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  1. ReasonsVentriloquist commented on Clay Jones 17 days ago

    Hi, Michael WME.
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    First (second, now I guess) “He looks like he’s a member” (member. “I’m not only the president, I’m a member” No Ima reference intended. He looks like… OK get it don’t get it, it’s ok)
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    Folks this is gonna be a long one because (Spoiler ALERT) It’s a swansong.
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    Let’s start it here: They say there is a way to tell how old you are by what you associate with what. Back in the Dot Com era the test was what index was at the top of your screen. If it was “The Naz” then you were a rookie (but making a ton!) If it was the SPX you started in the 80s and if it was the Dow, you were OG!
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    Today I’d like to run a quick test (there’ll be a follow up quiz):
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    When you "BrainBing© DRPis1FunnyMoFo, 2014 (currently in discussions with MSFT) “EMO” what is the first listing in your mind? Is it these guys (or facsimiles thereof)
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    Or this guy:
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    If it’s the second guy, you’re old. But don’t worry, it gets worse.
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    Last night something terrible happened to me. I watched the Real Time with Bill Maher that was on the DVR. Now, it was a strange show in any case. Maher was an unpleasant host, in a fight with his audience. Then he cussed in front of Jimmy Carter and that went over like a Lead Zeppelin at a My Chemical Romance concert. Then he was like “I could read you chapter and verse from the Bible…” and Jimmy was “I think I know them all.” The panel was like watching the Mc Laughlin Group without the Laughs (the McLin group?)!
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    But was the worst was that Maher said things that I had said on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Obscure sorts of things, arguments made that were outside of the usual (but still not extraordinary). I had to wonder if I had fallen asleep with the show on Saturday night and I was just echoing what I had heard. But it wasn’t, because I didn’t.
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    I’m a believer in the concept of the Collective Consciousness. I’m even willing to give (whoever it was recently that tried to say that Ds and Rs are hardwired differently ) a second look in that perhaps it’s not a hardwire, perhaps it’s a frequency tune in such that Blues are connected to a particular “wavelength” that is different from the Reds “Amplitude Modulation” (get it? AM like AM radio? Hello? Is this thing on?). In any case it’s the sort of thing that helps me say…
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    This is it ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. It’s time for me to jump up on that wagon and put my Postaholic boxing gloves up on the wall. It’s been fun. You’ve been very helpful, and I value the connections I’ve made on both sides of “The Aisle.” (I’d name you, but, let’s put it this way, if you’ve managed to maintain a name, probably you. If your name changes a lot, then you’re probably not reading anyway so what would be the point of mentioning you?) As I go I’d like to share a few words of advice.
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    Find common ground, and when you do, agree to agree. Even if you come to the common ground from different directions. Here’s an example:
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    Churchill was right. (OK Churchill never really said it, and when he would have said it it would have made the opposite sense that it makes today because the lunatic Left is now the Lunatic Right…) If you aren’t a liberal [small ‘l’] when you’re young you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative [small ‘c’] when you’re old you have no brains. [no "" because it’s not a ""].
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    Leaving the former aside for a minute, think about the latter. As you get old you get scared. You’re afraid of everything, You are going through the 5 stages of grief and you don’t even realize it. You long for the time when life was care free. You want a do over! You want to be in a world where they have “do overs.”
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    I agree with conservatives to a point (but that agreement is the common ground, so let’s focus on that for a minute) I would love for the world to be the way it was in 1964 (when I was 6) when we went to the most amazing thing I have ever experienced. The World’s Fair in Flushing Queens New York City (I didn’t realize that this is the 50th Anniversary, there goes that Collective Consciousness again). The point being that there was something to look forward to. Today, the power struggle is such that we’re afraid of the future! Global Warming, Debt, Russia, China’s ascendency and the expectation that America shrinks as a result, no one’s vision seems to go beyond the expected disaster of Social Security and the Grumpy Grampy Apocalypse! (The reason they want to eat your brain is because it doesn’t require teeth! Like gray pudding!) How can we not want to shrink away from the future like that? So Churchill was right. You have to be out of your mind not to be conservative as you get old.
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    What was the Roman Empire? It was a vision of a glorious future. When that vision of invincibility was punctured, what was left was the Church. And the Church’s vision of the future was Hell fire and Brimstone. Pain in this life was the only way to achieve bliss in the next. (OK, the church also planted the seeds of it’s own destruction. Spectacular story, you’ll have to read my blog…) And it was only the lifting of that veil that brought about the end to the dark ages.
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    The dark ages were caused by “Fear Itself.” Churchill was right to quote FDR when he said “The only thing we have to fear is Fear itself!”
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    Back to the former: Young liberal heart… Truth be told. I’m ok with this. I’m ok with the idea that the implied contrapositive is the case, that if I’m liberal and old then I have no brains. To be honest with you and with me I would trade brains for the bliss of ignorance every day of the week! I would rather be optimistic, and imaginative, and unafraid, and cocksure, and dead effing wrong than “Old”. I have lived my life by the words of My Generation, I hope I die before I get old! (old in the head)
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    But it is important to remember that that’s just you. When you hear someone who is railing about how they want to go back to something, understand what they are saying; “The future is the unknown, the unknown if a progression of the present is a very scary place. I don’t want to go there!” And have some empathy for the speaker. We all have that common ground.
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    And here is something that the conservatives know they know even though they may not know it. You know how “they” say “Well, he wasn’t a ‘REAL’ ___[insert group, eg Christian, Republican, Liberal]?” Well the same thing happens reverse chronologically. “We need to get back to before the Great Society.” Becomes “….before The New Deal.” to “…before, when there was Lassez faire!” becomes " …to the original intent of The Constitution" etc etc.
    The reason for that is because even the most conservative (perhaps the more the conservative, the more they actually recognize this) the more the realize that “the good old days” weren’t really that good anyway! So the one’s before them were the good ones, oops, the ones before THEM
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    Common Ground people.
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    Find someone(s) that you can discuss with, and discuss with them. No need to be in every single spit and spat. There have been (and are currently) many posters here that are just looking for someone to have a spirited debate with. Yeah, sometimes it’s just a graffiti wall, don’t hold graffiti against the guy. But if the guy is just graffiti, then just let it go. It’s like stopping to lecture the homeless, they am what they am, you can help, but yelling “GET A JOB!” is not helping.
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    Seek your own level. If “x” argues at a 3rd grade level, let the other third graders deal. Don’t be a 10th grader taking pride in smacking the snot out of 6th grader! Even if he’s asking for it! You’ll both be better off (“x” may realize that he needs to grow up.)
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    OK that’ll do it. Thanks Clay, good luck.
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    Here’s the follow up quiz:
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    EMO isn’t news, so when you think EMO music but you do think this next guy, then you didn’t die before you got old.
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    The song here expresses my wishes to you all.
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  2. ReasonsVentriloquist commented on Tony Auth 18 days ago

