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51  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Does anyone on this forum doubt Ted Cruz's intelligence? on: April 22, 2015, 10:08:29 am
52  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How would a Kaine presidential campaign look like? on: April 21, 2015, 09:43:57 am
It wouldn't go anywhere and he would be out before Iowa. Don't get me wrong, I like the guy, he's certainly qualified, and he'd make a good president, but I just don't see him gaining traction.
53  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: How much backlash would this Republican comment get? on: April 20, 2015, 08:48:03 pm
Fox News and Talk Radio would furiously defend him as a great patriot speaking truth to power. He would almost certainly be invited to speak at the next three CPACs. And there are plenty of places around the country where he could win a congressional seat.


Do you think even the racial context of the comment would fly in even heavily Republican areas?  Am I underestimating the racism of many voters in this country or could this be realistic scenario in which such a candidate could be elected into congress?

Yes and yes. Just look at how Fox News has covered Ferguson and Black Lives Matter. Also look at what's happened with Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty since his interview, becoming something of a regular at conservative and Republican events - his remarks on gays got all the attention due to the crude language he used, but his remarks on race were far more odious.
54  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Finally, a heart-warming story out of Zimbabwe on: April 20, 2015, 08:39:32 am
Good riddance.
55  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: By 2:1 ratio, Republicans are more loyal to Israel than US on: April 18, 2015, 10:36:17 am
That is an outrageous misinterpretation of that answer. 

I think obviously what people meant was that we should support Israel's right to exist and defend itself militarily, as we would for any country.  It's not that we think Israel's interests come first, it's that we stand on some sort of principle in our foreign policy. 

Imagine if we were talking about the UK.  Would we help defend the UK, even if it was inconvenient or expensive?  Sure.  We compete with the UK as a fellow power in global finance.  Suppose we uncovered a plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange.  Would we keep that information secret if we thought it would bolster New York's position as a center of finance?  Of course not. 

There is always a balance between your national self-interest and maintaining baseline principles in the international realm. 
If thats your interpretation, you're in the wrong party.

Fundies only tolerate Jews because of the Holocaust and they only want Israel in place so it can be attacked and usher in the end times.  They also have an odd juxtaposition cuz Murica diesnt figure into the end times as a great power, so far as they believe...as they think us abandoning the UN designated state named Israel means our downfall...they cant be hopeful of Israel's destruction without it signaling ours...thats why They hope so much the rapture comes first..

They also are infatuated with the suffering of Jesus...a good Republican American not unlike Toby Keith (ha...) who was tortured and killed by some uppity Jews.

They won't say this of course...but ive spent enough time with these people and their 'Jews for Jesus' tagalongs to get the jist of it.

The better intentioned ones think you need more suffering which will make you accept Jesus.  It's sad when Jews die cuz they are burning as we speak!

So...are you sure you know what you think they meant?


For most Christian Zionists, it's enough to them that they believe God promised the land to Israel, and obscure eschatological timelines barely enter into it.

The End Times stuff is a lot more prevalent in the South and Midwest than you might think.
56  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Wayne LaPierre: "One Demographically Symbolic President Is Enough" on: April 17, 2015, 02:03:02 pm
You never go full racist.
57  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Living with parents as an employed adult on: April 17, 2015, 01:30:20 pm
There's nothing wrong with living with your parents for a few months or years to pay off student loans or save up to buy a house or condo.
58  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is the "jao" thing already completely done to death? on: April 17, 2015, 09:03:49 am
yes. It was mildly amusing for about 10 minutes. Please stop.
59  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: How much backlash would this Republican comment get? on: April 16, 2015, 10:57:01 pm
Fox News and Talk Radio would furiously defend him as a great patriot speaking truth to power. He would almost certainly be invited to speak at the next three CPACs. And there are plenty of places around the country where he could win a congressional seat.
60  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why not replace Medicare with Single Payer? on: April 16, 2015, 09:01:40 am
Medicare is single-payer. The real question is why don't we extend Medicare to cover the entire citizen/permanent resident population.
61  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Update on: April 15, 2015, 10:13:22 pm
Both.
62  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What grade would the AV Club give the Update finale? on: April 15, 2015, 09:03:18 pm
Also the TV Tropes page can be finalized now.

