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@ConradGoehausen I'm in Oregon.  In July,  grass will be legal.  I intend to get highly stoned on legal weed for 53 coming up.  I think this "medical marijuana" crap is that.  You've got the right opposing a fairly harmless drug.  You've got the left trying to make a  buck off it. 



6 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121221/koch-brothers-rand-perry-and-lee-reform-criminal-justice-system

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@NC4RSO And when we send kids to prison for relative nothing they come out ready to kill you... decoupage. 

15 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121221/koch-brothers-rand-perry-and-lee-reform-criminal-justice-system

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@ceanf9 Hell.  You can't even get a job if you have bad credit.  I sure watched a lot of kids in my neighborhood go to college and not prison.  We sent a troubled kid in.  We got dangerous out.  

23 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121221/koch-brothers-rand-perry-and-lee-reform-criminal-justice-system

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@FreeThingker @Widldboy Many so called "conservatives" (like me) think Christie is an idiot.  

26 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121218/chris-christie-approval-rating-hits-low-new-jersey-turns-him

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@Orkneys @Widldboy Are you from Joysey.  I'm from Joysey.  I work in a chemical plant.  Honey.  Let's take the mutants out for a picnic.


What do we call Christie? Is it blubber-gate?


I'm right of most of the people here.  I don't own Chris flatulating out his blow hole.

36 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121218/chris-christie-approval-rating-hits-low-new-jersey-turns-him

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I think Paul Ryan is a thoughtful man who understands Ayn Rand.  Rand wanted to be a soulless bitch because it sold books.   What she really said is quite different from liberal painting of it. She is the conservative version of Howard Stern.  Stern is a pretty smart guy too.  If we think for ourselves.  That's good.

4 hours, 30 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118840/paul-ryans-antipoverty-plan-signals-divorce-ayn-rand-cult

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@Teaparty1776 @webranger1962 @CeceliaHolland I don't really like to drink when I smoke weed.  I'd rather have espresso,

4 hours, 52 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118840/paul-ryans-antipoverty-plan-signals-divorce-ayn-rand-cult

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@CeceliaHolland @Teaparty1776 That was an interesting comment.  Our society does demand that we have some structure to deal with each other. That seems to be in flux.  If you look at it digression from conventional morality it's showing in ever aspect of society as rotten, destructive, selfish and anti-social.


4 hours, 54 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118840/paul-ryans-antipoverty-plan-signals-divorce-ayn-rand-cult

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@Teaparty1776 @webranger1962 @CeceliaHolland I dunno.  When I get stoned I like chicken and potato salad.  I don't grow a gigantic bug up my ass.


So I don't think weed is the problem.

5 hours, 2 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118840/paul-ryans-antipoverty-plan-signals-divorce-ayn-rand-cult

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@Teaparty1776 @webranger1962 @CeceliaHolland I used to be proud of my altruism until I found out most people can't even maintain common manners, much less generosity.


My disillusionment is complete.

5 hours, 10 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118840/paul-ryans-antipoverty-plan-signals-divorce-ayn-rand-cult

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@madmex1972 @wilton_woods @webranger1962 @BobHarris1 You know that guy that got shot viral with a half dozen cops?  I was shore patrol for a year.  I wish I could have left that damn gun home.  Whacking knees and taking names was sort of even fun, but that damn 9mm..  I spent more time defending it than defending me.


If you are a law enforcement officer rule 1 is not to get shot with your own gun.


I always considered my sidearm more a hazard than a blessing.

14 hours, 57 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114621/national-parks-popular-white-people-not-minorities-why

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@kail1 @madmex1972 @webranger1962 I think Hillary would be better than George Bush or Obama.  But that ain't saying a whole hell of a lot.

15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114621/national-parks-popular-white-people-not-minorities-why

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@Teaparty1776 @webranger1962 @CeceliaHolland My meaning is that a lot of people jack their jaw and tell you how they're helping so they can pin a medal on their ass.  That's when the didn't do anything but embed corruption.

16 hours, 18 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118840/paul-ryans-antipoverty-plan-signals-divorce-ayn-rand-cult

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@ouaoidn @webranger1962 I am not the 700 Club,  I am a religious conservative and 

a social liberal.  Meaning that do whatever you want, just don't name it after me.



Nobody more than me would like to see the sick tended.  I just don't feel like grabbing my ankles and leaning over a sink.


