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    • On Israel and Hamas Again, Poosh said:
      "if the Palestinians where Christians, you’d be out on the street crying murder. It’s unforunate, but there you go." Eh, would I have cried murder during the firestorms of WW2? 1000s of Christian Germans burnt alive, many of them bred on the same Nazi upbringing the Palestinians are brought up on. Yet I wouldn't be crying murder. ... Islam demands the extermination of the Jews, Christianity does not, so that simply would not happen unless you throw in some Nazi indoctrination or classic Jewish hate. But let's say the Palestinians were all Christians and did every thing the current Arab Muslims were doing. Everyone would still be supporting Israel. it is entirely hilarious that you would think we would some how be crying murder if it was "Christians" doings this. We've had no trouble slaughtering and bombing Christians before: in defence of Muslims no less.
      Posted Jul 22, 2014
    • On Still Crazy After All These Years, Poosh said:
      Far right libertarians need to believe these absurdities i.e. it is ALWAYS a Government's fault (never a tyrannical one such as Russia or Iran though...) because the reality would unravel their religious beliefs (insert "the state" for the devil" - same religious psychology). It's not "blame America first" it's "blame the STATE first". Russia doesn't count as a state though. Somehow... Russia is engaging in imperialist behavior but that doesn't count because it prevents them from attacking the US state (or the EU). Technically this is partly Obama's fault eh? He is the one who threw Eastern Europe under the bus, ended our missile defense the exact thing that would have send Putin a clear message. Hell your president was caught on tape basically colluding with Putin. Romney bloody warned America. Half of them didn't listen. So did Palin I'd wager.
      Posted Jul 22, 2014
    • On Republicans Also Responsible for Obama’s High School Grades, Seattle Outcast said:
      Any organization that continues to become ever larger, doing more and more, will naturally become less efficient at doing everything/anything. While there are an infinite number of areas/problems/tasks to potentially be done, your finite resources will place a natural limit on what you can address. Eventually you will end up doing very few things well, and most things half-assed. Everyone will notice. Go ask Microsoft how that works....
      Posted Jul 22, 2014
    • On Israel and Hamas Again, Iconoclast said:
      Not so unlikely. Germany was exclusively Christian in *that* time... Ah, yes, this utterly predictable talking point raises its head again. The German people were predominately Christian, yes, but to claim that they were "exclusively" Christian is simply nonsense. The Nazis certainly weren't Christian by any stretch. They adopted essentially pagan beliefs. The swastika itself is a pagan symbol of the sun. The Nazis had plans to systematically root out Christianity through a systematic campaign of persecution of Christian churches. When made aware of this documented history, claims that the Germans were exclusively Christian come across as simply absurd. I dabble in multiple languages, and fact: the only people I've ever heard say the word traitor with a straight face are Americans. Assuming the truth of these claims for the sake of argument, they're hardly relevant, given that they're thoroughly anecdotal and subjective. And frankly, given the high BS content of your posts thus far, let's just say your credibility is lacking as to the accuracy of these claims. Yes I trivialize it. Obviously. Your problem, not mine. The concept itself has persecution complex and jingoism built right into it. More BS. Being a domestic enemy of the state is...
      Posted Jul 22, 2014
    • On Liberal NIMBY strikes again, Xetrov said:
      I’ve acknowledged the 2012 EO and the role that is playing here. Let's go to the tape! the current crisis is a result of out-of-control drug wars in Central America, a combination of incompetent governments and US pressure to do something about drugs. Whatever you say. What I’m denying is that getting here automatically means free food, education, etc., Once again, I can't force you to accept reality. http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/05/19/Air-Force-Base-Provides-Comfort-and-Benefits-for-1000-Illegal-Immigrants Since May 18, the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas has been home to 1,000 illegal immigrant children, according to a report by the San Antonio Express-News. The decision to utilize the base comes as an overwhelming number of young people have been caught crossing the Mexican/U.S. border during recent months. Children and teens brought to Lackland will be provided with education, foster care programs, and "behavioral treatment centers." The projected cost of such programs, as well as the cost of the housing, has not been disclosed to U.S. taxpayers. The federal government was forced to utilize Lackland as its own facilities can no longer accommodate the number of illegal immigrants waiting to be processed, reports state. I guess they're not eating while they are housed and educated at the airbase? Obama has already flip-flopped TWICE...
      Posted Jul 22, 2014
    • On Still Crazy After All These Years, Hal_10000 said:
      Sometimes, I like what Paul has to say and sometimes he just make me headdesk.
