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  •  Dehumanizing others is dehumanizing. (12+ / 0-)

    Rise above.

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 04:02:25 PM PDT

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    •  Your'e no fun. (0+ / 0-)

      But seriously, if you can do that (rise above), you are a far better man than I.

      Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. Carl Sagan

      by sjburnman on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 04:14:10 PM PDT

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      •  We have to do this. (7+ / 0-)

        It's pretty much a bottom-line human requirement.

        Jews were reduced to a sub-species and eventually vermin by a very methodical step-by-step process that made it possible to exterminate them.

        This is one of few things I'm adamant about. Denying others' humanity is a requisite step toward killing them.

        And the fist few times we take that step it's just "in fun". But you're a better man than you think.

        "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

        by Bob Love on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 06:31:00 PM PDT

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        •  Your adamance regarding this subject is forcing me (5+ / 0-)
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          to give serious consideration to your position.  I did not think that my little comment could contribute to any movement at dehumanizing racists, bigots, or homophobes, but I understand where such characterizations can lead, and no, I don't want to go there.

          So I will endeavor to refrain from using those kinds of descriptors in the future, no matter how much I am tempted to do so, but I will not refrain from unleashing upon people with those kinds of views a serious dose of scorn and ridicule.

          I do appreciate your calling me out on this.  Perhaps I am a better man than I think, but I would not have called anyone out for saying what I said.  You remain a better man than I.

          Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. Carl Sagan

          by sjburnman on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 08:36:03 PM PDT

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    •  Oh they're very very human all right (3+ / 0-)
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      Humans are a nasty bunch as a whole.

      No other primate invented the inquisition, crusades, jihads, torture, barbed wire, mustard gas, the machine gun, carpet bombing, and death camps.

      (Just a few of our greatest hits)

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 06:47:03 PM PDT

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