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Oh, that's right, Laura. Be the spoiler for all the fun I would have had explaining it to Georg. ;P
Toggle Commented May 1, 2012 on Red Tide at RedStateEclectic
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Bill Kristol is right about as often as a sundial on a sunken ship. He should be a weatherman.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2012 on Delegate Math at RedStateEclectic
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In Rush's world, "no one" is.
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Merry Christmas, Laura, Georg, and to all the other fine folks here.
Toggle Commented Dec 25, 2011 on Merry Christmas to All! at RedStateEclectic
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You should definitely speak ill of the Departments of State and Defense when they deserve it, which they often do. I too have been through a leaning curve over the last decade and I have reached some of your same conclusions. I guess where we may differ is in character of those that threaten us. Unlike enemies of recent times, save perhaps the Kamikaze pilots of WWII, we are dealing with people that actually believe that god wants them to do what they are doing and will reward them for dying while doing it. People who think that way are not acting in vengeance for past wrongs, even if they use that as a cover. There are a great many places around the world where Islam-based theocratic fascism is aggressively persecuting and killing to further its goals (e.g. Nigeria, East Timor, Cote d’Ivoire, etc.). That seems like an awful lot of blowback to me. Nope, while there is no question that the law of unintended consequences is alive and well, I think that there's a whole lot more to what is going on than that.
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2011 on A Man Walks into a Restaurant at RedStateEclectic
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Everything in your last comment points back to the "they hate us because we're free." I don't think you've learned anything in regard to blowback. Oh, I have learned plenty. I think you have yet to learn about theocratic fascism. Sadly, an object lesson in this ideology will be forthcoming I think.
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2011 on A Man Walks into a Restaurant at RedStateEclectic
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Progress. Any ideology that espouses ideas circa 700 CE and the notion of world domination to fulfill some divine obligation is destined to fail under the weight of its own ignorance. The problem is that as long as there are those who, because of some set idealistic and/or PC sensitivities, refuse to acknowledge that there really are a huge number of people that espouse such an ideology and who believe it should be accomplished by any means necessary, or are ambivalent in that regard, then the de facto enabling of that ideology will go on. Figuratively speaking, sooner or later a duck must be called a duck, and invariably it is. History is replete with such exercises in progress overwhelming that which does not change. The end game is not the problem; in fact, it's entirely predictable due to the frequency of its repetition throughout history. Fundamentalist Islam (I do not use the term radical as it denotes a fringe, and historically it is the radical fringe that reforms religions away from fundamentalism), has essentially already lost, it just doesn't know it yet (see Catholic Church history). The problem is what takes place between now and the inevitable outcome of the end game. Again, if one consults history, it is hard to imagine that transition will be very pretty. Maybe I'm overstating the situation (I hope so), but I don't believe that I am. Time will tell. I would suggest, however, for the sake of safety, that everyone fasten their seat belts and keep their arms and legs within the vehicle at all times.
Toggle Commented Dec 22, 2011 on A Man Walks into a Restaurant at RedStateEclectic
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Collateral damage is what happens when people who are not the intended targets get inadvertently killed or injured. The innocent people that died in the WTC were NOT collateral damage, the WERE the intended target, as were those that died in the UK and in Spain, and in Iraq at the hands of their fellow Iraqis or their agents as recently as today. If the terrorists were killing innocents because "they hate freedom" that would almost be a comforting notion and one that would have at least a shred of a hope of resolution over time. They are not. They are killing innocents (including their fellow Muslims I might add) because that is what their version of a god has commanded them to do. Therein lies the rub. I by no means dismiss your point out of hand, Triple Hash, but I also recognize that there is more at play here than simply the laws of cause and effect. It may be more comfortable to dismiss this notion, but we do so at our own peril IMHO.
Toggle Commented Dec 22, 2011 on A Man Walks into a Restaurant at RedStateEclectic
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@### I understood your point completely. Had the Pentagon or its minions been the sole target, I am with you. It wasn't. I'm sorry, but we are dealing with people that harm people they CAN harm in lieu of those they cannot. They use an excuse to do the inexcusable because they would do it anyway, and more, if given the chance. Their god commands it, even if it is only their god. Appease that.
