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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why does the right tend to oppose the minimum wage? on: January 03, 2014, 01:40:13 pm
Ahem... http://www.gallup.com/poll/160913/back-raising-minimum-wage.aspx
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: November 29, 2013, 01:09:25 pm
Worst Update thread ever.

Did somebody get out of the wrong side of bed this morning? Or is the problem is that your bed only has one side, so that you get of the wrong side of the bed every morning?

I value sincerity. You should try it some time.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: opinion of lawyers? on: November 29, 2013, 01:05:20 pm
i sincerely used to wonder why so many people in america held a low opinion of lawyers.

im beginning to understand why....

So Torie became a new beating boy for the forum mob. Unsurprising.
I was rude to Torie long before it became cool.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Deluge of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts III on: November 29, 2013, 01:02:50 pm

Heard on the radio an author who was interesting who had this take as to why folks with kids tended to be more conservative, particularly those who had them relatively young in life, rather than late. It was because when a young couple has kids, even though they had previously lost interest in religion, even if having been exposed to it by their parents, once they had kids, they felt the need to go back, and get help, and expose their kids to some moral values, so they did not become little sociopathic monsters. And with religion back in their lives, well you know what the numbers are as to the politics of those who attend church regularly versus those who don't.

The thing is, is that now, folks are deferring having kids, or not having them at all. And by the time you hit 35 or whatever, religion is but a distant memory, the habit is gone, they are more set in their ways,  in their minds they think that there are higher priorities in life on Sunday morning than going to church, they are more confident that they can guide their rug rats to something other than a jail cell using their own devices, rather than reverting to the Bible, and some guy in a robe, and so they don't go back to church, they remain distant from God, and - their politics does not change.

The author is a conservative, so guess what?  She wants folks to have kids when they're young! Smiley
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What religion are you? on: November 29, 2013, 12:28:23 pm
I don't do religion. Awful, awful stuff.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: opinion of lawyers? on: November 29, 2013, 12:26:27 pm
Young ones generally have six figures in student loans, work far too many hours for their own good, and face a crappy job market. In other words, they are in touch with the problems most Americans face. The smug old ones who have had life handed to them on a silver platter are obviously grotesque profanities.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Deluge of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts III on: November 29, 2013, 12:12:41 pm
Folks with kids tend over time, to find there is more merit in the Daddy state, vis a vis the nanny state, than they thought prior to undergoing the experience. They just had to say "no" a lot, just like Daddy does.

Bongs kill brain cells kids.
I don't think it's fair to blame the bong in this particular case.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: November 29, 2013, 12:11:11 pm
Worst Update thread ever.
9  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: how does one become a mod? on: November 29, 2013, 12:01:15 pm
Welcome to Toriegrad.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Charles Krauthammer on: November 28, 2013, 07:20:34 pm
Pretty much the worst mainstream newspaper editorialist. Grumpy, intellectually dishonest, and self serving. But, as he who must not be named pointed out, at least he's not a politician.
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is this English a bit strange? on: November 28, 2013, 04:13:22 pm
I disagree with number 9. Stick shifts are very "cool" in the US. They're considered sporty and for people who know a lot about cars.  And plenty of Americans have poor communication skills as well.  I also didn't know the Brits were in to schadenfreude. They always seem too polite for all that. Maybe it's a universal trait.
12  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: opinion of best buy on: November 28, 2013, 04:05:17 pm
It is sensory overload. Not just noisy, but also flashy with all the televisions and computers and things all flashing different media content. It stresses me out tremendously. On the plus side, they don't do the pushy salesman thing like hhgregg does and Circuit City did. I can tolerate the sensory overload for a moment if necessary, but I have absolutely zero tolerance for salesmen.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California High-Speed Rail Thread on: November 28, 2013, 03:59:36 pm
No method of transport pays for itself. You may as well expect a small child to purchase his own meals.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Pew: Parents with daughters lean Republican on: November 28, 2013, 03:41:59 pm
11% more likely than whom? People with kids are more Republican than people without kids.  How do daughter only parents compare with son only parents? This is very sloppy polling!
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Walker: bringing the two parties together is overrated on: November 28, 2013, 03:37:11 pm
I find his honesty refreshing even if his policies are repugnant. Sincerity is such an underrated character trait.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2013 Post-a-Picture-of-Yourself Thread on: November 28, 2013, 01:50:14 pm
memphis lives in the tropics - it never gets cold.

