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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best Senators of the Past 50 Years: Hawaii on: Today at 12:32:25 pm
2  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: did Jesus go to Jerusalem intending to die? on: Today at 08:24:09 am
I don't know if "intending" was there. If we're to take the Bible as our source, He clearly didn't want to die, but He did view it as His duty, and accepted His (literal) cross. If Jesus is God, then to conform to the Christian view of God would be to know all and to be perfect. As such, it would make sense for a Christian to believe that Jesus knew He would die, and even intended to do so. I'm not sure if it's impossible to be a Christian without that view, though.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Was FDR a good President? on: Today at 08:11:56 am
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Settle ties 5: LBJ vs. Reagan vs Polk on: May 23, 2015, 10:12:45 am
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best Senators of the Past 50 Years: Connecticut on: May 23, 2015, 09:24:08 am
Lieberman, but only because he beat Weicker.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: BRTD's generic hipster Christian v x on: May 22, 2015, 01:40:47 pm
Which Khan? Assuming it was Gengis or Kubla, I voted for Cyanide Rain. If, however, the Khan you speak of is the dude from Star Trek II, please change my vote.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Boston University professor: White Males a "problem population" on: May 22, 2015, 01:11:33 pm
My school won't hire me to a be a damned Student Orientation Leader over concerns of "cultural sensitivity" while this woman is allowed to teach? For shame, Boston!
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Contras on: May 22, 2015, 12:27:00 pm
"Terrorist" isn't necessarily a bad thing.


If one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter, then clearly the pejorative association with the word is subjective.
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would Libertarians have supported the North or South during the Civil War? on: May 22, 2015, 12:26:00 pm
Lysander Spooner's thought on the Civil War is popular among many libertarians even today. He's a pretty good approximation of what you would get if you plopped a hardcore modern libertarian into the Civil War period. He was a staunch abolitionist who wanted all the slaves freed immediately, but thought that the Confederacy was legal and that the Civil War was illegal. I'm not sure that he fits on either side of the war. So, to answer the question: No.

Auberon Herbert was also contemporary to the Civil War. He said: "I am very glad that slavery is done away with, but I think the manner is very bad and wrong."

How is this not clear? If you think that the Confederacy was legal and thought the Civil War (action of North against the South as many Libertarians/Dixie lovers believe) was "illegal" then you supported the South in the Civil War as well as it's institutional slavery. That's not a confusing concept.
Surely you aren't arguing Lysander Spooner was pro slavery..

Whoever this spooning person is, they were clearly, in effect, in support of the Confederacy by being willing to tolerate its Godless existence. While libertarians are very fond of the distinction between personal principle and political action, the former does very little good for the citizens of despot states without the help of the latter.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of the Seven Heavenly Virtues would you consider the above poster? on: May 22, 2015, 12:08:07 pm
I assume you're straight, which on this forum means chastity.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: The Presidency: 1968-2020 on: May 21, 2015, 11:55:21 pm
I had a feeling that Reagan would sign into law the EPA, given some of his environmentalist actions while CA Governor in his first term.
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Contras on: May 21, 2015, 06:10:50 pm
"Terrorist" isn't necessarily a bad thing. They are non-state actors that utilize violent methods in the name of their political ideology. People reject the "terrorist" label for groups that they like due to a pejorative connotation. We could say that all political violence by non-state actors is bad, which sounds well and good until you conjure up the easily crafted images of people you support doing that in a country you see as despotic. The Founding Fathers were, probably, in a sense, the heads of a nationalist and terrorist organization, the Continental Congress. A proper dichotomy would be "terrorist" or "guerrilla", since the latter tends to target the state and the military, whereas the former targets civilians.  At the very least, the Founders were part of a guerrilla organization.
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: The Presidency: 1968-2020 on: May 21, 2015, 01:20:59 am
Sean Wilentz in his "The Era of Reagan" referred to Rumsfeld as being initially dovish, and Rumsfeld's autobiography (a less than reliable source, I'll grant) referred to skepticism about the Vietnam War during Johnson's second term. Wilentz seemed to believe that it was Cheney who steered Rummy towards a more hawkish stance.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best Senators of the Past 50 Years: Arizona on: May 20, 2015, 05:03:18 pm
The man.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: May 20, 2015, 04:48:34 pm
In good news, I got an email back from the MI Republican Party. I just hope all of their opportunities aren't in Lansing, because we all know I only drive to Lansing for work if it's demolition.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: May 20, 2015, 04:38:36 pm
Went to a small meeting of student government and student life representatives from a few different Detroit-area colleges regarding "Students for Transit". I'm hoping I'm unavailable to go to the next meeting, though if I can use it to network to my advantage, I'll do so. I mentioned my job situation to the faculty adviser for UDM's Student Government Association since he's trying to get me to go to a leadership conference in Buffalo, and when he dropped me off, he gave me fifteen bucks despite my protestations. I'm not well equipped to respond to charity and am still unsure as to whether I should've taken the money or not. This is damned depressing. If I don't get my damned paycheck tomorrow, those sumbitches are hearing about it. Should probably text my superintendent from the demo company.
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Earliest Year Where One of the Following Groups Could Have Been Elected POTUS? on: May 20, 2015, 12:10:52 pm
Gay: Probably 1789 (These guys wore powdered wigs for God's sake)
Black: 1860 (We all know what they said about Lincoln)
Catholic: 1856 (Fremont, according to campaign literature I've heard of, was secretly a Romanist, being French and all)
Muslim: 2008 (Barack Obama)
Atheist: 1789 (Didn't they all hate God?)
Latino: 1980 (Ben Fernandez, anyone?)
Transvestite: 1856 at the latest (Aunt Nancy and Miss Fancy, anyone?)
Hawaiian: 2008 (Barack Obama)
Polygamist: 2008 (Not that Romney would've won...)
Depressed: Anyone holding the Presidency in this day and age would rightly be depressed
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you a member of a labor union? on: May 20, 2015, 11:28:41 am
Do unions have initiation rites? I'm only asking since one of the places I do security at work is IBEW, and they have the symbol of a hand holding electricity, which reminded me of Prometheus. They could probably weave a compelling tale of Prometheus' desire to bring light to the people of Earth, and nowadays, the gods still punish these hardworking folk. Zeus brings lightning and storms, hampering their Promethean efforts just as he tied the poor titan to a rock for his original work.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why do Republicans worship the owl? on: May 20, 2015, 01:53:47 am
Owls are cool bro. It'd be a better party animal than elephants or donkeys.

