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   GO3  WTH is the point of the cartoon on the main Ldot page? Is this to portray some sort of equivalency of the two candidates for President? Really? Sometimes I think the editorial staff needs to get a clue.
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   Fireball27  I just watched a video clip of a meeting with Brigitte Gabriel speaking to a Muslim woman. She really let that woman have it! This was another leftest putting forth the "most Muslims are not terrorists" song and dance. Bridget just destroys this point of view, with the fact most Germans were peaceful, yet the Nazi's killed millions. Most Russians were peaceful, yet the Russians killed millions, most Japanese were peaceful, yet they killed millions, etc. Most people are peaceful, but a tiny percentage of a billion Muslims, is a huge number of terrorist or terrorists enablers. The video is from CNS News and is entitled "A Muslim woman asks a question and probable wishes she didn't". Watch this and use these facts when a liberal tries this B.S. statement about "most Muslims".
Saturday at 22:14 EST .

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   MeiDei  Do you have the link to the video?
Sunday at 01:32 EST .

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   StormCnter  I think this is FB's reference, Mei:
Sunday at 07:15 EST .

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   GO3  Having internet problems bigtime so I won't watch the video until tomorrow, but I will comment on the basic post.

Fireball is absolutely correct. The modern day regime change strategy is non-sensical. Thinking we can replace a dictator and the people will rejoice and follow us anywhere is ridiculous. Hitler's party was elected to a significant chunk of the Reichstag and given the complex rules of typical European Parliaments coalitions had to be formed with the dominant coalition calling the shots. Hindenburg appointed Hitler as Chancellor; there was no armed take over, and he had the backing of the people. Imperial Japan had the Diet and even though circumstances were different, the Japanese still had a connection to Tojo and the other hardliners through the Emperor and the Diet. Saddam Hussein had his thumb on all the instruments of power, police, Army, Republican Guards, the irregulars of the Saddam Fedayeen, etc. He even had purposely placed military retirees in key locations to form ad hoc units in times of crises. He was not an isolated nut job.

This was the failure of the Iraq war. We didn't defeat the enemy in whatever form before we embarked on hearts and minds stuff. Assassinating Hitler without defeating his army, navy and air force would have been just as useless. Yeah, most Muslims are peaceful, but let them pick sides and we'll see what happens. Maybe eyes will be opened up and we can conduct a real war sans the whack-a-mole stuff we've been doing for the last 10 years.

Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Sunday at 10:33 EST .

   MeiDei  Thx for the link, saw it a year or so ago but the message is just as relevant today as it was back then.
Yesterday at 18:11 EST .

   Suejeanne  Turning over control of the Internet: it is like giving up the Panama Canal and every other giveaway of a strategic asset or hard-won advantage

what do the people in Silicon Valley think of this? Do they see it as a threat? It is bizarre to think that they would not be worried about it as many of their fortunes and now the livelihoods of their next generation depend on our free and reliable Internet -

how will this transfer give the power to another entity if they can't just pull a big plug out of the wall to shut everyone down?

As I understand it, the Internet started out as the ARPA-Net, a conglomeration of universities working with the Defense Dept. were connected - hardwired - and had a system set up to communicate with each other - then it expanded over the years with more cable being laid down, connecting more universities, research labs and corporate research centers - using COBOL and Fortran, then the development of the PC and DOS taking off in the 1980's, then I recall communicating by "bulletin boards" in the late 1980's - and then our e-mail really got going in the mid-1990's – not so long ago!

How exactly can anyone control all of the millions of people communicating with each other now - do they shoot down the satellites, unplug the routers, send enforcers to smash routers, servers and anything else used?

Once Gutenberg did his thing and movable type must have been so exciting to the people of that time - they were able to set up their own presses - does anyone know how to do that anymore? I worked at a newspaper when I was in high school, the press was built in 1903, the same year my Grandmother was born. The linotype operators clanked out the characters into metal slugs and it all went into "beds" on the table where Frank would arrange all of it, they always had a little water in the bottom of the type bed - if you were new to the press room, they would show you the "type lice" -

after the paper was printed off of all of that type, the metal would be gathered up in buckets and melted down again and reshaped to be used in the linotype machines for the next issue -

the Nazis, Communists, Peronists, whoever, would go in and destroy the presses - smash everything they could - how exactly is the Internet going to be consolidated into one discrete, tractable and controllable entity? Will all the cable, telephone, internet companies hand over their equipment that is their very life blood? How will our Defense Department function where Internet communications are used?

