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101  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in Shelby County, Alabama or Detroit? on: March 14, 2015, 01:17:58 pm
Is Metro Birmingham BRTD's latest obsession? Any particular reason. Gonna go out on a limb and presume he's never even visited...

No I've never been there.

Bacon King probably knows the reason.
102  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Why are most Western Islamic converts women? on: March 14, 2015, 01:07:22 pm
I'll go out on a limb here and wager that I am the only person in this thread who actually has firsthand experience with this subject. The converts I know are in fact mostly women, none of whom converted for the purposes of marriage. If I were to guess at a reason, it would be that women tend to find themselves marginalized in society to a much greater extent than men, which might lead one to seek out religion. I think it's worthwhile in this case to examine social expectations placed on women, but I couldn't comment further on that, seeing as that I am not a woman.

I was hoping you'd chime in (and also looking for confirmation if those reports of the numbers are indeed correct.) Thanks.

In regards to Beet's comments:

1-Anyone who seriously thinks atheists are more gender-progressive needs to consider that Red Pillers are almost exclusively atheist and
2-In regards to Islam being sufficiently feminist, how many female imams exist? Are they allowed in any other than a handful of breakaway sects?
103  General Politics / Individual Politics / How did frequent readers of the following websites vote in 2012? on: March 14, 2015, 12:29:12 pm
TV Tropes
Huffington Post
The Onion
The AV Club
Dave Leip's US Election Atlas
104  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: GOP-dominated suburbs on: March 14, 2015, 12:21:31 pm
Well in 2000 Edina actually voted for Bush.
105  Forum Community / Forum Community / Would you rather live in Shelby County, Alabama or Detroit? on: March 14, 2015, 12:19:56 pm
106  Forum Community / Forum Community / The Obamanation has posted here for almost five years now on: March 14, 2015, 11:53:56 am
and his posting style hasn't really changed AT all in that time frame.

107  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Texas only has enough drugs for one more lethal injection available on: March 14, 2015, 11:51:14 am
All right, guys. We've only got enough left for one more, so let's make this one count. We need to be very careful in choosing who to kill because we're probably not going to be able to kill any more people for a while.

Looks like the last guy The Onion asked about this agrees with you: http://www.theonion.com/articles/report-texas-down-to-last-lethal-injection-dose,38211/
108  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: GOP-dominated suburbs on: March 14, 2015, 11:42:02 am
Look at Edina. Textbook example there.

Hasn't Edina become more secular Jewish?  How has Minnetonka trended? One peculiarity about MN is that the big metro area does not seem to vote much differently in the aggregate from the balance of the state.

Edina prior to the 60s, had all sorts of discriminatory policies and country club rules aimed at keeping blacks and Jews out, this is exactly why St. Louis Park ended up with his well known Jewish population FYI. None of that matters anymore and the place has gone from the conservative country club dominated lily white enclave of its past to a pretty standard but slightly more affluent than most inner ring suburb now, but I haven't heard of any flood of any Jewish population in or anything, if anything I bet more blacks have. I mean sure Jews from SLP or southwest Minneapolis that find desirable housing there or whatever and want to move in have no real problem doing so or fear of discrimination now but it's not like there's anything drawing them there. Also worth noting that non-Jews in SLP are just as likely to be Democrats, I mean I go to chuch in SLP now. But that whole area just kind of screams "rich Democrats", the type of people who prefer to live in luxury condos or in the case of certain neighborhoods in southwest Minneapolis, real mansions, instead of the trashy newly built McMansions you'll find 15 miles west. I mean just look at this: http://www.50thandfrance.com And this is a relatively new development, Edina's current DFL state senator elected in 2012 is the first Democrat to represent Edina in the State Senate EVER.

Minnetonka has never been that Republican, but has definitely shifted Democratic, so much in fact that its DFL State Senator even survived 2010 and even after 2014 still has two DFL State Representatives. But it went from Gore winning it by about two points to Obama in 2012 winning it by 10 points. I think Minnetonka (as well as Hopkins) has also had a long standing Jewish population too though nowhere near as big as in SLP.
109  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: March 14, 2015, 11:12:38 am
It's already been posted by Bushie himself.
110  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in Grand Forks, ND or Rankin County, MS? on: March 13, 2015, 11:54:14 pm
I'm assuming I can still buy Snapple at the grocery stores in Grand Forks County?

Why on Earth would you not?
111  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: GOP-dominated suburbs on: March 13, 2015, 10:49:18 pm
Look at Edina. Textbook example there.
112  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Texas only has enough drugs for one more lethal injection available on: March 13, 2015, 10:06:51 pm

Splendid news!
113  Forum Community / Forum Community / Have you ever shopped at a Sprouts? on: March 13, 2015, 09:01:03 pm
No, in fact I have never even heard of one before Update.
114  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of krazen on: March 12, 2015, 09:08:58 pm
He's a troll (and a pretty one note one), but the fact people get so upset over his schtick gives him the FF rating.

If you really don't like him, don't give him the attention he so obviously craves.

This.  The fuss about him is entirely due to the fact that a number of red avatars only mind trolling if a Republican is the one doing it.

Not true.

krazen trolls in a particularly mean spirited and hurtful way - going after the poor and weak.

He also targets teachers/educators which is a group many posters are either in or related to.

You can easily do right wing trolling in a less obnoxious and vicious way.

This. If he was just a hyper-partisan hack like so many blue avatars he'd get barely any attention.

