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Jun 25, 2015 BarrytheD commented on Supreme Court: Awaiting Decisions on Marriage and Obamacare.
Dan: " But a part of me kindasorta wishes SCOTUS had destroyed/scrapped/gutted Obamacare."

In a world where that would lead to progressive results, I'd agree.

In our world, I don't.
Jan 9, 2015 BarrytheD commented on Mitt Romney Reportedly Just Told Supporters He's "Considering a Run" for President in 2016.
It's really, really funny when:

1) A whackjob whose tolerated on right-wing insanity shows decides to take his/her insanity into the campaign (Cain, Bachmann, Newt, West, etc.).

2) A grifter decides to take his/her grift into the campaign (Cain, Bachmann, Newt, West, etc.).

3) A really rich person decides that a presidential campaign is an affordable luxury good (Mitt).
Aug 18, 2014 BarrytheD commented on Ron Paul Is the Best Actor in the Atlas Shrugged: Part III Trailer.
And that's with a magical source of energy.
Jul 23, 2014 BarrytheD commented on Me and You and Boeing and Everyone We Know.
"Self-help is the ruling ethic of this entrepreneurial rationality. You must help yourself, make yourself more adaptable, never rest on your laurels, and accept at all times the ruling importance of being competitive. This is why Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner did not get laughed out of town after his ridiculous speech, and got instead a sympathetic write-up in the Seattle Times. You and I are like Boeing. We are all enterprises. This is the way of our world. recommended"

Or, more simply and plausibly, the Seattle Times is a br*thel, and the CEO of Boeing is a rich client. He/She will get serviced.
Jun 9, 2014 BarrytheD commented on A Word on Thomas Piketty and Kindle.
It's the old 'walking backwards slowly' trick:

1) It's wrong!
2) Something in it somewhere is wrong, so discard the whole thing!
3) It's irrelevant!
4) Nothing can be done!
5) Look, people aren't reading it!
6) The wrong people are reading it!
And so on.
Apr 17, 2014 BarrytheD commented on Lawyer Who Argued Against Gay Marriage Before the Supreme Court Says His Position Is "Evolving," Now That His Daughter Is Marrying a Woman.
Somebody coined the term 'Miss America empathy' for stuff like this. Every contestant in the Miss America pageant has one pert charitable cause, such as 'child literacy' or 'foster care' or 'prevention of cruelty to animals' (note - politically correct causes only; no contestant can have 'reduce income inequality' or 'end mandatory minimums').

Similarly, every right-wing politician/apparatchnik can have one deviation from right-wing cruelty. Only one, and it's got to be personally justified. Examples are the Rep who started supporting better mental health care after his schizophrenic son committed suicide; or the Rep who supported more physical therapy being covered after he had a stroke and went through therapy (realizing just how many sessions it took before he even started to make progress).

In this case, the guy's child came out, and so the guy is taking his one waiver.
Apr 7, 2014 BarrytheD commented on The Percentage of Americans Who Worry "A Great Deal" About Climate Change.
Tribal loyalties (see evolution for an example), plus an increasingly sophisticated right-wing fraud industry.
Jun 12, 2013 BarrytheD commented on Representative Peter King Calls for Glenn Greenwald to Be Prosecuted.
"In Peter King's world, would Woodward and Bernstein been arrested for poking around in confidential White House business?"

Yes. And when I look at the number of alleged journalists who are ranting about this leak, if W&B had a modern-day jury of their peer journalists, they'd be convicted without the prosecution even presenting a case.
Sep 14, 2011 BarrytheD commented on Chinese Man Donates His Skin to Burned Daughter.
This story sounds odd. I'd think that general anesthesia would be a minor part of the costs of performing a skin graft.
Sep 1, 2011 BarrytheD commented on Why Our Moment Is Post-Neoliberal.
KittenKoder: "We have never seen true capitalism, not in anyone's lifetime who lives today, and many generations before us."…