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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Justice Dept. Preparing to Bring Corruption Charges Up Against Sen. Bob Menendez on: Today at 05:16:48 pm

The Governor of New Jersey is authorized to make an appointment to vacancies in the United States Senate. I personally propose he do so and set a special election to take place in June 2016.

Why June? Can it legally not be any later than that?

lowest turnout is the best turnout
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Menendez to face federal corruption charges on: Today at 05:14:19 pm
If Ted Stevens didn't resign even after he was CONVICTED then I don't see why Menendez would resign now.

Stevens was half-dead by then.  Menendez can be threatened with expulsion.  if expelled he loses his pension benefits and so on.  if he resigns he doesn't.

that plus the spectre of ongoing legal costs.  plead out, resign, do a few months in a min. security hotel room and then get a "job" from somebody who owes you a favor.
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: ISIS demolish ancient city of Nimrud on: Today at 04:42:23 pm

why?  how many fcks did you give about "Nimrud" before 5 minutes ago?
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: ISIS demolish ancient city of Nimrud on: Today at 04:41:09 pm
Year Zeroes happen every now and again.  1789, 1871, 1975...
5  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Can Communism work? on: Today at 04:38:32 pm
as Eric Hobsbawm said - the really-existing Soviet state was very much a product of the 20th Century.  it will not exist again.

beyond that, this question has no meaning.
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite Alcoholic Beverage on: Today at 04:27:58 pm
I put myself in the hospital last time I drank (Jan 29/Jan 30).  diazepines and opiates do me much better.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Justice Dept. Preparing to Bring Corruption Charges Up Against Sen. Bob Menendez on: Today at 04:26:27 pm
Gregory Lee Johnson's no criminal, Bob Menendez is.

burn that fcker!

you watched in awe at the red, white, and blue on the Fourth of July
while those fireworks were exploding,
I was burning that fcker and stringing my (red) flag high!

8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Menendez to face federal corruption charges on: Today at 04:25:04 pm
Gregory Lee Johnson's no criminal, Bob Menendez is.

burn that fcker!
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Menendez to face federal corruption charges on: Today at 04:19:38 pm
you watched in awe at the red, white, and blue on the Fourth of July
while those fireworks were exploding,
I was burning that fcker and stringing my (red) flag high!
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 57% now support sending U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS on: March 04, 2015, 11:34:29 am
France was also under invasion by a foreign power, with probably hundreds of thousands of German troops occupying.  al Qaeda is a media buzzword for "any Arab the US might consider dangerous or simply wants out of the way".  states have the right to harbor people the USA does not like.  the comparison fails.

if you want to legally do something about it a) indict specific people for crimes and attempt extradition; or b) go to the UN and seek a resolution, for a multinational force to enter Yemen. 

unilateral action, ie drone bombing of people who have never been charged with or proven guilty of any crime, is a war crime.  punishable by death, if the Nuremberg standards had held.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Ben Carson: Prison makes people go gay on: March 04, 2015, 11:23:52 am
is he wrong?  otherwise self-styled heterosexuals will find sexual release with other men if no women are available.  I'm sure my solution to this "problem" would be quite different from Carson.

there's also a problem with categorizing people into groups based on their sexuality.  I identify as a heterosexual but can find men attractive, in certain ways at certain times.  a gay friend of mine has had positive sexual experiences with women.  and so on.


 'homosexual' and 'heterosexual' are not static identities, strictly speaking.

Carson I think is suggesting that after prison, where women are again available, ex-cons continue to do men, when they had not prior to being incarcerated.

it's not impossible that that's true.  however, if this constitutes a problem, wouldn't the best path to take be a massive reduction in prison populaion?  or at least an expansion of furloughs/conjugal visits?

There is a good case to be made that we have too many folks incarcerated. The risk of their going gay is not one of them.  Being gay is not a problem!  Smiley

agreed, but building a coalition to get people out of prison can include nutters.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 57% now support sending U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS on: March 04, 2015, 11:21:12 am
anyway, my "problem" is that you accord the USA the right to use force all over the planet because the federal gov't might think somebody is dangerous.  meanwhile if other countries were using force against the USA in such a manner, bombs dropping and civilians dying by the thousands every year, you'd be more than livid, you'd be terrorized (and perhaps radicalized).

It's not a matter of thinking someone is dangerous my dear boy.  It's the reality of the actual world.  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus_ad_bellum

If the US wants to go to war in Yemen it should issue a formal declaration of war instead of just killing people on a sovereign nations territory. Not even recognizing that you are violating their sovereignty and just treating it as if the US government has jurisdiction all over the world is the height of arrogance.

