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76  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Boy Scouts Lifts Ban on Gay Scout Leaders on: July 28, 2015, 06:18:45 pm
As an Eagle Scout, I am pleased to hear this! However, we still need to have a conversation about the restrictions on the non-religious and about dropping the B from BSA.

Obviously we should drop the rarely-enforced ban on atheists (what teenager has a coherent, well-developed set of religious views anyway?), but I see no reason to open it up to people who identify as female. Transboys are fine (and I suspect there's probably already some in it anyway, in trans-positive troops).

Or, maybe the Girl Scouts could be folded into the Boy Scout organization, but with gender-specific troops. The last thing my old troop needed on our camping trips was girls with us.
77  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Boy Scouts Lifts Ban on Gay Scout Leaders on: July 27, 2015, 09:40:30 pm
God, wonder if my church will still charter my troop. Hope so???

Any church that would stop sponsoring the Boy Scouts because other troops can officially have gay leaders (and in actuality have had them for decades) doesn't need to be sponsoring the Scouts anyway.
78  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Will any Republican candidate come out in favor of the Iran deal? on: July 27, 2015, 01:21:16 pm
It would be a good way for a longshot like Pataki or Fiorina to separate him/herself from the pack and get buzz without saying something over-the-top outrageous that would surely come back to haunt in the general election
79  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Mike Huckabee: Obama Marching Israelis "To the Door of the Oven" on: July 26, 2015, 08:22:16 pm
A Democrat would be skewered for saying something like this. Remember how long the blue avatars here cried over "They'll put you back in chains!" ?

#doublestandard
80  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you have Uber/Lyft available where you live? on: July 26, 2015, 08:20:06 pm
No, and even if they were, I wouldn't use them because I'm not interested in destroying cab drivers' unions.

That's silly. Uber is cheaper, cleaner, faster, and all-around more pleasant than a cab. The free market competition should lead to cabs adopting the factors that make Uber superior, and then we're all better off.
81  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What term to you prefer for Great Britain, Ireland and surrounding islands on: July 26, 2015, 08:17:09 pm
Some PC academics Atlantic archipelago.

Taking one particular white/European archipelago out of the entire Atlantic and giving it that name seems a lot less PC to me...
82  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Mississippi 2015 Megathread on: July 26, 2015, 04:29:58 pm
My understanding is that Mayor Mary is legitimately insane. Who knows though.

She couldn't have her outstanding mayoral record if she were totally insane.

And even if she were, it wouldn't change the fact that this looks really bad for Pickering. Remember, the auditor of all people has to be even cleaner than any other office -- if a different state officer had done this, it would be Pickering's job to nail him. We'll see what the investigation produces, but from what we've seen so far, Pickering should no longer be able to serve as Auditor. He shouldn't just drop out of the race, he should resign and hire a good expensive lawyer.

Another interesting thought I've had is what if Pickering still pulls it out on August 4 and then heads to jail this fall? I know parties can replace the nominee if he/she dies, but surely they can't if the person is disqualified due to crimes? If so, think about all the positive national news stories if Mississippi elects a lesbian (and not just a lesbian -- the plaintiff in the Mississippi gay marriage suit) to statewide office!

If there is a libertarian or consititution party candidate on the ballot, MS would probably vote for them over an open lesbian.

Think the Reform has someone in.

Ah, the Pat Buchanan enthusiasts. It would be hilarious to see one of them elected.

There's no chance of that. They have no money, no website, no organization, and they run the same candidates over and over, year after year. (And while I can't confirm this because the candidate has no internet presence at all, the name appears to be a black woman, which unfortunately is a bridge too far, at least for a third-party no-money no-name candidate.)

If by some chance (and I don't think this is likely at all), the ballot just had Democrat and Reform, JP would win with 70% of the vote or so.
83  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you have Uber/Lyft available where you live? on: July 26, 2015, 11:28:42 am
Only Uber I think, although I haven't used it here.
84  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Mississippi 2015 Megathread on: July 26, 2015, 10:31:09 am
My understanding is that Mayor Mary is legitimately insane. Who knows though.

She couldn't have her outstanding mayoral record if she were totally insane.

And even if she were, it wouldn't change the fact that this looks really bad for Pickering. Remember, the auditor of all people has to be even cleaner than any other office -- if a different state officer had done this, it would be Pickering's job to nail him. We'll see what the investigation produces, but from what we've seen so far, Pickering should no longer be able to serve as Auditor. He shouldn't just drop out of the race, he should resign and hire a good expensive lawyer.

Another interesting thought I've had is what if Pickering still pulls it out on August 4 and then heads to jail this fall? I know parties can replace the nominee if he/she dies, but surely they can't if the person is disqualified due to crimes? If so, think about all the positive national news stories if Mississippi elects a lesbian (and not just a lesbian -- the plaintiff in the Mississippi gay marriage suit) to statewide office!
85  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Do you support gay marriages? on: July 25, 2015, 09:45:09 pm
I've always supported it, but it's a moot point now that it's legalized.

It will be overturned and religious freedom will be returned to her rightful pride of place.
That's pretty delusional thinking.  Also, remember religious freedom goes both ways.

Call back when Roe v Wade is overturned. But I still stand by the position that the Federal Courts have no legal jurisdiction due to Article 1 Section 8 and the 9th and 10th Amendments. Sorry but the application of the 14th is a flawed one.

You really should check out Russia. It's every thing the super-duper-Religious Right wants in a country.
86  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of AAD: Yesterday vs. Today on: July 25, 2015, 01:39:38 pm
Can someone link me to posts explaining exactly what happened?
87  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Mississippi 2015 Megathread on: July 24, 2015, 08:13:04 pm
Too little too late.  It won't stick. 

