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76  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Harris Wofford's incredible (love) story on: April 24, 2016, 03:22:06 pm
In all seriousness it's kind of heartwarming that we're at the point where elderly gay men can now, too, marry creepily below the acceptable age range.

That was my reaction too. I think true LGBT equality is admitting that there's something kind of off about marrying someone who could be your grandchild, regardless of whether they are of the same or the opposite sex.

I'd argue that it i'ts a lot more concerning in heterosexual couples due to the inherent power imbalance between genders, but I know this kind of argument won't go over well here.

TBF even in a hetero relationship between a 40 year old woman and a 90 year old man, there's definitely a power imbalance.  Just not the direction your post implied.

Well yeah, obviously there's that too. I'm just saying, gender inequality adds one layer of creepy.
77  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Politics and personal relationships... on: April 24, 2016, 03:08:06 pm
I have a few right-wing friends, one of whom I always have a lot of fun discussing politics with.

That said, having values in common is definitely an important aspect in friendships (and I can only assume that would carry over to romantic relationships).
78  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Sanders surrogate brings up Monica Lewinsky in attack on Clinton on: April 24, 2016, 03:04:59 pm
Side note:
Let's not forget that Lewinsky has 50% to blame, for the affair she had with Bill Clinton (It takes two to tango.)
She was an adult, and made a choice to "involve" herself with a man, who she knew was married.
And by making this choice, Lewinsky provoked the expected anger of the married woman (Mrs. Clinton). (What did you expect ..... for Hillary to bake Lewinsky a cake ?)


Roll Eyes
79  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who on this list of frequent members is your favorite? on: April 24, 2016, 03:01:03 pm

Oh. Thx. Smiley
80  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Give the preceding poster some advice.. on: April 24, 2016, 03:00:01 pm
Find something interesting to say.
81  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Austin tries to rename elementary school: goes poorly on: April 24, 2016, 02:59:06 pm
How about Schooly McSchoolface?
82  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the EU-Turkey migration deal? on: April 24, 2016, 02:54:45 pm
Vile.
83  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Barack Obama vs. Volume 5: Bush the Elder on: April 24, 2016, 02:51:40 pm
Obama again.

(I think I'll be empty quoting this a lot throughout this series)
84  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should dog and cat meat be banned? on: April 24, 2016, 02:49:54 pm
Of course not.
85  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Harris Wofford's incredible (love) story on: April 24, 2016, 02:45:20 pm
In all seriousness it's kind of heartwarming that we're at the point where elderly gay men can now, too, marry creepily below the acceptable age range.

That was my reaction too. I think true LGBT equality is admitting that there's something kind of off about marrying someone who could be your grandchild, regardless of whether they are of the same or the opposite sex.

I'd argue that it i'ts a lot more concerning in heterosexual couples due to the inherent power imbalance between genders, but I know this kind of argument won't go over well here.
86  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Harris Wofford's incredible (love) story on: April 24, 2016, 01:31:02 pm
Wow yeah, that's amazing. Congrats to them.
87  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics - Version 2.0 (Presidential Election: April 24) on: April 24, 2016, 01:23:41 pm
lolaustria
88  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Democrats and liberal leaning Independents/third parties if you could..... on: April 24, 2016, 12:39:05 am
Option 1. Democracy is always a precondition to other progressive goals.
89  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of "Valley Girl" speech patterns? on: April 24, 2016, 12:18:27 am
I have to vote FA, because it has spread into the typical youth accent. "Valley Girl" really isn't limited anymore. If you're under a certain age, almost everyone now does it, myself included. I took a speech class and additive "likes" are what you're supposed to avoid in a professional speech. My professor in that class didn't condemn the class, as she mentioned that people her age (which included our parents) like to insert a superfluous "you know" all the time.

Well yeah, obviously there's a proper time and place for it. Of course I'd also try to avoid it if I'm presenting at the APSA or something. Tongue Valleyism is and should be colloquial, but that doesn't make it a "lesser" form of speech.
90  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who on this list of frequent members is your favorite? on: April 23, 2016, 10:25:25 pm
TBH I really wonder who voted for me.
91  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: any of you guys heard of Davis Aurini? on: April 23, 2016, 10:06:05 pm
Stop.
92  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Just some maps on: April 23, 2016, 10:01:34 pm
Interesting.
93  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: BREAKING: Trump calls on Kasich to change spelling of his name on: April 23, 2016, 09:58:49 pm
That's fitting coming from Drumpf.
94  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Ted Cruzís father is mystery man in Lee Harvey Oswald photo on: April 23, 2016, 07:37:18 pm
This explains everything. Clearly Cruz comes from long-standing dynasty of evil schemers who have manipulated world events for centuries.
95  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Austrian Presidential Election (April 24) - Your Vote on: April 23, 2016, 03:54:38 pm

Seriously? Huh
96  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Poll: Hillary Clinton Leads Donald Trump by 51 Points Among Florida Hispanics on: April 23, 2016, 03:51:20 pm
I'd certainly like to hope so, but so much can change in 7 months that I don't really want to think in these terms yet.

Yeah. I really shouldn't either, but I'm obsessed with data and trends and this kind of stuff makes me salivate when thinking about the implications Tongue

Oh, I know the feeling. In late 2013 I was salivating at the prospect of Democrats retaking the House in the wake of the GOP's failed government shutdown. And then... Tongue
97  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Poll: Hillary Clinton Leads Donald Trump by 51 Points Among Florida Hispanics on: April 23, 2016, 03:17:44 pm
Weren't GE polls supposed to be meaningless at this stage?

Again, Democrats, starting to celebrate victory now is the best way to lose in November.

They are somewhat meaningless because things can and will change the state of the election, but with Trump, those numbers are not going to change substantially. Cruz likely won't fair much better.

To me, I see a continuation of a realignment of Hispanic voting patterns in Florida that has been taking place for years now. It shows how Republicans are getting weaker in statewide races there, over time. 69% of the FL Hispanic vote for a Democrat would have been unthinkable even before 2012, and it should worry Republicans.

And if you notice the undecided's/don't know's - That means Clinton could actually do even better against Trump or Cruz.

I'd certainly like to hope so, but so much can change in 7 months that I don't really want to think in these terms yet.
98  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Poll: Hillary Clinton Leads Donald Trump by 51 Points Among Florida Hispanics on: April 23, 2016, 02:52:37 pm
Weren't GE polls supposed to be meaningless at this stage?

Again, Democrats, starting to celebrate victory now is the best way to lose in November.
99  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Who's more creepy? on: April 23, 2016, 02:18:58 pm
Cruz is creepiness personified. No one can compete.
100  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who on this list of frequent members is your favorite? on: April 23, 2016, 01:44:49 pm
My friend GaŽl.
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