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    Today, 12:17 AM
    Ron Paul: ON. THE. NOSE. As always.
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    Yesterday, 06:35 PM
    Thanks for all the input. It seems like Catholic school is the preferred choice for this situation. The wife is really bothered by the idea of a religious education though. It bothers me too but not as much. I went through it and I'm sure he'll be fine. When I think about it from an economic standpoint, the Catholic school makes the most sense. However, when I think about which school would be best for him, I keep arriving at the expensive one. But it's four times the cost!!! What else could we do with that money, y'know?! He's doing fine in his school now, but he complains about the kids talking " out of turn". There are so many distractions, that too much time is spent trying to correct behavior instead of guiding the teaching process. I suppose you could call that part of teaching, but it's not something my son needs. He's already well-behaved.
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    Yesterday, 10:57 AM
    As usual, Dr. Paul has it right: freedom is the answer. People, however, are not interested. They prefer pretty lies to sometimes ugly reality.
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    05-27-2017, 10:04 PM
    My youngest attends first grade at a Waldorf school. There are lots of things we like, but there are also things that concern us. So we're looking at different options. Please provide any input you can. Option 1: Stay with Waldorf. Of the 3 options, this one is the smallest school. One class per grade. 15 minutes away. Roughly $10K. The teacher moves with the class through 8th grade (similar to homeschooling). It's very art-focused education and the extra-curricular education is impressive. They offer a "loving" environment with plenty of freedom and play. On the down-side, his main teacher is new so she'd be learning the material just ahead of the kids. They don't use textbooks so the material presented is more loose. They accept vouchers which means they get families that don't have to pay - which means they're not as invested in the outcomes of their kids. This means the kids are distracting the class and their parents don't recognize the problem. Also, there's a progressive vibe that runs through the school. Generally, it aligns with libertarianism, but when the parents discuss politics, it's obvious where they stand. Option 2: Catholic school. 2 classes per grade. 2 minutes away. Roughly $5K. It's a standard Catholic education, but reliable. People recognize what a Catholic education means. Catholic school grammar cannot be beaten. But we're not Catholic. I withstood 8 years of Catholic education and while I believe I came out educated beyond my peers, I also hated the religiosity. But saving $5K a year would be nice and it's right around the corner. The education is still above average and this school ranks high. They learned their lesson and no longer accept vouchers. But damn, I'm not sure I want them drilling him every day with their beliefs. I have no problems with him learning it - but I don't want the indoctrination. Option 3: Independent Day School. 3-4 classes per grade. 30 minutes away. Roughly $20K. We visited this school and were beyond impressed. LOTS of extra-curricular activities during and after school. It's well-established as a top-notched school and 96% of their graduates get accepted to their first choice high school. Not to mention the scholarships. It's non-religious and the families are generally well-off. No vouchers. Of the three options, this one encompasses the best of both worlds. Caring teachers in well-maintained state-of-the-art facilities. But at $20K for 2nd grade we'd be really pushing it. Sorry, junior, no you can't spend the summer in Europe with your friends... It also means an hour per day wasted in the car traveling to and fro. We've already eliminated the idea of homeschooling and (of course) government education.
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  • Ender's Avatar
    05-27-2017, 11:28 AM
    Ender replied to a thread Trump of Arabia in U.S. Political News
    Bump again- helps to understand the whole BS behind making Iran the enemy.
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    05-27-2017, 11:26 AM
    How convenient.
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    05-26-2017, 10:58 PM
    Ender replied to a thread Trump of Arabia in U.S. Political News
    I think Margolis is spot on here- bumping it so it doesn't get buried.
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  • osan's Avatar
    05-26-2017, 10:37 PM
    Humans are meat. Meat is food. End of story.
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    05-26-2017, 08:35 PM
    A close friend has a Galil. I've never shot it, but they are very well made... for all the good it does for a design that inherently mediocre, at best.
