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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rand Paul introduces FAIR act (Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act) on: Today at 02:05:13 am
Could you please explain how your post is relevant to the topic?

If you don't know, you shouldn't be moderating. Paul's bill is basically US Civics 101, and this particular issue, namely the application of the Bill of Rights during quasi-war, has raged since the dawn of our republic. You shouldn't need someone to walk you through it.

so your answer is no

I appreciate the heightened level of discourse
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 24, 2014, 07:30:57 pm
I would call to cancel the order, refuse delivery of it if it comes, and dispute the charges with your credit card company as a scam.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rand Paul introduces FAIR act (Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act) on: July 24, 2014, 07:20:21 pm
History tells us this kind of legislation isn't a good idea, when the borders are unsecured and immigration policy is a complete mess.

We've been down this road before. If you want to be an 18th-century Republican, you have to strengthen immigration laws and be willing to deport.

Could you please explain how your post is relevant to the topic?
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Polls on Same-Sex Marriage State Laws on: July 24, 2014, 07:17:48 pm
I know why you don't include data on states with SSM, but I think it would make the map more interesting to start including it. Just my opinion.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 24, 2014, 06:40:33 pm
lol
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: KS-KSN: Davis +8 on: July 24, 2014, 06:34:06 pm
Brownback caused a serious schism in his own party. He let his tea party friends go to war against the establishment moderate Republicans who still have a major hold in Kansas politics. He ended a lot of peoples' careers, and now those people are now aggressively backing his opponent. That's not an easy wound to fix, and pointing his guns at the Democrat isn't nearly enough.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: When will we see effort to address unaffordable dental care? on: July 24, 2014, 12:54:17 am
Dental insurance is tricky because you have to have a mechanism that prevents people from signing up, paying one month of premium (which often is in the $20-$40 range), getting a lot of work done, and canceling.
How does it work? I need plmy wisdom teeth out.

Most dental plans have a yearly benefits cap on claims, which can often be so low as to be the price of one root canal (or a few smaller procedures). And they seldom cover 100% of claims. It's more like having a dental discount plan that you pay for.
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: Sheer speculation, but how would a President McCain.......... on: July 23, 2014, 09:04:12 pm
With a lot of naps.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 23, 2014, 05:23:53 pm
TRAIN ROOM

10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: When will we see effort to address unaffordable dental care? on: July 23, 2014, 04:50:55 pm
I've never understood why dental and vision care are separated from the rest of health care. Does the rest of the world treat them as exceptions? And at what point will my health insurance treat something like an infected tooth?

There's no such thing as a dental "emergency." Tooth problems happen slowly over months and years. There's no dental equivalent to a heart attack or cancer.

It's pretty much all preventive care - regular cleanings and x-rays. That would be like expecting your car insurance to pay for your oil change. You know you have to do it.

Of course there are such things as dental emergencies, even with regular checkups. If you get a tooth knocked out of your mouth while playing sports, that's a dental emergency. If a filling fails and becomes painfully infected between visits, that's a dental emergency.

FWIW, I was offered dental coverage when I signed up for Obamacare through Covered California.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Plan to split California into 6 states advances on: July 22, 2014, 04:04:47 pm
San Diego does have a major military base, which helps make the region a bit more Republican than it likely otherwise would be.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Oklahoma's domino has fallen on: July 22, 2014, 02:32:34 pm
This thread is why we can't have nice things. Locked.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Oklahoma's domino has fallen on: July 21, 2014, 07:04:28 pm
Let's keep the attacks focused on the ideas and not the person presenting them. Thanks.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYC approves apartment building with separate entrance for poor people on: July 21, 2014, 03:00:26 pm
How in the hell did the poors get an entrance at all?

Right? Many towns in the northeast won't even consider building low-income housing without being forced to by a court order.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I'm Leaving...For Now on: July 20, 2014, 03:49:45 pm
Over the past few days, I've been thinking and praying about this, and I've decided to be leaving the forum, at least for now.  I don't know whether I'll be back, but I seriously need to break for a while.

What?

It's an American thing.

"God, I know you're really busy comforting the families of the downed airliner, working to guide the people of Israel towards peace in their conflict, and helping the millions in this country with cancer deal with their disease. But if you have a free minute, I'm having trouble with this message board on the Internet..."
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Plan to split California into 6 states advances on: July 20, 2014, 03:43:26 pm
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Question for Chick-fil-A eaters on: July 20, 2014, 03:39:42 pm
Chick-fil-A is indeed a more upscale, nicer version of KFC. It's still a fast food restaurant, though, and there are better ones out there that don't support radical far right religious organizations and the physical and psychological torture of gay minors.

I don't think I've ever even seen a Chick-fil-A here. I guess they don't have them on the west coast...

There's a Chick-fil-A in Los Angeles near West Hollywood. It seems pretty popular with tourists.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Air Force One Down on: July 20, 2014, 02:48:03 pm
... I suggest that this thread be locked. Faked news items need little discussion.

I disagree: The ease at which modern day news outlets are "hacked" is a matter of urgent discussion, especially when the right hack could cause mass panic.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Decades (conservative, moderate, or liberal) on: July 20, 2014, 02:45:49 pm
I'm not sure why people think the 1970s were so conservative. Nixon wasn't a conservative, Ford wasn't a conservative, and Carter wasn't a conservative. And with the exception of the 1978 election, there wasn't much GOP success to be had anywhere. Pop culture seemed pretty liberal too, from the Studio 54 to Charlie's Angels to Three's Company. Politically, we almost had the ERA, we got expansions in the Clean Air Act and the launch of modern day environmentalism, relations with China, and arms treaties with the USSR.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: New Jersey legislature's Bridgeghazi investigation is "stuck" on: July 19, 2014, 12:02:46 am
Why do people think the NJ Democratic establishment wants Christie out of office?

...  Why wouldn't they?  They could be just as corrupt with a member of their own party in office if not more.

Because the NJ Democratic establishment were the ones who supported Christie over Corzine in the first place.

There needs to be a bloodbath of primaries.

Christie's biggest backers aren't necessarily office holders, they're the unelected party bosses like Newark North Ward's Steve Adubato, Sr. who pull the levers behind the scenes.
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: New Jersey legislature's Bridgeghazi investigation is "stuck" on: July 18, 2014, 10:05:29 pm
Why do people think the NJ Democratic establishment wants Christie out of office?

...  Why wouldn't they?  They could be just as corrupt with a member of their own party in office if not more.

Because the NJ Democratic establishment were the ones who supported Christie over Corzine in the first place.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / MOVED: Hillary Clinton: Becoming Grandmother Could Halt 2016 Bid Read Latest Breaking on: July 18, 2014, 08:00:24 pm
This topic has been moved to 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=195845.0
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: If Republicans sweep '14 and '16... on: July 18, 2014, 03:22:01 pm
Republicans can only be ultraconservative nuts that play to the base when they're out of power. As soon as they can actually start following through on the crazy stuff they talk about doing, the public will turn hard against them.

A GOP-led government will be a lot less conservative than you all think it will.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obamacare enrollees having trouble finding specialists on: July 17, 2014, 11:32:18 pm
If you buy the absolute cheapest Bronze plan, you're going to struggle to get the same access and quality of care as someone who pays more for a mid-range Silver plan. That really shouldn't be a huge surprise to anyone.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The New Irony Ore Mine on: July 17, 2014, 09:23:42 pm
One amateur detective comments on another:

Well that's hypocritical and proves my point... Simfan is one really shady dude.
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