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    Today, 10:46 AM
    Gorsuch's response can be taken as right, or as a cop-out. I tend to see it as the latter. The implication of his position is that were SCOTUS to affirm some neo-JimCrow, he would be bound to uphold it. This is a load of bullshit. But he is, of course, trying to gain his seat, so perhaps we see justification for the cop-out. I just don't care for this brand of gamesmanship; it calls one's trustworthiness into sharp question. Scalia's caveats in the Heller decision were clearly and wildly wrong. Gorsuch would have had my respect and provisional trust, had he said so outright. But he didn't and so he doesn't because I will trust no man to such positions who will lie or use deceit in order to gain that which he presumably wants. We are become a race of timid pragmatists. There is nothing to recommend the vast majority of us as worthy of the rights we claim. Nothing at all.
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    Today, 10:33 AM
    One thing that makes me laugh the sardonic laugh is the thought of how Americans have become such armchair quarterbacks with regard to freedom. Think about all the noises we in the "liberty" (AKA "bowel") movement make about our 2A RKBA. Why? We cite chapter and verse about how the right recognized and protected is not about duck hunting; how it is there to aid in protecting against tyrannical "government". Well boys and girls, I just have to ask: Just how full of shit are we? That is NOT a rhetorical question. On and on we go about tyranny and muhgunz, yet with each legislative and judicial victory we still fail to exercise that which is so clearly needed: the armed suppression of "government" gone wild, and wild barely covers it. Just because we don't have tanks rolling down our boulevards, it does not follow that we are not in a state of siege warfare, cleverly disguised as "law enforcement". Seriously now, why do we pursue RKBA, repeal of oppressive gun laws, buy up weapons and ammo as it we were the one's getting paid to do it, if all we are ever to do is stand idly by as Theire lapdogs murder us in piecemeal fashion and make the lives of the rest miserable? What in hell is the point?
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    Today, 10:17 AM
    No such thing as a "good cop". It is a contradiction in terms. Not only are these bastards unlikely to ever face charges, I will experience no surprise to find the father charged with the murder. Add another notch to the "state's" bedpost. Land of the free, home of the brave. Lies. People of FAIL until such time as they put this sort of thing to ends. Don't hold your breath.
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    Today, 10:07 AM
    Well, this one defies any sense of a masterfully oblique strategy. What possible valid basis could there be for not publicly calling on Ryan to be hung from the yardarm? It is no wonder some are already feeling betrayed. But if Trump is indeed betraying us, one has to ask by what virtue. Is it as simple as this is what the position does to even the best of men? I doubt it, but will not dismiss the possibility out of hand. Perhaps Theye have been able to bring even the big-talking Trump to heel? I see this as a front-runner possibility. I see no reason Theye would necessarily have to fear any repercussions by Trump, were they to come very openly to the point that if he does not toe their line, he will live to see his entire family murdered just prior to following them into the Void. If the stakes are as high as some speculative models of our political reality would suggest, Theye really have little to lose by putting the cards on the table through the agency of a messenger boy. If it fails and is exposed, the news reports the carrier as having been mentally ill, family problems, health issues, what have you. But with the rightly convincing presentation, how likely would Trump be to live up to his super-human bravado in the face of certain defeat? I suppose it is possible, but seems rather unlikely to me, in which case we find ourselves being treated to another clone president who cheerfully bends us over the wood yet again. Just a thought. Hopefully the vote crashes and burns as we get to see what Trump means by "We'll have to see what happens." So far, the results of this election most recent cannot be called stellar. Probably far less immediately destructive than they would have been under Clinton, but that may not be saying much. But there remains opportunities for Trump to see any errors of his ways and make proper amends. The coming months will show a truer measure of the man's outward ego v. his better sense.
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    Today, 09:41 AM
    The first implementations of this came in the form of hints from the ever-hideous Michael Bloomberg during his tenure as mayor of my disgraceful home town, NYC, where he and presumably the city council banned sodas over a certain size - 20 oz, IIRC. And yes, this is certainly going to eventually ramp up because it is what such people do. Interfering in the lives of others, issuing what are ultimately death threats to you for your own good, is their raison d'être. They live for little else because power over others is their all-consuming passion, no matter how paltry in scale. They get off on being able to force you to bend to their wills. The degree is almost meaningless to them.
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    Yesterday, 10:49 AM
    There is no pro-POV for me. Not in the wake of the truth. I would not have chosen NH in any event. But that's just me.
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    Yesterday, 09:14 AM
    Taxation is robbery. Period.
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    Yesterday, 09:07 AM
    OK, so what we had there was just another instance of rank corruption at work. Based on that alone, I would call the FSP wholly invalid and unworthy of any consideration. Just my worthless opinion on the matter. THIS is why humanity is doomed. There aren't enough men of nominal integrity to make plausible even the most meager endeavors, and the individual holds no hope of overcoming the collectivist juggernaut that designs to crush him through the corruption that is its lifeblood. Assuming the veracity of what you have written here, it turns out the high falutin' FSP was born of nothing better than the common corruption of people with no apparent intent to move; born of people just as full of shit as those against whom they complained. There's a part of me that wants to say "I can't believe it", but I will not allow myself that indulgence. Until this moment, I actually never questioned the personal integrity of the people who ran this program, only to find they were just another raft of low-rent crooks. Holy crap. I didn't think my faith in humanity could sink any lower. I was wrong.
