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1  General Politics / Book Reviews and Discussion / Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? on: August 23, 2014, 06:46:48 pm


The third Mazower book I've read.  Drier than Dark Continent and Salonika: City of Ghosts, but a good read nonetheless.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could Democrats be divided again at the 2016 DNC over Israel & Religion? on: August 23, 2014, 02:47:23 pm
Not likely. I expect American Jews to 100% anti-ISIS. 

What's ISIS have to do with the Israel/Palestine issue?
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: "Death to the Jews"... on: August 22, 2014, 11:19:38 pm
Considering there's a vast mountain range in Afghanistan named "The Killer of Hindus," (the Hindu Kush) I'm never surprised about the more un-PC place names in the world.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: RNC Condemns AP Exam's 'Radically Revisionist View' Of U.S. History on: August 16, 2014, 01:10:05 pm
I hate this use of the word "revision."  There's a reason history is revised...new information comes to light and previous narratives are reconsidered with the additions of new perspectives and in light of subsequent events.  The history of an event taught in 1900 should not be the same as the history of that same event taught in 1950 or 2000 or 2050, changing perspectives due to archaeology, archival research, declassified documents, new historical schools, and more need to be taken into account.  The bold new theory of today is the conventional wisdom of tomorrow is the hidebound reactionary school of the day after tomorrow (hello, Marxist history).
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: RNC Condemns AP Exam's 'Radically Revisionist View' Of U.S. History on: August 16, 2014, 10:38:51 am
You'd think the Republican Party would be fond of the College Board, what with its structure as a self-perpetuating monopolistic corporation whose services people must avail themselves of if they wish to get into a decent university. 
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Nate Silver: Hillary does not have a problem on her left on: August 14, 2014, 03:31:15 pm
Yeah, there's no left credible left challenge to Clinton because there's no figure with the stature to become a voice for that challenge.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Texas 2006 Gubernatorial on: August 12, 2014, 04:07:21 pm
People voting for Kinky Friedman clearly didn't follow that race.

Kinky Friedman holds a special place in my heart as the only politician to ever insult me to my face.  EDIT: I forgot, Barney Frank came pretty close to doing that as well.

Chris Bell, obviously.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Threads that just scream NO on: August 11, 2014, 07:32:40 pm
Should (obscure congressman/Senator no one has ever heard of) be the Vice Presidential nominee?  Why not?
9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Green Zone surrounded by tanks in suspected coup on: August 11, 2014, 09:57:37 am
Simfan: I notice you're avoiding mentioning the Arif brothers in your list of Iraqi tyrants of the 20th century, one of whom lived quite comfortably in exile for decades and the other died in a helicopter crash.  Also, you didn't mention Saddam's predecessor, Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr, Saddam's dear uncle who was merely...forced into a very quiet retirement by his nephew.  He still died peacefully of natural causes, though.

Not all Iraqi leaders end up meeting gruesome fates.  Just...most of them.
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Islamic State terrorists bury 500 Yazidis alive, enslave 300 women on: August 11, 2014, 09:53:54 am
Could we not use the word "terrorists" like in the thread title?  ISIS is an actual army, albeit one committing war crimes and crimes against humanity, not a terrorist organization.  Describing ISIS as a terrorist organization ruins the usefulness of the word terrorism.
11  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Is George W. Bush to blame for ISIS? on: August 10, 2014, 10:47:01 pm
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is to blame for ISIS.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Citing Israel, GOP eyes Jewish vote on: August 10, 2014, 10:41:28 am
The Ron Paul wing of the GOP isn't overtly pro-Israel and contains some Israel skeptics (though not at the forefront).  Given that most American politicians compete to be more pro-Israel than others, that puts them on a relative fringe.

