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  • Alterform » Blog Archive » A response
    agree to set aside resources for the sick poor and those unable to provide for themselves However tax cuts actually contribute to that pool of resources By lowering income tax people spend more freely and let the money flow through the economy much more readily thereby increasing tax revenues from purchases Why does it do that Because when you raise the income tax you lower motivation and no matter how moral you are chances are that you re going to work harder for your own family than for someone else s That s not immoral that s just reality as well as increase the chance that people will hide their income and stagnating the flow of money through the economy But when income tax is lowered the extra money increases the flow of capital and results in greater tax revenue from that resultant flow 2 He sends other people s children into war while he dodged service himself I can t really speak about this since I know he was in the air force but didn t see actual combat I don t know the reasons behind that and I wouldn t be able to claim that he dodged the service or used his father s position to avoid going to war But for the morality of this argument we can look to another president who we know did actively dodge even being in the military and that is Clinton Would I and did I support Clinton when he sent troops to fight and possibly die Yes Why Because he s the President That may seem convenient to some but consider this Did Roosevelt see any fighting in any war Did he ever even join the military No But he sent troops to die in WW2 In fact our Presidents have many times required and ordered people to do thing that they themselves haven t done But is that morally wrong And if it is where do you draw that line The statement that a president must have done everything he ordered to be done is a moral rule that knows no precedent anywhere else and where is the cut off Does George Bush have to go and fly a helicopter in Iraq before he has the moral authority to order a soldier to do so Must he kill and die before he has the authority to order someone else to do the same If so then that same moral rule must be equally applied to every President and every decision He must serve jail time before he can have people arrested The fact is our society entrusts every President with powers and privileges without requiring the above rule We ask that they make wise decisions but we re not stupid enough to think that wisdom can only be attained by direct experience If that were the case everyone would be dead because no one would have gained the wisdom to avoid jumping off of a cliff or swallowing hydrochloric acid without first doing it themselves 3 He claims we re fighting for freedom while authorizing imprisonment and torture To come to grips with this one and this one is tough I think we need to ask ourselves are freedom and imprisonment and torture mutually exclusive Personally I don t think so but I can understand if some people may feel differently Well first off imprisonment in and of itself is not mutually exclusive to a free society any more than a toilet is mutually exclusive to a clean house That may seem denigrating to our fine men and women behind bars but it s not meant as an insult but as clarification Imprisonment exists to quarantine those individuals who have expressed a desire to not live with the rest of society Sometimes imprisonment is unjust but is it unjust to imprison a person with stated intentions to harm others Again that s what imprisonment is for I think you re saying that Bush has imprisoned people with no ties to Al Qaeda and I agree that would be an injustice But is that a moral crime or a moral mistake The difference being that one requires forethought and intention and the other is something that happens beyond our intentions Do you truly believe that Bush wishes to imprison every Muslim even peaceful ones If you do then I m sorry I don t know where you d get that information from or how you got such a personal insight but it makes no real sense As for torture is it ever okay to torture people I would argue that it is sometimes morally necessary to torture people I wouldn t say that it s ever something that should be entered into lightly or that it is something that should be used other than in extreme situations But to declare that it s always and absolutely wrong The first counter argument I can anticipate would be that it violates the Golden rule and the same could be said for imprisonment In fact discipline of any sort violates the Golden rule and so we either have a contradiction or a mere paradox I posit that it s a paradox and here s why The moral good of preserving life trumps the moral rule of do unto others I know for folks who haven t codified their morality into an hierarchy it s both convenient and confusing but it s not without justification The Bible and Jesus himself makes reference to a moral hierarchy Sometimes doing the greater good means breaking a lesser moral rule A good example of this is that in Exodus the midwives lied to Pharaoh and God blessed them as well as God blessing Rahab for lying in order to save the lives of Joshua and Caleb Why is God the God of truth okay with all of this deceit Because the moral good in both cases saving a life trumps telling the truth This however is not

