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    Yesterday, 09:36 PM
    Well that's fine if that's how you see yourself. However you want to see yourself is totally up to you, but do not expect nor demand others to see you the same way. In reality people will define you by your appearance. No way around it. I.e. if I go rob a store, the radio will say something like, "white male, 5'10', overweight, receding hairline." It seems "highly individualized individual not inclined to allowing himself to be defined by preconceptions placed upon him by others" is a bit too vague and more than a mouthful.
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    Yesterday, 09:12 PM
    Seems perfectly reasonable, however you seem to be misguided, because the obligation falls on those who cry foul to actually not do business with the offenders. (not sure how that works in this case since they weren't doing any business WITH Starbucks as much as they were doing business IN Starbucks) People who hold racist views don't owe you anything. Maybe they are wrong, and maybe you should avoid them. But they aren't going tippy-toe over your feelings. I have greater concern that our politically correct culture will devolve into the state that Europe is in, where overly-triggered people will clamor for legal punishments of those who speak what is on their minds. (we are much closer to that, IMO, than a re-institutionalization of racism) Which is why these days, whenever someone throws up the race card, I just roll my eyes. Seems people these days are too focused on flaunting their victimhood than overcoming it.
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    Yesterday, 10:13 AM
    I think she authors baby-name suggestion books.
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    Yesterday, 10:00 AM
    Come on, man. You know we all went on a list as soon as we registered.
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    Yesterday, 09:07 AM
    I wonder what would happen if I open-carried into a Starbucks, was asked to leave, and didn't.
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    04-17-2018, 04:22 PM
    Not possible. I was told that CBS is the "only western news agency with a journalist on the ground in Syria." Elizabeth Palmer, we await your truths.
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    04-17-2018, 04:14 PM
    Indeed, it's human nature. Government tends to legitimize it, in many ways, but without it . . . I'm still picturing Starbucks police versus the Loitering People police. Who will win? I think Starbucks police would win. The Loitering People police would just stand there not doing anything. Who knows, though? It could be an epic fight. Then the Philadelphia police would show up and each team would compete to offer the best service at the lowest price. People would vote with their wallets, and then the proceeds could be used to replace any police who were maimed during the fighting. It seems to be a fairly solid business model.
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    04-17-2018, 03:00 PM
    They should have gotten the Starbucks police to throw them in Starbucks jail. (sorry but the thought was so funny in my head I had to post it to see how it comes out, Im' still not sold on how private police forces would ever work but I suppose there's a gazillion threads on RPF for that debate)
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    04-17-2018, 10:28 AM
    Personally I think that if an Article V Convention were that easy to manipulate, TPTB would have allowed one to happen long ago. Just sayin. Apparently it's easier for them to just ignore the constitution.
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    04-16-2018, 09:02 PM
    Is Dick Cheney sharing his secrets on how to be evil and live forever?
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    04-16-2018, 04:24 PM
    I had this happen to me once. I stopped at a gas station and the rule was you had to buy something to use the restroom. Okay, whatever, gotta piss and get back on the road. I bought a newspaper so I could pee with dignity. The restrooms could have been a bit cleaner though. Of course, I wasn't black so I couldn't cry foul. I just had to follow the rules, do my business, and leave. I know, cool story right? I'm waiting on a movie deal. Starbucks is anti-gun though. I wouldn't so much as take a piss in one.
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    04-16-2018, 08:30 AM
    They will build it and like most mass transit systems there will be a few people riding on it and dozens of empty seats. Americans just don't do trains. If you want that, move to Europe.
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    04-15-2018, 04:08 PM
    I wonder if the FBI found something during that raid.
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    04-15-2018, 03:57 PM
    For a two-bit tyrant, Putin shows remarkable restraint. The US attack on Syria, with Russia defending:
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    04-14-2018, 09:53 PM
    Damn it feels good to be a luddite.
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    04-14-2018, 09:47 PM
    Well, they aren't likely to ever let that happen again. Congress intervened in the last administration's planned attack on Syria. Any strike beyond this point is not only going to avoid congressional approval, but it will be done without any warning at all, just so there are no chances to stop it.
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    04-14-2018, 12:08 PM
    Oh, I'm sure Assad can't keep tabs on everyone. It's not like Trump hasn't been dealing with his own share of bureaucratic opposition. Maybe Syria has their own version of "Comey" trying to make Assad look bad. It's plausible.
