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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What's with the Kasich boner? on: August 07, 2015, 02:55:36 am
He is easily the best candidate the Republicans could nominate this time. This should be enough of an explanation.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Was the 1876 election stolen on: August 01, 2015, 02:23:51 pm
All Tilden had to do was win Florida and he would have became President. However, like Al Gore, he was the real President.
The comparison is absurd since Tilden's campaign was also involved in massive electoral fraud and voter suppression. Mississippi was most certainly stolen and there is no way he could have gotten close in Louisiana and South Carolina in a fair election. All three of these states were majority Black and would have voted easily Republican if they hadn't been intimated by local democrats.
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Huckabee doesn't rule out deploying federal troops to stop abortions! on: July 31, 2015, 03:14:28 pm
"All American citizens should be protected," he added.
Another Republican candidate who hasn't read the constitution. From the 14th amendment:

"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Republika Srpska referendum on most loaded poll question ever - September, 2015 on: July 30, 2015, 07:27:28 am
Bosnia as a whole is a joke country.

And you base that prejudiced comment on? Also ironic coming from someone who as a S-GR avatar.
Bosnia is basically Yugoslavia 2.0 "The mini version", but without the dictator to run the place with an iron fist or the unifying ideology. Add the fact that three ethnicities hate each other even more than during Tito's rule and you can easily how fundamentally artificial and unstable this country is. If it wasn't for the threat of war, it would not have lasted nearly as long.

Actually surprised this isn't just a full on independence referendum. Dodik has threatened one in the past and there's really nothing to stop him. Putin would back him up for sure.
The Balkans (and especially former Yugoslavia) are firmly in the US sphere of influence. It matters little what Putin might think, but it matters far more what the US and the EU would think, which is why there is no chance of such a referendum in the foreseeable future.
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could 2016 be a 1992 Repeat? on: July 26, 2015, 04:49:58 am
There is no chance because as an independent candidate Trump would take votes almost entirely from Bush, while Perot had about equal support from Democrats and Republicans and thus his campaign had little effect on the outcome of the race.
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Walker: military strike on Iran on 1st day of presidency is possible on: July 22, 2015, 05:21:35 pm
Honestly, this is some seriously far out and crazy stuff. Iran is capable of closing the straits of Hormuz, sinking a US aircraft carrier or two, and inflicting some serious damage on Israel. They are not a pushover like Iraq.

Of course, we do need to deal with Iran one way or the other. But saying that you would do it on the first day really does betray a lack of seriousness. You have to have some planning. Even the Germans in 1914 didn't just jump in there aimlessly. They had the Schlieffen plan.
If you think that the US needs to go to war with Iran (as you seem to imply) your own post differs from the position of Walker only by degree, not by substance, so you should be a bit more careful about calling him crazy...
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Iran Nuclear Deal Saga on: July 22, 2015, 05:13:37 pm
While I am still skeptical of this and don't have much confidence in Iran, I heard Obama in a speech today and agreed with him 100%. He said that diplomacy is the most responsible option, and that any option is better than war.
Clinton said the exact same thing (and a lot more of the same kind of stuff it's actually weird how much of the language is the exact same) about N.Korea....how'd that turn out?  I guess you could argue that N.Korea hasn't nuked anybody yet, but have they exported as much terrorism as Iran has over the last several decades?
The comparison is misleading, since the agreement with North Korea was non-binding (which also meant that the US was later free to ignore its obligations, which certainly helped the eventual collapse of the treaty) and with few safeguards for its implementation. Also Iran can't ignore sanctions nearly as well as North Korea, nor has it an ally that would back it near unconditionally. If Clinton used nearly the same wording as Obama, then this only shows that he was more dishonest than Obama (which explains a lot about his much greater popularity).
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Iran Nuclear Deal Saga on: July 22, 2015, 05:03:44 pm
After 5 years the arms embargo is lifted, and after 8 years a missile embargo is lifted.  I'm really surprised Obama and the Western powers agreed to that.  Obama won't see much support for this deal in Congress.  

This is my main concern as well. This is way too soon I think. Guess Putin and Lavrov pressed pretty hard for this to come through, cause they desperately need the money they can obtain from weapon sales (especially now that Russia is in a deep crisis). Should have been at least a 10-12 year embargo.
Somehow I doubt that the opinion of Putin is taken into great account at the moment in the Western world. The fact is that both the EU and the US have motives of their own to support this agreement and some of them are actually against the interests of Russia (lifting the embargo on oil and gas, most obviously).

Putin was part of the negotiation so of course if he insisted on something it had to be taken into account.



