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  • A Few Reasons to Hate Christmas

    12/17/2008 8:14:14 AM PST · by Jibaholic · 64 replies · 1,321+ views
    12/16/08 | Jibaholic
    Christmas is really a pagan holiday to celebrate the winter solstice and the end of the harvast. Jesus was probably born in late September. Even if Jesus was born on December 25th, an orgy of materialism showing friends and family how much you love them is not an appropriate way to celebrate his birth. Many Christians recognize this paradox, hence the emphasis to "put Christ in Christmas." This means evening devotionals about the birth of Christ, special candles, and other rituals. Yet this has the effect of elevating Jesus' birth above his death and resurrection. Most Christians do not...
  • Do the 18 Million Aborted Black Blabies Support Obama?

    11/05/2008 8:36:17 AM PST · by Jibaholic · 12 replies · 599+ views
    11/5/2008 | Jibaholic
    1400 black babies aborted every day. 365 days a year for 26 years since Roe v. Wade. That works out to about 18 million dead black babies. I wonder if they think that Obama's victory is a civil rights triumph?
  • President Obama: 100 Days to Dictatorship

    11/03/2008 12:02:39 PM PST · by Jibaholic · 23 replies · 667+ views
    11/3/2008 | Jibaholic
    Here is how Obama and a filibuster proof Senate will do it. Expand the Supreme Court to 15 Justices. Pack the court with 6 liberals. Pass new federal laws against private ownership of firearms, with vague enough wording so it sounds like hunting weapons are excluded (until the challenges reach the Supreme Court). Reinstate the Fairness Doctrine. This will not just shut down talk radio and Fox News. It will be applied to conservative internet forums such as Free Republic, Townhall, and popular conservative blogs. Liberal sites, including the New York Times and MSNBC, will be deemed objective and centrist....
  • The Lack of Morality Among Leftist Activists

    09/02/2008 12:14:39 PM PDT · by Jibaholic · 23 replies · 229+ views
    First Hand Report | 9/2/2008 | Jibaholic
    I just talked to my wife, who is a Rhode Island delegate at the convention. The news media has not fully reported the destructive activities of the lefty activists. They have: Attacked an elderly man and put him in a wheelchair Attacked some Iowa delegates, pushed them to the ground, doused them with ammonia, and then took their credentials (thank God that they did not light them on fire). Delegates are now being told not to display their credentials except when safely inside the convention center. Destroyed the windows of an entire downtown street
  • Before You Debate Economics ...

    05/17/2007 12:06:32 PM PDT · by Jibaholic · 5 replies · 359+ views
    Gentle Respect ^ | 5/16/2007 | Justin
    There are two dangerous stages of economics knowledge, one leans left and the other leans right. The first is ignorance, which leads to a zero sum worldview and a failure to appreciate that there ain't no such thing as a free lunch. The next stage is the free market zealot, who employs a priori reasoning from first principles based on perfect competition. Here is what you need to know to get past both stages. The business cycle The president has little impact on the ups and downs of the economy. The Federal Reserve's monetary policy does. Understand the liquidity trap,...
  • A Parable of Sacrifice

    05/17/2007 12:00:58 PM PDT · by Jibaholic · 2 replies · 345+ views
    Gentle Respect ^ | 5/17/2007 | Justin
    The pastor of my church taught this parable in a recent service. Once there was an Indian tribe. This tribe was impoverished and forced to scratch their existence from the earth as best they could. Their main source of food was the chickens they raised. And they had a big problem - someone was stealing the chickens. The longer the thief went uncaught, the more likely others would be forced to resort to theft themselves. It was imperative that the thief be caught rapidly. So the chief publicly proclaimed a severe penalty: 30 lashes with a whip. The town looked...
  • The Golden Rule

