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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Jack Bruce (Cream bassist/singer) dead at 71 on: October 25, 2014, 11:01:22 am
Jack Bruce, bassist from 1960s band Cream, has died aged 71, his publicist confirms.

Legendary supergroup Cream, which also included Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, are now considered one of the most important bands in rock history.

They sold 35 million albums in just over two years and were given the first ever platinum disc for Wheels of Fire.

Bruce wrote and sang most of the songs, including "I Feel Free" and "Sunshine Of Your Love".


2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is Bushie the most selfish Atlas poster? on: October 24, 2014, 08:41:26 pm
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Steve King: "I donít expect to meet [gays] should I make it to heaven." on: October 24, 2014, 06:31:54 pm
Louie Gohmert must have felt a disturbance in the force because he went out and made a more ridiculous comment:


Don't worry, King will be back next week-if not before-in the latest installment of "But wait-there's more!" series of the Congressional Clown Caucus.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Ted Cruz staffer trolls hard on Twitter on: October 24, 2014, 02:41:39 pm

5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you hire Bushie for a $20/hour job? on: October 23, 2014, 09:33:49 pm
If I don't make $20/hour, why should he?


I got a freaking BACHELOR'S degree and work full time at an office and I don't make that much money.  Why the hell should Bushie?

Meh. Bushie got e-degree in e-something. He deserved better.

Man, I can't imagine Bushie in a college setting.  Did he go to a real school or one of Pat Robertson's shams?

He went to an Oklahoma state school, IIRC.
6  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Is Obama finished? on: October 23, 2014, 06:36:44 pm
Obama 2016!
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: RNC: America needs a principled conservative leader-like George W. Bush on: October 23, 2014, 12:44:59 pm
Woohoo we're expanding Medicaid and passing immigration reform!!!

Don't distract us with your liberal nitpicking.

EDIT: Fair enough. But consider that these are the same people who are supposedly more attentive, educated, and informed about politics than most everyone else. The bar seems depressingly low.
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / RNC: America needs a principled conservative leader-like George W. Bush on: October 23, 2014, 12:40:35 pm
In a fundraising email sent out Tuesday, RNC chief operating officer Sara Armstrong promised Republicans would bring the leadership qualities of President George W. Bush to the Senate if they prevailed in the upcoming Nov. 4 midterm elections.

ďPresident George W. Bush once said, ĎI will live and lead by these principles: to advance my convictions with civility, to pursue the public interest with courage, to speak for greater justice and compassion, to call for responsibility and try to live it as well,íĒ the email starts.

ďThatís what America needs right now: a big dose of leadership. The kind of principled conservative leadership President Bush provided our great nation. And the kind of leadership Republicans will deliver when we win a Senate majority.Ē

9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rank Each State on the Spectrum on: October 22, 2014, 04:02:56 pm
How on earth is Connecticut "Populist Leaning Liberal"?

Isn't it the richest state in the Union?

Not everyone in CT is rich, believe it or not. Yes, the Gold Coast and parts of the rest of the state are insane, but many of CT's towns and cities are certainly not rich.

Check the results of elections by town maps in CT.  Notice any patterns?
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / If you thought Obama's response to Ebola hasn't been ideal... on: October 21, 2014, 09:27:59 pm
...just thank whatever deity you may or may not believe in that we're not having a repeat of the AIDS crisis.

