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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Do you think Johnson will make the debate stage? on: July 23, 2016, 07:59:00 pm
Right now it seems Johnson is taking a bit more from Clinton

hard statement to support.  Maybe he is, but I like the Trump-free liferaft idea more.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Do you think Johnson will make the debate stage? on: July 23, 2016, 06:07:02 pm
Do you think Johnson will make the debate stage?

The people who run the show are capitalist pigs, just like you and me, and therefore they'll do whatever it takes to increase ratings, but they're also terrified of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, just like you and me.  They're smart enough to figure out a way to try to throw monkey wrenches in the major party campaigns.  Normally, that might be a radical idea, but this year it is only a natural and normal response.  I'd be surprised if every single media outlet lies down and accepts the "fact" that we must chose from among two narcissists who are manifestly unfit to command our economy, our military, and our culture.  My guess is that at least one independent or third-party candidate will be hyped, and at the moment Johnson has the best shot.

voted yes.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What is going on with our school system? on: July 23, 2016, 05:54:01 pm
Tenure is a disease.

as is paranoia. 

My son has to have "lockdown drills" for the same reason that you and I have to have 300 thousand dollars worth of liability insurance.  We're a very litigious society.  People like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are very good at exploiting that.  They are the cream of the cream, and we will put people like that in charge of our laws.  We get what we ask for, and what we deserve.  Nothing more; nothing less.

4  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: What should be the legal driving age? on: July 23, 2016, 04:43:04 pm
about 35.

(voted over 18)
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Jeb Bush to Endorse Gary Johnson Next Week? on: July 23, 2016, 08:07:07 am
Kinda surprised you aren't for Johnson. A pot-smoking, drug legalization favoring libertarian Republican seems like your type. ;-)

haha. 

Their platform is reasonable and I haven't ruled him out yet.  I talked to a guy last week on a boat who will vote for Johnson.  I'll decide after August 1. 
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Jeb Bush to Endorse Gary Johnson Next Week? on: July 22, 2016, 03:04:07 pm
A vote for Johnson is only a half vote against Trump, while a vote for Hillary is a full vote against Trump.

Bullsh**t.  A vote for Johnson is a vote for Johnson.  I probably won't vote for Johnson, but I certainly won't vote for Clinton or for Trump, and you may not count my opposition to Trump or to Clinton as half of anything.  It is full-on, raging opposition, just as those who will vote for Johnson fully oppose Trump and fully oppose Clinton.

Anyway, I don't care whether any of the Bushes endorses Johnson, but I'm glad to know that they're not supporting Trump.  Fully and completely.

7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Donald Trump Coloring Book on: July 21, 2016, 08:25:56 pm
priceless images

My favorite is a portrait of The Donald penning the United States Constitution.

Damn.  I should have bought the whole stack.  I may go back this weekend and get a bunch of them to give away as gifts.  Most of the folks I know are either Sandernistas who despise Clinton but who will probably end up voting for her because they're scared of the possibility of a Trump victory, or Sandernistas who will vote for some third candidate, or Republicans who will vote for Johnson or the constitutionalist candidate.  There may even be a Trump supporter or two among my crowd.  They'll all love it.  The Trumpsters will adore it, and the anti-Trump crowd will appreciate the kitsch. 

It's like the Death Pack from about 15 years ago.  Remember those?  Playing cards with Saddam as the Ace of Spades, his sons as the Aces of Clubs and Hearts, and Abid Hamid Mahmud Al-Tikriti as the Ace of Diamonds.  It goes down from there, all the way down to Ugla Saqr Al-Kubaysi on the two of clubs.  The US government commissioned it and distributed it to marines and soldiers because it knew that they would regularly play cards, and the faces on the cards would potentially give them memory and recognition ability.  I was deeply opposed to the invasion, but I loved the kitsch value of the Death Pack.  I bought four decks, gave two of them away as gifts and traded one in Mexico for a six-pack of Tecate on election day.  Anti-war protesters loved the Death Pack, and so did Bush Doctrinaires.  No matter how you feel about the Bush Doctrine, the Death Pack is adorable.  The Trump coloring book is sort of like that.  Who doesn't love The Donald as a fifth head on Mount Rushmore?

8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Donald Trump Coloring Book on: July 21, 2016, 04:23:54 pm
Yes boys and girls, you read that right, a Donald Trump coloring book.  I was at Wal-mart today looking for a grill--Lawnmower versus Grill; lawnmower wins; long story--alas they do not sell replacement parts for the unit.  Then we went to a couple of hardware stores and, as a last-ditch effort, the Salvation Army consignment store, but there were no 19" by 21" rectangular grills to be had.  I just may end up buying a whole new one since I can't find the actual grill part, especially since I just discovered that the on-line replacement grill costs nearly as much, with shipping, as the whole unit cost at Wal-mart three summers ago.

