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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Greg Orman on: October 24, 2014, 11:29:07 pm
an accident of history.  hopefully he's enjoying it.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Martha Coakley on: October 24, 2014, 02:34:15 am
Objectively (for non-political reasons) a horrible person. To quote myself:

My vote is more about how Martha Coakley is a truly evil - and I do not use the term lightly - person than anything else (although I do like Baker). Dorothy Rabinowitz provides a short summary of her 1990s-early 2000s reporting on the Fells Acres Day Care/Amirault family case here.

The long and short of it is that during the "Satanic ritual abuse"/hypnosis/"recovered memory" hysteria, in 1986, the Amirault family, proprietors of Fells Acres Day Care, were alleged by "recovered memory" specialists to have repeatedly sodomized children with assorted sharp household implements (healing the wounds with their supernatural Satanist powers), while in a "magic room" of the day care that didn't exist, while dressed in clown suits, while sacrificing animals.

The elderly matriarch, Violet, was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison, as was her daughter Cheryl, while son Gerald was sentenced to 40. By the 1990s, thanks in large part to Rabinowitz's reporting, it was obvious to anyone that the Amiraults were innocent, including the Massachusetts Parole Board (which is one of the least lenient in the country). However, Coakley used her position as Middlesex District Attorney to prevent the Amiraults' release; Violet died in prison, while she managed to prevent Cheryl's release until 1999 and Gerald's until 2004, simply because Coakley thought it would be politically advantageous to her. (When Cheryl and Gerald were finally paroled, Coakley applied the condition that they be forbidden from speaking publicly about the case!)

This isn't a isolated incident, either, when Kenny Waters was proven not to have committed the murder he was accused of, Coakley fought tooth and nail to prevent his release. There was a movie made about the case, Conviction, starring Hillary Swank; suffice it to say that it, rightly, does not put Martha Coakley in a positive light.

while this particular case may tickle a pet peeve or two of yours, you must remember that the stated purpose of any DA is to ruin as many people's lives as possible, in the highest profile manner that's possible.  the repressed memory craze and Satanic flair do make this one particularly saucy, but the essentials are repeated all across the country, every single day.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Cultural Marxism on: October 24, 2014, 01:59:57 am
as for the term "cultural Marxism" itself, it's similar to "secular humanist" in that certain paranoid freaks turned a relatively obscure social movement/phenomenon into a catch-all epithet for anyone outside their own circle.
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Cultural Marxism on: October 24, 2014, 01:56:24 am
Is this the right place to complain about Theodor W. Adorno's truly ridiculous degree of elitism for somebody who was supposedly a Marxist

Leszek Kołakowski made a similar point, saying in his review of Negative Dialectics that Adorno showed "massive contempt for the reader"
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Cultural Marxism on: October 24, 2014, 01:51:21 am
He's a surprisingly cool figure, as long as you take him with a massive grain of salt.

to be fair, what we read of him was what he scribbled to himself in prison, perhaps to keep him sane for than any other purpose
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: which nfl team has the best uniforms? on: October 24, 2014, 01:45:52 am
I'll never buy into this. I'll always associate the former with decades of losing and the latter with a successful dynasty.

what about the magical run of 1985?
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: which nfl team has the best uniforms? on: October 24, 2014, 01:44:34 am
the reasons the Pats created that new red alternate is because teams are forbidden from wearing multiple helmet designs in a season.  this was effective for the 2013 season, iirc.
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: NY: Siena Research Institute: Hawkins at nine percent; Cuomo, Astorino also on the ballot on: October 24, 2014, 01:41:05 am
I'm hoping Hawkins gets 10%, the extra digit does a lot for the Cuomo embarrassment factor.  unfortunately, more likely is he gets half of that.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: attention seeking: Tweed's preferred career on: October 24, 2014, 01:35:52 am
Is your interest in theology purely theoretical or have you considered a M. Div.?

it's hard to say where hobby ends and seriousness begins.  the only school that I've spent any length of time looking at is Union.
10  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Arbitrary Easter. on: October 23, 2014, 12:27:58 pm
he Sunday after the first astronomical new moon of Spring makes sense if one insists Easter be a Sunday.

