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Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:

My Camille Paglia quote from above was done from memory and, thus, was nowhere near as nuanced as what she actually said:

Interesting. I've heard that Paglia is sometimes considered controversial among feminists, I wonder if it's because she gets icky class issues on her politics?

Good point, though, that hadn't occurred to me before.

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:


Columbus Day arbitrarily renamed by Socialist Seattle

You rabble-rousing Red! Now I've got a site in my browser history where the top 'Read next:' link is an article about whether Michelle Obama was born a man. I think I lost more than one of my precious few IQ points just looking at that article.

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knightnday wrote:


Oh no doubt the person deleted knows. My direction was more towards the other bad little boys and girls out there. :)

Thank you for responding Chris and for all your hard work.

Does the 'deletee' get a message that their post was removed? I don't normally look at old posts.

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ShadowcatX wrote:

Would you equally object to a doctor giving someone who was bleeding out (say from trauma) a transfusion if they had a braclet saying they opted not to take another individual's blood for religious reasons? We'll even say the person is unconscious so you can't simply ask them.

Eta: Or, to avoid the religious topic assume they are under the influence and cannot consent to a life saving, emergency, procedure.

Presumably they were of sound mind when getting the bracelet.

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JohnLocke wrote:
Vlad Koroboff wrote:
JohnLocke wrote:


As for the wreckage of MH 17 - I wasn't aware we had so many experts in our midst!

I'm no expert,but in Soviet Russia either you obtained military degree in college,or you were drafted.As a private.

You do sound knowledgeable, my friend. I was just surprised Jeff and Gallo would grace us with their considerable knowledge in this field, as well.

I won't speak to the politics of who may have fired the missile, but it doesn't take much expertise to notice that Vlad is contradicting himself in different posts and at least once in the same post. It was that bit about how the large warhead wasn't large enough, so the missile must have been a smaller one with the same type of warhead.

There's also the 'it was like an AA-9' and 'it couldn't have been an AA-9' with just twelve hours between the posts.

I just saw a new post where he's claiming that the ~2kg warhead on an AA-11 was the only thing powerful enough to do the job, and that the ~70kg or ~50kg warheads on the other missiles would be too weak.

Does that sound plausible?

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

I haven't really been paying attention to what you guys have been arguing about, but a new Jacobin piece came across my FB feed that isn't exactly on topic, but goblins have short attention spans:

Timothy Snyder's Lies

I haven't actually, you know, read it yet, but I like the pictures.

My favorite thing! I get to say, "You are wrong, you horrible green person!"

... It actually is on topic. So... Thanks.

It's more towards the end of the article, which is more interesting in any event. Apparently this Snyder guy is involved in a lot of the propaganda against Russia. It is NOT REASSURING at all to read the excerpts from his book and then think that people might be listening to him.

Also, whatever one's politics, that first picture is amazing.

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Vlad Koroboff wrote:


I am seriously suggesting that damage from the blast wave looks differently than described.It not "multiple high-energy penetrators",it's "ENTIRE nose of the plane crushed to pulp in the blink of an eye from a single,powerful blast,oh,and maybe there were some shrapnel".
Should i really describe difference between piercing and bludgeoning damage on THESE forums?
Gods...

I honestly can never tell when you are joking, but just in case, it turns out that when large objects break apart in midair, fall approximately 10,000 meters, and slam into the ground.... They take some bludgeoning damage.

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Angstspawn wrote:


And you, what were you doing in the 90s? Selling the remains of your country to buy used shoes from West?

Dude, he's from Canada.

Vlad is the one from Russia.

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Vlad Koroboff wrote:
Usagi Yojimbo wrote:
Add a few shanty homes and

you will have lots of dead bodies after first winter.Russia and shanty homes don't match well.

Didn't say that it was a *good* idea. :)

Besides, some of the folks from that thread would say that the shanty-dwellers should generate heat by pulling harder on their bootstraps!

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Vlad Koroboff wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

hunger which, of course, isn't anything like starvation.