    02/21/2007 6:03:37 AM PST · by Jibaholic · 1 replies · 106+ views
    Called to Freedom ^ | 2/21/2007 | Justin
    The Golden Rule is the world’s most universal ethical principle. It can be found in nearly every major religion from Christianity to Zoroastrianism. The Golden Rule is also one of the few ethical principles that can be proven with formal logic. Problems With the Literal Form Literal Golden Rule: Treat others as you want to be treated The literal form of the Golden Rule can lead to absurd conclusions. It gives masochists permission to hurt other people since they want to be hurt. It tells someone who is hard of hearing to yell at others since he wants them to...
  • Book Review: Marriage and Caste

    02/18/2007 6:47:11 PM PST · by Jibaholic · 192+ views
    Called to Freedom ^ | 2/18/2007 | Justin
    This is a well written and accessible look at some of the research surrounding marriage and poverty. In the first chapter Kay Hymowitz shows that the breakdown of marriage has not been a universal phenomenon. Instead divorce and single motherhood are concentrated among the poor. The result is that the breakdown of marriage entraps another generation into poverty. This shows up clearly in the statistics, Only 20% of children in families earning under $15,000 live with both parents, compared to 92% for children whose parents make over $75,000. This also shows up in surprising ways. In a world in which...
  • The Unintended Genius of Iraq

    02/16/2007 11:57:15 AM PST · by Jibaholic · 28 replies · 1,069+ views
    Called to Freedom ^ | 2/15/2007 | Justin
    Before Iraq: Muslims wanted to kill Americans After Iraq: Muslims want to kill other Muslims It seems more and more likely that Saddam's despotism was keeping Shiite-Sunni conflicts in check. He kept a tight lid on Shiite's in Iraq, and Iraq acted as a buffer between Iran on one side and Syria and Saudi Arabia on the other. Now Saddam is gone, and nature abhors a vacuum. Of course, our armies are partially stabilizing the country. To truly capitalize on these events we need to remove our troops ASAP. Yes this is cutting and running, but here is a...
  • Pcitures from the March for Life, 2007 (vanity)

    01/24/2007 9:59:33 AM PST · by Jibaholic · 17 replies · 941+ views
    1/24/2007 | Jibaholic
  • How to Talk to a Liberal About Poverty

    12/07/2006 1:33:54 PM PST · by Jibaholic · 8 replies · 285+ views
    Irrational Knowledge ^ | 12/6/2006 | Justin
    Answers to common liberal arguments about poverty, out of wedlock childbirths, welfare, and culture. Studies show that welfare does not cause out of wedlock childbirthsIf out of wedlock childbirths cause poverty, then how come blacks were poor in the past, when marriages were much stronger?Since marriage was so great in the past, how come people were so poor?Racism is the real cause of povertyOut of wedlock childbirths are caused by lack of jobs and other economic factorsOut of wedlock childbirths are caused by the loss of manufacturing jobs in the citiesImmigrants have lower rates of out of wedlock childbirths because...
  • Of Course Gay Marriage Leads to Polygamy!

    11/14/2006 6:51:07 PM PST · by Jibaholic · 5 replies · 191+ views
    Irrational Knowledge ^ | December 23, 2005 | Justin
    Polygamy and incest are the ultimate wedge issues for supporters of gay marriage. Some oppose polygamy (here) while others support it (here and here). The standard argument for gay marriage is that marriage is a basic civil right that should be available to all people. One problem with the standard argument is that it also applies to polygamy and incest. This backs gay marriage supporters into a corner. If they support polygamy and incest then they make the slippery slope argument of conservatives a reality. But if they oppose polygamy and incest they must drop the standard argument or become...
  • The Case for School Choice

