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76  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which screen name fit me better on: February 20, 2017, 03:15:57 pm
Beep boop.
77  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are there posters from the opposite party/ideology that you would vote for... on: February 20, 2017, 03:12:39 pm
I'd vote for DC or TJ over Scarlet or Hagrid, yeah.
78  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: word association game on: February 20, 2017, 03:05:23 pm
Forrest
79  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CPAC: Milo disinvited on: February 20, 2017, 02:38:01 pm
How dare conservatives restrict free speech... Roll Eyes
80  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone V: Born Under A Bad Sign on: February 20, 2017, 01:45:16 am
Cathcon, I must admit that how you manage to reconcile your personality and general approach to life with your (no doubt sincere and deeply-held) faith is still a mystery to me.
81  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: On which issues do you break with your own ideological labels? on: February 20, 2017, 01:14:18 am
I am open to considering certain forms of deregulation of economic activity, if I am convinced that it harm workers or consumers. I'm even open to easing the possibility of layoffs in exchange for high and universal unemployment benefits and massive public retraining programs. I don't oppose privatization of economic activities that don't constitute public utilities. I can agree to lower, and even completely abolish, corporate taxation in exchange for a commensurable increase on individual income taxes for the wealthiest. I am generally pro-free trade among rich countries, and if a trade agreement is genuinely beneficial to poor countries, I will support that too.

I support the Nordic model on prostitution and am still on the fence about legalizing the sale of "soft" drugs (as for hard drugs, no f**king way). I think abortion can legitimately be banned after 22 weeks and absolutely should after 29 (barring threats to the mother's life). I think there's nothing wrong with promoting abstinence as part of sex ed, as long as it's not at the expense of other important aspects of it. I strongly support regulations on soda and other unhealthy food products. I think government censorship over TV content is legitimate in principle, though it's taken too far in some respects (but not enough in others). Having greatly benefited from it, I don't oppose public funding of religious schools (although the State may legitimately regulate the content of the education in return).

I strongly support foreign intervention for humanitarian causes (I did and still do support the Libyan war, and I think the US should put boots on the ground against ISIS). I think the purpose of "spreading democracy" is a worthy one, although it should be carried out pragmatically. I believe that the US should take a strong stand against Russian aggression in Ukraine and elsewhere. I unequivocally support Israel's right to exist, and would accept an agreement in which Israel would keep all of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
82  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do You Support Forcibly Removing Manchin from the Transcaucasus? on: February 20, 2017, 12:47:26 am
The Democratic party certainly should take a few notes from the CPSU when it comes to party discipline. Tongue
Are you advocating violence?

lol
83  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: word association game on: February 20, 2017, 12:25:36 am
Beast
84  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Lief Reservoir of Simple Truths and Smart One-Liners on: February 19, 2017, 11:31:50 pm
I have this view that EHarding might find crazy, but if you're pissing off a large number of people in a place you clearly want to spend most of your time, maybe it wouldn't hurt to try and adjust your behavior a little so you can get along better with everyone. I know I would.

Sadly, it appears that there are many people in this world who derive pleasure from pissing off others, and they've found a perfect outlet for that on the internet.

Also in the White House.
85  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: So Eharding is basically a spam-poster at this point on: February 19, 2017, 11:22:09 pm
I have this view that EHarding might find crazy, but if you're pissing off a large number of people in a place you clearly want to spend most of your time, maybe it wouldn't hurt to try and adjust your behavior a little so you can get along better with everyone. I know I would.

