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    Laguna

    Heard that ISIS has dug in real well, with tunnels and sniper points. Urban warfare is never good, but this could get particularly nasty. Fallujah was never a nice place to live to begin with, but those poor civilians! - reminds me of some cities in Korea that were overrun multiple times during the Korean War.

    Posted in: Iraqi forces push into Fallujah as IS bombings kill 24

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    Laguna

    And some posters say we don't need a wall. . . .

    Figured someone would post that. Also figure that the guns the "heavily armed" people were using were smuggled in from the United States. Perhaps Mexico needs a wall more that the US does.

    Posted in: Mexican police mount big hunt for kidnapped soccer player

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    Laguna

    Terrorizing children is the price of freedom right-wingers' interpretation of the Second Amendment imposes on America; meanwhile, they're in a frenzy about toilet usage. Priorities.

    Posted in: U.S. schools preparing for the worst, with active shooter drills

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    Laguna

    Hindsight is always 2020.

    Posted in: Governor under fire

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    Laguna

    Almost, Trevor - Trump is a walking example of Schrödinger's cat - in Wonderland. He may turn out to mean his utterances, or he may dismiss them as never having happened; nevertheless (and this is the Wonderland point), you still won't know even when you open the box because there exists neither time nor consistency in his world, and once you think you know, you don't.

    Posted in: Trump rules out debate with Sanders

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    Laguna

    When teaching the TOEFL, I emphasize the ability to distinguish between topic and controlling idea. Perhaps the closest to a topic sentence in Obama's speech was:

    Nations like my own that hold nuclear stockpiles, we must have the courage to escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without them.

    Arguably, the topic is nuclear weapons, and the controlling idea that their possession is a result of cowardice and a hindrance to the further development of the human spirit.

    Nanjing was a crime, but China bringing it up in this way is off-topic.

    Posted in: China says Nanjing more worthy of remembrance than Hiroshima

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    Laguna

    I mean, he came right out and said the rich would have no problem paying more in tax.

    Takeda-san, one has to parse Trump's verbal catastrophes closely to get a clue as to what he means (if, in fact, he means anything, and if, in fact, he doesn't contradict himself the next day).

    He did NOT mean that he would raise taxes on the 1%; he meant that they would perhaps receive a lesser tax cut tjan he had initially suggested. Put another way, imagine your boss tells you he'll cut your salary by 20% but the next day says it will only be by 15% and congratulates you on your raise.

    Posted in: Trump, Sanders explore staging unusual presidential debate, bypassing Clinton

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    Laguna

    Superlib, I'm with you. Comparing ideas and strategies has marked the Dem race to date, while hurling childish insults has the GOP's. I'd love to see if Trump can switch gears to discuss substantive ideas or whether he will stay to form and invent some infantile moniker for Sanders.

    shaking some of the sclerota off the old system.

    Reckless, I was trying to remember the word "sclerota" the other day but couldn't. Thank you! Guess I'm getting sclerotic.

    Posted in: Trump, Sanders explore staging unusual presidential debate, bypassing Clinton

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    Laguna

    And he'll donate the proceeds to charity!

    Proceeds? From a debate? Whatever. Maybe he will, maybe he won't. Remember when he went postal on that last GOP debate and said he had more important things to do - raising money for veterans? Remember how much of the money he raised has yet to be disbursed? More to the point, remember how he'd personally promised $1 million of his own fortune to his single-page Website?

    That was four months ago, and he apparently finally shelled out, but only after a WaPo reporter hounded him about it. How did he respond to being called to fulfill a major promise he had made during the heat of the GOP primary? - by attacking the reporter, of course. The Donald's words:

    You know, you’re a nasty guy. You’re really a nasty guy. I gave out millions of dollars that I had no obligation to do,

    Okay, first, it was not millions, it was one million. Second, when you skip a major debate while promising you'll use the time to find matching donations to the one million you promised repeatedly on both print and air media to deliver - well, that's kind of an obligation. Finally, as one reporter pointed out, if Trump's net worth is is much as he claims, $1 million would be as much to him as $5 to an average American (based on average net worth of $50,000).

    So, basically, Trump is throwing a tantrum at being called out on his reluctance to honor a promise to aid veterans that he voluntarily made and that would be a small fraction of his self-proclaimed worth.

    So, yeah, maybe he'll donate the "proceeds" to "charity." (By the way, that money of his he spent on his primaries? - it was loaned under legal definition, so he'll get it all back eventually from suckers who are donating now to the candidate who does not rely on donors.)

    Posted in: Trump denounces illegal immigrants as tensions flare in California

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    Laguna

    But do you think about Sanders vs Trump Debate?

    Wc, that's like asking an opinion about a Lakers-76ers game - who the hell cares? Sanders will drag out his challenge for another two weeks until after the CA primary, drop out, and then throw his support behind Clinton. That is predictable.

    What is not predictable is Trump's behavior - and that is what I'm saving my popcorn for. It seemed for an instant (moment, split-second, tantity) that Trump might conform, but he appears either unwilling or unable to. Whether strategic or accidental, he remains a bull in the GOP china shop, and the more people he gores (Susana Martinez, NM GOP governor, one of the highest ranking Hispanics on their slate is his latest victim), the more he will divide his party. You're a smart guy. You know this.