You see,comrade,in Soviet Russia land belonged not to wealthy landowners,but to the people.Which,among other things,translated to ability of average citizens to claim about a thousand of square meters of land for themselves.

And because they were able,they did so.
This translates to situation where most families in the country are owning land with substantial ability to produce their own food.So no hunger!:)
Mine's also have old WW2 command post.

Wait, really? Where are AndrewR and dingo? Add a few shanty homes and this was their prescription for ending homelessness and hunger.

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:


For the record, I also don't have a mobile phone even though the comrades keep telling me to get one. Apparently, it's easier to plan picket lines and paper sales with one. I prefer e-mail.

You should get one, we ...I mean they, totally won't use it to track you come the revolution!

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Pan wrote:
Peter Stewart wrote:
Pan wrote:
Peter Stewart wrote:
I really enjoyed Luther, and especially episodes with Alice. I felt like her dynamic with him really made the show.

Agreed I finished the series last night.

I really hope they make a feature length film as rumored.

Looks like they are, but it'll be before Alice entered the show, which is disappointing. They've been talking about an Alice spin-off though, which I'd totally watch.
Oh thats no good why would they go without Alice?

No Alice!?! That's horrible!

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

I don't know. Off the top of my head, Comrade BeeNee, but if I were to guess, I'd guess Chicago around the time of the failed attempt to march to Cicero where King gave up and SNCC got attacked by brick-wielding Nazis. It's just a guess, though.

There was an American Nazi party all through the sixties led by a guy very awesomely named George Lincoln Rockwell.

Google doesn't show anything for that phrase. Maybe someone with the original image could do an image search.

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Krensky wrote:


Like I said, it can cut both ways...

The incident you described is, to me, less a lesson in the inherent danger of the the military in police operations and much more a lesson in the danger of mixing forces with disparate training and tactics...

I wasn't clear, I didn't intend to disagree with you. Wanted an excuse to share that quote.

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Krensky wrote:


The danger of using the National Guard these days is that they really aren't weekend reserve soldiers any more. Most of them are relatively battle hardened veterans of urban asymetrical warfare. This can cut both ways.

"Police officers responded to a domestic dispute, accompanied by marines. They had just gone up to the door when two shotgun birdshot rounds were fired through the door, hitting the officers. One yelled `cover me!' to the marines, who then laid down a heavy base of fire. . . . The police officer had not meant `shoot' when he yelled `cover me' to the marines. [He] meant . . . point your weapons and be prepared to respond if necessary. However, the marines responded instantly in the precise way they had been trained, where `cover me' means provide me with cover using firepower. . . . over two hundred bullets [were] fired into that house."[1]

From an essay on the 1992 riots in LA.

On the other hand, I've seen comments and tweets from military folks along the lines of "why are they pointing sniper rifles into the crowd?", which suggests that they might have better training for this.

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Angstspawn wrote:
Sissyl wrote:
Violence breeds violence? Wow, that's just so ridiculous. I mean, talk about obviously false!
So, what's your explanation?

I feel safe in asserting that Sissyl's post had an implied 'sarcasm' tag.

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Usagi Yojimbo wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

The Britishiznoids had successful revolutions in the 1640s and again in the 1680s, although I prefer the former.

I'd think someone who claims to speak for the entire continent of Europe would know that.

Also 1745 and 1916!
Edited for the Japanese bunny. (It's weird, if I'm not looking at your avatar, Usagi-san, I always picture the character and when I look at your avatar--Roy, right?--I get disappointed.)

No bunnies for avatars. :( Yes, that's Roy.

"when I look at your avatar"... "I get disappointed"

Watch it, you little green commie!

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thejeff wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:

Actually, calling it military gear isn't fair.

The geneva convention won't let you use tear gas on enemy troops. Your own citizens is fine though.

I've seen a number of quotes from Iraq war veterans saying the cops looked better equipped than they were.

Plus at least one quote from a veteran of the peacekeeping mission in Bosnia.

