• gerryphillyesq commented on the blog post Mars Attacks: Notes on the 2012 Campaign

    2012-11-04 10:43:52View | Delete

    I’m cautiously optimistic that our democracy is resilient enough. After all, we’ve progressed to the point that most people would reject out of hand the concept that the color of a person’s skin is any indicator of a person’s value as a human being.

  • gerryphillyesq commented on the blog post Mars Attacks: Notes on the 2012 Campaign

    2012-11-04 10:38:26View | Delete

    I think that the sin of racism has been lurking below the surface all along. Racists just recognized that it was dangerous to verbalize it openly once its underlying hatred was exposed during the CIvil RIghts movement. The election of Pres. Obama just stripped the veneer to expose it in all its ugliness.

  • You’re also forgetting the cost of infrastructure (roads, bridges, etc.) and the added cost on its maintenance caused by the overuse that the added vehicles would cause. Additionally, there is the lost time caused by traffic jams due to the increased volume. Mass transit is more efficient, cost effective and promotes a healthier lifestyle than the personal automobile.

  • gerryphillyesq commented on the diary post Foxconn Riot Flashes a Glimpse of China’s Slow-burning Labor Crisis by Michelle Chen.

    2012-10-03 10:04:49View | Delete

    Thanks for an informative posting. I’ve been wondering about the stability of the Chinese regime since the global economic downturn began. The sudden move to put astronauts in space and the saber-rattling in the South China Sea bear the marks of bright, shiny distractions for a restive population. That combined with the ouster of Bo [...]

  • gerryphillyesq commented on the diary post The Crackdown on Chalk (#Chalkupy Austin) by Kit OConnell.

    2012-08-13 21:06:55View | Delete

    The teenagers were arrested in Doylestown, a suburb of Philadelphia, not in the city.

  • gerryphillyesq commented on the blog post Late Night: Crybaby Conservatism on the Supreme Court

    2012-07-07 06:09:22View | Delete

    It’s been widely reported that Scalia wrote the conservative dissent.

  • There is one major difficulty with your distopian vision. Nation states will still be needed to issue currency and to referee contract disputes. Armies and conflicts are incredibly bad for business and trade. But going back to the topic, it does seem that the European Union concept is premature and likely to fail at this time.

  • gerryphillyesq commented on the blog post German Economy Slows, Perhaps Spurring Action in Europe

    2012-06-22 08:41:41View | Delete

    I agree. The basic problem with the Euro is that there is no unifying structure with the power to balance economic inequities. The U.S. has the ability to transfer tax dollars from net positive states like New York to net negative states like Wyoming because they are all equal participants in the political union with a strong central authority established by the Constitution. The EU’s structure is more like that established by the Articles of Confederation. Without a fundamental change in structure the EU cannot survive and one of the primary roadblocks to this is the ambivalence of the people to greater union. Among the most ambivalent are the Germans.

  • Ah ha! The term, if my misspent youth watching Monty Python serves me, is “twit”.

  • If he was on assignment he should have something to record the event (notebook, tape recorder iPad). The fact that the picture in the link shows him with his hands either in his pockets or on his hips leads me to the conclusion that he was just there to heckle.

  • True. But I’m sure he would not want people to think that his school produces anything other than complete gentlemen.

  • Tucker and Mitt do seem to be poster children for boorish behavior. Someone should ask the headmaster of St. George’s School (the elite Connecticut boarding school Carlson attended) whether Tucker’s defense of rude behavior comports with the standards they expect of their students and graduates.

  • gerryphillyesq commented on the blog post Europe Update: Things Are Still Bad, And Worse

    2012-06-14 05:55:53View | Delete

    The problem with the Euro dates to its foundation. The economies of the Southern European countries are largely based in different sectors from highly industrial Germany. Because the European Parliament is not sovereign over the member countries and lacks a mechanism for equalization that is possible in the U.S. through revenue transfers by the federal government from wealthier states to poorer ones, the currency is doomed to failure. It may be able to survive as the unit of currency of a single country or perhaps a coalition of two or three but it does not adequately address the needs of the majority of the current member states. It should also be noted that Germany’s success is bought by the fact that the Euro’s value is based on the economic health of the entire Eurozone. If Germany still had the Deutsche Mark the price of its goods would not be competitive.