    11/09/2006 6:41:31 PM PST · by Jibaholic · 133+ views
    Irrational Knowledge ^ | 11/9/2006 | Justin
    Depolarize PoliticsNo more debates about abstinence versus having twelve year old children put condoms on cucumbers. No more debates about school prayer. No more debates about back to basics education versus new-fangled experimentation. Everyone is happy. A whole realm of toxic, polarizing political debate will immediately and permanently drop off the political radar. No more forcing Christians to buy a secular education for their children with their taxes. No more backlashes as well-meaning Christians then try to include a semblance of moral guidance with school prayer. Cheap HousingOne reason to buy a house in a good neighborhood is to send...
  • Tyranny of the Majority

    10/28/2006 8:25:30 AM PDT · by Jibaholic · 2 replies · 240+ views
    Irrational Knowledge ^ | 10/24/2006 | Justin
    Conservatives theory: design the government with the idea that it will be run by your worst enemy. Liberal theory: Design the government with the idea that *you* will be running it. Here's an interesting thought: the most anti-Democratic part of the Constitution is the Bill of Rights. There is no part of our Constitution that more systematically thwarts the will of the majority than our basic freedoms of speech and religion. We could have 99.99% of the population staunchly opposed to holocaust revisionism and racism, but the KKK would still have the right to freely express their ideas. Well,...
  • Moral Theory - The Machinery of Natural Rights

    10/28/2006 8:23:38 AM PDT · by Jibaholic · 2 replies · 208+ views
    Irrational Knowledge ^ | 10/27/2006 | Justin
    This is an essential book for anyone who wishes to defend a political philosophy based upon the doctrine of natural rights. I frequently debate politics, abortion, the morality of war, and other ethical positions. Many of my "sparring partners" employ thought experiments to refute rights-based ethics. A common example is Ellen Goodman's thought experiment in which an IVF clinic is on fire. You can save either a a test tube with an embryo, or a small child. Who do you choose? Moral Theory by David Oderberg is the perfect rebuttal. Study the mechanics of natural rights ethics, particularly the Acts/Omission...
  • Three Economic Myths

    10/14/2006 1:32:46 PM PDT · by Jibaholic · 5 replies · 231+ views
    Irrational Knowledge ^ | 10/14/2006 | Justin
    There are three economic myths I'd like to see come to an end. The first is the myth that the economy is a zero-sum game and a flat tax (or flatter taxes) favors the rich and therefore hurts the poor and middle class. The second myth is that government can check, rather than enhance, the power of big business, and the third myth is that the president, rather than the head of the Federal Reserve, causes the ups and down in the business cycle. Myth #1: Tax Cuts on "the Rich" hurt everyone else. Reality: You get less of what...
  • The Debate About Europe's Economy

    10/12/2006 5:39:46 PM PDT · by Jibaholic · 2 replies · 225+ views
    Irrational Knowledge ^ | 10/12/2006 | Justin
    Europe is a laboratory for liberal policies. If social welfare safety nets do not undermine a nation's work ethic and commitment to marriage, then Europe will succeed. If government regulation of industry benefits consumers more than the open competition of free markets, Europe will succeed. If high marginal tax rates do not stifle entrepreneurship and business creation, Europe will succeed. If government bureaucrats can successfully pick winning industries and technologies better than investors risking their own money, Europe will succeed. There is a lot of back and forth in the debate over Europe, so I will borrow from the philosophical...
  • Poverty and Culture

    09/07/2006 6:11:54 PM PDT · by Jibaholic · 10 replies · 1,411+ views
    The primary cause of poverty in America today is the breakdown of breakdown of marriage. Or to put it in a somewhat more sophisticated formulation to forestall some rebuttals, the primary cause of poverty in America today is a breakdown in culture, in which out of wedlock childbirths are the most visible symptom. The raw Census data show that the rate of poverty for single mothers is about five times as high as the rate of poverty for married households. But this is a crude analysis; it could be the case that there is some underlying reason that makes people...
  • Debunking the Barna Study (evangelicals and divorce)

