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  • Florida spends billions on toll lanes, but public has little input into how money is spent

    09/15/2014 5:11:20 PM PDT · 2 of 16
    spinestein to Tolerance Sucks Rocks

    If you want to see how corrupt the highway toll system has become, then take a look at Illinois. I’m not surprised to see Florida want to get in on the scheme.

  • What can we, as a community, do so support Newt?

    01/20/2012 10:39:43 AM PST · 20 of 51
    spinestein to Raebie
    The best thing we can do to support Newt is to completely lay to rest the idea that Newt can't win because he has too much baggage. I've lost track of the number of times I've heard variations of the theme, “I really like Newt Gingrich and I would normally support him but he's damaged goods and he has too much baggage to win an election.”

    The truth is, the only baggage Newt has is entirely a fictional product of the establishment Republicans who feel threatened by him and fear to lose their cushy leadership positions withing the party to some of their more conservative colleagues. They invented this so called “baggage” as a way of convicing conservative voters to follow the “safe path” and support moderate candidates who (according to them) are the only ones who can attract enough independent voters to win a general election.

    So look where we're at now. Newt is leading the field by taking on Obama and taking on biased journalists as well, going over the heads of the media and giving his message directly to grassroots conservatives. This has convinced many that the idea of “damaged goods” is just a fiction and there is nothing to stop Newt from taking on Obama and beating him in a head to head fight over ideas and the direction the country will take over the next four years.

    The only thing standing in the way of that is people who still haven't got the message that the damaged goods and the baggage concepts were bogus from the start. Make sure everyone on our side does get the message. Maybe some will support another candidate than Newt - and that's fine. But nobody who likes Newt's ideas should be hoodwinked (by the Republican establishment as well as Democrats) into believing he doesn't have a great chance of beating Obama.

  • Fact Check: Romney Ad 'Mischaracterizes' Gingrich on Abortion, Freddie Mac

    12/21/2011 1:50:00 PM PST · 4 of 5
    spinestein to TBBT

    I would be much more inclinded to support Romney on the issues, even if I don’t agree with all of them - except for his continuous and extreme attacks on the other Republican candidates. He sounds just like Harry Reid with his rhetoric and we don’t need a leading Republican candidate making commercials that sound like they were written by Michael Moore.

    He should have figured out (like Newt has) that the best way to win popularity from the Republican voter is to criticize DEMOCRATS.

  • Gingrich's Lead Over Romney Among Republicans Collapses

    12/19/2011 1:13:39 PM PST · 12 of 45
    spinestein to bimboeruption

    The establishment Republicans haven’t been able to shove Mitt down our throats so they’ll smear Gingrich instead.

  • Gingrich wins Tea Party Patriots straw poll

    12/19/2011 1:10:49 PM PST · 11 of 33
    spinestein to TBBT

    The establishment “country club” republicans are doing their best to sabotage Gingrich to make him seem unpalatable to the true conservatives (particularly fiscal conservatives). This tells me more than anything else that I want to support him even more than I did before.

  • Is Newt Electable? Hell Yes!

    11/17/2011 9:42:56 PM PST · 116 of 141
    spinestein to Confab

    Newt was taken out by Tom Delay and others in the GOP. I consider what they did to be motivate by little more than petty jealousy. Delay is proud of his role in getting rid of Newt.

    From a transcript of Rush’s show with Delay as guest:

    [RUSH: Now, how many of the ‘94 freshmen were involved in the coup? I’ve talked to some of them, and of course they arrived bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and they really believed that they were there to implement the agenda they had all campaigned on, and it was a revolutionary thing here. They had taken over the Congress. A number of freshmen here that gave the Republicans this huge majority, how many of them were dispirited by what they learned and saw and how long did it take for that to happen?

    DELAY: At least half of them, 35 to 40 of them. It took a couple of years, particularly the second term of Newt Gingrich, where the members had just had enough. At the end of 1997, they wanted to see a change, and they didn’t see Newt bringing about that change, so they were going to take him down. So Dick Armey, myself, Bill Paxon from New York, and John Boehner — the now minority leader — came together, frankly, to handle the situation and try to keep that up. Whether you were supporting Newt Gingrich or not wasn’t the point. The point was our conference did not need this kind of divisive action right in the middle of our Congress. It would have destroyed everything that we were working for.]

