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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic National Convention days 3 and 4 **live commentary thread** on: July 27, 2016, 09:29:45 pm
He's doing a good job of pointing out Trump's lack of details.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic National Convention days 3 and 4 **live commentary thread** on: July 27, 2016, 09:26:53 pm
Tim Kaine needs to fire whoever did his makeup. Yikes.
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic National Convention **live commentary thread** on: July 25, 2016, 10:36:53 pm
I am ashamed of the 43% of the democratic party that literally voted for a movement that is the beginning of America becoming China or Russia.

Bernie's proposed policies = China = Russia?

China and Russia are vastly different, and both are different than what he proposed.

Both are communist nations, Socialism is merely a step on the way to communism.

Apart from the fact that Russia isn't a communist nation (and ignoring the fact that a true communist nation has never existed), you can't say that adopting socialist policies means you're on the road to communism.  That's like saying electing a libertarian would be putting us on the road to anarchy.
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic National Convention **live commentary thread** on: July 25, 2016, 10:13:58 pm
I am ashamed of the 43% of the democratic party that literally voted for a movement that is the beginning of America becoming China or Russia.

Bernie's proposed policies = China = Russia?

China and Russia are vastly different, and both are different than what he proposed.
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic National Convention **live commentary thread** on: July 25, 2016, 09:36:53 pm
Is there a chance this backfires on the Bernie or Busters? This is incredibly rude.

Backfires how? They don't really have anything to lose once this convention is over.
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic National Convention **live commentary thread** on: July 25, 2016, 09:18:59 pm
She's giving a great speech.
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic National Convention **live commentary thread** on: July 25, 2016, 08:25:05 pm
That was kinda painful....
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic National Convention **live commentary thread** on: July 25, 2016, 08:21:28 pm
Who is little miss sarcasm up there?  Missed the intro, she's really annoying.

Sarah Silverman
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic National Convention **live commentary thread** on: July 25, 2016, 07:29:30 pm
The exploitation of the Hispanic girl's story was a bit much. Trump is terrible on immigration, but that doesn't justify stuff like that.

Her story is real, and it's not unique to her.  There's thousands of families in the same situation.

It would be exploitation, if we had reason to believe that Hillary has no intention of doing anything to help them, or worse, actually wanting to deport them.  AFAIK, there's no evidence of that though.  There's real differences between the campaigns on immigration.  I don't see why it's bad to acknowledge that with actual stories from real people.

Presenting a story about real people and writing a script for an 11-year-old to say onstage are two vastly different things.  You could tell the girl didn't even understand what was going on with her parents' situation. She just said what the campaign/party told her to say, and that's what I have an issue with.
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic National Convention **live commentary thread** on: July 25, 2016, 07:24:27 pm
The exploitation of the Hispanic girl's story was a bit much. Trump is terrible on immigration, but that doesn't justify stuff like that.
Compared to the mother of a man killed at Benghazi, that's hardly exploitation.

Why do you need to compare this to the RNC? Exploitation is exploitation.
I'm comparing exploitation to exploitation. If you want, I could use Superfly as an example instead.

But why compare it at all? Just don't exploit people. The decision to do so shouldn't be based on whether the Republicans did it first.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic National Convention **live commentary thread** on: July 25, 2016, 07:19:17 pm
The exploitation of the Hispanic girl's story was a bit much. Trump is terrible on immigration, but that doesn't justify stuff like that.
Compared to the mother of a man killed at Benghazi, that's hardly exploitation.

Why do you need to compare this to the RNC? Exploitation is exploitation.
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic National Convention **live commentary thread** on: July 25, 2016, 07:14:31 pm
The exploitation of the Hispanic girl's story was a bit much. Trump is terrible on immigration, but that doesn't justify stuff like that.
13  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: A Farewell to the Mod Cave on: July 23, 2016, 09:39:54 pm
Thanks for everything you've done for the forum. You were a great mod, and you were always pleasant to work with.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How much Magikarp candy do you have? on: July 20, 2016, 11:09:11 pm
what is 'mageekurp candee'?

I think it has something to do with the Pokyman.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / North Miami Police Shoot and Wound Unarmed Black Caretaker on: July 20, 2016, 10:46:25 pm
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article90905442.html

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When a 23-year-old autistic man carrying a toy truck wandered from a mental health center out into the street Monday, a worker there named Charles Kinsey went to retrieve him.

