scenario.

    I've been around the political world for a long, long time. Frankly, I think the conservative movement is in far better shape now than it was in the 1970s, and we're in a better position to win than we were for much of the 1980s. Those who think all is lost need to go back, look at our history, and realize just how bad things were back in the 1970s when even a solid conservative like Ronald Reagan was pressured into accepting a liberal running mate in his 1976 attempt to defeat Gerald Ford.

    I'm not minimizing our problems. They're serious. But Reagan didn't give up in the dark days of the 1960s and 1970s, and he had much more reason to give up in that era than we have as conservatives today.

  • 14 in ’14, cuz it ain’t happening in ‘16 (Vanity)

    01/06/2014 6:56:57 AM PST · 64 of 72
    darrellmaurina to so_real; Blackirish; okie01; Diamond; Clintonfatigued; GOPsterinMA; ConservativeInPA; ...
    I live in Missouri. I am from Akin’s ecclesiastical circles (similar denomination, though not PCA). And I watched in horror as the Akin campaign imploded.

    We also have at least one Freeper, Diamond, who is a member of Akin’s local church.

    Akin has a long history of being a conservative evangelical Republican, and he has been attacked many times by GOP-e people as an example of the sort of conservative they want to marginalize or eliminate.

    I expect that from GOP-e people. I am sick and tired of listening to Akin being cited on Free Republic in the same category.

    Akin said something really, really stupid. I'm not going to defend it. Any evangelical in politics knows he's going to get the “abortion in case of rape” question. There is simply no excuse for him not getting his chosen answer to that question evaluated in advance by solid political advisers in the pro-life movement with current medical knowledge since his chosen answer was based on medical advice.

    What makes it even worse is that because Akin is a longtime student of military history, he **CERTAINLY** knows about the large numbers of pregnancies resulting from wartime rapes. Look at what the Russians did to German women (and others) and you'll have positive proof that Akin was factually wrong about the trauma of rape resulting in failure to implant and therefore failed pregnancies. At most, an argument could be made that the percentage of pregnancies from rape is less than from consensual sex, and I don't think even that can be backed up from current empirical medical evidence, though apparently Akin based his views on old medical opinions that were once held more commonly than they are today.

    But the simple fact of the matter is that all this needed to come out in the primary, not a few weeks after the primary.

    Why wasn't Akin grilled on his views about abortion? I don't know. But the result is that because neither of the two other serious Republicans running in the Missouri senatorial primary pushed the pro-life issue, perhaps because everybody knew Akin has solid pro-life credentials and has had them for decades, we ended up with a disaster.

    The proper solution under these circumstances, once it became clear that Akin would not withdraw, was to back him or at least back off and not attack him, saying, “Missouri voters have made their decision; we totally disagree with his stupid statement but that's now between Akin and the voters.” (And let's not forget that Akin himself disagreed with his own statement once he realized it was based on grossly outdated decades old medical advice.)

    What the Republican establishment did instead was to viciously attack Akin in the hope that more moderate Republicans wouldn't be destroyed by Akin’s stupid comment.

    What happened? Akin lost, and most of the moderate Republicans lost, too.

    So we got the worst of both worlds.

    I understand why GOP-e types will attack Akin. That makes sense, and is quite consistent. But somebody needs to explain to me how attacking Akin in 2014 on Free Republic for a stupid statement in 2012 helps anyone except Democrats and GOP-e people.

    I certainly would never accuse Freepers of being GOP-e supporters, but I do think some Freepers are repeating GOP-e talking points, quite possibly without even realizing they are doing so. The result is that they're unintentionally helping GOP-e people accomplish their agenda.

  • Dennis drawn to North Korea by his Rodman: report

    01/06/2014 4:12:16 AM PST · 50 of 50
    darrellmaurina to Revolting cat!

    Thank you for your patience with my stupid comment.

  • N. Korea: Is Kim Jong-un's Aunt Dead?

    01/06/2014 4:09:26 AM PST · 34 of 43
    darrellmaurina to Artie; AmericanInTokyo; TigerLikesRooster
    33 posted on 1/6/2014 4:39:19 AM by Artie: “One might think that the wickedly fluid situation in NK would give Mr. Rodman and the former NBA players pause for reflection.”

    While some Freepers are in a position to know nonpublic information, most of us can only speculate.

    To avoid any misunderstandings, what follows is merely my personal guess, though it's based on years of watching North Korea. I have no inside information whatsoever on this, so if I'm right, it's simply putting two and two together.

    My guess is that Dennis Rodman knows exactly what he is doing, has received extensive briefings, and is reporting back what he has seen and heard. And I suspect Rodman’s connection with Kim Jong-eun goes back much farther than is publicly known.

