- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
"We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963
Pointing to the Aloha Airlines Convertible accident, in which the top of the plane ripped off, and killed only one unsecured stewardess, doesn't sway them.
But if the idiots are pointed to the Myth Busters episode where they try to create explosive decompression, the idiot gun grabbers shut up and go away for a while.
I say Myth Busters is essential anti-idiot medicine. PBS never did anything as useful as that.
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Spending is brought inside the Constitution. And that means cutting everything we can cut when we can cut it, if it's dangling outside the protection of the Constitution.
That we also must explore spending inside the Constitution and cut that as well, goes without saying. But there's no point in whining about the big unconstitutional stuff, like social security, education, welfare, and Obamacare, if you're not willing to cut the little stuff.
The military budget is mostly Constitutional and requires a different approach. It requires that the public elect presidents who will use the military to serve only America's interests, not their own short-sighted political needs. In a word, it requires a mature public. A mature public won't whine for NPR, if they want it, they'll contribute their own money for it.Cut NPR, do it. THen what? Are we really any closer? Are we going to say "well we cut NPR, so I guess we can go after the military now"?
But other than that, yes, cutting NPR successfully allows those with the itty-bitty nose-hair clippers to buy something bigger, like toe-nail clippers, and maybe, eventually, they'll be able to afford a 125 horsepower self-propelled motorized hedge row trimmer or maybe even a genuine corn harvester to trim the federal budget.
but all they have right now are nose hair trimmers.
This is so sad. Mayor Snorkum knows from your posts that you do possess the ability to present logical arguments. Why are you not doing so now?This is a retarded deflection topic and nothing moe, i takes focus away from where it should be. And even if you cut NPR...so what? You think that money will be saved? You didn't change any dynamics, you didn't restrict government. They'll just spend that money elsewhere.
Seriously, if you want to gain control of the government, you have to use your brain! We can not let the government play our collective ADD against us anymore. We have to focus, we have to pay attention, we must refuse to be taken in by deflection topics. Otherwise, you're pissing in the wind. You're just going to spin your wheels, get us nowhere other than further in debt. Learn to think![/QUOTE]
And they built a 'rocket,' which any idiot knew wouldn't fly, to try to reproduce a claim that a guy blasted himself up high and landed safely a couple hundred years ago, or some such nonsense. So, they wanted to bust an event that couldn't have happened anyway. But it was sensational!
Do not write in this space!
NPR may recieve tax payer money, but if I want cable, I am also forced to subsidize dozens of other channels I will never watch.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville