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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Slovakia gay marriage/adoption/sex education referendum - Feb. 7, 2015 on: Today at 11:25:40 am
Hopefully the ECHR will one day strike down these bans.

I've never really understood why there is such a huge obsession with putting gay marriage to referendum. Why - from every single issue that parliaments and congresses discuss - does this one issue create such a unique desire to be placed on the ballot? Social conservatives are such weirdos :/ (no offence to anybody here)

Part of the reason it was done in the US so much was Republicans trying to boost socon turnout. Doesn't really apply in Europe since there aren't other elections being held then.

(and I'm still quite proud of how that backfired big time in Minnesota and is exactly the reason we had gay marriage passed last year and no doubt cost a few Republican legislators their seats, though granted the Republicans had basically painted themselves into a corner on the issue, there was no way they could NOT put it on the ballot after more than a half decade of demonizing the DFL and comparing them to the anti-Christian persecution of the Soviet Union for not allowing the vote.)
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Should Family Guy do an episode about killing Kim Jong-un? on: Today at 11:19:22 am
I've asked this question before and received no answer: What South Park episode has a progressive message? And no, simply making fun of some idiotic conservative like Pat Robertson doesn't constitute a progressive message.
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Which show is more left-wing? on: Today at 11:18:16 am
Family Guy. The Daily Show is great, but it occasionally delves into Moderate Hero-esque false equivalency from time to time. Family Guy is all liberal, all the time.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is wearing an "End of a Year" bandshirt on New Year's Eve like being "that guy"? on: Today at 01:37:42 am
There are shirts that say "end of a year" on them?

The obvious question must be asked: Why wear a logo shirt in the first place?

...I pretty much only wear band shirts. Well those and Ingress shirts.

Have you ever heard of End of a Year (or as they are known now Self Defense Family)? Because I just remembered that like you they are from Albany.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is wearing an "End of a Year" bandshirt on New Year's Eve like being "that guy"? on: Today at 01:32:02 am
what are you talking about

"That guy" is the guy at a concert/show wearing the shirt of the band that's playing. Don't be that guy.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / What's the most "Bushie-esque" thing you've ever done? on: Today at 01:31:27 am
And no I'm not talking about being lazy or unhealthy, but rather doing something in accordance with a strange attention to detail, or because of some quirky thing that virtually no one would care about.

Perhaps my best example: On the bus ride to Chicago, I mostly listened to a playlist on my iPod I created of only Chicago bands.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Is wearing an "End of a Year" bandshirt on New Year's Eve like being "that guy"? on: Today at 01:25:40 am
I used to have a Thursday shirt. I never wore it on Thursdays, because I didn't want anyone to think that's why I was wearing the shirt (which resulted in tons of "hey it's Monday/Friday/whatever comments). Of course I'd just explain it's a band.

But I wore an End of a Year shirt last New Year's Eve and plan on doing the same. It's cheesy, but honestly I have a hard time wearing any other shirt. Would just feel weird. Which is funny, because the band isn't even called End of a Year anymore.

My hoodie is a Lawrence Arms one though, which is quite appropriate because they did my favorite New Year's anthem ever.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in Des Moines, Iowa or Jacksonville, Florida? on: Today at 01:14:06 am

This. Another thread to bash "OMG sprawly suburbs".

Uh, you do realize Des Moines has plenty of sprawly suburbs too right? It's just that the actual city is much nicer. In fact Des Moines has an interesting distinction in that the city proper on the northern city limits cuts off right where the sprawl begins, and there's a spread of unincorporated territory between it and its northern suburbs, (which is actually where the motel I stayed at while I was there was located), which helps keep it insulated from the terribleness.

FWIW, Des Moines streets are more narrow than Minneapolis', and unlike in Minneapolis parking is allowed on only one side on the majority of them, which can be annoying, but is still the more urban way to go. Not saying it's more urban as a whole, but I did find that rather noteworthy about it.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Would you rather live in Des Moines, Iowa or Jacksonville, Florida? on: Today at 12:52:58 am
Des Moines.

Smaller cities that still have strong amenities, a livable and logical layout, and that are sanely designed and have solid public transit and a diversity of weather are far preferable to sprawly Sun Belt hellholes.

Curious how traininthedistance is going to vote for this...
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The perfect climate on: Today at 12:35:24 am
I think Denver would probably be my favorite.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the Minnesota winter sky on: Today at 12:29:54 am
Am I the only one who can envision those simply being poor pictures taken of a beautiful snowy Northern sky? Sad

Yeah as I admitted it doesn't work well on a cell phone camera. Snowguy's is much better.

