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Nation Horrified To Learn About War In Afghanistan

fustakrakich (1673220) writes | about 2 years ago

User Journal 13

Nation Horrified To Learn About War In Afghanistan While Reading Up On Petraeus Sex Scandal

Nation Horrified To Learn About War In Afghanistan While Reading Up On Petraeus Sex Scandal

WASHINGTON--As they scoured the Internet for more juicy details about former CIA director David Petraeus' affair with biographer Paula Broadwell, Americans were reportedly horrified today upon learning that a protracted, bloody war involving U.S. forces is currently raging in the nation of Afghanistan. "Oh my God, this is terrible," Allie Lipscomb, 29, said after accidentally stumbling on an article about the war while she tried to ascertain details about what specific sexual acts Petraeus and Broadwell might have engaged in. "According to this, 2,000 American troops have died, 18,000 have been wounded, and more than 20,000 civilians have been killed. Jesus Christ. And it's been happening for, like, 11 years." Sources confirmed that after reading a few paragraphs about the brutal war, the nation quickly became distracted by a headline about Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash's alleged sexual abuse of a 16-year-old boy.

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ha (1)

H3rm3$ (2773453) | about 2 years ago | (#41975925)

i kind of believe that some how thats not very surprising

Having spent a year there (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 2 years ago | (#41976209)

TFA is disturbingly real.
Given the population is daft, should one altruistically try to save what you can, or just mine the population for political power?

Re:Having spent a year there (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 2 years ago | (#41988059)

Given the population is daft...

Which one? Ours or theirs?

11 years of mining the population for political power hasn't worked out very well. We shouldn't be spilling blood to protect the poppy fields and profits of a few warlords, both foreign and domestic. The only truly altruistic option over there is to vacate the premises... immediately.. now. But I do understand the desire to keep the Russians and/or Chinese from moving in on our turf. These wars cannot end until we (the whole world) bite the bullet and accept the reality that certain policies simply do not work.

Re:Having spent a year there (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 2 years ago | (#41992387)

11? I straight up argue a full century [theothermccain.com] .

Re:Having spent a year there (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 2 years ago | (#41992877)

Yes, well, that's why I asked the question..

And though you are correct about the Fed, can you show me how it was better before then? Aside from the absence of the IRS? Maybe you prefer a return to the Gilded Age? Good times indeed, no? Or even better the pre civil war era. Please, point out a time when there was less corruption than there is now.

Re:Having spent a year there (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 2 years ago | (#41993259)

I would not argue that things were "better" in any aggregate sense. That is, scaled for population, I hold human evil and idiocy a constant.
Economically, I think that managing the corruption at a lower level, e.g. States, would offer less threat of tyranny to the country as a whole than the current situation.

Re:Having spent a year there (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 2 years ago | (#41993623)

Economically, I think that managing the corruption at a lower level, e.g. States, would offer less threat of tyranny to the country as a whole than the current situation.

Yet history tends to differ, and machine politics is just one example. There are other issues that do not respect artificial boundaries, and you cannot separate economics from them, since that is a principle driving force behind most other types of corruption. And personally, I believe that without the power of the feds, you would have... Europe, before 'unification', with checkpoints at every border.

Re:Having spent a year there (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 2 years ago | (#41994967)

"with checkpoints at every border"

If there is a requirement and the willingness to staff such (not sure of either) then why not?
The point here is that the Federal government is imploding, sucking all power into itself, and taking the US economy with it.
It isn't clear that anything short of catastrophic failure is going to change matters.

Re:Having spent a year there (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 2 years ago | (#41996327)

If there is a requirement and the willingness to staff such (not sure of either) then why not?

In case you're not trolling:
To hell with that! That's why not. We need to tear down the borders we have now. Restriction of a person's right to travel is never a good thing. And you say you're for more liberty... If you think checkpoints are good thing, then obviously you're not, but I've already determined that by your other posts. On freedom to travel alone, I'll take the feds over the states' possible willingness to restrict it any day of the week. In fact, that would be one of the good things about a single global government. If it would protect individual rights over that of the those of the state/corporation I'd be all over protesting for it..

