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  1. hmofo813 GoComics Pro Member commented on Jeff Danziger about 9 hours ago

    1. As someone who’s lived in Missouri over half my life, I can tell you that some people here think of it as southern and some people don’t. St. Louis, where I live now, has been called “the city of Northern charm and Southern efficiency.” It has both northern and southern flavors of racism. But what would I know about it?
    2. You seem to believe the cop’s account. That’s pretty credulous. He’s known to have lied, if nothing else, by his self-contradictory statements.

  2. hmofo813 GoComics Pro Member commented on Tom Toles about 9 hours ago

    Actually, audio from his radio indicates that Wilson knew about an alleged altercation — but there was no robbery; nobody working at the convenience store ever reported a robbery, or so they told the media. Strangely, the Ferguson PD said that Wilson didn’t know about any incident at the time. So either they lied then (about a week after the shooting) or later manufactured fake audio.

  3. hmofo813 GoComics Pro Member commented on Tom Toles about 9 hours ago

    Incredible. It seems that half the country are just blindly accepting the cop’s account, which, by the way, has so many internal contradictions that at least some of it has to be perjurous. It is a fact that all six known witnesses in the weeks between the shooting and the GJ agreed that that is not at all what happened, that the victim was assaulted by the cop — his head dragged through the patrol car window. Maybe one, even two witnesses might have recanted, but not all of them, no way. And witnesses on the cop’s side? Who are they and where did they come from? Nobody ever heard of them before the GJ announcement. Based on the trustworthy accounts, anything the victim did was justified as self-defense; he was fleeing for his life. Not shooting at someone whose hands were in the air from 150 feet away. One thing is certain: the cop is a gigantic coward.

  4. hmofo813 GoComics Pro Member commented on FoxTrot Classics 15 days ago

    In Genesis, Adam & Eve have free will (otherwise it wouldn’t have been possible for them to disobey their orders) and they’re punished for using it. That’s the basis of the whole silly view of morality as understood by Abrahamic religions.

  5. hmofo813 GoComics Pro Member commented on Tom Toles about 1 month ago

    If, in saying “we have the highest tax rates in the world,” you mean the US, you are mistaken, misinformed, or lying. The U.S. has among the lowest tax rates in the industrialized world.

  6. hmofo813 GoComics Pro Member commented on Pearls Before Swine about 1 month ago

    Douglas Adams wasn’t advocating that as a philosophy. He was making fun of a system where people vote for a lizard to keep the wrong lizard from getting in, instead of maybe voting for a person. It’s metaphor, see? Politicians have about as much in common with us as lizards do, right? Arthur doesn’t understand a democracy where the people are people and the elected leaders are lizards, even though that’s just like most Western democracies on Earth.

  7. hmofo813 GoComics Pro Member commented on Pearls Before Swine 3 months ago

    So what? It’s still wrong. Corporations are not persons and have no right to spend money in politics, period. The CItizens United and McCutcheon decisions are proof of a court majority that is so ideologically biased as to be incompetent. No person operating rationally could buy they were making.

  8. hmofo813 GoComics Pro Member commented on Ted Rall 4 months ago

    Obviously both are wrong if they say anything like that. Irrespective of correlation or causation, the idea that people don’t knowingly do useless, indeed harmful, things over and over again is contrary to everything we observe about people. And I don’t keep up on such things, so I may be confusing one charlatan with another, but wasn’t Skinner discredited by the establishment decades ago?

  9. hmofo813 GoComics Pro Member commented on Ted Rall 4 months ago

    I can’t imgine where you get the weird notion that “[b]ehavior that has utility is repeated. [b]ehavior that has no utility is reduced.” You must not know very many humans beings. Human history and the life experience of everyone I’ve ever known have been composed almost entirely of counterexamples.

    And torture has almost never been useful for getting to meaningful information, only for getting confessions when it didn’t matter to the torturers whether the person who confessed was guilty or not as long as someone confessed. One reason people keep doing it even though they know it is of no other practical utility is that it’s apparently a lot of fun for some people. Cavemen, apparently, as you yourself note.

    A friend of mine who worked in military counterintelligence in Europe after the war once told me that the US got many times more information without ever using torture than anyone else who did (e.g. the French). It was readily understood at the time that all you get by torturing people was whatever they thought you wanted to hear. Just as it was during the Inquisition.

    And the effectiveness of torture should be a completely moot point to any person who is aware that it is morally impermissible beyond any debate. I do not believe that you are such a person.

  10. hmofo813 GoComics Pro Member commented on Ted Rall 4 months ago

    US law prohibiting torture is written in such a way as to place Mr. Obama and his Justice Dept. in clear violation of law by his refusal to prosecute Mr. Bush and others in his administration. Given this, along with the Obama administration’s own torture, his murder-by-drone of US citizens, and his illegal mass surveillance of US citizens, there are enough high crimes and misdemeanors for several counts of impeachment.