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Paul in Hillsdale

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  • Is LindJohn's notion of an Enemy Combatant Racist? How about attempted Assassination of the Commander in Chief?
    • Paul Schlesinger 04/21/2013 at 7:33 am

      The Tsarnaev brothers were of Chechnyan heritage. Their roots go back to that region of the Caucasus Mountains. It's likely that their actions reflect on traits common to most people from that region. We should therefore be on the lookout for all Caucasians as possible terrorists, who should therefore be adjudicated without adherence to the Constitutional protections afforded other Americans.

  • Firearms used in 300,000 crimes a year in US (Poster)
    • Paul Schlesinger 12/16/2012 at 12:45 pm

      Nothing about the USA is more befitting of validating the claim of "American Exceptionalism" than our gun culture and the violence it causes. It truly does make the USA "exceptional" among the advanced nations of the world. It's not something that most NRA-supporting gun owners should be blamed for. But the NRA leadership is a bunch of sociopaths who appear to care only about their political power. Twenty children lost in Newtown? Collateral damage that they won't lose sleep over.

      What would the public think if the posture of the AAA was that speed limits restrict our freedom and should, therefore, be opposed and should be the single issue upon which all AAA members should cast their votes. The truth is that speed limits do limit our freedom. Exactly the kind of limits that distinguish "freedom" from "liberty." We should view "reasonable" gun controls as the same limitation of "freedom" that enhances our "liberty." The liberty to send our children to safe schools, which would seem to be a pretty basic component of our society.

  • Despite Negative Hype, Green Energy Revenues Rapidly Expanding
    • Paul in Hillsdale 03/16/2012 at 7:50 am

      Juan: Check the math (or the source) of the Clean Edge report on the growth in solar market revenues last year. The citation might be accurate, but it's very misleading. If the only costs of installations were the solar panels, and the cost of those fell by "more than 40%," then revenues would have been about flat. Not 29% higher. It's a multiplicative function, not an additive one. The total cost per installation could have "only" declined by around 24% if a 69% increase in installs generated a 29% increase in revenues. In the likely event that the installation entails costs in addition to the cost of the panels themselves, it would be a mere coincidence if the numbers cited happened to work. Not because 69-40=29.

      In the context of your point, this might be a nit.

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