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Comment: Re:Done in movies... (Score 4, Insightful) 209

Sorry, I fail to see, how mere racism [forward.com] or sexism [femitup.com] can lead to a boycott, while abuse of a suspect gets a pass. And not just once either!

Because, in the US, many Americans are fine with the idea that doing bad things to bad people in pursuit of a good goal is a-ok.

Jack Bauer could get away with torturing a guy because Jack Bauer was right, he was not corrupt, he fighting for the good guys, and the guy he was torturing was trying to hide details on some terrorist attack. That's easy to screenwrite for. The problem is that in real life, often the people who think they are right and good actually aren't, they torture the wrong person, and there are unintended consequences.

Comment: Re:Disgusting. (Score 1) 676

by Rakarra (#49548861) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

and from recently released documents he was 100% correct

It's shocking exactly how easy it is to verify this fact and how little difference that has made to the narrative.

Clearly the people who continue to verbally attack McCarthy aren't attacking him for being incorrect - they're attacking him for being right.

Because it was witch hunting. No one is saying that witches/communists didn't exist. But he used that as a cover for using the federal government to attack political enemies and plenty of people who just got in the way.

Comment: Re:Disgusting. (Score 1) 676

by Rakarra (#49548781) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

Every generation starts out more liberal and open-minded, and ends up more conservative and bitter.

I hear this weird disconnect every time talk about pot use comes up. I'll always hear people from the 60s talking about how it was ok when they used pot, but how it's terrible/awful/dangerous if young people use it today. There is always some desperate attempt to cling to some BS argument, ANY argument to show how they're right and not hypocritical. Frequently the most compelling was "the marijuana was normal when I as young, but it's so much stronger and more potent today! It's much more dangerous." This is, of course, all nonsense, a way for them to have their cake and eat it too.

Comment: Re:Controlling for age effects? (Score 1) 676

by Rakarra (#49548521) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

It seems to me that plenty of the people who flew off the handle in reaction to the 9/11 attacks were older. How old are Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld, again?

My cynical self says they were using the American public's reaction to 9/11 to help their own aims for power.

You don't need to be cynical, the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) was quite open about its beliefs. Their founding documents in 1997 stated that defense spending was way too low, forcing the US to choose, for example, between presence in Europe and presence in Asia. Their four core missions, for military forces were defense of the American homeland, the fighting and winning of multiple simultaneous major theater wars, the establishment of the US military as a security force in key regions, and the transformation of US forces "to exploit the 'revolution in military affairs.'" In 1998, PNAC sent a letter to President Clinton strongly encouraging the preemptive US-led overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

Their statement of principles was signed by Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, and Scooter Libby, along with other, lesser-known people in the GWB administration.

Comment: Re:Please don't link Newsmax... (Score 1) 676

by Rakarra (#49547667) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

Your summary dismissal of facts based on the source not being politically correct enough shows that you are very enlightened and tolerant.

The source is bad enough that you can't draw any conclusions from anything on the site (because they will post anything, true or not, that follows their political conceptions) without verification of the story from other sources.

All syllogisms have three parts, therefore this is not a syllogism.