It sounds horrible - how are all the business entities going to function, if you pay bills online, buy stocks, order things through Amazon or anywhere else -

what a mess!

I think we all need to get CB radios and learn Morse Code, too -

meanwhile, as Donald Trump
September 23 at 03:37 EST .

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   Suejeanne  meanwhile, as Donald Trump says: "what in the hell is going on?!?"
September 23 at 03:38 EST .

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   GO3  Businesses can't do without it because ARPA was only part of the development and that was strictly for military comes. Civilian business was concurrently developing what would become an intranet for a specific company's needs. The mover and shaker for this was..wait for it..Xerox. It allowed a person on a workstation on the 2d floor to print something to the printer room on the 5th floor. Of course this expanded geometrically to what businesses use today. I'd say the global business types would not want to screw up the Internet.
September 23 at 11:02 EST .

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   Tulsa  'HCF' ('Halt and Catch Fire' ) is from one of a number of lists of humorous command mnemonics for imaginary programming languages. Others are 'BrH' ('Branch and Hang' and 'DWIM' ('Do What I Meant' ). {DWIM, if it existed, would be the single most useful programming command ever.}

DWIM is hilarious, imo.

Read up on this tv series at IMDb to see if you will like it. ..about the tech revolution. It's set in 1980's in the Silicone Prairie in Dallas and moves to San Fran.

You rilly Need to watch it in order. Seasons 1 and 2 are 10 episodes each and are On Demand. Season 3 is now airing and I doubt there will be a season 4. There is gratuitous sex and a bi-sexual lead which I could have seriously done without. The show is entertaining and interesting, imo.
September 23 at 14:37 EST .

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   Tulsa  The tv series is named 'Halt and Catch Fire'. I wasn't clear. That happens often. heh

I do not believe we should ever surrender control of the internet.
September 23 at 16:10 EST .

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   MeiDei  from Weasel Zippers & Washington Times:
Inciting a race war pays well.

For all its talk of being a street uprising, Black Lives Matter is increasingly awash in cash, raking in pledges of more than $100 million from liberal foundations and others eager to contribute to what has become the grant-making cause du jour.

The Ford Foundation and Borealis Philanthropy recently announced the formation of the Black-Led Movement Fund [BLMF], a six-year pooled donor campaign aimed at raising $100 million for the Movement for Black Lives coalition.

That funding comes in addition to more than $33 million in grants to the Black Lives Matter movement from top Democratic Party donor George Soros through his Open Society Foundations, as well as grant-making from the Center for American Progress.

“The BLMF provides grants, movement building resources, and technical assistance to organizations working advance the leadership and vision of young, Black, gay, feminists and immigrant leaders who are shaping and leading a national conversation about criminalization, policing and race in America,” said the Borealis
September 22 at 15:40 EST .

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   Suejeanne  Medicines were watered down, diluted, not full strength . . .

this was a recent story about the Clinton Foundation supposedly "helping" people with medicines for AIDS but actually, the medicines were not actually up to par - basically, the Clinton Foundation was short-changing the intended recipients -

My Mom and her friend and I were talking about this at dinner this evening, why hasn't more attention been given to this story - it should be really shattering to those who still hang onto the notion of Hillary being "Lady Bountiful" or "Merciful" or really caring about the people who desperately needed this help.

My Mom's friend who will be 95 years old on October 2nd, is a very sharp lady, swims twice a day, reads a lot, is up on things, is French and was in Paris during the war and after - instantaneously, she said "black market" - "like in the movie, 'The Third Man'"

what a brilliantly perfect analogy, I said, as we talked about the movie (my Mom had seen the movie when she and my dad were newlyweds ) - Joseph Cotten's character, Holly Martins, starts out being a loyal friend of Orson Welles' character, Harry Lime -

but as the story unfolds, Joseph Cotten's character realizes he is being loyal to a man willing to see children sentenced to a horrible life after the penicillin they needed turned out to not work. I can just see Hillary up there on the Ferris Wheel, explaining to Huma or Sid or some other still-loyal person why it doesn't really matter - that those people down there are just little dots whose lives are not really significant. Harry Lime is very glib and dismissive about the tragedies wrought by his Black Market enterprises.

So, with Hillary - how cold is that, really, to be willing to dispense AIDS medications which will not help? Is this what it will take for those enabling her to finally part ways?

