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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Finnish parliamentary election – April 19th 2015 on: Today at 06:42:11 pm
Wait,
Was the previous government a coalition of a rightwing party and of a far left party???

It was a coalition of:
Conservatives
Social Democrats
Greens
Christians Democrats
Far-left
Swedish minority

Opposition was:
Centre
Far-right

In 2014, the far-left and the Greens left.

So, now

Coalition:
Conservatives
Social Democrats
Christians Democrats
Swedish minority

Opposition was:
Centre
Far-right
Greens
Far-left

It's nothing unusual for Finland, really.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: Today at 06:36:21 pm
B.Jenny Kwan, 48, M.L.A Vancouver-Mount Pleasant 1996- and critic Community Living B.C, former Vancouver City Councillor 1993-1996, Community Legal Advocate/former Actress, B.A-Criminology

I did not realize Kwan is so young. Because of the 2001 wipeout, isn't she the longest-serving New Democrat in the BC legislature?

I would assume so. There was only 2 NDPers elected in 2001, and the other retired in 2005.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2015 on: Today at 05:17:13 pm
Three possible by-elections in PEI as three MLAs resigned on the day the new Premier swore in.

Robert Ghiz, former Premier (Charlottetown-Brighton)
Wes Sheridan, former Finance Minister (Kensington-Malpeque)
Robert Vessey, backbencher, new Chief of Staff of Premier MacLauchlan, resigned to allow him to run (York-Oyster Bed)
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian provincial leadership elections 2015 on: Today at 05:14:15 pm
On February 28, PEI PCs have a new leader, Rob Lantz, former Charlottetown City Councillor (2006-2014). He beated James Aylward (MLA for Stafford-Kinlock since 2011) and Darlene Compton (defeated candidate in Belfast-Murray River in 2011).

Also, on February 23, the new Liberal leader Wade MacLauchlan sworn in as the new Premier.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: If you were a member of Congress, would you attend Netanyahu's speech? on: March 02, 2015, 09:58:57 pm
Yes (R ), and I would aggressively lobby my colleagues to do the same using whatever influence I might have.

Hopefully you wouldn't be a member of Congress, since you repeatedly demonstrate in your postings on here that you are a foreigner who places your allegiance to Israel above your allegiance to America.

Nor he cares much about Israel, since he is supporting them having an awful PM.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: March 02, 2015, 07:02:34 pm
Tories are really on a roll today. Now, we got James Lumney (Nanaimo-Alberni) denying evolution.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Radio Host: Congressmen Should Hang 'From A Noose' For Skipping Bibi Speech on: March 02, 2015, 06:50:47 pm
Can she be sued for death threats?
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: March 02, 2015, 04:16:55 pm
As a close watcher of Canadian politics, I'd say that I think Harper will play up the security card.  I think that's his best bet for winning a 4th term, actually.

Barring some sort of unimaginable September 11 style attack on Canada in the middle of the campaign - I think the Tories will have a very hard time making "security" a vote determining issues for anyone outside their base.

Well, I think they will run on that, his tone changed in the last weeks. I'm sure he planned to run on economy, but the events of the last months are preventing to do so (the economy isn't going well anymore!).
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: March 02, 2015, 04:15:47 pm
Marc-André Morin has lost renomination to Simon-Pierre Landry. I really like this idea of targeting your own deadwood, wish my party would do the same.

Name names?

Cheryl Gallant, which said today during the question period than Canada needed stronger laws against pedophilia, because of the new Ontario sex ed curriculum?

The idea isn't daft (who is against that?), but the reason she uses is.

She is also known for comparing Ignatieff to Gadhafi and for saying than protecting sexual orientation from hate propaganda would protect pedophiles.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who is the highest ranking political figure(s) that you have shaken hands with? on: March 02, 2015, 04:02:43 pm
Current Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair (but, at the time, he was just one of the deputy leaders and my MP)
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Could the previous poster win a Senate election in their state? on: March 02, 2015, 02:20:20 am
No. Wouldn't get past a Democratic primary/convention and Republicans have an hard time winning statewide (in big part due to being one of the most incompetent Republican Party in USA).

I suppose my state would be Minnesota, too, as, like a former Canadian politician said, Quebec is a French-speaking version of Minnesota. Note I said former.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Red Pillite vs SJW on: March 02, 2015, 01:53:08 am
I don't see how red pillite wins when he's going to lose like 90% of the woman vote and a high % of the man vote.

Some women vote for Republicans, so I would imagine some voting for red pillites, because yuck minorities.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Florida Law Banning Cohabitation Still Being Enforced on: March 01, 2015, 11:16:23 pm
I just don't understand why they don't just hire a good lawyer. Any competent lawyer should be able to have the law stuck down.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Red Pillite vs SJW on: March 01, 2015, 09:50:01 pm
for all the (perceived or real) faults of skeleton warriors, i'm pretty confident that they would win against someone who literally believes women are children and is very likely to be a rapist.

