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1  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Women in Combat on: August 27, 2014, 09:44:30 am
Yes, and we should have them register for Selective Service as well.

a funny thought just came into my head - if the trans rights movement continues to advance, will it be possible for me to register myself as a female on my drivers' license, etc. and thus avoid risk of being drafted?
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is this post racially insensitive? on: August 27, 2014, 09:13:11 am
Yes, the difference being that "Reaganfan" was being racist intentionally whereas Scott was not, despite the connotations.

key word is bolded, yes.

as for the Scott thing, we all speak differently and more freely around people that we perceive to be of our own race/demographic, and the Atlas may not even have one black active member.  he was not being hateful, he was expressing his perception of difference in terms he thought 'his people' could understand.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Nine year old kills gun instructor with Uzi on: August 27, 2014, 07:50:59 am
What business does a nine year old have with an Uzi? I don't think this was what Jefferson was talking about...

parents were making sure she would be ready for the UN invasion.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of people who wear hoodies and baggy pants on: August 27, 2014, 07:46:53 am
I hope you didn't vote for the 3rd option, BRTD, as you've argued that people who wear a band's shirt to that band's show are HPs.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Imprisoned - A Review on: August 26, 2014, 09:28:04 am
going after the low-hanging fruit, Al.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: If Cuomo lost the primary... on: August 26, 2014, 12:04:14 am
this would be exactly the embarrassment the WFP needs.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Zephyr Teachout (D-NY) on: August 26, 2014, 12:01:21 am
Wiki says this is her birthname.  how is that possible?
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: August 25, 2014, 11:57:46 pm
so this is an actual job?  as in he is getting paid for his work right now?  and it's related to the skills he picked up at the CADD program?
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum racists on: August 25, 2014, 01:26:25 am
Zionism in practice refers to the concept that there should be an explicitly Jewish state.

yes, and that's the sense of Zionism TNF was doubtless referring to.  Malaspina can either continue on with a pedantic parsing of words or accept the silliness/ignorance of his initial position.
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: August 25, 2014, 01:19:12 am
Russians held a bit of a counter-parade in the East


"Captured Ukrainian soldiers marched through streets of Donetsk"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n4S10oDo0s
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum racists on: August 25, 2014, 12:45:23 am

did you read that?   it's explicitly clear that the article doesn't prove what you want it to prove:

“I grew up with a deep interest in the revival of Hebrew culture associated with the settlement of Palestine… enormously attracted, emotionally and intellectually, by what I saw as a dramatic effort to create, out of the wreckage of European civilization, some form of libertarian socialism in the Middle East.”


.. these Zionists advocated for what they described as a democratic and secular Palestine, as opposed to a Jewish state.

"I was connected to a considerable part of the Zionist movement which was opposed to a Jewish state. It’s not too well known, but until 1942 there was no official commitment of Zionist organizations to a Jewish state."
12  General Politics / Book Reviews and Discussion / Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? on: August 24, 2014, 05:39:37 pm
Spider in a Tree: A Novel of the First Great Awakening by Susan Stinson. I don't know quite what I expected when I heard that there was a historical novel about Jonathan Edwards's household by a writer previously known primarily for lesbian-themed fiction, but I know that I was not expecting this to be as incredibly good as it is so far.

currently on Wiki

13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: So where's the Ask Simfan thread gone? on: August 23, 2014, 04:28:24 pm
I'm still not entirely convinced that he doesn't currently have a sock here.

he's proven that he's too bumbling to sustain such a deception for any length of time
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could Hillary be chilled from running? on: August 22, 2014, 09:43:29 pm
Hillary won't decline to run out of fear of losing.  if she declines to run it will be because of "health", ie after devoting much of her life to career pursuits pretty consistently since she was a teenager, she doesn't want to spend her 70s living the high-stress, low-sleep lifestyle, and would rather sit on beaches and pay the bills with those 6-figure speaking engagements.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: August 22, 2014, 09:05:45 pm
rule no. 1 for creating internet identities is to NEVER have your 'real' identity interact with the created identities*.  pretty amateur moves on this level by Simfan.

