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    Yesterday, 05:23 PM
    This is straight up awesome. Instead of a participation trophy, the trophy is participation.
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    02-18-2018, 06:18 PM
    Interesting. At first glance this looks serious. One would be tempted to think "Oh man, if one of their largest dealers had to bring a lawsuit, it must be serious!" But it's just weasel words. I talk to customers like this all the time - "Our largest customer in Cincinnati" is a 30-employee shop that sometimes can't find its ass with both hands. Large customers don't bring lawsuits - little, annoying, meaningless, low-revenue customers do. How many Toyota dealerships are there in SoCal? Google maps shows 20 (more than I thought) but really how many cars do you need to sell to be "one of the largest"? Meaning, how many to get into spot #9 - and one of those is a used dealer to boot. Point is, you can always - always - find a company willing to bite the hand that feeds it. This sounds exactly like the accelerator problem from a few years ago - made out to be a bigger problem than it is. Don't get me wrong, I think Toyotas are shit and would love nothing more than for their market share to be taken over by companies like Mazda that seem to like making cars instead of (as AF put it some time ago) "shapeless grey people pods". I just don't think this is what's going to sink them.
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    02-16-2018, 10:57 AM
    I both hate women, and have been married to one for 17 years. I reset my priorities when I was in my mid-20s, stopped looking for a long term fuck buddy, and started looking for a wife. They're not hard to find. There is generally at least 1 unclaimed wife per 10 people at any given church. They just happen to come with traits that most young men consider baggage. So young men are as much to blame for their lot as are women. I don't think I've made it a secret that I go to a Russian Orthodox church. The funny thing is, I can point to I think 5 couples (in a parish with 70 members) where it's quite obvious that the woman was a mail-order bride. Obvious because the husband is neither Orthodox nor Russian. He still gets his ass dragged to church, though, in every one of those cases. Yet they are seemingly happy marriages. If there are women on the other side of the globe who are content to marry people with whom they might have linguistic barriers, simply on the chance of getting a husband who will accept that "baggage", imagine how much easier it would be to find someone for a young man who wants to be the one kicking people out of bed on Sunday morning.
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    02-13-2018, 10:09 PM
    I've also never called Trump anything other than an establishment shill.
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    02-13-2018, 10:08 PM
    Calling it a pro forma endorsement doesn't make it so Rand actually gained anything from it. He had nothing to gain and everything to lose. Particularly since Ron's admitting that his campaign had little chance is in no way equivalent to an end to the campaign. I might have overlooked that, as much as it pissed me off, if he hadn't scored points with his fanboys for talking for 17 hours essentially about how we really need some people to sign some basic paperwork before we drone strike US citizens on US soil.
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    02-13-2018, 04:20 PM
    "Education". So, everyone's just going to let that go by, right? What part of my "education" involved skipping chemistry so I could sit in the gym and watch scantily clad teenage girls do cartwheels? What part of my "education" was it when I went hungry most lunches because there was literally nothing to eat but abject crap? What part of my "education" involved memorizing verifiably false statements?
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    02-13-2018, 04:16 PM
    Pretty sure I read in one of John Lott's books, that the reason why restaurants are able to have lunch specials isn't to try to drum up lunch business: it's mainly about the fact that lunch patrons spend less time in the restaurant. The table space costs money too - and dinner guests are "renting" that space for more time than the lunch guests. If that's true, then reducing your table rental time to zero means whoever is complaining about this can STFU.
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  • A Son of Liberty's Avatar
    02-11-2018, 03:40 PM
    Distance to Pluto vs. distance to Neptune. Meh :shrug: And we're flying in an open-cab. Sorry, just feeling more cynical than normal at the moment. Which is particularly depressing, considering.
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  • A Son of Liberty's Avatar
    02-11-2018, 03:21 PM
    No. Obivously not. Labels mean fuck-all, for starters. And for seconds I'm not wallowing in the kimchee looking for a hand out. Here's the thing - you make a lot of sense, but until we stop talking about left-and-right, democrats-and-republicans, conservatives-and-liberals... nothing is going to change. I think that's pretty much what you were saying, by the by... But - again - we're holding back the ocean with a broom, as I've said. I'm not saying don't fight. I'm just letting you know the odds.
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    02-11-2018, 05:07 AM
    You did, sir.
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    02-11-2018, 05:07 AM
    First let me start by apologizing for saying that you are a coward... I am a coward... but there's no way I could reasonably know your heart, sir, and I do apologize for that comment. I think you weren't too offended by that comment... still, in re-reading it, it was poorly phrased. I wouldn't refer to it as a 'problem', were I you. Here I'll speak only for myself rather than lumping in anyone else as I have previously... I agree with what you say and would have said it myself were as eloquent as you. And had I said it, I'd be left with the reality that, though it is TRUE, my own condition is not in any way improved by the veracity of the statement. I AM A FREE MAN. As are we all. There is a break in the logic... we depend on those around us for our own freedom. They aren't worth action. Few are. I'm not, if I'm honest with myself.