    08/16/2006 5:15:17 PM PDT · by Jibaholic · 2 replies · 133+ views
    Irrational Knowledge ^ | 8/15/2006 | Daryl
    In fact, according to a 1999 study by The Barna Group Christians were more likely than non-Christians to get a divorce in America.... For the record, the Barana study asked people their religion, and whether they had ever been divorced. They were then shocked, shocked! to find that religious and non-religious people are equally likely to be divorced. This is often held up as evidence that religion doesn’t make you any less likely to divorce, which is complete hogwash. News flash: Religious people are far more likely to get married in the first place. This is particularly true of the...
  • A Critical Review of Peter Singer's Practical Ethics

    08/13/2006 4:13:41 PM PDT · by Jibaholic · 3 replies · 2,353+ views
    Irrational Knowledge ^ | 8/13/2006 | Justin
    Philosophers of all stripes agree that the essence of ethics is that they are universal. For example, the Golden Rule grants other people the same ethical status that you give yourself. Immanuel Kant's categorical imperative is similar. In 'Practical Ethics' Peter Singer claims that his version of utilitarianism does a better job of capturing the universal nature of ethics than these other approaches. His reasoning begins with the observation that ethics demands considering more than one's own self-interest. Therefore a truly universal system of ethics demands that we give equal consideration to everyone's interests. This principle of equal consideration of...
  • Poverty and the Breakdown of Marriage

    08/05/2006 9:41:39 AM PDT · by Jibaholic · 4 replies · 352+ views
    Irrational Knowledge ^ | May 24, 2006 | Justin
    In 1965 the Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan released the now-famous Moynihan Report which showed that the number one cause of black poverty was the breakdown of the married, two-parent biological family. The Democrats did not recieve this news well. They pilloried Moynihan and called him a racist. Then they went into, in Moynihan's words, denial mode. 40 years later and out of wedlock childbirths have more than doubled and the Democrats are still in denial mode. The scientific debate is over, even among liberal sociologists. But the silence is deafening. Here is some information that the GOP should be repeating...
  • The Golden Rule

    07/30/2006 4:05:25 PM PDT · by Jibaholic · 2 replies · 129+ views
    So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. -- Matthew 7:12 The Golden Rule is probably the most universal of all ethical principles. It can be found in nearly every major religion from Christianity to Zoroastrianism. The Golden Rule is also one of the few ethical principles that can be proven in formal logic - the artificial language that philosophers and mathematicians created to bring rigor and clarity to philosophical debates. Who would have thought that you could prove an ethical principle? Problems With The Literal...
  • The Existence of God and Other Christian Truths

    07/22/2006 9:23:00 PM PDT · by Jibaholic · 6 replies · 184+ views
    Irrational Knowledge ^ | 07/21/2006 | Justin
    Theistic philosophy has undergone an explosion in the past several decades. The beauty of the internet is that we no longer have to wait many generations for those new ideas to trickle down to the general public. Instead they are out there for the taking. Set aside your old "Hume, Kant, and Russell proved that there is no God" and make way for the new lines of evidence. If you just read one book on existence of God and other Christian apologetics, I would recommend Reasons for the Hope Within, which is a cutting edge book oriented towards the general...
  • The Essential List of Organizations that Conservatives Should Join? (VANITY)

    01/18/2006 12:28:20 PM PST · by Jibaholic · 5 replies · 193+ views
    Vanity | 1/18/2006 | Jibaholic
    Sorry for the vanity, but this seems like an important enough post for the main page. Here is my (incomplete) list of essential conservative organizations: NRA Gun control is as much an anethema to freedom as speech control or religion control. The Heritage Foundation Probably the leading conservative think tank. The Cato Institute The leading small government/libertarian/anti-federalist think tank. The Acton Institute Liberty has not subsisted outside of Christianity.
  • A Rebuttal of the Defense of the Living Document

    01/05/2006 8:01:15 PM PST · by Jibaholic · 3 replies · 147+ views
    Irrational Knowledge ^ | 1/5/2006 | Justin
    Conservatives love the debate over the Living Document Constitution because it is such an easy fight. After all, you wouldn't join a weekend softball league with a Living Document rulebook. Conservatives cherish this role as Keeper of the Constitution, so it can seem like a slap in the face when the left mounts a credible defense of the Living Document. But it is worth taking the time to understand their arguments because it will lead to a much deeper understanding of why a Living Document Constitution is dangerous. Here is a great defense of the Living Document by Jack Balkin,...
  • Long Live the Confederacy!

