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    Today, 09:03 AM
    Exactly. Although, it is an "us against them" issue. It's just that the "us" is the citizenry and the "them" is the State.
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    Today, 09:01 AM
    Ah, if that's all it was, I'd be with you. But that's not what's going on here. Now it's, "Don't give powerful people a reason to use you as a distraction to get people pissed at you." I'm all for the market dictating things. But I much prefer a natural process. I certainly don't like government putting a finger on the scale, but I also don't like the powerful using the media to put a finger on the scale.
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    Today, 08:27 AM
    Lol - I just think it's funny how easily the public is manipulated. Free market forces at work?? Yeah, maybe. But the people who are making these individual decisions have absolutely zero idea about how they're being used. I like the game of football and enjoy watching it. If you don't, then don't watch. But to alter your behavior because someone is raising the temperature to frighten all the snowflakes??? Come on. I've said it before that if I were to boycott everything that offended me in some way, I'd never go outside the house! I'm offended by the state. I'm offended by the companies that the state uses to do their bidding. I'm offended by companies that use the government to do their bidding. That is the real offense. Watch, don't watch. I don't care. But don't think you've claimed any sort of moral superiority - you've just signaled yourself as a tool. Same thing for standing. Stand up, sit down, roll around on the ground, do the worm... I don't care. Just make good plays. And criminal records?? Can we start with Congress, please? If the players are convicted of a crime, they should do the time. If they're still able to play afterwards, great! But it's wealth and fame that gets these people off - which is much larger than football. If you're really outraged by wealthy celebrities not facing justice, you need to boycott Sports, Hollywood, Television, Politics, and nearly all corporations, too. Don't be so easily cajoled.
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    Today, 12:50 AM
    Here's the link on NFL criminal stats: http://nflarrest.com/ I'm not a football fan but I do not understand why some Liberty Lovers are so quick to condemn peaceful protestors and incensed because these guys make big money. These guys are not Antifa- they are not causing riots or deaths. And here we've got a president who is knocking them on twitter and saying they are baaaad because they don't worship the flag; he is breaking successful businesses because of his ego, instead of letting business and the public make their own decisions.
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    Yesterday, 04:37 PM
    MY POV: This is all bullshit. No one should have to pray to the state; the National Anthem should never have been made the opening of ANY game or public gathering- it is nothing but state worship. https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/10/butler-shaffer/whats-worth-standing-for/ Maybe Mr. MAGA President should just keep his ugly mouth shut?
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    10-21-2017, 06:29 AM
    I'd rep ya again, if I could. ;)
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    10-20-2017, 01:37 PM
    Again, what group are you talking about?! The left neocons? The right neocons? The Trumpian neocons?? Even within those factions of neoconnery, you will have much disagreement on tactics. But, if you look at it more broadly, they all have the same goals. Grow and exert power.
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    10-20-2017, 01:32 PM
    The first Amendment was written when people had to publish hand-written pamphlets if they couldn't afford their own printing press. They certainly didn't have the internet in mind!!
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    10-20-2017, 01:13 PM
    What you and Dannno are missing is the second piece of that definition. Just because you use the collective term "neocon" does NOT mean that they are in lockstep with each other. You are ascribing your understanding of the group to each of the individuals in that group. John McCain is a neocon. Obama is a neocon. GWB is a neocon. And yet, they all argue amongst themselves incessantly. How can that be if they are all neocons?!! Like I stated before, what unites these men is not any particular use or implementation of that power, it's that they want to control the world. It's a chess game to them. They're all playing on different teams, but they're all playing the game. Trump is doing the same damned thing - just another neocon. But what's been happening with dannno, is that he sees some neocons attacking Trump and assumes that he must not be one. He is, of course, just playing the chess game in the way he wants to play it. So when you put the emphasis on the individuals within that group, you'll see that their aims are almost identical: Gain as much power as possible and use it as "I" see fit. It's only when you focus on the group over the individuals that you make the mistake of believing they all want to make the exact same moves.
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    10-20-2017, 01:02 PM
    Ok, you're getting better... But if you really listened to what he "SAID" and not just what you wanted to hear, you would have noticed that everything he SAID was contradicted by other things he said. He called for less intervention, but then also said he was going to go after ISIS no matter where they were. He said he wanted us out of the ME, but also said he wanted to get involved MORE. But some of you got all excited when he said things you liked and dismissed the things you didn't like. So now, when you think he isn't "walking his talk", it's because you only listened to what you wanted to hear.
