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#1 Darth Biscuit

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 12:05 PM

I thought this little story was relevant to some of the stuff we've discussed in here over the last few months...


Went to my family's Christmas part over the holidays... long story short, it almost turned into a church service with all the talking about how god has done this and done that... and then my uncle gets up and proceeds to tell us how we need to pray for our country, how Obama is destroying it, etc., etc.

A little about my uncle... he's retired from the military with over 25 years service and full benefits, and also retired from a local gov't job where he worked after his military service, also with full benefits... needless to say, he's pretty well off. Paid off house, new truck every year, etc.

So afterwards we're talking and he's telling us this story of how he went to the VA about his benefits and how the guy at the VA awarded him all these "new" benefits because of his various "health problems" (which are marginal at best), and told us that he qualified for an additional $1200/mo in benefits.

I just found it interesting that the same person who was just railing about how Obama was destroying our country is essentially "on the take" for benefits he doesn't really need, but doesn't seem to see the problem with it.

I find this to be a growing problem. I guess it's the "I may as well get my share too" attitude...

I was personally very put off by his attitude, and frankly had always thought better of him as a person.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 12:38 PM

i see all kinds of hypocrisy like that from both sides

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 12:45 PM

i see all kinds of hypocrisy like that from both sides



Yep. The two party system is controlled by the Council on Foreign Relations. Both the Democrats and the Republicans only have slight differences, but the long term plans and the foreign policy is both the same. It is only a war of words.


This reason is why a third party has such a hard time winning elections. It is a rigged game, and if you do not have a 'D' or an 'R' behind your name, you will not be an insider as to the real game being played, and the financing and other political tools, such as the media, that is needed to win an election.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 12:51 PM

Sucks about your uncle. I agree with PSC there is plenty of hyprocisy on either side of any issue. One day my parents (who are [supposedly] devout Christians and go to church regularly) joked to me about what would be worse: me being gay or marrying a black girl. It really pissed me off that day. Even as an adult who already disagreed fundamentally with them on many issues, it really changed the way I look at them. Guy in my office too, goes to church all the time and is a professed Christian but never hesitates to throw out racial epithets when someone pisses him off. I just shake my head.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 12:54 PM

Sucks about your uncle. I agree with PSC there is plenty of hyprocisy on either side of any issue. One day my parents (who are [supposedly] devout Christians and go to church regularly) joked to me about what would be worse: me being gay or marrying a black girl. It really pissed me off that day. Even as an adult who already disagreed fundamentally with them on many issues, it really changed the way I look at them. Guy in my office too, goes to church all the time and is a professed Christian but never hesitates to throw out racial epithets when someone pisses him off. I just shake my head.


Unfortunately the majority of my family is the same. Profess to be christian, but wouldn't have a black or gay person in their homes. It's sad and pathetic.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 12:56 PM

Cute little anecdotal story you have there, but unless you can post some charts and graphs, and maybe a quote or two from a peer reviewed article, with links to the original source material, I'm afraid I can't be expected to take this all that seriously.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 12:57 PM

It's amazing how many people live in a bubble. My in-laws are very religious and strict straight ticket pubs. It's impossible to even have a somewhat sane discussion. Best to just keep your mouth shut.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 12:57 PM

Unfortunately the majority of my family is the same. Profess to be christian, but wouldn't have a black or gay person in their homes. It's sad and pathetic.


Yes, it is, and I am constantly amazed on how some "Christians" can overlook that "love thy neighbor" thing. It was kind of a big deal to Jesus.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 01:01 PM

Cute little anecdotal story you have there, but unless you can post some charts and graphs, and maybe a quote or two from a peer reviewed article, with links to the original source material, I'm afraid I can't be expected to take this all that seriously.


Watch it buddy. You need to get back to sleeping or whatever it is you're doing this week.

...but hey, at least you didn't call me fat.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 01:05 PM

Watch it buddy. You need to get back to sleeping or whatever it is you're doing this week.

...but hey, at least you didn't call me fat.



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Posted 28 December 2012 - 01:09 PM

the stuff i see working directly with freddie mac and fannie mae is staggering. its just an odd culture with those guys on how money is spent and who gets what.
it's like Willy Wonka meets Wall Street.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 01:11 PM

I had a similar experience over the holidays. I went to my soon to be in-laws home which is in bumfuq east TX. Anyhow, it was sort of opposite because some people in the small town would intentionally try to get disability benefits so they wouldnt have to do poo for the rest of their lives. However, if you even mention Obama, they get pissed and start yelling stuff like "he's a communist muslim democrat...take our guns etc". They vote republican even though it makes more sense for them to vote democrat.


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