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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Today, 09:51 PM
    Wow What a Total lack of simple common sense.. Trump can not Pardon Him.. He is an innocent man that has never been convicted anywhere.. let alone the United States. It would require a conviction in a US Court.. Assange is Not a US Citizen and nothing he has done has been illegal.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 08:01 PM
    :confused: There isn't one. Words (or checkmarks) on pieces of paper are never going to give us more liberty (let alone "equality" or "fairness," whatever those are supposed to mean).
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 07:02 PM
    Yes, we should. And among many, many other things, we should also prevent spying on US citizens without showing cause. But adding more words to a piece of paper that the government already ignores at its convenience isn't going to accomplish any of those things. Even worse, given the current social and political climate, it is all but certain that any new words involving pleasant-sounding "equal rights" and "no discrimination" rhetoric will be employed as a justification for granting special privileges to (some) people over others rather than as restrictions upon the same government charged with enforcing those restrictions ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 06:27 PM
    If by "falling for it" you mean "finding an excuse for making a bunch of new laws and rules and regulations and such like in order to justify their continued existence," then ... well ... yeah ... sooner or later, they will "fall for it" (if they haven't already). 'Coz lawmakers gonna make laws. It's what they do. (And "Republican" or "Democrat" ain't got nothin' to do with it - that's all just a matter of whose oxen get gored and whose cronies get stoked ...)
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 06:04 PM
    Tax reductions/deductions are not subsidies. Taking less of what already belongs to someone is not the same as giving them something that does not already belong to them (or to the giver, for that matter). By this "logic," anything other than a tax rate of 100% (without deductions of any kind) is a "subsidy" ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 05:13 PM
    Comrade Bernie nods his head with enthusiastic approval ... Also, I have a kitten that looks just like little Fidel (though it's several months older). He didn't have a name, though. Now he does.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 04:08 PM
    You're not nearly as good as juleswin at telling other people what they "really" think or mean, despite anything they've actually said. *plonk* It isn't. It's a terrible idea. Amash ought to know better. And the more vague and unspecified the details, the more he ought to know it.
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  • fisharmor's Avatar
    Today, 02:08 PM
    And porn isn't an actual push to get boys to have sex with buxom women either. I think we'll just leave this at an agreement that you aren't able to follow how 6 years of glamorizing military life might condition teenagers into thinking it's the way to go. Sorry, I forgot you probably still unironically watch national news. Try doing without for a few years, and then watch a couple segments. Then get back to me. But we aren't talking about a day camp activity for special ed kids. We're talking about a required badge for Scouting's highest award. When I took another Eagle-requried merit badge - Lifesaving - at age 13, weighing 110 lbs, I had to dive down into 12 feet of muddy lake water, sift through 2 feet of weeds in the dark, find a concrete block, and bring it up to the surface.
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  • Todd's Avatar
    Today, 02:02 PM
    Sorry. I didn't hear anything disturbing. She may be ignorant and equate Rich with entitled but the facts are there is a quasi Oligarchical Kleptocracy in this country that oppresses using people with power and oh yes....lots of money sure helps you control more. Yeah it's class and racial tactics but there has always been some truth about class division. I just disagree with her that we need more government to achieve equality under the law.
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  • Todd's Avatar
    Today, 01:50 PM
    Now Assange, and Snowden. The really important people. Then I'll start to believe this guy is interested in freedom even if he doesn't completely understand it.
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  • Todd's Avatar
    Today, 01:41 PM
    Todd replied to a thread Stop the Pink Tax! in Economy & Markets
    Yep, I always thought it was a supply demand thing. Women want more pretty stuff clothes and shoes, so it's gonna cost more.
