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Taking Leave of Our Senses
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Not to beat a dead horse…
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Glenn Beck and the Red Knight
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autism is a disorder
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now that i have a kid…
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Not Reading What You Defend
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A beginning is a very delicate time
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The American Trajectory: Chapter 3 Great Powers
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Tradition in the modern United States.
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Our Sins
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stating the obvious
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Why They Fight
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all the president’s spies
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The comments...

AvatarE.D. Kain
+ Here's the thing - and I wrote my reply too quickly. Your example is not bullshit. The difference must be in intent. [. . .]

i found the angriest picture of myself i could. that seemed to make it work.

AvatarJaybird
+ And we're back to my fundamental question. When we're talking about "the government should prevent the masses from experiencing X", do you relate to "the government" [. . .]

"read Jim Manzi's critique" [cough] Noah Millman [cough]

AvatarJaybird
+ Really? You find it unthinkable that someone would seriously argue that killing innocent people (note: not "combatants") via unmanned drones would be a war crime? [. . .]
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+ Is it more cute or less cute than "dude, I'm open-minded and all, but we should make sure that no more of those people ever [. . .]
+ Would this sentence have made sense in 1950 regarding homosexuality? Again, that is precisely the categorical vision of difference that I am rejecting. I know, I [. . .]
+ That's kind of a bullshit hypothetical, Jaybird. There's a BIG difference between what we do to combatants on the field and what we do [. . .]
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+ "I am advocating that as a society we respect medical science and our conception of what it means for a condition to be a disorder [. . .]
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+ Let's say that the next President happens to be !Democrat. Let's say that he says that sending unmanned drones into Pakistan and killing innocent people is [. . .]
+ Issues surrounding autism tend to be burdened with overgeneralization. The only related overgeneralization that I've found to be meaningful is that some people with [. . .]

It works! If it doesn't seem to work clear your browser's cache....

Nah, I'm just a sucker for avatars....

+ My son just got through a nasty bout of pneumonia which required surgery to clear a bunch of nasty thick fluid around his right lung [. . .]

Hahahaha are we getting kickbacks from the Gravatar people or something?

+ ChrisWWW - Thank you. Your theory is correct, and in fact is not even debatably wrong. The Bybee memo explicitly acknowledges this with [. . .]
+ Will: A "predicate act" means an act that can form the basis for a finding of "severe mental pain or suffering" within the meaning of [. . .]
+ On the other hand, a lot of us who have Aspergers or High Functioning Autism, don’t feel or desire to be “normal.” What you fail [. . .]
+ You guys always lump the Erie Canal in with US Government. The Federal Government wanted nothing to do with helping to build the Erie Canal, [. . .]
AvatarBob Cheeks
+ Will, I enjoyed your self reflection. I'm not quite sure what kind of Conservative I am either but I do know, from experience, that centralized gov't [. . .]
+ In reality we left the door open to interpretation. I don't think there was the will to define it carefully and strictly. Rather than define [. . .]
+ Andy McCarthy = pwned One "extra-legal" theory I had was that the act of waterboarding is in itself a non-verbal threat of death by drowning. The [. . .]
AvatarWill
+ Wow, Mark - just got around to reading this and your legal analysis seems pretty devastating. One question: What does "predicate act" mean in the [. . .]
+ Thanks for that, Dennis. I think that really compliments Freddie's piece, actually. I think we run the risk, in fact, of not truly [. . .]

I concur, Mike. I thought it had been, though....

+ Freeman: Maybe, maybe not. I was referring to "topping it" with a more illuminating analysis, which you clearly haven't done. In fact, you added more examples [. . .]
+ Well, I think I need to speak up as someone that has an autism spectrum disorder. About a year ago, I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome [. . .]
+ Grendel72: would those intelligence agencies who “failed us” be the ones who gave the Bush administration memos with titles like “Bin Laden Determined to Attack US”? [. . .]
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Greginak -

I don't know, I think there's some value to throwing out a provocative viewpoint every one and awhile.

Avatarfreeman
+ @Roque Nuevo: Sure, I can top it. Japan was faced with an even more "impossible situation" in WWII. It didn't matter one bit when the USA prosecuted them [. . .]

It's only a matter of time before Obama has our soldiers armed with rubber bullets.

AvatarGrendel72
+ Roque Nuevo, would those intelligence agencies who "failed us" be the ones who gave the Bush administration memos with titles like "Bin Laden Determined to [. . .]
Avatargreginak
+ I''m not sure how you define provocative. Manzi seems unaware of any sort of basic ideas of morality. There is a simply a categorical difference [. . .]
AvatarBill
+ Fair enough. I agree that we don't know everything about the decisions of the past so I do support some kind of inquiry to get [. . .]
+ Bill: I certainly don't question that "humane" methods plus a trained and creative interrogator (like Ali Soufan) can produce quality intelligence and possibly even in [. . .]
AvatarBill
+ I see that I probably won't convince you, but that's OK. As you say, there are some things we agree on. I think that the main [. . .]
+ Bill: Thanks for writing. I appreciate the effort. First off, we agree on Bush's approach to gay marriage, stem-cell research, and probably a lot more. He [. . .]
+ I've come to the conclusion that torture must be banned forever -- it's the only moral solution, because otherwise we'll rationalize its need. It would [. . .]
AvatarBill
+ First, while it wasn't directed at my post, an easy bit of rebuttal: RN: "Your comment that there was no need to use torture—if that’s [. . .]
+ Hey, ED Kain, Thanks for the shout-out! I appreciate it a lot. (Yes, I do live in Mexico. Come down here anytime and you've got [. . .]
+ Bill: I think I could rebut those contentions I think you can't. The Republicans are defending their "enhanced interrogation" program, which of course reflects well on [. . .]
AvatarMikeF
+ Fantastic post. I first read about the movement to normalize autism as a difference rather than a disorder a few days ago, and was [. . .]
+ Stephen: Neither I nor Friedman are justifying torture. My point is to understand why the administration authorized it in the aftermath of 9/11. I think [. . .]
+ Bob: I don't know who was responsible for our intelligence failure. There is enough blame to spread around, for sure. But the fact of the [. . .]
+ ED Kain: Like any complex situation, the end of the Cold War will demand a complex solution. I'm certain that the CIA played its part in [. . .]
+ Excellent point, Michael. This is what I was trying to say. I'm still rather awful at expressing anything even remotely intelligent when it [. . .]