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  1. I see from new leaks that the Trump anti . . . . er . . . full figured women, Miss Piggy offensive, was months in the making by the Clinton propaganda machine. Per Diem
  2. OK. I will try to remember to watch Hannity at 10. Kellyanne, Trump’s chieftess who is in my email box today (shucks Beevis, he said “box”, snork snork) concedes that Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Penn, Ohio, Maine, Iowa, Wisconsin, Colorado, Nevada, and Minnesota are too close to call. The oddest for me is Iowa in the RCP average. Trump is only 3.7 ahead in Iowa !?! Republican Senator Chuck Grassley is 15.7 percent ahead of Democrat Patty Judge. Texas is in the toss up column. And Texas, in the tossup column ?!? That’s oddity number two. Get with it Senator Cruz, Rubio, and Grassley! I just looked again at the RCP map. Trump is back to being able to win it with 126 for Trump plus 150 undecided’s, which could put him at 6 over. Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’ keep them doggies rollin’. Peter “Rawhide” . . . She rollin', rollin', rollin' Though the streams are swollen Keep them doggies rollin', rawhide . . . All the things I'm missin' Good vittles, love an' kissin' Are waitin' at the end of my ride . . . Don't try to understand 'em Just rope, throw an' brand 'em Soon we'll be livin' high an' wide My heart's calculatin' My true love will be waitin' Be waitin' at the end of my ride Move 'em on, head 'em up Head 'em up, move 'em on Move 'em on, head 'em up Rawhide . . . . Rollin', rollin', rollin' Rollin', rollin', rollin' Rollin', rollin', rollin' Rollin', rollin', rollin' Rawhide, rawhide Songwriters: DIMITRI TIOMKIN, NED WASHINGTON © PATTI WASHINGTON MUSIC, SHAPIRO BERNSTEIN & CO. INC.
  3. From: NRoarkofConn To: atlantis Subject: Re: ATL: Re: Is Consciousness relevant to abortion? Date: Tue, 29 May 2001 18:23:29 EDT. On May 25, I wrote: >And from what we know about memory and its dependence upon perception, is it really a surprise that once a fetus begins collecting perceptual information (at about 28 weeks), the fetus also ~stores~ that information (automatically, of course)? No pun, intended, Morganis, but this is really a no-brainer. :-) end quote Ba’al wrote: Most doctors will not say abortion is murder or homicide. If they believed that they would have to report an abortion to the police.... end quote Did you know God touches a baby’s forehead when it is conceived, like in that Michelangelo painting on the ceiling? How could you or they not know their religious fate trumps reason? I suggest the medical mechanics always check beyond the engine lights from a non religious mindset. The issue definitely, *seems* like a difficult ethical issue but it is not. At what point are civil rights violated when a baby is killed? When should rights be bestowed by our legal system with an overall framework including the Constitution? Right now the Medical ethicists use fetal viability as the last stop . . . before “Far Point.” The baby could live with that. Of course Christian Evangelicals would not rest until rights are bestowed upon conception. Yet, except for a fringe even they understand that certain mental or medical conditions mean abortion is not just practical but ethical, and I am taking about Catholics and most other Christians. The severely mentally retarded as dramatized by the Zika virus illustrates the point. Viability at around 20 weeks precedes *brain quickening* at 26 to 28 weeks when signs of consciousness occur and I could accept viability as a LEGAL standard of conduct. If the solution to an unwanted birth were a jagged little pill, could you give it to a beloved female without too much remorse, if it were before viability? I think I could with regrets but I would definitely hesitate if the baby were thinking inside the womb. But I would never kill a baby if it were born and crying. Never. Peter
  4. Think about it. Hillary will deny Americans their “civil rights.” That is a slant Trump could use. I just read Tracinski’s latest homage to “the RCP polls,” which correctly showed there was no surge for Romney in 2012 and shows no surge for Trump now. He does not think the email leaks showing the Clinton team is a calculating, un-American machine, or the Trump bimbos who are trying to soak him are going to have any more affect. Fox is just showing Clinton with 307 electoral votes to 181 for Trump, with 50 toss ups. That is bleak. On Rush’s radio show just now, Reuters (from last Friday) is saying Trump is gaining and his “rigged” comment is resonating at 70 percent of Republicans think the election can be rigged . . .. but Trump is behind by over 10 percent nationally. Podesta in the latest email gives the media a 37 page guide to rig the election and the polls. I watched “Goldfinger” for a while last night until Madam Secretary came on about 9:30 and I was surprised to see a national advertisement for Trump. It was pretty good. Remember Bond’s school boy antics and dialogue? Goldfinger’s female enforcer “Pussy Galore?” If you were alive