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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Lief Reservoir of Simple Truths and Smart One-Liners on: Today at 09:40:41 am
Context:

Only in Florida.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: FBI Director James Comey links 'Viral Videos' to rising crime rates on: May 28, 2016, 08:35:05 am
Obama needs to fire this deranged loser ASAP

Comey's had some pretty good moments too:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Comey#NSA_domestic_wiretapping

That alone far outweighs the fact that he happened to say something stupid.  Beyond which, the title of this thread is a bit misleading.  He didn't actually say viral videos caused rising crime rates and even said that he did not oppose people videotaping police officers.  What Comey said (that officers might be a bit more reluctant to engage in community policing if they knew there was a chance they could be videotaped and that there was a possibility that this could have a small effect on crime rates at the margins) was still dumb, but it is important to be accurate about this sort of thing in thread titles given that many here (for better or worse) often only read the thread title and/or OP before posting.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: HI-1: Takai retiring on: May 28, 2016, 08:17:02 am
You can definitely do worse in Hawaii (like Donna Mercado Kim, Mufi Hanneman, Tulsi Gabbard, ect. ect.)

I mean someone who could gain a large amount of seniority for Hawaii would be better, but there are a lot of socon blue dog weirdos in Hawaii to where Hanabusa is pretty acceptable.

This.  Of cours, Head Case was the worst (fortunately, he seems to be done running for office).  And the thing is that whoever wins this seat will likely have it for as long as they want it.  Given the alternatives, I can live with Hanabusa.  I'd prefer someone more progressive, but Hawaii is pretty unique as far as blue states go.  There is an extremely powerful and right-wing evangelical community there that will sometimes try to influence Democratic primaries, more than a few blatant DINOs (ex: Ed Case and Mufi Hannemann, although the former was a pretty strong supporter of gay rights oddly enough), and there are also a bunch of non-evangelical SoCons floating around (Donna Mercado Kim and especially Tulsi "homosexual extremists have infested our state" Gabbard).  Tulsi Gabbard is awful for so many reasons (despite her flip-flops on some social issues since being elected to the U.S. House) that it always blows my mind when I see any red-avatar on this site call her a FF.  On the other hand, you've also got a faction consisting of the types of liberals you'd expect to find in Hawaii (folks like Abercrombie and Schatz) 

There are a few other blue states like Rhode Island where there are enough right-wingers in the state party that the statewide primaries are often showdowns between conservaDems and liberals, but Hawaii is basically on its own level in that regard.  I should mention that it is important not to confuse a Hawaii/Rhode Island situation with the one in New York.  Andrew Cuomo, most of the IDC, and their allies (with a few notable exceptions like certain conservaDem orthodox Jewish politicians and Reuben Diaz's political machine, the latter of which is run by a man who has spoken very favorably about Trump this cycle IIRC) do not act the way they do for ideological reasons. 

TL;DR: Normally I'd be pissed about someone like Hanabusa becoming a possible lifer in a safe Democratic seat, but because of the idiosyncrasies of Hawaii Democratic politics, I'll reluctantly settle for her in this case simply because it could be so much worse.  I could totally see Hannemann jumping in if Hanabusa weren't running and he could win in a crowded field.
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Listen to your gut feeling... on: May 27, 2016, 09:19:57 pm
Trump by a small margin, although if that doesn't happen, it'll probably be a Hillary landslide.  Either way, we'll retake the Senate.
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What would you do if you have a sea of Trump signs near your house on: May 27, 2016, 09:18:16 pm
Get on with my life, I have more important things to worry about than the signs on the idiot next door's lawn (sane, normal, etc).
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: May 27, 2016, 09:10:29 pm
I highly doubt that will be case.

True. GRRM has basically drawn a line and said "no further" at seven books, but I doubt HBO wants to end their biggest production at this point.

They'll end it at eight seasons, I meant that there will be more than one other holy sh!t moment.  People just have a tendency to talk in threes. 

Right, there'll be more holy s*%t moments, but how many of them will be TV universe only as opposed to coming from GRRM?  I'm still a little uncertain as to how much detail the showrunners have from GRRM on the story of the unfinished books.  I understand that he's given them the basics of the ending, but the question of how much detail they have with regards to how you get from here to there remains a bit fuzzy.


Eh, the show is the show and the books are the books.  I love both and just think of them as separate entities so I don't worry about that too much.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: May 27, 2016, 02:54:58 pm
I highly doubt that will be case.

True. GRRM has basically drawn a line and said "no further" at seven books, but I doubt HBO wants to end their biggest production at this point.

