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Comment Re:The Finest Day.... (Score 0) 185

Tell you what, why don't you start working on the Constitutional amendment to make that type of government happen and we can talk about it. Of course you would probably have to move to the US, and maybe become a citizen, so that's not happening, is it? Just as well.

The US has always been divided, right from the very start. That isn't a particularly bad thing unless you want to throw a parade to celebrate a "People's democracy" and cure weak liberalism. The US unifies when given sufficient cause, otherwise people go about their business.

In some important ways the Democratic and Republican parties are becoming more different, and agreement on some basic issues is beginning to fall apart. The Left has never really like the US, and it is going to tear the US apart.

Comment Re: Fake (Score 0) 185

And that somewhere better be the moon, because the Russians will listen for anything that could remotely be considered fake. And they will waste not a nanosecond to expose it, you really think they would not have jumped onto the possibility to pull your pants down?

So what you're saying is that the global elites don't always work together to screw the little guy, to pull the wool over their eyes? That is a fascinating idea, and quite counter to many posts that get made on Slashdot.

The risk alone is impossible to assess. You have thousands of people working on it, thousands you have to silence.

You make it sound like there couldn't have been a secret "inside job" conspiracy for 9/11 that could have been hidden. Interesting. Tell us more.

Comment Re:The Finest Day.... (Score 0) 185

There is no WE. NASA is that space agency that is doing its shit, the US military is fighting a war somewhere, US economy is building this or that and US TV is showing yet another dumb reality show, which is, scarily enough, pretty much the only thing the average American has a chance to feel part of by participating in the freak show.

There is no WE in the US anymore.

The "WE" in the United States is "We the People," the opportunity to engage in a national ritual comes every two years, it's called voting. The US is about Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, not collectivism and collectivist spectacle.

That's what makes this feat so great, not that 12 people hopped about on a moon that happens to orbit our planet. What made this a powerful achievement was the "WE did it" feeling. WE. Not "the US" but everyone really could feel that he did something for that.

No, the great achievement really was putting people on the moon, and the enormous technical, industrial, and organizational effort that took. Although Americans can feel proud their nation was able to do that, the key fact is that they did it. At least one major power other tried and failed. It wasn't a given.

If you want togetherness join a church or a club.

Comment Re:What would Kissinger do? (Score 0, Troll) 231

You seem to have omitted a few important details, such as Saddam''s funding and support of terrorism, training terrorists, and providing them refuge in Iraq.

Then there is the fact that he kept attacking nations in the region - invaded Iran, invaded and tried to annex Kuwait, attacked Saudi Arabia, attacked Israel. I seem to recall there were "border issues" with some of the other neighbors.

Nor was Iraq particularly stable. There were various rebellions again Saddam, assassination attempts, and various other issues. You may recall that some of these were put down by using chemical weapons against civilian populations.

And Saddam wasn't much of an ally. The US didn't want Iran to beat Iraq and threaten the entire region beyond the danger it already posed. Just think how lovely things would be if Iraq had collapsed and Iran leveraged that into controlling not only Iran's oil, but Iraq, and Saudi Arabia's.

As far as weapons go, Saddam got something like 90% of his weapons from the Soviet Union, Warsaw Pact, China, or other communist bloc states. Most of the rest was from France.

We now basically have a war that we can prolong infinitely. As long as we need one, they'll deliver.

So what you are really saying is that Muslims don't have their own values and goals that they pursue independently of what the US or the West does? Really?

Do you know what the general terms are for when one side in a conflict (war) ceases to defend itself? Defeat and surrender.

How do you think you'd get along with your would be overlords?

Comment Re:What would Kissinger do? (Score 1) 231

You may recall that 9/11 happened before the war in Iraq. Bush ran on a domestic program and war was thrust upon his administration by Bin Laden, al Qaida, and the Taliban.

"Mission Accomplished" referred to the mission performed by the aircraft carrier where that banner was displayed as it was returning home. But if you're just engaging in smear and not trying to further understanding, well then ..... "Mission Accomplished."

Comment Re:Should be worried about gunfire (Score 1) 96

It doesn't list Trump voters,it lists white people that killed police officers.

The author effectively says for all anyone knows they could be Trump voters. By the same token they could be Progressive Hillary voters. Either way I doubt he did the leg work to track down their voter registration, and he doesn't offer any evidence.

That piece is an attempt to deflect attention from Black Lives Matter and doesn't acknowledge the growing number of ties between it and cop killers. Nor does it acknowledge the open calls for, and celebration of, killings of police officers at various rallies and protests they have held.

More Black lives matter than just the politically useful ones that Black Lives Matter protests over.

If not a single policeman killed a single black individual anywhere in the United States for this entire year, that would not reduce the number of black homicide victims by one percent. When the mobs of protesters declare "Black lives matter," does that mean ALL black lives matter -- or only the less than one percent of black lives lost in conflicts with police? -- Random Thoughts - Thomas Sowell

Comment Re:Should be worried about gunfire (Score 2) 96

None of the scum that killed police recently are Conservatives.

By "recently", you must mean, "this week".

http://www.nydailynews.com/new...

