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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Democratic Congressional Candidate: Republicans Are Worse Than ISIS on: Today at 08:16:17 pm
He should not have said that.

Anything else?

these threads are supposed to have a point?
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Making what is "bad" not bad? on: Today at 08:12:40 pm
I'm a nerdy, skinny white dude from the suburbs, and I wore a hoodie and baggy pants throughout high school and college. Believe me, I am the furthest thing from a thug. People wear hoodies because they are functional and utilitarian.

That doesn't explain the baggy pants.
3  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should people with disabilities who are unable to attain orgasm, be allowed to.. on: Today at 06:34:55 pm
I'm not even sure what this question is asking.  What sort of condition is this? Paraplegia or something like that? Do you mean they can't attain it on their own and so they have to hire a prostitute, or is there some other specialist you are thinking of?  Is their disability precluding them from having a noncommercial sexual relationship in some way?
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which party would other countries vote for? on: Today at 06:16:09 pm
Iran - Republicans

Sure, we know how much the GOP loves Muslims and wants to make nice with Iran.   

Maybe if Rand Paul is nominated.

I didn't say Iran was a perfect fit for the GOP, but they only have two choices. The typical beliefs of the average Iranian line up a lot better with the Republicans than with the Democrats.

I have no idea what you think the "typical beliefs of the average Iranian" are but I suspect they'd be trumped by not wanting to be bombed or have economic sanctions against their country.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which party would other countries vote for? on: August 29, 2014, 05:42:47 pm
Iran - Republicans

Sure, we know how much the GOP loves Muslims and wants to make nice with Iran.   

Maybe if Rand Paul is nominated.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Americans both support unions and right to work laws on: August 29, 2014, 05:11:19 pm
Well, yes, no one's ever gone broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.

A large segment of the American public generally supports unions but also believes people should have the choice not to join them.  This makes them stupid how?   Right to work laws don't ban unions.   If people were truly convinced that joining a union was in their best interest, right to work laws would be irrelevant.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: PM Series: Question 14 on: August 28, 2014, 05:13:35 pm
Should be $15/hr, or at very least $12 to start off with. The average fast food worker is getting older and older here people. I love how the biggest opponents of welfare support allowing states to set slave wages, thus forcing those making said wages to receive even more assistance then now on food stamps and other benefits. If the federal minimum wage is abolished, expect to see a massive spike in social security disability payments.

Not so massive a spike as raising it to $15/hr would bring, as people who are marginally disabled find it even harder to find jobs. 
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Nine year old kills gun instructor with Uzi on: August 28, 2014, 01:20:31 am
Anyone who thinks a 9-year old needs to know how to use an Uzi... should have their child taken away from them...

Alright blue and yellow avatars... 'ave at it.

An orphan is more likely to actually be in a situation where an Uzi would come in handy.
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Urk, a town in the Netherlands on: August 27, 2014, 11:32:28 pm
Ommelebommelestien ftw!
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: The Bicameral Birthing Amendment on: August 27, 2014, 11:21:28 pm
nay
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1832 Presidential Election on: August 27, 2014, 11:15:31 pm

Voting rights aren't up to the President at this stage in history, they are up to the state legislatures, so I don't see how voting for Jackson makes a difference. 

I can't vote for Jackson given his disregard for the rule of law at every stage of his career.  Wirt isn't a bad guy, but his policies are pretty much the same as Clay's, only his party is full of conspiracy nuts - some of them quite militant.  So Clay it is.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is this post racially insensitive? on: August 27, 2014, 11:05:24 pm
Also, the idea that Scott saying he gets annoyed by the use of the n-word is racially insensitive is bizarre to say the least.  Even if you believe that black people saying the n-word shouldn't be a problem, to say that a person is in the wrong to be affected by a word they have been enculturated to treat as taboo and consider the worst word in their language is fundamentally incompatible with the basics of human psychology.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Hydrocodone combination products are changing from schedule 3 to schedule 2 on: August 26, 2014, 11:29:43 pm
It's great because doctors didn't have enough crazy new regulations to follow already, and we really need more people with untreated debilitating pain in our society.

The DEA needs to be DEAD.  The idea that we let a law enforcement agency decide which drugs they are allowed to prosecute people for taking and doctors for proscribing is insane.

14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is this post racially insensitive? on: August 26, 2014, 11:10:01 pm
What is it Scott should have said that would have carried anything like the same meaning?  "I have a roommate who fits the stereotypical image of monolithic black culture held by the Atlas Anti-Racism League"?

