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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this proposal on: Today at 07:47:09 pm
I agree with everything TNF said.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Log Cabin Republicans on: Today at 04:46:27 am
I have a similar cringey reaction to "I'm socially liberal but fiscally conservative" but the real issue with the LC Republicans is how utterly delusional and self-defeating their political priorities always were.
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Watch Trump imitate asian negotiators broken english on: Today at 04:41:43 am
Can we be honest here? That's not even bad at all.

I expected an over the top me-so-horny type imitation and that was nowhere near as bad as it's made out to be. This is far from Trump's worst.
4  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Sex work on: August 26, 2015, 07:21:29 pm
If that's actually sincere, then I commend you for being open-minded.
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: Iowa Suffolk Poll - Hillary: 54% Sanders: 20% on: August 26, 2015, 02:34:31 am
NH polling is notoriously unreliable though. If Hillary wins Iowa, I would definitely favour her to also win NH.

I tend to agree. Bernie's only hope of winning the nomination is convincing victories in both Iowa and NH. He needs that one-two punch for any hope of momentum going into the two following, minority-heavy contests. He loses either Iowa or NH and he's done, and most likely done even with them.
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NC and VA GOP may demand candidates swear off 3rd party run for ballot access on: August 26, 2015, 02:29:59 am
This is completely unenforceable either way, so who cares whatever pinky swears they want to demand.
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: Iowa Suffolk Poll - Hillary: 54% Sanders: 20% on: August 25, 2015, 03:21:48 pm
Looks like Sanders is stalling big time in Iowa, even while gaining nationally and especially in New Hampshire. Very good news for Clinton; things are looking very 2000-esque.

Except there was no Joe Biden-like factor in 2000.

I do think it's very weird that Clinton is supposedly doing better in Iowa than she is nationally. I find it almost impossible to believe actually.

It's very bizarre because I don't think anyone ever expected Iowa to be a stubborn Hillary state. It's never been super kind to the Clintons, and demographically you'd also expect it to be a better environment to Sanders. But here we are.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Compulsory Voting on: August 24, 2015, 10:25:15 pm
Why would voting being mandatory invalidate the better performance of their democracy? You can disagree with the measures taken to accomplish their healthier civic engagement, but it doesn't mean that it doesn't exist.

"Of course the meat packing industry is safer now that there's punitive measures against unsanitary packing procedures." Okay, and? What would your metrics for a healthy democracy be, then?
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should states be allowed to leave the USA? on: August 24, 2015, 08:58:08 pm
Obviously they don't have that right, that's not really arguable. I do think states should be able to hold a referendum on seceding if they choose, though, and the results should probably be respected.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Compulsory Voting on: August 24, 2015, 08:08:25 pm
I fail to see how forcing apathetic and uninformed people to vote helps the "health of democracy".

Australia is a pretty healthy democracy. Healthier than the US, anyway.

in what sense?

More engagement, higher participation, more varied choices?
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Women in the military: yes or no? on: August 24, 2015, 03:42:37 pm
As long as they can meet the same physical requirements as the men, sure.

This is not what is happening though, standards are constantly being dropped in the military, among police, and firefighters to allow for women to come in.

The two "first female army rangers" who just got headlines only did so because the standards were dropped to allow them to pass.

When ISIS captures our slower, weaker, weighed-down female soldiers and starts using them as baby factories and selling them into sex slavery, well, be careful what you wished for.

The standards are sexist, you see. And they don't care how many people are going to be hurt by the lowering of these standards, just like they don't care how many are hurt by affirmative action and it's promotion of race/sex over ability. To the SJW everything, including biology, is sexist, homophobic, racist, transphobic, ableist, and whatever new term they make up next week. They are the greatest enemy human civilization has ever faced, and almost no one cares.

There's been no evidence provided that this is actually a thing that is happening.

I could believe that some activists are calling military fitness standards sexist, considering plenty of them think air conditioning in the work-place is sexist, but until I actually see that happening this is just a strawman.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Black Lives Matter releases its policy platform on: August 23, 2015, 09:40:22 pm
They also match up presidential candidates with each of these goals, and I believe Bernie does the best, with 8/10. O'Malley gets 7/10, Hillary gets 2/10 and Rand gets 1/10. All the other Republican candidates get 0.

