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Secession Petitions Flood White House Website

ishpeck Yes. Secession is racism. (1163 comments)

It was racism that caused Americans to secede from the British crown. It was racism that caused the Yugoslavians to secede from the Soviet Union (just ask Trotsky!) It was racism that caused Indians to secede from Britain -- that racist jerk Gandhi needs to be put in his place! It is racism that causes Tibetans to want independence from China. It is racism that Indonesia is no longer a Dutch colony. Oh, and I bet you Prince Pedro was being racist when he decided to secede from Portugal, too.

I'm going to say something that is sure to get me negative kharma from the polemicists but couldn't it be possible that people are dissenting on the policies of the president rather than on the race of the president?

I got a lot of crap from my family when I told them that I was voting for Obama. Yeah, they were kind of bigots about it. But if you can't actually try to speculate on the rational reasons somebody might want to secede and just chalk it up to "they hate black people" that makes you guilty of bigotry, too.

about 2 years ago

Mutt Fork Adds Features From Notmuch

ishpeck Re:Who uses Mutt? (93 comments)

No, seriously. Who here is using it?


more than 2 years ago

Trek Tech That Most Needs To Be Invented Before I Die:

ishpeck Re:Peace and the end of Money (633 comments)

You think they had peace in Trekkiverse? Did you even WATCH the show?

more than 3 years ago

BSG Prequel Series Caprica Canceled

ishpeck Boringstar Gacraptica (602 comments)

Kethinov speaks the truth. The show was lame even after it had an actual premise (human survival in the brutal cosmos). Why should it be any fun BEFORE they have anything to do and AFTER we already know how anticlimactic humanity's fate is?

more than 3 years ago

My sense of direction is ...

ishpeck My sesne of direction is mountain-based... (520 comments)

... I live in Utah Valley, home of Ye Olde Word Perfect and Novell.

If I don't have mountains to orient myself, I never know where the heck I'm going.

But WITH my mountains, I'm never lost.

more than 5 years ago

German Police Union Chief Wants Violent Game Ban After Shooting

ishpeck Re:Maybe bullets first? (518 comments)

You've pretty much touched on the key difference between having a weapon and being armed. The NRA likes to pretend that just having the piece in your trousers will make you into Rambo or somesuch. That's silly.

Having a gun and thinking you're armed is like having a piano and thinking you're a virtuoso. You also need training to go with it.

That's what I'm advocating: Being CAPABLE and equipped. That includes "situational awareness" which makes you less shocked when the shot is finally fired.

more than 5 years ago

German Police Union Chief Wants Violent Game Ban After Shooting

ishpeck Re:Maybe bullets first? (518 comments)

He also couldn't have killed fifteen people if the other fourteen had killed him after he shot the first one.

more than 5 years ago

Favorite text editor?

ishpeck Re:PSPad (1131 comments)

I like PSPad on my Win32 boxes, too. Simple and no-nonsense editor.

more than 5 years ago

What will Obama change most in the first 100 days?

ishpeck Re:Restoring a Sense of Justice? (1026 comments)

I read an article by a historian a few years ago, who cited other historians, who all disagree with you.

Hehe. "I know a guy who knew a guy who said that someone said..."

more than 5 years ago

What will Obama change most in the first 100 days?

ishpeck Re:"Bailout Priorities" has the most votes? (1026 comments)

There is no reason for us to make more physical goods. For the most part, other countries do it better and cheaper. We do what we're best at (capital aggregation)...

Except we're not even good at that anymore. All we have going for us now is that the dollar buys oil. But that's not going to last forever.

more than 5 years ago

What will Obama change most in the first 100 days?

ishpeck Re:World opinion (1026 comments)

Obama's unlikely to change the important parts of American policy that validate the world's hate for us. Sure, Iraq was a big screw up -- but it's really more like the straw that broke the camel's back. We still live like kings here in the states while the rest of the world has children as indentured servants in factories abroad to feed our gluttonous lifestyles. America needs to get back to working hard, saving money, and exporting some usable capital to the rest of the world or we will continue to be resented by the rest of the world.

more than 5 years ago

What will Obama change most in the first 100 days?

ishpeck Re:"Bailout Priorities" has the most votes? (1026 comments)

This "infrastructure," however, is not hard capital that we can export. America needs to export some real goods to the rest of the world. Right now, we're just leaching off of the planet's collective labors.

more than 5 years ago

Discuss the US Presidential Election & the Economy

ishpeck about taxes? (2369 comments)

Considering that the average CEO makes something like 400x the average worker in America

Where do you get this number from?

Why is it such a problem that workers get something back from the government when companies are too greedy to give it to them in the first place?

I don't think it's bad. I just don't trust the government to accomplish this any better than the "CEO's" you imagine. The only thing worse than a greedy, selfish, butt-reaming CEO out to bilk people is thousands of greedy, selfish, butt-reaming bureaucrats doing the same thing.

more than 5 years ago


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En Taro Adun

ishpeck ishpeck writes  |  about 11 years ago I don't need to use this journal. I have, after all, created my own journal ( However, I've come to realize that I hold a particular standard for myself that I can't maintain all the time. So, at times when my literary talent lapses and I don't amount to everything that the Ishpeckian Network calls for, I shall use my /. jounral. It's nice because here, I'm just another schmoe -- not trying to set a standard for other users. It'd be a squicking miracle if anyone ever even reads this damned journal.

When I begin to type things that I want to say, I begin to ask myself: "Should I be doing this on /.?" Then I realize how many users post little stories about how much they love incest 'n' such and I realize that my personal feelings aren't so bad.

I want to bitch.

My accounts are all in the negative.

I can't sleep anymore.

Life sucks.

There, that was fun. I feel much better now.

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