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I consider the upholding of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to be a golden opportunity for entrepreneurs to start medical tourism businesses. Go to Thailand, take in a temple, get a triple-bypass.
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2012 on Life and Death at what if?
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I have a fleeting thought to blame it all on the totalitarian impulse of Indira Gandhi to rig the election funding to the advantage of Congress. On the other hand, if she didn't do it, someone else would have. I grasp that any proposed regulation on campaign financing is, until proven otherwise, an attempt to rig the election funding system to the advantage of the proposer, or the proposer's party.
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2012 on Citizens United at what if?
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Infanticide was commonly practiced in cultures around the world before Judaism/Christianity became influential in them. I grasp that this is a good example of how starting with an insane premise, one can logically arrive at an insane conclusion
Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2012 on "After-Birth" Abortion?!?! at what if?
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It wouldn't hurt my feelings if Scott Walker was selected as a running mate for his direct, competent action, like Calvin Coolidge was in 1920. Keep Cool with Coolidge, Walk on with Walker!
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2012 on Freedom and Our Future at what if?
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I can see it now...Peg Kaplan, realtor, bridge player par excellence, eloquent advocate of freedom, cashes in after executing backwash squeeze (whatever that is) on Warren Buffett/Bill Gates team. In the rather distant future, of course.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2012 on What a Way to Go at what if?
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"Heteroflexible," "lesbian until graduation" and "hasbian" are all found at, where peeps go to get mad street cred fo' shiz (Did I just say that?) I'm adding "hasbian" to my list of words and phrases to provide as evidence for the non-etched-in-stone-ness of sexual behavior. Also tipping my hat to Anonymous.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2011 on The Choice at what if?
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I hereby confess to mixed thoughts and emotions regarding this. On the one hand, there seems to be biological evidence for same-sex attraction in males (probability increasing with number of older brothers). On the other hand, maybe we'll discover in the not-too-distant future that there's some kind of similar biological evidence for murder attraction, adultery attraction, theft attraction, etc. What will that have to do with anything? Why should a biological basis for same-sex attraction have anything to do with anything? The homosexual community, for better or for worse, has succeeded in establishing the narrative that gay is something one is, a way one is born, and thus uncondemnable. On the other hand, if that is the case, why does our culture have the word "heteroflexible," or the phrase "lesbian until graduation?" It's trickier than it looks, no matter which side of the winning narrative one is on.
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2011 on The Choice at what if?
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When the percentage of Muslims reaches around 5%, as it is in Toronto, it is in the interests of the politicians to pander to them for votes. This is what happens when a country embraces the idea of multiculturalism. I get my Canada news from small dead animals, writing from Saskatchewan. Her tagline on multicultualism is, "I thought multiculturalism meant more pavilions at Folk Fest."
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2011 on Au Revoir, Toronto at what if?
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As I read this post, I recalled the conversation about the possibility that LeBron James considered the difference in state taxes between Ohio and Florida as part of his calculations when deciding to join the Miami Heat. Perhaps a similar paper is waiting to be written, or a better paper which considers both national and regional taxes.
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I once attended a church where the pastor was a distant descendant of William Wallace. Wallace had no children, but he did have nephews, great-nephews, etc. and this gentleman was one of those. I never really knew what to think about that.
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2010 on Mizzou vs. Presbyterian Blue Hose at Market Power
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I had a long, unpleasant conversation with @fuelinggood on Twitter about ethanol subsidies, after I tweeted a sentence from this post. Is it progress that subsidy advocates are discovering social media?
Toggle Commented Apr 20, 2010 on "Ethanol Facing More Attacks" at Market Power
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I'm glad you enjoyed the movie. I have an unfortunate association in my head between that poem and Timothy McVeigh. On further review, this is a poem of a man who embraces his freedom to choose, and is unafraid of his lack of freedom to not choose. I like that.
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