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Posted in: Obama, McCain reach out to Christian voters See in context

skip,

The 2007 Pew Research survey puts the percentage of atheists/unaffiliated at 12%. Personally, I believe that religion has absolutely no place in US politics. If the Founding Fathers saw the way these people pander to religion they would probably be ashamed of the country they started. wolfpack, please read Susan Jacoby's book Freethinkers to get an idea about how much of a role non-theists played in the civil rights movement.

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Posted in: A Boy Called H See in context

magpie, no offense taken. Sorry that my post seems a bit abrupt.

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Posted in: A Boy Called H See in context

magpie, I have read the book. It is a very good read. I was merely questioning the timing of the review. The book could have been reviewed at any other time of year.

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Posted in: A Boy Called H See in context

This book was printed 8 years ago. Why are you reviewing it now? Trying to find more articles to keep those August war/peace drums banging?

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Posted in: Religious right AWOL from the real war See in context

katsu78, very good question, but recently there has been a lot of religious stuff here. It should be noted that Mr. Baldwin's degrees are from an unaccredited university that specializes in producing ultra-conservative ministers.

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Posted in: Surrogate motherhood still a minefield of issues in Japan See in context

Romulus, I don't know if dubya can, but the Catholic Church and other denominations do also. They also condemn IVF.

I have no problem with surrogacy or IVF. I am, however, a little concerned that in Japan it seems that it is often the grandmother who is the surrogate and wonder about future possible medical effects on the grandmother having a child late in life.

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Posted in: Serial child killer Tsutomu Miyazaki, 2 others executed See in context

rtr, thank you for your response. I appreciate your answer. However, until the possibility that an innocent person would never be put death is removed and the system is fairly used, I will continue to be opposed to the death penalty. If you really are concerned about cost, a bullet to the back of the head is probably cheaper than the rope.

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Posted in: Serial child killer Tsutomu Miyazaki, 2 others executed See in context

Gentlepeople,

I have been enjoying your discussion. Very interesting. Just to let you know, I am against the death penalty. In an imperfect legal system, the death penalty should not be used. There are very few cases where there is absolute proof of guilt and in a system that relies on confessions, obtained by almost any means necessary, abuse can and does run rampant. Someone asked how the people who were against the death penalty would react if it was their children or loved ones who were killed, wouldn't they want vengeance. My question is: Would you support the death penalty if your child or loved one was the person who had a committed a vicious murder/murders? Or would you beg for their lives?

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Posted in: Astronomers discover clutch of 'super-Earths' See in context

Sarge,

None of the scientists said that there was 'human' life on any of these planets. Simply that the planets were super-Earths. This could lead to the discovery of some form of life. Probably not very human in appearance. If you are talking about the possibility of humans from Earth visiting, we probably won't have to worry about that for centuries or, possibly, ever. What I thought was pretty sad about this article is that it had to mention the fact that the Earth orbits the Sun in 365 days.

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Posted in: 17-yr-old girl held for threatening massacre in Internet message See in context

Here's another story about someone threatening to go 'Akihabara'.

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/national/news/20080616p2a00m0na015000c.html

This guy just might have actually done it.

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Posted in: California's top court legalizes gay marriage See in context

Here's some good news for Mr. Sulu.

http://georgetakei.com/news.asp

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Posted in: Arkansas woman pregnant with 18th child See in context

illsayit

Just google his or her name. They are doing this because of their religion.

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Posted in: Arkansas woman pregnant with 18th child See in context

They are Quiverfull Christians, who believe that the will of God is completely out of the control of humans. They aren't allowed to practice any form of birth control, not even the rhythm method. Good old boy Jim Bob has run for office as a Republican but lost in the primaries. Religion run amok again.

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Posted in: What advantages does married life offer in an era of increasing divorce rates? See in context

Romulus

Great job on the divorce and finding a way to make a new and difficult stage in a relationship work for all. I mean that seriously. I've always found it unbelievable how horrible people can be to each other during a divorce, especially when children are involved. You and your ex-wife's attitudes are fantastic. I'm happy for you, your ex-wife and your child.

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Posted in: 8-year-old girl drowns while trying to save brother in Kagoshima river See in context

I am quite impressed that the daughter instinctively saved the son, knowing that in this present society he was more important than she. It is a wonderful example of sororital devotion to her brother. She learned to put her brother before herself. Her parents taught her right. When I read this story, my heart swelled with respect for this young lady. I know that in this world SOCIETY will praise her. Her actions will forever be enshrined as data flying around the INTERNET.

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Posted in: Student in coma after being hit on head in hammer throw accident See in context

Happened again this time in archery club.

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/national/news/20080429p2a00m0na004000c.html

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Posted in: I'm aware that NHK is desperate to expand its audience these days, but I think this project is pretty drastic. See in context

Here's a link to some more information. According to the article, this show has covered many topics that might have raised eyebrows, including gender identity disorder.

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/culture/waiwai/news/20080424p2g00m0dm002000c.html

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Posted in: Clinton challenges Obama to one-on-one debate See in context

skip,

No, that part of my post was in response to redacted's post where he quoted Stephen Douglas and made a point of showing that he was a Democrat. I simply thought that it was fitting to quote a Republican, and the man Douglas debated, to show that the attitudes that Douglas expressed 150 years ago were not held only by Democrats, but also by most whites, including the Great Emancipator. No offense was intended and my apologies if offense was taken.

