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    Re: How to win the election

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    In order to do that, you have to decide what you're trying to get people to cheer for.

    American liberals are aground, high and dry, stuck fast, on the idea that what it is to be an...
  2. Re: Wandering Fat Old White Guys in Greek Fisherman Caps

    What I heard is that a bunch of fat old white guys in MAGA caps went on telling each other they were the real Americans.

    Another bunch went on telling each other not to vote because Hillary done...
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    Re: Trump starts it, the morons follow

    Lying POS. This is how it's done:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIjenjANqAk
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    Re: news to "drop" mid-day today...

    Yep, the intent's the thing.
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    Re: Longer-Term Political Thinking

    Faces of Racism
    https://www.smudailycampus.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/altright-flier.jpg

    Southern Methodist University
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    Re: Longer-Term Political Thinking

    Because white people are found on a spectrum from chosen of God through just plain nasty racist to petulant child to ignorant bigot to opportunistic race-baiter and on down to the other end. Fewer...
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    Re: I miss Al Franken

    American Puritanism is a cultural habit, that runs deeper than any mere affiliation or opinion. Contrary to popular belief, it's not just for the ignorant. Ms. Gillebrand isn't ignorant.


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  8. Re: Who ever thought that racism would be a Presidential campaign strategy?

    It is an undeniably an appeal to violence. Check out the conservatives who say so:



    Note, no mention of race.
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    Re: news to "drop" mid-day today...

    Possibly, they found all they needed to indict Trump but they can't because of the DOJ policy, same reason Mueller couldn't discuss it. So now, like Mueller, the only thing they can say is, we're...
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    Re: Longer-Term Political Thinking

    Is there any doubt where it leads?
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    Re: Longer-Term Political Thinking

    Keith, you're right about the numbers & trends & stuff, but the implication is that a correct understanding of them will change these people's minds, whereas, a strong argument can be made that they...
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    Re: OK - so what do we do? (Political)

    A white Romanian-American hears that these tweets are racist in terms of color and thinks, well at least he's not talking about me and my family, we're white. If he hears that they are bigoted in...
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    Re: OK - so what do we do? (Political)

    No doubt, but the question is



    Racism is a brer rabbit situation, as to these tweets. You're addressing people who deny that they are racists, though they support Trump; and deny that he's a...
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    Re: OK - so what do we do? (Political)

    I suggest we stop discussing it in terms of racism. There are more fundamental things and this is one of them.
  15. Re: Why their plans for healthcare should not influence your primary vote

    There's a huge factory where sausage comes out the end. Which pig should we send in first?
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    Re: Russian intelligence & Wikileaks

    I remember he was a hero because he was going to tell us about war crimes in Afghanistan; and that he was more popular among the Bernie Sanders people.
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    Re: Trump under fire for racist tweets

    Ain't that some S?
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    Re: It's over... Trump is going to win

    That's George Will, folks. Not Rachel Maddow.
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    This brings up the argument about alarmism. "These things are cyclical and we have survived worse, in fact things are better than they...
  19. Re: Who ever thought that racism would be a Presidential campaign strategy?

    Playing us like a Stradivarius.



    Race is not the most important aspect; but it's the one Trump prefers.

    The American left thinks there's nothing worse. They're wrong.

    To call someone a...
  20. Re: Who ever thought that racism would be a Presidential campaign strategy?

    How dog whistling works:



    They're "anti-American" is the point; their race, gender and ethnic origin are coincidental.
  21. Re: Four Congresswomen have a press conference

    Not much.
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    Re: You GO Baptists

    That a definition is useful for some purposes does not mean it's "the" definition. Fundamentalism in its broadest sense is as old as religion.

    Consider the current US definitions of "liberal" and...
  23. Re: vote on House resolution condemning racism

    Trump's remarks were racist but that's not the worst of it. They were anti-American. The resolution should have said so.
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    Re: Gold standard question

    Care to fill us in?
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    Re: It's over... Trump is going to win

    A good talk but man I've had it with the tinkle piano until I want to scream. Everything from toothpaste to God.
  26. Re: Who ever thought that racism would be a Presidential campaign strategy?

    Who says it isn't? Perhaps we can save time and ask, who, besides me, says it is?