    This leads to an obvious question: Considering how much was accomplished under Newt’s leadership compared to what the Republicans accomplished after his departure, why would anyone be proud of having gotten rid of him?

  • Is Newt Electable? Hell Yes!

    11/17/2011 4:02:21 PM PST · 84 of 141
    spinestein to dfwgator

    How can anyone say Newt is all talk and no walk? Did everyone simply forget that he was the primary architect of the true fiscal conservatism in the 90’s when he managed to get a Democratic president to go along with his agenda?

    Welfare reform brought down government spending and forced millions of able bodied Americans to get off their duffs and go get jobs. This resulted in lower unemployment and a wider tax base and contributed to balanced budgets.

    Remember federal spending limits? This was Newt’s biggest accomplishment (though Clinton seems to get credit for signing it) making sure our goverment wouldn’t spend our country into debt. Along with trade agreements and other fiscally responsible policies the United States was immensely prosperous because of the government staying out of the way and letting free markets work the way they should.

    And then the GOP tossed him overboard. The Democrats made him a target and threw so many mudballs at him that the establishment Republicans abandoned him to prove to the media that they weren’t a bunch of meanies who want to starve children and kick old people out to the curb. The reason he has a reputation as “damaged goods” is because the GOP put that label on him themselves. It’s a shame so many grassroots conservatives went along with this.

    I’ve been saying for months that he is not just electable, but that he’s a terrific candidate. He’s also one of the few candidates who is taking care to NOT criticize other Republican candidates because there is a higher priority - criticizing Obama and the Democrats. If you’ve noticed, he has been consistent in explaining exactly what is wrong with Democratic policies and telling us what Republican policies will replace them.

    I will certainly be voting for whomever the Republican nominee is from among this field in order to get Obama out of the White House. But my most enthusiastic vote would be for Newt.

  • Sexy Sex Offender List Causes Outrage

    05/14/2011 9:22:20 PM PDT · 10 of 25
    spinestein to latina4dubya

    I’ll take your (and airborne’s) word for and it and pass on clicking the link.

  • Gov't warns on use of psych meds in nursing homes

    05/14/2011 9:14:28 PM PDT · 16 of 28
    spinestein to TennesseeGirl

    Unfortunately, there are no miracle treatments or medications that universally help all those suffering from the effects of dementia. Spend some time in nursing homes like I have (as a CNA) and you’ll see victims of various mental diseases screaming all day or exhibiting other signs of obvious distress. Often, the only relief they have is by medication that might be intended for other purposes.

    I don’t pretend to have the answer to the problem but I know first hand that the simplistic explanation that it’s nothing more than a conspiracy to keep money flowing to the Big Pharma coffers is not correct. There are millions of Americans who are nearing the end of their lives in physical and emotional pain and truly need powerful (if hazardous) medication to help ease their suffering.

  • Sexy Sex Offender List Causes Outrage

    05/14/2011 8:45:33 PM PDT · 4 of 25
    spinestein to TheDingoAteMyBaby

    In spite of the countless times this is posted as a joke, I can honestly state here that this thread is useless without pics.

  • Christopher Hitchens: Don't Trouble 'Deaf Heaven' With Prayers for Me

    04/02/2011 10:42:20 PM PDT · 27 of 45
    spinestein to SeekAndFind

    He has been a man of consistent and honest beliefs - even though such consistency and honesty has brought him condemnation from former friends who hoped he would join them in hypocrisy.

    This is rare and it’s to be respected.

    I wish him well, though if it isn’t to be, then I wish him a dignified and painless death.

