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76  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Battle of the Prequel Trilogies: The Hobbit or Star Wars on: June 16, 2015, 07:16:11 am
Revenge of the Sith is probably better than any Hobbit movie, but all 3 Hobbit movies are pretty good (not as much as LOTR obviously), so the Hobbit definitely wins on average.
77  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What type of phone do you use/are you a Christian? on: June 13, 2015, 12:58:36 pm
You should have given a middle option between Christian and non-Christian. Went with Android/Yes.
78  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Mississippi 2015 Megathread on: June 12, 2015, 07:57:06 pm
Is it Jolly (D) who represents a district that went over 60% Romney? Or Wilemon (D)?
79  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of death metal and black metal on: June 12, 2015, 07:37:44 pm
I was going to post this as the best death metal song (a very soft example of one), but Wikipedia calls it black metal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYfczuNm0EQ <shrugs>

Either way, most songs in both genres are pretty bad, and don't represent typical metal, but that song (and many songs by that band) are great.
80  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could Bernie Sanders win the presidential election? on: June 12, 2015, 07:32:14 pm
He can't win the nomination without some kind of bizarre black swan, so if that incredible game-changing event does happen, then yes, he'd probably be able to win the general election too.
81  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Mississippi 2015 Megathread on: June 11, 2015, 11:38:49 pm
Interested to hear what my MS brethren (Harry/Del Tachi) have to say about my predictions.

I'd say your specific knowledge on these races far exceeds mine. I'll be pretty disappointed if we don't knock out Sojourner though. She was already major low-hanging fruit, and the Democratic candidate is the same guy who used to represent the district for several terms and only barely lost to her in 2011.
82  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: June 10, 2015, 07:22:20 am
I don't really care about the books, which I have not read. I care about the television show, which used to be a good show but is increasingly poorly written and prioritizing SHOCKING TWISTS and torturing fan favorite characters over good storytelling.

Again, how can something that was extensively foreshadowed and predicted by several people on this very thread be "SHOCKING TWIST?"
83  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: June 09, 2015, 05:43:28 pm
I think characters like Joffrey and Ramsey have blinded people to the fact that Stannis is a supremely sh**tty guy too. In "normal" tv shows, Stannis would be the big villain of the show -- he's already killed his own brother (a huge taboo in the Westeros world) and has been burning people alive for 4 seasons.

Stannis has always been a morally repugnant character. Not as over-the-top about it as Joffrey and Ramsey, but still a completely terrible person. Let's not pretend like he was this upstanding guy that whose character was assassinated out of the blue by the writers.
84  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: June 08, 2015, 09:16:46 am
This could be a spoiler, but I don't know anything so I don't intend it to be:

Doesn't book Melisandre use illusion magic to appear to burn another character but not really do it? Could the show have recast that scene onto Shireen?
85  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: June 08, 2015, 07:17:05 am
1. If it happens in the books, as online articles strongly implies it will, it's not a "shocking twist!!!1" at all, any more than the killings of Ned Stark or Robb Stark were.

2. Stannis has already been established as someone who has no qualms killing his brother, nor of burning hundreds of nonbelievers alive. He obviously had a lot of qualms about this, but he's a terrible human being, so it's not as out of character as some people are making it out to be.

3. A few internet articles are raising the same hope that I did that she's not really dead. It's really not comparable at all to the Ned Stark truthers -- Ned was clearly shown decapitated, and it was a well-established plot point in the books that sets up the action for the next few seasons. There was just no way they could even have a show without killing off Ned.

Until we see a body, I have hope. Maybe the greyscale helped. Or maybe Melisandre used some magic to make it appear that she burned Shireen alive, but she didn't really. Or maybe Stannis stopped the whole thing after the scene cut away.
86  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why are conservatives becoming so unhinged over Caitlyn Jenner? on: June 07, 2015, 10:58:37 pm
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Newsflash: most young people do not pay much attention to politics period, no matter the 'days'. Don't geet hoodwinked by faux nostalgia. We, the political junkies, are the weirdos.

I'd venture to say the majority of young people in your country would know who the PM is and some of the cabinet officials. The US is unique in it's low-info ways.

It's true that most people don't follow politics as a whole, but at least inform themselves of who leaders are/who to vote for etc.

Do you honestly think that the majority of US teens can't name who the President is?

President sure because Obama has celebritized the presidency into pop culture. Many don't have a clue who Biden even is - just look at the state of our schools

Are you asserting that Biden is less well-known that Spiro Agnew, Alben Barkley, Thomas Marshall, Levi Morton, etc., were in their day?

If so, I must again ask for a citation for your fantastical claims.
87  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did You Have a Course On Your State's History In School? on: June 07, 2015, 10:56:09 pm
Yes, a semester of Mississippi history is mandatory, and my high school did it in 9th grade.

My class was taught by a coach and we didn't really learn anything, unfortunately.
88  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: June 07, 2015, 09:23:02 pm
I'm not 100% sure he really did it. They did cut the scene away a little early.

Or maybe I'm just reaching. As my dad pointed out to me, Stannis has never been a sympathetic character. He already killed his own brother, so why not his daughter too?

