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1876  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why didn't the Democrats run more aggressively on the economy this year? on: November 29, 2014, 03:48:15 pm
Very few people give a damn about "the economy." People care about maintaining their standard of living and maintaining a sense of material security. Since improvements in GDP, the stock market, unemployment, or whatever no longer bear more than a weak apparent relationship with either of those concerns, why should that motivate anyone to vote for the party in power? These will only become subjects of interest for most of us during the next crisis, when we are told that we cannot but accept cuts to services, lower wages, reduced job security, and all of the rest to an even greater degree than we have already.

Good post.
1877  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why didn't the Democrats run more aggressively on the economy this year? on: November 29, 2014, 03:45:40 pm
Most of this prosperity has been concentrated with the elites. To most voters, Obama has been an economic failure.

That's a longer-term structural issue with the economy though. You can hardly pin that on Obama.
1878  General Politics / International General Discussion / Mubarak acquitted over protesters' deaths on: November 29, 2014, 01:22:13 pm
A Cairo court has cleared former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak of conspiring to kill protesters during the 2011 uprising against his rule, following a protracted retrial which offered the ageing autocrat a platform to defend his legacy.

Seven former security chiefs, including Mr Mubarak’s notorious interior minister Habib al Adly, also walked free over their role in brutal suppression of an uprising that shook the foundations of their regime.

Judge Mahmoud Rashidi had earlier acquitted Mubarak, 86, and his sons Alaa and Gamal, both in their 50s, of separate embezzlement charges. The brothers jubilantly embraced across the courtroom cage when the session ended. As their father lay back on his hospital stretcher, a quiet smile crept briefly across his face.

“I did nothing wrong at all,” he told an Egyptian private broadcaster over the phone from his hospital room after the verdict.

1879  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama threatens to veto $440 billion tax deal on: November 29, 2014, 12:40:14 pm
Republicans "reward" their (white) working-class supporters by announcing that they would allow the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit to expire. Why? Because of Obama's executive action over immigration, of course.


Petty, spiteful, etc.
1880  General Politics / International General Discussion / UN Panel to United States: Security/Law Enforcement Policies Need to Change on: November 28, 2014, 08:23:54 pm
GENEVA — The United States needs to make numerous changes to bring its security policies and domestic law enforcement practices fully into line with an international treaty banning torture and cruel treatment, a United Nations panel said Friday.

Delivering its findings after two days of hearings in Geneva attended by government representatives this month, the panel monitoring compliance with the treaty cited serious concerns. Among those concerns included the rules of interrogation, a failure to fully investigate allegations of torture during the administration of President George W. Bush, police shootings of unarmed African-Americans and the use of solitary confinement in prisons.

“There are numerous areas where there are things that should be changed to be fully compliant” with the United Nations Convention Against Torture, a panel member, Alessio Bruni, told reporters in Geneva as the panel released a 16-page document of findings and recommendations.

1881  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Chuck Schumer: Focus on Obamacare was wrong. on: November 28, 2014, 04:29:31 pm
Schumer, like so many other Clinton-era Democrats, would be content to do nothing if it meant protecting Democratic Congressional majorities.

Notice that his critique is entirely political. He's not saying that the Affordable Care Act is bad policy, or that it has made people's lives worse; only that Democrats would have lost fewer seats. Sure, that's plausible. But if that's your highest priority, why even bother?

It's not at all a bad thing to be concerned about the political consequences of policies when said consequences mean a far lower probability of getting anything done. Nevertheless, I take your point about Schumer.
1882  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement Monday night) on: November 26, 2014, 02:04:26 pm
*Whereas in the U.S.A. the police kill hundreds of people every year. That North American society is observably more dangerous than Western/Northern European society can really only explain part of that.

Where do police officers in the US come from, if not American society?
1883  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Andrew Cuomo vs Donald Trump on: November 25, 2014, 02:34:27 pm
The Donald had the guts to call out Obama on his Birth Certificate when most Politicians wouldn't, where did Cuomo stand?, he remained silent.