    11/14/2005 7:54:01 AM PST · by Jibaholic · 2 replies · 161+ views
    Irrational Knowledge ^ | 10/27/2005 | Daryl
    Starting in about the fourth grade, history teachers taught me that the Articles of Confederation were fatally flawed. The same complaint was inevitably offered up by these history teachers: the Federal government envisioned by the Articles was weak and ineffective. Today while riding the train to work and zoning out, three things occured to me in rapid succession: Weak federal government, you say? Tell me more.My history teachers were a bunch of knee-jerk liberals and proud of it.In all these years, I had never bothered to actually read the Articles of Confederation. So I googled it. What a piece of...
  • A way to end the flat v. sales tax debate

    10/14/2005 8:08:46 AM PDT · by Jibaholic · 4 replies · 97+ views
    Irrational Knowledge ^ | 10/14/2005 | Justin
    Here is a neat federalist solution to tax reform: a state GDP tax. The federal government can require that states turn over 25% (or whatever) of their GDP but can not specify how that money is raised. That freedom is left to the states. Blue states can use progressive income taxes with high marginal rates. Red states can experiment with a flat tax or a sales tax. This has many advantages over our current system or even a national sales tax or flat tax. Depoliticize the tax reform debate. Blue and red states would be free to go their own...
  • Should the United States be more like Sweden?

    10/12/2005 1:01:20 PM PDT · by Jibaholic · 7 replies · 221+ views
    Irrational Knowledge ^ | 10/4/2005 | Justin
    Sweden is frequently held up as an example that the United States should try to emulate. It has the one of the most extensive welfare states in Europe and yet is also more prosperous and has lower unemployment than its neighbors to the south. But a closer examination reveals that not only could the Swedish model never work for the United States, but that it isn’t working too well for Sweden itself. Sweden is a small country of nine million people who are almost exclusively native born middle class whites. Since the early stages of the Swedish welfare state were...
  • Walmart is an assembly line (Vanity)

    09/15/2005 7:31:52 AM PDT · by Jibaholic · 4 replies · 175+ views
    9/15/2005 | Jibaholic
    The Declaration of Independance was not the only important event of 1776.That was also the year that Adam Smith created the modern science of economics when he published The Wealth of Nations. On the second page of the book Smith explains that pin makers could only make at most 20 pins per day, but with the help of machinery they could make 4800 pins per day. This has two consequences. The first is that pins get a lot cheaper. A penny saved is a penny earned so cheaper pins meant that everyone got a little bit richer. The second consequence...
  • US climate talks 'disappointing'

    06/14/2005 11:42:06 AM PDT · by Jibaholic · 14 replies · 358+ views
    BBC News ^ | 6/12/2005 | BBC News
    US climate talks 'disappointing' Sunset on the 118 or Ronald Reagan Freeway (Getty) Mr Blair wants to highlight climate change at the G8 summit Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett has spoken of the UK government's frustration over America's failure to agree to take action on climate change. UK prime minister Tony Blair and US President George Bush were unable to reach a deal on the issue during talks in Washington last week. Mr Blair is hoping to highlight climate change at next month's G8 summit. Mrs Beckett told The Independent the UK was "disappointed" that there was a lack of "common...
  • Economic liberty, or how liberals ruin their own economies(vanity)

