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17076  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this site on: March 04, 2009, 06:00:46 am
Proof parody isn't always funny!
17077  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which state is more liberal? on: March 04, 2009, 04:40:38 am
Alot of states consider stupid legislation. Get back to me if it passed and/or has alot of support.
Of course.  I just happened to stumble upon it and thought it was funny.  I did vote for Iowa here.
17078  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which state is more liberal? on: March 04, 2009, 04:22:28 am
..and yet they (Iowa) are contemplating passing a bill that will make it "child abuse" if your 14 year old son finds your stack of Playboys.  cite
Child care providers or parents who allow children access to pornography would be guilty of child abuse and listed on the states child abuse registry, under legislation being considered by lawmakers.

Some critics say the bill could be interpreted so broadly that even a child who sneaks a peek at a Playboy Magazine could push parents into legal turmoil. The legislation is not clear on whether it includes explicit material a child might discover on the Internet. And critics note other laws already hold parents accountable for failing to provide care that could prevent children from harm.
17079  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 2009: slow progress for women in politics on: March 04, 2009, 03:08:56 am
And who is to blame for this?  Clearly it's men.  What is to be done to "fix" the problem?  Maybe if we passed some sort of quota law to ensure there are an equal number of men and women in all political positions.  They work so well elsewhere.
17080  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: When is Regicide Okay? on: March 04, 2009, 03:02:24 am
And there's no guarantee that our next democratically elected leader isn't going to turn into a tyrant and become one of those guys with the title "President For Life", is there? Or that you'll have a chance at his head. We might as well overthrow the government right now, just in case.
I'm game!
Sounds silly if you think about it that way, doesn't it? Besides, if the good king's son is giving you reason to worry, why not just kill him instead and leave the good king to rule for a few more years?
And we are still left with the problem that happens when the good king dies.  Who replaces him?  This is why Monarchies suck.
17081  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which state is more liberal? on: March 04, 2009, 02:14:29 am
Iowa.......the gateway to Nebraska!
17082  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How did Straha and opebo win the forum over? on: March 04, 2009, 02:09:35 am
"quite popular" and "well known" mean two different things.  They are both "well known" on the forum, I don't see how either are all that "popular".
17083  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Why are there no leftist Christian terrorists? on: March 04, 2009, 01:54:11 am
There are very few Christian terrorists in the first place.  There are very few "leftist" terrorists in the first place.

edit-and leftist Christians tend to not be very....enthusiastic? about their religion.
17084  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Who deserves the harsher punishment? on: March 04, 2009, 01:51:37 am
I'm with Smid as well.  Violence (even just the threat of it) is worse than trickery.
17085  General Discussion / History / Re: Opinion of the King David Hotel Bombing on: March 04, 2009, 01:00:41 am
Negative of course.  (although it was far less "terroristic" than most terrorist actions.)
17086  General Discussion / History / Re: Gas prices 2005-2008 on: March 04, 2009, 12:59:26 am
Clearly this all the fault of the dreaded "peak oil"!
17087  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Was what I did on election night racist? on: March 04, 2009, 12:57:56 am
Silly BRTD, only Republicans can be racist.  You need to read the DNC pamplet a little closer.
17088  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Medieval History of Cologne is no more on: March 04, 2009, 12:20:00 am
Wow, that sucks.
17089  General Politics / Economics / Re: Never owned a home? You can own a home in Detroit for $6300 on: March 04, 2009, 12:11:36 am
The housing market here isn't all that bad.  New apartment complexes and homes are going up at only a slightly slower rate than they were before.

I have yet to see any "foreclosure" signs and most houses I see with for sale signs are "sold"...

but we never really got the bubble either.  There aren't really ups and downs here.. we're just always poor.
Same for Omaha.  We're not always poor though.
17090  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: When is Regicide Okay? on: March 03, 2009, 01:15:33 am
When the monarch isn't doing what he or she should be doing, which is incidentally the same as with the leaders in any other political system - protecting the people, their rights, and their general welfare. If a leader is truly oppressive then getting rid of him or her with lethal force can usually be considered justified.

The people above who say it's justified for any monarch forget that there have been good monarchs in history that have done good things for their people. Killing a good monarch can be harmful to the people. There's also been many monarchs who might have been arrogant and used their power and wealth too liberally, but still attended to their duties well enough that killing them would not be beneficial to the people.
Well sure, but wouldn't the future be better served by killing the king in the here and now if given the option.  No matter how great the current king is, there is no guarantee his son will be or that you'll get the chance to have his head if he is not.
17091  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: RPP Members: PiT Referendum on: March 02, 2009, 07:07:27 am
17092  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Most Marxist Poster on the site? on: March 02, 2009, 06:59:50 am
Still, somebody has to be the "most" Marxist even if nobody actually is Marxist.  So who is it?
17093  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is evolution part of science? on: March 02, 2009, 06:38:31 am
There is no hope for people who believe in Young Earth Creationism.
That's not true.  Many people use to believe in it and have stopped.  If we stop trying to fix these people, we fail them.  There are many more that can be converted, we must continue to work them even if they are obstinate.  Sure, some will never see the light and it's fine to give up on individuals, but we must maintain the fight for the rest.
17094  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Regional Protection Party on: March 01, 2009, 07:37:43 am
Can I ask one thing?  The next time Duke needs to be "Moderated", can somebody else do it?