yeah, spring, rebirth, all that crap.
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2014 Major League Baseball prediction and discussion thread. on: October 23, 2014, 12:25:00 pm
I think it's the saddest thing that Tim Lincecum is just a few months separated from throwing a freakin' no-hitter and he's been reduced to a middle-relief/mop-up role.

plenty of bad pitchers have thrown no-hitters.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: attention seeking: Tweed's preferred career on: October 23, 2014, 12:56:29 am
The health / nursing track pays well and, if you're into that sort of thing, can be very rewarding. You ought to be able to pursue a track that doesn't involve a lot of ass-wiping or bodily fluid duty, though something specialized may require more education.

yes.  I'm able to work in my current situation without any certifications at all.  however 'real nurses', even the unionized ones with genuine living wages, tend to work in highly pressurized (and understaffed) environments, and as a young nurse explained to me over a beer one night, "If I screw up it might cost somebody their life."  not the most alluring thing to my mind.

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Personal opinion: I'd stay away from theology as a career. It's a hobby, at best, unless you plan to be the next Joel Osteen. 

I almost certainly agree.  grad school departments in the humanities and social sciences are universally reported to be insufferable, and the tales I read from some theology PhD candidates make me think it's no different.

Are you still an aspiring morman, Tweed?

no, nothing like that.  Mormons barely qualify as having any 'theology', to begin with.  they have one accepted mode of reading their doctrinal texts (what we would call 'literalism') and an omnipotent human magisterium that even the pre-Reformation RCC would pine for.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: de Blasio continues to run Bloomberg's racist, drug warrior police department on: October 23, 2014, 12:28:21 am
Also, regardless of action at the state level, couldn't NYC just make violations of Marijuana possession the lowest priority for the police? Many liberal cities out west do that to change policing without having to change state laws.

Mj possession in small amounts is already officially decriminalized, but they manage to get around that.  

Right, but NYC could go further and basically stop the police from dealing with marijuana offenses by making it the lowest priority. I suppose they would be able to get around that as well but it's worth a shot.

What would lowest priority mean?  If someone is getting stopped (ostensibly) for something else, wouldn't the police still have a look-see what else they can find?

some PDs either ignore small quantities of weed and/or confiscate/destroy it.  this probably isn't "legal" but there are plenty of anecdotes out there.  the most obvious path would be for the NYPD to stop the arrests and misdemeanor charges associated with "open display", confiscate the weed as evidence and write civil citations for possession of marijuana, as NY law provides.

there are a lot of other issues that go into this.  after a Terry stop weapons pat-down yields nothing just let the suspect go instead of trying to coax weed out of him or his car, etc.
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: which nfl team has the best uniforms? on: October 23, 2014, 12:22:19 am
they don't wear those though, they wear a modernized version with electrical-looking lettering and no number on the helmets.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / attention seeking: Tweed's preferred career on: October 23, 2014, 12:19:25 am
I'm in a holding action now, I'm a home health care aide for my grandfather, and I am well compensated for it.  however I'm not sure I'd like to keep doing it after his death; taking intimate (there is plenty of ass-wiping and piss-emptying involved, to be graphic) care of a loved one and a stranger are two different animals.

there will be a time when this ends, when he dies or becomes too sick/feeble to be taken care of at home.  at that point, my options will include

-continue to pursue the health aide/nursing field.  white male nurses/aides are in high demand.

-leech off my mother and work odd jobs here and there.  the leeching is not mutually exclusive with other options, she's quite emotionally dependent on me (her only child, and I suffered a life-threatening illness in infancy that manifests in some PTSD-type issues, overprotective, and so on.)  long and short is, she has money and lacks the emotional ability to "kick me out" no matter how much talent I waste.

-suicide.

-try to market my existing education and resume, most likely into some kind of 'office work' (banking, human resources, non-profit community organizing work, etc.)