With Iran's vote in the UN Security Council, is that evidence the Ayatollah has formally okay'd participation in the deal?
Taking Putin's opinion into account certainly doesn't mean obliging his wishes. Looking at the treaty it's hard to see that Russia benefited more than the US and the EU.

9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: 70th Anniversary of Germany's surrender in WWII. on: July 22, 2015, 04:54:08 pm
In honor of the main contributors to this Victory:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_LaQsHUNlQ

Nobody cares about your soviet nationalism.
Claiming that the Soviets were the main contributors to the defeat of Germany is not Soviet nationalism, it is the simple historical truth. Neither is honoring the country that suffered 27 million casualties nationalism.
And you obviously do care, since you took the effort to reply to my post. And with a rather ridiculous personal attack at that. Is the idea of giving some credit to the USSR or Russia so repugnant to you?

Well as somebody born a few hundred kilometers west of the countries USSR liberated, I'm forever grateful that it wasn't "the Main Contributors to the Victory" who liberated us.
Hope you're also forever grateful for them making any liberation possible by destroying enough German forces to allow a Western Allies invasion possible in the first place.
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: 70th Anniversary of Germany's surrender in WWII. on: July 22, 2015, 04:49:12 pm
BTW, the modern Ukrainian version of this song. Performed at the front. By and for the grandchildren of those who fought 70 years ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0084EqyLFo

Disclaimer: there is a lot in this version I do not at all like. But, as they say in Russian, you cannot drop a word from a song.
I find it somewhat hilarious (though certainly not surprising) that Ukrainian nationalists would resort to stealing the melody of one of the most famous Soviet songs to make a war song on their own . And if we're going to call this a version of the Soviet song, let's not forget that the original doesn't praise the NKVD (for a sufficiently close analogue).

But, then

https://twitter.com/tweetsnv/status/596246063931105281

The grandson of the Red Army vet has been killed by the Russians in this war.
I suppose that this was metaphorical, because it's not supported by your article? Doesn't fit well in any case, since you could just as easily sat that the grandson of the Red Army vet has been killed by the Ukrainians in this war - and probably with the same or even greater justification.
Regarding the reconciliation between the Red Army and UPA, nothing is really surprising about Ukraine these days, so perhaps we shoud try guessing with whom they'll be reconciling next? Perhaps with the Armija Krajowa, at the former Polish villages whose inhabitants the UPA massacred and expelled? And in the same spirit I would suggest a reconciliation between the veterans of the Free French forces and those of the collaborators. I'm sure this idea would be really popular, as would be other such "reconciliations" - for example the SS doesn't get nearly enough recognition...
11  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: 70th Anniversary of Germany's surrender in WWII. on: July 22, 2015, 04:35:30 pm
In honor of the main contributors to this Victory:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_LaQsHUNlQ

Nobody cares about your soviet nationalism.
Claiming that the Soviets were the main contributors to the defeat of Germany is not Soviet nationalism, it is the simple historical truth. Neither is honoring the country that suffered 27 million casualties nationalism.


Nor should we forget the 45 years of Soviet occupation of much of Europe that followed. The true liberation came only in 1990-91.

And, before you start, I still have WWII veterans who were in the Soviet Army that I can visit and talk to (my grandfather is gone, but some of his cousins and friends are still alive - though, obviously, not many). I recently took my daughter with me on a visit to one of them - a dear old family friend, who was a sniper in the war. But what she wanted to talk about where  the years of humiliation with which the Soviets repaid her generation. It was a good history lesson, trust me.

Let us not start the победобесие here. The victory was stolen from those who sacrificed for it back in 1945 - and it is being stolen by the new marauders today. And THAT is something we should never forget.
No one is forgetting the 45 years of Soviet domination, but in the Western countries they have certainly forgotten the Soviet contribution in WWII. And I understand your sentiment, but a more realistic reading of the history of the war doesn't need to include the demonization of one side up to making an equivalence between them and their enemies. Which frankly is is more of a problem outside Russia (and would be likely so inside Russia as well, if your preferred politicians were to rule the country.

победобесие ? Google does not translate.

that is a recent neologism Smiley Used to describe what the Russian government has done to the victory celebration. Victordevilry could be a rough (though very imperfect) translation. A southern Slav should get it from general linguistic considerations.
My first idea was actually victory madness. But the meaning is pretty similar and it has just as little relevance to the real world as Victordevilrty has.

