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    Yesterday, 07:47 PM
    I'm pretty sure this is 100% incorrect. My view is that Trump won because WWC - who don't spend much time online at all - finally jettisoned the MSM narratives and went for the one guy who they (wrongly) perceived to be an "outsider". Trump won in rural rustbelt counties that had previously gone Blue. Those folks don't give a damn about "memetics", or tweets, or "infowars". They are tired of being portrayed as racist because they agree with the (elementary) notion of a national border. They are tired of being portrayed as bigoted because they don't like the idea of a man dressing up as a woman and using the women's restroom. And they bought what the snake oil salesman with the audacious blonde comb-over sold them. Frankly, the alt-right had little to do with it, from my view. And that's a good thing, because those folks are gross.
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  • ChristianAnarchist's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:49 PM
    Just bought my wife her new phone - Moto Z Play. I'm oldschool and I always like to be able to swap batteries on the go but this is the first phone I've bought that cannot change batteries. We really love the phone though. My wife wants a good camera and I found that this camera performs quite well and also has the option for the hasselblad true zoom back which would put the camera performance even higher. Of course that makes what has to be the thinnest phone I've ever handled into a pretty thick one but it snaps off in a flash (like that pun?). The other thing she HAS to have is an earphone jack and only the play has it now (which is why we chose that one). As far as the battery it lasts longer than any other phone I've ever had except for my monster-back LG (aftermarket) which uses 3 normal batteries to increase time between charges. The launcher was terrible in that it did not support unread counts so I put a better launcher on it. The only other gripe I have is that I have not found any rooting tools that will work on this phone (maybe something will come along). Also, I never buy them from phone providers. I usually get them on eBay (unlocked, of course).
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    Yesterday, 03:01 AM
    Congratulations to Ole Miss' Evan Engram for winning the 2016 Ozzie Newsome Award, presented to college football’s best tight end by the Touchdown Club of Columbus... http://www.olemisssports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/120716aaa.html
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    12-07-2016, 05:29 AM
    I like the way this young group do Carol of the Bells. This video is how I discovered them and they do some great stuff. What I really love about Christmas is it's all about love and redemption. It's truly a joyous time!!
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    12-07-2016, 05:21 AM
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-07-2016, 04:28 AM
    Two of my favorite Cthristmas songs ... I Saw Mommy Kissing Yog-Sothoth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSvsy11PHxM Carol of the Old Ones | Dagon Tabernacle Choir https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ftld7Ohojg
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    12-07-2016, 04:09 AM
    Bestest Christmas Song EVARR ... Christmas at Ground Zero | "Weird Al" Yankovic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t039p6xqutU
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  • ChristianAnarchist's Avatar
    12-05-2016, 03:02 PM
    Don't know where the Bakkens is but it's mighty hard for me to believe that the pipeline can't be re-routed somewhere. If they don't want it going west they can route it north or south and around the offending area. If there's absolutely NO other route (hard to believe) then I guess they could always use tankers and go over the road... (with all the additional issues trucking poses)...
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  • ChristianAnarchist's Avatar
    12-04-2016, 10:55 PM
    Arkansas or Iowa... Thousands of miles available out there that I'm sure don't go through a reservation...
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  • ChristianAnarchist's Avatar
    12-04-2016, 10:43 PM
    They could even go around Missouri if they had to...
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    12-04-2016, 10:42 PM
    I hate to have to be the one to bring this up but exactly where does the bible say anything about what age one can have sex at?? In fact there are many instances in the bible where very young people have had sex and or married... Just wonderin...
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  • ChristianAnarchist's Avatar
    12-04-2016, 09:29 PM
    I don't understand what the big deal is. They have plenty of funds to re-route the pipeline around the disputed area. The longer they put off the plans the longer until it's completed...
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  • CCTelander's Avatar
    12-04-2016, 08:46 AM
    You forgot "nada." Considering the subject matter of this thread, that's almost unpardonable. ;)
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-03-2016, 11:28 PM
    Sounds like a good excuse for some Kool & the Gang ... (not that any excuse is needed ...) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GwjfUFyY6M
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-03-2016, 10:24 PM
    Or you could look at it as not being an "either-or" dilemma. Both spending and taxes should be reduced. I'm categorical about tax hikes. It's just wrong to take other peoples' stuff. It's more wrong to take more of their stuff. (And it's being "the end of the world" or not hasn't got anything to do with it.)