I wouldn't be so sure. Like I said, Mary always gets her way.

I've heard the main reason she's running is to put Rudy Warnock and Gene McGee in jail. She might be adding Stacey Pickering to that list too...
88  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What not to do with your gambling revenue: the failure of Tunica, Mississippi on: July 24, 2015, 06:56:49 am
Jefferson Davis's house is across the street (actually I think Katrina God's will may have destroyed that). 
Cool

It was damaged by Katrina, but it was repaired/rebuilt and is open again.
89  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Mississippi 2015 Megathread on: July 23, 2015, 08:19:00 pm
Stacey Pickering under investigation from the FBI over misuse of campaign funds?
http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2015/07/23/sources-fbi-probing-pickering-campaign-funds/30595491/
90  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Mississippi 2015 Megathread on: July 23, 2015, 01:00:08 pm
Its worth noting that Clarke's opponent, Joseph Thomas, is a former state senator who was primaried by KWJones in 2007. Redistricting has put him in the district.

So its not just some rando, but a real politician who's won a senate race before. Who knows if he'll win, but at least the Dems are running what seems on paper like a good candidate.
91  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Mississippi 2015 Megathread on: July 22, 2015, 10:45:37 pm
I also put together this chart of the State Senate. The numbers come from the official Mississippi GIS site:


92  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Mississippi 2015 Megathread on: July 22, 2015, 06:21:41 pm
The only thing that could get me into the GOP primary would be if I felt like I needed to "save Lynn" but I think she holds a small, yet consistent advantage over McRae.  Both the Insurance Commissioner and State Auditor races are safe for the GOP incumbents, imo.

Interesting. Have you seen polling that says so, or is it just a general feeling? I've thought the opposite, although I could easily be wrong, as I don't really have any evidence.

I've been assuming McRae will probably win because he's raised twice as much money, run TV ads, seems to have more signs around, etc. His base in Madison and the general Jackson metro area is all going to be voting Republican -- there won't be any issues with Republicans voting in the D primary because of county races like there are in lots of areas in the state, so McRae will pile up lots of votes there.

Senate District 25 (Longwitz vs. Billingsley) should have the highest turnout of any Republican primary this year. There will be people going to the primary to vote for that race, and most of them will spillover to vote for McRae too. Then, Mary Hawkins Butler is extremely popular in Madison, and will get people out to the polls just to vote for her, and I think most of them who go out to vote for her will also vote McRae while they're at it. There should be a similar effect of people coming out primarily to vote for Longwitz, Billingsley, or McRae and also voting for MHB while they're there, which is why I think she still has a shot -- everyone in Madison is going to give coattails to everyone else.

I kinda suspect that Mary Hawkins Butler might be disliked statewide too much to win, and she hasn't raised as much money as Pickering, and I haven't seen any ads on TV for her. I'm not writing her off, though -- if she loses, it will be the first time she's ever lost anything in her life, counting her races and any other Madison/Madison County race she's cared about. I just can't imagine her bothering to run unless she expected to win. Maybe she thought she would back in February but was wrong.
93  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What not to do with your gambling revenue: the failure of Tunica, Mississippi on: July 22, 2015, 05:26:16 pm
To be fair, Tunica's pretty cool if you're into gambling. It's generally rated as the 4th best gambling city in America (behknd LV, AC, and Reno). Of course when I say Tunica, I mean the area miles outside of town that has like 10 casinos and literally nothing else.

Sure is a shame it hasn't helped the actual city much though.
94  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Mississippi 2015 Megathread on: July 21, 2015, 10:44:24 pm
DT or anyone else, what do you know about John Mosley, the guy running against Chaney for Insurance Commissioner?

I'd assumed he was a Tea Party guy trying to play up the "Chaney lurves Obamacare!!!" angle, but after seeing and TV ad and his website, it looks like he's actually just running on sticking it to car insurance companies? And then the always-hilarious Yall Politics seems to think he's a closet Democrat who's buddy-buddy with Jim Hood and John Eaves?

I've been assuming I'd vote for Chaney this whole time*, but now I'm wondering...

*--Yes, despite saying I'd never do this just last year, I think I'm going to have to vote in the Republican primary, since that's literally the only way I get a voice in either state legislature seat, or Insurance Commissioner, or Treasurer, and because I want to vote for MHB in the Auditor race, and there's no real contested Democratic races worth voting on anyway.
95  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump goes one step too far on: July 18, 2015, 12:24:12 pm
No need to apologize. Trump was never going to be the nominee anyway. His small sliver of fanboys are loving this.
96  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: New Horizons arrives @ Pluto on: July 15, 2015, 09:44:06 pm


Where's the mass relay?
97  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Party like its 2004 - Santorum wants constitutional amm. to ban ALL SSM on: July 13, 2015, 06:10:00 pm
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I believe we need a national standard for marriage.

But we ... have that now...
98  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Would Carly Fiorina make a good running mate? on: July 12, 2015, 09:57:16 pm
Only if Eric Wargotz and Jim Huffman turn down the job.
99  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is Nikki Haley going to become the go-to prospective running mate? on: July 11, 2015, 07:02:52 pm
I'd think her actions with the Confederate flag would make her a LESS popular running mate, and it could damage the GOP ticket's performance in the South. So no, she is not the go to running mate.

The only states that idolize the Confederacy are 100% Republican states anyway.

I agree Haley's the obvious running mate, assuming the GOP nominee is a white male (and not Lindsey Graham).
100  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: AlternateHistory.com on: July 11, 2015, 06:33:44 pm
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