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60976  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Question for Catholics on: February 18, 2005, 10:34:04 pm
Why do you pick on catholics so much? Christian denominations disagree on whats a sin all the time, and they usually think its a sin for everyone.

Whats up with the Oberstar pic is your sig?

that much? I post about Catholics maybe onec every 2 months at the most. Largely I really hate a lot of the rules they have (in addition also banning all birth control and masturbation), but I also realize most Catholics don't follow them (look at Flyers)

I just took all those pics from yahoo.capwiz.com, it's all the good Democrats in Minnesota's delegation (Peterson's basically a DINO, I don't like him)

Why do you pick on catholics so much?

Because he gets bored when he can't post "Would you join the army if they allowed sexual activity with communist rebels from Bolivia" threads.

I'll admit, that made me chuckle.

P.S. I don't get EWTN and I have better things to do than watch it anyway.
60977  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: what would your acu score be? on: February 18, 2005, 10:26:25 pm
alright, I closely looked at the House votes and would've voted their way on these bills:

# Food Industry Lawsuits. HR 339 (Roll Call 54)
This bill prohibited lawsuits in federal or state courts against restaurants, food manufacturers and distributors based on claims that the food contributed to the plaintiff's obesity or weight gain.
ACU supported this bill.

This bill was: passed
The vote was: 276-139

This Representative voted: In Opposition of ACU

# 5:
# 'Marriage Penalty' Relief. HR 4181 (Roll Call 138)
This bill permanently eliminated provisions in the tax code penalizing two-income couples who marry.
ACU supported this bill.

This bill was: passed
The vote was: 323-95

This Representative voted: In Opposition of ACU

# 11:
# Gasoline Price Reduction -- Passage HR 4545 (Roll Call 247)
The House passed a bill allowing limited waivers from state fuel additive requirements during periods of fuel shortages to increase supplies and lower prices.
ACU supported this bill.

This bill was: defeated
The vote was: 236-194

This Representative voted: In Opposition of ACU

So I would've got a 12. Seems a bit too high.

Also, I would've supported this bill in theory, but I don't trust the Republicans in Congress with this type of requirement:

# Budget Enforcement. HR 4663 (Roll Call 318)
The House defeated a bill that set caps on discretionary spending and required mandatory spending increases to be offset with spending cuts.
ACU supported this bill.

This bill was: defeated
The vote was: 146-268

This Representative voted: In Opposition of ACU
60978  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: what would your acu score be? on: February 18, 2005, 10:21:26 pm
My ACU rating would be a 12 for 2004.  I favor the ACU position on bills 5,7, and 9.

House or Senate?

In the Senate I favor their position on bills 2 and 13
60979  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: what would your acu score be? on: February 18, 2005, 10:19:50 pm
Here you go:

Senate: http://acuratings.com/acu.cgi?ACT=1&USER_ID=1145&YEAR=2004

House: http://acuratings.com/acu.cgi?ACT=1&USER_ID=754&YEAR=2004

Just look through thier bills, decide how you would've voted on that, how many times your vote agrees with their stance, take the percentage of that out of 24 in the Senate and 25 in the House, and round.
60980  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: what would your acu score be? on: February 18, 2005, 10:04:30 pm
look at the ACU ratings thread in Congressional, it has the link and teh bills, just calculate how you wouold've voted on them.

From what it looks like, I'd have an 8 if I were a Senator, and a 0 if I were in the House, but I didn't look the House too closely.
60981  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: World leaders survey on: February 18, 2005, 10:00:08 pm
1 - strongly disapprove
10 - strong approve

George W. Bush -- 1
Jaques Chirac -- 6
Tony Blair -- 4
Jose Zapatero -- 8
Vladimir Putin -- 1
Hugo Chavez -- 3
Iyad Allawi -- 3
Ariel Sharon -- 3
Mahmoud Abbas -- 4
Osama bin Laden -- 1
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva -- 4
Islam Karimonv -- 1
Saparmurat Niyazov -- 1
Fidel Castro -- 3
Robert Mugabe -- 1
Kim Jong-Il -- 1
Hu Jintao -- 3

Oh, and Bandit is a great guy, and would be a better leader than all of the above except for Zapatero and Chirac.  I'll give him a five.

how would the Thai Prime Minister rank?

