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In Reply to: RE: Best tweets to a Hollywood socialist . . . posted by Billy Wonka on February 07, 2021 at 14:48:49
Has some good points - which will go over your head I am sure.
I am sure he is far more successful than you? If he's a failed Comedian what does that make you?
Well - Americans on the right value money as success. Pick yourself up by your bootstraps is the republican mantra - in other words me vs we. An individualistic society where it is up to you to make money and we're not going to help you.
So taking Bill Maher - if Billy calls him a failed comedian then one needs to provide an example of HOW he is a failure. The onus of providing proof is on the person who makes the claim.
So Bill is on HBO and was just renewed for another 2 seasons. So if he is an epic failure then why would HBO give him another 2-year contract? Seems like a "Successful" comedy political satire no?
He has been doing this show for 19 years. Seems like a success to me?
Before that, he did 8 seasons of Politically Incorrect.
His Documentary "Religulous" is the 27th all-time money-making documentary and the highest-grossing one of 2008.
Bill Maher goes on a stand-up comedy tour through the US and Canada and sells out across both countries. Including a lot of Red States!
It's quite okay not to "like" him but that's like me not liking Prince - yeah I don't like the music but to say he's not popular or a failed musician would be asinine.
And Americans associate success with wealth - he has a net worth of $140 million - For the win!
'and sells out'
you could have started & stopped right there
this and having a lot of "model like " girlfriends..:) It's a pretty good lifestyle for a 20-30+ stag. At 50 + though it's ahem.. slightly pathetic..:) (spoken with a hint (or more) of jealousy:)
Richard wouldn't have any job teaching English to a Chinese if America was a socialist shithole and not a ruthless capitalists empire with the biggest army ever assembled imposing it's hideous cultural values over the entire world.
I get the humor - :)
I think some misread me - America to me should be able to "do it all" but has become corrupt beyond reason. America can be the world power and it can also look after its people.
Whenever I see a so-called third-world country doing things a LOT better than both America and Canada it frankly makes me puke in my mouth. How the Frak did we get to a point where bloody Norway or Finland or Hong Kong or South Korea or New Zealand can afford to operate on the neighbor's kid with needing a bloody Go-Fund page begging for money!
It's freaking pathetic when Hong Kong can do it but America can't. Then the excuses get trotted out but what are we a bunch of whiners making excises or can we not actually "outdo" those countries?
I had a finger infection. I live in HK which is very high on the economic income index (ultra-capitalist and ranks ahead of the US for economic freedom) which is why so many Americans open shop here. No sales tax, no import duties and a maximum income tax rate of 17%
I have no medical insurance. I go to the hospital - I was in the hospital for 10 full days. 2 operations - 12 doctors decided how to proceed and save my finger. All drugs, meals in the hospital, physiotherapy, all drugs during and after the operation. My total payout was $350 and 6 of the doctors graduated from Harvard medical and 2 others from Oxford - this was at St. Margaret's hospital one of the best in the world.
$350US total. If I was poor they could get most of that back.
China - third-world nation! FFS - we MUST be BETTER than this. Why do they care about their citizens more than we do about ours? I am not even one of their citizens and they care about me!
If China can do it (now I grant you Hong Kong is a lot different than China) but still it is two systems and one country.
America should be a better beacon - it can't just be words and constitutions and advertising hype and propaganda. I can walk down any street in Hong Kong - and so can any gorgeous woman at 3 am anywhere - and in South Korea and in Tokyo and there is next to ZERO chance she will be accosted - or mugged - nothing. Part of being free is always feeling SAFE and in the US (or Canada) there have been times where I have said - "Richard you're in some trouble here mate" - start putting the key between some fingers in case you have to defend yourself. That isn't "good living."
The feeling of needing a gun to defend yourself at all isn't "good living."
The age thing and dating is kind of funny - I remember watching an Episode of Fraisier - and Frasier is 40 and a 22-year-old is interested in him and he turns her away in part due to "how it will look" to others. A concept not really a concept in Asia. Roz tells him that it's hard enough to find someone without putting obstacles in the way. Fraiser teaches life lessons lol.
