Prickly City by Scott Stantis

Prickly City

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  1. firedome

    firedome said, almost 4 years ago

    droning on and on…

  2. Great Dane Devotee

    Great Dane Devotee said, almost 4 years ago

    haha! well done! sadely true, but nice play on words.

  3. Ambydextrous

    Ambydextrous said, almost 4 years ago

    this is getting out of hand

  4. Geeboo

    Geeboo said, almost 4 years ago

    You ain’t seen nuthin yet!

  5. Libertarian1

    Libertarian1 said, almost 4 years ago

    Drones are a terrible idea. All they do is kill terrorists with our having no military losses.

  6. CoBass

    CoBass said, almost 4 years ago

    Or retasked.

  7. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 4 years ago


    ‘Drones are a terrible idea. All they do is kill terrorists with our having no military losses.
    A comment like that coming from you doesn’t surprise me in the least. Callousness about civilian losses and innocent lives lost is within character. Collateral damage. Meh.
    They’re all terrorists, of course.

  8. Libertarian1

    Libertarian1 said, almost 4 years ago

    Stalin called Americans who sided with him and called themselves Communists "useful idiots’. In this matter he seems to define you.

    Our terrorist enemies are certainly not stupid. They infiltrate themselves seamlessly into civilian neighborhoods totally surrounded by women, children, the poor and the common population. Then they set up shop and fire rockets, build weapons and train future suicide bombers. If we try and stop these activities, the unthinking like you say we are callous about civilian losses. What would you do to stop these terroristic attacks? If truth be known, you don’t really want to stop them because they further your cause.

    To stop a war against you, unfortunately some civilians must die. Think our A bomb and Hiroshima/Nagasaki. Think Dresden. If you truly want to have fewer civilian losses have your people stop the terrorists from moving into their civilan neighborhoods. They must take responsibility too.

  9. KPOM

    KPOM said, almost 4 years ago

    Now local governments are getting into the drone act. While there are some legitimate uses (search and rescue operations), there are some less-than-legitimate uses (spying, illegal search and seizure).

  10. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 4 years ago


    LOL! Cute. What is my “cause”? And who are “my people”?

  11. Libertarian1

    Libertarian1 said, almost 4 years ago

    @omQ R

    From reading your posts over the months you apparently intensely dislike the US and most Americans. You oppose repeatedly the actions we have taken vis a vis the rest of the world. You have a totally different view of what you see as the purpose and goal of US foreign policy. Terrorists are not our friends. I live in NYC, I will do anything, I repeat anything, to prevent another 9/11.

  12. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 4 years ago


    If I so intensely dislike Americans, what say other Americans of my presence on this site? You mistake disliking US policy with disliking Americans. Not unusual with folks who are a tad too patriotic. Usually it blinkers them to the failings of their national governments.
    I can confidently say a good many Americans will disagree with you. In fact, when I have criticised any given policy affecting others on this globe, I usually take pains to avoid naming the USA directly as it isn’t just the US involved; unless it is the US leading the policy. The US is often bashed hypocritically by other nationalities of nations doing exactly the same thing, if not on a smaller scale.

    I do have a problem with US foreign policy when it is callously applied. Your country’s self-interest is often at odds with everyone else. Your country is the most powerfuland , if your country had truly been a benevolent super-power, doing real good instead of Realpolitik, then I would be singing its praises. However, it has proven time and time again it is not Exceptional. I will continue opposing the US world view in its present form because it is alienating most of the planet and making me, part of the Western world, into a bloody target along with you. I hate being a target. I grew up under constant threat of terrorism because I was perceived to be part of the oppressor.

    “Terrorists are not our friends”. No shit. Unfortunately, your country’s actions are creating so much ill-will that we have a steady stream of folks peeved at your foreign policies, generations of them. It astounds me that you’re blind to it.

  13. KPOM

    KPOM said, almost 4 years ago


    I live in NYC. There’s a limit to what I’d advocate. If “anything” means putting in place a police state, then count me out. NYC is already too much of a police state for my liking.

  14. KPOM

    KPOM said, almost 4 years ago

    @omQ R

    Yes, we are exceptional. Unlike the British, we didn’t occupy vast swaths of the world. We also aren’t seriously considering regulating the press (as the British are doing), nor do we regulate “hate speech” the way they do in Europe.

    Are we perfect? No. Did we prop up a bunch of bad dictators during the Cold War (and after)? Yes. But if you are waiting for the munificent Chinese to take over, like so many “open-minded,” “progressive” liberals like Ken Livingston of London (who seriously believes the US is the most dangerous country in the world), then don’t complain to me when you don’t like the outcome.

  15. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 4 years ago


    Say what you like about the British, I’ll probably agree about their silly colonial ways. And the Portuguese colonies, don’t get me started on their history. I was born in one of Britain’s former colonies (well, Dutch before that). Criticise the British all you want, so long as it is valid. I don’t adhere to patriotism so don’t take it personally. Unlike you & Libertarian1.
    I’m also not British.

    As for the regulating the press, I’m for free speech. But I also do not think one should promote “hate speech” against minorities. You appear to be for free bombing. I want that regulated.
    Yes, as you admit and seemingly gloss over, you did prop up a good many dictators, causing amazing hardship the world over, but it was for the wider good…of American trade.
    I do not think the Chinese are going about it any better. The way they are in Africa concerns me greatly. The new race for Africa. Neo-colonialism, with less meddling in local affairs but paying backhanders none-the-less.
    But did you hold China to account in the WTO over its human rights before allowing admittance into its hallowed ranks? Or did you want free trade with it and new markets? You’re reaping what you’ve sown. They’re now more powerful with our money.shrug

    No, your country was not ever exceptional. It has followed the same, tired and well trodden route of empires before it. And it shall fall.
    Nothing exceptional about that.

    Btw. I love NYC. Been over 3 times. Beats London any time.

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