    Kim Jong-eun’s fascination with basketball has been known for a very long time. I think our State Department and foreign intelligence services, as well as those of South Korea, have been considering potential ways to use that connection since it provided a way to exploit the interest of a member of the North Korean ruling family in an aspect of Western culture.

    If they weren't doing that, they were stupid not to do so. This was an obvious exploit opportunity, particularly when Kim Jong-eun was not considered to be in the line of succession but had influence with his father and brothers.

    Somebody with more time on their hands than I have might like to look into what happened a number of years ago when a star North Korean basketball player wanted to come to the United States to play basketball. Again, I do not think this is the first time our intelligence agencies have considered basketball diplomacy.

  • Dennis drawn to North Korea by his Rodman: report

    01/04/2014 9:34:46 PM PST · 48 of 50
    darrellmaurina to Revolting cat!; TigerLikesRooster; a fool in paradise; JouleZ
    I just read JouleZ’s post and I may very well need to apologize.

    I thought Revolting cat was referring to Korean women's involvement with “dark meat,” using a non-literal meaning of that phrase, not that he was intending to refer to literal dogs eating Dennis Rodman.

    I guess I spend too much time in contexts where certain words have some deviant meanings. Revolting Cat, if I misunderstood your intent, please accept my sincere apology. I did not mean to turn your words, which are neutral in their literal meaning, into some very dirty double meanings.

    This reminds me of the time long ago at another newspaper that neither I nor a copy editor caught our sports editor's double entendre in a headline saying that “size does matter,” which he intended to refer to the height of somebody on a high school sports team, and that headline almost got published before the paper's senior editor caught it and exploded. If it had been published, we would have deserved some very serious consequences — the sports editor for deliberately being a jerk with a high school player as his victim, and the rest of us for not catching it.

    I think I'd better get off this thread before I say something else stupid tonight.

  • Dennis drawn to North Korea by his Rodman: report

    01/04/2014 8:48:18 PM PST · 47 of 50
    darrellmaurina to Revolting cat!; TigerLikesRooster; a fool in paradise
    44 posted on 1/4/2014 10:25:30 PM by Revolting cat!: “I wonder if North Korean dogs would eat dark meat.”

    I am very sure they had no choice. This is North Korea, after all.

    Either you cooperate or you die, and not only that, but your father and brothers get tortured or murdered, and your mother and sisters get raped before they're tortured, murdered, or turned into sex slaves themselves.

    But since at least an appearance of consent by the women so they would make the Westerner happy would be very important, perhaps the North Korean women involved were given some sort of extra compensation to cooperate.

    I have no evidence to back this up, and I've heard of no evidence in credible sources, but the suggestion being made earlier on this thread that Kim Jong-eun is looking for “breeding stock” for a future North Korean basketball team does, unfortunately, have a sick sort of logic behind it.

    If that is true, and if Kim Jong-eun actually stays in power long enough for Rodman’s mixed-race kids to grow up to become basketball players, I'm sure they'll find some way of explaining why mixed race kids are okay in Korea as long as they're tall and play good basketball.

    That whole country is seriously messed up.

  • Dennis drawn to North Korea by his Rodman: report

    01/04/2014 8:35:51 PM PST · 45 of 50
    darrellmaurina to miele man; TigerLikesRooster
    38 posted on 12/28/2013 3:22:07 PM by miele man: “Kim has orchestra members and singers (colleagues of his wife) shot for allegedly filming their trysts yet facilitates this? Not really surprising at all but hypocrisy of the highest order.”

    The allegation — and TigerLikesRooster, please correct me if I've misunderstood — is that the members of the orchestra and singers were overheard in secret recordings saying that Kim Jong-eun’s wife used to do the same things before she got married.

    I am quite sure that Kim Jong-eun knew every single possible detail of his wife's past and knew it long before they got married. I am guessing he didn't care, or maybe even viewed her “experience” as a positive.

    But for something like that to come out publicly cannot be tolerated for the wife of a major political leader in an Asian country — and not just in North Korea.

    Preserving the public “honor” of his wife probably required eliminating anyone who could credibly make an accusation against her.

    None of this makes it right. But I do think it shows that Kim Jong-eun is being quite consistent in defending his wife's “honor” while providing a degenerate Western sports star with something Dennis Rodman not only wants but also probably doesn't even mind letting people know he's getting.

  • Dennis drawn to North Korea by his Rodman: report

    01/04/2014 8:20:14 PM PST · 43 of 50
    darrellmaurina to TigerLikesRooster; All
    This is terrible.

    Less extreme versions are also, sadly, not unheard of among South Korean businessmen seeking to “entertain” foreign businessmen. While the North Korean women are likely forced into doing this, which makes it tremendously worse, the presence of South Korean prostitution is not exactly a state secret.