I am 47 and my girlfriend is 40. So it's not like that's much of a gap. Still, I would have no problem dating someone significantly younger. And you know well that a lot of women prefer older men for all sorts of reasons from security, wealth, maturity, experience etc.
And from my perspective - I like the fact that some younger women have shown interest in me. More now than when I was young.
And Hong Kong offers a LOT in this regard than living in some small town in Canada or the USA where pickings were slim. When I taught in Port McNeil British Columbia a town of 4,000 people or so - one of my roommates and I, were attracted to the same woman. And as he pointed out, of course, we were - she was the only one in the whole town worth being attracted to LOL. She was a crude redneck lout so we both avoided her in the end. Both roommates married women from Mexico on E-Harmony! Bloody hell they had to import! And no they were not poor - one of them was a banker and the other ran a clothing store chain - made more money! wow.
You live your life - it's not all nation-state politics at "theoretical levels" - it's your day-to-day living IMO that matters.
Mention Singapore and people freak that it is some kind of dictatorship - but on the ground living well yes - you are not free to chew gum and throw it on the road - you will get punished - but then so what? Follow the rules - be considerate of the land and your fellow citizens and you will never have a problem there. I don't have to look down when I walk to make sure I don't step on drug needles or gum or pop cans or whatever other crap is on the road. I don't have to read graffiti everywhere because some ass decides to vandalize something with little punishment. Whip their ass with a Caning. You're free - but not free to be an ass. I see no problem with common sense.
I lived in Mainland China for a year - no problems - work make money go to restaurants pubs site-seeing. Watch movies and TV etc. Just like anywhere. Day-to-day living was free - with the exception of internet sites being blocked. Okay so not good - but still - it's not like it was a gulag or something. Besides we had people who knew how to get proxy servers or whatever and so we always managed to get google and the like.
To read the Western media though it makes it seem like living there would be a true horror show. There is something like 70,000 Americans living in China. And that is in spite of media inducing fear tactics 24/7. It's just not that bad. People need to travel more - not just rely on American news and TV. Go to these places. See it first hand.
Maybe get a drop-dead gorgeous 30-year-old wife. Your friends may talk shit but they'll be envious deep down. LOL.
I think that some on this forum would do well to take heed of your statement! ;-)
BTW, this is another one of your outstanding posts. And when you mention China's blocking of Internet sites, it occurred to me that we have the opposite problem here: our tech overlords in Silicon Valley have, at the between-the-lines behest of congress, taken it upon themselves to block people from their de facto public sites on the Internet. LOL! Of course, that was just dandy when it started with the blocking of Donald Trump and Alex Jones - but now they're blocking sites like the socialist workers party and other left-wing organizations - for violating their vague and undefined "standards". Can you say, "slippery slope"? And yet we have the temerity to promote "our values" to the rest of the world!
Nah, they couldn't...
A lot of Trumpers change their minds when it happens to them. So when their wife needs brain surgery and their insurance company does everything and anything NOT to cover it and the bills $2million and people like TWB and Billy only have $400,000 in the bank and have to sell their house - then they might get a clue. But until it impacts them they don't see it.
Same for the dummies at Trump rallies calling Covid 19 a Democrat hoax - then these human blood clots get it and on their death beds they clue in - "oh geez it is real and it's not a hoax - I am sorry I change my mind" - gasp... dead.
Same with Ronnie Reagan - they're all anti stem cell because of abortion (nonsense) then when he gets Alzheimer's, THEN and ONLY THEN do they change track and want stem cell research.
Dick Cheney is against homosexuals then his daughter comes out as a Lesbian - then it's "I'm okay with gay people." Well his daughter anyway.
They're all awful people - they only care about something when it directly happens to them. They are just as bleeding heart as the lefties - but they only begin to bleed "selfishly" when it happens to them.
And some of these clowns actually call themselves Christians - lol. Yes because Jesus cared more about the stock market than his fellow man.
