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Oct 25, 201309:37AM
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EDITED because I was a dumbass and got the company name wrong.
Gah. All over the auction sites and every gun show is some fucking "Parade" rifle or bayonet that's so-called because it's chromed.
It's usually some third rate piece of shit, invariably pitted and worn, with chrome on top of the pitting and marks. Frequently there are pieces missing. There are often scour lines where the original crisp machining has been blurred by someone's buffing wheel.
The proper way to describe one of these would be something like this: "Used, crappy, old bolt ation rifle. Some gap-toothed, slack-jawed, white trash, inbred yokel did a piss poor job of chrome plating it because he'd sucked down too much shine boiled off in the radiator of Pappy's '32 Ford, so his already sub-par brain approached genuine retardation and he thought this was a clever thing to do. It's probably safe to shoot but we don't guarantee it. Fifty bucks and it's yours."
Instead, the seller usually tries to tack $50-$100 onto the top Blue Book value. But ask him for any reference to a "Turkish/Austrian/Spanish/Italian Parade rifle" that was chromed historically, and he can't find one, because they almost never really existed.
There are so many of these things, and they are all so badly done in the same fashion, I have to wonder if somewhere in Appalachia was some proto-Meth head who did nothing but take old Mausers and dip then in chrome as an excuse to snort the acid fumes out of the tank. Or did he just have an equally brain-damaged brother who did cut-rate autobody work and thought it would be cool to toss them into the tank along with the bumpers?
Add these to the list of people to assassinate if time travel ever becomes possible. Those poor old rifles have seen enough battles and rebuilds across Eurasia without being roofied with brake cleaner and raped with chromium sulfate.
Catch Me In Europe!
Oct 21, 201304:26PM
Spangdahlem Air Base, 2 November, 2013:
And the American Book Center in the Hague, afternoon of 3 November:
Do please stop by and introduce yourself. Military/DoD/contractors and family can get a free signed book at Spang. In the Netherlands, you can buy a copy and have me deface it in person.
Cold, Hard Fact: No One Cares If You Die
Oct 13, 201301:53AM
At $42.8 billion per year, the Federal Highway Administration costs a smidge under $200 per person. You benefit from roads, because you drive on them, and everything you buy or use is delivered on them. There are other aspects of Federal transportation, and they're paid for by a combination of excise tax, income tax, etc. Ultimately, all those taxes are a cost of doing business, and are passed on from shipper to user to consumer—you.
What about schools? Department of Education has a budget of $69.8 billion (it's doubled in four years, by the way), which costs about $326 per person. Schools provide a skilled workforce that generate GDP, and it reduces the amount of scavenging, looting and other activity that we commonly consider crime.
http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/index.html (also see Wikipedia for an easier summary).
So, these are things you pay for, and derive benefit from.
Now, let's move on to health care.
The uncomfortable fact is, few individuals affect you. Immediate family, a few friends and coworkers, your employer. And through Sept 30, 2013, we didn't have millions of people dying in the streets. The system we had worked. The worst case claims of the opponents conclude that 85% of Americans had adequate coverage, which means the real case is almost certainly over 90%, which is on par with any Western nation. Let us dispense right now with (profanity for emphasis) any bullshit that "our life expectancy is 13th" or whatever. It's within a year of every other Western democracy, and that's without accounting for lifestyle issues like diet and exercise, which health care can't fix. More people come here for health care than go elsewhere.
Please keep in mind there was no requirement for any employer to provide you with health care coverage. It was entirely a choice on their part, and those who could afford to generally chose to.
They can still choose not to, and you get the bill. But now, that bill is mandatory.
So how much are you willing to pay for a human life? If it's your own, and you have 50% odds, you'd likely sell all your possessions, because they're no use to you dead. You’d probably do this for your immediate family. For a close friend, you might sell a used car or take a loan on your house. For a coworker or a local child with cancer, you might throw in fifty bucks. For the homeless guy in Pasadena who's about to die in the gutter of liver failure, you don't give a shit. Nor should you. Millions of people get sick and die every year, with no real effect on you. Close down a road, you suffer. Close down a school, you'll suffer in twenty years. Someone dies of cancer? If they're not a close acquaintance, it doesn't affect you at all.
Be honest. Would you pay $200 to save some homeless guy? You might. Once a year. What about $326? Possibly.
Would you pay $1000?
What about $10,000?
What about $100,000?
At some point we passed the threshold at which you care about another human being's life. If you want to pretend we didn't, write a check for $5000 payable to Health and Human Services, mail it to me, and I'll see that they deposit it.
