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    Yesterday, 06:03 PM
    I cannot prove it, but suspect that this is very much what is going on. At that point, "blowback" becomes irrelevant because Theye have no intentions of avoiding it.
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    Yesterday, 11:15 AM
    OK, depends on how one defines "blowback", so yeah you make a valid point. I was assuming the customary colloquial use of the political term. That said, it still fails to give very much information. It's not unlike saying the cause of the Challenger disaster was "an error"; correct so far as it goes, but still offers nothing particularly useful, forensically speaking.
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    Yesterday, 06:23 AM
    The most likely case, yes.
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    Yesterday, 06:18 AM
    You were doing OK up to the bolded section. I know a hit piece when I read one. I did NOT say I knew the King would take care of the Wahhabis. Very much the opposite, in fact. I very explicitly voiced my reservations as you can see if you re-read the bit about the King being Wahhabi himself, yes? Finally, I nowhere wrote Trump would be better than dragSatan, but only that he could be no worse, and I stand by it.
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    Yesterday, 06:11 AM
    Netanhayu's statement about 1/2 way in is very revealing. Theye have woven a great Gordian knot and the world has become a very interesting place in result. I confess my curiosity to see where this ultimately lands the race of men.
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    Yesterday, 06:01 AM
    Good to hear it. :) That's why I illegally carried a .45 SIG in NYC for 20 years. I refused to be corralled and de-balled by the vermin. Well, I wasn't speaking of you doing so singly on your lonesome. I did refer to a "3%" - a notion to which I foolishly cleave for fear of despair, were I to admit to myself that it ain't likely to happen. A 3% brigade on the same page WRT the basics, as well as objectives, could be a very strong influencing factor. The reason why we are so hosed is that there IS no 3%. Not even 2 or 1. Theye have very successfully fractured us into mutually suspicious and hating factions, leaving Themme in perfect trim, and the rest of us as fucked as a Parisian whore after doing three back-to-back shifts at Mdme. 'Orr's House of Sin on Armistice Day weekend.
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    Yesterday, 05:49 AM
    I gathered that from the progression of the thread. I was speaking solely about the OP. I don't know this Raimondo much and can only go by what I read. The OP is a load of cheap nonsense. I cannot say I'm a fan of arming the Saudis, but my understanding is that Trump has gotten concessions in return - whatever that might mean in real terms. Supposedly the king has promised to "take care of" the Wahhabis. I thought the king was one of those, so as usual I stand completely confused. Could be Trump is selling us out with all this... or that I'm just not smart enough. I don't know, so all I can do is sit back and watch as things unfold. My expectations remain low, if nevertheless far higher than they would have been for DragSatan. Trump's net results at the end of his tenure may prove sub-clinically better than those of DragSatan, had she been elected. I'm hoping for better than that, but really... what are the chances of it? But if at the end of it I prove a good candidate for the new Village Idiot, I will happily accept the appellation. The condition of my sphincter after 4 or 8 years of a DragSatan administration is well known. Therefore, I see myself as having nothing to lose with Trump. He cannot be worse because DragSatan defines "bottom of the barrel".
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    Yesterday, 05:40 AM
    Hey, I don't know what other people know, so I was just laying it out in case you'd not considered the points in question. That's all. But you have made a choice, and its either #1 or #3 because, so far as I can tell, you are not out there shooting the place up, which I will suggest is a good thing. We are not there quite yet, however close we may be even at this time. You may well be right on this. I am on board with you, once push comes to shove. If Theye make it clear that its submit or die, I will fight. I will not, however, toss my life into the shit-can casually. Time for bullets is not yet upon us and I submit that it makes all good sense to avoid that option for as long as possible. But when it becomes clear there is no hope, then one should do what one must.
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    Yesterday, 05:34 AM
    The OP is backing Trump? If so, then I need to check myself into a brain research institute and have myself euthanized so they can dissect my apparently very faulty thinker. Thinking of the children...
