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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the Minnesota winter sky on: December 19, 2014, 11:53:16 pm
what is it, just goes from a dim grey to a dark and back again?  Ithaca was similar, it wore on me after a while.  (not just that, but the cold, wind, ice, and the fact that Ithaca is basically built on the slope of a mountain - not a great place for human habitation)
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: UK: Preferred Prime Minister on: December 19, 2014, 05:27:58 pm

that April 2010 was a Hell of a month for him tho
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: South Carolina judge tosses conviction of black teen executed in 1944 on: December 19, 2014, 05:24:57 pm
Another reminder of what a disgusting place the American South was.

they'd still be executing children if the SCOTUS allowed them to.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: is it legal/would a judge accept a guilty plea w/penalty of death? on: December 19, 2014, 05:22:57 pm
I hope no judge would ever accept that, but I'm sure there's some corner of 'Murica where that would fly. I would think there would be due process problems with something like that, personally. Could you say, "I don't want due process"? No, but then again, I'm against the death penalty.

how is due process violated if the defendant proven to be of sound mind?  life in prison, perhaps in the horrors of solitary, is not obviously preferable to non-existence. 

there was a letter written a few months ago by a guy who was convicted of murder and sentenced to life w/o parole here in NY (effectively a non-death penalty state).  he's been in solitary for 25 years and spends 23 hours/day in a cell, never gets to see the sun, etc.  he wrote that even if the execution caused him a month of the most insufferable physical pain, he'd still prefer it to his current situation.

I'm against the death penalty as well, in the sense of executing people that don't want to be executed, but even execution doesn't offend me as much as these practices of forcing suicidal, life-term prisoners to stay alive via force-feeding and other forms of torture.
5  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Please help me understand non-religious metaethics. on: December 19, 2014, 02:52:42 am
@Nathan: why is it more difficult to reconcile the presence of good in a world created by an evil God than it is to accept the presence of evil in a world created by the God of Christianity?
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Nebraska and Oklahoma sue Colorado over marijuana legalization on: December 19, 2014, 02:51:06 am
it won't get to SCOTUS.. the real fight will be if the next prez goes hard after pot and the feds sue CO/OR and wherever else come 2017.

Great! Another wedge issue for Clinton to use against the Republicans.

I'd be very surprised if Clinton runs as pro-pot legalization.  the best we can hope for is for her to take an open federalist position on the issue.  most likely she will be ambiguous in her answers.  even Obama has never publicly addressed the issue himself to my knowledge, he gave CO/WA the thumbs up via Holder in a private meeting w/Hickenlooper et al.

Yeah, she'll take the Obama position of "I personally oppose it, but states are free to experiment as they wish" or whatever. I think that's more or less what she said in an interview back in summer. Most of the Republican candidates (with the exception of Paul and maybe a couple others who want to try to carve out a niche) will take a hardline stance against legalization, and will probably propose cracking down on states that have done so.

"On recreational, states are the laboratories of democracy," Clinton said. "We have at least two states that are experimenting with that right now. I want to wait and see what the evidence is."

doesn't sound too awful, and you'd figure she's unlikely to move right on this particular issue from 2014 to 2017.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama pardons 8 non-violent drug offenders, part of "larger push" on: December 19, 2014, 02:36:26 am
Gosh, that might be 0.001% of them.

I'd love to see a mass pardon of 400k people on Jan 19 2017.

The House would probably manage to impeach him before he left office, just because.

it would still 'count' though, right?  is there any known way to cancel or rescind a pardon?
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / is it legal/would a judge accept a guilty plea w/penalty of death? on: December 19, 2014, 02:33:52 am
suppose I commit several capital crimes in a jurisdiction that has the death penalty.  when arrested, I come to the decision that instead of fighting to live out my last 55 or so years in prison, I'd prefer to be executed.  I offer the prosecution a guilty plea on all charges w/ a death sentence.

what happens now?
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama pardons 8 non-violent drug offenders, part of "larger push" on: December 19, 2014, 02:27:29 am
Gosh, that might be 0.001% of them.

