Archive for January 10th, 2007

Eight ways to allow 3,000 people to die: a lesson in moral clarity

| January 10, 2007 | 17 Replies
Eight ways to allow 3,000 people to die: a lesson in moral clarity

President Bush is going to send more than 20,000 more troops into Iraq and spend billions of more dollars to carry on a hideous war. Why?  To protect Americans from terrorists, he tells us.  Bush convinced Americans to invade Iraq by accusing Iraq of being responsible for the 9/11 attacks that killed 3,000 Americans.  This […]

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No more smoke-filled rooms at the Capitol

| January 10, 2007 | 1 Reply
No more smoke-filled rooms at the Capitol

This is both a substantive and symbolic point, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. With the new year ushering in a D.C. smoking ban, House members could take refuge in puffing away in the Speaker’s lobby, an ornate room next to the House chamber. Members, reporters and staffers hang out there during votes. Not any more. […]

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Framing the abortion debate (part 2): the nonsense of arguing about whether “life begins at conception”

| January 10, 2007 | 19 Replies
Framing the abortion debate (part 2):  the nonsense of arguing about whether “life begins at conception”

In part 1 of this series, I pointed out a gaping hole in the argument of so-called “pro-life” supporters:  the missing premise that invalidates their entire argument.  In this sequel, I point out another gaping hole in their argument:  the nonsense of arguing about whether “life begins at conception” or, equivalently, whether a fetus is a […]

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