1884  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Who are the five worst Governors in America? on: November 25, 2014, 02:11:41 pm
Scott Walker
Sam Brownback
Rick Scott
Rick Snyder
Jay Nixon
1885  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I went to church in a suburb today on: November 25, 2014, 01:58:06 pm
BRTD is slowly going over to the Dark Side. Sad
1886  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Cops on: November 24, 2014, 11:31:16 pm
Somewhat entertaining show.
1887  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Boehner forms another Benghazi committee to try and get a guilty verdict on: November 24, 2014, 11:27:56 pm
He should hire Bob McCulloch. He's been known to help out white men with legal problems.
1888  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement tonight) on: November 24, 2014, 11:26:21 pm
At this point, the best response is just kill ALL of the white/Caucasian people in the US.

Full disclosure; I am White/Caucasian

Please tell me this is sarcasm. If not, I hope you're never let near a gun, knife, or even your own hands.

50% sarcasm 50% serious

1889  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement tonight) on: November 24, 2014, 10:32:55 pm
Reminder that black people are seen as monsters by the majority of whites and any force against them will always be seen as justified.
True. Don't you think there's a reason for that?

Racism, prejudice, irrational fear, etc.
1890  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement tonight) on: November 24, 2014, 10:30:08 pm
The elitist continues to disappoint. The silver lining is that this may well be the beginning of the end of Democratic control of the black vote. Only a socialist front can fight against systemic racism and win.

Yeah I definitely was hoping that Obama would call for violence/revolution/disregard for the rule of law.  That was clearly a realistic expectation to put upon the President of the United States.
1891  General Politics / Individual Politics / Opinion of Robert P. McCulloch on: November 24, 2014, 10:24:28 pm
1892  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this image on: November 24, 2014, 08:22:54 pm
Real Americans vs. Trues Scotsmen
1893  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of dead0man on: November 24, 2014, 08:21:12 pm
Grudging respect, even though I disagree with him on a lot.

1894  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Bill Cosby on: November 24, 2014, 08:18:26 pm
Massive FF, unless these allegations are found to be accurate.

1895  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: House Republican leadership blocks police de-militarization bill on: November 24, 2014, 08:11:39 pm
Obama should issue another executive order.

There's not one he can realistically issue.  The Democrats got upset with Nixon non spending monies that had been budgets and passed a law that basically makes it illegal to not spend money that has been budgeted unless it is impossible to do so.  At most he could issue an order tightening up the standards for distributing arms to local police armies, but there's not anything he can do to stop the process without Congress letting him.

That wasn't meant to be serious...Tongue
1896  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Who are the ten best Senators in America? on: November 24, 2014, 08:11:14 pm
Elizabeth Warren
Jeff Merkeley
Bernie Sanders
Kirsten Gillibrand
Tom Harkin
Angus King
Ben Cardin
Amy Klobuchar
Jon Tester
Ron Wyden
1897  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: House Republican leadership blocks police de-militarization bill on: November 24, 2014, 08:04:56 pm
Obama should issue another executive order.
1898  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: November 24, 2014, 06:00:47 pm
My depression has gone from 'worrying' through 'damaging' to 'debilitating'. I tried to kill myself earlier. I couldn't go for my daily bike ride because I cried so hard that I pulled several muscles.
Nathan, I know there is little I can say to alleviate the pain your going through. I am actually on Abilify right now (treating bipolar depression), and while I am not sold 100% on medication as the "end all/be all" treatment, I certainly hope that you can find something to recharge your batteries. You're presence on this forum has helped so many people, and I can't begin to describe just how much we revere and respect you as a person. I have and will continue to keep you in my prayers, because you really are one of the most considerate, kindest, and decent human beings that I have ever encountered, and you don’t deserve to be this miserable. I really, really hope everything starts to get better for you Smiley.

+1000, to all of it.
1899  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement Monday night) on: November 24, 2014, 05:01:23 pm
ST. LOUIS — A grand jury has reached a decision on whether to indict Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager sparked days of turbulent protests, sources close to the process said.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) and the county prosecutor’s office are expected to hold news conferences later Monday, and prosecutors have notified the family of Michael Brown — the teen who Wilson killed — that the grand jury’s decision will be announced Monday night, family attorney Benjamin Crump said.

Crump and other sources gave no indication of whether Wilson, 28, will face state charges in the August shooting death of Brown, 18, which triggered a frank conversation about race and police interaction with African Americans.

1900  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Robert F. Kennedy on: November 23, 2014, 03:03:13 pm
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