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Posted in: What are your views on parents hitting young children as a means of punishing or disciplining them? See in context

I have never struck my daughter. She is 10. I have felt like hitting her, but never have. From extremely early age, she has been taught what is right and wrong and what is expected of her. She gets punished by losing privileges, such as TV, DS, playing after school, or, her least favorite, sitting on the stairs leading upstairs for varying lengths of time.

DXXJP, I too never talk down to my daughter and also use a silent five count on my fingers. She knows what happens at the end. She loses something she wants to do. What I find most interesting is that, in my experience, my daughter and her friends whose parents don't hit them are much better behaved than her friends who do get hit. As an adult, I can reason with them and explain why there are certain rules at our house that are different from the rules at their houses. I almost never have a problem with these kids. The other kids are often shown the door after repeatedly breaking our house rules and are not often welcomed back. The only thing these kids seem to respect is a smack.

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Posted in: Clinton challenges Obama to one-on-one debate See in context

After all their arguing about who is the most religious, how about a science debate between these candidates so the voters can get an idea about how they stand on scientific issues since the public already knows their views on religion?

Oh, and for redacted.

A separation of the races is the only perfect preventive of amalgamation but as an immediate separation is impossible the next best thing is to keep them apart where they are not already together. Abraham Lincoln(R-Il) June 1857.

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Posted in: 3 NYPD officers cleared in 50-shot killing of groom-to-be See in context

SuperLib,

True. Bad choice of words. I should have wrote not guilty.

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Posted in: 3 NYPD officers cleared in 50-shot killing of groom-to-be See in context

Here are some links about the trial. In every article, it is stated that the judge found that the prosecution witnesses' testimonies were inconsistent and contradictory. And that is why he found the cops innocent. http://us.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/04/25/sunny.bell/index.html

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2008/04/26/2008-04-26_godlike_judge_delivers_sean_bell_verdict.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/27/nyregion/27brown.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion&oref=slogin

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Posted in: I'm afraid I'll abuse the child. I'm giving up my freedom for the kid, and if he doesn't do what I say I'll kick his ass. See in context

Taka,

Yeah, she's crazy. I felt more sympathy for the second woman mentioned in the article.

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Posted in: 62 lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine See in context

fireant,

I remember the whole Koizumi situation when he was PM. I was talking about the present situation with some people here(I live in Ishikawa.) We all were wondering what would happen with a Yasukuni visit, now that there is such firm and recent precedent. It will be interesting to see if anyone files a lawsuit again.

BTW, I'm a firm believer in keeping the wall of separation high, as high as possible.

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Posted in: 62 lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Now, a couple of weeks ago, the mayor of Hakusan in Ishikawa Prefecture had to pay a fine, because he visited a shrine. The article was a little vague, but it seems that the major sticking point was that he used an official government vehicle to go to the shrine. According to the ruling, he violated constitutional law on the separation of church and state. What I'm wondering is whether or not these gentleman used private or government vehicles. And, if they did use government vehicles, did they also violate the Constitution?

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Posted in: I'm afraid I'll abuse the child. I'm giving up my freedom for the kid, and if he doesn't do what I say I'll kick his ass. See in context

The full story is here:

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fd20080420t1.html

I love the reason why she wants to have the kid in the first place.

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Posted in: Executions to resume in U.S. after high court OK's lethal injections See in context

jambon,

Thank you for the quote from the FBI and the interesting philosophical argument, but neither of these posts really has anything to do with why I posted. That is the fact that you got your information wrong. If you are implying that, according to Professor van der Haag' argument, people would kill people more on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, then I have to ask why do states that have no capital punishment, for the most part, have lower homicide rates than states that do have the death penalty? By that argument, states with no death penalty should have bodies strewn in the streets, which I don't see happening in Iowa or Maine.

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Posted in: Executions to resume in U.S. after high court OK's lethal injections See in context

jambon,

Your information is incorrect. The majority of states in the US that do not have the death penalty have a significantly lower homicide rate than states that do have the death penalty. Please check here:http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/article.php?did=169

While this group is anti-capital punishment, their information comes from the FBI Crime Report. Here:http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm

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Posted in: Pope meets with victims of clergy sex abuse See in context

Nessie,

True, but, for hundreds of years, the Catholic Church has done little or nothing to protect its believers from the actions of the more loathsome members of its clergy. The records from the big trials in Massachusetts and California show that the Church officials were much more interested in protecting the Church's image than actually stopping these predators.Church officials did everything they could to delay the trials and to stop the plaintiffs from getting information about the accused and from getting information about the Church's handling of these priests. Being a former Catholic with many family members, including youngsters, still in the faith, I kind of take this problem to heart.There's a good book about this longstanding issue. http://www.amazon.com/Sex-Priests-Secret-Codes-Catholic/dp/1566252652/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1208492305&sr=8-5

I see your point, but I truly believe that it is only window dressing.

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Posted in: Pope meets with victims of clergy sex abuse See in context

It's just a symbol. The Church still stonewalls victims and still protects pedophile priests. it doesn't mean squat.

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