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    04-23-2018, 04:12 PM
    I don't think I've ever seen a thread where I find absolutely nothing to disagree with. Until now.
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    04-18-2018, 08:52 AM
    Okay thanks for being honest about the level of acumen we are dealimg with. For the record, for the last decade or so, when one quotes someone else, changes what was written, and adds "FTFY", that is short for " fixed that for you". The implication is that you had your concept mostly right and that I have made the changes necessary for it to be completely correct. There is a bit of a context shift in the rest of my post from the populism you espouse to the federalism the founders intended. I think they were wise enough to recognize that the compact as written would encourage sovereign states to protect the ideas in the constitution. But as soon as the states took real issue with the federal govt ignoring the compact (in 1861), the feds started a war that killed more Americans than any other, and then about 50 years later the constitution was amended to make state protection of the compact impossible (via yhe 17th amenfment). Thus the original idea is dead. Look, I appreciate how you seem to like liberty and all, but I just realized that even though I'm trying to break this down, I may still be moving too fast. So here is a basic idea: A significant portion of the liberty movement moved on from where you are a long time ago. We aren't going back to where you are. If you want to know more, ask questions.
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    04-17-2018, 02:36 PM
    FTFY Like it or not, the parliamentary bits are all that anyone working for the federal government cares about. And like it or not, one of those parliamentary bits, the 17th amendment, has to get trashed before we have a prayer of having a government that respects the rest of it. People have more or less direct access to their state representatives. State representatives are supposed to elect US senators. Senators are who chooses SCOTUS justices. With the 17th in place we cannot exert any control over what is and is not considered constitutional. We literally have to trash part of the constitution to save the rest.
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    04-17-2018, 02:30 PM
    I have a lot more respect for 737s now. I still don't have any fond memories of flying on one, but they're apparently pretty tough.
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    04-17-2018, 12:47 PM
    The Constitution is dead letter. If any part of it survives, it is because there is a dedicated group of people devoted to teaching the core concept (or a pale shadow of it). Gun rights aren't defended by the constitution: they're defended by the tireless minority who understand them and teach others about them Free speech isn't defended by the constitution: it's defended by pornographers more than anyone else. Jury trial isn't defended by the constitution: it's defended by the efforts to educate about jury nullification. There was this guy named Ron Paul who wrote that laws don't dictate what we do in society: society first believes something and then crafts laws to protect it.
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    04-17-2018, 10:50 AM
    I've never been to Cally, and God willing, I never will... but classic, actual, non-SJW-witchhunter racism is very much alive and well in the North, just like it always has been. That very much includes Philadelphia.
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    04-12-2018, 06:56 PM
    God forbid you lecture anyone about the vaccinations we have good reason to believe are behind the allergies. It's a good thing I mostly shop at places where white people don't. If the other patrons even speak English our conversations tend to start with "Excuse me, miss, I have no idea what to do with a malanga root. Do you?"
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    04-11-2018, 02:05 PM
    Go to any black person, at random, and ask the following: "If we had a court system that had fewer laws but you knew black people had equal access to justice, would you support that idea?" Or maybe "Would you give up affirmative action programs in exchange for a legal system that never targeted black people, trapped them in the system, and forced them to comply with ridiculous courses and fees?" Does anyone doubt what answer we'd get? I'm not talking about the rabble-rousing chair of the African studies department at your local community college: I'm talking about the 27 year old college dropout with dreds who is working at Jiffy Lube. You know, the guy that African Studies professor claims to speak for.
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    04-11-2018, 11:47 AM
    Oh, but we can. It just depends on how you define "libertarian", and how you phrase the question we're supposed to be agreeing on. Libertarians as I understand them, those interested in maximizing liberty in our lives, phrase the fundamental question in this way: "For what reasons am I willing to take responsibility for ending the life of my neighbor?" I don't think anyone should be surprised that a lot of people calling themselves libertarian would immediately and without much consideration, categorically reject the idea of taking responsibility for ending the lives of people who refuse to finance the forcible ejection of nonviolent, unconvicted, and even unaccused people from a particular geographical area. That is but one example. Here's another.
