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  • (obit) Kenneth Taylor; Flew Against Pearl Harbor Raiders

    12/03/2006 7:39:57 AM PST · 15 of 21
    jscd3 to lunarbicep
    George S. Welch, who died in 1954

    Real interesting pair. Welsh, after becoming an ace in the Pacifc theater, became a test pilot for North American, where he flew the prototype of the F-86. Indeed, it is now generally conceeded that he took that prototype supersonic before Chuck Yeager went Mach 1 in the X-1

    He also became the first pilot of the F-100 prototype (the first fighter capable of going supersonic in level flight), a job that got him killed in 1954 when yaw problems led to a breakup at supersonic speeds.

  • Cardinal Pell to Pro-Abortion Politicians: "How come you feel [you can] to go to Communion?"

    05/22/2006 5:32:44 AM PDT · 25 of 26
    jscd3 to Gorobei
    The Popes personal opinion is not the same as doctrine

    One of the few criticisms about the current catechism is that it injected the popes personal opinion on the matter of the death penalty. Numerous Catholic authors have pointed out that this opinion really does not belong there, since it is at odds with previous staements by previous popes as well as Church history.

    Hope that really clears things up...

  • New Legislation Would Allow Statewide Gun Laws Only (OH)

    05/19/2006 2:38:26 PM PDT · 17 of 18
    jscd3 to Dead Corpse
    Actually, while incorporation may be a recent creation (legal fiction if you want), you have everything else backwards

    The constitution strictly limited the federal govt, not the states. The writers of the constitution did not intend it to be the controlling law for state governments - it was the controlling - and limiting - law of the federal govt.

    The application of the US constitution to state and local matters expanded the jurisdiction of the federal govt...especially the jurisdiction of unelected federal justices... at the expense of state and local elected officials.

    The practical result of extending the US constitution to supercede state constitutions has been a loss of freedom.


  • New Legislation Would Allow Statewide Gun Laws Only (OH)

    05/19/2006 2:07:06 PM PDT · 13 of 18
    jscd3 to ASA Vet
    Actually, since the 2A has never been subject to the Doctrine of Incorporation (note: no other amendmant should be either) state gun control laws are not constitutionally a federal function to begin with. The US constitution spells out specifically what the feds can and can't do, and leaves everything else to the states and the people.

    On the other hand, since the Ohio state constitution itself guarantees the right to keep and bear arms, general gun control restrictions and pretty much any law in the state or any municipalities therein restricting ownership of pretty much any type of firearm by law abiding citizens should be unconstitutional in Ohio under the state constitution.

    To make things a bit more complicated, the state constitution explicitly states that the right to keep and bear arms does not apply to concealed carry - meaning that it is only with respect to concealed carry that laws can be passed in the state either restricting or facilitating - at least if we care about the state constitution to begin with, which, of course, no Democrat and darn few Republicans in Ohio do...

  • Iran eyes badges for Jews

    05/19/2006 12:58:53 PM PDT · 29 of 39
    jscd3 to oolatec
    I followed the link, and the links from it. The story has not been debunked - it just has not been confirmed.

    As of right now it may be false - or it may be true.

  • Cardinal Pell to Pro-Abortion Politicians: "How come you feel [you can] to go to Communion?"

    05/19/2006 12:55:22 PM PDT · 10 of 26
    jscd3 to Gorobei
    Rome is staunchly against both.

    "Rome" is not staunchly against capital punishment as a matter of doctrine. JPII really didn't like it, but it is not a matter of doctrine or faith. The Church has always and still does recognize the authority of the state to use the death penalty.

    Hope that clears things up...

  • Opus Dei Response to Director Ron Howard re 'The DaVinci Code'

    05/15/2006 4:59:14 PM PDT · 31 of 135
    jscd3 to RKV
    While you are at it, your research would also show that the various Inquisitions were the fairest courts in the world at the time, far less likely to use torture or administer the death penalty than civil courts in Europe or any court in Asia.

    You would also find that when the witch craze swept Europe in the 17th century, civil authorities were more likely to condemn people as witches then ecclesiastical authorites (Protestant or Catholic) and that those parts of Europe that were by far the least touched my the mania were those with an active Catholic Ecclestiastical court - Inquisition - because those courts required a far higher degree of evidence of guilt than other courts in Europe and were far less swayed by Emotion.

