When Privilege Collides With Reality


From RPG’s blog, commenter mgtowhorseman states,

I do think most people, socialized today and without even rudimentary situational awareness walk around feeling privileged and unconsciously selfish.
Most people are not malicious but they are incredibly selfish.

Be yourself
Your true unrestrained self.
Don’t worry about what people think of you. They don’t
You are not special nor is any other snowflake

But You are free
Because you KNOW.

Modern Western People (at last many of them) do grow up feeling privileged.  They have lots of wants and desires.  Furthermore they believe that they should be fulfilled.  Young women are the worst in terms of this.  Many young men quickly become disabused of notions that they are that special.  Young women on the other hand, have the sexual power of youth.

Young people have a tendency to believe that they are smarter than the previous generations.  When I was a child, I saw this mode of thinking and figured that it was obviously stupid.  Perhaps that right there is the ultimate intelligence test.  The modern young people are not only burdened with the usual we’re so smart predisposition, but they are actually encouraged to think this way.  The ones that can, collect credentials that often signify little (surely not an ability to think critically).

But then the world intrudes upon their life.  It is often rather harsh.  Their pre-conceived notions are thrown into disarray.  A fine mess this is.

The Bible suggests that people be humble.  They are after all, below God in the pecking order.  Furthermore they are creatures that are prone to sinning; and as such, must continually be on guard.  By the grace of God I go.  All of this is humbling.  My sisters were especially taught humility.  Now I see the logic of such.  To compensate for the seemingly immense power coming their way, they needed to realize that in the bigger scheme they were rather small.

But then again; being a special snowflake is easier.  Until it isn’t.

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95 comments on “When Privilege Collides With Reality
  1. Spawny Get says:

    Oh hell yeah.

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  2. Spawny Get says:

    Potentially useful link

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Yoda says:

    Perhaps only older people allowed to vote they should
    Maybe wiser because of years they would be

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  4. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I think that I first heard stuff like that in the wake of Brexit. The election didn’t go their way, so young people suggested that old people should not be allowed to vote. The contention was based on older people having less time here on Earth affecting their judgement.
    I did help someone to vote who was too old once. She was delusional from Parkinson’s.

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  5. Yoda says:

    When entitled you are,
    all the world looks like something have you should

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  6. Yoda says:

    . most people, socialized today and without even rudimentary situational awareness

    Wonder how much situational awareness moderns have I do
    And of what type it would be

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  7. Yoda says:

    I think that I first heard stuff like that in the wake of Brexit

    Perhaps people who feel like Britons not,
    Vote they should not

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  8. Yoda says:

    Tutorial on what Britons are this is

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  9. Farm Boy says:

    It is odd that these young people who think of themselves as so virtuous are so selfish and amoral.

    Perhaps their supposed virtuosity is covering for something.

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  10. mgtowhorseman says:

    situational awareness.

    Take any 25 year old millenial and go for a walk in the woods or go for a beer in a tough bar. Sit back and watch the fun. Hopefully a sprained ankle or busted jaw is the least of it.

    If I had a nickle for everyone who came on my farm and blindly just walked behind my 19 hand Percheron I’d be rich. Think next time just as they are getting nice and lined up I will yell and clap my hands. Bet they clear the barn.

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  11. mgtowhorseman says:

    Yeah. 50 year olds dont vote. Fine.
    No taxation without representation.

    Oh yeah. right.
    Made 110k last year. Paid 38k in taxes not including sales taxes.
    You make?? 11/hour? So work for free for 18 months to pay my taxes. Then you can have my vote.
    Manbitch.

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  12. mgtowhorseman says:

    Voting for pretty and hip got us Justin.
    Wait a month and see what an experienced 70 year old does to a pretty young drama teacher.
    Tariffs? But they’re not faaaaaaaiiiiirrrr.

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  13. mgtowhorseman says:

    and the “right” to be on parent’s insurance after 25?

    Kids were never on my insurance. Wanna drive. Buy a car. Get your own insurance. I’ll drive you to work but besides that you wanna ride….pay for it.

    You have the “right” to breathe.
    Anything else is earned and actions have consequences.

    Yeah I dont get being 25.

    At 25 I was a year married, 2 tours of Yugo, working 50 hours a week and going to night school to get my degree, living in my laws basement that we rented, saving for a down payment. Recession. Interest rates at 14% and rising.

    Yup. I just dont get it.

