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26  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Orlando: melting pot of 3rd world miscreants on: June 23, 2016, 12:42:13 am
Seems like a wannabe Robert Morrow to me.

I loved him in Northern Exposure and Quiz Show.
27  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should the things be legalised on: June 22, 2016, 07:49:52 am
yes, tax and regulate it
28  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What does this mean? on: June 22, 2016, 05:49:36 am
Think about this and tell me if you get it: You have an ear on each side of the head. What's in between them?
29  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Anarcho-monarchism on: June 21, 2016, 01:47:35 pm
http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2010/11/anarcho-monarchism
30  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Tea Party leader busted for drug dealing on: June 21, 2016, 01:30:40 pm
Are they popularly elected?

They were appointed by elected officials.

I'd have to side with opposing that then, though not with the dumb arguments about how we don't need libraries anymore.
31  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of leftist Brexist supporters on: June 21, 2016, 01:27:13 pm
Deluded for believing in socialism in one country

has there ever been any other kind of socialism?
32  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Tea Party leader busted for drug dealing on: June 21, 2016, 01:19:01 pm
I've never heard until now of counties having a library board that can raise taxes. 

It's common all over the country.

Are they popularly elected?
33  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Tea Party leader busted for drug dealing on: June 21, 2016, 01:07:15 pm
I've never heard until now of counties having a library board that can raise taxes. 
34  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of leftist Brexist supporters on: June 21, 2016, 01:01:12 pm
brexist?  I just had a granola bar today. 
35  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: English on: June 21, 2016, 10:40:08 am
I've never had trouble understanding the speech of an Anglophone Canadian so far as I can recall, like I have with the other options.  But I'm not sure what the question is asking.
36  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The SteveMcQueen Theatre of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts V on: June 21, 2016, 10:34:11 am

Not surprising. The guy frequented a gay bar.
37  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Heath Shuler (D) vs. Susan Collins (R) - who would you support? on: June 21, 2016, 12:35:58 am
probably Collins.  I have a vague visceral distrust of Shuler.
38  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should Mongolia regain its 1279 borders on: June 21, 2016, 12:34:29 am
I don't think the Mongol Empire believed in borders.
39  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which German party would you vote for? on: June 20, 2016, 05:03:20 pm
Of you mean SPD with the second, then of course them. They still stand for something. Most of the Agenda 2010 reforms were the right thing to do.

I think the second is supposed to be FDP, though it could conceivably be described by a few of these.

I think the third is FDP or Die Linke.

no, it's The Greens.
40  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which German party would you vote for? on: June 20, 2016, 04:10:30 pm
Of you mean SPD with the second, then of course them. They still stand for something. Most of the Agenda 2010 reforms were the right thing to do.

I think the second is supposed to be FDP, though it could conceivably be described by a few of these.
41  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Will the religious left become more important than the religious right? on: June 19, 2016, 11:24:32 pm
Not so long as the left treats treat religious people like the right treats foreigners and poors.  I think instead you will see the rise of religious politics which fits less and less comfortably with both the right and the left. 
42  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Majority of Americans support assault weapons ban.... on: June 19, 2016, 11:04:24 pm
The amount of non-military families that possess automatic weaponry is extraordinarily low.

Yes. What does that have to do with this topic though?

Nothing aside from the fact that automatic weaponry is a better term than "assault weapons" for this sort of topic. Maybe I should've clarified my statement: Any semi-automatic modification of an automatic weapon OR automatic weapon.

How is it's origins relevant?  Isn't that sort of like classifying Coca-Cola as a narcotic since it used to have cocaine?  Or advising an alcoholic not to drink Welch's grape juice?

Are there any real arguments as to how an AR-15 is more dangerous than the guns that people would use instead if it were banned?
43  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: June 19, 2016, 09:10:40 pm
last Monday I took my cat into the vet to get her vaccinations and a check up. She hadn't been eating much at all in the past few days at that point, and it turns out she had lost a fair bit of weight.  So the vet took a blood sample for my cat for some tests. I took her home and that night she started eating again, and has been since then. But on Wednesday i heard back about the blood tests, and the vet was concerned, said she has some warning signs for kidney or liver disease or possibly cancer.  So I take her in for an ultrasound tomorrow. I really really hope and pray to God it's not something that can't be treated.  She's so important in my life right now, it would turn my world upside down if anything happened to her. I realize that's a lot of responsibility to place on a cat, but that's how I feel.
44  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Scott Baio Wonders If Obama Is a Muslim Who Wants to ‘Eliminate’ the Country on: June 19, 2016, 02:21:24 am
Who?

when Trump is elected, Scott Baio will be in charge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9Itfq746tA
45  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Massive FF cashier in Virginia on: June 18, 2016, 04:31:07 pm
What you do in these situations is spit in their food without them knowing. That would have been the appropriate response.

This is disgusting ! Why would you even say this ?
Because liberals can hate at the same levels as conservatives.

Sure. I, for one, enjoy hating you Smiley

Jesus instructed his believers:  "Love your enemies."

