State of the Discussion

The posts in play...

things I don’t get
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You don’t know what you’re talking about, do you?
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Protecting American values from extremists
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Editorial oversight, anyone?
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deep thoughts on sin taxes and tobacco bans
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Sunday Poem Series
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Survey Says: 49% of Americans Don’t Much Like Homosexuality
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Bruce Buschel, you are a douche of the first order
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The comments...

ThatPirateGuy
+ That is the thing that confuses me. This argument that you can't have a fusion. That you either have a bloated welfare state or a good [. . .]
Ryan Davidson

Aww, come on. It wasn't as bad as the first two...

+ Koz, I deplore welfare and love myself some low tax rates and free markets as much as the next libertarian--but you should note that Western [. . .]
Herb
+ Semi-related...I just saw the new Star Trek movie and there's a scene where Kirk is running from some gigantic space monster only to have the [. . .]

[...] I: Sorry I missed this earlier, but Jamelle’s post on the same subject is definitely also worth a [...]

Jaybird

He'll probably mention some of the stuff that I mentioned at 3:45 PM (blog time) yesterday when you asked me this question, for the record.

Jaybird
+ Will Wilkinson wrote an article a while back (that I believe E.D. linked to between then and now) that you may or may not find [. . .]
greginak

This is not a snarky question. What was overlooked or downplayed because of his background?

Koz
+ Liberalism should be seen as an unmitigated failure by anyone under 30. To the extent that it isn't, part of the reason is that American prosperity [. . .]
North
+ I think the problem in this case Greg, and I've been reading a lot about it because I haven't made up my own mind on [. . .]
Jaybird
+ When I was in college, people were still debating the whole "it's never been properly applied" thing. I had a professor who sang The Internationale [. . .]
+ Oh no, I agree entirely. At the risk of sounding like a thrall of the evil jewish conspiracy to rule the world, I'm more likely [. . .]
Koz
+ "See, for example Megan McArdle, who very frequently posts about these little analytic posts about partisan politics where she speaks as though we should expect [. . .]
Jaybird
+ Check out the movie "Good Bye, Lenin!", if you get the chance. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0301357/ It's a fairly sweet little comedy about a woman party member who has a [. . .]
+ I think the state of California which is almost bankrupt should legalize pot and tax it for 3 yrs under an evaluation period. Then look [. . .]
ThatPirateGuy
+ The thing that strikes me is that you still reference russia. I'm 28, 20 years ago the berlin wall fell. I was 8. I wonder [. . .]
Jaybird
+ "he was a gun toting maniac, that is the problem." Would it be fair to wonder if the problem of his gun toting mania could have [. . .]
greginak
+ wow this is an importatn issue for you. Okay, last post. Obviously religion was important. that hasn't been denied. but every killer has a reason, [. . .]

Excellent choice. This is one of my all time favorites.

+ I agree with that. However, I may substitute rational markets and self-correcting markets and replace them a few Keynsian concepts and come to the [. . .]
+ greginak November 8th, 2009 at 6:50 pm:saying this guy was a jihadist seems to be following the logic: he was an angry muslim and [. . .]
Mr. Prosser

First read this poem in the 6th Grade, never did forget it.

greginak

why yes his religion obviously played a role in his nutbagery. i don't see where that has ever been in contention.

+ From the horses' mouth, or the mouth of a guy known for not being friendly to non-white people:As a charter member of the jihad [. . .]
North

Yeah good poem. Only down side to living in the Midwest is the lack of the Atlantic.

+ This was my late father's favorite poem, the only one I ever recall him reciting from memory. He joined the Navy at age 17 [. . .]
+ Wake up, man! Nobody here is saying, "all muslims are now suspect." People are saying that only a small minority deserve suspicion, but that the [. . .]
+ Kyle: I agree. Nobody says that all Muslims are suspect. Nobody here, anyway. If suspicion is cast on all Muslims, unfairly, for example in profiling [. . .]
brooks
+ the Columbine shooters were spree killers, yet worked together; the Unabomber was not, and operated independently. so i'm not sure how much the conspiracy angle [. . .]
Valentine Joseph
+ Those people who may have been for Crowley in Balko's blog, are those who appropriate the libertarian philosophy to justify their racism or their ideological [. . .]
greginak
+ well if he was acting alone, then he seems more like a spree killer then anything else. mass murders always have some stupid reason why [. . .]
greginak
+ I think I and few others on here have said his religion was obviously part of what led him to go all nutzoid. i don't [. . .]
brooks

why does conspiracy matter? jihadists aren't allowed to act alone?

+ [...] Jamelle at The League: This exchange between Rod Dreher and Ta-Nehisi Coates on the basis of opposition to same-sex marriage is interesting, if only because it [. . .]
greginak
+ many spree killers have given out warning signs. i havn't heard any evidence he was working as part of larger group. that suggests he was [. . .]
Jaybird
+ "until there is actual evidence to the contrary, the ft hood guy appears to be a good ol american spree killer." Well, the evidence to the [. . .]
brooks
+ religion is a system of beliefs or ideas. some ideas are more or less true and/or tend to lead down more or less dangerous paths. [. . .]
+ Roque - aside can we talk about degree here. I don't think that many people assume all Muslims are suspect, but some people are implying [. . .]
+ isn't saying skin color and race kind of redundant here? Or is there a distinction, I'm missing? You do, choose your religion. Choosing a violent religion, [. . .]
Rob
+ No you are not reading into it to much. This response to this douchebag is priceless, I actually found this because I was looking for [. . .]
greginak
+ RN- reading comprehension fail. His religion was obviously important to him. no duh. however that it different for making everybody of a certain religion, political [. . .]
+ Religion was certainly an issue for him. who said it wasn’t????You did: greginak { 11.08.09 at 12:07 pm }I get it. There's football [. . .]
+ Wrong. "Sudden Jihad Syndrome" is a descriptive term that fits some case and not others. It doesn't matter who invented it, because you must refute [. . .]
greginak
+ what stuff? what suggests he was not a spree killer? what suggests he was part of a larger conspiracy? theres been football on i haven't [. . .]
greginak
+ oy....Religion was certainly an issue for him. who said it wasn't???? However there is no evidence he was anything other then a garden variety spree [. . .]
Jaybird

Does the stuff that was being reported about his behavior prior to the shooting count as "evidence"?

 
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