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  1. For the record, here is what the "official...

    For the record, here is what the "official policy" actually is:

    (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraphs 846-848, footnotes removed)
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    Plessy v. Ferguson, which declared "separate but...

    Plessy v. Ferguson, which declared "separate but equal" constitutional (and accused blacks of inventing the idea it was made to make them feel inferior), was an 8-1 decision.

    Buck v. Bell, which...
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    Actually, Blackmun--the person who wrote the...

    Actually, Blackmun--the person who wrote the opinion--did pay attention to the polls concerning abortion, given that he had a copy of a poll in his files. It is not clear to what extent the other...
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    As I noted elsewhere...

    As I noted elsewhere, to accept Scalfari's assertion as accurate requires one to take secondhand information from an unreliable source as more accurate than Francis's attestations elsewhere that...
  5. This wasn't a tax exemption, at least as is how...

    This wasn't a tax exemption, at least as is how we are using it. The "exemption" to religious publications was on the part of the consumers--that is, the people subscribing to those magazines did not...
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    Isn't the Tea Party kinda silent in general,...

    Isn't the Tea Party kinda silent in general, though? I'm not even sure the last time I heard anything about them. They seem to have gone the way of Occupy Wall Street.
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    This sounds a lot like what defenders of...

    This sounds a lot like what defenders of communism say: "It works, they just put the wrong people in charge of it!"

    Honestly, I think a lot of problems would be solved if it required 2/3 of the...
  8. I am not fully sure of this--at least in the US....

    I am not fully sure of this--at least in the US. It's true the government didn't require people to own slaves, but it did enforce slavery. That is, it required people to turn over escaped slaves, had...
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    It hardly strains credulity. McConnell's...

    It hardly strains credulity. McConnell's "immediate and continuous opposition" comes from the simple fact that Obama, as a Democrat, enacts policies that McConnell disagrees with. It's simply...
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    The Supplementary Hypothesis is that there was a...

    The Supplementary Hypothesis is that there was a "base" form of the Pentateuch, which over time was adjusted via editing until it reached its final form.
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    Eugenio Scalfari is a writer who by his own...

    Eugenio Scalfari is a writer who by his own admission doesn't actually take notes on interviews, and his high age brings up questions concerning the accuracy of his memory. For that matter, this...
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    Riiiiight, which is why the strongly pro-choice...

    Riiiiight, which is why the strongly pro-choice John Hart Ely (one of the most-cited legal scholars in US history, by the way) wrote an entire law review article criticizing it, saying the Supreme...
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    As far as I can tell, he was only absent one...

    As far as I can tell, he was only absent one day--Monday. This court sketch of the Tuesday proceedings showed him as present:...
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    Huh? This is the absolute first time I've ever...

    Huh? This is the absolute first time I've ever seen anyone try to identify some kind of racial component. Setting aside the fact I don't consider Kentucky to be a "Southern state", the fact is that...
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    Plessy v. Ferguson was also law of the land,...

    Plessy v. Ferguson was also law of the land, which the anti-segregationists wanted to overturn.

    Also, I would argue that Plessy v. Ferguson, despite its deficiencies, had much backing in precedent...
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    Gorsuch was an incredible pick for a Supreme...

    Gorsuch was an incredible pick for a Supreme Court justice. Kavanaugh was okay. Beyond that, there's not that much I have to praise Trump for. So a few really good decisions, but a lot of really dumb...
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    Thanks. This is what we'd be looking for:...

    Thanks. This is what we'd be looking for:
    http://crystalball.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/2020-president/

    Unfortunately, this was last updated September 19 so it's a bit out of date. But it...
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    An overall, nationwide poll, perhaps--but that...

    An overall, nationwide poll, perhaps--but that doesn't determine the winner. Has anyone done calculations for how, based on the polls at least, the election would shake out in the electoral college?
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    I think a lot of that comes from the fact people...

    I think a lot of that comes from the fact people are ignorant about exactly what Roe v. Wade decided. (I also expect many are ignorant of the legal matters, because as I have noted before, Roe v....
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    My mother doesn't like the term "Pocahontas"...

    My mother doesn't like the term "Pocahontas" either so she refers to her as "Pokey."
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    I think in 2003 for the Iraq war.

    I think in 2003 for the Iraq war.
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    But that's exactly the argument, that they are...

    But that's exactly the argument, that they are being discriminated against because they were female or male. The law prohibits discrimination based on sex, so your employer is not allowed to fire you...
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    The primary argument is that if you would fire a...

    The primary argument is that if you would fire a male employee for being in a relationship with a man (homosexual), but would not fire a female employee for being in a relationship with a man...
  24. It's only $30 if you get a Digital Only...

    It's only $30 if you get a Digital Only subscription.
  25. Poll: Do you mean impeached as in they'll hold the...

    Do you mean impeached as in they'll hold the vote, or impeached as in he'll actually be removed from office?
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