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:


It doesn't matter, though. I don't put preconditions of political correctness on nations exercising their right to self-determination, or, in this case, limited self-rule.

But Anklebiter, if you do that, they might make the WRONG determination.

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

The Britishiznoids had a revolution in the 1640s and again in the 1680s, although I prefer the former.

I'd think someone who claims to speak for the entire continent of Europe would know that.

Also 1745 and 1916!

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There appears to be good news: they have pulled (one of the?) the outside department(s) that was helping. The replacement commander is a state trooper captain who is walking around without a flak jacket and is actually talking to protestors.

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Aelryinth wrote:


229: Heinlein's Battlefield Earth:

Bite your tongue! L. Ron Hubbard.

Aelryinth wrote:


231: The moment in Firefly when they are threatened with destruction by the Federation fleet, and then the whole mass of Ravers comes out of the nebulae behind them...

Wouldn't have posted just for this, but as long as I'm here and already being a je...

...pedant-

"Alliance"
"Serenity"
"nebula"

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Pan wrote:
Damon Griffin wrote:


Robert Downey, Jr. as Londo
Scarlett Johanssen as Ivanova
Bruce Willis as Garibaldi
I'd...see this.

Not sure about the first one, but Johanssen would be fun as Ivanova and Willis would be *wonderful* as Garibaldi. :)

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Well, the other sectarian commies have been outmanuvering us on the left--

** spoiler omitted **

--but, thankfully, Ambassador Dermer might restore our leftist credentials:

Ambassador of Israel to US says Seattle's Kshama Sawant will have to retract statements

I misinterpreted that title, I thought he was demanding a retraction, he actually meant that she would be proven wrong and would then need to retract.

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KSF wrote:


I was having a reaction very similar to your sister's last night. It really knocked me down and had me crying. His work meant a lot to a lot of people, self included. Add in the sadness of the details of his death (to the extent that we know them), and thinking about the joyfulness and light he could bring, even just his smile, being extinguished, and I don't think it's surprising, the reaction this has been receiving.

"Me too" for a lot of this. I try to avoid paying attention to celebrities, but Williams was special in many ways.

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

He plays "Dryden" in Lawrence of Arabia who is an amalgam of a bunch of Britishiznoid imperialist-types, including, according to wikipedia, Colonel Sykes.

Mostly, though, he just retreads the amoral Captain Renault cynicism.

Movie time!!!

Wow! Capitain Renault got old. Probably from having to deal with "a savage people... A silly people!"

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
-and would give Claude Rains another memorable role-

Wait, really? Which one? I only really know him from Casablanca.

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So this guy is driving in Northern Ireland a while back, and he's stopped by a bunch of men wearing balaclavas at a roadblock who drag him out of his car. They hold a gun to his head and ask "Are you a Catholic or a Protestant?" He says, "I'm an atheist!" and thinks he's going to be safe.

They think about it for a moment and say, "Sure, but are you a Catholic atheist, or a Protestant atheist?"

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

The author, btw, is the husband of Ambassador "F%** the EU, we call the shots around here" Nuland,

Also, Usagi-san, there's a joke for you over in the Intro to Comparative Religion thread.

A) AAAARRRGGGHHH!!!!!!!! Great. Just what we need more of.

B) Funny, until it reminded me of the "joke" about the Troubles in Ireland...

No, never mind, I'll post it over there. OTD can handle black humor.

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Vlad Koroboff wrote:

I heard they gradually transform their military into near-best in EU...but that's basically the same,because they have no enemies to defend FROM.

So Iraq,Afghan....err....Ukraine?Whatever is USA's enemy of the day.

This is one of those times where I can't tell if you are serious. They would say they are getting ready to defend themselves from a large, aggressive country to their east which has invaded them many times in their history.

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:


Anyway, it did point me in the direction of Mr. Nuland's relatively recent article in The Atlantic, In Defense of Empire.

Should be a good read.

Huh. "A measure of equality"? "America should intervene around the world to improve it, while avoiding entanglement"?