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  • A Son of Liberty's Avatar
    02-10-2018, 04:14 PM
    We are indeed awfully deep into the kimchee now, as you say. And as each day passes, their defeat becomes less and less prospect, sadly. We who recognize the true manner of things... we're left to teeter upon the lever over which liberty and slavery tips. You and I and a few others here are actually the God-forsaken cowards, frankly. We know the end of the script... we know how all of this will play out. Yet here we sit on our comfortable chairs, with a fire burning... awfully comfortable. Disagree. "Working with what we've got" got us to where we're at. We're well past the point of working with what we've got. What we've got is a goddammed mess that ain't salvageable, and ain't worth salvaging.
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  • fisharmor's Avatar
    02-10-2018, 01:50 PM
    More "the system is broken so in order to preserve it in its current broken form I am arguing we break it further". If they are voting illegally, fix that. Or admit your system is shit. You can't say it is broken and that it's the greatest system and not be an outright fool. Sigh, more false choices. Either I support everything you support or I am incompatible with Republican government. In truth, yes, this is why I am am anarchist. Because "small government conservatives" are utterly incapable of poking their heads outside of their box.
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    02-10-2018, 01:42 PM
    Who said anything about going forward with naturalizing them at all? Oh right, it was you. You know for a group of people convinced these folks are hellspawn bent on conquest, you sure are anxious to hand them the keys. As to your second point, as I already pointed out, it becomes indistinguishable from conquest the moment you decide you are a living document theory supporter who has to twist the clear meaning of words so that they mean something else.
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  • A Son of Liberty's Avatar
    02-10-2018, 02:37 AM
    Broadly speaking, the "liberty movement" was born whole-cloth out of Ron's 2008 & 2012 presidential campaigns. My own vigorous political activity goes back not much further than that, and my knowledge of the history of the "movement" (by which I mean the politically active element thereof) is admittedly no more than superficial... yet what more is required to know enough of it? If the political layman can't look back and see it on the receding horizon, did it really even exist? I say no, it did not. From my perspective, the accomplishments of Ron's campaigns are two-fold: first, he activated the politically inspired; second, he activated the philosophically inspired. In the case of the first, his platform was so ideologically charged that only the most hackish political types could latch onto it and figure out how to build a career out of it. Theirs is a world in which compromise is a value, and gains are measured in inches and losses in feet. In the case of the second, political disengagement was an inevitability. They became followers of podcasts, blogs and navel-gazing societies (myself included here, full-disclosure). They saw compromise as defeat, and frequently quoted Ayn Rand on the internet: "In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit". Factually and "philosophically" correct, yet we're no more free today than we were yesterday... in fact, since Uncle Sugar has been up and running during that time-frame, we're surely less free. The politically-active element has since 2012 nearly rendered themselves inert by their comfort with compromise; and the philosophically-charged element has since 2012 rendered themselves inert by their dis-comfort with compromise. It's a fcking pickle, no doubt.
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    02-09-2018, 08:26 PM
    Nobody has ever advocated immigrants voting without a naturalization process... which by the way actually is authorized in the constitution. Again, you engage in false choices. Either you are in favor of everyone who comes here having and equal vote, or you must support random gestapo shakedowns. Even if I didn't think voting was retarded I wouldn't support that. Problem is, voting IS stupid. It's clearly axiomatic that any system of governance that requires you to be a racist dickhole in order to have a chance of actually working is unworthy of a free people.
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    02-08-2018, 04:31 PM
    Warnings and court decisions do not change the fact that the 10th amendment exists. Warnings and court decisions and letters do not change the fact that for 99 years THERE WERE NO CONTROLS ON IMMIGRATION. What that tells me is, even if they wrote it into the constitution specifically to allow themselves to restrict it, they didn't, so it wasn't a priority, in direct contrast to your claim that they intended the federal government to place such restrictions.
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    02-08-2018, 04:29 PM
    No, I was born in a country where those guys clearly wrote into the documents that none of that applied to people who had dark skin. So this is your train of thought. "I see that the police and legal system are incapable of, and pretty much completely uninterested in, protecting me from crimes like murder, rape, and theft. I also believe that people who don't speak English and / or have darker skin are a direct threat to my well being. But instead of holding the police and legal system accountable for those cases where they actually fail to uphold justice, I will instead heap all of the scorn I should have for that system onto the aforementioned dark people. I will also support additional massive law enforcement agencies that only exist to keep these people out of my sandbox. The utter illogic of trying to solve an inherent problem with the legal system by simply expanding that system, is completely overwhelmed by my desire to protect the blatantly unmanifest ideal of this broken system."