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My roommate and I are pretty much polar opposites (heís a gangsta-type jock from some hood in inner city Charleston, SC whereas Iím the quiet, spiritual type with pictures of Jesus all over my part of the dorm), but we get along great and trust each other, so I really canít complain (even though I do get annoyed when I hear the n-word being used in every sentence when he has his buddies over).

Alternatively, something like "inner city black kid from Charleston".  You can refer to someone as dark-skinned and from a less-than-ideal neighborhood (although who knows if he is) without calling him "gangsta-type" and saying he's from "some hood".

So "gangsta" and "inner city black" mean the same thing to you?

No, of course not.  "Gangsta...from the hood" implies things (mostly, er, about himself) that I don't think Scott meant to imply.  Racial insensitivity is in the form, not the meaning.  As Gustaf said:

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...the question is whether it's insensitive and to me that is almost by definition (no, not technically, but the way it is used) something that isn't racist and isn't intentionally offensive but comes off...wrong. And it clearly is precisely racially insensitive.

Your attempt at providing an example what Scott could have said that would be racially sensitive eviscerates not just the form but also the meaning of his post. The fact that his roommate is black does not in itself explain why he and Scott would be "polar opposites."  If Scott is not supposed to use terms associated with a certain subculture, what terms should he use to indicate that subculture?
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is this post racially insensitive? on: August 26, 2014, 10:30:52 am
What is it Scott should have said that would have carried anything like the same meaning?  "I have a roommate who fits the stereotypical image of monolithic black culture held by the Atlas Anti-Racism League"?

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My roommate and I are pretty much polar opposites (heís a gangsta-type jock from some hood in inner city Charleston, SC whereas Iím the quiet, spiritual type with pictures of Jesus all over my part of the dorm), but we get along great and trust each other, so I really canít complain (even though I do get annoyed when I hear the n-word being used in every sentence when he has his buddies over).

Alternatively, something like "inner city black kid from Charleston".  You can refer to someone as dark-skinned and from a less-than-ideal neighborhood (although who knows if he is) without calling him "gangsta-type" and saying he's from "some hood".

So "gangsta" and "inner city black" mean the same thing to you?
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: How did Carter lose OK? on: August 26, 2014, 10:23:49 am
Are you seriously asking? Oklahoma was a solid-R state ever since 1952. It's already an impressive feat for Carter to come so close.

And yet party ID suggested otherwise until very recently.
17  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: "Death to the Jews"... on: August 26, 2014, 01:42:56 am
in that case, keep the name as a memorial to those Jews who were killed in some distant past.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Deus for At-Large Senator (Go Vote!) on: August 26, 2014, 12:07:56 am
yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: GOP Congressman, who pressured his patient & mistress to abortion, is... on: August 26, 2014, 12:03:32 am
Who is running against him?

The district is R+18, so no chance he loses the general.

It had a Blue Dog in the seat until 2010, though they may have changed the boundaries since then.
20  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Recent bans on: August 25, 2014, 09:23:32 pm
If anyone wants to see a picture of TX Conservative Dem, PM me.

Why?  Is he hot?
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: GOP Congressman, who pressured his patient & mistress to abortion, is... on: August 25, 2014, 09:15:53 pm
Who is running against him?
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: PM Series: Question 13 on: August 25, 2014, 09:10:20 pm
Usually disagree.   I can sympathize with arguments that direct taxes on income, wealth, or inheritance are at some level an unjust use of power.  But if you are going to have those types of taxes, it only makes sense to me that those with more ability to pay would pay more.
23  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Opinion of Irish abortion laws on: August 25, 2014, 09:02:47 pm
Clearly has a lot of problems, but far superior to the situation in much of the world.  There's not an easy way to come up with good law on this issue that deals with all the interests and concerns involved.  The times when the health of women are threatened by the law are concerning and important but rare, with Ireland having one of the lowest maternal mortality rates in the world.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Imprisoned - A Review on: August 25, 2014, 08:41:45 pm
You have potential.  Some really awful writing habits, but potential nonetheless.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is this post racially insensitive? on: August 25, 2014, 08:38:21 pm
What is it Scott should have said that would have carried anything like the same meaning?  "I have a roommate who fits the stereotypical image of monolithic black culture held by the Atlas Anti-Racism League"?
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