Posts by DWPittelli

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  • For many pregnant Chinese, a U.S. passport for baby remains a powerful lure

    07/18/2010 6:55:49 AM PDT · 9 of 14
    DWPittelli to Poundstone

    This is not the ideal way to select future immigrants to the United States. But I do not expect we will see bad things come from allowing any reasonable number of upper-middle to upper-class Chinese into this country.

  • Man gets 18 months in jail for putting abortion pills in girlfriend's food

    02/26/2008 6:54:29 PM PST · 15 of 25
    DWPittelli to markomalley
    From a political standpoint, the most outrageous thing about this story is the fact that an adult (27-years-old), who has been convicted of this crime, gets his name withheld to protect his privacy. Shouldn't the women of Sweden have a chance to know who did such a thing?
  • Hillary Gives Up!

    02/24/2008 4:08:46 PM PST · 265 of 273
    DWPittelli to LasVegasMac

    Thank you for conceding your lack of education, although the rest of your comment stands on its own as evidence of the same.

  • Hillary Gives Up!

    02/23/2008 4:49:00 AM PST · 192 of 273
    DWPittelli to Shortstop7
    "What’s wrong with being a Conservative?"

    Nothing is wrong with being a Conservative, but to call me such would be at best approximately correct, by the most common readings in the US today, just as calling a libertarian a conservative would be a rather crude approximation.

    To call me a libertarian would be closer, but many libertarians have a much greater aversion to government at all levels than I do. I do think that the US Constitution, properly read, would prevent many currently common exertions of federal power; I do not think it prevents most exertions of power at the state level. This makes me also a federalist. I am opposed to all sorts of things done by my state (Massachusetts), but wasteful state spending and intrusive state government would not bother me much in a system, as envisioned by the Founders, where states were free to compete and innovate largely free of federal power.

    I am equally appalled that the federal government presumes to undermine California's approval of medical marijuana as that it presumes to tell the states what their abortion laws should look like -- and I would be equally appalled if the federal government took the equally presumptuous but opposite position on each (i.e., requiring states to allow medical marijuana, and forbidding states to allow abortion).
  • Hillary Gives Up!

    02/23/2008 4:32:05 AM PST · 190 of 273
    DWPittelli to LasVegasMac
    "Why the fancy, self-endowed title? [i.e., Classical Liberalism]"

    I am not responsible for the gaps in your education. "Classical liberal" is a term long used in the United States, and is what was meant by "liberal" for more than a century before socialist-leaning Democrats appropriated the term in the United States because it sold better than "socialist" or even "progressive."
  • Hillary Gives Up!

    02/22/2008 6:51:34 PM PST · 43 of 273
    DWPittelli to LasVegasMac
    Look up "Classical liberalism" in Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_liberalism

    It begins:

    Classical liberalism (also known as traditional liberalism[1] and laissez-faire liberalism,[2] or, in much of the world, simply called liberalism) is a doctrine stressing individual freedom and limited government. This includes the importance of human rationality, individual property rights, natural rights, the protection of civil liberties, constitutional limitations of government, free markets, and individual freedom from restraint as exemplified in the writings of Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill,[3] Montesquieu, Voltaire,[4] Thomas Paine and others. As such, it is seen as the fusion of economic liberalism with political liberalism.[2] The "normative core" of classical liberalism is the idea that laissez-faire economics will bring about a spontaneous order or invisible hand that benefits the society,[5] though it does not necessarily oppose the state's provision of a few basic public goods.[6] The qualification classical was applied in retrospect to distinguish early nineteenth-century liberalism from evolutions in liberal thought during the 19th and early 20th centuries, especially the "new liberalism" associated with Thomas Hill Green, Leonard Trelawny Hobhouse,[7] and Franklin D. Roosevelt,[8] which grants the state a more interventionist role in the economy, including a welfare state. Classical liberalism is not to be confused with the ideology that is commonly called "liberalism" today in the United States, as "classical liberalism" is actually closer to being a tendency of "conservatism" in the U.S.[9]
  • Hillary Gives Up!

    02/22/2008 6:32:03 PM PST · 33 of 273
    DWPittelli to billva
    On the other hand if McCain wins [loses?] while some spoiled children with hold their votes then the spoiled children lose big.

