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Prison reform awaits Kasich

Private prisons are just a form of legal slavery. They put prisoners to work for dimes and hour producing products that the parent company can then profit from. These profits, aside from lining the pockets of the higher ups, also go to lobbyists who advocate for harsher sentencing. This, in turn, gives the prisons a larger labor force. The prison industrial complex is very real. For that reason alone, it should surprise no one that the United States has an incarceration rate of 715 per 100,000 people, the highest in the world. Compare that to Russia, in second place with 584, or Belarus, in third place with 554. Keep in mind that the president of Belarus is someone who our own diplomats described as "bizzare " and "disturbed, " and that was before rigging their 2010 presidential election and arresting 7 of 9 opposition candidates after the election. The first world country with the next highest incarceration rate is Israel, with 174 per 100,000 people. The western European country with the next highest incarceration rate is Spain, with 144 per 100,000 people. These statistics lead me to think three conclusions are possible: 1. Western Europe - and most other countries for that matter - are cesspools of crime, with lackluster police forces and an inability to prosecute criminals. 2. Citzens of the United States are some of the worst people in the world, which would explain why we have an incarceration rate 7 times higher than most of the western world. 3. Something is seriously wrong with sentencing guidelines and the judicial system in the United States. I'll let you pick which one you think is right. I'm just glad I live in the Land of the Free*. *void where prohibited, other conditions apply.  (Jan 6, 2011 | post #147)

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O'Donnell questions separation of church, state

"As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries" - Article 11 in the Treaty of Tripoli, submitted to the senate by John Adams in June of 1797 and Ratified Unanimously. "...the number, the industry, and the morality of the preisthood and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increasted by the total separation of church and state. " - James Madison, principal author of the bill of rights, in an 1819 letter to Robert Walsh "...the lapse of time now more than 50 years since the legal support of religion was withdrawn sufficiently proves that religion does not need the support of Govt and it will scarcely be contended that Government has suffered by the exemption of Religion from its cognizance." - James Madison, in an 1832 letter to a minister "Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof", thus building a wall of separation between Church & State." - Thomas Jefferson, in an 1802 letter to Danbury Baptists "Practical distinction between Religion and Civil Government is essential to the purity of both, and as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States." -James Madison These men are some of the most influential of our founding fathers. They include the principal author of the Bill of Rights, the principal author of The Declaration of Independence, and a major negotiator of peace with Britain. They are also our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th presidents. If there are any people who would know what the intention of the first amendment was, it would be these gentlemen. These quotes should make it clear that they all understood the relationship of government and religion to be one of separation, and nothing but that.  (Jan 6, 2011 | post #1593)

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Athiest's lose

Selective breeding is more or less the same as natural selection. The only difference is that instead of natural pressures deciding which traits are retained through evolution and which are discarded, humans decide which traits they wish to be retained and which they can breed out. Although the "fitness " of a dog doesn't factor into selective breeding in the traditional sense of survival, the dogs selected for breeding could be considered the "fittest " for their breeders, as they would have the traits that best fit the desired outcome.  (Jan 6, 2011 | post #337)

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Psh, athiests. Who needs 'em. Time Cube proves a 1 face god impossible, due to 4 corner face metamorphic human - baby, child, parent and grandparent faces. You are educated stupid. Non-cubic time loses.  (Jan 6, 2011 | post #330)

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Athiest's lose

You are educated evil, and might have to kill the evil ONE teaching educators before you can learn that 4 corner days actually exist -but all Cube Truth denied. Non-Cubic Time loses. Am I doing it right?  (Jan 6, 2011 | post #308)

Dyersburg, TN

Marijuana - Dyersburg, TN

So you're saying that all laws are equally just regardless of how they actually affect society? If Jim Crow laws were still in effect would you tell blacks that they're picking and choosing the laws they want to follow if they performed sit ins and protests for integration? Just because a law exists doesn't mean that there's an argument to be made for it being rightI answered those questions in previous posts. I'd appreciate if you answered mine. I'll repeat from my last post, why is it that you think weed should be illegal when there are dozens of substances far more harmful that are legally available? And why do you think it's right for the government to legislate what consenting adults do in their own homes? And don't give me your bullshit about "consenting adults shit." That's not a counterargument, it just shows you can even think hard enough to come up with a real reason it's invalid. You act as though it's impossible to use safely, which is far from the truth. Why is it that the government sees adult individuals as irresponsible enough to smoke marijuana when they see conversely allow them to drink until they pickle their livers, smoke cigarettes until they shrivel their lungs and take prescription meds that are magnitudes more addictive than marijuana? My point is, why should marijuana be illegal when there are numerous analogous substances available on the free market that are demonstrably less healthy and demonstrably more dangerous to the user and others?  (Jan 6, 2011 | post #2036)

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Who is really a Hip Hop Artist of these

This is hip hop http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=sl-pj b7y3y0 http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=w_-4G FV7uTE http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=jkdV6 umReis&feature =related  (Jan 5, 2011 | post #1)

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State Lawmakers Take On Birthright Citizenship