I'd love to see a mass pardon of 400k people on Jan 19 2017.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Nebraska and Oklahoma sue Colorado over marijuana legalization on: December 19, 2014, 01:54:32 am
it won't get to SCOTUS.. the real fight will be if the next prez goes hard after pot and the feds sue CO/OR and wherever else come 2017.

Great! Another wedge issue for Clinton to use against the Republicans.

I'd be very surprised if Clinton runs as pro-pot legalization.  the best we can hope for is for her to take an open federalist position on the issue.  most likely she will be ambiguous in her answers.  even Obama has never publicly addressed the issue himself to my knowledge, he gave CO/WA the thumbs up via Holder in a private meeting w/Hickenlooper et al.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Which was more surprising? on: December 19, 2014, 01:47:55 am
Roberts' performance shows how much the two parties have GOTV institutional advantages.  there's a real art/skill to it that $$ can't automatically match.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Nebraska and Oklahoma sue Colorado over marijuana legalization on: December 19, 2014, 01:40:59 am
it won't get to SCOTUS.. the real fight will be if the next prez goes hard after pot and the feds sue CO/OR and wherever else come 2017.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Nebraska and Oklahoma sue Colorado over marijuana legalization on: December 19, 2014, 12:33:42 am
Ernest is correct that they have no standing. Hopefully the voters kick these awful AGs out next election for wasting state money.

Also hilarious that Republicans are suing other states under the idea that federalism is unconstitutional.

yeah, the quote that legal marijuana is "unconstitutional" really got me.  thanks to the Founders for their wisdom in writing the "nobody shalt be allowed cannabis" clause
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: New York To Ban Fracking on: December 18, 2014, 08:48:01 pm

Long live Mother Russia and the Islamic Republic!

Are you ****ing kidding me

he's not sure himself.
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: UK: Preferred Prime Minister on: December 18, 2014, 08:27:59 pm
it is amazing Labour found a way to blow this one
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who are some posters you like a lot? on: December 18, 2014, 08:26:24 pm
to join the chorus here, only going a bit further: admiration is not in my emotional toolbox.
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Should Family Guy do an episode about killing Kim Jong-un? on: December 18, 2014, 08:09:36 pm
FOX wouldn't air it.

They don't have the vulnerability theaters do.

they have the same (cybersecurity) vulnerability SONY does. at least there's no way to prove that they don't.
18  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Should Family Guy do an episode about killing Kim Jong-un? on: December 18, 2014, 02:17:15 pm
FOX wouldn't air it.
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What was your favorite #1 hit in 2014? on: December 18, 2014, 02:16:02 pm
Turn Down For What never hit number one? That was a great song, and it introduced a whole new generation of children to trap. And hip hop is nothing if not for the children.

peaked at 4.
20  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: Favorite current US Supreme Court Justice on: December 17, 2014, 07:50:37 pm
Ginsburg. I have mixed feelings for when she should retire, as she is 81. It would be hard to get a liberal judge through the Senate now, but there's no guarantee Dems will win the White House (or even the Senate) in 2016.

she's a gritty bird, she'll die on the Court.  the odds of her living through 01/20/2021 are probably <50%, if that makes you feel any better.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: BRTD's Obessions on: December 17, 2014, 07:37:16 pm
His trolling of IMDB asking he should take his 10 year old daughter to see R/NC-17 rated movies.

omg yes BRTD's ten year old daughter is the very best thing

she must be... coming of age quite soon, no?  what is MN, 16 or 17?
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: BRTD's Obessions on: December 17, 2014, 07:36:03 pm
write-in: hatred of metal
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you agree with Obama's decision to normalise relationships with Cuba? on: December 17, 2014, 07:31:58 pm
yeah, despite the concerns about re- or neo-colonization, if the Cuban gov't thinks it's strong enough to maintain its character despite the coming deluge, it's not my position to object.
24  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: "The Left Can Win" on: December 17, 2014, 07:29:31 pm
Why would I want to read something from Jacobin?

are you allowed to read anything that isn't peer-reviewed/written by a PhD?  do you allow yourself the pleasure of a 21st Century de Kock, for example?
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: New York To Ban Fracking on: December 17, 2014, 07:24:42 pm
Why didn't Cuomo do this before the election? From what I hear, everyone supports the ban.

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