Here's the problem: You've told the government they get to set that value. You no longer have a valid legal argument against paying. It doesn’t matter if you can't pay it. It's tax.
Now, they insist there will be various means of moderating the system. But liberals are notorious for having no clue how these things work. Canada's gun registration program was supposed to cost a few million dollars. It wound up over $2 billion. On this, we've already found out that the morons didn't figure that a business would actually shift employment to part time to avoid a cost it could avoid.
Here's what it's likely to cost you, now, before they find more problems and realize that since it's cheaper for a young college person earning $25,000 to pay the fine (sorry, "tax") rather than get insurance ($2535) with an $826 subsidy taken out, which you'd pay, they're probably going to do that. Which means you'll STILL be paying for the ER care, just like now. Same for the 64 year old on a marginal income ($7606). They actually pay $1729, getting a subsidy of $5877, which you pay. For every one of them getting a subsidy, one of YOU has to pay that subsidy. The money doesn't magically appear from nowhere.
You will be paying $5000 a year for someone else.
It may only be $2000. It may be $10,000. But YOU will be paying for some random stranger's care.
At what point does your employer decide they can't afford it? Keep in mind, in the real nonliberal world, a company's assets are limited, and most companies are fairly small.
When they decide they can't afford it, you pay out of pocket. If you're lucky. If you're unlucky, they say they can't afford to keep you on, and you have no job, and STILL pay out of pocket. Of course, you're then eligible for "free" care, which is good, because all the people who were getting it free were being paid on your dime.
The cold, hard fact is that public health is a matter for epidemics and immunizations, and your horrifically painful liver cancer matters not at all to 214 million people.
Nor should it.
Fun With People Who Believe The "Truth." But WHICH "Truth"?
Oct 12, 201309:20PM
Peter Reynolds: 2 days agoI'm a right wing libertarian and I want freedom of the press and freedom from a self-serving, dishonest press which is what we have now.
The clearest example of this is the Daily Mail's inverse relationship with the Editors' Code where its editorial policy and business plan is to publish "inaccurate, misleading and distorted" information.
I'm very disappointed that the Telegraph is competing with the Mail in a race to the bottom. Increasingly, the only difference between the two papers seems to be the size of the page.
Implement Leveson in full. The Fleet Street mafia needs to be broken up so that true journalism can flourish.
MichaelZWilliamson: "Right wing libertarian" is like a "militant pacifist."So it shouldn't be surprise that you want state control of the media for "freedom." You're just a right winger.All press has a bias inherently. People are human beings. It's up to the educated reader to determine which is accurate, and which suits their agenda.
Clearly. you fear that your position will suffer if you can't cram it down people's throats.5 hours ago · Like · 6
Seth Everybody is in favor of Freedom of the Press when they believe that the press would publish stuff they like if it could. They tend to oppose such freedom when they come to believe that the press would publish stuff they don't like.4 hours ago · Unlike · 3
Ray I think the word you were looking for is "Authoritarian." The Press, having service its purpose, is now to be controlled so that no one else can use it at the Left did. It is called "Pulling up the Ladder."4 hours ago · Like · 2
Seth Breidbart You can't have freedom of the press and freedom from a dishonest press; who gets to define "dishonest"?4 hours ago · Unlike · 5
Mike L MiniTru, of course4 hours ago · Unlike · 2
Phill I thought it was Snopes or Huffingtonpost that decided what was true & what is dishonest.4 hours ago via mobile · Like · 2
John Our "Betters" want to control tge information we get, for our own good of course...4 hours ago via mobile · Like · 2
Ray You can, however, have strong libel and slander laws that will punish outright lies.4 hours ago · Like
James The US had strong libel and slander laws and they were used to attack the press for political reasons and did shut down many.4 hours ago · Like
Ray But nowadays, the MSM can outright lie without fear of punishment because you have prove "intent."4 hours ago · Like · 1
Maya The press seems to print all sorts of stuff, inflammatory, opinionated, downright scathing about just about everyone and everything. Where's the lack of freedom?4 hours ago via mobile · Like
Michael Z. Williamson Maya this references proposed legislation in the UK.2 hours ago · Like · 2
Tad And Fox News had to go to court to say they weren't really a "news" organization but an "entertainment" org., so they wouldn't have to tell the truth. (You can look it up.)
