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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-14-13 11:36 PM
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My California politicis buddy was in Boston with his boss on business.
Edited on Thu Nov-14-13 11:48 PM by No Elephants
I took them out to dinner (though his boss did make a half hearted feint toward the check after my hand was already on it.)

While my Buddy is Obama all the way, turned out his boss is a socially liberal, fiscally conservative libertarian. (Waaah, I don't want to pay taxes.)

I stayed far away from political conversation. (If I got my buddy in trouble with his boss in any way, I'd never forgive myself.) However, at some point, someone mentioned bulletproof vests. I chipped in that I had priced a bulletproof vests online and, while there was a range of prices, bulletproof vests in general seem to be much less expensive than I would have guessed. And I just may get myself one.

However, I did make an airhead mistake. I meant to say that I was obsessed with dinnerware--probably a mistake in itself. However, instead of obsession, I said fetish, which is downright creepy. I did not realize until days later.



Talked to my buddy last week and told him how totally humiliated I was by my mistake. Turns out, his boss thought I was great because of--wait for it--my interest in a bulletproof vest!!1111!!! My buddy said he probably never noticed the fetish remark. (Think my buddy is wrong about that because the boss asked "What kind of dinnerware?")

I don't get it. Does anyone understand this? Is a bulletproof vest a Libertarian thing?
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-15-13 06:53 AM
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1. Why yes.
Many Libertarians believe "the people" might have to rise up against a repressive, overreaching government. And, in this, I fear, they might be correct. So a bullet proof vest might come in handy. But bullet proof vests are little defense against drones, unfortunately. :)
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-15-13 02:59 PM
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2. They may be correct, but I mentioned the vest in a much more defensive context.
But I guess it's similar: All that crazy shooting at the Tsarnaevs. Anyone in the vicinity going to a convenience store for a pack of cigs could have been killed.

That shootout happened late at night. I don't think we'd been told to "shelter in place yet." If we had been told, I had missed it and anyone else jonesing for cig (or a candy bar) could have missed it.

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-15-13 05:23 PM
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3. PS. Forgot my manners. Thanks for the explanation. I don't know much of anything about
Edited on Fri Nov-15-13 05:37 PM by No Elephants
Libertarians, except that Paulites seem brutal and Rand creeps me out.

My friend's boss seemed sane and nice, though.

But, I don't get people who think they have the right to live in a society without paying taxes. And, if you don't have the money to pay for a private firefighter, you deserve to burn to a crisp. I have trouble believing cave dwellers were that bad to each other. Even an ape will mourn a fallen friend.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-16-13 06:14 AM
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4. I'm with you on
today's libertarian ideology and Paul.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-18-13 06:34 AM
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5. I thought you might be.
:)
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