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Gary Varvel

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  1. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 3 years ago


  2. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 3 years ago

    How to be a troll:

    1: Start off hating a political party, everyone in it, and everyone who has ever supported it.
    2: Pick a behavior that you hate, and assign it to that same political party, its members, and everyone who has ever supported it.
    3: Note that the party, its members, and everyone who has ever supported it, and the afore-mentioned behavior are reprehensible.
    4: Apply it indiscriminately, regardless of original subject matter.
    5: Believe that others care.
    6: Repeat constantly.

  3. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 3 years ago

    “I’m sure that the NSA is not concerned with ma and pa in the bedroom.”

    True. That’s the job of the Republican Party, and the Supreme Court. They’ve had much more experience in those matters than NSA.

  4. D PB

    D PB said, about 3 years ago

    @I Play One On TV

    I see you are following your how to guide quite well.

  5. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 3 years ago

    @D PB

    You see what you want to see.

  6. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 3 years ago


    Agreed. I’m sure NSA are listening in many places to many things, however, the bedroom is the exclusive purview of the Republicans and the Supreme Court. They have dibs.

  7. Jim Guess

    Jim Guess said, about 3 years ago

    THIS man says it very, very clearly.

    Watch and learn.

  8. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    So you do it with semaphore?

  9. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, about 3 years ago

    Let’s get to the real issue here. The issue isn’t that they’re listening to the calls, or tracking the metadata, or whatever other information they are collecting. Let’s be honest here: As soon as the telephone was invented, Uncle Sam was listening in.

    The issue is specifically what the government does with it, and can We The People trust that the government is going to be a good steward of that information. The answer to that is no, especially with this administration. Don’t believe me? Look at the evidence we have:
    - Obama has authorized, and has sole control over, drone strikes in foreign countries. In fact, he has already killed without trial (thus violating their Constitutional rights), alleged terrorists that are US Citizens. While they may be terrorists, they are still US Citizens and entitled to a speedy trial of their peers. Obama has violated our trust with these actions.
    - Rand Paul had to filibuster to get a Washington DC Version of a straight answer to a very fundamental question: Can the US Government assassinate US Citizens on US Soil? No, with a caveat: They will not strike against any unarmed civilians. What happens if they are at the range doing target practice? They are technically armed. Why wasn’t it a blanket, “No?” Obama’s administration has violated our trust with this decision.
    - The IRS has specifically targeted conservative groups between 2010 and 2012, possibly affecting the outcome of the election (suppressing the GotV initiatives of conservatives). While democrats are saying this is a fake issue, testimony was given that is specifically stating the orders came from DC. And with so many visits to the WH from the head of the IRS between 2010 and 2011 (over 150), it’s not a stretch to say Obama or his administration was influencing and guiding the actions of the IRS. And on top of that, private information (donors) was leaked from the IRS to liberal outlets who took that information and published it on the web. This suppresses donor activity, which again affects the outcome of the election. Obama’s administration has violated our trust with that kind of guidance.
    - The recent attacks on investigative reporting (AP’s phone calls, hacking and stealing emails from Fox News reporter) suppresses the 1st Amendment, especially naming a reporter a co-conspirator. This suppression keeps Americans in the dark, giving the government more room to abuse the rights of Americans. The DOJ’s actions (guided by Obama’s appointee Eric Holder) violate our trust with that kind of infringement on the 1st Amendment.

    So what does that all mean? Why is this such an issue? Individually these issues sound like a random abuse of power. They sound like someone who has outgrown his or her post. But put them together.

    Scare the media into submission, for fear of prosecution. Then identify your enemies using the IRS (political) and the NSA (suspicion). Sour public attitude towards the individual or group (leak private information to public criers), and then deem them terrorist-related, and if you catch them with a firearm, assassinate them with a drone strike. Repeat this enough times, and you have a public scared to rise up in protest against the sitting administration.

    I know, it sounds far-fetched. But that’s exactly how Chicago-style politics works. Does anyone remember how Obama won his State Senate seat? It’s because sealed records of his opponent’s divorce were somehow unsealed and leaked to the press, and the man lost by political assassination. You identify your enemy (or he/she identifies herself), you get as much bad information about them, you sour public opinion of them, and then you strike.

    Why liberals aren’t afire over this baffles me. Their entire party is based around the premise of more freedom. More liberty. Liberals yelled and screamed about the Patriot Act, calling it an invasion of privacy. But now that Obama is in office, they’ve done a 180, despite him expanding it greater than the bill’s original designer intended. Why? Why is there no public liberal outcry? Where’s the, “Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.”?? Are they afraid of him? Are they so blinded that a black man in office can do no wrong?

    WAKE UP! This isn’t about liberal or conservative. This isn’t about Democrat or Republican. This is about right and wrong. This is about one man orchestrating an absolute undermining of the Constitution, either directly or indirectly. This is about things that shouldn’t be happening in America, but are. This is about our government getting too big, and in its largess we begin to see the echoes of tyranny.

  10. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 3 years ago

    Interesting. Thanks for your input. You’re right, I did repeat myself. Shoot me if I’m the only one here who does that.

    Who is the driving force behind keeping gay marriage illegal? What political party believes that certain sexual acts should not be performed between consenting adults? Our own Attorney General, while running for Governor, has come out and stated that oral sex should be illegal even when performed by married people. He’s a Republican. This is my point. The Dems have their own agendas, but the Repubs, while wanting to get the government off the backs of business, want to ensure they stay on the backs of individuals.

    Dems not good. Anyone who actually reads my posts would know that I have no love for Dems. I just find less to love about Republicans, at least these days.

    Many posters, including yourself, find Dems bad, non-Dems good. Does this make you a hypocrite?

  11. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 3 years ago


    Well put. Thanks.

  12. skibum70

    skibum70 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago


    So many words, so little knowledge.

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago


    First there is no evidence the IRS was picking or in any way interfering with right wing political groups. How would it affect voting? They went after Liberal groups too.

  14. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Does anyone remember that the original action in “Watergate” was to break in and steal “secret” information on what the Democratic Party was up to?

    As to “blue noses” trying to spy on what folks are doing in the bedroom, and making it illegal, that’s pretty much the sole dogma of “conservative evangelical Republicans”. The “morals police” have long been the craziest of crazies, and the first to burn the Constitution. Ah, but they have a bible they want to replace that awful Constitution. "Real “patriots” they be", said Yoda with a wink.

  15. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, about 3 years ago


    There’s congressional testimony by people directly involved in that area that has already stated they bypassed the extra scrutiny for liberals and specifically targeted conservative groups.

    It would suppress voting because it intimidated these groups to support a GotV initiative.

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