      Posted Jul 22, 2014
    • On Liberal NIMBY strikes again, Hal_10000 said:
      I've acknowledged the 2012 EO and the role that is playing here. What I'm denying is that getting here automatically means free food, education, etc., because it doesn't. It usually means being sent back to your own country. And labor force participation is higher among illegals than native-born Americans. Not saying we should have amnesty: they're still breaking the law and should be sent back. Tell me Hal – in your world, is it possible to get from Honduras to the US over land without going through another country? Uh, dude. Panama, Nicaragua and Costa Rica are the other way. They aren't passing through these countries. They are going to these countries and applying for asylum. Asylum requests are up 700% in those countries.
      Posted Jul 21, 2014
    • On Israel and Hamas Again, Technomad said:
      If countries have a "right to exist," why aren't we frantically trying to revive Yugoslavia-that-was? Or Czechoslovakia, or the old Soviet Union? Or the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies? Or the Most Serene Republic of Venice? And I would love to know when it's a "done deal." Apparently Israel was a "done deal" as of 1948, but nobody's willing to say the same thing about the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, even though it isn't going anywhere and has been there for goin'-on forty years. In any case, why should the US endlessly back Israel? What do those arrogant, entitled pricks bring to the table that's worth all the trouble they bring us?
      Posted Jul 21, 2014
    • On Israel and Hamas Again, AlexInCT said:
      Not so unlikely. Germany was exclusively Christian in *that* time (and people were actually devoutly believing that shit back then, too). Oh, Bulllshit. The Third Reich was all about going back to the old pagan ways, and while the bulk of the German people might not been been very knowledgable about the Nazi leadership's plans, you had to be blind to not see it. In fact, I bet most people in Germany saw it quite well, and Christian or not, they went along because they were more interested in having dignety, a job that allowed them to put food on the table, and an end to the abuse that followed the armistice after WWI. You are correct, however inderectly, that anit-semitism has run and continues to runs rampant in that part of the world and many other places where their brand was exported, even amongst European and other Christians.It's the same shit that has these types supporting the Palestinian terrorists and pretending they do it because Israel is a meany and the poor child murdering monsters just have no other choice. Keep making exuses for the real motivation behind your support for murderers.
      Posted Jul 21, 2014
    • On Israel and Hamas Again, mrblume said:
      If the Palestinians where Christians, it’s highly unlikely that they would elect “leadership” whose stated goal is the utter destruction of Israel Not so unlikely. Germany was exclusively Christian in *that* time (and people were actually devoutly believing that shit back then, too). Why do you utterly ignore his al Qaeda connection, and the fact that he was a suspected traitor? What is it about your psyche that makes you trivialize such things? I dabble in multiple languages, and fact: the only people I've ever heard say the word traitor with a straight face are Americans. Yes I trivialize it. The concept itself has persecution complex and jingoism built right into it. Still, I was amused by the "suspected" qualification.
      Posted Jul 21, 2014
    • On Liberal NIMBY strikes again, Xetrov said:
      Xetrov, if that’s the case — and it really isn’t If you say so. I can't force reality on you. http://washingtonexaminer.com/on-immigrant-surge-white-house-story-falls-apart/article/2549755 Recent days have been filled with anecdotal reports, from local news outlets in Central America to major American newspapers, citing immigrants who say they came because they believe U.S. law has been changed to allow them to stay. And now comes word that Border Patrol agents in the most heavily-trafficked area of the surge, the Rio Grande Valley sector of Texas, recently questioned 230 illegal immigrants about why they came. The results showed overwhelmingly that the immigrants, including those classified as UACs, or unaccompanied children, were motivated by the belief that they would be allowed to stay in the United States — and not by conditions in their homelands. From a report written by the agents, quoting from the interviews: “The main reason the subjects chose this particular time to migrate to the United States was to take advantage of the ‘new’ U.S. ‘law’ that grants a ‘free pass’ or permit (referred to as “permisos”) being issued by the U.S. government to female adult OTMs traveling with minors and to UACs. (Comments: The ‘permisos’ are the Notice to Appear documents...
      Posted Jul 21, 2014
    • On Liberal NIMBY strikes again, Hal_10000 said:
      Xetrov, if that's the case -- and it really isn't -- why are the fleeing to other countries besides the US?
