Attilathehungry comments

Posted in: 'What planet' are they on? Judge blasts Republicans for downplaying attack on U.S. Capitol See in context

It is funny how the left decries all right wing people as idiots and morons and rednecks.

Until now. They have suddenly morphed into devious plotters and cunning perpetrators of a planned insurrection.

Sorry, you can't have it both ways. This was just another example of a mostly peaceful protest. A couple windows got broken, but that's just property. Insurance can cover the cost. The vast majority of those who attended Trump's rally did as he said, and went about their business peacefully. A few were hotheads and need to be spanked for it. But there was no serious attempt to overthrow the government.

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Posted in: 5 years after Brexit vote, divided UK still feels shockwaves See in context

I can understand how the British people became ever more leery of over-reaching control emenating from the Continent. The original EEC was acceptable as a proto-free trade zone. But the political and social ambitions of the EU were at odds with those goals. Plus the extra layer of bureaucracy to pay for, smothering innovation and progress.

The vote to leave was a true peoples' revolution. Virtually the entire politcal, elite, chattering class wanted to remain, and they were stymied by the will of the people.

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Posted in: Harris to visit U.S.-Mexico border area regarding migration See in context

Right on cue, Trump is mentioned in the 4th comment in the discussion. As a real estate guy, I am sure he appreciates the rent-free time he is currently enjoying.

As to the VP, good for her for taking the time. Pres. Biden handed her this tar baby of an issue, so she needs to at least appear to take it seriously. I don't think the current policy proposal makes sense. "People are leaving central American countries because their governments are corrupt. So, we will provide hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to those countries..."

The root cause of illegal immigration is a simple one- it is permitted. The Democrats would be better served by trying to reform the visa system and promoting a guest worker programme. At the same time, bring in harsh penalties on employers, who are taking advantage of these people.

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Posted in: Paid in full? Biden, GOP struggle over infrastructure costs See in context

I would like to hear a concrete definition of "fair share" of taxes. I hear this phrase bandied about constantly, just like "living wage", yet nobody can tell what it is.

How much tax is enough? Take the EU, taxation eats well over 40% of GDP. In the US, it is about 27%.

Denmark, for example, has a tax burden of 45% on middle income earners (around $50,000 a year). It goes up over 50% if your income is $70,000. I don't think Americans would put up with those rates.

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Posted in: U.S. envoy offers to meet North Korea anywhere anytime See in context

You know, I don't remember too many missiles flying over Japan during the Trump presidency...

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Posted in: New Zealand selects transgender athlete Hubbard for Olympic women's weightlifting team See in context

Well, in Mixed Martial Arts there was a transgender competitor- Fallon Fox. Broke her opponent's skull within 2 minutes. Here is what Fox's opponent in that bout said:

I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not because I’m not a doctor. I can only say, I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right. Her grip was different, I could usually move around in the clinch against other females but couldn’t move at all in Fox’s clinch.

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Posted in: New Zealand selects transgender athlete Hubbard for Olympic women's weightlifting team See in context

Might be dating myself a bit, but we always made fun of the East German olympic team, the female athletes wee on so many forms of steriod that they needed to shave more than their male team-mates...

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Posted in: Video shows California deputy kicking suspect in head See in context

This seems to be one of those times where two things can be true at the same time. First, as a motorcyclist, don't endanger the lives of the public by trying to evade the police. Second, as a trained law officer, don't let your emotions get the better of you and do something stupid.

IMHO, the police need to be re-funded, not defunded. They need more training and leadership. Also, more money to equip ALL cops with body cameras- which cannot be turned off during the course of their duties. Finally, civilian oversight boards, or at least civilian representation in the disciplinary process.

I've heard that hairdressers in the US in many jurisdictions have longer training than do police officers. In Canada, the vast majority have college/university degrees. Not sure about the US, but I would guess the number is low. Stop recruiting military veterans to be cops- superficially it seems like a good idea but often leads to tragedy.

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Posted in: Putin praises summit result, calls Biden a tough negotiator See in context

Clearly Putin was thoroughly briefed on what to say and how to act. President Biden? Not so much. He can put in about 20 minutes before he is gassed. And forget any spontaneous interactions, his handlers keep him away from those as much as possible.

