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Forum: Top Tens 29th Apr 2017, 22:24
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Posted By loupgarous
Re: Top Ten: authors whose new book I would rush out to buy in a heartbeat

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Forum: Politics & Society 12th Jan 2017, 2:11
Replies: 196
Views: 30,097
Posted By loupgarous
Re: Gay Marriage

Thanks, and I'm optimistic that even though the next Supreme Court nominee will likely be a right-wing statist, we'll still have the libertarian balance we had before Justice Samuel Alito's untimely...
Forum: Top Tens 3rd Jan 2017, 21:19
Replies: 35
Views: 9,570
Posted By loupgarous
Re: Top Ten: authors whose new book I would rush out to buy in a heartbeat

Reading Diana Wynne Jones' Reflections, her last work, a compilation of essays and speeches she gave toward the end of her life on writing, and which I found much more useful (or at least...
Forum: Top Tens 3rd Jan 2017, 20:37
Replies: 27
Views: 10,193
Posted By loupgarous
Re: Top 10 Gay Novels

Smith and Jones by Nicholas Monsarrat, actually, about equal parts spy novel and gay novel

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith, which I still think is her best work, and the best novel...
Forum: Politics & Society 13th Jul 2015, 1:16
Replies: 76
Views: 13,708
Posted By loupgarous
Re: Political Correctness

I just count myself lucky that in three months' residence in England in 2004, not one person called me a "septic"

And when our two sons' mates shouted outside our flat at the break of dawn, "Wake...
Forum: Book Reviews 13th Jul 2015, 0:55
Replies: 15
Views: 3,547
Posted By loupgarous
Re: Dennis Sewell: The Political Gene

I think that if it's okay

- for the people who pay taxes in this country to have to plan their pregnancies carefully, limit the number of children they have to a number they can support, and put...
Forum: Book Reviews 12th Jul 2015, 23:56
Replies: 2
Views: 1,650
Posted By loupgarous
Re: The Rainbow Singer by Simon Kerr

Now that I think about it, you're right. C.S. Lewis described his old tutor William Thompson "The Great Knock" Kirkpatrick as an "Ulsterman" in Surprised by Joy.
Forum: Book Reviews 5th Jul 2015, 22:57
Replies: 15
Views: 3,547
Posted By loupgarous
Re: The Political Gene - Dennis Sewell

Ang, if your 47-percenter doesn't pay taxes, has never paid taxes (except into our national pension schemes such as Social Security Disability and Retirement, Medicare and Medicaid), and never...
Forum: Politics & Society 5th Jul 2015, 22:29
Replies: 196
Views: 30,097
Posted By loupgarous
Re: Gay Marriage

And to your country's south, we've gotten with the program, if only by judicial means.

June 26th, 2015 saw the Supreme Court of the United States of America rule (in Obergefell v. Hodges) that...
Forum: Book Reviews 5th Jul 2015, 21:18
Replies: 2
Views: 1,650
Posted By loupgarous
Simon Kerr: The Rainbow Singer

The Rainbow Singer is a coming-of-age novel by Ulsterian ("Ulsterite"? Naw, that sounds like a rock that catches fire when you pour Guinness over it... is there no descriptive term of "native of...
Forum: Politics & Society 19th Nov 2014, 21:39
Replies: 196
Views: 30,097
Posted By loupgarous
Re: Gay Marriage

You were surprised at Piers Morgan being admitted to the US and being given a work permit? Imagine my surprise! I was sure that the laws against "undesirable aliens" being given permission to enter...
Forum: Politics & Society 17th Nov 2014, 21:42
Replies: 196
Views: 30,097
Posted By loupgarous
Re: Gay Marriage

Here in the United States, a libertarian majority of the Supreme Court of the United States of America is gradually overturning laws against same-sex marriage (since only one law defining marriage as...
Forum: Book Reviews 30th Oct 2014, 19:18
Replies: 2
Views: 2,282
Posted By loupgarous
Re: Nicholson Baker: A Boxful of Matches

