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Journal Journal: Political fanbois 1

I swear, a couple of you guys read just like those morons over there at democratic underground, worshiping your party like a damn Reaganite praying to his picture on the wall. Well I got news for you all, under the present system, civil liberties, justice, respect for life, etc. etc. etc. is comatose, if not completely dead. It's well past time you people wake up. Tear yourselves away from your books for half a second and go see life in the street. Go outside and smell the stench of the bodies dumped in the underpass. Then, by all means, please dig them a grave and give them a decent burial. At the very least, keep your damn wars away from paradise. We don't need that shit.

Now, if you're just saying all this crap to manipulate the odds with your bookies, then I apologize in advance, but if you actually believe this stuff, then you are indeed an idiot, or worse.

Quickies

Journal Journal: :-) The bomber's back!

I was beginning to wonder where you've bean... Thanks for all the love. I won't forget to put roses on your grave. But you only passed me four. Where'd you use the other one? Now I'm jealous...

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Botnet

Journal Journal: the most disastrous president in our history 2

< in terms of civil liberties >...

... perhaps the biggest blow to civil liberties is what he has done to the movement itself. It has quieted to a whisper, muted by the power of Obama's personality and his symbolic importance as the first black president as well as the liberal who replaced Bush. Indeed, only a few days after he took office, the Nobel committee awarded him the Nobel Peace Prize without his having a single accomplishment to his credit beyond being elected. Many Democrats were, and remain, enraptured.

It's almost a classic case of the Stockholm syndrome, in which a hostage bonds with his captor despite the obvious threat to his existence. Even though many Democrats admit in private that they are shocked by Obama's position on civil liberties, they are incapable of opposing him. Some insist that they are simply motivated by realism: A Republican would be worse. However, realism alone cannot explain the utter absence of a push for an alternative Democratic candidate or organized opposition to Obama's policies on civil liberties in Congress during his term. It looks more like a cult of personality. Obama's policies have become secondary to his persona.

Ironically, had Obama been defeated in 2008, it is likely that an alliance for civil liberties might have coalesced and effectively fought the government's burgeoning police powers. A Gallup poll released this week shows 49% of Americans, a record since the poll began asking this question in 2003, believe that "the federal government poses an immediate threat to individuals' rights and freedoms." Yet the Obama administration long ago made a cynical calculation that it already had such voters in the bag and tacked to the right on this issue to show Obama was not "soft" on terror. He assumed that, yet again, civil libertarians might grumble and gripe but, come election day, they would not dare stay home.

Well, yeah, that's how it's supposed to work. Whoever you elect, make sure (s)he's a lizard.

Businesses

Journal Journal: QOTD: 3

"People who commit crimes don't read the Wall Street Journal." - Michael Bloomberg

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Television

Journal Journal: The Riot Index

Too many riots were bad for business... but so were too few -- a sign that government had become soft and inefficient. Prudent government squeezed until the mob rebelled, then increased spending just enough to prevent extensive property damage. Optimal social policy was a matter of dialling in the <appropriate frequency of riots>.

Shoot them all, right? I mean it's working like a charm in Syria

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