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60976  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Would you be in favor of a Marxist revolution in Singapore? on: January 28, 2005, 11:22:26 am
My best friend was born in Singapore, although his family migrated to New Zealand when he was one and onto Autralia when he was 8. He recently went with his family to Brunei, where his father now works, and where his mother and siblings will be living after the end of this year (he'll be staying in Australia for university, which starts next year for us). Because of the compulsory military service, he had to go through Kuala Lumpur on the way and on the way back he had to stay on bopard for the four hour stopover-thanks od it was QANTAS and not Singapore airlines, or he would have had to get off, and be conscripted.

Singapore, if you're Singaporean (even if only by birth), sucks. But for westerners, it's fine. Sure there are a few restrictions on some things, but it isn't a hellhole.

In Singapore you'd be serving life in prison: http://sodomylaws.org/world/singapore/singapore.htm
60977  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: is pre-marital sex wrong? on: January 28, 2005, 11:20:09 am
no
60978  General Politics / Political Debate / Can you be a pro-feminist sexist? on: January 28, 2005, 11:11:53 am
people have on other forums called me a sexist before which I found amusing considering all my support for women's rights, and I found it kind of amusing here when josh called me a pig because of his relations with the religious right and their obviously not too progressive views on women.

So is it possible to be pro-feminist, supportive of women's rights, and still sexist?
60979  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Bye bye, Chairman Specter? on: January 28, 2005, 02:38:07 am
I really hope no Republicans try to claim like supersoulty does all the time that the Republicans have a much bigger tent and are more accepting of moderates, just look here. We have a pro-life Democrat as Minority Leader now, and there's been basically no whining here.
60980  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who annoys you more, far-left liberals or far-right conservatives? on: January 28, 2005, 02:33:39 am
gee, take a guess what I pick.
60981  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: College liberalism on: January 28, 2005, 02:30:07 am
Because they have students who tend to be young and in a very Democratic age group, and liberal professors and faculty. And the overal culture of college towns adds to liberalism overall. Look at my city. It voted for Kerry heavily and Bush only won one precinct in the whole city which was most a bunch of subdivisions on the outside edge of town. There was another one he won but it only had 4 votes in it and he got all, meaning it was probably some sort of statistical classification (there was another with only 5 votes where Kerry got all). The reason it is so liberal even outside of the university areas is people who would like to live in such a city tend to be liberal (or recent grads). Of course there are some other factors (such as a rather blue collar industrial part of town and the proximity to the Twin Cities, we're kind of "Minneapolis-lite")
60982  General Discussion / History / Re: What president violated the Constitution the most? on: January 27, 2005, 11:03:39 pm
Partiot Act
McCain-Feingold
60983  General Discussion / History / Re: What president violated the Constitution the most? on: January 27, 2005, 10:53:48 pm
George W. Bush
60984  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: (NOW DRAFTING!!!) Congressional Rotisserie League? on: January 27, 2005, 10:45:59 pm
I pick Barrack Obama of Illinois
60985  General Politics / Political Debate / what state has your favorite and least favorite tax plan? on: January 27, 2005, 01:51:01 pm
http://taxes.yahoo.com/statereport.html

favorite: Iowa
least favorite: Alabama
60986  Election Archive / 2004 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Washington is the West Virginia in 2004 on: January 27, 2005, 01:21:16 pm
another prediction to bump.
60987  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: "Anheuser-Busch Launches Souped-Up Beer" on: January 27, 2005, 01:16:33 pm
I have a feeling this might taste terrible, but I want to check it out out of curiosity.
60988  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Economic Issues Underrated on: January 27, 2005, 01:04:22 pm
I prioritize social issues much more than economics.

My view on economics is that it's circular.  If the government takes 50 dollars out of the economy and then gives everyone that 50 dollars worth of services, then who cares?

so you'd have no problem voting for me? You once said that we aren't that different socially, but economically, I scare the sh**t out of you.
60989  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Economic Issues Underrated on: January 27, 2005, 01:00:10 pm
I vote mostly on economics, but the Republican party's extremist stance on social issues would stop me from voting for them even if you took economics out.
60990  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: What states switch hands in 2006? on: January 27, 2005, 12:20:50 pm
If Warner runs against Allen, he is a definite underdog.

Jeffords WAS a REPUBLICAN!

Jeffords was also the biggest RINO in the Senate and probably the last progressive Republican. He voted against most of Reagan's agenda in the 80's. Plus he was initially elected back when Vermont was a more Republican friendly state and kept surviving by incumbancy.

Douglas didn't have a serious opponent last year and we all know governor's races are the ones people are least partisan in. Besides, why would he give up a safe governorship for a long shot Senate race?