to watch that when it first came out, you just say ho hum at some of Trump’s 60’s theatricality. Pussy, pussy, pussy . . .every guy I knew suddenly had a new, though it soon got old, favorite word. Women did not like it back then either. Also on the news Saturday night at 6:30 on NBC it was actually skewed a bit for Trump. Of course this was on a weekend when fewer people are watching and it adds to their fair and balance rating without influencing a bigger audience. Still, it was refreshing. Peter Notes. Rasmussen. Monday, October 24, 2016. Donald Trump still has a slight edge in Rasmussen Reports’ latest White House Watch. The new national telephone and online survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows Trump with 43% support to Clinton’s 41%. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson gets five percent (5%) of the vote, while Green Party nominee picks up three percent (3%). Another three percent (3%) like some other candidate, while five percent (5%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.) Hillary Clinton was shocked at Donald Trump’s statement during the final presidential debate that he will wait until the election results are final before accepting them because he's concerned about potential voter fraud. But most voters think that’s the right decision. (To see survey question wording, National Survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters Conducted October 20 and 23, 2016 By Rasmussen Reports: 1* How serious a problem is voter fraud in America today? 2* If a presidential candidate suspects that voter fraud may be a problem in an election, should they say they will accept the election results before those results are actually announced, or should they wait until the results are final? NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/-3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
  5. Personhood at conception, OR personhood when the baby's brain "fires up around the 26th to 28th week after the creation of an embryo, OR, Personhood upon birth. Bestowing of most rights around the teenage years and full citizenship at 18 or 21? I still think a person is there "when a person is thinking." Its location does not matter if he or she is thinking. Change the location to outside the womb, and display a baby born naturally and a baby "aborted" by an operation because the mother does not want it? Well, if both are thinking normally no Doctor will ever say the aborted baby is less of a person. Peter
  6. I saw the third and last SNL debate skit, and Baldwin now understands he was being “too funny” in his second debate parody. I still say that one helped Trump. This time he was really, really mean and condescending, portraying Donald Trump out to be stupid and a doctrinaire, monster. And Hillary was portrayed as being mentally “a cut above” and human. It was dreck. Florida and NC in the Electoral College? I think Rubio should really ‘splain to Lucy’ that Mr. Trump does not and will not discriminate against Hispanics. A winning Marco can pull Trump along with him since few people zig zag consistently when they are at the voting machine. Okay. Let me double check. Rubio? Yup. Trump? Uh? Yup, I gotta vote for him. Michael quoted WikiLeaks: We will release a statement tomorrow about Assange. Our editor is safe and still in full command despite reduced communications with staff. End quote So can a Trump victory only be explained by Wiki or the X-Files? No, Scully. Events plus agenda plus campaign plus time . . . Peter Some good lines from “The X-Files.” Whatever happened to playing a hunch, Scully? The element of surprise, random acts of unpredictability? If we fail to anticipate the unforeseen or expect the unexpected in a universe of infinite possibilities, we may find ourselves at the mercy of anyone or anything that cannot be programmed, categorized or easily referenced. [Pops a sunflower seed into his mouth] You've never seen me panic. When I panic, I make this face. Agent Scully, you are not going to believe this! I saw Elvis in a potato chip once. Whatever tape you found in that VCR, it wasn’t mine. Scully, should we be picking out china patterns or what? When convention and science offer us no answers, might we not finally turn to the fantastic as a plausibility? The truth is out there. After what you saw last night, after all you've seen, you can just walk away? But you saved me. As difficult and as frustrating as it's been sometimes, your goddamned strict rationalism and science have saved me a thousand times over. You kept me honest. You made me a whole person. I owe you everything. Scully, and you owe me nothing. I don't know if I wanna do this alone. I don't even know if I can. And if I quit now, they win. Fox Mulder: Bambi also has a theory I've come to acro... Dana Scully: Who? Fox Mulder: Dr. Berenbaum. Anyway her theory is... Dana Scully: Her name is Bambi? Fox Mulder: Yeah. Both her parents were naturalists. Her theory is that UFOs are actually nocturnal insect swarms passing through electrical air fields. Dana Scully: Her name is Bambi?
