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wrenchwench  Sep 8, 2016 • 1:56:38pm

The RWNJs are exposing themselves as the idiots they are. This is what Gary Johnson didn’t know when he was running for governor [copied from my comment]:

I saw a reaction that said Johnson compared it to ‘forgetting the name of a town in NM.’ Nope. He didn’t know what ‘colonias’ are.

[…]

More than 1,500 colonias are identified within the U.S., and almost all of them are found in Texas, though they also exist in Arizona, California and New Mexico.[1] Evidence suggests that there are more than 1,800 designated colonias in the state of Texas, somewhere around 138 in New Mexico, about 77 in Arizona, and 32 in California.[6] These settlements are part of an informal sector or informal economy that is not bound by the structures of government regulations within labor, tax, health and safety, land use and environmental, civil rights, and immigration laws.

Section 916 of the National Affordable Housing Act (NAHA) defines colonias as any “identifiable community” determined by objective criteria that include the lack of potable water and adequate sewage systems, the lack of decent, safe, and sanitary housing, and an existence before the passage of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act.[2] According to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development the term colonias has a specific meaning within the U.S., referring to a community within the rural U.S.-Mexico border region with marginal conditions related to housing and infrastructure.

[…]

Full of poor people. Libertarians don’t care about them. Nor do Republicans, which Johnson was back then.

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CuriousLurker  Sep 8, 2016 • 4:49:29pm

re: #1 wrenchwench

I had to shake my head over the colonias thing. You’d think a guy running for governor would at least pretend to give a damn.

The Aleppo thing though, sheesh! It’s only the most populous city in a country we’re (supposed to be) very concerned about right now. It’s also one of the oldest cities in the world—possibly the oldest—but this guy has apparently never heard of it.

Ironically, it is not Damascus but Aleppo, poor, benighted Aleppo, which is actually Syria’s largest city and was once a mighty rival to Cairo and Constantinople, that has a far stronger case for being the world’s oldest city. The evidence of settlement goes back to 6,000BC, but excavations north of the city suggest wandering nomads made domestic camps here 5,000 years before that. [..]

theguardian.com

I don’t… How in the hell does one go through life being that uninformed? I mean, we’re surrounded by information overload, FFS—it’s almost as if you’d have to make a conscious effort to remain ignorant.

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wrenchwench  Sep 8, 2016 • 5:08:18pm

re: #2 CuriousLurker

I don’t… How in the hell does one go through life being that uninformed? I mean, we’re surrounded by information overload, FFS—it’s almost as if you’d have to make a conscious effort to remain ignorant.

Total self-absorption. And HE is so important, it’s a full time job.

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Khal Wimpo (no longer entitled to his own facts)  Sep 8, 2016 • 5:11:39pm

re: #3 wrenchwench

Total self-absorption. And HE is so important, it’s a full time job.

Yeah, that narcissim is part and parcel of the entire Libertarian “I got mine Jack” worldview.

Innocent kids getting killed somewhere else? Fuck ‘em. Millions of people fleeing for their lives? Better not clog up MY roads.

Just heard on NPR that they’re afraid that Johnson’s stoner performance has set back the cause of legalized week 50 years. Not sure you can pin this one on The Chronic. Friend of mine takes more hits than Mike Tyson’s sparring partners, and HE knows about Aleppo.


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