• osan's Avatar
    Today, 05:46 PM
    Perish the thought. I entertain no such assumptions, but only turn their logic back at them in the manner of a kindly trap of sorts to reveal how they respond to truth.
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    Today, 12:36 PM
    Not evil, but simply mistaken. In a very twistedly disingenuous sense, our "government" is by, of, and for the people. But this is such a stretch as to be absurd. The "government" may be by SOME people, and perhaps even OF them. To say it is for the people is to accept a very distorted notion of "for". For what? Not for their edification, to be sure. For their servitude and corralling? OK, I can buy that one, but it is not the "for" to which I subscribe. And since when is it "government's" place to do anyone's bidding, save that of ensuring the rights of all men? Why, then, is it wrong to pass Jim Crow laws, keeping them crazy knygggers in their places, if that is what we wish? That cloth polishes both sides of the coin.
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    Today, 11:26 AM
    So then, what are the particulars? I will endeavor to address on per post. I could use some help here, too. Allow me to begin with the credit due the progressive. Hearkening back to the given definition of progressivism in the OP, let us be uncritically generous and credit the progressive with having all good intentions in his desires for the improvement of the human condition. All else equal, he wants all men to enjoy freedom and prosperity while remaining mindful of the rights of his fellows. So far as that last statement goes, the mean progressive is golden. After all, what reasonable man of good intellect and character would be opposed to such conditions becoming universal across the face of our earth? I daresay few, at most. Which of us desire misfortune to fall upon the lives of our fellows? There are some - men like Jeff Dahmer who, for whatever inscrutable reasons, felt it just an right to murder select members of humanity, chop them up butcher-style, cook, and consume them in stews and perhaps with Hannibal Lechter's now famous fava beans. But these are relatively few and far between. On the whole, the progressive appears to be full of love and good will toward his fellow men. However, it will become clear later that appearances can be deceiving. But so far as it goes, credit due for his good will toward his fellows.
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    Today, 09:06 AM
    The "philolitical"† war between "progressives and the rest of the world, raging for decades, is now heating up to a potential not seen in a very long time, if even ever before. In my opinion, progressivism is a penultimate human evil, yet I what I see in the battles waged between them and the rest of the world is also disturbing. Specifically, the great absence of understanding of what progressivism is in practical truth, broken down into identifiable and distinct notions. Further disturbing is the fact that progressives cannot be said to be wrong in all ways and on all points, yet the sting of disagreement with them is of such a pitch that many people lose sight of the clear picture of their enemies, usually zeroing-in on one or two single issues. While perhaps understandable from a purely emotional point of view, this is ought not be acceptable for the Freeman. A characteristic of the Freeman is his personal integrity, which implies his honesty in intellectual matters. Being honest, he gives credit where due, even to his enemies. He does this not for his enemy's sake, though they may benefit in some measure from it, but for himself. Ideals aside, there is a practical value in such practice of intellectual honesty: knowing thy enemy. It is one of the great errors of human habit to underestimate one's opponents, whether due to blinding hatred, lassitude, or any of the other sundry reasons people do so. And as a matter of pure strategic and tactical utility, finding points of commonality also serves well in the battle for hearts and minds. To such ends, a thorough analysis of the statistically mean progressive becomes a valuable tool in understanding how they think, perhaps why, and how to use such knowledge to one's advantage in showing them the better way which we call "freedom". It is to such ends I initiate this discussion in the hope of modeling the progressive pursuant to that better understanding, giving credit where due, as well as objective criticism. In order to begin, we must have a suitable definition. Perhaps unsurprisingly, finding one is not quite as straightforward as one might hope. But let us take the lazy man's approach for the sake of brevity and look at what Wikipedia has to say:
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    Yesterday, 07:59 PM
    In some measure, yes, though I am not sure what you mean by "ME wars." I don't seem able to dope this one out. That would cover it in substantial part. Again, in some measure, yes. Not 100%, for the tyrants and other scoundrels share in it as well.
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    Yesterday, 07:22 PM
    Freedom is my standard. We are either free or we are something else. But I speak not only of the "modern" nation-state. I am speaking of all of them from Sumer up to this very day. I split no hairs of modern v. ancient, formal "state" v. kingdom or empire of yore, for these are distinctions without a difference. At heart, they are all the same and they are all tyrannies of one manner and degree, or another. The distinctions are meaningless because the base results are precisely the same: one man is relegated into servitude to another. Ultimately, yes, but has that not always been the case? Money of whatever form has long been the basis of political power.
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    Yesterday, 06:32 PM
    Your problem is you are either incapable or unwilling to debate without getting personal. FAIL. You have wasted my time.