We have a cartel that is way too proud of it's screwed up record.  Now we gave it teeth.


You will pay for your ridiculously overpriced medical, pharma and insurance or we will send the IRS.


This is the government response for people saying their health care was not affordable.  We'll make it mandatory.  Any other place this happened  you'd be facing a charge for price fixing and racketeering.

16 hours, 50 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121217/king-v-burwell-oral-arguments-begin-obamacare-challenge

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@CeceliaHolland @webranger1962 He's got more money than he could spend in his 20 remaining years. I think Putin is crooked.  I also think he's minor league crooked.  It's enough that his political opponents would Gulag or shoot him for.


I believe 80% of Russians like him. Now if he could just come up with a retirement plan without getting shot.  He did that for Yeltsin.  

17 hours, 28 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121189/boris-nemtsovs-assasination-part-russias-culture-fear

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@Justinian777 @webranger1962 @rhglassman I think the strongest Republican candidate is Jeb Bush.  But not another Bush.  That's just too damn many Bush's for one life.


1 day, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121208/hillary-clintons-email-use-shows-shes-unprepared-election

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@CeceliaHolland @webranger1962 I've read quite a bit about Putin.  I think if he could see his way out of this with his skin still attached, he'd quit.



1 day, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121189/boris-nemtsovs-assasination-part-russias-culture-fear

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@ouaoidn @webranger1962 @KoolAide Freeloader?  I paid the bill.  If you do go to the  hospital, you'll pay the same thing.  Now whether you pay the ridiculous price or the insurance company does (with 15% overhead) somebody is getting scavenged.


One minute in an emergency room $1600.  A room for the night with nothing else is $5000.


The reason that hospitals, pharma and insurance can get away with screwing us without a reach around is that they are a cartel.  ACA gives them sainthood.  You will now proceed to pay for your overpriced medical care or we'll send the IRS after you.


Are you guys crazy?


My vet keeps trying to sell me dog insurance like I'm gonna drop ten grand on a dog. 




1 day, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121212/king-burwell-obamacare-challenge-infuriates-liberals-heres-why

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@kail1 @webranger1962 I think it's going to not be Armageddon.   I don't see the United States falling into open warfare.  I don't see any reason to believe I would have to take up arms against the state.  It's just not that oppressive.  I think it is important to think about the difference between the rights we should have by law and the rights we really do have.  The US government has been playing pretty fast and loose with legal lately.


This is not a Democracy.  It is a Constitutional Republic.  Some rights are inalienable.   Democracy can't take them and shouldn't be able to take them away from you.


But still, we're Americans.  Most of us are pretty cool.  We're probably the most generous people in the world.  I don't see this coming down to gunfire.  I doubt I'll ever have to shoot anybody.


My grandpa said.  If a man needs a gun, he has one.  It hasn't come up.

1 day, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114621/national-parks-popular-white-people-not-minorities-why

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@wilton_woods @webranger1962 @BobHarris1 That was at Gretna.  The cops got 5000 people out and they were getting overran.  Then somebody burned the mall down and the cops closed the bridge. That's just some town clowns in Louisiana who managed to get 5000 people out by bus before things got ugly.  They only had a few guys.  Population 5000.


Some people were cited for looting.  So what?  They got to tell their story to the judge.  If you stole some Pampers, I don't imagine the judge is gonna throw the book at you.

1 day, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114621/national-parks-popular-white-people-not-minorities-why

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I think Putin is trying to avoid his own poisoning, shooting or exploding.  Putin is a criminal.  If he wants to retire he needs leader that will forgive him.  Yeltsin got a similar deal when Putin took over.  These opposition guys are stressing Putin's criminality.  That doesn't seem very healthy.  


I think you could say anything except that Putin is a criminal.  Because Putin knows if he has to answer for that, it's firing squad time.  I think the next leader of Russia will be anyone who let's Putin retire without incident.


Putin seems to have more bodies behind him than a Clinton.  But I dunno. Can you blame a guy for not wanting to wake up dead?

1 day, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121189/boris-nemtsovs-assasination-part-russias-culture-fear

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I imagine people will start becoming really, really polite.  Texans are usually quite polite.

1 day, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120326/kremlin-allows-russians-carry-guns

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This guy was wanted for burglary, he grabbed the cops gun.  There are screen grabs of this around.  The shell casings from the cops gun were bent consistent with someone applying severe force to the slide, which was also bent.


