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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Post by Dr. Medulla » 27 May 2011, 6:55pm

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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Post by Dr. Medulla » 28 May 2011, 5:18pm

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Glenn Greenwald makes the same observation, ignoring the divinely sanctioned principle of American exceptionalism. To use an infamous Canadian constitutional term, American self-conception and policy is predicated on a giant notwithstanding clause.
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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Post by Wolter » 31 May 2011, 10:48am

Dr. Medulla wrote:To use an infamous Canadian constitutional term, American self-conception and policy is predicated on a giant notwithstanding clause.
You do realize how much that hurts your "Canada is not boring" argument.
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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Post by Dr. Medulla » 31 May 2011, 10:53am

Wolter wrote:
Dr. Medulla wrote:To use an infamous Canadian constitutional term, American self-conception and policy is predicated on a giant notwithstanding clause.
You do realize how much that hurts your "Canada is not boring" argument.
Are you suggesting that constitutional legalistic terminology is boring? Writs at dawn outside the courthouse in The Hague!
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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Post by Wolter » 31 May 2011, 10:56am

Dr. Medulla wrote:
Wolter wrote:
Dr. Medulla wrote:To use an infamous Canadian constitutional term, American self-conception and policy is predicated on a giant notwithstanding clause.
You do realize how much that hurts your "Canada is not boring" argument.
Are you suggesting that constitutional legalistic terminology is boring? Writs at dawn outside the courthouse in The Hague!
I shall file an extension by proxy due to the fact that you are taking advantage of delegata potestas non potest delegari!
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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Post by Dr. Medulla » 31 May 2011, 11:00am

Wolter wrote:
Dr. Medulla wrote:
Wolter wrote:
Dr. Medulla wrote:To use an infamous Canadian constitutional term, American self-conception and policy is predicated on a giant notwithstanding clause.
You do realize how much that hurts your "Canada is not boring" argument.
Are you suggesting that constitutional legalistic terminology is boring? Writs at dawn outside the courthouse in The Hague!
I shall file an extension by proxy due to the fact that you are taking advantage of delegata potestas non potest delegari!
Freeze his assets now and for eternity, I say! Then we shall employ The Wage Garnishment!
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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Post by Rat Patrol » 26 Jul 2011, 2:24pm

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/07/2 ... via=blog_1

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Post by Dr. Medulla » 26 Jul 2011, 2:39pm

Rat Patrol wrote:http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/07/2 ... via=blog_1

I'm losing count of how many perverts there are in Congress. 4th one to take the coward's way out in 7½ months.
Correction: Sloppy perverts.
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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

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Rat Patrol wrote:http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/author/mmoriarty/

A terrifying realization: Michael Moriarty is stepper's mother.
He's enjoyably crazy. He moved to Canada some years ago, spouting some conspiracy theory about leftists out to get him in Hollywood and claiming that he was going to become prime minister.
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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Post by Flex » 22 Aug 2011, 7:43pm

Charles Davis on the state and its supposed servitude to the poor (I'm just posting the whole damned thing):
Radley Balko is one of the best when it comes to detailing the evils of the drug war and the U.S. legal system as a whole. And he's also linked to me a couple times, so it's obvious the guy has good taste. But when he writes outside of his field of specialty, Balko regrettably comes across all too often as your standard right-winger, as in a recent post wherein he complains, as he often has over the years, that poor people aren't paying their fair share of taxes -- an argument that, merits aside, seems a damn fine way to ensure his brand of libertarianism remains politically marginal and, when it is noticed, lampooned as little more than conservatism for pot heads.

As a libertarian, Balko bases his tax-the-poor stance not on a concern over the government's ability to fund programs he'd like to do away with, of course, but out of a fear that because many poor Americans do not pay federal income taxes, "we’ll soon have a majority of people who pay no tax voting for more and more government services they benefit from, but don’t have to pay for." Implicit in this is the apparent belief that the dramatic rise in government spending and the national debt over the past few decades is explained by poor people voting into office politicians who keep giving them more and more of other peoples' money – and voting out those who don't; in other words, the standard conservative narrative of the parasitic, layabout masses bleeding dry the productive, wealth-producing John Galts.

That narrative, however, is what political scientists colloquially refer to as “fucking bullshit.” Contrary to what conservatives love to allege and big government-loving liberals would love to believe, the majority of what the state collects every April 15 goes not to poor, drug-addicted welfare mothers, but to blowing up poor mothers and their children on the other side of the globe with bombs purchased from very wealthy military contractors. While the bulk of state spending is indeed on Medicare and Social Security – the bread to go along with the circus of publicly financed stadiums – those programs are funded, as Balko acknowledges, by direct, regressive taxes that, yes, even poor people pay.

The majority of income taxes, on the other hand, goes directly to the Pentagon and the legion of quasi-private corporations that make up the military-industrial complex, a fact that ought to make someone who has built a career chronicling abuses of state power -- abuses that disproportionately affect the poor -- queasy at the mere thought of expanding the government's tax base. And as you may recall, it was Wall Street bankers, not welfare mothers, who politicians rushed to hand billions in taxpayer dollars – and trillions more after taking into account the Federal Reserve's printing press – when the economy took a nosedive in 2008 following the burst of a housing bubble inflated at the behest of said bankers and at the expense of the foreclosed upon poor.

When it comes to reaping riches from evermore “government services," it's not the poor that people like Balko ought to fear, but the wealthy elite. Beyond just direct handouts in the form of tax credits and bailouts, the capitalist class benefits from state interventions that are often hard to even quantify, from “intellectual property” laws that guarantee big pharmaceutical giants and software companies monopoly profits to corporate personhood and its attendant “limited liability, which shields firms like BP and Chiquita from the full fiscal and legal liability of their actions.

Right-wing libertarians like Balko are useful critics of state power, often being some of the only voices speaking out against the outrages of the racist war on drugs and the latest and greatest “humanitarian” war, liberals typically being too busy denouncing the most recent Outrage! from Glenn Beck. But by perpetuating the notion that the state is beholden to the poor masses rather than, as history suggests, those with the most money, they demonstrate a seriously lacking -- and superficial -- theory of government and for whom its power serves.

As for me, when it comes to casting blame for the growth of state power and the threat of its expansion in the future, I'm going to look to the guy whose finances are in a shelter, not his belongings.
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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Post by tepista » 22 Aug 2011, 7:49pm

Rat Patrol wrote:http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/author/mmoriarty/

A terrifying realization: Michael Moriarty is stepper's mother.
He's in most of Larry Cohen's movies, one of my fave directors. Q was rad.

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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Post by matedog » 25 Aug 2011, 6:03pm

That read like an Onion article.

But really, can you blame Gadhafi?
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