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If the voters green light recreational use, local approval remains at odds with federal law. The Obama Administration has made a lot of noise about going after those jurisdictions who issue a thumbs-up to recreational use. I'm not a user and don't really know where that stands. I'll just pop some corn and enjoy the show.
So the 1st amendment shouldn't apply to church goers. Thanks for clearing that up.
I've recently begun reading Andrew D. White's epic A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom, published in 1896. What follows is the closing paragraph of the chapter I finished last night - seems appropriate here:
"The world is finding that the scientific revelation of creation is ever more and more in accordance with worthy conceptions of that great Power working in and through the universe. More and more it is seen that inspiration has never ceased, that its prophets and priests are not those who work to fit the letter of its older literature to the needs of dogmas and sects, but those, above all others, who patiently, fearlessly, and reverently devote themselves to the search for truth as truth, in the faith that there is a Power in the universe wise enough to make truth-seeking safe and good enough to make truth-telling useful."
What an unfortunate name for a franchise.
You're quite right, John - ignorance of history can often be often breathtaking.
"To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence; & believing he never claimed any other."
~ Thomas Jefferson: letter to Benjamin Rush 12 April 1803
Interestingly, I've just finished Stephen Abrose's excellent Lewis & Clark narrative, which spends a good deal of time on Jefferson's failure to reconcile his role as slave owner with his own Christianity:
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever. Commerce between master and slave is despotism. Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free."
Thanks for making my point.
Your diatribe is breathtakingly close minded. That you're so hostile, insulting and defensive when anyone presumes to express a worldview at odds with your own says more about you than you realize.
Pol Pot, Joseph Stalin, & Mao Tse Tung shared your contempt for the faithful and their beliefs. They presided over atheist regimes which rejected, ridiculed and condemned religion. They murdered & subjugated so many people they made Hitler look like Martha Stewart. They didn't do it in the name of religion, but in pursuit of a secular lust for power and control. And they did it in our lifetimes. I find their transgressions no less egregious than the Crusades, and make no distinctions between them. Evil is evil, regardless of how its perpetrators rationalize it. So rail all you like against religion, if it makes you feel better about yourself. To a non-denominational skeptic like me, it's just noise, and contributes nothing - except as a distraction from any meaningful conversation.
It's troubling, David, because the end game for the gun control crowd is an all-out gun ban - make no mistake. More gun laws on top of the 20,000 already on the books are just additional steps towards that goal. Moreover, HB1224 is so poorly written that it is unenforceable. I'll leave its constitutional viability to the courts. Virtually every semi-auto in existence violates the law's injunction against a mag that "can be easily converted" to accept more rounds than the statute allows, by virtue of its removable baseplate - a design feature to accommodate cleaning and maintenance. A friend of mine has a Browning Hi-Power I covet, and has promised to sell it to me if/when he decides to part with it. The transaction will take place over a handshake & some cash, with no background check. How do you propose the cops enforce the statute and arrest us for the multiple violations we will be guilty of?
Kincaid is most likely referencing this Der Speigel piece from January (Der Spiegel, for the uninitiated, has been one of the loudest Chicken Littles on the global warming bandwagon): Climate change: scientists baffled by the stop in global warming http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/stillstand-der-temperatur-erklaerungen-fuer-pause-der-klimaerwaermung-a-877941.html I can't find an English translation, but this Economist article provides a decent analysis of both the Spiegel piece, and of the New Republic's assault on it: http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2013/06/climate-change The short version, according to the anti-Speigel New Republic: "Since 1998, the warmest year of the twentieth century, temperatures have not kept up with computer models that seemed to project steady warming; they’re perilously close to falling beneath even the lowest projections".
The UK's Met Office has been one of the go-to data sources for the alarmist crowd, and in March concluded: “...there has been no statistically significant increase in annual global temperatures since 1997.”
The alarmist crowd is up in arms and attacking the some of the conclusions derived, but not the data - the facts - used to reach those conclusions. There's been no meaningful temperature increase for the last 16 years, despite the most sophisticated predictions to the contrary.
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