And for those unfamiliar with Karimov, see my comment above. He's the dictator of a former Soviet Republic who enjoys torturing political dissidents, largely by boiling them alive. And a very close friend and ally of Bush.
60982  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Seccessionist movements on: February 18, 2005, 09:58:05 pm
I really don't know anything about Somaliland. I just assumed it was yet another warlord fiefdom in Somalia.
60983  General Politics / International General Discussion / Seccessionist movements on: February 18, 2005, 01:40:14 pm
I support an independent state for all except Aceh. I honestly have no clue about that situation which is why I won't take a position. Of course in many of the cases we'll definately have to make sure terrorists don't take over, although this is only a huge problem in Palestine (and it's rapidly improving) and Chechnya. It's also an issue in Basque territory but wouldn't be a major problem since the vast majority of Basques oppose the ETA, and would be an issue in Kurdistan but much easier to deal with than the repression from neighboring countries.
60984  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: A question to Jesus Christ on: February 18, 2005, 12:47:08 pm
That certainly doesn't sound like an endorsement of the death penalty.
60985  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: mature and immature posters on: February 18, 2005, 12:21:14 pm
Well you aren't like MarkDel. The reason he definately belongs on teh list is because despite being 38 or whowever old he was he would start hurling childish flames at anyone who disagreed with him and would act like a pre-teen when he got in an argument. You aren't like that. I also thought it was dumb when people always talked about how intelligent Mark was and why he should've stayed. He may have been intelligent, but he sure didn't act that way.
60986  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Who would you most NOT want to see... on: February 18, 2005, 12:19:03 pm
nationwide? no. The following states passed it last election with over 75%:


But those are all pretty damn conservative states, especially socially.

Even in Utah, over 1/3 voted no, and it got below 60% in Michigan and Oregon. So it's safe to say that nationally the number is not 75-80%, unless Georgia and Oklahoma are equal to the rest of the nation socially. This also of course doesn't take into account that those ballot iniatives are really just ways to draw all the fundies out and disproportionately increase their turnout.
60987  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Is Putin a dictator on: February 18, 2005, 12:12:50 pm
The real test of if he is or isn't is if he steps down in 2008 when the Constitution says he has to.
60988  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: least favorite state legislators in your state on: February 18, 2005, 12:11:36 pm
Oh I can't wait until Flyers posts in this one.

I dislike my State Senator, Mike Stack. Pretty corrupt guy from a corrupt family. Doesn't do much of anything and he's not all that visible in the district.

I was thinking about that and realized this would most likely turn into another fight about NE Philly, but decided oh well, what the hey.

BTW, shouldn't Flyers change his name considering recent developments? It doesn't really make sense now.
60989  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Can a pro-draft candidate win? on: February 18, 2005, 12:08:38 pm
me neither. This is really the only issue that can change my vote to a Republican. If the Republican is anti-draft, I'd vote for them over a pro-draft Democrat, even if that Republican otherwise is as far right as Tom Coburn.

OK, maybe in that scenario I'd vote third party. But no one who advocates the draft will receive my vote, and will vote for a fairly reasonable Republican over someone who does in a heartbeat.
60990  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: mature and immature posters on: February 18, 2005, 12:03:17 pm
I don't know if I'd call you mature, but I wouldn't call you immature since your immature posts are at least still jokes and rather clever and witty.
60991  General Politics / Individual Politics / Question for Catholics on: February 18, 2005, 12:01:17 pm
I've heard from many people and my ex-Catholic mother that the Catholic church says it's a sin to eat meat on Fridays during Lent, except fish of course. Of course I don't care what it says, and last Friday I ate meat no doubt, and today I've already had a frozen pizza and plan on going down to the campus food court laterm which means I'll be eating tacos and Chick-fil-a nuggets.

