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The serious quotes:

The not-so-serious quotes:

  • "Target opponent chooses a number. You may have that player lose that much life. If you don’t, that player sacrifices all but that many permanents." - Card text for a black card in MTG.

  • "If this sees print as is, I'm going to pound my forehead against a cement wall until I get a little scab." - Discussion of a Magic card (also black).

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From: danidarko Date: June 5th, 2005 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I seriously think you need to look at the actions of other political parties of the US and of the world before you point fingers just at Republicans. EVERYONE is fucking up. There is no good guy in power right now ANYWHERE, in Europe or here or anywhere.

cgranade From: cgranade Date: June 5th, 2005 07:19 am (UTC) (Link)


Two points, Dani:
  1. Where did I specifically say Republicans (within this post)?
  2. Examples of "everyone fucking up?" I can't infer much from such a broad statement.
Thank you, though for your response, and for showing an interest in what I have to say.

Looking forward to your response,
From: danidarko Date: June 5th, 2005 08:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Curious.

1) I know you have the attitude for it.
2) Crap is going on all over the world. In America Democrats thrive off Republican mistakes and vice-versa and the other world leaders let things happen just because and it sucks.

I showed interest in your last post, non?

I don't mean to be hostile, I am just wondering things, too. If I didn't think highly of you I wouldn't have you on my list or talk to you...

cgranade From: cgranade Date: June 5th, 2005 08:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Curious.

1. Fair enough... I guess. Though my issue is not with conservativism but rather than the neoconservative pseudomovement.
2. I wish Ds thrived off of R mistakes... then maybe the Downing Street memo would be getting more attention here in America! At least in other nations there seems to be a bit more accountibility for screwing up. Here, you just get promoted.

As for the rest, I also do not mean to convey hostility. The medium of pure text, however, can make it easier to show intolerance than amicability. For this, then, I apologize. Thanks, again.
From: danidarko Date: June 5th, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Curious.

1) Well, just as there is a crazy right-wing motif there is insane left-wing crazy wave. Both are pathetic for this country. Lefts don't want us to protect our country and rights say "hell let's bomb 'em all"... People have been tolerating terrorist attacks for generations and this is why we're in the rut we're in today, where I think Bush is in a sad position because if he had been president years ago doing something about it we would have quelled the movement of people trying to hurt each other like this. And then stopped and gone on with our lives.
2)No, other nations are just like the US, you get more and more higher for screwing up. Dominique de Villepin, the new PM of France, bad choice on the part of Chirac! Villepin is pathetic! Do you know anything about him? Read up, he is crazy. Unpopular with the French as is Chirac, who has done a great job of swindling the French and somehow he remains even though he raises highly terrible sentiment in the French. (And, also, he ran against a pseudo-Nazi. French hate Nazis.)

No, no, text is so incredibly hard to convey emotion in. I wish I could post by voice so you could hear my tone, or even better see my face, because I think my strength in communication is facial communication, even better than voice in my case... so no worries, I was hoping you didn't take me as hostile!

cgranade From: cgranade Date: June 6th, 2005 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Curious.

In response to the first point, let it be known that I won't defend all leftists simply by virtue of them being left, but I disagree that the leftist movements in general "don't want us to protect the country." Indeed, my parents should serve as a stark counter-example: Ret. Lt. Col. Ben T. Granade, USAF (also the ex-secretary of the Green Party of Alaska), and Cptn. Mary J. Granade, USAF. They both swore to protect the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. It is thus that they, like me, oppose the Bush regime. Not because Bush and company are Republicans, but because they stand for election theft (according to the US Commission on Civil Rights, reporter Greg Palast, author Bev Harris and others), the curtailing of civil rights guaranteed by the first ten Amendments (as documented above, as well as by the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others), the imposition of an American Imperialist state through military intervention, along with other undesirable causes. George Walker Bush is a domestic enemy of the Constitution, and thus it is that my parents swore their very lives to defeating him. They didn't swear fealty to the American nation, nor it's sitting president. Rather, they swore their allegiance to the document which defines the ideals and principles of the nation.

As for the second point, I can answer this in two ways. I couldn't decide, so here's both. First off, your assertion that the rest of the world is fucked up is immaterial to the point at hand. I am a citizen of the United States, and thus my concern lies first and foremost with my well-being here in my home country, as well as with the well-being of the country itself. Whether other countries are worse is irrelevant. They very well may be, but that does not justify what happens here. Moral relatavism has its place in the world, but that is neither here nor there. The second tact that I considered taking was to dispute the specific example of French PM Chirac. Chirac has done much to better France, Europe and the world. Specifically, to cite two examples, his opposition of the war in Iraq was a wonderful act of bravery, as was his choice to oppose the draft EU constitution. In both cases, Chriac showed that he cares not for the current global political environment, but rather for what is the most prudent course of action. That France became the target of many ignorant Americans is an unfortunate result, but truly insignifigant in the wider scope of things.

Hopefully this diatribe more articulately describes my positions, as well as my motivations for holding these positions.
From: danidarko Date: June 8th, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Curious.

If you read Crashing the Party by Ralph Nader you will find that one of the tenants of the Green Party is the dismantling of the military. Greens are not friends of the military. I really don't see what is so enemy-like about the president--the USS Cole was bombed and many sailors were killed, and Clinton didn't do a damned thing about it. Is that friendly to the military? I think that the current chief is taking matters and giving them hell over culminating events no one, not even Reagan, did much about. Good riddance, as far as I cam concerned.

I had a very intelligent, and very liberal, Poli sci instructor who once said that when not in wartime, liberals are more likely to restrict individual freedoms while conservatives are more likely to expand them. The opposite is in effect for wartime. It seems to be the case right now.

As for France, half my family is French and the country detests Chirac. France does not want the EU Constitution, and partially because Chirac pushed it so much was the reason why it was slammed down. I visited France frequently and I always found that wherever I went (except for Paris but even then it was for the majority like what I will describe) people are very friendly to Americans. France has terrorism problems also from illegal aliens staying in their country. Most French folks are aligned with the US, surprisingly. Remember what the media prescribes to yuo and how bullshit it can be. My relatives, who range from a scope from living in flats in Paris to living out in the country, detest Chirac. They can't name anything good he has done for the country. What good has he done?

By the way, when I was in Italy, we had a postbox bomb go off on a nearby Air Force base and it killed two people, a woman and a baby. Nothing was done about it.

I just don't see the logic behind your conclusions, because with your logic you should be upset with Saddam Hussein and other world leaders who have mangled and exterminated portions of their populations. While I may not agree with much of Bush's domestic policy (about half of it), I am more inclined to side with the foreign policy.

I have a lot of respect for you and I don't wish to change you because I wouldn't want you to change me, but I don't understand your logic.


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