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A totally manufactured 'humanitarian crisis' ... at a time when our country is already on the ropes economically. Someday, in the history books, people will marvel that a country such as ours would have willfully committed economic and cultural suicide. These past few years have given me so much insight into inexplicable historical episodes that seemed so similarly and bewilderingly irrational. There are plenty of people shouting "Stop" ... but there is also a great mass - comprised largely of unreflecting but partially of a totally malignant element - who are gleefully goading the whole destructive spectacle on.
Outrage fatigue.
"I'm "concerned about what I see happening in the country and in the world," she gives as her reason for needing to be in the public eye. Hey, I"m concerned about those things - how come there aren't a bunch of folks wanting to hear what I have to say?? The truth is, there is only ONE reason she is famous, but there are tens of millions of Americans who believe the opinion of anyone who is famous for virtually ANY reason is intrinsically credible and worth broadcasting - because they want to feel like they're 'like them,' because they're famous. In a sane world, this woman-child would be hurling herself in front of the cameras for another round of "Look at me, look at me!!" - but reporters and the public would just avert their eyes and be embarrassed for her. They would NOT decide she needed to be on TV. Just as much of what you read on the Internet (e.g., Yahoo!) is 'clickbait' rather than important information or serious, well-reasoned commentary, most of what you see on TV is designed to appeal to the base side of human nature in order to get the maximum number of eyeballs to watch the paid advertising. The problem is that the 'collateral damage' of all this is the degradation of a once great culture.
I don't know if I want to live in a country where Sandra Fluke doesn't get everything she wants and is entitled to as a result of her extraordinary achievements and the accompanying fame.
Regardless of what view one takes of this matter, I have trouble getting my arms around a perspective that says whether or not this guy deserted doesn't matter; that he "served with honor and distinction." What does honor mean? Exactly what action did he take that is being deemed as honorable? What does it mean to say he served with distinction? What did he do that set him apart from - above - the conduct of *most* of his fellow soldiers?
I hope she's right ... but it feels like we've now gone past the proverbial 'tipping point.' Our side's used to be the prevailing view; if you look at the the arguments today (that are being made by those on *both* sides), however, we are now seem to be on the defensive, and it is now the other side that is speaking with the imprimatur of holding the prevailing view and possessing 'moral authority.' I'm not happy about it, but that seems to be how it is. We may have to learn to live with the fact that the morality as defined by our faith and/or traditional American culture is going to be outside of, rather than defining, the cultural mainstream for the foreseeable future.
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Abolish the Corporate Income Tax!

Greg3008 Wrote: May 13, 2014 4:34 PM
This is the pragmatic side of the issue ... consider also the principle-based argument. A corporation exists simply for legal purposes – so it can be dealt with as a single entity rather than having to deal simultaneously and independently with each of its individual owners. (In the case of a publicly held company, this is the stockholders.) This has created a situation where, when the profits of the company are divvied up among the owners – the stockholders, in the form of dividends – the owners' profits are subsequently taxed as 'capital gains.' So, how about if, instead of income taxes AND capital gains taxes BOTH being levied on the same profits (to where those dollars are taxed TWICE before the owners receive the profits of their business), the system be set up to where profits are only taxed ONCE? Just why would it be intrinsically fair to levy taxes on the same profits twice?
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The Philanthropic Superpower

Greg3008 Wrote: May 02, 2014 4:10 PM
While one could argue that the U.S. ought to agree to back Japan were they to be attacked, I would think we would do well to give Japan our private assurances that we would NEVER agree to go to war with China in the event that the Senkaku Islands were to be seized by China. Why would we EVER allow another country to make such a decision on our behalf? "Anyone you ever go to war against, for whatever reason, our government will obligate itself to send U.S. citizens to die on your behalf - you can take that to the BANK!" Really??
I thought the guy who just got ousted was democratically elected? Are we sure his 'ouster' was the 'voice of the people'? Are all insurrections the key to a better world? I've read in many places that those who are now in power in the Ukraine are neo-Nazi ultra-nationalists . . . are they the key to a brighter future? Also, does everyone really think Putin lacks the resolve to fight a war with anyone who wanted to take him on? How easy does everyone think it would be to beat Russia? Would it take as long (3 weeks) as everyone 'knew' it would take to beat the other side into submission in 1914? Does everyone really think it's not possible to have a WW3, and, if so, why is it not possible? There is a lot of history and some very complicated rivalries in play here ... 1) Why do "we" think we can solve them? 2) Why do we think we have sovereignty over these other nations? 3) Do we care about the possible deaths of untold numbers of people if we successfully provoke a war?
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Big Brother vs. Little Sisters

Greg3008 Wrote: Feb 28, 2014 5:20 PM
"The administration insists on coercing full compliance with the Obamacare mandates, even when 99.9 percent compliance would fully serve its purposes." Ah, but that's just it . . . the purpose here is to break the will of each individual American and to create a totally servile populace.
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