  • Charlie Sheen takes stage in Detroit: 'I'm a giant and leaky bag of mayhem' (Opening Night Meltdown)

    04/02/2011 10:29:05 PM PDT · 67 of 82
    spinestein to jimbo123
    This is not unlike a certain experiment that took place a few years ago when they took a failed comedian and tried to turn him into a political talk show host. Al Franken’s “AirAmerica” was an instant train wreck and an embarrassment to those who unwisely participated. Yet that limped on for an eternity, supported by infusions of cash from generous Democrats who didn't mind throwing good money after bad.

    Hey, once Charlie Sheen's “Winner” tour is over maybe he can run for a Senate seat in California. Who should he replace - Dianne Feinstein or Barbara Boxer?

  • Joe Scarborough: Scott Walker's Stand Against Collective Bargaining 'Seems Kind of Un-American To

    02/28/2011 4:31:42 PM PST · 33 of 46
    spinestein to Nachum

    J.S. is a nitwit if he thinks it’s “un-American” to be against collective bargaining.

    In order for you to have a right to collective bargaining it’s necessary for you to surrender your right to bargain as an individual. But more than that, it’s also necessary to force all of your co-workers to give up their rights to bargain as individuals. The inevitable result is the prohibition of merit pay for everyone - and those who work harder and accomplish more than others receive nothing in return.

    How is that an American ideal?

  • Catholics and the Tea Party Movement

    06/18/2010 10:19:21 AM PDT · 3 of 7
    spinestein to NYer

    [ . . . there are many reasons for libertarians and social conservatives to work with one another, especially in the present political climate. Consider first that the Tea Party’s origin is not the Republican Party . . . ]

    This needs to be emphasized. The popular press likes to portray the movement as a group contrived by the Republicans, which is ludicrous, considering the vocal and public frustration the movement has for mainstream Republicans, but they are entirely motivated by a particular ideology - that of limited government, constrained to fulfill its proper Constitutional role, no more and no less.

    The movement was initiated by disgust at the ever increasing reach of government, whether run by Democrats or Republicans.

  • Reid says Nevada jobless would be worse if not for Dems, stimulus

    06/18/2010 10:09:55 AM PDT · 7 of 27
    spinestein to Zakeet

    [“We are one of the leading states in the union with unemployment but think how much worse it would be if we have not been able to create these jobs in Nevada with the recovery bill.”]

    That’s good stuff, right there. He should use that as a campaign ad this fall.

    Good luck holding on to that Senate seat, Harry.

  • 'It's the Magna Carta of physics!'

    03/12/2010 4:59:00 PM PST · 12 of 26
    spinestein to ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

    With all due respect, your post contained more errors about Einstein, relativity and physics in general than I would have thought possible in such a short space.

    A few corrections:

    -Einstein was, first and foremost, a physicist who had a uniquely intuitive understanding of the concepts his theories explained. He was merely an adequate mathematician.

    -Einstein’s work has not set physics back.

    -Einstein’s work was only tangentially related to nuclear energy. It was primarily related to explaining how real objects actually behave.

    -Much of his work greatly advanced our understanding of how the universe works.

    -He came up with two separate and independent theories of relativity. Special and General.

    -Relativity is not one of the universal forces and his relativity theories did not cause a lapse in work on electromagnetic force theories. Electromagnetism and Relativity are not in competition.

    -No scientists claim any theory is valid without extensive and compelling physical evidence. With only math to back it up there is no theory and all good scientists agree with this.

    -There are no “modern mathematical models of aerodynamics” that “prove” a bumblebee “cannot fly”.

    Those things you cited are all something like urban legends of science and keep getting repeated by non-scientists. They are nonsense.

  • United States of Atheists

    03/12/2010 12:13:11 PM PST · 31 of 31
    spinestein to LeGrande

    [You say that we are organized under the banner of communism? I am a libertarian and most of my fellow atheists I know are libertarians too. We make you Christian conservatives look like pikers in comparison to our support of Freedom. Maybe you should rethink your intolerance a little before posting next time.]

    Well said.

    I have no desire for religion in my life yet I have no desire to preach atheism to others, either. Keeping my nose out of other people’s faith is not only good manners but it’s an ethical imperative for most people - religious or not. My many friends and family who are religious appreciate that I don’t preach atheism to them and I appreciate that they don’t preach religion to me.