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    Yesterday, 05:21 AM
    I certainly understand your apparent ire in the matter, but perhaps you are expecting too much of "the system", which includes all of us. America is now bred to a will for stupidity, not to mention all the other deadly sins. Trump's ascension was at least a potential step in a better direction, if not the right one. Once again I repeat that which bears it: none of us are likely to see anything even remotely resembling freedom in our lifetimes. Freedom, such as it may have ever existed since the first days of the republic, has been washed away in small but ever increasing stages. It's taken us 228 years to get to this point. It is not going to return to even the sad-but-better-than-this-shit conditions of 1789 any time soon. Seeking purity is an error I have made in the past, but no more. That is why I will continue to support Rand Paul. He's done some rankly stoopid shit, but them's the breaks in politics. Not even his father is good enough, if absolute purity is the yardstick. Our ideals need to be tempered with the knowledge that we are not acting in vacuo, but rather in a sea of personalities that often conflict greatly. The choices we have are as follow: give in to the Other, go to war with the Other, or come to some mutual agreement with the Other. I categorically reject the first, am highly reticent to indulge in the second, and am therefore left with the third as the best among disappointing choices. To be honest, I have no idea whether a concerted effort by a dedicated 3% could negotiate its way toward freedom over the course of the coming generations, but if we wish to avoid war and the disaster of political purges that come in the aftermath of revolution, then we must be prepared to devote lifetimes to regaining that which has been lost to us over 200+ years, and then to move hopefully, even closer to real freedom.
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    Yesterday, 04:54 AM
    You say that as if it's a bad thing...
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    Yesterday, 04:51 AM
    Just another cheaply-written hit piece. I suppose Justing Raimondo was hoping he could get his eager lips clamped around Hillary's 13" winter salami under that famous desk in the Oval Office and was just too disappointed that Trump ruined everything. This is big-league politics, sonny boy; shit's gwyine a'fly, even if Ron Paul's prezzy.
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    Yesterday, 04:45 AM
    Pardon me, but this is a child's answer. Blowback is but an element in a far broader fabric of intimately and subtly entangled elements, not the least of which is state sponsorship pursuant to state agendas. The stake is the very soul of the entire world, and those vying for it are dangerously clever and endlessly ruthless. People of Empire are what they have always been since the first days of Empire: cowardly, lazy, greedy, and broadly speaking, ignorant. That set of qualities pretty well corrals their potential futures into comparatively narrow channels, whether as masters or slaves. We gore our own oxen.
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    Yesterday, 04:37 AM
    "ISIS claimed responsibility..." And who, pray tell, is "ISIS"? Who is standing up to be counted as the leadership? To my mind, "ISIS claimed responsibility" could as easily be written "The State Department claimed responsibility", or something similar. The same questions arise every time I see/hear something from or about "Anonymous". The degrees of misdirection in this political world ought never be assumed, for I suspect they are far wilder than most people dare entertain.
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    05-23-2017, 04:08 PM
    And if I have the right six numbers, I win the lottery. Is there a point to this? Unless there is something much more to all of this, it has the stink of irrelevancy and innuendo clearly tasked to character assassination all over it. The longer I see Trump behind the cross-hairs as Theye engage in an ever more transparently ridiculous dance in the hopes of striking some pay-dirt... ANY pay-dirt, the more I'm thinking that he may not be the bad guy so many are asserting. That doesn't mean he's my ideal for the job, but perhaps he is a whole lot better than so many deem, if for no other reason than that he's not in Theire pockets. Just speculation, of course, but if all the carrying-on is to be believed, then Trump really is a threat of some measure to the so-called "deep state", which in itself cannot be a bad thing.
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    05-22-2017, 09:06 AM
    osan replied to a thread This was not self-defense in History
    About time somebody said it.
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    05-22-2017, 09:01 AM
    Sure, so long as it is properly architected, implemented, maintained, and administered. I'd be surprised if a nation could accomplish even one of those objectives. All four? C'est très peu probable. Our problems stem not so much from the form of government so much as the fact of it.
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    05-22-2017, 08:50 AM
    Poor, foolish, reckless, suicidal evidence.