And saying he provides "balance" to those who are too pro-teacher is ridiculous. That's like saying if there was a bunch of hardcore Zionist types then a Neo-Nazi would be goodfor providing "balance" or that Snowstalker would be a good balance to a bunch of Randians.
115  Forum Community / Forum Community / Should Family Guy do an episode about Hipster Christianity? on: March 12, 2015, 09:07:13 pm
I thought about this, hopefully better than the episode about Meg being a Christian and Brian an atheist (which was terrible) and even ended up mapping out a plot at work today while it was slow:

-Peter and the guys at The Drunken Clam complain about how so many hipsters are coming to it now "ironically".
-They notice a pocket of hipsters there at the very minute, but Quagmire is immediately attracted to one woman. So he buys her a drink and starts talking to her (voiced by someone like Zooey Deschanel), and she advises him to meet her tommorow Saturday afternoon at some location. Quagmire thinks he's going to score.
-Quagmire shows up to this location and Peter tags along (he probably has some ridiculous theory like that she's actually a serial killer and will kill him) and they find a warehouse. Quagmire assumes at first it's going to be for a rave or something until they go inside and find chairs and a big cross. Quagmire realizes that it's church (Peter is oblivious), and thinks it's some sort of creepy cult and wants to leave, but can't because there's so many attractive women around.
-The girl from the bar gives some sort of sermon full of hipster stereotype references and then announces that they're doing communion this week with expensive imported non-mainstream wine and bread from some obscure country they're getting it from before it's cool. Peter and Quagmire take communion and end up loving it.
-Peter decides to abandon Catholicism as a result, and Quagmire still wants to score, so when she does a call out to anyone who wants to get baptized, they come forward (insert some joke about how fat Peter is and how difficult it is). Then hipster pastor girl prays some prayer full of hipster stereotype references ending with saying "lower case a-men"
-Peter turns into an uber-hipster, he starts wearing hipster glasses, grows a beard (Brian asks him how he did so quickly setting up for a cutaway gag), talks about how he's only to go ride an expensive bike everywhere now (setting up a joke about how he can't because of how fat he is) and lectures Lois about things like serving only organic food and fair trade coffee claiming that the Bible says so. Lois is curious about this and wants to go to the church next week.
-Lois and the family show up (very overdressed) and decide that they're good people even if a little odd, though Brian tells Peter that they're just as cult-like and creepy as conservative Christians and Stewie just plain hates them and talks about how they'll all be the first people executed when he takes over the world.
-Peter and Quagmire are hanging out at The Drunken Clam with hipster pastor girl and her friends later, and Jesus shows up. The bar runs out of craft beer and has only cheap mainstream beer left, but Jesus turns it all into craft beer and jokes around with the hipster crew and talks about how he's kind of angry at his dad now and is hanging out with them instead for that reason.
-Hipster pastor girl and Jesus hold a party at their place later, where Quagmire confesses that he actually just wanted to have sex with her and was never interested in any of the stuff she was preaching. She tells him that she knew that but led him along anyway because Jesus is for everyone. Quagmire seems to be having a sincere conversion...but then something happens and he ends up having sex with her, she gets angry at him and realizes hes just a lecherous predator and punches him (he leaves basically yelling "giggity!")
-Stewie shows up with some sort of ray gun and shoots her, she disappears. After she vanishes Peter drops the hipster stuff, and later Brian tells Stewie that as annoying as she though she was killing her was too over the top, Stewie claims he didn't kill her, just sent her into the past with a time machine ray...and then notices that he actually sent her back to time right before Jesus was crucified (cut away gag with her talking to Jesus on the cross.) Brian expresses concern that this might result in some changes to the present, but Stewie says he doubts anything big will happen. Cut away to the TV with the news that the Pope is giving an address and a zoom in to that he's wearing hipster glasses. The end.

...yeah it was really slow at work today.
116  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather listen to a band of SJWs or Golden Dawn supporters? on: March 12, 2015, 03:21:47 pm
Uh TNF there are hordes of SJW hardcore bands. In fact their predecessors in the 90s are what got me into politics.
117  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: March 12, 2015, 10:34:21 am
I quipped to BK about how Bushie wouldn't be able to last ONE anomaly cluster much less four. Imagine walking for over four straight hours.
118  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Over Under on ODF's new job. on: March 12, 2015, 10:32:38 am
Imagine if InTrade was still around. They could offer contracts on when Bushie hits 300 or gets fired.
119  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: March 12, 2015, 10:30:40 am
All sorts of posters. Joe, oakvale, Polnut....

Yet let's note Bushie and his family's activities. Far better than playing a game that involves walking obviously.
120  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Daylight Savings on: March 12, 2015, 10:29:03 am
That wouldn't bother me. I'm usually sleeping at 9 anyway.
121  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: March 12, 2015, 10:26:25 am
Reading this makes me wonder how people can make fun of playing Ingress.
122  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: March 12, 2015, 09:48:04 am
Bushie how about next time you need to buy something you walk to a nearby store instead of driving?
123  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Why are most Western Islamic converts women? on: March 12, 2015, 08:49:21 am
So I've heard that by some estimates as many as 80% of converts to Islam in Western countries are women. Struck me as pretty surprising, you'd think women would be rather adverse to Islam for obvious reasons.
124  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: March 12, 2015, 08:40:40 am
The worst thing is Bushie is basically now in a position of ultimate freedom, he neither has to work or look for a job for the next 11 days, and he's apparentely going to waste it all watching third tier sports and sitting on his ass poting on Atlas like he always does. Instead of both having fun doing enjoyable things (like Al and J-Mann proposed) and making it easier to walk and stand for hours on end once he actually has to.
125  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What are the effects of having fewer debates in the GOP primary? on: March 12, 2015, 08:26:09 am
The only real impact I see is less possibility of an embarassing and devestating gaffe (like that infamous Rick Perry one in late 2011)
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