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It's War and Peace, Stupid

Chip. Wrote: Oct 22, 2014 10:52 AM
It is a good article.
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It's War and Peace, Stupid

Chip. Wrote: Oct 22, 2014 10:52 AM
It seemed a lot more common lately, not in Ransom's columns in general, but rather in several different authors' columns, all at the same time, today, and so was concerned it might be a side effect of a widespread illness, but your software glitch explanation seems a lot more probable.
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Why Republicans Don't Get It

Chip. Wrote: Oct 22, 2014 12:59 AM
"... it bursts forth with a renewed fire that consumes the Republican Party whole." I won't hold my breath. I doubt there are many conservatives who even bother to communicate their opinions to their local political leaders, since this would explain why the Republicans never seem to know anything more about the issues but the usual empty PC platitudes and slogans. Reprogramming the broadcast content on all the living room boobtubes would probably do the trick, though.
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Boys Don’t Play ‘Soldier’ Anymore

Chip. Wrote: Oct 22, 2014 12:48 AM
Might have something to do with the fact that none of the actors in Hollywood are vets anymore, or who at least worked a lot with the military, and all the actors who play the tough heroes never were much of anything other than actors with or without some martial arts training, maybe some military service in which they saw so little action, like the rest, that merely being good men in combat, they have to be bullet-proof one man armies, which entertains but is very hard for kids to really relate to, because on a certain level they know bs when they see it.
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It's War and Peace, Stupid

Chip. Wrote: Oct 22, 2014 12:35 AM
"... won’t do anything to help Ukraine helps itself." This evening I have seen several of these simple types of grammatical errors present in other columns here on TH as well. I wonder what gives.
They all seem to still understand and speak the language, which understands and reasons within the framework of their..aristocracy (relative to and above all non-Hispanics). And this illustrates how reason and "common sense" does not exist anymore in certain parts of America, not nearly so much as some minority tribal identity of ome kind or another.
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Shakespeare and "Death with Dignity"

Chip. Wrote: Oct 16, 2014 2:23 AM
It would seem there are so many truly senseless suicides in this world, that Biblical and Shakespearean arguments against that would be time best spent. Why go to the furthest extremes? I would suppose this whole debate is only due to the mixed blessing of modern medical knowledge, finally being able to actually predict the outcome of a person's illness and know whether it would or would not be a certain and very painful death, and when. Right? So what about suicide to evade capture of enemies who would certain torture their captives slowly and painfully, as would the Phillistines have done to King Saul? Or as would certain American Indians have done during certain wars, to their enemies and sometimes to innocent settlers, slowly torturing them over hours or days? Didn't Judas do the world and himself a favor by hanging himself? The consensus during those times, among the people who were present, seemed to agree.
I agree except that what we are seeing is more of a non-repressed group of Muslims just doing what Muslims do, than some exception to mainstream Islamic society. These .. people also represent what BHO represents, who, by the way, created their particular organization and funded it from it's beginnings. BHO will not stop them. And this also makes me wonder why the Assad in Syria is somehow a threat to anyone. It seems to me that he is only trying to protect his country from what is basically an armed invasion of ISIL (aka Al Queda), and it seems hard to imagine, given ISIL atrocities everywhere else besides Syria, that Assad's Syrian military's atrocities against ISIL prisoners could be anything other than merely reprisals against their atrocities on Syrian prisoners and Syrian civilians (and some element of the barbaric way Muslims usually tend to conduct any war they wage).
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Crumbling Constitution

Chip. Wrote: Oct 16, 2014 1:20 AM
And so that brings me back to the purpose of the Constitution.. We were, and are, as is very evident here on TH, a very diverse group of quarreling people, and the Colonists knew this, and so I believe the Constitution gave each group the protections it needed from the others.
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Crumbling Constitution

Chip. Wrote: Oct 16, 2014 1:15 AM
Hey Ken2168 -- The Declaration of Independence neither relates any specific instances of peoples' lives being unduly affected by the British (except unspecified occasions of British troops being housed in private residences), nor relay, except in a tone, anything which illustrates the British were malevolent or abusive to the Colonists. In fact, a list of credible-sounding grievances could as easily be manufactured and written by any one group opposing another. In my view, the document is more of a summary of several good reasons why they didn't benefit from, or need, the British to govern them, because they felt they could do a lot better themselves, as most sensible people can, and it was as simple as that.
CptPam, you sound like a happy future slave.
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