I don't recall this ever happening to CBS or NBC news. Maybe I missed it.2 hours ago · Like · 1
Michael Z. Williamson Tad : Not quite. Again, the public commentary is incomplete on the actual event. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Akre
Jane Akre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaen.wikipedia.org Jane Akre is an American former journalist and current editor-in-chief of Injury...See Moreabout an hour ago · Like · 1 · Remove Preview
Michael Z. Williamson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dateline_NBC#General_Motors_vs._NBC and I guess you missed this about NBC, Tad
The 60-minute program focused on General Motors' Rounded-Line Chevrolet C/K-Series pickup trucks allegedly exploding upon impact during accidents due to the poor design of fuel tanks. Dateline's footage showed a sample of a low-speed accident with the fuel tank exploding. In reality, Dateline NBC producers had rigged the truck’s fuel tank with remotely controlled model rocket engines to initiate the explosion. The program did not disclose the fact that the accident was staged. GM hired Failure Analysis Associates (FaAA, now Exponent) whose investigators studied the footage, and discovered that smoke actually came out of the fuel tank six frames before impact.
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Michael Z. Williamsonhttp://www.nytimes.com/1981/04/17/nyregion/falsification-of-prize-article-puts-a-spotlight-on-how-newspapers-check.html or the NYT, Tad
FALSIFICATION OF PRIZE ARTICLE PUTS A SPOTLIGHT ON HOW NEWSPAPERS CHECKwww.nytimes.comSTORIES By JONATHAN FRIENDLY The revelation that a Pulitzer Prize-winning accoun...See Moreabout an hour ago · Like · 1 ·
Michael Z. Williamson http://www.theblaze.com/.../ NBC again, Tad , and it's going to cost them dearly.
http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/top-stories/168391/the-iconic-photos-of-trayvon-martin-george-zimmerman-why-you-may-not-see-the-others/ and this
http://www.ihatethemedia.com/trayvon-martins-doctored-hoodie-photo or this "news" photo that was heavily photoshopped.http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/04/03/trayvon-martin-case-leads-to-multiple-embarrassments-for-nbc-msnbc/
Michael Z. Williamson https://en.wikipedia.org/... Time Magazine, maybe? Tell me when my point is made.
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Jerry Well, it took a while Tad, but I think you mean this one:
(Please take note that this is the actual judgement rendered by the court, not an internet rumor.)
The District Court of Appeal in Florida ruled against a woman claiming whistle-blower protection because.... wait for it.... she wasn't a whistle blower under the law. Whether or not Fox News lied or didn't lie was not at issue. What WAS at issue was whether or not she was fired for threatening to go to the FCC over what she perceived as pressure to lie.
No court ever found that Fox News lied and Fox News never claimed they had the right to lie. They did say that she did not deserve remuneration under a whistle blower statute because what she was threatening to report would have been, if it were true, a violation of a policy, not of a law.
Isn't it amazing what a little research can turn up?
NEW WORLD COMMUNICATIONS OF TAMPA INC WTVT TV v. AKRE, No. 2D01-529., February 14, 2003 - FL...caselaw.findlaw.comFindlaw provides NEW WORLD COMMUNICATIONS OF TAMPA INC WTVT TV v. AKRE, No. 2D01-529., February 14, 2003 - FL District Court of Appeal | FindLawabout an hour ago · Edited · Like · 1 · Remove Preview
Michael Z. Williamson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killian_documents_controversy Oh, here's CBS. There were several things wrong here. First, it was obviously word processed TNR, not something done on a typewriter. Arguing that it COULD have been done on certain typewriters at that time neglects the fact that an ANG secretary would not have such a machine, which still wouldn't have had smart apostrophes back then.
This also doesn't take into account that the lingo in the alleged memos is Army (They were "found" by an Army officer) not USAF (having served in both, it jumped out at me. No USAF officer would phrase a memo that way).
And his claim that he found them "in a dumpster" during an alleged cover, when the Privacy Act of 1974 is plastered in every orderly room, next to the shredder, which is expected to be used, and tossing stuff in a dumpster would be a security violation.
Not counting the fact that important stuff is duplicated at state HQ and possibly National Archives.
Which leads up to the entire dishonesty that somehow Bush was a "draft dodger" while flying a fighter aircraft. Do not even go there, I did 12 years Air Guard in a leadership position, know some of the people mentioned in the documents, and will spank any challenger.