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    10-20-2017, 11:21 AM
    Wasn't that the quid pro quo from the beginning?! I mean, that's what Trump elected and that's what got the media their huge ratings! Why look a gift horse in the mouth? Or a cash cow, as the case may be.
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    10-20-2017, 11:02 AM
    It's easy to agree with 1/2 of what Trump says. "A lot of the speech actually spoke to me, there", too! Thomas is smart to focus on the 1/2 where he aligns. It's just that the other 1/2 of the things he says (and does, btw) are completely opposite. Thomas is being magnanimous by not calling BS, but I don't have to be.
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    10-20-2017, 10:56 AM
    @2:08... He starts talking about the real problem... SPENDING! And how people in his own party don't want to cut spending in any manner. (I can't get a Republican to sign on)
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    10-20-2017, 10:51 AM
    :rolleyes: Nice try, dannno. :rolleyes: You should really watch that video. I think you missed the point.
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    10-20-2017, 07:08 AM
    BS. Trump NEVER even talked about it. Sure, he may have indicated (for political purposes) that we should intervene less in SOME places, but at the same time he was talking about intervention and tougher sanctions in other places! Hell, sometimes he'd say the same things in reverse in the same week! There were never any guiding principles he followed other than agreeing with whatever audience was in front of him. But I suppose this is more of that selective-Trump-hearing to which you guys cling. :rolleyes: Only hearing what you want to believe he is saying. For the rest of us, he's pretty much behaving exactly as expected. You definitely want to be the last person to talk to Trump before he does something!
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    10-20-2017, 01:33 AM
    http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/october/19/killing-for-peace-more-civilian-deaths-now-than-under-obama/
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    10-19-2017, 05:31 PM
    This collectivism of yours is really going to keep you confused. People are not groups. They are individuals. Each of them have individual desires. As a group, what you consider to be "establishment" are really just a bunch of individuals who jockey for position to use the power acquired over the populace for their own benefit. Their main concern is how to use the power for their own wishes and how to grow that power. So, if you think of things in those terms, Trump is "beholden" to the same "group" as the rest of the establishment. But I guess you're talking about left/right??? Does that even matter to you?
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    10-19-2017, 04:42 PM
    Precisely! Usually, it’s whoever is the last person in the room with him that convinces him which policy will do that.
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    10-19-2017, 01:14 PM
    EITC is a form of a UBI, (so this isn't really a "first"), but they never use it as a replacement - only as an addendum. Which is just stupid and pointless.
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    10-19-2017, 01:12 PM
    Because that's what they do. Lefties complained about Bush... but did the same thing. Righties complained about Obama... But they do the same thing. They both complain about Trump... But he's doing the same things! Dammit, dannno, we've been over this. The "establishment" fight amongst themselves about EVERYTHING! They all want the ring of power. But they all want to make the ring more powerful, too! That's what unites them. Here's a simple test... Are any of them talking about "not" intervening with force or sanctions?! Or are they just arguing about which force and which sanctions to use in which places??? They all want to govern the world - they just have different ways of using the power. But NONE of them ever thinks about giving the power up.
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    10-19-2017, 10:46 AM
    Who said what now?? :confused: I was commenting on your post - not Bush policies. (the video wasn't posted when I replied) You seemed to suggest that neoconservatism wasn't rampant in the current administration. And that globalism is a bad thing, without making the distinction between global trade and global governance. GWB is an idiot! But that doesn't make the current direction of this country any LESS idiotic!
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    10-19-2017, 09:51 AM
    I can support a UBI. But ONLY as a replacement for ALL other forms of welfare.
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    10-19-2017, 09:49 AM
    Last gasps?! Are you serious? Neoconservatism is alive, well, and thriving! North Korea?? Iran?? Syria?? Yemen??? I mean, is there a place where we are NOT intervening either by force or sanction?! Is there a place where we have fewer sanctions or less force? I really think you guys need to get your heads back in the game. Remember, global trade is a good thing - it's global governance that is the problem. Trade globally, govern locally.
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    10-19-2017, 07:59 AM
    Dude- would you really be lying & playing the politics game if your son or wife just died? The Congresswoman- very possible- but the family?
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