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101  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 11, 2014, 11:40:50 pm


So he's currently gaining about 3 pounds a month?  At that rate, he'll be at ~320 pounds on his wedding day.
102  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Will there be a Kurd nation in the next 5 years? on: July 11, 2014, 09:35:04 pm
The US is expanding its supposedly "secret" CIA facility on the outskirts of Erbil, suggesting that regardless of what the US government may be saying publicly now, they'll be more than happy to keep working with the Kurds after they declare independence:

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/11/4231510/expansion-of-secret-facility-in.html

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“It’s no secret that the American special forces and CIA have a close relationship with the peshmerga,” said the Kurdish official, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because he was discussing covert military operations. He added that the facility had operated even “after the Americans were forced out of Iraq by Maliki,” a reference to the 2011 U.S. troop withdrawal after the Obama administration and the Iraqi government couldn’t agree on a framework for U.S. forces remaining in the country.

The official refused to directly identify the location of the facility but when he was shown the blurred-out location on an online satellite-mapping service he joked, “The peshmerga do not have the influence to make Google blur an area on these maps. I will leave the rest to your conclusions.”
103  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 11, 2014, 08:50:34 pm
Anyway, back to your question, I just equate pot with illegal drugs.

I understand that you don't want to do it if it's illegal, but the question is do you think it should be legal?  And actually, the original point was that you said that Allison was "more accepting of" medical marijuana than you are.  I guess that means that she thinks that marijuana should be legal at least for medicinal purposes, and you don't?  You have a *religious* objection to that?
104  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / O'Malley on border crisis: "We can't send children back to death" on: July 11, 2014, 07:42:01 pm
http://time.com/2978026/martin-omalley-minors-immigration/

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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley broke publicly with President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Friday, calling for a more humane policy toward the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who have illegally crossed into the United States.

“It is contrary to everything we stand for to try to summarily send children back to death,” the Democratic lawmaker told reporters. O’Malley also criticized the “kennels” in which those who have been detained are being kept and calling for the children to be placed in “the least restrictive” locations, including foster homes or with family members in the U.S.
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Speaking to reporters on the margins of the National Governors Association, O’Malley, who is weighing a bid for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, declined to talk about his political future. Still, his response was a clear effort to distinguish himself from his leading rival and the incumbent president. Clinton told CNN last month that most of those detained should be sent back. “They should be sent back as soon as it can be determined who responsible adults in their families are,” she said. President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the parents of the migrants need to know that “it is unlikely that their children will be able to stay.”
105  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Quinnipiac University Poll: Obama worst president since WWII on: July 11, 2014, 07:33:37 pm
Wait, Winfield commented in this thread, and he didn't pick up on this question in the poll?

"In the Presidential election of 2012, if Mitt Romney had become President instead of Barack Obama, do you think that, in general, the nation would be better off than it is today or worse off than it is today?"

better off 45%
worse off 38%
106  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Douthat: Stopping Campus Rape on: July 11, 2014, 07:30:54 pm
From there you can be anywhere on the globe within 12 hours….

You severely overestimate how fast commercial jets fly.  I've been on the Dallas to Brisbane flight, which is 16 hours flying time (never mind time spent going through airport security, immigration and customs, etc.), and that's not yet halfway around the Earth.
107  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 11, 2014, 09:59:57 am
Changing topics….Bushie, I forget if you ever mentioned this, but what is Allison's level of religiosity compared to you?  Does she not only attend church weekly but also do both group and individual bible study like you do?
108  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Is America ready for a president who is married to someone of a different race? on: July 11, 2014, 09:56:24 am
We already have a president who's married to someone of a different race, seeing as how Michelle is not biracial.
109  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which is the absolute worst board on the forum? on: July 11, 2014, 08:39:44 am
Town Hall

Al's final stronghold!
110  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Is there a list of Mods along with their tenure anywhere? on: July 11, 2014, 03:13:25 am
Looking back at those archives, it's interesting to see how much moderator turnover there was in 2010/2011, with that regime basically continuing until the present day, as the number of mod changes has dropped off, with Dave becoming less active and handing power over to Nym.

Moderators as of February 2010:

no Modadmin
Nym90
BushOK
Supersoulty
Sam Spade
Joe Republic
Al
Peter
afleitch
Alcon
Gustaf
MasterJedi
Emsworth (no longer active)

Moderators as of February 2012:

Modadmin Nym90
Mr. Morden
Bacon King
Joe Republic
Al
Ernest
Gustaf
Mr. Moderate
Badger
muon2
afleitch
ag
Beet
Inks
The Mikado
MasterJedi
Emsworth (no longer active)
Peter (barely active)
Alcon (barely active)
Lunar (no longer active)
111  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The "Who is running?" tea leaves thread on: July 11, 2014, 01:20:36 am
Mitt Romney met with his family at Saginew Lake a few day ago, and it is rumored that the discussion of 2016 came up.