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Michael Z. Williamson IOW: Both dishonest AND poorly researched.about an hour ago · Like · 2
Michael Z. Williamson Hmm...it seems the "liberal" expose sites have as much trouble with the facts as conservative ones. Who would have guessed?about an hour ago · Like
Michael Z. Williamson On the "Bush" thing, I read through all the FOIA docs in 5 minutes, and laughed. Since I have the context to know what I was reading, there was absolutely nothing the slightest bit questionable. Without context, any dozen quotes could sound suspicious...except I have all the same docs in _MY_ records.about an hour ago · Like
Joseph II Maybe Tad or another "liberal" could answer this question.
What is up with the hatred of Fox News?
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Michael Z. Williamson So what I'm taking away from this is the irony that the leftist media activists accusing Fox of lying are...lying.
And they want the rules changed so they can make the judgment calls.
Doesn't that just fill you with confidence?55 minutes ago · Edited · Like · 1
Seth I like it that everybody gets to decide what is true and what is dishonest, and everybody else gets to laugh at them. They all get the credibility they deserve (in the eyes of the person deciding how much credibility to accord them).24 minutes ago · Like
The House today sent its tenth dinner menu to Harry Reid and Barrack 0bama.
"We'll try carrots," John Boehner said. "Harry absolutely refused to open his door to brussels sprouts or fried cabbage. Barrack gathered up his toy soldiers and ran bawling when we said we were having broccoli. We've tried stir fried squash, celery with peanut butter and even deep-fried okra. There's only so much left in the grocery."
Harry Reid said if dinner wasn't cake and ice cream, he wasn't coming to the table. He said he was willing to consider strawberry, but wouldn't even respond if it wasn't at least vanilla, with the cake having chocolate frosting.
John Boehner said, "He's not being realistic. They get to vote on the menu, but we do the shopping and the cooking. At some point, they're just going to have to eat their vegetables. Whining to their friends is not going to change that."
A Democrat Melts Down On My Wall
Oct 02, 201310:57AM
Senate Democrats passed a bill that would fund the government, including Obamacare, through Nov. 15, and vowed to accept nothing less.
Because they're reasonable and want to compromise.
Senate kills latest shutdown offer as effects begin to be felt
Senate Democrats on Tuesday voted to refuse to enter into official negotiations with the House on a spending bill, saying there can be no talks until the GOP agrees to end the shutdown that began Tuesday morning.
Want to see more from WashingtonTimes.com?
COMMENTS ON MY WALL:
Natasha: I am so sick of all these Politburo bastards. How do We the People go about withholding THEIR pay, instead of the pay of civil servants who actually had real jobs to do.
Eddie Garcia: What the fuck is there to compromise on? Nothing. Not one goddamn thing. It's settled fucking law, legitimately enacted, and upheld by the Supreme Court. When a 3 year old throws a tantrum in the store because he can't have his Hot Wheel car, I don't compromise with him. I paddle his ass and stick him in the shopping cart. And when terrorists take hostages, I don't compromise with them either. Fuck the Tea Party Republicans. This is one hundred percent on them. That's a fact. And now all your right wing buddies are going to come flying in here and bitch-whine, I don't give a fuck. It is what it is. This is irresponsible, inexcusable behavior on the part of the teahadis, and you watch and see if it doesn't cost their sorry asses dearly at the polls.
Mark: Don't forget all the memorials and such that're normally open 24/7 WITH NO PERSONNEL that have been 'closed due the shutdown'. Just to make life as messy as possible.
"He says they are considering going ahead with the trip even if the government is still on shutdown, but when he called the parks service, he was told they would face arrest. "I said, are you kidding me? You're going to arrest a 90/91-year-old veteran from seeing his memorial? If it wasn't for them it wouldn't be there. She said, 'That's correct sir.'"
When Armstrong asked for her name, he says she did not give it to him and then promptly hung up the phone."
Michael Z. Williamson: And Eddie Garcia demonstrates the maturity of a Democrat.
Immigration is established law. 0 doesn't want to enforce that.
The 2nd Amendment is established as a right by SCOTUS. The Dems don't want to abide by that.
You have no moral credibility to claim, "But it's a law!" Especially as funding for any law IS the purview of the House.
Mark: If you don't give a fuck, why are you bitching and whining and blaming it all on the Stupid Party?
Mark: Yeah, like the 'teahadi' thing. Of course, he's following the lead of the Pres and such
Lane: Bipartisan compromise means...
Robert: Actually, I don't think anyone up in D.C. even understands the concept of compromise, and I bet they can't spell it either!
Michael Z. Williamson: So, we're up to, "Anarchist," Terrorist," "Teahadi," Vandal." But the GOP are unreasonable.
How's that again?