    You have a point. But I do have the luxury of living in a state (Massachusetts) which will never make a difference in the general election, so I can withhold my vote with impunity. Further, my problem with McCain isn't that he's not quite a pure enough conservative. McCain Feingold is an abomination to the First Amendment which transcends such categories. Furthermore, I think he's temperamentally unsuited to the Presidency (as are the Clintons). We don't need another rage-aholic in the White House.
  • Hillary Gives Up!

    02/22/2008 6:11:25 PM PST · 22 of 273
    DWPittelli to plain talk

    I am not a liberal. I am a classical liberal, which would be closer to a small “l” libertarian than anything else. I believe in a minimal federal government whose budget primarily consists of military defense and a criminal justice system (for those few crimes which are truly federal because they take place in more than one state, or are against a federal institution or property). I do not have a problem with such things as public roads and public funding of primary and secondary education, although I see little scope for the federal government in either.

  • Hillary Gives Up!

    02/22/2008 5:46:15 PM PST · 1 of 273
    DWPittelli
    In the interests of full disclosure, I do not support Hillary Clinton, or indeed the Clintons. I am willing to consider that this might be due primarily to my antipathy to their ideological position, or even to subconscious sexism on my part, but I think it has more to do with their being unusually dishonest and crooked for politicians at their level. (I voted against her – for Obama – in the primary, and would vote against her in the general election, but I do not know if I can vote for either Obama or McCain in the general if that is the choice.)
  • 'I Abhor Injustice,' Alleged Madam Says

    04/30/2007 6:18:36 AM PDT · 14 of 28
    DWPittelli to NCjim

    This is outrageous, and itself an injustice. If you can’t trust a “Madam” to keep her confidences, whom can you trust?

  • Thousands of Mexican children attending U.S. public schools

    04/30/2007 6:14:41 AM PDT · 8 of 25
    DWPittelli to P-40
    I've read of cases where a kid who lives in a town with bad public schools will register at the address of someone such as his uncle, in a nearby town, and go to school there. If they're caught out, the position of the recipient town is that the kid has to actually live there -- the uncle has to be a guardian in fact, and not just on paper -- or the kid is not allowed to continue in said school. This is in Massachusetts, with people who are all US citizens.

    It would seem that if there's a residency requirement, it would allow a town to refuse admission to those who are not residents. Of course, the town might have to spend a little money on a private investigator (or maybe town employee) who will follow kids home and document where they've gone. That's likely cheaper than schooling the nonresidents, unless there are perverse incentives (such as school aid from a state which itself cares little about such details as whether the children are actually living in the state).
  • Proposed Law Will Force Teams Playing in New Jersey to Take 'New York' Out of Names

    04/29/2007 8:29:46 PM PDT · 12 of 32
    DWPittelli to PajamaTruthMafia

    “New York” is not a trademark, and New York cannot enforce such a law. Apart from the First Amendment, the state has no leverage against the team, precisely because they are not in New York. (That is, I recognize that in practice states can act in a capricious fashion by using threats to things like liquor and beer licenses, or public nuisance statutes, but only New Jersey would have the power to do such here.)

  • George Tenet is a disingenuous clown on 60 Minutes (self title)

    04/27/2007 6:21:07 AM PDT · 1 of 35
    DWPittelli
  • The Once and Future Republic of Vermont

    04/01/2007 4:16:32 AM PDT · 28 of 73
    DWPittelli to Candor7
    I don't know if Ethan Allen is a great example to prove your thesis (that the armed, rural 45% of the state would never approve of independence). Note this summary from Wikipedia:

    "Allen remained active in Vermont politics and was appointed general in the Army of Vermont. In 1778, Allen appeared before the Continental Congress on behalf of a claim by Vermont for recognition as an independent state. Due to the New York (and New Hampshire) claim on Vermont, Congress was reluctant to grant independent statehood to Vermont. Allen then negotiated with the governor of Canada between 1780 and 1783, in order to establish Vermont as a British province, in order to gain military protection for Vermonters. Because of this, the US charged him with treason; however, because the negotiations were demonstrably intended to force action on the Vermont case by the Continental Congress, the charge was never substantiated."
  • Black church defaced; four windows broken

    04/01/2007 4:11:27 AM PDT · 14 of 26
    DWPittelli to knarf
    knarf: "I'm pretty sure the congregation wouldn't do this to their own church, which leads me to believe that this is the work of democrats."

