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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Blue states with glass ceilings on: January 23, 2015, 06:26:53 pm
I remember how Pennsylvania had two congresswomen not too long ago. Kathy Dahlkemper lost reelection and Allyson Schwartz ran for governor and lost the primary last year. I actually thought that she had a chance of making it into the governor's mansion.

Mississippi is the greatest offender when it comes to having a glass ceiling. They've never even elected a congresswoman.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Blue states with glass ceilings on: January 21, 2015, 11:19:23 pm
How many women run for governor, though? As far as I know, the only serious candidate for governor of California got the Democratic nomination in 1994, and so the fact that Jerry Brown's sister didn't become governor probably had more to do with it being the wrong year than anything else. The incumbent Republican Wilson was easily re-elected in a Republican year. The last time a Republican incumbent governor lost was 1938.

More women run for governor than you may think. For every one that gets elected, there are a handful that didn't.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Blue states with glass ceilings on: January 21, 2015, 10:22:53 pm
I've noticed how blue states like California and New York have elected female senators, but not female governors which is weird. Is it psychologically easier to send a woman to Washington than to the governor's mansion?

Washington had Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell, and Christine Gregoire.

New Hampshire has Shaheen, Ayotte, and Hassan.

North Carolina had Kay Hagan/Liddy Dole and Bev Purdue.

Technically if we're talking "blue," Louisiana had Kathleen Blanco, Mary Landrieu, and John Breaux, all Democrats.

Rhode Island just elected a female governor as well, yet has never sent a woman to the Senate I believe.

So it's definitely a thing having female Dem Senators and Governors.

I didn't mean all of the blue states and I forgot to check my post before posting.

Louisiana is a red state, for all intents and purposes. It was a blue state not too long ago.

As for Rhode Island, they recently elected Gina Raimondo. They've never sent a woman to the Senate even though Nancy Meyer and Claudine Schneider made serious runs for the office.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Blue states with glass ceilings on: January 21, 2015, 10:04:33 pm
I didn't mean every single blue state, but the ones my question applies to.

I haven't seen anyone from Arizona on the forum. This is a first

Really? What about Carl Hayden?
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of #DeflateGate? on: January 21, 2015, 09:37:42 pm
I think that there's some truth to it, but it's not a big issue. Does it really affect the outcome of the games?

Aside from sports fans, who really cares?
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Blue states with glass ceilings on: January 21, 2015, 09:21:44 pm
I've noticed how blue states like California and New York have elected female senators, but not female governors which is weird. Is it psychologically easier to send a woman to Washington than to the governor's mansion?
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Valentine's Day merchandise on shelves already?! on: January 18, 2015, 07:50:27 pm
I'm not complaining...I'm addicted to those conversation heart candies.

At least they haven't called them "love symbol candies" or "holiday candies"...yet.



You've discovered my secret! I'm actually the ghost of Elliot Rodger!

On a serious note, I sometimes think that if one girl bothered to have pity sex with him, then maybe those six people would still be alive today.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Valentine's Day merchandise on shelves already?! on: January 07, 2015, 08:03:49 pm
WTF is happening in this thread...

The universe is eating itself.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / The movie Unbroken on: January 06, 2015, 06:36:25 pm
Did anyone else see this movie?

I usually enjoy watching movies with a historical side and that's what drew me to it. It is based on a true story about an Olympic runner who joined the United States Army Air Forces, the predecessor of the United States Air Force, and became a prisoner of war.
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Valentine's Day merchandise on shelves already?! on: January 05, 2015, 10:45:11 pm
Back on topic, why does such a depressing holiday have an unbearable "in-your-face factor" ?

It's not like there's a wide selection of seasonal merchandise for any occasion between now and Valentine's.  The only thing I can think of would be to have some gun dealer with absolutely no taste, morals, or common sense to offer boxes of .30-06 ammo for MLK Day.

What's wrong with a special ammo sale for Martin Luther King Day aside from the fact that it's insensitive and the reverend was killed by a gun?

I might consider having a combustible sale in the spirit of September 11th if I feel like being a douchebag.

Not merely any gun, but a .30-06 rifle.  I suppose an MLK Day sale should have those on offer in addition to the ammo.

Is that the rifle James Earl Ray used?
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Valentine's Day merchandise on shelves already?! on: January 05, 2015, 10:32:18 am
It's not like there's a wide selection of seasonal merchandise for any occasion between now and Valentine's.  The only thing I can think of would be to have some gun dealer with absolutely no taste, morals, or common sense to offer boxes of .30-06 ammo for MLK Day.

What's wrong with a special ammo sale for Martin Luther King Day aside from the fact that it's insensitive and the reverend was killed by a gun?

I might consider having a combustible sale in the spirit of September 11th if I feel like being a douchebag.
12  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Valentine's Day merchandise on shelves already?! on: January 04, 2015, 11:55:18 pm
Goodness gracious.  That's really terrible.  You saw a few pink teddy bears and heart shaped Whitman's Samplers in a store.  

