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26  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Grindelwald & Dumbledore in the new 5 movies written by JK Rowling on: October 18, 2016, 12:23:41 am
@Tony: Oh c'mon, Order of the Phoenix was the best of 'em by far.

Yep. It's not even close, IMO.
27  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Fremont Senate Election on: October 17, 2016, 09:15:52 pm
1. Write-in: Adam Griffin
2. Goldwater
28  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who won the debate? on: October 09, 2016, 10:06:28 pm
MUH EXPECTATIONS GAME!!!!1!1!!!1111


What the f**k people. This is ridiculous. It's not a f**king game. Stop being children.

That's politics dude.  Save your hand-wringing for the soaps.

I, Antonio, and many others, refuse to become sociopaths who care more about "the optics" than, say, the fact that a major party nominee just promised to jail his political opponent if he wins. Perhaps you should reflect on how it comes so easily for you.
29  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Washington University POTUS debate at 9pm ET **live commentary thread** on: October 09, 2016, 09:14:59 pm
What kind of stupid, vague, nothing question is that?
30  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who won the VP debate? on: October 04, 2016, 09:39:49 pm
Since casual viewers don't actually care about the facts of the things that were actually said, I'm sure Pence will be declared the "winner."
31  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Longwood University Vice Presidential debate @ 9pm ET **live commentary thread** on: October 04, 2016, 09:05:37 pm
Putin is a "small and bullying leader?" I think Trump disagrees with that Governor Pence.

There is almost no consistency between Trump and Pence on the issues.

This is why I feel 110% sympathetic to Kaine's obvious frustration, sitting next to a person that has basically invented an alternate reality top of the ticket that supposedly says the exact opposite of things that are on tape.
32  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Longwood University Vice Presidential debate @ 9pm ET **live commentary thread** on: October 04, 2016, 08:28:12 pm
Why is Kaine so angry?

If I had to sit next to someone vomiting out multiple objective falsehoods every response I'd have trouble containing myself as well.
33  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: The Amazing Atheist: Vote for Trump on: September 25, 2016, 03:15:59 pm
TAA's political commentary on this election has been terrible. I haven't even listened to his podcast in a month or so, which is probably the longest I've put off listening to it since I started like two years ago. The "Clinton is just as bad as Trump" false equivalencies and various alt-right pandering has really put me off.
34  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: September 17, 2016, 01:41:11 pm
Thanks so much for all the congratulations, guys. It means a lot to MaxQue and I.
35  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: September 16, 2016, 04:10:18 am
I asked my boyfriend to marry me. He said yes.
36  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: August 2016 House of Representative Elections on: August 21, 2016, 05:29:29 pm
1. Clyde
2. Neveragain
3. Evergreen
4. Peebs
5. 118AZ
6. Shua
7. Talleyrand
8. Santander
9. ClarkKent
10. Classic Conservative
37  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Opinion of the Clinton/Kaine ticket? on: July 23, 2016, 06:23:46 pm
I'll vote for it. That's all.
38  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: June 2016 Federal Election on: June 26, 2016, 10:58:15 pm
1. Truman/Kalwejt
39  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Why is Clinton always held to a higher standard? on: June 15, 2016, 02:11:55 pm
It's obviously motivated by self-interest, but all politics is to some degree. If he makes incidentally good arguments for reform I prefer to evaluate them on their merits separate from that. We should get rid of caucuses, but there's plenty of other potential reforms we would be better for, too.

Anyway, this is all veering off-topic. The question was why Hillary was treated with a different standard. They were different situations, different times, and different kinds of candidates. An ancillary question was why he's still in this. We know why. If this was just another sh**-on-Bernie thread then I guess I'm too naive.
40  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Why is Clinton always held to a higher standard? on: June 15, 2016, 02:06:15 pm
Well that's subjective.

"The changes are just a list of things that would help him" sounds like a Republican argument against Democratic attempts at voter reform. Are you so cynical toward his opinion about primary and party reform that you refuse to accept any possibility that these are genuine positions he would have, regardless? Does that apply, in your view, to other attempts at voter reform in general from other Democrats?
41  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Why is Clinton always held to a higher standard? on: June 15, 2016, 01:59:25 pm
Why does he want to ride it out, though? What does he gain? Also, who does want to be the nominee? If it's not Hillary, what's his justification for overturning the will of the voters? He can't even answer the most basic question. His position is incoherent.

Bernie Sanders is a 74 year old activist candidate who wants to exert his influence where possible because this is his last big shot. In 2008, Hillary Clinton was a 60 year old establishment candidate who purely wanted to win the nomination, and she still had a potential future shot, which we now know she got, and probably planned as soon as she lost in '08. It makes sense given their age and their styles, that Hillary would drop out to save face for a future run and Bernie would hang in there to milk every last concession.

What does he want? I suppose to change the party's inner workings, if nothing else. Changes to DNC leadership, how primaries are structured, the nature of superdelegates, etc. Hillary had no desire, or reason, to change those things.
42  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Why is Clinton always held to a higher standard? on: June 15, 2016, 01:30:03 pm
I think part of it is that, in 2008, there was genuine fear that a long and protracted primary would damage the Democrats' chances of taking back control of the White House. This fear was driven by two main factors: Each side of the conflict held sway over a big part of the Democratic "base." Obama and Clinton each had substantial "establishment" backing and obvious, big demographic backing behind each. Secondly, we never really had a primary this close, or so embittered, prior to that point. So it was easier to err on the side of assuming it was best to end it as soon as possible.

Neither of these things are really so true this time. Though Sanders commands the hearts and minds of a certain part of the left, he never had near the big-name backing that Obama or Clinton had in their fight. Much of Sanders' support comes from Independent and protest votes combined with activist lefties who are either going to vote for Clinton or they won't. There's no real risk that suddenly Pennsylvania is out of play (like the Clintons loved teasing would be the case in 2008) or anything like that. Plus, we now know that the 2008 primary probably was beneficial more than it was detrimental. There's no real evidence it divided the party all that much in the end, or that it limited Obama's electoral strength in the general, judging by the results. It's much easier to just let Sanders ride out the rest of it, give him concessions on convention matters, and move on.
43  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: London mayor bans "body shaming" advertising (that depicts revealing women) on: June 14, 2016, 10:12:27 pm
At least framing it as "not wanting to give a platform to raunch" would be more honest than trying to claim it's about "body shaming."
44  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Mass shooting at LGBT nightclub in Orlando. on: June 12, 2016, 10:06:38 am
The reddit thread on killer's identity...

/r/news locked down discussion of the shooting literally as soon as the shooter's identity came out. It basically pushed all discussion of it over to grosser subreddits like /r/TheDonald.

Here is what his father says. The guy was born and raised in the US, this probably has nothing to do with terrorism.

[snip]

You and I both know what this thread would look like if the shooter was some white dude named Timothy Johnson from Alabama.
45  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: May 2016 House of Representatives Elections on: May 29, 2016, 12:52:25 pm
[1] 1184AZ

[2] Dkrolga

[3] Darthebear

[4] NeverAgain

[5] CXSmith
46  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of AverroŽs on: March 31, 2016, 03:23:12 pm
The best. Duh.
47  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.
48  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.
49  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.
50  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.
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