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1876  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: One year ago today... on: November 07, 2013, 03:02:20 pm
If only Newt had been the nominee...Sad

1877  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should reading be a civil right? on: November 05, 2013, 06:16:27 pm
Ah, the "acting white" myth.
1878  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Ayaan Hirsi Ali on: November 05, 2013, 11:27:40 am
Well at least we can safely say that  doubling down on "Western " imperialism will surely win hearts and minds!!!

Oh, and HP.
1879  General Politics / International General Discussion / Saudi Arabia-U.S. relations on: November 05, 2013, 01:51:54 am
What are your impressions of the relationship between the United States and the KSA?

Saudi Arabia, it seems to me, has dealt with the problem of Salafi jihadism within its own borders in large part by exporting many of the most militant tendencies and individuals within the Kingdom to other countries. Tongue This has also had the effect of expanding Saudi influence to counteract Shiite governments in Iraq, Iran, and Syria, in addition to Israel (of course. Tongue)

Obviously, America can't walk away from Saudi Arabia overnight. I do wonder, though, how much our dependence on Saudi oil hurts our position in the Middle East. Tongue

Anyway, just some rambling of my own-feel free to discuss more!
1880  Forum Community / Forum Community / Social skills revisited on: November 04, 2013, 05:37:41 pm
First, I want to thank Bacon King for the original idea and thread. Smiley

Recently I have been reflecting on my own issues with social interaction, what's worked for me and what hasn't worked, and what my strengths are. I have realized that I sell myself short on a lot of things, which has made social isolation a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Having said that, I have learned that there's never a guarantee of a particular outcome in any given social situation-and you know what? That's the beauty of interacting with other people. Life would be boring and unfulfilling if everything happened in a predictable, "safe" way. Embrace the possibility of failure, as well as the possibility of success, and you have a higher success rate in social life than simply sitting at home with no one to talk to but yourself.

Of course, "success" and "failure" are to a great degree, in the eye of the beholder; what is successful for me will look different from Bacon King's definition of a good social life, to some extent. But though details differ, the concepts and themes are the same: learning specific social skills to add to your repertoire, when paired with the uniqueness of you as an individual, will allow you to have that much more of an impact when interacting with others. Smiley

So now, off my soapbox-what are some tips or helpful guidelines for social behavior that you can share with the rest of the forum? ("You" being everyone! Tongue ) Any testimonies/success stories that you want to share?

Thanks in advance!


1881  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: What's your Abortion Policy? on: November 03, 2013, 08:34:00 pm
I believe that women should have reproductive rights, which include unrestricted access to abortion.

I also believe that men, including myself, are not qualified to make policy on the matter.
1882  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Question about Pennsyltucky on: November 03, 2013, 06:36:03 pm
I was about to mention coal, but then I found this map:


Oddly enough, the coalfields in PA are mostly confined to the western portion of the state, and cover less than half of the state overall, so energy/environmental issues likely don't have a large impact on the voting patterns of central PA the way they do in other coal states.

which is why western PA historically supported Democrats up until recently. It votes kind of like West Virginia and is prone to the same political trends.

There doesn't appear to be any kind of coal industry in central PA which explains why it has been more historically Republican.

No, but the people who took the coal and made it into things like iron and steel were located in central and eastern Pennsylvania. So you had steelworkers in what was up until the early 20th century a very anti-labor environment and may have been more inclined to vote Republican as a result; and all of the engineers, managers, factory owners, bankers and lawyers working in the steel industry who were voting Republican out of self-interest.


It's interesting to compare the 1948 and 1960 maps for presidential elections, and see how similar the patterns were in PA.

1948:


1960:
 
1883  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the CIA on: November 03, 2013, 02:50:08 pm
Worse than Al Qaeda?

......
1884  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of John F. Kennedy on: November 03, 2013, 02:45:53 pm

OMG SO CLEVER
1885  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of John F. Kennedy on: November 03, 2013, 02:04:48 pm
oakvale's the only one talking a lick of sense in this thread

No.
1886  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which state is more socially liberal? on: November 03, 2013, 01:59:29 pm
Meaningless words. Oh, please stop with the meaningless words.

Socially liberal, fiscally conservative: Libertarian, or Rockefeller Republican???

ATLAS HELP ME PLZ
1887  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What Ideology is the preceding poster... on: November 03, 2013, 12:44:01 am
American Leftist
1888  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Is it possible for God to assume the form of different avatars? on: November 02, 2013, 04:59:51 pm
Man has always made god in his own image usyally based on the cultural template pertinent to his upbringing so it's nothing new.

And this is an inherently bad thing?
1889  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of John F. Kennedy on: November 02, 2013, 04:19:19 pm
Massive FF, underrated in general by people who think they're sage (see the bizarre Woodrow Wilson backlash on the internet).

No.
1890  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of John F. Kennedy on: November 02, 2013, 03:59:19 pm
Obviously a man of peace and a "dove" who was super-liberal and the last Great Man (TM) who was President before the CIA murdered him and then the Shadow Government took over America.

RIP AMERICA 1776-1963 Sad
1891  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Odds of an anti-SSM Democrat winning any primary? Odds of a pro-SSM Republican? on: November 02, 2013, 01:54:32 pm
There are already about an even number of pro-SSM Republicans as there are anti-SSM.  It is no longer as taboo of a subject or a position even for the Republicans.

It really isn't and Republicans are much more accepting of gay marriage than the dinosaur media wants people to think. Also, it's not an issue they're really very passionate about compared to Democrats. Regardless of what my party thinks, I think we should help to legalize it just to take an issue off of the table for Democrats.