Source?
112  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Where your ancestors were from? on: July 11, 2014, 12:53:48 am
Father's father's side is German.  Father's mother's side is Norwegian/Swedish.

My mother's side is a mix of everything from the British Isles: English/Scottish/Irish/Welsh, but pretty sure English is the largest component of that.
113  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: NH-UNH/WMUR: D: Clinton 59% Biden 14%; R: Romney 39% Christie 7% Paul 7% Bush 6% on: July 11, 2014, 12:46:03 am
59% is Clinton's worst showing in a New Hampshire poll since September.  She's sinking like a rock!  Tongue

Also, I think this is the first poll that we've seen Sanders tested in.  5% and fourth place behind Clinton/Biden/Warren.  Not bad.

Favorability / unfavorability among Democrats:

Clinton 87 / 9% for +78%
Biden 67 / 20% for +47%
Warren 57 / 14% for +43%
Sanders 37 / 10% for +27%
Cuomo 37 / 21% for +16%
Warner 16 / 14% for +2%
O'Malley 9 / 8% for +1%
Schweitzer 6 / 9% for -3%

Favorability / unfavorability among Republicans:

Ryan 55 / 18% for +37%
Rubio 46 / 19% for +27%
Walker 37 / 10% for +27%
Cruz 39 / 22% for +17%
Huckabee 46 / 30% for +16%
Bush 45 / 31% for +14%
Portman 19 / 8% for +11%
Christie 46 / 36% for +10%
Santorum 38/ 30% for +8%
Perry 39 / 32% for +7%
114  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / NH-UNH/WMUR: D: Clinton 59% Biden 14%; R: Romney 39% Christie 7% Paul 7% Bush 6% on: July 11, 2014, 12:32:06 am
New NH primary poll:

link

Dems:

Clinton 59%
Biden 14%
Warren 8%
Sanders 5%
Cuomo 3%
Warner 1%
O'Malley 0%
Schweitzer 0%

GOP:

Romney 39%
Christie 7%
Paul 7%
Bush 6%
Jindal 5%
Huckabee 4%
Cruz 3%
Rubio 2%
Walker 2%
Santorum 2%
Ryan 1%
Perry 1%
Portman 1%
Kasich 0%

GOP, if Romney doesn't run:

Christie 19%
Paul 14%
Bush 11%
Huckabee 8%
Rubio 8%
Cruz 5%
Jindal 5%
Ryan 5%
Walker 3%
Perry 2%
Portman 1%
Santorum 1%
Kasich 0%
115  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: George H.W. Bush on: July 10, 2014, 11:09:43 pm
What has this board become?

Just read this thread:

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=164982.0

and ignore the rest of the board.
116  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: I think there is a candidate everyone is forgetting on: July 10, 2014, 05:56:16 pm
Why did this get stickied?

I don't know.  I'm going to unsticky it for now, but if one of the other 2016 mods tells me that they stickied it and tells me why, then I'm open to it being re-stickied.
117  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: This is about the best photo of President Obama you will ever see on: July 10, 2014, 02:40:57 am
I like this one:


118  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does Dave Leip read Update? on: July 09, 2014, 09:48:09 pm

What I mean is that the motivation that people are trying and failing to inspire in Bushie might work on someone like Dave.  So Tender will have to be careful about letting Dave read it, lest Dave get any ideas.
119  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does Dave Leip read Update? on: July 09, 2014, 09:20:54 pm
Now that he's being held prisoner in Tender Branson's basement, he probably only reads what Tender wants him to read.  So Update is most likely out (or heavily censored, so as to remove any politically dangerous ideas that might give Dave motivation to escape).
120  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 09, 2014, 09:06:23 pm
I can't change it all by morning, I have to work at it, slowly but surely.  That's what I intend to do.  I know there is absolutely nothing I can say to change your minds tonight, and probably you guys will NEVER be happy no matter if I lose 100 lbs.  You'll still find something to gripe at.  That said, just let me do it.  It will take time, just let me do it.  Don't keep pounding me in the head multiple times every single night.  Hold me accountable, yes, but don't keep beating me over the head in post after post after post.

