Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?
September 25, 2016, 03:55:29 am
HomePredMockPollEVCalcAFEWIKIHelpLogin Register
News: Election 2016 predictions are now open!.

  Show Posts
Pages: 1 2 3 [4] 5 6 7 8 9 ... 613
76  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you know any real life Republicans voting for Hillary? on: September 13, 2016, 04:07:05 pm
No, but most of the ones I know aren't voting for Trump either.
77  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion on Drake on: September 12, 2016, 05:12:17 pm
Not the nicest fellow, but then what do you expect from a privateer?
78  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Ljube on: September 12, 2016, 05:09:44 pm
You'd think the Trump hacks Putin is sending our way wouldn't register with such an obviously Slavic username.
79  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would you approve or disapprove of the CPD including Johnson in the 1st debate? on: September 12, 2016, 05:03:44 pm
If the far more influential and popular Ross Perot wasn't worthy of debate time in 1996, than this guy certainly isn't.

making sure Ross Perot doesn't feel cheated about 1996 should definitely be the highest priority here.
80  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Johnson's top five states? on: September 12, 2016, 03:47:05 pm
New Mexico, Utah, Alaska, Minnesota, Idaho.
81  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Americans Support Globalization, Free Trade, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership on: September 12, 2016, 03:31:21 pm
And people who are worried about their job security or lack thereof are more likely to get exercised by this issue than those who appreciate cheaper goods.  Thus the anti position remains the more politically potent even if it is the minority view (which varies widely in these surveys).    This is not like the late 1990s where you had a lot more people believing free trade was good for jobs.
82  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Gary Johnson recieves New York Independece Party nomination on: September 11, 2016, 04:25:43 pm
How many people vote for someone just because they're on an extra ballot line?  It doesn't seem like they represent any actual political program or interest group like the WFP, or do they?
83  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Jean Cocteau on: September 11, 2016, 04:19:50 pm
only seen the great film La belle et la bÍte but just looking up some of his other films now I'm definitely interested in seeing them too.
84  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Amy Schumer on: September 11, 2016, 12:12:10 pm
Lena Dunham comes across as a little girl going to extreme lengths to overcompensate for a painful insecurity, so I don't hate her so much.
85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Support a Real Living Wage for Atlasian Workers on: September 11, 2016, 10:56:19 am


All this makes the incredibly dubious assumption that there will be no negative effect on employment.

I'd rather spend a bit more on public assistance if it means we aren't closing businesses and opportunities for people to enter the job market.
86  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: American Solidarity Party platform on: September 10, 2016, 09:50:10 pm
A Christian democratic party proposing to compete in a multiparty political system in which both main parties are ostensibly secular and only one has any appreciable religiously-motivated faction is not 'theocracy'.

Sorry, I meant the party seems to have theocratic leanings, not the nation.

And by "theocratic" you mean having positions influenced by religion?
87  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Your opinion of this parody of The Young Turks? on: September 10, 2016, 02:37:38 pm
TYT sucks, but conservatives should leave humor to the left.

This is true, but especially true for parody in particular.  In order for parody to work you first have to understand people, their perspectives, their motivations, etc, you have to understand the world around you.  Conservatives by and large don't possess those things, so how on earth do they expect to successfully parody anything?

Contemporary satire and political humor by and large doesn't possess those things.  You think Samantha Bee or any of them have any actual understanding of conservatives?  But I'd say John Stewart and Colbert have a bit more understanding of the other side than most liberal comedians do.

Quote
Haidt reports on the following experiment: after determining whether someone is liberal or conservative, he then has each person answer the standard battery of questions as if he were the opposite ideology. So, he would ask a liberal to answer the questions as if he were a “typical conservative” and vice-versa. What he finds is quite striking: “The results were clear and consistent. Moderates and conservatives were most accurate in their predictions, whether they were pretending to be liberals or conservatives. Liberals were the least accurate, especially those who describe themselves as ‘very liberal.’ The biggest errors in the whole study came when liberals answered the Care and Fairness questions while pretending to be conservatives.” In other words, moderates and conservatives can understand the liberal worldview and liberals are unable to relate to the conservative worldview, especially when it comes to questions of care and fairness.
http://volokh.com/2014/01/17/jonathan-haidt-psychology-politics/

As to the parody, the impression was spot on. It was almost funny, though the bacon and homo jokes kind of ruined it for me.
88  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Hurry in to Miracle Mattress in San Antonio for their 9/11 Twin Tower sale!!! on: September 09, 2016, 07:40:53 pm
To be fair, the Subway one is certainly fake.  The Wal Mart/Coke one is true as is the mattress one.

The Coke one is understandable that someone didn't get it would be offensive.  The mattress one isn't.
89  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Presidential Ratings and Predictions - Maine 2nd CD on: September 09, 2016, 07:35:48 pm
Clinton plurality.
90  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Invisible Obama/DrScholl? on: September 09, 2016, 09:17:44 am
trying to come up with a list like that seems like it'd be an unrewarding endeavor.

anyway, I haven't noticed him.  I can hardly ever tell he's around really.

(tried to come up with a foot joke, but I got nothing)
91  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Charges planned against Jill Stein for trespassing and vandalism on: September 09, 2016, 08:53:04 am

It's not very presidential what she did. There are better ways to get attention for people who are running for President of the country. Is this how we want our President to act on the world stage?