Telling stories in pastiches seems to be how Nicholson Baker rolls. Here in Palimpsest, I reviewed his Human Smoke, a non-fiction attempt to make a case against the necessity for World War II built...
Forum: Politics & Society 30th Oct 2014, 17:45
Replies: 196
Views: 30,097
Posted By loupgarous
Re: Gay Marriage

Amner, do you require a "ping" on that post?
Forum: Politics & Society 20th Aug 2014, 1:02
Replies: 196
Views: 30,097
Posted By loupgarous
Re: Gay Marriage

Since religion was and is under constant attack (except for "state churches" which in the Soviet case were controlled almost completely by the secret police) in Communist countries, the take-away is...
Forum: Politics & Society 18th Aug 2014, 22:00
Replies: 196
Views: 30,097
Posted By loupgarous
Re: Gay Marriage

I do, indeed. It's never too late to correct howling mis-impressions, or to deliver good news recently developed on a topic (as in the Supreme Court's partial overturning of the Defense of Marriage...
Forum: Politics & Society 15th Aug 2014, 23:59
Replies: 196
Views: 30,097
Posted By loupgarous
Re: Gay Marriage

John, you're right on that. Bush didn't, per se, oppose civil unions for gays - and he never advocated a Constitutional amendment defining marriage one way or another that I'm aware. That would...
Forum: Politics & Society 15th Aug 2014, 23:35
Replies: 196
Views: 30,097
Posted By loupgarous
Re: Gay Marriage

And Fred Phelps is even now suffering whatever penalties loud-mouthed homophobes and haters suffer in Hell. Being Saddam Hussein's "bitch" would be just about right (South Park homage).
Forum: Politics & Society 15th Aug 2014, 23:33
Replies: 196
Views: 30,097
Posted By loupgarous
Re: Gay Marriage

Actually, toward the middle of World War II, the Nazis went secular (whether they could be considered "humanist" is a matter for conjecture).
Forum: Politics & Society 15th Aug 2014, 23:28
Replies: 196
Views: 30,097
Posted By loupgarous
Re: Gay marriage: the last nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah

Well, you asked for it...

I'm a citizen of the United States of America, straight, and I don't feel that sexual orientation is the government's business, one way or the other. Neither is...
Forum: Politics & Society 15th Aug 2014, 23:14
Replies: 196
Views: 30,097
Posted By loupgarous
Re: Gay Marriage

Bush, himself, wasn't a zealot on the issue.

He had his opinion, but did NOT try to get a Constitutional Amendment enacted to enforce it on anyone.

In one of Bush's few public statements on...
Forum: Politics & Society 15th Aug 2014, 22:56
Replies: 196
Views: 30,097
Posted By loupgarous
Re: Gay Marriage

One of Cheney's daughters happens to be a lesbian, so he's been honestly sensititzed on the subject. In this case, it's not Clintonian "triangulation."

So far from that, during the 2004...
Forum: General Chat 15th Aug 2014, 21:58
Replies: 40
Views: 6,063
Posted By loupgarous
Re: Recent Purchases 2014

Ether Day by Julie M. Fenster.

A very entertaining cultural history of chemical anaesthesia, centering around the vivid 19th century personalities who elevated the use of ether, chloroform and...
Forum: Book Reviews 29th May 2014, 19:11
Replies: 15
Views: 3,547
Posted By loupgarous
Re: The Political Gene - Dennis Sewell

Actually, Ang, I'm in full and vivid agreement with a woman's right to choose.

Where'd you get evidence to support any other conclusion?

Since you're not going to actually read anything I've...
Forum: Book Reviews 25th May 2014, 18:30
Replies: 15
Views: 3,547
Posted By loupgarous
Re: The Political Gene - Dennis Sewell

Beth, our national reluctance to tell the poor to take advantage of free or almost-free birth control, combined with our national reluctance to balance a national budget, nearly took the world's...
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