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1  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Atheists' Ten Commandments Revealed. on: December 20, 2014, 11:43:03 pm
Regarding the above, I'd say every other one probsbly contradicts number nine.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Poll: MI voters do not support splitting its EV on: December 19, 2014, 05:19:16 pm
I know I don't.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Richard Nixon vs. Jimmy Carter on: December 19, 2014, 05:08:24 pm
@Super: They make more sense than the Reagan cult

You're a damned idiot, boy.
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of feminism on: December 19, 2014, 04:56:39 pm
I'm sure that in theory feminism is all fine and dandy. That said, people, especially women, who like to think of themselves as ardently feminist, tend to be harmful to society and useless. Campus activists are the worst of sorts.
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: List of Alternate Presidents on: December 19, 2014, 12:49:35 am
37. Richard Milhous Nixon (Republican-New York)/Spiro Theodore Agnew (Republican-Maryland) January 20th, 1969-January 20th, 1973
38. Robert Francis Kennedy (Democrat-New York)/Albert Preston Brewer (Democrat-Alabama) January 20th, 1973-October 9th, 1978
39. Albert Preston Brewer (Democrat-Alabama)/vacant, Daniel Ken Inouye (Democrat-Hawaii) October 9th, 1978-January 20th, 1985
40. Alexander Linwood Holton, Jr. (Republican-Virginia)/Alfonse Marcello D'Amoto (Republican-New York) January 20th, 1985-January 20th, 1993
41. Lawrence Douglas Wilder (Democrat-Virginia)/Leo Joseph Ryan, Jr. (Democrat-California) January 20th, 1993-January 20th, 2001
42. Donald Kenneth Sundquist (Republican-Tennessee)/Lisa Ann Murkowski (Republican-Alaska) January 20th, 2001-January 20th, 2009
43. Lisa Ann Murkowski (Republican-Alaska)/John S. McCain, III (Republican-Arizona) January 20th, 2009-January 20th, 2013

44. Timothy Michael Kaine (Democrat-Virginia)/Russell Dana Feingold (Democrat-Wisconsin) January 20th, 2013-Present
6  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: What type of church would you expect to have the best music? on: December 18, 2014, 11:09:09 pm
It's difficult for me to make a comment on the quality of music available at Catholic churches given my recent lack of attendance (I've had meetings during my traditional time for mass this semester since the beginning of October), the fact that the on-campus mass is plagued by God-awful modernism, the fact that my church back at home changed organists in 2010, and the fact that the organist to be replaced was my dad. By all memories that I have, the music was infinitely better when he was our music director. He was more traditional and less subject to the fadism or whatever it is you call it than our current director. In many ways, I feel I don't have a musical "home" when it comes to mass these days. In any case, whatever music I'd like best would involve lots of organ and something from a seemingly bygone time. I liked TJ's mention of Lent, it was very appropriate, as a lot of the best music I hear at church is during that time.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How much can you bench press? on: December 18, 2014, 10:53:18 pm
Not sure on my max. In my prime, I would do three sets of ten of 215 or about that much. Right now, the program I was most recently on has me doing three sets of five at about 225 or maybe 235.
8  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: Unfortunate Son on: December 18, 2014, 10:50:23 pm
If Dole was such a "moderate" (as the Tea Partiers suggest), then why would he be popular in the South?

And BTW, Weicker was in Independent when he served as CT governor.  Does he stay a Republican in this timeline?

