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60976  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.
60977  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.
60978  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.
60979  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.
60980  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.
60981  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.
60982  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.
60983  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.
60984  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?
60985  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.
60986  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.
60987  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.
60988  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.
60989  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.
60990  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.
60991  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...
60992  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.
60993  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.
60994  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: World leaders survey on: February 18, 2005, 01:20:28 am
Saparmurat Niyazov dunno them

he's the guy in Turkmenistan that renamed a month after himself and ordered an ice palace constructed in the middle of the desert.

I should also add bandit as he's the president of New America Smiley
60995  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Mitt Romney on: February 18, 2005, 01:14:11 am
and being Mormon will hurt him massively. Also kills his chances of winning the nomination. It almost certainly will guarantee the vote for WalterMitty for the Democrat, and thus many other Republicans.
60996  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: World leaders survey on: February 18, 2005, 01:09:14 am
my answers:

George W. Bush - disapprove
Jaques Chirac - approve, but largely for the wrong reasons. I just like how he gets under Republicans' skin so well.
Tony Blair - disapprove
Jose Zapatero - approve
Vladimir Putin - disapprove
Hugo Chavez - approve
Iyad Allawi - disapprove
Ariel Sharon - disapprove, but not as much as I have in the past
Mahmoud Abbas - approve
Osama bin Laden  - disapprove
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva - approved
Islam Karimonv - disapprove
Saparmurat Niyazov - disapprove
Fidel Castro - disapprove
Robert Mugabe - disapprove
Kim Jong-Il - disapprove
Hu Jintao - disapprove
bandit73 - approve
60997  General Politics / International General Discussion / World leaders survey on: February 18, 2005, 01:07:21 am
Just respond next to each name Approve or Disapprove like other surveys don in the past. For these:

George W. Bush
Jaques Chirac
Tony Blair
Jose Zapatero
Vladimir Putin
Hugo Chavez
Iyad Allawi
Ariel Sharon
Mahmoud Abbas
Osama bin Laden
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Islam Karimonv
Saparmurat Niyazov
Fidel Castro
Robert Mugabe
Kim Jong-Il
Hu Jintao
bandit73 (as he is president of New America)
60998  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Election Commentary Thread on: February 18, 2005, 12:42:53 am
the first District 4 returns show SamSpade with a lead in the Senate race. Meanwhile Lewis has pulled into a tie in the first round, but the race is still far too early to call.
60999  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Economics quiz on: February 18, 2005, 12:22:42 am
ugh, way too sleepy now. This can wait for the weekend.
61000  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Election Commentary Thread on: February 18, 2005, 12:21:32 am
early returns show a slight lead for Lewis Trondheim, but Al is not too far behind and there is LOTS left to be counted. The district 5 Senate is dead tied, while district 3 is dead tied between Nym90 and Mike Naso. However much of these early returns in district 5 are from King's home area, while district 3's are largely from Naso's home area.
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