If he really did it, though, he sinks to the rock bottom of characters in the show. I hope the Boltons kill him.
89  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why are conservatives becoming so unhinged over Caitlyn Jenner? on: June 07, 2015, 06:11:52 pm
The US is unique in it's low-info ways.

You're really going to have to provide a citation for your extremely dubious assertions.
90  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NBA Finals: Predict the Result on: June 06, 2015, 11:59:26 am
Obviously I'm changing my prediction, but if Lebron somehow pulls Cleveland to the top now, I think that a lot of the haters/greatness deniers would back off.
91  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of having zero death points on: June 06, 2015, 10:10:01 am
I thought they were supposed to expire eventually, but I still have death points from 2011 and 2012 on my record.
92  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: James Buchanan vs Ronald Reagan on: June 06, 2015, 09:37:05 am
I'll go with the big-spending pro-gay union leader who made abortion legal in California and set tax rates in the 30s when he could have pulled them into the 20s.

Just like Democrats are a lot prouder of Lincoln and T.Roosevelt today than Republicans are, they'll probably think more highly of Reagan too once the people who remember his presidency are dead.
93  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NBA Finals: Predict the Result on: June 04, 2015, 09:25:12 pm
Cleveland/Lebron (normal, I think?)

What?  The Warriors are the clear favorites, if Thompson is healthy (and it appears that he is).  I personally think it will be a lot closer than most people think it will be.  The Cavs starting 5 (plus Smith) is not bad at all, but the Warriors depth will give them the title, especially if the series goes to 6-7 games.

I realize that the Warriors are the better team, but I think it's "normal" to think Lebron wins. Maybe not normal among basketball fanatics or San Franciscans, but normal across America.
94  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Top 5 Americans in American History on: June 03, 2015, 09:32:41 pm
Don't forget Norman Borlaug
95  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Would you allow a cop to search your car without a warrant? on: June 03, 2015, 09:24:39 pm
I had a cop (a Louisiana highway patrolman) pull me over and ask if I had anything in the trunk. I told him no. He looked at me funny but then was like "whatever" and didn't ask to see inside.

This was 2008 maybe. I probably would have let him see inside the trunk if he'd asked -- it was empty of course. Not sure what I'd do today. The guy was really intimidating, and while it's easy to sit here today and type that I wouldn't, I could see myself chickening out and just showing him the trunk. He would presumably just see an empty trunk and send me on.
96  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: MS-01 Special Election Thread on: June 02, 2015, 11:42:25 pm
About what I figured. We can be competitive in Mississippi under circumstances, and this race didn't come close to resembling those circumstances.

Zinn seems like a cool guy, but I don't see him ever winning any real office, unless he can somehow slide into the state legislature one day (and who would want to do that anyway?)

In Black-majority state legislative district - why not?
I mean, he could. There's just a lot of people who want those seats though, so why him? He was the only Democrat to even bother for this hopeless seat, but a safe D legislative seat will be a very tough challenge for anyone.

I'll be interested to see who replaces Bennie Thompson in MS-02 in a few years. Zinn won't run for that position, but some (or several) black Democrats will. I'm sure most of you know that MS-02 is the only congressional district in the state where blacks are the majority and has a PVI of D+10.
Yeah, that one could get really ugly...
97  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: MS-01 Special Election Thread on: June 02, 2015, 10:55:07 pm
About what I figured. We can be competitive in Mississippi under circumstances, and this race didn't come close to resembling those circumstances.

Zinn seems like a cool guy, but I don't see him ever winning any real office, unless he can somehow slide into the state legislature one day (and who would want to do that anyway?)
98  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: America now FIFA's savior on: June 02, 2015, 05:48:12 pm
Good work. Now give us a World Cup damnit.

If both 2018 and 2022 get re-votes, USA is probably the only country with the infrastructure available to organize an entire world cup in less than three years. Hell, the state of Texas alone has enough stadiums to do it

I think most of the big european countries could do it quite easily as well - they certainly have enough stadiums to not need more than one or two upgrades/new builds.

Why don't they make a "rule" that from now on, World Cups only play in existing stadiums, rather than building a wasteful slew of new ones every time?

There are dozens of countries that have enough high-enough-capacity stadiums to host it. Hell, with some clever scheduling you could host one in Mississippi alone.


While we're on the subject, how much progress has been made in Qatar's stadium building? The only thing more wasteful than building all of those stadiums just for the World Cup would be to build a bunch of stadiums for nothing...
99  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Winter is Coming (GoT is back) on: June 02, 2015, 07:21:20 am
Season needs more less Arya.

I've noticed that book readers really love Arya, but I've always thought her plotlines were the least interesting on the show.

Well, actually I enjoyed Bran's even less, so I'm glad he hasn't been in this season at all. (Also, I enjoyed Theon up on the X even less than both of them, but that's presumably over.)
100  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite University Series: Arkansas/Mississippi edition on: May 31, 2015, 11:36:48 pm
[1] Mississippi State - Great to see the football relevant for once, but when will basketball be relevant again??

We returned to relevance a few weeks ago when we hired Ben Howland as our coach and signed Malik Newman. Expect us to play in the NCAA Tournament in 2016.
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