Also serves as a nice contrast to the depressing as hell daytimes that are just white and dreary with the sun hard to see and everything white and bland. At night the sky is somewhat illuminated and it's actually lighter than summers, which is part of why winter nights can see kind of festive in Minnesota.
12  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: United States v. Approximately 64,695 Pounds of Shark Fins on: December 19, 2014, 11:58:04 pm
I'll note that while this case commonly gets cited when discussing civil forfeiture because the name is just so damn funny, it's not really the best example since: 1-Most would agree the government was actually in the right here morally and 2-The forfeiture actually failed.
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What is your favorite fish to eat? on: December 19, 2014, 11:49:30 pm
Voted for Cod, because that's what this place uses, and this place is the fish restaurant EVER: http://www.theanchorfishandchips.com
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: December 19, 2014, 11:22:26 pm
Family Guy isn't hysterical, it's arrogant, pompous ,sadistic, and worst of all, vulgar without a point. Which makes it's textbook liberal (not progressive) It's everything Quagmire told Brian in one of the better episodes, and even that was screwed up because he was the last character that should be talking.

If the FG writers got their hands on that material, they'd find some way to just screw it all up.

South Park is the same as Family Guy except libertarian, less dependent on random jokes, and there's always a darned point,  and it's more audacious, which inherently is funnier. Even if that point is most of the time wrong.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the Minnesota winter sky on: December 19, 2014, 10:21:48 pm
Well I imagine the folks in more southern areas don't ever have what looks like it due to the lack of snow.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Opinion of the Minnesota winter sky on: December 19, 2014, 10:15:55 pm

It doesn't translate well on a cell phone camera, you probably need special equipment to get an accurate pic. But it's very awesome. The whiteness instead of the pitch blackness of night is very nice looking, though not if you're an astronomer or stargazer. Also works better in rural areas, in the city there's too much light pollution and distractions around.
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Should Family Guy do an episode about killing Kim Jong-un? on: December 19, 2014, 09:59:33 pm
No South Park should not do any more episodes....ever. About anything.

WTF is wrong with you? You like Family Guy but don't like South Park? You have the worst taste in the world.

Family Guy is a hysterical show with a strong progressive message while South Park is just mind-numbing unfunny, right-wing filth. Pretty simple.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Obama criticizes Sony for pulling "The Interview" on: December 19, 2014, 05:46:08 pm

He continues to rock.
19  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / How will the Supreme Court rule on the lawsuit against Colorado's marijuana law? on: December 19, 2014, 11:29:17 am
I doubt they'll even hear the case. They only do if four justices decide they want to set a precedent.

If they do, then they'll uphold Colorado's law unanimously. The only possible dissent I can see is Alito, even the other conservative justices would have to violate some of their philosophies they've adhered to in the past to rule against Colorado. Alito is kind of a right-wing statist and the only one I can see prioritizing disliking pot over federalism.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: December 19, 2014, 11:25:55 am
Are these all jamfists socks?  Damn someone needs a life

I haven't seen any evidence to suggest that they are.  Some people were speculating that it was, just because he talked about religion at some point, but that seems like quite a reach.

21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Don't look now but the oil market is collapsing on: December 19, 2014, 11:05:47 am
So Scotland cle.arly made the right choice. Wonder what percentage "No" would get today
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Nebraska and Oklahoma sue Colorado over marijuana legalization on: December 19, 2014, 01:29:24 am
Scalia won't either. He's actually pretty libertarian on these type of issues.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Nebraska and Oklahoma sue Colorado over marijuana legalization on: December 19, 2014, 12:41:00 am
If the Supreme Court even hears this they'd likely reject it unanimously. Maybe not Alito since he seems to be sort of a right-wing statist.
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which FOX cartoon is better? on: December 18, 2014, 08:43:15 pm
I don't hate Bob's Burgers. I thought the couple episodes I saw were alright, but they didn't make me want to watch the whole show or anything. Certainly not on the level of South Park, or modern day Simpsons, I'd rank it as a forgettable but enjoyable show.

However my vote is obvious.
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / How much money is Sony going to lose because of The Interview? on: December 18, 2014, 04:36:57 pm
The budget was reported at $44 million. But I'd bet the marketing is well beyond that without how heavily its being marketed. And then factor in the likely class action lawsuits that are coming, investors pulling out and no doubt spike in insurance premiums they'll get, and it wouldn't surprise me if this costs them a quarter of a billion dollars when all is said and done. Thus making it one of the biggest bombs of all time in a way.

Serves them right though, since if they had pursued with release anyway (even if just limited), the movie would've probably been a massive hit regardless of its quality.
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