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    05-22-2017, 08:45 AM
    Yeah, but there'd still be the Olde English 800.
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    05-22-2017, 08:32 AM
    If Trump's "draining the swamp" talking point is real, which perhaps it is nothing more than political bullshit, he should be a great fan of Assange. It could be argued that Assange had a lot to do with Trump's ascension to the throne.
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    05-22-2017, 08:19 AM
    If it's more than five minutes past, it's ancient history.
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    05-21-2017, 09:18 PM
    For five minutes. Maybe. You erroneously assume you can have a cadre of saints to lord over the dregs. That is how it's been done since Sumer and it has been a perfect formula for universal misery and death. The only good solution is freedom, but it must be taken come what may. You appear to be seeking guarantees where none are possible. A warrior culture will yield the best possible circumstance for men. There will still be horror and ugliness, but I suspect they would be far less abundant. Au contraire. The economic system, AKA the market, is centrally important. It is the environment in which property rights are most commonly exercised. To discount it as you have done is a great error, IMO.
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    05-21-2017, 05:52 PM
    Utopia? Not sure how you mean the term. It may have the common connotations, all of which are in error, or you might mean it in the sense of the tome of equal title by Thomas More. A free land is in no certain terms a utopia. It is simply free. Free men have the choice of how they will live. They may choose the "perfect" order of the utopia, chaos, or anything in between. The conditions of their lives, at least in terms of human relations, are entirely up to them. It is a choice and a decision, prone to no happenstance and accident. Men choose how they will live together. The choose the tyrannies they set upon their fellows, just as those fellows choose those very tyrannies to which they have been subjected. Matters of choice, all of it. Those who perpetrate are compelled by no force other than their FAIL (Fear Avarice Ignorance Lassitude), just as those subjected are largely guilty in similar measure and style.
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    05-21-2017, 03:07 PM
    Oh don't take what I wrote so personally, for pete's sake. I said you READ like a communist, not that you ARE one. The implication of what you wrote is that force is just in the relevant sense. I disagree. If fire departments are truly wanted, people will find ways to have them on a voluntary basis, rather than through the villainy of taxation. Now, if people were generally honest, just, and respectful of the rights of men, we could have minarchy without tyranny. That, however, is are REALLY big "if" for which there appears to my eyes to be no extant examples as we scan the long and abundantly miserable history of human Empire. Given this, I do believe my case is well made that people, given a foot in the doors of power, drive themselves mad with it in no time flat. It seems to be what we do. What we need is warrior-anarchy, which I also call "panarchy", if "archy" must be used. I prefer, however, "autodiathism", from the Greek for "self determination", and a term I coined a few years back. It seems clear to me that highly packed populations are eminently prone to tyranny. Less dense centers are less prone, perhaps because people are on a more personalized basis in their relationships with others. When one man sees another as a man and not as a thing, the nature of the relationship between the two tends to be very much better than the other way. Big city cops tend to see non-cops as objects, or even as "the enemy", and behave accordingly.
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    05-21-2017, 02:54 PM
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    05-21-2017, 02:49 PM
    You read a bit like a communist.
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    05-21-2017, 02:42 PM
    † Wrong. It needs governANCE. The two are related, yet they are not the same. GovernMENT suggests separation of governing roles from the general population. This is FAIL^FAIL and the primary reason we are in shit up to our eyeballs. There are no cops where every man assumes the role with faithfulness to the task, which includes respect for his fellows. †† This one you got right. :)
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    05-21-2017, 02:36 PM
    Article talks a lot, mostly via innuendo, yet says very little of direct intelligibility. As is typical of this ilk of personality, valid observations are made, however sparingly, and then all the wrong conclusions are reached. A hall mark of these sorts of articles is the false dichotomy. In this case the implication is that we are either responsible or we are capitalist, ignoring the fact that not only can we be both, but that most companies are. The innuendo of false assumptions is lousy in this article. There are in any event a small handful of near-reasonable statements. To wit: Correct insofar as it goes, but the author leaves out universes of information that could have been nutshelled in reasonable space by an honest and capable writer.
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