Eddie Garcia: Nice try, Mike. It is what it is, and anyone with enough brains to blow their goddamn nose and not blinded by a failed ideology can see that.
Robert: What is is is a President who used to make his "living" in a job that demands confrontation instead of calm deliberation.
Eddie Garcia: like I said, watch what happens to the fuckers next election. I hope you like gun control.
Michael Z. Williamson: Eddie Garcia: You speak of the Dems now?
Eddie Garcia You're an idiot, Robert.
Michael Z. Williamson Name-calling. Another sign of liberal tolerance and reason.
Eddie Garcia: Nice try blaming it on the Dems. You'll find you're in a very tiny minority. The Republicans own this 100% and it's them people are pissed at.
Myer: Eddie: Oddly enough, the same arguments were made about slavery. A long, bloody war, based in part on that premise, followed.
Eddie Garcia: Yeah, when political assoles throw a temper tantrum and cost 780,000 people their paychecks, I'll call them assholes.
Michael Z. Williamson: So you ARE speaking of the Dems.
Eddie Garcia: Oh, that's a really valid comparison. Not.
Michael Z. Williamson: FYI, my wife is one of those who is not getting paid...due to the temper tantrum of the Dems.
Myer: Did you fail History, too, Eddie?
Eddie Garcia: No, I'm speaking of the ones who are responsible for this,and it is NOT the Dems, no matter how much you would like it to be.
Eddie Garcia: http://www.delawareliberal.net/2013/10/01/for-america-to-survive-the-republican-party-must-die/
Mark: Oh, of COURSE not. For instance, that medical device tax that most DEMOCRATS want to get rid of, but "We will not change anything!" says Obama and Reid. All the Stupid Party fault, of course. Because the Evil Party is without spots.
Eddie Garcia: Y'all going full retard. Never go full retard.
(I WONDER IF EDDIE IS LOOKING IN A MIRROR—MIKE)
Michael Z. Williamson Eddie: Wow, wishing for the destruction of the entire opposition, but they're "full retard." HINT: I am not a Republican.
Martin C: what I would like to know is how the republicans could possibly be benifiting from the shut down as every democrat says...the ACA only benefits the people who have not earned it
Mark: You really ought to take your own advice
Myer: Eddie, you're projecting again.
Eddie Garcia: I didn't write it, and you obviously didn't read it.
(BUT WE DID READ IT. AS TO THE OTHER, HE POSTED IT, SO HE STILL SUPPORTS IT. THROWING IT OUT THERE WITHOUT COMMENT, GIVEN HIS DIATRIBE, IS PRETTY CLEAR ENDORSEMENT, NOT CRITICISM—MIKE)
Mark: Oh, of course not! Just because the New Republic wants Obama to do a Boris Yeltsin on the house, doesn't change that the Evil Party and the socialists are of pure reason...
Eddie Garcia: I already told you what I thought.
Barry: Yknow what else is 'the law'? The budget bill that's been in place for almost 40 years, that the Senate failed to obey for years in a row.
All of this would have been avoided if the Senate had simply passed 12 appropriations bills over the past 5 years, but they didn't even hear a single one of them.
Wick: Here's a fact. If Boehmer allowed a vote on the Senate version of the continuing resolution, it would pass the House. He refuses.
Eddie Garcia: I was just getting ready to say that.
Mark: Gee, you mean he's acting just like Reid?
Michael Z. Williamson: Wick: So, if they agreed with the opposition, it would pass. Axiomatically.
But only one party is intransigent. Got it.
Oliver: Eddie, if a democratic congress had used the power of the purse to withhold funding for W's War in Iraq, and shut down the government, would that have been a "temper tantrum", too?
Jonathan: "Immigration is established law. 0 doesn't want to enforce that." But he did. Better than his predecessor.
"the 2nd Amendment is established as a right by SCOTUS. The Dems don't want to abide by that." But they have. Barely, and kicking and screaming mind you.
But do you remember when the Democrats shut down the government as part of an attempt to blackmail the Republicans into immigration reform and gun control? Yeah, me neither.
Matthew: So Congress should only vote to defund things only if you disapprove of them. If you approve, then they should rubberstamp everything because it is the law. If it's the law, then why do they need to vote on it?
Michael Z. Williamson: Jonathan: I remember the three previous times the Dems shut down the government and blamed the GOP quite well.
When it's always the other guy's fault, it's probably not.
Wick Deer Mike: that is not what I said. If the Senate version of the Continuing Resolution, the proposal would attract enough Democratic AND REPUBLICAN votes to pass.
