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    Today, 07:50 AM
    However large you may think it, triple it and you still won't be anywhere close to the true proportion. If Theye CAN, they WILL. It is in human nature to do so.
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    01-20-2020, 07:17 PM
    Hey, don't be disingenuous. He said no such thing. But he was 100% correct in stating that attacking an embassy is indeed an act of war. This should not be difficult to grasp.
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    01-15-2020, 01:05 PM
    Your petty and irrelevant name calling leads me to wonder whether you have taken it in the boot-hole a few too many times. The heartbreak of it all.
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    01-15-2020, 01:00 PM
    His reasons for being there were irrelevant to the purpose of the mission to kill him. He could have been there to blow the Ayatollah, it matters no whit. He was an active combatant and we snuffed his ass. If people were better behaved, there would be no need, much less justification for sending them to the Void. But they aren't. This is the shitty reality of the world of humans. I don't like it and I'd bet you don't much care for it either. But that's the way it is. The choice, then, remains whether one is going to act to defend against the bad boys, or sit idly as they kill you off piecemeal. Choice is ours. That said, I think much of our foreign policy sucks the big tuna, so we stand some lessons in proper behavior as well. But do not for one moment drink the koolaid that asserts we are the only bad actors on the planet. We are not even close to that.
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    01-15-2020, 08:30 AM
    Captive audience and fuckyouverymuch. It is as much about power as making money.
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    01-14-2020, 04:51 AM
    Seems Amash made it to the list of dangerklowns. So far as I can tell, Trump has yet to do anything worthy of impeachment. Amash seems to have taken one too many in the backhole. PLONK
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    01-14-2020, 04:45 AM
    Wait just a minute... Since when is anything McCain conservative? Who wrote the article and why has he not been resolutely beaten with an iron bar?
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    01-14-2020, 12:22 AM
    This seems almost disingenuous, given Congress has stood idly by for every undeclared war since Korea. While I recognize the evil of endless war and would have been happy to see Congress nip it all in the bud from Korea through Eye-Rack and Afghanistan, it remains the inescapable reality that there are those who endeavor to bring us to harm. The question then is what does one do about threats when credible intelligence says someone is up to no-good? I suppose we could sit and wait until something happens, but when it does, the same people who called you a warmongering baby killer suddenly shriek all hawkish and start calling for your head on a stick like a corn dog because you let it happen. People really need to make up their minds one way or another as to what sort of life they wish to live and stop trying to have their cake and eat it too. The world is full of man-made dangers. You either prepare to defend yourself, accepting the consequences, or you wash your hands of direct responsibility and accept THOSE consequences. Can't have it both ways. Given this world of deeply lousy humanity, I am not nearly as pissed off with Trump as I am with all the screaming hypocrites.
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    01-13-2020, 01:48 PM
    Uh huh... Whatever, pal. Whatever. Note how they are now once again reversed, admitting that they did it. Perhaps your instincts are not so good.
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    01-13-2020, 01:46 PM
    osan replied to a thread RIP Neil Peart in Open Discussion
    PS: Having never seen Rush perform live is one of my musical regrets... and Miles Davis.
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    01-13-2020, 01:44 PM
    osan replied to a thread RIP Neil Peart in Open Discussion
    Eddie? Jobson?
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    01-10-2020, 07:22 PM
    osan replied to a thread RIP Neil Peart in Open Discussion
    I made the same miscalculation with Miles Davis. Yeah, he was a bit of an asshole, but boy could he blow a mean horn. I had at least 30 opportunities to see him, but being young I was always busy busy busy. I always said I'll catch him next time, until there were no more to catch. Ginger Baker and Neal Peart in one year... two of the greatest. I dread the day Bruford goes... and Cobham... and Chambers. Of course, Jim Gordon is long gone, another great. Neil Peart... This is almost as bad as when Lou Reed died.
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    01-10-2020, 05:31 PM
    Well, now it is being reported that Iran is denying any involvement with the downed airliner. The problem here is that we are no longer able to trust media, so we now have no idea who is doing the lying - media, Iran, or most likely, both.
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    01-10-2020, 05:27 PM
    osan replied to a thread RIP Neil Peart in Open Discussion
    This ultrasucks.
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    01-10-2020, 02:41 PM
    Now you see - you had the opportunity to engage in an adult conversation, but turned it into false accusation time. FAIL.
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    01-10-2020, 02:36 PM
    Wait just a minute - your sentence structure above is not clear - do you mean to assert that I am a neocon?
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    01-10-2020, 02:33 PM
    I think anyone with any sense and decency is anti-war. But being anti-war doesn't mean not defending oneself, often through the repulsive back-channels of "the game". This is the point I keep making, yet so few seem to grok: our normative ideals may be great. They may be worth aspiring to. However, "aspiring" should probably not mean committing suicide. I don't want war, but if my neighbor brings it to my doorstep, I have a choice to make: lay down and let him do the job on me, or get out there and vanquish the bastard. I don't WANT to go to war with my neighbor, but if he is going to bring, I will give as good as I get, if not better. It never ceases to amaze me at how many people equate and conflate the willingness to go to war, however reticently, with the lust to go. The two are VERY different creatures.
