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Another “Mayorhood” Crony Goes Down

COLUMBIA MAYOR STEVE BENJAMIN’S ALLIES ARE ALL GETTING INDICTED … Former South Carolina State House lobbyist and university official Ed Givens pleaded guilty in federal court this week on charges of “misprision of a felony” – or failing to alert authorities to a criminal enterprise in which he was involved…

COLUMBIA MAYOR STEVE BENJAMIN’S ALLIES ARE ALL GETTING INDICTED …

Former South Carolina State House lobbyist and university official Ed Givens pleaded guilty in federal court this week on charges of “misprision of a felony” – or failing to alert authorities to a criminal enterprise in which he was involved or of which he had knowledge.

What criminal enterprise are we referring to? A kickback scheme at S.C. State University, the Palmetto State’s ethically and financially challenged historically black university – which remains under the thumb of corrupt black politicians.

Anyway, it has been widely reported that Columbia S.C. “Mayorhood” Steve Benjamin was the original target of the S.C. State investigation – and that the probe of the university began as a probe into his shady ‘Village at Rivers’ Edge’ deal, a government-subsidized affordable housing boondoggle.

This project – which received at least $7.8 million in federal “stimulus” money and millions more in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (USHUD) – officially went belly-up last year.

Benjamin has refused to address the case, telling one local television reporter who asked him about it to “grow up.”

Real mature … of course it make sense for Benjamin to think he’s invincible given everything he’s gotten away with in the past.

Benjamin and Givens go way back. They went to school together, took the bar exam together, were both attorneys at the McNair Law Firm and they both run in the same corrupt circles in Columbia, S.C.. Givens actually appeared in one of Benjamin’s campaign commercials, and was captured shedding “tears of joy” when the latter was first elected mayor in 2010.

“They both like the same white girls, too” one source at the State House tells FITS.

Interesting … maybe they’ll wind up sharing a prison cell before it’s all said and done.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein May 15, 2014 at 12:06 pm

“They both like the same white girls, too” one source at the State House tells FITS.

Obligatory “Blazing Saddles” clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGQ-ISsDm8M

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The Distinguished Senator Byrd May 15, 2014 at 2:51 pm

If they both end up sharing a cell, who’s gonna be the white women?

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Slartibartfast May 15, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Well, you know how little we pay our prison guards, and makeup is not a lost art, here.

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SCBlues May 15, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Do you only use the term “Mayorhood” for Black mayors? And yet you call Al Sharpton a “racial agitator”?

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TontoBubbaGoldstein May 15, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Story has it that many years ago, Rev Al was trying to shakedown raise awareness at a major appliance retailer.
With cameras trailing him through the washing machine displys he railed on the absence of “washers of color”, noting that they were all “lily white”.
A young “associate” opened the top of one of the washers and pointed out that, while the washers were all, in fact, white…the agitators were black…

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SCBlues May 15, 2014 at 12:43 pm

TBG – you are funny – can’t help but laugh!

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junior justice May 15, 2014 at 12:54 pm

+10 —- made my day!

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Miso Hornay May 15, 2014 at 2:46 pm

You so funny!

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Bible Thumper May 15, 2014 at 1:24 pm

“They both like the same white girls, too”
—————
This statement confirms your allegation.
This is why fits will never be more than home office operation. He really doesn’t get how damaging this kind of statement is. Someone convinced him to remove the girly photos, but he would’ve been better off if he removed the racism instead.

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nitrat May 15, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Was Nancy Mace getting tarred with the brush of the girly pictures on THEIR website? Too late now, bubba.
Did he finally grow up enough to know he was leaving a trail of slime that will follow his little children wherever they go for all their lives? Too late now, bubba.
Sic with insight? I doubt it.
He will never remove the racism. It is too casual and, obviously, too deep in his soul.

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Smirks May 15, 2014 at 1:41 pm

B-but, FITS isn’t racist because they support Bakari Sellers, and he’s black!

(And should perhaps be sharing a cell with Benjamin for DUI.)

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you know me May 15, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Maybe he had a pebble in his cowboy boot.

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Vanilla Fudge May 15, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Yeah,nice move.

Supporting a Black Democrat for statewide office in one of the most Republican states in the nation.

He can say,”see Im no racist,”safe in the CERTAINTY that his “candidate” has no chance in Hell of winning.

