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Old 03-04-2015, 10:55 AM   #661
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Isn't it wonderful when someone is a surgeon, but knows so much about the basis of homosexuality...

Ben Carson: Homosexuality is a choice and prison sex proves it
Chicago Sun Times - Chad Merda - 3/4/15
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Ben Carson says without a doubt, homosexuality is a conscious choice people make.

And the potential 2016 presidential candidate says you have to look no further
than prison culture to reach the same conclusion as him… .

When asked if he thinks people have control over their sexuality, Carson said “absolutely.”
And then he pulled out the prison sex comparison to try to make his point.

“Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight
— and when they come out, they’re gay,” Carson said.
“So, did something happen while they were in there?
Ask yourself that question.”
Ben, Now cut that out !

And besides all that:
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In other news, on Tuesday, Carson announced the formation of an exploratory committee for a 2016 run:
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Old 03-05-2015, 09:44 AM   #662
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Another "Blame it all on the staff, not Christie" ?

Chris Christie’s Exxon Settlement Is Bad for New Jersey
Shortchanging New Jersey by Billions

NY Times - BRADLEY M. CAMPBELL - MARCH 4, 2015
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The decision by the administration of Gov. Chris Christie to settle an environmental lawsuit
against Exxon Mobil Corporation for roughly three cents on the dollar after more than a decade of litigation
is an embarrassment to law enforcement and good government.

Even more troubling are the circumstances surrounding the decision, which recently came to light.
As a judge deliberated whether to assess the $8.9 billion in damages New Jersey sought,
the administration stepped in and agreed to take about $250 million and settle the case.<snip>

The lawsuit was part of a broader initiative, started a year earlier, to ensure that New Jersey taxpayers
would be compensated, and natural resources restored, where major polluters had caused damage.
Numerous Fortune 100 companies came to the table, including Chevron, DuPont and Honeywell,
and resolved their liability promptly, often through innovative watershed protection projects. … Not Exxon.

The company’s challenge to its liability was rejected in 2007.
But despite the loss, Exxon kept on fighting for nearly eight more years.
But sometime during the judge’s deliberations, the Christie administration asked him to defer his ruling. <snip>

While he was chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2014,
the group received $500,000 from Exxon and more from company employees.
While this was not Exxon’s first contribution to the group,
this donation was made at a time when the New Jersey trial was pending.
Seems there's a pattern developing here,
and as Dr Phil often says something like: "The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior"
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