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76  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: More Young Adults Signing Up for Obamacare on: December 27, 2015, 02:10:22 am
Yes. Very mad we don't have socialized medicine.

The fact that people are signing up for Obamacare under threat of a $2000 fine does not mean Obamacare is good.

So you are furious at Obama for not passing single payer, and presumably will vote Republican over the "obama fetishist" party?

Dude, I'm a Republican and that doesn't even make sense to me.

Why not make a thread then bragging about how so many people file their taxes each year?  After all, it's the law the same as Obamacare.

If Republicans spent 6 years swearing up and down that no one would ever pay taxes, and then it turned out that they did, it might be worth a thread.
77  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Do you think [**The Force Awakens spoiler**]? on: December 26, 2015, 10:38:53 am
I was expecting this thread to ask "Do you think Rey is Luke's daughter?" or something else we could debate.
78  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: More Young Adults Signing Up for Obamacare on: December 25, 2015, 10:37:17 pm
Yes. Very mad we don't have socialized medicine.

The fact that people are signing up for Obamacare under threat of a $2000 fine does not mean Obamacare is good.
The fine for 2016 and beyond is 2.5% of income, so $2000 is only the fine for people making $80,000.

The big story, of course, is that health insurance premiums, even for youngs, are going to run higher than $2,000 (or the much lower fine amounts that the vast majority of young people are looking it), so it's a pretty big deal that young people are deciding to do the smart, responsible thing and sign up for health insurance rather than the selfish, illegal, and short-sighted thing and taking their chances (knowing that hospitals will be legally required to treat them in emergencies).

If Generation Y weren't so smart and responsible, the Affordable Care Act wouldn't make it. I'm very proud of my generation that that's not the case.
79  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Sanders Breaks Campaign Contributions Record on: December 22, 2015, 12:57:23 am
That's cool. Donating to Sanders is like indirectly donating to Hillary, since every dollar that Sanders raises is a dollar that Hillary won't need to give him next spring to pay off his campaign debts once she secures the nomination.
80  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Thread. on: December 20, 2015, 10:13:24 pm
I definitely got the vibe that Rey is Luke's daughter.

Could Finn be a child/descendant of Lando? I remember Lando calling Han "Solo" like Finn was doing. OR perhaps he's in the Windu family -- he had some lightsaber skill.
81  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Century Foundation Suggests 19 Proposals to Strengthen Obamacare on: December 20, 2015, 01:20:17 pm
Those all sound pretty good, but I don't think Republicans would agree to any of them. There are 2 main things I would fix about the law:

Retool the "Cadillac tax" to be based on the actuarial value of the plan (the percentage of medical costs the plan theoretically covers for an average person), rather than the premium, which inadvertently targets older and sicker groups.

Expand subsidies above 400% of FPL. Right now, premiums at 400% are capped at 9.56% of income, and at 401% you get nothing at all. The subsidies would peter out pretty soon above 400% anyway -- just cap them at 9.56% (or rise up to 10% or whatever) above 400% FPL and then you don't have people right at the dividing line worry and fretting about not making too much money...
82  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: ABC Manchester, NH Democratic debate @8pm ET **live commentary thread** on: December 19, 2015, 08:55:48 pm
That's the high water mark of the O'Malley campaign right there.
83  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Guess! Who will be in Hillary's VP Final Shortlist and Who will She Pick? on: December 18, 2015, 12:13:37 am
Sherrod Brown, Tim Kaine, and Mark Warner are good picks strategically. If she wins Ohio or Virginia, she almost certainly wins the White House.
84  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: State of the Democratic Primary on: December 11, 2015, 10:47:44 pm
Assuming that O'Malley gets 0% everywhere?
85  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Pres. Obama's Speech @8 on: December 06, 2015, 08:24:56 pm
Good speech, correct on all points, but I doubt he changed any Republican minds.
86  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football 2015 Discussion Thread on: December 06, 2015, 01:27:00 am
The Sugar is contractually obligated to take the highest Big 12 and SEC teams in the CFP rankings that aren't in the playoffs.