The bottom line is that US actions in Yemen are based on the "because we can" principle. Nothing else. Great powers have always done that, but at least you should be honest about it instead of hiding behind a bogus interpretation of international law.

a thoroughly Western concept, quite conveiently.  with no penalties for violating.

the USA actually is the only country that's been found of violation of international law since WW2. in 1986 the International Cort of Justice found the US guilty of several charges, including violation of sovierignty, illegal restraint of trade, etc.  

of course, nothing happened.  we're the Cops of the World, biggest and baddest kids on the block.  the Reagan admin flipped the finger to the court and the liberal media dutifully reported all those "crimes against humanity" committed by the Sandinistas, and later even those supposedly committed by the remarkable tame Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Ben Carson: Prison makes people go gay on: March 04, 2015, 11:04:30 am
is he wrong?  otherwise self-styled heterosexuals will find sexual release with other men if no women are available.  I'm sure my solution to this "problem" would be quite different from Carson.

there's also a problem with categorizing people into groups based on their sexuality.  I identify as a heterosexual but can find men attractive, in certain ways at certain times.  a gay friend of mine has had positive sexual experiences with women.  and so on.


 'homosexual' and 'heterosexual' are not static identities, strictly speaking.

Carson I think is suggesting that after prison, where women are again available, ex-cons continue to do men, when they had not prior to being incarcerated.

it's not impossible that that's true.  however, if this constitutes a problem, wouldn't the best path to take be a massive reduction in prison populaion?  or at least an expansion of furloughs/conjugal visits?
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 57% now support sending U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS on: March 04, 2015, 10:59:58 am
there's also another problem with those liberals who agree that the 2003 invasion was a war crime, unjustified by the rules of war, etc.  yet they suggest no punishment.  

the Germans and Japanese have been prevented from re-armament for decades upon decades now.  in the face of the giant war crime the USA committed, should the USA not face restrictions on its use of military power?  perhaps a 10 or 15 year disarmament?
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Ben Carson: Prison makes people go gay on: March 04, 2015, 10:54:18 am
is he wrong?  otherwise self-styled heterosexuals will find sexual release with other men if no women are available.  I'm sure my solution to this "problem" would be quite different from Carson.

there's also a problem with categorizing people into groups based on their sexuality.  I identify as a heterosexual but can find men attractive, in certain ways at certain times.  a gay friend of mine has had positive sexual experiences with women.  and so on.


 'homosexual' and 'heterosexual' are not static identities, strictly speaking.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 03, 2015, 11:01:11 pm
Everything you just said is correct, and I know how hard it could be. Just remember what someone said pages back. It takes quite awhile to break an addiction (20 days?). I gave up Coke for Lent two years ago when I drank it all the time. Now I can effectively manage it to about two a week.

I know you can do it too if you can withhold cheat days on that (Sunday exceptions were not used by me). Breaking a habit is hard, but it requires focus. It's probably much harder for you with the lack of an obvious alternative, but have you tried anything else? Even stuff like iced tea is marginally better. What about Coke Zero? Switch that in for water now and then. (I presume that's not too bad. Haven't heard much about it.)

The first step in breaking an addiction is admitting there is an addiction.

you're using 12-step rationalizations.  "it's a disease, there's more to it that just stopping, I can't just stop!"  thus in your case planning your 'relapse' on fast food and sugar.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would Bushie be better off in Soviet Russia? on: March 03, 2015, 08:57:05 pm
In Soviet Russia, parents steal money from you!

that's true (in some sense) for every country with a social security/public pension system.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: If you were a member of Congress, would you attend Netanyahu's speech? on: March 03, 2015, 08:55:04 pm
heckled him, Joe Wilson style.  assuming I'd be in a safe-D district, who else would elect me?
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How often should a legislature be elected? on: March 03, 2015, 06:51:50 pm
most important is right of recall
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Boston Citizens vs. Harvard Faculty on: March 03, 2015, 05:03:06 pm
Anyway, the idea that anyone would prefer 2000 random people over 2000 of the smartest and most accomplished people in their fields (and in incredibly varied fields, from law to medicine to science to art to philosophy to history) to run a country is absurd to me.

kneejerk anti-meritocracy.  not a bad instinct to have, but the average American's soul has been so warped for so long that an oligarchic collectivist/technocratic dictatorship could be a better option.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would Bushie be better off in Soviet Russia? on: March 03, 2015, 04:59:18 pm
In Soviet Russia, Bushie would be rightfully deemed a social parasite and send to the camp to work, with some chance of reeducation.

by the 60s such things did not happen to people in the USSR.
22  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of peanut butter on: March 03, 2015, 04:57:36 pm
I love it but I tend to binge on it.. it's one of the densest foods calorically speaking, things get out of hand quickly
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Hugo Black on: March 03, 2015, 04:55:24 pm
I'm a big fan

one of those issues on which Ben and I overlap.  so far we have Taylor Swift and Hugo Black.
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Enver Hoxha on: March 03, 2015, 04:51:51 pm
FF in the 30s and 40s, gradually less so thereafter, and by the late 70s he was probably suffering from dementia.
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Boston Citizens vs. Harvard Faculty on: March 03, 2015, 04:47:39 pm
Because yes a few bad apples dictates what the whole city of Boston was like during the 1960s. Those people failed at the ballot box (except for maybe a fluke victory by Louise Day Hicks), and for good reason.  Bostonites were very divided over the issue but they more often than not in those days fell on the right side of history.  Your strawmanning is absurd.

busing was a huge issue in Boston in the 60s and 70s.  white Bostonians didn't want their kids bused into the ghetto. see Boston Against Busing: Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the 1960s and 1970s



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As long as they don't move next door
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