Anyway, while we were walking along that lovely bit of consumerist suburbia known affectionately as the strip mall, we stopped into a Five Below store.  The first thing I spotted as I sauntered past the book aisle was a child's coloring book called TRUMP, with a picture of The Donald as superman on the cover.  Oh.  My.  God.  Seriously, it's good stuff.  Yes, it was a complete and total waste of five dollars but I had to have one.  (You can also find it at Walmart for $8.88 and at Barnes&Noble for $7.99.)


9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is this morally justified in your opinion? on: July 20, 2016, 05:05:10 pm
Is it justified to say, "Either put her in a nursing home, or I'm leaving."

Only if you mean it.  If it's just an empty threat, then no.

Also, be prepared to leave and never come back, because my guess is that the spouse will say, "don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out."
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Republican National Convention **live commentary thread** on: July 19, 2016, 05:11:00 pm
The VA delegation seems to be absent in its entirety.

You're there?!  Are you a delegate?  I had forgotten about this thing till I read the news today.

I've been out of the country for a couple of weeks.  Got home at about 2AM last night.  Catching up on bills, mowing the lawn, rinsing the gear, etc.  I also had agreed to be a reviewer for an article which is due July 25 so I was working on that on the plane ride home.  As an added bonus, the authors don't seem to have a serious command of subject-verb agreement or the use of articles in the English language, so I'll probably will be working on that for at least a few days.

From what I've read in the on-line versions of WaPo and NYT, it was a rocky start, replete with plagiarism, browbeating, luke-warm endorsements, and lots of gloom and doom.  On the other hand, they're both reporting that the NeverTrump faction seems to have faded, so it'll not likely be a contested convention.

Are you pumped about casting a vote for Trump?  I think he won your state handily.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary Clinton reads 'sigh' from teleprompter on: July 04, 2016, 09:16:34 am
I say the word "sigh" all the time instead of actually sighing. Surely I'm not the only one?

No, my son does this as well and I'm getting tired of correcting him.  It's exceedingly annoying and it makes you look like a weirdo. 

Yet another reason not to support Clinton.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMU5C-fEXA8

He's a pretty good dancer.  I can't hear the words much because I'm in a chair at a waiting area near a gate at the airport and there's CNN blasting in one hear and Charlie Brown's teacher screaming in the other telling people not to leave their baggage unattended.  Weird effect too:

"Attention passengers....ISIS....we will begin our pre-boarding....in central Baghdad....for passengers who might need additional time....for planning terrorist attacks...."


I'm too lazy to dig the earbuds out, but it looks like a catchy tune.  There's also some jazz playing at Papi's bar just across the hall, but it's not the Louis Armstrong variety.  More of the Yani sort of music, so it's not pleasant at all.  It's okay, I'll be on the beach this afternoon.
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary Clinton reads 'sigh' from teleprompter on: July 03, 2016, 11:29:57 am
I say the word "sigh" all the time instead of actually sighing. Surely I'm not the only one?

No, my son does this as well and I'm getting tired of correcting him.  It's exceedingly annoying and it makes you look like a weirdo. 

Yet another reason not to support Clinton.
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Raw Story: Trump Hasn't Voted in the Last 6 Presidential Elections on: July 02, 2016, 07:09:14 pm
I suspect that surprise is the intended reaction to this, but I'm not feeling it.

They make pills for that.

I'm not taking them either, by the way.  Nothing to see here, folks.  Move along.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: your reäction to this map? on: July 02, 2016, 06:12:58 pm


Love it!

excellent use of the dieresis, by the way.   You must be zero percent "millenial."

Not sure what the colors are, but I'll assume that one of the colors must represent The Donald and another must represent Hillary Clinton, and neither of them have a majority.

I'd be delighted.  The election would be decided in the congress, like the Framers probably intended, and neither Trump nor Clinton would be our next President.  Everybody wins.

15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump: Mexican planes could be attacking New Hampshire on: July 02, 2016, 06:09:41 pm
The idea that Trump is thin skinned is the most ludicrous thing I've heard. 

Strikes me as a queer observation as well.  I've long since concluded that he has a very thick skin.  In fact, I think that's part of his problem.  He dishes it out because he can take it, and he expects everyone else to have a pachyderm skin like he does.  Not a good fit for today's metro man.

16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is Bernie staying in, in the hopes Clinton is indicted? on: July 01, 2016, 07:06:47 pm
This thread is so pathetic.