By the way, as we are remembering history, let us remember that there were two periods of WWII when the Soviet Union and Bulgaria were on the same side. One was, of course, starting September 1944 (though, that hardly can be called voluntary). The other period was between March and June 1941, when both were on the opposite side of the conflict.
It would take some very severe distortions of the word "sides" to claim that Bulgaria and the USSR were on the same side between March and June 1941. Bulgaria at this point was a satellite to Germany (clearly against Soviet wishes), which was already deep in preparation for the attack of what had been at best a co-belligerent two years earlier. You could at best speak about cold peace. As for the second period, it certainly wasn't voluntary, but then it's questionable how voluntary the alliance with Germany was, considering that it was signed more or less under the pressure of a threatened invasion.

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Anyway, if we remember glorious pages, we should never forget the shameful ones as well. So, on request from our numerous viewers and listeners, Matti Jurva shall sing his famous ballade Nyet Molotoff! Let us welcome our Finnish guest with prolonged applause!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO2o-rwbaMk

With English translation, for those who want to understand

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pWcVxl9v6Y
If you had limited yourself to this, I would completely agree with you. But you completely undid you own point by including the next song...


And now, let us all sing along as Comrade Jurva delights everyone with his performance of his other delightful song Uraliin. Just to remind us all that when Finland stood up to the Soviets not one country did anything but express support

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKKu1UaoTro

Yes, we certainly need to be reminded of the Greater Finnish nationalism that led to the Finnish troops go beyond recovering the territories lost in the Winter War and into occupying territories that had never belonged to Finland, committing significant war crimes against their inhabitants and helping the Germans (if half-heartedly) in the destruction of Leningrad. The video which presents the same slogan as the one utilized by the Nazis (Chase the Russians beyound the Urals!) was certainly helpful, so thanks for submitting it!
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Sometimes, pictures are worth a thousand words.... on: July 22, 2015, 03:46:42 pm
This might also be nitpicking, but Serbia and Montenegro retained the name "Federal Republic of Yugoslavia" until 2003. Also, calling yourself "Yugoslavian" simply means you're from the Southern Slavic areas, and isn't necessarily linked to any specific nationality.
Yes and since Trump's wife is from Slovenia, this is not relevant. And Yugoslavian had never had this meaning in English (or any Southern Slavic language for that matter) - it has only ever meant a inhabitant of Yugoslavia, since the whole term was borrowed only as a name of a country. For an obvious example, Bulgarians are never called Yugoslavian, though they would be according to your theory.
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Walker: military strike on Iran on 1st day of presidency is possible on: July 22, 2015, 03:44:51 pm
The Iranians are still able to go nuclear under this agreement, and our agreeing to lift these economic sanctions is a disaster.
Since the agreement limits Iran to 3.57% enriched Uranium which is about 15 times lower than what is required to build a nuclear weapon, it certainly doesn't. As for the sanctions, they are not lifted until Iran has clearly shown that they have substantially reduced the ability to enrich Uranium and can be easily restored more or less at the will of the US government. Even if at this point Iran goes back on the deal, they would have lost maybe a decade and with a greatly reduced ability to catch up. Perhaps it would be better if you informed yourself better before posting obviously untrue claims. Here's a short introduction.
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Iran Nuclear Deal Saga on: July 20, 2015, 02:30:02 pm
After 5 years the arms embargo is lifted, and after 8 years a missile embargo is lifted.  I'm really surprised Obama and the Western powers agreed to that.  Obama won't see much support for this deal in Congress.  

This is my main concern as well. This is way too soon I think. Guess Putin and Lavrov pressed pretty hard for this to come through, cause they desperately need the money they can obtain from weapon sales (especially now that Russia is in a deep crisis). Should have been at least a 10-12 year embargo.
Somehow I doubt that the opinion of Putin is taken into great account at the moment in the Western world. The fact is that both the EU and the US have motives of their own to support this agreement and some of them are actually against the interests of Russia (lifting the embargo on oil and gas, most obviously).
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: 70th Anniversary of Germany's surrender in WWII. on: July 20, 2015, 02:25:46 pm
In honor of the main contributors to this Victory:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_LaQsHUNlQ

Nobody cares about your soviet nationalism.
Claiming that the Soviets were the main contributors to the defeat of Germany is not Soviet nationalism, it is the simple historical truth. Neither is honoring the country that suffered 27 million casualties nationalism.
And you obviously do care, since you took the effort to reply to my post. And with a rather ridiculous personal attack at that. Is the idea of giving some credit to the USSR or Russia so repugnant to you?
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Sometimes, pictures are worth a thousand words.... on: July 20, 2015, 02:15:10 pm

What a shock - the US chief diplomat meeting with the leader of an important foreign county which is not at war with the US, and which most Secretaries of States after WWII have done (including her two immediate predecessors)!