White House Press Briefing ó Oct. 15, 1982

Q: Larry, does the President have any reaction to the announcementóthe Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, that AIDS is now an epidemic and have over 600 cases?
   MR. SPEAKES: Whatís AIDS?
   Q: Over a third of them have died. Itís known as ďgay plague.Ē (Laughter.) No, it is. I mean itís a pretty serious thing that one in every three people that get this have died. And I wondered if the President is aware of it?
    MR. SPEAKES: I donít have it. Do you? (Laughter.)
    Q: No, I donít.
    MR. SPEAKES: You didnít answer my question.
    Q: Well, I just wondered, does the Presidentó
    MR. SPEAKES: How do you know? (Laughter.)
    Q: In other words, the White House looks on this as a great joke?
    MR. SPEAKES: No, I donít know anything about it, Lester.
    Q: Does the President, does anybody in the White House know about this epidemic, Larry?
    MR. SPEAKES: I donít think so. I donít think thereís been anyó
    Q: Nobody knows?
    MR. SPEAKES: There has been no personal experience here, Lester.
    Q: No, I mean, I thought you were keepingó
    MR. SPEAKES: I checked thoroughly with Dr. Ruge this morning and heís had noó(laughter)óno patients suffering from AIDS or whatever it is.
    Q: The President doesnít have gay plague, is that what youíre saying or what?
    MR. SPEAKES: No, I didnít say that.
    Q: Didnít say that?
    MR. SPEAKES: I thought I heard you on the State Department over there. Why didnít you stay there? (Laughter.)
    Q: Because I love you, Larry, thatís why. (Laughter.)
    MR. SPEAKES: Oh, I see. Just donít put it in those terms, Lester. (Laughter.)
    Q: Oh, I retract that.
    MR. SPEAKES: I hope so.
    Q: Itís too late.


Following discovery of the first cases in 1981, it soon became clear a national health crisis was developing. But President Reagan's response was "halting and ineffective," according to his biographer Lou Cannon. Those infected initially with this mysterious disease -- all gay men -- found themselves targeted with an unprecedented level of mean-spirited hostility.

A significant source of Reagan's support came from the newly identified religious right and the Moral Majority, a political-action group founded by the Rev. Jerry Falwell. AIDS became the tool, and gay men the target, for the politics of fear, hate and discrimination. Falwell said "AIDS is the wrath of God upon homosexuals." Reagan's communications director Pat Buchanan argued that AIDS is "nature's revenge on gay men."

With each passing month, death and suffering increased at a frightening rate. Scientists, researchers and health care professionals at every level expressed the need for funding. The response of the Reagan administration was indifference.

Writing in the Washington Post in late 1985, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, stated: "It is surprising that the president could remain silent as 6,000 Americans died, that he could fail to acknowledge the epidemic's existence. Perhaps his staff felt he had to, since many of his New Right supporters have raised money by campaigning against homosexuals."

Reagan would ultimately address the issue of AIDS while president. His remarks came May 31, 1987 (near the end of his second term), at the Third International Conference on AIDS in Washington. When he spoke, 36,058 Americans had been diagnosed with AIDS and 20,849 had died. The disease had spread to 113 countries, with more than 50,000 cases.

11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / If Republicans take the Senate next month, how long will they control Congress? on: October 21, 2014, 08:18:27 pm
What are your predictions for how long the Republicans will control both houses of Congress?

Furthermore, what would be the consequences for the remaining two years of Obama's Presidency, and if the Democrats also win the Presidency in 2016?

12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Better President, of these two (Bill Clinton vs. Barack Obama) on: October 21, 2014, 05:57:19 pm
lol@not a single Republican voting for Obama.

Obviously Obama.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Republican Party (1854-1874) on: October 17, 2014, 03:46:04 pm
If anything, I would say that it was a very grey area party that was very naive about the nature of wage slavery.  Mainly that they thought it was something that would suddenly go away sometime in the late 19th century but was actually there to stay.

Do you reckon that this idea that wage-labor is a temporary condition for working men is still a fixture of the Republican Party?

ie hard-working men will advance in society, eventually reaching the point where they're able to start their own businesses, where they can then provide opportunities for more workers to advance themselves and do likewise.

14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gamergate on: October 17, 2014, 02:26:43 pm
ďI want to say unequivocally, Gamergate did this to me,Ē she says. ďIf Iím saying this less on Twitter itís because I feel fanning the flames will endanger my life even more. I know that many #gamergate supporters are trying their best to distance themselves from these events, but I agree with many others that feel the movement is inexorably linked with misogyny and sexism.