      Posted Jul 21, 2014
    • On Liberal NIMBY strikes again, Xetrov said:
      the current crisis is a result of out-of-control drug wars in Central America, a combination of incompetent governments and US pressure to do something about drugs. Yeah. It couldn't possibly be because of this Administration's rhetoric, and promise to work on a 'dream' act, or the Vice President of the US stating the illegal aliens here are already citizens. It couldn't possibly be because if they make it here, they get free clothing, food, education, etc. Nah, it's gotta be the damn drug war at fault. if there wasn't that, it would be all peace and rainbows in Central America, and nobody would be crossing illegally.
      Posted Jul 21, 2014
    • On Israel and Hamas Again, Iconoclast said:
      I actually think that's true (though irrelevant). Pointing out double standards is never "irrelevant", although your recognizing that the double standard exists is encouraging. Of course, if Anwar al-Awlaki had been called John Smith and didn't have a beard, he would never have been assassinated... Of course, your implying that the reasons Anwar al-Awlaki was "assassinated" were his beard and his name is quite discouraging, given how utterly silly that implication is. Why do you utterly ignore his al Qaeda connection, and the fact that he was a suspected traitor? What is it about your psyche that makes you trivialize such things? Is your world view really that twisted? Maybe it is. You do seem to think your just like Jesus, after all. ...and if the Palestinians where Christians, you'd be out on the street crying murder. If the Palestinians where Christians, it's highly unlikely that they would elect "leadership" whose stated goal is the utter destruction of Israel. Again, that twisted world view of yours come into sharp focus. Israel Hamas still has hundreds of human lifes (sic) on its conscience in the last week alone... Fixed it for you. You're welcome. Of course, the statement is still...
      Posted Jul 21, 2014
    • On Liberal NIMBY strikes again, Section8 said:
      Sorry Hal, but same old leftist talking points. Can you show me where Obama is trying to rollback the Bush era law and Congress is doing nothing as you stated earlier as a "fact"? Because from what I've read that is not the case. Link From the right wing nut job paper Washington Post "Republicans criticized the administration for not including measures to amend a 2008 anti-human-trafficking law that provides greater legal protections for minors entering the United States from non-border countries. The Obama administration had signaled last week that it would pursue such changes in order to deport Central American minors more quickly." All they've done is "signaled", and never included in their proposal to begin with which means provide a talking point for those that will take the Obama Administration's word at face value *still*, and disingenuously take an, "Oh yeah we'll look into it." as "We're really really wanting to roll it back but this dam Republicans." Meanwhile back in reality it is the GOP Congress who wants an override and is serious (for once) about it. Fact is this administration knew about this growing crisis that started in 2012 (not 2008) and did nothing, preferring to push reform that would allow...
      Posted Jul 20, 2014
    • On It’s Almost as If … Gun Freedom Works, FPrefect89 said:
      Talking about Chicago, this was in my facebook feed this morning, http://heyjackass.com/
      Posted Jul 20, 2014
    • On Liberal NIMBY strikes again, AlexInCT said:
      This was going on when he took office and he’s done nothing to ameliorate it. Nobody wants to fix this boondoggle because, like with prohibition, there is a lot of money to be made on both sides. I would have no problem legalizing drugs if I for a second believed government wouldn't practically immediately create a whole new gigantic bureaucracy around it, - to "service" (like a bull "services" cows) the poor addicts, the that would cost as much, if not more, than the drug wars do right now, at the expense of people like me that actually make all the right choices and sacrifices rather than just doing whatever the fuck feels good because someone else will be made to pay - making things worse. My objection is purely one of the nanny state taking away more of my money no matter what the fuck they do.
      Posted Jul 20, 2014
    • On It’s Almost as If … Gun Freedom Works, InsipiD said:
      It would be hard to say that some of Detroit's improvement wouldn't be related to people leaving altogether. No matter what they're taking, liberals just can't keep their hands out of my pockets.
      Posted Jul 20, 2014
    • On Liberal NIMBY strikes again, Hal_10000 said:
      Accelerated to super nova speed by Obama’s actions, e.g. his Dream Act and his immigration policy wrt ICE and how they do their job (translation, ICE is NOT allowed to do their job). His actions imply a certain hospitable and inviting atmosphere to all those non citizens who want to become citizens, and all the free stuff that it comes with, hence the tsunami of folks crossing the border. I have to disagree. I don't think Obama's atmosphere is nearly as important as the giant drug war going on in these countries and the forcible recruitment of minors into these violent drug gangs that these kids are trying to escape. Note that Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Belize have seen a 700% increase in asylum seekers (http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/national-international/Border-Kids-What-to-Know-immigration-crisis-border-Central-America-Texas-266237931.html). Is Obama's inviting atmosphere causing that too? (And thanks for the kind words.) Obama didn’t start the War on Some Unpopular Drugs; I concede that perfectly readily. However, he is President, he has a pen and a phone, and he could stop it any time he wanted. Since he does not do so, I have to conclude that he wishes for it to go on. I would absolutely agree with that. We're...
