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1701  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What are Dem litmus tests? on: March 05, 2013, 11:25:22 pm
As a whole, the party can and WILL purge members associated with the NRA. They will get Robin'd. That's the one thing the Dems will purge the party entirely of. Not pro-gun Dems, just NRA affiliated members.

No. Because the NRA automatically prefers incumbents over challengers if scores are identical, the NRA has been used by many rural and swing-state Democrats to hold seats for the Democratic Party. Ted Strickland comes to mind as a prominent example. This would be giving up an extremely important source of support for many rural Democrats and, to put it simply, it just won't happen. The NRA will remain beloved by the entirety of the Republican Party and a very large minority of the Democratic Party, which may turn into a majority over the next decade or so as America continues to get more and more pro-gun.

LOL

Undisputable fact. Here's Gallup polling: http://www.gallup.com/poll/159569/americans-stricter-gun-laws-oppose-bans.aspx

You can see after Sandy Hook support for gun control skyrocketed...back to 2005 levels. Before that it had been higher, but it had been declining extremely rapidly. (Other polling companies have shown that there is always a 'bump' for gun control after massacres, but it returns to regular levels quickly). You can see that even Sandy Hook was only enough to slow, not reverse, opposition to a ban on handguns. Look at the trend, though.

America is getting more pro-gun, very fast, year after year. Denying this makes you like the folks who decried skewed pro-Obama polling -- you're just wishfully thinking.
1702  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Pentagon: Cuts Could Hamper Ability To Invade Countries For No Reason on: March 05, 2013, 11:16:19 pm
Love the people in this thread who don't seem to understand the threat of US military intervention has tempered genocide and dictatorship around the world.
1703  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Puerto Rico territorial status on: March 05, 2013, 11:05:18 pm
Statehood (normal).

Preferably combined with the U.S. Virgin Islands. If you're part of the US, you have the right to representation in Congress.
1704  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2013 Early Venezuela Presidential Election on: March 05, 2013, 11:02:58 pm
I'm not sure Chavez opponents have much sympathy for his death, RB. Capriles himself obviously does, but I don't know if that goes for the average anti-Bolivarian.
1705  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING NEWS: Hugo Chavez has died (AP) on: March 05, 2013, 10:57:22 pm
Vosem, you do know that Capriles is a Lulan, right? And that Lulaism is the only viable alternative to Chavismo?

Oh, I know. I never mentioned Capriles by name. I really have no idea who 'someone like Thatcher' might be, but it's definitely necessary for Venezuela to reverse Chavismo.

Venezuela has some of the freest, best-run elections in the world (certainly better than those in the United States). But if it makes you feel better to put quotations around things, be my guest.

http://images.sodahead.com/profiles/0/0/3/4/6/5/8/2/1/Lol-94249156205.jpeg#lol%20450x408

The hope right now is that a hardcore capitalist gets in, someone along the lines of Thatcher who is willing to put Bolivarianism decisively in the past.

People like you are the reason why the Venezuelan people saw Chavez as the only acceptable alternative.

Teenagers? Native Russian speakers? The nearsighted? Westlake High School students? People who have played 'Baseball Player #1' in Thornton Wilder's Our Town? People who prefer tea to coffee? Elaborate.

Because I thought Chavez' victory was along the lines of Berlusconi's in 1994 (or, for that matter, Hitler's in 1932) -- we're tired of the entire system before this, we're gonna change it and we don't care who gets power because we do. Such elections can be very dangerous.

Also, anyone who seriously claims Chavez didn't win his elections fair and square is an idiot.

He didn't. One can make the claim he would've won anyway (a la Putin), but Chavez' had control over the media, had severely gerrymandered the entire country, and had nationalized many industries to put so as many voters under his control as possible. Now, Chavez wasn't hated in Venezuela, so perhaps he would've won anyway. But saying 'unfair elections are OK because the dude running them would've won anyway', while in many cases true, is a very illiberal argument to make.
1706  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING NEWS: Hugo Chavez has died (AP) on: March 05, 2013, 09:37:21 pm
And hopefully his oppressive, undemocratic regime shall die with him.

Yes, winning 13 out of 14 elections during his presidency is very undemocratic. Hopefully the heroic lovers of democracy that attempted to overthrow him in a coup will now replace him.

Properly, would the quotes go around 'winning' or 'elections'?

Both, I would imagine...
1707  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Connecticut Dem has acre of Everglades available for bashful teenage girls on: March 05, 2013, 09:35:02 pm
I just heard someone say something similar in Biology (except it was "caecilian" rather than "snake", but that's what you get in Biology).
1708  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING NEWS: Hugo Chavez has died (AP) on: March 05, 2013, 09:23:37 pm
The hope right now is that a hardcore capitalist gets in, someone along the lines of Thatcher who is willing to put Bolivarianism decisively in the past.

Because of the possibility for violent impossibility, his death in and of itself is a bad thing, but Hugo Chavez was an awful person and an awful leader and he won't be mourned. By me, by my Colombian immigrant biology partner, or by the people on Twitter who are hashtagging 'HugoChavezIsDead', all one word, in English. I don't know what anyone else thinks.

rofl

I hope you realize the second sentence is meant to be taken for laughs (as is basically any reference I make to Twitter)...
1709  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What are Dem litmus tests? on: March 05, 2013, 08:30:37 pm
As a whole, the party can and WILL purge members associated with the NRA. They will get Robin'd. That's the one thing the Dems will purge the party entirely of. Not pro-gun Dems, just NRA affiliated members.

