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    Yesterday, 11:43 PM
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:18 PM
    That's what I think too. I believe prices would tend to go down when instead of trying to please the insurance companies, physicians would try to please their clientele.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:11 PM
    Wow. It's been years since I've watched a Hannity show. This dude is friggin' scary as shit. People really watch this stuff?? Explains a lot.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:59 PM
    Oh come on... :) You don't want to play the game at least??? That Mulvaney, Rand, Massie and Amash are all working together in an elaborate plan to gain influence with Trump to get him out of the way so they can take over the leadership of the country? That McCain's death was the final obstacle removed in order to put their plan into action? That by orchestrating the loss of the House they ensured these investigations and increased the pressure on the right Congressmen to give Trump "the talk"? Oh man, this could go all night! A conspiracy theory in our favor??! :D
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:42 PM
    Trump doesn't sound very conservative, saying that. How about just getting the government out of healthcare? I would prefer to keep my health concerns between my physician and myself.
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:37 PM
    Yeah, what ever did people do before Obamacare?
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:35 PM
    No replacement necessary.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:34 PM
    ^^^This^^^
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:32 PM
    Listen, if he's in this role and he has the ability to dictate the schedule of Trump's meetings?? We all know Trump is HIGHLY influenced by the last person he talks to... Mulvaney just may be able to change the direction of the country like he did with the OMB. (Yeah, I know... Ever the optometrist. ;))
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:23 PM
    We got a chunk of them behind Ron Paul. Rand decided to play Good Republican and chased them away, but the Ron Paul coalition saw Democrats registering Republican to vote for him in primaries. Partisanship is the wedge they're using to divide people who want liberty and/or peace from people who want liberty and/or peace. Notice the only Republicans and the only Democrats they ever, ever point cameras and microphones at are the ones who'd as soon lock everyone else up as look at them. That's not hardly an accident. Nor is it an accident that partisans were sent here to demonize all the Democrats and Libertarians with a Democratic background who were still hanging around. It worked, too. Bolton got his money's worth.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:11 PM
    If it did that, I might have some more respect for him. He could do a hell of a lot of good if he threw his support behind Rand. (lol... I think I probably said the same thing in 2015.)
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:09 PM
    What if the Ravens beat the Chargers? Baltimore ain't chumps this year.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:07 PM
    It's all in the way they phrase the questions. They can get these polls to move however they want. Most people really do want liberty. For themselves. But when answering poll questions, it's about what frame of reference you put the respondent in. Are you asking what they want for themselves, or what they want for their country?? Even in the most honest reputable polls, the respondent will know that answer in the first couple of seconds - by the way the sentence structure is arranged, by the pitch, timbre, tone and overtones of the callers voice, and even by the time of day. But don't fool yourself... there is a part of everyone that wants liberty. Part of our job is to find it. I'm still working on that one. It's a slow go.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:54 PM
    This is a really good first step statement. + rep I encourage you to think about that a little more deeply. Try applying that to all the issues. And this job you're doing on this site.
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:37 PM
    Profit Motive. There are folks beginning to see it from the states that did it. and there is no denying the results.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:36 PM
    But "having the Swampublican get their vote in the 2nd or 3rd round" is exactly what eliminates the so-called "spoiler effect". And when you combine that with the fact that as a result (as you yourself acknowledge) "the Swampublicans will feel free to act more liberal ", then you have set yourself up for a double-whammy - the Republican party will become that much more insulated from reaction, and at the same time the "spoiler effect" will have been eliminated as a possible corrective ... For whatever they might (or might not) be worth, my thoughts on the subject of voting and any of various voting schemes are offered solely arguendo. Presently, the matter is moot. Regardless of what schemes for representation might be engineered, neither republics nor democracies (nor any mixture of the two) are even remotely viable or maintainable at the scale of a third of a billion people - or even at the scale of the more populous states. Democracy in particular scales especially poorly (I suspect that even a scale measured in the hundreds would be too large for democracy to avoid significant dysfunction).
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:58 PM
    None at all - because California also eliminates the spoiler effect. They just use a different method to do it (by allowing only two candidates in the general).
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:51 PM
    Fixed. Sadly, this is one of the few things about which Ron Paul is wrong. Liberty is like the weather. Everyone talks about it, but ...
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:42 PM
    Damn. He was great at OMB! Here’s hoping he controls who gets access to POTUS!
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:18 PM
    LMAO ... as if Polquin gave a damn about anyone but Rs & Ds being "disenfranchised" before rank voting was used ... But if you lose the spoiler effect, what do you gain? Cui bono? Without the ability to produce the spoiler effect, the participation of third-party and non-party candidates (and the enablement of their supporters to express support) can be effectively nullified. It may well destroy or seriously degrade one of the only useful things there is about voting. I have argued elsewhere that voting is not an effective means of changing anything. Voting does not cause change - rather, it is the result of change (if any). At best, voting is like a windsock - but in that capacity, it can still be a somewhat useful thing. Voting won't change the direction of the wind, but it may at least tell you when and in what direction the wind is changing.
