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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Rank your elections you could vote in from most to least favorite on: July 30, 2014, 08:26:47 am
2008
2004
2006
2012

Yeah, I skipped 2010 and didn't vote from abroad. Shame on me.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is the death penalty justice or revenge? on: July 26, 2014, 08:53:18 am
Measured revenge is a very basic form of justice. So, I do think that in some terrible situations the death penalty serves as justice for a few people, or for society, when considered by itself.

However, the death penalty in the real world means much more than punishment for one person. The permanence of death goes too far. The fact that the State is responsible for overseeing the controlled ending of human life ought to be terrifying for the small government conservative as well. Weird bunch.

I'd say that the death penalty prioritizes revenge over justice. And it's icky.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Doctor stops potential mass shooting by shooting the shooter on: July 26, 2014, 08:18:00 am
I don't feel like several people being shot is something to celebrate even if the alternative is more people getting shot.

Isn't that what war is? At least a semi-justified one?

Yeah, I suppose it is. War is always a bad situation, though, is it not? It doesn't matter if you're fighting against pure evil - death is always a loss, even if measured stoically. The glorious fighter who dies giving his life to triumph over an evil that may have otherwise taken more lives is inspiring and exciting. That sh**t sells movie tickets. In real life, though, someone died who had friends and relatives that are upset that it had to be so. As a society it's rational to ask why and if there was anything we could do to prevent the need for the hero's actions in the first place.

It's an idealistic (so, unrealistic) notion that Americans shouldn't have to live with a steady stream of violent firearm events in the news these days. It's astonishingly lame how people are saying that the solution is more of the means just in safer hands. It's lazy corner-cutting problem solving designed to appeal to people who have become docile and comfortable with the way things are. So, their BEST outcomes are 1.) Everyone lives in constant terror of everyone else, and 2.) More people receive violent injuries and/or death. That is the situation even when your solution works! How sad is that?
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Stella Artois on: July 26, 2014, 07:38:57 am
It's a hobo in a new suit.

That is to say, it's tolerably drinkable.

Drink hobos responsibly.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Doctor stops potential mass shooting by shooting the shooter on: July 25, 2014, 09:40:36 pm
I don't feel like several people being shot is something to celebrate even if the alternative is more people getting shot.
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The burning pronunciation question on: July 25, 2014, 06:50:10 pm
Australians overwhelmingly say "haitch" and it is literally the worst thing in the universe, just edging out toilet paper put on the holder backwards.

If you're especially pedantic you'll discover aitch is in the dictionary. If you try to look up haitch your dictionary will force itself shut in horror, crushing your stupid troll hands.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: July 25, 2014, 08:08:19 am
I don't have anywhere else but here to semi-publicly say that I am going to soon shake hands with Mr. Polyamory. How terrifying and exciting for me and disgusting for everyone else!

Oh, and I'll probably lock this thread about the time it's a year old (holy crap this thread is almost a year old).
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Weezer on: July 22, 2014, 07:15:06 am
Thank you. Curious that I'd never encountered the term, it is an excellent one. I have to agree with Obamanation, then, too. Singles are typically a terrible gauge.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Weezer on: July 22, 2014, 05:37:31 am
What does "deep cuts" mean?
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of conservatives parroting this quote on: July 21, 2014, 08:03:58 pm
I've been exposed to a lot of white evangelical conservatism in my day, but I have never encountered that quote used in that way.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Oklahoma's domino has fallen on: July 21, 2014, 07:52:03 pm
No reason for me to apologize. I said celibates are emotionally off-kilter and your responses to me certainly don't have me second guessing that assertion.

I suppose having your inclinations (or lack of inclinations) constantly called into question by strangers would make you come off as off-kilter after the millionth misunderstanding.  I think you made a thoughtless joke without any ill intent and, having been called out on it being rude, proceeded to double down out of petty spite. That's considerably less well adjusted than the way you've been replied to.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favourite latest post by previous poster on: July 21, 2014, 07:20:53 pm
What was your most memorable sighting of one or more animals in the wild?

Mine easily was during the boat trip I took off of Alaska, when I saw a humpback whale with her calf, as well as a pod of killer whales.  (I did not get to see the killer whales attack the humpbacks.)  There were also several dolphins and porpoises.

One other memorable animal sighting was in when I saw a moose for the first time in Montana.

I'm a little disappointed, because I was reading through Nat's posts and was about to paste an outstanding one about homosexuality from the AMA thread.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: In your Atlas history, how many posters have you intentionally ignored? on: July 21, 2014, 07:34:43 am
I have a built in ignore function, so the forum's is only a failsafe. Mine has had no errors.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Will Bushie make it to work (7/21/14)? on: July 21, 2014, 05:04:54 am
This is so creepy.

Just pointing that out. Carry on.
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Weezer on: July 21, 2014, 04:16:31 am
Their only two albums were great.  The tribute band touring under their name for the past however many years is unfortunate, but so it goes. 

