• Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 04:31 AM
    And furthermore, with respect to my characterization of my comment in post #56 as being a "throwaway bit of snark", there's the fact that something being a "throwaway bit of snark" is not incompatible with that thing expressing something that is believed or believable. As I understand and use the term, "snark" is just wisecracking that is often ironic or sarcastic in nature. This does not in any way require that the substance underlying the form of the expression cannot be credible. And as for it being "throwaway", that was just a reference to the fact that my comment was a brief "one-liner" that had been made in passing without much if any elaboration.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 01:51 AM
    Anyone feeling crushed with empathy yet ... ?
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 12:35 AM
    *sigh* There is no single "it" here. You are conflating two distinct statements - one of which was made by you, not me ... In response to your criticism of me for "fixing" AF's statement, I characterized the statement I made in post #56 as a "throwaway bit of snark". The statement I said in post #60 that I believed is NOT the one I made in post #56. It is the one YOU composed and asked me about (prior to you presumptuously telling me that I didn't "really" believe it). If that is what you actually think (and unlike you, I will not presume to tell you that it is not), then you are simply wrong. I believe that the "trigger issue" in this story involves much more than just politics. You are free to disagree - but once again, please do not lecture me about what you presume to declare I "really" believe about the matter, despite that I have explicitly said otherwise. I have politely asked this of you twice now. I will not be polite if there is a third time.
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:41 PM
    VIDEO AT LINK, I cant embed it... https://www.rt.com/shows/keiser-report/449176-america-middle-class-banking/ Just because the source is RT doesnt mean the information is wrong. The greatest enemy of Tyranny is TRUTH. If you wanted to cause an uprising in the USSR, would you utter Propaganda, or would you use a more effective weapon, like telling them the TRUTH, the Suppressed Truth their own Tyranny would do everything in their power to avoid letting knowing. Please evaluate fairly. Im only 5 minutes in, and seems to be decent so far.
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  • DamianTV's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:21 PM
    If a person had the power to "just give themselves a raise", how many do you think would do that? Now, if you could give yourself a raise, but, it came at the expense of taking money from one friend, how many do you think would do that? If you have a financial incentive to know what someone else is eating for dinner, then wouldnt you actually want to see that crusty chicken pic? Put two and two together. They want to know what you eat so they can charge you more. Their richness comes directly at your expense.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:18 PM
    Apparently, one good thing about still being in Syria is that we can always be "still leaving Syria" ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:58 PM
    Believe as you will. Please return the courtesy by not presuming to tell me what I believe. Lighten up, Che. You are way over-analyzing a throwaway bit of snark. But since you went there ... Your assertion that "You can factor out just about everything in that scenario but the stupid MAGA hat and that crowd would treat him the same way" is some kind of evidence that this incident was not about race or gender constitutes a fallacy of denying the antecedent. Even if it is the case that the MAGA hat alone could have been sufficient to have caused the reaction, it does not follow that only the MAGA hat could have caused it (i.e., that it could only be "because of politics not race or gender").
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:29 PM
    Yes, I do. Especially since Bernie and his "Bros" are in the process of becoming personae non grata on the left ... You need to add the word "more" to the end of that sentence. The mavens of perpetual, spluttering outrage braying about this incident don't need Trump or his supporters to get their blood boiling about it. The Trump angle just lowers the boiling point ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:15 PM
    Politicians not following through on what they said they wanted when they finally have a chance to get it? Ain't no new news here ... Republicans routinely say they want fiscal constraint - except when they're actually in a position to exercise it. How is this really any different?
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:00 PM
    Aaaaaannnnnnnnnnndd thisgoeshere ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:42 PM
    Fixed. (I would also strike "young", but "kid" was specified in the question, so ...)
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:23 PM
    Did anyone see this coming, thought Christie was part of DTS/MAGA team and a friend: https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/17/politics/trump-kushner-chris-christie/index.html
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:04 PM
    The evangelicals' warning to Trump US evangelicals push back against Trump's Syria pullout plan. NPR, 17/01/19 23:40 Reuters US evangelicals, generally supportive of President Donald Trump, are breaking sharply with him over his planned Syria pullout, saying the move will leave Syrian Christians vulnerable to attack. Among the groups criticizing Trump's Syria plan is the Family Research Council, a conservative evangelical organization with a mission of advancing "faith, family, and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview." In the past, the group has actively supported Christians overseas who face persecution. In a statement on its website, two senior officials of the organization wrote that a withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria could put Syrian Christians "in mortal danger" and deal "an incalculable blow ... to our reputation as a supporter of religious freedom worldwide."
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    Yesterday, 01:54 PM
    Ocasio-Cortez Delivers A Message: Should We Care? Before you answer, keep in mind that it doesn't actually count as "caring" unless Ocasio-Cortez and the government are the ones doing it. If we object to state-enforced "caring", then obviously, we do not really "care" at all ... Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain. -- Frédéric Bastiat
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:44 PM
    Thank you all for your enlightening views. I have also wondered how many of Bush supporters/neocons/'fooled me once' are in MAGA camp, probably a pretty large part. Informative analysis.
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:15 PM
    Could be a connection to this and not just response to attack on Somali forces? American, Brit, Aussie among 21 killed in Dusit terror attack; Israel embassy move link claim
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:12 PM
    Reportedly some GOP base/conservatives are angry going by MSM reporting. Drudge headlines tone is starting to look similar to that of Breitbart / Coulter blog.
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  • enhanced_deficit's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:02 PM
    http://www.newstribune.com/news/national/story/2019/jan/20/trump-celebrates-new-citizens-in-oval-office-ceremony/761979/
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:45 PM
    Depends on what you mean by "come down". If by "come down" you mean "talk more talk" (or "tweet more tweets"), then he may indeed "come down" on the side of withdrawing from Syria. (Hell, he's already done that, more than once.) But if by "come down" you mean "actually doing something besides talking (or tweeting)", then I am skeptical that he will "come down" on the side of withdrawing from Syria.
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    Yesterday, 08:25 AM
    I think I am entitled to be left the fuck alone, as enumerated in the Bill of Rights. My Rights, both against govt and corporations do not come from govt, they exist because I exist. They are parasites, and can not survive without sucking the life blood of as many people as possible, people that they do NOT ask permission to suck their blood.
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    Yesterday, 12:36 AM
    Won't be surpsrised if turned ot to be fakenews/semi-fakenews. On a side note, the youngsters gathering filmed here probably won't bget play at NBC or MSM TV channels... almost no diversity like a recent Canadian TV show I watched where all characters were white. Never seen anything like that on any US TV shows.
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