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15876  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: GERMAN CHANCELLORS SURVIVOR- Round 19- come & vote: just Weimar + Modern left ! on: July 03, 2009, 05:49:23 am
Kohl

No, I hated his hugely opportunistic behaviour (Irak war e.g.).

You just seem to forget that Chirac, Villepin, Schröder were right and that Bush, Rumsfeld, H. Clinton and Blair were wrong ( or even liars for the first two ) on Iraq. You can't honestly blame someone for having been right just because you supported those who were wrong.

Being "right" doesn't have anything to do with Schröder's opportunism.

@Franzl
He was right in the question of the Iraq war and only this is important. That he is a opportunistic politician is a other problem, but I wrote it before, you can say it about every chancellor.

By the way, Schröder's economic politics was nearly FDP politics. You must love him Cheesy

well now FDP..? Smiley

Still, I think Schröder's reforms were necessary and I do commend him for going against his party, but I have major issues with his overall character and especially his connections to Russia.

For what it's worth, I probably would have voted SPD in 2002.
15877  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: India decriminalizes homosexual sex on: July 03, 2009, 05:41:50 am
If some american religious-conservatives could pass a law that sentences to death any person who had homosexual sex, they would do it. Because they are crazy, as were the men who killed this doctor who practised abortions in Kansas.

You'd never find anywhere near a majority for that anywhere in the U.S..

That's why I used the word "if".

Well sure, you'll always find a couple of people who'll support anything, right?

Just as you'll find a considerable amount of people that voted for Le Pen in 2002.

Does that mean I should say "if some French fascists could pass a law that kills every immigrant, they would do it"?
15878  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: GERMAN CHANCELLORS SURVIVOR- Round 19- come & vote: just Weimar + Modern left ! on: July 03, 2009, 05:33:18 am
Kohl

No, I hated his hugely opportunistic behaviour (Irak war e.g.).

You just seem to forget that Chirac, Villepin, Schröder were right and that Bush, Rumsfeld, H. Clinton and Blair were wrong ( or even liars for the first two ) on Iraq. You can't honestly blame someone for having been right just because you supported those who were wrong.

Being "right" doesn't have anything to do with Schröder's opportunism.
15879  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: India decriminalizes homosexual sex on: July 03, 2009, 05:27:30 am
If some american religious-conservatives could pass a law that sentences to death any person who had homosexual sex, they would do it. Because they are crazy, as were the men who killed this doctor who practised abortions in Kansas.

No.  What in the world gives you that idea?

He seems to have lots of strange ideas...
15880  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: opebo vs. Ron Paul on: July 03, 2009, 05:19:04 am
opebo/opebo
15881  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: India decriminalizes homosexual sex on: July 03, 2009, 04:59:08 am
If some american religious-conservatives could pass a law that sentences to death any person who had homosexual sex, they would do it. Because they are crazy, as were the men who killed this doctor who practised abortions in Kansas.

You'd never find anywhere near a majority for that anywhere in the U.S..
15882  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2009 State and Federal elections in Germany on: July 03, 2009, 04:56:35 am
Those are some good numbers.

I'm still personally undecided. I'd actually prefer to vote CDU for a change...but there's a chance that they'll scare me off into the FDP camp yet again.
15883  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Lawsuit on: July 03, 2009, 04:52:19 am
I'm fairly certain that you would only become acting President if you are re-elected PPT, but the PPT election won't happen immediately. Until a new PPT is elected (or you are re-elected), it is my understanding that the Dean of the Senate, Bacon King, is to become acting President once bgwah leaves office tomorrow.

I may be completely wrong though (and sorry to the justices for being off topic in the court room).

That's my understanding as well.
15884  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: opebo vs George H.W. Bush on: July 02, 2009, 06:36:32 pm
Bush/Bush

41 is a good good man.  Average President, but good man.

I'd even call him an above average President, to be honest.

Although his son probably artificially makes him look even better Wink
15885  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Where is BushOklahoma? on: July 02, 2009, 06:35:36 pm
They really should see relationship counsellor, preferably nothing to do with church before getting married. I agree with Franzl - occasional minor disagreements should not be the cause of a schism.

We will go through a marriage counselling session with the pastor thats going to officiate the ceremony.

I prayed for the strength to get through these minor disagreements and its working.  I firmly believe that if I had not prayed, then the minor disagreements would escalate and blow up into something major and be catastrophic.  I pray everday for God's guidance in this relationship.  Ultimately, it was the Lord who put us together, not any human.  He just used my ex as his instrument to join us together.  Wednesday morning, the Lord showed me several things that make me believe that our relationship is definitely His doing, not ours, and that He still has a lot of work to accomplish through our merged lives.  He gave me the reassurance that the only thing that will separate us is death.

Sounds if you feel you have no control over any aspect of this relationship. That it is God's plaything. That is very unhealthy.

Agreed, yes. What does "love" mean if one is only completing God's plan?
15886  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: NC House passes anti-bullying bill on: July 02, 2009, 05:19:43 pm
You're right.