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  • fisharmor's Avatar
    Today, 10:51 AM
    Please pardon any indelicacy in my explaining this as it's also directed at Matt. To offer an example from my past, which is admittedly the worst example I can remember, there was an outing where a prayer service was led by an adult leader of unknown credentials where I was given communion. If you don't know, the official reaction a church body might have to this ranges from yawns, to abject horror. And the horror is subjective too: There are nominally Christian groups that are horrified at the mere concept of taking communion, and then there are groups that would respond to this by excommunicating the boy for taking part in it until he receives the remedial education on the subject necessary to be able to discern why it wasn't ok to participate. But this has always been the semi-official stance of BSA, which Matt was happy to reinforce: as long as you're a yawner, you're going to get along fine. If you're not, and if your church body teaches things like how you really can't stand in a circle and recite a prayer to a nebulous "great master of all scouts" alongside Buddhists and Muslims and expect it to be ok, or if you believe that you can't swear in the official Scout Oath to "do your duty to God" without getting into theologically unsound territory, then the answer from BSA - at least unofficially - is the same as Matt's comment about atheists - they just don't belong. Unlike atheists and homosexuals, conservatively Christian boys have been kept out of the organization by parents who don't lack the aforementioned discernment, so it hasn't been a national issue.
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  • Todd's Avatar
    Today, 09:17 AM
    Related. Sure hope this thing goes mainstream and stirs people up. https://consortiumnews.com/2020/02/17/doctors-for-assange-ratchet-up-pressure/
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  • Todd's Avatar
    Today, 08:49 AM
    https://consortiumnews.com/2020/02/17/part-four-of-ukrainegate-inconvenient-facts/ Part IV completed. Does it matter? Cause Biden is most likely done anyhow.
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  • Todd's Avatar
    Today, 08:23 AM
    Here's a good article by Chris Hedges about how badly the DNC elites don't want Bernie. We all can't stand the Progressive left anymore than we can stand the DNC, but the comparisons to our 2008 Libertarian grassroots Ron Paul base and Bernie's are very similar. People on the real left in this country see the DNC and most Democrats as too far right...if you can believe that.
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  • Todd's Avatar
    Today, 08:07 AM
    I think Bloomtard is the silver bullet. It really should concern Bernie lovers what shenanigans are getting ready to happen with this guy. I could seriously see him getting the nomination.
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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:26 PM
    First of all, Donald Trump is nowhere near the same type of man as Samson. I'm not going to lay out my theological arguments as to why that's the case, here, because I want to get to a more important point. Last of all, your post didn't answer my question at all. I asked for Scriptural basis to support the idea that it's righteous (or moral) to vote for the lesser of two evils (or least of possible goods). You're a man of God, and I know you know the Scriptures, Swordsmyth. So please explain to me where in God's holy, inspired word He teaches that it's okay to have a voting ethic of choosing the lesser of two evils. I'm not looking for Biblical comparisons of Donald Trump to judges, prophets, nor apostles, which even to do so is insulting to those great men of the Faith, anyway.
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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:05 PM
    In light of the quote in your signature from Alexis de Tocqueville, "You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith," can you explain to me where in the Scriptures is the method of "voting for the lesser of two evils (or least of possible goods)" supported as a righteous thing to do? :confused:
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:51 PM
    You did. I told you why I don't think it matters "what he's backing." But instead of actually addressing what I said, you accuse me of having some kind of "agenda." Given the social and political climate in America today, if you or Amash really imagine that anything at all good (let alone liberty-enhancing) is going to come from any sort of so-called "Equal Rights" amendment, then I honestly don't know what to tell you. Best case scenario: any such amendment will simply be ignored or evaded (just like all the other nice-sounding amendments we already have). I don't even want to think about the worst case scenario ...
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:38 PM
    Been wondering if what I though was Tinnitus, might actually be a Frey effect from ambient radiation. It does not seem to be sound waves,,and is in a crystalline range. and before you all think I am Stoned.. I am, but that is irrelevant. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microwave_auditory_effect
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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:28 PM
    Trump just granted clemency to one of the most crooked politicians in the history of Illinois, and you have the audacity to actually type with the same fingers that you fold in prayers to our God that Trump is a "possible good"? Can you not see how inconsistent you are, Swordsmyth? For all the death, theft, and debt that our country has been involved in, yes, I'll demand "perfection" instead of "lesser evils" or "least of possible good." There's too much at stake to be compromising our values and standards at this point. Just look at the type of people who continue to occupy the Oval Office, and observe what our chambers of Congress have become. Our children ought to be ashamed of us for the world we're leaving to them.