They'll end it at eight seasons, I meant that there will be more than one other holy sh!t moment.  People just have a tendency to talk in threes. 

I just hope that GRRM changes his mind about sacrificing Shireen in the books. That was one of the worst moments on television.

No.  Just no.  Stannis burning Shireen and the Greek tragedy that was his downfall was one of the high points of Game of Thrones and certainly the most emotionally powerful death in the show's run thus far.  And I say that as someone who really likes Stannis.  Just because it made you sad doesn't make it bad and it was in no way OOC for Stannis to do that either.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: May 26, 2016, 07:14:52 pm
Apparently, a couple years ago, George RR Martin gave the details of the last 2 books to the showrunners so they could start planning the show, and there 3 were specific "holy sh**t" moments"
1. Stannis sacrificing Shireen
2. Hodor's origin story
3. TBA

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/game-of-thrones-george-rr-martin_us_57449e29e4b0aad87c8baeac

That's actually pretty disappointing that we have about 20 episodes remaining before the series wraps up, and we've only got one big surprise on par with Shireen and Hodor left to go.


I highly doubt that will be case.
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton & Trump VP news LATEST: Manafort: Trump VP will probably be white male on: May 26, 2016, 05:47:16 pm
I could see Trump picking Susan Collins, oddly enough.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Hamas on: May 26, 2016, 05:35:22 pm
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: So Chris Kyle was a lying POS all along. on: May 26, 2016, 05:31:49 pm
Doesn't take away from the movie though.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Jfern, TNVolunteer and IceSpear walk into a bar on: May 26, 2016, 06:50:41 am
Jfern leaves to look for Landslide Lyndon because they complete each other.  TNVolunteer gets really drunk and confesses that he hates New Hampshire because a girl who was born there wouldn't go out with him.  No one cares, much to his surprise.  IceSpear confuses everyone in the bar by telling them that all he does with his free time is shill for Hillary Clinton on an internet forum.
13  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Yes, prudery has ran amuck here on: May 23, 2016, 09:13:10 pm
what awful county do you live in x? Sad

hope you get your dog back

Franklin County.  Thanks, btw.

I like Columbus but government can suck anywhere.

Ain't it the truth Sad
14  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Recent bans on: May 23, 2016, 09:12:00 pm
@ Dead0man: Thanks.  We contacted a lawyer, but we can't really do much until we receive the summons.

@ DavidB.:  Thanks, man.  Sadly, we just found out that the earliest we could theoretically get my dog back is whenever the court date is even though the bite quarantine was only ten days (counting Friday).
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: FL-23: Sanders endorses Canova on: May 23, 2016, 08:03:49 pm
I'm in both camps. I hope Canova wins, but at the same time I think Bernie is being a total crybaby.

This.
16  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Yes, prudery has ran amuck here on: May 22, 2016, 10:59:10 pm
what awful county do you live in x? Sad

hope you get your dog back

Franklin County.  Thanks, btw.
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: May 22, 2016, 10:25:04 pm
2) are Brienne and Sansa never going to tell Jon that Arya is alive and in the Riverlands AFATK

Wouldn't it be the Vale rather than the Riverlands?


Good catch.  It would be the Vale, but the point still stands.
18  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: May 22, 2016, 10:17:50 pm
The good:

- Awesome Arya scenes continue to be awesome.  I really want to see more of that play!   Dear (insert God of your choice), please let Arya playing bizarro Sansa while the latter is betrothed to bizarro Joffrey be a thing that happens because it will be glorious.  Also nice to see that is still 110% Arya with her sense of right and wrong firmly intact.  I really wanted more of these scenes and this continues to be one of the stronger storylines of the season.  Maisie Williams' acting during the play was excellent and I teared up when she was watching bizarro Ned get executed.  And it's nice to see Joffrey get slapped again.

- Regarding Bran stuff, there's nothing I could say that would do it justice, so I'll only say that tonight we are all Hodor.  Teared up twice Sad

- Apparently Varys is the only sane man in Meereen. 

- Still don't care about Dany, Jorah, or Daario. 

- Not a fan of the Sansa and Jon stuff, especially the fact that 1) Sansa is continuing the trend of Starks jumping off Mt. Littlefinger right after giving him an awesome "the reason you suck" speech, 2) are Brienne and Sansa never going to tell Jon that Arya is alive and in the Riverlands AFATK, and 3) Sansa compared Jon to Ramsay which is just all kinds of cringe. On the bright side, Brienne being disturbed by Tormund's lustful gaze never ceases to be hilarious.