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    12-03-2016, 09:23 PM
    Further to which, reductio ad absurdum may be applied here ... The argument as given implies not only that such tax reductions should be opposed, but also that tax increases of the same kind should not be opposed. Consider a proposed tax increase of either "general" or "targeted" variety. Suppose the increase passes and is enacted. At this point, there is no functional difference whatsoever between opposition to the increase and any subsequent support for a decrease of the same variety and of equal magnitude. Thus, if support for the decrease is not to be approved by "free market people," then neither was opposition to the increase - and for exactly the same reasons.
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    12-03-2016, 08:17 PM
    The author of "End the Fed" certainly cannot be accused of being unaware of the government's ability to fund itself by way of the printing press. Ron Paul has elsewhere repeatedly and explicitly identified three basic ways government funds itself: (1) through "direct" taxation (in various forms) (2) through "indirect" taxation (such as the so-called "inflation tax" inherent in fiat monetary inflation - i.e., the "printing press" option) (3) through borrowing and debt issuance (which must ultimately be paid for via (1) or (2)) In his commentary in the video under consideration, he is concerned solely with (1), as that is the only of the three options which is relevant to the Carrier "tax break" issue. And none of this accounts for his numerous assertions elsewhere of the importance of real and significant spending cuts as a critical element in any effort to shrink the size of government ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-03-2016, 06:45 PM
    I cannot tell a lie - Douglas Adams plagiarized that phrase from me ... :toady:
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-03-2016, 06:39 PM
    :eek: Maybe Aldrin and Kerry aren't Aldrin and Kerry anymore ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    12-03-2016, 06:13 PM
    Regardless of how much business you do with whom, you have the "right" not to have your money involuntarily taken from you in the first place - and it having been taken, you have the "right" to get all of it back (not merely "some" of it). Whether you will actually be able to do so is another matter (and there is not anything wrong with lobbying in such an effort - any more than there is anything wrong with lobbying on behalf of the right to keep and bear arms, for example). When something is returned to them that rightfully belonged to them in the first place, they are not being "rewarded." Also, getting "fat government contracts" (on the one hand) and getting "tax breaks" (on the other hand) are two different things. The first can be considered a form of subsidy (depending on how "fat" the contracts in question are). The second cannot.
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    12-03-2016, 05:20 PM
    Muh federal standards.
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    12-03-2016, 04:33 PM
    Ron's exact words at that timestamp (emphasis added): "My policy over the years has always been to support anything that looks like a tax abatement or a tax credit even though I didn't like the condition where you're giving it to one not the other ..." I don't like the condition where you're giving it to one but not the other, either. But it's better than the case where you're not giving it to anyone at all. It is always better, ceteris paribus, when less of peoples' stuff is being expropriated. It is always worse, ceteris paribus, when more of peoples' stuff is being expropriated. One cannot achieve "fairness" in any meaningful sense by refusing to steal less of particular peoples' stuff so that people will be robbed more "equally" in general - "fairness" got chucked right out the window the moment any of their stuff was expropriated in the first place. Subsidies are another matter altogether (and I mean REAL subsidies, NOT tax credits/breaks/rebates/abatements/etc.). If Carrier or its parent company is receiving any actual subsidies that were involuntarily mulcted from others, then I will happily criticize them for it. But that is a separate issue. And for the record, I could not care less about this having been promulgated by Trump - or about what Trump's motivations are (Carrier is in no way accountable for Trump's motivations, whatever they might be). I'd be of exactly the same opinion if this occurred under the auspices of Obama, or Bush the Second, or Clinton, or Bush the First, or etc. Nor do I give a fetid dingo's kidney for what this might mean (one way or the other) in regard to "jobs" or whatnot.
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When most people are exposed to the idea of a society organized without taxation, they often jump to the conclusion that the services provided by government would no longer exist. After it is proposed that these services would still exist, but they would be provided by voluntary organizations, they assume only problems and chaos could ensue. Warlords, crooked arbitration, justice for only the rich… surely these are unavoidable consequences of a society without taxation!

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Taxation is theft, purely and simply even though it is theft on a grand and colossal scale which no acknowledged criminals could hope to match. It is a compulsory seizure of the property of the State’s inhabitants, or subjects. – Murray Rothbard
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by Wesker1982 on 08-12-2011 at 02:51 PM
We have conclusive evidence that Ron Paul advocates the private production of all defense services. See:

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