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Posts by RonF

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  • Maryland college student shot, killed by police after wild car crashes on South Beach

    10/10/2017 10:57:42 AM PDT · 57 of 58
    RonF to ConservativeStatement

    My Episcopal parish had for years celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a party featuring food and booze in the middle of Lent. Then we got a new priest. He said that he would countenance this if and only if we had a service that day before the party started in the name of St. Patrick, so as to emphasize the religious aspect of the day. He also said that if you didn’t show up for the service, don’t show up for the party. That sounded fair to me. I showed up at the appointed time. There were maybe 5 people in the pews, and nobody else showed up. I’d brought a bottle of 21-year-old single malt Bushmills’ Irish Whiskey, which was party enough for me and the priest. I had no criticism of the priest and told him so - “F” the rest of them if they can’t take a 1/2 hour out of the day to remember exactly who St. Patrick was and why he deserved a day.

  • Mark Kirk: ‘Hell of a wrongful death suit’

    07/18/2014 10:01:35 AM PDT · 5 of 8
    RonF to DoodleDawg

    Has it occurred to this guy that this would mean the U.S. would be liable to be sued if, say, the Israeli army or anyone else uses U.S. weapons?

  • Miss USA Contestants Blasted for Actually Giving Reasonable Answers This Year

    07/18/2014 10:00:17 AM PDT · 56 of 57
    RonF to longtermmemmory

    Simple. If an alleged rape is turned over to the police, then criminal prosecution standards will apply. Evidence is gathered, testimony is obtained and - most importantly - a presumption of innocence applies.

    This leads to what the proponents of these alternative proceedings believe is an insufficient number of convictions. Accusers could have to continue to see the people they have accused on campus, with no sanctions taken against them. And legal proceedings do not comply with the Title IX directives handed down from the Obama Administration, which says that the standard should be “a preponderance of evidence” - 50% + - rather than “beyond reasonable doubt” in such cases. So to apply this lower standard and to raise the number of convictions and penalties against the accused, these alternative proceedings are being used.

    Fortunately, there are more and more accused who, once having been sanctioned by such proceedings, are using Title IX itself to sue the schools - and win. It seems that Title IX says that you cannot discriminate on the basis of sex. It had not occurred to anyone that such language means that you cannot discriminate against men anymore than you can discriminate against women. That seems an unnatural concept to them - but the courts say differently.

  • Obama Calls Out ‘Millionaires’ to Pay for Student Loans

    06/10/2014 7:47:06 AM PDT · 46 of 56
    RonF to LucianOfSamasota

    Notice how all these solutions do everything they can to ensure the money keeps flowing without cessation to the schools and without any accountability or responsibility on the schools’ part. God forbid they might have to fire an Associate Dean for Diversity.

  • Miss USA Contestants Blasted for Actually Giving Reasonable Answers This Year

    06/10/2014 7:37:14 AM PDT · 33 of 57
    RonF to txrefugee

    “... and get arrested for it because they slept with someone as drunk as they were.”

    That’s not the problem. The problem is that they DON’T get arrested. What the colleges do is have a Star Chamber proceeding and expel the male student involved regardless of what he says or what witnesses say. The student is not allowed to have legal counsel and is often not allowed to face or question his accuser. Sometimes he doesn’t even get to be present. At least one school has it as official policy that if both students are drunk and have sex, it is automatically the male’s fault.

    Male students are fighting back. It has been noticed that Title IX is sex-neutral - it says that schools cannot treat the two sexes differently. It does not say that females always get preference. Male students who have been expelled in such proceedings are filing Title IX suits - and winning.

  • 11 Top CEOs Write Congress: Pass Immigration Reform

    06/10/2014 7:31:59 AM PDT · 13 of 30
    RonF to Paul46360

    That’s right. They’re indispensible to them so that they can continue to make massive bonuses while paying their employees lousy pay.

    And the funny thing is that the Democrats - who normally are the ones pushing for higher wages, unions, etc., will go along with this - because getting more people into this country that buy into “It’s the government’s job to take care of me” is more important than everything they SAY they’re for.

  • Pamela Anderson recalls gang-rape during high school: ‘I just wanted off this earth’

    05/20/2014 8:30:26 AM PDT · 11 of 116
    RonF to IronJack

    I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s exactly what happens. My theory is that a lot of celebrities have had something like this happen to them, and that’s what has sparked them to enter the performing arts - it gives them a way to act out anger, sadness, etc. while not actually being themselves.

  • McConnell will have to pivot after likely Kentucky primary win

    05/19/2014 3:31:56 PM PDT · 6 of 28
    RonF to mdittmar
    ... anti-immigration ... stance ....

    Reuters, eh? How much should I bet that this man has never voiced any opposition to immigration in his life, but that he has opposed citizenship for illegal aliens?

  • Beware of American Socialist Pushing Economic Solutions

    05/09/2014 11:45:42 AM PDT · 7 of 7
    RonF to Kaslin

    Push the minimum wage to $26? Great idea. I think California should do just that. That should force businesses out of the state, followed by their workers. The number of House representatives from California and their looniness would then drop.

  • Sonia Quotamayor: Product of Affirmative Action

    04/30/2014 11:48:08 AM PDT · 14 of 14
    RonF to Sacajaweau

    I take issue with your phrase “reverse racist”. Racism is giving preference or attributing certain characteristics to one race over another. Which race you’re talking about and what the race is of the person doing the talking is immaterial.

    Mathematically I would say that racism is a scalar vector (”You’re going 100 miles an hour.”) vs. a vector one (”You’re going 100 miles an hour due north.”). The discrimination is the issue. The direction doesn’t matter.

