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  1. lokstah

    War On Liberal America

    Sorry, gotta go. Know we've opened a big can of worms. I'll answer soon.
  2. lokstah

    War On Liberal America

    We're speaking completely different languages. Describing conservatism as being "against sudden change" is a specific articulation of a particular sort of conservative thinking; there are more extreme, and more relaxed ways to describe conservativism as well. Maybe you're describing modern...
  3. lokstah

    War On Liberal America

    Conservatism and liberalism aren't political parties; they're mindsets. The slow march of humanity, out of the most primative, non-egalitarian and compartmentalized society, to the most open, tolerant and least stratified society, is embraced by liberalism and approached with caution by...
  4. lokstah

    War On Liberal America

    The following as a quick list of actions, policies, and historical episodes which I would characterize as being influenced by old-entrenched notions of culture, nationalism, religion, gender roles, or race. I'd characterize the movements to oppose them as progressive actions: The persecution...
  5. lokstah

    War On Liberal America

    That's a yes, I take it?
  6. lokstah

    Bill Would Put Serial Numbers on Bullets

    Jag, I don't disagree with anything you've written here, except for the "useless endeavor" bit. The suggestion shouldn't be that numbering bullets will solve crime; the suggestion should be that numbering bullets simply provides another layer of audit-trail for investigators to follow. In a...
  7. lokstah

    War On Liberal America

    It wan't Jitt, it was Jaguar. I didn't tell Jaguar that what I thought he was implying about race was wrong; I only honestly stated that the angle he was taking was a discussion I didn't want to have. I thought this subject was more manageable, though I didn't address it without taking...
  8. lokstah

    War On Liberal America

    That simple, huh?
  9. lokstah

    War On Liberal America

    Personally, I believe the best model has to rely on both approaches: it's absolutely necessary to hold individuals responsible for their own fate, and at the same time, society should be obligated to acknowledge, study and address the context behind social problems. All too often, arguments are...
  10. lokstah

    Harry Potter's affect on kids/teens turning to Wicca?

    She's the fiancee, mind you; even so, she already has caught me thusly, and worse. There is great tension. We're acting out "Cabaret" daily.
  11. lokstah

    War On Liberal America

    That's a cheap summation of thread chatter from different sources, and not an accurate reference to anything I've ever posted. And for the record, I'm not insinuating--I'm insisting that the legacy of bigotry is well-connected to the history of conservativism in America. By the same token, I...
  12. lokstah

    War On Liberal America

    Care to identify where and how I did so?
  13. lokstah

    War On Liberal America

    I figured as much; I just expected a little more background information so that the 95% of forum users who didn't live near Victoria Square wouldn't be quite so perplexed. No worries. Best of luck to the effort.
  14. lokstah

    Harry Potter's affect on kids/teens turning to Wicca?

    I realized shortly after writing it that calling Marianne my "number one gal" could get me in a great deal of trouble.
  15. lokstah

    War On Liberal America

    I don't know about you, but I feel out the loop and slightly annoyed.
  16. lokstah

    Frist's Filibuster Fray

    Uh, thanks, Fred.
  17. lokstah

    Frist's Filibuster Fray

    Well, obviously, I don't have a thesis to cut-and-paste evidence from; here in front of me, I have only Google and (incidentally) a copy of Vidal's Lincoln on my desk (fiction, yes, but a good read). We could dedicate an entire thread, though, to determining precisely where President Bush...
  18. lokstah

    Bill Would Put Serial Numbers on Bullets

    The gun lobby is one of the most deep-rooted, well-resourced and outright powerful political influencers in the US. It's likely they'll defeat this California proposal, or at least come close to it. Moderate and liberal politicians in this country have been attempting different legal angles...
  19. lokstah

    Frist's Filibuster Fray

    Describing someone as a liberal, conservative, moderate, centrist, left-leaner or right-leaner isn't like identifying their blood type or the name of the bank which holds their money; it's a judgment, an evaluation, based on interpretations and observation. It's inherently subjective and...
  20. lokstah

    Harry Potter's affect on kids/teens turning to Wicca?

    Marianne is no "it."