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  2. Now for the real funny part: The mainstream news media pretending to be news. ABC, CBS Omit Trump Accuser Describing Rape as 'Sexy' to Anderson Cooper Michael
  3. Woah! Two libs, Justices Breyer, and Sotomayor, and one wishy-wash semi-lib on the conservative side, Justice Roberts, were not amused at a FUCT legal protection. They voted against it. What the hell is happening to the progressives? Do some of them really want to censor foul language? Did they go all Puritan all of a sudden? I guess so. Tsk tsk tsk... Michael
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  5. A somewhat humorous article at Slate, by Mark Joseph Stern: "The Supreme Court’s Naughty Trademarks Ruling Shows Why It Must Also Kill Partisan Gerrymandering." The Supremes by a six/three majority** struck down portions of a federal law as unconstitutional -- affirming a lower-court decision taken on the case known as Iancu v. Brunetti (Andrei Iancu being the director of the Patent and Trademark Office). From Twitter: From the article: ________________________ ** -- (from the Wikipedia article linked above: "The three, along with Alito in his concurring opinion, did express concern that this decision will lead to a flood of new trademarks that would be considered crude, and the creation of public spaces that would be repugnant to some people."
  6. It looks like the Google censorship ain't working. The grilling below is in direct response to the Project Veritas report. The Google lady didn't do well in her attempt to respond like a politician. She started out way too arrogant, saying she didn't review the Veritas report in preparation for the hearing because she's too busy. After all, she has a day job. Then Senator Cruz said he's sorry the hearing in Congress is impending on her day job and things went downhill from there. But her arrogance went away. As soon as Senator Cruz started getting under her skin by quoting directly from the Veritas video about Google wanting to skew the 2020 election against Trump, she started answering each question with a preface, "Thank you, Senator." She then said what she wanted to say. In other words, she said, "Thank you, Senator," before each answer even in relatively rapid-fire questions. That made her sound like a goddam robot. Seriously. It was weird. Total PR fail. You would think a Google person would not be such an amateur and so awkward at speaking in public. I wonder if Google will now censor the videos and search results of Senator Ted Cruz. Good luck, if so. Michael
  7. Since Anderson Cooper is gay I wonder what sort of encounter those two could have that would be fulfilling to both participants? I could not detect if she was spoofing but I don't plan on re-seeing the video. Did anyone else pick up on the actual nature of that interview? Another gripe with Cooper and other gays? I just saw an "Entertainment Weekly" article with him in it about celebrity gays. They must obsess about being gay. I don't sit around thinking about my sexuality but they do. Gay blades, Queer Dears? Think of something else to define yourself. I am watching season 3 of "Designated Survivor" on Net Flix. Now that it is off the major networks the characters say the F word and the sex is more real. I like the show better now, because the writing is better and more realistic. On the show one character used to be a man but has "transitioned" to be a woman. She is in a lady's room when a "natural woman" recognizes her and realizes "she" is a man. The lady has a fit and calls the cops. Whenever a person who has transitioned from a man to a woman is depicted in Hollywood they always have a woman play the transformed man. I don't think a natural women has much of an Adam's apple and they have to get the woman actress to speak in a deeper voice. It must be a rule.
  8. Peter

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    Under your hypothesis, risk taking, sky divers, sea divers, mountain climbers, entrepreneurs, stock market investors, ignoring a "private property" sign, joining the military, poker players and gamblers everywhere, and even speeding would have the affect of making you stronger if the activity doesn't break your back. So, is there a rational reason to take risks? I want to be stronger so I will get the ladder and . . . Or are you just talking about happenstance and misfortune befalling worthy people? Sufferers of PTSD might also disagree, but occasionally I hear or think a phrase like I wouldn't be the person I am today if XYZ hadn't happened. I think Ayn Rand would agree with you, but she might say it was the positive, personal mental state and philosophy of the persons who have bad things happen to them that makes your phrase come true. I wish no bad things would happen to me. I was trying to remember if any Rand characters took "real risks" and the only one I can think of is Francisco, though I suppose founding or living in Galt's Gulch was taking a risk. Joke headline. FBI, ICE, and IRS raid mountain hideout of billionaire seeking illegals and tax evaders. Peter
  9. BaalChatzaf

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    Any blow that does not break my back, makes me stronger....
  10. anthony