    I'd say you are being excessively cynical. If it were in a district a week before an election with racial overtones, then your cynicism might be warranted. But right now, what could Democrats have to gain?
  • Support grows for Gonzales despite new evidence

    03/24/2007 8:27:00 PM PDT · 10 of 18
    DWPittelli to veronica
    When it comes to the question of whether Attorney General Gonzalez (or anyone else) lied, you should never trust characterizations, or short quotes, provided by the media or Senators. You will see everywhere the same two very short quotes, selected with the intent to deceive us about Gonzalez' claimed "lie" because the press is fully invested in the lies of Senator Schumer et al.

    Instead, read the full transcript* and come to your own conclusions. The news that Gonzalez signed off on the 8 dismissals, and how they would be effected, in a one-hour meeting isn't in conflict with any reasonable interpretation of what he said.

    The infamous "I was not involved in seeing any memos" quote is, in context, clearly better read as describing his lack of involvement in "the process of determining who were the weak performers", and is not a claim to have never signed off on the decision.

    Indeed, if the evidence showed any less involvement on Gonzalez' part, that would itself be the latest "scandalous" twist in this story.**

    *The actual transcript of Gonzalez' March 13, 2007 press conference is at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/13/AR2007031300891.html

    **(As it is, on this last note, see http://www.citizensforethics.org/press/pressclip.php?view=6126 "Ousting a group of top federal prosecutors isn't some minor, inconsequential act. It's the sort of thing that a responsible attorney general would be deeply immersed in. Gonzales's depiction of his own marginality is the most damning evidence of his unfitness for the job.")
  • The inconvenient truth about hybrids

    03/20/2007 6:50:56 PM PDT · 22 of 42
    DWPittelli to CharlesWayneCT

    You are right. To the extent that costs are internalized, we should all just buy the car that best suits our needs and financial considerations (i.e., what we'd want to buy without any enviro-guilt). It is possible that energy has some real costs not internalized (e.g., much of our military budget, to keep the Mideast from falling into jihadist or Russian or Chinese hands), and perhaps these should be addressed with import or pollution taxes, but it is implausible that the "real" cost of energy is even twice its nominal cost.

  • Valerie Plame, the "Spy" Who's Ready to Speak for Herself (The case against pardoning--Fitzgerald)

    03/16/2007 3:12:08 AM PDT · 9 of 28
    DWPittelli to JohnHuang2

    I don't see the relevance of the Vanity Fair article; by that time she had been outed by Novak. However, her prospects of returning to overseas NOC work were pretty slim just for having married an ambassador, and were made nonexistent by Wilson's op-ed in the New York Times -- before the Novak outing. I don't know how an honest journalist could skip around this issue while writing such an article.

  • GOP Calls Mount For Gonzales Ouster (Repubs are eating their own)

    03/16/2007 3:03:59 AM PDT · 14 of 101
    DWPittelli to nancyvideo

    I'd have no problem with Bush doing this. It's his call. He should at the same time, however, fire a few more US Attorneys, saying, "It's political. I don't like their priorities."

  • Dimwits: Why 'green' lightbulbs aren't the answer to global warming

    03/15/2007 7:32:42 PM PDT · 93 of 116
    DWPittelli to sphinx

    I believe it is a durability and not a safety issue, although at http://sound.westhost.com/articles/incandescent.htm the author speculated about a small risk of "explosive" failure, especially if they get wet.

  • Hillary Clinton the Democrats' Millstone

    03/15/2007 5:43:18 PM PDT · 7 of 20
    DWPittelli to etradervic
    I think he hit it dead on about her pathetic display in the black church. However, her negatives are all out there, whereas all the likely Republicans have serious negatives that are either not so well known, or that eliminate the possibility of benefiting from her issues, or that will likely turn off the Republican base.

    The less likely Republicans are of course untested. Everyone looks better before he jumps into the ring, opens his mouth, and faces the increased scrutiny that goes with it. I give Hillary Clinton a 40% chance of being our next President, not quite even odds, but higher than any other single person.
  • E-mail indicates Rove role in firings

    03/15/2007 5:33:52 PM PDT · 22 of 35
    DWPittelli to FlingWingFlyer
    "WHAT TOOK ROVE SO LONG TO FIRE THESE LEFTIST BUFFOONS AND WHY DIDN'T HE FIRE THEM ALL WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH WAS ELECTED!?!?"