Very true.
Sorry guys, but this is wishful thinking. The Republican Party will not nominate a pro-SSM candidate in 2016. Maybe they will in 2020, after Ted Cruz or someone like him leads them to disaster, but the Republican base, which is much older, more rural, and more religious than the country as a whole, is still implacably opposed to gay marriage.

Don't forget more white and more male than the country as a whole.
1892  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: From Salon: The Heritage Foundation has always been full of hacks on: November 02, 2013, 01:47:53 pm
You just found this out?

No, but there is an effort to paint the so-called "movement conservatives" of the mid-to-late 20th century as being respectable, compared to the Tea Party "crazies."
1893  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / From Salon: The Heritage Foundation has always been full of hacks on: November 02, 2013, 01:41:10 pm
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The current shutdown has shone a bright light on Washington’s premier conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation. Since former Sen. Jim DeMint took over Heritage’s presidency in 2012, it has used its power to push congressional Republicans as far to the right as possible on a number of positions including defunding Obamacare. Many credit its outside pressure as one of the key factors in forcing the recent shutdown. Liberal writers and publications have taken notice, with many asserting that such moves represent the “death” of an older Heritage model. Molly Ball’s take in theAtlantic.com is the most developed as she draws on interviews to present a narrative of institutional decline in which Heritage was once a respectable and studious institution with Ph.D.s producing rigorous conservative policy for Republican lawmakers that has become a political lobbying group that cares little about the intricacies of policymaking and will often disagree with Republicans on such matters. Moreover, according to Ball, Heritage was formerly an explicitly elitist organization funded by conservative elites for conservative elites. Now, it is too “grass roots” — more inclined to listen to Tea Party rabble-rousers than to Republican lawmakers.

This narrative of decline has an aura of plausibility given the actions undertaken since DeMint’s arrival. However, closer inspection of the history of Heritage reveals much more continuity between past and present: Today’s Heritage Foundation is what the think tank’s founders had in mind when they incorporated it in 1973. Heritage’s founders and caretakers have always prized the speed of policy production over rigor, and seen their institution as aligned with both conservative elites and the grass roots. Heritage has always sought to push the Republican Party to the maximal right-wing position, even if that meant disagreeing with Republicans in public. The commitment to this original project, developed and reworked over the past four decades, has led to the political ascendency of Heritage. Those who “wish it was the Heritage of old” are pining for something that never existed


more: http://www.salon.com/2013/10/20/the_heritage_foundation_has_always_been_full_of_hacks/
1894  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: The Sun Belt Right on: November 02, 2013, 01:21:44 pm
I actually agree with you,

In most of the South and Southwest most of the suburban areas outside of NOVA and parts of North Carolina's research triangle and heavily old/culturally northern areas of Miami are pretty conservative.

Two points I have to add though,

1. Aside from military spending and oil the South's suburbs have grown to become more diverse economically esp. since the late 1980's and throughout the 90's since they have added other industries like medical research, education, information technology, and logistics to their economic base. Part of this has been caused by businesses leaving urban more Democratic states in the Northeast and Pacific Coast(MA, CA, NY) for the less regulated and less taxed business environment found in places like TX, AZ, and GA.

2. Another misconception is that most of the "Tea Party" representatives in Congress come from less populated rural districts in Red States when actually most of their districts are overwhelmingly white, conservative, middle/upper middle class suburban areas throughout the South and parts of the Southwest. 

3. Also the Sunbelt is changing demographically-the GOP's future in many parts of the South and Southwest is far from guaranteed.

Good points, thanks!
1895  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Colorado on: November 02, 2013, 01:14:30 pm
Two of my uncles live there.....so yeah.

FS.
1896  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: who is the worst democrat senator? on: November 02, 2013, 01:13:31 pm
Manchin.
1897  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Partisan composition of state legislatures, 2013 on: November 01, 2013, 06:15:30 pm
The Republican Party holds 29 state lower house chambers.

The Democratic Party holds 20 state lower house chambers.

Nebraska's unicameral legislature is nonpartisan.

http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Partisan_composition_of_state_houses

The Republican Party holds 28 state senate chambers.

The Democratic Party holds 20 state senate chambers.

One chamber is a 20-20 tie between the two parties (Virginia), while Nebraska's unicameral legislature is nonpartisan.

http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Partisan_composition_of_state_senates
1898  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: "Fundamentalist" vs "Evangelical" on: November 01, 2013, 05:55:12 pm
Evangelicalism to me is to me contrasted with Calvinism or more broadly with the doctrine of unconditional election.

Evangelicals generally see their evangelism as something that could make the difference in whether or not someone else ends up being saved.  By contrast, Calivinsts would at most view evangelism as the mechanism that God has chosen to bring the elect to him.

Good post.
1899  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Favorite 500,000+ city: The south - Round 1 on: November 01, 2013, 05:49:02 pm
Dallas
Austin
Houston

Don't mess with Texas. Tongue
1900  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of corporate executives, managers, and professionals on: November 01, 2013, 05:47:52 pm
good people.  and they dont even spit while waiting at the subway station.
Oh, so that's your latest jab at blue-collar workers?  Well, for those that actually do, at least they don't shoot their best friends in the face. 

walter is a blue collar worker, leftist.

Self-hating, though, obviously.

On the contrary, he likely thinks that other blue-collar workers are his adversaries. Look at his attitude toward unions.
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