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76  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Khizr Khan's "Travel Priviledges Being Reviewed": Couldn't Travel to Toronto on: March 07, 2017, 12:03:53 am
This guy is a joke. Doesn't he know his 15 minutes are over?

To the irony mine with this post.
77  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Before Meeting With Muslim Students, GOP Lawmaker Asks If They Beat Their Wives on: March 06, 2017, 01:48:35 am
These are not appropriate questions for school children but I'd very much like to see the same questionnaire given to CAIR and/or prominent Muslim preachers in the US. Although I suspect they would just refuse to answer and accuse the asker of racism.

These are legitimate questions though. They are based on the Quran, which Muslims believe is the unalterable, infallible word of God.

and no, digging up scary quotes from the Quran is not the same as digging up scary quotes from the Bible.

Biblical infallibility is not essential to the Christian religion. Quranic infallibility is not only essential to Islam, it is basically the entirety of Islam. Take away Quranic infallibility, there is literally no religion left.

Too stupid a post to respond. I have a trial in the morning and would need literally over an hour to explain everything that is so f#$king stupidly wrong in your post.

Suffice to say, if you said black in that post, the reality is white.

There, that sums it up nicely.

Oh, and you're an Islamophobic twit taking your own self-described $hitty job out on others whom you fear will make your life somehow even $hittier, when in fact it is the Trumps of this world viciously f#$king you in the ass while you smile and say "give 'em hell, Donnie!".
78  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: First Lady Melania reads to hospitalized children on: March 06, 2017, 01:41:23 am
No one would care if this headline was about Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, or Michelle Obama because we expect first lady's to do stuff like this.

Who cares what people "expect"? First Lady is not a public office. Melania, Laura, Michelle etc. are private citizens like you and me. Assigning certain duties based on who they're married to strikes me as a creepy monarchical relic tbh.

I don't know and don't care why Melania is doing this, but still, good for her.


Let her actually use the office of FLOTUS for something cogent and worthwhile, then we'll talk.

I for one am simply happy she was able to read the book.
79  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Midwest/Great Lakes questions on: March 06, 2017, 12:47:53 am
If you're in insurance, you should really consider Columbus.  Minneapolis is wonderful.  Madison is wonderful.  Ann Arbor is lovely (and I say that even as a Spartan).  Grand Rapids has a very nice reputation.  I was born in Fort Wayne; I moved away when I was 4, so I don't personally know much about it, but even by Midwestern standards it has a reputation for being dull.

IMO, though, you can't go wrong, and I'm jealous you have that kind of flexibility!

Columbus is definitely on my list. It has a better economy than Ohio's other big cities, is attracting young people, has a large insurance job market, and is a relatively safe city. Have you been to Columbus before? And I know those other cities are all very popular and attractive, but aside from Grand Rapids they're on their way to becoming pretty pricey.

These are the cities I'd consider to be on my list right now (in no particular order)...

Grand Rapids, MI
Columbus, OH
Omaha, NE
Rochester, NY

Cities under consideration...

Bloomington, IL
Rochester, MN
Milwaukee, WI
Cleveland, OH
Buffalo, NY
Green Bay, WI
Des Moines, IA

Currently attending college in Columbus and I can say it's a beautiful city. It's growing very quickly, and the economy is booming. If you want to work in insurance, many of the cities' major employers are in finance (Chase, Nationwide, etc). Fairly affordable too.

How easy is it to get around Columbus without a vehicle?

Depends on what part of Columbus. The city is geographically huge (extends into parts of 3 counties), so it depends on where your home and employment are. There's a decent bus system, and biking is well received.

The Columbus area is pretty awesome. Unlike the other cities you have on your list (other than Champaign maybe?) the regional economy is growing. It's got a strong insurance, education, tech, and medical economy.  Not many realize this, but it'll soon be the 10th most populous city in the country. It doesn't quite feel that way, though, as it is so spread out it doesn't feel like people living on top of one another. Likewise, the metro area is comparatively small-population-wise. Franklin County has about the same pop as Cleveland and Hamilton, but with far less populous adjacent counties.
80  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Poll: Only 3% of Austrian women are still virgins on: March 06, 2017, 12:38:48 am
Don't be so prude.

It's OK to post a poll like this.

It would be easier if you hadn't such a long established record of creepy misogyny in your posts.
81  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Poll: Only 3% of Austrian women are still virgins on: March 06, 2017, 12:36:50 am
82  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Approval poll: New Atlas moderators on: March 06, 2017, 12:35:25 am
Approve, especially as all of them are young and none of them are lawyers or aspiring lawyers.

Three suggested rules for improving Atlas moderation:

(1) No lawyers.
(2) No law students.
(3) No appointments past age 35, and no service past age 40.

If you don't mind me asking, what's the story behind this? Why are so against lawyers/law students becoming moderators? I'm new here.

Torie, mostly.