    But a common thread to most of my friends and family - religious or atheist - is most of us aren’t sympathetic to Marxism, communism, socialism or any other modern derivative of this type of intrusive government thinking.

    Genuinely religious people shouldn’t think that atheists are the problem. It’s no more true than for atheists to think that religious people are the problem. We should be united in our common ideological cause against an ever expanding and more powerful government.

  • How Obama can shift the health-care debate

    03/06/2010 3:18:24 PM PST · 10 of 39
    spinestein to ricks_place

    [The ground of debate shifts when a prominent figure says that a contentious topic is a matter of morality, not politics.]

    Al Gore began framing his global warming hysteria in those terms and immediately afterward the bottom began to drop out from under the “scientific consensus” claimed by the IPCC.

    It seems to me, when some politician suddenly declares that their political agenda is a matter of morality, not politics, then it’s a clear sign that their agenda is really about how much power they can grab for themselves.

  • Reconciliation...What The Nuclear Option Really Means

    03/06/2010 3:09:54 PM PST · 30 of 32
    spinestein to CIDKauf

    [The newest talking point is that Republicans have used this procedure (I won’t call it a rule since sticking it in your keester is also a procedure) saying both Bush tax cuts and Medicare part D were done this way (and I don’t know that for sure).]

    They’re just lying. The only time the Republicans have used the budget reconciliation process is for budget bills.

  • Reconciliation...What The Nuclear Option Really Means

    03/06/2010 3:06:29 PM PST · 29 of 32
    spinestein to Political Junkie Too

    [In order to make it “legal,” they are planning to pass what thay can get away with under reconciliation, with the promise from the Senate Democrats to fix what they couldn’t do under reconciliation at a later date.

    They won’t go through reconciliation until they get the promise of future corrective action from the Senate. Why anyone would accept a Democratic Senate promise is beyond me.]

    I see that one theory is the Democrat leadership will try to get the Senate bill passed in the House by promising the recalcitrant moderate House Dems that they will modify the Bill in reconciliation in order to come in line with their demands.

    But if the House does pass the Senate bill then there is nothing to stop the leadership from sending it right to Obama’s desk for him to sign into law. Of course, that will double cross the House Dems and they will likely be kicked out of office in droves in November - but why should the Democrat leadership care as long as they get to take over the health care industry? They’ll gladly give up the House and the Senate (temporarily) in exchange for that.

  • Reconciliation...What The Nuclear Option Really Means

    03/04/2010 12:49:10 PM PST · 27 of 32
    spinestein to CIDKauf

    It depends. Considering the Senate bill has already been passed all it needs to do is pass the house in identical form. Then it goes to the President to sign into law.

    However, the Dems don’t have anywhere near enough votes to pass the House because too many House Dems want to be re-elected in November.

    Since the Democrat leadership knows this, they are trying to get a different bill passed in the House and then “reconcile” them afterward. Following this plan, they would then need to bring the new bill back up in the Senate where it would again need 60 votes. But the Dems want to bypass Senate rules and claim that it would only need 51 (because they are calling it a “budget” bill.

  • Reconciliation...What The Nuclear Option Really Means

    03/04/2010 8:16:36 AM PST · 24 of 32
    spinestein to CIDKauf

    [With less than 60 votes, if my understanding is correct, then they will never get to vote on the bill because they will not have the votes for “cloture” or to end the debate on the floor.]

    According to the rules, correct.

    But it seems the Democrats are planning to break the Senate rules. Since they know they can’t get the Senate bill passed in The House, as is, they are going to use the budget reconciliation process to pass a different House bill and then modify the Senate bill to merge the two together. According to the rules, they would then need to pass the new bill again in the Senate with 60 votes, but since budget bills only need 51 votes they plan to pass it as if it were a budget bill. ILLEGAL - but this is their plan.

  • Reconciliation...What The Nuclear Option Really Means

    03/03/2010 4:05:18 PM PST · 4 of 32
    spinestein to Neoavatara

    If the Democrats hold a vote on a Senate health care reform bill and they pass it with less than 60 votes, then the outcome is illegitimate. The bill needs 60 votes to pass.