Don't try to take the cops gun away from him.


Of course the guy was mentally ill.  He'd have to be to do something that stupid.

1 day, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121210/video-los-angeles-police-shoot-kill-homeless-man-skid-row

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@kail1 @webranger1962 It looks like unconstitutional confiscation is condoned.  Now what?  I'm sure these gun owners in New Orleans pointed out to the nice officers that their seizure was illegal and I'm sure the officers agreed.


There is the way things are and there is the way it looks on paper.  You don't have any real gun rights.

1 day, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114621/national-parks-popular-white-people-not-minorities-why

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@FranzLiebkind @webranger1962 @KLO1  The Eastern Orthodox Church never became the political power and "the schism" with the Romans in the 11th century left no central authority.  It is really kind of amazing that it basically stayed Roman Rite Catholicism when the Orthodox Church went uncommunicative with the Pope for centuries.  They are still technically Catholics.  The Pope is still their leader.  They just kind of get hard of hearing sometimes.  It's a Slavic thing.


I don't know about Eastern Orthodoxy enough to tell you whether their Church has had issue with familial graft.  Roman Catholics have.


Now you've got 1.2 Billion Catholics and I think we don't want to mess with a Catholic "first family"  That has been a disaster.


You can be a deacon and get married.  It's not like you can't do the Lord's work and be married.

1 day, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121168/pope-francis-conservatives-battle-us-catholic-churchs-future

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@clotworthyi They don't as long as he agrees with them.  Being a Protestant means the Pope is always wrong.  Nothing to see here.  Move along.

1 day, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121168/pope-francis-conservatives-battle-us-catholic-churchs-future

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I think the author is right that a lot of people would like to think this is a typo. I don't see it.  A typo wouldn't so neatly force what early drafts of this bill wanted.  That is a 100% federal exchange.  If it's a typo, it's a really convenient one.

1 day, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121211/king-v-burwell-oral-arguments-scotus-will-rule-obamacare

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@OMFG @SmithRat Black people have been burning stuff down.  They get to be a subject.

1 day, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114621/national-parks-popular-white-people-not-minorities-why

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@SmithRat @OMFG I have a hoodie.  But if somebody asks me what I'm doing, I say hi.   I don't go stalking kids in a car.  I walk right up to em' and say "You look suspicious.  Please explain yourself."  I don't usually call the cops either.  Cops ain't good for much most days.  More trouble than it's worth.


I've been on both ends of this conversation and if everybody is cool, everybody goes home without a hassle.  If anybody gets impolite, this can be a bad encounter.


But that isn't racism.  That's just regular neighborhood crap and it is 100% avoidable with basic politeness.  


1 day, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114621/national-parks-popular-white-people-not-minorities-why

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@kail1 During Katrina, the cops did go out and collect guns from law abiding citizens.  I believe in the right to bear arms, but I am not going to shoot at cops.  Here is my gun officer.


Charleton Heston wouldn't shoot a cop no "Cold, dead fingers or not"

1 day, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114621/national-parks-popular-white-people-not-minorities-why

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@PoliWork It's not like the Democrats hit the brakes on it anywhere.

1 day, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121213/marco-rubio-mike-lees-tax-plan-good-isnt-deficit-neutral

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@fbaldy @kratos1256 @wareagle82 @BobPuharic @bearsall You didn't get that with Obama, so why did you vote for him?  The banks said "Sign here victim or we'll destroy the world economy" and gave themselves a raise.

1 day, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117429/capital-twenty-first-century-thomas-piketty-reviewed

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@rhglassman Then I will just hear the name Clinton some more.  If I could never hear the name Clinton again, it would be great.  That's the nice thing about GB.  He's down in Texas being nice and quiet.  


I don't think Hillary will get out of the primary.  She didn't last time.  That leaves me thinking Elizabeth Warren will probably be the nominee, although it's a little early to tell.  They'll want a woman.  But basically, I don't think Elizabeth Warren could have beaten Mitt Romney.  That means the Republicans could fill a suit full of straw and still win the presidency.



1 day, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121208/hillary-clintons-email-use-shows-shes-unprepared-election

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@penscott I'm 52, and if I was to have my pick of an age where a guy/gal would be President, I'd lean to younger than I am.  Even I'm too close to a lot of things that happened in the last 30 years to not have issues that don't matter any more.


It's time for hippies to retire and take their evangelist buddies with them.