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    05-26-2017, 08:33 PM
    That is the practical aspect of it. There is also a conceptual aspect based in analytic reason applied in examination of the nature of the relationship of one man to another. That is how I came to cobble the Canon of Proper Human Relations. Basically, no man is endowed with authority over another. Likewise, no man is inherently subservient to another. There is no basis one could offer in defense of inherent master/slave relations that I, or any reasonably well trained sixth-grader, could not summarily demolish in while sleeping. I do not think I can agree with this bit. I think they are very natural. What to me is unnatural is the notion that humans are the only ones who hold them. Given the definition of "right", it is clear that all living beings have them. That human instrumentality leaves men in a position of vast material superiority over all other terrestrial beings, it does not follow that only humans have rights. It simply means that men hold the ability to impose their wills upon the rest, and even each other, through our various means. Not sure they are the result of imagination, but rather that imagination allows us to discover and make sense of them.
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    05-26-2017, 05:59 PM
    Trump of Arabia By Eric Margolis May 26, 2017 The Great White Father came to Saudi Arabia last week to harangue some 50 Arab and African despots on the glories of Trumpism, democracy and the need to fight what the Americans call terrorism. Having covered the Mideast for many decades, I cannot think of a more bizarre or comical spectacle. Here was Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s most repressive regimes, hosting the glad-handing US president who hates Islam and the Mideast with irrational passion.
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    05-26-2017, 02:21 PM
    Seems a mite self-serving, would you not say? "Let them eat cake..." While men have, and continue to do much that is praiseworthy, far more often they do that which ranges from "meh", to that which is downright evil and disgusting. For such reasons I have come to a more tempered view on the tendency of man. On average, he is nothing to praise, therefore indicating that such lauding should be reserved for the individual found guilty of having done something worthy thereof. The typical example of the species merits far more clinical treatment, as does the typical act of even the best among us. Observation of huge numbers of examples of both men and their actions most definitely does not include general praise of any sort Here "men" refers almost universally to people of Empire, whose plague-like mindset infects virtually all examples. The notion that only men have rights is idiotic on its face. All life claims itself as First-Property. To live is to steal away the First-Property from others - this is God's inescapable way. So be it. But men seem too often to indulge in gratuitous theft beyond that which is required for their own lives, and yet we praise ourselves. How amusing. Were the deer and chickens and cockroaches, etc., able and of a mind to make a coordinated stand against us, we would soon see just how "special" we really were in the relevant sense. It is the superiority of our instrumentality that separates us in some very narrow sense from the non-human rest, and oftentimes from each other as well. I see no basis for praise of the race of man simply because they are men, nor because they possess the raw capabilities unique to them. It is a lousy and most often blood-soaked lie that whispers to us how "special" we are.
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    05-26-2017, 01:21 PM
    More, this time the M1 Garand.
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    05-26-2017, 01:09 PM
    Zen harmony of the universe... This guy is great, as is his explanation of the development of modern assault tactics by the Germans during and after the Great War. Art seems very well versed in weapons and tactics and his style is clear and informative.
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    05-26-2017, 11:39 AM
    CaptUSA replied to a thread NHL 2017 Playoffs in Open Discussion
    Wow. Last night's double OT game 7 was one for the ages!! Pens vs. Preds. I'll take the Pens in 6. They're beat up and tired, but I think the repeat is in the cards.
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    05-26-2017, 09:24 AM
    So then it would seem there is no real basis for elevating man for praise above other life.
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    05-24-2017, 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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  • osan's Avatar
    05-24-2017, 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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    05-24-2017, 10:27 AM
    Not a child's answer, osan- just a simple definition of what is going on. And, it's Ron Paul's answer from the onset of 911. Here's an interesting article on the bomber from the Ron Paul Institute: http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2017/may/24/manchester-bomber-was-product-of-wests-libyasyria-intervention/
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  • osan's Avatar
    05-24-2017, 06:23 AM
    The most likely case, yes.
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    05-24-2017, 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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    05-24-2017, 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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    05-24-2017, 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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    05-24-2017, 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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    05-24-2017, 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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    05-24-2017, 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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    05-24-2017, 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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    05-24-2017, 04:54 AM
    You say that as if it's a bad thing...
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