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Mon Mar 30, 2015 at 06:09 PM PDT

Boycott Final 4

by Martin9

I'm a huge fan.  I won't watch the games unless Indiana shows strong sign of revoking its discriminatory Orwellian "freedom of religion" law.

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Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 07:43 AM PST

9 Gun Control Arguments

by Martin9

GUN-CONTROL EXERCISE--A Thought Problem and a work in progress: Gun-control debates are all over the place. No sooner is one pro-gun argument challenged than another seamlessly replaces it within the same discussion.  Typically, the shift happens without notice or remark. Some of the positions trump all the others. Some are not explicitly expressed at all, but their passion and effect are powerful. Some "moderate" pro-gun advocates might stipulate that not all arguments have equal merit, but a remaining one or few are deal-breakers

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Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 07:30 AM PST

9 Gun Control Arguments

by Martin9

GUN-CONTROL EXERCISE-- Gun-control debates are all over the place. No sooner is one pro-gun argument challenged than another seamlessly replaces it within the same discussion. Typically, the shift happens without notice or remark. Some of the positions trump all the others. Some are not explicitly expressed at all, but their passion and effect are powerful. Some "moderate" pro-gun advocates might stipulate that not all arguments have equal merit, but a remaining one or few are deal-breakers.

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Fri May 11, 2012 at 09:40 AM PDT

Need Morgan Chase Talking Points

by Martin9

Need some help here.  I can barely bring myself to become better informed about the Morgan-Chase $2 billion debacle.  Briefly, so what?  After all, the guy admitted errors were made by certain persons.  I need some real-life examples of why this matters:  Who suffers?  Who will lose a job?  Who will not "create" a job they otherwise would have created?  If $2 billion is lost, are there any comparable gains; who made out just fine?  Is it a problem for some very rich who will become a teensy bit less rich?  Who might decide not to enroll in a community college because of this "loss?"  

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Wed Feb 08, 2012 at 08:08 AM PST

Truth in Contraception Labeling

by Martin9

Any health facility or provider receiving government funds that refuses to offer contraception coverage or related treatments must post prominent (BIG!) warning signs to the effect that:

1. Contraception products, information, or treatments that are medically approved and may be deemed essential by the broader community of medical professionals are not available from and/or allowed on these premises.

2. Such products, information, or treatments may be obtained from [state the location and help website for self-diagnosis]

3. . . .add your own

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Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 09:11 AM PST

Newt Cult

by Martin9

Following Newt's pronouncements the 24 hrs up to FL primary:

If Newt's words were posted on the Internet, coming out of a compound in Montana in which 75 people resided, we'd be seriously worried.  Same can be said for some of the Repub droupouts.

But Americans normalize the crazy talk.  Computing generously, in a head-to-head vote against Obama Newt would be sure to get, what, 30% minimum?

How large must a cult be before it defines who we are?

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Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 09:00 AM PST

Politics of Envy and Division

by Martin9

from John Boehner's office, following the debate:

Because the president clearly cannot run on his record, he has regrettably turned to the politics of envy and division.

Don't deny envy; don't ignore it, embrace it. But define it.  Spell it out. If you will, "unpack" it.
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Thu Apr 14, 2011 at 10:37 AM PDT

Dems Dumb in Budget Debate

by Martin9

Democrats are ignoring (under-responding to) three key Republican arguments.:
1.  Current seniors are more-or-less exempt from immediate medicare jeopardy.
2.  We must act responsibly now if we care about future generations.
3.  Americans of all wealth brackets must share the budgetary sacrifice.

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Wed Mar 02, 2011 at 02:18 PM PST

Strike!

by Martin9

There's no such thing as a strike that someone won't dispute and call illegal, irresponsible, wasteful, and hurtful to some group.  Yet, strikes are labor's ultimate tool when all attempts to compromise fail.  As a teacher, I was on the line in 1979.  

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Along with calls to deport all 10 to 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the USA, are token proposals for leveling fines on those who currently employ the undocumented.  I say "token" because it's inconceivable that any citizen-American would have her life crushed by a modest fine.  Jail time seems unlikely for most.

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Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 11:48 AM PDT

Blame the BP Oil Workers Union

by Martin9

Haven't heard or read anything about such a union. Could it be that there isn't one? That would be a mistake worth correcting.

A robust union can be a collective force to make the workplace safer. True, unions typically catch the blame when profits and productivity are down, which can be very handy.  For example, if BP were a school district, managers and policy makers from around the country could unite and blame teachers.  

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Bizarre how some gulf states leaders are demanding a robust federal response to the oil spill while they maintain their rock-solid opposition to federal government "interference" (not to mention, taxes.) Others have taken note of this, but few have followed up.

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