A few minutes later the autistic man was still sitting cross-legged blocking the roadway while playing with the small, rectangular white toy. And Kinsey was prone on the ground next to him — a bullet from an assault rifle fired by a police officer having struck his leg.

“He throws his hands up in the air and says, ‘Don’t shoot me.’ They say lie on the ground, so he does,” Kinsey’s attorney Hilton Napoleon said Wednesday. “He’s on his back with his hands in the air trying to convince the other guy to lie down. It doesn’t make any sense.”

Absolutely ridiculous.  He's unarmed, with his hands up, telling the officers that he's unarmed.  Thank God he wasn't more seriously injured or killed.
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Republican National Convention **live commentary thread** on: July 20, 2016, 10:32:25 pm
You actually have to respect Ted Cruz for having the courage to go on primetime television at the Republican Convention - at the invitation of the Trump campaign - and give a huge "screw you" to Donald Trump. I never liked nor trusted this man (and still don't), but he either has strong principles or is very cunning.

17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Republican National Convention **live commentary thread** on: July 20, 2016, 10:31:05 pm
I despise Cruz with a passion, but that was the best and most coherent speech of the convention so far. Smartest man in the GOP by a mile. Also, dude has balls.

I feel the same way.  I can't stand Cruz, but tonight, he was and alright guy.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Woman tries to buy birthday cake for her wife... on: July 20, 2016, 06:09:01 pm
No, the government should not force her to sell her the cake.  But as a decent human being (and/or a sane business owner), she should sell her the damn cake and stop Facebook stalking her customers.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is anyone thinking about buying a Tesla car ? on: July 20, 2016, 11:41:55 am
I've seriously considered it. Our finances aren't quite to the point I can justify putting a reservation in on the Tesla 3, but I hope within 5 years that I'll buy one.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Republican National Convention **live commentary thread** on: July 18, 2016, 10:18:36 pm
Moderate republicans, how do you imagine someone like John Kasich or Jeb Bush actually appealing to all these lunatics? Honestly if you think the GOP will get less insane by 2020 I think you'll be dissapointed.

I'm not sure. But we have to keep fighting. It's why I ran for precinct delegate again this year... I can't fix the party from the outside, as much as I may be ashamed of the state of the party today.
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Republican National Convention **live commentary thread** on: July 18, 2016, 09:09:44 pm
If Trump actually gets a convention bounce from this, then I will be greatly disappointed in America.

I think he will. Fear drives voters.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Republican National Convention **live commentary thread** on: July 18, 2016, 09:04:23 pm
Um... when did Obama and Clinton say amnesty and citizenship for all? Blatant lie.
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Thoughts on Kasich not attending the GOP convention... on: July 18, 2016, 08:56:53 pm
Good move. If you pledge to do something stupid and later realize that stupidity, you shouldn't just do the stupid action to keep your word. The GOP won't be fixed unless more people start pushing back.

Are you saying that Kasich didn't realize what Donald Trump was all about? No, he knew exactly what Trump is about, but he along with everyone else (myself included) could never have predicted that Trump would end up as last man standing. So I guess future such pledges should read something like "I pledge to support the party nominee, unless I don't like the nominee or the nominee does/says stupid things, in which case I'll stay home and not be bothered".

Yeah, I think pledges like that in general are stupid, but pretty much nobody expected this.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Republican National Convention **live commentary thread** on: July 18, 2016, 08:35:39 pm
I don't believe I've actually used this word yet during the 2016, but this is just fascism. Plain and simple.

It's scary. The crowd is scary. The words people are saying are scary.

All I've heard is basically a thin defense of why we should deliberately ignore the words of black people and, in fact, push back. What is this disgusting bullsh-t that America has become?

This is what's truly scary. It's not just that Trump is the nominee, but that such a huge faction of the party is so supportive of some truly awful policies.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Republican National Convention **live commentary thread** on: July 18, 2016, 08:31:20 pm
Hopefully this convention helps Americans realize the stakes of this election. This party is unhinged.

And your party is about to nominate a criminal
No charges were ever given to her, unlike your nominee who is on trial for fraud.
Trump is not "on trial for fraud." It's a civil suit, not a criminal one.

All due respect, trials can happen in civil law. Not exclusive to criminal law

To be fair, I've never heard "on trial for" used in a civil suit setting.
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