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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you pay your car insurance? on: October 18, 2016, 07:44:44 am
Once every six months.  Mine is also less expensive if I pay it every six months.  I wish they had an option every 12 months.  The registration is every 12 months.  The inspection is every 12 months.  It's silly to have insurance every six months.  What a hassle.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: All about yourself! on: October 17, 2016, 09:37:10 pm
This is my 1st post on here. Smiley


3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Will Hillary reach 55%? on: October 17, 2016, 09:23:46 pm
Who knows?  There's really only one poll that matters and that one is three weeks away yet.

I voted no, because I don't think any candidate will win a majority of the popular vote, although for at least six months I have thought that Clinton will win around 300 electoral votes.  Nothing has fundamentally changed over the last six months.  We have a relatively unpopular Democrat versus an extremely unpopular Republican, with alternates probably collectively collecting about double digits in the popular vote, all in an uncertain economic climate.  No one comes close to 55% of the popular vote.  Seems to me like 1992 redone, but maybe with a little more paranoia.  And drones.
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of mandatory driverless cars. on: October 17, 2016, 08:11:38 am

Everything from Constellation-class starships to auxiliary shuttlecraft will need human captains, navigators, and engineers.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Fremont Senate Election on: October 17, 2016, 08:06:26 am
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Would you give candy to a trick-or-treater dressed in a Trump costume? on: October 15, 2016, 09:59:45 pm
Voted MORE candy, but I always just hold out a bowl and tell 'em to take some.  (If they're really playing The Donald then they'll grab the whole bowl anyway.)

I'm pretty sure that no Whoppers would be involved, unless maybe my wife bought the candy.

7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: If you lived next to a Trump supporter, how would you feel? on: October 15, 2016, 08:18:30 pm
If you lived next to a Trump-Pence supporter, and they had large TRUMP signs around their house or apartment window, car, had painted their grass with a Trump and Pence photos, how would you feel?

I get a raging hard-on for TRUMP signs, but there aren't any in my neighborhood and it makes me sad.

Well, okay, I'm nearly 50, so I don't get a raging hard-on for much of anything on a frequent basis, but you know what I mean.  The TRUMP signs are kitsch.  My son and I have a game we play where we see who can count the most TRUMP signs.  (Of course 11-year-old children love The Donald.  They're all rooting for him.)  There are no signs in my neighborhood.  Not for Mintzer, not for Hartman, not for Toomey, or McGinty, or Clinton, or Trump, or anyone.  I guess it's not really a yardsign sort of neighborhood, but every saturday I take him to Tae Kwon Do blackbelt training near York--he has been into it for just over three years and October 29 he'll have his black belt test.  yay!--and the training are held every saturday from 10:30 till 12:30 at the Lower Windsor Township gym, about 30 minutes from my crib.  It's in southeastern York County, which is the county just west of here, and apparently deep in TRUMP country.  Within a mile or so of that place there are probably a hundred or more TRUMP signs.  We always say, "TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMP, etc." when we see them.  There's one block in Lower Windsor Township where just about every house has at least one TRUMP sign on the lawn.  Also, there's a chinese restaurant a few blocks from the gym that gets good reviews on line, but it's across the street from a house with about five CSA battle flags hanging from the porch so I'm a little leery about taking my son to eat there, although we both love good chinese food.

I have noticed that about 2 miles from my house is a neighborhood where there are lots of yardsigns.  On the corner of Lititz Pike and Valley Road, there's a huge blue TRUMP-PENCE sign, right on the corner, at an ornate, old (200-year-old, maybe) house.  We see it every Monday evening when I take my son to piano practice.  Sometimes it can be funny.  You'll see one house with about six or seven TRUMP signs on the front lawn, and just across the street will be six or seven -->Hillary signs in the neighbor's yard.  Like there's a war on.  Each week there's one more TRUMP sign on one side and one more -->Hillary sign on the other side.  By election day there will be enough to wallpaper the Pentagon.  One dude in that same neighborhood even has a TRUMP sign next to a Bernie sign.  That's the guy with a huge pink Jaguar XJ12 and about a hundred pink flamingos in his yard.  Real weirdo.  He has a bunch of gawdy, full-frontal greco-roman statues as well.  His neighbors probably wish he would disappear, but I wish he would have a garage sale some day.  I bet he has many interesting objects d'art inside.

