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Re: “Princess Leia taught me to be tough

Well, for your part the sophomoric attempt at sarcasm with the linked photos, for hers, the absolute misunderstanding of Leia's role in the movie. Leia was George Lucas's marketing plan. He re-hashed the formula for every major Western from the 30s to the 70s (Even some of the dialog, if heard without the visuals could easily pass for a cowboy flick) and placed it in a setting that would attract the kids of Space-Age America. Leia was a quasi-Feminist character, sure, but the costuming and filming angles were specifically set to create a new poster-girl sensation. Hell, Carrie Fisher herself said in an interview that when she confronted Lucas about the filmy white gown with no undergarments, she said his response was, "In the future they don't wear underwear." The point of her role was specifically that even in the future a hot, tough woman will still need to be rescued by the hotter Cowboys.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on May 28, 2015 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Spoleto overview: Carlos Aguirre stole our hearts

He´s one of the greatest artist of the south american scene, very complete. Songwriter, pianist, arrenger, producer. A must see if you like the genius of Bill Evans or Keith Jarrett but with his own latin soul. A great contributor to argentina´s folk music also.

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Posted by Jeronimo Gaitan Reiss on May 28, 2015 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Today's police departments look more and more like occupying armies

White but Italian looking violent criminal in a business suit or, in the modern era, tracksuit = "Mafioso, Mafia, mobster"

Hispanic violent criminal with lots of facial and neck tats = "gangster, vato"

Black violent criminal with sagging pants and gold jewelry = "thug"

Burnt out looking white violent criminal with bad teeth = "tweaker, methhead, scumbag"

White-supremacist, shaved head violent criminal = "skinhead"

Violent motorcycle-riding criminals (any race) = "Bikers, Bike Gang"


All of the above are great for internet use. I wouldn't recommend them for personal interactions.

Questions? Additions?

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Posted by Cid95 on May 28, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Today's police departments look more and more like occupying armies

"here comes lee majors, proghorn, and libertone"

Happy to oblige. Although it's quite disturbing the first thing you would think of when reading an article is how any of those fine fellows will react. I need some space redblood, please quit stalking me, or I will be forced to call the National Guard. The police of course being unavailable due to their pending deployment.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on May 28, 2015 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Rare copy of To Kill a Mockingbird stolen from Blue Bicycle

The original thief of course being Harper Lee stole who stole it from Truman Capote.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on May 28, 2015 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Today's police departments look more and more like occupying armies

I have yet to see an instance where the Waco bikers were referred to as thugs. But surely they are thugs, right? Because thug is another world for criminal in general - not a Freudian replacement for the n-bombs that so many people wish they could freely utter unironically without public scorn.

Anywhoskies, it's not news that the our limited-government loving friends consistently side with big government when it comes to authoritarian practices. You might as well write an article about the sky being blue.*








*Of course, the sky isn't really blue. But how many people know that? Fewer and fewer, thanks to consistent cuts in education and science funding. We can't keep throwing money at those things, though. We have to throw money at a militarized society.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on May 28, 2015 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Today's police departments look more and more like occupying armies

When the time of an active shooter, civil unrest comes is not the time to train and equip the responders. If you do then people like mat, fish, the kuhn, leemajors, will be first in line criticizing the lack of a response, the lack of training.

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Posted by truthrus on May 28, 2015 at 10:17 AM
Posted by leemajors on May 28, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Today's police departments look more and more like occupying armies

Because police are not gearing up for crime that actually happens--they are subconsciously arming themselves for the residual specter of a Red Dawn scenario, or al-qaeda.

And we have our hawkish government to thank for that fallacious paranoia.

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Posted by leemajors on May 28, 2015 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Southern Charm S2 E11: The finality of the finale

"I'm gonna be screwed when I go to mexico in a few weeks, aren't I?"

Doubtful. I'm sure you're staying in a pre-approved Safe For Whiteys Sandals-esque area where the staff will smile and applaud at your "Si's" and "Gracias's" for your entertainment but will primarily speak English to you so you don't feel too uncomfortable.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on May 28, 2015 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Holy City Brewing's new kitchen Suelto takes playful risks that pay off

"Perhaps you've ordered a Smoke Break at Kudu or a seasonal brew on tap at Mex-1 Coastal Cantina."

Are their beverages available at food & bev establishments that don't advertise with CCP?

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Posted by Ron Liberte on May 28, 2015 at 10:06 AM

Re: “New Ellen DeGeneres show searches for South Carolina singles

What's in the air is we bring a guaranteed train wreck to the circus. This "love" you see is them mocking us.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on May 28, 2015 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Princess Leia taught me to be tough

"I don't know which of the two of you is more pathetic...."

Perhaps we could discuss this?

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Posted by Pronghorn on May 28, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Re: “Today's police departments look more and more like occupying armies

1. Our police often look like occupying infantry platoons. They are civilians (as opposed to military police) and need to act accordingly. There are rare situations where they need SWAT teams and the like, but they are few and far between. The Boston police manhunt for the two marathon bombers was the worst case of this - armored vehicles with hundreds of helmeted guys in body armor and camouflage with rifles patrolling the streets, shutting normal life down, doing house to house searches, etc. Looking for two guys armed with handguns...

2. The Waco, TX motorcycle club incident wasn't one of those situations. 9 bikers killed, 18 wounded - zero police casualties of any kind. Imagine if that had happened at Black Bike Week in Myrtle Beach last weekend, and 9 black bikers were killed and 18 others shot (some by each other, some by police)! We would never hear the end of it. But, it was all whites and Hispanics that are dead, so that is out of the news now. Forever.

3. The scaling back of the DoD gear-to-police-program only involved, as far as I know, stopping tracked vehicles and grenade launchers. Large armored wheeled vehicles, machineguns, aircraft etc are all still good to go.

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Posted by Cid95 on May 28, 2015 at 4:29 AM

Re: “Princess Leia taught me to be tough

Well your worshipfulness, I must say that I'm surprised you identify so strongly with the damsel in distress and the rescue romance tropes. Aren't they sexist? The original A New Hope was a retelling of the classic fairy tale of storming the castle to rescue the princess with the help of a wise old wizard.

Admittedly, Leia is a bad ass. Her resistance to the mind probe is considerable. But she was still a princess trapped in a tower. And by the third movie, she's in a slave girl costume.

And let's honest about your movie boyfriend. He's is a huge misogynist. Always with the "he's the brains, sweetheart" and "not on this ship, sister".

I too am excited by the new trailer. The Falcon looks filthy and broke down, just the way it aught to.

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Posted by Fish Pimp on May 27, 2015 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Today's police departments look more and more like occupying armies

One way to stop the flow of weapons from the military to the police is to cut the bloated military budget that insists on buying weapons which are not needed or wanted.

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Posted by Fish Pimp on May 27, 2015 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Stegelin: Options for 2016

The Clintons are no option at all.
Just as Mark Sanford should never have been reelected to a public office, so should Mrs Clinton never be given a chance to hold our trust again.

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Posted by artrogue on May 27, 2015 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Lindsey Graham positions himself as a foreign policy expert in the 2016 election

Both Graham and McCain are dangerous warmongering madmen not experts. With either one of these war nuts in control means certain war.

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Posted by Tony Mac on May 27, 2015 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Southern Charm S2 E11: The finality of the finale

I'm gonna be screwed when I go to mexico in a few weeks, aren't I?

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Posted by Stephanie Barna on May 27, 2015 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Holy City Brewing's new kitchen Suelto takes playful risks that pay off

I need that brunch burger in my life.

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Posted by Kristen B on May 27, 2015 at 4:13 PM
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