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Comments by Sully

On “Does anyone really hold those truths to be self-evident?

@ Rex Caruthers:

A promise to provide nuclear weapons is not the same thing as delivery of nuclear weapons. States that want something from one another lie to one another all the time.

On “First Term New Jersey Governor Presidential Prospect For a Mere Two Years After Taking Office? – Nyah, Never… Not in a Hundred Years!

@ CK MacLeod:

The rich are different from you and me. Most of them are clueless. Those politicians they buy will turn on them in a minute for the right incentives.

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@ CK MacLeod:

You wrote - "once rich people sniffed wealth taxes coming, many would transfer liquid assets offshore"

That's why you have to catch them by surprise if you want to get it all. Wilson would have acted expeditiously, using the liberty league or whatever he called his brownshirts.

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Having recently become a senior I'm glad to see that cuts in my benefits are toxic to politicians. What I don't understand is why the NJ Dems are such pikers. Income is easily hidden from taxes and any taxes on it only come in in dribs and drabs. Augustus, Tiberias and their successors showed the way to raise real revenue by going after accumulated wealth. And it would behove the states to confiscate that wealth before the fed politicians get around to it.

Additionally, I doubt very few holders of wealth over perhaps the $10 Million range actually produce anything for the economy. They're probably almost all useless mouths. If you want to kick the budget can down the road a decade or so the best way to do it is to strip those fatcats down to size.

This might need a constitutional amendment; but perhaps not. After all, the constitution means what the nine justices say it means.

On “NEW OLD IMAGES

@ Fourcheese casady:

That bird needs a diction coach.

On “First Term New Jersey Governor Presidential Prospect For a Mere Two Years After Taking Office? – Nyah, Never… Not in a Hundred Years!

@ narciso:

She's not in my district; but I'm glad to see she's making trouble for the party machine in her district. Democrats are a bigger problem than Republicans; but both species of career politicians are cancers. . . as Wilson was.

Just trying to get a rise out of Colin.

On “NEW OLD IMAGES

@ CK MacLeod:

Hmm. The parrot must have been in another episode. Regardless, movies reached a never since duplicated level when Moe, Larry and Curly performed.

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@ CK MacLeod:

Watching that Monty Python skit after that Three Stooges episode (which didn't include the most sublime moments that occur toward the end - who can forget the parrot in the chicken and the pouring forth of Niagara Falls from the TV) explains why the U.S. overtook and surpassed the U.K. on the world stage; and it brings one to the sad realization that Western Art peaked in the 1930's and has been on the decline since.

On “First Term New Jersey Governor Presidential Prospect For a Mere Two Years After Taking Office? – Nyah, Never… Not in a Hundred Years!

I take it body mass is the new black. Sometimes it amazes me how quick leftists are to promote stereotypes and reveal outright bias while presenting themselves as champions of "diversity".

I don't know much about Christie but I do know that I'll vote for any politician who's willing to talk straight to self important press dudes as he did in that clip.

On “On re-reading Liberal Fascism: Defining Evil Down

@ CK MacLeod:

So all contiguous countries (states) that are not united under a constitution have been at all places and all times in a constant state of nature (war) where the correlation of brute force has ruled?

As I said way back, I'm personally glad Lincoln acted dictatorially and I think he acted rightly; but let's not try to clothe his action in legality.

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@ CK MacLeod:

Since you've reawakened this thread I feel the need to respond to something that has been nagging at me.

You wrote:

You’ll have to supply me with a reference to the secession clause. I can’t find it.

That's because, absent a specific power of the Feral Gummint to enforce union or a specific prohibition against a state seceding, the following applies - "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

On “One Cancer Under God: On Defending Woodrow Wilson

@ strangelet:

Obama doesn’t lie

I was finding you rational until that.

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Barry O, made quite a show,
Of beating on bankers,
While his merry band,
Parceled out our cash,
Hand over hand,
To those bamboozling wankers.

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@ CK MacLeod:

Both a cache and a whored are pretty good; but in light of recent developments a bailout of bankers may be better. Ordering them in the bamboozles also appeals.

Goldman Sachs
Whored its hacks,
As government flacks,
To insure that we,
Would bend our backs,
And they could make free,
To deliver a shtup,
When AIG, quite abrupt,
Went belly up,

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Woodrow Wilson's
defunct
who used to
ride roughshod over the
Constitution
and break onetwothreefourfive liberties justlikethat
Jesus
he was an arrogant man
and what I want to know is
how do you like your fascist boy
Mister McLeod

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@ Ken:

Ah! Did someone mention Kaiser Wilhelm?