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    Yesterday, 08:36 AM
    From THEIRE viewpoint, yes - if I am reading your meaning correctly. Shit happens. Shit happened. We tend to look after our own, so perhaps he would be OK in any event. Perhaps not. Shit happens.
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    Yesterday, 06:52 AM
    Not to hijack the thread, but I would also point out that if someone wanted to take over an entire state, Wyoming would have been the better choice than dopey NH. NH is a bastion of ultra-left stupidity and has been a long while. The indigent people there generally have little interest in freedom, but only the pretty slavery upon which in their minds they have stenciled the moniker. People go in pissing upwind. I cannot imagine there would have been less sympathy for the move in WY. Tactically speaking, a population just over 500K in WY presents less of a problem than well over a million in NH, especially since it appears to be a body far more inclined to Constitutional governance than the pink-0 slime that befoul NH. I still cannot for the life of me grok what possessed people to choose NH. Why not, then, NJ?
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    03-22-2017, 07:03 PM
    And here we see the practical virtues of closely-knit community. If like-minded people would establish such communities, after the first few such CPS agents left in body bags, we would see a quantum shift in government's habits of treading. Whether for the better... that would remain to be seen. We live in Empire, which is by its nature predatory. Empire inflames the inner predatory instincts of men in a morbid manner. Empire life is of a nature that similarly inflames the greed instinct far beyond its normal and healthy range of expression. Simple outer life inspires peaceable inner life, on the average. IMO, the complexities of Empire life drives human desire. Monument drives it. People see these huge contrivances of man and are inevitably driven to disrespect of their fellows for the sake of realizing their own grand vision. The greater out abilities to render great monuments into reality, the more drive we become on the average to want more of it and the less we are disposed to respect our fellows because we want what we want with so much suchness. We do not see this sort of thing, generally speaking, in tribal anarchic societies. There are exceptions - warlike tribes, but they seem to be a distinct minority. It seems very plausible to me that the over-stimulation of a man in these ways tends to result in the degradation of regard for one's fellows for the sake of those desires he would never be able to realize on his own. Therefore, he becomes willing to disregard the rights of his fellows for the sake of the collective agency that can realize his desires. This is, so far as I can tell, the basis of nearly all the "social" woes of Empire cultures since Sumer. It's a very simple scenario, actually. People become addicted to monument and achievement to such a morbid degree that they no longer care what others want. Beyond a threshold, the momentum of the mentality takes on a life of its own and all of a sudden disrespect of self and others becomes normalized to such an extent that those who do not get on the bandwagon become legitimized outcasts... at first. Eventually, they become criminalized and the next thing you know, its open season on them. This is the very pattern I have observed devolving over the course of my lifetime, the rate of advance having greatly accelerated since the world came to an end on 9/11/2001... and it did come to an end; it's just that most people have been unable or unwilling to see or accept this curious tidbit. Monument has driven endless greed, and Empire is all about monument. Empire came to us courtesy of the people of the middle-east, whose patriarchal filth has spread worldwide like a plague that now infects every crack and crevice of the earth. But I degress. Empire is fact, as is the likelihood that it will not be disappearing any time soon, if ever. Therefore, it perhaps behooves us to optimize freedom in the context of a social architecture that is inherently inimical to it. This would seem to suggest a path toward a sort of neo-feudalism in the face of ever more stridently violent and intrusive Empire such that these small and closely knit communities evolve such attitudes and practice that enable them to hold at arm's length those who would otherwise engage in actions such as that captioned in the OP.
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    03-22-2017, 05:12 PM
    This is midbrain humanity. It categorizes and extrapolates. This is the most basic hard-wired survival mechanism beyond the primitive reflexes such as heartbeat, breath, irises, and so on. Getting away from its endless effort is exhausting. Perhaps, then, we ought not fight it but live within the limitation it sets? I say this because we have been doing the same things over and over, trying to be something we are not. How well has that worked out for us?
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    03-22-2017, 04:54 PM
    The effort has proven woefully inadequate. Generally speaking, humanity has proven the same.
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    03-22-2017, 04:40 PM
    Well, with hundreds or thousands of examples of this sort of thing readily available for consumption, it becomes something of difficult for me to get too sympathetic for these parents who, in the wake of so many of these events, keep their children in public schools. It makes me think... think...
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    03-22-2017, 03:51 PM
    Well, if this pares their numbers significantly - say over 50%, I will have to call Obamacare an oblique success.
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    03-22-2017, 08:04 AM
    Good point(s).
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    03-22-2017, 07:02 AM
    Might be a repost, but who cares?