    It incites violence in a very high crime and misdemeanor way. To deny the legitimacy of someone's presence is...
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    Who ever thought that racism would be a Presidential campaign strategy?
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    Re: It's over... Trump is going to win

    Entirely true, and close to the bottom line . . . but not quite.

    They could give all their money and votes to causes and candidates and it wouldn't be enough. Those are just ways of defending...
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    And Trump makes you feel good.
  30. Re: Who ever thought that racism would be a Presidential campaign strategy?

    As if. Like it's OK if he's telling Bolivian-Americans to go back to their country, but not Uruguayan-Americans. What a twittle of a remark.

    Ah, what the hell, you're not an American anyway,...
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    Re: Health care is not a human right

    Government has the obligation to defend it. That is indeed government's only legitimate purpose. You have it regardless of the government.

    If an individual had complete power to make people...
  32. Re: Who ever thought that racism would be a Presidential campaign strategy?

    I don't care if their ancestors were man and wife at Jamestown in 1607, or if they came from Iran and just got naturalized this morning. If you tell my fellow citizen to "go back where you came...
  33. Re: Who ever thought that racism would be a Presidential campaign strategy?

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    Norm, Norm, Norm. Since 1776. The miracle is that the struggle against it goes on. That he ever felt he had to rely on dog whistles is as far as we've come.
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    Re: Health care is not a human right

    All without a mention of human rights.



    Yeah, especially the no mention of human rights.



    If it's a human right, you have it now, or, to the extent you don't, the government is wrongly...
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    Re: Health care is not a human right

    The means of access are someone else's property. One isn't born with the right to it.

    Otherwise the government of Bangladesh would have to give everyone a computer, internet service, and free...
  36. Re: “The New Energy Economy: An Exercise in Magical Thinking”

    Yes, but the system isn't the whole story. That's the supply. The other part is, how great is the demand. In order to maintain the ratio of supply to demand, the supply has to grow as fast as the...
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    Re: Health care is not a human right

    That's a good working definition. The exception that comes to mind is the right to a public defender in a felony trial. That could be seen as part of the expense of the trial rather than a...
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    Re: Health care is not a human right

    There's a huge functional difference between a policy and a human right. The idea that it's a human right just junks everything up, in practical terms. It adds huge costs. Money that could have...
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    Re: Health care is not a human right

    How would you put that into the Constitution?

    "No state shall make or enforce any law infringing the right to be cared for by others in the event we cannot care for ourselves"?

    Impossibly...
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    Re: Health care is not a human right

    Then like everyone you need a government to protect you, and something to rein in that government.



    That's just another human construct to be annihilated by eternity.
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    Paul Ryan

    . . . was keeping it to himself all the while . . . he says.

    He's POS which was known. But how many POS are there? What would they not join if there were something to join -- such as...
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    Re: Disaster!

    Dig a hole, bury it in concrete and say a prayer.
  43. Re: “The New Energy Economy: An Exercise in Magical Thinking”

    Of course I mean right now, but not only. Right now, it's impossible. What about sun and wind power will prevent us reaching the same crisis when their limits are reached? When people want more...
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    Re: Health care is not a human right

    A moral and perforce practical barrier, based on empirical observation. Human individuals had whatever rights they have before any of the benefits of society began to be realized -- including health...
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    Re: Health care is not a human right

    Gets your attention, eh? Funny how quickly the whatever, dude is boiled away when one's own ass is on the line. Then one experiences a very immediate, sweaty, gritty, heartbeat to terrified...
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    Re: Health care is not a human right

    Or a rhetorical question.
  47. Re: Epstein "hedge fund" may have been built on blackmail.

    Similar to Scientology, hm. Some client list.

    How to get the "information"? Confession booth, E-meter, plush Caribbean rape-a-torium?
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    Re: Health care is not a human right

    So what if I kill you? You would die anyway.
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    Re: Health care is not a human right

    Roughly 100% of people support stop signs. If you want a stop sign at your corner, can you claim the lack of it violates human rights? Will a court require the government to install one, on that...
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    Re: Health care is not a human right

    Lots of interpretation supported by lots of observation. How do you know it's not, as the Fuehrer might say, God's way of protecting the Fuehrer from you? By chemistry and biology, the...
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