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101  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Opinion of the Church of Satan on: August 17, 2014, 06:39:17 pm
HO for being a joke "church" that is basically nothing but real life trolling...and for their awful Ayn Rand-esque philosophy.
102  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is BushOklahoma literally addicted to Braum's? on: August 17, 2014, 06:29:08 pm
he is addicted to food.

Isn't every human?
103  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gay Teen Commits Suicide due to bullying; his donated eyes are rejected. on: August 17, 2014, 06:10:09 pm
Can you even contract HIV through an eye transplant?
104  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Predict winner/margin for Montana: Steve Daines vs Amanda Curtis on: August 17, 2014, 06:05:34 pm
Well if Curtis does manage to win she'll be the most attractive Senator by far (and also the youngest which is no doubt why.)

Kirsten Gillibrand would like a word.



As would Alison Lundergan Grimes Smiley

Gillibrand is the best looking current Senator, Grimes would be if she got elected and Curtis didn't, but Curtis is better looking than both.
105  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Amanda Curtis? on: August 17, 2014, 06:03:11 pm
A shame she isn't running in a more liberal state. To top it all off she's good looking as well and would be the best looking Senator.
106  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Someone Tried to Scam Me Today - Advice Needed on: August 17, 2014, 02:57:41 pm
Just inform as many people at the church as you can. and I ddoubt they'll be back.
107  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: Why do Presidents swear in on the bible? on: August 17, 2014, 01:41:09 pm
Because nobody cares to actually implement the 1st Amendment seriously.

What? Not only is it not a 1st Amendment violation, you could argue that not allowing a President to swear in on a religious text of their choice would be. It's not a requirement, as shown by members of Congress, Keith Ellison swore in on the Koran, Tulsi Gabbard did on a Hindu sacred text, and Krysten Sinema did on the Constitution. If any of those were elected President they could do so on the same preferred book as well.
108  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: Satanists use Hobby Lobby decision to ask for exemption from anti-abortion laws on: August 17, 2014, 01:36:35 pm
Hell Scientology is actually a pretty legitimate religion in relation to Satanism. Satanism is as serious a "religion" as the Flying Spaghetti Monster. It's nothing but people of a selfish libertarian bent doing anti-Christian trolling.

Treating Satanism as a "religion" would be like allowing hardcore Star Wars fans who want to call themselves "Jedi" and claim "Jedi" as a religion like some did as a joke on the UK Census once to be considered a serious religion.
109  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you remember Alcon/J. J. arguments? on: August 17, 2014, 01:23:13 pm
As much as the forum has gone downhill since then, there is one improvement: If someone came up with a derisive nickname for another poster as immature and unfunny as "jFRAUD" and used that EVERY SINGLE TIME they referred to them they'd be labeled a troll and mocked for that alone. Back in 2005 it was beloved by moderate heroes because that evil terrible dishonest Dem hack jfern was getting attacked by someone who by the standards of the time was inexplicably not seen as dishonest or hackish in any way. 2005 was a weird time.

Also:

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=150682.0
110  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best College Town In The Big Ten (Final) on: August 17, 2014, 01:18:21 pm
I obviously voted for Minneapolis, but in this context it feels kind of weird since everyone here knows that the area near the U is the worst place in Minneapolis to live (aside from the actual ghettos or those lakeside areas full of millionaires who like to own giant mansions if you don't have any money) and sportswise I am anti-Golden Gophers.
111  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is Family Guy basically just an animated Whose Line Is It Anyway? on: August 17, 2014, 11:14:09 am
Aside from being about animated families, there isn't really a whole lot of similarities between Family Guy and The Simpsons. And The Simpsons is a terrible show* while Family Guy is brilliant.

*It had about nine good seasons, and a lot more utterly horrible ones, so on balance it's a terrible show. Had it been cancelled at the end of the Bill Clinton presidency, it'd be one of the best shows of all time of course.
112  General Politics / Individual Politics / 100 Largest US Cities Series: Norfolk on: August 17, 2014, 11:10:05 am
#81: Norfolk, Virginia
Population: 246,139

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norfolk,_Virginia

82: Durham, North Carolina 85.3%
83: Madison, Wisconsin 88.9%
84: Lubbock, Texas 36.4%
85: Irvine, California 52.0%
86: Winston-Salem, North Carolina 85.2%
87: Glendale, Arizona 25.0%
88: Garland, Texas 45.5%
89: Hialeah, Florida 33.3%
90: Reno, Nevada 56.5%
91: Chesapeake, Virginia 40.9%
92: Gilbert, Arizona 31.3%
93: Baton Rouge, Lousiana 69.0%
94: Irving, Texas 35.0%
95: Scottsdale, Arizona 31.6%
96: North Las Vegas, Nevada 21.4%
97: Fremont, California 66.7%
98. Boise, Idaho 78.9%
99. Richmond, Virginia 74.3%
100. San Bernardino, California 34.5%
113  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 2014 on: August 17, 2014, 10:47:50 am


Even with the gap narrowing that graphic implies to me there's not enough time left thankfully. And this is probably the sort of thing where all last minute people who make up their minds will go with "No". I'm feeling pretty pleasantly confident about this now.
114  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Is Family Guy basically just an animated Whose Line Is It Anyway? on: August 17, 2014, 10:32:48 am
Yes which is why I find most of the criticisms of it rather stupid. No one ever attacks WLIIA for not having a plot for example.