    Republicans need to be unified in getting this message out to the American public and the public needs to make sure to contact Democrats who can be persuaded that it’s in their best interest to not participate in such an illegitimate process. They need to know that there is a very good chance they’ll be kicked out of office this November if they go along with their Democrat leaders in this corruption.

  • Obama Calls for 'Up or Down' Vote on Health (VIDEO)

    03/03/2010 3:57:10 PM PST · 18 of 21
    spinestein to GOP_Lady

    According to Senate rules, the health care bill MUST have 60 votes. Simple majority is only for budget bills or to confirm judicial nominees. Those who say there are extenuating circumstances or this health bill is some kind of exception that only requires a simple majority are flat out wrong because there is no factual basis to make that claim. The bill needs 60 votes.

    If the Democrats insist on voting on a health reform bill in the Senate and pass it with less than 60 votes then that is against Senate rules and the outcome is ILLEGITIMATE. Any Senate leaders who would drive such an illegitimate process are participating in an act of corruption.

    Republicans need to go on the offensive and make sure the public understands this.

  • Obama Buddy George Soros Trying to Bring Down The Euro

    02/27/2010 2:38:36 PM PST · 13 of 16
    spinestein to Shellybenoit

    Soros is amazing. He made his billions by betting on whole countries going broke (even if he has to sometimes help the process along). I don’t know how it’s possible to be a bigger scumbag.

    It’s telling how he is so loved by the political left.

  • We Can’t Wish Away Climate Change [Op-Ed Contributor AL GORE........]

    02/27/2010 2:30:46 PM PST · 26 of 47
    spinestein to Sub-Driver

    [. . . requiring large-scale, preventive measures to protect human civilization as we know it.]

    Translation: turn over trillions of dollars to AlGore and his buddies and they will try to keep the Earth from frying.

  • Disgusting… Shameless Liar Pelosi Tries to Pin Obama’s Deficit on Bush & GOP

    01/26/2010 12:23:28 PM PST · 6 of 31
    spinestein to ColdOne

    Keep talking Nancy. Keep on blaming others for your failures and keep on telling the public that the spending spree TRILLIONS you guys engaged in during 2009 was all Bush’s fault and see how well your party does this November.

  • Bin Laden wording 'indicator' of upcoming attack: monitor

    01/24/2010 6:36:24 PM PST · 12 of 52
    spinestein to COUNTrecount

    Bin Laden is dead. His dried up corpse is buried beneath mountains of rubble in a cave in Afghanistan.

    But the voice we hear on the tape is a good indication that we can’t go back to treating the Jihadists as if they were just some common criminals who we can go after with international police departments.

  • Aliens might not be friendly, warns astronomer

    01/24/2010 6:24:20 PM PST · 64 of 103
    spinestein to Mount Athos

    If we’re contacted by intelligent extraterrestrials, the LAST thing we need to do is pull out some United Nations contingency plan in response.

  • Supreme Court Reverses Limits on Campaign Spending (cripples McCain-Feingold-Thompson)

    01/21/2010 12:40:36 PM PST · 37 of 58
    spinestein to pissant

    I’ve been waiting for this day ever since this McCain-Feingold abomination became law.


    (This has been a great week).

  • MAN-BEAR-PIG Is Dead!… Emails Prove Global Warming Junk Science Conspiracy (Updated)

    11/24/2009 2:57:46 PM PST · 176 of 176
    spinestein to ichabod1
    [I think we should call them Warmers, like birthers and truthers.]

    Considering they are motivated by a hatred for evil capitalism, I think we should refer to them as “FREE MARKET DENIERS”.

  • Why Evolutionary-Based Science Is A Menace To Scientific Research, Discovery, and Progress

    11/08/2009 4:19:52 PM PST · 68 of 71
    spinestein to count-your-change

    [The relative abundance of hydrogen/helium was well known before the Big Bang theory was formulated so how is predicting that which is already known meaningful? And it didn’t require a particle accelerator to find this out.]

