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51  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Keep on digging, Louisiana. Keep on digging. on: April 15, 2014, 05:24:07 pm
From Wikipedia's summary of it:

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Its central character, Ignatius J. Reilly, is an educated but slothful 30-year-old man living with his mother in the Uptown neighborhood of early-1960s New Orleans who, in his quest for employment, has various adventures with colorful French Quarter characters.

...so basically Update would be a remake of it set in Oklahoma instead. Except it really happens. Guess life imitates art after all.

Oh and the character is even described as obese on Amazon and clearly has a mustache per all cover art. Amazing.
52  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Authorities say hate motivated Kansas shooting on: April 15, 2014, 04:34:04 pm
Hate? No sh*t. But it's not labeled terrorism, because it's a white guy who did it.

Erm, plenty of white people and predominately white groups have been labeled terrorists before. The State Department proscribed all paramilitary organizations in Northern Ireland, as well as groups like the Red Army Faction, and domestically you had the Weather Underground and various neo-Nazi groups like The Order. Timothy McVeigh was also labeled a terrorist.

The reason this wasn't an action of terrorism is because it was the work of a lone wolf, not an organization, and the legal definition of terrorism applies only to organizations.
Haven't the Tsarnaev brothers been charged with terrorism, or am I mistaken?

Well "terrorism" isn't really a crime, rather it's a pattern in regards to people who commit crimes. Whether the Tsarnaevs classify as "terrorists" is kind of up for debate, but they did work together even if only between the two of them, so that part is cleared. So the definition instead depends on if you want to argue they weren't part of a larger group dedicated to terrorist actions. But by that standard McVeigh and Terry Nichols weren't terrorists either.

But the main point remains, this guy was a lone wolf killer, which is by definition not terrorism, and race has absolutely nothing to do with it.
53  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Authorities say hate motivated Kansas shooting on: April 15, 2014, 10:33:24 am
Hate? No sh*t. But it's not labeled terrorism, because it's a white guy who did it.

Erm, plenty of white people and predominately white groups have been labeled terrorists before. The State Department proscribed all paramilitary organizations in Northern Ireland, as well as groups like the Red Army Faction, and domestically you had the Weather Underground and various neo-Nazi groups like The Order. Timothy McVeigh was also labeled a terrorist.

The reason this wasn't an action of terrorism is because it was the work of a lone wolf, not an organization, and the legal definition of terrorism applies only to organizations.
54  Forum Community / Forum Community / How many times will Bushie go walking with his pastor next month? on: April 15, 2014, 08:03:49 am
Remember his goal was three times a week, which would be 12 times a month. I think so far he's done it a total of one time.
55  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Jennifer Lawrence vs. Adam C. Fitzgerald on: April 15, 2014, 08:02:51 am
I vote for the one that was once seen smoking a joint and is obviously far more laid back...and of course is also a great actress and cute as hell.
56  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XIV: The new chapter on: April 14, 2014, 06:34:59 pm
He's lives in exurban Oklahoma City. It's been Republican for decades.
57  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Bacon King Institute of Comedy on: April 14, 2014, 06:34:04 pm
Uh what? Have you ever watched The Daily Show?
58  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: SurveyUSA: Minnesota voters strongly opposed to recreational marijuana on: April 14, 2014, 04:04:47 pm
If a solid Republican state like Texas is in favor of legalization 60/40, I see no reason to doubt that a solid Democratic state is 60/40 against marijuana.

This isn't really an issue that divides along clear left-right lines.

Well let's consider here. Which is going to be more supportive, Michele Bachmann's district or my neighborhood?
59  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Opinion of Stevens Square on: April 14, 2014, 04:03:19 pm
Stevens Square is the densest neighborhood in Minneapolis, and thus also in the entire state of Minnesota. It's actually a combination of two distinct areas, the actual place called Stevens Square, and a smaller nearby area called Loring Heights (thus the entry signs say Stevens Square/Loring Heights.) The actual area of Stevens Square is even denser as Loring Heights is a not very dense neighborhood of mostly houses.

It's known for its thriving arts community. A prominent mural in the neighborhood with a poem written about it nearby:



The poem:


Sitting right south of downtown Minneapolis, it's quite easy to get an apartment with this type of view:



And being known for its historic buildings this is what it'll look like on the outside:



The whole neighborhood is centered around a park, which is known for its art fair in the summer:



The same organization also hosts outdoor movie showings starting at sundown during the summer, and usually of a more independent or adult slant too than the family movies most places do. AKA they actually show some R-rated movies.

And because of the density you can literally walk the entire neighborhood and see it all in less than a half hour. I did this all the time last summer (partially because of Ingress but I did it even before that), and because of its proximity you can even walk straight to the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Nicollet Avenue runs through it (usually considered the border between Stevens Square and Loring Heights) and once it leaves the neighborhood Nicollet Avenue becomes forbidden to vehicles except for buses and taxis, making it a mostly walking route through a large business and entertainment district.

...and it voted 86.03% for Obama (8.21% for Romney) and over 81% against banning gay marriage.