Ah, you're new.  Wait till you encounter one of Beet's economic threads.  You'll think it's the end of civilization as we know it.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is Bernie staying in, in the hopes Clinton is indicted? on: July 01, 2016, 06:28:34 pm
Oh, come on!  Can't I get a little respect?  I worked very, very hard at the subtle adherence to Godwin's Law, and all you can come up with is "who's we?".  Where's the love, man?

You do make a good point:  5.3% of the population of the United States has expressed a support for Hillary Clinton at the polls, and by our standards that a very good showing.  

This is going to be the best election year ever!
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is Bernie staying in, in the hopes Clinton is indicted? on: July 01, 2016, 05:20:45 pm
Sanders will be in till the convention, indictment or not.  He may hope that she is indicted--we all do, since it may very well keep her from becoming the next President--but that's not why he's still in.

voted no.

I do agree with your assessment of the platform.  The higher-ups in both parties do not take them seriously.  To the ruling Democrats and Republicans, they're nothing more than bundles of promises that no one ever intends to keep.  Dog and pony show, as it were, designed to win support (and buy some time for re-armament).  It's rather like the non-agression pact signed by Joachim von Ribbentrop and Vyacheslav Molotov whereby the Soviet and German governments promised not to make war on each other.  I don't really think von Ribbentrop and Molotov took it seriously, but it gave the people back home some confidence in their masters.  If Sanders whittles down his goal to just affecting the DNC platform, then he's basically just playing Molotov to Clinton's von Ribbentrop.

Cheesy

19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: "How Millennial are you?" test on: July 01, 2016, 04:40:18 pm
I scored 88. 

Weird questions.  "Have you contacted a government official in the past 12 months?"  No.

What does contacting the government have to do with millenialism?

20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump: Mexican planes could be attacking New Hampshire on: July 01, 2016, 02:28:08 pm
orange

Orange is, after all, the new black.


21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump: Mexican planes could be attacking New Hampshire on: June 30, 2016, 09:45:40 pm
there is, literally, no disagreement on how horrible he would be between the right and the left here.

I'm certain of that.  A few weeks ago I was speaking to a diving supply company owner who lives in Juarez and we got into a bit of a discussion about Trump and that's what he said as well.

I'm sure that many Mexicans haven't let it affect their morbid sense of humor about politics.  That's one thing I've always appreciated, and why I do look forward to any discussion about the upcoming election should the topic arise during my stay in Mexico. 

I'm wondering also about how seriously anyone there considers his chance of election, and how that is affecting the current economic climate.  I generally try not to bother the foreigners working in Mexico about their politics back home, and I'd extend that courtesy to my fellow gringos, but I know a few US people as well--empresarios doing business as permanent or temporary residents of Mexico--and my guess is that those folks are probably as nervous about Trump's policies as much as Mexican policymakers, probably more so.


22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump: Mexican planes could be attacking New Hampshire on: June 30, 2016, 07:43:55 pm
ag, We're heading to QR for two weeks starting Monday.  It'll be interesting to discuss the situation in the US, particularly The Donald, with Mexicans, and to watch the spin on the noticias on TV.  You probably get a chance to rub elbows with more important folks than I do.  I haven't been to DF in ten years, but I do visit the Mexican coastal areas about once a year and always enjoy discussions of politics with Mexicans.  Are they talking much about the US election this summer?  My guess is that Trump probably makes the ruling class in Mexico a little nervous.  

23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump: Mexican planes could be attacking New Hampshire on: June 30, 2016, 07:24:51 pm
That one can't seem to figure out whether he's Swiss or Mexican.  I say let him go.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Capitals of states on: June 30, 2016, 06:21:46 pm
Only two state capitals are the same as 1776; and only 6 are the same as in 1789.

But only one is the same as it was in 1609.  Count 'em, one.

Oddly, it's one that many posters here are disrespecting in the "least favorite state names" thread.

Santa Fe, bitches.  It was La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asís, designated the provincial capital of Nuevo México eleven long years before even the first confused WASP stepped off his sorry skiff onto the wobbly Plymouth Rock. 


"While the ancestors of Mr. Bush and his little lapdog, Mr. Blair, were crawling around on their stomachs in caves, we were writing the law!  We were writing the book!"
                                        --former Iraqi information minister Mohammed Sa'eed El-Sahaf

25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which state has the worst name? on: June 30, 2016, 06:13:32 pm
mariana post?  mariana postal? 

While we're at it, wouldn't AR be more appropriate for Arizona?  You guys are bigger than Arkansas.  You could kick their asses and take AR away from them if you really wanted to. 
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