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76  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: NH- Clinton only ahead by 10 in Suffolk Poll on: June 22, 2015, 07:21:04 pm
This is a sign that Sanders COULD be for real. It's still difficult to fathom how he'd win the nomination, but he at least has a chance of avoiding a Gore vs. Bradley "over after New Hampshire" outcome and force the primary race to go a few months.
77  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: PA: Harper: Toomey leads by 20+ points on: June 22, 2015, 07:13:38 pm
Obviously a junk poll. Toomey isn't going to win by more than Santorum lost. I don't doubt that Toomey is at least somewhat ahead, but it would be foolish not to invest in this race. PA is more likely than not to stay Democratic in the presidential race, so Toomey will have to count on winning a lot of Clinton voters.

The statewide and national Dem establishment is far more focused on beating Sestak than they are on beating Toomey.

Yeah, someone explain that to me. A guy who beats a seriously contested primary then comes within a hairsbreadth of winning a light blue state in 2010. Not to say Sestak doesn't have his weaknesses, but all things considered please tell me why again the establishment wants Shapiro??
78  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Maine Senator Angus King to Undergo Cancer Surgery on: June 22, 2015, 07:04:21 pm
He's a garbage human being but he doesn't deserve to die. Hope the surgery goes well.

WTF is your problem with King? Seriously.

I'm not saying he's all that and a bag of chips, but what on earth has he ever done to inspire (let alone deserve) that level of vitriol?

Contributed to the election of Paul LePage with his self righteous "I don't like either party even though I agree with the Democrats on 90% of the issues" shtick.

Well, I'm no fan of LePage, but surely that's still unfair. He endorsed Michaud, and even if you consider his support too tepid that's hardly deserving of your "human garbage" label.
79  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Maine Senator Angus King to Undergo Cancer Surgery on: June 22, 2015, 06:52:11 pm
He's a garbage human being but he doesn't deserve to die. Hope the surgery goes well.

WTF is your problem with King? Seriously.

I'm not saying he's all that and a bag of chips, but what on earth has he ever done to inspire (let alone deserve) that level of vitriol?
80  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Kasich's welfare state heresy on: June 22, 2015, 06:48:59 pm
Kasich is a huge FF and hopefully he wins (which is very unliely) an outside shot).
81  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favorite TV Shows on: June 22, 2015, 06:39:09 pm
Mine are: 24, Monk, White Collar, Psych, Jeopardy, Who Wants to Be a Millioniare(No clock Hot Seat  version) , Shark Tank, The Middle

What are you, 70?
82  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Milwaukee on: June 22, 2015, 06:37:19 pm
The Safe House gets it an FC rating.

I specifically sought that place out on my trip. It is indeed cool. Smiley
83  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather have your son become a hipster Christian or Randian atheist? on: June 22, 2015, 06:36:01 pm
What if he was a hipster Christian that was also into Ayn Rand?

How would that even be possible? The worldviews are basically diametrically opposed.
In BRTD-land, perhaps, but you don't think there are Christians into Rand (not me, ftr)? and considering there are plenty of hipsters into Rand, how far of a jump is there for one to go to church?

Not many. According to DRA, all the precincts most known for hipsters voted over 88% for Obama in 2008. No numbers for 2012, but probably about the same seeing as how Obama did about the same in Minneapolis.

Also hipster Christian churches specifically promote a polar opposite philosophy from Rand. Remember, it's basically "liberation theology for middle class white people" as someone once put it, not a prosperity theology type church.

I was going to suggest you perhaps an overly exclusive definition of "hipster", but after seeing some of the results from googling "Conservative hipster christian", I suspect you're right. Tongue

They do exist, but are rare. So that said, what would the proper poll response be for such an unusual, but not at all extinct, hybrid? Wink
84  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of ag on: June 21, 2015, 07:16:17 pm
Massive FF. He has a pretty different ideological perspective from my own, but I almost always learn something--new facts, new arguments, new ways of framing and presenting facts and arguments--from his posts, and watching him really give his all and hold forth on something he cares about is a sight to behold.
85  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which Romance language would you rather learn? on: June 21, 2015, 06:47:42 pm
Latin, by far. I already know Italian and French.