    You are mistaken in your premise. These were Republicans, not "leftists." And they were appointed early in Bush's first term. Note that all Presidents replace most or all of these prosecutors early in their first term. (What distinguished Clinton was that he did them all very quickly, without time to wind up important prosecutions, including of Clinton cronies.)

    That said, I do not see the scandal here, except in one or two cases, if you take the claims of the fired prosecutors as the gospel truth. But I don't know how the prosecutor could know that he was fired primarily for not getting indictments in a voter fraud case, just because he had reason to believe a given Senator was interested in the same. Further, it may be entirely proper to fire a prosecutor even if solely for such a reason, if the President believes that such a prosecution would have been feasible, and was botched by inaction.
  • Officials: Mohammed exaggerated claims

    03/15/2007 5:24:10 PM PDT · 10 of 17
    DWPittelli to RWB Patriot

    I'm sure he did exagerate involvement in some or most of these events. But so what? Any one of them should get him a firing squad. I would only object to any notion that the government has done something wrong in presenting this confession.

  • Radical new Boeing aircraft takes flight

    03/15/2007 3:25:09 PM PDT · 54 of 59
    DWPittelli to MosesKnows; SampleMan
    The B-2 [like the YB-49] is pressurized. Must be possible. Indeed, all military fighter/attack aircraft have unpressurized fuselages, with only the cockpit being pressurized.

    Yes, but the point of a flying wing passenger aircraft is that the passengers will be inside the wings. It would not be enough to have a cylinder/spheroid cockpit pressurized.
  • Radical new Boeing aircraft takes flight

    03/15/2007 3:18:18 PM PDT · 52 of 59
    DWPittelli to Doc91678
    Check again, the Flying wing concept goes back to the twenties and thirties. It wasn't till the Horton brothers and Northrup designed the first flying wings that the concept became reality. They were ahead of their time. It took computers and fly by wire to bring the design to where it is today.

    I'm not sure what part of my post you are objecting to. Check again, I said "WWI" not "WWII." Note the below from Wikipedia:

    The flying wing configuration has been seriously considered by many aircraft designers since the early years of aviation, probably due to its natural appeal as a minimal design solution. Some examples of early flying wing aircraft are the Dunne series of biplane aircraft and Waldo Waterman's Whatsit.

    The configuration was studied extensively in the 1930s and 1940s, when it was seen as a natural solution to the problem of building an airliner large enough to carry a reasonable passenger load and enough fuel to cross the Atlantic in regular service. The flying wing's potentially large internal volume and low drag made it "a natural" for this role, and was studied in depth by Jack Northrop and Cheston L. Eshelman in the United States, and Alexander Lippisch and the Horten brothers in Germany, where Hugo Junkers had in 1910 patented a wing-only glider concept.

    Junkers started work in 1919 on his "Giant" JG1 design, intended to seat passengers within thick wings, but in 1921 the Allied Aeronautical Commission of Control ordered the incomplete JG1 destroyed for exceeding post-war size limits on German aircraft.
  • Radical new Boeing aircraft takes flight

    03/15/2007 3:09:40 PM PDT · 51 of 59
    DWPittelli to Bigoleelephant
    re the V-22 Osprey:

    Yes, it has proven dangerous. But given the radically new nature of the vehicle, and its greatly improved performance characteristics compared to the helicopter, I believe we should continue to work on such tilt-rotor aircraft.

    It is not a trivial matter, doubling the speed and range of VTOL troop transport, and thus effectively doubling the capabilities of a given airfield or carrier. It could win battles otherwise lost, and thus save many lives. The problem of lift-blade stalling can probably be solved with the right electronic controls and software.

    In contrast, the flying wing concept for commercial planes promises at best a modest savings in fuel consumption, and given the need to make the airfoil suboptimal to replace the lost nose-upping force, may not even do that.
  • A “Moderate” Muslim path is just another road to disaster

    03/15/2007 6:49:45 AM PDT · 6 of 8
    DWPittelli to DWPittelli

    That said, I think the headline overstates the case. While it is folly to believe in a moderate Muslim Brotherhood, it is not so to believe in a moderate Muslim.