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  14. Ame says:

    “The modern young people are not only burdened with the usual we’re so smart predisposition, but they are actually encouraged to think this way.”

    it starts very young. in kindergarten kids are told they can do anything they can dream if they just work hard enough. they teach them they *need* to go to college and celebrate “College Week” – in kindergarten. they teach them to pick careers – in kindergarten. in the state of Texas teachers are *required* to show that everything they teach is preparing the students for college.

    there’s NO talk about talents, ability, limitations, etc. there’s only, “If you work hard enough, if you can dream it, you can do it.” … and often they leave off the, ‘if you work hard enough.’

    my aspie-girl is smart … apparently really smart b/c i can’t tell you how many specialists have told me so. they tell me, “If she can just get over ______, she can do anything! She’s so smart!”

    ugh. i wanna hit someone. cause she’s heard this over and over and over, but they leave out the truly important parts … like, you’re going to have to work harder than anyone else to do the things that come naturally for everyone else, and that’s okay b/c God also made you smart enough to figure it out if you’re willing to do so. i teach my girls they can be and become whoever God designed and created them to be and become before the foundations of the world if they honor and follow Him … if they make good choices … if they work hard … if they’re flexible and adaptable … if they’re willing to learn. they have a purpose in this life, so do life.

    i teach my girls that it’s not going to be handed to them. it’s not going to be easy, fair, just, or equal. get over it … put on your big-girl panties – and move on. pull a nike and just do it. get over yourself. life is hard.

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  15. Farm Boy says:

    If only youngsters were taught how to recognize facts and apply logic. So much would be better

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  16. Farm Boy says:

    And also youngsters should “do stuff in the real world” in order to develop common sense.

    For example, work at McDonald’s

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  17. Ame

    Your aspie girl can do many things, but not get over her aspie.
    She may be a researcher, scientist, accountant, tradesman.
    But she will never be a detective, counsellor, clergy, negotiator.
    She is gifted in inte!ligence but aspie stops her from the subtleties of body language etc.
    She could never sit at the negotiating table like me no matter how hard she tries.
    Same as I will never be a musician even if I practice 80 bous a week.

    Life isnt fair.
    Make it unfair in your favour.
    Use the unique giftfs you were born with and work on those.
    But the outcome is not gauranteed.
    Honest, hard workers sometimes get fucked over.
    Useless, entitled assholes get success for nothing.

    The gods have no plan for you, humanity yes, you personally, no.
    Snokwflakes aren’t special.
    Shit happens. Accidents happen. They mean nothing.
    The universe is random.

    Just do the best you can and carry on.

    Oh. And dont start fights.
    But if someone threatens you and yours you finish it and not just this one, the next one too.

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  18. Your aspie girl has one thing the entitled fucks dont.
    A mom who truly loves her for exactly who she is.
    THAT is whst is important

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  19. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Lauren Southern takes a turn at Lena Dunham.

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  20. Yoda says:

    At 7 AM in California’s rural Central Valley, not long before the recent presidential election, I stopped to talk with an elderly irrigator on the shared border alleyway of my farm. His face was a wrinkled latticework, his false teeth yellow. His truck smelled of cigarettes, its cab overflowing with flotsam and jetsam: butts, scribbled notes, drip-irrigation parts, and empty soda cans. He rolled down the window and muttered something about the plunging water-table level and whether a weak front would bring any rain. And then, this dinosaur put one finger up on the wheel as a salutation and drove off in a dust cloud.

    Five hours later, and just 180 miles distant, I bought a coffee at a Starbucks on University Avenue in Palo Alto, the heart of Silicon Valley, the spawn of Stanford University. Two young men sat at the table next to me, tight “high-water” pants rising above their ankles, coat cuffs drawn up their forearms, and shirts buttoned all the way to the top, in retro-nerd style. Their voices were nasal, their conversation rapid-fire— politics, cars, houses, vacations, fashion, and restaurants all came up. They were speaking English, but of a very different kind from the irrigator’s, accentuating a sense of being on the move and upbeat about the booming reality surrounding them.

    I hadn’t just left one part of America to visit another, it seemed, but instead blasted off from one solar system to enter another cosmos, light-years distant. And to make the contrast even more radical, the man in the truck in Fresno County was Mexican-American and said that he was voting for Trump, while the two in Palo Alto were white, clearly affluent—and seemed enthused about Hillary Clinton’s sure win to come.

    http://www.city-journal.org:8080/html/trump-and-american-divide-14944.html

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  21. Farm Boy says:

    I once was part of a project temporarily stationed in rural Pennsylvania. All of us project members were “highly educated suburban/urban types”. There was this older local fella hired to be a security guard living at the site 24/7.

