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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Takeover of the Nerds II: Revamped, Redone, and Really Great! on: August 27, 2016, 03:05:59 pm
Also, I'm wondering what, in general, the candidates' coalitions are (not just ideology--but, if you can, ethnicities and income/education levels).

Surprised Griffin hasn't dominated, as he's practically built most state Democratic parties below the Mason-Dixon line by this point in time, no? Super delegates'll probably be in the bag for him, if anything.

ChairmanSanchez: urban establishments, Cubans, Hispanics - Rubio-type
SunriseAroundTheWorld: suburban moderates and Jews - Kasich-type
ExtremeRepublican: religious right/Cruz-type white southern voters

Adam Griffin: African-Americans, Asian-Americans, liberals and non-southern moderates
SouthernGothic: white conservadems
Antonio V: Westerners and liberals, Hispanics

Strange. Knowing Sanchez, I would have assumed a Cruz/Trump-type coalition.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Takeover of the Nerds II: Revamped, Redone, and Really Great! on: August 27, 2016, 01:12:26 pm
Also, I'm wondering what, in general, the candidates' coalitions are (not just ideology--but, if you can, ethnicities and income/education levels).

Surprised Griffin hasn't dominated, as he's practically built most state Democratic parties below the Mason-Dixon line by this point in time, no? Super delegates'll probably be in the bag for him, if anything.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of "nice guy, FF :)" reasoning on: August 27, 2016, 12:38:29 pm
The Manichean HP versus FF thing is a fail right out of the box. FP, BP and HP, as in Freedom Poster, Beta Poster, and Horrible Poster, would make more sense. Judging folks on the internet as people rather than posters is problematical.

Using Greek letters as adjectives in one of the worst memes ever. Let's not spread it further.

I mean, in the current environment, sure; hearing people called "betas" is pretty annoying if not done sarcastically*. But in general, some of those Greek letters are wonderful words in and of themselves, and I'd hate to deprive the language of that wonderful addition. It's regrettable that about four well-known letters were absorbed by popular culture ("We've got a shutdown in the Alpha quadrant!", etc.), but anything that descends into the colloquium will end up inevitably trashed at some point.

*"Sarcastically". Isn't that what we mean when we say "ironically"?
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: WI: The following posters started a band on: August 27, 2016, 10:46:29 am
Snowstalker probably dies of a heroin overdose, or drunkenly drives his dad's Porsche into the hotel pool while on tour.

No doubt many a hotel attendant will have not-so-fond memories of the time(s) he let a $500 ham into the hotel!
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Takeover of the Nerds II: Revamped, Redone, and Really Great! on: August 27, 2016, 10:43:49 am
Did I win angry Massachusetts (South Boston) men?
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should there be a left-wing Milo? on: August 27, 2016, 08:43:31 am
There shouldn't be a left-wing anything.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: This is how mega coattails works on: August 26, 2016, 08:20:51 pm
TNVolunteer Theorem:

+ =

I mean... Try to disprove it.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Santander on: August 26, 2016, 02:15:47 pm
I'm not trying to be funny.

Okay, cool.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Santander on: August 26, 2016, 10:58:19 am
I don't use "Drumpf" myself, but I think it's more a jab at Trump's own nativist BS rather than a xenophobic statement.
Regardless, it's still not funny.

Which is really the point.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Santander on: August 26, 2016, 07:56:16 am
Actually nowhere in this thread or that long empty quote chain did you explain WHY.

(Also funny that Classic Bigot joined in since he did register on AAD but was laughed off.)

The problems with AAD, some of which are related and some of which aren't, I have found to be these (and don't say I don't understand, I'm decently active over there):

1) Hive-mind thinking: people like Classic are "laughed off" just because of their views - which, bad or good, still deserve to be heard

2) Brutal ageism: again - people like dar, Classic, and myself are ignored or disliked because of only their age, regardless of how much they contribute.

3) Bandwagon liking/disliking: depending on the poster, one person might get 14 likes for a post that another person would have 0 likes or even dislikes on

4) Lack of a What-Ifs board: best part of this forum IMO

5) They steal our maps

1) is really the core of the issue. The pressure toward conformity is so strong that it's turned many quality posters into mindless drones.

I know, it's a real shame AAD is lacking in contributions from people like Seriously? or all the Milo fanboys here, right?

Actually the worst thing is anyone not on AAD missed out on the poem I wrote "F[inks] you Trump"

Quote
F[inks] you Trump
Why are you such a racist Trump?
You don't seem to care about Nazis supporting you Trump
You don't even have many in your party liking you Trump
You're going to get crushed in November Trump
F[inks] you Trump


The preference among your favorite bands fur not rhyming lyrics has taken a real toll on your own artistic merit.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Uber or Lyft? on: August 26, 2016, 07:51:09 am
I have like 9 $5-off coupons left with Lyft, so that, I guess.
12  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Do you support the death penalty? If so, in what cases? Why or why not? on: August 26, 2016, 07:46:27 am
The MOPolitico/Tony convo is probably the only interesting exchange in this thread.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: August 25, 2016, 07:50:25 pm
I've became an utter workaholic. If I don't do some work I feel like a s**t. If I do some work, I feel like a s**t for not doing more.

