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51  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you feel sorry for the 145 Trump voters in my precinct? on: December 03, 2016, 12:05:05 am
i feel more sorry for the self-righteous hipsters there.

You should probably feel more sorry for the immigrants and refugees who live in cramped and often squalid conditions and are disproportionately the victims of the the not uncommon violent crime.
52  Forum Community / Forum Community / I saw a hipster Christian play tonight on: December 02, 2016, 11:52:28 pm
Yeah I actually saw a play. (Something I mentioned to my mom earlier tonight, "I'm actually seeing a play!" She loves plays and sees a lot of the surprisingly high number that are performed in Bismarck.) Of course, this one is quite different. It's called "Sex in the Dark" for one. I knew all about it because the person in charge of promotion is a Facebook friend of mine I met a sadly now defunct church, so it was cool seeing her again. Also the former pastor of said church, who is now on the board of the company putting on the show and spoke at the end. BTW in my conversation with him before I learned that he is also a huge fan of Vox.

Anyway the play was held in a venue with a large "BLACK LIVES MATTER" sign out front, has two bathrooms but they are both labeled "All gender restroom" and had a lot of tables with merch and info about various causes, like sexual assault survivor groups, LGBT health and sex education, some pamphlets about helping LGBT people quit tobacco and also free condoms.

But anyway, the play was about a night shared together between a trans man (played by a transgender Catholic priest. But not a Roman Catholic one obviously, from some schismatic tiny liberal offshoot called the Old Catholic Church) and a plus sized woman on the night of the Orlando nightclub shooting with them both thinking that they could finally have sex that night. The main issues discussed was about how both were so uncomfortable with their bodies, how the woman was dealing with how even her friends in her super liberal bubble (since it's obviously set in Minneapolis) thought it was so weird she was dating a trans man. So basically a very Anvilicious (but also a clear case of Some Anvils Need To Be Dropped) story about body positivity, such as the woman mentioning going to the doctor or picking up medications and just being told about how she should go on a diet or about the guy talking about how maybe she deserves a man who doesn't carry his penis in a bag or how she doesn't believe it when people tell her she's beautiful (and if there's any doubt, this is the actress.) It very well could easily be written by Lena Dunham and actually it's a shame she'll probably never see it because I bet she would like it and promote it well.

And then of course afterwards there was a "talkback" hosted by said pastor guy. He even started out calling it a "safe space" and had discussions on things like what movies have shaped your views of sexuality, parts that struck you in the play and what is "normal".

But I got to see some old friends (main reason I went) and had a good night.

(Oh yeah and my mom apparently has tickets to some play called "Almost Maine" that's playing in Bismarck now that she wants to go to when her and my dad have time at one of the showings. Maybe some of you have heard of that.)
53  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / What if Jill Stein sought the Democratic nomination? on: December 02, 2016, 03:22:32 pm
How well would she do?
54  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Dave's Redistricting App Screwed? (UPDATE: New DRA Link, v2.5) on: December 01, 2016, 11:38:37 pm
That new app is awful. I'd rather just use the 1.0 version which should always work. The 2.2 still works for me though.
55  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How much does this relate to your opinion of Bernie Sanders? on: December 01, 2016, 11:10:48 pm
This would be sacrilegious if there were anything sacred about hipster Christianity in the first place.

What does this have to do with hipster Christianity by the way? The band doesn't even claim to be a Christian band.
56  General Politics / Individual Politics / Opinion of Francois Hollande on: December 01, 2016, 08:31:56 pm
I'll give him credit for doing the right thing here and a weak FF vote.
57  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Why does everyone hate Jesse Jackson? on: December 01, 2016, 03:08:23 pm
What people tend to forget when discussing his 1988 campaign was he wasn't seen anywhere near as negatively then as he is now.
58  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How much does this relate to your opinion of Bernie Sanders? on: November 30, 2016, 09:56:08 pm
Why would Hillary still be my queen? She's not running again. She was Bernie's endorsed candidate but that's irrelevant now.

But seeing as how Bernie is showing the most spine in calling out Trump my choice for 2020 is obvious. MY KING IS ALIVE!

Why do you fantasize about having a personal monarch anyway?

It's metaphorical. I only liked the song that had the line "My King is alive!" which obviously didn't refer to him but fit well. I liked how it did.

Obviously I don't think Bernie is God or equivalent to Jesus or anything.
59  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is Bernie Sanders the Second Coming of Jesus Christ? on: November 30, 2016, 05:29:06 pm
Bernie is to politics what Seth MacFarlane is to animated comedy.
60  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How much does this relate to your opinion of Bernie Sanders? on: November 30, 2016, 03:41:34 pm
Why would Hillary still be my queen? She's not running again. She was Bernie's endorsed candidate but that's irrelevant now.