  7. To the old left, RPM means revolutions per minute, but they are also fighting their totalitarian, without the Marx, revolution, just not that swiftly. Did you know there are still Marxist professors teaching our kids? History was not kind to them, but there they are, still trying to warp minds. Intractable and evil, with their facial hair and girly curls. It is interesting how the new left wing propaganda machine (abc, nbc, cbs, cnn, msnbc, etc., . . .they don’t deserve capitalization) is propping up Hillary. They use several arguments. “Trump being unfit,” or “Trump has already lost,” are two of my favorites. If it is over, what are they worried about? Nor do they don’t seem too concerned that Tim Kaine will take over for a fallen Hillary. She may have a lot of health issues not directly linked to her bout with pneumonia. The poor dear, she is practically an angel . . . or a demon . . . she could never RIP. Eric Trump just wrote me or I would have started with this: You’ve seen how the Democrats, leftist radicals and the lying liberal media are stooping lower and lower to stop the Trump movement. They will lie, cheat and steal put Hillary Clinton in the White House. end quote I left the grammatical error, missing word, in, because it just shows that it is legitimate and not run through anybody but Eric. Official positions. Check. First one hundred days. Check. Projected future stances. Check. Keeping his cool under fire? I agree that campaigning and losing your cool or misspeaking are not necessarily what would happen if he got into the Oval Office. I wonder what Trump’s daily briefings, and coping with the trivial parts of the office would be like? His first post election speeches and communiques with foreign leaders? Peter
  8. We have argued this before so no comments are expected. This is for President Trump. The issue is a composite of science, moral, political and social thought. Michael wrote: Legally, I consider Roe v. Wade to be like the Dred Scott decision. . . . The individual in fetus form falls under the sovereignty of the mother just like a German falls under the sovereignty of the German government. Acknowledging a woman's sovereignty over her body is the definition that I believe will put an end to the discussion if it ever gets on the table in the mainstream (and after a lot of bickering). end quote We are back to the *ship’s captain or Scully the airliner captain* argument that he or she can toss a mutineer overboard under maritime or airline law. NO. Unless it is a true emergency defined as, “it’s their life or mine,” then a foreign national or an unborn baby is treated differently than ballast. You can’t say, “Well, General Patton, that kraut is in my country now, so I say we shoot all the German prisoners!” An aborted fetus is treated differently than a monthly period based upon its stage of development upon separation and its nature as a thinking (or potentially thinking), human being. Saving the life of a crying or comatose baby is almost always the correct medical and ethical decision, or it is morally wrong and could even be considered murder. The moment a baby becomes conscious is the moment that it becomes a person. From that first moment onward, sensations and perceptions in and out of the womb are experienced, memories are stored, and a unique brain is in existence within its mother. THIS NEW PERSON HAS AN IDENTITY THAT WILL REMAIN THE SAME THROUGHOUT ITS LIFE. That personifies the law of identity. Its rights are modified or nearly completed at birth or abortion, and its rights that were secondary to its mothers because it was dependent upon her for its existence, now change to equal or nearly equal to the mother’s. The fact that this normal, thinking baby is a person is proven by its brain wave patterns alpha, delta and theta that are also found in thinking adults. A good measure of Aristotle’s and Rand’s law of identity is that they are based on the facts of reality as we observe them. After consciousness a fetus becomes a *person*. There are things in the universe that a person in the womb cannot know because it is not yet aware of them. For millennia humans did not know about the dark side of the moon. That does not affect the argument. Omniscience is not required of a *person*. Conceptual thinking is not required for a human child to be granted rights. I agree that a mother’s rights ALWAYS trump the unborn baby’s rights but at some point there is a person on board, and an abortion at that point, without JUST CAUSE would be similar to an airline pilot jettisoning a stowaway. Peter Notes. Rand’s original stance is expressed in, “Of Living Death,” The Voice of Reason, 58–59.: An embryo has no rights. Rights do not pertain to a potential, only to an actual being. A child cannot acquire any