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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Would you eat Burger King's black cheesburger? on: January 31, 2015, 07:58:08 pm
Certainly not.
2  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: January 31, 2015, 07:35:50 pm
Jane Prentice all but said that Tony's time is ticking refusing to deny there would be a challenge.

Yeah, that sort of went over my head at the time having watched hours of Wayne and Nicholls giving their thoughts (a thoroughly enjoyable evening).  It's everywhere now.  This little speech tomorrow is going to be some of Abbott's most highly anticipated remarks yet.  Oh, the excitement!
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: New South Wales State Election, 2015 on: January 31, 2015, 02:58:27 pm
The result in Queensland yesterday, an amazing one to be sure, does rub a little bit of salt in the wounds when we consider that the Liberals will be returned in NSW.  After two one-term Liberal governments being shot down in a row, third time's a charm for the Liberal Nationalists.

Victoria was not so much of a surprise, but if a state like QLD can get its act together, it really makes one wonder about the pathetic state of the NSW ALP.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Queensland State Election- January 31, 2015 on: January 31, 2015, 02:55:08 pm
I slept well!  So, 3 seats undecided, with 44 for Labor, 40 for Liberal Nationalists, and 3 other.  It's technically too close to call but I am feeling pretty good about this one!

Also-

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Queensland State Election- January 31, 2015 on: January 31, 2015, 04:43:12 am
Now 39 to 35. It's jumping around a bit but this is looking promising for the ALP. Smiley

Edit back up to 41
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Queensland State Election- January 31, 2015 on: January 31, 2015, 04:17:29 am
These results are looking fantastic.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: New South Wales State Election, 2015 on: January 30, 2015, 06:12:50 pm
In contrast to the despicable Luke Foley, Mike Baird is calling on Tony to be more humane in his approach to refugees.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nsw-premier-mike-baird-tells-prime-minister-tony-abbott-do-more-to-help-refugees-20150123-12wwcj.html

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"NSW stands ready to take more than our fair share. Yes, we have strength in our finances but my strong sense is that means nothing, unless we offer help to those who are vulnerable amongst us."

Mr Baird's father, Bruce, was a former federal Liberal MP who objected to the Howard government's mandatory detention of asylum seekers. Mr Baird snr is now chair of the Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council, which advises the federal government on refugee and humanitarian settlement in Australia.

Of course, this doesn't change the fact that he wants to sell off state assets left and right, but the Labor party is hardly in a position to fight him.

It's truly stunning, comparing with the situation in QLD.  Maybe Labor thought they were going to lose anyway so they chose the worst possible person to lead their party just so that he would retire from this role in disgrace.  But that would be giving them too much credit.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is George W. Bush still hurting the Republican Party on: January 29, 2015, 02:13:56 am
In his defense, he hasn't really hurt Republicans with any individual voting bloc.

Muslims, Asian Americans.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: your favorite npr program? on: January 25, 2015, 09:04:47 pm
A Prairie Home Companion
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Michael Dunn sentenced to life in prison without parole on: January 24, 2015, 07:12:12 pm
Don't joke about prison rape.

Yeah, it's not only a terrible thing to make light of; it's also a very tired and unoriginal meme.  Nothing displays a lack of cleverness like joking about sexual assault.
11  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: January 24, 2015, 12:40:17 am
are they really reviving the debate over industrial relations? Seeing as it completely sunk a pretty competent Liberal leader, I don't see why Abbott thinks he can do any better...?


This Government has utterly lost the plot. You have to wonder, with all these self-inflicted wounds, if they actually want to win.

No, but they have reached their goal, changing the country. They know ALP is too cowardly to go back on those changes.

The problem with Labor is more when it has a mandate than when it is in opposition.  When they take over from Tony, they will have no problem gutting the very small things he has actually managed to do.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Queensland State Election- January 31, 2015 on: January 23, 2015, 01:20:04 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-cl=84411374&x-yt-ts=1421828030&v=GQSAe1cyXMI
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: New South Wales State Election, 2015 on: January 23, 2015, 01:17:40 am
Luke Foley needs to get his priorities in order.  I don't want to begin to understand a mindset where gambling is a good thing while there shouldn't be marriage equality for same-sex couples.  Maybe instead of running leaders who "borrow" their policy proposals from The Daily Telegraph, Labor should find a viable candidate or a likeable leftwinger (or, preferably, both).