    Obviously I'm not suggesting that the Church was perfect - it's made up of people, after all. However, it's judicial system was a lot fairer and more humane than the actual alternatives at the time.

  • Opus Dei Response to Director Ron Howard re 'The DaVinci Code'

    05/15/2006 4:47:09 PM PDT · 26 of 135
    jscd3 to Accygirl
    How is Opus Dei whining about the Da Vinci Code any different from liberals whining about the Passion of the Christ? IMO, both groups look pretty silly...

    Let's just postulate that I'm planning on making a movie about you - in it you will be portrayed as a self destructive lesbian, and your mother will be shown as a crack whore. I will introduce the film my stating that everything that is about to be shown is true...

    ...but claim it's just fiction when challenged.

    Based on your above comment I have no doubt that you would protest not at all - it would just look silly...

    By the way, I would do no such thing, of course; you are probably a fine upstanding person (the fact that you are at FreeRepublic indicates above average intelligence) and it would be wrong to slander someone for money.

    As long as you are asking for differences, those that protested the Passion stated that the film was a slander against Jews (it wasn't) and that it would lead to pograms (it didn't) and that the film indicated the need for Christians to rewrite the New Testaments and abandon their false anti-semetic faith (it isn't and we didn't).

    Critics of the Code note that the film is a slander against the Catholic Church in particular and Christianity in general - which it is - that is based on a combination of old Gnostic B.S., new feminist B.S. and as many hoary old anti Catholic myths that can be packed into a book/film at one time without making it look like Jack Chick was the head writer (true), and that argues that Christians abandon their false anti-feminist faith (it isn't and we won't)

    I think that sums up both differences and similarities in the criticism

  • FReeper Canteen ~ The Worst TV Series Ever Made Was...? ~ April 26, 2006

    04/25/2006 6:37:48 PM PDT · 180 of 1,003
    jscd3 to Izzy Dunne
    Anybody remember "My Mother the Car" ???

    A 1928 Porter
    That's my mother dear...
    She helps me through everything I do
    And I'm so glad she's here

    Till the die I die I will never forget that stupid theme song...

  • Republicans urge Bush to fight high gasoline costs

    04/24/2006 1:21:49 PM PDT · 64 of 114
    jscd3 to MikeA
    Vote to at least temporarily suspend all federal gas taxes and make due with these year's bloated transportation budget to cover next years as well. Gas prices would drop 18 cents a gallon.

    This won't have any affect on gasoline prices. Since the final price is a function of supply and demand, and gasoline taxes do not affect the supply, rmoving the taxes will result in the same price that we have now, since demand will not change much either (that is, it would increase a bit if the price was reduced by the amount of the tax, which, given the same supply, would quickly drive prices back up to their current levels)

    On the other hand, your comment about clean air mandates - particularly in reference to the various federally mandated reformulated fuels - is spot on. Mandatory fuel formulations not only add a lot of cost and complexity to the manufacture and distribution of gasoline, but they typically reduce automobile gas mileage by 5% and result in an effective 5 - 10% loss in refinery capacity, due to change up and other associated downtime.

    Eliminating the silly ass reformulated fuel requirements would effectively add 5 - 10% additional supply while reducing costs and complexity and have ZERO real impact on the environment. And Bush could do it TODAY!

  • Wartime Dissent Is Part Of Patriotism, Kerry Says

    04/22/2006 3:26:02 PM PDT · 4 of 82
    jscd3 to demlosers
    John Kerry - the most patriotic person I know...
  • 'They Didn't do Anything to You, or to our Country' (Turkish Paper's take on Helen Thomas)

    04/10/2006 8:10:19 AM PDT · 41 of 50
    jscd3 to Doogle
    yo GS, yeah she was a real "hottie" at 22....LOL

    1922, maybe...

  • Thanks to the Muslim world (But what about the last 600 years?)

    03/17/2006 9:14:12 PM PST · 42 of 122
    jscd3 to Threepwood
    "Al-Biruni, the 14th Century physicist was able to calculate the circumference of the Earth and its tilt 600 years before Galileo."

