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Posts by Zeddicus

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  • BOOM! Patriotís QB Tom Brady and Coach Belichick ENDORSE TRUMP (VIDEO)

    11/07/2016 6:54:40 PM PST · 37 of 88
    Zeddicus to King Moonracer

    FWIW, I’m a masshole, already voted for Trump last week in early voting.

  • FLORIDA SHOCK: TRUMP OUTPERFORMS ROMNEY BY 130,000 IN EARLY VOTING! [Drudge Siren]

    11/07/2016 4:57:45 PM PST · 144 of 154
    Zeddicus to All

    Anecdote, dunno if it indicates anything: my parents are Fl snowbirds; my father votes in Fl. He’s pretty much a Dem all along, despised Bush and voted for Obama both times. This time he is different; he despises Hillary and is fully on board the Trump Train. And also to my surprise, my mother is voting Trump also.

  • Defunding Obamacare - If We Had a Proper Opposition Party

    08/23/2013 6:46:38 AM PDT · 5 of 5
    Zeddicus to mononymous
    We don't. What we do have is a political class comprised of too many traitors.

    Exactly. What we have is a unitary, diffuse monarchy that is much smarter than the general voting population.

    The Democrat/Republican party dichotomy is nothing but an illusion, intentionally manipulated by a united political ruling class to split the public and keep them arguing over simplistic, divisive social issues.

    "Conservatives" who vote for Republican candidates over issues such as gay marriage and abortion are just as much to blame for the loss of our Republic as are "liberals" who vote for Democrats over issues like gay marriage and abortion.

    We're playing right into their hands, because while NONE of them give a rat's ass about these issues, our squabbling over them keep us distracted from what they are really doing.

  • MSNBC Anchor: 'I Don't Want to Get Bogged Down' with Whether Babies Feel Pain During Abortion

    06/19/2013 4:12:17 AM PDT · 22 of 23
    Zeddicus to Venturer

    Actually, a fetus’ nervous system is mostly developed, with functioning neurotransmitters capable of transmitting perception of pain from the entire body surface (except the back and top of the head) by week 13.5.

    So there is nothing to get “bogged down” in. It’s simple science. A fetus feels pain just after the third month of gestation.

  • Vanity: Romney: As predicted, He Proved to Be the Wrong Man

    11/08/2012 4:59:57 PM PST · 162 of 163
    Zeddicus to bgill
    We haven't had a two party system since at least the middle of W's time and probably since BJ. They're all in bed together.

    Gotta agree with this completely. The Republican party has apparently taken on the role of foil for the Democrats - a minority fall guy to take the blame when the policies that they BOTH secretly support inevitably fail.

    Anyone who supports a mainstream Republican candidate like Romney, however good their intentions, is actually doing just as much, if not more, harm to our nation as those who vote for Obama.

    I finally figured this out in '08 with McCain. I'm still in disbelief that after that debacle, people still actually supported and voted for Romney.

  • Vanity: Romney: As predicted, He Proved to Be the Wrong Man

    11/07/2012 3:36:31 AM PST · 11 of 163
    Zeddicus to xzins
    To this day, I still don't understand how or why Romney got to be the nominee in the first place.

    The gun-grabbing architect of the blueprint for Obamacare, who lost to the guy who lost to Obama the last time? Are you kidding me?!

    I'm sorry, the Republican Party, and this entire country, is hopelessly lost. We're officially at the "brace for impact" stage of things now, and nothing is going to stop it.

  • Vanity: No more excuses It falls ultimately on the nominee for this lose not political shenanigans.

    11/07/2012 2:56:31 AM PST · 8 of 43
    Zeddicus to Lib-Lickers 2
    the elections will be dominated more and more by open border hispanics/people who agree with them and people who want to be taken care of by the government.. good luck with that.

    This. All great civilizations eventually destroy themselves from within. It's an immutable flaw of human nature, and apparently it's our turn now.

  • Is Mitt Becoming More Conservative?

    08/31/2012 4:47:47 AM PDT · 98 of 305
    Zeddicus to Biggirl
    "Mitt is sure is starting to act conservative."

    Keyword: act.

