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    Jan 26, 2015, 08:43PM
    It is sad because it has such potential to bring together all the communities in Baltimore. I hope that the funding which was proposed ends up going through, it'd be awesome to see it given a breath of life (and a bit of blush).
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    Jan 26, 2015, 05:56PM
    Soldiers exist to fight, or, by existing, convince others not to start. In fighting, some get killed. The point is to only fight when necessary. According to Orwell, pacifism favors the fascists. I believe he was using "favors" in the brit meaning of "enables". But, who knows? To simply not send troops off to fight invites, as Orwell knew, an attack. Which means fighting unless you choose to roll over and die. Any cites to genuine soldiers making that point? I've heard heroes insist that they were doing no more than their buddies, or even less. Dick Winters, of Band of Brothers fame, asked by his grandson if he was a hero, answered that no, he wasn't but he served with many. My father, awarded a Silver Star, only says that anybody who took one step forward deserved a medal. So I think you may have misunderstood something.
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    Jan 26, 2015, 12:34PM
    Forcing people to come to work when they're sick means that other workers are more likely to get infected. It's a shortsighted policy (and yes, business owners sometimes do dumb things, despite the infinite wisdom of the market.)
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    Jan 26, 2015, 11:06AM
    Applehead, I'm saying that calling the troops "heroes" is not necessarily in the interest of the troops. Many soldiers have argued that calling them "Heroes" is part of how society justifies putting them in harms way, and ultimately killing them.// Arguably the best way to support the troops is not to send them off to get shot at in the first place.
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    Jan 26, 2015, 07:49AM
    Man, this is sad to hear. Lexington was a really special place for me as a kid - when my mom worked at U of Md hospital, she'd take me there all the time for the fried fish. Last time I was there was 1997, mostly because I could walk over from my City Paper internship. Even then the blush had come off the rose, but what you're describing is tragic.
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    Jan 25, 2015, 05:47PM
    Sick days cost the employer money. There is only so much money for compensation before the biz starts running in the red. Increase sick days will reduce compensation or reduce any proposed increase. TANSTAAFL. Learn it, love it, live it.
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    Jan 25, 2015, 05:39PM
    Texan. "as far as I'm concerned". That's you. Then we have Joe Biden who said, in 2010, that the stable, self-reliant, democratic, prosperous Iraq {as it was then] would be a signature accomplishment of the Obama administration. It would seem that Obama's withdrawal--which he was warned about by the local notables as early as 2008, led to the instability. As to having nothing to do with 9/11, so what? There's a lot more going on than 9/11. But, anyway, take it up with Biden.
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    Jan 25, 2015, 12:34PM
    How was this man fighting for your, Booker or my freedom? He was thousands of miles away from the U.S., fighting a war against a government that had nothing to do with 9/11. I won't speak for Booker but as far as I'm concerned, the U.S. invasion of Iraq made the middle east less stable and a much larger potential threat to U.S. interests than had the U.S. minded it's own business. A soldier following orders in an unjust war does not a hero make. If it did, the Nazi snipers were hero's as well. Or are you suggesting that being an American is an essential part of being heroic?
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    Jan 25, 2015, 12:28PM
    Actually, the consent must be obtained at each step. Ashe Schowe, who writes on such things, writes that she tried fo find out from legislators and university admins how the guy is supposed to prove--presuming he was speaking from the marsupial pouch--that he had obtained consent. According to Schowe, no one answered but one legislator had said, on a different occasion, something on the order of "damnfino" Yeah, this will be great. As Ezra Klein said, putting guys in fear is a Good Thing. What it means is guys will be dating townies. Female students might as well buy their cats at freshmen registration.
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    Jan 25, 2015, 12:22PM
    Oh, yeah. Read an account of a guy working with the Iraqui government. One of them had discovered his brother had been arrested. The American wasn't sure what to say. Asked another Iraqi. Turns out nobody was worried since it was the Americans who had arrested him. Now, are you saying, 94, that we did wrong by ending Saddam's torture galleries? Be clear, here.
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    Jan 25, 2015, 12:19PM
    The Butcher didn't exist??? The drill was common tool of torture. You think there's anybody who doesn't know that? It's like saying it wasn't The Butcher drilling on kids, it was some other guy nicknamed The Butcher. The point is...it's hard to figure out how to say this...everybody freaking knows it. No matter what you say. Everybody freaking knows it. Torture? Menchaca and Tucker (aka "who?") are unavailable for comment. You actually do know what I'm saying. You just wish I hadn't.
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    Jan 25, 2015, 11:55AM
    The issue isn't that Ava Duvernay wasn't nominated for best director, it's the lack of black representation in the Oscar nominations. Black actors, it appears, do not have the opportunity to star in prestigious films that white actors do.
