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Patrick Mauro

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  • Top 5 Reasons Confederate Flag should stop Flying at SC Statehouse
    • what did Civil War resolve? per Antonin Scalia: (10-31-2006) I am afraid I cannot be of much help with your problem, principally because I cannot imagine that such a question could ever reach the Supreme Court. To begin with, the answer is clear. If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede. (Hence, in the Pledge of Allegiance, “one Nation, indivisible.”) Secondly, I find it difficult to envision who the parties to this lawsuit might be. Is the State suing the United States for a declaratory judgment? But the United States cannot be sued without its consent, and it has not consented to this sort of suit.

  • Why Rand Paul is right to Kill the So-Called PATRIOT Act: It was never about Terrorism
    • Juan: If you think Rand Paul cares about your 4th Amendment rights, then you would be naïve (which you are clearly not).
      So what is your legislative solution to protect us from terrorists and protect our 4th amendment rights?

  • Obama with Drama: Translating his comments on Israel's Netanyahu from the Vulcan
    • This translation is what makes “Informed Comment” an accurate title for your blog.
      Merely by reading this article, an open minded “uninformed” reader can be readily informed.
      I appreciate your skill Juan Cole. Thank you!

  • Victim of McCarthy-Era Witch Hunt calls on U-Illinois not to Fire Critic of Israeli Policies
    • I am a Univ. of Illinois graduate.
      I have given cash gifts many years to its endowment fund.
      I will now suspend these gifts until this issue is resolved in a fair way

  • Georgia Courthouse is shot up by Sovereign Citizen after GOP backs Bundy, Open Carry
    • To “Nobody”:

      Warren Buffett is a billionaire. Is he insane?
      He is politically active and thru his late wife’s foundation gives millions of dollars to groups like Planned Parenthood.
      I think your use of the term insane is out of line here.

  • Thank You for Your Support
    • When I read this quote from an interview with Bertrand Russell, I thought of Juan Cole's efforts:

      "BBC: (March 4, 1959)

      One last question: Suppose, Lord Russell, this film were to be looked at by our descendants like a Dead Sea scroll in a thousand years' time. What would you think it's worth telling that generation about the life you've lived and the lessons you've learned from it?

      Bertrand Russell:

      I should like to say two things, one intellectual and one moral.

      The intellectual thing I should want to say to them is this: When you are studying any matter or considering any philosophy, ask yourself only, "What are the facts, and what is the truth that the facts bear out?" Never let yourself be diverted, either by what you wish to believe, or by what you think would have beneficent social effects if it were believed. But look only and solely at what are the facts. That is the intellectual thing that I should wish to say.

      The moral thing I should wish to say to them is very simple. I should say, "Love is wise; hatred is foolish." In this world, which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other. We have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don't like. We can only live together in that way. And if we are to live together, and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet."

      I am glad to have chipped in a few bucks to keep the facts rolling.

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