    I'm interested in this race not merely for political reasons (clearly, I'm center-liberal) but also for those pathological. Trump is a nail-biter, and that is rare in the modern public world. Can you predict what he will do next? Can anyone? Can you even state with confidence that Trump himself knows? I mean, maybe he does - but it's equally possible he doesn't. That's what makes his candidacy - and those that support him - so interesting.

    Posted in: Trump denounces illegal immigrants as tensions flare in California

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    Laguna

    I do enjoy this "Trump is leading Hillary in the polls" thing. This is exactly why President Romney is finishing his first term and is on track to victory in his second - remember those polls? It's also similar to Inhofe tossing a snowball in the Senate as a way to refute global warming - remember that logic?

    Polls in April are as accurate for November as weather reports. Underlying fundamentals do not change. Trump is toast. The only question is collateral damage.

    Posted in: Trump denounces illegal immigrants as tensions flare in California

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    Laguna

    The current Benghazi committee rings up about $8,000 per day in costs, totaling so far $6.8 million. The focus on the emails is tacit admission that the Benghazi kerfuffle is going nowhere, and this leaves Republicans with only one rack to hang their hopes on. The above comment about the Watergate tapes was asinine: Nixon spied on political opponents, broke the law, and lied about it. Clinton used a home server - bad idea, but not far out of line from other politicians of her day.

    Kerfuffle. Someday (say, post-November, when Hillary has been elected), we'll all look back on this and laugh.

    Posted in: Clinton email server broke government rules, watchdog finds

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    Laguna

    This:

    The Mexican people are great, they’re going to vote for me like crazy, the ones that are legally in this country.

    and then this:

    I haven’t made a decision.

    are intrinsically linked. Ryan is observing whether Trump will act like an adult before making a decision. So far, Trump has failed that litmus test. If you do not see what is wrong with the top quote, you are part of the problem.

    Posted in: Trump denounces illegal immigrants as tensions flare in California

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    Laguna

    Poor Rick Perry - he's been angling for Trump's VP slot like a hooker at a Vegas banker convention, but turns out he'd conducted much state business while Texas gov via private email. Trump is so obtuse he'll probably choose him anyway.

    https://www.texastribune.org/2015/03/04/perry-faces-transparency-questions-after-clinton-r/

    Posted in: Clinton email server broke government rules, watchdog finds

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    Laguna

    your Snopes link adds a rather bold disclaimer that the assertion is "UNPROVEN"

    That is true - as is the assertion that protesters were paid. Occam's razor applies here: Would people who didn't have skin in the game risk arrest for a paltry sum to spend the day protesting Trump? Where would the money come from? And do you really think that organizers of such a purported event could maintain anonymity? If so, I have some stock in a Trump company to sell you....

    Posted in: Protests turn violent outside Trump rally in New Mexico

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    Laguna

    Here's how it works: Place an ad on Craigslist you have no intention of honoring and then watch the lemmings run with it. Predictable.

    http://www.snopes.com/craigslist-ad-trump-rally/

    Posted in: Protests turn violent outside Trump rally in New Mexico

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    Laguna

    Oh, also the wall will displace many American Indians

    I'm more worried about the wildlife - humans can pass borders with proper ID, but the Mexican wolf (as one example) would have its habitat fractured. Perhaps the wildlife can learn to transverse the tunnels that will undoubtedly be built.

    Posted in: Clinton blasts Trump for cheering housing bubble burst

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    Laguna

    When did it move to the whole Mexican American population?

    It moved there when Trump decided (or perhaps "suggested") that birthright citizenship for certain classes of Americans should not be honored. As Trump put it himself:

    "We're going to keep the families together, but they have to go," Trump said on NBC’s Meet the Press. What about the kids who have lived their whole lives in the United States and have nowhere to go? “They have to go,” he said. "We will work with them. They have to go. Chuck, we either have a country, or we don't have a country."

    Trump seems to think a simple act of Congress can strip these children of their birthright. Constitutional scholars disagree. Arguments are here: < http://www.factcheck.org/2015/11/trump-challenges-birthright-citizenship/

    Posted in: Protests turn violent outside Trump rally in New Mexico

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    Laguna

    I too am embarrassed by lawlessness on either side. On the other hand, as Ben Carson, a purported Trump VP nominee, said, "The likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed."

    So there's that goose for the gander, from various perspectives. I'm glad that no one was hurt.

    Posted in: Protests turn violent outside Trump rally in New Mexico

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    Laguna

    MrBum, a few years ago, a certain poster on this site declared he would be fine with American boarder patrol officers shooting on sight illegal immigrants. When I challenged him on this, saying I would no longer converse with him if he genuinely held that opinion, he doubled down. That is his position, against which no logical argument will prevail. I would suggest that you not respond to his nonsense.

    It would be a very sad state for America to take this further step into being a police state. We should be moving away from that, not towards it.

    Posted in: Clinton blasts Trump for cheering housing bubble burst

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