I'm hoping for a Greens pickup in Newtown.  I think Summer Hill is a bit less likely (my old electorate, Marrickville, was an ALP stronghold but has been split), but it would be nice if people stopped supporting the defunct vehicle for progressive policies that is the NSW ALP.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of opebo's final post on: January 23, 2015, 01:01:38 am
I'm glad I never interacted with this guy. 47K posts and was still hated by half the forum? Da fuq?

Think of how much stupidity this guy must have posted.

Having read some of your contributions recently, I think you'd be wise to stay away from subjects you know nothing about.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of opebo's final post on: January 22, 2015, 02:40:04 am
It is a great final post, to be sure.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of The Arizonan on: January 21, 2015, 01:39:02 am
Racist, sexist, HP.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: If even the likes of Bushie can find many jobs, why does US pay unemployment? on: January 20, 2015, 01:31:25 am
It's a good point.  The only reason Bushie is out there and sort of applying himself, after all, is that it's shameful to accept hand-outs from the government.  If only more had the vigorous individualism that Bushie oozes from every orifice, the US budget would be completely under control.  Alas...
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Good Post Gallery II on: January 19, 2015, 01:45:42 am
The two preceding posts are very apt and if BRTD had any sense he'd listen to them.

This thread reveals the extent to which BRTD's faith is a mere extension of his subculture; this is apparent whenever he brags about how church for him merely serves to affirm a "progressive and SJW" outlook. There's very little faith in it and lots of superficiality and socio-political affirmation.

In other words, what kind of meaningfully religious person would feel comfortable posting such frivolous nonsense?

That doesn't belong in here.  Imagine if Memphis had said this.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is Hillary Clinton overrated or underrated on the Atlas Forum? on: January 19, 2015, 01:44:01 am
She tends to get HP majorities in the polls here, yet people seem to think that the forum's been taken over by "Hillarybots".

People pining for the "good old days" when Hillary supporters were virtually nonexistent rather than merely a sizable minority, I'm guessing.

I don't know that they've ever been 'virtually nonexistent.'  A minority against Obama supporters in 2008, yes, but definitely existent.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: My Controversial Opinion on: January 18, 2015, 12:03:04 am
There's nothing controversial about this, it's just nonsense.

As for Bushie, he has had many, many opportunities to make even minor steps towards turning his life around.  The fact that he chooses to continue to participate here is, ultimately, his own problem.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you pro-sex or anti-sex? on: January 17, 2015, 06:44:31 pm
WTF is this? Atlas has become insane lately.

I guess I'm pro-[inks]ing

You'd like to be on team pro-sex, but it is a fantasy of yours and yours alone.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Sam Brownback wants to raise taxes on: January 17, 2015, 06:33:59 pm
But... the Laffer curve napkin!
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Christmas tree removal on: January 17, 2015, 06:31:11 pm
We took down the decorations on the 30th and moved it to the balcony.  It's a perfectly good tree, and seems to be enjoying the sunlight.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Pancho Villa stole my grandpa's grandpa's cow. on: January 17, 2015, 06:05:56 pm
Paternally I come from a line of pig farmers who produced many impoverished alcoholics and idle sitters.

My maternal grandfather, however, had two wives before 1950, who both died a year after he married them.  Fortunately, he met my grandmother.  Third time lucky, you know.  He was adopted and knew little of his family history, wounded in war, went to university in his late 20s, and retired as a minister to the prisoners of northern California.  He seemed to be quite well liked by his community, especially those he attended church with.  If I can pick an inspirational figure in my lineage, I'll go with him, though I base this more on his life story than my actual interactions with him.  He was quite conservative in many ways, a product of his era.  My father, who spoke minimal English when they met, was shocked to find that he would put ketchup on spaghetti and Chinese food, among other things.  Though I know people my age who now do this.  It's probably not a very good indicator, but I chose it instead of disparaging my grandfather for his more unfortunate beliefs.
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Pope Francis attacks SSM on: January 17, 2015, 05:52:27 pm
The only thing Pope Francis has changed is that now pets can go to heaven.

I wonder if that goes for farm animals too.
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