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Re: “Reader: Does pay equal performance?

I agree 100%.

Strange thing is: the 1% talks about wanting to close the income gap. Every time there is a stab at that, they complain about the resulting inflation. They are right, of course. So the answer is not to raise up the 99% but, rather, to lower the 1% to what the free market would actually dictate. Anyone who thinks all of them have earned what they have, or that it is the result of free-market forces, is delusional. Make it merit-based and tax the shit out of that which is not.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 01/14/2019 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Reader: Independent journalists still deliver the news

I'd have to vet the integrity of each individual before tossing them a bone. Too young to have carried water for Jr. in the run up to the invasion of Iraq? Chock one up for you. Mia culpa, self-flagellation for having done so, with a promise not to do it again? Chock one up for you. Quit your job when your corporate master tries to steer you away from a truth? Chock one up for you. Spitting on "hard-hitting" puff-pieces about crap that doesn't matter? Chock one up for you. Punching someone in the face as hard as you can when they say you don't support the troops or a POTUS in time of war? Chock one up for you. Call out hypocrisy when "we" whine about foreigners doing X while we do the same thing? Chock one up for you. Refusing to join a "team"? Chock one up for you. Investigating journalism itself, and how it's lost credibility in light of the above? Chock one up for you. Figuring out how to get people like me the word about people like you? Chock one up for you. But I'm a'feared you've got some heavy lifting to regain lost credibility, even if it wasn't your fault. "Follow the money" applies to the Fourth Estate, too. The loss of anonymity, privacy, Publius; it all beats the truth into submission.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 01/11/2019 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Reader: Not my wall

Border: Don't be stupid by trying to treat the symptoms while ignoring the cause. First, answer two questions (#1 is rhetorical):
1. Why are these people leaving home?
2. Does the U.S. have clean hands when it comes to our relations with these countries, either government or private sector?
I don't want to hear a bunch of back-talk from POS-Limbaugh-types about me being a part of the "blame America first" crowd. They need to answer the question.
***If it turns out we DONT contribute to the problems down there, then I WILL support the wall.***
But if our government or our corporations are still monkeying around (yeah, that is a real phrase that has zilch to do with racism) down there like they have historically, then I reckon the cost thereof should not be externalized onto the backs of the American tax payer. Rather, our corporations (with big government welfare through diplomatic, intelligence, military or etc. intervention on their behalf) should pay the price. And yes, if that means increased costs to us for bananas or widgets or whatever, then we should pay that way, through the markets, not with some stupid wall designed to treat the symptoms of neo-colonialism.
Honest question: Are Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala U.S. allies? How come we don't hear about Venezuelans, Nicaraguans or Cubans invading the U.S.? And if the latter three countries are "failed states", that raises the same question: How much did we have to do with that failure? Was our intervention, to stir their pot, simply retribution for the fact our corporations weren't allowed in to rape those countries?
Finally, if a people want to experiment with socialism and it keeps them from invading us, escaping from the wonderful life they have under capitalist juntas down there, then maybe we should support them instead of undermining their efforts. After all, weve been experimenting with socialism ever since we allowed corporations to socialize their costs; creatures of the state, hiding behind the skirts of big government, with shareholders protected from having to take personal responsibility for their own actions.
I'll take answers off the air and ruminate on them at my leisure. Thanks in advance for any education that might be provided. Always willing to learn. P.S. Smedley Butler is rolling in his grave.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 01/02/2019 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Reader: This is water theft

This sounds counter-intuitive, but everyone should do everything they can to "waste" water. No gallon conserved goes to in-stream flows, fish, critters, or to the non-human natural environment. Every gallon conserved just encourages human population growth. If that's your goal, then by all means, conserve.

But if you have a senior water right and conserve, you just lose the value of what you could use, without compensation for it, and those who use it, get it (can you say "developers"?) They are behind all these "win-win" pea-shuffling shenanigans. Don't get me started on all the 35 acre straws sucking senior rights away without compensation.

But hey, if the governor says we'll be at 10 million (human) souls by 2050, then it's all about "us", right?

"Up! Up with people!
You meet em wherever you go
Up! Up with people!
Theyre the best kind of folks we know
If more people were for people
All people evrywhere
Thered be a lot less people to worry about
And a lot more people who care
Thered be a lot less people to worry about
And a lot more people who care."

Up With People

(I just threw up in my mouth)

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 12/03/2018 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Pelosi attackers miss the big picture

Hi rightsavage:

I think you are an example of the dangers of a little education. You hear something from your idols, like Rush Limbaugh, or on Faux News, that is technically correct (yes, we are a constitutional republic) but then you run with it, pretending to school us all, smugly, with your new-found knowledge. (Don't you hate it when ivory tower libs do that to you? And yet here you are, endeavoring to do it!)

Anyway, you should dive a little deeper into "democracy" and the different ways in which it is, quite correctly, used in different contexts and conversation. In fact, I'm sure you'd be shocked to find that the twin notions of American Political Theory have long had us coming down on the side of Liberal Democratic Theory, as opposed to Radical (i.e. the Jeffersonian Yeoman Farmer, communal type). How do like them apples? *Liberal* Democratic Theory! Doesn't that word "liberal" scare you? LOL! And to think, that is what we are.

And no, this isn't some new-found transmogrification of meaning. Indeed, the term "liberal", as used in current, common parlance, is the perversion. And no, we don't (or shouldn't) qualify it as "classical" or otherwise. These are all dances engaged in to deal with those who have a little education to make them dangerous. Like you. But I digress.

In short, yes, we live in a democracy, of the constitutional republic type (and even that can be argued, as a matter of fact, if not law). Get over yourself. And quit telling people what to call our country. You don't have the authority to enforce your dictate. You'd do better to ask, politely.

You stand corrected.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 11/23/2018 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Reader: My AR-15 will never kill anyone

I hear you, and agree. Although I grew up far right and now sit far left. Could never figure how folks on the left supported gun control. Makes it hard to vote. Oh well, that's what happens when the owners decide it's easier for them to control two parties than a bunch of free-thinkers.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 11/21/2018 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Reader: Build a new kind of AFA chapel

"So persons serving in the military shouldn't have a place to worship that is conveniently on their base? How does that idea not attack the faith of those wearing our nations uniforms? It's a ridiculous idea on the face of it."

Hey Dick: When I was in, convenience was not a priority. Nor was there an entitlement idea that a lack of convenience constituted an attack on anything. Indeed, it made one stronger. Personally, I think using tax dollars and military real estate in support of faith worship is ridiculous. But yeah, I know, it is what it is.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 11/20/2018 at 6:22 PM

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