May 2010

The Trouble with Libertarians

The argument that prohibiting me from discriminating at the lunch counter that I own is flawed.

Libertarians say that the prohibition limits my freedom.

True. It does. But you are NOT free to punch someone in the nose just because you feel like it.

Freedom implies responsibility. Your "rights" end where my nose begins.

The freedom of the black guy who wants to eat lunch is hurt far worse by allowing such discrimination

than yours is by prohibiting it.

To BIG to JAIL!

Your comment today about how if you dropped 1 quart of oil in the river, you would be fined $10,000 a day! But BP is Injecting 70,000 Barrels a DAY (according to Purdue University Steven Wereley)! 70,000 barrels x 42 gallons x 4 quarts/gallon = 11,760,000 quarts of oil/day!

11,760,000 x $10,000 = $117,600,000,000 Fine/day! or about $118 Billion dollars/day!

But this is BP, A huge multi-national corporation, thus TO BIG TO JAIL! let alone pay a fine!

Hi

Oil siphoning worked for Saudi Arabia

Why aren't we doing this?

are we saving the oil for bp- or the gulf for our children???

Who the hell does BP think they are? They may have a damn lease for the oil, but they do not own the coast - or do they? You should know.

Discrimination or Discretion

Sometimes we need to be critical of others. Not everyone is playing with a full deck. Not everyine is a happy camper. Not everyone plays by the rules. The damned rules change on the WHIM of the WEALTHY. The people are full of confusions, fears, frustrations. We live in a SOCIETY full of DOUBLE STANDARDS, like the ones killing our CHILDREN. WE say it is good to be a unique individual, and not to follow the crowd. And in ACTUAL DAILY PRACTICE we ENTIRELY-TOO-TOO-TOO OFTEN are VERY CRITICAL of the very SMALL differences

Are we supposed to take the Tea Party movement seriously?

Thom,

Maybe you can help me out. As I understand it the Tea Party movement is figuratively, and in some cases literally, up in arms over high taxes, large deficits and government breaks given to large corporations. I can understand all of these concerns. What I don’t understand is how these same people are overwhelmingly (87%) republican.

Discrimination or Discretion

Sometimes we need to be critical of others. Not everyone is playing with a full deck. Not everyine is a happy camper. Not everyone plays by the rules. The damned rules change on the WHIM of the WEALTHY. The people are full of confusions, fears, frustrations. We live in a SOCIETY full of DOUBLE STANDARDS, like the ones killing our CHILDREN. WE say it is good to be a unique individual, and not to follow the crowd. And in ACTUAL DAILY PRACTICE we ENTIRELY-TOO-TOO-TOO OFTEN are VERY CRITICAL of the very SMALL differences

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