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Comment: Re:What's your point? (Score 1) 26

by damn_registrars (#47564571) Attached to: Practical socialism

If you think the Commie Manifesto so important, you might offer a series of JEs highlighting key excerpts

I'm quite sure you could find other peoples' analyses of the Manifesto if you want. You have made a habit of not reading what I write here anyways so I see no purpose in making a series of JEs on the text.

Dare to educate, man.

I cannot force you to take in information. You are free to celebrate your ignorance if you so wish.

Comment: It's healthcare debt, stupid (Score 1) 346

by damn_registrars (#47562911) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Anyone have other theories why this number is so much higher than the 5% of people who are just "late"?

The insurance industry - who received the greatest corporate handout in the form of the "health care bill" in 2010 in the history of the world - has an exceptional racket here. They have the ability to not only delay payments in "processing" for so long that they automatically go to collections by the time they decide not to pay, they can also undo payments after the fact for any reason.

Don't believe me? I had exactly that happen to me when I was a college student. The insurance I had (through my parents) decided over a month after paying my doctor's office that they wanted to un-pay it, so they did. By the time they took their money back the debt was considered overdue (relative to the date of service). I knew nothing of this until I started getting debt collections calls from various bad actors at 3am under assumed celebrity names. They threatened to garnish everything imaginable and impound my measly car (which was not worth anywhere near the debt) to seek payment.

I eventually got through to the insurance company directly and got them to go back and re-pay the un-paid bills. They never apologized for their little experiment or gave a reason why they chose me. Even better I had to promise to never, ever, use that insurance policy again in exchange.

Thanks a lot blue cross-blue shield. I hope your CEOs enjoyed the additional cruise amenities that they got in reward for destroying my credit.

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

by damn_registrars (#47562865) 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 did, because 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. I figured your bit about "people are evil" was rooted in the mythology that you like to arbitrarily substitute in place of the law here in the US.

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.

... and there comes your mythology, substituting in for reason.

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.

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.

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

If you go back and actually read the comments you'll see I never accused you of directly calling for assassination but rather pointed out that once you remove all protections of the law that are intended to protect everyone you should be aware of the likely outcome.

You trolled, and I called you on it.

i would like to say that suggests that you actually went back and read the comments (which would be the first time you did so in their entirety) and found that indeed I did not accuse you of directly calling for the assassination of President Lawnchair. However your history of behavior gives me reason to expect that you would not be willing to lower yourself to such an act, as learning is below you when it involves facts that do not support your world view.

Sorry if that hurts your pride.

So says the person bursting at the seams with pride over his selective illiteracy... But no, you have not hurt my "pride".

Comment: Re:What's your point? (Score 1) 26

by damn_registrars (#47562825) Attached to: Practical socialism

What's to know about Communism?

Well you could start by actually reading The Communist Manifesto, which spells out exactly what Marx wanted to accomplish with communism, and how.

Marx preached "the Kingdom of God, hold the God"

I'm not sure how, or why, you come to that conclusion. Just because you like to repeat it doesn't mean it is somehow connected to reality, though.

and Soviet Communism was essentially Naziism without such an overt anti-Semitic streak

More importantly neither were communism or socialism.

Any centralized, planned economy is a policy of failure.

You really don't have enough data to support that hypothesis.

And no, I'm not going to read every brain-dead reference you proffer

I have been consistently asking you to read just one piece of literature. It isn't even a long document, and it is available free from a large number of sources. You have repeatedly not only refused to read it but bragged about refusing to read it - while simultaneously claiming to be knowledgeable on it.

lest I join you.

It would certainly be terrible if you were to actually be knowledgeable on the topics you are trying to lecture me on.

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

by damn_registrars (#47562805) Attached to: So this problem isn't new, or owned by either party

the Tea Party is more accurately attacked for naiveté than anything else.

If you mean in regards to the actual effects that their spoon-fed ideals would have on >>99% of the country's population (including most of the people who have been duped into supporting the Tea Party) then I would agree with you.

Comment: Re:What a dipshit. (Score 1) 346

by damn_registrars (#47560023) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

The bigger dipshits are the cashiers who were stupid enough to fall for it.