  • gerryphillyesq commented on the diary post Romney-Rosen Firestorm Is Reminder: We Need to Redefine Gender Justice by Michelle Chen.

    2012-04-21 21:07:47View | Delete

    Thanks for your excellent analysis and for providing needed perspective on this issue.

  • To which post are you referring?

  • I think that the point that Lisa is making is that there are beliefs stated in Mormonism that are seriously at odds with what Christians have traditionally believed and therefore would preclude Mormons from being defined as Christians by mainstream Christian churches. Mormons are free to claim that they are Christians, but that doesn’t mean that Catholics, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists are required to accept them.

    To give a related example – Messianic Jews claim to be Jewish while accepting Jesus as the promised Messiah. I doubt that you would find any branch of Judaism accepting their claim to being authentically Jewish.

    Take the example the that Jesus and Lucifer are brothers. Traditional Christians believe that Jesus is God and therefore not a created being. Lucifer (the Devil) is believed to be a fallen angel. Angels are not divine (not gods); they are believed to have been created by God as purely spiritual beings. Therefore, the Mormon belief is not compatible with traditional Christian thought. Even without making a judgment as to which could be right or wrong it is clear that they are not the same thing. This is also true concerning Mormon beliefs about the nature of God. Traditional Christians believe that God is a Spirit, Mormons teach that God the Father has a physical body. Thus they believe that Jesus was conceived by the physical union of God the Father and Mary (no virgin birth), a situation more akin to the birth of the classical demigods like Hercules or Perseus than anything that traditional Christians believe.

    One of the things that makes dialogue between Mainstream Christians and Mormons so difficult is that often the latter group is not always straightforward in acknowledging the existence of the obvious differences. Believing one thing precludes believing its opposite. “A” cannot be “Not-A” at the same time.

  • gerryphillyesq commented on the blog post Andrew Breitbart Dead

    2012-03-01 08:42:53View | Delete

    In the best of circumstances, what you are on the inside should comport with what you do. To do less is hypocritical.

  • gerryphillyesq commented on the blog post The Ownership Society

    2012-02-19 14:11:38View | Delete

    Actually Series E Bonds and EE Bonds continue to mature past the date that they reach their face value and continue to accrue that interest until they are 30 years old. I have experienced this both personally in cashing in bonds held by my mother and in assisting clients probate estates.

  • gerryphillyesq commented on the blog post The Ownership Society

    2012-02-19 11:32:58View | Delete

    I agree that some aspects of the ownership society that put average citizens at risk. Certainly the watering down of regulation and the failure by officials to enforce those that remained created the destruction of savings for the middle class. There is an argument in favor of some forms of the ownership society. Home ownership does provide security that renters do not have. Landlords do have the inherent right to refuse to renew at the end of the term and this does happen.

    While I accept your assertion that the wartime bond programs probably did have instances in which nonparticipants were suspected of disloyalty, this is only a small portion of the timeline of government savings bonds. The postwar payroll savings plan ensured that millions of blue-collar workers had a government guaranteed investment vehicle. Kept to full maturity (30 years), those bonds became worth three or four times their face value which enabled those workers to retire comfortably. classmates of mine in the 1970′s were able to cash in partially matured bonds purchased for them by their parents or other relatives as a means of paying for college or making a down payment on a first home. At the same time the funds these bonds represented helped to build the interstate highway system, maintain national parks and most other government programs. The government bond story is not as one-sided as portrayed.

  • gerryphillyesq commented on the diary post On the Streets of Bedford Falls by Daveparts.

    2011-12-13 18:59:12View | Delete

    @ greenbell I agree. The original version wasn’t a Pollyanna view of the world. It’s a pretty stark and realistic view of the world. What it does do is to show that if good people do something evil can be contained – the corollary to Edmund Burke’s statement “All that is necessary for the triumph [...]

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