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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Knox and Sollecito cleared of all changes on: Today at 05:28:52 pm
I think it's more likely than not that they're guilty, but in dubio pro reo. It's the correct result.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I'm heading out again on: Today at 07:25:57 am
Make sure to tell us everything about it when you get back. You hardly ever speak of yourself or your leisure activities, and I think everyone is dying to hear more.
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: US pressured Germany into not giving asylum to Snowden on: Today at 06:44:01 am
As is demonstrated so often, being an "ally" of the United States requires total obedience.
Exactly, which is why all of our allies do exactly what we want 100% of the time Roll Eyes

Yeah it's hyperbole, but is this the way to treat an "ally"? Is it worth letting potentially many die over a political disagreement?
Exactly!  How serious was Germany about letting the traitor in?

Just for the record, you support the American way of going about this? That's fine if you do, but don't give me any bullsh**t about friendship and partnership if you do.

A matter of political asylum for someone who acted in the immediate German national interest while doing no harm except as to expose American violations of German law (which I understand you don't give a sh**t about) is not something anybody interested in friendship would use to withhold information on terrorist attacks.
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: US threatened Germany into not giving asylum to Snowden on: Today at 02:43:37 am
As is demonstrated so often, being an "ally" of the United States requires total obedience.
Exactly, which is why all of our allies do exactly what we want 100% of the time Roll Eyes

Yeah it's hyperbole, but is this the way to treat an "ally"? Is it worth letting potentially many die over a political disagreement?
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: US threatened Germany into not giving asylum to Snowden on: March 24, 2015, 05:33:43 pm
As is demonstrated so often, being an "ally" of the United States requires total obedience.
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Germanwings A320 crashes in France on: March 24, 2015, 07:55:03 am
It was Barcelona to Düsseldorf. Has been confirmed that there are no survivors.
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Germanwings A320 crashes in France on: March 24, 2015, 06:20:29 am
Hollande says probably no survivors...
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Germanwings A320 crashes in France on: March 24, 2015, 05:59:44 am
148 people on board, plane en-route from Düsseldorf to Barcelona. No information on the situation yet Sad



9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of a person/butafly? on: March 23, 2015, 06:05:54 pm
One of the best.
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: IL-Sen. 2016 Grapevine on: March 22, 2015, 06:56:19 pm
Doesn't take much for someone to appear moderate to you then. But no worries, I was once dumb enough to vote for him as well.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: IL-Sen. 2016 Grapevine on: March 22, 2015, 06:38:22 pm
I want Bustos! She's not from Chicago, so it would be a great plus.

Ditto. I can't help but feel like we need a Senate candidate in Illinois who's not from Chicago, an area which Democrats have a lock on anyway.

Dick Durbin...
Yes, everyone knows he's not from Chicago.

The idea is that a non-chicago candidate is the best bet to defeat Kirk, not that such a candidate has never existed.

(Of course, I'll support Kirk no matter who his opponent is. Getting that out there before anyone speculates otherwise.)

What do you approve of regarding Mark Kirk's performance in office?

What are your problems with him besides being a Republican?

The fact that he votes like a Republican?

Kirk is exactly the sort of centrist, compromise-building politician that Washington needs more of. All his potential opponents, except for MAYBE Bustos, would only contribute to Washington gridlock.

Ignoring the debate over whether "compromise-buildung" is desirable to begin with, would you perhaps elaborate on what exactly Kirk does to promote this? What part of his performance makes him "centrist"?
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: IL-Sen. 2016 Grapevine on: March 22, 2015, 06:26:41 pm
I want Bustos! She's not from Chicago, so it would be a great plus.

Ditto. I can't help but feel like we need a Senate candidate in Illinois who's not from Chicago, an area which Democrats have a lock on anyway.

Dick Durbin...
Yes, everyone knows he's not from Chicago.

The idea is that a non-chicago candidate is the best bet to defeat Kirk, not that such a candidate has never existed.

(Of course, I'll support Kirk no matter who his opponent is. Getting that out there before anyone speculates otherwise.)

What do you approve of regarding Mark Kirk's performance in office?

What are your problems with him besides being a Republican?

The fact that he votes like a Republican?
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: IL-Sen. 2016 Grapevine on: March 22, 2015, 04:29:27 am
I want Bustos! She's not from Chicago, so it would be a great plus.