  • A “Moderate” Muslim path is just another road to disaster

    03/15/2007 6:44:31 AM PDT · 5 of 8
    DWPittelli to SJackson

    Foreign Affairs is always seeking "Peace In Our Time" by talking with our enemies. Sometimes there are grounds for discussion. Sometimes there aren't.

  • Radical new Boeing aircraft takes flight

    03/15/2007 6:27:42 AM PDT · 10 of 59
    DWPittelli to radar101

    You'd think an article like this would mention that the "Flying Wing" concept goes back at least as far as the 1950s (and experimentally to WWI), and for the same reasons. This history, and the concept's failure, generally, to work out so far due to stability, control, useful payload volume and pressurization problems, would seem essential to any understanding of what these "new" plans mean. (As would, to be sure, the apparent success of the B-2 bomber, with stealth advantages and electronic controls benefiting from and allowing a tail-less design.)

  • Dimwits: Why 'green' lightbulbs aren't the answer to global warming

    03/14/2007 7:52:30 PM PDT · 52 of 116
    DWPittelli to fanfan
    Anyone interested in these issues should check out the "Elliott Sound Products" web page referred to in the article:

    http://sound.westhost.com/articles/incandescent.htm

    In particular note that CFLs should NOT be used in enclosed fixtures. They do not run as hot as incandescents (because of their lower wattages), however, they also cannot tolerate temperatures over about 50C (122 Fahrenheit). At higher temperatures their life expectancy is drastically reduced.
  • Dimwits: Why 'green' lightbulbs aren't the answer to global warming

    03/14/2007 7:48:32 PM PDT · 51 of 116
    DWPittelli to meyer
    "But I doubt that any compact flourescent uses mercury vapor - that is reserved for outdoor streetlighting and such."

    Perhaps there is some other element that could be used some day, but as of now, all fluorescents -- compact and conventional -- use small amounts of mercury.
  • China to produce jumbo sized jets by 2020

    03/14/2007 6:58:15 PM PDT · 20 of 29
    DWPittelli to microgood

    Don't assume the Chinese can't leapfrog past autos into jumbo jets, with a little help from their friends. All they need is to get Loral et al to keep donating through the next two Clinton terms.

  • New biofuels process developed

    03/14/2007 6:48:06 PM PDT · 12 of 37
    DWPittelli to nypokerface
    If we will need to come up with the new energy sources to make the hydrogen, presumably with nuclear plants, then it's a trivial matter that this can be combined with plant matter to make oil-like chemicals. This is not an energy source, merely a way to store it that substitutes readily for gasoline. Germany had such in WWII.

    And if we are making nuclear electricity anyway, it will probably be more practical within 20 years (and certainly more thermodynamicaly efficient) to have electric cars with batteries and/or supercapacitors. The transitional leading auto technology (from 10-20 years from now) will be the plug-in hybrid, after that an electric vehicle not at all reliant on internal combustion engines. So I predict that this technology will never be a dominant fuel source. It may serve to make oil replacements for nonfuel uses, such as plastics.
  • Constitution burned in [Yale] Divinity School protest

    03/13/2007 7:26:42 PM PDT · 21 of 33
    DWPittelli to aculeus
    “If they’re upset at the burning of paper, shouldn’t they be more upset about how the government is throwing away the rights that we cherish?” he said. “By burning those pages all we did was make visual what the government has done.”

    One might think he'd never heard of Ash Wednesday or Lent before. What's next, real blood in the Communion chalice, to throw at military recruiters?
  • Does the sun cause global warming?

    03/13/2007 5:35:44 AM PDT · 48 of 51
    DWPittelli to FreedomCalls
    FreedomCalls: "Is it just me or do Milankovitch cycles remind you of Ptolemaic epicycles?"

    Milankovitch cycles are real, and most likely the primary cause of Earth's ice ages. From Wikipedia: "Milankovitch cycles are the collective effect of changes in the Earth's movements upon its climate, named after Serbian civil engineer and mathematician Milutin Milanković. The eccentricity, axial tilt, and precession of the Earth's orbit vary in several patterns, resulting in 100,000 year ice age cycles of the Quaternary glaciation over the last few million years. The Earth's axis completes one full cycle of precession approximately every 26,000 years. At the same time, the elliptical orbit rotates, more slowly, leading to a 22,000 year cycle in the equinoxes. In addition, the angle between Earth's rotational axis and the normal to the plane of its orbit changes from 21.5 degrees to 24.5 degrees and back again on a 41,000 year cycle... A number of other terms vary between 95,000 and 136,000 years, and loosely combine into a 100,000 year cycle."
  • Does the sun cause global warming?

