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Things Fall Apart

Conchfritters Wrote: 6 hours ago (12:38 PM)
Say what? Who is antisemetic on this board? Most of the people on this board love Israel. Israel is an astounding country. They single handedly defeated all of their attackers when they were invaded enmass back in 1948, 1967, and again in 1973. Israel might be the only country and ally of ours on the face of the earth to have been at war three times in the past 50 years without the assistance of 1 US soldier. I love Israel - - they take care of their own stuff and don't ask for any American blood to fight their wars.
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Things Fall Apart

Conchfritters Wrote: 7 hours ago (11:58 AM)
When I grew up in the 70s and 80s, I was lucky that my family had cable so I could watch and record the show Wings. I believe it was on the Discovery channel (and I am not talking about the sitcom Wings, but the fighter jet documentary series). While watching wings I became enthralled with Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the Vietnam Ace who shot down more MIGs than any other pilot in the war. He sort of became my hero. I followed his career to the House of Representatives, representing a conservative district in the San Diego area. And then my hero took bribes and made shady deals with defense contractors in return for steering business to the defense contractors. The Duke just got out of prison last year, and is now a convicted felon. This is the same military that wasted tax payer money on the B-2, Osprey, F-22 engines that may as well be plated in gold, the F-35 which reportedly would get spanked in a dog fight with a Mig-21 (look it up). Indeed, the military deserves inclusion in this list.
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Things Fall Apart

Conchfritters Wrote: 9 hours ago (9:41 AM)
"Even Joe Biden calls LaGuardia a 'Third World' airport." Yes, I do find agreement with the left from time to time.
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Things Fall Apart

Conchfritters Wrote: 9 hours ago (9:40 AM)
"We borrow from Japan and Europe to defend Japan and Europe, though World War II has been over for 70 years." Nailed it.
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Why Republicans Don't Get It

Conchfritters Wrote: Oct 23, 2014 11:05 AM
I don't think that it had much to do with his tax returns. Romney lost because many Republicans viewed him as too moderate. I despite what a commenter said below, I do know of some Christian conservatives who would not vote for him because he is a Mormon. I think the vast majority of people, however, viewed him as being out of touch with the American people. He did not endear himself to independent voters - independents supported Obama by significant margins over Romneu. Obama's weak economic recovery was enough for some people to give him a pass. The stock market also rebounded and was up about 90% from when Obama took office until he went. Let me make it clear that I think Obama was a beneficiary of market forces that were not of his doing, and without question Romney was the better choice. But Romney doesn't bring any fresh ideas or inject any enthusiasm into his party, much less the rest of the masses.
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Why Republicans Don't Get It

Conchfritters Wrote: Oct 22, 2014 6:06 PM
"The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." - - Thomas Jefferson
Thanks! And yes, conchfritters are a tasty treat. Deepfried conch crab - - what the heck else can you ask for?
These were towns folk from Duluth Minnesota. In 1920 the circus came to town. A girl went there and was late getting home, and was in trouble with her parents. She made up a story that her and her friend were raped and robbed, and the local sheriff went down to the circus and lined all of the workers up. The girls pointed out the people who they said attacked them (doctors examining them said there was no rape) and the sheriff locked them up. Later that night a mob showed up at the hoosehow and the sheriff let they in. The crowd took three prisoner, beat them, and then hung them. Someone took a picure of this and a few days later they were selling post cards of the hanging around town. All in all a really terrible event in Minnesota history.
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Conchfritters Wrote: Oct 22, 2014 2:42 PM
"That's because the conservative base understands that what motivates them is not the marginal tax rate -- nobody in the country knows, offhand, his or her effective tax rate -- but values." That just about says it - - we are one step away from insolvency, the IRS is out of control, our rights and liberties are being stripped away by Republicans and Democrats alike who don't care about the constitution, and what topic keeps coming back over and over again? Gay marriage. Porn. Weed. Whatever. What a winning strategy (not). Forget 2016 - the GOP will lucky to win any Presidential election if this is what we are still discussing 10 years from now when the interest on the debt consumes 50% of the budget.
Only one concern - - he is gay and libertarian, so he is persona non grata in the GOP. I for one could care less about his personal life, and agree with many of his beliefs. It is a shame that people like Mr. Thiel have been told basically to get lost.
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