That's amazing.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of #NeverTrump Republicans on: August 24, 2016, 11:19:46 pm
The Cruz-type ones are mostly OK, but misguided, given that the Supreme Court is on the line for a generation.  It's the Kasich-type "let's give in on everything" ones that really give me a negative opinion of the group- especially the libertarian-leaners who are voting for Liberal Gary Johnson.

GOP shouldn't have nominated Trump then, not our fault. And hint, us libertarians ARE NOT CONSERVATIVES.

You can say that again!
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Takeover of the Nerds II: Revamped, Redone, and Really Great! on: August 24, 2016, 09:54:59 pm
Our campaign memorabilia will be indistinguishable from the douchey American flag tank top I wear to the beach. Because that's the point.
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Hannah Arendt (and/or her writing) on: August 24, 2016, 10:34:38 am
Bump. Reading "On Revolution" at work right now.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Mark Kirk: Obama is acting like the drug-dealer-in-chief on: August 24, 2016, 09:08:47 am
Really loving Mark Kirk's persona as completely out-of-touch white guy. Will he comment on "sagging" next?
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: US Democratic politicians that identify as "socialist"? on: August 24, 2016, 09:07:15 am
Am I missing anyone else? It's pretty crazy that someone who self identifies as a socialist got more than 40% in the nationwide Democratic primary yet there are only a handful of politicians in the entire Democratic Party who identify as such.

Millennials, Dixiecrats, and the unwashed masses will do wonders for you.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Ron Paul/Bernie Sanders/Donald Trump voters on: August 24, 2016, 09:06:02 am
So a former libertarian who became a Dixiecrat, voted for Sanders in the primary and now backs Trump? FF

Somethin' wrong wit'chu, boy.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What would Donald Trump say about the previous poster? on: August 24, 2016, 09:02:38 am
Terrible!
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Tim Berners-Lee on: August 24, 2016, 08:59:36 am
Helped create the Internet = HP.
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who do you side with in the 1993 Russian Constitutional Crisis? on: August 24, 2016, 08:58:28 am
     I am usually not a fan of the President laying siege to the main Legislative body.

Sometimes it's gotta happen, bro.

Well, I'd definitely have supported it if Obama had done that in 2011 or 2013, but those were pretty extraordinary circumstances. Wink

It'd certainly have been an interesting change of pace and make for a great storyline*.

*I think someone once sarcastically did a timeline that portrayed the change of power from Bush to Obama as though it were a Third World country or a banana republic. Simfan seems like a potential author, but I know it wasn't he; pretty sure it was a Democrat.
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who would have won a Roosevelt-Willkie debate? on: August 23, 2016, 09:39:10 pm
Roosevelt is a great orator, I don't know who Wilkie is.

You've been a poster here for almost 4 years and still don't know the names of all major party candidates? That's inexcusable.

Pretty much. Any poster should be able to summarize every election.

1860: Lincoln ran on opposition to outlawing abortion, Douglas ran on state popular votes on it, Bell ran as a moderate hero, and Breckinridge was staunchly pro life to the point of secession?

y/y?

A. Disgusting.
B. No.
C. Rly?
D. Who care?
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Does your audience affect your political views? on: August 23, 2016, 08:51:55 pm
I try, as best as possible, to reflect the opinions of whomever I happen to be talking to at the time (fortunately I rarely get put in a position where I have to discuss politics) - ie I'm very measured and moderately supportive (although not to the extent where my comments are memorable) when I'm around friends who are involved in campus liberation stuff (anti-sexism and Pride and the like), whereas when I'm with friends from my home town I'm comfortably (although again, not excessively) on the casual bigotry banterbus.

Very good.

I myself ran into a spot of trouble on Friday night when a few friends stopped by and one srat chick I don't know that well started talking politics. Having already begun drinking, I was reasonably distraught that someone would wish to take me from my happy place to even talk about Donald Trump outside the sarcastic. This resulted in an "exchange of ideas" where I exposed my neo-fascistic/Stalinist sentiments to those assembled; at least one person was there who I'd rather have not know my actual viewpoints. Still a bit angry at myself for this.

Haha, of course, it's always problematic when you combine drinking and being around people who have strong political opinions - if I ever do say anything slightly off-colour I just pin on the alcohol or say it was humour.

I tend to dislike people casually discussing political views as if they're entitled to an audience that agrees with them. I also don't like to employ logic to solve the "problem" because I view modern political stances as being... "inadequate" and would rather just go the point of full absurdity rather than say something that sounded vaguely sincere. In this case, it resulted in me commenting on how I longed for the day when the working man got home from the steel mill and read his state-owned newspaper or listened to his state-owned radio, and how, while presidential candidates idiotically talked about increasing our freedom, they should instead be telling us how they'd make us work more. I can't remember what the chick was arguing, but it was something vaguely liberal, at the very least. Anything "political" at an alcohol-infused social event ought to consist of semi-sarcastic slogans, shouted. This was a wreck.
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who do you side with in the 1993 Russian Constitutional Crisis? on: August 23, 2016, 08:42:56 pm
     I am usually not a fan of the President laying siege to the main Legislative body.

Sometimes it's gotta happen, bro.
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