On one level, I think it would be cool to live next to a guy who puts up political yardsigns.  On another level, I'd think it was tacky and I'd be embarassed by it.  If I were on a neighborhood development committee, I'd probably vote against allowing political signs of any sort.  On most issues I'm fairly open-minded.  I support legalized marijuana, prostitution, and the like.  I'm against sex-offender registries and I'm against capital punishment, but I draw the line at political yard signs.  Your right to free speech ends the day you buy a house in my development, know what I mean?  In other neighborhoods, however, they're cute.  It makes for fun driving games.  In more normal years, we'd probably play the game where you bet on whether you see more Candidate A or Candidate B signs in a particular neighborhood.  Winner buys the loser a beer.  (Yeah, I like the reverse rule.  Winner buys for loser.  Makes it more magnanimous.)  This year is weird, though.  Clinton is boring.  I don't much like her but with her at least I know what to expect.  Trump is a real wildcard.  The thought of people voting for him is terrifying and exciting at the same time.  
I actually have a small collection old campaign paraphernalia.  I keep a big CARTER sign on the wall in my basement.  It's green with white lettering.  I acquired it in the eighth grade, just after carter's loss to reagan in the fall of 1980.  Unfortunately it's placed a bit too close to the dartboard and when my son and I play cricket he sometimes gets a little wild with his tosses, so it has become somewhat scuffed.  It's strictly a basement curio, however.  I cannot imagine putting a political yardsign, or any sort of yardsign, on my lawn.  I would like to acquire a TRUMP sign at some point to add to my collection.  Probably I'll put it on the other side of the dartboard.
8  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: How should we improve life for veterans? on: October 14, 2016, 04:53:58 pm
By not sending them to senseless wars in the first place?

aha!  That's what immediately occurred to me as well, then I decided not to post it because sardonic rhetorical flair doesn't really answer the question.

I'd start by not charging their families for their funeral.  See to it that surviving veterans get proper post-traumatic clinical service.  The idea is for them to be productive members of the society, contributing to the GDP after their service.  Job placement services might be useful.  Anything that eases the transition back to civilian life is helpful.  Most veterans do well with this, but for those who do not such services could make the difference between marginalization and productive citizenship.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: I'm getting married today on: October 14, 2016, 01:44:22 pm

10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many Posts Per Day is too many? on: October 14, 2016, 01:36:50 pm
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which Texas city would you rather live in? on: October 14, 2016, 01:28:16 pm
San Antonio
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favorite poster who joined in 2004 on: October 13, 2016, 09:45:05 am
Ah, look at this, I'm in a poll!

Wish I'd noticed it earlier while the voting was still open.  Oh, well.  

Actually, I used to like Mort from New Yawk back in 2004.  He joined about the same time I did and I suppose that's who I'd vote for.  
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Reaction to a Trump nomination from the governments of USís Western allies on: October 13, 2016, 09:39:19 am
The bolded part seems very, very untrue.

Haha.  Yes, in retrospect I can see that it was silly to say that to support my point.  However, I stand by the point I was trying to make.

Nice bump, Mr. Morden.

Of course foreign leaders have a vested interesting in attempting to influence US elections, just as we have an interest in influencing foreign elections.  The trick is not to let it appear that you are doing so, lest the one you don't support ends up being elected.  Chris Pyne won't have much to worry about though, since I think he and Trump will see eye-to-eye on a majority of policy proposals.

14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Any chance Trump tells his supporters to boycott the election? on: October 13, 2016, 09:24:18 am
Might Trump try something similar here, and what would be the result if he did?

I don't think he will so I voted no.

The obvious result if he did would be an even bigger Clinton landslide than if he didn't.  Also, since his supporters are likely the same ones who would probably support candidates from the majority party in congress, having them boycott might have the effect of handing over control of the congress.

You'd end up with both elected branches of government controlled by Democrats.  Delicious irony would be visited upon the Make America Great Again primary voters, wouldn't it?
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: List of pro-choice Republicans and pro-life Democrats on: October 13, 2016, 08:22:38 am
EDIT: Isn't one or both of the Bush wives pro-choice?