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WFBW May 15, 2014 at 2:11 pm

You noticed. Despite his showy disavowals, Folks can’t help but show his racism.

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GrandTango May 15, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Remember the dignified (by liberals) Cory Hutchens, SC Journalist of the year, (who is also a comrade at The Huff-Po) immediately dropped the video poker tapes, when he found out Benjamin, one of SC’s Top Democrats, was mentioned in the cabal…

When the media gets scared one of their sacred cows is in trouble, that’s A LOT of smoke…and it may explain why we have not heard anymore about it….

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vicupstate May 15, 2014 at 5:58 pm

There were about a half dozen REPUBLICANS in the cabal too.

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GrandTango May 15, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Which makes Hutchins corruption even more disgusting.

He would not dare harm one hair on the worshiped democrat…even if he could take down six of the ones he hates w/ all of his liberal-idiot being…

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marty May 16, 2014 at 10:31 am

Or maybe he was threatened…so I heard.

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Deo Vindice SC May 15, 2014 at 9:07 pm

I love your new flag, it actually makes you a real person, but as always, same ole Tango.

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April May 15, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Mayor Steve is different from your average guy because he loots the City from the “high finance” side, not the normal way thugs rip of the City . His law firm, Parker Poe, is doing all the bond work and other financial stuff besides. They are charging premium prices (and that equals a heck of a lot of money) for City of Columbia work.

Bond work is not something that you buy off a price list as it is all subject to negotiation. And since King Fish is negotiating with “himself” I bet he is going to be generous. And since the poor taxpayer pays the bill, usually over 20 or 30 years, who is to know?

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you know me May 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Why is his pinky nail so long? Is there a reason?

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junior justice May 15, 2014 at 12:55 pm

—– makes it easier for him to scratch his asshole?

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CorruptionInColumbia May 15, 2014 at 6:19 pm

About 18 years ago, I met a guy who used to work narcotics in the Charleston area. He said there was a gang, cartel, or other group of AA guys who would let their pinky fingernail grow out and they would use it as a little scoop and snort coke from it. I also heard another guy say it was the AA man’s version of the redneck’s truck keys, for digging wax out of his ears.

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junior justice May 15, 2014 at 9:22 pm

In Greece, the nail was grown long to clean ears and scratch their heads. It was actually creepy looking when it was extra long – usually on the left hand, as I remember.

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CorruptionInColumbia May 16, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Must have been a total bitch when their right ear needed cleaning, I’m guessing.

:-D

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Neil May 15, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Steve Benjamin is into a lot of things. As Mayor is very active and influential in City development including the USC sororities and office building that are being built by the Coliseum. He is also on the USC Development Board Foundation, and on the subcommittee that manages the substantial endowment.

So, he works to permit the buildings, then has control over the fund where the money will end up. Hmmm, lets see. is there opportunity for an enterprising young gentleman to make a few bucks off this? You bet ya. Coming and going.

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truthmonger May 15, 2014 at 9:41 pm

That explains why the City took a two million dollar loss on property for USC’s alumni party shack in the Vista….

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Jay Ellington May 15, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Saw this dumb SOB walking down Gervais yesterday afternoon near Jillians. Where is he when stray bullets are flying out of the Jet Nightlife parking lot?

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Smirks May 15, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Probably swerving back and forth struggling to stay in his lane on some random street in Columbia.

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Jay Ellington May 15, 2014 at 2:09 pm

The people of Columbia were a lot safer when T-bone and rest of his gang were all holed up in Chief Shorty’s man cave.

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euwe max May 15, 2014 at 4:01 pm

true story….

…a friend of mine was stoned and driving home on what he thought would be a deserted street… bored, he started a game to see if he could swerve around the street titties without hitting them… starting with three, and two… and finally one… right down the middle of the street.

A cop comes out of nowhere lights on… he thinks quickly through the fog for what to say…. the window rolls down and the cop says “you were swerving all over the road there… are you all right?”

He replied “Sorry officer, but I thought there was a sound like metal grinding when I turned the wheel to the right, and I was trying to find out just what I had to do to reproduce it, so I could tell the mechanic tomorrow… I didn’t see anyone around, so I thought….”

and the cop let him go.