And Inks. (I don't THINK I contributed Tongue)
83  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Most Americans Believe Trump-Russia Connections Need Further Investigation on: March 06, 2017, 12:32:24 am
I'm sorry, but anyone who does not think this deserves--no, requires--a serious and thorough investigation is not only wrong but completely and totally un-American. I question your dignity, patriotism, and self respect. It doesn't matter who you voted for, and if Hillary had been elected and this happened I would be saying the same thing. The president of the United States has possibly committed treason; this is beyond all politics.

Bravo! Well put.
84  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump repays Michigan: Slashes Great Lakes clean-up fund by 97% in budget plan on: March 06, 2017, 12:31:55 am
     Calm down, fellows.

Because? We realize government paid environmental cleanup offends your libertarian sensibilities PiT, but some of us give a damn about the Great Lakes not turning into sludge again. Not to mention the loss of clean-up jobs.
85  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: First Lady Melania reads to hospitalized children on: March 06, 2017, 12:30:03 am

Is it gold digger, or trophy wife?

Two can play that game.

The answer to both is "yes". That's frequently how it works.
86  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CPAC: Milo disinvited, quits Breitbart on: March 06, 2017, 12:29:22 am
Pete's overt sympathy for rapists and pedophiles is highly disturbing.

Of course Pete himself is rather disturbed. That's why he wearing tin foil to prevent leftists from reading his thoughts you know.
87  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: WaPo: Sessions spoke twice with Russian ambassador during campaign on: March 06, 2017, 12:26:59 am

But they wont sack him for that.

Yeah, but they damned well should.

May I further note that Sessions lying about it demonstrates he had a reason to try hiding the contacts?!?

That conversation had a lot more to do than just, "Hey, what's up with that Assad guy?". Doubt it and I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
88  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: President Trump considering "compromise immigration bill" on: March 06, 2017, 12:23:52 am
Called it months ago. They recognize being anti-minority is going to backfire if Latinos turn out and continue voting Democratic. So ergo this.

I doubt the compromise will ever happen (Trump's base would revolt) but can you imagine the millions of new Democrats if a future Democratic President legalized them all?

This is hilarious to watch and I can only imagine Trump's base going apoplectic.
Of course Latino's are gonna continue to vote Dem most of them are immigrants or their parents of immigrants.

Well, the modern GOP acting like complete racist dicks to Hispanics of all stripes (except Cubans of course) doesn't help.

Hell, people are usually just as opposed to legal immigration as they are to illegal immigration for the same reasons.
89  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Before Meeting With Muslim Students, GOP Lawmaker Asks If They Beat Their Wives on: March 06, 2017, 12:21:36 am
There are plenty of similar conquer the non-believers lines in the Bible as well (although primarily in the Old Testament).
90  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: WA Sikh man shot in arm, told "Go back to your country" on: March 06, 2017, 12:14:16 am
Has anyone checked if Krazy has an alibi?
91  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Leashes Come Off Wall Street, Gun Sellers, Miners and More on: March 06, 2017, 12:10:58 am
Wall St love him. They are going to make a fortune.

Mineral exploration in the USA is something that is great for the economy. Apart from coal and iron ore, most mineral development projects are very environmentally friendly.

It's not the end of the world, it's just a re-balancing towards the 1950's.

You really don't begin to understand the implications of the "re-balancing", do you?
92  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: Trump claims Obama wire tapped Trump Tower. on: March 06, 2017, 12:02:21 am
This is a man who has believed every conspiracy theory about Obama that he has ever heard.
It's funny that this thread has more personal attacks on the messenger because the other side is still trying to form a consensus: is Trump a lying idiot who is simply making this up? Or is it true and should be defended as a good thing?

Either way, he has a consistent track record of being proven right in phony scandal after scandal, so I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you.

Are you high or suffering from a head injury? Serious question.

Oh, you seem to have gone completely silent in this thread. Are you tucking tail and crawling away in admission you once again defended the unhinged loon in chief, or is your mouth just full with Trump's balls again?
93  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Do you think the Dems are focusing too much on the Russia narrative? on: March 05, 2017, 11:57:22 pm
The point here isn't overestimating Russia's status as akin to Cold War rivalry days--though anyone that underestimates Putin's attempts and ability to weaken American influence globally, particularly in the Middle East and Europe, does so at their own folly--but rather that this has the unfolding of a potential real scandal of lies and backroom foreign contacts that has exposed the top of Trump's administration as perjurers at best, and literal traitors at worst. 
94  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Poll: Divided Americans fret country losing identity on: March 05, 2017, 11:47:18 pm
Divided? What malarkey is this?

One party won the Presidency, the House, the Senate, the Governorships, and many many many State Legislatures. We are quite united.

Other than that whole popular vote and gerrymandering thing.
95  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump repays coal miners: 23,000 retired Coal Miners to Lose Healthcare/Benefits on: March 05, 2017, 11:45:50 pm
Some of the reactions in this thread are nearly as despicable as this news.