Tamara Keel I don't know about y'all, but I'm taking advantage of the anarchy in the current government vacuum to go out and buy a real flushing toilet and a conex full of incandescent bulbs.
Michael Z. Williamson http://twitchy.com/2013/10/01/the-new-republic-has-some-advice-for-obama-from-boris-yeltsin-involving-tanks/
Who's the unreasonable side?
Davis Jr.: But the Senate Bill is illegal.
They cannot originate spending bills. If a spending bill starts in the Senate it cannot be put into law. Funny that. There's that thing called the Constitution, may want to brush up on it.
Michael Z. Williamson: Wick: That's exactly what you said. "If they accept the other side's proposal, there will be agreement."
Reid is on record stating he will not compromise.
Myer: Hey, Tamara, can I get in on that bulb score?
Mark: Hear hear!
Michael Z. Williamson: So the Dems in this thread are perfectly okay with a tax on hearing aids for children and prosthetics for disabled vets.
Michael Z. Williamson: And Congress being exempt from ACA.
Myer: It's only some other's money, Mike. Of course they're OK with it.
Cheryl: Eddie Garcia: what there is to compromise on is nothing the people are the ones in charge and we say DUMP ObamaCare we do not want it funded. So the GOP is right in doing what they are doing. Btw I am not a tea party follower. My parents which are DEMOCRATS are saying no ObamaCare. Funny thing is the ONLY reason ObamaCare passed was due I the fact he had a super majority in at the time but still couldn't get a budget passed.
Scott: The Tea Party are anarchists according to Reid. He really has NO understanding of The Constitution.
Cheryl: Eddie the only real gun control is hitting your target. Your type of gun control is making victims. I will say this your actions get a reaction. I just hope when reality bites you in the ass you don't take any innocents out with you.
Scott: ANYONE is free to NOT have a gun in their home. Don't you DARE tell me I cannot. You will lose.
Michael Z. Williamson: Now, read back at the rhetoric above.
Given that neither side is getting what they want at this moment, which side sounds more reasonable?
Cheryl: Wick: no it would not pass except in the fantasy world that runs in Reid's head or maybe Pelosi's.
Jonathan: "I remember the three previous times the Dems shut down the government and blamed the GOP quite well."
I don't remember that and am not sure what you referring too. And it is difficult to easily look it up right now, due to the intertubes being chock full of the current issue. Can you send me some details so I can look that up a bit quicker? The only two shutdowns I can name are GOP backed.
Michael Z. Williamson: Jonathan: The Dems, as now, stated that AFTER the GOP agreed with them, they'd negotiate. Much like they're doing now.
Now matter how good your PR and press is, when you say, "First agree with us and then we'll negotiate," you're the intransigent one.
It was somehow Bush Sr's fault when the Dems refused a budget and shut things down, and it was somehow Congress's fault when Clinton refused a budget and shut things down.
Now, I'd be willing to compromise and call the rules one way, each accepting blame. But when the blame changes office but remains with a party, it's a pretty clear indication the other party is being unreasonable and moving the goalposts.
And once we agree on this, we can debate how much responsibility the Dems have.
Mark Brothers Congress IS getting special treatment on the ACA
Illegally, unethically, disgustingly, and Obama's handprints are all over it
Cheryl Clark: Wick: oh yes they are exempt.
Mark: And Jonathan, check who many shutdowns happened when Reagan was President, who who was behind most all of them.
Michael Z. Williamson: Oh, I also remember the Dem temper tantrum and walkout when they didn't like election results.
Yet somehow the other side are the mean poopyheads.
There's more, but what I'm going to point out here is that almost all the name-calling and anger is on the Dem's side, and almost all the blamethrowing is, too.
When you believe that every budget dispute is solely the work of one party, you're not being reasonable, you're brainwashed. When your side starts comparing people who disagree with you in a political venue to terrorists, anyone with ANY ethics would say, "Woah! That's a bit strong!"
Think about it. NONE of the Dem supporters in that thread called Eddie out for his language.
Another thread even featured a Mussolini comparison.
So, yes, it appears to me that debate is impossible, because one side absolutely refuses to debate. Even if we accept that their position is correct, their defense of their position relies on name-calling, blame-throwing, violent rhetoric and threats.
Do we really want to follow a party that acts like spoiled children, and its cheerleaders who believe tantrums, name calling and threats are an appropriate response to disagreement, even if they do have a supportable position?