    I personally know businessmen and professors who were badly misjudged by their South Korean colleagues, and during separate professional visits to South Korea, received offers of “extra entertainment.” One, a German professor traveling with an American professor, was furious and both left in an angry rage which created an incident. In another case, a businessman let his hosts “save face” by coming up with an excuse that his Korean wife would not permit him to partake, and his hosts quickly got him out of the party with apologies while his other business colleagues happily went ahead with the plans. There is no way he would have committed adultery in any case, but he had spent enough time in Asia to realize the best solution was to appeal to his host's sense of the importance of not disrespecting Korean wives rather than directly attacking his hosts’ choice of “entertainment.”

    Imagine the situation when the company officials, who for obvious reasons did not have their female translator present at the party, had to say in less than fluent English, “We not know your wife Hangukseram. We sorry. We not mean to offend Korean wife.” My personal guess is they knew good and well that his wife was Korean, but they understood he was trying to help them “save face,” so all involved went along with the charade.

    Perhaps the worst part of all this is that both North and South Koreans have correctly figured out that this type of “entertainment” is a quite effective inducement for way too many Westerners.

    That says a lot of bad things about the West.

    It is **OUR** problem that Asian governmental and business leaders, not only in Korea but also in China, Japan and several other southeast Asian countries, have quite correctly figured out what far too many Westerners want, and are quite willing and able to provide it.

  • U.S. court rejects stay in Utah pro-gay marriage ruling

    12/24/2013 2:13:35 PM PST · 44 of 83
    darrellmaurina to justiceseeker93
    You may be right, but it's important to remember that Reuters, unlike the Associated Press, is predominantly a foreign wire service and they've cut back on their non-European coverage much like American media have cut back on foreign bureaus.

    I would be very surprised if Reuters has a correspondent in or anywhere near Salt Lake City. Internationally speaking, Utah isn't that important.

    Reuters probably does have someone on the West Coast, however, but that likely would have generated a Los Angeles or some other California dateline.

    This New York dateline on a Utah story may end up remaining a mystery that never gets answered because internal story assignment decisions generally don't get discussed because they're usually not interesting to readers.

    But who knows? Free Republic being what it is, it wouldn't surprise me if some FOX News or Washington Times reporter shows this thread to a friend at Reuters and says, “Look at the debate you generated!”

  • South Sudan: US Military Aircraft Hit By Rebels

    12/24/2013 11:35:20 AM PST · 77 of 78
    darrellmaurina to allendale
    You've hit the nail on the head in many places — including what a major increase in foreign involvement it would be for China to actually intervene in South Sudan, considering its **VERY** firm stances on national sovereignty which date back to Mao but actually go back much further due to anger by both Nationalists and Communists at how Westerners almost succeeded in divvying up and colonizing China. This would be a huge change, but if it's going to happen anywhere beyond Asia, South Sudan is probably the place.

    You are also absolutely right about how most Westerners barely begin to understand Asian politics and culture. We think in terms of years or at most decades; the Chinese think in terms of centuries or millennia of their historical role in the region.

    China's views of international relations are not those of America, or of the former Soviet Union, or of the European colonial powers before the Cold War. On the contrary, they are based on an attitude of Chinese cultural superiority dating back well beyond half a millennium before Chinese relative power began to decline in the 1600s vis-a-vis the West, and quite probably for thousands of years before that.

    The simple fact of the matter is that China is one of the world's oldest civilizations. While modern Egypt and modern Syria and modern Iraq and modern India have varying levels of (often distant) connections to their ancient cultures, modern China is unquestionably the heir of a culture which, even in the few cases when it was conquered from outside, absorbed the conquerors rather than being radically changed by them.

    To show just how old Chinese civilization is, I often point out that my Italian ancestors were living in caves in what would someday become the Etruscan kingdom predating the rise of the earliest Roman kings before the Roman Republic, and perhaps watching a few passing Phoenician ships whose captains considered the Italian peninsula full of worthless barbarians, at the same time China had large cities and strong central (or at least regional) governments. Even before that, Abraham left Sumeria as a wandering nomad who herded animals in what is now Israel, long before the rise of the Assyrian or Babylonian Empires, during a period that the Chinese already had shipping and trade with other parts of Asia.

    Despite five centuries of self-isolation of the Chinese, I think it is obvious that the current Chinese leadership has decided the Chinese have no choice but to participate in the world economy, and that means China must have secure access to natural resources. If China were to decide to intervene anywhere in the near future to secure resources for itself, South Sudan would be the place.

    Will China do that? I'm sure it would regard such action as a last step, not a first. But I can't see China tolerating a return to the North-South civil war in Sudan given the amount of time and effort they've spent in trying to get oil out of that part of the world.

    This, unfortunately, is probably going to be a situation where we as Americans can't do much beyond watch and wait. We do not have a compelling national interest there.

    China may.

