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Behind the Russian Rage

Harrison Bergeron Wrote: Mar 28, 2014 8:00 AM
Awwww.... those poor Russians! After murdering 50 million people to create a great empire, this is the thanks they get? But Pat, if Putin's sorry lot in life draws a tear to your eye, consider that even sorrier sad sack -- Lucifer. The poor guy was God's favorite angel until he led a rebellion and got himself cast out of Heaven. Now he's been in Hell for thousands of years with nothing to entertain himself with the torture of a few billion human souls. And even when he finally gets his parole someday, it has already been written by God that it's only for seven years and then it right back into the Lake of Fire for the Master of Lies! Awwww..... poor Lucifer!
Chapman, the Hobby Lobby decision only hurts Conservatives if idiots like you allow the Dumbocrats to change the perception of the Conservative position from support for an employer who refuses to spend his own money to pay for his employee's birth control, to a position we've never held -- that an employer can forbid his employees from using birth control. Which is the same way idiots like you allowed Dumbocrats to change public perception of the Conservative view of gay "marriage". We merely refuse to grant the special government privileges of marriage to homosexual men who pretend to be married even though it is physically impossible. Nobody ever said we wanted to ban gays from pretending to be married. We just refuse to buy into their delusion WITH OUR OWN MONEY.
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My Trip to the Pot Shop

Harrison Bergeron Wrote: Mar 26, 2014 8:31 AM
Maybe someday your grandma won't have to consume a raw, unprocessed weed that you bought in a head shop just to get the chemical compound that relieves her symptoms. I imagine a brave new day when Pfizer can legally study, discover, and synthesize whichever chemical it is in hemp that relieves her nausea, so that maybe in the future people will be able to get the benefit without the psychotropic side-effects and carcinogenous compounds of smoking or eating raw marijuana. Liberty -- what a concept!
The only aspect you missed, Kurt, was the most important one -- the Ukrainian object lesson on how to preserve one's freedom. Here's a few tips for any other former Russian serf-states who may be paying attention: If you suddenly find yourself free of the Russian empire for the first time in hundreds of years, don't give up your nukes on a Russian promise to play nice. And you might think about building an army of your own instead of merely hoping the cool kids in the NATO will approve your application. And one final tip -- instead of retiring to a socialist paradise on credit like the Greeks, beg the rich Americans to come exploit you and GET A JOB.
You've confused socialist dogma with socialist reality. Socialist theory IS the exact opposite of Socialist fact. The only difference between socialism and monarchy is the basis of the elite's claim to rule. In fact, in the most supreme "socialist" state in the world, N. Korea, not even that difference exists. I think the reason you're so angry over this is that you've not yet lived long enough to have come to terms with the fact that the world contains people just as smart as you, with different insights that haven't occurred to you. You're arguing with a man who was probably voting Libertarian before you were born, and a "prepper" same as you, with his own stash of preparations and weaponry. I started this thread by pointing out that it's not Socialism that's modern and "on the right side of history". The modern idea is the uniquely American notion of individual liberty. It was my proof that set you off, because the other thing you haven't come to terms with is the fact that your preparations will not actually preserve your life and liberty if you don't cooperate with your neighbors to restore America WTHSHTF -- unless, of course, you choose to live in a unibomber shack 300 miles from the nearest sane man.
You're forgetting that the "supreme lord of the neighborhood" -- the police chief -- has you out-gunned 10 to 1, and he's got an army of sheeple standing behind him waiting for their share of your stash. Your "pioneer days" fantasy comes from too many westerns. Rugged individualism requires either a modern society based on the rule of law, enlightened enough to tolerate it -- or a half mile of separation between you and your nearest neighbor. And your description of chimpanzees -- hilarious. Just substitute the word "socialist" -- "SOCIALISTS are very territorial, run in clans, and are known to kill outsiders" -- and you might begin to understand the wars that have raged since people began listening to Marx instead of Jefferson. And where you got the idea that I am anti-gun, a religious nut, or anti-Darwin, I can only blame on your government school education. You obviously just never learned to read. Or think.
You're forgetting that the "supreme lord of the neighborhood" -- the police chief -- has you out-gunned 10 to 1, and he's got an army of sheeple standing behind him waiting for their share of your stash. Your "pioneer days" fantasy comes from too many westerns. Rugged individualism requires either a modern society based on the rule of law, enlightened enough to tolerate it -- or a half mile of separation between you and your nearest neighbor. And your description of chimpanzees -- hilarious. Just substitute the word "socialist" -- "SOCIALISTS are very territorial, run in clans, and are known to kill outsiders" -- and you might begin to understand the wars that have raged since people began listening to Marx instead of Jefferson. And where you got the idea that I am anti-gun, a religious nut, or anti-Darwin, I can only blame on your government school education. You obviously just never learned to read. Or think.
Capitalism and liberty are only possible in extremely modern societies where the elite and powerful voluntarily agree to follow rule by law rather than natural rule by might. The notion of individual liberty itself is barely 200 years old. Want proof? Imagine what would happen if Iran slayed "the Great Satan" by exploding a couple of EMP devices over the coasts. Would the free individuals in America who were smart enough to lay in a year's worth of rations be allowed to keep it? Not likely! America would immediately revert to the default mode -- socialism -- or what we used to call feudalism until Marx invented a new word for it. Your local police chief would declare himself supreme lord of the neighborhood. First order of business would be to go door to door confiscating the cache of any "hoarders" -- the formerly free men who had scrimped and saved for years to provide for their own families in just such an emergency. Socialism is the oldest form of human organization. It predates the species itself. Chimpanzees are socialists.
What a time for the Dumbocrats to be at the helm! As any pilot can tell you, "evading" radar is not tricky -- most of the United States is not even covered by radar, much less most of the world, and at 1000' AGL, you're invisible anyway. The friendliest path for a terrorist would have been over Yeman, and up the gulf to Iran. Or any one of hundreds of 4000' runways within 7 hours reach of Malaysia. If you think a heavy can't use a short runway when it has to, please refer to the last year's Southwest accidental landing at Wichita's Jabara airpark. That plane is on the ground somewhere being outfitted as a missile. One nuke, one airplane, one dead Great Satan for the bad guys. Can you spell E-M-P? And Wrongway Obama won't even know where to point a counterstrike. Here's a clue, Wrongway -- which country celebrates a holiday every year named "Death to the Great Satan Day"?
Imagine the insanity. Millions of otherwise sober, intelligent people buy virtual slips of paper with various company names printed on them, which they trade them among themselves like baseball cards. And we call this activity "investing". Do you "own" Apple? Or merely a slip of paper? Well, ask yourself this. Has Apple ever paid you a share of its profits? No? What if you ordered "your" company to do so? Would it make any difference? What about expenses? Did you agree to pay Tim Cook his 40 million dollars last year (while you received nothing)? Who's the real owner here, you or Tim Cook? The truth is, the only link between that piece of paper and Apple is that Apple created it for the first fool, by pretending that it represented a "share" of the company. Of course, Apple could have just as honesty represented it as a "share" of the moon, but finding that great a fool might have been more difficult. But wait, you say! "My share gives me a vote!" Really? You mean that "proxy" where you get to say "yes" or "No"? You must also be a great believer in North Korean democracy. Lil' Kim uses the same system. But what of the capital! If Apple went bankrupt I'd get my share! Right. Whatever was left after the creditors recovered their pennies on the dollar. In other words, nothing. How much were you awarded for your share of bankrupt Fannie Mae in 2008? In fact, Fannie Mae exactly proves my point. It's up 400% from 2008 -- despite the fact that Fannie Mae is now a 100% wholly owned subsidiary of the US government. Yet the paper still trades. Imagine the insanity.
I've got to agree with you on this one, Ann. I've been scratching my head over the McConnell hysteria ever since it started. Yes, it annoyed me that he voted FOR the latest debt ceiling increase instead of merely abstaining, but that's the only vote I can think of that I really disagreed with. I too marveled at his mastery of the sequester fiasco, although now Obama takes credit for cutting the budget. But I still hope that tea party guy gives him a run for his money. We need to keep that Washington crowd's feet to the fire at all times. The longer they live in that cesspool the more corrupt they get.
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