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  •  do you play the lottery too? (2+ / 0-)
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    VictorLaszlo, radmul

    You have a higher chance of winning a million dollars in the lottery than you do of being attacked by terrorists oh noes !!!!!!

    •  someone wins the lottery, sometimes. (1+ / 0-)
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      charlottescot

      sometimes it is a whole office full of people,

      BAM! just like that

      lucky.

      Righteousness is a wide path. Self-righteousness is a bullhorn and a blindfold.

      by Murphoney on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 05:37:59 AM PDT

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    •  Individually each of us has a low (0+ / 0-)

      chance of dying in a terrorist attack. But if the government were to stand down on terror, there would be many attacks, and many would die. It is one of the president's responsibilities to protect us from this threat. Even those people who somehow deny that there even is a threat are entitled to our protection.

      •  this is simply not true as the actual figures show (1+ / 0-)
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        radmul

        The number of attacks and deaths has not gown down after the government's big war on terror, and there is no measurable figure, anywhere, that indicates that the Global War on Terror has reduced any terrorist attacks or made anyone anywhere any safer.

        The annual number of deaths from "terrism oh noes !!!" is not any lower during the war on terror than it was when the government was doing virtually nothing at all to "protect" us. Before the war on terror, deaths from terrism were a non-entity---and they still are.

        You are peeing your pants over nothing.  (shrug)

        •  I recognize your uid. I've had this (0+ / 0-)

          discussion with you before. Still flogging the "there's no such thing as terrorism" meme I say. Not playing this time, sorry.

          •  the figures don't lie (shrug) (2+ / 0-)
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            charlottescot, radmul

            You can wave your arms all you want. You can bad-mouth me all you want.  You can wave the flag all you want.  You can dance the Irish jig on your head if you want. The harsh simple verifiable mathematical reality from anyone who can count, is still the same----> the number of terrorist attacks, both worldwide and in the US, was miniscule before the War on Terror, has not gone down during the War on Terror, and is still miniscule now.  At most, about 1,000 people are killed, per year, from terrism oh noez !!!!"  In a world with 7 billion people.  Honeybees and lightning strikes each kill more people. There has been no measurable effect on terrorist attacks or on deaths produced by them, anywhere, as a result of the Global War on terror. Terrists oh noez !!! killed virtually nobody before the GWOT, and they still kill virtually nobody now.

            You are peeing your pants over nothing.  (shrug)

      •  There is definitely a threat (2+ / 0-)
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        quill, claude

        President Eisenhower warned us about the profit minded military industrialized complex, and maybe this has influenced my thinking about scare tactics. Some companies and individuals get very rich from wars and security and fear- mongering generally. These people have made out like bandits since 9/11 while our young people have fought and died in undeclared wars ... only to discover our country is doing the same things they fought against. The best protection we can have is to EDUCATE our people so they can have jobs, make a living, run for office, and educate their children. I have never felt that the dumbing down of American is an accident. The less educated people are, the fewer questions they ask. The fewer questions, the more they can be controlled. Once controlled  we can continue control by fear and turn them into sheep.

      •  doc2 - What's terror and what isn't? (3+ / 0-)
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        charlottescot, Urban Owl, claude

        Crazy guy goes to a school and slaughters a bunch of grade school children. He's not a terrorist. No response necessary. Quit politicizing a tragedy.
           A pair of foreigners sets off a bomb at the Boston Marathon: Terrorist or not? Oh, foreigners, Muslims...So it is terrorism.
           A pro-lifer guns down an abortion doctor. Terrorist or not?
           So? Should some of that anti-terrorism swag go toward spying on the anti-abortion movement? Maybe wiretap Catholic Church officials? Infiltrate right to life groups?
          How about infiltrating and disrupting the NRA? A legitimate govt function?
           IMHO, we've overreacted to some forms of terrorism but ignored others.

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