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  • Reply to: Dark Robinson   3 days 7 hours ago

    ... use a psychological strategy of intimidation, anger, and fear.

    Democrats, especially here in NC, seem to think that logic and common sense will win the day.

    It doesn't when you're up against what are essentially fascist psy-ops tactics.

    Remember that Nazis came to power by making just enough of a majority of the German public worked up with irrational fears about racial and religious minorities, communists, intellectuals, "immoral" homosexuals and artists, and the doom of national and personal impotency. These are all the same themes Republicans and the PACs working on their behalf relentlessly drive home in campaigns and right-wing media today. And this rhetoric is sprinkled with just the same vague calls for violence and "on the ground" action against perceived enemies.

  • Reply to: Dark Robinson   4 days 10 hours ago

    Exactly the kind of hater Magas love to vote for.

  • Reply to: Psychological analysis of violent extremism   4 days 12 hours ago

    as I wanted to do, but I can only keep your attention for a few...Hey! I'm not done yet!

    Okay, I'm done. You can go now...

  • Reply to: A fine tribute to David Price   4 days 18 hours ago

    Congressman Price is a good one.

  • Reply to: Sunday News: From the Editorial Pages   6 days 17 hours ago

    As a late Boomer, my "time of transition" is slowly approaching. I am eligible for early retirement right now, but the limited Social Security benefits will keep me working for several more years. I will pay off my mortgage in a few months, but I have several needed home improvement projects that will eat up that extra cash for at least a few years. I've been told I'm one of the "lucky" ones, and I've had to bite my tongue to keep from sounding too much like the Boomer I am.

    The truth is, I don't feel lucky. I just got a revaluation of my property done by my county tax people, and it has literally doubled since it was last done. I live inside a municipality, so that's two property tax bills per year. And they won't be handled by my mortgage company anymore via escrow, which may not be an added cost but it's an added pain in the ass.

    And then there's the medical stuff. I'm in pretty good physical condition (some would say great, because of course I'm lucky), but the cost increases are insane. And I don't want to hear any crap about CON laws, because there are numerous CT scan operations in my area, but it still cost over $5,000 for that procedure. Medicare will be nice once I have it, but the supplemental insurance required? Not so nice.

    And then there's food, utilities, car insurance, and other things that are not "necessary" but are kinda necessary if I want to keep from going insane.

    I know. Everybody is struggling with the cost of living. And it's all relative.

    But we (as a society) are not doing ourselves any favors. The real estate market is out of control, and we don't seem willing to do anything (collectively) to reign it in. The same goes for health care costs. And don't whine to me about the cost of gasoline while you're driving a fricking Canyonero, which has a double-size gas tank so you don't have to stop every three days and fill it up. If aliens were watching the roads to see what kind of people we are they would think 90% of us are f**king farmers.

    So I will keep working, because I'm lucky. Relatively speaking...