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Comment Re:Uh, because he's not? (Score 1) 758

No one, liberal or conservative, use either of those two labels to describe their party affiliation.

Non sequitur.

The game you are playing here is called No True Scotsman.

Insert Diego Montoya meme here.

those are terms you conspiracy nutters made up to put down opinions you don't like starting with Bush 1 and that NWO nonsense.

0 for 3.

Comment Re:Best fucking part (Score 1) 758

There's the willful obtuseness again. As has been made clear over and over again by presidents of both parties, the United States government DGAF about domestic or international law. One of the countries to assist the US with it's extraordinary kidnapping program was Sweden, when it handed over two prisoners who were then promptly tortured. That was under Bush - but under Obama, Manning was tortured with solitary confinement for over a year and subjected to constant humiliation.

Comment Re:Just follow the strings. (Score 1) 758

Alternatively, you could not be willfully obtuse. Assange detractors have spent years saying the U.S. hasn't even asked the U.K. to extradite him (some just in this Slashdot story). That it really is about rape allegations, and Assange really should stop cowering in an embassy and face the charges.

If Assange walks out of the embassy and surrenders to the British police, and they immediately hand him over to the United States and not Sweden, it shows the allegations were a mere pretext all along.

1 + 1 = 2.

Comment Re:fake news from cnn (Score 1) 217

He left Hong Kong and entered Russia using a revoked passport - he didn't seek asylum in Russia because of the revoked passport, he entered Russia because that had already been agreed with the Russian authorities. Snowden had been talking with the Russians during his stay in Hong Kong.

And then he flew to visit his pole dancing girlfriend on Santa's sleigh? As long as you are making shit up, might as well go all out.

Comment Re:Schizophrenic Slashdot Reaction Time! (Score 1) 217

The Guardian -- not exactly an unbiased source -- claims that at trial Manning's defense team pretended that nobody got killed due to the leaks because no specific individual that was specifically named in the leaks was proven to have been killed specifically because of the leaks.

How else would you back up the claim that people died as the result of the leaks??

Comment Stranger Logic (Score 1) 217

Manning was just a show-off

Which is why she did it anonymously......?

trying to data-dump anything she could get her hands on without a greater purpose in mind.

You mean she didn't have time nor the resources to sort the data. Either she'd still be doing that today, or would have leak bits and pieces, increasing the chances of the government finding out.

In any case, it's a sad commentary on the human condition that you are concerned with the propriety of the leaker but the crimes revealed by said leaker just aren't important enough to talk about. You know, stuff like torture, the Collateral Murder video, giving young boys to "allied" Afghans to be raped...

Comment Re: Bigoted transophobes. (Score 1) 758

Usually I hate the line of reasoning that "look at all the people disagreeing with me, it just proves me right", but in this case it applies. Sometimes people are simply born feeling like they are a gender that doesn't match the parts they were born with, in the same way that some guys are born liking other guys, and some girls are born liking other girls. All of the respondents so far are ignorant of that fact - some willfully.

Comment Re:1 point for Obama (Score 1) 758

Maybe a car analogy is necessary here.

How about a Snowden analogy: say you are him and you are sitting on this alleged second stash of materials. Even nations friendly to the United States, such as Israel, would be more than happy to kidnap you & pull your fingernails out with a pair of pliers to get access to whatever it is you are holding onto.

So, why hold onto it?

Comment Re:The earth is (Score 1) 436

What has your reply to do with the text I wrote?

Everything. It has everything to do with the absolutist line you took to organized labor - some organized labor did something bad a some point (true or not) so right-wingers form negative stereotypes to be used until the end of time. Lets try the same absolutist reasoning to capitalist businesses, shall we?

BP blew up the Gulf, so all oil companies are bad.
MCI Worldcom defrauded investors, so all telecom companies are bad.
All the major banks ripped off their investors and shareholdes, so all banks are bad.
Remington sold a defective trigger for decades, so all firearm manufacturers are bad.
GM killed dozens of people with faulty ignitions, so all car companies are bad.
Vioxx killed some people, so all pharmaceuticals are bad.

And so on.

Comment Re:Looks like GM got off easy (Score 1) 126

Then by your reasoning there is
1) No reason to have air quality laws at all

Uh, no, but thanks for beating the false equivalency horse, which is still dead BTW. There some part of the word direct that you're having a hard time with? GM ignitions directly lead to 100+ deaths. Let us know how many VW diesels were used in suicides-by-carbon monoxide. Which would have been no different under gas engines.

Comment Re:It must really suck... (Score 1) 536

I've known about 100 H1-B workers in my career - all but two of them were married, had kids, bought homes, made plenty of consumer purchases

No, they didn't, not in the U.S. I knew there was an anecdote coming but I'd buy shares in the Brooklyn Bridge before believing that yarn.

Are you in "IT" and not software development?

You say that as if it would make a difference. If my coworkers and I have to compete with a shop in India, that's one thing - but having my own government import, as a matter of deliberate policy, foreign workers to come into our shop (and lower wages in the process) is an entirely different kettle of corporatist fish.

Comment Re:Or maybe you're a fascist. (Score 1) 272

I don't understand why heads of state don't assume they're being spied on.

By allies? You think there wouldn't be consequences if Greece was caught tapping Obama's Blackberry? This is hand waiving.

I assume all my countries allies are listening to POTUS's unencrypted phone, and all of congressmen's.

But if they do something about it, then we should ramp up for WWIII.

A fifty year old speech from MLK is apropos, just change "white moderate" to "liberal":

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice..."

This is the line of thinking that leads people to be more outraged by whistleblowers than they are by the fact that their taxpayer dollars are supporting boy-fucking on military bases - a practice revealed by Wikileaks.

Comment Re:Progressive (Score 3, Interesting) 758

You're running that Obamabot crap up the wrong flagpole, son. This is the same president that can out-conservative Reagan any day of the weak. Reagan publicly stated - repeatedly - that Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit. Yet Obama appointed his Catfood Commission (because the only thing seniors could afford to eat after it was cat food) to reduce the deficit centered around those who want to cut Social Security.

Reagan granted amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants.
Obama deported them in record numbers.
Reagan withdrew from Lebanon.
Obama arranged to continue Afghanistan occupation until after his predecessor's predecessor.
Reagan signed arms reduction treaties with the USSR.
Obama started a trillion dollar upgrade program of America's nuclear arsenal.
Reagan signed a treaty requiring the prosecution of those who commit torture.
Obama immunized officials from torture and other crimes against humanity.
Obama started a war without Congressional authorization
Obama repealed habeas corpus with an NDAA
Obama wanted to re-legalize whaling when there isn't even a whaling industry to pander to

I could go on all day, Obamabot. You might want to put the shovel down now.

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