There is a store down here in the desert called "Black Market White House" - I don't know much about that particular store but I have often thought it was an unfortunate kind of name, not a place where I would want to shop based on the connotation of "black market" - but maybe I take things a bit too much to heart and in all fairness, it may be a perfectly lovely place - it's just me. In any case, should that brand name of "Black Market White House" ever become available on the market, Hillary ought to snap it up - it sounds like a good fit.
September 22 at 00:42 EST .

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   Suejeanne  a letter my Mom sent today -

Dear Mr. Preibus:

I hope this e-mail will somehow get to you and will be one of many you receive from Republicans who are so disappointed with President George H. W. Bush; I hope that you can make President Bush aware of all of us out here who feel this way.

to President George H. W. Bush

Dear President Bush:

I have admired you for many years. So many good qualities.

The many letters to and from your Mother. Your courtship of Barbara and then your beautiful family. The terrible sadness of losing your precious Robin and your years of grief.

All of this, good and bad, made you such a fine person.

I was thrilled when you were elected President and would lead our beautiful United States.

When George W. became President, I was overjoyed. The way he led us through 9/11 was magnificent.

The Bush family was the best. I loved all of you.

When I heard that you and Bill Clinton were getting together, having nice visits, I thought that was wonderful. I told my daughter that now Bill will experience what a good father is and what family is all about.

All of my years of loving the Bush Family is now gone. I cannot believe that people so wonderful could vote for corrupt Hillary Clinton.

My belief in a beautiful man with outstanding character and a perfect family has been destroyed.

I am hurting not only for myself but for our beautiful country that will be destroyed by Hillary.

How could you do this? Someone who is so untruthful and corrupt. She has been doing unthinkable things. Committing crimes since her Arkansas days. You have to know all of this, probably better than anyone else in our entire country.
September 20 at 21:18 EST .

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   WAN2  Although I wasn't as jubilant about our Compassionate Conservatives, keep in mind two things: 1 ) Bush IS 92, and 2 ) It is a Kennedy alone who shared this tidbit...
September 21 at 09:26 EST .

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   StormCnter  Thank you WAN2. I don't believe the story.
September 21 at 13:41 EST .

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   MeiDei  From the past - applicable today?

“The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love, and in order to occupy and distract himself without love he gives way to passions and coarse pleasures, and sinks to bestiality in his vices, all from continual lying to other men and to himself. The man who lies to himself can be more easily offended than anyone. You know it is sometimes very pleasant to take offence, isn’t it? A man may know that nobody has insulted him, but that he has invented the insult for himself, has lied and exaggerated to make it picturesque, has caught at a word and made a mountain out of a molehill — he knows that himself, yet he will be the first to take offence, and will revel in his resentment till he feels great pleasure in it, and so pass to genuine vindictiveness.”

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
Father Zosima to Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov, father of the brothers Karamazov and Diabolical Narcissist
September 19 at 15:29 EST .

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   WAN2  Trump & The Pope...

Seeking a weekend break from his campaign rallies; Donald Trump jetted to his yacht, which was docked off the coast of Italy. He invited Pope Francis and the press corps on board for a Saturday afternoon cruise.

It was a rather windy day. The Pope's little hat, his zucchetto, was blown from his head and into the water. A crewman began lowering a boat to retrieve the zucchetto. Trump told the crewman not to bother. Trump climbed down the yacht's ladder; walked across the waves, picked up the zucchetto; walked back to the yacht and handed it to the Pope. The Pope and the press corps were amazed! Donald Trump could actually walk on water!

Speculation immediately began as to how ABC, CNN, NBC, ABC, The Washington Post and New York Times would report this miraculous event to the rest of the world.

The next morning the New York Times headline read . . .

September 17 at 17:01 EST .

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   MeiDei  A Lesson in Irony -
   September 17 at 11:57 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Well, I suppose Colin Powell should not expect any appointments to jobs with either a Clinton or Trump administration. His comment re Bill's bimbos still has me chuckling.
   September 15 at 09:29 EST .

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   MeiDei  He's a disappointment.
September 15 at 11:02 EST .

   GO3  As an assistant brigade adjutant in VN he also helped cover up the My Lai massacre. He'll do whatever it takes to prove his worth, normally to the wrong people. And BTW, you want to know who was the inside source for Bob Woodward's book The Commanders? You guessed it. He was leaking confidential conversations way before it was fashionable. The guy is a creep.
September 17 at 22:29 EST .

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   Jerseytomato  Scooter Libey.
September 21 at 14:09 EST .

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