    This statement is silly at several levels. For example:

    • Galileo lived in the 17th century. The 14th century is not 600 years before the 17th - unless Moslems also invented a new sort of math
    • The use of Galileo's name is specious - it has never been suggested that he had anything to do with theorizing the world as round - which would be silly as well, since Magellan's expedition had already circumnavigated the globe
    • The Greeks had already determined the earth to be spherical with a circumference of 25000 miles several centuries before Christ. Given Moslem conquests of the middle east and, therefore, access to this info, I wonder how original the 14th century discovery was?
    Islamic civilization peaked centuries ago - and was built almost entirely on the back of conquered Christian, Jewish, and Hindu civilization and discoveries. It is no real shock that when the Turkish empire reached it's limit of conquest, it also stopped creating new technolgy, techniques, and treasure - it had no one else to obtain these from.

    By the way, claiming all sorts of "inventions" for "Islam" is nothing new - do some Google searches and you'll find that Moslem historians also teach that all of Columbus's ship captains were Moslem, and that Moslems were exploring the Mississippi river centuries before anyone else. I swear, it reminds me of the old days of the Cold War, when the Soviet Union used to teach that Russians had discovered everything from the airplane to the electric light bulb, or the 80's fad of African Historical Revisionism, which insisted that Cleopatra was Black, and taught inner city kids stories about Egyptions (who, of course, the inner city kids were decended from) using gliders 3000 years ago (Note - I'm not kidding).

  • Mugabe brands African leaders cowards (will print more money to combat 613% inflation rate)

    02/20/2006 10:06:02 AM PST · 31 of 38
    jscd3 to stormlead
    Apparently, Mugabe was ok until the late 90s, when he lost it.

    Mugabe was always a marxist thug. It's just that at first he inherited an economy that was one of the most productive in Africa, and for a decade or so, he tried to protect that, for his own good if not for the peoples.

    However, a thug is always a thug. Eventually the temptation to start stealing and passing on to cronies became to great. Moreover, the mishandling of the econmy outside of the privately owned white farms (marxists mishandling an economy? go figure...) created the incentives to start stealing even more from the farmers to buy political support

    Eventually, as the economy got worse, not only were the white farms great targets for theft, but the white farmers became more and more useful as scapegoats.

    The country is in a death spiral now. Very sad...

  • Martin B-26B Marauder

    02/18/2006 9:21:31 AM PST · 37 of 38
    jscd3 to azcap
    Be sure to copy jvl, since he was the one that was confused

    Nice t-shirt, by the way - I'm checking out the website next

    Wish I could get a copy of that old Revell model of Flak Catcher, though...sigh

  • Martin B-26B Marauder

    02/17/2006 6:37:11 PM PST · 18 of 38
    jscd3 to 45Auto
    I had a model of this specific B26 when I was a kid - Revell made it, if I recall.

    After reading Martin Caidin's Ragged Rugged Warriors when I was in the 6th grade, I really fell in love with the B26

  • Martin B-26B Marauder

    02/17/2006 6:35:15 PM PST · 15 of 38
    jscd3 to jv1
    I believe that the A26K was the Douglas Invader, a different aircraft than the B26 Martin Marauder

    On the other hand, after WWII, the Marauder was pulled out of service and the A26 was renamed the B26.

    Around the time of the Vietnam war, these "B26" bombers were pulled out of desert boneyards, renamed the A26 again, and sent to SE Asia to operate as COIN aircaraft.

  • Martin B-26B Marauder

    02/17/2006 6:32:10 PM PST · 14 of 38
    jscd3 to Doctor Raoul
    I seem to recall that the B-26 had a lower loss rate in combat.

    In fact I recall that it ended up with the lowest combat loss rate of any bomber operating in the European theater during WWII

    However, that was after the introduction of the 'B' version, which had wings that were 18" longer than the original

  • (Stupid Pointless Vanity)Question for Gun Lovers(Vanity)

    02/17/2006 2:37:15 PM PST · 34 of 52
    jscd3 to birbear

    Not the earlier AK-47 - which was not in production for all that long.

    Actually, what most everyone calls an AK-47 is almost always an AKM

  • New York turns up heat on gun dealers

    02/15/2006 4:36:30 PM PST · 27 of 51
    jscd3 to DocRock
    "Right now, about 1 percent of gun dealers account for almost 60 percent of guns used in crimes nationally,"

    Oh yeah. I'm sure.

    This statistic may be as correct as it is misleading.Walmart and K-Mart are two of the biggest gun dealers in the country, responsible for some astoundingly high percentage of all firearms sold. Add in the next several largest national or reagional dealers and you will find that far less than 1% of all dealers are probably the source of more than 60% of all gun sales.

