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  1. naturegirl
    naturegirl July 26, 2013 10:56 am

    RE Noir – sounds like the AlfonZo “ZoNatiion” Rachel of the gun world.

  2. naturegirl
    naturegirl July 26, 2013 10:57 am

    Nation, sorry.

  3. tom doughy
    tom doughy July 27, 2013 2:51 pm

    ‘Colion Noir’, really? What’s this guy’s real name? You’re kidding me, right ?

  4. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau July 27, 2013 2:56 pm

    I can’t think of anyone more appropriate to be Mayor of NYC, than Wiener.

    The student loan thing – I can see having some sympathy for kids caught up in this years ago. But it’s getting more difficult to maintain that sympathy. It’s not like the information about loan debt has not been out there for a long time. If people ignore the warnings, then that is their problem and nobody else’s.

    I had read about that defeat in Congress. That whole thing is so much bullshit – as if NSA would have stopped vacuuming up information had this bill passed. How naive can people be?

    There is nothing at all wrong with a “dark skies” program. I like the idea myself. I just don’t like the coercion.

  5. Victor Milán
    Victor Milán July 28, 2013 1:29 pm

    “Why are so many commentaries so good at analyzing problems and so lame at naming real solutions?”

    Because they buy into, or are bought into, the “reform” scam. Which, including its subset of bipartisan politics (“democracy” is one of the most powerful and effective means the ruling class has found to hang onto power – and even to increase it.

    System broken? Causes abuses too obvious to explain away or cover up?

    Why, obviously the solution is … to give more power to the System!

    Trust us! It’s always worked so well before….

  6. Kyle Rearden
    Kyle Rearden July 28, 2013 2:04 pm

    I think the reason that “so many commentaries [are] good at analyzing problems and so lame at naming real solutions” is due to a combination of factors. First, there is the welfare-warfare state mentality (‘nuf said). Second, it is the bread-and-butter of political pundits to simply criticize the Establishment and nothing more; expecting anything more out of them is like expecting a confidence man to encourage your self-confidence (in other words, it’s antithetical to their very purpose). Third, such commentaries are usually written by individuals who are bad tacticians and even worse strategists; they couldn’t brainstorm even a simple method in order to literally save their lives (because they are incompetent).

    Fourth, notice whenever they do mention something, the entire orientation is about reformism, that is, “let’s all just work within the system and everything will magically resolve itself.” For instance, at the bottom of the Riley’s NY Post article, she suggests 3 things: 1) “We need to make it less easy to foolishly borrow too much for college,” 2) “Get student loans to work more like insurance,” 3) “Why not make it so that colleges have to risk some of their own money on these kids” (referring to when students default on their loans). Each and every one of these terrible ideas is inherently reformist, and should be rejected on that basis alone, especially considering that the only ones with the power to effect these changes are not you, me, or the guy down the street, but the banks, universities, and most importantly, the government. The fundamental flaw with reformism is that it steals all the power away from the individual and “redistributes” it to these dictatorial “social” institutions.

    My favorite part of O’Keefe’s Washington Post article was what that witch Bachmann (a “Tea Party” candidate no less!) said when she claimed that telephone records are not private property (besides of course denouncing Snowden as a traitor).

    How does not having outdoor lighting a benefit to animals and plants? I’d love the see the scientific rationale for that one.

    How is Colion Noir controversial? I grew up with guys like that.

  7. Ellendra
    Ellendra July 29, 2013 8:28 am

    I think most people would rather complain than offer solutions. It’s part of human nature. Just like when people complain non-stop about how mean their boyfriend/girlfriend is, but still stay. Our government has a lot in common with an abusive boyfriend.

    Shoot, they even use a variation on the “I’m doing this because I love you” crap.

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