Is the Navy going to give you a medal for surviving that kind of harrowing experience?

Sometimes I wish that the Navy would give me a medal for that.

But seriously, Valentine's Day is a depressing holiday. I guess retailers don't have a concept of discretion. Would it kill them to just exercise at least a little of it?
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Valentine's Day merchandise on shelves already?! on: January 04, 2015, 10:11:59 pm
I can't wait to see what the next holiday the Arizonan will complain about for not being like the Good Old Days any more.

Sorry, I only do the 25th of December and the 14th of February.

I'm actually much more likely to post another thread complaining about how computer game companies are becoming control freaks that don't like used game sales and want to make everything online-only.
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Valentine's Day merchandise on shelves already?! on: January 04, 2015, 09:34:06 pm
I already saw Easter stuff.

What? Seriously?

At least Easter doesn't remind you of negative emotions.
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Valentine's Day merchandise on shelves already?! on: January 04, 2015, 09:19:12 pm
I go to the local Navy Exchange and they have Valentine's Day merchandise already. They didn't even wait a week after New Year's Day.

The Navy metaphorically decided to give me the finger, Valentine's Day-style, a second time.

The holiday itself isn't too bad, but how people handle that day is what makes it bad.

Whatever happened to the good old days when retailers waited the month of a holiday before even preparing for the holiday? There was a time when you didn't see Christmas decorations at, say Macy's, until after the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why were Megyn Kelly's comments on Santa so controversial? on: December 30, 2014, 06:43:50 pm
I am in agreement with you CountryClassSF, political correctness has gone too far and become quite annoying. I've seen someone compare the Santa thing to slavery. It's not slavery or Selma, AL or even Ferguson, MO in a metaphorical sense.

Whatever happened to the good old days when people never called a Christmas tree a "holiday tree" and people didn't make Santa Claus's race into an issue? If the current form of Santa is good enough for me, it should be good enough for everyone else. Nowadays, anything goes, like removing religious references from as many places as possible.


I'll admit I had a weird fixation on racial issues in the past, but decided to ignore racial issues from now on.

Yes, your weird fixation on race is clearly behind you.

Caring a lot less about race is definitely going to be my New Year's resolution.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is abortion less of an issue simply because there are less abortions? on: December 23, 2014, 10:39:53 pm
A woman shouldn't be forced to have a child that she can't take care of, have a child who's father raped her, or if she's still in high school and a child would ruin the rest of her life.

Yes, she should be forced to have the child in all of those circumstances. None of them are in any way the child's fault. Children don't get to choose the manner in which they are conceived, and they certainly do not deserve to be killed because of things that weren't their fault in the slightest.

A fetus is not a child and it is a fetus until it pops out.

Even if it is fully developed?
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is abortion less of an issue simply because there are less abortions? on: December 23, 2014, 04:19:19 pm
I think down the road, if we're very good at framing the issue, we can get it down to 10 weeks. It can't probably go beyond that.

It's unfortunate, but we will never get legal abortions down to 0 and never will make it completely illegal (except for the mother's life). But we've made great strides since 2010 to undercut the access and availability to abortion clinics and hindered the ability to open new ones, while shuttering many clinics. I count that as a solid victory.
This post explains exactly why Republicans aren't in touch with woman. Woman have brains too, they can make the best decision under their circumstances. Nobody ever wants to have to have an abortion, but life isn't perfect. A woman shouldn't be forced to have a child that she can't take care of, have a child who's father raped her, or if she's still in high school and a child would ruin the rest of her life. We can't just make these laws and expect woman to stop being raped, and having accidental pregnancies. A fetus is not a person and needs to stop being put above a woman's own life. Abortion is a constitutionally-protected legal medical procedure.

Have you ever heard of giving a child up for adoption?

While a fetus that is not fully developed is not a person, everyone was a fetus at one point. How would you like it if your mother had an abortion while she was pregnant with you? Would you say that your mother has the right to abort you?

I'm not advocating banning abortion, I still think it should be legal. I don't believe in abortions, except as a last resort.

EDIT: An unborn child should be considered a person if it is fully developed.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why were Megyn Kelly's comments on Santa so controversial? on: December 21, 2014, 07:24:53 pm

I never understood why anyone needs a Santa that looks vaguely like them. I thought that he was supposed to represent all of mankind.


Why do you need a Santa that looks vaguely like you?

He doesn't look like me aside from being male and I don't care.

What are you getting at?
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: "Holiday tree" on: December 21, 2014, 05:01:06 pm
Is it too much to ask people to refer to a Christmas tree as a Christmas tree and Christmas cookies as Christmas cookies and so on and so forth? We're too worried about offending people these days.

Why do you care what people call things?  Call it whatever you want, and let others do the same.

