Weekend Open Thread   10 comments

Here is your weekend open thread folks. Feel free to discuss any topic.

As for me, I am just going to toss up the following song, which pretty much reflects what I feel right now:

Enjoy your weekend folks.

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Posted August 16, 2013 by edmcgon in Music, Open Thread

10 responses to “Weekend Open Thread

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  1. seems this is a better reflection of how you feel ed.

  2. I didn’t see Mike’s final comment, but I am sure it was a doozy. However, after reading several of the posts pertaining to CSCO, there seems to be plenty of blame to go around. When words and belittling comments such as idiot, b.s., obviously you, and other demeaning put downs get interjected into discussions, the results are highly predictable. Reason, Politeness and Substance quickly depart thru the nearest exits, and not much is left except for hurtfulness, insults, nastiness, and anger. Hope we can rise above that.

  3. Just thought some folks may find this essay an interesting read.
    Noonan: What We Lose if We Give Up Privacy
    A civil libertarian reflects on the dangers of the surveillance state.
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323639704579015101857760922.html?mod=us_most_pop_newsreel

    • I read this piece in this mornings newspaper. I am a big believer we — as a country — started down a very slippery slope with the war on drugs, it got worse with 9/11, and even more worse with NSA/patriot act.

      I am a big believer in Franklin’s quote: “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
      This was written by Franklin, sometime shortly before February 17, 1775 as part of his notes for a proposition at the Pennsylvania Assembly, as published in Memoirs of the life and writings of Benjamin Franklin (1818).

      • I think it all depends on how you define “essential liberty”. I see this quote bandied about quite a bit but I’ve never considered emails or internet surfing and postings part of my essential liberties.

        People seem to have no issues with big business mining everything they do on the internet seems odd that they care so much when it is the government doing something similar. Google knows more about you than the government ever will and there is exactly zero oversight of them.

        Robb

    • It is nice to see a conservative like Noonan waking up to the dangers we face.

    • From the article: ‘We are “free citizens in a self-governing republic.”‘

      My question is, is this really even true any more?

      Notice the word republic. It is an important word.
      Now look at what people talk about in the press, in speeches, and frankly in the general public.
      They say “democracy”.

      The difference between the two is very important, but most people don’t even know what the goal was of this country when it was founded.
      When the US was founded, it was stated that this new Republic wouldn’t last very long, but it lasted a lot longer then they thought at the time.
      But in fact I do believe it didn’t last.

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