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    Re: For all who are cheering the Mar-a-Lago raid

    My take is that he's left plenty of evidence of his crimes, but wasn't prosecuted because he was president. Now it's taking some time to catch up, but there's more than one grand jury investigating...
  2. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    This is getting boring. Of course Franklin never called the post office socialist, the word as we now use it hadn't been invented, and markets had not yet been fetishized to the point where opponents...
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    Re: Socialism

    I should have said, the Marxists I have personally met.
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    Re: Socialism

    When Social Security passed, the right called it socialism. When Medicare passed, the right called it socialism. Were they wrong?

    Your definition fits Fabian socialism, but not other forms of...
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    Re: MTG: anti-Christian

    That's the problem with a state religion, isn't it? You get arguments about who is really a Christian. Rick Santorum has already argued that President Obama was not a real Christian.

    Didn't Bloody...
  6. Thread: Scot Bell

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    Re: Scot Bell

    I, too, am a fan.
  7. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    I refer you to post #291. We can refer to things that existed before we invented the term. In fact, we invent the terms because there is something to describe. At the same time, we must be at least a...
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    Re: Socialism

    That's not an argument, it's a non sequitur. When the United States Lighthouse Service was established in 1789, it was a public enterprise, whereas in England, lighthouses were first established as...
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    Re: Socialism

    The U.S. constitution does not dictate any particular form of economic organization, although it did allow for the rather primitive form of economic organization known as slavery. It did, however,...
  10. Thread: Mar a Largo

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    Re: Mar a Largo

    The crisis is about whether we will continue to have the rule of law rather than simple assertions of power. They need to follow all the legal procedures.

    Craziness and violence? That's already...
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    Re: “It may be funny to you, motherf*cker”

    Our ideas about what is obscene are changing. The f-bomb seems less obscene than laughing about the murder of children.
  12. Thread: Trump is Toast

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    Re: Trump is Toast

    Stealing top secret documents and not returning them when asked is enough to get most of us jail time, even if they can't prove he passed them on to his handlers. Otherwise, the Espionage Act could...
  13. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Russia says that's an accident. I guess someone threw away a cigarette and it caused all that damage. Russian cigarettes must be something!
  14. Re: How will DJT attempt to distract from FBI Florida search

    they support him because opposing him is a career-ending act.

    Profiles in Cowardice. Those who opposed him early on came to the realization that opposition could end their careers and changed...
  15. Thread: Mar a Largo

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    Re: Mar a Largo

    Well, if Trump violated the Espionage Act, I'm sure Woodpile will be chanting 'lock him up!'
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    Re: Boeing is back in the local news

    Maybe they didn't think engineers could do math.
  17. Thread: Mar a Largo

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    Re: Mar a Largo

    Clinton looks a lot better than Trump. Never expected that when he was in office and eating junk food.
  18. Re: How will DJT attempt to distract from FBI Florida search

    So, why post it here? Does it somehow relate to Trump stealing government secrets and keeping them even after getting a subpoena?
  19. Re: How will DJT attempt to distract from FBI Florida search

    Are you claiming that Obama took 30,000 pages of documents with him when he left the White House and did not return them when subpoenas were issued, or that his library is not yet open? Wouldn't...
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    Re: Boeing is back in the local news

    The stupid...it burns!
  21. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    The founders were well versed in the classics, as were Locke and other liberal theorists. They had also studied the history of the Greek city states and the Roman republic. The Greek city states...
  22. Thread: Mar a Largo

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    Re: Mar a Largo

    Trump will likely live another decade. Once he's in prison, life will be less stressful and his diet will be better.
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    Re: Happy birthday to James McMullen…

    Have a great one!
  24. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    Going back a bit further, probably the most famous person to blacken the name of democracy was Aristotle, but there are some major misconceptions about what he said.

    In the Politics, he laid out...
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    Re: Need help from the Word Police - $50 !!

    Well done.
  26. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    https://www.oed.com/oed2/00060572

    democracy

    (dɪˈmɒkrəsɪ) Forms: 6–7 democracie, 6–7 (9) -cratie, 7 (9) -craty, 7– -cracy. [a. F. démocratie (siː), (Oresme 14th c.), a. med.L. dēmocratia (in...
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    Re: Mar a Largo

    Well played. He's called The Donald's bluff.
  28. Thread: Trump is Toast

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    Re: Trump is Toast

    So, if Trump treated classified documents worse than Clinton, you'll be chanting 'lock him up,' right?
  29. Thread: Mar a Largo

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    Re: Mar a Largo

    Yup. The FBI can come take away all the classified documents I've taken from the White House. O, wait...I don't have any!
  30. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    You don't understand the logic. A democracy can be direct or representative. A republic can be democratic or otherwise. You are trying to make a distinction that I am not making.

    It's getting...
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    You're still doing it. At no point have I said the U.S. is not a republic.

    Whether you call it a representative democracy or a democratic republic, it remains both a democracy and a republic. You...
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    Re: Socialism

    Sorry I can't always give you the attention you crave, but I'm under no obligation to respond to something I did not take issue with.
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    Re: Really bad Joke of the Day

    We, who are about to die laughing, salute you.
  34. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    The Articles didn't work very well, but that's because they made the central government impotent. It couldn't collect taxes or regulate trade between the states, so there wasn't much point in it...
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    Re: Socialism

    As more of the monarchy's powers lapse, it becomes more vestigial. Isn't that better than Charles I?
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    Re: Socialism

    I actually think your system functions as a republic with a vestigial monarchy.
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    Re: Socialism

    Why is that my problem? I regard both your system and ours as forms of liberal democracy.
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    Re: Socialism

    You're not the boss of us!
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    Re: Socialism

    I don't say it's the only difference, but I certainly admire your ability to get rid of a bad leader expeditiously.

    In terms of how the British rule themselves, the difference between your...
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    Re: Socialism

    Now you're pretending I've said things I haven't. I think you know what my point is, but you've avoided addressing it.
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    Re: How ancient sailors sailed west in The Med

    I'm sure all ancient sailing craft were at their best with wind behind the beam, and sailing routes would be designed to give them that as much as possible. My point is that the polar might be...
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    Re: How ancient sailors sailed west in The Med

    The Norwegian boats in the regatta I referred to would have looked something like this:

    http://www.woodenboatfittings.com.au/public/norwegian-03.jpg
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    Re: How ancient sailors sailed west in The Med

    That polar is very comforting, but do we know whether they were able to sail the boat as well as the ancients did? In Inshore Craft of Norway, there is an account of the powers that be introducing...
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    Re: How ancient sailors sailed west in The Med

    Here's a vid of building the boat:

    https://vimeo.com/324645556
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    Re: Socialism

    You conceded that there is more than one kind of republic, but can't imagine that there is more than one kind of democracy. Madison opposed direct democracy, but wanted representative democracy, also...
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    Re: Socialism

    Your house of Commons is democratically elected, the House of Lords is not, and the head of state is hereditary. You briefly had a republic in the 19th century, but couldn't keep it up.
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    Re: Socialism

    Was looking for the post I was going to respond to, but it turns out you've changed it beyond all recognition.

    Here's how Madison defined democracy in Federalist #10:



    This is a form of...
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    Re: Best Beers by State

    That's a bloody horrible list. The author really likes weird stuff in his beer.
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    Re: Some Common Sense from England...

    Shows how little you know about American football. Wide receivers look nothing like linemen.
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    Re: How ancient sailors sailed west in The Med

    What do you mean, that going to windward means an angle within 45 degrees of the wind? Hardly any vessels could do that prior to the 20th century yachts.
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