Mark in NC
"The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into our hearts and our brains" -Paul Simon
. . . my attitude towards Bill is somewhat ambivalent - after all, he projects this kind of smarmy smugness, and he's drunk deeply at the Russiagate trough*. But when he's right, he's right! ;-)
*BTW, I'm still waiting for Putin to fulfill Rachel Maddow's prediction that he's going to turn off the gas and electricity to Iowa and the rest of the Midwest during the dead of winter. And then he won't turn it back on until we sign binding agreements to buy all our gas from Gazprom! I think she was even crying about this. ;-)
Ever ask yourself why Flynn would lie to the FBI? He's the guy who called for US military intervention so the election could be redone. Hmmmm... doesn't sound particularly American, does it?
. . . E-N-T-T-R-A-P-M-E-N-T? And. . . surprise! suprise!. . . that little disgraced deep state slimeball, Peter Strzok, was involved.
Flynn did nothing different (in terms of talking with representatives from foreign countries) from what other incoming administrations have done.
As for the elections being redone, I don't agree with him, but he's entitled to his opinion.
And by "one of those", I mean being one of those irrational and wacky right-wingers going on about that "evil Deep State".
You're better than that. Or at least should be.
Mark in NC
"The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into our hearts and our brains" -Paul Simon
. . . in 1961? It's gotten WAY worse since then. Start at about 8:40.
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I guess I should congratulate the propagandists who have done such a great job in the MSM of convincing elements of the population that the deep state (i.e., the unelected military and its civilian suppliers and lobbyists, the state department, the plethora of intelligence agencies, the think tanks. . .) is some kookie idea thought up by wackos, even though the evidence is right before our eyes every day.
I also find it astonishing that the "left", which has traditionally been against our war-like and aggressive foreign policies, is (ever since Hillary lost in 2016) now best buds with all these agencies. Of course, we're not talking here about the real left - only the identity-politics corporate-controlled "left" which has had a choke-hold on the Democratic party ever since the (Bill) Clinton presidency in the '90's.
Aren't you sick of the endless wars which the deep state promotes, regardless of whether a Republican or Democratic administration is in power?
talking to a Russky. Do a search and read how much Flynn had going on with the Russians. Then consider proven Russian interference in the 2016 election. Now, put those together and consider what he said about scrapping this completely legitimate and judicially (as no election ever has been) blessed election to hold one with military supervision.
Not scared, yet?
Now, consider Flynn's brother also is a general and was directly responsible for National Guard deployment (or not).
. . . a link to "proven Russian interference in the 2016 election". Whatever this "interference" consisted of, do you think it was on the scale of this interference:
be argued. But that the Russian government DID in fact interfere?
I suppose you consider your own government's Justice Dept. "Deep State," right? I prefer to believe Alan Jones, myself.
. . . charges against Julian Assange. Yeah, I consider at least part of the Justice Department to be part of the Deep State. However, their policies wrt Assange could change once Merrick Garland gets in as Attorney General. (Garland - Obama's middle-of-the-road "innocuous" choice for the Supreme Court - seems to have a fairly decent record on free speech and the rights of a free press - we'll see. OTOH, he'll be obliged to pursue Biden's policies, which already conflict with some of Garland's previous rulings.) Meanwhile, Assange is rotting in Belmarsh Prison.
As for Mueller, he didn't defend his own report too well when he testified before congress, did he?
More. . .
this is really an unfortunate post
actually Chris it was, in addition to being unfortunate
I arrived at the unspoken logical conclusion, just not as you intended
your delusions have impaired your judgement
and that is unfortunate
Or just basic cleverness. Or all three? ;-)
ironically if you meant your OP to be funny I lost YOUR sense of humor
if you meant today's reply to be ironic instead of clever? success!
(Link below.) Did you lose track? Yeah, I thought it was pretty funny when Rachel Maddow was doing her best Glen Beck imitation and tearing up about Putin turning off the electricity in Iowa. But I guess that that's something you evidently take seriously. (BTW, were you saying something about "impaired judgment" in a couple of your other posts in this thread?)
ROTFLOL! So says one of the resident TDS victims!
hey TWB, how ya' been?
rest assured I'm not deranged, and of course this 'TDS' meme cuts both ways ... perhaps in your rush to post shade on RV817 you lost sight of the larger picture ... wait, you're sulking over the Big Sky thread, that's it!
