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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which Virginia Democrat would you rather have for president? on: October 19, 2014, 09:11:00 pm
Kaine seems like the most decent of the bunch.  Webb is strange and I'm averse to military men, Warner is a capitalist, and McAuliffe is...  beyond words.
2  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Is Homosexuality a sin? on: October 19, 2014, 09:03:29 pm
Why would god create, at all times and in every culture a group of people; whether it's 5% or 10% who mostly have an exclusive attraction to the same sex, not just in a sexual fashion, but in terms of bonding, intimacy, love, commitment and being generally completed as a person by being with that other person...and then condemn it. What a stupid god. And what an even more stupid person you are for accepting that.

this is another form of the theodicy question, which is, in my mind, the central theological* question.



*central to all religions that proclaim the omnibenevolent/omnipotent God, not only Christianity
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: ME-Pan Atlantic SMS: Collins leads by 43 on: October 19, 2014, 02:59:21 pm
this is just sad.  people are such idiots.

No. People like you are for looking at a letter over quality

Are you implying that tweed would approve of Collins if she weren't a Republican?

the crucial issue is that she supports GOP control over the Senate, no matter now many nice things she says about gays or equal pay for women.  RI voters understood this in 2006.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Cuomo v. Teachout on: October 19, 2014, 01:30:53 am

Unless Hawkins has a massive surge, Cuomo be re-elected. Isn't Mangano one of the up and comers for the NY GOP?

eh I can't see him doing much more than County Exec, personally.

with the state of the NY GOP bench, any two-term Republican exec of a major county qualifies as an "up and comer".
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: What Network will you watch Election Night? on: October 19, 2014, 01:27:37 am
MSNBC for Matthews and Chuck Todd
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which state would Hillary win by the largest margin (in the general election)? on: October 19, 2014, 01:25:58 am
NY has a built-in demographic ceiling that makes anything much greater than 2:1 hard to imagine.  Vermont and Hawaii don't.
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Romney: I'm not running! on: October 19, 2014, 01:23:52 am
his wife came out hard against it a few days ago.  we'll see.  if the field is lumbering along in midsummer 2015 with a bunch of clowns and no frontrunner, the opportunity may be too tempting to pass up, and with Mitt's money and connections his barrier to entry is far lower than a Rubio or Rand Paul or even Christie.
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: ME-Pan Atlantic SMS: Collins leads by 43 on: October 19, 2014, 01:16:01 am
this is just sad.  people are such idiots.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / does Edwin Edwards have a real chance to win? on: October 19, 2014, 01:14:04 am
I haven't been following that closely.  this must be Louisiana politics at its best.

 have there been any recent polls?  has Edwards received any support from the national Democrats that we know about?
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Am I really such a bad person? on: October 19, 2014, 01:11:26 am
...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God...
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should opebo have his own Jon Stewart/John Oliver style show? on: October 19, 2014, 01:10:31 am
he wouldn't be a good fit, no.

Why not?

he'd be better as a talk show host, interacting with people.  spontaneity highlights his major skills.  having to read from a teleprompter requires other skills, 'delivery' and etc.  I don't think he'd enjoy that activity and thus wouldn't be so good at it.
12  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / opinion of Cornelius Van Til on: October 19, 2014, 12:39:20 am
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornelius_Van_Til


he's a strange case for me.  his great influence is on conservative Reformed/neo-Calvinist types that I find to be anathema, but he himself was quite entertaining as a speaker, extremely familiar with the depths of many great thinkers, was able to understand and have dialog with Barth.