And equally counter-productive.
96  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Protestors confront politicians at town halls megathread on: March 05, 2017, 11:43:31 pm
How is a 7.7% win a landslide? I mean it's a very comfortable win, but its not a landslide.

Florida has been a tough state for Republicans to win Senate elections since the beginning of direct elections of Senators. It's never elected 2 simultaneous Republicans at all. Rubio did better than most others.

One might think that counts for something.

In 2014 Montana's Class II Senate Seat ended an entire century of uninterrupted Democratic officeholders but that doesn't mean Steve Daines' 18 point win against a math teacher with an entirely unfunded campaign was in any way unexpected and it says nothing about Daines himself. You can massage statistics to make any claim you want but just because Robio did a little bit better than other candidates in his situation have, it doesn't mean he gets to suddenly start ignoring the people he represents

Those are not statistics. They are actual election results. And Rubio's massive election victory is only part of the puzzle. It is far more notable that the Senate has staggered 6 year terms, and that Rubio is not up for re-election until 2022, and that this is an intentional design by the founders. The rabble can go harass the other Senator of Florida who is up in 2018.

Of course, Rubio is not ignoring the people he represents, but rather handing off some of the constituent services to his staff. Staggered elections means the Senator himself can sit on the nice beaches of Florida for a while. We all know he wants to be President anyway.

97  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Protestors confront politicians at town halls megathread on: March 05, 2017, 11:42:38 pm
Yeah---- it is kind of interesting how we have Atlas Red & Blue avatars alike, "trust fund babies" if you will, with no experience dealing with the reality of the labor market, let alone the hassles involved in what is actually involved in claiming government benefits, such as unemployment insurance, calling people "deadbeats" as some sort of bizarre political argument/attack.

I have worked constantly for 25 years in mainly a full-time capacity, and part-time (20 hours/week) in college and grad school in my '20s, and now in my early '40s for the first time ever in my life am receiving unemployment insurance that I have been paying into for decades, although obviously my goal is to actually work for decent wages on the free market based upon my skills and experience.

The 2010 Tea Party protesters are arguably the biggest "deadbeat losers" of all.... Literally you have a bunch of spoiled White Baby Boomers travelling around the country in caravans basically promoting a giant "screw you" agenda for younger and working-class Americans and protesting against Huh??

Meanwhile, in 2017 we have a ton of working and middle-class Americans protesting against an Administration intent on gutting the entire social safety net, actively engaged on mass deportations of Mexican-Americans and Central-Americans, destroying environmental regulations and policies that go back to the Republican Administration of Richard Nixon, not to even mention extremely flawed and dangerous foreign policy statements and positions, that quite possibly could take us into a huge economic and military disaster that would make the War on Iraq look like child's play....

Rubio is a plastic faux politician.... all image and no substance.  I'm not going to even go into the robot jokes....

He got his arse thrashed by Trump in Florida in the Pres primaries, and he was lucky to be able to claw his way out of the cave to win the GE....

I suspect that the voters of the great Sunshine State might not be as receptive come 2022 if he continues the path of his tongue continually caught up in Trump's crack....

I do not know how one gets 'lucky' in winning a statewide Senate election in Florida in a Presidential year, especially as a Republican. Connie Mack and Paula Hawkins never won the massive landslide victory that Rubio just got in such years.

The funniest thing about this rant is that:

1. Trump won Florida.
2. Florida has a constant influx of those White Baby Boomers.
3. Those same White Baby Boomers are enjoying the awesome spoils of the Trump bull market!
4. I suppose based on historical patterns Senator Rubio might have a difficult 2022 re-election during the Trump 6 year itch, but here I thought the party of stupid was going to actually mount a serious challenge to our Great President in the 2020 election. Eh, probably not.

The 2010 Tea Party folks were Great People far more successful and wealthy than the current batch of Astroturfed rabble sitting around all day on the public dole.

Nonesense. Spoken like a true trust funder who doesn't work.
98  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) compares Town Halls to mobs of "Orientals" on: March 04, 2017, 12:01:12 am
Both sides have their wackodoodles. Cedric Richmond is nuts with Kellyanne Conway's behavior in the White House. Bost is Lean R.

Even Krazy is lambasting "both sides" and admits any R seat is only lean? When he pisses himself like that we know the GOP Armageddon is coming....

Wrong bad poster.

Whoops! They do so blend together....
99  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Eharding Landfill for Absurd, Ignorant, and Deplorable Posts VI on: March 03, 2017, 11:57:26 pm
In protest of Virginia's appointment as a mod, I shall leave this board for three days, starting now.

Another basement dweller triggered by a lady. Sad.
100  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask the next poster anything on: March 03, 2017, 11:55:04 pm
Not interested in a country overrun by Chernobyl, sorry

I want to know - have you ever seen the rain?

Once, coming down on a sunny day.

Because I thought Torie's answer was so interesting, I'll reiterate my earlier question: If you could do so without legal or social consequences, what person--famous or otherwise--would you punch?
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