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Debate Forum Topic 10/06/10

To Text Or Not To Text: Should There Be Legislation? There is now a national movement to ban texting while operating a motor vehicle. While some states have already passed measures making it a crime to text while driving, not all states have followed suit. At present, 14 states, as well as the District of […]

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Debate Forum Left 10/06/10

Text Driving: Unnecessary And Fatal By Rana Odeh Just over two years ago, a Metrolink commuter train collided head on with a Union Pacific freight locomotive in Southern California, killing 25 people and injuring 135 others. What was the cause behind the worst train accident in the U.S. since the early 1990s? Texting. The engineer […]

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Debate Forum Right 10/06/10

Excellent Guess. Wrong, But Excellent By Benjamin Tomkins I was on a bulletin board recently where someone actually posted this comment in reference to their texting while driving habit: “I’m constantly texting while driving and I havent had an accident yet.” Wow. Two things. 1. Apparently all that texting has made you forget how to use […]

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Free Speech

TIME TO TAKE A STAND ___ Imagine my surprise a few weeks ago when I received a notice in the mail to report for jury duty in Dayton. Surprise, you ask? Well, yes. You see, as a gay man, I cannot marry my partner of 33 years, serve as an openly gay man in our […]

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Debate Forum Center 09/29/10

Pssst!!! The Recession Is Over… Pass It On!! The private sector National Bureau of Economic Research, (NBER) considered the arbiter of recessions, announced Sept. 20 that it had pegged June 2009 as the end of the recession. The slowdown, which started in December 2007, was 18 months in duration setting a record as our longest […]

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Debate Forum Left 09/29/10

The Facts Are Pretty Clear That… By Benjamin Tomkins Anyone who says we are still in a recession either hasn’t looked at the data, doesn’t care about the data, or isn’t using the word correctly. Now, if you haven’t looked at the data and are claiming that the recession is fervently underway, I would like […]

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Debate Forum Right 09/29/10

Government Economists Embarass Themselves And Fellow Economists By Mark Luedtke As President Obama pushes for another $50 billion stimulus boondoggle, his fifth by my count, and economist after economist warns that the economy is still in decline, the wise men at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) announced that the recession that began in […]

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The Dishonor of Militarism __________ What a blown opportunity! Glenn Beck gathered thousands of people at the Lincoln Memorial to urge a restoration of American honor — but not once did he mention the most egregious assault on America’s honor: militarism. It would have been a perfect time to call for dismantling the American empire, […]

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Debate forum topic 09/22/10

Can more federal “Stimulus” spending turn around the sputtering economy? The Obama administration has the difficult task of trying to convince Congress and an even more skeptical American public that additional federal spending can turn the tide on a dormant U.S. economy. After more than $1.1 trillion in earlier stimulus spending, the unemployment rate remains […]

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Debate forum left 09/22/10

Obama’s plan: It worked for FDR By Rana Odeh While 9.6 percent is the official unemployment rate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the underemployment rate is 16.5 percent. Everyone complains about the deficit out of fear of consequential inflation, but the reality is that the inflation rate for this year is 1.1 percent […]

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Debate forum right 09/22/10

Obama’s summer of recovery has become our autumn of discontent. By David H. Landon President Obama decided to seize the economic initiative last week in a Labor Day speech to one of his main constituent groups: labor unions. His solution to get the anemic U.S. economy out of its doldrums was to announce yet another […]

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Commentary topic 09/15/10

Is legal threat to Craigslist socially responsible or is it censorship? In April of this year, Boston police arrested Philip Markoff, a 22-year-old medical student engaged to be married, as the “Craigslist    Killer” who murdered a pretty New York masseuse in a posh Boston hotel. The slain 26-year-old New Yorker advertised her services on […]

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Commentary forum 09/15/10

Criminal attorneys general attack law-abiding Craigslist By Mark Luedtke The last couple of months before an election are dangerous times in America. Every elected official, power-hungry megalomaniacs all, in office is looking to use the government’s gun against somebody, somewhere in spectacular fashion to gain headlines and buy votes. Attorneys general of 17 different states […]

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Commentary forum 09/15/10

What’s the big deal? By Benjamin Tomkins I cannot for the life of me figure out why Craigslist is taking so much crap over people using their adult section as a front for prostitution. Firstly, the attorneys general should be thanking them for providing a well-organized list of possible leads. Secondly, Craigslist isn’t doing anything that […]

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Debate Forum Left 09/08/10

Lamberth Got it Wrong By Benjamin Tomkins We expect a lot intellectually from our federal judges when they rule on controversial issues. For instance, if they reason like Carrie Prejean that we should deny a group of people their civil rights because “that’s how I was raised and that’s how I think it should be,” […]

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Debate Forum Right 09/08/10

Judge Frees Stem Cell Research From Federal Oppression By Mark Luedtke A headline from reads, “Cancer Cure Setback – Judge Blocks Funding for Stem Cell Research.” Besides being alarmist, as if a cure for cancer was right around the corner until this judge ruined it, the headline is backwards. Stem cell research will be […]

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