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60976  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Al vs. Jake vs. John Dibble on: December 11, 2005, 07:30:29 pm
You appear to think that the First Amendment does protect criticizing the President or any war, as you've said Bush and Iraq War critics should be locked up in camps.
60977  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Al vs. Jake vs. John Dibble on: December 11, 2005, 06:51:31 pm
I do not support orthodox Marxism anymore, how many times do I have to say that?
60978  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Rasmussen: Menendez leads Kean by 4% on: December 11, 2005, 02:32:06 pm
Where's Kean from?

Looking up on his State Senate district, it appears he's from Union county, which is pretty Democratic, but he's from the outer exurban fringe which is probably Republican. And his district consists mostly of VERY affluent North Jersey exurbia, the most Republican part of the state.
60979  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Al vs. Jake vs. John Dibble on: December 11, 2005, 01:56:35 pm
They're all good candidates in their own way.

haha, you support fascism.

Will you ever get beyond a 4th grade maturity and intellect?

Just stating the facts. You called Jake, a fascist, a good candidate.
60980  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: are you a walter mitty republican? on: December 11, 2005, 01:56:00 pm
10.  the fda and the epa should be radically downsized, if not closed all together (y/n) - what's the fda again?

Food and Drug Administration. Puts health requirements on food sold and oversees the testing of medical drugs. Any medical drug sold in the US must first be approved by the FDA.

To answer the questions:

1.  social security should be privatized - No, it should be reformed but not in the way Republicans want to

2.  the capital gains tax should be abolished- No

3.  the federal income tax should be drastically reduced for ALL wage earners - No, raise it on the rich

4.  the death penalty should be abolished - Yes

5.  abortion should be illegal - No

6.  syria should be held accountable for their terrorist supporting - depends on what is meant by "held accountable". I'd say they basically already are now

7.  there should be more oil exploration in the us (including anwr and offshore drilling) and more refineries should be built - Yes, except for ANWR

8.  the fcc should stop auctioning off the airwaves to the highest bidders - Yes

9.   we need *real* welfare reform, not just the politically correct version that passed in 96 - No

10.  the fda and the epa should be radically downsized, if not closed all together- No
60981  General Politics / Individual Politics / Opinion of Ayn Rand on: December 11, 2005, 01:51:57 pm
Horrible Horrible HORRIBLE Person.
60982  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you think this country would be better off without suburbs? on: December 11, 2005, 01:45:27 pm
Just offering BRTD a chance to live in a city away from those nasty boring suburbs. The houses just need a little work.  Call them fixer-uppers.

BTW Memphis I suspect that you never lived in or near Detroit, so  you really don't know what the hell you're talking about. If you talk to suburbanites around Detroit a frequent story you will hear is that they previously lived in a nice house in Detroit but were forced to move because of the rising crime rates.

No, but he most likely lives in Memphis which is a major city.

And I most certainly wouldn't enjoy Detroit, but I'll never live in that area anyway. Minneapolis is very nice, and much better than the horrible suburbs surrounding it. Even dazzleman has admitted the Twin Cities suburbs are quite horrid.
60983  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Al vs. Jake vs. John Dibble on: December 11, 2005, 01:23:22 pm
They're all good candidates in their own way.

haha, you support fascism.
60984  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you think this country would be better off without BRTD? on: December 11, 2005, 01:07:54 pm
Yep.  He just supported people committing felonies.

Damn those law breaking blacks in the south during the Civil Rights movement...

Hate to tell you this, but they were not committing felonies; they were, in fact challenging the law and getting it overturned. 

Now we see the true loony leftist hypocrisy, which is, "If I like it, it's okay.  If I don't, you should be punished for it."

Um, they were breaking the law to get attention. That's what civil disobedience is. Do you think Rosa Parks was wrong?

Also, do you think anyone who commited sodomy in a state were it was illegal before Lawrence v. Texas should've been arrested? What's right is not always the law.
60985  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you think this country would be better off without suburbs? on: December 11, 2005, 12:57:47 pm
Actually I'd prefer something like this:

http://www.city-data.com/cpicv/vfiles8764.jpg
(big image, that's why it's clickable)
60986  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Al vs. Jake vs. John Dibble on: December 11, 2005, 12:47:38 pm
Al/Al

Dibble would come in second place.
60987  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: GOP wants to end automatic citizenship for people born in America on: December 11, 2005, 12:45:32 pm
I happen to be mixed race(hispanic/white) so don't be going around calling me a racist.

