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Unshaken Defiance  Sep 11, 2017 • 6:47:01pm

In the mirror of himself of course. Like everything in his life, all about him.

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Decatur Deb  Sep 11, 2017 • 6:49:09pm

He remembered that he saw all those A-rabs dancing on the rooftops.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 11, 2017 • 6:52:11pm

This tweet that triggered so many right wing attacks today also got a whole lot of likes.

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Interesting Times  Sep 11, 2017 • 6:53:32pm

If anyone’s looking for the perfect analogy for TrumpChump/GOPer “logic”…

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The Vicious Babushka  Sep 11, 2017 • 6:54:54pm

Well, he did Tweet… a bunch of pictures of himself.
Could you imagine the right wing seizures and convulsions if Obama did something like this? Remember they used to count the number of times he said “I” and “me”

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The Ghost of a Flea  Sep 11, 2017 • 6:56:36pm

re: #4 Interesting Times

If anyone’s looking for the perfect analogy for TrumpChump/GOPer “logic”…

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Create problem; sell solution.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:02:10pm
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Interesting Times  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:02:15pm

Bwahaha - I was thinking the same thing when I saw Melania’s outfit; glad someone else noticed :D

Facebook Post

And from the comments:

“Scary! One picture illustrates a fascist regime hellbent on world domination, the other is from a brilliant sci-fi series, entitled ‘V’.”

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Targetpractice  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:03:55pm

re: #4 Interesting Times

If anyone’s looking for the perfect analogy for TrumpChump/GOPer “logic”…

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As if we needed further proof that conservatives are reactive, can only deal with bad shit after it’s happened rather than taking steps to prevent it from happening or reduce how badly it will happen.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:05:57pm
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scottslemmons  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:07:19pm

re: #3 Charles Johnson

This tweet that triggered so many right wing attacks today also got a whole lot of likes.

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If it’s any comfort to you, you’ve given me a lot of people to mute and block.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:09:46pm

I’m not going to tweet this but I have to admit, it’s pretty disturbing to be the target of this kind of monumental hate pile-on. It’s been going on non-stop all day long and some of these tweets are really insane.

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goddamnedfrank  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:10:08pm
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Charles Johnson  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:10:57pm
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electrotek  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:13:57pm

Racist witch

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Decatur Deb  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:14:50pm

The 9/11 hit was a tragedy for several thousands of Americans, yet it never rose to the level of a real threat to our existence, our democracy, or our continued position in the world.

Only the stupid things we did in reaction to it created that.

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electrotek  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:15:33pm

re: #16 Decatur Deb

The 9/11 hit was a tragedy for several thousands of Americans, yet it never rose to the level of a real threat to our existence, our democracy, or our continued position in the world.

Only the stupid things we did in reaction to it created that.

And back then, we were so worried about the Patriot Act…not knowing what was yet to come a decade or so later.

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Targetpractice  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:15:36pm

re: #15 electrotek

Racist witch

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From the people who will tell you that “The South will Rise Again!” while waving Dixie Swastikas is a symbol of “heritage.”

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scottslemmons  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:17:58pm

re: #15 electrotek

Racist witch

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Reported!

Not that it’ll do anything. Twitter lets the blue checkmarks do what they want.

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goddamnedfrank  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:19:24pm

re: #13 goddamnedfrank

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Imagine how ridiculously far gone a dude has to be for a malignant bigot like Loomer to act as their voice of reason.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:22:31pm
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scottslemmons  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:24:48pm

re: #21 Charles Johnson

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Reported!

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EPR-radar  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:24:49pm

re: #12 Charles Johnson

I’m not going to tweet this but I have to admit, it’s pretty disturbing to be the target of this kind of monumental hate pile-on. It’s been going on non-stop all day long and some of these tweets are really insane.

It’s direct exposure to the worst elements of US politics. Take care.

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electrotek  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:26:23pm

So my sister was kind enough to let me use her Netflix account while I’m bedridden. Are there any documentaries or movies pertaining to socio-economic commentary that you can recommend me?

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jaunte  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:30:45pm

re: #16 Decatur Deb

The 9/11 hit was a tragedy for several thousands of Americans, yet it never rose to the level of a real threat to our existence, our democracy, or our continued position in the world.

Only the stupid things we did in reaction to it created that.

Abandoning our election system to Russian interference could wind up worse.