      Posted Jul 20, 2014
    • On Liberal NIMBY strikes again, Technomad said:
      Obama didn't start the War on Some Unpopular Drugs; I concede that perfectly readily. However, he is President, he has a pen and a phone, and he could stop it any time he wanted. Since he does not do so, I have to conclude that he wishes for it to go on. As for Central America, the problems there are deep-rooted and probably beyond the power of any American to solve, short of sending in the Marines and Army and doing a full-blown occupation of the place for decades and decades. That would involve, among other things, developing a very thick skin to accusations of cruelty and imperialism, and a willingness to be utterly ruthless in suppressing dissent and insurrection. I don't see that anywhere in our body politic today. That said, I also do not feel that Central Americans have any claim whatsoever on us, and with the economy in the shape it is now in, a huge influx of skill-less, non-English-speaking Central American peasants is nothing this country needs. And before anybody starts quoting that damn poem on that goddamn statue, I would like to point out that this is not the...
      Posted Jul 20, 2014
    • On Liberal NIMBY strikes again, richtaylor365 said:
      The border crisis is a long time in brewing. Accelerated to super nova speed by Obama's actions, e.g. his Dream Act and his immigration policy wrt ICE and how they do their job (translation, ICE is NOT allowed to do their job). His actions imply a certain hospitable and inviting atmosphere to all those non citizens who want to become citizens, and all the free stuff that it comes with, hence the tsunami of folks crossing the border. I admit that Congress has been MIA for decades in passing comprehensive immigration reform (and without a secure border, it is a fool's errand anyway) but after 6 years, nobody from the left should ever utter the words "It's Bush's fault", on anything, whether it be our border problems, the economy, the jobless rate, or our standing within the world community. It is ALL on Obama, and any pussing out in that direction reveals an empty suit. As far as a tolerance for bullshit, I'm not sure what you are implying, that those not in agreement with you embrace it? There are bullshitters, charlatans, on both sides, that's why you never fall in love with any politician. You know what you believe to...
      Posted Jul 19, 2014
    • On Liberal NIMBY strikes again, Hal_10000 said:
      Per: whether I've "gone liberal". See, here's the thing: over the last decade, my political writing has revolved around a deep hatred of bullshit. For a long time, the Left had a near monopoly on bullshit (Bush lied about Iraq; Bush was gutting spending; single payer is efficient; Algore won the election, etc., etc.). My start in blogging was over at Moorewatch responding the giant mountains of bullshit that idiot Moore produced. I do a regular feature on my personal blog on Mathematical Malpractice where I frequently show that Left Wing talking points are complete garbage. During the Bush era, the Left was particularly deranged. We even called it Bush Derangement Syndrome. Everything was his fault; everything was planned to enrich his buddies and hurt black people, gay people, women or whatever. Some even claimed that 9/11 and Katrina were secretly planned in the bowels of the White House. But over the last decade and especially the last six years, the Right has produced a huge mountain of bullshit to rival that of the Left, including an Obama Derangement Syndrome that decrees that everything is his fault and his fault alone. I won't stand for bullshit, even when...
      Posted Jul 19, 2014
    • On Liberal NIMBY strikes again, Hal_10000 said:
      S8, the current crisis is a result of out-of-control drug wars in Central America, a combination of incompetent governments and US pressure to do something about drugs. If you're going to say, as Alex did, that Obama created this crisis, you're going to have to blame him for all of that. Rich, I'm not talking about the people who are in the front lines. I'm talking about the political chatterers whose main concern with this issue is hanging it on Obama. I'm talking about the people who are taking buses down there just so they can shout at scared kids to go home (including one politician who harassed a bus of YMCA kids because he thought they were immigrants). Obama proposed a way to deal with this two weeks ago. Maybe it's not the best way; maybe there's a better way. But they're not touching it. They're just screaming down the heavens about how this is all Obama's fault. If Obama is letting down the folks on the front lines, so is Congress. As I said in my post before I left, this whole thing makes me sick. We have a crisis...