    And if they decide they do, that decision will have region-changing consequences, some of which could actually be good.

    But long term, I think we have good reason to be concerned about Chinese intentions. Their power is growing, ours is not, and a decisive demonstration in the Third World of Chinese willingness to take military action could create an entirely new set of problems for the United States.

    That is especially true if, post-2016, American power continues to decrease and various Third World nations decide it's easier to work out a commercial deal with the Chinese than to bother with American vacillation and weak presidencies.

    I do not believe Americans have even begun to comprehend the amount of damage that President Obama’s perceived international weakness will do by opening the doors for others to act, not necessarily because they want to do so, but rather because they believe we will not.

    I'm thinking primarily of Israel and South Korea when I say that — both are already taking actions based on the perception, probably true, that if things get really bad they're pretty much on their own. But China deciding to act outside its traditional sphere of influence in Asia would be a game-changer in many ways, not so much because of the initial action, but rather because of how others would react if China acts and America doesn't.

    Perceptions count in world politics. That is especially true in some of the world's bad neighborhoods and trouble spots.

  • EXCLUSIVE - 'Hung out to dry': Duck Dynasty star and family hit out at A&E (truncated title)

    12/24/2013 5:33:26 AM PST · 234 of 235
    darrellmaurina to Thank You Rush; GeorgiaDawg32
    “Thank You Rush,” I've been reading your comments for some time and I think a response is necessary.

    I understand your point about crudeness.

    I'm not a fan of Duck Dynasty for reasons similar to yours, as well as others. Also, while I've got no problem with hunting, it's not my thing. There's nothing wrong with the premise of the show, I'm just not their intended audience.

    But that's not the point. The Duck Dynasty family is not being attacked because of crudeness, or because they are, using their own words, “white trash.”

    They are being attacked because the head of the family cited Scripture and took a biblical stand against homosexuality.

    If Robertson were a hard-drinking, hard-living, and hard-talking Marine or coal miner or truck driver or whatever other stereotype you want to cite of a secular conservative who made no claims to godliness but who got in trouble because of criticizing homosexuality, he would still be worthy of support. And that would be true even if his language were laced with much worse stuff than anything Robertson says.

    The leftists are apparently willing to destroy a major cash cow for the A&E Network because open criticism of homosexuality cannot, in their view, be allowed on network television. As a private company, the A&E Network has every right under the First Amendment to decide whether or not to broadcast Duck Dynasty, and we have every right to act accordingly, i.e., telling A&E Network what we think of their decisions.

    That — a zero-tolerance policy for criticism of homosexuality — is the issue, not whether or not the Duck Dynasty patriarch has a pottymouth.

    Also, as GeorgiaDawg32 pointed out, the reporter's idea of a “huge gated compound” may have something to do with the fact that he writes for the British newspaper, the Daily Mail. I'm not sure how many “gated compounds” exist in Monroe, Louisiana, but I'd be inclined to think he's referring to something we would consider to be a ranch with a big fence and a gate. In choosing his words, the reporter may have used words which have a different nuance of meaning on his side of the Atlantic than ours.

  • South Sudan: US Military Aircraft Hit By Rebels

    12/23/2013 11:33:55 PM PST · 70 of 78
    darrellmaurina to allendale
    No disagreement, Allendale.

    I do understand the difference between bad things happening someplace and an American duty to intervene in that place. We do have a military duty to help get our own American citizens out, but once that's done, South Sudan is probably going to be on its own.

    I hate to say it, but the Chinese are probably the best hope the Christian population of South Sudan has right now.

    China wants oil, it needs stability in both Sudan and South Sudan to get the local oil, and for China's own reasons (i.e, the Uighurs), China is very concerned about radical Islam and would prefer to see their oil coming from people who have an economic interest in selling oil rather than seeing a tribal and religious war disrupt those oil supplies.

    In other words, China does have a direct economic interest and may force a settlement.

    But China is not known for respecting any sort of standard of human rights or constitutional government in imposing that settlement. Orderly government and economic progress, not freedom, is what motivates China.

    Perhaps the best-case scenario under a forced Chinese settlement would be the Chinese installing some sort of business-oriented technocrat from the black Christian population of South Sudan and giving him the military muscle necessary to run an authoritarian government — and there are a lot worse possibilities for a Chinese-enforced settlement than that.

  • South Sudan: US Military Aircraft Hit By Rebels

    12/23/2013 11:06:50 PM PST · 68 of 78
    darrellmaurina to elpadre; Zhang Fei; ilovesarah2012; mark502inf; knarf; allendale; Bringbackthedraft; Yorlik803; ...
    El Padre is right.

    Tribalism is definitely an underlying issue, but religion is directly connected to tribalism in this case. I'm not convinced America has a dog in this fight, but Christians do. A collapse of South Sudan would represent a victory for Islam, showing the Islamic world that even when Christians win a civil war, they can't govern themselves without the dhimmitude of Sharia.

