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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of AverroŽs on: March 31, 2016, 03:23:12 pm
The best. Duh.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Are you #Ready4Hillary? on: March 17, 2016, 07:02:06 pm
I'll never be ready for Hillary, but I am ready to keep Trump out of the White House.
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic Ides of March Tuesday results thread (first polls close at 7pm ET) on: March 15, 2016, 08:10:25 pm
If you are a Sanders supporter and you think a literal fascist is better than Clinton, you are literally an embarrassment to Senator Sanders and the campaign he's running.

Hard to disagree.
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic Ides of March Tuesday results thread (first polls close at 7pm ET) on: March 15, 2016, 05:40:31 pm

"More liberal policies" was at 31% in the CBS Michigan exit poll, ftr.
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary tries to attack bernie on healthcare, fails spectacularly on: March 12, 2016, 08:26:26 pm
So because he was standing behind her in a photo he meaningfully contributed to the '93/'94 heath care debate?

It's from a video where she explicitly mentions him in thanking others for the "leadership" on the issue.
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: CNN Flint, MI Democratic debate @8pm ET **live commentary thread** on: March 06, 2016, 08:46:18 pm
Whenever Wall St. comes up Hillary's responses are always so embarrassing and weak. It's always stuff like "I told them to stop being bad! I really strongly suggested they clean up their act!" Come on.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Sources: SCOTUS nomination may be announced soon; 8th circuit judge being vetted on: March 02, 2016, 08:16:46 pm
^ It would be a really great perspective to have on the court.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you use twitter? on: March 02, 2016, 12:26:39 am
Yes, almost exclusively to follow people I like keeping tabs on and a few friends whom I have fairly common political conversations with.
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democratic Super Tuesday results thread (first polls close at 7pm ET) on: March 02, 2016, 12:25:02 am
Sanders has 'GOP lite' appeal amongst non white voters. And yet apparently that's their fault. Not his. If you want to try and win an election on white voters backs go ahead. But it's getting almost delusional now.

And what exactly does this mean?
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: South Dakota Senate passes anti-transgender bill on: March 01, 2016, 06:26:14 pm
Vetoed.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the term 'cuck'? on: February 29, 2016, 02:26:53 pm
People can use whatever terms they want when they're making jokes - whatever. I've laughed at creative use of it.

Sincere use of it however, is, more than being offensive, just really stupid.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: "Gay, transgender movements need a divorce" on: February 29, 2016, 02:21:39 pm
The vast majority of trans individuals do not crave attention. Quite the opposite.
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Pokemon (20th Anniversary Special!) on: February 28, 2016, 10:57:16 pm
It really wasn't until I picked up the Yo-Kai Watch game that I realized how all of the Pokemon games at this point are kinda sh**ty. They've really not evolved at all, run pretty poorly, and at this point have been made so offensively easy that I really feel like the series' continued popularity is pretty unjustified. The games peaked at Black/White and declined hard. The anime is what it is.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of political correctness on: February 28, 2016, 05:01:46 pm
Horrible, obviously. It's amazing just how many things trigger people nowadays. You can't even say something as innocuous as "Happy Holidays" anymore without offending someone.

I know you're being sarcastic of course, but I actually genuinely feel this way. "Political correctness" being attacked by the Right is actually kind of hilarious because they're among the biggest whiners whenever someone cops an attitude or uses the wrong words. Exhibit A: Trump whining about Megyn Kelly daring to ask him questions.

My position of course is that both camps who get whiny in this way are wrong and people should be able to say whatever they please. I don't draw any special exemption for myself, which is what almost everyone does when this topic comes up.
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: BREAKING Gabbard resigns from DNC and endorses Bernie on: February 28, 2016, 12:00:55 pm
Well, they both criticize President Obama, except while Sanders says he's not "progressive enough", the charge from Gabbard is "not saying 'Islamic terrorism'". She's probably more hawkish that Hillary and it's ironic that the Sanders supporters who criticize Hillary for "evolving" on LGBT issues don't have the same issues with Tulsi.

There's plenty about Tulsi I really don't like. "Eccentric congresswoman from Hawaii" is just not quite as big on my radar as "the likely Democratic nominee for President."
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Beefs with Hillary on: February 28, 2016, 11:26:03 am
I guess I'll keep this one short.

There's not a single time I can think of over her entire political career I can point to and say "There. Hillary took a position against conventional wisdom and stuck her neck out to do the right thing because she believed in it. Right on." Not one. She will always move with the political winds, and this has led her to taking numerous terrible positions over the years for the sake of political expediency. I could never trust her judgment like I could with Obama and Bernie. Hillary's first consideration will always be polls. That's not what I want from a leader.

Lots but they all come about because of one fact.

Hillary is a coward who will only support a position once it has majority support.

More succinctly put.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: BREAKING Gabbard resigns from DNC and endorses Bernie on: February 28, 2016, 10:19:23 am
I've always liked Gabbard, but why bother doing this at this point?
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Are the Sanders supporters here willing to admit he won't be the nominee? on: February 27, 2016, 11:43:15 pm
I never, ever, thought that Bernie would be the nominee.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The media said for years Hillary Clinton is a terrible politician and candidate on: February 27, 2016, 11:40:42 pm
Sure Maro, your initial post was so insightful and engaging in the conversation.

Are you familiar with sarcasm? It's often used as a rhetorical device to make a point without stating it outright.

Who said she was a political genius? I said she wasn't the utter failure, terrible, horrible, no good candidate/politician that the media constantly portrays her as.