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    04-10-2018, 12:33 PM
    I'm actually with euphemia on this - the small terriers are way more dangerous than big dogs. Particularly to kids. I've never seen a big dog take a lighswitch, completely unexpected negative reaction to something - and when they do have a negative reaction I've never seen them not take immediate disciplinary action. FFS, I've done that with an 85% wolf hybrid before, and I was drunk to boot - I told him no, knocked him down, put my hand on his throat, and that was the end of that discussion, forever. The little terriers get something in their heads and go ape shit, and no amount of correction is going to stop them. If they're not on a leash then someone is getting bitten trying to get that fucker under control. If you can even call it under control... it's more like throwing the demon in a closet or somewhere he can take five minutes and calm the hell down. Great learning moment. :rolleyes: I just thank my lucky stars that the neighbor's miniature schnauzer only managed to bite my 3yo daughter's leg once when it went psychotic for no goddamned reason, and didn't manage to get through the denim: unlike mine, her young lesson in fuck-a-bunch-of-dogs didn't break skin. But all of that is beside the point. I'm sure the HOA ban targeting large dogs had nothing more behind it than a desire to keep large poops out of the neighborhood.
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    04-10-2018, 12:16 PM
    My apricot blossoms got killed by a late frost for the third year in a row. My almond is doing fantastic though... everyone keeps asking what kind of ornamental cherry it is. Last two years the winters were mild enough that we got good fig harvests. Last summer I almost got sick of fresh figs. Almost. This is all on a 1/4 acre lot in a neighborhood in zone 7. I wish I remember what kind of fig it is... it's a cold hardy variety. I may plant more trees as it's one of the things the deer don't decimate the second it starts to grow.
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    04-09-2018, 08:03 AM
    We've been promising the kids they get 7 whole days of no church. With a metropolitan for a rector, your scheduled services for Holy Week get cranked up a notch. Vladyka was careful to point out that it still wasn't close to all the services. I was there every night from Monday through Saturday, and I missed one of the afternoon services early in the week, but the family went... and then I got to go to the 3pm on Friday. We skipped the 10am Saturday service to give the kids a break before Pascha liturgy, and also because we had to decorate cheese Paschas and make babkas, so we got to spend all day Saturday on our feet, anyway. A couple weeks ago a friend of ours who runs an organic farm put out an APB that he was missing his sales for the month, so we picked up a bunch of stuff for Pascha... and I have to say one of my new favorite things is chorizo. That was the first thing I ate after the blessing. And I really wish I had taken some for lunch today because now I want some.
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    04-06-2018, 11:29 AM
    It's obvious that it's a metaphor for cultural toxicity. Just like when the founders wrote "commerce among the states", they were obviously using "among" as a metaphor for "within", and how when they wrote "call forth the militia to repel invasions" they were obviously using a metaphor for "create an entire branch of the federal government to kick out people who cut grass at a substandard wage". I think within that context it's entirely unreasonable to expect someone to use the word "toxic" with its literal dictionary definition.
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    04-06-2018, 11:07 AM
    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
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    04-05-2018, 08:53 PM
    Not to mention, Detroit might not look like a Mad Max movie....
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    04-05-2018, 03:02 PM
    The problem with the Wagoneers has always been mileage. I'm not a mileage snob, either. I have always had a full size van, ever since I got my license. And that has always been my yard stick. The Wagoneer gets worse mileage than a full size van, and has about a third of the cargo capacity. If I'm getting under 20mpg as a rule, that vehicle has to be able to lay 4x8 sheet material flat, and preferably covered by the vehicle, not an aftermarket accessory or a tarp. I'm envious. Don't ever get rid of it. 17/25 mpg.