    For better or for worse, the South Sudanese are (at least relatively speaking) the “good guys” who spent decades fighting Islamic Jihadists who tried to destroy Sudan's Christian population. They're a mix of conservative Christians and animists who in both cases were subject to horrific genocide by Islamic radicals, along with some Muslims of black ancestry who the predominantly Arab Muslims in the north of Sudan didn't like for a combination of racism and belief they weren't sufficiently Islamist.

    Some things are more complicated than they seem at first, and this is an example of a case where the “good guys” are not all wearing white hats. Those who have followed South Sudan for a long time knew that and were afraid something like this would happen.

  • Happy Clinton Impeachment Day! 15th Anniversary; FReepers Led the Way

    12/23/2013 10:45:31 PM PST · 121 of 141
    darrellmaurina to kristinn; onyx; Jim Robinson; Arrowhead1952; AmericanInTokyo; TigerLikesRooster
    Thank you, Kristinn, for reminding us of the role of Free Republic in getting Bill Clinton impeached.

    And thank you also to other “old time” Freepers such as Arrowhead1952 who prevented 60 Minutes from destroying George Bush.

    Free Republic changed the course of history at least twice, and has never gotten the credit it deserves for doing so.

    As I'm reading current news of the ongoing nightmare in North Korea, and also reading the history of Prussian politics in the late 1800s under Bismarck, I am reminded of how often we take for granted our freedom in America to criticize our government.

    Really, really bad things happen when organizations like Free Republic do not exist to remind people in power that their power depends on the consent of the people.

    Let us never forget that.

  • Cracker Barrel puts back Duck Dynasty merchandise on shelves

    12/23/2013 9:43:18 PM PST · 218 of 219
    darrellmaurina to HiTech RedNeck; Beagle8U
    217 posted on 12/23/2013 10:42:18 PM by HiTech RedNeck: “I tend to agree. It’s so implausible. Not even mainstream joints attract that kind of “gay” dedication. Bragging with the same kind of sulphurous gas that Satan brags with.”

    Agreed. Satan is a liar and the father of lies, and while I would never say that all liberals are liars or unbelievers, an advocate of homosexuality is, at minimum, under strong delusion.

    Here is one possibility, however — the Democratic Underground poster said half of the male waitstaff were homosexuals. I used to visit our local Cracker Barrel fairly often and I almost never saw a male waiter; nearly all were female, and I'm guessing that's probably true for most Cracker Barrel restaurants.

    Maybe that's sort of like saying “half the male nurses in the hospital are gay” when there are only two male nurses, one of them is gay, and the other is a happily married heterosexual former Army medic who liked medicine and used the GI Bill to go to nursing school because he knew he wasn't a good enough student to become a doctor?

    I could see, in a college town, that maybe out of “X” number of Cracker Barrel waitstaff, a small number were male and homosexuals made up a large percentage of that small number.

    But again, maybe I'm giving the Democratic Underground poster too much credit.

  • U.S. court rejects stay in Utah pro-gay marriage ruling

    12/23/2013 9:25:25 PM PST · 40 of 83
    darrellmaurina to Grandma Conservative; justiceseeker93; Jeff Head
    Thank you for pinging me to this, JusticeSeeker93. Much appreciated.

    Some comments:

    16 posted on 12/22/2013 11:05:29 PM by Grandma Conservative: “The people of Utah should be demanding heads over this. Utah of all places. If it can happen there it can happen anywhere.”

    You are absolutely right on this. Utah is one of the reddest of the red states, due in large measure to the Mormons, and if the federal courts can impose their will on an angrily protesting majority of Mormons in Utah, they can and will get away with it anywhere.

    However, it looks like this is being done with more than a little local liberal support. If I understand correctly, the mayor of Salt Lake City was one of the people who presided at these newly authorized “homosexual marriages?” If that's true, it's clear this isn't just a few kooks but some people with **MAJOR** influence right in the heart of LDS territory.

    Jeff Head, as one of our key local Mormon Freepers, can you help educate us non-Mormons on how this could possibly be happening in a part of the world which most of us conservatives thought was safe territory for conservative pro-family views? What can you tell us about this mayor, and what can you tell us about church and secular plans to take back Utah from this sort of wickedness? This must be sending shock waves through your Mormon world.

    For better or for worse, this is going to have to be a Mormon battle. There aren't enough evangelical Protestants and traditional Roman Catholics in Utah to make a meaningful political difference, so in this case I don't see a realistic role for us outsiders beyond sitting on the sidelines and hoping that conservative Mormons win the fight against homosexual marriage in their state.

