• Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 11:39 AM
    Gunny broke RPFs! :eek:
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 11:25 AM
    Is it just me, or is anyone else having problems with the buttons linking to posts in this thread? Every time I click the "Go to first new post" button, it takes me to the first page of the thread instead of the first new post. Every time I click any of the "View post" buttons in quote boxes, it does the same thing (instead of taking me to the quoted post). It only happens for the buttons to or in this thread. Maybe the Unicode characters in the thread title are borking things ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 08:52 AM
    Ain't that slick? "Would you like some nationalization with that?"
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  • Theocrat's Avatar
    Today, 07:34 AM
    Enhanced_deficit, are you a Trump supporter? If so, then can you explain Trump's strategy concerning the OP?
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 06:10 AM
    SMGDH ... do these bozos even pay any attention at all to the words that come out of their mouths ... ?
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 06:01 AM
    Speaking of which, at the bottom of the OP article, there is the following link: Read more Dying ALS patient delivers passionate Medicade-for-All speech The link is to an article published a few months ago titled "Ady Barkan: Dying ALS patient delivers passionate speech on first day of Medicare-for-All hearings" (with the tagline "Ady Barkan delivered his speech to Congess using a text-to-voice programme"). So that is what is being spread on our toast today - while Trump & Co. futz around with speculative happy-talk about "potential moves" and "second-term projects" ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 05:51 AM
    "The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday – but never jam today."
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:14 PM
    Imported predator. Diversity didn't work out so well for them.
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:45 PM
    Because they can run fast enough to avoid being caught?
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:26 PM
    The Soviet Union refused to acknowledge that serial killers were even possible under communism. According to them, serial killers could only exist in degenerate capitalist societies. As a result, Andrei Chikatilo was able to murder 52 women and children from 1978 to 1990. There's a pretty good HBO movie about it called Citizen X. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1FSDYiEq70
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:06 PM
    Oh come on, white is only a mindset.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:52 PM
    Certain responsibilities were not denied to the States. The States delegated certain responsibilities to the confederal government. That is not the same thing. And in any case, I have already pointed out (now for the third time) that the wholesale replacement of the confederal government was not necessary in order to deal with the repayment of war debts - let alone with the relatively more tractable issue of funding the confederal government's routine responsibilities as delegated to it by the several states. (And in this latter regard, if it ultimately turned out that they were not willing to do so ... well, then, so much the worse for the central government ... the states would simply have to resume those responsibilities for themselves ...) A State cannot insist on anything, only the individuals composing it can - and the individuals who composed the ratification conventions of the several states (many of whom were selected or assigned as delegates precisely because they already supported the Constitution) were assured that "of course" no such language was needed, because it was "obviously" implicit in the spirit of the document (not to mention explicit in the letter of the Declaration of Independence, which heavily informed all discussion on such matters at the time), and thus did not need repeating. (Similar logic was applied to soothe fears that nomenclature such as "the general welfare" might be abused, because any significant abuses as might be attempted were "obviously" not intended.) And none of that even begins to account for the fact that many of the individuals involved in deciding on ratification had strongly vested personal interests in the Constitution being ratified "as was" regardless of such concerns - not the least of whom was Robert Morris, one of the wealthiest men in America at the time, and a hugely influential supporter of the Constitution (which should surprise no one, given that he was known as the "Financier of the Revolution" and stood to enjoy an enormous windfall with its passage).
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:43 PM
    Guess I'll never know the answer. :(
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:05 PM
    I don't see what's difficult about the concept - It could be something such as a one-time authorization, agreed to by the several states, to collect revenues sufficient to discharge the war debt in particular, but nothing further. As I noted, they were able to ratify and enforce the much broader taxation permitted by the Constitution. There is no reason to think that they could not have done something (on a limited, ad hoc and "close-ended" basis) without replacing the entire confederal government in one fell swoop. But of course, the Federalists had far greater ambitions than merely indulging fastidiousness over war debt ... You didn't cite vague and unspecified "future needs" as a justification for the usurpation of the Articles, so I didn't address them. But if the particular quotas and requisitions that were already in place for the purpose were insufficient to the routine business of the confederal government, then that is just what the convention of 1787 was ostensibly supposed to address (in which case I refer you to the penultimate sentence of my first paragraph). Yes, they did (in part due to cajoleries which were not borne out, such as the assurance that states would be permitted to withdraw from the union if they so chose) - and thereby saddled themselves with a federal government that was much more centralized and powerful than was needed in order merely and adequately to address the problem of revolution-era liabilities.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:06 PM
    I don't really think it's fake news, so much as it is just tentative and/or speculative. But whatever it is, I can't really sympathize much with Trump supporters who are outraged that anyone could take a story like this seriously. I mean, it's not like Trump hasn't taped a "KICK ME" sign to his own back when it comes to gun control issues ...
