Member Since: December 14, 2011

Country: United States

  • You pass butter.

  • Reg, I've seen you a lot on the SparkFun forums. You've been a pretty decent guy.

    Give me the decency and respect to just think about your position for a few minutes. Think about all its ramifications, edge cases, based just on the reality of the current situation.

    Thanks. I'm leaving now.

  • Courage?

    Courage is overcoming the fear and irrationality. It's looking past the emotion at the data. It's seeing the good people in bad situations.

    Holding the right opinion isn't easy, I can tell. You're scared at the things that are happening. Terrorists are scary. The world's a scary place right now. You want to prevent these things from happening, and you're doing it the way you know how; closing the borders.

    Sometimes the obvious choice isn't the right one.

  • (1) Who cares, it's a ban whether for religious reasons or otherwise. The ramifications don't change.

    (2) Temporary as in 90 days, with explicit declaration of strengthening it after such time.

    (4) Incorrect, see Member #394180's comment above.

    (5) A great overstatement of the ban in 2011:

    "Contrary to Trump’s Sunday statement and the repeated claims of his defenders, the Obama administration did not “ban visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.” For one thing, refugees don’t travel on visas. More importantly, while the flow of Iraqi refugees slowed significantly during the Obama administration’s review, refugees continued to be admitted to the United States during that time, and there was not a single month in which no Iraqis arrived here. In other words, while there were delays in processing, there was no outright ban."

    (6) Haven't done research on this yet.

  • "Now what"

    "Goddammit, you gotta be kind, babies." - Kurt Vonnegut.

    Now what is that there are a bunch of people who are stuck out of their country, a bunch of people who are trapped in countries where they can't open a cupboard for fear of an IED blowing them up, and a bunch of people who are scared and confused everywhere else.

  • The rule of law is the cornerstone of our civilization. The right to disrespect such is also. She's not saying you can disobey it, but you can disrespect it.

    Otherwise your country becomes North Korea.

  • Correct, it's a very good abstraction to the human condition. Takes away all the us-vs-them baggage and shows you how things really are.

  • "demonstrate blind ideology slavery."

    A tip:

    You do not gain allies by insulting your fellow man. This merely reinforces their position, and demonstrates to them that you do not have an argument rooted in reality. If you wish to change their minds, present the facts and a reasoned conclusion, and let their brains do the rest.

  • "defense of our republic."

    Lieutenant Worf: Sir, the Federation does have enemies. We must seek them out!

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Oh, yes. That's how it starts. But the road from legitimate suspicion to rampant paranoia is very much shorter than we think. Something is wrong here, Mister Worf. I don't like what we have become.


    But hey, that's just, like, my opinion, man.

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