    Now, take into account that practically all firearms used in crime are stolen. Over time, some very high percentage of the stolen firearms will be associated with victims who originally purchased the weapons from the small number of very big dealers.

    Now, this tells us NOTHING about the selling practices of the dealers, the way they do business, or the clientel they sell to. As I said, the statistic is useless, but it sounds real impressive to a double digit IQ gun control type...

  • Wal-Mart must stock contraception in Mass

    02/14/2006 2:47:07 PM PST · 120 of 157
    jscd3 to Alter Kaker
    If all you're doing is preventing ovulation, you're certainly not causing an abortion, not by anyone's definition.

    In that case I'd certainly agree with you

  • Hinchey blasts Bush during Cornell visit (Congressman Moonbat calls for Impeachment)

    02/14/2006 2:45:27 PM PST · 12 of 22
    jscd3 to sgtbono2002
    Compare and contrast this lunatics position with comments by world famous Soviet dissident and human rights advocate Natan Sharansky in a recent BBC interview:

    SHaransky: "It's Good to know there is another dissident like me - in the White House"

  • Wal-Mart must stock contraception in Mass

    02/14/2006 12:17:09 PM PST · 82 of 157
    jscd3 to Wurlitzer
    Just as an aside, your "help" did not address the issue at hand - a ruling that forces a store to carry an abortion drug.

    The fact that your "help" did not address this rather salient issue would probably be called "stupid logic" by some of the less mature posters on this board, though certainly not by me...

  • Wal-Mart must stock contraception in Mass

    02/14/2006 12:12:37 PM PST · 80 of 157
    jscd3 to Wurlitzer
    I'll ignore the rather snippy (I'll avoid the term "stupid") tone of your reply and try to stay on topic.

    And use short words

    Before Roe - world was not 100% no abortion

    Before Roe - States liberalized (that means relaxed) abortion laws

    After Roe - All regulations against abortion were removed

    Problem was not absolutism of anti-abortionists

    Problem was and is absolutism of pro-abortionists

    Following this bunky?

    The Walmart case at hand - see me staying on topic? - is an example of an intended action of a philosphy of pro-abortion absolutism, not the unintended result of anti-abortion absolutism.


  • Wal-Mart must stock contraception in Mass

    02/14/2006 11:43:32 AM PST · 73 of 157
    jscd3 to Wurlitzer
    but it is the result of unintended consequences with one side of the debate demanding a 100% ban on abortion.

    Would you argue that certain types of gang or spousal killing are the result of our "all or nothing" approach to treating murder as a crime?

    Given that there were states had liberal abortion laws well before the Roe decision and 18 more (including my home state of NY) voted to substantially liberalize their existing laws just before the decision, I have a hard time understanding your logic.

    I think what we are seeing is a very intended consequence of one side of the debate wanting absolute, 100%, constitutionally guaranteed, state mandated, tax payer funded, make-it-a-hate-crime-for-a-church-to-decry right to a guilt-free - nay, praiseworthy - abortion for no other reason than I Feel Like It.

  • Wal-Mart must stock contraception in Mass

    02/14/2006 11:11:25 AM PST · 56 of 157
    jscd3 to Skooz
    The number of abortions due to rape or incest has been shown to be less than 1/2 of 1%

    I have read 1 - 3%, but the stats quoted are usually so nonsensical that I would not be surprised to find that yours are more accurate.

    Besides, these days, you can get into a real argument with some people just getting them to agree on what the definition of rape is. We live in a very odd time...

  • Wal-Mart must stock contraception in Mass

    02/14/2006 11:03:49 AM PST · 52 of 157
    jscd3 to MichiganConservative
    What percentage of abortion are due to rape or incest?

    The generally accepted statistics are 1 - 3%

    Substantially higher numbers are sometimes quoted, but as former uber-abortionist and co-founder or NARAL Bernard Nathanson has pointed out, these statistics were simply made up for propoganda purposes.

  • Wal-Mart must stock contraception in Mass

    02/14/2006 10:59:47 AM PST · 49 of 157
    jscd3 to Alter Kaker
    The morning after pill is NOT an abortion pill.

    Of course it is

    Strictly speaking, most oral contraceptives are "abortion pills" as well, since they work by preventing a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus wall, the fertilized egg will therefore evacuate and die. Just like an abortion...just really early.