 

Don't you want someone willing to take action to defend our treaty obligations?
92  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Issues where 'your side' frustrates you on: September 08, 2016, 11:27:25 pm
By the way, I suppose an issue where I'd criticize the left for not being "left enough" would be drug legalization.  That's obviously going to be a problem as long as our entire political system is financed by the War on Drugs*, but it's quickly becoming what could be a political winner for the left to appeal to libertarians and BLM/criminal justice reform supporters on that issue.

*This is, predictably, one of the issues where the base is clearly there, but the politicians are not.

Do you just mean the prison guard lobby, or something more than that? 
93  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: HONY profile of Hillary Clinton on: September 08, 2016, 08:54:24 pm
Though sadly attitudes about HRC are fairly baked in... This kind of stuff is going to help marginally

If she becomes President then over time, people will get to know her better. Right now too many Americans have bought into the hype about her and it will be hard to put that stuff to rest. Time will heal the distortions, eventually. At least that's what I'm counting on.

I expect she might finally let her guard down a little bit and be real on a more regular basis if she makes it to a 2nd term and doesn't have to worry about reelection.
94  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Charges planned against Jill Stein for trespassing and vandalism on: September 08, 2016, 05:53:11 pm
Ironically, trespassing and vandalism is what she is protesting.
95  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of our pro-eugenics socialist newbies on: September 08, 2016, 01:48:11 pm
Even if if we never get to this point there's no real reason to believe that the population is growing unsustainably. Overpopulation does not appear to be a serious problem.
Honestly, the amount of time wasted worrying about overpopulation when we have so many actually pressing issues at hand is pretty ridiculous.
I agree, when/if this problem ever starts happening, we should do something to address it, but that doesn't look like anytime remotely soon.

Okeydokey.  I guess we can cover our eyes and ears for a couple more generations, and hope for the best.

Incidentally, when was Earth Overshoot Day this year, btw?  A month ago?


The societies which contribute the most to the "overshoot" are generally not those with high rates of natural increase in population.
96  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: American Solidarity Party platform on: September 08, 2016, 01:43:40 pm
Others who see more differences than similarities take offense to the term.

That's not really why I take exception to it. I take exception to it because it strikes me as a construct onto which specific denominations (or Christianity in general) can deflect responsibility. Its origin as a term had only the best intentions.

If you mean the term has been used to deny responsibility of Christians for any anti-Semitism in the past, I haven't seen it used that way.  The use of the term that I find problematic and has shown up in the past few years is when it's used to suggest that Islam is something inherently foreign and opposite to a shared Jewish-Christian tradition. In any case I don't think it makes sense to use the way a term has been misused as a reason to automatically dismiss the idea that people are trying to get across.

Except it's clear in this example what message they are trying to get across.

I think so, yes. It hasn't anything to do with deflecting responsibility or promoting exclusivity.
97  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: American Solidarity Party platform on: September 08, 2016, 12:25:36 pm
Others who see more differences than similarities take offense to the term.

That's not really why I take exception to it. I take exception to it because it strikes me as a construct onto which specific denominations (or Christianity in general) can deflect responsibility. Its origin as a term had only the best intentions.

If you mean the term has been used to deny responsibility of Christians for any anti-Semitism in the past, I haven't seen it used that way.  The use of the term that I find problematic and has shown up in the past few years is when it's used to suggest that Islam is something inherently foreign and opposite to a shared Jewish-Christian tradition. In any case I don't think it makes sense to use the way a term has been misused as a reason to automatically dismiss the idea that people are trying to get across.
98  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: American Solidarity Party platform on: September 08, 2016, 11:30:42 am
Unironically use 'Judeo-Christian'.

Ooh, good point. Blech.


I thought this is some sort of American thing, don't you use that often?

Also, I must read their programme but after reading article on Wiki I can say: 10/10, would vote.

The phrase was developed in America during the WW2 era (not coincidentally) by those who wanted to emphasize the influence of the Jewish moral tradition on Christianity and on American civic tradition.  Others who see more differences than similarities take offense to the term.
99  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Gary Johnson: And what is Aleppo? on: September 08, 2016, 10:52:07 am
Breaking: Former US Ambassador to Iraq doesn't know what Aleppo is, either, condemns Johnson for same.

https://mobile.twitter.com/Jamie_Weinstein/status/773867745658019840

LOL it took 3 times for NYT to explain/describe Aleppo..jesus!

https://twitter.com/GissiSim/status/773883468157681664



Quote
Correction: September 8, 2016

An earlier version of this article misidentified the de facto capital of the Islamic State. It is Raqqa, in northern Syria, not Aleppo, the Syrian capital.

uh, isn't the capital of Syria called Damascus?   I learned that in 6th grade, bozos.
100  General Politics / Individual Politics / American Solidarity Party platform on: September 07, 2016, 11:20:07 pm
http://www.solidarity-party.org/complete-platform

FP. I like that there is an attempt at a party with a consistent 'seamless garment' pro-life ethic.  Some of the economic proposals seem like they perhaps aren't so well thought out though I appreciate the generally distributist goals.
Pages: 1 2 3 [4] 5 6 7 8 9 ... 613


Login with username, password and session length

Logout

Powered by SMF 1.1.21 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines