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post #586 of 5129
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In a recent thread we talked a little bit about the Founders strong aversion to anything smacking of a landed gentry (primogeniture and entail) or establishing a new ruling class. Well I just read John Dingle is finally going to retire. He's 87 and has been in Congress for 58 years. He was first elected at age 29 in a special election due to the sudden death of his father, who held that seat, and his father had held that seat since 1932 when it was first created. So basically the same family has controlled that seat since 1932.

We had Bush I and Bush II (It's his fault!)

Now we might have Hillary making another run.

We had (and still have) the Kennedy clan.

Can we honestly say the US does not have some strong dynastic components in federal government?
post #587 of 5129
We can say it's not mandatory. If people are so goddamn stupid to elect on name alone then we deserve what we get.
post #588 of 5129
George P Bush (Jeb's eldest son) is running for Texas Land commissioner. He's got that blue blood but is also hispanic so expect him to at least be in the Senate or the governor's mansion one of these days.
post #589 of 5129
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Okay, this musing is more a "WTF did I just read?" and is not entirely accurate, might be construed to play on stereotypes, but anyway tell me you didn't do a double take.
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... concern for the General Authority of Islamic Affairs & Endowments, or GAIAE, the United Arab Emirates' religious watchdog, for anyone who wishes to travel to Mars. The GAIAE has issued a fatwa, or an official Islamic ruling, to warn Muslims against a Mars mission.

So far, the UAE has supported space travel. Abu Dhabi's Aabar Investments teamed up with Richard Branson's Virgin group to create Virgin Galactic to provide spaceflights for tourists, starting this year. But a mission to Mars, it seems, is one step too far.

The mission is being planned by the Dutch nonprofit foundation Mars One. In April 2013, it announced its ambitions to establish a human settlement on the Red Planet by 2024.

But the GAIAE likens the journey to a suicide mission. On the authority's free 24-hour hotline, the issue was deliberated by the center's specialized muftis, or scholars, who issued the following statement: "It is not permissible to travel to Mars and never to return if there is no life on Mars. The chances of dying are higher than living."

Taking one's life willingly is against Islamic principles.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/25/world/meast/united-arab-emirates-mars-mission-fatwa/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
post #590 of 5129
OJFC. Muslims, this is why you suck.
post #591 of 5129
Christian theology says the same thing. Suicide is self murder and thus against the word of the invisible spaghetti monster.
post #592 of 5129
I'm fine with dynastic families so long as our overlords reduce taxes.
post #593 of 5129
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Well I just read John Dingle is finally going to retire. He's 87 and has been in Congress for 58 years. He was first elected at age 29 in a special election due to the sudden death of his father, who held that seat, and his father had held that seat since 1932 when it was first created. So basically the same family has controlled that seat since 1932.

His wife (who is 60) is going to run for his seat, and is the predicted front runner.

Let's keep the streak alive!
post #594 of 5129
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Originally Posted by Gibonius View Post

His wife (who is 60) is going to run for his seat, and is the predicted front runner.

Let's keep the streak alive!

While at least she's not a convicted felon like Dingle's fellow MI congressman, John Conyers.
post #595 of 5129
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Originally Posted by CBrown85 View Post

Christian theology says the same thing. Suicide is self murder and thus against the word of the invisible spaghetti monster.

Which Christian religious group forbids travel to Mars?
post #596 of 5129
christian theology has advanced since the days of st thomas aquinas. even the catholic church admits that there are circumstances surrounding suicide that could dismiss culpability
post #597 of 5129

No mention of Spike Lee yet? Piob, you're slipping.

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Originally Posted by upthewazzu View Post

No mention of Spike Lee yet? Piob, you're slipping.

If I posted about Spike every time he swore or expressed how he doesn't like white people moving into black areas it would take over the thread.
post #599 of 5129

True.

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Originally Posted by CBrown85 View Post

Christian theology says the same thing. Suicide is self murder and thus against the word of the invisible spaghetti monster.


The reason that suicide sticks out to many denominations of Christianity is because one cannot ask for forgiveness for committing it. It's the only true unforgivable sin. Of course not everyone believes this, but that's how it was taught to me growing up with a diverse Christian upbringing.
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