But I'm not Catholic so there's really no reason to care what the Catholic church says. So isn't the Catholic church basically saying it has the right over everyone to say what a sin is and basically saying that loads of Protestants (and of course, non-Christians) are sinning doing something that there is really no reason to believe is wrong?
60992  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: If it were up to the states....? (Abortion) on: February 18, 2005, 11:53:55 am
I *think* that WV would be the only state to ban both abortion and the death penalty
Maybe PA too?  IA?  Or MN, if it actually went that far on abortion.

PA wouldn't ban the death penalty.

yes.  who cares what the pope says about death penalty, war and pverty.  just quote him on abortion and homosexuality!

I disagree with the Pope. What's your point?

according to the Catholic Church the Pope is infallible and thus right about everything. If he said the sky is green, it's a sin to say the sky is blue.
60993  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Can a pro-draft candidate win? on: February 18, 2005, 11:41:18 am
I say no, which means the Republicans are completely morons if they nominate Hagel.
60994  Election Archive / 2004 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Gonzales Vote for Attorney General on: February 18, 2005, 11:38:24 am
2)  ripping an African - American woman secretary of state nominee

3)  voting in mass against the first Hispanic atorney general

just because someone is a minority does mean they deserve our automatic approval. Rice and Gonzalez are both worthless pieces of sh**t.
60995  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Death Tax on: February 18, 2005, 11:32:34 am
yes. Basically keep as much away from Paris Hilton as possible.
60996  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Mitt Romney on: February 18, 2005, 11:24:43 am
Why would his Mormonism hurt him?  I'm Catholic, but I voted for the Methodist in the last election.  I don't have to be of the same faith as the candidate that I support.  I do, however, want my candidate to be a person of strong faith.

Romney wouldn't be my first choice, nor even my second, but I wouldn't run to the Democrat Party because of his Mormonism. 

the fundies would stay home.
60997  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best Individual Musical Artists of All Time on: February 18, 2005, 11:23:23 am
I could add Kurt Cobain if he counts, but I woulnd't count him since he wasn't a solo artist. If you include him you can include a lot more for me.
60998  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Do you think PA-13 is a Republican leaning district? on: February 18, 2005, 01:43:16 am
Keystone Phil seems to think it is, but I have yet to see any evidence whatsoever proving this. It was represented by a Democrat and still is from an open race who won in a landslide, and it was won by both Gore and Kerry easily. Rendell obviously must've won it easily as well. I don't see any way in which this district is Republican leaning unless every Democratic victory so far has been a fluke, which seems unlikely...
60999  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: ACLU and ACU ratings of your Congressperson/Senators on: February 18, 2005, 01:35:48 am
Sherwood PA-10  ACU 88    ACLU  5

Specter                ACU 75    ACLU 22

Santorum             ACU 96    ACLU 11

And they say Santorum is so far to the right!

Er, it seems to me that 96 from the ACU and 11 from the ACLU would indicate that he's at least fairly staunchly conservative.

Yes, but my rep got a 0% from the ACLU.

remember the ACLU has taken some conservative stances, like opposing Campaign Financae Reform.
61000  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: World leaders survey on: February 18, 2005, 01:26:33 am
George W. Bush - Approve (barely, but I don't have strong feelings against him at the moment, so I guess I approve)
Jaques Chirac - Disapprove
Tony Blair - Approve
Jose Zapatero - Approve
Vladimir Putin - Disapprove
Hugo Chavez - Got me
Iyad Allawi - Got me
Ariel Sharon - Approve (barely)
Mahmoud Abbas - Approve
Osama bin Laden - Uh, disapprove
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva - Got me
Islam Karimonv - Got me
Saparmurat Niyazov - Got me
Fidel Castro - Disapprove
Robert Mugabe - Disapprove
Kim Jong-Il - Uh, disapprove
Hu Jintao - Disapprove

Anyone that I wrote "got me" beside I really don't have enough information about to make a decision one way or another.

Islam Karimov is the dictator of Uzbekistan and a very good friend of Bush. He enjoys executing political prisoners by boiling them alive.

See what I said about Niyazov above.
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