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Posted in: Pompeo unveils PAC, demurs on possible 2024 presidential bid See in context

The GOP has a very deep bench of interesting and viable candidates for 2024. Most of whom would make poor Joe look tired and weak, should he choose to run again.

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Posted in: U.S. Congress votes to make Juneteenth, end of slavery, a federal holiday See in context

Juneteenth was at best a very locally recognized day until very recently. Nobody know or cared about it until bout 15 minutes ago. If you want to truly celebrate the end of slavery, how about celebrating the day the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution was passed? You know, the one that actually legally ended slavery.

I sense a political agenda here that has very little to do with history and a lot to do with keeping the racial pot stirred. As Nancy Pelosi said, it is to remind us of a history stained by brutality and injustice..... how about reminding us of a history where half a million men gave their lives to free the slaves? The nobility of their cause and deeds?

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Posted in: Republicans erect voting barriers across a number of politically crucial U.S. states See in context

The hyperbole here is telling and instructive. Requiring a person show ID to vote is the equivalent of "tyrants and dictators".... give me a break. Or as the President would say, "Come on, man!"

This is not an attack on democracy. I am still waiting to hear from anyone, anyone at all, on how these measures are in any way racist. It is a common complaint, but I have yet to see any evidence of it.

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Posted in: Republicans erect voting barriers across a number of politically crucial U.S. states See in context

GdTokyo; question for you. How do any of these measures surpress minority voting? They are applied equally to all people. If the laws said for example, "black people need ID to vote but whites don't" then I could see your point. Unless you think that members of minority communities are somehow incapable of getting ID or registering to vote...

These measures seem very minor and common sense.

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Posted in: Biden promises to lay down 'red lines' to Putin; NATO addresses China challenge See in context

I imagine that Pres. Biden will make damn sure that Russia provides vital assistance to Libya, just like he said on the weekend. As long as he doesn't have to remember any tricky names of world leaders (like the President of South Africa), obscure military organizations (like the Royal Air Force) and the like, he should be fine.

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Posted in: England delays full lifting of virus restrictions by 4 weeks See in context

Not sure how many lives are left to be saved- yesterday there were a grand total of 3 covid deaths in the UK. I rather think that politicians like PM Johnson have gotten attached to the power they have granted themselves, and are loathe to give it up. It is a bit intoxicating and sexy to be able to tell others what to do.

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Posted in: New Zealand's Ardern criticizes mosque attacks film amid backlash See in context

I am amazed at the psychic ability of members of the NZ Muslim community. Without seeing the movie, without even reading the script, they KNOW that this will be a "White Savior" narrative!

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Posted in: New Zealand to apologize for 'racist' historic police raids in 1970s See in context

...so the PM will apologize for things that happened before she was born...

I wonder when the "apology tour" of the 21st century will end... possibly when the 'oppressors' pony up enough cash to satisfy the 'victims".

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Posted in: Actor Riz Ahmed leads bid to change way Muslims seen in movies See in context

...so they are OVER represented... who'da thought...

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Posted in: Actor Riz Ahmed leads bid to change way Muslims seen in movies See in context

Given that Muslims probably make up around 10% (or perhaps less) of the population of the US etc, then it seems eminently reasonable that only 10% of the movies would have an explicitly Muslim character. Especially since, as we all surely know, Islam is a religion, a pattern of belief. There is no way to tell whether or not a person is Muslim purely based on appearance.

Something interesting that was not mentioned in he article is that the same survey "Missing and whatever" showed that Muslim characters are more likely to be portrayed as VICTIMS of violence rather than as perpetrators. In other words, as sympathetic characters.

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Posted in: G7 leaders agree on vaccines, China and taxing corporations See in context

Again, so refreshing to see that the former President still lives on in the hearts and minds (and especially heads) of so many people. Do you really miss him that much?

As for the current crop at the G7, the less said the better. Pres. Biden couldn't even have a short spontaneous press conference without stumbling, fumbling, and being controlled like an aging puppet on a string. Didn't know the difference between Libya and Syria, needed a list provided by his handlers to call on 'safe' reporters with pre-screened questions, led by the hand by his wife.... feel sorry for him TBH.