*I would also recommend great discretion and care in having the created identity interact with anyone who knows of the real identity.  granted, this is often the very raison d'etre of the created identity, to hit pressure points with people in your life that you otherwise wouldn't.  still, go slow, stay in the drivers' seat.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: just girl things on: August 22, 2014, 08:58:48 pm
gl.  sounds like you're living through what will prove to be perhaps the most important/memorable period of you life so try to stay in the present mentally, assuming  "enjoying it" isn't exactly the right phrase.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Will Iraq War 3 Dominate GOP (and Dem?) Debates In 2016? on: August 22, 2014, 08:46:54 pm
They will probably force Rand to come out as a hawk

no, Rand will have to compete on difference because he won't be able to compete on money
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Sanders town hall meeting degenerates into shouting match over Israel on: August 21, 2014, 08:51:41 pm
Hardly a major issue for me, because as has been mentioned, just about every American politician blindly supports Israel. Still, he's wrong.

Bernie's support didn't sound quite as blind to me. He sounded more cautious on the issue than most.

Yeah, Bernie's remarks, from what I heard, actually seemed fairly measured and reasonable. But he didn't tow the True Leftist line of Israel = Satan and Hamas = Freedom Fighters, so he got screamed at.

he believes Israel should be allowed to use US aid dollars to oil its killing machine whilst Gaza should not be allowed use int'l aid on throwing together its own comparatively ragtag killing machine.  implication: Israelis are allowed to use violence/"have an army", Gazans are not.  imperial mentality 101.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask Maxy on: August 21, 2014, 08:40:57 pm
what is the meaning of life?
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: August 21, 2014, 01:03:51 pm
I used the word 'borderline' in recognition of the fact that he almost certainly couldn't be prosecuted for anything in a court of law.  however it certainly is in the same moral category as libel: he's called me all sorts of things in the past, "sociopath", etc, which I don't mind, he can do that all day.  making a categorically false statement saying I've "alluded to committing serious crimes," which many will read as "violent crimes", takes everything to another, and IMO, unacceptable level.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: August 21, 2014, 12:44:29 pm
The only crimes I've ever seen him allude to committing are marijuana use and not paying parking tickets or something like that (though he used the latter to try to sound badass by talking about how there was a warrant fir his arrest in NYC which is quite silly and amusing.)

it was a public drinking citation, but yeah, you have the right idea.  Antonio's post is borderline libel.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: FiveThirtyEight: "The Rand Paul Will Win Over Young Voters Myth" on: August 21, 2014, 12:39:49 pm
But...but...but...muh marijuana legalization

if he did come straight out for full-fledged marijuana legalization at the federal level, or at least the complete removal of marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, he might be able to tap into something among the 18-29 demographic.  I doubt he will though

Not really, hardly anyone is a single issue pro-pot voter.

possibly not, but there's never been an opportunity before.
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which atheist do you have a more positive opinion of? on: August 21, 2014, 12:14:31 am
In Hitchens' defense, I've never quite understood why the Western Left gives Islamism a pass that it isn't willing to give to fundamentalist Christianity, when the former results in terrorism and international wars killing tens of thousands, while the latter has at worst been responsible for stricter abortion laws and aided and abetted right-wing economics. On the face of it, even mainstream "moderate" Islam ought to be utterly abhorrent to anyone who considers themselves a good liberal, but none will offer even a mild critique of it for fear of seeming uncultured and insufficiently cosmopolitan.

much of the ideological basis for the US-led invasion of Iraq was Dominionist-Christian, and said invasion was the greatest single act of terror unleashed upon the world since Vietnam/Indochina.
24  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of various religious groups on: August 20, 2014, 11:27:55 pm
Religion itself is HP. I don't have religion I have a Relationship.

tiredest cliche in the book, son
25  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: Why do Presidents swear in on the bible? on: August 20, 2014, 09:28:18 pm
Because nobody cares to actually implement the 1st Amendment seriously.

What? Not only is it not a 1st Amendment violation, you could argue that not allowing a President to swear in on a religious text of their choice would be. It's not a requirement, as shown by members of Congress, Keith Ellison swore in on the Koran, Tulsi Gabbard did on a Hindu sacred text, and Krysten Sinema did on the Constitution. If any of those were elected President they could do so on the same preferred book as well.

I seem to recall something about congresspeople's "oaths" not being actual oaths, only serving a ceremonial function, whilst the oath taken by the president is constitutionally mandated.
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