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jimlewisowb May 15, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Fuckin Cockroach

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SCBlues May 15, 2014 at 5:21 pm

I like jimlewisowb – he does not discriminate in calling politicians cockroaches – black, white, blue, green, male, female, other short, tall, skinny, fat, straight, gay – LOL

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snickering May 15, 2014 at 5:50 pm

He really is. I enjoy reading his comments. Jim Lewis isn’t racist, he dislikes everyone equally.

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RogueElephant May 16, 2014 at 8:43 am

What’s really bad is that about 3/4 of the time he’s right. Nails most politicians in two words. All Dims and half of the Republicans.

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WFBW May 15, 2014 at 2:10 pm

You really are a racist sack of shit.

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Jay Ellington May 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Mayor Benjamin or Fits?

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GrandTango May 15, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Obama insulted his own grandmother (who raised him) as “A Typical White Woman”….To motivate his HATE voters…

I’m sure you’re S#!tting your pants over that, too…..or are you one of these Racists who only hates White People???…like Obama, and Rev. Wright???

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Norma Scok May 15, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Ahhh..beautiful Columbia.

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euwe max May 15, 2014 at 3:56 pm

You should come down to the culvert under the bridge and visit sometime.

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GrandTango May 15, 2014 at 4:47 pm

I do and regularly. A lot of those men down there will have sex with you for pocket change. It is my plan for redistributing the wealth a dollar or 2 at a time.

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CorruptionInColumbia May 15, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Oh shit, maybe I should have stayed off of Fits today. Looks like GT’s string has popped.

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BrigidBernadette May 15, 2014 at 6:41 pm

He’s a fake GT. Ignore.

Deo VendIcee SC May 15, 2014 at 8:22 pm

In my opinion, it is Tom Ervin.

Deo Vindice SC May 15, 2014 at 9:01 pm

a fake Vin, no other !

GrandTango May 16, 2014 at 7:40 pm

You dumbass. I have had a moral awakening. I want to make peace with the black man and the gay man who I have insulted and degraded on here so many times. Even you dumbass liberal-tarians deserve more compassion than I’ve shown you but not much.

euwe max May 15, 2014 at 4:24 pm

On Hillary’s brain damage: “Here’s what I would say about cognitive capacity, which is that Dr. Rove might have been the last person in America on election night to acknowledge and recognize that the President won reelection, including the state of Ohio, so we’ll leave it at that.”

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Jay Ellington May 15, 2014 at 6:09 pm

You think Jay Carney came up with that himself?

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euwe max May 15, 2014 at 6:12 pm

No way. That’s why I didn’t give him credit. I’ve been ghost writing for that hack too long.

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GrandTango May 15, 2014 at 4:48 pm

I’m back from the Obama Store. I waited around for an hour and a half and nobody showed up.

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CorruptionInColumbia May 15, 2014 at 6:20 pm

What were you doing there, buying lottery tickets?

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GrandTango May 16, 2014 at 7:38 pm

No dumbass. I was giving people a chance to vent for all the times I was such an @$$ to them on here by having sex with me.

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Deo Vindice SC May 15, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Sometimes faggots are not there when you need then, stupid !

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euwe max @ervinforgub.net May 15, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Restriction fragment length polymorphism was used to isolate the site of the white handshake in the DNA of selected white ministers of the gospel.. It has been traced genetically though the lineage of these white ministers back through Jesus, David, Moses, Noah, and finally, to Adam.

A similar project is underway to trace the tribal beat of rap music to the fall of Cain.

Insanity hardly begins to describe racism. It, like homophobia stems from the lizard brain, and is supported, not by logic or science, but by a crude reaction to a primitive stimulus.

Deo,you go after them ‘faggots’ (as you call em) and I will hammer on the Christians and Jews.We should be able to defeat Haley and make Tom proud!

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euwe max May 16, 2014 at 4:57 am

who are you, and what did you do with euwe?

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Bible Thumper May 15, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Donald Stirling is smarter than Will Folks. Donald had to be secretly taped. Will just puts his racism right out there. Will, what is it with white racist fear of black men with white women. Yu got da walk. Yu got da talk. You kin rap. Stop bending the brim on your cap. It should look like you just bought it. Wear a hoodie in the summer, over your head, but don’t pull the string. If you want white women why do you lie about brown sugar.

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Vanilla Fudge May 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Black men and White Girls!

Thats what gets Fits and the “usual suspects” going!