The author appears to be somewhat confused. Though bonus points for admitting that he was cribbing from "White Man's Burden".

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ShadowcatX wrote:

So I will ask again, in as clear a language as I can.

If the Palestinians have a right to kill Israelis, as you say they do, do the Israelis have a right to kill Palestinians that are trying to kill them?

So, you realize that we can *see* his post, right? The one where he specifically answered this question and explained his answer? Why are you asking again?

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Bigdaddyjug wrote:
If a player invests a lot of resources into knowledge checks it's because he wants to make them when they come up. He's not going to be upset if there's another character that can help make sure that happens.

That opinion speaks well of you, but I think you'll find that people can sometimes be unhappy if someone else solves all of the tasks that they thought they were needed for. :)

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blackbloodtroll wrote:
Rudy2 wrote:
blackbloodtroll wrote:

I was correct.

There are still ways to use Bluff for Dayjob rolls, through Vanities.

Just a minor note that you wouldn't be able to get the +4 to bluff though, since that's a temporary bonus.

Yes. I already stated the ability was not viable with Day Job rolls.

Earlier:

blackbloodtroll wrote:

Huh. Most PFS Judges I have met are actually happy to see players get high Day Job rolls.

Although, I still don't see this as unusable with that check.

This is what has people confused. Perhaps you meant, "...don't see this as usable with..."?

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:


Alright, Mizrahim are another name for Sephardim, Druze are those dudes who trace themselves from Moses's uncle or something, who the hell are the Hardeim?!?

What we would call Ultra-Orthodox.

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Legion Janus wrote:


Though, if you want to be technical, World War 3 already happened. It happened in the 1940s. World War 1 is known as the French and Indian War.

No one in the rest of the world calls it that, the North American theatre was a sideshow to what was happening in Europe.

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Interesting article for the "no faction of the Palestinians wants to work with Israel" crowd to consider:

Operation Protective Edge: Reading between the lines

It was surprising to see how quickly they were able to set up an operation to arrest hundreds of people, including many of the ones who were just released in the prisoner swap. That is a lot of people to track.

It seems likely Netanyahu had the plan ready and waiting.

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Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:


I think this is the start of my attempt at Dalit Liberation threadjacking. There might be a few entries from before.

I've never heard of that Sacco book, Usagi-san, I'll certainly keep an eye out for it.

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.

I'm not sure I can read more along those lines. The Sacco story was enough to make me want to punch someone.

Journalism

Found it - I hadn't realized, but he's the same guy who did Safe Area Gorazde and Palestine.

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Usagi Yojimbo wrote:
Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
NYT: Arundhati Roy, the Not-So-Reluctant Renegade
I am only half way through, but I think I am in love.
She's a badass! Loved the quote from the Life Of Brian used to diffuse factionalism.

Damn editing window! Defuse factionalism, not diffuse. Doh.

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Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:


Some weird site that wouldn't load while I was waiting, but the article has a pretty interesting title: Why Dalit Radicals Don't Want Arundhati Roy to Write About Ambedkar

Haven't read all the others, by that's worth a glance, if only to prove that people everywhere are willing to condemn books they haven't even read. Has a link to Ambedkar's original essay that started(?) the argument with Gandhi.

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Thomas Long 175 wrote:


Squirrel_Dude wrote:
What is he playing?
A blaster wizard. Though mostly he just uses magic missiles. I think I've seen him cast a scorching ray once.

I think we have found the problem.

Regarding your character, I wouldn't stress that it is a 'legal' character, even though it is, I'd point out that it is well made, but not hugely optimized.

Though truthfully, I might not even want to get into it that much. Dude needs to learn to deal.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:

the converse converse *chases own tail* is that the Palestinians have to deal with much deadlier rocket fire AND live in a blighted hellhole that makes Detroit look swanky by comparison.

I'm not disagreeing with you. See "no simple solutions".

Besides, I wanted to seize the opportunity to agree with the previous poster, it happens less than a blue moon.