  • Franken Says Cheney Shot Whittington “Just to Watch Him Die”

    02/13/2006 10:45:09 AM PST · 107 of 117
    jscd3 to billorites
    Just To Watch Him Die

    Actually, that's the reason why people go to see Al Frankens stage act...

  • Remembering the Flying Tigers

    12/21/2005 6:57:19 AM PST · 37 of 45
    jscd3 to Strategerist
    Though the subject of what EXACTLY the AVG was flying has been a source of endless controversy

    Not really. The first load of aircraft that they used were p-40Bs destined for the RAF which they received after the North Africa mission for which they were intended was canceled.

    Just prior to the AVG being folded back into the army air corp, a number of pilots received the P40E Kittyhawks, which had 6 wing mounted 50s, as opposed to 2 nose mounted 50's and 4 wing mounted 30's (or in some cases, only 4 wing mounted 30's) of the P-40B

    A very good general overview of the career of the AVG can be found in Martain Caidin's history of the early air war in the Pacific 'The Ragged Rugged Warriors'

    Good follow up post on the other myths of the AVG, by the way

  • Remembering the Flying Tigers

    12/20/2005 6:42:46 PM PST · 27 of 45
    jscd3 to StarCMC
    Nice post

    I note in passing though that the picture labled P-40 Tomahawk is not a Tomahawk. The Tomahawk was the P-40B/C and had 4 machine guns in the wings. The pictured aircraft has six wing mounted machine guns, making it a P-40E (Kittyhawk) or later P-40K (Warhawk)


    12/14/2005 5:31:38 PM PST · 52 of 102
    jscd3 to Wolfgang_Blitzkrieg
    He was accused of rubbing somebody out in Cleveland back in the 50s, but I don't know if he was convicted

    He was a small time hood in the numbers racket. He stomped another small time hood to death. He was convicted.

  • Hollowed bullet easy to get & hard to survive

    12/13/2005 5:46:06 PM PST · 138 of 138
    jscd3 to FreedomCalls
    Good article, some additional history that I didn't know,and quite consistent with my own observations.

    If you do any shooting with semi auto rifles chambered for NATO 7.62 (.308) you will be quite familiar with 150 grain hardball. It's the standard fodder for non-handloaders (like me) that shoot M-1A or FN rifles. This is an accurate round with an extremely stable boat tail bullet. If I were designing ammo with "wounding" in mind, it's what I would have supplied NATO.

    However, the most common NATO 7.62 round was a 147 grain bullet characterized by a longer spitzer shape and a flat bottom. The reason for this is that this bullet has a center of gravity behind the middle of the round, that is , behind the center of rotation.

    As a result, while quite accurate, it is not as stable as the boat tail round, and has a much higher perpensity to tumble after hitting someone. The tumbling after initial penetration creates a much larger wound cavity and a substantial increase in lethality

    The M-16 (or really the AR-15) was designed by Eugene Stoner with a tumbling round in mind - hence the original design used a very high velocity .223 with the barrel rifled at only one twist in 16 inches.

    As I said, the idea that military ammo is supposed to wound rather than kill doesn't hold up to scrutiny

  • Hollowed bullet easy to get & hard to survive

    12/13/2005 5:29:51 PM PST · 137 of 138
    jscd3 to PreciousLiberty
    Thanks for the read

    If you take a look here:

    you will find a great deal of technical info on bullets and the damage they do, as well as a great deal of controlled testing data.

    There is also a pretty interesting FBI report on wound ballistics.

    Unfortunately, you have to be a member to get at the more current stuff

  • Hollowed bullet easy to get & hard to survive

    12/13/2005 2:21:03 PM PST · 120 of 138
    jscd3 to FreedomCalls
    The real purpose of jacketed bullets used by the military is to wound the enemy. It ties up several others to care for a wounded.

    Although this statement can be found everywhere, I believe that it is largely an urban myth. The primary logic behind moving to jacketed bullets at the end of the 19th century was to reduce the extrodinarily bad wounding that was associated with late century bullets - 45 caliber 200+ grain soft lead slugs created ferocious damage, resulting in a huge number of amputations due to smashed bone, etc. Also, the use of jacketing resulted in far less barrel fouling.

