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  •  aka "Pretzel logic" (11+ / 0-)

    ... of the same variety used to define torture as not torture.  Not quite as twisted as convoluted logic.

    Really, I get dizzy trying to follow that much illogicality.

    NOT what Thomas Jefferson had in mind when he wrote the Constitution (or laws).  Jefferson used ordinary language that any person with a grade school education could understand since he knew not that many people in his day and age had been able to go to college or receive some kind of advanced education.

    Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure.
     ~ Thomas Jefferson

    If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.
     ~ Thomas Jefferson

    Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them.
     ~ Thomas Jefferson 30 July, 1816

    Ol' Tommy had his faults, but his simple logic in writing laws was impeccable.  He's like the geniuses who can explain advanced physics in such simple terms that even a first grader can understand it: pure poetry in motion.  (I love the PBS TV shows with the animated graphics that reduce advanced physics to a lovely computer animation that makes perfect sense.)

    I see NO logic involved in keeping the vast majority of NSAs secret.  While it's true that on rare occasions when the FBI is trying to catch a spy or a particularly dangerous criminal like a pedophile or a murderer or a spouse abuser they might need to get a search warrant to tap a phone and/or internet communications, but that's different from an NSA which seems to require only the mildest form of just plain nosy curiosity to send out a secret letter.

    When I first read about NSAs, my bu!!$h!t meter maxed out, rang until it broke and I've not been able to get the darn thing fixed because it maxes out the moment I think about the idiocy involved.

    As usual, I'm looking for logic where there is none.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 06:16:49 PM PDT

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