Americans want the budget cut by this much (below), if you don't, you are not only far to the right of the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party, you're to the right of the entire country!
CUT THE MILITARY BUDGET!
1) Because the military budget has almost doubled since 9-11, so cutting 20% is easy.
2) It would save granny from being starved by austerity mongers (we would no longer need to cut a dime from social programs).
is not an excuse for bad policy decisions like Chained CPI, dirty fuels, cutting social services, ending habeus corpus, failing to cut bloated military budgets (significantly, by say 50%), and failing to follow up on the public option.
it therefore MUST be supplemented with unemployment insurance or you will have unemployed people whose only recourse is to break the law to survive.
This is a simple precept. I hope everyone gets it.
This is why austerity in a free market economy can not work.
There are a couple of Facebook pages dedicated to Dorner, including We Are All Chris Dorner, which states: "Christopher John Dorner is the victim of a manhunt and smear campaign. 5 years ago he was fired from the LAPD for seeking to expose corruption within it..." There's the Christopher Dorner Appreciation Society, which posts pictures of police brutality and images from the Rodney King Riots in 1992. It says, "This man's life was ruined for fighting back against a racist culture. We here at C.D.A.S. will always remember his story."
cross between absurd and ridiculous.
Example: this post.
3. Consequentialism, or It Worked Out for the Best
The ethical nature of an act must be evaluated when it is done, and not based on its results. Consequentialism is an open invitation to extreme the ends justify the mean conduct, where even cruel and illegal conduct becomes ethical because good consequences happen to arise out of it, even when the good was completely unintended or unpredictable. ......
4. If it isnt illegal, its ethical.
10. The Kings Pass
One will often hear unethical behavior excused because the person involved is so important, so accomplished, and has done such great things for so many people that we should look the other way, just this once. This is a terribly dangerous mindset, because celebrities and powerful public figures come to depend on it. Their achievements, in their own minds and those of their supporters and fans, have earned them a more lenient ethical standard. This pass for bad behavior is as insidious as it is pervasive, and should be recognized and rejected when ever it raises its slimy head. In fact, the more respectable and accomplished an individual is, the more damage he or she can do through unethical conduct, because such individuals engender great trust. Thus the corrupting influence on the individual of The Kings Pass leads to the corruption of other others through
11. The Dissonance Drag
Cognitive dissonance is an innately human process that can muddle the ethical values of an individual without him or her even realizing that it is happening. The most basic of cognitive dissonance scenarios occurs when a person whom an individual regards highly adopts a behavior that the same individual deplores. The gulf between the individuals admiration of the person (a positive attitude) and the individuals objection to the behavior (a negative attitude) must be reconciled. The individual can lower his or her estimation of the person, or develop a rationalization for the conflict (the person was acting uncharacteristically due to illness, stress, or confusion), or reduce the disapproval of the behavior.
This is why misbehavior by leaders and other admired role models is potentially very harmful on a large scale: by creating dissonance, it creates a downward drag on societal norms by validating unethical behavior. Tortured or inexplicable defenses of otherwise clearly wrong behavior in public dialogue are often the product of cognitive dissonance.
12. The Saints Excuse: Its for a good cause
25. The Favorite Child Excuse
What my guy did is OK, because your guy did it.
27. The Revolutionarys Excuse: These are not ordinary times.
An argument for those who embrace the ends justify the meansbut only temporarily, mind you!the Revolutionarys excuse has as long and frightening a pedigree as any of the rationalizations here. Of course, there is no such thing as ordinary times. This rationalization suggests that standards of right and wrong can and should be suspended under special circumstances, always defined, naturally, by those who defy laws, rules, and societal values. Their circular logic results in their adversaries feeling justified in being equally unethical, since times in which the other side engages in dishonesty, cheating, cruelty, and more is, by definition, extraordinary.
The inevitable result is a downward spiral of conduct, until unethical behavior is the norm. Ironically, the rationalization that these are not ordinary times no longer is necessary at that point. Unethical conduct has become ordinary, the new normal. This is, it is fair to say, the current state of American politics.
30. The Troublesome Luxury: Ethics is a luxury we cant afford right now
....In a true crisis, ethical values are often the only thing standing between us and catastrophic misconduct in the throes of desperation and panic; they arent luxuries, they are life-lines. When you hear yourself saying, Ill do anything to fix this! Anything! it is a warning, and the ethics alarm needs to start ringing hard. Grab those ethical values, and hold on to them. They are the last thing you can afford to be without at such times.
31. The Unethical Role Model: He/She would have done the same thing
This is a fantasy rationalization, and therefore a wonderfully versatile one. Just pick the great, famous and admired man or woman who you think would be most likely to engage in the wrongful conduct you are considering, and you will immediately feel good about it......
I don't think there is one "reason" that's been stated for the President's kill list, et al, that has not been shown to be a fallacy in the above information.
Wrong is Wrong.
Washington, D.C. US Senator Ron Wyden, a senior member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement today regarding a Justice Department paper entitled Lawfulness of a Lethal Operation Against a U.S. Citizen Who Is a Senior Operational Leader of Al-Qaida or An Associated Force which was made public yesterday by NBC News:
As I and ten other senators told the President yesterday, if individual Americans choose to take up arms against the United States, there will clearly be some circumstances in which the President has the authority to use lethal force against those Americans, just as President Lincoln had the authority to use force against the Confederate Army during the Civil War. At the same time, it is vitally important for Congress and the American public to have a full understanding of how the executive branch interprets this authority, so that Congress and the public can decide whether the Presidents power to deliberately kill American citizens is subject to appropriate limitations and safeguards. Every American has the right to know when their government believes that it is allowed to kill them.
The Justice Department memo that was made public yesterday touches on a number of important issues, but it leaves many of the most important questions about the Presidents lethal authorities unanswered. Questions like how much evidence does the President need to decide that a particular American is part of a terrorist group?, does the President have to provide individual Americans with the opportunity to surrender? and can the President order intelligence agencies or the military to kill an American who is inside the United States? need to be asked and answered in a way that is consistent with American laws and American values. This memo does not answer these questions.
I will continue to press the Administration to provide Congress with any and all legal opinions that outline the Presidents authority to use lethal force against Americans, and I will not be satisfied until I have received them. I have not yet received an official response to the letter than I sent to Deputy National Security Advisor Brennan on this topic three weeks ago, but I look forward to raising the issue with him again at his nomination hearing this Thursday.
The letter that Senator Wyden and ten other Senators sent to President Obama regarding these legal opinions can be found here. The letter that Senator Wyden sent to Deputy National Security Advisor Brennan, which includes detailed questions about the Presidents lethal authorities, can be found here. And the letter that Senator Wyden sent to Attorney General Holder on this topic can be found here.
The highly unusual thing about this is that the average residential retail cost of electricity in the United States is 11.4 cents per kWh, which is twice as much as the price at which this power plant will be producing electricity!
(The resulting $0.0579, or six cents, per kWh is less than half the average price of energy generated by new coal-fired power stations (12.8c/kWh) Read more: http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/us--thin-film-solar-energy-sells-cheaper-than-coal-fired_100010043/#ixzz2Jx3NDAaO)
Also, the typical price of thin-film solar power is 16.3 cents per kWh, which is 2.8 times more.
Clean Technica (http://s.tt/1zjUZ)
Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/03/thin-film-solar-power-to-be-sold-for-less-than-coal/#5XFl9uoaqTU9t98h.99
Let's stop subsidizing nuclear, coal, gas, and other non-renewables, which are EXPENSIVE, antiquated technologies from a bygone era.
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