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  • kahless's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:52 AM
    Like when he kept saying he is going to ban bump stocks and never did. Oh wait.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:50 AM
    Some Nigerian princes are more equal than others ...
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  • kahless's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:43 AM
    Well maybe Trump should STFU about more gun control laws and his constant virtue signalling to his enemies on guns. The gun grabbers are never going to vote for him no matter what he does, so there is no point of compromising and betraying his own base. If he loses this will be one of the main reasons. People that turned out for him in 2016 will sit home for his betrayals. If we loose are gun rights it will be due to blind Trump shills like yourself and his base failing to hold him accountable when he betrays our support.
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  • kahless's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:38 AM
    IDK, Sergeant Major Dickerson was his nemesis so I was thinking that would be more accurate to "opposite". Where Forest Whitaker would be a supporting role or is it the person that has more lines the one that is considered "playing opposite". I saw one site use "Trin" as playing opposite and she had the least lines. Used so loosely the term, perhaps anyone that is is a co-star is considered opposite. The question is, how did everyone forget he died in 1998? The Mandella Effect? Of course the news media says nothing about his hair color in the 90s is different than what it is now and on America's Most Wanted.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:36 AM
    Administration sources are fake news when the spin is doubleplusungood for Trump. But when the spin is doubleplusgood, the same sources suddenly become MAGA-licious ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:43 AM
    And yet, bigger government - much bigger - is exactly what they ended up getting. There was no reason the Philadelphia convention of 1787 could not have arrived at proposals for amending the Articles pursuant to specifically addressing and rectifying those particular problems mentioned by you and arising from the "inconveniences and embarrassments naturally resulting from defective supplies of the public treasury." There was no need to create an entirely new government with open-ended and indefinite powers of taxation, rather than limited ad hoc powers of same. If the former could be ratified by the several states, there is no reason to think that the latter could not have been just as well. In fact, the delegations of the several states to the convention were instructed that the consideration and proposal of amendments to the Articles was to be their sole purpose. What they did instead was to secretly concoct an in toto replacement of the Articles that went far beyond that purview. (Indeed, this is why Patrick Henry, suspecting that some such overweening endeavor was afoot, is famously reported to have "smelt a rat.")
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  • kahless's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:33 AM
    He should stick to hosting Americas Most Wanted, classic rock and acting, like the part he played opposite Robin Williams in Good Morning, Vietnam.
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  • kahless's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:25 AM
    Trump Admin Is Considering Using Amazon Echo And Apple Watch To Determine If Citizens Should Own A Gun https://dailycaller.com/2019/08/22/trump-gun-control-background/ At times it looks like he is trying hard to lose would should be an easy win. Yet very odd that the only alternative options are the lunatic fringe. Meanwhile Trump says he will give the authoritarian lunatics whatever they want. Sure seems like it is all by design. Not only a sham Presidency but all of it just one big sham on the American people.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:11 AM
    I would have thought it was part of the plan to oust Paul Ryan - but Ryan beat them to it by not running for re-election. Speaking of which, it has just occurred to me that losing the House to the Democrats really would have ousted Ryan as Speaker, if he hadn't quit. 3D chess? Hmmmmmm ....
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    Yesterday, 07:00 AM
    I've read Shogun at least three or four times over the years. It's one of my favorites. For some reason, though, I've never gotten around to reading any of Clavell's other novels. I really should do something about that ...
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    Yesterday, 06:09 AM
    Well, those sneaky devils ... "Excuse us, Mr. Government-Overthrower, but is this your signature?" "Curses! Foiled again!" :rolleyes:
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