I will confess to not having tried to read any of his major stuff, nor his full-length defenses of 'presuppositional apologetics', the buzzphrase that he's most associated with.
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2014 Major League Baseball prediction and discussion thread. on: October 19, 2014, 12:26:26 am
This year's Royals team looks like a team of destiny... like the 1969 Mets, or the 2004 Red Sox.

as did the 2007 Rockies, between Sept 1 and Oct 20.  'team of destiny' only works in the retroactive.

one amazing thing about the Giants is how they've managed to get to the brink of 3 of 5 titles despite having serious dead money..  Zito and Aaron Rowand, now Lincecum and Cain.
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2014 Major League Baseball prediction and discussion thread. on: October 19, 2014, 12:23:25 am
KC is actually a -115/-105 favorite on Bovada to win the series, which surprised me.  I was expecting SF in the neighborhood of -125.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should opebo have his own Jon Stewart/John Oliver style show? on: October 19, 2014, 12:18:52 am
he wouldn't be a good fit, no.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of wormyguy on: October 19, 2014, 12:16:06 am
I don't like him, but I support his continued existence as a poster.  he has a lot of anger/passion, devotion to a non-commonplace point of view, and familiarity with facts and important ideas.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Houston demands local pastors turn over sermons. on: October 17, 2014, 08:31:01 pm
does it say which pastors?  I have a friend who actually goes to Voddie Baucham's church.  (though I don't believe that it's located in Houston proper)
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you enjoy seeing politicians getting spanked? on: October 17, 2014, 08:25:11 pm
Humiliated Nikki Haley
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: David Byrne vs. David Bowie on: October 16, 2014, 11:57:14 pm
my stepfather looks just like David Bowie
but he hates David Bowie
I think Bowie's cool
I think Lodger rules
I think my step dad's a fool
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Tony Benn on: October 16, 2014, 11:51:09 pm
one of the best Ali G interviews.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-YYroSudUs
21  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: What is the significance of calling something a social construction? on: October 16, 2014, 11:37:26 pm
good post, Mikado.  I believe it points to a latent positivism, or faith in science, that the reality of certain things about the world exist even without being filtered through the human mind.  if there were 'scientific' evidence for racial difference it could be put in the same category as gravity, light, and, dare we say, evolution.  those things bind us whether we like it or not, prisoners as we are to scientific fact.  meanwhile, race and sexuality as social construction puts the human back in charge (at least in theory) of their function.
22  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: SEC Commissioner Silve retiring on: October 14, 2014, 08:44:20 pm
Possible Replacements (My Opinion only) are; Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp, Former U.S President George W. Bush, Alabama Athletic Director Bill Battle and Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs.

You were joking weren't you?  The SEC will want to stay clear of politics as it might impact making money and why on earth would Dubya want a real job at this point? If Commissioner was mainly a ceremonial post, I could see him being interested, or even if it was the sort of job he'd only be expected to do for a year or two.

He's wanted to be MLB commissioner for years now... This isn't that far off.

also, Jeb Bush reportedly was contacted about the NFL Commish job in 2006.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Shut down the EPA? on: October 14, 2014, 08:42:46 pm
aren't all of these agencies staffed by former Monsanto and ConAgra execs to begin with?  I can't see what "harm" they'd be doing, in the GOP sense of the word.
24  General Politics / Economics / Re: When the Fed hikes interest rates, how high will it go? on: October 14, 2014, 08:30:21 pm
ftr I wasn't kidding.  inflation is running at less than 2%, correct?
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: True Leftism vs. Alan Grayson-style Leftism on: October 14, 2014, 08:21:31 pm
The U.S. labor movement was never really explicitly socialist, and certainly not the one that existed during the passage of the New Deal,

many of the organizers of the 1930s, especially with the CIO, were socialists, and during the Comintern's 'popular front' period many people who were deeply involved with the CPUSA worked within organized labor.  I can point you to an Irving Howe essay if you actually care.  you could also read up on the 1934 strikes in Minneapolis, a heroic and bloody effort led by avowed Trotskyists that ended in the unionization of the trucking industry.

Jacobin just ran an article on it, making this quite easy for you, Lief.

Red Teamsters: The radical teamsters of Minneapolis showed what democratic unionism looks like.
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