    None of us educated types even noticed him but me. We had long conversations on all sorts of topics such as the local hero Charles Bronson, rural issues, china, machine told, etc.

    Quite a divide

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  22. Yoda says:

    Lauren Southern takes a turn at Lena Dunham.

    A fat target she would be

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  23. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    “A fat target she would be.”
    Both figuratively and literally.

    As to the gulf between the San Joaquin Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula, I can can second. It is unbelievably wide, more like two different cultures.

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  24. Yoda says:

    Glorious Patriarch quiet today he is

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  25. Yoda says:

    For Liz this is

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  26. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I think the cat is wishing the dog was not that affectionate.

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  27. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    In honor of Liz. She loved aviation videos and especially liked seeing B-25s do wheelies on takeoff.

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  28. Spawny Get says:

    Today I have mostly been sociamalising and drinking ale, beer, bitter, porter and stout. Afair but I’m not right yet

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  29. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    You wouldn’t be at a place where if you try them all, you are in no shape to walk home?

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  30. Ame says:

    Horseman – thank you. that is definitely the truth … i love her as she is and work with her as she is. as my husband said not long after we married, “She’s at least five kids in one.” that girl is a ton of work but worth it.

    it does our kids and the world no service to encourage them to be what they cannot be. but to encourage them to be the best of who they are, whatever that is? priceless.

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  31. Ame says:

    you know … it’s taboo to admit one can’t do something, especially when you’re admitting it on behalf of your child whom you’re raising. the knee-jerk, PC reaction is, “NO! They (you) can do ANYthing! you just have to work hard enough!”

    ugh.

    when she was in public school, i made lots of enemies stating the truth 🙂

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  32. Spawny Get says:

    Fuzz, I only drank 4 pints total over 7 hours, 1/3 pint at a time. But the weakest was 5% abv. I didn’t feel very drunk but my head wasn’t right. Maybe the mixing? I forgot to say farmhouse perry, which was very drinkable (cider made from pears. Drunk by olde English instead of wine)

    Quite a mix

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  33. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Spawny Get,
    It may be a bit of a reach , but did you break my father’s rule about mixing grain and grape? The pear cider being a stand in for grape? Then again, you may be coming down with something. An extra blanket on the bed and an extra hour of sleep?

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  34. Farm Boy says:

    when she was in public school, i made lots of enemies stating the truth

    My hero.

    But your hubby probably does not care so much about that, he likes the boobs

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  35. Farm Boy says:

    I wonder if this true about Fuzzie Bear

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  36. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Farm Boy,
    I don’t think that I have ever seen Fozzie Bear without his hat but, not few bears wear hats. I have to say that it is not easy being green, Hope this will cheer you.

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  37. Ame says:

    Farm Boy – wow … don’t think i’ve ever been considered a hero before! thank you 🙂

    my husband likes the part of me that stands up for what is right – he’ll tell you i’m a very passive person till one messes with my kids, then katy bar the door cause mama’s comin!

    but he’d be hard pressed to have to choose btw that and my boobs 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  38. Yoda says:

    my husband likes the part of me that stands up for what is right

    my husband likes the part of me that stands out straight

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  39. Yoda says:

    Human Rights Watch has taken Trump derangement syndrome to new heights with the release of its annual report that lists the United States of America as a human rights abuser on par with China, Egypt, and Syria.

    Their reason? Donald Trump’s rhetoric during the recent presidential campaign.

    Trump has yet to take office and the Soros-funded HRW is already condemning the U.S. for policies that have yet to be enacted.

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/2017/01/14/human-rights-watch-labels-us-human-rights-abuser-because-of-trump/

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  40. Ame says:

    lol! Yoda hyper-focused he is!

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  41. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Yoda,
    Is there anything that George Soros does contribute to that does something useful?

    Farm Boy,
    I saw this and had to share.

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  42. Farm Boy says:

    So sad

    The Clinton Global Initiative has informed the New York Department of Labor that it intends to lay off its 22 employees on April 15, 2017. The reason given is “Discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative.”

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/01/report-clinton-global-initiative-to-be-discontinued.php

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  43. Spawny Get says:

    Fuzz, regarding sleep. I had an early night…it worked wonders. No hangover.