- The Kingsmoot was a disappointment, but I did like Theon and Aeron's speeches.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Adam Griffin on: May 22, 2016, 07:23:12 pm
FF, even if he can get too intense about Atlasia at times.
20  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Yes, prudery has ran amuck here on: May 22, 2016, 05:24:40 pm
Omg MalcolmX got offended by something I posted even though I gave some warning to it, lol, ok Malcolm

Don't flatter yourself, part of why I caught crap for calling for you to be banned is that I didn't read thread.  Did you offend me?  No, not really.  Did you annoy me enough with the sketchy thread title to trigger an impulsive over-reaction when I was in a really bad place emotionally (and still kinda am, tbh)?  Absolutely.  But that's about it.  
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: All the Way: HBO movie about LBJ on: May 22, 2016, 05:17:14 pm
It was definitely a hagiography and that diminished it for me on more than a few occasions (especially when they simply made stuff up in order to try to make Johnson look better), but Bryan Cranston was amazing.  The man is really one of the greatest actors of his generation. 
22  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Yes, prudery has ran amuck here on: May 22, 2016, 05:09:25 pm
Can we ban ShadowoftheAbyss?  He posted something with "pornhub" in the thread name (which also described it as NSFW) on the off-topic board.  Admittedly, I don't actually know what he posted since I didn't click on the thread (normal/not a pervert), but judging by the thread title, it's probably something horrible.
Omg, did you just use the word "****hub"? I think you should be banned for that. I don't actually know what you posted, but judging by that word (which is also NSFW), it's probably something horrible.

Sorry if my posting is a little erratic or I get more visibly irritated with bad posts like whatever Shadow posted than usual or assume something about "pornhub" is probably pretty sketchy, regardless of what it is.  I really don't think that's such an incredible leap.  It's been a pretty awful week at work and to top it off, my dog just gotten taken away on Friday by the county while I was at work for biting some ******* who was acting aggressively when my Dad wouldn't buy some crap from him and wouldn't get off our porch because she'd bitten someone once before I adopted her from a rescue shelter (never mind that the old owners were schmucks who were probably the ones responsible for that).  I've had that dog since High School and received conflicting information from the county.  The person who took her away said that we'd get her back after a ten day bite-quarantine.  When I went to the county's sad excuse for a shelter yesterday and paid the $100 deposit of the $400 we have to pay for the county shelter, the potato chip covered slob at the front desk (who bore an uncanny resemblance to Bushie) said that they weren't going to give back the dog even after the 10 day quarantine until after the trial date if the judge said we could keep the dog during which time they'd continue charging $20 a day not to put the dog down (which doesn't sound right and I'm pretty sure is just an apathetic moron not knowing what he's talking about, but it was still terrifying).  Meanwhile, even though the "bite" (apparently just a nip that didn't even draw blood) was apparently just a nip and the guy initially said as much and that he wasn't gonna press charges or anything, he apparently thought on it and decided he wanted to be ****head and try to score a pay day.  My guess is his first impulse was to act like a person with a drop of decency in them and talked to a friend or his wife and they were like "no, we need to be greedy little leech-face maggots and try to shake these people down b/c money is what makes the world go round and the insurance company will probably pay a few thousand rather just to avoid dealing with it").  He is claiming he suffered "emotional distress" due to being "attacked" or some such garbage.  This after the man contacted my family yesterday and had the nerve to (literally) say "5,000 dollars and this can all go away."  Obviously, the response was basically told him to **** off and that if he was looking to settle it privately, he blew it because once you report it, we're screwed either way so he has nothing to bargain with.  So yeah, it's been a pretty rough time and I could really do without being poked by folks like yourself right now.  I'm not mad at you because you generally seem like a decent enough guy and had no way of knowing that this weekend has been an emotional hellstorm for me, but now you do.  The point about not knowing what exactly the post contains is fair, but at the same time, I don't think my assumption about it is unreasonable.  Beyond which, it's not like I'm going "I don't like Shadow of the Abyss, so he should be banned," that was at best an incredibly sketchy thing to call a thread.  Oh and there's the fact that we all know that if it really is a harmless thread, then he has nothing to worry about (whereas if it was porn, the mods sometimes don't notice bad stuff unless someone mentions it here).  Welp, that was longer, angrier, and far less coherent than I intended, but yeah...