    I see no substance to Mitt's economic policy whatsoever, regardless of what he says in flowery speeches. Let's look at what Mitt's official campaign cite says: How I'll Tackle Spending, Debt

    As is typical, most of this platform position statement is fluff. The real numbers, the money shot, is in the 4th paragraph:

    Any turnaround must begin with clear and realistic goals. By the end of my first term, I will bring federal spending as a share of GDP down from last year’s staggering 24.3 percent to 20 percent or below. This level is in line with the historical average and nears the tax revenue our economy generates when healthy. With economic growth of 4% a year, meeting this goal will require approximately $500 billion of spending cuts in 2016, and that would still allow us to undo the Obama administration’s irresponsible defense cuts.

    This sure sounds good to anyone not really paying attention, but it is riddled with false assumptions and bad math.

    He starts off with 2 accurate numbers: current spending IS running at 24% of GDP, and his 20% target IS in line with the historical average of spending vs. GDP. However, his next statement is a stretch: "This level is in line with the historical average and nears the tax revenue our economy generates when healthy".

    That last bit in bold is the problem. Our tax revenue right now is $2.3 trillion, only 15% of GDP. Granted, the economy is extremely weak, but the 76-year average for revenue is still only 17% of GDP, so he's still off by $450 billion. The only time our revenues hit 20% of GDP in the last 30 years were the 3 years 1998-2000 - the peak of the dot com bubble, which was an aberration not likely to be repeated.

    He also fails to account for the fact that since government spending is a component of GDP, reducing Federal spending will also reduce GDP and will, at least for a short to medium term, reduce revenues further. Not that this is a reason NOT to cut spending, just an accounting fact he ignores.

    Then we go on to another HUGE false assumption, which completely blows his math out of the water: "With economic growth of 4% a year".

    Full stop.

    His numbers, much like Paul Ryan's budget plans, are entirely based on this assumption of sustained 4-5% economic growth. Why is this a problem? Because it's fantasy, and he gives us no clue as to how he's actually going to create this 4% growth.

    Why is it fantasy? You only have to look at the history of the past 30 years. When you subtract out debt expansion, we have had NO net economic growth!

    No net economic growth in 30 years?! Really? Really!

    In 1980, GDP was $2.72 trillion and total outstanding public debt was $0.91 trillion. In 2011, GDP was $15.09 trillion, but public debt swelled to $14.79 trillion! We added $12.37 trillion in GDP at the expense of $13.88 trillion in new debt!

    So no, you can't just go throwing around assumptions like "4% economic growth". The bottom line is, Romney's economic plan is smoke and mirrors and still dependent on continuing to run structural budget deficits forever.

  • The Tea Party **** You. Fire Them

    05/28/2012 5:06:49 AM PDT · 1 of 58
    Zeddicus
    So much for the Tea Party, or any hope of fixing our problems by voting, or the quaint notion that we have a government that represents We The People.
  • Has the Two-Party System Failed?

    04/30/2012 9:50:06 AM PDT · 24 of 84
    Zeddicus to muawiyah

    I agree, but unfortunately there are a lot of fools who will vote for Romney on the lesser-of-two-evils, “Anybody but Obama” idiocy.

    I can only conclude that this country is doomed. Between the servile peasants who want a welfare state and the deluded “conservatives” who think they’re going to get something different with Romney, the rest of us are screwed.

    This country has become two wolves and a sheep voting on what’s for dinner.

  • Has the Two-Party System Failed?

    04/30/2012 9:38:13 AM PDT · 21 of 84
    Zeddicus to RC2
    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. It’s to late to do anything about our two party system before the election. But.....we can take the next four years and revamp the system. Get Obama out of office, change the Congress to be what we want and then pick someone for President that truly represents the interests of this country.

    I think you've got that wrong. We ALREADY HAVE a government that "truly represents the interests of this country"; i.e., we have the government we want and deserve.

    By and large, we would rather have a government that will give us things rather than just protect our liberties (because liberty comes with personal responsibility, and nobody wants that).

    Even many people who call themselves "conservative" are caught up in this conflict of interest. For example: conservatives generally support the personal liberty to smoke cigarettes or drink to excess. However, how many of these protectors of liberty would be willing to pay out of their own pocket for the inevitable health consequences of this behavior (or pay for special insurance that accurately reflect these costs)?

  • Has the Two-Party System Failed?

