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Comment: Re:Heck, we probably already fund them (Score 1) 113

"Standing with Israel" will soon be understood to be no different than "riding with the KKK"

Can you explain why an Arab boy will get murdered if he walks down the street, holding hands with a Jewish girl?

Can you explain why dissident/tolerant Israelis are afraid to post facebook profiles, because black-shirted gangs will hunt down their street address and beat them into a pulp?

Can you explain why African refugees live in fear for their lives?

Why do Israeli snipers kill already wounded civilians and the RESCUE FIRST RESPONDERS?

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Equal civil rights? Israel has NO WRITTEN CONSTITUTION.

Your "democracy" claim is Israeli whitewashing, a baldfaced lie that embraces rhetoric of inclusion, to mask discrimination, prejudice and exploitation. Palestinians make up about 20 percent of Israel's population, while less than 7 percent of the budget is allocated to Palestinian citizens. The 1.5 million Arab citizens of Israel are de facto second-class citizens while four million more are not citizens at all. A Jew from any country can move to Israel - and is granted near immediate citizenship upon entry - but a Palestinian refugee, with a valid claim to property in Israel, cannot even visit. The laws for "right of return" and the "Jewish National Fund", which enshrines formal policy and subsidy for land ownership, are inherently anti-democratic.

In fact, there was another government and nation that behaved this way, socially, politically and militarily - but the world put a stop to that in 1945.

Comment: Re:Heck, we probably already fund them (Score 1) 113


Israeli propaganda. The peoples of Palestine have been there since Biblical times. They were once mostly Jewish, and with the history of the region, gradually Christian then predominantly Muslim.

There is no linguistic, archeological or genetic basis for the folkloric idea that Jews formed a mass exodus and diaspora, after the time of Herod. None.

Comment: Re:Heck, we probably already fund them (Score 1) 113

"Why have they killed only a few hundred children, instead of all of them?"

There's a strong moral defense for the Israeli practice of driving a population out of their homes, into a confined reservation, then carpeting the enclosed with illegal munitions as collective punishment.

Comment: It's actually worse than that (Score 1) 4

You're still coloring within the idiotic lines that the health care is some sort of natural right or entitlement, and that a leap of idiocy like the ACA, or Single Prayer, is somehow worthwhile, or even existentially attainable in at a non-disastrous level.
Until we grasp that, at the federal level, we really only want to pursue multi-state and international issues, we are assured of staggering from disaster to disaster until SMOD take us.
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Journal: Just how much lying is acceptable in support of "Higher Truth"? 4

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On Thursday, footage surfaced of Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist and chief architect of Obamacare, discussing the issue at the heart of the latest ACA court cases: whether subsidies are only available for state-run insurance exchanges or can also be paid as part of a federal exchange.
During a January 2012 lecture Gruber said, "I think what's impor

Comment: Re:What's your point? (Score 1) 5

by smitty_one_each (#47538643) Attached to: Practical socialism

encouraging hatred towards systems that you don't understand

Alternately, I understand them all too well. I'm not a tremendous scholar of Islam, either, having only read about half the Qur'an, but I understand the dynamics of how a subset of adherents have used it for nefarious purposes. What I encourage in both cases is careful thought, so that people understand that socialism, like a baby bottle given a child long past the time to graduate to sold food, helps lock people into dependencies that stunt their human growth. But, perhaps coincidentally, empower the 1% that get to manage the bureaucracy.

If every system goes down the same pathway then you certainly have not given any reason to support your cause over any other.

I'd suggest that they all tend toward the same outcome, but where the U.S. Constitution was a rounder wheel was its careful structure of feedback loops.
I think the feedback loops supported getting rid of chattel slavery in the 19th century, and may help us to get beyond the 20th century entitlement slavery besetting us.

Comment: Re:There is a definition (Score 1) 9

by smitty_one_each (#47538593) Attached to: niwdoG

when the books are written we will recognize him as the most conservative president to date in our country

Let us be non-partisan and agree that the books will show him to have been the most systematically deceptive President in history, and a discredit to the ideals (life, liberty, pursuit of happiness) that inform our Constitution.

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