rights until it is born. The living take precedence over the not-yet-living (or the unborn). end quote What many fail to acknowledge is that her stance DID BECOME MODIFIED CONTEXTUALLY. She later wrote in “A Last Survey,” The Ayn Rand Letter, IV, 2, 3. Quote: One may argue about the later stages of a pregnancy, but the essential issue concerns only the first three months. To equate a potential with an actual, is vicious; to advocate the sacrifice of the latter to the former, is unspeakable . . . . end quote Here is a quote from Roger Bissell's article, "Thoughts on Abortion and Child Support," that appeared in the September 1981 issue of Reason Magazine: Much earlier than previously suspected, according to recent findings, Neurophysiologists have made EEG measurements of developing fetuses and prematurely born babies and discovered that the patterns of electrical brain activity prior to the 28th week of development are radically and fundamentally different from those occurring *after* the 28th week. end quote In, "The Conscious Brain," Steven Rose, a British neurophysiologist, observes that ‘before 28 weeks the patterns are very simple and lacking in any of the characteristic forms which go to make up the adult EEG pattern.' Then, between the 28th and 32nd weeks, the theta, delta, and alpha waves of the adult make their appearance - at first only periodically, ‘occurring in brief, spasmodic bursts; but after 32 weeks the pattern of waves becomes more continuous, and characteristic differences begin to appear into the EEG pattern of the waking and sleeping infant.' end quote American neuroscientist Dominick P. Purpura concurs with Rose. In a recent interview, Purpura defined ‘brain life' as ‘the capacity of the cerebral cortex, or the thinking portion of the brain, to begin to develop consciousness, self-awareness and other genetically recognized cerebral functions as a consequence of the formation of nerve cell circuits.' Brain Life, said Purpura, begins between the 28th and 32nd weeks of pregnancy. end quote
  9. Ba’al wrote: Only persons have rights. New born humans are not yet persons. Why? Because they do not have enough brain tissue and neural interconnects to be persons. end quote “Dexter” was a Showtime cable network show about a serial killer who has a job as a forensic technician specializing in blood spatters. He had a “Code,” taught to him by his father and mentor, a police officer for the Miami police department . . . Dexter will only torture and kill a killer who has escaped the legal system. He hides his true nature from everyone except a few select, and understanding people.
  10. Brant wrote: Rights appertain essentially to social existence. The unborn's is biological only. Once you have conception you have a human being . . . . Once you have birth you have rights. Between the two we have arguments. end quote Medic! Nobody believes that, not even you. Consider your little finger. It is a group of cells attached to a rights bearing individual. An unborn human at any stage of development is attached to a rights bearing individual. But if you detach or destroy the little finger or the little baby, it is a big deal because of the *human* nature of each. If you were a cave man you would come to the same conclusion, and I mean that literally. 200,000 years ago, value was attached to pregnant women and the unborn baby OR we would not be here to be talking about it. Anything associated with people is more important than life unaffiliated with thinking individuals. The exception to that reasoning could be a fertilized egg in a petrie dish or a birthing machine which is not attached to a rights bearing individual. Yet even then it is not “too sticky” a moral issue if we define a sliding scale of human value to all living creatures, based on their nature at a particular stage of development. Conceptual thought, not conception or birth, is more crucially important to imputing / granting rights to babies. A thinking baby inside the womb equals a thinking baby outside the womb. Put that born or aborted baby in the incubator STAT! Or you have committed murder. Likewise, if a finger is detached because of a buzz saw, it MUST BE wrapped in a wet paper towel to be reattached. Again I am speaking LITERALLY. Consider yourself in that situation. Would you be having *emotions* and reactions because of your detached finger? Of course. Peter
  11. Brant asked, “And Hillary Clinton? Is what?” A wound that won’t heal because it is constantly reopened, with bacteria in the blood stream. Peter