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  44. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Good to hear. I once asked someone that bought a lot of non-alcoholic beer if it made her go to the bathroom a lot and burp. She said that it makes you do all the beer things except having to deal with a morning headache.
    I am glad you are feeling well. You may have ducked a case of the flu.

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  45. SFC Ton says:

    Told y’all Bikers love Trump

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/meet-the-biker-hosting-the-biggest-pro-trump-demonstration-at-the-inauguration/2017/01/13/e6d3abec-d69d-11e6-9f9f-5cdb4b7f8dd7_story.html?utm_term=.af3174d4d6a1

    If this guy succeeds he will basically create a freedom, firepower and fuck yeah, pro White working class/ middle class PAC out of thin air

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  46. Yoda says:

    I have a couple of recommendations from Mary Clogginstein and all the gals down at the Brattleboro, VT, Womyn’s Reproductive Health Care Clinic and Chop Shop who have been in deep mourning since November 8th as Obama is being rudely shoved out the door by that ruffian Trump.

    The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own, edited by Veronica Chambers, is a collection of 16 essays from various writers. From the blurb, it sounds like a thick, syrupy goo of hagiography and gloppy praise seldom encountered outside of third-world dictatorships:

    “Michelle Obama is unlike any other First Lady in American History. From her first moments on the public stage, she has challenged traditional American notions about what it means to be beautiful, to be strong, to be fashion-conscious, to be healthy, to be First Mom, to be a caretaker and hostess, and to be partner to the most powerful man in the world. What is remarkable is that, at 52, she is just getting started.”

    Wait, so Michelle Obama has “challenged traditional American notions about what it means to be beautiful?” That’s kind of an odd thing to say. Isn’t that a tacit admission that she isn’t beautiful, but some people desperately need to believe that she is? And furthermore, I’d damn well better agree, or be labeled a racist? It’s got a creepy, sort of North Korean personality cult vibe to it.

    And we see this same sort of constipated compliment in Mrs. Chambers’ introductory essay, where she writes:

    “”But we’ve never had anyone like Michelle before. She wasn’t a model, an actress, or a musician. She was quite simply the star of her own life — and that was a game changer for Black women…”

    In other words, she hasn’t really done anything particularly noteworthy in her life up to this point, except maybe marry the right guy. Any actual accomplishments would have been mentioned, and the adulation would have been fulsome. There is no real reason for any of this nauseatingly gushing praise. As a great American philosopher once asked, where’s the beef?

    Incidentally, marrying well seems to be Hillary’s main accomplishment in life, too. Without Bill escorting her to the big dance, Hillary would probably still be shredding billing records and shaking down local businesses at some corrupt law firm somewhere. That both she and Michelle Obama are held up as feminist icons has always made me laugh.

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/367849.php

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  47. Yoda says:

    The one chick in the above video married Anakin she did.
    Not good this was

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  48. SFC Ton says:

    We’ve had nothing but ugly 1st ladies

    Lest during my lifetime

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  49. SFC Ton says:

    Until tomorrow that is

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  50. Hey guys, I am alive and well, just been obsession elsewhere about following the transition nonsense. For example, this morning a gal I know via FB actually suggested that maybe O should just stay in power “until we can figure something else out.” Um, no. Unbelievable! I am trying to stay positive but it’s really hard when there are so many COMPLETE IDIOTS who think this is some kind of game or something.

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  51. *obsessing. At least my constant typos prove it’s me, right? Lol.

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  52. Like these celebrities, what exactly are they “surviving?” Democracy working as outlined?

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  53. I am ranting. I may or may not be especially keyed up bc I am hormonal. I guess better now than on the 19th??? :/

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  54. Spawny Get says:

    Yesterday I heard a professor talk about how immigration controls would mean an end to recruitment of smart people from overseas. FFS. Supposedly smart people believing the white coming out of the ABBC sphincter of knowledge. This was someone I’ve known for years.

    You have Trump Derangement Syndrome, we have that and the brexit version.

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  55. Yoda says:

    Also the grandmother of Darth Emo she would be.
    Perhaps greater offense this is

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  56. Yoda says:

    As if immigration controls “all it nothing” they would be.
    Insult our intelligence they do

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  57. Moehau Man says:

    “Wax ye not sanctimonious with thy art”, Mrs Moehau Man (my stern old mum) warned the caterwauling Hollywood foreignors just then, “lest thy artlessness expose thee for the fools thou art with thine art.”

