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  1. Yes he was totally wrong. I'm usually someone who tries to look at things from more than just one side. But there can be no hedging in the condemnation of the white supremacists and those who joined with them. Their message must be rebuked 100% in this particular case, no wriggle room allowed, a proper leader would have done that.
  2. I just learned tonight that in 1927, Donald Trump's father was arrested when taking part in a KKK rally in New York. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/02/28/in-1927-donald-trumps-father-was-arrested-after-a-klan-riot-in-queens/?utm_term=.38afa085774b
  3. FUCK DONALD TRUMP AND FUCK EVERYTHING HE SAID!!! I said a lot in defense and agreement with those here who were unjustly labeled as appeasers and sympathizers. I stand by what I said, I think some people were wrongly called out, but after Orange Hitler's press conference I feel disgusted, embarrassed, and above all else, angry as hell. So I'm trying to focus my thoughts here. I believe in free speech and I believe in legal repercussions for hate speech, incitement, and inducement and that they must be enforced. I believe in resisting being drug down to their level, being better than they are. I may believe in not starting a fight but I also believe in finishing one that someone else starts. I believe its is possible a time may come when organized violence may be the only option left, but not only is that time not yet, that time is what the alt-right WS&N are desperate to bring forth, deluded as they are that they actually stand a chance of winning that conflict, along with believing in free speech and non violent protests and civil disobedience I don't want to give the haters what they want. All this "bad people on both sides" is bullshit. After what happened last weekend there should only be outspoken condemnation for the alt-right WS&N. No excuses, no diverting focus from the wrong that they've done. They had the right to voice their opinion, but beyond that calling out ANYONE in protest against them for being wrong is like calling out a cut on a finger needing attention when you have an open chest wound to deal with. There should be calls for unity and non violent protest, attempts to defuse things, debate on how far rights extend, what legal actions should and can be taken, by all means, but the wrong done is all on the side of hate. I want there to be consequences for their actions, but I want those consequences to be delivered in a manner that shows those who stand against the side of the alt-right are better than they are, more fair, more just, more decent, more human.
  4. It's not worth even the loss of one life, let alone three, but I hope that happens. Something good coming out of the bad in the same vein as Charleston SC.
  5. Now this is a protest gesture I can get behind whether in the end it's deemed legal or not.
  6. I'm very saddened by the infighting but even still anyone here I'm disagreeing with needed my help, anything I could do for them, I would do. Whether they believe it or not I'm still on their side. And there is a big separation between being a 1st amendment supporter and a pacifist. If I ever saw WS&N hurting anyone I'd come to the aid of whoever is being attacked and I'd throw some punches. Thankfully I've never been in that situation and hope I never will be, but if I was, I truly hope I'd be as brave as I say I will be and I keep my mind set on that is what I must do. And if things break down so bad that nazis can rise up in this country unopposed and began exterminating people like they did in WWII and no one in power stopped them, then I'm fighting against them. I don't think I could do much good, but I'd be there.
  7. It's this line between espousing an (abhorrent) opinion and inducing violence where things get muddy. As a sci-fi fan I keep thinking of Asimov's Foundation and Salvor Hardin's line "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." I don't know if I agree with that 100%, I do know I believe in exhausting all other methods before violence is used. I remember even as early as when I was a teen in the 90's seeing from time to time white supremacists in a talk show or whatever talking about a race war coming and in my head was the thought "if that ever happens I'm picking up a gun and standing against you" and I still feel that way. I just don't think we're at the point where the better means have been exhausted yet. Charge me with being privileged, charge me with not understanding what it's like for those dealing with this shit every day, charge me with any litany of "you don't know" examples, fine. Just don't say I don't believe in going to war against Nazis. I'm no soldier, if I did pick up that gun I'll probably be dead before I even fired it, but if I see Nazis putting actions to their words I won't stand aside. But right now the Nazis, alt-right, klan, whatever are using words in their war. Individuals here and there that are not face repercussions in the law. Maybe that's not good enough, maybe law enforcement is too corrupt, maybe justice isn't being served, maybe some are getting away with it. How do I fix it? You won't like it. I don't completely like it myself, but I'll take it over the alternative. Continue to rally, continue to protest, civil disobedience, vote to change things, change the people in power, keep reporting the injustice people are facing, keep it in front of our faces. It's been a two steps forward one step back deal from the 60's up to 2016. In 2016, I admit, I think we've taken two, maybe three steps back, and a step forward hasn't even come yet. But I believe it will. I see progress made inch by inch when compared to where we were 50 years ago, a hundred years ago. Progress will start to inch forward again. There is outrage out there. Outrage against what is happening. Outrage against what all these fascists are saying. It's among disorganized groups of people that quibble among ourselves here and there, and is difficult to get us moving in the same direction, but we are a much larger group than the alt right or whatever ones. I won't deny that that evil is pervading through us right now, growing stronger, but resistance at this point must come from the methods I listed at the beginning of this paragraph. As long as it's mostly words being used to fight by those evil people, I won't condone premeditated violence. Even if the words are seen as incitement or inducement I'd want legal actions to counter that over vigilante means. I don't see us at the point of no return, not yet. Until then, to endorse violence as a solution is an endorsement of a world I don't want to be a part of.