    19 posted on 12/22/2013 11:33:33 PM by justiceseeker93: “The dateline of the Reuters story is New York, which could not possibly be the location where a federal circuit court taking an appeal from Utah District Court would sit.”

    I agree with you that the article leads to confusion. However, I think it is probably unintentional.

    The standards for selecting datelines are no longer as firm and fixed as they once were, but the older standard was that the dateline was to be the place where the reporter wrote the story, not necessarily where the story took place. The argument was that a reporter should not use a dateline of a city where he or at least an assistant was not physically present, because it could cause people to wrongly think the reporter had “boots on the ground” when the reporter was not there.

    In the modern age of telecommunications and internet, stories are more and more often reported by a staff writer making phone calls and sending emails from someplace nowhere near where the story took place. I don't know the current style of Reuters on datelines, but one of my former editors had previously been a Reuters bureau chief, and datelining a Utah story from where the reporter wrote the story — in this case probably New York City — would be consistent with Reuters practice back when he was working for Reuters.

    Hope this helps!

    (And Jeff, I'd **REALLY** like to hear from you on this. Most of us in the Freeper world know very little about the internal dynamics of the LDS, and I, for one, value your internal knowledge of these issues.)

  • Cracker Barrel puts back Duck Dynasty merchandise on shelves

    12/23/2013 8:33:55 PM PST · 214 of 219
    darrellmaurina to Beagle8U
    You may well be right, Beagle.

    I don't have a lot of history with Democratic Underground, but my limited personal experience tends to confirm your view.

    I've dealt with liberals in both my professional and personal life for virtually all of my life. Very often I have been the token conservative; in a fair number of cases I've been the first real conservative that a young liberal recently out of college has ever met to discuss political issues. I know there are honest liberals out there who have core commitments that are dead wrong, but which they honestly believe and with which they are consistent; there are also many liberals who haven't thought through the conclusions of their views, and who can be reached by somebody who takes the time to ask them to consider a conservative viewpoint that in many cases they may never have heard before in their lives.

    And then there are others.

    Too often I see the liberal equivalent to a RINO — a liberal who couldn't care less about ideology but simply mouths the leftist dogma he (or she) knows will rally the troops and get him/her elected in Democratic districts. For liberals like that, power is the goal and ideology is merely a means to an end.

    Perhaps worst of all is the sort of liberal whose liberalism is, at root, a revolt against morality and external authority. I see that very often in feminist and pro-abortion circles, and a significant part of liberalism is based on a core belief of “nobody has the right to tell me what to do.”

    That attitude is fundamentally corrosive to any sort of civilized society, and I can have no respect for it.

  • Cracker Barrel puts back Duck Dynasty merchandise on shelves

    12/22/2013 11:58:20 PM PST · 211 of 219
    darrellmaurina to Oatka; spokeshave
    Spokeshave and Oatka, you've got a great idea. I have no interest in duck hunting. Hunting down liberals, however, is a great idea. If Rush Limbaugh promoted the idea of sounding off with a duck call to respond to stupid stuff said by liberals, it might just work.

    (And since people Google, no I do not mean “hunting liberals” as in “shooting them.” The First Amendment gives liberals the right to be idiots, and gives me the right to hunt down their arguments and argue back.)

    spokeshave suggested: “Ha....everyone take a Duck Call with them....blow it at any dim - lib you come across.”

    Oatka responded: “That's frigging hilarious! Can you imagine attending a political speech or social gathering and some airhead starts spouting this ‘offended’ crap about a public cross/bible display, gay/racial criticism, etc. and a chorus (even two or three - maybe one) of duck calls sound off. There's gotta be a lot of people in attendance who would get it and inform those who didn't. The whole complaint would be immediately deflated. Limbaugh, or any radio guy ought to promote this. (Love to see a TV show of talking heads where Juan Williams, et al, spouts off and someone else take out his duck call and . . . :-) )”

  • Cracker Barrel puts back Duck Dynasty merchandise on shelves

    12/22/2013 11:52:16 PM PST · 210 of 219
    darrellmaurina to Beagle8U; Jim Robinson; RegulatorCountry
    Thank you for the link to the DU discussion.

    I haven't been onto DUnderground for a very long time, ever since they were the **ONLY** liberal website circulating a provably false rumor about Jim Robinson (pinged here as a courtesy) that didn't remove it when I politely documented the facts. Everybody else removed the false statement or at least allowed my post correcting the false statement to stand. By contrast, Democratic Underground actually deleted my account, which I had created for the purpose of responding to the false statement, and then denied an appeal and never did remove the false statement.

    Comments like this on Democratic Underground should remind us that any victory here is only partial:

    “16. My son works for Cracker Barrel in a small college town. Half the male wait staff is gay and are pretty open about it with their coworkers. One of the new managers in his store is gay. If some of the people complaining about CB’s original decision only knew who was cooking and serving their food, why they might get the vapors or something! By the way, he says the after-church crowd absolutely lives up to their reputation for being small tippers and complainers.”

