During the entire political season, people left comments and sent me emails berating me for not supporting Ron Paul.
He is the only true conservative! He is the most Catholic of candidates!
What they left out is that he is buggier than a Louisiana swamp. What they also left out, he is a complete jackass.
A complete Jackass is my nice way of referring to someone who would make these kind of comments when a man, a soldier, is murdered trying to help other soldiers.
And then he tries to weasel out of his disgusting comment by using Jesus.
As a veteran, I certainly recognize that this weekend’s violence and killing of Chris Kyle were a tragic and sad event. My condolences and prayers go out to Mr. Kyle’s family. Unconstitutional and unnecessary wars have endless unintended consequences. A policy of non-violence, as Christ preached, would have prevented this and similar tragedies. -REP
Boing Boing is a bad man. Sell crazy somewhere else.
February 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm
Look how many retweeted and favorited it. He is not alone. Sad.
February 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm
Ron Paul is not trying to weasel out of his comment. He is elaborating. He quoted Jesus in the original tweet and then he elaborated in the face of knee-jerk reactionary emotionalism. At some point it has to dawn on the intelligent people in the room that, no matter how patriotic or well meaning Mr. Kyle was, he wasn't defending us. It is sad that he died, but it is also stupid to venerate him. He is no saint, no hero, but a hired killer- perhaps he, like so very many, was sadly tricked by the very people who have stolen this country into imagining there is still something to protect, and that brown people a half a world a way are the people we need protection from, but his intentions do not sanctify his actions.
February 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm
August is as despicable as Professor Boing Boing. You don't take the death of someone like Kyle and turn into an occasion to gloat – and that is what Professor Boing Boing did. He used Jesus's words to gloat over a dead man. But sadly people like august are so wrapped into a personality cult that they'll just defend the man no matter what heinous thing he does or says.
February 5, 2013 at 2:57 pm
February 5, 2013 at 3:51 pm
We are not gloating. I don't know how you could possibly derive such an idea from what Ron Paul or I said. Nor do I feel I am defending him. I am clarifying, trying to help you get past the emotional reaction that you've been trained to have, so that you can see the truth. These are Christ's words that upset you- what have you put above Him?
February 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm
August uses the same "logic" as the Westboro jerks do. Mr. Kyle was murdered and no one deserves that.
February 5, 2013 at 8:48 pm
The people in Mr. Kyle's cross hairs did not deserve it either.
The Westboro jerks condemn people, kind of like you guys are doing to me.
I am not condemning.
I am saying what Ron Paul said was accurate.
This war is ridiculous, and you only prolong it, and increase the likelihood more stuff like what happened to Mr. Kyle will continue to happen, by trying to raise this poor guy to some level of hero or martyr.
This is undoubtedly why Ron Paul made the comment in the first place. We can't just let the ignorant paint an icon, set it in the church, and call this guy a saint.
February 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm
I have disagree vehemently, August. It's despicable. Regardless of whether you believe the war in Iraq. Or what ever brought the soldiers there. They were there on order by their country. Do you even understand the sacrifices that are made?
I commend him for what he did. I only wish that he was there at the corner where my friend was killed. Maybe then, he would still be here instead of dead because of an IED.
And, to say that maybe he deserved to die because he was doing his duty for his country is saying that all Iraqi veterans deserve to die. You and all who have agreed with Ron Paul's comments are saying this and that would include my husband.
February 5, 2013 at 10:37 pm
KC, no one said he deserved to die. No one even said maybe. What was said was that Chris Kyle's death seems to confirm Jesus' words- that if you live by the sword, you will die by the sword.
I do understand the sacrifices that are made, and those sacrifices are all the more reason to educate people, for sacrifices made to perpetuate evil are not helpful, even if the people making them are not aware of that evil.
Your husband is in danger because of this government, and future generations, should they fall prey to thinking people like your friend and Chris Kyle are the sort of people who made good decisions, will be in danger as well. I want to be very clear- I am not saying what you are saying that I am saying- luckily we all have it in writing that I am not, and Ron Paul is not. Your emotions are leading you astray here.
February 6, 2013 at 12:19 am
Well, August, there is a 96% chance I'm smarter than you—according to IQ tests—and I say you're out of what we flatter lavishly by calling your mind. The people Chris Kyle killed eminently deserved it. They were agents of the Taliban and the Saddam Hussein regime, i.e. they were as bad as the Schutzstaffel. "Iraq didn't attack us on 9/11"? Yeah, and Germany didn't bomb Pearl Harbor, did you Paulbots maybe learn history from Animal House?
There is room for debate as to whether it was wise for the US to go to war with those regimes. There is no room for debate that those regimes were immoral. Are you going to play the Communist card of "moral equivalency"?
As for Chris Kyle being a saint, there's an investigation process for that, and it hasn't been conducted. His being a hero is not open to doubt. Since the word "hero" means merely "one of unusual martial prowess or courage".
February 6, 2013 at 2:12 pm
I see you've been drinking the State Department kool-aid Sophia.
If a group of people went half-way across the world and invaded Texas, you'd notice Texans had an inherent right to defend their homes.
Yeah, I don't think there's room for debate either. You don't need someone to debate, you need to develop enough humility to become a student- and find yourself a good teacher. You don't know what you are talking about.
Chris Kyle shot people from long range. There were other people, like the Samurai- people who understood and embraced the idea of living and dying by the sword. They would not consider this man a hero. Nor would they consider Christ's words a condemnation, but rather axiomatic to their way of life.
February 6, 2013 at 5:05 pm
Do you think that 9/11 is also America's fault?
February 6, 2013 at 11:04 pm
August, your ignorance is an eyesore, to use a Japanese expression.
In the Sengoku era, when the samurai actually had a battlefield role, rather than just being a second-tier aristocracy, their primary role was as light cavalry—that is, horse archers. They sent down rains of arrows on each other's ashigari (footmen), and only once the enemy's infantry were routed did they then close and fight each other. It is estimated that 80% of Sengoku-era battlefield casualties were inflicted by arrows.
You want to talk about the samurai with me? Yoi de gozaru. What was the major difference between Oda Nobunaga and his rivals? What were the major weaknesses of the Joseon kingdom when invaded by the forces of Toyotomi Hideyoshi? Why did Nobunaga sack Buddhist monasteries, and how is that connected to Tokugawa Ieyasu's persecution of Christians?
I don't know what I'm talking about? I need to become a student and find myself a good teacher? I return those words to you—to use another Japanese expression.