Honestly, it wouldn't surprise me if you're second conjecture was correct. I read about the Wong Kim Ark decision, and though it does include a rather liberal, though I feel appropriate, decision regarding the intent of the amendment, I don't feel the case is similar enough to those possible with illegal immigration cases to be judged though stare decisis. Although Ark's parents were Chinese citizens, they were also legal immigrants and had established domicile in the United States before his birth, unlike the situation that has arisen due to illegal immigration. I would honestly be shocked if SCOTUS were to vote for illegal alien birthright citizenship.  (Jan 5, 2011 | post #34)

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State Lawmakers Take On Birthright Citizenship

Did you see what I wrote 2 posts above yours? Racer told me otherwise, I did some research and admitted that the intent of the amendment's writer was not to give birthright citizenship to parents who come from foreign jurisdiction. Chill out and read the thread :P  (Jan 5, 2011 | post #33)

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State Lawmakers Take On Birthright Citizenship

Well, I did a bit of research and that seems entirely correct. What I couldn't find, though was any judicial precedent indicating why there would even be such a thing as "anchor babies" if the intent and wording (which the writer's comments make abundantly clear) should prevent them from being citizens. I ask in earnest, do you know of any court cases that have made a ruling on this?  (Jan 5, 2011 | post #30)

Dyersburg, TN

Marijuana - Dyersburg, TN

Believe whatever you want about how I used "herb," (though we can argue it's taxonomy if you wish) but I can't believe you compared rape to smoking weed. Rape is an action that directly infringes upon another person's rights to their body, resulting in severe and lasting trauma to the victim, along with causing possible permanent damage. How does weed do any of that? Yeah, you can make the argument that it impairs drivers, but then why not just have it be illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana and make it otherwise legal? Why aren't you advocating for laws prohibiting alcohol, especially considering it's far more dangerous to both the people who consume it as well as the people who interact with consumers? Why aren't you advocating for laws prohibiting cigarettes, considering they kill almost half a million more people each year than marijuana in the united states alone? Also, I'm well aware of the drug war in Mexico. It's no different than the organized crime that resulted from the prohibition of alcohol nearly a century ago. The only reason they have so much incentive to kill each other over drugs is because they're illegal here! Prohibition does nothing to affect demand and only serves to drive distribution underground, as is seen in Mexico especially. If weed became legal tomorrow then the cartels would lose the vast majority of their income and would literally have no choice but to disband or find other means of profiteering, given they could no longer do so from weed. And that's exactly why smoking weed is different then rape. If you made rape legal, people would still be victimized. If you made weed legal, cartels would lose the will and the means to keep killing people for territory to sell something that is no longer profitable. I mean, using your logic I could say that our legislators are responsible for all of these deaths in Mexico because they continue to prohibit the use and sale of a drug that is undeniably safer than cigarettes, alcohol, and dozens of medicines that can be bought over the counter at any corner store. Why is it that you think weed should be illegal when there are dozens of substances far more harmful that are legally available? What is it about people who smoke weed that makes you immediately dislike them? And why do you think it's right for the government to legislate what consenting adults do in their own homes?  (Jan 5, 2011 | post #2027)

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Athiest's lose

Are you suggesting that you aren't? Only they're not your parameters - they're thrust upon you. Also, why do you refer to yourself in the third person?  (Jan 5, 2011 | post #270)

US Politics

State Lawmakers Take On Birthright Citizenship

You just said that it doesn't give citizenship to children born of parents who are legally in the country. I'm not sure whether that was a typo on your part or what the point you're trying to make is, but I refer you to the 14th amendment, section 1I don't see any wording that concerns the parents of a person born in the United States.  (Jan 5, 2011 | post #27)

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Athiest's lose

How do you pick the winners from the losers when everyone is playing by their own rules though?  (Jan 5, 2011 | post #265)

Dyersburg, TN

Marijuana - Dyersburg, TN

First, I'd ask that you please don't make me a liar. Herb is a slang term and in no way did I ever intend to insinuate that it wasn't a drug. It is, and it gets you high, so lighten up a bit :D. I don't smoke weed because I feel compelled to or because I can't relax without it - I make the conscious decision to. And, to be honest, when I smoke it's usually not to relax anyway. What you see as a lack of self control and self respect is what I consider a personal stand to live my life the way I see fit. I feel that I shouldn't let overreaching and amoral government mandates dictate my life for me. If the government outlawed alcohol, would you consider the desire to have a drink to stem from a lack of self-respect and control? Or what about the incandescent lightbulbs that are being phased out? Would you consider a person who still used them to be addicted to soft, warm light that compact fluorescents simply can't provide? I understand that laws are made for a reason, but when a government makes laws that do far more harm than what they're supposed to be protecting us from, such as those against marijuana, I see no reason why I should respect them. I would rather take a risk (and minimize it) to live as I choose than to hold myself back from what I wish to do out of fear of a law I don't respect. Also, I think it's a bit extreme to say that we're not alike in any way. How could you know that to be true when we don't even know anything about each other? Like I said, I smoke weed, but I don't define myself with it. Heck, if you met me you might not even know I did if I didn't tell you! We might discover a whole bunch of things we had in common before we got to that one difference. So before you write me off as completely different, why not get to know me a little better first? Is there any sort of music you particularly like? Any sort of foods? Perhaps you even like to cook or go biking. I know I do! Have a nice day :)  (Jan 5, 2011 | post #2014)