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Re: “The Tucson Connection in the Alabama Election

As a true believer in our Constitutional form of government, I live by the latin phrase, "Vox Populi, Vox Dei."
All political power derives from the voters, the citizens of this country. The Constitution, our national social contract, reflects this truism. Anyone who obstructs the will of the voters commits _treason_ against us all and betrays the principles enshrined in our Constitution. (Hence my contempt for the abominable _Citizens United_ decision--which _usurped_ the will of the flesh and blood majority in favor of corporate "persons.")
The republic was established to defend the Constitution. Why anyone would want to obstruct knowledge of the truth reflected in the ballot eludes me--unless they have committed, or intend to commit, electoral fraud. To me it smacks of treason.
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 12/21/2017 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Police Dispatch

Must be a busy day in the Old Pueblo when the local gendarmes have little else to do but dragnet the streets for a semi-discreet micturatrix.
Did the footage show anyone within viewing distance?
If not, how can they make a case? "Disorderly" conduct is in relation (or relative) to the existing order. Since she did not perturb or disturb it, what's the crime? The camera--the sole witness-- was not offended, as the camera did not report her.
Had she pee'd inside the store, between the aisles of over-priced merchandise I can see the viability of the charge.
Ah, the equal justice and majesty of the law that bans both poor and rich alike from peeing against the walls of Circle K's. Corporate "Persons": 1, flesh and blood persons: 0...
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 12/21/2017 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Paltry Politicians

Talk about a disgusting violation of equal protection and a subsidy to Big Pharma (if not Big Alcohol)!
If and when I need to fill a run-of-the-mill prescription at my neighborhood drugstore I don't have to go running to the state for "permission" or pay the almighty state for a license. I just hand the doctor's scribblings to my local pharmacist, pay for the med, and walk out the door. Period.
The legal pretext that the state needs even more taxes/fees to fund the "regulation" of dispensaries sounds like so much common law legalism _designed_ to pass judicial review (the "rational basis" test). The state's need for some token fee may be true at an elementary level, but the near-prohibitive _premium_ to purchase these permits sure sounds like those in need are getting screwed by the closet prohibitionists in Phoenix who demand exorbitant fees for the "privilege" of accessing one's treatment drug of choice. I wonder how many of these crypto-prohibitionists receive electioneering funding from pro-Big Pharma, pro-Big Alcohol and Pro-Law Enforcement PAC's.
To quote J.J. Gittes, "Follow the money...."
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 11/24/2017 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Vintage Vinyl

Speaking of nostalgia and all things vinyl, what ever happened to Oracle's "All In Your head?"
I can't seem to find a copy.

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Posted by socrates2 on 10/26/2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Danehy

Mr. CW13,
Please, sir. A statistic as a _talking point_ remains meaningless to the rest of us unless documented. Could you please cite a reliable source for such a generalized assertion?
You assert, "In 8 years under Obummer ( 32 Quarters ) The economy never grew more that 1.5 %. Under Trump it's already grown 3.0 %."
Assuming the word "economy" applies to every man, woman and child in the good, old US of A, one can presume that every working person's salary and benefits have increased 3% vis a vis Obama's 1.5%.
If so, cite a source.
Assuming that your statistic applies to the homeless population, does that mean the number of homeless has decreased 3% vs 1.5% during Obama's tenure?
Assuming it applies to the unemployed, does your statistic mean that 3% more people have found a living wage job vs 1.5% during Obama's term, that manufacturing has returned to American shores?
Assuming that it applies to college students, does your statistic mean that 3% no longer have to apply for student loans to attend college, vs 1.5% less during the Obama years?
Assuming that it applies to elementary school children, does that mean that 3% less have dropped out of the poverty level, no longer need school breakfasts and lunches to get through the academic rigors of the school day vs. 1.5% during the Obama years?
Does your statistic mean that the sales of stocks have increased 3% vs 1.5% that may or may not have occurred during the Obama years?
I could go on and on asking these questions about the _economy_ and its _real_ impact on the man on the street, in terms we could measure. In terms of quantity and quality...of life.
Facts are one thing, propaganda another...
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 10/26/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “White Doesn't Make Right

jhuppent, I can understand your point, but surely you would agree that it would tend to depend upon the _context_ (and isn't this always the case?) in which these _revisionist_ studies take place.
I admit, that if taught with an equally puerile, of not angry, _revanchist_ perspective, we're back to square one and set the stage for social divisiveness of the kind we've witnessed recently from Yugoslavia to Iraq to Syria--futile brother vs brother, Hatfield vs McCoy ancestral feuds that achieve nothing but resentment, bitterness and, heaven forbid, bloodshed.
No, I merely meant teach History in a forthright manner in order to avoid Santayana's injunction; in order to learn history's bitter, hard-earned lessons. We cannot and must not repeat our forefathers' costly, inhumane mistakes.
We must away from teaching _American Mythology 101_ in our schools and smugly label such teaching "history." That's what I resent. And that's what I believe the promoters of balance and perspective desire. If not, like you, I join in condemning _any_ resentful, vindictive motives! Such motives are unworthy of any of us who truly believe in unchaining ourselves and our posterity from the dungeons of ignorance and hate.
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 09/23/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “White Doesn't Make Right

Correction:

Wrote: "refuse _their_ turn their country"

Meant to write: "refuse _to_ turn their country."

Apologies.

Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 09/21/2017 at 9:04 AM

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