(and Xahar would be mentioned a lot less if he was appropriately punished for his actions)
17095  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The police proves once again how disgusting they are on: March 01, 2009, 07:19:47 am
The alternatives to cops are awesome, it's suprising we haven't switched to one of them yet.
17096  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama says "no earmarks" on: February 28, 2009, 03:03:52 pm
So how does this contradict that Obama didn't request earmarks for the regular budget?
You're right.  As far as earmarks go, He has a perfect and consistent track record.  Why would I question His position on such things?  Who am I to go against His better judgement?
17097  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Regional Protection Party on: February 28, 2009, 02:58:02 pm
Referring to me as a rapist,

Don't think I've ever called you that. I believe the insult in question is Duke Raper of Rapington. Crude, I admit.
How the hell is that not referring to him as a rapist?  Are you 7?
Al threatening to ban me and telling me I committed the worst case of abuse in quite some time is simply ludicrous. 

Don't lie.

1. I did not threaten to ban you. I merely informed you that such a thing might happen in the future unless you change(d) your behavior.
You can't see how that would be perceived as a threat?  Seriously?

2. I did not tell you that you had committed the worst case of abuse in quite some tie. I wrote:

one of the worst cases of abusive, threatening bullying (frankly) seen on this place for quite a while (to say nothing of the poisonous subtext).
How is what he did worse than what Xahar did and continues to do?  I suppose you have an out with the "one of the" phrase.
17098  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama says "no earmarks" on: February 28, 2009, 02:29:21 pm
When did Obama take a no-earmark pledge during the campaign?
This year, as the Senate funding request deadline approaches and the final primaries of the Democratic nomination process draw near, Obama's staff told CNN the junior senator from Illinois will request no earmarks for fiscal year 2009.

The dramatic change is in line with a statement Obama issued last month in connection with an amendment calling for a one-year moratorium on earmarks in the Senate.

The amendment, sponsored by federal earmark foe Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, was shot down by a vote of 79-21.

"We can no longer accept a process that doles out earmarks based on a member of Congress' seniority, rather than the merit of the project," Obama's statement said.

"The entire earmark process needs to be re-examined and reformed. For that reason, I will be supporting Sen. DeMint's amendment and will not be requesting earmarks this year for Illinois," the statement added.
or maybe a link to the white house would work?
Cut Pork Barrel Spending: As a Senator, President Obama introduced and passed bipartisan legislation that would require more disclosure and transparency for special-interest earmarks. Obama and Biden believe that spending that cannot withstand public scrutiny cannot be justified. Obama and Biden will slash earmarks to no greater than 1994 levels and ensure all spending decisions are open to the public.
No, there is no "campaign pledge", but there is still some level of hypocrisy here.
17099  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: GM, Chrysler (and to a slightly lesser extent Ford) still can't build good cars on: February 28, 2009, 09:52:47 am
Yeah, we all know your insane views on the automobile by now.  But just for fun I'll ask ya a question (or three).

What do you think motivates Consumer Reports (and everybody else that knows anything about cars) to be so unfair to American cars?
Do you question all of CR's reports or just on autos? 
How do you feel about J.D.Power?
17100  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of William Gladstone on: February 28, 2009, 07:34:29 am
Some of the interesting things he did (from the wiki):
A.Gladstone published his first book, The State in its Relations with the Church, in 1838, in which he argued that the goal of the state should be to promote and defend the interests of the Church of England.
B.Significantly, Gladstone succeeded in steadily reducing the income tax over the course of his tenure as Chancellor. In 1861 the tax was reduced to ninepence; in 1863 to sevenpence; in 1864 to fivepence; and in 1865 to fourpence.[2] Gladstone believed that government was extravagant and wasteful with taxpayers' money and so sought to let money "fructify in the pockets of the people" by keeping taxation levels down through "peace and retrenchment".
C.As Chancellor, Gladstone made a speech at Newcastle on 7 October 1862 in which he supported the independence of the Confederate States of America in the American Civil War, claiming that Jefferson Davis had "made a nation". (he later regretted this)
D.In 1881 he established the Irish Coercion Act, which permitted the Viceroy to detain people for as "long as was thought necessary".

I don't know if he was an FF or an HP, he clearly did a lot of good....much more good than bad.
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