Normally, I don't care what people call things, but it feels like the word "Christmas" is being censored out.

Despite what Bill O'Reilly says (not that I watch his show), there isn't a 'War on Christmas', but there might as well be.

I remember some time ago I checked the official webpage of the City of Las Vegas. On the events section, they called one of the events the "holiday tree lighting". On the same webpage, one of the other events was the Chanukkah Menorah Lighting with the mayor. The City of Las Vegas didn't have a problem referring to a menorah as a menorah, but they couldn't be arsed to refer to the tree as a Christmas tree or even mention the word "Christmas" on the same page?! At least show a little consistency.

By the way, I managed to enjoy my time in Las Vegas with family even though it was only for one night.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: "Holiday tree" on: December 21, 2014, 01:18:18 pm
Is it too much to ask people to refer to a Christmas tree as a Christmas tree and Christmas cookies as Christmas cookies and so on and so forth? We're too worried about offending people these days.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why were Megyn Kelly's comments on Santa so controversial? on: December 21, 2014, 01:16:49 pm
Ebowed, I'm not saying that minorities shouldn't dress up as Santa. This is a free country and you should be free to dress up as whichever fictional character you want. I don't care. If I went to the mall tomorrow and it was full of black Santas, I wouldn't care.

What I do care about is someone tampering with a fictional character's backstory by, say, changing him into a penguin for a petty reason.

Is it that hard to create a new character instead of tampering with an existing one?

You must hate the New Testament, then.

Look, I don't know how it's supposed to be controversial that people are rewriting fictional backstories for characters.  My parents didn't even say anything about Santa Claus, Christmas was a religious / family day.  So maybe I'm missing something.  Perhaps, if I had thought that Santa Claus was real for a time, I would be disappointed to hear that other people were giving their children a slightly different version of Santa Claus, but even that scenario actually makes no sense either.  So I'd give you the benefit of the doubt and say that you just have a weird thing for lame traditions, but as a brief look through your posting shows, you have a fixation on racial issues, especially "unfair" accusations of racism.  A word to the wise: people who don't say racist things don't get constantly "unfairly" called racist.

Ultimately, though, if the reason for changing Santa's origins is petty, as you say, isn't it just as petty to care about the change?

I'll admit I had a weird fixation on racial issues in the past, but decided to ignore racial issues from now on.

I never understood why anyone needs a Santa that looks vaguely like them. I thought that he was supposed to represent all of mankind.

You do have a point that it's petty to care about any changes to Santa. If they changed Santa into a bearded giant made out of bronze (think a bronze, bearded version of Colossus) or something else that's badass, I might actually get behind it.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: "Holiday tree" on: December 18, 2014, 01:53:35 am
Whenever someone wishes me a "Happy Holidays," I always make sure I tell them MERRY CHRISTMAS in a stern voice.  I do not wish for them to inflict their political correctness agenda on me and my country and my culture. It's offensive to me. I don't even take Happy Holidays folks seriously, because it's done to try to intimidate Christians or even secular Christmas celebrants.

I have seen the term "holiday tree," "holiday cookies,"  GAG---I mean really??   It's political correctness run amok. OP has it right.

I definitely agree with you regarding the second paragraph. Political correctness has gone berserk.

As for the first paragraph, it's best to use "happy holidays" as the default greeting if you work in customer service or if you're in public because you might not actually know what the person celebrates.

If you're in a room full of people that celebrate Christmas or if you're greeting a bunch of relatives who celebrate it, don't be afraid of saying "Merry Christmas".

What is annoying are people that insist on always saying "happy holidays" even if you're saying "Merry Christmas" to your own mother in, say, New York City.

And can we address how some people are trying to replace "snowman" with "snowperson" in the English language? The English language wasn't built to be politically correct. Get over it.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: "Holiday tree" on: December 13, 2014, 09:49:46 pm
Who says this?

I've never heard anyone say it.  I think it's a strawman.

Governor Chafee (D-RI) actually called it a "holiday tree".
Ok. Why do you care? Even leaving aside the issue of non-Christians, what kind of person is that obsessive about language? In my family (which includes a number of practicing Christians) we mostly just call it "the tree." It really doesn't matter.

I don't really have an issue with the word itself. A Christmas tree should be called a Christmas tree or just a tree if you don't want to deal with pesky modifiers at all. It's just that I'm kind of tired of "Christmas" being treated like some kind of cuss word.

On another note, Governor Chafee was unfairly singled out by Bill O'Reilly. He should've went after Lincoln Almond and Donald Carcieri when they were in office and called it a "holiday tree" if he wanted to be consistent, but I guess that Bill O'Reilly only goes after liberals and Democrats.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: "Holiday tree" on: December 13, 2014, 07:15:08 pm
Who says this?

I've never heard anyone say it.  I think it's a strawman.

Governor Chafee (D-RI) actually called it a "holiday tree".
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