    06/02/2005 11:21:39 AM PDT · by Jibaholic · 3 replies · 218+ views
    6/2/2005 | Jibaholic
    "A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government." -- Thomas Jefferson It has been proven countless times over thousands of years of economic history that central planning fails and free markets succeed. A recent example is job-protection laws. Michael Moore would never be able to make "Roger and Me" in Germany because Germany has the world's strongest job-protection laws. But...
  • Cities aren't doing as well as you think (liberal cities, that is)

    05/23/2005 5:52:17 AM PDT · by Jibaholic · 17 replies · 1,378+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 5.23.05 | Joel Kotkin
    CITIES AREN'T DOING AS WELL AS YOU THINK. Urban Legends by Joel Kotkin Only at TNR Online Post date: 05.23.05 Usually journalists get accused of overemphasizing bad news. Yet in the case of America's cities, the media has often made things appear rosier than they really are. The idea that American cities, indeed cities worldwide, are experiencing a renaissance has been widely, and often uncritically, accepted since the late 1990s. This new optimism rests largely on the impact of globalization and the worldwide shift from a manufacturing to an information economy. "Neither western civilization, nor western cities," historian Peter Hall...
  • Howard's End and Britain's Choice (Conservatives shouldn't try to out-liberal liberals)

    05/21/2005 8:51:13 PM PDT · by Jibaholic · 1 replies · 144+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 5/18/2005 | Marian Tupy
    At the polls earlier this month, Tony Blair saw his majority in the House of Commons reduced from 161 to 67 seats. Though the Conservatives captured 33 seats, Michael Howard, the party leader, felt compelled to announce his resignation. Howard genuinely believed that he could have defeated Blair's "new" Labour. He was wrong and his departure, once again, raises some important questions: What do the Tories stand for? What should they stand for? What does it mean to be a conservative in the 21st century? Answers to those questions will be crucial for Britain and for Europe alike. A quarter...
  • If not now, when?

    04/30/2005 12:57:39 PM PDT · by Jibaholic · 6 replies · 430+ views
    The Economist ^ | Apr 29th 2005 | The Economist
    In a new report, six think-tanks have slashed their forecast for German economic growth in 2005, citing high oil prices and an unfavourable exchange rate. If Germany’s export-driven economy cannot recover when the world economy is racing along, how will it fare during a slowdown? IN THEORY, Germany should be booming by now. Sizzling global economic growth in 2004, and more of the same expected for 2005, has raised demand for its exports, a boon to its large manufacturing sector. The European Central Bank (ECB) has kept interest rates in the euro area at an easy 2% for 22 months,...
  • Hip-Hop Debate Focuses on Images of Women

    03/24/2005 6:37:30 AM PST · by Jibaholic · 17 replies · 833+ views
    AP ^ | Wed Mar 23, 2005 | IMANI DAWSON
    NEW YORK - A volatile topic inspired heated debate as several hundred people gathered to discuss the impact of misogynistic rap on black women. Rapper Remy Ma, underground emcee Jean Grae, author and radio personality Karen Hunter (news), Essence magazine health editor Akiba Solomon and DJ Beverly Bond were featured on the panel, titled "Images of Women in Hip Hop," on Tuesday night at the Fashion Institute of Technology. More than 300 people filled the auditorium to capacity, spilling onto the stage and into the aisles. Attendees listened raptly as panelists debated hip-hop's treatment of women before vociferously voicing their...
  • (VANITY) Economics textbooks and careers in economics?

    03/10/2005 8:13:07 AM PST · by Jibaholic · 26 replies · 520+ views
    My apologies for the vanity. As an ex-liberal it has been very rewarding to finally see the truth! I've been reading a lot of lay books on economics such as those by Thomas Sowell. I'd like to read a more formal textbook or two on economics and was wondering if anyone here could recommend some? Also, I'm currently in IT. I have a degree in Pure Mathematics and am considering switching fields to become an actuary. Are there any other good careers that have to do with math and economics? Thanks!
  • Who owns the "Ownership Society"?