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  58. Moehau Man says:

    “Woe unto that foreign Streep sheila”, Mrs Moehau Man (my inspired old mum) added just then, “for she will now be remembered first for her pompous cant.”

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  59. Spawny Get says:

    US Ambassador to EU has told Junker, that Trump will not stand for an EU Army
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/754431/Donald-Trump-EU-army-Juncker-Mallach

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  60. Yoda says:

    Why EU need Army it does
    When NATO it has?

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  61. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Spawny Get at 6:29pm,
    No Shit!? To put someone in command of a armed forces that is not directly elected or responsible is begging for trouble. Someone should forward this to Jean Paul.

    At a guess, I think Vladimir Putin would have a slightly different response.

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  62. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Yoda,
    Padme to the Dark Side didn’t go.
    Annakin too influenced by the Emperor he was.

    Ton,
    Calling all the recent First Ladies ugly is not fair. Most Presidents have been in their fifties. It is not likely for them to have a spring chicken for a wife.

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  63. I am glad this guy is on our side! Yikes! https://i.sli.mg/HpF9uP.jpg Posted on another site with the caption “The reason they can’t sleep at night, and the reason you can”

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  64. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I have to believe that more than a few people, over where Spawny lives, have to fel this way about an EU Army.

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  65. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    The French have gotten wind of it.

    They told the Germans about it.

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  66. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I want to believe that if the European Union did form its own Army and it so much as failed to yield the right of way to a little old lady crossing the street, a coalition against them would be formed faster that that Napoleon would believe possible, and he had a few of those formjed against him.

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  67. Hopefully it was prior to the election and they were able to ID her! Vandalizing or tampering with a campaign sign is a FELONY. Yep! (And how gross and classless is that, anyway???)

    I am feeling super intolerant of idiots today, and for an INFP this is a very unusual thing. I know for the INTJs here, you feel like that every day, but the difference is the INFP feels extreme guilt over thoughts like this, we want to see the good in everyone and everything but too many people are making that really difficult lately!

    Rant over. La la la…sunshine and happiness!

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  68. INFPs are pretty much one of the few types who suffers fools gladly… up to a point. And I think we have reached it.

    Maybe I should just go to bed for the next 5 days?!?!? JK

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  69. I am not speaking of anyone here being fools, btw. Of course! 🙂 You people are some of the very few that are in touch!

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  70. Perhaps I just need to channel all this into a book: A Cautionary Tale of Special Snowflakness

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  71. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Bloom,
    Watch some videos of cavalry charges. It helps dissipate the hostility.

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  72. Yoda says:

    I am feeling super intolerant of idiots today, and for an INFP this is a very unusual thing. I know for the INTJs here, you feel like that every day, but the difference is the INFP feels extreme guilt over thougts like this

    Got over this problem early in life I did

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  73. Or maybe: The Curious Mindset of Special Snowflakes
    Or, less generously: OMG How Do You Even Get Through The Day?

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  74. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Bloom,
    Watch some videos of cavalry charges. It helps dissipate the hostility. Or, Cill likes this for stress relief.

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  75. Spawny Get says:

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  76. This is the organizer of the “Bikers for Trump” long before his latest endeavor: Lawn Mower Guy. Inspiring https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgAY7RiUSjg

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  77. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Spawny Get,
    Animals have something in place that is far older and more sophisticated to communicate with. I have no idea what it is, but it is very effective.

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  78. Yoda says:

    A new post there is

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  79. From the above:

    “…who have been in deep mourning since November 8th as Obama is being rudely shoved out the door by that ruffian Trump.”

    Ok wtf universe do these people live in? His term is OVER. 8 years is the limit. Trump is not “rudely shoving him out” he was elected as the next president.

    How do these people make it thru the day w such limited brain power??? Annoying!

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  80. Cautiously Pessimistic says:

    How do these people make it thru the day w such limited brain power???

    I phrase the question as “How do these people not burn themselves to death while taking a shower?”

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  81. Moehau Man says:

    Maybe I should just go to bed for the next 5 days?!?!? JK Bloom says.

    Yes well-

    “Plant ye not the seeds of temptation in my son’s head”, Mrs Moehau Man (my vigilant old mum) interrupted me just then. “Smelleth thy skin of pikelets?” she asks.

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  82. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Moehau Men must really like pickelets.

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  83. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Bloom,
    Maybe it is for I to remind you that hot chocolate with marshmallows is good stuff. It may make you feel better.Just the idea of it makes me feel better.

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  84. Yoda says:

    Coming soon this is

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