Cross-posted from another thread.  While I'm pretty sure I (like any normal person) would still fall under BRTD's definition of being a prude, people sometimes over-react to things during times of serious emotional stress.  So I jumped the gun, big deal!  Does anyone honestly believe ShadowoftheAbyss was in danger of being banned.  Are you guys really so thin-skinned that you couldn't handle someone drawing a logical (albeit admittedly wrong) conclusion from a thread title?  Beyond which, sometimes when people are going through a rough time, they do impulsive things.  Shocking, I know.
23  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Recent bans on: May 22, 2016, 04:49:52 pm
Can we ban ShadowoftheAbyss?  He posted something with "pornhub" in the thread name (which also described it as NSFW) on the off-topic board.  Admittedly, I don't actually know what he posted since I didn't click on the thread (normal/not a pervert), but judging by the thread title, it's probably something horrible.
Omg, did you just use the word "****hub"? I think you should be banned for that. I don't actually know what you posted, but judging by that word (which is also NSFW), it's probably something horrible.

Sorry if my posting is a little erratic or I get more visibly irritated with bad posts like whatever Shadow posted than usual or assume something about "pornhub" is probably pretty sketchy, regardless of what it is.  I really don't think that's such an incredible leap.  It's been a pretty awful week at work and to top it off, my dog just gotten taken away on Friday by the county while I was at work for biting some ******* who was acting aggressively when my Dad wouldn't buy some crap from him and wouldn't get off our porch because she'd bitten someone once before I adopted her from a rescue shelter (never mind that the old owners were schmucks who were probably the ones responsible for that).  I've had that dog since High School and received conflicting information from the county.  The person who took her away said that we'd get her back after a ten day bite-quarantine.  When I went to the county's sad excuse for a shelter yesterday and paid the $100 deposit of the $400 we have to pay for the county shelter, the potato chip covered slob at the front desk (who bore an uncanny resemblance to Bushie) said that they weren't going to give back the dog even after the 10 day quarantine until after the trial date if the judge said we could keep the dog during which time they'd continue charging $20 a day not to put the dog down (which doesn't sound right and I'm pretty sure is just an apathetic moron not knowing what he's talking about, but it was still terrifying).  Meanwhile, even though the "bite" (apparently just a nip that didn't even draw blood) was apparently just a nip and the guy initially said as much and that he wasn't gonna press charges or anything, he apparently thought on it and decided he wanted to be ****head and try to score a pay day.  My guess is his first impulse was to act like a person with a drop of decency in them and talked to a friend or his wife and they were like "no, we need to be greedy little leech-face maggots and try to shake these people down b/c money is what makes the world go round and the insurance company will probably pay a few thousand rather just to avoid dealing with it").  He is claiming he suffered "emotional distress" due to being "attacked" or some such garbage.  This after the man contacted my family yesterday and had the nerve to (literally) say "5,000 dollars and this can all go away."  Obviously, the response was basically told him to **** off and that if he was looking to settle it privately, he blew it because once you report it, we're screwed either way so he has nothing to bargain with.  So yeah, it's been a pretty rough time and I could really do without being poked by folks like yourself right now.  I'm not mad at you because you generally seem like a decent enough guy and had no way of knowing that this weekend has been an emotional hellstorm for me, but now you do.  The point about not knowing what exactly the post contains is fair, but at the same time, I don't think my assumption about it is unreasonable.  Beyond which, it's not like I'm going "I don't like Shadow of the Abyss, so he should be banned," that was at best an incredibly sketchy thing to call a thread.  Oh and there's the fact that we all know that if it really is a harmless thread, then he has nothing to worry about (whereas if it was porn, the mods sometimes don't notice bad stuff unless someone mentions it here).  Welp, that was longer, angrier, and far less coherent than I intended, but yeah...
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: FL-Sen: Jolly won't vote for TRUMP, CLC a reluctant supporter on: May 21, 2016, 05:54:36 pm
Looks like investigation into Murphy's suspicious connections with Bera, and suspicious campaign fundung may actually be going somewhere.
http://www.tcpalm.com/news/politics/elections/local/complaint-filed-by-conservative-group-accuses-murphy-of-violating-campaign-finance-laws-32f7cdb0-09c-379687961.html

Explain this scandal, why Murphy's bad b/c of it, and why I should care in one (at the absolute most two) short/concise sentences using 3rd grade-level words.  If you can't then it won't matter.
Mommy and daddy are cheating! They hate all non-Dumbocrats, and they hate Florida too!

Whose mom and dad?  Doesn't even make sense.  The second sentence is just Roll Eyes so I'll do you a favor and ignore it.
25  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Recent bans on: May 21, 2016, 05:46:50 pm
Can we ban ShadowoftheAbyss?  He posted something with "pornhub" in the thread name (which also described it as NSFW) on the off-topic board.  Admittedly, I don't actually know what he posted since I didn't click on the thread (normal/not a pervert), but judging by the thread title, it's probably something horrible.
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