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Comment: Re:Fake signs (Score 5, Interesting) 191 191

It worked for Kansas, the band. As related by the band, when they were starting out they were to open for Aerosmith once. Steven Tyler had gotten a reputation for pulling the power cables to the amps if the opening band was doing too well, it might make Aerosmith look bad when they came on afterward. Kansas' stage manager had been informed of Tyler's antics, so he rigged up the amps to take power from the other side of the stage using hidden cables and put in fake cables to where all could see.

So Kansas goes on and kills, Kansas was very hot, tight band. During the set, Tyler is pacing the sideline backstage getting more and more incensed. Kansas does one encore, Tyler is livid. They do a second encore and Tyler loses his brain cell and rips out the fake cables, which only pissed him off more since that didn't stop Kansas. After that song, Dave Hope, Kansas' bass player, threw down his bass and went to over to explain to Tyler using very colorful language what he was doing wrong. Dave Hope was a big guy back then so it was very impressive. Afterwards, other members of Aerosmith apologized to Kansas for Tyler's behavior.

Comment: Re:Very Disturbing Trend (Score 2) 1081 1081

The government got into the act when they defined laws that treat married people differently. I don't recall those laws being in the constitution but there they are. As long as there are civil constructs like that defined by Congress, then the government is into the act with both feet.

Comment: Re:Welcome! (Score 3, Interesting) 1081 1081

I don't think it is the previous colonial powers if by that you mean Turkey. I think it is more the little jerks calling themselves mullahs and imams that are fearful that the West will finally triumph over Islam via the intertubes which brings in all sorts of radical ideas they cannot stomach.

The interpipes reduce friction. It used to be the mullahs and imams could hide behind Islam and control their societies. Now they can no longer do that and they have unleashed the worst of their kind in Daesh. Daesh has been able to combine Islamic hate for everything not Islamic and Sunni with tribal insecurities of losing the tribes' control of their people.

The muscle behind Daesh is the old Saddam Hussein hacks, at least the Daesh fighters who have run away report this. They run the security apparatus behind Daesh. One doesn't just join Daesh, you have to be vetted by these clowns first.

I don't think Daesh's run is going to be that long. They have the ancient idea that if they scare enough people, they'll be able to impose their will. But with the internet, it is too easy for those who have lost a brother, father, etc. to Daesh to communicate and plot revenge. The same tribal sensitivities they think they are taking advantage of will come back to stab them in the back when they least expect it. If it is one thing the fellows in the mid-east know how to do, it is to carry a grudge for a long, long time.

Comment: Re:Welcome! (Score 2) 1081 1081

The Republicans will put it back on the table because they believe their echo-chamber IS the American people. It will take a rout to disabuse them of that notion, and still the Conservative wing will claim they haven't had a fair hearing due to the liberal news media, illegal aliens, etc., any excuse will do so they don't have to rethink their views.

Comment: Re:A small part of me (Score 1) 591 591

The shitstorm is awaiting them in the next election cycle. It will be much more difficult for them to campaign on easing out of the ACA. Their campaign contributors will have kittens...the Kochs' will personally visit abortion clinics to have the kittens removed before they are born, claiming a new sacrament for the religion of Conservatism. The Democrats will beat them mercilessly over those 6 million or so people getting healthcare through the exchanges. Republicans are not getting out of this easily.

And why should they want out? Their sainted private healthcare is still intact, the insurance companies are doing well. The basic problem is that Conservative Republicans think you should work your way into health care and the Liberal Democrats think of it as a basic right. But then the Conservative Republicans think if you are poor, it is your own damn fault, and Liberal Democrats believe if you are poor, the rich made you that way. In my opinion, most Americans are somewhere in the middle, bu they have no strong beliefs to help settle the political issue that results, hence we get the current deadlock in Congress.

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