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    Right, what I could call - someone 'meeting the resistance of reality' (good, bad other people, in there too). There's a strong draw on a viewer/reader for a fictional protagonist when the odds are greatly stacked up against him/her - which defines most fiction. For me, most absorbing is the protagonist whom you can see in the process of volitionally creating his character qualities as the story progresses, and as greater pressure on him mounts - iow, he is not 'a done deal,' his integrity and fortitude are tested and grow, he's having to make hard moral decisions as the plot unfolds, keeping you guessing which way he'll turn out, and succeed or not.. As we know, a prominent few of Rand's characters enter with a ready-made virtuous character; and she also shows others develop along the way. We want "heroes" to mentally/emotionally invest in, so it's critical they are authentic, like us, and rising to bigger challenges than ours. They can do it, you can. Even people who scorn free will, evidently need a film hero who triumphs against adversity - going by nearly all the (although often over-physical) movie scripts one sees, which proves that realist romanticism is not completely dead. I think it's telling that they tacitly recognize their individual power of volition, needing to see demonstrations of it, while intellectually dismissing the idea.
  11. The anti-Trump left, in other words, the gang that can't shoot straight, can't even get accusing President Trump of rape right. I swear, you couldn't script the video below better for comedy. LOL... Here's a BitChute link in case that goes down from YouTube (which is happening a lot these days when the establishment cronies get busted and/or embarrassed). https://www.bitchute.com/video/JDWxtUbIGj9t/ First she complains that Trump didn't ravish her. Instead, it hurt. Then Anderson Cooper mentioned that most people think of rape as violence anyway. Crazy lady said, no, most people think rape is sexy. Cooper, we gotta go, like nooooooow... Crazy lady, I mean, think of the fantasies... Cooper, we're going for real... stick around and we'll talk on the other side... Crazy lady then hits on Cooper. That is some fine screenwriting. Pure mastery. And all in 37 seconds. Except it was real. Dayaamm! LOL... Michael
  12. BaalChatzaf

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    Yes. Being smart and knowing one is smart and occupying a position of privilege can sap ambition and the urge to excel.
  13. Fly Air Canada, But Only If You Are Woke Seriously. Woke is the only safe way. ‘This is a nightmare’: A woman fell asleep mid-flight and woke up trapped in a dark plane alone From the article: Michael
  14. A knitting site with 8 million subscribers just banned all Trump support (including apparently Trump-themed knitting projects) from its site because it claims this is white supremacy. Tim Pool covered it. Tim said, as a person who comes from a family that has suffered from real bigotry (he is part Korean and a mix of other stuff--a mongrel after my own heart ), and as one who doesn't particularly care for President Trump, he thinks these people who run the knitting site are the actual bigots. He said they are evil people. That's the actual term he used. Evil people. And that's one of the reasons I really like this guy. Michael
  15. Peter

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    Thanks William and Michael. Interesting. I will think about what you have reported. Is Iran closing in on a flash point? What would we and THE REST OF THE UNIVERSE WANT? Can Iran become a peaceful, productive country? Damn. I could go for that, as would 50, 60, or a larger percentage of their citizens, and the rest of the world. Wishing for it, with fingers crossed. Crown Royal is good. Hic. Peter
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  17. Young Mike Rothschild has a somewhat intriguing headline for a new article: What is the Liberal Version of QAnon? -- for those who haven't experienced The Patriot's Soapbox, it is a 24-hour live stream on Youtube and other video platforms. A sample tweet:
  18. By Catherine Herridge and Cyd Upson: "Iran likely at 'inflection point,' launching attacks to change 'status quo,' Defense Intelligence Agency director tells Fox News."
  19. On Infowars: Blacklist: MSM Ignores Project Veritas Bombshell Google Exposé And there follows screenshot evidence. It's quite a show. Another quote from the end. I believe it correctly states what most Trump supporters--and even some anti-Trumpers--think about all this. But there is someone who did notice. The Google lady busted in the video: This is not how I expected Monday to go! by Jen Gennai She doesn't like it when the crap lands on her. She cried foul because people decided to do this covertly. But when you listen to the video, she likes it when it lands on others, especially when Google does it covertly. At least she said this: Imprecise language? Heh... Well done? She should know... Michael
  20. How can any of them recover from being themselves? --Brant
  21. Mayor Pete Buttigieg is probably toast. I'm posting the link from Rush Limbaugh, but it's all over the news. Mayor Pete Didn’t Look Good Over the Weekend Here's what happened. A white officer shot and killed a black man in Mayor Pete's little town of South Bend, Indiana, and now many people are calling him racist, especially since he took so many black employees off the police force. And he looked like a useless confused dork trying to respond to face-to-face outrage from South Bend citizens. There are videos all over the Interwebs. Here is just one: The comments going around are that he cannot govern a small town competently, so how on earth could he govern the US? Maybe he can recover, but in a crowded field like the current one, I don't believe this is likely. Michael
  22. Since Tim Pool was mentioned in the Veritas video above, here is his response. At face value, it looks like he is undermining the insider's claims by saying his own views are not suffering. But I think he is actually making them stronger by saying he believes that the insider's stuff against Google is credible (based on his own sources inside YouTube) and recommends people set their platforms up (or make backups) on alt sites, especially Minds. Tim did not deal with Google Search, which is where the Google insider worked, but instead with YouTube, which is a separate wing. So that could confuse the audience. Still, Tim did a good and balanced report, both pro and con. Ultimately, he wants Google out of the elections and thinks Google actually is doing nefarious stuff against Trump's reelection. He's grateful for his platform on YouTube and does not agree that his own project has been damaged since it has grown instead, but is preparing for the day when they kick him off. And he tells everyone else who does political videos to do the same. Michael
  23. Peter