So that will most likely be Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma State.

It's a gutwrencher, because it would've been us if we'd shown up in the Egg Bowl.
87  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: When will national gun control reform happen? on: December 05, 2015, 06:12:49 pm
Good luck with that.

People with concealed carry permit don't do crime, why ban it?  Legal automatics are NEVER used in crime and are virtually impossible to get now, what's the point of making them more illegal than they already are?  Semi-auto rifles are rarely used in crime, like less than 300 murders with them a year in the entire country, more Americans are murdered with human hands than with rifles.  I don't understand why "advanced" sniper scopes (whatever that means) would need to be banned, are they used in crime?  I'm down with the universal background checks, and I think you'll eventually get that.  The psyche testing sounds expensive though, and I'm sure you'll be passing that cost on to the gun owner.  I'm not sold on the federal registry, but could probably compromise on it...not sure if that's feasible.  I'm against magazine limits, but again could compromise on it.

I don't even understand the point of the add ons, other than to be a dick to gun owners.


Handguns (usually illegally acquired) are the problem.  Tackling the problem is going to be hard too, especially now that you can print one in your living room.  I know, "ban 'em", but I'm not so sure if that's the way to go, and I know it's not likely.  And like I always say, we should go after straw purchases more and punish them harder.  Continue putting and keeping violent people away (and doing it better) from the rest of us always helps too.

88  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What place is Christie *actually* in right now? on: December 05, 2015, 12:32:33 pm
I'm not convinced the Rubio affair thing has to be true to do damage if there's enough smoke it'll scare the people who matter.

...which is why Bush Campaign insinuated to donors it was the reason Rubio failed Romney's vetting.

Except Christie reportedly failed too.

Yeah according to Double Down one of the main reasons Christie failed was a potential affair.
89  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What place is Christie *actually* in right now? on: December 05, 2015, 10:32:27 am
If this Rubio affair thing turns out to be true, Christie could be in position to be the Establishment's Last Hope.
90  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should people on the terrorist watch list be allowed to buy guns? on: December 04, 2015, 10:50:08 pm
No, obviously not, but if there are people on terrorist watch lists who legitimately aren't terrorists, those people should be removed from the lists.

I'm not sure you understand the concept of a watch list.

The only argument against this is "bbbut some people on those lists don't deserve to be on there, and THOSE people should be able to buy guns."

Alright. You're not going to get any disagreement that people who shouldn't be on the lists should be removed. The FBI can scour the lists and cross the false positives off, but then the remaining people don't need to be able to buy guns. I realize some of them might be able to find guns illegally, but why make it easy for people we have legitimate reason to believe might use them in terrorist attacks?
91  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: BREAKING: is Rubio a fukboi? on: December 04, 2015, 10:22:55 pm
If this is true, why the hell did Rubio even run? He had to know this would come out.
92  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should people on the terrorist watch list be allowed to buy guns? on: December 04, 2015, 06:48:05 pm
No, obviously not, but if there are people on terrorist watch lists who legitimately aren't terrorists, those people should be removed from the lists.
93  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could Obama win a 3rd term (no 22nd Amendment)? on: December 03, 2015, 09:31:34 pm
Without the 22nd, Bill Clinton would be gearing up to run for his 7th term right now.
94  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Multiple Victims Reported Shot In San Bernardino on: December 03, 2015, 09:23:50 pm
Why are you afraid of admitting we are in a broad struggle against those who pervert Islam?
95  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 14 year old boy arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school on: December 02, 2015, 07:53:23 am
Again, nobody actually thought it was a bomb. He was playing a prank and disrupted his English class with the clock/bomb thingy. The whole thing got blown way out of proportion because he had to be suspended in accordance with the school district's zero tolerance policy - the teachers and administrators had no say in the matter. The police did violate his rights by questioning him without his parents present, and thus were in the wrong, opening the door to a lawsuit. However, expecting the school district to pay up when he's already received tons of free stuff, internships, awards, and scholarships is a bit much, since things seem to have worked out pretty well for him as a result of this incident. In conclusion, nobody comes out looking particularly good in the end.