Except that's not mixed race. Hispanics are still white. And non-whites can be racist.
60988  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: First Stirrings of Democracy in the Middle East on: December 11, 2005, 12:40:40 pm
Once again, I have yet to see the cause and effect connection here. Why would a US ally like Egypt decide to add some democratic reforms (even though they are mostly only cosmetic) because of Iraq?
60989  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Interesting image I found on: December 11, 2005, 12:38:15 pm
Russia - 55% approval of Muslims after Chechnya?

Well that's not any wackier than the Lebanon numbers and the US ones are higher after 9/11. Hey, look at those German numbers! Hmmm dazzleman, what was that crap again about how leftists love Islam and political correctness means loving Islam?
Yeah, I've wondered about that figure too ... and of course wondered when it would be brought up.
Probably reflects a relative lack of political correctness, or something about the wording of the German-language version of the question.
Actually though, the other two German figures don't quite square with what I'd have expected either ... hm.

What numbers would you expect. I'll admit, the Jews figure seems a little disturbingly low.

Here's another interesting thing from the same poll:



All Western countries + India say Islam and all Muslim countries except Turkey say Judaism. That's not suprising. The interesting thing is a plurality in Turkey saying Christianity. Think they're thinking of Greece there? Also makes me wish Greece was included. Something else that seems odd though is that the US has the highest number of any of the western countries saying Christianity and that it, Britain and Canada have numbers for it higher than India. Hmmm...
60990  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is Islam Compatible With Democracy? on: December 11, 2005, 12:33:26 pm
Could a non-Christian get elected to any prominent office in America?  No, I didn't think so.

Do you consider the US Senate prominent? It's got at least 9 Jews. Not to mention in 2000 a Jew was legitimately elected Vice President.
60991  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Adam Smith v. John Keynes on: December 10, 2005, 09:51:02 pm
Keynes by far.
60992  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: opebo vs. jmfcst on: December 10, 2005, 09:49:58 pm
and me and SoS are religiouses for opebo.

BTW J-Mann's map might be accurate except jmfcst wouldn't win Utah. The Mormons sure as hell wouldn't vote for him. He'd probably win a state like Mississippi.
60993  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is Islam Compatible With Democracy? on: December 10, 2005, 09:48:59 pm
Like I've said many times, the only Islamic countries that pulled off democracy succesfully are those that drove Islam into the ground. And even in those cases, the democracy is rather weak at best. Take Turkey for example. They had to have Ataturk modernize the country, and even now they have a two party system using PR due to a ridiculously high threshhold of 10% (I'm sure you can all figure why it's so high), and horrendous treatment of ethnic minorities and media censorship.
60994  General Politics / Individual Politics / People who are both Freedom Fighters AND Horrible People on: December 10, 2005, 09:45:41 pm
Make your lists.

Here's mine:

Martin Luther
Winston Churchill
Fidel Castro (Freedom Fighter under around 1960, then becomes horrible person)
Mao Zedong (Freedom Fighter until about 1950. Then he becomes a VERY VERY horrible person)
Vladimir Lenin

Hmmm, I'll see if I can think of more.
60995  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of John Maynard Keynes on: December 10, 2005, 09:44:37 pm
Isn't that the lead singer of Tool?

No, that's Maynard James Keenan.
60996  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you characterize the city you live in? on: December 10, 2005, 09:42:17 pm
Definately liberal. The southeast part where I live is all around liberal, southwest is kind of populist leaning liberal and northeast is libertarian leaning liberal. There's no northwest part as the city's shaped like a backwards L, but in where the northwest part would be is North Mankato, which is best described as centrist. The only conservative part of Mankato proper is a bunch of sprawl on the far east.
60997  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Why do northern Canada and the Atlantic Provinces vote Liberal? on: December 10, 2005, 09:35:51 pm
I don't get it. That seems like the party that they should like the least. I'd expect elections there to be mostly Conservative/NDP tossups, although it looks like the NDP might pick up the Northwest Territories. But it does seem strange.
60998  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Democrats and the Iraq War on: December 10, 2005, 09:30:37 pm
Oh, and option 1. No Americans should die for that POS Iraqi government, those Shiite pieces of crap can go to hell.

If you are trying to prove your patriotism by showing off just how bigoted you are against Muslims, and demanding a holy war of sorts against an entire faith, it won't fly.  A bigot does not a patriot make.  Prove your patriotism some other way.   

It's more about not propping up a government that supports Iran, an enemy of the United States.
60999  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Interesting image I found on: December 10, 2005, 09:25:44 pm
Russia - 55% approval of Muslims after Chechnya?

Well that's not any wackier than the Lebanon numbers and the US ones are higher after 9/11. Hey, look at those German numbers! Hmmm dazzleman, what was that crap again about how leftists love Islam and political correctness means loving Islam?
61000  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of John Maynard Keynes on: December 10, 2005, 09:23:14 pm
A moron.

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