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    04-14-2018, 11:50 AM
    Logically it makes no sense. Why would Assad use chemical weapons just after the US announced it was pulling back? Wasn't the use of chemical weapons what drew the attention of the US in the first place? So, the US was gonna leave Syria and let Assad and the Russians deal with rebels (and the terrorists mixed in with them), and they expect us to believe that Assad ruined this turning point in his bid to keep power, by dropping chemical weapons and starting all over again? I'm sorry but I do not believe that Assad is that stupid. We might agree that he is no angel, but he is not that stupid. It would seem more likely that ISIS or some other terrorist group paid some Syrian general off to get their hands on a bomb (probably using funds that our government supplied them), then detonated it to keep the US involved because they know that the USA will help them against the Syrian regime. When are we gonna learn that when it comes to Middle Eastern politics, that the enemy of my enemy is still my enemy?
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    04-14-2018, 10:57 AM
    And I get what you're saying. I'm just not sure the math adds up. This is a very simple 4th-grade-level mathematical word problem: Starting out you have 1 person who believes in liberty and 9 who do not. You start reaching out and in the following year, you've now reached 10 people who believe in liberty while 90 do not. Assuming this pattern continues each year, At what point will you have a majority? When viewed in simplistic terms, we say an increase from 1-to-10 is a great thing. Liberty is thriving! "He's catching on, I'm tellin' ya!" In reality, we're no better off than when we started.
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    04-13-2018, 05:43 PM
    Well, I'd get cracking with the liberty classes. You may not put much stock in the stats, but if you're wrong you've got 82 people voting against you versus 14 who aren't. Best start winning people over. Forget the immigration for a moment and go try that Dollar General EBT experiment I mentioned. It shouldn't be too hard to conduct. If the dollar stores in your area are anything like mine, there should be no shortage of customers buying things with other people's money. At best, you will have someone politely, perhaps impatiently listen to your spiel about the fundamental principles of liberty and property ownership, and why wealth redistribution is immoral, and then they'll likely throw your libertarian party campaign flyer in the trash on the way out the checkout line. At worst, you'll have some morbidly obese welfare queen and her herd of ill-disciplined brats run you out of the store. No cheating. All you can offer them is freedom. No handouts. No pandering. No perks. Tell them that if you can count on their political support, that you will promise not to give them anything tangible in return. If you can convince one person to cut their EBT card up, you might be on to something.
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    04-13-2018, 04:29 PM
    Now we are discussing utopia, lol.
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    04-13-2018, 04:08 PM
    It was a marketing issue.
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    04-13-2018, 03:58 PM
    I had a much lengthier and thought-out post but lost it due to some 'security token error' when submitting. I'm gonna pull this example out again simply because the issue is a hot topic in the country today, and relatable: Just 14% of foreign-born Hispanics support the right to keep and bear arms. 14%. That's beyond pathetic. Now, you might want to dance around the fact that this is a pretty significant difference in demographics, possibly for fear of being labeled a racist like the rest of us are, constantly, both outright and underhanded, whenever we point to the 800lb gorilla in the room. But, I've always been one to call a spade a spade, and it's pretty obvious to me that this is more than a "marketing issue." It's a life-experience issue. You grow up cared for by the state, you will tend to love the state. Background counts for a lot and as far as I can see, no one is standing at the border vetting political beliefs before letting every Tom, Dick, and Harry into the country.
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    04-13-2018, 08:32 AM
    Meh. The Republicans reached out to the immigrant community in the Reagan years with amnesty. They have no reason to repeat the exercise. Undoubtedly, many of the children of those immigrants who benefited from the Republicans' generous offer of amnesty are now well over 18 and voting Democrat. To continue to offer such terms is political suicide. "Free stuff" is hard to compete against, simply put. Few people will vote for you if you do not promise them anything in return. The more desperate and poor your audience is, the harder liberty is to sell.
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    04-12-2018, 06:51 PM
    That's a safe practice. I trust Trump a bit more than the people behind him, though. With all these FBI raids going on, I'm not discounting the possibility that he isn't loved by TPTB. The FBI was snooping around Hillary at first and you see how fast they shut up. No such favor has been done for Trump. —just something I keep in mind.
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    04-11-2018, 11:59 AM
    And who had the FBI functioning like some 3rd world banana republic's secret police force unleashing the hounds on political opposition? It's the mob versus the SS? Who will win?
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    04-11-2018, 06:48 AM
    I stepped away from Bank of America back in 2008 or so when they got bailed out.
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    04-10-2018, 06:05 AM
    Government will cut your meats for you. They will make sure your vegetables do not run together and ruin your dinner. You will also be expected to hold your cup with two hands and it must have a sippy-lid on it. Nanny knows best.
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    04-09-2018, 11:38 AM
    I wonder sometimes if the harder we fight politically, the more we prolong the inevitable (the inevitable being an outbreak of revolution).
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