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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 2016 GOP White House victory: blessing in disguise for Dems? on: August 30, 2015, 05:48:00 pm
Somehow I don't think the GOP holding the Presidency and large majorities in both houses of congress while also controlling most state legislatures would be a good thing for the Democrats or this nation, no.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Donald Trump Decision on 3rd Party Coming "Very Soon" on: August 30, 2015, 01:59:20 am
He's going to make the pledge because he has to in order to appear on the primary ballot in some states.

But that doesn't mean he can't change his mind.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support ending birthright citizenship (US)? on: August 24, 2015, 09:09:03 pm
No (not a racist lunatic with fantasies about ANCHOR BABIES being used to take advantage of our 'generous' (lmao) welfare state)
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Perry campaign, low on cash, stops paying SC staff *UPDATE* actually, all staff on: August 24, 2015, 06:18:05 pm
At this rate, I have to wonder if Perry will make it to the CNN debate.
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Bush clarifies 'anchor babies' wasn't anti-Hispanic slur, it was about Asians on: August 24, 2015, 06:13:33 pm
This is the best election cycle.

I can't wait until the next GOP debate, when candidates get into heated arguments over how to deal with the 'anchor baby threat' that is destroying this nation.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather discuss music with BRTD or discuss sex and gender with Antonio? on: August 24, 2015, 06:11:40 pm
Antonio and this isn't even close.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Crossdressing on: August 24, 2015, 06:10:31 pm
I've crossdressed more than once and to assume that all men who crossdress are doing it for sexual or perverted reasons is kind of insensitive, to be flat honest.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Women in the military: yes or no? on: August 23, 2015, 03:23:30 pm
Might I suggest stop replying to this poster? His MO is to periodically post some extremist thing and then disappear. Never responds in his own posts or others. Classic hit and run tactics. Perhaps stop playing along ? This will be my first and last post to this OP
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Walker joins Trump, calls for ending birthright citizenship on: August 17, 2015, 02:50:04 pm
This is insane. What the hell is happening?
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Make a Prediction: Hillary vs Bernie in every state on: August 15, 2015, 05:31:32 pm
Bernie wins NH in a close race, but loses NV and SC by wide margins. He picks up his home state of VT, along with CO and MN on Super Tuesday but loses everywhere else. Biden drops out. Bernie continues his campaign mostly for ideological reasons and to maintain awareness about issues he feels are important. He wins the occasional caucus, but finally suspends his campaign in early April and endorses Hillary.

11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Black Lives Matter on: August 13, 2015, 08:08:40 am
Very positive.

Negative, First of all it should be All Lives Matter or Stop Police Brutality as police brutality affects everyone, and 2nd and most importantly its been turned into an attack everyone but Hillary group

First of all, blacks are disproportionate victims of police brutality in this nation. Suggesting that movements to stop police brutality should just ignore the racial aspect of the issue is suggesting that they ignore half of the issue itself. It downplays the importance of the racial disparity in police brutality cases. It also downplays black victims themselves by implying that blacks face a relatively equal burden as whites (or any other race) as victims of police abuse of power.

Second of all, as others have already pointed out, BLM has protested at Hillary events as well. This movement is not about the Democratic primary, believe it or not, but about one of the biggest civil rights issues of our time. The idea that the 'most important' factor in your opinion of BLM is the fact that Bernie Sanders allowed 2 people who identified with the movement to speak out at his event is really laughable considering what this movement is actually about.
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rejoice Clinton Hacks! on: August 12, 2015, 05:48:37 am
You all had to know that as soon as loser Nate Silver put this out that Sanders would take the lead in New Hampshire.

Yeah, these days I think predicting the opposite of what FiveThirtyEight says is sometimes the safer bet. For a statistics-driven sports and politics analysis website, the amount of sports and politics predictions that they've gotten hilariously, flat-out wrong is astonishing.
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Paul: Trump's kids never worked at Pizza Hut on: August 11, 2015, 03:33:38 pm
What an idiot.

A very concise summary of the Rand Paul campaign.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 2016 Republican Nomination Poll - August 2015 (Post-debate) on: August 11, 2015, 06:40:42 am
I'm still voting Bush in these polls, but I just don't know what to think anymore. This party has finally gone off the deep end. After looking at those post-debate polls, it might be Trump or Carson for all we know.
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this image from Tumblr on: August 10, 2015, 07:22:50 am
Horrible, horrible image.

Horrible Image. It makes me even more critical of internet actvists.