ďDonít take my word for it. Anyone can go to 8chan, a website entirely for Gamergaters. You can read what they post about me and other women. Itís not just casual sexism, itís angry, violent sexism. They donít see me, Zoe or Anita as people, just objects to be destroyed.

ďI am a programmer. If I write code, I donít evaluate the results by what I hope the code will be. I evaluate it by what happens when I compile it. I evaluate it by results. Right now, the result of #gamergate is this: Every woman I know in the industry is scared. Many have thought about quitting. Three of us have been the victims of death threats, and some of us have been driven from our homes.Ē

15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Some facts about homelessness in America on: October 17, 2014, 01:02:34 pm
Do you have numbers on how much of homelessness is voluntary like you keep asserting?

The poor have it good in America, you see. Too good.
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is hating hip-hop racist? on: October 17, 2014, 12:50:37 pm
A lot of the people who hate hip-hop are racist.
17  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is It Unfair that Caucasians Are So Diverse? on: October 16, 2014, 06:06:30 pm
Those other people all look the same to me.  Help?

18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Under whose leadership would you rather have lived? on: October 16, 2014, 06:00:40 pm
Thatcher vs. Reagan seems like the more appropriate comparison.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Republican Party (1854-1874) on: October 16, 2014, 05:56:13 pm
Freedom Party, though probably less radical than being made out to be by some here..but in that time, in this country?

Yeah, Freedom Party for sure.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Some facts about homelessness in America on: October 16, 2014, 09:29:30 am
Fact One. Over half a million people are homeless

On any given night, there are over 600,000 homeless people in the US according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Most people are either spending the night in homeless shelters or in some sort of short term transitional housing. Slightly more than a third are living in cars, under bridges or in some other way living unsheltered.

Fact Two. One quarter of homeless people are children

HUD reports that on any given night over 138,000 of the homeless in the US are children under the age of 18. Thousands of these homeless children are unaccompanied according to HUD. Another federal program, No Child Left Behind, defines homeless children more broadly and includes not just those living in shelters or transitional housing but also those who are sharing the housing of other persons due to economic hardship, living in cars, parks, bus or train stations, or awaiting foster care placement. Under this definition, the National Center for Homeless Education reported in September 2014 that local school districts reported there are over one million homeless children in public schools.

Fact Three. Tens of thousands of veterans are homeless

Over 57,000 veterans are homeless each night. Sixty percent of them were in shelters, the rest unsheltered. Nearly 5000 are female.

Fact Four. Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness in women

More than 90% of homeless women are victims of severe physical or sexual abuse and escaping that abuse is a leading cause of their homelessness.

More: http://www.alternet.org/10-shocking-and-wildly-depressing-facts-about-being-homeless-uncaring-america
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which states qualify as culturally Southern? on: October 15, 2014, 06:45:42 pm
Depends on the definition of "Southern", doesn't it?
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of South Dakota on: October 14, 2014, 07:40:48 pm
While we're on the subject of South Dakota, what's the difference between it and North Dakota in terms of political culture?
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The Warren vs. Obama Spin on: October 13, 2014, 06:57:35 pm
I'm glad that the OP called it a "spin", because her comments are more balanced and nuanced than the "Obama is only for Wall Street banksters!" crowd gives her credit for.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rand Paul meets with NAACP and Urban League on: October 13, 2014, 06:55:44 pm
There are definitely very Republican solutions to the plight of African Americans. For one, an effort to jump start more small businesses in black communities to give them more jobs within their own communities instead of having to commute to serve white areas would certainly solve a lot of issues and be pro-business at the same time.  The government could definitely incentivize that banks be more lenient with small business loans to poor communities with poor credit ratings with little cost to the taxpayer or infringement of free market freedoms.

But see, there are certain people in the GOP based who would vomit at the idea of giving blacks that kind of "special privilege."

Nowadays you're more likely to see those Republican solutions be offered up by Democrats. What gets offered up by Republicans tends to be....

*insert thinly veiled racist dog whistle*


Why don't more black people vote for us? Sad
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / There's only one candidate that can save the Republican Party... on: October 13, 2014, 06:54:28 pm

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