    04/30/2012 9:18:29 AM PDT · 9 of 84
    Zeddicus to Mozilla

    No, the “two-party” system has NOT failed - it is working perfectly as intended.

    Any self-labeled “conservative” who votes for Romney ought to be ashamed of themselves. You who do this are part of the problem. You may as well just vote for Obama.

  • Here Come the Municipal Bankruptcies - government planning attempts gone bad

    04/23/2012 9:22:49 AM PDT · 6 of 6
    Zeddicus to MichCapCon

    Public employee unions need to banned outright.

    Look at the numbers on these public pensions. Let’s use easy round figures:

    Suppose a cop or firefighter works for 30 years on the job at an average of $30/hr, contributing 6% of gross towards his pension, and retires at 52. $30/hr * 2000 hr/yr * 30 years *0.06 = $108,000 contributed to pension. There is no “investment income” because as we know, pensions are already underfunded.

    Now when he retires, say he draws 80% of his salary for the next 25 years of his retirement. $60,000/yr * 0.08 * 25 years = $1,200,000.

    So the pension fund has to pay out $1.2 million on $108k contribution. The city is in the hole to the tune of ONE MILLION DOLLARS for a single employee, not even counting the lifetime health insurance costs!

    Folks, our “public servants” are robbing us blind.

  • Jim Rob Is Right - But Conservatives HERE Have TWO Jobs To Do!

    04/11/2012 8:44:36 AM PDT · 293 of 346
    Zeddicus to Scythian
    Exactly right Scythian, which is why we will get the government we deserve. By and large, America wants a large, powerful, deficit-spending, wealth-redistributing central government, and to hell with the Constitution. This includes many who call themselves "conservative".

    Can't really blame the politicians. We put them there and gave them the power over the past several decades. We created this new royal class of the professional political elite, and made ourselves their subjects by asking them to take care of us.

  • Jim Rob Is Right - But Conservatives HERE Have TWO Jobs To Do!

    04/11/2012 8:36:18 AM PDT · 292 of 346
    Zeddicus to GOPsterinMA

    Ok, well here is a reason to avoid the “anybody but...” attitude that gave us Obama in the first place.

    Romney supporters seem to understand on some level that Romney isn’t going to actually fix anything - the best you are hoping for is less of the badness we’re currently getting from Obama, with a vague sense of hopefulness about somehow fixing stuff another four years down the road.

    Not gonna happen. Why? Because “less bad” from Romney is still bad enough that we’ll be screwed - we simply cannot go on with endless deficit spending and financial corruption, and Mitt will stop neither.

    It’s still going to fail with a President Romney, only now it will be the Republicans’ fault, guaranteeing another Demonrat win in 2016. No, let the Democrats own this mess. I won’t be part of giving them conservative cover by voting for Obama Lite.

  • Jim Rob Is Right - But Conservatives HERE Have TWO Jobs To Do!

    04/11/2012 6:12:08 AM PDT · 274 of 346
    Zeddicus to gortklattu
    Ok, point-by-point

    Romney wants to redistribute wealth?
    Actually, yes he does. ANY candidate that does not vow an immediate end to federal deficit spending - i.e. no more increases to the debt ceiling - is de facto supporting redistribution of wealth simply because more than 60% of Federal spending is going to social entitlement programs, which are by definition wealth-redistribution mechanisms.

    Furthermore, Romney has already demonstrated wealth-redistribution of his own making - his "universal health care" program here in my home state of MA. This is by definition, redistribution of wealth. So yes, he's a liberal redistributionist. Q.E.D.

    He hates this nation?
    Irrelevant rhetorical question. We cannot ever know what any other man truly loves or hates - we can only measure his actions. Romney's actions define him as a liberal redistributionist.

    He will bow to third world leaders?
    I have not yet seen his pledge to get us on a path towards true energy independence, such as LFTR nuclear plants and coal liquification. In the absence of such a plan, any US leader is therefor forced to bow to third world leaders, as sustaining this source of foreign energy is our military's #1 mission. Q.E.D.

    He’s a marxist?
    He has already demonstrated support of wealth redistribution. "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need" is the core principle of Marxism. What do you think?

    He’s never held a real job?
    Prior job history is irrelevant - what matters is how he would govern. If our President is a liberal redistributionist and governs as such, what possible difference does it make what he did in former employment?