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    Yesterday, 04:18 PM
    Sadly, yes. Sac is one of the more miserable cities with which I am familiar.
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    Yesterday, 04:17 PM
    I wonder how legit this is.
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    Yesterday, 08:24 AM
    Led Zeppelin was, like... the most successful cover band in history. Sheesh.
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    Yesterday, 08:19 AM
    OK, so this Tuesday past I bore witness to something I never again want to see. Bibi had the bandage removed from the site from which the graft was taken on her right thigh. I watched a someone's immediate sentience withdraw from the world such that I was staring at a lump of flesh and not a human being. It was nearly undistinguishable for the same phenomenon I have witnessed in people with hours or less left to live. This was one of the most impossibly unpleasant things I have ever seen, and there was nothing I could do to help her. There laid the toughest human being I've ever met, in a child-like state of defeat at the hands of an agony I am not quite sure I can comprehend. The good news was that the graft was taking perfectly, but you should see the hole left in her chest. I feel so badly for this good woman whose generosity puts me to shame on an almost daily basis. We go today to have it changed again. She is dreading the possibilities the doctor says will not be made real. I hope he proves out. That aside, Bibi is looking much better, though she is skinny as a rail now. I think she has lost ca. 40-50 pounds, leaving her somewhere between 90-100#, if my eyes do not deceive me. I like them thin, but this is looking nearly dangerous and I wish her appetite would come around, but it isn't. On the way to to doc Tues. she told me she has been in the presence of Death the first three days after surgery and it was clear that is frightened her. She was on the verge of tears in the car, only the fourth time since I've known her to be in such a state. I don't think she is ready to leave her grandchildren behind. Coming from her, this is saying something worthy of note as she is not given to such talk. Someone "up there" needs to back off now, as this is quite enough. It is time for better days in all aspects because this girl is living in hell undeservedly.
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    02-22-2017, 10:32 PM
    Valid questions, but I was only posing a hypothetical, with a dash of sarcasm no less. :) We're not that far from losing the house - how on earth would I ever found a university?
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    02-22-2017, 10:10 PM
    You are correct, but ignore the other sides of that many-faceted die. The practical realities of open warfare deny men many of the luxuries in which your words imply we should indulge ourselves. If, one day, our technologies allow us to separate the innocent from the guilty, by some priori means, and treat them with precise difference from those deserving of our murderous acts, then I will sit with you in gleeful celebration of that accomplishment for it will be perhaps the greatest of all time. Until then, those who threaten us from behind the skirts of little girls are either to be threatened, or acted against in the context of humanity incapable of any practical means of separating the ones from the others. The choice, then, is to perish or retaliate by whatever means are at hand. Contrary to what I have come to find to be very popular belief, the lives of little girls are no more to be valued by the cold galaxies than those of old white men. Life is life. You also so assume too much in terms of mindset, committing the same transgression against which you seem to complain. Not all Americans viewed all Germans as NAZIs, nor all Japanese as Japs.
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    02-22-2017, 09:09 PM
    Put aside partisan politics and U.S.-Russia relations for just a moment. The resignation (or firing) of Michael Flynn as national security adviser raises a serious and troubling question about when and under what circumstances the sort of government surveillance operation that ended his career may be used against a private American citizen. The very same laws that authorize the routine interception of a foreign national’s telephone conversation also include important protections for American citizens. Was proper protocol followed by the agents who identified Flynn and transcribed his phone call? Shouldn’t Flynn’s status as a private American citizen have forced the agents to stop listening, or at the very least to wash out the recording? Or did they instead ride roughshod over the rights of an American as they overstepped their license to listen in on a foreign agent? At the very least, the law appears to require that “minimization procedures” be used to protect a private American citizen’s identity in such an instance so that, in place of Flynn’s name, the transcripts would have said only “U.S. Person.” Don’t conflate this issue with the leaks of those transcripts to media outlets. The leaks are separate bad acts — and not enough noise has been made about them. The question I am asking is whether the transcript should exist at all. Also, separate and apart from the inquiry into who did the actual leaking, we must now also ask: How did such a large group gain access to this information? As this story unfolds, we must not lose sight of whether Flynn’s rights were ignored or violated. The government’s power to monitor foreigners on our soil must be carefully constrained to respect the bedrock of every American’s protections under the U.S. Constitution and the Fourth Amendment.
