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Warren DeMontague

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Name: Commodore Schmidlapp
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Member since: Thu May 20, 2004, 05:02 AM
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I dont even get into it, about the "l" word, because people here are willfully disingenuous

And obtuse when it comes to labels.

My party affiliation is Democrat, my philosophical orientation is left-libertarian. Which means that, yes, i think government should avoid involving itself in the bodies, bedrooms and bloodstreams of consenting adults, for the most part. Yes, pot should be legal, and abortion, and the terminally ill should have the right to choose a pain-free exit on their own terms.

But fucking TRY to have that conversation rationally and it's "go smoke a flat tax bowl with Milton Friedman and Ayn Rand, youuuuuuuu libertarian poopy-head!"


Nah, I dont take it seriously, not for a long time. But obviously some people, with a bunch of time on their hands, apparently- still do.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Fri Oct 30, 2015, 04:53 PM (1 replies)

I don't think that splitting the difference on opposing marriage equality, prevented an amendment.

I think that what kept a constitutional amendment from happening is that the bar for a constitutional amendment is set pretty high, and even at their peak the power of the so-called "values voters" was vastly overinflated by the media.

If anything, a good chunk of the power they did wield at the time may have been due to the lack of inspiring, morally clear (and by this I mean, displaying moral clarity on not just support for equality, but things like opposing the iraq war, etc) leadership on our side of the aisle.
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Tue Oct 27, 2015, 11:35 AM (0 replies)

Any thread that boils down, at it's core, to "DU talking about DU" is politically useless to me.

And that applies to people who have and continute to mistakenly conflate their own personal board grudges or other grinding axes, with some larger political reality.

I dont miss meta, not THAT much.

And I dont make the mistake of thinking that people who made me mad once, are somehow representative of anything more than chafing personalities on one small corner of the intertubes.

There are people who live and breathe DU-drama, same as it ever was. People who want DU to be about DU, all the time, every day. Same as it ever was, fo' sho'.

I am not one of those people.

This response is not about, or not not about for that matter, your OP. Just a general statement.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Fri Oct 23, 2015, 06:49 PM (0 replies)

So you'd let people in pain suffer because you're mad someone may get an unauthorized buzz?

Either we GET TOUGH ON TEH DRUGGGGGZ- which, as we know, works fuckin' great as an approach- or we accept that the price of adequately managing the pain for people who need it is, some folks will abuse prescription meds instead of turning, say, to street heroin.

To my mind it is morally inexcusable to make pain patients jump through ridiculous hoops because we have the moral panic authoritarian police state mentality that has its number one priority keeping anyone from getting high.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Mon Oct 19, 2015, 04:13 AM (0 replies)

I dont tend to PM people out of the blue. It feels invasive.

Some people here even seem to think it's unacceptable for certain people to even repsond to their public posts, ive noticed- like they've got these little preprepared lists of who is "allowed" to talk to them or not. It's weird. I mean, it's a message board. There is no list of "you can respond to what i say -- but you can't" i mean, what the everloving fuck is up with that?

Obviously that's over the top and probably indicative of some deep seated... Something, but in the interest of not stepping on toes i just dont PM people without having a good prior relationship; or checking in with them first.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Sat Oct 10, 2015, 08:28 PM (1 replies)

It was a few years ago. I was on MIRT at the time, so I got to ban him at least once.

You motivated me to hunt it down, because it was around Christmas and I remember writing something about it called "I banned Ken Ham for Christmas" (this is what those memory cells are doing, which should be being used to remember to buy dog food. Sorry, pooch )

I posted it in meta, but i can still find it in my journal! Hmmm.

Here it is, from Dec. of 2012:

I think I have a new Christmas song

I banned Ken Ham for Christmas
I sent him his MIRT PPR
I banned Ken Ham for Christmas
I banned him, he wont get too far

Our Christmas feast was lacking
Our Pizza was looking quite bare
It needed some old time troll whacking
Some christmas Ham for MIRT to share

He wanted to give us the good news
How dinos and man got along
But I banned Ken Ham for Christmas
I called his shit silly and wrong.

Robert Hunter, i aint. Oh well, merry xmas everyone!

Edited to add: IIRC it was commentary (translation: open mockery) about this book which drew his ire or ired his drew or whatever.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Tue Sep 29, 2015, 05:12 AM (4 replies)

"Big deal. I used my dick to solve Fermat's last theorem"

"and I used my nuts to build a tiny model of the Eiffel Tower out of toothpicks"
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Sat Sep 26, 2015, 07:52 PM (5 replies)

I'm not a HRC supporter, but I'll give her credit where it's due. She apparently gave a good answer

to the question, more or less, in Iowa on Monday.

Unfortunately there seems to be no transcript or video of the Q&A session, but it appears from reports that she committed to the principle of allowing states to make their own determinations on recreational marijuana legalization.


There was earlier feedback from a fundraiser in Portland where several representatives of the cannabis industry asked her about banking laws and again she offered assurances that she felt the situation needed addressing.

From the oregonian:

Leah Maurer, who worked on the marijuana legalization campaign last year that her husband Travis helped put together, said the Democratic presidential candidate spoke sympathetically about the banking problems faced by legal marijuana businesses. Federal rules now discourage banks from doing business with cannabis firms, hindering their operations and forcing them to keep large sums of cash on hand.

"It was very brief but when she said that there was big applause," said Maurer, adding that "just the fact that she said the word cannabis in a positive light was huge to me."


I'm gonna give the candidates credit when they do the right thing, or try to.

it has not escaped my notice, however, that these exchanges seem to only happen when there are no cameras running.
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Wed Sep 16, 2015, 05:12 PM (0 replies)

Yeah, and 10 years ago the beltway waterheads were demanding our party court "values voters"

That's how you get the craptastic litany of shame, on things like the question of marriage equality.

Unfortunately, that conventional wisdom was bad then--- but it is ATROCIOUS, now. Know who our party should be courting?


Who , by and large, have "talks endlessly about jesus" pretty far down their list of priorities for a politician.
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Sun Sep 13, 2015, 05:29 PM (0 replies)


"Jesus was a carpenter, you know that? And you know what Jesus said about terrorism? He said you're either with us, or you're with the terrorists. It's right there in the Bible, you can look it up! Facts. Who needs facts? I don't want a President who can win at trivial pursuit, I want a president who can win at Hungry Hungry Hippos. And let me tell you, this Momma Grizzly is HUNGRY. Get my drift? .... wait, what? They froze the thing? Like the blob. Shucks. Even better. Even better."

One small nit to pick with the op- you can't "lose it" if you never had it to begin with.
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Wed Sep 9, 2015, 10:34 PM (1 replies)
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