I just finished listening to Larry McMurty's The Colonel and Little Missy. Little Missy (Annie Oakley) once shot a cigarette out of the Kaiser's mouth. Later, after the start of WW1, she gave an interview in which she wished she could have that shot to do over.

how do you like your mustachioed boy, Little Missy?

(had to fix that purloined line to capitalize Little Missy, ee cummings wasn't completely into his all lower case mania when he wrote Buffalo Bill

On “How Now Brown Dow?

@ Rex Caruthers:

Interesting, especially the statement that the enrichment is to fuel nuclear submarines and the Brazillian navy doesn't have any nuclear submarines.

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@ narciso:

In other, perhaps related news. Japan has reactivated a breeder reactor that was shut down years ago after an accident. Probably no big thing since I'm sure they're only interested in the electrical generating capacity of the plant.

There are many consequences attendant on the U.S. being perceived as an unreliable ally.

On “Soon to be lapping up on a shore near you…

@ CK MacLeod:

But that’s obtuse

Obtuseness is, of course, always in the eye of the beholder. I've heard many people point out that there hasn't been a catastrophic spill in the past however many years. But I've never heard anyone deny the possibility of a catastrophic spill.

On the other hand, I have heard the AGW lobby, even "scientists" within that lobby, assert that "the science is settled."

Had I ever heard anyone claim that a catastrophic spill was impossible I would have reacted by saying that the person was certainly lacking in common sense or being misleading. I don't recall many liberals saying that the "science is settled" folks were lacking in common sense or being misleading.

We have now learned that catastrophic spills are possible, just as we learned a few months ago that at least a great deal of the AGW science was rigged rather than settled.

Who was or is being obtuse?

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@ CK MacLeod:

I was talking about the politics, as I understood you were.

The point I was making is that conservatives (and liberals) cannot craft positions that are proof against all possible headlines because no one can predict all possible headlines, except to say that large scale systems will periodically generate them. Having an industrial civilization guarantees that there will be horrific accidents. And, as the world gets wealthier and more densely populated, the accidents will result in larger death tolls.

Of course, in the absence of industrial civilization, the people who will die in those accidents would never have existed in the first place.

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If any of the worst-case or near-worst-case scenarios develop on the oil disastrophe, it would have been nice for conservatives to have had a sensible, credible strategy on the environment that was secure against tomorrow’s headlines…

There is no sensible credible strategy on the environment that is "secure" against all conceivable headlines. . . except return to a pre-industrial pastoral existence. Industrial civilization comes at a price, one part of which is expressed in large temporary costs as complex systems occasionally break down in horrifying ways.

It's surprising that the world has gone so long without a major spill, given the sheer amount of oil shipped every day.

On “Sarah Palin shouldn’t be pretending Glenn Beck is normal

@ CK MacLeod:

None of us know precisely where we are on the curve that leads to the government controlling everything because it has been ceded responsibility for the results of everything.

You asked - What’s your evidence of any such curve at all?

I answer - The fact that both the Socialist Internationale and the Nationalsozialist versions of Progressivism travelled along that curve to its ultimate destination. The U.S. only temporarily departed the curve when FDR failed in his attempt to pack the supreme court and thus make the constitution into whatever he wanted it to be. He tried to do that, of course, because he, as a progressive, was supremely sure that One People and One Country were best served by One Strong Leader.

Lest we get lost in remembrance of the grandfatherly FDR, it's always good to remind ourselves that he was, after all, the same FDR who established gulags for Japanese American citizens after he made himself President for Life. The country was lucky when he died in 1944.

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@ CK MacLeod:

The “progressive impulse” has reigned in this country politically for around half of the time that this country has existed politically (if not longer, depends on your definition). Last I checked, we were the ones who helped destroy the Gulagers

Because a geometric function initially approaches its limit slowly doesn't mean it won't eventually approach that limit rapidly.

None of us know precisely where we are on the curve that leads to the government controlling everything because it has been ceded responsibility for the results of everything.

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The progressive impulse does lead eventually to gulags if followed. Beck is only wrong in presenting that endpoint as imminent.

I personally find him too "hot" for easy viewing; but I don't think he is as far over the top as you do.

We do, after all, have a president who has effectively nationalized sizable industries and who clearly believes that the goal of tax policy is to level outcomes even if at the cost of maximizing tax revenues.

As far as not believing anyone, that's simply common sense. Start believing politicians and pretty soon you'll get to believing truly preposterous things, such as that John McCain won't fold on border control once he wins his election in October, or that Barack Obama always intended to hold tax increases to those earning over $250K.