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  • fisharmor's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:45 AM
    My favorite game during regular meetings was called "Poison". There was a single folding chair in the middle of the room. All the boys joined hands in a circle around it. Sounds pretty gey so far but... There were two rules: 1) Whoever touches the chair is out ("touch" meaning any physical contact, including getting whipped into it...) 2) If you break hands, both people who broke hands are out. I'm pretty sure this game would count as a war crime these days. I certainly wonder how nobody ended up needing medical attention... since you'd have 17yo six-foot jocks and 11yo kids playing at the same time.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:34 AM
    Oh, I was so hoping you were going to say that you got kicked out of the Girl Scouts for eating a brownie.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:32 AM
    https://www.sovereignman.com/trends/the-boogeyman-is-coming-for-you-no-matter-where-in-the-world-you-are-24365/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=sm_notes&utm_campaign=notes&utm_content=20181128_socsec Is there any part of the world which isn't in the jurisdiction of the totalitarian U.S. government?
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:55 AM
    Unfortunately, most people are only interested in liberty as it pertains to themselves. They have little to no interest in the liberty of their neighbors.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:24 AM
    They would have, except while other car companies got in the habit of hiring talent, they got in the habit of buying Congressmen.
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:20 AM
    Because People are not people, not legally anyway, ONLY Corporations are People. Thus, only Corporations have Rights.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:11 AM
    Well, not only were you the one football fan in the nation not paying attention to the huge sacrifice the Chiefs made for the cause of curbing female abuse, you decide to pour out disrespect to natives. Nice of you to prove what I said about Cowboys fans. So you watch the Chargers defense struggle to hold the offense which is the toast of the nation, and which scored forty points on the Patriots and fifty points on the Rams. And the conclusion your lying eyes leads you to jump to is, Patrick Mahomes can't throw and there is no defense in the AFC. Now, I've seen you plant your Intractable Flag on utterly ridiculous, utterly indefensible positions before. But this is the first time I've actually seen you arrive at the wrong hill and begin trying in vain to defend it. It is, as Mr. Spock used to say, fascinating. Should I give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you had Joe Buck on mute when he told you Mahomes was on track to set the NFL record for touchdown passes in a season? Or did you hear that bit of relevant data and ignore it in preference for the testimony of your lying eyes? As a person who is literally, physically surrounded by obnoxious Cowpoke fans, I'd like nothing better than to see these Chiefs rope and brand that team. Unfortunately, those Pokes of yours have to get past at least one team every inch as good as they are to get a chance to play the Saints or the Rams. And that will finish them just about a week before they'd have had a shot at the other. Which makes it all academic. Doesn't it?
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  • Ender's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:25 AM
    Yeah- hemp is better than wood paper, cotton, etc. Most great paintings that have lasted for centuries were painted on hemp canvas. The Constitution is on hemp, ship sails were made from hemp.
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  • Ender's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:14 AM
    George Washington set a tax on all people who would not grow hemp because it was considered so valuable. It was Big Corps that got .gov to make it illegal because it makes better oil & stronger steel- never had anything to do with the stupid drug stuff.
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by acptulsa on 07-02-2017 at 08:46 AM
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So, you take a sniff, mistake an anti-Fed argument for a minimum wage argument, and jump off board? Do you think victims of inflation and the systematic destruction of manufacturing jobs should be stripped of the right to vote, but corporations should get to vote even though they are things, not people? You say government is the problem, not the corporations, but I don't see you acknowledging who or what it is that is paying the lobbyists to make the particular bribes they make.

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by acptulsa on 06-15-2016 at 10:08 AM
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Did a delay in response give the gunman more time? Cops face questions over why it took three hours for SWAT teams to storm Orlando nightclub as police chief admits officers may have shot some of the VICTIMS

...Police Chief John Mina has also admitted that some of the victims may have been hit by officers' gun fire.

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We're So Lucky to Have Such Great Choices

by acptulsa on 09-23-2012 at 10:16 AM
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I just can't decide who to vote for in the presidential race. They're both just so perfect! I can't believe it. Things are just going so well I never considered firing the president, but this Romney guy is just such a temptation!

Romney promises us more war. Obama promised us just the opposite, but that's ok, because he saw Dubya's two wars and raised us three police actions. I think that's a wonderful thing, and can't wait for the next one. I heard somewhere that with six you

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by acptulsa on 09-23-2012 at 10:14 AM
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Once upon a time, there was a thing called the Interstate Commerce Commission. It was founded to prevent kamikaze capitalism amongst railroads in a day when their efficiencies and primitive technology pretty much guaranteed them a monopoly in viable transportation.

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by acptulsa on 06-26-2011 at 08:29 AM
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'What your daddy did to you was abuse.'

'How dare you talk that way about my daddy?!'

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