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  •  It's very easy. I have no problem whatsoever (2+ / 0-)
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    melfunction, knocienz

    condemning stupid, senseless, and dangerous cultural practices whether they are happening in Texas, Yemen, or the Upper East Side.

    You can make your own judgments.  Try it.

    •  One of my personal judgements... (2+ / 0-)
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      Pablo Bocanegra, Johnny Q

      is not to be a fucking asshole you seem to have made the opposite judgement.

      This makes about as much sense as Mike Huckabee on mescaline. - Prodigal 2-6-2008

      by Tonedevil on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 09:34:22 AM PST

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      •  Since we agree that judging is fine (0+ / 0-)

        can you make the judgment that shooting off weapons at weddings is stupid and senseless?  Perhaps you are afraid of then being judged yourself by those who claim all cultural practices are beyond criticism (not that anyone actually believes this, but they have to pretend they do in this audience).

        •  Shooting a gun into the air... (3+ / 0-)
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          Choco8, Johnny Q, aliasalias

          is a dangerous practice anytime, bullets go up and  bullets come down. Doing so makes no sense to me so in that regard it can be considered senseless.
          It is a completely moot point because there was no gunfire at this wedding party only a drone strike. While some wedding parties have featured gunfire into the air and that has been used as the excuse for drone striking it isn't an excuse if there is no gunfire. To bring it up in this case is blaming the victim by association.

          This makes about as much sense as Mike Huckabee on mescaline. - Prodigal 2-6-2008

          by Tonedevil on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 11:25:16 AM PST

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      •  I wouldn't say (4+ / 0-)

        "fucking asshole" so much as "thinks his point is a king-hell of a lot better than it actually is and won't let it go."

        Nothing says "we care" like a Tomahawk missile strike.

        by nota bene on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 10:42:33 AM PST

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        •  Thank you. It really was a fairly minor point (0+ / 0-)

          but it is odd how much push-back it got.  I guess they imagine it doesn't go with their uncomplicated narrative (though I see them as independent) so it cannot be a legitimate point for discussion.  A lot of effort here is spent on avoiding certain topics--some trivial, some not.  It's all very strange.  But you do get to read 150 comments that make the same point if that's your thing.

          •  it wasn't meant as a compliment. (3+ / 0-)
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            Choco8, Johnny Q, Tonedevil

            You're right, it's a minor point at best, and this is bordering on a threadjack.

            To reiterate what I said downthread:

            The actual difference is that one is the official policy of the most powerful nation on earth as part of its perpetual assertion of unlimited power and reach, while the other is a garden-variety accident.
            Or, more simply, one is merely (and inarguably) stupid, whereas the other is Lawful Evil.

            Nothing says "we care" like a Tomahawk missile strike.

            by nota bene on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 11:30:12 AM PST

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