Federal government is imploding, sucking all power into itself...

No worse than anytime before. You just see it that way because you want to keep your privileges and the liberty to exercise them. More and more you sound like the loony conspiracy theorists who actually want a 'civil' war.

  I really had no idea you could ever be for such balkanization. Then again I should have known better, being as that SoCons are very authoritarian in those matters of protecting special privileges of their elites. Civil liberties and equal treatment of those 'beneath' you is an anathema. Very revealing indeed.

I never thought I'd see the day when I would actually defend the federal government. Now I feel all yucky, but it sure beats the sewer you would drag us through.

Re:Having spent a year there (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 2 years ago | (#41996991)

"Restriction of a person's right to travel is never a good thing."

Are you one of those "let's manufacture 'rights' and sell them" folks? You've as much natural "right to travel" as you do to free birth control.
Listen--I hate the TSA as much as the next American: it was George W. Bush turning security theater into a jobs program, straight up.
But if you look at what I wrote, "requirement and willingness", internal voters should be just as capable of voting in useless, redundant internal security as they are permitting government in every orifice of their body via ObamaCare.

"No worse than anytime before. You just see it that way because you want to keep your privileges and the liberty to exercise them."
No, look at the federal budget deficit graphs. Yes, we've run deficits before, sure, I was less vocal than I should have been about it, but no, $1T/yr is substantially worse, and complacency isn't helping any of the future generations whose seed corn is currently consumed.

"Then again I should have known better, being as that SoCons are very authoritarian in those matters of protecting special privileges of their elites. Civil liberties and equal treatment of those 'beneath' you is an anathema. Very revealing indeed."
Oh, go do something with your horse and call it 'love', already. Your attack was a total non-sequitur. Has the economic collapse got you in a bad mood? Hope it improves, boss.

Re:Having spent a year there (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 2 years ago | (#41997903)

You're right. Rights, all of them, including the right to life, require big gun to protect them. Well, I'm voting for the biggest gun there is to protect ours. So, your weaponry not withstanding, you have no right to tell a person where he can go and where he can be. You only have the right to protect yourself from being displaced and/or detained, and so does everybody else.

And you're gripes about this phony deficit are pure BS. There is no 'debt'. If you're looking for something that's manufactured, that certainly would be it. If you were worried about future generations, you wouldn't allow their pensions be fed to the banks and Wall Street gamblers. And you would demand that the troops come home, pronto. What you like to call 'entitlements', the rest of us call earned benefits. And ours have been stolen, outright, in broad daylight, and we want them back. Unfortunately that won't happen, but that sure isn't due to some ethereal 'deficit'. It's because we let big business become the government.

I see I hit that nerve again. My 'economy' is doing fine. My house is warm and my belly full, and Mr. Happy is very content. But you don't fool me with your code words one bit. I know precisely what you mean by 'liberty'. It has become an internet meme, word for word. That previously linked article is only a tiny example. In fact, we can run your posts through the Google translator and get the same output from the privileged gentleman's POV. The plantation has been vedy vedy good to you. But when the back taxes comes due, you're cryin' like a baby. Your loss of 'liberty' means your loss of privilege. I damn near wish they would deport the idiots who want to secede back to Europe, but that goes against my beliefs about individual civil liberties, so the best we can do is to try to keep the goofs out of office. If y'all want war, take it outside, while the rest of us try to make America the 'peaceful' and respectful country it claims to be. BTW, the horse thing only confirms my suspicions about your links with the insane evangelicals. Thanks for throwing that in. It serves to clarify.

Re:Having spent a year there (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 2 years ago | (#41998255)

No, liberty just means liberty.

Re:Having spent a year there (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 2 years ago | (#41998323)

That you claim our liberties are 'manufactured rights' only shows your very narrow definition of the term to be applied only a select few as a special privilege. Liberty is not 'god given'. It is granted by armed men with a bit of empathy.

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