1 day, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121208/hillary-clintons-email-use-shows-shes-unprepared-election

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@Danny Noonan @Scott Pedersen I'm not even going to say that global warming isn't real.  What I am saying is these limp wristed, metrosexual, lisping "scientists" have drank too much bong water at taxpayer expense.



1 day, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121200/inhofes-snowball-proves-gop-ignorance-climate-change-causes

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@LewisSanborn @FranzLiebkind @Danny Noonan @Scott Pedersen Dreams of my Father.  It was a white man's fault I didn't know who my daddy because my mom run him off......


It was FOX News!

1 day, 21 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121200/inhofes-snowball-proves-gop-ignorance-climate-change-causes

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@LewisSanborn @FranzLiebkind @Scott Pedersen @Danny Noonan If you did. you'd have to be at least 87.  Our parents didn't start a world war, so we didn't have to fight one.  Nice job, but I hope we never have to replicate our patriotism that way.

1 day, 21 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121200/inhofes-snowball-proves-gop-ignorance-climate-change-causes

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Nice swipe at a fictional Republican President, but you miss the entire point of the Frank Underwood character.  He is ambitious.  That ambition is to make a difference.  The power to push the world where you wanted it to go. Spoiler alert.  Claire is now going to leave him because she is not finding an outlet for her ambitions to make a difference.  Frank did care about AMWORKS,  It was ideas like that which put him in the position of being an sitting President without party support.   Frank is not Caligula.  Frank likes his power, but his primary motivation, and Claire's is to make a difference.  The difference they want to make is positive, at least in their minds.


I don't find this cartoonish at all.  I think it's a terrific character study and a good story.





1 day, 21 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121214/house-cards-should-stop-trying-be-west-wing

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@BobHarris1 The cops will take your guns away from you long before you get to shoot any looters.  Look at New Orleans.  And you'll probably be law abiding enough to give em' up.

1 day, 21 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114621/national-parks-popular-white-people-not-minorities-why

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@benso033gm @davebuc And sometimes those laws are unconstitutional and get struck down.  Then the Congress either changes the constitution or abides it.


The idea that nobody is all powerful is not a bad idea.  

1 day, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121212/king-burwell-obamacare-challenge-infuriates-liberals-heres-why

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Kennedy did not hint at how to save Obamacare.  He said the states argument, as it was being presented, would lead him to believe that Obamacare was unconstitutional.  He was basically saying "Make a better argument or you're done".


1 day, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121217/king-v-burwell-oral-arguments-begin-obamacare-challenge

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@bhgray There was some other whack job around here talking about micro-sexism and micro-racism and think it's time for some micro-violin music to show how much we micro-care about micro-issues like a conservative news shows.  Fox is micro-racist and micro-sexist so it's time for progressives to burn something down.


You can call George Bush Hitler.  You can't even be micro-racist if it's not toward white men.

1 day, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116355/fox-news-channel-racism-too-harmful-be-ignored-liberals

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@DwayneKeith @JoanneNewnam Correction.  There are probably enough rich people to give everybody cradle to grave goodies.  Just not enough to pay liberals to pretend to do it.


1 day, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121212/king-burwell-obamacare-challenge-infuriates-liberals-heres-why

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@KoolAide I'm tired of getting ripped off for my health care.  I had no insurance and got a bill for $1600 for this guy putting 3 stitches in my hand.  It took less than a minute.


We noticed this garbage.  We complained about this garbage.  As our rates went up and our deductibles went up, we started dropping our insurance.  I have insurance which is good if I am ran over by a bulldozer, but I still pay about $100 a pop to see a doc for 5 minutes.


I think we were just about to rebel, when we got the ACA making sure all Americans get ripped off under penalty of IRS action.


God.  Were you leftist nuts left out in the brain line?  It's a cartel!  And we just embedded it like it was a Democratic institution.


Nobody should like this law.



1 day, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121212/king-burwell-obamacare-challenge-infuriates-liberals-heres-why

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@thussaiththewalrus @webranger1962 @CkaRedstateAmerica We are not finding dresses with stains on them.  We are not hearing about hinky futures trades.  There is no Vince Foster.  There is no ... neverending Clinton-gate.  They is no impeachment for perjury.  There is no Barney Frank running a gay brothel.


That's nice.  Take it where you can get it.



1 day, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121208/hillary-clintons-email-use-shows-shes-unprepared-election

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