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Name: Dave
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Hometown: Gallatin, TN
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Current location: Portland, OR
Member since: Mon Nov 6, 2006, 02:59 PM
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Okay, I'm an SOB and totally baited/trolled my old frat brother.



Trent McCullough I wonder if that includes farm subsidies?
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Dave Ballance
Trent McCullough, I grew up as a farmer on my family's small farm in TN.

Getting up early and in the cold, regardless of weather in deference to the creed of the USPS to feed and take care of animals. This is one of the things that helped put me through college

Things have changed quite a bit since then. I know you as great person so I'm going to take that your comment was meant to point out the absurdity of farm subsidies that benefit large land owners and corporations.

To take it in any other context would be disrespectful of you as the person I know.
8 minutes ago Edited Like

A post to my friend on FB in response to his comments about Snowden.

You know I love you.

I have to disagree with you on your conclusion Snowden is a coward. He gave up his ENTIRE, VERY COMFORTABLE LIFE to expose the rabid spying that our government perpetrates upon us.

Exposing that has caused a world-wide discussion about government spying and has inspired bills that will, if passed into laws, protect us from the same sort of data gathering used by the Nazis to identify the Jews, Roma, Polish and, yes, Gays. These data were later used to round up and exterminate people who were thought to be antithetical to the state. YES! the same sort of data collected to separate "patriots" from people who were deemed dissidents - like us queer folks.

Snowden tried his best to hand the data over to organizations that, in the past, served as protectors of our rights in concert with the real meaning of the 1st Amendment. The Washington Post was brave and pivotal in our understanding of the Vietnam War through publishing the Pentagon Papers that Daniel Ellsberg exposed. Oh yep, that was illegal too in case you may have not noticed.

Not so much these days as we've seen that the Post and NYT have become a puppet for the government propaganda under people like Judith Miller. Also very afraid and reluctant to publish anything really critical of the government.

After 9/11 the "news" organizations have largely been cowed to toe the corporate news or be shunned by an overwhelming set of people who proclaim to believe in "democracy" and "representative" government but don't, at all, practice what they preach.

Snowden is a PATRIOT. NOT a Benedict Arnold OR COWARD. He's quite brave to have put his life in danger. In danger it is. Off the cuff comments by our politicians and the administrators of the NSA make it quite clear they'd like to silence his voice by killing him. That is certainly at odds with our founders' intention.

Also note that the only person who has served jail time in exposing the horrors in Abu Ghrab was the person who EXPOSED our use of torture. Not a single one of the people who actually used torture in your name and my name.

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The response to my post and arguments on his thread - crickets. Not a single post to argue against my points.

Facts are a curious thing. They do tend to support the views of liberals in the common light of day.

"Milk the AFA" A new campaign for equality.

Let's start a campaign to send the AFA mail with Harvey Milk stamps.

Wouldn't it be fun to flood their mailbox with thousands of letters sent with Harvey Milk stamps. I'm game. Who wants to join me?

Make sure you write on the letter "Donation Inside" and don't put on a return address label. We don't want to burden the good folks at the USPS who are mainly our union sisters and brothers.

Share this idea on your FB and other social media.
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