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Bryan Dubois
Jul 4, 2010

Regina Lewis makes an interesting discovery about the difference between the Republican Party's reputation on civil rights and the actual facts of the matter: 

I've got a theory on this:  There are two different types of civil rights activists.  One is driven by a sincere compassion for other people no matter the race, creed, color.  The other is driven by self loathing and guilt.  The self-loathers are usually disingenuous and are only pretending to be tolerant.  The fact that they pervert the civil rights movement and confuse everyone about their intentions, they end up being worse than outright racists. 

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...which is a good guiding principle on what you should say online:  If you wouldn't say it in person, don't say it online.

I'm a new fan of News/Talk 760 in Detroit.  One of the show personalities I'm most impressed with is Frank Beckman.  No matter how controversial the topic, he stays reasonable and challenges guests and callers to think about their positions by asking open ended questions.  (I only mention this because it was inspiring and if everybody handled social media like this, our daily interactions would be more constructive than destructive.)

A few weeks ago, Frank and few guests were talking about how people are using Facebook - because while FB has some 47 million users, some people are still unsure of how to use the power in social networking sites.  FB seems to be everywhere, but with so many options on how to use it, sometimes it's tough to create guidelines that always give a user the positive experience they're looking for.

Facebook is a multi-tool.  Some people use it to update the world about every mundane detail of their life, while others use it as a business networking tool.  You can use it for anything you want, but in the end, your posts (and any online activity for that matter - which includes SR.com) are either enhancing relationships...or destroying them. 

Comments

brutus smith

What happened to Republicans like Dwight Eisenhauer who recognized the dangers of the military industrial complex? What happened to Republicans like the ones in the Nixon Administration who recognized Global Warming is/was real? They have run with the abortion issue, dividing the country, and somehow convincing people aborting a fetus is murder, but bombing and killing innocent people for oil is OK. They feel people in the mideast are not human. Remember people, we went over there 1st. And they act like they are not racist, but started on Barack Obama even before he was elected. Which brings me back to Robert Byrd. Republicans like to parade someone from the Dem party who at one time acted and felt like they do now. They like to say see, you have one, so there, somehow trying to justify their beliefs. Doesn't work people.

Bryan Dubois

Brutus,  are fetuses human beings?

brutus smith

In my book no. Now whose life is more important, an unborn fetus or an Iraqi child? If you answer they are the same how can you support a candidate that is for the death penalty, for killing of innocent children? People believe in a woman's choice not that they want to see more abortions. Dems support a woman's choice not that they agree with abortion. But when abortion trumps all other forms of killing, and you justify this other killing with one issue, you have no moral ground to stand on.

brutus smith

And it says a lot Bryan out of all I said in my original post you picked up on only the fetus issue.

Bryan Dubois

Brutus, just sizin' ya up.

This is not a human being?

If not, what is it?

If you're not willing to concede that this baby is a human being, I'd imagine that debating you is a waste of my precious time.

hussein membrane

 the first post is almost comical in its ignorance. was it written by a child?

What a political party was called, represented, and stood for can change over the years. The republicans of the 1800's and the 2000's are quite different in their views. Lincoln would not be a republican today.

Brian, are you not bound to point out the hundreds of years regina lewis overlooks? comparing apples and oranges to make a weak point. C'mon!

your "theory" on civil rights is so preposterous I won't bother to address it other than to ask, do you get paid for this "blogging"?

 

brutus smith

Bryan, you so make my point about a single issue. And until you recognize every life is equal we can't debate. If you could point out to me in thr Constitution the section where it talks about fetuses......... oh wait you can't because it is not in there. Now if we were a theocrasy like Iran you may have a valid point. But, we are not. Answer me Bryan why is it OK to kill innocent human beings? Are you going to be the typical right to birth and the he!! with you after you are born religious fanatic? And I would for dramatc purposes post a blown apart Iraqi 7 year old on here, but I guess I'm not as immature as you.

Bryan Dubois

It's never acceptable to kill an innocent human being.  Why would you think that we'd disagree on this?

hussein membrane

 Does this guy actually blog for the Register? Does he actually get paid to do this? To pointlessly provoke readers with Sarah Palin-level discourse? 

brutus smith

I answered your question Bryan, why won't you answer mine? Does abortion trump all  other forms of killing?

Bryan Dubois

Trump?  Not exactly sure what you mean by that.  I would describe abortion as the most morally reprehensible activity allowed by law in the United States.

hussein membrane

 "If you're not willing to concede that this baby is a human being, I'd imagine that debating you is a waste of my precious time."