Because they were doing their jobs as described? They didn't know they were entering bogus numbers. The procedure should have had the cashier - not the customer - calling the bank, but that didn't happen. It's unclear at this point why it went this way.

Comment: Re:Who were they calling? (Score 1) 346

by damn_registrars (#47560009) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

So they weren't calling the bank, but obviously they were calling someone. Did the store employee actually speak with someone, or did he manage to fake the call entirely? Presumably he had an accomplice who was pretending to be the bank. Did they track down and arrest that person? I didn't see it in the article.

I believe it said that the culprit was making the call himself (likely from his own cell phone) and then giving the "code" to the cashier. Whether or not he was talking to anyone at all is not clear, he might have been calling some unanswered number and just talking into air to make the con look legit.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 8

by damn_registrars (#47558093) Attached to: Gettin' Maverick-y on ya!
That isn't really surprising. Few politicians have been as good at getting attention from the media as her. While ron paul dominates youtube, sarah palin seems to dominate every form of broadcast. I wouldn't be surprised to see her (or Tina Fey's impersonation of her) on SNL again at least once this coming season.

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

by damn_registrars (#47556107) 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. But you don't like that statement so you can ignore it, right?

and set up checks and balances to minimize the effects.

Impeachment is supposed to include an actual trial with actual presentations of actual fact, not a show trial heard by an angry mob.

Your assertion of the orthogonality of socialism and fascism is akin to saying that your C++ source code is crash-free--of course it is: until you compile it, execute it, and blame the ensuing stack trace on conservatives.

The rest of the world - including those who have actually experienced (or at least read meaningful documents on) socialism and/or communism - acknowledges the validity of the two-dimensional political spectrum. Your insistence on a one-dimensional continuum of "good" and "evil" is as logical as claiming the world to be flat.

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

It is certainly true that I have long since discarded the idea of taking you seriously

Which leaves the question then of why you bother reading (parts of) my comments and "replying" to them.

around the time you tried to accuse me of calling for assassination.

When you show complete disregard for the law in the name of politics you should not pretend that you are somehow capable of preventing such an outcome. If you go back and actually read the comments you'll see I never accused you of directly calling for assassination but rather pointed out that once you remove all protections of the law that are intended to protect everyone you should be aware of the likely outcome.

If someone called for illegally deporting the Koch Brothers, Rand Paul, or any other Tea Party heroes you would be leveling the same concern.

Comment: Re:What's your point? (Score 1) 26

by damn_registrars (#47556081) Attached to: Practical socialism

turning the absurdity up to 11, just because I dared challenge you to learn something

Your assertions that (a) you hold knowledge, (b) I lack such, and (c) I'm not even trying to learn, are really kind of insulting, don't you think?

They would be if they were only assertions based on nothing. Being as they are observations based on words that you and I have actually written, no. You have shown repeatedly:

  • That you literally don't know the first thing about Communism
    • and
  • That you don't want to acquire that very basic knowledge even though it is freely available and not an even remotely difficult read

So in this case it is not insulting. Similarly if the Koch Brothers were to write a "Tea Party Manifesto" that described why they formed the Tea Party and what their aspirations were for it, I would read it before trying to tell people what it is about.

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

by damn_registrars (#47556063) Attached to: So this problem isn't new, or owned by either party

For that matter right now she isn't an elected member of anything, so her opinion on it is not any more valuable than yours, mine, or my dog's.

I don't know--depends upon the cash flow for the channel.

So then are you saying that between citizen A and citizen B, the opinion of A is more valuable because it has more money behind it? That has been a key mantra of the GOP (for several decades at least) and its tea party (since its inception).

Comment: Re:Unknown (Score 1) 16

by damn_registrars (#47556013) Attached to: Shot in the back, in self-defense

Nobody is forcing you to read what I write. If you don't like it and don't want to talk about it then feel free to go read someone else's JE. You can allege "judge first" all you want, but you should be aware of the judgment you yourself are casting when you do that.

The difference being that I'm here to entertain myself.

There is no shortage of ego in the stance you are taking in regards to my posts. If you don't want to read what I write, then don't. With the arrogance you are showing currently towards them you don't seem to be enjoying them.

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