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  •  There is non defense for extrajudicial killing (6+ / 0-)

    Whether one uses drones or not, you can't defend the indefensible. I said the same thing about Bush policies. We can't stop being who we are because some people are afraid of terrorism. Period.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 03:05:03 PM PST

  •  Ok, I get that (6+ / 0-)

    a February blizzard can happen -- and did.  I also get the fact that the snow plow guy who clears my lot comes in the wee hours and I'm supposed to run downstairs and move the truck.  I also get that my truck is now stuck in a pile of snow because snow plow guy was an asshole and didn't wait for me.

    What I don't get is that I can't get out of the front door of my apartment.  It is frozen shut.  Trust me, I've tried multiple tools.  I'm the only tenant here -- first floor -- dentist; second floor -- my best friend who lives in MD but has business here.  Third floor -- me and the cats.

    I know I can throw myself and 2 cats into a snowpile off the second floor porch if necessary -- but would prefer not to do that.

    Other than that -- I'm watching my favorite winter move -- Fargo.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 03:09:32 PM PST

      •  Yes!!! (5+ / 0-)
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        PSzymeczek, rserven, JeffW, antirove, NonnyO

        I don't use it.  I did use 3 extension cords and brought it down but still not budging.  I'll wait until tomorrow to try again because the wind is still blowing.

        Thanks, rserven.  I hope you are warm and cozy after the storm.

        " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

        by gchaucer2 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 03:20:26 PM PST

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      •  brilliant solution (3+ / 0-)
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        rserven, JeffW, NonnyO

        I had thought of a space heater for melting the doorjamb but did not think of hair dryer since I do not own one

      •  Great minds...! :-) (2+ / 0-)
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        Hair dryer was going to be my suggestion, too.

        Many, many long years ago when I lived in a big city and had a locking gas cap (after my full gas tank had been siphoned off a couple of times), the darn thing was frozen locked because of the ice storm we'd just had, and so was the passenger door of my car since the wind had blown against that side of the car, and as I was running on fumes when I pulled into the gas station, I had to get the gas cap unlocked.

        The gas station attendant (yes, it was so many years ago gas stations still had attendants) had a hair dryer and a very long extension cord into which the hair dryer was plugged, and came out and put the hair dryer heat on high and in just a matter of a minute or less the ice in the lock of the gas cap melted and voila!  I could unlock my gas cap with the key and fill my tank.

        While I was doing that, the attendant also heated the lock on the passenger side of the car and that little problem was solved, too.

        I don't know who thought of non-flammable heat from hair dryers for the solution to melt frozen locks on gas caps, but I was sure happy fire didn't have to be used...!

        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 Feb 09, 2013 at 06:57:07 PM PST

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    •  Wow! (4+ / 0-)
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      I hope there's a warm up in your near future!

      "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

      by MargaretPOA on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 03:18:24 PM PST

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      •  Thanks, Margaret (2+ / 0-)
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        I'm curled up with one of my cats so all is well.  Have to say, I've always loved the name, Margaret -- not so much the nicknames.  I think it is an elegant name.

        " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

        by gchaucer2 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 03:21:45 PM PST

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        •  :-) Me, too... (1+ / 0-)
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          Margaret means Pearl.  I like pearls as a gem of the sea, especially the pink and black/dark gray pearls, and odd-shaped or baroque pearls.

          HM Queen Margrethe II is the reigning monarch of Denmark (full name: Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid).  She's also an artist in her own right.  Even in her elder years she retains her regal good looks (IMHO).

          Margaret, as well as variant Scandinavian spellings like Margit, Margret, Margareta, Margreta (and Margrethe, as above) are found in my genealogy.

          Also in my genealogy are Peggy as a nickname for Margaret and Peggy as a stand-alone name that is not a nickname.  In those particular cases I don't mind the nicknames because the aunt Margaret/Peggy is a nice person and so is my cousin Peggy (she was a nurse, now retired).

          I agree that Margaret is an elegant name.


          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 Feb 09, 2013 at 07:37:16 PM PST

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      •  I suppose the good news is that given enough (1+ / 0-)
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        time he may be living in a tropical paradise and I will be under 6 meters of sea water

    •  snow lesson 101 (1+ / 0-)
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      snow blows against the door and melts against the frame so water runs around the frame (esp, if frame is metal) and then when the temp drops the water freezes and you are locked in.  A space heater works slowly with a metal door.

  •  Next stop! (3+ / 0-)
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    You are traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!