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    02-08-2018, 04:19 PM
    Until 1875, there were no restrictions on who could come to the US. In that year, prostitutes and convicts were excluded.In 1882, Chinese, the mentally deficient, and people likely to become wards of the state were excluded. 1888 was the year the federal government grabbed the power to expel aliens. It had not been done sine John Adams tried it with the Alien and Sedition acts - which are such transgressions of liberty they would make GWB blush. 1903 - polygamists and political radicals were added to the list. But hopefully you can all see that it was "undesirables" who were being turned away. There was no overarching denial of entry. 1906 - Knowledge of English was made a requirement for the first time. 1907 - Added people with physical defects and Japanese to the list. 1917 - Added "illiterates, persons of psychopathic inferiority, men as well as women entering for immoral purposes, alcoholics, stowaways, and vagrants." 1921 - Added quotas by nationality for the first time. So before this, anyone could waltz on in, provided they weren't an undesirable. That seems to be the watershed year. After that, the changes become about adding to the inclusion list, as opposed to adding to the exclusion list.
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    02-08-2018, 04:16 PM
    Ah, of course. I am a slave to your state because my parents were born slaves, and their parents before them. Trouble is, the parents of those parents weren't born here. They came here during a time when there were no immigration controls that weren't blatantly racist, rendering your entire argument into the steaming pile of bullshit it is. This is your vigilant protection. Military equipped soldiers to repel people trying to cut grass at a substandard wage. So yeah, it is my stated goal that this should be destroyed.
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    02-08-2018, 04:10 PM
    This. Moreover, the question was "Do I support unlimited immigration to the US". The answer is no. In order to "support" it I would need to be actively working toward unlimited immigration. I would need to be encouraging people to move here. So the question - AS ALWAYS - sets up a false choice here. Either you're in favor of a wall, border checks 100 miles inside the actual border, etc etc, or you're actively asking everyone in the world to move here. I'm not in favor of everyone moving here - only the people who want to. And not like I haven't done this a hundred times here already, but now is when I try to move the conversation toward the fact that everyone who supports any immigration restrictions at all is BY DEFINITION a living document constitutionalist.
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    02-08-2018, 04:05 PM
    What's this "we"? Did I sign something that says I'm on your side here? Here's something to bake your noodle: if YOUR political culture is completely impotent to withstand some competing ideas moving in from other countries, then the question isn't so much why would I want to be associated with your political culture - the question becomes, if your culture is so fucking weak, why would I not work actively to destroy it?
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    02-05-2018, 04:50 PM
    I was wearing plaid shirts and an ivy cap before a lot of these hipster douchebags were even born. It's a sore spot.
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    02-05-2018, 09:32 AM
    First, everyone calm down. File sharing is still very much a thing. If there is one thing to learn from Ross Ulbricht, it is that there will always bee more of a demand for stuff the state doesn't want you to have, then there are people to fulfill that demand. You are never not going to be able to listen to The Wall. Second... Yeah, a hipster would spend $10 thousand on a brand new Technics turntable, but there are a lot more of us who heard some vinyl for the first time in 30 years and recognized it sounded different from digital and are running with it using a second hand phonograph, who also resent being called hipsters.
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    02-04-2018, 09:07 PM
    THE EAGLES! YEAAAAAAAAAAH!
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    02-04-2018, 08:12 PM
    fisharmor replied to a thread Ugh... in Open Discussion
    What's the sitch? Just keep getting bumped? They gonna put you up somewhere?
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    02-04-2018, 05:04 PM
    What does that mean? Surely the private police are not convicting anyone. If they have a 100% rate of getting convictions in cases where they are investigating, then I consider that proof that they are in fact much better at what they do than state police. The ideas of privatizing prisons and privatizing police is a distraction from what the real effort should be, which is privatizing law. This might come as a surprise coming from me of all people, but we actually do need law enforcers. The difference is that we need law enforcers who enforce law, as opposed to divine mandate from the state-god. This just shows that law enforcement can work, provided the law being enforce is just. But you're right - replacing that piece of the puzzle is only going to make for more efficient enforcement of unjust law.
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    02-04-2018, 02:33 PM
    As usual I could not agree with you more... That said, the distance between "here" and "there" is so vast and so imposing that the very foundations of physics would be challenged to bridge it, let alone the depth of human philosophy in this age. What seems like such a simple step to us here is literally incomprehensible to most of the rest of humanity. Put more simply, we might recommend holding back the ocean with a broom, to borrow a phrase, and expect as much success. What gives me hope for tomorrow is the existence of folks such as you, in unexpected places like West Virginia (if I recall correctly), where no one is supposed to have a bit of intelligence... folks like you give me hope that when The Unraveling occurs, there will be voices of reason in the truest sense in places where people will survive.
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    02-01-2018, 02:41 PM
    To be fair, anyone who knows anything at all about engines looks for any opportunity to say "Wankel".
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