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Comment: Just stop it (Score 1) 24

by smitty_one_each (#47564339) Attached to: niwdoG

you want to discard the fundamental principle of innocent until proven guilty - as well as protection from double jeopardy and other basic rights extended to the accused in the criminal justice system in this country - when the accused is someone who has the dreaded letter D after their name.

This is false, you know it's false, and you're just trolling to say that I would:
(a) disregard the Constitution I've sworn to support and defend, even in the case of the rank idiocy to which you seem to tend,
(b) set a precedent that would surely be used as a club against me
You can let that go right there.

Your political spectrum actually is better represented as a monopole, really. You only have people who you see as "good" (republicans) and those who you see as evil (everyone else). You don't even bother looking at what they actually believe in, only who they associate with. The obsolete one-dimensional political spectrum at least sorts on some sort of continuum, yours is binary.

Oh yeah! Well, your system is like kryptonite mixed with anti-matter! [Trying to come up with a formulation as silly as yours.]
So, is your new strategy to accuse your way to "victory", whatever that is?

Comment: Re:It's actually worse than that (Score 1) 47

by smitty_one_each (#47564293) Attached to: Just how much lying is acceptable in support of "Higher Truth"?
You're spraypainting the history, and relying upon my lack of time to go back and call your bluff, which is true, for now. Maybe a bit of Python to download all of my comments, and build an indexed database of them is in order. It would certainly help improve your accuracy.

Comment: Re:How does that qualify for an argument? (Score 1) 21

by smitty_one_each (#47564287) Attached to: So this problem isn't new, or owned by either party
The Tea Party's ideas are the basic ones that have driven American Exceptionalism. The issue, from my POV, is that the bulk of the population hasn't done the homework, hasn't really separated fact from fiction, doesn't participate in politics at all (and I rate myself as 'barely participating') and mostly just yells at the telly.
So the issue is not merely one of education, but also participation.

Comment: Re:Most of you have it... (Score 1) 99

by Reziac (#47563527) Attached to: Newly Discovered Virus Widespread in Human Gut

Considering that wild mice who live in proximity to humans markedly prefer to eat stuff humans have touched ... I imagine you'd have to find wilderness mice to study!

Zoo primates could be 'contaminated' as well.

Looks like some future researcher is in for a long tramp through the back of beyond. :)

Comment: Re:The American Dream (Score 2, Insightful) 310

by smitty_one_each (#47562581) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'
Medical issues aside, being fat tends to be about consuming more energy than you burn.
In a remarkably similar manner, being in debt is about spending more than you earn.
It's cute that you people can take relatively simple problems with overarching patterns and obfuscate them with condescension on loan from Rachel Maddow.

Comment: Re:"Are you doing this just to waste. . ." (Score 1) 24

by smitty_one_each (#47562429) Attached to: niwdoG

This is why the genius of the U.S. Constitution is to assert outright that people are evil

Excepting that whole "innocent until proven guilty" bit, of course.

Did you really just say that?
I mean, as the Enlightened Being here, I should think it hardly necessary to explain that the theological understanding that "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" is orthogonal to the legal notion of innocence until guilt is proven.
I hasten to add that the notion that people are imperfect, power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely (Acton) is BY NO MEANS an argument that the U.S. Constitution is in a divinely "inspired" document. The document is simply informed by common sense, yo.

Your insistence on a one-dimensional continuum of "good" and "evil" is as logical as claiming the world to be flat.

You're such an idiot. Bugs Bunny is God, and Earth is shaped like a carrot. Obviously you require a closer study of the Illuminatus Trilogy.

"Success covers a multitude of blunders." -- George Bernard Shaw