    So what do we do next as conservatives?

    When we're dealing with large corporations, apart from a few exceptions like Chik-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby which are very open in their viewpoint, it is unreasonable to expect them to consistently support conservative values. However, it **IS** reasonable to expect businesses serving a predominantly conservative constituency not to cave in to a bunch of liberals who are not part of their core market.

    Conservative Christians demanding change in businesses in Greenwich Village or San Francisco would get laughed at, and for good reason. We're not their market! So why do they think conservative businesses should listen to them?

  • Cracker Barrel puts back Duck Dynasty merchandise on shelves

    12/22/2013 11:04:28 PM PST · 208 of 219
    darrellmaurina to sheana
    Your smoking story is hilarious! Yes, I live in the Missouri Ozarks, and yes, unless there is a local law to the contrary, businesses may have a smoking section. (We have some people pushing such a law here and in the adjoining county, but they're getting nowhere.) It is crystal clear to the county commissions and city councils of our area that this is a red-button issue of private property rights that business owners will yell about.

    However, you might well still have to smoke outside if the business is owned by a person who objects to smoking. That is exactly the way things should be — let business owners decide the rules, and let customers decide where they choose to do business.

    I strongly oppose smoking, BTW, perhaps because I come from a family of heavy smokers. You're not going to be allowed to smoke on my property. But I'll definitely defend your right to light up on someone else’s property if you want.

  • (RNC Committeeman) Dave Agema shows support for 'Duck Dynasty' star, calls out 'LGBT Gestapo'

    12/21/2013 6:56:59 PM PST · 28 of 36
    darrellmaurina to cripplecreek
    27 posted on 12/21/2013 7:20:50 PM by cripplecreek: “He and Terri Land were elected to the RNC at the same time. Terri is now running and leading the race for the senate seat Karl Levin will vacate next year. She’s pretty solid as well.”

    I knew Terri Land way back when she was a relatively low-level staffer and I was a regular volunteer for the Kent County Republican Party, where my father had been executive director before turning down a job in the Ford White House and instead moving to Lansing to work for the state-level party.

    I was not an evangelical when I worked alongside Terri Land, and therefore wasn't looking for the same things I would look for today in a political leader. Also, I've radically changed since the 1980s (conversion does those things) and I would never want people to evaluate me based on long-ago statements and actions that don't reflect what I believe today.

    What I will say about Terri Land is that I saw her as a hard worker. I saw her as a loyal and committed Republican. (That's a compliment, not a negative, and said in a pre-Tea Party context when this massive “anti-GOP-elite” mindset wasn't anywhere near as powerful as it is today — lots of people I knew back then were much more interested in their business than in supporting the Republican Party, but Terri Land believed in using the Republican Party to make a difference.)

    But perhaps of most interest to Freepers is something I saw of her years ago when we were both delegates to the state Republican convention and the group we would now call “GOP-e” was trying to get rid of a certain incumbent perceived as “too radical.” I think it was an attempt to dump an incumbent member of the University of Michigan board, but I am not absolutely sure. At the state convention, Terri Land voted against the effort. I asked her why later, and her response was that she didn't think anyone had made a good case that he was so bad that he needed to be removed. What stuck with me was her comment that if the party leadership could do it to him, they could do it to anyone, and she didn't think that was right.

    That probably speaks well of her to Freeper and Tea Party circles — i.e., she's willing to stand up and say “no” to party leaders, even though she definitely is one herself, if she thinks the party leadership is acting in heavyhanded ways and not documenting good reasons for its actions.

    Hope those comments about Terri Land are helpful. But keep in mind the last time I saw her face-to-face was back in the late 1990s when I visited Grand Rapids to get some documents I needed (she was at the time the county clerk). She recognized me on my way in, and personally took me to the right place to get what I needed. The biggest thing that does is show that she has a good memory for someone she hadn't seen in years. I was at that point working in a Christian nonprofit organization and had largely left politics.

    People do change, but their core values usually don't, and I have no reason to believe what I saw of Terri at that long-ago state convention was different from what she'd do today if she saw party leaders harassing an outspoken conservative.

  • Kim Jong Un’s former classmates say he really is ‘dangerous, unpredictable, prone to violence’

    12/21/2013 6:26:12 PM PST · 54 of 55
    darrellmaurina to TigerLikesRooster
    20 posted on 12/17/2013 4:58:49 PM by TigerLikesRooster: “The candidates for new core are: Kim Jong-eun, his brother Kim Jong-chol, his sister Kim Yeojong, and his half sister Kim Sol-song. The last is said to be late 30’s, probably 39.”