    02/11/2005 5:32:17 PM PST · by Jibaholic · 3 replies · 392+ views
    slate.com ^ | Feb. 11, 2005 | Mickey Kaus
    P.S.: I'm not blaming McGovern. Virtually all right thinking sophisticates were for a guaranteed annual income when McGovern proposed it. I was too. But the voters hated it. Only later did it become clear to many in the center and left that the voters were right--welfare-for-the-abled bodied was sustaining an underclass.
  • Media bias quantified

    01/25/2005 6:18:33 PM PST · by Jibaholic · 3 replies · 138+ views
    Google News ^ | 1/25/2005 | Jibaholic
    It is standard practice to honor a movement's preferred name for itself. Here are the results of a Google News search on 'Pro-Life' -- which is what the pro-life movement calls itself: Results 1 - 10 of about 1,630 for Pro-Life A Google News search on 'Anti-Abortion' (what the pro-choice movement calls the pro-life movement): Results 1 - 10 of about 2,280 for Anti-Abortion. By contrast, the breakdown for the Pro-Choice movement is: Results 1 - 10 of about 1,680 for Pro-Choice.Results 1 - 10 of about 423 for Pro-Abortion.Results of searches for other perjorative names for the Pro-Choice movement,...
  • Weapons of Choice

    11/29/2004 9:11:07 AM PST · by Jibaholic · 19 replies · 959+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 11/29/04 | Gregg Easterbrook
    Last month my father, a Normandy veteran, came to Washington to see the new World War II Memorial. We took his picture at the area that commemorates D-Day, by the pillar for the state of New York, where he has lived most of his life, and by the inscription for Remagen Bridge, a battle in which he participated. My father hated the military and hated his wartime experiences. Only late in life has he been able to set aside his negative feelings about military life, war, and the awfulness of killing and allow himself to appreciate what his generation accomplished...
  • Debunking the debunkers: why the moral values vote was important (vanity)

    11/17/2004 7:42:03 PM PST · by Jibaholic · 2 replies · 135+ views
    11/17/04 | Jibaholic
    I'm sure that at this point most Freepers have seen the MSM groupthink explain away the moral values vote. Here's why they are wrong: In statistics there are two kinds of analysis: prospective and retrospective. Retrospective analysis is done by a methodology that is determined after the results have come in. Prospective analysis is done by a methodology that was choosen before the results come in. Of the two forms, prospective analysis is far more powerful. That's because retrospective analysis is fraught with the "lies, damned lies and statistics" problem - you can change your methodology to arrive at nearly...
  • Sex vs. War in '04

    11/16/2004 7:10:51 PM PST · by Jibaholic · 5 replies · 505+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11/16/04 | Maggie Gallagher
    What's the Worst Prediction About the Blue-Red Divide by a Journalist? A close contest, but I'd give the award to The Washington Post's Thomas Byrne Edsall, who wrote a January 2003 essay in the Atlantic Monthly presciently subtitled, "The 'morality gap' is becoming the key variable in American politics." "Whereas elections once pitted the party of the working class against the party of Wall Street," wrote Edsall, "they now pit voters who believe in a fixed and universal morality against those who see moral issues, especially sexual ones, as elastic and subject to personal choice." What with 22 percent of...
  • Ten things you have to believe to be a Democrat

    11/05/2004 11:48:07 AM PST · by Jibaholic · 5 replies · 343+ views
    Ten things you have to believe to be a Democrat: 1. That the nation who's revolution began with the cry "No taxation without representation!" should now have it's sovereignty subordinated to unelected bodies such as the UN, the ICC, and the amorphous 'global consensus' and 'global test'. 2. That Michael Moore is telling the truth 3. That all lifestyles, beliefs and cultures are equally valid, and that claiming that one is bad would be to oppress them. Note: Christians and southerners excepted. 4. The Europe is still a thriving and dynamic culture worthy of emulation. 5. That P. Diddy is...