Sadly, it appears that there are many people in this world who derive pleasure from pissing off others, and they've found a perfect outlet for that on the internet.
86  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: So Eharding is basically a spam-poster at this point on: February 19, 2017, 11:07:59 pm
Yeah, even if his views weren't so abject, he's becoming a nuisance that needs to be banned.
87  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which is a better username for me? on: February 19, 2017, 10:47:34 pm
...you're a sock, aren't you.
88  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do You Support Forcibly Removing Manchin from the Transcaucasus? on: February 19, 2017, 09:41:24 pm
The Democratic party certainly should take a few notes from the CPSU when it comes to party discipline. Tongue
89  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the Previous Poster's Signature: The Wrath of Khan on: February 19, 2017, 09:12:58 pm
I'm no fan of Jackson by any stretch, but at least he seemed sincere in his concern for the little (White) guy. Which is more than can be said for our modern brand of racist populists.
90  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Average Atlas Argument on: February 19, 2017, 07:54:03 pm
I agree with this post without even checking out the link because CrabCake is usually right.

You should check it out. It was already quite an experience to watch that while sober, but doing it while drunk would be amazing.
91  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Why do so many think God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-loving? on: February 19, 2017, 06:27:06 pm
There's no proof of God anyways. And in my personal beliefs, I already reject the idea of hell.

Good for you?
The post I was responding to:

"You can't relax some of these doctrines and just expect the rest to hold. "

Huh? Eternal damnation is one of the doctrines that's very much in discussion among Christians. Omnipotence, omniscience and benevolence aren't, and there are reasons for that.
92  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Average Atlas Argument on: February 19, 2017, 05:57:28 pm
christ
93  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: pity :/ on: February 19, 2017, 05:29:16 pm
Interesting.
94  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Democrats: Do you support forcibly removing Manchin from the democratic caucus? on: February 19, 2017, 05:26:43 pm
I think you're all missing the bigger picture. Yes, it's pretty likely that enforcing party discipline the way Republicans did will cost us seats in the short term, but guess what, Republicans did that, and now they hold majorities in both houses and do basically what they want with it.

I think you're overstating the effects of what the GOP's discipline The party in power tends to do poorly in secondary elections, whether it's midterms, provincial elections, or the European parliament. The GOP was always going to do well in 2010 and 2014, given the maps they faced, the economic situation in 2010, the 2nd term incumbent in 2014 etc. Likewise, the Democrats ought to do very well in 2018.

The question then becomes, how did the GOP (or any party out of power) relative to expectations? The effects of discipline and the Tea Party are far more ambiguous when viewed through this framework. In the House, it looks quite effective. In the Senate, not so much. Betsy DeVos for example, wouldn't have required Mike Pence's vote if the GOP hadn't choked in Indiana and Missouri in 2012.

Party discipline is what allowed the GOP to filibuster most of Obama's agenda when they had only 41 seats in the Senate. With just one Republican defection, you could have gotten a public option through, a much bolder stimulus plan, an immigration reform, etc. After 2011, Republican discipline turned Obama into a 6-year lame-duck President despite winning reelection. Republican discipline denied him the constitutional right to appoint a justice to replace Scalia. If Republicans had acted like Democrats do, this entire Presidency would have been something completely different. Now Republican discipline (and Democratic indiscipline) allowed T***p to fill his cabinet despite some highly controversial picks, it's likely to ram through an Obamacare repeal that most Americans don't support, and I'm willing to bet that it will rubber-stamp most if not all of T***p's initiatives, even when wildly unpopular.

You think that wasn't worth losing a couple of seats in 2010 and 2012?
95  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The CrabCake Bureau of Funny Post Archival on: February 19, 2017, 03:57:26 pm
96  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Make a case for your faith (or philosophy) on: February 19, 2017, 02:53:35 pm
God help us, "Greatest I am" has found this thread.
97  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are american high schools like how they are on TV and films? on: February 19, 2017, 02:17:56 pm
I have no doubt that the sort of hyperprivileged SoCal high school depicted in Clueless is closer to reality than would make me comfortable.
98  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Has the phrase "identity politics" become as worthless as "neoliberalism"? on: February 19, 2017, 02:06:28 pm
No, and neither are worthless.
99  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How often do you salute your cardboard cutout of Trump? on: February 19, 2017, 02:03:40 pm
This actually is sad.
100  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Choose the first woman President. on: February 19, 2017, 02:02:58 pm
Several great choices, but voted the last option.
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