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  • Alterform » Blog Archive » 5 questions
    discussion why are you angry If you re angry over Bush promoting his religion in office why are you angry When you state that morality should not have a place in politics you re either stating that there is a higher standard by which the law and politics are judged which is awfully close to morality or you re stating your personal preference If it s your personal preference and you would never impose your preferences on someone else why are you angry Okay that s my 5 questions that I am really dying to know This is not aimed at anyone who does believe morality has a part of politics but rather to the far left who think that any morality in politics is bad It just seems that even by invoking the phrase Legality should not be part of politics implies a certain morality which is intrinsically part of politics But perhaps there is an aspect of the argument I am missing and hence I am curious to the answers Posted in miscellaneous 5 comments to 5 questions 18 May 2007 12 06 pm Ryan Miglavs 01 The notable response is that all of your questions completely hinge on one argument that liberals leftists Bush dislikers me whatever claim morality shouldn t or can t be legislated It turns out very few of the thoughtful people I know make such a claim I certainly don t And I ve been against almost every single action Bush has taken while in office For me to be quite honest it s BECAUSE of the morality Bush gives tax breaks to the wealthy and the corporate while increasing taxes and cutting programs for the poor and the weak He sends other people s children into war while he dodged service himself He claims we re fighting for freedom while authorizing imprisonment and torture He cuts countless regulations that are meant to ensure that we re good stewards of this planet No for me it s that Bush s actions are almost always immoral I think it s time for someone to turn the tables and I mean that in the Biblical sense ryan 18 May 2007 12 06 pm Nate Cavanaugh 02 Ryan that is actually a great response I actually disagree with you but at least we can argue with a common foundation For the sake of a good discussion my next post will actually respond to each of your points one by one using Christian morality as the basis Now I would disagree however that a lot of liberals don t ask for morality to be kept out of politics This almost always gets said as soon as any of these topics come up abortion prayer in schools gay marriage intelligent design being taught in public schools etc My whole main point that I was going for is that the left generally doesn t want morality legislated until they have something they want to impose on everyone else then

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  • Alterform » Blog Archive » The ternary
    cool So what I ve done is try to come up with a way that combines legibility with code convenience Basically here it is var x expression result1 result2 So you see by putting the and the on the same alignment with the expression you have a much more legible expression without the extra code As a side note you can also do multiple expressions though in general if you start getting that crazy an if else if or a switch are both easier to maintain long term for highly complex expressions Here s how you d do multiple expressions var x expression1 result1 expression2 result2 1 result2 2 Enjoi Posted in miscellaneous 2 comments to The ternary 08 May 2007 03 21 pm Ryan Miglavs 01 Cool I get it now I ve seen that operator around and vaguely understood it s something about if else but now I see how it works And I like your notation for it as well Thanks 08 May 2007 03 21 pm Nate Cavanaugh 02 Awesome I m glad I could help explain it Comments are closed Colophonication I had a real cool interesting blurb about the details of the typeface like a real colophon but I ve redesigned this site so many times over the last few years I ve lost track If you care about the details you ll look at the CSS file anyways After pulling a Duke Nukem Forever on the site design for 3 years I ve decided I m going to ship with what I got There are areas that aren t as polished and if you spot any shoot me an email How would you do that You would write and email to joe shift22 com but since my name is Nate you would replace

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  • Alterform » Blog Archive » Karma
    as a dog So his new owners if they re good people treat him well teach him tricks feed him and provide a home of love But for the karmic scales to truly balance out Joe needs to get reimbursed for his sins and getting belly rubs and potty training doesn t do it So if the new owners beat JoeDog he get s a taste of cosmic justice But now his new owners will come back as dogs too because beating dogs is bad So by being good to him they enable him to be further from true enlightenment but by giving him his comeuppence they propel themselves further away from enlightenment Yes a tad bit strawman but the point is the same and that is there is a bit of a flaw in the karmic system Posted in miscellaneous Comments are closed Colophonication I had a real cool interesting blurb about the details of the typeface like a real colophon but I ve redesigned this site so many times over the last few years I ve lost track If you care about the details you ll look at the CSS file anyways After pulling a Duke Nukem Forever on the site design for 3 years I ve decided I m going to ship with what I got There are areas that aren t as polished and if you spot any shoot me an email How would you do that You would write and email to joe shift22 com but since my name is Nate you would replace joe with nate Or if that bit of spam aversion is too complicated for you you can reach me at one of the approved network locations listed below Get all social y Twitter Facebook Search this site Strap on the feed