  12. Why aren’t there more conspiracy theories about Donald Trump? No secret societies doing his bidding. Well, Wikileaks is supposed to be trying to hurt Hillary. But no masonic or religious connections. No secret operatives doing his bidding, like we see killing people who ticked off the Clintons. No brown shirts like George Soro’s. If there were something out there spooky wouldn’t they be hinting at it or pointing fingers? No. Trump is a billionaire playboy in the mold of Hugh Hefner. That’s all they got. Trump is a ho-hum bad boy running for the Presidency. If he were a rerun he’d be more of an “Eddie Haskle” than a “Wally Cleaver.” Peter
  13. Slosh, slosh, slosh? I hope Wikileaks can come up with a bombshell. How did the Electoral College go the last few elections? 2012 Romney / Ryan 206 vs. Obama 332. 2008 McCain / Palin 173 vs. Obama 365. Trump is polling just fine with the popular vote, still 2 percent ahead, but he could lose the election. As of now, Octoberfest 22, 2016, with no tossups The Electoral College has Clinton / Kaine 333 vs. Trump / Pense 205 which is a close to the ending vote for Romney and much better than McCain did. Trump may have gotten the message too late. With 17 days to go, Trump must stop alienating groups of people when he criticizes one aspect of the election process. Good cases in point are alienating the Cuban vote in Florida and the Hispanic vote everywhere, or alienating the women vote everywhere. Now that he has put his own foot in his mouth he needs to talk about what the difficulties to reversing Roe v. Wade would be, without waffling about his wanting to end partial birth abortions, which are truly evil. If I can do it, Kelly Anne Conway can write it. Stop alienating people who KNOW their own voting booths are not rigged. Yes you can criticize the press, pac money, The Electoral College System, The “Establishment,” etc., without lumping in the folks at the Fire Hall or local school who monitor the voting booths. As an aside, I talked to someone who was a Hillary supporter but no longer will vote for her . . . but won’t vote for Trump either. I hope that is not the attitude in the Swing States. Without Florida, or North Carolina in the win column it may be over for Trump and the country by 10 pm on election night. But if the popular vote and electoral vote keep trending up on Real Clear Politics then it may be more static and REAL by Thursday, October 27th which is 12 days before the election, or November 1st which is around one week before the election when the Propaganda Pollsters stop lying, to influence the vote. Perhaps the truth will then influence the vote. As Mark Twain wrote, “When in doubt, tell the truth.” Peter
  14. Ba’al or his AI wrote: Science works and ethics/morality is muddled. Which is why we are having wars where scientifically produced weapons are used. end quote The Israeli Miss Universe contestant just said she only escaped molestation or rape at the hands of Donald Trump because she knew self defense. She was joking and telling the interviewer what they were panting to hear. But that kind of joke can be taken out of context and used as propaganda. Have you ever seriously looked at Objectivist Ethics Bob? It is logical if not mathematical in its formulation. In her essay, "The Objectivist Ethics," Rand states: The Objectivist ethics holds man's life as the ~standard~ of value -- and ~his own life~ as the ethical ~purpose~ of every individual man . . .The difference between "standard" and "purpose" in this context is as follows: a "standard" is an abstract principle that serves as a measurement or gauge to guide a man's choices in the achievement of a concrete, specific purpose. 'That which is required for the survival of man ~qua~ man' is an abstract principle that applies to every individual man. The task of applying this principle to a concrete, specific purpose -- the purpose of living a life proper to a rational being -- belongs to every individual man and the life he has to live is his own. end quote. Ayn Rand's characters Howard Roark and Francisco d'Anconia destroyed what they had created, without killing innocent people. The men abandoning trains, in “Atlas Shrugged” did not allow innocent people to die. Characters who had degenerated morally but did the right thing, would be described by Ayn as still having a "spark of decency." I think that all of her protagonists were kind, never hurt anyone without gross justification, and that they even had good manners like most of the Jews I know! When a character told another that they were going to "soak" them in a business deal, it was understood that the characters knew the total context of the remark, as did the readers. How come there are so few Jewish auctioneers? That's odd. Rational egoism and Objectivism do not lead to anarchy, hedonism, or "dog eat dog" survival-ism. An Objectivist would not harm another person unless it was in self-defense. The only extension of this, “Non-Initiation of Force Principle," that I can remember is when a gun or missile is pointed in your general direction and you have objective data that the pointer of the weapon has hostile intent towards you or an ally. Then you hunker down or you can morally shoot first. What does the Talmud or The Ten Commandments say about the gray areas of morality? Peter
