It’s easy if you try

It’s easy if you try April 12, 2013

“If you had to quickly flee both your home and country, what one possession would you make sure you take with you?”

“If you want an easy life, indulge yourself in despair.”

“It’s also a wildly presumptuous leap to project my own apathy onto God.”

“Be anything you like, be madmen, drunks, and bastards of every shape and form, but at all costs avoid one thing: success.”

“People mainly leave the church for one of two reasons: it’s either the assholes or the problem of suffering.”

Motivational Megafauna (click through for more encouragement from the extinct).

“The real question is, what does ‘Jesus’ symbolize?

“The universe appears to be slightly lopsided, and even rather cold in one part.”

Dinosaurs are changing so fast that the monstrous creatures we imagine in our youth become strangers as scientific discovery continues to tweak what we know about them.”

“The apparent apathy of the public and the enthusiasm of government has allowed sites like Facebook to get away with degrees of surveillance that are increasingly Orwellian.”

“Let’s get out of Afganistan, and stop making up wars to fight.”

“Imagine if Germany had a society in which Jewish citizens were imprisoned twice as frequently and then disproportionately executed.”

“You were on the wrong side of legality, morality and history, and lost. Get the f— over it, and be thankful you got representation in our government again so soon after violently rebelling against it.”

“I can’t really remember the last time I saw a public figure do something racist and say, ‘Yes. I am racist. I am sorry and I intend to do something about it.'”

I’m Your Basic, Small-Government, Obama-Is-the-Antichrist Conservative

“And don’t worry. You’ll get your turn in the center ring. You can count on that.” (via Jay Lake)

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  • 1. Why should “everyone” be fed?

    2. Food is so cheap in the U.S. that there is no reason for any sane adult to begin starving, even without any government programs.

    Edit: To make food prices even cheaper, I propose there should be no tariffs on food grown in foreign lands.

  • EllieMurasaki


    And some people’s only food budget is food stamps, which are meant to supplement food budgets. That’s how shitty wages are in this country. Take food stamps away and people go hungry.

  • Hunger and starvation aren’t the same thing. Nearly everyone in the U.S. has some weight they can lose.

  • EllieMurasaki

    What the actual fuck.

  • Hm. I thought everyone only deserved to have their rights of life, liberty, and property not violated by humans.

  • EllieMurasaki

    So it would be okay, in a world without food stamps, for Walmart to violate its employees’ right to life by paying them exactly what they pay them in this world where so many of their employees need food stamps–that is, paying them not enough to be sure they can eat? Walmart is not, after all, a person.

  • Businesses are human institutions and cannot act outside of the actions of humans. In your scenario, Walmart would not be violating its employees’ right to life by not paying them a “living wage”, but would merely be allowing nature to violate its employees’ right to life.

  • EllieMurasaki

    Yeah, I’m telling Gmail to delete all the emails with your name in, because it is not my job to inflict empathy or clear thinking on someone who so obviously wants nothing to do with either.

  • 1. Why should “everyone” be fed?

    What else ‘ya gonna do?

    That is my first, best answer to pretty much all questions that begin “But why should the government/I/we/society have to pay for…”*

    Because What else ya gonna do?

    Everyone should be fed because if everyone is not fed, some people will stare to death. The alternative to “everyone gets fed” is “some people starve to death”. If you oppose feeding everyone, you are of necessity arguing that some people should starve to death.

    This is very simple: there is a “people shouldn’t starve to death” position and a “some people should starve to death” position.

    It should be reasonably self-evident which of those positions is the evil one.

    (* “But why should I pay for those stupid poor people who bought more house than they could afford?” “What else ya gonna do? Lose your own financial security when the housing market collapses under the weight of all those foreclosures?”

    “But why should I pay for socialized medicine for those people?” “What else ya gonna do? Continue to watch people die of treatable illnesses?”


  • What’s wrong with one who is not working not eating?
    As I have already stated,

    Food is so cheap in the U.S. that there is no reason for any sane adult to begin starving, even without any government programs.

    Edit: To make food prices even cheaper, I propose there should be no tariffs on food grown in foreign lands.

  • Everyone should be fed because if everyone is not fed, some people will starve to death.

    Or they’ll turn to dangerous and/or criminal activities in a desperate attempt to prevent themselves (and their children, if they have them) from starving. An increase in crime makes everyone more miserable and desperate. So, if we want increased social stability, we should try to keep everyone fed.

  • Since when was the support for perverse incentives by the forcible confiscation of the wealth of one’s betters “empathy”?

  • JustoneK

    Are you sure you aren’t a republican? Because they are arguing exactly this in some bills lately.

  • JustoneK

    I am one of a handful of folks reading yer comment. Our standards matter more than yours in this majority, and we have a degree of agreement on them in the first place.

    But then this would make you a martyr, ehwot.

  • Heh, one of the things I’ve thought of recently is that a lot of libertarians say they aren’t for either party, but in practice, wind up spouting a lot of the same talking points as a lot of the GOP. Enopoletus strikes me as “ex-libertarian” the same way Santorum thinks the GOP has too many liberals in the party.

  • Are you sure you aren’t a republican?

    -Yup. Too many homophobes, forced-birth-after pregnancy proponents, creationists, theocrats, bailout proponents, farmers’ subsidies proponents, Bush-lovers, fundamentalist Christians, AGW denialists, and Atheist/Islamic Obama believers within that party.

  • That is why I, unlike the anarcho-capitalists, support reliable government-funded law enforcement.

  • What’s wrong with one who is not working not eating?

    Because then they die.

    That’s it. That’s the end. It is wrong because it kills people.

    Arguing “What’s wrong with people not eating” is the same as arguing “What’s wrong with killing people?”

    If you need “What’s wrong with killing people?” explained for you, then you are not a being whose sapience is sufficiently similar to my own that meaningful communication is even possible.

  • Law enforcement deals with the symptoms, not the causes.

  • Yeah. I still find that weird.

  • The_L1985

    So…it would be better for those workers to starve, then?

  • Read my comments.

  • The_L1985

    I have read your comments. You oppose food stamps, but you don’t seem to oppose Wal-Mart’s paying its workers starvation wages. Ergo, since you seem to have no complaints about those low wages, you must want Wal-Mart and other companies to continue paying their workers too little, but without the government to pick up the slack. This would cause millions of American workers to starve.

  • [citation needed].

  • Magic_Cracker

    Man, what is it with fundegelicals and communism that gets theirs collars in such a twist?