Oh, I totally agree with you, but some won't agree with that.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Red Pillite vs SJW on: March 01, 2015, 06:52:00 pm
15 posters should go DIAF immediately.

the question is "who would win", fortunately

It's sure than insulting every white, man, straight or wealthy person isn't a good path to winning.
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: February 28, 2015, 11:41:19 pm
That judge should be fired. Clearly contradicts the charter. 

Indeed. This laicite crap coming from (admittedly only some of) Quebec needs to stop.

Ironically, Bernard Drainville, the father of the Laïcité Charter is opposed to the judge ruling. He thinks laicity should apply to government workers, not to citizens using them.
17  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: A question about the opponents of gay marriage on: February 28, 2015, 09:57:55 pm
If people are opposing gay marriage just because the Bible says that it's wrong, how come they aren't trying to shut down Red Lobster for serving shellfish (Leviticus says shellfish is unclean) or trying to stop retailers from selling clothes made from more than one type of fabric?

From the perspective of Christianity, there are a couple different types of commands in the Old Testament: those pertaining to morality in general and those pertaining to the Mosaic Law that only apply to Jews. The reason why Christians are okay with eating shellfish is the same as the reason why Christianity doesn't require circumcision. Both are Jewish practices rather than universal moral truths.

And it's total nonsense, since there is no objective way of saying which belongs to which category. That's literally handpicking what you want and don't want in the Bible.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian provincial leadership elections 2015 on: February 28, 2015, 08:51:51 pm

Isn't Brown an hardcore social conservative? Are they trying to give yet another election to Liberals? Ontario PC seems to be a gift that keeps on giving.


Never mind. Confused with McNaughton.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's your French Revolutionary Calendar birthday? on: February 28, 2015, 04:34:38 pm
5 Thermidor CXCV

I am a bit confused. From what I've read, 5 Thermidor seems to correspond to two different dates. One is indeed my birthday, but the other is the day before.

The Revolutionary Calendar has 360 days, plus a five or six days addeed at the end of the year. So, I suppose it may have to do with February 29.
20  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: February 28, 2015, 03:51:40 pm
This story has come to the forefront of the news in the last several days.  A judge in Montreal refused to hear a Muslim woman's case about her car being impounded because the woman refused, on the judge's insistence, to remove her hijab in the courtroom. 

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-friday-edition-1.2975615/a-montreal-judge-refused-to-hear-a-muslim-woman-s-case-because-she-was-wearing-a-headscarf-1.2976498

If we're so concerned about the causes of radicalization, making people feel as little at home in a society as possible merely for wearing certain kinds of clothing should be on the radar screen.  This kind of thing is only counterproductive.

Has anyone noticed that an increasing number of stories coming out of Quebec resemble what you'd expect to come out of the Deep South?

Don't blame the French nationalists for once, the judge is Italian (and Italians really don't go well with French nationalists).
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election - May 7th 2015 on: February 28, 2015, 03:39:36 pm
How surprising! English nationalists hate Wales and Scotland.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: DHS Shutting Down on: February 27, 2015, 07:14:09 pm
All but 12 Democrats vote no and it's the Republicans' fault it failed? How exactly does that work?

Well, they have a majority, so they should be able to pass votes.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Proposed Designs for the Obama Library. on: February 27, 2015, 07:11:45 pm

It's the yellow thing in the middle of the picture. The library is only a room in the basement of the mosque.
24  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: February 27, 2015, 07:09:25 pm
"fundamentalist multiculturalist".

lolololololol

Why is that funny? Seems like an adequate description.

I understand than white supremacy is the default position in Denmark (which have been often called in Quebec news, the most racist country in Western Europe), but Canada is multicultural. Made of French (1600), English (1700), Scottish (1700), Irish (1850), German (1900), Polish (1925), Italian, Black (1950) and now Arabs cultures.

There is no such things as "Canadian culture". Canada is a mix of different cultures who moved to Canada in various period. Than Bloc is using racism to gather votes isn't surprising, since they only care about French voters, a minority in the country. They don't like other minorities.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NC Senate considers bill for magistrates to opt-out of SSM marriages on: February 27, 2015, 04:07:52 pm
I think everyone is ignoring something very important here which is that this is NOT like the wedding cake scenario in the least because a magistrate is not an employee of a private business but rather a state official. When a public employee discriminates in this fashion, it is state action of the very type that the 14th amendment forbids. Unlike a private business, the state does NOT have the right to refuse service to whoever they choose.
The employee is a representative of the state, but is not the state in total, so you do not have a right for a particular employee of the state to do something if the state can do that same something just as well with another employee. Whether or not that is the case would be the question as to whether this bill is workable.

That's a clear violation of the management rights of the employer. The employer decides what the employee is doing, not the reverse! You can ask your boss to not do it, but nothing is forcing him to agree with you.
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