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Menstrual Activism

Matt in N.C. Wrote: 33 minutes ago (10:01 AM)
I wonder how these menstrual activists would react to posting photographs of aborted fetuses in the cafeteria.
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Menstrual Activism

Matt in N.C. Wrote: 38 minutes ago (9:56 AM)
And people who decline to pay for this folly go to prison. Some days I regret never attending college. This isn't one of them.
We're already paying Mexico, in effect, to export its own surplus population to this country. I don't see how paying Mexico to stop using Central Americans as shock troops in an attack on American sovereignty sends a good message or accomplishes anything. On the contrary, we should bill Mexico for all the billions of dollars of services its own illegal immigrants, and the ones it allows to pass through, have consumed over the years. And if they don't pay up, we should start seizing oil wells and other assets to defray the costs we've incurred so far, the cost of shipping the illegals back, and the cost of securing the border..
Good point. Dems continually bray about how Republicans control half of one-third of the federal government. Okay, fine. Republicans shouldn't keep begging Dirty Harry to consider their ideas only to be rejected out of hand. They should sit back, let Dems try to solve the problems that Dems created, and shoot down every ridiculous or unconstitutional proposal.
Here’s a few open secrets about members of Congress: They live off people just like us. They get lots of money and perks to do just a few basic jobs: write laws, read them, understand them, vote on them, and keep themselves and the other two branches of government from getting out of control. But they hire "expert" consultants or rely on lobbyists and staffers to do the first three jobs. They've given up on the last. So they do only one of five things we pay them to do—vote—and only when enough members happen to be in town and conscious. They usually manage to render that process corrupt, as with Obamacare, or foolish, as when they declared October National Bagel-Stacking Month. Of course they like to go on vacation just like us. That's why they're in Congress. Their occupation is a vacation. They spend most of their time campaigning for reelection, raising funds for their campaigns, attending parties, molesting interns, or jetting off to investigate rumors of unsportsmanlike conduct at the Superbowl. They don't need time off. They don't deserve time off. I'd support a constitutional amendment requiring Congress work a normal Joe Sixpack schedule—a minimum of 270 8-hour days a year—and requiring members to remain within 10 miles of the Capitol all of those days, if not for one incontrovertible fact: the country fares much better when Congress isn't in session.
I got a mandate from his utter humiliation of McGovern. You may use whatever term you prefer, but the point remains that he squandered a vast amount of political capital. I don't seek perfection, which no mortal can attain, and no politician can approach within 1,000 miles. But I don't think it's too much to expect that presidents obey the law, refrain from abetting genocide, and not be crackerdog. And yes, I recognize—indeed, I conceded—that he had his good points. At his worst, he was still better than Johnson or Humphrey the happy socialist. I didn't read anyone out of the party. There's no denying that Nixon was a Republican. Unlike many Republicans, he was also a vigorous anticommunist. But he was hardly a conservative. He gave us wage-and-price controls, the EPA, and a load of other regrettable garbage. You have a partial point, though: CINO would've been more accurate than RINO.
"Perfect candor wasn't Richard Nixon's strong suit." That may be the understatement of the year. At his worst, he was not only a dishonest, cynical, paranoid, power-besotted RINO who put China, the bloodiest dictatorship in history, on the road to superpower status; abandoned Southeast Asia and our POWs and MIAs there; imposed tyrannical wage-and-price controls that still cast a shadow over the economy; and nearly declared martial law over a penny ante truckers' strike. He threw away the greatest electoral mandate since FDR's third term, nearly destroyed the country and the GOP, and indirectly gave us Carter and the Church Commission. At his best, he was a thoughtful strategist who temporarily drove a wedge between China and the Soviet Empire and saved us for eight years from total Democrat rule. And from the wreckage of his self-destruction eventually came the Reagan revolution.
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Sticks, Stones, And Thought Crimes

Matt in N.C. Wrote: 23 hours ago (11:11 AM)
Or maybe a bundle of sticks 3 feet long and 2 feet in circumference.
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Sticks, Stones, And Thought Crimes

Matt in N.C. Wrote: 23 hours ago (11:02 AM)
You just got out after 29 years? Jeez, I'll bet you were regarded as a tyrannosaurus. I put in my 20; but the wind had already shifted, and I had to hold my nose the last couple of hitches.
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Conservatism Is The New Punk Rock

Matt in N.C. Wrote: 23 hours ago (11:00 AM)
Yeah. Or "You're a racist/sexist/homophobe!" Or "It's for the children!"
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