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@ CK MacLeod:
Thanks for the clarification. And this is a test to see if it goes to moderation. I've felt a bit off the last day or so, so that could explain it.

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CK MacLeod wrote:

RINO

Does that mean hardskinned on the outside and soft on the inside?

On “Barbarism and its Discontents

CK MacLeod wrote:

So what did you think of that twerpy rightwinger calling for Vick to be “executed.” I know you probably don’t want to be in the position of standing up for Vick… but… sheesh

Right. Ugliness is all directions. You're right, I read it and realized I was feeling terrorized both ways. Rare moment. I'm all for everyone getting a second chance, and that does trump my militant feelings about animal cruelty and animal rights.
So I'll practice some avoidance. One of the things I kept thinking throughout the whole Vick deal was that it was stupid for supposedly smart football people to think he couldn't come back. I new he could. Football is not a subtle sport. What works with it works and giving his legs a rest actually played to Vick's advantage and that was predictable.

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@ CK MacLeod:
Well, since you put it that way (and there's something in it for me), I guess you're off the hook. I'm afraid that if I did write a counter-review that that would also distract you. So I think I'll let it go. Carry on.

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In critiquing your critique, I would say it lacks something in regards to CK humor. I know you're at a disadvantage because you can't expect your audience to have read the book. As you know, I have. For an English professor, I think White actually did a very nice job with the religious hopefulness. It was presented in a way that I think a lot of anti-religious people could go with. There's something fair and balanced about it and the book in general. He doesn't just blame corporate fascism like me, for example. He gives it to Gore in really reasonable way, in connection with a misplaced faith in science. I think what you're sensing is that his previous time as an anti-religious type makes him feel that his present relatively pro-religious position is new and surprising when not everyone (including you) feels that way. You do that in connection with your old Marxist beliefs. You've been there and done that, so you must have been a better type of conservative when you went into the "conservative nuthouse" for a time. But just as I think you do actually do a good job with conservative perspectives, I think White actually does a good job with his spiritual take. You were "unmoved." That's okay. You appreciated what was there in the way I thought you might. Again, when I saw what your post was about, I was like, "This is going to be good." I ended up being underwhelmed, especially in respect to humor. You are a thousand times funnier than White. Humor is what's missing with him. Maybe another pass at it?

On “My internet’s back…

@ CK MacLeod:
I'm with Bob on this one.

On “OMG Juan Williams said a no-no re Palin v Obama

@ miguel cervantes
Thanks for the New Year pick-me-up cheeriness, Miggs.

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@ miguel cervantes:
No reason to speculate. Just look at the Dali Lama's behavior in connection with the Chinese occupation of Tibet and you have the right correlation. Once, when the Dali Lama was informed that the Chinese had tortured and killed 250 monks closest to him, he sat with it for several minutes, had his personal emotional reaction to it and then looked up and said, "Let us pray for the Chinese."

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CK MacLeod wrote:

I figgered migs meant me

Is there a difference between us? MacMiller, remember?

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miguel cervantes wrote:

the coldly amoral type you seem to prefer

I prefer that people be treated according to the golden rule.

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@ miguel cervantes:
Since CK and Fuster have tired of pointed out the obvious, I'll step in this once...
The people surrounding Obama before he was elected had and have a truthful vision of this country. The Tuskegee syphilis experiment happened. You don't come back from that truth and make nice. Unless of course, you want to be President. Then you leave the people who helped you develop the power of truthfulness (satya in Sanskrit) in the first place and become just another politician.

On “Real World for Xmas?

I think there's enough Clipperness to go around. So, sure, you guys can have some. They are really fun to watch, actually. Welcome aboard--claws and all.

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Good thing I still have the Clippers.

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@ CK MacLeod:
Ugliest shoes I've ever seen. Making him grumpy.

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@ CK MacLeod:
Gasol and Bryant combined 1 for 13 against a team with no interior D. Amazing in an ugly way.

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Noon. I'm home. You know how to get here. I was kidding about the "dark light," but I do think you should come.

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@ CK MacLeod:
Will try your email noonish...

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Going to call you when I can, which will be noon Sat. my family, such as it is at this point, will already be done with the whole Xmas thing, so it will only be us and the game. Easy. You can do it. There won't be anything christmasy at all. No tree, no nothin. Just basketball and a beer if you want it.

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Colin, I know a place in Riverside where you can watch the game. You have the numbers. Use them or risk being thought of in a dark light.

On “Time to Stop, Terminate, Refudiate, Reverse, Render Null and Void, and so on, 20 Years of Bi-Partisan Neo-Imperialism

Scott Miller wrote:

So, how many hundreds of thousands or millions do we have to kill, how many trillions do we have to spend, how much of our own national life to do we have to disfigure, how long do we have to suspend our own supposed values, how much do we have to deepen our troubles and increase the possibility of further 9/11s, before we’ve sufficiently balanced the scales on 3,000 victims? And when do we ever get to talk about 9/11 itself – why it happened – like grown-ups?

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So, how many hundreds of thousands or millions do we have to kill, how many trillions do we have to spend, how much of our own national life to do we have to disfigure, how long do we have to suspend our own supposed values, how much do we have to deepen our troubles and increase the possibility of further 9/11s, before we’ve sufficiently balanced the scales on 3,000 victims? And when do we ever get to talk about 9/11 itself – why it happened – like grown-ups?

On “Notes on the Invention of the World

@ fuster:
Thanks, Fuster. I need all the defendething I can get.

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@ CK MacLeod:
I thought you were smart-aleckily pointing out that anyone could post the frog picture by posting it again yourself. Doesn't matter because what I wrote isn't true. Some people do like smart-alecks. Actually, being one myself, I like smart-alecks.

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iCK MacLeod wrote:

Only you could have posted it.

Nobody likes a smart-aleck. And no I didn't put the i before your name there on purpose. But it's perfect. iCK. Icky.

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