The Democrats will not put up a serious candidate against Jeffords. They never do against Sanders, and why would they against either? Jeffords votes exactly like a Democrat anyway.
60991  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: SS will go bust if not privatized by 1988 on: January 27, 2005, 12:15:05 pm
The best solution to SS is simple: ban wealthy retirees from it. No one is eligible if they are more than double the poverty line. I'm sick of money being taken out of my paycheck so some rich old folks can use the extra cash to go on Carribean vacations.

SS is a SAFTEY NET. Let's get it back to that.

Yeah, but they pay into the system so they should be entitled a return.

wealthy people pay very high taxes that go to pay for social programs and they don't make a net gain on it. Tax plans are all about wealth redistribution. Some people have too much, some have too little. So the people with too much have to give up a little.
60992  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Giving up your seat to...? on: January 27, 2005, 12:13:17 pm
I never do. The only case in which I would is if it was a young hot woman I think I could get lucky with, and that's not likely to happen even then since lots of women are offended by that today.
60993  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: SS will go bust if not privatized by 1988 on: January 27, 2005, 12:09:29 pm
Make it opt out. I'd do that in a heartbeat. More hair gel, vinyls and strippers. mmmmm....
60994  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: SS will go bust if not privatized by 1988 on: January 27, 2005, 11:51:44 am
The best solution to SS is simple: ban wealthy retirees from it. No one is eligible if they are more than double the poverty line. I'm sick of money being taken out of my paycheck so some rich old folks can use the extra cash to go on Carribean vacations.

SS is a SAFTEY NET. Let's get it back to that.
60995  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Bayh to oppose Rice on: January 27, 2005, 11:44:05 am

His positions:
- Moderate on abortion. 50% at NARAL.
- Supports tax relief.
- No quotas on affirmative action.
- Agreed on expanding cell phone taps.
- Wants to broaden the use of the death penalty.
- Wants every student to be offered a choice between a public and charter school.
- Consistently votes to expand free trade in Asia.

Among other things.
So, unless the Democrats make a major shift centerward in the next three years, this guy is DOA in the primaries.  I don't think a simple vote against Rice is going to change that.

hey, it's no more ridiculous than the Republicans who actually think Giuliani has a chance of winning the nomination.
60996  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: If you had the power, what countries would you back coups in? on: January 27, 2005, 11:40:58 am
Her'es the first couple on my list:

I'd support a coup in Singapore or Saudi Arabia. I never hear anything about Brunei, so I'm not too familiar with them.

Brunei is a small contry on an island that also contains parts of Indonesia and Malaysia. The ruler of Brunei is a sultan who's a huge mysognisitic asshole. He has a huge number of concubines, many of whom were kidnapped and forced into that, and has actually been known to use front groups such as talent agencies to lure women from countries like Japan and the US over where he uses them as sex slaves. There's a lawsuit from an American woman against his brother over this, she tried to sue him himself but apparentely you can't sue heads of state. BS. The man is pure scum and needs to be taken out. And to top it all off it has ultra-right wing neoliberal economics similar to Singapore.
60997  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: What would your 2006 U.S. Senate strategy be? on: January 27, 2005, 01:17:06 am
Giulani is probably smart enough to realize tha tthe Religious Right would never let an adulteror who opposes the ban on partial birth abortions be nominated. He will not run for president, and hasn't given any indication he'll do so. All the rumors about it just came from when the GOP convention was announced to take place in NY, many suspected Bush would further exploit 9/11 by dropping Cheney and replacing him with Guilani, thus putting Giuliani in a good position to run in 2008. That didn't happen, therefore the speculation is bullsh**t, Guilani has given no hints he intends to run, and anyone who honestly thinks he can win the nomination anyway is on crack.

As for Dayton, I will not say he is safe, but he is hardly dead in the water as almost every Republican seems to think, his approval ratings are very decent and Mark Kennedy is the Republican Erskine Bowles, there is nothing about him that makes him an exceptially strong candidate and is actually the weakest candidate out of Minnesota's 4 GOP congressmen. And the state GOP did not have a good election last year.
60998  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: What states switch hands in 2006? on: January 27, 2005, 01:12:04 am
There will be no serious candidate against Jeffords. I can guarantee that. The Democrats don't run anyone serious against Bernie. Jeffords is the exact opposite of a DINO: he's a Democrat In All But Name. There is no reason for the Democrats to not simply stick with Jeffords.
60999  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Bye bye, Chairman Specter? on: January 27, 2005, 01:01:06 am
So basically, Specter just punk'd you all. He did a good job.
61000  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Your opinion of Henry Kissinger on: January 26, 2005, 11:54:11 pm
The best course then being to wait and see. If Allende tried to cancel elections in some way, the people would be eager to throw him out and removing him would've been easier and a better outcome. As it is now we just got a tyrant for 17 years for possibly no reason.
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