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James Baddison May 15, 2014 at 6:48 pm

We should have invested in Gigabit Ethernet like Chattanooga instead of a stupid baseball stadium. We would have had less cost and more benefits to drive tech here, but no we get a damn stadium that will be empty. http://chattanoogagig.com

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Deo Vindice SC May 15, 2014 at 7:53 pm

I feel for anyone that buys into the ” Baseball ” scam. It’s ironic that anyone would even propose that land for it’s use. Better yet, a homeless shelter for people like Tango. One thing that is for sure Pubs and Dems are working hard to swindle honest taxpayers. Columbia is a sick ” TOWN “, not even worthy of being called a city. Stay away from that crap-hole !!! A FREEKING BALLPARK IS DOWN THE ROAD !!!

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Deo Vindice SC May 15, 2014 at 8:59 pm

That would be cool if they did the same to GWB !

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt May 15, 2014 at 9:00 pm

FITS…you’re a disgusting bigot. Why can’t you write a piece without all the shuckin’ and jivin’ language thrown in to belittle African Americans.

You might as well wrap yourself in the stars and bars and don a white hood.

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Bible Thumper May 15, 2014 at 9:10 pm

When you have two people on opposite ends of the political spectrum agreeing, that’s pretty good confirmation.

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt May 15, 2014 at 9:21 pm

Fair play to you.

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junior justice May 15, 2014 at 9:28 pm

It’s a bitch washing and starching those outfits.

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Jay Ellington May 15, 2014 at 9:37 pm

If T-bone weren’t shuckin’ and jivin’ there’d be no reason to belittle him.

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euwe max May 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm

The term “race” describes populations or groups of people distinguished by different sets of characteristics, and beliefs about common ancestry.The most widely used human racial categories are based on visible traits (especially skin color, facial features and hair texture), and self-identification.

Racism may be defined broadly as stigmatization of those we perceive as different from us (stemming from the lizard brain’s innate fear/hate of “other” – xenophobia); and defined specifically as the doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior. A racist group need not be ethnocentric it’s possible for a racist group to be composed of several races.. Racism seeks a systematized body of “accepted” knowledge for legitimacy, and so religion and science are often used to create support for racist ideologies.

Restriction fragment length polymorphism was used to isolate the site of the white handshake in the DNA of selected white ministers of the gospel.. It has been traced genetically though the lineage of these white ministers back through Jesus, David, Moses, Noah, and finally, to Adam.

A similar project is underway to trace the tribal beat of rap music to the fall of Cain.

Insanity hardly begins to describe racism. It, like homophobia stems from the lizard brain, and is supported, not by logic or science, but by a crude reaction to a primitive stimulus.

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euwe max May 15, 2014 at 10:20 pm

The Reptilian Complex

The R-complex consists of the brain stem and the cerebellum. Its purpose is closely related to actual physical survival and maintenance of the body. The cerebellum orchestrates movement. Digestion, reproduction, circulation, breathing, and the execution of the “fight or flight” response in stress are all housed in the brain stem.

Because the reptilian brain is primarily concerned with physical survival, the behaviors it governs have much in common with the survival behaviors of animals. It plays a crucial role in establishing home territory, reproduction and social dominance. The overriding characteristics of R-complex behaviors are that they are automatic, have a ritualistic quality, and are highly resistant to change.

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Bible Thumper May 16, 2014 at 9:44 am

Restriction fragment length polymorphism has been replaced by inexpensive DNA sequencing. I have never met a racist lizard. Seems that racism is an exclusive characteristic of homo sapiens. Trying to find the roots of racism in an evolutionary primal survival instinct is fruitless. Racism not only requires one to fear someone different, it also requires you to believe you are superior. This is something lizards don’t experience. I apologize of taking your pseudo scientific rambling seriously.

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euwe max May 16, 2014 at 9:56 am

Racism not only requires one to fear someone different, it also requires you to believe you are superior.

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attacking someone different to kill them for mating rights, territory and food is implicit belief that you are superior, or the lizard would retreat. The “belief/feeling” may be nothing but hormonal imperative, not rational thought – but then again, we’re talking about Republi lizards.

…and effective, meaningful racism, in humans, requires that the racist be in power over those he feels superior to. Otherwise, it’s nothing more than delusional, impotent resentment.

