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Posts by Kip Russell

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  • Pope says he is not a "Marxist" and it is not time to start "clericalizing" women

    12/15/2013 10:59:19 AM PST · 37 of 165
    Kip Russell to Viennacon
    I’ve observed this as well. In a recent radio show I listened to, some British people who were clearly atheists were saying how they wanted the Anglican church to have women priests. It’s just the control-freak mentality.

    Exactly. I'm an atheist myself, and I couldn't care less what doctrines the Catholic (or any other) Church has, as long as those doctrines don't intervene in the affairs of non-members.

  • Pope says he is not a "Marxist" and it is not time to start "clericalizing" women

    12/15/2013 10:54:44 AM PST · 34 of 165
    Kip Russell to USS Alaska
    Groucho, Harpo, Zippo and Karl,

    Zeppo.

  • Gun control advocates vow to take fight into 2014 elections, spend millions

    12/15/2013 10:46:41 AM PST · 23 of 36
    Kip Russell to seekthetruth
    How about we just take the guns away from the Socialist/DEMS and leave the rest of us armed!!

    The most recent school shooter aside, gun ownership amongst hard-core lefties is quite low....they're scared of firearms. Most of the them don't want guns for themselves, only for authorized employees of the State.

  • Gun control advocates vow to take fight into 2014 elections, spend millions

    12/15/2013 10:44:01 AM PST · 22 of 36
    Kip Russell to ought-six
    Methinks we will have a revolution before then.

    I don't. The vast majority (99%, perhaps more) of the populace wouldn't support it.

    IMHO, of course.

  • Saying ‘Merry Christmas’ Now Okay (in Texas)

    12/15/2013 10:41:28 AM PST · 43 of 57
    Kip Russell to Wyrd bið ful aræd
    Would you say general police powers cover morality, or are you in favor of gay unions and prostitution?

    I don't think the State has any business being involved in marriage, period. People should be free to draw up civil contracts regardless of gender.

    As for prostitution, I fully support legalization.

  • Saying ‘Merry Christmas’ Now Okay (in Texas)

    12/15/2013 10:13:13 AM PST · 42 of 57
    Kip Russell to frog in a pot
    Perhaps, but only in the context of your business relations; I agree it is unwise to needlessly offend one’s customers. But if you are an American born citizen and you use that style elsewhere in your life, then imagine there is a large group who would very much like to extinguish this historically established tradition of good will and unique form of Americanism. Would that offend you and, if so, would you politely resist? (Actually, one doesn’t have to “imagine”.)

    While I will roll my eyes at active measures to say "Happy Holidays" rather than "Merry Christmas", I don't find it egregiously offensive, but rather just more pointless political correctness. Outside of business relations, I still simply respond in kind, whatever the greeting.

    Perhaps a closer call. But imagine that I, along with many others I so persuade, construct dummies in the likeness of your favorite politician or religious leader which are regularly and visibly burned for public view on our private property. Would such an act not constitute a threat to that individual or an effort to “incite”?

    Ever were I to grant that, it would be a specific threat to an individual, not the country as a whole. And in any case, I would still not advocate the intervention of the State, any more than I would want the State to prevent the burning of a Qu'ran because that might incite others.

    The age ranges of the two groups and perhaps the ethnic backgrounds may be a factor. Is your business with a "younger" community of those more recently of the modern "zero-tolerance" school system?

    No, all ages...leaning towards older people, if anything.

    Do you operate in a community predominately influenced by non-American born individuals?

    While there is a large community of Eastern European and Asian immigrants, they virtually never give a holiday greeting (probably because of their limited English).

  • Saying ‘Merry Christmas’ Now Okay (in Texas)

    12/15/2013 10:03:45 AM PST · 38 of 57
    Kip Russell to Wyrd bið ful aræd
    You appear to desire the license to do whatever you damn well please.

    As long as it doesn't cause harm to others (self-defense excepted, obviously), you betcha. It's none of your damn business.

    Are you in favor of legal abortion?

    No. That harms someone, does it not?

  • Pope says he is not a "Marxist" and it is not time to start "clericalizing" women

    12/15/2013 9:59:38 AM PST · 18 of 165
    Kip Russell to C. Edmund Wright
    So, do you really buy this notion of leftists? Really?

    I believe you're mis-reading the quote. Heinlein is pointing out that people of any political stripe who wish to control others might well believe that they're doing good for society as a whole, but that the results are very uncomfortable when they start controlling you.

  • Saying ‘Merry Christmas’ Now Okay (in Texas)

    12/15/2013 9:46:24 AM PST · 33 of 57
    Kip Russell to Wyrd bið ful aræd
    I said MANY of the Founding Fathers -- I had Jefferson specifically in mind as one those who did not. The enumeration of certain rights in the constitution, coupled with the writings of many of the founders, further coupled with the fact that the nation operated in the manner I described within the lifetimes of many of the founders without any known objection by the founders, leads me to my conclusion.

    Which Founding Fathers would you describe as wanting a Christian Authoritarian State?

    Conservatism covers that to the extent that is necessary.

    How generous of you to decide for the rest of us how much liberty to which the masses are entitled...

