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    12-07-2016, 04:28 AM
    Two of my favorite Cthristmas songs ... I Saw Mommy Kissing Yog-Sothoth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSvsy11PHxM Carol of the Old Ones | Dagon Tabernacle Choir https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ftld7Ohojg
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    12-07-2016, 04:09 AM
    Bestest Christmas Song EVARR ... Christmas at Ground Zero | "Weird Al" Yankovic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t039p6xqutU
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    12-04-2016, 10:44 AM
    Just in time for Christmas..... Are there not prisons? Are there not poor houses?
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    12-04-2016, 10:39 AM
    Why are you surprised or even upset about this? I told you this would happen back in 2010. I said that if Rand pushed took on too much of the teocon agenda in order to get elected he would have to keep pushing it to stay in politics. I told you and others that was the risk of Rand saying crap he didn't need to say like "If the Gitmo prisoners are tried in civilian court instead of a military tribunal then testimony from torture might have to be thrown out and that would be a problem." Oh....but Rand's playing chess and everyone else is playing checkers. That "he's playing chess" argument I first saw you raise is now raised by Trump supporters to justify the bat guano crazy stuff he says. Trump will throw in a few good things with all the bat guano and it's like "See? 4D chess!" So....how to we hold anybody accountable once we compromised on principles? "Oh look at how they vote instead of what they say." The problem with that is the teocons are looking at how they vote as well. Rand lost the teocon vote to Trump, Cruz and Carson and the idealist / millennial vote to Bernie Sanders. Oh....but it's infinity-D chess that I just don't understand. Okay.
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    12-03-2016, 11:28 PM
    Sounds like a good excuse for some Kool & the Gang ... (not that any excuse is needed ...) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GwjfUFyY6M
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-03-2016, 10:24 PM
    Or you could look at it as not being an "either-or" dilemma. Both spending and taxes should be reduced. I'm categorical about tax hikes. It's just wrong to take other peoples' stuff. It's more wrong to take more of their stuff. (And it's being "the end of the world" or not hasn't got anything to do with it.)
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    12-03-2016, 09:23 PM
    Further to which, reductio ad absurdum may be applied here ... The argument as given implies not only that such tax reductions should be opposed, but also that tax increases of the same kind should not be opposed. Consider a proposed tax increase of either "general" or "targeted" variety. Suppose the increase passes and is enacted. At this point, there is no functional difference whatsoever between opposition to the increase and any subsequent support for a decrease of the same variety and of equal magnitude. Thus, if support for the decrease is not to be approved by "free market people," then neither was opposition to the increase - and for exactly the same reasons.
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    12-03-2016, 08:17 PM
    The author of "End the Fed" certainly cannot be accused of being unaware of the government's ability to fund itself by way of the printing press. Ron Paul has elsewhere repeatedly and explicitly identified three basic ways government funds itself: (1) through "direct" taxation (in various forms) (2) through "indirect" taxation (such as the so-called "inflation tax" inherent in fiat monetary inflation - i.e., the "printing press" option) (3) through borrowing and debt issuance (which must ultimately be paid for via (1) or (2)) In his commentary in the video under consideration, he is concerned solely with (1), as that is the only of the three options which is relevant to the Carrier "tax break" issue. And none of this accounts for his numerous assertions elsewhere of the importance of real and significant spending cuts as a critical element in any effort to shrink the size of government ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-03-2016, 06:45 PM
    I cannot tell a lie - Douglas Adams plagiarized that phrase from me ... :toady:
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    12-03-2016, 06:39 PM
    :eek: Maybe Aldrin and Kerry aren't Aldrin and Kerry anymore ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-03-2016, 06:13 PM
    Regardless of how much business you do with whom, you have the "right" not to have your money involuntarily taken from you in the first place - and it having been taken, you have the "right" to get all of it back (not merely "some" of it). Whether you will actually be able to do so is another matter (and there is not anything wrong with lobbying in such an effort - any more than there is anything wrong with lobbying on behalf of the right to keep and bear arms, for example). When something is returned to them that rightfully belonged to them in the first place, they are not being "rewarded." Also, getting "fat government contracts" (on the one hand) and getting "tax breaks" (on the other hand) are two different things. The first can be considered a form of subsidy (depending on how "fat" the contracts in question are). The second cannot.
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    12-03-2016, 05:20 PM
    Muh federal standards.