Very true. I need to make billions to support my younger Yugoslavian wife, who really isn't that good looking though for me she is, because she only loves me because of money.
This might be nitpicking, but Yugoslavia fell apart 24 years ago. And I doubt you even have the excuse of having grown up when it existed.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Walker: military strike on Iran on 1st day of presidency is possible on: July 20, 2015, 12:37:54 pm
Barack Obama has put his ideology before the national security interests of our country. His policy with Iran is nothing short of appeasement, and this deal is a win not only for Iran, but for other extremists in the region.

To suggest that Obama has a responsible foreign policy while Republicans are simply opposing him for the sake of opposing him simply doesn't make sense. Are there Republicans who oppose Obama just because they think it's best for them politically? Yes, but as a general rule, the GOP has opposed a dangerous and irresponsible foreign policy under this administration.
It's always a good idea to check what a word means before using it, otherwise you will look  ridiculous just as you did in this post. Greatly reducing the ability of a country to obtain nuclear weapons is exactly the opposite to allowing a country to rearm unchecked and then occupy its neighbors undisturbed. As for extremists, most of those in the region are either on your government's side or also enemies of Iran.
And there are certainly Republicans (and Democrats) who oppose this agreement not just due to mindless partisanship, though considering that they mainly do so because Israel is against the deal isn't exactly something to be proud of.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Democrat's path to a majority in the House on: July 20, 2015, 12:24:12 pm
the only path they have is to expand their base outside urban core. Will not happen until they start accepting pro-lifers and pro-marriage folks back in. They also will have to stop losing  white voters by 20%.
If the Democrats were limited to the urban core, they would have become irrelevant decades ago. The reality is that the Democratic party relies on very strong support in the  cities and close to even results in the suburbs and in fact coming second in the suburbs did not prevent Obama from wining reelection (there are a lot more people living in urban areas than in the Republican small town and rural stronghold).

As for the social issues you cited, consider that the majority of voters (even in the strongly Republican 2014) believe that majority should be legal, while the opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage are tied, with a strong trend for the supporters. It's doubtful that the Democrats would gain much from abandoning their positions on these issues and far more likely that they would lose votes.

Oh, and winning white voters by 20% sure helped President Romney  Roll Eyes Now improving upon this result would certainly help but would require either the Democratic party nominating again candidates that can be perceived as anti-white - which can't be relied on or changing their positions on certain issues (chief among them immigration), which the Republicans might be reluctant to do.
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: 70th Anniversary of Germany's surrender in WWII. on: May 09, 2015, 08:31:15 pm
In honor of the main contributors to this Victory:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_LaQsHUNlQ
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Could a President serve non-consecutive today? on: April 11, 2015, 02:35:59 pm
What about Gore in 2004? He comes very close to the conditions suggested earlier.
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Gallup: Hillary's favorables drop to where they've been in 2007/08 on: April 11, 2015, 12:08:51 pm
She can get the Obama coalition by the Republicans once again simply conceding it. She doesn't need to add to any white voters, who will decline again as a share of the electorate.
This is actually a valid problem, since while the Obama coalition is lost to the Republicans, getting it to turn out in sufficient numbers is quite another matter (see last two midterms). Regarding white voters, they're not declining that fast (exit polls tend to exaggerate Hispanic turnout, for example), though fortunately for Clinton she is likely to do better among them simply for not being Obama, even disregarding her more favorable political positions.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: YouGov: 64% of Republicans say Cruz is eligible for pres, only 34% do for Obama on: April 11, 2015, 06:13:03 am
What I find especially amusing is that when asked about the specific circumstances of Cruz's birth, 38% of Republicans correctly identify him as being born abroad, which is close to the 45% for those who think that Obama was born abroad, yet those who think that Obama is ineligible are nearly twice as many as those who think that Cruz is.
23  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Militants loyal to IS now control some Libyan territory on: November 21, 2014, 03:23:36 am
Looks like a lot of people (including BRTD) owe Dennis Kucinich an apology.

Seeing as how Gaddafi promised to kill more people than ISIS has...no. Libya is in some rough times now, but I don't see how it'd be better off with Gaddafi completely annihilating Benghazi.
How exactly could you know that Gaddafi wanted to completely annihilate Benghazi (something which was probably impossible, anyway)?
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: FC Chess Tournament 5 on: November 09, 2014, 01:31:41 pm
I didn't get the chance to say this earlier but congratulations to gmantis for a great game against me Smiley
I should thank you for being a worthy opponent in arguably my best game in this tournament Smiley
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Keystone Phil on: November 08, 2014, 04:09:26 am
He was wrong about Santorum

And Sarkozy.
And Roussef.
And Italy winning the  Euro, World Cup, whatever.
He was right about there being an inverse relationship between Italy's success at the the Euro or World Cup and the Republican success in elections Wink
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