  • Saying ‘Merry Christmas’ Now Okay (in Texas)

    12/15/2013 9:41:50 AM PST · 32 of 57
    Kip Russell to VerySadAmerican
    I haven’t heard one “Merry Christmas” this year.

    I would estimate that roughly one third of my customers say "Merry Christmas", with the other two thirds saying "Happy Holidays".

  • Saying ‘Merry Christmas’ Now Okay (in Texas)

    12/15/2013 9:39:48 AM PST · 29 of 57
    Kip Russell to UCANSEE2
    “I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"
  • Saying ‘Merry Christmas’ Now Okay (in Texas)

    12/15/2013 9:34:04 AM PST · 27 of 57
    Kip Russell to Wyrd bið ful aræd
    These would be the Founding Fathers whom you assert wanted an Authoritarian Christian Republic?

    "But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."

    -Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782

    What can libertarianism lead to?

    Leaving people alone and keeping the State's nose out of their business.

  • Pope says he is not a "Marxist" and it is not time to start "clericalizing" women

    12/15/2013 9:28:21 AM PST · 10 of 165
    Kip Russell to C. Edmund Wright
    Because leftists are by nature busy body control freaks……..in pursuit of their fantasized utopia…..

    “Political tags — such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth — are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.”

    ― Robert A. Heinlein

  • Pope says he is not a "Marxist" and it is not time to start "clericalizing" women

    12/15/2013 9:26:07 AM PST · 7 of 165
    Kip Russell to NYer
    I've never understood why Leftists who aren't Catholics have such a problem with the Catholic Church not ordaining women as priests. Given that I'm not Catholic, the Pope could say that only left-handed Lithuanians could be priests for all I care. Since I'm not a member, why could it possibly matter to me?
  • Saying ‘Merry Christmas’ Now Okay (in Texas)

    12/15/2013 9:21:03 AM PST · 22 of 57
    Kip Russell to Wyrd bið ful aræd
    Too libertarian

    This country isn't Libertarian enough.

    I have come to the conclusion that many of the Founding Fathers foresaw the United States as an Authoritarian Christian Republic.

    “Political tags — such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth — are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.”

    ― Robert A. Heinlein

  • Gun control advocates vow to take fight into 2014 elections, spend millions

    12/15/2013 9:02:39 AM PST · 3 of 36
    Kip Russell to Zakeet

    The long term prospects for gun rights in this country are not good.

  • Saying ‘Merry Christmas’ Now Okay (in Texas)

    12/15/2013 9:00:07 AM PST · 9 of 57
    Kip Russell to sagar
    At this time of year I simply reply to my customers in kind; if they say, "Merry Christmas" I say "Merry Christmas". If they say "Happy Holidays" I say the same. It's not a big deal.

    Now if only flag burning amendment is in place, everything should be quite good.

    I disagree. I don't support flag burning amendments...not on the grounds of free speech, but on the grounds of property rights. If someone wants to burn a flag, that's their property, and they can do with it as they wish. I may not like it (depending on which flag they're burning), and that's just too bad for me.

  • 74th Anniversary of ‘Gone with the Wind’ premiere

    12/15/2013 8:50:49 AM PST · 19 of 31
    Kip Russell to Venturer
    That movie could not be made today.

    Quite true...no movie would be made today that is as pro-Confederacy as GWTW.

  • What's your favorite really obscure fantasy/sf novel?

    12/15/2013 7:50:24 AM PST · 199 of 201
    Kip Russell to PJ-Comix
    "Venus on the Half-Shell" by Kilgore Trout.

    Philip Jose Farmer under the pen name "Kilgore Trout". I bought as a kid when it came out, and never having read Vonnegut, didn't get the joke.

  • What's your favorite really obscure fantasy/sf novel?

    12/15/2013 7:46:32 AM PST · 198 of 201
    Kip Russell to Imnidiot
    Now, I try to wait until the entire series is complete and THEN buy into reading it. I probably miss a lot due to that. Dang.

    That reminds me of some of the works of author Linda Evans (no relation to the actress):

    "Sleipnir" - a very fun read, reminiscent of Heinlein's "Glory Road", in which an American GI has his friend's life taken prematurely by a Valkyrie. Our hero objects...and winds up going to Odin (who's a real jerk in this book!) to have his say. Screams for a sequel, but is technically a complete story.

    "Far Edge of Darkness", a time travel novel in which an archeology student winds up in ancient Rome. Very realistic treatment of Roman society...but it ends on a cliffhanger, and it's never going to be completed.

    The "Multiverse" series (2 books) in which two human societies, the Sharona and the Union of Arcana, have evolved in parallel universes without encountering another civilization, human or otherwise. The Sharona exhibit a level of technology roughly analogous to the late 19th century, with psionic abilities thrown in for seasoning, but the Arcana have harnessed magical energies down to the consumer level. Astonishingly, it's the magical society that suffers the greater shock when one of their companies encounters a small Sharona civilian survey team and is almost annihilated by the enemy's repeating firearms. The authors treat both societies sympathetically and realistically, with human vices and virtues evenly distributed. Again...never to be completed.

    I really like her small body of work, but you have to go into her books realizing that the plots will never be completed.