Actually come to think of it, Seth MacFarlane would make an awesome participant on WLIIA as well.
115  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Predict winner/margin for Montana: Steve Daines vs Amanda Curtis on: August 17, 2014, 09:25:43 am
Well if Curtis does manage to win she'll be the most attractive Senator by far (and also the youngest which is no doubt why.)
116  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: What is a WASP? on: August 17, 2014, 12:35:13 am
You're talking about areas though. Imagine for example a middle class suburb in Ohio. Germans, Scandinavians, Irish, Italians, English, etc have basically no difference and all live in the same areas. Besides how many whites in the US are entirely of one ancestry?
117  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: What is a WASP? on: August 16, 2014, 11:47:46 pm
Probably best to not over-analyze this.  I mean for me William F Buckley and the Kennedy clan were way more WASP in there upbringing than any Southrons. Boarding schools, Harvard-Yale, the country club, Newport, the Vineyard, white shoe firms.  The exclusivity of these WASP bastions are gone, so the term really doesnt mean anything anymore- like BRTD's favorite Catholic vote or Reagan Republican.

I assume you mean "Reagan Democrat" (though yes, "Reagan Republican" is a pointless and stupid term today, it'd be like someone calling themselves an "FDR Democrat"), but yes, WASP is a meaningless distinction today. As far as I'm concerned if you're white, you're white, the end. Yes obviously the region of the country and if that person lives in or is from an urban/suburban/rural background matters a lot, but those are only tangentially related to ethnicity.
118  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: Satanists use Hobby Lobby decision to ask for exemption from anti-abortion laws on: August 16, 2014, 11:41:17 pm
LeVayan Satanism is nothing but a combination of an Ayn Rand-style personal philosophy and some anti-Christian trolling. I actually agree with Simfan.
119  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Martin Luther on: August 16, 2014, 11:36:55 pm
I think it's worth noting most of that really terrible anti-Semitic stuff everyone thinks of in regards to him, which was quite awful even by the standards of his time was written after his major reforms, pretty close to his death, and after he had likely contracted syphilis and sustained brain damage. He was probably literally insane at the time he was writing that stuff. He was probably never the most mentally stable individual to begin with but that stuff was not reflective of him during his important times.

Now I remember the time I jokingly suggested he become a saint. Can anyone else imagine the uproar against Francis if he decided to do that?

Tangentially, Thomas More is an Anglican/Episcopal Saint, which is hilarious to me.

Do you think you'll actually find any Episcopalians/Anglicans today who would defend Henry VIII?
120  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you remember Alcon/J. J. arguments? on: August 16, 2014, 11:16:28 pm
OK here's a good example of the trying to argue over basic mathematics: http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=144974.400

The key statement being "Santorum was never 20 points behind Romney in Iowa, BTW." in the first post on that page, which is a factually incorrect statement and quickly debunked. After that occurs...well you'll see.

Here's an excerpt which I think works as a good microcosm of any Alcon/J. J. (or really anyone/J. J.) argument:

Five of those polls had Romney over +20 on Santorum.  Good lord, J. J.

Alcon, that was the question.  How many show a 20 point lead for Romney over Santorum?
121  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you remember Alcon/J. J. arguments? on: August 16, 2014, 11:11:46 pm
Here's a good starter example: http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=162123.0

The arguments over polls are a bit more hidden in various threads, but they are even more blatant since it's basically akin to J. J. saying "2+2=5" and Alcon saying "no, 2+2=4, you're stupid"
122  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you ever spend this much on toothpaste? on: August 16, 2014, 11:07:16 pm
Toothpaste is a REALLY old creation. Most people probably assume it comes from the 19th century or so. Actually it existed and was used when Jesus was around. It's changed a bit since then and become less crude, but the basis remains the same, and the important thing is the brushing. The lack of difference is why companies spend so much time on marketing since they want you to use their product which is functionally identical to the competitor's. Hence why Aim is so cheap with no marketing.

This doesn't apply of course if you have some condition that requires Sensodyne or whatever, but the fact is the vast majority of people don't need to care about brands or the differences because there functionally aren't any. Toothpaste is toothpaste.
123  Forum Community / Forum Community / Do you remember Alcon/J. J. arguments? on: August 16, 2014, 11:02:23 pm
Alas all these noobs probably don't.

Those were honestly literally (and everyone knows I don't misuse this word) the most one-sided debates I've ever seen, and that includes ones involving Young Earth Creationists. One thing Alcon's good at is not just demolishing an incorrect statement but making very clear point by point just how wrong it is and how stupid it is to say.
124  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: St Louis police murder scandal (PLUS: riots, idiotic press conferences, etc.) on: August 16, 2014, 12:49:00 pm
Is it time for RP to leave the Forum again? God, I hope so.

Phil for once is dead on.
125  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Recent bans on: August 16, 2014, 10:59:58 am
Why are jmfcst and opebo banned and 20RP12 isn't?
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