-or go back into the hallowed education system and pursue something further.  I listed two areas in the poll that I've kicked around in my head a bit.


thanks in advance to any and all who offer input.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: de Blasio continues to run Bloomberg's racist, drug warrior police department on: October 22, 2014, 10:12:32 pm
Also, regardless of action at the state level, couldn't NYC just make violations of Marijuana possession the lowest priority for the police? Many liberal cities out west do that to change policing without having to change state laws.

Mj possession in small amounts is already officially decriminalized, but they manage to get around that.  

right, as I said:

New York seriously has to reform their marijuana laws. Even if they are not at the point where the people will support legalization, at least they can decriminalize it. I am sure that has majority support in the state.

it is decriminalized.  the cops have a trick card though.  they tell the suspect to "empty your pockets", and when he does, he gets charged with marijuana in public view, which is a criminal offense.

"getting around it" seems an almost euphemistic way to describe this.
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: which nfl team has the best uniforms? on: October 22, 2014, 09:43:03 pm
I would say the best out of those would have to be the Jaguars'

You must be trippin'.

yeah, that gradiated helmet is awful.  Tampa's new uniforms are really bad too.

as for good, I'll go Redskins, Packers, Dallas whites, Chiefs.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: de Blasio continues to run Bloomberg's racist, drug warrior police department on: October 22, 2014, 09:34:58 pm
Also, regardless of action at the state level, couldn't NYC just make violations of Marijuana possession the lowest priority for the police? Many liberal cities out west do that to change policing without having to change state laws.

yes, and they quite consiously choose not to.  New York state is the marijuana arrest capital of the USA (second actually to Illinois per capita).

19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: which nfl team has the best uniforms? on: October 22, 2014, 05:04:53 pm

BTW, is there a reason why some teams wear their white uniforms at home?

http://www.uni-watch.com/research-projects/white-at-home-in-the-nfl/
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 21, 2014, 05:16:50 pm
Tweed, I will say this is a globally respected defense contractor.  If this plays out with either 3 or 6 months, it will really boost my resume.  I know what to do this time and I will practice every night for a while.

alright, sounds good man.  good luck.  what scares you about what Mondale might do?
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of the following sock accusations have you believed? on: October 21, 2014, 04:43:44 pm
I believed Lief was adam for a while.  bgwah pushed the theory heavily.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / has a party ever taken control of a house of Congress while losing its leader? on: October 21, 2014, 03:03:50 pm
not that I expect McConnell to lose, I'd put him at a 3:1 favorite or so, but, quite the historical anomaly is within the realm of possibility.
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Better President, of these two (Bill Clinton vs. Barack Obama) on: October 21, 2014, 02:52:00 pm
Obama in legislative capacity, Clinton did far less damage in exercise of powers unique to the executive.  how much of that is intrinsic to the era can be debated, though Obama clearly had no designs on challenging the Bush-era assault on civil liberties, rights of the accused, and military presence in the Middle East.
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2014 Major League Baseball prediction and discussion thread. on: October 21, 2014, 02:47:18 pm
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.

     No matter how many playoff series we win, nobody ever takes the Giants seriously. It works fine for me, though.

Its amazing how a team can win two World Series in four years and can still be considered an underdog.

to be fair, two of the three Giants teams have not been particularly good.  according to Baseball-Reference's Simple Rating System, the 2014 Giants were the 10th best team in MLB, one-tenth of a run per game above the average team; 13th best in 2012, at two-tenths better per game.  the 2010 team is the exception, 6th in MLB, at .6 runs/game above average, which is a significant amount.

none of this is a knock, it's the way the league is set up, but even with a win this year, it would be dead wrong to compare these Giants to, say, the 2001-2004 Patriots.

and I disagree that they're not getting respect.  Bochy as a Hall-of-Famer has started to float around the past few weeks, and Bumgarner has taken on the big-game aura.  Sabean will remain disrespected because he is a goof.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of wormyguy on: October 21, 2014, 02:40:24 pm
If one more person thinks that "ideology" is somehow escapable...

Thank you for contributing, once again, to the Irony Mine.

not at all, if you understand what he is saying.
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