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Warren DeMontague

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Name: Weary of Dramaoutrage
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It's appopriate if "he can't get anything passed through congress" is supposed to be some sort of

argument against supporting the guy.

Because neither can she.

The difference is, if we elect someone who forcefully advocates and uses the Bully Pulpit to argue for a SPHC system, we may not get it passed- we probably won't, in fact, as long as we have a GOP congress... but if we elect someone who has already taken it off the table, who won't even try, who tells us "no we can't"- it NEVER fucking will. We will have already delineated the extreme limits of possibility, and settled for the weakest, most status quo marker on the field.

Like pulling the public option out of the ACA- both of which I supported, and still do, but that was a ridiculous and unnecessary capitulation which didn't come from the other side, it came from ours.

Similarly, if we go into an election where a majority of Americans- and certainly a majority of Millennials- favor marijuana legalization, and the MOST we are able to articulate (even leaving aside Debbie Wasserman Schultz's repeated votes to put sick people in prison for using medical mj) is at best a token move from Schedule I to II, thus allowing big pharma to engage in potentially profitable -for them- research, but leaving in place all the federal legislative structures which would allow a future authoritarian President along the lines of Chris Christie to send in Federal Agents on a whim to start shutting down dispensaries and arresting patients----

again, we have surrendered over half the battle even before it begins.

You want to talk about Bernie, that's great. Much better than the people who've been making up these goofy fucking memes over the past 6 months about how "Sanders' supporters are driving voters away from his campaign ZOMG" even as the guy continues to climb in the polls.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Sat Jan 30, 2016, 12:38 AM (1 replies)

Right. First off, "manhattan projects" are by definition huge and expensive. Two, "collaboration"

implies a willingness for both parties to work together- The tech industry has been consistent and clear that there is NO mathematical way to create a backdoor or otherwise weaken encryption so that only "good guys" can get in (leaving aside, of course, that every fucking time we are sold a bill of goods about law enforcement needing 'special tools to fight terror' the terror fighting almost immediately goes by the wayside and the special tools are used to go after people like small time drug criminals) so the idea that there is going to be "collaboration" on this- at least, without sticking backdoors in, which is BY DEFINITION breaking encryption- is not just ludicrous, it's flat-out fucking impossible.

And in the meantime, all this authoritarian-appeasing talk about "we must do something about encryption" is damaging the economy, because not just American businesses but our customers overseas have watched these conversations, and they DEPEND on American products and their built in encryption to protect their data against shit like industrial espionage. Fuck, every time you log into your credit card's website, you're using encryption. We WANT encryption to be strong, and we don't want to think that there is a built in weakness waiting for malicious actors to discover and exploit it.

Silicon Valley's resistance to talk from people who clearly don't understand the topic is not just some tech-libertarian philosophical pose, it is a meat and potatoes business decision. Encryption, the math, the concepts, all of it- is out there and it is not going away. Silicon Valley wants to SELL products to the world that the world will reliably believe are genuinely secure and not compromised out of the box.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Tue Jan 26, 2016, 05:38 PM (1 replies)

What's more robotic... Hmmmm, "Planned Spontaneity", for one?

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Tue Jan 26, 2016, 07:14 AM (1 replies)

Seriously. I think we need to have a serious talk about the Nope Problem in our country.

I believe the many Nope fiends among us should be treated with compassion, not as criminals, of course.

They deserve our sympathy and our help to get out of their self-destructive cycle.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Mon Jan 25, 2016, 06:42 PM (1 replies)


Posted by Warren DeMontague | Fri Jan 22, 2016, 05:18 PM (0 replies)

Fine. He actually spent that time working on his brilliant plan

To spend several decades masquerading as one of the Senate's most dedicated progressives, to pretend to support marriage equality while others were pontificating about sacred bonds between men and women, to pretend to oppose the iraq war while the democratic profiles in not quite actually courage voted for that turd.... All part of his master phony kibbutz scheme to wait, silently waiting, waiting for his chance. Because he knew, he knew...

He knew that in 2016 it would be HILLARY CLINTON'S TURN to be President, see, and mean old (okay, he was still pretty young, then) Bernie Sanders was already afflicted with Clinton Dee-rangement syndrome, why else would anyone ever dare deny the self-evident inevitable obviousness of Hillary deserving Hillary's turn, once Hillary's turn rolled around.

(Hillary's turn was also in 2008.... but that is not important to our narrative, so we will pretend it never happened)

Where was I. Yes, that wily Bernie Sanders, his fake Kibbutz was an evil underground lair, a secret lab under a volcano under the sea, a sea in fact which was under another volcano, that's how secret and wily that bad ol' Bernie Sanders was, starting his decades-long evil, nasty plot to snatch the 2016 nomination away from its rightful owner.


Boo! Hiss!
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Fri Jan 22, 2016, 08:10 AM (1 replies)

Scalia warned us, if we legalized teh Gay Marriage before long people would be proffering unicorns

sick, I tell you, sick
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Thu Jan 21, 2016, 07:08 PM (2 replies)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Hinderburg Safety Track Record "Second To None"

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Sun Jan 17, 2016, 06:07 PM (0 replies)

If he can defeat the mighty inevitable Clinton, what makes you think he can't beat the GOP?

PS. His favorables are higher and he polls better than she does against the Republicans.


Posted by Warren DeMontague | Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:29 AM (1 replies)

"So right as I walked past the doorman to my Tribeca Condo, I looked at Mr. Woofles, my Bichon Frise

the soulful look in his eye seemed distinctly and uncharacteristically sad, despite the fact that he was wearing his favorite diamond-encrusted harness. I knew it was because he had been surfing the internet while I was at Oscar De La Renta, and he had read the many hurtful things said by Bernie Sanders supporters, the many pathologically racist, misogynist, bad bad things those bad bad people had said, because they are bad and pathologically bad and hurtful hateful terrible folk. Who drive volvos. At the same time, it hit me like a bolt of lightning; 'The middle class DO need a champion!' The simple, self-evident truth of that comprehensive and detailed policy proposal was suddenly impossible to ignore, any longer."


Posted by Warren DeMontague | Thu Jan 14, 2016, 05:25 PM (0 replies)
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