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Moral high ground is chump change compared to a generous welfare state.
Santayana was wrong... history doesn't really repeat. But, should we forget or not know history... then demagogues will have an easy time lying to us about it.
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The Gifts of Jahi

agtmarkr Wrote: Jan 03, 2014 11:16 AM
In "Life on the Mississippi", Samuel Clemens wrote of meeting a German tourist who told him of a place that Germans take "dead" bodies... where they lie "in state" with a string to a bell tied to one of their fingers. Should a bell ring... an attendant is supposed to find the body that is not really dead. I asked a German friend if Clemens wasn't just pulling my leg... and she confirmed the practice. In Jahi's case, however, a predatory attorney has turned this tragedy into a grotesque farce... and it wasn't just a routine tonsil surgery, since she was being treated for sleep apnea.
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Are Guns the Problem?

agtmarkr Wrote: Oct 02, 2013 10:56 AM
... to paraphrase Dr. Williams: gun violence is NOT a hardware problem, it is a software problem.
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Disaster Ignorance

agtmarkr Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 3:52 PM
Does Frederick Bastiat and his "fallacy of the broken window" come to mind? Even Berthold Brecht, in his play "Mother Courage" portrays the cumulative destruction wrought by war. Wealth is both created and destroyed... catastrophes destroy... proper application of accumulated capital can create.
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Unlicensed To Kill

agtmarkr Wrote: Nov 11, 2012 6:41 PM
There are no "illegal aliens"... only unregistered Democrats.
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Libya and Lies

agtmarkr Wrote: Oct 23, 2012 6:50 PM
O'bama would've only been "in danger" for not pulling the trigger on Bin Laden had a "public witness" been present. If the tree falls when nobody's around to hear... it's silent.
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Capital Gains Taxes

agtmarkr Wrote: Oct 03, 2012 11:21 AM
The way capital gains are calculated... for tax purposes... they are largely a TAX ON INFLATION. Not only does a successful investment appreciate over time... but the value of the money in which it is calculated has diminished. "Fairness" would require a capital gain to be indexed to the CPI. Urban blight is also a result of the tax on capital gains. Landlords become frozen into income property investments... lest a significant share of their sale proceeds be taxed away. Often they wait till they die, so their heirs can benefit by the readjustment of the tax basis on the death of the owner. Imagine what that does to the physical condition of the property.
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Tilting at the UN Windmill

agtmarkr Wrote: Jul 13, 2012 8:39 PM
With FDR and Alger Hiss calling the shots... what else could be expected? United Dictatorships is a better moniker. The pathetic "peace making" in Syria lifts up the curtain for all to see how empty the utopian promise of "World Government" was back in the 1950s.
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