  8. I totally believe neonazis and fascists deserve no recognition and no credit or merit. Everything they say should be decried as foul and completely wrong. I just also believe they still have the right to say it. One thing I've learned since last November, if there's ever another election where there are hints that if one side loses there will be non peaceful reactions, "second amendment solutions" and all that, I'll never feel superior for being on the other side again.
  9. I agree. I support free speech up to incitement. If you see speech as incitement but officials do not, that's what protests and civil lawsuits are for, I don't even support abiding by the law 100% either. I think civil disobedience is a necessary tactic to fight against oppressive laws. I detest and stand against everything the neonazis and fascists stand for. I believe in their right to say what they think though, as long as that speech is not inciting violence or panic. See I can believe in their right for free speech while at the same time rooting for us who oppose them to drown them out with our free speech. I draw the line at condoning violence as organized response though - as long as our government by the people, however majorly flawed or corrupt, however much in need of changes, as long as it at least exists, I do. Whoever thinks that puts me on the side of the nazis needs to take a step back from the abyss.
  10. Thirded. You want the resistance to win out? Don't alienate the ones who are on your side. You want to bring up example after example of government not protecting at best and doing harm to people at worst. Please do! Get us riled, get us more on your side. I want to add my voice and support to those screaming over the injustice, but I don't accept anarchy as a solution. Fighting violence with violence won't help you win, it will only serve to marginalize you more from society. Why do you have to play by the rules when the other side is doing so much harm and getting away with it? Because you're supposed to be the good guys. Sorry but equal treatment, respect, and the same rules for all is more important to me than revenge. Now go ahead and call bullshit on me, call me naïve, if I'm not against them then I'm with them. I expect it. I know I'll be ignored or derided, but I needed to speak up here.
  11. While my dad is at a doctor's appointment today, I was able to capture on video my dog Sarge baying for him, something he only ever does when his grandpa has gone somewhere and left him behind. I just think it's so cute and funny when he does this. I ramble on a while about Sarge so I won't be offended if you only watch the first 30 seconds or so
  12. These are movies that are just, for me, so bad I can't watch them. Either plain boring or too cringeworthy or a combination of both. There are other movies that I consider bad but have "so bad they're good" moments in them (ex. Howard The Duck, Maximum Overdrive, Judge Dredd, The Happening, etc.) I can't bring myself to list them below. Battlefield Earth Bay's Transformers 2, 4, & 5 Nightmare on Elm Street remake Friday The 13th remake Planet of the Apes (2001) Lawnmower Man 2 Star Trek V Star Wars: Episode II Jaws: The Revenge Pirates of the Caribbean 4 & 5 Peter Jackson's The Hobbit movies (I know some find redeeming moments in them, but I can't get myself to sit through any of it) Zardoz And, can you imagine if they ever made sequels to Highlander? Especially a Highlander 2? bet if those movies existed they would be on here! Thank goodness they don't!
  13. So I'm not talking about trailer commercials for movies or TV shows, because there are so many songs from many decades they use, but commercials that are advertising other products. Anybody noticing this trend? https://www.ispot.tv/ad/w5Gy/macys-best-year-ever (below is my favorite of recent ones: ) From a few years ago: For a while Sandals has been using "I've had the Time of my Life" in their commercials, but now Walmart is in on the act: Bonnie Tyler songs seem to be darlings of advertisers, I don't know how many times I've seen either "Total Eclipse of the Heart" or "Holding Out for a Hero" in commercials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UtGwcbrep0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5y3vkg2Pe4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBD8w0q5UDc So TV commercials will use anything they think is catchy and what they believe works for an ad, and there are plenty of ads with original jingles, modern music, older music, etc. But I've been noticing this and it's made me think. When I was a kid these are commercials I remember: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erlvoBklqn4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUvqsG_H7FQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCp5NhdkdcA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvIkMenVlZk 50's and 60's songs or songs of that style in the 70's and 80's. I assume that this is mostly because of three reasons: 1. Commercials of today are aimed at the largest consumer groups which right now is people who grew up in the 80's and 90's, as in the 70's and 80's it was the people who grew up in the 50's and 60's. 2. The people making the commercials today are people who grew up in the 70's, 80's, and 90's and in the 70's and 80's it was the baby boomers making them, when thinking of pitches they draw upon the songs they remember fondly. 3. We are at or have just passed the height of 80's nostalgia in pop culture. I just have been finding it interesting each time I hear another commercial with an 80's (or 70's, or 90's) tune in it, and it has been happening so much lately. Know of any other recent ones? It would be great, but probably no likely, if this thread summoned Blaine and he'd give his input.
  14. TORNADOES!!! News and even the EBS been breaking in on regularly scheduled TV all afternoon here. EF1 tornado hit about 10 miles from here, flipped a car completely upside down on top of two other cars in a parking lot. Two more warnings in the area since. Been raining like crazy all day over 2 inches in one hour at the height. I was watching GOT on On Demand and the EBS broke in on that to tell me a tornado warning was issued. Current tornado system is 30 miles east and moving further east and weakening so I think worst is over. But weather supposed to be unsettled still for a while.
  15. Same here, and the Academy one was my favorite of the bunch too. A few months back I went and bought all seven books for my kindle.