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  • Renewable Energy Growth in Perspective

    07/22/2014 12:39:53 PM PDT · 6 of 6
    Semper to CedarDave

    Here is a very possible answer to our energy needs: http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/04/liquid-fluoride-thorium-power-pros-cons/

    If you check Youtube for information from Kirk Sorensen (anywhere from 5 minutes to 2 hours), you can begin to see the great possibilities of this LFTR (Liquid Floride Thorium Reactor) technology.

  • I Admit, I’m Christian Because I Need a Crutch And I’m Brainwashed

    07/14/2014 4:16:05 PM PDT · 43 of 59
    Semper to Sirius Lee
    (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")

    I love that! Where did it come from?

  • I Admit, I’m Christian Because I Need a Crutch And I’m Brainwashed

    07/14/2014 4:08:14 PM PDT · 41 of 59
    Semper to -YYZ-
    I don't condemn your beliefs but I would be very interested in your answer to the following:

    How does it make sense to get something from nothing?

    There is a scientific principle of cause and effect. Since we logically fit into the effect category, why could we not allow our Cause to be called God (however that term might be understood)?

  • The GOP's Gay-Rights Reboot: An effort to change the Republican Party's platform.

    07/14/2014 2:43:32 PM PDT · 53 of 55
    Semper to GeronL
    Besides it is not my job or duty to vote for someone I don't trust. It is the job of the party and candidate to earn our votes. They do not get them by default.

    It is our duty to vote and to vote for what we believe will be best for our country. There are certainly circumstances when standing firm with your beliefs is very admirable. When what you do impacts on other people it may be a little different. Do you really think our country is better off after the Obama years than we would have been with a Romney presidency? Which comments about Obama that I made in my last post to "cdcdawg" do you disagree with?

    The "lesser evil" argument doesn't work any more. Sorry about that.

    I agree, you should be sorry about that. Please explain why the greater evil is better than the lesser. Since we live in an imperfect world, everything has some evil. Why is it not good to always try to choose that which has the least evil and the most good - call it the "most good" argument. If you believe that Obama was the "most good" option then you will deserve all the potential grief he may cause.

  • The GOP's Gay-Rights Reboot: An effort to change the Republican Party's platform.

    07/14/2014 1:39:03 PM PDT · 51 of 55
    Semper to madprof98
    You should go to work for the Republican National Committee - or, for that matter, the Democratic National Committee.

    I think you have to be a member of one of those parties to do that. I am not a member of any political party.

  • The GOP's Gay-Rights Reboot: An effort to change the Republican Party's platform.

    07/14/2014 1:31:07 PM PDT · 50 of 55
    Semper to GeronL
    I don’t know how moral a person can be if they change their opinions and flip-flop on a whim.

    You have bought the democrat and media propaganda. It is not possible to be as successful in business as Romney was and flip-flop on whims. When conditions change or when you actually learn from experience, a good manager changes appropriately. But more of his "changes" were not accurately represented. Of course our current president does not flip-flop on a massive scale?

  • The GOP's Gay-Rights Reboot: An effort to change the Republican Party's platform.

    07/14/2014 1:21:40 PM PDT · 49 of 55
    Semper to cdcdawg
    He (Romney) would have been a better manager than Obama, without question, but the general direction of ever-growing government would not have altered,

    Obama has hurt this country more than any other president in modern times. He has forced spending to a level beyond belief. He is on a path to substantially destroy our economy, our foreign policy and our military. He has spent the last 6 years forcing this country towards 3rd World status. He is the greatest resource of our enemies.

    Romney was so successful in business that no one even tries to deny it. One reason for that is that he knows how to get very good people to work for him. (Something Obama certainly can't do.) Also, Romney obviously understands fiscal realities such as too much debt. He is a leader as well as a manager. He clearly loves this country and Obama does not. If we have a major disaster (economic melt-down; terrorist attack; natural), Romney could have handled it - Obama wants it and he will make it worse.

    For me the biggest question is: Since it was obvious that only Obama or Romney could win the election, how could the country I love make such a poor and disastrous choice?

    Because too many thought Romney was not conservative enough? Because too many wanted all or nothing? Because too many would not work hard and smart enough to change the minds of others?

    Well, when this country suffers the consequences of Obama and the democrats, those "republicans" who helped by not supporting the best alternative can smugly say "I did not compromise because I believed I was right" - even though the result was far from being right.

  • The GOP's Gay-Rights Reboot: An effort to change the Republican Party's platform.

    07/14/2014 11:05:24 AM PDT · 43 of 55
    Semper to madprof98
    One of the reasons that we became a great country is that our constitution requires the co-operation of those with differing interests and beliefs. If you have never held a belief which you believed was absolutely correct and later found that you were mistaken, you should be out walking on the waters and healing the multitudes.

    The genius of our founding fathers was that they knew that ultimate solutions could not come from any one person or group of persons and good solutions come from hard work and co-operation from all involved. When you do it quickly and exclusively, you get obamacare, et al. And that comes out of loosing elections.

  • The GOP's Gay-Rights Reboot: An effort to change the Republican Party's platform.

