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    Re: Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda

    Quote Originally Posted by WillRockwell View Post
    your "logic" assumes we have forgotten the facts. I will refresh them for you. Here is what Specter actually said. I am sure that, 3 pages from now, you will once again be accusing him of slander, lying, and invasion of privacy. As you can clearly see (even you), he committed none of these.
    He committed all of these....as the quote you provided clearly and emphatically demonstrates. Your proof substantiates my position. Thank you.

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    Re: Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda

    Quote Originally Posted by WillRockwell View Post
    If you are so concerned with context, why did you collapse Specter's remarks? As you can see, the line you quoted is not at all "right before the one you posted". Maybe you should be quoting from an actual transcript instead of a rightwing rag.
    Perhaps in the future you should actually CITE YOUR SOURCES when you quote people than if its not using the same source that was already quoted in the article. Am I supposed to be some sort of mind reader, able to bore into the Mind of the illustrious WillRockWell to know that the quote he posted, with absolutely no link citing where he got it from, was not taken from the article being discussed and actually linked in here.

    My apologizes, how about in the future clean up your sloppy debating and posting etiquette or be a bit understanding when people misunderstand you because of your inability to follow common protocol.

    Now having seen the full version, I sit somewhere between the original implication which appears to be faulty reporting (Funny, you seem to be attacking the poor reporting here while just a week ago you were drooling and frothing over information posted from a "liberal" rag without question) that, again, shows how poor our media is and the one presented by you.

    It seems, in the context, he is implying that through his shift to being a democrat he now has a better possability to push for funding of medical research than he had for republicans and if the push he has been wanting actually been done in the past decades that the senator would be alive today.

    I do think its a slight shot at the republicans, however I think its a far less over the top and questionable comment than it was initially made out to be. He's making an opinion, one that I think its a bit faulty as I believe cancer research has been one of the most heavily focused on and funded research in both the private and public sector when looking at the entirety of the field, and one that I think his personal interest in it clouds his view, but one that I don't see as being as questionable in character as originally posted.

    I think it was a political dig, but an extremely mild one all things considered.

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    Re: Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    1. It is a false statement. There is no right to lie.
    Wrong, it was not a lie. It was a speculation. What Specter actually said was:
    Mr. Specter, responding to a question from CBS' Bob Schieffer over whether he had let down Pennsylvanians who wanted a Republican to represent them, said he thought his priorities were more in line with those of the Democrats.

    "Well, I was sorry to disappoint many people. Frankly, I was disappointed that the Republican Party didn't want me as their candidate," Mr. Specter said on "Face the Nation." "But as a matter of principle, I'm becoming much more comfortable with the Democrats' approach. And one of the items that I'm working on, Bob, is funding for medical research."

    Mr. Specter continued: "If we had pursued what President Nixon declared in 1970 as the war on cancer, we would have cured many strains. I think Jack Kemp would be alive today. And that research has saved or prolonged many lives, including mine."
    The definition of a lie as you are using it is:

    Main Entry:
    lie
    Function:
    verb
    Inflected Form(s):
    lied; ly·ing
    Etymology:
    Middle English, from Old English lēogan; akin to Old High German liogan to lie, Old Church Slavic lŭgati
    Date:
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    intransitive verb
    1 : to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive
    2 : to create a false or misleading impression transitive verb : to bring about by telling lies <lied his way out of trouble>
    Specter said "I think..." This is no lie, this is his opinion. It may very well have been true had the cancer funding been approved. You just don't know. Strike one.

    2. Being a lie, it is also slander, not just of members of both political parties (as each party has held sway since the referenced Nixon declaration of a "war on cancer"), but also of the deceased, who was a part of the government and the party so criticized by Specter. There is no right to slander.
    You are making a reach of preposterous length out of pure partisan nonsense. He in no way lied, and he didn't slander anyone....PERIOD. Especially the deceased. He offered his personal opinion. This is a prime example of intellectual dishonesty, playing games with big words in order to make your case. In order to slander someone you must actually make a false statement that is actually about a specific person and actually damages their character or defames them. You keep trying though. Strike two.
    3. Further, in making reference to the manner of Jack Kemp's death, it represents an invasion of privacy. Such invasions are not protected speech.
    This is absolutely ludicrous. This is in no way whatsoever an invasion of privacy. Kemp died of cancer, it's publicly known. There is no expectation of privacy on the fact that he died of cancer. You have demonstrated that you are truly ignorant of what a lie is, what slander is, and what constitutes an invasion of privacy. Strike three.

    First Amendment applies.
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    Re: Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda

    I'd begrudgingly have to go with Lex on this one. By all accounts it seems he's giving an opinion here and not a slanderous one. I think its an incorrect one, but he's free to make incorrect and even perhaps insensitive opinions.

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    Re: Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    The protections and limitations of the First Amendment absolutely apply to the disgraced Senator from Pennsylvania. As his comments about Jack Kemp are outside the boundaries of the First Amendment, your question is moot.
    See my above post. Can you be any more wrong?
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    Re: Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    I find it so funny that so many Republicans who defended Joe Lieberman for going 'Independent' on Democrats for what was basically ONE issue(National Security) are now attacking Specter. When Lieberman did it he was standing up for what he believed in! When Specter does it. He's a rhino! a librul! I need a smoke.
    I had no problem with Spector leaving, he needs to go anyway. p.s. I hated Spector as a Republican as well, good riddance.
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    Re: Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    I'd begrudgingly have to go with Lex on this one. By all accounts it seems he's giving an opinion here and not a slanderous one. I think its an incorrect one, but he's free to make incorrect and even perhaps insensitive opinions.
    Exactly. Specter was a tool for saying what he said, but it was nothing more than his politically motivated, stinky opinion. No lie, no slander, and certainly no invasion of privacy.
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    Re: Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda

    Quote Originally Posted by LaMidRighter View Post
    I had no problem with Spector leaving, he needs to go anyway. p.s. I hated Spector as a Republican as well, good riddance.
    I was just thinking about this, since there is so much clamor on the forum over Specter right now. How many Republicans/Conservatives on this board actually voiced an negative opinion of Specter prior to this party change? There are certainly plenty right now, and they all seem to think he was worthless as a Republican. Where is the history. A lot of folks seem to be playing the "what...Specter's joined the Dems?...well, huh...I mean...fine, we didn't want him anyway, he's a dirty SOB and always has been, I'm glad the Dems got him...serves 'em right I tell ya!" card.

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    Re: Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda

    And not to be nitpicky here, but it's...

    Specter, not Spector.

    Geez people!

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    Re: Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda

    Quote Originally Posted by Lerxst View Post
    I was just thinking about this, since there is so much clamor on the forum over Specter right now. How many Republicans/Conservatives on this board actually voiced an negative opinion of Specter prior to this party change? There are certainly plenty right now, and they all seem to think he was worthless as a Republican. Where is the history. A lot of folks seem to be playing the "what...Specter's joined the Dems?...well, huh...I mean...fine, we didn't want him anyway, he's a dirty SOB and always has been, I'm glad the Dems got him...serves 'em right I tell ya!" card.

    I think it all boils down to conservative and republican, the people who thought the GOP could do no wrong are bashing Specter right now, the true republican conservatives didn't like him to begin with because he was always a 50/50 vote, you never really knew where his principles were.
    Neither side in an argument can find the truth when both make an absolute claim on it.

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