    Because inherent in the Big Bang theory is details of the process for the synthesis of elements from simpler subatomic particles. These details not only predict the relative abundance of these elements but they also predict HOW and WHY they are produced. It’s more than just spitting out a number (which was already known) it’s about explaining the process and then using the explanation to make predictions about that which isn’t known and then running experiments to see if those predictions come true.

    And they do come true which means the theory is, by definition, both “robust” and “reliable”. Search for “Quantum Electrodynamics” for more info on this.

  • Why Evolutionary-Based Science Is A Menace To Scientific Research, Discovery, and Progress

    11/06/2009 10:26:59 AM PST · 13 of 71
    spinestein to GodGunsGuts

    Just one example of many: Big Bang theory accurately predicts the relative abundance of the elements hydrogen and helium. Evidence for this is obtained at the high energies achieved in particle accelerators such as Fermilab. I saw such experiments first hand when I took some physics classes there in the 1980’s.

    Google “Quantum Electrodynamics” to find more examples.

  • Obama calls jobless rise "sobering"

    11/06/2009 10:12:03 AM PST · 27 of 46
    spinestein to Kartographer

    What we need is more economic stimulus. Tell the Fed to print up a few trillion more $$$ That will make the GDP go up and just watch the jobs miraculously appear.


  • Why Evolutionary-Based Science Is A Menace To Scientific Research, Discovery, and Progress

    11/06/2009 9:57:24 AM PST · 5 of 71
    spinestein to GodGunsGuts

    [What is more, the big bang theory can boast of no quantitative predictions that have subsequently been validated by observation. The successes claimed by the theory’s supporters consist of its ability to retrospectively fit observations with a steadily increasing array of adjustable parameters, just as the old Earth-centered cosmology of Ptolemy needed layer upon layer of epicycles.]

    This is blatantly false. The Big Bang theory makes a great many predictions that are supported by Quantum ElectroDynamic theory (QED) and vice versa. QED is known by physicists to be the most successful (the most reliable and the most robust) theory in the history of science.

    Whoever is writing this stuff doesn’t know the first thing about science.

  • Obama Faces His Anzio

    11/06/2009 9:45:11 AM PST · 15 of 16
    spinestein to Patrsup

    [. . . the elections weren’t a referendum on Mr. Obama. Most voters focused on local issues — and those who did focus on national issues tended, if anything, to go Democratic.]

    alrighty, then.

    [President Obama came into office with a strong mandate and proclaimed the need to take bold action on the economy. His actual actions, however, were cautious rather than bold.]

    I see.

    [Conventional wisdom in Washington seems to have congealed around the view that budget deficits preclude any further fiscal stimulus — a view that’s all wrong on the economics, but that doesn’t seem to matter.]

    yea, sure.

    [The fateful decision, early this year, to go for economic half-measures may haunt Democrats for years to come.]

    I’d like to get myself some of the crack this guy is smoking.

  • Obama Faces His Anzio

    11/06/2009 8:10:33 AM PST · 4 of 16
    spinestein to Patrsup

    [Well, exit polls suggest that to the extent that health care was an issue in Tuesday’s elections, it worked in Democrats’ favor.]

    Okay, then.

  • So. Calif. to Hear How Darwin Was Wrong

    11/03/2009 12:05:01 PM PST · 3 of 109
    spinestein to tractorman

    [There are none so blind as those that would not see.]

    That is certain.

  • Did Humans Evolve from 'Ardi'? (or does Ardi represent the latest in evolutionary storytelling?)

    11/03/2009 10:26:16 AM PST · 20 of 23
    spinestein to GodGunsGuts

    [[In his assessment of the significance of Ardipithecus ramidus, bipedality expert C. Owen Lovejoy wrote, “We can no longer rely on homologies with African apes for accounts of our origins and must turn instead to general evolutionary theory.”2 Thus, setting aside evolution-inspired ideology, there is no scientific reason—or observed evidence—to believe that Ardi was an ancestor of mankind. In fact, there is every reason to believe it is solely an extinct primate, as uniquely created as any monkey still alive today.]]