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    DIA director on Fox: Iran is likely at an inflection point. Is that what he just said? I will need to look inflection up.
  24. Peter

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    I was on my way to the eye doctor. No changes reported. Sorry for typing but not thinking it through, Tony. I remember that movie and it was good. It is spelled with a “y” instead of an “I,” uh, whoever wrote that. Will was not especially motivated by wealth, power or prestige. Michael wrote: Even in kid movies, notice that most of the classics start with the kid protagonist being an orphan in a big world that is either bad or indifferent to them. end quote That carries on from our fairy tales from the German and other European heritages. Dickens certainly mastered that genre. Disney’s “Snow White,” “Cinderella,” and even talking “Dumbo” (he had to be a stand in for a kid) are well done on the same theme. The downside to intelligence could be being nerdy, Not being interested in anyone Not interested in your “grand arena of expertise,” and what if you are ugly but smart enough to pick up on that at an early age from other kids or adults? Stop picking your nose in public you little rat! As to the upside of wealth, being born in America, and a good effect of a federal government? In the January 2004 issue of Reason magazine there is a brief interview by Julian Sanchez of American Heritage” columnist John Steele Gordon, author of the book, “An Empire of Wealth.” Gordon’s thesis is that: “The United States is rare among the great world powers in that its rise to dominance owes at least as much to its economic prowess as it does to its military might.” Sanchez asks Gordon, “What would you advise the next president to learn from economic history?” Gordon replies, “They should understand the story of ‘Gibbons v. Ogden,’ when in 1824 the Supreme Court said that interstate commerce was exclusively the province of the federal government and gave us the first really continental-sized common market in the world. The American economy prospered mightily therefrom. The fewer impediments there are to transactions, the better off everybody is. After ‘Gibbons,’ for instance, the transportation system in this country exploded with the end of the New York monopoly on steamboats. Prices came down wonderfully.”
  25. Tony, Despite a spate of dark heroes like Tony Soprano and Walter White, the underdog "David and Goliath" story is still the most common template for action movies and novels in the US when writers choose their hero and villain, even when this template gets mixed with a rags to riches template like in The Pursuit of Happiness. The reason is that this form of story is inspiring by its very nature. People feel that a hero is not much of a hero if he stomps ants. But if he beats a monster or a bunch of badass baddies or a system rigged against him, etc., people feel they can have a shot, too. I agree with you. Pure inspiration. And it feels good. Even in kid movies, notice that most of the classics start with the kid protagonist being an orphan in a big world that is either bad or indifferent to them. Michael
  26. I think it time for Peter to provide his part in this DEBATE about Iran. Didn’t he use all caps? I think he did. Our spat is behind us, Peter, let’s hear what you have to say, it’s been days with no input from you. The “Iranians” attacked two oil tanker ships, (one Japanese–owned, while the Japanese premier was visiting Iran) The “Iranians” shot down a $130,000,000 unmanned aircraft of ours. Then you said that suspicion of CIA doing anything nefarious or standing in the way of peace is petty thinking. Then you and I had a spat. Then Iran executed an agent of the CIA in their Air Force. Show us now that your urged wish for a DEBATE to ensue here was sincere. Now that you are finished telling me to get back to the looney bin, show us what you’ve got. Show us how sincere you were and are and give us some DEBATE.
  27. Ellen, I've seen Jon do that a lot (it's his most used rhetorical trick, not counting simple name-calling), but doing that to the same person over and over is like when someone tells a joke, then keeps telling the same joke over and over. So you are right that I wasn't enjoying it. But to be clear, since this might imply that I was feeling bothered by it, I wasn't. Emotionally speaking, indifferent would be more accurate. Granted, I get irritated when I see the forum get damaged, meaning when readers get chased away by escalating and repeated condemnations that do nothing but escalate and repeat in the same manner nonstop (remember Phil Coates?), but that's a separate issue. And granted, a brawl calls an audience. But when a brawl turns into nagging and it doesn't stop, people leave. To give an idea about the kind of emotional state I feel with overused rhetorical devices, it's like when I hear someone say, "at the end of the day." Do I find that to be a clever metaphor? Do I enjoy it? Does it bother me? Does it do those things to you? Nah... It's a cliché. I don't feel anything about it. It's commonplace. If there's any substantive meaning or any importance to be garnered, it lies elsewhere, not in the cliché. Not even in what the cliché is intended to mean. I know you said not having a high opinion of Peter is not the reason you enjoyed Jon's rhetoric, but I can't not see things. When I see verbal cues like "receiving end," and "give you a taste," I begin to hear echoes like "give him a taste of his own medicine." To get down to brass tacks, that sounds like there may be a bee in your bonnet, though, when all is said and done, I wouldn't take that to the bank. But let's call off the dogs and bury the hatchet, shall we? At the end of the day, nobody has to face the music and, besides, a rolling stone gathers no moss. So I don't think we should cry over spilled milk, do you? I mean, you just can't squeeze blood out of a turnip. Michael
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