(Sorry Tik. Tongue)

http://youtu.be/DDt99U_6vCo Wink
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Good Post Gallery II on: July 21, 2014, 04:04:33 am
Marriage equality strengthens families.  There are thousands upon thousands of abandoned children created from failed heterosexual relationships, who are now finding homes with dual-income couples who have only recently been able to prove to a court their suitability as adoptive parents.

And that doesn't even take into account the gay couples who create life via biological means.  (e.g. surrogate mothers, sperm donors, etc.)

And that is the key. All you need to do to be endowed with legal rights over a child instantanously is to have sex. That is it. And we have a society in which children's rights as a concept appear to be subservient at all times to the whims of the parent. The idea that children have rights independent of and at times contrary to their own parents is an enigma to some people. The rights of children are often not served in the heterosexual relationship, whether fleeting or embedded, that brought them into the world and the idea that the generations of heterosexual, married relationships that form and shatter and reform and have f-cked up so many people are automatically better for a child than another mother and father, or two fathers, or two mothers, or the aunt or the grandparent is a disgrace.

It is the job of the government and society to support all families that support each other and provide love and support for children whether they be their own or someone elses. The 'nuclear family' closes off this difference by insinuating other arrangements are lesser or not appropriate. It is this compact, self serving and often patriarical unit that has also led to the disconnect that has shattered what the 'family' used to be; cutting off the extended family as care givers and subjecting the elderly to being removed from the family care unit altogether when they are too old or too difficult to handle.

afleitch is a treasure.
17  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Religiosity and economic development on: July 21, 2014, 03:53:04 am
If you went back 75 years the correlation would be looser, would it not? Religiosity in general has been declining for a while. I don't think it's helpful to just point at "economic development."

Then again, having read what this guy has to say, he sounds like a dick with an agenda. That is, short disjointed squirting noises. Gross.
18  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Why is Meet the Press with David Gregory's ratings so low? on: July 21, 2014, 03:41:04 am
Why are TV news and info shows even on  air anymore? I thought we had the internet for such things.

Olds.
19  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Do you support the legalization of marijuana? on: July 21, 2014, 03:39:05 am
This place's social views are so very disconnected and insular.

Anyway, of course I do. I think it should be taxed and that that money should go towards various social initiatives.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favourite latest post by previous poster on: July 21, 2014, 03:33:50 am
Based on Article 2, Section 2 of the Constitution, it appears that the President can appoint justices when he wants to.

Quote
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

It doesn't seem as if the President has a time limit in which he has to fill court vacancies. Considering that we have a lower-level court vacancy from 2005, I have my doubts that there is anything that could be done to increase the speed of the nomination process.

If, say, a Supreme Court vacancy came up in the year a President was up for re-election, and the President's party lacked control of the Senate, he could take a risk and wait to fill the vacancy until after the election in hopes of being reelected and having his party take control of the Senate.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favourite latest post by previous poster on: July 19, 2014, 09:01:20 am
You make way too many one sentence posts. Luckily I found your ..interesting.. maps.

What the Future Might Hold: Chapter I: Rubio and the New GOP 2016-2032

2016: New Way


Sen Marco Rubio R-FL/Fmr Gov Jon Huntsman R-UT 273 EVS
Gov Andrew Cuomo D-NY/Sen Amy Koblouchar D-MN 265 EVS

2020: One Step Forward...

Pres Marco Rubio R-FL/VP Jon Huntsman R-UT 303 EVS
Sen Brian Schweitzer D-MT/Gov Tulsi Gabbard D-HI 235 EVS

2024: ...Two Steps Back

Gov Gavin Newsom D-CA/Gov Kirsten Gillibrand D-NY ~330 EVS
Fmr Sen Ted Cruz R-TX/Gov Mike Lee R-UT ~210 EVS

2028: Time For Choosing

Sen George P Bush R-TX/Gov Kristi Noem R-SD ~275 EVS
Pres Gavin Newsom D-CA/Sen Alison Lundergan Grimes D-KY ~260 EVS

2032: Comeback

Fmr Pres Gavin Newsom D-CA/Sen Julian Castro D-TX ~320 EVS
Pres George P Bush R-TX/VP Kristi Noem R-SD ~220
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Dear Uncle Grumps: on: July 19, 2014, 08:51:40 am
Wait, so, did you pee onto the snake or nearby the snake? Did you flee, catching pubes throughout your zipper?

Also, is your signature just you having a bit of a troll?
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Dear Uncle Grumps: on: July 18, 2014, 08:25:56 am
A man of your years must have an amazing array or urinary evacuation locations to detail. Please don't leave me wanting, Grumps!
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Anti-Mormon bigotry on the Atlas on: July 18, 2014, 08:20:00 am
As far as Atlastian bigotry is concerned, the Mormon variety isn't one that blips my radar.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I'm Leaving...For Now on: July 18, 2014, 08:17:05 am
"I'll be back." -Oldiesfreak (2014)
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