It's Always The Fault of the White GOP...in Fantasyland
Oct 01, 201309:17AM
Apparently it's all about race. I was told that a "bunch of white boys" are "standing in the way of the black guy trying to fix their mess."
1) It's called 0bamacare, not GOPcare. It's his mess. There were issues before, but this has not fixed it, won't fix it, can't fix it, and will disappear in favor of reality within the decade.
B: At this point, only the delusional still believe it's an improvement. Even 0 is trying to slow implementation, and the unions want exceptedfrom it. The only people embracing it are the leeches who won't be putting in nearly as much as they get out, and crowing about how awesome it is. And it is, for them, not for those us paying for them.
III} He's not really that black. Nor is it relevant. His skin color brings no cachet or advantage to the problem. If you believe so, you're a racist.
d] We've done this shutdown thing before, and no matter what parties are involved or where the bottleneck is, the GOP is always blamed by those causing the problem--the Dems. It is ALWAYS the Dems causing this problem, just as they cause 90% of the economic problems. (I belong to neither party. It costs me nothing to point to the failure. Sorry you don't like facts.)
5| When the Senate sees fit to do its duty and approve a budget created in the House, as is provided by the Constitution, and the White House Resident gets off the golf course and signs it, we will resume business. When Mumsy and Daddy tell you there isn't enough money for your concert ticket and name brand athletic shoes, because they need to buy food and gas, they're not being mean and unreasonable, and stamping your feet and calling them poopyheads will accomplish nothing.
F~ So it shut down. The world is still here. Shocking. Despite all the rhetoric, America didn't slide into the sea.
7; The real problem we need to address is that starry-eyed morons full of hope elected an utter fucking moron with almost no government experience and absolutely no executive experience whatsoever to be the most powerful CEO on the planet, but don't want him to be blamed for his fuckups. IOW, the same thing they accuse the private sector of, only with the entire future of the nation at stake.
H. As almost always, it was a middle class white person who played the race card.
Gun Control--the Gloves Are Coming Off
Sep 24, 201310:55AM
If you let a "liberal" (vs an actual liberal) talk long enough, eventually their racism comes out.
If you let a proponent of "reasonable" gun control talk long enough, eventually they start to admit they want a ban.
As we will see below, first they talk about how the magic cure is to repeal one of our founding amendments.
They still couch it in terms that they just need that as a tool for "reasonable" restrictions, not a ban. They want it to be a privilege.
But let's look at that: they'll allow guns for "legitimate" purposes--that means collecting, target shooting, and MAYBE hunting. IOW, recreational uses, not defensive or political uses.
So, it comes down to, "These items are so dangerous they should only be allowed as toys!"
Hell of a logic there.
Heller and McDonald have really thrown them into a tizzy. They've been trying anger and denial, and it hasn't been working. They're now onto bargaining, and their first salvo is so angry it's cute:
We need reasonable speech control. Right here, we see an example that endangers the Constitution.
Other "speech" exploits children. Certainly the Founder never foresaw the internet. They meant actual speech, and block-printed papers.
Give the risk child predators offer to children, there is simply no reason most people need internet in their home. They can go to the library, properly supervised, and their access can be logged. No one is saying you can't express yourself. We just need reasonable limits on it. Certainly we can't consider there to be a "right" to describe how to violate the law.
Ultimately we'll need to consider whether the First Amendment still applies in the modern world. This is not what the founders had in mind at all.
Do you drink alcohol? Alcohol serves no purpose except to reduce awareness, hinder decision making, reduce inhibitions and impair motor control. There is absolutely no moral justification for alcohol. There is a common factor in 90% of the avoidable deaths in America--alcohol.
The common factor in every alcohol-related incident is alcohol (recursive tautological statement for posters like the one above me, who clearly failed not only Logic 101, but likely 7th grade arithmetic).
Go ahead, explain to me why you drink and support Big Alcohol. Why aren't you moving to ban that?
HINT: Banning guns will be about as effective. Guns are a 13th century technology. You can build AK47s in a garage:
You can't possibly have the intellect to grasp this, but since I actually do know what I'm talking about, I'll say it, and you can double check anywhere you like (which you won't, because you don't want a rational debate): The easiest guns to make are like this:
Much like moonshiners were producing cheap, dangerous liquor, illegal gun builders will produce cheap submachine guns. These won't be subject to any of the 20,000 regulations the US has, and will be as common as meth.
Your proposal will be no more effective than Prohibition. If you think it's bad now (it's not), wait until it's illegal.