Toggle Commented Dec 22, 2011 on A Man Walks into a Restaurant at RedStateEclectic
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T’was the night after recess, and all through the House Every member was leaving, yes, every louse. The Senate was vacant, not one ass in a chair. A nation in crisis, but they didn’t care. Home to their mansions or vacation homesteads, As plans for more power danced in their heads. And Obama, our “Chief”, and his handicap, Again hit the links in luxury’s lap. When across the whole country there arose such a cry, “Who do they work for? If not us, then just why?” Away with these failures, we’ll no longer take it, 2012’s coming; we’re sick of this shit. The mood of the People, who watched them all go, Was dark, yet still thankful for the things they did know. For the their “servants”, regardless of how they had appeared, Had showed their true stripes for another year. Obama swung his driver, so elitist and smug, High on more power, his preferred drug. Michelle gobbled sugar-plums in some undisclosed place, And Biden said dumb things, a straight look on his face. "No more! Not again! This IS the last time! These oxygen thieves revel on our goddamn dime! To polling booths, ballot boxes, streets if we must! Out with the trash, in with those whom we trust!" As dry leaves raked from America’s lawn, The incumbent failures soon will be gone. From top to bottom DC will be scrubbed, As each pol is challenged and detritus is drubbed. They have not an inkling, the political caste, That things are changing in this country at last. Though not easy, and it’s gonna take time, The Constitution shall rise back to its prime. The balance of powers, and the rule of law, Although they’ve been flogged literally raw, Have not been forgotten by the People in charge, Only by their “servants” who love to live large. Our account overdrawn and fiat money kiting, The time has now come for some serious fighting! Back up our currency, and let’s kill the Fed, And turn government spending upon its head. Make Janet Napolitano have no department to run, Seal up the borders and stay away from my gun. Give the powers the Feds stole back to the States, The 10th Amendment’s there for reason, for goodness sake! And since Congress has done little for so very long, Let’s make it part time, then send them all home! Let them get real jobs like the People they serve, And stop calling them “leaders” when it’s not deserved. WE are the leaders, WE rule ourselves, WE are the Santas and they are our elves. So do as your told and stay out of our way! Do those simple things and you’ll earn your pay. It will take many years to fix all that’s been broken, It will take honest effort and more than a token, Attempt to wring morning out of what’s become night, It will take perseverance to restore our Rights. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2011 at RedStateEclectic
If one were to accept the rather defensible argument that "blow-back" is a very real dynamic, and ignore the self-professed goal of Islamic global dominance espoused by Islamic terrorist groups, Triple Hash's tale, while well-told, does not parallel the reality of what has actually taken place and continues to play out. In order to more accurately portray that reality, the man in the sweatsuit would have had one of his adult friends or relatives strap on a bomb, hijack a bus, and blown up the school where both the suited man's and the sweatsuited man's children sat in classes along with their fellow students and faculty. The relatives of all the dead children and faculty would then have to seek to capture or kill the sweatsuited man, capturing or killing any that seemed to be protecting him along the way. Meanwhile, the others in the suited man's family and circle of friends would have to be killing one another because of an unrelated internal disagreement over whose paternal ancestor had the better seat in church, or some such. Then, and only then, would the parable be true to the actual situation as it stood and still stands.
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2011 on A Man Walks into a Restaurant at RedStateEclectic
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NJ, huh? What exit?
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2011 on I Am from North Jersey at RedStateEclectic
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I don't know which shows the astounding incompetence of that SWAT team more: The fact that they conducted the raid at all, that they had to shoot 70 rounds to take out one guy, or that even after hitting the poor fellow 60 times "He was pronounced dead a little over an hour later." They shot him 60 fucking times and he lived for over an hour? What the hell were they aiming at? Sounds like more time at the range for SWAT team members might be in order. Jesus.
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So, who else around here is sick and tired of hearing the effete meme bemoaning the economic plight of "our children and grandchildren"? Sure, I understand the notion that future generations will be slaves to our action or inaction today, but come on, this trite rhetorical version of yelling fire inside a crowded theater that's engulfed in flames has been going on as long as I can remember. Here are a few examples I had the gumption to find while my chronic laziness fell briefly into remission: "We must lift the burden of debt that threatens the future of our children and grandchildren." (President Bill Clinton during a 1995 press conference) “We cannot continue to let this growing burden of debt crush the hopes and the dreams of our children and our grandchildren.” (A position statement on the balanced budget issue page at DoleKemp96.org) "Our election in 1996 is about the year 2000 and beyond. It's about the kind of America we and our children and grandchildren will live in...It's about smaller government, lower taxes and individual responsibility." (Rudy Boschwitz in 1996 while challenging Paul Wellstone (D) for his Senate seat) “Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.” (Barack Obama in 2006 speaking against raising the US debt ceiling) "Addressing the challenge of our national debt requires bold leadership and tough choices from members of both parties. Our children and grandchildren are counting on us to chart an effective course toward responsible stewardship of the public purse." (Speaker Nancy Pelosi in March of 2010) These days you can't get through a 24 hour period without hearing this reference. What amazes me is that this has been going on for at least two decades. This of course begs the question, "Are we there yet?" And the answer to this query is: Yes, we are there; and we have been there for a while now. You see, ladies and gentlemen, those kids and grandkids are us. We have arrived at the destination, the train has pulled into the station, the elevator doors have opened up on our floor even if we didn't push the button. What we are all witnessing today is the package everyone has been saying they didn't want to send us for the last 20-30 years. It's here, and it was as self-opening as everyone has been fearing it would for so very long as the gravediggers lamented our fate even as they buried us alive. Welcome aboard "kids", keep your arms and legs within the vehicle at all times, it's gonna be a bumpy ride. Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2011 at RedStateEclectic
"Is Rand Paul advocating a database?" Do you honestly believe that there isn't one already that's been in place for many years?
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Yeah.
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2011 on Bored Tonight? Come Chat at RedStateEclectic
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I am there, Laura. Those who are not are either fraidy cats or communists...or both.
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2011 on Bored Tonight? Come Chat at RedStateEclectic
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When Tim Pawlenty goes to a ballet with his wife the ballet falls asleep.
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www.google.com, Georg. ;) Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2011 on Red Tide at RedStateEclectic
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That sonofabitch Barry is always stealing my material. :[
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Y'all forgot about the asteroid.
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2011 on 2011 Predictions at RedStateEclectic
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