We are holding you accountable.  You said you were doing things in previous weeks, and didn't follow through, so now we're calling you out on it.

If you have a plan to improve your diet, what is it?  I suggested that you simply buy what you need to make one meal at home tomorrow night.  That seems simple enough.  Will you do that?  If not, what is your plan?
121  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The "Who is running?" tea leaves thread on: July 09, 2014, 08:42:25 pm
Sanders:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/02/can-this-ornery-socialist-spoil-the-clinton-coronation.html

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Among the matters included under this rubric are whether he is more likely to run for president or not: “Oh, who knows. I don’t want to get into which way I am leaning. I am giving serious thought to it.” Also, Hillary Clinton and her possible presidential campaign: “If I run, it doesn’t matter whether Hillary runs. We have a message, and I’ve got to make that determination. But I don’t want to get into Hillary gossip.” And, more specifically, the latest Beltway scandal du jour, about Clinton proclaiming past poverty while she rakes in six-figure speaking fees from Goldman Sachs: “I could care less. And I don’t want to go there. I am not going to get into media gossip.”

Meanwhile, Biden is headed to Netroots Nation:

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/run-2016/2014/07/09/joe-biden-heading-to-netroots-nation
122  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 09, 2014, 08:27:09 pm
I'll be honest, I haven't used my oven or stove yet in my new apartment, but I plan to eventually.

Wow, not even for something as simple as scrambled eggs?

Bushie, just go to the grocery store, and buy whatever food you need to cook one meal for yourself.  Doesn't matter how simple it is.  But something that involves using your oven or stove.  Then cook it for dinner tomorrow night.

You said that you know how to cook at least a few things.  (Spaghetti is your "specialty".)  So just cook one meal for yourself tomorrow night.  What is stopping you from doing that?  You "plan to do it eventually"?  How can we take that seriously if you don't take the first step?
123  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 09, 2014, 08:12:20 pm
Again, this is Bushie all over. He loves announcing his 'plans'... but, where is the follow through?

Same thing with weight, if he was serious - he'd throw EVERYTHING out of his pantry and fridge, everything. And start fresh, if his parents genuinely supported him, they should be helping by cooking healthier foods to not give him an excuse to get out of it "Well, she cooked it, so I can't be rude" or "it's a holiday". Again, note he plans to go shopping for healthier food, buy weights, buy walking clothes... you don't need specialist equipment to go for a walk. Comfortable shoes, consideration for the weather and some water... that's it.

And do not get me started on 'diet soda' - the sweeteners in those things are TERRIBLE for you and they cause virtually the same reactions in the body as sugar (including diabetes).



Indeed.  Again:

I do plan to go to Walmart tomorrow night and get some healthier food.

Whatever happened to that, Bushie?


I got some fruits and vegetables, as well as some frozen dinners.

Do you ever eat a dinner at home that isn't either takeout or heating up frozen dinners?

In 2011, you said:

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=109091.msg2862862#msg2862862

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I know how to cook a little bit, and I'm going to try to get my mother and grandmother to teach me more dishes.  Right now, my specialty is spaghetti.  I can fix spaghetti pretty well without too much trouble.  I can also fix eggs and bacon (which I'm also going to cut down on) and macaroni and cheese (who doesn't?).

So do you ever cook anything for yourself these days, or is it just heating up frozen dinners?
124  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 09, 2014, 08:04:08 pm
Again, this is Bushie all over. He loves announcing his 'plans'... but, where is the follow through?

Same thing with weight, if he was serious - he'd throw EVERYTHING out of his pantry and fridge, everything. And start fresh, if his parents genuinely supported him, they should be helping by cooking healthier foods to not give him an excuse to get out of it "Well, she cooked it, so I can't be rude" or "it's a holiday". Again, note he plans to go shopping for healthier food, buy weights, buy walking clothes... you don't need specialist equipment to go for a walk. Comfortable shoes, consideration for the weather and some water... that's it.

And do not get me started on 'diet soda' - the sweeteners in those things are TERRIBLE for you and they cause virtually the same reactions in the body as sugar (including diabetes).



Indeed.  Again:

I do plan to go to Walmart tomorrow night and get some healthier food.

Whatever happened to that, Bushie?
125  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 09, 2014, 06:14:21 pm
Do we have a new record for shortest Update break ever?

Guys, I'm done with Update for a while.  I'm getting frustrated with several things, so instead of blowing up, I'm going to lay low on the Update for a while.  I will continue to talk on the rest of the forum, just no Update for a while.  I'm not going so far as to say I'll never post here again, but for a while, I'm taking an Update break.
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