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    01-10-2020, 02:26 PM
    Don't know. I do not usually listen to NPR as they are not to be trusted due to a terminal case of hard leftism, which is exactly why they are credible on this issue. The simple fact that they were not sucking Soleimani's dick, post mortem, kind of drives home a middling to very good likelihood that he was a real shit. Otherwise, it would have been fellatio-city. Fuck's sake man, you cannot be serious. "COULD have been..." You're weasel wording it precisely because somewhere deep down you know that nobody knows what might have been possible, or not possible. I walk down the road, trip, and break my leg. Well, if Trump hadn't... This is called "non sequitur". You have drawn no convincing connection between the events in question. The Iranians themselves are saying it was an accident, which raises the strongest possibility that it would have happened even if Trump hadn't spanked Iran before the entire world. Let us try to keep this real. :)
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    01-10-2020, 01:13 AM
    Today on NPR it was reported that Iran has admitted to having shot down the aircraft, and that it was "accidental'. Do you need more evidence than that? I mean, it's friggin' NPR, a raft of leftist filth who spare no opportunity to malign Trump.
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    01-10-2020, 01:10 AM
    Unless everything we have been told about Soleimani is a bald-faced lie, he was very active factor in far flung warring. Until he would have retired such that he no longer posed any material threat to any American, he validly remains in the crosshairs because he puts himself in such peril. He could have stopped any time he wished, but chose otherwise, which bought him getting all blowed up. I have no problem with killing such people. Had he confined his activities to the valid defense of Iran from foreign aggressors, this killing would have clearly been outright murder. That, however, was apparently not the case. He discounted his own life and waived his claims thereto, got called on it, and rolled snake eyes. I doubt it was that, though cannot say with full confidence that it wasn't. Given the pressures on Trump, I deeply doubt he is so foolish as to engage in actions that In a world gone mad, little can be ruled out. That said, I doubt Trump would accede to such a request. It does not appear that Trump is in any way blood-thirsty.
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    01-10-2020, 12:48 AM
    Dr. Paul's normative philosophy is similar to my own. We depart in the positive. Ignore and deny practical reality at one's peril in matters such as this. Sadly, it is most often the man who will stoop the lowest that sets the practical standard for the rest.
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    01-10-2020, 12:36 AM
    I fear you may be over simplifying the reality. What you assert may be valid under circumstances where men are, on the average, sane, honest, and of good integrity. Certainly I could accept it as so under circumstance of peace between America and X. But the reality today is not so clear cut. This post-enlightenment world has legions running about sawing heads off other human beings, flying passenger jets into office buildings, setting fires to burn areas the size of entire nations, destroying cathedrals that have stood for nearly a thousand years, and so on down a long list. There are enormous events occuring sub rosa. My little brother may be the foremost intelligence authority on the planet, I kid you not. His work has literally changed the ways in which the world prosecutes warfare, he is that extraordinary in his abilities. Without breaking his oath of secrecy, a discussion with him would reveal to you how tangled the webs are, and how dangerous, virtually all of it hidden from the daily reality of Americans. We have the luxury of our ignorance, under which to hold opinions based on ideals that cannot rule the day under current circumstances. The dangers are so vast and deep that most Americans would lapse into catatonic non-function, were they to become aware. He and I have had long discussions about these realities of which most are utterly unaware. The shit is very real, very bad, and if survival is on the agenda, then steps we regard as repugnant in order to remain nominally safe from the ravening maniacs who wait just outside the gates, waiting to consume your children. Given all that, droning one such as Soleimani readily becomes a valid gamble when the totality of context is properly put together and evaluated. Living by ideals that limit one's praxeological prerogatives when the Other is unwilling to be likewise restrained, is a dangerous game on the best of days. The distaste so many Americans seem to hold for these sorts of actions is something only those who are insulated from much of the ugly side of reality can afford. Were hundreds and thousands of bombs going off in shopping malls and offices and churches from sea to shining sea, those same people would be shrieking for someone to DO something and they would give no damn who did it, or how, so long as it was effective.