    07/14/2014 11:01:50 AM PDT · 42 of 55
    Semper to GeronL

    Do you believe that a destructive Obama is better than a competent, successful (in business and state government), moral, Romney who was governor of a democrat state where he had to compromise to get anything done?

  • The GOP's Gay-Rights Reboot: An effort to change the Republican Party's platform.

    07/14/2014 10:34:23 AM PDT · 39 of 55
    Semper to cdcdawg
    Then how do you know that you are electing an actual alternative?

    You do your homework. What are this person's qualifications. What has this person achieved. What is this person's character. Is there anyone better qualified to do the job.

    There were "conservatives" who did not support Gov. Romney because he was a Mormon (of course there were other reasons also) but there is no question that this country would have been much better off if he had won the last election.

  • The GOP's Gay-Rights Reboot: An effort to change the Republican Party's platform.

    07/14/2014 10:24:13 AM PDT · 36 of 55
    Semper to madprof98
    It is politically wise to stay away from polarizing positions if you want to win elections.

    And once people realize you don't stand for anything at all, they'll be energized to come out and vote for you. Good thinking.

    There are plenty of issues which are not socially polarizing: jobs, defense, scientific research, sound monetary policy, realistic legal immigration policy, etc.

    Just because you don't want accommodate political opponents by fixating on socially divisive, politically loosing issues does not in any way mean you stand for nothing.

  • The GOP's Gay-Rights Reboot: An effort to change the Republican Party's platform.

    07/14/2014 9:45:13 AM PDT · 24 of 55
    Semper to cdcdawg

    This is one of those issues which is a political looser for Republicans. It is politically wise to stay away from polarizing positions if you want to win elections. You don’t have to support something you believe is wrong and you don’t have to oppose it either - at least during an election. The way to improve any situation is to gain the power to influence that situation through legislation and court appointments and you can’t do that if you loose elections. Being rigid and self-righteous is a sure way to loose elections.

  • More Obama-Muslim Brotherhood cooperation revealed: Smells like treason to me.

    07/07/2014 11:17:36 AM PDT · 13 of 18
    Semper to PoloSec

    Every military serviceman has taken an oath to defend this nation and its constitution against all enemies, foreign or domestic. The current commander-in-chief has proven himself to be one such enemy - when and how are those who have served and are serving this great nation going to honor their oath?

  • The Real Problem

    12/12/2011 9:08:19 AM PST · 20 of 21
    Semper to Nervous Tick
    Laws passed by politicians certainly AFFECT corporations and other groups. Given that, why should they NOT have the free speech right to influence campaigns?

    Prohibiting organizations from contributing money to influence political campaigns does not take away free speech as much as its contributions dilute the influence of individual voters. It is supposed to be a government of, for, and by the people not the organizations and their special interest money.

  • The Real Problem

    12/12/2011 8:37:04 AM PST · 19 of 21
    Semper to Oceander

    The suggestions are not the point. The point is that our political system is broken. We need to get the national players focused on that and we need to demand to know what our leaders and potential leaders are going to do to fix this critical problem. My suggestions are just a small contribution to the process.

  • The Real Problem

    12/12/2011 8:25:38 AM PST · 18 of 21
    Semper to CowboyJay
    I'm not sure I'd agree that government pensioners of any kind should be voting.

    My government pension was earned and I paid for my social security. I pay taxes on both of those as well as on my earned income and investment income. Last year I paid over 17K in taxes. How you can think that I don't deserve to vote is hard to understand. There are plenty of taxpayers receiving some income from social security or government pensions who are far from "on the dole" and they would not tolerate losing the right to vote. In fact no one now able to vote would tolerate losing that right.

    What is not right is that someone who pays no taxes gets the same voting influence as those who pay significant amounts of tax. It would be much more fair if someone paying little or no tax got one vote and those paying more tax got something like 1 vote per $1000 of tax paid.

  • The Real Problem

    12/10/2011 7:21:02 AM PST · 16 of 21
    Semper to CowboyJay
    I'd also strip the vote from anyone on the gov't payroll or pension.

    I receive a pension as a result of career Marine Corps service which included 3 trips to Vietnam. I would think that should qualify me to vote under the proposal of this thread. (Also served in Afghanistan as a civilian contractor.)

  • The Real Problem

    12/08/2011 2:38:39 PM PST · 9 of 21
    Semper to Semper

    After further consideration, “government aid” needs more explanation. Does that mean that a disabled person getting aid could not vote? Doesn’t seem fair.

  • The Real Problem

    12/08/2011 1:56:59 PM PST · 8 of 21
    Semper to kosciusko51
    you cannot vote in an election if you have been on government aid for more than 1/2 of the preceding year.

    Good suggestion.

    I would also add the suggestion that after serving in elected office, you could not lobby the institution in which you served.

  • The Real Problem

    12/08/2011 1:52:00 PM PST · 7 of 21
    Semper to Bigtigermike
    If we don’t change the team and the game plan, we won’t save our country."

    My point is that the needed change will most likely not happen with the current defective political system.