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    Today, 08:21 PM
    'I wish it need not have happened in my time,' said Frodo. 'So do I,' said Gandalf, 'and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.'
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    Today, 08:07 PM
    'I wish it need not have happened in my time,' said Frodo. 'So do I,' said Gandalf, 'and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.'
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    Today, 08:01 PM
    I've been to eight of the countries on that list.
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    Today, 07:14 PM
    OMG. The IG letter states, "the OIG expanded our request to the FBI to include all text messages between Strzok and Page from November 30, 2016, through the date of the document request, which was July 28, 2017. The OIG received these additional messages on August 10, 2017." Wow. So the Inspector General's letter effectively asserts that the FBI is outright lying to Congress with its "lost" texts claim. Either that or the Inspector General is lying.
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    Today, 07:04 PM
    "Since 2007, the NSA has been under court orders to preserve data about certain of its surveillance efforts that came under legal attack following disclosures that President George W. Bush ordered warrantless wiretapping ... To make matters worse, backup tapes that might have mitigated the failure were erased" So not only did the destroy the evidence that they were under court order to preserve, but then they went and bleach wiped all the backups of it. I hope the judge issues an immediate injunction ordering the NSA to terminate all of its wiretapping/eavesdropping until they can find the missing data.
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    Today, 06:52 PM
    After the bottomless NSA data pit conveniently "lost" Bush era surveillance data it was under court order to preserve. Now the FBI conveniently "lost" all Peter Strzok and Lisa Page text messages from December 2016 through May 2017 - the period when the McCabe/Strzok/Comey operation "insurance policy" was in full execution. 955214616593920002 955210080886108160
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    Today, 03:09 AM
    I take it you don't see the trick here, eh? This passage is WIDE OPEN to interpretation. It could mean almost anything. "Holy spirit", to my meager knowledge is defined nowhere in the bible - certainly not in a way that would meet even the lowest standards of rigor. So even if we accept it as true, it still tells you nothing beyond that which is vague. No big sin there, mind you, but a point of which any man should be keenly aware. Now consider that "the Spirit teaches you". This speaks in strong accord with my own beliefs about God having given us everything we need to live the life of man with propriety, grace, and joy. Witness how any ten men placed together in a room will hold at least eleven interpretations of a given passage. GuaRONtee. Therefore, that passage means different things to different people. The passage says the Holy Spirit will not lead you astray. Therefore, the widely differing interpretations are all valid, including the ones that say "this is gibberish to me". This all underscores my view that the bible is only one avenue to understanding and that it is not for all people, such as myself. It also illustrates the tricky, dare I say devilish, nature of linguistic communication. And this is why people need to tread lightly where such subjects are concerned. What blossoms with resonance and meaning for some, falls dead for others, yet it is all valid because the Holy Spirit guides each man in his own way toward truth fit to his needs. They may be different from those suited to others. If folks got this clue and accepted it, we would not have crazy people in the middle east, for example, running about sawing the heads off of those with whom they disagree.
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    Today, 02:05 AM
    The mind reels at the possibilities. WV could be at the tip of a very pointy spear. I cannot imagine this being enacted - I dare not hope. Oh who am I kidding... I hope, I hope, I hope... I now know what to wish for come my pending birthday on 2/1. WOOHOO... :)
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    Today, 01:29 AM
    It would seem so, at least to my normative eyes. I agree with this. But hiding is futile because God is everywhere and everything. Unlike so many, I do not distinguish between God and the rest. It is all one, I suspect, even if I cannot prove it. When I look at a scrap of paper, I see God. Glass of water, God. Dog turd on a NYC sidewalk, God - and I mean no offense in that.
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    Today, 01:23 AM
    Good question. Point taken. Am I mistaken in my belief that this is, as yet, unprecedented? Another good point. Besides, what can the feds do, refuse to give back the highway monies they stole from the people of the state? I guess my suspicion would be that the feds would at least attempt to take the governor by force on a federal warrant to charge him with some federal crime. Perhaps legislators and anyone down the food chain deemed complicit. That, of course, would be a very risky gambit, holding such people hostage in trade for fed agents. Where, pray tell, could that lead other than to ultimate disaster in terms of long term relations? In the end, the feds would have to back down for the sake of attrition because I am confident such a state would take very careful and effective measures to protect their own. Armed guards with standing orders to shoot to kill if a federal agent so much as approached a protectee in the wake of a standing disagreement of this sort. There are more of us than there are of them. In addition, a smart state would extend such authority to every man, woman, and child. If you see a fed attempting to take your mayor (or whatever) into custody, put one between their eyes and you will stand immune from prosecution. The bottom line is that such an approach by the feds would lead to their destruction.