 I am a Jewish atheist Smiley

Jesus also said "Love thy neighbor as thyself."  That's incumbent on me, regardless of whether or not it's incumbent on you.

It would have been highly offensive if you, indeed, loved me Smiley However, Since I do not believe you are capable of love, or even know what it is, I am not concerned Smiley Whenever you try to immitate love, you can only produce hate.  Irrespective of your views about the teachings of some ancient yeshiva dropout Smiley

Who are you to say whether someone you barely know is capable of love and who isn't?   
46  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Majority of Americans support assault weapons ban.... on: June 18, 2016, 04:06:56 pm

But why are assault weapons legal in the first place? What on earth purpose do they serve? Jesus Christ, why do people -- probably 99% men -- have to have an assault rifle, ever, except to fight in war?

As a female, I will never understand or approve of the mindset that thinks it needs a weapon of mass destruction for any reason other than that our country is at war.

     Civilian purchase of assault rifles has been heavily restricted since 1934. Whether or not people need such things, most people don't have them and can't afford them.

An assault rifle is a particular kind of weapon that can has allows for selecting between automatic and semi-automatic modes.  They were invented in WW2 by the Germans in WW2 and were first used by the US military afterward the war.  But yes, very heavily restricted along with other automatic weapons, especially since 1986.
47  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Majority of Americans support assault weapons ban.... on: June 18, 2016, 03:40:02 pm
The amount of non-military families that possess automatic weaponry is extraordinarily low.

Yes. What does that have to do with this topic though?

Can you stop?  We don't have to know every technical term about guns to know which ones need banning, any more than your side needs to fully understand the Qur'an to know you want its followers banned.

This comparison is valid.  But that makes me very confused about how you see your own position Huh
48  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Have your views on Islam changed since the Orlando Terror Attack on: June 18, 2016, 01:32:40 am
Vote.

Personally it hasn't changed my views a majority Muslims are probably good people in the US but I don't like the Islamist portion of the religion which is seeming to grow.

What's the "Islamist portion"?
The more radical portion specifically in places like the suburbs of Paris and other larger European cities and the Middle East and North Africa.
Then say radical.

Islamist is just an adjective for Islam as far as I know.
Islamism is a political ideology that is centered around Islam, including things like Sharia and pan-Islamism. It is distinct from Islam like how Christian democracy is distinct from Christianity and Zionism is distinct from Judaism.

Isn't Islam already a political system from its very founding? Christian democracy was some combination ideology developed 1700 years after the religion started, so that doesn't seem like a good comparison at all.

"Islamism" isn't a precise term, and I don't think people are who commonly called "Islamists" would generally agree that they share an ideology with others who are called by that term, so in that sense very different from Christian Democracy or Zionism.  Islam has from the beginning had political implications and claimed authority over political life, not as a single system, but having different interpretations over time, and some strands of Islam not focusing on this at all.  Whether "Islamism" is fourteen centuries old or a modern invention depends on how one defines the term - certainly the forms we see today are shaped very much by modern political conditions and intellectual developments of the past few centuries.  Extreme groups like ISIS represent a break with earlier Islam in many ways, as seen for example by the fact that they are attempting to destroy groups of non-Muslims or those they consider heretical sects, people that while they were 2nd-class citizens were able to hold onto thriving communities in the midst of Muslim rule up until the 20th century when you start to see more widespread persecution, and then even more so in the present.
Meanwhile there are also 'Islamist' groups that want to work within democracy and have not expressed an objective of wiping out nonbelievers or dissenters.
49  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Christian Hypocrites Celebrate Orlando Shooting on: June 17, 2016, 02:59:48 am
The Christians here are missing the point of this thread.

Would you like to help us understand?

People are blaming Muslim leaders for not condenming extremists enough, yet Christian leaders fail to critizise their own extremists.

Honestly I think leaders from both faiths have other things to do than repeatedly commenting on every extremist nutjob out there.  It's not like they get any positive media attention when they do anyway.  In the US, most imams and priests and pastors are telling their flocks that hatred like this is not okay.  And even when Perry Noble makes this message, some dumb website posts it as though he said the exact opposite of what he actually said.   If there's one thing we can count on the media doing, it is misinterpreting and misunderstanding religion.

I think the true irony is that the same Christian extremists who celebrate attacks on gays are likely overlapping with the group of Christian who criticize Islam for "not doing enough about its extremists." There's also the double standard within the media at large, particularly the right wing venues, to not cover this type of behavior as heavily as the extremists within the Muslim community. They most certainly didn't make the same fuss over the kook that shot up the planned parenthood.

I think the number of dead plays a role here.
50  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: This seems odd. What does it mean? on: June 17, 2016, 02:27:37 am
an "even putting green" I suppose means that the putting green is flat.   yes, it's easy to be confused by that sentence.

Even though it's bad writing, I think it's more likely that they meant to express astonishment rather than suggest the putting green was symmetrical or flat.


that would be exceptionally bad writing if so.
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