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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Post-update Bushie on: April 27, 2015, 11:38:04 pm
Unnoticeable and irrelevant.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Hawaii votes to ban cigarettes for those under 21 on: April 27, 2015, 07:43:25 pm
Preventing people from doing unhealthy things to themselves is in the public interest.  I don't personally care if people smoke (though it significantly lowers my opinion of them), as long as it happens well away from me.  But more sick people increases medical costs for everybody else.
The fact that our medical system is structured in such a way that individual health costs are externalized onto everyone else is a problem in itself. It would be better to seek to change that rather than restrict personal freedom and choice.

No.  No, no no no.  Sorry, Yellow Avatar, but societal sharing of medical expenses is extremely necessary.  Otherwise people who have chronic health problems get raped by medical bills, meanwhile those who won the DNA lottery are set for life.  This is exactly why the clause that banned 'pre-existing conditions' precluding you from coverage is one of the most popular parts of Obamacare.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Hawaii votes to ban cigarettes for those under 21 on: April 27, 2015, 04:31:13 pm
Preventing people from doing unhealthy things to themselves is in the public interest.  I don't personally care if people smoke (though it significantly lowers my opinion of them), as long as it happens well away from me.  But more sick people increases medical costs for everybody else.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you reveal your political map nerd power level in public? on: April 26, 2015, 10:23:38 am
Generally I avoid discussing politics unless somebody else brings it up first.  If they're just asking for information then I'm happy to help as best I can.  But if they're just mouthing off their opinions, which 99% of the time are woefully misinformed and utterly incoherent, I often have to bite my tongue lest I start sounding like the condescending asshole that I am but secretly hide.

The exception to that is my uncle-in-law; a devoted Fox News acolyte.  I'm quite happy to get into it with him, as frankly I'm amazed at some of the stuff he spouts.  Like I honestly think he's just f[inks]ing with me half the time.  Sharia law, Obummercare death panels, Ted Cruz will be the next president, etc.  He's a good reminder that all the stereotypes we make fun of on this forum actually do exist in real life.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Missouri mayor-elect and alderman refused swearing in on: April 25, 2015, 11:36:13 pm
Population: 299.  High school class presidents have larger constituencies than this, with just as much drama and shenanigans.

Most of Kinloch was cannibalized by St. Louis when the latter bought up a ton of private property in the former in order to expand STL airport.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: I see the GOP being the dominant Party in the US for decades to come on: April 25, 2015, 11:30:21 pm
When I see posts from liberals saying the GOP will die off when the old folks do, I laugh(and I'm very liberal)...right now, the only branch controlled by the Democratic party is the executive; the GOP control everything else..they also control 31 Governorships and 30 state legislatures....and thanks to gerrymandering, that control will not be relinqushed anytime soon..and as for demographics, White support for Democrats is collapsing at an astonishing rate..so much so that we could see a situation whereby the only white people who vote democratic are gay people and Jewish people...because of all this, I predict a republican gain in the house and senate in 2016

I appreciate you must be very, very concerned about this.  It's a concerning state of affairs!  How deeply concerning!!
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gay marriage opponents' strategy uncertain in 2015 on: April 25, 2015, 11:23:14 pm
Maybe spend less time worrying about why people choose the avatars they have and more time focusing on your flawed arguments on this topic...?
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What are some geographic locations that you have an unusual desire to visit? on: April 25, 2015, 11:00:24 pm

I've been there a few times. Just driving through though, not actually roaming around. You can sometimes see the smoke even from a distance though.

The roads aren't all closed?

I kinda just want to meet and talk to the seven remaining residents.  You know, find out what their deal is.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: April 25, 2015, 10:57:48 pm
One thing I have learned is never to try talking to real British people about the election (outside of this forum, o/c), as it turns out that I actually know more about it than they do.  One person today claimed that UKIP were poised to win, and any other party's victory meant that the UK was "guaranteed" to join the Eurozone within the next few years.  I thanked them for helping a stupid American understand these real truths.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gay marriage opponents' strategy uncertain in 2015 on: April 25, 2015, 04:57:59 pm
Why does (or should) the state have any interest in procreation?  For the sake of the planet, and almost every species on it, we should be more interested in decreasing the population.  But that's a different topic.