    Only after the fact did soldiers discover that the jacketing reduced lethality (which they often overcame in the field prior to the 20th century by shaving jacketing off the end of the bullet, creating a field expediant jacketed softpoint)

  • Hollowed bullet easy to get & hard to survive

    12/13/2005 2:02:20 PM PST · 116 of 138
    jscd3 to PreciousLiberty
    Another nice looking alternative to hollow-point is MagSafe ammo

    see my post 100

    This stuff does not work nearly as well in real life as in the ads...

  • Hollowed bullet easy to get & hard to survive

    12/13/2005 12:23:36 PM PST · 100 of 138
    jscd3 to kiriath_jearim
    Most of the coments made in this article, either directly or by implication, are sort of stupid

    Except in faciast communities like NYC or New Jersey, anyone over the age of 18 can buy hollow point ammo at their local Walmart

    There is NOTHING uniqely potent about hollow point ammo. It expands - big deal, so does soft point and unjacketed lead. It just expands faster than jacketed soft point - because jacketed soft point is designed to expand slower to facilitate greater penetration.

    Because of the fast expansion, hollow point is a great bullet design for hunting varmints and small game - loaded in a high velocity round you get high expansion very rapidly in only a couple of inches.

    For the same reason, most hollow point bullets don't work all that well as a defensive round - they expand too quickly, resulting in relatively shallow penetration.

    A bullet kills by penetrating deeply anough to reach large blood vessels and major organs, and by creating a big enough permanant hole to seriously damage or destroy same. A great deal of pharensic evidence exists to demonstrate that a round needs to reliably penetrate 8 - 12" of ballistic gelatin to be a reliable stopper. A lot of "home defense" and specialty "low penetration" ammo fails to do this.

    The most effective defensive rounds for pistols include soft points and jacketed hollow points, but the JHP tend to be big (150 grain 357 mag, 147 grain 9mm, 170 grain .40) and either pretty high velocity (giving you good penetration despite the expansion, in the case of the 357 and 40) or relatively resistant to expansion (in the case of the 147 grain subsonic used by lots of police departments)

    Honestly, the only thing that I have learned from the various articles posted about ammo and the NYPD (other than they use FMJ for their pistol ammo, which is a change from the days when everyone used unjacketed 38 ammo in their revolvers) is that most "journalists" don't know anything about guns or ammunition.

  • Girl can sue school for telling mom she's gay

    12/03/2005 5:19:39 AM PST · 2 of 43
    jscd3 to bulldozer

    I wonder if a failing student can sue the school for sending a report card home to the parents and revealing that the child is an idiot...

  • New Children's Book: "Why Mommy is a Democrat"

    12/01/2005 11:19:17 AM PST · 146 of 203
    jscd3 to dukeman

    Well, it's not like most democrats know who their daddy is to ask them anything...

  • Children's Author the Most Hated Conservative in America? (Funniest picture ever!)

    11/29/2005 10:36:03 AM PST · 33 of 76
    jscd3 to alnick
    Fairy tales are popular with children

    Not only that, it would have the marketing advantage of a Fairy Tale written by a real fairy...

  • Another Blow to America’s Christians

    11/27/2005 8:58:26 AM PST · 5 of 40
    jscd3 to Wrangler22
    Never mind that the Christmas Tree has been a tradition for hundreds of years.

    Not in the US it wasn't. The Christmas tree only started being widely used in the United States in the late 19th century after the tradition was adopted in Victorian England. And it was only adopted there after Victoria married a German who brought the tradition with him to England

    It was never a secular symbol.

    I'm not so sure about that. Until the early 20th century, Christmas was always a problematic holiday in the US. Parts of the country that were settled by Puritans and their Congregationalist decendents - New England, parts of NY, Ohio, and Indiana - generally banned the celebration of Christmas under penalty of law well into the 19th century. It was regularly described in these regions as little more than a Popish plot

    Where it was celebrated, as in New York City, for example, it often resulted in drunken riots. If I remember my history correctly, it was a Christmas riot of 1829 that lead to the establishment of the NYPD.

    The practice of using a Christmas tree was spread in the US largely by the example of North Eastern establishment types in the latter 19th century as part of a series of adopted practices to create a more family oriented and less religiously polarizing family holday at Christmas. In a sense then, the Christmas tree was used as a somewhat secular symbol

    My point here is not to denegrate Christians who feel offended at Boston's actions or to defend said actions (which are pretty much on par for New England for most of it's history). Rather, it's simply to point of that the celebration of Christmas has always been complicated in the US, and widespread acceptance of the holiday only came with widespread secularization and commercialization.