And by the way, plenty of people heard of Obama. He was the keynote speaker at the 2004 DNC, and presidential speculation on him began that day. Hillary was the frontrunner in 08, but she was never anything resembling a lock.

I don't disagree that she's fine as a politician, I'm just saying that pretty much nothing about her primary victory here should be used as evidence that she excels all that much over the average politician. It wouldn't have just taken a terrible politician to lose to Bernie Sanders of all people after the entire party rolled out the red carpet, it would've taken a catastrophically horrible candidate.

Her strength as a politician is pretty down the middle, I'd say. I think it says more about the mediocre Democratic bench, and her sheer name recognition in comparison, that we're even running her at this point.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The media said for years Hillary Clinton is a terrible politician and candidate on: February 27, 2016, 11:25:43 pm
Of course he was a great candidate (and I'll miss him once he's no longer President, especially given the likely replacements) but my point is he was a nobody prior to that race and right up until Iowa people still didn't think he had much of a chance against Hillary Clinton. Let's also not forget the horrendous campaign Hillary ran, which included Bush-tier tactics such as "fear monger over national security" and "look everybody he looks so dark and foreign in this tribal garb."

I don't think Hillary is a bad politician, but her campaign tactics are very bog standard. She won a Senate race in a heavily Democratic state, for which she never would've been a contender for had her husband not been President, then lost a Presidential primary that she never should've, then stumbled out of the gate before winning a race that should've never been anywhere near as close as it was from the outset. How could you possibly argue Hillary is some sort of political genius?

Just let him be. He'll get over it.

At least I actually engage in discussions in earnest. My interest in these forums goes beyond "gloat."
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The media said for years Hillary Clinton is a terrible politician and candidate on: February 27, 2016, 11:17:55 pm
Congratulations to Hillary for winning a primary virtually the entire Democratic Party paved the way for her in, against her opponent, Ancient Socialist Independent from Vermont. After she lost a primary eight years ago against Black Teenager No One Heard Of. Truly, she is the greatest politician of our age.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Beefs with Bernie on: February 27, 2016, 09:03:29 pm
Bernie believes, rightly or wrongly, every issue, every wrong we have to fix, starts with fixing money in politics. That's why he eventually weaves most issues back to talking about "the 1%" "Wall Street" "the billionaire class" and so on. Prison reform hits roadblocks because of money in politics. Healthcare reform hits roadblocks because of money in politics. Regulating banks hits roadblocks because of money in politics. School reform hits roadblocks because of money in politics. Environmental causes snag because of money in politics. Downsizing our military excursions is nigh-impossible because of money in politics. This goes on and on.

So of course he's going to bring it up a lot. Of course overturning Citizens United is going to be his first priority in a Justice. People who give him flack for being a "single issue candidate" are completely missing the point. Bernie cares about all this stuff, but 90% of issues begin with "Well, how to we battle the ___ lobby on this one?" and he wants to dismantle that first and foremost.

Hillary meanwhile will get on stage and preach "intersectionality" as an excuse, ironically, for dismissing things that would have an impact, because they wouldn't solve everything at once somehow.

Bernie's bad at optics and Hillary's always been better at it though. So it's not surprising so many people think he doesn't care about black people or something. He's an old white guy with unkempt hair and he sort of flails his arms around a lot like a mad scientist. He can get arrested in civil rights protest while Hillary was a Goldwater Girl and she's the hero. He can be campaigning against DOMA in the 90s while Hillary waffles on gay rights until 2013 and she's still the hero. Bernie lets BLM protesters take over his rally while Hillary engaged in a racist whisper campaign in '08 against Obama and she's still the hero of black people. I suppose in the end that'll be my beef with Sanders. He's a bad campaigner. Really bad. He probably would've never won a general election against anyone but Trump. But he's a really, genuinely, good guy.

And most importantly: Has been consistent throughout his life in caring about all this stuff. Much moreso than you could ever say about Hillary.
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you side with Black Lives Matter? Why or Why Not? on: February 27, 2016, 06:43:59 pm
I guess? It's like like they're a particularly organized thing, which would be the only reason why I'm hesitant to say I "side" with them, but I certainly believe blacks receive disproportionate violent responses from police and that cops in America need serious reform.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Nate Silver: Media is biased AGAINST Rubio on: February 27, 2016, 04:55:55 pm
The guy came into fame because he called BS on all the pundits who were doing their little pundit BS and got straight to the numbers. Now he's become what he hates - a know nothing pundit.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The LGBT vote in Dem primary? on: February 26, 2016, 01:07:26 pm
It's not like I don't recognize Hillary has done good for gays. I appreciate the work she has done and the efforts she has made to spread awareness. What hits a nerve with me is just people acting like she's this gay icon, this champion for us that always had our back. She's this badass bitch who don't need no man and we're gonna go out there and be bottoms for Hillary. It's just so phony to me. She's flipped on this topic numerous times, and took longer than most Democrats to get on this page. When it comes to these issues, Hillary is always looking out for Hillary first.

This is exacerbated for me by the Clinton campaign also trying to make Sanders out to be a person that doesn't care about the issues that affect black people, something he also has more on his side for than Hillary does, particularly after her race-bating in 2008. Hillary always comes to these parties late and people act like we're supposed to let her take the spotlight. She deserves pretty minimal credit. She's good on these positions (now, at least) but I take huge issue with people trying to make her a "champion" for gay rights. She's not. She's just not.
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