I think the Modern Whigs have the owl as their party symbol.

Presidents Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt were the Modern day Whigs.

1916 was the year that the party split came about, as WWI and neutralization stemmed the Whig movt; and the Income Tax Increase created the Torie party; which gave rise to Tea Party movement. Which name wasnt official given until 2010.

But Hughes; who still symbolized the owl, was far different than Harding and Hoover; opposition to tax increases which lead to Great Depression.

As useless as I know it is to engage you and all your insanity, he's referring to the Modern Whigs, a current political party that does nothing.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: American Parliament Election Series: 1873 on: May 20, 2015, 01:50:01 am
Radical Liberal. Breckenridge is simply more than I can stomach.

You and many "liberal" Conservatives alike. Your best bet if you are a liberal Conservative at this stage is to hope that the Conservatives finish third and Breckenridge is dumped for a moderate Conservative like Horatio Seymour or Samuel Tilden.

What party is John Hartranft in?
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best Senators of the Past 50 Years: Alaska on: May 20, 2015, 01:47:45 am
Stevens, obviously.
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Frank Lautenberg on: May 19, 2015, 07:23:14 pm
Cis scum.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: May 19, 2015, 06:55:34 pm
I think I'm adapting well to this part-time employment lifestyle. In the past few days, I've spat off several emails to people who will likely never respond regarding employment and internships. As well, I seem to have located full-time employment with the demolition company that I worked for last summer, but now they're procrastinating on sending me work orders. Meanwhile, the security company I currently work for still has yet to send me my check for working the week of the 10th of May, and is requiring that I pay to get fingerprinted in order to go full time. That itself will require me getting my paycheck. My boss did mention upping my hours, something that, by now, would be pointless if I go full time for demolition. I'm hoping I can keep my 15 hours a week for the security company while doing 40 for demo, which would pay me, before taxes $615 per week total. Once I get printed and then subsequently cleared by the government, hopefully I can switch over to the security company completely. While they pay less, I'm looking to dig up as much experience as possible so I can land the internship I want next summer. As well, in order to receive further training (their website claims they do investigative work, among other things, though I'm suspicious of a company that still has yet to send me my most recent paycheck) I'd need my backgorund check cleared. So everything's in a heap of standstill right now and my next scheduled workday is Friday.

Meanwhile, my nights have become filled with strange dreams. Two nights ago, I dreamt I only had 50 minutes to complete a test requiring eight page-long answers to essay questions. The class, which was religious studies, was taught by a biology teacher in the engineering building. She was some hot British lady that ranted about me loving alcohol, referred to drinking Red Bull, claimed a party my fraternity holds lasted 30 minutes (they're supposed to go for about four hours), and at points seemed to be doing semi-striptease during class. The dream I woke up from today involved me and some black chick (the type you see in commercials that take place in the suburbs, not the Detroit kind), as well as me using my (deceased) Jeep Grand Cherokee to haul my current Ford Explorer through traffic. Upon arriving at my destination, I found the Explorer to have disappeared, and my mom merely shrugged and conceded "I guess your insurance will go up again". I'm not sure what the "again" meant. Apparently, in the dream's imagined past, I had gotten into previous car trouble. All around strangeness. Now that I've come to expect weird dreams, I assume I'll wake up tomorrow remembering nothing.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: some dirt on O'Malley for the liberals who like him on: May 19, 2015, 06:08:15 pm
Interesting article. Thoroughly enjoyed it and/or was disgusted by what it displayed about O'Malley's handling of the crime situation.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which "New" state would you rather live in? on: May 19, 2015, 05:50:33 pm

This. And what's with all the new Hampshire love? Seriously, the best t6hing about it i could thing of was skiing and being close to Boston. Oh, and Dartmouth I guess.

New York has too many scary black people for most of them.

Detroit's not nearly as civilized as New York. I have a fondness for the idea of seclusion in a cold wilderness, preferably buffered by copious amounts of alcohol and Carhartt jackets.

That's all well and good, but romantic notions pale in comparison to practical concerns like availability of good Chinese food.

Uh... the best Chinese food I've ever had is ten minutes away from me.

Oh really?  There are good Chinese places in unusual places like the Twin Cities.  But, I just find it hard to believe I could find the same quality as in NYC.

I've hunted down my fair share of Chinese on campus here in Detroit, but they pale in comparison to the lovely Wong family which I was lucky enough to help consume during my senior year in high school.
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