Again, where is the source that it was an intentional bomb hoax/prank?
96  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Cruz: “The overwhelming majority of violent criminals are Democrats.” on: December 01, 2015, 08:45:20 pm
Do most criminals even vote? Someone could do a study where they looked at everyone in jail and see what percentage of them voted in the presidential election immediately prior to their conviction. I'd have to assume it would be very low.
97  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: John Kasich releases second powerful ad against Donald Trump on: December 01, 2015, 08:39:36 pm
Good ad. Nice touch being bipartisan/bi-ideological on the presidential portraits.
98  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 14 year old boy arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school on: December 01, 2015, 06:43:48 pm
What is the evidence that he wanted people to think it was a bomb? I haven't heard any.

IF he did want people to think it was a bomb, that's a serious crime and should be dealt with accordingly.

However if that's not the case, he is a victim and is entitled to his First Amendment right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Whether $15m is the correct amount according to Texas law is beyond me, but I have faith that the Courts will get it right.

So how exactly were we all "duped" again?
99  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 14 year old boy arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school on: November 29, 2015, 06:42:10 pm
Arresting him was only wrong in that it was obviously what he wanted. He was trying to provoke a response. Although trying to provoke a response is literally what the charge of having a hoax bomb is for.
He knew exactly what he was doing when he brought that "clock" into school.  There was no reason to bring it in other than to provoke a response.  It looked like a hoax bomb and he deserved to be arrested.  Its only too bad the police caved due to the pc outrage to him being Muslim.  He should have been charged for bringing a hoax bomb to school
Sorry, I don't believe this silly conspiracy theory that he intentionally brought the clock to school to get arrested and start a big craze. It would have been so much more likely that he just get arrested and never get any redress for it -- he's a f***ing genius if this was his plan all along and it worked this beautifully. Any that doesn't jive with the idea that his "clock" is pathetic/not impressive.

First of all, you're just dead wrong. Even a quick google search will tell you that you can make a homemade explosive device pretty small. It doesn't take a genius to throw them together, either.

But more importantly, why would public school teachers ever have the expertise to know that? From all the details I'm aware of, Ahmed brought that device to school totally unprompted and didn't notify anyone he was doing it. The kid also had a larger than average disciplinary record, too. Schools definitely go over board in their vigilance, but it makes perfect sense why a teacher would see this and immediately be concerned.

Even from Ahmed's own version of this story that's basically what happened. He showed it to his engineering teacher, who complimented him but advised him to keep it in his backpack for the rest of the day. Instead, he sets it up in English class for no good reason and attention gets drawn to it.

Again: This device, removed from context, looks suspicious and most people would not be able to tell you what it was, regardless of whether or not you agree, you're just wrong. Further, he was not immediately just thrown to the principal's office, he was just told to keep it to himself for the day, and he did the opposite. Arresting him was totally over the line, but the narrative the Left wants to play about this story is just disingenuous bulls**t.
I don't know, I just wouldn't think something that small (looks like the size of a wallet in that picture) with so few wires and material is seriously mistakable for a bomb, especially after he demonstrates how it's a clock. I can see why a teacher may be suspicious, if this kid really was a discipline problem (although this is the first I've heard of that, and it's that's true, why didn't the school and police say it right away?), but the police should have known better. And let's not forget he had an alibi that would have cleared him if they police bothered to get to the bottom of things.

Is there a source that he intentionally set it off in English class? Everything I'd heard said that it went off accidentally. If he did it on purpose (trying to show of off his mad skillz or whatever), then that's kinda lame, but it still doesn't justify the extreme overreaction from the police.
100  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 14 year old boy arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school on: November 29, 2015, 04:20:57 pm
Seriously? "Only a complete dumbass" would think it could look like a bomb? Give me a f**king break.
Yes? That's obviously not big or complex enough to be a bomb.

Combine that with a teacher who could corroborate the student's story if the administration wanted to ask.
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