And when kids find a power cord in their house, tie it around their neck and hang themselves with it, only to be discovered by their mom when she calls him for dinner, all because no one did anything at all to prevent bullying, they really just need to get over it.

Yes, those damn modern liberal pussies.
15887  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: India decriminalizes homosexual sex on: July 02, 2009, 05:17:55 pm
It's not like it was different in the U.S.. Socal Conservatives surely opposed legalization of homosexuality before most states had done it. (I mean, it even took a Supreme Court ruling to convince some states).

It's always that way, regardless of the issue at hand. Some people are going to oppose it. Lots of people opposed civil rights in the 60s, for example, but only a very tiny fraction would support returning to the old days in that respect. It's turned into a non-issue, the same way that India won't be upset about this in a couple of years.
15888  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: opebo vs Bill Clinton on: July 02, 2009, 05:06:45 pm
NOTA

You don't have that option. Wink

Think about it....a gun to your head, how do you vote?
15889  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Do usual New Jersey patterns apply to 2009? on: July 02, 2009, 05:03:36 pm
Let's put it this way, the Republicans have a much bigger chance than usual. I'm not quite sure what that means.

I still think Corzine will pull it out in the end.
15890  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: opebo vs George H.W. Bush on: July 02, 2009, 04:58:37 pm
Bush/Bush
15891  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: How many votes will the media get for Obama this time? on: July 02, 2009, 04:55:18 pm
All of his votes, obviously.
15892  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: GERMAN CHANCELLORS SURVIVOR- Round 20- come & vote: just Weimar + Modern left ! on: July 02, 2009, 04:34:44 pm
Gerhard Schröder, a disgusting human being.
15893  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: U.S. Republicans vs Canadian Conservatives on: July 02, 2009, 04:16:56 pm
Conservatives, though I suspect much of the reason they're more moderate than the Republicans is because of how much more liberal the Canadian society and government structure is than the American one is. If the Conservative party existed in the United States, I think there'd be less incentive for them to be so (relatively) moderate.

I agree, but isn't that true for all political parties in democracies? If you want to stand any chance of winning elections, you have to be relatively close to the center of the country's political culture.

The current Republican party will also "moderate" somewhat as certain politically disputed things become "normal". For example, I doubt most Republicans will be disputing global warming in a few years, simply because it's turning in to a widely accepted truth.

The same way that certain programs that were enacted as a part of the New Deal aren't seriously disputed by any mainstream politicans.
15894  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: DE-Sen: Mike Castle (R) to Run on: July 02, 2009, 03:57:20 pm
At this point, I'd rather him not run. He wouldn't try to keep Dems in check. So what is the point in getting him to run?

This is what you said. If there's "no point" in getting him to run, you appear to claim that a Senator Castle would vote practically the same way as any Democrat.

Do you also believe that Olympia Snowe or Susan Collins are as bad as a partisan Democrat?

It baffles me that you'd not prefer someone who votes your views 50-60% of the time compared to someone who never shares your opinions.




15895  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: U.S. Republicans vs Canadian Conservatives on: July 02, 2009, 03:49:51 pm
Canadian Conservatives for the most part, but again, it greatly depends on the individual candidate.
15896  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Issue, part 69 on: July 02, 2009, 03:48:56 pm
A 25 cent extra charge on top of your bill at the supermarket or something is fine by me. Preferably we would just ban them. When I was in Germany, they don't give you any bags at all, which confused me at first. Luckily I had brought my backpack with me and my German exchange partner explained to me that you're supposed to bring your own bags.

Plastic bags can be purchased in most German stores, actually. (For like 5-10 cents). But you're right, most people bring their own (cloth) bags.



I agree with Ernest, either ban them completely or leave them alone.
15897  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Where is BushOklahoma? on: July 02, 2009, 03:45:42 pm
Well alright, everyone is entitled to their opinion. That has to be accepted. If people feel that prayer ultimately does help them, it can't be considered harmful, I guess. That doesn't necessarily make me understand how it's supposed to work, but fine, to each his own. Wink

I still feel that BushOK was basically saying that prayer and prayer alone saved his relationship...but that appears to be up for debate.
15898  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Where is BushOklahoma? on: July 02, 2009, 03:30:39 pm
Fair enough, I don't mean to criticize religious people if praying makes them feel stronger/better/whatever. That's fine.

The thing that makes me Roll Eyes is that BushOK has clearly affirmed that without prayer, his "minor disagreements" would have clearly torn them apart. That's basically saying that saying a prayer is the cure....even if you yourself don't believe that's logical, which is the impression you made in your last post.

My only question is if you have to continually say prayers to keep a relationship working, why are you having this relationship?
15899  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: opebo vs Bush on: July 02, 2009, 03:15:14 pm
opebo/Bush

You really think Bush will come out on top?  Here?  No way, my friend .....lol

You really think the U.S. would vote for a communist? Smiley


You mean we didn't last November  Wink 

Oh...now that you mention it. Wink

I thought we only voted for a Muslim.
15900  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should people be able to own tanks and Bazookas? on: July 02, 2009, 03:13:57 pm
I have come to the conclusion that libertarians have no common sense.

Just as little common sense as socialists have
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