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    So, more a subjective appraisal perhaps.

    I lived those numbers. I am an old fart and have been paying taxes for a hell of a long time.[/QUOTE]

    So, more a subjective appraisal perhaps.
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    Where are you getting those numbers??

    But then in the 50s there were almost no taxes for the average family or businesses compared to today. Today the average family pays out of their income something like 30% as federal income tax,...
  3. Just who do you think is the backbone of the...

    "Let itself be marginalized"? Wtf? Is that your perspective on every muted minority voice, or do you save that attitude for the really special ones?[/QUOTE]
    My perspective on every muted minority...
  4. "Let itself be marginalized"? Wtf? Is that your...

    "Let itself be marginalized"? Wtf? Is that your perspective on every muted minority voice, or do you save that attitude for the really special ones?
  5. They always did accuse the Left of being godless...

    They always did accuse the Left of being godless atheists. It was just less true in the past. I note that it is still not true by the numbers, despite how much those numbers have changed. But truth...
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    In fairness, the actual name is kinda dumb......

    It stands for "assault", like the "A" in AR-15[/QUOTE]

    In fairness, the actual name is kinda dumb... they might as well just call them Asshole Rifles.
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    This is very true, and insightful.

    This is very true, and insightful.
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    A is A. Unfortunately the A stands for asshole. ;)

    A is A. Unfortunately the A stands for asshole. ;)
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    He's not from California.

    Barack Obama was in US senate as long as Kamala Harris when he (successfully) ran for president. If that's your reason, it is not a particularly compelling one.[/QUOTE]

    He's not from California.
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    She thought she could get away with using Barbara...

    For the record, why in particular do you consider her run "tone-deaf"?[/QUOTE]

    She thought she could get away with using Barbara Boxer's seat as a brief stepping stone on the way to the White...
  11. In the post-tree ecology? What will they carpent?

    And blacksmiths. Carpenters, maybe, too.[/QUOTE]

    In the post-tree ecology? What will they carpent?
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    "Internships".

    "Internships".
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    So they.... struggled to remain objective?

    So they.... struggled to remain objective?
  14. Thread: Bagels

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    Poll: No, scratch that, I'd have come over with the...

    No, scratch that, I'd have come over with the lemonade, looked him in the eye, and poured the lemonade out onto the bar.
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    Poll: I'd have decked him.

    Once I witnessed a man put..... mayonnaise on a hot dog. He didn't even look ashamed.[/QUOTE]

    I worked in a bar and I had this one regular, he would order a 12 year old Macallan single malt Scotch...
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    We're still annoyed with her for running at all....

    We're still annoyed with her for running at all. Talk about tone-deaf. If she doesn't become president, she might have trouble getting re-elected Senator.
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    Yup, I was once upon a time a ministerial...

    Impressive! Do you read Koine Greek? Many years ago I purchased, for 25 cents, a copy of the Jehovah's Witness Greek-English interlinear New Testament. There were actually two English versions...
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    I hope that being taken seriously isn't a goal of...

    I hope that being taken seriously isn't a goal of yours. Insulting nicknames for people, let alone books, are the rhetorical tactic of a nine-year-old.
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    I don't apply just a single hermeneutic to...

    I don't apply just a single hermeneutic to reading the Bible (or any other sacred text); I do strongly oppose both literalism and race-centric readings, for reasons we could discuss at length if I...
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    I see that your "Atheists" are a lot like your...

    I see that your "Atheists" are a lot like your "Left". How can you regularly interact with people week after week of your life without getting to know any of them?
  21. With that celebrity line-up, I'd say they got a...

    With that celebrity line-up, I'd say they got a hell of a bargain on their tickets.
  22. I am shocked... shocked... to learn that there is...

    I am shocked... shocked... to learn that there is subterfuge going on in this establishment!

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    Seriously though, the devil was always a liar. When the sons of the devil lie, they speak...
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    I think Mayor Pete is nearly guaranteed a place...

    My preference is and has been Mayor Pete but if he can’t start standing out from the crowd, I’m going to cut him off and start supporting another. He’s just not getting any traction.
    Meanwhile,...
  24. I don't know why you think the news hasn't been...

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    What does this tell us about what our priorities are, the media's priorities are, our level of empathy for strangers?[/QUOTE]
    I don't know why you think the news hasn't been reporting on...
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    I voted for Romney in the primaries back in 2012....

    Yeah, I never got that. Public voting for the top member of what is essentially a private organization.

    Republicans did that in Michigan, crossed over and got ambulance chaser Jeffrey Fieger the...
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