  15. I think it is time someone started categorizing those Wikileaks into an easily accessible and quotable form, with an index. I would read many articles based on different groups of leaks. Donald Trump needs a top down pyramid of leaks, with worse at the top, to put in his speeches and releases. Rush is talking about Trump’s spoof about supporting the “legitimate” winner of the election only if it is him. Why is the Press so hysterical? Rush is saying Trump meant AND the left wing propaganda machine understood, “I know you are cheating. You know you are cheating. And I am not letting you get away with it!” And that is why they are going ballistic. He will expose their “con.” Peter From Rasmussen. White House Watch, White House Watch: Still A Close One, Friday, October 21, 2016: Early results from their final debate are in, and Donald Trump remains barely ahead of Hillary Clinton in the White House Watch. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Trump with a 43% to 41% lead over his Democratic rival. Five percent (5%) favor Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, while Green Party nominee Jill Stein earns three percent (3%) support. Another three percent (3%) like some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided. Yesterday, Trump was ahead by three. The lead has been shifting back and forth since late last week. Rasmussen Reports updates its White House Watch survey daily Monday through Friday at 8:30 am Eastern based on a three-day rolling average of 1,500 Likely U.S. Voters. This is the first survey to include a full night following the final presidential candidate debate in Las Vegas. A new high of 88% of voters now say they are certain how they will vote in this election. Among these voters, it’s Trump 48%, Clinton 47%, Johnson three percent (3%) and Stein two percent (2%). Among voters who say they still could change their minds between now and Election Day, it’s Trump 38%, Clinton 25%, Johnson 21% and Stein 16%. The survey of 1,500 Likely Voters was conducted on October 18-20, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology. Eighty percent (80%) of voters believe this year’s presidential campaign is more negative than past campaigns. Trump has the support of 78% of Republicans and 15% of Democrats and continues to hold a small lead among voters not affiliated with either major political party. Clinton has the backing of 77% of Democrats and 11% of GOP voters. Johnson has 10% of the unaffiliated vote, but both he and Stein now earn just low single-digit support among voters in both major parties. Just over 90% of both Republicans and Democrats are certain of their vote, compared to 77% of unaffiliateds. Twelve percent (12%) of men and 10% of women say they still could change their minds. Trump has a double-digit lead among men; Clinton has a slightly smaller lead among women. The older the voter, the more certain they are of how they will vote. Trump continues to lead among those 40 and over, while Clinton remains ahead among younger voters. Johnson and Stein run strongest among voters under 40 who are also the likeliest age group to still be undecided. Mitt Romney earned 17% of the black vote in 2012, and Trump appears to be running near that level. Seventy-three percent (73%) of black voters favor Clinton. Ninety-one percent (91%) of blacks say they’ve made up their minds, making them slightly more certain than whites and other minority voters. Whites prefer Trump; other minorities like Clinton by a 20-point margin. Newly released information shows that a State Department official offered the FBI a secret deal to take the classified rating off at least one of the e-mails that Hillary Clinton was sending around on her private e-mail server while the FBI was investigating the matter. We’ll tell you at 10:30 this morning whether voters still disagree with the FBI’s decision not to seek a criminal indictment of Clinton. Voters now rate a candidate's business past as more important to their vote than experience in government. Republicans and unaffiliated voters tend to see Trump's lifetime of business experience as good training for the White House. Most Democrats do not. Trump continues to trash Clinton's tenure as secretary of State, but as far as voters are concerned, it's her biggest professional achievement. Fortunately for both major party candidates who have been beset with questions about their honesty and integrity, most voters put their policy positions ahead of their character.