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    03-22-2017, 06:48 AM
    Seems I have once again failed to make clear my point. I agree with all you write, but the point is that given the risks, how likely is this person, for example, to make a stand? I don't know if we have what it takes even to be good slaves anymore, much less anything better.
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    03-21-2017, 08:19 PM
    Great live version of Archangel Thunderbird by Amon Düül II.
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    03-21-2017, 09:31 AM
    Left-leaning humans comprise a vast raft of psychotics and economic ignorants. The most casual examination of the history of our positive past readily reveals that monopolies arise through government dispensation and not through free market conditions. Oligopolies are likewise given rise through government interference, whether positive or negative. Oligopolies and the ills they bring almost universally come about through some criminality. Were "government" competent and/or honest in the discharge of its duties to those they ostensibly serve, we would find at hand every instrument of Law needed to deal with such circumstances. The erection of artificial barriers to entry, for instance, violates the rights of others to enter the marketplace. This is clearly criminal and could be readily disposed through felony charges. How often do we see it? How often does "government" itself erect thosen very barriers at the lobbied behest of oligopolists, thereby freezing out competition? How often are the justifications by "government" for the regulations they pass, ostensibly for YOUR protection, reek with the stench of corruption? In reality, it is government that gives risento monopoly and oligopoly and decicedly not free markets. I would also point out that our markets have not been anything even remotely free for well over a century, so blaming them is the product of rank ignorance and the intentional peddling of outright lies.
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    03-21-2017, 08:54 AM
    This was expressed in the Protocols where it was asserted (paraphrasing) that those who refuse to use their brains are no different from those who have none.
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    03-21-2017, 08:49 AM
    IOW, appeals to reason made to the unreasoning are pointless. It's like having a phone conversation with the deaf. "I can see!" said the blind man to his deaf daughter.
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    03-21-2017, 08:44 AM
    He who is least willing to be bound shall prevail, all else equal. This is the basis of my notion of "least denominator". He who will stoop lowest, wins, AEE.
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    03-21-2017, 07:46 AM
    The question not addressed in the OP is whether the judge's assertions are true or if he fell for what would to my eyes be a wholly predictable ploy by his enemies, as well as those of Trump, Fox, and the "right" to chip away at the huge momentum of the current political tide. How could anyone not expect this? Was Napolitano set up like a bowling pin?
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    03-20-2017, 08:38 PM
    Huh... I would not have given him so much credit for oblique strategies. Are you certain of this? Not saying you're wrong, just wondering how sure you are. I am generally not that good at the personality analysis thing. Limbaugh surprised me with the seeming sobriety of what he said, as well as how. Now you toss a wrench in it, exposing my possible inadequate skepticism. Perhaps I may excuse myself due to the shock and attendant cognitive dissonance at hearing what I thought was rational, sober speak by Mr. Limbaugh. :) But seriously, because I do not listen to such people, save on rarest occasions, I am not familiar with their common modes and, perhaps, tricks. I, therefore, often suck at judging their sincerity, honesty, and capacities.
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    03-20-2017, 07:45 PM
    And intriguing thought, leading to the question of "how?" The mind reels at the possibilities.
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    03-20-2017, 07:34 PM
    And unsubstantiated assumption that I hope proves true. Of course, by that standard, I'm pretty well screwed.
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    03-20-2017, 07:27 PM
    Took him long enough. Good riddance. Bastard.
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    03-20-2017, 07:25 PM
    Today Limbaugh brought up a very sound point relating to the various shriekings by the "left" regarding the allegations of election hacking by Russia: if the hacking happened, then where is the evidence? By now, the lefties would have had it in hand, screaming so the Martians would hear their cacophanous haranguing. But there is nothing. He related that when asked for evidence, Limbaugh reported that Comey refused, citing "ongoing investigations". Limbaugh then asked the very astute question about the nature of the hack. If the election was hacked, what was the general nature of the attack? Vote flipping? Something else? It is not only a key and valid question, it is one that could be answered without compromising any possible investigation. A body is found and the death is reported as a murder. On what basis is murder asserted? The evidence could be reported in general terms without giving away anything essential about it. Were there gunshot wounds? Evidence of blunt force? Knife wounds? That much could usually be stated, and most often is, without compromising ongoing investigations. The same could be said about the allegations of Russian interference in the most recent presidential election. Doing so would boost the nearly non-existent credibility of both Comey and his FBI. And yet, the hold their otherwise copious noisemaking. This suggests to me not that they are the intrepid, honorable, and capable investigators seeking the truth for the benefit of "the people", but a raft of transparently biased hacks who are using the prerogatives concomitant with their positions for the purposes of advancing an agenda the agency from which the agency is supposed to be wholly separated. To my eyes, the only thing Comey is succeeding at is to make himself look like a rank criminal, not even rising to the standard and status of a lowly and vile street criminal. The question in my mind is, why? Why is he seeming so transparently corrupt? Someone must have him by the spheres. Or perhaps he is just another cheap and artlessly corrupt political hack, so confident of his ability to waggle his thing in the face of America with impunity that he simply stooges on no matter what "we" think, say, or want. One can but wonder about the truth behind all this.
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