      Posted Jul 19, 2014
    • On Liberal NIMBY strikes again, richtaylor365 said:
      This issue is typical of how the Right Wing has descended into a twisted version of itself. Take an issue, learn nothing about it, care nothing about it, just scream that it’s all Obama’s fault and we must DO SOMETHING. If you really feel that way, one has to wonder why on earth you are writing for a right leaning blog, wouldn't that kind of vitriol secure a gaggle of thumbs up over at think progress or kos? There are many folks from all over the ideological spectrum that are not happy with the way this administration is dealing with "this issue". But I guess it is far easier (or lazier) to label it, defining it, and marginalize it as "those crazy right wingers again, racists". Personally, I think it is rather insulting to say that those not happy with how "this issue" is being handled know nothing about it or even care. Those folks on the front lines, the charitable organizations, the churches, they are doing what they can but are being overwhelmed, they aren't happy about the current situation, you think they care? Those southern border governors I mentioned in an earlier comment, their social services agencies getting over...
      Posted Jul 19, 2014
    • On Israel and Hamas Again, mrblume said:
      [quote]Fact: If the Israelis were actually arab Muslims and did EXACTLY everything the Israelis had done, none of this would happen.[/quote] I actually think that's true (though irrelevant). Of course, if Anwar al-Awlaki had been called John Smith and didn't have a beard, he would never have been assassinated, and if the Palestinians where Christians, you'd be out on the street crying murder. It's unforunate, but there you go. Israel still has hundreds of human lifes on its conscience in the last week alone, and some people, including some Israelis, value those lives a bit more than others. That is why they are morally superior.
      Posted Jul 19, 2014
    • On Liberal NIMBY strikes again, Section8 said:
      Wow just wow Hal " First, Obama invented the War on Drugs." Seriously? So all these folks coming across the border all these years is because the war on drugs. Brilliant. I guess even this group coming over started their trek in the 80s but were just a little slow?Bullshit. "Then, after the Cold War ended, he made sure that the Central America countries never really got the governmental stability they needed. " Or you can just say we meddled too much. One of these typical liberal bullshit lines where it could go either way depending on the day or point at hand to suit your argument. Either we didn't do enough, got too involved, we shoulda, woulda, coulda, shouldn't have, but 6 ways to Kevin Bacon it must have been the fault of the US. Again, I guess their trek was a little slow. Bullshit. "This was when he was in college, conspiring with Bill Ayers." Whatever. I haven't heard this one in years though. " Then he used his mind-control rays to make sure that Bush amped up the Drug War in Central America and passed a law to bar the quick return of minors to their home countries (in fact, by that time, Obama...
      Posted Jul 19, 2014
    • On Liberal NIMBY strikes again, Hal_10000 said:
      You're right, Alex. First, Obama invented the War on Drugs. Now granted, he was in elementary school at the time, receiving his secret muslim training. But he was precocious. Then, after the Cold War ended, he made sure that the Central America countries never really got the governmental stability they needed. This was when he was in college, conspiring with Bill Ayers. Then he used his mind-control rays to make sure that Bush amped up the Drug War in Central America and passed a law to bar the quick return of minors to their home countries (in fact, by that time, Obama and the Democrats were already directing the worldwide human trafficking movement with their goal of flooding America with welfare recipients to steal elections). Then came the final piece de resistance: an EO that made citizenship possible for people who had come here as minors and had not broken any laws. Through his secret information agencies, he told Central Americans that this applied to them so that they would flood the legal entry points with minors so that he could finally steal our elections and declare himself dictator! This issue is typical of...
      Posted Jul 19, 2014
    • On Airplane Downed in Ukraine, InsipiD said:
      I think there's a good chance it could put Malaysia Airlines out of business, for two events they didn't really control. A SAM fired at their passenger jet, and probably a rogue pilot.
      Posted Jul 19, 2014
    • On Liberal NIMBY strikes again, AlexInCT said:
      Perfectly said Rich. The "Blame Boosh" nonsense still seems to work with some people that remain ignorant of what is going on by design.
      Posted Jul 19, 2014
    • On Liberal NIMBY strikes again, richtaylor365 said:
      The guy that wipes his ass with the Constitution, flouts the legal system and makes up laws on the fly, now he suddenly gets a pass because his hands are tied by some a Bush era law? Do you really think he would sign any congressional law (the place where laws are supposed to originate) that sealed the border? Do you really think he cares at all about what 3 Republican governors (Brewer, Martinez, Perry) are asking, to deploy the National Guard?
      Posted Jul 18, 2014

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