  • Is There a “Right” to Birth Control? (what the administration really wants)

    03/27/2014 7:55:23 AM PDT · 17 of 30
    RonF to NYer

    The way I see it, there’s a right to be able to buy and use birth control - but there’s no right to force me or anyone else to pay for it.

  • President Barack Obama meets Pope Francis...Pope KICKS HIM....

    03/27/2014 7:53:17 AM PDT · 16 of 21
    RonF to tomkat

    I don’t know. That’s a pretty small target to hit.

  • The Scandal That Is Eating the Heart Out of the Catholic Church in America

    03/27/2014 7:51:29 AM PDT · 16 of 36
    RonF to G Larry

    I always go back to the story about the adulteress who was to be stoned by the mob. Jesus stopped them from condemning her to death and stoning her. But he told her to go and sin no more.

    Many on the left read the words “neither do I condemn you” and use the modern definition to read it as “neither do I criticize you”. Then they leave out “go and sin no more” entirely. He didn’t tell her that what she was doing was no longer a sin now that he had come into the world to save it.

    This is also the answer to those who say “Well, if we are to apply Biblical law to homosexuality, why don’t we sell our daughters into slavery if they have extra-marital sex?” It’s because we are to condemn the sin but not the sinner. Forgive them - but tell them that it’s still sinful and they need to stop.

  • (Northwestern) NLRB decision very well-reasoned

    03/27/2014 7:41:16 AM PDT · 21 of 45
    RonF to T-Bird45

    The schools have whored themselves out to TV money and fame. Now they’re getting called on it. Note that this would only involve Division I schools. Division II and III schools, who really do put the “scholar” in “scholar-athlete” first are unaffected. Dump athletic tuition waivers (I refuse to call them “scholarships” since there is no actual scholarship involved) and this problem goes away. So do coaches making $1,000,000 a year, of course, and the NFL and NBA have to create their own minor leagues (like baseball and hockey), but too bad for them.

    I wonder if this will cause any schools to drop from Division I to Division II or III?

  • Why I Am In Solidarity with Mireille Miller-Young (huge barf alert!)

    03/24/2014 1:46:39 PM PDT · 19 of 25
    RonF to Impala64ssa
    Here's something a lot more chilling in the comments. The writer is responding to someone who invoked the right of the protestors to do so under the First Amendment and states that the academic involved thus violated those protestors' Constitutional rights:

    If you can read, please pick up a copy of the United States constitution- that, or just do some simple web search. The first amendment guarantees U.S. citizens the right to free speech without direct government intervention. Citizens are guaranteed the opportunity to voice their opinions on public property- like the free speech area at UCSB. But private citizens also have the right to evaluate “free speech,” and if needed, remove its platform and speaker under the first amendment. In other words, “freedom of speech” ONLY pertains to direct government intervention. Mireille acted as a private citizen, in the defense of other private citizens. There isn’t a case here.

    So apparently the commentor believes that private citizens have a right to prevent other private citizens from speaking in a public space if in their judgement removal of the speaker and the platform they are using for speech is "needed".

    That's what you get from the radical left these days.

  • NBC's 'Today' Finds It 'Surprising' Obama Not On List of Greatest Leaders

    03/20/2014 11:45:41 AM PDT · 38 of 64
    RonF to servo1969
    Tell you what, though, there may be some talk about one leader who did not make the list, the leader of the free world, President Obama.

    On Wednesday, what did he do? He went out and taped an appearance on Ellen.

    I suggest that these two things are not unrelated.

  • Kerry: ‘I Don’t Know Anybody Who Says You Ought to Go to War over Crimea’

    03/20/2014 11:38:42 AM PDT · 25 of 41
    RonF to Nachum
    Kerry: ‘I Don’t Know Anybody Who Says You Ought to Go to War over Crimea Israel

    Coming soon ....

  • Florida Supreme Court Says Tampa Immigrant Can't Get Law License

    03/07/2014 6:51:59 AM PST · 14 of 18
    RonF to Iron Munro

    This may not be a popular viewpoint here, but - I do think it’s reasonable to treat the case of someone who was brought here at the age of 9 by his parents differently than the case of someone who came here as an adult illegally. I’m certainly glad to see that the Florida Supreme Court understands that their role is to follow the law, not write new law.

    My view on this kind of thing would be that if a child is brought here by their parents they - but not their parents - would have some kind of defined path to citizenship that would include steps to ensure that the child has successfully integrated into and adopted American culture (which would disqualify having graduated from college being considered a positive step in any such law). Military service (yes, it’s perfectly legal for a non-citizen to join the U.S. Military), facility in English (both conversational and written), a work history, lack of criminal history, etc.

    I strongly oppose ANY path to citizenship by anyone who came here illegally at the age 18 and over, regardless of any of the above criteria (except possibly military service).

  • Conservatives: GOP needs to stand on principle

    03/06/2014 11:12:27 AM PST · 4 of 4
    RonF to Olog-hai

    Conservative principles or GOP principles? Because the latter principles are basically “Get re-elected however you can”.

  • Discrimination and My Brother’s Keeper: In some cases, race does — and should — matter.

    03/05/2014 6:27:25 AM PST · 6 of 19
    RonF to SeekAndFind

    I’m waiting for a definition of “person of color”. Usually when I ask I don’t get a definition, I get my motives attacked for asking. I’ve got a great-great-grandmother and a great-great-great-grandmother of African origin. Am I a “person of color”? According to the “one-drop” rule, I am.