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Comment: Re:Oh the tales you'll tell... (Score 2) 410 410

I've spent a good deal of time in London and live right down the road from San Francisco. Don't get me wrong, San Francisco is a great city and I love spending time in it but you clearly don't know what you're talking about. London is a major economic and cultural hub, the capitol of what was a globe spanning empire dwarfing anything that has followed it in influence and significance, a current major fincial hub, the current capital of one of the most influencal and wealthy countries in Europe, home to immigrants from throughtout the commonwealth and beyond, has been the center of major artistic and musical movements and etc, etc.

San Francisco is a very dirty little city by the bay whose culture high point was hippies (note: I still love the city).

The big American comparison to London would be New York which i'd take over London any day (Of course i'm a pretty patriotic American so....). In terms of cultural significance San Francisco doesn't stand a chance versus London.

Comment: Re:critique - it sucked - spoilers - (Score 1) 776 776

Ugh, Underworld and Resident Evil? Those movies were so bad and the protagonists more so.

Saw Fury Road, loved its minimalism in regards to dialog. I hate it when movies explain everything to me as opposed to having the audience absorb it through context. I also enjoyed the subtler take on Max George Miller took this time.

Do agree about the War Boy though. Didn't ruin the movie for me but it was a bit of a reach.

Comment: Re:Sooooo...... (Score 1) 776 776

It's doing incredibly well critically with a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes and 89% on Metacritic. This is even more impressive given that it's an action movie which rarely do so well critically.

Isn't it remotely possible it's a good movie that's just not to your taste?

Comment: Re:well.. (Score 1) 760 760

Of course we're a socialist country too and our socialist programs are incredibly popular.

And for the record, most socialist don't hate rich people, that's a conservative myth. Furthermore, graduated taxation is not penalizing the rich because they're rich, a wealthy person can afford 30% of their salary taxed while a poor person would be ruined. Likewise, a poor person would likely be ruined by a $300 ticket while a wealthy person wouldn't even notice the penalty. Therefore it only makes sense to penalize the affluent offender more so the penalty is equal.

Comment: Re: 1st Amendment (Score 1) 449 449

"They love authority and control, it's in their culture."

Hahaha. Okay, I'll just believe this because you say so.

I suppose their parliamentary democracy was thrust upon them from outside sources as well then?

"As for militias vs regular modern armies... The Taliban defeated NATO."

The Taliban "defeated" NATO? So the Taliban now rule Afghanistan? I must have missed something in the news...

If you're referring to our lack of a clear victory in Afghanistan, that had more to do with commitment on our part which is why citing a foreign occupation is a bad example. Syria is a prime example. Libya is another good example, those people were getting butchered by artillery and air power before our air strikes began.

If civilian militias can't defeat third tear armies fighting for their survival how will they fair againts first tear? I mean, think about it. How would that play out? Would it be like the 80's movie Red Dawn where a bunch of Americans with rifles savage the Soviet Army?

Comment: Re:1st Amendment (Score 0) 449 449

Of course the British now enjoy rights roughly on par with our own and without the need for wide spread gun ownership.

On top of that, good luck to anybody trying to rise up with a bunch of rifles againts a military like ours. The Syrian people are fighting a third rate military and are slowly loosing. What hope would there be available ts the US military?

Face it, unless they're armed with AA guns and anti tank weaponry, militias as a means of countering government control are a pre 20th century relic.

Comment: Re:Balderdash (Score 1) 216 216

It's more like us invading Iraq fostered the Islamic State. Sadam's army would have crushed the IS had they tried invading Iraq with him in power rather than running away as today's Iraqi army did. Not only that but we lost a great counter weight to Iran by taking Sadam out and set off wide spread inter-ethnic / inter-faith violence in the region which has only helped the IS advance.

All Obama did was end our misguided and arrogant attempt at nation building

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