    This is a gross fallacy. Lovejoy says in this case to go from specific to general evolutionary theory. The author interprets this to mean to abandon evolutionary theory and completely discount it as unscientific.

    [[Based on the Bible’s description of origins, one would predict that all “hominids” should actually be either wholly man or wholly ape. Based on the scientific evidence, Ardipithecus was clearly an ape, and as such fits the Genesis account that each creature group was created as its own kind.]]

    A combination of two gross fallacies.

    1) Appeal to authority. It’s impossible to obtain legitimate scientific results by using the Bible to interpret scientific theories. The Bible is not a legitimate source of science, any more than a science textbook is a legitimate source of religion.

    2) Circular reasoning. Based on the scientific evidence, all hominids are apes. To say that humans are not apes because only apes are apes is fallacious.

    If you want to use the authority of the Bible to say that evolution is not a legitimate theory, go right ahead. But attempting to use science to refute it is not going to work, especially if those attempting it don’t understand basic science, as is clearly being demonstrated by this website.

  • The Subtle Art of Beer Snobbery

    11/03/2009 10:01:59 AM PST · 99 of 113
    spinestein to dynachrome
    I've been a homebrewer and craft beer drinker since I was 18, but that doesn't make me a beer snob. It just makes me appreciate even more all the different styles of beer there are. Even “standard American lite lager” is a respectable beer style and those craft brewers who dismiss it are doing a disservice to their fellow beer lovers.
  • Obama Approval Index Month-by-Month (From +23 to -10)

    11/01/2009 12:10:09 PM PST · 5 of 7
    spinestein to Mikey_1962
    If you continue the graph into its projected linear future, Obama will drop below 0% approval by next spring.
  • Caption the Wicked Witch of the West - Pelosi

    10/29/2009 9:55:19 AM PDT · 41 of 54
    spinestein to Lucky9teen

    Lipstick + Pig

  • In The Beginning God, Not Darwin, Created

    10/28/2009 5:51:47 PM PDT · 221 of 221
    spinestein to OneVike

    [Today, my battle is with those who profess a belief in Christianity, but give deference to Darwin’s theory of evolution instead of God through Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit for Creation.]

    The answer to how a Christian can follow the Bible and the creation account in Genesis and still accept the validity of the theory of evolution is quite simple; the creation account serves its purpose metaphorically, rather than literally. The idea that religious meaning can be gained from a metaphorical story in the Bible is widely held by a great many religious people including some who are accomplished scientists.

  • Ho-Hum, Another Feathered Dinosaur

    10/06/2009 4:14:42 PM PDT · 246 of 261
    spinestein to OneVike

    I posted a specific critique regarding how creationists view the nature of scientific evidence for evolution and I get a lengthy response that is mostly Bible quotes and telling everyone about God.

    That is the only thing important about the debate of creationism versus evolution. Creationists believe that the contents of the Bible are literally true and evolutionists rely on science to understand truth. It’s no more complicated than that and it’s the reason why there can be no real debate because there can be no compromise when deciding which standard to use - the Bible or science.

  • Ho-Hum, Another Feathered Dinosaur

    10/06/2009 4:02:25 PM PDT · 245 of 261
    spinestein to Liberty1970

    [Meanwhile, back here in reality, polls over the last generation show an ever growing proportion of America favoring biblical creation. The latest polls having been consistently showing the proportion of Americans believing in mankind being less than 10kya old is over 50%. How’s it feel being in the minority?]

    What polls are these? Can you cite evidence from a legitimate and scientifically conducted poll that shows these results?

  • Ho-Hum, Another Feathered Dinosaur

    09/27/2009 2:41:33 PM PDT · 5 of 261
    spinestein to GodGunsGuts

    [. . . most important, evolution has already been falsified, so Darwin has nothing to say about this fossil. The Cambrian Explosion renders all Darwinian explanations for the origin of animal body plans superfluous. That applies to birds and dinosaurs as well. And since soft tissue and blood vessels have been recovered from dinosaur bone, the dating of specimens labeled Jurassic and Cretaceous has been falsified, too. ]

    It used to be argued by creationists that the known transitional fossils were too few to support evolution theory, particularly in the area of dinosaurs to birds. Now that there are so many dinosaur to bird fossils known, are the critics actually using this abundance as another argument against evolution?