First off, as 1980 suggests, by 2000, there's already been a male candidate for President with the last name Dole. I doubt anyone would call him a "belle". Wink Secondly, as for Weicker, it remains to be seen. The parties are going to be looking slightly different in this timeline than in real life.
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: Had Johnson stayed in? on: December 18, 2014, 10:43:28 pm
One thing of importance to remember is Nixon's screwing with the peace talks on the eve of the election. Johnson knew it was going on but for whatever reason chose not to intervene. Had it been Johnson's own presidency on the line, I have little doubt that he would've accepted such malfeasance. If the peace talks are taken off the table entirely, it's of little doubt that Johnson would've been crushed. However, as I recall, when it seemed like Johnson had finally negotiated an end, that was a game changer and Humphrey started gaining in the polls.
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: 1948: Truman vs. Willkie on: December 18, 2014, 10:38:02 pm
Why would the nation have a reason to elect a Dewey without experience over the man they elected in real life?
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Richard Nixon vs. Jimmy Carter on: December 18, 2014, 10:33:08 pm
Nixon's by far a better person. Carter was both a better president for the country in the long-run, and a better person. Nixon was better at holding together the office, as it were, at least until Watergate, and as such a far better person at appearing successful. Had he not been overthrown by Watergate, he would be the type of president to be praised by armchair historians while actually being very awful.
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1968 Presidential Election on: December 17, 2014, 05:45:29 pm
Has anyone ever made maps for these elections?

I began outsourcing map-making to Dallas in the 1820's, then I outsourced the entire series to him by the 1870's. After that, he outsourced it to Alfred and X and then the maps started disappearing. Then Alfred and X outsourced it to Spiral. Doing maps at this point would be hard due to alternate states.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1968 Presidential Election on: December 17, 2014, 05:01:02 pm

Mr. Freak's comments are most disturbing.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: December 17, 2014, 04:14:54 pm
~60 hours smoke free. Hrn... Not sure how this'll turn out.

I'm about an hour smoke free, and I'm incredibly disappointed in myself, because I hadn't smoked in about a month and a half.

Do e-cigs count? I had a few puffs of my brother's last night. Haven't touched a cigarette (aside from emptying my pockets of them onto a table on Monday morning at around 6:30) since 12 AM Monday.
15  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: Unfortunate Son on: December 17, 2014, 03:50:44 pm
March 5th, 2000

Christian Mattingly: The Candidate of Angry White America

The first round of the Republican primaries are over. For the most part, they are what one might expect of a split race. Senator MacKenzie has won in liberal states, Senator Dole is the belle of the South, and Governor Mattingly has, unsurprisingly, excelled in the Midwest. Coming up in a mere two days will be the races that likely decide the nomination. California, New York, Ohio, and a litany of smaller states--an election map that reaches across the fruited plain. In examining the upcoming races, this is David MacKenzie's last chance to make the stand for liberal Republicanism. New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland, his home state of Vermont. But what do recent results tell us? MacKenzie's few victories have been far smaller than they should have. States that used to be the epicenter of moderate Republicans risk seeing the New Englander strangely in danger of being surpassed in the polls. Many are attributing this to the weakness of MacKenzie's candidacy. However, this reflects something far more disturbing in the Republican ranks.

With last year's crash came the final piece cementing the death knell of the Democrats' advantage among the white working class. Foundries, factories, mills, all left abandoned by President Hart's free trade policies, torn down to make way for automated plants and tech startups. German, Italian, Polish, Irish, Welsh, and so on. Men and women betrayed by the New Deal legacy and left to save up money so their children can earn degrees in computer information systems at expensive universities. Meanwhile, immigrants seemingly eat away at manufacturing jobs to the South. White ethnics used to be, by-and-large, a bedrock constituency of the Democratic party. With the country's push to the right in the late 1970's, the Democrats sought to shift with it. The failures of explicitly liberal and progressive campaigns in the mid-1980's reinforced calls by President Brewer, Henry Jackson, and others to make a strong push towards the center and the middle class. The 1984 results in working class areas like South Boston were prime examples of the failure of the Democratic party in representing its key constituents.

