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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary Clinton on the Daily Show on: July 20, 2014, 02:47:16 am
Sounds like it was great.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Conservative Republicans on: July 16, 2014, 12:14:27 am
I think the Democrats have become more socialistic. That really turns off many Americans, but the Republicans haven't been as good at articulating solutions.

Don't Ask Don't Tell was a Democratic policy. The Defense of Marriage Act was a Democratic Policy. Hobby Lobby won in the USSC because of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by a Democratic President.

The fact that the last Democratic President did things that now this Democratic administration is against shows how fast the Democrats have gone further left. That's why I can't bring myself to vote for one of them for any office. Think about it. I think Obama has repealed more of the Clinton years than he has the Bush years.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Do you think Obama regrets ever having run for President? on: July 08, 2014, 06:27:54 pm
I think he's going to be a recluse former President. The Clinton-Bush family seems rather chummy, and Obama seems more like the odd man out.
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Hurricane Arthur hits NC with 100 mph winds on: July 04, 2014, 01:46:08 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MkAnUG9RQs

Landfall update on Arthur
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Hurricane Arthur aims at Outer Banks on: July 03, 2014, 06:42:19 am
Now a Cat 1 Hurricane...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fEM0eLNW48
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What does a Hillary coalition look like? on: July 03, 2014, 02:45:47 am


Is this your clever way of saying "Hillary voters are gay"?

Just trying to be cleverly cynical like many of the other posters here.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The Millennial Generation has produced nothing of note culturally. on: July 03, 2014, 02:36:17 am
Moreover, technology has also relieved budgetary and technical limitations on producing culture. Creators no longer need to appeal to mass audience to survive, and plenty of them choose not too.

This, more than anything else, is the important takeaway of this generation. We've basically seen, if not the death of, then at least the severe decline in influence of the mono-culture. When we think of past decades, there is often a few large distinguishing things that encompassed all of pop culture. Tye-dye, grunge rock, bell bottoms, flannel, pong, disco, whatever.

These broad cultural touchstones don't really exist in the same way today; everything's too decentralized now. People don't watch the same 6 o'clock news channel, they watch their network of choice. People don't read the paper, they follow their own collection of websites. YouTube videos instead of mainstream television, indie flicks over the summer blockbuster. I've spent the last several days watching Summer Games Done Quick. It appeals to such a subculture of a subculture of a subculture, and you're not going not going to see most people on the street have even the slightest clue what that is or why it exists, but people in that group live and breathe it.

Subcultures have always existed, obviously, but the ease with which the internet has allowed them to come into being and thrive on the support of a tiny group of instantly-connected individuals mostly just means that the "millennial generation's" cultural contribution will be that you can now easily create your own instead.

This is it. People used to watch the same TV shows, the same news, TV was a big thing and unless you had 80s style cable, your options were limited.

Also, movies in theaters took a long time to be released onto VHS or even Betamax and many people didn't even own a VCR. My family got a VCR in '90 or '91 I believe. My father told me he remembers watching "Romancing the Stone" on a Betamax tape around 1985 or so.

But I often fall for what I call the "2000 curse". Even to this day, when someone references "...twenty years ago..." my mind immediately thinks the year 1980 or so. However, twenty years ago would actually be the Summer of 1994. So in my mind perhaps our pop culture of the "good old days" is more recent than it even is.

Check out this NBC promo from 1985:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8NMtQabci0

The next day, a Friday, people could be at work and would be discussing President Reagan's address, or something funny that happened on Cheers or who Johnny Carson had on that night's show.

Now, you no longer have that. You have someone who doesn't watch TV, then someone who only watches reality TV. Even current hit shows average no more than 20 million viewers. Back in the day, even mediocre shows averaged more viewers than that. Our threads are being separated.

But I do get the impression that younger people today just don't care. I remember a newsstory from an Iowa TV station in 1980 of a younger woman in her early twenties being asked what she thought about Ambassador Bush, who was running for President. She said something like, "I hadn't heard him before, but I was impressed..." yada yada yada.

Now imagine today, asking a younger woman in her early twenties about Ambassador Huntsman and what she thought about him running for President. Chances are, she would look at you and have no idea what the hell you are talking about.

In other words, the newer age of technology and the new huge wealth of information age has given people so much data, that they will pick and choose their own interests. While this could be nice, it may also create a lack of knowledge in subjects that are important.