No. Because the NRA automatically prefers incumbents over challengers if scores are identical, the NRA has been used by many rural and swing-state Democrats to hold seats for the Democratic Party. Ted Strickland comes to mind as a prominent example. This would be giving up an extremely important source of support for many rural Democrats and, to put it simply, it just won't happen. The NRA will remain beloved by the entirety of the Republican Party and a very large minority of the Democratic Party, which may turn into a majority over the next decade or so as America continues to get more and more pro-gun.
1710  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Sixty years ago on: March 05, 2013, 08:04:13 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohkmQfiwpZY
1711  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Imperial Dominance: The definition of Empire and which countries had the greate on: March 05, 2013, 07:57:19 pm
An Empire is a country which has an Emperor. Ergo, the only country which can make a halfway reasonable claim today to being an empire is Japan.
1712  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING NEWS: Hugo Chavez has died (AP) on: March 05, 2013, 07:56:13 pm
Because of the possibility for violent impossibility, his death in and of itself is a bad thing, but Hugo Chavez was an awful person and an awful leader and he won't be mourned. By me, by my Colombian immigrant biology partner, or by the people on Twitter who are hashtagging 'HugoChavezIsDead', all one word, in English. I don't know what anyone else thinks.
1713  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Why does krazen hate unions so much? on: March 03, 2013, 08:40:13 pm
This thread's second page is marvelous and full of my favorite posters talking to one another Smiley
1714  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Romney Continues to Burnish His Conservative Credentials on: March 02, 2013, 06:31:36 pm
I feel like if Romney is given a real excuse to run, he'll start gearing up in 2015. Perhaps he's trying to become Flavor of the Month Anti-Christie.
1715  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Ah, About that whole thing about Elizabeth Warren being Progressive... on: March 02, 2013, 07:06:27 am
Awww, this thread disappointed me. After seeing the title I'd hoped Elizabeth Warren had actually voted in a decisively conservative manner on something.
1716  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: PA-13 on: February 28, 2013, 09:10:16 pm
Mods, please merge this with the established thread.
1717  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: MI: Levin unsure about reelection on: February 28, 2013, 08:21:51 pm
Create a distraction then? Tongue

Sure Wink
1718  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: MI: Levin unsure about reelection on: February 28, 2013, 07:28:15 pm
RB, I value your analysis but I swear if I see you've called another race a 'decoy' I'll force you to watch a 105 minute movie about how bullying is wrong like the school did to the student body this morning.

Michigan is a lean D state. With a good candidate in a good year, or if Democrats nominate a uniquely bad candidate, it is perfectly winnable for the GOP. At the same time, it's probably a hold, because it's a lean D state and Republicans have better targets. (If Levin runs again, yes, of course it is safe). But by no means is it safe D (though I encourage national Democratic leadership to think so, of course!).
1719  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Stéphane Hessel dead at 95 on: February 28, 2013, 06:49:42 am
May a freedom fighter rest in peace. But I have a question

the worldwide "occupy" movements.

What are these?

The Spanish "indignados", the OWS guys, and their equivalents in other countries. Please don't tell me you missed all the stuff they did back in 2011?

No, I get what you mean. It just seemed to me your post was referring to something ongoing.
1720  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of these cities/urban areas do you prefer? (round 4) on: February 28, 2013, 12:03:37 am
Seattle
abstain
Madrid
Berlin
Chicago
Rio de Janeiro
St. Petersburg
São Paulo
1721  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Bullying on: February 28, 2013, 12:00:50 am
In my bratty suburban area, I was bullied quite heavily in middle school but today, as a sophomore, it's long since stopped. (7th grade, I recall, I came back from summer break to a new school year and it simply failed to resume). The correct response, in my view, is not to react whatsoever; unless you can beat the sh**t out of the bullies (and if you can you won't be bullied), fighting back will only make them more determined. They're looking for a show; you're giving them one. Similarly, adults cannot govern every part of a child's life, and invoking them will worsen your social standing, and make you dependent; if you're lucky, it might provide relief in the short run, but in the long run it will make matters worse. The correct response is simply not to entertain your bullies; eventually they'll go away. I say this as an ex-victim.

The exception -- and of course at the middle school level this isn't a problem, but at my age this is the most common form of bullying -- comes at the crossroads of bullying and sexual harassment. In this case, it's not anything you're doing so much as your very existence which is entertaining the bully, and having never been subjected to this I have no idea what the 'correct response' could possibly be. (Obviously, this has a limit -- after reaching a certain point you're best off telling the authorities, but in most 'low-level' cases you have the same problem of this being very stigmatized).

Just my two cents very late at night.
1722  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Stéphane Hessel dead at 95 on: February 27, 2013, 11:46:24 pm
May a freedom fighter rest in peace. But I have a question

the worldwide "occupy" movements.

What are these?
1723  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Illinois GOPer: Gun control is like castration on: February 27, 2013, 11:44:30 pm
But in all seriousness Illinois gun law is stricter than most surrounding states.
1724  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Louie Gohmert: Guns needed to protect country from Sharia Law on: February 27, 2013, 11:41:45 pm
People who don't appreciate finely ground-up crazy disappoint me.
1725  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Lew confirmed as Treasury Secretary on: February 27, 2013, 11:33:05 pm
It's appalling that 26 Republicans voted against this nomination, too. Apparently we're now in an era where no Obama appointee could ever get majority support from the Republican caucus.

Kerry did...
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