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  •  Oh this is your difficult question? (none)
    Geez, and I thought you were sincere above.  This is not a comment seeking an honest reaction - you look to provoke.

    "Just say no to torture." -Semi-Anonymous Blogger.

    by Armando on Sun Jan 30, 2005 at 08:54:11 AM PST

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    •  not much of a reply (none)
      This could be boilerplate for a reply to any question, from any point of view, for anyone on any side of any question.  If you've got ninety-nine people saying "exactly" to what you've said, spend a little more time on the one that's hesitant.  If growth is going to come from anywhere (if growth is needed of course), it'll come from there.
      •  Are you kidding me? (none)
        Well what's your answer to the question Mr. Reasonable? See I don't think it is a reasonable question.

        "Just say no to torture." -Semi-Anonymous Blogger.

        by Armando on Sun Jan 30, 2005 at 04:37:57 PM PST

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        •  See? (none)
          I've given my response to J.S.'s question above on this thread, which you've assured me elsewhere you've read, so I won't repeat it here.  But I will say that if you're going to be a prominent voice on a site that's taken as representative of the left, you've got to lift your rhetoric up a notch or two. For instance, what does the word "see" contribute to your respsonse to me?  "See I don't think it is a reasonable question" doesn't differ from "I don't think it is a reasonable question" except in tone.  And what is the tonal difference?  You can say you don't know, or that you didn't intend any tonal difference, or that adding "see" is more forceful, but none of these would really get at the actual difference.  I think you'd agree that the left cannot out stupid the right and it cannot out lie the right.  Neither can it out bully the right, because bullying has at its heart violence and suppression and dominance, the core values of the right.  At the core of the left is love.  If that doesn't shine through on this site, then this site is just a holding tank for those who will eventually wind  up with the right.
          •  Well (none)
            I think the question on its face is unreasonable.  I don't think it requires an explanation.  Read the question and it would tell you - you know what I object to - why are you acting so cute?

            As for what a front pager should be - well, I am one, and unless kos changes his mind will be one.  I am being who I have always been. You object to me being a front pager - I understand that - many do.  But that decision has been made.  Take it up with kos.  You're wasting your time with me.

            "Just say no to torture." -Semi-Anonymous Blogger.

            by Armando on Sun Jan 30, 2005 at 10:52:29 PM PST

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            •  wasting my time? (none)
              I have no issue with Kos about you. You are a front pager.  I assume you became one through your abilities to speak for the left and will continue to be one.  Your abilities, though, admirable as they are, may not yet be fully formed.  "Cute," for instance?  Is that the best word you could come up with for what you don't like about my comments?  (Mark Twain once observed that the difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.)

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