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Friday, October 31. 2014
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Why it's time for Libertarians to Vote for Republicans
Dems have the statists and authoritarians in their tent, Repubs have room in their tent for Libertarians (ie, traditional Liberals)
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The yoots like Rand Paul
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... the state of Maine may have had just about enough of Saint Kaci of the Order of Unique Snowflakes.
The crucial question: Do we have more to fear from largely imaginary terrorists, or from the FBI? Your chances of being killed by terrorists are essentially zero, even if you live in Washington or New York, and far less if you live in Memphis or Raleigh-Durham. (To express this we need the concept of negative zero, which I hearwith offer to the mathmatical community.) Your chances of living in an electronically locked-down police state are very high. This is far more dangerous to what the United States was than even a successful bombing of a mall.What goes through the minds of those who are doing this to us?
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Sure would be a shame if Nurse Snowflake and her Self-powered Dildo were accidentally run over while outside of quarantine...
She acts more political than medical. She's been outed in some places (of unknown veracity, but linking documentation) as a long-time tool of the quarantinephobic CDC/ Obama administration, and under control of a couple of New York civil rights (read liberal) lawyers.
Timing is everything. There are currently no effective drugs or vaccines adequate for even a moderate outbreak (unless you "know someone" with survivor blood or experimental treatments. But there are many current research efforts to find/develop Ebola drugs and vaccines - computer studies of ebola-interfering molecules, immune-system products, studies from old Army germ warfare data, etc. Promising leads need to be tested, then ramped up for manufacture. These projects all take time. It is insane not to do our best to slow down and delay any outbreaks, especially in our cities which are potentially dense petri dishes for a lethal, long incubation, easily-spread virus. Quarantine was a fully legal, and the only effective, way to stop the spread of scourges like smallpox in the US, back before the cowpox vaccine. An enforced quarantine of Staci would set a good example for a society trying to protect itself from "Typhoid Mary" threats. If the concept prevails that she is free as a bird to spread a deadly, untreatable disease as her civil right, woe to us all.
"University of Minnesota-Duluth: PC Enforcers Tell Student Dressing Up As Disney’s Pocahontas For Halloween Is 'Offensive’”
I aim to misbehave.
"In France, Muslims Are 7.5% of the Population, Commit 60% of the Crime".
Gee, that sounds familiar. They should follow our example and pay them all welfare, take full blame and responsibility themselves for the failure of the minority to figure it out and to create quota's to make sure they all are given jobs they don't qualify for. Maybe that will fix the problem. Don't forget to tell the msm to ignore crimes committed by them but overly emphasize any crimes committed against them. If all else fails then elect them as president, what could go wrong?
Floating point has negative zero numbers, though integers have mostly all gone to two's complement nowadays.
The IBM 7090 had negative zero signed magnitude integers, and the Univac 1108 had negative zero one's complement integers, back in the 60s. A minor source of program bugs when you failed to anticipate it.
I will agree that police need armored vehicles when cruisers start hitting roadside bombs and / or cops are being killed in their cars in ambushes. Until then, it's a laughable statement.
Re: Libertarians voting for GOP and the stupid party
I've always thought the discussion SHOULD be between conservatives and libertarians. The demoncrats have proven for more than century that they are really the anti-American party. That's not to say that either the conservatives (Richard Nixon was not a conservative president) or libertarians are always on the right side of the Constitution or a rational implementation of it, but to me, they are at least in the spirit of the idea that is the US of A. It shouldn't take a whole lot of thought to realize that voting Libertarian is in reality a vote for the demoncrat. I don't know why it took Doug Thorburn so long to figure that out. Unfortunately, since the Libertarian Party never caught fire or even made much of an influence on the political scene, the only thing that makes any sense is to influence one of the parties. Guess which one.
As for the stupid party, the GOP has proudly waved that banner for almost as long as the demoncrats have been against civil rights. They were only behind Ronald Reagan when he was unstoppable. They were skeptical of the Contract with America - the first idea and strategy that actually attempted to change politics (albeit was successful only briefly) for the better. They were dismissive of the Tea Party - probably the most powerful, wholesome, and American grassroots movement in a century or more. And now with Obummer and his policies shown to be corrupt and a failure, the demoncrat Senate working overtime on not working (e.g. debating House bills), and the country is either scared or angry with the way things are going, the GOP's strategy is to not say much and hope that the country chooses Pubbies by default. They are missing a HUGE opportunity to teach why the country is going to hell in a hand basket, how the demoncrats are eroding your freedom, how they are going to fix it.
They have a model - the Contract with America - that was hugely successful and why they don't dust that model off every few election cycles is beyond me. The GOP will probably win the Senate, but the margin of victories in the races and the actual change in the political scene are paltry.
And then they will do... next to nothing. Some symbolic decreases in the rate of government growth - but no real cuts or reforms.
They are the stupid and spineless party.
Goldwater was about as close to Libertarian as the Republicans ever got, and look what direction they moved in after they essentially abandoned him to LBJ.
I'm increasingly disinclined to vote Republican. I prefer their ideology to the Democrats, but they are the same - just want power to push their own agenda.
Both sides throw money at the corporations. Neither really cares about the Constitution or the individual.
Republicans are our natural allies - but they hate us so much, it's impossible to want to work with Republicans.
I agree that a lot of the differences between demoncrats and (many) pubbies is a matter of degree. I'd rather go slowly to ruin than quickly so in spite of the fact that my views are more libertarian than most pubbies (though I lean more conservative than most libertarians), I always vote for the pubbie.
Several years ago, I made a concerted effort to check the views of both demoncrats and pubbies rather than take the shortcut through ideologyville. I live in what used to be a fairly conservative state so maybe there was a demoncrat that was more crat and less demon. Wrong. They were all demons. The GOP is the stupid, spineless party and for the most part, the people who run are stupid and spineless but given the choice between stupid and spineless or evil, I'll take S&S everyday.
Re: Babs Boxer and the Party of Lincoln
Babs was born in 1940. That made her old enough to at least be aware of Eisenhower when he enforced school desegregation and signed civil rights legislation to designed to provide voting rights for blacks - rights that had been denied by demoncrat. Was she a pubbie or demoncrat then?
Was thinking the same thing.
She's got a short memory, though. she's a Jewish Brooklynite, though, so I doubt she ever went Republican. I have many Jewish Brooklynite friends. Not one even stops to sniff something remotely Republican.
Libs can't govern: "Noble goals remain noble whether they’re attained or not." Intentions beat Results by a score of 1,000,000 to 0.
Renewables: See comment above.
Initially, I was willing to cut Kaci Hickox’s some slack because it was not immediately clear that she was in the actual trenches, having person to person, direct contact with ebola patients. However, in this article she acknowledges that she was in physical contact with a terminal child the day before she left Sierra Leone.
It is clear that, in this case, Maine’s effort to restrict Ms Hickox’s public movements were appropriate and it justifies even greater cynicism toward the CDC. I hope it won’t be a win, win for them.
I get that she was heroic, but what I don’t get is her inconsiderate, insensitive, and possibly reckless disregard for other Americans. And, good grief, what’s up with the self aggrandizing and self righteous bluster; a Walter Mitty hero complex, perhaps?