Why not say, "if you don't agree with me, debating you is a waste of my time." 

 

Bryan Dubois

Hussein, I didn't say, "if you don't agree with me, debating you is a waste of my time," because that's not what I meant. 

Here's a clarification for you:  "Why bother debating ideas based on facts we cannot agree on?"   Would you agree that doing so would be a waste of our time?

brutus smith

Bryan, facts are not on your side. It's just your opinion. I'll try to simplify this the best way I know how. You wouldn't vote for a person because they believe in a woman's right to choose, but you would support someone who says they are against abortion, but support the killing of innocent lives overseas. That is where the line is drawn, and I am saying you can't support someone who thinks it is OK to kill some people not others. This is what you are doing when you support the Republican party. If you are against abortion, which is fine with me, you have to be against the taking of any life. Abortion has to stop being a non starter as far as dialogue goes.

Bryan Dubois

1.  I support political candidate's whose beliefs fall in line with mine.   (As most people do.)

2.  In some circumstances, taking the life of another person is an appropriate measure.   Would you agree?

brutus smith

Not if I was against abortion. I would be against any person taking another person's life.

brutus smith

I must say you are good at avoiding answering questions.

Bryan Dubois

Brutus, that's interesting that you wouldn't support killing any under circumstances if you didn't support abortion.  Thanks for stopping in to offer your opinion!

brutus smith

Since you won't answer my question directly like I answered yours, I'll try with this scenario. You have 2 candidates, A&B, candidate A agrees with you on every issue except she believes it's the woman's right to choose. Candidate B is against abortion, but is the opposite on your other views. Who do you choose?

Taxpayer

Hey Brutie.  How about joining the Conservatives and finding out about being responsible and EARNING a living instead of being all for SLAVERY, entitlements, welfare crowd, freeloaders club, UNIONS, being constant miserable crybabies and reparations?  I am sure you can follow the greatness of the Rev. Martin Luther King.  Oh, he doesn't count in your party of hate?  Come on!  WHO was totally against the Civil Rights Act?  Oops, your buddy Sen. Robert "Exhalted Cyclops" Byrd voted AGAINST Civil Rights.  Imagine that!  And YOU were so mournful of losing such a great liberal politician?  Was that type of absolutist and totalitarian conduct restricted in the Constitution?  No?  So it MUST be OK right?  Ha! Ha!  How about studying the reform and LEADERSHIP of Conservative Rev. Martin Luther King?  Instead of "hope and change" or "change you can believe in" how about trying, "I Have a Dream!" 

Salvatore

This debate is going nowhere. It kind of reminds of that song Anything you can do, I can do better. I can do anything better than you. No, you can't. Yes, I can. No, you can't. Yes, I can. No, you can't. Yes, I can, Yes, I can!
 

Is too! Is not! Is too! Is not! Where is that Pastor Ron at to get into this online brouhaha?

 

brutus smith

taxpayer, Miller lite or Bud Light?

Woody Hayes

Taxpayer, until you come up with something better than Bobby Jindal, Sara Pailan and John Bonner, I'll still consider your party and these people are your classmates at Tiffin State Hospital and just laugh.

brutus smith

salvatore, my point of this is that we should not let a single issue stop debate. But that's what happens when you don't agree to being anti choice. People like Bryan should be open to ways of reducing abortions. No law will stop abortions. Let me repeat, no law will stop abortions. And until we are willing to openly debate the issue without pre conditions we will be stuck in quicksand.

Bryan Dubois

[laughing]  Brutus, when you discuss things in person do you assume what others think or do you ask them first? 

Would you like to see a reduction in abortions in this country?

 

brutus smith

 Bryan, yes I would. And I don't get what you mean. Elaborate. 

Bryan Dubois

What I mean is that you've put words in my mouth about a half dozen times. 

If we're having a discussion, we've got to find common ground first.

You and I both would like to see a reduction in abortions.  We agree on that.  What we don't agree on is that a fetus is a human being.

Correct?

brutus smith

 Bryan, there is a difference between being Pro choice and Pro Abortion. Just like there is a difference between being Pro Life and Pro Birth. I don't know of anyone who wants to see more abortions do you? So if you agree then we need more sex ed and birth control.

Captain Gutz

How many of you guys have had abortions?

Captain Gutz

How many of you guys have had abortions?

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