Anyway, gay couples can have children.  Via unconventional methods, but it happens all the time.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What are some geographic locations that you have an unusual desire to visit? on: April 25, 2015, 01:00:12 am
Centralia, Pennsylvania

That field in Kansas where the geographic center of the contiguous United States is

Boardman Tree Farm, Oregon

Plus:

Punxatawney, Pennsylvania: Thanks a lot Groundhogs Day


12  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of this version of the Lord's Prayer on: April 25, 2015, 12:35:27 am
Oh cool, it's 2007 again?
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NVGOP moves to dump caucuses on: April 24, 2015, 07:57:34 pm
Judging by the clusterf[inks] I personally witnessed in 2012, and that it took the party a day and a half to release the results, I can say I'm surprised.
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: First YouTube video uploaded exactly 10 years ago on: April 24, 2015, 01:59:25 am
Well this thread was definitely worthwhile...


15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in Oklahoma or New Jersey? on: April 24, 2015, 01:38:44 am
I thought we'd moved onto talking about a Canadian province for some reason.  That BRTD, always meandering the narrative into places you'd least expect!
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you right- or left-handed? on: April 23, 2015, 06:26:15 pm
Hey lefties, TAKE THIS!



And no you can't do Jew-style.  Pwned.

Hey righties, TAKE THIS:

http://www.lefthandersday.com/tour/lefthanded-intelligence#.VTl_GoZHbv4
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: April 23, 2015, 05:21:17 pm

So that's what happened to the Natural Law Party.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you right- or left-handed? on: April 23, 2015, 02:48:37 pm
Left-handed (free-thinking maverick who plays by his own rules)
19  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: World Religion Map by National Subdivision on: April 23, 2015, 02:11:16 am
I think the red army has the strongest position right now, IMO, as long as it shores up its defenses against the green army.  They could make a strong push up into blue North America.  With those two continents' bonus reinforcements, it'd be a cakewalk after that.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: MA-Gov: Healey out on: April 23, 2015, 01:27:07 am
Not saying it's likely, just saying it's what should happen.

Wow, I knew his approvals were high, but I didn't realize it was 100%!
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Earth Day on: April 22, 2015, 01:48:39 pm
Earth Day is like describing things as "fetch".  Sorry but it is.

Hey, thanks for the threadsh*t!  It's so nice that you care!

Get right the F out of here with that smug, selfish nonsense, kthxbai?

Whoa, emotional overreaction much?

I'm just pointing out that - like Kwanzaa or Flag Day - Earth Day is not a 'holiday' that Americans unironically care about.  Guess what; today is also Administrative Professionals Day.  Let's take the day off and celebrate!!

But also - like Valentines Day or Mothers Day - Earth Day is apparently a single day set aside for people to care about something that they should be caring about 365 days a year.  And even that's a stretch when discussing the environment; as much as I don't want to be so, Americans just don't care much about it.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Earth Day on: April 21, 2015, 11:28:17 pm
Earth Day is like describing things as "fetch".  Sorry but it is.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Plurality now approves of Obamacare on: April 21, 2015, 09:12:44 pm
And I'm pretty sure Obamacare is no longer in the "plans" stage.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 (The Official Campaign Thread) on: April 21, 2015, 08:04:43 pm

This is terrible news for Ed Miliband.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: By 2:1 ratio, Republicans are more loyal to Israel than US on: April 21, 2015, 02:21:50 pm
What exactly are you trying to argue here, shua?  I'm sorry you couldn't seem to grasp the poll questions yourself, but the respondents and everybody else here appeared to do so.
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