    03/12/2007 5:45:13 PM PDT · 6 of 51
    DWPittelli to plain talk

    It's certainly possible that some coincidence has caused all these warmings at the same time, but it does sound like they're merely speculating on some of them, because they don't want it to be sun irradiance. Further, blaming the mars warming on its Milankovitch cycles seems far-fetched to me. For earth, at least, Milankovitch cycles run 20,000 years and longer (probably most notable at around 100,000 years, the periodicity of the last 4 ice ages). And since mars is farther from the sun and has much smaller moons, I would expect its Milankovitch cycles to be even slower. (I welcome a correction or any links on mars's Milankovitch cycles.)

  • Count-down to MA Governor's Resignation

    03/12/2007 5:36:50 PM PDT · 32 of 39
    DWPittelli to Alter Kaker
    #27, Alter Kaker: "The idea that there are any number of conservative voters anywhere in MA is ludicrous. For the record, rural Berkshire County is more liberal than Boston."

    I have lived around Boston and now live in Berkshire County. There are many on the right here (mostly small "l" libertarians around Boston, but also paleoconservatives in the Berkshires). Not anywhere near 50%, of course, but they're not hard to find either. They rail about the state government a lot, and are perhaps more bitter than conservatives elsewhere. Most notable on those scores, the John Birch Society was founded by a native of Belmont, Massachusetts, who had run for Lieutenant Governor in 1950 -- not that I'd want to be associated with that bunch.
  • Cancelled Presidential debates smack of manipulation by ‘run and hide’ candidates

    03/12/2007 5:03:56 PM PDT · 12 of 13
    DWPittelli to GeorgiaDawg32

    Kucinich is about as unstable as they come. But there's something empowering about knowing that you don't have a chance, that you might as well go with what you really believe, rather than listen to your advisers and people like Kos.

  • Racial slur banned in New York

    03/01/2007 5:12:39 AM PST · 38 of 73
    DWPittelli to jmc1969
    It's funny how the article speaks of a generational divide, with black, and now white, youths using the word freely. In my experience, old people are far more likely to use it, usually with some apologia like, "we used to call it..."

    A Brazil nut: "N-toes"
    A fly-fisherman's term for a form of bait-fishing: "N-fishing"
  • Forward Observer: General Garner's Lament

    02/25/2007 7:11:31 PM PST · 13 of 22
    DWPittelli to jmc1969
    Even with the benefit of hindsight, I do not see how it is so clear that it was a mistake to disband the Iraqi Army. One thing I do know: if we had not disbanded the Iraqi Army, we would now constantly be hearing about how that was a mistake. Inevitably, the Sunni-dominated Army would be involved in murder and other human-rights violations (its main purpose under Saddam), and the USA and George Bush would be to blame for keeping the murderers in place and in power.
  • If God is talking to you, too, Mr Cameron -- don't listen

    02/25/2007 6:10:02 PM PST · 19 of 26
    DWPittelli to Sherman Logan
    "When Blair correctly cites tolerance as one of Britain’s defining virtues, he should recognise that we owe it to those wise rulers who over centuries insisted on separating religion from politics."

    So in the name of tolerance, let's not tolerate this "god" belief, let's be secular humanists like... Queen Elisabeth?

    What a fount of historical knowledge!

    Scientific atheism hasn't exactly got a great record to show for itself over the past century, buddy.
  • Speaker (Pelosi) pursues military flights

    02/03/2007 5:36:48 PM PST · 88 of 90
    DWPittelli to twonie
    Does she know what she is asking for? Asking to get into a plane filled with people who despise the very ground she walks on?