Laura Bush said on the day before they moved into the white house that Roe v. Wade should not be overturned.  The GOP quickly unleashed the lions and then she stayed quiet for a while.  After George's presidency ended, she has been vocal about supporting abortion rights and same-sex marriage rights.  I'm not sure about her mother-in-law.  I always expected that the elder Bush did not have an opinion on the matter one way or the other, but was expected by his backers to form a pro-life opinion, so he did.  The younger Bush opposed a number of total abortion bans, but was generally quiet about that, and in public preached the anti-abortion message like his father did.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why aren't Black Lives Matter disrupting Columbus Day parades? on: October 13, 2016, 08:15:14 am
It's about actually bringing attention to their problems...something changing the holiday might help achieve. 

Interesting idea.  I had not thought of it in that way. 
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why aren't Black Lives Matter disrupting Columbus Day parades? on: October 12, 2016, 06:16:15 pm
Holy crap, I remember BRTD doing this last year.

I've been here for a year.


haha.  I remember it a bunch of years.  Red has a hard-on for Columbus Day, no doubt.

I like holidays, myself.  Columbus Day by any other name would smell just as sweet, and since it causes less confusion to not change its name, I'd be okay with leaving it as it is.  I don't consider it a hot-button issue, however.  I would appreciate it if all the schools and employers would get their acts together and make up their minds to give us the same day off.  It's like Halloween.  It should be October 31, but the municipality in which I live always sends out some letter saying that the official trick-or-treat time will be from 6 to 9 pm on a certain day, and it might be October 29, or 30, or 31.  It's awfully confusing.  Christmas is always December 25.  New Year's Day is always January 1.  Valentine's Day is always February 14.  Bastille Day is always July 14.  I wish Columbus Day and Halloween were like that as well.  It makes planning easier.

18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why aren't Black Lives Matter disrupting Columbus Day parades? on: October 12, 2016, 06:03:40 pm
I didn't even realize it was Columbus Day until this.  It has literally zero impact on anyone's life.

My son was off school today.  Most of the other school districts did not, but the local school district gets the actual Columbus Day, October 12, off.  (I got a "columbus day" off, but it was Monday October 10, and not the real Columbus Day.)
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Greatest current threats to the US? (excluding non-state actors / failed states) on: October 12, 2016, 05:59:17 pm
Russia, China, North Korea, Pakistan, Israel

I guess I only got 5 among those listed.  I considered Iran and Saudia Arabia, since I have 7 votes, but I thought 7 was a ridiculously high number of votes, so I'll stick with just 5.

They're all threats, as are Canada, Burkina Faso, and Leichtenstein, but they aren't the greatest threats.  North Korea is in a league by itself, but most of the other ones are threats because they drain our money or can exploit our addictions.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which candidate does know what a lepo is? on: October 12, 2016, 05:50:01 pm
1, 2, 4, and 5.

Now, if you had asked which candidate knew what an andrzej wajda is, I'd have a harder time answering.
21  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should we repeal the 19th Amendment? on: October 12, 2016, 05:16:18 pm
Yes, and all the rest of it. 
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 538: Here's how the election would look if only one gender voted on: October 11, 2016, 08:45:45 pm
"Whom" is mostly going the way of "thee" and "thou".

exactly, as is good governance, and for the same reasons.
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 538: Here's how the election would look if only one gender voted on: October 11, 2016, 08:19:43 pm

Whom.  Whom will you vote for in November?

"for" is a preposition, and "for whom (will you vote)" is the understood prepositional phrase, so we should choose the objective form of the personal pronoun.  This is sixth-grade stiff, for crying out loud!

When even journalists, our university-trained word merchants, can't seem to get their heads out of their asses long enough to put together a proper interrogative statement, we are reminded of the reasons that world policy depends upon successful marketing of the sensationalistic whims of the cradled, consumerist, disinterested citizens of a pseudodemocracy who, given a choice among 320 million individuals, manage to find two of the most narcissistic, greedy, and spiteful among them to represent themselves to the world.

Sick, sad world.  We chose them; we deserve them.  

(Or, perhaps I should say, "us chose them."  Probably no one would notice the difference.)

24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: New Trump ad targets Hillary's health on: October 11, 2016, 05:16:12 pm


25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What are the Procedures for Voiding an Early Vote? on: October 11, 2016, 05:10:14 pm
For those unfortunate souls that cast an early vote for him but now want change their vote

haha.  Um, can I get a do-over?

People like this remind us why democracy is overrated.

I have no idea what the law in Pennsylvania is, but I'd guess that it's a felony to vote again on election day once you have already voted, although I doubt anyone enforces such laws.

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