8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What does a Hillary coalition look like? on: July 02, 2014, 08:45:58 pm
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Hurricane Arthur hits NC with 100 mph winds on: July 02, 2014, 06:23:22 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKzRUo-Ktv4

A video update for ya.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Same sex marriage is very close to achieving a majority of electoral votes. on: June 26, 2014, 03:53:38 am
I don't fear Gay Marriage, I fear what comes after that. Gay sex education? Public nudity? When do we say, "Okay okay let's stop before we go too far."

11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Same sex marriage is very close to achieving a majority of electoral votes. on: June 26, 2014, 03:29:57 am
Electoral votes are determined by voters. Many of these decision were determined by homosexualist activist judges.

Exactly. I'm not denying that more Americans have warmed to gay marriage since 2004, but it's not the slam-dunk issue liberals think it is. How many states on that map would still show it not legal if not for activist judges?
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the Washington Redskins change their name? on: June 21, 2014, 01:00:51 pm
I admit thereís something about these team names/mascots/traditions that appeals to my sense of understanding what shaped Americans.  I mean Braves fans do a fing tomahawk chant right in the heart of what used to be Cherokee nation.  Is there a more visceral expression of our imperial character than stuff like that?  Yes, maybe itís ugly, definitely offensive, but itís a part of who we were/are.  That said maybe itís time to move on.  

Atleast an opinion I could respect. Thank you Aruca.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the Washington Redskins change their name? on: June 21, 2014, 12:17:54 pm
How does it punish you to rename a football team?

Because it would be giving into the politically correct lovers.
So if Donald Sterling tried to change the name of the Clippers to the N*ggers that would be o.k. because it's anti pc. gotcha.

I think there's the line you don't cross, obviously. Redskins isn't nearly as offensive as the 'N' word.

I think once you begin crossing the line though, you do more harm than good. I don't want a child to grow up 20 years from now in a world reading about how the most free country in the world is just like Europe because we changed what made us unique to please a select few.



What's wrong with Europe? Most of the Western European/Scandinavian countries have higher standards of living and higher levels of happiness than we do.

Harry I know about the whole standards of living, but it comes at the cost of freedom. See maybe our differing political views just don't jive with our views on what we consider freedom.

I believe in majority rules, in free trade, free enterprise, freedom of speech. What always made the United States a great country was that we were the opposite of the rest of the world.

While Hitler banned smoking and created vast totalitarian order in Europe, Americans were smoking cigarettes and drinkin' Tennessee whiskey.

While the Japanese and Germans had brutal concentration or death camps, the camp we had for Japanese Americans didn't include sick torture, abuse or extermination.

An Axis war leader once said, "I'd never want to invade the United States, because there would be a gun in the back of every soldier." The Jews didn't have weapons. Resistance groups failed. America was FOUNDED on a resistance victory against Britain.

We got rid of Europe here a long time ago for the specific purpose of not being Europe. Dare I say, that most Americans, even our leaders in the 1940s, thought more like ME than like you. By thinking like me, we won.

What if our WWII leaders thought like you? I don't believe victory could have been assured. That is why I'm such a pain in the butt about being against liberalism. I think it threatens us.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the Washington Redskins change their name? on: June 21, 2014, 12:05:00 pm
How does it punish you to rename a football team?

Because it would be giving into the politically correct lovers.
So if Donald Sterling tried to change the name of the Clippers to the N*ggers that would be o.k. because it's anti pc. gotcha.

I think there's the line you don't cross, obviously. Redskins isn't nearly as offensive as the 'N' word.

I think once you begin crossing the line though, you do more harm than good. I don't want a child to grow up 20 years from now in a world reading about how the most free country in the world is just like Europe because we changed what made us unique to please a select few.

15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the Washington Redskins change their name? on: June 21, 2014, 11:58:36 am
How does it punish you to rename a football team?

Because it would be giving into the politically correct lovers.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the Washington Redskins change their name? on: June 21, 2014, 11:53:52 am
Why the leftist outrage on steroids over this all of a sudden? The team has been around for ages.

We can change the team name to the "Washington Tea Party."

Because it never stops for them. 10 years from now they'll be called conservatives backwards for not wanting public nudity.

These people need to be stopped because if they go too far, they'll begin hurting our country and those who hurt our country get punished.

I don't take these people seriously because they're cowards. They spew hatred even more than the worst on the right, and yet what would they fight with? Granola? They're harmless but their rhetoric is dangerous.
LOL! Good old Reaganfan the gift that keeps on giving.

I'm tired of liberals wanting to punish many to please a select few.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the Washington Redskins change their name? on: June 21, 2014, 11:48:55 am
Why the leftist outrage on steroids over this all of a sudden? The team has been around for ages.