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    04-01-2018, 09:52 PM
    My Virginia registered vehicles have this option - the Great Seal of Virginia. Statist propaganda, sure, but if I'm gonna be forced to have one, and I have the option - for free - of putting John Wilkes Booth's famous words on my plate along with a picture of tyranny being gigged like a frog... I mean why would any liberty lover NOT do that?
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    04-01-2018, 09:49 PM
    Oh... I think you should hold off on the cobras, maybe. I didn't really either, but man, Jack Sikorsky looked like the elephant man for a whole week. I mean, the whole point is for you to learn from your snake experience, I know, but I couldn't help but learn from his experience that time.
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    04-01-2018, 09:43 PM
    It's actually a trade-off... they are slow to bite but they don't let go and so they inject more venom than any other viper. About 12 years ago there was a guy who got bitten by one and he spent three weeks getting back on his feet. We found out later he didn't believe in aerial toll houses, so that must have been why he got bitten.
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    04-01-2018, 09:31 PM
    Totally great snake handling day. My oldest graduated to a coral snake. My wife is immuno-suppressed so we had to stick with her Gaboon viper since they're so docile. I actually don't bring my own snake anymore. I help the teenage youth group, the younger ones that have recently graduated to vipers.
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    04-01-2018, 09:19 PM
    Well, I got my bar by posting what people found to be enlightening or nuanced ideas. I didn't get it by jerking myself off about some politics-as-usual byzantine power play that ultimately only served to end someone's career and didn't do anything meaningful to advance the cause of liberty. Your positive self-image might be your reward for playing politics, but it doesn't eliminate my property taxes. It doesn't repeal the National Firearms Act of 1934. It doesn't abolish compulsory state schooling. It doesn't reduce the stifling effects of intellectual property laws. It doesn't curtail the kidnapping efforts of erroneously named Child Protection Services. In short, that for which you have here demonstrated the age-old sin of good, old-fashioned pride, doesn't help me. Or anyone else. Now is the part where you argue some part of how I demonstrated you're not helping anyone's liberty, by attempting to convince me that the things I know - not believe, not think, but KNOW are true liberty, are actually not true liberty.
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    03-31-2018, 06:45 PM
    Also, I'm really, I mean genuinely, amused that anyone thinks the liberty movement has had jack shit to do with anything for the last five years. Rand killed it. I'm not saying he's not doing any good work. I'm saying he killed the movement.
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    03-31-2018, 06:43 PM
    Hey, ASOL, send me your email & such before you get banned. IIRC you live close by me and I'd like a way to stay in touch.
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    03-30-2018, 09:04 PM
    Watching protestants discuss such things reminds me of the occasions when I've heard housewives argue with their daughters about whether Matt Smith or David Tennant was a better Doctor. One of those situations where there's just too much to unpack, and I realize there's really not much point in trying.
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    03-30-2018, 07:47 PM
    Also, the Jewish calculation of Passover changed not long after Christianity started to spread, and it became possible for Passover to be celebrated in Winter. So the Churches decided early on that Passover is explicitly not to be respected when calculating when Easter will be.
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    03-30-2018, 02:39 PM
    Huh, is that what Stormy Daniels looks like? I mean, I thought mainstream porn stars were supposed to be attractive. She looks like a waitress at a redneck bar.
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    03-30-2018, 12:04 PM
    Buchanan can't have been gay. He's generally regarded by the academic elite as the worst president in history. If he was gay he would have been the best president in history, and then people would have to examine his correct, constitutional views on the matters he had to deal with. So even though he very probably was, it's never going to come up, not even during the next Democratic nomination process, which is kind of obligated at this point to pick a gay man.
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    03-30-2018, 11:50 AM
    No, AFAIK, St Reagan was the only president who even had one before now. I think the only other outliers of any sort were Washington, who married a widow, and Buchanan, who was a bachelor.
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    03-30-2018, 08:42 AM
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    Watching and taking notes.... now if anyone knows of a working Primewire-based add-on for Kodi that I can still find that would be great, too....
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