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Nov 21 Hal_10000 commented on This Will Cheer Up Depressed Democrats: "No Republican Candidate Has a Credible Shot at the White House in 2016".
I wouldn't take this too seriously. Many of the states in that "blue wall" were won by Obama by less than five points.
Aug 29 Hal_10000 commented on The One Admirable Thing About Bigots.
Steinberg's argument is the argument of someone trying to be cleverer than he is. Open bigots can not be reasoned with. People who have subtextual bigotry can be. This country has shifted massively on the gay marriage question. Was that because all the bigots died? No, it's because they changed their mind because those who supported it *engaged* those who opposed it. They reasoned with them, they came out to them, they showed by example that their marriage/family could be just as good or bad as anyone else's. And eventually, the "bigots" came around on the subject.
Jun 7 Hal_10000 commented on About That Hate Crime I Committed at University of Chicago.
"And, really, this is college now? Professors, fellows, and guest lecturers need to clear their vocabulary with first-year students?"

Unfortunately, it seems like it is.
Jun 6 Hal_10000 commented on Open Carry + Stand Your Ground = Perpetual Violence Machine.
And yet ... somehow ... with all these pro-gun laws on the books, gun deaths are down 40% over the last 20 years and gun violence down 70%.
Apr 1 Hal_10000 commented on Obamacare Enrollment Hits 7,000,000 Target.
A few notes on the figures being bandied about here:

That 7 million is mostly (about 60-70%) people who already had insurance, had it cancelled and had to enroll through the exchanges. The actual number of new enrollees is closer to two million based on at least two surveys. That's the number of sign-ups not the actual number of enrollees, which will be smaller.

Second, the reduction in uninsured, when you include everything, is probably between 6 million (pessimistically) 10 million (optimistically), not 30 million. The 30 million number you are citing is the CBO's original estimate when PPACA passed. So we're looking at a third of what was projected.

Make of that what you will.
Mar 5 Hal_10000 commented on State With Highest Minimum Wage Has Best Job Growth in Nation.
One state does not end an economic debate. There are other factors at work in Washington which may be more important than the minimum wage.
Jan 29 Hal_10000 commented on Attack Sexually-Active American Women, Call 'em Libido-Crazed Sluts....
I wouldn't read too much into this, Dan. He polled 16% in an open poll. 84% of the GOP want someone else. That only means people know his name. They probably didn't even hear his comments.

This is pure manufactured news.
May 1, 2012 Hal_10000 commented on Testaments Old & New.
(PS - all of the above is from conservative Jewish commentary on the Bible, specifically in Etz Chaim.)
May 1, 2012 Hal_10000 commented on Testaments Old & New.
OK, one pet peeve:

"God giving dads the okay to sell their daughters into slavery"

This is incorrect and is the result of a mistranslation. The passage in Exodus refers to selling daughters into *marriage*. While bride prices may be repulsive to us, they were practiced in ancient world and are still practiced today. What that passage is specifically about is that a man is not allowed to mistreat his wife if she was married off so her father could pay off debts.

Interestingly, that passage in Exodus 21 also says that a man may not deny his wife food, shelter or "ointment". Most biblical scholars understand ointment to be a euphemism for sex. That is, the Old Testament says that women are entitled to sex. Maybe you should throw THAT at the fundies. You can also remind them that any time the Bible says someone put his hand under someone's thigh, it meant he taking hold of his penis to swear an oath by its generative power, a common practice in biblical times.

Your other comments are spot on. The thing that people fail to realize about the Bible is that, in the time it was written, it was a very liberal document -- much more progressive than the Hammurabic Code or anything like that. Blood feuds were ended, human sacrifice ended, a system of justice put in place (giving the death penalty requires two witness; a stronger burden of proof than, say, Texas). And there thousands of years of commentary that have continually re-interpreted that to make it ever more modern. The conservative Jewish movement -- hardly a bunch of left wingers -- has specifically rejected many of the anti-gay provisions of the Old Testament.

This is just highlighter fundamentalism.
Apr 27, 2012 Hal_10000 commented on Perfectly Normal Activities.
This is a joke, right? Someone is having us on? Right? RIGHT?!

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