Ditto. I can't help but feel like we need a Senate candidate in Illinois who's not from Chicago, an area which Democrats have a lock on anyway.

Dick Durbin...
Yes, everyone knows he's not from Chicago.

The idea is that a non-chicago candidate is the best bet to defeat Kirk, not that such a candidate has never existed.

(Of course, I'll support Kirk no matter who his opponent is. Getting that out there before anyone speculates otherwise.)

What do you approve of regarding Mark Kirk's performance in office?
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Your Favourite Political Parties Not of Your Political Ideology/Orientation on: March 21, 2015, 07:24:45 am
Italia - Partito Democratico (I would vote for M5S, but prefer PD to Forza Italia and am cool with Renzi)
Deutschland - SPD (I support CDU)
UK - Labour (support Conservatives)
Canada - Liberals (support Conservatives)
Spain - PSOE (would support PODEMOS)
Greece - New Democracy (support SYRIZA)
South Africa - ANC (support Democratic Alliance)


That's really all I can think of right now.

Supporting CDU and SYRIZA doesn't make a lot of sense.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Where would you rather live, Berlin or Richmond? on: March 21, 2015, 07:18:55 am
I am (temporarily) living in Berlin at the moment, and sure as hell wouldn't trade it for Richmond, VA.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: March 2015 Elections on: March 19, 2015, 01:16:23 pm
1. Harry S Truman
2. EarlAW
3. New Canadaland
4. Shua
5. WI: Franzl
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What do you think the US does well? on: March 19, 2015, 12:40:57 pm
And the best answer to the original question is, paradoxically, beer. Yeah America has some of the crappiest in the world, but it also has the very best.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What do you think the US does well? on: March 19, 2015, 12:40:08 pm
1. Civil libertarianism. What other country allows anywhere near the amount of 'offensive', 'profane', 'blasphemous', or 'pornographic' content to regularly be published and widely accessible? What other country doesn't lock you up for saying the wrong words or thinking the wrong thoughts (mostly looking at European social democracies here, what with your 'hate speech' laws and all)? What other country has the kind of sustained, civil libertarian ethos that the United States has had since perhaps its foundation? I love the fact that in America there are organizations and people that will go to bat for you on any perceived slight of your rights. America is truly unique in this aspect, as its always been kind of the loud, irreverent stepchild of bourgeois civilization.

Meanwhile, European televisions can show nipples and use curse words.

Yeah, that's one area where we're certainly deficient. But at least we don't lock people up for saying that the Holocaust didn't happen.

While I agree that should be decriminalized, America finds lots of other reasons to lock up an extremely high amount of people.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the Senate be reformed? on: March 19, 2015, 12:36:46 pm
Look who controls the House of Representatives right now. Do you really want them to be able to  pass whatever they want, especially if they got a Republican President to sign off on everything? Say hello to privatized Medicare and Social Security, massive cuts to social spending, full repeal of Obamacare, "religious freedom" bills, and so much more. The courts can't strike down all of that as unconstitutional.

The Senate has a purpose. It's there for a reason. I promise you that a House-only legislature would be a complete nightmare.

And that's perfectly fine. Let the majority do anything they want within the boundaries of the Constitution. If the voters are unhappy with the results, they're free to vote them out.

If Republicans were to actually do that, American voters would finally understand that elections have actual consequences and would perhaps be a bit more reluctant to vote on the non-issues so many are influenced by now.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the Senate be reformed? on: March 19, 2015, 10:47:30 am
Any of the reforms that would make it acceptable would also basically defeat its purpose, so best to just get rid of it.
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Favorite Country A-L (round 3) on: March 19, 2015, 09:15:34 am
Deutschland selbstverständlich
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Favorite Country Q-T on: March 17, 2015, 10:54:48 am
Obviously Sweden
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who is your auto insurance provider? on: March 17, 2015, 02:18:21 am
Bavaria direkt
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: GOP finally finds a group of illegal immigrants they don't want to deport... on: March 16, 2015, 03:13:37 am
The US is free to keep them, but I support keeping the ban on homeschooling. It's not really a political issue here.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What country are you a citizen of? on: March 16, 2015, 03:07:47 am
Germany and USA. Identify a lot more with the former at this point.
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