    You haven’t proved “can” yet.
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    But you sure as heck don’t know anything about what you’re talking about. (first clue was 250)

  3. ReasonsVentriloquist commented on Matt Wuerker 18 days ago

    “Well, she was the first lady at the time and the investigation was not carried through. "
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    First lady of what?
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    The state of Arkansas? Whoa, that there, that’s Power! Capital P!
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    I have a friend who was convinced that it was Tyson Chicken giving her the inside scoop!

  4. ReasonsVentriloquist commented on Wit of the World 18 days ago

    BWaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
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    That first one is funny, I don’t care who you are!

  5. ReasonsVentriloquist commented on Dan Wasserman 18 days ago

    “Agree” that would mean there is common ground.
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    But as we have learned from trying to deal with the Red party, you don’t “stand your ground.” You stake a claim then when you’re met ALL THE WAY THERE (forget somewhere in the middle) you move further away.
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    The ACA was us agreeing with the Reds you Snodgrass!
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    There is no commonality to the ground!

  6. ReasonsVentriloquist commented on Faces of the News by Kerry Waghorn 18 days ago

    NYT Obit
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    I feel I owe this some commentary.
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    I have nothing nice to say about this man.
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    Sooooooooo…. pppt…….hmmmm hhmmm hmmmmm…

  7. ReasonsVentriloquist commented on Chan Lowe 18 days ago

    I don’t want to pick nits, but, I think you spelled Bubblehead wrong.

  8. ReasonsVentriloquist commented on Clay Jones 18 days ago

    You bring up a good point.
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    What do we do? Put this lady in jail because of decisions made before she got there?
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    OTOH that would make the search for a new CEO like a reverse of the game of musical chairs.
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    Potentials would circle the company looking to see what liabilities there were that might come up and bite them on the snowy white!
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    Then when Joe Joe the CEO said “No!” the stock would crater because the market would figure Joe saw something! The other candidates would look at each other wondering if they should stay or should they go!
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  9. ReasonsVentriloquist commented on Clay Jones 18 days ago

    “Peaking?” I’m just getting warmed up!

  10. ReasonsVentriloquist commented on Glenn McCoy 18 days ago

    I deleted it.
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    Whatever, wraithkin.
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    You and wbr can go talk to each other