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    Today, 12:40 AM
    But doesn't the appeals chain ultimately lead to SCOTUS?
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    Today, 12:38 AM
    Every man that has ever lived has been a man of faith, even those who streadfastly and stridently claim otherwise. It is in our nature to be faith-driven. We have little choice, save to die. We are what we are, separate in some sense from that without from us. The interface between within and without is made up of our senses. We see, touch, smell, hear, and taste the world around us and through those intermediaries do we come to know the world. We have faith in our senses. Were it not so, we would become paralyzed in an inability to act because we would never know whether we were doing right. So in this respect, atheists are amusingly full of shit. It is clear to me that they have not considered their positions with any diligence or capacity. I also find the common chest-pounding style of communication droll and ultimately boring. They remind me of Serbs. :) Decent and worthy sentiments for which your goodness should be acknowledged. Consider it so.
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    Today, 12:28 AM
    But who is to say that THEY know what they mean? If one is going to trust God, then go all the way and don't just put in the "tip". :) What I mean is this: God will speak to you if you are willing to quiet yourself and listen. I believe this strongly. I do not believe you need a bible to do this, though for some I suppose it is helpful - to each man, his path to the light. That route has never worked for me. But contrary to what most people seem to believe (always despised that John Dunne quote "No man is an island, entire to himself..." BLAH BLAH BLAH... reminds me of the tripe from that shriveled old black witch Maya Angelou... "it takes an entire village to raise a child" - such obvious bullshit) I believe God has born into every man all that he needs to go through life with success. That doesn't perforce mean living in a vacuum, mind you, but that in the company of one's fellows, there is no hidden knowledge of such fundamental import that cannot be discovered by any man through the sheer force of will to discover it with open eyes and a quiet heart. THAT is what makes God great and kind. He gave us what we need in our DNA, so to speak. We don't need bibles or qur'ans or vedas or zend avestas, etc. to grasp the innermost knowledge necessary leading the lives of good men. They may be nice additions for some, but they are not essential by any means. And for poor, dumb bastards such as myself, they actually get mostly in the way of understanding because they inject incomprehensible noise into the thought stream. Mysterious ways, indeed.
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    Today, 12:16 AM
    Funny you should mention those... I haven't rejected them out of hand. I read them and found most of it of no use to me. That which spoke to me, I have retained. I don't buy the angry God narrative. When I was 17 I did my first trip. While I am no advocate of such things, it is up to each man to choose for himself and for me it was a Godsend because it was on that cold December evening that God spoke to me. No, not like the burning bush, but far more deeply. I saw how God smiles and laughs and I needed that more than perhaps even getting laid. I think it literally saved my life. The pissy-old drunk model of God is FAIL that arises from those who do not know how to read well or listen to what their senses tell them. I pity such people, for as noisy as my head tends to be, I suspect theirs are far worse.
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    Yesterday, 11:53 PM
    Thank you for speaking directly for once. This is how communications should be. Leave the fancy poetic verse thing for fancy poetic verse. Clarity begets clarity and understanding, which I feel is important where certain topics are concerned. As for chickenhawks, let us be sensible. If you want war and can get someone else to do the fighting in your place, you would be a wholesale idiot to go and do it yourself, all notions of honor notwithstanding. I mean, come on now. Of course, the better position is to advocate for copious fucking in preference to fighting. But if you're going to be of the "make war" clan, finding suckers to do the dying for you only makes rational sense. We don't have to like it, mind you, but should at least acknowledge the sensibility of it.
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    Yesterday, 11:41 PM
    I mean no offense, but IMO 99% of the bible as it stands is worthless poo. Allow me to clarify, that you not need work too hard not to take offense. The bible is a translation of a translation of a translation of a... To put it in the words of, IIRC, Rabbi Cooperman, "translation is betrayal". I could not agree more. But it goes far beyond mere linguistic translation. Even in the original tongues, there is semantic drift. My common example runs something like this: were I go get into my time machine and go back to even Shakespearian England and tell even the most erudite men that Michael Jackson was "bad", they would assume I was speaking of an evil man, when in fact I was heaping upon him colloquial praise as being very much the opposite. Calling him "cool" would likely give rise to the notion that is not particularly friendly. And so forth. In a mere 400 years, the changes in the vernacular are so extreme that most people today are unable to read the works of Bill and grasp the meaning beyond the most vague notions that this one loves that one and hates the other one. The true and detailed semantic nuances are wholly lost on them. Now imagine compounding this error propagation by an addition 1600 years (New Testament) and through actual linguistic conversions from Aramaic, ancient Greek and Hebrew, Latin, etc. into intermediary translations into German, old English, then to middle English, and perhaps even once again into current colloquial English. I can guaRONtee that much of the essential meaning is lost. This is not God's foible, but that of men.