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Posted in: New Zealand to apologize for 'racist' historic police raids in 1970s See in context

Love the way the 'victims' try to gin up Nazi style imagery in their statement: "Aslatian (read "German") dogs, frothing...the midnight knock on the door..... really trying a bit too hard here.

If these people were overstaying their visas, and were arrested, they have nobody to blame but themselves.

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Posted in: Outcry as Muslim American lawmaker likens U.S., Israel to Taliban See in context

Expat... except that isn't what happened. How about this analogy?

Two groups of people have been living in an area for centuries. Colonized by outsiders, never given a chance to form a state. Now that chance appears. One group says,"OK, we will take a small sliver of the land, you can have the rest". The other group has big and powerful friends who say, "hey, if you kill all the people in the small group, you can have it ALL". So that is what they try to do.

And fail.

And now we have the consequences. Israel survived the attempted genocide by the Arab League and still was willing to live beside them. 97% of the land in the area is basically Jew free by design. The remaining 3% is shared.

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Posted in: Outcry as Muslim American lawmaker likens U.S., Israel to Taliban See in context

ES: yes. If he did what you said, then he qualifies as AINO.

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Posted in: Outcry as Muslim American lawmaker likens U.S., Israel to Taliban See in context

Sorry I forgot to add /s to my comment. Just trying to play by your rules.

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Posted in: Outcry as Muslim American lawmaker likens U.S., Israel to Taliban See in context

Cruz isn't white. He is Hispanic. A member of an oppressed minority, so he needs to be protected.

And as I said, AINO is a new phrase that I just made up on the spur of the moment. Glad it is original.

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Posted in: Outcry as Muslim American lawmaker likens U.S., Israel to Taliban See in context

Trump? Didn't exactly mention terrorists and the USA in the same sentence.

Cruz? Blowhard. Smart guy but his speaking style grates on me.

Can you find me a white politician, not born in the US, who said similarly stupid and inaccurate things as Rep Omar? Find them and I will call them idiots as well. And call them AINO.

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Posted in: Outcry as Muslim American lawmaker likens U.S., Israel to Taliban See in context

Hi ES: I think you are looking at things through, not rose colored glasses, but race colored glasses.

I didn't mention Rep. Omar's race or gender because they are irrelevant. Her actions speak louder than her skin tone. You are so busy looking for categories that you cannot see beyond them. The very fact that the US elected (and re-elected) a man with the background of Pres. Obama might just tell you that racism is on the wane. Non-caucasians have held virtually every major office in the US government at one time or another, and that is a good thing. The actions of a vanishingly small number of morons does not erase reality.

You presume to know how I would react if the situation were not tinged with identity politics. You are comfortable in your moral certainty, yet ignore simple facts. I genuinely feel sorry for people who have such a shallow and myopic view of the world.

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Posted in: Outcry as Muslim American lawmaker likens U.S., Israel to Taliban See in context

Richard, I couldn't agree more.

The Jews were robbed of their freedom for more than 2000 years, denied a homeland, and vilified. Now they can finally fight for their freedom and have the power to protect themselves. There IS an aggravating factor which propels them- the aggravating factor of imminent genocide and terrorism from all sides.

A 2 state solution was rejected by the Arab League in 1948, which was the immediate cause of the Palestinians current problems. So I am happy to see you put the blame where it rightfully belongs.

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Posted in: Outcry as Muslim American lawmaker likens U.S., Israel to Taliban See in context

Hi, thanks for your explanation ES. You see though, I did not mention her race or pigmentation, YOU did. Therefore, I did not link race to citizenship. You did. SO who is the actual racist?

Skin color is as irrelevant as eye color in 21st century America. Or at least it should be. I would say the same if "Ilhan Omar" was "Ingrid Olson", a blonde of Swedish extraction- based on her words and actions, not the accident of her birth.

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Posted in: Outcry as Muslim American lawmaker likens U.S., Israel to Taliban See in context

ES, please explain how what I wrote is racist. I am genuinely curious. Or is that a label you just casually throw around in order to stifle discussion?

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