We can change the team name to the "Washington Tea Party."

Because it never stops for them. 10 years from now they'll be called conservatives backwards for not wanting public nudity.

These people need to be stopped because if they go too far, they'll begin hurting our country and those who hurt our country get punished.

I don't take these people seriously because they're cowards. They spew hatred even more than the worst on the right, and yet what would they fight with? Granola? They're harmless but their rhetoric is dangerous.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: June 2014 Federal Election - President, VP and Regional Senators on: June 20, 2014, 01:41:09 am
PRESIDENT

1. Sirnick and Dallasfan65

SENATE

1. DC AL Fine
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Paul Simon on: June 17, 2014, 01:39:02 am
Graceland for sure.

In July 1993, we took a family vacation to the Outer Banks of NC. We drove down in my mom's 1980s blue Poniac and the Graceland tape got stuck in the cassette player. Every song from "You Can Call Me Al" to "The Boy in the Bubble" replayed over and over. Those songs remind me of that vacation.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favorite and Least Favorite Year of Your Life so Far on: June 16, 2014, 02:30:48 am
Tough to say. I usually use events that I'm interested in (elections, hurricanes, ect) and personal events (vacations, relationships, ect) as ways to judge a year.

2010 was rough. First three months in the U.S. Air Force, not being able to stay due to a previously unknown but benign heart defect. Then a vacation to Florida in May, more hooking up with girls than at any point before or since in my life, a girlfriend, a new job, an active but someone irrelevant hurricane season, then a Republican election year. However, the Air Force ending for me and my grandfather's death in October (we buried him on my 22nd birthday) were bad. But other than those two events, 2010 was actually not bad.

2011 I did nothing but work. Had one date with one girl the entire year. One trip to Florida in May. Other than that, nothing but work. Basically 2011 was work, Bin Laden is dead, Florida trip for a week, and then more work. I call 2011 the most irrelevant year of the decade thus far.

2012 was actually great. Got a new girlfriend on New Years Day, went on vacation to Vegas in August, new job in October when I turned 24 years old and on my birthday Mitt Romney was ahead of Obama by 10 pts in a national poll. Had a busy but irrelevant hurricane season (until Superstorm Sandy) and then come November everything just kinda deflated. Went through the holidays into 2013 working, got another girlfriend, went to my Uncle's funeral in NJ in April which was sad but also got to see Keystone Phil and Nixon Now which was nice. Then in August, another trip to Vegas, and then the holidays.

To be honest, much like Chairman Sanchez, pretty much things were looking up until November 2012. Perhaps IceSpear is onto something...

I'd say 2010 and 2012. 2011 and 2013 were kinda blah.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should Democrats be happy abour Cantor's loss? on: June 13, 2014, 02:05:08 pm
They need to act like Democrats, in that they need to have actual policy proposals and a real message.

They don't need to change their positions on anything to do this.

So then let's get rid of ineffective conservatives and give newbie conservatives a try. See Cantor vs. Brat.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should Democrats be happy abour Cantor's loss? on: June 13, 2014, 12:46:41 pm
The false narrative coming from democrats is that the only way a Republican can win anymore is if they act like a Democrat. I don't believe that's true.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: ERIC CANTOR *LOSES* PRIMARY!!! on: June 11, 2014, 08:41:51 am
As a conservative Republican, I must chime in here with what I believe keeps happening.

You have day to day discussions with people. At school, work, in your home, friends, family. The consensus, even among Obama voters (many of whom have buyers remorse for the second term) they all can agree that they want Obamacare gone, or they hate the IRS, or Government spending is out of control, ect ect. However, there is a sense that no matter who wins the White House or Congress...nothing changes.

"I hate big spending" well guess what? Either Republican Bush or Democrat Obama was a big spender.

That type of thing. Cantor represents the Washington establishment that won't change anything even if they agree with us it needs changing. I think there are many people out there who know that the only genuine way to change things is to clean house.

Speaker Blackburn, President Cruz/Paul/Santorum. Seems unimaginable. But THAT would be conservative change.

Speaker Pelosi/Boehner, President Obama/Christie/Ryan/Bush...nothing changes. See?
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Senator Bob Corker uses the m-word! on: June 09, 2014, 03:09:58 am
No "m" word came to mind. I thought perhaps "masturbate".
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: If it's Christie vs Clinton in 2016 on: June 03, 2014, 03:03:11 am
Hard to say. I think Christie will over perform some Obama states while Clinton would over perform some Romney states.
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