Currently 36 degrees

Wow!  Here its still only like 66 for a low at night... global warming I guess.  When I first got to Thailand it was often much colder than that by end of November.
Overnight low last night was 19 here, which was certainly colder than average but not shockingly so. People are often surpised that the South in winter is moderately cold. It's not like living in Florida. The way I always explain to people is that we're about halfway between Chicago and the Gulf of Mexico. So, we get a taste of ice and snow here and there, but no blizzards. We're far from any oceans so we get a lot of variance in temperature. I would not want to live anywhere that is warm all year. I prefer cool weather. The West Coast, from San Francisco up to Vancouver has my favorite weather.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Thanksgiving 2013!!! on: November 28, 2013, 01:39:04 pm
What's for dinner at the Brown household?
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Please keep my family in your thoughts on: November 27, 2013, 09:41:17 pm
Words fail at times like these. I very much wish you the best, but I know well my feeble consolations are grossly inadequate. Nonetheless, you will inevitably have many bright and happy days ahead in your future. Easier said than done I know, but try to keep that in mind, along with happy memories of the past.
19  General Politics / Economics / Re: What are you invested in? on: November 27, 2013, 04:59:17 pm
About half of Americans own stock, for the record. So let's drop the 1% nonsense on that issue.

Nonsense.  Less than 1% own any significant amount.  Your claim is absurd on its face - like saying 'poverty isn't a problem, because I know for a fact that poor people have dollar bills in their pockets'.
Not only this, but most of the peasants who own one month's wages in a 401(k) (on which they are supposed to retire?) are older, and became employed back when jobs at least pretended to offer "retirement plans." What's the average age of Atlas Forum investors?

Torie is 62, Jachind is 41, and I'm 20. Are we missing anyone?

That rich kid, what's his name, Dukie.
Don't forget the smug Swede and bereft Beet.

Just because I have demonstrated that you were wrong about things doesn't make me anymore smug than reality.

In the several years that I have been a member of this forum, you have done no such thing. Your feeble strategy of shrill name calling has demonstrated nothing other than your supremely deficient character. The Forum would be a far better place without your presence, and you are the only active member for whom this is true.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever felt really, really ashamed of your country for political reasons? on: November 27, 2013, 02:50:46 pm
Buddha was right. Less is more. Stop expecting people to know things and you won't feel so bad.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2013 Post-a-Picture-of-Yourself Thread on: November 27, 2013, 02:48:46 pm
Me on the laptop looking at you all! (probably)

Are you renting? Living rooms without carpets are just wrong.
Strongly disagree. I don't always agree with trends, but FWIW, carpet is super duper out of style right now. I'm on board in this case. It's also a pain in the R-MI to clean.
Speak for yourself.  As someone who enjoys being barefoot in the house I prefer the lush softness of carpet to the coldness of faux-wood.

memphis lives in the tropics - it never gets cold.   Here the floors are almost invariably tile or terrazzo, only in very rare occasions one might see carpet or wood in a hotel.
Currently 36 degrees, which I'm sure is a veritable heatwave for Northern Minnesota, but chilly enough for me. I'm sure people on the frozen tundra must resort to all sorts of savagry to survive. Including cannibalism and wall to wall carpeting if necessary. The trouble with tile is that it is slippery when wet, easily broken, as well as tough on other dropped breakables. I like wooden floors myself. Very practical and beautiful! Many homes have had the same wooden floors for 100 years or more.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever visited ... on: November 27, 2013, 01:00:48 pm
Never had to pay for sex. That would be extremely humiliating!
23  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to ban BushOklahoma on: November 27, 2013, 09:44:03 am

Yep, that's pretty much what happened to the Update.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Al Realpolitik Institute of Sulfur Mining & Extraction on: November 27, 2013, 01:07:59 am
How insular of you, Lief. Traveling up the Hudson Valley is a truly glorious experience, particularly during fall color season (in my opinion, the most beautiful river valley in the US, going away). Just take the train to Albany; it runs right along the river. My duplex pad is just four blocks from the train station. That was one of its attractions.
You get a good view of Bannerman's Castle from the train, or so I've heard.  I'd love to see that some day.

I'm guessing that's the train in the background?
Meh, mountains in the East are so unimpressive....
25  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to ban BushOklahoma on: November 27, 2013, 12:56:29 am
Sorry for being out of the loop guys, but did new evidence of blackmail surface?
See my sig.
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