CFL's odd Putin obsession and your bona fides as a die hard 45 apologist aside, you don't think Assange was wrong to publish the traitor Bradley Manning's stolen classified army intelligence briefs in an internet info dump? well I do
you know, that bastard went up on 22 charges and plead guilty right? he could have rcvd the death penalty for aiding the enemy! you're all good with his betrayal of country & the oaths he took to serve?
just where do you stand ... ? answer quick before the thread goes *poof*
So. . . to get serious for a minute. . . Manning (together with Assange) exposes WAR CRIMES and you call him a bastard and want the death penalty to apply? While the actual bastards who COMMITTED the war crimes roam scot-free? Man, you are one messed up dude!
I said nothing about any preferences for punishment ... if he could have afforded himself of 'whistleblower' protections he probably would have but he plead 'guilty' ... to the majority of sentient human beings that means he was, in fact, guilty as charged ... as info, I do not believe in the death sentence
what WAR CRIMES are you talking about? the most reliable sources report 'collateral damage' in the strike made under the Bush2 era command and there was zero evidence produced under the Obama era command
both involved air strikes and there was no evidence of civilian targeting in either incident ... I am anti-war and US foreign military operations in the region but you clearly have no idea what you're talking about
your opinion of me being 'messed up' is a 'consider the source' moment because as I've stated, your mind set impairs your judgement, since you can't help it I don't have any resentment about it
it is unfortunate though
"what WAR CRIMES are you talking about?"
What do you call the video below? Is it "collateral damage"? (BTW, I love your use of that Orwellian term. And since the video depicts the brutal war crimes brought to light by Wikileaks, it's restricted, but I've put in the link below too.)
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And you say you're "anti-war and US foreign military operations in the region"? You could have fooled me.
So, tell me again, whose mind impairs whose judgement?
someone's fooled you CFL but it isn't me, that's not in my repertoire here
the footage you present is horrific and I personally believe that war itself is a crime against humanity but in order for military activities to be crimes they have to meet certain criteria. what you've chosen to expound on simply fails the test ... you do know that there were other players involved in the infamous 'wiki-leaks dumps' that weren't charged with criminal activity correct? no ... you obviously don't ... maybe you should look into that and figure out why
that way you can make principled judgments and statements on these matters instead of parroting the anti-American spin and propaganda deployed by those who are either avowed or sub-rosa enemies of the country you live in
there's no need for me to repeat myself about impaired judgement or 'win' any 'exchange' here so I'll just step away and let this subject drop. of course your eristic obsessive compulsive tendency won't let you, but I can
it's a really unfortunate though not unforeseen development. I do feel bad about it on many levels except for the consequential. you even forced some half-assed punctuation out of me. it's too bad that your mind-set = a set mind
And I thought you were doing so well at one time!
"you do know that there were other players involved in the infamous 'wiki-leaks dumps' that weren't charged with criminal activity correct? no ... you obviously don't ... maybe you should look into that and figure out why"
If all you can do is make allusions to some kind of "knowledge" which you suppose I don't possess, I hope you can see how that would look somewhat. . . uh. . . weak on your part.
"instead of parroting the anti-American spin and propaganda deployed by those who are either avowed or sub-rosa enemies of the country you live in"
Yes - always looking for enemies, aren't we. Our MIC is so much better off that way. Again, you deal only in allusions (and illusions for that matter!).
"there's no need for me to repeat myself about impaired judgement or 'win' any 'exchange' here so I'll just step away and let this subject drop. of course your eristic obsessive compulsive tendency won't let you, but I can"
But repeating yourself is all you've done so far. I'm the one who has presented actual evidence (e.g., the video in my previous post). Nevertheless, that's mighty fine of you to let the subject drop - tip of the hat!
And anyone who disagrees is entitled to push back vigorously against the idea of a military takeover to "re-do" an election. That's a horrible idea that was rightly rejected and relegated to the discourse trash heap. It's a great example of free speech as a tool in the search for truth and the best ideas. Someone spouts lies or bad ideas, the audience rejects them and then we move on. Of course sometimes accountability for lies is necessary before we can move on as we're witnessing now in Congress.
My favorite conservative radical is the evangelical who hates Jews.
I'm getting some players mixed up here; didn't he throw the disciples out of the stock exchange?
wait, that can't be right
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