What a shock.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: August 2015 Federal Election - At-Large Senate on: August 23, 2015, 08:47:32 pm
1. Yankee
2. Kalwejt
3. Write In: Harry S. Truman
4. Evergreen
5. JoMCaR
6. Cris
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Women in the military: yes or no? on: August 22, 2015, 10:38:06 pm
Anyone should be free to try and meet the physical standards for any military role.
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Star Trek on: August 22, 2015, 09:35:39 pm
Mulgrew is a phenomenal actress, but her characterization is pretty all over the place for a long time. I remember her talking a lot about this in recent years; the producers of the show kept her performance under an incredibly close eye and she was basically constantly fighting with the writers over how Janeway was portrayed. Notice how her hair styles constantly change? She used to be infuriated by how often the producers kept altering her appearance. By Season 4 they were finally letting her have more control and the writing for most of the characters in general was a lot more even.

Voyager is a lot weaker than, say, DS9, but it's still pretty good. It gets a lot of sh**t for having to put up with so much executive meddling, but I think Voyager has more great episodes than TNG does.
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Compulsory Voting on: August 22, 2015, 04:34:50 pm
If you want to benefit from the social contract, you should have to vote. I support it.
By this notion, nobody under 18 (or whatever the voting age is in this case), or who is a non-citizen, or is currently in prison, or is in the process of moving from state to state, could benefit from the social contract, but in reality all of those people do have rights and do benefit from the governmental system.  Voting itself, while hugely important, is less important in basically all modern society than other civil rights of individuals.

Which is why it's only one piece of the puzzle and not optimal to just implement on its own. Non-citizens should be able to vote if they're living here on a long-term basis. The voting age should be younger (along with the age of majority) and felons should have the right to vote as well.

Obviously there are limits. My wording was inelegant and the statement overly broad. But still. If you are going to live in a society and reap the rewards of living in that society you should be expected to vote in the decisions that craft that society when eligible. People who deliberately abstain from the system because they think they're making a really deep statement aren't being clever, they're just being edgelords. A much more powerful statement would be to vote NOTA.
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Compulsory Voting on: August 22, 2015, 04:24:43 pm
If you want to benefit from the social contract, you should have to vote. I support it.

Our average level of turnout is an embarrassment and unless we take seriously the task of getting more people involved in the political process through some means (whether it is this idea or another) we should never profess the adoption of democracy throughout the world again. I also believe it would lead to more stable government, as opposed to the wild year to year swings, but there's a whole host of issues involved there, too. Reforming the voting system in some way is only one piece of the puzzle.

Alas, it is a puzzle that will probably never be solved.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Crossdressing on: August 22, 2015, 03:07:26 pm
I think it's incredibly courageous, and people should do what makes them comfortable as long as it's harmless.

To be honest I don't even like the term "crossdressing" because I feel like it implicitly reinforces gender stereotypes. We shouldn't perceive it as "cross" but I suppose that takes time.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump: Make America White Again? on: August 22, 2015, 03:01:24 pm
I love how Republicans get to say things like "Make America great again!" but Michelle Obama is evil for saying she was truly proud of her country for the first time in her life.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Some kind of Test before Voting? on: August 22, 2015, 10:02:49 am
Mandatory voting is a terrible idea and it's embarrassing to see so many liberals endorsing it because they wrongly think it would help their 'side' in elections.

Dude I support abolishing the Senate and the Presidential Veto, which would definitely not help my "side."
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Some kind of Test before Voting? on: August 21, 2015, 07:30:13 pm
Voting should be mandatory.

Thumbs up.
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support ending birthright citizenship (US)? on: August 20, 2015, 12:54:25 am
No, not at all.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Bernie Sanders Completely Rejects Open Borders on: August 19, 2015, 09:45:58 pm
I, too, support having borders.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Bernie Sanders hires new black press secretary (who supports BLM) on: August 15, 2015, 06:01:33 pm
This is blatant pandering to blacks and if Clinton did it she'd be attached mercilessly.

Like I said before:

What an unbelievably patronising thread. Hardly any better than the "still on the plantation" rhetoric you hear from the right. The idea that black people will vote for someone just because you show people a couple of pictures of them and Jesse Jackson together is patently absurd and takes the audience for easily swayed simpletons.

It's clear that Sanders' approach to appealing to black voters is highly superficial and will not work.

Talking about issues doesn't work.

Straight up pandering  doesn't work.

So how DO you win the Black vote?

Apparently the only way is to be related to previous Democratic president and have 100% name recognition.

This is one of those impossible logic circles. It's like accusing someone of being an addict apropos of nothing and then responding to anything they say with "Oh, well that's exactly what an addict would say."

The people who have decided Bernie has an issue with black people require no proof, and no counter evidence will sway them.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Do you like Sanders? on: August 15, 2015, 05:59:39 pm
No, I don't care for his elitist personality. Every time he's interviewed it's always "The majority of people agree with us!". Just shut up with that.

The appropriate word is "populist." "Elitist" doesn't make any sense in this context.
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