Excuse me, ... while your sleight of hand is impressive (and good for mod points), you aren't playing this straight. The article you link to doesn't list conservatives, it lists white people. That isn't the same. One deals with skin color, the other deals with ideas. There is nothing contradictory about being black and conservative:
  Clarence Thomas
  Thomas Sowell
  Herman Cain
  Larry Elder
  Sheriff David Clark
  Condoleezza Rice

Also note that there doesn't appear to be any common thread among the killers in that article as there is among the killings with connections to either Black Lives Matter or the New Black Panther Party.

Submission + - British Parliament To Vote On Retaining Trident Nuclear Deterrent (reuters.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Reuters reports, "Lawmakers will vote on Monday on whether to renew Britain's nuclear deterrent, a key decision for Western security policy ... Parliament ... is likely to approve renewing the Scottish-based nuclear-armed Trident submarines over the opposition of the Scottish National Party and many lawmakers from the Labour Party. Political divisions about whether to replace the Trident submarines, agreed in principle by parliament in 2007, have raised questions about Britain's standing as a world power, amplified by a vote to leave the European Union." — More on Britain's nuclear deterrent at BBC

Comment Interesting public-private partnership (Score 1) 124

Nice that the NZ government pitched in.

It would be interesting to try something like this on a bigger scale. Suppose 5-10% of your taxes could be designated for public spending according to your choice. 2% - national parks, 2% - drug rehab, 2% - NASA, 2% - local police assistance, 2% - new battleship. Give people a more direct voice in spending. The technology is here. The problem is educating the voters where the problems are. Some things would be really popular, and other things would almost be ignored probably. Could be interesting though. Perhaps if they did it as, budgeted need, stretch goal, special spending. and above that it goes back to general fund.

Submission + - Dallas Police Robot Delivers Bomb To Kill Shooter After 5 Shot Dead, 9 Wounded (dallasnews.com)

cold fjord writes: Last night a "Black Lives Matter" protest in Dallas was the scene of the deadliest incident for police in the US since the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. A shooter opened fired on the protest, targeting police, and shot dead 5 police officers, wounded 7 more, as well as wounding 2 civilians. The shooter was firing from a parking garage which he claimed was rigged with multiple bombs. After attempts to resolved the situation by negotiations failed, the Dallas police ended the incident by using their explosive ordnance disposal robot to deliver a bomb that killed the shooter. The Dallas police believe there was a second shooter and a conspiracy. They have three people in custody who are reported to be uncooperative. An expert has stated this is the first time a police robot has been used to kill. The dead shooter is reported to have been upset about recent police shootings, and wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers. The area is still on lock down while the incident is being investigated, and the FAA established a temporary No Fly Zone over Dallas.

Comment Re:BREAKING: Romanian hacker Guccifer found dead! (Score 1) 801

This isn't facebook where you can post any soft of shit and people will believe it without question. People on slashdot will check sources; there are even some heretics who RTFA.

And then if the information does not support the popular view or prejudice they will often down mod the post, lie about what is there, impugn the source, or simply state that they don't care about the truth - they believe what they want to believe.

There are a lot of smart people on Slashdot, too many of which are willing to misuse their intellect to mislead, misdirect, or obscure the truth if they don't like it.

Comment Re:Too bad we can't kill all the lawyers? (Score 1) 801

He came off as a useless trust fund baby on perpetual vacation.

That would be your projection, not his facade.

Mission Accomplished?

Ah, that line! It just never gets "old," does it? No older and not a bit more honest. Whoever turned that around was a master of duplicity.

The AWOL title really applies more to him as President than when he was consuming resources that would have been better used training someone who intended to actually work as a pilot instead of play around. If he hadn't turned up at all in that situation it probably would have been better for the country.

As to the pilot training, not as such.

One of the greatest faults of the Bush administration was in not countering the lies and smears being propagated against them in the media by Democrats and the Left. It is stunning that they didn't respond to some of the attacks being made. They could have learned much from the Clinton machine (as long as the Bush administration could have kept things more honest). Their lack of response ended up severly jobbling them politically with some very unfortunate consequences. The financial melt-down might have been avoided as well as several other unfortunate outcomes if they had been more responsive.

Comment Re:I wonder if they'll cancel Petraeus's sentence (Score 1) 801

Petraeus did "far more" than Snowden? Could you expand on that? Snowden stole thousands of Top Secret Australian defense documents and made some number of them available through intermediaries to the world. There was at least one, maybe more, serious diplomatic problems that came from that. The Australian government probably assesses everything Snowden touched as having fallen into the hands of foreign adversaries intelligence agencies as do the British and US for their respective documents that Snowden stole.

I don't recall a couple million Top Secret documents being in the wind due to David Petraus. Can you back that up?

Snowden screwed Australia, and you didn't even get a lousy windcheater out of it.

You might find this interesting. Or maybe not.

Comment Re:I wonder if they'll cancel Petraeus's sentence (Score 1) 801

Petraeus's mistress was an Army Reserve intelligence office with Top Secret clearance and had served in the war zone. She used the infomation (much of which was Petraeus's notes/notbooks IIRC) to write his biography. I don't recall there being any allegation of the information going further than that. (It was still wrong.)

As to intent - Hillary Clintons servers were created and operated by her order. Messages were bulk erased by her order. Her intent of avoiding scrutiny is clear.

Where do you think Sid got the classified information? Why would he have it as an employee of the Clinton Foundation? Did he have a clearance, and what was his need to know? Who sent it to him? There is little doubt it was all on purpose.

Here Are The 23 Classified Memos Sidney Blumenthal Sent To Hillary Clinton

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