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    Jan 25, 2015, 05:44PM
    yeah, C.T. It's pretty small. And mentioning Breitbart is supposed to do what, exactly. Went to a funeral for a Marine near here a couple of years ago. By my estimate, about 10k people turned out. That was partly because there was word the Westboro folks might show up. You might want to read Keeping The Faith by Shaffer. He's a writer whose son enlisted in the Marines. The response of his precious friends has to be seen not to be believed. He had no idea--he's like you--that there's a whole other part of the population.
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    Jan 25, 2015, 05:41PM
    Okay. So bigotry against Muslims is racist. Now what?
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    Jan 25, 2015, 02:08PM
    The group is "actually" pretty small? Hey, nice to have that settled. Meanwhile, have fun as one of the select few that takes Breitbart talking points seriously.
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    Jan 25, 2015, 10:48AM
    BillFranklin Correct, almost. They didn't say, "homo", either. They would end the sentence with the verbal equivalent of "....", while making an uncomfortable face. All things considered, including context, the meaning was clear.
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    Jan 25, 2015, 09:30AM
    If you were at college half a century ago, the word "gay" was unheard of. Probably the girls asked you if the guy was a "homo."
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    Jan 24, 2015, 03:11PM
    Aren't they freezing? Of course they are. Bad weather last summer. Mixed beach volleyball. Guys wearing board shorts and long-sleeved shirts. Girls in two-pieces. Walked out on the pier. Even brisker. Most people were wearing jackets and sweaters. Upon reaching the end of the pier, several young ladies dropped the coats to appear in two-piece swim suits. Even I, bulky and experienced with various kinds of weather, was cold directly, and vicariously. The only explanation was....OBJECTIFY US! NOW! WE'RE NOT PUTTING UP WITH THIS CRAP FOR NOTHING, YOU KNOW.
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    Jan 24, 2015, 09:29AM
    I don't get the "we" thing. He's speaking for himself and a hypothetical group. The group may well exist, but it's actually pretty small. The exception would be if you're so far inside that it's everywhere you look. I would suggest reading "This Kind of War" by Fehrenbach. It's about the Korean War and the place of a military in a liberal democracy, the place of limited wars in a nuclear-armed bipolar--or few-polar world. Keep in mind that Iraq was doing so well in 2010 that Biden claimed it would be a signature accomplishment of the Obama administration. But the SOFA failed--Obama didn't want it--and so here we are. That's not the fault of those who promoted the invasion of Iraq, although perhaps anticipating the reaction of democrats to victory once they get into power should be mandatory. As a matter of fact, it may seem that greater America doesn't care because, since 2008, according to the media, no US soldiers have died in combat. So why worry?
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    Jan 24, 2015, 09:19AM
    Somewhere, people are trying finesse an exception for "hate speech", aka an inconvenient argument.
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    Jan 24, 2015, 08:38AM
    The presumption is that the greedy, dollar-is-all powers that be would rather have fewer dollars as long as it means not having women in high positions. Conflcting memes there.
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    Jan 24, 2015, 08:05AM
    An affirmative action admit, by definition, is for a person not qualified by the previously agreed-upon standards. If they qualify, it's not affirmative action. Since slots are not infinite, the slot taken by an affirmative action admit is not available to another person, generally a white person whose qualifications are suitable. If the white person didn't qualify, the question wouldn't arise. Thus, the affirmative action admit is, by definition, unqualified to take the place of the qualified white person, but gets the slot anyway. Point is, everybody knows this, vague references to "not supposed to be' notwithstanding.
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    Jan 24, 2015, 08:00AM
    We have a chicken/egg thing. Why are the lousy teachers in the poor and minority schools? My daughter was a public high school teacher. The demographics changed, along with the admin and the admin's interest in supporting the teachers. After she was assaulted twice, she took a two-thirds pay cut to teach at a parochial school and sells jewelry on the side. According to her colleagues--some of whom were older and needed to remain to protect their retirement--the replacements for teachers who've left are suboptimal. The place is not working.
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    Jan 24, 2015, 07:44AM
    Tricky issue. Freedom of association and to make rules for the group is fundamental and, if the issue is correct, the Usual Suspects will gladly dismiss some Other or other. OTOH, if there's government funding, that's a problem. But, as Groucho Marx said, which is marginally applicable here, he wouldn't join a club that would have him. Keep in mind, bigotry is legal. There is no "allowing" or disallowing it. It's discrimination which is illegal. If these groups met off campus and had no connection with the U wrt money or official recognition, their rules would be legal, as they should be. You may deplore some people's use of freedom. But not too loudly. You might want to do it yourself sometime and you wouldn't want to have to defend your previous views.