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    Vurbal got a reaction from Ternaugh in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
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    Vurbal reacted to Vondy in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I just received a DNC fund-raising call.
     
    A part of their lengthy spiel was that they are raising money to target vulnerable seats held by white male republicans.
     
    Me: So, hang on, the seats you are targeting are held by white, male republicans?
     
    DNC: That's correct.
     
    Me: I'm white and male.
     
    DNC: ...
     
    Me: Why didn't you just say "republicans?" It might surprise you, but I have no problems with white people or male people...
     
    They hung up.
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    Vurbal reacted to Ternaugh in The Flash   
    "All will be revealed on the next episode of 'Soap'".
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    Vurbal got a reaction from Michael Hopcroft in What Are You Listening To Right Now?   
    The bass line for Something, by the Beatles. This is, in my opinion, Paul McCartney's masterpiece on bass, and I have put off learning it for years because I knew it would be time consuming. Now I have to learn it, and it's easier than I thought. The trick, it turns out, was avoiding the regular mix of the song and just listening to the bass by itself until everyone else in the house is ready to kill me. By 2 in the afternoon on Saturday I predict my wife will be asking me if I'm done practicing, and pointing out that I've been playing the same half a song for almost 4 hours.
     
    And that's what I do for fun...
     

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    Vurbal got a reaction from Enforcer84 in What Are You Listening To Right Now?   
    The bass line for Something, by the Beatles. This is, in my opinion, Paul McCartney's masterpiece on bass, and I have put off learning it for years because I knew it would be time consuming. Now I have to learn it, and it's easier than I thought. The trick, it turns out, was avoiding the regular mix of the song and just listening to the bass by itself until everyone else in the house is ready to kill me. By 2 in the afternoon on Saturday I predict my wife will be asking me if I'm done practicing, and pointing out that I've been playing the same half a song for almost 4 hours.
     
    And that's what I do for fun...
     

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    Vurbal reacted to Old Man in Agents Of SHIELD!   
    V'Ger? Is that you?
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    Vurbal got a reaction from 薔薇語 in The Flash   
    In the back of a Volkswagen?
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    Vurbal got a reaction from Hermit in The Flash   
    In the back of a Volkswagen?
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    Vurbal reacted to gewing in [Police brutality] American injustice, yet again.   
    Local Police can cause a lot of trouble.   the FEDS can cause VAST trouble.  
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    Vurbal got a reaction from Christopher R Taylor in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    As awesome as those sound, I'm a lot more excited about The League Of Women Voters! If it does well enough, maybe they can team up with Rabbi Killerman in Phase 5.
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    Vurbal got a reaction from Hermit in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    Let's not exaggerate. It's forever minus 1 day. Otherwise it wouldn't meet the limited time requirement in the Constitution.
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    Vurbal got a reaction from 薔薇語 in [Police brutality] American injustice, yet again.   
    Another gem from Ken White at Popehat:
     
    Cops: We Need Rights More Than You, Citizen
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    Vurbal reacted to wcw43921 in In other news...   
    One could make the argument that this incident brings up First Amendment issues, and Playboy has been a source of controversy and a supporter of First Amendment freedoms.  Or one could figure that "Sex Sells" and her Playboy appearance was mentioned by the author to drive up interest in the story.
     
    As for her military service--I figure United States military personnel past and present are more likely to respect and even cherish  the flag, having very likely joined up out of a sense of patriotism and desire to protect their country.  (This may even apply to draftees, especially those before the Vietnam era.)  One of the most touted arguments against desecrating the flag is the phrase, "Men and women have fought and died for that flag!" (See footnote)  Manhart herself said that when she saw the protesters trampling the flag she thought of the flag-draped coffins bearing American servicemen, and that in her mind they were trampling on those coffins.  So yes, her military service was relevant to the story, as it was her motivation for interfering with the protest.
     
     
    I'm not a fan of flag desecration, but I agree--although it's not the worst thing she could have done.  This story tells about a 2004 incident where a protester at an appearance by Dick Cheney was attacked by a 66-year old former United States Marine.  This was a man exercising his right to petition the Government--the Vice President--for redress of grievances, and he was put in a headlock and his mouth gagged.  The man who did it was very likely applauded for his action ("Way to go, Marine! Semper Fi!") and I imagine that if someone were to tell him to his face that he forsook his oath to uphold the Constitution, that he went back on his word--that someone would likely get attacked himself.
     
    Then there are all the American military personnel who participated in the "enhanced interrogation techniques" inflicted upon people suspected of terrorism and insurgency in Iraq, Afganistan and elsewhere in the world, in violation of the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishments.  Men and women who swore to uphold and defend the Constitution--to bear true faith and obedience to same--and few, if any, stood up to say that it was wrong, that it should not be done.  They feared the consequences of disobeying their orders, of "letting the terrorists win," and so they dishonored themselves and their nation by allowing these things to happen, and by participating in them.
     
    Yes, Ms. Manhart violated her oath--but she is by no means the most egregious offender.
     
    (Footnote)
     
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    Vurbal got a reaction from 薔薇語 in [Police brutality] American injustice, yet again.   
    While we're looking at videos, here's a very recent one which speaks directly to the issue of resisting arrest.
     

     
    And another on the subject of dealing with police.
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wXkI4t7nuc
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    Vurbal got a reaction from gewing in [Police brutality] American injustice, yet again.   
    The FBI is certainly doing their part to help the locals alienate the public.
     
    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150211/08044329986/fbi-says-all-public-records-requests-stingray-documents-must-be-routed-through-it.shtml
     
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    Vurbal reacted to Pattern Ghost in [Police brutality] American injustice, yet again.   
    Was that a no knock warrant? Was it on the wrong address? The Young Derps don't say in the first two or three minutes and I can't get through the rest of it.
     
    No knock warrants either need serious accountability or to be completely eliminated in any case.
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    Vurbal got a reaction from death tribble in The cranky thread   
    I went in for my third appointment since having my knee replaced and the doctor is concerned about possible arthrofibrosis. On Monday I'll be going in to have it manipulated.  Basically, that means they'll be knocking me out and wrenching it around to break things lose from any excess scar tissue that might be impeding motion.
     
    On the good side, between my drastically increased level of physical activity and the fact I quit smoking when I had surgery, my weight is steadily falling, even as I'm putting muscle back on. Aside from my knee, I haven't felt this good in a decade or more. 
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    Vurbal got a reaction from L. Marcus in The cranky thread   
    I went in for my third appointment since having my knee replaced and the doctor is concerned about possible arthrofibrosis. On Monday I'll be going in to have it manipulated.  Basically, that means they'll be knocking me out and wrenching it around to break things lose from any excess scar tissue that might be impeding motion.
     
    On the good side, between my drastically increased level of physical activity and the fact I quit smoking when I had surgery, my weight is steadily falling, even as I'm putting muscle back on. Aside from my knee, I haven't felt this good in a decade or more. 
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    Vurbal got a reaction from Pattern Ghost in The Flash   
    I'm certainly looking forward to it.  

     
     
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