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    there's a great Washington Post article now about...

    there's a great Washington Post article now about how one relatively junior CIA whistleblower started this whole process. no new news, just a detailed summary of everything that has gone on up until...
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    how is this dishonest at all? is the US a...

    how is this dishonest at all? is the US a developed first-world nation, or not? is Mexico? why are the other statistics for crime in America comparable to that of other first-world countries,...
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    let's put it this way: when was the last time...

    let's put it this way: when was the last time there was a Canadian mass shooting, or mass molotov cocktail, or mass bombing, that resulted in 58 dead and 469 injured?
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    so Roger Stone is going to prison, where he...

    so Roger Stone is going to prison, where he belongs.

    he joins Michael Flynn.

    Rick Gates.

    Paul Manafort.

    Michael Cohen.
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    to a degree. you give someone a 1863 Springfield...

    to a degree. you give someone a 1863 Springfield musket...he's gonna get off 3 shots a minute. doesn't matter how good he is, that's the technical limitation of the weapon.

    problem is, technical...
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    i don't see how the argument stands that banning...

    i don't see how the argument stands that banning assault weapons/tacticool firearms would make things -worse-. yesterday was bad, but it wasn't Las Vegas shooting bad.



    from my POV, i'd say the...
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    note I said nothing about banning AR-15s. i'm...

    note I said nothing about banning AR-15s. i'm fully aware there's plenty of other options out there for people to fall back on.

    my original point was to address surfgun's assertion that Armalites...
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    every single one of the GOP arguments is so...

    every single one of the GOP arguments is so stupid, i feel dumber for having listened to them in the first place.

    "there was no quid pro quo" --> Mulvaney says there is

    "quid pro quo happens...
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    yet the fact is that the rate of mass shooting...

    yet the fact is that the rate of mass shooting occurrence has sharply increased in the last 15 years, roughly tracking the increase in popularity of the AR-15 rifle and its many variants.

    Sandy...
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    these theoretical discussions have little in...

    these theoretical discussions have little in connection with reality. as I said, mass shooters COULD use any variety of semiautos or historical rifles to do their deed. they COULD use a garand, or a...
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    on the fliphand side, and i know i'm speaking...

    on the fliphand side, and i know i'm speaking complete heresy as i work for the USAF here, strategic bombing against Germany was not worth the candle and was continued despite all evidence to the...
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    which is pointless to bring up, because as far as...

    which is pointless to bring up, because as far as I know mass shooters don't favor the Remington Model 8 to do their deed, for a variety of reasons.
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    BF, that guy has zero name recognition,...

    BF,



    that guy has zero name recognition, and thus will die on the vine.

    out of all the candidates starting out with zero name recognition, only two have gotten any headway-- Buttigieg and...
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    this...makes no sense. a M1903 firing a .30-06...

    this...makes no sense.

    a M1903 firing a .30-06 has greater stopping power than a M4 firing a 5.56mm, but we're not substituting M4s for M1903s...

    bottom-line is that all amendments have limits....
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    history aside, and back to current day politics:...

    history aside, and back to current day politics:

    what is surprising in the last few days is how Nikki Haley essentially took her reputation as one of the two people coming out of the...
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    yep, and that quote was in Teddy Roosevelt's...

    yep, and that quote was in Teddy Roosevelt's famous New Nationalism speech. he followed up that Lincoln quotation with: "If that remark was original with me, I should be even more strongly denounced...
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    "Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital....

    "Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much...
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    definitely there with you on the lack of civics...

    definitely there with you on the lack of civics knowledge...i doubt half of US high schoolers can pass the civics test we administer to naturalizing immigrants.



    this is the tricky part. I used...
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    snapper, yes, this is a very European, and...

    snapper,



    yes, this is a very European, and indeed very mittel-European, construct of nationalism.

    and very unfortunately it's infected a significant portion of the American right, which...
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    AR, haha, showing your age there! not just...

    AR,



    haha, showing your age there! not just one, but two generations of get-off-my-lawnism! :-)

    frankly i think the one-third of dumbasses have always existed. the only reason why they're...
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