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    12-03-2016, 04:33 PM
    Ron's exact words at that timestamp (emphasis added): "My policy over the years has always been to support anything that looks like a tax abatement or a tax credit even though I didn't like the condition where you're giving it to one not the other ..." I don't like the condition where you're giving it to one but not the other, either. But it's better than the case where you're not giving it to anyone at all. It is always better, ceteris paribus, when less of peoples' stuff is being expropriated. It is always worse, ceteris paribus, when more of peoples' stuff is being expropriated. One cannot achieve "fairness" in any meaningful sense by refusing to steal less of particular peoples' stuff so that people will be robbed more "equally" in general - "fairness" got chucked right out the window the moment any of their stuff was expropriated in the first place. Subsidies are another matter altogether (and I mean REAL subsidies, NOT tax credits/breaks/rebates/abatements/etc.). If Carrier or its parent company is receiving any actual subsidies that were involuntarily mulcted from others, then I will happily criticize them for it. But that is a separate issue. And for the record, I could not care less about this having been promulgated by Trump - or about what Trump's motivations are (Carrier is in no way accountable for Trump's motivations, whatever they might be). I'd be of exactly the same opinion if this occurred under the auspices of Obama, or Bush the Second, or Clinton, or Bush the First, or etc. Nor do I give a fetid dingo's kidney for what this might mean (one way or the other) in regard to "jobs" or whatnot.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-03-2016, 11:38 AM
    Apparently, you also agree more with Sarah Palin than you do with Ron Paul. Furthermore, Palin simply reiterates the "subsidies" canard. Stealing less of what already rightfully belongs to others is NOT a "subsidy" ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-03-2016, 09:42 AM
    :confused: You need to learn to express your thoughts intelligibly. As stated, this sentence makes no sense. Where, for example, is "Ron Pauls video that is for this type of government?" (After going to the trouble of trying to parse out what you might possibly have meant by this strangely worded clause, I can only assume that you actually meant to say something like "Has anyone who is for this type of government watched Ron Paul's video ..." rather than "Anyone watch Ron Pauls video that is for this type of government ...") Is this supposed to be some kind of threat? My neg-rep hammer is a lot bigger than yours ...
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    12-03-2016, 02:53 AM
    In that case, Missourians are the ones being "subsidized," which is "unfair" to Floridians, and exactly the same "logic" applies. Arguing for the "fairest" way of robbing people (so that "winners and losers" are not "picked," for example) makes my head hurt ...
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    12-02-2016, 06:51 PM
    One Tax Code to rule them all, One Tax Code to find them, One Tax Code to bring them all and in the darkness bind them In the Land of D.C. where the shadows lie. Missourians have to pay state income taxes. Floridians do not have to pay state income taxes. This is grossly unjust!
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    12-02-2016, 06:18 PM
    He said "a silver .10 dime" - not merely any coin (or combination of coins) having "10 cents" of "face value." The current* melt value for US silver dimes is $1.21. The current* price for a gallon of gas (national average) is $2.16. So two US silver dimes are currently worth more than a gallon of gas. * current = as of 2016-12-02
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    12-02-2016, 05:34 PM
    And that is exactly what the US & Israel hardliners want. A moderate Iran is much less likely to provide US & Israel hardliners with the kind of excuses they need to attack Iran and install a puppet regime, ŗ la the Shah ... This question answers itself.
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    12-02-2016, 05:08 PM
    False dichotomy is falsely dichotomous. (Some people have the gall to walk and chew gum at the same time, too ... :rolleyes:)
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    12-02-2016, 04:38 PM
    I have a relative with Crohn's so advanced that his only treatment options are medical marijuana or a prescription drug with the side effect that it could possibly cause fast acting 100% fatal cancer. This is what I have to say to the DEA.
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    12-02-2016, 04:32 PM
    Dude if the object of your "game" is to be so ignorant that nobody can actually talk to you then yes, you win the game. If the object of your game is to make an intelligent argument then you lost when you ignorantly played the race card. The Native Americans are winning in that that brought attention to their cause, again silly you decided to research and talk about it, without the inherent risk that comes from armed protests. The Black Panthers tried peaceful armed protest and paid the price. I didn't bring them up to be "black whinery" dufuss. I brought them up as a classic example of a group attempting peaceful armed protest without the backing of a large enough group.
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    12-02-2016, 04:27 PM
    Oh. That's news to me. Thank you for the information!
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    12-02-2016, 03:08 AM
    I am not able to vote in the poll, as there is no swordfish option ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlVNW-s7bvM
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-02-2016, 02:26 AM
    You should be embarassed to say such a silly and pointless thing. Obviously, you just don't understand 9D chess ... ;)
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-01-2016, 08:37 PM
    I agree. Trump trolling the media and protestors like this is indeed hilarious. In fact, it's almost as hilarious as when Trump trolls his own supporters and they fall for it, too ... ("Because you'd be in jail" ... BWA-HA-HA-HAAA!! ... "Drain the swamp" .... OOH-HE-HE-HEE!! ... etc., etc.)
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    12-01-2016, 05:53 PM
    Fixed it for you.
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    12-01-2016, 05:30 PM
    Well, it has been successful - smashingly so. Successful for Stalin, that is - and for Mao and Kim and Castro and many others. (Successful for the tens of millions who starve, though? Not so much ...)
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In one neighborhood of small town America, a father of five was terribly distraught at the dandelions overtaking his yard. He sent his children out to pick them all, paying them a small allowance. He was so proud of his yard, that he decided he should send his children out to neighboring yards on a daily basis to help his neighbors with their own

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