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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:11 PM
    The ballot box is not the only container we need to advance in the right direction. (By the way, you need to make sure you have the right definition of what is "the right direction" before you start moving, but that's another topic.). Besides voting, we also need the soap box, the prayer box, the coin box, and the ammo box. Those are the alternatives we have to work with when there are no candidates worthy of supporting. Yes, we need to make sacrifices, alliances, etc., and who says that libertarians haven't done that? But choosing not to "vote for the lesser of two evils" has nothing to do with being brainwashed by establishment elites and Socialists. On the contrary, it's those of you who continue to "vote for the lesser of two evils" that have fallen in step with the establishment elites and Socialists because they know they can promote whomever they want, and just as long as that candidate says a percentage of the things which tickle the ears of certain voting blocs, those elites/Socialists know they can remain in power, at the expense of your "ballot box tithe." That's what you call "voter suppression." So don't blame libertarians or "purists" for the political shifts every election cycle; that's on those of you who vote in fear and not in principle.
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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:57 PM
    Voting for "the lesser of two evils" is why our country never makes any progress. Generation after generation, people compromise on the axioms and principles which uphold a free republic, all for the sake of "doing something." The fact that you believe Trump is "moving things in the right direction" illustrates the delusion which is characteristic of those who continue to "vote for the lesser of two evils" instead of voting for what's objectively good. Under Trump, we still have slaughter of the unborn, inflation of our money supply, continue occupation of foreign lands, violations of the Constitution by the executive branch, incremental sieges of the right to own whatever we want to defend ourselves, and the list goes on. You're so busy looking at treatments of symptoms that you've completely ignored root causes, and because of that, people like you will never make any progress. So I'm not "holier than thou"; I'm just digging deeper than you are to undermine ideas that keep us in debt, in confusion and turmoil, and most of all, keep us with blood on our hands.
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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:34 PM
    Nobody is stopping you from pushing forward with "the message"; but don't confuse your message with being of the same essence as Dr. Ron Paul's because it's not. That's the problem. Those of you who support Trump are not in the same camp as those of us who have fought, taught, and advocated for the principles of a true, Constitutional republic that emphasizes things like the preservation of God-given rights, advancement of sound money and a true free-market system that doesn't have central banking at its core, a sensible and diplomatic foreign policy where we aren't policing the world and bribing foreign nations in order to steal their national resources, etc. So if you want to support the "Orange Man," then go ahead. But don't ever define your efforts as being the same as forwarding the causes which Dr. Ron Paul stood for during his campaigns. Start your own forums, gather your own grassroots, and preach the "Gospel of MAGA" to all who will hear it, but you seriously need to leave this place and stop trying to evangelize those who have higher standards of liberty and freedom than you do.
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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:15 PM
    So Trump will commute the sentence of a former corrupt governor who was found guilty of extortion, wire fraud, racketeering, and other charges, but he refuses to pardon a man who lost almost everything dear to him in his life for the cause of exposing lies and unconstitutional acts by our federal security organizations to spy on American citizens without due process of law, calling him a "total traitor." Anyone who continues to praise Trump after this latest clemency loses all credibility when it comes to standing for the principles of life, liberty, property, or any other principle that guarantees a free and prosperous society. And if you call yourself a Christian, especially, then shame on you. You are not advancing Biblical principles of self-government nor civic government by supporting someone like Trump, and you need to seriously repent.
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:07 PM
    Back up.. Not a post since Feb 9,, when I checked yesterday. Been checking #Assange
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    Yesterday, 04:05 PM
    #Assange https://twitter.com/hashtag/Assange?src=hashtag_click
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:56 PM
    Which prompts the question: "sub-prime government-backed loans for whom?" (Can you say "cronyism," boys and girls? How about "moral hazard?" There! I knew you could ...)
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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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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

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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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