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It will be done for NAFTA's sake now, rather than for the speciously paraded Monroe Doctrine's sake of previous administrations.
Carroll's strategy of attacking at the foundations is therefore really the only one that can get outside the ambit of a self-legitimation that follows, speciously, from internal coherence.
According to the GAO, consumers are often frightened into changing their drinking habits by salesmen who speciously claim that the local water supply is contaminated, and that their product will protect the purchaser from cancer, birth defects, and genetic damage.
There was the diet of bananas, speciously said to be painless because one was allowed to eat so many bananas.
Given the public's experience with major scandals, investors probably did well to heed the advice of one analyst: "All prospectuses should be scanned in a spirit of jaundiced criticism, and with the most pessimistic readiness to believe that they are speciously alluring traps laid by some designing financier to relieve the reader of some of his money."He suggests then that outside investors confine themselves to debt securities with clear liens.
Obama tried to sarcastically respond to them at times, and at other times he speciously considered that Iran deserved more attention, and that the US would make up for the years of estrangement between the two countries, saying that the Iranian regime fits as a partner of the United States in the Middle East.
The Singkil is secular in nature, performed by the Ummah communities of the Maranao and Maguindanao but often speciously referred to by non-Maranaos as a "Muslim dance", Initially, the dance was performed with just one pair of bamboo poles, in due course adopting the use of two criss-crossing pairs.
Such disingenuousness sends a clear signal to Khartoum: there will be no real consequences for its immensely destructive and disruptive military assistance to renegade militia groups that have no meaningful political agenda, and which trade only speciously on local agendas.
Thus figures such as Robert Filliou now appear lighter than they did when their art was bolstered by the background of a perceived enemy-- particularly the United States, which had been "criminalized" for its role during the Vietnam misadventure and for its moral complicity in the imperialism then speciously attributed to the success of American painting.
There are ways to make the argument for meaning over form speciously easy; Waugh chooses to reverse the cheat, a sign of grand confidence that truths can weather even mockery.
It is a political parable about war, as well as a speciously simple story of love, adventure, and mystery.
What initially seems mutually exclusive, speciously separated by faith in God, De Quincey ultimately rationalizes: the Roman "sudden" means "unlingering" while the Christian "sudden" means "without warning." The reaction to the unlingering sudden death "will be variously answered according to each man's temperament," while the human subject categorically attempts to evade the terror of sudden death (221).
[Plaintiffs accounting expert] assumed an abrupt expansion of the market for trademark search services, assumed that [Plaintiff] would reverse the long decline in its market share, assumed that [Plaintiffs] historically aggressive competitors would take no measures to counter [Plaintiffs] ascendancy, and predicted which choices customers would make among a variety of new and old search technologies--all of these assumptions reduced to speciously exact dollar amounts and spun out to the year 1998.").
"These reports are unequivocally false and are a product of the Israeli government that is trying to speciously create a raised level of tension in the region to justify a future conflagration of violence on their part, or simply to divert attention from the real issue at hand: Israeli settlements and expansionism," he told The Cable.