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    02-22-2017, 05:40 PM
    War is hell and should be. I see no reason to be kind or just or fair of humane in war. You kill your enemy until he goes tits-up. To that end I cannot say I have any big problem with Hiroshima. Nagasaki, OTOH, was a bit different, as Japan was suing for peace at that point, as I recall. That all said, there were certainly other things we could have done. A blockade would have starved them out. Continued saturation bombing raids would have given added incentive for Japan to cut the crap and throw in the towel. Fire storms have a way of getting people a new perspective. The greater picture, going back into the 30s and perhaps earlier, is not quite clear to my eyes. However, if we assume that the stooge Roosevelt was in fact guilty of provoking Japan prior to Pearl, a whole other perspective comes to the surface; one of extreme and very evil chicanery, which should surprise nobody, except perhaps progressives and other, similar nitwits. Assuming this, had we not been up to such perfidy, Japan may have confined its own to the Southeast Asian theater. Their mass slaughter of the Chinese was none of our business and would have not lasted in any event. The globalists have by their hands wrought this horror-show of a world and foisted it upon every man walking the earth. Nonetheless, the Japanese were guilty plenty and probably earned those bombs, given those things to which they unjustly subjected the people of the Pacific Basin.
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    02-22-2017, 05:11 PM
    I didn't know it had ever left.
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    02-22-2017, 05:06 PM
    Perhaps aprotest is in order. Hey, it's worked well for lefties...
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    02-22-2017, 04:52 PM
    And why, pray tell, is Podesta's body not floating face-down in the Potomac as it ought to be?
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    02-22-2017, 12:50 PM
    I have little doubt that finding proper faculty would not be all that difficult. Given the sorry state of the universities, I would bet money I do not have that there are plenty of professors who'd jump ship for an opportunity to teach in a proper environment that concerns itself with academics in preference to babysitting. So far as I can see, this would be a teaching institution more than one of research. Therefore, for most the concerns with funding would become a non-issue... or so I theorize. Who can say for certain?
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    02-22-2017, 12:32 PM
    http://freedomisobvious.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-law.html The Law "Law" is everywhere in this modern world, and yet I find there to be little to no understanding by people of what, exactly, it is beyond some vague notion that it must be obeyed no matter what. Indeed, it has appeared to me that even most lawyers have no explicit knowledge of what law actually is, or should be. Rather, their knowledge rests mainly in procedure and precedent. Knowing what purported "laws" say and how to use them in the various forms of professional procedures is not the same as understanding the normative definition of "law". It is furthermore worthy to note that, so far as I have been able to discern, even the various law dictionaries miss the mark in how they define "law", a fact I find most disturbing, as should all men of sound mind and character.
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    02-21-2017, 06:42 PM
    Perhaps, but the degree of it is beyond the pale in ways never before imagined. What makes me laugh is how the "left" call the rest "intolerant". Their stupidity is so overwhelming and toxic that the fact the rest of us have not murdered them in all manner of unspeakable and freakishly horrid ways speaks in bold defiance to their dull-witted accusation.
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    02-21-2017, 06:10 PM
    I was thinking notable "personalities", but now that I think of it, this is the sort of political bullshittery that someone yanks from their butts and all of a sudden it's a "movement". This is not so very much unlike terms such as "trigger" and so forth. Some douche wagon misuses it in this way or that and the surrounding landscape absorbs and regurgitates without the least thought given as to propriety, stupidity, or anything else carrying the risk of further intellectual atrophy.
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    02-21-2017, 05:01 PM
    And once again you answer with no evidence other than your apparent opinion. I don't know enough about "alt-right" to take anyone's word as exemplary. It is as if people are pulling new words from their bootholes and the whole world takes them as somehow authoritative. I suspect this sort of thing is primarily the product of noise campaigns designed to get people worked up in one direction of another. The signal to noise ratio is so low in human communications anymore, I can barely believe anyone is able to order a fookin' pie from Pizza Hut (EEEeeeeewwww...) these days. Humanity is an unmitigated, ambulatory disaster.
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    02-21-2017, 12:26 PM
    Examples? I have yet to see this. Thus far I am seeing what appears as a textbook ID-based campaign; against alt-right because they are alt-right. I am still not clear on who/what they are, but so far the words against them have been nothing more than buck-naked assertions. If anyone can show me some convincing evidence that "alt-right" is what is being claimed, I will accept it. Thus far, I keep asking and keep getting what seem to be deflections.
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    02-21-2017, 11:55 AM
    Or perhaps just federally protected? Just a thought. Do you have evidence of this? I have not noticed it as yet. They seem to be calling for the rights of men. Granted, this is not a thing I am expert on so perhaps I have just missed the essentials.
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    02-21-2017, 11:14 AM
    What part of "tends" do you not grok? Nationalism has not fared that well through history, but I did not say there was anything wrong with it, in sé. In fact, I went to some effort to say otherwise.
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    02-21-2017, 11:08 AM
    How do you justify this claim? And this? What I have seen of those ID'ing as "Alt-Right", they seem to be interested in at least some aspects of freedom. Perhaps you go too far.
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