    Don't you think there are people in the military with career ambitions -- in or after the armed forces -- such that schmoozing with the Speaker of the House would overcome such distaste, even if there is any?
  • Speaker (Pelosi) pursues military flights

    02/01/2007 5:12:26 AM PST · 19 of 90
    DWPittelli to radar101

    Pelosi's staff and family should not get these flights unless they are small in number, and accompanying Pelosi, but I think it is reasonable that the Speaker get a nonpublic (e.g., military) flight home, provided she pays at least what she would on an airline. It is certainly no more inappropriate than the military officers who take the little "military" business jets when traveling around the country. Remember that even as far back as the Lincoln assassination, we had a conspiracy to kill the whole top line of succession, from the losing side in the Civil War. The Islamo-fascists are motivated and capable of repeating this effort, and of figuring out Pelosi's quite regular flights home. We have to make it as difficult as possible for our enemies to target more than one such leader at a given time. Given the very public schedules of politicians, especially Bush and Cheney, it is helpful if their travel be secured from the public. This should not be a partisan issue. (But again, we should not be providing Pelosi with larger planes at taxpayer cost, so she can bring along others who are not in the succession.)

  • Harper's letter dismisses Kyoto as 'socialist scheme'

    01/30/2007 7:47:07 PM PST · 8 of 45
    DWPittelli to nypokerface
    He says Kyoto requires that Canada make significant cuts in emissions, while countries like Russia, India and China face less of a burden.

    It is a fact that Kyoto would require no cuts in India or China (as they are 3rd world nations), and would be very unlikely to require any cuts in Russia either (since Russia used to pollute more before its collapse).
  • Hunting In Physical Education Classes?

    01/30/2007 1:20:28 PM PST · 8 of 58
    DWPittelli to saganite

    ya beat me to it!

  • Hunting In Physical Education Classes?

    01/30/2007 1:19:40 PM PST · 4 of 58
    DWPittelli to kiriath_jearim

    Now the left knows how conservative (and even, I expect, middle-of-the-road) parents feel about "Fistgate" and other explicit sex-ed instruction in school.

  • Former Congressman, pro-abortion activist Father Robert Drinan, S.J., dead at 86

    01/30/2007 4:19:12 AM PST · 14 of 20
    DWPittelli to Teófilo

    I had little time for Drinan myself. But I think the "glad he's dead" and "he's in hell" talk of some posters here is beyond-the-pale, does not reflect well on Freerepublic, and should be reserved for such as murderers and rapists. Drinan’s abortion "straddle" was not, I think disingenuous like that of some politicians. I saw Drinan speak to a July 4th crowd in Harvard, Mass. in the mid-1970s. He did not have to bring up the topic of abortion – indeed, it seemed out of place to the occasion, and shocked the sentiment of the crowd, which probably had more Unitarians than Catholics – but he did indeed harangue us on the sanctity of life and the tragedy of abortion.

  • Pioneering Rev. Robert Drinan dies at 86

    01/30/2007 4:17:46 AM PST · 51 of 52
    DWPittelli to NormsRevenge

    I had little time for Drinan myself. But I think this "glad he's dead" and "he's in hell" talk of some posters here is beyond-the-pale, does not reflect well on Freerepublic, and should be reserved for such as murderers and rapists. Drinan’s abortion "straddle" was not, I think disingenuous like that of some politicians. I saw Drinan speak to a July 4th crowd in Harvard, Mass. in the mid-1970s. He did not have to bring up the topic of abortion – indeed, it seemed out of place to the occasion, and shocked the sentiment of the crowd, which probably had more Unitarians than Catholics – but he did indeed harangue us on the sanctity of life and the tragedy of abortion.

  • Ballistics data don't support charge against border agents

    01/29/2007 6:21:15 PM PST · 68 of 72
    DWPittelli to Moseley
    Would it change your opinion if you learned (as the White House and Prosecutor Sutton don't want you to know) that supervisors came on the scene shortly after and were informed directly, live, and that DHS procedures prefer a verbal report to a paper one?

    Not unless you can show that DHS procedures prefer shooters to pick up their own brass before photos are taken and markers are laid down.
  • Globe Spins: Coalition's Successful Anti-Insurgent Attack Proof of 'Daunting Challenge'

    01/29/2007 5:40:33 AM PST · 4 of 13
    DWPittelli to governsleastgovernsbest
    Waterloo?

    I agree with the substance of this post, but what US writer would expect his readers to even know who was at Waterloo, let alone who won? (I have an AM in History, but I wouldn't have heard of Waterloo from any of my classes from Kindergarten through grad school.)