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  • Alterform » miscellaneous
    a GREAT eye for More Posted in miscellaneous Prayer and Science 6 comments 29 January 2007 Well it seems as of late I have been reading quite a bit about so called empirical minds criticizing prayer for it s lack of scientific efficacy To be honest it s a bit misleading IMO Here is the problem Prayer is at it s simplest a request It is not necessarily a request made of a deity but that is the word we have colloquially attributed to asking God for things But and this is important it is a request Is ANY request scientifically verifiable Whenever someone claims that a prayer has been answered there is always some schmo who says Well that More Posted in miscellaneous Namespacing Prototype 2 comments 07 January 2007 While I am pretty much now a jQuery fanboy Prototype still has a foothold in the web and many people still want need to use it Lately at work I have been having to provide developer access to both Prototype and jQuery As another proof of jQuery s awesomeness John went ahead and namespaced jQuery s code base What this means is that you can very easily avoid conflicts with other libraries Yahoo does this with YUI and while kudos to them for doing it I am going to post later on why I loathe the way they do it However Prototype it More Posted in miscellaneous Why atheism is stupid 24 comments 01 January 2007 Just a quick post to explain why atheism is actually stupid and requires as much faith if not much more to be an atheist All atheists posit what s called a universal negative A universal negative requires absolute knowledge omniscience whereas a universal positive may not require that For instance let s say I am in a building with 4 rooms and I have only been in 1 room In order to say that every room is empty I would have to have knowledge of all 4 rooms I would need to know the entirety of what I am claiming to know More Posted in miscellaneous Goodbye Dad 10 comments 22 December 2006 I buried my father yesterday God I miss him My dad was is my hero My father passed away last Friday surrounded by his family and friends For those that don t know my dad has been fighting kidney cancer for the past 5 years and he fought long and hard but in the end God wanted him home How and when my dad passed was quite an amazing story Thursday night the 14th my mom called and said that the nurses were saying he had an hour to two hours left to live Jessica and I live about an hour and More Posted in miscellaneous Prototype vs jQuery 2 comments 10 December 2006 Okay I was wrong I had at one time mocked jQuery as a the javascript equivalent of PaintShop Pro or Fireworks Something light but not something

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  • Alterform » Blog Archive » Happiness
    suits all situations Recognize that no one in your life can make you happy except for yourself and if you don t start from a position of happiness then everything else becomes so much harder Irritation and constant complaining are the little yellow canaries in the mineshaft that you re losing hold of your happiness Keep hold of your happiness it is the best asset you have Posted in miscellaneous thoughts politics Comments are closed Colophonication I had a real cool interesting blurb about the details of the typeface like a real colophon but I ve redesigned this site so many times over the last few years I ve lost track If you care about the details you ll look at the CSS file anyways After pulling a Duke Nukem Forever on the site design for 3 years I ve decided I m going to ship with what I got There are areas that aren t as polished and if you spot any shoot me an email How would you do that You would write and email to joe shift22 com but since my name is Nate you would replace joe with nate Or if that bit of spam aversion

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  • Alterform » artwork
    October 2007 A picture of a school I was going to in Texas I really loved the way it snowed there More Posted in artwork photography Rapture 0 comments 27 October 2007 To me it was lovely and I wanted to get a picture of it More Posted in artwork photography Older Entries Newer Entries Colophonication I had a real cool interesting blurb about the details of the typeface like a real colophon but I ve redesigned this site so many times over the last few years I ve lost track If you care about the details you ll look at the CSS file anyways After pulling a Duke Nukem Forever on the site design for 3 years I ve decided I m going to ship with what I got There are areas that aren t as polished and if you spot any shoot me an email How would you do that You would write and email to joe shift22 com but since my name is Nate you would replace joe with nate Or if that bit of spam aversion is too complicated for you you can reach me at one of the approved network locations listed below Get all

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  • Alterform » digital
    make More Posted in artwork digital Openform 0 comments 27 October 2007 One of my better ones and one that is very personal to me More Posted in artwork digital Polyamorous 0 comments 27 October 2007 Well another self portrait I am quite like a man on an ocean tossed to and fro I had a crush on a girl and yet drawn towards another girl at the same time More Posted in artwork digital Religious State 0 comments 27 October 2007 Done for the elite art group ArtPolitic Alot of people liked this one and I enjoyed communicating my beliefs with my art More Posted in artwork digital Self Improvement 0 comments 27 October 2007 This piece was done for the ArtPolitic release Body Modification People generally dont see the connection Ive found so Ill breifly try to point it out Some people change their bodies because they are unhappy with themselves unhappy with life and think that changing their outsides will brighten their insides And perhaps this is the same reasoning of someone who commits suicide Perhaps they feel like a little body modification is all they need to feel happy More Posted in artwork digital Venus 0 comments 27 October 2007 Also really old school Do with it what you will More Posted in artwork digital Older Entries Newer Entries Colophonication I had a real cool interesting blurb about the details of the typeface like a real colophon but I ve redesigned this site so many times over the last few years I ve lost track If you care about the details you ll look at the CSS file anyways After pulling a Duke Nukem Forever on the site design for 3 years I ve decided I m going to ship with what I got There are

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