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    Yesterday, 11:15 PM
    osan replied to a thread Suzanimal? in Open Discussion
    Umm... "strange" doesn't quite cover this one.
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    Yesterday, 11:14 PM
    Learn to spell right, God damn it. Ill-Annoy. Got it? RIGHT! PS: hot legs.
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    Yesterday, 11:13 PM
    If you have a point to make, you should do so. This innuendo crap is for the birds.
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    Yesterday, 11:10 PM
    That, and the common man as well. The sorts of comments I'd hear about Obammy were nothing compared with what I hear, see, and read about Trump. It is interesting to see that Comedy Central has devoted entire shows to Trump including the one hosted by that black asshole Noah something or other. A wholesale phag from the shit-hole South Africa who lives here precisely because SA is such a dangerous and rotten place. He is given asylum and thanks the host with his mean-spirited drivel. Should send his ass back and let the animals have at him. If Trump had any sense, he would import the white South Africans by the hundreds of thousands. Their farmers are world-class producers and they are being exterminated. It is interesting to note how their existential plight is being wholly ignored by media because it's the black shits who are doing the killing of whites, which doesn't quite fit the white-people-be-evil-,-black-people-be-po'-vikkims narrative. I'd let every last one of them in. Within a year I suspect there'd be nary an individual left in SA. The black ones would be unable to feed themselves. What a world.
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    Yesterday, 11:00 PM
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    Yesterday, 10:56 PM
    Huh... funny, but I don't have a problem with it, provided the redux is actually better than the predecessor. In the vast majority of cases, they are not. If anyone ever remakes Bladerunner, I will hunt them and well... you can guess the rest. Unless a remake strives and succeeds at doing a significantly better job than its predecessors, the producers and directors should be beaten with iron bars. There are many abominations representing the failure to accomplish this goal of questionable worthiness. "The Italian Job" comes immediately to mind. There are many others. This remake phenomenon just illustrates how bankrupt Hollywood is become.
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    Yesterday, 10:43 PM
    Holy crap. I am not a fan... her voice was not quite in my spectrum of "wow", but 46? Poor dear. Mewonders what happened. My friend Mike of the flea market informed me today that his brother, whom I also knew, died not long ago. When they found him, his body had turned black. I really don't want to know. PS: just saw suicide. How sad.
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    Yesterday, 10:39 PM
    osan replied to a thread Triggered in Open Discussion
    You know, I really resent living in a state where none of this sort of thing exists. I mean, it's all so boring here. I'd like to be on a college campus filled with these SJW snowfags, just so I could trigger them and watch as they spazz out, twitching to and fro' and making all manner of incomprehensible noises at me. I know I should be more adult that this, but I don't want to.
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    Yesterday, 10:35 PM
    osan replied to a thread Triggered in Open Discussion
    Was Peter Griffin's chin intentionally designed to look like a nut-sack?
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    Yesterday, 10:32 PM
    He looks just like my Hercules, only differing in color. Herky is a great dog. We call him the "bloody big head".
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    Yesterday, 10:29 PM
    Good one. Me: Ukraine, Romania, Africa, NYC, NJ, LA, Ill-Annoy, Massachusetts, Yolo County Jail, Bayonne. Not very impressive a list, I know, but I don't think I'd want to go any worse than that.
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    Yesterday, 10:20 PM
    osan started a thread Any Advice? in Open Discussion
    My stepfather is named John. He is something of a strange bird, but a very intelligent and good man. Months ago he was diagnosed with malignancies on the cervical spine. He was referred to one Dr. Gilbert Lederman, a supposed genius and infallible expert on stereotactic radiation therapy for such cancers. Details aside, Lederman's behavior left me endlessly suspicious. What good and competent doctor yells at and belittles his patients? I advised mom to seek a second opinion, which they have. The doctor, Carp I believe is his name at Rahway Hospital in NJ, was apparently gob-smacked by what he found in the records. According to him, Lederman literally did NOTHING. Also, John's urologist is apparently an inept. Apparently, a PSA over 5 is considered cause for concern. John's was over 95, and still the doctor said it was nothing. Now, I will usually forgive and forbear almost any error made against me. Where people I love are concerned, there is a monster inside me that wishes to wreak destruction on them, their families, and anyone who knows them. No, I don't mean that quite literally, but I am attempting in my weak way to impart to you just how unforgiving I am when people hurt those whom I love. I am not at all.
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