On election night, 1996, it would seem that Gary Hart, a "political genius" in the eyes of the Third Way crowd, had reclaimed the place that the Democrats had struggled for since 1966. Pluralities nationwide, approval ratings in the 70's, a booming economy, it all had come together. What has only become apparent to many, after further examination of Democratic success the past eight years was that Hart did little to take back the working class in Northern industrial states. Even in areas where Democrats were pulling off record-breaking victories, support for Democrats by lower-income white workers was slightly above average at best, and typically was hovering between average and below average levels. Instead of bringing blue collar workers back into the Democratic fold after their brief exodus in the 1980's, the Hart campaigns accomplished something quite different: bringing in disaffected Republicans. Supporters of Rockefeller and Evans and Weicker and all the rest, these voters, while nominally Republican up until the 90's, were nevertheless partial to environmentalism, abortion legalization, civil rights, gun control, and other liberal social goals while also preferring tax increases to spending cuts as a means to close the deficit. While voting records for this type of person might be moderate or in general left-wing, "Rockefeller Republicans" had little connection to any class struggle, and very few reasons to vote for substantial increases in their own taxes or heavy regulations on the banking and securities industries. Examples of this new brand of Democratic liberalism can be seen in the policies of ex-Republican Connecticut Governor Lowell Weicker, whose revenue policies affected largely the lower and middle classes while sparing his key wealthy constituencies. In an era where the party of the "little man" has done far more harm to labor's cause than any Republican could do, white, working America is angry, and they have a good reason.

Therefore, if key Northeastern primary victories are decided in favor of Christian Mattingly in two days, there is a reason for this. Blue collar workers have been slipping away from the Democrats quite obviously over the last three decades, and the rapidness with which they've adopted the Republican banner has increased tenfold since last year's recession. Mattingly speaks to an alienated and frustrated community. Not only has their traditional means of making a living seemingly been torn to pieces by the last decade, but they see their culture and their country as being in danger. Immigration from Latin American countries beats out all other nationalities, recent terrorist attacks overseas have gone unresponded to. Amid all this vitriol and fear, the grizzled ex-autoworker seems to have what it takes to put white America back on top. Don't be surprised if, on Tuesday, former bastions of liberalism are overthrown by an influx of working class voters, diluting the traditional role of liberal Republicans in primary states like New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. This isn't the change the left asked for, but it's the change that it'll get.
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Aaron Sorkin on: December 17, 2014, 01:13:55 pm
An immediate indicator of people I should avoid (anyone who uses that god damn Newsroom clip, you know what I'm talking about).

It creates a really tough set of choices when you see your close friends share that damned video.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: December 17, 2014, 12:01:57 pm
~60 hours smoke free. Hrn... Not sure how this'll turn out.
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1860 Election on: December 17, 2014, 11:50:26 am
Must've missed the primaries while I was in the woods. Lincoln, I guess.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1968 Presidential Election on: December 17, 2014, 11:42:59 am
This appears a sad repudiation of the triumphant Goldwater years. Sad
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Opinion of describing Lindsay Graham as a "bloodthirsty old queen"? on: December 17, 2014, 10:18:27 am
Just saw this in a thread about Lindsay Graham considering considering a run. I think it's absolutely hilarious. What are your thoughts?

Wow, I'd love to see that bloodthirsty old queen give it a go! Watching him and Rand Paul go at it in a debate? That would be GREAT television.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: December 16, 2014, 03:00:59 pm
Pulled a 3.61 this semester with 18 credits. Hoping to do it again in the winter.

That's about what I ended up with as my final undergrad GPA. Congrats, man.

Thanks, dawgette. Finals left my cumulative at a 3.31.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: If the previous poster was arrested, what would it be for? on: December 16, 2014, 02:57:07 pm
Rucku/potential fight at a strip club.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: December 15, 2014, 11:39:04 pm
Pulled a 3.61 this semester with 18 credits. Hoping to do it again in the winter.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: December 15, 2014, 12:54:54 pm
Pledges finally crossed. God, they were awful.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in Los Angeles or Louisville? on: December 12, 2014, 08:18:15 am
LA; I hate low cost of living areas where there's nothing to do but drink.

You just listed two great things in a sentence about what you don't like. Looks like you've got your priorities mixed up.
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