You'd be more likely to see a Paul supporter say something like "Why is a wealthy country like Israel the #1 recipient of American aid?" than saying "Justice for Palestine," if that makes any sense.
13  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Armenia and Azerbaijan clash in Nagorno-Karabakh on: August 09, 2014, 02:27:47 pm
Aliyev's twitter account is classic.  It's filled with Armenian trolls in the replies.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rand Paul: the GOP can't "flip" and support gay marriage on: August 08, 2014, 11:13:46 pm
2016 will likely be the last year with a major party nominee who is openly anti-ssm,rather than some mealy mouthed position about "well, states should choose, but my state was right in joining the other 49 in passing it" nonsense that we'll be getting by 2020.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: OH-Gov: Fitzgerald in on: August 08, 2014, 03:20:27 pm
Kasich is ludicrously lucky.  This is Obama 2004 Senate race lucky.  First he runs for governor in 2010, the most GOP year in two decades, winning a state that had gone to s**t in the economic turndown under a Democratic governor by the skin of his teeth in a race that he would have lost any other year.  Then he runs against Tartuffe in 2014 and will likely run up the score in a dramatic fashion.  He'll have a record of winning the top swing state in the nation twice going forward now, making him the most attractive resume/paper candidate in the GOP field in 2020 to run, likely, against a President Clinton seeking reelection, or, should the GOP win in 2016, to wait until 2024 and make a bid then.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Polls on Same-Sex Marriage State Laws on: August 08, 2014, 02:50:12 pm
I'd at least be interested to see SSM polls in states like Iowa that aren't likely to be quite as enthusiastic about SSM as Massachusetts but have had it for some time.
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of "patriotic" "left-wingers" on: August 08, 2014, 02:43:24 pm
I don't know if you can really correlate support for the military intervention in Libya with "patriotism" as much as a fundamental belief in the legitimacy of humanitarian intervention.  If you think that it exists, you'd likely support Libya, if not you don't.  It's not a fundamentally different affair than the intervention in Kosovo in 1998, for example.  The UN Security Council sanctioned it, NATO sanctioned it, everything was in order, the Libyan rebels requested NATO aid, it was purely a judgement call as to whether or not it was worthwhile, and the administration (like the French, British, and even minor NATO allies like Denmark and Norway) agreed that it was.  The then-existing Sarkozy administration in France took the helm on Libya anyway, not the Obama Administration.
18  General Discussion / History / Re: Why did the 13 colonies not descend into chaos after overthrowing the British? on: August 08, 2014, 02:38:52 pm
Yeah, because the colonies had already been self-governing there was a rather smooth transition because the same system was in place and the same people were in charge.  Same reason many people (including myself) like to refer to it as the War of American Independence rather than the American Revolution.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the anti-Bolshevik left on: August 08, 2014, 01:19:53 am
I mean, no matter what your opinion of the Bolsheviks, from a Russian point of view trying to reenter war with Germany so the German army would occupy Petrograd and chase them out of power is literally treasonous.  Even if you reject the nationalist side of the equation, it's treasonous against the workers  you're trying to protect.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: OH-Gov: Fitzgerald in on: August 08, 2014, 01:17:03 am
...

...

Welp!  Looks like this one's off the table.

This is going to be one of those elections, isn't it.
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the anti-Bolshevik left on: August 07, 2014, 09:39:17 pm
I find it hard to be too sympathetic to the SRs, given that "assassinate the German ambassador and hope that it leads to the Germans invading again" seems like the most counterproductive anti-Bolshevik tactic imaginable.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Happy 53rd Birthday President Obama! on: August 07, 2014, 11:39:21 am
When do I get to vote for him a third time?
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of proletariat revolutions on: August 07, 2014, 11:07:50 am
...and the sailors in Kronstadt

Do you want to talk more about those guys or should I do the honours?

Oh, if you want to talk about the crushing of the Kronstadt rebellion in 1921 go ahead, I didn't think that it was relevant to establishing them as one of the two main forces behind...well, frankly, both 1917 revolutions.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: AR-PPP: All Pubs lead Clinton on: August 07, 2014, 02:00:17 am
Hillary may well hit in the upper 40s in Arkansas, but she isn't going to win this state.  12 or even 8 years ago, maybe, but not now.
25  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should there be a US Department of Homeland Security? on: August 06, 2014, 08:57:56 pm
Aside from the (terrible) name, the biggest problem was creating such an entity and leaving the two most important organizations to its intended purpose, the FBI and the CIA, outside of its umbrella.
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