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  1. Is an insurrection something that is orchastrated by one side and then call in Congress in the middle of the night ( by the same side) to certify the election right as the speaker knew that Sydney Powell was going to go to the courts after documents were served? We are in the midst of a civil war, not just in the US, but world wide.
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  2. Mrs. Nya Major, B.S. on Gab: '' - Gab Social GAB.COM Mrs. Nya Major, B.S. on Gab: '@BannonWarRoom ... the same Johnson & Johnson that recently settled a multibillion dollar settlement for... "... the same Johnson & Johnson that recently settled a multibillion dollar settlement for purposely selling "cancer-causing" talcum baby power for decades?!?! Uh nope, I'll pass on their vaccine!"
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  3. Peter, I don't either. In fact, who does? I also don't like massive fraud in choosing a Commander in Chief, especially of the armed forces. That's a lot of fire power for a criminal to hold. Are you comfortable saluting a superior officer who got there by breaking the very law you are sworn to protect and uphold? In my understanding, the fundamental oath is to uphold the Constitution and the Laws of the United States, not ignore them. And certainly not uphold any particular person. So best to use the laws to take out the gangsters, no? Enter election audits, due process etc., the very things you said you wanted me to stop posting about... But they sure as hell beat assassinations and civil war. Ignore that at your peril. Nature will not be denied. Especially not human nature. If the laws are continually flouted by the leaders on a fundamental level, like a credible election system based on objective rules and laws, assassinations and civil war will be the result. That's just what humans do. And not just good guys. Hell, even the gangsters who take over governments by fraud luv them some assassinations... No opinion or syllogism on earth will stop that from happening. Only a fair rule of law where all citizens have equal rights will. I don't mean just on paper. Michael
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  4. Was just about to watch this, myself...
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  5. The certification was on January 6, not December 14. The latter was the preliminary count. Mike Pence had the power and frankly the duty to spike that. He fell down on that just like the SCOTUS did earlier by stating Texas had no standing in its lawsuit. I don't see how decertification can end the Biden presidency. But de- legitimatization is in the cards. --Brant
    2 points
  6. These fucks ever stick their hand in a hornet’s nest?
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  7. Was Ike's farewell address the first shot across the bow? Was JFK another salvo? The Tea Party movement another? I think in some sense(s) the world is /has always been embroiled in a civil war between the haves and the have nots, the redirection of that cliche was perpetrated by the haves . The redirection was framing of it in economic class warfare, it isn't. The perpetual struggle is between those that have power and those that do not. Scott Adams was right when he described Trump as tearing a giant, glaring, gaping hole in the fabric of reality. And a shit ton more people are starting to peer in , that's a very good thing.
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  8. The connection dawned on me when I awoke after a bit of a nap - things getting around…a virus spreading. Sigh. I was merely being delighted at the thought that a UK blogger's article was referenced by a South African OL member and then, via another OL member, provided some useful information to a Connecticut Congressman trying to forestall continuance of Governor Lamont's Covid mandates. That I inadvertently reminded someone of Carol's snide….. Posting is dangerous. Ellen
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  9. MS, I watched it and it was a very good interview. I'm going to say some negative things about Bidinotto below, but in terms of the interview itself, I think all three of you came off shining. It was a wonderfully upbeat interview. Now for the dirt. I like Bidinotto as an action story writer much more than as a person involved in the Objectivist subcommunity. In your interview, there was not even a glimpse of his nasty petty side that comes from decades of hardening of the categories. I, myself, no longer communicate with him. Not because I don't want to. But because he has banned me from commenting on his Facebook page. (btw - I was never as nasty to him as he has been to me. In fact, I don't ever recall being nasty to him at all. I used to think we were friends, but I think he only tolerated me over the years because I was close to Barbara Branden.) The break came when we disagreed over