<mega-facepalm>

why not a language that, you know, people actually speak in real life? Tongue
86  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which Romance language would you rather learn? on: June 21, 2015, 04:46:17 pm
Spanish by far. One of the most important languagees for the future of american business baring chinese.
87  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: When was the last time you went to a video store? on: June 21, 2015, 04:43:50 pm
Maybe 2010? Probably earier.
88  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NBA Finals MVP Award goes to.... on: June 21, 2015, 04:41:07 pm
Obviously LeBron was by far the best player on the floor. Voting for anyone else is silly.
89  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Checkers vs. Chess on: June 21, 2015, 04:40:22 pm
Chess. Checkers is a game for septigenarians and 8 year olds.
90  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite University Series: Ohio edition on: June 21, 2015, 04:37:37 pm
Write in: College of Wooster Fighting Scots
91  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Better band: The Beach Boys or Counterparts on: June 21, 2015, 04:35:43 pm
Still lol to the extreme that BRTD can't hear the similarities with classic thrash me6al.
92  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The new ten dollar bill to have a woman on: June 21, 2015, 04:30:21 pm
get rid of Grant. yes, an invaluable civil war general, but a god-awful president.

Actually, he was remarkably non-racist by 19th century standards and seems to have been sincere about reforming the South.  He also nearly single-handedly won the Civil War.

His intentions were far overshadowed by his incompetence and permissive attitude towards corruption , and just plain no to 'single-handedly' winning the war.
93  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather have your son become a hipster Christian or Randian atheist? on: June 21, 2015, 04:22:31 pm
What if he was a hipster Christian that was also into Ayn Rand?

How would that even be possible? The worldviews are basically diametrically opposed.
In BRTD-land, perhaps, but you don't think there are Christians into Rand (not me, ftr)? and considering there are plenty of hipsters into Rand, how far of a jump is there for one to go to church?
94  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your Sports Allegiances on: June 21, 2015, 04:03:44 pm
NFL - Pittsburgh Steelers
NHL - Pittsburgh Penguins
MLB - If the Pirates are winning.

This, but also props to the Blue Jackets and Buckeys (football).
95  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How much do you share about your previous relationships with significant others? on: June 21, 2015, 03:57:51 pm
Everything. i up front set out exactly what the prior ex-types did right and wrong so they can learn from those that came before. Keeps them on their toes.

My wife seems to have learned well, but i'm beginning to suspect she stopped listening some time ago.....
96  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Milwaukee on: June 21, 2015, 03:50:58 pm
Spent most of a week alone there for a prosecutor's conference. Definite freedom city.

And i get the impression that Wakashua is one of the few areas where BRTD's visceral hatred of suburbs is actually warranted. Tongue
97  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of this song ("thrash metal" content) on: June 21, 2015, 03:46:31 pm
I am now SOOOOOOO glad I've made it through 31 years of my life having only heard a handful of Metallica songs now.

Because by your own admission, you only listen to extremely specific subgenres of punk.

Not exactly, I do like some 90s alternative and grunge too. I like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, the first two Weezer albums and some more obscure 90s alternative bands.

Wow! SUCH diversity !
98  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you an alcoholic? on: June 21, 2015, 03:37:17 pm
An aspiring one. I've a feeling once I'm off probation I'll be back on the wagon, so to speak. The best way of restraining myself is through hangovers and finances.

Um, academic probation, or the real stuff if you dont mind my asking? Tongue
99  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should Dylann Roof receive the death penalty?/Will he? on: June 21, 2015, 03:28:21 pm
He doesn't deserve to die quickly by the hands of the state.  He should rot in prison for the rest of his miserable life.  

edit: lol at conservatives thinking that death is the worst thing that can happen to people.

and lol at liberals who think that that, even when a capital defendant fights like holy hell for years to save their lives, even if it'll be spent behind bars, that the liberals secretly know what the 'real' worst punishment is..Roll Eyes

Yes, there are the 'volunteers' who waive their appeals process in favor of a ((relatively ) speedy execution, but until when and IF Roof proves to be such a statistical anomoly, let's be intellectually honest about what killers like he truly consider the ultimate penalty.

So you would rather be locked up in a small cell for 70 years than be killed? 

No, assuming he's not legally insane, or some HIGHLY unlikely demonstrable other factor, i'd much prefer his trrial and appeals process lead to his execution by the end of the decade. Not likely, that quick, though.
100  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why not Betsy Ross? on: June 21, 2015, 03:17:51 pm
If we have to honor a woman, we should make sure they're white, inconsequential and not feminist or subversive in any way.  Right...

And don't forget whose major claim to fame is probably more apocryphal legend than truth.
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