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Warren DeMontague

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Name: Easy D Montague
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Come on. You want some fun or excitement in GD? it's a piece of cake. Sing it with me.

Porn, PETA, circumcision,
sports illustrated swimsuit edition
kids on airplanes,
cornflake chicken

population, hipster hats,
superbowl and outside cats

truck nutz hang off ugly cars,
why can I not smoke in bars?
olive garden, peak oil soon,
those NASA fuckers bombed the moon

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Mon Feb 22, 2016, 07:52 AM (1 replies)

bottom line in the context of the FBI, etc, they have given very little reason for people to trust

them at their word.

And it is undeniable that they have had a bone to pick with apple's end-user encryption since it was implemented. I simply do not believe that a) whatever is on this now-deceased person's phone; which I suspect the government already has a good idea about, anyway- is worth the extraordinary effort they're putting into it, other than they want to either establish a precedent OR obtain by any means necessary the tools or knowhow to get around this encryption scheme they don't like... and b) I think the principle of privacy and security is a valid one for a number of reasons already laid out- I am going to proudly side with not just Silicon Valley but also the EFF on these matters, every time.

I believe law enforcement can keep us safe just fine without having to have a magic key into everyone's shit; and it's worth noting that even when they do have these near-omniscient powers they keep demanding, again, they DON'T use them to keep us safe, but like I said, they use em to go after low level drug users.

The Feds or the NSA dont need super secret illegal powers to spy on El Chapo, anyway. It's the person smoking the bong in their basement (or the journalist that has written the article deemed 'subversive') that are the focal points of these, again, extra-legal and extra-constitutional activities. And honestly we all should have learned these lessons long ago, from J. Edgar Hoover, Nixon, and COINTELPRO.

And on that note, I'm sure there are a variety of philosophical points one could take on the issue of privacy vs. security in the case of a terrorist's cell phone, but I do not know how anyone can argue at this point in time that the authoritarian wet dream known as the drug war, en masse, has been anything except a giant taxpayer funded clusterfuck, a failure, and a cruel disaster that has devastated lives and taken a big ol' invasive crap on our constitutional rights in the process. The violence associated with "the drug trade" is, almost exclusively, a function of prohibition just as al capone and tommygun wielding gangsters grew out of the 21st Amendment.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Sun Feb 21, 2016, 04:23 AM (0 replies)

Is that like Boomersplaining to Millennials?

Anyway, 'splaining is too much strain, since I sprained my 'splainer while training strangers to stain model trains.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Thu Feb 11, 2016, 03:51 AM (2 replies)

I think the last fully defensible military action the US engaged in was probably the Korean War.

Had Afghanistan achieved the implied objective, namely actually capturing or eliminating those directly responsible for 9-11, OBL in particular... had we achieved that objective quickly and with focus and single-minded determination; and (this is important) had we not left that country in the deteriorated condition it is in today, perhaps by taking some of the massive amounts of largesse we wasted in Iraq and instead using it to build schools, water treatment facilities, and infrastructure for the people of that long-abused nation, then I think that a decent case could be made for military action (which many of us, such as myself, supported at the time) in that situation as well.

But that's a pretty fucking slim menu for the past 60+ years of US history. Far more frequent have been misbegotten clusterfucks like Vietnam.

So heaven forfend we- as a nation already running a massive deficit, that certainly the anti-Sanders folks around here seem to believe pays too much in taxes as it is- should elect someone to the White House who is REAL FUCKIN' JUDICIOUS about when and where and what circumstances in which to use military force.

It's easy to say "bah, bomb em all", and it gets the '5 minutes of low information' voters every time. What is hard is actually thinking about these things and the consequences 10, 20 years down the road.

We're still paying off the consequences of the last shitty war, which Hillary voted for.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Thu Feb 4, 2016, 07:51 AM (2 replies)

You laugh, but it's gotta smell better than

"Leader Number Two"
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Mon Feb 1, 2016, 05:45 AM (0 replies)
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