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ShadowcatX wrote:
Mark Sweetman wrote:
Situation for civilians in Gaza at present

So if rockets, launched from Pakistan damage the ability of Pakistan to receive electricity, it is Israel's obligation to fix it immediately. Yup, that's totally fair.

I wonder how many people in this thread would hold the same ideals if the government raised their taxes by 50 or so percent to pay for things for in Mexico.

Pretty sure that the Pakistanis have not started launching on Israel.

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Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
NYT: Arundhati Roy, the Not-So-Reluctant Renegade
I am only half way through, but I think I am in love.

She's a badass! Loved the quote from the Life Of Brian used to diffuse factionalism.

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Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
NYT: Arundhati Roy, the Not-So-Reluctant Renegade
I am only half way through, but I think I am in love.

I'll read the Blatant Commie Propaganda shortly, but in the meantime, have you read Joe Sacco's story about the Dalits of Kushinagar? Caste and poverty. They appear to have left feudalism behind maybe ten minutes ago. The theoretical free market there doesn't seem to be working for them, I'd be interested in what Trots would say.

"The extraordinarily successful French magazine XXI is the publishing industry’s greatest champion of comics reportage. It has regularly sent cartoonists out into the world and given them a good deal of magazine space. Editor Patrick de Saint-Exupery, a seasoned journalist himself, was open to any idea I had and supportive at every step of the way. The author Pankaj Mishra passed me along to Indian journalist Piyush Srivastava, who suggested I visit Kushinagar and who graciously agreed to be my guide. We met in Lucknow, where he is based, and drove for a day to reach the district, where many of the dalits—“untouchables”—are experiencing not just abject poverty but real hunger. After three visits to the same hamlet, Piyush and I were essentially chased out of the area by higher caste individuals who did not like us snooping around. We decided to visit other villages, but briefly, for no more than a couple hours each, to avoid the same result..."

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Andrew R wrote:


how can second class "citizens" locked in what amounts to concentration camps find peace with people that mistreat them daily?

:/

Hard to argue with. The converse of course is that people shouldn't have to live under threat of rocket fire every day. There don't seem to be any simple solutions.

(Edit to fix quote formatting)

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Usagi Yojimbo wrote:
Huh. Asserts that he was the patron saint if the status quo but doesn't say anything about how that is meant or why the author is upset with him. That's kind of a crappy article.

Really? I thought it was clear as day: his acceptance of the caste system. Even says so in the subheading.

Also, that's Roy, again, in an essay calling Gandhi the patron saint, etc., not the article writer.

That being said, the headline does indicate that it's going to be more about what Roy said. Even The Hindu piece they link to only has a few paragraphs.

It's got the accusation, but no supporting information or links thereunto (is that a word?). Would have liked to know what he said or did along those lines.

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Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:

Oh, a necromantized gender politics thread? What could it be about? Hobby Lobby? The Massachusetts buffer zone law?

Nope, another article on dalits that caught my eye.

Arundhati Roy accuses Mahatma Gandhi of discrimination

Huh. Asserts that he was the patron saint if the status quo but doesn't say anything about how that is meant or why the author is upset with him. That's kind of a crappy article.

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Dennis Harry wrote:

Pepe Escobar column on the subject.

Pepe has been a bit too pro Putin lately for my tastes but the article raises some interesting points I have not seen anywhere else.

Based on that article he's basically a version of Glen Beck flipped from right to left on the political spectrum. Guy's writing makes my brain hurt.

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Lord Snow wrote:
Quote:
I don't think israel cares. Even IF they needed america (i don;'t think they do at this point), in Americans eyes, the palastinians are muslims and therefore terrorists*. No one will side with them: its political suicide.
Well, Israel does care and I know that for a fact...

Thank you, that was interesting.

I think we need to replace 'Israel' above with Netanyahu. I don't believe that he cares, he appears to be satisfied with trying to push the status quo as far as possible while letting the conflict simmer.

In a lot of ways, he appears to be your version of Dick Cheney.

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