    His wife made $300,000 a year doing nothing? He’s akin to a community organizer?

    Both points are again irrelevant since he's already defined himself through his own actions to be a big-government, liberal redistributionist with no intention to stop deficit spending, unwind the unConstitutional social entitlement programs, or get us onto a path of real energy independence.

  • Jim Rob Is Right - But Conservatives HERE Have TWO Jobs To Do!

    04/11/2012 5:20:07 AM PDT · 263 of 346
    Zeddicus to MARKUSPRIME
    Yep our military will bear the brunt of Obamas another 4 years not to mention NASA. Im really getting sick of the people of this country, we deserve to fail as a nation if people will allow Obama another 4 more years. I dont like Mitt but at this point anything is better than Obama. God help us all if some of you so call conservative vote for Obama.

    I don't recall seeing anyone say they're going to vote for Obama. Actually, a vote for Romney IS a vote for Obama, because they are functionally equivalent and things would not be materially any different under a Romney administration than they are now under Obama. They are both part of the political elite superclass, manipulating us with the illusion of a two-party system.

    Regarding our military - our military complex is part of the problem. It could easily be HALF its current size and still be perfectly able to carry out its Constitutionally-legitimate defensive functions.

  • Jim Rob Is Right - But Conservatives HERE Have TWO Jobs To Do!

    04/11/2012 5:12:20 AM PDT · 259 of 346
    Zeddicus to Antoninus
    It's a description of reality. I will never vote for Obama. I will never vote for Romney. Both of them are really bad for this country and I will not lend my support to either--ever.

    I completely agree. My vote in November will be a third party or write-in protest vote.

    We have three overriding problems in this country (well, the whole western world to be more precise) that are responsible for our political dilemma:

    1. The central power structures of government and finance have been completely taken over by a Political super-class which is a modern interpretation of the absolute power of royalty. Our "two-party" system is a farce used to fool the rest of us into thinking we have a choice in our government. We do not.

    2. After a couple of generations, this political elite has successfully bred a substantial percentage of the population who are perfectly content to live their lives as ignorant subjects (as opposed to citizens) so long as they are "taken care of". This destroys the ability of the remaining free-thinking population to change things via democratic means.

    3. Even the remaining free-thinkers of various "conservative" principles are too deeply divided to form a significant resistance. Half of this conservative superset focuses primarily on religious and socially conservative issues, while the other half focuses on personal liberty and fiscal conservatism. A candidate who appeals to one subset turns off the other.

    I'm sure the collapse of society during the waning days of the Roman Empire wasn't pretty. I guess we'll all get to see what the collapse of this modern Western civilization is going to be like, because I just don't see a popular will to avoid it.

  • OBAMA OR ROMNEY: THE REPUBLIC FAILS EITHER WAY

    04/11/2012 4:26:41 AM PDT · 34 of 113
    Zeddicus to Nateman; All

    this “Anybody but...” mentality is what gave us Obama in the first place. A great many people voted for Obama because he was “Anybody but Bush” and that was as far as their thought processes took them.

    Sorry, I’m not doing the “lesser of two evils” thing because in the end, a Romney presidency will not be materially different than another Obama term. The political class has circled it wagons and has complete control of both parties and every corner of the Federal government.

    Head for the lifeboats or sit and listen to the band play. Either way, the Titanic is going down and nothing can be done now to change that outcome.

  • Santorum Withdrawing - Fox News Radio

    04/11/2012 4:02:47 AM PDT · 101 of 104
    Zeddicus to All
    People disappointed by this announcement need to step back a bit and look at the big picture: none of this matters. The Republican Party is dead, as is the entire global economic structure.

    There was never a chance of winning this Presidential election with a candidate who would alter course, because the Political Class is circling its wagons to ensure its own survival, to hell with the rest of us.

    Mitt Romney was a forgone conclusion long ago. Romney = Obama, and the political class will survive regardless of which of them wins. That's all that matters anymore.

    We're witnessing the collapse of a civilization, and it's not just the US - it's the whole debt-based economy of the entire Western world. We're not going to change it with our trivial votes now.

    The Titanic has had six of its compartments breached and nothing is going to change what happens next. Head for the lifeboats or sit back and listen to the band play. Those are your options.

    For my part, I'm writing in Karl Denninger in November while I try to get my lifeboat stocked.