    Just great. The Western world may get to see a repeat of the late 1800s and World War II-era stereotypes of Asian “dragon lady” rulers, which were based on Madame Chiang Kai-shek's role during World War II and earlier women behind the throne near the end of the Chinese Empire, such as Empress Dowager Cixi.

    The problem is that some stereotypes are true. Go ask a Westerner who has worked for an Asian company under the authority of an upper-level female manager, let alone a daughter or granddaughter of the owner. Asian women placed into positions of power far too often act more authoritarian than the men around them, perhaps because the alternative would be perceived as being a sign of weakness, and lead to their removal from power.

    Exceptions exist, obviously, but the phrase “kimchi temper,” when used to refer to Korean women, did not develop without reason.

    Oh well. Kimchi temper can be useful to get things done — and it may be critical now to have a strong president in South Korea's Blue House.

    I guess we should be glad that our ally Israel has Benjamin Netanyahu to intimidate Middle Easterners who don't fear our president and that South Korea has President Park to intimidate the North Korean leader who clearly has more respect for Dennis Rodman than for our president. Sometimes chutzpah and kimchi temper can be very useful.

    And in case anyone wonders if TigerLikesRooster is the only one thinking this way, here's an article on the women rising to power in North Korea:

    Here's a profile of Kim Sol-song from three years ago which noted even then her potential for future influence:

    And here's a profile of Kim Yeojong from a year and a half ago regarding her role as a “royal inspector” in the ancient Korean monarchical tradition of roaming the countryside in secret and reporting back to the king on what is really happening in the provinces:

  • (RNC Committeeman) Dave Agema shows support for 'Duck Dynasty' star, calls out 'LGBT Gestapo'

    12/21/2013 2:55:12 PM PST · 9 of 36
    darrellmaurina to nickcarraway
    We agree, Nick... this is not a job for the RNC. Agema wasn't speaking (as far as I know) on behalf of the RNC.

    Also the RNC decided this month not to rebuke Agema for previous “anti-gay” remarks. Good for them.

    The point is that homosexuals are mad at the comments he made on his Facebook page because he is a Republican National Committeeman. They aren't willing to let anyone have free speech rights except themselves, apparently.

    While this isn't an RNC issue (yet), it's good to know there are RNC members taking the right side, and give them appropriate levels of support.

  • (RNC Committeeman) Dave Agema shows support for 'Duck Dynasty' star, calls out 'LGBT Gestapo'

    12/21/2013 2:49:33 PM PST · 5 of 36
    darrellmaurina to cripplecreek; napscoordinator; wagglebee; AmericanInTokyo; Diamond; little jeremiah; xzins; ...
    It's probably a good idea to ping this out to social conservatives as well as those involved in the current Duck Dynasty controversy. Cripplecreek, you know who to alert among Michigan Freepers.

    It seems likely that the A&E channel has decided to put pro-homosexual ideology above profits, wrecking one of their most popular shows. That's their call; private businesses can do what they want.

    But it's time for us to make clear that choices have consequences, and for conservatives to stand by those who make right choices and against those who have deliberately made wrong choices.

    GLAAD was quite clear in threatening A&E if they didn't act. Again, that's their right in America under the First Amendment.

    But Free Republic also has a history of effectively showing conservative muscle against the entertainment industry. Anybody remember what happened to the Dixie Chicks? ;-)

  • (RNC Committeeman) Dave Agema shows support for 'Duck Dynasty' star, calls out 'LGBT Gestapo'

    12/21/2013 2:41:58 PM PST · 1 of 36
  • N. Korea: Is Kim Jong-un a Puppet of Hardline Brass?

    12/20/2013 9:55:44 PM PST · 41 of 43
    darrellmaurina to TigerLikesRooster
    37 posted on 12/20/2013 11:35:42 AM by TigerLikesRooster: “More info came out on clash between Jang’s people and NK military. 150 KPA soldiers went to take over a lucrative fishery enterprise with the approval of Kim Jong-eun. Kim told Jang to give it to military so that they can feed malnourished soldiers. Jang ignored it, and his people naturally did not get the message from his boss. When the soldiers turned up, Jang’s boys refused to turn it over. Things got heated up. 150 (malnourished) soldiers clashed with 40 (probably better-fed) Jang’s securities, in which soldiers got their ass-kicked. Two of them were dead.”

    Thank you.

    If this is correct — and it sounds like it either is true or was created by the military to make Jang look bad, which means it might as well be true — it shows just how bad things are in the North.

    This is in a country with a military-first approach. If the soldiers are so malnourished that they can't fight off a much smaller force barely a quarter of their size, think how bad the civilian population is.

    Remember that it's winter. Winter and snow in America means a nice warm fire. Winter and snow in North Korea means when your food runs out you've got nothing to forage in the fields and no hope of new food for months.

    Dysfunctional doesn't even begin to describe a place like this.