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Nuclear Unicorn

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I would like to extend my apologies to George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and their administration.

For years I labored under the assumption they were corrupt and nefarious. I was certain they had exploited, if not outright violated, election laws. I was convinced gross negligence had substantially contributed to 9/11. I was unwavering in my belief corporations profited illegally from wars, wars which were crimes in their own right. I believed law after law was brushed aside whenever it was deemed inconvenient, even laws designed to safeguard the security of the very nation they were exploiting.

I see now how wrong I was and for that I offer my deepest and sincerest apologies.

Obviously, since there never was or will be an indictment arising from any of their actions, let alone a conviction, this speaks to their personal innocence and who am I to impugn their innocence in the absence of a finding of guilt?

Bush and Cheney, by reasoning of the most astute minds in our midst, are innocent.


<== apparently I neglected to include this in the first draft
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Sat May 28, 2016, 08:59 AM (77 replies)

I think Hillary will have the most transparent administration. You won't even need a FOIA

request, you can just log into her personal computer with its disabled security features and you won't even need a password.

It'll be like the ultimate self-imposed sunshine law.

Now, if only she would store the transcripts from her speaking engagements on the same computer.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Sat May 28, 2016, 07:50 AM (20 replies)

Have you ever felt like someone was just telling you want to hear just to use you?

I'll admit I've only been politically aware for about a decade now but I remember being drawn to the Democratic party because it was the party that wanted universal healthcare instead of war. It's like the whole, "Hey baby, we got a lot in common and you're the only girl for me" chat.

For 2 presidential elections and an equal number of mid-terms I went along with what I was being told. "He's kinda cute and he says he has a good job helping people," you tell yourself.

Now I'm being told UHC is too expensive and war is a thing to be shrugged off. "No, I can't make the payment on your Camaro again, I have to pay my college loans. Why don't you stop running to Vegas with your buddies? Your spending all this money and you're not even spending your time with me."

And then you find out that democracy isn't even that big a deal because purging voter rolls, voting irregularities and shutting down dissent are suddenly becoming commonplace. It seems to be a warning about control issues "Why are you going through my email, screening my calls and deleting messages? I need those for work!"

Then come the ugly name-calling. Then you find out they've been seeing someone else.

So what do you do with a relationship like that?
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Tue May 24, 2016, 12:17 PM (4 replies)

ohmygod-ohmygod-ohmygod! I don't mean to geek out but OHMYGOD!

I like watching Lover Boy play his games but I found a title I like playing myself, Mirror's Edge. I really like the character and the game play.

After many years they're finally releasing a new game.



Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Thu May 19, 2016, 07:39 PM (0 replies)

What's to stop someone from lying about having retreated?

Supposedly, one of the arguments against Stand Your Ground (SYG) laws is that it allows a shooter to claim -- presumably falsely -- they felt threatened and thus acted in self-defense.

The survivor gets to tell whatever story they desire, the argument goes, while dead men tell no tales. Thus, the thinking goes, we must abolish SYG laws in favor of Duty to Retreat (DTR) laws.

Leave aside for the moment the fact that witnesses and physical evidence are still a factor but consider that a person who would lie about having stood their ground would be just as motivated to lie about having retreated.

Apart from eroding the right to self-defense itself I don't see the purpose of abolishing SYG.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Wed May 11, 2016, 07:42 AM (9 replies)

The claim that someone fears gun owners so much that they would flee without paying for food

would hold a lot more credence if the people making such claims didn't spend their every waking moment doing everything in their power to antagonize and inflame gun owners.

You can never tell when a gun owner will fly into a murderous rage, we're told. Sure, they might walk into a restaurant with their family just looking for a nice dinner but the least little thing could set them off and the next thing you know bodies would be everywhere so if you see a gun owner the advised course of action is to leave the restaurant in such a hurry that you probably won't have time to pay the bill.

Because, you know, those gun owners are such a volatile bunch.

So, obviously that necessitates making a point of frequently internet groups were gun owners frequent and doing everything in your power to goad them. Posting insulting pictures, use derogatory words, paint them as racists, make them out to be murderers. Do anything and everything to poke them with a rhetorical stick.

Because, you know, those gun owners are such a volatile bunch.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Sun May 8, 2016, 07:46 AM (247 replies)

As a feminist this music video insults everything I consider to be wrong

BUT I CAN'T STOP LAUGHING!

(NSFW)

Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Wed May 4, 2016, 08:05 PM (1 replies)

An Army Captain Takes Obama to Court Over ISIS Fight

An Army Captain Takes Obama to Court Over ISIS Fight

WASHINGTON — A 28-year-old army officer on Wednesday sued President Obama over the legality of the war against the Islamic State, setting up a test of Mr. Obama’s disputed claim that he needs no new legal authority from Congress to order the military to wage that deepening conflict.

The plaintiff, Capt. Nathan Michael Smith, an intelligence officer stationed in Kuwait, voiced strong support for fighting the Islamic State but, citing his “conscience” and his vow to uphold the Constitution, he said he believed that the conflict lacked proper authorization from Congress.

“To honor my oath, I am asking the court to tell the president that he must get proper authority from Congress, under the War Powers Resolution, to wage the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria,” he wrote.

The legal challenge comes after the death of the third American service member fighting the Islamic State and as Mr. Obama has decided to significantly expand the number of Special Operations ground troops he has deployed to Syria aid rebels there.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/05/us/islamic-state-war-powers-lawsuit-obama.html?_r=0
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Wed May 4, 2016, 03:19 PM (33 replies)

What do you consider to be the most serious issues facing the nation?

Without making references to candidates or their positions what do you feel are the top issues facing the US?

Education
Gender equality
Minority rights
LGBT right
Income inequality
Crime
Terrorism
Domestic militarism
Climate disruption
Fiscal policy
Job creation
Other?

Edited to add -- please feel free to list more than one
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Tue May 3, 2016, 03:55 PM (43 replies)

It's time to "call it"

It could have been a hard fought contest of ideals, ideas and vision. Instead it became a shrieking demands of obedience in exchange for the presumed safety of the gilded cage of The Establishment -- except we get the cage and The Establishment gets the gild.

It could have been a debate about how to achieve the goals we once shared. Instead it became a timid retreat into every fable for failure put forward by the obstructionist opposition.

It could have been a rejection of unjust war, corporatism and lawless government. Instead we have been treated to hurricane force winds from all the hand-waving because not voting for blue corruption is supposedly a love of red corruption.

It could have been civil. Instead, every effort was made to brand those who have stood for decades fighting for civil rights and rallying around our beleaguered president for nigh-on 8 years into racist and sexists.

It couldn't even wait for the natural tides of a common foe to bring the unity that was supposedly being demanded. No, instead it became a cry to begin a countdown clock to blind, uncritical obedience; of party over principle; compliance over commonality.

Progressivism? Liberalism?

Yeah. Right.

It's time to call it.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Thu Apr 28, 2016, 10:44 AM (79 replies)
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