• Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 08:01 PM
    :confused: There isn't one. Words (or checkmarks) on pieces of paper are never going to give us more liberty (let alone "equality" or "fairness," whatever those are supposed to mean).
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 07:02 PM
    Yes, we should. And among many, many other things, we should also prevent spying on US citizens without showing cause. But adding more words to a piece of paper that the government already ignores at its convenience isn't going to accomplish any of those things. Even worse, given the current social and political climate, it is all but certain that any new words involving pleasant-sounding "equal rights" and "no discrimination" rhetoric will be employed as a justification for granting special privileges to (some) people over others rather than as restrictions upon the same government charged with enforcing those restrictions ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 06:27 PM
    If by "falling for it" you mean "finding an excuse for making a bunch of new laws and rules and regulations and such like in order to justify their continued existence," then ... well ... yeah ... sooner or later, they will "fall for it" (if they haven't already). 'Coz lawmakers gonna make laws. It's what they do. (And "Republican" or "Democrat" ain't got nothin' to do with it - that's all just a matter of whose oxen get gored and whose cronies get stoked ...)
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 06:04 PM
    Tax reductions/deductions are not subsidies. Taking less of what already belongs to someone is not the same as giving them something that does not already belong to them (or to the giver, for that matter). By this "logic," anything other than a tax rate of 100% (without deductions of any kind) is a "subsidy" ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 05:13 PM
    Comrade Bernie nods his head with enthusiastic approval ... Also, I have a kitten that looks just like little Fidel (though it's several months older). He didn't have a name, though. Now he does.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 04:08 PM
    You're not nearly as good as juleswin at telling other people what they "really" think or mean, despite anything they've actually said. *plonk* It isn't. It's a terrible idea. Amash ought to know better. And the more vague and unspecified the details, the more he ought to know it.
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  • TheTexan's Avatar
    Today, 04:02 PM
    What would make you think that? That's ridiculous. He's a democrat.
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  • TheTexan's Avatar
    Today, 03:02 PM
    Damn right :up: The 2nd amendment guarantees the right to own a moderately powered hunting rifle, with an appropriately sized magazine :up:
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  • fisharmor's Avatar
    Today, 02:08 PM
    And porn isn't an actual push to get boys to have sex with buxom women either. I think we'll just leave this at an agreement that you aren't able to follow how 6 years of glamorizing military life might condition teenagers into thinking it's the way to go. Sorry, I forgot you probably still unironically watch national news. Try doing without for a few years, and then watch a couple segments. Then get back to me. But we aren't talking about a day camp activity for special ed kids. We're talking about a required badge for Scouting's highest award. When I took another Eagle-requried merit badge - Lifesaving - at age 13, weighing 110 lbs, I had to dive down into 12 feet of muddy lake water, sift through 2 feet of weeds in the dark, find a concrete block, and bring it up to the surface.
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  • Todd's Avatar
    Today, 02:02 PM
    Sorry. I didn't hear anything disturbing. She may be ignorant and equate Rich with entitled but the facts are there is a quasi Oligarchical Kleptocracy in this country that oppresses using people with power and oh yes....lots of money sure helps you control more. Yeah it's class and racial tactics but there has always been some truth about class division. I just disagree with her that we need more government to achieve equality under the law.
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  • Todd's Avatar
    Today, 01:50 PM
    Now Assange, and Snowden. The really important people. Then I'll start to believe this guy is interested in freedom even if he doesn't completely understand it.
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  • Todd's Avatar
    Today, 01:41 PM
    Todd replied to a thread Stop the Pink Tax! in Economy & Markets
    Yep, I always thought it was a supply demand thing. Women want more pretty stuff clothes and shoes, so it's gonna cost more.
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  • fisharmor's Avatar
    Today, 10:51 AM
    Please pardon any indelicacy in my explaining this as it's also directed at Matt. To offer an example from my past, which is admittedly the worst example I can remember, there was an outing where a prayer service was led by an adult leader of unknown credentials where I was given communion. If you don't know, the official reaction a church body might have to this ranges from yawns, to abject horror. And the horror is subjective too: There are nominally Christian groups that are horrified at the mere concept of taking communion, and then there are groups that would respond to this by excommunicating the boy for taking part in it until he receives the remedial education on the subject necessary to be able to discern why it wasn't ok to participate. But this has always been the semi-official stance of BSA, which Matt was happy to reinforce: as long as you're a yawner, you're going to get along fine. If you're not, and if your church body teaches things like how you really can't stand in a circle and recite a prayer to a nebulous "great master of all scouts" alongside Buddhists and Muslims and expect it to be ok, or if you believe that you can't swear in the official Scout Oath to "do your duty to God" without getting into theologically unsound territory, then the answer from BSA - at least unofficially - is the same as Matt's comment about atheists - they just don't belong. Unlike atheists and homosexuals, conservatively Christian boys have been kept out of the organization by parents who don't lack the aforementioned discernment, so it hasn't been a national issue.