    There is no hell on earth appropriate enough for those who would promote the killing of another person, in the name of a god.

    by HarryParatestis on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 03:09:54 PM PST

  •  Euthanizing gay dogs for Jesus (2+ / 0-)
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    is a slippery slope

    •  it goes to show that some people should not own (0+ / 0-)

      dogs; heck, many people should not own dogs.  At one time when people were around animals all the time and had both information from earlier generations as well as their own observations.  Now I see people who are upset that the cute pup turned into a 150 lb behemoth who does not fit in an efficiency flat

  •  one begat the other - good luck separating them (1+ / 0-)
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    Video games are not violent, but drones are,

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ "We're like a strip club with a million bouncers and no strippers." (HBO's Real Time, January 18, 2013)

    by annieli on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 03:18:53 PM PST

  •  What's Armando's stand on due process? (nmi) (1+ / 0-)
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    "There's nothing heroic about earning profit." -Odo, from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    by Cassiodorus on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 03:20:08 PM PST

  •  I realize that some gays could be dogs, but (0+ / 0-)

    I never thought about the fact that dogs could be gay. Why anyone would want to kill them for that is totally beyond me.

  •  I have never been so disappointed in Obama (4+ / 0-)

    (and he has disappointed me before) when he expanded the Bush era erosion of citizen rights by defending drone hits on individuals who are citizens and who are thought to be members of terrorist organizations which may be plotting to attack US or allies' targets.  (If I am mistaken, I apologize but that is the understanding I have gleaned)

    First of all we should be sensitive to another country's territory as GWB laid the groundwork for drone attacks in another nation's sovereign airspace upon foreign nationals.  This was done with no sort of judicial oversight or review.  However citizens could take comfort that they still had inalienable rights which could not be abridged, such as the right to not be blown sky high without a judge signing some sort of order.

    This figleaf has been ripped away since the president can now evidently order the extra-judicial assassination of any citizen in any foreign country.  The question is, in this age when more and more states are questioning capital punishment, when the president will again expand his ability to order "hits" (after all that is what it is) on citizens who are on American soil.  For example, if it were known that Chris Dorner were on a freeway, would a drone strike be justified?  If not, why not, since it would be cost effective (the main argument for drone strikes it seems)

  •  Baby Arrives With Storm (1+ / 0-)
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    Mass. National Guard, EMT deliver baby in storm

    February 9, 2013 - The Massachusetts National Guard and Worcester emergency workers have teamed up to deliver a baby during the overnight snowstorm.

    Maj. Gen. Scott Rice said Saturday that the baby arrived at about 3 a.m. and everyone is fine. He didn’t release details about the family. read more w/video>>>

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 03:44:40 PM PST

  •  A different kind of Saturday reflection (0+ / 0-)

    in this post to which I invite your attention.  

    I would welcome any responses you might choose to share.


    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 03:47:57 PM PST

  •  Unmanned Aerial Weapons (0+ / 0-)

    The issue here isn't Drones. It's that we are a nation that is killing people in the name of fighting terrorism. Is it right? Or is it wrong? That depends...

    Back during the first gulf war, we fired so many tomahawks that the waypoints used by them had to be redefined because they were more often obliterated by some other strike. We pounded military and government locations with guided munitions to such a degree that a land invasion wasn't that dangerous. Did we succeed in killing only those fighting against us? No, there were civilian casualties. Did the action save the lives of troops? Of course. But how do you balance the cost of life of civilians versus your own military?

    The drone issue is no different when you look at the overall technological use. It is more flexible in it's capabilities, but civilian deaths are always likely to occur. But we use drones, like smart bombs, simply because it saves the lives of our troops. If we send in seal teams like we did after Osama for every target then we are going to have two things. 1). a very tired and overwhelmed bunch of seal teams. 2). a lot more deaths of our soldiers.

    I don't like any of these options. But I recognize that we have them just the same. The real debate should be to what extent are we going to fight this war against terrorists outside the US? Are we targeting too many people that haven't done us any harm? Are we creating enemies by killing these people? I am sure these questions are being asked when they decide to go after these people. At least I hope so.

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 04:55:57 PM PST

    •  If we use methods that we know will kill (1+ / 0-)
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      innocents, then we are attacking innocents. This bullshit about "collateral damage" is a hoax invented to absolve ourselves of knowingly attacking civilians.

      If we aren't willing to risk actual troops, in order to protect defenceless civilians, then we maybe shouldn't be there. Armies are paid to fight each other, it is known that there are risks in so doing. If we don't wish to risk them, then lets dissolve our forces.

      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:57:05 PM PST

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      •  This is nothing new. (0+ / 0-)

        We have been using rockets, long range artillery, and guides missiles for decades. They too tend to take out civilians if they are in the area of effect. The term collateral damage is not a hoax or a defense, it is just a term to note how much we impact those not part of the battle. It's called war not because it's nice and pretty you know.

        Civilian casualties are more often created due to the wishes of the defending target, not the attacking group. Collecting civilians as shields, or putting artillery in school yards or next to churches has been a often used tactic. But again, those launching the assault are taking all these figures into consideration and trying to limit the loss of life.

        Simply saying "no", because you fear the loss of one possible civilian casualty isn't a feasible war policy.

        "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

        by Wynter on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 11:06:26 AM PST

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