• brushfire's Avatar
    Today, 04:11 PM
    Seems you came to the same conclusion, albeit in 15 minutes less time. The topic was a minor formality that went out the window the second the moderator stepped off the podium.
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  • brushfire's Avatar
    Today, 09:20 AM
    Gave it 60 minutes... I found it strange that someone's first argument for immigration as a human right is to speak to productivity and economic benefits. Not much time was spent on speaking to the cultural/value/property rights aspect beyond the idea that one who wishes to host an immigrant, should be able to do so at their own accord (no real argument there) To me though, this argument of "immigration as a human right" is absurd - I think its more appropriate to be an argument of simple property rights. I would not object to someone having a non-citizen on their property, but the lawful citizen or business who is sponsoring the non-citizen would be responsible for all education, healthcare, legal liabilities, etc. I would liken such a scenario as someone with minor status, and their parent/guardian being responsible for them, but without any kind of government welfare whatsoever. The claim that a government who can expel its own citizens if it can reject immigrants is a red herring. Natural born citizens may not have chosen to be a citizen, but they also did not choose their parents, or even life for that matter. What they can choose, once they reach the age of majority, is to leave the country to pursue citizenship elsewhere. A government is supposed to serve its citizens, and observe individual rights - it does not have the right to expel citizens, which is one of the reasons for immigration laws/policy to begin with. Its easily debatable that this is not how our government works today, but the mob rule that would rise from anarchy would be just as debatable in my opinion. Lastly, I believe that one must look closely at the topic. It seems the arguments for open immigration either support absolute global anarchy, or absolute global government (through explicit global governance, or via the guise of unions). These two scenarios are border-less, and would probably accommodate open immigration, but I have a personal concern that both scenarios would create all sorts of other complicated issues. In other words, we exchange 1 complex problem for a whole bunch more, with the net effect being a much worse situation overall.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 04:18 AM
    More like "I am apt to lose re-election if I keep this shit up" is winning. But it remains to be seen if it is still winning months from now - or weeks from now - or even just days from now. And if he does make it past the 2020 election, all bets are off ... Of course he's considered it: "take the guns first," bump stocks, opposing court challenges to accessory regulations, "red flag" laws, etc. Only the most ridiculously grotesque of Trumpsplanations can even begin to attempt to account for those things while simultaneously trying to maintain that Trump is not a liability to gun rights (let alone that he is a defender of them).
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 02:55 AM
    And one year later (almost to the day): Trump Requests Permanent Reauthorization of NSA Mass Spying Program
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 02:07 AM
    LOL. So let's see what we've got here ... 1. An unidentified "senior U.S. administration official" 2. An unnamed "intermediary" 3. An anonymous "aide" 4. An anonymous "person" And not a single named or verifiable source. Yeah, okay ... (in some circles, this is alleged to be "journalism" - but it might as well be fiction, for all the difference I can see ...)
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 01:11 AM
    And again, one could say exactly the same thing about Trump vis-à-vis Red Flag laws - i.e., it is far from being the only troubling thing about him (though fortunately, this is much more the case for Trump than it is for Rand). Likewise, just the threat of Red Flag laws cedes leverage on the "Overton Window" to the gun grabbers ... Indeed, Trump himself, with his various appointments (such as Bolton, to name but one), has given the "Neocons and deepstate" far more aid and comfort than Amash could ever hope to do, even if that was Amash's conscious and deliberate intent (which I do not for a moment believe is the case). On this, we will simply have to disagree. Trump is not and never was going to be impeached.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 12:08 AM
    One could say exactly the same thing about Justin Amash and impeachment (which is far less likely than Red Flag laws to go anywhere).
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:47 PM
    :confused: What does that have to do with anything I said? :confused::confused::confused:
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:27 PM
    Yes, I would. Because words have meanings. I might disagree with him and criticize him harshly for saying it, but I would not accuse him of interventionism on that basis unless he actually intervened or advocated for intervention. Amash has done neither of those things in this instance. As for your parenthetical concerning "vague threats" - I am not seeing any threats (vague or otherwise) in Amash's remark. He said, "Israel should do X, and U.S. relations with Israel will be harmed it they don't." To continue my spinach analogy, this is no more a threat than saying "You should eat your spinach, because you won't grow up strong if you don't." But even if one insists on choosing to interpret that statement as a "threat" nonetheless, it is still not any kind of "interventionist" threat.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:06 PM
    Quelle horreur! :blank: That was entirely uncalled for. Neg-rep.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:50 PM
    Telling someone, "You should eat your spinach" is not interventionism. I'm not seeing how what he said is really any different, regardless of whether one likes or agrees with it.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:56 PM
    :confused: In what way does any of that rebut. refute or counter my claims that: (1) the Soviet republics seceded/separated from the USSR and lived to tell about it (which is exactly what happened, however one pleases to characterize it), and (2) the Soviet Union's weapons weren't any smaller than the U.S. federal government's are ... ?
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:49 PM
    I don't really care whether it's a lie or not. I am not a Constitutionalist. Even granting his claim arguendo, his statement is still irrelevant. (That was the point of my sarcastic fake Jefferson quote.)
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:37 PM
    So ... ... you're saying that if it hadn't been for knife-violence, you wouldn't have discovered something you love doing ... ... and now you want to deprive others of the same opportunity ... ? :confused::confused::confused:
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:17 PM
    Well, then, so much the worse for the Constitution. "Sorry, everybody! False alarm. The Declaration of Independence has been rejected by His Majesty's Government. Move along, now! There's nothing to do here ..."-- Thomas Jefferson, 1776 :rolleyes::rolleyes: You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to phill4paul again.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:15 PM
    The Usurpation of 1865 was just the completion of the Usurpation of 1787 ... (a thing that should be kept in mind for whatever comes after the status quo ...)
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:15 PM
    Easy, peasy, booby-squeezy: Georgia cop tries to blackmail meth head for sex It didn't work in that case - but who would bet against there being plenty of times it does work that we'll never know about ... ?
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  • brushfire's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:56 PM
    As am I - had first seen him in the "Food Inc" documentary, and then later on several homesteading channels. I'm definitely a big fan - what an innovator. Off to check out that Rogan interview!
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:19 PM
    to-may-to, to-mah-to I didn't say anything that "could be reasonably taken to imply" that the DSAers are "tough," either. But as the saying goes: "You find what you look for."
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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:46 PM
    This place really has gone down the toilet, huh?
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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:04 PM
    I'd really like to hear Trump supporters explain the OP.
    40 replies | 1122 view(s)
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