  • The Reckoning (Good One)

    11/26/2005 6:17:23 PM PST · 8 of 13
    jscd3 to txgirl4Bush
    Peasants armed with antique weapons (and the power of propaganda) defeated the most powerful military machine the world had ever seen.

    With all due respect, this line is nonsense. The "peasant" war - I assume the author is referring to the Viet Cong - was finished in 1968 with the destruction of the VC during the Tet offensive. Much of the fighting before that and all of it afterwards was with NVA regulars - which the US also won.

    He is dead on about the propoganda, however.

    Note how well the Democrats and the MSM have learned THAT lesson

  • Father Doug Takes a One Year Leave - Parish is National Headquarters for Futurechurch

    11/22/2005 9:11:48 PM PST · 5 of 8
    jscd3 to Diago
    St Marks - my own humble parish

    By the way, believe it or not, unless you happenned to go to the Future Church website and note the address, you would not know that they were "headquartered" at St. Marks, or, more accurately, in Father Doug's bedroom. It's not like I ever read about it in the bulletins...

    Not to say that I haven't groaned my way through a few of his sermons

    For what it's worth, the word on the street is that Doug is now dealing cards in Las Vegas...really

  • JFK Conspiracy Theories Live On

    11/22/2005 9:30:56 AM PST · 80 of 233
    jscd3 to TomGuy
    The bullet traveled a straight line from Oswalds gun through Connally.

    The "magic bullet" is thrown out by people who think that Connally was sitting directly in front of Kennedy in the car.

    An examination of the car and photos of the day, however, show that Connally was sitting on "pull down" seats between the front and back seats, and was, consequently, half a body width in toward the vehicle center from Kennedy

    All the round had to do was go straight and be heavily metal jacketed, which it was.

    No magic needed. Really.

  • Pregnant Teacher Fired From Queens School

    11/22/2005 6:17:49 AM PST · 130 of 270
    jscd3 to italianquaker
    foolish or you mean ignorant

    At this start of the holiday season, I'm willing to give everyone the benefit of the doubt and assume that it was a posting made in haste without as much thought about it as there normally would have been

  • Pregnant Teacher Fired From Queens School

    11/22/2005 3:52:00 AM PST · 15 of 270
    jscd3 to mtbopfuyn
    But it's ok for priests to molest alter boys.

    No, but it's obviously ok to make foolish statements at Free Republic

  • Franco supporters attack Liberal Spain

    11/20/2005 10:52:00 AM PST · 16 of 22
    jscd3 to Seniram US
    The press rarely mentions that the preservation of Catholicism in Spain was due to the victory of Franco.

    Well put and an excellant post.

    The press even more rarely mentions that it was the destruction of chrches and killing of priests that was the primary motivation for Franco in the first place, not politics.

  • Rumsfeld says he did not 'advocate' invading Iraq

    11/20/2005 10:13:29 AM PST · 20 of 54
    jscd3 to Sub-Driver
    as public disaffection for the US military operation there reaches new highs.

    Yes, public disaffection is now so high hat the House votes 403 to 3 against immediate withdrawal.

    In addition, the outspoken advocate of immediate withdrawal votes against his own proposal.

    Yeah, no doubt about it, congress is sensing new highs of dissafection among the voters... (/sarcasm)

  • Thousands in Mass. to get cheaper oil - Delahunt, Chávez broker deal (it might as well be Castro)

    11/20/2005 8:06:25 AM PST · 58 of 91
    jscd3 to Cincinatus' Wife
    Actually, other posters here have pretty much summed this up correctly.

    A dictator subsidizes a product at the expense of the really poor(the people of Venezuela) in order to buy political goodwill from people who are, on average, far better off (the people of Mass.).

    No wonder Kennedy goes for is indistinguishable from standard Democratic party politics.

  • Thousands in Mass. to get cheaper oil - Delahunt, Chávez broker deal (it might as well be Castro)

    11/20/2005 8:01:04 AM PST · 57 of 91
    jscd3 to Kolokotronis

    On second thought you get partial credit for noting the existance of stupid government regulation...but only partial, since the context of the comment would seem to imply that such regulation (not allowing ANWR exploration, preventing new refineries, reformulated fuels mandate, etc.) exists at the behest of the oil industry (whose pockets you seem to believe the entire US government is in), which is really dumb...