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electrotek  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:32:09pm
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goddamnedfrank  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:37:34pm

eXWsEmUG4VxLCglcZ/H6ZmLR3V5iKyUHxcxO01oGZVqWdyRLnClEyA/KNUUeo++EnbP2DyoFPbsysGKFEn+9WpdKbN48G1uk2KXQ4QUqlNBgpW5Xodp7f7MqWFpxwg9aJ+LQ6X+dDtu7espLzBWbFPRtkA1dh4bt5MjT/GS5TtUvY8ApI4KHrl+S8VHyHNSjouHIkljgPPLef2muV3+XopmYNnwGkF683wd/ifQ9m1dcpoPQJonC16N3/9Bw0kbKh7Ih3Dio2bY9ZrFCctTD8jhECs6fSkUvatUZWfJUoEJ7IJldgsUIvK6A6gx/QuzkZLiQB5//B0spgQ8UsgUxGZrer8MyHQFX

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jaunte  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:37:36pm
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wheat-dogg  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:42:28pm

re: #27 goddamnedfrank

Q/d+bKGPlKL1Xx3sSmXL3mfnxttLatkE/PyViFBavwU=

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jaunte  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:42:46pm

Insane. Laughable. Sad.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:43:13pm

re: #24 electrotek

The Big Short.
Betting on Zero
Enron: Smartest Guys in the Room
Requiem for the American Dream

Not a documentary and quite violent, but consider Narcos, which is all about the Columbian cocaine trade and the CIA. The first two seasons are drawn from a book called Killing Pablo, and is about the eponymous Escobar.

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goddamnedfrank  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:46:38pm

re: #31 The Ghost of a Flea

The Big Short.
Betting on Zero
Enron: Smartest Guys in the Room
Requiem for the American Dream

Not a documentary and quite violent, but consider Narcos, which is all about the Columbian cocaine trade and the CIA. The first two seasons are drawn from a book called Killing Pablo, and is about the eponymous Escobar.

Co-sign. Narcos is excellent.

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electrotek  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:49:09pm
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I Would Prefer Not To  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:49:29pm

re: #32 goddamnedfrank

Co-sign. Narcos is excellent.

Dare i say addicting?

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Charles Johnson  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:49:55pm

JFC

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:54:10pm

re: #12 Charles Johnson

I’m not going to tweet this but I have to admit, it’s pretty disturbing to be the target of this kind of monumental hate pile-on. It’s been going on non-stop all day long and some of these tweets are really insane.

For what it’s worth man, we love you. Don’t ever stop being you. You’ve built one of the best places on the net bar none.

Fuck the haters.

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electrotek  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:57:06pm

re: #12 Charles Johnson

I’m not going to tweet this but I have to admit, it’s pretty disturbing to be the target of this kind of monumental hate pile-on. It’s been going on non-stop all day long and some of these tweets are really insane.

You know we will always support you no matter what. Fuck the haters man, they’re all a bunch of deplorable scum who will get their comeuppance soon.

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Charles Johnson  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:58:08pm
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jaunte  Sep 11, 2017 • 7:59:24pm
@ Cernovich rules TRUTH!

*spit take*

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goddamnedfrank  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:00:44pm

re: #34 I Would Prefer Not To

Dare i say addicting?

Random Tangent: I saw IT on Sunday at the boutique iPic Theater in Pasadena (iPic is really spendy but y’all NEED to go at least once, a total treat) and was pleased to see that Pedro Pascal from Narcos (DEA Agent Javier Peña) was in the preview for Kingmen 2. It looks hilariously over the top.

KINGSMAN 2: The Golden Circle Trailer 2 (Extended) 2017

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jaunte  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:01:35pm
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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:04:14pm

re: #35 Charles Johnson

JFC

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So, wait - opposing the Nazis makes the Nazis take power faster, so you have to leave the Nazis unopposed and then they won’t take power. O-o-okay….

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SteveMcGriftFlynnComey... ...corruptemoligate RN  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:05:47pm

re: #16 Decatur Deb

The 9/11 hit was a tragedy for several thousands of Americans, yet it never rose to the level of a real threat to our existence, our democracy, or our continued position in the world.

Only the stupid things we did in reaction to it created that.

I always argue that George W. Bush gave Osama bin Laden all he could have wished for and more in response to 9/11.

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electrotek  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:07:50pm

re: #43 SteveMcGriftFlynnComey… …corruptemoligate RN

I always argue that George W. Bush gave Osama bin Laden all he could have wished for and more in response to 9/11.

I shudder at the thought of another terrorist attack of that caliber striking America under Trump’s watch.

Bush was pretty restrained when he could have put ALL Muslims and Arabs in internment camps right away.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:10:58pm

re: #44 electrotek

I shudder at the thought of another terrorist attack of that caliber striking America under Trump’s watch.