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Bible Thumper May 16, 2014 at 10:07 am

Successful retreat also requires superiority. The lizards may have to attack because the enemy is faster. Therefore it attacks it’s superior if it perceives a threat.

euwe max May 16, 2014 at 10:13 am

Again, lizards don’t think – they act… their “beliefs” are innate… and only change on chance reward of accidental behavior through intermittent reinforcement.

Successful retreat may require superiority, but to the lizard, retreat is admitting defeat and yielding mating rights, territory and food, not asserting superiority… though Republicans are not above claiming superiority while in panic retreat, and later – through reenactments.

Bible Thumper May 16, 2014 at 10:35 am

It is man kinds highest most noble and traits

euwe max May 16, 2014 at 10:40 am

It sometimes even gets lizards elected.

Bible Thumper May 16, 2014 at 10:46 am

Sorry. My opposing thumbs are an evolutionary left over in this technological environment. REREAD PLEASE.

euwe max May 16, 2014 at 10:51 am

I already replied to your edit.

Bible Thumper May 16, 2014 at 11:29 am

I’m trying to untangle our thread.
Fanatic, extremist:
I love being called a hypocrite because you can’t be both a hypocrite and fanatic or extremist.
As part of my struggle for survival of the fittest and and surrender to marketing I must now exhibit my aggression (though passive) by
mowing my lawn.

euwe max May 16, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Fanatic, extremist:

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I did work that in there, didn’t I? It’s my lizard nature. The spirit is willing, but the text is weak.

euwe max May 16, 2014 at 10:45 am

So you don’t truck with those who claim man struggles “against the flesh” (the lizard, so to speak) – so that the loser of this struggle, or the one who submits to it without a struggle, would *be* a lizard.

Consciousness is the enemy of “the creed.” It is at the very base, the root, of the fear of altered states of awareness… should the blind suddenly “see,” (They Live)… control morphs into chaos.

Bible Thumper May 16, 2014 at 11:00 am

In an affluent society the struggle to satisfy the flesh has largely been accomplished. It is not our animal nature we struggle with it is our godly nature. Eve in the garden had all her physical needs met, but she wanted to be like God. That is something I admire her for. She chose knowledge over physical needs.

euwe max May 16, 2014 at 11:11 am

society doesn’t fail – people do. The struggle is personal and it is a struggle between consciousness – an awareness of short term evil for longer term good – and the collapse into the simplistic short term good which always trumps sacrifice for a more sophisticated good.

Society has placed a premium on consciousness though constant marketing – bombarding us from childhood to death with “what we *really* need” and “keep your hands off my stack, get your own”… the goal being simplistic purchasing habits, and even more simple satisfaction of every pleasure. The premium we must pay for consciousness is self-denial.

To achieve consciousness, you have to refuse dogma and fanaticism, sacrifice to build control over your own actions, and dig deeper into awareness of the needs of others, so that you can gain perspective over your own needs.

The single most difficult thing to do is forgive. After that is humility.

Which leads me to a very important message – I am the dean of the university of humility, and I do take pay pal.

euwe max May 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

wisdom is more like God than knowledge is.

Bible Thumper May 16, 2014 at 11:38 am

True

euwe max May 16, 2014 at 11:54 am

The correct rejoinder is “True dat”

Bible Thumper May 16, 2014 at 11:00 am

In an affluent society the struggle to satisfy the flesh has largely been accomplished. It is not our animal nature we struggle with it is our godly nature. Eve in the garden had all her physical needs met, but she wanted to be like God. That is something I admire her for. She chose knowledge over physical needs.

euwe max May 16, 2014 at 6:05 pm

(the ability to form complex social relationships to solve common problems and meet common needs)
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wash your mouth out with soap!

Mr Ron Cobb May 18, 2014 at 7:01 pm

Nikki Haley is a Push Start
Push Starts hate White People
Nikii Haley hates White People

amendment: but still she loves sicdic; memories. that one is for you Will.

Professional Jewish basketball May 16, 2014 at 8:42 am

I’ll remember this next time I’m in the ghetto and my lizard brain says, “Fear all the young black men with saggy pants here.”

I’ll ignore my lizard brain warnings and gather them up for a good round of kumbaya, milk, & cookies.

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euwe max May 16, 2014 at 9:59 am

Obviously the mammal would not have survived but for the lizard… but some are more reptilian than others.

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