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Warren DeMontague

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How about less "messaging" and more message?

just a crazy thought.
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Mon Feb 8, 2016, 06:02 PM (0 replies)

Apparently they "value authenticity for authenticity's sake", the poor deluded rubes!


They simply don't appreciate the value of finely crafted, expensively poll-tested phoniness, like a vintage wine or a fine aged cheese.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Thu Feb 4, 2016, 06:03 PM (0 replies)

I think the last fully defensible military action the US engaged in was probably the Korean War.

Had Afghanistan achieved the implied objective, namely actually capturing or eliminating those directly responsible for 9-11, OBL in particular... had we achieved that objective quickly and with focus and single-minded determination; and (this is important) had we not left that country in the deteriorated condition it is in today, perhaps by taking some of the massive amounts of largesse we wasted in Iraq and instead using it to build schools, water treatment facilities, and infrastructure for the people of that long-abused nation, then I think that a decent case could be made for military action (which many of us, such as myself, supported at the time) in that situation as well.

But that's a pretty fucking slim menu for the past 60+ years of US history. Far more frequent have been misbegotten clusterfucks like Vietnam.

So heaven forfend we- as a nation already running a massive deficit, that certainly the anti-Sanders folks around here seem to believe pays too much in taxes as it is- should elect someone to the White House who is REAL FUCKIN' JUDICIOUS about when and where and what circumstances in which to use military force.

It's easy to say "bah, bomb em all", and it gets the '5 minutes of low information' voters every time. What is hard is actually thinking about these things and the consequences 10, 20 years down the road.

We're still paying off the consequences of the last shitty war, which Hillary voted for.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Thu Feb 4, 2016, 07:51 AM (2 replies)

"you did your job"- EXACTLY. And we all remember what happened next, right?

We had an entire fucking year of "town hall" dithering over health care, which did nothing except give an opportunity for every mushmouthed nut with a tricorner hat to stand up in front of a tv camera and blargle yargle bargle blarg.

Heavens! Well, we can't be hasty, here. We only have a clear majority in both houses of congress AND the White House, and a mandate from the voters. Heaven fucking FORFEND we should actually use it.. tick tock, tick tock, tick tock..."oh, it's 2010 already, how did that happen?"


Posted by Warren DeMontague | Wed Feb 3, 2016, 01:47 AM (1 replies)

You laugh, but it's gotta smell better than

"Leader Number Two"
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Mon Feb 1, 2016, 05:45 AM (0 replies)

Perhaps Hillary should add "Heavy Sigh" as another campaign slogan, along with "No We Can't"

"We're gonna roll these eyes ALL THE WAYY TO THE WHITE HOUSSSEE!!!"
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Sun Jan 31, 2016, 08:13 PM (1 replies)

"Its few to none reciprocating these kinds of attacks on Sanders supporters"

Sure. And given that they're all raving misogynist racist purple shirt wearing mac fanboy brogressives afflicted with white male pathology who barely have time to put gas in their broke-ass Rand Paul Sticker covered volvo klanmobiles before driving their elitist entitled selves to the library to check out atlas shrugged and getting on the public computers there to hate-swarm everything that is pure and decent on social media (and look at porn, probably) after which they commit a series of microaggressions and then head down to the local venezuelan embassy to declare their undying love for Stalin and Hugo Chavez, before finally dining on a feast of cornflake-covered brofurkey....

can you imagine how those *********s would react if they WERE called names?

by the way, your comment?

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Sat Jan 30, 2016, 01:58 AM (8 replies)

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, 01:38 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, 06:38 PM (1 replies)

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

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Tue Jan 26, 2016, 08:14 AM (1 replies)
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