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26  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Recent bans on: June 27, 2014, 08:42:02 am
How blatant does someone need to make their trolling before they are banned? I ask this because of a rather obvious parody troll, that has about as much subtlety as "CnstutnlCnsrvatv", yet is inexplicably still here.
27  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: “Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation’s moral decay" on: June 27, 2014, 08:41:02 am
“No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer”

I know she's just trolling, but that's a pretty stupid statement. Like saying that no American whose great-grandfather was born here eats bagels.
28  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gay Marriage comes to Indiana! on: June 26, 2014, 08:07:56 am
Lib judge overrules bible. Sad. Time for a federal marriage amendment.

Ι assume you'd have no problem if a judge overruled the Quran.

of course not! you see,
The difference between Christianity and  Islam is that muslim is a false religion.  Disagreeing with a false religion does not equate to hating those who practice it.

Troll is trolling.
29  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: is there a little bushie in all of us? on: June 25, 2014, 07:39:22 pm
Yes, that's why so many people cling to the hope they can reach him through advice.
30  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Sarah Palin is thinking about a 3rd Party candidacy in 2016. on: June 25, 2014, 06:21:12 pm
No she's not.

Do you have an alternative explanation for her musings?
31  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Sarah Palin is thinking about a 3rd Party candidacy in 2016. on: June 25, 2014, 08:56:57 am
She's keeping open the option of running a 3rd party vanity candidacy if Republicans choose a non-Tea-Party-endorsed candidate in 2016.

Consider the evidence:

“Well, if Republicans are going to act like Democrats, then what’s the use in getting all gung ho about getting Republicans in there?” Palin said. “So yeah, if Republicans aren’t going to stand strong on the planks in our platform, then it does no good to get all enthused about them anymore.”

The Department of Homeland Security started bringing young migrants to Arizona after nearly 50,000 unaccompanied children crossing the border into Texas overwhelmed U.S. Border Patrol.

Palin said the handling of the issue is, “just about driving me to renounce my Republican ties.”

Palin says too many within the GOP haven’t done enough to “stop the madness.”
32  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Colorado Megathread: Buck-ing the trend on: June 25, 2014, 08:40:10 am

Maybe, but given the track record of Republicans over the last few years maybe he feels he needs to give Gardner a chance to anger either the Tea Party base or independent voters by forcing him to talk about issues.
33  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: The 2014 election season starts (June 24: CO, FL-19, MD, MS, NY, OK, SC, UT) on: June 25, 2014, 08:36:25 am

She made a nonsensical threat to go third party over the housing of undocumented Central American children being kept in Texas and Arizona two weeks ago. So it looks like she's been fishing for an excuse to go the Pat Buchanan route and get a second chance at fame, possibly in the 2016 election.
34  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Nevada GOP Picks First Trans Republican Candidate in U.S. History on: June 21, 2014, 09:57:34 pm

Althea Garrison is a fascinating case, not only for the circumstances in which she was elected, but also because she has never publicly described herself as transgender or acknowledged it, even though there is a court record of her name change in the 1970s and she is perceived as transgender by her appearance.
35  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Draw the most heavily-Latino CD for your state on: June 21, 2014, 08:53:01 pm
I really wonder how much that Florida district swung to Obama in 2012.
36  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why has legalizing gambling allover been non-controversial politically? on: June 20, 2014, 11:42:42 am
Because when a neighboring state or nearby reservation does it and your citizens go over there to waste their money, you stop caring about the problem with it and work on them losing their money closer to home.
37  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the Washington Redskins change their name? on: June 20, 2014, 10:00:33 am
Sbane, I agree there's a difference between an ethnic slur and terms like Braves and Chiefs, and Redskins is undoubtedly worse, but there's still something creepy and inconsiderate about commandeering Native American identity for sports teams given the history of the country. It reminds me a lot of that creepy Amsterdam football team whose fans call them the Jews, and whose opponents pick it up and make hissing sounds to suggest gassing the Jews. It's similar because 80% of the Jews in the Netherlands were killed in WWII, so all you have left is a crude mascot/stereotype, the real people are gone.
38  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the Washington Redskins change their name? on: June 20, 2014, 08:39:48 am
What about the Minnesota Vikings?  Their name and logo could be construed as offensive to Scandinavians.

The difference between the Vikings and the Celtics on the one hand, and the Redskins on the other, is that the Vikings and Celtics are home teams of large Scandinavian and Irish communities, so were chosen to represent those communities with pride.

In the case of the Redskins, it was plucking a completely different nation's identity, choosing an offensive term, and using it as a mascot.

EDIT: What about the Kansas City Chiefs, for that matter?

That's problematic as well.
39  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rupert Murdoch doing the unthinkable: Promoting the Democratic Agenda on: June 20, 2014, 12:38:24 am
Friedman argues that the H visa amounts to a subsidy, more or less, for businesses.  He makes a fairly convincing argument, although I disagree with many of his conclusions.  

This stuff crosses party lines.  Historically, the Left always objected to immigration, although in the last 20 years or so the Right has come to the point of being more vocal about it.  I'm not sure why, exactly.