Trump during the 2016 election. His view was that Trump was the greatest threat to mankind that ever existed and was a moral sewer at best. I tried to talk about this rationally with him back then (mentioning things like the character of heartland Americans, Trump did not make his money from war, instead he was a producer, and so on), but he didn't want any part of it. His hatred was way too great. He then started to write about me, saying I was unprincipled--a charge he has repeated--and it was unbelievable that such unprincipled people were among those who liked Ayn Rand, yada yada yada. Trump won and he then had to temper his views on Trump since a lot of his fiction audience loved Trump. Nowadays, he admits Trump did a lot of good things, but for him, of course they were for all the wrong reasons. And, of course again, when he believes he will not offend his fiction audience, he takes swipes at Trump. (if you ever get the inclination, your can read all this going through his Facebook account.) In his interview with you guys, he did not mention why he left being the editor of The New Individualist published by The Atlas Society. He was fired. The reason was that at the end of 2007, he released an issue with a horrible denigration of Ron Paul on the cover. Don't forget, this was in the context of America electing first term Obama. Freedom lovers in general in the Randian orbit were appalled (with some exceptions, of course), including, I suspect, TAS donors. The article was entitled "The Abominable Dr. Paul" and was written by Stephen Green. But the cover was produced by Bidinotto and he's the one who hired the article. Talk about an article and cover of a magazine that did not age well... Don't think only ARI likes to rewrite history in the Objectivist subculture. I had to spend over an hour searching the Internet for that picture, and I have above average search skills. Even so, I was only able to get a small low pixel picture. The thing has been scrubbed from the Internet. I couldn't even find it on The Wayback Machine using several different URLs. Oddly enough, being fired from The New Individualist was probably the best thing that ever happened to Bidinotto. I think he felt too humiliated to try to find another place within the Objectivist subcommunity, so he went after an old dream and wrote his first action novel. And it was deservedly successful. Hunter is a good book, Not great, but good. Ditto for the rest of his Hunter series. I, for one, love it that he has created characters that resonate with a much larger audience than he ever had in the Objectivist subcommunity. Also, to his credit, he is extremely generous with advice for self-publishing. And he has a lot of great advice about it on his sites. Nowadays he smiles. He never used to. I think part of his disdain for me is that I used to be an alcoholic, then a crack addict and wrote a lot about how I came out of that. Bidinotto's approach to life does not have much space for redemption. He luvs him some contempt and I honestly think he gets jollies when he contemplates punishing others in the name of justice. But that kind of personality is perfect for a writer of vigilante or Avenging Angel stories. Note. I am in favor of punishing bad guys. I just live on a different emotional plane than he does. I don't get pleasure (not much, anyway ) from punishing others and I don't like to wallow in resentment and anger and hatred. He has made a career out of it. Er... That was catty. In my defense, what I felt inside was on the level of quip, not a putdown to humiliate. I am honestly pleased that he is successful. I used to say I was proud of him. I guess I still am. He's a producer and I admire that. He found his niche. He loves what he does. How many people can say that about themselves in life? As an aside, I think I met Bidinotto back in the early 70's, but I'm not sure. I used to go to see Ayn Rand at The Ford Hall Forum in Boston when I was at BU. (I only did two.) Bidinotto mentioned he did, too. I remember young people among the crowd outside hawking literature (mostly mimeographed). I tried to talk to a few of them, but some of them were really obnoxious and, besides, I wanted to see Rand, not them. So I didn't stick around to get to know them. I suspect Bidinotto was somewhere among them at the time. Maybe not... As another aside, I have a small quibble about his self-characterization as a thriller writer. The way I learned it, the difference between an action story and a thriller, at least as concerns modern genre fiction, is that in an action story, the hero mostly goes out and chases down the bad guys. In a thriller, the hero mostly runs from the bad guys, and usually because he doesn't even know who the bad guys are in the beginning. Anywho, enough about Bidinotto. He has a Corner of Insight here on OL from the older Barbara days, but I am almost certain he will never want to post there again. Michael
    1 point