"Some have made the argument, bordering on the frivolous, that only those arms in existence in the 18th century are protected by the Second Amendment. We do not interpret constitutional rights that way. Just as the First Amendment protects modern forms of communications, e.g., Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, 521 U. S. 844, 849 (1997), and the Fourth Amendment applies to modern forms of search, e.g., Kyllo v. United States, 533 U. S. 27, 35–36 (2001), the Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding."."
- See more at: http://www.michaelzwilliamson.com/blog/item/why-the-assault-weapon-ban-failed-and-a-new-one-would-too#sthash.fa8oH0Su.dpuf
Do you really think you're going to get Congress, the President and 3/4 of the states to sign off o such an amendment? If so, put the crack pipe down.
If it did happen, how exactly do you plan to take my guns away? Ask nicely? How about, "no?" Are you going to try to take them from me? Unlikely. You're a pussy. Are you going to demand the police and military do it? Retired military here--again, go fuck yourself.
But that opens up the next problem. How are you going to do so when I have a right against unreasonable search and seizure? Are you going to repeal the 4th Amendment too? (Again, retired military, with an oath to defend the Constitution. That would be grounds for me to kill the parties involved. Yes, that means civil war. Yes, you'll find a lot of vets agree with me (if you don't prove you're a total pussy by blocking this because a little language hurts your feewings). And you might want to consider which side has the guns.
What about the requirement that private property not be taken for public use without due process? The Courts have repeatedly upheld that any laws cannot be ex post facto. You'll have to grandfather everything, or pay "fair market value," which, 300 million guns X $500 average value is $150 billion. Plus implementation costs.
Canada's mere "registration" scheme, estimated at a cost of a few million, ballooned into $2 billion, with 1/10th our population. So a good first order estimate is that you're going to drop a couple of trillion dollars on this scheme.
So what you're saying is, "I want to destroy the country and start a civil war because I'm totally ignorant of how our system works, selfish, whiny, and have an irrational fear of weapons and a misplaced ignorant assessment of what they do."
So here's what's going to actually happen:
You're not going to leave America, because you know you have it better here than anywhere else. If you didn't, you'd move (Which being an immigrant, I did, from a lesser society). Leaving would take fortitude, which you don't have, because you're a pussy.
You're not going to change the Constitution. You're just going to use your First Amendment rights to whine about the Second Amendment on the internet (because you're a pussy).
You're not actually going to try to take anyone's guns, because you're a pussy.
And you're probably going to block this "angry" dissent, because you're a pussy.
You're not going to actually study the law, political science, or weapons so you actually have a clue what you're talking about, because you're a lazy whiner in a very comfortable spot, enjoying your white male privilege and deathly afraid of losing it.
But you waaaaant it! It's not faaaaaiiiirrrr!
What If I Did Have A Small Penis And A Gun?
Sep 23, 201308:31PM
At some point in a debate on "gun control," the anti will run out of any logical argument. ("Logical" by their precepts.) None of their arguments can be supported by any objective criteria, and eventually, they'll be forced to face this. Since facing reality is anathema to the truly insane, they will then inevitably resort to name calling, ad hominem, and childish insults:
Responses to allegations that gun owners have small penises:
Is it "liberal" to mock someone's physical traits?
Do you believe all police, federal agents and soldiers have small penises? What is the statistical likelihood of this hypothesis?
Given that Asians have smaller penises than those with African ancestry, how does your hypothesis match the relevant firearm crime rates between the two groups?
Women don't generally have penises. What are females compensating for?
If someone were compensating for a small penis, would that be relevant, if they were not committing any harm?
You seem to spend a lot of time worrying about penises. Is there anything you'd like to tell us?
Are you completely out of logical arguments, so dick jokes are your only retort?
My penis satisfies me completely. And I can't imagine wanting sex with a gun.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/penis-map_n_3953318.html Perhaps it's American liberals who are worried about their penis size. Quite seriously. I thought I was high average, at the top of mean, but apparently I just barely break into the second deviation above the mean. Thanks for that confirmation. I feel more awesome than ever.
Kafkatrap. If I respond with proof or attempt to argue, you'll accuse me of being worried about my penis. If I ignore you, you'll childishly continue with the dick jokes until you get a response.
So, if your house is invaded, you plan to fuck the intruder to death?
I have a ruler, a camera, and $50. Would you actually like to take this bet? Or does the sour grapes metaphor apply here?
I'm sorry about your sexism, bigotry, prejudice against people, and your small penis. Three of those aren't very liberal.