Freedom Neighborhood. I don't live there, I'm a couple blocks south, but still close enough to appreciate how much of a wonderful place it is. I honestly just can't comprehend how on earth someone would prefer to live in a sprawly exurb than somewhere like this. Just can't comprehend it.
60  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: In which region do Kansas, Nebraska, & the Dakotas fit? on: April 14, 2014, 03:56:06 pm
I should probably point out that the motto of Mandan, ND (basically a suburb of Bismarck across the river from it) is "Where the West begins". If you draw the border there between Midwest and West it actually does make a lot of sense.
61  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many Italian PMs can you name? on: April 14, 2014, 03:38:00 pm
The only ones I got were Mussolini, Berlusconi, Prodi, Monti, Letta and Renzi. But because of the multiple terms of some that counted for 9/84.
62  Forum Community / Forum Community / Opinion of walking on: April 14, 2014, 03:35:49 pm
Freedom Activity.

I'm actually mindboggled at people for whom it's so difficult to do, since the alternative to me is pretty sickening to think about. Sitting around your dwelling for 12 hours is something I would not be able to do, even if it was an activity I enjoy. I've played video games, made maps, watched marathons of movies or TV shows often before on my days off, but I always take a break after a few hours to go around the neighborhood because I just can't stand still that long. Plus my neighborhood is awesome to walk in, especially in fall and spring when the sun sets.

Seriously walking for 30 minutes is far more tolerable than watching baseball for 12 hours.
63  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does this forum have a tendency to feign outrage over trivial things? on: April 14, 2014, 03:28:04 pm
The clarification makes a bit more sense but honestly the only guy in it who really was acting that way is the guy who thinks marijuana is some type of horrific drug and plague amongst the populace, and is usually taken about as seriously as someone of that nature should be and usually is. Simply being disappointed that Silver's primary focus isn't going to be politics anymore isn't accusing him of "selling out" and is an expected reaction on a political forum. I'm sure baseball fans who knew about him before his political stuff who couldn't care less about politics had the same reaction once that became the main thing he wrote about.

As for pbrower I have him completely tuned out. I don't have him on ignore, but he might as well be, I have a natural reaction to just completely skip his posts and forget he even posted. So I basically forgot he posted in that thread 30 seconds after reading it.
64  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post something that would annoy the preceding poster. on: April 14, 2014, 03:19:55 pm
I've never voted for a non-Democratic candidate in my life (except for first preferencing joke candidates in IRV city elections) and never ever will vote for a Green candidate.
65  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: SurveyUSA: Minnesota voters strongly opposed to recreational marijuana on: April 14, 2014, 03:17:19 pm
SUSA sucks at polling Minnesota, so I doubt this poll. They had McCain over Obama in October of 2008, and their final poll had him up 3 just before he won by nearly 10.


Also Obama having a approval of 36/54 (way worse than his national average) screams bulls**t to me.

Yeah that's what I'm rather skeptical of. Though snowguy made the best point. Marijuana's already decriminalized and hardly ever enforced here and the attitudes in general are quite lax. I don't know what the actual numbers would be in a referendum, but it's not like the majority of the state is a bunch of Adam C. Fitzgeralds. Most employers don't even drug test for it unless they're part of a national chain with such a policy or are required to by some contract.
66  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to free King on: April 14, 2014, 03:12:54 pm
What kind of stuff was he posting?

It was so incoherent it's pretty much impossible to describe. Nix probably summed it the best anyone could do.

Really bad, unfunny and should be forgotten. Including by not putting him on mod review and giving him any consequences for his sober posting, which is absurd.
67  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of King on: April 14, 2014, 03:11:17 pm
Sadly, I missed his spree Sad

A legend like him should be allowed to enjoy a drunken keyboard falling from time to time. His rampage was certainly more funny and contribute that tons of "serious" posts by lesser users.

FF. Free King Now!

Bold parts contradict itself.

Seriously I saw it. It wasn't in any way even remotely funny. It was pure incoherent nonsense. If a newbie started posting that, no one would praise him or think it was funny.

Now he should not be put on mod review. The posts should've just have been deleted and let that be the end of it. But the defenders are not doing him any favors arguing that what he posted was funny, had any value, or that he deserved to be able to do it for being a long timer. Especially hypocritical from someone who was opposed to opebo...
68  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Nicki Minaj opinions on: April 14, 2014, 10:32:45 am
Bad music and endorsed Romney. HP.
69  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post something to annoy Inks on: April 14, 2014, 10:27:21 am
South Park sucks.
70  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: April 14, 2014, 10:26:05 am
Could Gully or Kemp explain their bizarre reactions to that thread?

As an aside, it's pretty funny when posters try to show how cool they are by noting how they care nothing for politics. You joined a forum dedicated to discussion about maps and political demographics, for God's sake. Any coolness points were lost years ago.
71  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does this forum have a tendency to feign outrage over trivial things? on: April 14, 2014, 10:24:29 am
Could Gully or Kemp explain their bizarre reactions to that thread?

Kemp isn't posting anymore and Gully never explains his pretentious self. So not going to happen.
72  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Inks on: April 13, 2014, 09:32:54 pm
About as bad as the OP of this thread, but for completely different reasons.
73  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does this forum have a tendency to feign outrage over trivial things? on: April 13, 2014, 09:32:13 pm
I really just want someone to explain what they found so terrible about that thread instead of just repeating "but it was such an awful thread!" with no elaboration.
74  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which EP group would you belong to? on: April 13, 2014, 07:11:25 pm
S&D
75  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does this forum have a tendency to feign outrage over trivial things? on: April 13, 2014, 04:25:39 pm
I'm not sure what exactly happened in that thread, no...

Nothing was deleted. What you see there is exactly as it was. So yeah can someone explain to me what is "truly terrible" about that thread? The only real problem I have with it is that it's actually pretty boring.
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