Bush was pretty restrained when he could have put ALL Muslims and Arabs in internment camps right away.

IMO, Bush did well, right up until he decided to go to war with Iraq.

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The Ghost of a Flea  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:13:57pm

If you didn’t play Destiny, is Destiny 2 just going to make no sense? Either in terms of mechanics or plot?

Because that’s my situation.

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Ace-o-aces  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:14:14pm

What happens when your conspiracy mongering conflicts with your hate mongering?

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jaunte  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:15:42pm

re: #47 Ace-o-aces

Now he’s going to invent an Inside Muslim theory.

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jaunte  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:17:51pm
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Charles Johnson  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:20:58pm

Good grief. Every time I look at my Notifications column there are 30 or 40 more dim-witted attacks and memes and wishes for my death from these people.

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retired cynic  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:21:42pm

re: #50 Charles Johnson

Good grief. Every time I look at my Notifications column there 30 or 40 more dim-witted attacks and memes and wishes for my death from these people.

Think of the size of your block list! You may set a record…

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teleskiguy  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:22:38pm

re: #51 retired cynic

Think of the size of your block list! You may set a record…

I think @deray might have him beat.

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electrotek  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:23:49pm
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goddamnedfrank  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:25:59pm

re: #46 The Ghost of a Flea

If you didn’t play Destiny, is Destiny 2 just going to make no sense? Either in terms of mechanics or plot?

Because that’s my situation.

I never played Destiny either and it doesn’t seem to have hampered my enjoyment of the sequel. The mechanics are very easy to pick up and the plot is pretty self contained. I did end up looking up a few things on the Destiny wikia site, like what the Traveler is and background on the various enemy factions, but it honestly hasn’t added a massive amount of understanding.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Sep 11, 2017 • 8:33:01pm

Longish post here so buckle up:

With the 9/11 anniversary approaching I’ve spent the last few weeks researching Mohammed Atta, the ringleader of the hijackers and the pilot of United Airlines 11, the first plane to strike the first WTC tower at 8:46 am.

In particular, I’ve been curious about what drove this man to join Al-Qaeda and commit to carrying such a heinous act of terrorism against the United States.

Of course the general charge against most Muslim extremists is that they hate the U.S. because Israel, but that’s a very, very simplistic way of viewing things.

Atta was born to a relatively well off Egyptian family. Both his parents are college educated and successful professionals (his surviving siblings are very successful as well). According to several sources Atta’s father basically kept the boy at home most of his youth and prohibited him from socializing with anyone other than his family outside of school hours. No friends, clubs or sports. As a result, the young Atta, while excelling in academics, had a non existent social life. He was isolated and somewhat despondent, traits he carried well into adulthood.

His career plans didn’t exactly take off either. He did Architectural design for awhile but after AutoCAD became more of a thing, there was no need for his services anymore. He then worked a series of menial jobs including selling cars and packing computers, both while living in Hamburg. He wanted to go back home to Cairo and work there, but his family did not have the right connections for him to find a good job.

Those who knew him in Hamburg say he was intensely introverted and very private. He had few close friends and no romantic relationships. The only place he spent much time at besides home or work was the Al-Quds Mosque.

The extreme fundamentalist religion at the Mosque is what I believe was most crucial in stoking the fires of a man who was already angry and frustrated at a world he felt did not have much of a place for him and a family who was not supportive. Most radical fundamentalist theology (whether Muslim or otherwise) is heavily focused on blaming someone else for a persons failures rather than encouraging him or her to accept responsibility for their own failures and work to better themselves.

Thus, the U.S. and Israel became convenient targets for Atta to take his frustration out on. America, however, wasn’t his first target. Not long after establishing contact with Al-Qaeda, Atta and some of the other men who were on those planes 16 years ago decided they wanted to go to Chechnya and join the Muslims who were already fighting against Russians, only to be talked out of it by Al-Qaeda leaders.

Now of course had Atta not become involved in the 9/11 plot another hijacker would have taken his place, but if that had happened would the attacks still have been carried out as successfully as they were? All signs are that Atta had a significant role in organizing and preparing the hijackers for what was to come throughout 2001 and traveled extensively to make sure the attacks could go smoothly.

None of this is meant to absolve Atta of repsonsibility. The man committed a heinous deed and was an undeniable enemy of the state.

I find it striking though that the distance between a healthy and rational human being and a radicalized terrorist madman can be so small. There might have been one act, one conversation, one letter, one show of affection that would have kept Atta from being on the plane that fateful morning.

Of course we’ll never know for sure and that will be just one of many enduring mysteries surrounding 9/11/01.


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