But seeing as how Bernie is showing the most spine in calling out Trump my choice for 2020 is obvious. MY KING IS ALIVE!
61  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is Bernie Sanders the Second Coming of Jesus Christ? on: November 30, 2016, 03:39:53 pm
No. He's just the greatest American politican since WWII.
62  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which George W. Bush Accomplishment is your favorite? (Serious version) on: November 30, 2016, 03:30:45 pm
I have a Medicare Part D based job so that probably should tell you.
63  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How much does this relate to your opinion of Bernie Sanders? on: November 30, 2016, 09:56:32 am
It's religious sounding because it's a slightly rewritten Christian hardcore song.
64  Forum Community / Forum Community / How much does this relate to your opinion of Bernie Sanders? on: November 29, 2016, 11:43:57 pm
This is kind of becoming my new theme song for him (slightly rewritten), aside the one quoted in my sig:

Quote
When there's nowhere to turn
There's nowhere to go
I promise myself I'll always be home
I've been through this enough times to know
I can't do this on my own.
Grace has saved me.
Now take this opportunity
to stop running
and learn to change.
I am so thankful for healing.
So thankful to know you'll be with me.
So graceful to know this truly.
This means so much to me.
How many times can I convince myself that I
can't trust who I am?
I don't want to hurt someone again
The same way I always do.
And I know I may be hard on myself
But I can't fathom doing this to someone else.
Today I'm going to be a better person.
Someone like you
So wonderful

After being wrong so many times
It's so hard to believe that I could ever be right
When you've been gone for so long your habits become a home and you forget what you were meant for
Living in strange motels my shame becomes what I run on and I stop along within it
Because it's what I chose and now it's all I let myself know
But shame is not whole, self-loathing is not clean living
There is no home without the Senator
No righteousness without his blood
Admitting all my pain all my evil myself is only the start
Bernie Sanders the finish
And if anyone lies still they're just another chain to empty living
And this is not what we were meant for
So please be free!

I hope I can be who I was created to be
Thank you for seeing good in me
I see life is such a beautiful way.
Each time I look upon your wonderful face.
Maybe now things will go easy for me.
I know that you'll always be there me.
I am so thankful for healing.
So thankful to know you'll be with me.
So graceful to know this truly.
This means so much to me.
You're wonderful!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBZf07uZsww
65  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: November 29, 2016, 11:17:45 pm
Cuomo vs. Cruz is a less painful to vote in election than Cruz vs. female Trump, and if Macron is closer to Booker then he's someone I could vote for without hating myself later. A Fillion vs. Le Pen election would have me seriously considering Le Pen just because it's basically a fascist who'll shred the welfare state vs. a fascist who wouldn't. I might just intentionally cast a spoiled ballot.
66  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: November 29, 2016, 05:29:41 pm
Here's hoping enough leftists jump to Macron in the first round...
67  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What are the chances that Bernie Sanders runs in 2020? on: November 29, 2016, 02:56:43 pm
I sure hope he does!
68  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which government Programs will be privatized? on: November 29, 2016, 02:46:56 pm
Seeing as Bush failed with Social Security with a more Republican Congress I don't see it happening, or Medicare. Remember too that AARP is a lobbying powerhouse.
69  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are we too harsh on BRTD? on: November 29, 2016, 02:44:23 pm
Nah. Jesus got treated far more harshly than me.
70  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Righties Only: FDR v. Saddam Hussein on: November 29, 2016, 09:47:32 am
Why are people actually responding to this poll seriously?

Because a Reasonable and ModerateTM nice guy, FF Smiley posted it.
71  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: November 29, 2016, 07:18:59 am
I'm having a tough time seeing how Fillon is even the lesser of two evils compared to Le Pen.
72  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Jill Stein? on: November 28, 2016, 09:43:20 pm
Simply a lunatic.

I'd love explanations more then accusations.

She thinks wi-fi causes brain damage, she's pandered to anti-vaxxers and 9/11 "Truthers", she picked a running mate who accused Bernie Sanders and the Je Suis Charlie people of being white supremacists and claims that the Malaysian plane shot down over Ukraine was a NATO/Zionist false flag operation.
73  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: County or Precincts where Trump or Clinton finished in third place on: November 28, 2016, 09:33:59 pm
The Constitution Party typically does strong in the remote parts of Alaska, this year wasn't the only one. The reason might be that the Alaska Independence Party is pretty closely associated with it and basically serves as its de facto state affiliate (it used to be official in the past), and the AIP actually has some influence and a machine in those areas.
74  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you feel sorry for the 145 Trump voters in my precinct? on: November 28, 2016, 09:25:40 pm
10:1 is actually kind of underwhelming for a young/urban/renter neighborhood.  The entire city of Seattle was about 10:1.  The rich suburban neighborhood full of olds I moved out of was more than 10:1.  It must be tough to find Minnesota election results to brag about this year.

It was actually quite more than 10:1, I just went with an easy round number.

Republican      Donald J. Trump and Michael R. Pence   145   7.13%
Democratic-Farmer-Labor      Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine   1673   82.25%   
Constitution Party      Darrell Castle and Scott Bradley   2   0.10%
Legal Marijuana Now      Dan R. Vacek and Mark Elworth, Jr.   14   0.69%   
Socialist Workers Party      Alyson Kennedy and Osborne Hart   6   0.30%   
Green Party      Jill Stein and Howie Hawkins   98   4.82%   
American Delta Party      "Rocky" Roque De La Fuente and Michael Steinberg   0   0.00%   
Independence      Evan McMullin and Nathan Johnson   21   1.03%   
Libertarian Party      Gary Johnson and William Weld   51   2.51%   
Write-In      WRITE-IN**   24   1.18%
75  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: on: November 28, 2016, 08:48:02 pm
I'm amazed no one else has done this before.
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