Tell us more about the left opposing immigration... It doesn't jibe with the bits of knowledge I have about it, which are that Ted Kennedy is the father of our modern immigration policy, and that opposition to letting in more Jewish refugees in the 1930s came from Republicans and conservative Southern Dems in Congress.
40  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Lois Lerner's hard drive destroyed on: June 20, 2014, 12:35:42 am
Hasn't it been established that there was nothing wrong done? There were liberal groups that were scrutinized to. It's not out of the realm of possibility that political groups would try to get around regulations, so some do actually need to be scrutinized.

If it is true that liberal as well as conservative groups and their donors were subject to illegal activities by the IRS and an absurdly high number of audits, how does that make it okay?

Not sure there were either illegal activities or an absurdly high number of audits... Remember that these political groups were filing as "social welfare" organizations, following in the footsteps of Karl Rove's org, and let's be serious, filing a political advocacy group as if they were Meals on Wheels did deserve scrutiny.

In any case, the Fox News argument is that the Obama administration used the government to target its enemies. If the administration "targeted" both sides, then a major issue is removed.
41  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 89-year-old former Auschwitz guard arrested in Philadelphia on: June 19, 2014, 12:47:16 pm
If children and teenagers were old enough to be butchered while he stood outside making sure no one escaped, a young adult is old enough to be held accountable for his role in their murder.

Not to mention that while he was shooting civilians at Auschwitz, other young men his age from the US, UK, Soviet Union, and of course Germany were fighting and dying for their countries on the battlefield.
42  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 89-year-old former Auschwitz guard arrested in Philadelphia on: June 19, 2014, 12:44:25 pm
One of the articles said that he was investigated 20 years ago and the new investigation is because they found evidence that he lied then about his time in the Waffen SS and when he was at Auschwitz.
43  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 89-year-old former Auschwitz guard arrested in Philadelphia on: June 19, 2014, 09:32:44 am
Jesus Christ Atlas.

It seems like some people aren't familiar with what guards at concentration camps actually did. They weren't protecting the camps from outside attack.
44  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 89-year-old former Auschwitz guard arrested in Philadelphia on: June 19, 2014, 09:22:29 am
I feel safer today than yesterday.  Roll Eyes

Would you feel differently about him if it came out he'd deserted his post at Auschwitz? Wink
45  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 89-year-old former Auschwitz guard arrested in Philadelphia on: June 19, 2014, 09:20:25 am
lol @ people literally defending a concentration camp guard. Congrats, forum, you have reached a new low today.

What threat does this man pose to society?  Do you feel threatened by an 89 year old man being at large?

It's happening when he is 89 because after World War II for many decades afterward, there was no interest or concern in tracking down or bringing justice to the men who committed these crimes against humanity, and because he successfully covered up that he killed large numbers of civilians (some as old as he is now), he enjoyed a full life in peace. When the world came around to caring, "oh, do you think he's going to go set up a death camp at age 89 and kill more victims?" That's not what this is about.

Look, even if he is found guilty he is never going to serve a day in jail because of his age and health. It's important for the cause of justice to have this on the record and have him answer for what he did. I don't see the benefit in pretending he's a victim here.
46  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 89-year-old former Auschwitz guard arrested in Philadelphia on: June 18, 2014, 10:14:25 pm
I still don't see the point of punishing the guardsmen. They would have been shot if they didn't do what Hitler wanted to be done.

I believe the concentration camp guards were volunteers for the SS or that service, and had not been drafted as if they were in the Wehrmacht. And the policy of the SS toward Jews was not a secret, even if some of the methods weren't openly discussed. I welcome evidence to the contrary on the former, though.

People who served in the camps were not prisoners of conscience.
47  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you really care either way about circumcision? on: June 17, 2014, 03:53:16 pm
Thought of this thread when I saw this headline today.

"Texas Gov. Rick Perry: 'I'm More Jewish Than You Think I Am'"
48  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: If we want upward mobility for the poor, they need transportation and childcare on: June 17, 2014, 12:06:41 pm
"Are there no orphanages?" hasn't aged well as an argument since Newt Gingrich used it in 1994.
49  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Texas GOP may endorse 'ex-gay' therapy. on: June 15, 2014, 07:25:04 am
Do you routinely put words in people's mouths that they don't say?

I don't support the gay agenda. What does that have to do with the person?

Well you're free to support your own hate loving agenda then. Does hate really make you feel that great about yourself? Does it feel amazing to hate yourself so strongly?

You're arguing with a profile that fails the gay version of the Turing Test.
50  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, imprisoned by Taliban in Afghanistan since 2009, is freed on: June 13, 2014, 09:13:19 pm

"American Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, while held prisoner in Afghanistan, was locked in solitary confinement for two straight years and did not see another human face for that entire time, senior military sources with knowledge of his 'reintegration process' told Fox News."

"Officials said Bergdahl, during that period, only talked to his captors through the wall of a six-foot-by-six-foot metal box, which he was kept in."

His mental health must have been destroyed.
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