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  • PAF's Avatar
    Today, 10:40 AM
    Written by Ron Paul - February 17, 2020 Listening to the howls from Democrats and the applause from Republicans, one would think President Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2021 budget is a radical assault on the welfare state. The truth is the budget contains some minor spending cuts, most of which are not even real cuts. Instead they are reductions in the “projected rate of growth.” This is equivalent of saying you are sticking to your diet because you ate five chocolate chip cookies when you wanted to eat ten. President Trump’s plan reduces the Education Department’s budget by nearly eight percent, leaving the department with “only” 66.6 billion dollars. Cuts to other departments are similarly small, while reductions in entitlement spending consist mostly of reforms that will not affect most of those dependent on these programs. President Trump deserves credit for proposing an 11.6 billion dollars cut in funding for the Department of State and the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Foreign aid does little to help impoverished people overseas. Instead, it benefits foreign government officials willing to do the US government’s bidding. The State Department and USAID are extensively involved in US intervention abroad, including efforts to overthrow governments. President Trump’s budget proposes a number of increases in spending. For example, his budget spends around 900 million additional dollars on vocational education. It also includes additional spending on items including infrastructure and childcare.
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  • TheTexan's Avatar
    Today, 09:49 AM
    Best feeling ever!! :up: +rep I really needed this today, I was starting to think RPF had lost its way
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  • Todd's Avatar
    Today, 09:17 AM
    Related. Sure hope this thing goes mainstream and stirs people up. https://consortiumnews.com/2020/02/17/doctors-for-assange-ratchet-up-pressure/
    17 replies | 364 view(s)
  • Todd's Avatar
    Today, 08:49 AM
    https://consortiumnews.com/2020/02/17/part-four-of-ukrainegate-inconvenient-facts/ Part IV completed. Does it matter? Cause Biden is most likely done anyhow.
    4 replies | 184 view(s)
  • Todd's Avatar
    Today, 08:23 AM
    Here's a good article by Chris Hedges about how badly the DNC elites don't want Bernie. We all can't stand the Progressive left anymore than we can stand the DNC, but the comparisons to our 2008 Libertarian grassroots Ron Paul base and Bernie's are very similar. People on the real left in this country see the DNC and most Democrats as too far right...if you can believe that.
    6 replies | 110 view(s)
  • Todd's Avatar
    Today, 08:07 AM
    I think Bloomtard is the silver bullet. It really should concern Bernie lovers what shenanigans are getting ready to happen with this guy. I could seriously see him getting the nomination.
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  • TheTexan's Avatar
    Today, 03:09 AM
    I've been saying it for years, voting makes you more attractive and more successful :up:
    6 replies | 156 view(s)
  • tfurrh's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:53 PM
    Is that that new Kanye opera?
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:51 PM
    You did. I told you why I don't think it matters "what he's backing." But instead of actually addressing what I said, you accuse me of having some kind of "agenda." Given the social and political climate in America today, if you or Amash really imagine that anything at all good (let alone liberty-enhancing) is going to come from any sort of so-called "Equal Rights" amendment, then I honestly don't know what to tell you. Best case scenario: any such amendment will simply be ignored or evaded (just like all the other nice-sounding amendments we already have). I don't even want to think about the worst case scenario ...
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  • axiomata's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:21 PM
    Thats why I make my kids sleep in a Faraday cage.
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  • Anti Federalist's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:05 PM
    Can't run dogs in NJ for hunting IIRC. They can only be used for retrieving and pointing.
    7 replies | 162 view(s)
  • Anti Federalist's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:51 PM
    Whoa...burn. Sounds like Sheldon Cooper just pwnd Trump. :rolleyes:
    16 replies | 367 view(s)
  • TheTexan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:41 PM
    Free healthcare or war with NK, hard to choose both are pretty good
    7 replies | 140 view(s)
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