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  1. Toby Bartels commented on Tom the Dancing Bug about 19 hours ago

    Which terrorists did Saddam support? Himself, for one; he directed terrorist activities against Kurds in Iraq. If you don’t want to count state actors as terrorists for some reason, he also sent pensions to the families of suicide bombers in Palestine. (In the same programme, he sent pensions to the families of Palestinian victims of Israeli terror, so that’s anti-terrorist. But now you have to count state actors as terrorists.)

    Saddam also had and used WMDs (chemical and biological), although they were long gone by the time of the Bush invasion.

  2. Toby Bartels commented on Tom the Dancing Bug 4 days ago

    I think that I understand. To me, liberty is a beautiful thing, opening up possibilities for everybody; to you, it is something to be feared, merely an opportunity for the strong to prey upon the weak. And Heinlein is the libertarian who really does want the strong to prey upon the weak, so he makes sense to you, while he looks crazy to me.

    But Ayn Rand is worse, surely we agree about that?

  3. Toby Bartels commented on Tom the Dancing Bug 6 days ago

    Yes, Heinlein changed his views over time, and from all that I’ve heard, was very nice in person. But his visions of government always leave a bad taste in the mouth of this libertarian.

  4. Toby Bartels commented on Tom the Dancing Bug 7 days ago

    Since we’re quoting Heinlein, let’s get some context for that quote:

    ‘Well, in the first place an armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization. That’s a personal evaluation only. But gunfighting has a strong biological use. We do not have enough things to kill off the weak and the stupid these days. But to stay alive as an armed citizen a man has to be either quick with his wits or with his hands, preferably both. It’s a good thing.’

    That’s the fullest version on Wikiquote. I haven’t verified it; it’s from a story that I haven’t read. But it sounds like Heinlein, especially the contempt for the weak and stupid. The guy was basically a fascist posing as an anarchist.

  5. Toby Bartels commented on Tom the Dancing Bug 8 days ago

    Well, you have to look at a group that’s really interested in defending people’s rights instead of simply building a lobbying organization. Here’s one example: https://www.saf.org/saf-ccrkba-call-for-independent-probe-of-fatal-shooting-of-legally-armed-citizen/. Pretty straightforward, but more that the NRA can come up with when a gun owner is the victim instead of the perp.

    Of course, the perp WAS a gun owner: the cop. But cops’ guns are invisible to society. The anti-gun crowd wants to get guns off of the streets, except for cops’ guns. A cop having a bad day may freak out and kill people when they see a gun, other than their own. If cops didn’t have guns, then everybody else would be a lot safer.

  6. Toby Bartels commented on Super-Fun-Pak Comix 10 days ago

    You killed seven titans with one blow? I’ll give you half my kingdom and the princess’s hand in marriage if you can get rid of some troublesome titans for me!

  7. Toby Bartels commented on Super-Fun-Pak Comix 20 days ago

    But the Budweiser frogs are from a decade before InBev bought Anheiser-Busch.

  8. Toby Bartels commented on Super-Fun-Pak Comix 24 days ago

    Which little creatures? dead cats?

  9. Toby Bartels commented on Super-Fun-Pak Comix about 1 month ago

    Just base your opinion on the waffle iron’s reaction. That’s what I do.

  10. Toby Bartels commented on Tom the Dancing Bug about 1 month ago

    It’s people! You’ve gotta tell them, libsmasher! The root of the problem is people!