What a Downer Ending. Also made the thing a Shaggy Dog Story.

It is, but it fits the downward spiral of the narrative very well. Update worked on so many levels, and it stands as one of the great literary works of our time. A+
63  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: Rasmussen: Hillary leads Cruz by 9, Paul by 10 on: April 13, 2015, 11:05:57 am
Other candidates at 11%? Looks like we're obviously looking at another 1992.
"Other" and 3rd parties always overpoll.
64  General Discussion / History / Re: 150 years on - was the civil war on: April 10, 2015, 03:08:13 pm
No. No it wasn't. It was mainly - not entirely, but mainly - about slavery.
65  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Santorum sets up "testing the waters" committee, is branded enemy by ISIS on: April 09, 2015, 07:23:19 pm
It really seems as if no one is afraid of running against Hillary - whether it is in the primary or in the General Election. That is already a bad sign for her and shows how far she is from being inevitable. I mean, of course she will win the nomination, but literally every joke candidate thinks he has a chance of beating her.

Every senator and governor who has ever looked in the mirror has seen the next President (well, not every, but you get the idea).
66  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How will Lincoln Chafee poll in Rhode Island? on: April 09, 2015, 03:09:08 pm
10-19% at best.
67  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Michael Moore on: April 09, 2015, 03:08:35 pm
Not a huge fan, to be honest, though I do like it how he brings out the worst in conservatives. What's funny though is how people act like he's the Limbaugh of the Left despite not having been relevant since 2005 or so.
68  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of calling everyone to the right of you a fascist on: April 08, 2015, 01:04:38 pm
Pretty sure Jobbik and Golden Dawn both sit on the right in their respective legislatures.
69  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Bushie's Cheat day vs. The Rock's Cheat Day on: April 08, 2015, 10:20:19 am
The Rock's but I would have just eaten the pancakes and brownies.
70  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: will the Roman Catholic Church 'accept LGBT' on/before August 15, 2067? on: April 07, 2015, 08:56:24 am
I doubt it. My denomination (PCA) will accept homosexual acts before the RCC does. Besides, why would they? The church outside the West is more conservative, and even in the West, liberals aren't exactly known for passing on the faith or tithing.

Not really--Latin America and the Philippines are for the most part more gay-tolerant than their non-Catholic neighbors. You're most certainly correct with regards to African Catholics, though.

As to the poll, I voted Option 2.

What are Latin America's non-Catholic neighbours? America and Guyana?

I assume he means the Anglophone Caribbean, which to be sure is far more homophobic than Latin America these days.
71  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Violent youth riots in Kentucky after UK loss on: April 06, 2015, 10:58:58 pm
Soccer (for whatever reason - nationalism, I suspect) and U.S. collegiate sports can really bring it out of people, I'll tell you.

And Game 7 disappointments

And when a popular coach turns out to be a sicko who let his buddy use his job as an assistant coach emeritus to lure in vulnerable children and rape them for over a decade. Please note that they were not rioting over the enabling and shocking lack of welfare for the children, but because said coach was fired for of it.

I don't go to Penn State, I have no connection to the school, and I've never even lived in Pennsylvania, but that was one of the few times in my life I've been ashamed to be an American.
72  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How much do Special Interests cost in the Budget Annually? on: April 06, 2015, 09:22:56 am
Every single item in the budget is a special interest to someone.
73  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the HR people who keep giving Bushie jobs on: April 03, 2015, 03:00:02 pm
It seriously boggles my mind how apparently naive, incompetent and/or disinterested these people are.

At this point, whoever hired him for this new pharmacy job should themselves be canned immediately. If his record didn't raise enough red flags for them, then what the hell are they doing?

I would be shocked if it's actually what any of us would consider a "pharmacy job".
74  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which relative of a presidential candidate will cause the most trouble? on: April 03, 2015, 11:04:08 am
GWB, because if Jeb is nominated (which I expect he will be, though not without hiccups), he'll pretty much have to speak at the GOP convention, which will be preceded and followed by days of retrospective pieces on the Bush presidency. Meaning they'll have to acknowledge that he was president.
75  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CA: Gov. Brown orders mandatory water restrictions (25% reduction statewide) on: April 03, 2015, 09:12:51 am
Wait, they've been watering their lawns this whole time?!?!
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