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    01-09-2020, 10:10 PM
    That only hold for persons on US soil, so far as I am aware. It also says "shall not be infringed", and yet... So long as agents of a "state" are working against the people of another, regardless of how obliquely (and I would add that Soleimani wasn't very oblique in this regard), a positive state of war exists between the two entities, regardless of whether anyone will acknowledge it, formally or otherwise. If Johnny is stabbing Jimmy in the neck with a broken coke bottle, a state of war exists between them even if either or both parties deny it. In such respects, human beings are odd creatures. Odd, cowardly, stupid, despicable... They seem so prone or willing to be seduced and mislead by the bullshit tenets of their respective bullshit cultures. "Hey, there's no declaration of war, so..." Fuck's sake, really? The most basic things that less-than-utterly-dull children dope out in seconds, leaves a vast multitude of adults in dead waters for entire lifetimes. Were I to raise children to adulthood on Mars, free of the stupidity that creeps upon us in piecemeal fashion in the manner of the proverbial boiling frog, landing upon earth as adults would lead them to the immediate conclusion that they are being gaslit. I'd bet money I don't have that the cognitive dissonance would be so violent, they'd never speak to me again, tell me to fuck off for pulling such a shitty stunt on them, and then get back in their ship to Mars, never to return. THAT is how bad things are on earth today. We are a race of raving madmen, and that is no exaggeration.
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    01-08-2020, 10:54 PM
    Does he mean to imply that Iran is not an insane theocracy on the order of Saudi, or worse; that they are some sort of crusaders for sanity and moderation, in apparent disobedience to their beloved prophet? I remember 1980 very clearly - how Iran went from a cosmopolitan culture to one of eighth-century vintage. The cleaer impression I got in those days was that the Iranian people were not particularly enthusiastic about the regression into barbarity, especially the women. But there were enough of those lame-brained simps who were apparently given arms with which to impose the criminality attributed to God in that vile tome they worship. Present day leader cannot be taken seriously.
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    01-08-2020, 10:21 PM
    Well, you go right on ahead and keep believing that. It is pretty clear you do not know what I know about language.
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    01-07-2020, 07:55 PM
    Your words imply that you are of the school of thought that believes in a "living" language... which is precisely the same mindset of those who view the Constitution as a "living document". The juju there is, ironically, bad almost beyond words. Altering the semantics of words is perhaps the single greatest error that human beings make, and that is really saying a lot. Imagine inverting the definitions of "right" and "left" in your thoughts. Now imagine following the directions you get from, say, Google Maps. This is perhaps the most trivial example I can disgorge. Things would get a whole world worse in other cases, and in fact have become so. Consider how incapable Johnny Q has become in terms of parsing the semantics of the Constitution. Why is that? Because his understanding of words is screwed to depths sufficient to render him a functional imbecile. Forget putting the works of Shakespeare before his mug... and that's just Middle English. Pass into old English and basically nobody is able to discern what in hell is going on. I demonstrated that this is, in fact, incorrect. You are attempting to claim that the bastardized definitions available in modern, and dare I say SHITTY, dictionaries are correct, whereas those found in the more authoritative sources are mistaken by some unstated and presumably arbitrary magic. I do trust you see the deep problem with this, or at least I hope you do. We humans live by the most tenuous of threads. Language is the single most important skill we gain in life, yet we treat it as if it were of no consequence. Your apparent position on the issue at hand is right along that very line and I don't understand how you could adopt so dismissive a posture with respect to this question.
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    01-07-2020, 07:24 PM
    Whoa thar, cowboy. Not so fast. I would almost bet money I do not have that you are not in possession of sufficient good information to make such as assertion, but if I am mistaken please do correct me. I don't trust Trump, yet I have not the information to condemn him, either. As I wrote in another post, he is walking a very tight line that bespeaks a skill and discipline few in the entire history of humanity have ever demonstrated. Cannot disagree with that.
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    01-07-2020, 06:58 PM
    What do you mean "nomenclature is not an issue here"? Which nomenclature and how is it not at issue? Semantics is the essence of communication. Word choice dictates semantics. I'm thinking nomenclature is central to any discourse, including the ordering of pizza. I might. Is/isn't disputed... according to whom? My only point is that Soleimani put himself into that game and if he guilty as charged, killing him could be strongly argued as valid. I don't trust much that is presented to us, so I reserve all judgments on such matters.
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    01-07-2020, 11:17 AM
    From the Oxford etymological dictionary:assassinate (v.) 1610s, from past participle stem of Medieval Latin assassinare (see assassin). "Assassinate means to kill wrongfully by surprise, suddenly, or by secret assault" . Of reputations, characters, etc., from 1620s. Related: Assassinated; assassinating. Please address your attention to the bold, italicized, underlined term. Now go back to what I wrote. The assumption has been by some that he was wrongfully killed. That assumption is eminently questionable and has in no way been established as being truth, at least no to my eyes. 2.
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    01-07-2020, 10:43 AM
    Meh... possible, but this paints Trump as a feckless victim, which I am hard pressed to buy. Possibly, Trump is one of Themme and everything we see is pure theatre. The Donald is treading a remarkably fine line such that I STILL do not know whether he is to be trusted. If he's a bad guy, I have to hand it to him for his virtuoso performance in this regard. Most have neither the brains to sort the role to this level of detail, or the patience to see it through. If he is a bad guy, he represents dedication to an objective that the number of others of equal commitment since the days of Sumer cn probably be counted on one hand, possibly with fingers left over. With that said, I will still not commit my trust to him. This has been quite the wild ride.
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