Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis 1 month, 1 week ago on Life before snowmaking

What I said:

"this blog is the kingdom that welcomes half baked ideas and closed minds. Failure of more serious minds to enter here is indicative of nothing more than that truth. The inevitable derogation is just a bonus. I do know a dozen or so folks from the left and from the right who work hard at politics to change the world - every one of them considers this place a joke. Have a nice 2016."

Tom, somehow you take this text as an attack on you? And somehow this text says I am superior? Beats me how you get there, but your response is unkind.

Scott explains for you the inaccuracy of your post quite clearly, but your choice is to ignore him. Instead you yell CAPS at me demanding proof of what is already proven.

Cheers? Nope.

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Steve Lewis 1 month, 1 week ago on Life before snowmaking

1) Not what I said. 2) I obviously post here, so how am I judging anyone any differently than myself? 3) Some posts are good. Vast majority are not. Consider the patently obvious inaccuracies in your above post that I could waste time correcting. Or not.

Perhaps you begin to understand why so few bother to read or post here. Cheers.

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Steve Lewis 1 month, 1 week ago on Life before snowmaking

"With the exception of Scott W, there doesn't seem to be another liberal in town who is consistently capable of debating in this forum, without name-calling, while staying on topic. I agree with the tone of Jim's post, however, that until we have liberals confident enough in their positions to debate the merits and refrain from retorts that only engage in name-calling while ignoring the debate, it will seem as though the conservatives have the run of the threads."

Wow.

Or... this blog is the kingdom that welcomes half baked ideas and closed minds. Failure of more serious minds to enter here is indicative of nothing more than that truth. The inevitable derogation is just a bonus. I do know a dozen or so folks from the left and from the right who work hard at politics to change the world - every one of them considers this place a joke.

Have a nice 2016.

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Steve Lewis 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Brian Kotowski: History repeats itself

A lot of concern above about Islamic extremism coming here. Obvious eagerness to point to examples of the worst in that religion. I link a Pew Poll indicating the vast majority of Muslims prefer peace to violence. Outside the Middle East, few would choose to live under sharia law. But that doesn't matter. What matters in above posts is a focus on the worst examples of the religion. "Expect the worst", seems to be your message.

This begs an obvious question: What say you to the 1.5 million Americans practicing Islam peacefully here?

These Muslims have been living and contributing in the US for decades. There are recent examples of Muslim attacks on US citizens, yes. That group amounts to .0007 % of the Muslims now here. The shootings by Muslims amount to perhaps .01%? of the casualties from other mass shootings in the same time frame.

So conservatives, what say you to American Muslims? Can you respect and welcome them as your neighbor? Or do you prefer to drive young American Muslims into the shadows.

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Steve Lewis 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Brian Kotowski: History repeats itself

This will be a little more useful than "what she said".

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/12/07/muslims-and-islam-key-findings-in-the-u-s-and-around-the-world/

"a Pew Research Center survey of Muslims in 39 countries asked Muslims whether they want sharia law, a legal code based on the Quran and other Islamic scripture, to be the official law of the land in their country. Responses on this question vary widely. Nearly all Muslims in Afghanistan (99%) and most in Iraq (91%) and Pakistan (84%) support sharia law as official law. But in some other countries, especially in Eastern Europe and Central Asia – including Turkey (12%), Kazakhstan (10%) and Azerbaijan (8%) – relatively few favor the implementation of sharia law."

"Recent surveys show that most people in several countries with significant Muslim populations have an unfavorable view of ISIS, including virtually all respondents in Lebanon and 94% in Jordan. Relatively small shares say they see ISIS favorably. In some countries, considerable portions of the population do not offer an opinion about ISIS, including a majority (62%) of Pakistanis.

Favorable views of ISIS are somewhat higher in Nigeria (14%) than most other nations. Among Nigerian Muslims, 20% say they see ISIS favorably (compared with 7% of Nigerian Christians). The Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, which has been conducting a terrorist campaign in the country for years, has sworn allegiance to ISIS.

More generally, Muslims mostly say that suicide bombings and other forms of violence against civilians in the name of Islam are rarely or never justified, including 92% in Indonesia and 91% in Iraq. In the United States, a 2011 survey found that 86% of Muslims say that such tactics are rarely or never justified. An additional 7% say suicide bombings are sometimes justified and 1% say they are often justified in these circumstances.

In a few countries, a quarter or more of Muslims say that these acts of violence are at least sometimes justified, including 40% in the Palestinian territories, 39% in Afghanistan, 29% in Egypt and 26% in Bangladesh."

In other words, the vast majority of Muslims prefer peace to violence. Outside the Middle East, few would choose to live under sharia law.

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Steve Lewis 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Brian Kotowski: History repeats itself

You fail to see the large role ISIS recruitment plays in this fight. To proclaim we are fighting even a remote faction of Islam would amount to doing ISIS recruiting for them. And there is zero upside for us in doing so, except you can agree with a hollow GOP narrative.

Again, from the Pentagon: “…anything that tries to bolster the ISIL narrative that the United States is somehow at war with Islam is contrary to our values and contrary to our national security,”

Elitism, condescension and full blown delusion?

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Steve Lewis 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Brian Kotowski: History repeats itself

"Politcal correctness", as a criticism, usually applies equally to both sides. In this case a call by candidates to label this a fight with "Islamic extremists" is the opposite PC of a call to avoid that label, except the latter actually serves our security strategy rather than undermine it.

The Pentagon: “Without wading into politics, anything that tries to bolster the ISIL narrative that the United States is somehow at war with Islam is contrary to our values and contrary to our national security,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters. “We are partnering right now with Muslim nations,” he said. “We have troops serving that follow the Muslim faith.” He declined to specifically address Trump’s call for a ban.

Its simple, if you do not want to fight a religion then don't publicly proclaim you are at war with any variant of that religion. Do we really think public disclosures ever fully describe our defensive and surveillance operations?

My ilk?

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Steve Lewis 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Brian Kotowski: History repeats itself

Barry, you have a lot to say about this topic. I agree with Scott - picking a fight with a religion would be a disastrous strategy. What do you recommend to overcome this terrorism problem?

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Steve Lewis 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Iron Horse sale closes, city releases losing bids

$3.05 million was the reported selling price in Pilot articles during the sale deliberations.

The property sold for $2.65 million.

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Steve Lewis 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Chuck McConnell: Hold all accountable

My mistake. Meant to write ..."a summary confined to events "within" the police department"…

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