The idea that this image is even remotely characteristic of 'internet activism' as a whole is pretty laughable.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Have "race relations" gotten worse, or more publicized, since Obama? on: August 09, 2015, 05:17:41 pm
Race relations have gotten worse since Obama, but Obama himself has little to do with it. It is mostly a result of the heightened exposure of racist police abuses, which is itself largely due to a combination of mainstream social media and the 24-hour news cycle.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which candidates will drop out before the Iowa Caucuses? on: August 09, 2015, 12:41:42 pm
O'Malley, Trump, Huckabee, Santorum, Gilmore, Everson.

Trump is going to implode between now and February, and Santorum will likely drop unless he somehow gets invited to a prime-time debate. I get the feeling the Huckabee campaign is just going to kind of stagnate once conservatives start flocking to fresher faces like Carson, Cruz, Rubio, and Walker. He'll probably drop out early to make room for the eventual conservative opposition to Bush.

I can see the logic behind people like Pataki, Chafee, Graham, or Perry, but those candidates can all delude themselves into thinking they can win NH or SC to gain momentum. Also, I suspect Graham will at least stay in until SC. After seeing him tie every answer back to foreign policy in the last debate, it's clear that he's mostly running an ideological campaign.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why does Black Lives Matter go after lefty Democrats? on: August 09, 2015, 05:29:44 am
I think Pyrofox's post in the (admittedly low-quality) thread about this in the 2016 forum is pretty spot on.

Condemning incidences of police brutality (which Sanders has done, and has a better record than most candidates on) does not make a concrete policy proposal to solve the issue, nor does talking about past support for civil rights.  

I think this is the most important issue here and is the key to understanding why this portion of BLM chose to take the stage. It's not because he's white and they're against white people, it's because Sanders is likely the only candidate who would be willing to listen and put together a real plan to address the issues which made BLM happen. He needs to take this seriously and treat it the same as he has economic issues.

However, looking at the broader picture, is interrupting a rally the best way to make the candidates talk about the issues pertaining to black lives, or is it deterring people away? If this type of action does lead to real change and prompts Sanders to push social issues more in his campaign, then I'm all for it, but the consensus seems to be that it's hindering them more then helping.

Bolded for emphasis. BLM protesters are likely to show up at events of candidates who might not only be sympathetic to their cause, but willing to raise issues important to them during the Democratic primary.. It would be more foolish to attempt protests at the events of Republican candidates. The conservative supporters in the crowd would only be pushed further to the right. Furthermore, any GOP candidate would instantly gain a mudslinging opportunity and plenty of attention should any confrontation go viral.

Sanders is one of the few candidates, even in the Democratic primary, who might be able to raise some of the BLM issues into the political conversation. But as mentioned in this quoted post, the tactic may just turn off many otherwise progressive supporters of Sanders, etc to their cause.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Let's play a game. Who do you believe will be the last 4-5 standing candidates? on: August 09, 2015, 03:27:45 am
Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, and Scott Walker.

Trump, Huckabee, and Santorum all drop out before Iowa. Everyone other than the five candidates listed above, give or take Marco Rubio, drop out before Super Tuesday.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rank the candidates from most likely to least likely to defeat Clinton on: August 06, 2015, 11:55:35 pm
1. Kasich
2. Bush
3. Rubio
4. Christie
5. Walker
6. Trump? His appeal to American disillusionment makes him a bit of a wildcard.
Everyone Else
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Why is Fox completely ignoring John Kasich on: August 06, 2015, 11:01:13 pm
Thoughts? I don't think Fox has mentioned Kasich's name a single time after the debate ended.

John Kasich performed very well, looked the most presidential out of anyone in the debate, and was definitely the most electable candidate on the stage. Fox News probably is less interested in who actually performed well at the debate - they're more concerned with who was the 'most conservative' or most inflammatory or bizarre. Hence you get Carson and Huckabee.

I imagine you'll see a lot of praise for Kasich, Rubio, and maybe even Christie, Walker, and Bush on CNN and MSNBC.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Fox News 1st tier GOP candidate debate @9pm ET **live commentary thread** on: August 06, 2015, 09:02:32 pm
Ben Carson discussing what he would do if he wanted to destroy America.
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Fox News 1st tier GOP candidate debate @9pm ET **live commentary thread** on: August 06, 2015, 08:52:33 pm
Rand is doing horrible.

Rand has seemed almost sophomoric tonight - trying to start arguments with everyone, and making an ass out of himself in the process. "You're having a hard time tonight" might be the most accurate thing Donald Trump has said during this debate.
24  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Cuckservatives on: July 30, 2015, 11:05:01 pm
25  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Can one be an atheist and believe in an afterlife? on: July 20, 2015, 07:53:55 am
Can one believe in an afterlife without believing in a deity? Yes.
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