    In any case, the critics defaulting to the above quote is impossible to argue against rationality as it goes against any kind of scientific reasoning accepted not just in basic biology but in basic physics, chemistry, geology and other areas.

  • Right-wing media: It’s all about race (Oppose Obama? Guess what?)

    09/17/2009 4:45:02 PM PDT · 32 of 41
    spinestein to 2ndDivisionVet

    [Among the responsibilities of journalists and politicians is to meaningful link persons of African descent accurately to their ancestral past, but what have we seen during Mr. Obama’s short term in office?]

    Now just a minute. Before the election, when Republicans tried to link Obama with his past, we were told this was out of bounds and the media agreed. The public was told to ignore everything about Obama before he became a Senator as it was irrelevant. So this “journalist” is griping now that Obama is president because the public is judging him on his policies in office.

    To say this is intellectually dishonest would be an understatement of hugh proportions.

  • Right-wing media: It’s all about race (Oppose Obama? Guess what?)

    09/17/2009 4:36:37 PM PDT · 28 of 41
    spinestein to Man50D

    [Conservatives mean language recently almost made Pelosi cry today!]

    I hope to see a repeat of her sniffling and sobbing on a particular night in November 2010.

  • Right-wing media: It’s all about race (Oppose Obama? Guess what?)

    09/17/2009 4:32:59 PM PDT · 27 of 41
    spinestein to 2ndDivisionVet

    Below is a quote from Mr. Jimmy Carter affirming the accusation in this article - that racism is behind the criticism of Mr. Obama.

    “When a radical fringe element of demonstrators and others begin to attack the president of the United States as an animal or as a reincarnation of Adolf Hitler or when they wave signs in the air that said we should have buried Obama with Kennedy, those kinds of things are beyond the bounds.

    I think people who are guilty of that kind of personal attack against Obama have been influenced to a major degree by a belief that he should not be president because he happens to be African American.

    It’s a racist attitude, and my hope is and my expectation is that in the future both Democratic leaders and Republican leaders will take the initiative in condemning that kind of unprecedented attack on the president of the United States.”

    I wonder where Mr. Carter was for the last 8 years (I ask, rhetorically) when worse language was directed at Mr. Bush by angry left wing protesters on a regular basis.

    Let’s rewrite his quote to see how much sense it makes if he were to apply the same logic to the criticism of Bush during his presidency.

    “When a radical fringe element of demonstrators and others begin to attack the president of the United States as a vampire or as Adolf Hitler or when they wave signs in the air that said we should assassinate Bush or they burn him in effigy, those kinds of things are beyond the bounds.

    I think people who are guilty of that kind of personal attack against Bush have been influenced to a major degree by a belief that he should not be president because he happens to be the race he is.

    “It’s a racist attitude, and my hope is and my expectation is that in the future both Democratic leaders and Republican leaders will take the initiative in condemning that kind of unprecedented attack on the president of the United States.”

    Of course this makes no sense and the Democrats and their allies current practice of labeling Obama’s critics as racists is a VERY dangerous path to embark upon. Many in the news media are gleefully egging on anyone who makes these accusations (admittedly, there are some who have enough sense to abstain from it) and they are adding fuel and air to an already smoldering fire.

    I predict this will backfire on them, but it’s very possible the outcome will be one that will be costly to the entire country.

  • Leftists Aren't Elitists; They're Just Better Than You

    09/16/2009 12:33:45 AM PDT · 8 of 9
    spinestein to

    I may be just a warehouse monkey working 8:00-4:30 but I know a lot more about how the world works and a whole lot more about the economics of health care than these arrogant jerkwads. They mistake their own ideology of socialism based bumper sticker slogans for genuine knowledge and look down their noses at the people who make the country work.

    If they keep this up, November of 2010 is going to be a bloodbath.