Cameron English It would have been awesome to see Tina Fey in this role. By the way, what's with the conspiratorial overtones? I didn't vote for McCain in 2008, but there's nothing outrageous about his campaign finding a running mate with some personality.
Cameron English If that bothers you, keep raising hell. But that has nothing to do with my article, which was aimed at the Christmas edition of the "Christianity is under siege" routine. I think you misunderstand my point, though. I don't hate God or religious belief. I'm a Christian, in fact, and spend a good portion of my free time making fun of atheists and dismantling their arguments on my blog (http://thepassivehabit.blogspot.com/). But I write about the inanity of things like the war on Christmas because they undermine our ability to convince the world that our faith is worth accepting. If you don't like that approach, lovely. But just keep things in perspective as you accuse me of attacking a belief that we actually share.
Cameron English I love Daniel Craig as James Bond, so this hurts to say. The guy needs to shut his face and keep making good movies. The world would be such a better place if we didn't care to listen to celebrities teach us about things they know nothing about. Actually, that didn't hurt at all.
Cameron English I largely agree with you, Constantine. The problem is that the war on Christmas crusaders want state money spent on religious institutions and activities and everybody who disagrees to shut up.
Cameron English You have perfectly described the problem with Keynesian economic policies. They're morally unjustifiable and inefficient because they require theft, and they create the partisan bickering that everybody so despises. Imagine how well things would work if the federal government quit promising money to everybody and forcing the state's to take a principled but politically difficult stand.
Cameron English Holidays shouldn't worry anybody. As you said, it's consistent overeating and (I'll add) a steady diet composed of too much sugar that are behind obesity. If we could change those two habits, I doubt we'd be discussing gluttony filled holidays in the first place.
Cameron English The teacher who gave the lecture I linked to goes into why and how apathetic teaching came to be. We measure education success with test scores. Naturally, educators have responded by teaching kids how to test well.
Cameron English Then why bother with it? Still, this all goes back to my argument about public funded institutions. Either we quit making everybody pay for things like a school system, or we tolerate everybody's diverging points of view. I prefer the former myself.
Cameron English Is that severe enough to declare war on? I speak from a libertarian perspective, so I don't much care what the general public thinks. But I honestly don't feel my faith is being assaulted by such trivial changes. Are the gospels any less true because the ACLU whines about a nativity scene? No.
Cameron English Good article. There's two primary ways to address this in my view. First, we reform how we teach math to high school students. As it stands, they're taught to memorize formulas without understand their practical applications. See this lecture for a good strategy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx2Agfhjv20 Secondly, we need to encourage economic growth, and that means creating a business friendly environment. That will provide incentives for people to develop the kinds of skills you say are so important.
Cameron English A little more gasoline for the fire: http://www.tomwoods.com/blog/the-ron-paul-newsletters/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter "Our country’s political class is full of people who believed it morally acceptable, after 1991, to deprive the Iraqi population of baby food, blood-analysis equipment for children’s hospitals, heaters, syringes, ambulance equipment, insecticide, children’s clothes, school notebooks, bicycles, etc. Now the people responsible for so inhumane and indefensible a policy will utter every p.c. platitude in the world. Every word will be exquisitely proper. Our society thus considers them" Ouch.
Cameron English No, you missed my point. If past indiscretions of this nature are going to determine a candidate's capability as a leader, than we have to impeach/vote out/fire every federal politician and bureaucrat that has made a similar gaff or been caught in a moral scandal. If you want examples of good management skills, look at the campaign he's run. It's a marvel of organizational skills, especially considering the opposition he faces within the Republican party. And I was being facetious with my comment about managing the bureaucracy. Nobody can effectively manage it, because it's become so monstrous. We need to return most of the functions the federal government carries out to the private sector. That's what I was getting at.
Cameron English If that's the standard we're going to hold politicians to, let's just abolish government and start over. Parenthetically, I think he would admit that he can't manage the federal bureaucracy, and that's why he's going to cut so much of it.
Cameron English It's entertaining that you guys can't criticize Paul without misstating his positions. "Blame the USA for all the troubles in the Middle East"? That's very different from the concept that we shouldn't police the world, which is actually the non-interventionist position.
Cameron English Yeah, I found it interesting that my mention of them earlier slipped everybody's attention in this thread. They flesh out the argument that our problems often can't be solved with decrees from Washington, and are regularly caused by them.
Cameron English Libertarian philosophy is based on the idea that an individual has a right to his own life, which goes hand in hand with equality; we all possess the same freedom by virtue of our humanity. So by what right can libertarians mistreat people because of their skin color? If anybody is being inconsistent, it's the racist person who molds libertarianism to his warped world view. Paul's not opposed to civil rights, just one the federal government's means of protecting them: telling property owners who's allowed on their property. I used the word I meant to. We know Iran doesn't want to be occupied because we've interfered and it doesn't work. We also know that not every country is interested in our brand of democracy - cultural awareness.
Cameron English A quick point about your linked blog post. I don't how it works now, but at one point anybody was allowed to set up a C4L account and post on the website. So a post remembering a racist author doesn't necessarily reflect Paul's campaign. That's why writers actually employed by the campaign contacted Adam Holland and said they would have removed the material. It didn't make much sense that the campaign would post a memorial to somebody and then offer to take it down because a blogger complained about it. Things get clearer when you realize that it was just an individual posting on C4L.